Period
to 17 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certification
England > Midlands
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 141 174 153
Rank change year-on-year +33 -21 -33
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 111 104 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 1.36% 1.06% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.34% 5.45% 5.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 78 45
Midlands median daily rate £334 £330 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.14% +8.20% -4.69%
10th Percentile £143 £209 £140
90th Percentile £486 £506 £478
England median daily rate £338 £330 £335
% change year-on-year +2.27% -1.49% +3.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 9 19
Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £15.43 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.73% +10.18% +3.70%
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.55 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £20.60 £25.90
England median hourly rate £16.00 £21.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -23.81% +23.53% +0.95%

Microsoft Certification is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Midlands
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1513 1910 1597
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 18.52% 19.39% 18.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 921 1128 855
Midlands median daily rate £400 £388 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +6.16% +4.29%
10th Percentile £213 £231 £213
90th Percentile £540 £550 £524
England median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 72 104
Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.38 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.05% -18.33% +21.62%
10th Percentile £12.10 £12.01 £11.08
90th Percentile £52.50 £42.25 £43.75
England median hourly rate £25.69 £25.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year +0.75% +10.87% +21.05%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the 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 Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
East Midlands +37 59 £288 - 9
West Midlands -5 52 £381 +15.53% 14
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 2017, 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 74 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 69 (62.16%) MCSE
3 62 (55.86%) Windows
4 54 (48.65%) ITIL
4 54 (48.65%) Active Directory
5 37 (33.33%) VMware
6 35 (31.53%) Cisco
7 33 (29.73%) Cisco Certification
8 32 (28.83%) MCSA
9 30 (27.03%) Microsoft Azure
9 30 (27.03%) Office 365
10 28 (25.23%) SharePoint
11 27 (24.32%) Windows Server
12 24 (21.62%) CCNA
12 24 (21.62%) Degree
13 21 (18.92%) Windows Server 2012
14 20 (18.02%) Data Centre
14 20 (18.02%) PowerShell
14 20 (18.02%) Disaster Recovery
14 20 (18.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 20 (18.02%) Citrix
15 19 (17.12%) PRINCE2
15 19 (17.12%) SQL Server
15 19 (17.12%) VMware Infrastructure
16 18 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
16 18 (16.22%) Desktop Virtualisation
17 17 (15.32%) ITIL V3
18 16 (14.41%) MCP
19 15 (13.51%) Microsoft Office
19 15 (13.51%) DNS

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the 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 28 (25.23%) SharePoint
2 13 (11.71%) MS Exchange
3 11 (9.91%) SharePoint 2013
4 10 (9.01%) Skype for Business
5 8 (7.21%) SharePoint 2010
6 6 (5.41%) IIS
7 4 (3.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2010
9 2 (1.80%) ArcGIS
9 2 (1.80%) IBM Notes
9 2 (1.80%) NServiceBus
9 2 (1.80%) WordPress
10 1 (0.90%) Apache
10 1 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 15 (13.51%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.80%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (0.90%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (4.50%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (4.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 30 (27.03%) Microsoft Azure
1 30 (27.03%) Office 365
2 10 (9.01%) Azure Active Directory
3 8 (7.21%) OneDrive
4 5 (4.50%) IaaS
4 5 (4.50%) PaaS
5 4 (3.60%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.90%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.90%) Azure Data Factory
6 1 (0.90%) Data Lake Analytics
6 1 (0.90%) G Suite
6 1 (0.90%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (13.51%) DNS
2 14 (12.61%) Unified Communications
3 13 (11.71%) SAN
4 12 (10.81%) TCP/IP
5 11 (9.91%) DHCP
5 11 (9.91%) LAN
5 11 (9.91%) WAN
6 8 (7.21%) Firewall
7 6 (5.41%) Internet
8 5 (4.50%) IPsec
8 5 (4.50%) Kerberos
8 5 (4.50%) LDAP
8 5 (4.50%) Skype
8 5 (4.50%) Wireless
9 4 (3.60%) NAS
9 4 (3.60%) VPN
10 3 (2.70%) VLAN
11 2 (1.80%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (1.80%) Fibre Channel
11 2 (1.80%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (17.12%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.70%) BusinessObjects
2 3 (2.70%) SQL Server 2005
2 3 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (1.80%) MS Access
3 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (0.90%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.90%) BusinessObjects Dashboards
4 1 (0.90%) Data Lake
4 1 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.90%) HDInsight
4 1 (0.90%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.90%) MySQL
4 1 (0.90%) Power BI
4 1 (0.90%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (0.90%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (0.90%) Visual Studio
General
1 15 (13.51%) Automotive
2 13 (11.71%) Finance
3 3 (2.70%) Law
4 2 (1.80%) Avionics
4 2 (1.80%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.80%) Military
5 1 (0.90%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.90%) Banking
5 1 (0.90%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 16 (14.41%) Analyst
2 14 (12.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 12 (10.81%) IT Support
4 11 (9.91%) 3rd Line Support
4 11 (9.91%) Consultant
4 11 (9.91%) Support Engineer
5 10 (9.01%) 2nd Line Support
5 10 (9.01%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 9 (8.11%) Architect
7 8 (7.21%) Technical Architect
8 7 (6.31%) Developer
8 7 (6.31%) IT Engineer
9 6 (5.41%) SharePoint Consultant
10 5 (4.50%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 5 (4.50%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 5 (4.50%) Active Directory Specialist
10 5 (4.50%) Administrator
10 5 (4.50%) Azure Engineer
10 5 (4.50%) IT Support Engineer
10 5 (4.50%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.01%) .NET
2 6 (5.41%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.80%) COM
3 2 (1.80%) DCOM
3 2 (1.80%) WPF
4 1 (0.90%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (0.90%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 1 (0.90%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 1 (0.90%) CSS
4 1 (0.90%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (18.02%) Data Centre
2 11 (9.91%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.91%) Clustering
3 8 (7.21%) Computer Science
4 7 (6.31%) PKI
5 4 (3.60%) Driving Licence
5 4 (3.60%) NHS
6 3 (2.70%) Fat Client
6 3 (2.70%) Thin Client
7 2 (1.80%) Blackberry
7 2 (1.80%) Cyber Attack
7 2 (1.80%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
7 2 (1.80%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.80%) Replication
7 2 (1.80%) RSA SecurID
7 2 (1.80%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (1.80%) User Experience
8 1 (0.90%) Enterprise Storage
8 1 (0.90%) HP Storage
8 1 (0.90%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 62 (55.86%) Windows
2 27 (24.32%) Windows Server
3 21 (18.92%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (11.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (9.91%) Windows 7
6 9 (8.11%) Windows 10
7 7 (6.31%) Linux
8 6 (5.41%) Windows 8
8 6 (5.41%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (3.60%) Windows XP
10 2 (1.80%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.90%) Solaris
11 1 (0.90%) VMS
11 1 (0.90%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (48.65%) ITIL
2 20 (18.02%) Disaster Recovery
3 19 (17.12%) PRINCE2
4 18 (16.22%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (16.22%) Desktop Virtualisation
5 17 (15.32%) ITIL V3
6 15 (13.51%) Migration
7 14 (12.61%) Data Loss Prevention
8 12 (10.81%) ERP
8 12 (10.81%) PLM
9 11 (9.91%) High Availability
9 11 (9.91%) Service Management
10 10 (9.01%) Asset Management
10 10 (9.01%) Project Management
11 8 (7.21%) Data Protection
11 8 (7.21%) ITSM
12 7 (6.31%) SDLC
13 6 (5.41%) Incident Management
13 6 (5.41%) TOGAF
14 5 (4.50%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (18.02%) PowerShell
2 8 (7.21%) SQL
3 4 (3.60%) C#
3 4 (3.60%) VB
4 3 (2.70%) C
5 2 (1.80%) VBA
5 2 (1.80%) VBScript
6 1 (0.90%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.90%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 69 (62.16%) MCSE
2 33 (29.73%) Cisco Certification
3 32 (28.83%) MCSA
4 24 (21.62%) CCNA
4 24 (21.62%) Degree
5 20 (18.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 16 (14.41%) MCP
7 9 (8.11%) Computer Science Degree
7 9 (8.11%) ITIL Certification
7 9 (8.11%) MCTS
8 8 (7.21%) MCITP
8 8 (7.21%) VCAP
9 7 (6.31%) CCIE
10 5 (4.50%) CCNP
11 4 (3.60%) RHCE
12 3 (2.70%) MCDST
12 3 (2.70%) MCSD
12 3 (2.70%) SC Cleared
12 3 (2.70%) Security Cleared
13 2 (1.80%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (3.60%) SLA
2 3 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.80%) MIL-STD-1553
4 1 (0.90%) COBIT
4 1 (0.90%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.90%) PMO
System Software
1 54 (48.65%) Active Directory
2 19 (17.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.41%) Hyper-V
4 5 (4.50%) XenApp
5 4 (3.60%) vSphere
5 4 (3.60%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.80%) Firmware
7 1 (0.90%) BitLocker
7 1 (0.90%) Docker
7 1 (0.90%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.90%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.90%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (8.11%) SCCM
2 3 (2.70%) SCOM
3 2 (1.80%) WSUS
4 1 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (0.90%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (0.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 74 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 37 (33.33%) VMware
3 35 (31.53%) Cisco
4 20 (18.02%) Citrix
5 11 (9.91%) NetApp
6 8 (7.21%) Dell
7 6 (5.41%) HP
7 6 (5.41%) Remedy
8 5 (4.50%) BMC
9 3 (2.70%) SAP
9 3 (2.70%) Sun
10 2 (1.80%) Avaya
10 2 (1.80%) CheckPoint
10 2 (1.80%) IBM
10 2 (1.80%) Intel
10 2 (1.80%) Lotus
10 2 (1.80%) Palo Alto
10 2 (1.80%) Sophos
10 2 (1.80%) Veeam
11 1 (0.90%) 3PAR