Period
to 20 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 October 2018 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
England > North West
6 months to
20 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 152 140 165
Rank change year-on-year -12 +25 -65
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 66 66 68
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.12% 1.18% 0.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.92% 6.82% 4.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 47 36
North West median daily rate £321 £350 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.36% +24.44% -19.64%
10th Percentile £173 £213 £104
90th Percentile £561 £538 £425
England median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year +3.70% +2.27% -1.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 8
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £15.85 £14.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.22% +6.63% -12.17%
10th Percentile £12.20 £12.30 £12.65
90th Percentile £44.71 £20.35 £21.00
England median hourly rate £16.35 £16.08 £19.70
% change year-on-year +1.68% -18.38% +12.57%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,114 968 1,397
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.96% 17.26% 19.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 656 548 812
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £421
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.04% +5.31%
10th Percentile £219 £211 £248
90th Percentile £588 £550 £600
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 79 61
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.50% +45.45% -7.47%
10th Percentile £14.13 £15.77 £12.08
90th Percentile £64.00 £55.50 £53.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £25.31
% change year-on-year -3.85% +2.73% +11.25%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the North West over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the North West over the 6 months to 20 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the North West

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 6 months to 20 October 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -11 44 £331 -22.97% 35
Merseyside +18 7 £175 - 14
Lancashire -20 5 £275 -0.45% 8
Cheshire -12 4 £425 +44.68% 12
Cumbria -2 2 £225 - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 20 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 46 (69.70%) Microsoft
2 44 (66.67%) Windows
3 41 (62.12%) MCSE
4 29 (43.94%) ITIL
4 29 (43.94%) Active Directory
5 25 (37.88%) VMware
6 24 (36.36%) MCSA
7 23 (34.85%) Microsoft Azure
8 21 (31.82%) Windows Server
9 18 (27.27%) Office 365
9 18 (27.27%) PowerShell
10 15 (22.73%) Cisco
11 14 (21.21%) DNS
12 13 (19.70%) DevOps
13 12 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
13 12 (18.18%) SCCM
13 12 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
14 11 (16.67%) Hyper-V
14 11 (16.67%) Degree
14 11 (16.67%) Citrix
14 11 (16.67%) .NET
15 10 (15.15%) VMware Infrastructure
15 10 (15.15%) Windows 7
15 10 (15.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 9 (13.64%) JSON
16 9 (13.64%) MCITP
16 9 (13.64%) MCTS
16 9 (13.64%) MCP
16 9 (13.64%) MS Exchange
16 9 (13.64%) Cisco Certification

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 9 (13.64%) MS Exchange
2 6 (9.09%) CMS
2 6 (9.09%) Drupal
3 3 (4.55%) Skype for Business
4 2 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (3.03%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.52%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (10.61%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (9.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.52%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 23 (34.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (27.27%) Office 365
3 6 (9.09%) Boomi
3 6 (9.09%) Dynamics 365
3 6 (9.09%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (1.52%) G Suite
4 1 (1.52%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 14 (21.21%) DNS
2 9 (13.64%) SAN
2 9 (13.64%) VPN
3 7 (10.61%) DHCP
3 7 (10.61%) VoIP
4 6 (9.09%) TCP/IP
5 5 (7.58%) LAN
5 5 (7.58%) WAN
6 4 (6.06%) Firewall
6 4 (6.06%) Wireless
7 3 (4.55%) Skype
8 2 (3.03%) Cisco ASA
8 2 (3.03%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (3.03%) Internet
8 2 (3.03%) iSCSI
8 2 (3.03%) NAS
8 2 (3.03%) Remote Desktop
9 1 (1.52%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.03%) OLTP
2 2 (3.03%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.52%) Power BI
3 1 (1.52%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (6.06%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (3.03%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.52%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.52%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.52%) InstallShield
3 1 (1.52%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.52%) JMeter
3 1 (1.52%) MSBuild
3 1 (1.52%) MSI
3 1 (1.52%) Selenium
3 1 (1.52%) Subversion
3 1 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.52%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (9.09%) Retail
2 4 (6.06%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.52%) Back Office
3 1 (1.52%) Banking
3 1 (1.52%) Law
Job Titles
1 10 (15.15%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 9 (13.64%) 2nd Line Support
3 8 (12.12%) Technical Engineer
4 7 (10.61%) Support Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) IT Support
6 5 (7.58%) Azure Consultant
6 5 (7.58%) Consultant
7 4 (6.06%) Active Directory Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) Developer
7 4 (6.06%) IT Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Architect
8 3 (4.55%) Azure Architect
8 3 (4.55%) Field Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
9 2 (3.03%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 2 (3.03%) Azure Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.67%) .NET
2 9 (13.64%) JSON
3 7 (10.61%) REST
3 7 (10.61%) SOAP
3 7 (10.61%) XML
4 6 (9.09%) WSDL
5 1 (1.52%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.52%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.52%) SAML
5 1 (1.52%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.61%) Data Centre
2 6 (9.09%) Management Information System
3 4 (6.06%) Driving Licence
4 3 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.03%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.52%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.52%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.52%) PKI
6 1 (1.52%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 44 (66.67%) Windows
2 21 (31.82%) Windows Server
3 12 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (15.15%) Windows 7
5 7 (10.61%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (9.09%) Linux
7 5 (7.58%) Windows 8
7 5 (7.58%) Windows XP
8 4 (6.06%) AIX
9 3 (4.55%) HPUX
9 3 (4.55%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (4.55%) Solaris
9 3 (4.55%) Windows 10
10 2 (3.03%) Unix
10 2 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (1.52%) Data ONTAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (43.94%) ITIL
2 13 (19.70%) DevOps
3 12 (18.18%) Problem-Solving
4 10 (15.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 8 (12.12%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (12.12%) Migration
6 7 (10.61%) CRM
6 7 (10.61%) Deployment Automation
6 7 (10.61%) Test Automation
7 6 (9.09%) Change Control
7 6 (9.09%) Content Management
7 6 (9.09%) Informatics
7 6 (9.09%) Requirements Analysis
8 5 (7.58%) Change Management
8 5 (7.58%) ITSM
8 5 (7.58%) PRINCE2
8 5 (7.58%) Service Management
9 4 (6.06%) Stakeholder Management
10 3 (4.55%) Customer Requirements
11 2 (3.03%) Network Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 18 (27.27%) PowerShell
2 8 (12.12%) C#
3 6 (9.09%) SQL
3 6 (9.09%) VB
4 3 (4.55%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.03%) VBScript
6 1 (1.52%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 1 (1.52%) Java
6 1 (1.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 41 (62.12%) MCSE
2 24 (36.36%) MCSA
3 11 (16.67%) Degree
4 9 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
4 9 (13.64%) MCITP
4 9 (13.64%) MCP
4 9 (13.64%) MCTS
5 7 (10.61%) CCNA
6 6 (9.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 5 (7.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (6.06%) SC Cleared
8 4 (6.06%) Security Cleared
9 2 (3.03%) CCNP
9 2 (3.03%) CompTIA Security+
9 2 (3.03%) MCDST
10 1 (1.52%) CEH
10 1 (1.52%) ISEB
10 1 (1.52%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.61%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (43.94%) Active Directory
2 11 (16.67%) Hyper-V
3 10 (15.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.03%) Docker
4 2 (3.03%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (3.03%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (3.03%) Xen
4 2 (3.03%) XenApp
5 1 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (1.52%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.52%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (18.18%) SCCM
2 8 (12.12%) SCOM
3 3 (4.55%) SCVMM
4 2 (3.03%) Kubernetes
5 1 (1.52%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.52%) HP SIM
5 1 (1.52%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.52%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 46 (69.70%) Microsoft
2 25 (37.88%) VMware
3 15 (22.73%) Cisco
4 11 (16.67%) Citrix
5 8 (12.12%) Dell
5 8 (12.12%) Oracle
6 7 (10.61%) Google
7 6 (9.09%) Fortinet
7 6 (9.09%) Informatica
7 6 (9.09%) MuleSoft
8 5 (7.58%) HP
8 5 (7.58%) NetApp
9 4 (6.06%) Altiris
9 4 (6.06%) EMC
10 3 (4.55%) Red Hat
10 3 (4.55%) Sun
11 2 (3.03%) BMC
11 2 (3.03%) Juniper
11 2 (3.03%) McAfee
11 2 (3.03%) Micro Focus