The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 138 123 114
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 819 856 964
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.50% 1.68% 1.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.84% 9.44% 9.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 458 410 475
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £170 £151 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £301 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.63% +0.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 100 104
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 £12.50 £11.90 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £35.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.88 £17.29 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-8.18% +8.06%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10442 9068 9814
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.10% 17.77% 16.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 5891 4873 5063
Average daily rate £375 £375 £374
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 504 612
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.87 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.10% -0.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.14 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 25 July 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 25 July 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 25 July 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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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 -23 699 £325 - 387
London +1 291 £393 +4.66% 118
South East +4 198 £275 -23.87% 80
Scotland +16 77 £343 +7.87% 20
City of London -12 65 £425 +30.76% 37
East of England -29 58 £300 +50.00% 34
Hampshire +16 55 £266 -42.20% 17
North West +1 54 £300 +20.00% 31
West Sussex +21 40 £220 -51.11% 1
Berkshire -13 37 £400 +3.89% 15
Manchester +4 26 £300 - 20
South West -41 26 £320 +62.02% 27
Glasgow +14 24 £324 +7.91% 5
West Midlands -30 23 £263 -12.50% 34
Reading -3 21 £400 +3.89% 2
East Midlands -18 21 £350 +75.00% 27
Wales -3 20 £445 +56.96% 6
Buckinghamshire -8 19 £275 +10.00% 12
Yorkshire -14 19 £288 -6.50% 32
Cheshire +8 18 £265 - 6
Surrey -22 17 £300 -7.69% 18
Crawley +18 16 £325 -27.77% 1
Bedfordshire -10 16 £300 +9.09% 8
Milton Keynes -4 14 £255 +4.08% 9
South Wales -8 14 £398 +40.21% 5
East Sussex +4 13 £130 -60.00% 1
Aberdeen +13 11 £421 +40.41% 1
Suffolk -15 11 £375 - 4
Gosport - 11 £440 -
Brighton +12 10 £110 -66.17% 1

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 1129 (71.82%) Microsoft
2 1061 (67.49%) Windows
3 778 (49.49%) MCSE
4 662 (42.11%) Active Directory
5 502 (31.93%) ITIL
6 499 (31.74%) Windows Server 2008
7 486 (30.92%) VMware
8 422 (26.84%) MCITP
9 401 (25.51%) MS Excel
10 386 (24.55%) MS Exchange
11 353 (22.46%) Citrix
12 342 (21.76%) MCP
13 335 (21.31%) Windows Server 2003
14 321 (20.42%) SQL Server
15 314 (19.97%) SQL
15 314 (19.97%) Windows 7
16 296 (18.83%) VMware Infrastructure
17 261 (16.60%) DNS
18 251 (15.97%) MS Office
19 241 (15.33%) Cisco
20 240 (15.27%) MCTS
21 222 (14.12%) MCSA
22 218 (13.87%) Security Cleared
23 209 (13.30%) HP
24 208 (13.23%) SCCM
25 206 (13.10%) SAN
26 204 (12.98%) Cisco Certification
27 203 (12.91%) DHCP
28 197 (12.53%) .NET
28 197 (12.53%) Exchange Server 2010

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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
1 386 (24.55%) MS Exchange
2 197 (12.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 193 (12.28%) SharePoint
4 139 (8.84%) Exchange Server 2007
5 128 (8.14%) Exchange Server 2003
6 82 (5.22%) SharePoint 2010
6 82 (5.22%) IIS
7 69 (4.39%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 59 (3.75%) Lync
9 49 (3.12%) Exchange Server 2013
10 45 (2.86%) SharePoint 2013
11 27 (1.72%) SharePoint Server
12 19 (1.21%) BizTalk Server
12 19 (1.21%) IBM Notes
13 11 (0.70%) SAS
13 11 (0.70%) MS Project Server
14 7 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2000
15 5 (0.32%) JOnAS
16 4 (0.25%) Live Communications Server
16 4 (0.25%) Apache
Applications
1 401 (25.51%) MS Excel
2 251 (15.97%) MS Office
3 26 (1.65%) MS PowerPoint
4 25 (1.59%) MS Visio
5 15 (0.95%) MS Project
6 2 (0.13%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.064%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.064%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 58 (3.69%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
3 9 (0.57%) assyst
3 9 (0.57%) Oracle EBS
4 7 (0.45%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.38%) SAP SD
5 6 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.064%) Tesseract
7 1 (0.064%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.064%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.064%) Magento
7 1 (0.064%) 3000 Xtra
7 1 (0.064%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 47 (2.99%) Office 365
2 21 (1.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (0.64%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.57%) IaaS
5 8 (0.51%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.13%) SaaS
6 2 (0.13%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.064%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 261 (16.60%) DNS
2 206 (13.10%) SAN
3 203 (12.91%) DHCP
4 186 (11.83%) Firewall
5 144 (9.16%) TCP/IP
6 135 (8.59%) LAN
7 131 (8.33%) WAN
8 74 (4.71%) VPN
9 69 (4.39%) Wireless
10 65 (4.13%) Internet
11 53 (3.37%) VoIP
12 32 (2.04%) NAS
13 31 (1.97%) Network Security
14 25 (1.59%) NetScaler
15 24 (1.53%) Intranet
15 24 (1.53%) IP Telephony
16 23 (1.46%) MPLS
17 22 (1.40%) VLAN
18 20 (1.27%) Cisco ASA
18 20 (1.27%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 321 (20.42%) SQL Server
2 149 (9.48%) SQL Server 2008
3 128 (8.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 84 (5.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 76 (4.83%) SQL Server 2005
6 75 (4.77%) SQL Server 2012
7 46 (2.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 33 (2.10%) SQL Server 2000
9 20 (1.27%) MySQL
10 19 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
11 18 (1.15%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 16 (1.02%) Oracle Database
13 15 (0.95%) Relational Database
14 14 (0.89%) Oracle Database 10g
15 12 (0.76%) DTS
16 11 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
17 10 (0.64%) EDRMS
18 9 (0.57%) RDBMS
18 9 (0.57%) Amazon RDS
19 7 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 56 (3.56%) Visual Studio
2 36 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (1.27%) MSI
4 11 (0.70%) QuickTest Pro
4 11 (0.70%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 9 (0.57%) InstallShield
5 9 (0.57%) Subversion
6 7 (0.45%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.45%) WinRunner
6 7 (0.45%) TestDirector
7 6 (0.38%) LoadRunner
7 6 (0.38%) TeamCity
7 6 (0.38%) CruiseControl
7 6 (0.38%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.19%) MSTest
8 3 (0.19%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (0.19%) AdminStudio
9 2 (0.13%) NUnit
9 2 (0.13%) Selenium
9 2 (0.13%) MSBuild
General
1 178 (11.32%) Finance
2 61 (3.88%) Banking
3 38 (2.42%) Telecoms
4 36 (2.29%) Advertising
5 34 (2.16%) Front Office
6 32 (2.04%) Back Office
7 21 (1.34%) Marketing
8 20 (1.27%) Law
8 20 (1.27%) Retail
9 19 (1.21%) French Language
10 17 (1.08%) Mandarin Language
10 17 (1.08%) Spanish Language
11 13 (0.83%) Legal
12 12 (0.76%) Investment Banking
13 9 (0.57%) Manufacturing
14 7 (0.45%) Financial Institution
14 7 (0.45%) Games
14 7 (0.45%) Military
15 6 (0.38%) Publishing
16 4 (0.25%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 261 (16.60%) Analyst
2 189 (12.02%) Support Engineer
3 129 (8.21%) Developer
4 121 (7.70%) Consultant
4 121 (7.70%) Support Analyst
5 109 (6.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 82 (5.22%) 3rd Line Support
6 82 (5.22%) Administrator
7 66 (4.20%) 2nd Line Support
8 65 (4.13%) Service Analyst
8 65 (4.13%) Architect
9 64 (4.07%) Service Desk Analyst
10 62 (3.94%) Server Engineer
10 62 (3.94%) Desktop Support
11 61 (3.88%) Systems Engineer
12 58 (3.69%) DBA
13 54 (3.44%) SQL DBA
14 45 (2.86%) 1st Line Support
15 40 (2.54%) Network Engineer
16 38 (2.42%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 197 (12.53%) .NET
2 97 (6.17%) HTML
3 96 (6.11%) ASP.NET
4 62 (3.94%) XML
5 49 (3.12%) Web Services
6 46 (2.93%) CSS
7 44 (2.80%) WCF
8 38 (2.42%) .NET Framework
9 36 (2.29%) jQuery
10 29 (1.84%) JSP
11 20 (1.27%) Middleware
12 18 (1.15%) XSLT
12 18 (1.15%) WPF
12 18 (1.15%) Software Packaging
12 18 (1.15%) Application Packaging
13 15 (0.95%) SOAP
14 14 (0.89%) Silverlight
14 14 (0.89%) HTML5
15 13 (0.83%) ASP.NET MVC
15 13 (0.83%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 121 (7.70%) Clustering
2 104 (6.62%) Blackberry
3 51 (3.24%) Management Information System
4 50 (3.18%) Computer Science
5 41 (2.61%) Replication
6 29 (1.84%) Thin Client
6 29 (1.84%) Fat Client
7 25 (1.59%) Client/Server
7 25 (1.59%) PKI
8 24 (1.53%) Enterprise Software
9 22 (1.40%) Statistics
10 13 (0.83%) NHS
10 13 (0.83%) EqualLogic
11 12 (0.76%) CMDB
12 11 (0.70%) Data Integration
12 11 (0.70%) iPad
13 9 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
13 9 (0.57%) Smartphone
13 9 (0.57%) PDA
14 8 (0.51%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 1061 (67.49%) Windows
2 499 (31.74%) Windows Server 2008
3 335 (21.31%) Windows Server 2003
4 314 (19.97%) Windows 7
5 189 (12.02%) Windows XP
6 183 (11.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 129 (8.21%) Linux
8 85 (5.41%) UNIX
9 53 (3.37%) Windows 8
10 41 (2.61%) Windows Vista
11 32 (2.04%) Windows 2000
12 28 (1.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 27 (1.72%) Windows 2000 Server
14 20 (1.27%) Mac OS X
15 11 (0.70%) Windows NT
16 10 (0.64%) AIX
17 9 (0.57%) Android
18 5 (0.32%) Solaris
18 5 (0.32%) Apple iOS
19 4 (0.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 502 (31.93%) ITIL
2 128 (8.14%) Migration
3 114 (7.25%) Service Management
4 98 (6.23%) Project Management
5 78 (4.96%) CRM
6 72 (4.58%) Incident Management
7 71 (4.52%) Service Delivery
8 67 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
9 65 (4.13%) Workflow
10 64 (4.07%) Change Management
11 62 (3.94%) Business Intelligence
12 53 (3.37%) ITSM
13 47 (2.99%) Configuration Management
14 44 (2.80%) Load Balancing
15 37 (2.35%) Problem Management
16 36 (2.29%) PRINCE2
16 36 (2.29%) MVC
16 36 (2.29%) Performance Tuning
17 35 (2.23%) Change Control
18 33 (2.10%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 314 (19.97%) SQL
2 177 (11.26%) PowerShell
3 125 (7.95%) C#
4 82 (5.22%) JavaScript
5 66 (4.20%) T-SQL
6 46 (2.93%) VBScript
7 43 (2.74%) VB
8 19 (1.21%) C
9 16 (1.02%) Java
9 16 (1.02%) VB.NET
10 15 (0.95%) C++
11 14 (0.89%) Perl
12 11 (0.70%) VBA
13 10 (0.64%) Shell Script
14 7 (0.45%) Python
15 6 (0.38%) ABAP
16 4 (0.25%) PHP
17 3 (0.19%) PL/SQL
17 3 (0.19%) Bash Shell
18 2 (0.13%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 778 (49.49%) MCSE
2 422 (26.84%) MCITP
3 342 (21.76%) MCP
4 240 (15.27%) MCTS
5 222 (14.12%) MCSA
6 218 (13.87%) Security Cleared
7 204 (12.98%) Cisco Certification
8 189 (12.02%) Degree
9 160 (10.18%) CCNA
10 152 (9.67%) SC Cleared
11 112 (7.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 92 (5.85%) MCDST
13 56 (3.56%) DV Cleared
13 56 (3.56%) CCNP
14 52 (3.31%) MCSD
15 42 (2.67%) Citrix Certification
16 41 (2.61%) ISTQB
17 40 (2.54%) MCDBA
18 39 (2.48%) A+ Certification
19 36 (2.29%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 130 (8.27%) SLA
2 18 (1.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 18 (1.15%) QA
3 9 (0.57%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.51%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.45%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.19%) BS7799
7 1 (0.064%) Data Quality
System Software
1 662 (42.11%) Active Directory
2 296 (18.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 138 (8.78%) Hyper-V
4 117 (7.44%) vSphere
5 111 (7.06%) XenApp
6 74 (4.71%) VMware ESX
7 50 (3.18%) XenDesktop
8 41 (2.61%) XenServer
9 28 (1.78%) Microsoft App-V
10 25 (1.59%) ISA Server
11 20 (1.27%) Terminal Services
12 18 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
13 17 (1.08%) UAG
14 11 (0.70%) Oracle RAC
15 9 (0.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 9 (0.57%) NFS
15 9 (0.57%) vCloud
16 7 (0.45%) Terminal Server
16 7 (0.45%) Citrix Presentation Server
17 6 (0.38%) Xen
Systems Management
1 208 (13.23%) SCCM
2 84 (5.34%) SCOM
3 68 (4.33%) Backup Exec
4 31 (1.97%) WSUS
5 27 (1.72%) McAfee ePO
6 19 (1.21%) SCVMM
6 19 (1.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 18 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
8 17 (1.08%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 14 (0.89%) NetBackup
10 13 (0.83%) MAILsweeper
10 13 (0.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 13 (0.83%) HP Quality Center
11 12 (0.76%) OpenView
11 12 (0.76%) OVSD
11 12 (0.76%) Nessus
11 12 (0.76%) BladeLogic
11 12 (0.76%) EMC NetWorker
12 9 (0.57%) WMI
12 9 (0.57%) SAP Afaria
Vendors
1 1129 (71.82%) Microsoft
2 486 (30.92%) VMware
3 353 (22.46%) Citrix
4 241 (15.33%) Cisco
5 209 (13.30%) HP
6 102 (6.49%) Symantec
7 72 (4.58%) McAfee
8 68 (4.33%) Oracle
9 64 (4.07%) Dell
10 59 (3.75%) EMC
11 52 (3.31%) Apple
12 51 (3.24%) Juniper
13 41 (2.61%) NetApp
14 40 (2.54%) Avaya
15 34 (2.16%) IBM
15 34 (2.16%) CheckPoint
16 32 (2.04%) Sophos
17 30 (1.91%) Remedy
17 30 (1.91%) Red Hat
18 28 (1.78%) SolarWinds
East Anglia
Roc Search
Posted: 14 hours ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Connectus
Rate: £15.73 per hour
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Discoverer International Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Upon Application
Posted: 15 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
SmartSourcing plc
Posted: 17 hours ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
NES Global Talent
Rate: £25000 to £30000 per annum
Posted: 18 hours ago
Southend-On-Sea, Essex
CPS Group UK
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
I3
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Posted: 2 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £1 per day + market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxted, Surrey
Class Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £23,000 to £25,000 per annum Pro-rate
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucestershire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Jumar
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Altrincham, Cheshire
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £230 - £280 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Fareham, Hampshire
ARM Utilities
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Blackburn, Lancashire
Premier Group Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago