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 27 June 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.

Microsoft Certification
England / West Midlands
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 100 99 94
Rank change year-on-year -1 -5  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 21 42 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.02% 1.39% 0.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.28% 6.95% 5.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 18 14
Median daily rate £331 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.18% +33.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £221 £149
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.56% -2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 3
Median hourly rate £16.00 £14.21 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.57% -33.89%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £26.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year -15.01% +41.33%  

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 398 604 448
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.25% 19.92% 19.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 229 340 277
Median daily rate £413 £380 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.55% +10.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 23 32
Median hourly rate £16.75 £18.28 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.34% -36.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.95 £39.00 £44.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

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 27 June 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 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 3 months to 27 June 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
Staffordshire +10 9 £338 +3.84% 4
Coventry +13 3 £400 -19.19% 1
Birmingham +5 3 £388 +1.97% 8
Shropshire +9 1 - -
Herefordshire -7 1 £325 -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 30 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 19 (52.78%) Active Directory
3 18 (50.00%) Windows
4 14 (38.89%) Microsoft Azure
5 13 (36.11%) PowerShell
5 13 (36.11%) MCSE
6 10 (27.78%) SharePoint
6 10 (27.78%) ITIL
6 10 (27.78%) Windows Server
7 9 (25.00%) Migration
8 8 (22.22%) Cisco
8 8 (22.22%) Data Centre
8 8 (22.22%) Office 365
8 8 (22.22%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
10 6 (16.67%) Degree
10 6 (16.67%) Scrum
10 6 (16.67%) VMware
10 6 (16.67%) PaaS
10 6 (16.67%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (16.67%) Kanban
10 6 (16.67%) IaaS
11 5 (13.89%) Dashboard Development
11 5 (13.89%) Azure Active Directory
11 5 (13.89%) Power BI
11 5 (13.89%) Information Architecture
11 5 (13.89%) VMware Infrastructure
11 5 (13.89%) Windows 7
11 5 (13.89%) MCITP

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 10 (27.78%) SharePoint
2 8 (22.22%) SharePoint 2013
3 6 (16.67%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (5.56%) MS Exchange
5 1 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (38.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (22.22%) Office 365
3 6 (16.67%) IaaS
3 6 (16.67%) PaaS
4 5 (13.89%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (11.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (8.33%) DHCP
1 3 (8.33%) LAN
2 2 (5.56%) Cisco Nexus
2 2 (5.56%) DNS
2 2 (5.56%) SAN
2 2 (5.56%) TCP/IP
2 2 (5.56%) Wireless
3 1 (2.78%) NAS
3 1 (2.78%) NetScaler
3 1 (2.78%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (2.78%) VLAN
3 1 (2.78%) VoIP
3 1 (2.78%) WAN
3 1 (2.78%) WebEx
3 1 (2.78%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.89%) Power BI
2 3 (8.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.78%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (2.78%) BusinessObjects Dashboards
3 1 (2.78%) MS Access
3 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (2.78%) MSI
1 1 (2.78%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (8.33%) Finance
2 1 (2.78%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (13.89%) Administrator
1 5 (13.89%) Architect
1 5 (13.89%) SharePoint Administrator
2 3 (8.33%) Analyst
2 3 (8.33%) CRM Architect
2 3 (8.33%) Developer
2 3 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (5.56%) Active Directory Engineer
3 2 (5.56%) Azure Engineer
3 2 (5.56%) Field Engineer
3 2 (5.56%) Network Engineer
3 2 (5.56%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (5.56%) Office 365 Administrator
3 2 (5.56%) Security Analyst
3 2 (5.56%) Senior Analyst
3 2 (5.56%) Senior Information Analyst
3 2 (5.56%) Senior Information Security Analyst
3 2 (5.56%) SharePoint Architect
3 2 (5.56%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.33%) .NET
2 2 (5.56%) ASP.NET
2 2 (5.56%) CSS
2 2 (5.56%) HTML
3 1 (2.78%) Ajax
3 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 1 (2.78%) HTML5
3 1 (2.78%) jQuery
3 1 (2.78%) WAP
3 1 (2.78%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (22.22%) Data Centre
2 3 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.78%) Clustering
3 1 (2.78%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.78%) Driving Licence
3 1 (2.78%) Fat Client
3 1 (2.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 18 (50.00%) Windows
2 10 (27.78%) Windows Server
3 5 (13.89%) Windows 7
4 4 (11.11%) Windows 8
4 4 (11.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (8.33%) Linux
5 3 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (2.78%) Windows 10
7 1 (2.78%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (2.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (27.78%) ITIL
2 9 (25.00%) Migration
3 7 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (16.67%) Kanban
4 6 (16.67%) Scrum
5 5 (13.89%) CRM
5 5 (13.89%) Dashboard Development
5 5 (13.89%) Information Architecture
5 5 (13.89%) PRINCE2
6 4 (11.11%) ArchiMate
6 4 (11.11%) Business Development
6 4 (11.11%) Change Management
6 4 (11.11%) Customer Requirements
6 4 (11.11%) HOOD
6 4 (11.11%) Presales
6 4 (11.11%) SDLC
6 4 (11.11%) Service Design
6 4 (11.11%) SOA
6 4 (11.11%) TOGAF
6 4 (11.11%) UML
Programming Languages
1 13 (36.11%) PowerShell
2 4 (11.11%) SQL
3 2 (5.56%) C
3 2 (5.56%) C#
3 2 (5.56%) JavaScript
3 2 (5.56%) VBScript
4 1 (2.78%) Bash Shell
4 1 (2.78%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.78%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.78%) VB
4 1 (2.78%) VBA
Qualifications
1 13 (36.11%) MCSE
2 7 (19.44%) Cisco Certification
3 6 (16.67%) Degree
4 5 (13.89%) ITIL Certification
4 5 (13.89%) MCITP
4 5 (13.89%) MCSA
5 4 (11.11%) CCNA
5 4 (11.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (8.33%) CCNP
6 3 (8.33%) MCP
6 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Certified Master
7 2 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (5.56%) CCDP
7 2 (5.56%) CNA
7 2 (5.56%) CNE
7 2 (5.56%) CompTIA Security+
7 2 (5.56%) CRISC
7 2 (5.56%) SC Cleared
7 2 (5.56%) Security Cleared
7 2 (5.56%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (2.78%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.78%) QA
2 1 (2.78%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (52.78%) Active Directory
2 5 (13.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (5.56%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.78%) BitLocker
4 1 (2.78%) Docker
4 1 (2.78%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (2.78%) Terminal Server
4 1 (2.78%) UAG
4 1 (2.78%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (2.78%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (8.33%) SCCM
2 2 (5.56%) SCOM
2 2 (5.56%) WSUS
3 1 (2.78%) Backup Exec
3 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
3 1 (2.78%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 30 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 8 (22.22%) Cisco
3 6 (16.67%) VMware
4 4 (11.11%) Citrix
4 4 (11.11%) Oracle
5 3 (8.33%) NetApp
6 1 (2.78%) Equitrac
6 1 (2.78%) HP
6 1 (2.78%) SAP
6 1 (2.78%) SolarWinds
6 1 (2.78%) Veritas