The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 23 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 London 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 186 175 152
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -23
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 268 260 353
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 1.11% 1.18% 1.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.77% 7.77% 8.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 153 140 177
Average daily rate £340 £360 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +10.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £188 £209 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £553
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £288
% change year-on-year
+5.93% +2.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 37 34
Average hourly rate £17.50 £22.00 £20.47
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.45% +7.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.30 £16.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £135.00 £26.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.92 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.74% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3957 3348 3928
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 16.41% 15.23% 14.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2661 2025 2315
Average daily rate £411 £413 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.36% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 117 106 114
Average hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% +19.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.10 £12.38 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.66 £135.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in London

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the London region.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in London

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the London region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in London

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the London region.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in London

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the London region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 3 months to 23 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
City of London -24 71 £325 -20.24% 15
Kingston Upon Thames - 6 £308 -
Croydon -9 3 £390 -
Canary Wharf +25 2 - -
Docklands, London +4 2 £520 +48.57%
Barnet - 2 £160 -
Enfield - 1 £300 - 2
Westminster - 1 - -
Hammersmith - 1 - -
Uxbridge - 1 £350 -
Wimbledon - - - -
Chiswick - - - -
Mayfair - - - -
Ruislip - - - -
Twickenham - - - -
Harrow - - - -
Hounslow - - - - 1
Ilford - - - -
Beckenham - - - -
Bexleyheath - - - -
Brentford - - - -
Bromley - - - -
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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.

1 383 (70.28%) Windows
2 366 (67.16%) Microsoft
3 296 (54.31%) MCSE
4 240 (44.04%) Active Directory
5 187 (34.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 185 (33.94%) ITIL
7 177 (32.48%) VMware
8 163 (29.91%) MCITP
9 161 (29.54%) MS Exchange
10 143 (26.24%) SQL
11 141 (25.87%) MCP
11 141 (25.87%) Citrix
12 131 (24.04%) MS Excel
13 126 (23.12%) Windows Server 2003
14 122 (22.39%) SQL Server
15 120 (22.02%) Windows 7
16 117 (21.47%) VMware Infrastructure
17 108 (19.82%) DNS
18 103 (18.90%) MS Office
19 89 (16.33%) Finance
20 88 (16.15%) Cisco
20 88 (16.15%) Blackberry
21 85 (15.60%) DHCP
21 85 (15.60%) MCSA
22 80 (14.68%) PowerShell
23 77 (14.13%) MCTS
24 71 (13.03%) SharePoint
25 69 (12.66%) Exchange Server 2010
26 68 (12.48%) Windows XP
27 67 (12.29%) Cisco Certification

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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
1 161 (29.54%) MS Exchange
2 71 (13.03%) SharePoint
3 69 (12.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 62 (11.38%) Exchange Server 2007
4 62 (11.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 55 (10.09%) Exchange Server 2003
6 29 (5.32%) SharePoint 2010
7 28 (5.14%) Lync
8 23 (4.22%) IIS
9 20 (3.67%) Exchange Server 2013
10 16 (2.94%) SharePoint Server
11 8 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2000
12 7 (1.28%) MS Project Server
13 6 (1.10%) IBM Notes
13 6 (1.10%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.73%) Office Communications Server
15 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.55%) WorkSite
16 2 (0.37%) WebSphere
16 2 (0.37%) CMS
Applications
1 131 (24.04%) MS Excel
2 103 (18.90%) MS Office
3 16 (2.94%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (1.47%) MS Project
5 6 (1.10%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.73%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.18%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (1.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.37%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.18%) Markit EDM
4 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 15 (2.75%) Office 365
2 3 (0.55%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.18%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 108 (19.82%) DNS
2 85 (15.60%) DHCP
3 61 (11.19%) TCP/IP
4 56 (10.28%) WAN
5 50 (9.17%) Firewall
6 47 (8.62%) SAN
6 47 (8.62%) LAN
7 32 (5.87%) SMTP
8 30 (5.50%) Internet
9 26 (4.77%) VPN
10 21 (3.85%) Wireless
11 14 (2.57%) Network Security
12 12 (2.20%) VoIP
12 12 (2.20%) NetScaler
13 11 (2.02%) Unified Communications
13 11 (2.02%) IP Telephony
13 11 (2.02%) VLAN
14 10 (1.83%) Cisco ASA
15 8 (1.47%) NAS
16 7 (1.28%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 122 (22.39%) SQL Server
2 64 (11.74%) SQL Server 2008
3 53 (9.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 45 (8.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 27 (4.95%) SQL Server 2012
6 25 (4.59%) SQL Server 2005
7 21 (3.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 13 (2.39%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 12 (2.20%) Data Warehouse
10 7 (1.28%) Oracle Database
11 6 (1.10%) Oracle Database 10g
11 6 (1.10%) Oracle Database 11g
12 4 (0.73%) MySQL
12 4 (0.73%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (0.73%) PerformancePoint
12 4 (0.73%) Relational Database
13 3 (0.55%) RDBMS
13 3 (0.55%) VLDB
13 3 (0.55%) IDOL
14 2 (0.37%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 27 (4.95%) Visual Studio
2 18 (3.30%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (1.65%) InstallShield
4 6 (1.10%) MSI
5 5 (0.92%) Rhino Mocks
5 5 (0.92%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.73%) Subversion
7 3 (0.55%) Jenkins
7 3 (0.55%) NUnit
7 3 (0.55%) CruiseControl
8 2 (0.37%) LoadRunner
8 2 (0.37%) Moq
9 1 (0.18%) Apache Continuum
9 1 (0.18%) SpecFlow
9 1 (0.18%) MSBuild
9 1 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 89 (16.33%) Finance
2 47 (8.62%) Banking
3 45 (8.26%) Law
4 42 (7.71%) Legal
5 17 (3.12%) Advertising
6 14 (2.57%) Telecoms
7 11 (2.02%) Retail
8 10 (1.83%) Back Office
9 9 (1.65%) Marketing
10 8 (1.47%) Investment Banking
11 6 (1.10%) French Language
12 5 (0.92%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.92%) Spanish Language
12 5 (0.92%) Mandarin Language
13 4 (0.73%) Games
14 3 (0.55%) Local Government
15 2 (0.37%) Manufacturing
15 2 (0.37%) Front Office
16 1 (0.18%) Publishing
16 1 (0.18%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 87 (15.96%) Analyst
2 61 (11.19%) Developer
3 51 (9.36%) Support Analyst
4 50 (9.17%) Support Engineer
5 49 (8.99%) Consultant
6 38 (6.97%) Architect
7 35 (6.42%) 2nd Line Support
8 31 (5.69%) Administrator
8 31 (5.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 29 (5.32%) Desktop Support
9 29 (5.32%) DBA
10 28 (5.14%) 3rd Line Support
11 25 (4.59%) Systems Engineer
11 25 (4.59%) SQL Developer
11 25 (4.59%) SQL DBA
12 20 (3.67%) Messaging Consultant
13 18 (3.30%) Service Analyst
14 17 (3.12%) Service Desk Analyst
14 17 (3.12%) Desktop Engineer
15 16 (2.94%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (10.09%) .NET
2 27 (4.95%) jQuery
3 26 (4.77%) ASP.NET
4 16 (2.94%) .NET Framework
4 16 (2.94%) HTML
5 15 (2.75%) Web Services
5 15 (2.75%) CSS
6 14 (2.57%) Application Packaging
6 14 (2.57%) XML
7 11 (2.02%) WCF
8 10 (1.83%) Ajax
8 10 (1.83%) ASP.NET MVC
9 8 (1.47%) HTML5
10 7 (1.28%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 6 (1.10%) WPF
11 6 (1.10%) Middleware
11 6 (1.10%) LINQ
12 5 (0.92%) CSS3
12 5 (0.92%) ASP.NET MVC 4
12 5 (0.92%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 88 (16.15%) Blackberry
2 39 (7.16%) Clustering
3 34 (6.24%) Management Information System
4 24 (4.40%) Replication
5 19 (3.49%) Computer Science
6 13 (2.39%) Fat Client
6 13 (2.39%) Thin Client
7 10 (1.83%) Video Conferencing
7 10 (1.83%) EqualLogic
8 9 (1.65%) Data Integration
9 8 (1.47%) PKI
10 7 (1.28%) Smartcard
10 7 (1.28%) Statistics
11 5 (0.92%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.92%) GIS
12 4 (0.73%) Mathematics
12 4 (0.73%) CMDB
12 4 (0.73%) Smartphone
12 4 (0.73%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.73%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 383 (70.28%) Windows
2 187 (34.31%) Windows Server 2008
3 126 (23.12%) Windows Server 2003
4 120 (22.02%) Windows 7
5 68 (12.48%) Windows XP
6 51 (9.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 25 (4.59%) Linux
8 19 (3.49%) Windows Vista
9 18 (3.30%) Windows 8
10 15 (2.75%) UNIX
10 15 (2.75%) Windows 2000
11 13 (2.39%) Windows 2000 Server
12 7 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 7 (1.28%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.55%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.55%) Android
13 3 (0.55%) AIX
14 2 (0.37%) Solaris
14 2 (0.37%) Windows NT
15 1 (0.18%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 185 (33.94%) ITIL
2 55 (10.09%) Migration
3 38 (6.97%) Disaster Recovery
4 34 (6.24%) Business Intelligence
5 33 (6.06%) Service Delivery
5 33 (6.06%) Project Management
6 32 (5.87%) Service Management
7 28 (5.14%) Load Balancing
8 26 (4.77%) Performance Tuning
9 24 (4.40%) Change Control
9 24 (4.40%) Server Monitoring
10 21 (3.85%) Incident Management
11 20 (3.67%) Document Management
12 19 (3.49%) Capacity Planning
13 17 (3.12%) CRM
13 17 (3.12%) Workflow
14 16 (2.94%) Asset Management
14 16 (2.94%) Change Management
14 16 (2.94%) ETL
14 16 (2.94%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 143 (26.24%) SQL
2 80 (14.68%) PowerShell
3 41 (7.52%) T-SQL
4 39 (7.16%) C#
5 30 (5.50%) VB
6 14 (2.57%) JavaScript
7 9 (1.65%) VBScript
7 9 (1.65%) C
8 7 (1.28%) VB.NET
9 4 (0.73%) VBA
9 4 (0.73%) Perl
9 4 (0.73%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.18%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.18%) Java
10 1 (0.18%) LotusScript
Qualifications
1 296 (54.31%) MCSE
2 163 (29.91%) MCITP
3 141 (25.87%) MCP
4 85 (15.60%) MCSA
5 77 (14.13%) MCTS
6 67 (12.29%) Cisco Certification
7 60 (11.01%) Degree
8 53 (9.72%) CCNA
9 43 (7.89%) MCDST
10 34 (6.24%) Citrix Certification
11 33 (6.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 31 (5.69%) CCNP
13 26 (4.77%) Security Cleared
14 24 (4.40%) CCA
15 22 (4.04%) MCSD
16 21 (3.85%) ITIL Certification
17 18 (3.30%) MCDBA
18 17 (3.12%) CCEA
19 15 (2.75%) SC Cleared
20 14 (2.57%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (5.32%) SLA
2 10 (1.83%) QA
3 6 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.92%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.55%) HL7
5 3 (0.55%) COBIT
6 2 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 240 (44.04%) Active Directory
2 117 (21.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 60 (11.01%) vSphere
4 47 (8.62%) XenApp
5 42 (7.71%) VMware ESX
6 37 (6.79%) Hyper-V
7 26 (4.77%) XenDesktop
8 19 (3.49%) ISA Server
9 18 (3.30%) Microsoft App-V
10 10 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
11 8 (1.47%) UAG
12 7 (1.28%) Terminal Server
13 6 (1.10%) Oracle RAC
13 6 (1.10%) XenServer
14 5 (0.92%) IAG
14 5 (0.92%) vCloud
14 5 (0.92%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 5 (0.92%) Terminal Services
14 5 (0.92%) NFS
15 4 (0.73%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 63 (11.56%) SCCM
2 32 (5.87%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 30 (5.50%) MAILsweeper
4 25 (4.59%) SCOM
5 19 (3.49%) Backup Exec
6 11 (2.02%) WSUS
7 9 (1.65%) SCVMM
8 6 (1.10%) NetBackup
8 6 (1.10%) Data Guard
9 5 (0.92%) EMC NetWorker
9 5 (0.92%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.73%) AppDNA
10 4 (0.73%) HP SIM
11 3 (0.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 2 (0.37%) Veritas Storage Foundation
12 2 (0.37%) OpenView
12 2 (0.37%) MIMEsweeper
12 2 (0.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 2 (0.37%) ZENworks
12 2 (0.37%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 366 (67.16%) Microsoft
2 177 (32.48%) VMware
3 141 (25.87%) Citrix
4 88 (16.15%) Cisco
5 47 (8.62%) Symantec
6 41 (7.52%) HP
7 29 (5.32%) Dell
8 28 (5.14%) RightFax
8 28 (5.14%) Clearswift
8 28 (5.14%) Open Text
9 24 (4.40%) Websense
10 21 (3.85%) Oracle
11 20 (3.67%) AppSense
11 20 (3.67%) NetApp
12 19 (3.49%) Altiris
13 18 (3.30%) Bloomberg
14 17 (3.12%) Reuters
15 16 (2.94%) EMC
16 13 (2.39%) Juniper
17 12 (2.20%) SonicWALL
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