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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 160 153 131
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 783 769 827
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.43% 1.45% 1.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.60% 7.55% 9.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 467 421 421
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £141 £165 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £300 £308
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -2.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 76 90
Average hourly rate £18.50 £15.88 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.53% -9.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.18 £12.30 £11.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.70 £23.10 £29.13
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.63 £17.06
% change year-on-year
+15.20% -8.41%

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
10308 10188 9000
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.80% 19.25% 17.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 6073 5764 4823
Average daily rate £398 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 524 461 510
Average hourly rate £23.00 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.05% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £44.02 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £19.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+18.58% -9.30%

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 7 July 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 7 July 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 7 July 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 +10 728 £325 +1.56% 385
London -2 266 £300 -20.00% 106
South East -32 164 £350 +27.27% 88
North West +19 90 £325 +8.33% 40
East of England +16 79 £356 +30.73% 39
City of London -2 65 £375 +5.26% 39
Hampshire +8 61 £363 +70.58% 24
Yorkshire +9 49 £300 +80.45% 38
Manchester +8 40 £190 -36.66% 21
West Yorkshire +14 38 £320 +11.30% 31
Leeds +7 36 £325 +13.04% 21
Berkshire +6 36 £375 -6.25% 19
Southampton +20 29 £363 +45.00% 1
Scotland -35 29 £321 -4.81% 16
West Midlands +2 24 £288 +15.00% 29
Surrey +4 23 £334 +24.76% 24
South West -11 23 £363 +13.28% 22
Cambridgeshire +11 21 £369 +107.74% 14
Reading +1 21 £375 -6.25% 8
North East -4 21 £290 -10.76% 5
Lancashire +18 19 £420 +71.42% 2
Buckinghamshire -6 17 £313 +28.86% 9
Norfolk +9 16 £310 +93.75% 1
Tyne and Wear -7 16 £275 -15.38% 5
Cambridge +1 15 £350 +133.33% 10
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 15 £275 -15.38% 4
Suffolk +21 14 £450 +28.57% 5
Essex -8 13 £400 +28.00% 3
Ipswich +16 12 £450 +24.13%
Cumbria -7 12 £350 - 1

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 1280 (78.34%) Microsoft
2 1049 (64.20%) Windows
3 835 (51.10%) MCSE
4 743 (45.47%) Active Directory
5 564 (34.52%) ITIL
6 521 (31.88%) VMware
7 422 (25.83%) MCITP
8 388 (23.75%) Windows Server 2008
9 384 (23.50%) MS Excel
10 328 (20.07%) MCSA
11 320 (19.58%) Windows 7
12 311 (19.03%) VMware Infrastructure
13 306 (18.73%) Citrix
14 305 (18.67%) MS Exchange
14 305 (18.67%) Security Cleared
15 301 (18.42%) SQL
16 300 (18.36%) SQL Server
17 289 (17.69%) Windows Server 2012
18 284 (17.38%) Cisco
19 276 (16.89%) MCP
20 256 (15.67%) MS Office
21 233 (14.26%) Windows Server 2003
22 231 (14.14%) Cisco Certification
23 226 (13.83%) DNS
24 225 (13.77%) HP
25 218 (13.34%) SC Cleared
26 208 (12.73%) LAN
27 204 (12.48%) Migration
28 198 (12.12%) MCTS
29 197 (12.06%) PowerShell

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 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
1 305 (18.67%) MS Exchange
2 177 (10.83%) SharePoint
3 142 (8.69%) Exchange Server 2010
4 118 (7.22%) Lync
5 99 (6.06%) IIS
6 89 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2013
7 77 (4.71%) Exchange Server 2007
8 58 (3.55%) SharePoint 2013
9 53 (3.24%) SharePoint 2010
10 50 (3.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 48 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2003
12 22 (1.35%) Office Communications Server
13 19 (1.16%) IBM Notes
14 11 (0.67%) BizTalk Server
15 7 (0.43%) CMS
16 6 (0.37%) SharePoint Server
16 6 (0.37%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.31%) SAS
18 4 (0.24%) GroupWise
18 4 (0.24%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 384 (23.50%) MS Excel
2 256 (15.67%) MS Office
3 51 (3.12%) MS Visio
4 25 (1.53%) MS PowerPoint
5 20 (1.22%) MS Project
6 8 (0.49%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 3 (0.18%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.061%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 77 (4.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.61%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
4 4 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.18%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.061%) Magento
6 1 (0.061%) Eikon
6 1 (0.061%) Agresso
6 1 (0.061%) Tesseract
6 1 (0.061%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.061%) assyst
6 1 (0.061%) SAP CCM
6 1 (0.061%) SAP Business One
6 1 (0.061%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 103 (6.30%) Office 365
2 45 (2.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.10%) SaaS
4 15 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (0.73%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.49%) IaaS
7 6 (0.37%) PaaS
8 5 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.18%) Google Apps
9 3 (0.18%) Mimecast
10 1 (0.061%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 226 (13.83%) DNS
2 208 (12.73%) LAN
3 177 (10.83%) SAN
4 175 (10.71%) WAN
5 154 (9.42%) Firewall
6 152 (9.30%) DHCP
7 148 (9.06%) TCP/IP
8 92 (5.63%) VPN
9 61 (3.73%) Internet
10 44 (2.69%) VLAN
11 41 (2.51%) VoIP
12 39 (2.39%) NAS
13 34 (2.08%) Network Security
14 30 (1.84%) SMTP
15 29 (1.77%) MPLS
15 29 (1.77%) NetScaler
16 27 (1.65%) Cisco IOS
17 24 (1.47%) LDAP
18 22 (1.35%) SSL
18 22 (1.35%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 300 (18.36%) SQL Server
2 93 (5.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 87 (5.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 78 (4.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 63 (3.86%) SQL Server 2012
6 49 (3.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 42 (2.57%) Data Warehouse
8 31 (1.90%) SQL Server 2005
9 27 (1.65%) MySQL
10 17 (1.04%) Oracle Database
11 14 (0.86%) OLAP
12 9 (0.55%) OLAP Cube
13 8 (0.49%) Relational Database
14 7 (0.43%) OLTP
14 7 (0.43%) QlikView
15 6 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
15 6 (0.37%) Big Data
15 6 (0.37%) SQL Server 2000
16 5 (0.31%) Hadoop
16 5 (0.31%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 39 (2.39%) Visual Studio
2 24 (1.47%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (0.80%) WinRunner
3 13 (0.80%) TestDirector
3 13 (0.80%) HP UFT
4 10 (0.61%) JIRA
5 9 (0.55%) Subversion
6 6 (0.37%) ClearCase
7 5 (0.31%) ClearQuest
7 5 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 4 (0.24%) Ant
8 4 (0.24%) Fiddler
8 4 (0.24%) MSI
9 3 (0.18%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.12%) StarTeam
10 2 (0.12%) Rhino Mocks
11 1 (0.061%) Moq
11 1 (0.061%) MSBuild
11 1 (0.061%) SpecFlow
11 1 (0.061%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 170 (10.40%) Finance
2 45 (2.75%) Banking
3 42 (2.57%) Legal
4 36 (2.20%) Telecoms
5 33 (2.02%) Retail
6 25 (1.53%) Law
6 25 (1.53%) Marketing
7 15 (0.92%) Advertising
8 14 (0.86%) Manufacturing
9 11 (0.67%) Investment Banking
10 10 (0.61%) French Language
11 9 (0.55%) Back Office
12 7 (0.43%) German Language
12 7 (0.43%) Spanish Language
12 7 (0.43%) Local Government
13 4 (0.24%) Electronics
13 4 (0.24%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.24%) Publishing
14 3 (0.18%) Military
14 3 (0.18%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 254 (15.54%) Analyst
2 184 (11.26%) Support Engineer
3 136 (8.32%) Developer
4 133 (8.14%) Support Analyst
5 128 (7.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 107 (6.55%) Consultant
7 103 (6.30%) 2nd Line Support
8 93 (5.69%) Architect
9 86 (5.26%) Administrator
10 83 (5.08%) 3rd Line Support
10 83 (5.08%) Desktop Support
11 76 (4.65%) Wintel Engineer
12 65 (3.98%) Server Engineer
13 59 (3.61%) Service Analyst
14 53 (3.24%) Service Desk Analyst
15 49 (3.00%) DBA
16 48 (2.94%) SQL DBA
17 47 (2.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 45 (2.75%) Desktop Engineer
19 42 (2.57%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (10.04%) .NET
2 104 (6.36%) HTML
3 85 (5.20%) ASP.NET
4 81 (4.96%) XML
5 47 (2.88%) .NET Framework
6 42 (2.57%) Web Services
7 39 (2.39%) jQuery
8 38 (2.33%) CSS
9 34 (2.08%) JSP
10 21 (1.29%) WCF
11 19 (1.16%) Entity Framework
11 19 (1.16%) Application Packaging
12 18 (1.10%) LINQ
13 15 (0.92%) HTML5
14 14 (0.86%) ASP.NET MVC
15 11 (0.67%) Middleware
15 11 (0.67%) SOAP
16 10 (0.61%) KnockoutJS
17 9 (0.55%) JSON
18 7 (0.43%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 115 (7.04%) Data Centre
2 104 (6.36%) Clustering
3 91 (5.57%) Analytical Skills
4 76 (4.65%) Blackberry
5 65 (3.98%) Computer Science
6 49 (3.00%) Management Information System
7 43 (2.63%) Video Conferencing
8 37 (2.26%) Replication
9 28 (1.71%) PKI
10 27 (1.65%) Client/Server
11 25 (1.53%) NHS
12 23 (1.41%) Thin Client
12 23 (1.41%) Fat Client
13 16 (0.98%) iPad
13 16 (0.98%) Mainframe
14 13 (0.80%) PDA
14 13 (0.80%) EqualLogic
15 12 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
15 12 (0.73%) iPhone
16 9 (0.55%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 1049 (64.20%) Windows
2 388 (23.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 320 (19.58%) Windows 7
4 289 (17.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 233 (14.26%) Windows Server 2003
6 171 (10.47%) Linux
7 130 (7.96%) Windows XP
8 89 (5.45%) UNIX
9 81 (4.96%) Windows 8
10 29 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 25 (1.53%) Android
12 19 (1.16%) AIX
12 19 (1.16%) Mac OS X
13 15 (0.92%) Windows Vista
13 15 (0.92%) Solaris
14 12 (0.73%) Windows 2000 Server
14 12 (0.73%) Apple iOS
15 10 (0.61%) Data ONTAP
16 9 (0.55%) Debian
16 9 (0.55%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 564 (34.52%) ITIL
2 204 (12.48%) Migration
3 115 (7.04%) Project Management
4 107 (6.55%) CRM
5 96 (5.88%) Agile Software Development
6 84 (5.14%) Service Management
7 77 (4.71%) Change Management
8 64 (3.92%) Incident Management
9 63 (3.86%) Disaster Recovery
10 61 (3.73%) Business Intelligence
11 58 (3.55%) Service Delivery
11 58 (3.55%) Server Building
12 57 (3.49%) Problem Management
13 56 (3.43%) ITIL V3
14 54 (3.30%) PRINCE2
15 53 (3.24%) Configuration Management
16 47 (2.88%) High Availability
17 46 (2.82%) Validation
18 43 (2.63%) Time Management
18 43 (2.63%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 301 (18.42%) SQL
2 197 (12.06%) PowerShell
3 87 (5.32%) JavaScript
4 85 (5.20%) C#
5 63 (3.86%) VBScript
6 60 (3.67%) T-SQL
7 24 (1.47%) VB
8 23 (1.41%) C
9 17 (1.04%) Java
10 9 (0.55%) Perl
11 8 (0.49%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.31%) Python
12 5 (0.31%) PHP
12 5 (0.31%) VB6
12 5 (0.31%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.31%) R
13 4 (0.24%) VBA
14 3 (0.18%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.18%) C++
14 3 (0.18%) XMLA
Qualifications
1 835 (51.10%) MCSE
2 422 (25.83%) MCITP
3 328 (20.07%) MCSA
4 305 (18.67%) Security Cleared
5 276 (16.89%) MCP
6 231 (14.14%) Cisco Certification
7 218 (13.34%) SC Cleared
8 198 (12.12%) MCTS
9 179 (10.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 174 (10.65%) CCNA
11 141 (8.63%) Degree
12 82 (5.02%) DV Cleared
13 79 (4.83%) Citrix Certification
14 72 (4.41%) CCNP
14 72 (4.41%) MCDST
15 65 (3.98%) A+ Certification
16 61 (3.73%) ITIL Certification
17 60 (3.67%) MCSD
18 44 (2.69%) ISTQB
19 41 (2.51%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (6.85%) SLA
2 31 (1.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (1.35%) QA
4 13 (0.80%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.37%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.18%) HL7
8 2 (0.12%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.12%) BS7799
9 1 (0.061%) GxP
9 1 (0.061%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.061%) COBIT
System Software
1 743 (45.47%) Active Directory
2 311 (19.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 149 (9.12%) Hyper-V
4 126 (7.71%) vSphere
5 106 (6.49%) XenApp
6 66 (4.04%) VMware ESX
7 46 (2.82%) VMware ESXi
8 45 (2.75%) XenDesktop
9 24 (1.47%) Microsoft App-V
10 20 (1.22%) Terminal Services
11 17 (1.04%) XenServer
12 13 (0.80%) VMware Server
13 12 (0.73%) VMware Workstation
13 12 (0.73%) vCloud
14 11 (0.67%) DFS Replication
14 11 (0.67%) ISA Server
14 11 (0.67%) Terminal Server
15 10 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 10 (0.61%) Forefront TMG
16 9 (0.55%) Xen
Systems Management
1 190 (11.63%) SCCM
2 100 (6.12%) SCOM
3 37 (2.26%) Backup Exec
4 28 (1.71%) McAfee ePO
5 17 (1.04%) WSUS
5 17 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
6 16 (0.98%) NetBackup
7 14 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
8 11 (0.67%) Netcool
8 11 (0.67%) HP SIM
8 11 (0.67%) AirWatch
9 10 (0.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 10 (0.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 10 (0.61%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 9 (0.55%) Tivoli
10 9 (0.55%) SCVMM
10 9 (0.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 8 (0.49%) vMotion
11 8 (0.49%) Puppet
12 6 (0.37%) WMI
Vendors
1 1280 (78.34%) Microsoft
2 521 (31.88%) VMware
3 306 (18.73%) Citrix
4 284 (17.38%) Cisco
5 225 (13.77%) HP
6 95 (5.81%) Symantec
7 76 (4.65%) NetApp
8 74 (4.53%) McAfee
9 64 (3.92%) Dell
9 64 (3.92%) Oracle
10 50 (3.06%) EMC
11 39 (2.39%) Apple
12 35 (2.14%) Juniper
12 35 (2.14%) Red Hat
13 34 (2.08%) IBM
14 29 (1.77%) CheckPoint
15 26 (1.59%) AppSense
16 25 (1.53%) 3PAR
17 24 (1.47%) Intel
18 23 (1.41%) Sophos
City, London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £500.00 - £550.00 per hour
Posted: 11 hours ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 12 hours ago
Suffolk
Austin Fraser
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Suffolk
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £354 - £442 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £354 - £442 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
City, London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £200 - £260 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £12.00 - £15.00 per hour + none
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Synergize Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Thebes IT
Posted: Yesterday
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Vertical IT
Rate: £100 - £130 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Market Rate - 3 - 6 Months initially
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £180 to £210 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Forman Computer Staff
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Watford, Hertfordshire
Search Consultancy
Posted: 5 days ago