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 20 January 2017 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
UK
Rank 255 199 171
Rank change year-on-year
-56 -28
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 409 617 688
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 1.21% 1.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.49% 5.78% 6.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 260 366 387
Median daily rate £330 £335 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.49% +3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £141 £135 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £475 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £330 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.03% +1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 65 85
Median hourly rate £16.30 £16.67 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.24% +5.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £10.50 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.60 £35.00 £29.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.09 £17.00 £15.89
% change year-on-year
-5.35% +7.01%

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
9111 10677 10412
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.36% 21.02% 20.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 5799 6487 6098
Median daily rate £415 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 499 490
Median hourly rate £29.00 £37.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.66% +102.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £39.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-25.64% +100.00%

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 20 January 2017.

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 20 January 2017.

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 20 January 2017. 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 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 -41 373 £340 -2.85% 211
London -15 142 £325 -7.14% 66
South East -30 95 £348 -0.71% 42
East of England +7 30 £313 +79.59% 17
Hampshire 0 29 £328 -14.09% 8
Yorkshire -25 26 £350 -6.04% 14
North West +20 24 £356 +3.63% 25
East Midlands -7 16 £360 +213.04% 11
West Yorkshire -17 16 £230 -39.47% 10
South West -2 15 £352 +0.57% 15
Berkshire -16 15 £213 -46.87% 9
City of London -18 15 £369 -1.66% 17
Scotland -25 15 £275 -11.29% 5
Cambridgeshire +1 14 £400 +129.88% 3
Leeds -8 14 £230 -41.02% 6
Milton Keynes +11 13 £363 -3.65% 1
Buckinghamshire +6 13 £363 +17.40% 2
West Midlands -31 13 £345 +18.96% 14
West Sussex +9 12 £425 -5.55% 1
Lancashire - 11 £280 - 1
Hook +8 10 £328 -0.75% 2
Surrey +5 10 £275 -16.66% 13
Cambridge +9 9 £400 - 1
South Yorkshire +1 9 £375 +30.43% 2
Kent +1 9 £350 +12.00% 4
North East -15 9 £290 +16.00% 5
Reading -21 9 £185 -53.75%
Tyne and Wear -19 8 £290 +16.00% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -20 8 £290 +16.00% 4
Preston - 7 £503 - 1

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 January 2017, 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.

1 835 (77.53%) Microsoft
2 655 (60.82%) Windows
3 575 (53.39%) MCSE
4 569 (52.83%) Active Directory
5 376 (34.91%) Windows Server
6 325 (30.18%) ITIL
7 306 (28.41%) VMware
8 282 (26.18%) Windows Server 2012
9 258 (23.96%) Windows Server 2008
10 235 (21.82%) MS Excel
11 228 (21.17%) MCSA
12 222 (20.61%) Security Cleared
13 207 (19.22%) MS Exchange
14 205 (19.03%) Cisco
15 199 (18.48%) MCP
16 189 (17.55%) SQL Server
16 189 (17.55%) Office 365
17 185 (17.18%) Degree
18 184 (17.08%) DNS
19 183 (16.99%) Cisco Certification
20 179 (16.62%) MCITP
21 173 (16.06%) MS Office
22 170 (15.78%) SharePoint
23 168 (15.60%) VMware Infrastructure
24 167 (15.51%) PowerShell
24 167 (15.51%) Citrix
25 164 (15.23%) Windows 7
26 163 (15.13%) Windows Server 2003
27 162 (15.04%) SC Cleared
28 154 (14.30%) SQL

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
1 207 (19.22%) MS Exchange
2 170 (15.78%) SharePoint
3 117 (10.86%) Skype for Business
4 109 (10.12%) Exchange Server 2010
5 70 (6.50%) IIS
6 64 (5.94%) Exchange Server 2013
7 41 (3.81%) SharePoint 2013
8 39 (3.62%) OpenStack
9 30 (2.79%) Exchange Server 2007
10 29 (2.69%) SharePoint 2010
11 21 (1.95%) IBM Notes
12 20 (1.86%) Exchange Server 2003
13 19 (1.76%) Office Communications Server
14 13 (1.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 10 (0.93%) Apache
16 9 (0.84%) CMS
17 8 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
18 7 (0.65%) Tomcat
19 5 (0.46%) MS Project Server
19 5 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 235 (21.82%) MS Excel
2 173 (16.06%) MS Office
3 18 (1.67%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.28%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.19%) MS Project
8 1 (0.093%) Adobe Captivate
Business Applications
1 30 (2.79%) Dynamics NAV
2 28 (2.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.19%) Eikon
5 2 (0.19%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.093%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 189 (17.55%) Office 365
2 107 (9.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 40 (3.71%) Amazon AWS
4 36 (3.34%) IaaS
5 32 (2.97%) PaaS
5 32 (2.97%) SaaS
6 15 (1.39%) OneDrive
7 14 (1.30%) Azure Active Directory
8 13 (1.21%) HP Helion
9 7 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.65%) Mimecast
10 6 (0.56%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (0.56%) Yammer
11 4 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.37%) GitHub
11 4 (0.37%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.37%) Rackspace Cloud
12 3 (0.28%) Google App Engine
13 1 (0.093%) AWS OpsWorks
13 1 (0.093%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 184 (17.08%) DNS
2 145 (13.46%) DHCP
3 136 (12.63%) Firewall
4 109 (10.12%) TCP/IP
5 100 (9.29%) LAN
5 100 (9.29%) Skype
6 98 (9.10%) WAN
7 83 (7.71%) SAN
8 77 (7.15%) Internet
9 43 (3.99%) VPN
10 40 (3.71%) MPLS
11 39 (3.62%) Network Security
12 36 (3.34%) Kerberos
13 35 (3.25%) LDAP
14 31 (2.88%) Wireless
15 27 (2.51%) SSL
15 27 (2.51%) VoIP
15 27 (2.51%) X.500
16 23 (2.14%) Cisco Nexus
16 23 (2.14%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 189 (17.55%) SQL Server
2 52 (4.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 47 (4.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 40 (3.71%) SQL Server 2012
5 30 (2.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 28 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
7 25 (2.32%) Oracle Database
8 23 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
9 22 (2.04%) SQL Server 2014
10 16 (1.49%) MySQL
11 12 (1.11%) Oracle Database 12c
12 10 (0.93%) Relational Database
12 10 (0.93%) SQL Server 2000
13 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
14 6 (0.56%) Big Data
14 6 (0.56%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 6 (0.56%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.56%) PowerPivot
15 5 (0.46%) DTS
15 5 (0.46%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 27 (2.51%) Team Foundation Server
2 18 (1.67%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.30%) StarTeam
4 11 (1.02%) Git (software)
5 10 (0.93%) Jenkins
6 9 (0.84%) JIRA
7 8 (0.74%) TeamCity
8 7 (0.65%) NUnit
9 6 (0.56%) Moq
10 5 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
10 5 (0.46%) Selenium
10 5 (0.46%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 5 (0.46%) Visual Studio Team System
11 3 (0.28%) Bitbucket
11 3 (0.28%) CruiseControl
11 3 (0.28%) Travis CI
11 3 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 2 (0.19%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (0.19%) MSI
12 2 (0.19%) Vagrant
General
1 128 (11.88%) Finance
2 39 (3.62%) Banking
3 35 (3.25%) Retail
4 23 (2.14%) Manufacturing
5 19 (1.76%) Telecoms
6 17 (1.58%) Legal
7 15 (1.39%) Advertising
7 15 (1.39%) Billing
8 14 (1.30%) Back Office
9 10 (0.93%) Local Government
9 10 (0.93%) Military
10 8 (0.74%) Investment Banking
10 8 (0.74%) Law
10 8 (0.74%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (0.56%) Marketing
12 5 (0.46%) Games
12 5 (0.46%) German Language
13 2 (0.19%) Automotive
13 2 (0.19%) Publishing
14 1 (0.093%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 126 (11.70%) Analyst
2 123 (11.42%) Architect
3 105 (9.75%) Support Engineer
4 88 (8.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 76 (7.06%) Consultant
6 72 (6.69%) Developer
7 65 (6.04%) Infrastructure Architect
8 54 (5.01%) Desktop Support
9 51 (4.74%) 3rd Line Support
10 46 (4.27%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 44 (4.09%) Support Analyst
12 42 (3.90%) 2nd Line Support
12 42 (3.90%) Administrator
13 40 (3.71%) Windows Engineer
14 39 (3.62%) IT Support
15 38 (3.53%) Wintel Engineer
16 37 (3.44%) DBA
17 36 (3.34%) Active Directory Engineer
18 35 (3.25%) SQL DBA
19 33 (3.06%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (6.78%) .NET
2 39 (3.62%) ASP.NET
3 31 (2.88%) Web Services
4 30 (2.79%) HTML
5 29 (2.69%) CSS
6 24 (2.23%) XML
7 17 (1.58%) jQuery
8 15 (1.39%) AngularJS
9 13 (1.21%) SOAP
10 12 (1.11%) .NET Framework
10 12 (1.11%) ASP.NET MVC
10 12 (1.11%) WCF
11 10 (0.93%) HTML5
12 9 (0.84%) Middleware
12 9 (0.84%) REST
13 8 (0.74%) Ajax
14 6 (0.56%) CSS3
14 6 (0.56%) Entity Framework
14 6 (0.56%) LAMP
14 6 (0.56%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 97 (9.01%) Data Centre
2 96 (8.91%) Analytical Skills
3 85 (7.89%) Clustering
4 82 (7.61%) Computer Science
5 62 (5.76%) PKI
6 59 (5.48%) Blackberry
7 58 (5.39%) Replication
8 53 (4.92%) Management Information System
9 31 (2.88%) Enterprise Software
10 30 (2.79%) NHS
11 20 (1.86%) Client/Server
12 18 (1.67%) Video Conferencing
13 15 (1.39%) Mobile App
13 15 (1.39%) PDA
14 13 (1.21%) Fat Client
14 13 (1.21%) Smartphone
14 13 (1.21%) Thin Client
15 12 (1.11%) Private Cloud
16 9 (0.84%) Driving Licence
16 9 (0.84%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 655 (60.82%) Windows
2 376 (34.91%) Windows Server
3 282 (26.18%) Windows Server 2012
4 258 (23.96%) Windows Server 2008
5 164 (15.23%) Windows 7
6 163 (15.13%) Windows Server 2003
7 95 (8.82%) Linux
8 60 (5.57%) Windows 10
8 60 (5.57%) Windows XP
9 43 (3.99%) Windows 8
10 42 (3.90%) Apple iOS
11 29 (2.69%) Android
12 24 (2.23%) Unix
13 23 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 16 (1.49%) Solaris
15 14 (1.30%) AIX
16 13 (1.21%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.65%) Windows Mobile
18 5 (0.46%) VMS
19 3 (0.28%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 325 (30.18%) ITIL
2 132 (12.26%) Migration
3 82 (7.61%) Agile Software Development
4 80 (7.43%) Change Management
5 54 (5.01%) Problem Management
6 53 (4.92%) Project Management
7 51 (4.74%) Disaster Recovery
8 48 (4.46%) DevOps
8 48 (4.46%) Load Balancing
8 48 (4.46%) PRINCE2
9 45 (4.18%) Service Management
10 44 (4.09%) Service Delivery
11 42 (3.90%) Business Intelligence
12 41 (3.81%) Incident Management
13 39 (3.62%) Virtual Environments
14 37 (3.44%) ITIL V3
15 36 (3.34%) Validation
16 35 (3.25%) Mobile Device Management
16 35 (3.25%) Time Management
17 34 (3.16%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 167 (15.51%) PowerShell
2 154 (14.30%) SQL
3 63 (5.85%) C#
4 41 (3.81%) JavaScript
5 26 (2.41%) VBScript
6 21 (1.95%) Java
6 21 (1.95%) T-SQL
7 16 (1.49%) C
8 13 (1.21%) C++
9 9 (0.84%) Bash Shell
9 9 (0.84%) Shell Script
10 7 (0.65%) PHP
10 7 (0.65%) VB
11 6 (0.56%) Ada
11 6 (0.56%) Ada 83
11 6 (0.56%) Ada 95
11 6 (0.56%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.56%) Python
12 5 (0.46%) Ruby
12 5 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 575 (53.39%) MCSE
2 228 (21.17%) MCSA
3 222 (20.61%) Security Cleared
4 199 (18.48%) MCP
5 185 (17.18%) Degree
6 183 (16.99%) Cisco Certification
7 179 (16.62%) MCITP
8 162 (15.04%) SC Cleared
9 124 (11.51%) CCNA
10 116 (10.77%) MCTS
11 76 (7.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 73 (6.78%) MCDST
13 61 (5.66%) ITIL Certification
14 51 (4.74%) Citrix Certification
15 45 (4.18%) CCIE
16 44 (4.09%) CCNP
17 42 (3.90%) MCSD
18 41 (3.81%) CCA
19 33 (3.06%) A+ Certification
20 24 (2.23%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (5.11%) SLA
2 19 (1.76%) PCI DSS
2 19 (1.76%) QA
3 13 (1.21%) Government Security Classifications
4 12 (1.11%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.37%) COBIT
6 4 (0.37%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.28%) HL7
7 3 (0.28%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.093%) GCP
8 1 (0.093%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.093%) ISO27002
8 1 (0.093%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 569 (52.83%) Active Directory
2 168 (15.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 110 (10.21%) Hyper-V
4 63 (5.85%) vSphere
5 42 (3.90%) VMware ESXi
6 40 (3.71%) XenApp
7 26 (2.41%) Virtual Servers
7 26 (2.41%) VMware ESX
8 21 (1.95%) Microsoft App-V
9 16 (1.49%) XenDesktop
10 14 (1.30%) Firmware
11 10 (0.93%) UAG
11 10 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
12 9 (0.84%) Terminal Services
12 9 (0.84%) Virtual Desktop
13 8 (0.74%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 6 (0.56%) Docker
14 6 (0.56%) ISA Server
15 5 (0.46%) Forefront TMG
15 5 (0.46%) NDS
Systems Management
1 124 (11.51%) SCCM
2 39 (3.62%) SCOM
3 29 (2.69%) NetBackup
4 23 (2.14%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 21 (1.95%) McAfee ePO
5 21 (1.95%) Microsoft Clustering
6 20 (1.86%) Backup Exec
7 18 (1.67%) Puppet
8 16 (1.49%) WSUS
9 14 (1.30%) AirWatch
9 14 (1.30%) Netcool
10 12 (1.11%) Nessus
11 11 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
12 9 (0.84%) Norton AntiVirus
13 8 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
13 8 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 6 (0.56%) Nagios
14 6 (0.56%) vMotion
15 5 (0.46%) Ansible
15 5 (0.46%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 835 (77.53%) Microsoft
2 306 (28.41%) VMware
3 205 (19.03%) Cisco
4 167 (15.51%) Citrix
5 121 (11.23%) HP
6 63 (5.85%) Oracle
7 42 (3.90%) Apple
8 40 (3.71%) NetApp
9 36 (3.34%) Intel Security
10 30 (2.79%) CheckPoint
10 30 (2.79%) Veritas
11 27 (2.51%) SolarWinds
12 25 (2.32%) Symantec
13 24 (2.23%) EMC
14 21 (1.95%) Lotus
15 20 (1.86%) Red Hat
15 20 (1.86%) Remedy
16 18 (1.67%) Veeam
17 17 (1.58%) Forcepoint
17 17 (1.58%) LANDesk
Gloucestershire
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Posted: Yesterday
Gloucestershire
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Posted: Yesterday
Derby, Derbyshire
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Rate: £120.00 - £130.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Rate: From £0 to £140 per day
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Watford, Hertfordshire
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Rate: From £350 to £500 per annum Good
Posted: 14 hours ago
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Rate: £500 - £550 per day
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Hook, Hampshire
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Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: From £0 to £140 per day
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Kent
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
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London
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