The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the City of London region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 143 111 136
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +25
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 72 94 86
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.09% 1.49% 1.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.03% 9.37% 7.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 45 42
Average daily rate £325 £400 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% +45.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £449
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 17 10
Average hourly rate £22.00 £135.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-83.70% +575.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.76% -10.00%
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1194 1003 1085
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 18.02% 15.90% 13.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 827 649 656
Average daily rate £418 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.76% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 33 38
Average hourly rate £22.00 £48.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.87% +143.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.00 £12.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.80 £135.00 £38.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -
Microsoft Certification
London

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 16 April 2014.

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 98 (72.06%) Microsoft
2 89 (65.44%) Windows
3 77 (56.62%) MCSE
4 63 (46.32%) Active Directory
5 50 (36.76%) SQL
6 48 (35.29%) VMware
7 47 (34.56%) Citrix
8 43 (31.62%) MS Exchange
9 42 (30.88%) SQL Server
10 40 (29.41%) ITIL
11 39 (28.68%) MCITP
12 36 (26.47%) Windows Server 2008
13 35 (25.74%) MCP
14 33 (24.26%) MCSA
14 33 (24.26%) Finance
15 30 (22.06%) Cisco
16 29 (21.32%) Windows Server 2003
16 29 (21.32%) VMware Infrastructure
17 27 (19.85%) MS Excel
18 25 (18.38%) SharePoint
18 25 (18.38%) DNS
18 25 (18.38%) Windows 7
18 25 (18.38%) Exchange Server 2010
19 24 (17.65%) Exchange Server 2007
19 24 (17.65%) MCTS
20 22 (16.18%) WAN
20 22 (16.18%) Blackberry
21 21 (15.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
21 21 (15.44%) Dell
21 21 (15.44%) SAN

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

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 43 (31.62%) MS Exchange
2 25 (18.38%) SharePoint
2 25 (18.38%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (17.65%) Exchange Server 2007
4 21 (15.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 15 (11.03%) Exchange Server 2003
6 12 (8.82%) SharePoint 2010
6 12 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2013
7 7 (5.15%) IIS
8 6 (4.41%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (3.68%) Lync
10 3 (2.21%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (1.47%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.74%) Commerce Server
12 1 (0.74%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.74%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.74%) WebLogic
12 1 (0.74%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.74%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 27 (19.85%) MS Excel
2 20 (14.71%) MS Office
3 2 (1.47%) MS Project
3 2 (1.47%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.74%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.74%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (2.21%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.47%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 25 (18.38%) DNS
2 22 (16.18%) WAN
3 21 (15.44%) SAN
4 17 (12.50%) DHCP
5 16 (11.76%) TCP/IP
6 14 (10.29%) Firewall
7 13 (9.56%) LAN
8 9 (6.62%) Cisco ASA
9 8 (5.88%) SMTP
10 7 (5.15%) VPN
10 7 (5.15%) Network Security
11 4 (2.94%) Internet
11 4 (2.94%) Wireless
11 4 (2.94%) IP Telephony
12 3 (2.21%) Extranet
12 3 (2.21%) VoIP
13 2 (1.47%) Cisco Nexus
13 2 (1.47%) Unified Communications
13 2 (1.47%) PBX
13 2 (1.47%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (30.88%) SQL Server
2 20 (14.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 19 (13.97%) SQL Server 2008
4 13 (9.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (8.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 11 (8.09%) SQL Server 2005
6 9 (6.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 5 (3.68%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (1.47%) Relational Database
8 2 (1.47%) MySQL
8 2 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2000
9 1 (0.74%) DTS
9 1 (0.74%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.74%) PerformancePoint
9 1 (0.74%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 7 (5.15%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (4.41%) Visual Studio
3 4 (2.94%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.47%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.47%) MSI
4 2 (1.47%) InstallShield
4 2 (1.47%) CruiseControl
4 2 (1.47%) Subversion
5 1 (0.74%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 33 (24.26%) Finance
2 11 (8.09%) Law
3 8 (5.88%) Banking
4 6 (4.41%) Legal
5 4 (2.94%) Advertising
6 3 (2.21%) Telecoms
6 3 (2.21%) Back Office
6 3 (2.21%) Marketing
7 2 (1.47%) Retail
8 1 (0.74%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.74%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 26 (19.12%) Developer
2 20 (14.71%) Analyst
3 12 (8.82%) Support Analyst
4 11 (8.09%) SQL Developer
5 10 (7.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 10 (7.35%) Consultant
6 9 (6.62%) 3rd Line Support
7 8 (5.88%) Senior SQL Developer
7 8 (5.88%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (5.88%) Architect
7 8 (5.88%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (5.88%) Senior Developer
7 8 (5.88%) Administrator
8 7 (5.15%) .NET Developer
8 7 (5.15%) Support Engineer
9 6 (4.41%) IT Support
9 6 (4.41%) SharePoint Administrator
9 6 (4.41%) Desktop Support
9 6 (4.41%) Network Engineer
9 6 (4.41%) Senior Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (13.97%) .NET
2 11 (8.09%) jQuery
3 9 (6.62%) ASP.NET
4 8 (5.88%) .NET Framework
4 8 (5.88%) HTML
5 7 (5.15%) CSS
5 7 (5.15%) Web Services
6 5 (3.68%) XML
7 4 (2.94%) WCF
7 4 (2.94%) WPF
7 4 (2.94%) Ajax
8 3 (2.21%) Middleware
8 3 (2.21%) ADO.NET
8 3 (2.21%) HTML5
8 3 (2.21%) CSS3
9 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET MVC 3
9 2 (1.47%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.47%) Application Packaging
9 2 (1.47%) WF
9 2 (1.47%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 22 (16.18%) Blackberry
2 19 (13.97%) Clustering
3 8 (5.88%) EqualLogic
3 8 (5.88%) Data Integration
4 5 (3.68%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.94%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.94%) GIS
6 3 (2.21%) Replication
6 3 (2.21%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.47%) iPad
7 2 (1.47%) iPhone
7 2 (1.47%) CMDB
8 1 (0.74%) CESG
8 1 (0.74%) NHS
8 1 (0.74%) Firmware
8 1 (0.74%) Contract for Difference
8 1 (0.74%) Market Risk
8 1 (0.74%) FMCG
8 1 (0.74%) Open Source
8 1 (0.74%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 89 (65.44%) Windows
2 36 (26.47%) Windows Server 2008
3 29 (21.32%) Windows Server 2003
4 25 (18.38%) Windows 7
5 11 (8.09%) Windows Server 2012
5 11 (8.09%) Linux
6 9 (6.62%) Windows XP
7 7 (5.15%) Windows 8
8 6 (4.41%) UNIX
9 2 (1.47%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.74%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.74%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.74%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.74%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (29.41%) ITIL
2 17 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
3 13 (9.56%) Migration
4 11 (8.09%) Service Management
4 11 (8.09%) ETL
5 9 (6.62%) Project Management
5 9 (6.62%) Data Modelling
5 9 (6.62%) CRM
5 9 (6.62%) Load Balancing
5 9 (6.62%) Capacity Planning
6 8 (5.88%) Data Transformation
6 8 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
7 7 (5.15%) Change Management
8 6 (4.41%) Server Monitoring
8 6 (4.41%) PRINCE
9 5 (3.68%) Business Analysis
9 5 (3.68%) OO
9 5 (3.68%) Performance Monitoring
10 4 (2.94%) Change Control
10 4 (2.94%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 50 (36.76%) SQL
2 17 (12.50%) PowerShell
3 15 (11.03%) T-SQL
3 15 (11.03%) C#
4 11 (8.09%) VB
5 4 (2.94%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.94%) VB.NET
6 3 (2.21%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.47%) C
8 1 (0.74%) LotusScript
8 1 (0.74%) VBA
8 1 (0.74%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 77 (56.62%) MCSE
2 39 (28.68%) MCITP
3 35 (25.74%) MCP
4 33 (24.26%) MCSA
5 24 (17.65%) MCTS
6 18 (13.24%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (11.03%) Degree
8 12 (8.82%) MCSD
9 10 (7.35%) CCNP
9 10 (7.35%) CCNA
10 6 (4.41%) Citrix Certification
10 6 (4.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (3.68%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (3.68%) CCA
11 5 (3.68%) MCDST
12 4 (2.94%) MCAD
12 4 (2.94%) CCIE
13 3 (2.21%) JNCIP
13 3 (2.21%) JNCIE
13 3 (2.21%) CCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (7.35%) SLA
2 4 (2.94%) QA
3 3 (2.21%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.47%) COBIT
5 1 (0.74%) HL7
System Software
1 63 (46.32%) Active Directory
2 29 (21.32%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (13.97%) vSphere
4 16 (11.76%) XenApp
5 12 (8.82%) Hyper-V
6 8 (5.88%) XenDesktop
6 8 (5.88%) VMware ESX
7 7 (5.15%) ISA Server
8 4 (2.94%) XenServer
9 3 (2.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (2.21%) VMware ESXi
10 2 (1.47%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.74%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.74%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.74%) VMware Server
11 1 (0.74%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 15 (11.03%) SCCM
2 9 (6.62%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 8 (5.88%) MAILsweeper
4 6 (4.41%) SCOM
5 3 (2.21%) EMC NetWorker
6 1 (0.74%) NetBackup
6 1 (0.74%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.74%) SCSM
6 1 (0.74%) WSUS
6 1 (0.74%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.74%) Ionix
Vendors
1 98 (72.06%) Microsoft
2 48 (35.29%) VMware
3 47 (34.56%) Citrix
4 30 (22.06%) Cisco
5 21 (15.44%) Dell
6 12 (8.82%) Symantec
7 11 (8.09%) SonicWALL
8 10 (7.35%) NetApp
9 9 (6.62%) Clearswift
9 9 (6.62%) RightFax
10 8 (5.88%) Bloomberg
10 8 (5.88%) EMC
10 8 (5.88%) Open Text
11 7 (5.15%) Reuters
11 7 (5.15%) McAfee
12 6 (4.41%) Websense
12 6 (4.41%) HP
12 6 (4.41%) Juniper
13 5 (3.68%) Altiris
13 5 (3.68%) Remedy
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