The table below looks at the statistics for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft over the 3 months to 1 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not 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.

Location
3 months to
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 6
Rank change year-on-year
+2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 128 80 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 16.80% 12.48% 13.01%
As % of the Vendors category 32.24% 26.14% 27.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 47 46
Average daily rate
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£338 £280 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.53% -25.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £156 £90 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £413 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 10 3
Average hourly rate £15.00 £11.58 £12.42
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.58% -6.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.03 £8.95 £9.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.50 £20.35 £17.68
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -12.90%
Microsoft
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Vendors category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Vendors Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
397 306 311
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 52.10% 47.74% 47.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 195 147
Average daily rate £338 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.46% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £175 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 13 12
Average hourly rate £20.00 £12.50 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -31.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £9.80 £13.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £23.50 £37.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year
+2.70% -1.33%

Microsoft
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Vendors category.

Microsoft Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Microsoft
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft across the Birmingham region.

Microsoft Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

Microsoft Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Microsoft Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 1 October 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft.

1 72 (29.51%) MS Excel
2 63 (25.82%) Windows
3 61 (25.00%) .NET
4 52 (21.31%) C#
5 51 (20.90%) SQL
6 43 (17.62%) Finance
7 40 (16.39%) SQL Server
8 39 (15.98%) MS Office
8 39 (15.98%) ASP.NET
9 37 (15.16%) CRM
9 37 (15.16%) Dynamics CRM
9 37 (15.16%) WCF
10 35 (14.34%) JavaScript
11 34 (13.93%) SharePoint
12 33 (13.52%) Agile Software Development
13 31 (12.70%) Visual Studio
14 28 (11.48%) Active Directory
15 27 (11.07%) Workflow
15 27 (11.07%) VMware
16 26 (10.66%) CSS
17 25 (10.25%) .NET Framework
18 24 (9.84%) ITIL
19 22 (9.02%) Project Management
20 21 (8.61%) TCP/IP
20 21 (8.61%) Windows 7
21 20 (8.20%) Windows Server 2008
22 19 (7.79%) Windows XP
22 19 (7.79%) Logistics
23 18 (7.38%) Banking
23 18 (7.38%) Web Services

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Microsoft also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 34 (13.93%) SharePoint
2 12 (4.92%) MS Exchange
3 9 (3.69%) IBM Notes
4 8 (3.28%) IIS
5 7 (2.87%) SharePoint 2013
6 5 (2.05%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.82%) Lync
10 1 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 5.5
10 1 (0.41%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.41%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.41%) Node.js
Applications
1 72 (29.51%) MS Excel
2 39 (15.98%) MS Office
3 15 (6.15%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (3.28%) MS Project
5 6 (2.46%) MS Visio
6 4 (1.64%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.41%) CATIA
7 1 (0.41%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 37 (15.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (3.69%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (2.46%) CA Clarity
4 4 (1.64%) TRIRIGA
5 2 (0.82%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.41%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.41%) Maximo
6 1 (0.41%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.05%) Office 365
2 4 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (8.61%) TCP/IP
2 14 (5.74%) SAN
3 12 (4.92%) WAN
4 6 (2.46%) Firewall
4 6 (2.46%) VoIP
4 6 (2.46%) DNS
4 6 (2.46%) ADSL
5 5 (2.05%) DHCP
5 5 (2.05%) LAN
6 4 (1.64%) Intranet
7 2 (0.82%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.82%) Wireless
8 1 (0.41%) 3G
8 1 (0.41%) SSL
8 1 (0.41%) ATM
8 1 (0.41%) Broadband
8 1 (0.41%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.41%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (16.39%) SQL Server
2 17 (6.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (3.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 8 (3.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (2.87%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (2.05%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.23%) Data Mining
7 3 (1.23%) MS Access
7 3 (1.23%) Hadoop
8 2 (0.82%) Big Data
8 2 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (0.82%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.41%) OLAP
9 1 (0.41%) MySQL
9 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.41%) QlikView
9 1 (0.41%) ZAP BI
9 1 (0.41%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 31 (12.70%) Visual Studio
2 9 (3.69%) Subversion
3 8 (3.28%) JIRA
4 7 (2.87%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (1.23%) Talend Open Studio
6 2 (0.82%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.41%) MSI
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle APEX
General
1 43 (17.62%) Finance
2 18 (7.38%) Banking
3 17 (6.97%) Advertising
4 11 (4.51%) Investment Banking
5 5 (2.05%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.64%) Publishing
7 3 (1.23%) Front Office
7 3 (1.23%) Back Office
7 3 (1.23%) Legal
7 3 (1.23%) Telecoms
7 3 (1.23%) Corporate Banking
8 2 (0.82%) Automotive
8 2 (0.82%) Law
8 2 (0.82%) Retail
9 1 (0.41%) Billing
9 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.41%) Military
9 1 (0.41%) Electronics
9 1 (0.41%) Local Government
9 1 (0.41%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 73 (29.92%) Developer
2 57 (23.36%) Analyst
3 24 (9.84%) Consultant
4 23 (9.43%) .NET Developer
5 20 (8.20%) CRM Developer
6 19 (7.79%) ASP.NET Developer
7 17 (6.97%) Web Developer
7 17 (6.97%) Support Analyst
8 16 (6.56%) .NET Web Developer
9 15 (6.15%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 15 (6.15%) Project Manager
10 14 (5.74%) Microsoft Developer
11 13 (5.33%) Support Engineer
12 12 (4.92%) Microsoft Consultant
13 11 (4.51%) 2nd Line Support
13 11 (4.51%) Administrator
14 10 (4.10%) Architect
14 10 (4.10%) Data Analyst
15 9 (3.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 9 (3.69%) CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (25.00%) .NET
2 39 (15.98%) ASP.NET
3 37 (15.16%) WCF
4 26 (10.66%) CSS
5 25 (10.25%) .NET Framework
6 18 (7.38%) Web Services
6 18 (7.38%) jQuery
7 17 (6.97%) LINQ
7 17 (6.97%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 13 (5.33%) HTML
9 6 (2.46%) XML
10 4 (1.64%) HTML5
10 4 (1.64%) WPF
10 4 (1.64%) Middleware
11 3 (1.23%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.82%) Reactive Extensions
12 2 (0.82%) Managed Extensibility Framework
12 2 (0.82%) ASP.NET MVC
12 2 (0.82%) Ajax
12 2 (0.82%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.28%) Mobile App
2 8 (3.28%) Social Media
2 8 (3.28%) Pocket PC
2 8 (3.28%) Client/Server
3 7 (2.87%) PMI
3 7 (2.87%) Enterprise Storage
4 5 (2.05%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (1.64%) Computer Science
5 4 (1.64%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.82%) User Experience
6 2 (0.82%) Clustering
6 2 (0.82%) Freedom of Information
7 1 (0.41%) NHS
7 1 (0.41%) E-Learning
7 1 (0.41%) PDA
7 1 (0.41%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.41%) iPad
7 1 (0.41%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 63 (25.82%) Windows
2 21 (8.61%) Windows 7
3 20 (8.20%) Windows Server 2008
4 19 (7.79%) Windows XP
5 16 (6.56%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (4.51%) Windows 8
7 9 (3.69%) UNIX
7 9 (3.69%) Linux
8 8 (3.28%) Windows Phone 8
8 8 (3.28%) Windows Phone
8 8 (3.28%) Windows Mobile
8 8 (3.28%) Windows CE
9 7 (2.87%) Solaris
9 7 (2.87%) Windows Server 2012
10 4 (1.64%) Windows 2000
11 3 (1.23%) Windows Vista
12 2 (0.82%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (15.16%) CRM
2 33 (13.52%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (11.07%) Workflow
4 24 (9.84%) ITIL
5 22 (9.02%) Project Management
6 19 (7.79%) Logistics
7 17 (6.97%) Web Development
7 17 (6.97%) MVC
8 16 (6.56%) Change Management
9 14 (5.74%) Business Analysis
9 14 (5.74%) Migration
10 13 (5.33%) Scrum
10 13 (5.33%) PRINCE2
11 12 (4.92%) Service Delivery
11 12 (4.92%) Stakeholder Management
12 11 (4.51%) Business Intelligence
12 11 (4.51%) E-Discovery
13 10 (4.10%) Risk Management
14 8 (3.28%) Mobile Application Development
14 8 (3.28%) Resource Management
Programming Languages
1 52 (21.31%) C#
2 51 (20.90%) SQL
3 35 (14.34%) JavaScript
4 11 (4.51%) VB
5 8 (3.28%) PowerShell
5 8 (3.28%) C++
5 8 (3.28%) Embedded C++
6 7 (2.87%) VBA
7 5 (2.05%) T-SQL
8 4 (1.64%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.82%) X++
9 2 (0.82%) VBScript
9 2 (0.82%) C
10 1 (0.41%) PHP
10 1 (0.41%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.41%) Java
10 1 (0.41%) VB6
Qualifications
1 16 (6.56%) Security Cleared
2 14 (5.74%) Microsoft Certification
3 11 (4.51%) SC Cleared
4 10 (4.10%) Degree
5 7 (2.87%) PMI Certification
5 7 (2.87%) MCP
6 6 (2.46%) MCSE
6 6 (2.46%) PMP
7 4 (1.64%) MCITP
7 4 (1.64%) A+ Certification
8 3 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (1.23%) ISEB
8 3 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.23%) CCNA
8 3 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.41%) CISSP
9 1 (0.41%) MCSA
9 1 (0.41%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.46%) P3O
2 5 (2.05%) QA
3 3 (1.23%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.82%) SLA
5 1 (0.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 28 (11.48%) Active Directory
2 11 (4.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (3.69%) XenApp
4 5 (2.05%) Hyper-V
5 4 (1.64%) Terminal Services
6 3 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.82%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.82%) vSphere
7 2 (0.82%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.41%) Firmware
8 1 (0.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.41%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.41%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (4.92%) Tivoli
2 8 (3.28%) SCCM
3 7 (2.87%) NetBackup
4 5 (2.05%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (1.23%) Backup Exec
5 3 (1.23%) SCOM
Vendors
1 27 (11.07%) VMware
2 11 (4.51%) Citrix
3 9 (3.69%) HP
3 9 (3.69%) Lotus
3 9 (3.69%) Oracle
3 9 (3.69%) IBM
4 8 (3.28%) Cisco
5 7 (2.87%) Red Hat
6 6 (2.46%) Symantec
7 5 (2.05%) SAP
8 3 (1.23%) Juniper
8 3 (1.23%) MicroStrategy
8 3 (1.23%) Talend
9 2 (0.82%) Meru Networks
9 2 (0.82%) Sybase
9 2 (0.82%) NetApp
9 2 (0.82%) Apple
9 2 (0.82%) EMC
9 2 (0.82%) Compaq
9 2 (0.82%) Avaya
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