Period
to 19 November 2017

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 6 months to 19 November 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 72 89 101
Rank change year-on-year +17 +12 -38
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 17 10 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.28% 0.68% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.50% 4.26% 4.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 2 4
Cheshire median daily rate £313 £273 £283
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.68% -3.54% -7.38%
10th Percentile £214 £220 £143
90th Percentile £675 £327 £379
North West median daily rate £325 £225 £350
% change year-on-year +44.44% -35.71% +16.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 8
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £20.33 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.06% +20.15% +0.48%
10th Percentile £11.50 £14.43 £15.77
90th Percentile £14.50 £21.00 £34.88
North West median hourly rate £14.35 £15.43 £16.92
% change year-on-year -7.03% -8.81% +6.28%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Cheshire
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 200 235 333
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 15.09% 16.05% 15.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 144 152 189
Cheshire median daily rate £375 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.76% +6.25% +9.22%
10th Percentile £216 £162 £275
90th Percentile £549 £675 £650
North West median daily rate £400 £420 £400
% change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 29
Cheshire median hourly rate £27.00 £21.00 £17.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.57% +21.18% -0.97%
10th Percentile £14.54 £14.43 £15.92
90th Percentile £33.00 £52.75 £27.50
North West median hourly rate £38.75 £26.25 £30.52
% change year-on-year +47.62% -13.99% +45.33%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Cheshire over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Cheshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 19 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Chester +19 7 £280 +27.27%
Warrington - 3 £650 - 4
Lymm - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
North West

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 15 (88.24%) MCSA
2 12 (70.59%) MCSE
2 12 (70.59%) ITIL
3 9 (52.94%) Fortinet
4 8 (47.06%) HP
4 8 (47.06%) HP UFT
4 8 (47.06%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (41.18%) Banking
6 6 (35.29%) SCCM
6 6 (35.29%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (35.29%) Active Directory
6 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
7 5 (29.41%) ISEB
7 5 (29.41%) Unix
7 5 (29.41%) Linux
7 5 (29.41%) Office 365
8 4 (23.53%) Oracle Database
8 4 (23.53%) Microsoft Azure
8 4 (23.53%) Test Automation
8 4 (23.53%) Performance Testing
8 4 (23.53%) System Integration Testing
8 4 (23.53%) Windows
8 4 (23.53%) MS Exchange
8 4 (23.53%) C#
8 4 (23.53%) Java
8 4 (23.53%) VBScript
8 4 (23.53%) VB
8 4 (23.53%) VB.NET
8 4 (23.53%) .NET
8 4 (23.53%) Oracle

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring 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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (23.53%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (5.88%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (29.41%) Office 365
2 4 (23.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (17.65%) PaaS
4 2 (11.76%) IaaS
5 1 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (5.88%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (17.65%) DHCP
1 3 (17.65%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (23.53%) Oracle Database
2 1 (5.88%) Azure SQL Database
2 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (47.06%) HP UFT
2 4 (23.53%) JMeter
General
1 7 (41.18%) Banking
2 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 3 (17.65%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 4 (23.53%) Analyst
1 4 (23.53%) Infrastructure Support
1 4 (23.53%) Test Analyst
2 3 (17.65%) 3rd Line Support
2 3 (17.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
3 2 (11.76%) Environment Support Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Office 365 Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (11.76%) Support Analyst
3 2 (11.76%) Test Environment Support Analyst
4 1 (5.88%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 1 (5.88%) Active Directory Support
4 1 (5.88%) AWS Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) Azure Consultant
4 1 (5.88%) Cloud Engineer
4 1 (5.88%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (23.53%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.88%) Data Centre
2 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.88%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 5 (29.41%) Linux
1 5 (29.41%) Unix
2 4 (23.53%) Windows
3 3 (17.65%) Windows 7
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Server
4 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (70.59%) ITIL
2 6 (35.29%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (23.53%) Performance Testing
3 4 (23.53%) System Integration Testing
3 4 (23.53%) Test Automation
3 4 (23.53%) Time Management
4 2 (11.76%) IT Strategy
4 2 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
5 1 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (5.88%) Contract Management
5 1 (5.88%) Data Loss Prevention
5 1 (5.88%) Data Management
5 1 (5.88%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (5.88%) Migration
5 1 (5.88%) Network Design
5 1 (5.88%) PRINCE2
5 1 (5.88%) Problem Management
5 1 (5.88%) Project Management
5 1 (5.88%) Resource Management
5 1 (5.88%) SFIA
Programming Languages
1 4 (23.53%) C#
1 4 (23.53%) Java
1 4 (23.53%) VB
1 4 (23.53%) VB.NET
1 4 (23.53%) VBScript
2 1 (5.88%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (88.24%) MCSA
2 12 (70.59%) MCSE
3 5 (29.41%) ISEB
4 4 (23.53%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (17.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (17.65%) MCITP
6 1 (5.88%) CCDP
6 1 (5.88%) CCIE
6 1 (5.88%) CCNP
6 1 (5.88%) Chartered Engineer
6 1 (5.88%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (5.88%) CISM
6 1 (5.88%) CISSP
6 1 (5.88%) Degree
6 1 (5.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (5.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
System Software
1 6 (35.29%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.88%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 8 (47.06%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (35.29%) SCCM
3 3 (17.65%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 9 (52.94%) Fortinet
2 8 (47.06%) HP
3 6 (35.29%) Microsoft
4 4 (23.53%) Oracle
5 3 (17.65%) Citrix
5 3 (17.65%) VMware
6 1 (5.88%) Cisco