Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 170 150 155
Rank change year-on-year -20 +5 -51
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 52 51 82
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.85% 0.90% 1.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.61% 5.02% 5.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 22 37
North West median daily rate £350 £435 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -19.54% +45.00% -6.25%
10th Percentile £180 £213 £110
90th Percentile £524 £538 £443
England median daily rate £350 £347 £330
% change year-on-year +0.86% +5.15% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 7
North West median hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +18.52% -14.39%
10th Percentile £10.90 £11.00 £11.15
90th Percentile £16.30 £16.50 £17.20
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.13 £18.28
% change year-on-year +3.14% -0.79% +3.02%

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 1,127 1,015 1,601
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.33% 17.89% 20.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 662 538 858
North West median daily rate £413 £410 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.61% +0.06% +5.06%
10th Percentile £210 £242 £255
90th Percentile £587 £550 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 104 76
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £42.87
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% -6.68% +24.25%
10th Percentile £13.88 £13.90 £12.34
90th Percentile £67.50 £54.40 £58.53
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -15.25% +7.27% +22.22%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -27 27 £325 -26.14% 32
Cheshire -7 8 £363 +61.11% 10
Lancashire -9 7 £506 +113.16% 1
Merseyside - 6 £288 - 3
Cumbria -9 1 £225 -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 33 (63.46%) MCSE
2 31 (59.62%) Windows
3 27 (51.92%) Microsoft
4 26 (50.00%) ITIL
5 20 (38.46%) Active Directory
6 17 (32.69%) Windows Server
6 17 (32.69%) Problem-Solving
7 16 (30.77%) VMware
8 12 (23.08%) SAN
8 12 (23.08%) MCSA
8 12 (23.08%) MCITP
8 12 (23.08%) MCTS
9 11 (21.15%) Hyper-V
9 11 (21.15%) SQL Server
10 10 (19.23%) Cisco
10 10 (19.23%) Microsoft Azure
10 10 (19.23%) DevOps
10 10 (19.23%) SCCM
10 10 (19.23%) PowerShell
11 9 (17.31%) Security Cleared
12 8 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
12 8 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
12 8 (15.38%) Office 365
12 8 (15.38%) SC Cleared
12 8 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
12 8 (15.38%) DNS
12 8 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (15.38%) Linux
12 8 (15.38%) NetApp
13 7 (13.46%) Scrum

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 6 (11.54%) MS Exchange
2 5 (9.62%) SharePoint
3 4 (7.69%) Skype for Business
4 3 (5.77%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (3.85%) IIS
6 1 (1.92%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.92%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 6 (11.54%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.92%) InfoPath
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.92%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.92%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.92%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 10 (19.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (15.38%) Office 365
3 1 (1.92%) Azure Machine Learning
3 1 (1.92%) G Suite
3 1 (1.92%) GitHub
3 1 (1.92%) IaaS
3 1 (1.92%) PaaS
3 1 (1.92%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (23.08%) SAN
2 8 (15.38%) DNS
3 7 (13.46%) VPN
4 5 (9.62%) DHCP
4 5 (9.62%) TCP/IP
5 4 (7.69%) LAN
5 4 (7.69%) Skype
6 3 (5.77%) Internet
6 3 (5.77%) WAN
6 3 (5.77%) Wireless
7 2 (3.85%) Firewall
7 2 (3.85%) Remote Desktop
8 1 (1.92%) Cisco ASA
8 1 (1.92%) Cisco IOS
8 1 (1.92%) NAS
8 1 (1.92%) Network Security
8 1 (1.92%) VoIP
8 1 (1.92%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (21.15%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.85%) Azure SQL Database
2 2 (3.85%) Big Data
2 2 (3.85%) Oracle Database
2 2 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.92%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.92%) MySQL
3 1 (1.92%) OLTP
3 1 (1.92%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (7.69%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (3.85%) Jenkins
2 2 (3.85%) Subversion
2 2 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.92%) Cucumber
3 1 (1.92%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.92%) JMeter
3 1 (1.92%) Selenium
General
1 3 (5.77%) Back Office
2 2 (3.85%) Retail
3 1 (1.92%) Banking
3 1 (1.92%) Law
3 1 (1.92%) Marketing
3 1 (1.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (13.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 6 (11.54%) Systems Engineer
3 5 (9.62%) Analyst
3 5 (9.62%) DBA
3 5 (9.62%) IT Support
3 5 (9.62%) Support Engineer
4 4 (7.69%) Architect
4 4 (7.69%) Infrastructure Support
4 4 (7.69%) SQL DBA
5 3 (5.77%) Administrator
5 3 (5.77%) Azure Architect
5 3 (5.77%) Azure Consultant
5 3 (5.77%) Consultant
5 3 (5.77%) Desktop Support
5 3 (5.77%) Developer
5 3 (5.77%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 3 (5.77%) SQL Server DBA
6 2 (3.85%) Active Directory Engineer
6 2 (3.85%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
6 2 (3.85%) Technical Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.62%) .NET
2 4 (7.69%) JSON
3 2 (3.85%) .NET Framework
3 2 (3.85%) Entity Framework
3 2 (3.85%) REST
3 2 (3.85%) SOAP
3 2 (3.85%) Web Services
3 2 (3.85%) XML
4 1 (1.92%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.92%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
1 4 (7.69%) Data Centre
2 3 (5.77%) Driving Licence
3 2 (3.85%) Clustering
3 2 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.85%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.85%) PKI
3 2 (3.85%) User Experience
4 1 (1.92%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.92%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.92%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.92%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 31 (59.62%) Windows
2 17 (32.69%) Windows Server
3 8 (15.38%) Linux
3 8 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (11.54%) AIX
4 6 (11.54%) Windows 7
4 6 (11.54%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (9.62%) HPUX
5 5 (9.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 5 (9.62%) Solaris
6 4 (7.69%) Windows XP
7 2 (3.85%) Unix
7 2 (3.85%) Windows 10
7 2 (3.85%) Windows 8
7 2 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.92%) Android
8 1 (1.92%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.92%) Data ONTAP
8 1 (1.92%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (50.00%) ITIL
2 17 (32.69%) Problem-Solving
3 10 (19.23%) DevOps
4 8 (15.38%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (13.46%) Scrum
6 6 (11.54%) PRINCE2
6 6 (11.54%) Project Management
6 6 (11.54%) Service Management
7 5 (9.62%) Change Management
7 5 (9.62%) ITSM
8 4 (7.69%) Migration
8 4 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
9 3 (5.77%) Continuous Integration
10 2 (3.85%) Analytics
10 2 (3.85%) Capacity Planning
10 2 (3.85%) Continuous Improvement
10 2 (3.85%) Customer Engagement
10 2 (3.85%) Dependency Injection
10 2 (3.85%) Time Management
10 2 (3.85%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (19.23%) PowerShell
2 7 (13.46%) SQL
3 6 (11.54%) VB
4 4 (7.69%) C#
4 4 (7.69%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.85%) Java
5 2 (3.85%) VB.NET
5 2 (3.85%) VBScript
6 1 (1.92%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.92%) Python
6 1 (1.92%) R
6 1 (1.92%) Scala
6 1 (1.92%) VBA
Qualifications
1 33 (63.46%) MCSE
2 12 (23.08%) MCITP
2 12 (23.08%) MCSA
2 12 (23.08%) MCTS
3 9 (17.31%) Security Cleared
4 8 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (15.38%) SC Cleared
5 7 (13.46%) MCP
6 6 (11.54%) CCNA
6 6 (11.54%) Degree
6 6 (11.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (3.85%) A+ Certification
7 2 (3.85%) CCNP
7 2 (3.85%) CompTIA Security+
7 2 (3.85%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (3.85%) MCDST
8 1 (1.92%) CEH
8 1 (1.92%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.92%) ISEB
8 1 (1.92%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (11.54%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (38.46%) Active Directory
2 11 (21.15%) Hyper-V
3 8 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.85%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (3.85%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (3.85%) VMware NSX
4 2 (3.85%) vSphere
5 1 (1.92%) XenApp
5 1 (1.92%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.92%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (19.23%) SCCM
2 7 (13.46%) SCOM
3 4 (7.69%) SCVMM
4 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (3.85%) vCenter Server
5 1 (1.92%) AirWatch
5 1 (1.92%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.92%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.92%) HP SIM
5 1 (1.92%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.92%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.92%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (1.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 27 (51.92%) Microsoft
2 16 (30.77%) VMware
3 10 (19.23%) Cisco
4 8 (15.38%) NetApp
5 7 (13.46%) Citrix
5 7 (13.46%) EMC
6 5 (9.62%) Red Hat
6 5 (9.62%) Sun
7 4 (7.69%) Bomgar
8 3 (5.77%) Altiris
8 3 (5.77%) HP
9 2 (3.85%) McAfee
9 2 (3.85%) Oracle
9 2 (3.85%) Symantec
9 2 (3.85%) Veritas
10 1 (1.92%) Apple
10 1 (1.92%) arcserve
10 1 (1.92%) Avaya
10 1 (1.92%) Dell
10 1 (1.92%) IBM