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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 4 6 5
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 134 83 97
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.47% 12.67% 14.33%
As % of the Vendors category 32.84% 25.94% 30.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 49 52
Average daily rate
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£338 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £126 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £425 £523
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 9 4
Average hourly rate £15.00 £11.15 £13.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.52% -18.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.06 £8.90 £10.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £18.40 £17.80
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
408 320 321
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 53.19% 48.85% 47.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 199 154
Average daily rate £338 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.46% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £175 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £429
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 13 15
Average hourly rate £20.00 £12.25 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+63.26% -23.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £9.70 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £25.10 £35.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.63% +2.70%

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 22 September 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 22 September 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 65 (26.64%) Windows
3 61 (25.00%) .NET
4 53 (21.72%) SQL
5 51 (20.90%) C#
6 43 (17.62%) Finance
7 40 (16.39%) ASP.NET
8 39 (15.98%) MS Office
9 38 (15.57%) SQL Server
9 38 (15.57%) WCF
10 35 (14.34%) JavaScript
11 34 (13.93%) CRM
11 34 (13.93%) Dynamics CRM
12 33 (13.52%) Agile Software Development
12 33 (13.52%) Visual Studio
13 31 (12.70%) SharePoint
14 30 (12.30%) Active Directory
15 28 (11.48%) CSS
16 27 (11.07%) VMware
16 27 (11.07%) .NET Framework
17 25 (10.25%) Workflow
18 24 (9.84%) ITIL
19 23 (9.43%) Windows 7
20 22 (9.02%) Project Management
21 21 (8.61%) Logistics
21 21 (8.61%) Windows Server 2008
22 20 (8.20%) jQuery
22 20 (8.20%) Windows XP
22 20 (8.20%) TCP/IP
23 19 (7.79%) MVC

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 31 (12.70%) SharePoint
2 14 (5.74%) MS Exchange
3 9 (3.69%) IBM Notes
4 8 (3.28%) IIS
5 7 (2.87%) SharePoint 2013
6 6 (2.46%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (2.05%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
9 3 (1.23%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.82%) Lync
11 1 (0.41%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.41%) Node.js
11 1 (0.41%) WebSphere
11 1 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 5.5
Applications
1 72 (29.51%) MS Excel
2 39 (15.98%) MS Office
3 14 (5.74%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (2.87%) MS Project
5 5 (2.05%) MS Visio
5 5 (2.05%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.41%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.41%) CATIA
Business Applications
1 34 (13.93%) 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%) Maximo
6 1 (0.41%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.41%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 5 (2.05%) Office 365
2 4 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 20 (8.20%) TCP/IP
2 13 (5.33%) SAN
3 12 (4.92%) WAN
4 6 (2.46%) DNS
4 6 (2.46%) ADSL
5 5 (2.05%) LAN
5 5 (2.05%) DHCP
6 4 (1.64%) VoIP
6 4 (1.64%) Intranet
6 4 (1.64%) Firewall
7 2 (0.82%) Wireless
8 1 (0.41%) Unified Communications
8 1 (0.41%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (0.41%) 3G
8 1 (0.41%) ATM
8 1 (0.41%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (15.57%) SQL Server
2 16 (6.56%) 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 4 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (1.23%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.23%) MS Access
7 3 (1.23%) Data Mining
8 2 (0.82%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (0.82%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (0.82%) Big Data
9 1 (0.41%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.41%) ZAP BI
9 1 (0.41%) MySQL
9 1 (0.41%) OLAP
9 1 (0.41%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 33 (13.52%) 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%) MSI
7 1 (0.41%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (0.41%) Oracle APEX
General
1 43 (17.62%) Finance
2 18 (7.38%) Banking
3 16 (6.56%) Advertising
4 11 (4.51%) Investment Banking
5 5 (2.05%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.64%) Legal
6 4 (1.64%) Publishing
7 3 (1.23%) Corporate Banking
7 3 (1.23%) Front Office
7 3 (1.23%) Back Office
7 3 (1.23%) Telecoms
8 2 (0.82%) Automotive
8 2 (0.82%) Law
8 2 (0.82%) Retail
9 1 (0.41%) Billing
9 1 (0.41%) Military
9 1 (0.41%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.41%) Marketing
9 1 (0.41%) Local Government
9 1 (0.41%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 72 (29.51%) Developer
2 57 (23.36%) Analyst
3 25 (10.25%) Consultant
3 25 (10.25%) .NET Developer
4 21 (8.61%) ASP.NET Developer
5 19 (7.79%) Web Developer
6 18 (7.38%) .NET Web Developer
7 17 (6.97%) CRM Developer
8 16 (6.56%) Support Analyst
9 15 (6.15%) Project Manager
10 13 (5.33%) 2nd Line Support
10 13 (5.33%) Dynamics CRM Developer
11 12 (4.92%) Microsoft Consultant
11 12 (4.92%) Microsoft Developer
11 12 (4.92%) Administrator
11 12 (4.92%) Support Engineer
12 11 (4.51%) Architect
13 10 (4.10%) Business Analyst
13 10 (4.10%) Desktop Support
13 10 (4.10%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (25.00%) .NET
2 40 (16.39%) ASP.NET
3 38 (15.57%) WCF
4 28 (11.48%) CSS
5 27 (11.07%) .NET Framework
6 20 (8.20%) jQuery
7 19 (7.79%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 19 (7.79%) LINQ
8 17 (6.97%) Web Services
9 12 (4.92%) HTML
10 5 (2.05%) XML
11 4 (1.64%) WPF
11 4 (1.64%) HTML5
12 3 (1.23%) AngularJS
12 3 (1.23%) Middleware
13 2 (0.82%) Ajax
13 2 (0.82%) ASP.NET MVC
14 1 (0.41%) ASP.NET MVC 4
14 1 (0.41%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 1 (0.41%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 13 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (3.28%) Pocket PC
2 8 (3.28%) Social Media
2 8 (3.28%) Mobile App
2 8 (3.28%) Client/Server
3 7 (2.87%) PMI
3 7 (2.87%) Enterprise Storage
4 4 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (1.64%) Blackberry
4 4 (1.64%) Management Information System
4 4 (1.64%) Computer Science
5 2 (0.82%) Clustering
5 2 (0.82%) User Experience
5 2 (0.82%) Freedom of Information
5 2 (0.82%) iPad
6 1 (0.41%) PDA
6 1 (0.41%) E-Learning
6 1 (0.41%) NHS
6 1 (0.41%) Firmware
6 1 (0.41%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 65 (26.64%) Windows
2 23 (9.43%) Windows 7
3 21 (8.61%) Windows Server 2008
4 20 (8.20%) Windows XP
5 15 (6.15%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (4.92%) Windows 8
7 9 (3.69%) Windows Mobile
8 8 (3.28%) Linux
8 8 (3.28%) Windows Server 2012
8 8 (3.28%) Windows Phone 8
8 8 (3.28%) Windows Phone
8 8 (3.28%) Windows CE
8 8 (3.28%) UNIX
9 6 (2.46%) Solaris
10 4 (1.64%) Windows 2000
10 4 (1.64%) Windows Vista
11 2 (0.82%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.41%) Android
12 1 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.41%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (13.93%) CRM
2 33 (13.52%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (10.25%) Workflow
4 24 (9.84%) ITIL
5 22 (9.02%) Project Management
6 21 (8.61%) Logistics
7 19 (7.79%) Web Development
7 19 (7.79%) MVC
8 16 (6.56%) Migration
9 15 (6.15%) Change Management
9 15 (6.15%) Business Analysis
10 14 (5.74%) PRINCE2
11 13 (5.33%) Scrum
12 12 (4.92%) Stakeholder Management
13 11 (4.51%) Service Delivery
13 11 (4.51%) E-Discovery
14 10 (4.10%) Risk Management
14 10 (4.10%) Business Intelligence
15 8 (3.28%) Resource Management
15 8 (3.28%) Mobile Application Development
Programming Languages
1 53 (21.72%) SQL
2 51 (20.90%) C#
3 35 (14.34%) JavaScript
4 10 (4.10%) VB
5 8 (3.28%) C++
5 8 (3.28%) Embedded C++
5 8 (3.28%) PowerShell
6 7 (2.87%) VBA
7 5 (2.05%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.23%) VBScript
8 3 (1.23%) Shell Script
9 2 (0.82%) C
9 2 (0.82%) X++
10 1 (0.41%) VB6
10 1 (0.41%) Java
10 1 (0.41%) PHP
10 1 (0.41%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (6.15%) Security Cleared
2 14 (5.74%) Microsoft Certification
3 10 (4.10%) SC Cleared
4 9 (3.69%) 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%) A+ Certification
8 3 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (1.23%) CCNA
8 3 (1.23%) ISEB
8 3 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (1.23%) MCITP
8 3 (1.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.41%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (0.41%) MCSA
9 1 (0.41%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.46%) P3O
2 3 (1.23%) QA
2 3 (1.23%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.82%) SLA
System Software
1 30 (12.30%) 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%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.41%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.41%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (4.92%) Tivoli
2 7 (2.87%) SCCM
3 6 (2.46%) NetBackup
4 5 (2.05%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (1.23%) Backup Exec
5 3 (1.23%) SCOM
6 1 (0.41%) WSUS
6 1 (0.41%) DameWare
Vendors
1 27 (11.07%) VMware
2 11 (4.51%) Citrix
3 10 (4.10%) HP
4 9 (3.69%) Oracle
4 9 (3.69%) Lotus
5 8 (3.28%) IBM
6 7 (2.87%) Cisco
7 6 (2.46%) Red Hat
8 5 (2.05%) Symantec
8 5 (2.05%) SAP
9 3 (1.23%) Juniper
9 3 (1.23%) MicroStrategy
9 3 (1.23%) Talend
10 2 (0.82%) Meru Networks
10 2 (0.82%) EMC
10 2 (0.82%) Remedy
10 2 (0.82%) Apple
10 2 (0.82%) NetApp
10 2 (0.82%) Sybase
10 2 (0.82%) Compaq
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