Period
to 22 January 2021

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 22 January 2021 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
22 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 5 4 3
Rank change year-on-year -1 -1 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 84 228 228
As % of all contract jobs advertised in Birmingham 14.26% 20.54% 16.99%
As % of the Vendors category 34.01% 46.34% 38.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 69 160 174
Median daily rate £350 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +13.33% -
10th Percentile £160 £203 £153
90th Percentile £580 £651 £525
West Midlands median daily rate £375 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -11.76% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 18 9
Median hourly rate £14.24 £16.25 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.40% +2.46% +10.60%
10th Percentile £13.30 £11.17 £12.55
90th Percentile £15.77 £19.50 £21.15
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £16.20 £15.00
% change year-on-year -7.41% +8.00% -

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 247 492 596
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 41.94% 44.32% 44.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 351 410
Median daily rate £375 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +12.50% -
10th Percentile £202 £250 £187
90th Percentile £600 £663 £550
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £440 £413
% change year-on-year -9.09% +6.67% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 22 23
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% -8.11% +48.95%
10th Percentile £13.92 £12.14 £10.35
90th Percentile £41.47 £19.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate £18.00 £15.85 £15.85
% change year-on-year +13.56% - +5.67%

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 22 January 2021.

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

For the 6 months to 22 January 2021, 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 29 (34.52%) Azure
2 25 (29.76%) Windows
3 17 (20.24%) SQL
4 16 (19.05%) SQL Server
4 16 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (17.86%) Power Platform
6 14 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
7 12 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
7 12 (14.29%) Active Directory
7 12 (14.29%) Law
7 12 (14.29%) Power BI
8 11 (13.10%) Project Delivery
8 11 (13.10%) Legal
8 11 (13.10%) Finance
8 11 (13.10%) Firewall
8 11 (13.10%) SaaS
9 10 (11.90%) Dynamics CRM
9 10 (11.90%) Migration
9 10 (11.90%) CRM
9 10 (11.90%) C#
9 10 (11.90%) Public Sector
9 10 (11.90%) Windows Server
9 10 (11.90%) Dynamics 365
9 10 (11.90%) Office 365
10 9 (10.71%) JavaScript
10 9 (10.71%) .NET
11 8 (9.52%) Linux
11 8 (9.52%) Microsoft Project
11 8 (9.52%) Project Management
11 8 (9.52%) QA

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 4 (4.76%) SAS
1 4 (4.76%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.57%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.38%) Confluence
3 2 (2.38%) JBoss
3 2 (2.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (2.38%) WebSphere
3 2 (2.38%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (1.19%) Apache Spark
4 1 (1.19%) CMS
4 1 (1.19%) DNN
4 1 (1.19%) Kentico
4 1 (1.19%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 14 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (14.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 8 (9.52%) Microsoft Project
4 7 (8.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (1.19%) Fusion 360
5 1 (1.19%) InfoPath
5 1 (1.19%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.19%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 10 (11.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.38%) Relativity
3 1 (1.19%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 29 (34.52%) Azure
2 15 (17.86%) Power Platform
3 11 (13.10%) SaaS
4 10 (11.90%) Dynamics 365
4 10 (11.90%) Office 365
5 4 (4.76%) AWS
6 3 (3.57%) GitHub
6 3 (3.57%) PowerApps
7 2 (2.38%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (2.38%) Azure Data Factory
7 2 (2.38%) Azure Functions
7 2 (2.38%) Serverless
8 1 (1.19%) Data Lake Analytics
8 1 (1.19%) NuGet
8 1 (1.19%) Power Automate
8 1 (1.19%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 11 (13.10%) Firewall
2 5 (5.95%) Skype
2 5 (5.95%) TCP/IP
3 4 (4.76%) SAN
4 3 (3.57%) Ethernet
4 3 (3.57%) LAN
5 2 (2.38%) CTI
5 2 (2.38%) DNS
5 2 (2.38%) H.323
5 2 (2.38%) Internet
5 2 (2.38%) Network Security
5 2 (2.38%) PBX
5 2 (2.38%) Unified Communications
5 2 (2.38%) VoIP
6 1 (1.19%) 3G
6 1 (1.19%) 4G
6 1 (1.19%) 5G
6 1 (1.19%) Broadband
6 1 (1.19%) NetScaler
6 1 (1.19%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 12 (14.29%) Power BI
3 4 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.57%) Data Lake
4 3 (3.57%) DB2
5 2 (2.38%) Azure SQL Database
5 2 (2.38%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (2.38%) Pentaho
6 1 (1.19%) Base SAS
6 1 (1.19%) DTS
6 1 (1.19%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.19%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (1.19%) Oracle OLAP
6 1 (1.19%) SAS Enterprise Guide
6 1 (1.19%) Snowflake Schema
6 1 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.19%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 7 (8.33%) JIRA
2 2 (2.38%) Git (software)
2 2 (2.38%) Selenium
2 2 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (2.38%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.19%) Babel
3 1 (1.19%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.19%) ProC
3 1 (1.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.19%) Subversion
3 1 (1.19%) Toad
General
1 12 (14.29%) Law
2 11 (13.10%) Finance
2 11 (13.10%) Legal
3 10 (11.90%) Public Sector
4 4 (4.76%) Billing
5 2 (2.38%) Military
5 2 (2.38%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.19%) Banking
6 1 (1.19%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 12 (14.29%) Architect
2 11 (13.10%) Analyst
2 11 (13.10%) Developer
3 8 (9.52%) Solutions Architect
4 6 (7.14%) Business Analyst
5 5 (5.95%) Project Manager
5 5 (5.95%) Support Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) Data Analyst
6 4 (4.76%) IT Manager
7 3 (3.57%) .NET Developer
7 3 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 3 (3.57%) Active Directory Technician
7 3 (3.57%) Hardware Technician
7 3 (3.57%) IT Engineer
7 3 (3.57%) IT Project Manager
7 3 (3.57%) IT Technician
8 2 (2.38%) Automation Engineer
8 2 (2.38%) PMO Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.71%) .NET
2 7 (8.33%) ASP.NET
3 5 (5.95%) .NET Framework
3 5 (5.95%) HTML
4 4 (4.76%) CSS
4 4 (4.76%) Entity Framework
5 3 (3.57%) jQuery
5 3 (3.57%) React
6 2 (2.38%) .NET Core
6 2 (2.38%) Ajax
6 2 (2.38%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.38%) ASP.NET Core
6 2 (2.38%) Java EE
6 2 (2.38%) LDAP
6 2 (2.38%) REST
6 2 (2.38%) XMPP
7 1 (1.19%) Enzyme
7 1 (1.19%) Jest
7 1 (1.19%) Nunjucks
7 1 (1.19%) Seaborn
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.76%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (3.57%) Mainframe
3 3 (3.57%) Virtual Team
4 2 (2.38%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.38%) Fat Client
4 2 (2.38%) IVR
4 2 (2.38%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.38%) NHS
4 2 (2.38%) Smartphone
4 2 (2.38%) Thin Client
4 2 (2.38%) User Experience
4 2 (2.38%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.19%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.19%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.19%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (1.19%) iPad
5 1 (1.19%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (1.19%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 25 (29.76%) Windows
2 10 (11.90%) Windows Server
3 8 (9.52%) Linux
3 8 (9.52%) Windows 10
4 3 (3.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (3.57%) Windows 7
5 2 (2.38%) zOS
6 1 (1.19%) Android
6 1 (1.19%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.19%) Mac OS
6 1 (1.19%) Unix
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2016
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (13.10%) Project Delivery
3 10 (11.90%) CRM
3 10 (11.90%) Migration
4 8 (9.52%) DevOps
4 8 (9.52%) Document Management
4 8 (9.52%) Project Management
5 7 (8.33%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (7.14%) Information Security
6 6 (7.14%) ITIL
7 5 (5.95%) Analytics
7 5 (5.95%) Business Analysis
7 5 (5.95%) Business Intelligence
7 5 (5.95%) Case Management
7 5 (5.95%) ETL
7 5 (5.95%) SIEM
7 5 (5.95%) Test Automation
7 5 (5.95%) TOGAF
8 4 (4.76%) Front End Development
8 4 (4.76%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 17 (20.24%) SQL
2 10 (11.90%) C#
3 9 (10.71%) JavaScript
4 7 (8.33%) PowerShell
5 4 (4.76%) Python
6 3 (3.57%) Java
6 3 (3.57%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.19%) C
7 1 (1.19%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 1 (1.19%) PHP
7 1 (1.19%) PROC SQL
7 1 (1.19%) SAS Macro
7 1 (1.19%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.19%) TypeScript
7 1 (1.19%) VB
7 1 (1.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 7 (8.33%) Security Cleared
2 6 (7.14%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.38%) CISSP
3 2 (2.38%) DBS Check
3 2 (2.38%) ISEB
3 2 (2.38%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.19%) APMG
4 1 (1.19%) ECDL
4 1 (1.19%) IIBA
4 1 (1.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (1.19%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (9.52%) QA
2 2 (2.38%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.38%) PMO
3 1 (1.19%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (1.19%) SLA
3 1 (1.19%) WCAG
System Software
1 12 (14.29%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.38%) vSphere
4 1 (1.19%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (1.19%) XenApp
4 1 (1.19%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (2.38%) Netcool
1 2 (2.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
1 2 (2.38%) QRadar
1 2 (2.38%) SCCM
1 2 (2.38%) SCOM
1 2 (2.38%) Tivoli
2 1 (1.19%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.19%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.19%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (1.19%) Microsoft Intune
2 1 (1.19%) SCOrch
2 1 (1.19%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (5.95%) Oracle
1 5 (5.95%) Palo Alto
1 5 (5.95%) Red Hat
1 5 (5.95%) VMware
2 4 (4.76%) Citrix
2 4 (4.76%) iManage
3 3 (3.57%) F5
3 3 (3.57%) IBM
4 2 (2.38%) Ab Initio
4 2 (2.38%) Aruba
4 2 (2.38%) Avaya
4 2 (2.38%) Cisco
4 2 (2.38%) FireEye
4 2 (2.38%) Google
4 2 (2.38%) HP
4 2 (2.38%) Openreach
4 2 (2.38%) Splunk
4 2 (2.38%) Symantec
4 2 (2.38%) Thycotic
5 1 (1.19%) Virgin Media