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 15 September 2014 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 132 137 135
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 872 790 813
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.68% 1.63% 1.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.90% 9.44% 8.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 440 385 424
Average daily rate
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£333 £328 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.77% +4.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £184 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £315 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 88 83
Average hourly rate £17.07 £17.23 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.89% +1.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.15 £34.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.84 £17.23 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-2.23% +11.12%
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
9802 8369 9591
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.86% 17.30% 17.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 5565 4704 5040
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 401 398 571
Average hourly rate £21.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £11.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -26.53%

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 15 September 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 15 September 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 15 September 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 -15 294 £375 +2.04% 115
South East +7 228 £320 -8.83% 96
North West +11 62 £308 +11.81% 37
East of England -41 46 £350 +27.27% 34
South West -28 40 £330 +1.53% 49
West Midlands -15 29 £255 +2.00% 23
Yorkshire +7 26 £290 -18.88% 32
East Midlands -15 21 £450 +125.00% 31
North East -24 12 £296 +7.08% 10
Microsoft Certification
UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 15 September 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 1175 (73.30%) Microsoft
2 1048 (65.38%) Windows
3 792 (49.41%) MCSE
4 660 (41.17%) Active Directory
5 493 (30.75%) MS Excel
6 490 (30.57%) ITIL
7 478 (29.82%) VMware
8 469 (29.26%) Windows Server 2008
9 396 (24.70%) MCITP
10 383 (23.89%) MS Exchange
11 342 (21.33%) Windows Server 2003
12 316 (19.71%) Citrix
12 316 (19.71%) SQL Server
13 305 (19.03%) MCP
14 287 (17.90%) VMware Infrastructure
15 285 (17.78%) SQL
16 269 (16.78%) Windows 7
17 255 (15.91%) DNS
17 255 (15.91%) HP
18 229 (14.29%) Cisco
19 216 (13.47%) MS Office
20 215 (13.41%) SAN
21 213 (13.29%) MCSA
22 209 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
23 208 (12.98%) Exchange Server 2010
24 206 (12.85%) MCTS
25 202 (12.60%) Firewall
26 201 (12.54%) DHCP
27 199 (12.41%) Cisco Certification
27 199 (12.41%) Security Cleared

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 15 September 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
1 383 (23.89%) MS Exchange
2 208 (12.98%) Exchange Server 2010
3 198 (12.35%) SharePoint
4 128 (7.99%) Exchange Server 2007
5 116 (7.24%) Exchange Server 2003
6 100 (6.24%) IIS
7 91 (5.68%) SharePoint 2010
8 60 (3.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 56 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2013
10 53 (3.31%) Lync
11 40 (2.50%) SharePoint 2013
12 27 (1.68%) BizTalk Server
13 25 (1.56%) SharePoint Server
14 19 (1.19%) IBM Notes
14 19 (1.19%) Apache
15 17 (1.06%) Tomcat
16 15 (0.94%) WebSphere
17 8 (0.50%) Documentum
18 7 (0.44%) WebSphere Application Server
18 7 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2000
Applications
1 493 (30.75%) MS Excel
2 216 (13.47%) MS Office
3 25 (1.56%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (0.69%) MS Project
6 3 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.062%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.062%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.062%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.062%) SPSS
7 1 (0.062%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 61 (3.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (1.12%) assyst
3 12 (0.75%) Oracle EBS
4 11 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.37%) SAP SD
6 5 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
7 3 (0.19%) WebTrends
8 2 (0.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 1 (0.062%) CODA-Financials
9 1 (0.062%) Dynamics GP
9 1 (0.062%) Changepoint
9 1 (0.062%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.062%) Magento
9 1 (0.062%) 3000 Xtra
9 1 (0.062%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 46 (2.87%) Office 365
2 18 (1.12%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.75%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.62%) IaaS
5 4 (0.25%) SaaS
6 1 (0.062%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.062%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.062%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 255 (15.91%) DNS
2 215 (13.41%) SAN
3 202 (12.60%) Firewall
4 201 (12.54%) DHCP
5 173 (10.79%) TCP/IP
6 119 (7.42%) WAN
7 117 (7.30%) LAN
8 63 (3.93%) Internet
9 62 (3.87%) VPN
10 61 (3.81%) Wireless
11 50 (3.12%) VoIP
12 36 (2.25%) Network Security
13 30 (1.87%) NAS
14 26 (1.62%) VLAN
15 24 (1.50%) IP Telephony
15 24 (1.50%) SMTP
16 22 (1.37%) Intranet
17 21 (1.31%) iSCSI
18 19 (1.19%) MPLS
18 19 (1.19%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 316 (19.71%) SQL Server
2 136 (8.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 124 (7.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 82 (5.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 80 (4.99%) SQL Server 2005
6 67 (4.18%) SQL Server 2012
7 56 (3.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 26 (1.62%) SQL Server 2000
9 20 (1.25%) MySQL
10 19 (1.19%) Data Warehouse
10 19 (1.19%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 16 (1.00%) Oracle Database
12 14 (0.87%) Relational Database
12 14 (0.87%) Oracle Database 10g
13 11 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
14 10 (0.62%) RDBMS
14 10 (0.62%) DTS
15 9 (0.56%) EDRMS
15 9 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
16 8 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 52 (3.24%) Visual Studio
2 44 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 23 (1.43%) MSI
4 12 (0.75%) InstallShield
5 10 (0.62%) Subversion
5 10 (0.62%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 8 (0.50%) Jenkins
6 8 (0.50%) CruiseControl
6 8 (0.50%) Git (software)
7 6 (0.37%) MSTest
8 5 (0.31%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.25%) AdminStudio
9 4 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 3 (0.19%) QuickTest Pro
10 3 (0.19%) LoadRunner
10 3 (0.19%) NUnit
10 3 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (0.19%) JIRA
11 2 (0.12%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.062%) SpecFlow
General
1 181 (11.29%) Finance
2 60 (3.74%) Banking
3 39 (2.43%) Telecoms
4 32 (2.00%) Advertising
5 29 (1.81%) Front Office
6 26 (1.62%) Back Office
7 24 (1.50%) Law
7 24 (1.50%) Marketing
8 16 (1.00%) Retail
9 15 (0.94%) Military
9 15 (0.94%) Manufacturing
9 15 (0.94%) French Language
10 14 (0.87%) Mandarin Language
10 14 (0.87%) Spanish Language
11 11 (0.69%) Investment Banking
12 10 (0.62%) Legal
13 6 (0.37%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.25%) International Banking
15 3 (0.19%) Local Government
15 3 (0.19%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 265 (16.53%) Analyst
2 180 (11.23%) Support Engineer
3 132 (8.23%) Technical Support
4 126 (7.86%) Developer
5 117 (7.30%) Support Analyst
6 112 (6.99%) Consultant
7 111 (6.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 85 (5.30%) Administrator
9 80 (4.99%) 3rd Line Support
10 71 (4.43%) Desktop Support
11 64 (3.99%) Systems Engineer
12 62 (3.87%) Service Analyst
13 61 (3.81%) Architect
14 60 (3.74%) Service Desk Analyst
15 55 (3.43%) DBA
16 53 (3.31%) 2nd Line Support
17 52 (3.24%) Server Engineer
18 51 (3.18%) SQL DBA
19 42 (2.62%) 1st Line Support
20 41 (2.56%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 179 (11.17%) .NET
2 92 (5.74%) HTML
3 90 (5.61%) ASP.NET
4 71 (4.43%) XML
5 59 (3.68%) Web Services
6 47 (2.93%) WCF
7 40 (2.50%) CSS
8 33 (2.06%) jQuery
9 32 (2.00%) .NET Framework
10 29 (1.81%) JSP
11 25 (1.56%) Middleware
12 24 (1.50%) Software Packaging
13 21 (1.31%) Silverlight
14 20 (1.25%) XSLT
15 17 (1.06%) SOAP
15 17 (1.06%) ASP.NET MVC
16 16 (1.00%) Reactive Extensions
16 16 (1.00%) Managed Extensibility Framework
17 13 (0.81%) Ajax
18 12 (0.75%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 117 (7.30%) Clustering
2 101 (6.30%) Blackberry
2 101 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
3 55 (3.43%) Management Information System
3 55 (3.43%) Computer Science
4 48 (2.99%) Replication
5 27 (1.68%) PKI
6 19 (1.19%) Statistics
6 19 (1.19%) Thin Client
6 19 (1.19%) Fat Client
7 17 (1.06%) iPad
8 16 (1.00%) Client/Server
9 14 (0.87%) Video Conferencing
10 13 (0.81%) Data Integration
11 12 (0.75%) iPhone
11 12 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
12 11 (0.69%) CMDB
13 10 (0.62%) NHS
14 9 (0.56%) Mainframe
14 9 (0.56%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 1048 (65.38%) Windows
2 469 (29.26%) Windows Server 2008
3 342 (21.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 269 (16.78%) Windows 7
5 209 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 159 (9.92%) Windows XP
7 144 (8.98%) Linux
8 95 (5.93%) UNIX
9 46 (2.87%) Windows 8
10 43 (2.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 35 (2.18%) Windows 2000
12 31 (1.93%) Windows Vista
13 26 (1.62%) Windows 2000 Server
14 15 (0.94%) Mac OS X
15 14 (0.87%) Windows NT
16 10 (0.62%) Android
17 9 (0.56%) Solaris
18 7 (0.44%) VMS
19 6 (0.37%) Apple iOS
20 4 (0.25%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 490 (30.57%) ITIL
2 186 (11.60%) CRM
3 133 (8.30%) Migration
4 88 (5.49%) Project Management
4 88 (5.49%) Service Management
5 79 (4.93%) Incident Management
6 69 (4.30%) Disaster Recovery
7 67 (4.18%) Workflow
8 62 (3.87%) Business Intelligence
9 59 (3.68%) Service Delivery
10 57 (3.56%) Agile Software Development
11 56 (3.49%) Change Management
12 47 (2.93%) Configuration Management
13 46 (2.87%) Performance Tuning
14 42 (2.62%) Load Balancing
15 40 (2.50%) PRINCE2
15 40 (2.50%) Mentoring
16 38 (2.37%) Validation
17 35 (2.18%) Problem Management
17 35 (2.18%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 285 (17.78%) SQL
2 170 (10.61%) PowerShell
3 116 (7.24%) C#
4 77 (4.80%) JavaScript
5 76 (4.74%) T-SQL
6 43 (2.68%) VBScript
7 36 (2.25%) VB
8 23 (1.43%) Java
9 22 (1.37%) C
10 19 (1.19%) Perl
11 17 (1.06%) Shell Script
12 16 (1.00%) C++
13 14 (0.87%) Korn
14 13 (0.81%) Bash Shell
15 10 (0.62%) Python
15 10 (0.62%) VB.NET
16 9 (0.56%) VBA
16 9 (0.56%) C-shell
16 9 (0.56%) Jython
17 6 (0.37%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 792 (49.41%) MCSE
2 396 (24.70%) MCITP
3 305 (19.03%) MCP
4 213 (13.29%) MCSA
5 206 (12.85%) MCTS
6 199 (12.41%) Security Cleared
6 199 (12.41%) Cisco Certification
7 179 (11.17%) Degree
8 162 (10.11%) CCNA
9 129 (8.05%) SC Cleared
10 116 (7.24%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 64 (3.99%) MCDST
12 58 (3.62%) CCNP
13 52 (3.24%) DV Cleared
14 40 (2.50%) ITIL Certification
15 38 (2.37%) MCSD
16 35 (2.18%) Citrix Certification
17 33 (2.06%) CISSP
17 33 (2.06%) A+ Certification
18 32 (2.00%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 128 (7.99%) SLA
2 24 (1.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.06%) QA
4 9 (0.56%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.50%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.19%) BS7799
8 1 (0.062%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.062%) HL7
System Software
1 660 (41.17%) Active Directory
2 287 (17.90%) VMware Infrastructure
3 123 (7.67%) Hyper-V
4 109 (6.80%) vSphere
5 102 (6.36%) XenApp
6 83 (5.18%) VMware ESX
7 43 (2.68%) XenServer
8 35 (2.18%) XenDesktop
9 32 (2.00%) ISA Server
10 30 (1.87%) Terminal Services
11 25 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
12 22 (1.37%) UAG
12 22 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
13 18 (1.12%) NFS
14 11 (0.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 11 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
14 11 (0.69%) vCloud
15 9 (0.56%) Forefront TMG
16 8 (0.50%) Xen
17 7 (0.44%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 193 (12.04%) SCCM
2 99 (6.18%) SCOM
3 69 (4.30%) Backup Exec
4 23 (1.43%) NetBackup
4 23 (1.43%) WSUS
5 18 (1.12%) BladeLogic
6 14 (0.87%) SCVMM
6 14 (0.87%) OVSD
6 14 (0.87%) Nessus
6 14 (0.87%) Norton AntiVirus
6 14 (0.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 13 (0.81%) SCOrch
7 13 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
7 13 (0.81%) MAILsweeper
7 13 (0.81%) OpenView
7 13 (0.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 12 (0.75%) Nagios
9 11 (0.69%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 10 (0.62%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 9 (0.56%) Puppet
Vendors
1 1175 (73.30%) Microsoft
2 478 (29.82%) VMware
3 316 (19.71%) Citrix
4 255 (15.91%) HP
5 229 (14.29%) Cisco
6 108 (6.74%) Symantec
7 75 (4.68%) Oracle
8 65 (4.05%) EMC
9 62 (3.87%) Dell
10 53 (3.31%) McAfee
11 52 (3.24%) NetApp
12 49 (3.06%) Red Hat
12 49 (3.06%) Apple
12 49 (3.06%) Juniper
12 49 (3.06%) IBM
13 40 (2.50%) SolarWinds
14 34 (2.12%) Avaya
15 33 (2.06%) Remedy
16 28 (1.75%) CheckPoint
17 25 (1.56%) F5
London
Linux Recruit
Rate: From £400 to £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £28000 - £30000 per annum + pro-rata
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110.00 - £120.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £17.00 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
South East London
Linkpoint Resources
Rate: From £16 to £20 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Norfolk
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 2 days ago
Darlington, County Durham
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 2 days ago
Durham, County Durham
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 2 days ago
Bury, Lancashire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Accrington, Lancashire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Southport, Merseyside
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Ormskirk, Lancashire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Stockton-On-Tees, Cleveland
Gem Partnership
Posted: 3 days ago
East London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £175 to £225 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Havant, Hampshire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Warwickshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago
Lincolnshire
TribePost.co.uk
Rate: Up to £30k+
Posted: 3 days ago