The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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
England / North East
Rank 80 69 54
Rank change year-on-year -11 -15  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 5 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 0.68% 0.35% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.84% 1.15% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 1 2
Median daily rate £290 £240 £221
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.83% +8.47%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £308
% change year-on-year -8.57% +13.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £12.50 £14.60 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.38% -  
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 the North East.

Academic & Professional Certification
North East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 176 262 159
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 23.95% 30.15% 25.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 178 86
Median daily rate £360 £323 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.62% -0.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 11
Median hourly rate £37.50 £16.99 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +120.71% +5.13%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.60 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.70 £18.50 £27.50
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 the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 the North East

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the North East

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the North East

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East 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
Tyne and Wear -10 4 £290 +20.83% 4
Durham - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

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 North East region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 17 (77.27%) Microsoft
2 16 (72.73%) Windows
2 16 (72.73%) MCSE
3 14 (63.64%) Active Directory
4 12 (54.55%) Windows Server
5 11 (50.00%) Security Cleared
6 10 (45.45%) Exchange Server 2010
6 10 (45.45%) Office 365
6 10 (45.45%) DNS
6 10 (45.45%) MS Exchange
6 10 (45.45%) SharePoint
7 9 (40.91%) DHCP
7 9 (40.91%) MS Office
7 9 (40.91%) Windows Server 2003
7 9 (40.91%) Skype for Business
7 9 (40.91%) Skype
7 9 (40.91%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (36.36%) SC Cleared
8 8 (36.36%) Exchange Server 2013
8 8 (36.36%) MS Excel
9 7 (31.82%) ITIL
9 7 (31.82%) Blackberry
9 7 (31.82%) SharePoint 2013
9 7 (31.82%) Mobile Device Management
9 7 (31.82%) Hyper-V
9 7 (31.82%) Office Communications Server
9 7 (31.82%) Trend Micro
9 7 (31.82%) Visualisation
9 7 (31.82%) SharePoint 2010
9 7 (31.82%) Android

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the North East 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 10 (45.45%) Exchange Server 2010
1 10 (45.45%) MS Exchange
1 10 (45.45%) SharePoint
2 9 (40.91%) Skype for Business
3 8 (36.36%) Exchange Server 2013
4 7 (31.82%) Office Communications Server
4 7 (31.82%) SharePoint 2010
4 7 (31.82%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (4.55%) IIS
Applications
1 9 (40.91%) MS Office
2 8 (36.36%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 10 (45.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (45.45%) DNS
2 9 (40.91%) DHCP
2 9 (40.91%) Skype
3 3 (13.64%) Firewall
4 2 (9.09%) VPN
4 2 (9.09%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (4.55%) Internet
5 1 (4.55%) Intranet
5 1 (4.55%) Kerberos
5 1 (4.55%) LDAP
5 1 (4.55%) TCP/IP
5 1 (4.55%) Unified Communications
5 1 (4.55%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.55%) DTS
General
1 1 (4.55%) Advertising
1 1 (4.55%) Finance
1 1 (4.55%) Legal
Job Titles
1 7 (31.82%) Consultant
1 7 (31.82%) Messaging Support
1 7 (31.82%) Support Consultant
2 6 (27.27%) Messaging Consultant
3 2 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (9.09%) Administrator
3 2 (9.09%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 2 (9.09%) IT Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Support Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Active Directory Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Collaboration Consultant
4 1 (4.55%) Desktop Support
4 1 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Office 365 Specialist
4 1 (4.55%) Support Analyst
4 1 (4.55%) Support Specialist
4 1 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) Middleware
1 1 (4.55%) REST
1 1 (4.55%) SOAP
1 1 (4.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (31.82%) Blackberry
2 3 (13.64%) Computer Science
3 2 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.55%) AS400
4 1 (4.55%) Clustering
4 1 (4.55%) Mainframe
4 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 1 (4.55%) PKI
4 1 (4.55%) Replication
4 1 (4.55%) Tandem
4 1 (4.55%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 16 (72.73%) Windows
2 12 (54.55%) Windows Server
3 9 (40.91%) Windows Server 2003
3 9 (40.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (31.82%) Android
4 7 (31.82%) Apple iOS
5 3 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (9.09%) Linux
6 2 (9.09%) Unix
6 2 (9.09%) Windows 7
7 1 (4.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (31.82%) ITIL
1 7 (31.82%) Mobile Device Management
1 7 (31.82%) Visualisation
2 3 (13.64%) Continuous Improvement
2 3 (13.64%) Disaster Recovery
2 3 (13.64%) ITSM
2 3 (13.64%) Migration
2 3 (13.64%) Service Management
3 2 (9.09%) Content Management
3 2 (9.09%) ITIL V3
4 1 (4.55%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (4.55%) Change Control
4 1 (4.55%) Incident Management
4 1 (4.55%) IT Strategy
4 1 (4.55%) Load Balancing
4 1 (4.55%) Mathematics
4 1 (4.55%) Network Management
4 1 (4.55%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (4.55%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (4.55%) SAP Security
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.55%) C
1 1 (4.55%) PowerShell
1 1 (4.55%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 16 (72.73%) MCSE
2 11 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 8 (36.36%) SC Cleared
4 5 (22.73%) Degree
5 4 (18.18%) MCSA
6 3 (13.64%) MCP
7 2 (9.09%) CCNA
7 2 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (4.55%) A+ Certification
8 1 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (4.55%) CCA
8 1 (4.55%) CCNP
8 1 (4.55%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (4.55%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (4.55%) MCDBA
8 1 (4.55%) MCDST
8 1 (4.55%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (4.55%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (63.64%) Active Directory
2 7 (31.82%) Hyper-V
3 2 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (4.55%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Clustering
1 1 (4.55%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 17 (77.27%) Microsoft
2 7 (31.82%) Trend Micro
3 3 (13.64%) VMware
4 2 (9.09%) EMC
5 1 (4.55%) Citrix
5 1 (4.55%) Oracle
5 1 (4.55%) Polycom
5 1 (4.55%) SAP
5 1 (4.55%) Veritas