The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 29 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.

Microsoft Certification
England / South West
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 132 104 129
Rank change year-on-year -28 +25  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 10 32 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.39% 1.10% 0.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.24% 3.35% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 22 9
Median daily rate £351 £363 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.17% +8.20%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £208 £182
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £650 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -10.00% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £23.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

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 the South West.

Academic & Professional Certification
South West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 805 956 892
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.21% 32.90% 28.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 532 560 542
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £280 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 69 28
Median hourly rate £38.50 £42.50 £38.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.65 £20.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £46.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South West over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 29 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
Bristol +1 6 £352 -9.16%
Gloucestershire +2 1 £269 +8.68% 1
Somerset - 1 £225 - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 West region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 22 (78.57%) Microsoft
2 19 (67.86%) MCSE
3 13 (46.43%) ITIL
3 13 (46.43%) Active Directory
4 12 (42.86%) Windows
5 9 (32.14%) MS Excel
6 8 (28.57%) VMware
6 8 (28.57%) MCITP
6 8 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
6 8 (28.57%) Windows Server
7 7 (25.00%) PowerShell
7 7 (25.00%) SharePoint
8 6 (21.43%) Cisco
8 6 (21.43%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (21.43%) Security Cleared
8 6 (21.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 6 (21.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 6 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (21.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 6 (21.43%) PowerPivot
9 5 (17.86%) Firewall
9 5 (17.86%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (17.86%) LAN
9 5 (17.86%) VoIP
9 5 (17.86%) WAN
9 5 (17.86%) Linux
9 5 (17.86%) SAN
9 5 (17.86%) HP
10 4 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (14.29%) CCNA

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 (25.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (7.14%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.57%) IIS
3 1 (3.57%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (3.57%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (3.57%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (32.14%) MS Excel
2 3 (10.71%) MS Office
3 1 (3.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (7.14%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.14%) Office 365
2 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.86%) Firewall
1 5 (17.86%) LAN
1 5 (17.86%) SAN
1 5 (17.86%) VoIP
1 5 (17.86%) WAN
1 5 (17.86%) Wi-Fi
2 3 (10.71%) DHCP
2 3 (10.71%) NAS
2 3 (10.71%) Network Security
2 3 (10.71%) VLAN
2 3 (10.71%) VPN
3 2 (7.14%) DNS
3 2 (7.14%) MPLS
4 1 (3.57%) ISDN
4 1 (3.57%) PABX
4 1 (3.57%) Skype
4 1 (3.57%) Structured Cabling
4 1 (3.57%) TCP/IP
4 1 (3.57%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (21.43%) PowerPivot
1 6 (21.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 6 (21.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 6 (21.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (14.29%) PerformancePoint
3 2 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (7.14%) Power BI
3 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (14.29%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.57%) MSTest
2 1 (3.57%) NUnit
General
1 3 (10.71%) Manufacturing
2 2 (7.14%) Back Office
2 2 (7.14%) Finance
2 2 (7.14%) Military
2 2 (7.14%) Retail
3 1 (3.57%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (25.00%) Analyst
2 6 (21.43%) Developer
3 5 (17.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) Service Analyst
3 5 (17.86%) Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (14.29%) IT Manager
4 4 (14.29%) SharePoint Developer
5 2 (7.14%) 1st/2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Analyst Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Business Intelligence Analyst
5 2 (7.14%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 2 (7.14%) Senior Support Technician
5 2 (7.14%) Senior Technician
5 2 (7.14%) Support Technician
6 1 (3.57%) Cloud Infrastructure Manager
6 1 (3.57%) IT Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) IT Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Office 365 Specialist
6 1 (3.57%) Service Assurance Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.57%) .NET
1 1 (3.57%) ASP.NET
1 1 (3.57%) jQuery
1 1 (3.57%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.29%) FlexPod
1 4 (14.29%) Replication
2 3 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (7.14%) CESG
3 2 (7.14%) Data Centre
3 2 (7.14%) Fat Client
3 2 (7.14%) Thin Client
4 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.57%) NHS
4 1 (3.57%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 12 (42.86%) Windows
2 8 (28.57%) Windows Server
3 5 (17.86%) Linux
4 4 (14.29%) Windows 7
5 3 (10.71%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (10.71%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (7.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 2 (7.14%) Solaris
6 2 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (7.14%) Windows XP
7 1 (3.57%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (46.43%) ITIL
2 6 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (21.43%) Business Intelligence
3 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
3 4 (14.29%) Workflow
4 3 (10.71%) Change Management
4 3 (10.71%) PRINCE2
4 3 (10.71%) Project Management
4 3 (10.71%) Service Management
4 3 (10.71%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (7.14%) Capacity Management
5 2 (7.14%) Case Management
5 2 (7.14%) Dimensional Modelling
5 2 (7.14%) ETL
5 2 (7.14%) ITIL V3
5 2 (7.14%) Open Source
6 1 (3.57%) Information Governance
6 1 (3.57%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (3.57%) Network Architecture
6 1 (3.57%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 7 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 4 (14.29%) C#
2 4 (14.29%) JavaScript
3 2 (7.14%) SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (67.86%) MCSE
2 8 (28.57%) MCITP
3 6 (21.43%) Security Cleared
4 4 (14.29%) CCNA
4 4 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (14.29%) MCSA
4 4 (14.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 3 (10.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (10.71%) SC Cleared
6 2 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (7.14%) DV Cleared
6 2 (7.14%) MCDBA
6 2 (7.14%) MCDST
6 2 (7.14%) MCPD
6 2 (7.14%) MCSD
6 2 (7.14%) NVQ Level 3
6 2 (7.14%) RHCE
7 1 (3.57%) CCDA
7 1 (3.57%) CCNP
7 1 (3.57%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) JSP 440
1 2 (7.14%) QA
1 2 (7.14%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (46.43%) Active Directory
2 8 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.14%) Hyper-V
3 2 (7.14%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (3.57%) UAG
4 1 (3.57%) Virtual Servers
Vendors
1 22 (78.57%) Microsoft
2 8 (28.57%) VMware
3 6 (21.43%) Cisco
4 5 (17.86%) HP
5 4 (14.29%) NetApp
6 2 (7.14%) 3PAR
6 2 (7.14%) Red Hat
6 2 (7.14%) Sophos
6 2 (7.14%) Veeam
7 1 (3.57%) Computacenter
7 1 (3.57%) Novell
7 1 (3.57%) Remedy