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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 205 176 155
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -21
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 605 680 684
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.18% 1.34% 1.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.55% 6.61% 7.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 346 371 333
Average daily rate £330 £325 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% +1.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £142 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 75 89
Average hourly rate £16.67 £15.77 £15.13
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.70% +4.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £13.00 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £31.50 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.77 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+7.79% +5.13%

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
10904 10292 9385
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.31% 19.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 6732 5960 5067
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £237 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 498 480 434
Average hourly rate £37.50 £20.00 £18.70
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+87.50% +6.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.80 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +21.73%

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 5 February 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 5 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 5 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -33 525 £340 +4.61% 406
London -30 172 £350 +7.69% 127
South East -49 130 £337 +2.79% 94
Scotland +3 56 £321 -5.73% 12
Yorkshire +21 51 £375 +13.20% 27
Berkshire -16 40 £400 +20.75% 28
West Yorkshire +23 39 £385 +14.07% 17
North West -5 38 £281 -15.09% 41
Renfrewshire +12 37 £325 -6.60% 1
Erskine +7 37 £325 -6.53% 1
West Midlands -13 37 £290 -3.33% 36
Reading -17 33 £400 +6.66% 15
Leeds +6 32 £398 +17.77% 10
South West -2 32 £350 -6.66% 28
East Midlands +2 31 £115 -70.12% 16
East of England -13 30 £325 +13.04% 26
City of London +22 28 £300 -21.56% 22
Hampshire -20 28 £345 +5.34% 15
Surrey +2 23 £330 -17.50% 17
Birmingham -1 18 £345 -6.12% 9
Derbyshire -3 15 £450 +67.44% 4
Derby +1 14 £450 - 2
Wiltshire -3 13 £363 -3.33% 3
Cambridgeshire +8 12 £174 -43.41% 10
Coventry +4 10 £150 -16.66% 8
Glasgow +3 10 £338 +9.75% 6
Cheshire +1 10 £250 -45.94% 10
Manchester -21 10 £150 -62.50% 25
Hook +11 9 £330 -2.58% 1
Swindon +6 9 £375 -10.71% 1

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

1 988 (77.92%) Microsoft
2 812 (64.04%) Windows
3 671 (52.92%) Active Directory
4 621 (48.97%) MCSE
5 434 (34.23%) ITIL
6 371 (29.26%) Windows Server
7 358 (28.23%) VMware
8 318 (25.08%) MCSA
9 294 (23.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 293 (23.11%) Windows 7
11 290 (22.87%) Citrix
12 284 (22.40%) MS Excel
13 268 (21.14%) SQL
14 265 (20.90%) MS Exchange
15 256 (20.19%) MCITP
16 245 (19.32%) MCP
17 233 (18.38%) MS Office
18 227 (17.90%) SQL Server
18 227 (17.90%) Security Cleared
19 221 (17.43%) Windows Server 2012
20 213 (16.80%) VMware Infrastructure
21 203 (16.01%) Cisco Certification
22 196 (15.46%) Cisco
23 192 (15.14%) DNS
24 186 (14.67%) Windows Server 2003
25 176 (13.88%) Finance
26 175 (13.80%) MCTS
27 170 (13.41%) CCNA
28 158 (12.46%) SCCM
29 152 (11.99%) Degree

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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
1 265 (20.90%) MS Exchange
2 147 (11.59%) SharePoint
3 105 (8.28%) Exchange Server 2010
4 79 (6.23%) IIS
5 59 (4.65%) Exchange Server 2013
6 51 (4.02%) Lync
7 47 (3.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 47 (3.71%) Exchange Server 2007
8 40 (3.15%) SharePoint 2013
9 33 (2.60%) Exchange Server 2003
10 25 (1.97%) IBM Notes
10 25 (1.97%) SharePoint 2010
11 21 (1.66%) OpenStack
12 16 (1.26%) BizTalk Server
13 9 (0.71%) WebSphere
14 8 (0.63%) IBM Domino
15 7 (0.55%) Apache
15 7 (0.55%) CMS
15 7 (0.55%) SharePoint Server
16 6 (0.47%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 284 (22.40%) MS Excel
2 233 (18.38%) MS Office
3 31 (2.44%) MS Visio
4 12 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 11 (0.87%) InfoPath
6 6 (0.47%) Acrobat
7 4 (0.32%) Photoshop
8 2 (0.16%) MS Project
9 1 (0.079%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.079%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 32 (2.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.55%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.32%) Oracle BPM
4 4 (0.32%) Relativity
4 4 (0.32%) Teamcenter
5 3 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.16%) assyst
7 1 (0.079%) Sage 1000
7 1 (0.079%) SAP CCM
7 1 (0.079%) SAP ERP
7 1 (0.079%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 116 (9.15%) Office 365
2 72 (5.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 36 (2.84%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (1.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (0.55%) IaaS
6 6 (0.47%) Yammer
7 5 (0.39%) OneDrive
7 5 (0.39%) SaaS
8 4 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.16%) PaaS
10 1 (0.079%) GitHub
10 1 (0.079%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.079%) IBM PureFlex
10 1 (0.079%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 192 (15.14%) DNS
2 137 (10.80%) TCP/IP
3 132 (10.41%) DHCP
4 115 (9.07%) LAN
5 113 (8.91%) Firewall
6 110 (8.68%) WAN
7 101 (7.97%) SAN
8 73 (5.76%) VPN
9 53 (4.18%) Internet
10 46 (3.63%) VoIP
11 39 (3.08%) LDAP
12 36 (2.84%) VLAN
13 31 (2.44%) Skype
14 29 (2.29%) Kerberos
14 29 (2.29%) Wireless
15 28 (2.21%) X.500
16 23 (1.81%) Remote Desktop
17 21 (1.66%) Wi-Fi
18 19 (1.50%) Network Security
18 19 (1.50%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 227 (17.90%) SQL Server
2 72 (5.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 69 (5.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 52 (4.10%) SQL Server 2012
5 39 (3.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 31 (2.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 28 (2.21%) SQL Server 2005
8 18 (1.42%) Data Warehouse
9 15 (1.18%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 14 (1.10%) Oracle Database
11 12 (0.95%) Relational Database
12 10 (0.79%) GIS
12 10 (0.79%) OLAP
13 9 (0.71%) Azure SQL Database
14 8 (0.63%) SQL Server 2000
14 8 (0.63%) SQL Server 2014
15 7 (0.55%) Power BI
15 7 (0.55%) QlikView
16 6 (0.47%) MySQL
16 6 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 51 (4.02%) HP UFT
2 49 (3.86%) TestDirector
2 49 (3.86%) WinRunner
3 22 (1.74%) Visual Studio
4 19 (1.50%) Team Foundation Server
5 13 (1.03%) JIRA
6 12 (0.95%) Git (software)
7 10 (0.79%) MSI
8 8 (0.63%) Ant
8 8 (0.63%) Hudson
8 8 (0.63%) Jenkins
8 8 (0.63%) Maven
8 8 (0.63%) Subversion
9 4 (0.32%) ClearCase
9 4 (0.32%) Eclipse
10 3 (0.24%) Fiddler
10 3 (0.24%) NUnit
10 3 (0.24%) Rational Rhapsody
11 2 (0.16%) Moq
11 2 (0.16%) TeamCity
General
1 176 (13.88%) Finance
2 41 (3.23%) Banking
3 31 (2.44%) Telecoms
4 24 (1.89%) Legal
5 23 (1.81%) Law
6 17 (1.34%) Local Government
7 15 (1.18%) Advertising
8 13 (1.03%) Marketing
9 12 (0.95%) Investment Banking
10 11 (0.87%) Manufacturing
11 10 (0.79%) French Language
11 10 (0.79%) German Language
12 9 (0.71%) Billing
12 9 (0.71%) Publishing
12 9 (0.71%) Retail
13 8 (0.63%) Back Office
13 8 (0.63%) Military
14 7 (0.55%) Financial Institution
15 5 (0.39%) Korean Language
16 4 (0.32%) Games
Job Titles
1 249 (19.64%) Analyst
2 138 (10.88%) Support Engineer
3 109 (8.60%) Support Analyst
4 108 (8.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 100 (7.89%) Developer
6 99 (7.81%) Desktop Support
7 79 (6.23%) Architect
8 77 (6.07%) Consultant
8 77 (6.07%) Service Analyst
9 71 (5.60%) IT Support
10 68 (5.36%) 2nd Line Support
11 61 (4.81%) Service Desk Analyst
12 54 (4.26%) Active Directory Engineer
13 53 (4.18%) IT Engineer
14 50 (3.94%) 3rd Line Support
15 48 (3.79%) Windows Engineer
16 46 (3.63%) 1st Line Support
16 46 (3.63%) IT Analyst
17 43 (3.39%) Infrastructure Analyst
18 38 (3.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 117 (9.23%) .NET
2 52 (4.10%) HTML
3 51 (4.02%) Web Services
4 44 (3.47%) ASP.NET
5 39 (3.08%) XML
6 35 (2.76%) CSS
7 34 (2.68%) .NET Framework
8 24 (1.89%) jQuery
9 23 (1.81%) WCF
10 15 (1.18%) Ajax
11 12 (0.95%) SOAP
12 11 (0.87%) ASP.NET MVC
13 10 (0.79%) Entity Framework
13 10 (0.79%) XHTML
14 9 (0.71%) HTML5
15 7 (0.55%) ASP.NET Web API
15 7 (0.55%) Autofac
15 7 (0.55%) Middleware
16 6 (0.47%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 6 (0.47%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 113 (8.91%) Blackberry
2 91 (7.18%) Data Centre
3 75 (5.91%) Clustering
4 63 (4.97%) Computer Science
5 60 (4.73%) Analytical Skills
6 52 (4.10%) PDA
6 52 (4.10%) PKI
6 52 (4.10%) Replication
7 46 (3.63%) Management Information System
8 37 (2.92%) Video Conferencing
9 35 (2.76%) Driving Licence
10 27 (2.13%) Enterprise Software
11 21 (1.66%) Client/Server
12 20 (1.58%) Fat Client
12 20 (1.58%) NHS
12 20 (1.58%) Thin Client
13 19 (1.50%) CESG
14 17 (1.34%) iPad
15 14 (1.10%) CESG CLAS
16 10 (0.79%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 812 (64.04%) Windows
2 371 (29.26%) Windows Server
3 294 (23.19%) Windows Server 2008
4 293 (23.11%) Windows 7
5 221 (17.43%) Windows Server 2012
6 186 (14.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 142 (11.20%) Windows XP
8 97 (7.65%) Linux
9 77 (6.07%) Windows 8
10 52 (4.10%) Unix
11 46 (3.63%) AIX
12 43 (3.39%) Windows 10
13 34 (2.68%) Apple iOS
14 31 (2.44%) Windows Vista
15 25 (1.97%) Mac OS X
16 22 (1.74%) Android
17 21 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 16 (1.26%) Windows 2000
19 15 (1.18%) Windows 2000 Server
20 13 (1.03%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 434 (34.23%) ITIL
2 151 (11.91%) Migration
3 103 (8.12%) Service Management
4 87 (6.86%) Change Management
5 76 (5.99%) Agile Software Development
6 52 (4.10%) Test Scripting
7 51 (4.02%) Configuration Management
7 51 (4.02%) Service Delivery
8 50 (3.94%) Test Automation
9 49 (3.86%) CRM
9 49 (3.86%) Software Testing
10 47 (3.71%) Incident Management
11 42 (3.31%) Information Security
11 42 (3.31%) PRINCE2
12 41 (3.23%) Disaster Recovery
13 40 (3.15%) Time Management
14 36 (2.84%) ITIL V3
15 35 (2.76%) Project Management
16 34 (2.68%) ITSM
17 33 (2.60%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 268 (21.14%) SQL
2 151 (11.91%) PowerShell
3 72 (5.68%) C#
4 55 (4.34%) JavaScript
5 35 (2.76%) VBScript
6 34 (2.68%) T-SQL
7 18 (1.42%) Java
7 18 (1.42%) VB.NET
8 17 (1.34%) Python
9 13 (1.03%) C
9 13 (1.03%) Ruby
10 11 (0.87%) VB
11 9 (0.71%) Bash Shell
12 7 (0.55%) PL/SQL
12 7 (0.55%) VBA
13 4 (0.32%) Perl
13 4 (0.32%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.32%) VB6
14 2 (0.16%) AWK
14 2 (0.16%) sed
Qualifications
1 621 (48.97%) MCSE
2 318 (25.08%) MCSA
3 256 (20.19%) MCITP
4 245 (19.32%) MCP
5 227 (17.90%) Security Cleared
6 203 (16.01%) Cisco Certification
7 175 (13.80%) MCTS
8 170 (13.41%) CCNA
9 152 (11.99%) Degree
10 148 (11.67%) SC Cleared
11 114 (8.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 74 (5.84%) MCDST
13 54 (4.26%) ISTQB
14 51 (4.02%) DV Cleared
15 45 (3.55%) Citrix Certification
16 44 (3.47%) CISSP
16 44 (3.47%) ITIL Certification
17 41 (3.23%) A+ Certification
18 36 (2.84%) CCNP
19 35 (2.76%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 64 (5.05%) SLA
2 24 (1.89%) PCI DSS
3 20 (1.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 13 (1.03%) Disclosure Scotland
5 7 (0.55%) QA
6 6 (0.47%) ISO 9000
7 5 (0.39%) JSP 440
8 4 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 3 (0.24%) FedRAMP
10 2 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
11 1 (0.079%) Data Quality
11 1 (0.079%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 671 (52.92%) Active Directory
2 213 (16.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 137 (10.80%) Hyper-V
4 105 (8.28%) vSphere
5 70 (5.52%) XenApp
6 67 (5.28%) VMware ESX
7 44 (3.47%) XenDesktop
8 35 (2.76%) Microsoft App-V
9 24 (1.89%) XenServer
10 21 (1.66%) VMware ESXi
11 13 (1.03%) Terminal Server
12 9 (0.71%) Docker
12 9 (0.71%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 9 (0.71%) Firmware
13 8 (0.63%) ISA Server
13 8 (0.63%) vCloud
14 7 (0.55%) Terminal Services
15 6 (0.47%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 6 (0.47%) NFS
16 5 (0.39%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 158 (12.46%) SCCM
2 69 (5.44%) SCOM
3 58 (4.57%) McAfee ePO
4 51 (4.02%) HP Quality Center
5 44 (3.47%) Netcool
6 43 (3.39%) WSUS
7 32 (2.52%) NetBackup
8 29 (2.29%) Backup Exec
9 25 (1.97%) Puppet
10 23 (1.81%) Norton AntiVirus
11 15 (1.18%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 15 (1.18%) Opscode Chef
12 14 (1.10%) Nagios
13 13 (1.03%) Ansible
14 9 (0.71%) Cacti
15 8 (0.63%) SCVMM
15 8 (0.63%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
16 7 (0.55%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
16 7 (0.55%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 7 (0.55%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 988 (77.92%) Microsoft
2 358 (28.23%) VMware
3 290 (22.87%) Citrix
4 196 (15.46%) Cisco
5 150 (11.83%) HP
6 74 (5.84%) McAfee
7 73 (5.76%) Dell
8 61 (4.81%) Oracle
9 57 (4.50%) Symantec
10 47 (3.71%) Veritas
11 44 (3.47%) Apple
12 40 (3.15%) NetApp
13 32 (2.52%) EMC
14 30 (2.37%) Sophos
15 27 (2.13%) Red Hat
16 26 (2.05%) Lotus
17 25 (1.97%) Remedy
18 24 (1.89%) IBM
19 18 (1.42%) CommVault
19 18 (1.42%) Intel
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: market rates or excellent salary, 6 months initial contract
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: Up to £180 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £10.00 - £12.00 per hour + n/a
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £10.00 - £12.00 per hour + n/a
Posted: 2 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
PCR
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Competitive Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £30000 - £34000 Per Annum PRO-RATA
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading
Capita plc
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rates + Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
Greythorn
Rate: £46 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
LA International
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
LA International
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250 - £319 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £90 - £105 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Up to £100 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
East London
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 390 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Leicestershire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £110.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £13 - £17 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £11.50 - £12.50 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Birmingham
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Manchester
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £21000 - £23000 per annum
Posted: 17 days ago