The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 19 December 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 47 46 41
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 12 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 1.85% 1.46% 1.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.81% 11.84% 7.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 8 0
Average daily rate
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£400 £90 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+344.44% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 2
Average hourly rate £21.00 - £11.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.41 £15.13 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+8.49% -19.03%
Microsoft Certification
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Qualifications Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
111 76 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.16% 12.32% 19.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 51 33
Average daily rate £368 £365 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.68% -2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £136 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £472
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 2 5
Average hourly rate £29.00 £20.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.46% +32.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £20.15 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.80 £20.50 £32.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Birmingham region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in Birmingham

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification.

1 20 (74.07%) Windows
2 19 (70.37%) Microsoft
3 14 (51.85%) MCSE
4 13 (48.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (37.04%) VMware
6 9 (33.33%) Windows 7
6 9 (33.33%) MCP
6 9 (33.33%) Active Directory
6 9 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (29.63%) MS Exchange
7 8 (29.63%) Exchange Server 2010
8 7 (25.93%) Windows XP
8 7 (25.93%) HP
8 7 (25.93%) VMware Infrastructure
8 7 (25.93%) Migration
9 6 (22.22%) MCITP
9 6 (22.22%) SAN
9 6 (22.22%) DHCP
9 6 (22.22%) DNS
9 6 (22.22%) SQL
9 6 (22.22%) MS Office
9 6 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (18.52%) MS Excel
10 5 (18.52%) Citrix
11 4 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2007
11 4 (14.81%) SCCM
11 4 (14.81%) Hyper-V
11 4 (14.81%) EMC
11 4 (14.81%) MCSA
11 4 (14.81%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (29.63%) MS Exchange
1 8 (29.63%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2007
2 4 (14.81%) SharePoint
3 3 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (7.41%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (3.70%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 6 (22.22%) MS Office
2 5 (18.52%) MS Excel
3 3 (11.11%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (3.70%) MS Visio
4 1 (3.70%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (7.41%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 6 (22.22%) SAN
1 6 (22.22%) DHCP
1 6 (22.22%) DNS
2 2 (7.41%) Wireless
3 1 (3.70%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.70%) Internet
3 1 (3.70%) Network Security
3 1 (3.70%) Firewall
3 1 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (3.70%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (14.81%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (7.41%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (3.70%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (18.52%) Analyst
1 5 (18.52%) Support Engineer
2 4 (14.81%) Developer
3 3 (11.11%) Help Desk Support Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) Systems Administrator
3 3 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
3 3 (11.11%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 3 (11.11%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (11.11%) Administrator
3 3 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) Help Desk Support
3 3 (11.11%) Help Desk Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) Systems Support Analyst
4 2 (7.41%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
4 2 (7.41%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (7.41%) BizTalk Developer
4 2 (7.41%) CRM Developer
4 2 (7.41%) Systems Engineer
4 2 (7.41%) Systems Support
4 2 (7.41%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.41%) WCF
1 2 (7.41%) .NET
1 2 (7.41%) SOAP
1 2 (7.41%) Web Services
1 2 (7.41%) XML
1 2 (7.41%) Reactive Extensions
1 2 (7.41%) Managed Extensibility Framework
2 1 (3.70%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.41%) Clustering
2 1 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.70%) iSeries
2 1 (3.70%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 20 (74.07%) Windows
2 13 (48.15%) Windows Server 2008
3 9 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 9 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (25.93%) Windows XP
5 6 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (7.41%) Linux
6 2 (7.41%) UNIX
7 1 (3.70%) Windows 2000
7 1 (3.70%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (25.93%) Migration
2 4 (14.81%) ITIL
3 3 (11.11%) Workflow
4 2 (7.41%) Software Engineering
4 2 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (7.41%) TDD
4 2 (7.41%) Project Planning
4 2 (7.41%) Requirements Management
4 2 (7.41%) Unit Testing
4 2 (7.41%) MVVM
4 2 (7.41%) OOD
4 2 (7.41%) OO
4 2 (7.41%) CRM
5 1 (3.70%) ITIL V3
5 1 (3.70%) Software Deployment
5 1 (3.70%) Data Modelling
5 1 (3.70%) PRINCE2
5 1 (3.70%) PRINCE
5 1 (3.70%) Project Management
5 1 (3.70%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 6 (22.22%) SQL
2 4 (14.81%) C#
3 1 (3.70%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 14 (51.85%) MCSE
2 9 (33.33%) MCP
3 6 (22.22%) MCITP
4 4 (14.81%) MCSA
5 3 (11.11%) A+ Certification
5 3 (11.11%) Degree
6 2 (7.41%) SC Cleared
6 2 (7.41%) CCA
6 2 (7.41%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (7.41%) Security Cleared
7 1 (3.70%) CCNP
7 1 (3.70%) CCEA
7 1 (3.70%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (3.70%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (3.70%) DV Cleared
7 1 (3.70%) HP APS
7 1 (3.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (3.70%) MCDST
7 1 (3.70%) MCTS
System Software
1 9 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 7 (25.93%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (14.81%) Hyper-V
3 4 (14.81%) XenApp
4 3 (11.11%) vSphere
5 1 (3.70%) Firmware
5 1 (3.70%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (3.70%) Xen
Systems Management
1 4 (14.81%) SCCM
2 2 (7.41%) Backup Exec
3 1 (3.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (3.70%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 19 (70.37%) Microsoft
2 10 (37.04%) VMware
3 7 (25.93%) HP
4 5 (18.52%) Citrix
5 4 (14.81%) EMC
6 3 (11.11%) Juniper
6 3 (11.11%) Symantec
7 2 (7.41%) Apple
7 2 (7.41%) Cisco
7 2 (7.41%) Meru Networks
8 1 (3.70%) IBM
8 1 (3.70%) Compaq
8 1 (3.70%) Dell
8 1 (3.70%) Lotus
8 1 (3.70%) Websense
8 1 (3.70%) ProCurve
8 1 (3.70%) Fortinet