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 26 May 2015 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 93 85 65
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -20
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 29 28 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.15% 1.21% 2.02%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.05% 7.09% 12.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 14 14
Average daily rate
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£325 £250 £286
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -12.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £213 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £420 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 9
Average hourly rate £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.88% +6.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £11.00 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.80 £15.00 £18.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+14.75% +1.66%
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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
479 395 255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 18.97% 17.10% 15.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 280 190 122
Average daily rate £340 £360 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £178 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 39 23
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -19.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £65.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 26 May 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -6 10 £385 +81.17% 10
Coventry +6 4 £425 +70.00% 3
Warwickshire -5 4 £192 -4.25%
Wolverhampton - 3 £225 - 1
Shropshire -9 2 - - 2
Worcestershire - 2 £136 - 3
West Bromwich - 1 £350 -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 52 (74.29%) Microsoft
2 47 (67.14%) Windows
3 32 (45.71%) MCSE
4 31 (44.29%) Active Directory
5 28 (40.00%) MCITP
6 23 (32.86%) SQL Server
7 20 (28.57%) MS Office
8 19 (27.14%) Citrix
8 19 (27.14%) Windows Server 2008
9 18 (25.71%) MCP
10 16 (22.86%) Windows XP
10 16 (22.86%) Migration
11 15 (21.43%) VMware
12 14 (20.00%) MS Exchange
12 14 (20.00%) MS Excel
12 14 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 14 (20.00%) SCCM
13 13 (18.57%) ITIL
14 12 (17.14%) SQL
15 10 (14.29%) Information Security
15 10 (14.29%) CRM
15 10 (14.29%) Data Migration
15 10 (14.29%) Windows 7
15 10 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
15 10 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 10 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
16 9 (12.86%) SQL Server 2012
16 9 (12.86%) SQL Server 2008
16 9 (12.86%) VMware Infrastructure
16 9 (12.86%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 14 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 9 (12.86%) SharePoint
3 6 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (7.14%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (7.14%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (4.29%) IBM Notes
5 3 (4.29%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (2.86%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (1.43%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (1.43%) WebSphere
7 1 (1.43%) Apache
7 1 (1.43%) WebLogic
7 1 (1.43%) IIS
7 1 (1.43%) Lync
Applications
1 20 (28.57%) MS Office
2 14 (20.00%) MS Excel
3 5 (7.14%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.43%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.29%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.00%) DNS
2 5 (7.14%) SAN
2 5 (7.14%) Firewall
2 5 (7.14%) Internet
3 4 (5.71%) LAN
3 4 (5.71%) WAN
3 4 (5.71%) DHCP
4 3 (4.29%) Wireless
5 2 (2.86%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (1.43%) Converged Networks
6 1 (1.43%) Extranet
6 1 (1.43%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.43%) Network Security
6 1 (1.43%) NAS
6 1 (1.43%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (32.86%) SQL Server
2 10 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (12.86%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (12.86%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (11.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (7.14%) MySQL
6 3 (4.29%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (4.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (1.43%) OLAP Cube
7 1 (1.43%) OLAP
7 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (1.43%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 1 (1.43%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (8.57%) Local Government
2 4 (5.71%) Finance
3 3 (4.29%) Law
3 3 (4.29%) Telecoms
3 3 (4.29%) Retail
4 1 (1.43%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.43%) Banking
4 1 (1.43%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 11 (15.71%) Analyst
1 11 (15.71%) Consultant
2 10 (14.29%) Administrator
3 8 (11.43%) Architect
4 7 (10.00%) DBA
4 7 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
4 7 (10.00%) SQL DBA
5 5 (7.14%) Help Desk Engineer
5 5 (7.14%) Help Desk Support
5 5 (7.14%) Service Desk Analyst
5 5 (7.14%) Service Analyst
5 5 (7.14%) Help Desk Analyst
5 5 (7.14%) Support Engineer
5 5 (7.14%) Support Analyst
5 5 (7.14%) Help Desk Support Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) CRM Architect
7 3 (4.29%) Server Administrator
7 3 (4.29%) Desktop Support
7 3 (4.29%) Server Engineer
8 2 (2.86%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.86%) .NET
2 1 (1.43%) CSS
2 1 (1.43%) XML
2 1 (1.43%) XSLT
2 1 (1.43%) MDX
2 1 (1.43%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.71%) Data Centre
2 3 (4.29%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.86%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.43%) AS400
4 1 (1.43%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.43%) iSeries
4 1 (1.43%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.43%) Mobile Banking
4 1 (1.43%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 47 (67.14%) Windows
2 19 (27.14%) Windows Server 2008
3 16 (22.86%) Windows XP
4 14 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (14.29%) Windows 7
5 10 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (7.14%) UNIX
7 4 (5.71%) Linux
8 1 (1.43%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.43%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.43%) Windows Vista
8 1 (1.43%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (22.86%) Migration
2 13 (18.57%) ITIL
3 10 (14.29%) CRM
3 10 (14.29%) Information Security
3 10 (14.29%) Data Migration
4 8 (11.43%) TOGAF
4 8 (11.43%) ITSM
4 8 (11.43%) Service Management
5 7 (10.00%) Validation
6 5 (7.14%) Change Management
7 4 (5.71%) Risk Management
7 4 (5.71%) PRINCE2
7 4 (5.71%) Web Application Development
7 4 (5.71%) Content Management
8 3 (4.29%) Resource Management
8 3 (4.29%) ETL
8 3 (4.29%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (4.29%) Workflow
8 3 (4.29%) Stakeholder Management
9 2 (2.86%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 12 (17.14%) SQL
2 1 (1.43%) T-SQL
2 1 (1.43%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.43%) C#
2 1 (1.43%) JavaScript
2 1 (1.43%) PHP
Qualifications
1 32 (45.71%) MCSE
2 28 (40.00%) MCITP
3 18 (25.71%) MCP
4 7 (10.00%) A+ Certification
4 7 (10.00%) MCTS
5 5 (7.14%) Citrix Certification
5 5 (7.14%) MCDBA
6 4 (5.71%) CCA
6 4 (5.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (4.29%) MCDST
7 3 (4.29%) CCEA
7 3 (4.29%) MCSA
7 3 (4.29%) Degree
8 2 (2.86%) NVQ Level 4
8 2 (2.86%) CCNP
8 2 (2.86%) CCNA
8 2 (2.86%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (1.43%) CISSP
9 1 (1.43%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.14%) SLA
2 1 (1.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.43%) QA
System Software
1 31 (44.29%) Active Directory
2 9 (12.86%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (10.00%) Hyper-V
4 6 (8.57%) XenApp
5 5 (7.14%) vSphere
6 3 (4.29%) Terminal Server
7 1 (1.43%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.43%) Xen
Systems Management
1 14 (20.00%) SCCM
2 2 (2.86%) DameWare
3 1 (1.43%) SCOM
3 1 (1.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (1.43%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 52 (74.29%) Microsoft
2 19 (27.14%) Citrix
3 15 (21.43%) VMware
4 7 (10.00%) HP
4 7 (10.00%) Cisco
4 7 (10.00%) Red Gate
5 5 (7.14%) Oracle
6 4 (5.71%) Dell
6 4 (5.71%) EMC
7 3 (4.29%) Lotus
8 2 (2.86%) IBM
8 2 (2.86%) Panasonic
9 1 (1.43%) Intel
9 1 (1.43%) Tableau
9 1 (1.43%) Compaq
9 1 (1.43%) Juniper
9 1 (1.43%) CA
9 1 (1.43%) NetApp
9 1 (1.43%) CheckPoint
9 1 (1.43%) webMethods