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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 177 157 150
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 760 840 797
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.40% 1.48% 1.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.54% 7.70% 7.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 473 501 448
Median daily rate £325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £140 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £301
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +16.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 80 82
Median hourly rate £23.78 £17.99 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.18% +12.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.70 £34.30 £24.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £18.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+52.77% +14.28%

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
11621 10908 10315
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.48% 19.15% 19.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 7257 6503 5836
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 420 542 453
Median hourly rate £29.00 £23.75 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.10% +26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.90 £51.24 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +33.33%

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 3 months to 24 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -31 676 £330 +1.53% 249
London -51 195 £400 +33.33% 80
South East -43 131 £335 -7.58% 60
North East +28 129 £313 +7.93% 2
Tyne and Wear +29 124 £314 +14.18% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +26 121 £312 +13.27% 1
Scotland +28 57 £295 -15.71% 9
West Midlands +6 52 £400 +33.33% 12
East of England -15 52 £250 -31.03% 12
City of London +15 47 £423 +7.30% 16
North West -48 41 £325 - 17
South West +15 38 £400 +6.66% 22
Surrey +7 37 £338 -3.57% 18
Renfrewshire 0 36 £295 -29.76%
Erskine -3 35 £295 -29.76%
Yorkshire -32 25 £290 +3.57% 35
Berkshire -11 24 £375 - 11
Manchester -24 23 £263 +43.83% 10
Hampshire -43 23 £344 -5.10% 18
Birmingham -3 17 £400 +6.66% 3
Hertfordshire +18 16 £230 -29.23% 7
Oxfordshire +14 15 £303 +0.83% 1
Buckinghamshire +10 14 £303 -2.81% 5
Oxford +8 13 £296 +196.25% 1
Milton Keynes +13 12 £235 -24.19% 1
Essex +7 12 £268 -29.83% 1
Reading -4 12 £388 +6.89% 7
Bristol +5 11 £270 -6.08% 3
Warwickshire +3 11 £425 +54.54% 1
Cambridgeshire +3 11 £287 -22.16% 3

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 2016, 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 1132 (77.01%) Microsoft
2 983 (66.87%) Windows
3 763 (51.90%) MCSE
4 752 (51.16%) Active Directory
5 522 (35.51%) ITIL
6 506 (34.42%) VMware
7 489 (33.27%) Windows Server
8 399 (27.14%) MS Excel
9 389 (26.46%) Security Cleared
10 375 (25.51%) PowerShell
11 374 (25.44%) Citrix
12 361 (24.56%) MCSA
13 355 (24.15%) Windows Server 2008
14 352 (23.95%) SQL
15 336 (22.86%) SQL Server
16 330 (22.45%) DNS
17 307 (20.88%) Windows Server 2012
18 291 (19.80%) VMware Infrastructure
19 283 (19.25%) Degree
20 280 (19.05%) MS Exchange
21 279 (18.98%) MS Office
22 272 (18.50%) MCP
23 271 (18.44%) SC Cleared
24 270 (18.37%) HP
25 248 (16.87%) MCITP
26 240 (16.33%) Windows 7
27 237 (16.12%) SharePoint
28 230 (15.65%) Windows Server 2003
29 218 (14.83%) SCCM
30 214 (14.56%) Office 365

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
1 280 (19.05%) MS Exchange
2 237 (16.12%) SharePoint
3 158 (10.75%) Exchange Server 2010
4 118 (8.03%) IIS
5 112 (7.62%) Skype for Business
6 105 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2013
7 82 (5.58%) OpenStack
8 69 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2007
9 54 (3.67%) SharePoint 2013
10 48 (3.27%) Exchange Server 2003
11 43 (2.93%) SharePoint 2010
12 39 (2.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 37 (2.52%) Apache
13 37 (2.52%) IBM Notes
14 33 (2.24%) Office Communications Server
15 14 (0.95%) SharePoint Server
16 13 (0.88%) Tomcat
17 10 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
18 7 (0.48%) JBoss
19 5 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 399 (27.14%) MS Excel
2 279 (18.98%) MS Office
3 25 (1.70%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.22%) InfoPath
5 11 (0.75%) MS PowerPoint
6 10 (0.68%) Spreadsheet
7 8 (0.54%) MS Project
8 1 (0.068%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.068%) PTC Creo
8 1 (0.068%) Simulink
8 1 (0.068%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 37 (2.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.20%) Eikon
3 2 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.14%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.068%) Aareon QL
4 1 (0.068%) Academy Housing
4 1 (0.068%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (0.068%) Infor CloudSuite Industrial (formerly SyteLine)
4 1 (0.068%) Infor M3
4 1 (0.068%) MIS ActiveH
4 1 (0.068%) Northgate Housing
4 1 (0.068%) OPENHousing
4 1 (0.068%) Oracle CRM
4 1 (0.068%) Orchard Housing
4 1 (0.068%) Sage 1000
4 1 (0.068%) Sage 50
4 1 (0.068%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 214 (14.56%) Office 365
2 103 (7.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 36 (2.45%) Amazon AWS
4 27 (1.84%) IaaS
5 21 (1.43%) PaaS
6 18 (1.22%) OneDrive
7 16 (1.09%) SaaS
8 10 (0.68%) Azure Active Directory
9 9 (0.61%) Yammer
10 6 (0.41%) Google Apps
11 5 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
12 4 (0.27%) SoftLayer
13 2 (0.14%) HP Helion
14 1 (0.068%) Google Analytics
14 1 (0.068%) IBM PureFlex
14 1 (0.068%) Mimecast
14 1 (0.068%) Rackspace Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 330 (22.45%) DNS
2 209 (14.22%) DHCP
3 174 (11.84%) TCP/IP
4 170 (11.56%) Firewall
5 160 (10.88%) SAN
6 107 (7.28%) WAN
7 94 (6.39%) LAN
8 75 (5.10%) VPN
9 72 (4.90%) Internet
10 67 (4.56%) Skype
11 55 (3.74%) SSL
12 47 (3.20%) LDAP
13 37 (2.52%) NetScaler
14 34 (2.31%) Wireless
15 32 (2.18%) Kerberos
16 29 (1.97%) VoIP
17 28 (1.90%) HTTP
18 26 (1.77%) SNMP
19 24 (1.63%) Network Security
20 23 (1.56%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 336 (22.86%) SQL Server
2 83 (5.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 82 (5.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 70 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 61 (4.15%) SQL Server 2012
6 47 (3.20%) SQL Server 2005
7 41 (2.79%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 26 (1.77%) Relational Database
9 23 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
10 19 (1.29%) MySQL
10 19 (1.29%) SQL Server 2014
11 13 (0.88%) SQL Server 2000
12 9 (0.61%) Azure SQL Database
12 9 (0.61%) RDBMS
13 8 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
13 8 (0.54%) MongoDB
13 8 (0.54%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 7 (0.48%) MS Access
14 7 (0.48%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 68 (4.63%) Visual Studio
2 52 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
3 30 (2.04%) MSI
4 27 (1.84%) HP UFT
4 27 (1.84%) TestDirector
5 25 (1.70%) WinRunner
6 14 (0.95%) Git (software)
7 10 (0.68%) JIRA
8 9 (0.61%) Jenkins
9 8 (0.54%) Maven
10 7 (0.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 7 (0.48%) StarTeam
11 6 (0.41%) Subversion
12 5 (0.34%) Ant
12 5 (0.34%) InstallShield
13 4 (0.27%) Hudson
14 3 (0.20%) Eclipse
14 3 (0.20%) Fiddler
15 2 (0.14%) AdminStudio
15 2 (0.14%) Oracle Forms
General
1 147 (10.00%) Finance
2 64 (4.35%) Banking
3 37 (2.52%) Legal
4 33 (2.24%) Law
5 23 (1.56%) Manufacturing
6 21 (1.43%) Marketing
7 20 (1.36%) German Language
8 17 (1.16%) Local Government
9 16 (1.09%) Advertising
10 14 (0.95%) Investment Banking
10 14 (0.95%) Telecoms
11 13 (0.88%) Back Office
12 12 (0.82%) French Language
12 12 (0.82%) Military
13 11 (0.75%) Billing
13 11 (0.75%) Retail
14 8 (0.54%) Spanish Language
15 6 (0.41%) Portuguese Language
16 5 (0.34%) Front Office
17 4 (0.27%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 227 (15.44%) Analyst
2 176 (11.97%) Support Engineer
3 108 (7.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 101 (6.87%) Developer
5 89 (6.05%) Desktop Support
6 84 (5.71%) Consultant
7 80 (5.44%) Support Analyst
8 78 (5.31%) Wintel Engineer
9 75 (5.10%) Service Analyst
10 74 (5.03%) Architect
11 71 (4.83%) Windows Engineer
12 67 (4.56%) Server Engineer
13 62 (4.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 62 (4.22%) 3rd Line Support
14 59 (4.01%) Administrator
15 56 (3.81%) Service Desk Analyst
16 49 (3.33%) Active Directory Engineer
17 48 (3.27%) Desktop Engineer
18 46 (3.13%) 2nd Line Support
19 45 (3.06%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (9.80%) .NET
2 87 (5.92%) XML
3 64 (4.35%) HTML
4 56 (3.81%) ASP.NET
5 48 (3.27%) CSS
6 41 (2.79%) Web Services
7 40 (2.72%) jQuery
8 35 (2.38%) Middleware
9 22 (1.50%) .NET Framework
10 20 (1.36%) WCF
11 18 (1.22%) Ajax
12 13 (0.88%) REST
13 12 (0.82%) ASP.NET MVC
14 11 (0.75%) XHTML
14 11 (0.75%) XSLT
15 10 (0.68%) LAMP
16 9 (0.61%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 9 (0.61%) Autofac
16 9 (0.61%) Entity Framework
17 8 (0.54%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 176 (11.97%) Computer Science
2 152 (10.34%) Clustering
3 134 (9.12%) Data Centre
4 91 (6.19%) Analytical Skills
5 84 (5.71%) Blackberry
6 72 (4.90%) Management Information System
7 60 (4.08%) PKI
8 49 (3.33%) Replication
9 23 (1.56%) Enterprise Software
10 22 (1.50%) PDA
10 22 (1.50%) Private Cloud
11 21 (1.43%) Client/Server
11 21 (1.43%) Driving Licence
12 20 (1.36%) NHS
13 18 (1.22%) Public Cloud
13 18 (1.22%) User Experience
14 17 (1.16%) Mainframe
15 14 (0.95%) CMDB
16 13 (0.88%) AS400
16 13 (0.88%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 983 (66.87%) Windows
2 489 (33.27%) Windows Server
3 355 (24.15%) Windows Server 2008
4 307 (20.88%) Windows Server 2012
5 240 (16.33%) Windows 7
6 230 (15.65%) Windows Server 2003
7 157 (10.68%) Linux
8 105 (7.14%) Windows XP
9 73 (4.97%) Unix
10 66 (4.49%) Windows 8
11 60 (4.08%) Windows 10
12 43 (2.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 41 (2.79%) Apple iOS
14 31 (2.11%) AIX
14 31 (2.11%) Android
15 18 (1.22%) Solaris
15 18 (1.22%) Ubuntu
16 15 (1.02%) VMS
17 13 (0.88%) Mac OS X
18 11 (0.75%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 522 (35.51%) ITIL
2 193 (13.13%) Migration
3 116 (7.89%) Change Management
4 87 (5.92%) Load Balancing
5 86 (5.85%) Project Management
5 86 (5.85%) Service Management
6 85 (5.78%) ITIL V3
7 84 (5.71%) Service Delivery
8 79 (5.37%) Agile Software Development
9 76 (5.17%) High Availability
10 72 (4.90%) Disaster Recovery
11 71 (4.83%) Problem Management
12 64 (4.35%) Incident Management
13 55 (3.74%) CRM
14 54 (3.67%) Business Intelligence
15 52 (3.54%) Workflow
16 50 (3.40%) Performance Tuning
17 48 (3.27%) PRINCE2
18 47 (3.20%) Configuration Management
19 46 (3.13%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 375 (25.51%) PowerShell
2 352 (23.95%) SQL
3 118 (8.03%) C#
4 98 (6.67%) JavaScript
5 95 (6.46%) VBScript
6 71 (4.83%) T-SQL
7 38 (2.59%) Java
8 32 (2.18%) VB
9 31 (2.11%) Python
10 28 (1.90%) C
11 24 (1.63%) C++
12 21 (1.43%) Bash Shell
13 16 (1.09%) PHP
14 14 (0.95%) Ruby
15 11 (0.75%) Perl
15 11 (0.75%) Shell Script
16 9 (0.61%) VBA
17 8 (0.54%) VB.NET
18 5 (0.34%) PL/SQL
19 3 (0.20%) R
Qualifications
1 763 (51.90%) MCSE
2 389 (26.46%) Security Cleared
3 361 (24.56%) MCSA
4 283 (19.25%) Degree
5 272 (18.50%) MCP
6 271 (18.44%) SC Cleared
7 248 (16.87%) MCITP
8 203 (13.81%) MCTS
9 190 (12.93%) Cisco Certification
10 147 (10.00%) CCNA
11 116 (7.89%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 79 (5.37%) MCSD
13 73 (4.97%) MCDST
14 66 (4.49%) ITIL Certification
15 54 (3.67%) CCNP
16 51 (3.47%) DV Cleared
17 46 (3.13%) ISTQB
18 44 (2.99%) Citrix Certification
19 43 (2.93%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
20 41 (2.79%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (5.37%) SLA
2 27 (1.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 24 (1.63%) Disclosure Scotland
4 17 (1.16%) QA
5 12 (0.82%) PCI DSS
6 7 (0.48%) HL7
7 6 (0.41%) ISO 9001
7 6 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.20%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.068%) ISO27002
System Software
1 752 (51.16%) Active Directory
2 291 (19.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 181 (12.31%) Hyper-V
4 110 (7.48%) XenApp
5 109 (7.41%) vSphere
6 59 (4.01%) Microsoft App-V
7 55 (3.74%) VMware ESX
8 53 (3.61%) XenDesktop
9 31 (2.11%) Terminal Services
9 31 (2.11%) VMware ESXi
10 26 (1.77%) Virtual Machines
11 25 (1.70%) UAG
12 24 (1.63%) Virtual Servers
13 20 (1.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 17 (1.16%) Firmware
15 16 (1.09%) Docker
15 16 (1.09%) Xen
16 13 (0.88%) BitLocker
17 12 (0.82%) Brightmail
17 12 (0.82%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 218 (14.83%) SCCM
2 92 (6.26%) SCOM
3 84 (5.71%) Microsoft Clustering
4 62 (4.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 61 (4.15%) WSUS
6 47 (3.20%) McAfee ePO
7 41 (2.79%) Backup Exec
8 35 (2.38%) NetBackup
9 34 (2.31%) OpenView
9 34 (2.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 30 (2.04%) Netcool
10 30 (2.04%) Perfmon
11 29 (1.97%) HP Quality Center
12 21 (1.43%) Puppet
13 16 (1.09%) HP SIM
13 16 (1.09%) Microsoft Intune
14 15 (1.02%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
14 15 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
14 15 (1.02%) SCVMM
14 15 (1.02%) WMI
Vendors
1 1132 (77.01%) Microsoft
2 506 (34.42%) VMware
3 374 (25.44%) Citrix
4 270 (18.37%) HP
5 208 (14.15%) Cisco
6 103 (7.01%) Oracle
7 78 (5.31%) Dell
8 68 (4.63%) NetApp
9 58 (3.95%) Intel Security
10 55 (3.74%) Red Hat
11 52 (3.54%) Symantec
12 42 (2.86%) Veritas
13 39 (2.65%) Apple
13 39 (2.65%) AppSense
14 38 (2.59%) IBM
15 37 (2.52%) Lotus
16 32 (2.18%) ServiceNow
17 31 (2.11%) Juniper
18 30 (2.04%) IronPort
19 26 (1.77%) Altiris
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Austin Fraser
Rate: £230 - £260 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £650 per day + On Application
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Deerfoot IT Resources Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day + 6 month term initailly
Posted: 13 hours ago
Hook, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £373 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
LA International
Rate: 380
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Bankside Recruitment
Rate: £10 - £13 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
EXCELerate
Rate: Up to £270 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £450 - £500 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £0.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Reed Technology
Rate: £400 - £420 per day + +
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Opilio Recruitment
Rate: From £200 to £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Central London / West End
Useful Simple
Rate: From £28,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 16 days ago
Surrey
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: Excellent
Posted: 23 days ago