The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Chester with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 April 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
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 23 27 34
Rank change year-on-year +4 +7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1 9 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 0.83% 4.66% 0.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.25% 25.71% 5.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 6 0
Median daily rate - £275 -
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £350 £322
% change year-on-year -17.85% +8.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £18.68 - £15.92
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year -5.00% +37.93%  

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 Chester.

Academic & Professional Certification
Chester
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 16 35 36
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 13.33% 18.13% 14.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 25 20
Median daily rate £275 £305 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.83% -23.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £245 £332
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £425 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 6
Median hourly rate £18.68 £20.92 £19.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.70% +9.84%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £31.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +4.83% +37.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Chester 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 Chester

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Chester

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Chester

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 Chester region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (100.00%) Windows XP
1 1 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (100.00%) VPN
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 1 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (100.00%) Service Management
1 1 (100.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (100.00%) Wireless
1 1 (100.00%) Handset
1 1 (100.00%) Local Government
1 1 (100.00%) MCDST
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Vista
1 1 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 1 (100.00%) iPad

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 1 (100.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (100.00%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 1 (100.00%) VPN
1 1 (100.00%) Wireless
General
1 1 (100.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Desktop Support
Miscellaneous
1 1 (100.00%) Blackberry
1 1 (100.00%) Handset
1 1 (100.00%) iPad
1 1 (100.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Vista
1 1 (100.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) MCDST
System Software
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft