Period
to 17 November 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West 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 2018 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
17 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 143 134 134
Rank change year-on-year -9 0 -17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 66 52 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.29% 1.08% 1.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.57% 6.06% 6.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 38 63
West Midlands median daily rate £300 £381 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.31% +15.53% +1.54%
10th Percentile £135 £247 £275
90th Percentile £450 £488 £511
England median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year +3.70% +2.27% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 6 7
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £13.38 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.50% -13.29% -10.53%
10th Percentile £15.06 £11.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £28.25 £33.00 £21.70
England median hourly rate £17.41 £16.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +8.81% -23.81% +23.53%

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 West Midlands with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
West Midlands
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,004 858 1,289
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.65% 17.83% 20.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 564 478 704
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.27% +12.86%
10th Percentile £210 £207 £241
90th Percentile £538 £525 £545
England median daily rate £450 £426 £425
% change year-on-year +5.76% +0.24% +6.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 51 42
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.03 £30.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.89% +24.49% -22.07%
10th Percentile £12.36 £11.75 £12.78
90th Percentile £47.50 £50.00 £43.38
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.69 £25.50
% change year-on-year -2.69% +0.75% +10.87%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the West Midlands

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification 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 6 months to 17 November 2018. 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
Warwickshire +24 18 £250 -28.57% 4
Birmingham -9 10 £325 -18.75% 26
Herefordshire - 8 £375 - 1
Coventry -16 4 £200 -50.00% 5
Staffordshire -10 3 £318 +2.42% 13
Solihull - 2 £122 - 1
West Bromwich - 2 £140 -
Worcestershire - 1 £200 - 4
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 17 November 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 53 (80.30%) MCSE
2 43 (65.15%) Windows
2 43 (65.15%) Microsoft
3 31 (46.97%) ITIL
3 31 (46.97%) MCP
4 26 (39.39%) Active Directory
4 26 (39.39%) Windows Server
5 22 (33.33%) VMware
6 19 (28.79%) MCITP
7 15 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
8 14 (21.21%) Windows 7
8 14 (21.21%) Office 365
9 13 (19.70%) Data Centre
9 13 (19.70%) Service Delivery
9 13 (19.70%) A+ Certification
9 13 (19.70%) Apple
10 12 (18.18%) MCDST
10 12 (18.18%) Windows 10
10 12 (18.18%) Break/Fix
10 12 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
11 11 (16.67%) NVQ Level 3
11 11 (16.67%) Android
11 11 (16.67%) Hyper-V
11 11 (16.67%) Google
11 11 (16.67%) SCCM
11 11 (16.67%) Smartphone
11 11 (16.67%) Migration
12 9 (13.64%) Asset Management
12 9 (13.64%) Citrix
12 9 (13.64%) CISSP

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring 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 8 (12.12%) MS Exchange
2 7 (10.61%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (7.58%) Skype for Business
4 4 (6.06%) SharePoint
5 2 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.52%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 9 (13.64%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.55%) MS Visio
3 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.52%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 14 (21.21%) Office 365
2 12 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.03%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.52%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.52%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 9 (13.64%) DNS
2 7 (10.61%) DHCP
3 6 (9.09%) TCP/IP
4 4 (6.06%) VLAN
5 3 (4.55%) NAS
6 2 (3.03%) IP Telephony
6 2 (3.03%) iSCSI
6 2 (3.03%) SAN
6 2 (3.03%) Unified Communications
7 1 (1.52%) Ethernet
7 1 (1.52%) Firewall
7 1 (1.52%) Internet
7 1 (1.52%) Kerberos
7 1 (1.52%) LAN
7 1 (1.52%) MPLS
7 1 (1.52%) SNMP
7 1 (1.52%) Structured Cabling
7 1 (1.52%) WAN
7 1 (1.52%) Wireless
7 1 (1.52%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.58%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.06%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (6.06%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (1.52%) JIRA
General
1 8 (12.12%) Military
2 1 (1.52%) Automotive
2 1 (1.52%) Banking
2 1 (1.52%) Finance
2 1 (1.52%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.52%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (27.27%) Support Engineer
2 8 (12.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 7 (10.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 6 (9.09%) Project Manager
5 5 (7.58%) Technical Manager
5 5 (7.58%) Technical Project Manager
6 4 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support
6 4 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 4 (6.06%) Analyst
6 4 (6.06%) Architect
6 4 (6.06%) Consultant
6 4 (6.06%) Desktop Support
7 3 (4.55%) 1st Line Engineer
7 3 (4.55%) IT Analyst
7 3 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (4.55%) Support Analyst
7 3 (4.55%) Windows Consultant
8 2 (3.03%) Citrix Engineer
8 2 (3.03%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (3.03%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.06%) WSH
2 1 (1.52%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (19.70%) Data Centre
2 11 (16.67%) Smartphone
3 6 (9.09%) Fat Client
3 6 (9.09%) Thin Client
4 4 (6.06%) Management Information System
4 4 (6.06%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.03%) Computer Science
5 2 (3.03%) PKI
6 1 (1.52%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.52%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.52%) Hybrid Cloud
6 1 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 43 (65.15%) Windows
2 26 (39.39%) Windows Server
3 14 (21.21%) Windows 7
4 12 (18.18%) Windows 10
5 11 (16.67%) Android
6 8 (12.12%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (10.61%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (10.61%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (3.03%) Apple iOS
8 2 (3.03%) Windows XP
9 1 (1.52%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (46.97%) ITIL
2 13 (19.70%) Service Delivery
3 12 (18.18%) Break/Fix
4 11 (16.67%) Migration
5 9 (13.64%) Asset Management
5 9 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 9 (13.64%) Software Deployment
6 8 (12.12%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (12.12%) Coaching
6 8 (12.12%) Configuration Management
6 8 (12.12%) Integration Testing
6 8 (12.12%) Line Management
6 8 (12.12%) Mobile Device Management
6 8 (12.12%) Problem-Solving
6 8 (12.12%) Project Management
7 6 (9.09%) PRINCE2
7 6 (9.09%) TOGAF
8 5 (7.58%) ITIL V3
8 5 (7.58%) Patch Management
8 5 (7.58%) Service Delivery Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (12.12%) PowerShell
2 6 (9.09%) VBScript
3 3 (4.55%) SQL
4 1 (1.52%) Java
Qualifications
1 53 (80.30%) MCSE
2 31 (46.97%) MCP
3 19 (28.79%) MCITP
4 13 (19.70%) A+ Certification
5 12 (18.18%) MCDST
6 11 (16.67%) NVQ Level 3
7 9 (13.64%) CISSP
7 9 (13.64%) Security Cleared
8 7 (10.61%) MCSA
8 7 (10.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 6 (9.09%) APMP
9 6 (9.09%) CISMP
9 6 (9.09%) DV Cleared
9 6 (9.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 5 (7.58%) CCNA
10 5 (7.58%) Cisco Certification
10 5 (7.58%) Degree
10 5 (7.58%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (6.06%) MCTS
12 3 (4.55%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (9.09%) JSP 440
2 2 (3.03%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (39.39%) Active Directory
2 15 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (16.67%) Hyper-V
4 8 (12.12%) VMware Workstation
5 7 (10.61%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (10.61%) XenApp
6 6 (9.09%) Terminal Services
6 6 (9.09%) vSphere
7 5 (7.58%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (3.03%) XenDesktop
9 1 (1.52%) BitLocker
9 1 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (1.52%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 11 (16.67%) SCCM
2 6 (9.09%) SafeCom
2 6 (9.09%) WSUS
3 4 (6.06%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (3.03%) AirWatch
4 2 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (3.03%) vCenter Server
4 2 (3.03%) XenMobile
5 1 (1.52%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.52%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (1.52%) SCOM
Vendors
1 43 (65.15%) Microsoft
2 22 (33.33%) VMware
3 13 (19.70%) Apple
4 11 (16.67%) Google
5 9 (13.64%) Citrix
6 8 (12.12%) Cisco
7 6 (9.09%) Wyse
8 5 (7.58%) NetApp
9 3 (4.55%) HP
10 2 (3.03%) Asigra
10 2 (3.03%) IBM
10 2 (3.03%) McAfee
10 2 (3.03%) SolarWinds
11 1 (1.52%) Avaya
11 1 (1.52%) Bloomberg
11 1 (1.52%) Lotus
11 1 (1.52%) Oracle
11 1 (1.52%) Palo Alto
11 1 (1.52%) Symantec