Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 3 4 5
Rank change year-on-year +1 +1 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 264 212 225
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 19.69% 14.76% 14.80%
As % of the Vendors category 43.42% 30.99% 33.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 173 154 150
Birmingham median daily rate £400 £375 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -2.60% -3.75%
10th Percentile £150 £142 £200
90th Percentile £625 £525 £526
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 9
Birmingham median hourly rate £18.00 £14.00 £14.34
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -2.37% +21.53%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £13.06
90th Percentile £21.20 £18.51 £23.60
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.25 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year +21.67% -3.23% +16.98%

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 608 684 667
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 45.34% 47.63% 43.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 415 462 448
Birmingham median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £187 £175 £217
90th Percentile £625 £563 £538
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 34 17
Birmingham median hourly rate £18.00 £15.00 £14.22
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +5.52% -1.97%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.07
90th Percentile £20.80 £23.00 £21.25
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.00 £15.85 £15.82
% change year-on-year +13.56% +0.19% +9.10%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham over the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft in Birmingham

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft in Birmingham over the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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.

1 105 (39.77%) Azure
2 76 (28.79%) Windows
3 56 (21.21%) Active Directory
4 55 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
5 51 (19.32%) SQL Server
6 49 (18.56%) Business Intelligence
6 49 (18.56%) Office 365
7 46 (17.42%) Finance
8 44 (16.67%) CRM
9 43 (16.29%) Dynamics CRM
10 42 (15.91%) SQL
10 42 (15.91%) Migration
11 39 (14.77%) Microsoft Office
12 38 (14.39%) SharePoint
13 36 (13.64%) DevOps
13 36 (13.64%) Public Sector
14 35 (13.26%) C#
14 35 (13.26%) PowerShell
15 34 (12.88%) Windows 10
16 32 (12.12%) Power Platform
16 32 (12.12%) Dynamics 365
16 32 (12.12%) Stakeholder Management
17 28 (10.61%) ITIL
17 28 (10.61%) Power BI
18 27 (10.23%) Windows Server
18 27 (10.23%) Data Warehouse
18 27 (10.23%) SCCM
19 25 (9.47%) Microsoft Excel
19 25 (9.47%) .NET
20 23 (8.71%) VMware

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 38 (14.39%) SharePoint
2 14 (5.30%) MS Exchange
3 13 (4.92%) Skype for Business
4 5 (1.89%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (1.52%) ArcGIS
6 3 (1.14%) Confluence
6 3 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (1.14%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.14%) IIS
6 3 (1.14%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (0.38%) Apache Spark
7 1 (0.38%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.38%) Tomcat
Applications
1 39 (14.77%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (9.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 17 (6.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (2.65%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.76%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.38%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 43 (16.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (4.17%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
3 7 (2.65%) Dynamics AX
4 6 (2.27%) Unit4 Business World
5 2 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.38%) Cerner Millennium
6 1 (0.38%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 105 (39.77%) Azure
2 49 (18.56%) Office 365
3 32 (12.12%) Dynamics 365
3 32 (12.12%) Power Platform
4 13 (4.92%) Azure Data Factory
5 11 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (4.17%) IaaS
5 11 (4.17%) OneDrive
5 11 (4.17%) PaaS
6 8 (3.03%) SaaS
7 7 (2.65%) Mimecast
7 7 (2.65%) PowerApps
8 5 (1.89%) AWS
9 4 (1.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
10 3 (1.14%) Azure Functions
10 3 (1.14%) Serverless
11 2 (0.76%) Microsoft Flow
12 1 (0.38%) AWS CloudFormation
12 1 (0.38%) G Suite
12 1 (0.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 17 (6.44%) Firewall
2 16 (6.06%) Skype
3 15 (5.68%) WAN
4 14 (5.30%) VPN
5 11 (4.17%) LAN
6 10 (3.79%) TCP/IP
7 9 (3.41%) DHCP
7 9 (3.41%) DNS
7 9 (3.41%) Unified Communications
8 6 (2.27%) Internet
9 5 (1.89%) Cisco ASA
9 5 (1.89%) SAN
10 4 (1.52%) Ethernet
10 4 (1.52%) VLAN
10 4 (1.52%) VoIP
11 3 (1.14%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (1.14%) NetScaler
11 3 (1.14%) PBX
11 3 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (19.32%) SQL Server
2 28 (10.61%) Power BI
3 27 (10.23%) Data Warehouse
4 17 (6.44%) SQL Server 2017
5 16 (6.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 14 (5.30%) SQL Server 2014
7 13 (4.92%) Data Lake
8 12 (4.55%) Big Data
9 10 (3.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 9 (3.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 5 (1.89%) Qlik Sense
11 5 (1.89%) QlikView
11 5 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 4 (1.52%) GIS
12 4 (1.52%) OLAP
12 4 (1.52%) OLAP Cube
12 4 (1.52%) QGIS
12 4 (1.52%) Relational Database
12 4 (1.52%) SQL Server 2005
13 3 (1.14%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 16 (6.06%) Visual Studio Team System
2 9 (3.41%) JIRA
3 7 (2.65%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (1.52%) JMeter
4 4 (1.52%) Visual Studio
5 3 (1.14%) Selenium
6 1 (0.38%) Artifactory
6 1 (0.38%) Fiddler
6 1 (0.38%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.38%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.38%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.38%) LoadUI
6 1 (0.38%) NeoLoad
General
1 46 (17.42%) Finance
2 36 (13.64%) Public Sector
3 15 (5.68%) Retail
4 10 (3.79%) Manufacturing
4 10 (3.79%) Telecoms
5 9 (3.41%) Legal
6 8 (3.03%) Banking
6 8 (3.03%) Marketing
7 7 (2.65%) Electronics
8 5 (1.89%) Automotive
9 3 (1.14%) Games
9 3 (1.14%) German Language
10 2 (0.76%) Advertising
10 2 (0.76%) Back Office
11 1 (0.38%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.38%) Law
11 1 (0.38%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 45 (17.05%) Analyst
2 39 (14.77%) Developer
3 35 (13.26%) Architect
4 19 (7.20%) DevOps Engineer
5 15 (5.68%) Project Manager
6 14 (5.30%) Consultant
6 14 (5.30%) Solutions Architect
7 13 (4.92%) Azure Engineer
7 13 (4.92%) Technical Architect
8 10 (3.79%) 2nd Line Support
8 10 (3.79%) Azure DevOps
8 10 (3.79%) Azure DevOps Engineer
8 10 (3.79%) IT Manager
8 10 (3.79%) Service Analyst
9 9 (3.41%) Support Engineer
10 8 (3.03%) Data Analyst
10 8 (3.03%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (2.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 7 (2.65%) SQL Developer
11 7 (2.65%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (9.47%) .NET
2 15 (5.68%) ASP.NET
3 12 (4.55%) Web Services
4 9 (3.41%) JSON
4 9 (3.41%) XML
5 6 (2.27%) jQuery
6 5 (1.89%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 4 (1.52%) .NET Framework
7 4 (1.52%) Ajax
7 4 (1.52%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (1.52%) Entity Framework
8 3 (1.14%) HTML
9 2 (0.76%) CSS
9 2 (0.76%) EDI
9 2 (0.76%) Middleware
10 1 (0.38%) Ext JS
10 1 (0.38%) HTML5
10 1 (0.38%) LDAP
10 1 (0.38%) REST
10 1 (0.38%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (6.44%) Data Centre
2 15 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (2.65%) NHS
3 7 (2.65%) Public Cloud
4 6 (2.27%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (1.89%) Management Information System
5 5 (1.89%) PKI
5 5 (1.89%) Video Conferencing
6 4 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
6 4 (1.52%) Private Cloud
7 3 (1.14%) Clustering
7 3 (1.14%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.14%) Mobile App
7 3 (1.14%) Tandem
8 2 (0.76%) Cloud Native
8 2 (0.76%) Greenfield Project
8 2 (0.76%) IVR
9 1 (0.38%) Driving Licence
9 1 (0.38%) Security Operations Centre
9 1 (0.38%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 76 (28.79%) Windows
2 34 (12.88%) Windows 10
3 27 (10.23%) Windows Server
4 14 (5.30%) Windows 7
5 7 (2.65%) Apple iOS
5 7 (2.65%) Linux
6 6 (2.27%) Android
6 6 (2.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (2.27%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (1.89%) Windows 8
7 5 (1.89%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (1.89%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.76%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.76%) Unix
9 1 (0.38%) OpenVMS
9 1 (0.38%) Solaris
9 1 (0.38%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.38%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.38%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (20.83%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (18.56%) Business Intelligence
3 44 (16.67%) CRM
4 42 (15.91%) Migration
5 36 (13.64%) DevOps
6 32 (12.12%) Stakeholder Management
7 28 (10.61%) ITIL
8 22 (8.33%) Project Management
8 22 (8.33%) Test Automation
9 21 (7.95%) Kanban
10 20 (7.58%) Scrum
11 18 (6.82%) Problem-Solving
12 17 (6.44%) Data Analysis
13 16 (6.06%) Project Delivery
14 14 (5.30%) Continuous Delivery
14 14 (5.30%) Deployment Automation
15 13 (4.92%) Data Migration
15 13 (4.92%) ITIL V3
15 13 (4.92%) Stakeholder Engagement
15 13 (4.92%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 42 (15.91%) SQL
2 35 (13.26%) C#
2 35 (13.26%) PowerShell
3 12 (4.55%) JavaScript
4 9 (3.41%) Python
5 6 (2.27%) C
5 6 (2.27%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.14%) VBA
7 2 (0.76%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.76%) FoxPro (VFP)
7 2 (0.76%) Java
7 2 (0.76%) VBScript
8 1 (0.38%) Ruby
8 1 (0.38%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 7 (2.65%) Degree
1 7 (2.65%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (2.27%) HND
3 5 (1.89%) MCSE
4 4 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (1.14%) Security Cleared
6 2 (0.76%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (0.76%) CCNA
6 2 (0.76%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (0.76%) DBS Check
6 2 (0.76%) ISTQB
6 2 (0.76%) MCP
7 1 (0.38%) MCSA
7 1 (0.38%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.38%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (3.41%) QA
1 9 (3.41%) SLA
2 7 (2.65%) PMO
3 4 (1.52%) Cyber Essentials
3 4 (1.52%) Data Quality
3 4 (1.52%) NIST
4 3 (1.14%) GDPR
5 2 (0.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.76%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 56 (21.21%) Active Directory
2 11 (4.17%) Hyper-V
2 11 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (3.79%) XenDesktop
4 7 (2.65%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (2.27%) XenApp
6 4 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.14%) Docker
7 3 (1.14%) vSphere
8 2 (0.76%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 2 (0.76%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (0.76%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.76%) Squid
9 1 (0.38%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.38%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.38%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 27 (10.23%) SCCM
2 15 (5.68%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (2.27%) AirWatch
3 6 (2.27%) Terraform
4 5 (1.89%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (1.52%) Kubernetes
6 3 (1.14%) Ansible
6 3 (1.14%) Backup Exec
6 3 (1.14%) FortiGate
6 3 (1.14%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.14%) SCOM
7 2 (0.76%) HP Data Protector
8 1 (0.38%) Netcool
8 1 (0.38%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.38%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 23 (8.71%) VMware
2 17 (6.44%) Citrix
3 14 (5.30%) Databricks
4 13 (4.92%) Cisco
4 13 (4.92%) Tableau
5 12 (4.55%) SAP
6 11 (4.17%) Sparx
7 10 (3.79%) Apple
8 8 (3.03%) ServiceNow
9 7 (2.65%) HP
10 5 (1.89%) Alteryx
10 5 (1.89%) IBM
10 5 (1.89%) Juniper
10 5 (1.89%) Remedy
11 4 (1.52%) Forcepoint
11 4 (1.52%) Meraki
11 4 (1.52%) Splunk
12 3 (1.14%) Google
12 3 (1.14%) NetApp
12 3 (1.14%) Polycom