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 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 105 135 140
Rank change year-on-year
+30 +5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1091 858 854
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.88% 1.63% 1.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.61% 9.45% 8.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 487 436 446
Average daily rate
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£348 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.07% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £443 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £319 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.74% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 95 83
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.23 £16.05
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.30% +7.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.08 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £35.00 £26.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.29 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-1.67% +11.54%

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
11347 9077 10257
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.55% 17.19% 17.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6270 5099 5335
Average daily rate £379 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £548 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 474 414 612
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -17.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £40.90
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 30 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 30 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 30 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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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 +32 1000 £350 +7.69% 412
London +3 310 £400 +11.11% 110
South East +6 244 £325 -7.14% 95
Hampshire +31 76 £350 +6.06% 20
City of London +4 72 £400 +6.66% 36
North West +17 69 £308 +20.58% 44
Scotland -10 63 £339 +12.91% 15
Berkshire -19 48 £300 -29.41% 18
East of England -25 46 £383 +39.09% 30
South West -30 40 £334 +3.48% 36
Buckinghamshire +12 34 £300 +81.81% 16
Reading 0 33 £300 -29.41% 11
Surrey -6 33 £325 - 25
Milton Keynes +11 32 £300 +81.81% 10
Manchester +1 32 £325 +8.33% 27
West Midlands -15 29 £288 +27.07% 29
Yorkshire -6 25 £290 -27.50% 35
East Midlands -8 23 £275 +37.50% 15
Cheshire +8 20 £310 +37.77% 9
Gloucestershire -2 19 £404 - 8
Hook - 19 £348 - 1
North East -20 18 £255 -7.69% 4
Glasgow -8 17 £307 +22.74% 3
West Yorkshire -1 16 £290 -18.88% 17
Birmingham 0 15 £305 +22.00% 11
Leeds +8 14 £283 -20.97% 9
Cambridgeshire +11 13 £375 -18.91% 10
West Sussex +5 12 £220 -45.00% 2
Durham +2 12 £250 -6.54%
Oxfordshire 0 12 £288 +95.57% 9

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 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 1414 (76.14%) Microsoft
2 1144 (61.60%) Windows
3 839 (45.18%) MCSE
4 713 (38.40%) Active Directory
5 610 (32.85%) MS Excel
6 538 (28.97%) ITIL
7 501 (26.98%) Windows Server 2008
8 496 (26.71%) VMware
9 439 (23.64%) MCITP
10 395 (21.27%) MS Exchange
11 367 (19.76%) Windows Server 2003
12 356 (19.17%) SQL Server
13 338 (18.20%) Citrix
14 326 (17.56%) MCP
15 303 (16.32%) SQL
16 300 (16.16%) HP
17 296 (15.94%) Windows 7
18 293 (15.78%) CRM
19 292 (15.72%) VMware Infrastructure
20 284 (15.29%) DNS
21 277 (14.92%) Security Cleared
22 252 (13.57%) MCTS
23 246 (13.25%) Cisco
24 236 (12.71%) MCSA
25 234 (12.60%) SAN
26 232 (12.49%) MS Office
27 229 (12.33%) Windows Server 2012
28 224 (12.06%) SCCM
29 217 (11.69%) Exchange Server 2010
30 214 (11.52%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 (21.27%) MS Exchange
2 217 (11.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 214 (11.52%) SharePoint
4 141 (7.59%) Exchange Server 2007
5 134 (7.22%) IIS
6 124 (6.68%) Exchange Server 2003
7 88 (4.74%) SharePoint 2010
8 69 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2013
9 58 (3.12%) Lync
10 57 (3.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 44 (2.37%) SharePoint 2013
12 27 (1.45%) BizTalk Server
13 23 (1.24%) IBM Notes
13 23 (1.24%) Apache
14 21 (1.13%) SharePoint Server
15 16 (0.86%) WebSphere
15 16 (0.86%) Tomcat
16 10 (0.54%) Documentum
17 7 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
17 7 (0.38%) WebLogic
Applications
1 610 (32.85%) MS Excel
2 232 (12.49%) MS Office
3 28 (1.51%) MS Visio
4 18 (0.97%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.86%) MS Project
6 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.11%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.054%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.054%) InfoPath
8 1 (0.054%) SPSS
8 1 (0.054%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 69 (3.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 18 (0.97%) assyst
3 13 (0.70%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.65%) Oracle EBS
5 7 (0.38%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.32%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.16%) WebTrends
8 2 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
9 1 (0.054%) Oracle EBS R12
9 1 (0.054%) Magento
9 1 (0.054%) 3000 Xtra
9 1 (0.054%) Markit EDM
9 1 (0.054%) CODA-Financials
9 1 (0.054%) Dynamics GP
9 1 (0.054%) Changepoint
Cloud Services
1 58 (3.12%) Office 365
2 27 (1.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.65%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.54%) IaaS
5 5 (0.27%) SaaS
6 1 (0.054%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.054%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.054%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 284 (15.29%) DNS
2 234 (12.60%) SAN
3 211 (11.36%) DHCP
4 207 (11.15%) TCP/IP
4 207 (11.15%) Firewall
5 126 (6.79%) WAN
6 119 (6.41%) LAN
7 79 (4.25%) Internet
8 68 (3.66%) VPN
9 58 (3.12%) Wireless
10 47 (2.53%) VoIP
11 37 (1.99%) Network Security
12 31 (1.67%) NAS
12 31 (1.67%) VLAN
13 29 (1.56%) SSL
14 28 (1.51%) X.500
15 23 (1.24%) IP Telephony
15 23 (1.24%) Intranet
16 22 (1.18%) SMTP
16 22 (1.18%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 356 (19.17%) SQL Server
2 146 (7.86%) SQL Server 2008
3 124 (6.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 85 (4.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 78 (4.20%) SQL Server 2012
6 77 (4.15%) SQL Server 2005
7 50 (2.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 28 (1.51%) SQL Server 2000
9 26 (1.40%) MySQL
10 17 (0.92%) Oracle Database
11 16 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
12 15 (0.81%) Oracle Database 10g
12 15 (0.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 15 (0.81%) Relational Database
13 11 (0.59%) RDBMS
13 11 (0.59%) Oracle Database 11g
14 9 (0.48%) EDRMS
14 9 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
14 9 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
15 8 (0.43%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 52 (2.80%) Visual Studio
2 47 (2.53%) Team Foundation Server
3 25 (1.35%) MSI
4 12 (0.65%) InstallShield
5 10 (0.54%) Subversion
6 9 (0.48%) Git (software)
6 9 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 8 (0.43%) Jenkins
7 8 (0.43%) QuickTest Pro
7 8 (0.43%) CruiseControl
8 6 (0.32%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.32%) 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
1 189 (10.18%) Finance
2 64 (3.45%) Banking
3 39 (2.10%) Telecoms
4 36 (1.94%) Advertising
5 29 (1.56%) Marketing
6 26 (1.40%) Law
7 22 (1.18%) Front Office
8 20 (1.08%) Back Office
9 17 (0.92%) Retail
9 17 (0.92%) Military
10 16 (0.86%) French Language
10 16 (0.86%) Spanish Language
11 14 (0.75%) Mandarin Language
11 14 (0.75%) Investment Banking
12 12 (0.65%) Manufacturing
13 10 (0.54%) 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
1 269 (14.49%) Analyst
2 232 (12.49%) Technical Support
3 172 (9.26%) Support Engineer
4 133 (7.16%) Developer
5 120 (6.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 117 (6.30%) Consultant
7 115 (6.19%) Support Analyst
8 97 (5.22%) Administrator
9 82 (4.42%) 3rd Line Support
10 77 (4.15%) Desktop Support
11 69 (3.72%) Architect
12 67 (3.61%) Wintel Engineer
13 64 (3.45%) Systems Engineer
14 63 (3.39%) DBA
15 61 (3.28%) Service Analyst
15 61 (3.28%) Service Desk Analyst
15 61 (3.28%) Server Engineer
16 58 (3.12%) SQL DBA
17 49 (2.64%) 2nd Line Support
18 45 (2.42%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 204 (10.99%) .NET
2 123 (6.62%) HTML
3 103 (5.55%) ASP.NET
4 87 (4.68%) XML
5 57 (3.07%) Web Services
6 54 (2.91%) WCF
7 46 (2.48%) CSS
8 40 (2.15%) .NET Framework
9 37 (1.99%) JSP
10 33 (1.78%) jQuery
11 29 (1.56%) Middleware
12 25 (1.35%) Software Packaging
13 22 (1.18%) Silverlight
14 19 (1.02%) SOAP
15 18 (0.97%) XSLT
15 18 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC
15 18 (0.97%) Reactive Extensions
15 18 (0.97%) Managed Extensibility Framework
16 17 (0.92%) Application Packaging
17 16 (0.86%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 152 (8.19%) Clustering
2 108 (5.82%) Analytical Skills
3 100 (5.39%) Blackberry
4 63 (3.39%) Computer Science
5 54 (2.91%) Replication
6 48 (2.58%) Management Information System
7 35 (1.88%) PKI
8 24 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
9 23 (1.24%) Client/Server
10 22 (1.18%) CMDB
11 21 (1.13%) Fat Client
11 21 (1.13%) Thin Client
12 16 (0.86%) Video Conferencing
13 14 (0.75%) iPad
14 12 (0.65%) iPhone
15 11 (0.59%) EPoS
15 11 (0.59%) Statistics
16 10 (0.54%) Mainframe
16 10 (0.54%) EqualLogic
17 9 (0.48%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1144 (61.60%) Windows
2 501 (26.98%) Windows Server 2008
3 367 (19.76%) Windows Server 2003
4 296 (15.94%) Windows 7
5 229 (12.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 172 (9.26%) Windows XP
7 161 (8.67%) Linux
8 100 (5.39%) UNIX
9 55 (2.96%) Windows 8
10 48 (2.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 35 (1.88%) Windows 2000 Server
11 35 (1.88%) Windows 2000
12 34 (1.83%) Windows Vista
13 18 (0.97%) Windows NT
14 14 (0.75%) Mac OS X
15 10 (0.54%) Android
16 9 (0.48%) Solaris
16 9 (0.48%) AIX
17 7 (0.38%) VMS
17 7 (0.38%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 538 (28.97%) ITIL
2 293 (15.78%) CRM
3 136 (7.32%) Migration
4 91 (4.90%) Project Management
5 86 (4.63%) Service Management
6 82 (4.42%) Disaster Recovery
6 82 (4.42%) Incident Management
7 77 (4.15%) Change Management
8 72 (3.88%) Agile Software Development
9 56 (3.02%) Service Delivery
9 56 (3.02%) Configuration Management
10 55 (2.96%) Workflow
11 52 (2.80%) Load Balancing
12 51 (2.75%) Business Intelligence
13 49 (2.64%) Validation
14 47 (2.53%) Performance Tuning
15 43 (2.32%) Mentoring
16 40 (2.15%) MVC
17 36 (1.94%) Problem Management
18 35 (1.88%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 303 (16.32%) SQL
2 193 (10.39%) PowerShell
3 128 (6.89%) C#
4 93 (5.01%) JavaScript
5 68 (3.66%) T-SQL
6 66 (3.55%) VBScript
7 39 (2.10%) VB
8 24 (1.29%) C
9 20 (1.08%) Java
9 20 (1.08%) Shell Script
10 19 (1.02%) Perl
11 16 (0.86%) Korn
12 15 (0.81%) Bash Shell
12 15 (0.81%) C++
13 11 (0.59%) VB.NET
13 11 (0.59%) C-shell
13 11 (0.59%) Jython
14 10 (0.54%) Python
15 9 (0.48%) VBA
16 7 (0.38%) PHP
Qualifications
1 839 (45.18%) MCSE
2 439 (23.64%) MCITP
3 326 (17.56%) MCP
4 277 (14.92%) Security Cleared
5 252 (13.57%) MCTS
6 236 (12.71%) MCSA
7 207 (11.15%) Cisco Certification
8 206 (11.09%) SC Cleared
9 197 (10.61%) Degree
10 162 (8.72%) CCNA
11 122 (6.57%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 69 (3.72%) MCDST
13 65 (3.50%) DV Cleared
14 54 (2.91%) CCNP
15 46 (2.48%) ISTQB
16 44 (2.37%) MCSD
16 44 (2.37%) ITIL Certification
17 39 (2.10%) A+ Certification
18 38 (2.05%) Citrix Certification
18 38 (2.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 122 (6.57%) SLA
2 25 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 21 (1.13%) QA
4 8 (0.43%) ISO 9001
5 6 (0.32%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.16%) BS7799
7 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.054%) HL7
8 1 (0.054%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.054%) Data Quality
System Software
1 713 (38.40%) Active Directory
2 292 (15.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 132 (7.11%) Hyper-V
4 111 (5.98%) vSphere
5 106 (5.71%) XenApp
6 85 (4.58%) VMware ESX
7 37 (1.99%) XenServer
8 34 (1.83%) Terminal Services
9 33 (1.78%) ISA Server
10 32 (1.72%) Microsoft App-V
10 32 (1.72%) XenDesktop
11 21 (1.13%) VMware ESXi
12 19 (1.02%) UAG
13 16 (0.86%) NFS
14 15 (0.81%) Firmware
15 12 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 11 (0.59%) Oracle RAC
16 11 (0.59%) Xen
16 11 (0.59%) Forefront TMG
17 10 (0.54%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 224 (12.06%) SCCM
2 107 (5.76%) SCOM
3 77 (4.15%) Backup Exec
4 32 (1.72%) McAfee ePO
5 30 (1.62%) WSUS
6 25 (1.35%) NetBackup
6 25 (1.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 20 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
7 20 (1.08%) BladeLogic
8 17 (0.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 15 (0.81%) OpenView
9 15 (0.81%) SCOrch
10 14 (0.75%) Nessus
11 13 (0.70%) OVSD
11 13 (0.70%) HP Quality Center
12 12 (0.65%) SCDPM
12 12 (0.65%) Nagios
13 11 (0.59%) SCVMM
14 10 (0.54%) EMC NetWorker
14 10 (0.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 1414 (76.14%) Microsoft
2 496 (26.71%) VMware
3 338 (18.20%) Citrix
4 300 (16.16%) HP
5 246 (13.25%) Cisco
6 110 (5.92%) Symantec
7 85 (4.58%) Oracle
8 71 (3.82%) McAfee
9 69 (3.72%) EMC
10 57 (3.07%) IBM
11 56 (3.02%) Red Hat
12 55 (2.96%) Apple
12 55 (2.96%) NetApp
12 55 (2.96%) Dell
13 48 (2.58%) Juniper
14 41 (2.21%) SolarWinds
15 37 (1.99%) Avaya
15 37 (1.99%) Remedy
16 28 (1.51%) CheckPoint
17 26 (1.40%) Sophos
Kent
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £150 to £250 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Basildon, Essex
LA International
Posted: 10 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Posted: 11 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Harris Global
Posted: 11 hours ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £12 per hour
Posted: 11 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £110.00 - £120.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Wigan, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: market rates
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £120 - £144 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + 6 month term
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £110 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Tadley, Hampshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £1 - £18.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £35 - £40 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Chelmsford, Essex
Capita Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £435 per day + Excellent Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
South East London
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £40000 - £45000 Per Annum 32.5 hour week, excellent benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Benedict Cole Limited
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £347.48 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago