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 29 August 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 217 182 149
Rank change year-on-year
-35 -33
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 627 773 879
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.16% 1.34% 1.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.68% 6.98% 8.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 422 438 479
Median daily rate £330 £340 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +0.74%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £150 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £451 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £313 £350 £324
% change year-on-year
-10.71% +8.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 81 94
Median hourly rate £22.75 £16.92 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.45% +0.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.55 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.25 £36.70 £24.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.53 £16.67 £15.82
% change year-on-year
+53.14% +5.35%

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
11048 11070 10828
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.44% 19.25% 19.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6887 6638 6154
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £377 £353
% change year-on-year
-0.53% +6.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 397 529 460
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.06 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.71
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +14.18%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 29 August 2016.

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 29 August 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -32 573 £348 +2.27% 229
London -54 186 £400 +25.00% 62
South East -23 120 £328 -9.65% 55
North East +30 62 £290 +5.45% 8
Tyne and Wear +12 57 £285 +3.63% 7
Newcastle upon Tyne +18 55 £280 +1.81% 5
East of England -7 53 £280 -17.03% 12
West Midlands -3 50 £400 +8.84% 16
City of London -11 44 £425 +6.25% 14
Yorkshire -25 39 £350 +16.66% 20
Scotland +10 37 £275 -20.28% 11
Hampshire -14 32 £343 -5.31% 16
North West -36 28 £275 -19.11% 29
Surrey +7 26 £363 +3.57% 17
Hertfordshire +18 23 £238 -26.92% 5
South West +2 23 £273 -24.82% 17
Birmingham -1 22 £400 - 4
Renfrewshire 0 19 £283 -32.61% 6
Erskine -3 19 £283 -32.61% 6
Berkshire -6 16 £310 +17.53% 14
Manchester -11 16 £225 +7.14% 17
Buckinghamshire +17 14 £200 -39.39% 2
West Yorkshire -31 14 £313 -21.87% 14
Milton Keynes +21 13 £158 -43.24% 1
North Yorkshire +9 13 £258 +123.91% 1
Essex +1 12 £268 -28.66% 1
South Yorkshire -4 12 £369 +121.14% 4
West Sussex -4 12 £363 +34.25% 3
Leeds -30 12 £350 -12.50% 11
East Midlands -3 11 £265 -19.08% 8

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 1102 (77.39%) Microsoft
2 916 (64.33%) Windows
3 719 (50.49%) MCSE
4 708 (49.72%) Active Directory
5 482 (33.85%) ITIL
6 477 (33.50%) VMware
7 471 (33.08%) Windows Server
8 385 (27.04%) Security Cleared
9 376 (26.40%) MS Excel
10 357 (25.07%) PowerShell
11 340 (23.88%) SQL Server
12 339 (23.81%) Citrix
13 336 (23.60%) Windows Server 2008
14 329 (23.10%) SQL
14 329 (23.10%) MCSA
15 303 (21.28%) DNS
15 303 (21.28%) Windows Server 2012
16 278 (19.52%) Degree
17 271 (19.03%) SC Cleared
18 270 (18.96%) MS Exchange
19 269 (18.89%) MCP
20 268 (18.82%) VMware Infrastructure
21 267 (18.75%) HP
22 259 (18.19%) MS Office
23 240 (16.85%) SharePoint
24 222 (15.59%) MCITP
25 215 (15.10%) Windows 7
26 208 (14.61%) Office 365
27 207 (14.54%) SCCM
27 207 (14.54%) DHCP

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 270 (18.96%) MS Exchange
2 240 (16.85%) SharePoint
3 155 (10.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 124 (8.71%) Skype for Business
5 109 (7.65%) Exchange Server 2013
6 105 (7.37%) IIS
7 78 (5.48%) OpenStack
8 68 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2007
9 64 (4.49%) SharePoint 2013
10 51 (3.58%) SharePoint 2010
11 41 (2.88%) IBM Notes
12 40 (2.81%) Exchange Server 2003
13 36 (2.53%) Apache
14 35 (2.46%) Office Communications Server
15 32 (2.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
16 15 (1.05%) SharePoint Server
17 13 (0.91%) Tomcat
18 9 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
19 7 (0.49%) CMS
19 7 (0.49%) JBoss
Applications
1 376 (26.40%) MS Excel
2 259 (18.19%) MS Office
3 30 (2.11%) MS Visio
4 13 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
5 12 (0.84%) InfoPath
6 9 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
6 9 (0.63%) MS Project
7 1 (0.070%) Adobe Captivate
7 1 (0.070%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.070%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.070%) Simulink
7 1 (0.070%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 41 (2.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
2 5 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.14%) Eikon
3 2 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.14%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.070%) Aareon QL
4 1 (0.070%) Academy Housing
4 1 (0.070%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.070%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
4 1 (0.070%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.070%) MIS ActiveH
4 1 (0.070%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.070%) OPENHousing
4 1 (0.070%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.070%) Orchard Housing
4 1 (0.070%) Sage 1000
4 1 (0.070%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 208 (14.61%) Office 365
2 94 (6.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (2.39%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (1.83%) IaaS
5 21 (1.47%) PaaS
6 17 (1.19%) OneDrive
6 17 (1.19%) SaaS
7 6 (0.42%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (0.42%) Google Apps
7 6 (0.42%) Yammer
8 5 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
8 5 (0.35%) Rackspace Cloud
9 2 (0.14%) Amazon EC2
9 2 (0.14%) HP Helion
9 2 (0.14%) IBM Cloud
9 2 (0.14%) SoftLayer
10 1 (0.070%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 303 (21.28%) DNS
2 207 (14.54%) DHCP
3 165 (11.59%) Firewall
4 164 (11.52%) TCP/IP
5 161 (11.31%) SAN
6 97 (6.81%) WAN
7 83 (5.83%) LAN
8 81 (5.69%) Internet
9 68 (4.78%) Skype
10 53 (3.72%) SSL
11 51 (3.58%) VPN
12 40 (2.81%) NetScaler
13 38 (2.67%) LDAP
14 36 (2.53%) Network Security
15 28 (1.97%) NAS
16 26 (1.83%) HTTP
16 26 (1.83%) SNMP
16 26 (1.83%) Wireless
17 25 (1.76%) Kerberos
18 23 (1.62%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 340 (23.88%) SQL Server
2 89 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 84 (5.90%) SQL Server 2008
4 80 (5.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 69 (4.85%) SQL Server 2012
6 47 (3.30%) SQL Server 2005
7 42 (2.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 32 (2.25%) Data Warehouse
9 22 (1.54%) Relational Database
10 21 (1.47%) MySQL
10 21 (1.47%) SQL Server 2014
11 13 (0.91%) SQL Server 2000
12 10 (0.70%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.63%) MongoDB
13 9 (0.63%) RDBMS
14 7 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
14 7 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
14 7 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
14 7 (0.49%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.49%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 59 (4.14%) Visual Studio
2 55 (3.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 29 (2.04%) MSI
4 16 (1.12%) HP UFT
4 16 (1.12%) TestDirector
5 14 (0.98%) WinRunner
6 12 (0.84%) Git (software)
7 8 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 7 (0.49%) StarTeam
9 6 (0.42%) Jenkins
9 6 (0.42%) JIRA
10 5 (0.35%) InstallShield
10 5 (0.35%) Maven
11 3 (0.21%) Ant
11 3 (0.21%) Subversion
12 2 (0.14%) Cucumber
12 2 (0.14%) Eclipse
12 2 (0.14%) Hudson
12 2 (0.14%) LoadRunner
12 2 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
General
1 142 (9.97%) Finance
2 54 (3.79%) Banking
3 29 (2.04%) Law
3 29 (2.04%) Legal
4 24 (1.69%) Advertising
4 24 (1.69%) Manufacturing
5 21 (1.47%) Marketing
6 17 (1.19%) German Language
6 17 (1.19%) Local Government
7 16 (1.12%) Telecoms
8 15 (1.05%) Retail
9 12 (0.84%) Billing
10 11 (0.77%) Back Office
10 11 (0.77%) Investment Banking
11 10 (0.70%) Military
12 9 (0.63%) French Language
13 6 (0.42%) Automotive
13 6 (0.42%) Portuguese Language
13 6 (0.42%) Spanish Language
14 4 (0.28%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 190 (13.34%) Analyst
2 161 (11.31%) Support Engineer
3 106 (7.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 102 (7.16%) Developer
5 94 (6.60%) Architect
6 82 (5.76%) Consultant
7 81 (5.69%) Desktop Support
8 71 (4.99%) Wintel Engineer
9 70 (4.92%) Windows Engineer
10 69 (4.85%) Support Analyst
11 65 (4.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 65 (4.56%) 3rd Line Support
12 61 (4.28%) Server Engineer
13 60 (4.21%) Service Analyst
14 59 (4.14%) Administrator
15 49 (3.44%) Service Desk Analyst
16 47 (3.30%) Infrastructure Architect
17 46 (3.23%) DBA
18 42 (2.95%) Active Directory Engineer
18 42 (2.95%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 139 (9.76%) .NET
2 77 (5.41%) XML
3 63 (4.42%) HTML
4 56 (3.93%) ASP.NET
5 45 (3.16%) CSS
5 45 (3.16%) Web Services
6 36 (2.53%) jQuery
7 35 (2.46%) Middleware
8 21 (1.47%) .NET Framework
9 18 (1.26%) Ajax
10 15 (1.05%) WCF
11 13 (0.91%) LAMP
11 13 (0.91%) REST
12 10 (0.70%) ASP.NET MVC
12 10 (0.70%) XHTML
13 9 (0.63%) XSLT
14 8 (0.56%) JSP
14 8 (0.56%) SOAP
14 8 (0.56%) WSDL
14 8 (0.56%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 171 (12.01%) Computer Science
2 138 (9.69%) Data Centre
3 136 (9.55%) Clustering
4 98 (6.88%) Analytical Skills
5 84 (5.90%) Blackberry
6 63 (4.42%) Management Information System
7 57 (4.00%) PKI
8 46 (3.23%) Replication
9 26 (1.83%) NHS
10 25 (1.76%) Enterprise Software
11 24 (1.69%) Client/Server
12 23 (1.62%) Private Cloud
13 17 (1.19%) Public Cloud
13 17 (1.19%) User Experience
14 16 (1.12%) Mainframe
15 15 (1.05%) Driving Licence
15 15 (1.05%) Visualisation
16 14 (0.98%) CMDB
16 14 (0.98%) PDA
17 13 (0.91%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 916 (64.33%) Windows
2 471 (33.08%) Windows Server
3 336 (23.60%) Windows Server 2008
4 303 (21.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 215 (15.10%) Windows 7
6 198 (13.90%) Windows Server 2003
7 150 (10.53%) Linux
8 91 (6.39%) Windows XP
9 71 (4.99%) Unix
10 54 (3.79%) Windows 8
11 49 (3.44%) Windows 10
12 45 (3.16%) Apple iOS
13 44 (3.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 31 (2.18%) Android
15 24 (1.69%) Solaris
16 21 (1.47%) AIX
17 18 (1.26%) Ubuntu
18 12 (0.84%) Mac OS X
19 11 (0.77%) Mac OS
19 11 (0.77%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 482 (33.85%) ITIL
2 187 (13.13%) Migration
3 98 (6.88%) Change Management
4 90 (6.32%) Agile Software Development
4 90 (6.32%) Load Balancing
5 83 (5.83%) ITIL V3
6 82 (5.76%) Project Management
7 80 (5.62%) High Availability
8 79 (5.55%) Service Delivery
9 71 (4.99%) Disaster Recovery
10 70 (4.92%) Problem Management
11 66 (4.63%) Incident Management
12 61 (4.28%) Service Management
13 59 (4.14%) Business Intelligence
14 58 (4.07%) CRM
15 55 (3.86%) PRINCE2
16 50 (3.51%) Workflow
17 48 (3.37%) Performance Tuning
17 48 (3.37%) Virtual Environments
18 42 (2.95%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 357 (25.07%) PowerShell
2 329 (23.10%) SQL
3 118 (8.29%) C#
4 104 (7.30%) JavaScript
5 84 (5.90%) VBScript
6 65 (4.56%) T-SQL
7 41 (2.88%) Java
8 30 (2.11%) VB
9 28 (1.97%) C++
10 26 (1.83%) C
11 24 (1.69%) Python
12 23 (1.62%) Bash Shell
13 18 (1.26%) PHP
14 13 (0.91%) Ruby
15 12 (0.84%) Perl
16 8 (0.56%) Shell Script
17 6 (0.42%) VB.NET
17 6 (0.42%) VBA
18 3 (0.21%) ABAP
18 3 (0.21%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 719 (50.49%) MCSE
2 385 (27.04%) Security Cleared
3 329 (23.10%) MCSA
4 278 (19.52%) Degree
5 271 (19.03%) SC Cleared
6 269 (18.89%) MCP
7 222 (15.59%) MCITP
8 180 (12.64%) Cisco Certification
9 167 (11.73%) MCTS
10 127 (8.92%) CCNA
11 121 (8.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 74 (5.20%) MCSD
13 73 (5.13%) MCDST
14 63 (4.42%) ITIL Certification
15 56 (3.93%) CCNP
16 51 (3.58%) DV Cleared
17 49 (3.44%) A+ Certification
17 49 (3.44%) Citrix Certification
18 41 (2.88%) CCA
19 40 (2.81%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (5.48%) SLA
2 26 (1.83%) Disclosure Scotland
3 25 (1.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 21 (1.47%) PCI DSS
5 16 (1.12%) QA
6 10 (0.70%) HL7
7 9 (0.63%) Government Security Classifications
8 6 (0.42%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.28%) COBIT
9 4 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 3 (0.21%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.21%) JSP 440
11 1 (0.070%) ISO27002
System Software
1 708 (49.72%) Active Directory
2 268 (18.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 161 (11.31%) Hyper-V
4 109 (7.65%) XenApp
5 101 (7.09%) vSphere
6 60 (4.21%) Microsoft App-V
7 48 (3.37%) XenDesktop
8 47 (3.30%) VMware ESX
9 31 (2.18%) Terminal Services
10 29 (2.04%) VMware ESXi
11 28 (1.97%) Virtual Servers
12 20 (1.40%) UAG
12 20 (1.40%) Virtual Machines
13 19 (1.33%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 17 (1.19%) Firmware
15 14 (0.98%) Brightmail
15 14 (0.98%) Docker
15 14 (0.98%) Xen
16 10 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
17 9 (0.63%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 207 (14.54%) SCCM
2 98 (6.88%) SCOM
3 74 (5.20%) Microsoft Clustering
4 61 (4.28%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 46 (3.23%) WSUS
6 41 (2.88%) Backup Exec
7 39 (2.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 34 (2.39%) McAfee ePO
8 34 (2.39%) OpenView
9 30 (2.11%) NetBackup
9 30 (2.11%) Perfmon
10 20 (1.40%) Netcool
11 19 (1.33%) HP Quality Center
11 19 (1.33%) Puppet
12 16 (1.12%) HP SIM
13 15 (1.05%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 14 (0.98%) WMI
15 13 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
16 12 (0.84%) Microsoft Intune
16 12 (0.84%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 1102 (77.39%) Microsoft
2 477 (33.50%) VMware
3 339 (23.81%) Citrix
4 267 (18.75%) HP
5 207 (14.54%) Cisco
6 99 (6.95%) Oracle
7 67 (4.71%) Dell
8 56 (3.93%) NetApp
8 56 (3.93%) Red Hat
9 50 (3.51%) Symantec
10 49 (3.44%) Intel Security
11 43 (3.02%) Apple
12 41 (2.88%) IBM
12 41 (2.88%) Lotus
13 39 (2.74%) AppSense
14 36 (2.53%) Veritas
15 31 (2.18%) IronPort
16 30 (2.11%) Juniper
17 27 (1.90%) Altiris
18 26 (1.83%) CheckPoint
London
X4 Group
Rate: £175 - 225 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £1 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200 - £220 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Allen Lane Interim & Permanent Recruitment
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £1 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
TRG
Rate: 250-300 Per Day + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £250 - £300 Per Day + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Lucid Support Services Ltd
Rate: Competitive Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool
Noir Consulting
Rate: £350 - £351 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Andover
Spectrum IT
Rate: £100 - £120 per day
Posted: 24 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
IT Alliance Group
Rate: From £43,700 to £43,700 per annum £ 38,000 plus 15% shift allowance (£
Posted: 27 days ago