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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 91 73 85
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 79 63 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.83% 2.04% 1.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.21% 10.82% 10.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 42 16
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£340 £288 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.26% +9.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £199 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £375 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £324 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.11% +7.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 20
Average hourly rate £15.77 £16.84 £26.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.35% -37.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.80 £14.40 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £21.10 £35.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £15.88 £17.42
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -8.88%
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
858 582 493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.84% 18.87% 17.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 310 237
Average daily rate £400 £346 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.77% +7.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £209 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 48 52
Average hourly rate £30.52 £22.50 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.64% -21.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £15.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £46.80 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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
Lancashire +9 29 £425 +49.12% 2
Manchester -21 23 £210 -34.37% 32
Cheshire -23 8 £340 +13.33% 12
Cumbria - 8 £300 - 1
Merseyside - 6 £175 - 9
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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.

1 138 (87.34%) Microsoft
2 103 (65.19%) Windows
3 75 (47.47%) ITIL
4 71 (44.94%) Active Directory
5 51 (32.28%) VMware
6 49 (31.01%) VMware Infrastructure
7 46 (29.11%) MCITP
7 46 (29.11%) MCSE
8 43 (27.22%) MS Excel
8 43 (27.22%) Citrix
8 43 (27.22%) Windows 7
9 42 (26.58%) Windows Server 2008
10 40 (25.32%) Security Cleared
11 39 (24.68%) MCSA
12 35 (22.15%) MS Office
12 35 (22.15%) DNS
13 33 (20.89%) Windows Server 2003
14 32 (20.25%) MCP
15 29 (18.35%) SQL
16 28 (17.72%) LAN
16 28 (17.72%) Cisco Certification
17 27 (17.09%) DHCP
17 27 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
18 26 (16.46%) Symantec
18 26 (16.46%) SC Cleared
19 24 (15.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
19 24 (15.19%) CCNA
20 23 (14.56%) Citrix Certification
21 22 (13.92%) MCTS
22 21 (13.29%) Incident Management

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 12 (7.59%) CMS
2 11 (6.96%) SharePoint
3 10 (6.33%) MS Exchange
4 7 (4.43%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (3.80%) IIS
6 5 (3.16%) Lync
7 4 (2.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (2.53%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (1.90%) TPMS
9 2 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.63%) WorkSite
10 1 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.63%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 43 (27.22%) MS Excel
2 35 (22.15%) MS Office
3 17 (10.76%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.63%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.90%) Office 365
2 2 (1.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 35 (22.15%) DNS
2 28 (17.72%) LAN
3 27 (17.09%) DHCP
4 21 (13.29%) SAN
5 20 (12.66%) WAN
6 15 (9.49%) TCP/IP
7 12 (7.59%) VPN
8 9 (5.70%) Firewall
9 6 (3.80%) Wireless
9 6 (3.80%) SMTP
9 6 (3.80%) SSL
9 6 (3.80%) FTP
9 6 (3.80%) HTTP
10 5 (3.16%) WLAN
11 4 (2.53%) NetScaler
12 3 (1.90%) Fibre Channel
12 3 (1.90%) VLAN
12 3 (1.90%) iSCSI
12 3 (1.90%) VoIP
13 2 (1.27%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (6.96%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.16%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.63%) MySQL
6 1 (0.63%) OLAP
6 1 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (1.27%) Fiddler
General
1 19 (12.03%) Finance
2 9 (5.70%) Legal
3 8 (5.06%) Law
4 3 (1.90%) Local Government
4 3 (1.90%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.27%) Retail
6 1 (0.63%) Advertising
6 1 (0.63%) Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (20.25%) Analyst
2 17 (10.76%) Desktop Support
3 16 (10.13%) Support Engineer
4 15 (9.49%) Consultant
5 13 (8.23%) Process Engineer
6 12 (7.59%) Service Analyst
7 11 (6.96%) Support Analyst
8 10 (6.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (5.70%) 3rd Line Support
9 9 (5.70%) Process Analyst
9 9 (5.70%) Business Analyst
10 8 (5.06%) Team Leader
10 8 (5.06%) Technical Team Leader
10 8 (5.06%) Service Desk Team Leader
11 7 (4.43%) Technical Analyst
11 7 (4.43%) Service Desk Analyst
11 7 (4.43%) 2nd Line Support
12 6 (3.80%) Administrator
12 6 (3.80%) PC Support
12 6 (3.80%) Desktop Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.80%) HTML
1 6 (3.80%) XML
2 2 (1.27%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.63%) MDX
3 1 (0.63%) .NET
3 1 (0.63%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.96%) Data Centre
2 9 (5.70%) Fat Client
2 9 (5.70%) Thin Client
3 7 (4.43%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.80%) Clustering
4 6 (3.80%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.80%) iPad
5 5 (3.16%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (3.16%) Management Information System
5 5 (3.16%) Handset
6 2 (1.27%) NHS
6 2 (1.27%) Mathematics
6 2 (1.27%) CMDB
7 1 (0.63%) Life Science
7 1 (0.63%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.63%) iPhone
7 1 (0.63%) PKI
7 1 (0.63%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 103 (65.19%) Windows
2 43 (27.22%) Windows 7
3 42 (26.58%) Windows Server 2008
4 33 (20.89%) Windows Server 2003
5 27 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (10.13%) Windows XP
7 6 (3.80%) Windows 8
8 4 (2.53%) Apple iOS
8 4 (2.53%) Windows Vista
8 4 (2.53%) Linux
9 3 (1.90%) Android
10 2 (1.27%) BlackBerry OS
10 2 (1.27%) UNIX
10 2 (1.27%) Solaris
10 2 (1.27%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.63%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (47.47%) ITIL
2 21 (13.29%) Incident Management
3 18 (11.39%) Migration
3 18 (11.39%) Continuous Improvement
4 17 (10.76%) BPMN
4 17 (10.76%) Stakeholder Management
4 17 (10.76%) Quality Management
5 12 (7.59%) Six Sigma
5 12 (7.59%) Lean Six Sigma
5 12 (7.59%) Performance Analysis
6 10 (6.33%) Service Management
7 9 (5.70%) Server Building
8 8 (5.06%) ITIL V3
8 8 (5.06%) Change Management
8 8 (5.06%) Problem Management
8 8 (5.06%) Document Management
9 7 (4.43%) Information Security
9 7 (4.43%) Root Cause Analysis
9 7 (4.43%) Performance Tuning
10 6 (3.80%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (18.35%) SQL
2 21 (13.29%) PowerShell
3 13 (8.23%) VBScript
4 3 (1.90%) C
5 2 (1.27%) C#
5 2 (1.27%) VB
6 1 (0.63%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 46 (29.11%) MCSE
1 46 (29.11%) MCITP
2 40 (25.32%) Security Cleared
3 39 (24.68%) MCSA
4 32 (20.25%) MCP
5 28 (17.72%) Cisco Certification
6 26 (16.46%) SC Cleared
7 24 (15.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 24 (15.19%) CCNA
8 23 (14.56%) Citrix Certification
9 22 (13.92%) MCTS
10 19 (12.03%) ITIL Certification
11 12 (7.59%) MCDST
12 11 (6.96%) A+ Certification
12 11 (6.96%) CCA
13 9 (5.70%) CCEE
14 8 (5.06%) MOS
15 7 (4.43%) CCNP
15 7 (4.43%) Degree
16 6 (3.80%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (7.59%) SLA
2 4 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.53%) QA
3 3 (1.90%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 71 (44.94%) Active Directory
2 49 (31.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (10.76%) XenApp
4 15 (9.49%) Hyper-V
5 13 (8.23%) vSphere
6 9 (5.70%) XenServer
7 8 (5.06%) XenDesktop
7 8 (5.06%) VMware ESXi
8 6 (3.80%) Terminal Services
8 6 (3.80%) VMware ESX
8 6 (3.80%) VMware Workstation
9 4 (2.53%) MetaFrame
9 4 (2.53%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 3 (1.90%) NFS
10 3 (1.90%) Xen
10 3 (1.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (1.27%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.63%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 13 (8.23%) SCCM
2 7 (4.43%) SCOM
2 7 (4.43%) Backup Exec
3 3 (1.90%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.27%) SCVMM
4 2 (1.27%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.27%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (1.27%) EdgeSight
5 1 (0.63%) SCDPM
5 1 (0.63%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.63%) WSUS
Vendors
1 138 (87.34%) Microsoft
2 51 (32.28%) VMware
3 43 (27.22%) Citrix
4 26 (16.46%) Symantec
5 19 (12.03%) HP
6 13 (8.23%) SAP
7 11 (6.96%) AppSense
8 10 (6.33%) McAfee
8 10 (6.33%) Cisco
9 8 (5.06%) Sophos
10 5 (3.16%) Altiris
10 5 (3.16%) NetApp
11 4 (2.53%) Veeam
12 3 (1.90%) 3PAR
12 3 (1.90%) Wyse
12 3 (1.90%) Apple
13 2 (1.27%) Avaya
13 2 (1.27%) IBM
13 2 (1.27%) Compaq
13 2 (1.27%) Dell
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