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 3 months to 25 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
UK / Northern Ireland
Rank 37 19 18
Rank change year-on-year -18 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 5 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 2.19% 2.50% 3.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 11.63% 15.00% 18.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 2
Median daily rate £275 £105 £158
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +161.90% -33.33%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £12.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -2.77% +33.33%  

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 Northern Ireland.

Academic & Professional Certification
Northern Ireland
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 43 20 22
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Northern Ireland 18.86% 16.67% 18.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 7 10
Median daily rate £326 £338 £183
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.40% +84.93%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £105 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 2
Median hourly rate £21.61 £40.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -45.97% +220.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Northern Ireland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Northern Ireland 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 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 Daily Rate Histogram in Northern Ireland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Northern Ireland over the 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Northern Ireland

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Northern Ireland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 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
County Antrim -15 5 £275 +161.90% 2
Microsoft Certification
UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northern Ireland

For the 6 months to 25 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 Northern Ireland region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 7 (87.50%) MCP
2 6 (75.00%) ITIL
3 5 (62.50%) Microsoft
4 4 (50.00%) MCDBA
4 4 (50.00%) SQL Server
4 4 (50.00%) SQL
5 3 (37.50%) MCTS
5 3 (37.50%) Service Management
5 3 (37.50%) SCCM
5 3 (37.50%) SCOM
5 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
5 3 (37.50%) T-SQL
5 3 (37.50%) Web Services
5 3 (37.50%) Windows
5 3 (37.50%) MCSE
5 3 (37.50%) MS Excel
5 3 (37.50%) Windows XP
5 3 (37.50%) Active Directory
5 3 (37.50%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (37.50%) Configuration Management
5 3 (37.50%) PowerShell
5 3 (37.50%) Software Distribution
5 3 (37.50%) Mobile Device Management
6 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
6 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
6 1 (12.50%) SharePoint
6 1 (12.50%) .NET
6 1 (12.50%) C#

Microsoft Certification
Top Related 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 3 (37.50%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (12.50%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (37.50%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) DBA
1 4 (50.00%) SQL DBA
2 3 (37.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 3 (37.50%) 3rd Line Support
2 3 (37.50%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
2 3 (37.50%) Analyst
2 3 (37.50%) SQL Analyst
2 3 (37.50%) SQL Support Analyst
2 3 (37.50%) Support Analyst
2 3 (37.50%) Support Engineer
3 2 (25.00%) IT Engineer
3 2 (25.00%) IT Support
3 2 (25.00%) IT Support Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Developer
4 1 (12.50%) SharePoint Developer
4 1 (12.50%) SQL Server DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (37.50%) Web Services
2 1 (12.50%) .NET
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Windows
1 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
1 3 (37.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (75.00%) ITIL
2 3 (37.50%) Configuration Management
2 3 (37.50%) Mobile Device Management
2 3 (37.50%) Service Management
2 3 (37.50%) Software Distribution
3 1 (12.50%) Database Mirroring
Programming Languages
1 4 (50.00%) SQL
2 3 (37.50%) PowerShell
2 3 (37.50%) T-SQL
3 1 (12.50%) C#
3 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 7 (87.50%) MCP
2 4 (50.00%) MCDBA
3 3 (37.50%) MCSE
3 3 (37.50%) MCTS
4 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
4 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 3 (37.50%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (37.50%) SCCM
1 3 (37.50%) SCOM
Vendors
1 5 (62.50%) Microsoft