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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 177 151 131
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -20
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 781 863 865
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.31% 1.55% 1.64%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.93% 8.22% 9.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 444 473 409
Average daily rate
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£340 £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.74% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £180 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £490 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £324 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.11% +7.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 92 97
Average hourly rate £16.92 £16.84 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.47% -6.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.70 £24.00 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £15.88 £17.42
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -8.88%

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
11268 10499 9250
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.97% 18.86% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 6778 5971 5077
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 534 434 479
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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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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 -20 721 £340 +4.61% 391
London -15 254 £320 -20.00% 109
South East -54 161 £363 +20.83% 82
East of England +36 86 £338 -3.57% 33
City of London +20 84 £400 -11.11% 25
North West -14 79 £340 +18.26% 57
Yorkshire +6 61 £300 +3.44% 24
Hampshire -14 59 £363 +4.32% 12
West Yorkshire +7 49 £400 +37.93% 19
Leeds +7 44 £400 +35.59% 13
Scotland -39 35 £345 +1.47% 14
Southampton +21 29 £363 +68.60% 3
Lancashire +12 29 £425 +49.12% 2
Berkshire -21 27 £264 -29.66% 26
South West -11 25 £363 +11.53% 31
West Midlands -9 24 £400 +45.45% 19
Surrey -1 23 £350 - 16
Manchester -18 23 £210 -34.37% 32
Norfolk +25 20 £320 +18.51% 2
Suffolk +7 20 £425 +1.19% 3
Essex +6 17 £375 +30.43% 5
North East -15 16 £275 -15.38% 5
Oxfordshire -16 16 £180 -20.00% 6
Cambridgeshire -6 15 £320 -14.66% 8
West Sussex -30 14 £270 +22.72% 7
Reading -30 14 £316 -15.66% 10
Tyne and Wear -14 13 £275 -15.38% 3
Blackpool -17 13 £375 +48.22% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 13 £275 -15.38% 3
Cambridge -1 12 £300 +1.69% 5

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 1217 (78.67%) Microsoft
2 1029 (66.52%) Windows
3 824 (53.26%) MCSE
4 694 (44.86%) Active Directory
5 548 (35.42%) ITIL
6 508 (32.84%) VMware
7 386 (24.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 370 (23.92%) MS Excel
9 352 (22.75%) MCITP
10 333 (21.53%) MCSA
11 332 (21.46%) Windows Server 2012
12 302 (19.52%) VMware Infrastructure
13 295 (19.07%) Windows 7
14 294 (19.00%) SQL
14 294 (19.00%) MS Exchange
15 290 (18.75%) SQL Server
16 282 (18.23%) Citrix
17 264 (17.07%) Cisco
18 255 (16.48%) MS Office
19 249 (16.10%) DNS
20 237 (15.32%) Security Cleared
21 236 (15.26%) MCP
22 231 (14.93%) Cisco Certification
23 226 (14.61%) Windows Server 2003
24 210 (13.57%) LAN
25 208 (13.45%) Migration
26 201 (12.99%) HP
27 198 (12.80%) PowerShell
28 197 (12.73%) SCCM
29 184 (11.89%) WAN

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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
1 294 (19.00%) MS Exchange
2 161 (10.41%) SharePoint
3 151 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2010
4 124 (8.02%) Lync
5 99 (6.40%) IIS
6 98 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2013
7 81 (5.24%) Exchange Server 2007
8 57 (3.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 38 (2.46%) SharePoint 2013
10 37 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2003
11 35 (2.26%) SharePoint 2010
12 22 (1.42%) BizTalk Server
13 14 (0.90%) Office Communications Server
14 12 (0.78%) CMS
15 10 (0.65%) IBM Notes
16 5 (0.32%) WebSphere
17 3 (0.19%) TPMS
17 3 (0.19%) Apache
17 3 (0.19%) SharePoint Server
18 2 (0.13%) LiveLink
Applications
1 370 (23.92%) MS Excel
2 255 (16.48%) MS Office
3 53 (3.43%) MS Visio
4 22 (1.42%) MS PowerPoint
5 21 (1.36%) MS Project
6 6 (0.39%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
7 4 (0.26%) PowerPivot
8 2 (0.13%) MicroStation
9 1 (0.065%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 55 (3.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (0.84%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.19%) SAP CCM
3 3 (0.19%) SAP ERP
4 2 (0.13%) Agresso
4 2 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
5 1 (0.065%) Tesseract
5 1 (0.065%) Cognos TM1
5 1 (0.065%) assyst
5 1 (0.065%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.065%) SAP Business One
5 1 (0.065%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.065%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 111 (7.18%) Office 365
2 55 (3.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
4 12 (0.78%) SaaS
5 7 (0.45%) Azure Active Directory
6 6 (0.39%) PaaS
7 5 (0.32%) IaaS
7 5 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.13%) Google Apps
9 1 (0.065%) Yammer
9 1 (0.065%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 249 (16.10%) DNS
2 210 (13.57%) LAN
3 184 (11.89%) WAN
4 175 (11.31%) SAN
5 171 (11.05%) DHCP
6 155 (10.02%) TCP/IP
7 144 (9.31%) Firewall
8 82 (5.30%) VPN
9 51 (3.30%) VLAN
10 38 (2.46%) Internet
11 32 (2.07%) MPLS
12 31 (2.00%) LDAP
13 30 (1.94%) NetScaler
14 29 (1.87%) NAS
14 29 (1.87%) VoIP
15 28 (1.81%) Network Security
15 28 (1.81%) Skype
16 26 (1.68%) Cisco IOS
17 24 (1.55%) Wireless
18 21 (1.36%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 290 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 82 (5.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 79 (5.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 77 (4.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 50 (3.23%) SQL Server 2012
6 44 (2.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 38 (2.46%) SQL Server 2005
8 32 (2.07%) Data Warehouse
9 18 (1.16%) MySQL
10 13 (0.84%) OLAP
11 12 (0.78%) SQL Server 2000
12 10 (0.65%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.58%) Relational Database
13 9 (0.58%) OLTP
14 7 (0.45%) Big Data
15 6 (0.39%) OLAP Cube
16 5 (0.32%) BusinessObjects
16 5 (0.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
17 4 (0.26%) DTS
17 4 (0.26%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 30 (1.94%) Visual Studio
2 17 (1.10%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (0.65%) JIRA
4 9 (0.58%) Subversion
5 8 (0.52%) MSI
6 6 (0.39%) ClearCase
7 5 (0.32%) Ant
7 5 (0.32%) ClearQuest
7 5 (0.32%) Git (software)
8 4 (0.26%) Fiddler
9 3 (0.19%) Hudson
9 3 (0.19%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.19%) Jenkins
9 3 (0.19%) WinRunner
9 3 (0.19%) TestDirector
9 3 (0.19%) HP UFT
10 2 (0.13%) NUnit
10 2 (0.13%) StarTeam
10 2 (0.13%) Trac
10 2 (0.13%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 171 (11.05%) Finance
2 43 (2.78%) Legal
3 37 (2.39%) Banking
4 30 (1.94%) Retail
5 28 (1.81%) Law
5 28 (1.81%) Telecoms
6 19 (1.23%) Advertising
7 16 (1.03%) French Language
8 11 (0.71%) Investment Banking
9 10 (0.65%) Local Government
10 9 (0.58%) Marketing
10 9 (0.58%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.52%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.45%) German Language
12 7 (0.45%) Spanish Language
13 6 (0.39%) Back Office
13 6 (0.39%) Publishing
14 4 (0.26%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.19%) Automotive
16 2 (0.13%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 221 (14.29%) Analyst
2 165 (10.67%) Support Engineer
3 146 (9.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 125 (8.08%) Support Analyst
5 105 (6.79%) Consultant
6 102 (6.59%) Developer
6 102 (6.59%) 2nd Line Support
7 95 (6.14%) Architect
8 75 (4.85%) 3rd Line Support
9 73 (4.72%) Desktop Support
9 73 (4.72%) Server Engineer
10 72 (4.65%) Administrator
11 60 (3.88%) Wintel Engineer
12 55 (3.56%) Service Analyst
13 53 (3.43%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
14 52 (3.36%) DBA
15 50 (3.23%) Service Desk Analyst
16 49 (3.17%) Infrastructure Architect
17 48 (3.10%) SQL DBA
18 35 (2.26%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 136 (8.79%) .NET
2 73 (4.72%) HTML
3 65 (4.20%) XML
4 48 (3.10%) ASP.NET
5 37 (2.39%) .NET Framework
6 36 (2.33%) Web Services
7 26 (1.68%) Application Packaging
8 22 (1.42%) CSS
8 22 (1.42%) JSP
9 21 (1.36%) WCF
10 19 (1.23%) jQuery
11 13 (0.84%) SOAP
12 7 (0.45%) Middleware
13 6 (0.39%) Entity Framework
14 5 (0.32%) KnockoutJS
14 5 (0.32%) LINQ
14 5 (0.32%) ASP.NET MVC
14 5 (0.32%) HTML5
14 5 (0.32%) JSON
15 4 (0.26%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 115 (7.43%) Data Centre
2 92 (5.95%) Clustering
3 81 (5.24%) Blackberry
4 70 (4.52%) Analytical Skills
5 56 (3.62%) Management Information System
6 53 (3.43%) Computer Science
7 47 (3.04%) Replication
8 44 (2.84%) Video Conferencing
9 33 (2.13%) PKI
10 31 (2.00%) Client/Server
11 22 (1.42%) Thin Client
11 22 (1.42%) Fat Client
12 21 (1.36%) NHS
13 15 (0.97%) Mainframe
13 15 (0.97%) iPad
14 14 (0.90%) EqualLogic
15 12 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
16 10 (0.65%) Enterprise Storage
17 8 (0.52%) iPhone
17 8 (0.52%) CESG
Operating Systems
1 1029 (66.52%) Windows
2 386 (24.95%) Windows Server 2008
3 332 (21.46%) Windows Server 2012
4 295 (19.07%) Windows 7
5 226 (14.61%) Windows Server 2003
6 150 (9.70%) Linux
7 124 (8.02%) Windows XP
8 83 (5.37%) Windows 8
9 65 (4.20%) UNIX
10 29 (1.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 26 (1.68%) Windows Vista
11 26 (1.68%) Android
12 18 (1.16%) Mac OS X
13 16 (1.03%) Ubuntu
14 13 (0.84%) Windows 2000 Server
14 13 (0.84%) Apple iOS
15 12 (0.78%) Data ONTAP
15 12 (0.78%) Solaris
16 9 (0.58%) Windows 2000
16 9 (0.58%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 548 (35.42%) ITIL
2 208 (13.45%) Migration
3 102 (6.59%) Project Management
4 77 (4.98%) Agile Software Development
5 75 (4.85%) CRM
6 71 (4.59%) Service Management
7 65 (4.20%) Change Management
8 63 (4.07%) Disaster Recovery
9 55 (3.56%) Server Building
10 54 (3.49%) Service Delivery
11 53 (3.43%) Incident Management
12 49 (3.17%) Business Intelligence
13 48 (3.10%) Configuration Management
14 45 (2.91%) ITIL V3
15 44 (2.84%) Problem Management
15 44 (2.84%) PRINCE2
15 44 (2.84%) Patch Management
16 40 (2.59%) Performance Tuning
17 38 (2.46%) Validation
17 38 (2.46%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 294 (19.00%) SQL
2 198 (12.80%) PowerShell
3 67 (4.33%) C#
4 62 (4.01%) VBScript
5 53 (3.43%) T-SQL
6 48 (3.10%) JavaScript
7 24 (1.55%) VB
8 18 (1.16%) Java
9 11 (0.71%) C
9 11 (0.71%) Python
10 9 (0.58%) Perl
11 7 (0.45%) VB.NET
11 7 (0.45%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.32%) VB6
13 4 (0.26%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.19%) X++
15 2 (0.13%) R
15 2 (0.13%) Shell Script
15 2 (0.13%) VBA
15 2 (0.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 824 (53.26%) MCSE
2 352 (22.75%) MCITP
3 333 (21.53%) MCSA
4 237 (15.32%) Security Cleared
5 236 (15.26%) MCP
6 231 (14.93%) Cisco Certification
7 182 (11.76%) CCNA
7 182 (11.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 161 (10.41%) MCTS
9 152 (9.83%) SC Cleared
10 130 (8.40%) Degree
11 76 (4.91%) MCDST
12 75 (4.85%) Citrix Certification
13 73 (4.72%) ITIL Certification
14 68 (4.40%) A+ Certification
15 67 (4.33%) CCNP
16 49 (3.17%) DV Cleared
17 34 (2.20%) CCA
18 32 (2.07%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 31 (2.00%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 100 (6.46%) SLA
2 35 (2.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (0.90%) QA
3 14 (0.90%) PCI DSS
4 8 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 6 (0.39%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.13%) BS7799
6 2 (0.13%) HL7
6 2 (0.13%) JSP 440
7 1 (0.065%) GxP
7 1 (0.065%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 694 (44.86%) Active Directory
2 302 (19.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 155 (10.02%) vSphere
4 123 (7.95%) Hyper-V
5 102 (6.59%) XenApp
6 55 (3.56%) VMware ESXi
7 52 (3.36%) VMware ESX
8 39 (2.52%) XenDesktop
9 32 (2.07%) Microsoft App-V
10 22 (1.42%) Terminal Services
11 14 (0.90%) XenServer
11 14 (0.90%) vCloud
12 11 (0.71%) DFS Replication
12 11 (0.71%) VMware Server
13 10 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 9 (0.58%) Forefront TMG
15 8 (0.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 8 (0.52%) VMware Workstation
16 7 (0.45%) NFS
16 7 (0.45%) Xen
Systems Management
1 197 (12.73%) SCCM
2 105 (6.79%) SCOM
3 45 (2.91%) Backup Exec
4 26 (1.68%) WSUS
5 21 (1.36%) Norton AntiVirus
6 20 (1.29%) Tivoli
7 17 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
8 15 (0.97%) NetBackup
9 14 (0.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 13 (0.84%) Puppet
11 12 (0.78%) HP SIM
11 12 (0.78%) vMotion
12 10 (0.65%) Opscode Chef
13 9 (0.58%) AirWatch
13 9 (0.58%) SCVMM
13 9 (0.58%) Nagios
13 9 (0.58%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 9 (0.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
14 8 (0.52%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
15 7 (0.45%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 1217 (78.67%) Microsoft
2 508 (32.84%) VMware
3 282 (18.23%) Citrix
4 264 (17.07%) Cisco
5 201 (12.99%) HP
6 100 (6.46%) Symantec
7 68 (4.40%) Dell
8 66 (4.27%) NetApp
9 57 (3.68%) McAfee
10 53 (3.43%) Oracle
11 52 (3.36%) EMC
12 41 (2.65%) Apple
13 38 (2.46%) Intel
14 36 (2.33%) IBM
15 35 (2.26%) Red Hat
16 34 (2.20%) CheckPoint
17 29 (1.87%) Juniper
17 29 (1.87%) AppSense
18 28 (1.81%) 3PAR
19 22 (1.42%) SAP
Manchester, Lancashire
Kelway Ltd
Rate: Negotiable Day Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
South East London
360 Resourcing Solutions
Rate: £25,359 - 35,802 per year + Benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Derbyshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per week
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Central London / West End
MSF UK (MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES)
Rate: £29,525.18 per annum pro rata + benefits
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + (is negotiable)
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £21.55 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Gloucester
Computer Futures
Rate: £220 - £320 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Norwich
I4 Recruitment
Rate: £95.59 - 119.00 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Stevenage
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Posted: 9 days ago
City, London
Spinnaker Red
Rate: From £480 to £500 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Gloucester
Computer Futures
Rate: £330 - £430 per day + competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Wiltshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Lancashire
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 16 days ago