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 1 July 2016 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.

3 months to
1 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 120 68 90
Rank change year-on-year
-52 +22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 39 91 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.04% 2.45% 1.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.15% 11.80% 7.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 42 23
Median daily rate £315 £316 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.39% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £135 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £451 £324
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £313
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +8.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 16 8
Median hourly rate £13.00 £14.64 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.17% +0.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.60 £11.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £35.11 £26.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 £18.75 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+40.00% +20.96%
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
758 771 600
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.19% 20.74% 19.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 421 377 297
Median daily rate £400 £375 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £210 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £525 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 73 52
Median hourly rate £43.00 £21.25 £20.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+102.35% +3.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £13.20 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £49.17 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+28.88% +12.50%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 1 July 2016.

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
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 July 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -19 22 £294 +54.60% 9
Cheshire -8 8 £318 +12.38% 3
Merseyside -4 5 £318 - 1
Lancashire -19 3 - - 2
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 60 (75.95%) Windows
2 57 (72.15%) Microsoft
3 49 (62.03%) ITIL
3 49 (62.03%) Active Directory
4 34 (43.04%) MCSE
5 31 (39.24%) VMware
5 31 (39.24%) Windows Server
6 28 (35.44%) MS Office
7 25 (31.65%) Citrix
7 25 (31.65%) DNS
7 25 (31.65%) Windows Server 2012
8 24 (30.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 22 (27.85%) MCP
9 22 (27.85%) VMware Infrastructure
10 21 (26.58%) MCSA
11 19 (24.05%) Windows Server 2003
11 19 (24.05%) Finance
12 18 (22.78%) MS Exchange
13 17 (21.52%) DHCP
13 17 (21.52%) Linux
13 17 (21.52%) SCCM
14 16 (20.25%) MCITP
15 15 (18.99%) Banking
15 15 (18.99%) Red Hat
15 15 (18.99%) Windows 7
16 14 (17.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 14 (17.72%) Cisco Certification
16 14 (17.72%) HP
16 14 (17.72%) Unix
16 14 (17.72%) PowerShell

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 18 (22.78%) MS Exchange
2 13 (16.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 13 (16.46%) IIS
3 12 (15.19%) SharePoint
4 9 (11.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (8.86%) Apache
5 7 (8.86%) JBoss
5 7 (8.86%) Tomcat
6 4 (5.06%) Skype for Business
7 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (1.27%) CMS
8 1 (1.27%) IBM Notes
8 1 (1.27%) Umbraco
Applications
1 28 (35.44%) MS Office
2 11 (13.92%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.53%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.27%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 9 (11.39%) Office 365
2 5 (6.33%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (6.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.80%) Amazon EC2
3 3 (3.80%) SoftLayer
4 1 (1.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 25 (31.65%) DNS
2 17 (21.52%) DHCP
3 10 (12.66%) VPN
4 8 (10.13%) LAN
4 8 (10.13%) WAN
5 7 (8.86%) Internet
5 7 (8.86%) SSL
5 7 (8.86%) TCP/IP
6 6 (7.59%) VLAN
7 5 (6.33%) Firewall
8 3 (3.80%) Extranet
8 3 (3.80%) Fibre Channel
8 3 (3.80%) iSCSI
8 3 (3.80%) SAN
8 3 (3.80%) VoIP
9 2 (2.53%) Kerberos
9 2 (2.53%) LDAP
9 2 (2.53%) Wireless
9 2 (2.53%) WLAN
9 2 (2.53%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.19%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.86%) MySQL
3 2 (2.53%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.27%) OLAP
4 1 (1.27%) OLAP Cube
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.53%) HP UFT
1 2 (2.53%) LoadRunner
General
1 19 (24.05%) Finance
2 15 (18.99%) Banking
3 12 (15.19%) Law
3 12 (15.19%) Legal
4 6 (7.59%) Local Government
5 5 (6.33%) Manufacturing
6 3 (3.80%) French Language
6 3 (3.80%) German Language
7 2 (2.53%) Advertising
7 2 (2.53%) Telecoms
8 1 (1.27%) Marketing
8 1 (1.27%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 27 (34.18%) Analyst
2 10 (12.66%) Support Analyst
3 9 (11.39%) Senior Analyst
3 9 (11.39%) Technical Analyst
4 8 (10.13%) Senior Technical Analyst
4 8 (10.13%) Support Engineer
5 7 (8.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (8.86%) Service Analyst
6 6 (7.59%) IT Support
6 6 (7.59%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (6.33%) Active Directory Support
7 5 (6.33%) Applications Support
8 4 (5.06%) 2nd Line Support
8 4 (5.06%) 3rd Line Support
8 4 (5.06%) Active Directory Engineer
8 4 (5.06%) Developer
8 4 (5.06%) Exchange Support
8 4 (5.06%) Messaging Support
8 4 (5.06%) Server Engineer
8 4 (5.06%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.13%) .NET
2 7 (8.86%) LAMP
3 6 (7.59%) .NET Framework
3 6 (7.59%) JSP
4 4 (5.06%) WAMP
5 1 (1.27%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.27%) CSS
5 1 (1.27%) HTML
5 1 (1.27%) jQuery
5 1 (1.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.46%) Blackberry
2 6 (7.59%) PMI
3 5 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (6.33%) Life Science
4 4 (5.06%) Clustering
5 3 (3.80%) Data Centre
6 2 (2.53%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.53%) iPad
6 2 (2.53%) PKI
6 2 (2.53%) Psychology
6 2 (2.53%) Replication
6 2 (2.53%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (1.27%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.27%) Handset
7 1 (1.27%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 60 (75.95%) Windows
2 31 (39.24%) Windows Server
3 25 (31.65%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (30.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (24.05%) Windows Server 2003
6 17 (21.52%) Linux
7 15 (18.99%) Windows 7
8 14 (17.72%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (17.72%) Unix
9 7 (8.86%) Solaris
10 5 (6.33%) Windows XP
11 4 (5.06%) Windows 10
12 3 (3.80%) Apple iOS
13 2 (2.53%) Windows 8
14 1 (1.27%) Android
14 1 (1.27%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (62.03%) ITIL
2 9 (11.39%) Document Management
2 9 (11.39%) Problem Management
2 9 (11.39%) Project Management
3 8 (10.13%) Patch Management
3 8 (10.13%) PRINCE2
3 8 (10.13%) Security Patching
3 8 (10.13%) Virtual Environments
4 7 (8.86%) Stakeholder Management
5 6 (7.59%) Capacity Management
5 6 (7.59%) Change Management
5 6 (7.59%) Security Management
5 6 (7.59%) Supplier Management
6 4 (5.06%) Load Balancing
6 4 (5.06%) Performance Monitoring
6 4 (5.06%) Service Delivery
7 3 (3.80%) Configuration Management
7 3 (3.80%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (3.80%) Server Hardening
8 2 (2.53%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (17.72%) PowerShell
2 11 (13.92%) SQL
3 8 (10.13%) PHP
4 7 (8.86%) Java
4 7 (8.86%) Shell Script
5 5 (6.33%) C
6 4 (5.06%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.80%) VB
8 2 (2.53%) VBScript
9 1 (1.27%) C#
9 1 (1.27%) JavaScript
9 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 34 (43.04%) MCSE
2 22 (27.85%) MCP
3 21 (26.58%) MCSA
4 16 (20.25%) MCITP
5 14 (17.72%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (16.46%) CCNA
7 11 (13.92%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 11 (13.92%) MCDST
8 10 (12.66%) ITIL Certification
8 10 (12.66%) MCTS
9 8 (10.13%) RHCE
10 7 (8.86%) MOS
11 6 (7.59%) PMI Certification
11 6 (7.59%) Security Cleared
12 5 (6.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 3 (3.80%) DBS Check
13 3 (3.80%) Degree
14 2 (2.53%) ISTQB
14 2 (2.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 2 (2.53%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (11.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (3.80%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.27%) QA
3 1 (1.27%) SLA
System Software
1 49 (62.03%) Active Directory
2 22 (27.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (8.86%) Hyper-V
3 7 (8.86%) UAG
3 7 (8.86%) vSphere
4 5 (6.33%) XenApp
5 4 (5.06%) XenServer
6 3 (3.80%) Brightmail
6 3 (3.80%) NFS
6 3 (3.80%) Xen
6 3 (3.80%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.27%) Firmware
7 1 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.27%) Terminal Server
7 1 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.27%) VMware ESX
7 1 (1.27%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 17 (21.52%) SCCM
2 9 (11.39%) WSUS
3 8 (10.13%) SCOM
4 7 (8.86%) Puppet
4 7 (8.86%) Red Hat Satellite
5 6 (7.59%) Tivoli
6 5 (6.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 4 (5.06%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (2.53%) BladeLogic
8 2 (2.53%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (2.53%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (1.27%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 57 (72.15%) Microsoft
2 31 (39.24%) VMware
3 25 (31.65%) Citrix
4 15 (18.99%) Red Hat
5 14 (17.72%) HP
6 8 (10.13%) Cisco
6 8 (10.13%) Oracle
7 7 (8.86%) Brocade
8 5 (6.33%) Symantec
9 4 (5.06%) IBM
10 3 (3.80%) AppSense
10 3 (3.80%) Compaq
10 3 (3.80%) Dell
10 3 (3.80%) IronPort
10 3 (3.80%) NetApp
10 3 (3.80%) ThinPrint
11 2 (2.53%) EMC
11 2 (2.53%) Polycom
11 2 (2.53%) Proofpoint
11 2 (2.53%) SAP