The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 28 April 2016 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.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 101 94 102
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 200 212 164
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 2.07% 2.12% 1.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.43% 8.09% 6.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 128 83
Average daily rate £375 £310 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.96% -11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £202 £124
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £494
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £321 £313
% change year-on-year
+8.97% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 17 19
Average hourly rate £21.33 £21.55 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.02% +43.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.60 £14.40 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £40.00 £20.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+37.93% -3.33%
Microsoft Certification
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Qualifications Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
2693 2622 2492
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 27.88% 26.27% 26.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1670 1414 1244
Average daily rate £400 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £240 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £487
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 119 117
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £20.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £45.00 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 April 2016.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 April 2016.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 28 April 2016. 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
Berkshire +27 67 £375 - 13
Hampshire -35 41 £403 +24.80% 18
Surrey -4 39 £425 +40.49% 8
Oxfordshire +22 17 £296 -7.42% 9
West Sussex -22 14 £433 +46.77% 1
Buckinghamshire +7 13 £425 +41.66% 3
Middlesex 0 3 £230 -
Kent -22 3 £217 - 3
Sussex - 2 £275 -
East Sussex -6 1 £275 -15.38% 1
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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.

1 260 (75.80%) Microsoft
2 225 (65.60%) Windows
3 189 (55.10%) MCSE
4 173 (50.44%) Active Directory
5 125 (36.44%) Windows Server
6 123 (35.86%) MS Excel
7 116 (33.82%) VMware
8 104 (30.32%) ITIL
9 96 (27.99%) DNS
10 87 (25.36%) MCITP
10 87 (25.36%) VMware Infrastructure
11 84 (24.49%) MCP
12 80 (23.32%) MCSA
12 80 (23.32%) PowerShell
13 75 (21.87%) Windows Server 2012
14 73 (21.28%) SQL
15 71 (20.70%) HP
16 66 (19.24%) SQL Server
16 66 (19.24%) Security Cleared
17 64 (18.66%) MS Office
18 62 (18.08%) MCTS
19 61 (17.78%) Degree
19 61 (17.78%) Linux
19 61 (17.78%) Service Management
20 60 (17.49%) MS Exchange
20 60 (17.49%) Cisco Certification
21 57 (16.62%) Windows Server 2008
22 56 (16.33%) DHCP
23 54 (15.74%) SharePoint
24 53 (15.45%) SCCM

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 60 (17.49%) MS Exchange
2 54 (15.74%) SharePoint
3 28 (8.16%) IIS
4 27 (7.87%) Exchange Server 2010
5 13 (3.79%) Exchange Server 2007
6 11 (3.21%) SharePoint 2013
7 10 (2.92%) OpenStack
8 9 (2.62%) Skype for Business
9 5 (1.46%) BizTalk Server
9 5 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.58%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.29%) Apache
12 1 (0.29%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.29%) Oracle Workflow
12 1 (0.29%) SAS
12 1 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.29%) Tomcat
Applications
1 123 (35.86%) MS Excel
2 64 (18.66%) MS Office
3 7 (2.04%) InfoPath
3 7 (2.04%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.87%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (3.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.29%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.29%) Sage 1000
2 1 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.29%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 50 (14.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 43 (12.54%) Office 365
3 20 (5.83%) Amazon AWS
4 14 (4.08%) Azure Active Directory
5 9 (2.62%) IaaS
6 6 (1.75%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.87%) PaaS
8 2 (0.58%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 96 (27.99%) DNS
2 56 (16.33%) DHCP
3 50 (14.58%) TCP/IP
4 40 (11.66%) Firewall
5 36 (10.50%) SAN
6 31 (9.04%) LAN
7 30 (8.75%) WAN
8 26 (7.58%) VPN
9 18 (5.25%) Skype
10 17 (4.96%) Kerberos
11 15 (4.37%) Internet
11 15 (4.37%) LDAP
12 14 (4.08%) X.500
13 13 (3.79%) IPv6
14 12 (3.50%) IPsec
15 11 (3.21%) HTTP
15 11 (3.21%) Wi-Fi
16 8 (2.33%) Ethernet
16 8 (2.33%) Fibre Channel
16 8 (2.33%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (19.24%) SQL Server
2 32 (9.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 23 (6.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 21 (6.12%) SQL Server 2008
5 20 (5.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (4.37%) Data Warehouse
6 15 (4.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 14 (4.08%) Azure SQL Database
8 12 (3.50%) SQL Server 2012
9 8 (2.33%) SQL Server 2005
10 7 (2.04%) SQL Server 2014
11 6 (1.75%) QlikView
12 5 (1.46%) Amazon RDS
12 5 (1.46%) Big Data
12 5 (1.46%) NoSQL
12 5 (1.46%) OLAP
12 5 (1.46%) PerformancePoint
12 5 (1.46%) Power BI
13 4 (1.17%) Hadoop
14 3 (0.87%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 19 (5.54%) Visual Studio
2 9 (2.62%) Ant
2 9 (2.62%) Git (software)
2 9 (2.62%) Hudson
2 9 (2.62%) Jenkins
2 9 (2.62%) JIRA
2 9 (2.62%) Maven
2 9 (2.62%) Subversion
3 4 (1.17%) MSI
3 4 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (0.87%) Fiddler
5 2 (0.58%) AdminStudio
5 2 (0.58%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.29%) Moq
6 1 (0.29%) MSTest
6 1 (0.29%) NUnit
6 1 (0.29%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 24 (7.00%) Finance
2 13 (3.79%) German Language
3 9 (2.62%) Banking
3 9 (2.62%) Military
4 8 (2.33%) Marketing
5 7 (2.04%) French Language
6 6 (1.75%) Law
7 5 (1.46%) Advertising
7 5 (1.46%) Telecoms
8 4 (1.17%) Back Office
9 3 (0.87%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.58%) Billing
10 2 (0.58%) Electronics
10 2 (0.58%) Retail
11 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.29%) Games
11 1 (0.29%) Local Government
11 1 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 66 (19.24%) Support Engineer
2 34 (9.91%) Analyst
3 32 (9.33%) Developer
4 29 (8.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 28 (8.16%) Consultant
6 27 (7.87%) Field Engineer
7 23 (6.71%) Architect
8 22 (6.41%) Active Directory Engineer
8 22 (6.41%) Server Engineer
9 21 (6.12%) Wintel Engineer
10 17 (4.96%) Desktop Support
10 17 (4.96%) Support Analyst
11 16 (4.66%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 15 (4.37%) 3rd Line Support
13 13 (3.79%) Server Support
13 13 (3.79%) Technical Support
14 12 (3.50%) 2nd Line Support
14 12 (3.50%) Administrator
14 12 (3.50%) Infrastructure Support
14 12 (3.50%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (14.29%) .NET
2 24 (7.00%) XML
3 22 (6.41%) HTML
4 21 (6.12%) ASP.NET
4 21 (6.12%) CSS
5 8 (2.33%) Web Services
6 7 (2.04%) ADO.NET
6 7 (2.04%) jQuery
7 6 (1.75%) WCF
8 4 (1.17%) 802.1X
8 4 (1.17%) Ajax
8 4 (1.17%) ELK Stack
8 4 (1.17%) Middleware
8 4 (1.17%) ODBC
8 4 (1.17%) REST
8 4 (1.17%) WPF
9 3 (0.87%) Castle Windsor
9 3 (0.87%) Entity Framework
9 3 (0.87%) HTML5
9 3 (0.87%) Windows Identity Foundation
Miscellaneous
1 35 (10.20%) PKI
2 30 (8.75%) Computer Science
3 20 (5.83%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (5.83%) Data Centre
4 19 (5.54%) Replication
5 18 (5.25%) Clustering
6 17 (4.96%) Management Information System
7 15 (4.37%) Driving Licence
8 10 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (2.92%) Public Cloud
9 7 (2.04%) CESG
10 6 (1.75%) Blackberry
10 6 (1.75%) Statistics
11 5 (1.46%) CESG CLAS
11 5 (1.46%) Fat Client
11 5 (1.46%) NHS
11 5 (1.46%) Thin Client
11 5 (1.46%) Visualisation
12 4 (1.17%) Client/Server
12 4 (1.17%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 225 (65.60%) Windows
2 125 (36.44%) Windows Server
3 75 (21.87%) Windows Server 2012
4 61 (17.78%) Linux
5 57 (16.62%) Windows Server 2008
6 44 (12.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 43 (12.54%) Windows 7
8 24 (7.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 24 (7.00%) Unix
9 10 (2.92%) VMS
9 10 (2.92%) Windows 10
10 6 (1.75%) Ubuntu
11 5 (1.46%) Windows XP
12 4 (1.17%) Windows 8
13 2 (0.58%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.29%) Android
14 1 (0.29%) Apple iOS
14 1 (0.29%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 104 (30.32%) ITIL
2 61 (17.78%) Service Management
3 32 (9.33%) Customer Engagement
4 25 (7.29%) Business Intelligence
5 24 (7.00%) Configuration Management
5 24 (7.00%) Project Management
6 23 (6.71%) Migration
7 21 (6.12%) ITIL V3
8 20 (5.83%) CRM
8 20 (5.83%) Disaster Recovery
8 20 (5.83%) Service Delivery
9 19 (5.54%) Mentoring
9 19 (5.54%) Problem Management
9 19 (5.54%) Workflow
10 18 (5.25%) Agile Software Development
11 17 (4.96%) DevOps
12 16 (4.66%) High Availability
13 14 (4.08%) Change Management
14 13 (3.79%) Information Security
14 13 (3.79%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 80 (23.32%) PowerShell
2 73 (21.28%) SQL
3 37 (10.79%) VBScript
4 31 (9.04%) C#
5 26 (7.58%) JavaScript
6 19 (5.54%) T-SQL
7 18 (5.25%) Python
8 17 (4.96%) Ruby
8 17 (4.96%) VB
9 11 (3.21%) C
10 9 (2.62%) C++
11 6 (1.75%) Java
12 5 (1.46%) VB.NET
12 5 (1.46%) VBA
13 3 (0.87%) PHP
13 3 (0.87%) R
13 3 (0.87%) Scala
14 2 (0.58%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.58%) sed
14 2 (0.58%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 189 (55.10%) MCSE
2 87 (25.36%) MCITP
3 84 (24.49%) MCP
4 80 (23.32%) MCSA
5 66 (19.24%) Security Cleared
6 62 (18.08%) MCTS
7 61 (17.78%) Degree
8 60 (17.49%) Cisco Certification
9 47 (13.70%) CCNA
10 40 (11.66%) SC Cleared
11 28 (8.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 26 (7.58%) MCSD
13 25 (7.29%) MCDST
14 22 (6.41%) DV Cleared
15 11 (3.21%) ISEB
15 11 (3.21%) ISTQB
15 11 (3.21%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 10 (2.92%) CISSP
16 10 (2.92%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 9 (2.62%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (6.12%) SLA
2 6 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.17%) QA
4 3 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.29%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 173 (50.44%) Active Directory
2 87 (25.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (13.70%) Hyper-V
4 42 (12.24%) vSphere
5 23 (6.71%) XenApp
6 11 (3.21%) VMware ESX
7 9 (2.62%) Docker
7 9 (2.62%) ISA Server
7 9 (2.62%) VMware ESXi
8 8 (2.33%) Terminal Server
8 8 (2.33%) UAG
9 6 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (1.46%) BitLocker
10 5 (1.46%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 5 (1.46%) XenDesktop
11 4 (1.17%) XenServer
12 2 (0.58%) vCloud
12 2 (0.58%) VMware Workstation
13 1 (0.29%) Postfix
13 1 (0.29%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 53 (15.45%) SCCM
2 40 (11.66%) WSUS
3 31 (9.04%) NetBackup
4 24 (7.00%) SCOM
5 23 (6.71%) McAfee ePO
6 20 (5.83%) Puppet
7 19 (5.54%) Backup Exec
8 10 (2.92%) Ansible
8 10 (2.92%) Opscode Chef
9 8 (2.33%) Nagios
9 8 (2.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 7 (2.04%) SCVMM
11 6 (1.75%) Norton AntiVirus
11 6 (1.75%) Windows Intune
12 5 (1.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 5 (1.46%) Sysprep
12 5 (1.46%) WMI
13 4 (1.17%) Cacti
14 3 (0.87%) BladeLogic
14 3 (0.87%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 260 (75.80%) Microsoft
2 116 (33.82%) VMware
3 71 (20.70%) HP
4 52 (15.16%) Citrix
5 44 (12.83%) Cisco
6 25 (7.29%) Red Hat
7 23 (6.71%) Intel Security
8 22 (6.41%) Dell
9 18 (5.25%) Oracle
10 17 (4.96%) NetApp
11 16 (4.66%) Remedy
12 12 (3.50%) IBM
12 12 (3.50%) Symantec
13 10 (2.92%) CommVault
14 9 (2.62%) Splunk
15 8 (2.33%) EMC
15 8 (2.33%) Hitachi
15 8 (2.33%) Intel
16 7 (2.04%) 3PAR
16 7 (2.04%) Tableau
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