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 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
London / City of London
Rank 121 129 129
Rank change year-on-year +8 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 33 29 66
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.10% 0.87% 1.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.71% 5.92% 7.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 22 51
Median daily rate £350 £295 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.64% -21.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £449 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £313
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £20.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +17.64%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -2.77% +33.33%  

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 the City of London.

Academic & Professional Certification
City of London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 428 490 845
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.30% 14.73% 16.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 350 630
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 17
Median hourly rate £15.87 £20.89 £21.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.04% -2.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.32 £17.00 £14.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.56 £37.37 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 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 3 months to 26 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the City of London.

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

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 33 (68.75%) MCSE
2 32 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 29 (60.42%) Windows
4 28 (58.33%) Active Directory
5 21 (43.75%) Windows Server
6 18 (37.50%) Finance
7 15 (31.25%) Office 365
8 14 (29.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 14 (29.17%) ITIL
9 13 (27.08%) MCSA
9 13 (27.08%) Windows 7
10 12 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
10 12 (25.00%) SCCM
10 12 (25.00%) VMware
11 11 (22.92%) Windows Server 2008
12 10 (20.83%) Cisco Certification
12 10 (20.83%) CCNA
13 9 (18.75%) MS Exchange
13 9 (18.75%) Migration
14 8 (16.67%) SharePoint
14 8 (16.67%) PowerShell
14 8 (16.67%) Degree
14 8 (16.67%) Windows 10
15 7 (14.58%) Remote Desktop
15 7 (14.58%) MCP
16 6 (12.50%) TCP/IP
16 6 (12.50%) Firewall
16 6 (12.50%) MCITP
16 6 (12.50%) vSphere
16 6 (12.50%) Data Centre

Microsoft Certification
Top Related 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 9 (18.75%) MS Exchange
2 8 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 3 (6.25%) Skype for Business
4 2 (4.17%) Apache
4 2 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (2.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (2.08%) IIS
5 1 (2.08%) MS Project Server
5 1 (2.08%) NetWeaver
5 1 (2.08%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (2.08%) OpenStack
Applications
1 4 (8.33%) MS Excel
1 4 (8.33%) MS Office
2 1 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (31.25%) Office 365
2 12 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (4.17%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (4.17%) GitHub
3 2 (4.17%) IaaS
3 2 (4.17%) OneDrive
3 2 (4.17%) PaaS
3 2 (4.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (14.58%) Remote Desktop
2 6 (12.50%) Firewall
2 6 (12.50%) TCP/IP
3 4 (8.33%) LAN
3 4 (8.33%) Skype
3 4 (8.33%) Wireless
4 3 (6.25%) Cisco IOS
4 3 (6.25%) SAN
5 2 (4.17%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (4.17%) DHCP
5 2 (4.17%) DNS
5 2 (4.17%) Internet
5 2 (4.17%) VLAN
5 2 (4.17%) VPN
5 2 (4.17%) WAN
6 1 (2.08%) FTP
6 1 (2.08%) Kerberos
6 1 (2.08%) PBX
6 1 (2.08%) SSL
6 1 (2.08%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.25%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (4.17%) MySQL
3 1 (2.08%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (2.08%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (2.08%) Power BI
3 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Bitbucket
1 2 (4.17%) MSI
2 1 (2.08%) Subversion
2 1 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 18 (37.50%) Finance
2 4 (8.33%) Banking
3 2 (4.17%) Law
3 2 (4.17%) Retail
4 1 (2.08%) Advertising
4 1 (2.08%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.08%) Front Office
4 1 (2.08%) Games
4 1 (2.08%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.08%) Legal
4 1 (2.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (22.92%) Support Engineer
2 9 (18.75%) 2nd Line Support
3 8 (16.67%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 8 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 7 (14.58%) 1st/2nd Line Support
4 7 (14.58%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
5 5 (10.42%) Analyst
5 5 (10.42%) Architect
5 5 (10.42%) Consultant
5 5 (10.42%) Desktop Support
5 5 (10.42%) Support Analyst
5 5 (10.42%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (8.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 4 (8.33%) Desktop Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 3 (6.25%) Server Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) Administrator
8 2 (4.17%) Desktop Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) Solutions Architect
8 2 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) XMPP
2 2 (4.17%) .NET
2 2 (4.17%) ASP.NET
2 2 (4.17%) HTML
3 1 (2.08%) 802.1X
3 1 (2.08%) AngularJS
3 1 (2.08%) CSS
3 1 (2.08%) J2EE
3 1 (2.08%) jQuery
3 1 (2.08%) JSP
3 1 (2.08%) LAMP
3 1 (2.08%) SAML
3 1 (2.08%) Servlets
3 1 (2.08%) Software Packaging
3 1 (2.08%) Web Services
3 1 (2.08%) XML
3 1 (2.08%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 5 (10.42%) Computer Science
3 3 (6.25%) Management Information System
3 3 (6.25%) NHS
4 2 (4.17%) BYOD
5 1 (2.08%) Blackberry
5 1 (2.08%) Clustering
5 1 (2.08%) Hedge funds
5 1 (2.08%) HP Storage
5 1 (2.08%) PKI
5 1 (2.08%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.08%) Replication
5 1 (2.08%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 29 (60.42%) Windows
2 21 (43.75%) Windows Server
3 14 (29.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (27.08%) Windows 7
5 11 (22.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (16.67%) Windows 10
7 6 (12.50%) Windows 8
8 5 (10.42%) Linux
9 4 (8.33%) Android
10 3 (6.25%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (29.17%) ITIL
2 9 (18.75%) Migration
3 5 (10.42%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (8.33%) Change Management
4 4 (8.33%) Data Security
4 4 (8.33%) TOGAF
5 3 (6.25%) Asset Management
5 3 (6.25%) Configuration Management
5 3 (6.25%) Workflow
6 2 (4.17%) Application Packaging
6 2 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (4.17%) E-Discovery
6 2 (4.17%) Enterprise Architecture
6 2 (4.17%) ERP
6 2 (4.17%) Problem Management
6 2 (4.17%) SDLC
6 2 (4.17%) Service Delivery
6 2 (4.17%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (4.17%) Statistics
6 2 (4.17%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 5 (10.42%) SQL
3 2 (4.17%) C#
3 2 (4.17%) VB
3 2 (4.17%) VBScript
4 1 (2.08%) C
4 1 (2.08%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
4 1 (2.08%) Java
4 1 (2.08%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.08%) PHP
Qualifications
1 33 (68.75%) MCSE
2 13 (27.08%) MCSA
3 10 (20.83%) CCNA
3 10 (20.83%) Cisco Certification
4 8 (16.67%) Degree
5 7 (14.58%) MCP
6 6 (12.50%) MCITP
7 4 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (6.25%) MCSD
8 3 (6.25%) MCTS
8 3 (6.25%) Security Cleared
9 2 (4.17%) CCA
9 2 (4.17%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (4.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (4.17%) MCDST
9 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Certified Architect
9 2 (4.17%) RHCE
9 2 (4.17%) SC Cleared
10 1 (2.08%) JNCIA
10 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.25%) SLA
2 2 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 28 (58.33%) Active Directory
2 6 (12.50%) vSphere
3 5 (10.42%) Hyper-V
3 5 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (8.33%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (4.17%) VMware Server
6 2 (4.17%) XenApp
6 2 (4.17%) XenDesktop
7 1 (2.08%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (25.00%) SCCM
2 4 (8.33%) SCOM
3 3 (6.25%) Norton AntiVirus
3 3 (6.25%) WSUS
4 1 (2.08%) CA Single Sign-On
4 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (2.08%) NetBackup
4 1 (2.08%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (2.08%) Puppet
4 1 (2.08%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 32 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 12 (25.00%) VMware
3 5 (10.42%) Cisco
3 5 (10.42%) Citrix
4 4 (8.33%) Symantec
5 2 (4.17%) AppSense
5 2 (4.17%) HP
5 2 (4.17%) Nuix
6 1 (2.08%) 3PAR
6 1 (2.08%) Apple
6 1 (2.08%) Brocade
6 1 (2.08%) CheckPoint
6 1 (2.08%) F5
6 1 (2.08%) LANDesk
6 1 (2.08%) NICE Systems
6 1 (2.08%) Oracle
6 1 (2.08%) Redback
6 1 (2.08%) Sage
6 1 (2.08%) SAP
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £420 - £480 per day
Posted: 6 days ago