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 8 February 2016 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
8 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 35 39 32
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2 4 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 0.59% 1.04% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.08% 10.53% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 0
Average daily rate £325 £288 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.04% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £24.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.77 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.79% +5.13%
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
96 38 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 28.24% 9.87% 13.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 21 23
Average daily rate £370 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £191 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £618 £562
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 5 3
Average hourly rate £47.50 £19.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+143.58% -51.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £17.50 £24.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.68 £22.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 7 (100.00%) ITIL
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (85.71%) VMware
3 5 (71.43%) Citrix
4 4 (57.14%) Active Directory
4 4 (57.14%) MS Exchange
4 4 (57.14%) Windows
4 4 (57.14%) MCSA
4 4 (57.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (57.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (57.14%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (57.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (42.86%) Local Government
5 3 (42.86%) MCSE
5 3 (42.86%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (28.57%) SAN
6 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (28.57%) Configuration Management
6 2 (28.57%) DHCP
6 2 (28.57%) DNS
6 2 (28.57%) Intel
6 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
6 2 (28.57%) MCP
6 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
6 2 (28.57%) MS Office
6 2 (28.57%) VMware ESX
6 2 (28.57%) MCITP
6 2 (28.57%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (28.57%) Hyper-V
6 2 (28.57%) XenApp

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 8 February 2016, 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 4 (57.14%) MS Exchange
2 2 (28.57%) Exchange Server 2003
2 2 (28.57%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (28.57%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 2 (28.57%) MS Excel
1 2 (28.57%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 2 (28.57%) DHCP
1 2 (28.57%) DNS
1 2 (28.57%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (28.57%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (42.86%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) 3rd Line Server Engineer
1 3 (42.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 3 (42.86%) Server Engineer
2 2 (28.57%) Windows Engineer
2 2 (28.57%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (14.29%) Applications Packager
3 1 (14.29%) Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (57.14%) Windows
1 4 (57.14%) Windows Server 2008
1 4 (57.14%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (28.57%) Windows Server
2 2 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) ITIL
2 2 (28.57%) Configuration Management
2 2 (28.57%) Disaster Recovery
2 2 (28.57%) Mentoring
2 2 (28.57%) Server Building
3 1 (14.29%) Application Packaging
3 1 (14.29%) Presales
Qualifications
1 4 (57.14%) MCSA
1 4 (57.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 3 (42.86%) ITIL Certification
2 3 (42.86%) MCSE
3 2 (28.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 2 (28.57%) MCITP
3 2 (28.57%) MCP
3 2 (28.57%) VCP5
System Software
1 4 (57.14%) Active Directory
1 4 (57.14%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (28.57%) Hyper-V
2 2 (28.57%) VMware ESX
2 2 (28.57%) vSphere
2 2 (28.57%) XenApp
3 1 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (28.57%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (85.71%) VMware
3 5 (71.43%) Citrix
4 2 (28.57%) Intel