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 April 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
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 124 99 86
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 42 59 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.04% 1.52% 1.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.91% 7.13% 8.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 16 18
Average daily rate £275 £307 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.32% +22.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £200 £78
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £413 £290
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £321 £313
% change year-on-year
+8.97% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 17 14
Average hourly rate £14.25 £13.50 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% -12.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.45 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.10 £49.50 £32.03
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+37.93% -3.33%
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
856 827 623
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.26% 21.30% 20.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 448 366 301
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 88 84
Average hourly rate £43.00 £38.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.68% +113.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.20 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £76.00 £59.00 £37.03
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 April 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -11 19 £110 -69.65% 10
Cheshire -3 13 £290 +16.00% 6
Lancashire -10 9 £175 -43.70% 2
Merseyside -8 1 - - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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 54 (72.00%) Microsoft
2 49 (65.33%) Windows
3 46 (61.33%) Active Directory
4 38 (50.67%) ITIL
5 32 (42.67%) MS Office
5 32 (42.67%) MCSE
6 31 (41.33%) Citrix
7 24 (32.00%) VMware
8 22 (29.33%) Finance
8 22 (29.33%) MCSA
8 22 (29.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 21 (28.00%) Windows Server
9 21 (28.00%) MS Exchange
10 19 (25.33%) DNS
11 18 (24.00%) MCITP
11 18 (24.00%) Windows 7
12 17 (22.67%) HP
12 17 (22.67%) Blackberry
13 16 (21.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 16 (21.33%) DHCP
13 16 (21.33%) Banking
14 15 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
15 14 (18.67%) SharePoint
15 14 (18.67%) MCP
16 13 (17.33%) MS Excel
16 13 (17.33%) VPN
16 13 (17.33%) MCDST
16 13 (17.33%) Office 365
16 13 (17.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 12 (16.00%) VMware Infrastructure

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

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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 21 (28.00%) MS Exchange
2 16 (21.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 14 (18.67%) SharePoint
4 11 (14.67%) IIS
5 9 (12.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 5 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
7 4 (5.33%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (5.33%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (4.00%) Apache
8 3 (4.00%) IBM Notes
8 3 (4.00%) JBoss
8 3 (4.00%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (4.00%) Skype for Business
8 3 (4.00%) Tomcat
9 1 (1.33%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 32 (42.67%) MS Office
2 13 (17.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.67%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (2.67%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.33%) Sage 1000
2 1 (1.33%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 13 (17.33%) Office 365
2 8 (10.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.67%) Amazon EC2
4 2 (2.67%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 19 (25.33%) DNS
2 16 (21.33%) DHCP
3 13 (17.33%) VPN
4 8 (10.67%) TCP/IP
5 6 (8.00%) LAN
5 6 (8.00%) WAN
6 4 (5.33%) VLAN
6 4 (5.33%) Wireless
7 3 (4.00%) Firewall
7 3 (4.00%) SAN
7 3 (4.00%) SSL
7 3 (4.00%) VoIP
8 2 (2.67%) Extranet
8 2 (2.67%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (2.67%) Internet
8 2 (2.67%) iSCSI
8 2 (2.67%) Kerberos
8 2 (2.67%) LDAP
8 2 (2.67%) X.500
9 1 (1.33%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.00%) MySQL
2 3 (4.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (4.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.67%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (1.33%) MS Access
4 1 (1.33%) OLAP
4 1 (1.33%) OLAP Cube
4 1 (1.33%) OLTP
4 1 (1.33%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (1.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.67%) HP UFT
1 2 (2.67%) LoadRunner
General
1 22 (29.33%) Finance
2 16 (21.33%) Banking
3 10 (13.33%) Law
3 10 (13.33%) Legal
3 10 (13.33%) Local Government
4 4 (5.33%) Manufacturing
5 3 (4.00%) Advertising
5 3 (4.00%) French Language
5 3 (4.00%) German Language
6 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.33%) Spanish Language
6 1 (1.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (26.67%) Analyst
2 10 (13.33%) Support Analyst
3 9 (12.00%) Support Engineer
4 8 (10.67%) 2nd Line Support
4 8 (10.67%) Service Analyst
5 7 (9.33%) Developer
5 7 (9.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (8.00%) IT Support
6 6 (8.00%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (6.67%) Windows Engineer
8 4 (5.33%) Active Directory Engineer
8 4 (5.33%) Active Directory Support
8 4 (5.33%) Applications Support
8 4 (5.33%) Cloud Engineer
8 4 (5.33%) Desktop Support
8 4 (5.33%) Messaging Support
8 4 (5.33%) Migration Engineer
9 3 (4.00%) 1st Line Support
9 3 (4.00%) 3rd Line Support
9 3 (4.00%) Applications Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.67%) .NET
2 3 (4.00%) .NET Framework
2 3 (4.00%) HTML
2 3 (4.00%) LAMP
2 3 (4.00%) XML
3 2 (2.67%) Ajax
3 2 (2.67%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.67%) CSS
3 2 (2.67%) JSP
3 2 (2.67%) WAMP
3 2 (2.67%) XHTML
4 1 (1.33%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 17 (22.67%) Blackberry
2 5 (6.67%) Clustering
2 5 (6.67%) iPad
3 3 (4.00%) Handset
3 3 (4.00%) Life Science
3 3 (4.00%) Replication
4 2 (2.67%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.67%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.67%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.67%) PKI
4 2 (2.67%) PMI
4 2 (2.67%) Psychology
4 2 (2.67%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.33%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 49 (65.33%) Windows
2 22 (29.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 21 (28.00%) Windows Server
4 18 (24.00%) Windows 7
5 15 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (14.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (10.67%) Windows XP
8 6 (8.00%) Linux
8 6 (8.00%) Windows 10
8 6 (8.00%) Windows Vista
9 5 (6.67%) Unix
10 4 (5.33%) Apple iOS
11 3 (4.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 3 (4.00%) Windows 8
12 2 (2.67%) NetWare
12 2 (2.67%) Windows 2000
13 1 (1.33%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (50.67%) ITIL
2 9 (12.00%) Problem Management
3 7 (9.33%) Document Management
4 6 (8.00%) Migration
4 6 (8.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (6.67%) Change Management
5 5 (6.67%) Project Management
5 5 (6.67%) Supplier Management
6 4 (5.33%) Capacity Management
6 4 (5.33%) Performance Monitoring
6 4 (5.33%) Service Delivery
7 3 (4.00%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (4.00%) ITIL V3
7 3 (4.00%) Kalman Filter
7 3 (4.00%) PRINCE2
7 3 (4.00%) Root Cause Analysis
8 2 (2.67%) Identity Management
8 2 (2.67%) ITSM
8 2 (2.67%) Security Management
8 2 (2.67%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (16.00%) PowerShell
2 11 (14.67%) SQL
3 5 (6.67%) Shell Script
3 5 (6.67%) VBScript
4 3 (4.00%) C
4 3 (4.00%) Java
4 3 (4.00%) PHP
4 3 (4.00%) VB
5 2 (2.67%) Bash Shell
5 2 (2.67%) C#
5 2 (2.67%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.67%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.33%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (42.67%) MCSE
2 22 (29.33%) MCSA
3 18 (24.00%) MCITP
4 14 (18.67%) MCP
5 13 (17.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 13 (17.33%) MCDST
6 10 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (12.00%) CCNA
8 7 (9.33%) MOS
8 7 (9.33%) Security Cleared
9 6 (8.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (6.67%) MCTS
11 4 (5.33%) Degree
11 4 (5.33%) RHCE
12 2 (2.67%) DV Cleared
12 2 (2.67%) ISTQB
12 2 (2.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 2 (2.67%) OCP
12 2 (2.67%) Oracle Certification
12 2 (2.67%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.67%) PCI DSS
1 2 (2.67%) QA
2 1 (1.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 46 (61.33%) Active Directory
2 12 (16.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (14.67%) Hyper-V
4 7 (9.33%) vSphere
5 6 (8.00%) XenDesktop
6 4 (5.33%) XenApp
6 4 (5.33%) XenServer
7 3 (4.00%) Brightmail
7 3 (4.00%) UAG
8 2 (2.67%) NFS
8 2 (2.67%) Xen
9 1 (1.33%) Terminal Server
9 1 (1.33%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 10 (13.33%) SCCM
2 5 (6.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
2 5 (6.67%) Tivoli
3 3 (4.00%) Puppet
3 3 (4.00%) Red Hat Satellite
4 2 (2.67%) BladeLogic
4 2 (2.67%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (2.67%) NetBackup
4 2 (2.67%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (2.67%) SCVMM
4 2 (2.67%) ServiceCenter
4 2 (2.67%) WSUS
Vendors
1 54 (72.00%) Microsoft
2 31 (41.33%) Citrix
3 24 (32.00%) VMware
4 17 (22.67%) HP
5 8 (10.67%) Cisco
6 7 (9.33%) Oracle
6 7 (9.33%) Symantec
7 5 (6.67%) EMC
8 4 (5.33%) Red Hat
9 3 (4.00%) Brocade
9 3 (4.00%) Compaq
9 3 (4.00%) Dell
9 3 (4.00%) IBM
9 3 (4.00%) IronPort
9 3 (4.00%) Lotus
9 3 (4.00%) NetApp
9 3 (4.00%) ThinPrint
10 2 (2.67%) AppSense
10 2 (2.67%) Novell
10 2 (2.67%) SAP
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