Period
to 23 September 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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 138 131 131
Rank change year-on-year -7 0 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 66 46 84
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.31% 1.03% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.76% 5.74% 6.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 33 60
West Midlands median daily rate £295 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.71% +6.06% +1.54%
10th Percentile £117 £265 £274
90th Percentile £405 £475 £500
England median daily rate £345 £338 £341
% change year-on-year +2.22% -0.88% +3.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 5 11
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.85 £12.75 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.31% -29.17% +4.41%
10th Percentile £15.06 £11.00 £13.00
90th Percentile £28.25 £36.40 £19.50
England median hourly rate £17.46 £17.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +2.68% -19.05% +16.80%

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 977 802 1,308
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.40% 18.01% 20.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 527 450 732
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £409 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.92% +9.00% +10.29%
10th Percentile £211 £225 £230
90th Percentile £546 £535 £541
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 42 42
West Midlands median hourly rate £16.00 £25.00 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.00% +12.36% -24.35%
10th Percentile £11.92 £11.25 £12.78
90th Percentile £30.14 £49.03 £43.38
England median hourly rate £24.08 £28.08 £25.50
% change year-on-year -14.25% +10.12% +13.33%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +21 18 £250 -28.57% 5
Birmingham -10 8 £315 -18.71% 22
Herefordshire -1 6 £375 +15.38%
Staffordshire -10 5 £335 -0.74% 2
Dudley +7 3 - - 1
Coventry -11 3 - - 3
Solihull - 1 £122 -
West Bromwich - 1 £140 -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 48 (72.73%) MCSE
2 44 (66.67%) Windows
3 41 (62.12%) Microsoft
4 30 (45.45%) ITIL
4 30 (45.45%) Windows Server
5 28 (42.42%) VMware
6 25 (37.88%) Active Directory
7 24 (36.36%) MCP
8 20 (30.30%) VMware Infrastructure
9 15 (22.73%) Office 365
9 15 (22.73%) Data Centre
9 15 (22.73%) Windows 10
10 14 (21.21%) Hyper-V
10 14 (21.21%) Windows 7
10 14 (21.21%) MCITP
11 12 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 12 (18.18%) Service Delivery
11 12 (18.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 12 (18.18%) MCDST
11 12 (18.18%) A+ Certification
11 12 (18.18%) Apple
12 11 (16.67%) NetApp
12 11 (16.67%) Google
12 11 (16.67%) Break/Fix
12 11 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
12 11 (16.67%) Smartphone
12 11 (16.67%) SCCM
12 11 (16.67%) NVQ Level 3
12 11 (16.67%) Android
12 11 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008

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 (15.15%) MS Exchange
2 8 (12.12%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (7.58%) Skype for Business
4 4 (6.06%) SharePoint
5 2 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.52%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 9 (13.64%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.55%) MS Visio
3 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (1.52%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.52%) SOLIDWORKS
Cloud Services
1 15 (22.73%) Office 365
2 9 (13.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.03%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 9 (13.64%) DNS
2 7 (10.61%) DHCP
2 7 (10.61%) TCP/IP
3 4 (6.06%) Firewall
3 4 (6.06%) NAS
3 4 (6.06%) SAN
3 4 (6.06%) VLAN
4 2 (3.03%) IP Telephony
4 2 (3.03%) iSCSI
4 2 (3.03%) Unified Communications
5 1 (1.52%) DDNS
5 1 (1.52%) Ethernet
5 1 (1.52%) Internet
5 1 (1.52%) Kerberos
5 1 (1.52%) LAN
5 1 (1.52%) MPLS
5 1 (1.52%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (1.52%) SNMP
5 1 (1.52%) Wireless
5 1 (1.52%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.58%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.06%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (6.06%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (1.52%) JIRA
General
1 6 (9.09%) Military
2 4 (6.06%) Automotive
2 4 (6.06%) Manufacturing
3 3 (4.55%) Finance
4 1 (1.52%) Banking
4 1 (1.52%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 17 (25.76%) Support Engineer
2 10 (15.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (13.64%) Analyst
4 8 (12.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) Project Manager
6 5 (7.58%) Technical Manager
6 5 (7.58%) Technical Project Manager
7 4 (6.06%) 1st Line Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support
7 4 (6.06%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Architect
8 3 (4.55%) Data Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Data Centre Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Data Centre Operations Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Infrastructure Operations Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Operations Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
9 2 (3.03%) Active Directory Support
9 2 (3.03%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.06%) WSH
2 1 (1.52%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 15 (22.73%) Data Centre
2 11 (16.67%) Smartphone
3 4 (6.06%) Fat Client
3 4 (6.06%) Self-Motivation
3 4 (6.06%) Thin Client
4 3 (4.55%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.03%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.03%) PKI
5 2 (3.03%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.52%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.52%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.52%) Clustering
6 1 (1.52%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 44 (66.67%) Windows
2 30 (45.45%) Windows Server
3 15 (22.73%) Windows 10
4 14 (21.21%) Windows 7
5 11 (16.67%) Android
5 11 (16.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (12.12%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (6.06%) Linux
8 2 (3.03%) Windows XP
9 1 (1.52%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.52%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (45.45%) ITIL
2 12 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 12 (18.18%) Service Delivery
3 11 (16.67%) Break/Fix
4 9 (13.64%) Migration
5 8 (12.12%) Project Management
5 8 (12.12%) Software Deployment
6 7 (10.61%) Asset Management
6 7 (10.61%) Coaching
6 7 (10.61%) Configuration Management
6 7 (10.61%) Integration Testing
6 7 (10.61%) Line Management
6 7 (10.61%) Network Management
6 7 (10.61%) Problem-Solving
7 6 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (9.09%) PRINCE2
8 5 (7.58%) ITIL V3
8 5 (7.58%) Mobile Device Management
8 5 (7.58%) Patch Management
8 5 (7.58%) Service Delivery Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (13.64%) PowerShell
2 6 (9.09%) VBScript
3 3 (4.55%) SQL
4 1 (1.52%) Java
Qualifications
1 48 (72.73%) MCSE
2 24 (36.36%) MCP
3 14 (21.21%) MCITP
4 12 (18.18%) A+ Certification
4 12 (18.18%) MCDST
4 12 (18.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 11 (16.67%) NVQ Level 3
6 8 (12.12%) MCSA
7 7 (10.61%) CCNA
7 7 (10.61%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (9.09%) APMP
8 6 (9.09%) CISMP
8 6 (9.09%) CISSP
8 6 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (7.58%) Security Cleared
10 4 (6.06%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (4.55%) CCNP
11 3 (4.55%) Degree
11 3 (4.55%) DV Cleared
11 3 (4.55%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 6 (9.09%) JSP 440
2 1 (1.52%) SLA
System Software
1 25 (37.88%) Active Directory
2 20 (30.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (21.21%) Hyper-V
4 9 (13.64%) vSphere
5 8 (12.12%) XenApp
6 7 (10.61%) VMware Workstation
7 5 (7.58%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (6.06%) Terminal Services
8 4 (6.06%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (3.03%) XenDesktop
10 1 (1.52%) BitLocker
10 1 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (1.52%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (1.52%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 11 (16.67%) SCCM
2 4 (6.06%) HP Data Protector
2 4 (6.06%) SafeCom
2 4 (6.06%) WSUS
3 2 (3.03%) AirWatch
3 2 (3.03%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (3.03%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (3.03%) vCenter Server
3 2 (3.03%) XenMobile
4 1 (1.52%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 1 (1.52%) NetBackup
4 1 (1.52%) SCOM
Vendors
1 41 (62.12%) Microsoft
2 28 (42.42%) VMware
3 12 (18.18%) Apple
4 11 (16.67%) Google
4 11 (16.67%) NetApp
5 10 (15.15%) Citrix
6 8 (12.12%) Cisco
7 6 (9.09%) HP
8 4 (6.06%) Palo Alto
8 4 (6.06%) Wyse
9 3 (4.55%) Dell
9 3 (4.55%) IBM
9 3 (4.55%) McAfee
9 3 (4.55%) SolarWinds
10 2 (3.03%) Asigra
11 1 (1.52%) Avaya
11 1 (1.52%) Bloomberg
11 1 (1.52%) Lotus
11 1 (1.52%) Oracle
11 1 (1.52%) Veritas