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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 76 76 97
Rank change year-on-year
0 +21
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 61 54 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.95% 1.87% 1.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.34% 10.61% 6.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 17 18
Average daily rate
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£288 £250 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% -13.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £215 £138
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £325 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £324 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.91% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 21 15
Average hourly rate £16.84 £26.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.23% +62.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.40 £10.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.10 £35.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £17.42 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-9.48% +8.89%
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
590 509 640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.82% 17.58% 19.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 309 235 321
Average daily rate £338 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 52 56
Average hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% +33.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £37.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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 20 August 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
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 20 August 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 -7 24 £300 - 24
Cheshire +5 22 £303 +34.44% 4
Lancashire -11 9 £285 -5.00% 6
Merseyside - - - - 1
Cumbria - - - - 1
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 99 (82.50%) Windows
2 84 (70.00%) Microsoft
3 83 (69.17%) MCSE
4 67 (55.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 66 (55.00%) Active Directory
5 66 (55.00%) VMware
6 55 (45.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 50 (41.67%) ITIL
8 43 (35.83%) Citrix
8 43 (35.83%) VMware Infrastructure
9 39 (32.50%) MCITP
10 38 (31.67%) DNS
11 31 (25.83%) HP
11 31 (25.83%) Cisco
12 30 (25.00%) SAN
13 26 (21.67%) MCTS
14 25 (20.83%) DHCP
14 25 (20.83%) MCP
15 24 (20.00%) MS Excel
15 24 (20.00%) SQL Server
16 23 (19.17%) Symantec
16 23 (19.17%) Hyper-V
17 22 (18.33%) SharePoint
18 20 (16.67%) Dell
18 20 (16.67%) Finance
18 20 (16.67%) XenServer
19 19 (15.83%) XenApp
19 19 (15.83%) PowerShell
19 19 (15.83%) MCSA
19 19 (15.83%) MS Office

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

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 22 (18.33%) SharePoint
2 17 (14.17%) SharePoint 2010
2 17 (14.17%) MS Exchange
3 11 (9.17%) IIS
4 10 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
6 7 (5.83%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (2.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.67%) CICS
10 1 (0.83%) Lync
Applications
1 24 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 19 (15.83%) MS Office
3 1 (0.83%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 38 (31.67%) DNS
2 30 (25.00%) SAN
3 25 (20.83%) DHCP
4 17 (14.17%) TCP/IP
4 17 (14.17%) Firewall
5 12 (10.00%) Wireless
6 11 (9.17%) LAN
7 10 (8.33%) VPN
8 7 (5.83%) WAN
9 6 (5.00%) IP Telephony
10 4 (3.33%) WLAN
11 3 (2.50%) Network Security
11 3 (2.50%) VLAN
12 2 (1.67%) Ethernet
12 2 (1.67%) DSL
12 2 (1.67%) Internet
12 2 (1.67%) Intrusion Detection
12 2 (1.67%) NAS
13 1 (0.83%) Cisco ASA
13 1 (0.83%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 18 (15.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 17 (14.17%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (3.33%) Crystal Reports
5 3 (2.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 3 (2.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (2.50%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.67%) DB2
6 2 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 1 (0.83%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.83%) DTS
7 1 (0.83%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 2 (1.67%) MSI
1 2 (1.67%) InstallShield
General
1 20 (16.67%) Finance
2 6 (5.00%) Banking
3 2 (1.67%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.67%) Retail Banking
3 2 (1.67%) Local Government
3 2 (1.67%) Retail
4 1 (0.83%) Multimedia
4 1 (0.83%) Marketing
4 1 (0.83%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (13.33%) Analyst
2 12 (10.00%) Support Analyst
2 12 (10.00%) Support Engineer
3 11 (9.17%) 3rd Line Support
4 10 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 9 (7.50%) Server Engineer
5 9 (7.50%) Administrator
6 8 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support
6 8 (6.67%) Consultant
6 8 (6.67%) Network Manager
7 7 (5.83%) Support Consultant
7 7 (5.83%) 1st Line Support
8 6 (5.00%) Service Analyst
8 6 (5.00%) Developer
8 6 (5.00%) Service Desk Analyst
9 5 (4.17%) Wintel Support
9 5 (4.17%) Desktop Support
9 5 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
10 4 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
10 4 (3.33%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (15.83%) .NET
2 4 (3.33%) Web Services
3 2 (1.67%) J2EE
3 2 (1.67%) JDBC
3 2 (1.67%) JSP
3 2 (1.67%) JMS
3 2 (1.67%) JNDI
4 1 (0.83%) WPF
4 1 (0.83%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.83%) Clustering
2 6 (5.00%) iPad
3 4 (3.33%) Thin Client
3 4 (3.33%) Smartphone
3 4 (3.33%) Fat Client
4 3 (2.50%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.50%) Handset
5 2 (1.67%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.67%) Blackberry
5 2 (1.67%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (0.83%) EqualLogic
6 1 (0.83%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.83%) CCTV
6 1 (0.83%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 99 (82.50%) Windows
2 67 (55.83%) Windows Server 2008
3 55 (45.83%) Windows Server 2003
4 17 (14.17%) Windows XP
5 14 (11.67%) Windows 7
5 14 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (5.00%) Linux
7 4 (3.33%) Windows Vista
8 3 (2.50%) Android
9 1 (0.83%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.83%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.83%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.83%) UNIX
9 1 (0.83%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (41.67%) ITIL
2 15 (12.50%) Project Management
3 12 (10.00%) Load Balancing
4 10 (8.33%) Migration
5 9 (7.50%) Incident Management
6 8 (6.67%) Service Management
7 6 (5.00%) Change Management
7 6 (5.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (4.17%) Problem Management
9 4 (3.33%) PRINCE2
9 4 (3.33%) Validation
9 4 (3.33%) Time Management
10 3 (2.50%) Performance Management
10 3 (2.50%) Capacity Management
11 2 (1.67%) Performance Tuning
11 2 (1.67%) Business Intelligence
11 2 (1.67%) Service Delivery
11 2 (1.67%) ITSM
11 2 (1.67%) Configuration Management
11 2 (1.67%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 19 (15.83%) PowerShell
1 19 (15.83%) SQL
2 3 (2.50%) T-SQL
3 2 (1.67%) Java
4 1 (0.83%) Shell Script
4 1 (0.83%) Perl
4 1 (0.83%) C
4 1 (0.83%) C#
4 1 (0.83%) C++
Qualifications
1 83 (69.17%) MCSE
2 39 (32.50%) MCITP
3 26 (21.67%) MCTS
4 25 (20.83%) MCP
5 19 (15.83%) MCSA
6 18 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (14.17%) Degree
7 17 (14.17%) CCNA
8 16 (13.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 13 (10.83%) Security Cleared
10 10 (8.33%) SC Cleared
11 9 (7.50%) VCP5
12 6 (5.00%) CCNP
13 5 (4.17%) MCDST
13 5 (4.17%) RHCE
14 4 (3.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
14 4 (3.33%) CCDP
14 4 (3.33%) CCIP
14 4 (3.33%) ACSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (9.17%) SLA
2 4 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 66 (55.00%) Active Directory
2 43 (35.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (19.17%) Hyper-V
4 20 (16.67%) XenServer
5 19 (15.83%) XenApp
6 16 (13.33%) vSphere
7 15 (12.50%) XenDesktop
8 14 (11.67%) VMware ESX
9 2 (1.67%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 16 (13.33%) Backup Exec
2 15 (12.50%) SCCM
3 11 (9.17%) SCOM
4 1 (0.83%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (0.83%) HP Data Protector
4 1 (0.83%) SCVMM
4 1 (0.83%) WSUS
4 1 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 84 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 66 (55.00%) VMware
3 43 (35.83%) Citrix
4 31 (25.83%) HP
4 31 (25.83%) Cisco
5 23 (19.17%) Symantec
6 20 (16.67%) Dell
7 18 (15.00%) Compaq
8 11 (9.17%) Juniper
9 9 (7.50%) Veeam
10 8 (6.67%) McAfee
10 8 (6.67%) Sophos
10 8 (6.67%) Red Hat
11 7 (5.83%) EMC
12 6 (5.00%) IBM
12 6 (5.00%) Adobe
13 5 (4.17%) Apple
13 5 (4.17%) SAP
14 4 (3.33%) Becrypt
14 4 (3.33%) CA
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