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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 72 75 93
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +18
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 78 53 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.13% 1.75% 1.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.70% 8.94% 6.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 23 15
Average daily rate
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£319 £250 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.50% -10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £161 £81 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £314 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 16 3
Average hourly rate £14.25 £15.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.06% -29.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £14.62
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.02 £31.74 £22.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -
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
729 593 462
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.86% 19.61% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 302 198
Average daily rate £378 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £575 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 72 34
Average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £14.50 £16.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -20.00%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 +5 36 £275 -8.33% 23
Lancashire +10 17 £301 +20.32% 4
Cumbria 0 9 £350 - 2
Merseyside -12 8 - - 3
Cheshire -14 6 £225 -35.25% 10
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 94 (91.26%) Microsoft
2 72 (69.90%) Windows
3 49 (47.57%) ITIL
4 46 (44.66%) Active Directory
5 35 (33.98%) MCSE
6 33 (32.04%) MS Excel
7 30 (29.13%) Citrix
8 29 (28.16%) Windows 7
9 28 (27.18%) VMware
10 27 (26.21%) Security Cleared
10 27 (26.21%) VMware Infrastructure
11 26 (25.24%) MCP
11 26 (25.24%) MS Office
12 25 (24.27%) Windows Server 2008
13 24 (23.30%) MCITP
14 22 (21.36%) LAN
15 20 (19.42%) Windows Server 2003
16 19 (18.45%) DNS
17 16 (15.53%) Citrix Certification
18 15 (14.56%) DHCP
18 15 (14.56%) MCSA
18 15 (14.56%) SC Cleared
19 14 (13.59%) MCTS
19 14 (13.59%) Incident Management
19 14 (13.59%) SQL
19 14 (13.59%) WAN
19 14 (13.59%) ITIL Certification
19 14 (13.59%) Finance
20 13 (12.62%) HP
21 12 (11.65%) MCDST

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

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 10 (9.71%) SharePoint
2 7 (6.80%) MS Exchange
3 6 (5.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (3.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (2.91%) IIS
5 3 (2.91%) CMS
5 3 (2.91%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (2.91%) Office Communications Server
5 3 (2.91%) TPMS
5 3 (2.91%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (2.91%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (1.94%) Lync
6 2 (1.94%) CICS
7 1 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.97%) WorkSite
Applications
1 33 (32.04%) MS Excel
2 26 (25.24%) MS Office
3 9 (8.74%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.97%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.97%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.91%) Office 365
2 2 (1.94%) SaaS
3 1 (0.97%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 22 (21.36%) LAN
2 19 (18.45%) DNS
3 15 (14.56%) DHCP
4 14 (13.59%) WAN
5 9 (8.74%) VPN
5 9 (8.74%) SAN
6 7 (6.80%) TCP/IP
7 6 (5.83%) VLAN
7 6 (5.83%) Firewall
8 3 (2.91%) Wireless
8 3 (2.91%) Internet
8 3 (2.91%) SSL
8 3 (2.91%) FTP
8 3 (2.91%) HTTP
8 3 (2.91%) SMTP
8 3 (2.91%) VoIP
8 3 (2.91%) NAS
8 3 (2.91%) Fibre Channel
9 2 (1.94%) NetScaler
9 2 (1.94%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.77%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.80%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (5.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.91%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (2.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (2.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (2.91%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.94%) DB2
6 1 (0.97%) OLAP
6 1 (0.97%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.97%) QlikView
6 1 (0.97%) PerformancePoint
6 1 (0.97%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.97%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.97%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Fiddler
2 1 (0.97%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (0.97%) JIRA
2 1 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 14 (13.59%) Finance
2 9 (8.74%) Law
2 9 (8.74%) Legal
3 2 (1.94%) Local Government
3 2 (1.94%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.97%) Publishing
4 1 (0.97%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 25 (24.27%) Analyst
2 14 (13.59%) Desktop Support
3 12 (11.65%) Service Analyst
4 11 (10.68%) Service Desk Analyst
5 10 (9.71%) Support Engineer
6 8 (7.77%) Service Desk Team Leader
6 8 (7.77%) Process Engineer
6 8 (7.77%) Technical Analyst
6 8 (7.77%) Team Leader
6 8 (7.77%) Technical Team Leader
7 7 (6.80%) Administrator
7 7 (6.80%) Support Analyst
7 7 (6.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (5.83%) Consultant
9 4 (3.88%) Citrix Analyst
9 4 (3.88%) Desktop Administrator
9 4 (3.88%) Architect
9 4 (3.88%) 2nd Line Support
10 3 (2.91%) 1st Line Support
10 3 (2.91%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.88%) .NET
2 3 (2.91%) JMS
3 2 (1.94%) .NET Framework
3 2 (1.94%) Application Packaging
3 2 (1.94%) JNDI
3 2 (1.94%) J2EE
3 2 (1.94%) JDBC
3 2 (1.94%) JSP
4 1 (0.97%) Web Services
4 1 (0.97%) WinForms
4 1 (0.97%) MDX
4 1 (0.97%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.83%) Blackberry
2 5 (4.85%) Thin Client
2 5 (4.85%) Fat Client
2 5 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.88%) Handset
4 3 (2.91%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.91%) Clustering
4 3 (2.91%) Replication
5 2 (1.94%) FlexPod
5 2 (1.94%) iPad
5 2 (1.94%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (1.94%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.94%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.97%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.97%) Life Science
6 1 (0.97%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (0.97%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 72 (69.90%) Windows
2 29 (28.16%) Windows 7
3 25 (24.27%) Windows Server 2008
4 20 (19.42%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (10.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (7.77%) Windows XP
7 5 (4.85%) Solaris
7 5 (4.85%) UNIX
8 4 (3.88%) Windows 8
9 3 (2.91%) AIX
9 3 (2.91%) Linux
9 3 (2.91%) Windows Vista
9 3 (2.91%) Android
9 3 (2.91%) Apple iOS
10 2 (1.94%) BlackBerry OS
11 1 (0.97%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (47.57%) ITIL
2 14 (13.59%) Incident Management
3 12 (11.65%) Migration
4 11 (10.68%) Stakeholder Management
5 10 (9.71%) Continuous Improvement
6 9 (8.74%) Quality Management
6 9 (8.74%) Six Sigma
6 9 (8.74%) Document Management
6 9 (8.74%) BPMN
6 9 (8.74%) Lean Six Sigma
6 9 (8.74%) Performance Analysis
7 8 (7.77%) ITIL V3
8 7 (6.80%) Service Management
9 6 (5.83%) Problem Management
9 6 (5.83%) Project Management
10 4 (3.88%) Performance Tuning
11 3 (2.91%) Service Delivery
11 3 (2.91%) Business Intelligence
11 3 (2.91%) Workflow
11 3 (2.91%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 14 (13.59%) SQL
2 9 (8.74%) PowerShell
3 3 (2.91%) T-SQL
3 3 (2.91%) VBScript
4 1 (0.97%) C
4 1 (0.97%) C#
4 1 (0.97%) Java
4 1 (0.97%) VB
Qualifications
1 35 (33.98%) MCSE
2 27 (26.21%) Security Cleared
3 26 (25.24%) MCP
4 24 (23.30%) MCITP
5 16 (15.53%) Citrix Certification
6 15 (14.56%) MCSA
6 15 (14.56%) SC Cleared
7 14 (13.59%) MCTS
7 14 (13.59%) ITIL Certification
8 12 (11.65%) MCDST
8 12 (11.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 9 (8.74%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (8.74%) A+ Certification
9 9 (8.74%) CCA
10 8 (7.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 8 (7.77%) MOS
11 7 (6.80%) DV Cleared
12 6 (5.83%) CCEE
13 5 (4.85%) CCNA
13 5 (4.85%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (9.71%) SLA
2 4 (3.88%) QA
2 4 (3.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.97%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 46 (44.66%) Active Directory
2 27 (26.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (11.65%) XenApp
4 9 (8.74%) Hyper-V
5 8 (7.77%) XenDesktop
6 6 (5.83%) vSphere
6 6 (5.83%) XenServer
7 5 (4.85%) VMware ESXi
8 4 (3.88%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (3.88%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (3.88%) MetaFrame
8 4 (3.88%) Terminal Services
9 3 (2.91%) NFS
9 3 (2.91%) VMware ESX
10 2 (1.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 2 (1.94%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
11 1 (0.97%) Xen
11 1 (0.97%) UAG
Systems Management
1 6 (5.83%) SCCM
2 2 (1.94%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (1.94%) EdgeSight
2 2 (1.94%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (1.94%) SCOM
2 2 (1.94%) SCVMM
2 2 (1.94%) BladeLogic
2 2 (1.94%) Backup Exec
2 2 (1.94%) Norton AntiVirus
3 1 (0.97%) WSUS
Vendors
1 94 (91.26%) Microsoft
2 30 (29.13%) Citrix
3 28 (27.18%) VMware
4 13 (12.62%) HP
5 9 (8.74%) SAP
6 8 (7.77%) Cisco
7 7 (6.80%) Symantec
7 7 (6.80%) AppSense
8 6 (5.83%) McAfee
9 5 (4.85%) NetApp
9 5 (4.85%) Dell
10 4 (3.88%) EMC
10 4 (3.88%) Compaq
11 3 (2.91%) Sophos
11 3 (2.91%) Wyse
11 3 (2.91%) IBM
11 3 (2.91%) Veeam
12 2 (1.94%) Lumension
12 2 (1.94%) Stellent
12 2 (1.94%) Red Hat
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