Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 173 159 169
Rank change year-on-year -14 +10 -30
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 46 44 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.80% 0.80% 0.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.46% 4.31% 4.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 16 35
North West median daily rate £430 £356 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.70% +18.75% -3.49%
10th Percentile £200 £172 £118
90th Percentile £588 £575 £468
England median daily rate £350 £340 £350
% change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 11
North West median hourly rate £11.50 £16.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.13% -4.99% +29.54%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £12.75
90th Percentile £15.10 £18.24 £37.50
England median hourly rate £16.35 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -13.95% +11.76% +7.80%

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 1,032 1,021 1,622
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.86% 18.62% 20.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 602 572 864
North West median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £208 £235 £255
90th Percentile £588 £575 £574
England median daily rate £450 £425 £414
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.66% +3.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 100 77
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £39.75 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.95% +1.92% +48.23%
10th Percentile £11.50 £12.83 £15.85
90th Percentile £67.50 £53.00 £57.75
England median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £27.44
% change year-on-year -21.67% +9.33% +40.72%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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 -5 21 £300 -14.29% 35
Cheshire -19 11 £575 +4.55% 8
Lancashire -10 8 £430 +53.57% 3
Merseyside +13 4 £220 -38.25% 2
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 31 (67.39%) Microsoft
2 25 (54.35%) Windows
3 24 (52.17%) MCSE
4 20 (43.48%) Active Directory
5 18 (39.13%) Microsoft Azure
6 17 (36.96%) Windows Server
7 15 (32.61%) ITIL
8 14 (30.43%) MCSA
9 13 (28.26%) VMware
10 10 (21.74%) SQL Server
11 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Office
11 8 (17.39%) CCNA
11 8 (17.39%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (17.39%) SAN
11 8 (17.39%) Migration
11 8 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
11 8 (17.39%) DevOps
11 8 (17.39%) MCTS
11 8 (17.39%) MCITP
11 8 (17.39%) PowerShell
11 8 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
12 7 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
12 7 (15.22%) Hyper-V
12 7 (15.22%) Windows Server 2012
12 7 (15.22%) Remote Desktop
12 7 (15.22%) DNS
13 6 (13.04%) VPN
13 6 (13.04%) Citrix
13 6 (13.04%) SQL
13 6 (13.04%) SCCM

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 4 (8.70%) MS Exchange
1 4 (8.70%) SharePoint
2 3 (6.52%) Skype for Business
3 1 (2.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (2.17%) IIS
3 1 (2.17%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (2.17%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (4.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.17%) InfoPath
3 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (2.17%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 18 (39.13%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (10.87%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (10.87%) Office 365
3 4 (8.70%) IaaS
3 4 (8.70%) PaaS
4 1 (2.17%) Azure Machine Learning
4 1 (2.17%) GitHub
4 1 (2.17%) OneDrive
4 1 (2.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (17.39%) SAN
2 7 (15.22%) DNS
2 7 (15.22%) Remote Desktop
3 6 (13.04%) VPN
4 4 (8.70%) LAN
5 3 (6.52%) Skype
5 3 (6.52%) TCP/IP
5 3 (6.52%) WAN
6 2 (4.35%) DHCP
6 2 (4.35%) Internet
6 2 (4.35%) NAS
7 1 (2.17%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (2.17%) Firewall
7 1 (2.17%) MPLS
7 1 (2.17%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (21.74%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.70%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (6.52%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (4.35%) Big Data
5 1 (2.17%) Data Mining
5 1 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.17%) MySQL
5 1 (2.17%) Oracle Database
5 1 (2.17%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (2.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (6.52%) Visual Studio Team System
2 2 (4.35%) Cucumber
2 2 (4.35%) Subversion
2 2 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.17%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (4.35%) Back Office
1 2 (4.35%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.17%) Banking
2 1 (2.17%) Billing
2 1 (2.17%) Investment Banking
2 1 (2.17%) Law
2 1 (2.17%) Legal
2 1 (2.17%) Marketing
2 1 (2.17%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (15.22%) Consultant
2 5 (10.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 5 (10.87%) Systems Engineer
3 4 (8.70%) Analyst
3 4 (8.70%) Azure Consultant
3 4 (8.70%) DBA
3 4 (8.70%) Desktop Support
3 4 (8.70%) SQL DBA
4 3 (6.52%) Administrator
4 3 (6.52%) Architect
4 3 (6.52%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 3 (6.52%) Microsoft Consultant
4 3 (6.52%) SQL Server DBA
4 3 (6.52%) Support Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) Build Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) PC Support
5 2 (4.35%) SCCM Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) Senior Infrastructure Analyst
5 2 (4.35%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (4.35%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.52%) .NET
1 3 (6.52%) JSON
2 2 (4.35%) .NET Framework
2 2 (4.35%) Entity Framework
2 2 (4.35%) REST
2 2 (4.35%) SOAP
2 2 (4.35%) Web Services
2 2 (4.35%) XML
3 1 (2.17%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.52%) Mobile App
2 2 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.35%) Blackberry
2 2 (4.35%) Clustering
2 2 (4.35%) Public Cloud
2 2 (4.35%) User Experience
3 1 (2.17%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.17%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.17%) Data Structures
3 1 (2.17%) iPhone
3 1 (2.17%) PKI
3 1 (2.17%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 25 (54.35%) Windows
2 17 (36.96%) Windows Server
3 7 (15.22%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (8.70%) Linux
4 4 (8.70%) Windows 10
4 4 (8.70%) Windows 7
4 4 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.35%) AIX
5 2 (4.35%) HPUX
5 2 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 2 (4.35%) Solaris
5 2 (4.35%) Windows 8
6 1 (2.17%) Android
6 1 (2.17%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.17%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (32.61%) ITIL
2 8 (17.39%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (17.39%) DevOps
2 8 (17.39%) Migration
2 8 (17.39%) Problem-Solving
3 6 (13.04%) Scrum
4 5 (10.87%) Service Management
5 4 (8.70%) ITSM
5 4 (8.70%) Project Management
6 3 (6.52%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (6.52%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (6.52%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (6.52%) PRINCE2
6 3 (6.52%) Service Delivery
6 3 (6.52%) Virtual Infrastructure
7 2 (4.35%) Active Listening
7 2 (4.35%) Creative Thinking
7 2 (4.35%) Innovative Thinking
7 2 (4.35%) IT Strategy
7 2 (4.35%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.39%) PowerShell
2 6 (13.04%) SQL
3 3 (6.52%) C#
3 3 (6.52%) Python
3 3 (6.52%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.17%) Java
4 1 (2.17%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.17%) R
4 1 (2.17%) Scala
4 1 (2.17%) VB
4 1 (2.17%) VB.NET
4 1 (2.17%) VBA
Qualifications
1 24 (52.17%) MCSE
2 14 (30.43%) MCSA
3 8 (17.39%) CCNA
3 8 (17.39%) Cisco Certification
3 8 (17.39%) MCITP
3 8 (17.39%) MCTS
4 5 (10.87%) Security Cleared
5 4 (8.70%) MCP
5 4 (8.70%) SC Cleared
6 3 (6.52%) A+ Certification
6 3 (6.52%) MCSD
7 2 (4.35%) Degree
7 2 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (4.35%) MCDST
7 2 (4.35%) Network+ Certification
7 2 (4.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (2.17%) CCA
8 1 (2.17%) CCIE
8 1 (2.17%) CCNP
8 1 (2.17%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.87%) SLA
2 1 (2.17%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 20 (43.48%) Active Directory
2 7 (15.22%) Hyper-V
2 7 (15.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (6.52%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (4.35%) VMware NSX
4 2 (4.35%) vSphere
5 1 (2.17%) Terminal Server
5 1 (2.17%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (13.04%) SCCM
2 5 (10.87%) SCOM
3 4 (8.70%) Microsoft Clustering
3 4 (8.70%) vCenter Server
4 3 (6.52%) SCVMM
5 2 (4.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (2.17%) AirWatch
6 1 (2.17%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 31 (67.39%) Microsoft
2 13 (28.26%) VMware
3 6 (13.04%) Citrix
4 5 (10.87%) Cisco
5 3 (6.52%) Bomgar
5 3 (6.52%) EMC
5 3 (6.52%) NetApp
6 2 (4.35%) Red Hat
6 2 (4.35%) Sun
6 2 (4.35%) Veeam
6 2 (4.35%) Veritas
7 1 (2.17%) Apple
7 1 (2.17%) Brocade
7 1 (2.17%) HP
7 1 (2.17%) IBM
7 1 (2.17%) Ivanti
7 1 (2.17%) Oracle
7 1 (2.17%) ProCurve
7 1 (2.17%) SolarWinds
7 1 (2.17%) Symantec