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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 128 97 75
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 28 70 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.79% 1.56% 2.05%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.44% 8.10% 10.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 42 44
Median daily rate £225 £375 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% +21.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £103 £300 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 10
Median hourly rate £21.00 £17.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.52% +13.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £17.00 £16.92
% change year-on-year
+23.52% +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
631 864 634
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.80% 19.26% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 376 503 343
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £290 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £568 £535 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 60 58
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.43% +64.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.89 £15.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.80 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 13 £193 -51.87% 15
Cheshire +13 6 - - 4
Lancashire -1 5 £205 -59.00% 4
Merseyside +5 3 £350 +100.00% 3
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 56 (83.58%) Microsoft
2 49 (73.13%) Windows
3 45 (67.16%) Active Directory
4 33 (49.25%) MCSE
5 32 (47.76%) ITIL
6 29 (43.28%) Windows Server
7 27 (40.30%) VMware
7 27 (40.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 24 (35.82%) Windows Server 2012
9 23 (34.33%) VMware Infrastructure
10 19 (28.36%) DNS
11 18 (26.87%) Linux
11 18 (26.87%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (26.87%) SCCM
12 17 (25.37%) MCP
12 17 (25.37%) MS Office
13 15 (22.39%) SQL Server
14 14 (20.90%) CCNA
14 14 (20.90%) Cisco Certification
15 13 (19.40%) Red Hat
15 13 (19.40%) MCSA
15 13 (19.40%) SQL
15 13 (19.40%) SCOM
15 13 (19.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 12 (17.91%) HP
17 11 (16.42%) DHCP
17 11 (16.42%) MS Exchange
17 11 (16.42%) IIS
17 11 (16.42%) PowerShell
17 11 (16.42%) MCITP

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 11 (16.42%) IIS
1 11 (16.42%) MS Exchange
2 10 (14.93%) SharePoint
3 7 (10.45%) Apache
4 6 (8.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 6 (8.96%) JBoss
4 6 (8.96%) Tomcat
5 5 (7.46%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (4.48%) IBM Notes
6 3 (4.48%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (2.99%) Skype for Business
8 1 (1.49%) CMS
8 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (1.49%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (1.49%) Umbraco
Applications
1 17 (25.37%) MS Office
2 10 (14.93%) MS Excel
3 5 (7.46%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (5.97%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.49%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.48%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.99%) Amazon EC2
2 2 (2.99%) IBM Cloud
2 2 (2.99%) Office 365
2 2 (2.99%) SoftLayer
3 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.49%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (28.36%) DNS
2 11 (16.42%) DHCP
3 10 (14.93%) VPN
4 9 (13.43%) LAN
4 9 (13.43%) WAN
5 8 (11.94%) Internet
6 6 (8.96%) SSL
6 6 (8.96%) VLAN
7 5 (7.46%) Firewall
7 5 (7.46%) SAN
8 4 (5.97%) Extranet
9 3 (4.48%) TCP/IP
9 3 (4.48%) WLAN
10 2 (2.99%) Fibre Channel
10 2 (2.99%) iSCSI
10 2 (2.99%) Kerberos
10 2 (2.99%) LDAP
10 2 (2.99%) X.500
11 1 (1.49%) MPLS
11 1 (1.49%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (22.39%) SQL Server
2 7 (10.45%) MySQL
3 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.99%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.99%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.49%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.49%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (1.49%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.99%) HP UFT
1 2 (2.99%) LoadRunner
2 1 (1.49%) Moq
2 1 (1.49%) NUnit
2 1 (1.49%) Rhino Mocks
2 1 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (10.45%) Finance
2 6 (8.96%) Banking
3 4 (5.97%) Law
3 4 (5.97%) Legal
4 3 (4.48%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.99%) Local Government
5 2 (2.99%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.49%) Back Office
6 1 (1.49%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 21 (31.34%) Analyst
2 9 (13.43%) Senior Analyst
2 9 (13.43%) Support Analyst
2 9 (13.43%) Technical Analyst
3 8 (11.94%) IT Support
3 8 (11.94%) Senior Technical Analyst
4 7 (10.45%) 3rd Line Support
4 7 (10.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (8.96%) IT Engineer
6 5 (7.46%) Developer
7 4 (5.97%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (5.97%) Desktop Support
7 4 (5.97%) IT Analyst
7 4 (5.97%) Support Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
8 3 (4.48%) Administrator
8 3 (4.48%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
8 3 (4.48%) Desktop Analyst
8 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Support
8 3 (4.48%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.93%) .NET
2 7 (10.45%) LAMP
3 6 (8.96%) .NET Framework
3 6 (8.96%) JSP
4 4 (5.97%) ASP.NET
5 3 (4.48%) WAMP
6 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (2.99%) jQuery
6 2 (2.99%) WCF
6 2 (2.99%) XML
7 1 (1.49%) Ajax
7 1 (1.49%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.49%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (1.49%) CSS
7 1 (1.49%) HTML
7 1 (1.49%) NHibernate
7 1 (1.49%) SOAP
7 1 (1.49%) Web Services
7 1 (1.49%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.93%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.96%) Blackberry
2 6 (8.96%) PMI
3 4 (5.97%) NHS
4 3 (4.48%) Fat Client
4 3 (4.48%) Replication
4 3 (4.48%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.99%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.99%) Clustering
5 2 (2.99%) Life Science
5 2 (2.99%) PKI
5 2 (2.99%) Psychology
6 1 (1.49%) Blog
6 1 (1.49%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.49%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.49%) Digital Media
6 1 (1.49%) FlexPod
6 1 (1.49%) Oracle Licensing
Operating Systems
1 49 (73.13%) Windows
2 29 (43.28%) Windows Server
3 27 (40.30%) Windows Server 2008
4 24 (35.82%) Windows Server 2012
5 18 (26.87%) Linux
5 18 (26.87%) Windows Server 2003
6 13 (19.40%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (14.93%) Unix
8 8 (11.94%) Windows XP
9 7 (10.45%) Solaris
10 6 (8.96%) Apple iOS
10 6 (8.96%) Windows 7
11 4 (5.97%) Windows 8
12 3 (4.48%) Windows 10
13 1 (1.49%) CentOS
13 1 (1.49%) Windows 2000
13 1 (1.49%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (47.76%) ITIL
2 10 (14.93%) Project Management
3 8 (11.94%) Patch Management
3 8 (11.94%) PRINCE2
3 8 (11.94%) Problem Management
3 8 (11.94%) Security Patching
3 8 (11.94%) Virtual Environments
4 6 (8.96%) Capacity Management
4 6 (8.96%) Infrastructure Management
4 6 (8.96%) Security Management
5 4 (5.97%) Change Management
5 4 (5.97%) Document Management
5 4 (5.97%) Technical Analysis
6 3 (4.48%) ITIL V3
6 3 (4.48%) Load Balancing
6 3 (4.48%) Migration
6 3 (4.48%) MVC
6 3 (4.48%) Server Hardening
6 3 (4.48%) Time Management
7 2 (2.99%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (19.40%) SQL
2 11 (16.42%) PowerShell
3 8 (11.94%) PHP
4 7 (10.45%) Java
5 5 (7.46%) C
6 3 (4.48%) Bash Shell
6 3 (4.48%) C#
6 3 (4.48%) Shell Script
7 2 (2.99%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.99%) PL/SQL
7 2 (2.99%) VB.NET
7 2 (2.99%) VBScript
8 1 (1.49%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.49%) VB
Qualifications
1 33 (49.25%) MCSE
2 17 (25.37%) MCP
3 14 (20.90%) CCNA
3 14 (20.90%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (19.40%) MCSA
5 11 (16.42%) MCITP
5 11 (16.42%) MCTS
6 10 (14.93%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (10.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 6 (8.96%) PMI Certification
8 6 (8.96%) RHCE
9 5 (7.46%) MCDST
10 4 (5.97%) Security Cleared
11 3 (4.48%) DBS Check
11 3 (4.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 2 (2.99%) Degree
12 2 (2.99%) ISTQB
12 2 (2.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 2 (2.99%) OCP
12 2 (2.99%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (11.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (5.97%) SLA
3 2 (2.99%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 45 (67.16%) Active Directory
2 23 (34.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (11.94%) vSphere
4 6 (8.96%) UAG
5 5 (7.46%) Hyper-V
6 4 (5.97%) XenApp
7 3 (4.48%) VMware ESX
7 3 (4.48%) XenDesktop
8 2 (2.99%) NFS
8 2 (2.99%) Virtual Servers
8 2 (2.99%) Xen
9 1 (1.49%) Firmware
9 1 (1.49%) MetaFrame
9 1 (1.49%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (1.49%) vCloud
9 1 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (1.49%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (1.49%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 18 (26.87%) SCCM
2 13 (19.40%) SCOM
3 8 (11.94%) WSUS
4 6 (8.96%) Puppet
4 6 (8.96%) Red Hat Satellite
5 5 (7.46%) Backup Exec
6 4 (5.97%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (2.99%) HP Quality Center
7 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (2.99%) Tivoli
8 1 (1.49%) FortiGate
8 1 (1.49%) HP SIM
8 1 (1.49%) SCVMM
8 1 (1.49%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 56 (83.58%) Microsoft
2 27 (40.30%) VMware
3 13 (19.40%) Red Hat
4 12 (17.91%) HP
5 9 (13.43%) Citrix
6 7 (10.45%) Cisco
7 6 (8.96%) Brocade
7 6 (8.96%) Intel Security
8 5 (7.46%) Oracle
9 4 (5.97%) Canon
9 4 (5.97%) Dell
9 4 (5.97%) Symantec
9 4 (5.97%) Veeam
10 3 (4.48%) IBM
10 3 (4.48%) Lotus
10 3 (4.48%) NetApp
11 2 (2.99%) EqualLogic
11 2 (2.99%) Juniper
11 2 (2.99%) SAP
11 2 (2.99%) SolarWinds