The table below looks at the statistics 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 22 May 2015 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 160 149 127
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 781 744 746
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.44% 1.41% 1.58%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.56% 7.25% 8.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 482 412 397
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £135 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £463 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 71 91 80
Average hourly rate £17.98 £15.88 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.25% -11.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.60 £25.00 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -

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
10329 10256 8594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.07% 19.48% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5893 5990 4605
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 531 468
Average hourly rate £24.12 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.60% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -20.00%

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 22 May 2015.

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 22 May 2015.

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 22 May 2015. 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 -10 692 £325 - 425
London -7 250 £325 -13.33% 124
South East +12 202 £323 +1.17% 105
Hampshire +33 91 £325 +8.33% 22
North West +3 78 £319 +27.50% 48
City of London -5 63 £375 +2.04% 36
Scotland +11 50 £300 -7.69% 11
Berkshire -8 43 £398 +4.60% 27
East of England -17 41 £325 +35.41% 26
Manchester +5 36 £275 -8.33% 24
Yorkshire +4 36 £300 -1.96% 32
Surrey +24 35 £280 -6.66% 16
West Midlands -9 29 £325 +30.00% 23
Southampton +16 26 £348 +15.83% 4
Reading +12 24 £350 -4.10% 17
South West -7 23 £375 +15.38% 37
West Yorkshire +2 21 £263 -20.75% 23
Wales +16 19 £500 +53.84% 4
Buckinghamshire -5 18 £310 +12.72% 17
South Wales +14 17 £500 +53.84% 3
Lancashire +10 17 £301 +20.32% 5
Leeds -3 17 £300 -14.28% 18
Erskine +12 16 £350 -1.82%
Renfrewshire +12 16 £350 -1.82%
Hook +8 15 £333 -16.87%
Cambridgeshire +2 15 £350 +45.83% 8
North East +1 14 £325 +10.63% 15
East Midlands -21 14 £300 -7.69% 10
Croydon +1 13 £350 -2.09% 1
Cambridge +3 12 £350 +45.83% 4

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 1133 (75.94%) Microsoft
2 959 (64.28%) Windows
3 751 (50.34%) MCSE
4 711 (47.65%) Active Directory
5 497 (33.31%) ITIL
6 473 (31.70%) VMware
7 436 (29.22%) MCITP
8 360 (24.13%) Windows Server 2008
9 332 (22.25%) MS Excel
10 295 (19.77%) Security Cleared
11 294 (19.71%) MS Exchange
12 284 (19.03%) MCSA
13 283 (18.97%) VMware Infrastructure
14 281 (18.83%) Windows 7
15 279 (18.70%) SQL
16 275 (18.43%) Cisco
17 270 (18.10%) Citrix
18 264 (17.69%) SQL Server
19 252 (16.89%) MCP
19 252 (16.89%) Windows Server 2003
20 239 (16.02%) Windows Server 2012
21 234 (15.68%) HP
22 227 (15.21%) Cisco Certification
23 226 (15.15%) SC Cleared
24 221 (14.81%) DNS
25 207 (13.87%) MS Office
26 205 (13.74%) MCTS
27 191 (12.80%) PowerShell
28 181 (12.13%) Migration
29 179 (12.00%) .NET

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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
1 294 (19.71%) MS Exchange
2 176 (11.80%) SharePoint
3 133 (8.91%) Exchange Server 2010
4 98 (6.57%) IIS
5 89 (5.97%) Lync
6 73 (4.89%) Exchange Server 2007
7 69 (4.62%) Exchange Server 2013
8 60 (4.02%) SharePoint 2013
9 56 (3.75%) SharePoint 2010
10 51 (3.42%) Exchange Server 2003
11 39 (2.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 24 (1.61%) Office Communications Server
13 22 (1.47%) IBM Notes
14 13 (0.87%) SharePoint Server
15 9 (0.60%) SAS
15 9 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
16 8 (0.54%) Apache
17 7 (0.47%) GroupWise
18 5 (0.34%) WebSphere
18 5 (0.34%) Documentum
Applications
1 332 (22.25%) MS Excel
2 207 (13.87%) MS Office
3 45 (3.02%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
5 13 (0.87%) MS Project
6 9 (0.60%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.34%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.13%) SPSS
9 1 (0.067%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 81 (5.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
4 6 (0.40%) Dynamics NAV
5 4 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.067%) Magento
6 1 (0.067%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 82 (5.50%) Office 365
2 34 (2.28%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (1.27%) SaaS
4 14 (0.94%) Amazon AWS
5 13 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.47%) IaaS
7 6 (0.40%) Mimecast
8 4 (0.27%) PaaS
9 3 (0.20%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.067%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 221 (14.81%) DNS
2 174 (11.66%) LAN
3 167 (11.19%) SAN
4 152 (10.19%) WAN
5 145 (9.72%) Firewall
6 144 (9.65%) DHCP
7 138 (9.25%) TCP/IP
8 84 (5.63%) VPN
9 70 (4.69%) Internet
10 52 (3.49%) VoIP
11 42 (2.82%) VLAN
12 35 (2.35%) NAS
13 30 (2.01%) Network Security
14 29 (1.94%) SMTP
14 29 (1.94%) NetScaler
15 26 (1.74%) Wireless
15 26 (1.74%) MPLS
16 25 (1.68%) SSL
17 18 (1.21%) LDAP
17 18 (1.21%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 264 (17.69%) SQL Server
2 79 (5.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 72 (4.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 68 (4.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 52 (3.49%) SQL Server 2012
6 41 (2.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 36 (2.41%) Data Warehouse
8 28 (1.88%) MySQL
9 21 (1.41%) SQL Server 2005
10 16 (1.07%) Oracle Database
11 15 (1.01%) OLAP
12 11 (0.74%) OLAP Cube
13 9 (0.60%) Oracle Reports
14 8 (0.54%) Relational Database
15 6 (0.40%) Amazon RDS
15 6 (0.40%) SQL Server 2000
15 6 (0.40%) OLTP
15 6 (0.40%) QlikView
15 6 (0.40%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.40%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 40 (2.68%) Visual Studio
2 31 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 19 (1.27%) WinRunner
3 19 (1.27%) TestDirector
3 19 (1.27%) QuickTest Pro
4 9 (0.60%) Subversion
5 8 (0.54%) JIRA
6 7 (0.47%) MSI
7 5 (0.34%) ClearCase
7 5 (0.34%) ClearQuest
8 4 (0.27%) Oracle Forms
8 4 (0.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.27%) Fiddler
9 2 (0.13%) Ant
9 2 (0.13%) NUnit
9 2 (0.13%) Rhino Mocks
10 1 (0.067%) MSBuild
10 1 (0.067%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.067%) WebDriver
10 1 (0.067%) Moq
General
1 160 (10.72%) Finance
2 39 (2.61%) Telecoms
3 34 (2.28%) Legal
3 34 (2.28%) Banking
4 25 (1.68%) Law
4 25 (1.68%) Retail
5 24 (1.61%) Marketing
6 15 (1.01%) Advertising
7 14 (0.94%) Manufacturing
8 10 (0.67%) Local Government
9 9 (0.60%) Back Office
10 7 (0.47%) Spanish Language
11 6 (0.40%) Military
12 5 (0.34%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.27%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.20%) Japanese Language
14 3 (0.20%) Electronics
14 3 (0.20%) Automotive
15 2 (0.13%) Front Office
15 2 (0.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 227 (15.21%) Analyst
2 155 (10.39%) Support Engineer
3 128 (8.58%) Developer
4 123 (8.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 102 (6.84%) Consultant
6 101 (6.77%) Support Analyst
7 88 (5.90%) 2nd Line Support
8 83 (5.56%) Architect
9 73 (4.89%) 3rd Line Support
10 71 (4.76%) Desktop Support
11 69 (4.62%) Server Engineer
12 67 (4.49%) Wintel Engineer
12 67 (4.49%) Administrator
13 56 (3.75%) Service Analyst
14 54 (3.62%) Service Desk Analyst
15 42 (2.82%) Field Engineer
15 42 (2.82%) DBA
16 41 (2.75%) SQL DBA
17 36 (2.41%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
17 36 (2.41%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 179 (12.00%) .NET
2 122 (8.18%) HTML
3 95 (6.37%) XML
3 95 (6.37%) ASP.NET
4 50 (3.35%) JSP
5 49 (3.28%) .NET Framework
6 43 (2.88%) Web Services
7 40 (2.68%) CSS
8 38 (2.55%) jQuery
9 24 (1.61%) WCF
10 22 (1.47%) Entity Framework
11 21 (1.41%) Application Packaging
11 21 (1.41%) SOAP
12 20 (1.34%) LINQ
13 15 (1.01%) ASP.NET MVC
13 15 (1.01%) HTML5
14 11 (0.74%) KnockoutJS
14 11 (0.74%) Middleware
15 9 (0.60%) J2EE
16 8 (0.54%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 112 (7.51%) Clustering
2 78 (5.23%) Analytical Skills
3 66 (4.42%) Blackberry
4 58 (3.89%) Computer Science
5 50 (3.35%) Management Information System
6 36 (2.41%) Replication
7 33 (2.21%) Video Conferencing
8 26 (1.74%) PKI
8 26 (1.74%) Client/Server
9 24 (1.61%) NHS
10 20 (1.34%) PDA
11 16 (1.07%) Thin Client
11 16 (1.07%) Mainframe
11 16 (1.07%) Fat Client
12 14 (0.94%) Private Cloud
13 11 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
14 10 (0.67%) iPad
15 8 (0.54%) iPhone
16 7 (0.47%) EqualLogic
16 7 (0.47%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 959 (64.28%) Windows
2 360 (24.13%) Windows Server 2008
3 281 (18.83%) Windows 7
4 252 (16.89%) Windows Server 2003
5 239 (16.02%) Windows Server 2012
6 163 (10.92%) Linux
7 122 (8.18%) Windows XP
8 85 (5.70%) UNIX
9 59 (3.95%) Windows 8
10 28 (1.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 24 (1.61%) AIX
12 20 (1.34%) Android
13 15 (1.01%) Windows Vista
14 13 (0.87%) Windows 2000 Server
15 10 (0.67%) Solaris
16 9 (0.60%) Apple iOS
16 9 (0.60%) Debian
16 9 (0.60%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.47%) Windows 2000
18 5 (0.34%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 497 (33.31%) ITIL
2 181 (12.13%) Migration
3 115 (7.71%) CRM
3 115 (7.71%) Project Management
4 93 (6.23%) Agile Software Development
5 90 (6.03%) Service Management
6 77 (5.16%) Change Management
7 62 (4.16%) Disaster Recovery
8 59 (3.95%) Incident Management
9 57 (3.82%) Business Intelligence
10 56 (3.75%) Service Delivery
11 55 (3.69%) High Availability
12 54 (3.62%) ITIL V3
13 51 (3.42%) Problem Management
14 47 (3.15%) Configuration Management
15 45 (3.02%) Validation
16 42 (2.82%) Security Testing
16 42 (2.82%) Knowledge Management
17 41 (2.75%) Test Scripting
18 39 (2.61%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 279 (18.70%) SQL
2 191 (12.80%) PowerShell
3 101 (6.77%) JavaScript
4 89 (5.97%) C#
5 63 (4.22%) VBScript
6 52 (3.49%) T-SQL
7 23 (1.54%) VB
8 20 (1.34%) C
9 14 (0.94%) Java
10 9 (0.60%) VB.NET
11 7 (0.47%) PHP
12 5 (0.34%) R
12 5 (0.34%) VB6
12 5 (0.34%) Perl
13 4 (0.27%) VBA
14 3 (0.20%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.20%) Python
14 3 (0.20%) C++
15 2 (0.13%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 751 (50.34%) MCSE
2 436 (29.22%) MCITP
3 295 (19.77%) Security Cleared
4 284 (19.03%) MCSA
5 252 (16.89%) MCP
6 227 (15.21%) Cisco Certification
7 226 (15.15%) SC Cleared
8 205 (13.74%) MCTS
9 164 (10.99%) CCNA
10 151 (10.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 143 (9.58%) Degree
12 79 (5.29%) DV Cleared
13 73 (4.89%) Citrix Certification
14 60 (4.02%) CCNP
15 58 (3.89%) MCDST
15 58 (3.89%) ISTQB
16 56 (3.75%) A+ Certification
17 55 (3.69%) MCSD
18 44 (2.95%) CCA
19 41 (2.75%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 102 (6.84%) SLA
2 28 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (1.47%) QA
4 10 (0.67%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.54%) ISO 9001
6 7 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.27%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.13%) HL7
9 1 (0.067%) COBIT
9 1 (0.067%) GxP
9 1 (0.067%) BS7799
System Software
1 711 (47.65%) Active Directory
2 283 (18.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 146 (9.79%) Hyper-V
4 103 (6.90%) vSphere
5 100 (6.70%) XenApp
6 64 (4.29%) VMware ESX
7 40 (2.68%) XenDesktop
8 27 (1.81%) VMware ESXi
9 26 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
10 17 (1.14%) Terminal Services
11 15 (1.01%) VMware Workstation
12 14 (0.94%) vCloud
13 12 (0.80%) ISA Server
13 12 (0.80%) Terminal Server
13 12 (0.80%) Xen
14 11 (0.74%) XenServer
14 11 (0.74%) VMware Server
15 9 (0.60%) UAG
16 8 (0.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 8 (0.54%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 157 (10.52%) SCCM
2 82 (5.50%) SCOM
3 29 (1.94%) McAfee ePO
4 28 (1.88%) HP Quality Center
5 26 (1.74%) Backup Exec
6 17 (1.14%) Netcool
7 13 (0.87%) WSUS
7 13 (0.87%) NetBackup
8 11 (0.74%) Tivoli
8 11 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 10 (0.67%) WMI
10 9 (0.60%) Nagios
10 9 (0.60%) Norton AntiVirus
10 9 (0.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 9 (0.60%) SCSM
11 8 (0.54%) AirWatch
11 8 (0.54%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 8 (0.54%) Tivoli Storage Manager
11 8 (0.54%) Puppet
12 7 (0.47%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 1133 (75.94%) Microsoft
2 473 (31.70%) VMware
3 275 (18.43%) Cisco
4 270 (18.10%) Citrix
5 234 (15.68%) HP
6 80 (5.36%) McAfee
7 77 (5.16%) NetApp
8 65 (4.36%) Oracle
9 64 (4.29%) Symantec
10 48 (3.22%) Dell
11 43 (2.88%) EMC
11 43 (2.88%) IBM
12 40 (2.68%) Juniper
12 40 (2.68%) Red Hat
13 32 (2.14%) Apple
14 26 (1.74%) Avaya
15 24 (1.61%) CheckPoint
15 24 (1.61%) Lotus
16 21 (1.41%) AppSense
17 20 (1.34%) Veritas
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Up to £400 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 4 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Think IT Recruitment
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Brecon, Powys
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Hampshire
NES IT
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 21 hours ago
City, London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £175 - £200 per day + none
Posted: 21 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Networking People
Posted: Yesterday
St. Annes, Lancashire
Advanced Resource Managers
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £21.55 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Venn Group
Rate: £180 - £300 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Wembley, Middlesex
Cyber Team
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Market Rate
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £475.00 - £522.50 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago