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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
England / West Midlands
Rank 106 89 73
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 15 36 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.62% 1.39% 1.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.18% 7.03% 10.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 17 15
Median daily rate £350 £185 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+89.18% -49.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £146 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £404 £450 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £333 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.25% +2.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 16
Median hourly rate £13.50 £13.75 £13.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% +5.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £16.10 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.30 £19.00 £15.64
% change year-on-year
-14.23% +21.52%

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
472 512 394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.61% 19.77% 17.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 274 210
Median daily rate £375 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +23.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 20 55
Median hourly rate £20.88 £17.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.79% -41.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £12.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £95.00 £42.00 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.92% +80.00%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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 -11 7 £350 +47.36% 6
Staffordshire +2 2 £395 - 3
Warwickshire -3 2 - - 1
Solihull - 2 - -
Shropshire +21 1 £425 - 3
Worcestershire - 1 £105 - 2
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 32 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 29 (72.50%) Active Directory
2 29 (72.50%) Windows
3 19 (47.50%) Windows Server
4 18 (45.00%) Microsoft Azure
5 14 (35.00%) MCSE
5 14 (35.00%) ITIL
5 14 (35.00%) VMware
6 12 (30.00%) Office 365
7 11 (27.50%) MS Excel
8 10 (25.00%) SharePoint
8 10 (25.00%) DNS
8 10 (25.00%) Hyper-V
8 10 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 9 (22.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (22.50%) Migration
9 9 (22.50%) MCITP
10 8 (20.00%) DHCP
10 8 (20.00%) MS Office
10 8 (20.00%) SQL Server
10 8 (20.00%) PowerShell
10 8 (20.00%) Security Cleared
11 7 (17.50%) Skype for Business
11 7 (17.50%) Skype
11 7 (17.50%) SQL
11 7 (17.50%) Citrix
12 6 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (15.00%) MCSA
12 6 (15.00%) LDAP
12 6 (15.00%) Kerberos

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 10 (25.00%) SharePoint
2 7 (17.50%) Skype for Business
3 5 (12.50%) IIS
3 5 (12.50%) MS Exchange
4 2 (5.00%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 11 (27.50%) MS Excel
2 8 (20.00%) MS Office
3 2 (5.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.50%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 18 (45.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (30.00%) Office 365
3 4 (10.00%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (10.00%) OneDrive
3 4 (10.00%) Yammer
4 3 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (7.50%) Mimecast
5 2 (5.00%) IaaS
5 2 (5.00%) PaaS
5 2 (5.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (25.00%) DNS
2 8 (20.00%) DHCP
3 7 (17.50%) Skype
4 6 (15.00%) Kerberos
4 6 (15.00%) LDAP
5 5 (12.50%) SAN
6 4 (10.00%) PBX
6 4 (10.00%) Remote Desktop
6 4 (10.00%) Unified Communications
6 4 (10.00%) VoIP
7 3 (7.50%) TCP/IP
8 2 (5.00%) Firewall
8 2 (5.00%) LAN
8 2 (5.00%) X.500
9 1 (2.50%) iSCSI
9 1 (2.50%) SNMP
9 1 (2.50%) VLAN
9 1 (2.50%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (7.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (7.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (5.00%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (2.50%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.50%) RDBMS
4 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (2.50%) MSI
1 1 (2.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (2.50%) StarTeam
Job Titles
1 6 (15.00%) Architect
2 5 (12.50%) Analyst
2 5 (12.50%) Office 365 Specialist
3 3 (7.50%) 3rd Line Support
3 3 (7.50%) Desktop Support
4 2 (5.00%) Azure Architect
4 2 (5.00%) Azure Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) Consultant
4 2 (5.00%) CRM Architect
4 2 (5.00%) Database Analyst
4 2 (5.00%) Desktop Specialist
4 2 (5.00%) Desktop Support Specialist
4 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) SharePoint Architect
4 2 (5.00%) Support Analyst
4 2 (5.00%) Support Specialist
4 2 (5.00%) Technical Specialist
4 2 (5.00%) VMware Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (5.00%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.00%) .NET
2 1 (2.50%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.00%) PKI
2 4 (10.00%) Clustering
3 3 (7.50%) Replication
4 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.50%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.50%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.50%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.50%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 29 (72.50%) Windows
2 19 (47.50%) Windows Server
3 9 (22.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (15.00%) Windows 7
4 6 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 5 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (10.00%) Windows XP
7 3 (7.50%) Windows 10
7 3 (7.50%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.50%) AIX
8 1 (2.50%) Android
8 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
8 1 (2.50%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (35.00%) ITIL
2 9 (22.50%) Migration
3 5 (12.50%) Patch Management
4 4 (10.00%) Application Packaging
4 4 (10.00%) Email Filtering
4 4 (10.00%) Identity Management
4 4 (10.00%) Kalman Filter
4 4 (10.00%) Performance Tuning
5 3 (7.50%) CRM
5 3 (7.50%) DevOps
5 3 (7.50%) Mobile Device Management
5 3 (7.50%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (5.00%) ArchiMate
6 2 (5.00%) High Availability
6 2 (5.00%) ITIL V3
6 2 (5.00%) Presales
6 2 (5.00%) Project Governance
6 2 (5.00%) SDLC
6 2 (5.00%) Service Design
6 2 (5.00%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 8 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 7 (17.50%) SQL
3 2 (5.00%) Shell Script
3 2 (5.00%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.50%) C
4 1 (2.50%) C#
4 1 (2.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 14 (35.00%) MCSE
2 9 (22.50%) MCITP
3 8 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 6 (15.00%) MCSA
4 6 (15.00%) MCTS
5 5 (12.50%) SC Cleared
5 5 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (10.00%) Degree
6 4 (10.00%) MCP
7 2 (5.00%) CCNA
7 2 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (2.50%) DBS Check
8 1 (2.50%) ISTQB
8 1 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (2.50%) MCDST
8 1 (2.50%) NVQ Level 4
8 1 (2.50%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.00%) QA
1 2 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (72.50%) Active Directory
2 10 (25.00%) Hyper-V
2 10 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (7.50%) XenApp
4 1 (2.50%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (2.50%) Terminal Server
4 1 (2.50%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (2.50%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (2.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (15.00%) SCCM
2 5 (12.50%) SCOM
3 4 (10.00%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (10.00%) Nagios
4 2 (5.00%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (2.50%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.50%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (2.50%) Netcool
5 1 (2.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 32 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (35.00%) VMware
3 7 (17.50%) Citrix
4 5 (12.50%) SolarWinds
5 3 (7.50%) Cisco
6 2 (5.00%) Intel Security
6 2 (5.00%) Oracle
7 1 (2.50%) 3PAR
7 1 (2.50%) EMC
7 1 (2.50%) NetApp
7 1 (2.50%) Remedy
7 1 (2.50%) ServiceNow
7 1 (2.50%) Veritas