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 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
UK
Rank 236 204 176
Rank change year-on-year
-32 -28
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 454 603 690
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.00% 1.18% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.81% 5.54% 6.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 281 341 379
Median daily rate £325 £333 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.25% +2.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £150 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £333 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.75% +2.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 64 77
Median hourly rate £16.09 £17.25 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.72% +9.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £10.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £45.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.09 £19.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-15.31% +22.58%

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
9432 10878 10377
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.80% 21.26% 20.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 6090 6726 5935
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 445 488
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +74.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.09 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.92% +80.00%

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 21 February 2017.

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 21 February 2017.

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 21 February 2017. 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 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 -29 408 £330 -4.34% 215
London -12 151 £356 +6.34% 56
South East -1 115 £325 -7.14% 47
Hampshire +19 32 £320 -8.57% 19
East of England +3 31 £400 +60.32% 16
Yorkshire -3 30 £350 -11.94% 19
City of London -6 30 £350 +16.66% 17
East Midlands +1 24 £320 +44.63% 14
North West +10 23 £425 +36.00% 31
West Yorkshire +1 18 £133 -66.66% 10
Cambridgeshire +10 16 £400 +129.88% 3
Buckinghamshire +15 15 £363 +25.00% 4
West Sussex -1 15 £425 -5.55% 1
Berkshire -14 15 £250 -35.89% 4
West Midlands -19 15 £350 +89.18% 20
Hook +4 14 £320 -4.95% 1
Leeds -8 14 £133 -66.87% 6
Milton Keynes +18 13 £363 +25.00% 2
Derbyshire -8 13 £320 -28.88% 2
Scotland -22 13 £275 -14.06% 8
Kent +5 12 £325 +4.00% 4
Oxfordshire +3 12 £210 -53.33% 3
Cambridge +17 11 £400 - 1
Lancashire +12 10 £490 +78.18% 1
Surrey -7 10 £210 -40.00% 11
Wales +16 9 £150 - 4
South West -25 9 £269 -23.14% 9
South Wales - 9 £150 - 4
South Yorkshire +5 8 £375 +7.91% 5
Derby -9 8 £320 -28.88% 1

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, 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.

1 811 (75.51%) Microsoft
2 677 (63.04%) Windows
3 587 (54.66%) Active Directory
4 568 (52.89%) MCSE
5 393 (36.59%) Windows Server
6 348 (32.40%) ITIL
7 300 (27.93%) VMware
8 276 (25.70%) Windows Server 2012
9 273 (25.42%) Windows Server 2008
10 230 (21.42%) MS Excel
11 223 (20.76%) MS Exchange
12 216 (20.11%) MCSA
13 205 (19.09%) Security Cleared
14 204 (18.99%) MCP
15 202 (18.81%) Office 365
16 200 (18.62%) Cisco
17 197 (18.34%) PowerShell
18 195 (18.16%) SQL Server
19 191 (17.78%) MCITP
20 187 (17.41%) Cisco Certification
21 177 (16.48%) VMware Infrastructure
22 176 (16.39%) MS Office
23 175 (16.29%) Degree
24 172 (16.01%) Windows 7
25 168 (15.64%) SharePoint
26 166 (15.46%) DNS
27 163 (15.18%) Citrix
27 163 (15.18%) Windows Server 2003
28 160 (14.90%) SQL
29 151 (14.06%) SC Cleared

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
1 223 (20.76%) MS Exchange
2 168 (15.64%) SharePoint
3 135 (12.57%) Skype for Business
4 127 (11.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 75 (6.98%) IIS
6 66 (6.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 38 (3.54%) OpenStack
8 36 (3.35%) SharePoint 2013
9 32 (2.98%) Exchange Server 2007
10 24 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2003
11 22 (2.05%) SharePoint 2010
12 20 (1.86%) IBM Notes
13 18 (1.68%) Office Communications Server
14 16 (1.49%) BizTalk Server
14 16 (1.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 10 (0.93%) Apache
16 7 (0.65%) Tomcat
17 6 (0.56%) CMS
17 6 (0.56%) MS Project Server
18 5 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 230 (21.42%) MS Excel
2 176 (16.39%) MS Office
3 17 (1.58%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
5 7 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.093%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.093%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.093%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 31 (2.89%) Dynamics NAV
2 29 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (1.12%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.19%) Eikon
5 2 (0.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.093%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.093%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.093%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 202 (18.81%) Office 365
2 119 (11.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 41 (3.82%) IaaS
4 40 (3.72%) Amazon AWS
5 36 (3.35%) PaaS
6 33 (3.07%) SaaS
7 22 (2.05%) Azure Active Directory
8 16 (1.49%) OneDrive
9 13 (1.21%) HP Helion
10 8 (0.74%) AWS CloudFormation
11 7 (0.65%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.65%) Mimecast
11 7 (0.65%) Yammer
12 5 (0.47%) GitHub
12 5 (0.47%) Google Cloud Platform
13 4 (0.37%) Amazon EC2
14 3 (0.28%) Google App Engine
15 2 (0.19%) AWS OpsWorks
16 1 (0.093%) Amazon CloudWatch
16 1 (0.093%) AWS CloudTrail
Communications & Networking
1 166 (15.46%) DNS
2 138 (12.85%) Firewall
3 123 (11.45%) DHCP
4 117 (10.89%) Skype
5 106 (9.87%) LAN
6 101 (9.40%) TCP/IP
7 98 (9.12%) WAN
8 91 (8.47%) SAN
9 68 (6.33%) Internet
10 47 (4.38%) VPN
11 40 (3.72%) VoIP
12 38 (3.54%) Kerberos
13 37 (3.45%) Wireless
14 36 (3.35%) MPLS
15 32 (2.98%) LDAP
16 27 (2.51%) Network Security
16 27 (2.51%) X.500
17 26 (2.42%) SSL
18 22 (2.05%) NAS
19 21 (1.96%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 195 (18.16%) SQL Server
2 47 (4.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 42 (3.91%) SQL Server 2012
4 41 (3.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 39 (3.63%) SQL Server 2008
6 26 (2.42%) SQL Server 2014
6 26 (2.42%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 25 (2.33%) Oracle Database
8 18 (1.68%) Data Warehouse
9 15 (1.40%) SQL Server 2005
10 14 (1.30%) MySQL
11 12 (1.12%) Oracle Database 12c
11 12 (1.12%) Relational Database
11 12 (1.12%) SQL Server 2000
12 6 (0.56%) Big Data
12 6 (0.56%) PowerPivot
12 6 (0.56%) RDBMS
13 5 (0.47%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 5 (0.47%) NoSQL
13 5 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 27 (2.51%) Team Foundation Server
2 18 (1.68%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.30%) StarTeam
4 13 (1.21%) Git (software)
5 11 (1.02%) Jenkins
5 11 (1.02%) JIRA
6 10 (0.93%) TeamCity
7 7 (0.65%) NUnit
7 7 (0.65%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (0.56%) Moq
9 5 (0.47%) CruiseControl
9 5 (0.47%) Octopus Deploy
9 5 (0.47%) Selenium
10 4 (0.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 3 (0.28%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 3 (0.28%) Bitbucket
11 3 (0.28%) MSI
11 3 (0.28%) Travis CI
12 2 (0.19%) Vagrant
12 2 (0.19%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 135 (12.57%) Finance
2 37 (3.45%) Retail
3 32 (2.98%) Banking
4 30 (2.79%) Manufacturing
5 20 (1.86%) Legal
6 19 (1.77%) Telecoms
7 15 (1.40%) Back Office
7 15 (1.40%) Billing
8 11 (1.02%) Military
9 8 (0.74%) Advertising
10 6 (0.56%) Investment Banking
10 6 (0.56%) Law
10 6 (0.56%) Local Government
10 6 (0.56%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.47%) Games
11 5 (0.47%) Marketing
12 3 (0.28%) Financial Institution
13 2 (0.19%) Publishing
14 1 (0.093%) Front Office
14 1 (0.093%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 140 (13.04%) Analyst
2 112 (10.43%) Architect
3 105 (9.78%) Support Engineer
4 81 (7.54%) Consultant
5 77 (7.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 57 (5.31%) Developer
7 56 (5.21%) Support Analyst
8 55 (5.12%) 2nd Line Support
9 53 (4.93%) Infrastructure Architect
10 51 (4.75%) Desktop Support
11 46 (4.28%) Wintel Engineer
12 45 (4.19%) 3rd Line Support
13 41 (3.82%) IT Support
14 40 (3.72%) DBA
14 40 (3.72%) Windows Engineer
15 39 (3.63%) Active Directory Engineer
16 38 (3.54%) SQL DBA
17 36 (3.35%) IT Engineer
18 35 (3.26%) 2nd Line Engineer
18 35 (3.26%) 3rd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 74 (6.89%) .NET
2 40 (3.72%) ASP.NET
3 28 (2.61%) XML
4 27 (2.51%) Web Services
5 26 (2.42%) HTML
6 23 (2.14%) CSS
7 17 (1.58%) WCF
8 13 (1.21%) ASP.NET MVC
8 13 (1.21%) jQuery
9 11 (1.02%) AngularJS
10 10 (0.93%) .NET Framework
10 10 (0.93%) SOAP
11 8 (0.74%) Middleware
12 7 (0.65%) HTML5
13 6 (0.56%) Entity Framework
13 6 (0.56%) REST
13 6 (0.56%) SAML
14 5 (0.47%) Ajax
14 5 (0.47%) Unity DI Container
14 5 (0.47%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 99 (9.22%) Data Centre
2 92 (8.57%) Clustering
3 89 (8.29%) Analytical Skills
4 80 (7.45%) Computer Science
5 59 (5.49%) PKI
6 58 (5.40%) Replication
7 53 (4.93%) Blackberry
8 51 (4.75%) Management Information System
9 34 (3.17%) NHS
10 28 (2.61%) Enterprise Software
11 18 (1.68%) Video Conferencing
12 17 (1.58%) Client/Server
13 15 (1.40%) PDA
14 14 (1.30%) Fat Client
14 14 (1.30%) Mobile App
14 14 (1.30%) Thin Client
15 12 (1.12%) iPad
16 10 (0.93%) Handset
16 10 (0.93%) Smartphone
17 9 (0.84%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 677 (63.04%) Windows
2 393 (36.59%) Windows Server
3 276 (25.70%) Windows Server 2012
4 273 (25.42%) Windows Server 2008
5 172 (16.01%) Windows 7
6 163 (15.18%) Windows Server 2003
7 93 (8.66%) Linux
8 63 (5.87%) Windows 10
9 58 (5.40%) Windows XP
10 51 (4.75%) Windows 8
11 38 (3.54%) Apple iOS
12 34 (3.17%) Android
13 24 (2.23%) Unix
14 22 (2.05%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 14 (1.30%) AIX
15 14 (1.30%) Mac OS X
16 7 (0.65%) Solaris
16 7 (0.65%) Windows Mobile
17 5 (0.47%) VMS
18 3 (0.28%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 348 (32.40%) ITIL
2 125 (11.64%) Migration
3 83 (7.73%) Change Management
4 69 (6.42%) Agile Software Development
5 48 (4.47%) Service Management
6 47 (4.38%) Disaster Recovery
7 46 (4.28%) Project Management
8 45 (4.19%) Load Balancing
9 44 (4.10%) PRINCE2
10 43 (4.00%) DevOps
10 43 (4.00%) ITIL V3
11 42 (3.91%) Incident Management
11 42 (3.91%) Problem Management
12 41 (3.82%) Virtual Environments
13 38 (3.54%) Service Delivery
14 35 (3.26%) Business Intelligence
14 35 (3.26%) Validation
15 34 (3.17%) Mobile Device Management
16 33 (3.07%) CRM
16 33 (3.07%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 197 (18.34%) PowerShell
2 160 (14.90%) SQL
3 58 (5.40%) C#
4 36 (3.35%) VBScript
5 33 (3.07%) JavaScript
6 30 (2.79%) T-SQL
7 17 (1.58%) Java
8 13 (1.21%) C
9 10 (0.93%) Shell Script
10 9 (0.84%) Bash Shell
10 9 (0.84%) Python
11 8 (0.74%) C++
12 7 (0.65%) Ada
12 7 (0.65%) Ada 83
12 7 (0.65%) Ada 95
13 6 (0.56%) PL/SQL
14 5 (0.47%) VB.NET
15 4 (0.37%) Perl
15 4 (0.37%) Ruby
15 4 (0.37%) VB
Qualifications
1 568 (52.89%) MCSE
2 216 (20.11%) MCSA
3 205 (19.09%) Security Cleared
4 204 (18.99%) MCP
5 191 (17.78%) MCITP
6 187 (17.41%) Cisco Certification
7 175 (16.29%) Degree
8 151 (14.06%) SC Cleared
9 131 (12.20%) CCNA
10 120 (11.17%) MCTS
11 73 (6.80%) MCDST
12 65 (6.05%) ITIL Certification
13 63 (5.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 45 (4.19%) CCIE
15 42 (3.91%) CCNP
16 41 (3.82%) Citrix Certification
17 35 (3.26%) MCSD
18 30 (2.79%) MCDBA
19 29 (2.70%) CCA
20 26 (2.42%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (5.12%) SLA
2 16 (1.49%) QA
3 14 (1.30%) PCI DSS
4 10 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.37%) Government Security Classifications
6 3 (0.28%) JSP 440
7 2 (0.19%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.093%) GCP
8 1 (0.093%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.093%) ISO27002
8 1 (0.093%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 587 (54.66%) Active Directory
2 177 (16.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 118 (10.99%) Hyper-V
4 56 (5.21%) vSphere
5 45 (4.19%) VMware ESXi
6 34 (3.17%) VMware ESX
6 34 (3.17%) XenApp
7 21 (1.96%) Virtual Servers
8 20 (1.86%) XenDesktop
9 18 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
10 15 (1.40%) Firmware
11 13 (1.21%) UAG
12 12 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
13 9 (0.84%) Virtual Desktop
14 8 (0.74%) Terminal Services
14 8 (0.74%) Veritas Volume Manager
15 6 (0.56%) Docker
15 6 (0.56%) VMware Server
16 5 (0.47%) Forefront TMG
16 5 (0.47%) Xen
Systems Management
1 124 (11.55%) SCCM
2 46 (4.28%) SCOM
3 31 (2.89%) NetBackup
4 22 (2.05%) Microsoft Clustering
4 22 (2.05%) Puppet
5 20 (1.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 19 (1.77%) Backup Exec
6 19 (1.77%) McAfee ePO
7 18 (1.68%) AirWatch
8 15 (1.40%) WSUS
9 14 (1.30%) Netcool
9 14 (1.30%) Opscode Chef
10 13 (1.21%) Norton AntiVirus
11 12 (1.12%) Nessus
12 8 (0.74%) Microsoft Intune
13 7 (0.65%) Ansible
13 7 (0.65%) Failover Clustering
13 7 (0.65%) Nagios
13 7 (0.65%) vMotion
14 6 (0.56%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 811 (75.51%) Microsoft
2 300 (27.93%) VMware
3 200 (18.62%) Cisco
4 163 (15.18%) Citrix
5 108 (10.06%) HP
6 64 (5.96%) Oracle
7 47 (4.38%) Apple
8 46 (4.28%) NetApp
9 31 (2.89%) Symantec
10 30 (2.79%) Intel Security
11 29 (2.70%) SolarWinds
12 28 (2.61%) Remedy
13 26 (2.42%) Veritas
14 24 (2.23%) EMC
15 20 (1.86%) Lotus
16 19 (1.77%) CheckPoint
17 18 (1.68%) Red Hat
18 17 (1.58%) Forcepoint
18 17 (1.58%) Polycom
19 16 (1.49%) Veeam
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Networking People
Rate: £160 - £170 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Prospectus IT Recruitment
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Durham, County Durham
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £10.00 - £15.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: From £200 to £260 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £100 - £120 per day + Van & Laptop
Posted: 14 days ago
Whiteley, Hampshire, UK
Leidos
Posted: 17 days ago
Banbury, Oxfordshire
Hays Talent Solutions
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Basingstoke
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £100 - £120 per day + Van & Laptop
Posted: 16 days ago
London
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £100 - £120 per day + Van & Laptop
Posted: 15 days ago
North Ferriby, Hull, East Yorkshire
omya
Rate: Competitve
Posted: 26 days ago