The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the North East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 4 March 2015 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 49 43 36
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 5 15 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 0.84% 3.02% 0.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.27% 7.11% 3.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 8 2
Average daily rate
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£221 £248 £100
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.60% +147.50%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £288
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Average hourly rate £25.00 £25.43 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.67% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.25 £14.00 £18.40
% change year-on-year
+1.78% -23.91%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the North East region.

Qualifications Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
153 211 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 25.84% 42.45% 24.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 120 24
Average daily rate £325 £245 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.65% -20.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £197 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £380 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 27 9
Average hourly rate £16.16 £25.00 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.36% +2.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.75 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.46 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.33%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the North East

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 4 March 2015. 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
Tyne and Wear -2 1 - - 7
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 35 (92.11%) Windows
2 28 (73.68%) MCSE
2 28 (73.68%) Microsoft
3 24 (63.16%) Windows Server 2008
3 24 (63.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 22 (57.89%) SQL Server
5 20 (52.63%) IIS
5 20 (52.63%) Clustering
6 19 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (47.37%) Citrix
8 17 (44.74%) Firewall
9 16 (42.11%) VMware
9 16 (42.11%) HP
9 16 (42.11%) TCP/IP
9 16 (42.11%) MCSA
10 13 (34.21%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (28.95%) Active Directory
11 11 (28.95%) SQL
11 11 (28.95%) Change Control
12 10 (26.32%) Analytical Skills
12 10 (26.32%) Veritas Volume Manager
12 10 (26.32%) SC Cleared
12 10 (26.32%) Security Cleared
12 10 (26.32%) DNS
12 10 (26.32%) DHCP
12 10 (26.32%) Veritas
12 10 (26.32%) NetBackup
13 9 (23.68%) ITIL
13 9 (23.68%) Time Management
13 9 (23.68%) vSphere

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 20 (52.63%) IIS
2 6 (15.79%) MS Exchange
2 6 (15.79%) Apache
3 5 (13.16%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (13.16%) Lync
3 5 (13.16%) IBM Notes
3 5 (13.16%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (21.05%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 17 (44.74%) Firewall
2 16 (42.11%) TCP/IP
3 10 (26.32%) DNS
3 10 (26.32%) DHCP
4 1 (2.63%) Internet
4 1 (2.63%) LAN
4 1 (2.63%) WAN
4 1 (2.63%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (57.89%) SQL Server
2 5 (13.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.63%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.63%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (13.16%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (13.16%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.63%) MSI
Job Titles
1 15 (39.47%) Wintel Engineer
2 8 (21.05%) Support Engineer
3 5 (13.16%) IT Support Engineer
3 5 (13.16%) IT Support
4 4 (10.53%) Analyst
4 4 (10.53%) Wintel Support
5 3 (7.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (5.26%) Operations Manager
6 2 (5.26%) Wintel Support Engineer
6 2 (5.26%) Technical Leader
7 1 (2.63%) Linux Consultant
7 1 (2.63%) Technical Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) Server Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) Deployment Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) Professional Services Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) Network Consultant
7 1 (2.63%) IT Consultant
7 1 (2.63%) Consultant
7 1 (2.63%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.16%) Middleware
2 1 (2.63%) Application Packaging
2 1 (2.63%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 20 (52.63%) Clustering
2 10 (26.32%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (10.53%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.63%) CMDB
4 1 (2.63%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 35 (92.11%) Windows
2 24 (63.16%) Windows Server 2008
2 24 (63.16%) Windows Server 2012
3 19 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (7.89%) Windows 7
5 2 (5.26%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.63%) Android
6 1 (2.63%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.63%) UNIX
6 1 (2.63%) AIX
6 1 (2.63%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (34.21%) Disaster Recovery
2 11 (28.95%) Change Control
3 9 (23.68%) ITIL
3 9 (23.68%) Time Management
4 5 (13.16%) Capacity Planning
5 3 (7.89%) Knowledge Management
5 3 (7.89%) Incident Management
5 3 (7.89%) Service Delivery
5 3 (7.89%) E-Commerce
6 2 (5.26%) PRINCE2
6 2 (5.26%) Project Management
6 2 (5.26%) Problem Management
7 1 (2.63%) Test Scripting
7 1 (2.63%) Enterprise Architecture
7 1 (2.63%) ITIL V3
7 1 (2.63%) Network Monitoring
7 1 (2.63%) Six Sigma
7 1 (2.63%) Configuration Management
7 1 (2.63%) Change Management
7 1 (2.63%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 11 (28.95%) SQL
2 1 (2.63%) Java
2 1 (2.63%) PHP
Qualifications
1 28 (73.68%) MCSE
2 16 (42.11%) MCSA
3 10 (26.32%) SC Cleared
3 10 (26.32%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (2.63%) Degree
4 1 (2.63%) CCA
4 1 (2.63%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.63%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (28.95%) Active Directory
2 10 (26.32%) Veritas Volume Manager
3 9 (23.68%) vSphere
4 6 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (13.16%) Hyper-V
5 5 (13.16%) Terminal Services
6 2 (5.26%) XenApp
7 1 (2.63%) XenDesktop
7 1 (2.63%) Xen
7 1 (2.63%) KVM
7 1 (2.63%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 10 (26.32%) NetBackup
2 5 (13.16%) HP SIM
2 5 (13.16%) OpenView
3 3 (7.89%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (2.63%) SCOM
Vendors
1 28 (73.68%) Microsoft
2 18 (47.37%) Citrix
3 16 (42.11%) VMware
3 16 (42.11%) HP
4 10 (26.32%) Veritas
5 7 (18.42%) Cisco
6 5 (13.16%) Oracle
6 5 (13.16%) Lotus
7 2 (5.26%) Apple
8 1 (2.63%) SolarWinds
8 1 (2.63%) Sybase
8 1 (2.63%) Juniper