The first table below looks at the demand 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 30 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Vendors for the Birmingham region.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 2 6 4
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 122 82 114
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.26% 13.33% 17.30%
As % of the Vendors category 35.99% 26.71% 37.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 43 59
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.98% +1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £208 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £448 £423
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 4 8
Average hourly rate £11.48 £11.83 £12.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.95% -7.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.73 £11.15 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £15.30 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.25 £15.37
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -7.28%
Vendors Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
339 307 302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 47.95% 49.92% 45.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 178 147 139
Average daily rate £320 £340 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.74% +17.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £205 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £465 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 11 17
Average hourly rate £12.00 £16.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.27% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.15 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.35 £20.70 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £19.56
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -2.87%
Microsoft
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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 30 July 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 30 July 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 71 (32.87%) MS Excel
2 57 (26.39%) Windows
3 53 (24.54%) Finance
4 45 (20.83%) MS Office
5 38 (17.59%) .NET
6 36 (16.67%) C#
6 36 (16.67%) SQL
7 29 (13.43%) Windows 7
8 28 (12.96%) SQL Server
8 28 (12.96%) Active Directory
9 23 (10.65%) Project Management
9 23 (10.65%) JavaScript
9 23 (10.65%) ASP.NET
10 21 (9.72%) WCF
11 20 (9.26%) Dynamics CRM
11 20 (9.26%) Windows Server 2008
11 20 (9.26%) CRM
11 20 (9.26%) SharePoint
12 19 (8.80%) Banking
13 17 (7.87%) Windows XP
13 17 (7.87%) Visual Studio
13 17 (7.87%) ITIL
13 17 (7.87%) Workflow
13 17 (7.87%) VMware
13 17 (7.87%) MS PowerPoint
14 16 (7.41%) Dynamics AX
14 16 (7.41%) Migration
14 16 (7.41%) Logistics
14 16 (7.41%) PRINCE2
15 15 (6.94%) CSS

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 20 (9.26%) SharePoint
2 14 (6.48%) MS Exchange
3 10 (4.63%) IBM Notes
4 4 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (1.39%) LiveCycle
6 2 (0.93%) Lync
6 2 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.46%) Documentum
7 1 (0.46%) FileNet
7 1 (0.46%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (0.46%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 71 (32.87%) MS Excel
2 45 (20.83%) MS Office
3 17 (7.87%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (3.70%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (2.78%) MS Project
6 2 (0.93%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.46%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 20 (9.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (7.41%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (2.78%) CA Clarity
4 4 (1.85%) TRIRIGA
5 3 (1.39%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.46%) Maximo
6 1 (0.46%) e-Work
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.78%) Office 365
2 3 (1.39%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 15 (6.94%) TCP/IP
2 11 (5.09%) WAN
3 9 (4.17%) LAN
4 7 (3.24%) DNS
4 7 (3.24%) SAN
4 7 (3.24%) Wireless
5 6 (2.78%) ADSL
6 5 (2.31%) DHCP
7 4 (1.85%) Intranet
8 3 (1.39%) VoIP
9 2 (0.93%) Unified Communications
10 1 (0.46%) DDNS
10 1 (0.46%) 3G
10 1 (0.46%) LDAP
10 1 (0.46%) Broadband
10 1 (0.46%) VPN
10 1 (0.46%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (12.96%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (2.78%) MS Access
4 4 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (1.39%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.39%) Hadoop
6 2 (0.93%) Big Data
6 2 (0.93%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.93%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.93%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.46%) SQLPlus
7 1 (0.46%) OLAP
7 1 (0.46%) MySQL
7 1 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.46%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.46%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 17 (7.87%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.85%) Subversion
3 3 (1.39%) Talend Open Studio
3 3 (1.39%) JIRA
4 2 (0.93%) MSI
5 1 (0.46%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle Forms
5 1 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.46%) Oracle APEX
5 1 (0.46%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 53 (24.54%) Finance
2 19 (8.80%) Banking
3 15 (6.94%) Advertising
4 10 (4.63%) Investment Banking
5 9 (4.17%) Legal
6 6 (2.78%) Manufacturing
7 4 (1.85%) Publishing
7 4 (1.85%) Back Office
8 3 (1.39%) Retail
8 3 (1.39%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.39%) Front Office
8 3 (1.39%) Corporate Banking
9 1 (0.46%) Military
9 1 (0.46%) Automotive
9 1 (0.46%) Law
9 1 (0.46%) Local Government
9 1 (0.46%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.46%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 47 (21.76%) Analyst
2 42 (19.44%) Developer
3 27 (12.50%) Consultant
4 18 (8.33%) .NET Developer
4 18 (8.33%) Project Manager
5 16 (7.41%) ASP.NET Developer
6 15 (6.94%) Support Analyst
7 14 (6.48%) Web Developer
7 14 (6.48%) Support Engineer
8 13 (6.02%) .NET Web Developer
9 12 (5.56%) Desktop Support
10 11 (5.09%) Architect
10 11 (5.09%) 2nd Line Support
10 11 (5.09%) Support Technician
10 11 (5.09%) Microsoft Consultant
11 9 (4.17%) CRM Consultant
11 9 (4.17%) Administrator
11 9 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
11 9 (4.17%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
12 8 (3.70%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (17.59%) .NET
2 23 (10.65%) ASP.NET
3 21 (9.72%) WCF
4 15 (6.94%) CSS
4 15 (6.94%) .NET Framework
4 15 (6.94%) jQuery
5 14 (6.48%) LINQ
5 14 (6.48%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 11 (5.09%) Web Services
7 6 (2.78%) XML
8 3 (1.39%) Middleware
8 3 (1.39%) WPF
9 2 (0.93%) Ajax
9 2 (0.93%) SOAP
9 2 (0.93%) HTML
10 1 (0.46%) J2EE
10 1 (0.46%) JMS
10 1 (0.46%) WebSphere Message Broker
10 1 (0.46%) WF
10 1 (0.46%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 9 (4.17%) Management Information System
2 8 (3.70%) Social Media
2 8 (3.70%) PMI
3 5 (2.31%) Client/Server
4 4 (1.85%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (1.85%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.85%) Blackberry
5 3 (1.39%) Pocket PC
5 3 (1.39%) Mobile App
6 2 (0.93%) PDA
6 2 (0.93%) Credit Risk
6 2 (0.93%) Market Risk
6 2 (0.93%) Mathematics
6 2 (0.93%) Clustering
6 2 (0.93%) Freedom of Information
6 2 (0.93%) NHS
7 1 (0.46%) EPoS
7 1 (0.46%) E-Learning
7 1 (0.46%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 57 (26.39%) Windows
2 29 (13.43%) Windows 7
3 20 (9.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 17 (7.87%) Windows XP
5 14 (6.48%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (2.78%) Windows 8
6 6 (2.78%) Android
7 4 (1.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (1.85%) Windows Mobile
8 3 (1.39%) Windows CE
8 3 (1.39%) UNIX
8 3 (1.39%) Windows Vista
8 3 (1.39%) Windows Phone
8 3 (1.39%) Windows Phone 8
9 2 (0.93%) Windows NT
9 2 (0.93%) Linux
9 2 (0.93%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.46%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (10.65%) Project Management
2 20 (9.26%) CRM
3 17 (7.87%) ITIL
3 17 (7.87%) Workflow
4 16 (7.41%) Migration
4 16 (7.41%) Logistics
4 16 (7.41%) PRINCE2
5 14 (6.48%) Web Development
5 14 (6.48%) MVC
6 12 (5.56%) Service Delivery
7 11 (5.09%) Change Management
7 11 (5.09%) Business Analysis
8 9 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (4.17%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (3.24%) Resource Management
10 6 (2.78%) Time Management
10 6 (2.78%) Risk Management
10 6 (2.78%) Business Continuity
11 5 (2.31%) ERP
11 5 (2.31%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (16.67%) C#
1 36 (16.67%) SQL
2 23 (10.65%) JavaScript
3 7 (3.24%) VBA
4 6 (2.78%) VB
5 4 (1.85%) PowerShell
5 4 (1.85%) C
5 4 (1.85%) VBScript
6 3 (1.39%) Embedded C++
6 3 (1.39%) C++
7 2 (0.93%) Java
7 2 (0.93%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.46%) PHP
8 1 (0.46%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.46%) X++
Qualifications
1 15 (6.94%) Microsoft Certification
1 15 (6.94%) Security Cleared
2 10 (4.63%) Degree
2 10 (4.63%) SC Cleared
3 9 (4.17%) MCSE
3 9 (4.17%) MCP
4 8 (3.70%) PMI Certification
5 7 (3.24%) PMP
5 7 (3.24%) A+ Certification
6 5 (2.31%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 5 (2.31%) MCITP
7 2 (0.93%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (0.93%) CCNA
7 2 (0.93%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.46%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.46%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.24%) P3O
2 6 (2.78%) QA
3 5 (2.31%) SLA
4 3 (1.39%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.46%) HL7
System Software
1 28 (12.96%) Active Directory
2 8 (3.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.24%) XenApp
4 5 (2.31%) Hyper-V
5 3 (1.39%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.93%) vSphere
7 1 (0.46%) XenServer
7 1 (0.46%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (4.17%) Tivoli
2 6 (2.78%) SCCM
3 5 (2.31%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 3 (1.39%) Backup Exec
4 3 (1.39%) SCOM
5 1 (0.46%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.46%) DameWare
5 1 (0.46%) WSUS
Vendors
1 17 (7.87%) VMware
2 13 (6.02%) HP
3 12 (5.56%) Citrix
4 11 (5.09%) Oracle
5 10 (4.63%) Lotus
6 8 (3.70%) Cisco
7 7 (3.24%) Apple
8 4 (1.85%) SAP
8 4 (1.85%) IBM
8 4 (1.85%) Adobe
9 3 (1.39%) Juniper
9 3 (1.39%) Business Objects
9 3 (1.39%) Talend
10 2 (0.93%) Meru Networks
10 2 (0.93%) PeopleSoft
10 2 (0.93%) Sybase
10 2 (0.93%) NetApp
10 2 (0.93%) Compaq
10 2 (0.93%) EMC
10 2 (0.93%) Symantec
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