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 11 December 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
11 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 232 189 131
Rank change year-on-year
-43 -58
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 537 721 951
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.08% 1.31% 1.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.30% 6.33% 8.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 358 438 440
Median daily rate £325 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £140 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 73 104
Median hourly rate £17.70 £17.00 £16.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.11% +4.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.65 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.25 £25.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.00 £16.41
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +3.59%

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
10128 11388 11730
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.43% 20.74% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 6439 6920 6701
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 546 553
Median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +54.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £17.75
% change year-on-year
- +54.92%

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 11 December 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 -34 440 £330 -2.58% 198
London -18 145 £325 -7.14% 64
South East -24 106 £350 -5.08% 43
Scotland -6 74 £319 +6.25% 4
Renfrewshire -2 49 £320 +3.22% 1
Erskine -2 49 £320 +3.22%
North East 0 42 £330 +4.76% 4
Tyne and Wear 0 38 £330 +32.00% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -1 38 £330 +32.00% 2
Hampshire +9 35 £328 -15.48% 10
East of England 0 33 £300 - 13
North West +3 31 £271 -26.68% 29
West Midlands -30 29 £325 +23.80% 10
Yorkshire -21 24 £356 +58.33% 12
West Yorkshire -5 21 £315 +162.50% 9
South West +6 20 £320 -10.80% 10
Berkshire -20 18 £350 -14.21% 12
Surrey +10 17 £425 +28.78% 10
Leeds -4 15 £400 +233.33% 6
East Midlands -5 15 £400 +77.77% 12
City of London -13 15 £409 -2.67% 12
Glasgow -14 14 £263 +5.00% 2
Hook +7 13 £323 -2.27%
Suffolk +9 12 £200 - 1
Wales +3 11 £450 +35.84% 3
West Sussex +12 10 £463 +49.19% 2
Lancashire +1 10 £230 -39.79% 1
South Wales +9 9 £449 +38.07% 3
Manchester -3 9 £225 -41.93% 11
Cambridgeshire -3 9 £400 +129.88% 6

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 December 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.

1 938 (78.36%) Microsoft
2 735 (61.40%) Windows
3 635 (53.05%) MCSE
4 612 (51.13%) Active Directory
5 402 (33.58%) Windows Server
6 377 (31.50%) ITIL
7 342 (28.57%) VMware
8 302 (25.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 295 (24.64%) Windows Server 2008
10 261 (21.80%) MCSA
11 254 (21.22%) MS Excel
12 253 (21.14%) Security Cleared
13 237 (19.80%) SQL Server
14 236 (19.72%) MCP
15 232 (19.38%) Cisco
16 222 (18.55%) MS Exchange
17 218 (18.21%) Degree
18 212 (17.71%) Citrix
19 209 (17.46%) MS Office
20 208 (17.38%) SQL
21 205 (17.13%) SharePoint
21 205 (17.13%) Office 365
22 203 (16.96%) DNS
23 193 (16.12%) Cisco Certification
24 191 (15.96%) MCITP
25 180 (15.04%) Windows 7
26 179 (14.95%) Windows Server 2003
27 178 (14.87%) VMware Infrastructure
28 176 (14.70%) PowerShell
29 175 (14.62%) SC Cleared

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
1 222 (18.55%) MS Exchange
2 205 (17.13%) SharePoint
3 122 (10.19%) Exchange Server 2010
3 122 (10.19%) Skype for Business
4 78 (6.52%) Exchange Server 2013
5 71 (5.93%) IIS
6 47 (3.93%) SharePoint 2013
7 42 (3.51%) SharePoint 2010
8 41 (3.43%) OpenStack
9 36 (3.01%) Exchange Server 2007
10 33 (2.76%) IBM Notes
11 27 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2003
12 24 (2.01%) Office Communications Server
13 20 (1.67%) Apache
14 13 (1.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 10 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
16 7 (0.58%) CMS
17 6 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
18 5 (0.42%) MS Project Server
18 5 (0.42%) Tomcat
Applications
1 254 (21.22%) MS Excel
2 209 (17.46%) MS Office
3 24 (2.01%) Spreadsheet
4 22 (1.84%) MS Visio
5 10 (0.84%) MS PowerPoint
6 7 (0.58%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.25%) MS Project
8 1 (0.084%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.084%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.084%) PTC Creo
8 1 (0.084%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 35 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
2 30 (2.51%) Dynamics NAV
3 7 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
4 3 (0.25%) Eikon
5 2 (0.17%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.084%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.084%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 205 (17.13%) Office 365
2 95 (7.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 38 (3.17%) Amazon AWS
4 34 (2.84%) IaaS
5 31 (2.59%) PaaS
6 28 (2.34%) SaaS
7 15 (1.25%) OneDrive
8 13 (1.09%) HP Helion
9 7 (0.58%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
9 7 (0.58%) Yammer
10 5 (0.42%) Rackspace Cloud
11 4 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
11 4 (0.33%) Google Cloud Platform
11 4 (0.33%) Mimecast
12 3 (0.25%) AWS CloudFormation
12 3 (0.25%) Google App Engine
13 2 (0.17%) G Suite
13 2 (0.17%) GitHub
14 1 (0.084%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 203 (16.96%) DNS
2 154 (12.87%) DHCP
3 135 (11.28%) Firewall
4 126 (10.53%) TCP/IP
5 98 (8.19%) SAN
6 93 (7.77%) WAN
7 89 (7.44%) Skype
8 88 (7.35%) LAN
9 85 (7.10%) Internet
10 42 (3.51%) Kerberos
11 38 (3.17%) MPLS
11 38 (3.17%) Wireless
12 37 (3.09%) LDAP
13 36 (3.01%) Network Security
14 33 (2.76%) VPN
15 31 (2.59%) SSL
16 29 (2.42%) X.500
17 24 (2.01%) NAS
17 24 (2.01%) VoIP
18 22 (1.84%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 237 (19.80%) SQL Server
2 65 (5.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 64 (5.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 54 (4.51%) SQL Server 2012
5 39 (3.26%) SQL Server 2008
6 38 (3.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 31 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
8 22 (1.84%) MySQL
9 21 (1.75%) SQL Server 2014
10 19 (1.59%) Oracle Database
11 16 (1.34%) SQL Server 2005
12 14 (1.17%) SQL Server 2000
13 11 (0.92%) Relational Database
14 8 (0.67%) PerformancePoint
15 7 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
15 7 (0.58%) PowerPivot
16 6 (0.50%) MongoDB
16 6 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
17 5 (0.42%) DTS
17 5 (0.42%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 38 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
2 21 (1.75%) StarTeam
2 21 (1.75%) Visual Studio
3 16 (1.34%) MSI
4 12 (1.00%) Git (software)
5 8 (0.67%) Jenkins
6 7 (0.58%) JIRA
6 7 (0.58%) NUnit
6 7 (0.58%) TeamCity
7 6 (0.50%) Moq
8 5 (0.42%) Selenium
8 5 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.25%) CruiseControl
9 3 (0.25%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.25%) Travis CI
9 3 (0.25%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (0.17%) TestDirector
10 2 (0.17%) Vagrant
General
1 128 (10.69%) Finance
2 44 (3.68%) Banking
3 34 (2.84%) Retail
4 22 (1.84%) Telecoms
5 21 (1.75%) Advertising
5 21 (1.75%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.34%) Legal
7 13 (1.09%) Billing
7 13 (1.09%) Local Government
7 13 (1.09%) Military
8 12 (1.00%) Back Office
8 12 (1.00%) Law
9 9 (0.75%) Investment Banking
10 7 (0.58%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (0.50%) German Language
11 6 (0.50%) Marketing
12 5 (0.42%) Games
13 3 (0.25%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.25%) Automotive
14 2 (0.17%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 144 (12.03%) Analyst
2 118 (9.86%) Architect
2 118 (9.86%) Support Engineer
3 117 (9.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 91 (7.60%) Developer
5 78 (6.52%) Consultant
6 69 (5.76%) Infrastructure Architect
7 61 (5.10%) Desktop Support
8 58 (4.85%) 3rd Line Support
9 56 (4.68%) Windows Engineer
10 55 (4.59%) Administrator
10 55 (4.59%) Support Analyst
11 52 (4.34%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 41 (3.43%) Active Directory Engineer
13 40 (3.34%) Service Analyst
14 39 (3.26%) DBA
14 39 (3.26%) Wintel Engineer
15 37 (3.09%) SQL DBA
16 34 (2.84%) 2nd Line Support
16 34 (2.84%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (7.02%) .NET
2 42 (3.51%) ASP.NET
3 37 (3.09%) Web Services
4 33 (2.76%) HTML
5 29 (2.42%) XML
6 23 (1.92%) CSS
7 22 (1.84%) jQuery
7 22 (1.84%) Middleware
8 17 (1.42%) WCF
9 15 (1.25%) AngularJS
9 15 (1.25%) SOAP
10 14 (1.17%) .NET Framework
11 12 (1.00%) ASP.NET MVC
12 10 (0.84%) Ajax
13 9 (0.75%) LAMP
14 8 (0.67%) REST
15 7 (0.58%) HTML5
16 6 (0.50%) Entity Framework
17 5 (0.42%) CSS3
17 5 (0.42%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 116 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
2 113 (9.44%) Clustering
3 107 (8.94%) Data Centre
4 101 (8.44%) Computer Science
5 65 (5.43%) Blackberry
6 64 (5.35%) Management Information System
7 58 (4.85%) PKI
8 57 (4.76%) Replication
9 35 (2.92%) NHS
10 34 (2.84%) Enterprise Software
11 24 (2.01%) Client/Server
12 14 (1.17%) Private Cloud
12 14 (1.17%) Smartphone
13 12 (1.00%) PDA
14 11 (0.92%) CMDB
14 11 (0.92%) Driving Licence
14 11 (0.92%) Mobile App
14 11 (0.92%) Visualisation
15 10 (0.84%) Fat Client
15 10 (0.84%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 735 (61.40%) Windows
2 402 (33.58%) Windows Server
3 302 (25.23%) Windows Server 2012
4 295 (24.64%) Windows Server 2008
5 180 (15.04%) Windows 7
6 179 (14.95%) Windows Server 2003
7 121 (10.11%) Linux
8 72 (6.02%) Windows 10
8 72 (6.02%) Windows XP
9 48 (4.01%) Apple iOS
9 48 (4.01%) Windows 8
10 35 (2.92%) Unix
11 33 (2.76%) Android
12 22 (1.84%) AIX
12 22 (1.84%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 19 (1.59%) Solaris
14 13 (1.09%) Ubuntu
15 12 (1.00%) Mac OS X
16 8 (0.67%) Windows Mobile
17 7 (0.58%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 377 (31.50%) ITIL
2 143 (11.95%) Migration
3 100 (8.35%) Agile Software Development
4 92 (7.69%) Change Management
5 67 (5.60%) Project Management
6 63 (5.26%) Problem Management
7 61 (5.10%) Service Delivery
8 58 (4.85%) Disaster Recovery
8 58 (4.85%) PRINCE2
9 57 (4.76%) Business Intelligence
10 54 (4.51%) Load Balancing
11 52 (4.34%) Incident Management
11 52 (4.34%) ITIL V3
12 47 (3.93%) CRM
13 45 (3.76%) Performance Monitoring
13 45 (3.76%) Virtual Environments
14 44 (3.68%) Service Management
15 41 (3.43%) Time Management
16 39 (3.26%) DevOps
16 39 (3.26%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 208 (17.38%) SQL
2 176 (14.70%) PowerShell
3 83 (6.93%) C#
4 52 (4.34%) JavaScript
5 32 (2.67%) T-SQL
6 31 (2.59%) Java
7 25 (2.09%) VBScript
8 20 (1.67%) C
9 19 (1.59%) C++
10 14 (1.17%) Bash Shell
11 11 (0.92%) Python
12 10 (0.84%) PHP
12 10 (0.84%) Shell Script
13 9 (0.75%) VB
14 8 (0.67%) Perl
14 8 (0.67%) Ruby
15 6 (0.50%) PL/SQL
16 4 (0.33%) Ada
16 4 (0.33%) VB.NET
16 4 (0.33%) VBA
Qualifications
1 635 (53.05%) MCSE
2 261 (21.80%) MCSA
3 253 (21.14%) Security Cleared
4 236 (19.72%) MCP
5 218 (18.21%) Degree
6 193 (16.12%) Cisco Certification
7 191 (15.96%) MCITP
8 175 (14.62%) SC Cleared
9 152 (12.70%) MCTS
10 130 (10.86%) CCNA
11 76 (6.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 70 (5.85%) MCDST
13 68 (5.68%) ITIL Certification
14 63 (5.26%) Citrix Certification
15 58 (4.85%) CCA
16 45 (3.76%) A+ Certification
17 43 (3.59%) CCNP
18 42 (3.51%) MCSD
19 37 (3.09%) CCIE
20 32 (2.67%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (5.93%) SLA
2 23 (1.92%) QA
3 21 (1.75%) Disclosure Scotland
4 18 (1.50%) PCI DSS
5 13 (1.09%) Government Security Classifications
5 13 (1.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.50%) JSP 440
7 4 (0.33%) COBIT
8 3 (0.25%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.25%) HL7
9 1 (0.084%) GCP
9 1 (0.084%) ISO27002
9 1 (0.084%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 612 (51.13%) Active Directory
2 178 (14.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 113 (9.44%) Hyper-V
4 68 (5.68%) vSphere
5 54 (4.51%) XenApp
6 40 (3.34%) VMware ESXi
7 35 (2.92%) Microsoft App-V
8 32 (2.67%) Virtual Servers
9 24 (2.01%) XenDesktop
10 23 (1.92%) Firmware
10 23 (1.92%) VMware ESX
11 19 (1.59%) Terminal Services
12 12 (1.00%) Virtual Machines
13 8 (0.67%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 8 (0.67%) Xen
14 7 (0.58%) Docker
15 6 (0.50%) Brightmail
15 6 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 5 (0.42%) NDS
16 5 (0.42%) UAG
Systems Management
1 163 (13.62%) SCCM
2 63 (5.26%) SCOM
3 41 (3.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 37 (3.09%) Microsoft Clustering
5 29 (2.42%) McAfee ePO
6 25 (2.09%) Backup Exec
6 25 (2.09%) NetBackup
6 25 (2.09%) WSUS
7 22 (1.84%) Netcool
8 20 (1.67%) Puppet
9 16 (1.34%) OpenView
9 16 (1.34%) Opscode Chef
10 13 (1.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 10 (0.84%) AirWatch
11 10 (0.84%) Norton AntiVirus
11 10 (0.84%) Perfmon
12 9 (0.75%) PowerCLI
13 8 (0.67%) Ansible
13 8 (0.67%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 8 (0.67%) Nessus
Vendors
1 938 (78.36%) Microsoft
2 342 (28.57%) VMware
3 232 (19.38%) Cisco
4 212 (17.71%) Citrix
5 161 (13.45%) HP
6 77 (6.43%) Oracle
7 44 (3.68%) Apple
7 44 (3.68%) NetApp
8 41 (3.43%) Intel Security
9 36 (3.01%) Veritas
10 34 (2.84%) Symantec
11 33 (2.76%) Lotus
12 31 (2.59%) CheckPoint
13 30 (2.51%) Dell
14 25 (2.09%) SolarWinds
15 22 (1.84%) Red Hat
16 20 (1.67%) Veeam
17 19 (1.59%) IBM
17 19 (1.59%) Juniper
18 18 (1.50%) Sophos
Ellesmere Port, Merseyside
Senitor Associates
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Farnham, Surrey
Owen Daniels Consultancy
Rate: Up to £12 per hour Temp to perm role - £12 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £120 to £125 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Networkers
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Plan-net
Rate: Unspecified Competitive rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Renfrew, Renfrewshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Up to £90 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Talent International
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Bellshill, Lanarkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £18.00 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £550.00 - £625 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
ninesharp
Rate: £160 - £180 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: NEG
Posted: 3 days ago
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £15 - £16 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Networkers
Rate: £10.86 - £13.28 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
LA International
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £50 - £55 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Hounslow, Middlesex
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £22000 - £29326 per annum + + benefits+Overtime
Posted: 5 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Valis IT
Rate: From £150 to £200 per day
Posted: 12 days ago