The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 149 132 119
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 801 767 978
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.39% 1.58% 1.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.18% 8.68% 9.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 412 398 494
Average daily rate £325 £300 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £285 £288
% change year-on-year
+9.64% -0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 83 96
Average hourly rate £15.50 £18.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.88% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.46 £11.70 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £135.00 £29.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £15.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.76% -10.00%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
11153 8834 10500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.40% 18.18% 17.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 6292 4675 5421
Average daily rate £375 £363 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -8.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £218 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £530 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 552 493 576
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.44 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £48.40 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -

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 16 April 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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -16 748 £325 +8.33% 500
London -21 279 £340 -5.22% 176
South East +2 166 £350 +18.64% 124
City of London -32 72 £325 -18.75% 38
East of England -20 70 £250 +11.11% 32
North West +5 62 £250 -10.71% 46
South West -22 55 £325 +8.51% 41
Berkshire +22 50 £313 +35.86% 31
East Midlands +4 40 £300 -7.69% 23
West Midlands -4 40 £308 +14.95% 30
Hampshire +16 36 £330 -16.45% 22
Manchester -2 28 £158 -43.75% 32
Somerset -5 28 £325 +62.50% 8
Reading +5 26 £365 +55.31% 11
Yorkshire -31 26 £313 -5.30% 23
Scotland -31 24 £300 +20.00% 15
Essex -11 23 £228 +139.47% 6
Buckinghamshire -22 23 £275 +1.85% 17
Birmingham +5 19 £289 -11.15% 13
West Sussex 0 19 £375 -11.76% 5
Surrey -18 19 £325 +13.04% 25
Hertfordshire +2 18 £250 +66.66% 7
Cambridgeshire -6 18 £300 -14.28% 10
Taunton -7 18 £325 +14.03% 3
Lancashire -9 17 £250 -
Worthing - 15 £400 - 1
West Yorkshire -18 14 £331 +103.84% 12
Nottinghamshire +7 13 £315 +6.77% 7
Wales -12 13 £325 +14.03% 5
Milton Keynes -18 13 £275 -35.29% 10

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 1067 (70.90%) Microsoft
2 1029 (68.37%) Windows
3 771 (51.23%) MCSE
4 665 (44.19%) Active Directory
5 497 (33.02%) ITIL
6 455 (30.23%) Windows Server 2008
7 449 (29.83%) VMware
8 386 (25.65%) MS Excel
9 381 (25.32%) MS Exchange
10 363 (24.12%) Citrix
11 341 (22.66%) MCP
12 338 (22.46%) MCITP
13 333 (22.13%) Windows 7
14 319 (21.20%) Windows Server 2003
15 307 (20.40%) SQL
16 305 (20.27%) SQL Server
17 293 (19.47%) VMware Infrastructure
18 288 (19.14%) MS Office
19 225 (14.95%) DNS
20 211 (14.02%) MCSA
21 210 (13.95%) Windows XP
22 209 (13.89%) Cisco
23 192 (12.76%) MCTS
24 191 (12.69%) PowerShell
25 190 (12.62%) .NET
26 180 (11.96%) SCCM
27 179 (11.89%) SharePoint
27 179 (11.89%) Finance
28 177 (11.76%) DHCP
29 171 (11.36%) Cisco Certification

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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
1 381 (25.32%) MS Exchange
2 179 (11.89%) SharePoint
3 149 (9.90%) Exchange Server 2010
4 122 (8.11%) Exchange Server 2007
5 119 (7.91%) Exchange Server 2003
6 107 (7.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 84 (5.58%) IIS
8 68 (4.52%) SharePoint 2010
9 67 (4.45%) Lync
10 37 (2.46%) IBM Notes
11 34 (2.26%) Exchange Server 2013
12 30 (1.99%) SharePoint Server
12 30 (1.99%) SharePoint 2013
13 13 (0.86%) MS Project Server
14 12 (0.80%) SAS
15 11 (0.73%) Apache
15 11 (0.73%) Tomcat
15 11 (0.73%) Exchange Server 2000
16 10 (0.66%) Live Communications Server
16 10 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 386 (25.65%) MS Excel
2 288 (19.14%) MS Office
3 40 (2.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 24 (1.59%) MS Project
5 11 (0.73%) MS Visio
6 6 (0.40%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.13%) Mingle
8 1 (0.066%) CATIA
8 1 (0.066%) Pro/ENGINEER
8 1 (0.066%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.066%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 35 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.73%) Oracle Applications
3 9 (0.60%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.33%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.20%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (0.20%) assyst
5 3 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.13%) Tridion
7 1 (0.066%) Markit EDM
7 1 (0.066%) Dynamics GP
7 1 (0.066%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 39 (2.59%) Office 365
2 8 (0.53%) Google Apps
3 7 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (0.27%) SaaS
4 4 (0.27%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 225 (14.95%) DNS
2 177 (11.76%) DHCP
3 145 (9.63%) SAN
4 126 (8.37%) Firewall
4 126 (8.37%) TCP/IP
5 123 (8.17%) LAN
6 111 (7.38%) WAN
7 82 (5.45%) VPN
8 60 (3.99%) Internet
9 46 (3.06%) Wireless
10 42 (2.79%) VLAN
11 36 (2.39%) VoIP
12 34 (2.26%) SMTP
13 32 (2.13%) NetScaler
14 29 (1.93%) Network Security
15 25 (1.66%) Cisco ASA
16 22 (1.46%) NAS
16 22 (1.46%) Intranet
17 19 (1.26%) SSL
18 16 (1.06%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 305 (20.27%) SQL Server
2 136 (9.04%) SQL Server 2008
3 97 (6.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 77 (5.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 61 (4.05%) SQL Server 2005
6 55 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
7 32 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 24 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
9 15 (1.00%) SQL Server 2000
10 14 (0.93%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 11 (0.73%) Relational Database
11 11 (0.73%) MS Access
12 10 (0.66%) MySQL
12 10 (0.66%) Oracle Database
13 9 (0.60%) DTS
13 9 (0.60%) Oracle Database 10g
14 8 (0.53%) PerformancePoint
15 6 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
16 5 (0.33%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
17 4 (0.27%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 71 (4.72%) Visual Studio
2 51 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
3 20 (1.33%) MSI
4 18 (1.20%) InstallShield
5 11 (0.73%) Git (software)
6 7 (0.47%) Subversion
7 6 (0.40%) CruiseControl
7 6 (0.40%) Jenkins
7 6 (0.40%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 5 (0.33%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 5 (0.33%) NUnit
8 5 (0.33%) Rhino Mocks
9 4 (0.27%) QuickTest Pro
10 3 (0.20%) LoadRunner
10 3 (0.20%) WinRunner
10 3 (0.20%) TestDirector
10 3 (0.20%) MSTest
11 2 (0.13%) Moq
11 2 (0.13%) TeamCity
12 1 (0.066%) SpecFlow
General
1 179 (11.89%) Finance
2 60 (3.99%) Banking
3 52 (3.46%) Telecoms
4 45 (2.99%) Law
5 43 (2.86%) Legal
6 30 (1.99%) Back Office
7 24 (1.59%) Advertising
8 21 (1.40%) Front Office
9 15 (1.00%) Marketing
10 14 (0.93%) Retail
11 12 (0.80%) Manufacturing
12 11 (0.73%) Publishing
13 8 (0.53%) French Language
13 8 (0.53%) Investment Banking
14 7 (0.47%) Electronics
15 6 (0.40%) Spanish Language
16 5 (0.33%) Military
16 5 (0.33%) Games
16 5 (0.33%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.33%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 215 (14.29%) Analyst
2 193 (12.82%) Support Engineer
3 155 (10.30%) Developer
4 134 (8.90%) Consultant
5 99 (6.58%) Support Analyst
6 95 (6.31%) 2nd Line Support
7 87 (5.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 68 (4.52%) Service Analyst
9 66 (4.39%) Desktop Support
10 65 (4.32%) Service Desk Analyst
11 64 (4.25%) Administrator
12 63 (4.19%) Architect
13 59 (3.92%) 3rd Line Support
13 59 (3.92%) Systems Engineer
14 52 (3.46%) DBA
15 48 (3.19%) Server Engineer
15 48 (3.19%) IT Support
16 45 (2.99%) Desktop Engineer
17 43 (2.86%) SQL DBA
18 41 (2.72%) .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 190 (12.62%) .NET
2 92 (6.11%) ASP.NET
3 60 (3.99%) Web Services
4 56 (3.72%) HTML
5 53 (3.52%) .NET Framework
6 47 (3.12%) jQuery
7 46 (3.06%) XML
8 42 (2.79%) CSS
9 28 (1.86%) Application Packaging
10 25 (1.66%) WCF
11 20 (1.33%) ASP.NET MVC
11 20 (1.33%) Ajax
12 19 (1.26%) WPF
13 17 (1.13%) WinForms
14 15 (1.00%) SOAP
15 14 (0.93%) Software Packaging
16 13 (0.86%) XSLT
16 13 (0.86%) HTML5
17 11 (0.73%) Middleware
17 11 (0.73%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 149 (9.90%) Blackberry
2 91 (6.05%) Clustering
3 57 (3.79%) Management Information System
4 41 (2.72%) Computer Science
5 36 (2.39%) Replication
6 32 (2.13%) Thin Client
6 32 (2.13%) Fat Client
7 26 (1.73%) PKI
8 25 (1.66%) Statistics
9 24 (1.59%) Client/Server
10 16 (1.06%) NHS
10 16 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
11 14 (0.93%) Video Conferencing
12 12 (0.80%) Smartcard
13 11 (0.73%) Data Integration
13 11 (0.73%) EqualLogic
14 8 (0.53%) iPad
14 8 (0.53%) Smartphone
15 7 (0.47%) Mathematics
15 7 (0.47%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 1029 (68.37%) Windows
2 455 (30.23%) Windows Server 2008
3 333 (22.13%) Windows 7
4 319 (21.20%) Windows Server 2003
5 210 (13.95%) Windows XP
6 122 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
7 91 (6.05%) Linux
8 63 (4.19%) Windows 2000
9 62 (4.12%) Windows Vista
10 56 (3.72%) UNIX
11 47 (3.12%) Windows 8
12 30 (1.99%) Windows 2000 Server
13 28 (1.86%) Apple iOS
14 24 (1.59%) NetWare
15 16 (1.06%) Mac OS X
16 15 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 12 (0.80%) Android
18 7 (0.47%) AIX
18 7 (0.47%) Solaris
19 6 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 497 (33.02%) ITIL
2 154 (10.23%) Migration
3 112 (7.44%) Service Management
4 92 (6.11%) Project Management
5 88 (5.85%) Service Delivery
6 75 (4.98%) Disaster Recovery
7 63 (4.19%) ITSM
8 58 (3.85%) Incident Management
9 57 (3.79%) Change Management
10 55 (3.65%) Business Intelligence
10 55 (3.65%) Workflow
11 50 (3.32%) CRM
12 46 (3.06%) Change Control
13 44 (2.92%) Load Balancing
14 43 (2.86%) Problem Management
15 39 (2.59%) Capacity Planning
16 37 (2.46%) MVC
16 37 (2.46%) Performance Tuning
17 34 (2.26%) PRINCE2
18 32 (2.13%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 307 (20.40%) SQL
2 191 (12.69%) PowerShell
3 136 (9.04%) C#
4 70 (4.65%) T-SQL
5 68 (4.52%) VBScript
6 61 (4.05%) VB
7 57 (3.79%) JavaScript
8 22 (1.46%) VB.NET
9 18 (1.20%) C
10 10 (0.66%) Java
10 10 (0.66%) VBA
11 7 (0.47%) C++
11 7 (0.47%) Perl
12 6 (0.40%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.27%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.20%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.20%) VB6
15 2 (0.13%) XPath
15 2 (0.13%) Korn
15 2 (0.13%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 771 (51.23%) MCSE
2 341 (22.66%) MCP
3 338 (22.46%) MCITP
4 211 (14.02%) MCSA
5 192 (12.76%) MCTS
6 171 (11.36%) Cisco Certification
7 146 (9.70%) Security Cleared
8 143 (9.50%) CCNA
8 143 (9.50%) Degree
9 101 (6.71%) MCDST
10 90 (5.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 79 (5.25%) SC Cleared
12 77 (5.12%) Citrix Certification
13 64 (4.25%) MCSD
14 55 (3.65%) CCNP
15 48 (3.19%) CCA
15 48 (3.19%) A+ Certification
16 43 (2.86%) DV Cleared
16 43 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
17 37 (2.46%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 112 (7.44%) SLA
2 14 (0.93%) QA
3 13 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.40%) ISO 9001
5 5 (0.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 5 (0.33%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.27%) COBIT
7 3 (0.20%) HL7
8 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.066%) Data Quality
System Software
1 665 (44.19%) Active Directory
2 293 (19.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 141 (9.37%) vSphere
4 105 (6.98%) XenApp
5 103 (6.84%) Hyper-V
6 77 (5.12%) XenDesktop
7 63 (4.19%) VMware ESX
8 41 (2.72%) Microsoft App-V
9 28 (1.86%) VMware ESXi
10 26 (1.73%) ISA Server
11 25 (1.66%) XenServer
12 15 (1.00%) Terminal Services
12 15 (1.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 15 (1.00%) UAG
13 12 (0.80%) Forefront TMG
13 12 (0.80%) Terminal Server
14 11 (0.73%) Citrix Presentation Server
15 8 (0.53%) vCloud
16 6 (0.40%) Oracle RAC
16 6 (0.40%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 180 (11.96%) SCCM
2 78 (5.18%) SCOM
3 42 (2.79%) Backup Exec
4 33 (2.19%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 30 (1.99%) MAILsweeper
6 25 (1.66%) WSUS
7 22 (1.46%) ServiceCenter
8 19 (1.26%) NetBackup
8 19 (1.26%) McAfee ePO
9 18 (1.20%) SCVMM
10 15 (1.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 13 (0.86%) Norton AntiVirus
12 12 (0.80%) OpenView
13 10 (0.66%) OVSD
14 9 (0.60%) HP SIM
15 8 (0.53%) SAP Afaria
16 7 (0.47%) MOM
16 7 (0.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
16 7 (0.47%) EMC NetWorker
17 6 (0.40%) Data Guard
Vendors
1 1067 (70.90%) Microsoft
2 449 (29.83%) VMware
3 363 (24.12%) Citrix
4 209 (13.89%) Cisco
5 164 (10.90%) HP
6 75 (4.98%) Dell
7 71 (4.72%) Symantec
8 58 (3.85%) Oracle
9 54 (3.59%) McAfee
10 49 (3.26%) NetApp
11 44 (2.92%) Lotus
12 43 (2.86%) Altiris
13 37 (2.46%) EMC
14 31 (2.06%) Remedy
14 31 (2.06%) IBM
15 30 (1.99%) Novell
16 29 (1.93%) Clearswift
17 28 (1.86%) Apple
17 28 (1.86%) Avaya
17 28 (1.86%) Open Text
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