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 February 2017 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
England / North West
Rank 113 116 119
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +3
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 23 38 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.87% 1.00% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.58% 5.40% 3.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 18 10
Median daily rate £425 £313 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.00% -5.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £150 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £483 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £336 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.71% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 9 7
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.84 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.92% +29.53%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.05 £18.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-10.86% +16.12%

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
502 704 671
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.08% 18.60% 20.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 358 328
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 50 57
Median hourly rate £41.25 £37.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.48% -9.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £16.50 £15.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £41.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-26.82% +82.22%

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 22 February 2017.

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 22 February 2017. 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 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
Lancashire +11 10 £490 +78.18% 1
Manchester +5 6 £425 +47.82% 18
Cheshire +21 4 £550 +120.00% 8
Merseyside -8 2 £356 -10.93% 4
Cumbria - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 February 2017, 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 35 (68.63%) Windows
2 34 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 31 (60.78%) MCSE
4 27 (52.94%) Active Directory
5 21 (41.18%) VMware
5 21 (41.18%) Windows Server
6 17 (33.33%) ITIL
7 14 (27.45%) VMware Infrastructure
7 14 (27.45%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (25.49%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (23.53%) SQL
10 11 (21.57%) MS Office
11 10 (19.61%) SQL Server
11 10 (19.61%) Citrix
11 10 (19.61%) Cisco Certification
11 10 (19.61%) MS Exchange
11 10 (19.61%) CCNA
12 9 (17.65%) Backup Exec
12 9 (17.65%) LAN
12 9 (17.65%) WAN
12 9 (17.65%) VPN
12 9 (17.65%) Cisco
12 9 (17.65%) MCP
13 8 (15.69%) Oracle
13 8 (15.69%) Firewall
13 8 (15.69%) Windows 7
14 7 (13.73%) Exchange Server 2010
14 7 (13.73%) SQL Server 2008
14 7 (13.73%) SCCM
14 7 (13.73%) Banking

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 10 (19.61%) MS Exchange
2 7 (13.73%) Exchange Server 2010
2 7 (13.73%) IIS
3 4 (7.84%) SharePoint
4 3 (5.88%) IBM Notes
4 3 (5.88%) SharePoint 2013
5 2 (3.92%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (3.92%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.96%) Apache
6 1 (1.96%) CMS
6 1 (1.96%) Confluence
6 1 (1.96%) EPiServer
6 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.96%) SharePoint Foundation
6 1 (1.96%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (1.96%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (1.96%) Umbraco
Applications
1 11 (21.57%) MS Office
2 5 (9.80%) MS Excel
2 5 (9.80%) MS Visio
3 4 (7.84%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.96%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.96%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.96%) Office 365
2 1 (1.96%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 9 (17.65%) LAN
1 9 (17.65%) VPN
1 9 (17.65%) WAN
2 8 (15.69%) Firewall
3 7 (13.73%) DHCP
4 6 (11.76%) SAN
5 5 (9.80%) DNS
6 2 (3.92%) Internet
6 2 (3.92%) IP Telephony
6 2 (3.92%) NAS
6 2 (3.92%) VLAN
6 2 (3.92%) WLAN
7 1 (1.96%) Intranet
7 1 (1.96%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.96%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (19.61%) SQL Server
2 7 (13.73%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (11.76%) Oracle Database
3 6 (11.76%) Oracle Database 12c
4 3 (5.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (3.92%) RDBMS
5 2 (3.92%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.96%) MySQL
6 1 (1.96%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (5.88%) Visual Studio
2 2 (3.92%) JIRA
3 1 (1.96%) Moq
3 1 (1.96%) NUnit
3 1 (1.96%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (1.96%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (1.96%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (13.73%) Banking
2 6 (11.76%) Finance
3 5 (9.80%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.92%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.96%) Back Office
5 1 (1.96%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 9 (17.65%) Analyst
2 8 (15.69%) 3rd Line Support
3 6 (11.76%) Administrator
4 5 (9.80%) Architect
4 5 (9.80%) Developer
4 5 (9.80%) Support Analyst
5 4 (7.84%) .NET Developer
5 4 (7.84%) 2nd Line Support
5 4 (7.84%) IT Analyst
5 4 (7.84%) IT Support
5 4 (7.84%) Service Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 3 (5.88%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (5.88%) Backup Administrator
6 3 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 3 (5.88%) IT Engineer
6 3 (5.88%) Technical Specialist
6 3 (5.88%) Windows Administrator
7 2 (3.92%) Service Desk Analyst
7 2 (3.92%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.73%) .NET
2 6 (11.76%) ASP.NET
3 5 (9.80%) Web Services
4 4 (7.84%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (5.88%) Ajax
5 3 (5.88%) SOAP
5 3 (5.88%) WCF
5 3 (5.88%) XML
6 2 (3.92%) .NET Framework
6 2 (3.92%) CSS
6 2 (3.92%) HTML
6 2 (3.92%) KnockoutJS
6 2 (3.92%) RESTful
6 2 (3.92%) WinForms
7 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (1.96%) LAMP
7 1 (1.96%) NHibernate
7 1 (1.96%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.80%) Life Science
1 5 (9.80%) PKI
2 4 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.84%) NHS
3 2 (3.92%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.92%) Clustering
3 2 (3.92%) iPad
3 2 (3.92%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.92%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.96%) AS400
4 1 (1.96%) Blog
4 1 (1.96%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.96%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.96%) Microsoft Licensing
4 1 (1.96%) Oracle Licensing
4 1 (1.96%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 35 (68.63%) Windows
2 21 (41.18%) Windows Server
3 14 (27.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (25.49%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (15.69%) Windows 7
6 7 (13.73%) Windows 10
7 6 (11.76%) Windows Server 2003
8 4 (7.84%) Windows 8
8 4 (7.84%) Windows XP
9 3 (5.88%) Apple iOS
10 2 (3.92%) Linux
11 1 (1.96%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (33.33%) ITIL
2 4 (7.84%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (7.84%) Infrastructure Management
2 4 (7.84%) MVC
2 4 (7.84%) Project Management
2 4 (7.84%) Technical Analysis
2 4 (7.84%) Time Management
3 3 (5.88%) Migration
3 3 (5.88%) OO
3 3 (5.88%) PRINCE2
3 3 (5.88%) Service Management
4 2 (3.92%) Change Management
4 2 (3.92%) ERP
4 2 (3.92%) OOD
4 2 (3.92%) Release Management
4 2 (3.92%) Software Engineering
4 2 (3.92%) Software Licensing
4 2 (3.92%) TDD
4 2 (3.92%) Unit Testing
4 2 (3.92%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 12 (23.53%) SQL
2 6 (11.76%) PowerShell
3 5 (9.80%) C#
4 2 (3.92%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.92%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.92%) VBScript
5 1 (1.96%) PHP
5 1 (1.96%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.96%) VB
5 1 (1.96%) VB.NET
5 1 (1.96%) VB6
Qualifications
1 31 (60.78%) MCSE
2 10 (19.61%) CCNA
2 10 (19.61%) Cisco Certification
3 9 (17.65%) MCP
4 6 (11.76%) MCITP
4 6 (11.76%) MCSA
4 6 (11.76%) Security Cleared
5 5 (9.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (7.84%) Citrix Certification
6 4 (7.84%) SC Cleared
7 3 (5.88%) CCA
7 3 (5.88%) MCTS
7 3 (5.88%) RHCE
8 2 (3.92%) Degree
9 1 (1.96%) CCIE
9 1 (1.96%) MCDST
9 1 (1.96%) MCPD
9 1 (1.96%) PMI Certification
9 1 (1.96%) PMP
9 1 (1.96%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.88%) SLA
2 1 (1.96%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 27 (52.94%) Active Directory
2 14 (27.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (7.84%) Hyper-V
3 4 (7.84%) vSphere
4 3 (5.88%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (3.92%) VMware ESX
5 2 (3.92%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.96%) MetaFrame
6 1 (1.96%) Shibboleth
6 1 (1.96%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.96%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 9 (17.65%) Backup Exec
2 7 (13.73%) SCCM
3 5 (9.80%) SCOM
4 4 (7.84%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (5.88%) NetBackup
6 2 (3.92%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (3.92%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (3.92%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 21 (41.18%) VMware
3 10 (19.61%) Citrix
4 9 (17.65%) Cisco
5 8 (15.69%) Oracle
6 6 (11.76%) HP
6 6 (11.76%) Symantec
7 5 (9.80%) Intel Security
8 4 (7.84%) Canon
8 4 (7.84%) Dell
8 4 (7.84%) Veeam
9 3 (5.88%) EqualLogic
9 3 (5.88%) Lotus
9 3 (5.88%) Remedy
9 3 (5.88%) SolarWinds
10 2 (3.92%) Kaseya
10 2 (3.92%) Kaspersky
10 2 (3.92%) Polycom
10 2 (3.92%) SAP
11 1 (1.96%) Infor
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