The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certification
South East / Buckinghamshire
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 76 58 77
Rank change year-on-year -18 +19  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 14 17 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 1.38% 1.79% 1.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.91% 7.30% 6.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 9 9
Median daily rate £475 £417 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.04% +19.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £228 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £436 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.03% -2.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £12.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £23.78 £18.50
% change year-on-year -5.29% +28.54%  

Microsoft Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Buckinghamshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 237 233 280
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 23.40% 24.58% 22.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 163 162
Median daily rate £400 £425 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +4.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £245 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £537
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 4 5
Median hourly rate £18.00 £14.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.13% -65.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £10.24 £40.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.60 £17.00 £57.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Buckinghamshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Buckinghamshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Buckinghamshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Buckinghamshire over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Buckinghamshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Buckinghamshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Buckinghamshire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

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 Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. 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 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
Milton Keynes -11 13 £488 +23.41% 6
High Wycombe +5 1 £160 -61.58%
Microsoft Certification
South East

For the 6 months to 24 June 2017, 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 across the Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 31 (96.88%) Windows
2 29 (90.63%) Active Directory
2 29 (90.63%) VMware
3 26 (81.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (75.00%) ITIL
4 24 (75.00%) Citrix
4 24 (75.00%) Hyper-V
5 23 (71.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (59.38%) Windows Server 2012
7 18 (56.25%) Security Cleared
7 18 (56.25%) SC Cleared
7 18 (56.25%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (56.25%) MCSE
8 17 (53.13%) MCP
8 17 (53.13%) Change Management
9 16 (50.00%) SQL
9 16 (50.00%) HP
9 16 (50.00%) Windows Server
10 15 (46.88%) PowerShell
11 14 (43.75%) MS Exchange
11 14 (43.75%) Analytical Skills
11 14 (43.75%) Virtual Environments
12 13 (40.63%) ITIL V3
12 13 (40.63%) Service Management
12 13 (40.63%) VMware Workstation
13 12 (37.50%) MCSA
13 12 (37.50%) Linux
14 11 (34.38%) Unix
14 11 (34.38%) Cisco
14 11 (34.38%) Microsoft

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Buckinghamshire 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 14 (43.75%) MS Exchange
2 11 (34.38%) Skype for Business
3 9 (28.13%) IIS
4 7 (21.88%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (21.88%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (18.75%) SharePoint
6 3 (9.38%) Apache
Applications
1 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (18.75%) Office 365
2 3 (9.38%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (31.25%) Firewall
2 8 (25.00%) DNS
3 7 (21.88%) BIG-IP
3 7 (21.88%) DHCP
3 7 (21.88%) WAN
4 6 (18.75%) LAN
5 4 (12.50%) SAN
6 3 (9.38%) NAS
6 3 (9.38%) TCP/IP
7 2 (6.25%) Network Security
7 2 (6.25%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (31.25%) SQL Server
2 8 (25.00%) SQL Server 2016
3 6 (18.75%) SQL Server 2005
3 6 (18.75%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (18.75%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (9.38%) Big Data
4 3 (9.38%) Hadoop
5 1 (3.13%) MySQL
5 1 (3.13%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 1 (3.13%) MSI
Job Titles
1 7 (21.88%) 3rd Line Support
2 6 (18.75%) Analyst
2 6 (18.75%) Architect
3 5 (15.63%) Messaging Specialist
4 4 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support Specialist
4 4 (12.50%) Desktop Support
4 4 (12.50%) Support Engineer
4 4 (12.50%) Support Specialist
4 4 (12.50%) Technical Architect
4 4 (12.50%) Wintel Analyst
5 3 (9.38%) Active Directory Analyst
5 3 (9.38%) Active Directory Support
5 3 (9.38%) Communications Specialist
5 3 (9.38%) Desktop Engineer
5 3 (9.38%) Support Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (6.25%) Active Directory Specialist
6 2 (6.25%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 2 (6.25%) Messaging Consultant
6 2 (6.25%) Wintel Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 14 (43.75%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (9.38%) Clustering
3 2 (6.25%) CMDB
3 2 (6.25%) Data Centre
3 2 (6.25%) Handset
3 2 (6.25%) Management Information System
3 2 (6.25%) Smartphone
4 1 (3.13%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 31 (96.88%) Windows
2 23 (71.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (59.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 18 (56.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (50.00%) Windows Server
6 12 (37.50%) Linux
7 11 (34.38%) Unix
8 5 (15.63%) Windows Vista
9 3 (9.38%) Solaris
10 1 (3.13%) Windows 10
10 1 (3.13%) Windows 7
10 1 (3.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (75.00%) ITIL
2 17 (53.13%) Change Management
3 14 (43.75%) Virtual Environments
4 13 (40.63%) ITIL V3
4 13 (40.63%) Service Management
5 10 (31.25%) ITSM
6 9 (28.13%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 8 (25.00%) Service Delivery
8 7 (21.88%) Incident Management
9 6 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
10 4 (12.50%) PRINCE2
10 4 (12.50%) Project Management
10 4 (12.50%) Root Cause Analysis
11 3 (9.38%) Agile Project Management
11 3 (9.38%) DevOps
11 3 (9.38%) Problem Management
11 3 (9.38%) TOGAF
12 2 (6.25%) Business Continuity
12 2 (6.25%) Configuration Management
12 2 (6.25%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 16 (50.00%) SQL
2 15 (46.88%) PowerShell
3 1 (3.13%) VB
3 1 (3.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (56.25%) MCSE
1 18 (56.25%) SC Cleared
1 18 (56.25%) Security Cleared
2 17 (53.13%) MCP
3 12 (37.50%) MCSA
4 8 (25.00%) DV Cleared
4 8 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 7 (21.88%) CCNA
5 7 (21.88%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (18.75%) CCNP
7 5 (15.63%) MCITP
8 4 (12.50%) MCDBA
9 2 (6.25%) GSAE
10 1 (3.13%) CCAA
10 1 (3.13%) CCENT
10 1 (3.13%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (3.13%) DBS Check
10 1 (3.13%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (3.13%) MCPD
10 1 (3.13%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (25.00%) SLA
2 1 (3.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 1 (3.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 29 (90.63%) Active Directory
2 26 (81.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (75.00%) Hyper-V
4 13 (40.63%) VMware Workstation
5 5 (15.63%) Forefront TMG
5 5 (15.63%) ISA Server
5 5 (15.63%) UAG
6 3 (9.38%) XenApp
7 2 (6.25%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (3.13%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (3.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (3.13%) Terminal Server
8 1 (3.13%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (3.13%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (3.13%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (18.75%) SCCM
2 5 (15.63%) OVSD
3 4 (12.50%) Microsoft Clustering
3 4 (12.50%) SCOM
4 3 (9.38%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (6.25%) OpenView
6 1 (3.13%) EdgeSight
Vendors
1 29 (90.63%) VMware
2 24 (75.00%) Citrix
3 16 (50.00%) HP
4 11 (34.38%) Cisco
4 11 (34.38%) Microsoft
5 8 (25.00%) ServiceNow
6 7 (21.88%) F5
7 6 (18.75%) Forcepoint
8 5 (15.63%) NetApp
9 3 (9.38%) Remedy
9 3 (9.38%) StorageTek
9 3 (9.38%) Sun
10 2 (6.25%) Apple
10 2 (6.25%) Computacenter
10 2 (6.25%) Wyse
11 1 (3.13%) AppSense
11 1 (3.13%) EMC
11 1 (3.13%) Genesys
11 1 (3.13%) Oracle
11 1 (3.13%) Symantec