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 26 March 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
26 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 157 140 133
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 777 745 706
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.44% 1.42% 1.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.30% 7.34% 8.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 459 368 372
Average daily rate
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£320 £314 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.99% +4.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £127 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £311 £300 £285
% change year-on-year
+3.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 103 87
Average hourly rate £14.50 £15.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.45% -15.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £10.65 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £25.80 £112.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £15.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -16.66%

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
10645 10156 8204
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.72% 19.36% 18.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 6042 5585 4353
Average daily rate £395 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 478 516 472
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+36.11% -28.00%

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 26 March 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 26 March 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 26 March 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 -13 673 £310 -1.19% 410
London +6 242 £328 -6.42% 117
South East +32 236 £305 -6.15% 73
Hampshire +32 88 £308 +2.50% 16
City of London +13 66 £375 +15.38% 24
Berkshire +1 59 £313 -14.38% 22
Scotland +15 56 £323 +32.98% 29
West Midlands -2 42 £371 +1.71% 31
East of England -19 42 £250 +6.38% 22
Reading +17 40 £250 -31.50% 6
North West -38 39 £300 +20.00% 56
Surrey +12 36 £304 -6.53% 15
Yorkshire -9 31 £325 +4.00% 43
Wales +6 28 £505 +55.38% 5
Glasgow +8 24 £308 +127.77% 10
West Sussex -11 23 £290 -17.14% 5
South Wales +16 20 £518 +59.23% 4
South West -25 20 £335 +3.07% 37
Birmingham -8 18 £368 +0.68% 11
Southampton +2 17 £300 - 5
Buckinghamshire -10 17 £300 +9.09% 4
West Yorkshire -5 16 £344 +3.77% 22
Milton Keynes +2 15 £300 +9.09% 2
Manchester -20 14 £375 +66.66% 38
Guildford +4 13 £425 +117.94% 4
Worthing -9 13 £370 -7.50% 2
East Midlands -33 13 £300 +10.09% 15
Leeds -6 12 £350 - 15
Dorset - 10 £278 - 10
Merseyside -14 9 £200 +158.06% 7

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 1120 (72.07%) Microsoft
2 1030 (66.28%) Windows
3 792 (50.97%) MCSE
4 704 (45.30%) Active Directory
5 518 (33.33%) ITIL
6 468 (30.12%) VMware
7 446 (28.70%) MCITP
8 442 (28.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 352 (22.65%) MS Exchange
10 332 (21.36%) MS Excel
11 320 (20.59%) Windows Server 2003
12 317 (20.40%) Security Cleared
13 303 (19.50%) MCP
14 302 (19.43%) Windows 7
15 301 (19.37%) Citrix
16 291 (18.73%) MCSA
17 289 (18.60%) SQL
18 283 (18.21%) VMware Infrastructure
19 268 (17.25%) Cisco
20 256 (16.47%) SC Cleared
21 254 (16.34%) SQL Server
21 254 (16.34%) Windows Server 2012
22 233 (14.99%) MS Office
23 213 (13.71%) HP
23 213 (13.71%) Cisco Certification
24 211 (13.58%) DNS
25 203 (13.06%) MCTS
26 197 (12.68%) Migration
27 194 (12.48%) SharePoint
28 188 (12.10%) PowerShell

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 March 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
1 352 (22.65%) MS Exchange
2 194 (12.48%) SharePoint
3 158 (10.17%) Exchange Server 2010
4 100 (6.44%) IIS
5 99 (6.37%) Exchange Server 2003
6 96 (6.18%) Exchange Server 2007
7 87 (5.60%) Lync
8 81 (5.21%) Exchange Server 2013
9 60 (3.86%) SharePoint 2013
10 53 (3.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 50 (3.22%) SharePoint 2010
12 33 (2.12%) Office Communications Server
13 24 (1.54%) IBM Notes
14 18 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
15 14 (0.90%) Apache
16 10 (0.64%) SharePoint Server
17 8 (0.51%) SAS
17 8 (0.51%) Lotus Domino
18 7 (0.45%) GroupWise
18 7 (0.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 332 (21.36%) MS Excel
2 233 (14.99%) MS Office
3 23 (1.48%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.58%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.39%) MS Project
7 2 (0.13%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.13%) SPSS
8 1 (0.064%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 80 (5.15%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 10 (0.64%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
5 5 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
7 1 (0.064%) Agresso
7 1 (0.064%) SAP BPC
7 1 (0.064%) Magento
7 1 (0.064%) 3000 Xtra
7 1 (0.064%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.064%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.064%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 80 (5.15%) Office 365
2 28 (1.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (0.90%) SaaS
4 11 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
5 8 (0.51%) Amazon AWS
6 7 (0.45%) IaaS
7 1 (0.064%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 211 (13.58%) DNS
2 172 (11.07%) SAN
3 154 (9.91%) DHCP
4 152 (9.78%) TCP/IP
5 147 (9.46%) Firewall
6 141 (9.07%) LAN
7 122 (7.85%) WAN
8 80 (5.15%) Internet
9 71 (4.57%) VPN
10 63 (4.05%) VoIP
11 49 (3.15%) NAS
12 43 (2.77%) Wireless
13 37 (2.38%) VLAN
14 28 (1.80%) SSL
15 26 (1.67%) NetScaler
16 24 (1.54%) Network Security
17 23 (1.48%) SMTP
18 19 (1.22%) FTP
19 18 (1.16%) MPLS
20 16 (1.03%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 254 (16.34%) SQL Server
2 77 (4.95%) SQL Server 2008
3 76 (4.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 74 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 55 (3.54%) SQL Server 2012
6 41 (2.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 32 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
8 23 (1.48%) MySQL
9 17 (1.09%) OLAP
9 17 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
10 16 (1.03%) Oracle Reports
10 16 (1.03%) Relational Database
11 15 (0.97%) Oracle Database
12 12 (0.77%) OLAP Cube
13 11 (0.71%) RDBMS
14 9 (0.58%) MS Access
15 8 (0.51%) Hadoop
16 7 (0.45%) DB2
16 7 (0.45%) SQL Server 2000
16 7 (0.45%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 40 (2.57%) Visual Studio
2 37 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (1.29%) WinRunner
3 20 (1.29%) TestDirector
3 20 (1.29%) QuickTest Pro
4 10 (0.64%) JIRA
5 9 (0.58%) MSI
6 8 (0.51%) Subversion
7 6 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 6 (0.39%) Oracle Forms
8 5 (0.32%) ClearCase
8 5 (0.32%) ClearQuest
8 5 (0.32%) Fiddler
9 2 (0.13%) Git (software)
9 2 (0.13%) MSBuild
9 2 (0.13%) Jenkins
10 1 (0.064%) Octopus Deploy
10 1 (0.064%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.064%) Ant
10 1 (0.064%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 160 (10.30%) Finance
2 48 (3.09%) Telecoms
3 41 (2.64%) Banking
4 37 (2.38%) Marketing
5 30 (1.93%) Legal
6 26 (1.67%) Law
7 19 (1.22%) Advertising
7 19 (1.22%) Retail
8 15 (0.97%) Manufacturing
9 12 (0.77%) Back Office
10 11 (0.71%) Local Government
11 9 (0.58%) Military
12 7 (0.45%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.45%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.26%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.26%) Publishing
13 4 (0.26%) Electronics
14 3 (0.19%) Front Office
14 3 (0.19%) Automotive
14 3 (0.19%) Japanese Language
Job Titles
1 236 (15.19%) Analyst
2 189 (12.16%) Support Engineer
3 135 (8.69%) Developer
4 127 (8.17%) Consultant
5 116 (7.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 105 (6.76%) Support Analyst
7 89 (5.73%) 2nd Line Support
8 84 (5.41%) Desktop Support
9 83 (5.34%) 3rd Line Support
10 72 (4.63%) Administrator
11 65 (4.18%) Architect
12 64 (4.12%) Wintel Engineer
13 61 (3.93%) Server Engineer
14 60 (3.86%) Service Analyst
15 59 (3.80%) Service Desk Analyst
16 47 (3.02%) 1st Line Support
16 47 (3.02%) DBA
16 47 (3.02%) IT Support
17 46 (2.96%) Field Engineer
18 45 (2.90%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (10.94%) .NET
2 117 (7.53%) HTML
3 107 (6.89%) XML
4 94 (6.05%) ASP.NET
5 50 (3.22%) Web Services
6 48 (3.09%) .NET Framework
7 41 (2.64%) JSP
8 37 (2.38%) CSS
8 37 (2.38%) jQuery
9 33 (2.12%) WCF
10 26 (1.67%) SOAP
11 22 (1.42%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 21 (1.35%) Application Packaging
12 21 (1.35%) LINQ
13 20 (1.29%) HTML5
14 18 (1.16%) ASP.NET MVC
15 16 (1.03%) WPF
16 12 (0.77%) KnockoutJS
17 9 (0.58%) JMS
17 9 (0.58%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 131 (8.43%) Clustering
2 92 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
3 90 (5.79%) Blackberry
4 51 (3.28%) Management Information System
4 51 (3.28%) Computer Science
5 49 (3.15%) Replication
6 33 (2.12%) Video Conferencing
7 25 (1.61%) Thin Client
7 25 (1.61%) Fat Client
8 22 (1.42%) PDA
8 22 (1.42%) NHS
9 19 (1.22%) Client/Server
10 16 (1.03%) Mainframe
11 15 (0.97%) PKI
12 13 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
12 13 (0.84%) iPad
13 12 (0.77%) Smartphone
14 10 (0.64%) CMDB
14 10 (0.64%) Smartcard
15 9 (0.58%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 1030 (66.28%) Windows
2 442 (28.44%) Windows Server 2008
3 320 (20.59%) Windows Server 2003
4 302 (19.43%) Windows 7
5 254 (16.34%) Windows Server 2012
6 157 (10.10%) Linux
7 154 (9.91%) Windows XP
8 80 (5.15%) UNIX
9 57 (3.67%) Windows 8
10 40 (2.57%) Windows Vista
11 35 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 26 (1.67%) AIX
13 25 (1.61%) Windows 2000 Server
14 20 (1.29%) Windows 2000
15 19 (1.22%) Android
16 12 (0.77%) Apple iOS
16 12 (0.77%) Solaris
17 7 (0.45%) Mac OS
18 6 (0.39%) Windows Mobile
18 6 (0.39%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 518 (33.33%) ITIL
2 197 (12.68%) Migration
3 128 (8.24%) CRM
4 108 (6.95%) Service Management
5 103 (6.63%) Agile Software Development
6 100 (6.44%) Project Management
7 93 (5.98%) Change Management
8 72 (4.63%) Disaster Recovery
9 67 (4.31%) Service Delivery
10 66 (4.25%) High Availability
11 61 (3.93%) Incident Management
12 60 (3.86%) Business Intelligence
13 55 (3.54%) ITIL V3
14 50 (3.22%) Validation
15 49 (3.15%) PRINCE2
16 47 (3.02%) Problem Management
17 46 (2.96%) Time Management
17 46 (2.96%) Configuration Management
18 41 (2.64%) Test Scripting
19 39 (2.51%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 289 (18.60%) SQL
2 188 (12.10%) PowerShell
3 97 (6.24%) C#
4 92 (5.92%) JavaScript
5 69 (4.44%) VBScript
6 49 (3.15%) T-SQL
7 37 (2.38%) VB
8 24 (1.54%) C
9 19 (1.22%) VB.NET
10 15 (0.97%) Java
11 11 (0.71%) VBA
12 10 (0.64%) PHP
13 7 (0.45%) VB6
14 6 (0.39%) R
15 4 (0.26%) Bash Shell
15 4 (0.26%) C++
16 3 (0.19%) Perl
16 3 (0.19%) Python
16 3 (0.19%) Shell Script
17 2 (0.13%) Korn
Qualifications
1 792 (50.97%) MCSE
2 446 (28.70%) MCITP
3 317 (20.40%) Security Cleared
4 303 (19.50%) MCP
5 291 (18.73%) MCSA
6 256 (16.47%) SC Cleared
7 213 (13.71%) Cisco Certification
8 203 (13.06%) MCTS
9 161 (10.36%) CCNA
10 156 (10.04%) Degree
11 139 (8.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 81 (5.21%) DV Cleared
13 70 (4.50%) A+ Certification
14 68 (4.38%) Citrix Certification
15 64 (4.12%) MCDST
16 60 (3.86%) CCNP
17 50 (3.22%) MCSD
18 49 (3.15%) CCA
18 49 (3.15%) ISTQB
19 40 (2.57%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 123 (7.92%) SLA
2 21 (1.35%) QA
3 15 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.51%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.45%) JSP 440
6 6 (0.39%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 5 (0.32%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.064%) COBIT
8 1 (0.064%) HL7
System Software
1 704 (45.30%) Active Directory
2 283 (18.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 158 (10.17%) Hyper-V
4 97 (6.24%) XenApp
5 85 (5.47%) vSphere
6 59 (3.80%) VMware ESX
7 40 (2.57%) XenDesktop
8 27 (1.74%) Microsoft App-V
9 24 (1.54%) Terminal Services
9 24 (1.54%) ISA Server
10 18 (1.16%) Xen
11 16 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
11 16 (1.03%) VMware Workstation
12 15 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 13 (0.84%) UAG
14 12 (0.77%) XenServer
14 12 (0.77%) Forefront TMG
15 11 (0.71%) vCloud
16 10 (0.64%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 10 (0.64%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 149 (9.59%) SCCM
2 76 (4.89%) SCOM
3 37 (2.38%) Backup Exec
4 33 (2.12%) McAfee ePO
5 29 (1.87%) HP Quality Center
6 18 (1.16%) Netcool
7 13 (0.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 13 (0.84%) Nagios
7 13 (0.84%) NetBackup
7 13 (0.84%) HP SIM
8 12 (0.77%) WMI
9 11 (0.71%) Tivoli
10 10 (0.64%) WSUS
10 10 (0.64%) SCSM
11 9 (0.58%) BladeLogic
11 9 (0.58%) OVSD
12 8 (0.51%) Nessus
13 7 (0.45%) OpenView
14 6 (0.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
14 6 (0.39%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 1120 (72.07%) Microsoft
2 468 (30.12%) VMware
3 301 (19.37%) Citrix
4 268 (17.25%) Cisco
5 213 (13.71%) HP
6 83 (5.34%) McAfee
7 71 (4.57%) Oracle
8 60 (3.86%) NetApp
9 57 (3.67%) Dell
10 49 (3.15%) EMC
11 48 (3.09%) Red Hat
12 40 (2.57%) IBM
13 38 (2.45%) Symantec
14 34 (2.19%) Juniper
15 30 (1.93%) Veritas
15 30 (1.93%) Avaya
16 29 (1.87%) Sophos
17 28 (1.80%) Apple
18 26 (1.67%) Lotus
19 24 (1.54%) Reuters
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