The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 28 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 137 132 128
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 63 80 82
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.13% 1.31% 1.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.84% 7.19% 8.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 55 43
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£350 £338 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -8.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £501 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 15
Average hourly rate £19.49 £19.75 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% -30.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.98 £14.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.10 £22.00 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+16.66% +3.44%
Microsoft Certification
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
804 1113 958
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 14.48% 18.18% 14.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 620 817 636
Average daily rate £430 £415 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.61% -2.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 18 48
Average hourly rate £20.88 £22.00 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.11% -22.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £13.96 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £37.40 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.13
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -18.64%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the City of London region.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the City of London region over the 3 months to 28 May 2015.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the City of London region.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the City of London region over the 3 months to 28 May 2015.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification.

1 94 (78.33%) Microsoft
2 77 (64.17%) MCSE
3 67 (55.83%) Windows
4 58 (48.33%) Active Directory
5 51 (42.50%) VMware
6 42 (35.00%) ITIL
7 38 (31.67%) Cisco
8 35 (29.17%) Citrix
9 31 (25.83%) VMware Infrastructure
10 30 (25.00%) MS Exchange
11 28 (23.33%) MCSA
12 27 (22.50%) SAN
12 27 (22.50%) Windows Server 2008
13 26 (21.67%) MS Excel
13 26 (21.67%) Finance
14 25 (20.83%) Windows Server 2012
15 24 (20.00%) SQL Server
16 23 (19.17%) MCITP
17 20 (16.67%) Migration
18 19 (15.83%) MS Office
18 19 (15.83%) Linux
18 19 (15.83%) Windows 7
19 18 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
19 18 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
20 16 (13.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
20 16 (13.33%) LAN
20 16 (13.33%) TCP/IP
20 16 (13.33%) Degree
21 15 (12.50%) SQL
21 15 (12.50%) HP

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 28 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Microsoft Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 30 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 13 (10.83%) Exchange Server 2010
3 11 (9.17%) SharePoint
4 8 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2013
5 5 (4.17%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
6 4 (3.33%) IIS
6 4 (3.33%) SharePoint 2013
7 3 (2.50%) Lync
7 3 (2.50%) Tomcat
7 3 (2.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (1.67%) Apache
8 2 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.83%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 26 (21.67%) MS Excel
2 19 (15.83%) MS Office
3 2 (1.67%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.67%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.83%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 12 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (5.83%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (4.17%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (1.67%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (10.00%) Office 365
2 3 (2.50%) SaaS
2 3 (2.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.50%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.67%) Google Apps
3 2 (1.67%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.83%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 27 (22.50%) SAN
2 16 (13.33%) LAN
2 16 (13.33%) TCP/IP
3 12 (10.00%) Firewall
3 12 (10.00%) WAN
4 10 (8.33%) VPN
4 10 (8.33%) Cisco IOS
5 8 (6.67%) DNS
5 8 (6.67%) Ethernet
6 7 (5.83%) NAS
6 7 (5.83%) VLAN
7 5 (4.17%) NetScaler
7 5 (4.17%) Network Security
7 5 (4.17%) DHCP
7 5 (4.17%) SSL
7 5 (4.17%) Internet
8 4 (3.33%) SMTP
9 3 (2.50%) Cisco Nexus
9 3 (2.50%) Wireless
9 3 (2.50%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 9 (7.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 9 (7.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 9 (7.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (5.83%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (4.17%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (3.33%) MySQL
6 3 (2.50%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (1.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.67%) Spotfire
7 2 (1.67%) QlikView
8 1 (0.83%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.83%) Big Data
8 1 (0.83%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.83%) IDOL
Development Applications
1 3 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.67%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.83%) Fiddler
General
1 26 (21.67%) Finance
2 10 (8.33%) Banking
3 6 (5.00%) Advertising
4 5 (4.17%) Legal
5 4 (3.33%) Back Office
5 4 (3.33%) Financial Institution
6 3 (2.50%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.50%) Law
6 3 (2.50%) Retail
7 1 (0.83%) French Language
7 1 (0.83%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.83%) Front Office
7 1 (0.83%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 18 (15.00%) Analyst
1 18 (15.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 10 (8.33%) Developer
3 9 (7.50%) Support Analyst
3 9 (7.50%) Server Engineer
3 9 (7.50%) Trainer
4 8 (6.67%) Consultant
4 8 (6.67%) IT Support
5 7 (5.83%) Service Desk Analyst
5 7 (5.83%) Service Analyst
5 7 (5.83%) Administrator
6 6 (5.00%) Systems Administrator
6 6 (5.00%) Windows Server Engineer
6 6 (5.00%) Server Administrator
6 6 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support
6 6 (5.00%) IT Support Analyst
7 5 (4.17%) Windows Administrator
7 5 (4.17%) Windows Systems Administrator
8 4 (3.33%) Architect
8 4 (3.33%) Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (7.50%) .NET
2 6 (5.00%) Web Services
2 6 (5.00%) Application Packaging
3 5 (4.17%) XML
4 3 (2.50%) WCF
4 3 (2.50%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.67%) OLE
5 2 (1.67%) ODBC
5 2 (1.67%) SOAP
5 2 (1.67%) MDX
6 1 (0.83%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.83%) LINQ
6 1 (0.83%) COM
6 1 (0.83%) CSS
6 1 (0.83%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.67%) Clustering
2 10 (8.33%) Video Conferencing
3 9 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (7.50%) Blackberry
4 5 (4.17%) Computer Science
4 5 (4.17%) Fat Client
4 5 (4.17%) iPhone
4 5 (4.17%) Replication
4 5 (4.17%) NHS
4 5 (4.17%) Thin Client
5 4 (3.33%) iPad
5 4 (3.33%) Data Centre
6 3 (2.50%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.67%) Hedge funds
7 2 (1.67%) Visualisation
8 1 (0.83%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.83%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.83%) BYOD
8 1 (0.83%) EqualLogic
8 1 (0.83%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 67 (55.83%) Windows
2 27 (22.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 25 (20.83%) Windows Server 2012
4 19 (15.83%) Linux
4 19 (15.83%) Windows 7
5 18 (15.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 10 (8.33%) Windows 8
7 9 (7.50%) Debian
8 7 (5.83%) Windows XP
9 5 (4.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (3.33%) UNIX
10 4 (3.33%) Android
11 3 (2.50%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.83%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.83%) CentOS
12 1 (0.83%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.83%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.83%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (35.00%) ITIL
2 20 (16.67%) Migration
3 14 (11.67%) Project Management
3 14 (11.67%) CRM
4 12 (10.00%) Server Building
5 9 (7.50%) Business Intelligence
6 8 (6.67%) ERP
7 6 (5.00%) Incident Management
7 6 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (5.00%) Problem Management
7 6 (5.00%) Capacity Planning
8 5 (4.17%) Analytics
8 5 (4.17%) Service Management
8 5 (4.17%) Change Management
8 5 (4.17%) ITSM
8 5 (4.17%) PRINCE2
9 4 (3.33%) ETL
9 4 (3.33%) TOGAF
9 4 (3.33%) Disaster Recovery
9 4 (3.33%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 15 (12.50%) SQL
2 12 (10.00%) PowerShell
3 7 (5.83%) C#
4 3 (2.50%) JavaScript
4 3 (2.50%) T-SQL
4 3 (2.50%) VBScript
5 2 (1.67%) Python
5 2 (1.67%) VB
5 2 (1.67%) Perl
5 2 (1.67%) C
5 2 (1.67%) R
5 2 (1.67%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
6 1 (0.83%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.83%) Lua
6 1 (0.83%) VB6
6 1 (0.83%) PHP
Qualifications
1 77 (64.17%) MCSE
2 28 (23.33%) MCSA
3 23 (19.17%) MCITP
4 18 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
5 16 (13.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 16 (13.33%) Degree
6 12 (10.00%) MCP
7 11 (9.17%) CCNA
8 9 (7.50%) MCTS
8 9 (7.50%) CCNP
8 9 (7.50%) ITIL Certification
9 8 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
9 8 (6.67%) MCT
10 5 (4.17%) Security Cleared
11 4 (3.33%) CCA
11 4 (3.33%) CCEA
11 4 (3.33%) MCSD
12 3 (2.50%) NVQ Level 3
12 3 (2.50%) SC Cleared
12 3 (2.50%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.17%) SLA
2 4 (3.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 2 (1.67%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.67%) QA
3 2 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 58 (48.33%) Active Directory
2 31 (25.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (11.67%) XenApp
4 10 (8.33%) vSphere
5 9 (7.50%) VMware Server
6 5 (4.17%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (3.33%) Hyper-V
7 4 (3.33%) XenDesktop
8 3 (2.50%) vCloud
8 3 (2.50%) VMware ESX
9 2 (1.67%) Sendmail
10 1 (0.83%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.83%) UAG
10 1 (0.83%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.83%) XenServer
10 1 (0.83%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.83%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.83%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.83%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 10 (8.33%) SCCM
2 7 (5.83%) Tivoli Storage Manager
3 5 (4.17%) Puppet
4 4 (3.33%) Tivoli
4 4 (3.33%) HP SIM
5 2 (1.67%) SCOM
5 2 (1.67%) XenMobile
6 1 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.83%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.83%) Casper Suite
6 1 (0.83%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.83%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 94 (78.33%) Microsoft
2 51 (42.50%) VMware
3 38 (31.67%) Cisco
4 35 (29.17%) Citrix
5 15 (12.50%) HP
6 12 (10.00%) Red Hat
7 8 (6.67%) NetApp
7 8 (6.67%) IBM
7 8 (6.67%) AppSense
8 7 (5.83%) 3PAR
8 7 (5.83%) Bloomberg
9 6 (5.00%) EMC
10 5 (4.17%) Wyse
10 5 (4.17%) Dell
10 5 (4.17%) Juniper
10 5 (4.17%) Reuters
11 4 (3.33%) CommVault
11 4 (3.33%) Apple
11 4 (3.33%) CheckPoint
12 3 (2.50%) McAfee
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