The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the England 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 England 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 141 122 117
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 713 788 885
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.44% 1.69% 1.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.76% 9.49% 9.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 377 455
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £169 £171 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £451 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 76 96 91
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.44% +5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.70 £34.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.23 £16.25
% change year-on-year
-7.83% +6.00%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9190 8305 9096
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.62% 17.82% 17.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 5234 4509 4797
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £535 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 455 566
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.63% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.96 £41.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in England

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in England

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the England region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in England

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in England

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the England region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the England region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -9 286 £388 +5.44% 117
South East +12 208 £290 -14.70% 88
East of England -21 59 £300 +33.33% 36
North West 0 57 £275 +10.00% 28
South West -43 29 £323 +63.29% 29
West Midlands -25 24 £298 -0.41% 33
East Midlands -15 23 £350 +75.00% 30
Yorkshire -14 17 £304 -17.62% 33
North East -23 2 £328 +9.44% 7
Midlands +5 1 - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 1000 (71.02%) Microsoft
2 975 (69.25%) Windows
3 726 (51.56%) MCSE
4 604 (42.90%) Active Directory
5 460 (32.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 450 (31.96%) ITIL
7 441 (31.32%) VMware
8 375 (26.63%) MS Excel
8 375 (26.63%) MCITP
9 359 (25.50%) MS Exchange
10 324 (23.01%) Citrix
11 317 (22.51%) MCP
12 309 (21.95%) Windows Server 2003
13 278 (19.74%) SQL Server
14 277 (19.67%) SQL
15 276 (19.60%) VMware Infrastructure
16 274 (19.46%) Windows 7
17 235 (16.69%) DNS
18 227 (16.12%) MS Office
19 220 (15.63%) Cisco
20 198 (14.06%) MCTS
21 194 (13.78%) MCSA
22 188 (13.35%) Exchange Server 2010
23 187 (13.28%) SCCM
23 187 (13.28%) HP
24 186 (13.21%) Cisco Certification
24 186 (13.21%) DHCP
25 180 (12.78%) Firewall
26 177 (12.57%) SharePoint
26 177 (12.57%) SAN

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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
1 359 (25.50%) MS Exchange
2 188 (13.35%) Exchange Server 2010
3 177 (12.57%) SharePoint
4 128 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
5 124 (8.81%) Exchange Server 2003
6 77 (5.47%) SharePoint 2010
7 70 (4.97%) IIS
8 68 (4.83%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 57 (4.05%) Lync
10 46 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2013
11 37 (2.63%) SharePoint 2013
12 23 (1.63%) SharePoint Server
13 21 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
14 16 (1.14%) IBM Notes
15 9 (0.64%) MS Project Server
16 7 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2000
17 5 (0.36%) JOnAS
18 4 (0.28%) SAS
19 3 (0.21%) ArcGIS
19 3 (0.21%) Apache
Applications
1 375 (26.63%) MS Excel
2 227 (16.12%) MS Office
3 26 (1.85%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
5 13 (0.92%) MS Project
6 3 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.071%) SPSS
7 1 (0.071%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.071%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 53 (3.76%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.78%) assyst
3 9 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
4 8 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
6 6 (0.43%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 1 (0.071%) Dynamics GP
9 1 (0.071%) Magento
9 1 (0.071%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.071%) 3000 Xtra
9 1 (0.071%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 40 (2.84%) Office 365
2 16 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.71%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.64%) IaaS
5 8 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.14%) Google Apps
6 2 (0.14%) SaaS
7 1 (0.071%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 235 (16.69%) DNS
2 186 (13.21%) DHCP
3 180 (12.78%) Firewall
4 177 (12.57%) SAN
5 133 (9.45%) TCP/IP
6 123 (8.74%) LAN
7 118 (8.38%) WAN
8 69 (4.90%) VPN
8 69 (4.90%) Wireless
9 53 (3.76%) Internet
10 51 (3.62%) VoIP
11 29 (2.06%) NAS
12 28 (1.99%) Network Security
13 23 (1.63%) NetScaler
13 23 (1.63%) IP Telephony
13 23 (1.63%) MPLS
14 21 (1.49%) SMTP
15 20 (1.42%) VLAN
16 18 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
17 17 (1.21%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 278 (19.74%) SQL Server
2 122 (8.66%) SQL Server 2008
3 114 (8.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 75 (5.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 71 (5.04%) SQL Server 2005
6 69 (4.90%) SQL Server 2012
7 46 (3.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 26 (1.85%) SQL Server 2000
9 17 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
9 17 (1.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 16 (1.14%) Oracle Database
11 15 (1.07%) MySQL
12 14 (0.99%) Oracle Database 10g
13 12 (0.85%) Relational Database
14 11 (0.78%) DTS
14 11 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
15 10 (0.71%) EDRMS
16 9 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
16 9 (0.64%) RDBMS
17 8 (0.57%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 50 (3.55%) Visual Studio
2 28 (1.99%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (1.35%) MSI
4 10 (0.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (0.64%) Subversion
6 8 (0.57%) InstallShield
7 6 (0.43%) Git (software)
7 6 (0.43%) LoadRunner
7 6 (0.43%) CruiseControl
7 6 (0.43%) Jenkins
8 5 (0.36%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.28%) MSTest
9 4 (0.28%) QuickTest Pro
10 3 (0.21%) AdminStudio
10 3 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (0.14%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.071%) Octopus Deploy
12 1 (0.071%) NUnit
12 1 (0.071%) Selenium
12 1 (0.071%) SpecFlow
General
1 169 (12.00%) Finance
2 61 (4.33%) Banking
3 34 (2.41%) Telecoms
4 33 (2.34%) Front Office
5 31 (2.20%) Back Office
5 31 (2.20%) Advertising
6 21 (1.49%) Law
6 21 (1.49%) Marketing
7 20 (1.42%) Retail
8 18 (1.28%) French Language
9 17 (1.21%) Mandarin Language
9 17 (1.21%) Spanish Language
10 12 (0.85%) Investment Banking
10 12 (0.85%) Legal
11 10 (0.71%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.57%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.50%) Military
14 4 (0.28%) International Banking
14 4 (0.28%) Publishing
15 3 (0.21%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 243 (17.26%) Analyst
2 183 (13.00%) Support Engineer
3 113 (8.03%) Support Analyst
4 109 (7.74%) Consultant
5 102 (7.24%) Developer
6 95 (6.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 78 (5.54%) 3rd Line Support
8 72 (5.11%) Administrator
9 63 (4.47%) 2nd Line Support
10 62 (4.40%) Architect
11 60 (4.26%) Service Analyst
12 59 (4.19%) Desktop Support
12 59 (4.19%) Service Desk Analyst
13 58 (4.12%) Systems Engineer
14 55 (3.91%) Server Engineer
15 52 (3.69%) DBA
16 48 (3.41%) SQL DBA
17 45 (3.20%) 1st Line Support
18 40 (2.84%) Network Engineer
19 37 (2.63%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 163 (11.58%) .NET
2 77 (5.47%) HTML
3 73 (5.18%) ASP.NET
4 50 (3.55%) XML
5 38 (2.70%) Web Services
6 37 (2.63%) CSS
6 37 (2.63%) WCF
7 30 (2.13%) .NET Framework
8 26 (1.85%) JSP
8 26 (1.85%) jQuery
9 20 (1.42%) Middleware
10 19 (1.35%) Software Packaging
11 15 (1.07%) XSLT
11 15 (1.07%) WPF
12 14 (0.99%) Silverlight
13 13 (0.92%) WinForms
13 13 (0.92%) SOAP
13 13 (0.92%) ASP.NET MVC
13 13 (0.92%) Application Packaging
14 11 (0.78%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 103 (7.32%) Blackberry
2 99 (7.03%) Clustering
3 55 (3.91%) Management Information System
4 44 (3.13%) Computer Science
5 40 (2.84%) Replication
6 23 (1.63%) Statistics
6 23 (1.63%) Fat Client
6 23 (1.63%) Thin Client
7 21 (1.49%) Client/Server
8 20 (1.42%) PKI
9 14 (0.99%) iPad
10 11 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
10 11 (0.78%) NHS
10 11 (0.78%) Data Integration
11 9 (0.64%) Smartphone
11 9 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
11 9 (0.64%) iPhone
11 9 (0.64%) EqualLogic
12 6 (0.43%) CMDB
12 6 (0.43%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 975 (69.25%) Windows
2 460 (32.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 309 (21.95%) Windows Server 2003
4 274 (19.46%) Windows 7
5 171 (12.14%) Windows XP
6 168 (11.93%) Windows Server 2012
7 124 (8.81%) Linux
8 82 (5.82%) UNIX
9 50 (3.55%) Windows 8
10 37 (2.63%) Windows Vista
11 30 (2.13%) Windows 2000
12 27 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 26 (1.85%) Windows 2000 Server
14 19 (1.35%) Mac OS X
15 10 (0.71%) Windows NT
16 9 (0.64%) Android
17 6 (0.43%) Solaris
18 5 (0.36%) Apple iOS
19 4 (0.28%) Mac OS
20 3 (0.21%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 450 (31.96%) ITIL
2 128 (9.09%) Migration
3 104 (7.39%) Service Management
4 89 (6.32%) Project Management
5 74 (5.26%) CRM
6 73 (5.18%) Service Delivery
7 72 (5.11%) Incident Management
8 64 (4.55%) Workflow
9 58 (4.12%) Disaster Recovery
10 56 (3.98%) Business Intelligence
11 48 (3.41%) Change Management
12 43 (3.05%) ITSM
12 43 (3.05%) Configuration Management
13 38 (2.70%) Load Balancing
14 36 (2.56%) Performance Tuning
14 36 (2.56%) Problem Management
15 35 (2.49%) PRINCE2
15 35 (2.49%) Capacity Planning
16 28 (1.99%) Change Control
17 27 (1.92%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 277 (19.67%) SQL
2 160 (11.36%) PowerShell
3 100 (7.10%) C#
4 67 (4.76%) JavaScript
5 63 (4.47%) T-SQL
6 36 (2.56%) VB
7 35 (2.49%) VBScript
8 19 (1.35%) C
9 16 (1.14%) Perl
10 15 (1.07%) C++
11 14 (0.99%) Java
12 10 (0.71%) VBA
12 10 (0.71%) VB.NET
13 9 (0.64%) Shell Script
14 8 (0.57%) Python
15 6 (0.43%) ABAP
16 4 (0.28%) PHP
17 3 (0.21%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.21%) Bash Shell
18 2 (0.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 726 (51.56%) MCSE
2 375 (26.63%) MCITP
3 317 (22.51%) MCP
4 198 (14.06%) MCTS
5 194 (13.78%) MCSA
6 186 (13.21%) Cisco Certification
7 168 (11.93%) Security Cleared
8 164 (11.65%) Degree
9 148 (10.51%) CCNA
10 105 (7.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 104 (7.39%) SC Cleared
12 85 (6.04%) MCDST
13 55 (3.91%) CCNP
14 49 (3.48%) DV Cleared
15 41 (2.91%) MCSD
16 38 (2.70%) Citrix Certification
16 38 (2.70%) A+ Certification
17 35 (2.49%) ITIL Certification
18 32 (2.27%) MCDBA
18 32 (2.27%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (8.74%) SLA
2 19 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.07%) QA
4 9 (0.64%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.57%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.21%) BS7799
8 1 (0.071%) Data Quality
System Software
1 604 (42.90%) Active Directory
2 276 (19.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 130 (9.23%) Hyper-V
4 100 (7.10%) vSphere
5 98 (6.96%) XenApp
6 68 (4.83%) VMware ESX
7 42 (2.98%) XenDesktop
8 40 (2.84%) XenServer
9 25 (1.78%) ISA Server
10 24 (1.70%) Microsoft App-V
11 23 (1.63%) Terminal Services
12 20 (1.42%) UAG
13 15 (1.07%) VMware ESXi
14 11 (0.78%) Oracle RAC
15 10 (0.71%) NFS
16 8 (0.57%) vCloud
16 8 (0.57%) Xen
16 8 (0.57%) Terminal Server
17 6 (0.43%) Forefront TMG
17 6 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 187 (13.28%) SCCM
2 82 (5.82%) SCOM
3 65 (4.62%) Backup Exec
4 24 (1.70%) WSUS
5 19 (1.35%) SCVMM
6 15 (1.07%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 14 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
7 14 (0.99%) Norton AntiVirus
8 13 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 12 (0.85%) BladeLogic
9 12 (0.85%) Nessus
9 12 (0.85%) MAILsweeper
9 12 (0.85%) OVSD
9 12 (0.85%) NetBackup
10 11 (0.78%) EMC NetWorker
11 10 (0.71%) OpenView
12 9 (0.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 9 (0.64%) WMI
13 8 (0.57%) Data Guard
14 7 (0.50%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 1000 (71.02%) Microsoft
2 441 (31.32%) VMware
3 324 (23.01%) Citrix
4 220 (15.63%) Cisco
5 187 (13.28%) HP
6 96 (6.82%) Symantec
7 57 (4.05%) McAfee
7 57 (4.05%) Dell
8 56 (3.98%) Oracle
9 54 (3.84%) EMC
10 50 (3.55%) Juniper
10 50 (3.55%) Apple
11 38 (2.70%) Avaya
12 34 (2.41%) NetApp
13 32 (2.27%) Sophos
13 32 (2.27%) IBM
14 31 (2.20%) CheckPoint
15 30 (2.13%) Red Hat
15 30 (2.13%) SolarWinds
16 29 (2.06%) Remedy
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