The first table below looks at the demand 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 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 South 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 92 59 104
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +45
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 53 67 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.59% 2.85% 1.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.09% 9.99% 3.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 24 16
Average daily rate £325 £300 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.51% -17.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 £175 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £401 £350 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 7
Average hourly rate £14.00 - £22.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 - £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.80 - £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -8.57%
Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1042 671 1145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 31.33% 28.53% 31.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 602 369 597
Average daily rate £360 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 42 94
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.50 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -4.00%
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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 17 April 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 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
Somerset -7 26 £325 +62.50% 7
Devon -3 8 £200 -38.46% 5
Wiltshire -15 5 £413 +57.44% 7
Gloucestershire +1 4 £293 +6.36% 3
Dorset -5 2 - - 3
Bristol -23 2 £100 -61.72% 12
Cornwall - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 67 (84.81%) Microsoft
2 58 (73.42%) Windows
3 42 (53.16%) ITIL
4 39 (49.37%) MCSE
4 39 (49.37%) VMware
5 35 (44.30%) MCP
6 33 (41.77%) VMware Infrastructure
7 30 (37.97%) MS Excel
8 29 (36.71%) Windows 7
9 28 (35.44%) Active Directory
10 24 (30.38%) MCSA
10 24 (30.38%) Windows Server 2008
11 22 (27.85%) Citrix
11 22 (27.85%) SLA
12 21 (26.58%) Windows Server 2003
13 20 (25.32%) Service Management
14 18 (22.78%) Service Delivery
14 18 (22.78%) ITSM
15 17 (21.52%) Front Office
16 16 (20.25%) Cisco
17 15 (18.99%) Cisco Certification
17 15 (18.99%) Back Office
17 15 (18.99%) Security Cleared
18 14 (17.72%) Statistics
18 14 (17.72%) Workflow
18 14 (17.72%) MS Office
19 13 (16.46%) SQL Server
19 13 (16.46%) CCNA
19 13 (16.46%) Risk Analysis
19 13 (16.46%) User Acceptance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 10 (12.66%) MS Exchange
2 8 (10.13%) SharePoint
3 6 (7.59%) Exchange Server 2003
4 5 (6.33%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 4 (5.06%) MS Project Server
5 4 (5.06%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (5.06%) SharePoint 2010
5 4 (5.06%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.27%) Lync
7 1 (1.27%) IIS
Applications
1 30 (37.97%) MS Excel
2 14 (17.72%) MS Office
3 6 (7.59%) MS Project
4 3 (3.80%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.53%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.27%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.53%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 12 (15.19%) Firewall
2 10 (12.66%) DNS
2 10 (12.66%) DHCP
3 8 (10.13%) Wireless
3 8 (10.13%) NetScaler
4 6 (7.59%) SAN
5 5 (6.33%) WAN
6 4 (5.06%) LAN
6 4 (5.06%) Intranet
6 4 (5.06%) Nortel Meridian
7 3 (3.80%) TCP/IP
8 2 (2.53%) VoIP
8 2 (2.53%) iSCSI
8 2 (2.53%) Cisco ASA
8 2 (2.53%) NAS
9 1 (1.27%) Structured Cabling
9 1 (1.27%) SMTP
9 1 (1.27%) Bluetooth
9 1 (1.27%) FTP
9 1 (1.27%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (16.46%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.53%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (2.53%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.27%) DTS
4 1 (1.27%) OLTP
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 2 (2.53%) Git (software)
2 1 (1.27%) MSI
General
1 17 (21.52%) Front Office
2 15 (18.99%) Back Office
3 10 (12.66%) Telecoms
4 6 (7.59%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (24.05%) Support Engineer
2 13 (16.46%) Analyst
3 12 (15.19%) Network Engineer
3 12 (15.19%) Network Support
4 11 (13.92%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (11.39%) Network Support Engineer
6 6 (7.59%) IT Support
6 6 (7.59%) Windows Support Engineer
6 6 (7.59%) Lead Network Engineer
7 5 (6.33%) Administrator
7 5 (6.33%) Support Analyst
7 5 (6.33%) Technical Support
8 4 (5.06%) Architect
8 4 (5.06%) SharePoint Architect
9 3 (3.80%) Delivery Manager
9 3 (3.80%) Service Analyst
9 3 (3.80%) Consultant
9 3 (3.80%) Systems Administrator
9 3 (3.80%) Support Technician
9 3 (3.80%) Network Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.06%) .NET
2 3 (3.80%) Software Packaging
3 2 (2.53%) HTML
3 2 (2.53%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.53%) CSS
3 2 (2.53%) Web Services
3 2 (2.53%) XML
3 2 (2.53%) XSLT
3 2 (2.53%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (17.72%) Statistics
2 12 (15.19%) Management Information System
3 5 (6.33%) Blackberry
4 4 (5.06%) Thin Client
4 4 (5.06%) Chip and PIN
4 4 (5.06%) NHS
4 4 (5.06%) Fat Client
5 2 (2.53%) Mathematics
5 2 (2.53%) Clustering
6 1 (1.27%) CESG
6 1 (1.27%) Replication
6 1 (1.27%) Firmware
6 1 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.27%) iPad
6 1 (1.27%) Kindle
Operating Systems
1 58 (73.42%) Windows
2 29 (36.71%) Windows 7
3 24 (30.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 21 (26.58%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (11.39%) Windows XP
6 8 (10.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (6.33%) Windows 2000 Server
8 3 (3.80%) Linux
9 2 (2.53%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.27%) UNIX
10 1 (1.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (53.16%) ITIL
2 20 (25.32%) Service Management
3 18 (22.78%) Service Delivery
3 18 (22.78%) ITSM
4 14 (17.72%) Workflow
5 13 (16.46%) Risk Analysis
5 13 (16.46%) Capacity Planning
5 13 (16.46%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (10.13%) Change Management
7 7 (8.86%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (7.59%) Project Management
9 5 (6.33%) Migration
10 4 (5.06%) Change Control
11 3 (3.80%) Mobile Device Management
11 3 (3.80%) Network Design
11 3 (3.80%) Incident Management
12 2 (2.53%) Asset Management
12 2 (2.53%) SOA
12 2 (2.53%) Root Cause Analysis
12 2 (2.53%) Capacity Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (6.33%) SQL
1 5 (6.33%) PowerShell
2 2 (2.53%) XPath
2 2 (2.53%) C#
2 2 (2.53%) JavaScript
2 2 (2.53%) VB.NET
2 2 (2.53%) XQuery
3 1 (1.27%) VB6
3 1 (1.27%) VBA
3 1 (1.27%) VB
3 1 (1.27%) C
Qualifications
1 39 (49.37%) MCSE
2 35 (44.30%) MCP
3 24 (30.38%) MCSA
4 15 (18.99%) Cisco Certification
4 15 (18.99%) Security Cleared
5 13 (16.46%) CCNA
6 11 (13.92%) SC Cleared
7 8 (10.13%) MCITP
8 6 (7.59%) MCTS
8 6 (7.59%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (6.33%) Citrix Certification
9 5 (6.33%) CCNP
10 3 (3.80%) MCDST
10 3 (3.80%) Degree
11 2 (2.53%) CCENT
11 2 (2.53%) DV Cleared
11 2 (2.53%) MCSM
11 2 (2.53%) A+ Certification
11 2 (2.53%) MCAD
11 2 (2.53%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (27.85%) SLA
2 5 (6.33%) ISO 9001
3 2 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.27%) QA
System Software
1 33 (41.77%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (35.44%) Active Directory
3 7 (8.86%) Hyper-V
4 4 (5.06%) vSphere
5 2 (2.53%) VMware ESX
5 2 (2.53%) XenApp
6 1 (1.27%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.27%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 7 (8.86%) SCCM
2 5 (6.33%) SCOM
3 2 (2.53%) SCVMM
3 2 (2.53%) ARCserve
4 1 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.27%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 67 (84.81%) Microsoft
2 39 (49.37%) VMware
3 22 (27.85%) Citrix
4 16 (20.25%) Cisco
5 9 (11.39%) Avaya
6 8 (10.13%) Mitel
7 6 (7.59%) Apple
8 4 (5.06%) HP
8 4 (5.06%) Nortel
9 3 (3.80%) IBM
10 2 (2.53%) Oracle
10 2 (2.53%) AppSense
10 2 (2.53%) Fujitsu
10 2 (2.53%) Veeam
11 1 (1.27%) ProCurve
11 1 (1.27%) Altiris
11 1 (1.27%) Sophos
11 1 (1.27%) Dell
11 1 (1.27%) Sun
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