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 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 82 74 62
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 43 39 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.60% 1.63% 2.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.81% 8.99% 14.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 15 19
Average daily rate
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£350 £250 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 £206 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £431 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £322 £313 £295
% change year-on-year
+3.04% +5.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 6
Average hourly rate £13.00 £11.38 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £10.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.04 £15.00 £19.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -3.22%
Microsoft Certification
England

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
488 434 252
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 18.11% 18.16% 13.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 192 124
Average daily rate £348 £328 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.10% +0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £468 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 33 23
Average hourly rate £30.00 £16.00 £24.15
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+87.50% -33.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £11.38 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £65.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

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 24 April 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 24 April 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 -2 14 £350 +64.70% 15
Coventry +2 6 £425 -5.55% 3
Wolverhampton +7 4 £225 - 1
Warwickshire -4 4 £159 -20.50% 3
West Bromwich - 4 £375 -
Shropshire -13 2 - - 5
Worcestershire - 2 £136 - 1
Herefordshire -7 1 £300 -
Staffordshire -13 1 - - 3
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 58 (73.42%) Windows
2 55 (69.62%) Microsoft
3 39 (49.37%) MCSE
4 38 (48.10%) Active Directory
5 29 (36.71%) MCITP
6 24 (30.38%) MS Office
7 23 (29.11%) SQL Server
7 23 (29.11%) Citrix
7 23 (29.11%) Windows Server 2008
8 21 (26.58%) MCP
9 19 (24.05%) Windows XP
10 18 (22.78%) ITIL
11 17 (21.52%) VMware
11 17 (21.52%) Migration
12 16 (20.25%) MS Excel
12 16 (20.25%) MS Exchange
13 15 (18.99%) SQL
14 14 (17.72%) Windows Server 2003
14 14 (17.72%) SCCM
15 13 (16.46%) Windows 7
16 12 (15.19%) Windows Server 2012
17 11 (13.92%) ITSM
18 10 (12.66%) Information Security
18 10 (12.66%) CRM
18 10 (12.66%) Dynamics CRM
18 10 (12.66%) Data Migration
18 10 (12.66%) VMware Infrastructure
19 9 (11.39%) SQL Server 2008
19 9 (11.39%) MCTS
19 9 (11.39%) SQL Server 2012

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

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 16 (20.25%) MS Exchange
2 9 (11.39%) SharePoint
3 7 (8.86%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (7.59%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (6.33%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (3.80%) WebSphere
6 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (3.80%) IBM Notes
7 2 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (2.53%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (1.27%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (1.27%) Lync
8 1 (1.27%) Apache
8 1 (1.27%) WebLogic
8 1 (1.27%) IIS
Applications
1 24 (30.38%) MS Office
2 16 (20.25%) MS Excel
3 5 (6.33%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (12.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.27%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.80%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.13%) SAN
1 8 (10.13%) DNS
2 6 (7.59%) Firewall
3 5 (6.33%) DHCP
3 5 (6.33%) Internet
4 4 (5.06%) LAN
4 4 (5.06%) WAN
5 3 (3.80%) NAS
5 3 (3.80%) Wireless
6 1 (1.27%) Network Security
6 1 (1.27%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.27%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (1.27%) TCP/IP
6 1 (1.27%) Extranet
6 1 (1.27%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (29.11%) SQL Server
2 9 (11.39%) SQL Server 2008
2 9 (11.39%) SQL Server 2012
3 8 (10.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (7.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (6.33%) MySQL
6 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.27%) QlikView
6 1 (1.27%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.27%) OLAP Cube
6 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.27%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.27%) WiX
1 1 (1.27%) MSBuild
1 1 (1.27%) SpecFlow
1 1 (1.27%) MSI
General
1 7 (8.86%) Local Government
2 5 (6.33%) Finance
3 3 (3.80%) Banking
3 3 (3.80%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.80%) Law
4 1 (1.27%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 16 (20.25%) Analyst
2 11 (13.92%) Consultant
2 11 (13.92%) Administrator
3 9 (11.39%) 2nd Line Support
4 8 (10.13%) Service Desk Analyst
4 8 (10.13%) Architect
4 8 (10.13%) Service Analyst
5 7 (8.86%) DBA
5 7 (8.86%) SQL DBA
6 6 (7.59%) Support Analyst
6 6 (7.59%) Help Desk Analyst
6 6 (7.59%) Support Engineer
7 5 (6.33%) Help Desk Support
7 5 (6.33%) Help Desk Engineer
7 5 (6.33%) Help Desk Support Engineer
8 4 (5.06%) Desktop Support
8 4 (5.06%) CRM Architect
9 3 (3.80%) Server Administrator
9 3 (3.80%) Infrastructure Consultant
9 3 (3.80%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.80%) .NET
2 2 (2.53%) XSLT
2 2 (2.53%) XML
2 2 (2.53%) SAP Basis
3 1 (1.27%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.27%) MDX
3 1 (1.27%) WCF
3 1 (1.27%) XSD
3 1 (1.27%) CSS
3 1 (1.27%) SOAP
3 1 (1.27%) Web Services
3 1 (1.27%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.80%) Computer Science
1 3 (3.80%) Enterprise Software
1 3 (3.80%) Mobile Banking
2 2 (2.53%) Data Structures
3 1 (1.27%) Data Integration
3 1 (1.27%) iSeries
3 1 (1.27%) User Experience
3 1 (1.27%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 58 (73.42%) Windows
2 23 (29.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (24.05%) Windows XP
4 14 (17.72%) Windows Server 2003
5 13 (16.46%) Windows 7
6 12 (15.19%) Windows Server 2012
7 7 (8.86%) UNIX
8 6 (7.59%) Linux
9 1 (1.27%) Android
9 1 (1.27%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.27%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (22.78%) ITIL
2 17 (21.52%) Migration
3 11 (13.92%) ITSM
4 10 (12.66%) Information Security
4 10 (12.66%) CRM
4 10 (12.66%) Data Migration
5 9 (11.39%) Service Management
6 8 (10.13%) TOGAF
7 7 (8.86%) Validation
8 6 (7.59%) PRINCE2
9 5 (6.33%) Change Management
9 5 (6.33%) Stakeholder Management
10 4 (5.06%) Risk Management
10 4 (5.06%) Web Application Development
10 4 (5.06%) Content Management
11 3 (3.80%) Resource Management
11 3 (3.80%) Network Management
11 3 (3.80%) Kalman Filter
11 3 (3.80%) Workflow
11 3 (3.80%) Process Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (18.99%) SQL
2 2 (2.53%) C#
3 1 (1.27%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.27%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.27%) PHP
3 1 (1.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (49.37%) MCSE
2 29 (36.71%) MCITP
3 21 (26.58%) MCP
4 9 (11.39%) MCTS
5 7 (8.86%) A+ Certification
6 6 (7.59%) MCSA
7 5 (6.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 5 (6.33%) CCNP
7 5 (6.33%) CCA
7 5 (6.33%) Citrix Certification
7 5 (6.33%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (6.33%) MCDBA
8 4 (5.06%) CCEA
8 4 (5.06%) CCNA
8 4 (5.06%) Degree
9 3 (3.80%) MCDST
9 3 (3.80%) CCDP
10 2 (2.53%) HNC
10 2 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (2.53%) CNE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.86%) SLA
2 1 (1.27%) QA
2 1 (1.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 38 (48.10%) Active Directory
2 10 (12.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (10.13%) Hyper-V
4 6 (7.59%) XenApp
4 6 (7.59%) vSphere
5 3 (3.80%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.27%) Xen
6 1 (1.27%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 14 (17.72%) SCCM
2 2 (2.53%) DameWare
2 2 (2.53%) Tivoli
3 1 (1.27%) SCOM
3 1 (1.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (1.27%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 55 (69.62%) Microsoft
2 23 (29.11%) Citrix
3 17 (21.52%) VMware
4 9 (11.39%) Cisco
5 7 (8.86%) Red Gate
5 7 (8.86%) Oracle
6 6 (7.59%) HP
7 4 (5.06%) Dell
7 4 (5.06%) EMC
8 3 (3.80%) Google
8 3 (3.80%) Brocade
8 3 (3.80%) Lotus
8 3 (3.80%) McAfee
9 2 (2.53%) SAP
9 2 (2.53%) Juniper
10 1 (1.27%) ProCurve
10 1 (1.27%) Fortinet
10 1 (1.27%) Panasonic
10 1 (1.27%) Tableau
10 1 (1.27%) Intel
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