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 17 January 2017 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
17 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
England / North West
Rank 112 123 111
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 24 30 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.91% 0.78% 0.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.98% 4.10% 4.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 18 12
Median daily rate £350 £344 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.81% -12.97%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £169 £130 £169
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £440 £461
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
- +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 11
Median hourly rate £16.00 £35.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.28% +169.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.70 £16.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.20 £35.00 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.30 £17.00 £15.77
% change year-on-year
-4.14% +7.79%

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
482 731 625
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.34% 19.00% 20.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 398 327
Median daily rate £438 £400 £377
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% +6.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 29 53
Median hourly rate £21.25 £35.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-39.28% +84.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £16.94 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £39.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-25.64% +105.26%

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 17 January 2017.

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 17 January 2017. 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 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
Lancashire - 10 £271 - 1
Cheshire +21 4 £550 +158.82% 6
Manchester +8 4 £408 +16.42% 14
Cumbria +15 3 - -
Merseyside -3 2 £356 -5.00% 2
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 January 2017, 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 38 (73.08%) Microsoft
2 34 (65.38%) Windows
3 33 (63.46%) MCSE
4 27 (51.92%) Active Directory
5 21 (40.38%) VMware
5 21 (40.38%) Windows Server
6 19 (36.54%) ITIL
7 17 (32.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 17 (32.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 14 (26.92%) VMware Infrastructure
9 13 (25.00%) SQL
9 13 (25.00%) MS Office
10 12 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
10 12 (23.08%) CCNA
11 10 (19.23%) Cisco
11 10 (19.23%) MS Exchange
11 10 (19.23%) VPN
11 10 (19.23%) SQL Server
11 10 (19.23%) MCSA
11 10 (19.23%) Windows 7
12 9 (17.31%) SCCM
12 9 (17.31%) WAN
12 9 (17.31%) LAN
12 9 (17.31%) HP
12 9 (17.31%) Citrix
12 9 (17.31%) Backup Exec
13 8 (15.38%) Firewall
13 8 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (15.38%) DHCP
14 7 (13.46%) MCP

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 10 (19.23%) MS Exchange
2 6 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (7.69%) IIS
3 4 (7.69%) SharePoint
4 3 (5.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (5.77%) IBM Notes
4 3 (5.77%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.92%) Apache
6 1 (1.92%) CMS
6 1 (1.92%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.92%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.92%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (1.92%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.92%) Umbraco
Applications
1 13 (25.00%) MS Office
2 6 (11.54%) MS Visio
3 5 (9.62%) MS Excel
3 5 (9.62%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.92%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.92%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.92%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.92%) IBM Cloud
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.92%) Office 365
2 1 (1.92%) OneDrive
2 1 (1.92%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (19.23%) VPN
2 9 (17.31%) LAN
2 9 (17.31%) WAN
3 8 (15.38%) DHCP
3 8 (15.38%) Firewall
4 6 (11.54%) DNS
4 6 (11.54%) SAN
5 3 (5.77%) VLAN
6 2 (3.85%) Internet
6 2 (3.85%) WLAN
7 1 (1.92%) Extranet
7 1 (1.92%) Fibre Channel
7 1 (1.92%) iSCSI
7 1 (1.92%) MPLS
7 1 (1.92%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (19.23%) SQL Server
2 5 (9.62%) Oracle Database
2 5 (9.62%) Oracle Database 12c
2 5 (9.62%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (5.77%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (3.85%) RDBMS
4 2 (3.85%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.92%) MySQL
5 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (5.77%) Visual Studio
2 2 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.92%) JIRA
3 1 (1.92%) Moq
3 1 (1.92%) NUnit
3 1 (1.92%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 7 (13.46%) Banking
2 6 (11.54%) Finance
3 2 (3.85%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.85%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.92%) Back Office
4 1 (1.92%) Law
4 1 (1.92%) Legal
4 1 (1.92%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 10 (19.23%) Analyst
2 8 (15.38%) 3rd Line Support
3 7 (13.46%) IT Support
4 6 (11.54%) Developer
4 6 (11.54%) Support Analyst
5 5 (9.62%) .NET Developer
5 5 (9.62%) Administrator
5 5 (9.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (9.62%) IT Analyst
5 5 (9.62%) IT Engineer
6 4 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (7.69%) Architect
6 4 (7.69%) Service Analyst
7 3 (5.77%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 3 (5.77%) Backup Administrator
7 3 (5.77%) Infrastructure Support
7 3 (5.77%) Support Engineer
8 2 (3.85%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 2 (3.85%) Security Architect
8 2 (3.85%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.46%) .NET
2 6 (11.54%) ASP.NET
3 5 (9.62%) ASP.NET MVC
4 4 (7.69%) WCF
4 4 (7.69%) Web Services
5 3 (5.77%) Ajax
5 3 (5.77%) SOAP
5 3 (5.77%) XML
6 2 (3.85%) .NET Framework
6 2 (3.85%) CSS
6 2 (3.85%) HTML
6 2 (3.85%) KnockoutJS
6 2 (3.85%) RESTful
6 2 (3.85%) WinForms
7 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (1.92%) jQuery
7 1 (1.92%) NHibernate
7 1 (1.92%) SAML
7 1 (1.92%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (9.62%) NHS
2 4 (7.69%) PKI
3 3 (5.77%) Blackberry
4 2 (3.85%) Life Science
4 2 (3.85%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.85%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.92%) AS400
5 1 (1.92%) Blog
5 1 (1.92%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.92%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.92%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.92%) FlexPod
5 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (1.92%) Oracle Licensing
5 1 (1.92%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 34 (65.38%) Windows
2 21 (40.38%) Windows Server
3 17 (32.69%) Windows Server 2008
3 17 (32.69%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (19.23%) Windows 7
5 8 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (13.46%) Windows 10
7 5 (9.62%) Windows XP
8 4 (7.69%) Apple iOS
8 4 (7.69%) Windows 8
9 3 (5.77%) Linux
10 1 (1.92%) CentOS
10 1 (1.92%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (36.54%) ITIL
2 5 (9.62%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (9.62%) Infrastructure Management
2 5 (9.62%) MVC
2 5 (9.62%) Project Management
2 5 (9.62%) Technical Analysis
3 3 (5.77%) Migration
3 3 (5.77%) OO
3 3 (5.77%) PRINCE2
3 3 (5.77%) Problem Management
3 3 (5.77%) Service Management
3 3 (5.77%) Time Management
4 2 (3.85%) ITIL V3
4 2 (3.85%) OOD
4 2 (3.85%) Server Monitoring
4 2 (3.85%) Software Engineering
4 2 (3.85%) Software Licensing
4 2 (3.85%) TDD
4 2 (3.85%) Unit Testing
4 2 (3.85%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 13 (25.00%) SQL
2 6 (11.54%) C#
3 5 (9.62%) PowerShell
4 3 (5.77%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.85%) C
5 2 (3.85%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.85%) VB.NET
5 2 (3.85%) VBScript
6 1 (1.92%) PHP
6 1 (1.92%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.92%) VB
6 1 (1.92%) VB6
Qualifications
1 33 (63.46%) MCSE
2 12 (23.08%) CCNA
2 12 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
3 10 (19.23%) MCSA
4 7 (13.46%) MCP
4 7 (13.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 5 (9.62%) Security Cleared
6 4 (7.69%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (5.77%) CCA
7 3 (5.77%) MCDST
7 3 (5.77%) MCITP
7 3 (5.77%) MCTS
7 3 (5.77%) RHCE
7 3 (5.77%) SC Cleared
8 2 (3.85%) Degree
9 1 (1.92%) CESG Certified Professional
9 1 (1.92%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.92%) PMI Certification
9 1 (1.92%) PMP
9 1 (1.92%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.77%) SLA
2 1 (1.92%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.92%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 27 (51.92%) Active Directory
2 14 (26.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (11.54%) vSphere
4 3 (5.77%) Hyper-V
4 3 (5.77%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (5.77%) VMware ESX
5 2 (3.85%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (3.85%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.92%) MetaFrame
6 1 (1.92%) NFS
6 1 (1.92%) Shibboleth
6 1 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.92%) Xen
Systems Management
1 9 (17.31%) Backup Exec
1 9 (17.31%) SCCM
2 6 (11.54%) SCOM
3 5 (9.62%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (5.77%) NetBackup
5 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.92%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 38 (73.08%) Microsoft
2 21 (40.38%) VMware
3 10 (19.23%) Cisco
4 9 (17.31%) Citrix
4 9 (17.31%) HP
5 6 (11.54%) Intel Security
6 5 (9.62%) Canon
6 5 (9.62%) Dell
6 5 (9.62%) Oracle
6 5 (9.62%) Symantec
7 4 (7.69%) Veeam
8 3 (5.77%) EqualLogic
8 3 (5.77%) Lotus
8 3 (5.77%) Remedy
9 2 (3.85%) NetApp
9 2 (3.85%) Polycom
9 2 (3.85%) SolarWinds
10 1 (1.92%) EPiServer
10 1 (1.92%) Infor
10 1 (1.92%) Sitecore
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