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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 49 24 32
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2 13 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 0.46% 4.59% 3.01%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.77% 24.07% 17.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 6
Average daily rate
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£245 £370 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.78% +1.36%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
- +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.25 £15.50 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -10.14%
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
53 54 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 12.16% 19.08% 17.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 33 45
Average daily rate £350 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.40% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £118 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £450 £510
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 4
Average hourly rate £50.00 £17.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+185.71% -32.69%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+10.61% -21.39%

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 30 October 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 1 £245 -26.86% 1
Luton - - - -
Shefford - - - -
Microsoft Certification
East of England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 13 (81.25%) SQL Server
2 11 (68.75%) Microsoft
3 10 (62.50%) Windows
3 10 (62.50%) MCITP
4 9 (56.25%) MCSE
5 8 (50.00%) SQL
5 8 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 7 (43.75%) MCTS
7 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (37.50%) ABAP
7 6 (37.50%) SAP
7 6 (37.50%) EDI
7 6 (37.50%) CRM
7 6 (37.50%) Business Intelligence
7 6 (37.50%) Active Directory
7 6 (37.50%) Incident Management
7 6 (37.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 6 (37.50%) VMware
7 6 (37.50%) SAP SD
7 6 (37.50%) Salesforce.com
7 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (25.00%) Cisco
8 4 (25.00%) MS Exchange
8 4 (25.00%) MCSA
8 4 (25.00%) MCP
8 4 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 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 4 (25.00%) MS Exchange
1 4 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2007
2 3 (18.75%) SharePoint
2 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (12.50%) IIS
3 2 (12.50%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (6.25%) SharePoint 2013
Business Applications
1 6 (37.50%) SAP SD
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) DNS
1 3 (18.75%) SAN
2 2 (12.50%) DHCP
2 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
2 2 (12.50%) NAS
3 1 (6.25%) Firewall
3 1 (6.25%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (81.25%) SQL Server
2 6 (37.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (12.50%) Oracle Database
3 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database 10g
General
1 1 (6.25%) Retail
1 1 (6.25%) Finance
1 1 (6.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) Analyst
2 3 (18.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (18.75%) Support Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
3 2 (12.50%) Network Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Network Support Engineer
3 2 (12.50%) Network Support
3 2 (12.50%) Support Analyst
3 2 (12.50%) Development Analyst
4 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) Server Engineer
4 1 (6.25%) SharePoint Administrator
4 1 (6.25%) SharePoint Systems Administrator
4 1 (6.25%) Server Support
4 1 (6.25%) Administrator
4 1 (6.25%) Technical Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Systems Administrator
4 1 (6.25%) Architect
4 1 (6.25%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (37.50%) EDI
2 1 (6.25%) Software Packaging
2 1 (6.25%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 10 (62.50%) Windows
2 8 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (37.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (12.50%) Linux
5 1 (6.25%) CentOS
5 1 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (37.50%) CRM
1 6 (37.50%) Business Intelligence
1 6 (37.50%) Incident Management
2 3 (18.75%) ITIL
3 2 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (12.50%) Change Control
3 2 (12.50%) Load Balancing
4 1 (6.25%) Network Management
4 1 (6.25%) Project Planning
4 1 (6.25%) Software Engineering
4 1 (6.25%) Validation
4 1 (6.25%) Migration
4 1 (6.25%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (50.00%) SQL
2 6 (37.50%) ABAP
3 1 (6.25%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (62.50%) MCITP
2 9 (56.25%) MCSE
3 7 (43.75%) MCTS
4 4 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (25.00%) MCSA
4 4 (25.00%) MCP
5 3 (18.75%) VCP5
5 3 (18.75%) CCNA
6 1 (6.25%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (6.25%) A+ Certification
System Software
1 6 (37.50%) Active Directory
2 4 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (18.75%) vSphere
4 2 (12.50%) VMware ESX
4 2 (12.50%) Hyper-V
5 1 (6.25%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 1 (6.25%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) Veritas Storage Foundation
Vendors
1 11 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 6 (37.50%) SAP
2 6 (37.50%) VMware
2 6 (37.50%) Salesforce.com
3 4 (25.00%) Cisco
4 2 (12.50%) Intel
4 2 (12.50%) Oracle
5 1 (6.25%) Citrix
5 1 (6.25%) HP
5 1 (6.25%) Veritas
5 1 (6.25%) Red Hat
5 1 (6.25%) Juniper