The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 16 January 2017 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.

3 months to
16 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
England / West Midlands
Rank 108 81 67
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -14
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 15 36 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.62% 1.53% 1.86%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.09% 8.07% 9.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 25 12
Median daily rate £349 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.16% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £141 £140 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £467 £465 £395
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 21
Median hourly rate £13.00 £13.50 £13.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% +3.40%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +9.67%

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

Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
486 446 409
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.17% 18.99% 19.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 233 231
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £175 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £527 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 19 57
Median hourly rate £24.50 £14.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+68.96% -38.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £11.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £95.00 £44.00 £32.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £39.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-27.82% +110.81%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 16 January 2017.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 16 January 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -6 8 £350 +16.66% 5
Shropshire +11 2 £120 - 1
Coventry -20 2 £340 +126.66% 1
Staffordshire 0 1 £395 +1.28% 2
Warwickshire -6 1 - - 2
Worcestershire - 1 £105 - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 16 January 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 36 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 27 (60.00%) Windows
3 25 (55.56%) Active Directory
4 18 (40.00%) MCSE
5 17 (37.78%) Windows Server
6 16 (35.56%) Microsoft Azure
6 16 (35.56%) Office 365
7 15 (33.33%) SQL Server
7 15 (33.33%) VMware
8 12 (26.67%) ITIL
9 11 (24.44%) SQL
9 11 (24.44%) SharePoint
9 11 (24.44%) Hyper-V
9 11 (24.44%) Security Cleared
10 10 (22.22%) MS Office
10 10 (22.22%) DNS
10 10 (22.22%) MCITP
11 9 (20.00%) MS Excel
11 9 (20.00%) MCSA
11 9 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
11 9 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
12 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared
12 8 (17.78%) DHCP
12 8 (17.78%) Migration
13 7 (15.56%) MCTS
13 7 (15.56%) Citrix
13 7 (15.56%) PowerShell
13 7 (15.56%) Skype for Business
13 7 (15.56%) Skype
14 6 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 11 (24.44%) SharePoint
2 7 (15.56%) Skype for Business
3 5 (11.11%) IIS
4 4 (8.89%) MS Exchange
5 1 (2.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 10 (22.22%) MS Office
2 9 (20.00%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.44%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 16 (35.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 16 (35.56%) Office 365
2 4 (8.89%) Cloud Computing
2 4 (8.89%) OneDrive
2 4 (8.89%) Yammer
3 3 (6.67%) Mimecast
4 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (22.22%) DNS
2 8 (17.78%) DHCP
3 7 (15.56%) Skype
4 6 (13.33%) Kerberos
4 6 (13.33%) LDAP
5 5 (11.11%) SAN
5 5 (11.11%) Unified Communications
6 4 (8.89%) PBX
6 4 (8.89%) VoIP
7 3 (6.67%) Firewall
7 3 (6.67%) LAN
7 3 (6.67%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (4.44%) TCP/IP
8 2 (4.44%) WAN
8 2 (4.44%) X.500
9 1 (2.22%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (2.22%) IPv4
9 1 (2.22%) NetScaler
9 1 (2.22%) SNMP
9 1 (2.22%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 5 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (8.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (6.67%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (6.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (4.44%) DTS
6 1 (2.22%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (2.22%) PerformancePoint
6 1 (2.22%) RDBMS
6 1 (2.22%) Relational Database
6 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (2.22%) StarTeam
General
1 1 (2.22%) Advertising
1 1 (2.22%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 6 (13.33%) Analyst
2 5 (11.11%) Office 365 Specialist
3 4 (8.89%) Consultant
3 4 (8.89%) Developer
4 3 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
4 3 (6.67%) Architect
4 3 (6.67%) Azure Architect
4 3 (6.67%) Database Manager
4 3 (6.67%) DBA
4 3 (6.67%) Desktop Support
4 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (6.67%) SQL DBA
5 2 (4.44%) Azure Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) Cloud Architect
5 2 (4.44%) Desktop Specialist
5 2 (4.44%) Microsoft Specialist
5 2 (4.44%) Office 365 Architect
5 2 (4.44%) Office 365 Developer
5 2 (4.44%) Windows Engineer
5 2 (4.44%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (11.11%) .NET
2 2 (4.44%) CSS
2 2 (4.44%) HTML
2 2 (4.44%) XML
3 1 (2.22%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.22%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.22%) Silverlight
3 1 (2.22%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (13.33%) PKI
2 5 (11.11%) Clustering
3 3 (6.67%) Replication
4 2 (4.44%) Data Centre
4 2 (4.44%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.22%) CESG
5 1 (2.22%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.22%) Driving Licence
5 1 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.22%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (2.22%) Mathematics
5 1 (2.22%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 27 (60.00%) Windows
2 17 (37.78%) Windows Server
3 9 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (13.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 6 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (8.89%) Windows XP
6 3 (6.67%) Windows 7
7 2 (4.44%) Windows 10
7 2 (4.44%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.22%) AIX
8 1 (2.22%) Android
8 1 (2.22%) Apple iOS
8 1 (2.22%) Linux
8 1 (2.22%) Ubuntu
8 1 (2.22%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (26.67%) ITIL
2 8 (17.78%) Migration
3 5 (11.11%) Patch Management
4 4 (8.89%) Email Filtering
4 4 (8.89%) Identity Management
4 4 (8.89%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (6.67%) Application Packaging
5 3 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
5 3 (6.67%) CRM
5 3 (6.67%) DevOps
5 3 (6.67%) Mobile Device Management
5 3 (6.67%) Performance Monitoring
5 3 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
6 2 (4.44%) Data Modelling
6 2 (4.44%) ETL
6 2 (4.44%) High Availability
6 2 (4.44%) ITIL V3
6 2 (4.44%) Mobile Optimisation
6 2 (4.44%) Service Delivery
6 2 (4.44%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 11 (24.44%) SQL
2 7 (15.56%) PowerShell
3 2 (4.44%) C#
3 2 (4.44%) JavaScript
3 2 (4.44%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.22%) C
4 1 (2.22%) C++
4 1 (2.22%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.22%) X++
Qualifications
1 18 (40.00%) MCSE
2 11 (24.44%) Security Cleared
3 10 (22.22%) MCITP
4 9 (20.00%) MCSA
5 8 (17.78%) SC Cleared
6 7 (15.56%) MCTS
7 6 (13.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (6.67%) MCP
9 2 (4.44%) CCNA
10 1 (2.22%) CCA
10 1 (2.22%) CCNP
10 1 (2.22%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (2.22%) DBS Check
10 1 (2.22%) Degree
10 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
10 1 (2.22%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (2.22%) MCDST
10 1 (2.22%) NVQ Level 4
10 1 (2.22%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.44%) QA
1 2 (4.44%) SLA
System Software
1 25 (55.56%) Active Directory
2 11 (24.44%) Hyper-V
3 9 (20.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (6.67%) XenApp
5 2 (4.44%) vSphere
6 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (2.22%) Terminal Server
6 1 (2.22%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (2.22%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (11.11%) SCCM
1 5 (11.11%) SCOM
2 4 (8.89%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (8.89%) Nagios
3 2 (4.44%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.22%) AirWatch
4 1 (2.22%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (2.22%) Netcool
4 1 (2.22%) WSUS
Vendors
1 36 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 15 (33.33%) VMware
3 7 (15.56%) Citrix
4 5 (11.11%) SolarWinds
5 4 (8.89%) Cisco
6 2 (4.44%) Intel Security
7 1 (2.22%) 3PAR
7 1 (2.22%) EMC
7 1 (2.22%) Juniper
7 1 (2.22%) NetApp
7 1 (2.22%) Remedy
7 1 (2.22%) ServiceNow
7 1 (2.22%) Veritas