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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 201 198 111
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -87
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 663 706 1083
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.26% 1.22% 1.86%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.12% 6.21% 9.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 455 391 483
Median daily rate £330 £350 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +0.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £162 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £472 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 75 111
Median hourly rate £21.00 £16.92 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.11% -0.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £12.00 £11.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £35.00 £32.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £16.92 £16.84
% change year-on-year
+24.11% +0.47%

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
10838 11364 11558
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.58% 19.68% 19.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 6719 6868 6390
Median daily rate £400 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £254 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 384 524 493
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.56 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 October 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 -8 562 £350 - 245
London -19 187 £425 +21.42% 76
South East -9 116 £350 -3.44% 58
Scotland +26 98 £318 +5.83% 3
North East +39 80 £330 +17.85% 8
Renfrewshire +4 79 £320 -1.00% 1
Erskine +2 78 £320 -1.00% 1
Tyne and Wear +37 74 £330 +32.00% 6
Newcastle upon Tyne +34 73 £330 +32.00% 6
East of England +6 52 £275 -21.42% 13
West Midlands -10 38 £340 -15.00% 13
Yorkshire -4 36 £350 +55.55% 16
City of London -9 35 £425 +6.25% 19
Surrey +22 31 £425 +6.51% 16
Hampshire -2 30 £328 -9.65% 12
North West -35 28 £225 -40.00% 27
South West +16 25 £244 -34.86% 12
West Yorkshire -16 19 £350 +12.00% 12
Essex +10 16 £300 +40.35% 2
Birmingham -2 16 £400 +14.28% 1
Hertfordshire +4 15 £230 -23.33% 5
Berkshire 0 15 £275 +15.78% 11
Oxfordshire -9 15 £263 -12.50% 5
Suffolk +3 14 £200 -52.94% 2
Leeds -12 14 £400 +27.92% 9
Manchester -13 13 £193 -51.87% 14
West Sussex -2 11 £375 +17.18% 4
Canary Wharf +8 10 £160 -69.52%
Hook +7 9 £344 +32.30%
Bristol +6 9 £260 -20.00% 2

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 1168 (77.66%) Microsoft
2 963 (64.03%) Windows
3 787 (52.33%) MCSE
3 787 (52.33%) Active Directory
4 533 (35.44%) Windows Server
5 508 (33.78%) ITIL
6 488 (32.45%) VMware
7 408 (27.13%) Security Cleared
8 390 (25.93%) MS Excel
9 372 (24.73%) Windows Server 2008
10 359 (23.87%) PowerShell
10 359 (23.87%) Windows Server 2012
11 353 (23.47%) SQL Server
12 333 (22.14%) MCSA
13 329 (21.88%) SQL
14 328 (21.81%) Citrix
15 317 (21.08%) DNS
16 306 (20.35%) Degree
17 292 (19.41%) SC Cleared
18 290 (19.28%) MCP
19 288 (19.15%) MS Exchange
20 274 (18.22%) HP
21 270 (17.95%) MS Office
22 268 (17.82%) VMware Infrastructure
23 265 (17.62%) SharePoint
24 252 (16.76%) Office 365
25 228 (15.16%) Cisco
26 224 (14.89%) DHCP
27 223 (14.83%) Windows Server 2003
28 221 (14.69%) SCCM

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
1 288 (19.15%) MS Exchange
2 265 (17.62%) SharePoint
3 175 (11.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 152 (10.11%) Skype for Business
5 129 (8.58%) Exchange Server 2013
6 117 (7.78%) IIS
7 102 (6.78%) OpenStack
8 73 (4.85%) Exchange Server 2007
9 60 (3.99%) SharePoint 2013
10 49 (3.26%) IBM Notes
11 48 (3.19%) SharePoint 2010
12 47 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2003
13 38 (2.53%) Apache
13 38 (2.53%) Office Communications Server
14 28 (1.86%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 15 (1.00%) Tomcat
16 11 (0.73%) SharePoint Server
17 10 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
18 8 (0.53%) WebSphere
19 7 (0.47%) CMS
Applications
1 390 (25.93%) MS Excel
2 270 (17.95%) MS Office
3 33 (2.19%) MS Visio
4 22 (1.46%) Spreadsheet
5 11 (0.73%) MS PowerPoint
6 8 (0.53%) InfoPath
7 7 (0.47%) MS Project
8 1 (0.066%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.066%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.066%) PTC Creo
8 1 (0.066%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 51 (3.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 24 (1.60%) Dynamics NAV
3 7 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.13%) Eikon
4 2 (0.13%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.066%) Aareon QL
5 1 (0.066%) Academy Housing
5 1 (0.066%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.066%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
5 1 (0.066%) Infor M3
5 1 (0.066%) MIS ActiveH
5 1 (0.066%) Northgate Housing
5 1 (0.066%) OPENHousing
5 1 (0.066%) Oracle CRM
5 1 (0.066%) Orchard Housing
5 1 (0.066%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.066%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 252 (16.76%) Office 365
2 103 (6.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 42 (2.79%) IaaS
4 40 (2.66%) Amazon AWS
5 36 (2.39%) PaaS
6 35 (2.33%) SaaS
7 15 (1.00%) HP Helion
7 15 (1.00%) OneDrive
8 11 (0.73%) Azure Active Directory
9 7 (0.47%) Yammer
10 5 (0.33%) Amazon EC2
10 5 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
10 5 (0.33%) G Suite
10 5 (0.33%) Rackspace Cloud
11 3 (0.20%) Google App Engine
11 3 (0.20%) Google Cloud Platform
11 3 (0.20%) Mimecast
12 2 (0.13%) IBM Cloud
12 2 (0.13%) SoftLayer
Communications & Networking
1 317 (21.08%) DNS
2 224 (14.89%) DHCP
3 182 (12.10%) TCP/IP
4 169 (11.24%) Firewall
5 147 (9.77%) SAN
6 98 (6.52%) Internet
6 98 (6.52%) WAN
7 94 (6.25%) Skype
8 87 (5.78%) LAN
9 66 (4.39%) SSL
10 45 (2.99%) VPN
11 43 (2.86%) LDAP
12 42 (2.79%) Network Security
13 39 (2.59%) NetScaler
14 36 (2.39%) Kerberos
14 36 (2.39%) SNMP
15 32 (2.13%) HTTP
15 32 (2.13%) Wireless
16 30 (1.99%) MPLS
17 27 (1.80%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 353 (23.47%) SQL Server
2 86 (5.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 82 (5.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 77 (5.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 71 (4.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 41 (2.73%) SQL Server 2005
7 39 (2.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 28 (1.86%) Data Warehouse
9 22 (1.46%) MySQL
10 21 (1.40%) SQL Server 2014
11 17 (1.13%) Relational Database
12 15 (1.00%) Oracle Database
13 13 (0.86%) SQL Server 2000
14 9 (0.60%) Oracle Database 12c
14 9 (0.60%) RDBMS
15 8 (0.53%) MongoDB
15 8 (0.53%) Oracle Database 10g
16 7 (0.47%) Amazon RDS
16 7 (0.47%) BusinessObjects
17 6 (0.40%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 47 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 46 (3.06%) Visual Studio
3 26 (1.73%) MSI
4 16 (1.06%) StarTeam
5 10 (0.66%) Git (software)
5 10 (0.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 9 (0.60%) HP UFT
6 9 (0.60%) TestDirector
7 8 (0.53%) Jenkins
8 7 (0.47%) WinRunner
9 6 (0.40%) JIRA
10 5 (0.33%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.27%) Maven
12 3 (0.20%) CruiseControl
12 3 (0.20%) Travis CI
12 3 (0.20%) Visual Studio Team System
13 2 (0.13%) Burp Suite
13 2 (0.13%) Cucumber
13 2 (0.13%) LoadRunner
13 2 (0.13%) Selenium
General
1 149 (9.91%) Finance
2 54 (3.59%) Banking
3 27 (1.80%) Legal
3 27 (1.80%) Retail
4 26 (1.73%) Law
5 23 (1.53%) Advertising
6 20 (1.33%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.20%) Billing
8 16 (1.06%) Local Government
8 16 (1.06%) Marketing
9 15 (1.00%) Telecoms
10 13 (0.86%) Back Office
11 12 (0.80%) German Language
11 12 (0.80%) Investment Banking
12 8 (0.53%) Military
13 6 (0.40%) French Language
13 6 (0.40%) Portuguese Language
13 6 (0.40%) Spanish Language
14 5 (0.33%) Automotive
14 5 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 174 (11.57%) Analyst
2 159 (10.57%) Support Engineer
3 124 (8.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 121 (8.05%) Architect
5 97 (6.45%) Developer
6 84 (5.59%) Consultant
7 77 (5.12%) Desktop Support
8 69 (4.59%) Windows Engineer
9 68 (4.52%) Administrator
9 68 (4.52%) Infrastructure Architect
9 68 (4.52%) Wintel Engineer
10 65 (4.32%) 3rd Line Support
11 64 (4.26%) Support Analyst
12 62 (4.12%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 55 (3.66%) Server Engineer
14 51 (3.39%) Service Analyst
15 48 (3.19%) DBA
16 44 (2.93%) Service Desk Analyst
16 44 (2.93%) SQL DBA
17 43 (2.86%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 130 (8.64%) .NET
2 62 (4.12%) XML
3 54 (3.59%) ASP.NET
4 47 (3.13%) HTML
5 44 (2.93%) Web Services
6 36 (2.39%) Middleware
7 32 (2.13%) CSS
8 25 (1.66%) jQuery
9 17 (1.13%) .NET Framework
10 16 (1.06%) WCF
11 14 (0.93%) LAMP
12 13 (0.86%) Ajax
12 13 (0.86%) REST
13 10 (0.66%) AngularJS
13 10 (0.66%) SOAP
14 9 (0.60%) HTML5
15 8 (0.53%) JSP
15 8 (0.53%) WSDL
15 8 (0.53%) XSD
16 7 (0.47%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 184 (12.23%) Computer Science
2 163 (10.84%) Clustering
3 148 (9.84%) Data Centre
4 116 (7.71%) Analytical Skills
5 83 (5.52%) Blackberry
6 77 (5.12%) Management Information System
7 59 (3.92%) PKI
8 52 (3.46%) Replication
9 41 (2.73%) Enterprise Software
10 31 (2.06%) NHS
11 25 (1.66%) Client/Server
12 24 (1.60%) Private Cloud
13 17 (1.13%) User Experience
14 15 (1.00%) CMDB
14 15 (1.00%) PDA
15 14 (0.93%) Visualisation
16 13 (0.86%) Smartphone
17 12 (0.80%) AS400
17 12 (0.80%) Mainframe
17 12 (0.80%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 963 (64.03%) Windows
2 533 (35.44%) Windows Server
3 372 (24.73%) Windows Server 2008
4 359 (23.87%) Windows Server 2012
5 223 (14.83%) Windows Server 2003
6 209 (13.90%) Windows 7
7 140 (9.31%) Linux
8 90 (5.98%) Windows XP
9 65 (4.32%) Windows 10
10 57 (3.79%) Apple iOS
11 53 (3.52%) Unix
12 48 (3.19%) Windows 8
13 39 (2.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 37 (2.46%) Android
15 24 (1.60%) Solaris
16 22 (1.46%) AIX
17 14 (0.93%) Ubuntu
18 10 (0.66%) Mac OS
18 10 (0.66%) Mac OS X
19 9 (0.60%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 508 (33.78%) ITIL
2 205 (13.63%) Migration
3 110 (7.31%) Change Management
4 101 (6.72%) Load Balancing
5 87 (5.78%) Agile Software Development
6 82 (5.45%) Project Management
7 80 (5.32%) Service Delivery
8 79 (5.25%) ITIL V3
9 77 (5.12%) Problem Management
10 69 (4.59%) High Availability
11 68 (4.52%) CRM
11 68 (4.52%) Incident Management
11 68 (4.52%) PRINCE2
12 64 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
13 63 (4.19%) Virtual Environments
14 57 (3.79%) Business Intelligence
15 56 (3.72%) Service Management
16 47 (3.13%) Analytics
17 46 (3.06%) Change Control
18 45 (2.99%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 359 (23.87%) PowerShell
2 329 (21.88%) SQL
3 113 (7.51%) C#
4 78 (5.19%) JavaScript
5 65 (4.32%) VBScript
6 60 (3.99%) T-SQL
7 51 (3.39%) Java
8 28 (1.86%) C++
9 26 (1.73%) C
10 21 (1.40%) Bash Shell
10 21 (1.40%) VB
11 18 (1.20%) Python
12 17 (1.13%) PHP
13 14 (0.93%) Shell Script
14 12 (0.80%) Perl
15 10 (0.66%) Ruby
16 7 (0.47%) VBA
17 4 (0.27%) PL/SQL
17 4 (0.27%) VB.NET
18 3 (0.20%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 787 (52.33%) MCSE
2 408 (27.13%) Security Cleared
3 333 (22.14%) MCSA
4 306 (20.35%) Degree
5 292 (19.41%) SC Cleared
6 290 (19.28%) MCP
7 218 (14.49%) MCITP
8 203 (13.50%) Cisco Certification
9 185 (12.30%) MCTS
10 141 (9.38%) CCNA
11 108 (7.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 85 (5.65%) ITIL Certification
13 80 (5.32%) MCDST
14 71 (4.72%) MCSD
15 61 (4.06%) Citrix Certification
16 58 (3.86%) CCNP
17 55 (3.66%) A+ Certification
17 55 (3.66%) CCA
18 45 (2.99%) DV Cleared
19 34 (2.26%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (5.59%) SLA
2 26 (1.73%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 25 (1.66%) Disclosure Scotland
4 22 (1.46%) PCI DSS
5 13 (0.86%) QA
6 10 (0.66%) HL7
7 9 (0.60%) Government Security Classifications
8 6 (0.40%) ISO 9001
9 4 (0.27%) COBIT
10 3 (0.20%) Data Quality
10 3 (0.20%) JSP 440
11 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
12 1 (0.066%) ISO27002
System Software
1 787 (52.33%) Active Directory
2 268 (17.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 159 (10.57%) Hyper-V
4 107 (7.11%) vSphere
5 100 (6.65%) XenApp
6 63 (4.19%) Microsoft App-V
7 53 (3.52%) XenDesktop
8 47 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
9 38 (2.53%) VMware ESX
10 35 (2.33%) Virtual Servers
11 32 (2.13%) Terminal Services
12 26 (1.73%) Firmware
13 18 (1.20%) UAG
14 17 (1.13%) Virtual Machines
14 17 (1.13%) Xen
15 15 (1.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
16 14 (0.93%) Brightmail
17 11 (0.73%) Docker
17 11 (0.73%) Oracle RAC
18 9 (0.60%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 221 (14.69%) SCCM
2 99 (6.58%) SCOM
3 77 (5.12%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 74 (4.92%) Microsoft Clustering
5 44 (2.93%) WSUS
6 40 (2.66%) PowerCLI
7 38 (2.53%) Backup Exec
8 36 (2.39%) McAfee ePO
9 34 (2.26%) OpenView
9 34 (2.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 30 (1.99%) NetBackup
10 30 (1.99%) Perfmon
11 22 (1.46%) Netcool
12 20 (1.33%) Puppet
13 16 (1.06%) HP SIM
14 14 (0.93%) AirWatch
14 14 (0.93%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 13 (0.86%) WMI
16 12 (0.80%) Microsoft Intune
16 12 (0.80%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 1168 (77.66%) Microsoft
2 488 (32.45%) VMware
3 328 (21.81%) Citrix
4 274 (18.22%) HP
5 228 (15.16%) Cisco
6 102 (6.78%) Oracle
7 60 (3.99%) Dell
8 52 (3.46%) Intel Security
9 51 (3.39%) NetApp
10 50 (3.32%) Symantec
11 49 (3.26%) Lotus
12 48 (3.19%) Red Hat
13 42 (2.79%) Apple
14 40 (2.66%) Veritas
15 37 (2.46%) AppSense
16 33 (2.19%) IronPort
17 32 (2.13%) IBM
18 28 (1.86%) Altiris
18 28 (1.86%) Juniper
19 25 (1.66%) CheckPoint
Teddington, Middlesex
Plan-net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 3 hours ago
Kent
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Highly competitive day rate
Posted: 21 hours ago
Croydon, Surrey
First Point
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Surrey
Networkers
Rate: £10.50 - £17.40 per hour
Posted: 23 hours ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: £1 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Sussex
Ballard Chalmers
Posted: Yesterday
London
Colston Consulting
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £130 - £160 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
TEKsystems
Posted: 3 days ago
Surrey
Logic Engagements Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Computer People
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
EdenChase Associates
Rate: From £450 to £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £30000.00 - £35000.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £320 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Technology Sourcing Limited
Rate: Unspecified Market Leading
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £342. per day
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Andover
Spectrum IT
Rate: £100 - £130 per day
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