Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 21 November 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 191 190 157
Rank change year-on-year -1 -33 +15
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 61 60 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.85% 0.90% 1.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.10% 5.80% 8.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 43 72
City of London median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £200 £257 £215
90th Percentile £534 £520 £550
Central London median daily rate £363 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -14.71% +13.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 7
City of London median hourly rate £14.04 £16.33 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.03% -9.20% +43.84%
10th Percentile £13.31 £16.16 £13.95
90th Percentile £14.76 £16.49 £35.20
Central London median hourly rate £14.04 £16.33 £18.99
% change year-on-year -14.03% -14.03% +38.11%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
City of London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1000 1035 1376
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 13.98% 15.56% 15.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 707 727 1006
City of London median daily rate £488 £450 £442
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% +1.81% +4.00%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £262
90th Percentile £675 £625 £638
Central London median daily rate £475 £450 £441
% change year-on-year +5.56% +2.04% +3.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 14 29
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.58% +1.60% +22.62%
10th Percentile £13.31 £16.16 £11.23
90th Percentile £29.64 £29.38 £38.00
Central London median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £18.35
% change year-on-year - +3.54% +7.94%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the City of London over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the City of London

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 City of London region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 45 (73.77%) Microsoft
2 39 (63.93%) Windows
3 36 (59.02%) MCSE
4 31 (50.82%) Active Directory
5 30 (49.18%) Office 365
6 26 (42.62%) ITIL
7 25 (40.98%) Microsoft Azure
8 20 (32.79%) Finance
9 18 (29.51%) Windows Server
10 14 (22.95%) Degree
11 13 (21.31%) VMware
11 13 (21.31%) Citrix
12 12 (19.67%) VMware Infrastructure
13 11 (18.03%) MCP
13 11 (18.03%) MCSA
14 10 (16.39%) SQL
14 10 (16.39%) .NET
14 10 (16.39%) MS Exchange
14 10 (16.39%) DNS
14 10 (16.39%) Disaster Recovery
14 10 (16.39%) PowerShell
14 10 (16.39%) SCCM
14 10 (16.39%) Windows 10
14 10 (16.39%) Windows Server 2012
15 9 (14.75%) Hyper-V
15 9 (14.75%) Windows 7
15 9 (14.75%) Capacity Planning
15 9 (14.75%) Change Control
15 9 (14.75%) DHCP
15 9 (14.75%) Cisco

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 10 (16.39%) MS Exchange
2 6 (9.84%) SharePoint
3 3 (4.92%) Exchange Server 2007
3 3 (4.92%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (3.28%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.64%) IIS
5 1 (1.64%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 7 (11.48%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.64%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (8.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.64%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 30 (49.18%) Office 365
2 25 (40.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (11.48%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (8.20%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (8.20%) Mimecast
5 2 (3.28%) OneDrive
5 2 (3.28%) SaaS
6 1 (1.64%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (1.64%) G Suite
6 1 (1.64%) IaaS
6 1 (1.64%) PaaS
6 1 (1.64%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.39%) DNS
2 9 (14.75%) DHCP
3 8 (13.11%) SAN
4 5 (8.20%) LAN
4 5 (8.20%) WAN
5 4 (6.56%) Intrusion Detection
6 2 (3.28%) Firewall
6 2 (3.28%) NAS
6 2 (3.28%) Skype
6 2 (3.28%) TCP/IP
6 2 (3.28%) VLAN
7 1 (1.64%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (1.64%) IPv4
7 1 (1.64%) NetScaler
7 1 (1.64%) VoIP
7 1 (1.64%) VPN
7 1 (1.64%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (9.84%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.28%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.64%) Power BI
4 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (3.28%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.64%) MSTest
2 1 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 20 (32.79%) Finance
2 8 (13.11%) Banking
3 6 (9.84%) Law
4 4 (6.56%) German Language
5 3 (4.92%) Financial Institution
5 3 (4.92%) Legal
6 2 (3.28%) Investment Banking
7 1 (1.64%) French Language
7 1 (1.64%) Marketing
7 1 (1.64%) Publishing
7 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (14.75%) Developer
2 8 (13.11%) Desktop Support
3 6 (9.84%) Architect
3 6 (9.84%) Infrastructure Manager
4 5 (8.20%) Desktop Engineer
4 5 (8.20%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 5 (8.20%) Support Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Analyst
5 4 (6.56%) Cloud Specialist
5 4 (6.56%) Consultant
5 4 (6.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Lead Developer
5 4 (6.56%) Microsoft Developer
5 4 (6.56%) Network Systems Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Senior Network Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Senior Systems Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Systems Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Azure Consultant
6 3 (4.92%) IT Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (16.39%) .NET
2 4 (6.56%) Software Packaging
2 4 (6.56%) XML
3 3 (4.92%) .NET Framework
3 3 (4.92%) HTML
3 3 (4.92%) jQuery
3 3 (4.92%) Web Services
4 2 (3.28%) AngularJS
4 2 (3.28%) ASP.NET
4 2 (3.28%) CSS
4 2 (3.28%) HTML5
4 2 (3.28%) Lucene
4 2 (3.28%) Natural Language Processing
4 2 (3.28%) OpenNLP
4 2 (3.28%) TensorFlow
4 2 (3.28%) Unity (Game Engine)
4 2 (3.28%) WCF
4 2 (3.28%) WPF
5 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET MVC 5
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.11%) Computer Science
2 5 (8.20%) Blackberry
2 5 (8.20%) BYOD
2 5 (8.20%) Data Centre
2 5 (8.20%) Microsoft Licensing
3 4 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.92%) Fintech
4 3 (4.92%) iPhone
4 3 (4.92%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (3.28%) Algorithms
5 2 (3.28%) Data Structures
5 2 (3.28%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (3.28%) NHS
5 2 (3.28%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.64%) Clustering
6 1 (1.64%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.64%) HP Storage
6 1 (1.64%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.64%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 39 (63.93%) Windows
2 18 (29.51%) Windows Server
3 10 (16.39%) Windows 10
3 10 (16.39%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (14.75%) Windows 7
5 6 (9.84%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (6.56%) Android
6 4 (6.56%) Linux
7 3 (4.92%) Apple iOS
7 3 (4.92%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.64%) AIX
8 1 (1.64%) Mac OS X
8 1 (1.64%) Unix
8 1 (1.64%) Windows 8
8 1 (1.64%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (42.62%) ITIL
2 10 (16.39%) Disaster Recovery
3 9 (14.75%) Capacity Planning
3 9 (14.75%) Change Control
4 7 (11.48%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (11.48%) Root Cause Analysis
5 6 (9.84%) Incident Management
5 6 (9.84%) Problem Management
5 6 (9.84%) Software Deployment
5 6 (9.84%) Workflow
6 5 (8.20%) Budget Control
6 5 (8.20%) CRM
6 5 (8.20%) People Management
6 5 (8.20%) Performance Monitoring
6 5 (8.20%) Software Licensing
6 5 (8.20%) TOGAF
7 4 (6.56%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (6.56%) Migration
7 4 (6.56%) Software Distribution
7 4 (6.56%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (16.39%) PowerShell
1 10 (16.39%) SQL
2 8 (13.11%) C#
3 4 (6.56%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.28%) Bash Shell
4 2 (3.28%) Shell Script
5 1 (1.64%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.64%) VBScript
5 1 (1.64%) X++
Qualifications
1 36 (59.02%) MCSE
2 14 (22.95%) Degree
3 11 (18.03%) MCP
3 11 (18.03%) MCSA
4 8 (13.11%) CCNA
4 8 (13.11%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (11.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (9.84%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (8.20%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (6.56%) Microsoft Certified Architect
9 3 (4.92%) MCDST
9 3 (4.92%) MCITP
9 3 (4.92%) MCTS
10 2 (3.28%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (3.28%) DV Cleared
10 2 (3.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 2 (3.28%) Security Cleared
11 1 (1.64%) (ISC)2 CCSP
11 1 (1.64%) CISSP
11 1 (1.64%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.11%) SLA
2 2 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (3.28%) QA
System Software
1 31 (50.82%) Active Directory
2 12 (19.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (14.75%) Hyper-V
4 4 (6.56%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (6.56%) Virtual Desktop
4 4 (6.56%) vSphere
5 2 (3.28%) Docker
5 2 (3.28%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.64%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.64%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.64%) VMware NSX
6 1 (1.64%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 10 (16.39%) SCCM
2 7 (11.48%) Backup Exec
3 5 (8.20%) NetBackup
4 4 (6.56%) EMC NetWorker
5 2 (3.28%) Ansible
5 2 (3.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (3.28%) WSUS
6 1 (1.64%) Failover Clustering
6 1 (1.64%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (1.64%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.64%) SCOM
6 1 (1.64%) SmoothWall
6 1 (1.64%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 45 (73.77%) Microsoft
2 13 (21.31%) Citrix
2 13 (21.31%) VMware
3 9 (14.75%) Cisco
4 7 (11.48%) Veeam
5 6 (9.84%) CheckPoint
5 6 (9.84%) Sophos
6 4 (6.56%) AppSense
6 4 (6.56%) EMC
6 4 (6.56%) NetApp
7 3 (4.92%) Bloomberg
7 3 (4.92%) Reuters
7 3 (4.92%) Webroot
7 3 (4.92%) Wyse
8 2 (3.28%) Dell
8 2 (3.28%) HP
8 2 (3.28%) IBM
8 2 (3.28%) Oracle
8 2 (3.28%) Symantec
9 1 (1.64%) SAP