Period
to 19 January 2019

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 19 January 2019 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
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 149 142 156
Rank change year-on-year -7 +14 -54
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 47 50 45
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.97% 1.06% 0.82%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.99% 5.97% 3.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 35 43
West Midlands median daily rate £350 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +13.64% +10.00%
10th Percentile £143 £218 £188
90th Percentile £538 £506 £523
England median daily rate £388 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +13.97% -2.86% +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 4
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £12.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.31% -31.08% +37.04%
England median hourly rate £17.50 £14.65 £17.06
% change year-on-year +19.45% -14.13% +1.31%

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 942 838 1,163
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.47% 17.81% 21.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 570 460 631
West Midlands median daily rate £415 £400 £386
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.63% +4.68%
10th Percentile £235 £195 £225
90th Percentile £550 £535 £541
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 45 34
West Midlands median hourly rate £22.00 £30.50 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.87% +37.08% -29.23%
10th Percentile £13.05 £11.25 £11.08
90th Percentile £57.05 £50.45 £37.98
England median hourly rate £28.52 £23.50 £25.94
% change year-on-year +21.34% -9.40% -1.19%

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 19 January 2019.

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
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 19 January 2019. 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
Birmingham -9 8 £363 -14.71% 19
Herefordshire - 8 £375 - 1
Worcestershire 0 7 £525 +101.92% 4
Warwickshire +8 6 - - 5
Coventry -9 2 £200 - 3
Staffordshire -12 2 £243 -21.77% 4
Solihull - 2 £122 - 3
West Bromwich - 1 £140 -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 19 January 2019, 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 41 (87.23%) MCSE
2 35 (74.47%) Microsoft
3 34 (72.34%) Windows
4 23 (48.94%) MCP
5 22 (46.81%) ITIL
6 20 (42.55%) Active Directory
7 18 (38.30%) Windows Server
8 17 (36.17%) VMware
9 15 (31.91%) Security Cleared
10 13 (27.66%) Military
10 13 (27.66%) MCITP
11 11 (23.40%) DV Cleared
11 11 (23.40%) Windows 7
11 11 (23.40%) VMware ESXi
12 10 (21.28%) Office 365
12 10 (21.28%) VMware Infrastructure
12 10 (21.28%) Migration
13 9 (19.15%) Service Delivery
13 9 (19.15%) CISSP
14 8 (17.02%) Project Management
14 8 (17.02%) A+ Certification
14 8 (17.02%) Apple
14 8 (17.02%) Microsoft Office
14 8 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
14 8 (17.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 8 (17.02%) Microsoft Azure
14 8 (17.02%) Windows Server 2012
15 7 (14.89%) Hyper-V
15 7 (14.89%) Windows 10
15 7 (14.89%) Break/Fix

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 5 (10.64%) Skype for Business
2 4 (8.51%) SharePoint
3 2 (4.26%) MS Exchange
4 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (2.13%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 8 (17.02%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (6.38%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (2.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.13%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 10 (21.28%) Office 365
2 8 (17.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (4.26%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.13%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (2.13%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 7 (14.89%) DNS
2 5 (10.64%) DHCP
3 2 (4.26%) IP Telephony
3 2 (4.26%) iSCSI
3 2 (4.26%) LAN
3 2 (4.26%) NAS
3 2 (4.26%) SAN
3 2 (4.26%) Unified Communications
3 2 (4.26%) WAN
4 1 (2.13%) Ethernet
4 1 (2.13%) Firewall
4 1 (2.13%) Internet
4 1 (2.13%) Skype
4 1 (2.13%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (2.13%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.13%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.26%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.13%) JIRA
General
1 13 (27.66%) Military
2 2 (4.26%) Finance
3 1 (2.13%) Banking
3 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (19.15%) Support Engineer
2 6 (12.77%) Project Manager
2 6 (12.77%) Senior Server Engineer
2 6 (12.77%) Server Engineer
3 5 (10.64%) Technical Manager
3 5 (10.64%) Technical Project Manager
4 4 (8.51%) Consultant
5 3 (6.38%) Analyst
5 3 (6.38%) Desktop Engineer
5 3 (6.38%) Desktop Support
5 3 (6.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (6.38%) Windows Consultant
6 2 (4.26%) 1st Line Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) DV Cleared Project Manager
6 2 (4.26%) IT Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) IT Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Senior IT Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Service Desk Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.77%) Data Centre
1 6 (12.77%) Smartphone
2 4 (8.51%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (6.38%) Fat Client
3 3 (6.38%) Thin Client
4 2 (4.26%) Hybrid Cloud
4 2 (4.26%) Management Information System
4 2 (4.26%) PKI
5 1 (2.13%) Blackberry
5 1 (2.13%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.13%) EMC VNX
5 1 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 34 (72.34%) Windows
2 18 (38.30%) Windows Server
3 11 (23.40%) Windows 7
4 8 (17.02%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (14.89%) Windows 10
6 6 (12.77%) Android
7 2 (4.26%) Apple iOS
7 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (2.13%) Linux
8 1 (2.13%) Solaris
8 1 (2.13%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (2.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (46.81%) ITIL
2 10 (21.28%) Migration
3 9 (19.15%) Service Delivery
4 8 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (17.02%) Project Management
5 7 (14.89%) Break/Fix
6 6 (12.77%) PRINCE2
6 6 (12.77%) Problem-Solving
6 6 (12.77%) Software Deployment
7 5 (10.64%) Asset Management
7 5 (10.64%) Business Development
7 5 (10.64%) Mentoring
7 5 (10.64%) Mobile Device Management
7 5 (10.64%) Service Delivery Management
7 5 (10.64%) Systems Engineering
8 4 (8.51%) Coaching
8 4 (8.51%) Configuration Management
8 4 (8.51%) Integration Testing
8 4 (8.51%) Line Management
8 4 (8.51%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.38%) PowerShell
1 3 (6.38%) SQL
2 1 (2.13%) Java
Qualifications
1 41 (87.23%) MCSE
2 23 (48.94%) MCP
3 15 (31.91%) Security Cleared
4 13 (27.66%) MCITP
5 11 (23.40%) DV Cleared
6 9 (19.15%) CISSP
7 8 (17.02%) A+ Certification
7 8 (17.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (14.89%) MCDST
9 6 (12.77%) APMP
9 6 (12.77%) CISMP
9 6 (12.77%) MCSA
9 6 (12.77%) NVQ Level 3
10 5 (10.64%) SC Cleared
10 5 (10.64%) VCP6
11 4 (8.51%) Degree
12 3 (6.38%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (6.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 2 (4.26%) CCNA
13 2 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.77%) JSP 440
2 2 (4.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.13%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (42.55%) Active Directory
2 11 (23.40%) VMware ESXi
3 10 (21.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (14.89%) Hyper-V
5 4 (8.51%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (8.51%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (6.38%) Terminal Services
7 2 (4.26%) XenApp
7 2 (4.26%) XenDesktop
8 1 (2.13%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 6 (12.77%) SCCM
2 4 (8.51%) Microsoft Intune
2 4 (8.51%) WSUS
3 3 (6.38%) SafeCom
4 2 (4.26%) AirWatch
4 2 (4.26%) vCenter Server
4 2 (4.26%) XenMobile
5 1 (2.13%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (2.13%) Puppet
5 1 (2.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (2.13%) Terraform
Vendors
1 35 (74.47%) Microsoft
2 17 (36.17%) VMware
3 8 (17.02%) Apple
4 6 (12.77%) Google
5 4 (8.51%) Cisco
5 4 (8.51%) Citrix
6 3 (6.38%) Wyse
7 2 (4.26%) Asigra
7 2 (4.26%) HP
7 2 (4.26%) IBM
7 2 (4.26%) NetApp
7 2 (4.26%) Oracle
7 2 (4.26%) SolarWinds
7 2 (4.26%) Sophos
8 1 (2.13%) Bloomberg
8 1 (2.13%) CheckPoint
8 1 (2.13%) EMC
8 1 (2.13%) Lotus
8 1 (2.13%) McAfee
8 1 (2.13%) Mitel