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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 140 128 132
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 65 96 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.10% 1.35% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.99% 8.82% 8.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 53 47
Average daily rate
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£425 £325 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+30.76% -10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £158 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £301 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.63% +0.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 13 9
Average hourly rate £15.00 £19.60 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.46% +8.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.25 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £32.75 £25.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.29 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-8.18% +8.06%
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
930 1089 1048
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.77% 15.33% 13.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 645 747 673
Average daily rate £425 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £563 £563
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 63 38
Average hourly rate £18.10 £23.75 £17.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.78% +32.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.79 £12.54 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £51.00 £32.50
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 25 July 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 25 July 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 95 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 79 (59.40%) Windows
3 67 (50.38%) MCSE
4 44 (33.08%) Active Directory
5 42 (31.58%) MCITP
6 40 (30.08%) SQL Server
7 38 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 37 (27.82%) SQL
9 35 (26.32%) VMware
10 34 (25.56%) ITIL
10 34 (25.56%) MS Exchange
10 34 (25.56%) Citrix
11 29 (21.80%) Windows 7
12 28 (21.05%) MS Excel
12 28 (21.05%) Finance
13 25 (18.80%) MCTS
13 25 (18.80%) Windows Server 2003
14 24 (18.05%) Cisco
15 22 (16.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 22 (16.54%) Exchange Server 2010
16 21 (15.79%) SharePoint
16 21 (15.79%) MCSA
16 21 (15.79%) MCP
17 20 (15.04%) VMware Infrastructure
18 19 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
18 19 (14.29%) DNS
19 17 (12.78%) Business Intelligence
19 17 (12.78%) WAN
19 17 (12.78%) Blackberry
19 17 (12.78%) SQL Server Integration Services

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 34 (25.56%) MS Exchange
2 22 (16.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 21 (15.79%) SharePoint
4 16 (12.03%) Exchange Server 2007
5 13 (9.77%) SharePoint 2010
6 12 (9.02%) Exchange Server 2003
7 11 (8.27%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 9 (6.77%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (6.02%) SharePoint Server
10 6 (4.51%) IIS
11 5 (3.76%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (1.50%) Lync
12 2 (1.50%) Apache Pig
13 1 (0.75%) Apache
13 1 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
13 1 (0.75%) Commerce Server
13 1 (0.75%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 28 (21.05%) MS Excel
2 15 (11.28%) MS Office
3 1 (0.75%) MS Project
3 1 (0.75%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.75%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 6 (4.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (3.01%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.75%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.26%) Office 365
2 1 (0.75%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 19 (14.29%) DNS
2 17 (12.78%) WAN
3 16 (12.03%) SAN
4 11 (8.27%) DHCP
4 11 (8.27%) TCP/IP
5 9 (6.77%) LAN
6 8 (6.02%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (5.26%) Firewall
8 4 (3.01%) Wi-Fi
8 4 (3.01%) SMTP
8 4 (3.01%) VPN
8 4 (3.01%) Network Security
9 3 (2.26%) IP Telephony
9 3 (2.26%) Internet
9 3 (2.26%) Extranet
10 2 (1.50%) Cisco IOS
11 1 (0.75%) NAS
11 1 (0.75%) NetScaler
11 1 (0.75%) Structured Cabling
11 1 (0.75%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (30.08%) SQL Server
2 22 (16.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 19 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
4 17 (12.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (10.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 12 (9.02%) SQL Server 2005
7 10 (7.52%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 5 (3.76%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (3.01%) Oracle Database
10 3 (2.26%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (2.26%) Hadoop
11 2 (1.50%) Apache Hive
11 2 (1.50%) RDBMS
11 2 (1.50%) Oracle Database 10g
11 2 (1.50%) Mahout
11 2 (1.50%) Relational Database
12 1 (0.75%) SSDT
12 1 (0.75%) Oracle Database 12c
12 1 (0.75%) Big Data
12 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 7 (5.26%) Visual Studio
2 5 (3.76%) CruiseControl
2 5 (3.76%) Subversion
2 5 (3.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (3.76%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.50%) TeamCity
3 2 (1.50%) MSI
4 1 (0.75%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.75%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.75%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.75%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 28 (21.05%) Finance
2 13 (9.77%) Banking
3 5 (3.76%) Retail
4 4 (3.01%) Legal
4 4 (3.01%) International Banking
5 3 (2.26%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.26%) Law
5 3 (2.26%) Front Office
5 3 (2.26%) Back Office
6 2 (1.50%) Advertising
7 1 (0.75%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.75%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 23 (17.29%) Developer
2 16 (12.03%) Analyst
3 14 (10.53%) Administrator
4 11 (8.27%) Support Analyst
4 11 (8.27%) SQL Developer
5 10 (7.52%) Architect
5 10 (7.52%) Desktop Support
6 9 (6.77%) Support Engineer
6 9 (6.77%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (6.02%) SharePoint Developer
7 8 (6.02%) Senior SQL Developer
7 8 (6.02%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (6.02%) 3rd Line Support
7 8 (6.02%) Senior Developer
8 7 (5.26%) Network Engineer
8 7 (5.26%) Desktop Engineer
8 7 (5.26%) Senior Network Engineer
9 6 (4.51%) Trainer
9 6 (4.51%) SharePoint Administrator
10 5 (3.76%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.53%) .NET
2 10 (7.52%) HTML
3 9 (6.77%) jQuery
4 7 (5.26%) CSS
4 7 (5.26%) .NET Framework
5 5 (3.76%) ASP.NET
5 5 (3.76%) Software Packaging
6 4 (3.01%) Web Services
7 3 (2.26%) XML
7 3 (2.26%) Ajax
7 3 (2.26%) WCF
8 2 (1.50%) WPF
8 2 (1.50%) WF
8 2 (1.50%) MapReduce
8 2 (1.50%) MDX
8 2 (1.50%) XSLT
8 2 (1.50%) Middleware
9 1 (0.75%) WinForms
9 1 (0.75%) XHTML
9 1 (0.75%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 17 (12.78%) Blackberry
2 16 (12.03%) Clustering
3 8 (6.02%) Data Integration
3 8 (6.02%) EqualLogic
4 5 (3.76%) Replication
4 5 (3.76%) Computer Science
5 4 (3.01%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (3.01%) iPhone
6 3 (2.26%) CMDB
6 3 (2.26%) Derivative
6 3 (2.26%) Fixed Income
6 3 (2.26%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.50%) Video Conferencing
7 2 (1.50%) iPad
7 2 (1.50%) Kindle
8 1 (0.75%) Visualisation
8 1 (0.75%) Open Source
8 1 (0.75%) FMCG
8 1 (0.75%) Handset
8 1 (0.75%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 79 (59.40%) Windows
2 38 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 29 (21.80%) Windows 7
4 25 (18.80%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (11.28%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (10.53%) Linux
7 12 (9.02%) Windows XP
8 4 (3.01%) Windows Vista
9 3 (2.26%) Mac OS X
9 3 (2.26%) UNIX
9 3 (2.26%) Windows 8
10 2 (1.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.75%) Android
11 1 (0.75%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.75%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (25.56%) ITIL
2 17 (12.78%) Business Intelligence
3 10 (7.52%) Data Modelling
3 10 (7.52%) ETL
4 9 (6.77%) Migration
5 8 (6.02%) CRM
5 8 (6.02%) Configuration Management
5 8 (6.02%) Data Transformation
6 7 (5.26%) Project Management
7 6 (4.51%) Service Management
7 6 (4.51%) Change Management
7 6 (4.51%) PRINCE2
7 6 (4.51%) Capacity Planning
8 5 (3.76%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (3.76%) Performance Monitoring
8 5 (3.76%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (3.76%) Asset Management
9 4 (3.01%) Service Delivery
9 4 (3.01%) Performance Tuning
10 3 (2.26%) Server Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 37 (27.82%) SQL
2 15 (11.28%) T-SQL
3 12 (9.02%) PowerShell
4 9 (6.77%) C#
5 6 (4.51%) VB
6 5 (3.76%) JavaScript
7 4 (3.01%) C
8 2 (1.50%) Java
8 2 (1.50%) VBScript
8 2 (1.50%) VBA
8 2 (1.50%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.75%) Python
9 1 (0.75%) PHP
9 1 (0.75%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.75%) C++
Qualifications
1 67 (50.38%) MCSE
2 42 (31.58%) MCITP
3 25 (18.80%) MCTS
4 21 (15.79%) MCSA
4 21 (15.79%) MCP
5 15 (11.28%) Degree
6 14 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (6.77%) CCNA
8 7 (5.26%) Citrix Certification
8 7 (5.26%) MCT
8 7 (5.26%) ITIL Certification
9 6 (4.51%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 6 (4.51%) MCSD
9 6 (4.51%) CCA
10 5 (3.76%) CCNP
10 5 (3.76%) MCDST
10 5 (3.76%) Security Cleared
11 4 (3.01%) LPIC
11 4 (3.01%) SC Cleared
12 3 (2.26%) JNCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (8.27%) SLA
2 3 (2.26%) ISO 9001
2 3 (2.26%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.50%) QA
4 1 (0.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 44 (33.08%) Active Directory
2 20 (15.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (10.53%) Hyper-V
4 7 (5.26%) XenApp
5 6 (4.51%) vSphere
6 5 (3.76%) ISA Server
6 5 (3.76%) VMware ESX
7 3 (2.26%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.50%) HDFS
8 2 (1.50%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (1.50%) Oracle RAC
8 2 (1.50%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (1.50%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.75%) Veritas Cluster Server
9 1 (0.75%) XenServer
9 1 (0.75%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.75%) VMware Server
9 1 (0.75%) Oracle RMAN
9 1 (0.75%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.75%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 10 (7.52%) SCCM
2 5 (3.76%) SCOM
3 3 (2.26%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 3 (2.26%) MAILsweeper
4 2 (1.50%) WSUS
4 2 (1.50%) ZENworks
4 2 (1.50%) EMC NetWorker
4 2 (1.50%) Oozie
5 1 (0.75%) ITRS Geneos
5 1 (0.75%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.75%) SCSM
5 1 (0.75%) XenMobile
5 1 (0.75%) SCVMM
5 1 (0.75%) Data Guard
5 1 (0.75%) Veritas Storage Foundation
5 1 (0.75%) BladeLogic
5 1 (0.75%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.75%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 95 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 35 (26.32%) VMware
3 34 (25.56%) Citrix
4 24 (18.05%) Cisco
5 9 (6.77%) Dell
6 8 (6.02%) HP
6 8 (6.02%) SonicWALL
7 5 (3.76%) IBM
7 5 (3.76%) Symantec
7 5 (3.76%) Remedy
8 4 (3.01%) Juniper
8 4 (3.01%) Oracle
8 4 (3.01%) CheckPoint
8 4 (3.01%) Reuters
8 4 (3.01%) Bloomberg
9 3 (2.26%) Clearswift
9 3 (2.26%) Apple
9 3 (2.26%) Open Text
9 3 (2.26%) SolarWinds
9 3 (2.26%) RightFax
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