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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 130 129 133
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 62 96 95
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.08% 1.35% 1.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.90% 8.76% 9.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 53 50
Average daily rate
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£425 £338 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.92% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £178 £157
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 11 9
Average hourly rate £13.75 £19.60 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.84% +12.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £17.25 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £23.75 £22.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.23 £16.25
% change year-on-year
-7.83% +6.00%
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
898 1096 1056
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.58% 15.46% 13.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 628 743 688
Average daily rate £425 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 61 39
Average hourly rate £16.16 £23.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.95% +35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.49 £51.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
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 1 August 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 1 August 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 93 (71.54%) Microsoft
2 74 (56.92%) Windows
3 64 (49.23%) MCSE
4 42 (32.31%) Active Directory
5 39 (30.00%) MCITP
6 38 (29.23%) SQL Server
7 37 (28.46%) Windows Server 2008
8 32 (24.62%) SQL
8 32 (24.62%) VMware
9 31 (23.85%) ITIL
9 31 (23.85%) MS Exchange
9 31 (23.85%) Citrix
10 29 (22.31%) MS Excel
11 27 (20.77%) Finance
11 27 (20.77%) Windows 7
12 25 (19.23%) MCTS
13 23 (17.69%) Windows Server 2003
14 22 (16.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 21 (16.15%) Cisco
15 21 (16.15%) SharePoint
15 21 (16.15%) MCSA
16 20 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2010
16 20 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
17 19 (14.62%) SQL Server 2008
18 18 (13.85%) DNS
18 18 (13.85%) MCP
19 17 (13.08%) Business Intelligence
19 17 (13.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
20 16 (12.31%) Blackberry
21 15 (11.54%) T-SQL

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

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 31 (23.85%) MS Exchange
2 21 (16.15%) SharePoint
3 20 (15.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (10.77%) Exchange Server 2007
5 13 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
6 11 (8.46%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 11 (8.46%) Exchange Server 2003
7 8 (6.15%) SharePoint Server
8 7 (5.38%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (3.85%) IIS
9 5 (3.85%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (1.54%) Lync
10 2 (1.54%) Apache Pig
11 1 (0.77%) BizTalk Server
11 1 (0.77%) Commerce Server
11 1 (0.77%) Apache
11 1 (0.77%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 29 (22.31%) MS Excel
2 13 (10.00%) MS Office
3 1 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.77%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.77%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (5.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (3.85%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.77%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.77%) Magento
3 1 (0.77%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.31%) Office 365
2 1 (0.77%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 18 (13.85%) DNS
2 14 (10.77%) WAN
2 14 (10.77%) SAN
3 11 (8.46%) TCP/IP
4 10 (7.69%) DHCP
5 8 (6.15%) LAN
6 7 (5.38%) Firewall
7 6 (4.62%) Cisco ASA
8 4 (3.08%) Network Security
8 4 (3.08%) SMTP
8 4 (3.08%) VPN
8 4 (3.08%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (2.31%) IP Telephony
9 3 (2.31%) Extranet
10 2 (1.54%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (1.54%) Internet
11 1 (0.77%) MPLS
11 1 (0.77%) H.323
11 1 (0.77%) Ethernet
11 1 (0.77%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (29.23%) SQL Server
2 22 (16.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 19 (14.62%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (13.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (10.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 12 (9.23%) SQL Server 2005
7 10 (7.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 5 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (3.08%) Oracle Database
10 3 (2.31%) Hadoop
10 3 (2.31%) Oracle Database 11g
11 2 (1.54%) Mahout
11 2 (1.54%) Relational Database
11 2 (1.54%) Apache Hive
11 2 (1.54%) RDBMS
11 2 (1.54%) Oracle Database 10g
12 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2000
12 1 (0.77%) OLTP
12 1 (0.77%) Oracle Reports
12 1 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (5.38%) Visual Studio
2 5 (3.85%) CruiseControl
2 5 (3.85%) Subversion
2 5 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (3.85%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.54%) TeamCity
3 2 (1.54%) MSI
4 1 (0.77%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.77%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.77%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.77%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 27 (20.77%) Finance
2 12 (9.23%) Banking
3 5 (3.85%) Retail
4 4 (3.08%) International Banking
5 3 (2.31%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.31%) Law
5 3 (2.31%) Legal
6 2 (1.54%) Advertising
6 2 (1.54%) Front Office
6 2 (1.54%) Back Office
7 1 (0.77%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.77%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (17.69%) Developer
2 15 (11.54%) Analyst
3 13 (10.00%) Administrator
4 11 (8.46%) SQL Developer
4 11 (8.46%) Desktop Support
5 10 (7.69%) Architect
5 10 (7.69%) Support Analyst
6 9 (6.92%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 9 (6.92%) Support Engineer
6 9 (6.92%) 3rd Line Support
7 8 (6.15%) Senior SQL Developer
7 8 (6.15%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (6.15%) Senior Developer
7 8 (6.15%) SharePoint Developer
8 7 (5.38%) Desktop Engineer
8 7 (5.38%) Trainer
9 6 (4.62%) SharePoint Administrator
9 6 (4.62%) Network Engineer
9 6 (4.62%) Senior Network Engineer
10 5 (3.85%) Desktop Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (10.00%) .NET
2 10 (7.69%) HTML
3 9 (6.92%) jQuery
4 7 (5.38%) CSS
4 7 (5.38%) .NET Framework
5 5 (3.85%) ASP.NET
5 5 (3.85%) Software Packaging
6 4 (3.08%) Web Services
7 3 (2.31%) Ajax
7 3 (2.31%) XML
7 3 (2.31%) WCF
8 2 (1.54%) MDX
8 2 (1.54%) WPF
8 2 (1.54%) WF
8 2 (1.54%) MapReduce
8 2 (1.54%) XSLT
8 2 (1.54%) Middleware
9 1 (0.77%) WinForms
9 1 (0.77%) XHTML
9 1 (0.77%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 16 (12.31%) Blackberry
2 14 (10.77%) Clustering
3 8 (6.15%) Data Integration
4 6 (4.62%) EqualLogic
5 5 (3.85%) Replication
5 5 (3.85%) Computer Science
6 4 (3.08%) Enterprise Software
6 4 (3.08%) iPhone
7 3 (2.31%) Derivative
7 3 (2.31%) Fixed Income
7 3 (2.31%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.31%) CMDB
8 2 (1.54%) Video Conferencing
8 2 (1.54%) Visualisation
8 2 (1.54%) iPad
8 2 (1.54%) Kindle
9 1 (0.77%) Statistics
9 1 (0.77%) PKI
9 1 (0.77%) CESG
9 1 (0.77%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 74 (56.92%) Windows
2 37 (28.46%) Windows Server 2008
3 27 (20.77%) Windows 7
4 23 (17.69%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (11.54%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (10.77%) Linux
7 10 (7.69%) Windows XP
8 4 (3.08%) Windows Vista
9 3 (2.31%) Mac OS X
9 3 (2.31%) UNIX
9 3 (2.31%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.77%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.77%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.77%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (23.85%) ITIL
2 17 (13.08%) Business Intelligence
3 10 (7.69%) ETL
3 10 (7.69%) Data Modelling
4 9 (6.92%) Migration
4 9 (6.92%) CRM
5 8 (6.15%) Data Transformation
5 8 (6.15%) Configuration Management
6 7 (5.38%) Project Management
7 6 (4.62%) Capacity Planning
7 6 (4.62%) PRINCE2
7 6 (4.62%) Change Management
8 5 (3.85%) Asset Management
8 5 (3.85%) Service Management
8 5 (3.85%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (3.85%) Performance Monitoring
9 4 (3.08%) Change Control
9 4 (3.08%) Performance Tuning
9 4 (3.08%) Problem Management
9 4 (3.08%) ERP
Programming Languages
1 32 (24.62%) SQL
2 15 (11.54%) T-SQL
3 12 (9.23%) PowerShell
4 9 (6.92%) C#
5 6 (4.62%) VB
6 5 (3.85%) JavaScript
7 4 (3.08%) C
8 2 (1.54%) VBA
8 2 (1.54%) VBScript
8 2 (1.54%) Java
8 2 (1.54%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.77%) Python
9 1 (0.77%) C++
9 1 (0.77%) PHP
9 1 (0.77%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 64 (49.23%) MCSE
2 39 (30.00%) MCITP
3 25 (19.23%) MCTS
4 21 (16.15%) MCSA
5 18 (13.85%) MCP
6 14 (10.77%) Degree
7 12 (9.23%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (6.15%) MCT
8 8 (6.15%) CCNA
9 7 (5.38%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (4.62%) MCSD
10 6 (4.62%) Citrix Certification
10 6 (4.62%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 5 (3.85%) CCA
11 5 (3.85%) CCNP
11 5 (3.85%) Security Cleared
11 5 (3.85%) MCDST
12 4 (3.08%) SC Cleared
12 4 (3.08%) LPIC
13 3 (2.31%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (6.92%) SLA
2 3 (2.31%) ISO 9001
2 3 (2.31%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.54%) QA
4 1 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 42 (32.31%) Active Directory
2 20 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (9.23%) Hyper-V
4 6 (4.62%) vSphere
4 6 (4.62%) XenApp
5 5 (3.85%) VMware ESX
5 5 (3.85%) ISA Server
6 2 (1.54%) HDFS
6 2 (1.54%) Oracle RAC
6 2 (1.54%) XenDesktop
6 2 (1.54%) Forefront TMG
6 2 (1.54%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.77%) Oracle RMAN
7 1 (0.77%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.77%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.77%) XenServer
7 1 (0.77%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (0.77%) VMware Server
7 1 (0.77%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 9 (6.92%) SCCM
2 5 (3.85%) SCOM
3 3 (2.31%) MAILsweeper
3 3 (2.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (1.54%) Oozie
4 2 (1.54%) EMC NetWorker
4 2 (1.54%) ZENworks
5 1 (0.77%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.77%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.77%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.77%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.77%) WSUS
5 1 (0.77%) Veritas Storage Foundation
5 1 (0.77%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.77%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (0.77%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.77%) SCSM
5 1 (0.77%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 93 (71.54%) Microsoft
2 32 (24.62%) VMware
3 31 (23.85%) Citrix
4 21 (16.15%) Cisco
5 8 (6.15%) HP
6 7 (5.38%) Dell
7 6 (4.62%) SonicWALL
8 5 (3.85%) IBM
8 5 (3.85%) Symantec
8 5 (3.85%) Remedy
9 4 (3.08%) Oracle
9 4 (3.08%) Reuters
9 4 (3.08%) Bloomberg
9 4 (3.08%) CheckPoint
9 4 (3.08%) Juniper
10 3 (2.31%) Open Text
10 3 (2.31%) Apple
10 3 (2.31%) Clearswift
10 3 (2.31%) SolarWinds
10 3 (2.31%) RightFax
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