Period
to 3 June 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 June 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 Jun 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 3 3 5
Rank change year-on-year 0 +2 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 139 234 190
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Birmingham 21.29% 18.07% 12.57%
As % of the Vendors category 44.98% 43.98% 28.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 152 134
Median daily rate £475 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.67% -3.23% +3.33%
10th Percentile £165 £153 £154
90th Percentile £588 £573 £549
West Midlands median daily rate £475 £401 £388
% change year-on-year +18.38% +3.55% +6.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 19 9
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.06 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.58% +13.73% +4.48%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.85 £12.55
90th Percentile £35.00 £20.20 £24.20
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.20 £18.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +16.13% +9.04%

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 309 532 668
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 47.32% 41.08% 44.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 175 352 426
Median daily rate £440 £413 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.43%
10th Percentile £182 £225 £215
90th Percentile £600 £575 £600
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 24 32
Median hourly rate £18.25 £16.53 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.41% +22.44% -6.90%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.00 £8.39
90th Percentile £35.00 £25.55 £22.85
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year - +20.00% -4.73%

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 June 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 June 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 3 June 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 61 (43.88%) Azure
2 45 (32.37%) Active Directory
3 38 (27.34%) Windows
4 35 (25.18%) Office 365
5 33 (23.74%) SQL Server
6 29 (20.86%) Agile Software Development
7 27 (19.42%) C#
7 27 (19.42%) SQL
8 25 (17.99%) Microsoft Office
8 25 (17.99%) Business Intelligence
9 23 (16.55%) Power Platform
10 22 (15.83%) SharePoint
10 22 (15.83%) .NET
11 21 (15.11%) Finance
11 21 (15.11%) Problem-Solving
12 20 (14.39%) Microsoft Excel
13 19 (13.67%) HTML
14 18 (12.95%) CSS
14 18 (12.95%) Windows 10
14 18 (12.95%) Power BI
14 18 (12.95%) Dynamics 365
15 17 (12.23%) CRM
16 16 (11.51%) JavaScript
16 16 (11.51%) jQuery
17 15 (10.79%) Dynamics CRM
17 15 (10.79%) Microsoft Intune
18 14 (10.07%) DevOps
18 14 (10.07%) Data Warehouse
19 13 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
20 12 (8.63%) Firewall

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 22 (15.83%) SharePoint
2 9 (6.47%) Skype for Business
3 5 (3.60%) MS Exchange
4 4 (2.88%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (1.44%) IIS
6 1 (0.72%) ArcGIS
6 1 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.72%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 25 (17.99%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (14.39%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.88%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (2.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.44%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.72%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 15 (10.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (4.32%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.72%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 61 (43.88%) Azure
2 35 (25.18%) Office 365
3 23 (16.55%) Power Platform
4 18 (12.95%) Dynamics 365
5 8 (5.76%) PowerApps
6 6 (4.32%) PaaS
7 5 (3.60%) Azure Active Directory
7 5 (3.60%) Logic Apps
8 4 (2.88%) IaaS
8 4 (2.88%) OneDrive
8 4 (2.88%) SaaS
9 3 (2.16%) AWS
9 3 (2.16%) Azure Data Factory
9 3 (2.16%) ShareGate
10 2 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
10 2 (1.44%) Power Automate
10 2 (1.44%) Yammer
11 1 (0.72%) G Suite
11 1 (0.72%) NuGet
11 1 (0.72%) Trello
Communications & Networking
1 12 (8.63%) Firewall
1 12 (8.63%) Skype
2 5 (3.60%) Unified Communications
3 4 (2.88%) DNS
3 4 (2.88%) Internet
3 4 (2.88%) VoIP
3 4 (2.88%) WAN
4 3 (2.16%) LAN
4 3 (2.16%) VPN
5 2 (1.44%) Cisco IOS
5 2 (1.44%) CTI
5 2 (1.44%) DHCP
5 2 (1.44%) H.323
5 2 (1.44%) Network Security
5 2 (1.44%) PBX
5 2 (1.44%) Wireless
6 1 (0.72%) Intranet
6 1 (0.72%) Reverse Proxy
6 1 (0.72%) Softphone
6 1 (0.72%) Telepresence
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (23.74%) SQL Server
2 18 (12.95%) Power BI
3 14 (10.07%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (7.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (6.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (3.60%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 5 (3.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (2.88%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (2.88%) SQL Server 2014
8 3 (2.16%) Big Data
8 3 (2.16%) Data Lake
8 3 (2.16%) Oracle Database
8 3 (2.16%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (1.44%) Crystal Reports
9 2 (1.44%) Data Mining
9 2 (1.44%) NoSQL
9 2 (1.44%) QlikView
9 2 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (1.44%) SQL Server 2016
9 2 (1.44%) SQL Server 2017
Development Applications
1 6 (4.32%) JIRA
2 5 (3.60%) Visual Studio
3 4 (2.88%) Git (software)
3 4 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.88%) webpack
4 2 (1.44%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.72%) Selenium
General
1 21 (15.11%) Finance
2 9 (6.47%) Legal
3 7 (5.04%) Retail
4 6 (4.32%) Banking
4 6 (4.32%) Public Sector
5 5 (3.60%) German Language
5 5 (3.60%) Investment Banking
5 5 (3.60%) Marketing
5 5 (3.60%) Retail Banking
6 3 (2.16%) Aerospace
6 3 (2.16%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.44%) Law
7 2 (1.44%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.72%) Automotive
8 1 (0.72%) Electronics
8 1 (0.72%) Military
8 1 (0.72%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (19.42%) Developer
2 19 (13.67%) Analyst
3 16 (11.51%) Architect
4 14 (10.07%) Support Engineer
5 12 (8.63%) Consultant
6 9 (6.47%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (5.76%) C# Developer
7 8 (5.76%) Desktop Support
7 8 (5.76%) Support Analyst
8 7 (5.04%) .NET Developer
8 7 (5.04%) Administrator
8 7 (5.04%) C# .NET Developer
9 6 (4.32%) CRM Consultant
9 6 (4.32%) Data Architect
9 6 (4.32%) Desktop Engineer
9 6 (4.32%) DevOps Engineer
9 6 (4.32%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
9 6 (4.32%) Security Analyst
10 5 (3.60%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 5 (3.60%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (15.83%) .NET
2 19 (13.67%) HTML
3 18 (12.95%) CSS
4 16 (11.51%) jQuery
5 12 (8.63%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 10 (7.19%) HTML5
7 9 (6.47%) .NET Framework
7 9 (6.47%) ASP.NET
7 9 (6.47%) JSON
7 9 (6.47%) Web Services
8 8 (5.76%) XML
9 7 (5.04%) Entity Framework
9 7 (5.04%) React
10 6 (4.32%) Razor View Engine
11 5 (3.60%) Ajax
11 5 (3.60%) ASP.NET MVC
11 5 (3.60%) REST
12 4 (2.88%) Sass
13 3 (2.16%) AngularJS
13 3 (2.16%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 9 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (5.04%) Management Information System
3 6 (4.32%) Cyberthreat
3 6 (4.32%) Self-Motivation
4 5 (3.60%) Learning Management System
5 3 (2.16%) NHS
6 2 (1.44%) Blackberry
6 2 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.44%) IVR
6 2 (1.44%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.72%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.72%) Data Centre
7 1 (0.72%) Enterprise Cloud
7 1 (0.72%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (0.72%) Handset
7 1 (0.72%) Private Cloud
7 1 (0.72%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 38 (27.34%) Windows
2 18 (12.95%) Windows 10
3 9 (6.47%) Linux
3 9 (6.47%) Windows Server
4 8 (5.76%) Windows 7
5 7 (5.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (3.60%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.88%) Windows Server 2016
8 2 (1.44%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.44%) Unix
8 2 (1.44%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (0.72%) Android
9 1 (0.72%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.72%) VMS
9 1 (0.72%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.72%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (20.86%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (17.99%) Business Intelligence
3 21 (15.11%) Problem-Solving
4 17 (12.23%) CRM
5 14 (10.07%) DevOps
6 13 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
7 12 (8.63%) Risk Management
8 11 (7.91%) Data Analysis
8 11 (7.91%) Migration
9 10 (7.19%) ETL
9 10 (7.19%) ITIL
10 9 (6.47%) MVC
10 9 (6.47%) Project Management
10 9 (6.47%) Test Automation
11 8 (5.76%) Data Modelling
12 7 (5.04%) Analytics
12 7 (5.04%) Continuous Integration
12 7 (5.04%) Information Security
12 7 (5.04%) Scrum
12 7 (5.04%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 27 (19.42%) C#
1 27 (19.42%) SQL
2 16 (11.51%) JavaScript
3 12 (8.63%) PowerShell
4 11 (7.91%) T-SQL
5 7 (5.04%) Python
6 6 (4.32%) Bash Shell
7 4 (2.88%) Java
8 3 (2.16%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 2 (1.44%) R
9 2 (1.44%) VB
9 2 (1.44%) VB6
10 1 (0.72%) C
10 1 (0.72%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.72%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 10 (7.19%) Security Cleared
2 8 (5.76%) CISSP
3 6 (4.32%) GIAC
4 5 (3.60%) SC Cleared
5 4 (2.88%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (2.88%) Degree
5 4 (2.88%) DV Cleared
5 4 (2.88%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (1.44%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.44%) CCIE
6 2 (1.44%) CCIE Collaboration
6 2 (1.44%) CCNA
6 2 (1.44%) CCNP
7 1 (0.72%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.72%) CCVP
7 1 (0.72%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.72%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.72%) MCPD
7 1 (0.72%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.60%) Data Quality
1 5 (3.60%) GDPR
2 3 (2.16%) SLA
3 2 (1.44%) PMO
3 2 (1.44%) QA
System Software
1 45 (32.37%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.88%) Virtual Desktop
2 4 (2.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (2.16%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (1.44%) Hyper-V
4 2 (1.44%) XenApp
5 1 (0.72%) Docker
5 1 (0.72%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.72%) VMware NSX
5 1 (0.72%) vSphere
5 1 (0.72%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 15 (10.79%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (4.32%) SCCM
3 3 (2.16%) Kubernetes
4 2 (1.44%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (0.72%) AirWatch
5 1 (0.72%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.72%) Jamf Pro
Vendors
1 9 (6.47%) VMware
2 8 (5.76%) CheckPoint
2 8 (5.76%) Cisco
3 7 (5.04%) Oracle
4 6 (4.32%) Citrix
4 6 (4.32%) Meraki
4 6 (4.32%) Red Hat
5 5 (3.60%) Apple
5 5 (3.60%) Tableau
6 4 (2.88%) Nintex
6 4 (2.88%) Qualys
6 4 (2.88%) Sitecore
7 3 (2.16%) Avaya
7 3 (2.16%) Databricks
7 3 (2.16%) Google
7 3 (2.16%) Remedy
7 3 (2.16%) SAP
8 2 (1.44%) EMC
8 2 (1.44%) HP
8 2 (1.44%) Proofpoint