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 22 October 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
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 100 114 125
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +11
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1093 903 869
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.90% 1.73% 1.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.49% 10.07% 8.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 484 510 461
Average daily rate
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£348 £339 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.51% +6.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £175 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.46% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 87 77
Average hourly rate £16.25 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.41% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.18 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.56 £31.60 £27.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.92 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-5.43% -0.47%

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
11520 8966 10108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.06% 17.13% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 6487 5099 5271
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 509 384 590
Average hourly rate £19.91 £18.43 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.01% -18.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -23.40%

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 22 October 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 22 October 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 22 October 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 +24 1017 £348 -0.57% 412
South East +3 285 £340 -9.33% 103
London -12 285 £375 +5.63% 105
Hampshire +26 81 £348 +8.66% 18
City of London -3 69 £375 - 24
North West +23 64 £350 +48.93% 46
Buckinghamshire +16 55 £275 +83.33% 12
Berkshire -29 52 £300 -29.41% 28
Milton Keynes +12 49 £275 +83.33% 8
East of England -39 47 £350 +17.15% 24
Scotland -26 45 £324 +1.36% 10
Surrey -3 38 £375 +16.73% 25
Reading -21 37 £300 -29.41% 16
Manchester +3 32 £350 +2.18% 32
East Midlands -3 32 £425 +136.11% 26
West Midlands -5 32 £305 +34.80% 20
South West -34 31 £338 +3.84% 45
Hook - 29 £347 - 1
Yorkshire -6 24 £285 -9.52% 28
North East -19 24 £260 -5.88% 7
Kent +5 19 £305 -4.68% 5
Cheshire +13 18 £316 +40.55% 6
Gloucestershire +2 18 £405 -4.70% 12
West Sussex -5 17 £375 -6.25% 6
Durham +10 15 £250 -6.54% 1
West Yorkshire -5 15 £280 -11.11% 20
Leicestershire +18 14 £475 +46.15% 6
Cambridgeshire +4 14 £350 -24.32% 12
Leeds -3 13 £278 -8.26% 11
Birmingham -2 12 £310 +101.62% 7

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 1437 (75.75%) Microsoft
2 1177 (62.05%) Windows
3 860 (45.33%) MCSE
4 730 (38.48%) Active Directory
5 608 (32.05%) MS Excel
6 563 (29.68%) ITIL
7 521 (27.46%) Windows Server 2008
8 498 (26.25%) VMware
9 448 (23.62%) MCITP
10 421 (22.19%) MS Exchange
11 387 (20.40%) Windows Server 2003
12 352 (18.56%) MCP
13 345 (18.19%) SQL Server
14 344 (18.13%) Citrix
15 319 (16.82%) Security Cleared
16 303 (15.97%) HP
17 301 (15.87%) SQL
17 301 (15.87%) Windows 7
18 295 (15.55%) CRM
19 292 (15.39%) VMware Infrastructure
20 283 (14.92%) DNS
21 255 (13.44%) Windows Server 2012
22 246 (12.97%) MCTS
23 240 (12.65%) Cisco
24 239 (12.60%) MS Office
24 239 (12.60%) SC Cleared
25 238 (12.55%) SAN
26 231 (12.18%) MCSA
27 219 (11.54%) DHCP
27 219 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 October 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
1 421 (22.19%) MS Exchange
2 219 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2010
3 215 (11.33%) SharePoint
4 156 (8.22%) Exchange Server 2007
5 140 (7.38%) Exchange Server 2003
6 139 (7.33%) IIS
7 81 (4.27%) Exchange Server 2013
8 74 (3.90%) SharePoint 2010
9 63 (3.32%) Lync
10 58 (3.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 44 (2.32%) SharePoint 2013
12 28 (1.48%) IBM Notes
13 26 (1.37%) Apache
14 25 (1.32%) BizTalk Server
15 18 (0.95%) WebSphere
16 16 (0.84%) Tomcat
17 15 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
18 11 (0.58%) JBoss
19 10 (0.53%) Lotus Domino
19 10 (0.53%) Documentum
Applications
1 608 (32.05%) MS Excel
2 239 (12.60%) MS Office
3 29 (1.53%) MS Visio
4 18 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.84%) MS Project
6 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.11%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.053%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.053%) SPSS
8 1 (0.053%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.053%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 65 (3.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (0.90%) assyst
3 14 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
4 12 (0.63%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
5 6 (0.32%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.16%) WebTrends
7 2 (0.11%) 3000 Xtra
7 2 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
8 1 (0.053%) CODA-Financials
8 1 (0.053%) Dynamics GP
8 1 (0.053%) Changepoint
8 1 (0.053%) Magento
8 1 (0.053%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 65 (3.43%) Office 365
2 32 (1.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (0.63%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (0.58%) IaaS
5 5 (0.26%) SaaS
6 1 (0.053%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.053%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 283 (14.92%) DNS
2 238 (12.55%) SAN
3 219 (11.54%) DHCP
4 216 (11.39%) TCP/IP
5 210 (11.07%) Firewall
6 121 (6.38%) LAN
6 121 (6.38%) WAN
7 80 (4.22%) Internet
8 67 (3.53%) VPN
9 64 (3.37%) Wireless
10 43 (2.27%) VoIP
11 34 (1.79%) NAS
12 33 (1.74%) Network Security
13 32 (1.69%) VLAN
14 30 (1.58%) SSL
14 30 (1.58%) X.500
15 27 (1.42%) NetScaler
16 24 (1.27%) SMTP
17 23 (1.21%) Intranet
17 23 (1.21%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 345 (18.19%) SQL Server
2 129 (6.80%) SQL Server 2008
3 109 (5.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 80 (4.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 70 (3.69%) SQL Server 2005
6 68 (3.58%) SQL Server 2012
7 48 (2.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 28 (1.48%) SQL Server 2000
9 22 (1.16%) MySQL
10 19 (1.00%) Relational Database
11 18 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
12 15 (0.79%) Oracle Database
13 13 (0.69%) RDBMS
14 12 (0.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 12 (0.63%) Oracle Reports
15 10 (0.53%) Oracle Database 11g
15 10 (0.53%) EDRMS
15 10 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
15 10 (0.53%) OLTP
16 9 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 47 (2.48%) Team Foundation Server
2 41 (2.16%) Visual Studio
3 23 (1.21%) MSI
4 10 (0.53%) InstallShield
5 9 (0.47%) Subversion
5 9 (0.47%) Git (software)
6 8 (0.42%) Jenkins
6 8 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 8 (0.42%) QuickTest Pro
7 7 (0.37%) CruiseControl
7 7 (0.37%) TeamCity
8 6 (0.32%) MSTest
9 5 (0.26%) WinRunner
9 5 (0.26%) TestDirector
9 5 (0.26%) AdminStudio
10 4 (0.21%) JIRA
10 4 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
11 3 (0.16%) LoadRunner
11 3 (0.16%) NUnit
12 2 (0.11%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 188 (9.91%) Finance
2 61 (3.22%) Banking
3 38 (2.00%) Telecoms
4 35 (1.85%) Advertising
5 33 (1.74%) Marketing
6 26 (1.37%) Law
7 21 (1.11%) Retail
8 18 (0.95%) Front Office
9 16 (0.84%) Military
10 15 (0.79%) Spanish Language
11 14 (0.74%) French Language
11 14 (0.74%) Back Office
12 13 (0.69%) Investment Banking
13 12 (0.63%) Mandarin Language
13 12 (0.63%) Manufacturing
14 10 (0.53%) Legal
15 7 (0.37%) Financial Institution
15 7 (0.37%) Games
16 4 (0.21%) International Banking
16 4 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 274 (14.44%) Analyst
2 239 (12.60%) Technical Support
3 175 (9.23%) Support Engineer
4 129 (6.80%) Developer
5 127 (6.69%) Consultant
6 126 (6.64%) Support Analyst
7 123 (6.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 92 (4.85%) Administrator
9 84 (4.43%) 3rd Line Support
10 79 (4.16%) Desktop Support
11 75 (3.95%) Wintel Engineer
12 70 (3.69%) Server Engineer
13 67 (3.53%) Architect
14 63 (3.32%) DBA
15 62 (3.27%) Service Analyst
15 62 (3.27%) Service Desk Analyst
16 60 (3.16%) SQL DBA
16 60 (3.16%) Systems Engineer
17 53 (2.79%) 2nd Line Support
18 50 (2.64%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 184 (9.70%) .NET
2 119 (6.27%) HTML
3 94 (4.96%) ASP.NET
4 80 (4.22%) XML
5 58 (3.06%) Web Services
6 54 (2.85%) WCF
7 36 (1.90%) CSS
8 35 (1.85%) .NET Framework
9 34 (1.79%) JSP
10 27 (1.42%) Middleware
11 26 (1.37%) jQuery
12 23 (1.21%) Software Packaging
13 19 (1.00%) SOAP
13 19 (1.00%) Silverlight
14 18 (0.95%) Reactive Extensions
14 18 (0.95%) Managed Extensibility Framework
15 16 (0.84%) ASP.NET MVC
15 16 (0.84%) Application Packaging
16 14 (0.74%) HTML5
16 14 (0.74%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 161 (8.49%) Clustering
2 107 (5.64%) Blackberry
2 107 (5.64%) Analytical Skills
3 59 (3.11%) Replication
4 56 (2.95%) Computer Science
5 43 (2.27%) Management Information System
6 35 (1.85%) PKI
7 28 (1.48%) Fat Client
7 28 (1.48%) Thin Client
8 25 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
9 23 (1.21%) Client/Server
10 20 (1.05%) CMDB
11 18 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
12 17 (0.90%) iPad
13 13 (0.69%) iPhone
14 11 (0.58%) EPoS
15 9 (0.47%) NHS
15 9 (0.47%) Mainframe
15 9 (0.47%) Statistics
16 8 (0.42%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 1177 (62.05%) Windows
2 521 (27.46%) Windows Server 2008
3 387 (20.40%) Windows Server 2003
4 301 (15.87%) Windows 7
5 255 (13.44%) Windows Server 2012
6 172 (9.07%) Windows XP
7 165 (8.70%) Linux
8 100 (5.27%) UNIX
9 64 (3.37%) Windows 8
10 49 (2.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 47 (2.48%) Windows Vista
12 34 (1.79%) Windows 2000
13 33 (1.74%) Windows 2000 Server
14 18 (0.95%) Windows NT
15 13 (0.69%) Mac OS X
15 13 (0.69%) Android
16 11 (0.58%) Solaris
17 10 (0.53%) AIX
18 9 (0.47%) Apple iOS
19 8 (0.42%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 563 (29.68%) ITIL
2 295 (15.55%) CRM
3 153 (8.07%) Migration
4 98 (5.17%) Project Management
5 88 (4.64%) Service Management
6 87 (4.59%) Incident Management
7 84 (4.43%) Change Management
8 78 (4.11%) Disaster Recovery
9 77 (4.06%) Agile Software Development
10 60 (3.16%) Configuration Management
11 52 (2.74%) Load Balancing
12 49 (2.58%) Validation
13 47 (2.48%) Service Delivery
14 46 (2.42%) Workflow
14 46 (2.42%) Performance Tuning
15 43 (2.27%) Business Intelligence
15 43 (2.27%) High Availability
16 42 (2.21%) Time Management
17 38 (2.00%) Mentoring
18 37 (1.95%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 301 (15.87%) SQL
2 218 (11.49%) PowerShell
3 115 (6.06%) C#
4 89 (4.69%) JavaScript
5 71 (3.74%) VBScript
6 69 (3.64%) T-SQL
7 40 (2.11%) VB
8 22 (1.16%) C
9 19 (1.00%) Shell Script
10 17 (0.90%) Perl
10 17 (0.90%) Korn
11 16 (0.84%) Java
12 14 (0.74%) C++
13 13 (0.69%) VB.NET
14 12 (0.63%) Bash Shell
15 11 (0.58%) Python
15 11 (0.58%) VBA
15 11 (0.58%) Jython
15 11 (0.58%) C-shell
16 9 (0.47%) PHP
Qualifications
1 860 (45.33%) MCSE
2 448 (23.62%) MCITP
3 352 (18.56%) MCP
4 319 (16.82%) Security Cleared
5 246 (12.97%) MCTS
6 239 (12.60%) SC Cleared
7 231 (12.18%) MCSA
8 202 (10.65%) Cisco Certification
9 186 (9.80%) Degree
10 158 (8.33%) CCNA
11 123 (6.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 76 (4.01%) DV Cleared
13 74 (3.90%) MCDST
14 59 (3.11%) CCNP
15 48 (2.53%) A+ Certification
16 44 (2.32%) MCSD
17 43 (2.27%) ISTQB
18 42 (2.21%) ITIL Certification
19 41 (2.16%) Citrix Certification
20 35 (1.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (6.38%) SLA
2 22 (1.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 19 (1.00%) QA
4 9 (0.47%) ISO 9001
5 6 (0.32%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.16%) BS7799
7 2 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.053%) HL7
8 1 (0.053%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.053%) Solvency II
System Software
1 730 (38.48%) Active Directory
2 292 (15.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 144 (7.59%) Hyper-V
4 109 (5.75%) vSphere
5 106 (5.59%) XenApp
6 84 (4.43%) VMware ESX
7 38 (2.00%) ISA Server
8 37 (1.95%) Terminal Services
9 35 (1.85%) XenDesktop
10 34 (1.79%) XenServer
11 33 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
12 20 (1.05%) UAG
13 19 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
14 18 (0.95%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 17 (0.90%) NFS
16 16 (0.84%) Firmware
17 14 (0.74%) Forefront TMG
18 13 (0.69%) Xen
19 11 (0.58%) Oracle RAC
19 11 (0.58%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 215 (11.33%) SCCM
2 105 (5.54%) SCOM
3 81 (4.27%) Backup Exec
4 34 (1.79%) McAfee ePO
5 29 (1.53%) NetBackup
5 29 (1.53%) WSUS
6 25 (1.32%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 22 (1.16%) BladeLogic
8 19 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
9 18 (0.95%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 15 (0.79%) Nagios
10 15 (0.79%) OpenView
10 15 (0.79%) OVSD
11 14 (0.74%) SCOrch
11 14 (0.74%) Nessus
12 12 (0.63%) SCDPM
12 12 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
13 10 (0.53%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 10 (0.53%) SCVMM
14 9 (0.47%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 1437 (75.75%) Microsoft
2 498 (26.25%) VMware
3 344 (18.13%) Citrix
4 303 (15.97%) HP
5 240 (12.65%) Cisco
6 109 (5.75%) Symantec
7 85 (4.48%) Oracle
8 70 (3.69%) McAfee
9 64 (3.37%) EMC
10 59 (3.11%) IBM
11 58 (3.06%) Dell
11 58 (3.06%) Red Hat
12 57 (3.00%) Apple
13 56 (2.95%) NetApp
14 48 (2.53%) Juniper
15 42 (2.21%) SolarWinds
16 40 (2.11%) Remedy
17 38 (2.00%) Avaya
18 31 (1.63%) CheckPoint
19 30 (1.58%) Sophos
Reading, Berkshire
Premier IT
Rate: £120 - £150 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £110 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £14 - £16 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
Hampshire
Roc Search
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 16 hours ago
Lancashire
NES Global Talent
Rate: £20 to £30 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Spectrum IT Recruitment (South) Ltd
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Rossendale, Lancashire
CRL
Rate: From £400 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £139 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
H&R Talent
Rate: From £20 to £22 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Farnham, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8 - £12 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Hull, North Humberside
Senitor Associates
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £120 - £144 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Farnham, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Farnham, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
Peterlee, County Durham
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Personnel IT
Rate: £150 - £170 per day
Posted: 5 days ago