The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the South Wales region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 18 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 South Wales 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 47 34 24
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 8 4 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 1.43% 1.24% 4.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.13% 4.40% 9.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 8
Average daily rate £325 £285 £190
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.03% +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £257 £104
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £337 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £11.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
South Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
156 91 150
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 27.86% 28.17% 43.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 50 68
Average daily rate £375 £338 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% +6.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £105
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £513 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 14
Average hourly rate £20.50 £15.83 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.50% +9.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.33 £11.40 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £19.70 £26.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the South Wales region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 South Wales region over the 3 months to 18 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
Cardiff -15 5 £333 +10.83% 2
Newport - 3 £325 -
Monmouthshire - - - -
Torfaen - - - -
Caerphilly - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 12 (80.00%) Windows
1 12 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (60.00%) C#
2 9 (60.00%) .NET
3 8 (53.33%) SQL Server
3 8 (53.33%) XML
3 8 (53.33%) MCSD
4 7 (46.67%) SOAP
4 7 (46.67%) Web Services
4 7 (46.67%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (46.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (33.33%) Web Development
5 5 (33.33%) ASP.NET
5 5 (33.33%) JavaScript
5 5 (33.33%) SQL
5 5 (33.33%) MCAD
5 5 (33.33%) MS Excel
5 5 (33.33%) CRM
5 5 (33.33%) SharePoint
6 4 (26.67%) MCSE
6 4 (26.67%) DOM
6 4 (26.67%) XSLT
6 4 (26.67%) MS Project
6 4 (26.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
6 4 (26.67%) Migration
6 4 (26.67%) .NET Framework
6 4 (26.67%) Release Management
6 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in South Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 5 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 4 (26.67%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (6.67%) MS Exchange
3 1 (6.67%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 4 (26.67%) MS Project
3 1 (6.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (33.33%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) Unified Communications
1 1 (6.67%) SAN
1 1 (6.67%) Firewall
1 1 (6.67%) Wireless
1 1 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (53.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (46.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (26.67%) SQL Server 2005
3 4 (26.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (46.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (26.67%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (6.67%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (6.67%) MSI
3 1 (6.67%) InstallShield
General
1 1 (6.67%) Finance
1 1 (6.67%) Manufacturing
1 1 (6.67%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 8 (53.33%) Developer
2 4 (26.67%) CRM Developer
3 3 (20.00%) .NET Developer
4 2 (13.33%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (13.33%) Support Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Microsoft CRM Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) CRM Technical Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Technical Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Systems Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Server Engineer
5 1 (6.67%) Desktop Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) CRM Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Citrix Specialist
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Desktop Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Citrix Specialist
5 1 (6.67%) Lead Architect
5 1 (6.67%) BizTalk Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (60.00%) .NET
2 8 (53.33%) XML
3 7 (46.67%) SOAP
3 7 (46.67%) Web Services
4 5 (33.33%) ASP.NET
5 4 (26.67%) DOM
5 4 (26.67%) XSLT
5 4 (26.67%) .NET Framework
6 3 (20.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 3 (20.00%) REST
6 3 (20.00%) NHibernate
6 3 (20.00%) WCF
6 3 (20.00%) WPF
6 3 (20.00%) Java SE
6 3 (20.00%) Apache FOP
6 3 (20.00%) XSD
7 1 (6.67%) Application Packaging
7 1 (6.67%) Middleware
7 1 (6.67%) DHTML
7 1 (6.67%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (26.67%) Data Conversion
2 1 (6.67%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 12 (80.00%) Windows
2 3 (20.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (13.33%) Windows XP
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (6.67%) Windows 8
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (33.33%) Web Development
1 5 (33.33%) CRM
2 4 (26.67%) Migration
2 4 (26.67%) Release Management
2 4 (26.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (26.67%) Unit Testing
2 4 (26.67%) Data Analysis
2 4 (26.67%) System Testing
2 4 (26.67%) Data Migration
3 3 (20.00%) TDD
3 3 (20.00%) Scrum
3 3 (20.00%) MVC
3 3 (20.00%) ITIL
4 1 (6.67%) Capacity Management
4 1 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (6.67%) Incident Management
4 1 (6.67%) Problem Management
4 1 (6.67%) Project Management
4 1 (6.67%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (60.00%) C#
2 5 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 5 (33.33%) SQL
3 3 (20.00%) Java
3 3 (20.00%) VB.NET
4 1 (6.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (53.33%) MCSD
2 5 (33.33%) MCAD
3 4 (26.67%) MCSE
4 3 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 3 (20.00%) Degree
4 3 (20.00%) MCSA
5 2 (13.33%) Citrix Certification
6 1 (6.67%) CCA
6 1 (6.67%) ISEB
6 1 (6.67%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (13.33%) XenApp
3 1 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (6.67%) XenDesktop
3 1 (6.67%) ISA Server
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (6.67%) SCCM
1 1 (6.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 1 (6.67%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 12 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (13.33%) Citrix
3 1 (6.67%) Symantec
3 1 (6.67%) VMware
3 1 (6.67%) AppSense