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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 70 80 71
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 44 19 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.89% 0.89% 1.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.82% 6.99% 11.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 12 5
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£350 £250 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% -28.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £90 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £419 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 4 16
Average hourly rate £14.28 £14.75 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.20% -48.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £12.05 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £20.38 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.41 £15.13 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+8.49% -19.03%
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
448 272 324
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.25% 12.75% 16.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 156 143
Average daily rate £350 £343 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.18% -6.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £210 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 8 27
Average hourly rate £25.00 £17.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+42.85% -37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.05 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.80 £22.69 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 19 December 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram 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 19 December 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 -1 12 £400 +344.44% 14
Shropshire - 9 £351 -
Herefordshire - 7 £350 - 1
Warwickshire -6 4 - - 2
Coventry -5 3 - - 4
Worcestershire - 3 - - 1
Wolverhampton - 1 - - 1
Brierley Hill - - - -
Dudley - - - -
Kingswinford - - - -
Solihull - - - - 2
Stourbridge - - - -
Walsall - - - -
West Bromwich - - - - 1
Staffordshire - - - - 5
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 57 (82.61%) Windows
2 46 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 35 (50.72%) MCSE
4 34 (49.28%) Windows Server 2008
5 33 (47.83%) Active Directory
6 24 (34.78%) MS Office
7 21 (30.43%) MCP
7 21 (30.43%) Windows XP
8 20 (28.99%) VMware
9 18 (26.09%) Windows Server 2003
10 16 (23.19%) ITIL
10 16 (23.19%) MCITP
11 15 (21.74%) Windows Server 2012
11 15 (21.74%) MS Exchange
11 15 (21.74%) Citrix
12 13 (18.84%) Windows 7
13 12 (17.39%) MS Excel
13 12 (17.39%) SQL
14 11 (15.94%) DHCP
14 11 (15.94%) SAN
14 11 (15.94%) DNS
14 11 (15.94%) VMware Infrastructure
15 10 (14.49%) SQL Server
16 9 (13.04%) Migration
16 9 (13.04%) SCCM
16 9 (13.04%) MCTS
16 9 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2010
17 8 (11.59%) Hyper-V
17 8 (11.59%) BizTalk Server
17 8 (11.59%) MCSA

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 15 (21.74%) MS Exchange
2 9 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (11.59%) BizTalk Server
4 6 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (7.25%) SharePoint
6 4 (5.80%) WebSphere
6 4 (5.80%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.45%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.45%) Lync
7 1 (1.45%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 24 (34.78%) MS Office
2 12 (17.39%) MS Excel
3 3 (4.35%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (2.90%) MS Project
5 1 (1.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.45%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (15.94%) DHCP
1 11 (15.94%) SAN
1 11 (15.94%) DNS
2 6 (8.70%) TCP/IP
2 6 (8.70%) Firewall
3 4 (5.80%) NAS
4 2 (2.90%) Wireless
5 1 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (1.45%) Internet
5 1 (1.45%) LAN
5 1 (1.45%) VoIP
5 1 (1.45%) SMTP
5 1 (1.45%) HTTP
5 1 (1.45%) Network Security
5 1 (1.45%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (14.49%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (2.90%) WiX
1 2 (2.90%) MSBuild
1 2 (2.90%) SpecFlow
1 2 (2.90%) MSI
General
1 6 (8.70%) Finance
2 5 (7.25%) Local Government
3 4 (5.80%) Banking
4 1 (1.45%) Advertising
4 1 (1.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (28.99%) Analyst
2 11 (15.94%) Support Analyst
3 9 (13.04%) 2nd Line Support
4 8 (11.59%) Developer
5 6 (8.70%) Consultant
5 6 (8.70%) Service Analyst
5 6 (8.70%) Service Desk Analyst
6 5 (7.25%) 1st Line Support
6 5 (7.25%) Support Engineer
6 5 (7.25%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (7.25%) BizTalk Developer
7 4 (5.80%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 4 (5.80%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 4 (5.80%) Help Desk Analyst
7 4 (5.80%) Systems Administrator
7 4 (5.80%) Network Consultant
7 4 (5.80%) Desktop Engineer
7 4 (5.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (5.80%) Administrator
8 3 (4.35%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.25%) Web Services
2 4 (5.80%) WCF
2 4 (5.80%) XML
2 4 (5.80%) SOAP
2 4 (5.80%) .NET
3 2 (2.90%) .NET Framework
3 2 (2.90%) Reactive Extensions
3 2 (2.90%) Managed Extensibility Framework
3 2 (2.90%) XSD
3 2 (2.90%) XSLT
3 2 (2.90%) SAP Basis
4 1 (1.45%) WAP
4 1 (1.45%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.80%) Mobile Banking
2 2 (2.90%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (2.90%) Clustering
3 1 (1.45%) AS400
3 1 (1.45%) NHS
3 1 (1.45%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.45%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 57 (82.61%) Windows
2 34 (49.28%) Windows Server 2008
3 21 (30.43%) Windows XP
4 18 (26.09%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (21.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (18.84%) Windows 7
7 7 (10.14%) UNIX
8 6 (8.70%) Linux
9 2 (2.90%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.45%) Windows 2000
10 1 (1.45%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (23.19%) ITIL
2 9 (13.04%) Migration
3 6 (8.70%) PRINCE2
3 6 (8.70%) ITSM
4 4 (5.80%) Unit Testing
4 4 (5.80%) Network Management
4 4 (5.80%) Kalman Filter
4 4 (5.80%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (5.80%) Service Management
4 4 (5.80%) Process Management
5 3 (4.35%) Project Management
5 3 (4.35%) Incident Management
5 3 (4.35%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (4.35%) Workflow
6 2 (2.90%) Software Engineering
6 2 (2.90%) TDD
6 2 (2.90%) Project Planning
6 2 (2.90%) Requirements Management
6 2 (2.90%) MVVM
6 2 (2.90%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 12 (17.39%) SQL
2 7 (10.14%) C#
3 1 (1.45%) C++
3 1 (1.45%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.45%) X++
Qualifications
1 35 (50.72%) MCSE
2 21 (30.43%) MCP
3 16 (23.19%) MCITP
4 9 (13.04%) MCTS
5 8 (11.59%) MCSA
6 5 (7.25%) CCA
6 5 (7.25%) Citrix Certification
6 5 (7.25%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (7.25%) CCNP
7 4 (5.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 4 (5.80%) CCNA
7 4 (5.80%) CCDP
7 4 (5.80%) CCEA
8 3 (4.35%) A+ Certification
8 3 (4.35%) Security Cleared
8 3 (4.35%) Degree
9 2 (2.90%) SC Cleared
9 2 (2.90%) HNC
9 2 (2.90%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (2.90%) CNE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (11.59%) SLA
System Software
1 33 (47.83%) Active Directory
2 11 (15.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (11.59%) Hyper-V
4 7 (10.14%) XenApp
5 6 (8.70%) vSphere
6 1 (1.45%) Firmware
6 1 (1.45%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.45%) Xen
Systems Management
1 9 (13.04%) SCCM
2 2 (2.90%) Tivoli
2 2 (2.90%) Backup Exec
3 1 (1.45%) NetBackup
3 1 (1.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.45%) SCOM
3 1 (1.45%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 46 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 20 (28.99%) VMware
3 15 (21.74%) Citrix
4 7 (10.14%) HP
5 6 (8.70%) Cisco
6 4 (5.80%) EMC
7 3 (4.35%) Symantec
7 3 (4.35%) Juniper
7 3 (4.35%) Oracle
8 2 (2.90%) Google
8 2 (2.90%) Brocade
8 2 (2.90%) Meru Networks
8 2 (2.90%) SAP
8 2 (2.90%) McAfee
8 2 (2.90%) Apple
9 1 (1.45%) Websense
9 1 (1.45%) IBM
9 1 (1.45%) Compaq
9 1 (1.45%) Dell
9 1 (1.45%) Lotus
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