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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 121 114 97
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 37 27 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.98% 0.83% 1.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.05% 4.07% 6.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 13 8
Average daily rate £281 £263 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £144 £172 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £460 £328
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 7 6
Average hourly rate £16.84 £13.00 £11.85
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.53% +9.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.70 £13.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £27.90 £15.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+9.67% +3.33%
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
732 664 565
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.31% 20.30% 20.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 387 338 239
Average daily rate £410 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 43 51 70
Average hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.33% +47.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.00 £12.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £52.00 £36.07
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Cheshire -1 10 £250 -45.94% 13
Manchester -21 9 £150 -62.50% 22
Merseyside +2 8 £400 +100.00% 2
Lancashire - 7 £275 - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 73 (78.49%) Microsoft
2 52 (55.91%) Active Directory
3 50 (53.76%) Windows
4 35 (37.63%) MCSE
5 34 (36.56%) VMware
6 33 (35.48%) Citrix
7 30 (32.26%) ITIL
8 29 (31.18%) MCITP
9 28 (30.11%) Windows Server 2012
10 26 (27.96%) DHCP
11 25 (26.88%) DNS
11 25 (26.88%) Windows Server 2008
12 24 (25.81%) Windows Server
13 22 (23.66%) MS Exchange
13 22 (23.66%) MCSA
14 21 (22.58%) MS Excel
14 21 (22.58%) VMware Infrastructure
15 20 (21.51%) MS Office
15 20 (21.51%) HP
15 20 (21.51%) Windows Server 2003
16 19 (20.43%) TCP/IP
16 19 (20.43%) Finance
17 18 (19.35%) MCTS
17 18 (19.35%) SQL
17 18 (19.35%) Cisco Certification
17 18 (19.35%) Security Cleared
18 17 (18.28%) Cisco
18 17 (18.28%) CCNA
19 16 (17.20%) SharePoint
20 15 (16.13%) PowerShell

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

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 (23.66%) MS Exchange
2 16 (17.20%) SharePoint
3 8 (8.60%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (7.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 6 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2013
6 5 (5.38%) SharePoint 2010
6 5 (5.38%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (4.30%) CMS
7 4 (4.30%) Skype for Business
8 3 (3.23%) IBM Notes
8 3 (3.23%) IIS
9 2 (2.15%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 21 (22.58%) MS Excel
2 20 (21.51%) MS Office
3 13 (13.98%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (2.15%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.08%) Sage 1000
2 1 (1.08%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 14 (15.05%) Office 365
2 8 (8.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.08%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (27.96%) DHCP
2 25 (26.88%) DNS
3 19 (20.43%) TCP/IP
4 12 (12.90%) WAN
5 9 (9.68%) LAN
6 8 (8.60%) VPN
7 7 (7.53%) SAN
8 5 (5.38%) Wireless
8 5 (5.38%) WLAN
9 4 (4.30%) VLAN
10 3 (3.23%) DMZ
10 3 (3.23%) Firewall
10 3 (3.23%) NetScaler
10 3 (3.23%) VoIP
11 2 (2.15%) Fibre Channel
11 2 (2.15%) iSCSI
12 1 (1.08%) Extranet
12 1 (1.08%) IP Telephony
12 1 (1.08%) NAS
12 1 (1.08%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (11.83%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.30%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (4.30%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (4.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.08%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.08%) MS Access
5 1 (1.08%) OLAP
5 1 (1.08%) OLAP Cube
5 1 (1.08%) OLTP
5 1 (1.08%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.08%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.08%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 3 (3.23%) Fiddler
General
1 19 (20.43%) Finance
2 11 (11.83%) Local Government
3 3 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.15%) Advertising
4 2 (2.15%) Banking
5 1 (1.08%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (17.20%) Analyst
1 16 (17.20%) Support Engineer
2 14 (15.05%) IT Engineer
3 12 (12.90%) IT Support
4 11 (11.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 9 (9.68%) Developer
5 9 (9.68%) IT Support Engineer
5 9 (9.68%) Process Analyst
6 7 (7.53%) Process Engineer
7 6 (6.45%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (6.45%) 3rd Line Support
7 6 (6.45%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 6 (6.45%) Business Analyst
7 6 (6.45%) Support Analyst
8 5 (5.38%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 5 (5.38%) Desktop Support
8 5 (5.38%) Windows Engineer
9 4 (4.30%) Cloud Engineer
9 4 (4.30%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
9 4 (4.30%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.23%) .NET
1 3 (3.23%) HTML
1 3 (3.23%) XML
2 2 (2.15%) Ajax
2 2 (2.15%) ASP.NET
2 2 (2.15%) CSS
2 2 (2.15%) Web Services
2 2 (2.15%) XHTML
3 1 (1.08%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.08%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.60%) Blackberry
2 5 (5.38%) iPad
3 4 (4.30%) Handset
4 3 (3.23%) Clustering
4 3 (3.23%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.15%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.15%) Fat Client
5 2 (2.15%) Life Science
5 2 (2.15%) PKI
5 2 (2.15%) Replication
5 2 (2.15%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.08%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.08%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.08%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.08%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 50 (53.76%) Windows
2 28 (30.11%) Windows Server 2012
3 25 (26.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 24 (25.81%) Windows Server
5 20 (21.51%) Windows Server 2003
6 13 (13.98%) Windows 7
6 13 (13.98%) Windows XP
7 7 (7.53%) Windows Vista
8 6 (6.45%) Windows 10
9 4 (4.30%) Windows 8
10 3 (3.23%) Android
10 3 (3.23%) Apple iOS
10 3 (3.23%) Linux
11 2 (2.15%) NetWare
11 2 (2.15%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (32.26%) ITIL
2 14 (15.05%) Stakeholder Management
3 13 (13.98%) BPMN
3 13 (13.98%) Quality Management
4 12 (12.90%) Continuous Improvement
5 11 (11.83%) Configuration Management
6 9 (9.68%) Migration
7 6 (6.45%) Lean Six Sigma
7 6 (6.45%) Project Management
7 6 (6.45%) Six Sigma
8 5 (5.38%) ITIL V3
8 5 (5.38%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (4.30%) Data Analysis
9 4 (4.30%) Incident Management
9 4 (4.30%) Information Security
9 4 (4.30%) Kalman Filter
9 4 (4.30%) Logistics
9 4 (4.30%) Server Building
9 4 (4.30%) Service Management
9 4 (4.30%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (19.35%) SQL
2 15 (16.13%) PowerShell
3 7 (7.53%) VBScript
4 3 (3.23%) C#
5 2 (2.15%) C
5 2 (2.15%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.15%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.08%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 35 (37.63%) MCSE
2 29 (31.18%) MCITP
3 22 (23.66%) MCSA
4 18 (19.35%) Cisco Certification
4 18 (19.35%) MCTS
4 18 (19.35%) Security Cleared
5 17 (18.28%) CCNA
6 15 (16.13%) SC Cleared
7 12 (12.90%) MCP
8 9 (9.68%) MCDST
9 7 (7.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 6 (6.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (5.38%) CCNP
12 4 (4.30%) CCEA
12 4 (4.30%) CCEE
12 4 (4.30%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (4.30%) Degree
12 4 (4.30%) Six Sigma Black Belt
13 3 (3.23%) CCIA
13 3 (3.23%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (2.15%) PCI DSS
2 2 (2.15%) QA
3 1 (1.08%) SLA
System Software
1 52 (55.91%) Active Directory
2 21 (22.58%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (15.05%) vSphere
4 13 (13.98%) XenDesktop
5 12 (12.90%) Hyper-V
6 11 (11.83%) XenApp
7 7 (7.53%) XenServer
8 3 (3.23%) Brightmail
8 3 (3.23%) Terminal Server
9 2 (2.15%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (2.15%) NFS
9 2 (2.15%) Xen
10 1 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 13 (13.98%) SCCM
2 3 (3.23%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (2.15%) NetBackup
3 2 (2.15%) SCOM
3 2 (2.15%) SCVMM
3 2 (2.15%) ServiceCenter
3 2 (2.15%) WSUS
4 1 (1.08%) OpenAM
4 1 (1.08%) OpenIDM
4 1 (1.08%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 73 (78.49%) Microsoft
2 34 (36.56%) VMware
3 33 (35.48%) Citrix
4 20 (21.51%) HP
5 17 (18.28%) Cisco
6 10 (10.75%) Symantec
7 6 (6.45%) EMC
8 5 (5.38%) Compaq
8 5 (5.38%) Dell
8 5 (5.38%) ThinPrint
9 4 (4.30%) Apple
9 4 (4.30%) AppSense
9 4 (4.30%) SolarWinds
10 3 (3.23%) Avaya
10 3 (3.23%) IBM
10 3 (3.23%) IronPort
10 3 (3.23%) Lotus
10 3 (3.23%) NetApp
10 3 (3.23%) Red Hat
10 3 (3.23%) Wyse
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