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 April 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
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 183 168 163
Rank change year-on-year
-15 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 744 783 753
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.33% 1.40% 1.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.27% 7.17% 7.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 438 473 388
Average daily rate £330 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.53% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £160 £139
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 68 97
Average hourly rate £18.28 £15.00 £15.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.83% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.52 £11.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.10 £39.75 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £14.75 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+35.59% -1.66%

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
11863 10927 10747
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.23% 19.60% 19.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 7461 6192 6109
Average daily rate £400 £390 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £564 £530 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 538 533
Average hourly rate £29.50 £22.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.11% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.14 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 April 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 29 April 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 29 April 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 -42 572 £350 +7.69% 295
South East -6 203 £375 +20.00% 64
London -74 158 £306 -7.19% 98
Scotland +40 151 £330 +7.31% 8
Renfrewshire +3 97 £330 -5.10%
Erskine 0 96 £330 -5.10%
Berkshire +31 69 £375 -2.91% 12
Reading +17 56 £375 +46.34% 3
North West -27 43 £275 -8.58% 17
Hampshire -36 41 £403 +24.80% 21
Surrey -10 39 £425 +40.49% 9
West Midlands -17 38 £288 -17.85% 25
East of England +1 36 £338 +22.72% 17
City of London +12 34 £295 -15.71% 21
Glasgow +18 33 £323 +24.03% 4
North East -6 29 £269 -23.82% 7
Tyne and Wear -9 28 £269 - 2
South West +5 26 £375 +7.14% 17
Newcastle upon Tyne -13 26 £269 - 2
East Midlands +17 21 £205 -31.66% 13
Manchester -9 20 £113 -68.96% 9
Oxfordshire +20 17 £296 -7.42% 9
Yorkshire -20 16 £339 +12.91% 34
Birmingham +5 15 £185 -47.14% 5
West Sussex -18 15 £424 +43.72% 1
Hook -1 14 £331 -0.37%
Buckinghamshire +14 13 £425 +39.34% 3
Cheshire +1 13 £290 +22.10% 6
Oxford +16 11 £288 -32.35% 5
Norfolk +1 10 £350 +40.00% 1

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 1042 (77.36%) Microsoft
2 857 (63.62%) Windows
3 710 (52.71%) Active Directory
4 639 (47.44%) MCSE
5 442 (32.81%) ITIL
6 412 (30.59%) VMware
7 395 (29.32%) Windows Server
8 361 (26.80%) MS Excel
9 357 (26.50%) MCSA
10 317 (23.53%) Citrix
11 307 (22.79%) Security Cleared
12 302 (22.42%) Windows Server 2008
13 292 (21.68%) PowerShell
14 283 (21.01%) MS Exchange
15 281 (20.86%) SQL
16 268 (19.90%) Windows 7
17 263 (19.52%) VMware Infrastructure
18 261 (19.38%) Windows Server 2012
19 254 (18.86%) SQL Server
20 252 (18.71%) DNS
20 252 (18.71%) MCITP
21 249 (18.49%) MCP
22 248 (18.41%) MS Office
23 238 (17.67%) Degree
24 224 (16.63%) HP
25 217 (16.11%) SharePoint
26 199 (14.77%) Cisco Certification
27 197 (14.63%) Windows Server 2003
28 193 (14.33%) SC Cleared
29 190 (14.11%) MCTS

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 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
1 283 (21.01%) MS Exchange
2 217 (16.11%) SharePoint
3 134 (9.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 87 (6.46%) IIS
5 81 (6.01%) Exchange Server 2013
6 71 (5.27%) OpenStack
7 70 (5.20%) Skype for Business
8 65 (4.83%) Exchange Server 2007
9 57 (4.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 51 (3.79%) SharePoint 2013
11 50 (3.71%) Exchange Server 2003
12 33 (2.45%) SharePoint 2010
13 31 (2.30%) IBM Notes
14 20 (1.48%) Office Communications Server
15 17 (1.26%) SharePoint Server
16 14 (1.04%) Apache
16 14 (1.04%) BizTalk Server
17 8 (0.59%) IBM Domino
18 5 (0.37%) Tomcat
18 5 (0.37%) WebSphere
Applications
1 361 (26.80%) MS Excel
2 248 (18.41%) MS Office
3 20 (1.48%) InfoPath
4 12 (0.89%) MS Visio
5 7 (0.52%) MS PowerPoint
6 6 (0.45%) Acrobat
7 5 (0.37%) MS Project
8 4 (0.30%) Photoshop
9 1 (0.074%) Adobe Creative Suite
9 1 (0.074%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 38 (2.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
4 3 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.15%) Eikon
5 2 (0.15%) Sage 1000
5 2 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.15%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.074%) Aareon QL
6 1 (0.074%) Academy Housing
6 1 (0.074%) MIS ActiveH
6 1 (0.074%) Northgate Housing
6 1 (0.074%) OPENHousing
6 1 (0.074%) Orchard Housing
6 1 (0.074%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 173 (12.84%) Office 365
2 92 (6.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (2.60%) Amazon AWS
4 19 (1.41%) Azure Active Directory
5 16 (1.19%) IaaS
6 11 (0.82%) OneDrive
7 8 (0.59%) Yammer
8 7 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (0.45%) PaaS
10 4 (0.30%) SaaS
11 2 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
11 2 (0.15%) Google Apps
11 2 (0.15%) HP Helion
11 2 (0.15%) SoftLayer
12 1 (0.074%) GitHub
12 1 (0.074%) Google Analytics
12 1 (0.074%) IBM PureFlex
12 1 (0.074%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.074%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 252 (18.71%) DNS
2 146 (10.84%) DHCP
3 140 (10.39%) TCP/IP
4 121 (8.98%) Firewall
5 112 (8.31%) SAN
6 93 (6.90%) LAN
7 91 (6.76%) WAN
8 88 (6.53%) VPN
9 56 (4.16%) Skype
10 55 (4.08%) Internet
11 50 (3.71%) LDAP
12 37 (2.75%) Kerberos
12 37 (2.75%) VoIP
13 33 (2.45%) X.500
14 29 (2.15%) SSL
15 26 (1.93%) NetScaler
15 26 (1.93%) Wireless
16 25 (1.86%) VLAN
17 21 (1.56%) Remote Desktop
17 21 (1.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 254 (18.86%) SQL Server
2 77 (5.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 71 (5.27%) SQL Server 2008
4 48 (3.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 44 (3.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 34 (2.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 31 (2.30%) SQL Server 2005
8 21 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
9 17 (1.26%) Relational Database
10 16 (1.19%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 14 (1.04%) SQL Server 2014
12 13 (0.97%) Azure SQL Database
13 11 (0.82%) Oracle Database
14 10 (0.74%) GIS
15 9 (0.67%) NoSQL
16 8 (0.59%) MS Access
16 8 (0.59%) MySQL
17 7 (0.52%) OLAP
17 7 (0.52%) Power BI
18 6 (0.45%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 55 (4.08%) Visual Studio
2 42 (3.12%) Team Foundation Server
3 40 (2.97%) HP UFT
4 38 (2.82%) TestDirector
4 38 (2.82%) WinRunner
5 12 (0.89%) JIRA
6 10 (0.74%) MSI
7 9 (0.67%) Jenkins
7 9 (0.67%) Subversion
8 8 (0.59%) Git (software)
8 8 (0.59%) Maven
9 7 (0.52%) Ant
9 7 (0.52%) Hudson
10 5 (0.37%) Eclipse
11 4 (0.30%) ClearCase
11 4 (0.30%) InstallShield
11 4 (0.30%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (0.22%) Fiddler
12 3 (0.22%) NUnit
13 2 (0.15%) TeamCity
General
1 153 (11.36%) Finance
2 59 (4.38%) Banking
3 32 (2.38%) Law
4 30 (2.23%) Legal
5 18 (1.34%) German Language
6 17 (1.26%) Advertising
6 17 (1.26%) Investment Banking
7 16 (1.19%) Marketing
7 16 (1.19%) Telecoms
8 15 (1.11%) Local Government
9 13 (0.97%) Manufacturing
9 13 (0.97%) Military
10 12 (0.89%) French Language
10 12 (0.89%) Retail
11 8 (0.59%) Billing
12 7 (0.52%) Back Office
13 5 (0.37%) Front Office
13 5 (0.37%) Publishing
14 4 (0.30%) Games
14 4 (0.30%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 218 (16.18%) Analyst
2 167 (12.40%) Support Engineer
3 113 (8.39%) Developer
4 100 (7.42%) Desktop Support
5 94 (6.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 92 (6.83%) Consultant
7 89 (6.61%) Support Analyst
8 69 (5.12%) Service Analyst
9 64 (4.75%) Active Directory Engineer
10 63 (4.68%) 2nd Line Support
11 55 (4.08%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 54 (4.01%) 3rd Line Support
12 54 (4.01%) IT Support
13 53 (3.93%) Architect
14 51 (3.79%) Server Engineer
14 51 (3.79%) Wintel Engineer
15 45 (3.34%) Service Desk Analyst
15 45 (3.34%) Windows Engineer
16 44 (3.27%) Desktop Engineer
17 41 (3.04%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 160 (11.88%) .NET
2 73 (5.42%) XML
3 71 (5.27%) HTML
4 68 (5.05%) ASP.NET
5 56 (4.16%) CSS
6 45 (3.34%) jQuery
6 45 (3.34%) Web Services
7 38 (2.82%) .NET Framework
8 26 (1.93%) WCF
9 23 (1.71%) Ajax
10 17 (1.26%) XHTML
11 16 (1.19%) Entity Framework
12 15 (1.11%) Middleware
13 14 (1.04%) ASP.NET MVC
13 14 (1.04%) Autofac
14 13 (0.97%) XSLT
15 12 (0.89%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 11 (0.82%) Ninject
16 11 (0.82%) SOAP
17 10 (0.74%) LLBLGen Pro
Miscellaneous
1 141 (10.47%) Computer Science
2 107 (7.94%) Blackberry
3 94 (6.98%) Data Centre
4 92 (6.83%) Clustering
5 67 (4.97%) Analytical Skills
6 66 (4.90%) PKI
7 59 (4.38%) Replication
8 51 (3.79%) Management Information System
9 36 (2.67%) PDA
10 29 (2.15%) Driving Licence
11 23 (1.71%) Enterprise Software
12 20 (1.48%) Fat Client
12 20 (1.48%) Thin Client
13 16 (1.19%) iPad
13 16 (1.19%) Video Conferencing
14 15 (1.11%) Client/Server
14 15 (1.11%) NHS
15 14 (1.04%) Statistics
16 13 (0.97%) Inversion of Control
17 11 (0.82%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 857 (63.62%) Windows
2 395 (29.32%) Windows Server
3 302 (22.42%) Windows Server 2008
4 268 (19.90%) Windows 7
5 261 (19.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 197 (14.63%) Windows Server 2003
7 137 (10.17%) Linux
8 127 (9.43%) Windows XP
9 69 (5.12%) Windows 8
10 68 (5.05%) Unix
11 56 (4.16%) Windows 10
12 38 (2.82%) AIX
13 36 (2.67%) Apple iOS
14 35 (2.60%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 22 (1.63%) Mac OS X
16 17 (1.26%) Android
17 16 (1.19%) Windows 2000 Server
18 14 (1.04%) Windows Vista
19 13 (0.97%) VMS
20 11 (0.82%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 442 (32.81%) ITIL
2 180 (13.36%) Migration
3 105 (7.80%) Service Management
4 95 (7.05%) Change Management
5 73 (5.42%) Agile Software Development
5 73 (5.42%) Service Delivery
6 53 (3.93%) ITIL V3
6 53 (3.93%) Project Management
6 53 (3.93%) Test Scripting
7 52 (3.86%) CRM
7 52 (3.86%) Incident Management
8 51 (3.79%) Load Balancing
9 49 (3.64%) Problem Management
10 47 (3.49%) Configuration Management
10 47 (3.49%) Software Testing
11 45 (3.34%) Disaster Recovery
12 44 (3.27%) Business Intelligence
13 43 (3.19%) Workflow
14 38 (2.82%) Test Automation
15 37 (2.75%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 292 (21.68%) PowerShell
2 281 (20.86%) SQL
3 116 (8.61%) C#
4 99 (7.35%) JavaScript
5 86 (6.38%) VBScript
6 56 (4.16%) T-SQL
7 29 (2.15%) VB
8 27 (2.00%) Java
9 25 (1.86%) C
10 22 (1.63%) Python
10 22 (1.63%) VB.NET
11 16 (1.19%) Ruby
12 13 (0.97%) VBA
13 11 (0.82%) C++
14 9 (0.67%) Shell Script
15 8 (0.59%) PHP
16 7 (0.52%) Bash Shell
16 7 (0.52%) PL/SQL
17 5 (0.37%) Perl
18 3 (0.22%) VB6
Qualifications
1 639 (47.44%) MCSE
2 357 (26.50%) MCSA
3 307 (22.79%) Security Cleared
4 252 (18.71%) MCITP
5 249 (18.49%) MCP
6 238 (17.67%) Degree
7 199 (14.77%) Cisco Certification
8 193 (14.33%) SC Cleared
9 190 (14.11%) MCTS
10 155 (11.51%) CCNA
11 121 (8.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 72 (5.35%) MCDST
13 67 (4.97%) MCSD
14 58 (4.31%) DV Cleared
14 58 (4.31%) ISTQB
15 50 (3.71%) ITIL Certification
16 47 (3.49%) CISSP
17 36 (2.67%) CCNP
18 28 (2.08%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 26 (1.93%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (4.31%) SLA
2 23 (1.71%) PCI DSS
3 22 (1.63%) Disclosure Scotland
4 21 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 12 (0.89%) QA
6 6 (0.45%) ISO 9000
7 5 (0.37%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 4 (0.30%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 4 (0.30%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.074%) JSP 440
System Software
1 710 (52.71%) Active Directory
2 263 (19.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 169 (12.55%) Hyper-V
4 117 (8.69%) vSphere
5 90 (6.68%) XenApp
6 61 (4.53%) VMware ESX
7 46 (3.41%) XenDesktop
8 35 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
9 27 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
10 18 (1.34%) UAG
11 17 (1.26%) XenServer
12 12 (0.89%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 11 (0.82%) Docker
13 11 (0.82%) Terminal Services
14 10 (0.74%) Terminal Server
15 9 (0.67%) EMC RecoverPoint
15 9 (0.67%) ISA Server
16 8 (0.59%) Brightmail
16 8 (0.59%) Firmware
17 7 (0.52%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 178 (13.21%) SCCM
2 70 (5.20%) SCOM
3 63 (4.68%) McAfee ePO
4 57 (4.23%) WSUS
5 47 (3.49%) NetBackup
6 42 (3.12%) HP Quality Center
7 38 (2.82%) Backup Exec
8 35 (2.60%) Netcool
9 32 (2.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 23 (1.71%) Puppet
11 21 (1.56%) Norton AntiVirus
12 17 (1.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 13 (0.97%) SCVMM
14 11 (0.82%) OpenView
15 10 (0.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
15 10 (0.74%) Nagios
15 10 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
15 10 (0.74%) Windows Intune
15 10 (0.74%) WMI
16 9 (0.67%) Ansible
Vendors
1 1042 (77.36%) Microsoft
2 412 (30.59%) VMware
3 317 (23.53%) Citrix
4 224 (16.63%) HP
5 183 (13.59%) Cisco
6 85 (6.31%) Dell
7 72 (5.35%) Intel Security
8 62 (4.60%) Oracle
9 52 (3.86%) NetApp
10 51 (3.79%) Symantec
11 48 (3.56%) Red Hat
12 39 (2.90%) Apple
12 39 (2.90%) Veritas
13 32 (2.38%) Lotus
14 30 (2.23%) AppSense
14 30 (2.23%) EMC
14 30 (2.23%) IBM
15 26 (1.93%) Remedy
16 25 (1.86%) IronPort
16 25 (1.86%) Sophos
London
Connectus
Rate: £10.86 - £15.48 per hour
Posted: 13 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
East London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £240 - £250 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
zubito Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Neg.
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Bankside Recruitment
Rate: £25,000 - £35,000 per year plus on-going training and benefits
Posted: Yesterday
London
Venturi
Rate: £300.00 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hertfordshire
Ashdown IT
Rate: £170 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £450.00 - £550.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Lancashire
Vivid Resourcing
Rate: Market related
Posted: 4 days ago
Warwick, Warwickshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £21.33 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
London
JM
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Venturi
Rate: £100.00 - £130 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Oxford
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £300.00 - £310.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Oxford
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £300 - £310 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Oxford
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £275 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Oxford
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £300.00 - £310.00 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Exeter
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 11 days ago
Chester
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 15 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Nottingham City Council
Rate: From £30,978 to £34,746 per annum
Posted: 21 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 25 days ago