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 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 166 144 131
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 679 670 698
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.33% 1.39% 1.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.61% 7.37% 8.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 373 337 370
Average daily rate
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£325 £315 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.17% -3.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £148 £120 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £307
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -2.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 83 103
Average hourly rate £15.77 £15.13 £19.26
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.26% -21.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.65 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.00 £25.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.77 £15.00 £18.59
% change year-on-year
+5.13% -19.31%

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
10280 9096 7991
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.15% 18.89% 17.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 5979 4931 4211
Average daily rate £396 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.60% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £225 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 411 548
Average hourly rate £19.45 £19.00 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.36% -20.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £44.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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 30 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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 -14 615 £325 +1.56% 435
London -27 214 £325 -7.14% 114
South East +28 205 £330 -0.75% 93
Berkshire +25 66 £338 -20.58% 28
Hampshire +19 54 £325 +12.06% 25
City of London -3 48 £383 +11.27% 23
Reading +21 43 £375 -11.76% 14
Scotland +3 41 £344 +1.10% 18
East of England -14 40 £288 +15.00% 27
West Midlands +21 37 £300 -17.80% 29
South West -8 36 £375 +134.37% 44
East Midlands 0 27 £400 +263.63% 16
Buckinghamshire -2 24 £338 +3.84% 7
North West -19 24 £395 +75.55% 53
West Sussex 0 22 £290 +152.17% 7
Milton Keynes -4 21 £344 +5.76% 5
Surrey -9 18 £400 - 12
Glasgow +5 15 £308 -15.17% 13
North East -11 15 £270 -3.14% 8
Yorkshire -18 15 £281 +12.50% 37
Wiltshire +2 14 £375 +54.63% 5
Birmingham +2 14 £368 +61.53% 11
Manchester -5 14 £400 +77.77% 23
Hertfordshire +8 13 £281 -40.78% 10
Cambridgeshire -16 10 £308 +11.81% 5
Hook - 10 £330 -
Crawley - 9 - - 1
Shropshire -3 8 £351 -12.37%
Kent -7 8 £305 +1.66% 6
West Yorkshire -9 8 £288 +15.00% 30

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 1326 (74.58%) Microsoft
2 1103 (62.04%) Windows
3 841 (47.30%) MCSE
4 708 (39.82%) Active Directory
5 557 (31.33%) MS Excel
6 520 (29.25%) ITIL
7 497 (27.95%) VMware
8 490 (27.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 424 (23.85%) MCITP
10 383 (21.54%) Windows Server 2003
11 373 (20.98%) MS Exchange
12 328 (18.45%) Security Cleared
13 316 (17.77%) Citrix
14 309 (17.38%) MCP
15 296 (16.65%) Windows 7
16 294 (16.54%) VMware Infrastructure
17 293 (16.48%) CRM
18 280 (15.75%) HP
19 262 (14.74%) SQL
20 259 (14.57%) Windows Server 2012
21 253 (14.23%) SC Cleared
22 251 (14.12%) SQL Server
23 245 (13.78%) Cisco
24 243 (13.67%) MCSA
25 239 (13.44%) DNS
26 236 (13.27%) MS Office
27 214 (12.04%) MCTS
28 207 (11.64%) TCP/IP
29 202 (11.36%) PowerShell
30 200 (11.25%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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
1 373 (20.98%) MS Exchange
2 200 (11.25%) SharePoint
3 176 (9.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 131 (7.37%) IIS
5 114 (6.41%) Exchange Server 2003
6 103 (5.79%) Exchange Server 2007
7 78 (4.39%) Lync
8 77 (4.33%) Exchange Server 2013
9 58 (3.26%) SharePoint 2010
10 51 (2.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 38 (2.14%) SharePoint 2013
12 32 (1.80%) Apache
13 29 (1.63%) IBM Notes
14 23 (1.29%) BizTalk Server
15 21 (1.18%) Tomcat
15 21 (1.18%) Office Communications Server
16 20 (1.12%) WebSphere
17 14 (0.79%) SharePoint Server
18 11 (0.62%) JBoss
19 10 (0.56%) Documentum
Applications
1 557 (31.33%) MS Excel
2 236 (13.27%) MS Office
3 27 (1.52%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.90%) MS Project
6 4 (0.22%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.11%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.11%) SPSS
8 1 (0.056%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.056%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.056%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 65 (3.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (0.90%) Oracle EBS
3 15 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
4 8 (0.45%) assyst
5 6 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.17%) WebTrends
7 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 1 (0.056%) CODA-Financials
8 1 (0.056%) Agresso
8 1 (0.056%) Changepoint
8 1 (0.056%) SAP ERP
8 1 (0.056%) Magento
8 1 (0.056%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.056%) 3000 Xtra
Cloud Services
1 70 (3.94%) Office 365
2 22 (1.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (0.62%) SaaS
4 7 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
5 6 (0.34%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 239 (13.44%) DNS
2 207 (11.64%) TCP/IP
3 189 (10.63%) SAN
4 179 (10.07%) DHCP
5 164 (9.22%) Firewall
6 110 (6.19%) LAN
7 109 (6.13%) WAN
8 79 (4.44%) Internet
9 62 (3.49%) VPN
10 59 (3.32%) VoIP
11 46 (2.59%) NAS
12 45 (2.53%) Wireless
13 43 (2.42%) SSL
14 42 (2.36%) VLAN
15 29 (1.63%) NetScaler
15 29 (1.63%) Network Security
16 27 (1.52%) SMTP
17 21 (1.18%) IP Telephony
18 19 (1.07%) FTP
19 17 (0.96%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 251 (14.12%) SQL Server
2 82 (4.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 77 (4.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 57 (3.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 43 (2.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 42 (2.36%) SQL Server 2012
7 37 (2.08%) SQL Server 2005
8 23 (1.29%) Data Warehouse
9 18 (1.01%) Relational Database
9 18 (1.01%) Oracle Reports
10 16 (0.90%) MySQL
11 13 (0.73%) OLAP
11 13 (0.73%) RDBMS
12 11 (0.62%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 10 (0.56%) OLTP
14 9 (0.51%) OLAP Cube
14 9 (0.51%) Hadoop
15 8 (0.45%) DB2
15 8 (0.45%) Oracle Database
16 7 (0.39%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 39 (2.19%) Team Foundation Server
2 28 (1.57%) Visual Studio
3 15 (0.84%) MSI
3 15 (0.84%) WinRunner
3 15 (0.84%) TestDirector
3 15 (0.84%) QuickTest Pro
4 7 (0.39%) InstallShield
4 7 (0.39%) JIRA
5 5 (0.28%) Jenkins
5 5 (0.28%) Oracle Forms
5 5 (0.28%) VSS/SourceSafe
5 5 (0.28%) Git (software)
6 4 (0.22%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (0.22%) CruiseControl
6 4 (0.22%) Subversion
7 3 (0.17%) NUnit
7 3 (0.17%) Fiddler
7 3 (0.17%) MSTest
8 2 (0.11%) AdminStudio
9 1 (0.056%) Octopus Deploy
General
1 176 (9.90%) Finance
2 51 (2.87%) Telecoms
3 43 (2.42%) Banking
4 35 (1.97%) Marketing
5 28 (1.57%) Law
6 27 (1.52%) Advertising
7 20 (1.12%) Military
7 20 (1.12%) Legal
8 17 (0.96%) Manufacturing
9 9 (0.51%) Investment Banking
9 9 (0.51%) Retail
10 8 (0.45%) Local Government
10 8 (0.45%) Back Office
11 7 (0.39%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.22%) Dutch Language
12 4 (0.22%) Publishing
13 3 (0.17%) Front Office
13 3 (0.17%) Spanish Language
14 2 (0.11%) French Language
14 2 (0.11%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 237 (13.33%) Analyst
2 226 (12.71%) Technical Support
3 188 (10.57%) Support Engineer
4 128 (7.20%) Consultant
5 118 (6.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 114 (6.41%) Developer
7 100 (5.62%) Support Analyst
8 90 (5.06%) Desktop Support
9 78 (4.39%) 3rd Line Support
10 77 (4.33%) Wintel Engineer
10 77 (4.33%) Administrator
11 71 (3.99%) 2nd Line Support
12 64 (3.60%) Server Engineer
13 61 (3.43%) Service Analyst
14 60 (3.37%) Architect
14 60 (3.37%) Service Desk Analyst
15 47 (2.64%) 1st Line Support
16 45 (2.53%) Desktop Engineer
17 43 (2.42%) DBA
18 41 (2.31%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 162 (9.11%) .NET
2 105 (5.91%) HTML
3 99 (5.57%) XML
4 84 (4.72%) ASP.NET
5 65 (3.66%) Web Services
6 45 (2.53%) WCF
7 40 (2.25%) JSP
7 40 (2.25%) .NET Framework
8 29 (1.63%) SOAP
8 29 (1.63%) CSS
9 25 (1.41%) jQuery
10 20 (1.12%) Application Packaging
11 17 (0.96%) JMS
12 16 (0.90%) ASP.NET MVC
12 16 (0.90%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
12 16 (0.90%) HTML5
12 16 (0.90%) LINQ
13 14 (0.79%) WPF
14 13 (0.73%) Middleware
15 11 (0.62%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 156 (8.77%) Clustering
2 96 (5.40%) Blackberry
3 89 (5.01%) Analytical Skills
4 49 (2.76%) Replication
5 43 (2.42%) Computer Science
5 43 (2.42%) Management Information System
6 24 (1.35%) Fat Client
6 24 (1.35%) Video Conferencing
6 24 (1.35%) Thin Client
7 21 (1.18%) CMDB
8 19 (1.07%) PKI
9 18 (1.01%) PDA
10 17 (0.96%) Client/Server
11 16 (0.90%) NHS
12 14 (0.79%) Enterprise Software
13 13 (0.73%) Smartphone
13 13 (0.73%) iPad
14 10 (0.56%) iPhone
14 10 (0.56%) EPoS
14 10 (0.56%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 1103 (62.04%) Windows
2 490 (27.56%) Windows Server 2008
3 383 (21.54%) Windows Server 2003
4 296 (16.65%) Windows 7
5 259 (14.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 161 (9.06%) Windows XP
7 160 (9.00%) Linux
8 86 (4.84%) UNIX
9 53 (2.98%) Windows 8
10 45 (2.53%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 44 (2.47%) Windows Vista
12 38 (2.14%) Windows 2000 Server
13 36 (2.02%) Windows 2000
14 19 (1.07%) AIX
15 18 (1.01%) Android
16 15 (0.84%) Windows NT
17 14 (0.79%) Apple iOS
18 9 (0.51%) VMS
18 9 (0.51%) Solaris
19 6 (0.34%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 520 (29.25%) ITIL
2 293 (16.48%) CRM
3 173 (9.73%) Migration
4 97 (5.46%) Change Management
5 93 (5.23%) Service Management
6 86 (4.84%) Project Management
7 84 (4.72%) Agile Software Development
8 80 (4.50%) Disaster Recovery
9 59 (3.32%) High Availability
10 57 (3.21%) Incident Management
11 56 (3.15%) Business Intelligence
12 51 (2.87%) Configuration Management
12 51 (2.87%) Service Delivery
13 47 (2.64%) Validation
13 47 (2.64%) Time Management
14 43 (2.42%) PRINCE2
15 38 (2.14%) Change Control
15 38 (2.14%) Performance Tuning
16 36 (2.02%) Knowledge Management
16 36 (2.02%) Customer Engagement
Programming Languages
1 262 (14.74%) SQL
2 202 (11.36%) PowerShell
3 88 (4.95%) C#
4 81 (4.56%) JavaScript
5 69 (3.88%) VBScript
6 57 (3.21%) T-SQL
7 40 (2.25%) VB
8 29 (1.63%) C
9 19 (1.07%) Java
10 18 (1.01%) VB.NET
11 17 (0.96%) Korn
12 14 (0.79%) Shell Script
13 13 (0.73%) PHP
13 13 (0.73%) Bash Shell
14 11 (0.62%) Jython
14 11 (0.62%) C-shell
15 9 (0.51%) Perl
15 9 (0.51%) C++
15 9 (0.51%) VBA
16 6 (0.34%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 841 (47.30%) MCSE
2 424 (23.85%) MCITP
3 328 (18.45%) Security Cleared
4 309 (17.38%) MCP
5 253 (14.23%) SC Cleared
6 243 (13.67%) MCSA
7 214 (12.04%) MCTS
8 185 (10.40%) Cisco Certification
9 151 (8.49%) Degree
10 137 (7.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 137 (7.71%) CCNA
11 91 (5.12%) DV Cleared
12 66 (3.71%) MCDST
13 62 (3.49%) Citrix Certification
14 57 (3.21%) A+ Certification
15 53 (2.98%) CCNP
16 46 (2.59%) CCA
17 42 (2.36%) ISTQB
18 36 (2.02%) ITIL Certification
19 30 (1.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 125 (7.03%) SLA
2 18 (1.01%) QA
3 14 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.39%) JSP 440
5 5 (0.28%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.28%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.056%) HL7
6 1 (0.056%) Solvency II
System Software
1 708 (39.82%) Active Directory
2 294 (16.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 146 (8.21%) Hyper-V
4 108 (6.07%) vSphere
5 92 (5.17%) XenApp
6 70 (3.94%) VMware ESX
7 36 (2.02%) Terminal Services
8 35 (1.97%) ISA Server
8 35 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
9 31 (1.74%) XenDesktop
10 23 (1.29%) Xen
11 21 (1.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 17 (0.96%) VMware Workstation
12 17 (0.96%) XenServer
13 15 (0.84%) Forefront TMG
14 14 (0.79%) vCloud
14 14 (0.79%) UAG
14 14 (0.79%) NFS
15 13 (0.73%) Firmware
15 13 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 177 (9.96%) SCCM
2 98 (5.51%) SCOM
3 51 (2.87%) Backup Exec
4 41 (2.31%) McAfee ePO
5 30 (1.69%) NetBackup
6 26 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
7 21 (1.18%) Nagios
8 18 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 16 (0.90%) WSUS
10 15 (0.84%) BladeLogic
11 13 (0.73%) Netcool
11 13 (0.73%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 12 (0.67%) SCSM
13 11 (0.62%) SCDPM
13 11 (0.62%) OVSD
13 11 (0.62%) WMI
13 11 (0.62%) HP SIM
14 10 (0.56%) Puppet
14 10 (0.56%) Nessus
14 10 (0.56%) OpenView
Vendors
1 1326 (74.58%) Microsoft
2 497 (27.95%) VMware
3 316 (17.77%) Citrix
4 280 (15.75%) HP
5 245 (13.78%) Cisco
6 86 (4.84%) McAfee
7 75 (4.22%) NetApp
8 68 (3.82%) Oracle
9 64 (3.60%) Dell
10 61 (3.43%) Symantec
11 59 (3.32%) EMC
11 59 (3.32%) Red Hat
12 56 (3.15%) IBM
13 38 (2.14%) Veritas
14 33 (1.86%) Avaya
14 33 (1.86%) Juniper
15 32 (1.80%) Lotus
16 31 (1.74%) Sophos
17 29 (1.63%) Remedy
18 25 (1.41%) Apple
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