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 29 December 2014 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 157 124 122
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 772 840 803
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.43% 1.64% 1.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.99% 9.11% 9.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 473 425
Average daily rate
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£340 £341 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.36% +1.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £150 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £336 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+3.46% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 85 103
Average hourly rate £15.77 £15.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.40% -23.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.50 £25.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.89 £15.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
+5.90% -19.70%

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
11050 9216 8730
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.49% 18.00% 17.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 6480 5130 4573
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 542 401 602
Average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 29 December 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 29 December 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 29 December 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 -28 719 £340 -1.80% 318
South East +1 252 £330 -12.00% 83
London -51 220 £350 -5.40% 77
Hampshire +36 74 £323 +7.50% 29
Berkshire -16 56 £375 -11.76% 21
City of London -8 52 £425 +13.33% 32
Buckinghamshire +2 51 £275 +37.50% 9
East of England -34 44 £288 -3.36% 28
East Midlands +10 43 £400 +233.33% 15
Milton Keynes -2 43 £288 +43.75% 7
North West +6 41 £375 +25.00% 29
West Midlands +15 40 £350 +55.55% 20
Reading -5 35 £350 -17.64% 4
South West -27 34 £375 +36.98% 30
Scotland -21 30 £348 +2.35% 15
West Sussex -2 27 £325 -8.70% 3
Manchester -3 26 £363 +11.53% 14
North East -10 23 £270 -12.13% 5
Surrey -17 22 £375 +7.52% 13
Yorkshire -21 21 £288 -0.86% 23
Hook - 20 £326 -
Cambridgeshire -6 16 £301 +9.54% 11
Wiltshire -8 13 £375 +7.14% 5
Leeds -12 13 £310 +6.89% 12
West Yorkshire -16 13 £310 +6.89% 15
Derbyshire +10 12 £450 +309.09% 1
Birmingham -1 12 £400 +344.44% 9
Tyne and Wear -20 12 £285 -6.17% 5
Leicestershire +18 10 £475 +5.55% 1
Cheshire +10 10 £426 +42.08% 9

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 1372 (74.28%) Microsoft
2 1157 (62.64%) Windows
3 881 (47.70%) MCSE
4 727 (39.36%) Active Directory
5 586 (31.73%) MS Excel
6 540 (29.24%) ITIL
7 519 (28.10%) VMware
8 508 (27.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 424 (22.96%) MCITP
10 402 (21.77%) MS Exchange
11 399 (21.60%) Windows Server 2003
12 340 (18.41%) Citrix
13 332 (17.98%) Security Cleared
14 331 (17.92%) MCP
15 306 (16.57%) VMware Infrastructure
16 302 (16.35%) Windows 7
17 296 (16.03%) HP
18 292 (15.81%) CRM
19 289 (15.65%) SQL Server
20 287 (15.54%) SQL
21 276 (14.94%) Windows Server 2012
22 266 (14.40%) DNS
23 259 (14.02%) SC Cleared
24 253 (13.70%) MCSA
25 241 (13.05%) MS Office
26 237 (12.83%) Cisco
27 222 (12.02%) MCTS
28 219 (11.86%) SAN
29 218 (11.80%) TCP/IP
30 212 (11.48%) PowerShell

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 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
1 402 (21.77%) MS Exchange
2 206 (11.15%) SharePoint
3 202 (10.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 134 (7.26%) IIS
5 121 (6.55%) Exchange Server 2007
5 121 (6.55%) Exchange Server 2003
6 84 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
7 83 (4.49%) Lync
8 65 (3.52%) SharePoint 2010
9 50 (2.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 36 (1.95%) SharePoint 2013
11 30 (1.62%) Apache
12 28 (1.52%) BizTalk Server
13 23 (1.25%) IBM Notes
14 20 (1.08%) WebSphere
15 19 (1.03%) Tomcat
16 17 (0.92%) SharePoint Server
17 16 (0.87%) Office Communications Server
18 11 (0.60%) JBoss
19 7 (0.38%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 586 (31.73%) MS Excel
2 241 (13.05%) MS Office
3 28 (1.52%) MS Visio
4 19 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (0.87%) MS Project
6 4 (0.22%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.16%) SPSS
8 2 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
8 2 (0.11%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.054%) AutoCAD
9 1 (0.054%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 65 (3.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 15 (0.81%) Oracle EBS
3 14 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
4 13 (0.70%) assyst
5 5 (0.27%) Dynamics NAV
6 3 (0.16%) WebTrends
7 2 (0.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
8 1 (0.054%) 3000 Xtra
8 1 (0.054%) SAP BPC
8 1 (0.054%) Agresso
8 1 (0.054%) CODA-Financials
8 1 (0.054%) Changepoint
8 1 (0.054%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 70 (3.79%) Office 365
2 22 (1.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (0.60%) SaaS
4 7 (0.38%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (0.32%) IaaS
6 4 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 266 (14.40%) DNS
2 219 (11.86%) SAN
3 218 (11.80%) TCP/IP
4 200 (10.83%) DHCP
5 169 (9.15%) Firewall
6 104 (5.63%) LAN
7 101 (5.47%) WAN
8 87 (4.71%) Internet
9 59 (3.19%) VPN
10 57 (3.09%) Wireless
11 55 (2.98%) VoIP
12 44 (2.38%) NAS
13 43 (2.33%) VLAN
14 39 (2.11%) SSL
15 29 (1.57%) NetScaler
16 28 (1.52%) Network Security
17 25 (1.35%) SMTP
18 23 (1.25%) Intranet
18 23 (1.25%) X.500
19 21 (1.14%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 289 (15.65%) SQL Server
2 101 (5.47%) SQL Server 2008
3 87 (4.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 56 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 53 (2.87%) SQL Server 2005
6 47 (2.54%) SQL Server 2012
7 44 (2.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 21 (1.14%) Relational Database
9 18 (0.97%) RDBMS
9 18 (0.97%) Oracle Reports
10 17 (0.92%) Data Warehouse
11 16 (0.87%) MySQL
12 15 (0.81%) SQL Server 2000
13 10 (0.54%) EDRMS
13 10 (0.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 10 (0.54%) OLAP
13 10 (0.54%) OLTP
13 10 (0.54%) Oracle Database
14 8 (0.43%) Hadoop
15 7 (0.38%) DB2
Development Applications
1 42 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
2 36 (1.95%) Visual Studio
3 18 (0.97%) MSI
4 15 (0.81%) QuickTest Pro
5 13 (0.70%) WinRunner
5 13 (0.70%) TestDirector
6 10 (0.54%) Subversion
7 9 (0.49%) InstallShield
7 9 (0.49%) Jenkins
8 8 (0.43%) CruiseControl
9 7 (0.38%) Git (software)
10 6 (0.32%) JIRA
10 6 (0.32%) MSTest
11 5 (0.27%) AdminStudio
11 5 (0.27%) VSS/SourceSafe
12 4 (0.22%) Oracle Forms
13 3 (0.16%) NUnit
13 3 (0.16%) Fiddler
13 3 (0.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 2 (0.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 185 (10.02%) Finance
2 59 (3.19%) Banking
3 55 (2.98%) Telecoms
4 33 (1.79%) Law
5 32 (1.73%) Marketing
6 31 (1.68%) Advertising
7 21 (1.14%) Military
8 16 (0.87%) Legal
8 16 (0.87%) Manufacturing
9 11 (0.60%) Retail
10 10 (0.54%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.49%) Investment Banking
11 9 (0.49%) Local Government
12 8 (0.43%) Back Office
13 6 (0.32%) Front Office
13 6 (0.32%) Spanish Language
14 5 (0.27%) French Language
15 4 (0.22%) International Banking
15 4 (0.22%) Publishing
16 3 (0.16%) Mandarin Language
Job Titles
1 256 (13.86%) Analyst
2 230 (12.45%) Technical Support
3 187 (10.12%) Support Engineer
4 137 (7.42%) Consultant
5 130 (7.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 115 (6.23%) Developer
7 105 (5.68%) Support Analyst
8 86 (4.66%) Desktop Support
9 82 (4.44%) Administrator
10 81 (4.39%) 3rd Line Support
11 77 (4.17%) Wintel Engineer
12 73 (3.95%) Server Engineer
13 65 (3.52%) 2nd Line Support
14 64 (3.47%) Service Analyst
15 62 (3.36%) Service Desk Analyst
16 60 (3.25%) Architect
17 49 (2.65%) 1st Line Support
18 47 (2.54%) DBA
19 45 (2.44%) Systems Engineer
19 45 (2.44%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (8.88%) .NET
2 113 (6.12%) HTML
3 96 (5.20%) XML
4 78 (4.22%) ASP.NET
5 63 (3.41%) Web Services
6 48 (2.60%) WCF
7 40 (2.17%) .NET Framework
8 38 (2.06%) JSP
9 29 (1.57%) SOAP
9 29 (1.57%) CSS
10 21 (1.14%) Application Packaging
10 21 (1.14%) Software Packaging
11 18 (0.97%) jQuery
11 18 (0.97%) Middleware
12 17 (0.92%) JMS
13 15 (0.81%) Silverlight
13 15 (0.81%) Reactive Extensions
13 15 (0.81%) Managed Extensibility Framework
14 13 (0.70%) ASP.NET MVC
14 13 (0.70%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 172 (9.31%) Clustering
2 101 (5.47%) Blackberry
3 84 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
4 57 (3.09%) Replication
5 49 (2.65%) Management Information System
6 44 (2.38%) Computer Science
7 28 (1.52%) Thin Client
7 28 (1.52%) Fat Client
8 25 (1.35%) PKI
9 23 (1.25%) CMDB
9 23 (1.25%) Video Conferencing
10 22 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
11 21 (1.14%) Client/Server
12 16 (0.87%) PDA
12 16 (0.87%) iPad
13 14 (0.76%) Smartphone
13 14 (0.76%) EPoS
14 11 (0.60%) NHS
14 11 (0.60%) iPhone
15 10 (0.54%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 1157 (62.64%) Windows
2 508 (27.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 399 (21.60%) Windows Server 2003
4 302 (16.35%) Windows 7
5 276 (14.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 165 (8.93%) Windows XP
7 163 (8.83%) Linux
8 88 (4.76%) UNIX
9 52 (2.82%) Windows 8
10 47 (2.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 47 (2.54%) Windows Vista
11 39 (2.11%) Windows 2000
12 38 (2.06%) Windows 2000 Server
13 17 (0.92%) Android
13 17 (0.92%) AIX
14 16 (0.87%) Windows NT
15 12 (0.65%) Apple iOS
16 9 (0.49%) VMS
16 9 (0.49%) Solaris
17 8 (0.43%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 540 (29.24%) ITIL
2 292 (15.81%) CRM
3 179 (9.69%) Migration
4 92 (4.98%) Project Management
4 92 (4.98%) Change Management
5 88 (4.76%) Service Management
6 84 (4.55%) Disaster Recovery
7 82 (4.44%) Agile Software Development
8 69 (3.74%) Incident Management
9 58 (3.14%) High Availability
10 53 (2.87%) Service Delivery
11 52 (2.82%) Configuration Management
12 47 (2.54%) Workflow
13 45 (2.44%) Change Control
14 44 (2.38%) Validation
15 43 (2.33%) Business Intelligence
16 42 (2.27%) Load Balancing
17 41 (2.22%) Time Management
18 38 (2.06%) PRINCE2
19 36 (1.95%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 287 (15.54%) SQL
2 212 (11.48%) PowerShell
3 95 (5.14%) C#
4 77 (4.17%) JavaScript
5 71 (3.84%) VBScript
6 55 (2.98%) T-SQL
7 42 (2.27%) VB
8 22 (1.19%) C
9 17 (0.92%) Shell Script
9 17 (0.92%) Korn
10 15 (0.81%) VB.NET
10 15 (0.81%) Java
11 12 (0.65%) PHP
11 12 (0.65%) Bash Shell
12 11 (0.60%) Jython
12 11 (0.60%) C-shell
12 11 (0.60%) Perl
13 9 (0.49%) VBA
14 8 (0.43%) Python
14 8 (0.43%) C++
Qualifications
1 881 (47.70%) MCSE
2 424 (22.96%) MCITP
3 332 (17.98%) Security Cleared
4 331 (17.92%) MCP
5 259 (14.02%) SC Cleared
6 253 (13.70%) MCSA
7 222 (12.02%) MCTS
8 186 (10.07%) Cisco Certification
9 165 (8.93%) Degree
10 141 (7.63%) CCNA
11 125 (6.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 77 (4.17%) DV Cleared
13 71 (3.84%) MCDST
14 60 (3.25%) Citrix Certification
15 59 (3.19%) A+ Certification
16 56 (3.03%) CCNP
17 43 (2.33%) CCA
18 41 (2.22%) ITIL Certification
18 41 (2.22%) ISTQB
19 31 (1.68%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 126 (6.82%) SLA
2 23 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (0.81%) QA
4 8 (0.43%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.38%) JSP 440
6 5 (0.27%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.16%) BS7799
8 1 (0.054%) HL7
8 1 (0.054%) Solvency II
System Software
1 727 (39.36%) Active Directory
2 306 (16.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 155 (8.39%) Hyper-V
4 110 (5.96%) vSphere
5 104 (5.63%) XenApp
6 75 (4.06%) VMware ESX
7 41 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
8 38 (2.06%) ISA Server
9 36 (1.95%) Terminal Services
10 30 (1.62%) XenServer
10 30 (1.62%) XenDesktop
11 22 (1.19%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 21 (1.14%) Xen
13 17 (0.92%) Forefront TMG
13 17 (0.92%) UAG
14 16 (0.87%) NFS
14 16 (0.87%) Firmware
15 13 (0.70%) vCloud
15 13 (0.70%) Veritas Volume Manager
16 11 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 197 (10.67%) SCCM
2 107 (5.79%) SCOM
3 59 (3.19%) Backup Exec
4 42 (2.27%) McAfee ePO
5 28 (1.52%) NetBackup
6 21 (1.14%) Nagios
6 21 (1.14%) HP Quality Center
7 20 (1.08%) BladeLogic
7 20 (1.08%) WSUS
8 17 (0.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 16 (0.87%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 13 (0.70%) Netcool
10 13 (0.70%) Norton AntiVirus
11 12 (0.65%) OVSD
11 12 (0.65%) HP SIM
12 11 (0.60%) Nessus
12 11 (0.60%) OpenView
12 11 (0.60%) Tivoli
12 11 (0.60%) SCOrch
13 10 (0.54%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 1372 (74.28%) Microsoft
2 519 (28.10%) VMware
3 340 (18.41%) Citrix
4 296 (16.03%) HP
5 237 (12.83%) Cisco
6 85 (4.60%) McAfee
7 77 (4.17%) Oracle
8 73 (3.95%) Symantec
9 68 (3.68%) IBM
9 68 (3.68%) NetApp
10 62 (3.36%) Dell
11 60 (3.25%) Red Hat
12 56 (3.03%) EMC
13 38 (2.06%) Veritas
14 35 (1.89%) Apple
15 34 (1.84%) Juniper
15 34 (1.84%) Sophos
15 34 (1.84%) SolarWinds
16 30 (1.62%) Remedy
17 28 (1.52%) Avaya
South East London
I4 Recruitment
Rate: market rates
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
Explore Group
Rate: £150 - £300 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
UK
Big Red Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Red10
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
South West London
Corporate Project Solutions
Rate: From £250 to £320 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Farnborough, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Slough
Orgtel
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Eastleigh
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £13.00 - £16.00 per hour
Posted: 9 days ago
Maidstone
Pearson Whiffin
Rate: £320 - £340 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Antrim
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £9.00 - £10.00 per hour
Posted: 9 days ago
Leicestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 10 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Forman Computer Staff
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Surrey
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £15 - £25 per hour
Posted: 16 days ago
Basingstoke
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Oxford
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Wokingham
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £450 per day + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
Nottingham
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 23 days ago