The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 9 July 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 Lancashire 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
9 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 49 28 42
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +14
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 6 7 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 1.20% 2.73% 1.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.77% 12.28% 2.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 4
Average daily rate
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£245 £250 £228
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.00% +9.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £154 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £315 £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.63 £16.67 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-6.26% +1.03%
Qualifications Category
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
159 57 208
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 31.86% 22.27% 46.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 13 130
Average daily rate £488 £300 £435
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+62.50% -31.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £90 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £428 £556
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 12 3
Average hourly rate £20.56 £20.50 £13.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.30% +49.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £17.50 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.50 £30.00 £26.48
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 3 months to 9 July 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
Blackburn - - - - 1
Lancaster - - - -
Preston - - - -
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 9 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 (100.00%) Windows
2 20 (95.24%) MCSE
3 19 (90.48%) Windows Server 2008
4 18 (85.71%) Active Directory
5 17 (80.95%) ITIL
6 16 (76.19%) Citrix
6 16 (76.19%) VMware
7 15 (71.43%) VMware Infrastructure
7 15 (71.43%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (71.43%) HP
7 15 (71.43%) Microsoft
8 14 (66.67%) Compaq
8 14 (66.67%) Dell
9 13 (61.90%) DHCP
9 13 (61.90%) DNS
9 13 (61.90%) XenApp
9 13 (61.90%) XenServer
10 12 (57.14%) XenDesktop
10 12 (57.14%) vSphere
11 10 (47.62%) Security Cleared
12 8 (38.10%) SC Cleared
13 6 (28.57%) SharePoint
14 5 (23.81%) SharePoint 2010
14 5 (23.81%) SharePoint 2013
15 4 (19.05%) PowerShell
15 4 (19.05%) Web Services
16 3 (14.29%) PRINCE2
16 3 (14.29%) .NET
16 3 (14.29%) Windows XP
16 3 (14.29%) LAN

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 9 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 6 (28.57%) SharePoint
2 5 (23.81%) SharePoint 2010
2 5 (23.81%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (9.52%) MS Exchange
4 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (4.76%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) MS Office
2 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 13 (61.90%) DHCP
1 13 (61.90%) DNS
2 3 (14.29%) LAN
2 3 (14.29%) WLAN
2 3 (14.29%) SAN
2 3 (14.29%) Wireless
2 3 (14.29%) IP Telephony
General
1 3 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (33.33%) Server Engineer
2 5 (23.81%) Support Engineer
3 3 (14.29%) Network Manager
3 3 (14.29%) Server Support
3 3 (14.29%) Windows Server Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Server Support Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) 1st Line Support
4 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Desktop Support
5 1 (4.76%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Help Desk Support
5 1 (4.76%) Desktop Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (4.76%) Web Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Windows Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Web Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (19.05%) Web Services
2 3 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Thin Client
1 3 (14.29%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 21 (100.00%) Windows
2 19 (90.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 15 (71.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (14.29%) Windows XP
4 3 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (4.76%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (80.95%) ITIL
2 3 (14.29%) PRINCE2
2 3 (14.29%) Project Management
3 1 (4.76%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (19.05%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.76%) C
2 1 (4.76%) SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (95.24%) MCSE
2 10 (47.62%) Security Cleared
3 8 (38.10%) SC Cleared
4 3 (14.29%) CCNA
4 3 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (14.29%) Degree
5 1 (4.76%) MCP
5 1 (4.76%) MCSA
System Software
1 18 (85.71%) Active Directory
2 15 (71.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (61.90%) XenApp
3 13 (61.90%) XenServer
4 12 (57.14%) XenDesktop
4 12 (57.14%) vSphere
5 2 (9.52%) ISA Server
6 1 (4.76%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 16 (76.19%) Citrix
1 16 (76.19%) VMware
2 15 (71.43%) HP
2 15 (71.43%) Microsoft
3 14 (66.67%) Compaq
3 14 (66.67%) Dell
4 3 (14.29%) Cisco
5 1 (4.76%) McAfee