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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 113 138 136
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1043 825 868
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.80% 1.57% 1.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.29% 9.10% 8.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 487 407 450
Average daily rate
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£347 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.91% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £435 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £315 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 88 85
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.23 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.30% +4.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £35.00 £26.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £17.23 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +11.12%

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
11229 9068 10300
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.43% 17.20% 17.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 6204 5084 5339
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £547 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 418 624
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 +25 940 £348 +7.07% 419
London -1 296 £395 +7.48% 109
South East +16 233 £324 -7.35% 107
Hampshire +31 73 £350 -9.67% 24
Scotland +9 73 £340 +18.26% 21
North West +20 65 £305 +19.60% 41
City of London -12 64 £400 +6.66% 36
Berkshire -7 47 £338 -20.58% 18
East of England -39 45 £363 +31.81% 25
South West -23 41 £334 +2.69% 34
Reading -1 34 £300 -29.41% 14
Manchester +2 32 £320 +6.66% 24
Buckinghamshire -1 29 £300 +71.42% 15
Milton Keynes +7 27 £300 +81.81% 8
Surrey -13 26 £300 -7.69% 27
Yorkshire +5 25 £290 -27.50% 25
West Midlands -13 25 £275 +17.02% 27
Glasgow -8 21 £307 +21.53% 8
East Midlands -16 20 £275 +37.50% 25
Gloucestershire 0 18 £405 - 5
Cheshire +7 17 £308 +36.66% 8
Hook - 17 £348 - 1
West Sussex +7 16 £220 -45.00%
West Yorkshire -8 16 £290 -18.88% 14
East Sussex 0 15 £150 -47.87%
North East -24 15 £296 +7.08% 9
Leeds +1 14 £283 -20.97% 7
Birmingham 0 14 £300 +13.20% 10
Cambridgeshire +14 12 £363 -15.94% 6
Oxfordshire +1 11 £288 +95.57% 13

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 1381 (75.59%) Microsoft
2 1135 (62.12%) Windows
3 829 (45.37%) MCSE
4 714 (39.08%) Active Directory
5 583 (31.91%) MS Excel
6 545 (29.83%) ITIL
7 500 (27.37%) VMware
8 495 (27.09%) Windows Server 2008
9 442 (24.19%) MCITP
10 395 (21.62%) MS Exchange
11 362 (19.81%) Windows Server 2003
12 356 (19.49%) SQL Server
13 339 (18.56%) Citrix
14 334 (18.28%) MCP
15 314 (17.19%) Windows 7
16 302 (16.53%) SQL
17 301 (16.48%) VMware Infrastructure
18 292 (15.98%) HP
19 287 (15.71%) DNS
20 275 (15.05%) Security Cleared
21 259 (14.18%) MCTS
22 256 (14.01%) CRM
23 246 (13.46%) Cisco
24 238 (13.03%) MCSA
25 233 (12.75%) SAN
25 233 (12.75%) SCCM
26 231 (12.64%) MS Office
27 225 (12.32%) Windows Server 2012
28 216 (11.82%) Exchange Server 2010
29 214 (11.71%) DHCP

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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
1 395 (21.62%) MS Exchange
2 216 (11.82%) Exchange Server 2010
3 212 (11.60%) SharePoint
4 138 (7.55%) Exchange Server 2007
5 133 (7.28%) IIS
6 121 (6.62%) Exchange Server 2003
7 93 (5.09%) SharePoint 2010
8 63 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
9 56 (3.07%) Lync
10 55 (3.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 42 (2.30%) SharePoint 2013
12 28 (1.53%) BizTalk Server
13 25 (1.37%) SharePoint Server
14 23 (1.26%) IBM Notes
15 21 (1.15%) Apache
16 16 (0.88%) Tomcat
17 15 (0.82%) WebSphere
18 9 (0.49%) Documentum
19 7 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
20 6 (0.33%) WebLogic
Applications
1 583 (31.91%) MS Excel
2 231 (12.64%) MS Office
3 29 (1.59%) MS Visio
4 18 (0.99%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.88%) MS Project
6 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.055%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.055%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.055%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.055%) SPSS
7 1 (0.055%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 64 (3.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.99%) assyst
3 12 (0.66%) Dynamics AX
3 12 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
5 6 (0.33%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.16%) WebTrends
7 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.055%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.055%) Magento
8 1 (0.055%) 3000 Xtra
8 1 (0.055%) Markit EDM
8 1 (0.055%) CODA-Financials
8 1 (0.055%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.055%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.055%) Changepoint
Cloud Services
1 56 (3.07%) Office 365
2 26 (1.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.66%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.55%) IaaS
5 4 (0.22%) SaaS
6 1 (0.055%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.055%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.055%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 287 (15.71%) DNS
2 233 (12.75%) SAN
3 214 (11.71%) DHCP
4 205 (11.22%) Firewall
5 201 (11.00%) TCP/IP
6 127 (6.95%) WAN
7 120 (6.57%) LAN
8 77 (4.21%) Internet
9 72 (3.94%) VPN
10 60 (3.28%) Wireless
11 51 (2.79%) VoIP
12 37 (2.03%) Network Security
13 30 (1.64%) VLAN
13 30 (1.64%) NAS
13 30 (1.64%) SSL
14 27 (1.48%) X.500
15 24 (1.31%) Intranet
16 22 (1.20%) IP Telephony
17 21 (1.15%) SMTP
18 20 (1.09%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 356 (19.49%) SQL Server
2 150 (8.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 127 (6.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 84 (4.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 80 (4.38%) SQL Server 2005
6 75 (4.11%) SQL Server 2012
7 51 (2.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 29 (1.59%) SQL Server 2000
9 25 (1.37%) MySQL
10 18 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
11 16 (0.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 16 (0.88%) Oracle Database
11 16 (0.88%) Relational Database
12 14 (0.77%) Oracle Database 10g
13 11 (0.60%) RDBMS
13 11 (0.60%) Oracle Database 11g
14 9 (0.49%) EDRMS
14 9 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
15 8 (0.44%) DTS
15 8 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 57 (3.12%) Visual Studio
2 47 (2.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 26 (1.42%) MSI
4 13 (0.71%) InstallShield
5 10 (0.55%) Subversion
5 10 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 9 (0.49%) Git (software)
7 8 (0.44%) Jenkins
7 8 (0.44%) QuickTest Pro
7 8 (0.44%) CruiseControl
8 6 (0.33%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.33%) MSTest
9 5 (0.27%) AdminStudio
9 5 (0.27%) WinRunner
9 5 (0.27%) TestDirector
10 4 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 4 (0.22%) NUnit
11 3 (0.16%) LoadRunner
11 3 (0.16%) JIRA
12 2 (0.11%) Selenium
General
1 187 (10.24%) Finance
2 63 (3.45%) Banking
3 41 (2.24%) Telecoms
4 37 (2.03%) Advertising
5 29 (1.59%) Front Office
6 26 (1.42%) Back Office
6 26 (1.42%) Law
6 26 (1.42%) Marketing
7 18 (0.99%) Retail
8 17 (0.93%) Military
8 17 (0.93%) French Language
9 15 (0.82%) Spanish Language
10 14 (0.77%) Mandarin Language
11 13 (0.71%) Manufacturing
12 12 (0.66%) Investment Banking
13 11 (0.60%) Legal
14 7 (0.38%) Games
15 5 (0.27%) Financial Institution
16 4 (0.22%) International Banking
17 3 (0.16%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 277 (15.16%) Analyst
2 200 (10.95%) Technical Support
3 175 (9.58%) Support Engineer
4 139 (7.61%) Developer
5 121 (6.62%) Support Analyst
6 117 (6.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 115 (6.29%) Consultant
8 95 (5.20%) Administrator
9 79 (4.32%) Desktop Support
10 78 (4.27%) 3rd Line Support
11 68 (3.72%) Architect
12 66 (3.61%) Service Analyst
13 65 (3.56%) Systems Engineer
13 65 (3.56%) Service Desk Analyst
14 64 (3.50%) Wintel Engineer
15 62 (3.39%) DBA
16 58 (3.17%) SQL DBA
16 58 (3.17%) Server Engineer
17 55 (3.01%) 2nd Line Support
18 43 (2.35%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 206 (11.28%) .NET
2 124 (6.79%) HTML
3 105 (5.75%) ASP.NET
4 87 (4.76%) XML
5 58 (3.17%) Web Services
6 52 (2.85%) WCF
7 48 (2.63%) CSS
8 40 (2.19%) .NET Framework
8 40 (2.19%) jQuery
9 37 (2.03%) JSP
10 27 (1.48%) Middleware
11 24 (1.31%) Software Packaging
12 22 (1.20%) Silverlight
13 21 (1.15%) XSLT
14 18 (0.99%) SOAP
14 18 (0.99%) Application Packaging
14 18 (0.99%) ASP.NET MVC
15 17 (0.93%) HTML5
15 17 (0.93%) Reactive Extensions
15 17 (0.93%) Managed Extensibility Framework
Miscellaneous
1 144 (7.88%) Clustering
2 111 (6.08%) Analytical Skills
3 96 (5.25%) Blackberry
4 65 (3.56%) Computer Science
5 55 (3.01%) Management Information System
6 54 (2.96%) Replication
7 35 (1.92%) PKI
8 23 (1.26%) Enterprise Software
9 22 (1.20%) CMDB
9 22 (1.20%) Client/Server
10 20 (1.09%) Thin Client
10 20 (1.09%) Fat Client
11 18 (0.99%) Statistics
12 17 (0.93%) iPad
13 15 (0.82%) Video Conferencing
14 13 (0.71%) Firmware
15 12 (0.66%) iPhone
16 11 (0.60%) NHS
17 10 (0.55%) Mainframe
17 10 (0.55%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 1135 (62.12%) Windows
2 495 (27.09%) Windows Server 2008
3 362 (19.81%) Windows Server 2003
4 314 (17.19%) Windows 7
5 225 (12.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 178 (9.74%) Windows XP
7 153 (8.37%) Linux
8 100 (5.47%) UNIX
9 54 (2.96%) Windows 8
10 44 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 36 (1.97%) Windows 2000
12 35 (1.92%) Windows Vista
13 34 (1.86%) Windows 2000 Server
14 18 (0.99%) Windows NT
15 15 (0.82%) Mac OS X
16 10 (0.55%) Android
17 9 (0.49%) Solaris
18 8 (0.44%) AIX
19 7 (0.38%) VMS
19 7 (0.38%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 545 (29.83%) ITIL
2 256 (14.01%) CRM
3 136 (7.44%) Migration
4 96 (5.25%) Project Management
5 90 (4.93%) Service Management
6 81 (4.43%) Incident Management
7 79 (4.32%) Disaster Recovery
8 73 (4.00%) Change Management
9 68 (3.72%) Agile Software Development
10 65 (3.56%) Service Delivery
10 65 (3.56%) Workflow
11 55 (3.01%) Configuration Management
11 55 (3.01%) Business Intelligence
12 50 (2.74%) Load Balancing
13 48 (2.63%) Performance Tuning
14 45 (2.46%) Mentoring
14 45 (2.46%) Validation
15 41 (2.24%) MVC
16 35 (1.92%) PRINCE2
16 35 (1.92%) Capacity Planning
Programming Languages
1 302 (16.53%) SQL
2 193 (10.56%) PowerShell
3 130 (7.12%) C#
4 95 (5.20%) JavaScript
5 71 (3.89%) T-SQL
6 62 (3.39%) VBScript
7 35 (1.92%) VB
8 24 (1.31%) C
9 23 (1.26%) Java
10 19 (1.04%) Perl
10 19 (1.04%) Shell Script
11 16 (0.88%) C++
12 15 (0.82%) Korn
13 14 (0.77%) Bash Shell
14 10 (0.55%) Jython
14 10 (0.55%) C-shell
14 10 (0.55%) Python
15 9 (0.49%) VB.NET
16 7 (0.38%) VBA
17 6 (0.33%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 829 (45.37%) MCSE
2 442 (24.19%) MCITP
3 334 (18.28%) MCP
4 275 (15.05%) Security Cleared
5 259 (14.18%) MCTS
6 238 (13.03%) MCSA
7 211 (11.55%) Cisco Certification
8 202 (11.06%) SC Cleared
9 196 (10.73%) Degree
10 165 (9.03%) CCNA
11 124 (6.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 67 (3.67%) MCDST
13 65 (3.56%) DV Cleared
14 56 (3.07%) CCNP
15 46 (2.52%) MCSD
15 46 (2.52%) ISTQB
16 45 (2.46%) ITIL Certification
17 39 (2.13%) Citrix Certification
18 38 (2.08%) A+ Certification
18 38 (2.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 138 (7.55%) SLA
2 24 (1.31%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 22 (1.20%) QA
4 8 (0.44%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.38%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.16%) BS7799
7 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.055%) HL7
8 1 (0.055%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.055%) Data Quality
System Software
1 714 (39.08%) Active Directory
2 301 (16.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 130 (7.12%) Hyper-V
4 113 (6.19%) vSphere
5 103 (5.64%) XenApp
6 84 (4.60%) VMware ESX
7 37 (2.03%) XenServer
8 33 (1.81%) XenDesktop
8 33 (1.81%) Microsoft App-V
8 33 (1.81%) Terminal Services
9 30 (1.64%) ISA Server
10 24 (1.31%) VMware ESXi
11 21 (1.15%) UAG
12 16 (0.88%) NFS
13 12 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 11 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
14 11 (0.60%) Forefront TMG
15 10 (0.55%) vCloud
16 9 (0.49%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 9 (0.49%) Xen
Systems Management
1 233 (12.75%) SCCM
2 107 (5.86%) SCOM
3 71 (3.89%) Backup Exec
4 30 (1.64%) WSUS
5 27 (1.48%) NetBackup
5 27 (1.48%) McAfee ePO
6 24 (1.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 20 (1.09%) Norton AntiVirus
8 19 (1.04%) BladeLogic
9 18 (0.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 15 (0.82%) SCVMM
11 14 (0.77%) Nessus
11 14 (0.77%) OpenView
12 13 (0.71%) OVSD
12 13 (0.71%) HP Quality Center
12 13 (0.71%) SCOrch
13 12 (0.66%) SCDPM
13 12 (0.66%) Nagios
14 10 (0.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 9 (0.49%) Puppet
Vendors
1 1381 (75.59%) Microsoft
2 500 (27.37%) VMware
3 339 (18.56%) Citrix
4 292 (15.98%) HP
5 246 (13.46%) Cisco
6 112 (6.13%) Symantec
7 83 (4.54%) Oracle
8 68 (3.72%) EMC
8 68 (3.72%) McAfee
9 55 (3.01%) NetApp
10 54 (2.96%) Apple
10 54 (2.96%) Dell
10 54 (2.96%) IBM
11 51 (2.79%) Red Hat
12 50 (2.74%) Juniper
13 40 (2.19%) SolarWinds
14 37 (2.03%) Remedy
15 36 (1.97%) Avaya
16 29 (1.59%) CheckPoint
17 25 (1.37%) Veritas
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Leeds, West Yorkshire
Stanation
Rate: From £180 to £230 per day Permanent opportunity - £28,500 - £33,000
Posted: 13 hours ago
Kent
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £150 to £250 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 15 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
LA International
Rate: £200 - £350 per day + (Negotiable)
Posted: 16 hours ago
Loughborough, Leicestershire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £12 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Cititec
Rate: Market related
Posted: Yesterday
Redhill, Surrey
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: Yesterday
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £1 - £18.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Shropshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £16 - £24 per hour
Posted: Yesterday