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 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 56 85 81
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 93 45 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.52% 1.50% 1.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.00% 8.21% 8.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 24 18
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£307 £300 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.21% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £235 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £323 £407
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £313 £306
% change year-on-year
+8.80% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 7 11
Average hourly rate £15.77 £13.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.81% -38.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.35 £12.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £27.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £16.84
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -7.95%
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
775 548 488
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.03% 18.27% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 395 273 210
Average daily rate £375 £340 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.29% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £563 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 48 42
Average hourly rate £21.25 £22.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.40% -12.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £14.30 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.17 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+13.92% -8.13%

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 +13 39 £190 -36.66% 22
Lancashire +20 21 £398 +62.24%
Cumbria -6 12 £350 - 1
Cheshire -11 10 £225 -15.09% 14
Merseyside -7 8 - - 5
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 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.

1 126 (92.65%) Microsoft
2 97 (71.32%) Windows
3 75 (55.15%) ITIL
4 59 (43.38%) Active Directory
5 48 (35.29%) VMware
6 47 (34.56%) VMware Infrastructure
7 42 (30.88%) Windows 7
7 42 (30.88%) MCSE
8 41 (30.15%) Citrix
9 40 (29.41%) MCITP
10 38 (27.94%) MS Excel
11 37 (27.21%) Security Cleared
12 35 (25.74%) Windows Server 2008
13 34 (25.00%) MCP
13 34 (25.00%) MS Office
14 32 (23.53%) MCSA
15 28 (20.59%) DNS
16 26 (19.12%) LAN
16 26 (19.12%) SQL
17 25 (18.38%) Windows Server 2003
17 25 (18.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 24 (17.65%) Citrix Certification
19 23 (16.91%) SC Cleared
20 21 (15.44%) Incident Management
20 21 (15.44%) DHCP
21 20 (14.71%) ITIL Certification
22 19 (13.97%) Symantec
23 18 (13.24%) Cisco Certification
23 18 (13.24%) WAN
23 18 (13.24%) MCTS

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

For the 6 months to 3 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 (9.56%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.15%) MS Exchange
3 6 (4.41%) IIS
3 6 (4.41%) CMS
3 6 (4.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (2.94%) Lync
4 4 (2.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (2.21%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (2.21%) TPMS
5 3 (2.21%) Office Communications Server
5 3 (2.21%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (2.21%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.74%) WorkSite
7 1 (0.74%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 38 (27.94%) MS Excel
2 34 (25.00%) MS Office
3 12 (8.82%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.74%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.74%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.47%) SaaS
1 2 (1.47%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (20.59%) DNS
2 26 (19.12%) LAN
3 21 (15.44%) DHCP
4 18 (13.24%) WAN
5 17 (12.50%) SAN
6 10 (7.35%) VPN
7 9 (6.62%) Firewall
8 8 (5.88%) TCP/IP
9 6 (4.41%) FTP
9 6 (4.41%) HTTP
9 6 (4.41%) SMTP
9 6 (4.41%) SSL
10 5 (3.68%) VLAN
11 4 (2.94%) Wireless
12 3 (2.21%) VoIP
12 3 (2.21%) NAS
13 2 (1.47%) Fibre Channel
13 2 (1.47%) NetScaler
13 2 (1.47%) Cisco Nexus
13 2 (1.47%) NX-OS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (7.35%) SQL Server
2 8 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (3.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (2.21%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (1.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.74%) QlikView
7 1 (0.74%) OLAP
7 1 (0.74%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.74%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 2 (1.47%) Fiddler
General
1 14 (10.29%) Finance
2 10 (7.35%) Legal
3 9 (6.62%) Law
4 3 (2.21%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.47%) Local Government
6 1 (0.74%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.74%) Banking
Job Titles
1 27 (19.85%) Analyst
2 18 (13.24%) Support Engineer
3 17 (12.50%) Desktop Support
4 12 (8.82%) Service Analyst
5 11 (8.09%) Support Analyst
6 10 (7.35%) Consultant
6 10 (7.35%) Administrator
7 9 (6.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (6.62%) Process Engineer
8 8 (5.88%) Service Desk Team Leader
8 8 (5.88%) Technical Analyst
8 8 (5.88%) Team Leader
8 8 (5.88%) Technical Team Leader
9 7 (5.15%) Service Desk Analyst
9 7 (5.15%) Desktop Administrator
10 6 (4.41%) PC Support
10 6 (4.41%) 2nd Line Support
11 5 (3.68%) 3rd Line Support
11 5 (3.68%) Field Engineer
11 5 (3.68%) Field Service Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.94%) HTML
1 4 (2.94%) XML
2 2 (1.47%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.74%) MDX
3 1 (0.74%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.82%) Data Centre
2 8 (5.88%) Thin Client
2 8 (5.88%) Fat Client
3 7 (5.15%) Blackberry
4 6 (4.41%) Clustering
4 6 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.68%) Computer Science
5 5 (3.68%) iPad
6 4 (2.94%) Handset
7 3 (2.21%) Replication
7 3 (2.21%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.47%) Mathematics
8 2 (1.47%) FlexPod
8 2 (1.47%) CMDB
9 1 (0.74%) NHS
9 1 (0.74%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.74%) iPhone
9 1 (0.74%) EqualLogic
9 1 (0.74%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 97 (71.32%) Windows
2 42 (30.88%) Windows 7
3 35 (25.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 25 (18.38%) Windows Server 2003
5 18 (13.24%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (9.56%) Windows XP
7 5 (3.68%) Solaris
7 5 (3.68%) Apple iOS
7 5 (3.68%) UNIX
7 5 (3.68%) Windows 8
8 3 (2.21%) Windows Vista
8 3 (2.21%) Android
8 3 (2.21%) AIX
9 2 (1.47%) Mac OS X
9 2 (1.47%) BlackBerry OS
9 2 (1.47%) Data ONTAP
10 1 (0.74%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.74%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (55.15%) ITIL
2 21 (15.44%) Incident Management
3 17 (12.50%) Migration
4 13 (9.56%) Continuous Improvement
5 12 (8.82%) BPMN
5 12 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
5 12 (8.82%) Quality Management
6 11 (8.09%) Six Sigma
6 11 (8.09%) Lean Six Sigma
6 11 (8.09%) Performance Analysis
7 9 (6.62%) Problem Management
7 9 (6.62%) Document Management
7 9 (6.62%) Service Management
8 8 (5.88%) ITIL V3
8 8 (5.88%) Server Building
9 7 (5.15%) Performance Tuning
9 7 (5.15%) Validation
10 6 (4.41%) Change Management
10 6 (4.41%) Patch Management
10 6 (4.41%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 26 (19.12%) SQL
2 17 (12.50%) PowerShell
3 10 (7.35%) VBScript
4 3 (2.21%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.74%) VB
Qualifications
1 42 (30.88%) MCSE
2 40 (29.41%) MCITP
3 37 (27.21%) Security Cleared
4 34 (25.00%) MCP
5 32 (23.53%) MCSA
6 25 (18.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 24 (17.65%) Citrix Certification
8 23 (16.91%) SC Cleared
9 20 (14.71%) ITIL Certification
10 18 (13.24%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (13.24%) MCTS
11 14 (10.29%) CCNA
11 14 (10.29%) CCA
12 12 (8.82%) MCDST
13 11 (8.09%) A+ Certification
14 8 (5.88%) MOS
15 7 (5.15%) Degree
16 6 (4.41%) DV Cleared
16 6 (4.41%) CCEE
16 6 (4.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (9.56%) SLA
2 4 (2.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.94%) QA
System Software
1 59 (43.38%) Active Directory
2 47 (34.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (11.03%) Hyper-V
3 15 (11.03%) XenApp
4 10 (7.35%) XenServer
5 9 (6.62%) XenDesktop
5 9 (6.62%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (5.88%) vSphere
7 7 (5.15%) Terminal Services
7 7 (5.15%) VMware Workstation
8 6 (4.41%) VMware ESX
9 4 (2.94%) MetaFrame
9 4 (2.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (2.21%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (1.47%) NFS
11 2 (1.47%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.74%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 12 (8.82%) SCCM
2 7 (5.15%) SCOM
2 7 (5.15%) Backup Exec
3 3 (2.21%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.47%) BladeLogic
4 2 (1.47%) SCVMM
4 2 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.47%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (1.47%) EdgeSight
5 1 (0.74%) WSUS
5 1 (0.74%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 126 (92.65%) Microsoft
2 48 (35.29%) VMware
3 41 (30.15%) Citrix
4 19 (13.97%) Symantec
5 17 (12.50%) HP
6 12 (8.82%) SAP
6 12 (8.82%) McAfee
7 10 (7.35%) AppSense
8 8 (5.88%) Sophos
8 8 (5.88%) Cisco
9 5 (3.68%) Dell
10 4 (2.94%) EMC
10 4 (2.94%) Compaq
10 4 (2.94%) NetApp
10 4 (2.94%) Altiris
10 4 (2.94%) Veeam
11 3 (2.21%) Wyse
11 3 (2.21%) Apple
12 2 (1.47%) Avaya
12 2 (1.47%) IBM
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