The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Wales region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 18 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 Wales 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 52 41 37
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 12 4 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 1.69% 0.95% 2.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.35% 3.05% 5.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 8
Average daily rate £325 £285 £190
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.03% +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £257 £104
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £337 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £11.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
189 131 241
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Wales 26.54% 31.19% 47.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 68 103
Average daily rate £363 £350 £351
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.57% -0.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £105
10% offered a daily rate of more than £474 £513 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 10 16
Average hourly rate £20.50 £16.00 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.12% +10.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.08 £12.30 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £19.40 £19.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
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Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Wales region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 18 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
South Wales -13 8 £325 +14.03% 3
West Wales - 4 £315 -
North Wales - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Wales 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 25 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 22 (73.33%) C#
2 22 (73.33%) .NET
3 21 (70.00%) SQL Server
4 20 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
4 20 (66.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 18 (60.00%) SQL
5 18 (60.00%) ASP.NET
6 16 (53.33%) .NET Framework
7 13 (43.33%) MCTS
7 13 (43.33%) Visual Studio
8 12 (40.00%) Windows
9 8 (26.67%) XML
9 8 (26.67%) MCSD
10 7 (23.33%) SOAP
10 7 (23.33%) Web Services
11 6 (20.00%) JavaScript
11 6 (20.00%) MCSE
12 5 (16.67%) Web Development
12 5 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
12 5 (16.67%) MVC
12 5 (16.67%) Active Directory
12 5 (16.67%) MCAD
12 5 (16.67%) MS Excel
12 5 (16.67%) CRM
12 5 (16.67%) SharePoint
13 4 (13.33%) DOM
13 4 (13.33%) XSLT
13 4 (13.33%) ITIL
13 4 (13.33%) VSS/SourceSafe

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Wales 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 5 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 4 (13.33%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (3.33%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (3.33%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.33%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (16.67%) MS Excel
2 4 (13.33%) MS Project
3 1 (3.33%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.33%) Firewall
1 1 (3.33%) Wireless
1 1 (3.33%) SAN
1 1 (3.33%) WAN
1 1 (3.33%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (70.00%) SQL Server
2 20 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (13.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (13.33%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 20 (66.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 13 (43.33%) Visual Studio
3 4 (13.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (3.33%) MSI
4 1 (3.33%) InstallShield
4 1 (3.33%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 1 (3.33%) Finance
1 1 (3.33%) Manufacturing
1 1 (3.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 21 (70.00%) Developer
2 12 (40.00%) .NET Developer
3 9 (30.00%) C# Developer
3 9 (30.00%) Software Developer
3 9 (30.00%) C# .NET Developer
4 6 (20.00%) C# Software Developer
4 6 (20.00%) .NET Software Developer
5 4 (13.33%) CRM Developer
6 2 (6.67%) Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Consultant
6 2 (6.67%) Support Engineer
6 2 (6.67%) Technical Consultant
6 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (6.67%) Microsoft Consultant
6 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
7 1 (3.33%) Lead Architect
7 1 (3.33%) BizTalk Developer
7 1 (3.33%) Citrix Specialist
7 1 (3.33%) Senior Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (73.33%) .NET
2 18 (60.00%) ASP.NET
3 16 (53.33%) .NET Framework
4 8 (26.67%) XML
5 7 (23.33%) SOAP
5 7 (23.33%) Web Services
6 4 (13.33%) DOM
6 4 (13.33%) XSLT
7 3 (10.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 3 (10.00%) REST
7 3 (10.00%) WCF
7 3 (10.00%) WPF
7 3 (10.00%) Java SE
7 3 (10.00%) Apache FOP
7 3 (10.00%) NHibernate
7 3 (10.00%) XSD
8 1 (3.33%) Application Packaging
8 1 (3.33%) jQuery
8 1 (3.33%) Middleware
8 1 (3.33%) DHTML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.33%) Data Conversion
2 1 (3.33%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (3.33%) Computer Science
2 1 (3.33%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 12 (40.00%) Windows
2 3 (10.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (6.67%) Windows XP
3 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.33%) Linux
4 1 (3.33%) Windows 8
4 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (16.67%) Web Development
1 5 (16.67%) MVC
1 5 (16.67%) CRM
2 4 (13.33%) ITIL
2 4 (13.33%) Data Analysis
2 4 (13.33%) Migration
2 4 (13.33%) Scrum
2 4 (13.33%) Unit Testing
2 4 (13.33%) System Testing
2 4 (13.33%) Data Migration
2 4 (13.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (13.33%) Release Management
3 3 (10.00%) TDD
4 2 (6.67%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (3.33%) Problem Management
5 1 (3.33%) Load Testing
5 1 (3.33%) Incident Management
5 1 (3.33%) Software Engineering
5 1 (3.33%) Risk Management
5 1 (3.33%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (73.33%) C#
2 18 (60.00%) SQL
3 6 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 3 (10.00%) Java
4 3 (10.00%) VB.NET
5 1 (3.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 13 (43.33%) MCTS
2 8 (26.67%) MCSD
3 6 (20.00%) MCSE
4 5 (16.67%) MCAD
5 3 (10.00%) Degree
5 3 (10.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (10.00%) MCSA
5 3 (10.00%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (6.67%) MCP
6 2 (6.67%) CCA
7 1 (3.33%) ISEB
7 1 (3.33%) CCEE
7 1 (3.33%) CCAA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.33%) SLA
System Software
1 5 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (10.00%) XenApp
3 2 (6.67%) XenDesktop
4 1 (3.33%) XenServer
4 1 (3.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (3.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (3.33%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (3.33%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 1 (3.33%) SCCM
1 1 (3.33%) Business Desktop Deployment
1 1 (3.33%) Backup Exec
1 1 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 25 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 4 (13.33%) Citrix
3 1 (3.33%) VMware
3 1 (3.33%) AppSense
3 1 (3.33%) Symantec