The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the South 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 29 December 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 113 86 94
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 34 32 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.04% 1.36% 1.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.36% 5.16% 4.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 16 22
Average daily rate
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£375 £274 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.98% -13.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £173 £130 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £413 £387
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.46% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 3
Average hourly rate £20.25 £13.77 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+47.11% -8.23%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.89 £15.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+5.90% -19.70%
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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 South West region.

Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1012 620 847
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 31.07% 26.34% 31.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 598 344 419
Average daily rate £413 £370 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.48% +2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £221 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 39 69
Average hourly rate £35.00 £27.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.27% -26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £13.10 £13.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.14 £36.80 £54.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the South West region over the 3 months to 29 December 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 29 December 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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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
Wiltshire -8 13 £375 +7.14% 4
Bristol -13 5 £488 +174.64% 11
Gloucestershire -14 5 £463 +8.82% 5
Somerset -8 2 £290 +24.73% 1
Dorset 0 1 £525 +23.52% 6
Devon -13 1 £175 +16.66% 2
Cornwall - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 57 (76.00%) Windows
2 49 (65.33%) Microsoft
3 41 (54.67%) MCSE
4 29 (38.67%) Security Cleared
4 29 (38.67%) Windows Server 2008
5 26 (34.67%) SharePoint
6 24 (32.00%) Active Directory
7 22 (29.33%) Cisco
8 21 (28.00%) MS Exchange
9 20 (26.67%) Windows 7
10 18 (24.00%) ITIL
11 17 (22.67%) Windows Server 2003
12 16 (21.33%) VMware
12 16 (21.33%) Citrix
13 15 (20.00%) MS Excel
13 15 (20.00%) Military
14 14 (18.67%) SC Cleared
14 14 (18.67%) SharePoint 2010
15 13 (17.33%) Hyper-V
15 13 (17.33%) SCCM
15 13 (17.33%) SQL
15 13 (17.33%) Cisco Certification
15 13 (17.33%) TCP/IP
16 12 (16.00%) DNS
16 12 (16.00%) Firewall
16 12 (16.00%) XenApp
17 11 (14.67%) Windows Server 2012
17 11 (14.67%) MCTS
17 11 (14.67%) MCITP
17 11 (14.67%) Service Management

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

For the 6 months to 29 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 26 (34.67%) SharePoint
2 21 (28.00%) MS Exchange
3 14 (18.67%) SharePoint 2010
4 7 (9.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (8.00%) Lync
5 6 (8.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 5 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (4.00%) IIS
8 2 (2.67%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (2.67%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (1.33%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (1.33%) CMS
9 1 (1.33%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 15 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.00%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.33%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.33%) Changepoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 13 (17.33%) TCP/IP
2 12 (16.00%) DNS
2 12 (16.00%) Firewall
3 11 (14.67%) VoIP
4 10 (13.33%) WAN
4 10 (13.33%) LAN
5 8 (10.67%) DHCP
6 7 (9.33%) Wireless
6 7 (9.33%) VLAN
7 6 (8.00%) SAN
7 6 (8.00%) Internet
8 5 (6.67%) VPN
9 4 (5.33%) MPLS
9 4 (5.33%) WLAN
9 4 (5.33%) IP Telephony
10 1 (1.33%) BIG-IP
10 1 (1.33%) Cisco IOS
10 1 (1.33%) Network Security
10 1 (1.33%) NetScaler
10 1 (1.33%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.67%) SQL Server
2 8 (10.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (9.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (2.67%) MySQL
4 2 (2.67%) OLAP Cube
4 2 (2.67%) OLAP
4 2 (2.67%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (2.67%) Oracle OLAP
5 1 (1.33%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.33%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (8.00%) MSI
2 3 (4.00%) AdminStudio
3 2 (2.67%) InstallShield
4 1 (1.33%) WinRunner
4 1 (1.33%) TestDirector
4 1 (1.33%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 15 (20.00%) Military
2 6 (8.00%) Telecoms
3 5 (6.67%) Finance
4 1 (1.33%) Law
4 1 (1.33%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (13.33%) Consultant
2 9 (12.00%) Analyst
3 8 (10.67%) Network Engineer
3 8 (10.67%) Administrator
4 7 (9.33%) Operations Engineer
5 6 (8.00%) Server Engineer
6 5 (6.67%) Deployment Engineer
6 5 (6.67%) Support Engineer
6 5 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
7 4 (5.33%) Support Analyst
7 4 (5.33%) Applications Specialist
7 4 (5.33%) SharePoint Consultant
8 3 (4.00%) Service Analyst
8 3 (4.00%) Applications Packager
8 3 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (4.00%) Service Desk Analyst
9 2 (2.67%) Desktop Engineer
9 2 (2.67%) Systems Engineer
9 2 (2.67%) Applications Consultant
9 2 (2.67%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (9.33%) Application Packaging
2 4 (5.33%) JSP
3 2 (2.67%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 1 (1.33%) Software Packaging
4 1 (1.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.33%) Blackberry
2 5 (6.67%) Clustering
2 5 (6.67%) Video Conferencing
3 4 (5.33%) Open Source
4 3 (4.00%) Handset
5 2 (2.67%) PDA
5 2 (2.67%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.33%) CESG
6 1 (1.33%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (1.33%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.33%) iPhone
6 1 (1.33%) iPad
6 1 (1.33%) Kindle
Operating Systems
1 57 (76.00%) Windows
2 29 (38.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 20 (26.67%) Windows 7
4 17 (22.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (14.67%) Windows XP
5 11 (14.67%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (10.67%) UNIX
7 3 (4.00%) Linux
7 3 (4.00%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (2.67%) Windows 8
8 2 (2.67%) AIX
9 1 (1.33%) Solaris
9 1 (1.33%) Windows 2000
9 1 (1.33%) Windows Vista
9 1 (1.33%) Android
9 1 (1.33%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (24.00%) ITIL
2 11 (14.67%) Service Management
3 10 (13.33%) Service Delivery
4 7 (9.33%) Migration
5 6 (8.00%) Data Protection
6 5 (6.67%) Mentoring
7 4 (5.33%) Coaching
7 4 (5.33%) Network Load Balancing
8 3 (4.00%) Software Deployment
9 2 (2.67%) Infrastructure Management
9 2 (2.67%) ETL
9 2 (2.67%) Business Intelligence
9 2 (2.67%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 2 (2.67%) Network Management
9 2 (2.67%) Project Management
9 2 (2.67%) Change Control
9 2 (2.67%) Software Testing
9 2 (2.67%) Incident Management
9 2 (2.67%) Change Management
10 1 (1.33%) GAP Analysis
Programming Languages
1 13 (17.33%) SQL
2 3 (4.00%) VBScript
2 3 (4.00%) VB
3 1 (1.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 41 (54.67%) MCSE
2 29 (38.67%) Security Cleared
3 14 (18.67%) SC Cleared
4 13 (17.33%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (14.67%) MCTS
5 11 (14.67%) MCITP
6 9 (12.00%) DV Cleared
7 8 (10.67%) MCSA
7 8 (10.67%) MCP
7 8 (10.67%) CCNA
8 4 (5.33%) Citrix Certification
8 4 (5.33%) Degree
9 3 (4.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (2.67%) ITIL Certification
10 2 (2.67%) CCA
10 2 (2.67%) MCDBA
11 1 (1.33%) MCSD
11 1 (1.33%) CCEA
11 1 (1.33%) SSCP
11 1 (1.33%) CWNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (9.33%) QA
2 6 (8.00%) JSP 440
3 3 (4.00%) SLA
4 1 (1.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 24 (32.00%) Active Directory
2 13 (17.33%) Hyper-V
3 12 (16.00%) XenApp
4 9 (12.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 9 (12.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (5.33%) XenDesktop
6 2 (2.67%) XenServer
6 2 (2.67%) Terminal Services
6 2 (2.67%) ISA Server
6 2 (2.67%) VMware ESX
7 1 (1.33%) MetaFrame
7 1 (1.33%) vSphere
7 1 (1.33%) UAG
Systems Management
1 13 (17.33%) SCCM
2 6 (8.00%) McAfee ePO
3 4 (5.33%) SCOM
4 2 (2.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (1.33%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.33%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.33%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.33%) Netcool
Vendors
1 49 (65.33%) Microsoft
2 22 (29.33%) Cisco
3 16 (21.33%) Citrix
3 16 (21.33%) VMware
4 11 (14.67%) Remedy
5 10 (13.33%) McAfee
5 10 (13.33%) HP
6 6 (8.00%) Avaya
6 6 (8.00%) Juniper
6 6 (8.00%) SonicWALL
7 5 (6.67%) Oracle
7 5 (6.67%) Novell
8 4 (5.33%) Polycom
9 3 (4.00%) Dell
10 2 (2.67%) Apple
10 2 (2.67%) Symantec
10 2 (2.67%) NetApp
10 2 (2.67%) Red Gate
10 2 (2.67%) Mitel
11 1 (1.33%) LANDesk