The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
Wales / South Wales
Rank 43 - 28
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 13 0 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 2.33% - 4.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.91% - 12.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 0 17
Median daily rate £170 - £518
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 - £388
10% offered a daily rate of more than £181 - £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £310
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Median hourly rate £20.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.09 £18.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% +28.57%  

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 South Wales.

Academic & Professional Certification
South Wales
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 188 166 160
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 33.69% 28.82% 34.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 105 106
Median daily rate £350 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £138 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £543
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 6
Median hourly rate £20.00 £47.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.44% +123.80%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.22 £42.29 £8.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £63.60 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in South Wales 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 South Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in South Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in South Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 South Wales region over the 3 months to 27 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
Caerphilly - 6 £170 -
Cardiff - 4 £173 - 1
Newport - 3 - - 1
Microsoft Certification
Wales

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 27 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 South Wales region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 22 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (63.64%) Windows
3 13 (59.09%) Active Directory
3 13 (59.09%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (54.55%) Cisco
5 11 (50.00%) Firewall
5 11 (50.00%) HP Data Protector
5 11 (50.00%) HP
5 11 (50.00%) CCNA
5 11 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (50.00%) MS Excel
5 11 (50.00%) ITIL
6 10 (45.45%) Tivoli
6 10 (45.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 10 (45.45%) MCITP
7 8 (36.36%) Windows Server
8 7 (31.82%) Internet
9 6 (27.27%) SQL Server 2000
9 6 (27.27%) SQL
9 6 (27.27%) MySQL
9 6 (27.27%) Oracle
9 6 (27.27%) SQL Server
9 6 (27.27%) MCDBA
9 6 (27.27%) VMware
9 6 (27.27%) Virtual Environments
9 6 (27.27%) RedGate
9 6 (27.27%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (27.27%) Security Cleared
10 5 (22.73%) SC Cleared
10 5 (22.73%) SLA

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in South Wales 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 1 (4.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2000
1 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2007
1 1 (4.55%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 11 (50.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 11 (50.00%) Firewall
2 7 (31.82%) Internet
3 1 (4.55%) DHCP
3 1 (4.55%) DNS
3 1 (4.55%) LAN
3 1 (4.55%) TCP/IP
3 1 (4.55%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (27.27%) MySQL
1 6 (27.27%) SQL Server
1 6 (27.27%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 3 (13.64%) Retail
2 1 (4.55%) Finance
2 1 (4.55%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 11 (50.00%) Support Engineer
2 10 (45.45%) Technical Support
3 7 (31.82%) Technical Engineer
3 7 (31.82%) Technical Support Engineer
4 3 (13.64%) DBA
4 3 (13.64%) Deskside Engineer
4 3 (13.64%) Deskside Support
4 3 (13.64%) Deskside Support Engineer
4 3 (13.64%) SQL DBA
5 1 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support
5 1 (4.55%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Database Specialist
5 1 (4.55%) Developer
5 1 (4.55%) IT Support
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Developer
5 1 (4.55%) Senior SQL Developer
5 1 (4.55%) Server Support
5 1 (4.55%) Wintel Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Wintel Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Blackberry
1 1 (4.55%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 14 (63.64%) Windows
2 13 (59.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (36.36%) Windows Server
4 6 (27.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (50.00%) ITIL
2 6 (27.27%) Virtual Environments
3 3 (13.64%) Asset Management
3 3 (13.64%) Coaching
3 3 (13.64%) Performance Metrics
4 2 (9.09%) Incident Management
5 1 (4.55%) Disaster Recovery
5 1 (4.55%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 6 (27.27%) SQL
2 1 (4.55%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.55%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 11 (50.00%) CCNA
1 11 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 10 (45.45%) MCITP
3 6 (27.27%) MCDBA
3 6 (27.27%) Security Cleared
4 5 (22.73%) MCSE
4 5 (22.73%) SC Cleared
5 1 (4.55%) DV Cleared
5 1 (4.55%) MCP
5 1 (4.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (22.73%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (59.09%) Active Directory
2 2 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (4.55%) Citrix Presentation Server
3 1 (4.55%) Hyper-V
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (4.55%) Terminal Services
3 1 (4.55%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (4.55%) VMware ESX
3 1 (4.55%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (50.00%) HP Data Protector
2 10 (45.45%) Tivoli
2 10 (45.45%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 1 (4.55%) Backup Exec
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (4.55%) NetBackup
3 1 (4.55%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 22 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 12 (54.55%) Cisco
3 11 (50.00%) HP
4 6 (27.27%) Oracle
4 6 (27.27%) RedGate
4 6 (27.27%) VMware
5 3 (13.64%) Avaya
6 1 (4.55%) arcserve
6 1 (4.55%) Citrix
6 1 (4.55%) Intel Security
6 1 (4.55%) Remedy
6 1 (4.55%) Sophos
6 1 (4.55%) Symantec