The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the North West region.

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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 76 81 72
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 59 36 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.86% 1.49% 2.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.25% 8.14% 11.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 15 31
Average daily rate £250 £280 £268
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.71% +4.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £78 £135 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £350 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 7 8
Average hourly rate £14.50 £18.40 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.19% +15.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.72 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.74 £23.60 £23.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -8.57%
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
638 442 584
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.16% 18.33% 19.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 194 284
Average daily rate £375 £350 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £150 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £480 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 38 29
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £29.70 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -4.00%
Microsoft Certification
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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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -1 24 £158 -43.75% 33
Lancashire -8 17 £250 -
Cheshire -9 13 £283 +109.25% 8
Merseyside +3 6 £78 - 2
Cumbria - - - - 2
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 76 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 72 (75.79%) Windows
3 56 (58.95%) MCSE
4 55 (57.89%) Active Directory
5 43 (45.26%) ITIL
6 33 (34.74%) Citrix
6 33 (34.74%) Windows Server 2008
7 30 (31.58%) MS Excel
8 28 (29.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 27 (28.42%) MCP
10 25 (26.32%) Windows 7
11 23 (24.21%) VMware
12 22 (23.16%) Finance
12 22 (23.16%) MCTS
13 21 (22.11%) MS Exchange
14 20 (21.05%) Windows XP
14 20 (21.05%) Cisco Certification
14 20 (21.05%) HP
14 20 (21.05%) MCITP
15 19 (20.00%) MS Office
16 18 (18.95%) CCNA
16 18 (18.95%) DHCP
16 18 (18.95%) DNS
17 16 (16.84%) MCSA
17 16 (16.84%) PowerShell
18 15 (15.79%) XenDesktop
18 15 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
19 12 (12.63%) SLA
19 12 (12.63%) Dell
19 12 (12.63%) Exchange Server 2007

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

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 21 (22.11%) MS Exchange
2 12 (12.63%) Exchange Server 2003
2 12 (12.63%) Exchange Server 2007
3 9 (9.47%) Exchange Server 2010
3 9 (9.47%) SharePoint
4 5 (5.26%) SharePoint 2013
4 5 (5.26%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 5 (5.26%) IBM Notes
5 4 (4.21%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (3.16%) SharePoint Server
6 3 (3.16%) IIS
6 3 (3.16%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (2.11%) Lync
Applications
1 30 (31.58%) MS Excel
2 19 (20.00%) MS Office
3 1 (1.05%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.21%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 18 (18.95%) DHCP
1 18 (18.95%) DNS
2 10 (10.53%) VPN
3 9 (9.47%) Wireless
4 8 (8.42%) LAN
5 6 (6.32%) SAN
6 4 (4.21%) WLAN
6 4 (4.21%) WAN
6 4 (4.21%) IP Telephony
6 4 (4.21%) Firewall
7 3 (3.16%) Network Security
8 2 (2.11%) Intranet
9 1 (1.05%) TCP/IP
9 1 (1.05%) VoIP
9 1 (1.05%) Structured Cabling
9 1 (1.05%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.11%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (1.05%) MS Access
3 1 (1.05%) DTS
3 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.05%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (5.26%) MSI
1 5 (5.26%) InstallShield
General
1 22 (23.16%) Finance
2 5 (5.26%) Telecoms
3 4 (4.21%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.05%) Banking
4 1 (1.05%) Retail
4 1 (1.05%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 15 (15.79%) Analyst
2 9 (9.47%) Desktop Support
2 9 (9.47%) 1st Line Support
2 9 (9.47%) Support Engineer
3 8 (8.42%) Support Analyst
3 8 (8.42%) Service Analyst
3 8 (8.42%) 2nd Line Support
3 8 (8.42%) Service Desk Analyst
3 8 (8.42%) Network Manager
4 6 (6.32%) Server Engineer
5 5 (5.26%) Administrator
5 5 (5.26%) Applications Packager
6 4 (4.21%) Remote Desktop Support
6 4 (4.21%) Security Manager
6 4 (4.21%) Network Security Manager
6 4 (4.21%) Software Engineer
6 4 (4.21%) Systems Administrator
7 3 (3.16%) Support Technician
7 3 (3.16%) Desktop Support Technician
7 3 (3.16%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (11.58%) .NET
2 7 (7.37%) Web Services
2 7 (7.37%) WinForms
2 7 (7.37%) WPF
3 5 (5.26%) Application Packaging
4 4 (4.21%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.26%) Blackberry
2 4 (4.21%) Smartphone
2 4 (4.21%) Fat Client
2 4 (4.21%) Thin Client
2 4 (4.21%) iPad
3 1 (1.05%) EqualLogic
3 1 (1.05%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.05%) Handset
3 1 (1.05%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 72 (75.79%) Windows
2 33 (34.74%) Windows Server 2008
3 28 (29.47%) Windows Server 2003
4 25 (26.32%) Windows 7
5 20 (21.05%) Windows XP
6 7 (7.37%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (6.32%) Windows 2000
8 5 (5.26%) Windows Vista
9 4 (4.21%) Apple iOS
9 4 (4.21%) Windows 8
9 4 (4.21%) NetWare
10 3 (3.16%) Android
11 1 (1.05%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (1.05%) UNIX
11 1 (1.05%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (45.26%) ITIL
2 10 (10.53%) Project Management
2 10 (10.53%) Service Management
3 9 (9.47%) Migration
4 7 (7.37%) Unit Testing
4 7 (7.37%) TDD
5 6 (6.32%) ITSM
6 5 (5.26%) OO
7 4 (4.21%) OOD
7 4 (4.21%) PRINCE2
7 4 (4.21%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (4.21%) Software Engineering
7 4 (4.21%) Problem Management
8 3 (3.16%) Incident Management
8 3 (3.16%) Customer Engagement
8 3 (3.16%) Change Management
9 2 (2.11%) Configuration Management
9 2 (2.11%) Workflow
9 2 (2.11%) Validation
9 2 (2.11%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (16.84%) PowerShell
2 9 (9.47%) SQL
3 7 (7.37%) C#
4 4 (4.21%) VBScript
5 1 (1.05%) VB
5 1 (1.05%) Perl
Qualifications
1 56 (58.95%) MCSE
2 27 (28.42%) MCP
3 22 (23.16%) MCTS
4 20 (21.05%) MCITP
4 20 (21.05%) Cisco Certification
5 18 (18.95%) CCNA
6 16 (16.84%) MCSA
7 11 (11.58%) Security Cleared
8 10 (10.53%) Degree
9 6 (6.32%) SC Cleared
9 6 (6.32%) MCPD
9 6 (6.32%) CCNP
10 5 (5.26%) RHCE
11 4 (4.21%) CCIP
11 4 (4.21%) CCDP
11 4 (4.21%) Citrix Certification
11 4 (4.21%) MCDST
11 4 (4.21%) ACSP
12 3 (3.16%) ACSA
12 3 (3.16%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (12.63%) SLA
2 4 (4.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 55 (57.89%) Active Directory
2 15 (15.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 15 (15.79%) XenDesktop
3 11 (11.58%) XenApp
4 9 (9.47%) XenServer
4 9 (9.47%) vSphere
5 7 (7.37%) Hyper-V
6 5 (5.26%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (3.16%) Terminal Server
8 2 (2.11%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 9 (9.47%) SCCM
2 4 (4.21%) ServiceCenter
3 3 (3.16%) SCOM
3 3 (3.16%) WSUS
4 2 (2.11%) SCVMM
5 1 (1.05%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 76 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 33 (34.74%) Citrix
3 23 (24.21%) VMware
4 20 (21.05%) HP
5 12 (12.63%) Dell
6 11 (11.58%) Compaq
7 10 (10.53%) Cisco
8 5 (5.26%) Lotus
8 5 (5.26%) Red Hat
9 4 (4.21%) Novell
10 3 (3.16%) Apple
10 3 (3.16%) Symantec
10 3 (3.16%) McAfee
10 3 (3.16%) IBM
10 3 (3.16%) EMC
11 2 (2.11%) Adobe
11 2 (2.11%) Sophos
11 2 (2.11%) SAP
11 2 (2.11%) CA
11 2 (2.11%) Altiris
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