The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certification
East of England / Bedfordshire
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 38 37 40
Rank change year-on-year -1 +3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1 4 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 0.35% 1.25% 1.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.94% 6.06% 8.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 4
Median daily rate £375 £325 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -29.72%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £310
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

Microsoft Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 34 66 78
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 11.93% 20.63% 18.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 34 42
Median daily rate £450 £350 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.57% -21.78%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £125 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £525 £618
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 10 14
Median hourly rate £47.50 £47.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +17.50%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.07% +73.33%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Bedfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 30 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 3 (100.00%) MCSE
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) WAN
2 2 (66.67%) Cisco
2 2 (66.67%) Solaris
2 2 (66.67%) Oracle
2 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
2 2 (66.67%) MPLS
2 2 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
2 2 (66.67%) Migration
2 2 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
2 2 (66.67%) VMware
2 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (66.67%) HP
2 2 (66.67%) Citrix
2 2 (66.67%) PCI DSS
2 2 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (66.67%) XenApp
2 2 (66.67%) vSphere
2 2 (66.67%) 3PAR
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
2 2 (66.67%) NetScaler
2 2 (66.67%) Converged Infrastructure
2 2 (66.67%) Data Centre
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 1 (33.33%) Simpana
3 1 (33.33%) Service Design
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (33.33%) SCCM

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (33.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (33.33%) Office 365
1 1 (33.33%) PaaS
1 1 (33.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (66.67%) MPLS
1 2 (66.67%) NetScaler
1 2 (66.67%) WAN
2 1 (33.33%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (33.33%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Architect
1 2 (66.67%) Technical Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Active Directory Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
2 1 (33.33%) SCCM Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Virtualisation Architect
2 1 (33.33%) Virtualisation Technical Architect
2 1 (33.33%) VMware Architect
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 2 (66.67%) Solaris
2 1 (33.33%) Linux
2 1 (33.33%) Windows
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Converged Infrastructure
1 2 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (66.67%) Migration
1 2 (66.67%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (33.33%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (33.33%) ITIL
2 1 (33.33%) ITIL V3
2 1 (33.33%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) MCSE
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) CCIP
3 1 (33.33%) CCNA
3 1 (33.33%) CCNP
3 1 (33.33%) CCSP
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (33.33%) MCP
3 1 (33.33%) MCSA
3 1 (33.33%) VCAP
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (66.67%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
1 2 (66.67%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (66.67%) vSphere
1 2 (66.67%) XenApp
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) SCCM
1 1 (33.33%) Simpana
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) 3PAR
2 2 (66.67%) Cisco
2 2 (66.67%) Citrix
2 2 (66.67%) HP
2 2 (66.67%) Oracle
2 2 (66.67%) VMware
3 1 (33.33%) CommVault