Period
to 20 January 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 January 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 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 144 157 152
Rank change year-on-year +13 -5 -40
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 58 52 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.07% 0.85% 1.08%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.02% 4.63% 5.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 28 59
North West median daily rate £325 £271 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.82% -27.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £210 £103 £175
90th Percentile £588 £536 £500
England median daily rate £340 £350 £350
% change year-on-year -2.86% - +0.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 15
North West median hourly rate £12.25 £16.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.44% -5.88% +19.30%
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.28 £14.85
90th Percentile £19.02 £21.00 £43.63
England median hourly rate £14.65 £17.06 £16.92
% change year-on-year -14.13% +0.83% +0.48%

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 964 1,122 1,554
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.84% 18.31% 18.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 574 670 874
North West median daily rate £410 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £209 £213 £255
90th Percentile £584 £625 £555
England median daily rate £440 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +3.53% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 69 94
North West median hourly rate £33.75 £28.00 £31.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.54% -11.14% +61.80%
10th Percentile £13.84 £11.91 £15.92
90th Percentile £57.25 £53.10 £50.41
England median hourly rate £23.50 £26.25 £26.25
% change year-on-year -10.48% - +38.16%

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 January 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
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 January 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 +26 31 £325 +68.83% 29
Cheshire +20 17 £313 -28.57% 17
Lancashire 0 6 £425 +51.79% 5
Merseyside +8 2 £220 -37.14% 6
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 (68.97%) Microsoft
2 32 (55.17%) Active Directory
3 29 (50.00%) MCSE
4 28 (48.28%) MCSA
5 27 (46.55%) Windows
6 23 (39.66%) ITIL
7 20 (34.48%) VMware
7 20 (34.48%) Windows Server
8 17 (29.31%) DNS
8 17 (29.31%) Microsoft Azure
9 15 (25.86%) MS Exchange
10 13 (22.41%) VMware Infrastructure
11 11 (18.97%) Office 365
11 11 (18.97%) DHCP
12 10 (17.24%) Citrix
12 10 (17.24%) Agile Software Development
12 10 (17.24%) MCITP
13 9 (15.52%) SCCM
13 9 (15.52%) Amazon AWS
13 9 (15.52%) Windows 7
13 9 (15.52%) Microsoft Office
14 8 (13.79%) .NET
14 8 (13.79%) HP
14 8 (13.79%) LAN
14 8 (13.79%) WAN
14 8 (13.79%) Windows Server 2012
14 8 (13.79%) Fortinet
14 8 (13.79%) X++
14 8 (13.79%) Dynamics AX
14 8 (13.79%) Banking

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 15 (25.86%) MS Exchange
2 5 (8.62%) SharePoint
3 3 (5.17%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (5.17%) SharePoint Server
4 2 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (3.45%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.72%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 9 (15.52%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (13.79%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (29.31%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (18.97%) Office 365
3 9 (15.52%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (6.90%) PaaS
5 3 (5.17%) IaaS
6 1 (1.72%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (1.72%) OneDrive
6 1 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (29.31%) DNS
2 11 (18.97%) DHCP
3 8 (13.79%) LAN
3 8 (13.79%) WAN
4 6 (10.34%) VPN
5 5 (8.62%) Remote Desktop
5 5 (8.62%) SAN
6 4 (6.90%) VoIP
7 3 (5.17%) Firewall
7 3 (5.17%) ISDN
7 3 (5.17%) MPLS
7 3 (5.17%) NAS
7 3 (5.17%) TCP/IP
8 2 (3.45%) Junos
8 2 (3.45%) Network Security
8 2 (3.45%) SSL
8 2 (3.45%) VLAN
9 1 (1.72%) Internet
9 1 (1.72%) PBX
9 1 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (12.07%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.34%) Oracle Database
3 4 (6.90%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.72%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (1.72%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.72%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 7 (12.07%) HP UFT
2 4 (6.90%) JMeter
3 3 (5.17%) MorphX
3 3 (5.17%) Visual Studio
4 2 (3.45%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (1.72%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 8 (13.79%) Banking
2 5 (8.62%) Finance
3 4 (6.90%) Telecoms
4 3 (5.17%) Local Government
5 2 (3.45%) General Ledger
5 2 (3.45%) Legal
5 2 (3.45%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.72%) Advertising
6 1 (1.72%) Billing
6 1 (1.72%) Dutch Language
6 1 (1.72%) French Language
6 1 (1.72%) German Language
6 1 (1.72%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (1.72%) Retail
6 1 (1.72%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 11 (18.97%) Analyst
2 8 (13.79%) Support Analyst
3 7 (12.07%) Consultant
3 7 (12.07%) Developer
4 6 (10.34%) 3rd Line Support
4 6 (10.34%) Dynamics AX Developer
5 5 (8.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (6.90%) 2nd Line Support
6 4 (6.90%) Infrastructure Support
6 4 (6.90%) IT Analyst
6 4 (6.90%) IT Support
6 4 (6.90%) IT Support Analyst
6 4 (6.90%) Support Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) Desktop Support
7 3 (5.17%) Infrastructure Consultant
7 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Consultant
7 3 (5.17%) Office 365 Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) Systems Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) Test Analyst
7 3 (5.17%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (13.79%) .NET
2 4 (6.90%) Web Services
3 1 (1.72%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.72%) Ajax
3 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (1.72%) CSS
3 1 (1.72%) HTML
3 1 (1.72%) JSON
3 1 (1.72%) KnockoutJS
3 1 (1.72%) RESTful
3 1 (1.72%) SOAP
3 1 (1.72%) WCF
3 1 (1.72%) WinForms
3 1 (1.72%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (5.17%) Data Centre
1 3 (5.17%) Management Information System
2 2 (3.45%) Cyberthreat
2 2 (3.45%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.45%) Public Cloud
3 1 (1.72%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.72%) Blackberry
3 1 (1.72%) BYOD
3 1 (1.72%) Fat Client
3 1 (1.72%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.72%) Smartphone
3 1 (1.72%) Thin Client
3 1 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 27 (46.55%) Windows
2 20 (34.48%) Windows Server
3 9 (15.52%) Windows 7
4 8 (13.79%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (12.07%) Linux
6 6 (10.34%) Windows Server 2008
7 5 (8.62%) Unix
7 5 (8.62%) Windows 10
8 3 (5.17%) Apple iOS
8 3 (5.17%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (3.45%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (39.66%) ITIL
2 10 (17.24%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (10.34%) Migration
3 6 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
3 6 (10.34%) Test Automation
4 5 (8.62%) Mentoring
4 5 (8.62%) PRINCE2
4 5 (8.62%) Service Management
5 4 (6.90%) Customer Requirements
5 4 (6.90%) Performance Testing
5 4 (6.90%) System Integration Testing
5 4 (6.90%) Time Management
6 3 (5.17%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (5.17%) Cybersecurity
6 3 (5.17%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (5.17%) IT Strategy
6 3 (5.17%) Network Design
6 3 (5.17%) Virtual Infrastructure
6 3 (5.17%) Workflow
7 2 (3.45%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 8 (13.79%) X++
2 6 (10.34%) PowerShell
3 5 (8.62%) C#
3 5 (8.62%) SQL
4 4 (6.90%) Java
4 4 (6.90%) VB
4 4 (6.90%) VB.NET
4 4 (6.90%) VBScript
5 2 (3.45%) Python
6 1 (1.72%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 29 (50.00%) MCSE
2 28 (48.28%) MCSA
3 10 (17.24%) MCITP
4 6 (10.34%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (8.62%) CCNA
5 5 (8.62%) ISEB
5 5 (8.62%) MCP
5 5 (8.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (6.90%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (6.90%) MCSD
7 3 (5.17%) CISSP
7 3 (5.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (3.45%) MCTS
8 2 (3.45%) Network+ Certification
9 1 (1.72%) A+ Certification
9 1 (1.72%) CCA
9 1 (1.72%) CCDP
9 1 (1.72%) CISM
9 1 (1.72%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (1.72%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.07%) SLA
2 1 (1.72%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 32 (55.17%) Active Directory
2 13 (22.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (10.34%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (6.90%) Hyper-V
5 2 (3.45%) ProxySG
6 1 (1.72%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (1.72%) Xen
6 1 (1.72%) XenApp
6 1 (1.72%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (15.52%) SCCM
2 7 (12.07%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (5.17%) NetBackup
4 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (3.45%) SCOM
4 2 (3.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (3.45%) vCenter Server
5 1 (1.72%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 40 (68.97%) Microsoft
2 20 (34.48%) VMware
3 10 (17.24%) Citrix
4 8 (13.79%) Fortinet
4 8 (13.79%) HP
5 6 (10.34%) Oracle
6 3 (5.17%) Apple
7 2 (3.45%) Blue Coat
7 2 (3.45%) CheckPoint
7 2 (3.45%) Cisco
7 2 (3.45%) Juniper
7 2 (3.45%) Palo Alto
7 2 (3.45%) Veeam
8 1 (1.72%) IronPort
8 1 (1.72%) Lotus
8 1 (1.72%) Nimble Storage
8 1 (1.72%) Polycom
8 1 (1.72%) SolarWinds