The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cambridge with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 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
Cambridgeshire / Cambridge
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 29 40 39
Rank change year-on-year +11 -1  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 10 6 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cambridge 3.32% 1.65% 3.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 14.71% 10.17% 22.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 11
Median daily rate £155 - £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £131 - £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £177 - £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £322 £325 £338
% change year-on-year -0.92% -3.84%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Median hourly rate £19.00 £32.50 £16.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -41.53% +98.35%  
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 Cambridge.

Academic & Professional Certification
Cambridge
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 68 59 67
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cambridge 22.59% 16.25% 14.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 30 42
Median daily rate £331 £400 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.18% +22.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £475 £416
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 8 9
Median hourly rate £37.50 £41.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +142.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £10.18 £12.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.60 £111.25 £57.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Cambridge

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cambridge 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 Cambridge

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Cambridge

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Cambridge

For the 6 months to 23 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 Cambridge region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 11 (68.75%) MCSE
1 11 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 10 (62.50%) Windows
3 9 (56.25%) ITIL
3 9 (56.25%) Office 365
4 6 (37.50%) Skype for Business
4 6 (37.50%) Active Directory
5 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (31.25%) Hyper-V
6 4 (25.00%) Windows 7
6 4 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
6 4 (25.00%) Windows Server
6 4 (25.00%) SharePoint
6 4 (25.00%) Project Management
7 3 (18.75%) Apple
7 3 (18.75%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (18.75%) Firewall
7 3 (18.75%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (18.75%) Migration
7 3 (18.75%) VMware
7 3 (18.75%) DHCP
7 3 (18.75%) VPN
7 3 (18.75%) DNS
7 3 (18.75%) MS Exchange
7 3 (18.75%) MCP
7 3 (18.75%) .NET
7 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
7 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 3 (18.75%) Virtual Infrastructure

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cambridge 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 6 (37.50%) Skype for Business
2 4 (25.00%) SharePoint
3 3 (18.75%) MS Exchange
3 3 (18.75%) SharePoint 2010
4 2 (12.50%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (6.25%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 9 (56.25%) Office 365
2 4 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (12.50%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 3 (18.75%) DHCP
1 3 (18.75%) DNS
1 3 (18.75%) Firewall
1 3 (18.75%) VPN
1 3 (18.75%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (6.25%) SAN
2 1 (6.25%) Skype
2 1 (6.25%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (12.50%) DTS
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle Database
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle Database 10g
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle Database 11g
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle Database 12c
1 2 (12.50%) Oracle9i Database
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2012
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server 2014
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 2 (12.50%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (25.00%) IT Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Architect
2 2 (12.50%) Azure Consultant
2 2 (12.50%) Consultant
2 2 (12.50%) DBA
2 2 (12.50%) Office 365 Architect
2 2 (12.50%) Office 365 Consultant
2 2 (12.50%) Oracle DBA
2 2 (12.50%) SQL DBA
2 2 (12.50%) Technical Consultant
2 2 (12.50%) Technical Specialist
2 2 (12.50%) VMware Specialist
3 1 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (6.25%) Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) IT Support Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Service Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server DBA
3 1 (6.25%) Support Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) .NET
2 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET
2 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET MVC 4
2 1 (6.25%) ASP.NET MVC 5
2 1 (6.25%) CSS
2 1 (6.25%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Data Centre
2 2 (12.50%) Clustering
3 1 (6.25%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 10 (62.50%) Windows
2 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2008
2 5 (31.25%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (25.00%) Windows 7
3 4 (25.00%) Windows Server
4 2 (12.50%) Mac OS X
4 2 (12.50%) Windows 10
5 1 (6.25%) Apple iOS
5 1 (6.25%) Linux
5 1 (6.25%) Mac OS
5 1 (6.25%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) ITIL
2 4 (25.00%) Project Management
3 3 (18.75%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (18.75%) Migration
3 3 (18.75%) Virtual Infrastructure
4 2 (12.50%) Database Security
4 2 (12.50%) High Availability
4 2 (12.50%) People Management
5 1 (6.25%) CRM
5 1 (6.25%) ITSM
5 1 (6.25%) MVC
5 1 (6.25%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) PowerShell
1 2 (12.50%) SQL
1 2 (12.50%) T-SQL
2 1 (6.25%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 11 (68.75%) MCSE
2 3 (18.75%) Degree
2 3 (18.75%) Master's Degree
2 3 (18.75%) MCP
3 2 (12.50%) MCDBA
3 2 (12.50%) MCITP
3 2 (12.50%) OCP
3 2 (12.50%) Oracle Certification
4 1 (6.25%) A+ Certification
4 1 (6.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (6.25%) MCPD
4 1 (6.25%) MCSA
4 1 (6.25%) MCSD
4 1 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (37.50%) Active Directory
2 5 (31.25%) Hyper-V
3 1 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (18.75%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
1 3 (18.75%) SCOrch
2 2 (12.50%) Data Guard
2 2 (12.50%) Oracle RMAN
3 1 (6.25%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 11 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 3 (18.75%) Apple
2 3 (18.75%) VMware
3 2 (12.50%) Dell
3 2 (12.50%) Oracle
4 1 (6.25%) Cisco
4 1 (6.25%) Citrix
4 1 (6.25%) HP