The table below looks at the statistics 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 27 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 61 60 71
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 25 22 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.91% 1.82% 1.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 13.81% 13.17% 11.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 4 9
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£320 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £223 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £395 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £324 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.91% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 9
Average hourly rate £19.50 £23.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.21% +35.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.90 £10.50 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.70 £36.70 £23.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.49 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-9.23% +12.83%
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 Manchester region.

Qualifications Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
181 167 214
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 13.85% 13.85% 14.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 78 89
Average daily rate £325 £300 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £205 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £430 £439
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 23 24
Average hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.50% +6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.90 £10.50 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.80 £37.00 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

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 27 August 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 27 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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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
Altrincham - 2 £255 - 1
Wigan - 1 - - 1
Bolton - - - -
Oldham - - - - 1
Salford - - - - 1
Stockport - - - - 1
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 41 (91.11%) Windows
2 31 (68.89%) VMware
3 30 (66.67%) MCSE
4 29 (64.44%) Microsoft
5 25 (55.56%) SAN
6 23 (51.11%) ITIL
7 19 (42.22%) Active Directory
7 19 (42.22%) Hyper-V
8 18 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (40.00%) Cisco
9 17 (37.78%) Citrix
9 17 (37.78%) Symantec
10 16 (35.56%) VMware Infrastructure
10 16 (35.56%) MCITP
11 15 (33.33%) Backup Exec
11 15 (33.33%) Firewall
11 15 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
12 14 (31.11%) MCP
12 14 (31.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 13 (28.89%) MS Exchange
14 12 (26.67%) VMware ESX
15 11 (24.44%) Degree
15 11 (24.44%) Juniper
15 11 (24.44%) MCSA
15 11 (24.44%) MS Excel
16 10 (22.22%) MCTS
17 9 (20.00%) SCCM
17 9 (20.00%) VCP5
18 8 (17.78%) Windows 7
18 8 (17.78%) Windows XP

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 13 (28.89%) MS Exchange
2 7 (15.56%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
5 2 (4.44%) SharePoint
6 1 (2.22%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (2.22%) Lync
Applications
1 11 (24.44%) MS Excel
2 7 (15.56%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 25 (55.56%) SAN
2 15 (33.33%) Firewall
3 6 (13.33%) Wireless
3 6 (13.33%) VPN
3 6 (13.33%) LAN
3 6 (13.33%) WAN
4 4 (8.89%) DNS
5 3 (6.67%) DHCP
6 2 (4.44%) VLAN
6 2 (4.44%) NAS
7 1 (2.22%) Structured Cabling
7 1 (2.22%) Wireshark
7 1 (2.22%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (2.22%) TCP/IP
7 1 (2.22%) VoIP
7 1 (2.22%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.89%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (4.44%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (4.44%) MSI
1 2 (4.44%) InstallShield
General
1 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
1 1 (2.22%) Finance
1 1 (2.22%) Manufacturing
1 1 (2.22%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 12 (26.67%) Analyst
2 9 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 8 (17.78%) Administrator
3 8 (17.78%) Support Analyst
4 7 (15.56%) Consultant
4 7 (15.56%) Systems Administrator
4 7 (15.56%) Support Consultant
5 6 (13.33%) Service Desk Analyst
5 6 (13.33%) Service Analyst
6 5 (11.11%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (11.11%) Wintel Support
7 4 (8.89%) Infrastructure Support Consultant
7 4 (8.89%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 4 (8.89%) Systems Engineer
8 3 (6.67%) Systems Support
8 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 3 (6.67%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
8 3 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
9 2 (4.44%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.22%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.89%) Smartphone
1 4 (8.89%) iPad
2 1 (2.22%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.22%) EPoS
2 1 (2.22%) Handset
2 1 (2.22%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 41 (91.11%) Windows
2 18 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 15 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (17.78%) Linux
4 8 (17.78%) Windows XP
4 8 (17.78%) Windows 7
5 6 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (4.44%) Windows Vista
7 1 (2.22%) UNIX
7 1 (2.22%) Windows NT
7 1 (2.22%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (51.11%) ITIL
2 3 (6.67%) Incident Management
3 2 (4.44%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (4.44%) E-Commerce
3 2 (4.44%) Service Management
4 1 (2.22%) Service Delivery
4 1 (2.22%) Change Management
4 1 (2.22%) Disaster Recovery
4 1 (2.22%) Data Security
4 1 (2.22%) Information Security
4 1 (2.22%) Load Testing
4 1 (2.22%) Security Architecture
4 1 (2.22%) ITIL V3
4 1 (2.22%) ITIL V2
4 1 (2.22%) Vulnerability Management
4 1 (2.22%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 5 (11.11%) SQL
2 1 (2.22%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.22%) Perl
Qualifications
1 30 (66.67%) MCSE
2 16 (35.56%) MCITP
3 14 (31.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 14 (31.11%) MCP
4 11 (24.44%) Degree
4 11 (24.44%) MCSA
5 10 (22.22%) MCTS
6 9 (20.00%) VCP5
7 7 (15.56%) CCNA
7 7 (15.56%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (8.89%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (4.44%) CCA
11 1 (2.22%) CCNP
11 1 (2.22%) CISSP
11 1 (2.22%) RHCE
11 1 (2.22%) CISA
11 1 (2.22%) CISM
11 1 (2.22%) GSEC
11 1 (2.22%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (15.56%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (42.22%) Active Directory
1 19 (42.22%) Hyper-V
2 16 (35.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (26.67%) VMware ESX
4 3 (6.67%) XenApp
5 1 (2.22%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 15 (33.33%) Backup Exec
2 9 (20.00%) SCCM
3 7 (15.56%) SCOM
4 1 (2.22%) WSUS
4 1 (2.22%) Nagios
Vendors
1 31 (68.89%) VMware
2 29 (64.44%) Microsoft
3 18 (40.00%) Cisco
4 17 (37.78%) Citrix
4 17 (37.78%) Symantec
5 11 (24.44%) Juniper
6 4 (8.89%) Veeam
6 4 (8.89%) EMC
6 4 (8.89%) Sophos
7 2 (4.44%) Meru Networks
7 2 (4.44%) McAfee
7 2 (4.44%) Apple
7 2 (4.44%) CheckPoint
7 2 (4.44%) NetApp
7 2 (4.44%) HP
8 1 (2.22%) Dell
8 1 (2.22%) IBM
8 1 (2.22%) Red Hat
8 1 (2.22%) Oracle
8 1 (2.22%) SolarWinds
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