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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 147 128 117
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 778 766 987
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.38% 1.58% 1.63%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.11% 8.69% 9.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 397 398 495
Average daily rate £325 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £165 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £295 £288
% change year-on-year
+5.93% +2.60%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 79 96
Average hourly rate £15.50 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.88% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.38 £11.50 £11.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £135.00 £34.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.92 £15.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.74% -11.42%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10937 8810 10503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.45% 18.17% 17.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6204 4687 5415
Average daily rate £375 £370 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -5.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 550 474 578
Average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.36% +10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £51.50 £45.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%

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 April 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 April 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 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -20 727 £325 +4.83% 226
London -11 268 £340 -5.55% 77
South East -9 167 £350 +16.66% 58
City of London -24 71 £325 -20.24% 14
East of England -29 66 £248 +11.23% 19
North West -4 59 £250 -12.28% 21
South West -23 52 £325 +2.36% 13
Berkshire +28 50 £365 +55.31% 16
West Midlands -15 42 £250 -9.09% 12
East Midlands +4 39 £300 -7.69% 7
Hampshire +15 35 £330 -16.45% 9
Buckinghamshire -12 27 £275 - 9
Somerset -12 27 £325 +9.24%
Reading +10 26 £339 +44.14% 5
Yorkshire -38 26 £313 -5.30% 15
Manchester +1 24 £158 -43.75% 18
Essex -10 22 £275 +105.60% 3
Scotland -26 22 £305 +15.09% 6
West Sussex -7 20 £400 -3.03% 3
Birmingham +8 19 £289 -11.15% 5
Cambridgeshire -6 18 £285 -18.57% 6
Hertfordshire -1 17 £248 +65.00% 5
Lancashire -8 17 £250 -
Taunton -11 17 £325 -29.03%
Surrey -14 17 £363 +18.36% 10
Milton Keynes -16 16 £275 -35.29% 6
Worthing +6 15 £400 +25.00% 1
Nottinghamshire +7 14 £315 +6.77% 1
West Yorkshire -21 14 £331 +103.84% 10
Cheshire -7 13 £283 -20.70% 2

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 1045 (70.66%) Microsoft
2 1015 (68.63%) Windows
3 760 (51.39%) MCSE
4 650 (43.95%) Active Directory
5 491 (33.20%) ITIL
6 453 (30.63%) VMware
6 453 (30.63%) Windows Server 2008
7 382 (25.83%) MS Excel
8 373 (25.22%) MS Exchange
9 357 (24.14%) Citrix
10 345 (23.33%) MCP
11 333 (22.52%) MCITP
12 330 (22.31%) Windows 7
13 313 (21.16%) Windows Server 2003
14 300 (20.28%) SQL Server
15 298 (20.15%) SQL
16 292 (19.74%) VMware Infrastructure
17 281 (19.00%) MS Office
18 221 (14.94%) DNS
19 217 (14.67%) MCSA
20 212 (14.33%) Cisco
21 204 (13.79%) Windows XP
22 191 (12.91%) MCTS
23 187 (12.64%) PowerShell
24 183 (12.37%) .NET
25 178 (12.04%) SharePoint
26 174 (11.76%) DHCP
27 173 (11.70%) Cisco Certification
27 173 (11.70%) SCCM
28 162 (10.95%) Finance

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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
1 373 (25.22%) MS Exchange
2 178 (12.04%) SharePoint
3 148 (10.01%) Exchange Server 2010
4 121 (8.18%) Exchange Server 2003
5 120 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2007
6 102 (6.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 84 (5.68%) IIS
8 67 (4.53%) SharePoint 2010
9 66 (4.46%) Lync
10 35 (2.37%) IBM Notes
11 32 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2013
12 31 (2.10%) SharePoint Server
13 26 (1.76%) SharePoint 2013
14 14 (0.95%) MS Project Server
15 11 (0.74%) SAS
15 11 (0.74%) Apache
15 11 (0.74%) Tomcat
15 11 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
15 11 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2000
16 10 (0.68%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 382 (25.83%) MS Excel
2 281 (19.00%) MS Office
3 39 (2.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 21 (1.42%) MS Project
5 10 (0.68%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.41%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.068%) Pro/ENGINEER
7 1 (0.068%) CATIA
7 1 (0.068%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.068%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 37 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.68%) Oracle Applications
3 9 (0.61%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.20%) assyst
6 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.14%) Tridion
7 1 (0.068%) Markit EDM
7 1 (0.068%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.068%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 38 (2.57%) Office 365
2 8 (0.54%) Google Apps
3 7 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.14%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 221 (14.94%) DNS
2 174 (11.76%) DHCP
3 142 (9.60%) SAN
4 126 (8.52%) Firewall
5 124 (8.38%) LAN
6 118 (7.98%) TCP/IP
7 111 (7.51%) WAN
8 78 (5.27%) VPN
9 57 (3.85%) Internet
10 46 (3.11%) Wireless
11 41 (2.77%) VLAN
12 38 (2.57%) VoIP
13 34 (2.30%) SMTP
14 32 (2.16%) NetScaler
15 28 (1.89%) Network Security
16 26 (1.76%) Cisco ASA
17 23 (1.56%) NAS
18 21 (1.42%) Intranet
19 19 (1.28%) SSL
20 15 (1.01%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 300 (20.28%) SQL Server
2 135 (9.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 99 (6.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 76 (5.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 64 (4.33%) SQL Server 2005
6 56 (3.79%) SQL Server 2012
7 33 (2.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 23 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
9 15 (1.01%) SQL Server 2000
9 15 (1.01%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 11 (0.74%) Oracle Database
10 11 (0.74%) MS Access
11 10 (0.68%) MySQL
11 10 (0.68%) Oracle Database 10g
11 10 (0.68%) Relational Database
12 9 (0.61%) DTS
13 6 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
14 5 (0.34%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
15 4 (0.27%) PerformancePoint
15 4 (0.27%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 67 (4.53%) Visual Studio
2 45 (3.04%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (1.35%) MSI
4 18 (1.22%) InstallShield
5 10 (0.68%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.47%) Subversion
7 6 (0.41%) CruiseControl
7 6 (0.41%) Jenkins
7 6 (0.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 5 (0.34%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.34%) Rhino Mocks
9 4 (0.27%) QuickTest Pro
10 3 (0.20%) NUnit
10 3 (0.20%) LoadRunner
10 3 (0.20%) WinRunner
10 3 (0.20%) TestDirector
11 2 (0.14%) Moq
12 1 (0.068%) Ant
12 1 (0.068%) MSBuild
12 1 (0.068%) SpecFlow
General
1 162 (10.95%) Finance
2 57 (3.85%) Banking
3 53 (3.58%) Telecoms
4 45 (3.04%) Law
5 43 (2.91%) Legal
6 31 (2.10%) Back Office
7 22 (1.49%) Front Office
7 22 (1.49%) Advertising
8 15 (1.01%) Marketing
9 14 (0.95%) Retail
10 12 (0.81%) Manufacturing
11 11 (0.74%) Publishing
12 8 (0.54%) French Language
12 8 (0.54%) Investment Banking
13 7 (0.47%) Electronics
14 6 (0.41%) Spanish Language
14 6 (0.41%) Military
15 5 (0.34%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.34%) Local Government
15 5 (0.34%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 218 (14.74%) Analyst
2 196 (13.25%) Support Engineer
3 146 (9.87%) Developer
4 134 (9.06%) Consultant
5 102 (6.90%) Support Analyst
6 97 (6.56%) 2nd Line Support
7 84 (5.68%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 67 (4.53%) Service Analyst
9 64 (4.33%) Administrator
9 64 (4.33%) Desktop Support
9 64 (4.33%) Service Desk Analyst
10 62 (4.19%) Architect
10 62 (4.19%) 3rd Line Support
11 58 (3.92%) Systems Engineer
12 49 (3.31%) DBA
13 48 (3.25%) Server Engineer
14 47 (3.18%) IT Support
15 44 (2.97%) Desktop Engineer
16 42 (2.84%) SQL DBA
17 38 (2.57%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 183 (12.37%) .NET
2 86 (5.81%) ASP.NET
3 57 (3.85%) Web Services
4 56 (3.79%) HTML
5 53 (3.58%) .NET Framework
6 47 (3.18%) XML
7 42 (2.84%) jQuery
8 40 (2.70%) CSS
9 27 (1.83%) Application Packaging
10 21 (1.42%) WCF
11 20 (1.35%) WPF
12 19 (1.28%) Ajax
13 18 (1.22%) ASP.NET MVC
14 15 (1.01%) SOAP
15 14 (0.95%) Software Packaging
16 13 (0.88%) WinForms
16 13 (0.88%) WSDL
16 13 (0.88%) XSLT
17 12 (0.81%) HTML5
18 10 (0.68%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 144 (9.74%) Blackberry
2 92 (6.22%) Clustering
3 59 (3.99%) Management Information System
4 42 (2.84%) Computer Science
5 36 (2.43%) Replication
6 31 (2.10%) Fat Client
6 31 (2.10%) Thin Client
7 26 (1.76%) Statistics
8 25 (1.69%) PKI
9 23 (1.56%) Client/Server
10 16 (1.08%) NHS
11 14 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
12 13 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
13 12 (0.81%) EqualLogic
13 12 (0.81%) Smartcard
14 11 (0.74%) Data Integration
15 8 (0.54%) Smartphone
15 8 (0.54%) iPad
16 7 (0.47%) Mathematics
17 6 (0.41%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 1015 (68.63%) Windows
2 453 (30.63%) Windows Server 2008
3 330 (22.31%) Windows 7
4 313 (21.16%) Windows Server 2003
5 204 (13.79%) Windows XP
6 118 (7.98%) Windows Server 2012
7 89 (6.02%) Linux
8 62 (4.19%) Windows 2000
9 61 (4.12%) Windows Vista
10 58 (3.92%) UNIX
11 48 (3.25%) Windows 8
12 30 (2.03%) Windows 2000 Server
13 26 (1.76%) Apple iOS
14 22 (1.49%) NetWare
15 17 (1.15%) Mac OS X
16 13 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 12 (0.81%) Android
18 7 (0.47%) AIX
18 7 (0.47%) Solaris
19 6 (0.41%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 491 (33.20%) ITIL
2 151 (10.21%) Migration
3 111 (7.51%) Service Management
4 90 (6.09%) Service Delivery
5 84 (5.68%) Project Management
6 77 (5.21%) Disaster Recovery
7 63 (4.26%) ITSM
8 58 (3.92%) Incident Management
9 56 (3.79%) Business Intelligence
10 52 (3.52%) Change Management
11 51 (3.45%) Workflow
11 51 (3.45%) CRM
12 45 (3.04%) Change Control
13 44 (2.97%) Load Balancing
14 42 (2.84%) Problem Management
15 38 (2.57%) Capacity Planning
16 35 (2.37%) MVC
16 35 (2.37%) Performance Tuning
17 33 (2.23%) Performance Monitoring
18 29 (1.96%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 298 (20.15%) SQL
2 187 (12.64%) PowerShell
3 133 (8.99%) C#
4 63 (4.26%) T-SQL
5 62 (4.19%) VBScript
6 57 (3.85%) VB
7 53 (3.58%) JavaScript
8 22 (1.49%) VB.NET
9 19 (1.28%) C
10 12 (0.81%) Java
11 10 (0.68%) VBA
12 9 (0.61%) C++
13 7 (0.47%) Perl
14 6 (0.41%) Shell Script
15 4 (0.27%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.20%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.20%) VB6
17 2 (0.14%) XPath
17 2 (0.14%) Korn
17 2 (0.14%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 760 (51.39%) MCSE
2 345 (23.33%) MCP
3 333 (22.52%) MCITP
4 217 (14.67%) MCSA
5 191 (12.91%) MCTS
6 173 (11.70%) Cisco Certification
7 147 (9.94%) CCNA
8 143 (9.67%) Security Cleared
9 142 (9.60%) Degree
10 101 (6.83%) MCDST
11 88 (5.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 77 (5.21%) SC Cleared
13 76 (5.14%) Citrix Certification
14 58 (3.92%) MCSD
15 54 (3.65%) CCNP
16 49 (3.31%) A+ Certification
17 47 (3.18%) CCA
18 45 (3.04%) DV Cleared
19 40 (2.70%) ITIL Certification
20 37 (2.50%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 115 (7.78%) SLA
2 13 (0.88%) QA
2 13 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (0.41%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.34%) PCI DSS
5 3 (0.20%) COBIT
5 3 (0.20%) HL7
6 1 (0.068%) Data Quality
System Software
1 650 (43.95%) Active Directory
2 292 (19.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 141 (9.53%) vSphere
4 104 (7.03%) Hyper-V
5 103 (6.96%) XenApp
6 74 (5.00%) XenDesktop
7 65 (4.39%) VMware ESX
8 39 (2.64%) Microsoft App-V
9 27 (1.83%) VMware ESXi
10 26 (1.76%) ISA Server
11 24 (1.62%) XenServer
12 16 (1.08%) Terminal Services
13 14 (0.95%) UAG
14 12 (0.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 12 (0.81%) Forefront TMG
14 12 (0.81%) Terminal Server
15 11 (0.74%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 8 (0.54%) vCloud
17 7 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
18 6 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 173 (11.70%) SCCM
2 77 (5.21%) SCOM
3 43 (2.91%) Backup Exec
4 33 (2.23%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 30 (2.03%) MAILsweeper
6 24 (1.62%) WSUS
7 20 (1.35%) ServiceCenter
8 19 (1.28%) McAfee ePO
9 18 (1.22%) SCVMM
9 18 (1.22%) NetBackup
10 15 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 13 (0.88%) Norton AntiVirus
12 11 (0.74%) OpenView
13 10 (0.68%) OVSD
14 9 (0.61%) HP SIM
15 8 (0.54%) SAP Afaria
16 7 (0.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 7 (0.47%) MOM
16 7 (0.47%) EMC NetWorker
17 6 (0.41%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1045 (70.66%) Microsoft
2 453 (30.63%) VMware
3 357 (24.14%) Citrix
4 212 (14.33%) Cisco
5 161 (10.89%) HP
6 74 (5.00%) Dell
7 71 (4.80%) Symantec
8 56 (3.79%) Oracle
9 53 (3.58%) McAfee
10 45 (3.04%) NetApp
11 42 (2.84%) Lotus
12 37 (2.50%) EMC
12 37 (2.50%) Altiris
13 31 (2.10%) IBM
13 31 (2.10%) Remedy
14 29 (1.96%) Clearswift
15 28 (1.89%) Apple
15 28 (1.89%) Novell
15 28 (1.89%) Avaya
15 28 (1.89%) Open Text
Coventry
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Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
South Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £110.00 - £130.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £110.00 - £130.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Spargonet Consulting Plc
Rate: £400 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
East Midlands
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd (Birmingham)
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Warwickshire
Jumar
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwickshire
Jumar Solutions
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Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
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Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Harrogate
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £10.00 per hour
Posted: 7 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Orderwork
Rate: Competitive day rates
Posted: 8 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Orderwork
Rate: Competitive day rates
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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City of London
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London
Interquest - Fulcrum Telecom
Rate: £400 - £540 per day
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Horley
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
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