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 18 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 57 67 48
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -19
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 12 7 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.54% 0.71% 2.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.66% 3.93% 11.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 9
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£456 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+52.08% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £355 £283 £324
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £325 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 3
Average hourly rate £25.92 £11.00 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+135.63% -41.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.13 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+5.78% -19.03%
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
212 178 170
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 27.18% 18.09% 19.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 76 72
Average daily rate £340 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.84% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £266 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £544 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 7
Average hourly rate £18.00 £26.50 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.07% +41.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 £11.00 £10.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £44.90 £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 18 December 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 18 December 2014.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram 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 18 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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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 -15 4 £500 +66.66% 2
Knutsford +11 2 £463 -
Chester +12 1 - - 3
Runcorn +2 1 - -
Nantwich - 1 £320 -
Northwich - - - -
Wilmslow - - - - 2
Daresbury - - - -
Crewe - - - -
Macclesfield - - - -
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 21 (75.00%) Windows
2 19 (67.86%) Microsoft
3 17 (60.71%) Active Directory
4 14 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 13 (46.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (42.86%) TCP/IP
6 12 (42.86%) MCITP
7 11 (39.29%) MCSE
8 10 (35.71%) .NET
8 10 (35.71%) SharePoint
8 10 (35.71%) Finance
9 9 (32.14%) Windows 7
10 8 (28.57%) PowerShell
10 8 (28.57%) MCTS
10 8 (28.57%) Clustering
11 7 (25.00%) DNS
11 7 (25.00%) IIS
11 7 (25.00%) SQL Server
11 7 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
11 7 (25.00%) Load Balancing
11 7 (25.00%) SharePoint 2010
11 7 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
12 6 (21.43%) MS Excel
12 6 (21.43%) Windows XP
12 6 (21.43%) VMware
13 5 (17.86%) MS Exchange
13 5 (17.86%) Citrix
13 5 (17.86%) MCSA
13 5 (17.86%) SQL
14 4 (14.29%) MS Office

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 10 (35.71%) SharePoint
2 7 (25.00%) IIS
2 7 (25.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (17.86%) MS Exchange
4 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (10.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (10.71%) CICS
5 1 (3.57%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 6 (21.43%) MS Excel
2 4 (14.29%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 12 (42.86%) TCP/IP
2 7 (25.00%) DNS
3 4 (14.29%) VPN
4 3 (10.71%) Wireless
5 2 (7.14%) ATM
6 1 (3.57%) LAN
6 1 (3.57%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (25.00%) SQL Server
1 7 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 7 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (10.71%) DB2
Development Applications
1 1 (3.57%) MSI
General
1 10 (35.71%) Finance
2 3 (10.71%) Local Government
2 3 (10.71%) Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Retail Banking
3 1 (3.57%) Retail
3 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.57%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 5 (17.86%) Administrator
1 5 (17.86%) Support Engineer
2 4 (14.29%) Desktop Support
3 3 (10.71%) SharePoint Administrator
3 3 (10.71%) SharePoint Developer
3 3 (10.71%) Developer
3 3 (10.71%) Technical Support
3 3 (10.71%) Architect
4 2 (7.14%) Technical Architect
4 2 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (7.14%) Help Desk Support
4 2 (7.14%) Integration Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) 1st Line Support Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) SCCM Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) SCCM Administrator
5 1 (3.57%) SharePoint Specialist
5 1 (3.57%) Break Fix Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) ATM Engineer
5 1 (3.57%) Citrix Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (35.71%) .NET
2 3 (10.71%) JNDI
2 3 (10.71%) JMS
2 3 (10.71%) JDBC
2 3 (10.71%) JSP
2 3 (10.71%) J2EE
3 1 (3.57%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (28.57%) Clustering
2 4 (14.29%) Management Information System
3 3 (10.71%) iPad
3 3 (10.71%) Handset
3 3 (10.71%) IBM Mainframe
3 3 (10.71%) Blackberry
3 3 (10.71%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 21 (75.00%) Windows
2 14 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 13 (46.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (32.14%) Windows 7
5 6 (21.43%) Windows XP
6 3 (10.71%) Windows Vista
7 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (3.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (25.00%) Load Balancing
2 4 (14.29%) Service Management
2 4 (14.29%) Migration
3 3 (10.71%) Agile Project Management
3 3 (10.71%) Waterfall
3 3 (10.71%) Software Engineering
3 3 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (10.71%) Project Management
3 3 (10.71%) CRM
4 2 (7.14%) ITIL
4 2 (7.14%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (7.14%) Unit Testing
5 1 (3.57%) Performance Monitoring
5 1 (3.57%) Capacity Management
5 1 (3.57%) Problem Management
5 1 (3.57%) Incident Management
5 1 (3.57%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (28.57%) PowerShell
2 5 (17.86%) SQL
3 1 (3.57%) VBScript
3 1 (3.57%) VB
3 1 (3.57%) Java
Qualifications
1 12 (42.86%) MCITP
2 11 (39.29%) MCSE
3 8 (28.57%) MCTS
4 5 (17.86%) MCSA
5 4 (14.29%) MCP
6 3 (10.71%) Degree
6 3 (10.71%) MCDST
7 1 (3.57%) CCA
7 1 (3.57%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (3.57%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (3.57%) CCNP
System Software
1 17 (60.71%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.57%) XenApp
2 1 (3.57%) XenServer
2 1 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.57%) VMware ESX
2 1 (3.57%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) SCCM
2 2 (7.14%) SCOM
3 1 (3.57%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (3.57%) Backup Exec
3 1 (3.57%) Legato
Vendors
1 19 (67.86%) Microsoft
2 6 (21.43%) VMware
3 5 (17.86%) Citrix
4 3 (10.71%) IBM
5 1 (3.57%) Cisco
5 1 (3.57%) EMC
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