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 21 November 2014 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 82 103 77
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -26
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 54 28 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.69% 1.01% 1.91%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.87% 5.86% 11.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 11 38
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£375 £300 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £201 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £373 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 9 6
Average hourly rate £14.25 £25.00 £17.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-43.00% +40.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.10 £10.90 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £31.00 £21.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.25 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+11.47% -15.27%
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
609 478 501
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.11% 17.31% 16.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 212 272
Average daily rate £375 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £213 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £465 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 38 21
Average hourly rate £17.75 £26.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.73% +23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.90 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -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 21 November 2014.

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 21 November 2014.

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 21 November 2014. 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 +8 33 £350 +16.66% 31
Cheshire +21 13 £395 +31.66% 6
Lancashire -23 4 £423 +98.82% 4
Merseyside -8 2 - - 2
Cumbria - - - - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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 87 (75.00%) Windows
2 77 (66.38%) Microsoft
3 72 (62.07%) MCSE
4 61 (52.59%) Active Directory
5 47 (40.52%) VMware
5 47 (40.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 42 (36.21%) MCITP
7 38 (32.76%) Windows Server 2003
8 37 (31.90%) ITIL
9 33 (28.45%) DNS
9 33 (28.45%) Citrix
10 30 (25.86%) TCP/IP
11 28 (24.14%) MS Excel
11 28 (24.14%) SQL Server
11 28 (24.14%) MCTS
12 27 (23.28%) Cisco
13 25 (21.55%) SQL
13 25 (21.55%) SAN
14 24 (20.69%) MCP
14 24 (20.69%) VMware Infrastructure
15 23 (19.83%) MS Exchange
16 22 (18.97%) MCSA
16 22 (18.97%) HP
16 22 (18.97%) SQL Server 2008
17 21 (18.10%) SharePoint
17 21 (18.10%) Windows XP
18 20 (17.24%) SQL Server 2005
18 20 (17.24%) Finance
18 20 (17.24%) Windows 7
19 19 (16.38%) .NET

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

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, 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 23 (19.83%) MS Exchange
2 21 (18.10%) SharePoint
3 14 (12.07%) SharePoint 2010
4 13 (11.21%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (10.34%) IIS
6 7 (6.03%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (5.17%) Exchange Server 2007
7 6 (5.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (2.59%) Lync
10 2 (1.72%) IBM Notes
10 2 (1.72%) Apache
10 2 (1.72%) CICS
11 1 (0.86%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 28 (24.14%) MS Excel
2 13 (11.21%) MS Office
3 1 (0.86%) MS Project
3 1 (0.86%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.86%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.59%) Office 365
2 1 (0.86%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 33 (28.45%) DNS
2 30 (25.86%) TCP/IP
3 25 (21.55%) SAN
4 18 (15.52%) DHCP
5 14 (12.07%) WAN
6 11 (9.48%) LAN
7 10 (8.62%) Firewall
8 9 (7.76%) VPN
9 8 (6.90%) Wireless
10 4 (3.45%) VLAN
10 4 (3.45%) Network Security
10 4 (3.45%) NAS
11 2 (1.72%) iSCSI
11 2 (1.72%) Ethernet
11 2 (1.72%) DMZ
12 1 (0.86%) Intranet
12 1 (0.86%) Wireshark
12 1 (0.86%) IP Telephony
12 1 (0.86%) Intrusion Detection
12 1 (0.86%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (24.14%) SQL Server
2 22 (18.97%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (17.24%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (6.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (6.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (6.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (2.59%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.72%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.72%) OLAP Cube
7 2 (1.72%) Data Mart
7 2 (1.72%) DB2
7 2 (1.72%) OLAP
8 1 (0.86%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.86%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.86%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.86%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.86%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 2 (1.72%) MSI
2 1 (0.86%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.86%) Fiddler
2 1 (0.86%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (0.86%) Visual Studio
General
1 20 (17.24%) Finance
2 6 (5.17%) Banking
3 3 (2.59%) Retail
3 3 (2.59%) Local Government
3 3 (2.59%) Retail Banking
3 3 (2.59%) Marketing
3 3 (2.59%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.72%) Publishing
5 1 (0.86%) Back Office
5 1 (0.86%) Law
5 1 (0.86%) Legal
5 1 (0.86%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (12.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (12.07%) Analyst
3 12 (10.34%) Administrator
3 12 (10.34%) 3rd Line Support
4 11 (9.48%) Support Engineer
5 10 (8.62%) Developer
6 8 (6.90%) Consultant
7 7 (6.03%) Systems Administrator
7 7 (6.03%) Desktop Support
8 6 (5.17%) Support Analyst
8 6 (5.17%) Service Analyst
8 6 (5.17%) Service Desk Analyst
9 5 (4.31%) Network Manager
9 5 (4.31%) Security Manager
9 5 (4.31%) Network Security Manager
9 5 (4.31%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 5 (4.31%) Technical Support
9 5 (4.31%) Architect
10 4 (3.45%) Support Consultant
10 4 (3.45%) SharePoint Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (16.38%) .NET
2 2 (1.72%) J2EE
2 2 (1.72%) JNDI
2 2 (1.72%) JDBC
2 2 (1.72%) JSP
2 2 (1.72%) JMS
2 2 (1.72%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.86%) WPF
3 1 (0.86%) jQuery
3 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (0.86%) HTML5
3 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 1 (0.86%) HTML
3 1 (0.86%) WinForms
3 1 (0.86%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.93%) Clustering
2 5 (4.31%) Blackberry
2 5 (4.31%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.59%) Handset
3 3 (2.59%) Life Science
3 3 (2.59%) iPad
4 2 (1.72%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.72%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (1.72%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.86%) EqualLogic
5 1 (0.86%) CCTV
5 1 (0.86%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 87 (75.00%) Windows
2 47 (40.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 38 (32.76%) Windows Server 2003
4 21 (18.10%) Windows XP
5 20 (17.24%) Windows 7
6 16 (13.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (7.76%) Linux
8 8 (6.90%) Windows Vista
9 4 (3.45%) Android
9 4 (3.45%) Windows 2000
10 2 (1.72%) HPUX
10 2 (1.72%) Solaris
10 2 (1.72%) NetWare
10 2 (1.72%) UNIX
10 2 (1.72%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.86%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.86%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.86%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.86%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (31.90%) ITIL
2 14 (12.07%) Migration
2 14 (12.07%) Load Balancing
3 9 (7.76%) Project Management
4 6 (5.17%) Service Management
4 6 (5.17%) Business Intelligence
4 6 (5.17%) Incident Management
5 5 (4.31%) Problem Management
5 5 (4.31%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (4.31%) CRM
6 4 (3.45%) Time Management
6 4 (3.45%) Data Analysis
6 4 (3.45%) Performance Tuning
6 4 (3.45%) People Management
7 3 (2.59%) Software Deployment
7 3 (2.59%) Capacity Management
7 3 (2.59%) Business Analysis
7 3 (2.59%) Service Delivery
7 3 (2.59%) Change Management
8 2 (1.72%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 25 (21.55%) SQL
2 17 (14.66%) PowerShell
3 6 (5.17%) T-SQL
4 4 (3.45%) VBScript
5 2 (1.72%) VB
5 2 (1.72%) C#
5 2 (1.72%) Java
5 2 (1.72%) PHP
6 1 (0.86%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.86%) C++
6 1 (0.86%) C
Qualifications
1 72 (62.07%) MCSE
2 42 (36.21%) MCITP
3 28 (24.14%) MCTS
4 24 (20.69%) MCP
5 22 (18.97%) MCSA
6 16 (13.79%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (12.93%) CCNA
8 10 (8.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 8 (6.90%) MCDST
10 6 (5.17%) Degree
10 6 (5.17%) CCNP
10 6 (5.17%) CCDP
11 5 (4.31%) Citrix Certification
11 5 (4.31%) RHCE
11 5 (4.31%) CCIP
11 5 (4.31%) ACSA
11 5 (4.31%) IBM Certification
11 5 (4.31%) ACSP
11 5 (4.31%) RHCSA
12 4 (3.45%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (2.59%) SLA
3 1 (0.86%) QA
3 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 61 (52.59%) Active Directory
2 24 (20.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (12.07%) Hyper-V
4 12 (10.34%) XenApp
4 12 (10.34%) XenServer
5 9 (7.76%) XenDesktop
6 7 (6.03%) VMware ESX
7 6 (5.17%) vSphere
8 2 (1.72%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.86%) UAG
9 1 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.86%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.86%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 13 (11.21%) SCCM
2 11 (9.48%) SCOM
3 10 (8.62%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.72%) ServiceCenter
5 1 (0.86%) WSUS
5 1 (0.86%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.86%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.86%) Legato
5 1 (0.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.86%) Nagios
5 1 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 77 (66.38%) Microsoft
2 47 (40.52%) VMware
3 33 (28.45%) Citrix
4 27 (23.28%) Cisco
5 22 (18.97%) HP
6 12 (10.34%) EMC
6 12 (10.34%) Symantec
7 10 (8.62%) Dell
8 8 (6.90%) IBM
9 7 (6.03%) Apple
10 6 (5.17%) Red Hat
10 6 (5.17%) Compaq
11 5 (4.31%) Juniper
11 5 (4.31%) Sophos
11 5 (4.31%) Veeam
12 4 (3.45%) SolarWinds
13 3 (2.59%) McAfee
13 3 (2.59%) Avaya
14 2 (1.72%) Sun
14 2 (1.72%) Oracle
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