Period
to 16 November 2018

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 16 November 2018 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
16 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 5 4 4
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 740 659 958
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 14.36% 13.69% 15.34%
As % of the Vendors category 30.86% 30.55% 32.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 449 408 568
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £383 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.58% +2.00% +7.14%
10th Percentile £146 £160 £200
90th Percentile £545 £525 £538
England median daily rate £420 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 49 50
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +14.81% -18.18%
10th Percentile £10.83 £11.00 £10.23
90th Percentile £30.85 £35.00 £22.53
England median hourly rate £15.86 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +5.73% -3.23% -

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 2,398 2,157 2,922
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 46.55% 44.81% 46.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,370 1,277 1,569
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £230 £208 £250
90th Percentile £575 £571 £550
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 93 93
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.26% +6.90% -6.45%
10th Percentile £10.86 £10.80 £10.25
90th Percentile £29.85 £47.05 £25.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.38 £16.50
% change year-on-year +0.72% +5.30% -5.71%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Microsoft as a percentage 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

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 16 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in the West Midlands

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 16 November 2018.

Contractor 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 16 November 2018. 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 +2 228 £375 -6.25% 218
Coventry +9 163 £450 +26.76% 41
Shropshire -23 83 £427 +7.97% 12
Warwickshire 0 67 £369 -4.84% 66
Herefordshire +3 31 £375 +150.00% 12
Staffordshire -15 28 £363 +5.07% 60
Solihull -1 21 £350 +9.38% 16
Wolverhampton 0 20 £475 +156.76% 15
Worcestershire +5 16 £288 +3.14% 35
Walsall - 7 £450 - 4
West Bromwich -5 3 £140 -70.53% 1
Sutton Coldfield - 1 £350 - 6
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 16 November 2018, 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.

1 246 (33.24%) Windows
2 212 (28.65%) Microsoft Azure
3 190 (25.68%) Agile Software Development
4 172 (23.24%) Active Directory
5 165 (22.30%) Microsoft Office
6 157 (21.22%) .NET
7 154 (20.81%) SQL
8 128 (17.30%) Office 365
9 115 (15.54%) C#
10 113 (15.27%) ITIL
11 109 (14.73%) Migration
12 106 (14.32%) SQL Server
13 96 (12.97%) Windows Server
14 93 (12.57%) JavaScript
14 93 (12.57%) CRM
15 84 (11.35%) Finance
16 77 (10.41%) Dynamics CRM
16 77 (10.41%) Microsoft Excel
17 68 (9.19%) HTML
17 68 (9.19%) Stakeholder Management
17 68 (9.19%) VMware
17 68 (9.19%) DevOps
18 67 (9.05%) Dynamics 365
19 61 (8.24%) MVC
19 61 (8.24%) CSS
20 60 (8.11%) Windows 10
21 59 (7.97%) Continuous Integration
21 59 (7.97%) ASP.NET
21 59 (7.97%) Project Management
22 57 (7.70%) PowerShell

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 50 (6.76%) MS Exchange
2 44 (5.95%) SharePoint
3 16 (2.16%) WebLogic
4 15 (2.03%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (1.89%) Confluence
6 12 (1.62%) IIS
7 11 (1.49%) Skype for Business
8 10 (1.35%) Elasticsearch
9 9 (1.22%) BizTalk Server
10 8 (1.08%) IBM Notes
11 7 (0.95%) CMS
11 7 (0.95%) Documentum
12 6 (0.81%) JBoss
12 6 (0.81%) WebSphere
12 6 (0.81%) WildFly
13 5 (0.68%) Exchange Server 2013
13 5 (0.68%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.41%) MS Project Server
14 3 (0.41%) Sitecore CMS
15 2 (0.27%) SAP Portal
Applications
1 165 (22.30%) Microsoft Office
2 77 (10.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 30 (4.05%) Microsoft Project
4 26 (3.51%) MS Visio
5 23 (3.11%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 6 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.27%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.14%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 77 (10.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.22%) Dynamics NAV
3 7 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle CRM
4 3 (0.41%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.27%) Eikon
5 2 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
5 2 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.27%) SAP FI-CA
5 2 (0.27%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.27%) Siebel CRM
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.14%) Primavera
6 1 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 212 (28.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 128 (17.30%) Office 365
3 67 (9.05%) Dynamics 365
4 32 (4.32%) SaaS
5 31 (4.19%) Amazon AWS
5 31 (4.19%) PaaS
6 29 (3.92%) IaaS
7 17 (2.30%) G Suite
8 13 (1.76%) Google Cloud Platform
9 10 (1.35%) Azure Active Directory
9 10 (1.35%) Cloud Computing
9 10 (1.35%) OneDrive
10 9 (1.22%) GitHub
10 9 (1.22%) Serverless
11 7 (0.95%) Azure Data Factory
11 7 (0.95%) Azure Functions
12 3 (0.41%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.27%) Google Drive
13 2 (0.27%) SuccessFactors
13 2 (0.27%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 18 (2.43%) Firewall
2 16 (2.16%) DNS
3 15 (2.03%) DHCP
4 14 (1.89%) LAN
4 14 (1.89%) TCP/IP
5 12 (1.62%) WAN
6 11 (1.49%) VPN
7 10 (1.35%) Skype
8 7 (0.95%) Internet
8 7 (0.95%) VLAN
8 7 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.68%) SAN
9 5 (0.68%) Unified Communications
10 4 (0.54%) Intranet
10 4 (0.54%) iSCSI
10 4 (0.54%) MPLS
10 4 (0.54%) SNMP
10 4 (0.54%) SSL
10 4 (0.54%) WLAN
11 3 (0.41%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 106 (14.32%) SQL Server
2 29 (3.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 29 (3.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 16 (2.16%) Relational Database
4 14 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 13 (1.76%) Power BI
6 11 (1.49%) Data Warehouse
6 11 (1.49%) MongoDB
6 11 (1.49%) NoSQL
6 11 (1.49%) RDBMS
7 10 (1.35%) MySQL
8 9 (1.22%) Azure SQL Database
9 8 (1.08%) Apache Cassandra
9 8 (1.08%) Cosmos DB
9 8 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
9 8 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.95%) SQLite
11 6 (0.81%) Big Data
11 6 (0.81%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 50 (6.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 49 (6.62%) Visual Studio Team System
3 41 (5.54%) Git (software)
4 38 (5.14%) Visual Studio
5 36 (4.86%) JIRA
6 29 (3.92%) Selenium
7 22 (2.97%) Jenkins
8 13 (1.76%) Grunt
8 13 (1.76%) gulp
9 11 (1.49%) HP UFT
10 10 (1.35%) GitLab
10 10 (1.35%) Moq
10 10 (1.35%) NUnit
10 10 (1.35%) Octopus Deploy
10 10 (1.35%) TeamCity
11 9 (1.22%) Xcode
12 8 (1.08%) Eclipse
13 6 (0.81%) Bitbucket
13 6 (0.81%) Toad
14 5 (0.68%) SonarQube
General
1 84 (11.35%) Finance
2 29 (3.92%) Marketing
3 19 (2.57%) Military
4 15 (2.03%) Manufacturing
4 15 (2.03%) Telecoms
5 10 (1.35%) Automotive
5 10 (1.35%) Banking
5 10 (1.35%) Local Government
5 10 (1.35%) Retail
6 9 (1.22%) Back Office
7 8 (1.08%) Electronics
8 6 (0.81%) Advertising
8 6 (0.81%) Legal
9 5 (0.68%) Law
10 4 (0.54%) Cantonese Language
10 4 (0.54%) Mandarin Language
11 2 (0.27%) Aerospace
11 2 (0.27%) French Language
11 2 (0.27%) Front Office
12 1 (0.14%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 136 (18.38%) Developer
2 116 (15.68%) Analyst
3 56 (7.57%) Architect
4 42 (5.68%) Project Manager
5 41 (5.54%) Consultant
6 32 (4.32%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 30 (4.05%) .NET Developer
7 30 (4.05%) DevOps Engineer
8 29 (3.92%) Support Engineer
9 26 (3.51%) Business Analyst
9 26 (3.51%) Desktop Support
9 26 (3.51%) Service Analyst
10 24 (3.24%) Azure Developer
11 22 (2.97%) IT Support
11 22 (2.97%) Service Desk Analyst
12 20 (2.70%) 2nd Line Support
13 19 (2.57%) Azure Engineer
13 19 (2.57%) Technical Architect
14 18 (2.43%) Microsoft Developer
14 18 (2.43%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (21.22%) .NET
2 68 (9.19%) HTML
3 61 (8.24%) CSS
4 59 (7.97%) ASP.NET
5 37 (5.00%) Web Services
6 36 (4.86%) XML
7 35 (4.73%) ASP.NET Web API
8 33 (4.46%) jQuery
9 28 (3.78%) JSON
10 26 (3.51%) ASP.NET MVC
10 26 (3.51%) HTML5
11 22 (2.97%) WCF
12 20 (2.70%) .NET Framework
13 19 (2.57%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 17 (2.30%) AngularJS
14 17 (2.30%) SOAP
15 15 (2.03%) KnockoutJS
16 13 (1.76%) REST
17 12 (1.62%) CSS3
17 12 (1.62%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 50 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
2 40 (5.41%) Data Centre
3 33 (4.46%) User Experience
4 32 (4.32%) Public Cloud
5 30 (4.05%) Management Information System
6 25 (3.38%) Mobile App
7 16 (2.16%) Enterprise Software
8 15 (2.03%) Self-Motivation
9 12 (1.62%) Fat Client
9 12 (1.62%) Thin Client
10 11 (1.49%) Blackberry
11 10 (1.35%) Computer Science
11 10 (1.35%) iPhone
12 8 (1.08%) Driving Licence
12 8 (1.08%) NHS
13 5 (0.68%) Clustering
13 5 (0.68%) EPoS
13 5 (0.68%) Fintech
13 5 (0.68%) Virtual Team
14 4 (0.54%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 246 (33.24%) Windows
2 96 (12.97%) Windows Server
3 60 (8.11%) Windows 10
4 52 (7.03%) Windows 7
5 41 (5.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 26 (3.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 25 (3.38%) Unix
8 21 (2.84%) Linux
9 19 (2.57%) Android
10 16 (2.16%) Windows XP
11 13 (1.76%) Apple iOS
12 10 (1.35%) Windows 8
12 10 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
13 6 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 3 (0.41%) Windows Phone
15 2 (0.27%) AIX
15 2 (0.27%) CentOS
15 2 (0.27%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.14%) VMS
16 1 (0.14%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 190 (25.68%) Agile Software Development
2 113 (15.27%) ITIL
3 109 (14.73%) Migration
4 93 (12.57%) CRM
5 68 (9.19%) DevOps
5 68 (9.19%) Stakeholder Management
6 61 (8.24%) MVC
7 59 (7.97%) Continuous Integration
7 59 (7.97%) Project Management
8 50 (6.76%) Test Automation
9 48 (6.49%) Scrum
9 48 (6.49%) Waterfall
10 44 (5.95%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 44 (5.95%) Problem-Solving
10 44 (5.95%) TDD
11 41 (5.54%) Service Delivery
12 40 (5.41%) SDLC
13 37 (5.00%) Business Intelligence
14 36 (4.86%) Service Management
15 34 (4.59%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 154 (20.81%) SQL
2 115 (15.54%) C#
3 93 (12.57%) JavaScript
4 57 (7.70%) PowerShell
5 27 (3.65%) T-SQL
6 26 (3.51%) Java
7 15 (2.03%) Python
8 12 (1.62%) VBScript
9 9 (1.22%) Apple Swift
9 9 (1.22%) C
9 9 (1.22%) Objective-C
10 8 (1.08%) VB.NET
11 6 (0.81%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.81%) TypeScript
12 5 (0.68%) Bash Shell
13 4 (0.54%) PHP
13 4 (0.54%) PureScript
14 3 (0.41%) VB
15 1 (0.14%) C++
15 1 (0.14%) VBA
Qualifications
1 55 (7.43%) Security Cleared
2 43 (5.81%) Microsoft Certification
3 29 (3.92%) Degree
3 29 (3.92%) MCSE
4 25 (3.38%) SC Cleared
5 18 (2.43%) MCP
6 17 (2.30%) MCITP
7 16 (2.16%) DV Cleared
7 16 (2.16%) ISEB
8 13 (1.76%) ISTQB
9 11 (1.49%) CISSP
10 10 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
10 10 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 7 (0.95%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (0.95%) CISMP
11 7 (0.95%) ISEB Practitioner
11 7 (0.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 7 (0.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 6 (0.81%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (0.81%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (1.89%) SLA
2 10 (1.35%) PMO
3 9 (1.22%) GDPR
3 9 (1.22%) QA
4 8 (1.08%) WCAG
5 7 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.81%) ISO 14001
6 6 (0.81%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.81%) JSP 440
7 4 (0.54%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.27%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.14%) COBIT
9 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 172 (23.24%) Active Directory
2 41 (5.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (3.51%) Hyper-V
4 20 (2.70%) XenApp
5 19 (2.57%) Microsoft App-V
6 18 (2.43%) Docker
7 13 (1.76%) Virtual Machines
8 12 (1.62%) VMware ESXi
9 11 (1.49%) Terminal Services
9 11 (1.49%) VMware Workstation
9 11 (1.49%) vSphere
10 8 (1.08%) XenDesktop
11 7 (0.95%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.54%) Firmware
13 3 (0.41%) VMware Server
14 2 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 2 (0.27%) Virtual Servers
15 1 (0.14%) Snort
Systems Management
1 50 (6.76%) SCCM
2 26 (3.51%) WSUS
3 15 (2.03%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (1.22%) HockeyApp
4 9 (1.22%) SCOM
5 8 (1.08%) SafeCom
5 8 (1.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 7 (0.95%) Ansible
6 7 (0.95%) Terraform
7 6 (0.81%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (0.81%) vCenter Server
8 5 (0.68%) Backup Exec
8 5 (0.68%) Kibana
8 5 (0.68%) Kubernetes
8 5 (0.68%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (0.68%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (0.68%) Opscode Chef
9 4 (0.54%) AirWatch
9 4 (0.54%) logstash
9 4 (0.54%) Puppet
Vendors
1 68 (9.19%) VMware
2 54 (7.30%) Oracle
3 32 (4.32%) Cisco
4 29 (3.92%) Citrix
5 23 (3.11%) Google
6 22 (2.97%) SAP
7 19 (2.57%) Apple
8 17 (2.30%) HP
9 16 (2.16%) NetApp
9 16 (2.16%) webMethods
10 13 (1.76%) Atlassian
11 11 (1.49%) IBM
11 11 (1.49%) Postini
11 11 (1.49%) Wyse
12 9 (1.22%) Twitter
12 9 (1.22%) Xamarin
13 8 (1.08%) Avaya
13 8 (1.08%) Lotus
13 8 (1.08%) ServiceNow
14 7 (0.95%) CheckPoint