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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 43 22 29
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 4 13 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 0.99% 4.74% 1.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.09% 20.63% 5.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 10 1
Average daily rate
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£260 £398 £178
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.59% +123.94%
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.46% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.89 £15.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+5.90% -19.70%
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
44 63 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 10.86% 22.99% 20.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 38 35
Average daily rate £344 £373 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.71% +16.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £125 £178
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £450 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 8
Average hourly rate £50.00 £40.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +100.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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
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 December 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 -3 1 £245 -33.78% 2
Biggleswade - - - -
Dunstable - - - -
Leighton Buzzard - - - -
Luton - - - -
Shefford - - - -
Microsoft Certification
East of England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 5 (100.00%) Windows
2 4 (80.00%) MCSE
2 4 (80.00%) MCITP
2 4 (80.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (60.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (60.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (60.00%) VMware
4 2 (40.00%) Cisco
4 2 (40.00%) SQL
4 2 (40.00%) MS Exchange
4 2 (40.00%) LAN
4 2 (40.00%) WAN
4 2 (40.00%) CCNA
4 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
4 2 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (40.00%) Windows Vista
4 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (20.00%) vSphere
5 1 (20.00%) Network Management
5 1 (20.00%) CentOS
5 1 (20.00%) Office 365
5 1 (20.00%) VCP5
5 1 (20.00%) Oracle Database
5 1 (20.00%) SAN
5 1 (20.00%) DHCP
5 1 (20.00%) DNS
5 1 (20.00%) Oracle

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 2 (40.00%) MS Exchange
1 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (40.00%) Exchange Server 2013
Cloud Services
1 1 (20.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (40.00%) LAN
1 2 (40.00%) WAN
2 1 (20.00%) DHCP
2 1 (20.00%) DNS
2 1 (20.00%) SAN
2 1 (20.00%) MPLS
2 1 (20.00%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (20.00%) Oracle Database
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Support Engineer
2 3 (60.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (40.00%) Network Support Engineer
3 2 (40.00%) Network Engineer
3 2 (40.00%) Network Support
3 2 (40.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (20.00%) Server Support
4 1 (20.00%) Server Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 5 (100.00%) Windows
2 4 (80.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (60.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (60.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (40.00%) Windows Vista
5 1 (20.00%) Linux
5 1 (20.00%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (20.00%) ITIL
1 1 (20.00%) Project Management
1 1 (20.00%) Migration
1 1 (20.00%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (80.00%) MCSE
1 4 (80.00%) MCITP
2 2 (40.00%) CCNA
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (20.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (20.00%) MCSA
3 1 (20.00%) VCP5
3 1 (20.00%) MCP
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (20.00%) vSphere
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) VMware
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco
3 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (20.00%) Oracle