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 7 December 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
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 126 124 88
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -36
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 31 38 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.97% 0.91% 1.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.09% 4.77% 8.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 27 24
Median daily rate £246 £370 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-33.44% -6.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £103 £144 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £323 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.08% -0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 14
Median hourly rate £16.00 £32.50 £13.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.76% +145.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.97 £17.00 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.46 £42.63 £31.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.33 £17.00 £16.92
% change year-on-year
+13.70% +0.47%
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
609 797 623
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.96% 19.04% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 376 444 315
Median daily rate £450 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.20% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £241 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £525 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 44 49
Median hourly rate £35.63 £30.17 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.08% +79.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £17.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £47.71 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-0.90% +58.57%

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 7 December 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 7 December 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 -6 10 £165 -58.75% 10
Lancashire -2 9 £209 -58.26% 2
Cheshire +16 5 £438 - 8
Cumbria +12 4 - -
Merseyside - 1 £350 - 4
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 7 December 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 42 (76.36%) Microsoft
2 38 (69.09%) Windows
3 37 (67.27%) MCSE
4 34 (61.82%) Active Directory
5 29 (52.73%) VMware
6 27 (49.09%) Windows Server
7 26 (47.27%) ITIL
8 24 (43.64%) Windows Server 2008
9 21 (38.18%) VMware Infrastructure
10 20 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
11 15 (27.27%) SCCM
12 14 (25.45%) Cisco Certification
12 14 (25.45%) CCNA
12 14 (25.45%) Windows Server 2003
12 14 (25.45%) MS Office
13 13 (23.64%) SQL
13 13 (23.64%) MS Exchange
14 12 (21.82%) MCSA
14 12 (21.82%) Cisco
15 11 (20.00%) SQL Server
15 11 (20.00%) SCOM
16 10 (18.18%) Windows 7
16 10 (18.18%) MCP
16 10 (18.18%) VPN
16 10 (18.18%) HP
16 10 (18.18%) Citrix
17 9 (16.36%) LAN
17 9 (16.36%) WAN
17 9 (16.36%) DHCP
17 9 (16.36%) Firewall

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 13 (23.64%) MS Exchange
2 7 (12.73%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (7.27%) IIS
3 4 (7.27%) SharePoint
4 3 (5.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (5.45%) IBM Notes
4 3 (5.45%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (3.64%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.82%) Apache
6 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.82%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 14 (25.45%) MS Office
2 8 (14.55%) MS Excel
3 6 (10.91%) MS PowerPoint
3 6 (10.91%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.82%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.64%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.82%) Amazon EC2
2 1 (1.82%) IBM Cloud
2 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.82%) Office 365
2 1 (1.82%) OneDrive
2 1 (1.82%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (18.18%) VPN
2 9 (16.36%) DHCP
2 9 (16.36%) Firewall
2 9 (16.36%) LAN
2 9 (16.36%) WAN
3 7 (12.73%) DNS
4 6 (10.91%) SAN
5 4 (7.27%) VLAN
6 2 (3.64%) Internet
6 2 (3.64%) WLAN
7 1 (1.82%) Extranet
7 1 (1.82%) Fibre Channel
7 1 (1.82%) iSCSI
7 1 (1.82%) MPLS
7 1 (1.82%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.82%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (7.27%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (5.45%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.82%) MySQL
4 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (1.82%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.82%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (3.64%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (3.64%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.82%) JIRA
2 1 (1.82%) Moq
2 1 (1.82%) NUnit
2 1 (1.82%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 6 (10.91%) Banking
2 5 (9.09%) Finance
3 3 (5.45%) Manufacturing
3 3 (5.45%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.82%) Back Office
4 1 (1.82%) Law
4 1 (1.82%) Legal
4 1 (1.82%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 16 (29.09%) Analyst
2 8 (14.55%) 3rd Line Support
3 7 (12.73%) IT Support
4 6 (10.91%) IT Analyst
4 6 (10.91%) Support Analyst
5 5 (9.09%) Administrator
5 5 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 5 (9.09%) IT Engineer
5 5 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
5 5 (9.09%) Senior Technical Analyst
5 5 (9.09%) Service Analyst
5 5 (9.09%) Technical Analyst
6 4 (7.27%) Developer
7 3 (5.45%) .NET Developer
7 3 (5.45%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 3 (5.45%) 2nd Line Support
7 3 (5.45%) Backup Administrator
7 3 (5.45%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) Support Engineer
8 2 (3.64%) ICT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.09%) .NET
2 4 (7.27%) ASP.NET
3 3 (5.45%) ASP.NET MVC
3 3 (5.45%) WCF
3 3 (5.45%) Web Services
4 2 (3.64%) Ajax
4 2 (3.64%) SOAP
4 2 (3.64%) XML
5 1 (1.82%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC 3
5 1 (1.82%) CSS
5 1 (1.82%) HTML
5 1 (1.82%) jQuery
5 1 (1.82%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (1.82%) LAMP
5 1 (1.82%) NHibernate
5 1 (1.82%) RESTful
5 1 (1.82%) SAML
5 1 (1.82%) WinForms
5 1 (1.82%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.36%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (9.09%) NHS
3 3 (5.45%) Blackberry
3 3 (5.45%) Fat Client
3 3 (5.45%) Life Science
3 3 (5.45%) Thin Client
4 2 (3.64%) Client/Server
4 2 (3.64%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.82%) AS400
5 1 (1.82%) Blog
5 1 (1.82%) Clustering
5 1 (1.82%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.82%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.82%) FlexPod
5 1 (1.82%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Licensing
5 1 (1.82%) Oracle Licensing
5 1 (1.82%) Replication
5 1 (1.82%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 38 (69.09%) Windows
2 27 (49.09%) Windows Server
3 24 (43.64%) Windows Server 2008
4 20 (36.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (25.45%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (18.18%) Windows 7
7 8 (14.55%) Linux
8 7 (12.73%) Windows 10
9 4 (7.27%) Apple iOS
9 4 (7.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (7.27%) Solaris
9 4 (7.27%) Unix
9 4 (7.27%) Windows XP
10 3 (5.45%) Windows 8
11 1 (1.82%) CentOS
11 1 (1.82%) Windows 2000
11 1 (1.82%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (47.27%) ITIL
2 7 (12.73%) Infrastructure Management
3 5 (9.09%) Patch Management
3 5 (9.09%) Project Management
3 5 (9.09%) Technical Analysis
4 4 (7.27%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (7.27%) Problem Management
4 4 (7.27%) Security Patching
4 4 (7.27%) Time Management
4 4 (7.27%) Virtual Environments
5 3 (5.45%) Migration
5 3 (5.45%) MVC
5 3 (5.45%) PRINCE2
5 3 (5.45%) Service Management
6 2 (3.64%) Change Management
6 2 (3.64%) ITIL V3
6 2 (3.64%) Server Monitoring
6 2 (3.64%) Software Licensing
6 2 (3.64%) TDD
6 2 (3.64%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 13 (23.64%) SQL
2 5 (9.09%) PowerShell
3 4 (7.27%) C#
4 2 (3.64%) C
4 2 (3.64%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.64%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.64%) VB.NET
4 2 (3.64%) VBScript
5 1 (1.82%) PHP
5 1 (1.82%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.82%) VB
5 1 (1.82%) VB6
Qualifications
1 37 (67.27%) MCSE
2 14 (25.45%) CCNA
2 14 (25.45%) Cisco Certification
3 12 (21.82%) MCSA
4 10 (18.18%) MCP
5 7 (12.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (10.91%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (7.27%) Citrix Certification
7 4 (7.27%) MCTS
8 3 (5.45%) CCA
8 3 (5.45%) RHCE
8 3 (5.45%) Security Cleared
9 2 (3.64%) DBS Check
9 2 (3.64%) MCDST
9 2 (3.64%) MCITP
10 1 (1.82%) CESG Certified Professional
10 1 (1.82%) Degree
10 1 (1.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (1.82%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (1.82%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 5 (9.09%) SLA
2 1 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.82%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 34 (61.82%) Active Directory
2 21 (38.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (12.73%) vSphere
4 4 (7.27%) Hyper-V
4 4 (7.27%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (7.27%) VMware ESX
5 3 (5.45%) XenDesktop
6 2 (3.64%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (3.64%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (3.64%) XenApp
7 1 (1.82%) MetaFrame
7 1 (1.82%) NFS
7 1 (1.82%) Shibboleth
7 1 (1.82%) vCloud
7 1 (1.82%) Xen
Systems Management
1 15 (27.27%) SCCM
2 11 (20.00%) SCOM
3 9 (16.36%) Backup Exec
4 5 (9.09%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (9.09%) WSUS
5 3 (5.45%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (5.45%) NetBackup
6 1 (1.82%) FortiGate
6 1 (1.82%) HP SIM
6 1 (1.82%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 42 (76.36%) Microsoft
2 29 (52.73%) VMware
3 12 (21.82%) Cisco
4 10 (18.18%) Citrix
4 10 (18.18%) HP
5 6 (10.91%) Intel Security
6 5 (9.09%) Canon
6 5 (9.09%) Dell
6 5 (9.09%) Symantec
7 4 (7.27%) Red Hat
7 4 (7.27%) Veeam
8 3 (5.45%) EqualLogic
8 3 (5.45%) Lotus
8 3 (5.45%) Remedy
8 3 (5.45%) SolarWinds
9 2 (3.64%) IBM
9 2 (3.64%) Juniper
9 2 (3.64%) NetApp
9 2 (3.64%) Polycom
10 1 (1.82%) ProCurve