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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 149 159 129
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -30
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 728 666 754
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.46% 1.39% 1.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.80% 7.35% 9.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 443 362 384
Average daily rate
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£325 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £300 £308
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -2.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 72 86
Average hourly rate £18.86 £15.88 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.77% -9.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.10 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £22.50 £28.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.63 £17.06
% change year-on-year
+15.20% -8.41%
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
9331 9062 8184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.77% 18.92% 18.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5574 5190 4423
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £528 £535
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 464 408 471
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £19.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+18.58% -9.30%

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 7 July 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 7 July 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 7 July 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 -2 266 £300 -20.00% 107
South East -32 164 £350 +27.27% 85
North West +19 90 £325 +8.33% 43
East of England +16 79 £356 +30.73% 40
Yorkshire +9 49 £300 +80.45% 29
West Midlands +2 24 £288 +15.00% 27
South West -11 23 £363 +13.28% 22
North East -4 21 £290 -10.76% 5
East Midlands -14 10 £305 -15.86% 15
Microsoft Certification
UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 1144 (77.98%) Microsoft
2 940 (64.08%) Windows
3 765 (52.15%) MCSE
4 674 (45.94%) Active Directory
5 519 (35.38%) ITIL
6 484 (32.99%) VMware
7 376 (25.63%) MCITP
8 355 (24.20%) Windows Server 2008
9 352 (23.99%) MS Excel
10 294 (20.04%) MS Exchange
11 292 (19.90%) Windows 7
12 290 (19.77%) VMware Infrastructure
13 286 (19.50%) MCSA
14 278 (18.95%) Windows Server 2012
15 273 (18.61%) Citrix
16 271 (18.47%) Cisco
17 265 (18.06%) SQL
18 259 (17.66%) SQL Server
19 246 (16.77%) MCP
20 238 (16.22%) MS Office
20 238 (16.22%) Security Cleared
21 217 (14.79%) Cisco Certification
22 207 (14.11%) Windows Server 2003
23 205 (13.97%) DNS
24 201 (13.70%) LAN
25 194 (13.22%) HP
26 181 (12.34%) Migration
27 176 (12.00%) SCCM
28 175 (11.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
29 174 (11.86%) PowerShell

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 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
1 294 (20.04%) MS Exchange
2 158 (10.77%) SharePoint
3 138 (9.41%) Exchange Server 2010
4 111 (7.57%) Lync
5 93 (6.34%) IIS
6 84 (5.73%) Exchange Server 2013
7 72 (4.91%) Exchange Server 2007
8 58 (3.95%) SharePoint 2013
9 52 (3.54%) SharePoint 2010
10 49 (3.34%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 44 (3.00%) Exchange Server 2003
12 20 (1.36%) Office Communications Server
13 17 (1.16%) IBM Notes
14 11 (0.75%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.48%) CMS
16 6 (0.41%) SharePoint Server
16 6 (0.41%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.34%) SAS
18 4 (0.27%) GroupWise
18 4 (0.27%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 352 (23.99%) MS Excel
2 238 (16.22%) MS Office
3 51 (3.48%) MS Visio
4 25 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
5 17 (1.16%) MS Project
6 8 (0.55%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.20%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.068%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 61 (4.16%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.68%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.068%) Agresso
7 1 (0.068%) Cognos TM1
7 1 (0.068%) assyst
7 1 (0.068%) SAP CCM
7 1 (0.068%) SAP Business One
7 1 (0.068%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.068%) Magento
7 1 (0.068%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 101 (6.88%) Office 365
2 44 (3.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 16 (1.09%) SaaS
4 15 (1.02%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (0.82%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.55%) IaaS
7 6 (0.41%) PaaS
8 5 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.20%) Google Apps
9 3 (0.20%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.068%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 205 (13.97%) DNS
2 201 (13.70%) LAN
3 166 (11.32%) SAN
4 165 (11.25%) WAN
5 150 (10.22%) Firewall
6 143 (9.75%) DHCP
7 141 (9.61%) TCP/IP
8 88 (6.00%) VPN
9 61 (4.16%) Internet
10 43 (2.93%) VLAN
11 40 (2.73%) VoIP
12 37 (2.52%) NAS
13 33 (2.25%) Network Security
14 29 (1.98%) SMTP
14 29 (1.98%) MPLS
15 27 (1.84%) Cisco IOS
15 27 (1.84%) NetScaler
16 22 (1.50%) Wireless
17 21 (1.43%) SSL
18 20 (1.36%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 259 (17.66%) SQL Server
2 83 (5.66%) SQL Server 2008
3 76 (5.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 73 (4.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 52 (3.54%) SQL Server 2012
6 47 (3.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 42 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
8 26 (1.77%) SQL Server 2005
9 17 (1.16%) Oracle Database
10 15 (1.02%) MySQL
11 14 (0.95%) OLAP
12 9 (0.61%) OLAP Cube
13 7 (0.48%) OLTP
13 7 (0.48%) QlikView
14 6 (0.41%) Big Data
14 6 (0.41%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 5 (0.34%) Hadoop
15 5 (0.34%) NoSQL
15 5 (0.34%) Amazon RDS
15 5 (0.34%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 35 (2.39%) Visual Studio
2 23 (1.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (0.68%) JIRA
4 9 (0.61%) Subversion
5 6 (0.41%) ClearCase
6 5 (0.34%) ClearQuest
6 5 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (0.27%) MSI
7 4 (0.27%) Ant
7 4 (0.27%) Fiddler
8 3 (0.20%) Oracle Forms
9 2 (0.14%) StarTeam
9 2 (0.14%) WinRunner
9 2 (0.14%) TestDirector
9 2 (0.14%) HP UFT
9 2 (0.14%) Rhino Mocks
10 1 (0.068%) Moq
10 1 (0.068%) MSBuild
10 1 (0.068%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.068%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 157 (10.70%) Finance
2 44 (3.00%) Banking
3 42 (2.86%) Legal
4 35 (2.39%) Telecoms
5 33 (2.25%) Retail
6 25 (1.70%) Law
7 15 (1.02%) Advertising
8 13 (0.89%) Manufacturing
9 10 (0.68%) Investment Banking
9 10 (0.68%) French Language
10 9 (0.61%) Marketing
11 7 (0.48%) Local Government
11 7 (0.48%) German Language
11 7 (0.48%) Spanish Language
12 6 (0.41%) Back Office
13 4 (0.27%) Electronics
13 4 (0.27%) Publishing
14 3 (0.20%) Military
14 3 (0.20%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.20%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 200 (13.63%) Analyst
2 176 (12.00%) Support Engineer
3 123 (8.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 121 (8.25%) Developer
5 107 (7.29%) Support Analyst
6 99 (6.75%) Consultant
7 93 (6.34%) Architect
8 86 (5.86%) 2nd Line Support
9 82 (5.59%) Administrator
10 81 (5.52%) 3rd Line Support
11 78 (5.32%) Desktop Support
12 63 (4.29%) Wintel Engineer
13 62 (4.23%) Server Engineer
14 54 (3.68%) Service Analyst
15 49 (3.34%) Service Desk Analyst
16 43 (2.93%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
17 42 (2.86%) Desktop Engineer
17 42 (2.86%) DBA
18 41 (2.79%) SQL DBA
19 37 (2.52%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 147 (10.02%) .NET
2 86 (5.86%) HTML
3 78 (5.32%) ASP.NET
4 69 (4.70%) XML
5 42 (2.86%) Web Services
6 39 (2.66%) jQuery
7 35 (2.39%) .NET Framework
8 31 (2.11%) CSS
9 30 (2.04%) JSP
10 21 (1.43%) WCF
11 19 (1.30%) Application Packaging
11 19 (1.30%) Entity Framework
12 18 (1.23%) LINQ
13 15 (1.02%) HTML5
14 14 (0.95%) ASP.NET MVC
15 11 (0.75%) Middleware
15 11 (0.75%) SOAP
16 10 (0.68%) KnockoutJS
17 9 (0.61%) JSON
18 7 (0.48%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 108 (7.36%) Data Centre
2 83 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
3 82 (5.59%) Clustering
4 74 (5.04%) Blackberry
5 52 (3.54%) Computer Science
6 41 (2.79%) Video Conferencing
7 33 (2.25%) Management Information System
8 30 (2.04%) Replication
9 23 (1.57%) Client/Server
9 23 (1.57%) PKI
10 21 (1.43%) NHS
11 20 (1.36%) Thin Client
11 20 (1.36%) Fat Client
12 16 (1.09%) iPad
13 13 (0.89%) EqualLogic
14 12 (0.82%) iPhone
15 11 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
16 9 (0.61%) EMC VNX
17 8 (0.55%) Private Cloud
18 6 (0.41%) Enterprise Storage
Operating Systems
1 940 (64.08%) Windows
2 355 (24.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 292 (19.90%) Windows 7
4 278 (18.95%) Windows Server 2012
5 207 (14.11%) Windows Server 2003
6 156 (10.63%) Linux
7 108 (7.36%) Windows XP
8 85 (5.79%) UNIX
9 77 (5.25%) Windows 8
10 25 (1.70%) Android
11 20 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (1.30%) Mac OS X
13 15 (1.02%) Solaris
14 12 (0.82%) Windows Vista
14 12 (0.82%) Windows 2000 Server
14 12 (0.82%) Apple iOS
15 9 (0.61%) Data ONTAP
15 9 (0.61%) Debian
15 9 (0.61%) Ubuntu
16 7 (0.48%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 519 (35.38%) ITIL
2 181 (12.34%) Migration
3 109 (7.43%) Project Management
4 89 (6.07%) CRM
5 70 (4.77%) Service Management
6 68 (4.64%) Agile Software Development
7 59 (4.02%) Change Management
8 58 (3.95%) Business Intelligence
9 56 (3.82%) Disaster Recovery
9 56 (3.82%) Server Building
10 53 (3.61%) Configuration Management
10 53 (3.61%) Incident Management
11 52 (3.54%) Problem Management
11 52 (3.54%) PRINCE2
12 51 (3.48%) Service Delivery
12 51 (3.48%) ITIL V3
13 43 (2.93%) Patch Management
14 41 (2.79%) TOGAF
15 40 (2.73%) Change Control
16 39 (2.66%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 265 (18.06%) SQL
2 174 (11.86%) PowerShell
3 81 (5.52%) C#
4 77 (5.25%) JavaScript
5 57 (3.89%) T-SQL
6 56 (3.82%) VBScript
7 23 (1.57%) C
8 16 (1.09%) Java
8 16 (1.09%) VB
9 9 (0.61%) Perl
10 8 (0.55%) VB.NET
11 5 (0.34%) Python
11 5 (0.34%) VB6
11 5 (0.34%) PHP
11 5 (0.34%) Bash Shell
11 5 (0.34%) R
12 4 (0.27%) VBA
13 3 (0.20%) C++
13 3 (0.20%) XMLA
14 2 (0.14%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 765 (52.15%) MCSE
2 376 (25.63%) MCITP
3 286 (19.50%) MCSA
4 246 (16.77%) MCP
5 238 (16.22%) Security Cleared
6 217 (14.79%) Cisco Certification
7 175 (11.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 162 (11.04%) CCNA
9 156 (10.63%) SC Cleared
10 152 (10.36%) MCTS
11 126 (8.59%) Degree
12 73 (4.98%) Citrix Certification
13 68 (4.64%) MCDST
14 66 (4.50%) CCNP
14 66 (4.50%) DV Cleared
15 64 (4.36%) A+ Certification
16 59 (4.02%) ITIL Certification
17 41 (2.79%) MCSD
18 38 (2.59%) CCA
19 31 (2.11%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (6.82%) SLA
2 26 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (1.50%) QA
4 13 (0.89%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.41%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.20%) HL7
8 2 (0.14%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.14%) BS7799
9 1 (0.068%) GxP
9 1 (0.068%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.068%) COBIT
System Software
1 674 (45.94%) Active Directory
2 290 (19.77%) VMware Infrastructure
3 126 (8.59%) Hyper-V
4 121 (8.25%) vSphere
5 103 (7.02%) XenApp
6 55 (3.75%) VMware ESX
7 46 (3.14%) VMware ESXi
8 45 (3.07%) XenDesktop
9 23 (1.57%) Microsoft App-V
10 18 (1.23%) Terminal Services
11 17 (1.16%) XenServer
12 12 (0.82%) vCloud
12 12 (0.82%) VMware Workstation
13 11 (0.75%) ISA Server
13 11 (0.75%) Terminal Server
13 11 (0.75%) VMware Server
14 10 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 10 (0.68%) Forefront TMG
15 9 (0.61%) DFS Replication
15 9 (0.61%) Xen
Systems Management
1 176 (12.00%) SCCM
2 94 (6.41%) SCOM
3 33 (2.25%) Backup Exec
4 16 (1.09%) McAfee ePO
5 15 (1.02%) WSUS
6 13 (0.89%) NetBackup
7 12 (0.82%) Norton AntiVirus
8 11 (0.75%) HP SIM
9 10 (0.68%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 10 (0.68%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 10 (0.68%) AirWatch
10 9 (0.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 9 (0.61%) Tivoli
10 9 (0.61%) SCVMM
11 8 (0.55%) Puppet
11 8 (0.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 8 (0.55%) vMotion
12 5 (0.34%) HP Quality Center
12 5 (0.34%) Casper Suite
12 5 (0.34%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 1144 (77.98%) Microsoft
2 484 (32.99%) VMware
3 273 (18.61%) Citrix
4 271 (18.47%) Cisco
5 194 (13.22%) HP
6 87 (5.93%) Symantec
7 73 (4.98%) NetApp
8 62 (4.23%) Dell
9 55 (3.75%) McAfee
10 48 (3.27%) Oracle
11 47 (3.20%) EMC
12 38 (2.59%) Apple
13 35 (2.39%) Juniper
14 32 (2.18%) IBM
15 29 (1.98%) CheckPoint
16 26 (1.77%) AppSense
17 25 (1.70%) Red Hat
17 25 (1.70%) 3PAR
18 24 (1.64%) Intel
19 21 (1.43%) Sophos
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