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 3 June 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
3 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 113 104 62
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -42
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 22 37 54
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.72% 1.25% 2.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.69% 3.89% 8.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 24 18
Average daily rate
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£375 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £338 £150 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £426 £343 £452
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £14.25 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+16.66% +3.44%
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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
819 951 603
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 26.83% 32.15% 29.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 482 613 342
Average daily rate £400 £338 £387
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% -12.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £479 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 53 33
Average hourly rate £38.25 £35.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.28% +9.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -18.18%

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 3 June 2015.

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 3 June 2015. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Dorset +1 5 £375 - 6
Bristol +2 4 £350 +12.00% 10
Devon -5 3 - -
Gloucestershire -7 3 £415 +88.63% 4
Wiltshire +1 2 £375 -9.09% 3
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, 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 39 (92.86%) Microsoft
2 23 (54.76%) Windows
2 23 (54.76%) MCSE
3 21 (50.00%) Active Directory
4 17 (40.48%) SQL Server
5 16 (38.10%) SharePoint
6 14 (33.33%) SQL
6 14 (33.33%) MS Excel
7 13 (30.95%) VMware
8 12 (28.57%) MCSA
9 10 (23.81%) SCCM
10 9 (21.43%) MCITP
10 9 (21.43%) Clustering
10 9 (21.43%) Citrix
11 8 (19.05%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (19.05%) MS Exchange
11 8 (19.05%) SCOM
11 8 (19.05%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (19.05%) VMware Infrastructure
12 7 (16.67%) SQL Server 2008
12 7 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (16.67%) Retail
12 7 (16.67%) DNS
12 7 (16.67%) Cisco
13 6 (14.29%) DHCP
13 6 (14.29%) Lync
14 5 (11.90%) Hyper-V
14 5 (11.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 5 (11.90%) Business Intelligence
14 5 (11.90%) Data Warehouse

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

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, 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 16 (38.10%) SharePoint
2 8 (19.05%) MS Exchange
3 6 (14.29%) Lync
4 5 (11.90%) IIS
5 4 (9.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 3 (7.14%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (2.38%) Node.js
7 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (2.38%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (2.38%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (2.38%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 14 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 2 (4.76%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.52%) Office 365
2 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (16.67%) DNS
2 6 (14.29%) DHCP
3 3 (7.14%) Firewall
4 2 (4.76%) WAN
4 2 (4.76%) LAN
4 2 (4.76%) VoIP
4 2 (4.76%) SAN
5 1 (2.38%) Internet
5 1 (2.38%) MPLS
5 1 (2.38%) WLAN
5 1 (2.38%) VPN
5 1 (2.38%) Wireless
5 1 (2.38%) IP Telephony
5 1 (2.38%) VLAN
5 1 (2.38%) NAS
5 1 (2.38%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (40.48%) SQL Server
2 7 (16.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (11.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (11.90%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (11.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (9.52%) OLAP
4 4 (9.52%) Oracle OLAP
4 4 (9.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (9.52%) MySQL
4 4 (9.52%) OLAP Cube
5 3 (7.14%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (2.38%) Relational Database
6 1 (2.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (4.76%) Ant
1 2 (4.76%) Visual Studio
1 2 (4.76%) MSI
1 2 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.38%) AdminStudio
General
1 7 (16.67%) Retail
2 2 (4.76%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.38%) Banking
Job Titles
1 10 (23.81%) Analyst
2 8 (19.05%) Developer
3 4 (9.52%) Consultant
3 4 (9.52%) DBA
3 4 (9.52%) Technical Analyst
3 4 (9.52%) SQL DBA
4 3 (7.14%) Support Analyst
4 3 (7.14%) Wintel Consultant
4 3 (7.14%) Technical Services Analyst
4 3 (7.14%) SharePoint Developer
5 2 (4.76%) Wintel Engineer
5 2 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 2 (4.76%) Web Developer
5 2 (4.76%) 3rd Line Support
5 2 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support
5 2 (4.76%) Administrator
6 1 (2.38%) Field Engineer
6 1 (2.38%) Network Analyst
6 1 (2.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (2.38%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.52%) .NET
2 2 (4.76%) ASP.NET
2 2 (4.76%) CSS
2 2 (4.76%) Ajax
2 2 (4.76%) Application Packaging
2 2 (4.76%) jQuery
2 2 (4.76%) HTML5
2 2 (4.76%) HTML
2 2 (4.76%) CSS3
3 1 (2.38%) Entity Framework
3 1 (2.38%) MSMQ
Miscellaneous
1 9 (21.43%) Clustering
2 4 (9.52%) Management Information System
2 4 (9.52%) Blackberry
3 3 (7.14%) Data Centre
4 2 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.38%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.38%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.38%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.38%) EPoS
5 1 (2.38%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 23 (54.76%) Windows
2 8 (19.05%) Windows Server 2003
2 8 (19.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (11.90%) Linux
5 4 (9.52%) Windows 7
6 3 (7.14%) Windows XP
7 2 (4.76%) Windows 8
7 2 (4.76%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (2.38%) UNIX
8 1 (2.38%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (11.90%) Business Intelligence
2 4 (9.52%) ITIL
2 4 (9.52%) Service Delivery
2 4 (9.52%) ETL
3 3 (7.14%) Root Cause Analysis
3 3 (7.14%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (7.14%) Kalman Filter
3 3 (7.14%) Patch Management
3 3 (7.14%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (7.14%) MVC
3 3 (7.14%) Migration
4 2 (4.76%) Web Design
4 2 (4.76%) E-Commerce
4 2 (4.76%) Six Sigma
4 2 (4.76%) BPR
4 2 (4.76%) Project Management
4 2 (4.76%) Network Management
5 1 (2.38%) Process Improvement
5 1 (2.38%) Server Building
5 1 (2.38%) Network Design
Programming Languages
1 14 (33.33%) SQL
2 4 (9.52%) C#
2 4 (9.52%) PowerShell
3 2 (4.76%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.38%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 23 (54.76%) MCSE
2 12 (28.57%) MCSA
3 9 (21.43%) MCITP
4 4 (9.52%) MCTS
4 4 (9.52%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (9.52%) MCDBA
4 4 (9.52%) Security Cleared
5 3 (7.14%) Degree
5 3 (7.14%) DV Cleared
5 3 (7.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (7.14%) MCP
6 2 (4.76%) MCSD
6 2 (4.76%) CCNA
6 2 (4.76%) MCDST
7 1 (2.38%) CHFI
7 1 (2.38%) ECDL
7 1 (2.38%) SSCP
7 1 (2.38%) CISA
7 1 (2.38%) CISM
7 1 (2.38%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.76%) QA
2 1 (2.38%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.38%) SLA
2 1 (2.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 21 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 8 (19.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (11.90%) Hyper-V
4 4 (9.52%) vSphere
5 3 (7.14%) Firmware
5 3 (7.14%) VMware ESX
6 2 (4.76%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (2.38%) ISA Server
7 1 (2.38%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (2.38%) vCloud
7 1 (2.38%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 10 (23.81%) SCCM
2 8 (19.05%) SCOM
3 2 (4.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (2.38%) WSUS
4 1 (2.38%) SCVMM
4 1 (2.38%) MOM
Vendors
1 39 (92.86%) Microsoft
2 13 (30.95%) VMware
3 9 (21.43%) Citrix
4 7 (16.67%) Cisco
5 4 (9.52%) Oracle
5 4 (9.52%) Red Gate
6 3 (7.14%) HP
7 2 (4.76%) Avaya
7 2 (4.76%) McAfee
7 2 (4.76%) TOWER Software
7 2 (4.76%) LANDesk
8 1 (2.38%) SonicWALL
8 1 (2.38%) Polycom
8 1 (2.38%) Juniper
8 1 (2.38%) Novell
8 1 (2.38%) Dell
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