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 31 May 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 173 160 159
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 803 780 759
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.50% 1.44% 1.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.95% 7.46% 7.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 465 480 422
Median daily rate £336 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.46% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £160 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £468 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 70 91
Median hourly rate £21.33 £17.98 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.63% +14.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.70 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.20 £32.95 £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £17.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+21.88% +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
11556 10459 10565
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.29% 19.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7154 6020 6146
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 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £538 £533
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 417 533 544
Median hourly rate £32.50 £22.50 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+44.44% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £13.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 -30 624 £350 +7.69% 238
South East -29 175 £381 +17.30% 54
London -58 163 £375 +15.83% 62
Scotland +49 154 £330 +10.00% 9
Renfrewshire +3 100 £330 -5.71%
Erskine +1 99 £330 -5.71%
North East +21 98 £317 -2.61% 11
Tyne and Wear +20 97 £317 +23.51% 6
Newcastle upon Tyne +14 94 £317 +58.25% 6
Berkshire +1 50 £375 -5.66% 10
North West -51 42 £275 -13.72% 23
South West +8 39 £400 +6.66% 21
Reading +1 39 £375 +3.44% 7
City of London +18 37 £413 +17.85% 21
East of England -2 35 £190 -45.71% 18
West Midlands -11 35 £325 +8.33% 16
Hampshire -39 34 £405 +20.61% 14
Surrey -15 33 £363 +27.19% 10
Glasgow +23 29 £361 +41.66% 5
Manchester -29 22 £263 -4.54% 10
West Sussex -22 20 £415 +50.90% 4
Yorkshire -20 19 £289 -3.75% 22
East Midlands +11 16 £275 -9.09% 8
Buckinghamshire +12 15 £425 +36.54% 6
Oxfordshire +19 13 £305 +1.66% 5
Cambridgeshire +9 11 £174 -50.28% 7
Milton Keynes +6 11 £425 +34.38% 4
Cheshire -1 11 £318 +41.11% 6
Hertfordshire +10 10 £268 -17.69% 6
Warwickshire -1 10 £425 +121.93% 1

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 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 1105 (77.22%) Microsoft
2 923 (64.50%) Windows
3 756 (52.83%) Active Directory
4 714 (49.90%) MCSE
5 501 (35.01%) ITIL
6 465 (32.49%) VMware
7 449 (31.38%) Windows Server
8 406 (28.37%) MS Excel
9 359 (25.09%) Citrix
10 354 (24.74%) MCSA
11 353 (24.67%) PowerShell
12 348 (24.32%) Security Cleared
13 334 (23.34%) Windows Server 2008
14 329 (22.99%) SQL
15 300 (20.96%) SQL Server
16 297 (20.75%) DNS
17 287 (20.06%) MS Exchange
18 285 (19.92%) VMware Infrastructure
19 282 (19.71%) Windows Server 2012
20 272 (19.01%) MS Office
21 268 (18.73%) Degree
22 262 (18.31%) MCITP
23 258 (18.03%) MCP
24 251 (17.54%) Windows 7
25 249 (17.40%) HP
26 231 (16.14%) SC Cleared
27 218 (15.23%) Cisco Certification
27 218 (15.23%) SharePoint
28 217 (15.16%) Windows Server 2003
29 202 (14.12%) Cisco

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
1 287 (20.06%) MS Exchange
2 218 (15.23%) SharePoint
3 150 (10.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 106 (7.41%) IIS
5 105 (7.34%) Exchange Server 2013
6 87 (6.08%) OpenStack
7 84 (5.87%) Skype for Business
8 76 (5.31%) Exchange Server 2007
9 57 (3.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 51 (3.56%) Exchange Server 2003
11 48 (3.35%) SharePoint 2013
12 34 (2.38%) SharePoint 2010
13 32 (2.24%) IBM Notes
14 24 (1.68%) Office Communications Server
15 21 (1.47%) Apache
16 16 (1.12%) SharePoint Server
17 13 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
18 12 (0.84%) Tomcat
19 8 (0.56%) JBoss
20 7 (0.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 406 (28.37%) MS Excel
2 272 (19.01%) MS Office
3 18 (1.26%) InfoPath
4 15 (1.05%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.49%) MS Project
6 4 (0.28%) Acrobat
7 3 (0.21%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.070%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 38 (2.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.28%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.21%) Oracle BPM
4 2 (0.14%) Eikon
4 2 (0.14%) Sage 1000
4 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (0.14%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.070%) Aareon QL
5 1 (0.070%) Academy Housing
5 1 (0.070%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.070%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.070%) MIS ActiveH
5 1 (0.070%) Northgate Housing
5 1 (0.070%) OPENHousing
5 1 (0.070%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.070%) Orchard Housing
5 1 (0.070%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 185 (12.93%) Office 365
2 103 (7.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 34 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
4 23 (1.61%) IaaS
5 20 (1.40%) Azure Active Directory
6 17 (1.19%) OneDrive
7 14 (0.98%) PaaS
8 11 (0.77%) SaaS
9 9 (0.63%) Yammer
10 5 (0.35%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.21%) Amazon EC2
11 3 (0.21%) Google Apps
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
1 297 (20.75%) DNS
2 181 (12.65%) DHCP
3 161 (11.25%) TCP/IP
4 148 (10.34%) Firewall
5 138 (9.64%) SAN
6 89 (6.22%) LAN
6 89 (6.22%) WAN
7 84 (5.87%) VPN
8 60 (4.19%) Skype
9 59 (4.12%) Internet
10 49 (3.42%) LDAP
11 44 (3.07%) SSL
12 39 (2.73%) VoIP
13 34 (2.38%) Kerberos
14 31 (2.17%) NetScaler
15 30 (2.10%) Wireless
16 27 (1.89%) X.500
17 26 (1.82%) HTTP
18 23 (1.61%) VLAN
18 23 (1.61%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 300 (20.96%) SQL Server
2 88 (6.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 87 (6.08%) SQL Server 2008
4 56 (3.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 54 (3.77%) SQL Server 2012
6 43 (3.00%) SQL Server 2005
7 37 (2.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 25 (1.75%) Relational Database
9 21 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
10 16 (1.12%) SQL Server 2014
11 15 (1.05%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 13 (0.91%) Azure SQL Database
12 13 (0.91%) MySQL
13 8 (0.56%) GIS
13 8 (0.56%) MS Access
13 8 (0.56%) NoSQL
13 8 (0.56%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.56%) SQL Server 2000
14 7 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
14 7 (0.49%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 62 (4.33%) Visual Studio
2 48 (3.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (2.24%) HP UFT
4 30 (2.10%) TestDirector
4 30 (2.10%) WinRunner
5 12 (0.84%) Git (software)
5 12 (0.84%) JIRA
5 12 (0.84%) MSI
6 10 (0.70%) Jenkins
7 9 (0.63%) Maven
7 9 (0.63%) Subversion
8 7 (0.49%) Ant
8 7 (0.49%) Hudson
9 5 (0.35%) Eclipse
9 5 (0.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 4 (0.28%) InstallShield
11 3 (0.21%) ClearCase
11 3 (0.21%) Fiddler
12 2 (0.14%) Selenium
12 2 (0.14%) TeamCity
General
1 156 (10.90%) Finance
2 54 (3.77%) Banking
3 34 (2.38%) Legal
4 33 (2.31%) Law
5 22 (1.54%) German Language
6 20 (1.40%) Marketing
7 19 (1.33%) Manufacturing
8 17 (1.19%) Local Government
9 16 (1.12%) French Language
10 15 (1.05%) Advertising
10 15 (1.05%) Investment Banking
11 13 (0.91%) Military
11 13 (0.91%) Retail
12 10 (0.70%) Billing
12 10 (0.70%) Telecoms
13 9 (0.63%) Back Office
14 8 (0.56%) Spanish Language
15 6 (0.42%) Portuguese Language
16 5 (0.35%) Front Office
16 5 (0.35%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 213 (14.88%) Analyst
2 180 (12.58%) Support Engineer
3 113 (7.90%) Developer
4 97 (6.78%) Desktop Support
4 97 (6.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 82 (5.73%) Support Analyst
6 81 (5.66%) Consultant
7 69 (4.82%) Service Analyst
8 66 (4.61%) Architect
8 66 (4.61%) Wintel Engineer
9 59 (4.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 59 (4.12%) Active Directory Engineer
10 56 (3.91%) Server Engineer
11 54 (3.77%) 3rd Line Support
12 51 (3.56%) Service Desk Analyst
13 49 (3.42%) 2nd Line Support
13 49 (3.42%) Windows Engineer
14 48 (3.35%) Administrator
14 48 (3.35%) Desktop Engineer
15 43 (3.00%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 168 (11.74%) .NET
2 90 (6.29%) XML
3 76 (5.31%) ASP.NET
4 73 (5.10%) HTML
5 55 (3.84%) CSS
6 49 (3.42%) Web Services
7 44 (3.07%) jQuery
8 38 (2.66%) .NET Framework
9 25 (1.75%) WCF
10 24 (1.68%) Ajax
11 17 (1.19%) Middleware
11 17 (1.19%) XHTML
12 16 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC
13 15 (1.05%) Autofac
13 15 (1.05%) Entity Framework
14 13 (0.91%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 12 (0.84%) Ninject
15 12 (0.84%) REST
15 12 (0.84%) XSLT
16 11 (0.77%) LLBLGen Pro
Miscellaneous
1 169 (11.81%) Computer Science
2 122 (8.53%) Data Centre
3 113 (7.90%) Clustering
4 108 (7.55%) Blackberry
5 77 (5.38%) Analytical Skills
6 63 (4.40%) PKI
7 59 (4.12%) Replication
8 58 (4.05%) Management Information System
9 27 (1.89%) PDA
10 25 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
11 24 (1.68%) Driving Licence
12 19 (1.33%) Smartphone
13 18 (1.26%) Client/Server
14 17 (1.19%) NHS
14 17 (1.19%) Private Cloud
15 16 (1.12%) Fat Client
15 16 (1.12%) Thin Client
16 14 (0.98%) Inversion of Control
16 14 (0.98%) Public Cloud
16 14 (0.98%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 923 (64.50%) Windows
2 449 (31.38%) Windows Server
3 334 (23.34%) Windows Server 2008
4 282 (19.71%) Windows Server 2012
5 251 (17.54%) Windows 7
6 217 (15.16%) Windows Server 2003
7 148 (10.34%) Linux
8 107 (7.48%) Windows XP
9 71 (4.96%) Unix
10 57 (3.98%) Windows 8
11 51 (3.56%) Windows 10
12 44 (3.07%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 35 (2.45%) Apple iOS
14 31 (2.17%) AIX
15 20 (1.40%) Android
16 17 (1.19%) VMS
16 17 (1.19%) Windows 2000 Server
17 16 (1.12%) Mac OS X
18 10 (0.70%) Windows Vista
19 9 (0.63%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 501 (35.01%) ITIL
2 196 (13.70%) Migration
3 91 (6.36%) Service Management
4 90 (6.29%) Change Management
5 75 (5.24%) Agile Software Development
6 74 (5.17%) Service Delivery
7 68 (4.75%) Load Balancing
8 67 (4.68%) ITIL V3
9 64 (4.47%) Project Management
10 63 (4.40%) Disaster Recovery
11 60 (4.19%) Incident Management
12 55 (3.84%) Problem Management
13 53 (3.70%) CRM
13 53 (3.70%) High Availability
14 50 (3.49%) Configuration Management
15 46 (3.21%) Business Intelligence
15 46 (3.21%) Test Scripting
15 46 (3.21%) Workflow
16 45 (3.14%) Performance Tuning
17 43 (3.00%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 353 (24.67%) PowerShell
2 329 (22.99%) SQL
3 128 (8.94%) C#
4 106 (7.41%) JavaScript
5 90 (6.29%) VBScript
6 67 (4.68%) T-SQL
7 34 (2.38%) Java
8 30 (2.10%) VB
9 28 (1.96%) C
9 28 (1.96%) Python
10 19 (1.33%) VB.NET
11 17 (1.19%) C++
11 17 (1.19%) Ruby
12 14 (0.98%) Bash Shell
12 14 (0.98%) VBA
13 13 (0.91%) PHP
13 13 (0.91%) Shell Script
14 8 (0.56%) Perl
15 7 (0.49%) PL/SQL
16 3 (0.21%) R
Qualifications
1 714 (49.90%) MCSE
2 354 (24.74%) MCSA
3 348 (24.32%) Security Cleared
4 268 (18.73%) Degree
5 262 (18.31%) MCITP
6 258 (18.03%) MCP
7 231 (16.14%) SC Cleared
8 218 (15.23%) Cisco Certification
9 184 (12.86%) MCTS
10 167 (11.67%) CCNA
11 124 (8.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 86 (6.01%) MCDST
13 81 (5.66%) MCSD
14 59 (4.12%) ITIL Certification
15 51 (3.56%) ISTQB
16 49 (3.42%) DV Cleared
17 45 (3.14%) CISSP
18 44 (3.07%) CCNP
19 38 (2.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 30 (2.10%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (4.47%) SLA
2 24 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 24 (1.68%) PCI DSS
3 22 (1.54%) Disclosure Scotland
4 11 (0.77%) QA
5 6 (0.42%) HL7
5 6 (0.42%) ISO 9001
6 5 (0.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 4 (0.28%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 3 (0.21%) ISO 9000
9 1 (0.070%) ISO27002
9 1 (0.070%) JSP 440
System Software
1 756 (52.83%) Active Directory
2 285 (19.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 176 (12.30%) Hyper-V
4 125 (8.74%) vSphere
5 110 (7.69%) XenApp
6 61 (4.26%) VMware ESX
7 50 (3.49%) XenDesktop
8 46 (3.21%) Microsoft App-V
9 31 (2.17%) VMware ESXi
10 22 (1.54%) UAG
11 18 (1.26%) Docker
11 18 (1.26%) XenServer
12 16 (1.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 13 (0.91%) Terminal Services
14 12 (0.84%) Terminal Server
15 11 (0.77%) Brightmail
16 10 (0.70%) Xen
17 9 (0.63%) EMC RecoverPoint
18 8 (0.56%) Firmware
19 7 (0.49%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 196 (13.70%) SCCM
2 82 (5.73%) SCOM
3 57 (3.98%) WSUS
4 51 (3.56%) McAfee ePO
5 50 (3.49%) NetBackup
6 43 (3.00%) Backup Exec
7 41 (2.87%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 34 (2.38%) HP Quality Center
9 28 (1.96%) Netcool
10 25 (1.75%) Puppet
11 24 (1.68%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
12 16 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
12 16 (1.12%) Perfmon
13 15 (1.05%) OpenView
14 14 (0.98%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 14 (0.98%) SCVMM
15 13 (0.91%) Opscode Chef
16 12 (0.84%) Ansible
17 11 (0.77%) WMI
18 8 (0.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 1105 (77.22%) Microsoft
2 465 (32.49%) VMware
3 359 (25.09%) Citrix
4 249 (17.40%) HP
5 202 (14.12%) Cisco
6 84 (5.87%) Dell
7 75 (5.24%) Oracle
8 65 (4.54%) NetApp
9 62 (4.33%) Intel Security
10 57 (3.98%) Red Hat
11 49 (3.42%) Symantec
12 39 (2.73%) Veritas
13 38 (2.66%) Apple
13 38 (2.66%) AppSense
14 37 (2.59%) IBM
15 36 (2.52%) EMC
16 33 (2.31%) Lotus
17 29 (2.03%) IronPort
17 29 (2.03%) Remedy
18 25 (1.75%) ServiceNow
Telford, Shropshire
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 1 hour ago
Woking, Surrey
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Think IT Recruitment
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £38000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
onezeero.
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £24.00 - £24.12 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Slough
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Clarius Solutions Ltd
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle upon Tyne
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £120 - £160 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
City, London
Networking People
Rate: £280 - £305 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Hertfordshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £330 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bath
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 14 days ago
Chesterfield
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Milton Keynes
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Rate: £220 - £250 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
City of London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + 6 month term initailly
Posted: 11 days ago