Period
to 17 August 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 August 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
UK > Northern Ireland
6 months to
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 49 79 30
Rank change year-on-year +30 -49 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 5 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 1.29% 0.49% 2.08%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.47% 4.84% 7.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 1
Northern Ireland median daily rate £325 £250 £105
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.00% +138.10% -51.16%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £103
90th Percentile £338 £280 £108
UK median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year +3.70% +2.27% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £13.50 - £23.50
10th Percentile £13.25 - £23.25
90th Percentile £13.75 - £23.75
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £18.00 £21.33
% change year-on-year -3.28% -15.61% +21.89%

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 Northern Ireland with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Northern Ireland
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 59 62 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 15.25% 10.18% 27.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 49 33
Northern Ireland median daily rate £432 £433 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.23% +37.30% +5.00%
10th Percentile £285 £225 £210
90th Percentile £500 £681 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 1 8
Northern Ireland median hourly rate £39.50 £21.61 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +82.79% +27.12% +13.33%
10th Percentile £12.80 £21.61 £10.00
90th Percentile £40.10 £21.61 £25.63
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £29.75 £27.80
% change year-on-year -23.53% +7.01% +17.05%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Northern Ireland

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Northern Ireland.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Northern Ireland

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Northern Ireland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Northern Ireland

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Northern Ireland

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 Northern Ireland region over the 6 months to 17 August 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
County Antrim +32 5 £325 +30.00%
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 3 (60.00%) MCSE
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (60.00%) Degree
2 2 (40.00%) Computer Science
2 2 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (40.00%) Problem Management
2 2 (40.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (40.00%) Network Management
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (40.00%) Ticket Management
2 2 (40.00%) Proactive Monitoring
2 2 (40.00%) Proactive Management
2 2 (40.00%) DHCP
2 2 (40.00%) DNS
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco
2 2 (40.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) HND
2 2 (40.00%) Windows
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (40.00%) CCNA
2 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (40.00%) VMware
3 1 (20.00%) CCVP
3 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (20.00%) HP
3 1 (20.00%) Dell
3 1 (20.00%) Citrix
3 1 (20.00%) ITIL Certification

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Northern Ireland 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 2 (40.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
Communications & Networking
1 2 (40.00%) DHCP
1 2 (40.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) Relational Database
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2000
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 2 (40.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) NOC Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) .NET Software Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) C# Software Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Desktop Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Desktop Support
2 1 (20.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Software Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Support Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Systems Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Windows Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Windows Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) .NET
1 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (20.00%) WCF
1 1 (20.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (20.00%) Blog
2 1 (20.00%) Podcast
Operating Systems
1 2 (40.00%) Windows
1 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (20.00%) Linux
2 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Network Management
1 2 (40.00%) Proactive Management
1 2 (40.00%) Proactive Monitoring
1 2 (40.00%) Problem Management
1 2 (40.00%) Ticket Management
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (20.00%) Incident Management
2 1 (20.00%) ITIL
2 1 (20.00%) OO
2 1 (20.00%) OOD
2 1 (20.00%) Open Source
2 1 (20.00%) Release Management
2 1 (20.00%) Scrum
2 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
2 1 (20.00%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) Degree
1 3 (60.00%) MCSE
2 2 (40.00%) CCNA
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (40.00%) HND
2 2 (40.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (20.00%) CCNP
3 1 (20.00%) CCVP
3 1 (20.00%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (20.00%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (20.00%) MCP
3 1 (20.00%) MCSA
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (20.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (40.00%) Cisco
2 2 (40.00%) VMware
3 1 (20.00%) Citrix
3 1 (20.00%) Dell
3 1 (20.00%) HP
3 1 (20.00%) McAfee
3 1 (20.00%) Sophos