The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 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.

Microsoft Certification
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 49 62 60
Rank change year-on-year +13 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3 10 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 0.49% 1.23% 0.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.53% 5.71% 3.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 4
Median daily rate £388 £380 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.97% -5.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £275 £345
10% offered a daily rate of more than £398 £496 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £333
% change year-on-year -3.03% -1.04%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £12.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £24.06 £18.50
% change year-on-year -6.40% +30.05%  

Microsoft Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham.

Academic & Professional Certification
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 85 175 182
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 13.80% 21.47% 24.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 127 124
Median daily rate £400 £388 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +13.97%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 7
Median hourly rate £15.00 £25.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.00% -3.84%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £37.50 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Birmingham

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Birmingham

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification 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 Certification.

1 7 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (50.00%) CRM
3 4 (40.00%) Windows
3 4 (40.00%) UML
3 4 (40.00%) MCSE
3 4 (40.00%) SOA
3 4 (40.00%) Oracle
3 4 (40.00%) Scrum
3 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (40.00%) TOGAF
3 4 (40.00%) Business Development
3 4 (40.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (40.00%) Kanban
3 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (40.00%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (40.00%) SaaS
3 4 (40.00%) PaaS
3 4 (40.00%) Project Governance
3 4 (40.00%) ArchiMate
3 4 (40.00%) IaaS
3 4 (40.00%) SDLC
3 4 (40.00%) Presales
3 4 (40.00%) Service Design
3 4 (40.00%) Customer Requirements
4 3 (30.00%) Cisco
4 3 (30.00%) Data Centre
4 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
4 3 (30.00%) Active Directory
5 2 (20.00%) Service Management
5 2 (20.00%) Change Management

Microsoft Certification
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 1 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2007
1 1 (10.00%) MS Exchange
1 1 (10.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (10.00%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (40.00%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (40.00%) IaaS
1 4 (40.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (40.00%) PaaS
1 4 (40.00%) SaaS
2 2 (20.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (20.00%) DHCP
1 2 (20.00%) LAN
2 1 (10.00%) DNS
2 1 (10.00%) WebEx
General
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Architect
1 3 (30.00%) CRM Architect
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Deployment Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Deployment Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Desktop Support
3 1 (10.00%) Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Field Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Team Leader
3 1 (10.00%) Network Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Project Coordinator
3 1 (10.00%) Server Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Server Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Team Leader
3 1 (10.00%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) .NET
1 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
1 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET MVC 5
1 1 (10.00%) CSS
1 1 (10.00%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
2 2 (20.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (10.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) CRM
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (40.00%) ArchiMate
2 4 (40.00%) Business Development
2 4 (40.00%) Customer Requirements
2 4 (40.00%) Kanban
2 4 (40.00%) Presales
2 4 (40.00%) Project Governance
2 4 (40.00%) Scrum
2 4 (40.00%) SDLC
2 4 (40.00%) Service Design
2 4 (40.00%) SOA
2 4 (40.00%) TOGAF
2 4 (40.00%) UML
3 2 (20.00%) Change Management
3 2 (20.00%) ITIL
3 2 (20.00%) Service Management
4 1 (10.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (10.00%) MVC
4 1 (10.00%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (30.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 4 (40.00%) MCSE
2 2 (20.00%) CCNA
2 2 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (20.00%) MCP
2 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (20.00%) VCP6
2 2 (20.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (10.00%) Degree
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (10.00%) MCITP
3 1 (10.00%) MCPD
3 1 (10.00%) MCSD
3 1 (10.00%) MCTS
3 1 (10.00%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (30.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (10.00%) BitLocker
3 1 (10.00%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) SCCM
1 1 (10.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 7 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (40.00%) Oracle
3 3 (30.00%) Cisco
4 2 (20.00%) VMware
5 1 (10.00%) Citrix
5 1 (10.00%) Equitrac