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 3 months to 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
England / West Midlands
Rank 103 96 80
Rank change year-on-year -7 -16  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 15 34 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.65% 1.26% 1.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.35% 6.04% 9.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 12 18
Median daily rate £368 £378 £371
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.64% +1.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £185 £194
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 6
Median hourly rate £14.00 £14.96 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.43% +15.09%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -2.77% +33.33%  

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 the West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 448 563 446
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.45% 20.89% 17.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 316 226
Median daily rate £375 £400 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +10.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £249 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 21 45
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -43.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.96 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.63 £36.70 £39.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. 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 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 -9 7 £294 +58.78% 7
Solihull +3 2 - -
Shropshire +29 1 £425 -
Staffordshire +3 1 - - 5
Coventry +3 1 - - 1
Warwickshire -7 1 - - 2
Herefordshire -12 1 £338 -20.58% 2
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 32 (84.21%) Microsoft
2 25 (65.79%) Active Directory
2 25 (65.79%) Windows
3 19 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 16 (42.11%) Windows Server
5 14 (36.84%) MCSE
6 13 (34.21%) MS Excel
7 12 (31.58%) VMware
8 11 (28.95%) SharePoint
8 11 (28.95%) ITIL
9 10 (26.32%) Office 365
10 9 (23.68%) VMware Infrastructure
10 9 (23.68%) DNS
10 9 (23.68%) Migration
10 9 (23.68%) MCITP
11 8 (21.05%) DHCP
11 8 (21.05%) SQL Server
12 7 (18.42%) MS Office
12 7 (18.42%) PowerShell
12 7 (18.42%) Hyper-V
13 6 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
13 6 (15.79%) Security Cleared
13 6 (15.79%) Windows 7
13 6 (15.79%) Citrix
13 6 (15.79%) SQL
13 6 (15.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 5 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
14 5 (13.16%) PKI
14 5 (13.16%) CRM
14 5 (13.16%) MCSA

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 11 (28.95%) SharePoint
2 5 (13.16%) Skype for Business
3 4 (10.53%) IIS
3 4 (10.53%) MS Exchange
4 3 (7.89%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.63%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 13 (34.21%) MS Excel
2 7 (18.42%) MS Office
3 2 (5.26%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (10.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.63%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 19 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (26.32%) Office 365
3 5 (13.16%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (10.53%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (10.53%) IaaS
4 4 (10.53%) OneDrive
4 4 (10.53%) PaaS
4 4 (10.53%) SaaS
4 4 (10.53%) Yammer
5 1 (2.63%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 9 (23.68%) DNS
2 8 (21.05%) DHCP
3 5 (13.16%) Kerberos
3 5 (13.16%) LDAP
3 5 (13.16%) Skype
3 5 (13.16%) VoIP
4 4 (10.53%) PBX
4 4 (10.53%) Remote Desktop
4 4 (10.53%) SAN
4 4 (10.53%) Unified Communications
5 2 (5.26%) Firewall
5 2 (5.26%) TCP/IP
6 1 (2.63%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (2.63%) iSCSI
6 1 (2.63%) NetScaler
6 1 (2.63%) VLAN
6 1 (2.63%) WebEx
6 1 (2.63%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (2.63%) Wireless
6 1 (2.63%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (21.05%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.89%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (7.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (7.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (7.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (5.26%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.63%) RDBMS
4 1 (2.63%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.63%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (2.63%) MSI
1 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (2.63%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 7 (18.42%) Architect
2 4 (10.53%) 3rd Line Support
2 4 (10.53%) Analyst
3 3 (7.89%) CRM Architect
3 3 (7.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (7.89%) Office 365 Specialist
4 2 (5.26%) Azure Architect
4 2 (5.26%) Azure Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Cloud Architect
4 2 (5.26%) Database Analyst
4 2 (5.26%) Developer
4 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Specialist
4 2 (5.26%) Office 365 Architect
4 2 (5.26%) SharePoint Architect
4 2 (5.26%) SharePoint Developer
4 2 (5.26%) Support Analyst
4 2 (5.26%) Technical Specialist
4 2 (5.26%) VMware Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Windows Engineer
4 2 (5.26%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.26%) .NET
1 2 (5.26%) ASP.NET
1 2 (5.26%) CSS
1 2 (5.26%) HTML
2 1 (2.63%) Ajax
2 1 (2.63%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (2.63%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 1 (2.63%) ASP.NET MVC 5
2 1 (2.63%) HTML5
2 1 (2.63%) jQuery
2 1 (2.63%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (13.16%) PKI
2 3 (7.89%) Clustering
3 2 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (5.26%) Data Centre
3 2 (5.26%) Replication
4 1 (2.63%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (2.63%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 25 (65.79%) Windows
2 16 (42.11%) Windows Server
3 6 (15.79%) Windows 7
3 6 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (7.89%) Windows 8
5 3 (7.89%) Windows XP
6 1 (2.63%) Windows 10
6 1 (2.63%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (28.95%) ITIL
2 9 (23.68%) Migration
3 5 (13.16%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (13.16%) CRM
3 5 (13.16%) Customer Requirements
4 4 (10.53%) ArchiMate
4 4 (10.53%) Business Development
4 4 (10.53%) Email Filtering
4 4 (10.53%) Identity Management
4 4 (10.53%) Kalman Filter
4 4 (10.53%) Kanban
4 4 (10.53%) Patch Management
4 4 (10.53%) Performance Tuning
4 4 (10.53%) Presales
4 4 (10.53%) Project Governance
4 4 (10.53%) Scrum
4 4 (10.53%) SDLC
4 4 (10.53%) SOA
4 4 (10.53%) TOGAF
4 4 (10.53%) UML
Programming Languages
1 7 (18.42%) PowerShell
2 6 (15.79%) SQL
3 2 (5.26%) C
3 2 (5.26%) JavaScript
3 2 (5.26%) Shell Script
3 2 (5.26%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.63%) C#
4 1 (2.63%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (36.84%) MCSE
2 9 (23.68%) MCITP
3 6 (15.79%) Security Cleared
3 6 (15.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 5 (13.16%) MCSA
5 4 (10.53%) SC Cleared
6 3 (7.89%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (7.89%) Degree
6 3 (7.89%) MCP
6 3 (7.89%) MCTS
7 2 (5.26%) CCNA
7 2 (5.26%) CCNP
7 2 (5.26%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (2.63%) CCA
8 1 (2.63%) CCDP
8 1 (2.63%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (2.63%) MCPD
8 1 (2.63%) MCSD
8 1 (2.63%) MOS
8 1 (2.63%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.89%) QA
2 2 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 25 (65.79%) Active Directory
2 9 (23.68%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (18.42%) Hyper-V
4 3 (7.89%) XenApp
5 1 (2.63%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (2.63%) Terminal Server
5 1 (2.63%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (2.63%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (2.63%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (13.16%) SCOM
2 4 (10.53%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (10.53%) Nagios
2 4 (10.53%) SCCM
3 1 (2.63%) Backup Exec
3 1 (2.63%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (2.63%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (2.63%) NetBackup
3 1 (2.63%) WSUS
Vendors
1 32 (84.21%) Microsoft
2 12 (31.58%) VMware
3 6 (15.79%) Citrix
4 5 (13.16%) Cisco
4 5 (13.16%) SolarWinds
5 4 (10.53%) Oracle
6 2 (5.26%) NetApp
7 1 (2.63%) 3PAR
7 1 (2.63%) EMC
7 1 (2.63%) Equitrac
7 1 (2.63%) Intel Security
7 1 (2.63%) Remedy
7 1 (2.63%) ServiceNow
7 1 (2.63%) Veritas