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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 70 81 79
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 86 53 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.25% 1.74% 1.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.96% 9.71% 9.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 30 18
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£325 £300 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £202 £188
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £321 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £301 £300
% change year-on-year
+16.34% +0.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 18
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.17 £23.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.31% -21.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £13.20 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £26.50 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.25 £15.88 £17.23
% change year-on-year
+14.96% -7.83%
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
785 546 511
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.52% 17.88% 19.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 419 269 232
Average daily rate £400 £328 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.13% +0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £213 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £479
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 49 49
Average hourly rate £30.52 £22.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.72% -32.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.88 £18.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+27.33% -10.71%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 28 July 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 -5 35 £183 -39.16% 19
Lancashire +24 21 £420 +55.55% 4
Cumbria -8 12 £350 - 2
Cheshire -12 10 £225 -15.09% 13
Merseyside -9 7 - - 2
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 131 (90.34%) Microsoft
2 101 (69.66%) Windows
3 77 (53.10%) ITIL
4 64 (44.14%) Active Directory
5 49 (33.79%) VMware
6 48 (33.10%) VMware Infrastructure
7 44 (30.34%) Citrix
7 44 (30.34%) MCSE
8 42 (28.97%) MCITP
8 42 (28.97%) Windows 7
9 39 (26.90%) Security Cleared
10 38 (26.21%) MS Excel
11 37 (25.52%) Windows Server 2008
12 36 (24.83%) MCSA
13 34 (23.45%) MCP
13 34 (23.45%) MS Office
14 29 (20.00%) DNS
15 28 (19.31%) Windows Server 2003
16 26 (17.93%) LAN
16 26 (17.93%) Citrix Certification
16 26 (17.93%) SQL
17 25 (17.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 23 (15.86%) SC Cleared
19 22 (15.17%) DHCP
20 21 (14.48%) Symantec
20 21 (14.48%) Incident Management
21 20 (13.79%) PowerShell
21 20 (13.79%) Migration
21 20 (13.79%) ITIL Certification
21 20 (13.79%) Cisco Certification

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

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 13 (8.97%) SharePoint
2 8 (5.52%) MS Exchange
2 8 (5.52%) CMS
3 6 (4.14%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (4.14%) IIS
4 4 (2.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 4 (2.76%) Lync
5 3 (2.07%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (2.07%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (2.07%) TPMS
5 3 (2.07%) Office Communications Server
5 3 (2.07%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.38%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.69%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.69%) WorkSite
7 1 (0.69%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 38 (26.21%) MS Excel
2 34 (23.45%) MS Office
3 12 (8.28%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.69%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.69%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.07%) Office 365
2 2 (1.38%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (20.00%) DNS
2 26 (17.93%) LAN
3 22 (15.17%) DHCP
4 18 (12.41%) WAN
5 16 (11.03%) SAN
6 10 (6.90%) VPN
7 9 (6.21%) TCP/IP
7 9 (6.21%) Firewall
8 6 (4.14%) SSL
8 6 (4.14%) FTP
8 6 (4.14%) HTTP
8 6 (4.14%) SMTP
9 5 (3.45%) VLAN
10 4 (2.76%) NetScaler
10 4 (2.76%) Wireless
11 3 (2.07%) VoIP
12 2 (1.38%) Internet
12 2 (1.38%) NAS
12 2 (1.38%) Fibre Channel
13 1 (0.69%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (3.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (2.76%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (0.69%) QlikView
6 1 (0.69%) OLAP
6 1 (0.69%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.69%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.69%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (1.38%) Fiddler
General
1 14 (9.66%) Finance
2 10 (6.90%) Legal
3 9 (6.21%) Law
4 3 (2.07%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.38%) Retail
5 2 (1.38%) Local Government
6 1 (0.69%) Advertising
6 1 (0.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (19.31%) Analyst
2 19 (13.10%) Support Engineer
3 17 (11.72%) Desktop Support
4 12 (8.28%) Consultant
4 12 (8.28%) Support Analyst
4 12 (8.28%) Service Analyst
5 10 (6.90%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (6.21%) Administrator
6 9 (6.21%) Process Engineer
7 8 (5.52%) Service Desk Team Leader
7 8 (5.52%) Team Leader
7 8 (5.52%) Technical Analyst
7 8 (5.52%) Technical Team Leader
8 7 (4.83%) Service Desk Analyst
8 7 (4.83%) 2nd Line Support
8 7 (4.83%) Desktop Administrator
9 6 (4.14%) PC Support
10 5 (3.45%) Wintel Engineer
10 5 (3.45%) 1st Line Support
10 5 (3.45%) Field Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.14%) HTML
1 6 (4.14%) XML
2 2 (1.38%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.69%) MDX
3 1 (0.69%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (7.59%) Data Centre
2 10 (6.90%) Thin Client
2 10 (6.90%) Fat Client
3 7 (4.83%) Blackberry
4 6 (4.14%) Clustering
4 6 (4.14%) Computer Science
5 5 (3.45%) iPad
5 5 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.76%) Handset
7 3 (2.07%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.38%) Replication
8 2 (1.38%) Mathematics
8 2 (1.38%) NHS
8 2 (1.38%) CMDB
9 1 (0.69%) FlexPod
9 1 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.69%) iPhone
9 1 (0.69%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.69%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 101 (69.66%) Windows
2 42 (28.97%) Windows 7
3 37 (25.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 28 (19.31%) Windows Server 2003
5 19 (13.10%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (10.34%) Windows XP
7 6 (4.14%) Windows 8
8 5 (3.45%) Solaris
8 5 (3.45%) Apple iOS
8 5 (3.45%) UNIX
9 3 (2.07%) Windows Vista
9 3 (2.07%) Android
9 3 (2.07%) AIX
10 2 (1.38%) Linux
10 2 (1.38%) Mac OS X
10 2 (1.38%) BlackBerry OS
11 1 (0.69%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.69%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (53.10%) ITIL
2 21 (14.48%) Incident Management
3 20 (13.79%) Migration
4 13 (8.97%) Continuous Improvement
5 12 (8.28%) BPMN
5 12 (8.28%) Stakeholder Management
5 12 (8.28%) Quality Management
6 11 (7.59%) Six Sigma
6 11 (7.59%) Lean Six Sigma
6 11 (7.59%) Performance Analysis
7 9 (6.21%) Problem Management
7 9 (6.21%) Document Management
7 9 (6.21%) Service Management
8 8 (5.52%) ITIL V3
8 8 (5.52%) Server Building
9 7 (4.83%) Performance Tuning
10 6 (4.14%) Patch Management
10 6 (4.14%) Root Cause Analysis
10 6 (4.14%) Change Management
10 6 (4.14%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 26 (17.93%) SQL
2 20 (13.79%) PowerShell
3 12 (8.28%) VBScript
4 3 (2.07%) T-SQL
5 2 (1.38%) VB
6 1 (0.69%) C
6 1 (0.69%) C#
Qualifications
1 44 (30.34%) MCSE
2 42 (28.97%) MCITP
3 39 (26.90%) Security Cleared
4 36 (24.83%) MCSA
5 34 (23.45%) MCP
6 26 (17.93%) Citrix Certification
7 25 (17.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 23 (15.86%) SC Cleared
9 20 (13.79%) Cisco Certification
9 20 (13.79%) ITIL Certification
10 18 (12.41%) MCTS
11 16 (11.03%) CCNA
12 14 (9.66%) CCA
13 12 (8.28%) MCDST
14 11 (7.59%) A+ Certification
15 8 (5.52%) MOS
15 8 (5.52%) Degree
15 8 (5.52%) CCEE
16 6 (4.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 6 (4.14%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.28%) SLA
2 4 (2.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.76%) QA
3 1 (0.69%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 64 (44.14%) Active Directory
2 48 (33.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (11.72%) XenApp
4 15 (10.34%) Hyper-V
5 10 (6.90%) XenServer
6 9 (6.21%) XenDesktop
6 9 (6.21%) vSphere
6 9 (6.21%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (4.83%) Terminal Services
7 7 (4.83%) VMware Workstation
8 6 (4.14%) VMware ESX
9 4 (2.76%) MetaFrame
9 4 (2.76%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (2.07%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (1.38%) NFS
11 2 (1.38%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.69%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.69%) Xen
Systems Management
1 13 (8.97%) SCCM
2 7 (4.83%) SCOM
2 7 (4.83%) Backup Exec
3 3 (2.07%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.38%) SCVMM
4 2 (1.38%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.38%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (1.38%) EdgeSight
5 1 (0.69%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.69%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.69%) WSUS
Vendors
1 131 (90.34%) Microsoft
2 49 (33.79%) VMware
3 44 (30.34%) Citrix
4 21 (14.48%) Symantec
5 18 (12.41%) HP
6 12 (8.28%) SAP
6 12 (8.28%) McAfee
7 10 (6.90%) AppSense
8 8 (5.52%) Sophos
9 7 (4.83%) Cisco
10 5 (3.45%) Dell
11 4 (2.76%) Compaq
11 4 (2.76%) NetApp
11 4 (2.76%) Altiris
11 4 (2.76%) Veeam
12 3 (2.07%) Wyse
12 3 (2.07%) Apple
12 3 (2.07%) EMC
13 2 (1.38%) IBM
13 2 (1.38%) Avaya
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