Period
to 5 May 2021

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 5 May 2021 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
5 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 138 149 184
Rank change year-on-year +11 +35 +22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 16 19 59
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 0.59% 0.53% 0.90%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.60% 3.30% 6.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 18 41
10th Percentile £385 £187 £181
25th Percentile £406 £221 £313
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £470 £463 £450
Median % change year-on-year +1.62% +2.78% +5.88%
75th Percentile £519 £497 £488
90th Percentile £567 £565 £575
Central London median daily rate £493 £463 £425
% change year-on-year +6.49% +8.82% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Median hourly rate - - £18.70
Central London median hourly rate - - £18.70

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 444 576 936
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 16.49% 16.06% 14.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 399 665
10th Percentile £300 £268 £263
25th Percentile £413 £385 £409
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £475 £500
Median % change year-on-year +7.89% -5.00% -
75th Percentile £636 £588 £613
90th Percentile £714 £650 £689
Central London median daily rate £513 £475 £500
% change year-on-year +7.89% -5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 9 15
10th Percentile £14.35 £12.40 £12.35
25th Percentile £16.88 £18.70 £18.42
Median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £20.65
Median % change year-on-year - +21.09% +10.40%
75th Percentile £27.88 £52.25 £33.63
90th Percentile £34.45 £52.40 £38.70
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £24.56 £20.65
% change year-on-year -18.57% +18.96% +10.40%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the City of London over the 6 months to 5 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the City of London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the City of London

For the 6 months to 5 May 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 13 (81.25%) Active Directory
2 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 12 (75.00%) MCSE
3 10 (62.50%) Windows
4 9 (56.25%) Microsoft 365
4 9 (56.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 8 (50.00%) PowerShell
5 8 (50.00%) Migration
6 7 (43.75%) Windows Server
7 6 (37.50%) Azure
7 6 (37.50%) VMware
7 6 (37.50%) Finance
7 6 (37.50%) MCSA
7 6 (37.50%) DHCP
7 6 (37.50%) DNS
8 5 (31.25%) SharePoint
8 5 (31.25%) MS Exchange
8 5 (31.25%) SCCM
9 4 (25.00%) SCOM
9 4 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 4 (25.00%) High Availability
9 4 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
9 4 (25.00%) Architecture Roadmap
9 4 (25.00%) ITIL
9 4 (25.00%) Citrix
9 4 (25.00%) Law
10 3 (18.75%) SQL Server
10 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (18.75%) Problem-Solving
10 3 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012

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 5 (31.25%) MS Exchange
1 5 (31.25%) SharePoint
2 3 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (6.25%) IBM Notes
3 1 (6.25%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 9 (56.25%) Microsoft 365
2 6 (37.50%) Azure
3 4 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (12.50%) AWS
4 2 (12.50%) GCP
4 2 (12.50%) IaaS
4 2 (12.50%) PaaS
4 2 (12.50%) Power Platform
5 1 (6.25%) Power Automate
5 1 (6.25%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 6 (37.50%) DHCP
1 6 (37.50%) DNS
2 2 (12.50%) Internet
2 2 (12.50%) Intranet
2 2 (12.50%) LAN
2 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
3 1 (6.25%) Firewall
3 1 (6.25%) IP Telephony
3 1 (6.25%) Kerberos
3 1 (6.25%) SAN
3 1 (6.25%) VLAN
3 1 (6.25%) VoIP
3 1 (6.25%) VPN
3 1 (6.25%) WAN
3 1 (6.25%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.25%) Power BI
2 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2014
General
1 6 (37.50%) Finance
2 4 (25.00%) Law
3 3 (18.75%) Social Skills
4 2 (12.50%) Banking
4 2 (12.50%) Legal
5 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (6.25%) Influencing Skills
5 1 (6.25%) International Banking
5 1 (6.25%) Presentation Skills
Job Titles
1 3 (18.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Active Directory Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Architect
2 2 (12.50%) Azure DevOps Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Azure Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) DevOps Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Infrastructure Architect
2 2 (12.50%) Messaging Engineer
2 2 (12.50%) Migration Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
3 1 (6.25%) 2nd/3rd Line Support Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (6.25%) Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) Consultant
3 1 (6.25%) Developer
3 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (6.25%) IT Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) PowerShell Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Senior Messaging Engineer
3 1 (6.25%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) COM
1 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Blackberry
1 2 (12.50%) BYOD
1 2 (12.50%) iPad
1 2 (12.50%) iPhone
1 2 (12.50%) User Experience
2 1 (6.25%) Clustering
2 1 (6.25%) Mobile App
2 1 (6.25%) Replication
2 1 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 10 (62.50%) Windows
2 7 (43.75%) Windows Server
3 3 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (12.50%) Windows 10
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2016
4 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2019
5 1 (6.25%) Linux
5 1 (6.25%) Mac OS
5 1 (6.25%) Windows 7
5 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 8 (50.00%) Migration
3 4 (25.00%) Architecture Roadmap
3 4 (25.00%) High Availability
3 4 (25.00%) ITIL
4 3 (18.75%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (12.50%) Business Continuity
5 2 (12.50%) Configuration Management
5 2 (12.50%) DevOps
5 2 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (12.50%) Mobile Device Management
5 2 (12.50%) Network Virtualisation
5 2 (12.50%) Project Delivery
5 2 (12.50%) Technical Debt
6 1 (6.25%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (6.25%) Business Case
6 1 (6.25%) Change Management
6 1 (6.25%) Programme Management
6 1 (6.25%) Service Management
6 1 (6.25%) Technology Roadmap
Programming Languages
1 8 (50.00%) PowerShell
2 2 (12.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 12 (75.00%) MCSE
2 6 (37.50%) MCSA
3 2 (12.50%) CCNA
3 2 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (12.50%) CISSP
3 2 (12.50%) MCITP
3 2 (12.50%) MOS
4 1 (6.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (6.25%) MCT
4 1 (6.25%) VCDX
4 1 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (12.50%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (81.25%) Active Directory
2 4 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (18.75%) XenApp
3 3 (18.75%) XenDesktop
4 2 (12.50%) Hyper-V
4 2 (12.50%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (12.50%) Virtual Servers
4 2 (12.50%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (6.25%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (6.25%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (31.25%) SCCM
2 4 (25.00%) SCOM
3 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Intune
3 2 (12.50%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (37.50%) VMware
3 4 (25.00%) Citrix
4 3 (18.75%) SolarWinds
5 2 (12.50%) Cisco
6 1 (6.25%) Apple
6 1 (6.25%) Avaya
6 1 (6.25%) CommVault
6 1 (6.25%) Fortinet
6 1 (6.25%) Lotus
6 1 (6.25%) Polycom
6 1 (6.25%) Wyse