The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 96 79 80
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 59 56 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.52% 1.80% 1.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.39% 9.08% 8.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 19 17
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£307 £250 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.66% -12.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £78 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £286 £396
UK excluding London average daily rate £322 £313 £295
% change year-on-year
+3.04% +5.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 15 5
Average hourly rate £13.50 £15.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.90% -15.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £12.64
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £31.88 £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £15.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -3.22%
Microsoft Certification
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
798 617 460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.56% 19.88% 18.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 351 301 202
Average daily rate £390 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £210 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £483
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 84 36
Average hourly rate £38.50 £18.00 £19.52
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+113.88% -7.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £37.00 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -25.00%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the North West region over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 3 months to 24 April 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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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
Manchester -14 21 £363 +130.15% 28
Lancashire +5 16 £311 +24.33% 1
Merseyside -11 11 £200 +158.06% 12
Cheshire -14 5 £250 -11.50% 16
Cumbria - 3 - - 1
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 73 (84.88%) Microsoft
2 66 (76.74%) Windows
3 45 (52.33%) Active Directory
4 38 (44.19%) ITIL
5 37 (43.02%) MCSE
6 26 (30.23%) Citrix
7 25 (29.07%) Windows 7
8 22 (25.58%) Windows Server 2008
8 22 (25.58%) MS Excel
9 21 (24.42%) LAN
9 21 (24.42%) DNS
10 20 (23.26%) MCP
10 20 (23.26%) VMware Infrastructure
10 20 (23.26%) VMware
11 19 (22.09%) MS Office
12 16 (18.60%) DHCP
12 16 (18.60%) Citrix Certification
12 16 (18.60%) Security Cleared
13 15 (17.44%) MCITP
13 15 (17.44%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (15.12%) XenApp
15 12 (13.95%) WAN
15 12 (13.95%) Windows Server 2012
16 11 (12.79%) ITIL Certification
16 11 (12.79%) Migration
17 10 (11.63%) TCP/IP
17 10 (11.63%) HP
17 10 (11.63%) SQL
17 10 (11.63%) SharePoint
17 10 (11.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 10 (11.63%) SharePoint
2 7 (8.14%) MS Exchange
3 4 (4.65%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.65%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (3.49%) Office Communications Server
4 3 (3.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (3.49%) IIS
4 3 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (2.33%) CMS
5 2 (2.33%) CICS
6 1 (1.16%) Lync
Applications
1 22 (25.58%) MS Excel
2 19 (22.09%) MS Office
3 2 (2.33%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.98%) Office 365
2 2 (2.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (24.42%) LAN
1 21 (24.42%) DNS
2 16 (18.60%) DHCP
3 12 (13.95%) WAN
4 10 (11.63%) TCP/IP
5 7 (8.14%) VPN
6 6 (6.98%) SAN
6 6 (6.98%) VLAN
7 5 (5.81%) NAS
7 5 (5.81%) Firewall
8 4 (4.65%) Wireless
9 3 (3.49%) iSCSI
9 3 (3.49%) SSL
9 3 (3.49%) FTP
9 3 (3.49%) HTTP
9 3 (3.49%) SMTP
9 3 (3.49%) Fibre Channel
9 3 (3.49%) NetScaler
10 2 (2.33%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (2.33%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (8.14%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.98%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (6.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (3.49%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (3.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (3.49%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (3.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.33%) DB2
4 2 (2.33%) PerformancePoint
5 1 (1.16%) QlikView
5 1 (1.16%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.16%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.16%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.16%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (3.49%) Fiddler
2 1 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (1.16%) JIRA
2 1 (1.16%) MSI
2 1 (1.16%) Oracle Forms
General
1 8 (9.30%) Law
1 8 (9.30%) Legal
2 4 (4.65%) Finance
3 3 (3.49%) Publishing
4 1 (1.16%) Local Government
4 1 (1.16%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.16%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.16%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 21 (24.42%) Analyst
2 13 (15.12%) Desktop Support
3 9 (10.47%) Service Desk Analyst
3 9 (10.47%) Service Analyst
4 8 (9.30%) Administrator
4 8 (9.30%) Technical Analyst
5 6 (6.98%) Support Analyst
5 6 (6.98%) Support Engineer
5 6 (6.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (6.98%) Team Leader
5 6 (6.98%) Technical Team Leader
5 6 (6.98%) Service Desk Team Leader
6 5 (5.81%) Architect
6 5 (5.81%) Consultant
7 4 (4.65%) Citrix Analyst
7 4 (4.65%) Desktop Administrator
8 3 (3.49%) Technical Support Analyst
8 3 (3.49%) SQL DBA
8 3 (3.49%) Technical Design Architect
8 3 (3.49%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.98%) .NET
2 4 (4.65%) Application Packaging
3 3 (3.49%) .NET Framework
3 3 (3.49%) JMS
4 2 (2.33%) J2EE
4 2 (2.33%) JDBC
4 2 (2.33%) JSP
4 2 (2.33%) JNDI
5 1 (1.16%) WinForms
5 1 (1.16%) jQuery
5 1 (1.16%) WPF
5 1 (1.16%) HTML5
5 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.16%) Web Services
5 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.16%) HTML
5 1 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.81%) Blackberry
1 5 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.65%) Thin Client
2 4 (4.65%) Fat Client
3 3 (3.49%) Clustering
3 3 (3.49%) Replication
3 3 (3.49%) Life Science
4 2 (2.33%) FlexPod
4 2 (2.33%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.33%) Handset
4 2 (2.33%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.33%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.16%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.16%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.16%) EqualLogic
5 1 (1.16%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 66 (76.74%) Windows
2 25 (29.07%) Windows 7
3 22 (25.58%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (17.44%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (13.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (10.47%) Windows XP
7 5 (5.81%) Solaris
7 5 (5.81%) UNIX
7 5 (5.81%) Windows 8
8 3 (3.49%) Windows Vista
8 3 (3.49%) Apple iOS
8 3 (3.49%) Android
8 3 (3.49%) AIX
9 2 (2.33%) BlackBerry OS
9 2 (2.33%) Linux
10 1 (1.16%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.16%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (44.19%) ITIL
2 11 (12.79%) Migration
3 8 (9.30%) Incident Management
4 7 (8.14%) Document Management
5 6 (6.98%) ITIL V3
5 6 (6.98%) Project Management
6 3 (3.49%) Technical Architecture
6 3 (3.49%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (3.49%) Time Management
6 3 (3.49%) Load Testing
6 3 (3.49%) Unit Testing
6 3 (3.49%) Load Balancing
6 3 (3.49%) Service Management
6 3 (3.49%) Service Delivery
6 3 (3.49%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (3.49%) Software Deployment
6 3 (3.49%) Performance Tuning
7 2 (2.33%) Performance Monitoring
7 2 (2.33%) Change Control
7 2 (2.33%) Agile Project Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.63%) SQL
2 8 (9.30%) PowerShell
3 4 (4.65%) VBScript
4 3 (3.49%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.16%) VB
5 1 (1.16%) C
5 1 (1.16%) C#
5 1 (1.16%) Java
Qualifications
1 37 (43.02%) MCSE
2 20 (23.26%) MCP
3 16 (18.60%) Citrix Certification
3 16 (18.60%) Security Cleared
4 15 (17.44%) MCITP
5 11 (12.79%) ITIL Certification
6 10 (11.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 9 (10.47%) MCDST
7 9 (10.47%) CCA
8 8 (9.30%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (9.30%) A+ Certification
8 8 (9.30%) MCSA
9 7 (8.14%) CCEA
9 7 (8.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (8.14%) CCEE
10 6 (6.98%) MOS
10 6 (6.98%) SC Cleared
11 4 (4.65%) CCAA
11 4 (4.65%) CCIA
11 4 (4.65%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.81%) SLA
2 4 (4.65%) QA
2 4 (4.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (52.33%) Active Directory
2 20 (23.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (15.12%) XenApp
4 8 (9.30%) XenDesktop
5 7 (8.14%) XenServer
6 6 (6.98%) vSphere
7 5 (5.81%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 5 (5.81%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (4.65%) MetaFrame
8 4 (4.65%) Terminal Services
8 4 (4.65%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (3.49%) VMware ESX
9 3 (3.49%) Terminal Server
9 3 (3.49%) NFS
10 2 (2.33%) UAG
10 2 (2.33%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (1.16%) Xen
11 1 (1.16%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (4.65%) SCCM
2 2 (2.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (2.33%) EdgeSight
2 2 (2.33%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (2.33%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (2.33%) BladeLogic
3 1 (1.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 73 (84.88%) Microsoft
2 26 (30.23%) Citrix
3 20 (23.26%) VMware
4 10 (11.63%) HP
5 8 (9.30%) Cisco
5 8 (9.30%) AppSense
6 5 (5.81%) Dell
7 4 (4.65%) EMC
7 4 (4.65%) Compaq
7 4 (4.65%) Symantec
7 4 (4.65%) McAfee
8 3 (3.49%) NetApp
8 3 (3.49%) Wyse
9 2 (2.33%) Lumension
9 2 (2.33%) IBM
9 2 (2.33%) Stellent
9 2 (2.33%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.16%) Atlassian
10 1 (1.16%) Veeam
10 1 (1.16%) Sophos
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