The table below looks at the statistics for A+ Certification in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited A+ Certification over the 3 months to 27 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
CompTIA A+ Certification
Rank 551 539 548
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +9
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 49 36 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.088% 0.067% 0.065%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.38% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 10 10
Average daily rate
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£115 £168 £110
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-31.34% +52.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £83 £100 £85
10% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £277 £193
UK excluding London average daily rate £118 £238 £110
% change year-on-year
-50.52% +115.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 22 8
Average hourly rate £15.77 £14.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.75% +16.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.75 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.95 £17.50 £16.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £14.13 £12.50
% change year-on-year
+11.64% +13.00%

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10478 9373 10269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.85% 17.56% 17.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 5959 5127 5276
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 492 633
Average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.60 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

A+ Certification
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

A+ Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

A+ Certification
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK.

A+ Certification Daily Rate Trend in the UK

A+ Certification
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 2014.

A+ Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

A+ Certification
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK.

A+ Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

A+ Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 2014.

A+ Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

A+ Certification
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 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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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
England -3 45 £118 -41.25% 13
London +13 27 £110 -15.38% 4
South East -12 9 £130 -52.72% 4
West Midlands -1 3 - - 1
Surrey -1 3 - - 2
East of England -22 3 £118 - 1
Birmingham - 3 - - 1
Berkshire +10 2 - -
Cambridgeshire -1 2 £118 -
Cambridge -7 2 £118 -
Hampshire -12 2 - - 1
Scotland -19 2 - -
Woking - 2 - -
Reading +10 1 - -
Bedfordshire -22 1 - -
Bedford - 1 - -
Kent - 1 £130 - 1
Lancashire - - - -
Norfolk - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Wokingham - - - -
Cheshire - - - -
Cornwall - - - - 1
Dorset - - - -
East Sussex - - - -
Essex - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
South West - - - - 1

A+ Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing A+ 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 A+ Certification.

1 72 (75.79%) Microsoft
2 56 (58.95%) Windows
3 46 (48.42%) ITIL
4 45 (47.37%) Windows 7
5 40 (42.11%) MS Office
5 40 (42.11%) Microsoft Certification
6 34 (35.79%) MCP
7 28 (29.47%) Windows XP
8 27 (28.42%) MS Excel
8 27 (28.42%) Active Directory
9 24 (25.26%) MCSE
10 21 (22.11%) Blackberry
11 16 (16.84%) Cisco
12 14 (14.74%) SLA
13 12 (12.63%) MCITP
13 12 (12.63%) Office 365
13 12 (12.63%) MCSA
14 11 (11.58%) Computer Science
15 10 (10.53%) MS PowerPoint
15 10 (10.53%) Retail
16 9 (9.47%) LAN
16 9 (9.47%) TCP/IP
16 9 (9.47%) Banking
17 8 (8.42%) Degree
17 8 (8.42%) DNS
17 8 (8.42%) WAN
17 8 (8.42%) HP
17 8 (8.42%) SharePoint
17 8 (8.42%) Finance
17 8 (8.42%) Remedy

A+ Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing A+ 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 A+ Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 8 (8.42%) SharePoint
2 6 (6.32%) IBM Notes
3 3 (3.16%) MS Exchange
4 2 (2.11%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (2.11%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.05%) Elasticsearch
5 1 (1.05%) IIS
5 1 (1.05%) Lync
5 1 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.05%) Node.js
5 1 (1.05%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (1.05%) Tomcat
Applications
1 40 (42.11%) MS Office
2 27 (28.42%) MS Excel
3 10 (10.53%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.11%) assyst
1 2 (2.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 12 (12.63%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.47%) LAN
1 9 (9.47%) TCP/IP
2 8 (8.42%) DNS
2 8 (8.42%) WAN
3 7 (7.37%) DHCP
4 6 (6.32%) VPN
4 6 (6.32%) Internet
5 5 (5.26%) Wireless
6 4 (4.21%) FTP
6 4 (4.21%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (4.21%) Cisco IOS
6 4 (4.21%) VoIP
7 3 (3.16%) SAN
7 3 (3.16%) NAS
8 1 (1.05%) PABX
8 1 (1.05%) PuTTY
8 1 (1.05%) DSL
8 1 (1.05%) Ethernet
8 1 (1.05%) IP Telephony
8 1 (1.05%) Cisco IPT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.11%) SQL Server
1 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.05%) Redis
Development Applications
1 1 (1.05%) Git (software)
1 1 (1.05%) Grunt
General
1 10 (10.53%) Retail
2 9 (9.47%) Banking
3 8 (8.42%) Finance
4 5 (5.26%) Telecoms
5 4 (4.21%) Back Office
6 3 (3.16%) Games
7 2 (2.11%) Legal
7 2 (2.11%) Manufacturing
8 1 (1.05%) Publishing
8 1 (1.05%) Front Office
8 1 (1.05%) Law
8 1 (1.05%) Billing
Job Titles
1 32 (33.68%) Analyst
2 24 (25.26%) Support Engineer
3 19 (20.00%) Service Analyst
3 19 (20.00%) Service Desk Analyst
4 15 (15.79%) Desktop Support
5 14 (14.74%) Support Analyst
6 13 (13.68%) Help Desk Support
7 10 (10.53%) 1st Line Support
7 10 (10.53%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (8.42%) Help Desk Support Engineer
8 8 (8.42%) Help Desk Engineer
8 8 (8.42%) Deskside Support
9 7 (7.37%) IT Support
9 7 (7.37%) Desktop Engineer
10 5 (5.26%) Help Desk Analyst
10 5 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
10 5 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 4 (4.21%) 1st Line Support Analyst
11 4 (4.21%) Desktop Analyst
11 4 (4.21%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.11%) HTML
1 2 (2.11%) HTML5
2 1 (1.05%) RabbitMQ
2 1 (1.05%) REST
2 1 (1.05%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 1 (1.05%) ExpressJS
2 1 (1.05%) Twitter Bootstrap
2 1 (1.05%) .NET
2 1 (1.05%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.05%) CSS
2 1 (1.05%) SOAP
2 1 (1.05%) Flash
2 1 (1.05%) Middleware
2 1 (1.05%) X-Windows
2 1 (1.05%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 21 (22.11%) Blackberry
2 11 (11.58%) Computer Science
3 7 (7.37%) Management Information System
4 6 (6.32%) Smartphone
4 6 (6.32%) CMDB
4 6 (6.32%) Fat Client
4 6 (6.32%) Thin Client
4 6 (6.32%) iPhone
5 4 (4.21%) Smartcard
5 4 (4.21%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (4.21%) EPoS
6 2 (2.11%) FMCG
6 2 (2.11%) iPad
7 1 (1.05%) Chip and PIN
7 1 (1.05%) EFT
7 1 (1.05%) NHS
7 1 (1.05%) Statistics
7 1 (1.05%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 56 (58.95%) Windows
2 45 (47.37%) Windows 7
3 28 (29.47%) Windows XP
4 7 (7.37%) Mac OS X
5 6 (6.32%) Windows Vista
6 5 (5.26%) Linux
6 5 (5.26%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (5.26%) Mac OS
6 5 (5.26%) Windows 8
6 5 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (4.21%) Apple iOS
8 2 (2.11%) UNIX
8 2 (2.11%) Android
8 2 (2.11%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.05%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (48.42%) ITIL
2 7 (7.37%) Incident Management
3 5 (5.26%) Service Management
3 5 (5.26%) Data Protection
4 3 (3.16%) ITIL V3
4 3 (3.16%) Service Delivery
4 3 (3.16%) ITSM
5 2 (2.11%) PRINCE2
5 2 (2.11%) Problem Management
5 2 (2.11%) Migration
5 2 (2.11%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (2.11%) ITIL V2
6 1 (1.05%) Performance Tuning
6 1 (1.05%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (1.05%) BDD
6 1 (1.05%) Game Development
6 1 (1.05%) Scrum
6 1 (1.05%) TDD
6 1 (1.05%) Asset Management
6 1 (1.05%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (3.16%) JavaScript
1 3 (3.16%) C
2 1 (1.05%) C#
2 1 (1.05%) Java
2 1 (1.05%) VB
2 1 (1.05%) ActionScript
2 1 (1.05%) VBA
2 1 (1.05%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.05%) CoffeeScript
Qualifications
1 40 (42.11%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (35.79%) MCP
3 24 (25.26%) MCSE
4 12 (12.63%) MCSA
4 12 (12.63%) MCITP
5 8 (8.42%) Degree
6 7 (7.37%) CCNA
6 7 (7.37%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (6.32%) Network+ Certification
8 5 (5.26%) MOS
8 5 (5.26%) MCDST
9 2 (2.11%) MCTS
9 2 (2.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (2.11%) ITIL Certification
9 2 (2.11%) NVQ Level 3
9 2 (2.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (1.05%) DCSE
10 1 (1.05%) CCENT
10 1 (1.05%) Dell Certification
10 1 (1.05%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (14.74%) SLA
2 1 (1.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.05%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.05%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 27 (28.42%) Active Directory
2 4 (4.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (2.11%) XenApp
3 2 (2.11%) Terminal Server
3 2 (2.11%) Terminal Services
4 1 (1.05%) VMware ESX
4 1 (1.05%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (1.05%) XenDesktop
4 1 (1.05%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (5.26%) SCCM
2 3 (3.16%) ZENworks
2 3 (3.16%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (2.11%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (1.05%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.05%) MAILsweeper
4 1 (1.05%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 72 (75.79%) Microsoft
2 16 (16.84%) Cisco
3 8 (8.42%) HP
3 8 (8.42%) Remedy
4 7 (7.37%) Citrix
4 7 (7.37%) Symantec
5 6 (6.32%) Lotus
6 5 (5.26%) Apple
7 4 (4.21%) Reuters
7 4 (4.21%) Bloomberg
7 4 (4.21%) Dell
7 4 (4.21%) CQG
7 4 (4.21%) VMware
8 3 (3.16%) LANDesk
8 3 (3.16%) Bomgar
9 2 (2.11%) BT
9 2 (2.11%) McAfee
9 2 (2.11%) CheckPoint
9 2 (2.11%) SAP
9 2 (2.11%) Nokia
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