The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Northern Ireland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 23 14 25
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 3 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 2.70% 6.10% 2.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 14.29% 27.78% 17.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Average daily rate
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£100 £300 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-66.66% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £307
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £7.75 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £15.00 £18.59
% change year-on-year
+5.13% -19.31%
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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 Northern Ireland region.

Qualifications Category
Northern Ireland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
21 18 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northern Ireland 18.92% 21.95% 13.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 6
Average daily rate £143 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-55.46% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £101 £143 £338
10% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £400 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 4
Average hourly rate £16.16 - £9.45
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.96 - £8.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.83 - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Northern Ireland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Northern Ireland

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Northern Ireland region.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Northern Ireland region.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Northern Ireland 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 5 (83.33%) Windows
1 5 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 3 (50.00%) MS Exchange
2 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 2 (33.33%) MCSE
3 2 (33.33%) MCSA
3 2 (33.33%) Active Directory
3 2 (33.33%) MS Office
3 2 (33.33%) ITIL
3 2 (33.33%) Cisco
4 1 (16.67%) Change Management
4 1 (16.67%) Front Office
4 1 (16.67%) Migration
4 1 (16.67%) Banking
4 1 (16.67%) Investment Banking
4 1 (16.67%) MCTS
4 1 (16.67%) MCITP
4 1 (16.67%) Incident Management
4 1 (16.67%) SQL
4 1 (16.67%) UNIX
4 1 (16.67%) Citrix
4 1 (16.67%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (16.67%) MCDBA
4 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
4 1 (16.67%) Windows XP
4 1 (16.67%) DHCP
4 1 (16.67%) TCP/IP

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Northern Ireland 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 3 (50.00%) MS Exchange
1 3 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (16.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 2 (33.33%) MS Office
2 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) DHCP
1 1 (16.67%) TCP/IP
1 1 (16.67%) DNS
General
1 1 (16.67%) Front Office
1 1 (16.67%) Banking
1 1 (16.67%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) IT Technician
1 2 (33.33%) Desktop Support
2 1 (16.67%) DBA
2 1 (16.67%) Support Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Administrator
2 1 (16.67%) Field Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Desktop Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) SQL DBA
2 1 (16.67%) Field Support Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Exchange Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 5 (83.33%) Windows
2 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (33.33%) Windows 7
4 1 (16.67%) UNIX
4 1 (16.67%) Windows XP
4 1 (16.67%) Windows 2000 Server
4 1 (16.67%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) ITIL
2 1 (16.67%) Change Management
2 1 (16.67%) Migration
2 1 (16.67%) Incident Management
2 1 (16.67%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) MCSE
1 2 (33.33%) MCSA
2 1 (16.67%) MCTS
2 1 (16.67%) MCITP
2 1 (16.67%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (16.67%) MCDBA
2 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
2 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (33.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 5 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 2 (33.33%) Cisco
3 1 (16.67%) Citrix
3 1 (16.67%) Reuters
3 1 (16.67%) Bloomberg