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 5 May 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 160 150 135
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -15
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 797 751 740
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.43% 1.38% 1.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.40% 7.09% 8.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 490 388 389
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £309
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £155 £135 £167
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £465 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £295
% change year-on-year
+8.33% +1.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 73 96 78
Average hourly rate £16.00 £15.75 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.58% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.60 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.30 £25.29 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +3.44%

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
10773 10593 8605
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.27% 19.41% 18.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6075 6056 4598
Average daily rate £388 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £526 £528 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 536 466
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £24.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -18.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -21.73%

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 5 May 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 5 May 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 5 May 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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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 -21 698 £325 - 349
London +16 263 £330 -5.71% 83
South East +4 206 £311 -11.07% 76
Hampshire +34 87 £322 -0.92% 11
City of London +13 69 £350 +3.70% 24
North West -4 64 £325 +30.00% 48
Scotland +28 59 £308 +0.81% 18
East of England -3 45 £325 +30.00% 27
West Midlands -9 42 £350 +40.00% 26
Berkshire -13 41 £398 +6.71% 24
Surrey +26 37 £310 -11.42% 15
Yorkshire -5 33 £300 -4.00% 30
Manchester +4 26 £363 +302.77% 22
Reading +2 25 £256 -29.79% 17
Wales +5 23 £500 +53.84% 7
Glasgow +5 19 £300 +46.34% 7
Southampton 0 19 £400 +33.33% 3
West Sussex -20 19 £290 -27.50% 2
South West -27 19 £375 +15.38% 32
South Wales +11 18 £503 +54.61% 5
Renfrewshire +12 17 £349 -2.10% 2
Erskine +11 17 £349 -2.10%
West Yorkshire +1 17 £225 -32.07% 24
Buckinghamshire -22 17 £305 +10.90% 17
Lancashire +4 16 £311 +24.33% 1
Hook - 15 £333 -
Croydon +7 14 £350 -10.25% 1
Milton Keynes -3 13 £305 +10.90% 9
Birmingham -4 13 £350 +64.70% 13
Leeds -10 13 £225 -35.71% 14

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 May 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 1094 (73.97%) Microsoft
2 955 (64.57%) Windows
3 750 (50.71%) MCSE
4 684 (46.25%) Active Directory
5 490 (33.13%) ITIL
6 456 (30.83%) VMware
7 427 (28.87%) MCITP
8 372 (25.15%) Windows Server 2008
9 322 (21.77%) MS Excel
10 296 (20.01%) MS Exchange
11 293 (19.81%) Security Cleared
12 285 (19.27%) MCSA
13 282 (19.07%) Windows 7
14 278 (18.80%) Cisco
15 277 (18.73%) SQL
16 274 (18.53%) Citrix
17 270 (18.26%) VMware Infrastructure
18 266 (17.99%) Windows Server 2003
19 262 (17.71%) SQL Server
20 258 (17.44%) MCP
21 238 (16.09%) Windows Server 2012
22 227 (15.35%) SC Cleared
23 225 (15.21%) Cisco Certification
24 222 (15.01%) DNS
25 220 (14.87%) HP
26 207 (14.00%) MS Office
27 199 (13.46%) MCTS
28 185 (12.51%) SharePoint
29 181 (12.24%) PowerShell
30 180 (12.17%) .NET

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 May 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
1 296 (20.01%) MS Exchange
2 185 (12.51%) SharePoint
3 129 (8.72%) Exchange Server 2010
4 101 (6.83%) IIS
5 88 (5.95%) Lync
6 66 (4.46%) Exchange Server 2007
7 62 (4.19%) Exchange Server 2013
8 61 (4.12%) Exchange Server 2003
9 57 (3.85%) SharePoint 2013
10 55 (3.72%) SharePoint 2010
11 40 (2.70%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 26 (1.76%) Office Communications Server
13 22 (1.49%) IBM Notes
14 15 (1.01%) BizTalk Server
15 13 (0.88%) SharePoint Server
16 9 (0.61%) SAS
17 8 (0.54%) Apache
18 7 (0.47%) GroupWise
19 6 (0.41%) WebSphere
20 5 (0.34%) Documentum
Applications
1 322 (21.77%) MS Excel
2 207 (14.00%) MS Office
3 39 (2.64%) MS Visio
4 14 (0.95%) MS Project
4 14 (0.95%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.61%) InfoPath
6 4 (0.27%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.14%) SPSS
8 1 (0.068%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 82 (5.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
4 6 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.068%) SAP BPC
6 1 (0.068%) Magento
6 1 (0.068%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.068%) Cognos TM1
6 1 (0.068%) Agresso
6 1 (0.068%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 77 (5.21%) Office 365
2 32 (2.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 20 (1.35%) SaaS
4 13 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
5 12 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
6 8 (0.54%) Mimecast
7 7 (0.47%) IaaS
8 4 (0.27%) PaaS
9 3 (0.20%) Google Apps
10 1 (0.068%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 222 (15.01%) DNS
2 164 (11.09%) LAN
2 164 (11.09%) SAN
3 152 (10.28%) DHCP
4 148 (10.01%) Firewall
5 140 (9.47%) WAN
6 139 (9.40%) TCP/IP
7 84 (5.68%) VPN
8 70 (4.73%) Internet
9 59 (3.99%) VoIP
10 41 (2.77%) VLAN
11 40 (2.70%) NAS
12 32 (2.16%) Wireless
13 28 (1.89%) Network Security
13 28 (1.89%) SSL
14 26 (1.76%) SMTP
15 25 (1.69%) NetScaler
16 24 (1.62%) MPLS
17 17 (1.15%) Cisco IOS
17 17 (1.15%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 262 (17.71%) SQL Server
2 79 (5.34%) SQL Server 2008
3 70 (4.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 68 (4.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 54 (3.65%) SQL Server 2012
6 36 (2.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 34 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
8 28 (1.89%) MySQL
9 18 (1.22%) SQL Server 2005
10 17 (1.15%) Oracle Database
11 16 (1.08%) OLAP
12 12 (0.81%) OLAP Cube
13 10 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
13 10 (0.68%) Relational Database
14 7 (0.47%) QlikView
14 7 (0.47%) SQL Server 2000
14 7 (0.47%) RDBMS
15 6 (0.41%) DB2
15 6 (0.41%) OLTP
15 6 (0.41%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 44 (2.97%) Visual Studio
2 35 (2.37%) Team Foundation Server
3 21 (1.42%) WinRunner
3 21 (1.42%) TestDirector
3 21 (1.42%) QuickTest Pro
4 9 (0.61%) JIRA
4 9 (0.61%) MSI
5 8 (0.54%) Subversion
6 5 (0.34%) Fiddler
6 5 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 5 (0.34%) ClearQuest
6 5 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
6 5 (0.34%) ClearCase
7 2 (0.14%) InstallShield
7 2 (0.14%) NUnit
7 2 (0.14%) Rhino Mocks
7 2 (0.14%) SpecFlow
7 2 (0.14%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.068%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.068%) WebDriver
General
1 160 (10.82%) Finance
2 45 (3.04%) Telecoms
3 40 (2.70%) Banking
4 34 (2.30%) Legal
5 30 (2.03%) Marketing
6 26 (1.76%) Law
7 20 (1.35%) Retail
8 15 (1.01%) Manufacturing
9 13 (0.88%) Advertising
10 10 (0.68%) Back Office
10 10 (0.68%) Local Government
11 7 (0.47%) Spanish Language
11 7 (0.47%) Military
12 6 (0.41%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.34%) Investment Banking
14 3 (0.20%) Japanese Language
14 3 (0.20%) Electronics
14 3 (0.20%) Automotive
15 2 (0.14%) Publishing
15 2 (0.14%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 227 (15.35%) Analyst
2 163 (11.02%) Support Engineer
3 131 (8.86%) Developer
4 119 (8.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 101 (6.83%) Consultant
5 101 (6.83%) Support Analyst
6 84 (5.68%) 2nd Line Support
7 75 (5.07%) Architect
8 74 (5.00%) Desktop Support
9 72 (4.87%) 3rd Line Support
10 71 (4.80%) Administrator
11 65 (4.39%) Server Engineer
12 57 (3.85%) Wintel Engineer
13 53 (3.58%) Service Analyst
14 52 (3.52%) Service Desk Analyst
15 43 (2.91%) Field Engineer
16 39 (2.64%) DBA
16 39 (2.64%) IT Support
17 38 (2.57%) SQL DBA
18 36 (2.43%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 180 (12.17%) .NET
2 115 (7.78%) HTML
3 99 (6.69%) ASP.NET
4 96 (6.49%) XML
5 52 (3.52%) JSP
6 50 (3.38%) .NET Framework
7 48 (3.25%) Web Services
8 38 (2.57%) jQuery
8 38 (2.57%) CSS
9 28 (1.89%) WCF
10 25 (1.69%) SOAP
11 23 (1.56%) Application Packaging
12 22 (1.49%) LINQ
12 22 (1.49%) Entity Framework
13 17 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC
13 17 (1.15%) HTML5
14 11 (0.74%) KnockoutJS
15 10 (0.68%) Middleware
15 10 (0.68%) WPF
16 9 (0.61%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 110 (7.44%) Clustering
2 77 (5.21%) Analytical Skills
3 72 (4.87%) Blackberry
4 58 (3.92%) Computer Science
5 52 (3.52%) Management Information System
6 37 (2.50%) Replication
7 32 (2.16%) Video Conferencing
8 27 (1.83%) PKI
9 24 (1.62%) NHS
10 22 (1.49%) PDA
11 20 (1.35%) Fat Client
11 20 (1.35%) Thin Client
12 19 (1.28%) Client/Server
13 18 (1.22%) Private Cloud
13 18 (1.22%) Mainframe
14 12 (0.81%) Enterprise Software
15 8 (0.54%) CMDB
15 8 (0.54%) iPad
15 8 (0.54%) iPhone
15 8 (0.54%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 955 (64.57%) Windows
2 372 (25.15%) Windows Server 2008
3 282 (19.07%) Windows 7
4 266 (17.99%) Windows Server 2003
5 238 (16.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 157 (10.62%) Linux
7 136 (9.20%) Windows XP
8 84 (5.68%) UNIX
9 51 (3.45%) Windows 8
10 28 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 26 (1.76%) AIX
12 22 (1.49%) Windows Vista
13 21 (1.42%) Android
14 18 (1.22%) Windows 2000 Server
15 11 (0.74%) Apple iOS
15 11 (0.74%) Windows 2000
16 8 (0.54%) Solaris
16 8 (0.54%) Debian
17 7 (0.47%) Mac OS X
18 6 (0.41%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 490 (33.13%) ITIL
2 178 (12.04%) Migration
3 116 (7.84%) CRM
4 111 (7.51%) Project Management
5 101 (6.83%) Agile Software Development
6 92 (6.22%) Service Management
7 82 (5.54%) Change Management
8 70 (4.73%) Disaster Recovery
9 58 (3.92%) Service Delivery
9 58 (3.92%) Incident Management
10 57 (3.85%) ITIL V3
10 57 (3.85%) Business Intelligence
11 53 (3.58%) High Availability
12 46 (3.11%) Problem Management
13 44 (2.97%) Configuration Management
14 43 (2.91%) PRINCE2
14 43 (2.91%) Test Scripting
15 42 (2.84%) Validation
16 41 (2.77%) Knowledge Management
17 40 (2.70%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 277 (18.73%) SQL
2 181 (12.24%) PowerShell
3 97 (6.56%) JavaScript
4 95 (6.42%) C#
5 57 (3.85%) VBScript
6 49 (3.31%) T-SQL
7 28 (1.89%) VB
8 19 (1.28%) C
9 15 (1.01%) Java
10 13 (0.88%) VB.NET
11 7 (0.47%) PHP
12 5 (0.34%) R
12 5 (0.34%) VB6
12 5 (0.34%) VBA
13 3 (0.20%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.20%) Python
13 3 (0.20%) Perl
13 3 (0.20%) C++
14 2 (0.14%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.14%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 750 (50.71%) MCSE
2 427 (28.87%) MCITP
3 293 (19.81%) Security Cleared
4 285 (19.27%) MCSA
5 258 (17.44%) MCP
6 227 (15.35%) SC Cleared
7 225 (15.21%) Cisco Certification
8 199 (13.46%) MCTS
9 159 (10.75%) CCNA
10 149 (10.07%) Degree
11 138 (9.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 78 (5.27%) DV Cleared
13 69 (4.67%) Citrix Certification
14 61 (4.12%) CCNP
15 59 (3.99%) ISTQB
15 59 (3.99%) A+ Certification
16 58 (3.92%) MCDST
17 52 (3.52%) MCSD
18 44 (2.97%) CCA
19 42 (2.84%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (7.51%) SLA
2 25 (1.69%) QA
3 24 (1.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (0.68%) PCI DSS
5 9 (0.61%) JSP 440
5 9 (0.61%) ISO 9001
6 6 (0.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.14%) HL7
8 1 (0.068%) COBIT
8 1 (0.068%) GxP
System Software
1 684 (46.25%) Active Directory
2 270 (18.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 146 (9.87%) Hyper-V
4 96 (6.49%) XenApp
5 95 (6.42%) vSphere
6 65 (4.39%) VMware ESX
7 36 (2.43%) XenDesktop
8 27 (1.83%) Microsoft App-V
9 25 (1.69%) VMware ESXi
10 22 (1.49%) Terminal Services
11 16 (1.08%) ISA Server
12 14 (0.95%) VMware Workstation
12 14 (0.95%) Xen
12 14 (0.95%) vCloud
13 13 (0.88%) XenServer
13 13 (0.88%) Terminal Server
14 10 (0.68%) VMware Server
15 9 (0.61%) UAG
15 9 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 8 (0.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 145 (9.80%) SCCM
2 75 (5.07%) SCOM
3 33 (2.23%) McAfee ePO
4 30 (2.03%) HP Quality Center
5 26 (1.76%) Backup Exec
6 19 (1.28%) Netcool
7 12 (0.81%) Tivoli
7 12 (0.81%) NetBackup
7 12 (0.81%) WMI
7 12 (0.81%) WSUS
8 11 (0.74%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 10 (0.68%) SCSM
10 9 (0.61%) HP SIM
10 9 (0.61%) Nagios
10 9 (0.61%) Norton AntiVirus
11 8 (0.54%) Puppet
11 8 (0.54%) AirWatch
12 7 (0.47%) Nessus
13 6 (0.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
13 6 (0.41%) MOM
Vendors
1 1094 (73.97%) Microsoft
2 456 (30.83%) VMware
3 278 (18.80%) Cisco
4 274 (18.53%) Citrix
5 220 (14.87%) HP
6 82 (5.54%) McAfee
7 74 (5.00%) NetApp
8 67 (4.53%) Oracle
9 53 (3.58%) Symantec
10 48 (3.25%) Dell
10 48 (3.25%) EMC
11 43 (2.91%) IBM
11 43 (2.91%) Juniper
12 41 (2.77%) Red Hat
13 30 (2.03%) Apple
14 26 (1.76%) Veritas
15 25 (1.69%) Avaya
16 24 (1.62%) Lotus
17 22 (1.49%) Sophos
17 22 (1.49%) CheckPoint
City, London
Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 1 hour ago
Tyne and Wear
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £200 to £265 per day (Negotiable)
Posted: 5 hours ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Norfolk
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £150 - 180 per year
Posted: 3 days ago
West Midlands
Venn Group
Rate: £20 - £25 Per Hour
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Search Consultancy
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Durham, County Durham
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £450 to £490 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Derbyshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £340 - £400 per week
Posted: 4 days ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent International
Rate: £10.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
London
TLP Consultancy Ltd.
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £11 - £12 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £21.55 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Head Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago