Period
to 18 January 2019

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 18 January 2019 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
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 150 148 169
Rank change year-on-year -2 +21 -17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 62 58 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.10% 1.06% 0.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.00% 5.92% 4.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 42 28
North West median daily rate £317 £325 £271
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.62% +19.82% -27.67%
10th Percentile £143 £210 £103
90th Percentile £588 £588 £531
England median daily rate £388 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +13.97% -2.86% +2.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 10
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £12.25 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +63.27% -23.44% -5.88%
10th Percentile £18.91 £11.00 £13.28
90th Percentile £38.29 £19.02 £21.00
England median hourly rate £17.50 £14.45 £17.06
% change year-on-year +21.11% -15.30% +1.31%

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 1,033 980 1,145
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.25% 17.96% 18.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 584 587 685
North West median daily rate £425 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% -3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £225 £210 £213
90th Percentile £600 £586 £625
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +3.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 72 68
North West median hourly rate £34.95 £35.63 £27.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.89% +28.38% -9.08%
10th Percentile £16.52 £14.95 £11.83
90th Percentile £53.00 £57.25 £53.15
England median hourly rate £28.72 £23.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year +22.19% -7.84% -1.92%

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 18 January 2019.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the North West over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 18 January 2019. 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 +7 49 £338 +3.85% 23
Merseyside -4 4 £169 -23.30% 7
Cheshire -9 4 £500 +60.00% 9
Lancashire -20 3 £275 -35.29% 3
Cumbria - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, 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 55 (88.71%) Microsoft
2 43 (69.35%) Windows
3 38 (61.29%) MCSE
4 33 (53.23%) Active Directory
5 26 (41.94%) MCSA
5 26 (41.94%) Microsoft Azure
6 25 (40.32%) ITIL
6 25 (40.32%) VMware
7 20 (32.26%) PowerShell
8 19 (30.65%) DNS
9 17 (27.42%) Office 365
10 16 (25.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 16 (25.81%) Windows Server
11 15 (24.19%) Cisco
12 14 (22.58%) Migration
13 13 (20.97%) .NET
13 13 (20.97%) Degree
14 12 (19.35%) Change Control
14 12 (19.35%) DevOps
14 12 (19.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 12 (19.35%) Management Information System
15 11 (17.74%) MCP
15 11 (17.74%) CRM
15 11 (17.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
15 11 (17.74%) VMware Infrastructure
16 10 (16.13%) Dynamics 365
16 10 (16.13%) Google Cloud Platform
16 10 (16.13%) C#
16 10 (16.13%) Dell
16 10 (16.13%) Cisco Certification

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 7 (11.29%) CMS
1 7 (11.29%) Drupal
1 7 (11.29%) MS Exchange
2 4 (6.45%) SharePoint
3 2 (3.23%) Apache
3 2 (3.23%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.61%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 9 (14.52%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 10 (16.13%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 26 (41.94%) Microsoft Azure
2 17 (27.42%) Office 365
3 10 (16.13%) Dynamics 365
3 10 (16.13%) Google Cloud Platform
4 7 (11.29%) Boomi
5 1 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.61%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (1.61%) Mimecast
5 1 (1.61%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (30.65%) DNS
2 7 (11.29%) TCP/IP
2 7 (11.29%) VoIP
2 7 (11.29%) VPN
3 6 (9.68%) DHCP
3 6 (9.68%) SAN
4 4 (6.45%) Firewall
5 3 (4.84%) Fibre Channel
5 3 (4.84%) LAN
5 3 (4.84%) WAN
6 2 (3.23%) iSCSI
6 2 (3.23%) NAS
6 2 (3.23%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (3.23%) Skype
6 2 (3.23%) Wireless
7 1 (1.61%) Cisco ASA
7 1 (1.61%) Internet
7 1 (1.61%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (14.52%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.23%) DB2
2 2 (3.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (3.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.61%) OLTP
3 1 (1.61%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 4 (6.45%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (6.45%) Visual Studio Team System
2 3 (4.84%) Octopus Deploy
3 1 (1.61%) Git (software)
3 1 (1.61%) GitLab
3 1 (1.61%) InstallShield
3 1 (1.61%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.61%) MSBuild
3 1 (1.61%) MSI
3 1 (1.61%) TeamCity
3 1 (1.61%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (11.29%) Retail
2 3 (4.84%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.61%) Banking
3 1 (1.61%) Finance
3 1 (1.61%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 11 (17.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 11 (17.74%) Technical Engineer
2 9 (14.52%) 2nd Line Support
3 8 (12.90%) Consultant
3 8 (12.90%) Support Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Active Directory Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Developer
5 6 (9.68%) Azure Consultant
6 4 (6.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
7 2 (3.23%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) Azure Architect
7 2 (3.23%) Azure Developer
7 2 (3.23%) Azure Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) DevOps Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) Infrastructure Support
7 2 (3.23%) IT Engineer
7 2 (3.23%) IT Support
7 2 (3.23%) Senior Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (20.97%) .NET
2 9 (14.52%) JSON
3 7 (11.29%) REST
3 7 (11.29%) SOAP
3 7 (11.29%) WSDL
3 7 (11.29%) XML
4 3 (4.84%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.61%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 12 (19.35%) Management Information System
2 4 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.45%) Data Centre
3 2 (3.23%) Driving Licence
3 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.23%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (1.61%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.61%) Public Cloud
4 1 (1.61%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 43 (69.35%) Windows
2 16 (25.81%) Windows Server
2 16 (25.81%) Windows Server 2012
3 8 (12.90%) Windows 7
4 4 (6.45%) Windows 10
5 3 (4.84%) Windows 8
5 3 (4.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (3.23%) HPUX
6 2 (3.23%) Linux
6 2 (3.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (3.23%) Solaris
6 2 (3.23%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (3.23%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.61%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (40.32%) ITIL
2 14 (22.58%) Migration
3 12 (19.35%) Change Control
3 12 (19.35%) DevOps
4 11 (17.74%) CRM
4 11 (17.74%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 9 (14.52%) Informatics
5 9 (14.52%) Problem-Solving
6 7 (11.29%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (11.29%) Content Management
6 7 (11.29%) Deployment Automation
6 7 (11.29%) Requirements Analysis
6 7 (11.29%) Test Automation
7 5 (8.06%) ITSM
8 4 (6.45%) Coaching
8 4 (6.45%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (4.84%) Customer Requirements
9 3 (4.84%) MVC
9 3 (4.84%) OOP
9 3 (4.84%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 20 (32.26%) PowerShell
2 10 (16.13%) C#
3 6 (9.68%) SQL
4 3 (4.84%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.23%) PHP
5 2 (3.23%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.23%) VB
6 1 (1.61%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 38 (61.29%) MCSE
2 26 (41.94%) MCSA
3 13 (20.97%) Degree
4 12 (19.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 11 (17.74%) MCP
6 10 (16.13%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (14.52%) CCNA
8 5 (8.06%) MCITP
9 4 (6.45%) MCTS
10 3 (4.84%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (3.23%) MCDST
11 2 (3.23%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (1.61%) CCNP
12 1 (1.61%) SC Cleared
12 1 (1.61%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.68%) SLA
System Software
1 33 (53.23%) Active Directory
2 11 (17.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (12.90%) Hyper-V
4 5 (8.06%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (6.45%) vSphere
6 2 (3.23%) Docker
6 2 (3.23%) NFS
6 2 (3.23%) Xen
7 1 (1.61%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.61%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (11.29%) SCCM
2 6 (9.68%) SCOM
3 2 (3.23%) Grafana
3 2 (3.23%) Kubernetes
3 2 (3.23%) Nagios
3 2 (3.23%) SCVMM
3 2 (3.23%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 2 (3.23%) vRealize
4 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (1.61%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 55 (88.71%) Microsoft
2 25 (40.32%) VMware
3 15 (24.19%) Cisco
4 10 (16.13%) Dell
4 10 (16.13%) Google
5 9 (14.52%) Oracle
6 7 (11.29%) Citrix
6 7 (11.29%) Informatica
6 7 (11.29%) MuleSoft
7 6 (9.68%) HP
8 5 (8.06%) Fortinet
9 3 (4.84%) IronPort
9 3 (4.84%) Nimble Storage
9 3 (4.84%) Veeam
10 2 (3.23%) BMC
10 2 (3.23%) Brocade
10 2 (3.23%) Juniper
10 2 (3.23%) Polycom
10 2 (3.23%) ServiceNow
10 2 (3.23%) Sun