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 16 April 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft
Rank 3 4 5
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 105 85 97
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.05% 16.38% 16.09%
As % of the Vendors category 32.31% 36.02% 35.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 34 50
Average daily rate £330 £325 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% -14.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £179 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £484 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 12 10
Average hourly rate £15.00 £11.50 £12.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -6.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £9.78 £9.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.80 £18.45 £15.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -3.22%
Vendors Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Vendors category
325 236 275
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 52.76% 45.47% 45.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 171 112 133
Average daily rate £350 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £473 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 20 20
Average hourly rate £17.00 £13.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.92% -22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.10 £10.80 £10.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £37.00 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.89% -5.00%
Microsoft
West Midlands

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 16 April 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 16 April 2014.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 (35.32%) MS Excel
2 67 (33.33%) Windows
3 54 (26.87%) Finance
4 52 (25.87%) MS Office
5 42 (20.90%) SQL Server
6 38 (18.91%) Active Directory
7 33 (16.42%) Windows 7
8 32 (15.92%) Windows Server 2008
9 31 (15.42%) .NET
10 29 (14.43%) SQL
11 24 (11.94%) SharePoint
12 22 (10.95%) Windows Server 2003
13 21 (10.45%) Tivoli
13 21 (10.45%) Dynamics AX
14 20 (9.95%) Dynamics CRM
14 20 (9.95%) SQL Server 2008
14 20 (9.95%) CRM
14 20 (9.95%) JavaScript
15 19 (9.45%) Workflow
15 19 (9.45%) MS PowerPoint
16 18 (8.96%) Legal
16 18 (8.96%) Migration
16 18 (8.96%) HP
17 17 (8.46%) C#
17 17 (8.46%) ASP.NET
17 17 (8.46%) Windows XP
18 16 (7.96%) Microsoft Certification
18 16 (7.96%) Tivoli Storage Manager
18 16 (7.96%) Banking
19 15 (7.46%) CSS

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 24 (11.94%) SharePoint
2 10 (4.98%) IIS
3 9 (4.48%) MS Exchange
3 9 (4.48%) IBM Notes
4 5 (2.49%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (1.99%) SharePoint Server
5 4 (1.99%) LiveCycle
6 2 (1.00%) Lync
6 2 (1.00%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.50%) Documentum
7 1 (0.50%) SAS
7 1 (0.50%) Apache
7 1 (0.50%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.50%) FileNet
7 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 71 (35.32%) MS Excel
2 52 (25.87%) MS Office
3 19 (9.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (2.49%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.49%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.50%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 21 (10.45%) Dynamics AX
2 20 (9.95%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (1.99%) CA Clarity
4 2 (1.00%) TRIRIGA
4 2 (1.00%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.50%) e-Work
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (6.47%) LAN
2 10 (4.98%) Wireless
3 7 (3.48%) LDAP
4 6 (2.99%) DDNS
4 6 (2.99%) DNS
5 4 (1.99%) Internet
5 4 (1.99%) Kerberos
5 4 (1.99%) TCP/IP
5 4 (1.99%) WAN
6 3 (1.49%) IPv4
6 3 (1.49%) IPv6
6 3 (1.49%) SSL
7 2 (1.00%) Intranet
7 2 (1.00%) SAN
7 2 (1.00%) VPN
7 2 (1.00%) VoIP
7 2 (1.00%) SMTP
7 2 (1.00%) DHCP
7 2 (1.00%) HTTP
8 1 (0.50%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (20.90%) SQL Server
2 20 (9.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 14 (6.97%) MS Access
4 13 (6.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (4.98%) Data Warehouse
6 7 (3.48%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (2.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (2.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (1.49%) DB2
9 2 (1.00%) Oracle Database
9 2 (1.00%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.50%) OLAP
10 1 (0.50%) SQLPlus
10 1 (0.50%) PostgreSQL
10 1 (0.50%) Data Mart
10 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database 11g
10 1 (0.50%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 14 (6.97%) Visual Studio
2 8 (3.98%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.49%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 3 (1.49%) QUnit
3 3 (1.49%) SpecFlow
3 3 (1.49%) Cucumber
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.50%) Toad
4 1 (0.50%) MSI
4 1 (0.50%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.50%) Rational Rhapsody
4 1 (0.50%) FishEye
4 1 (0.50%) JIRA
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle APEX
General
1 54 (26.87%) Finance
2 18 (8.96%) Legal
3 16 (7.96%) Banking
4 5 (2.49%) Advertising
5 4 (1.99%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.00%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.00%) Front Office
6 2 (1.00%) Back Office
7 1 (0.50%) Military
7 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.50%) Law
7 1 (0.50%) General Ledger
7 1 (0.50%) Retail
7 1 (0.50%) French Language
7 1 (0.50%) German Language
7 1 (0.50%) Polish Language
7 1 (0.50%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 43 (21.39%) Analyst
2 30 (14.93%) Developer
3 16 (7.96%) Consultant
3 16 (7.96%) Support Engineer
4 13 (6.47%) Support Technician
5 12 (5.97%) Project Manager
6 11 (5.47%) Data Analyst
7 10 (4.98%) Network Technician
7 10 (4.98%) Network Support Technician
7 10 (4.98%) Network Support
8 9 (4.48%) Architect
9 8 (3.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (3.48%) Coordinator
10 7 (3.48%) Desktop Support
10 7 (3.48%) SharePoint Developer
10 7 (3.48%) .NET Developer
10 7 (3.48%) Help Desk Support
11 6 (2.99%) 2nd Line Support
11 6 (2.99%) Field Engineer
11 6 (2.99%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (15.42%) .NET
2 17 (8.46%) ASP.NET
3 15 (7.46%) CSS
4 14 (6.97%) jQuery
5 11 (5.47%) HTML
6 10 (4.98%) .NET Framework
6 10 (4.98%) WCF
6 10 (4.98%) SOAP
7 9 (4.48%) JMS
8 8 (3.98%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 8 (3.98%) ASP.NET MVC
9 7 (3.48%) J2EE
10 6 (2.99%) LINQ
11 4 (1.99%) XML
11 4 (1.99%) COM+
11 4 (1.99%) DCOM
12 3 (1.49%) Web Services
12 3 (1.49%) XHTML
12 3 (1.49%) Ajax
12 3 (1.49%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 8 (3.98%) Management Information System
2 7 (3.48%) PMI
3 4 (1.99%) Clustering
4 3 (1.49%) W3C
4 3 (1.49%) Blackberry
4 3 (1.49%) PDA
5 2 (1.00%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.00%) Credit Risk
5 2 (1.00%) Market Risk
5 2 (1.00%) E-Learning
5 2 (1.00%) NHS
6 1 (0.50%) EPoS
6 1 (0.50%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.50%) Replication
6 1 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.50%) iPad
6 1 (0.50%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.50%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 67 (33.33%) Windows
2 33 (16.42%) Windows 7
3 32 (15.92%) Windows Server 2008
4 22 (10.95%) Windows Server 2003
5 17 (8.46%) Windows XP
6 11 (5.47%) Android
7 4 (1.99%) Windows Vista
7 4 (1.99%) Windows 8
7 4 (1.99%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (1.00%) Windows 2000
8 2 (1.00%) UNIX
9 1 (0.50%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.50%) Solaris
9 1 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (9.95%) CRM
2 19 (9.45%) Workflow
3 18 (8.96%) Migration
4 14 (6.97%) ITIL
4 14 (6.97%) PRINCE2
5 13 (6.47%) Project Management
5 13 (6.47%) MVC
6 11 (5.47%) ERP
7 10 (4.98%) Data Migration
7 10 (4.98%) Software Engineering
8 8 (3.98%) Time Management
8 8 (3.98%) TDD
9 7 (3.48%) EAI
9 7 (3.48%) SOA
9 7 (3.48%) Logistics
9 7 (3.48%) Analytics
10 6 (2.99%) Incident Management
10 6 (2.99%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (2.99%) Web Development
10 6 (2.99%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 29 (14.43%) SQL
2 20 (9.95%) JavaScript
3 17 (8.46%) C#
4 14 (6.97%) PowerShell
5 12 (5.97%) VB
6 10 (4.98%) Java
6 10 (4.98%) T-SQL
7 8 (3.98%) VBA
8 5 (2.49%) VBScript
9 4 (1.99%) C
10 1 (0.50%) PHP
10 1 (0.50%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.50%) X++
Qualifications
1 16 (7.96%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (4.98%) Security Cleared
3 9 (4.48%) MCSE
3 9 (4.48%) A+ Certification
3 9 (4.48%) Degree
4 8 (3.98%) PMP
4 8 (3.98%) PMI Certification
5 6 (2.99%) MCP
6 5 (2.49%) SC Cleared
7 4 (1.99%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.99%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
8 2 (1.00%) MCITP
8 2 (1.00%) MCSA
9 1 (0.50%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.98%) SLA
2 7 (3.48%) QA
2 7 (3.48%) P3O
3 3 (1.49%) WCAG
4 1 (0.50%) HL7
System Software
1 38 (18.91%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.99%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (1.99%) XenApp
3 3 (1.49%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.50%) IAG
4 1 (0.50%) UAG
4 1 (0.50%) vSphere
4 1 (0.50%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 21 (10.45%) Tivoli
2 16 (7.96%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 6 (2.99%) SCCM
4 3 (1.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (1.49%) SCOM
5 1 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (0.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (0.50%) MOM
5 1 (0.50%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.50%) DameWare
5 1 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.50%) WSUS
5 1 (0.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 18 (8.96%) HP
2 10 (4.98%) Apple
3 9 (4.48%) Business Objects
3 9 (4.48%) Lotus
3 9 (4.48%) VMware
4 8 (3.98%) Citrix
4 8 (3.98%) IBM
5 5 (2.49%) PeopleSoft
5 5 (2.49%) Oracle
6 4 (1.99%) Remedy
6 4 (1.99%) Adobe
7 3 (1.49%) Cisco
7 3 (1.49%) LANDesk
8 2 (1.00%) Dell
9 1 (0.50%) Sybase
9 1 (0.50%) Sun
9 1 (0.50%) NetApp
9 1 (0.50%) Siemens
9 1 (0.50%) Symantec
9 1 (0.50%) McAfee
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