Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 November 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
England > North West
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 136 167 123
Rank change year-on-year +31 -44 -33
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 63 56 126
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.12% 0.82% 1.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.42% 4.42% 7.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 27 77
North West median daily rate £325 £225 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.44% -35.71% +16.35%
10th Percentile £211 £101 £133
90th Percentile £570 £423 £500
England median daily rate £333 £338 £331
% change year-on-year -1.48% +1.89% +1.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 16
North West median hourly rate £14.35 £15.43 £16.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.03% -8.81% +6.28%
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.05 £12.25
90th Percentile £19.25 £21.00 £47.71
England median hourly rate £16.00 £21.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -23.81% +23.53% -

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 981 1267 1712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.37% 18.55% 19.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 562 749 962
North West median daily rate £400 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £207 £225 £253
90th Percentile £550 £595 £572
England median daily rate £425 £422 £400
% change year-on-year +0.83% +5.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 58 109
North West median hourly rate £38.75 £26.25 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.62% -13.99% +45.33%
10th Percentile £14.49 £12.14 £15.47
90th Percentile £51.20 £53.15 £55.00
England median hourly rate £25.12 £25.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.49% +7.37% +25.00%

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 19 November 2017.

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
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 19 November 2017. 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 +37 40 £400 +83.91% 9
Cheshire +17 17 £313 +14.68% 5
Lancashire +7 3 £276 +47.45% 2
Merseyside +1 2 £220 -39.31% 2
Cumbria -4 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 West region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 43 (68.25%) Microsoft
2 33 (52.38%) ITIL
3 30 (47.62%) Active Directory
4 29 (46.03%) MCSE
5 28 (44.44%) MCSA
6 25 (39.68%) Windows
7 22 (34.92%) MS Exchange
8 18 (28.57%) VMware
8 18 (28.57%) Office 365
9 15 (23.81%) DNS
9 15 (23.81%) Windows Server
10 14 (22.22%) HP
10 14 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
11 12 (19.05%) Citrix
11 12 (19.05%) DHCP
12 11 (17.46%) Exchange Server 2010
12 11 (17.46%) VMware Infrastructure
12 11 (17.46%) SCCM
13 10 (15.87%) MCITP
13 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
13 10 (15.87%) Microsoft Azure
13 10 (15.87%) MCP
14 9 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
14 9 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
14 9 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
14 9 (14.29%) Fortinet
14 9 (14.29%) Windows 10
15 8 (12.70%) X++
15 8 (12.70%) Dynamics AX
15 8 (12.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

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 22 (34.92%) MS Exchange
2 11 (17.46%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (6.35%) SharePoint
4 3 (4.76%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (4.76%) SharePoint Server
5 2 (3.17%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 1 (1.59%) IBM Notes
6 1 (1.59%) IIS
6 1 (1.59%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.59%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (12.70%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (3.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 18 (28.57%) Office 365
2 10 (15.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (7.94%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (6.35%) Yammer
5 3 (4.76%) PaaS
6 2 (3.17%) IaaS
7 1 (1.59%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (1.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (23.81%) DNS
2 12 (19.05%) DHCP
3 8 (12.70%) LAN
3 8 (12.70%) WAN
4 4 (6.35%) Firewall
4 4 (6.35%) VoIP
4 4 (6.35%) VPN
5 3 (4.76%) ISDN
5 3 (4.76%) NAS
5 3 (4.76%) SAN
6 2 (3.17%) Junos
6 2 (3.17%) MPLS
6 2 (3.17%) Network Security
6 2 (3.17%) SSL
6 2 (3.17%) TCP/IP
6 2 (3.17%) VLAN
7 1 (1.59%) Internet
7 1 (1.59%) IP Telephony
7 1 (1.59%) PBX
7 1 (1.59%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 5 (7.94%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.59%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.59%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (1.59%) Power BI
3 1 (1.59%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.59%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (12.70%) HP UFT
2 4 (6.35%) JMeter
3 3 (4.76%) MorphX
3 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (12.70%) Banking
2 6 (9.52%) Finance
3 4 (6.35%) Manufacturing
4 3 (4.76%) Legal
4 3 (4.76%) Local Government
4 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
5 2 (3.17%) General Ledger
6 1 (1.59%) Advertising
6 1 (1.59%) Dutch Language
6 1 (1.59%) French Language
6 1 (1.59%) German Language
6 1 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.59%) Retail
6 1 (1.59%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 18 (28.57%) Analyst
2 13 (20.63%) Support Analyst
3 9 (14.29%) 3rd Line Support
4 8 (12.70%) Developer
5 6 (9.52%) Dynamics AX Developer
6 5 (7.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (7.94%) Infrastructure Support
6 5 (7.94%) Support Engineer
7 4 (6.35%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) IT Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) IT Support
7 4 (6.35%) IT Support Analyst
7 4 (6.35%) Office 365 Engineer
7 4 (6.35%) Test Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) 2nd Line Support
8 3 (4.76%) 3rd Line Technical Support
8 3 (4.76%) Desktop Support
8 3 (4.76%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) Service Analyst
8 3 (4.76%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (12.70%) .NET
2 4 (6.35%) Web Services
3 1 (1.59%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.59%) Ajax
3 1 (1.59%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.59%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (1.59%) CSS
3 1 (1.59%) HTML
3 1 (1.59%) KnockoutJS
3 1 (1.59%) RESTful
3 1 (1.59%) SOAP
3 1 (1.59%) WCF
3 1 (1.59%) WinForms
3 1 (1.59%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.94%) Data Centre
2 3 (4.76%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.17%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.17%) Cyberthreat
3 2 (3.17%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (3.17%) Life Science
3 2 (3.17%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.17%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.59%) BYOD
4 1 (1.59%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.59%) Fat Client
4 1 (1.59%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.59%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.59%) Smartphone
4 1 (1.59%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 25 (39.68%) Windows
2 15 (23.81%) Windows Server
3 10 (15.87%) Windows 7
4 9 (14.29%) Windows 10
4 9 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (7.94%) Linux
5 5 (7.94%) Unix
6 3 (4.76%) Apple iOS
6 3 (4.76%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (52.38%) ITIL
2 9 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (11.11%) Service Management
4 6 (9.52%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (9.52%) Test Automation
5 5 (7.94%) IT Strategy
5 5 (7.94%) Mentoring
5 5 (7.94%) Problem Management
6 4 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (6.35%) Compliance Management
6 4 (6.35%) Customer Requirements
6 4 (6.35%) Cybersecurity
6 4 (6.35%) Performance Testing
6 4 (6.35%) PRINCE2
6 4 (6.35%) System Integration Testing
6 4 (6.35%) Time Management
7 3 (4.76%) Change Management
7 3 (4.76%) CRM
7 3 (4.76%) Migration
7 3 (4.76%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (12.70%) PowerShell
1 8 (12.70%) X++
2 5 (7.94%) C#
2 5 (7.94%) SQL
3 4 (6.35%) Java
3 4 (6.35%) VB
3 4 (6.35%) VB.NET
3 4 (6.35%) VBScript
4 1 (1.59%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.59%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 29 (46.03%) MCSE
2 28 (44.44%) MCSA
3 10 (15.87%) MCITP
3 10 (15.87%) MCP
4 8 (12.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 6 (9.52%) ITIL Certification
6 5 (7.94%) ISEB
7 4 (6.35%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (4.76%) ACSP
8 3 (4.76%) CCNA
8 3 (4.76%) CISSP
8 3 (4.76%) HP AIS
8 3 (4.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 3 (4.76%) Network+ Certification
9 2 (3.17%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (3.17%) Degree
9 2 (3.17%) MCSD
10 1 (1.59%) CCDP
10 1 (1.59%) CCIE
10 1 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.94%) SLA
2 2 (3.17%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 30 (47.62%) Active Directory
2 11 (17.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (6.35%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (4.76%) Hyper-V
4 3 (4.76%) vSphere
5 2 (3.17%) ProxySG
5 2 (3.17%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.59%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (1.59%) Xen
6 1 (1.59%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (17.46%) SCCM
2 8 (12.70%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (4.76%) NetBackup
4 2 (3.17%) WMI
5 1 (1.59%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.59%) SCOM
5 1 (1.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (1.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.59%) WSUS
Vendors
1 43 (68.25%) Microsoft
2 18 (28.57%) VMware
3 14 (22.22%) HP
4 12 (19.05%) Citrix
5 9 (14.29%) Fortinet
6 6 (9.52%) Apple
7 5 (7.94%) Oracle
8 4 (6.35%) Cisco
8 4 (6.35%) ServiceNow
9 3 (4.76%) Juniper
10 2 (3.17%) Blue Coat
10 2 (3.17%) CheckPoint
10 2 (3.17%) iManage
10 2 (3.17%) Palo Alto
10 2 (3.17%) Polycom
11 1 (1.59%) Kaseya
11 1 (1.59%) Kaspersky
11 1 (1.59%) Nimble Storage
11 1 (1.59%) Snow
11 1 (1.59%) Xerox