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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 122 88 71
Rank change year-on-year
-34 -17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 25 42 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.73% 1.52% 2.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.18% 7.75% 11.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 9 25
Average daily rate
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£263 £225 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -29.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £223 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £323 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £289
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 12
Average hourly rate £13.00 £12.69 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.44% -31.03%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £14.50 £18.20
% change year-on-year
-5.17% -20.32%
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
787 542 434
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 22.89% 19.64% 18.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 369 222 199
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £223 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £580 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £384 £351 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.39% +6.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 75 38
Average hourly rate £46.00 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+162.85% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.08 £12.94 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £36.25 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.96%

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 3 March 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 3 March 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 3 March 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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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 -27 9 £283 +25.55% 29
Cheshire -9 5 £463 +88.77% 16
Merseyside -11 5 £200 - 8
Cumbria - 3 - - 2
Lancashire -13 2 £310 - 3
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 63 (79.75%) Microsoft
2 50 (63.29%) Windows
3 41 (51.90%) MCSE
4 35 (44.30%) Active Directory
5 25 (31.65%) ITIL
6 19 (24.05%) MCITP
7 18 (22.78%) MS Excel
7 18 (22.78%) Citrix
8 17 (21.52%) VMware
9 16 (20.25%) TCP/IP
10 15 (18.99%) Cisco
10 15 (18.99%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (18.99%) Windows 7
11 14 (17.72%) Cisco Certification
11 14 (17.72%) HP
11 14 (17.72%) Windows XP
12 13 (16.46%) CCNA
12 13 (16.46%) DNS
12 13 (16.46%) MCP
12 13 (16.46%) MCSA
13 12 (15.19%) VMware Infrastructure
14 11 (13.92%) MCTS
14 11 (13.92%) Finance
14 11 (13.92%) Migration
14 11 (13.92%) SQL
14 11 (13.92%) MS Office
15 10 (12.66%) SQL Server
15 10 (12.66%) DHCP
15 10 (12.66%) SharePoint
15 10 (12.66%) MS Exchange

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

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 10 (12.66%) SharePoint
1 10 (12.66%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.33%) SharePoint 2010
2 5 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (5.06%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (5.06%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (5.06%) Lync
3 4 (5.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (3.80%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (2.53%) CICS
5 2 (2.53%) IBM Notes
5 2 (2.53%) Apache
6 1 (1.27%) IIS
6 1 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 18 (22.78%) MS Excel
2 11 (13.92%) MS Office
3 2 (2.53%) InfoPath
4 1 (1.27%) MS Project
4 1 (1.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.06%) Office 365
2 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 16 (20.25%) TCP/IP
2 13 (16.46%) DNS
3 10 (12.66%) DHCP
4 9 (11.39%) SAN
4 9 (11.39%) WAN
5 7 (8.86%) VLAN
6 6 (7.59%) VPN
6 6 (7.59%) LAN
7 5 (6.33%) NAS
8 4 (5.06%) Network Security
8 4 (5.06%) Wireless
9 3 (3.80%) iSCSI
9 3 (3.80%) Firewall
9 3 (3.80%) Fibre Channel
10 2 (2.53%) NetScaler
10 2 (2.53%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (2.53%) ATM
10 2 (2.53%) Ethernet
10 2 (2.53%) DMZ
11 1 (1.27%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.66%) SQL Server
1 10 (12.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (8.86%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (8.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 7 (8.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (6.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (6.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (5.06%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.53%) DB2
5 2 (2.53%) PerformancePoint
5 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (1.27%) QlikView
6 1 (1.27%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.27%) NoSQL
6 1 (1.27%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
6 1 (1.27%) OLAP
6 1 (1.27%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (1.27%) Data Mining
6 1 (1.27%) Data Mart
6 1 (1.27%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (2.53%) Fiddler
2 1 (1.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (1.27%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (1.27%) MSI
2 1 (1.27%) JIRA
General
1 11 (13.92%) Finance
2 4 (5.06%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.80%) Publishing
4 2 (2.53%) Law
4 2 (2.53%) Legal
4 2 (2.53%) Marketing
5 1 (1.27%) Back Office
5 1 (1.27%) Banking
5 1 (1.27%) Retail
5 1 (1.27%) Local Government
5 1 (1.27%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (18.99%) Analyst
2 9 (11.39%) Service Analyst
2 9 (11.39%) Service Desk Analyst
3 8 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (10.13%) Support Engineer
4 7 (8.86%) Architect
5 6 (7.59%) Developer
5 6 (7.59%) Administrator
6 5 (6.33%) Technical Support
6 5 (6.33%) Desktop Support
6 5 (6.33%) Technical Architect
6 5 (6.33%) Consultant
6 5 (6.33%) Network Manager
6 5 (6.33%) Security Manager
6 5 (6.33%) Network Security Manager
7 4 (5.06%) IT Support
7 4 (5.06%) DBA
7 4 (5.06%) Support Technician
7 4 (5.06%) IT Support Technician
7 4 (5.06%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (11.39%) .NET
2 3 (3.80%) JMS
2 3 (3.80%) .NET Framework
2 3 (3.80%) Application Packaging
3 2 (2.53%) JNDI
3 2 (2.53%) J2EE
3 2 (2.53%) JDBC
3 2 (2.53%) JSP
4 1 (1.27%) Web Services
4 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.27%) HTML
4 1 (1.27%) WinForms
4 1 (1.27%) WPF
4 1 (1.27%) jQuery
4 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (1.27%) HTML5
4 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.06%) Blackberry
2 3 (3.80%) Replication
2 3 (3.80%) Life Science
3 2 (2.53%) Clustering
3 2 (2.53%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.53%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.53%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (2.53%) FlexPod
3 2 (2.53%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.27%) EqualLogic
4 1 (1.27%) iPad
4 1 (1.27%) Thin Client
4 1 (1.27%) Handset
4 1 (1.27%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 50 (63.29%) Windows
2 15 (18.99%) Windows Server 2008
2 15 (18.99%) Windows 7
3 14 (17.72%) Windows XP
4 10 (12.66%) Windows Server 2003
5 8 (10.13%) Windows Server 2012
6 6 (7.59%) Windows Vista
7 5 (6.33%) Solaris
7 5 (6.33%) UNIX
8 4 (5.06%) Linux
8 4 (5.06%) Android
9 3 (3.80%) Windows 2000
9 3 (3.80%) AIX
9 3 (3.80%) Apple iOS
10 2 (2.53%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.53%) HPUX
10 2 (2.53%) NetWare
11 1 (1.27%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (1.27%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (31.65%) ITIL
2 11 (13.92%) Migration
3 6 (7.59%) Business Intelligence
4 5 (6.33%) Project Management
4 5 (6.33%) CRM
5 4 (5.06%) Load Balancing
5 4 (5.06%) People Management
6 3 (3.80%) Time Management
6 3 (3.80%) Software Deployment
6 3 (3.80%) Technical Architecture
6 3 (3.80%) Unit Testing
6 3 (3.80%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (3.80%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (2.53%) ITSM
7 2 (2.53%) Data Modelling
7 2 (2.53%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (2.53%) Service Management
7 2 (2.53%) Workflow
7 2 (2.53%) Content Management
7 2 (2.53%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (13.92%) SQL
2 10 (12.66%) PowerShell
3 6 (7.59%) T-SQL
3 6 (7.59%) VBScript
4 2 (2.53%) VB
4 2 (2.53%) C#
4 2 (2.53%) PHP
5 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.27%) Java
5 1 (1.27%) C
Qualifications
1 41 (51.90%) MCSE
2 19 (24.05%) MCITP
3 14 (17.72%) Cisco Certification
4 13 (16.46%) MCSA
4 13 (16.46%) MCP
4 13 (16.46%) CCNA
5 11 (13.92%) MCTS
6 8 (10.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 8 (10.13%) Citrix Certification
7 7 (8.86%) CCDP
7 7 (8.86%) MCDST
7 7 (8.86%) Security Cleared
7 7 (8.86%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 6 (7.59%) CCEA
8 6 (7.59%) CCNP
9 5 (6.33%) CCIP
9 5 (6.33%) CCA
9 5 (6.33%) RHCE
9 5 (6.33%) RHCSA
9 5 (6.33%) ACSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (5.06%) SLA
3 2 (2.53%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.27%) QA
System Software
1 35 (44.30%) Active Directory
2 12 (15.19%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (8.86%) XenDesktop
4 6 (7.59%) XenApp
5 4 (5.06%) XenServer
6 3 (3.80%) vSphere
6 3 (3.80%) NFS
7 2 (2.53%) UAG
7 2 (2.53%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (2.53%) Hyper-V
7 2 (2.53%) Terminal Server
8 1 (1.27%) Terminal Services
8 1 (1.27%) VMware ESX
8 1 (1.27%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (1.27%) Xen
8 1 (1.27%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 4 (5.06%) SCCM
2 3 (3.80%) SCOM
3 2 (2.53%) ServiceCenter
3 2 (2.53%) BladeLogic
4 1 (1.27%) EMC NetWorker
4 1 (1.27%) Legato
4 1 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 63 (79.75%) Microsoft
2 18 (22.78%) Citrix
3 17 (21.52%) VMware
4 15 (18.99%) Cisco
5 14 (17.72%) HP
6 10 (12.66%) EMC
7 7 (8.86%) IBM
8 6 (7.59%) Dell
9 5 (6.33%) Apple
10 4 (5.06%) Red Hat
11 3 (3.80%) SolarWinds
11 3 (3.80%) Avaya
11 3 (3.80%) NetApp
12 2 (2.53%) Novell
12 2 (2.53%) StorageTek
12 2 (2.53%) Lotus
12 2 (2.53%) Oracle
12 2 (2.53%) Compaq
12 2 (2.53%) Sun
12 2 (2.53%) McAfee
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