The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the West Midlands region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 76 61 60
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 42 37 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.73% 2.03% 1.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.57% 14.74% 14.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 19 19
Average daily rate £250 £275 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £135 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £475 £330
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £288
% change year-on-year
+5.93% +2.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 6
Average hourly rate £11.38 £13.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% -18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £19.50 £18.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.92 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.74% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
439 251 313
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 18.12% 13.78% 13.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 195 123 148
Average daily rate £340 £328 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.81% +0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £158 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £488 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 23 33
Average hourly rate £16.00 £24.15 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.73% +32.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.38 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £65.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%
Microsoft Certification
England

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 23 April 2014.

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 23 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham +8 19 £289 -11.15% 8
Warwickshire -14 8 £200 +25.00% 3
Shropshire 0 4 - -
Coventry -3 4 £450 +91.48% 3
Staffordshire -4 3 £250 +53.84% 3
Wolverhampton -6 2 - - 1
Herefordshire +1 1 - -
Worcestershire - - - - 3
Dudley - - - -
Halesowen - - - -
Smethwick - - - -
Solihull - - - -
Sutton Coldfield - - - -
Walsall - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, 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 41 (71.93%) Microsoft
2 38 (66.67%) Windows
3 29 (50.88%) Active Directory
4 27 (47.37%) MCSE
5 20 (35.09%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (33.33%) Windows 7
7 18 (31.58%) MS Office
8 15 (26.32%) MS Excel
8 15 (26.32%) VMware
9 14 (24.56%) MCP
10 12 (21.05%) Windows XP
11 11 (19.30%) MS Exchange
11 11 (19.30%) SCCM
12 10 (17.54%) Windows Server 2003
13 9 (15.79%) Citrix
13 9 (15.79%) .NET
13 9 (15.79%) SQL Server
13 9 (15.79%) MCITP
13 9 (15.79%) Degree
14 8 (14.04%) HP
14 8 (14.04%) A+ Certification
15 7 (12.28%) Project Management
15 7 (12.28%) DNS
15 7 (12.28%) ITIL
15 7 (12.28%) Migration
15 7 (12.28%) .NET Framework
16 6 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
16 6 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
16 6 (10.53%) MS PowerPoint
16 6 (10.53%) DHCP

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

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, 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 11 (19.30%) MS Exchange
2 4 (7.02%) Exchange Server 2007
2 4 (7.02%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (5.26%) SharePoint
3 3 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (5.26%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (3.51%) IIS
5 1 (1.75%) Lotus Domino
5 1 (1.75%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.75%) Lync
5 1 (1.75%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (1.75%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 18 (31.58%) MS Office
2 15 (26.32%) MS Excel
3 6 (10.53%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.75%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.26%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (12.28%) DNS
2 6 (10.53%) DHCP
3 5 (8.77%) SAN
4 3 (5.26%) LAN
5 2 (3.51%) TCP/IP
5 2 (3.51%) WAN
6 1 (1.75%) Firewall
6 1 (1.75%) Wireless
6 1 (1.75%) Internet
6 1 (1.75%) VPN
6 1 (1.75%) VoIP
6 1 (1.75%) Unified Communications
6 1 (1.75%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (15.79%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (1.75%) MSI
1 1 (1.75%) InstallShield
General
1 4 (7.02%) Finance
2 3 (5.26%) Back Office
3 2 (3.51%) Front Office
4 1 (1.75%) Banking
4 1 (1.75%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 8 (14.04%) Support Engineer
2 7 (12.28%) Developer
3 6 (10.53%) Help Desk Support
3 6 (10.53%) 2nd Line Support
3 6 (10.53%) Analyst
3 6 (10.53%) Consultant
4 5 (8.77%) Desktop Support
5 4 (7.02%) .NET Software Developer
5 4 (7.02%) Graduate
5 4 (7.02%) Software Developer
5 4 (7.02%) .NET Developer
5 4 (7.02%) Graduate Software Developer
5 4 (7.02%) Graduate Developer
6 3 (5.26%) Help Desk Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Data Centre Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) Migration Engineer
6 3 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (5.26%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (15.79%) .NET
2 7 (12.28%) .NET Framework
3 4 (7.02%) WPF
3 4 (7.02%) Silverlight
4 3 (5.26%) HTML
5 2 (3.51%) jQuery
5 2 (3.51%) Backbone.js
5 2 (3.51%) KnockoutJS
5 2 (3.51%) ASP.NET
5 2 (3.51%) CSS
5 2 (3.51%) WinForms
6 1 (1.75%) XML
6 1 (1.75%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.51%) Computer Science
1 2 (3.51%) FlexPod
2 1 (1.75%) PDA
2 1 (1.75%) Clustering
2 1 (1.75%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 38 (66.67%) Windows
2 20 (35.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (33.33%) Windows 7
4 12 (21.05%) Windows XP
5 10 (17.54%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (5.26%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.51%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (3.51%) Linux
9 1 (1.75%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (12.28%) Project Management
1 7 (12.28%) ITIL
1 7 (12.28%) Migration
2 5 (8.77%) Incident Management
3 4 (7.02%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (7.02%) MVC
3 4 (7.02%) Workflow
4 2 (3.51%) ITIL V3
4 2 (3.51%) Information Architecture
4 2 (3.51%) E-Commerce
4 2 (3.51%) PRINCE2
4 2 (3.51%) Six Sigma
4 2 (3.51%) Service Management
4 2 (3.51%) Programme Management
4 2 (3.51%) TOGAF
4 2 (3.51%) Software Engineering
5 1 (1.75%) Data Analysis
5 1 (1.75%) Business Analysis
5 1 (1.75%) Risk Assessment
5 1 (1.75%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 5 (8.77%) C#
2 4 (7.02%) PowerShell
2 4 (7.02%) SQL
3 2 (3.51%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.75%) VBScript
4 1 (1.75%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 27 (47.37%) MCSE
2 14 (24.56%) MCP
3 9 (15.79%) MCITP
3 9 (15.79%) Degree
4 8 (14.04%) A+ Certification
5 6 (10.53%) MCSA
6 5 (8.77%) Security Cleared
7 3 (5.26%) MCTS
7 3 (5.26%) CNE
7 3 (5.26%) Novell Certification
8 2 (3.51%) DV Cleared
8 2 (3.51%) CCNA
8 2 (3.51%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (1.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (1.75%) OCP
9 1 (1.75%) Oracle Certification
9 1 (1.75%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (1.75%) CCEA
9 1 (1.75%) CISSP
9 1 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.51%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.75%) QA
System Software
1 29 (50.88%) Active Directory
2 6 (10.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.26%) Hyper-V
3 3 (5.26%) XenApp
4 2 (3.51%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.75%) XenServer
5 1 (1.75%) vSphere
5 1 (1.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 11 (19.30%) SCCM
2 3 (5.26%) SCVMM
3 2 (3.51%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (1.75%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.75%) WSUS
Vendors
1 41 (71.93%) Microsoft
2 15 (26.32%) VMware
3 9 (15.79%) Citrix
4 8 (14.04%) HP
5 3 (5.26%) EMC
6 2 (3.51%) 3PAR
6 2 (3.51%) Google
7 1 (1.75%) Symantec
7 1 (1.75%) McAfee
7 1 (1.75%) Dell
7 1 (1.75%) Apple
7 1 (1.75%) Cisco
7 1 (1.75%) IBM
7 1 (1.75%) Panasonic
7 1 (1.75%) LANDesk
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