The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 June 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
UK / Wales
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 51 49 70
Rank change year-on-year -2 +21  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 9 7 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.45% 1.26% 0.71%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.17% 4.40% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 4
Median daily rate £170 £350 £496
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -51.42% -29.47%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £320 £423
10% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £406 £526
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.56% -2.94%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £26.50 £18.75
% change year-on-year -15.01% +41.33%  

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 Wales.

Academic & Professional Certification
Wales
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 174 159 316
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 27.97% 28.55% 37.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 105 196
Median daily rate £350 £438 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +20.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £313 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £600 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 13
Median hourly rate £43.50 £70.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.85% +438.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £18.33 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £73.55 £24.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in 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 Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in 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 Wales region over the 3 months to 27 June 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
South Wales -2 8 £170 -51.42%
West Wales - 1 - - 1
Microsoft Certification
UK

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

1 21 (95.45%) Microsoft
2 18 (81.82%) ITIL
3 17 (77.27%) Cisco
3 17 (77.27%) Active Directory
4 16 (72.73%) Cisco Certification
4 16 (72.73%) CCNA
5 15 (68.18%) HP
5 15 (68.18%) Firewall
5 15 (68.18%) HP Data Protector
6 12 (54.55%) Tivoli
6 12 (54.55%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 10 (45.45%) VMware
7 10 (45.45%) Windows
8 9 (40.91%) SLA
8 9 (40.91%) Windows Server
9 7 (31.82%) Internet
10 6 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (27.27%) MCSE
11 5 (22.73%) MCITP
12 3 (13.64%) SC Cleared
12 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
12 3 (13.64%) Coaching
12 3 (13.64%) Performance Metrics
12 3 (13.64%) Retail
12 3 (13.64%) Asset Management
12 3 (13.64%) Avaya
13 2 (9.09%) LAN
13 2 (9.09%) WAN
14 1 (4.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 1 (4.55%) MCTS

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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:

Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (68.18%) Firewall
2 7 (31.82%) Internet
3 2 (9.09%) LAN
3 2 (9.09%) WAN
4 1 (4.55%) iSCSI
4 1 (4.55%) SAN
General
1 3 (13.64%) Retail
Job Titles
1 10 (45.45%) Support Engineer
1 10 (45.45%) Technical Support
2 6 (27.27%) Technical Engineer
2 6 (27.27%) Technical Support Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (13.64%) Deskside Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Deskside Support
3 3 (13.64%) Deskside Support Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Desktop Support
4 2 (9.09%) Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Cisco Support
4 2 (9.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Service Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Service Desk Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Service Desk Support
5 1 (4.55%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) ICT Support
5 1 (4.55%) IT Support
5 1 (4.55%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) COM
Operating Systems
1 10 (45.45%) Windows
2 9 (40.91%) Windows Server
3 6 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (4.55%) Windows 10
4 1 (4.55%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (81.82%) ITIL
2 3 (13.64%) Asset Management
2 3 (13.64%) Coaching
2 3 (13.64%) Performance Metrics
3 1 (4.55%) Change Control
3 1 (4.55%) Incident Management
3 1 (4.55%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 16 (72.73%) CCNA
1 16 (72.73%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (27.27%) MCSE
3 5 (22.73%) MCITP
4 3 (13.64%) SC Cleared
4 3 (13.64%) Security Cleared
5 1 (4.55%) CCENT
5 1 (4.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 1 (4.55%) MCSA
5 1 (4.55%) MCTS
5 1 (4.55%) MOS
5 1 (4.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (40.91%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (77.27%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.55%) Hyper-V
2 1 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 15 (68.18%) HP Data Protector
2 12 (54.55%) Tivoli
2 12 (54.55%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 1 (4.55%) SCCM
3 1 (4.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 21 (95.45%) Microsoft
2 17 (77.27%) Cisco
3 15 (68.18%) HP
4 10 (45.45%) VMware
5 3 (13.64%) Avaya
6 1 (4.55%) Citrix
6 1 (4.55%) McAfee
6 1 (4.55%) Remedy
6 1 (4.55%) SAP
6 1 (4.55%) Veeam