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 6 March 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
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 168 147 130
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 603 631 635
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.30% 1.40% 1.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.62% 7.18% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 360 299 346
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 £150 £125 £147
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £304 £289
% change year-on-year
+7.08% +5.10%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 89 87
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -21.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £11.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £25.00 £51.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £14.00 £18.40
% change year-on-year
- -23.91%
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
10725 8790 7432
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 23.19% 19.56% 18.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 6363 4795 4034
Average daily rate £400 £380 £374
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £545 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 416 445
Average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.69 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £41.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -33.33%

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 6 March 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 6 March 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 6 March 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
South East +31 223 £323 -0.76% 98
London -6 220 £350 - 141
East of England -3 39 £263 -16.00% 32
West Midlands +5 34 £368 -8.12% 27
Yorkshire -3 24 £338 +8.00% 31
North West -34 24 £256 +13.88% 62
South West -26 20 £355 +14.97% 55
East Midlands -32 12 £300 +172.72% 17
Midlands - 5 £363 -
North East -4 3 £221 -10.60% 10
Microsoft Certification
UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 6 March 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 1109 (74.23%) Microsoft
2 941 (62.99%) Windows
3 732 (49.00%) MCSE
4 647 (43.31%) Active Directory
5 463 (30.99%) ITIL
6 447 (29.92%) VMware
7 421 (28.18%) MS Excel
8 417 (27.91%) Windows Server 2008
9 386 (25.84%) MCITP
10 346 (23.16%) MS Exchange
11 308 (20.62%) Windows Server 2003
12 282 (18.88%) MCP
13 278 (18.61%) VMware Infrastructure
14 275 (18.41%) Citrix
15 268 (17.94%) Windows 7
16 257 (17.20%) Security Cleared
17 250 (16.73%) Cisco
18 245 (16.40%) Windows Server 2012
19 235 (15.73%) MCSA
20 233 (15.60%) SQL
21 228 (15.26%) MS Office
22 224 (14.99%) SQL Server
23 211 (14.12%) HP
24 209 (13.99%) CRM
25 195 (13.05%) DNS
25 195 (13.05%) SC Cleared
26 178 (11.91%) Cisco Certification
27 176 (11.78%) SharePoint
28 170 (11.38%) MCTS
29 166 (11.11%) PowerShell

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 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
1 346 (23.16%) MS Exchange
2 176 (11.78%) SharePoint
3 161 (10.78%) Exchange Server 2010
4 106 (7.10%) Exchange Server 2003
5 100 (6.69%) Exchange Server 2007
5 100 (6.69%) IIS
6 84 (5.62%) Lync
7 80 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2013
8 51 (3.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 50 (3.35%) SharePoint 2013
10 49 (3.28%) SharePoint 2010
11 28 (1.87%) Office Communications Server
12 22 (1.47%) IBM Notes
13 15 (1.00%) Apache
14 13 (0.87%) BizTalk Server
15 12 (0.80%) SharePoint Server
15 12 (0.80%) WebSphere
16 10 (0.67%) Tomcat
17 8 (0.54%) SAS
18 7 (0.47%) Documentum
Applications
1 421 (28.18%) MS Excel
2 228 (15.26%) MS Office
3 27 (1.81%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.87%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.60%) MS Project
6 6 (0.40%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.13%) SPSS
7 2 (0.13%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.067%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.067%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 54 (3.61%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
5 5 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.067%) Magento
7 1 (0.067%) 3000 Xtra
7 1 (0.067%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.067%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.067%) Agresso
7 1 (0.067%) CODA-Financials
7 1 (0.067%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 76 (5.09%) Office 365
2 26 (1.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.80%) SaaS
4 11 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
5 9 (0.60%) Amazon AWS
6 7 (0.47%) IaaS
7 1 (0.067%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 195 (13.05%) DNS
2 154 (10.31%) SAN
3 152 (10.17%) TCP/IP
4 150 (10.04%) Firewall
5 146 (9.77%) DHCP
6 110 (7.36%) LAN
7 107 (7.16%) WAN
8 82 (5.49%) Internet
9 67 (4.48%) VPN
10 60 (4.02%) VoIP
11 41 (2.74%) NAS
12 40 (2.68%) Wireless
13 38 (2.54%) VLAN
14 27 (1.81%) SSL
15 26 (1.74%) SMTP
16 25 (1.67%) NetScaler
17 24 (1.61%) Network Security
18 19 (1.27%) IP Telephony
19 18 (1.20%) FTP
20 16 (1.07%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 224 (14.99%) SQL Server
2 77 (5.15%) SQL Server 2008
3 69 (4.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 57 (3.82%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 55 (3.68%) SQL Server 2012
6 36 (2.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 27 (1.81%) Data Warehouse
8 19 (1.27%) SQL Server 2005
9 17 (1.14%) MySQL
10 14 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
10 14 (0.94%) Oracle Database
11 12 (0.80%) OLAP
12 9 (0.60%) OLTP
12 9 (0.60%) Relational Database
13 8 (0.54%) OLAP Cube
13 8 (0.54%) MS Access
13 8 (0.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 7 (0.47%) QlikView
14 7 (0.47%) Hadoop
15 6 (0.40%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 34 (2.28%) Team Foundation Server
2 28 (1.87%) Visual Studio
3 10 (0.67%) MSI
4 6 (0.40%) JIRA
5 5 (0.33%) Subversion
5 5 (0.33%) Oracle Forms
5 5 (0.33%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (0.27%) InstallShield
7 3 (0.20%) NUnit
7 3 (0.20%) Fiddler
7 3 (0.20%) VSS/SourceSafe
7 3 (0.20%) WinRunner
7 3 (0.20%) TestDirector
7 3 (0.20%) QuickTest Pro
7 3 (0.20%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.20%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.13%) MSBuild
8 2 (0.13%) MSTest
8 2 (0.13%) CruiseControl
9 1 (0.067%) Ant
General
1 159 (10.64%) Finance
2 46 (3.08%) Telecoms
3 43 (2.88%) Banking
4 26 (1.74%) Legal
5 25 (1.67%) Marketing
6 22 (1.47%) Advertising
6 22 (1.47%) Law
7 18 (1.20%) Retail
8 13 (0.87%) Military
8 13 (0.87%) Manufacturing
9 10 (0.67%) Back Office
10 9 (0.60%) Local Government
11 8 (0.54%) Investment Banking
12 6 (0.40%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.27%) Electronics
13 4 (0.27%) Publishing
14 3 (0.20%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.13%) Dutch Language
15 2 (0.13%) Front Office
15 2 (0.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 192 (12.85%) Analyst
2 186 (12.45%) Support Engineer
3 143 (9.57%) Technical Support
4 118 (7.90%) Developer
5 110 (7.36%) Consultant
6 108 (7.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 94 (6.29%) Support Analyst
8 80 (5.35%) 2nd Line Support
9 79 (5.29%) 3rd Line Support
10 76 (5.09%) Desktop Support
11 66 (4.42%) Administrator
12 61 (4.08%) Service Analyst
12 61 (4.08%) Service Desk Analyst
13 60 (4.02%) Server Engineer
14 58 (3.88%) Architect
14 58 (3.88%) Wintel Engineer
15 47 (3.15%) 1st Line Support
16 44 (2.95%) Desktop Engineer
17 42 (2.81%) Field Engineer
18 40 (2.68%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 155 (10.37%) .NET
2 95 (6.36%) HTML
3 86 (5.76%) ASP.NET
4 85 (5.69%) XML
5 55 (3.68%) Web Services
6 38 (2.54%) JSP
6 38 (2.54%) .NET Framework
7 35 (2.34%) WCF
8 34 (2.28%) jQuery
9 33 (2.21%) CSS
10 26 (1.74%) SOAP
11 20 (1.34%) LINQ
11 20 (1.34%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 19 (1.27%) HTML5
12 19 (1.27%) Application Packaging
13 17 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC
14 15 (1.00%) WPF
15 12 (0.80%) Middleware
16 11 (0.74%) JMS
17 10 (0.67%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 107 (7.16%) Clustering
2 84 (5.62%) Blackberry
3 82 (5.49%) Analytical Skills
4 40 (2.68%) Replication
5 38 (2.54%) Computer Science
6 35 (2.34%) Management Information System
7 29 (1.94%) Video Conferencing
8 20 (1.34%) Fat Client
8 20 (1.34%) Thin Client
9 16 (1.07%) Client/Server
10 14 (0.94%) PKI
11 13 (0.87%) Smartphone
11 13 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (0.80%) NHS
13 11 (0.74%) CMDB
13 11 (0.74%) iPad
14 10 (0.67%) Smartcard
15 9 (0.60%) iPhone
16 8 (0.54%) EPoS
16 8 (0.54%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 941 (62.99%) Windows
2 417 (27.91%) Windows Server 2008
3 308 (20.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 268 (17.94%) Windows 7
5 245 (16.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 145 (9.71%) Linux
7 126 (8.43%) Windows XP
8 70 (4.69%) UNIX
9 54 (3.61%) Windows 8
10 37 (2.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 37 (2.48%) Windows Vista
11 31 (2.07%) Windows 2000 Server
12 21 (1.41%) Windows 2000
13 20 (1.34%) Android
14 10 (0.67%) Apple iOS
15 9 (0.60%) Windows NT
15 9 (0.60%) AIX
16 7 (0.47%) Solaris
17 6 (0.40%) Mac OS X
18 5 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 463 (30.99%) ITIL
2 209 (13.99%) CRM
3 164 (10.98%) Migration
4 92 (6.16%) Service Management
5 86 (5.76%) Project Management
6 79 (5.29%) Agile Software Development
7 71 (4.75%) Change Management
8 70 (4.69%) Disaster Recovery
9 52 (3.48%) Configuration Management
10 51 (3.41%) Business Intelligence
10 51 (3.41%) High Availability
11 50 (3.35%) PRINCE2
12 49 (3.28%) Service Delivery
13 48 (3.21%) Incident Management
14 39 (2.61%) Problem Management
15 38 (2.54%) Customer Engagement
16 34 (2.28%) ITIL V3
17 33 (2.21%) Knowledge Management
18 32 (2.14%) Time Management
19 30 (2.01%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 233 (15.60%) SQL
2 166 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 88 (5.89%) C#
4 85 (5.69%) JavaScript
5 57 (3.82%) VBScript
6 49 (3.28%) T-SQL
7 28 (1.87%) VB
8 25 (1.67%) C
9 18 (1.20%) VB.NET
10 12 (0.80%) VBA
10 12 (0.80%) Java
11 10 (0.67%) PHP
12 6 (0.40%) Shell Script
12 6 (0.40%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.40%) Korn
13 5 (0.33%) VB6
13 5 (0.33%) C++
14 4 (0.27%) Jython
14 4 (0.27%) R
14 4 (0.27%) C-shell
Qualifications
1 732 (49.00%) MCSE
2 386 (25.84%) MCITP
3 282 (18.88%) MCP
4 257 (17.20%) Security Cleared
5 235 (15.73%) MCSA
6 195 (13.05%) SC Cleared
7 178 (11.91%) Cisco Certification
8 170 (11.38%) MCTS
9 131 (8.77%) Degree
9 131 (8.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 129 (8.63%) CCNA
11 77 (5.15%) DV Cleared
12 66 (4.42%) Citrix Certification
13 61 (4.08%) MCDST
14 55 (3.68%) CCNP
15 53 (3.55%) VCP4
16 49 (3.28%) A+ Certification
17 45 (3.01%) CCA
18 31 (2.07%) ISTQB
19 30 (2.01%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (7.30%) SLA
2 17 (1.14%) QA
3 9 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.47%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.40%) JSP 440
6 5 (0.33%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.067%) COBIT
8 1 (0.067%) HL7
8 1 (0.067%) Solvency II
System Software
1 647 (43.31%) Active Directory
2 278 (18.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 136 (9.10%) Hyper-V
4 95 (6.36%) vSphere
5 94 (6.29%) XenApp
6 45 (3.01%) VMware ESX
7 36 (2.41%) XenDesktop
8 30 (2.01%) Microsoft App-V
9 28 (1.87%) ISA Server
10 23 (1.54%) Terminal Services
11 21 (1.41%) Xen
12 17 (1.14%) VMware Workstation
13 15 (1.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 12 (0.80%) XenServer
14 12 (0.80%) Forefront TMG
14 12 (0.80%) UAG
15 10 (0.67%) vCloud
16 9 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
16 9 (0.60%) Terminal Server
17 8 (0.54%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 147 (9.84%) SCCM
2 82 (5.49%) SCOM
3 40 (2.68%) Backup Exec
4 21 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
5 18 (1.20%) NetBackup
6 14 (0.94%) Nagios
6 14 (0.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 12 (0.80%) WSUS
8 11 (0.74%) BladeLogic
9 10 (0.67%) HP SIM
9 10 (0.67%) WMI
9 10 (0.67%) HP Quality Center
10 9 (0.60%) OVSD
11 8 (0.54%) Norton AntiVirus
11 8 (0.54%) Tivoli
11 8 (0.54%) SCDPM
11 8 (0.54%) SCSM
12 7 (0.47%) OpenView
12 7 (0.47%) MOM
12 7 (0.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 1109 (74.23%) Microsoft
2 447 (29.92%) VMware
3 275 (18.41%) Citrix
4 250 (16.73%) Cisco
5 211 (14.12%) HP
6 72 (4.82%) McAfee
7 63 (4.22%) NetApp
8 57 (3.82%) Oracle
9 53 (3.55%) Dell
9 53 (3.55%) EMC
10 52 (3.48%) Red Hat
11 44 (2.95%) IBM
12 42 (2.81%) Symantec
13 36 (2.41%) Juniper
14 33 (2.21%) Sophos
15 30 (2.01%) Apple
16 28 (1.87%) Avaya
17 25 (1.67%) Lotus
18 24 (1.61%) Remedy
18 24 (1.61%) Reuters
London
LA International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + Market rate
Posted: 15 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Up to £400 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £450 - 500 per day + .
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Croydon, Surrey
Platform People
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
TRG
Rate: £275 - £350 Per Day
Posted: Yesterday
Croydon, Surrey
Platform People
Posted: Yesterday
London
Fusion Experience
Rate: Up to £535 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Coal IT Services
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Greater Manchester
Venn Group
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Market Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: Up to £35k FTE plus benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: Up to £35k FTE plus benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Cogent Skills
Rate: Unspecified Salary/day rate negotiable depending on experience
Posted: 20 days ago
Blandford Forum, Dorset
QA Limited
Rate: £150.00 per week
Posted: 22 days ago