The first table below looks at the demand for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 30 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 currently tracked.

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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 142 122 117
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 811 861 949
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.48% 1.68% 1.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.79% 9.48% 9.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 411 478
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £151 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £427
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 100 101
Average hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.90 £34.10 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.23 £16.25
% change year-on-year
-7.83% +6.00%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10411 9079 9835
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.05% 17.76% 17.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 5857 4871 5075
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 458 502 611
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.96 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend

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

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 2014.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 30 July 2014.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 30 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
England -33 693 £325 - 385
London -5 283 £390 +5.05% 115
South East +2 196 £275 -19.35% 80
Scotland +7 74 £345 +15.00% 18
City of London -14 62 £425 +21.42% 41
East of England -22 59 £300 +33.33% 33
North West +10 55 £300 +20.00% 32
Hampshire +19 53 £266 -37.44% 20
West Sussex +24 41 £220 -48.23% 1
Berkshire -14 36 £400 +3.89% 18
Manchester +2 27 £300 - 21
South West -37 25 £320 +62.02% 27
East Midlands -14 23 £350 +75.00% 29
West Midlands -28 23 £275 -7.94% 31
Glasgow +5 22 £285 -5.06% 3
Wales -2 21 £420 +48.14% 6
Cheshire +9 20 £265 +17.77% 7
Reading -2 20 £400 +3.89% 4
Yorkshire -10 19 £288 -4.16% 35
Buckinghamshire -8 18 £288 +33.72% 9
Crawley +21 17 £325 -27.77% 1
Surrey -20 17 £300 -7.69% 15
East Sussex +6 15 £130 -60.00% 3
South Wales -5 15 £375 +32.27% 5
Bedfordshire -15 14 £300 +9.09% 6
Milton Keynes -3 13 £300 +71.42% 7
Brighton +9 12 £110 -66.17% 3
Aberdeen +15 11 £421 +40.41% 1
Suffolk -9 11 £375 - 3
Bedford +2 10 £300 +20.00% 3

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 1143 (72.16%) Microsoft
2 1064 (67.17%) Windows
3 779 (49.18%) MCSE
4 660 (41.67%) Active Directory
5 504 (31.82%) ITIL
6 500 (31.57%) Windows Server 2008
7 480 (30.30%) VMware
8 421 (26.58%) MCITP
9 403 (25.44%) MS Excel
10 382 (24.12%) MS Exchange
11 353 (22.29%) Citrix
12 342 (21.59%) MCP
13 336 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
14 324 (20.45%) SQL Server
15 320 (20.20%) SQL
16 317 (20.01%) Windows 7
17 294 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
18 258 (16.29%) DNS
19 249 (15.72%) MS Office
20 240 (15.15%) MCTS
21 239 (15.09%) Cisco
22 223 (14.08%) Security Cleared
23 221 (13.95%) MCSA
24 211 (13.32%) HP
24 211 (13.32%) SCCM
25 205 (12.94%) SAN
26 204 (12.88%) Cisco Certification
27 202 (12.75%) DHCP
28 198 (12.50%) .NET
29 197 (12.44%) Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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
1 382 (24.12%) MS Exchange
2 197 (12.44%) Exchange Server 2010
3 196 (12.37%) SharePoint
4 139 (8.78%) Exchange Server 2007
5 128 (8.08%) Exchange Server 2003
6 84 (5.30%) SharePoint 2010
7 80 (5.05%) IIS
8 70 (4.42%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 57 (3.60%) Lync
10 49 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2013
11 46 (2.90%) SharePoint 2013
12 27 (1.70%) SharePoint Server
13 20 (1.26%) BizTalk Server
14 19 (1.20%) IBM Notes
15 11 (0.69%) SAS
15 11 (0.69%) MS Project Server
16 7 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2000
17 5 (0.32%) JOnAS
18 3 (0.19%) ArcGIS
18 3 (0.19%) Documentum
Applications
1 403 (25.44%) MS Excel
2 249 (15.72%) MS Office
3 25 (1.58%) MS Visio
3 25 (1.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 15 (0.95%) MS Project
5 2 (0.13%) InfoPath
5 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.063%) SPSS
6 1 (0.063%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 59 (3.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
3 10 (0.63%) assyst
4 9 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
5 7 (0.44%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
6 6 (0.38%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 1 (0.063%) Markit EDM
9 1 (0.063%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.063%) Magento
9 1 (0.063%) 3000 Xtra
9 1 (0.063%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 47 (2.97%) Office 365
2 21 (1.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.57%) IaaS
5 8 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.13%) SaaS
6 2 (0.13%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.063%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 258 (16.29%) DNS
2 205 (12.94%) SAN
3 202 (12.75%) DHCP
4 187 (11.81%) Firewall
5 148 (9.34%) TCP/IP
6 134 (8.46%) LAN
7 129 (8.14%) WAN
8 75 (4.73%) VPN
9 71 (4.48%) Wireless
10 67 (4.23%) Internet
11 53 (3.35%) VoIP
12 32 (2.02%) Network Security
13 31 (1.96%) NAS
14 25 (1.58%) Intranet
14 25 (1.58%) NetScaler
15 24 (1.52%) IP Telephony
16 23 (1.45%) MPLS
16 23 (1.45%) VLAN
17 21 (1.33%) SMTP
18 19 (1.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 324 (20.45%) SQL Server
2 151 (9.53%) SQL Server 2008
3 129 (8.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 85 (5.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 78 (4.92%) SQL Server 2012
6 77 (4.86%) SQL Server 2005
7 46 (2.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 33 (2.08%) SQL Server 2000
9 22 (1.39%) MySQL
10 18 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
11 17 (1.07%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 16 (1.01%) Oracle Database
13 15 (0.95%) Relational Database
14 14 (0.88%) Oracle Database 10g
15 12 (0.76%) DTS
16 11 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
17 10 (0.63%) EDRMS
17 10 (0.63%) RDBMS
18 9 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
19 8 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 58 (3.66%) Visual Studio
2 37 (2.34%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (1.26%) MSI
4 11 (0.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 11 (0.69%) QuickTest Pro
5 9 (0.57%) InstallShield
5 9 (0.57%) Subversion
6 7 (0.44%) WinRunner
6 7 (0.44%) TestDirector
6 7 (0.44%) Git (software)
7 6 (0.38%) CruiseControl
7 6 (0.38%) TeamCity
7 6 (0.38%) LoadRunner
7 6 (0.38%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.19%) AdminStudio
8 3 (0.19%) MSTest
8 3 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.13%) Selenium
9 2 (0.13%) NUnit
9 2 (0.13%) MSBuild
General
1 179 (11.30%) Finance
2 61 (3.85%) Banking
3 36 (2.27%) Advertising
3 36 (2.27%) Telecoms
4 34 (2.15%) Front Office
5 31 (1.96%) Back Office
6 22 (1.39%) Retail
7 21 (1.33%) Law
7 21 (1.33%) Marketing
8 19 (1.20%) French Language
9 17 (1.07%) Spanish Language
9 17 (1.07%) Mandarin Language
10 13 (0.82%) Legal
11 12 (0.76%) Investment Banking
12 9 (0.57%) Manufacturing
13 7 (0.44%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.44%) Games
14 6 (0.38%) Military
14 6 (0.38%) Publishing
15 4 (0.25%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 264 (16.67%) Analyst
2 185 (11.68%) Support Engineer
3 133 (8.40%) Developer
4 123 (7.77%) Support Analyst
5 118 (7.45%) Consultant
6 106 (6.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 82 (5.18%) 3rd Line Support
8 81 (5.11%) Administrator
9 67 (4.23%) Architect
10 66 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
11 64 (4.04%) Service Analyst
12 63 (3.98%) Desktop Support
12 63 (3.98%) Service Desk Analyst
13 62 (3.91%) Server Engineer
13 62 (3.91%) DBA
14 60 (3.79%) Systems Engineer
15 58 (3.66%) SQL DBA
16 45 (2.84%) 1st Line Support
17 41 (2.59%) Network Engineer
18 39 (2.46%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 198 (12.50%) .NET
2 101 (6.38%) HTML
3 96 (6.06%) ASP.NET
4 64 (4.04%) XML
5 52 (3.28%) Web Services
6 47 (2.97%) CSS
7 46 (2.90%) WCF
8 39 (2.46%) .NET Framework
9 36 (2.27%) jQuery
10 31 (1.96%) JSP
11 20 (1.26%) Software Packaging
11 20 (1.26%) Middleware
12 19 (1.20%) XSLT
13 18 (1.14%) Application Packaging
13 18 (1.14%) WPF
14 17 (1.07%) SOAP
15 15 (0.95%) Silverlight
16 14 (0.88%) HTML5
17 13 (0.82%) WinForms
17 13 (0.82%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 120 (7.58%) Clustering
2 105 (6.63%) Blackberry
3 53 (3.35%) Management Information System
4 52 (3.28%) Computer Science
5 43 (2.71%) Replication
6 28 (1.77%) Fat Client
6 28 (1.77%) Thin Client
7 27 (1.70%) Client/Server
8 24 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
8 24 (1.52%) PKI
9 22 (1.39%) Statistics
10 12 (0.76%) CMDB
10 12 (0.76%) EqualLogic
10 12 (0.76%) iPad
10 12 (0.76%) NHS
11 10 (0.63%) Data Integration
12 9 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
12 9 (0.57%) Smartphone
12 9 (0.57%) PDA
13 8 (0.51%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 1064 (67.17%) Windows
2 500 (31.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 336 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
4 317 (20.01%) Windows 7
5 194 (12.25%) Windows XP
6 185 (11.68%) Windows Server 2012
7 127 (8.02%) Linux
8 83 (5.24%) UNIX
9 53 (3.35%) Windows 8
10 42 (2.65%) Windows Vista
11 32 (2.02%) Windows 2000
12 27 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 27 (1.70%) Windows 2000 Server
13 20 (1.26%) Mac OS X
14 11 (0.69%) Windows NT
15 10 (0.63%) AIX
16 9 (0.57%) Android
17 5 (0.32%) Solaris
17 5 (0.32%) Apple iOS
18 4 (0.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 504 (31.82%) ITIL
2 134 (8.46%) Migration
3 110 (6.94%) Service Management
4 100 (6.31%) Project Management
5 80 (5.05%) CRM
6 78 (4.92%) Incident Management
7 71 (4.48%) Service Delivery
8 67 (4.23%) Workflow
9 66 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
10 64 (4.04%) Change Management
11 60 (3.79%) Business Intelligence
12 52 (3.28%) ITSM
13 47 (2.97%) Configuration Management
14 43 (2.71%) Load Balancing
15 38 (2.40%) Problem Management
15 38 (2.40%) Change Control
16 37 (2.34%) Performance Tuning
17 36 (2.27%) PRINCE2
17 36 (2.27%) MVC
18 35 (2.21%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 320 (20.20%) SQL
2 181 (11.43%) PowerShell
3 126 (7.95%) C#
4 84 (5.30%) JavaScript
5 66 (4.17%) T-SQL
6 47 (2.97%) VBScript
7 42 (2.65%) VB
8 19 (1.20%) C
9 17 (1.07%) Java
10 15 (0.95%) C++
11 14 (0.88%) Perl
11 14 (0.88%) VB.NET
12 10 (0.63%) VBA
13 9 (0.57%) Shell Script
14 7 (0.44%) Python
15 6 (0.38%) ABAP
16 4 (0.25%) PHP
17 3 (0.19%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.19%) Bash Shell
18 2 (0.13%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 779 (49.18%) MCSE
2 421 (26.58%) MCITP
3 342 (21.59%) MCP
4 240 (15.15%) MCTS
5 223 (14.08%) Security Cleared
6 221 (13.95%) MCSA
7 204 (12.88%) Cisco Certification
8 190 (11.99%) Degree
9 159 (10.04%) CCNA
10 156 (9.85%) SC Cleared
11 113 (7.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 92 (5.81%) MCDST
13 57 (3.60%) CCNP
14 56 (3.54%) DV Cleared
15 54 (3.41%) MCSD
16 42 (2.65%) ISTQB
16 42 (2.65%) Citrix Certification
16 42 (2.65%) MCDBA
17 38 (2.40%) A+ Certification
18 37 (2.34%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 128 (8.08%) SLA
2 19 (1.20%) QA
2 19 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 9 (0.57%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.51%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.19%) BS7799
7 1 (0.063%) Data Quality
System Software
1 660 (41.67%) Active Directory
2 294 (18.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 138 (8.71%) Hyper-V
4 118 (7.45%) vSphere
5 110 (6.94%) XenApp
6 75 (4.73%) VMware ESX
7 49 (3.09%) XenDesktop
8 41 (2.59%) XenServer
9 27 (1.70%) Microsoft App-V
10 26 (1.64%) ISA Server
11 20 (1.26%) Terminal Services
12 18 (1.14%) UAG
13 17 (1.07%) VMware ESXi
14 11 (0.69%) Oracle RAC
15 9 (0.57%) vCloud
15 9 (0.57%) NFS
16 8 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 7 (0.44%) Terminal Server
17 7 (0.44%) Forefront TMG
17 7 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 211 (13.32%) SCCM
2 86 (5.43%) SCOM
3 69 (4.36%) Backup Exec
4 30 (1.89%) WSUS
5 27 (1.70%) McAfee ePO
6 19 (1.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 19 (1.20%) SCVMM
7 18 (1.14%) Norton AntiVirus
8 17 (1.07%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 14 (0.88%) NetBackup
10 13 (0.82%) MAILsweeper
10 13 (0.82%) HP Quality Center
11 12 (0.76%) BladeLogic
11 12 (0.76%) EMC NetWorker
11 12 (0.76%) OVSD
11 12 (0.76%) Nessus
11 12 (0.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 12 (0.76%) OpenView
12 9 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 9 (0.57%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 1143 (72.16%) Microsoft
2 480 (30.30%) VMware
3 353 (22.29%) Citrix
4 239 (15.09%) Cisco
5 211 (13.32%) HP
6 103 (6.50%) Symantec
7 72 (4.55%) Oracle
7 72 (4.55%) McAfee
8 62 (3.91%) Dell
9 60 (3.79%) EMC
10 53 (3.35%) Apple
11 52 (3.28%) Juniper
12 42 (2.65%) NetApp
13 38 (2.40%) Avaya
14 36 (2.27%) IBM
15 34 (2.15%) CheckPoint
16 32 (2.02%) Sophos
17 30 (1.89%) Remedy
18 29 (1.83%) Red Hat
18 29 (1.83%) SolarWinds
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Bedfordshire
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