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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 95 67 59
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 23 36 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.94% 1.81% 2.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.44% 11.73% 15.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 16 30
Average daily rate
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£275 £299 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.94% -0.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £388 £332
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 11 6
Average hourly rate £16.73 £13.00 £13.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.71% -5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.00 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.74 £20.00 £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.23 £16.25
% change year-on-year
-7.83% +6.00%
Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
423 307 329
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 17.27% 15.42% 14.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 196 153 174
Average daily rate £330 £325 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +7.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 27 18
Average hourly rate £21.50 £14.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.57% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.25 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £34.45 £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
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 30 July 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 30 July 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -11 8 £320 +6.66% 16
Shropshire - 5 £245 - 3
Coventry -9 4 £250 +25.00%
Staffordshire +6 2 £233 - 7
Warwickshire -7 2 - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Solihull - - - -
West Bromwich - - - -
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 47 (74.60%) Microsoft
2 40 (63.49%) Windows
3 30 (47.62%) MCSE
3 30 (47.62%) Active Directory
4 20 (31.75%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (26.98%) Windows 7
5 17 (26.98%) MCP
6 16 (25.40%) MS Excel
6 16 (25.40%) VMware
7 15 (23.81%) MS Office
8 14 (22.22%) HP
9 13 (20.63%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (20.63%) MCITP
10 12 (19.05%) Windows XP
11 11 (17.46%) Citrix
11 11 (17.46%) SCCM
12 10 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
12 10 (15.87%) MS Exchange
12 10 (15.87%) C#
12 10 (15.87%) ITIL
13 9 (14.29%) DHCP
13 9 (14.29%) DNS
13 9 (14.29%) MCTS
13 9 (14.29%) Degree
14 8 (12.70%) Hyper-V
14 8 (12.70%) .NET
14 8 (12.70%) SQL Server
15 7 (11.11%) SQL
15 7 (11.11%) SAN
15 7 (11.11%) BizTalk Server

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

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 10 (15.87%) MS Exchange
2 7 (11.11%) BizTalk Server
3 6 (9.52%) SharePoint
4 5 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (6.35%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (3.17%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (1.59%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (1.59%) Lync
7 1 (1.59%) Node.js
Applications
1 16 (25.40%) MS Excel
2 15 (23.81%) MS Office
3 6 (9.52%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.94%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (14.29%) DHCP
1 9 (14.29%) DNS
2 7 (11.11%) SAN
3 5 (7.94%) Wireless
4 4 (6.35%) LAN
5 3 (4.76%) TCP/IP
5 3 (4.76%) Firewall
6 2 (3.17%) Structured Cabling
6 2 (3.17%) VPN
6 2 (3.17%) VoIP
7 1 (1.59%) WAN
7 1 (1.59%) SMTP
7 1 (1.59%) HTTP
7 1 (1.59%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (1.59%) NAS
7 1 (1.59%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (1.59%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 2 (3.17%) MSI
2 1 (1.59%) InstallShield
2 1 (1.59%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.59%) SpecFlow
2 1 (1.59%) MSBuild
2 1 (1.59%) WiX
General
1 5 (7.94%) Finance
2 3 (4.76%) Back Office
3 2 (3.17%) Advertising
4 1 (1.59%) Banking
4 1 (1.59%) Retail
4 1 (1.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 11 (17.46%) Analyst
2 9 (14.29%) Support Engineer
3 8 (12.70%) Developer
3 8 (12.70%) Support Analyst
4 6 (9.52%) Consultant
4 6 (9.52%) 3rd Line Support
4 6 (9.52%) Help Desk Support
5 5 (7.94%) Help Desk Engineer
5 5 (7.94%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
5 5 (7.94%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 5 (7.94%) 2nd Line Support
5 5 (7.94%) Help Desk Support Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) .NET Software Developer
6 4 (6.35%) Software Developer
6 4 (6.35%) Administrator
6 4 (6.35%) Graduate Software Developer
6 4 (6.35%) Graduate Developer
6 4 (6.35%) .NET Developer
6 4 (6.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (6.35%) Graduate
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (12.70%) .NET
2 5 (7.94%) .NET Framework
2 5 (7.94%) Silverlight
3 4 (6.35%) WPF
4 3 (4.76%) Web Services
4 3 (4.76%) WCF
5 2 (3.17%) WinForms
5 2 (3.17%) XML
5 2 (3.17%) SOAP
6 1 (1.59%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.59%) XSD
6 1 (1.59%) XSLT
6 1 (1.59%) Software Packaging
6 1 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.59%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (1.59%) RESTful
6 1 (1.59%) Reactive Extensions
6 1 (1.59%) Managed Extensibility Framework
6 1 (1.59%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.17%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.59%) Blackberry
2 1 (1.59%) Clustering
2 1 (1.59%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 40 (63.49%) Windows
2 20 (31.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 17 (26.98%) Windows 7
4 13 (20.63%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (19.05%) Windows XP
6 7 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (4.76%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.17%) Linux
9 1 (1.59%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.59%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (15.87%) ITIL
2 6 (9.52%) Migration
3 5 (7.94%) MVC
3 5 (7.94%) Project Management
4 4 (6.35%) Workflow
5 3 (4.76%) Software Engineering
5 3 (4.76%) Problem Management
6 2 (3.17%) Unit Testing
6 2 (3.17%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (3.17%) TOGAF
6 2 (3.17%) Incident Management
6 2 (3.17%) Service Management
6 2 (3.17%) Programme Management
6 2 (3.17%) TDD
6 2 (3.17%) E-Commerce
6 2 (3.17%) Six Sigma
6 2 (3.17%) PRINCE2
6 2 (3.17%) CRM
7 1 (1.59%) Data Modelling
7 1 (1.59%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 10 (15.87%) C#
2 7 (11.11%) SQL
3 5 (7.94%) PowerShell
4 2 (3.17%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.59%) VBScript
5 1 (1.59%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 30 (47.62%) MCSE
2 17 (26.98%) MCP
3 13 (20.63%) MCITP
4 9 (14.29%) MCTS
4 9 (14.29%) Degree
5 6 (9.52%) A+ Certification
6 5 (7.94%) Security Cleared
7 3 (4.76%) CNE
7 3 (4.76%) Novell Certification
8 2 (3.17%) SC Cleared
8 2 (3.17%) MCSA
9 1 (1.59%) MCAD
9 1 (1.59%) MCSD
9 1 (1.59%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.59%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (1.59%) CCNA
9 1 (1.59%) BC Cleared
9 1 (1.59%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.35%) SLA
2 2 (3.17%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (1.59%) QA
System Software
1 30 (47.62%) Active Directory
2 10 (15.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (12.70%) Hyper-V
4 3 (4.76%) XenApp
5 1 (1.59%) vSphere
5 1 (1.59%) XenServer
5 1 (1.59%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 11 (17.46%) SCCM
2 4 (6.35%) SCVMM
3 3 (4.76%) SCOM
4 2 (3.17%) EMC NetWorker
4 2 (3.17%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.59%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.59%) WSUS
5 1 (1.59%) Sysprep
5 1 (1.59%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 47 (74.60%) Microsoft
2 16 (25.40%) VMware
3 14 (22.22%) HP
4 11 (17.46%) Citrix
5 6 (9.52%) EMC
6 4 (6.35%) Dell
6 4 (6.35%) Symantec
7 3 (4.76%) Apple
7 3 (4.76%) Cisco
7 3 (4.76%) Google
8 2 (3.17%) 3PAR
8 2 (3.17%) Panasonic
8 2 (3.17%) Meru Networks
8 2 (3.17%) Juniper
9 1 (1.59%) Oracle
9 1 (1.59%) McAfee
9 1 (1.59%) LANDesk
9 1 (1.59%) Facebook
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