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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 50 42 43
Rank change year-on-year -8 +1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 7 16 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.12% 2.35% 2.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.67% 10.46% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 5
Median daily rate £294 £185 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +58.78% -49.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £176 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £386 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -10.00% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 2
Median hourly rate - £12.75 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

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 105 153 134
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 16.83% 22.47% 17.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 98 74
Median daily rate £363 £389 £334
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.75% +16.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £205 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £474 £500 £461
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 12 5
Median hourly rate £40.00 £15.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +166.66% -34.78%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Birmingham over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 29 March 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 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 12 (80.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (66.67%) Windows
4 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
5 8 (53.33%) Office 365
6 6 (40.00%) DHCP
6 6 (40.00%) DNS
6 6 (40.00%) MCSE
6 6 (40.00%) MS Office
7 5 (33.33%) CRM
7 5 (33.33%) SharePoint
7 5 (33.33%) VMware
7 5 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
8 4 (26.67%) Email Filtering
8 4 (26.67%) SDLC
8 4 (26.67%) Service Design
8 4 (26.67%) OneDrive
8 4 (26.67%) Patch Management
8 4 (26.67%) Presales
8 4 (26.67%) Customer Requirements
8 4 (26.67%) Microsoft Intune
8 4 (26.67%) ArchiMate
8 4 (26.67%) Skype for Business
8 4 (26.67%) Unified Communications
8 4 (26.67%) Project Governance
8 4 (26.67%) IaaS
8 4 (26.67%) Kalman Filter
8 4 (26.67%) Yammer
8 4 (26.67%) Skype

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 5 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 4 (26.67%) IIS
2 4 (26.67%) Skype for Business
3 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (6.67%) MS Exchange
3 1 (6.67%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 6 (40.00%) MS Office
2 3 (20.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (26.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (80.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (53.33%) Office 365
3 4 (26.67%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (26.67%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (26.67%) IaaS
3 4 (26.67%) OneDrive
3 4 (26.67%) PaaS
3 4 (26.67%) SaaS
3 4 (26.67%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (40.00%) DHCP
1 6 (40.00%) DNS
2 4 (26.67%) Kerberos
2 4 (26.67%) LDAP
2 4 (26.67%) PBX
2 4 (26.67%) Skype
2 4 (26.67%) Unified Communications
2 4 (26.67%) VoIP
3 3 (20.00%) Remote Desktop
4 2 (13.33%) Firewall
4 2 (13.33%) SAN
5 1 (6.67%) LAN
5 1 (6.67%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 5 (33.33%) Architect
2 3 (20.00%) CRM Architect
3 2 (13.33%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (13.33%) Azure Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Azure Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Cloud Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Specialist
3 2 (13.33%) Office 365 Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Office 365 Specialist
3 2 (13.33%) Technical Specialist
3 2 (13.33%) VMware Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Manager
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Team Leader
4 1 (6.67%) Project Coordinator
4 1 (6.67%) SharePoint Designer
4 1 (6.67%) SharePoint Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) .NET
1 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET
1 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC 4
1 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC 5
1 1 (6.67%) CSS
1 1 (6.67%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) PKI
2 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 10 (66.67%) Windows
2 5 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 1 (6.67%) Windows 7
3 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (33.33%) CRM
2 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (26.67%) ArchiMate
2 4 (26.67%) Business Development
2 4 (26.67%) Customer Requirements
2 4 (26.67%) Email Filtering
2 4 (26.67%) Identity Management
2 4 (26.67%) Kalman Filter
2 4 (26.67%) Kanban
2 4 (26.67%) Migration
2 4 (26.67%) Patch Management
2 4 (26.67%) Presales
2 4 (26.67%) Project Governance
2 4 (26.67%) Scrum
2 4 (26.67%) SDLC
2 4 (26.67%) Service Design
2 4 (26.67%) SOA
2 4 (26.67%) TOGAF
2 4 (26.67%) UML
3 3 (20.00%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (26.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (6.67%) JavaScript
2 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (40.00%) MCSE
2 5 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 4 (26.67%) MCITP
3 4 (26.67%) SC Cleared
3 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (6.67%) CCNA
4 1 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (6.67%) MCP
4 1 (6.67%) MCPD
4 1 (6.67%) MCSD
4 1 (6.67%) MOS
4 1 (6.67%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) QA
System Software
1 9 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (26.67%) Hyper-V
3 3 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (13.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 4 (26.67%) Microsoft Intune
1 4 (26.67%) Nagios
1 4 (26.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (33.33%) VMware
3 4 (26.67%) Oracle
3 4 (26.67%) SolarWinds
4 3 (20.00%) Citrix
5 2 (13.33%) Cisco
6 1 (6.67%) Equitrac