Period
to 14 October 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 14 October 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
14 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 119 138 138
Rank change year-on-year +19 0 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 51 67 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.28% 1.34% 1.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.66% 7.00% 6.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 40 40
West Midlands median daily rate £419 £295 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +41.95% -18.68% +9.92%
10th Percentile £136 £117 £257
90th Percentile £660 £405 £488
England median daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year +7.14% +3.70% +2.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 19 5
West Midlands median hourly rate £17.00 £15.85 £12.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.26% +24.31% -29.17%
10th Percentile £16.00 £15.32 £11.00
90th Percentile £18.00 £28.25 £36.40
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.00 £16.25
% change year-on-year +17.65% +4.62% -22.30%

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 766 957 803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.15% 19.09% 17.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 493 514 449
West Midlands median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £223 £210 £225
90th Percentile £600 £538 £525
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 55 46
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 £16.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +118.75% -42.86% +14.29%
10th Percentile £11.43 £12.20 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.25 £30.54 £50.00
England median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +44.00% -9.09% +7.84%

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 14 October 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 14 October 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 +17 20 £350 +9.38% 21
Shropshire - 14 £625 -
Dudley -1 8 £200 - 3
Staffordshire +13 2 £303 -6.92% 6
Coventry +5 2 £100 - 1
Herefordshire +4 2 £525 +40.00%
Solihull +7 1 - - 4
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 £525 - 3
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 14 October 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 36 (70.59%) Windows
2 30 (58.82%) Microsoft
3 29 (56.86%) MCSA
4 27 (52.94%) MCSE
5 21 (41.18%) Red Hat
6 18 (35.29%) ITIL
7 17 (33.33%) Active Directory
7 17 (33.33%) VMware
7 17 (33.33%) Azure
8 16 (31.37%) Windows Server
9 15 (29.41%) NetBackup
10 14 (27.45%) Linux
10 14 (27.45%) Office 365
10 14 (27.45%) AWS
11 13 (25.49%) PowerShell
11 13 (25.49%) Citrix
11 13 (25.49%) Agile Software Development
12 12 (23.53%) VMware Infrastructure
12 12 (23.53%) DevOps
12 12 (23.53%) Terraform
13 11 (21.57%) Analytical Skills
13 11 (21.57%) GitLab
13 11 (21.57%) Data Centre
13 11 (21.57%) Jenkins
13 11 (21.57%) Ansible
13 11 (21.57%) Security Cleared
13 11 (21.57%) RHCE
13 11 (21.57%) NetApp
13 11 (21.57%) Problem-Solving
14 10 (19.61%) VMware ESXi

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 (15.69%) MS Exchange
2 7 (13.73%) Confluence
3 6 (11.76%) IIS
3 6 (11.76%) Skype for Business
4 3 (5.88%) SharePoint
5 2 (3.92%) Apache
5 2 (3.92%) IBM Domino
5 2 (3.92%) Jetty
5 2 (3.92%) Mongrel
5 2 (3.92%) nginx
5 2 (3.92%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (3.92%) Tomcat
5 2 (3.92%) WebSphere
6 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.96%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 4 (7.84%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.88%) InfoPath
3 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.92%) assyst
2 1 (1.96%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 17 (33.33%) Azure
2 14 (27.45%) AWS
2 14 (27.45%) Office 365
3 3 (5.88%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (5.88%) GCP
3 3 (5.88%) Google App Engine
4 2 (3.92%) GitHub
4 2 (3.92%) IaaS
5 1 (1.96%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.96%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (17.65%) Firewall
2 6 (11.76%) SAN
3 5 (9.80%) DNS
3 5 (9.80%) TCP/IP
4 3 (5.88%) HTTP
4 3 (5.88%) SSL
4 3 (5.88%) VPN
5 2 (3.92%) DHCP
5 2 (3.92%) FTP
5 2 (3.92%) IPsec
5 2 (3.92%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (3.92%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (3.92%) Wireless
6 1 (1.96%) ATM
6 1 (1.96%) NAS
6 1 (1.96%) PBX
6 1 (1.96%) SMTP
6 1 (1.96%) Unified Communications
6 1 (1.96%) VLAN
6 1 (1.96%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.84%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.92%) Blockchain
3 1 (1.96%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.96%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 11 (21.57%) GitLab
1 11 (21.57%) Jenkins
2 9 (17.65%) JIRA
3 3 (5.88%) Visual Studio
4 2 (3.92%) Travis CI
General
1 8 (15.69%) Public Sector
2 5 (9.80%) Retail
2 5 (9.80%) Telecoms
3 4 (7.84%) Banking
3 4 (7.84%) Finance
3 4 (7.84%) Military
4 1 (1.96%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 12 (23.53%) Analyst
2 10 (19.61%) DevOps Engineer
3 5 (9.80%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 4 (7.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 4 (7.84%) Systems Engineer
5 3 (5.88%) Architect
5 3 (5.88%) AWS Engineer
5 3 (5.88%) Azure Engineer
5 3 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (5.88%) Microsoft Engineer
5 3 (5.88%) Operations Analyst
5 3 (5.88%) Service Analyst
5 3 (5.88%) Service Desk Analyst
5 3 (5.88%) Support Engineer
6 2 (3.92%) 1st Line Support
6 2 (3.92%) Desktop Engineer
6 2 (3.92%) IT Support
6 2 (3.92%) Senior Solutions Architect
6 2 (3.92%) Solutions Architect
6 2 (3.92%) Storage Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.76%) .NET
2 4 (7.84%) Elastic Stack
3 3 (5.88%) CSS
3 3 (5.88%) HTML
3 3 (5.88%) J2EE
3 3 (5.88%) jQuery
3 3 (5.88%) XML
4 2 (3.92%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 11 (21.57%) Analytical Skills
1 11 (21.57%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.88%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (3.92%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.96%) PMI
4 1 (1.96%) Replication
4 1 (1.96%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 36 (70.59%) Windows
2 16 (31.37%) Windows Server
3 14 (27.45%) Linux
4 8 (15.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (15.69%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (11.76%) Windows 10
6 2 (3.92%) Apple iOS
6 2 (3.92%) CentOS
6 2 (3.92%) Mac OS
6 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (35.29%) ITIL
2 13 (25.49%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (23.53%) DevOps
4 11 (21.57%) Problem-Solving
5 8 (15.69%) Infrastructure Automation
6 7 (13.73%) Service Management
7 6 (11.76%) ITSM
8 5 (9.80%) Migration
8 5 (9.80%) Project Management
9 4 (7.84%) Configuration Management
9 4 (7.84%) Data Centre Operations
9 4 (7.84%) PRINCE2
9 4 (7.84%) Service Delivery
10 3 (5.88%) Change Control
10 3 (5.88%) Incident Management
10 3 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 3 (5.88%) Infrastructure Management
10 3 (5.88%) Security Auditing
10 3 (5.88%) Server Virtualisation
10 3 (5.88%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 13 (25.49%) PowerShell
2 5 (9.80%) VBScript
3 4 (7.84%) SQL
4 3 (5.88%) C#
4 3 (5.88%) Java
4 3 (5.88%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.92%) Bash Shell
5 2 (3.92%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (56.86%) MCSA
2 27 (52.94%) MCSE
3 11 (21.57%) RHCE
3 11 (21.57%) Security Cleared
4 10 (19.61%) RHCSA
5 8 (15.69%) CCNA
5 8 (15.69%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (13.73%) SC Cleared
7 5 (9.80%) Degree
7 5 (9.80%) MCSD
8 4 (7.84%) DV Cleared
8 4 (7.84%) HNC
8 4 (7.84%) HND
8 4 (7.84%) MCP
9 3 (5.88%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (3.92%) CISSP
10 2 (3.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (3.92%) MCITP
10 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Certified Master
11 1 (1.96%) AWS Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.88%) SLA
2 1 (1.96%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 17 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 12 (23.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (19.61%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (17.65%) PowerDNS
4 9 (17.65%) vSphere
5 8 (15.69%) XenApp
6 6 (11.76%) Hyper-V
7 4 (7.84%) vCloud
7 4 (7.84%) XenDesktop
8 3 (5.88%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (3.92%) Xen
10 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (1.96%) Terminal Services
10 1 (1.96%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 15 (29.41%) NetBackup
2 12 (23.53%) Terraform
3 11 (21.57%) Ansible
4 5 (9.80%) Backup Exec
5 4 (7.84%) SCCM
6 3 (5.88%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 3 (5.88%) Puppet
7 2 (3.92%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (1.96%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (1.96%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (1.96%) WSUS
Vendors
1 30 (58.82%) Microsoft
2 21 (41.18%) Red Hat
3 17 (33.33%) VMware
4 13 (25.49%) Citrix
5 11 (21.57%) NetApp
6 9 (17.65%) Splunk
7 8 (15.69%) Cisco
8 3 (5.88%) Google
8 3 (5.88%) HP
8 3 (5.88%) IBM
9 2 (3.92%) Lotus
9 2 (3.92%) McAfee
9 2 (3.92%) Sophos
9 2 (3.92%) Symantec
9 2 (3.92%) TOWER Software
10 1 (1.96%) IronPort
10 1 (1.96%) Ivanti
10 1 (1.96%) Kaspersky
10 1 (1.96%) Remedy
10 1 (1.96%) Veeam