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 28 July 2016 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.

3 months to
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 97 97 96
Rank change year-on-year
0 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 52 19 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.64% 0.79% 0.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.02% 4.40% 5.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 9 13
Median daily rate £400 £325 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +30.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £290 £242
10% offered a daily rate of more than £494 £450 £361
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £301
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +16.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 4
Median hourly rate £13.00 £22.00 £16.73
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.90% +31.48%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £18.25 £15.88
% change year-on-year
+47.94% +14.96%
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
648 432 426
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.44% 18.05% 17.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 375 263 203
Median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £219 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £490 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
- +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 35 33
Median hourly rate £36.00 £30.00 £20.23
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +48.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.06 £8.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £43.78 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.25 £23.75 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% +31.94%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 28 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 28 July 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Birmingham -2 18 £400 +6.66% 1
Warwickshire +5 11 £425 - 2
Coventry -8 7 £404 +61.60% 2
Herefordshire - 6 £313 -
Worcestershire - 3 - -
Staffordshire +1 2 £373 - 1
Shropshire -34 2 - -
Wolverhampton - 1 £465 -
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 68 (75.56%) Windows
2 67 (74.44%) Microsoft
3 38 (42.22%) Windows Server
4 36 (40.00%) MCSE
5 31 (34.44%) Security Cleared
6 29 (32.22%) Active Directory
7 26 (28.89%) MCSA
7 26 (28.89%) SQL Server
8 23 (25.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 22 (24.44%) MS Excel
10 21 (23.33%) ITIL
10 21 (23.33%) Windows Server 2012
11 20 (22.22%) VMware
12 19 (21.11%) SharePoint
12 19 (21.11%) Cisco
12 19 (21.11%) Windows 7
13 18 (20.00%) SC Cleared
13 18 (20.00%) SQL
13 18 (20.00%) Data Centre
14 17 (18.89%) WAN
14 17 (18.89%) Cisco Certification
15 15 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
15 15 (16.67%) Migration
16 14 (15.56%) MS Exchange
16 14 (15.56%) vSphere
16 14 (15.56%) Windows 8
17 12 (13.33%) MCITP
17 12 (13.33%) Linux
17 12 (13.33%) MS Office
17 12 (13.33%) LAN

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 19 (21.11%) SharePoint
2 14 (15.56%) MS Exchange
3 7 (7.78%) Skype for Business
4 5 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2003
4 5 (5.56%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (4.44%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (3.33%) IIS
7 2 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.11%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 22 (24.44%) MS Excel
2 12 (13.33%) MS Office
3 6 (6.67%) MS Visio
4 3 (3.33%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.67%) Office 365
2 3 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (2.22%) Google Apps
3 2 (2.22%) SaaS
4 1 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.11%) IaaS
4 1 (1.11%) PaaS
4 1 (1.11%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 17 (18.89%) WAN
2 12 (13.33%) LAN
3 9 (10.00%) Cisco ASA
3 9 (10.00%) Firewall
3 9 (10.00%) IPv4
3 9 (10.00%) SAN
4 6 (6.67%) DNS
4 6 (6.67%) Remote Desktop
5 5 (5.56%) DHCP
6 2 (2.22%) Internet
7 1 (1.11%) NetScaler
7 1 (1.11%) Structured Cabling
7 1 (1.11%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.11%) Unified Communications
7 1 (1.11%) VPN
7 1 (1.11%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (28.89%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.44%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (4.44%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (3.33%) PerformancePoint
3 3 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (3.33%) SQL Server 2014
3 3 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.11%) DTS
4 1 (1.11%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 7 (7.78%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (3.33%) Automotive
2 2 (2.22%) Back Office
2 2 (2.22%) Banking
2 2 (2.22%) Finance
2 2 (2.22%) Local Government
2 2 (2.22%) Manufacturing
2 2 (2.22%) Military
3 1 (1.11%) Aerospace
3 1 (1.11%) Legal
3 1 (1.11%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (17.78%) Analyst
2 14 (15.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (10.00%) Developer
3 9 (10.00%) Technical Engineer
4 8 (8.89%) Support Analyst
4 8 (8.89%) Support Engineer
5 7 (7.78%) Technical Leader
5 7 (7.78%) Technical Support
6 6 (6.67%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (6.67%) Senior Technical Engineer
6 6 (6.67%) Technical Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (6.67%) Windows Engineer
6 6 (6.67%) Wintel Engineer
7 5 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support
7 5 (5.56%) Administrator
7 5 (5.56%) Server Engineer
7 5 (5.56%) Service Analyst
7 5 (5.56%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (5.56%) SharePoint Administrator
8 4 (4.44%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.56%) .NET
2 4 (4.44%) CSS
2 4 (4.44%) HTML
2 4 (4.44%) XML
3 3 (3.33%) jQuery
4 1 (1.11%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 18 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 3 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.33%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.33%) NHS
3 2 (2.22%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.22%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.11%) CESG
4 1 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.11%) Fat Client
4 1 (1.11%) PKI
4 1 (1.11%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.11%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.11%) Thin Client
4 1 (1.11%) User Experience
4 1 (1.11%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 68 (75.56%) Windows
2 38 (42.22%) Windows Server
3 23 (25.56%) Windows Server 2008
4 21 (23.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 19 (21.11%) Windows 7
6 15 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 14 (15.56%) Windows 8
8 12 (13.33%) Linux
9 11 (12.22%) Windows XP
10 9 (10.00%) Ubuntu
11 4 (4.44%) Unix
12 3 (3.33%) CentOS
12 3 (3.33%) Windows 10
13 2 (2.22%) Android
13 2 (2.22%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (23.33%) ITIL
2 15 (16.67%) Migration
3 6 (6.67%) Configuration Management
3 6 (6.67%) System Testing
4 5 (5.56%) ETL
4 5 (5.56%) Service Delivery
5 4 (4.44%) Analytics
5 4 (4.44%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (4.44%) Change Control
5 4 (4.44%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (4.44%) Incident Management
5 4 (4.44%) ITSM
5 4 (4.44%) Service Management
5 4 (4.44%) Workflow
6 3 (3.33%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (3.33%) High Availability
6 3 (3.33%) Network Architecture
6 3 (3.33%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (3.33%) Security Auditing
6 3 (3.33%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 18 (20.00%) SQL
2 10 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 6 (6.67%) T-SQL
4 4 (4.44%) VBScript
5 3 (3.33%) C#
5 3 (3.33%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.11%) VB
Qualifications
1 36 (40.00%) MCSE
2 31 (34.44%) Security Cleared
3 26 (28.89%) MCSA
4 18 (20.00%) SC Cleared
5 17 (18.89%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (13.33%) MCITP
7 11 (12.22%) CCNP
8 10 (11.11%) DV Cleared
8 10 (11.11%) MCP
8 10 (11.11%) MCTS
8 10 (11.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 7 (7.78%) CCNA
10 5 (5.56%) MCSD
11 4 (4.44%) A+ Certification
11 4 (4.44%) Degree
11 4 (4.44%) MCAD
12 3 (3.33%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (3.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 1 (1.11%) CESG Certified Professional
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (3.33%) QA
2 3 (3.33%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (32.22%) Active Directory
2 14 (15.56%) vSphere
3 7 (7.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (4.44%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.11%) DFS Replication
5 1 (1.11%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.11%) Virtual Machines
5 1 (1.11%) XenApp
5 1 (1.11%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (10.00%) SCCM
2 6 (6.67%) NetBackup
3 5 (5.56%) SCOM
4 3 (3.33%) AirWatch
4 3 (3.33%) Backup Exec
4 3 (3.33%) WSUS
5 2 (2.22%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.22%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (1.11%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 1 (1.11%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (1.11%) SCDPM
6 1 (1.11%) SCOrch
6 1 (1.11%) SCSM
6 1 (1.11%) SCVMM
6 1 (1.11%) SmoothWall
Vendors
1 67 (74.44%) Microsoft
2 20 (22.22%) VMware
3 19 (21.11%) Cisco
4 9 (10.00%) Juniper
5 8 (8.89%) Citrix
5 8 (8.89%) HP
6 6 (6.67%) Sophos
7 5 (5.56%) Dell
7 5 (5.56%) Symantec
8 4 (4.44%) EMC
8 4 (4.44%) Google
8 4 (4.44%) Intel Security
9 3 (3.33%) Becrypt
9 3 (3.33%) Lumension
9 3 (3.33%) Panasonic
9 3 (3.33%) Red Hat
9 3 (3.33%) Remedy
9 3 (3.33%) ServiceNow
10 2 (2.22%) Apple
10 2 (2.22%) MobileIron