The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester 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 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 Manchester 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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 57 65 65
Rank change year-on-year
+8 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 25 17 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.99% 1.52% 1.88%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.72% 9.55% 12.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 4 11
Average daily rate
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£300 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £223 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £395 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+0.13% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 10 7
Average hourly rate £23.50 £16.25 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+44.61% -26.13%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.81 £17.23 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-8.20% +7.65%
Qualifications Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
159 178 206
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 12.68% 15.96% 14.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 84 82
Average daily rate £310 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.61% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £229 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £434 £421
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 18 23
Average hourly rate £23.50 £20.50 £21.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.63% -5.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £10.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.62 £34.70 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 23 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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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
Bolton - - - -
Oldham - - - -
Rochdale - - - -
Salford - - - -
Stockport - - - - 3
Wigan - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 40 (81.63%) Windows
2 37 (75.51%) Microsoft
3 29 (59.18%) MCSE
4 24 (48.98%) Active Directory
5 21 (42.86%) VMware
5 21 (42.86%) MCITP
6 19 (38.78%) ITIL
7 18 (36.73%) SAN
7 18 (36.73%) Symantec
8 17 (34.69%) Windows Server 2008
8 17 (34.69%) Hyper-V
9 16 (32.65%) Citrix
10 15 (30.61%) VMware Infrastructure
10 15 (30.61%) Backup Exec
10 15 (30.61%) Firewall
11 14 (28.57%) Degree
11 14 (28.57%) MCTS
11 14 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
11 14 (28.57%) MCP
11 14 (28.57%) Cisco
11 14 (28.57%) Windows 7
12 13 (26.53%) MCSA
13 12 (24.49%) MS Excel
13 12 (24.49%) MS Exchange
13 12 (24.49%) CCNA
13 12 (24.49%) Cisco Certification
13 12 (24.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 11 (22.45%) VMware ESX
14 11 (22.45%) SCCM
14 11 (22.45%) Juniper

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 12 (24.49%) MS Exchange
2 5 (10.20%) Exchange Server 2003
2 5 (10.20%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (10.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (4.08%) SharePoint
4 1 (2.04%) IBM Notes
4 1 (2.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (2.04%) Lync
Applications
1 12 (24.49%) MS Excel
2 8 (16.33%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (36.73%) SAN
2 15 (30.61%) Firewall
3 7 (14.29%) DNS
4 6 (12.24%) VPN
4 6 (12.24%) LAN
4 6 (12.24%) WAN
4 6 (12.24%) DHCP
4 6 (12.24%) Wireless
5 3 (6.12%) Network Security
6 2 (4.08%) NAS
7 1 (2.04%) Structured Cabling
7 1 (2.04%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (2.04%) Intrusion Detection
7 1 (2.04%) VLAN
7 1 (2.04%) Wireshark
7 1 (2.04%) TCP/IP
7 1 (2.04%) VoIP
7 1 (2.04%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.16%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.04%) MS Access
3 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 2 (4.08%) MSI
1 2 (4.08%) InstallShield
General
1 5 (10.20%) Finance
2 2 (4.08%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.04%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 12 (24.49%) Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Support Consultant
2 7 (14.29%) Consultant
2 7 (14.29%) Support Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Service Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Service Desk Analyst
3 6 (12.24%) 3rd Line Support
4 5 (10.20%) Administrator
4 5 (10.20%) Wintel Support
4 5 (10.20%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (8.16%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
5 4 (8.16%) Security Manager
5 4 (8.16%) Network Security Manager
5 4 (8.16%) Infrastructure Consultant
5 4 (8.16%) Network Manager
5 4 (8.16%) Systems Administrator
5 4 (8.16%) Systems Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) Deployment Engineer
6 3 (6.12%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.04%) .NET
1 1 (2.04%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.16%) Smartphone
1 4 (8.16%) iPad
2 1 (2.04%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.04%) Blackberry
2 1 (2.04%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 40 (81.63%) Windows
2 17 (34.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 14 (28.57%) Windows 7
3 14 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 10 (20.41%) Windows XP
5 4 (8.16%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (6.12%) Android
7 2 (4.08%) Windows Vista
7 2 (4.08%) Linux
7 2 (4.08%) Windows 8
8 1 (2.04%) Windows NT
8 1 (2.04%) UNIX
8 1 (2.04%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (38.78%) ITIL
2 4 (8.16%) Service Management
3 2 (4.08%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (4.08%) Incident Management
3 2 (4.08%) Problem Management
3 2 (4.08%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (4.08%) Customer Engagement
4 1 (2.04%) Security Architecture
4 1 (2.04%) ITIL V3
4 1 (2.04%) ITIL V2
4 1 (2.04%) Vulnerability Management
4 1 (2.04%) Data Security
4 1 (2.04%) Migration
4 1 (2.04%) Information Security
4 1 (2.04%) Service Delivery
4 1 (2.04%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.20%) SQL
2 1 (2.04%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.04%) Perl
Qualifications
1 29 (59.18%) MCSE
2 21 (42.86%) MCITP
3 14 (28.57%) Degree
3 14 (28.57%) MCTS
3 14 (28.57%) MCP
4 13 (26.53%) MCSA
5 12 (24.49%) CCNA
5 12 (24.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 12 (24.49%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (18.37%) VCP5
7 5 (10.20%) RHCE
7 5 (10.20%) CCNP
8 4 (8.16%) CCIP
8 4 (8.16%) CCDP
8 4 (8.16%) MCDST
8 4 (8.16%) ACSP
9 3 (6.12%) ACSA
9 3 (6.12%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (6.12%) IBM Certification
9 3 (6.12%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (16.33%) SLA
2 4 (8.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 24 (48.98%) Active Directory
2 17 (34.69%) Hyper-V
3 15 (30.61%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (22.45%) VMware ESX
5 3 (6.12%) XenApp
6 2 (4.08%) Terminal Server
7 1 (2.04%) Terminal Services
7 1 (2.04%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 15 (30.61%) Backup Exec
2 11 (22.45%) SCCM
3 7 (14.29%) SCOM
4 3 (6.12%) WSUS
5 1 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 37 (75.51%) Microsoft
2 21 (42.86%) VMware
3 18 (36.73%) Symantec
4 16 (32.65%) Citrix
5 14 (28.57%) Cisco
6 11 (22.45%) Juniper
7 6 (12.24%) EMC
8 5 (10.20%) Apple
8 5 (10.20%) HP
9 4 (8.16%) IBM
9 4 (8.16%) Veeam
9 4 (8.16%) Sophos
10 3 (6.12%) Red Hat
11 2 (4.08%) Meru Networks
11 2 (4.08%) McAfee
12 1 (2.04%) CheckPoint
12 1 (2.04%) SolarWinds
12 1 (2.04%) Spiceworks
12 1 (2.04%) Dell
12 1 (2.04%) NetApp
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