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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 125 108 70
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -38
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 25 32 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.75% 1.01% 1.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.57% 3.56% 5.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 22 12
Average daily rate
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£363 £325 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% +1.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £162 £244 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £438 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £324 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.11% +7.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 6
Average hourly rate £14.00 £19.00 £16.36
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.31% +16.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £15.88 £17.42
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -8.88%
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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
974 898 656
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 29.12% 28.40% 29.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 597 570 356
Average daily rate £400 £395 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% +8.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £243 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £502 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 68 34 54
Average hourly rate £41.24 £35.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.82% +89.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.36 £19.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £43.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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
Wiltshire +1 9 £350 +39.30% 7
Dorset +4 5 £375 - 2
Bristol -2 4 £239 -25.39% 5
Devon +1 3 £463 - 2
Somerset 0 3 £375 +9.09% 5
Gloucestershire -11 1 £325 -23.75% 9
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 42 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 28 (57.14%) MCSE
3 23 (46.94%) Windows
4 22 (44.90%) MCSA
5 21 (42.86%) MS Excel
6 20 (40.82%) Active Directory
7 12 (24.49%) SharePoint
7 12 (24.49%) VMware
7 12 (24.49%) SCCM
8 11 (22.45%) Security Cleared
8 11 (22.45%) Clustering
8 11 (22.45%) SQL Server
9 10 (20.41%) SCOM
10 9 (18.37%) SQL
10 9 (18.37%) ITIL
10 9 (18.37%) Citrix
11 8 (16.33%) Retail
12 7 (14.29%) MCITP
12 7 (14.29%) SC Cleared
12 7 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (14.29%) Lync
12 7 (14.29%) Cisco
12 7 (14.29%) Windows XP
12 7 (14.29%) MS Exchange
13 6 (12.24%) Migration
13 6 (12.24%) Hyper-V
13 6 (12.24%) Windows 7
13 6 (12.24%) Degree
14 5 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
14 5 (10.20%) VMware Infrastructure

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 12 (24.49%) SharePoint
2 7 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 7 (14.29%) Lync
3 4 (8.16%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (6.12%) IIS
5 2 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (4.08%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (2.04%) Node.js
6 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (2.04%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 21 (42.86%) MS Excel
2 5 (10.20%) MS Office
3 1 (2.04%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.16%) Office 365
2 1 (2.04%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.16%) VPN
1 4 (8.16%) LAN
1 4 (8.16%) WAN
2 3 (6.12%) DHCP
2 3 (6.12%) TCP/IP
2 3 (6.12%) tcpdump
2 3 (6.12%) ATM
2 3 (6.12%) ISDN
2 3 (6.12%) DNS
2 3 (6.12%) SSL
2 3 (6.12%) SAN
2 3 (6.12%) SONET
2 3 (6.12%) MPLS
2 3 (6.12%) DSL
2 3 (6.12%) Wireless
2 3 (6.12%) Frame Relay
2 3 (6.12%) Ethereal
2 3 (6.12%) Network Security
3 2 (4.08%) Unified Communications
4 1 (2.04%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (22.45%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (8.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 4 (8.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (4.08%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.04%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.04%) DB2
4 1 (2.04%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (2.04%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.04%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 3 (6.12%) Ant
2 1 (2.04%) MSI
2 1 (2.04%) AdminStudio
General
1 8 (16.33%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (22.45%) Developer
2 7 (14.29%) Analyst
2 7 (14.29%) Consultant
3 4 (8.16%) Technical Analyst
3 4 (8.16%) BizTalk Developer
3 4 (8.16%) Wintel Consultant
4 3 (6.12%) Designer
4 3 (6.12%) Field Service Engineer
4 3 (6.12%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 3 (6.12%) Microsoft Developer
4 3 (6.12%) Technical Services Analyst
4 3 (6.12%) Network Engineer
4 3 (6.12%) Support Engineer
4 3 (6.12%) Field Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) SharePoint Developer
5 2 (4.08%) Infrastructure Designer
5 2 (4.08%) Field Support Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) PC Support
5 2 (4.08%) Server Engineer
5 2 (4.08%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (10.20%) .NET
2 3 (6.12%) SOAP
2 3 (6.12%) Web Services
2 3 (6.12%) XML
2 3 (6.12%) WCF
3 1 (2.04%) Entity Framework
3 1 (2.04%) MSMQ
3 1 (2.04%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 11 (22.45%) Clustering
2 4 (8.16%) Data Centre
3 2 (4.08%) Mainframe
4 1 (2.04%) Replication
4 1 (2.04%) EMC VNX
4 1 (2.04%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.04%) User Experience
4 1 (2.04%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.04%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 23 (46.94%) Windows
2 7 (14.29%) Windows XP
2 7 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (12.24%) Windows 7
4 5 (10.20%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (6.12%) Linux
5 3 (6.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (4.08%) UNIX
6 2 (4.08%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (18.37%) ITIL
2 6 (12.24%) Migration
3 5 (10.20%) Service Delivery
3 5 (10.20%) Business Intelligence
3 5 (10.20%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (10.20%) Scrum
4 4 (8.16%) Problem Management
4 4 (8.16%) Kalman Filter
5 3 (6.12%) Patch Management
5 3 (6.12%) Root Cause Analysis
5 3 (6.12%) Performance Tuning
5 3 (6.12%) Open Source
5 3 (6.12%) TDD
5 3 (6.12%) Project Management
5 3 (6.12%) Disaster Recovery
6 2 (4.08%) Change Management
6 2 (4.08%) Six Sigma
6 2 (4.08%) BPR
6 2 (4.08%) E-Commerce
6 2 (4.08%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 9 (18.37%) SQL
2 5 (10.20%) C#
3 4 (8.16%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.04%) Java
4 1 (2.04%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.04%) VB
Qualifications
1 28 (57.14%) MCSE
2 22 (44.90%) MCSA
3 11 (22.45%) Security Cleared
4 7 (14.29%) SC Cleared
4 7 (14.29%) MCITP
5 6 (12.24%) Degree
6 5 (10.20%) CCNA
6 5 (10.20%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (8.16%) CCNP
7 4 (8.16%) MCTS
7 4 (8.16%) MCP
8 3 (6.12%) DV Cleared
8 3 (6.12%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (4.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (2.04%) MCDST
10 1 (2.04%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (2.04%) CISA
10 1 (2.04%) CISM
10 1 (2.04%) HND
10 1 (2.04%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (2.04%) QA
1 1 (2.04%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 20 (40.82%) Active Directory
2 6 (12.24%) Hyper-V
3 5 (10.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (8.16%) vSphere
5 3 (6.12%) Firmware
6 1 (2.04%) VMware ESX
6 1 (2.04%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (2.04%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (2.04%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 12 (24.49%) SCCM
2 10 (20.41%) SCOM
3 2 (4.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (2.04%) MOM
4 1 (2.04%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 42 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 12 (24.49%) VMware
3 9 (18.37%) Citrix
4 7 (14.29%) Cisco
5 3 (6.12%) HP
5 3 (6.12%) Juniper
5 3 (6.12%) NetQoS
6 2 (4.08%) TOWER Software
6 2 (4.08%) LANDesk
6 2 (4.08%) Dell
6 2 (4.08%) Oracle
7 1 (2.04%) Cognos
7 1 (2.04%) IBM
7 1 (2.04%) EMC
7 1 (2.04%) Tableau
7 1 (2.04%) ServiceNow
7 1 (2.04%) JD Edwards
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