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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 112 76 78
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 30 33 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.95% 1.48% 1.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.28% 4.96% 6.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 9 26
Average daily rate
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£325 £318 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.36% +13.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £169 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £344 £381
UK excluding London average daily rate £324 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.91% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 8
Average hourly rate £19.00 £16.36 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.11% +7.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.20 £14.08 £14.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.80 £17.23 £23.41
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.82 £17.49 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-9.53% +12.83%
Microsoft Certification
England

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
914 665 814
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 28.81% 29.79% 26.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 580 365 420
Average daily rate £388 £367 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.59% -2.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £226 £256 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 52 72
Average hourly rate £35.00 £21.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.66% -16.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.95 £11.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £47.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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
Gloucestershire -14 9 £426 - 2
Wiltshire -10 7 £251 +43.57% 4
Somerset -23 6 £325 -4.25% 3
Bristol -20 3 £320 -11.72% 5
Dorset 0 2 - - 2
Devon -13 1 - - 1
Cornwall - - - - 1
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 55 (78.57%) Windows
2 54 (77.14%) Microsoft
3 34 (48.57%) MCP
4 33 (47.14%) ITIL
5 32 (45.71%) Windows 7
6 29 (41.43%) MCSE
7 27 (38.57%) VMware
8 25 (35.71%) VMware Infrastructure
9 24 (34.29%) Service Management
10 22 (31.43%) Windows Server 2008
10 22 (31.43%) Security Cleared
11 21 (30.00%) Service Delivery
12 20 (28.57%) SLA
13 19 (27.14%) Citrix
14 18 (25.71%) MS Excel
14 18 (25.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 17 (24.29%) SC Cleared
15 17 (24.29%) ITSM
15 17 (24.29%) Front Office
15 17 (24.29%) Back Office
16 16 (22.86%) Active Directory
16 16 (22.86%) User Acceptance Testing
16 16 (22.86%) Statistics
17 15 (21.43%) Risk Analysis
17 15 (21.43%) Capacity Planning
17 15 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
18 14 (20.00%) Management Information System
19 13 (18.57%) HP
19 13 (18.57%) MS Exchange
20 12 (17.14%) SharePoint

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

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 13 (18.57%) MS Exchange
2 12 (17.14%) SharePoint
3 10 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (11.43%) SharePoint 2010
5 7 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (4.29%) Lync
7 3 (4.29%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (4.29%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (2.86%) IIS
8 2 (2.86%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (1.43%) MS Project Server
9 1 (1.43%) Node.js
9 1 (1.43%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (1.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 18 (25.71%) MS Excel
2 5 (7.14%) MS Office
3 1 (1.43%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (5.71%) assyst
2 1 (1.43%) Changepoint
Communications & Networking
1 11 (15.71%) DNS
2 10 (14.29%) Firewall
3 9 (12.86%) Wireless
3 9 (12.86%) SAN
4 7 (10.00%) DHCP
5 6 (8.57%) TCP/IP
5 6 (8.57%) NetScaler
6 3 (4.29%) Internet
6 3 (4.29%) LAN
6 3 (4.29%) WAN
7 2 (2.86%) VoIP
8 1 (1.43%) Nortel Meridian
8 1 (1.43%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (1.43%) Intranet
8 1 (1.43%) Ethernet
8 1 (1.43%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (15.71%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.43%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (1.43%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.43%) DTS
Development Applications
1 3 (4.29%) AdminStudio
2 2 (2.86%) MSI
3 1 (1.43%) InstallShield
General
1 17 (24.29%) Front Office
1 17 (24.29%) Back Office
2 4 (5.71%) Finance
3 3 (4.29%) Military
3 3 (4.29%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.43%) Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (24.29%) Support Engineer
2 13 (18.57%) Network Support
3 12 (17.14%) Analyst
4 11 (15.71%) Network Engineer
5 10 (14.29%) Network Support Engineer
6 7 (10.00%) Lead Network Engineer
7 6 (8.57%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (8.57%) Administrator
7 6 (8.57%) Consultant
7 6 (8.57%) Windows Support Engineer
8 5 (7.14%) Support Analyst
9 4 (5.71%) Service Manager
9 4 (5.71%) SharePoint Consultant
9 4 (5.71%) Server Engineer
10 3 (4.29%) Delivery Manager
10 3 (4.29%) Network Analyst
10 3 (4.29%) Services Delivery Manager
10 3 (4.29%) Service Desk Analyst
10 3 (4.29%) Desktop Support
10 3 (4.29%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.86%) Application Packaging
1 2 (2.86%) Windows SharePoint Services
2 1 (1.43%) Software Packaging
2 1 (1.43%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
2 1 (1.43%) .NET
2 1 (1.43%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 16 (22.86%) Statistics
2 14 (20.00%) Management Information System
3 4 (5.71%) NHS
4 2 (2.86%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.43%) PDA
5 1 (1.43%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (1.43%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.43%) iPhone
5 1 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (1.43%) iPad
5 1 (1.43%) Kindle
5 1 (1.43%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 55 (78.57%) Windows
2 32 (45.71%) Windows 7
3 22 (31.43%) Windows Server 2008
4 15 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (8.57%) UNIX
5 6 (8.57%) Windows XP
5 6 (8.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (4.29%) Linux
7 2 (2.86%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.43%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (47.14%) ITIL
2 24 (34.29%) Service Management
3 21 (30.00%) Service Delivery
4 17 (24.29%) ITSM
5 16 (22.86%) User Acceptance Testing
6 15 (21.43%) Risk Analysis
6 15 (21.43%) Capacity Planning
7 12 (17.14%) Workflow
8 7 (10.00%) Change Management
9 6 (8.57%) Migration
10 5 (7.14%) Project Management
11 4 (5.71%) Network Load Balancing
12 3 (4.29%) Network Design
12 3 (4.29%) Data Protection
12 3 (4.29%) Change Control
12 3 (4.29%) PRINCE2
13 2 (2.86%) Problem Management
14 1 (1.43%) Project Planning
14 1 (1.43%) Asset Management
14 1 (1.43%) Systems Analysis
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.14%) SQL
2 3 (4.29%) PowerShell
2 3 (4.29%) VBScript
2 3 (4.29%) VB
3 2 (2.86%) C#
4 1 (1.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 34 (48.57%) MCP
2 29 (41.43%) MCSE
3 22 (31.43%) Security Cleared
4 18 (25.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 17 (24.29%) SC Cleared
6 12 (17.14%) MCSA
7 7 (10.00%) MCITP
8 6 (8.57%) CCNA
8 6 (8.57%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (5.71%) MCTS
10 3 (4.29%) Degree
11 2 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (2.86%) CCNP
12 1 (1.43%) MCDST
12 1 (1.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 1 (1.43%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (1.43%) VCP5
12 1 (1.43%) CCIP
12 1 (1.43%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (1.43%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (28.57%) SLA
2 3 (4.29%) QA
3 1 (1.43%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 25 (35.71%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (22.86%) Active Directory
3 8 (11.43%) Hyper-V
4 5 (7.14%) XenApp
5 4 (5.71%) Microsoft App-V
5 4 (5.71%) XenDesktop
6 3 (4.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 3 (4.29%) vSphere
7 2 (2.86%) ISA Server
8 1 (1.43%) XenServer
8 1 (1.43%) UAG
8 1 (1.43%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.43%) MetaFrame
8 1 (1.43%) Terminal Services
8 1 (1.43%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (11.43%) SCCM
2 2 (2.86%) Backup Exec
2 2 (2.86%) McAfee ePO
2 2 (2.86%) SCOM
3 1 (1.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (1.43%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 54 (77.14%) Microsoft
2 27 (38.57%) VMware
3 19 (27.14%) Citrix
4 13 (18.57%) HP
5 10 (14.29%) Cisco
6 7 (10.00%) Avaya
7 6 (8.57%) Mitel
8 5 (7.14%) Oracle
9 4 (5.71%) Remedy
10 3 (4.29%) Apple
10 3 (4.29%) Symantec
11 2 (2.86%) McAfee
11 2 (2.86%) CheckPoint
11 2 (2.86%) Juniper
11 2 (2.86%) NetApp
11 2 (2.86%) Dell
11 2 (2.86%) EMC
11 2 (2.86%) Meru Networks
12 1 (1.43%) Altiris
12 1 (1.43%) ProCurve
Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £180 to £230 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Swindon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £180 - £230 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Steria
Rate: From £28,000 to £34,000 per annum plus benefits
Posted: 15 days ago