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 18 September 2014 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 97 80 79
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 25 27 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.98% 1.30% 1.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.48% 9.61% 9.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 15 16
Average daily rate
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£288 £235 £272
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.34% -13.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £149 £117 £97
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £480 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £316 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.76% +5.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 2
Average hourly rate £18.50 £17.85 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.67% +25.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.75 £14.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.60 £33.00 £14.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £17.23 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-2.23% +11.12%
Microsoft Certification
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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
456 281 361
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.81% 13.56% 15.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 154 188
Average daily rate £330 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £153 £165 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 16 25
Average hourly rate £21.50 £22.69 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.24% -17.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.25 £13.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.78 £30.50 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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
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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 +3 15 £310 +16.98% 9
Shropshire - 3 - -
Wolverhampton -4 2 £255 +8.51% 2
Coventry -7 2 - - 2
Warwickshire -12 1 - - 3
Worcestershire - - - - 2
Solihull - - - - 2
West Bromwich - - - -
Herefordshire - - - - 2
Staffordshire - - - - 3
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 40 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 34 (62.96%) Windows
3 24 (44.44%) MCSE
4 23 (42.59%) Active Directory
5 17 (31.48%) Windows Server 2008
6 16 (29.63%) VMware
7 15 (27.78%) MCP
8 14 (25.93%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (24.07%) HP
9 13 (24.07%) Windows 7
10 12 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
10 12 (22.22%) DNS
10 12 (22.22%) DHCP
10 12 (22.22%) MS Excel
10 12 (22.22%) Windows XP
11 11 (20.37%) C#
11 11 (20.37%) SQL
11 11 (20.37%) MS Office
11 11 (20.37%) SCCM
12 9 (16.67%) MCITP
12 9 (16.67%) Hyper-V
12 9 (16.67%) SQL Server
12 9 (16.67%) ITIL
13 8 (14.81%) .NET
13 8 (14.81%) Citrix
13 8 (14.81%) SAN
13 8 (14.81%) BizTalk Server
13 8 (14.81%) Migration
14 7 (12.96%) MS Exchange
14 7 (12.96%) Degree

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

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 8 (14.81%) BizTalk Server
2 7 (12.96%) MS Exchange
3 6 (11.11%) SharePoint
3 6 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (1.85%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (1.85%) Node.js
Applications
1 12 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 11 (20.37%) MS Office
3 4 (7.41%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (22.22%) DHCP
1 12 (22.22%) DNS
2 8 (14.81%) SAN
3 4 (7.41%) Wireless
4 3 (5.56%) Firewall
4 3 (5.56%) TCP/IP
4 3 (5.56%) LAN
5 2 (3.70%) VoIP
5 2 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (3.70%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (1.85%) NAS
6 1 (1.85%) WAN
6 1 (1.85%) SMTP
6 1 (1.85%) VPN
6 1 (1.85%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (1.85%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (3.70%) MSI
2 1 (1.85%) InstallShield
2 1 (1.85%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.85%) WiX
2 1 (1.85%) MSBuild
2 1 (1.85%) SpecFlow
General
1 4 (7.41%) Finance
2 2 (3.70%) Back Office
3 1 (1.85%) Legal
3 1 (1.85%) Advertising
3 1 (1.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (20.37%) Analyst
2 9 (16.67%) Developer
3 8 (14.81%) Support Analyst
4 7 (12.96%) Support Engineer
5 6 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (9.26%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 5 (9.26%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
7 4 (7.41%) Help Desk Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Graduate Software Developer
7 4 (7.41%) Graduate Developer
7 4 (7.41%) BizTalk Developer
7 4 (7.41%) Help Desk Support Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) .NET Software Developer
7 4 (7.41%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (7.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) Migration Engineer
7 4 (7.41%) .NET Developer
7 4 (7.41%) Help Desk Support
7 4 (7.41%) Graduate
7 4 (7.41%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.81%) .NET
2 5 (9.26%) Silverlight
2 5 (9.26%) .NET Framework
3 4 (7.41%) WPF
4 3 (5.56%) WCF
4 3 (5.56%) Web Services
5 2 (3.70%) XML
5 2 (3.70%) SOAP
5 2 (3.70%) WinForms
6 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.85%) XSD
6 1 (1.85%) XSLT
6 1 (1.85%) RESTful
6 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.85%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 1 (1.85%) Reactive Extensions
6 1 (1.85%) Managed Extensibility Framework
6 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.56%) Clustering
2 2 (3.70%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.85%) NHS
3 1 (1.85%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 34 (62.96%) Windows
2 17 (31.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 14 (25.93%) Windows Server 2003
4 13 (24.07%) Windows 7
5 12 (22.22%) Windows XP
6 7 (12.96%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (3.70%) Windows Vista
7 2 (3.70%) Linux
8 1 (1.85%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (16.67%) ITIL
2 8 (14.81%) Migration
3 5 (9.26%) MVC
3 5 (9.26%) Project Management
4 4 (7.41%) Workflow
4 4 (7.41%) Software Engineering
5 3 (5.56%) Problem Management
5 3 (5.56%) Unit Testing
6 2 (3.70%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (3.70%) Line Management
6 2 (3.70%) Incident Management
6 2 (3.70%) Requirements Management
6 2 (3.70%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (3.70%) TDD
6 2 (3.70%) OOD
6 2 (3.70%) OO
6 2 (3.70%) E-Commerce
7 1 (1.85%) ERP
7 1 (1.85%) Data Modelling
7 1 (1.85%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 11 (20.37%) C#
1 11 (20.37%) SQL
2 5 (9.26%) PowerShell
3 2 (3.70%) VB.NET
4 1 (1.85%) Ruby
4 1 (1.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 24 (44.44%) MCSE
2 15 (27.78%) MCP
3 9 (16.67%) MCITP
4 7 (12.96%) Degree
5 6 (11.11%) MCTS
6 4 (7.41%) A+ Certification
6 4 (7.41%) Security Cleared
6 4 (7.41%) MCSA
7 2 (3.70%) CNE
7 2 (3.70%) Novell Certification
8 1 (1.85%) MCAD
8 1 (1.85%) MCSD
8 1 (1.85%) CCNA
8 1 (1.85%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.85%) SC Cleared
8 1 (1.85%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.85%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.41%) SLA
System Software
1 23 (42.59%) Active Directory
2 12 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (16.67%) Hyper-V
4 3 (5.56%) XenApp
5 1 (1.85%) XenServer
5 1 (1.85%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.85%) vSphere
5 1 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (20.37%) SCCM
2 5 (9.26%) SCVMM
3 4 (7.41%) SCOM
4 2 (3.70%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.85%) WSUS
5 1 (1.85%) Sysprep
5 1 (1.85%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.85%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 40 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 16 (29.63%) VMware
3 13 (24.07%) HP
4 8 (14.81%) Citrix
5 4 (7.41%) Dell
5 4 (7.41%) EMC
6 3 (5.56%) Cisco
6 3 (5.56%) Google
6 3 (5.56%) Symantec
7 2 (3.70%) Panasonic
7 2 (3.70%) Meru Networks
7 2 (3.70%) Juniper
7 2 (3.70%) Apple
8 1 (1.85%) Oracle
8 1 (1.85%) Facebook
8 1 (1.85%) McAfee
8 1 (1.85%) LANDesk
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