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 28 January 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft
Rank 4 2 5
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 97 106 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 16.39% 18.15% 14.02%
As % of the Vendors category 36.47% 35.57% 29.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 55 17
Average daily rate
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£325 £365 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.95% +21.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £178 £127 £251
10% offered a daily rate of more than £522 £525 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 11 14
Average hourly rate £13.00 £10.00 £11.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -14.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.58 £9.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £17.50 £18.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -12.50%
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
266 298 230
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 44.93% 51.03% 48.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 150 79
Average daily rate £360 £325 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.76% -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £160 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 13 24
Average hourly rate £14.50 £11.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.81% -37.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.15 £9.85 £10.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £35.50 £33.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -13.15%

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 28 January 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 28 January 2015.

Microsoft Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 65 (30.66%) Windows
2 64 (30.19%) MS Excel
3 53 (25.00%) .NET
4 47 (22.17%) SQL Server
5 46 (21.70%) SQL
6 45 (21.23%) Finance
7 42 (19.81%) Active Directory
8 39 (18.40%) CRM
8 39 (18.40%) Dynamics CRM
9 38 (17.92%) SharePoint
10 37 (17.45%) VMware
11 32 (15.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 32 (15.09%) JavaScript
11 32 (15.09%) MS Office
12 31 (14.62%) C#
13 30 (14.15%) ASP.NET
13 30 (14.15%) ITIL
14 28 (13.21%) Workflow
15 24 (11.32%) Agile Software Development
16 23 (10.85%) HTML
17 22 (10.38%) CSS
18 21 (9.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 20 (9.43%) WCF
19 20 (9.43%) Windows Server 2008
19 20 (9.43%) Visual Studio
20 19 (8.96%) VMware Infrastructure
21 18 (8.49%) Dynamics AX
21 18 (8.49%) .NET Framework
21 18 (8.49%) Windows XP
21 18 (8.49%) Microsoft Certification

Microsoft
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 38 (17.92%) SharePoint
2 12 (5.66%) BizTalk Server
3 11 (5.19%) IIS
4 9 (4.25%) MS Exchange
5 7 (3.30%) SharePoint 2013
6 6 (2.83%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (1.42%) Apache
7 3 (1.42%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.42%) Lync
8 2 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (0.94%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.47%) Drupal
9 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 5.5
9 1 (0.47%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.47%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.47%) Node.js
Applications
1 64 (30.19%) MS Excel
2 32 (15.09%) MS Office
3 9 (4.25%) MS Project
4 7 (3.30%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (2.36%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.47%) CATIA
6 1 (0.47%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 39 (18.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (8.49%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.94%) Eikon
4 1 (0.47%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.47%) SAP HCM
4 1 (0.47%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.47%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (0.47%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.19%) SAN
2 10 (4.72%) TCP/IP
3 7 (3.30%) Firewall
4 4 (1.89%) VoIP
5 3 (1.42%) LDAP
5 3 (1.42%) Intranet
5 3 (1.42%) Network Security
6 2 (0.94%) NetScaler
6 2 (0.94%) Internet
6 2 (0.94%) WAN
6 2 (0.94%) SSL
6 2 (0.94%) LAN
6 2 (0.94%) DNS
6 2 (0.94%) DHCP
6 2 (0.94%) FTP
7 1 (0.47%) VPN
7 1 (0.47%) SMTP
7 1 (0.47%) ATM
7 1 (0.47%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.47%) Cisco ICM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (22.17%) SQL Server
2 32 (15.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 21 (9.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 17 (8.02%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 11 (5.19%) SQL Server 2008
6 5 (2.36%) Crystal Reports
7 4 (1.89%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.42%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (0.94%) MS Access
9 2 (0.94%) MySQL
10 1 (0.47%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.47%) QlikView
10 1 (0.47%) PerformancePoint
10 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 20 (9.43%) Visual Studio
2 7 (3.30%) Visual Studio Team System
3 5 (2.36%) Subversion
3 5 (2.36%) JIRA
3 5 (2.36%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.47%) NUnit
General
1 45 (21.23%) Finance
2 13 (6.13%) Advertising
3 6 (2.83%) Legal
3 6 (2.83%) Banking
4 4 (1.89%) Marketing
5 3 (1.42%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.94%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.47%) Billing
7 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.47%) Electronics
7 1 (0.47%) Automotive
7 1 (0.47%) Law
7 1 (0.47%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 57 (26.89%) Developer
2 49 (23.11%) Analyst
3 19 (8.96%) CRM Developer
4 17 (8.02%) Microsoft Developer
5 15 (7.08%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 13 (6.13%) Architect
7 11 (5.19%) .NET Developer
7 11 (5.19%) 2nd Line Support
8 10 (4.72%) Service Analyst
8 10 (4.72%) Data Analyst
9 9 (4.25%) Consultant
9 9 (4.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (4.25%) Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (3.77%) Support Engineer
10 8 (3.77%) Support Analyst
10 8 (3.77%) Technical Architect
11 7 (3.30%) Business Analyst
12 6 (2.83%) Dynamics AX Developer
12 6 (2.83%) Database Developer
13 5 (2.36%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 53 (25.00%) .NET
2 30 (14.15%) ASP.NET
3 23 (10.85%) HTML
4 22 (10.38%) CSS
5 20 (9.43%) WCF
6 18 (8.49%) .NET Framework
7 14 (6.60%) Web Services
8 13 (6.13%) jQuery
9 7 (3.30%) LINQ
9 7 (3.30%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 6 (2.83%) HTML5
11 5 (2.36%) WinForms
12 4 (1.89%) XML
13 3 (1.42%) XMPP
14 2 (0.94%) AngularJS
14 2 (0.94%) WPF
14 2 (0.94%) Ajax
15 1 (0.47%) XSD
15 1 (0.47%) XSLT
15 1 (0.47%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (3.77%) Management Information System
1 8 (3.77%) Replication
2 7 (3.30%) Enterprise Storage
3 6 (2.83%) Mobile App
3 6 (2.83%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.36%) Pocket PC
5 4 (1.89%) Performance Metrics
5 4 (1.89%) NHS
5 4 (1.89%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.89%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.42%) Social Media
7 2 (0.94%) User Experience
7 2 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.94%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.94%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.47%) PMI
8 1 (0.47%) Data Extraction
8 1 (0.47%) Blog
8 1 (0.47%) Taxonomies
8 1 (0.47%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 65 (30.66%) Windows
2 20 (9.43%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (8.49%) Windows XP
4 17 (8.02%) Windows Server 2003
4 17 (8.02%) Windows 7
5 12 (5.66%) Linux
6 11 (5.19%) UNIX
7 10 (4.72%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (3.30%) Solaris
8 7 (3.30%) Windows 8
9 5 (2.36%) Windows CE
9 5 (2.36%) Windows Mobile
9 5 (2.36%) Windows Phone
9 5 (2.36%) Windows Phone 8
10 3 (1.42%) Windows 2000
10 3 (1.42%) Windows Vista
10 3 (1.42%) Apple iOS
11 2 (0.94%) Android
12 1 (0.47%) Fedora
12 1 (0.47%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (18.40%) CRM
2 30 (14.15%) ITIL
3 28 (13.21%) Workflow
4 24 (11.32%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (8.49%) Stakeholder Management
6 15 (7.08%) Migration
6 15 (7.08%) Change Management
7 13 (6.13%) Web Development
8 11 (5.19%) Risk Management
9 10 (4.72%) E-Discovery
9 10 (4.72%) Business Intelligence
10 9 (4.25%) MVC
11 8 (3.77%) Data Migration
11 8 (3.77%) Logistics
11 8 (3.77%) Service Management
11 8 (3.77%) Scrum
12 6 (2.83%) Business Analysis
13 5 (2.36%) OO
13 5 (2.36%) Unit Testing
13 5 (2.36%) Mobile Application Development
Programming Languages
1 46 (21.70%) SQL
2 32 (15.09%) JavaScript
3 31 (14.62%) C#
4 10 (4.72%) PowerShell
5 9 (4.25%) VB
6 8 (3.77%) T-SQL
7 6 (2.83%) VB.NET
7 6 (2.83%) VBA
8 5 (2.36%) C++
8 5 (2.36%) Embedded C++
9 4 (1.89%) X++
9 4 (1.89%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.94%) C
10 2 (0.94%) PHP
11 1 (0.47%) VB6
11 1 (0.47%) PHP5
Qualifications
1 18 (8.49%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (5.19%) Security Cleared
3 9 (4.25%) MCSE
3 9 (4.25%) SC Cleared
4 6 (2.83%) Degree
5 5 (2.36%) MCP
6 4 (1.89%) ISEB
7 3 (1.42%) EMC Certification
7 3 (1.42%) A+ Certification
8 2 (0.94%) CISSP
8 2 (0.94%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (0.94%) MCSA
9 1 (0.47%) PMP
9 1 (0.47%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.47%) CCNP
9 1 (0.47%) CCNA
9 1 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.47%) CCA
9 1 (0.47%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (0.47%) CCAB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (2.83%) QA
2 5 (2.36%) SLA
3 2 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.47%) P3O
System Software
1 42 (19.81%) Active Directory
2 19 (8.96%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (2.83%) XenApp
4 5 (2.36%) vSphere
5 3 (1.42%) VMware ESX
5 3 (1.42%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (1.42%) XenDesktop
5 3 (1.42%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.94%) VMware Server
6 2 (0.94%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.47%) Firmware
7 1 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.47%) Xen
7 1 (0.47%) Postfix
Systems Management
1 14 (6.60%) Tivoli
2 9 (4.25%) SCCM
3 7 (3.30%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 7 (3.30%) NetBackup
4 4 (1.89%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (0.94%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.94%) Cisco UCCE
5 2 (0.94%) SCOM
5 2 (0.94%) Cisco IPCC
6 1 (0.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.47%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.47%) WSUS
6 1 (0.47%) Puppet
Vendors
1 37 (17.45%) VMware
2 17 (8.02%) Cisco
3 11 (5.19%) HP
4 10 (4.72%) Citrix
5 8 (3.77%) IBM
6 7 (3.30%) SAP
6 7 (3.30%) EMC
6 7 (3.30%) Red Hat
7 5 (2.36%) Remedy
7 5 (2.36%) NetApp
8 4 (1.89%) Symantec
8 4 (1.89%) Oracle
9 3 (1.42%) MicroStrategy
10 2 (0.94%) Qualys
10 2 (0.94%) AppSense
10 2 (0.94%) Dell
10 2 (0.94%) CommVault
10 2 (0.94%) Avaya
10 2 (0.94%) Lotus
10 2 (0.94%) Reuters
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