The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
North West / Lancashire
Rank 26 42 35
Rank change year-on-year +16 -7  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 7 9 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 3.33% 2.10% 1.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.29% 6.12% 5.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 3
Median daily rate £523 £250 £321
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +109.00% -22.08%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £190 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £544 £290 £404
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £308
% change year-on-year -8.57% +13.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Median hourly rate - £13.50 £11.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +22.72%  
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 Lancashire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Lancashire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 96 147 127
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 45.71% 34.35% 33.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 82 67
Median daily rate £500 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £260 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £460 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 17 12
Median hourly rate £47.50 £38.00 £41.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -8.90%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.80 £13.50 £25.12
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £52.15 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Lancashire 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 Lancashire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Lancashire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Lancashire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 3 months to 24 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
Preston - 5 £523 -
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 24 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 10 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 8 (53.33%) ITIL
2 8 (53.33%) MCSE
2 8 (53.33%) Oracle
2 8 (53.33%) VMware
3 6 (40.00%) Backup Exec
3 6 (40.00%) Windows
3 6 (40.00%) Oracle Database 12c
3 6 (40.00%) Oracle Database
4 5 (33.33%) PKI
4 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (33.33%) MS Exchange
4 5 (33.33%) SQL Server
5 4 (26.67%) IIS
5 4 (26.67%) SQL
5 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
5 4 (26.67%) SC Cleared
5 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
5 4 (26.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (26.67%) Windows Server
6 3 (20.00%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (20.00%) RHCE
6 3 (20.00%) SAN
6 3 (20.00%) Symantec
6 3 (20.00%) Remedy
6 3 (20.00%) NetBackup
6 3 (20.00%) .NET
6 3 (20.00%) ASP.NET
6 3 (20.00%) SOAP
6 3 (20.00%) Web Services

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire 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 5 (33.33%) MS Exchange
2 4 (26.67%) IIS
3 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (6.67%) Apache
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
1 1 (6.67%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (6.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (20.00%) DHCP
1 3 (20.00%) SAN
2 2 (13.33%) DNS
2 2 (13.33%) IP Telephony
2 2 (13.33%) NAS
3 1 (6.67%) Firewall
3 1 (6.67%) LAN
3 1 (6.67%) VPN
3 1 (6.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (40.00%) Oracle Database
1 6 (40.00%) Oracle Database 12c
2 5 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 5 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (13.33%) RDBMS
3 2 (13.33%) Relational Database
4 1 (6.67%) MySQL
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Visual Studio
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 2 (13.33%) Banking
1 2 (13.33%) Finance
1 2 (13.33%) Manufacturing
1 2 (13.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) Administrator
2 3 (20.00%) Backup Administrator
2 3 (20.00%) Technical Specialist
3 2 (13.33%) .NET Developer
3 2 (13.33%) Architect
3 2 (13.33%) Developer
3 2 (13.33%) Security Architect
4 1 (6.67%) Application Security Specialist
4 1 (6.67%) Applications Specialist
4 1 (6.67%) DBA
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Oracle DBA
4 1 (6.67%) Security Specialist
4 1 (6.67%) Server Administrator
4 1 (6.67%) SQL DBA
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server DBA
4 1 (6.67%) Technical Security Specialist
4 1 (6.67%) VMware Specialist
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Administrator
4 1 (6.67%) Wintel Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (20.00%) .NET
1 3 (20.00%) ASP.NET
1 3 (20.00%) SOAP
1 3 (20.00%) Web Services
2 2 (13.33%) .NET Framework
2 2 (13.33%) Ajax
2 2 (13.33%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (13.33%) CSS
2 2 (13.33%) HTML
2 2 (13.33%) KnockoutJS
2 2 (13.33%) RESTful
2 2 (13.33%) WCF
2 2 (13.33%) WinForms
2 2 (13.33%) XML
3 1 (6.67%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (33.33%) PKI
2 2 (13.33%) Clustering
2 2 (13.33%) Life Science
2 2 (13.33%) Management Information System
3 1 (6.67%) AS400
3 1 (6.67%) Oracle Licensing
3 1 (6.67%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (40.00%) Windows
2 4 (26.67%) Windows Server
3 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (6.67%) CentOS
4 1 (6.67%) Linux
4 1 (6.67%) Windows 10
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) ITIL
2 2 (13.33%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (13.33%) Change Management
2 2 (13.33%) ERP
2 2 (13.33%) MVC
2 2 (13.33%) OO
2 2 (13.33%) OOD
2 2 (13.33%) Release Management
2 2 (13.33%) Service Management
2 2 (13.33%) Software Engineering
2 2 (13.33%) Unit Testing
3 1 (6.67%) Capacity Planning
3 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Management
3 1 (6.67%) ITIL V3
3 1 (6.67%) ITSM
3 1 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (6.67%) Server Monitoring
3 1 (6.67%) Software Licensing
3 1 (6.67%) Technical Analysis
3 1 (6.67%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (26.67%) SQL
2 2 (13.33%) C#
2 2 (13.33%) JavaScript
2 2 (13.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (6.67%) PHP
3 1 (6.67%) PL/SQL
3 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
3 1 (6.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (53.33%) MCSE
2 4 (26.67%) SC Cleared
2 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
3 3 (20.00%) RHCE
4 2 (13.33%) Degree
4 2 (13.33%) MCITP
4 2 (13.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (6.67%) CCNA
5 1 (6.67%) CESG Certified Professional
5 1 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
System Software
1 4 (26.67%) Active Directory
1 4 (26.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (20.00%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (13.33%) Hyper-V
4 1 (6.67%) MetaFrame
4 1 (6.67%) VMware ESX
4 1 (6.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (40.00%) Backup Exec
2 3 (20.00%) NetBackup
3 2 (13.33%) SCCM
3 2 (13.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 2 (13.33%) WSUS
4 1 (6.67%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (6.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 10 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 8 (53.33%) Oracle
2 8 (53.33%) VMware
3 3 (20.00%) Remedy
3 3 (20.00%) Symantec
4 2 (13.33%) Kaseya
4 2 (13.33%) Kaspersky
4 2 (13.33%) SAP
4 2 (13.33%) SolarWinds
5 1 (6.67%) Canon
5 1 (6.67%) Cisco
5 1 (6.67%) Citrix
5 1 (6.67%) Dell
5 1 (6.67%) EqualLogic
5 1 (6.67%) Intel Security
5 1 (6.67%) Veeam