The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Bedfordshire region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 42 23 31
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 0.70% 3.61% 1.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.45% 20.00% 10.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 4
Average daily rate £325 £193 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+68.83% -51.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £189 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £215 £402
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £288
% change year-on-year
+5.93% +2.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £17.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.92 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.74% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
55 35 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 12.79% 18.04% 16.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 21 28
Average daily rate £400 £320 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £188 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £444 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 4
Average hourly rate £35.00 £17.50 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.00% -58.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £17.50 £16.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £20.20 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%
Microsoft Certification
East of England

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 23 April 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Bedford -2 1 - - 3
Luton -14 1 £425 - 2
Microsoft Certification
East of England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 7 (77.78%) MCSE
1 7 (77.78%) Microsoft
2 6 (66.67%) MS Office
3 5 (55.56%) ITIL
4 4 (44.44%) Windows
4 4 (44.44%) MS Excel
5 3 (33.33%) MCP
5 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
5 3 (33.33%) VPN
5 3 (33.33%) DNS
5 3 (33.33%) Active Directory
5 3 (33.33%) Firewall
5 3 (33.33%) VMware
6 2 (22.22%) Finance
6 2 (22.22%) SharePoint Server
6 2 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (22.22%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (22.22%) Windows 7
6 2 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (22.22%) UNIX
6 2 (22.22%) McAfee
6 2 (22.22%) Cisco
6 2 (22.22%) A+ Certification
6 2 (22.22%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (22.22%) SharePoint
6 2 (22.22%) MS Exchange
7 1 (11.11%) LAN
7 1 (11.11%) WAN
7 1 (11.11%) VMS

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 (22.22%) SharePoint Server
1 2 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (22.22%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (22.22%) SharePoint
1 2 (22.22%) MS Exchange
2 1 (11.11%) Lotus Domino
2 1 (11.11%) IIS
2 1 (11.11%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (11.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 6 (66.67%) MS Office
2 4 (44.44%) MS Excel
3 2 (22.22%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (11.11%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (33.33%) VPN
1 3 (33.33%) DNS
1 3 (33.33%) Firewall
2 1 (11.11%) LAN
2 1 (11.11%) WAN
2 1 (11.11%) DHCP
2 1 (11.11%) SAN
2 1 (11.11%) VRRP
2 1 (11.11%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (11.11%) OpenVPN
2 1 (11.11%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (22.22%) Technical Design Authority
2 2 (22.22%) Service Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Service Desk Analyst
2 2 (22.22%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Project Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Server Support
3 1 (11.11%) Support Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (11.11%) Project Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Server Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Network Support
3 1 (11.11%) PC Support
3 1 (11.11%) Server Support Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Server Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Support Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) BizTalk Developer
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) .NET
1 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
1 1 (11.11%) Web Services
1 1 (11.11%) XML
1 1 (11.11%) XSD
1 1 (11.11%) XSLT
1 1 (11.11%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Blackberry
1 1 (11.11%) SecurID
Operating Systems
1 4 (44.44%) Windows
2 2 (22.22%) Windows 7
2 2 (22.22%) UNIX
3 1 (11.11%) VMS
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Phone 8
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Phone
3 1 (11.11%) Android
3 1 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) ITIL
2 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
2 1 (11.11%) Project Management
2 1 (11.11%) Asset Management
2 1 (11.11%) Service Management
2 1 (11.11%) Change Management
2 1 (11.11%) Workflow
2 1 (11.11%) Business Transformation
2 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Engagement
2 1 (11.11%) Time Management
2 1 (11.11%) Project Planning
2 1 (11.11%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 1 (11.11%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (77.78%) MCSE
2 3 (33.33%) MCP
3 2 (22.22%) A+ Certification
3 2 (22.22%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (11.11%) PMP
4 1 (11.11%) PMI Certification
4 1 (11.11%) MCSA
4 1 (11.11%) CCSP
4 1 (11.11%) CCNP
4 1 (11.11%) CCIP
4 1 (11.11%) CCNA
4 1 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (11.11%) MCDST
4 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 3 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 2 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (11.11%) vSphere
3 1 (11.11%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) McAfee ePO
1 1 (11.11%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 7 (77.78%) Microsoft
2 3 (33.33%) VMware
3 2 (22.22%) McAfee
3 2 (22.22%) Cisco
4 1 (11.11%) Lotus
4 1 (11.11%) Symantec
4 1 (11.11%) Sophos
4 1 (11.11%) Clearswift
4 1 (11.11%) Dell
4 1 (11.11%) Citrix
4 1 (11.11%) Altiris
4 1 (11.11%) Panasonic