The table below looks at the statistics 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 28 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 167 150 132
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -18
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 604 622 658
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.33% 1.39% 1.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.58% 7.37% 8.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 333 317 352
Average daily rate
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£330 £315 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% -3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 £120 £137
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £308
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -2.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 83 101
Average hourly rate £15.77 £15.13 £19.26
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.26% -21.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.65 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.25 £25.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £15.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+5.13% -18.91%
Microsoft Certification
UK

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

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9173 8436 7387
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.12% 18.92% 17.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 5411 4650 3941
Average daily rate £400 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £545
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 409 380 526
Average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.81 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.02 £40.00 £44.78
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.83%

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 28 January 2015.

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 28 January 2015.

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 28 January 2015. 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 -23 209 £345 -1.42% 119
South East +28 202 £330 +1.53% 100
East of England -18 39 £288 +27.77% 27
West Midlands +20 37 £300 -17.80% 31
South West -10 36 £375 +134.37% 41
East Midlands +2 27 £400 +263.63% 16
North West -10 22 £400 +77.77% 52
North East -11 15 £270 -3.14% 6
Yorkshire -20 15 £281 +12.50% 41
Midlands - 2 £275 -
Microsoft Certification
UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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 1219 (74.74%) Microsoft
2 1016 (62.29%) Windows
3 770 (47.21%) MCSE
4 657 (40.28%) Active Directory
5 534 (32.74%) MS Excel
6 474 (29.06%) ITIL
7 459 (28.14%) VMware
8 450 (27.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 374 (22.93%) MCITP
10 355 (21.77%) MS Exchange
11 348 (21.34%) Windows Server 2003
12 288 (17.66%) Citrix
13 282 (17.29%) CRM
13 282 (17.29%) MCP
14 274 (16.80%) VMware Infrastructure
15 267 (16.37%) Security Cleared
16 264 (16.19%) Windows 7
17 260 (15.94%) HP
18 249 (15.27%) Windows Server 2012
19 237 (14.53%) Cisco
20 230 (14.10%) SQL
21 229 (14.04%) SQL Server
22 224 (13.73%) MS Office
23 213 (13.06%) DNS
24 210 (12.88%) MCSA
25 193 (11.83%) SC Cleared
26 189 (11.59%) SharePoint
27 182 (11.16%) TCP/IP
28 177 (10.85%) PowerShell
29 176 (10.79%) Cisco Certification

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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
1 355 (21.77%) MS Exchange
2 189 (11.59%) SharePoint
3 171 (10.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 116 (7.11%) IIS
5 112 (6.87%) Exchange Server 2003
6 101 (6.19%) Exchange Server 2007
7 76 (4.66%) Lync
8 73 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2013
9 55 (3.37%) SharePoint 2010
10 49 (3.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 38 (2.33%) SharePoint 2013
12 29 (1.78%) Apache
13 26 (1.59%) IBM Notes
14 24 (1.47%) BizTalk Server
15 21 (1.29%) Office Communications Server
15 21 (1.29%) Tomcat
16 20 (1.23%) WebSphere
17 14 (0.86%) SharePoint Server
18 11 (0.67%) JBoss
19 10 (0.61%) Documentum
Applications
1 534 (32.74%) MS Excel
2 224 (13.73%) MS Office
3 27 (1.66%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.98%) MS Project
6 4 (0.25%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.12%) SPSS
7 2 (0.12%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.061%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.061%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.061%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 58 (3.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.92%) Dynamics AX
3 14 (0.86%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.49%) assyst
5 6 (0.37%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.18%) WebTrends
7 2 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.061%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.061%) Changepoint
8 1 (0.061%) Magento
8 1 (0.061%) 3000 Xtra
8 1 (0.061%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.061%) Agresso
8 1 (0.061%) CODA-Financials
Cloud Services
1 63 (3.86%) Office 365
2 19 (1.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.61%) SaaS
4 7 (0.43%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (0.37%) IaaS
5 6 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 213 (13.06%) DNS
2 182 (11.16%) TCP/IP
3 169 (10.36%) SAN
4 164 (10.06%) DHCP
5 159 (9.75%) Firewall
6 101 (6.19%) WAN
7 98 (6.01%) LAN
8 72 (4.41%) Internet
9 57 (3.49%) VoIP
10 56 (3.43%) VPN
11 45 (2.76%) Wireless
12 40 (2.45%) NAS
13 39 (2.39%) VLAN
14 37 (2.27%) SSL
15 28 (1.72%) SMTP
15 28 (1.72%) Network Security
16 26 (1.59%) NetScaler
17 20 (1.23%) IP Telephony
18 19 (1.16%) FTP
19 17 (1.04%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 229 (14.04%) SQL Server
2 78 (4.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 70 (4.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 50 (3.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 40 (2.45%) SQL Server 2012
6 37 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 34 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
8 23 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
9 16 (0.98%) MySQL
9 16 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
10 13 (0.80%) OLAP
11 12 (0.74%) Relational Database
12 11 (0.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 10 (0.61%) OLTP
14 9 (0.55%) OLAP Cube
15 8 (0.49%) Hadoop
16 7 (0.43%) MS Access
16 7 (0.43%) RDBMS
16 7 (0.43%) SQL Server 2000
16 7 (0.43%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 39 (2.39%) Team Foundation Server
2 28 (1.72%) Visual Studio
3 14 (0.86%) MSI
4 7 (0.43%) InstallShield
5 6 (0.37%) JIRA
6 5 (0.31%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.31%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.31%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 4 (0.25%) Oracle Forms
7 4 (0.25%) CruiseControl
7 4 (0.25%) Subversion
8 3 (0.18%) Fiddler
8 3 (0.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.18%) MSTest
8 3 (0.18%) NUnit
9 1 (0.061%) TeamCity
9 1 (0.061%) MSBuild
9 1 (0.061%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.061%) WiX
9 1 (0.061%) WinRunner
General
1 168 (10.30%) Finance
2 47 (2.88%) Telecoms
3 40 (2.45%) Banking
4 28 (1.72%) Marketing
5 27 (1.66%) Law
6 26 (1.59%) Advertising
7 19 (1.16%) Legal
7 19 (1.16%) Military
8 16 (0.98%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.55%) Retail
10 8 (0.49%) Back Office
10 8 (0.49%) Local Government
10 8 (0.49%) Investment Banking
11 7 (0.43%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.25%) Publishing
13 3 (0.18%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.18%) Dutch Language
14 2 (0.12%) Electronics
15 1 (0.061%) French Language
15 1 (0.061%) German Language
Job Titles
1 221 (13.55%) Technical Support
2 209 (12.81%) Analyst
3 185 (11.34%) Support Engineer
4 118 (7.23%) Consultant
5 113 (6.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 111 (6.81%) Developer
7 91 (5.58%) Support Analyst
8 81 (4.97%) Desktop Support
9 76 (4.66%) 3rd Line Support
10 69 (4.23%) 2nd Line Support
10 69 (4.23%) Administrator
11 59 (3.62%) Architect
12 57 (3.49%) Service Analyst
13 56 (3.43%) Service Desk Analyst
13 56 (3.43%) Wintel Engineer
14 54 (3.31%) Server Engineer
15 46 (2.82%) 1st Line Support
16 42 (2.58%) Desktop Engineer
17 38 (2.33%) IT Support
17 38 (2.33%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 151 (9.26%) .NET
2 92 (5.64%) HTML
3 90 (5.52%) XML
4 81 (4.97%) ASP.NET
5 66 (4.05%) Web Services
6 46 (2.82%) WCF
7 38 (2.33%) JSP
8 33 (2.02%) .NET Framework
9 30 (1.84%) SOAP
10 27 (1.66%) CSS
11 24 (1.47%) jQuery
12 18 (1.10%) Application Packaging
13 16 (0.98%) JMS
14 15 (0.92%) HTML5
14 15 (0.92%) ASP.NET MVC
15 14 (0.86%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
15 14 (0.86%) LINQ
16 13 (0.80%) WPF
16 13 (0.80%) Middleware
17 11 (0.67%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 119 (7.30%) Clustering
2 92 (5.64%) Blackberry
3 77 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
4 42 (2.58%) Management Information System
5 38 (2.33%) Computer Science
5 38 (2.33%) Replication
6 24 (1.47%) Video Conferencing
7 21 (1.29%) Fat Client
7 21 (1.29%) Thin Client
8 15 (0.92%) CMDB
8 15 (0.92%) PKI
8 15 (0.92%) Client/Server
9 13 (0.80%) Smartphone
9 13 (0.80%) iPad
9 13 (0.80%) NHS
10 10 (0.61%) Smartcard
10 10 (0.61%) iPhone
10 10 (0.61%) Enterprise Software
11 9 (0.55%) Mainframe
12 8 (0.49%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 1016 (62.29%) Windows
2 450 (27.59%) Windows Server 2008
3 348 (21.34%) Windows Server 2003
4 264 (16.19%) Windows 7
5 249 (15.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 152 (9.32%) Linux
7 140 (8.58%) Windows XP
8 82 (5.03%) UNIX
9 49 (3.00%) Windows 8
10 45 (2.76%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 40 (2.45%) Windows Vista
12 35 (2.15%) Windows 2000 Server
13 34 (2.08%) Windows 2000
14 18 (1.10%) Android
15 14 (0.86%) Apple iOS
16 13 (0.80%) Windows NT
17 9 (0.55%) VMS
18 8 (0.49%) Solaris
19 6 (0.37%) Windows Mobile
20 5 (0.31%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 474 (29.06%) ITIL
2 282 (17.29%) CRM
3 159 (9.75%) Migration
4 92 (5.64%) Service Management
5 84 (5.15%) Project Management
6 81 (4.97%) Change Management
7 77 (4.72%) Agile Software Development
8 74 (4.54%) Disaster Recovery
9 55 (3.37%) Incident Management
10 51 (3.13%) Configuration Management
10 51 (3.13%) Service Delivery
11 49 (3.00%) Business Intelligence
12 45 (2.76%) High Availability
13 42 (2.58%) PRINCE2
14 40 (2.45%) Time Management
15 37 (2.27%) Performance Tuning
16 35 (2.15%) Customer Engagement
17 34 (2.08%) Validation
17 34 (2.08%) Workflow
17 34 (2.08%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 230 (14.10%) SQL
2 177 (10.85%) PowerShell
3 86 (5.27%) C#
4 77 (4.72%) JavaScript
5 60 (3.68%) VBScript
6 53 (3.25%) T-SQL
7 34 (2.08%) VB
8 26 (1.59%) C
9 17 (1.04%) Korn
9 17 (1.04%) VB.NET
9 17 (1.04%) Java
10 14 (0.86%) Shell Script
11 13 (0.80%) Bash Shell
12 12 (0.74%) PHP
13 11 (0.67%) C-shell
13 11 (0.67%) Jython
14 9 (0.55%) Perl
14 9 (0.55%) VBA
15 8 (0.49%) C++
16 6 (0.37%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 770 (47.21%) MCSE
2 374 (22.93%) MCITP
3 282 (17.29%) MCP
4 267 (16.37%) Security Cleared
5 210 (12.88%) MCSA
6 193 (11.83%) SC Cleared
7 176 (10.79%) Cisco Certification
8 165 (10.12%) MCTS
9 140 (8.58%) Degree
10 129 (7.91%) CCNA
11 128 (7.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 84 (5.15%) DV Cleared
13 62 (3.80%) MCDST
14 60 (3.68%) Citrix Certification
15 50 (3.07%) CCNP
16 49 (3.00%) A+ Certification
17 46 (2.82%) CCA
18 34 (2.08%) ITIL Certification
19 28 (1.72%) ISTQB
19 28 (1.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (6.81%) SLA
2 18 (1.10%) QA
3 14 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.37%) JSP 440
5 5 (0.31%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.31%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.061%) HL7
6 1 (0.061%) Solvency II
System Software
1 657 (40.28%) Active Directory
2 274 (16.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 128 (7.85%) Hyper-V
4 99 (6.07%) vSphere
5 92 (5.64%) XenApp
6 55 (3.37%) VMware ESX
7 35 (2.15%) ISA Server
8 33 (2.02%) Microsoft App-V
8 33 (2.02%) Terminal Services
9 31 (1.90%) XenDesktop
10 22 (1.35%) Xen
11 20 (1.23%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 17 (1.04%) XenServer
13 16 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
14 15 (0.92%) Forefront TMG
15 14 (0.86%) NFS
15 14 (0.86%) UAG
16 13 (0.80%) VMware ESXi
16 13 (0.80%) vCloud
17 12 (0.74%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 162 (9.93%) SCCM
2 96 (5.89%) SCOM
3 51 (3.13%) Backup Exec
4 28 (1.72%) NetBackup
5 24 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
6 21 (1.29%) Nagios
7 17 (1.04%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 15 (0.92%) BladeLogic
9 14 (0.86%) WSUS
10 12 (0.74%) SCSM
11 11 (0.67%) HP SIM
11 11 (0.67%) OVSD
12 10 (0.61%) OpenView
12 10 (0.61%) Puppet
12 10 (0.61%) HP Quality Center
12 10 (0.61%) SCOrch
13 9 (0.55%) WMI
13 9 (0.55%) Norton AntiVirus
13 9 (0.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
14 8 (0.49%) Nessus
Vendors
1 1219 (74.74%) Microsoft
2 459 (28.14%) VMware
3 288 (17.66%) Citrix
4 260 (15.94%) HP
5 237 (14.53%) Cisco
6 74 (4.54%) NetApp
7 68 (4.17%) McAfee
8 61 (3.74%) Oracle
9 60 (3.68%) Dell
10 59 (3.62%) Red Hat
10 59 (3.62%) Symantec
11 58 (3.56%) EMC
12 51 (3.13%) IBM
13 34 (2.08%) Juniper
14 31 (1.90%) Sophos
14 31 (1.90%) Avaya
15 29 (1.78%) Lotus
16 27 (1.66%) Remedy
17 25 (1.53%) Apple
18 24 (1.47%) SolarWinds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Greywood Associates Limited
Rate: £130 - £140 per day + Benefits
Posted: 13 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 17 hours ago
Blackburn, Lancashire
CRL
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day 6 Month contract initially
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Kelway Ltd
Rate: £160 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Cyber Team
Rate: From £370 to £420 per day 4 Month Contract
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Quindell Resourcing
Rate: Circa £200pd
Posted: 2 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
South West
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £200 - 250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hull, North Humberside
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £77 - £91 Per Day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Vertical IT
Rate: negotiable DOE
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £208 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £130 - £150 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Norwich, Norfolk
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago