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 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 98 96 66
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -30
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 41 33 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.28% 1.17% 2.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.39% 6.07% 13.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 10 42
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£375 £300 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £230 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £380 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.46% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 9 9
Average hourly rate £13.00 £22.50 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-42.22% +20.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £11.00 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £31.00 £21.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -19.70%
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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 West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
642 544 510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.99% 19.21% 17.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 250 272
Average daily rate £365 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £560 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 47 27
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £33.62 £31.49
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 December 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
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 December 2014.

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 December 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 -3 26 £363 +11.53% 14
Cheshire +10 10 £426 +42.08% 9
Merseyside -10 2 - - 2
Lancashire - 2 - - 3
Cumbria - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 78 (72.90%) Windows
2 73 (68.22%) Microsoft
3 63 (58.88%) MCSE
4 58 (54.21%) Active Directory
5 39 (36.45%) VMware
6 38 (35.51%) ITIL
7 35 (32.71%) Windows Server 2008
8 33 (30.84%) MCITP
9 28 (26.17%) MS Excel
9 28 (26.17%) Citrix
10 26 (24.30%) Windows Server 2003
11 25 (23.36%) Cisco
12 24 (22.43%) DNS
12 24 (22.43%) TCP/IP
13 23 (21.50%) MCSA
13 23 (21.50%) MCP
13 23 (21.50%) MCTS
14 22 (20.56%) SQL Server
14 22 (20.56%) MS Exchange
15 20 (18.69%) SQL
15 20 (18.69%) SAN
16 19 (17.76%) HP
16 19 (17.76%) Windows XP
16 19 (17.76%) Finance
16 19 (17.76%) VMware Infrastructure
17 17 (15.89%) Cisco Certification
17 17 (15.89%) .NET
17 17 (15.89%) SQL Server 2008
17 17 (15.89%) Windows 7
17 17 (15.89%) Windows Server 2012

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

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 22 (20.56%) MS Exchange
2 16 (14.95%) SharePoint
3 12 (11.21%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (9.35%) SharePoint 2010
5 8 (7.48%) IIS
6 6 (5.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (4.67%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (4.67%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (3.74%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (2.80%) Lync
9 3 (2.80%) CICS
10 2 (1.87%) IBM Notes
10 2 (1.87%) Apache
10 2 (1.87%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 28 (26.17%) MS Excel
2 12 (11.21%) MS Office
3 2 (1.87%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.93%) MS Project
4 1 (0.93%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.74%) Office 365
2 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 24 (22.43%) DNS
1 24 (22.43%) TCP/IP
2 20 (18.69%) SAN
3 15 (14.02%) DHCP
4 13 (12.15%) WAN
5 10 (9.35%) LAN
6 9 (8.41%) VPN
7 7 (6.54%) Wireless
8 6 (5.61%) Firewall
9 5 (4.67%) VLAN
10 4 (3.74%) Network Security
11 3 (2.80%) iSCSI
11 3 (2.80%) NAS
12 2 (1.87%) ATM
12 2 (1.87%) Ethernet
12 2 (1.87%) DMZ
13 1 (0.93%) Intranet
13 1 (0.93%) Internet
13 1 (0.93%) Wireshark
13 1 (0.93%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (20.56%) SQL Server
2 17 (15.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (14.02%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (7.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (7.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 8 (7.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (4.67%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (2.80%) DB2
7 2 (1.87%) OLAP
7 2 (1.87%) Data Mart
7 2 (1.87%) PerformancePoint
7 2 (1.87%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.87%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.87%) OLAP Cube
8 1 (0.93%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.93%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.93%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.93%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.93%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
8 1 (0.93%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Visual Studio
1 1 (0.93%) Oracle Forms
1 1 (0.93%) MSI
1 1 (0.93%) JIRA
1 1 (0.93%) Fiddler
1 1 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 1 (0.93%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (0.93%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 19 (17.76%) Finance
2 4 (3.74%) Banking
3 3 (2.80%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.80%) Local Government
3 3 (2.80%) Publishing
3 3 (2.80%) Marketing
4 2 (1.87%) Retail Banking
4 2 (1.87%) Retail
5 1 (0.93%) Back Office
5 1 (0.93%) Law
5 1 (0.93%) Legal
5 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 18 (16.82%) Analyst
2 12 (11.21%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 11 (10.28%) 3rd Line Support
3 11 (10.28%) Administrator
4 10 (9.35%) Support Engineer
4 10 (9.35%) Service Analyst
4 10 (9.35%) Service Desk Analyst
4 10 (9.35%) Developer
5 7 (6.54%) Desktop Support
5 7 (6.54%) Consultant
6 6 (5.61%) Systems Administrator
7 5 (4.67%) Architect
7 5 (4.67%) Support Analyst
7 5 (4.67%) Technical Support
7 5 (4.67%) Network Manager
7 5 (4.67%) Security Manager
7 5 (4.67%) Network Security Manager
8 4 (3.74%) SharePoint Developer
8 4 (3.74%) SQL Developer
8 4 (3.74%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (15.89%) .NET
2 4 (3.74%) JMS
3 3 (2.80%) J2EE
3 3 (2.80%) JDBC
3 3 (2.80%) JSP
3 3 (2.80%) JNDI
3 3 (2.80%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.87%) Application Packaging
5 1 (0.93%) WPF
5 1 (0.93%) jQuery
5 1 (0.93%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.93%) HTML5
5 1 (0.93%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 1 (0.93%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.93%) WinForms
5 1 (0.93%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.35%) Clustering
2 5 (4.67%) Blackberry
3 4 (3.74%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.80%) Handset
4 3 (2.80%) Mainframe
4 3 (2.80%) Life Science
4 3 (2.80%) IBM Mainframe
4 3 (2.80%) iPad
5 1 (0.93%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (0.93%) EPoS
5 1 (0.93%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 78 (72.90%) Windows
2 35 (32.71%) Windows Server 2008
3 26 (24.30%) Windows Server 2003
4 19 (17.76%) Windows XP
5 17 (15.89%) Windows 7
5 17 (15.89%) Windows Server 2012
6 10 (9.35%) Linux
7 8 (7.48%) Windows Vista
8 4 (3.74%) Android
8 4 (3.74%) Windows 2000
9 2 (1.87%) HPUX
9 2 (1.87%) Solaris
9 2 (1.87%) NetWare
9 2 (1.87%) UNIX
9 2 (1.87%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.93%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.93%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.93%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (35.51%) ITIL
2 14 (13.08%) Migration
3 10 (9.35%) Project Management
4 9 (8.41%) Load Balancing
5 7 (6.54%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (4.67%) CRM
7 4 (3.74%) Service Management
7 4 (3.74%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (3.74%) Data Analysis
7 4 (3.74%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (3.74%) Time Management
7 4 (3.74%) Performance Tuning
7 4 (3.74%) People Management
8 3 (2.80%) Waterfall
8 3 (2.80%) Agile Project Management
8 3 (2.80%) Software Deployment
8 3 (2.80%) Unit Testing
8 3 (2.80%) Software Engineering
8 3 (2.80%) Business Analysis
8 3 (2.80%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (18.69%) SQL
2 13 (12.15%) PowerShell
3 5 (4.67%) T-SQL
4 4 (3.74%) VBScript
5 2 (1.87%) VB
5 2 (1.87%) C#
5 2 (1.87%) Java
5 2 (1.87%) PHP
6 1 (0.93%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.93%) C
Qualifications
1 63 (58.88%) MCSE
2 33 (30.84%) MCITP
3 23 (21.50%) MCTS
3 23 (21.50%) MCSA
3 23 (21.50%) MCP
4 17 (15.89%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (14.95%) CCNA
6 8 (7.48%) MCDST
7 7 (6.54%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 7 (6.54%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 7 (6.54%) CCDP
8 6 (5.61%) CCNP
9 5 (4.67%) CCIP
9 5 (4.67%) Citrix Certification
9 5 (4.67%) RHCE
9 5 (4.67%) RHCSA
9 5 (4.67%) ACSP
9 5 (4.67%) ACSA
9 5 (4.67%) IBM Certification
10 4 (3.74%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.87%) SLA
2 2 (1.87%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.93%) QA
System Software
1 58 (54.21%) Active Directory
2 19 (17.76%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (9.35%) Hyper-V
4 9 (8.41%) XenServer
5 8 (7.48%) XenApp
6 7 (6.54%) XenDesktop
7 5 (4.67%) vSphere
8 3 (2.80%) VMware ESX
9 2 (1.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (1.87%) UAG
10 1 (0.93%) NFS
10 1 (0.93%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.93%) Xen
10 1 (0.93%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 12 (11.21%) SCCM
2 11 (10.28%) SCOM
3 5 (4.67%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.87%) ServiceCenter
5 1 (0.93%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.93%) Legato
5 1 (0.93%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.93%) Nagios
5 1 (0.93%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 73 (68.22%) Microsoft
2 39 (36.45%) VMware
3 28 (26.17%) Citrix
4 25 (23.36%) Cisco
5 19 (17.76%) HP
6 11 (10.28%) EMC
7 9 (8.41%) IBM
8 8 (7.48%) Dell
9 6 (5.61%) Apple
9 6 (5.61%) Symantec
10 5 (4.67%) Red Hat
11 4 (3.74%) Sophos
11 4 (3.74%) SolarWinds
11 4 (3.74%) Compaq
12 3 (2.80%) Oracle
12 3 (2.80%) Avaya
12 3 (2.80%) NetApp
12 3 (2.80%) Veeam
13 2 (1.87%) McAfee
13 2 (1.87%) CheckPoint