Period
to 19 November 2017

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 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 132 132 117
Rank change year-on-year 0 -15 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 51 80 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.07% 1.30% 1.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.99% 6.30% 6.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 63 38
West Midlands median daily rate £388 £330 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.42% - +8.20%
10th Percentile £263 £275 £150
90th Percentile £488 £511 £482
England median daily rate £333 £338 £331
% change year-on-year -1.48% +1.89% +1.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 7 7
West Midlands median hourly rate £13.38 £15.43 £17.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.29% -10.53% +32.06%
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.00 £11.81
90th Percentile £33.00 £21.70 £75.70
England median hourly rate £16.00 £21.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -23.81% +23.53% -

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 851 1269 929
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 17.88% 20.56% 18.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 474 700 498
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.27% +12.86% -
10th Percentile £208 £238 £200
90th Percentile £524 £544 £525
England median daily rate £425 £422 £400
% change year-on-year +0.83% +5.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 43 65
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.50 £24.50 £31.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.49% -22.07% +42.91%
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.55 £10.70
90th Percentile £50.00 £43.00 £43.75
England median hourly rate £25.12 £25.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.49% +7.37% +25.00%

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 November 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
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 19 November 2017.

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 19 November 2017. 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 +1 25 £400 - 2
Warwickshire +1 7 £350 - 1
Staffordshire +8 4 £310 -4.62% 2
Coventry +9 3 £400 +17.65% 3
Dudley - 3 £293 -
Wednesbury - 2 - -
Shropshire +10 1 - - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 (58.82%) MCSE
1 30 (58.82%) Microsoft
2 26 (50.98%) Windows
3 25 (49.02%) Microsoft Azure
4 22 (43.14%) Active Directory
5 20 (39.22%) SharePoint
6 19 (37.25%) MCSA
7 18 (35.29%) ITIL
8 16 (31.37%) VMware
8 16 (31.37%) Office 365
9 13 (25.49%) PowerShell
10 11 (21.57%) Microsoft Office
11 10 (19.61%) SQL Server
11 10 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (17.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 9 (17.65%) Citrix
12 9 (17.65%) SharePoint 2013
12 9 (17.65%) Azure Active Directory
13 8 (15.69%) OneDrive
13 8 (15.69%) Windows 7
13 8 (15.69%) MCP
13 8 (15.69%) MCTS
14 7 (13.73%) Service Management
14 7 (13.73%) ITSM
14 7 (13.73%) Finance
14 7 (13.73%) .NET
14 7 (13.73%) Linux
14 7 (13.73%) SharePoint 2010
14 7 (13.73%) Windows Server
15 6 (11.76%) Data Centre

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 20 (39.22%) SharePoint
2 9 (17.65%) SharePoint 2013
3 7 (13.73%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (11.76%) Skype for Business
5 5 (9.80%) IIS
6 2 (3.92%) WordPress
Applications
1 11 (21.57%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 5 (9.80%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (9.80%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 25 (49.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 16 (31.37%) Office 365
3 9 (17.65%) Azure Active Directory
4 8 (15.69%) OneDrive
5 4 (7.84%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (7.84%) IaaS
5 4 (7.84%) PaaS
6 1 (1.96%) Azure Data Factory
6 1 (1.96%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 4 (7.84%) LAN
2 3 (5.88%) TCP/IP
2 3 (5.88%) WAN
3 2 (3.92%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (3.92%) DHCP
3 2 (3.92%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (3.92%) Firewall
3 2 (3.92%) Network Security
3 2 (3.92%) SAN
3 2 (3.92%) VPN
3 2 (3.92%) Wireless
4 1 (1.96%) DNS
4 1 (1.96%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (19.61%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.92%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (3.92%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (1.96%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.96%) Data Lake
3 1 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.96%) HDInsight
3 1 (1.96%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.96%) MySQL
3 1 (1.96%) Power BI
General
1 7 (13.73%) Finance
2 3 (5.88%) Law
3 1 (1.96%) Banking
3 1 (1.96%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 12 (23.53%) Analyst
2 8 (15.69%) Consultant
3 7 (13.73%) 2nd Line Support
4 6 (11.76%) Developer
4 6 (11.76%) SharePoint Consultant
5 5 (9.80%) 1st/2nd Line Support
5 5 (9.80%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (9.80%) Azure Engineer
5 5 (9.80%) CRM Developer
5 5 (9.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (9.80%) Support Engineer
6 4 (7.84%) Administrator
6 4 (7.84%) Data Centre Analyst
6 4 (7.84%) Data Centre Operations Analyst
6 4 (7.84%) IT Support
6 4 (7.84%) Office 365 Consultant
6 4 (7.84%) Operations Analyst
7 3 (5.88%) Data Analyst
7 3 (5.88%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 3 (5.88%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.73%) .NET
2 6 (11.76%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 1 (1.96%) CSS
3 1 (1.96%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.76%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.88%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.92%) Cyber Attack
3 2 (3.92%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
3 2 (3.92%) Replication
3 2 (3.92%) RSA SecurID
3 2 (3.92%) Security Operations Centre
4 1 (1.96%) CESG
4 1 (1.96%) Clustering
4 1 (1.96%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.96%) Fat Client
4 1 (1.96%) PKI
4 1 (1.96%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.96%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 26 (50.98%) Windows
2 8 (15.69%) Windows 7
3 7 (13.73%) Linux
3 7 (13.73%) Windows Server
4 5 (9.80%) Windows 10
4 5 (9.80%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.96%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.96%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (35.29%) ITIL
2 10 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (13.73%) ITSM
3 7 (13.73%) Service Management
4 5 (9.80%) CRM
4 5 (9.80%) Document Management
4 5 (9.80%) Network Management
4 5 (9.80%) PRINCE2
5 4 (7.84%) Change Management
5 4 (7.84%) Data Centre Operations
5 4 (7.84%) High Availability
5 4 (7.84%) Incident Management
5 4 (7.84%) Statistics
6 3 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (3.92%) BPMN
7 2 (3.92%) Kanban
7 2 (3.92%) Project Planning
7 2 (3.92%) Release Management
7 2 (3.92%) Security Testing
7 2 (3.92%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (25.49%) PowerShell
2 5 (9.80%) SQL
3 1 (1.96%) C
3 1 (1.96%) C#
3 1 (1.96%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.96%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 30 (58.82%) MCSE
2 19 (37.25%) MCSA
3 9 (17.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 8 (15.69%) MCP
4 8 (15.69%) MCTS
5 5 (9.80%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (9.80%) Degree
6 4 (7.84%) CCNA
6 4 (7.84%) RHCE
7 3 (5.88%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (5.88%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (5.88%) MCITP
8 2 (3.92%) CCA
8 2 (3.92%) CCNP
8 2 (3.92%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (3.92%) ISEB
8 2 (3.92%) MCSD
8 2 (3.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (3.92%) VCP6
9 1 (1.96%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.84%) SLA
2 3 (5.88%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.96%) COBIT
3 1 (1.96%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.96%) PMO
System Software
1 22 (43.14%) Active Directory
2 6 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.88%) vSphere
3 3 (5.88%) XenApp
4 2 (3.92%) Hyper-V
4 2 (3.92%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.96%) BitLocker
5 1 (1.96%) Docker
5 1 (1.96%) Terminal Server
5 1 (1.96%) Terminal Services
5 1 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (3.92%) SCOM
1 2 (3.92%) WSUS
2 1 (1.96%) Failover Clustering
2 1 (1.96%) SCCM
Vendors
1 30 (58.82%) Microsoft
2 16 (31.37%) VMware
3 9 (17.65%) Citrix
4 6 (11.76%) Cisco
4 6 (11.76%) Dell
5 5 (9.80%) BMC
5 5 (9.80%) Remedy
6 4 (7.84%) NetApp
7 2 (3.92%) Avaya
7 2 (3.92%) CheckPoint
7 2 (3.92%) IBM
7 2 (3.92%) Palo Alto
7 2 (3.92%) SAP
7 2 (3.92%) Sophos
7 2 (3.92%) Sun
7 2 (3.92%) Veeam
8 1 (1.96%) AppSense
8 1 (1.96%) Juniper