The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
North West / Cheshire
Rank 47 68 69
Rank change year-on-year +21 +1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 4 13 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.76% 1.33% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.60% 5.16% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 8 1
Median daily rate - £269 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.50%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 3 0
Median hourly rate £14.50 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.57% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +40.74%  

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 Cheshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 87 252 174
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 16.45% 25.87% 21.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 111 92
Median daily rate £420 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.17% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £224 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 14
Median hourly rate £15.50 £35.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.71% +84.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.45 £17.30 £16.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.38 £44.00 £49.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire 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 Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 1 - - 6
Winsford - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 8 (80.00%) Windows
2 7 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (70.00%) Active Directory
3 5 (50.00%) MCSE
3 5 (50.00%) MS Office
3 5 (50.00%) Windows Server
4 4 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (30.00%) Project Management
5 3 (30.00%) NHS
5 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (20.00%) Windows XP
6 2 (20.00%) Windows 8
7 1 (10.00%) High Availability
7 1 (10.00%) PRINCE
7 1 (10.00%) MS Visio
7 1 (10.00%) DHCP
7 1 (10.00%) DNS
7 1 (10.00%) ITIL
7 1 (10.00%) MCP
7 1 (10.00%) PRINCE2
7 1 (10.00%) MCSA
7 1 (10.00%) CCNA
7 1 (10.00%) Citrix
7 1 (10.00%) CCA
7 1 (10.00%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (10.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 1 (10.00%) Finance
7 1 (10.00%) Validation

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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 5 (50.00%) MS Office
2 1 (10.00%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) DHCP
1 1 (10.00%) DNS
General
1 1 (10.00%) Banking
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) 1st/2nd Line Support
1 3 (30.00%) 2nd Line Support
1 3 (30.00%) 3rd Line Support
1 3 (30.00%) Active Directory Support
1 3 (30.00%) Exchange Support
2 2 (20.00%) IT Support
3 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support Technician
3 1 (10.00%) Architect
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Architect
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Support
3 1 (10.00%) Network Support
3 1 (10.00%) Network Support Technician
3 1 (10.00%) Network Technician
3 1 (10.00%) Project Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Support Technician
3 1 (10.00%) Wintel Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (30.00%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 8 (80.00%) Windows
2 5 (50.00%) Windows Server
3 4 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (20.00%) Windows 8
5 2 (20.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Project Management
2 1 (10.00%) Business Analysis
2 1 (10.00%) High Availability
2 1 (10.00%) ITIL
2 1 (10.00%) Migration
2 1 (10.00%) PRINCE
2 1 (10.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (10.00%) Programme Management
2 1 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (10.00%) Validation
Qualifications
1 5 (50.00%) MCSE
2 1 (10.00%) CCA
2 1 (10.00%) CCNA
2 1 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (10.00%) Citrix Certification
2 1 (10.00%) MCDST
2 1 (10.00%) MCP
2 1 (10.00%) MCSA
2 1 (10.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
2 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 7 (70.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) Citrix
Cheshire
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