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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 140 129 128
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -1
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 877 864 884
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.55% 1.64% 1.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 8.23% 9.35% 8.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 408 449
Average daily rate
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£338 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £324 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.91% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 97 95
Average hourly rate £16.84 £18.00 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.44% +5.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £11.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £34.00 £27.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.42 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-8.88% +12.40%

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
10658 9240 10108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.84% 17.53% 17.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 6062 5067 5208
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 479 624
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
- -9.09%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -23 777 £325 - 409
London -16 275 £400 +8.84% 108
South East +13 235 £300 -9.09% 103
Hampshire +25 69 £347 -12.03% 21
Scotland +19 65 £340 +60.00% 12
North West +3 65 £288 +9.52% 37
City of London -19 60 £450 +24.13% 33
East of England -32 52 £350 +27.27% 30
Berkshire -3 46 £375 -11.76% 14
South West -38 35 £325 +1.96% 24
Reading +1 33 £375 -11.76% 2
West Midlands -17 30 £275 -1.78% 21
Buckinghamshire +3 28 £300 +44.57% 12
Manchester -7 26 £310 +3.33% 21
West Sussex +13 25 £220 -34.81% 3
Milton Keynes +3 25 £300 +71.42% 4
Yorkshire +1 25 £290 -21.35% 22
Surrey -15 24 £350 +8.52% 28
Cheshire +3 23 £300 +33.33% 6
East Midlands -19 21 £450 +125.00% 30
Glasgow +2 20 £324 +43.88% 7
Wales -1 18 £423 +0.59% 5
East Sussex +5 17 £130 -60.00% 3
Suffolk 0 16 £420 +35.48% 2
Birmingham -1 16 £320 +6.66% 7
South Wales -1 14 £375 -10.71% 3
Kent -5 14 £225 -18.18% 3
Hook +8 13 £348 +20.00%
Brighton +3 13 £110 -66.17% 2
West Yorkshire -4 13 £290 - 15

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 1175 (72.13%) Microsoft
2 1086 (66.67%) Windows
3 818 (50.21%) MCSE
4 679 (41.68%) Active Directory
5 500 (30.69%) ITIL
6 492 (30.20%) Windows Server 2008
7 486 (29.83%) VMware
8 439 (26.95%) MCITP
9 434 (26.64%) MS Excel
10 384 (23.57%) MS Exchange
11 350 (21.49%) Windows Server 2003
12 342 (20.99%) SQL Server
13 332 (20.38%) Citrix
14 329 (20.20%) MCP
15 311 (19.09%) SQL
16 298 (18.29%) Windows 7
17 295 (18.11%) VMware Infrastructure
18 280 (17.19%) DNS
19 262 (16.08%) HP
20 244 (14.98%) Cisco
21 243 (14.92%) MCTS
22 241 (14.79%) Security Cleared
23 229 (14.06%) SAN
24 225 (13.81%) MS Office
25 223 (13.69%) MCSA
26 216 (13.26%) SCCM
27 211 (12.95%) Windows Server 2012
28 207 (12.71%) DHCP
29 206 (12.65%) Cisco Certification
29 206 (12.65%) Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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
1 384 (23.57%) MS Exchange
2 206 (12.65%) Exchange Server 2010
3 205 (12.58%) SharePoint
4 137 (8.41%) Exchange Server 2007
5 118 (7.24%) Exchange Server 2003
6 106 (6.51%) IIS
7 91 (5.59%) SharePoint 2010
8 57 (3.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 52 (3.19%) Lync
10 51 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2013
11 46 (2.82%) SharePoint 2013
12 27 (1.66%) BizTalk Server
13 24 (1.47%) SharePoint Server
14 18 (1.10%) IBM Notes
15 11 (0.68%) Apache
16 9 (0.55%) Tomcat
17 8 (0.49%) WebSphere
18 7 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2000
19 5 (0.31%) JOnAS
19 5 (0.31%) SAS
Applications
1 434 (26.64%) MS Excel
2 225 (13.81%) MS Office
3 23 (1.41%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (0.68%) MS Project
6 3 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.061%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.061%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.061%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 63 (3.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.04%) assyst
3 11 (0.68%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (0.55%) Dynamics AX
5 7 (0.43%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.37%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.18%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.18%) Dynamics NAV
8 2 (0.12%) WebTrends
9 1 (0.061%) Markit EDM
9 1 (0.061%) Changepoint
9 1 (0.061%) Dynamics GP
9 1 (0.061%) 3000 Xtra
9 1 (0.061%) Magento
9 1 (0.061%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 47 (2.89%) Office 365
2 25 (1.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
4 10 (0.61%) IaaS
5 2 (0.12%) SaaS
6 1 (0.061%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.061%) GitHub
6 1 (0.061%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 280 (17.19%) DNS
2 229 (14.06%) SAN
3 207 (12.71%) DHCP
4 200 (12.28%) Firewall
5 174 (10.68%) TCP/IP
6 119 (7.31%) WAN
7 116 (7.12%) LAN
8 66 (4.05%) Wireless
9 65 (3.99%) Internet
10 64 (3.93%) VPN
11 54 (3.31%) VoIP
12 33 (2.03%) Network Security
13 31 (1.90%) NAS
14 27 (1.66%) IP Telephony
15 26 (1.60%) VLAN
16 23 (1.41%) SSL
16 23 (1.41%) MPLS
17 21 (1.29%) Intranet
17 21 (1.29%) X.500
17 21 (1.29%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 342 (20.99%) SQL Server
2 153 (9.39%) SQL Server 2008
3 130 (7.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 87 (5.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 83 (5.10%) SQL Server 2005
6 74 (4.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 50 (3.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 30 (1.84%) SQL Server 2000
9 22 (1.35%) MySQL
10 18 (1.10%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 16 (0.98%) Relational Database
11 16 (0.98%) Oracle Database
11 16 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
12 14 (0.86%) Oracle Database 10g
13 11 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
13 11 (0.68%) RDBMS
13 11 (0.68%) DTS
14 10 (0.61%) EDRMS
15 9 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
15 9 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 57 (3.50%) Visual Studio
2 44 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (1.29%) MSI
4 10 (0.61%) QuickTest Pro
4 10 (0.61%) Subversion
5 9 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (0.55%) InstallShield
6 8 (0.49%) Git (software)
7 7 (0.43%) Jenkins
7 7 (0.43%) CruiseControl
7 7 (0.43%) WinRunner
7 7 (0.43%) TestDirector
8 6 (0.37%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.25%) AdminStudio
9 4 (0.25%) MSTest
10 3 (0.18%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (0.18%) LoadRunner
11 2 (0.12%) Selenium
11 2 (0.12%) JIRA
11 2 (0.12%) NUnit
General
1 180 (11.05%) Finance
2 59 (3.62%) Banking
3 37 (2.27%) Telecoms
4 36 (2.21%) Advertising
5 29 (1.78%) Front Office
6 27 (1.66%) Back Office
7 24 (1.47%) Law
8 22 (1.35%) Marketing
9 20 (1.23%) Retail
10 16 (0.98%) French Language
11 14 (0.86%) Manufacturing
11 14 (0.86%) Mandarin Language
11 14 (0.86%) Spanish Language
12 9 (0.55%) Investment Banking
12 9 (0.55%) Legal
13 8 (0.49%) Military
14 7 (0.43%) Games
15 6 (0.37%) Financial Institution
16 4 (0.25%) Electronics
16 4 (0.25%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 273 (16.76%) Analyst
2 179 (10.99%) Support Engineer
3 142 (8.72%) Developer
4 117 (7.18%) Support Analyst
5 114 (7.00%) Consultant
6 108 (6.63%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 95 (5.83%) Administrator
8 82 (5.03%) 3rd Line Support
9 69 (4.24%) Desktop Support
10 68 (4.17%) DBA
11 66 (4.05%) Systems Engineer
11 66 (4.05%) Architect
12 65 (3.99%) Server Engineer
13 64 (3.93%) SQL DBA
13 64 (3.93%) Service Analyst
14 63 (3.87%) Service Desk Analyst
15 56 (3.44%) 2nd Line Support
16 51 (3.13%) Technical Support
17 44 (2.70%) Systems Administrator
18 43 (2.64%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 205 (12.58%) .NET
2 110 (6.75%) HTML
3 106 (6.51%) ASP.NET
4 76 (4.67%) XML
5 59 (3.62%) Web Services
6 53 (3.25%) WCF
7 48 (2.95%) CSS
8 40 (2.46%) jQuery
8 40 (2.46%) .NET Framework
9 36 (2.21%) JSP
10 22 (1.35%) Software Packaging
11 21 (1.29%) SOAP
12 20 (1.23%) Middleware
12 20 (1.23%) XSLT
13 19 (1.17%) Silverlight
14 18 (1.10%) ASP.NET MVC
15 17 (1.04%) Reactive Extensions
15 17 (1.04%) Managed Extensibility Framework
16 16 (0.98%) HTML5
17 15 (0.92%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 126 (7.73%) Clustering
2 96 (5.89%) Blackberry
3 60 (3.68%) Computer Science
4 52 (3.19%) Management Information System
5 44 (2.70%) Replication
6 31 (1.90%) PKI
7 24 (1.47%) Thin Client
7 24 (1.47%) Fat Client
8 20 (1.23%) Enterprise Software
8 20 (1.23%) Statistics
9 18 (1.10%) Client/Server
10 16 (0.98%) CMDB
11 15 (0.92%) iPad
12 14 (0.86%) Data Integration
13 13 (0.80%) Video Conferencing
13 13 (0.80%) NHS
14 11 (0.68%) EqualLogic
15 10 (0.61%) Firmware
15 10 (0.61%) iPhone
16 9 (0.55%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 1086 (66.67%) Windows
2 492 (30.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 350 (21.49%) Windows Server 2003
4 298 (18.29%) Windows 7
5 211 (12.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 177 (10.87%) Windows XP
7 140 (8.59%) Linux
8 91 (5.59%) UNIX
9 47 (2.89%) Windows 8
10 36 (2.21%) Windows Vista
11 34 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 34 (2.09%) Windows 2000
12 28 (1.72%) Windows 2000 Server
13 17 (1.04%) Windows NT
14 15 (0.92%) Mac OS X
15 10 (0.61%) AIX
16 7 (0.43%) Solaris
17 6 (0.37%) Android
18 5 (0.31%) VMS
19 4 (0.25%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 500 (30.69%) ITIL
2 136 (8.35%) Migration
3 103 (6.32%) CRM
4 98 (6.02%) Project Management
5 88 (5.40%) Service Management
6 79 (4.85%) Incident Management
7 73 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
8 70 (4.30%) Change Management
9 66 (4.05%) Workflow
10 62 (3.81%) Service Delivery
11 57 (3.50%) Business Intelligence
12 52 (3.19%) Load Balancing
13 47 (2.89%) Configuration Management
14 46 (2.82%) Performance Tuning
15 45 (2.76%) MVC
16 37 (2.27%) PRINCE2
17 36 (2.21%) Validation
17 36 (2.21%) ITSM
18 35 (2.15%) Agile Software Development
19 34 (2.09%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 311 (19.09%) SQL
2 187 (11.48%) PowerShell
3 131 (8.04%) C#
4 93 (5.71%) JavaScript
5 73 (4.48%) T-SQL
6 49 (3.01%) VBScript
7 37 (2.27%) VB
8 24 (1.47%) Java
9 20 (1.23%) Perl
9 20 (1.23%) C
10 13 (0.80%) VB.NET
10 13 (0.80%) C++
10 13 (0.80%) Shell Script
11 10 (0.61%) Python
12 9 (0.55%) Korn
12 9 (0.55%) VBA
13 8 (0.49%) Bash Shell
14 6 (0.37%) ABAP
15 5 (0.31%) C-shell
15 5 (0.31%) PHP
Qualifications
1 818 (50.21%) MCSE
2 439 (26.95%) MCITP
3 329 (20.20%) MCP
4 243 (14.92%) MCTS
5 241 (14.79%) Security Cleared
6 223 (13.69%) MCSA
7 206 (12.65%) Cisco Certification
8 193 (11.85%) Degree
9 172 (10.56%) SC Cleared
10 159 (9.76%) CCNA
11 117 (7.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 71 (4.36%) MCDST
13 54 (3.31%) CCNP
14 53 (3.25%) DV Cleared
15 52 (3.19%) MCSD
16 47 (2.89%) ISTQB
17 39 (2.39%) CISSP
18 38 (2.33%) A+ Certification
18 38 (2.33%) Citrix Certification
18 38 (2.33%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 127 (7.80%) SLA
2 22 (1.35%) QA
3 18 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 9 (0.55%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.49%) ISO 9001
6 7 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 3 (0.18%) BS7799
8 1 (0.061%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.061%) HL7
System Software
1 679 (41.68%) Active Directory
2 295 (18.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 131 (8.04%) Hyper-V
4 117 (7.18%) vSphere
5 107 (6.57%) XenApp
6 84 (5.16%) VMware ESX
7 45 (2.76%) XenServer
8 41 (2.52%) XenDesktop
9 32 (1.96%) ISA Server
10 28 (1.72%) Terminal Services
11 24 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
12 23 (1.41%) UAG
13 21 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
14 14 (0.86%) NFS
14 14 (0.86%) vCloud
15 11 (0.68%) Oracle RAC
15 11 (0.68%) Forefront TMG
16 10 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 8 (0.49%) VMware Server
17 8 (0.49%) Xen
Systems Management
1 216 (13.26%) SCCM
2 100 (6.14%) SCOM
3 67 (4.11%) Backup Exec
4 30 (1.84%) WSUS
5 23 (1.41%) McAfee ePO
6 22 (1.35%) NetBackup
7 18 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
7 18 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 18 (1.10%) SCVMM
8 17 (1.04%) BladeLogic
9 15 (0.92%) HP Quality Center
10 14 (0.86%) Nessus
11 13 (0.80%) OVSD
11 13 (0.80%) OpenView
11 13 (0.80%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 12 (0.74%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 11 (0.68%) SCOrch
14 10 (0.61%) Nagios
15 9 (0.55%) Forefront Identity Manager
15 9 (0.55%) WMI
Vendors
1 1175 (72.13%) Microsoft
2 486 (29.83%) VMware
3 332 (20.38%) Citrix
4 262 (16.08%) HP
5 244 (14.98%) Cisco
6 111 (6.81%) Symantec
7 76 (4.67%) Oracle
8 68 (4.17%) Dell
9 66 (4.05%) McAfee
10 61 (3.74%) EMC
11 52 (3.19%) Juniper
12 51 (3.13%) NetApp
13 48 (2.95%) Apple
14 40 (2.46%) IBM
15 39 (2.39%) Avaya
16 37 (2.27%) Red Hat
17 36 (2.21%) SolarWinds
18 31 (1.90%) CheckPoint
19 27 (1.66%) Remedy
20 24 (1.47%) SAP
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