The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 March 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
West Midlands / Staffordshire
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 21 25 32
Rank change year-on-year +4 +7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 0.71% 0.68% 0.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.76% 3.57% 2.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
Median daily rate - - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -10.00% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £17.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Staffordshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 21 28 42
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 15.00% 18.92% 23.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 24 28
Median daily rate £325 £401 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.85% -5.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £300 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Staffordshire citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Staffordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Staffordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Staffordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Staffordshire

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 4 (100.00%) VMware
1 4 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (75.00%) MS Excel
3 2 (50.00%) MS Visio
3 2 (50.00%) Windows
3 2 (50.00%) MCSE
3 2 (50.00%) MCSA
3 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (50.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (50.00%) SLA
4 1 (25.00%) Cisco
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 1 (25.00%) ITIL
4 1 (25.00%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (25.00%) Remediation Plan
4 1 (25.00%) Hyper-V
4 1 (25.00%) XenApp
4 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (25.00%) Office 365
4 1 (25.00%) Windows 8
4 1 (25.00%) DevOps
4 1 (25.00%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (25.00%) MCITP
4 1 (25.00%) WSUS
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (25.00%) SCCM
4 1 (25.00%) SCOM
4 1 (25.00%) EMC

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire 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 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (75.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (50.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (25.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) SAN
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) Support Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (25.00%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) 3rd Line Support
2 1 (25.00%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Cloud Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) Implementation Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) DevOps
1 1 (25.00%) ITIL
1 1 (25.00%) Remediation Plan
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) MCSA
1 2 (50.00%) MCSE
2 1 (25.00%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (50.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (100.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 1 (25.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (25.00%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (25.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) SCCM
1 1 (25.00%) SCOM
1 1 (25.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) VMware
2 1 (25.00%) Cisco
2 1 (25.00%) Citrix
2 1 (25.00%) EMC
2 1 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (25.00%) NetApp