Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 2017 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
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 5 3 3
Rank change year-on-year -2 0 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 230 329 224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 14.53% 21.73% 16.45%
As % of the Vendors category 33.82% 43.75% 34.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 167 182 144
Birmingham median daily rate £390 £400 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.50% +12.68% +5.19%
10th Percentile £184 £210 £190
90th Percentile £500 £575 £488
West Midlands median daily rate £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +2.00% +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 18 26
Birmingham median hourly rate £14.99 £13.60 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.22% -15.00% +33.61%
10th Percentile £13.29 £10.50 £10.73
90th Percentile £22.18 £19.42 £23.25
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +14.81% -18.18% +10.00%

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 680 752 649
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 42.96% 49.67% 47.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 465 450 340
Birmingham median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £213 £213 £217
90th Percentile £541 £575 £501
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 31 39
Birmingham median hourly rate £14.22 £14.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.97% -3.33% -16.67%
10th Percentile £10.10 £10.60 £10.60
90th Percentile £20.88 £20.70 £34.20
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.57 £14.50 £15.85
% change year-on-year +7.38% -8.52% -

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 21 November 2017.

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 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 21 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 58 (25.22%) Windows
2 55 (23.91%) Active Directory
3 48 (20.87%) SQL
4 45 (19.57%) Microsoft Office
4 45 (19.57%) Finance
5 43 (18.70%) SQL Server
5 43 (18.70%) Office 365
6 38 (16.52%) Microsoft Azure
7 35 (15.22%) Migration
8 31 (13.48%) Project Management
9 29 (12.61%) CRM
10 28 (12.17%) Microsoft Excel
10 28 (12.17%) ITIL
10 28 (12.17%) Agile Software Development
10 28 (12.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 26 (11.30%) MS Exchange
12 24 (10.43%) Business Intelligence
12 24 (10.43%) VMware
12 24 (10.43%) Dynamics CRM
13 21 (9.13%) Cisco
13 21 (9.13%) SharePoint
13 21 (9.13%) Windows 10
14 20 (8.70%) .NET
14 20 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 19 (8.26%) PRINCE2
15 19 (8.26%) Windows Server
16 18 (7.83%) Stakeholder Management
16 18 (7.83%) SCCM
16 18 (7.83%) Skype for Business
17 17 (7.39%) Change Management

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 26 (11.30%) MS Exchange
2 21 (9.13%) SharePoint
3 18 (7.83%) Skype for Business
4 6 (2.61%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (2.17%) SharePoint 2010
6 4 (1.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (1.74%) Confluence
7 2 (0.87%) IBM Notes
7 2 (0.87%) SAS
7 2 (0.87%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (0.87%) ThingWorx
7 2 (0.87%) WordPress
8 1 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
8 1 (0.43%) CMS
8 1 (0.43%) Drupal
8 1 (0.43%) IIS
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle 10gAS
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle UPK
Applications
1 45 (19.57%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (12.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (4.35%) Microsoft Project
4 9 (3.91%) MS Visio
5 6 (2.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 4 (1.74%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.87%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.43%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.43%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 24 (10.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (3.48%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.87%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.87%) Magento
4 1 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 43 (18.70%) Office 365
2 38 (16.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (4.35%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (1.74%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.74%) IaaS
5 3 (1.30%) Akamai
5 3 (1.30%) Amazon ELB
5 3 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (1.30%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.30%) PaaS
6 2 (0.87%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 11 (4.78%) Skype
2 10 (4.35%) Firewall
3 9 (3.91%) DNS
3 9 (3.91%) SAN
4 7 (3.04%) LDAP
4 7 (3.04%) TCP/IP
5 5 (2.17%) CTI
5 5 (2.17%) DHCP
5 5 (2.17%) H.323
5 5 (2.17%) PBX
5 5 (2.17%) Unified Communications
5 5 (2.17%) VoIP
5 5 (2.17%) VPN
5 5 (2.17%) WAN
6 4 (1.74%) SSL
6 4 (1.74%) WLAN
7 3 (1.30%) BGP
7 3 (1.30%) EIGRP
7 3 (1.30%) MPLS
7 3 (1.30%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (18.70%) SQL Server
2 28 (12.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 20 (8.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (6.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 10 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (3.91%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (3.48%) Power BI
7 8 (3.48%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (2.17%) SQL Server 2008
9 4 (1.74%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (1.30%) MySQL
10 3 (1.30%) OLAP
10 3 (1.30%) PowerPivot
10 3 (1.30%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.30%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
11 2 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.87%) GIS
11 2 (0.87%) Qlik Sense
12 1 (0.43%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 8 (3.48%) JIRA
2 4 (1.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.30%) MSI
3 3 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.87%) Bitbucket
4 2 (0.87%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.43%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.43%) ProC
5 1 (0.43%) Visual Studio
General
1 45 (19.57%) Finance
2 10 (4.35%) Retail
3 9 (3.91%) Advertising
4 6 (2.61%) Automotive
4 6 (2.61%) Banking
4 6 (2.61%) Legal
4 6 (2.61%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.74%) General Ledger
6 2 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (0.87%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.43%) Back Office
7 1 (0.43%) Law
7 1 (0.43%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 38 (16.52%) Analyst
2 30 (13.04%) Developer
3 24 (10.43%) Project Manager
4 18 (7.83%) Consultant
5 17 (7.39%) Architect
6 14 (6.09%) Business Analyst
6 14 (6.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 14 (6.09%) Support Engineer
7 13 (5.65%) Desktop Support
8 11 (4.78%) Administrator
9 9 (3.91%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 8 (3.48%) Microsoft Developer
10 8 (3.48%) Solutions Architect
11 7 (3.04%) 2nd Line Support
11 7 (3.04%) Desktop Engineer
11 7 (3.04%) Microsoft Consultant
11 7 (3.04%) Office 365 Engineer
12 6 (2.61%) Business Intelligence Analyst
12 6 (2.61%) CRM Consultant
12 6 (2.61%) Microsoft BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (8.70%) .NET
2 13 (5.65%) HTML
3 12 (5.22%) CSS
4 7 (3.04%) ASP.NET
4 7 (3.04%) HTML5
5 6 (2.61%) Web Services
6 5 (2.17%) MDX
6 5 (2.17%) XMPP
7 4 (1.74%) .NET Framework
7 4 (1.74%) ASP.NET MVC
7 4 (1.74%) XML
8 3 (1.30%) AngularJS
8 3 (1.30%) Twitter Bootstrap
9 2 (0.87%) Apache Flex
9 2 (0.87%) COM
9 2 (0.87%) Dapper ORM
9 2 (0.87%) JSON
9 2 (0.87%) Kendo UI
9 2 (0.87%) REST
9 2 (0.87%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (6.52%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (6.09%) Data Centre
3 11 (4.78%) Management Information System
4 6 (2.61%) User Experience
4 6 (2.61%) Video Conferencing
5 5 (2.17%) Fat Client
5 5 (2.17%) IVR
5 5 (2.17%) Thin Client
6 4 (1.74%) Blackberry
6 4 (1.74%) Computer Science
6 4 (1.74%) FMCG
7 2 (0.87%) Digital Signage
7 2 (0.87%) NHS
7 2 (0.87%) PKI
7 2 (0.87%) Reference Data
7 2 (0.87%) Replication
7 2 (0.87%) RSA SecurID
7 2 (0.87%) SCADA
7 2 (0.87%) Virtual Team
7 2 (0.87%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 58 (25.22%) Windows
2 21 (9.13%) Windows 10
3 19 (8.26%) Windows Server
4 10 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 9 (3.91%) Windows 7
6 6 (2.61%) Unix
6 6 (2.61%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (2.17%) Linux
8 3 (1.30%) Android
8 3 (1.30%) Apple iOS
9 2 (0.87%) Windows 8
9 2 (0.87%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (0.87%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.43%) HPUX
10 1 (0.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (15.22%) Migration
2 31 (13.48%) Project Management
3 29 (12.61%) CRM
4 28 (12.17%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (12.17%) ITIL
5 24 (10.43%) Business Intelligence
6 19 (8.26%) PRINCE2
7 18 (7.83%) Stakeholder Management
8 17 (7.39%) Change Management
9 12 (5.22%) ETL
9 12 (5.22%) Scrum
10 11 (4.78%) Problem Management
10 11 (4.78%) Service Management
11 10 (4.35%) Business Analysis
11 10 (4.35%) ERP
12 9 (3.91%) Data Migration
12 9 (3.91%) Risk Management
12 9 (3.91%) Test Automation
12 9 (3.91%) Time Management
12 9 (3.91%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 48 (20.87%) SQL
2 14 (6.09%) T-SQL
3 11 (4.78%) JavaScript
4 10 (4.35%) PowerShell
5 9 (3.91%) C#
6 5 (2.17%) VBA
7 4 (1.74%) C
7 4 (1.74%) VB.NET
8 3 (1.30%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 3 (1.30%) PHP
8 3 (1.30%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.30%) Python
9 2 (0.87%) MATLAB
9 2 (0.87%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.43%) Bash Shell
10 1 (0.43%) Java
10 1 (0.43%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.43%) PROC SQL
10 1 (0.43%) SAS Macro
10 1 (0.43%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 12 (5.22%) Degree
2 9 (3.91%) Microsoft Certification
3 6 (2.61%) MCSE
3 6 (2.61%) PMI Certification
3 6 (2.61%) PMP
3 6 (2.61%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 5 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
4 5 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
4 5 (2.17%) Security Cleared
5 4 (1.74%) APMP
5 4 (1.74%) SC Cleared
5 4 (1.74%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (1.30%) CCIE
6 3 (1.30%) CCNP
6 3 (1.30%) DBS Check
6 3 (1.30%) ISEB
6 3 (1.30%) MCSA
6 3 (1.30%) MCTS
6 3 (1.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 2 (0.87%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (4.35%) Data Quality
2 6 (2.61%) SLA
3 3 (1.30%) COBIT
3 3 (1.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.87%) QA
5 1 (0.43%) GDPR
5 1 (0.43%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.43%) MiFID
5 1 (0.43%) P3O
5 1 (0.43%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.43%) PMO
5 1 (0.43%) Solvency II
System Software
1 55 (23.91%) Active Directory
2 14 (6.09%) Hyper-V
3 9 (3.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (3.04%) Microsoft App-V
5 6 (2.61%) XenApp
6 5 (2.17%) vSphere
7 4 (1.74%) Terminal Services
7 4 (1.74%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.30%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.87%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.87%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.87%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 18 (7.83%) SCCM
2 8 (3.48%) WSUS
3 7 (3.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (2.17%) SCOM
5 4 (1.74%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (1.74%) SafeCom
6 3 (1.30%) Nagios
7 2 (0.87%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.43%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.43%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.43%) Oracle RMAN
8 1 (0.43%) SCOrch
8 1 (0.43%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 24 (10.43%) VMware
2 21 (9.13%) Cisco
3 13 (5.65%) Citrix
4 8 (3.48%) Oracle
5 7 (3.04%) NetApp
6 6 (2.61%) Avaya
6 6 (2.61%) IBM
6 6 (2.61%) SAP
6 6 (2.61%) Symantec
7 5 (2.17%) HP
7 5 (2.17%) Tableau
7 5 (2.17%) Veeam
8 4 (1.74%) Informatica
8 4 (1.74%) Juniper
8 4 (1.74%) McAfee
8 4 (1.74%) Meraki
8 4 (1.74%) SolarWinds
8 4 (1.74%) Wyse
9 3 (1.30%) AppDynamics
9 3 (1.30%) Palo Alto