The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the East of England 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 East of England 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 84 55 39
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 66 62 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 2.09% 2.73% 4.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.62% 14.62% 22.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 34 89
Average daily rate £248 £223 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.23% -19.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £90 £105
10% offered a daily rate of more than £439 £316 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £288
% change year-on-year
+5.93% +2.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 16
Average hourly rate - £17.50 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.94%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.92 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.74% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
East of England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
523 424 594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 16.55% 18.68% 19.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 223 298
Average daily rate £375 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £180 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 53 63
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £52.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the East of England region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England 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
Essex -10 22 £275 +105.60% 3
Cambridgeshire -6 18 £285 -18.57% 9
Hertfordshire -1 17 £248 +65.00% 4
Suffolk -3 5 £235 -27.69%
Bedfordshire -19 3 £325 +68.83% 6
Norfolk -4 1 - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 83 (66.40%) Microsoft
2 82 (65.60%) MCSE
3 66 (52.80%) Windows
4 61 (48.80%) Active Directory
5 45 (36.00%) MS Excel
6 42 (33.60%) ITIL
6 42 (33.60%) VMware
7 41 (32.80%) MS Exchange
8 34 (27.20%) MCP
9 32 (25.60%) Citrix
10 29 (23.20%) MS Office
10 29 (23.20%) MCITP
11 27 (21.60%) SCCM
11 27 (21.60%) VMware Infrastructure
12 26 (20.80%) Cisco
12 26 (20.80%) Firewall
13 23 (18.40%) DNS
13 23 (18.40%) Windows Server 2008
14 22 (17.60%) HP
14 22 (17.60%) LAN
14 22 (17.60%) SAN
15 21 (16.80%) WAN
16 20 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
16 20 (16.00%) Windows 7
16 20 (16.00%) XenApp
17 17 (13.60%) Cisco Certification
17 17 (13.60%) CCNA
17 17 (13.60%) vSphere
18 16 (12.80%) Migration
19 15 (12.00%) McAfee

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 41 (32.80%) MS Exchange
2 13 (10.40%) SharePoint
2 13 (10.40%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (9.60%) Exchange Server 2007
4 10 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2003
5 9 (7.20%) JOnAS
6 7 (5.60%) SharePoint 2010
7 3 (2.40%) IIS
7 3 (2.40%) IBM Notes
7 3 (2.40%) Lync
8 2 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2013
8 2 (1.60%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.60%) Apache
8 2 (1.60%) Tomcat
8 2 (1.60%) Documentum
8 2 (1.60%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.80%) SAS
9 1 (0.80%) Lotus Domino
9 1 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 45 (36.00%) MS Excel
2 29 (23.20%) MS Office
3 11 (8.80%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.80%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.60%) Tridion
2 2 (1.60%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.80%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 26 (20.80%) Firewall
2 23 (18.40%) DNS
3 22 (17.60%) LAN
3 22 (17.60%) SAN
4 21 (16.80%) WAN
5 14 (11.20%) DHCP
6 11 (8.80%) VLAN
7 9 (7.20%) NetScaler
8 7 (5.60%) VPN
9 6 (4.80%) VoIP
10 4 (3.20%) iSCSI
10 4 (3.20%) Cisco ASA
10 4 (3.20%) NAS
11 3 (2.40%) TCP/IP
12 2 (1.60%) Wi-Fi
12 2 (1.60%) Wireless
12 2 (1.60%) SSL
12 2 (1.60%) Cisco IOS
13 1 (0.80%) FirePass
13 1 (0.80%) ADSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.80%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.20%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (1.60%) MS Access
3 2 (1.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (1.60%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.80%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (0.80%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.80%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 4 (3.20%) Visual Studio
1 4 (3.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.40%) Git (software)
2 3 (2.40%) CruiseControl
2 3 (2.40%) Subversion
2 3 (2.40%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.80%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 14 (11.20%) Finance
2 5 (4.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (1.60%) Banking
4 1 (0.80%) Local Government
4 1 (0.80%) Billing
4 1 (0.80%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.80%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 25 (20.00%) Analyst
2 23 (18.40%) Support Engineer
3 18 (14.40%) Service Analyst
4 16 (12.80%) Service Desk Analyst
5 14 (11.20%) Developer
6 13 (10.40%) Systems Engineer
7 11 (8.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 11 (8.80%) Consultant
8 9 (7.20%) Help Desk Support
8 9 (7.20%) Help Desk Engineer
8 9 (7.20%) Help Desk Support Engineer
9 8 (6.40%) Support Analyst
10 7 (5.60%) Project Engineer
10 7 (5.60%) 3rd Line Support
10 7 (5.60%) Technical Consultant
11 6 (4.80%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
11 6 (4.80%) Technical Support
11 6 (4.80%) Technical Architect
11 6 (4.80%) Architect
11 6 (4.80%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.80%) HTML
1 6 (4.80%) .NET
2 5 (4.00%) jQuery
2 5 (4.00%) Web Services
2 5 (4.00%) ASP.NET
3 4 (3.20%) ASP.NET MVC
3 4 (3.20%) CSS
3 4 (3.20%) XHTML
3 4 (3.20%) Ajax
4 3 (2.40%) .NET Framework
4 3 (2.40%) XML
4 3 (2.40%) CSS3
4 3 (2.40%) HTML5
4 3 (2.40%) ASP.NET MVC 3
5 2 (1.60%) WCF
6 1 (0.80%) XMPP
6 1 (0.80%) SOAP
6 1 (0.80%) XSD
6 1 (0.80%) XSLT
6 1 (0.80%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 12 (9.60%) Clustering
2 6 (4.80%) Thin Client
2 6 (4.80%) Fat Client
3 3 (2.40%) Blackberry
4 2 (1.60%) NHS
4 2 (1.60%) PKI
5 1 (0.80%) CMDB
5 1 (0.80%) SecurID
5 1 (0.80%) EqualLogic
5 1 (0.80%) HP StorageWorks
Operating Systems
1 66 (52.80%) Windows
2 23 (18.40%) Windows Server 2008
3 20 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 20 (16.00%) Windows 7
4 12 (9.60%) Linux
5 8 (6.40%) Windows XP
6 6 (4.80%) Windows 8
6 6 (4.80%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (4.00%) UNIX
8 3 (2.40%) VMS
9 2 (1.60%) Windows Phone
9 2 (1.60%) Windows 2000
9 2 (1.60%) Debian
9 2 (1.60%) Android
10 1 (0.80%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.80%) NetWare
10 1 (0.80%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.80%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (33.60%) ITIL
2 16 (12.80%) Migration
3 7 (5.60%) Time Management
4 6 (4.80%) Problem Management
5 5 (4.00%) Change Management
5 5 (4.00%) Project Management
6 4 (3.20%) Software Deployment
6 4 (3.20%) Workflow
6 4 (3.20%) MVC
6 4 (3.20%) Business Continuity
6 4 (3.20%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (3.20%) TDD
6 4 (3.20%) Systems Analysis
6 4 (3.20%) Load Balancing
7 3 (2.40%) Multithreading
7 3 (2.40%) Web Development
7 3 (2.40%) Incident Management
7 3 (2.40%) CRM
7 3 (2.40%) OOD
7 3 (2.40%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 14 (11.20%) SQL
2 8 (6.40%) C#
2 8 (6.40%) PowerShell
3 5 (4.00%) VB
4 4 (3.20%) VBScript
5 3 (2.40%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.80%) Java
6 1 (0.80%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 82 (65.60%) MCSE
2 34 (27.20%) MCP
3 29 (23.20%) MCITP
4 17 (13.60%) Cisco Certification
4 17 (13.60%) CCNA
5 14 (11.20%) Security Cleared
6 13 (10.40%) MCDST
7 12 (9.60%) MCSA
7 12 (9.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 11 (8.80%) A+ Certification
9 9 (7.20%) CCA
9 9 (7.20%) Citrix Certification
10 8 (6.40%) MCTS
11 6 (4.80%) CCAA
12 5 (4.00%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (3.20%) CCNP
13 4 (3.20%) SC Cleared
14 3 (2.40%) VCAP
15 2 (1.60%) NCDA
15 2 (1.60%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (11.20%) SLA
2 1 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 61 (48.80%) Active Directory
2 27 (21.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (16.00%) XenApp
4 17 (13.60%) vSphere
5 14 (11.20%) Hyper-V
6 7 (5.60%) XenDesktop
7 6 (4.80%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (4.00%) UAG
9 3 (2.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (1.60%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (1.60%) XenServer
11 1 (0.80%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 1 (0.80%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.80%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 27 (21.60%) SCCM
2 9 (7.20%) OVSD
2 9 (7.20%) OpenView
3 7 (5.60%) SCOM
4 4 (3.20%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.60%) Tivoli
5 2 (1.60%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.80%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.80%) Cisco CUCM
6 1 (0.80%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 83 (66.40%) Microsoft
2 42 (33.60%) VMware
3 32 (25.60%) Citrix
4 26 (20.80%) Cisco
5 22 (17.60%) HP
6 15 (12.00%) McAfee
7 12 (9.60%) Dell
8 10 (8.00%) IBM
9 8 (6.40%) NetApp
10 7 (5.60%) EMC
11 6 (4.80%) Splunk
12 5 (4.00%) Oracle
13 4 (3.20%) Lotus
14 3 (2.40%) Mercator
14 3 (2.40%) F5
15 2 (1.60%) Symantec
15 2 (1.60%) CheckPoint
15 2 (1.60%) Sophos
15 2 (1.60%) Red Hat
15 2 (1.60%) Altiris