The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
England / East of England
Rank 96 85 81
Rank change year-on-year -11 -4  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 32 39 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.49% 1.61% 1.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.75% 8.07% 9.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 19 27
Median daily rate £375 £375 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +50.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £144 £104
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £438 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 3
Median hourly rate £16.75 £60.00 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -72.08% +344.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.95 £16.70 £12.09
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.55 £96.00 £17.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +40.74%  

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 East of England.

Academic & Professional Certification
East of England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 474 483 463
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 22.10% 19.92% 17.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 275 255 223
Median daily rate £398 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.00% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £536 £525 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 46 53
Median hourly rate £37.25 £46.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.89% +106.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.70 £13.50 £11.74
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.93 £60.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the East of England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the East of England over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the East of England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the East of England

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England region over the 3 months to 23 March 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
Cambridgeshire +7 9 £413 +40.42% 5
Essex -8 9 £425 +142.85% 1
Norfolk +3 6 £263 -30.00% 2
Hertfordshire -4 6 - - 8
Bedfordshire -6 1 £375 +15.38% 1
Suffolk -9 1 - - 3
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 23 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 East of England region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 45 (68.18%) MCSE
1 45 (68.18%) Microsoft
2 37 (56.06%) Windows
3 28 (42.42%) ITIL
4 21 (31.82%) Active Directory
5 20 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (28.79%) MCP
7 17 (25.76%) SQL Server
7 17 (25.76%) SQL
7 17 (25.76%) Hyper-V
7 17 (25.76%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (24.24%) Cisco
9 15 (22.73%) WAN
9 15 (22.73%) CCNA
9 15 (22.73%) Cisco Certification
9 15 (22.73%) LAN
9 15 (22.73%) Degree
10 14 (21.21%) MCITP
10 14 (21.21%) MCSA
11 13 (19.70%) Migration
11 13 (19.70%) Windows Server
12 12 (18.18%) Performance Monitoring
12 12 (18.18%) Office 365
12 12 (18.18%) PowerShell
13 11 (16.67%) Windows 7
13 11 (16.67%) Clustering
13 11 (16.67%) Finance
13 11 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
14 10 (15.15%) MS Excel
14 10 (15.15%) T-SQL

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England 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 (13.64%) Skype for Business
2 7 (10.61%) SharePoint
3 6 (9.09%) MS Exchange
4 4 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (6.06%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (4.55%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.52%) GroupWise
Applications
1 10 (15.15%) MS Excel
2 9 (13.64%) MS Office
3 6 (9.09%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (1.52%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (1.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 12 (18.18%) Office 365
2 9 (13.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (6.06%) Mimecast
4 2 (3.03%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.52%) PaaS
5 1 (1.52%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (22.73%) LAN
1 15 (22.73%) WAN
2 10 (15.15%) DNS
3 9 (13.64%) DHCP
3 9 (13.64%) Internet
4 8 (12.12%) WLAN
5 6 (9.09%) Firewall
5 6 (9.09%) SAN
5 6 (9.09%) Wireless
6 5 (7.58%) TCP/IP
7 3 (4.55%) Skype
7 3 (4.55%) VPN
8 2 (3.03%) Ethernet
8 2 (3.03%) iSCSI
8 2 (3.03%) MPLS
8 2 (3.03%) NAS
8 2 (3.03%) NetScaler
8 2 (3.03%) Unified Communications
8 2 (3.03%) VLAN
8 2 (3.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (25.76%) SQL Server
2 10 (15.15%) SQL Server 2008
2 10 (15.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 10 (15.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (10.61%) SQL Server 2005
3 7 (10.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 4 (6.06%) Oracle Database
4 4 (6.06%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (6.06%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (4.55%) DTS
5 3 (4.55%) OLAP
5 3 (4.55%) OLTP
5 3 (4.55%) Oracle Database 10g
5 3 (4.55%) Oracle Database 11g
5 3 (4.55%) Oracle Database 12c
5 3 (4.55%) Oracle9i Database
5 3 (4.55%) QlikView
5 3 (4.55%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (3.03%) MySQL
7 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (3.03%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (1.52%) Visual Studio
General
1 11 (16.67%) Finance
2 4 (6.06%) Manufacturing
3 3 (4.55%) Banking
3 3 (4.55%) Local Government
3 3 (4.55%) Retail
4 2 (3.03%) Legal
4 2 (3.03%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (3.03%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (16.67%) Consultant
2 9 (13.64%) Analyst
2 9 (13.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (12.12%) DBA
3 8 (12.12%) Support Analyst
4 7 (10.61%) SQL DBA
4 7 (10.61%) Support Engineer
5 6 (9.09%) Azure Consultant
5 6 (9.09%) Office 365 Consultant
5 6 (9.09%) Technical Consultant
6 5 (7.58%) 2nd Line Support
6 5 (7.58%) IT Support
7 4 (6.06%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 4 (6.06%) IT Analyst
7 4 (6.06%) IT Engineer
7 4 (6.06%) IT Support Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 3 (4.55%) 1st/2nd Line Support Analyst
8 3 (4.55%) Desktop Engineer
8 3 (4.55%) Hyper-V Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.58%) .NET
2 1 (1.52%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 11 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
1 11 (16.67%) Clustering
2 8 (12.12%) Data Centre
3 5 (7.58%) Management Information System
3 5 (7.58%) NHS
4 3 (4.55%) Computer Science
4 3 (4.55%) Driving Licence
5 2 (3.03%) Life Science
5 2 (3.03%) Smartphone
5 2 (3.03%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.52%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.52%) iPad
6 1 (1.52%) iPhone
6 1 (1.52%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.52%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 37 (56.06%) Windows
2 20 (30.30%) Windows Server 2008
3 17 (25.76%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (19.70%) Windows Server
5 11 (16.67%) Windows 7
6 7 (10.61%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (7.58%) Linux
7 5 (7.58%) Windows XP
8 3 (4.55%) Windows 10
9 2 (3.03%) Solaris
9 2 (3.03%) Unix
9 2 (3.03%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.52%) Android
10 1 (1.52%) Apple iOS
10 1 (1.52%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (42.42%) ITIL
2 13 (19.70%) Migration
3 12 (18.18%) Performance Monitoring
4 8 (12.12%) Problem Management
5 7 (10.61%) Continuous Improvement
5 7 (10.61%) Data Analysis
5 7 (10.61%) Disaster Recovery
6 6 (9.09%) High Availability
6 6 (9.09%) Service Management
6 6 (9.09%) Strategic Planning
7 5 (7.58%) Performance Management
7 5 (7.58%) System Testing
7 5 (7.58%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 4 (6.06%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (6.06%) Change Management
8 4 (6.06%) Coaching
8 4 (6.06%) Customer Engagement
8 4 (6.06%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (6.06%) Project Management
8 4 (6.06%) Security Patching
Programming Languages
1 17 (25.76%) SQL
2 12 (18.18%) PowerShell
3 10 (15.15%) T-SQL
4 3 (4.55%) C#
4 3 (4.55%) VB
4 3 (4.55%) VBScript
5 2 (3.03%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.52%) X++
Qualifications
1 45 (68.18%) MCSE
2 19 (28.79%) MCP
3 15 (22.73%) CCNA
3 15 (22.73%) Cisco Certification
3 15 (22.73%) Degree
4 14 (21.21%) MCITP
4 14 (21.21%) MCSA
5 10 (15.15%) CCA
5 10 (15.15%) Citrix Certification
6 7 (10.61%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (6.06%) CCNP
7 4 (6.06%) MCTS
7 4 (6.06%) Oracle Certification
7 4 (6.06%) Security Cleared
8 3 (4.55%) MCDBA
8 3 (4.55%) OCP
8 3 (4.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (3.03%) A+ Certification
9 2 (3.03%) MOS
9 2 (3.03%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (10.61%) SLA
2 2 (3.03%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (3.03%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 21 (31.82%) Active Directory
2 17 (25.76%) Hyper-V
3 6 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (6.06%) NDS
4 4 (6.06%) XenApp
5 3 (4.55%) Firmware
5 3 (4.55%) vSphere
6 2 (3.03%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.52%) Terminal Server
7 1 (1.52%) VMware ESX
7 1 (1.52%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 8 (12.12%) SCCM
2 4 (6.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
2 4 (6.06%) SCOM
2 4 (6.06%) WSUS
3 3 (4.55%) Data Guard
3 3 (4.55%) Failover Clustering
3 3 (4.55%) Oracle RMAN
4 1 (1.52%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.52%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.52%) Business Desktop Deployment
4 1 (1.52%) Cisco UCCX
4 1 (1.52%) DameWare
4 1 (1.52%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (1.52%) SCOrch
4 1 (1.52%) Simpana
Vendors
1 45 (68.18%) Microsoft
2 16 (24.24%) Cisco
3 9 (13.64%) Oracle
3 9 (13.64%) VMware
4 7 (10.61%) Citrix
5 5 (7.58%) HP
6 4 (6.06%) Novell
7 2 (3.03%) 3PAR
7 2 (3.03%) Adobe
7 2 (3.03%) Apple
7 2 (3.03%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.52%) CommVault
8 1 (1.52%) Dell
8 1 (1.52%) EMC
8 1 (1.52%) Google
8 1 (1.52%) Kaspersky
8 1 (1.52%) MobileIron
8 1 (1.52%) NetApp
8 1 (1.52%) Remedy
8 1 (1.52%) SolarWinds