The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 29 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 48 27 22
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 6 7 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.17% 2.67% 7.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.59% 11.67% 40.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 5 17
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £260 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £290 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £324 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.91% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.42 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% +12.40%
Microsoft Certification
East of England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Bedfordshire region.

Qualifications Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
91 60 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 17.67% 22.90% 18.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 26 35
Average daily rate £350 £300 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £249 £258 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £379 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 4
Average hourly rate £23.75 £14.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+63.79% -44.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.15 £13.45 £20.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £14.50 £37.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Bedfordshire region.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Bedfordshire region.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bedford -1 5 £300 +9.09% 2
Dunstable +5 1 £225 -
Luton - - - -
Shefford - - - - 1
Microsoft Certification
East of England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification.

1 16 (84.21%) SQL Server
2 14 (73.68%) Microsoft
3 13 (68.42%) Windows
4 12 (63.16%) MCSE
5 9 (47.37%) SQL
5 9 (47.37%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (42.11%) MCITP
6 8 (42.11%) Active Directory
6 8 (42.11%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (36.84%) VMware
7 7 (36.84%) MCTS
7 7 (36.84%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (31.58%) Incident Management
8 6 (31.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (31.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 6 (31.58%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (31.58%) SAP SD
8 6 (31.58%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (31.58%) CRM
8 6 (31.58%) EDI
8 6 (31.58%) ABAP
8 6 (31.58%) SAP
9 5 (26.32%) MS Exchange
9 5 (26.32%) MCP
9 5 (26.32%) VMware Infrastructure
9 5 (26.32%) Exchange Server 2010
9 5 (26.32%) VCP5
10 4 (21.05%) vSphere
10 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2007
10 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2003

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (26.32%) MS Exchange
1 5 (26.32%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2003
2 4 (21.05%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (15.79%) IIS
3 3 (15.79%) SharePoint
4 2 (10.53%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (5.26%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Office
1 1 (5.26%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (31.58%) SAP SD
Communications & Networking
1 2 (10.53%) TCP/IP
1 2 (10.53%) DNS
1 2 (10.53%) SAN
1 2 (10.53%) NAS
2 1 (5.26%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (84.21%) SQL Server
2 6 (31.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (5.26%) Oracle Database
4 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (5.26%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (5.26%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (10.53%) Finance
2 1 (5.26%) Legal
2 1 (5.26%) Retail
2 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (31.58%) Analyst
2 3 (15.79%) Support Engineer
2 3 (15.79%) 3rd Line Support
2 3 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (10.53%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (10.53%) Server Engineer
3 2 (10.53%) Server Support
3 2 (10.53%) Support Analyst
3 2 (10.53%) Development Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) Senior Technician
4 1 (5.26%) Administrator
4 1 (5.26%) Technical Architect
4 1 (5.26%) Systems Administrator
4 1 (5.26%) Architect
4 1 (5.26%) Software Engineer
4 1 (5.26%) Developer
4 1 (5.26%) Server Support Engineer
4 1 (5.26%) SharePoint Systems Administrator
4 1 (5.26%) Windows Server Engineer
4 1 (5.26%) SharePoint Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (31.58%) EDI
2 2 (10.53%) .NET
3 1 (5.26%) ASP.NET
3 1 (5.26%) Web Services
3 1 (5.26%) XML
3 1 (5.26%) XSD
3 1 (5.26%) XSLT
3 1 (5.26%) Software Packaging
3 1 (5.26%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.53%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 13 (68.42%) Windows
2 9 (47.37%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (42.11%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (36.84%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (5.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (5.26%) Windows 7
5 1 (5.26%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (31.58%) CRM
1 6 (31.58%) Business Intelligence
1 6 (31.58%) Incident Management
2 3 (15.79%) ITIL
3 2 (10.53%) Change Control
3 2 (10.53%) Load Balancing
3 2 (10.53%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (5.26%) Workflow
4 1 (5.26%) Validation
4 1 (5.26%) Migration
4 1 (5.26%) Asset Management
4 1 (5.26%) Software Engineering
4 1 (5.26%) Time Management
4 1 (5.26%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 9 (47.37%) SQL
2 6 (31.58%) ABAP
3 1 (5.26%) PowerShell
3 1 (5.26%) C#
Qualifications
1 12 (63.16%) MCSE
2 8 (42.11%) MCITP
3 7 (36.84%) MCTS
4 6 (31.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 5 (26.32%) MCP
5 5 (26.32%) VCP5
6 4 (21.05%) MCSA
7 2 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (5.26%) A+ Certification
8 1 (5.26%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (5.26%) CCNA
8 1 (5.26%) MCDST
8 1 (5.26%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 8 (42.11%) Active Directory
2 5 (26.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (21.05%) vSphere
4 3 (15.79%) VMware ESX
5 2 (10.53%) Hyper-V
6 1 (5.26%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (5.26%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 2 (10.53%) NetBackup
2 1 (5.26%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 14 (73.68%) Microsoft
2 7 (36.84%) VMware
3 6 (31.58%) Salesforce.com
3 6 (31.58%) SAP
4 3 (15.79%) Cisco
4 3 (15.79%) Intel
5 1 (5.26%) Citrix
5 1 (5.26%) Juniper
5 1 (5.26%) Veritas
5 1 (5.26%) Red Hat
5 1 (5.26%) HP
5 1 (5.26%) Dell
5 1 (5.26%) McAfee
5 1 (5.26%) Sophos
5 1 (5.26%) Panasonic
5 1 (5.26%) Oracle