The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 22 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
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 51 64 53
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 18 10 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.24% 1.10% 1.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.74% 6.10% 8.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 3 8
Average daily rate
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£316 £225 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.55% -33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £224 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £233 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.46% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Average hourly rate £16.84 £14.51 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.05% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.92 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-5.43% -0.47%
Microsoft Certification
North West

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

Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
206 164 197
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 25.65% 17.96% 22.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 66 101
Average daily rate £375 £305 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.95% -15.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £225 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 14 4
Average hourly rate £29.53 £30.78 £11.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.06% +157.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.05 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £23.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -23.40%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 22 October 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 3 months to 22 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
Warrington -10 5 £450 - 1
Chester +11 2 - - 1
Knutsford +8 1 - -
Nantwich - 1 £320 -
Runcorn - 1 - -
Wilmslow - - - - 3
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 29 (80.56%) Windows
2 24 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 22 (61.11%) Active Directory
4 19 (52.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 18 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 17 (47.22%) TCP/IP
7 16 (44.44%) MCSE
7 16 (44.44%) MCITP
8 15 (41.67%) SharePoint
9 14 (38.89%) .NET
10 13 (36.11%) SQL Server
10 13 (36.11%) MCTS
10 13 (36.11%) Clustering
10 13 (36.11%) PowerShell
11 12 (33.33%) SharePoint 2010
11 12 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
11 12 (33.33%) Load Balancing
11 12 (33.33%) SQL Server 2005
11 12 (33.33%) DNS
11 12 (33.33%) Finance
12 11 (30.56%) IIS
13 10 (27.78%) SQL
14 9 (25.00%) VMware
14 9 (25.00%) Windows 7
15 6 (16.67%) Banking
15 6 (16.67%) MS Office
15 6 (16.67%) Windows XP
15 6 (16.67%) MS Excel
15 6 (16.67%) Service Management
15 6 (16.67%) Citrix

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 15 (41.67%) SharePoint
2 12 (33.33%) SharePoint 2010
3 11 (30.56%) IIS
4 5 (13.89%) MS Exchange
5 3 (8.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (5.56%) CICS
7 1 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 6 (16.67%) MS Office
1 6 (16.67%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 17 (47.22%) TCP/IP
2 12 (33.33%) DNS
3 4 (11.11%) VPN
4 3 (8.33%) Wireless
5 1 (2.78%) SAN
5 1 (2.78%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (36.11%) SQL Server
2 12 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
2 12 (33.33%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (5.56%) DB2
3 2 (5.56%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 12 (33.33%) Finance
2 6 (16.67%) Banking
3 3 (8.33%) Local Government
4 2 (5.56%) Retail
4 2 (5.56%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.78%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 6 (16.67%) Support Engineer
2 5 (13.89%) Architect
2 5 (13.89%) Desktop Support
3 4 (11.11%) Administrator
3 4 (11.11%) Developer
4 3 (8.33%) Technical Support
4 3 (8.33%) SharePoint Administrator
4 3 (8.33%) SharePoint Developer
5 2 (5.56%) Help Desk Support
5 2 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (5.56%) Technical Architect
6 1 (2.78%) Systems Administrator
6 1 (2.78%) Data Architect
6 1 (2.78%) 1st Line Support
6 1 (2.78%) Support Specialist
6 1 (2.78%) Applications Support
6 1 (2.78%) SharePoint Specialist
6 1 (2.78%) Break Fix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (38.89%) .NET
2 2 (5.56%) JNDI
2 2 (5.56%) JDBC
2 2 (5.56%) JSP
2 2 (5.56%) J2EE
2 2 (5.56%) JMS
3 1 (2.78%) WPF
3 1 (2.78%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 13 (36.11%) Clustering
2 5 (13.89%) Management Information System
3 3 (8.33%) Blackberry
3 3 (8.33%) iPad
3 3 (8.33%) Handset
4 2 (5.56%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (5.56%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.78%) CCTV
Operating Systems
1 29 (80.56%) Windows
2 19 (52.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (25.00%) Windows 7
5 6 (16.67%) Windows XP
6 3 (8.33%) Windows Vista
7 2 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (33.33%) Load Balancing
2 6 (16.67%) Service Management
3 5 (13.89%) Migration
4 4 (11.11%) Incident Management
4 4 (11.11%) Problem Management
5 3 (8.33%) Change Management
5 3 (8.33%) CRM
5 3 (8.33%) ITIL
5 3 (8.33%) Capacity Management
6 2 (5.56%) Validation
6 2 (5.56%) Software Engineering
6 2 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (5.56%) Agile Project Management
6 2 (5.56%) Waterfall
6 2 (5.56%) Project Management
7 1 (2.78%) Multithreading
7 1 (2.78%) Line Management
7 1 (2.78%) Performance Monitoring
7 1 (2.78%) Software Deployment
7 1 (2.78%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 13 (36.11%) PowerShell
2 10 (27.78%) SQL
3 2 (5.56%) Java
4 1 (2.78%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.78%) C#
4 1 (2.78%) C++
4 1 (2.78%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.78%) VBScript
4 1 (2.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (44.44%) MCSE
1 16 (44.44%) MCITP
2 13 (36.11%) MCTS
3 4 (11.11%) MCSA
4 3 (8.33%) MCP
4 3 (8.33%) MCDST
5 2 (5.56%) Degree
6 1 (2.78%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (2.78%) CCNP
System Software
1 22 (61.11%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.78%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.78%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 3 (8.33%) SCCM
2 2 (5.56%) SCOM
3 1 (2.78%) Legato
3 1 (2.78%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (2.78%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 1 (2.78%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 24 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 9 (25.00%) VMware
3 6 (16.67%) Citrix
4 3 (8.33%) Symantec
5 2 (5.56%) Veeam
5 2 (5.56%) Becrypt
5 2 (5.56%) SAP
5 2 (5.56%) Adobe
5 2 (5.56%) McAfee
5 2 (5.56%) Sophos
5 2 (5.56%) IBM
5 2 (5.56%) CA
5 2 (5.56%) Red Hat
6 1 (2.78%) EMC
6 1 (2.78%) Cisco
6 1 (2.78%) Civica