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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 75 97 77
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -20
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 68 32 56
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 2.09% 1.14% 1.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.86% 6.96% 10.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 12 36
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£350 £300 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £202 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £367 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
- +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 11 8
Average hourly rate £15.00 £25.00 £14.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.00% +75.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.98 £11.00 £11.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.25 £35.00 £22.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £15.50 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+7.54% -10.14%
Microsoft Certification
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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
626 460 550
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.23% 16.36% 17.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 341 200 288
Average daily rate £390 £305 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+27.86% -17.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £210 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £493 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 43 29
Average hourly rate £27.50 £30.00 £15.83
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +89.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £13.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £47.34 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -21.39%

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 31 October 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
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 31 October 2014.

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 31 October 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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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 +7 34 £350 +16.66% 23
Cheshire +21 18 £320 +19.62% 10
Lancashire -18 7 £425 +100.00% 5
Merseyside -3 2 - - 5
Cumbria - - - -
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 93 (75.61%) Windows
2 84 (68.29%) Microsoft
3 76 (61.79%) MCSE
4 58 (47.15%) Active Directory
4 58 (47.15%) VMware
5 53 (43.09%) Windows Server 2008
6 45 (36.59%) MCITP
6 45 (36.59%) Windows Server 2003
7 36 (29.27%) ITIL
8 35 (28.46%) Citrix
9 33 (26.83%) Cisco
10 32 (26.02%) SAN
10 32 (26.02%) VMware Infrastructure
11 31 (25.20%) DNS
12 28 (22.76%) SQL Server
12 28 (22.76%) MCTS
13 27 (21.95%) TCP/IP
14 25 (20.33%) SQL
14 25 (20.33%) MCP
15 24 (19.51%) HP
15 24 (19.51%) MS Excel
16 22 (17.89%) SharePoint
16 22 (17.89%) MS Exchange
16 22 (17.89%) SQL Server 2008
17 21 (17.07%) Hyper-V
17 21 (17.07%) MCSA
17 21 (17.07%) Symantec
18 20 (16.26%) SQL Server 2005
18 20 (16.26%) Finance
19 19 (15.45%) .NET

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

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 (17.89%) SharePoint
1 22 (17.89%) MS Exchange
2 15 (12.20%) SharePoint 2010
3 13 (10.57%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (9.76%) IIS
5 7 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (4.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (2.44%) Lync
8 2 (1.63%) IBM Notes
8 2 (1.63%) Apache
8 2 (1.63%) CICS
8 2 (1.63%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 24 (19.51%) MS Excel
2 13 (10.57%) MS Office
3 1 (0.81%) MS Project
3 1 (0.81%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.81%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.63%) Office 365
2 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 32 (26.02%) SAN
2 31 (25.20%) DNS
3 27 (21.95%) TCP/IP
4 18 (14.63%) Firewall
5 17 (13.82%) DHCP
6 14 (11.38%) WAN
7 11 (8.94%) LAN
8 10 (8.13%) VPN
9 7 (5.69%) Wireless
10 4 (3.25%) VLAN
10 4 (3.25%) NAS
10 4 (3.25%) Network Security
11 2 (1.63%) IP Telephony
11 2 (1.63%) Ethernet
11 2 (1.63%) DMZ
12 1 (0.81%) Intranet
12 1 (0.81%) Internet
12 1 (0.81%) DSL
12 1 (0.81%) Intrusion Detection
12 1 (0.81%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (22.76%) SQL Server
2 22 (17.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (16.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (5.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 7 (5.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (5.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (4.07%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (2.44%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.63%) OLAP Cube
7 2 (1.63%) Data Mart
7 2 (1.63%) DB2
7 2 (1.63%) OLAP
7 2 (1.63%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.81%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.81%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.81%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.81%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 3 (2.44%) MSI
2 2 (1.63%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.81%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (0.81%) Visual Studio
General
1 20 (16.26%) Finance
2 7 (5.69%) Banking
3 3 (2.44%) Retail
3 3 (2.44%) Local Government
3 3 (2.44%) Retail Banking
3 3 (2.44%) Marketing
3 3 (2.44%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.63%) Publishing
5 1 (0.81%) Law
5 1 (0.81%) Legal
5 1 (0.81%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 14 (11.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 13 (10.57%) Support Engineer
2 13 (10.57%) 3rd Line Support
3 12 (9.76%) Administrator
3 12 (9.76%) Analyst
4 11 (8.94%) Consultant
5 10 (8.13%) Developer
6 8 (6.50%) Desktop Support
7 7 (5.69%) Systems Administrator
7 7 (5.69%) Support Consultant
8 6 (4.88%) Architect
8 6 (4.88%) Support Analyst
9 5 (4.07%) Technical Support
9 5 (4.07%) Service Analyst
9 5 (4.07%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 5 (4.07%) Service Desk Analyst
9 5 (4.07%) Network Manager
9 5 (4.07%) Wintel Support
9 5 (4.07%) Security Manager
9 5 (4.07%) Network Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (15.45%) .NET
2 2 (1.63%) J2EE
2 2 (1.63%) JDBC
2 2 (1.63%) JSP
2 2 (1.63%) JMS
2 2 (1.63%) JNDI
3 1 (0.81%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.81%) Application Packaging
3 1 (0.81%) WPF
3 1 (0.81%) jQuery
3 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (0.81%) HTML5
3 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET MVC 4
3 1 (0.81%) WinForms
3 1 (0.81%) HTML
3 1 (0.81%) Web Services
3 1 (0.81%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.20%) Clustering
2 5 (4.07%) Blackberry
2 5 (4.07%) Management Information System
3 3 (2.44%) Handset
3 3 (2.44%) iPad
4 2 (1.63%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.63%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.63%) Life Science
4 2 (1.63%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (0.81%) EqualLogic
5 1 (0.81%) CCTV
5 1 (0.81%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 93 (75.61%) Windows
2 53 (43.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 45 (36.59%) Windows Server 2003
4 19 (15.45%) Windows 7
5 18 (14.63%) Windows XP
6 14 (11.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 9 (7.32%) Linux
8 8 (6.50%) Windows Vista
9 4 (3.25%) Android
9 4 (3.25%) Windows 2000
10 2 (1.63%) HPUX
10 2 (1.63%) Solaris
10 2 (1.63%) NetWare
10 2 (1.63%) UNIX
10 2 (1.63%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.81%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.81%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (29.27%) ITIL
2 14 (11.38%) Migration
2 14 (11.38%) Load Balancing
3 8 (6.50%) Project Management
3 8 (6.50%) Service Management
4 6 (4.88%) Business Intelligence
4 6 (4.88%) Incident Management
4 6 (4.88%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (4.07%) CRM
5 5 (4.07%) Problem Management
6 4 (3.25%) Performance Tuning
6 4 (3.25%) People Management
6 4 (3.25%) Time Management
6 4 (3.25%) Data Analysis
7 3 (2.44%) Agile Software Development
7 3 (2.44%) Enterprise Architecture
7 3 (2.44%) Business Analysis
7 3 (2.44%) Change Management
7 3 (2.44%) Software Deployment
7 3 (2.44%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (20.33%) SQL
2 17 (13.82%) PowerShell
3 6 (4.88%) T-SQL
4 3 (2.44%) VBScript
5 2 (1.63%) VB
5 2 (1.63%) C#
5 2 (1.63%) Java
5 2 (1.63%) PHP
6 1 (0.81%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.81%) C++
6 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.81%) C
Qualifications
1 76 (61.79%) MCSE
2 45 (36.59%) MCITP
3 28 (22.76%) MCTS
4 25 (20.33%) MCP
5 21 (17.07%) MCSA
6 17 (13.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 16 (13.01%) Cisco Certification
8 15 (12.20%) CCNA
9 12 (9.76%) Degree
10 9 (7.32%) VCP5
11 8 (6.50%) MCDST
12 6 (4.88%) CCNP
12 6 (4.88%) CCDP
13 5 (4.07%) RHCE
13 5 (4.07%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (4.07%) CCIP
13 5 (4.07%) IBM Certification
13 5 (4.07%) ACSA
13 5 (4.07%) ACSP
14 4 (3.25%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.07%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (3.25%) SLA
3 1 (0.81%) QA
3 1 (0.81%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 58 (47.15%) Active Directory
2 32 (26.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (17.07%) Hyper-V
4 14 (11.38%) VMware ESX
5 13 (10.57%) XenServer
6 12 (9.76%) XenApp
7 9 (7.32%) XenDesktop
8 7 (5.69%) vSphere
9 2 (1.63%) ISA Server
9 2 (1.63%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.81%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.81%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.81%) UAG
Systems Management
1 17 (13.82%) Backup Exec
2 16 (13.01%) SCCM
3 12 (9.76%) SCOM
4 2 (1.63%) ServiceCenter
5 1 (0.81%) WSUS
5 1 (0.81%) EMC NetWorker
5 1 (0.81%) HP Data Protector
5 1 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.81%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (0.81%) Legato
5 1 (0.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (0.81%) Nagios
5 1 (0.81%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 84 (68.29%) Microsoft
2 58 (47.15%) VMware
3 35 (28.46%) Citrix
4 33 (26.83%) Cisco
5 24 (19.51%) HP
6 21 (17.07%) Symantec
7 12 (9.76%) EMC
8 11 (8.94%) Juniper
8 11 (8.94%) Dell
9 8 (6.50%) IBM
10 7 (5.69%) Compaq
10 7 (5.69%) Red Hat
10 7 (5.69%) Apple
10 7 (5.69%) Veeam
11 6 (4.88%) Sophos
12 5 (4.07%) McAfee
13 4 (3.25%) SolarWinds
14 3 (2.44%) Adobe
14 3 (2.44%) SAP
14 3 (2.44%) Avaya
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