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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 160 149 125
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -24
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 825 821 861
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.45% 1.50% 1.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.62% 7.89% 9.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 483 462 411
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £170 £151
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 82 100
Average hourly rate £17.98 £16.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.37% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.00 £23.90 £34.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.80 £17.23
% change year-on-year
+10.74% -8.25%

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
10820 10399 9085
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.00% 19.00% 17.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 6473 5837 4876
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £529
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 455 501
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -9.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.75 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £44.97
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.31% -9.52%

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 3 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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 -4 767 £330 +1.53% 333
London -11 274 £300 -23.07% 108
South East -24 183 £360 +30.90% 80
East of England +24 89 £350 +16.66% 25
City of London +8 86 £400 -5.88% 24
North West +9 84 £325 +8.33% 43
Hampshire +12 73 £363 +35.90% 9
Yorkshire +18 57 £300 +4.34% 30
West Yorkshire +14 41 £350 +12.00% 18
Leeds +9 37 £388 +24.00% 16
Southampton +24 34 £363 +68.60% 1
Berkshire -4 34 £363 -7.05% 18
Manchester -4 32 £175 -41.66% 22
Scotland -44 32 £320 -7.24% 6
South West -1 26 £375 +16.27% 15
Lancashire +29 25 £450 +66.66% 2
Surrey +3 24 £350 +16.66% 16
Cambridgeshire +5 21 £341 -9.00% 6
Norfolk +12 20 £320 +82.85%
North East -3 20 £290 -11.67% 3
Reading -9 20 £363 -9.37% 13
West Midlands 0 19 £330 +10.92% 18
Suffolk +14 18 £425 +13.33% 2
Buckinghamshire -11 17 £313 +8.69% 17
Essex -5 16 £381 +7.01% 3
Tyne and Wear -9 16 £275 -16.24% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -11 15 £275 -16.24% 3
Cambridge +5 14 £315 +162.50% 5
East Midlands -17 13 £328 -6.42% 9
South Yorkshire -7 12 £225 +87.50% 6

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 1275 (79.00%) Microsoft
2 1055 (65.37%) Windows
3 837 (51.86%) MCSE
4 726 (44.98%) Active Directory
5 574 (35.56%) ITIL
6 525 (32.53%) VMware
7 385 (23.85%) MCITP
8 383 (23.73%) Windows Server 2008
9 382 (23.67%) MS Excel
10 352 (21.81%) MCSA
11 322 (19.95%) Windows Server 2012
12 315 (19.52%) SQL Server
13 314 (19.45%) VMware Infrastructure
14 306 (18.96%) Windows 7
15 304 (18.84%) MS Exchange
16 303 (18.77%) SQL
17 297 (18.40%) Citrix
18 276 (17.10%) Cisco
19 269 (16.67%) Security Cleared
20 260 (16.11%) MCP
21 258 (15.99%) MS Office
22 232 (14.37%) Cisco Certification
23 231 (14.31%) DNS
24 225 (13.94%) Windows Server 2003
25 221 (13.69%) HP
26 214 (13.26%) Migration
27 209 (12.95%) LAN
28 205 (12.70%) PowerShell
29 202 (12.52%) SCCM
30 191 (11.83%) SAN

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 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
1 304 (18.84%) MS Exchange
2 168 (10.41%) SharePoint
3 147 (9.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 121 (7.50%) Lync
5 97 (6.01%) Exchange Server 2013
6 91 (5.64%) IIS
7 83 (5.14%) Exchange Server 2007
8 54 (3.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 51 (3.16%) SharePoint 2013
10 43 (2.66%) SharePoint 2010
11 42 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2003
12 19 (1.18%) Office Communications Server
13 18 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
14 14 (0.87%) IBM Notes
15 10 (0.62%) CMS
16 6 (0.37%) SharePoint Server
16 6 (0.37%) WebSphere
17 5 (0.31%) SAS
18 4 (0.25%) Oracle Application Server
19 3 (0.19%) Apache
Applications
1 382 (23.67%) MS Excel
2 258 (15.99%) MS Office
3 50 (3.10%) MS Visio
4 24 (1.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (1.30%) MS Project
6 8 (0.50%) InfoPath
7 5 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
8 4 (0.25%) PowerPivot
9 2 (0.12%) MicroStation
10 1 (0.062%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 69 (4.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.12%) SAP CCM
4 2 (0.12%) Agresso
4 2 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.12%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.12%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.062%) Eikon
5 1 (0.062%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.062%) Tesseract
5 1 (0.062%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.062%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 107 (6.63%) Office 365
2 48 (2.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (1.05%) SaaS
4 12 (0.74%) Amazon AWS
5 10 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
6 7 (0.43%) IaaS
7 6 (0.37%) PaaS
8 5 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.19%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.062%) Yammer
10 1 (0.062%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 231 (14.31%) DNS
2 209 (12.95%) LAN
3 191 (11.83%) SAN
4 177 (10.97%) WAN
5 159 (9.85%) DHCP
6 143 (8.86%) Firewall
7 137 (8.49%) TCP/IP
8 87 (5.39%) VPN
9 53 (3.28%) VLAN
10 51 (3.16%) Internet
11 39 (2.42%) NAS
12 31 (1.92%) MPLS
13 30 (1.86%) VoIP
14 29 (1.80%) Cisco IOS
14 29 (1.80%) NetScaler
15 28 (1.73%) LDAP
16 26 (1.61%) Network Security
17 22 (1.36%) SMTP
18 20 (1.24%) Unified Communications
19 19 (1.18%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 315 (19.52%) SQL Server
2 89 (5.51%) SQL Server 2008
3 87 (5.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 87 (5.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 64 (3.97%) SQL Server 2012
5 52 (3.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 41 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
7 35 (2.17%) SQL Server 2005
8 22 (1.36%) MySQL
9 16 (0.99%) Oracle Database
10 13 (0.81%) OLAP
11 9 (0.56%) SQL Server 2000
12 8 (0.50%) OLTP
12 8 (0.50%) Relational Database
13 7 (0.43%) Big Data
13 7 (0.43%) QlikView
14 6 (0.37%) OLAP Cube
15 5 (0.31%) Amazon RDS
15 5 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
15 5 (0.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 35 (2.17%) Visual Studio
2 24 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
3 11 (0.68%) JIRA
4 9 (0.56%) Subversion
5 8 (0.50%) WinRunner
5 8 (0.50%) TestDirector
5 8 (0.50%) HP UFT
6 6 (0.37%) ClearCase
6 6 (0.37%) MSI
7 5 (0.31%) ClearQuest
7 5 (0.31%) Ant
8 4 (0.25%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.19%) Fiddler
10 2 (0.12%) Rhino Mocks
10 2 (0.12%) Hudson
10 2 (0.12%) Jenkins
10 2 (0.12%) Trac
10 2 (0.12%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.12%) StarTeam
11 1 (0.062%) Oracle APEX
General
1 172 (10.66%) Finance
2 46 (2.85%) Legal
3 45 (2.79%) Banking
4 36 (2.23%) Retail
5 32 (1.98%) Telecoms
6 27 (1.67%) Law
7 19 (1.18%) Marketing
8 18 (1.12%) Advertising
9 15 (0.93%) French Language
10 12 (0.74%) Manufacturing
11 11 (0.68%) Investment Banking
12 8 (0.50%) Back Office
13 7 (0.43%) Local Government
13 7 (0.43%) German Language
13 7 (0.43%) Spanish Language
14 6 (0.37%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.31%) Publishing
16 4 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.25%) Electronics
17 3 (0.19%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 247 (15.30%) Analyst
2 170 (10.53%) Support Engineer
3 136 (8.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 130 (8.05%) Support Analyst
5 126 (7.81%) Developer
6 108 (6.69%) Consultant
7 103 (6.38%) 2nd Line Support
8 89 (5.51%) Architect
9 87 (5.39%) Administrator
10 77 (4.77%) Server Engineer
11 75 (4.65%) Desktop Support
12 73 (4.52%) 3rd Line Support
13 71 (4.40%) Wintel Engineer
14 62 (3.84%) Service Analyst
15 56 (3.47%) DBA
15 56 (3.47%) Service Desk Analyst
16 52 (3.22%) SQL DBA
17 51 (3.16%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
18 43 (2.66%) Infrastructure Architect
19 38 (2.35%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (9.79%) .NET
2 93 (5.76%) HTML
3 80 (4.96%) XML
4 69 (4.28%) ASP.NET
5 44 (2.73%) .NET Framework
6 40 (2.48%) Web Services
7 31 (1.92%) CSS
7 31 (1.92%) jQuery
8 28 (1.73%) JSP
9 25 (1.55%) Application Packaging
10 22 (1.36%) WCF
11 13 (0.81%) SOAP
12 12 (0.74%) Entity Framework
13 11 (0.68%) ASP.NET MVC
13 11 (0.68%) LINQ
13 11 (0.68%) Middleware
14 9 (0.56%) JSON
14 9 (0.56%) HTML5
14 9 (0.56%) KnockoutJS
15 8 (0.50%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 117 (7.25%) Data Centre
2 107 (6.63%) Clustering
3 85 (5.27%) Analytical Skills
4 81 (5.02%) Blackberry
5 59 (3.66%) Computer Science
6 51 (3.16%) Management Information System
7 43 (2.66%) Replication
7 43 (2.66%) Video Conferencing
8 34 (2.11%) PKI
9 30 (1.86%) Client/Server
10 23 (1.43%) NHS
11 22 (1.36%) Thin Client
11 22 (1.36%) Fat Client
12 16 (0.99%) Mainframe
12 16 (0.99%) iPad
13 13 (0.81%) EqualLogic
14 12 (0.74%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (0.68%) iPhone
16 10 (0.62%) Enterprise Storage
17 8 (0.50%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 1055 (65.37%) Windows
2 383 (23.73%) Windows Server 2008
3 322 (19.95%) Windows Server 2012
4 306 (18.96%) Windows 7
5 225 (13.94%) Windows Server 2003
6 167 (10.35%) Linux
7 130 (8.05%) Windows XP
8 88 (5.45%) Windows 8
9 78 (4.83%) UNIX
10 29 (1.80%) Android
11 27 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 19 (1.18%) Mac OS X
13 16 (0.99%) Windows Vista
13 16 (0.99%) Ubuntu
14 15 (0.93%) Solaris
15 14 (0.87%) AIX
16 13 (0.81%) Windows 2000 Server
16 13 (0.81%) Apple iOS
16 13 (0.81%) Data ONTAP
17 10 (0.62%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 574 (35.56%) ITIL
2 214 (13.26%) Migration
3 113 (7.00%) Project Management
4 95 (5.89%) CRM
5 94 (5.82%) Agile Software Development
6 75 (4.65%) Service Management
7 68 (4.21%) Change Management
8 66 (4.09%) Disaster Recovery
9 64 (3.97%) Service Delivery
10 61 (3.78%) Incident Management
11 57 (3.53%) Server Building
12 56 (3.47%) ITIL V3
13 55 (3.41%) Business Intelligence
14 54 (3.35%) Problem Management
15 53 (3.28%) PRINCE2
16 49 (3.04%) Configuration Management
17 47 (2.91%) Patch Management
18 46 (2.85%) High Availability
19 42 (2.60%) Validation
20 41 (2.54%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 303 (18.77%) SQL
2 205 (12.70%) PowerShell
3 84 (5.20%) C#
4 68 (4.21%) JavaScript
5 67 (4.15%) VBScript
6 58 (3.59%) T-SQL
7 24 (1.49%) VB
8 19 (1.18%) Java
9 15 (0.93%) C
10 9 (0.56%) Perl
11 7 (0.43%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.31%) VBA
12 5 (0.31%) Python
12 5 (0.31%) VB6
12 5 (0.31%) R
13 4 (0.25%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.19%) X++
14 3 (0.19%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.19%) XMLA
15 2 (0.12%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 837 (51.86%) MCSE
2 385 (23.85%) MCITP
3 352 (21.81%) MCSA
4 269 (16.67%) Security Cleared
5 260 (16.11%) MCP
6 232 (14.37%) Cisco Certification
7 187 (11.59%) SC Cleared
8 184 (11.40%) MCTS
9 178 (11.03%) CCNA
10 177 (10.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 135 (8.36%) Degree
12 76 (4.71%) Citrix Certification
13 72 (4.46%) ITIL Certification
13 72 (4.46%) MCDST
14 70 (4.34%) CCNP
15 67 (4.15%) A+ Certification
16 62 (3.84%) DV Cleared
17 51 (3.16%) MCSD
18 38 (2.35%) CCA
19 36 (2.23%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (6.82%) SLA
2 37 (2.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (0.99%) PCI DSS
4 14 (0.87%) QA
5 8 (0.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 6 (0.37%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.19%) HL7
8 2 (0.12%) JSP 440
8 2 (0.12%) BS7799
9 1 (0.062%) GxP
9 1 (0.062%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.062%) COBIT
System Software
1 726 (44.98%) Active Directory
2 314 (19.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 144 (8.92%) Hyper-V
3 144 (8.92%) vSphere
4 108 (6.69%) XenApp
5 56 (3.47%) VMware ESX
6 52 (3.22%) VMware ESXi
7 39 (2.42%) XenDesktop
8 28 (1.73%) Microsoft App-V
9 21 (1.30%) Terminal Services
10 16 (0.99%) XenServer
11 14 (0.87%) VMware Server
12 12 (0.74%) DFS Replication
13 11 (0.68%) vCloud
14 10 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (0.56%) Forefront TMG
16 8 (0.50%) Xen
16 8 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 8 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
16 8 (0.50%) NFS
Systems Management
1 202 (12.52%) SCCM
2 101 (6.26%) SCOM
3 40 (2.48%) Backup Exec
4 22 (1.36%) WSUS
4 22 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
5 16 (0.99%) Tivoli
5 16 (0.99%) Norton AntiVirus
6 14 (0.87%) NetBackup
7 13 (0.81%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 11 (0.68%) HP SIM
8 11 (0.68%) vMotion
9 10 (0.62%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 9 (0.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 9 (0.56%) SCVMM
10 9 (0.56%) AirWatch
10 9 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (0.50%) Puppet
12 7 (0.43%) Netcool
12 7 (0.43%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 7 (0.43%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 1275 (79.00%) Microsoft
2 525 (32.53%) VMware
3 297 (18.40%) Citrix
4 276 (17.10%) Cisco
5 221 (13.69%) HP
6 92 (5.70%) Symantec
7 67 (4.15%) NetApp
8 65 (4.03%) Dell
8 65 (4.03%) McAfee
9 62 (3.84%) Oracle
10 48 (2.97%) EMC
11 44 (2.73%) Apple
12 38 (2.35%) IBM
13 33 (2.04%) Red Hat
14 31 (1.92%) CheckPoint
14 31 (1.92%) Intel
15 28 (1.73%) Juniper
16 26 (1.61%) AppSense
16 26 (1.61%) 3PAR
17 20 (1.24%) Sophos
Brighton, East Sussex
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £310 per day
Posted: 29 minutes ago
South Croydon, Surrey
Anderson Lamb
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
North London
Asset Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £45,000 to £55,000 per annum 6 Month Fixed Term Contract with opt
Posted: 2 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Davanti Solutions
Rate: From £250 to £300 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + (is negotiable)
Posted: 3 days ago
St. Annes, Lancashire
Elevate Direct
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £289.25 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Horsham, West Sussex
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £30,000 to £38,000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
I.T. Skillfinder
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £18 - £19 Per Hour Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Computer People
Rate: £280.00 - £310.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
ComputAppoint
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxfordshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago