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 30 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.

Microsoft Certification
England / North West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 106 121 116
Rank change year-on-year +15 -5  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 25 40 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.96% 1.03% 1.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.21% 4.92% 5.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 15 13
Median daily rate £490 £263 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +86.66% -12.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £110 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £455 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £310
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 6 9
Median hourly rate £16.00 £15.75 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.58% -6.47%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £12.75 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.80 £26.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

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 480 813 747
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.45% 20.90% 20.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 276 412 341
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 49 70
Median hourly rate £42.50 £41.50 £46.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.40% -11.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £62.50 £59.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.07% +73.33%  

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 30 March 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 30 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
Lancashire +15 7 £523 +109.00%
Manchester +5 7 £350 +218.18% 14
Cheshire +29 6 - - 7
Cumbria - 4 - -
Merseyside 0 1 £363 -23.68% 5
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 30 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 West region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 31 (64.58%) Windows
2 30 (62.50%) Microsoft
3 29 (60.42%) MCSE
4 25 (52.08%) Active Directory
5 20 (41.67%) VMware
6 19 (39.58%) Windows Server
7 18 (37.50%) ITIL
8 14 (29.17%) VMware Infrastructure
9 13 (27.08%) MCP
9 13 (27.08%) Citrix
10 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
11 11 (22.92%) Windows 7
11 11 (22.92%) Windows Server 2012
12 10 (20.83%) Windows Server 2008
12 10 (20.83%) Firewall
12 10 (20.83%) MCSA
12 10 (20.83%) MS Office
12 10 (20.83%) Cisco
13 9 (18.75%) SQL
13 9 (18.75%) SQL Server
13 9 (18.75%) Manufacturing
13 9 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2010
13 9 (18.75%) Life Science
14 8 (16.67%) MCITP
14 8 (16.67%) Windows 10
14 8 (16.67%) CCNA
14 8 (16.67%) DHCP
14 8 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
15 7 (14.58%) Oracle
15 7 (14.58%) Security Cleared

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 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 9 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (8.33%) IIS
4 3 (6.25%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (2.08%) CMS
5 1 (2.08%) Confluence
5 1 (2.08%) EPiServer
5 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.08%) IBM Notes
5 1 (2.08%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (2.08%) SharePoint Foundation
5 1 (2.08%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (2.08%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (2.08%) Umbraco
Applications
1 10 (20.83%) MS Office
2 4 (8.33%) MS Excel
3 2 (4.17%) MS Visio
4 1 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.08%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (4.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (2.08%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.08%) Office 365
3 1 (2.08%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 10 (20.83%) Firewall
2 8 (16.67%) DHCP
3 6 (12.50%) DNS
3 6 (12.50%) LAN
3 6 (12.50%) WAN
4 3 (6.25%) SAN
4 3 (6.25%) VPN
5 2 (4.17%) IP Telephony
5 2 (4.17%) NAS
5 2 (4.17%) VoIP
6 1 (2.08%) Internet
6 1 (2.08%) Intranet
6 1 (2.08%) Network Security
6 1 (2.08%) TCP/IP
6 1 (2.08%) VLAN
6 1 (2.08%) Wireless
6 1 (2.08%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 5 (10.42%) Oracle Database
2 5 (10.42%) Oracle Database 12c
2 5 (10.42%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (6.25%) RDBMS
3 3 (6.25%) Relational Database
4 2 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.08%) NoSQL
5 1 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (6.25%) JIRA
1 3 (6.25%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.08%) AccuRev
2 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (18.75%) Manufacturing
2 6 (12.50%) Finance
3 3 (6.25%) Banking
4 2 (4.17%) Local Government
4 2 (4.17%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.08%) Games
Job Titles
1 11 (22.92%) Analyst
2 6 (12.50%) IT Analyst
2 6 (12.50%) Service Analyst
2 6 (12.50%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (10.42%) 2nd Line Support
3 5 (10.42%) Administrator
3 5 (10.42%) Architect
3 5 (10.42%) Support Analyst
4 4 (8.33%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (8.33%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 4 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (8.33%) Developer
4 4 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (6.25%) .NET Developer
5 3 (6.25%) Active Directory Support
5 3 (6.25%) Backup Administrator
5 3 (6.25%) Exchange Support
5 3 (6.25%) Technical Specialist
6 2 (4.17%) Infrastructure Architect
6 2 (4.17%) Security Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (12.50%) .NET
2 5 (10.42%) Web Services
3 4 (8.33%) ASP.NET
4 3 (6.25%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (6.25%) XML
5 2 (4.17%) .NET Framework
5 2 (4.17%) Ajax
5 2 (4.17%) CSS
5 2 (4.17%) HTML
5 2 (4.17%) KnockoutJS
5 2 (4.17%) RESTful
5 2 (4.17%) SOAP
5 2 (4.17%) WCF
5 2 (4.17%) WinForms
6 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (2.08%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.75%) Life Science
2 6 (12.50%) Video Conferencing
3 5 (10.42%) PKI
4 4 (8.33%) iPad
5 3 (6.25%) Data Centre
5 3 (6.25%) Management Information System
6 2 (4.17%) Clustering
7 1 (2.08%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (2.08%) AS400
7 1 (2.08%) Blackberry
7 1 (2.08%) Computer Science
7 1 (2.08%) Handset
7 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Licensing
7 1 (2.08%) NHS
7 1 (2.08%) Online Games
7 1 (2.08%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 31 (64.58%) Windows
2 19 (39.58%) Windows Server
3 11 (22.92%) Windows 7
3 11 (22.92%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (20.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (16.67%) Windows 10
6 3 (6.25%) Windows XP
7 2 (4.17%) Windows 8
7 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (2.08%) Apple iOS
8 1 (2.08%) Linux
8 1 (2.08%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (37.50%) ITIL
2 4 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (6.25%) MVC
3 3 (6.25%) OO
3 3 (6.25%) Service Management
4 2 (4.17%) Change Management
4 2 (4.17%) ERP
4 2 (4.17%) Migration
4 2 (4.17%) OOD
4 2 (4.17%) PRINCE
4 2 (4.17%) PRINCE2
4 2 (4.17%) Release Management
4 2 (4.17%) Software Engineering
4 2 (4.17%) Time Management
4 2 (4.17%) Unit Testing
4 2 (4.17%) Validation
5 1 (2.08%) Business Analysis
5 1 (2.08%) Content Management
5 1 (2.08%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (2.08%) Document Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (18.75%) SQL
2 4 (8.33%) C#
3 3 (6.25%) PowerShell
4 2 (4.17%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.08%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.08%) VB
5 1 (2.08%) VB6
Qualifications
1 29 (60.42%) MCSE
2 13 (27.08%) MCP
3 10 (20.83%) MCSA
4 8 (16.67%) CCNA
4 8 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (16.67%) MCITP
5 7 (14.58%) Security Cleared
6 5 (10.42%) SC Cleared
7 3 (6.25%) CCA
7 3 (6.25%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (6.25%) Degree
7 3 (6.25%) MCTS
7 3 (6.25%) RHCE
8 2 (4.17%) MCDST
8 2 (4.17%) VCAP
8 2 (4.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (2.08%) DV Cleared
9 1 (2.08%) MCPD
9 1 (2.08%) NCDA
9 1 (2.08%) NCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.25%) SLA
2 1 (2.08%) Cyber Essentials
2 1 (2.08%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 25 (52.08%) Active Directory
2 14 (29.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (6.25%) Hyper-V
3 3 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (4.17%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.08%) Shibboleth
5 1 (2.08%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (2.08%) VMware ESX
5 1 (2.08%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (12.50%) Backup Exec
2 4 (8.33%) SCCM
3 3 (6.25%) NetBackup
4 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (4.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 2 (4.17%) WSUS
5 1 (2.08%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (2.08%) SCOM
Vendors
1 30 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 20 (41.67%) VMware
3 13 (27.08%) Citrix
4 10 (20.83%) Cisco
5 7 (14.58%) Oracle
6 6 (12.50%) HP
6 6 (12.50%) Polycom
7 3 (6.25%) Remedy
7 3 (6.25%) SolarWinds
7 3 (6.25%) Symantec
8 2 (4.17%) Kaseya
8 2 (4.17%) Kaspersky
8 2 (4.17%) SAP
9 1 (2.08%) Atlassian
9 1 (2.08%) Canon
9 1 (2.08%) Dell
9 1 (2.08%) EqualLogic
9 1 (2.08%) Infor
9 1 (2.08%) Sitecore
9 1 (2.08%) Veeam
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