Period
to 18 July 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 18 July 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
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 146 137 123
Rank change year-on-year -9 -14 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 53 40 94
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.03% 0.91% 1.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.29% 4.93% 7.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 23 47
West Midlands median daily rate £276 £350 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.29% -6.67% +12.36%
10th Percentile £130 £211 £232
90th Percentile £362 £468 £497
England median daily rate £350 £350 £330
% change year-on-year - +6.06% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 2 13
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £15.43
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.67% -2.76% +18.15%
10th Percentile £13.73 £13.30 £11.30
90th Percentile £27.20 £15.90 £18.41
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.26 £18.28
% change year-on-year -4.16% -0.08% +1.64%

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 1,002 811 1,250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.41% 18.49% 20.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 520 454 712
West Midlands median daily rate £421 £413 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.12% +8.55% +8.57%
10th Percentile £217 £227 £243
90th Percentile £550 £529 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 38 47
West Midlands median hourly rate £18.00 £23.13 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.16% +21.71% -34.48%
10th Percentile £12.18 £11.25 £12.40
90th Percentile £39.13 £37.67 £43.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.44% +8.80% +23.99%

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 18 July 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 18 July 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 18 July 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 +14 15 £250 -28.57% 6
Coventry -10 7 £213 -46.88% 2
Birmingham -23 5 £300 -23.81% 13
Staffordshire -11 4 £345 +2.22% 2
Dudley - 3 - - 1
Solihull -12 1 £122 - 2
Shropshire -24 1 £275 -35.29% 3
West Bromwich - 1 £140 - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 18 July 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 38 (71.70%) Windows
2 36 (67.92%) MCSE
3 31 (58.49%) Microsoft
4 26 (49.06%) VMware
5 23 (43.40%) ITIL
6 20 (37.74%) Active Directory
6 20 (37.74%) Windows Server
7 17 (32.08%) VMware Infrastructure
8 16 (30.19%) Windows 10
9 13 (24.53%) Data Centre
9 13 (24.53%) Windows Server 2012
9 13 (24.53%) Windows Server 2008
9 13 (24.53%) Windows 7
9 13 (24.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 12 (22.64%) MCP
10 12 (22.64%) MS Exchange
11 11 (20.75%) NetApp
11 11 (20.75%) Hyper-V
11 11 (20.75%) SCCM
12 10 (18.87%) PowerShell
12 10 (18.87%) DNS
12 10 (18.87%) Microsoft Office
13 9 (16.98%) Cisco
13 9 (16.98%) Citrix
13 9 (16.98%) Cisco Certification
13 9 (16.98%) CCNA
13 9 (16.98%) vSphere
13 9 (16.98%) Office 365
14 8 (15.09%) Exchange Server 2010
14 8 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure

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 12 (22.64%) MS Exchange
2 8 (15.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (5.66%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.89%) SharePoint Server
4 1 (1.89%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 10 (18.87%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (16.98%) Office 365
2 8 (15.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.89%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 10 (18.87%) DNS
2 7 (13.21%) DHCP
2 7 (13.21%) TCP/IP
3 6 (11.32%) SAN
4 5 (9.43%) Firewall
5 4 (7.55%) VLAN
6 3 (5.66%) 802.11
6 3 (5.66%) NAS
6 3 (5.66%) VPN
7 2 (3.77%) DDNS
7 2 (3.77%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (3.77%) WAN
8 1 (1.89%) Cisco ISE
8 1 (1.89%) Kerberos
8 1 (1.89%) LAN
8 1 (1.89%) MPLS
8 1 (1.89%) Skype
8 1 (1.89%) SNMP
8 1 (1.89%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.89%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (9.43%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.55%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (7.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.89%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MSTest
1 1 (1.89%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (1.89%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (7.55%) Automotive
1 4 (7.55%) Manufacturing
2 2 (3.77%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (20.75%) Support Engineer
2 8 (15.09%) Analyst
3 7 (13.21%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 7 (13.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 5 (9.43%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (7.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 3 (5.66%) Architect
6 3 (5.66%) Data Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Data Centre Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Data Centre Operations Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Operations Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Solutions Architect
7 2 (3.77%) Administrator
7 2 (3.77%) Business Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Citrix Engineer
7 2 (3.77%) Desktop Support
7 2 (3.77%) IT Architect
7 2 (3.77%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.55%) WSH
2 3 (5.66%) 802.1X
3 1 (1.89%) .NET
3 1 (1.89%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.89%) ADO.NET
3 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET MVC 3
3 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (1.89%) CSS
3 1 (1.89%) CSS3
3 1 (1.89%) Entity Framework
3 1 (1.89%) HTML
3 1 (1.89%) HTML5
3 1 (1.89%) WCF
3 1 (1.89%) Web Services
3 1 (1.89%) WinForms
3 1 (1.89%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 13 (24.53%) Data Centre
2 7 (13.21%) Smartphone
3 4 (7.55%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.66%) Fat Client
4 3 (5.66%) Thin Client
5 2 (3.77%) Clustering
5 2 (3.77%) Driving Licence
5 2 (3.77%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.89%) BYOD
6 1 (1.89%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 38 (71.70%) Windows
2 20 (37.74%) Windows Server
3 16 (30.19%) Windows 10
4 13 (24.53%) Windows 7
4 13 (24.53%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (24.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (13.21%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (11.32%) Android
7 5 (9.43%) Linux
8 3 (5.66%) Windows 8
8 3 (5.66%) Windows Vista
9 2 (3.77%) Unix
9 2 (3.77%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (43.40%) ITIL
2 7 (13.21%) Break/Fix
3 6 (11.32%) Asset Management
3 6 (11.32%) Coaching
3 6 (11.32%) Configuration Management
3 6 (11.32%) Integration Testing
3 6 (11.32%) Line Management
3 6 (11.32%) Service Delivery
4 5 (9.43%) Network Management
4 5 (9.43%) Patch Management
4 5 (9.43%) Software Deployment
5 4 (7.55%) Migration
6 3 (5.66%) Change Control
6 3 (5.66%) Creative Thinking
6 3 (5.66%) Data Centre Operations
6 3 (5.66%) High Availability
6 3 (5.66%) ITIL V3
6 3 (5.66%) Mobile Device Management
6 3 (5.66%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (5.66%) Strategic Thinking
Programming Languages
1 10 (18.87%) PowerShell
2 6 (11.32%) VBScript
3 2 (3.77%) SQL
4 1 (1.89%) C#
4 1 (1.89%) C++
4 1 (1.89%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.89%) VB
4 1 (1.89%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 36 (67.92%) MCSE
2 13 (24.53%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 12 (22.64%) MCP
4 9 (16.98%) CCNA
4 9 (16.98%) Cisco Certification
5 8 (15.09%) MCSA
6 7 (13.21%) A+ Certification
6 7 (13.21%) MCDST
7 6 (11.32%) MCITP
7 6 (11.32%) NVQ Level 3
8 5 (9.43%) ITIL Certification
8 5 (9.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 3 (5.66%) CCNP
9 3 (5.66%) RHCE
10 2 (3.77%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (3.77%) Degree
10 2 (3.77%) MCTS
11 1 (1.89%) BC Cleared
11 1 (1.89%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.89%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (7.55%) SLA
2 1 (1.89%) GDPR
System Software
1 20 (37.74%) Active Directory
2 17 (32.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (20.75%) Hyper-V
4 9 (16.98%) vSphere
5 7 (13.21%) XenApp
6 6 (11.32%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (7.55%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (5.66%) Terminal Services
9 2 (3.77%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (3.77%) XenServer
10 1 (1.89%) BitLocker
10 1 (1.89%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 11 (20.75%) SCCM
2 4 (7.55%) HP Data Protector
3 3 (5.66%) SafeCom
3 3 (5.66%) WSUS
4 2 (3.77%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.89%) AirWatch
5 1 (1.89%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 1 (1.89%) SCOM
5 1 (1.89%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (1.89%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 31 (58.49%) Microsoft
2 26 (49.06%) VMware
3 11 (20.75%) NetApp
4 9 (16.98%) Cisco
4 9 (16.98%) Citrix
5 8 (15.09%) Google
6 7 (13.21%) Dell
7 6 (11.32%) Apple
7 6 (11.32%) HP
8 4 (7.55%) McAfee
8 4 (7.55%) Palo Alto
9 3 (5.66%) Wyse
10 2 (3.77%) IBM
10 2 (3.77%) SolarWinds
10 2 (3.77%) Symantec
10 2 (3.77%) Veritas
11 1 (1.89%) Avaya
11 1 (1.89%) EMC
11 1 (1.89%) Oracle