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 27 June 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 / Lancashire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 46 24
Rank change year-on-year +3 -22  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1 3 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 0.30% 0.68% 5.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.76% 2.38% 16.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 8
Median daily rate - - £398
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.56% -2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £11.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £26.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year -15.01% +41.33%  

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 132 126 127
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 39.64% 28.51% 32.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 79 60
Median daily rate £460 £432 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.48% +19.17%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £263 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £675 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 9 18
Median hourly rate £40.50 £43.00 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.81% +40.89%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £20.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £43.00 £72.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Lancashire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 7 (87.50%) Oracle
2 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (62.50%) PKI
3 5 (62.50%) Oracle Database 12c
3 5 (62.50%) Oracle Database
4 4 (50.00%) SC Cleared
4 4 (50.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (37.50%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (37.50%) Windows Server
5 3 (37.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (37.50%) Active Directory
5 3 (37.50%) MS Exchange
5 3 (37.50%) DHCP
5 3 (37.50%) DNS
5 3 (37.50%) Windows
5 3 (37.50%) ITIL
5 3 (37.50%) VMware
6 2 (25.00%) Clustering
6 2 (25.00%) Backup Exec
6 2 (25.00%) Symantec
6 2 (25.00%) Change Management
6 2 (25.00%) Manufacturing
6 2 (25.00%) SAN
6 2 (25.00%) MCSE
6 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
6 2 (25.00%) IIS
6 2 (25.00%) SAP
6 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (25.00%) Hyper-V
6 2 (25.00%) NAS

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring 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 3 (37.50%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (37.50%) MS Exchange
2 2 (25.00%) IIS
3 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (12.50%) SharePoint
3 1 (12.50%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (12.50%) Skype for Business
Business Applications
1 2 (25.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (12.50%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (12.50%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Mimecast
1 1 (12.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) DHCP
1 3 (37.50%) DNS
2 2 (25.00%) IP Telephony
2 2 (25.00%) NAS
2 2 (25.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (62.50%) Oracle Database
1 5 (62.50%) Oracle Database 12c
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 2 (25.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Technical Specialist
2 2 (25.00%) Architect
2 2 (25.00%) Security Architect
3 1 (12.50%) Administrator
3 1 (12.50%) Application Security Specialist
3 1 (12.50%) Applications Specialist
3 1 (12.50%) IT Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Security Specialist
3 1 (12.50%) Server Administrator
3 1 (12.50%) Service Desk Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Technical Security Specialist
3 1 (12.50%) VMware Specialist
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Administrator
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 5 (62.50%) PKI
2 2 (25.00%) Clustering
2 2 (25.00%) Life Science
3 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (12.50%) Blackberry
3 1 (12.50%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Windows
1 3 (37.50%) Windows Server
2 1 (12.50%) Windows 7
2 1 (12.50%) Windows 8
2 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) ITIL
2 2 (25.00%) Change Management
2 2 (25.00%) ERP
2 2 (25.00%) Release Management
3 1 (12.50%) Asset Management
3 1 (12.50%) CRM
3 1 (12.50%) Information Security
3 1 (12.50%) IT Asset Management
3 1 (12.50%) ITIL V3
3 1 (12.50%) Line Management
3 1 (12.50%) Service Delivery
3 1 (12.50%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (25.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 4 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (25.00%) MCITP
2 2 (25.00%) MCSE
3 1 (12.50%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (37.50%) Active Directory
1 3 (37.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (25.00%) Hyper-V
3 1 (12.50%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) Backup Exec
1 2 (25.00%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
1 2 (25.00%) WSUS
2 1 (12.50%) SCCM
2 1 (12.50%) SCOM
Vendors
1 7 (87.50%) Oracle
2 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (37.50%) VMware
4 2 (25.00%) Kaseya
4 2 (25.00%) Kaspersky
4 2 (25.00%) SAP
4 2 (25.00%) SolarWinds
4 2 (25.00%) Symantec
5 1 (12.50%) BeyondTrust
5 1 (12.50%) Canon
5 1 (12.50%) Cisco
5 1 (12.50%) Citrix
5 1 (12.50%) HP
5 1 (12.50%) IBM
5 1 (12.50%) MobileIron
5 1 (12.50%) NetApp
5 1 (12.50%) ScanSafe