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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 45 48 67
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +19
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 23 18 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 2.77% 2.18% 1.00%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.71% 11.92% 5.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 3 5
Average daily rate
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£300 £225 £170
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% +32.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £233 £245
UK excluding London average daily rate £324 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.91% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 3
Average hourly rate £15.92 £33.75 £19.91
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-52.82% +69.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.95 £15.44 £18.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £35.00 £25.98
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.42 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% +12.40%
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
181 151 176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 21.78% 18.30% 19.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 67 84
Average daily rate £325 £305 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.55% -12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £417 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 17 12
Average hourly rate £17.00 £32.50 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.69% +22.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.70 £16.84 £11.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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
Knutsford +11 4 £265 +12.76%
Chester +4 3 - - 2
Warrington -11 1 - -
Wilmslow - 1 - - 2
Macclesfield - - - -
Runcorn - - - -
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 24 (77.42%) Windows
2 20 (64.52%) Active Directory
3 18 (58.06%) Microsoft
4 16 (51.61%) Windows Server 2003
4 16 (51.61%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (48.39%) MCITP
5 15 (48.39%) MCSE
5 15 (48.39%) .NET
6 14 (45.16%) SQL Server
6 14 (45.16%) SharePoint
6 14 (45.16%) TCP/IP
7 13 (41.94%) SQL Server 2005
7 13 (41.94%) Clustering
7 13 (41.94%) SQL Server 2008
7 13 (41.94%) PowerShell
8 12 (38.71%) Load Balancing
8 12 (38.71%) SharePoint 2010
8 12 (38.71%) MCTS
8 12 (38.71%) DNS
9 11 (35.48%) IIS
10 10 (32.26%) SQL
10 10 (32.26%) VMware
10 10 (32.26%) Finance
11 7 (22.58%) MS Office
11 7 (22.58%) Citrix
12 6 (19.35%) Banking
12 6 (19.35%) Windows 7
13 5 (16.13%) Symantec
13 5 (16.13%) McAfee
13 5 (16.13%) Windows XP

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 14 (45.16%) SharePoint
2 12 (38.71%) SharePoint 2010
3 11 (35.48%) IIS
4 4 (12.90%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (12.90%) MS Exchange
5 2 (6.45%) CICS
5 2 (6.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 7 (22.58%) MS Office
2 1 (3.23%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 14 (45.16%) TCP/IP
2 12 (38.71%) DNS
3 2 (6.45%) VPN
3 2 (6.45%) Wireless
4 1 (3.23%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (3.23%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (45.16%) SQL Server
2 13 (41.94%) SQL Server 2005
2 13 (41.94%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (12.90%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (6.45%) DB2
4 2 (6.45%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (3.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (3.23%) DTS
General
1 10 (32.26%) Finance
2 6 (19.35%) Banking
3 2 (6.45%) Retail
3 2 (6.45%) Local Government
3 2 (6.45%) Retail Banking
3 2 (6.45%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (16.13%) Support Engineer
2 4 (12.90%) Desktop Support
2 4 (12.90%) Developer
3 3 (9.68%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (9.68%) Administrator
3 3 (9.68%) SharePoint Developer
3 3 (9.68%) SharePoint Administrator
3 3 (9.68%) Architect
4 2 (6.45%) Solutions Architect
4 2 (6.45%) Help Desk Support
5 1 (3.23%) SQL DBA
5 1 (3.23%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 1 (3.23%) Security Engineer
5 1 (3.23%) Security Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) C# Developer
5 1 (3.23%) Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Data Architect
5 1 (3.23%) DBA
5 1 (3.23%) Support Specialist
5 1 (3.23%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (48.39%) .NET
2 2 (6.45%) J2EE
2 2 (6.45%) JDBC
2 2 (6.45%) JSP
2 2 (6.45%) JMS
2 2 (6.45%) JNDI
3 1 (3.23%) WPF
3 1 (3.23%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 13 (41.94%) Clustering
2 3 (9.68%) Management Information System
3 2 (6.45%) Handset
3 2 (6.45%) Blackberry
3 2 (6.45%) Mainframe
3 2 (6.45%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (6.45%) iPad
4 1 (3.23%) CCTV
4 1 (3.23%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 24 (77.42%) Windows
2 16 (51.61%) Windows Server 2003
2 16 (51.61%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (19.35%) Windows 7
4 5 (16.13%) Windows XP
5 2 (6.45%) Windows Vista
6 1 (3.23%) UNIX
6 1 (3.23%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (38.71%) Load Balancing
2 4 (12.90%) Problem Management
2 4 (12.90%) Incident Management
2 4 (12.90%) Service Management
2 4 (12.90%) Change Management
2 4 (12.90%) Validation
2 4 (12.90%) Migration
3 3 (9.68%) Project Management
3 3 (9.68%) Capacity Management
4 2 (6.45%) Agile Project Management
4 2 (6.45%) Software Engineering
4 2 (6.45%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (6.45%) Waterfall
5 1 (3.23%) High Availability
5 1 (3.23%) Vulnerability Management
5 1 (3.23%) Enterprise Architecture
5 1 (3.23%) Project Planning
5 1 (3.23%) Multithreading
5 1 (3.23%) Security Architecture
5 1 (3.23%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 13 (41.94%) PowerShell
2 10 (32.26%) SQL
3 2 (6.45%) Java
4 1 (3.23%) Perl
4 1 (3.23%) C#
4 1 (3.23%) C++
4 1 (3.23%) T-SQL
4 1 (3.23%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 15 (48.39%) MCSE
1 15 (48.39%) MCITP
2 12 (38.71%) MCTS
3 4 (12.90%) MCSA
4 3 (9.68%) MCP
4 3 (9.68%) Degree
5 2 (6.45%) MCDST
6 1 (3.23%) GPEN
6 1 (3.23%) OSCP
6 1 (3.23%) CCNP
6 1 (3.23%) CCNA
6 1 (3.23%) CISSP
6 1 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (3.23%) RHCE
6 1 (3.23%) CISA
6 1 (3.23%) CISM
6 1 (3.23%) GSEC
System Software
1 20 (64.52%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.23%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (3.23%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) Backup Exec
1 1 (3.23%) SCCM
1 1 (3.23%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 18 (58.06%) Microsoft
2 10 (32.26%) VMware
3 7 (22.58%) Citrix
4 5 (16.13%) Symantec
4 5 (16.13%) McAfee
5 4 (12.90%) Sophos
5 4 (12.90%) CA
5 4 (12.90%) Red Hat
5 4 (12.90%) Adobe
5 4 (12.90%) SAP
5 4 (12.90%) Veeam
5 4 (12.90%) Becrypt
6 2 (6.45%) IBM
7 1 (3.23%) Civica