The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
North West / Merseyside
Rank 38 36 30
Rank change year-on-year -2 -6  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1 3 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 0.31% 0.89% 2.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.75% 4.05% 9.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 3
Median daily rate £363 £450 £200
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.44% +125.00%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £16.50 -
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 Merseyside.

Academic & Professional Certification
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 57 74 86
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 17.65% 21.96% 25.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 53 42
Median daily rate £385 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £281 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £488 £700
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 0
Median hourly rate £12.00 £16.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.27% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Merseyside

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Merseyside

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 23 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
Liverpool 0 1 £363 -19.44% 5
Microsoft Certification
North West

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 23 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 1 (50.00%) C#
1 1 (50.00%) SQL
1 1 (50.00%) .NET
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (50.00%) Web Services
1 1 (50.00%) OO
1 1 (50.00%) MCSE
1 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (50.00%) LAN
1 1 (50.00%) WAN
1 1 (50.00%) SLA
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (50.00%) CCNA
1 1 (50.00%) CCA
1 1 (50.00%) Citrix Certification
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (50.00%) Firewall
1 1 (50.00%) MVC
1 1 (50.00%) CMS
1 1 (50.00%) Content Management
1 1 (50.00%) Umbraco
1 1 (50.00%) EPiServer
1 1 (50.00%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (50.00%) Sitecore
1 1 (50.00%) SolarWinds
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
1 1 (50.00%) Performance Monitoring

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside 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 (50.00%) CMS
1 1 (50.00%) EPiServer
1 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (50.00%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (50.00%) Umbraco
Communications & Networking
1 1 (50.00%) Firewall
1 1 (50.00%) LAN
1 1 (50.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) .NET Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Developer
1 1 (50.00%) EPiServer Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Sitecore Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) .NET
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (50.00%) ASP.NET Web Forms
1 1 (50.00%) Web Services
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Content Management
1 1 (50.00%) Continuous Improvement
1 1 (50.00%) MVC
1 1 (50.00%) OO
1 1 (50.00%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) C#
1 1 (50.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (50.00%) CCA
1 1 (50.00%) CCNA
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (50.00%) Citrix Certification
1 1 (50.00%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) SLA
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) Cisco
1 1 (50.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (50.00%) Sitecore
1 1 (50.00%) SolarWinds