The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Leeds with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 86 88 75
Rank change year-on-year +2 -13  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 4 9 12
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 0.39% 0.63% 1.02%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.90% 3.95% 7.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 7
Median daily rate £155 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -63.52% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £143 £385 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £167 £445 £395
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -10.00% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 0
Median hourly rate £19.00 £14.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

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 Leeds.

Academic & Professional Certification
Leeds
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 138 228 164
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 13.58% 15.93% 13.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 149 110
Median daily rate £375 £410 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.53% +10.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £300 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 4
Median hourly rate £39.00 £12.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +218.36% -31.94%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Leeds

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Leeds 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 Leeds

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Leeds

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Leeds

For the 6 months to 29 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 Leeds region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 19 (86.36%) Microsoft
2 13 (59.09%) Windows
3 12 (54.55%) Active Directory
4 7 (31.82%) Windows 7
5 6 (27.27%) Windows Server
5 6 (27.27%) MCSE
5 6 (27.27%) SQL
5 6 (27.27%) ITIL
5 6 (27.27%) VMware
5 6 (27.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 5 (22.73%) Linux
6 5 (22.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 5 (22.73%) MCITP
7 4 (18.18%) Data Protection
7 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (18.18%) vSphere
7 4 (18.18%) MCTS
7 4 (18.18%) Citrix
7 4 (18.18%) MS Excel
8 3 (13.64%) MS Exchange
8 3 (13.64%) MCDBA
8 3 (13.64%) SQL Server
8 3 (13.64%) MS Office
8 3 (13.64%) EMC
8 3 (13.64%) SAN
8 3 (13.64%) Firewall
8 3 (13.64%) Migration
8 3 (13.64%) SUSE
8 3 (13.64%) NetBackup
8 3 (13.64%) SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Leeds 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 (13.64%) Exchange Server 2010
1 3 (13.64%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 4 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 3 (13.64%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (13.64%) Firewall
1 3 (13.64%) SAN
2 2 (9.09%) LAN
2 2 (9.09%) TCP/IP
2 2 (9.09%) WAN
3 1 (4.55%) DHCP
3 1 (4.55%) DNS
3 1 (4.55%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) SQL Server
1 3 (13.64%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (9.09%) Big Data
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (4.55%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 2 (9.09%) Banking
1 2 (9.09%) Billing
1 2 (9.09%) Finance
1 2 (9.09%) Legal
1 2 (9.09%) Military
Job Titles
1 7 (31.82%) Analyst
2 6 (27.27%) Service Analyst
2 6 (27.27%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (22.73%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (22.73%) 1st Line Support
3 5 (22.73%) 1st Line Support Analyst
3 5 (22.73%) DBA
3 5 (22.73%) Service Desk Support
3 5 (22.73%) Service Desk Support Analyst
3 5 (22.73%) SQL DBA
4 2 (9.09%) Linux/Unix DevOps
4 2 (9.09%) Server Specialist
4 2 (9.09%) Service Desk Technician
4 2 (9.09%) SQL Server DBA
4 2 (9.09%) Storage Specialist
5 1 (4.55%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (4.55%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 1 (4.55%) Linux Administrator
5 1 (4.55%) Server Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Storage Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Data Centre
2 2 (9.09%) e-Learning
2 2 (9.09%) Fintech
2 2 (9.09%) Management Information System
2 2 (9.09%) Replication
3 1 (4.55%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 13 (59.09%) Windows
2 7 (31.82%) Windows 7
3 6 (27.27%) Windows Server
4 5 (22.73%) Linux
4 5 (22.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (13.64%) SUSE
7 2 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) ITIL
2 4 (18.18%) Data Protection
3 3 (13.64%) Migration
3 3 (13.64%) Problem Management
4 2 (9.09%) Analytics
4 2 (9.09%) Coaching
4 2 (9.09%) Data Modelling
4 2 (9.09%) DevOps
4 2 (9.09%) Document Management
4 2 (9.09%) ETL
4 2 (9.09%) Logistics
4 2 (9.09%) Mathematics
4 2 (9.09%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (9.09%) Process Improvement
4 2 (9.09%) Service Delivery
5 1 (4.55%) ITIL V3
5 1 (4.55%) Web Operations
Programming Languages
1 6 (27.27%) SQL
2 2 (9.09%) C
2 2 (9.09%) PL/SQL
2 2 (9.09%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (27.27%) MCSE
1 6 (27.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 5 (22.73%) MCITP
3 4 (18.18%) MCTS
4 3 (13.64%) Degree
4 3 (13.64%) MCDBA
5 2 (9.09%) A+ Certification
5 2 (9.09%) CCA
5 2 (9.09%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (9.09%) MCDST
6 1 (4.55%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.09%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (54.55%) Active Directory
2 4 (18.18%) vSphere
3 3 (13.64%) VMware Server
4 2 (9.09%) Docker
4 2 (9.09%) vCloud
4 2 (9.09%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (9.09%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (9.09%) VMware GSX
4 2 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (4.55%) Hyper-V
5 1 (4.55%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (13.64%) NetBackup
2 2 (9.09%) Puppet
Vendors
1 19 (86.36%) Microsoft
2 6 (27.27%) VMware
3 4 (18.18%) Citrix
4 3 (13.64%) Brocade
4 3 (13.64%) EMC
5 2 (9.09%) Cisco
5 2 (9.09%) Oracle
5 2 (9.09%) Red Hat
5 2 (9.09%) Xerox
6 1 (4.55%) Veeam