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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 5 3 3
Rank change year-on-year -2 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 80 135 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 13.03% 16.58% 16.30%
As % of the Vendors category 28.07% 30.82% 34.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 85 73
Median daily rate £385 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £200 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £533 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £363 £350 £335
% change year-on-year +3.57% +4.47%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 16
Median hourly rate £14.22 £11.80 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.46% -22.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.19 £11.41 £11.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.46 £13.55 £26.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £16.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year -12.12% +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 vendor product and service related skills in contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham.

Contract Vendor Product & Service Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for skills associated with vendor products and/or services 285 438 363
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 46.42% 53.81% 46.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 185 289 225
Median daily rate £400 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +10.29%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £361
% change year-on-year +6.66% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 11 24
Median hourly rate £14.22 £11.80 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.46% -28.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.50 £11.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.13 £12.50 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -14.63% +10.81%  

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Microsoft as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Vendors category.

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 3 months to 23 June 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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 51 (26.98%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (22.22%) .NET
3 41 (21.69%) SQL
4 39 (20.63%) SQL Server
4 39 (20.63%) Active Directory
5 37 (19.58%) Finance
6 36 (19.05%) CRM
7 35 (18.52%) Windows
8 32 (16.93%) HTML
9 30 (15.87%) CSS
10 29 (15.34%) Dynamics CRM
11 28 (14.81%) Microsoft Azure
12 27 (14.29%) JavaScript
13 26 (13.76%) Business Intelligence
14 25 (13.23%) Analytical Skills
15 22 (11.64%) Microsoft Office
15 22 (11.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 22 (11.64%) Scrum
16 21 (11.11%) ITIL
17 20 (10.58%) Visual Studio
17 20 (10.58%) Microsoft Excel
17 20 (10.58%) Migration
17 20 (10.58%) VMware
18 19 (10.05%) SharePoint
18 19 (10.05%) WCF
19 18 (9.52%) .NET Framework
19 18 (9.52%) C#
20 17 (8.99%) Change Management
20 17 (8.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 17 (8.99%) Visual Studio Team System

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 19 (10.05%) SharePoint
2 12 (6.35%) MS Exchange
3 9 (4.76%) Skype for Business
4 7 (3.70%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (2.12%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (1.59%) ThingWorx
7 2 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (1.06%) IIS
7 2 (1.06%) SAS
8 1 (0.53%) CMS
8 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (0.53%) JBoss
8 1 (0.53%) Oracle 10gAS
8 1 (0.53%) Oracle Application Server
8 1 (0.53%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.53%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.53%) WebSphere
Applications
1 22 (11.64%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (10.58%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (4.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (4.23%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (4.23%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.53%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 29 (15.34%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (6.35%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (2.12%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (1.59%) Dynamics NAV
5 2 (1.06%) Magento
6 1 (0.53%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.53%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 28 (14.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (8.47%) Office 365
3 11 (5.82%) Dynamics 365
3 11 (5.82%) SaaS
4 5 (2.65%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.65%) IaaS
5 4 (2.12%) PaaS
6 2 (1.06%) Adobe Analytics
6 2 (1.06%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.53%) IBM PureFlex
Communications & Networking
1 7 (3.70%) Skype
1 7 (3.70%) WAN
2 6 (3.17%) Firewall
2 6 (3.17%) LAN
3 5 (2.65%) LDAP
3 5 (2.65%) SAN
3 5 (2.65%) VPN
4 4 (2.12%) DHCP
4 4 (2.12%) DNS
4 4 (2.12%) VoIP
5 3 (1.59%) WLAN
6 2 (1.06%) CTI
6 2 (1.06%) H.323
6 2 (1.06%) Intranet
6 2 (1.06%) PBX
6 2 (1.06%) SSL
6 2 (1.06%) TCP/IP
6 2 (1.06%) Unified Communications
6 2 (1.06%) WebEx
6 2 (1.06%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (20.63%) SQL Server
2 22 (11.64%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (8.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 15 (7.94%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (5.82%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 9 (4.76%) SQL Server 2014
7 8 (4.23%) SQL Server 2016
8 6 (3.17%) SQL Server 2012
9 5 (2.65%) EDRMS
9 5 (2.65%) Power BI
9 5 (2.65%) RDBMS
9 5 (2.65%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.59%) QlikView
10 3 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
11 2 (1.06%) Base SAS
11 2 (1.06%) MS Access
11 2 (1.06%) MySQL
11 2 (1.06%) OLAP
11 2 (1.06%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 1 (0.53%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 20 (10.58%) Visual Studio
2 17 (8.99%) Visual Studio Team System
3 15 (7.94%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (2.65%) MSI
5 4 (2.12%) InstallShield
6 3 (1.59%) JIRA
7 2 (1.06%) ProC
8 1 (0.53%) Git (software)
8 1 (0.53%) Jenkins
8 1 (0.53%) MSTest
8 1 (0.53%) NUnit
8 1 (0.53%) Selenium
General
1 37 (19.58%) Finance
2 15 (7.94%) Advertising
2 15 (7.94%) Manufacturing
3 9 (4.76%) Retail
4 5 (2.65%) Banking
4 5 (2.65%) Telecoms
5 4 (2.12%) Automotive
6 3 (1.59%) Electronics
6 3 (1.59%) Marketing
7 2 (1.06%) Legal
8 1 (0.53%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.53%) Law
8 1 (0.53%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 47 (24.87%) Developer
2 21 (11.11%) Analyst
2 21 (11.11%) Architect
3 19 (10.05%) Consultant
4 17 (8.99%) Microsoft Developer
5 15 (7.94%) CRM Developer
6 11 (5.82%) .NET Developer
7 10 (5.29%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 9 (4.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 9 (4.76%) Project Manager
8 9 (4.76%) Solutions Architect
9 8 (4.23%) Administrator
10 7 (3.70%) Microsoft Consultant
11 6 (3.17%) Business Analyst
11 6 (3.17%) CRM Consultant
11 6 (3.17%) DBA
11 6 (3.17%) Desktop Support
11 6 (3.17%) Senior Developer
11 6 (3.17%) SQL DBA
12 5 (2.65%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (22.22%) .NET
2 32 (16.93%) HTML
3 30 (15.87%) CSS
4 19 (10.05%) WCF
5 18 (9.52%) .NET Framework
6 15 (7.94%) ASP.NET Web API
7 11 (5.82%) ASP.NET
7 11 (5.82%) HTML5
8 7 (3.70%) ASP.NET MVC
8 7 (3.70%) Entity Framework
9 5 (2.65%) AngularJS
9 5 (2.65%) CSS3
10 4 (2.12%) Web Services
10 4 (2.12%) WPF
10 4 (2.12%) XML
11 3 (1.59%) JSON
11 3 (1.59%) REST
11 3 (1.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
12 2 (1.06%) COM
12 2 (1.06%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 25 (13.23%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (7.41%) Data Centre
2 14 (7.41%) Management Information System
3 7 (3.70%) Fat Client
3 7 (3.70%) Thin Client
3 7 (3.70%) User Experience
3 7 (3.70%) Video Conferencing
4 6 (3.17%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.65%) CMDB
6 4 (2.12%) Clustering
6 4 (2.12%) SCADA
7 3 (1.59%) Digital Signage
7 3 (1.59%) Hybrid Cloud
8 2 (1.06%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.06%) Driving Licence
8 2 (1.06%) IVR
9 1 (0.53%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.53%) NHS
9 1 (0.53%) PMI
9 1 (0.53%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 35 (18.52%) Windows
2 15 (7.94%) Windows 7
3 9 (4.76%) Windows 10
4 7 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (3.17%) Unix
5 6 (3.17%) Windows Server
6 4 (2.12%) Windows 8
6 4 (2.12%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (1.59%) Linux
8 2 (1.06%) HPUX
8 2 (1.06%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (1.06%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.53%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (26.98%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (19.05%) CRM
3 26 (13.76%) Business Intelligence
4 22 (11.64%) Scrum
5 21 (11.11%) ITIL
6 20 (10.58%) Migration
7 17 (8.99%) Change Management
8 14 (7.41%) Service Management
9 13 (6.88%) Project Management
10 12 (6.35%) Workflow
11 11 (5.82%) ETL
12 10 (5.29%) Enterprise Architecture
12 10 (5.29%) MVC
12 10 (5.29%) SDLC
12 10 (5.29%) Stakeholder Management
13 9 (4.76%) Data Management
14 8 (4.23%) Presales
15 7 (3.70%) Business Development
15 7 (3.70%) Data Modelling
15 7 (3.70%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 41 (21.69%) SQL
2 27 (14.29%) JavaScript
3 18 (9.52%) C#
4 8 (4.23%) PowerShell
4 8 (4.23%) T-SQL
5 7 (3.70%) Java
6 6 (3.17%) VB.NET
7 5 (2.65%) Python
7 5 (2.65%) Ruby
7 5 (2.65%) Scala
8 4 (2.12%) C
8 4 (2.12%) VBA
9 3 (1.59%) PHP
10 2 (1.06%) PROC SQL
10 2 (1.06%) SAS Macro
10 2 (1.06%) VB
11 1 (0.53%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.53%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.53%) VB6
Qualifications
1 12 (6.35%) Security Cleared
2 11 (5.82%) Degree
3 8 (4.23%) SC Cleared
4 7 (3.70%) DV Cleared
4 7 (3.70%) ITIL Certification
4 7 (3.70%) Microsoft Certification
5 5 (2.65%) PMI Certification
6 4 (2.12%) Computer Science Degree
6 4 (2.12%) PMP
7 3 (1.59%) ISEB
8 2 (1.06%) ISTQB
8 2 (1.06%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 1 (0.53%) BPSS Clearance
9 1 (0.53%) DBS Check
9 1 (0.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.53%) MCITP
9 1 (0.53%) MCPD
9 1 (0.53%) MCSE
9 1 (0.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.53%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (3.17%) QA
2 4 (2.12%) SLA
3 3 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.06%) PMO
5 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.53%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.53%) Solvency II
System Software
1 39 (20.63%) Active Directory
2 13 (6.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.70%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (3.17%) Hyper-V
5 4 (2.12%) vSphere
6 3 (1.59%) Terminal Services
6 3 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (1.06%) BitLocker
7 2 (1.06%) Terminal Server
7 2 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.53%) Docker
8 1 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.53%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 15 (7.94%) SCCM
2 4 (2.12%) SCOrch
2 4 (2.12%) WSUS
3 2 (1.06%) Backup Exec
3 2 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (1.06%) SafeCom
3 2 (1.06%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (1.06%) vCenter Server
4 1 (0.53%) Ansible
4 1 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.53%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (0.53%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (0.53%) SCOM
Vendors
1 20 (10.58%) VMware
2 16 (8.47%) Cisco
3 8 (4.23%) Oracle
4 7 (3.70%) Citrix
5 5 (2.65%) Cognos
6 4 (2.12%) BMC
6 4 (2.12%) IBM
6 4 (2.12%) NetApp
6 4 (2.12%) Remedy
7 3 (1.59%) Adobe
7 3 (1.59%) HP
7 3 (1.59%) Symantec
7 3 (1.59%) Tableau
8 2 (1.06%) Avaya
8 2 (1.06%) Dell
8 2 (1.06%) Meraki
8 2 (1.06%) Red Hat
8 2 (1.06%) RedGate
8 2 (1.06%) Veeam
8 2 (1.06%) Veritas
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