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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 169 165 165
Rank change year-on-year
-4 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 841 788 778
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.57% 1.40% 1.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.16% 7.43% 7.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 468 435
Median daily rate £330 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £190 £148 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £450 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £340 £311
% change year-on-year
-4.41% +9.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 82 75
Median hourly rate £22.50 £18.86 £15.81
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.33% +19.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £11.65 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.80 £39.10 £23.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.25 £18.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+43.83% +17.74%

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
11746 10607 10582
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.89% 18.90% 19.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7318 6199 6096
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £548 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 555 496
Median hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £44.28
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+26.66% +12.50%

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 30 June 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 30 June 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 30 June 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 -19 673 £330 +1.53% 235
London -44 184 £398 +32.50% 58
South East -3 162 £360 -0.68% 56
North East +22 138 £315 +5.00% 5
Scotland +62 137 £325 +2.04% 10
Tyne and Wear +17 135 £318 +15.45% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne +19 131 £314 +14.18% 5
Renfrewshire +4 86 £325 -7.80%
Erskine +3 85 £325 -7.80%
West Midlands +2 46 £400 +33.33% 17
City of London +36 43 £425 +19.29% 17
North West -57 39 £315 +0.80% 19
East of England -13 38 £190 -45.71% 15
Surrey +6 37 £375 +18.11% 18
Berkshire -5 37 £375 -5.66% 10
South West +17 32 £400 +6.66% 27
Hampshire -27 27 £350 -3.44% 10
Glasgow +19 24 £335 +46.44% 7
Reading -6 22 £375 - 1
Manchester -18 22 £294 +54.60% 9
Yorkshire -18 20 £288 -4.16% 25
Buckinghamshire +11 19 £370 +5.71% 8
West Sussex -10 19 £408 +139.70% 3
Milton Keynes +13 15 £363 -9.37% 2
Oxfordshire +16 13 £315 +5.00% 4
Hertfordshire +10 13 £365 +12.30% 8
Cambridgeshire +6 12 £287 -20.82% 6
Birmingham -2 12 £356 +1.78% 5
East Midlands +5 11 £319 +4.50% 11
Warwickshire +1 11 £425 +54.54%

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 (76.69%) Microsoft
2 966 (67.22%) Windows
3 751 (52.26%) Active Directory
4 738 (51.36%) MCSE
5 509 (35.42%) ITIL
6 493 (34.31%) VMware
7 476 (33.12%) Windows Server
8 395 (27.49%) MS Excel
9 372 (25.89%) PowerShell
10 366 (25.47%) Security Cleared
11 363 (25.26%) Citrix
12 361 (25.12%) Windows Server 2008
13 359 (24.98%) MCSA
14 356 (24.77%) SQL
15 324 (22.55%) DNS
16 320 (22.27%) SQL Server
17 303 (21.09%) VMware Infrastructure
18 298 (20.74%) Windows Server 2012
19 278 (19.35%) MS Exchange
20 277 (19.28%) Degree
21 275 (19.14%) MS Office
22 271 (18.86%) HP
23 254 (17.68%) SC Cleared
24 250 (17.40%) MCP
25 248 (17.26%) MCITP
26 244 (16.98%) Windows 7
27 235 (16.35%) Windows Server 2003
28 216 (15.03%) SharePoint
29 210 (14.61%) Office 365
30 205 (14.27%) 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
1 278 (19.35%) MS Exchange
2 216 (15.03%) SharePoint
3 158 (11.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 119 (8.28%) IIS
5 105 (7.31%) Exchange Server 2013
6 98 (6.82%) Skype for Business
7 89 (6.19%) OpenStack
8 74 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2007
9 45 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2003
10 44 (3.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 44 (3.06%) SharePoint 2013
11 37 (2.57%) IBM Notes
12 34 (2.37%) Apache
13 31 (2.16%) SharePoint 2010
14 27 (1.88%) Office Communications Server
15 14 (0.97%) SharePoint Server
15 14 (0.97%) Tomcat
16 9 (0.63%) BizTalk Server
17 7 (0.49%) JBoss
18 6 (0.42%) CMS
Applications
1 395 (27.49%) MS Excel
2 275 (19.14%) MS Office
3 23 (1.60%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.18%) InfoPath
5 9 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.63%) MS Project
6 3 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.070%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.070%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.070%) PTC Creo
7 1 (0.070%) Simulink
7 1 (0.070%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 41 (2.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
2 3 (0.21%) Eikon
2 3 (0.21%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.070%) Aareon QL
3 1 (0.070%) Academy Housing
3 1 (0.070%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.070%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
3 1 (0.070%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.070%) MIS ActiveH
3 1 (0.070%) Northgate Housing
3 1 (0.070%) OPENHousing
3 1 (0.070%) Oracle BPM
3 1 (0.070%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (0.070%) Orchard Housing
3 1 (0.070%) Sage 1000
3 1 (0.070%) Sage 50
3 1 (0.070%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 210 (14.61%) Office 365
2 104 (7.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (2.44%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (1.81%) IaaS
5 19 (1.32%) PaaS
6 17 (1.18%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (1.18%) OneDrive
7 14 (0.97%) SaaS
8 9 (0.63%) Yammer
9 6 (0.42%) Google Apps
10 4 (0.28%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.21%) SoftLayer
12 2 (0.14%) HP Helion
13 1 (0.070%) GitHub
13 1 (0.070%) Google Analytics
13 1 (0.070%) IBM PureFlex
13 1 (0.070%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 324 (22.55%) DNS
2 205 (14.27%) DHCP
3 166 (11.55%) TCP/IP
4 158 (11.00%) SAN
5 157 (10.93%) Firewall
6 86 (5.98%) WAN
7 83 (5.78%) LAN
8 76 (5.29%) VPN
9 66 (4.59%) Skype
10 64 (4.45%) Internet
11 51 (3.55%) SSL
12 49 (3.41%) LDAP
13 33 (2.30%) Kerberos
13 33 (2.30%) Wireless
14 30 (2.09%) NetScaler
15 29 (2.02%) VoIP
16 28 (1.95%) HTTP
17 25 (1.74%) Network Security
18 23 (1.60%) SNMP
19 22 (1.53%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 320 (22.27%) SQL Server
2 86 (5.98%) SQL Server 2008
3 78 (5.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 66 (4.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 53 (3.69%) SQL Server 2012
6 48 (3.34%) SQL Server 2005
7 37 (2.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 28 (1.95%) Relational Database
9 21 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
10 18 (1.25%) MySQL
11 17 (1.18%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (0.90%) SQL Server 2000
13 12 (0.84%) Azure SQL Database
14 9 (0.63%) RDBMS
15 8 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
15 8 (0.56%) MongoDB
15 8 (0.56%) NoSQL
16 7 (0.49%) Microsoft Analysis Services
16 7 (0.49%) MS Access
16 7 (0.49%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 68 (4.73%) Visual Studio
2 51 (3.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (2.23%) HP UFT
4 31 (2.16%) TestDirector
5 30 (2.09%) WinRunner
6 25 (1.74%) MSI
7 15 (1.04%) Git (software)
8 11 (0.77%) JIRA
9 10 (0.70%) Jenkins
10 9 (0.63%) Maven
11 8 (0.56%) Subversion
12 7 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 6 (0.42%) Ant
13 6 (0.42%) Hudson
13 6 (0.42%) StarTeam
14 5 (0.35%) InstallShield
15 4 (0.28%) Eclipse
16 3 (0.21%) Fiddler
16 3 (0.21%) Selenium
17 2 (0.14%) CruiseControl
General
1 140 (9.74%) Finance
2 53 (3.69%) Banking
3 35 (2.44%) Legal
4 31 (2.16%) Law
5 23 (1.60%) German Language
5 23 (1.60%) Manufacturing
6 22 (1.53%) Marketing
7 16 (1.11%) French Language
8 15 (1.04%) Advertising
8 15 (1.04%) Local Government
9 13 (0.90%) Telecoms
10 12 (0.84%) Back Office
10 12 (0.84%) Investment Banking
11 11 (0.77%) Billing
11 11 (0.77%) Retail
12 10 (0.70%) Military
13 8 (0.56%) Spanish Language
14 6 (0.42%) Portuguese Language
15 5 (0.35%) Front Office
15 5 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 218 (15.17%) Analyst
2 178 (12.39%) Support Engineer
3 102 (7.10%) Developer
4 92 (6.40%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 87 (6.05%) Desktop Support
6 81 (5.64%) Consultant
7 74 (5.15%) Support Analyst
7 74 (5.15%) Wintel Engineer
8 71 (4.94%) Service Analyst
9 64 (4.45%) Server Engineer
10 63 (4.38%) Windows Engineer
11 62 (4.31%) Architect
12 57 (3.97%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 55 (3.83%) 3rd Line Support
14 53 (3.69%) Administrator
15 52 (3.62%) Active Directory Engineer
15 52 (3.62%) Service Desk Analyst
16 49 (3.41%) Desktop Engineer
17 46 (3.20%) 2nd Line Support
18 44 (3.06%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 148 (10.30%) .NET
2 86 (5.98%) XML
3 69 (4.80%) HTML
4 62 (4.31%) ASP.NET
5 53 (3.69%) CSS
6 45 (3.13%) Web Services
7 44 (3.06%) jQuery
8 29 (2.02%) Middleware
9 24 (1.67%) .NET Framework
10 21 (1.46%) WCF
11 20 (1.39%) Ajax
12 15 (1.04%) ASP.NET MVC
13 14 (0.97%) REST
14 13 (0.90%) XHTML
14 13 (0.90%) XSLT
15 12 (0.84%) Autofac
15 12 (0.84%) Entity Framework
16 11 (0.77%) ASP.NET MVC 4
17 10 (0.70%) Ninject
18 9 (0.63%) LLBLGen Pro
Miscellaneous
1 177 (12.32%) Computer Science
2 149 (10.37%) Clustering
3 126 (8.77%) Data Centre
4 93 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
5 89 (6.19%) Blackberry
6 66 (4.59%) Management Information System
7 58 (4.04%) PKI
8 48 (3.34%) Replication
9 27 (1.88%) PDA
10 26 (1.81%) Enterprise Software
11 24 (1.67%) Driving Licence
12 19 (1.32%) Client/Server
12 19 (1.32%) User Experience
13 18 (1.25%) Private Cloud
14 17 (1.18%) Mainframe
15 16 (1.11%) Public Cloud
16 15 (1.04%) NHS
17 13 (0.90%) AS400
18 11 (0.77%) Smartphone
18 11 (0.77%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 966 (67.22%) Windows
2 476 (33.12%) Windows Server
3 361 (25.12%) Windows Server 2008
4 298 (20.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 244 (16.98%) Windows 7
6 235 (16.35%) Windows Server 2003
7 151 (10.51%) Linux
8 109 (7.59%) Windows XP
9 71 (4.94%) Unix
10 61 (4.24%) Windows 8
11 60 (4.18%) Windows 10
12 47 (3.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 37 (2.57%) AIX
14 36 (2.51%) Apple iOS
15 27 (1.88%) Android
16 16 (1.11%) Mac OS X
16 16 (1.11%) VMS
17 14 (0.97%) Solaris
18 12 (0.84%) Ubuntu
19 11 (0.77%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 509 (35.42%) ITIL
2 191 (13.29%) Migration
3 111 (7.72%) Change Management
4 85 (5.92%) Load Balancing
5 83 (5.78%) Agile Software Development
6 82 (5.71%) Service Management
7 80 (5.57%) ITIL V3
8 79 (5.50%) Service Delivery
9 78 (5.43%) Project Management
10 73 (5.08%) High Availability
11 69 (4.80%) Disaster Recovery
12 62 (4.31%) Problem Management
13 60 (4.18%) CRM
14 58 (4.04%) Incident Management
15 55 (3.83%) Virtual Environments
16 51 (3.55%) Business Intelligence
17 50 (3.48%) Performance Tuning
18 49 (3.41%) Configuration Management
19 48 (3.34%) Software Testing
19 48 (3.34%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 372 (25.89%) PowerShell
2 356 (24.77%) SQL
3 123 (8.56%) C#
4 106 (7.38%) JavaScript
5 94 (6.54%) VBScript
6 69 (4.80%) T-SQL
7 37 (2.57%) Java
8 36 (2.51%) Python
9 29 (2.02%) C
9 29 (2.02%) VB
10 24 (1.67%) C++
11 23 (1.60%) Bash Shell
12 17 (1.18%) Ruby
13 15 (1.04%) PHP
14 13 (0.90%) Perl
15 12 (0.84%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.63%) VBA
17 7 (0.49%) VB.NET
18 6 (0.42%) PL/SQL
19 3 (0.21%) R
Qualifications
1 738 (51.36%) MCSE
2 366 (25.47%) Security Cleared
3 359 (24.98%) MCSA
4 277 (19.28%) Degree
5 254 (17.68%) SC Cleared
6 250 (17.40%) MCP
7 248 (17.26%) MCITP
8 202 (14.06%) MCTS
9 180 (12.53%) Cisco Certification
10 143 (9.95%) CCNA
11 123 (8.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 84 (5.85%) MCSD
13 79 (5.50%) MCDST
14 65 (4.52%) ITIL Certification
15 50 (3.48%) ISTQB
16 48 (3.34%) CCNP
17 47 (3.27%) DV Cleared
18 41 (2.85%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 35 (2.44%) Citrix Certification
20 34 (2.37%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 73 (5.08%) SLA
2 27 (1.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 23 (1.60%) Disclosure Scotland
4 15 (1.04%) QA
5 11 (0.77%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.49%) HL7
7 6 (0.42%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.070%) ISO27002
8 1 (0.070%) JSP 440
System Software
1 751 (52.26%) Active Directory
2 303 (21.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 185 (12.87%) Hyper-V
4 118 (8.21%) vSphere
5 106 (7.38%) XenApp
6 67 (4.66%) VMware ESX
7 56 (3.90%) Microsoft App-V
8 49 (3.41%) XenDesktop
9 35 (2.44%) VMware ESXi
10 25 (1.74%) Terminal Services
11 24 (1.67%) UAG
11 24 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
12 21 (1.46%) Virtual Servers
13 18 (1.25%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 18 (1.25%) Docker
14 16 (1.11%) XenServer
15 15 (1.04%) Xen
16 13 (0.90%) BitLocker
16 13 (0.90%) Brightmail
17 10 (0.70%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 203 (14.13%) SCCM
2 86 (5.98%) SCOM
3 79 (5.50%) Microsoft Clustering
4 68 (4.73%) WSUS
5 56 (3.90%) McAfee ePO
5 56 (3.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 44 (3.06%) Backup Exec
7 35 (2.44%) NetBackup
8 34 (2.37%) HP Quality Center
8 34 (2.37%) Netcool
9 30 (2.09%) OpenView
10 29 (2.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 28 (1.95%) Perfmon
12 25 (1.74%) Puppet
13 16 (1.11%) Microsoft Intune
13 16 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
14 14 (0.97%) Ansible
14 14 (0.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 13 (0.90%) HP SIM
15 13 (0.90%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 1102 (76.69%) Microsoft
2 493 (34.31%) VMware
3 363 (25.26%) Citrix
4 271 (18.86%) HP
5 187 (13.01%) Cisco
6 100 (6.96%) Oracle
7 86 (5.98%) Dell
8 69 (4.80%) NetApp
9 68 (4.73%) Intel Security
10 60 (4.18%) Red Hat
11 51 (3.55%) Symantec
12 46 (3.20%) Veritas
13 40 (2.78%) AppSense
14 39 (2.71%) IBM
15 37 (2.57%) Apple
15 37 (2.57%) Lotus
16 32 (2.23%) ServiceNow
17 31 (2.16%) IronPort
18 25 (1.74%) EMC
18 25 (1.74%) Remedy
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