Period
to 4 April 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 4 April 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > West Midlands
6 months to
4 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 4 3 4
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 512 698 655
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 18.53% 14.05% 13.73%
As % of the Vendors category 37.18% 31.63% 32.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 277 444 418
Median daily rate £450 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £179 £153 £213
90th Percentile £600 £563 £550
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 42 29
Median hourly rate £16.20 £13.96 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.03% -6.92% +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.17 £9.57 £11.23
90th Percentile £35.00 £20.90 £25.95
England median hourly rate £18.00 £15.32 £15.86
% change year-on-year +17.53% -3.44% +5.73%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in the West Midlands.

All Vendors
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 1,377 2,207 2,047
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 49.84% 44.42% 42.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 766 1,267 1,239
Median daily rate £443 £413 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.39% -2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £213 £225 £238
90th Percentile £589 £583 £575
England median daily rate £450 £455 £450
% change year-on-year -1.05% +1.06% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 77 74
Median hourly rate £16.75 £15.85 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.68% +2.26% +3.33%
10th Percentile £12.73 £10.63 £9.78
90th Percentile £35.00 £35.30 £48.75
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.86% -

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 4 April 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the West Midlands region over the 6 months to 4 April 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham 0 183 £450 +12.50% 99
Coventry +6 100 £500 +11.11% 23
Warwickshire +2 53 £538 +19.44% 29
Shropshire +23 34 £450 +12.50% 6
Staffordshire +10 28 £375 -3.23% 51
Herefordshire 0 23 £450 +28.57% 6
Solihull -1 22 £453 +44.57% 19
Worcestershire +4 13 £475 +5.56% 26
Wolverhampton -1 8 £306 -23.44% 17
West Bromwich +1 1 £155 +40.91%
Dudley -7 1 £275 +233.33%
Halesowen - 1 £175 - 2
Stourbridge - 1 £350 - 2
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £400 - 6
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 4 April 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 189 (36.91%) Azure
2 140 (27.34%) Windows
3 129 (25.20%) Active Directory
4 118 (23.05%) SQL
5 111 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
6 86 (16.80%) SQL Server
7 75 (14.65%) Migration
8 73 (14.26%) C#
9 72 (14.06%) DevOps
10 70 (13.67%) Office 365
10 70 (13.67%) Microsoft Office
11 69 (13.48%) SharePoint
12 67 (13.09%) .NET
13 64 (12.50%) CRM
13 64 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
13 64 (12.50%) Security Cleared
14 60 (11.72%) Power Platform
15 59 (11.52%) Dynamics 365
15 59 (11.52%) Finance
16 58 (11.33%) Oracle
16 58 (11.33%) Dynamics CRM
17 57 (11.13%) Business Intelligence
18 56 (10.94%) Microsoft Excel
19 53 (10.35%) Windows 10
20 51 (9.96%) JavaScript
21 50 (9.77%) Power BI
22 48 (9.38%) SAML
23 46 (8.98%) PowerShell
24 45 (8.79%) Test Automation
25 44 (8.59%) XML

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 69 (13.48%) SharePoint
2 20 (3.91%) MS Exchange
3 16 (3.13%) WebLogic
4 13 (2.54%) Skype for Business
5 9 (1.76%) Apache Spark
6 6 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (0.78%) ArcGIS
7 4 (0.78%) Confluence
7 4 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2010
8 3 (0.59%) IIS
9 2 (0.39%) CMS
9 2 (0.39%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
10 1 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.20%) Zimbra
Applications
1 70 (13.67%) Microsoft Office
2 56 (10.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 31 (6.05%) Microsoft Project
4 18 (3.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.39%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.20%) Adobe XD
Business Applications
1 58 (11.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (2.15%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.59%) SAP FI-CA
3 3 (0.59%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (0.39%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.20%) assyst
5 1 (0.20%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.20%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 189 (36.91%) Azure
2 70 (13.67%) Office 365
3 60 (11.72%) Power Platform
4 59 (11.52%) Dynamics 365
5 32 (6.25%) Azure Active Directory
6 25 (4.88%) AWS
7 20 (3.91%) PaaS
7 20 (3.91%) SaaS
8 16 (3.13%) IaaS
9 14 (2.73%) PowerApps
10 6 (1.17%) Azure Data Factory
10 6 (1.17%) ShareGate
11 5 (0.98%) G Suite
11 5 (0.98%) GCP
12 4 (0.78%) Mimecast
13 3 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
13 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Flow
13 3 (0.59%) OneDrive
13 3 (0.59%) Yammer
14 1 (0.20%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 26 (5.08%) VPN
2 22 (4.30%) LAN
3 20 (3.91%) WAN
4 18 (3.52%) DNS
4 18 (3.52%) Firewall
4 18 (3.52%) Unified Communications
4 18 (3.52%) Wireless
5 17 (3.32%) Internet
6 16 (3.13%) Skype
7 13 (2.54%) VoIP
8 12 (2.34%) Cisco ISE
8 12 (2.34%) Kerberos
9 10 (1.95%) BGP
9 10 (1.95%) Cisco Nexus
9 10 (1.95%) DHCP
9 10 (1.95%) DMVPN
9 10 (1.95%) EIGRP
9 10 (1.95%) OSPF
10 8 (1.56%) SSL
11 5 (0.98%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (16.80%) SQL Server
2 50 (9.77%) Power BI
3 35 (6.84%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 31 (6.05%) Data Warehouse
5 29 (5.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 22 (4.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 15 (2.93%) Oracle OWB
8 14 (2.73%) SQL Server 2016
9 12 (2.34%) Apache Hive
9 12 (2.34%) Big Data
10 11 (2.15%) SQL Server 2014
11 9 (1.76%) Azure SQL Database
11 9 (1.76%) Impala
11 9 (1.76%) Oracle Database
11 9 (1.76%) Pentaho
12 8 (1.56%) Data Lake
13 7 (1.37%) QlikView
14 6 (1.17%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (1.17%) Qlik Sense
15 5 (0.98%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 19 (3.71%) Git (software)
2 12 (2.34%) Jenkins
2 12 (2.34%) JIRA
3 11 (2.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (2.15%) Visual Studio
4 9 (1.76%) Artifactory
5 7 (1.37%) Selenium
6 5 (0.98%) MSI
7 4 (0.78%) JMeter
7 4 (0.78%) SoapUI
7 4 (0.78%) webpack
8 3 (0.59%) Cucumber
8 3 (0.59%) Postman
8 3 (0.59%) Toad
8 3 (0.59%) Travis CI
8 3 (0.59%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.39%) RStudio
10 1 (0.20%) InstallShield
10 1 (0.20%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (0.20%) REST Assured
General
1 59 (11.52%) Finance
2 42 (8.20%) Public Sector
3 21 (4.10%) Manufacturing
4 16 (3.13%) Telecoms
5 15 (2.93%) Banking
6 14 (2.73%) Legal
7 12 (2.34%) Retail
8 9 (1.76%) Marketing
9 6 (1.17%) Electronics
9 6 (1.17%) Military
10 5 (0.98%) German Language
10 5 (0.98%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.98%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.78%) Law
12 3 (0.59%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.59%) Automotive
12 3 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
13 2 (0.39%) Housing Association
14 1 (0.20%) Police
14 1 (0.20%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 124 (24.22%) Developer
2 64 (12.50%) Architect
3 34 (6.64%) Analyst
4 33 (6.45%) Consultant
5 27 (5.27%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 27 (5.27%) Support Engineer
6 26 (5.08%) Azure Developer
7 22 (4.30%) CRM Developer
8 20 (3.91%) Azure Architect
8 20 (3.91%) Desktop Support
9 19 (3.71%) Senior Developer
10 18 (3.52%) .NET Developer
10 18 (3.52%) Desktop Engineer
11 17 (3.32%) Administrator
12 16 (3.13%) IT Support
12 16 (3.13%) Network Architect
12 16 (3.13%) Project Manager
12 16 (3.13%) Technical Architect
13 15 (2.93%) Support Analyst
14 14 (2.73%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (13.09%) .NET
2 48 (9.38%) SAML
3 44 (8.59%) XML
4 34 (6.64%) OpenID
5 32 (6.25%) CSS
6 31 (6.05%) HTML
7 30 (5.86%) JSON
8 25 (4.88%) REST
9 24 (4.69%) Node.js
10 21 (4.10%) LDAP
11 20 (3.91%) jQuery
12 18 (3.52%) ASP.NET
12 18 (3.52%) OAuth
12 18 (3.52%) SOAP
13 16 (3.13%) Web Services
14 14 (2.73%) .NET Framework
15 13 (2.54%) HTML5
15 13 (2.54%) Twitter Bootstrap
16 10 (1.95%) ASP.NET MVC
17 9 (1.76%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 25 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (4.49%) PKI
2 23 (4.49%) User Experience
3 16 (3.13%) Management Information System
4 10 (1.95%) NHS
5 9 (1.76%) CCTV
6 8 (1.56%) Self-Motivation
7 7 (1.37%) Clustering
7 7 (1.37%) Data Centre
8 6 (1.17%) Driving Licence
8 6 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (0.98%) Blackberry
9 5 (0.98%) FMCG
9 5 (0.98%) Learning Management System
9 5 (0.98%) SCADA
10 4 (0.78%) Hybrid Cloud
10 4 (0.78%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.59%) Mobile App
12 2 (0.39%) Replication
12 2 (0.39%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 140 (27.34%) Windows
2 53 (10.35%) Windows 10
3 39 (7.62%) Unix
4 33 (6.45%) Windows Server
5 31 (6.05%) Linux
6 22 (4.30%) Windows 7
6 22 (4.30%) Windows Server 2012
7 17 (3.32%) Windows Server 2016
8 16 (3.13%) Apple iOS
9 15 (2.93%) Android
10 9 (1.76%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (1.37%) Windows XP
12 5 (0.98%) Windows 8
13 3 (0.59%) Windows Server 2019
14 2 (0.39%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.39%) VMS
15 1 (0.20%) Debian
15 1 (0.20%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.20%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (21.68%) Agile Software Development
2 75 (14.65%) Migration
3 72 (14.06%) DevOps
4 64 (12.50%) CRM
4 64 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
5 57 (11.13%) Business Intelligence
6 45 (8.79%) Test Automation
7 36 (7.03%) Problem-Solving
8 34 (6.64%) ITIL
9 33 (6.45%) Data Migration
10 32 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
11 29 (5.66%) ETL
12 26 (5.08%) Kanban
13 25 (4.88%) Change Control
14 24 (4.69%) Project Management
14 24 (4.69%) UML
15 23 (4.49%) SOA
16 22 (4.30%) Identity Access Management
16 22 (4.30%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 22 (4.30%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 118 (23.05%) SQL
2 73 (14.26%) C#
3 51 (9.96%) JavaScript
4 46 (8.98%) PowerShell
5 40 (7.81%) Java
6 22 (4.30%) Python
7 20 (3.91%) Bash Shell
7 20 (3.91%) T-SQL
8 18 (3.52%) C
9 7 (1.37%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 6 (1.17%) R
11 2 (0.39%) VB
11 2 (0.39%) VB6
12 1 (0.20%) MATLAB
12 1 (0.20%) PHP
12 1 (0.20%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.20%) TypeScript
12 1 (0.20%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.20%) VBA
12 1 (0.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 64 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 42 (8.20%) DV Cleared
3 25 (4.88%) Degree
4 22 (4.30%) Microsoft Certification
4 22 (4.30%) SC Cleared
5 17 (3.32%) ISEB
6 15 (2.93%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (2.73%) MCSE
8 13 (2.54%) ISEB Practitioner
9 12 (2.34%) CCDP
10 8 (1.56%) MCSA
11 7 (1.37%) APMP
11 7 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
11 7 (1.37%) CCNA
11 7 (1.37%) CCNP
11 7 (1.37%) MCP
11 7 (1.37%) TOGAF Certification
12 6 (1.17%) HNC
12 6 (1.17%) HND
13 5 (0.98%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (3.71%) SLA
2 18 (3.52%) QA
3 17 (3.32%) PMO
4 6 (1.17%) GDPR
4 6 (1.17%) P3O
5 3 (0.59%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.39%) Good Clinical Practice
6 2 (0.39%) GxP
7 1 (0.20%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.20%) WCAG
System Software
1 129 (25.20%) Active Directory
2 31 (6.05%) Docker
3 29 (5.66%) VMware Infrastructure
4 27 (5.27%) Hyper-V
5 10 (1.95%) Microsoft App-V
6 9 (1.76%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (1.37%) Virtual Machines
8 5 (0.98%) DFS Replication
8 5 (0.98%) Virtual Desktop
9 4 (0.78%) vSphere
10 3 (0.59%) HDFS
11 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.39%) XenApp
11 2 (0.39%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.20%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.20%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 1 (0.20%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.20%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 18 (3.52%) SCCM
2 16 (3.13%) Microsoft Intune
3 13 (2.54%) Terraform
4 9 (1.76%) Ansible
5 8 (1.56%) Hadoop YARN
5 8 (1.56%) SCOM
6 7 (1.37%) WSUS
7 6 (1.17%) Failover Clustering
7 6 (1.17%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (0.98%) SCSM
9 4 (0.78%) Grafana
10 3 (0.59%) Kubernetes
10 3 (0.59%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 3 (0.59%) SCDPM
10 3 (0.59%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.39%) AirWatch
11 2 (0.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (0.39%) Jamf Pro
11 2 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
11 2 (0.39%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 58 (11.33%) Oracle
2 43 (8.40%) VMware
3 37 (7.23%) Cisco
4 36 (7.03%) Dell
5 19 (3.71%) Juniper
6 17 (3.32%) SAP
7 15 (2.93%) Apple
8 14 (2.73%) IBM
8 14 (2.73%) webMethods
9 12 (2.34%) CheckPoint
9 12 (2.34%) SolarWinds
10 11 (2.15%) Citrix
11 10 (1.95%) Google
11 10 (1.95%) Splunk
11 10 (1.95%) Zscaler
12 9 (1.76%) CA
12 9 (1.76%) Cloudera
12 9 (1.76%) Tableau
13 8 (1.56%) HP
14 7 (1.37%) Nintex