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 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 2 6
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 115 122 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 15.71% 17.26% 13.68%
As % of the Vendors category 35.94% 35.99% 27.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 69 44
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£350 £325 £343
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -5.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £136 £200 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £520 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 4
Average hourly rate £15.25 £11.48 £11.83
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.89% -2.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.08 £10.73 £11.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.55 £20.00 £15.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
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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
320 339 307
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 43.72% 47.95% 50.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 178 146
Average daily rate £350 £320 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -5.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £185 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £491 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 18 11
Average hourly rate £16.00 £12.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.93 £10.50 £11.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £20.00 £20.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £19.48
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -10.16%

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 31 July 2015.

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 31 July 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 61 (26.64%) MS Excel
2 58 (25.33%) Windows
3 50 (21.83%) SQL Server
4 44 (19.21%) .NET
5 42 (18.34%) CRM
6 40 (17.47%) Dynamics CRM
7 37 (16.16%) Active Directory
8 36 (15.72%) Finance
9 35 (15.28%) SQL
10 32 (13.97%) ITIL
11 29 (12.66%) Agile Software Development
12 27 (11.79%) MS Office
13 26 (11.35%) Migration
14 24 (10.48%) VMware
14 24 (10.48%) Windows 7
15 23 (10.04%) TOGAF
15 23 (10.04%) Linux
15 23 (10.04%) SharePoint
16 22 (9.61%) Microsoft Certification
16 22 (9.61%) Windows Server 2008
17 20 (8.73%) C#
18 19 (8.30%) Windows XP
18 19 (8.30%) Windows Server 2012
19 18 (7.86%) Citrix
20 17 (7.42%) PRINCE2
20 17 (7.42%) Scrum
21 16 (6.99%) Project Management
22 15 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
22 15 (6.55%) TDD
23 14 (6.11%) Windows Server 2003

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 23 (10.04%) SharePoint
2 14 (6.11%) MS Exchange
3 10 (4.37%) Lync
4 6 (2.62%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (2.62%) SharePoint 2013
4 6 (2.62%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (1.75%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (0.87%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.44%) MS Project Server
8 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.44%) Alfresco
8 1 (0.44%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.44%) Moodle
8 1 (0.44%) Blackboard Learning System
8 1 (0.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.44%) CMS
8 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.44%) Documentum
8 1 (0.44%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 61 (26.64%) MS Excel
2 27 (11.79%) MS Office
3 11 (4.80%) MS Project
4 7 (3.06%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (1.31%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.87%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.87%) Vectorworks
7 1 (0.44%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.44%) Adobe Premiere
Business Applications
1 40 (17.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (4.37%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (1.31%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (1.31%) Eikon
4 1 (0.44%) SyteLine
4 1 (0.44%) Magento
4 1 (0.44%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 12 (5.24%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (4.80%) Office 365
3 3 (1.31%) SaaS
3 3 (1.31%) PaaS
4 2 (0.87%) Yammer
4 2 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.44%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.37%) WAN
2 9 (3.93%) TCP/IP
2 9 (3.93%) Firewall
3 8 (3.49%) DNS
4 7 (3.06%) SAN
5 6 (2.62%) DHCP
5 6 (2.62%) LAN
6 5 (2.18%) VPN
7 3 (1.31%) LDAP
7 3 (1.31%) VoIP
7 3 (1.31%) Unified Communications
8 2 (0.87%) NAS
8 2 (0.87%) NetScaler
8 2 (0.87%) 3G
8 2 (0.87%) Network Security
8 2 (0.87%) Wireless
9 1 (0.44%) 2G
9 1 (0.44%) IP Telephony
9 1 (0.44%) Cisco ICM
9 1 (0.44%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (21.83%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 13 (5.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (5.24%) PostgreSQL
5 10 (4.37%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (3.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (2.18%) SQL Server 2008
7 5 (2.18%) Relational Database
8 4 (1.75%) SQL Server 2005
8 4 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (1.75%) BusinessObjects
8 4 (1.75%) MySQL
9 3 (1.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (0.87%) QlikView
10 2 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (0.44%) SAP BW
11 1 (0.44%) DB2
11 1 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
11 1 (0.44%) MS Access
11 1 (0.44%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (5.68%) Git (software)
2 12 (5.24%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (4.80%) Subversion
4 10 (4.37%) Selenium
5 2 (0.87%) JIRA
5 2 (0.87%) MSI
6 1 (0.44%) Visual Studio
6 1 (0.44%) MorphX
6 1 (0.44%) XMLUnit
General
1 36 (15.72%) Finance
2 6 (2.62%) Automotive
2 6 (2.62%) Advertising
2 6 (2.62%) Retail
3 5 (2.18%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.18%) Law
4 3 (1.31%) Front Office
5 2 (0.87%) Banking
5 2 (0.87%) Manufacturing
5 2 (0.87%) German Language
6 1 (0.44%) Polish Language
6 1 (0.44%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.44%) Local Government
6 1 (0.44%) Marketing
6 1 (0.44%) French Language
6 1 (0.44%) Back Office
6 1 (0.44%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 49 (21.40%) Developer
2 37 (16.16%) Analyst
3 23 (10.04%) Architect
4 21 (9.17%) Project Manager
5 13 (5.68%) Consultant
5 13 (5.68%) Service Analyst
5 13 (5.68%) Service Desk Analyst
5 13 (5.68%) Python Developer
6 8 (3.49%) Administrator
6 8 (3.49%) Support Engineer
7 7 (3.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (3.06%) Server Engineer
8 6 (2.62%) .NET Developer
8 6 (2.62%) Help Desk Analyst
8 6 (2.62%) Trainer
9 5 (2.18%) Senior Developer
9 5 (2.18%) IT Trainer
9 5 (2.18%) Help Desk Engineer
9 5 (2.18%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 5 (2.18%) Dynamics CRM Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (19.21%) .NET
2 11 (4.80%) Django
2 11 (4.80%) RESTful
2 11 (4.80%) Flask
3 9 (3.93%) ASP.NET
4 8 (3.49%) HTML
5 7 (3.06%) Web Services
6 6 (2.62%) CSS
7 5 (2.18%) Middleware
8 4 (1.75%) SOAP
8 4 (1.75%) .NET Framework
8 4 (1.75%) Application Packaging
8 4 (1.75%) REST
9 3 (1.31%) JSON
9 3 (1.31%) XML
10 2 (0.87%) WCF
10 2 (0.87%) CSS3
10 2 (0.87%) jQuery
10 2 (0.87%) HTML5
11 1 (0.44%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 8 (3.49%) NHS
2 6 (2.62%) Clustering
3 5 (2.18%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (2.18%) Data Centre
4 4 (1.75%) E-Learning
4 4 (1.75%) EPoS
5 3 (1.31%) Thin Client
5 3 (1.31%) Fat Client
5 3 (1.31%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.87%) Visualisation
6 2 (0.87%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.44%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.44%) User Experience
7 1 (0.44%) Data Extraction
7 1 (0.44%) VLE
7 1 (0.44%) Tandem
7 1 (0.44%) Economics
7 1 (0.44%) PKI
7 1 (0.44%) PDA
7 1 (0.44%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 58 (25.33%) Windows
2 24 (10.48%) Windows 7
3 23 (10.04%) Linux
4 22 (9.61%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (8.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (8.30%) Windows XP
6 14 (6.11%) Windows Server 2003
7 11 (4.80%) Ubuntu
8 10 (4.37%) Debian
9 6 (2.62%) UNIX
9 6 (2.62%) Windows 8
10 5 (2.18%) Solaris
11 4 (1.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.87%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.44%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (18.34%) CRM
2 32 (13.97%) ITIL
3 29 (12.66%) Agile Software Development
4 26 (11.35%) Migration
5 23 (10.04%) TOGAF
6 17 (7.42%) Scrum
6 17 (7.42%) PRINCE2
7 16 (6.99%) Project Management
8 15 (6.55%) Business Intelligence
8 15 (6.55%) TDD
9 14 (6.11%) Test Automation
10 13 (5.68%) BDD
10 13 (5.68%) Data Migration
10 13 (5.68%) Information Security
10 13 (5.68%) MVC
10 13 (5.68%) Mentoring
11 11 (4.80%) Change Management
11 11 (4.80%) E-Commerce
11 11 (4.80%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (4.37%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 35 (15.28%) SQL
2 20 (8.73%) C#
3 13 (5.68%) Python
4 9 (3.93%) PowerShell
5 7 (3.06%) VB
6 6 (2.62%) T-SQL
7 5 (2.18%) Shell Script
7 5 (2.18%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.75%) X++
9 3 (1.31%) VB.NET
9 3 (1.31%) VBA
10 1 (0.44%) VC++
10 1 (0.44%) C
10 1 (0.44%) C++
10 1 (0.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 22 (9.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (4.37%) Security Cleared
3 9 (3.93%) MCSE
4 8 (3.49%) ITIL Certification
4 8 (3.49%) MCP
5 5 (2.18%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 5 (2.18%) SC Cleared
6 4 (1.75%) ISEB
7 3 (1.31%) MCSA
7 3 (1.31%) PMP
7 3 (1.31%) A+ Certification
7 3 (1.31%) Degree
8 2 (0.87%) MCTS
8 2 (0.87%) MCITP
8 2 (0.87%) CIPD
8 2 (0.87%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.44%) CISA
9 1 (0.44%) CISM
9 1 (0.44%) CCNP
9 1 (0.44%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.93%) SLA
2 2 (0.87%) QA
3 1 (0.44%) P3O
3 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 37 (16.16%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.62%) Hyper-V
3 6 (2.62%) XenApp
4 5 (2.18%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.87%) XenServer
5 2 (0.87%) XenDesktop
5 2 (0.87%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.44%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.44%) ISA Server
6 1 (0.44%) vSphere
6 1 (0.44%) Xen
Systems Management
1 13 (5.68%) SCCM
2 12 (5.24%) Vagrant
3 6 (2.62%) NetBackup
4 4 (1.75%) SCOM
5 2 (0.87%) Backup Exec
5 2 (0.87%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.44%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.44%) WSUS
6 1 (0.44%) TeamSite
6 1 (0.44%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.44%) Cisco UCCE
6 1 (0.44%) NSN NetAct
6 1 (0.44%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 24 (10.48%) VMware
2 18 (7.86%) Citrix
3 9 (3.93%) Oracle
3 9 (3.93%) IBM
4 8 (3.49%) Cisco
5 6 (2.62%) Red Hat
6 5 (2.18%) HP
7 4 (1.75%) TIBCO
7 4 (1.75%) SAP
7 4 (1.75%) Akamai
7 4 (1.75%) Veeam
8 3 (1.31%) Yahoo!
8 3 (1.31%) Reuters
9 2 (0.87%) Symantec
9 2 (0.87%) Dell
9 2 (0.87%) Autodesk
9 2 (0.87%) Cognos
9 2 (0.87%) Tableau
10 1 (0.44%) Demandware
10 1 (0.44%) Jaspersoft
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