The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Worcestershire 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 3 months to 22 June 2017 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
West Midlands / Worcestershire
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 3 5 4
Rank change year-on-year +2 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 8 25 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Worcestershire 22.86% 26.88% 16.67%
As % of the Vendors category 32.00% 42.37% 32.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 16 11
Median daily rate £250 £390 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.89% +56.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £360 £350 £337
% change year-on-year +2.85% +4.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 2
Median hourly rate £12.50 £13.00 £13.74
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.84% -5.38%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +10.00%  

Microsoft is in the vendor products and services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Worcestershire.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Worcestershire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 25 59 46
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Worcestershire 71.43% 63.44% 51.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 39 34
Median daily rate £250 £380 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -34.21% -5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £425 £534
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 7
Median hourly rate £13.50 £13.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.88% -26.38%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.15 £18.75 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Worcestershire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Worcestershire citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Worcestershire

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Worcestershire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Worcestershire

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Worcestershire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Worcestershire

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in Worcestershire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the Worcestershire region over the 3 months to 22 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Worcester +1 6 - - 1
Redditch +6 1 £250 -28.57%
Microsoft
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Worcestershire region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 5 (38.46%) Windows
2 4 (30.77%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (23.08%) ITIL
3 3 (23.08%) IBM Notes
3 3 (23.08%) Lotus
3 3 (23.08%) Management Information System
3 3 (23.08%) Office 365
4 2 (15.38%) Translating Business Requirements
4 2 (15.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 2 (15.38%) Service Delivery
4 2 (15.38%) Automotive
4 2 (15.38%) Business Analysis
4 2 (15.38%) Linux
4 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
4 2 (15.38%) C
4 2 (15.38%) C#
4 2 (15.38%) SQL
4 2 (15.38%) Oracle
5 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
5 1 (7.69%) .NET
5 1 (7.69%) MySQL
5 1 (7.69%) C++
5 1 (7.69%) HTML
5 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
5 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET
5 1 (7.69%) CSS
5 1 (7.69%) Web Services
5 1 (7.69%) OOP
5 1 (7.69%) Unix
5 1 (7.69%) Firmware

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Worcestershire 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 3 (23.08%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 4 (30.77%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 3 (23.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) 3G
1 1 (7.69%) Ethernet
1 1 (7.69%) Firewall
1 1 (7.69%) LAN
1 1 (7.69%) RS-232
1 1 (7.69%) RS-485
1 1 (7.69%) SAN
1 1 (7.69%) TCP/IP
1 1 (7.69%) WAN
1 1 (7.69%) Wi-Fi
1 1 (7.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) MySQL
1 1 (7.69%) RDBMS
1 1 (7.69%) Relational Database
1 1 (7.69%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
2 1 (7.69%) LabVIEW
General
1 2 (15.38%) Automotive
2 1 (7.69%) Advertising
2 1 (7.69%) Local Government
2 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 2 (15.38%) 1st Line Support
1 2 (15.38%) Desktop Support
1 2 (15.38%) Team Leader
2 1 (7.69%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
2 1 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET Developer
2 1 (7.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
2 1 (7.69%) C# Developer
2 1 (7.69%) C# Software Developer
2 1 (7.69%) C# Software Engineer
2 1 (7.69%) Consultant
2 1 (7.69%) Database Team Leader
2 1 (7.69%) Deployment Engineer
2 1 (7.69%) Developer
2 1 (7.69%) Dynamics NAV Consultant
2 1 (7.69%) ICT Officer
2 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (7.69%) Network Team Leader
2 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
2 1 (7.69%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
1 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET
1 1 (7.69%) CSS
1 1 (7.69%) Entity Framework
1 1 (7.69%) HTML
1 1 (7.69%) Middleware
1 1 (7.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (23.08%) Management Information System
2 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (7.69%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (7.69%) HP Storage
Operating Systems
1 5 (38.46%) Windows
2 2 (15.38%) Linux
3 1 (7.69%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (7.69%) Unix
3 1 (7.69%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (23.08%) ITIL
2 2 (15.38%) Business Analysis
2 2 (15.38%) Service Delivery
2 2 (15.38%) Translating Business Requirements
3 1 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (7.69%) BDD
3 1 (7.69%) Business Transformation
3 1 (7.69%) Configuration Management
3 1 (7.69%) Defect Tracking
3 1 (7.69%) Information Assurance
3 1 (7.69%) ITIL V3
3 1 (7.69%) MVC
3 1 (7.69%) OOP
3 1 (7.69%) Post-Production
3 1 (7.69%) Project Management
3 1 (7.69%) Software Engineering
3 1 (7.69%) TDD
3 1 (7.69%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (7.69%) Time Management
3 1 (7.69%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) C
1 2 (15.38%) C#
1 2 (15.38%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) Assembly Language
2 1 (7.69%) C++
2 1 (7.69%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (15.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (7.69%) ISEB
2 1 (7.69%) Oracle Certification
System Software
1 1 (7.69%) Active Directory
1 1 (7.69%) Firmware
1 1 (7.69%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 3 (23.08%) Lotus
2 2 (15.38%) Oracle
3 1 (7.69%) AppSense
3 1 (7.69%) Assembla
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco
3 1 (7.69%) Citrix
3 1 (7.69%) Dell
3 1 (7.69%) HP