The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 24 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 Merseyside 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 21 31 28
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 6 3 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 3.28% 1.41% 3.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.38% 4.62% 13.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 2
Average daily rate £78 - £359
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £288
% change year-on-year
+5.93% +2.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £17.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
39 65 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 21.31% 30.52% 24.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 37 37
Average daily rate £250 £425 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-41.17% +21.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £500 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £355
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 5
Average hourly rate £15.50 £28.50 £25.48
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.61% +11.85%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £24.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 24 April 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 24 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
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Vacancies
Liverpool - - - - 2
St Helens - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 10 (71.43%) Windows
1 10 (71.43%) MS Excel
1 10 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 9 (64.29%) ITIL
2 9 (64.29%) MCSE
3 7 (50.00%) Service Management
4 6 (42.86%) Windows 7
4 6 (42.86%) PowerShell
4 6 (42.86%) MCP
5 5 (35.71%) MSI
5 5 (35.71%) InstallShield
5 5 (35.71%) Application Packaging
5 5 (35.71%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (28.57%) Project Management
7 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (21.43%) Active Directory
7 3 (21.43%) SLA
7 3 (21.43%) Windows XP
8 2 (14.29%) Finance
8 2 (14.29%) Change Management
8 2 (14.29%) ITSM
8 2 (14.29%) VMware
8 2 (14.29%) Altiris
8 2 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (14.29%) Incident Management
8 2 (14.29%) Performance Management
8 2 (14.29%) Cisco
8 2 (14.29%) HNC
8 2 (14.29%) Cisco Certification

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 1 (7.14%) MS Exchange
1 1 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 10 (71.43%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (14.29%) SAN
2 1 (7.14%) Wireless
2 1 (7.14%) IP Telephony
2 1 (7.14%) LAN
2 1 (7.14%) WLAN
Development Applications
1 5 (35.71%) MSI
1 5 (35.71%) InstallShield
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (35.71%) Applications Packager
2 4 (28.57%) Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) Support Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) 1st Line Support Analyst
3 3 (21.43%) 1st Line Support
4 1 (7.14%) Support Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (7.14%) Network Manager
4 1 (7.14%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) Application Packaging
2 1 (7.14%) WPF
2 1 (7.14%) .NET
2 1 (7.14%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Thin Client
1 1 (7.14%) Fat Client
1 1 (7.14%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 10 (71.43%) Windows
2 6 (42.86%) Windows 7
3 4 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (21.43%) Windows XP
4 3 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (7.14%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (64.29%) ITIL
2 7 (50.00%) Service Management
3 4 (28.57%) Project Management
4 2 (14.29%) Configuration Management
4 2 (14.29%) Incident Management
4 2 (14.29%) Performance Management
4 2 (14.29%) Change Management
4 2 (14.29%) ITSM
5 1 (7.14%) TDD
5 1 (7.14%) PRINCE2
5 1 (7.14%) OO
5 1 (7.14%) PRINCE
5 1 (7.14%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (42.86%) PowerShell
2 1 (7.14%) C#
2 1 (7.14%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (64.29%) MCSE
2 6 (42.86%) MCP
3 2 (14.29%) HNC
3 2 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (7.14%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (7.14%) MCTS
4 1 (7.14%) MCPD
4 1 (7.14%) Degree
4 1 (7.14%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (21.43%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (35.71%) Microsoft App-V
2 3 (21.43%) Active Directory
3 1 (7.14%) Terminal Services
3 1 (7.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (7.14%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 10 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 2 (14.29%) VMware
2 2 (14.29%) Altiris
2 2 (14.29%) Cisco
3 1 (7.14%) Citrix