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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 146 128 121
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 734 689 894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.43% 1.60% 1.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.30% 8.77% 9.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 352 449
Average daily rate £325 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £159 £155
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 81 95
Average hourly rate £15.50 £18.40 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.76% -5.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.46 £11.60 £11.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £135.00 £30.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% -8.57%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10051 7856 9696
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.57% 18.19% 17.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 5762 4193 5089
Average daily rate £375 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 503 448 527
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +8.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £50.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £24.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-25.00% -4.00%
Microsoft Certification
UK

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
London -30 277 £340 -5.22% 174
South East -7 164 £350 +18.64% 125
East of England -24 68 £250 +11.11% 26
North West +5 59 £250 -10.71% 44
South West -33 53 £325 +8.51% 36
East Midlands +2 39 £300 -7.69% 23
West Midlands -18 39 £250 -9.09% 30
Yorkshire -23 26 £313 -5.30% 21
North East -17 8 £245 - 7
Microsoft Certification
UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 966 (69.85%) Windows
2 965 (69.78%) Microsoft
3 737 (53.29%) MCSE
4 631 (45.63%) Active Directory
5 466 (33.69%) ITIL
6 427 (30.87%) VMware
7 426 (30.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 368 (26.61%) MS Excel
9 366 (26.46%) MS Exchange
10 342 (24.73%) Citrix
11 325 (23.50%) MCP
12 320 (23.14%) MCITP
13 313 (22.63%) Windows 7
14 293 (21.19%) Windows Server 2003
15 275 (19.88%) SQL
15 275 (19.88%) VMware Infrastructure
16 271 (19.60%) SQL Server
16 271 (19.60%) MS Office
17 216 (15.62%) DNS
18 201 (14.53%) Cisco
19 200 (14.46%) MCSA
20 191 (13.81%) Windows XP
21 174 (12.58%) PowerShell
22 170 (12.29%) DHCP
23 167 (12.08%) SharePoint
23 167 (12.08%) Finance
24 166 (12.00%) Cisco Certification
24 166 (12.00%) MCTS
25 158 (11.42%) HP
26 155 (11.21%) SCCM

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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
1 366 (26.46%) MS Exchange
2 167 (12.08%) SharePoint
3 145 (10.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 120 (8.68%) Exchange Server 2007
5 119 (8.60%) Exchange Server 2003
6 105 (7.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 75 (5.42%) IIS
8 63 (4.56%) Lync
9 61 (4.41%) SharePoint 2010
10 37 (2.68%) IBM Notes
11 30 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2013
12 29 (2.10%) SharePoint Server
13 26 (1.88%) SharePoint 2013
14 12 (0.87%) SAS
15 11 (0.80%) Apache
15 11 (0.80%) MS Project Server
16 10 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2000
16 10 (0.72%) Live Communications Server
16 10 (0.72%) Tomcat
17 9 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 368 (26.61%) MS Excel
2 271 (19.60%) MS Office
3 40 (2.89%) MS PowerPoint
4 19 (1.37%) MS Project
5 11 (0.80%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.43%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.14%) Mingle
8 1 (0.072%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.072%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.072%) CATIA
8 1 (0.072%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 30 (2.17%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.80%) Oracle Applications
3 9 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.36%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.22%) assyst
5 3 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.14%) Tridion
6 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.072%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.072%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 35 (2.53%) Office 365
2 7 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
3 6 (0.43%) Google Apps
4 4 (0.29%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (0.29%) SaaS
5 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 216 (15.62%) DNS
2 170 (12.29%) DHCP
3 125 (9.04%) SAN
4 120 (8.68%) Firewall
5 117 (8.46%) TCP/IP
6 109 (7.88%) LAN
7 103 (7.45%) WAN
8 80 (5.78%) VPN
9 58 (4.19%) Internet
10 42 (3.04%) Wireless
11 40 (2.89%) VLAN
12 35 (2.53%) VoIP
13 34 (2.46%) SMTP
14 32 (2.31%) NetScaler
15 25 (1.81%) Network Security
16 24 (1.74%) Cisco ASA
17 22 (1.59%) NAS
18 19 (1.37%) Intranet
19 16 (1.16%) SSL
20 15 (1.08%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 271 (19.60%) SQL Server
2 114 (8.24%) SQL Server 2008
3 91 (6.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 77 (5.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 56 (4.05%) SQL Server 2012
6 54 (3.90%) SQL Server 2005
7 33 (2.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 23 (1.66%) Data Warehouse
9 15 (1.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 13 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
11 11 (0.80%) Oracle Database
12 10 (0.72%) Oracle Database 10g
12 10 (0.72%) MySQL
12 10 (0.72%) MS Access
13 9 (0.65%) Relational Database
14 8 (0.58%) PerformancePoint
15 7 (0.51%) DTS
16 6 (0.43%) Oracle Database 11g
17 5 (0.36%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
18 3 (0.22%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 57 (4.12%) Visual Studio
2 31 (2.24%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (1.23%) InstallShield
4 15 (1.08%) MSI
5 11 (0.80%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.51%) Subversion
7 6 (0.43%) CruiseControl
7 6 (0.43%) Jenkins
7 6 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 5 (0.36%) Rhino Mocks
8 5 (0.36%) NUnit
9 3 (0.22%) LoadRunner
9 3 (0.22%) MSTest
10 2 (0.14%) TeamCity
10 2 (0.14%) Moq
11 1 (0.072%) Apache Continuum
11 1 (0.072%) MSBuild
11 1 (0.072%) SpecFlow
11 1 (0.072%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 1 (0.072%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 167 (12.08%) Finance
2 56 (4.05%) Banking
3 52 (3.76%) Telecoms
4 45 (3.25%) Law
5 44 (3.18%) Legal
6 29 (2.10%) Back Office
7 22 (1.59%) Advertising
8 21 (1.52%) Front Office
9 14 (1.01%) Retail
10 11 (0.80%) Manufacturing
10 11 (0.80%) Marketing
11 9 (0.65%) Publishing
12 8 (0.58%) Investment Banking
13 7 (0.51%) French Language
13 7 (0.51%) Electronics
14 6 (0.43%) Military
14 6 (0.43%) Spanish Language
15 5 (0.36%) Local Government
15 5 (0.36%) Mandarin Language
15 5 (0.36%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 194 (14.03%) Analyst
2 189 (13.67%) Support Engineer
3 122 (8.82%) Consultant
4 118 (8.53%) Developer
5 95 (6.87%) 2nd Line Support
6 92 (6.65%) Support Analyst
7 79 (5.71%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 64 (4.63%) Service Analyst
9 61 (4.41%) Service Desk Analyst
10 60 (4.34%) 3rd Line Support
10 60 (4.34%) Administrator
11 59 (4.27%) Desktop Support
12 57 (4.12%) Systems Engineer
13 56 (4.05%) Architect
14 50 (3.62%) DBA
15 44 (3.18%) Server Engineer
15 44 (3.18%) IT Support
16 42 (3.04%) SQL DBA
17 41 (2.96%) Desktop Engineer
18 37 (2.68%) Help Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (10.85%) .NET
2 68 (4.92%) ASP.NET
3 50 (3.62%) HTML
4 47 (3.40%) Web Services
5 40 (2.89%) jQuery
6 39 (2.82%) XML
7 37 (2.68%) CSS
8 36 (2.60%) .NET Framework
9 26 (1.88%) Application Packaging
10 22 (1.59%) WCF
11 17 (1.23%) WinForms
12 16 (1.16%) WPF
12 16 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC
13 15 (1.08%) Ajax
14 12 (0.87%) WSDL
14 12 (0.87%) HTML5
15 11 (0.80%) Middleware
15 11 (0.80%) Software Packaging
16 10 (0.72%) XSLT
16 10 (0.72%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 145 (10.48%) Blackberry
2 86 (6.22%) Clustering
3 56 (4.05%) Management Information System
4 36 (2.60%) Replication
4 36 (2.60%) Computer Science
5 30 (2.17%) Thin Client
5 30 (2.17%) Fat Client
6 25 (1.81%) Statistics
7 22 (1.59%) PKI
8 20 (1.45%) Client/Server
9 16 (1.16%) NHS
10 14 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
11 12 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
12 11 (0.80%) Data Integration
12 11 (0.80%) EqualLogic
13 9 (0.65%) Smartcard
14 8 (0.58%) Smartphone
14 8 (0.58%) iPad
15 6 (0.43%) Mathematics
16 5 (0.36%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 966 (69.85%) Windows
2 426 (30.80%) Windows Server 2008
3 313 (22.63%) Windows 7
4 293 (21.19%) Windows Server 2003
5 191 (13.81%) Windows XP
6 118 (8.53%) Windows Server 2012
7 88 (6.36%) Linux
8 63 (4.56%) Windows 2000
9 58 (4.19%) Windows Vista
10 56 (4.05%) UNIX
11 46 (3.33%) Windows 8
12 31 (2.24%) Windows 2000 Server
13 26 (1.88%) Apple iOS
14 24 (1.74%) NetWare
15 17 (1.23%) Mac OS X
16 15 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 10 (0.72%) Android
18 7 (0.51%) Solaris
19 6 (0.43%) Windows NT
19 6 (0.43%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 466 (33.69%) ITIL
2 137 (9.91%) Migration
3 110 (7.95%) Service Management
4 82 (5.93%) Service Delivery
5 81 (5.86%) Project Management
6 72 (5.21%) Disaster Recovery
7 62 (4.48%) ITSM
8 56 (4.05%) Business Intelligence
9 53 (3.83%) Workflow
10 52 (3.76%) Incident Management
11 47 (3.40%) Change Management
12 45 (3.25%) CRM
13 42 (3.04%) Load Balancing
13 42 (3.04%) Change Control
14 41 (2.96%) Problem Management
15 39 (2.82%) Capacity Planning
16 34 (2.46%) Performance Tuning
17 33 (2.39%) PRINCE2
18 32 (2.31%) Performance Monitoring
19 27 (1.95%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 275 (19.88%) SQL
2 174 (12.58%) PowerShell
3 102 (7.38%) C#
4 68 (4.92%) T-SQL
5 49 (3.54%) VBScript
6 46 (3.33%) VB
7 45 (3.25%) JavaScript
8 17 (1.23%) VB.NET
8 17 (1.23%) C
9 9 (0.65%) VBA
10 8 (0.58%) Java
11 7 (0.51%) C++
11 7 (0.51%) Perl
12 6 (0.43%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.29%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.22%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.22%) VB6
15 2 (0.14%) Korn
15 2 (0.14%) XPath
15 2 (0.14%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 737 (53.29%) MCSE
2 325 (23.50%) MCP
3 320 (23.14%) MCITP
4 200 (14.46%) MCSA
5 166 (12.00%) Cisco Certification
5 166 (12.00%) MCTS
6 140 (10.12%) CCNA
7 131 (9.47%) Degree
8 126 (9.11%) Security Cleared
9 91 (6.58%) MCDST
10 83 (6.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 69 (4.99%) SC Cleared
12 66 (4.77%) Citrix Certification
13 53 (3.83%) CCNP
14 48 (3.47%) A+ Certification
15 47 (3.40%) MCSD
16 43 (3.11%) CCA
17 42 (3.04%) ITIL Certification
17 42 (3.04%) DV Cleared
18 35 (2.53%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (7.95%) SLA
2 13 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 13 (0.94%) QA
3 6 (0.43%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.36%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 4 (0.29%) COBIT
6 3 (0.22%) HL7
7 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 1 (0.072%) Data Quality
System Software
1 631 (45.63%) Active Directory
2 275 (19.88%) VMware Infrastructure
3 130 (9.40%) vSphere
4 99 (7.16%) Hyper-V
5 95 (6.87%) XenApp
6 71 (5.13%) XenDesktop
7 60 (4.34%) VMware ESX
8 37 (2.68%) Microsoft App-V
9 25 (1.81%) ISA Server
9 25 (1.81%) VMware ESXi
10 24 (1.74%) XenServer
11 15 (1.08%) UAG
11 15 (1.08%) Terminal Services
12 12 (0.87%) Terminal Server
13 10 (0.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 10 (0.72%) Forefront TMG
14 8 (0.58%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 6 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
15 6 (0.43%) VMware Workstation
16 5 (0.36%) NFS
Systems Management
1 155 (11.21%) SCCM
2 74 (5.35%) SCOM
3 34 (2.46%) Backup Exec
4 33 (2.39%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 30 (2.17%) MAILsweeper
6 22 (1.59%) ServiceCenter
7 21 (1.52%) WSUS
8 18 (1.30%) SCVMM
9 17 (1.23%) NetBackup
10 16 (1.16%) McAfee ePO
11 12 (0.87%) OpenView
12 11 (0.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 10 (0.72%) OVSD
14 9 (0.65%) Norton AntiVirus
14 9 (0.65%) HP SIM
15 8 (0.58%) SAP Afaria
16 7 (0.51%) EMC NetWorker
16 7 (0.51%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 7 (0.51%) MOM
17 6 (0.43%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 965 (69.78%) Microsoft
2 427 (30.87%) VMware
3 342 (24.73%) Citrix
4 201 (14.53%) Cisco
5 158 (11.42%) HP
6 67 (4.84%) Dell
7 66 (4.77%) Symantec
8 59 (4.27%) Oracle
9 50 (3.62%) McAfee
10 44 (3.18%) Lotus
11 40 (2.89%) Altiris
12 39 (2.82%) NetApp
13 32 (2.31%) EMC
13 32 (2.31%) Remedy
14 30 (2.17%) IBM
14 30 (2.17%) Novell
15 29 (2.10%) Clearswift
16 28 (2.02%) Avaya
16 28 (2.02%) Open Text
16 28 (2.02%) RightFax
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