The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 47 45
Rank change year-on-year -1 -2  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 9 6 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 2.21% 1.31% 1.74%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.65% 7.14% 7.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 5
Median daily rate £425 £175 £90
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +142.85% +94.44%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £310
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £150.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.09 £18.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% +28.57%  

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 Essex.

Academic & Professional Certification
Essex
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 104 84 105
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 25.55% 18.38% 22.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 47 54
Median daily rate £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £185 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £825 £498
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 5
Median hourly rate £35.00 £46.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.91% +8.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.40 £44.90 £35.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £150.00 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Essex 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 Essex

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Essex

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Essex over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Essex

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Essex

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Essex

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 Essex region over the 3 months to 27 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
Colchester - 4 £425 -
Basildon -3 1 £135 +12.50%
Witham - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
East of England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex

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

1 10 (76.92%) Microsoft
2 9 (69.23%) Degree
3 8 (61.54%) ITIL
3 8 (61.54%) Windows
4 7 (53.85%) Windows Server
5 6 (46.15%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (46.15%) Hyper-V
5 6 (46.15%) DNS
5 6 (46.15%) DHCP
5 6 (46.15%) Active Directory
6 5 (38.46%) Finance
6 5 (38.46%) Clustering
6 5 (38.46%) SQL
6 5 (38.46%) SQL Server
7 4 (30.77%) MCSA
7 4 (30.77%) MS Exchange
7 4 (30.77%) Service Management
7 4 (30.77%) Customer Engagement
7 4 (30.77%) WSUS
7 4 (30.77%) MCTS
7 4 (30.77%) MCITP
7 4 (30.77%) Migration
7 4 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (23.08%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (23.08%) Ticket Management
8 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (23.08%) Banking
8 3 (23.08%) Retail
8 3 (23.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (23.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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 (30.77%) MS Exchange
2 2 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (7.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (23.08%) MS Excel
2 1 (7.69%) MS Office
2 1 (7.69%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (7.69%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (46.15%) DHCP
1 6 (46.15%) DNS
2 2 (15.38%) Ethernet
2 2 (15.38%) iSCSI
2 2 (15.38%) LAN
2 2 (15.38%) NAS
2 2 (15.38%) TCP/IP
2 2 (15.38%) Unified Communications
2 2 (15.38%) VoIP
2 2 (15.38%) WAN
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco ISE
3 1 (7.69%) Internet
3 1 (7.69%) SAN
3 1 (7.69%) VPN
3 1 (7.69%) WebEx
3 1 (7.69%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (38.46%) SQL Server
2 3 (23.08%) OLAP
2 3 (23.08%) OLTP
2 3 (23.08%) QlikView
2 3 (23.08%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (23.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (23.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (23.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (15.38%) MySQL
4 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
General
1 5 (38.46%) Finance
2 3 (23.08%) Banking
2 3 (23.08%) Retail
3 2 (15.38%) Manufacturing
3 2 (15.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) Consultant
2 3 (23.08%) Developer
2 3 (23.08%) ETL Developer
2 3 (23.08%) Hyper-V Consultant
3 2 (15.38%) Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) IT Engineer
3 2 (15.38%) Server Consultant
3 2 (15.38%) Support Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Support Consultant
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Consultant
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Support Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Field Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Field Support Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) IT Support Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Migration Consultant
4 1 (7.69%) Network Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Server Support
4 1 (7.69%) Technical Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Technical Support Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) .NET
1 1 (7.69%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 5 (38.46%) Clustering
2 4 (30.77%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (15.38%) Life Science
3 2 (15.38%) Smartphone
3 2 (15.38%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (7.69%) Computer Science
4 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
4 1 (7.69%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 8 (61.54%) Windows
2 7 (53.85%) Windows Server
3 6 (46.15%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (15.38%) Linux
5 2 (15.38%) Unix
5 2 (15.38%) Windows XP
6 1 (7.69%) Windows 7
6 1 (7.69%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) ITIL
2 4 (30.77%) Customer Engagement
2 4 (30.77%) Migration
2 4 (30.77%) Service Management
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (23.08%) Business Intelligence
3 3 (23.08%) ETL
3 3 (23.08%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (23.08%) Ticket Management
4 2 (15.38%) Mathematics
4 2 (15.38%) Performance Management
4 2 (15.38%) Software Deployment
5 1 (7.69%) Business Continuity
5 1 (7.69%) Data Integration
5 1 (7.69%) Data Transformation
5 1 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) SQL
2 3 (23.08%) C#
2 3 (23.08%) T-SQL
2 3 (23.08%) VB
2 3 (23.08%) VBScript
3 2 (15.38%) PowerShell
4 1 (7.69%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 9 (69.23%) Degree
2 4 (30.77%) MCITP
2 4 (30.77%) MCSA
2 4 (30.77%) MCTS
3 3 (23.08%) MCSE
4 2 (15.38%) CCNA
4 2 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (15.38%) MOS
5 1 (7.69%) A+ Certification
5 1 (7.69%) CCNP
5 1 (7.69%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (7.69%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (46.15%) Active Directory
1 6 (46.15%) Hyper-V
2 2 (15.38%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 4 (30.77%) WSUS
2 1 (7.69%) Backup Exec
2 1 (7.69%) Cisco UCCX
Vendors
1 10 (76.92%) Microsoft
2 2 (15.38%) Cisco
2 2 (15.38%) Oracle
3 1 (7.69%) NetApp
3 1 (7.69%) SolarWinds
3 1 (7.69%) VMware