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 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 109 124 65
Rank change year-on-year +15 -59  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 30 35 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.02% 0.92% 2.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.67% 4.48% 12.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 16 40
Median daily rate £440 £315 £307
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +39.68% +2.72%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £323 £175 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £375 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.56% -2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 17
Median hourly rate £11.00 £13.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.38% -3.70%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £26.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year -15.01% +41.33%  

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 West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 529 781 754
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 17.96% 20.57% 20.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 438 362
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £273 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £570 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 27 75
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +91.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £12.53 £11.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.00 £47.39 £52.08
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 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 3 months to 27 June 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 3 months to 27 June 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
Manchester +23 25 £440 +49.78% 23
Cheshire +15 2 £225 -29.13% 10
Lancashire +3 1 - - 2
Cumbria - 1 - - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 40 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 29 (53.70%) Windows
3 25 (46.30%) Active Directory
4 23 (42.59%) MCP
5 21 (38.89%) ITIL
6 20 (37.04%) Windows Server
7 19 (35.19%) Exchange Server 2010
7 19 (35.19%) MCSE
7 19 (35.19%) MS Exchange
8 17 (31.48%) Office 365
8 17 (31.48%) Windows Server 2012
9 16 (29.63%) VMware
10 15 (27.78%) MCSA
10 15 (27.78%) Citrix
10 15 (27.78%) Windows 10
10 15 (27.78%) Windows Server 2008
11 13 (24.07%) VMware Infrastructure
11 13 (24.07%) DHCP
11 13 (24.07%) DNS
12 12 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
13 11 (20.37%) Security Cleared
14 10 (18.52%) SC Cleared
14 10 (18.52%) Microsoft Azure
14 10 (18.52%) HP
15 9 (16.67%) PowerShell
16 8 (14.81%) Life Science
16 8 (14.81%) Windows 7
16 8 (14.81%) Data Centre
16 8 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2013
16 8 (14.81%) Oracle

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 19 (35.19%) Exchange Server 2010
1 19 (35.19%) MS Exchange
2 8 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (9.26%) SharePoint
4 3 (5.56%) IIS
4 3 (5.56%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.85%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (1.85%) CMS
5 1 (1.85%) Confluence
5 1 (1.85%) EPiServer
5 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.85%) SharePoint Foundation
5 1 (1.85%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (1.85%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (1.85%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.85%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (22.22%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (3.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 17 (31.48%) Office 365
2 10 (18.52%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (7.41%) Yammer
4 2 (3.70%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.85%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 13 (24.07%) DHCP
1 13 (24.07%) DNS
2 5 (9.26%) Firewall
2 5 (9.26%) LAN
2 5 (9.26%) WAN
3 3 (5.56%) NAS
3 3 (5.56%) SAN
4 2 (3.70%) IP Telephony
4 2 (3.70%) VoIP
5 1 (1.85%) AMQP
5 1 (1.85%) Internet
5 1 (1.85%) Intranet
5 1 (1.85%) iSCSI
5 1 (1.85%) Network Security
5 1 (1.85%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.85%) VPN
5 1 (1.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (14.81%) SQL Server
2 6 (11.11%) Oracle Database
3 5 (9.26%) Oracle Database 12c
4 3 (5.56%) NoSQL
5 2 (3.70%) RDBMS
5 2 (3.70%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (3.70%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (1.85%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (1.85%) Power BI
6 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 4 (7.41%) JIRA
2 2 (3.70%) AccuRev
3 1 (1.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (1.85%) HP UFT
General
1 8 (14.81%) Manufacturing
2 3 (5.56%) Finance
3 2 (3.70%) Games
4 1 (1.85%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 13 (24.07%) Analyst
2 8 (14.81%) Support Analyst
3 7 (12.96%) Identity and Access Management Engineer
4 6 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
5 5 (9.26%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 5 (9.26%) Service Analyst
5 5 (9.26%) Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) Architect
6 4 (7.41%) Desktop Support
6 4 (7.41%) Developer
6 4 (7.41%) IT Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) 1st Line Support
7 3 (5.56%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
7 3 (5.56%) PC Support
7 3 (5.56%) Support Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Analyst
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Specialist
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Support
7 3 (5.56%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (11.11%) .NET
2 3 (5.56%) ASP.NET
3 2 (3.70%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (3.70%) Web Services
4 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 1 (1.85%) ASP.NET Web Forms
4 1 (1.85%) CSS
4 1 (1.85%) HTML
4 1 (1.85%) JMS
4 1 (1.85%) WCF
4 1 (1.85%) WinForms
4 1 (1.85%) WPF
4 1 (1.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (14.81%) Data Centre
1 8 (14.81%) Life Science
2 7 (12.96%) Enterprise Software
3 5 (9.26%) PKI
3 5 (9.26%) Video Conferencing
4 4 (7.41%) iPad
5 3 (5.56%) Clustering
5 3 (5.56%) Computer Science
6 2 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.70%) Blackberry
6 2 (3.70%) Online Games
7 1 (1.85%) Handset
7 1 (1.85%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.85%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 29 (53.70%) Windows
2 20 (37.04%) Windows Server
3 17 (31.48%) Windows Server 2012
4 15 (27.78%) Windows 10
4 15 (27.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (14.81%) Windows 7
6 2 (3.70%) Linux
6 2 (3.70%) Windows 8
6 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (3.70%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.85%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.85%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (38.89%) ITIL
2 7 (12.96%) Cybersecurity
2 7 (12.96%) Identity Access Management
2 7 (12.96%) Password Management
3 6 (11.11%) ITIL V3
4 4 (7.41%) Compliance Management
4 4 (7.41%) IT Strategy
4 4 (7.41%) Problem Management
4 4 (7.41%) Service Management
5 3 (5.56%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (5.56%) Migration
5 3 (5.56%) Project Management
6 2 (3.70%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (3.70%) Change Management
6 2 (3.70%) CRM
6 2 (3.70%) ERP
6 2 (3.70%) High Availability
6 2 (3.70%) MVC
6 2 (3.70%) PRINCE
6 2 (3.70%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 5 (9.26%) SQL
3 3 (5.56%) C#
4 1 (1.85%) Java
4 1 (1.85%) JavaScript
4 1 (1.85%) T-SQL
4 1 (1.85%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (42.59%) MCP
2 19 (35.19%) MCSE
3 15 (27.78%) MCSA
4 11 (20.37%) Security Cleared
5 10 (18.52%) SC Cleared
6 7 (12.96%) MCITP
7 5 (9.26%) CCNA
7 5 (9.26%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (9.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (7.41%) Degree
9 3 (5.56%) ACSP
9 3 (5.56%) HP AIS
9 3 (5.56%) MCDST
9 3 (5.56%) MCPD
9 3 (5.56%) MCTS
9 3 (5.56%) Network+ Certification
10 2 (3.70%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (3.70%) DV Cleared
11 1 (1.85%) NCDA
11 1 (1.85%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.70%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (3.70%) SLA
2 1 (1.85%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 25 (46.30%) Active Directory
2 13 (24.07%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.56%) Hyper-V
3 3 (5.56%) vSphere
4 2 (3.70%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.85%) BitLocker
5 1 (1.85%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 5 (9.26%) SCCM
2 2 (3.70%) Backup Exec
2 2 (3.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
2 2 (3.70%) WMI
2 2 (3.70%) WSUS
3 1 (1.85%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (1.85%) SCOM
Vendors
1 40 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 16 (29.63%) VMware
3 15 (27.78%) Citrix
4 10 (18.52%) HP
5 8 (14.81%) Oracle
6 7 (12.96%) Cisco
7 5 (9.26%) Polycom
8 4 (7.41%) Apple
8 4 (7.41%) ServiceNow
9 3 (5.56%) NetApp
10 2 (3.70%) Atlassian
10 2 (3.70%) iManage
10 2 (3.70%) Kaseya
10 2 (3.70%) Kaspersky
10 2 (3.70%) SAP
10 2 (3.70%) SolarWinds
10 2 (3.70%) Symantec
11 1 (1.85%) Canon
11 1 (1.85%) Fortinet
11 1 (1.85%) Sitecore