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 27 July 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.

3 months to
27 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 120 69 82
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 38 85 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.04% 2.24% 1.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.42% 10.63% 9.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 44 30
Median daily rate £313 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.84% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £147 £135 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £383 £485 £321
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £300
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +16.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 8
Median hourly rate £13.50 £17.92 £18.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.66% -1.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £11.85 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.59 £47.71 £26.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.75 £18.25 £15.81
% change year-on-year
+46.57% +15.41%
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
701 800 588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.15% 21.12% 19.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 387 428 295
Median daily rate £400 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £220 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 61 50
Median hourly rate £42.73 £30.52 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% +38.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £15.39 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £56.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+31.11% +25.00%

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 27 July 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
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 27 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Manchester -19 23 £263 +43.83% 11
Cheshire -1 6 £285 +26.66% 6
Merseyside -1 6 £363 - 1
Lancashire -24 2 £300 -28.57% 1
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 July 2016, 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 59 (73.75%) Windows
2 58 (72.50%) Microsoft
3 49 (61.25%) Active Directory
3 49 (61.25%) ITIL
4 37 (46.25%) MCSE
5 31 (38.75%) VMware
6 29 (36.25%) Windows Server
7 28 (35.00%) MS Office
8 26 (32.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 25 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
10 24 (30.00%) DNS
11 23 (28.75%) Citrix
11 23 (28.75%) VMware Infrastructure
12 22 (27.50%) MCSA
12 22 (27.50%) MCP
13 20 (25.00%) Finance
14 19 (23.75%) Linux
14 19 (23.75%) Windows Server 2003
15 17 (21.25%) MS Exchange
16 16 (20.00%) DHCP
16 16 (20.00%) SCCM
17 15 (18.75%) Banking
17 15 (18.75%) Cisco Certification
17 15 (18.75%) CCNA
17 15 (18.75%) Red Hat
17 15 (18.75%) Windows 7
18 14 (17.50%) HP
18 14 (17.50%) MS Excel
18 14 (17.50%) Unix
18 14 (17.50%) SQL Server

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 17 (21.25%) MS Exchange
2 13 (16.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 13 (16.25%) IIS
3 9 (11.25%) SharePoint
4 8 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 7 (8.75%) Apache
5 7 (8.75%) JBoss
5 7 (8.75%) Tomcat
6 2 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (2.50%) Skype for Business
7 1 (1.25%) CMS
7 1 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.25%) IBM Notes
7 1 (1.25%) Umbraco
Applications
1 28 (35.00%) MS Office
2 14 (17.50%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.25%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.50%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.25%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (7.50%) Office 365
2 4 (5.00%) Amazon EC2
2 4 (5.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (5.00%) SoftLayer
3 1 (1.25%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (30.00%) DNS
2 16 (20.00%) DHCP
3 9 (11.25%) LAN
3 9 (11.25%) VPN
3 9 (11.25%) WAN
4 8 (10.00%) VLAN
5 7 (8.75%) Internet
5 7 (8.75%) SSL
6 6 (7.50%) Firewall
6 6 (7.50%) TCP/IP
7 4 (5.00%) Extranet
7 4 (5.00%) Fibre Channel
7 4 (5.00%) iSCSI
8 3 (3.75%) SAN
9 2 (2.50%) Kerberos
9 2 (2.50%) LDAP
9 2 (2.50%) VoIP
9 2 (2.50%) WLAN
9 2 (2.50%) X.500
10 1 (1.25%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (17.50%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.75%) MySQL
3 1 (1.25%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.50%) HP UFT
1 2 (2.50%) LoadRunner
2 1 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 20 (25.00%) Finance
2 15 (18.75%) Banking
3 13 (16.25%) Law
3 13 (16.25%) Legal
4 5 (6.25%) Manufacturing
5 4 (5.00%) Local Government
5 4 (5.00%) Telecoms
6 3 (3.75%) French Language
6 3 (3.75%) German Language
7 1 (1.25%) Advertising
7 1 (1.25%) Marketing
7 1 (1.25%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 30 (37.50%) Analyst
2 12 (15.00%) Support Analyst
3 9 (11.25%) Senior Analyst
3 9 (11.25%) Technical Analyst
4 8 (10.00%) Senior Technical Analyst
4 8 (10.00%) Service Analyst
5 7 (8.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 7 (8.75%) Service Desk Analyst
5 7 (8.75%) Support Engineer
6 6 (7.50%) IT Support
7 5 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
7 5 (6.25%) Active Directory Support
7 5 (6.25%) Applications Support
7 5 (6.25%) Desktop Support
7 5 (6.25%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support
8 4 (5.00%) Active Directory Engineer
8 4 (5.00%) Developer
8 4 (5.00%) IT Analyst
9 3 (3.75%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.25%) .NET
2 7 (8.75%) LAMP
3 6 (7.50%) .NET Framework
3 6 (7.50%) JSP
4 4 (5.00%) WAMP
5 2 (2.50%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.50%) jQuery
5 2 (2.50%) XML
6 1 (1.25%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.25%) CSS
6 1 (1.25%) HTML
6 1 (1.25%) WCF
6 1 (1.25%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.25%) Blackberry
2 6 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.50%) PMI
3 5 (6.25%) Clustering
3 5 (6.25%) Life Science
4 3 (3.75%) Client/Server
4 3 (3.75%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.75%) Fat Client
4 3 (3.75%) Replication
4 3 (3.75%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.50%) PKI
5 2 (2.50%) Psychology
5 2 (2.50%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.25%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.25%) iPad
6 1 (1.25%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 59 (73.75%) Windows
2 29 (36.25%) Windows Server
3 26 (32.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 25 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 19 (23.75%) Linux
5 19 (23.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 15 (18.75%) Windows 7
7 14 (17.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 14 (17.50%) Unix
8 7 (8.75%) Solaris
9 5 (6.25%) Windows XP
10 4 (5.00%) Apple iOS
11 3 (3.75%) Windows 10
12 1 (1.25%) Android
12 1 (1.25%) Windows 2000
12 1 (1.25%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (61.25%) ITIL
2 11 (13.75%) Problem Management
3 10 (12.50%) Document Management
4 9 (11.25%) Project Management
5 8 (10.00%) Patch Management
5 8 (10.00%) PRINCE2
5 8 (10.00%) Security Patching
5 8 (10.00%) Virtual Environments
6 7 (8.75%) Change Management
7 6 (7.50%) Capacity Management
7 6 (7.50%) Security Management
7 6 (7.50%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (7.50%) Supplier Management
8 4 (5.00%) Load Balancing
8 4 (5.00%) Performance Monitoring
8 4 (5.00%) Service Delivery
9 3 (3.75%) ITIL V3
9 3 (3.75%) Server Hardening
10 2 (2.50%) Defect Management
10 2 (2.50%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 13 (16.25%) PowerShell
2 9 (11.25%) SQL
3 8 (10.00%) PHP
4 7 (8.75%) Java
4 7 (8.75%) Shell Script
5 6 (7.50%) C
6 4 (5.00%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.75%) VB
8 2 (2.50%) C#
8 2 (2.50%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.50%) VBScript
9 1 (1.25%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.25%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 37 (46.25%) MCSE
2 22 (27.50%) MCP
2 22 (27.50%) MCSA
3 15 (18.75%) CCNA
3 15 (18.75%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (17.50%) MCITP
5 11 (13.75%) ITIL Certification
5 11 (13.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 11 (13.75%) MCDST
6 10 (12.50%) MCTS
7 8 (10.00%) RHCE
8 7 (8.75%) MOS
9 6 (7.50%) PMI Certification
9 6 (7.50%) Security Cleared
9 6 (7.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (3.75%) DBS Check
10 3 (3.75%) Degree
11 2 (2.50%) ISTQB
11 2 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 2 (2.50%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (11.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (5.00%) PCI DSS
3 3 (3.75%) SLA
4 1 (1.25%) QA
System Software
1 49 (61.25%) Active Directory
2 23 (28.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (8.75%) UAG
3 7 (8.75%) vSphere
4 6 (7.50%) Hyper-V
5 5 (6.25%) XenApp
6 4 (5.00%) NFS
6 4 (5.00%) Xen
7 2 (2.50%) VMware ESX
7 2 (2.50%) XenDesktop
7 2 (2.50%) XenServer
8 1 (1.25%) Brightmail
8 1 (1.25%) Firmware
8 1 (1.25%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (1.25%) Terminal Server
8 1 (1.25%) vCloud
8 1 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (1.25%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.25%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 16 (20.00%) SCCM
2 9 (11.25%) WSUS
3 8 (10.00%) SCOM
4 7 (8.75%) Puppet
4 7 (8.75%) Red Hat Satellite
5 6 (7.50%) Tivoli
6 5 (6.25%) Microsoft Clustering
7 3 (3.75%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (2.50%) BladeLogic
8 2 (2.50%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (2.50%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (1.25%) FortiGate
9 1 (1.25%) HP SIM
9 1 (1.25%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 58 (72.50%) Microsoft
2 31 (38.75%) VMware
3 23 (28.75%) Citrix
4 15 (18.75%) Red Hat
5 14 (17.50%) HP
6 8 (10.00%) Cisco
6 8 (10.00%) Oracle
7 7 (8.75%) Brocade
8 6 (7.50%) IBM
9 4 (5.00%) NetApp
10 3 (3.75%) AppSense
10 3 (3.75%) Symantec
11 2 (2.50%) EMC
11 2 (2.50%) Polycom
11 2 (2.50%) Proofpoint
11 2 (2.50%) SAP
11 2 (2.50%) SolarWinds
11 2 (2.50%) Sophos
12 1 (1.25%) Infor
12 1 (1.25%) Veeam