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 22 July 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 153 130 112
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -18
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 678 785 915
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.41% 1.69% 1.73%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.58% 9.50% 10.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 378 383 461
Average daily rate
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£323 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.76% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £157 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £460 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £301 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+0.27% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 90 96
Average hourly rate £16.92 £17.42 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.88% +2.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.00 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £32.65 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £17.23 £16.25
% change year-on-year
-8.56% +6.00%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
8948 8264 9014
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.67% 17.83% 17.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5127 4489 4735
Average daily rate £378 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 390 455 558
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%
Microsoft Certification
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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 22 July 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 22 July 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 22 July 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 -6 275 £395 +5.33% 115
South East +3 196 £275 -21.42% 64
East of England -27 57 £285 +62.85% 36
North West -4 52 £300 +20.00% 36
South West -40 25 £323 +84.28% 33
West Midlands -26 23 £250 -16.31% 33
East Midlands -20 21 £350 +180.00% 16
Yorkshire -22 20 £250 -18.69% 24
North East -22 2 £328 +9.44% 2
Midlands - - - -
Microsoft Certification
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 1001 (71.19%) Microsoft
2 975 (69.35%) Windows
3 729 (51.85%) MCSE
4 613 (43.60%) Active Directory
5 459 (32.65%) Windows Server 2008
6 458 (32.57%) ITIL
7 442 (31.44%) VMware
8 375 (26.67%) MS Excel
9 370 (26.32%) MCITP
10 369 (26.24%) MS Exchange
11 327 (23.26%) Citrix
12 324 (23.04%) MCP
13 306 (21.76%) Windows Server 2003
14 284 (20.20%) SQL Server
15 275 (19.56%) SQL
15 275 (19.56%) Windows 7
16 271 (19.27%) VMware Infrastructure
17 242 (17.21%) MS Office
18 235 (16.71%) DNS
19 220 (15.65%) Cisco
20 200 (14.22%) MCSA
21 196 (13.94%) MCTS
22 186 (13.23%) Cisco Certification
23 184 (13.09%) DHCP
23 184 (13.09%) Exchange Server 2010
24 182 (12.94%) SCCM
25 176 (12.52%) SharePoint
25 176 (12.52%) HP
26 175 (12.45%) Firewall
27 171 (12.16%) Finance

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 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
1 369 (26.24%) MS Exchange
2 184 (13.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 176 (12.52%) SharePoint
4 127 (9.03%) Exchange Server 2007
4 127 (9.03%) Exchange Server 2003
5 76 (5.41%) SharePoint 2010
6 71 (5.05%) IIS
6 71 (5.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 57 (4.05%) Lync
8 46 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2013
9 36 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
10 27 (1.92%) SharePoint Server
11 18 (1.28%) BizTalk Server
12 17 (1.21%) IBM Notes
13 11 (0.78%) SAS
14 10 (0.71%) MS Project Server
15 8 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2000
16 5 (0.36%) JOnAS
17 4 (0.28%) Apache
17 4 (0.28%) Tomcat
Applications
1 375 (26.67%) MS Excel
2 242 (17.21%) MS Office
3 26 (1.85%) MS PowerPoint
4 24 (1.71%) MS Visio
5 13 (0.92%) MS Project
6 3 (0.21%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.071%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.071%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.071%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 52 (3.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
3 8 (0.57%) assyst
4 7 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.43%) SAP SD
5 6 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.071%) Magento
8 1 (0.071%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.071%) 3000 Xtra
8 1 (0.071%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.071%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 42 (2.99%) Office 365
2 16 (1.14%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.64%) IaaS
5 8 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.14%) Google Apps
6 2 (0.14%) SaaS
7 1 (0.071%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 235 (16.71%) DNS
2 184 (13.09%) DHCP
3 175 (12.45%) Firewall
4 171 (12.16%) SAN
5 129 (9.17%) LAN
6 128 (9.10%) TCP/IP
7 126 (8.96%) WAN
8 69 (4.91%) VPN
9 63 (4.48%) Wireless
10 59 (4.20%) Internet
11 51 (3.63%) VoIP
12 29 (2.06%) NAS
13 26 (1.85%) Network Security
14 23 (1.64%) NetScaler
14 23 (1.64%) IP Telephony
15 21 (1.49%) MPLS
16 20 (1.42%) SMTP
16 20 (1.42%) Intranet
16 20 (1.42%) Cisco ASA
17 19 (1.35%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 284 (20.20%) SQL Server
2 127 (9.03%) SQL Server 2008
3 116 (8.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 75 (5.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 71 (5.05%) SQL Server 2005
6 69 (4.91%) SQL Server 2012
7 46 (3.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 28 (1.99%) SQL Server 2000
9 18 (1.28%) Data Warehouse
9 18 (1.28%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 16 (1.14%) Oracle Database
11 14 (1.00%) Oracle Database 10g
12 13 (0.92%) MySQL
13 12 (0.85%) Relational Database
14 11 (0.78%) Oracle Database 11g
14 11 (0.78%) DTS
15 10 (0.71%) EDRMS
16 9 (0.64%) Amazon RDS
17 8 (0.57%) RDBMS
18 7 (0.50%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 48 (3.41%) Visual Studio
2 27 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (1.21%) MSI
4 11 (0.78%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (0.64%) Subversion
6 7 (0.50%) InstallShield
7 6 (0.43%) LoadRunner
7 6 (0.43%) CruiseControl
7 6 (0.43%) Git (software)
7 6 (0.43%) Jenkins
8 5 (0.36%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.28%) QuickTest Pro
10 3 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (0.14%) AdminStudio
12 1 (0.071%) Octopus Deploy
12 1 (0.071%) MSTest
12 1 (0.071%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.071%) Moq
12 1 (0.071%) Selenium
12 1 (0.071%) NUnit
General
1 171 (12.16%) Finance
2 58 (4.13%) Banking
3 39 (2.77%) Telecoms
4 34 (2.42%) Front Office
5 32 (2.28%) Back Office
5 32 (2.28%) Advertising
6 21 (1.49%) Marketing
7 19 (1.35%) Retail
7 19 (1.35%) Law
8 18 (1.28%) French Language
9 17 (1.21%) Mandarin Language
9 17 (1.21%) Spanish Language
10 14 (1.00%) Legal
11 12 (0.85%) Investment Banking
12 9 (0.64%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.43%) Military
13 6 (0.43%) Publishing
13 6 (0.43%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.28%) International Banking
15 3 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 233 (16.57%) Analyst
2 185 (13.16%) Support Engineer
3 115 (8.18%) Support Analyst
4 113 (8.04%) Consultant
5 101 (7.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 99 (7.04%) Developer
7 78 (5.55%) 3rd Line Support
8 74 (5.26%) Administrator
9 63 (4.48%) 2nd Line Support
10 59 (4.20%) Desktop Support
11 58 (4.13%) Systems Engineer
11 58 (4.13%) Service Analyst
12 57 (4.05%) Service Desk Analyst
13 53 (3.77%) Server Engineer
14 52 (3.70%) Architect
15 51 (3.63%) DBA
16 47 (3.34%) SQL DBA
17 44 (3.13%) 1st Line Support
18 39 (2.77%) Network Engineer
19 38 (2.70%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 161 (11.45%) .NET
2 74 (5.26%) HTML
2 74 (5.26%) ASP.NET
3 48 (3.41%) XML
4 43 (3.06%) Web Services
5 38 (2.70%) CSS
6 35 (2.49%) WCF
7 27 (1.92%) jQuery
8 26 (1.85%) .NET Framework
9 22 (1.56%) JSP
10 20 (1.42%) Middleware
11 16 (1.14%) Software Packaging
12 15 (1.07%) WPF
13 14 (1.00%) XSLT
14 13 (0.92%) Application Packaging
14 13 (0.92%) Silverlight
14 13 (0.92%) WSDL
15 12 (0.85%) WinForms
15 12 (0.85%) ASP.NET MVC
16 11 (0.78%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 105 (7.47%) Blackberry
2 104 (7.40%) Clustering
3 50 (3.56%) Management Information System
4 41 (2.92%) Computer Science
5 39 (2.77%) Replication
6 25 (1.78%) Fat Client
6 25 (1.78%) Thin Client
7 22 (1.56%) Statistics
7 22 (1.56%) PKI
8 21 (1.49%) Client/Server
9 17 (1.21%) Enterprise Software
10 12 (0.85%) NHS
10 12 (0.85%) EqualLogic
11 11 (0.78%) Data Integration
11 11 (0.78%) iPad
12 9 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
12 9 (0.64%) Smartphone
13 8 (0.57%) iPhone
14 6 (0.43%) Fixed Income
14 6 (0.43%) Grid Computing
Operating Systems
1 975 (69.35%) Windows
2 459 (32.65%) Windows Server 2008
3 306 (21.76%) Windows Server 2003
4 275 (19.56%) Windows 7
5 167 (11.88%) Windows XP
6 163 (11.59%) Windows Server 2012
7 124 (8.82%) Linux
8 79 (5.62%) UNIX
9 48 (3.41%) Windows 8
10 37 (2.63%) Windows Vista
11 33 (2.35%) Windows 2000
12 28 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 25 (1.78%) Windows 2000 Server
14 20 (1.42%) Mac OS X
15 10 (0.71%) Android
16 9 (0.64%) Windows NT
17 6 (0.43%) Apple iOS
18 5 (0.36%) Solaris
19 4 (0.28%) NetWare
19 4 (0.28%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 458 (32.57%) ITIL
2 125 (8.89%) Migration
3 110 (7.82%) Service Management
4 85 (6.05%) Project Management
5 72 (5.12%) CRM
6 67 (4.77%) Service Delivery
7 65 (4.62%) Incident Management
8 63 (4.48%) Business Intelligence
9 62 (4.41%) Workflow
10 59 (4.20%) Disaster Recovery
11 49 (3.49%) ITSM
12 47 (3.34%) Change Management
13 41 (2.92%) Configuration Management
14 36 (2.56%) Load Balancing
14 36 (2.56%) Problem Management
15 35 (2.49%) Performance Tuning
16 34 (2.42%) PRINCE2
17 33 (2.35%) Capacity Planning
17 33 (2.35%) ITIL V3
18 32 (2.28%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 275 (19.56%) SQL
2 160 (11.38%) PowerShell
3 97 (6.90%) C#
4 65 (4.62%) T-SQL
5 63 (4.48%) JavaScript
6 38 (2.70%) VB
7 36 (2.56%) VBScript
8 18 (1.28%) C
9 15 (1.07%) C++
10 14 (1.00%) Perl
11 13 (0.92%) Java
12 12 (0.85%) VB.NET
13 11 (0.78%) VBA
13 11 (0.78%) Shell Script
14 7 (0.50%) Python
15 6 (0.43%) ABAP
16 4 (0.28%) PHP
17 3 (0.21%) Bash Shell
17 3 (0.21%) PL/SQL
18 2 (0.14%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 729 (51.85%) MCSE
2 370 (26.32%) MCITP
3 324 (23.04%) MCP
4 200 (14.22%) MCSA
5 196 (13.94%) MCTS
6 186 (13.23%) Cisco Certification
7 164 (11.66%) Security Cleared
8 162 (11.52%) Degree
9 151 (10.74%) CCNA
10 103 (7.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 101 (7.18%) SC Cleared
12 89 (6.33%) MCDST
13 53 (3.77%) CCNP
14 50 (3.56%) DV Cleared
15 39 (2.77%) A+ Certification
15 39 (2.77%) Citrix Certification
16 36 (2.56%) MCSD
17 35 (2.49%) ITIL Certification
18 32 (2.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 31 (2.20%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (8.89%) SLA
2 16 (1.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 12 (0.85%) QA
4 9 (0.64%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.50%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.14%) BS7799
7 2 (0.14%) Data Quality
System Software
1 613 (43.60%) Active Directory
2 271 (19.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 127 (9.03%) Hyper-V
4 99 (7.04%) vSphere
5 98 (6.97%) XenApp
6 61 (4.34%) VMware ESX
7 45 (3.20%) XenDesktop
8 39 (2.77%) XenServer
9 25 (1.78%) Microsoft App-V
10 22 (1.56%) ISA Server
11 20 (1.42%) Terminal Services
12 16 (1.14%) UAG
12 16 (1.14%) VMware ESXi
13 11 (0.78%) Oracle RAC
14 9 (0.64%) NFS
15 8 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 7 (0.50%) Terminal Server
17 6 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 6 (0.43%) Xen
17 6 (0.43%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 182 (12.94%) SCCM
2 76 (5.41%) SCOM
3 62 (4.41%) Backup Exec
4 24 (1.71%) WSUS
5 19 (1.35%) SCVMM
6 16 (1.14%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 16 (1.14%) McAfee ePO
7 15 (1.07%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 13 (0.92%) OVSD
8 13 (0.92%) MAILsweeper
8 13 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
9 12 (0.85%) EMC NetWorker
9 12 (0.85%) Nessus
10 11 (0.78%) BladeLogic
10 11 (0.78%) NetBackup
10 11 (0.78%) OpenView
11 9 (0.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 9 (0.64%) WMI
12 8 (0.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 8 (0.57%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1001 (71.19%) Microsoft
2 442 (31.44%) VMware
3 327 (23.26%) Citrix
4 220 (15.65%) Cisco
5 176 (12.52%) HP
6 89 (6.33%) Symantec
7 60 (4.27%) McAfee
8 58 (4.13%) Dell
8 58 (4.13%) Oracle
9 49 (3.49%) EMC
10 47 (3.34%) Juniper
10 47 (3.34%) Apple
11 37 (2.63%) Avaya
12 33 (2.35%) NetApp
13 32 (2.28%) Sophos
14 31 (2.20%) IBM
15 30 (2.13%) Red Hat
15 30 (2.13%) CheckPoint
16 28 (1.99%) Remedy
17 26 (1.85%) SolarWinds
West Midlands
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £230 - £280 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Fareham, Hampshire
ARM Utilities
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 hours ago
Blackburn, Lancashire
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £18.00 - £20.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 - £297 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leicester, Leicestershire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: Up to £15 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Derbyshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £14 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
South West
Centric Resource
Rate: Competetive
Posted: 3 days ago
Blackburn, Lancashire
Talent International
Rate: £16000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £401 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £600 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £12.00 - £16.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Suffolk
Roc Search
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £550 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £19 to £19 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £23 - £25 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Bedfordshire
Executive Recruitment Services (ERS)
Rate: £25 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago