Period
to 3 August 2020

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 3 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never 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.

Microsoft
West Midlands > Birmingham
6 months to
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 1 3 4
Rank change year-on-year +2 +1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 109 254 198
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Birmingham 21.84% 18.18% 13.02%
As % of the Vendors category 43.08% 42.62% 28.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 167 143
Median daily rate £475 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.75% +3.23% +2.65%
10th Percentile £164 £150 £153
90th Percentile £650 £572 £535
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +13.10% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 19 11
Median hourly rate £15.50 £18.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.89% +20.00% +4.60%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.85 £11.00
90th Percentile £35.00 £20.40 £21.50
West Midlands median hourly rate £14.23 £18.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year -20.97% +12.50% +10.34%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in Birmingham.

All Vendors
Birmingham
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 253 596 697
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 50.70% 42.66% 45.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 388 459
Median daily rate £400 £413 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% - +3.13%
10th Percentile £192 £200 £212
90th Percentile £588 £588 £588
West Midlands median daily rate £435 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.35% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 25 36
Median hourly rate £35.00 £16.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +118.75% +6.67% +4.60%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.00 £8.39
90th Percentile £47.25 £21.20 £23.00
Median hourly rate £28.00 £18.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +55.56% +16.13% -2.02%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in Birmingham.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham over the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham over the 6 months to 3 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 3 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 46 (42.20%) Azure
2 40 (36.70%) Active Directory
3 32 (29.36%) Office 365
4 25 (22.94%) Windows
5 22 (20.18%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (19.27%) SQL Server
7 20 (18.35%) SQL
8 19 (17.43%) Problem-Solving
9 17 (15.60%) C#
9 17 (15.60%) .NET
9 17 (15.60%) Microsoft Office
9 17 (15.60%) Business Intelligence
10 16 (14.68%) Microsoft Intune
10 16 (14.68%) DevOps
11 15 (13.76%) Firewall
11 15 (13.76%) Information Security
12 14 (12.84%) CISSP
13 13 (11.93%) CRM
13 13 (11.93%) Power BI
13 13 (11.93%) Power Platform
14 12 (11.01%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
14 12 (11.01%) Email Filtering
14 12 (11.01%) Cyber Intelligence
14 12 (11.01%) Threat Intelligence
14 12 (11.01%) Kalman Filter
14 12 (11.01%) Cyberthreat
14 12 (11.01%) CheckPoint
14 12 (11.01%) Risk Management
14 12 (11.01%) Stakeholder Management
14 12 (11.01%) Penetration Testing

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 9 (8.26%) SharePoint
1 9 (8.26%) Skype for Business
2 3 (2.75%) MS Exchange
3 2 (1.83%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (1.83%) IIS
3 2 (1.83%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.92%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.92%) SAS
4 1 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 17 (15.60%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (10.09%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (4.59%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (2.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.92%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.92%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 11 (10.09%) Dynamics CRM
1 11 (10.09%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 46 (42.20%) Azure
2 32 (29.36%) Office 365
3 13 (11.93%) Power Platform
4 9 (8.26%) Dynamics 365
5 5 (4.59%) PaaS
6 4 (3.67%) Azure Data Factory
6 4 (3.67%) Logic Apps
6 4 (3.67%) SaaS
7 3 (2.75%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (2.75%) IaaS
7 3 (2.75%) OneDrive
7 3 (2.75%) PowerApps
8 2 (1.83%) AWS
8 2 (1.83%) GitHub
8 2 (1.83%) Power Automate
9 1 (0.92%) Data Lake Analytics
9 1 (0.92%) NuGet
9 1 (0.92%) Serverless
9 1 (0.92%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 15 (13.76%) Firewall
2 10 (9.17%) Skype
3 6 (5.50%) LAN
3 6 (5.50%) Unified Communications
4 5 (4.59%) VoIP
5 4 (3.67%) Ethernet
5 4 (3.67%) TCP/IP
5 4 (3.67%) WAN
6 3 (2.75%) CTI
6 3 (2.75%) DNS
6 3 (2.75%) H.323
6 3 (2.75%) Internet
6 3 (2.75%) Network Security
6 3 (2.75%) PBX
7 2 (1.83%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (1.83%) DHCP
7 2 (1.83%) VPN
7 2 (1.83%) Wireless
8 1 (0.92%) Kerberos
8 1 (0.92%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (19.27%) SQL Server
2 13 (11.93%) Power BI
3 11 (10.09%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (6.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 6 (5.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (5.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (4.59%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (3.67%) Data Lake
7 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 3 (2.75%) Oracle Database
8 3 (2.75%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (1.83%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 2 (1.83%) Big Data
9 2 (1.83%) Crystal Reports
9 2 (1.83%) Data Mining
9 2 (1.83%) NoSQL
9 2 (1.83%) OLAP
9 2 (1.83%) OLAP Cube
9 2 (1.83%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (1.83%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 5 (4.59%) Git (software)
1 5 (4.59%) JIRA
1 5 (4.59%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (4.59%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.83%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (1.83%) webpack
3 1 (0.92%) HP UFT
3 1 (0.92%) ProC
3 1 (0.92%) Selenium
3 1 (0.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (0.92%) Subversion
3 1 (0.92%) Toad
General
1 10 (9.17%) Public Sector
2 9 (8.26%) Finance
3 6 (5.50%) Legal
4 5 (4.59%) Retail
5 4 (3.67%) Marketing
6 3 (2.75%) Banking
7 2 (1.83%) Aerospace
7 2 (1.83%) Electronics
7 2 (1.83%) German Language
7 2 (1.83%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.83%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.83%) Retail Banking
7 2 (1.83%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.92%) Law
8 1 (0.92%) Military
8 1 (0.92%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 24 (22.02%) Analyst
2 17 (15.60%) Developer
3 13 (11.93%) Architect
4 12 (11.01%) Security Analyst
5 11 (10.09%) Support Engineer
6 8 (7.34%) IT Engineer
7 7 (6.42%) Consultant
7 7 (6.42%) DevOps Engineer
7 7 (6.42%) Support Analyst
8 6 (5.50%) Azure Engineer
8 6 (5.50%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 6 (5.50%) C# Developer
8 6 (5.50%) Operations Analyst
8 6 (5.50%) Security Operations Analyst
9 5 (4.59%) .NET Developer
9 5 (4.59%) C# .NET Developer
9 5 (4.59%) Information Analyst
9 5 (4.59%) Information Security Analyst
9 5 (4.59%) IT Analyst
9 5 (4.59%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (15.60%) .NET
2 9 (8.26%) HTML
3 7 (6.42%) CSS
4 6 (5.50%) .NET Framework
4 6 (5.50%) jQuery
4 6 (5.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 5 (4.59%) ASP.NET
5 5 (4.59%) Entity Framework
6 4 (3.67%) LDAP
6 4 (3.67%) Razor View Engine
6 4 (3.67%) React
6 4 (3.67%) XML
6 4 (3.67%) XMPP
7 3 (2.75%) Ajax
7 3 (2.75%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (2.75%) Node.js
7 3 (2.75%) Web Services
8 2 (1.83%) JSON
8 2 (1.83%) MDX
8 2 (1.83%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.01%) Cyberthreat
2 10 (9.17%) Management Information System
3 8 (7.34%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (3.67%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (2.75%) IVR
6 2 (1.83%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.83%) Learning Management System
6 2 (1.83%) NHS
6 2 (1.83%) Social Media
6 2 (1.83%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.92%) Blackberry
7 1 (0.92%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (0.92%) Handset
7 1 (0.92%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 25 (22.94%) Windows
2 11 (10.09%) Linux
2 11 (10.09%) Windows 10
3 10 (9.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 5 (4.59%) Windows Server
5 4 (3.67%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.83%) Unix
6 2 (1.83%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.83%) Windows Server 2016
7 1 (0.92%) Android
7 1 (0.92%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.92%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.92%) VMS
7 1 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (0.92%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (20.18%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (17.43%) Problem-Solving
3 17 (15.60%) Business Intelligence
4 16 (14.68%) DevOps
5 15 (13.76%) Information Security
6 13 (11.93%) CRM
7 12 (11.01%) Cyber Intelligence
7 12 (11.01%) Cyber Threat Intelligence
7 12 (11.01%) Email Filtering
7 12 (11.01%) Kalman Filter
7 12 (11.01%) Penetration Testing
7 12 (11.01%) Risk Management
7 12 (11.01%) Stakeholder Management
7 12 (11.01%) Threat Intelligence
8 10 (9.17%) ITIL
8 10 (9.17%) Project Management
9 8 (7.34%) Data Analysis
9 8 (7.34%) Test Automation
9 8 (7.34%) Vulnerability Management
9 8 (7.34%) Vulnerability Scanning
Programming Languages
1 20 (18.35%) SQL
2 17 (15.60%) C#
3 11 (10.09%) Bash Shell
4 10 (9.17%) PowerShell
5 8 (7.34%) T-SQL
6 7 (6.42%) JavaScript
7 6 (5.50%) Python
8 3 (2.75%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 3 (2.75%) VB
9 2 (1.83%) C
9 2 (1.83%) Java
9 2 (1.83%) VB6
10 1 (0.92%) PHP
10 1 (0.92%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.92%) PROC SQL
10 1 (0.92%) SAS Macro
10 1 (0.92%) VBA
Qualifications
1 14 (12.84%) CISSP
2 10 (9.17%) GIAC
2 10 (9.17%) Security Cleared
3 5 (4.59%) SC Cleared
4 4 (3.67%) DV Cleared
5 3 (2.75%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.75%) CCSA
5 3 (2.75%) CEH
5 3 (2.75%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (1.83%) CCIE
6 2 (1.83%) CCIE Collaboration
6 2 (1.83%) CCNP
6 2 (1.83%) Check Point Certification
6 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (0.92%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.92%) CCNA
7 1 (0.92%) CCVP
7 1 (0.92%) Degree
7 1 (0.92%) ECDL
7 1 (0.92%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.75%) Data Quality
1 3 (2.75%) SLA
2 2 (1.83%) GDPR
2 2 (1.83%) QA
3 1 (0.92%) COBIT
3 1 (0.92%) NIST
3 1 (0.92%) NIST 800
3 1 (0.92%) PMO
System Software
1 40 (36.70%) Active Directory
2 4 (3.67%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (1.83%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.83%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (1.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (1.83%) XenApp
4 1 (0.92%) Docker
4 1 (0.92%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.92%) vSphere
4 1 (0.92%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (14.68%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (5.50%) SCCM
3 3 (2.75%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.83%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.92%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.92%) Netcool
5 1 (0.92%) SCOM
5 1 (0.92%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 12 (11.01%) CheckPoint
2 11 (10.09%) Red Hat
3 9 (8.26%) Meraki
4 8 (7.34%) Cisco
4 8 (7.34%) Qualys
5 7 (6.42%) Oracle
5 7 (6.42%) VMware
6 5 (4.59%) Citrix
7 4 (3.67%) Avaya
7 4 (3.67%) HP
8 3 (2.75%) Databricks
8 3 (2.75%) SAP
8 3 (2.75%) Tableau
9 2 (1.83%) Apple
9 2 (1.83%) EMC
9 2 (1.83%) Google
9 2 (1.83%) Proofpoint
9 2 (1.83%) Remedy
9 2 (1.83%) Sitecore
10 1 (0.92%) BT