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 October 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 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 74 101 85
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 66 31 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.03% 1.10% 1.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.41% 6.95% 9.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 9 33
Average daily rate
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£350 £235 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+48.93% -32.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £210 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £393 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 7
Average hourly rate £15.00 £25.00 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% +92.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.95 £11.12 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £34.60 £21.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £16.84 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-5.73% -0.94%
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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
634 446 573
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.54% 15.85% 18.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 337 185 303
Average daily rate £400 £305 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.14% -17.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £201 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 45 27
Average hourly rate £21.73 £26.00 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.42% +82.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.55 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.51 £39.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -23.40%

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 October 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 24 October 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 +14 33 £350 +2.18% 37
Cheshire +12 18 £316 +40.55% 7
Lancashire -15 6 £425 +100.00% 5
Merseyside -2 2 - - 3
Cumbria - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 91 (76.47%) Windows
2 82 (68.91%) Microsoft
3 73 (61.34%) MCSE
4 58 (48.74%) VMware
5 56 (47.06%) Active Directory
6 52 (43.70%) Windows Server 2008
7 45 (37.82%) MCITP
7 45 (37.82%) Windows Server 2003
8 36 (30.25%) ITIL
9 33 (27.73%) Cisco
9 33 (27.73%) Citrix
10 32 (26.89%) SAN
10 32 (26.89%) VMware Infrastructure
11 30 (25.21%) DNS
12 29 (24.37%) MCTS
13 27 (22.69%) SQL Server
14 26 (21.85%) TCP/IP
15 25 (21.01%) HP
16 24 (20.17%) SQL
16 24 (20.17%) MCP
17 22 (18.49%) MS Excel
17 22 (18.49%) Hyper-V
18 21 (17.65%) SharePoint
18 21 (17.65%) Symantec
18 21 (17.65%) SQL Server 2008
19 20 (16.81%) SQL Server 2005
19 20 (16.81%) MCSA
19 20 (16.81%) MS Exchange
20 19 (15.97%) Firewall
20 19 (15.97%) Finance

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

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 21 (17.65%) SharePoint
2 20 (16.81%) MS Exchange
3 14 (11.76%) SharePoint 2010
4 12 (10.08%) IIS
4 12 (10.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (5.88%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (5.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (2.52%) Lync
8 2 (1.68%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.68%) Apache
8 2 (1.68%) CICS
9 1 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.84%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 22 (18.49%) MS Excel
2 14 (11.76%) MS Office
3 2 (1.68%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.84%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 32 (26.89%) SAN
2 30 (25.21%) DNS
3 26 (21.85%) TCP/IP
4 19 (15.97%) Firewall
5 16 (13.45%) DHCP
6 14 (11.76%) WAN
7 11 (9.24%) VPN
8 10 (8.40%) LAN
9 6 (5.04%) Wireless
10 4 (3.36%) VLAN
10 4 (3.36%) Network Security
11 3 (2.52%) NAS
11 3 (2.52%) IP Telephony
12 2 (1.68%) Internet
12 2 (1.68%) DSL
12 2 (1.68%) Ethernet
12 2 (1.68%) DMZ
13 1 (0.84%) Intranet
13 1 (0.84%) Wireshark
13 1 (0.84%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (22.69%) SQL Server
2 21 (17.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (16.81%) SQL Server 2005
4 6 (5.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (5.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 6 (5.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (4.20%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (2.52%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.68%) Data Mart
7 2 (1.68%) DB2
7 2 (1.68%) OLAP
7 2 (1.68%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.84%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.84%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.84%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 2 (1.68%) MSI
1 2 (1.68%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.84%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.84%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.84%) Visual Studio
General
1 19 (15.97%) Finance
2 7 (5.88%) Banking
3 3 (2.52%) Retail
3 3 (2.52%) Local Government
3 3 (2.52%) Retail Banking
3 3 (2.52%) Marketing
3 3 (2.52%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.84%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 14 (11.76%) Support Engineer
2 13 (10.92%) 3rd Line Support
2 13 (10.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 11 (9.24%) Administrator
3 11 (9.24%) Analyst
3 11 (9.24%) Consultant
4 9 (7.56%) Developer
5 8 (6.72%) Desktop Support
6 7 (5.88%) Systems Administrator
6 7 (5.88%) Support Consultant
7 5 (4.20%) Service Analyst
7 5 (4.20%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (4.20%) Architect
7 5 (4.20%) Support Analyst
7 5 (4.20%) Technical Support
7 5 (4.20%) Network Manager
7 5 (4.20%) Wintel Support
7 5 (4.20%) Security Manager
7 5 (4.20%) Network Security Manager
8 4 (3.36%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (14.29%) .NET
2 2 (1.68%) J2EE
2 2 (1.68%) JDBC
2 2 (1.68%) JSP
2 2 (1.68%) JMS
2 2 (1.68%) JNDI
3 1 (0.84%) WPF
3 1 (0.84%) WinForms
3 1 (0.84%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.61%) Clustering
2 5 (4.20%) Blackberry
2 5 (4.20%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.52%) Handset
3 3 (2.52%) iPad
4 2 (1.68%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.68%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.68%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.84%) EqualLogic
5 1 (0.84%) CCTV
5 1 (0.84%) Life Science
5 1 (0.84%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 91 (76.47%) Windows
2 52 (43.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 45 (37.82%) Windows Server 2003
4 18 (15.13%) Windows 7
5 17 (14.29%) Windows XP
6 13 (10.92%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (7.56%) Linux
8 7 (5.88%) Windows Vista
9 4 (3.36%) Android
9 4 (3.36%) Windows 2000
10 2 (1.68%) HPUX
10 2 (1.68%) Solaris
10 2 (1.68%) NetWare
10 2 (1.68%) UNIX
10 2 (1.68%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.84%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (30.25%) ITIL
2 14 (11.76%) Load Balancing
3 12 (10.08%) Migration
4 8 (6.72%) Project Management
4 8 (6.72%) Service Management
5 6 (5.04%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (5.04%) Incident Management
6 5 (4.20%) Problem Management
6 5 (4.20%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (4.20%) CRM
6 5 (4.20%) Time Management
7 4 (3.36%) Performance Tuning
7 4 (3.36%) People Management
7 4 (3.36%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (3.36%) Business Analysis
7 4 (3.36%) Data Analysis
8 3 (2.52%) Enterprise Architecture
8 3 (2.52%) Change Management
8 3 (2.52%) Capacity Management
9 2 (1.68%) Agile Project Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (20.17%) SQL
2 17 (14.29%) PowerShell
3 6 (5.04%) T-SQL
4 3 (2.52%) VBScript
5 2 (1.68%) VB
5 2 (1.68%) C#
5 2 (1.68%) Java
5 2 (1.68%) PHP
6 1 (0.84%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.84%) C++
6 1 (0.84%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.84%) C
Qualifications
1 73 (61.34%) MCSE
2 45 (37.82%) MCITP
3 29 (24.37%) MCTS
4 24 (20.17%) MCP
5 20 (16.81%) MCSA
6 18 (15.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 16 (13.45%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (12.61%) CCNA
9 12 (10.08%) Degree
10 9 (7.56%) VCP5
11 8 (6.72%) MCDST
12 6 (5.04%) CCNP
13 5 (4.20%) CCIP
13 5 (4.20%) ACSA
13 5 (4.20%) RHCE
13 5 (4.20%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (4.20%) CCDP
13 5 (4.20%) IBM Certification
13 5 (4.20%) Security Cleared
13 5 (4.20%) ACSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (3.36%) SLA
3 1 (0.84%) QA
3 1 (0.84%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 56 (47.06%) Active Directory
2 32 (26.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 22 (18.49%) Hyper-V
4 15 (12.61%) VMware ESX
5 11 (9.24%) XenServer
6 10 (8.40%) XenApp
7 8 (6.72%) XenDesktop
8 7 (5.88%) vSphere
9 2 (1.68%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.84%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.84%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 17 (14.29%) Backup Exec
2 14 (11.76%) SCCM
3 12 (10.08%) SCOM
4 2 (1.68%) ServiceCenter
5 1 (0.84%) WSUS
5 1 (0.84%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.84%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.84%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.84%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.84%) Legato
5 1 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.84%) Nagios
5 1 (0.84%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 82 (68.91%) Microsoft
2 58 (48.74%) VMware
3 33 (27.73%) Cisco
3 33 (27.73%) Citrix
4 25 (21.01%) HP
5 21 (17.65%) Symantec
6 12 (10.08%) EMC
7 11 (9.24%) Juniper
7 11 (9.24%) Dell
8 8 (6.72%) IBM
9 7 (5.88%) Compaq
9 7 (5.88%) Red Hat
9 7 (5.88%) Apple
9 7 (5.88%) Veeam
10 6 (5.04%) Sophos
11 5 (4.20%) McAfee
12 4 (3.36%) SolarWinds
12 4 (3.36%) Adobe
13 3 (2.52%) SAP
13 3 (2.52%) Avaya
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