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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 73 87 98
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 64 45 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.01% 1.52% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.29% 8.88% 6.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 14 24
Average daily rate
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£305 £255 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+19.60% -17.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £202 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £424 £325 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £316 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.76% +5.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 13
Average hourly rate £15.00 £26.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.30% +62.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.30 £35.80 £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £17.23 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +11.12%
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
622 507 657
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.56% 17.14% 19.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 338 237 339
Average daily rate £380 £305 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.59% -17.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £220 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £479 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 52 48
Average hourly rate £22.25 £26.00 £17.17
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-14.42% +51.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.00 £28.67
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 19 September 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the North West region over the 3 months to 19 September 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
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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 +1 32 £320 +6.66% 22
Cheshire +9 16 £305 +35.55% 8
Lancashire -15 8 £420 +40.00% 4
Merseyside 0 1 - -
Cumbria - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 94 (81.03%) Windows
2 82 (70.69%) Microsoft
3 76 (65.52%) MCSE
4 59 (50.86%) Active Directory
4 59 (50.86%) VMware
5 53 (45.69%) Windows Server 2008
6 45 (38.79%) Windows Server 2003
7 42 (36.21%) MCITP
8 41 (35.34%) ITIL
9 33 (28.45%) Citrix
10 32 (27.59%) Cisco
10 32 (27.59%) VMware Infrastructure
11 30 (25.86%) MCTS
11 30 (25.86%) DNS
12 29 (25.00%) SAN
13 27 (23.28%) SQL Server
14 26 (22.41%) HP
15 25 (21.55%) MCP
16 23 (19.83%) SQL
16 23 (19.83%) MS Excel
17 22 (18.97%) MCSA
17 22 (18.97%) Symantec
18 21 (18.10%) SQL Server 2008
18 21 (18.10%) Hyper-V
19 20 (17.24%) MS Exchange
19 20 (17.24%) TCP/IP
19 20 (17.24%) SQL Server 2005
20 19 (16.38%) Finance
20 19 (16.38%) Windows XP
20 19 (16.38%) SharePoint

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 20 (17.24%) MS Exchange
2 19 (16.38%) SharePoint
3 14 (12.07%) SharePoint 2010
4 12 (10.34%) IIS
5 11 (9.48%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (6.03%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (4.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.72%) CICS
9 2 (1.72%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.86%) Lync
10 1 (0.86%) Apache
Applications
1 23 (19.83%) MS Excel
2 19 (16.38%) MS Office
3 1 (0.86%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 30 (25.86%) DNS
2 29 (25.00%) SAN
3 20 (17.24%) TCP/IP
4 18 (15.52%) Firewall
5 16 (13.79%) DHCP
6 13 (11.21%) VPN
7 11 (9.48%) WAN
8 10 (8.62%) Wireless
9 8 (6.90%) LAN
10 4 (3.45%) IP Telephony
10 4 (3.45%) VLAN
10 4 (3.45%) Network Security
11 3 (2.59%) NAS
12 2 (1.72%) DSL
12 2 (1.72%) DMZ
12 2 (1.72%) Intranet
12 2 (1.72%) Internet
12 2 (1.72%) Ethernet
13 1 (0.86%) Structured Cabling
13 1 (0.86%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (23.28%) SQL Server
2 21 (18.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (17.24%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (2.59%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (2.59%) Crystal Reports
7 2 (1.72%) DB2
7 2 (1.72%) OLAP
7 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.72%) Data Mart
8 1 (0.86%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.86%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
8 1 (0.86%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 2 (1.72%) MSI
1 2 (1.72%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 19 (16.38%) Finance
2 7 (6.03%) Banking
3 3 (2.59%) Retail Banking
3 3 (2.59%) Marketing
3 3 (2.59%) Retail
4 2 (1.72%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.72%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.72%) Local Government
5 1 (0.86%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 18 (15.52%) Analyst
2 13 (11.21%) Support Engineer
3 12 (10.34%) Support Analyst
4 11 (9.48%) 3rd Line Support
5 10 (8.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (8.62%) Administrator
6 9 (7.76%) Consultant
6 9 (7.76%) Developer
7 8 (6.90%) 2nd Line Support
8 7 (6.03%) Service Desk Analyst
8 7 (6.03%) Support Consultant
8 7 (6.03%) Service Analyst
8 7 (6.03%) Desktop Support
9 6 (5.17%) Systems Administrator
9 6 (5.17%) Network Manager
10 5 (4.31%) Network Security Manager
10 5 (4.31%) Security Manager
10 5 (4.31%) Server Engineer
10 5 (4.31%) Wintel Support
10 5 (4.31%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (16.38%) .NET
2 2 (1.72%) J2EE
2 2 (1.72%) JDBC
2 2 (1.72%) JSP
2 2 (1.72%) JMS
2 2 (1.72%) JNDI
3 1 (0.86%) WPF
3 1 (0.86%) WinForms
3 1 (0.86%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 14 (12.07%) Clustering
2 6 (5.17%) iPad
3 4 (3.45%) Blackberry
3 4 (3.45%) Smartphone
4 3 (2.59%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.59%) Handset
5 2 (1.72%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.72%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (0.86%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.86%) EqualLogic
6 1 (0.86%) Fat Client
6 1 (0.86%) CCTV
6 1 (0.86%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.86%) Life Science
6 1 (0.86%) EPoS
6 1 (0.86%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 94 (81.03%) Windows
2 53 (45.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 45 (38.79%) Windows Server 2003
4 19 (16.38%) Windows XP
4 19 (16.38%) Windows 7
5 12 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 9 (7.76%) Linux
7 6 (5.17%) Windows Vista
8 4 (3.45%) Android
9 3 (2.59%) Windows 2000
10 2 (1.72%) UNIX
10 2 (1.72%) NetWare
10 2 (1.72%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.86%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.86%) Windows NT
11 1 (0.86%) HPUX
11 1 (0.86%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (35.34%) ITIL
2 14 (12.07%) Load Balancing
3 10 (8.62%) Migration
4 8 (6.90%) Project Management
5 7 (6.03%) Incident Management
6 6 (5.17%) Service Management
6 6 (5.17%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (4.31%) Time Management
7 5 (4.31%) Problem Management
7 5 (4.31%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (3.45%) Agile Software Development
8 4 (3.45%) Change Management
8 4 (3.45%) Data Analysis
8 4 (3.45%) Performance Tuning
9 3 (2.59%) People Management
9 3 (2.59%) Capacity Management
9 3 (2.59%) Business Analysis
9 3 (2.59%) Validation
10 2 (1.72%) E-Commerce
10 2 (1.72%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 23 (19.83%) SQL
2 18 (15.52%) PowerShell
3 6 (5.17%) T-SQL
4 2 (1.72%) C#
4 2 (1.72%) VBScript
4 2 (1.72%) Java
5 1 (0.86%) Perl
5 1 (0.86%) PHP
5 1 (0.86%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.86%) VB
5 1 (0.86%) C++
5 1 (0.86%) C
5 1 (0.86%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 76 (65.52%) MCSE
2 42 (36.21%) MCITP
3 30 (25.86%) MCTS
4 25 (21.55%) MCP
5 22 (18.97%) MCSA
6 17 (14.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 16 (13.79%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (13.79%) CCNA
8 15 (12.93%) Degree
9 9 (7.76%) VCP5
10 7 (6.03%) MCDST
11 6 (5.17%) RHCE
11 6 (5.17%) CCNP
11 6 (5.17%) Security Cleared
12 5 (4.31%) ACSP
12 5 (4.31%) ACSA
12 5 (4.31%) CCIP
12 5 (4.31%) CCDP
12 5 (4.31%) IBM Certification
13 4 (3.45%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (10.34%) SLA
2 5 (4.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.86%) QA
System Software
1 59 (50.86%) Active Directory
2 32 (27.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (18.10%) Hyper-V
4 14 (12.07%) VMware ESX
5 12 (10.34%) XenServer
6 11 (9.48%) XenApp
7 9 (7.76%) XenDesktop
8 8 (6.90%) vSphere
9 2 (1.72%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.86%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.86%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 17 (14.66%) Backup Exec
2 15 (12.93%) SCCM
3 13 (11.21%) SCOM
4 2 (1.72%) ServiceCenter
5 1 (0.86%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.86%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.86%) WSUS
5 1 (0.86%) Nagios
5 1 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 82 (70.69%) Microsoft
2 59 (50.86%) VMware
3 33 (28.45%) Citrix
4 32 (27.59%) Cisco
5 26 (22.41%) HP
6 22 (18.97%) Symantec
7 13 (11.21%) Dell
8 11 (9.48%) Juniper
9 10 (8.62%) EMC
10 9 (7.76%) Compaq
11 8 (6.90%) Veeam
11 8 (6.90%) IBM
11 8 (6.90%) Red Hat
12 7 (6.03%) Apple
12 7 (6.03%) McAfee
12 7 (6.03%) Sophos
13 5 (4.31%) Adobe
14 4 (3.45%) SAP
14 4 (3.45%) SolarWinds
15 3 (2.59%) Becrypt
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