Period
to 17 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 17 July 2018 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
UK > England
6 months to
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 286 255 221
Rank change year-on-year -31 -34 -45
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 847 878 1,231
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.90% 1.00% 1.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.77% 5.06% 5.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 526 508 750
England median daily rate £350 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.06% +1.54%
10th Percentile £170 £135 £170
90th Percentile £538 £532 £475
UK median daily rate £350 £338 £330
% change year-on-year +3.70% +2.27% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 58 84 111
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.47 £18.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.25% +1.07% +1.64%
10th Percentile £12.84 £11.25 £10.00
90th Percentile £44.56 £51.00 £42.50
UK median hourly rate £17.21 £18.47 £21.17
% change year-on-year -6.85% -12.73% +20.94%

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 England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17,768 17,351 21,727
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.79% 19.83% 21.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,572 10,663 13,731
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
% change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 850 882 741
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.44% +8.80% +23.99%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.17
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.68
UK median hourly rate £24.68 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year -17.73% +5.26% +26.67%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England over the 6 months to 17 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England over the 6 months to 17 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 17 July 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -71 289 £344 -8.33% 129
South East -22 196 £378 +17.97% 82
North of England -20 111 £325 -18.75% 86
Midlands -12 101 £300 - 67
East of England -7 80 £363 +3.57% 34
South West +38 68 £300 -4.00% 27
West Midlands -5 54 £276 -21.29% 43
North West -14 52 £350 -20.45% 44
East Midlands -12 47 £350 +55.56% 24
North East -8 30 £290 -3.33% 10
Yorkshire -17 29 £325 -18.75% 32
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 17 July 2018, 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 England region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 632 (74.62%) Microsoft
2 565 (66.71%) Windows
3 462 (54.55%) MCSE
4 443 (52.30%) Active Directory
5 337 (39.79%) ITIL
6 308 (36.36%) Windows Server
7 303 (35.77%) VMware
8 259 (30.58%) Office 365
9 253 (29.87%) MCSA
10 202 (23.85%) VMware Infrastructure
11 189 (22.31%) SCCM
12 188 (22.20%) Microsoft Azure
13 169 (19.95%) Windows Server 2012
14 166 (19.60%) Windows Server 2008
15 165 (19.48%) MCP
16 162 (19.13%) Windows 7
17 154 (18.18%) Windows 10
18 149 (17.59%) Citrix
18 149 (17.59%) MS Exchange
19 148 (17.47%) Microsoft Office
20 147 (17.36%) PowerShell
21 143 (16.88%) Migration
22 136 (16.06%) SQL Server
22 136 (16.06%) Cisco
23 131 (15.47%) Cisco Certification
24 126 (14.88%) DNS
24 126 (14.88%) SQL
25 121 (14.29%) Security Cleared
26 115 (13.58%) MCITP
27 113 (13.34%) Firewall

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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
1 149 (17.59%) MS Exchange
2 84 (9.92%) SharePoint
3 63 (7.44%) Exchange Server 2010
4 57 (6.73%) Skype for Business
5 42 (4.96%) IIS
6 30 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2013
7 19 (2.24%) SharePoint 2013
8 14 (1.65%) OpenStack
9 10 (1.18%) Exchange Server 2007
9 10 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
10 8 (0.94%) Apache Spark
10 8 (0.94%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 7 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (0.59%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.47%) Apache
13 4 (0.47%) IBM Notes
14 3 (0.35%) CMS
14 3 (0.35%) Confluence
15 2 (0.24%) nginx
15 2 (0.24%) Umbraco
Applications
1 148 (17.47%) Microsoft Office
2 17 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.30%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.35%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.24%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 26 (3.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.59%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.35%) Towers Watson Igloo
4 2 (0.24%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.24%) ReMetrica
4 2 (0.24%) Workfront
5 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.12%) Magento
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.12%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 259 (30.58%) Office 365
2 188 (22.20%) Microsoft Azure
3 44 (5.19%) Amazon AWS
4 41 (4.84%) Azure Active Directory
5 25 (2.95%) Dynamics 365
6 19 (2.24%) OneDrive
7 16 (1.89%) Yammer
8 14 (1.65%) PaaS
9 10 (1.18%) Mimecast
10 9 (1.06%) Azure Machine Learning
11 8 (0.94%) Azure Data Factory
11 8 (0.94%) Data Lake Analytics
11 8 (0.94%) SaaS
12 7 (0.83%) IaaS
13 6 (0.71%) G Suite
14 5 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
15 4 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
16 2 (0.24%) Amazon EC2
16 2 (0.24%) GitHub
17 1 (0.12%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 126 (14.88%) DNS
2 113 (13.34%) Firewall
3 103 (12.16%) DHCP
4 72 (8.50%) LAN
4 72 (8.50%) TCP/IP
5 66 (7.79%) SAN
6 56 (6.61%) VPN
7 55 (6.49%) WAN
8 51 (6.02%) Internet
9 47 (5.55%) Skype
10 29 (3.42%) VoIP
10 29 (3.42%) Wireless
11 21 (2.48%) VLAN
12 17 (2.01%) Cisco ASA
12 17 (2.01%) SMTP
13 16 (1.89%) Network Security
14 15 (1.77%) NAS
15 14 (1.65%) Remote Desktop
16 12 (1.42%) Unified Communications
17 11 (1.30%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 136 (16.06%) SQL Server
2 27 (3.19%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 20 (2.36%) SQL Server 2008
4 18 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
4 18 (2.13%) Power BI
4 18 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 17 (2.01%) Big Data
5 17 (2.01%) MySQL
5 17 (2.01%) Relational Database
6 11 (1.30%) Oracle Database
7 9 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
7 9 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
8 8 (0.94%) Data Lake
8 8 (0.94%) Hadoop
8 8 (0.94%) NoSQL
8 8 (0.94%) SQL Server 2005
8 8 (0.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (0.83%) Azure SQL Database
9 7 (0.83%) HDInsight
9 7 (0.83%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 22 (2.60%) Visual Studio
2 19 (2.24%) Visual Studio Team System
3 18 (2.13%) Team Foundation Server
4 14 (1.65%) JIRA
5 8 (0.94%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.59%) MSI
6 5 (0.59%) Subversion
7 4 (0.47%) GCC
7 4 (0.47%) Jenkins
7 4 (0.47%) Moq
7 4 (0.47%) NUnit
7 4 (0.47%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.35%) AdminStudio
8 3 (0.35%) Selenium
9 2 (0.24%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.24%) HP UFT
9 2 (0.24%) JMeter
9 2 (0.24%) MSTest
9 2 (0.24%) Octopus Deploy
9 2 (0.24%) Oracle Forms
General
1 91 (10.74%) Finance
2 30 (3.54%) Telecoms
3 29 (3.42%) Marketing
3 29 (3.42%) Retail
4 25 (2.95%) Banking
5 21 (2.48%) Back Office
6 18 (2.13%) Legal
7 16 (1.89%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.53%) Law
9 11 (1.30%) Advertising
10 10 (1.18%) Publishing
11 8 (0.94%) Electronics
11 8 (0.94%) Local Government
12 6 (0.71%) Investment Banking
13 5 (0.59%) Automotive
13 5 (0.59%) Games
14 4 (0.47%) Military
15 1 (0.12%) Billing
15 1 (0.12%) Front Office
15 1 (0.12%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 114 (13.46%) Analyst
2 94 (11.10%) Support Engineer
3 75 (8.85%) Architect
4 70 (8.26%) Desktop Support
5 68 (8.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 65 (7.67%) Consultant
7 55 (6.49%) Developer
8 42 (4.96%) Windows Engineer
9 34 (4.01%) Support Analyst
10 33 (3.90%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 33 (3.90%) Desktop Engineer
10 33 (3.90%) Service Analyst
11 32 (3.78%) Administrator
12 31 (3.66%) 3rd Line Support
12 31 (3.66%) Service Desk Analyst
13 30 (3.54%) IT Support
14 29 (3.42%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 28 (3.31%) 2nd Line Support
16 27 (3.19%) Systems Engineer
17 23 (2.72%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (5.31%) .NET
2 32 (3.78%) HTML
3 29 (3.42%) CSS
4 28 (3.31%) ASP.NET
5 25 (2.95%) Web Services
6 16 (1.89%) .NET Framework
7 15 (1.77%) ASP.NET MVC
7 15 (1.77%) HTML5
7 15 (1.77%) REST
8 14 (1.65%) jQuery
9 12 (1.42%) CSS3
9 12 (1.42%) React
10 11 (1.30%) AngularJS
11 10 (1.18%) WCF
12 9 (1.06%) ASP.NET Web API
12 9 (1.06%) Node.js
13 8 (0.94%) 802.1X
13 8 (0.94%) XML
14 6 (0.71%) Entity Framework
14 6 (0.71%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 106 (12.51%) Data Centre
2 73 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (5.08%) PKI
4 42 (4.96%) Management Information System
5 35 (4.13%) Clustering
5 35 (4.13%) Computer Science
6 33 (3.90%) Video Conferencing
7 26 (3.07%) Self-Motivation
8 19 (2.24%) Enterprise Software
8 19 (2.24%) Mobile App
9 18 (2.13%) Replication
10 16 (1.89%) Blackberry
11 15 (1.77%) Fat Client
11 15 (1.77%) Thin Client
12 14 (1.65%) Driving Licence
13 11 (1.30%) NHS
13 11 (1.30%) Smartphone
14 10 (1.18%) Client/Server
14 10 (1.18%) Public Cloud
15 8 (0.94%) CLARiiON
Operating Systems
1 565 (66.71%) Windows
2 308 (36.36%) Windows Server
3 169 (19.95%) Windows Server 2012
4 166 (19.60%) Windows Server 2008
5 162 (19.13%) Windows 7
6 154 (18.18%) Windows 10
7 68 (8.03%) Windows Server 2003
8 56 (6.61%) Linux
9 46 (5.43%) Android
10 36 (4.25%) Apple iOS
11 26 (3.07%) Windows 8
11 26 (3.07%) Windows XP
12 25 (2.95%) Unix
13 15 (1.77%) Windows Phone
14 14 (1.65%) Windows Phone 8
15 12 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 11 (1.30%) AIX
16 11 (1.30%) Mac OS
17 10 (1.18%) Mac OS X
18 9 (1.06%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 337 (39.79%) ITIL
2 143 (16.88%) Migration
3 92 (10.86%) Problem-Solving
4 73 (8.62%) ITIL V3
5 68 (8.03%) Agile Software Development
6 53 (6.26%) Change Management
7 51 (6.02%) Incident Management
7 51 (6.02%) Service Management
8 42 (4.96%) CRM
9 41 (4.84%) Stakeholder Management
10 37 (4.37%) Business Intelligence
10 37 (4.37%) TOGAF
11 35 (4.13%) PRINCE2
12 34 (4.01%) Project Management
13 30 (3.54%) Customer Requirements
14 29 (3.42%) Service Delivery
15 27 (3.19%) Analytics
15 27 (3.19%) Asset Management
15 27 (3.19%) Configuration Management
16 26 (3.07%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 147 (17.36%) PowerShell
2 126 (14.88%) SQL
3 51 (6.02%) C#
4 36 (4.25%) JavaScript
5 33 (3.90%) VBScript
6 21 (2.48%) C
6 21 (2.48%) T-SQL
7 16 (1.89%) VB
8 14 (1.65%) Python
8 14 (1.65%) Shell Script
9 12 (1.42%) TypeScript
10 10 (1.18%) R
11 8 (0.94%) Java
11 8 (0.94%) U-SQL
11 8 (0.94%) VB.NET
12 7 (0.83%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 7 (0.83%) VBA
13 5 (0.59%) PHP
14 4 (0.47%) Perl
15 3 (0.35%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 462 (54.55%) MCSE
2 253 (29.87%) MCSA
3 165 (19.48%) MCP
4 131 (15.47%) Cisco Certification
5 121 (14.29%) Security Cleared
6 115 (13.58%) MCITP
7 100 (11.81%) SC Cleared
8 99 (11.69%) CCNA
9 91 (10.74%) Degree
10 63 (7.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 51 (6.02%) CCNP
12 48 (5.67%) MCTS
13 41 (4.84%) ITIL Certification
14 31 (3.66%) A+ Certification
15 29 (3.42%) MCDST
16 24 (2.83%) DV Cleared
17 23 (2.72%) Citrix Certification
18 20 (2.36%) Computer Science Degree
18 20 (2.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 16 (1.89%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (9.80%) SLA
2 25 (2.95%) QA
3 10 (1.18%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.71%) GDPR
6 5 (0.59%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 5 (0.59%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.47%) Government Security Classifications
8 3 (0.35%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.35%) PMO
9 1 (0.12%) COBIT
9 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.12%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 443 (52.30%) Active Directory
2 202 (23.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 103 (12.16%) Hyper-V
4 59 (6.97%) vSphere
5 47 (5.55%) VMware ESXi
6 41 (4.84%) XenApp
7 28 (3.31%) XenDesktop
8 26 (3.07%) Virtual Machines
9 20 (2.36%) VMware Workstation
10 18 (2.13%) Virtual Desktop
11 16 (1.89%) BitLocker
11 16 (1.89%) Microsoft App-V
12 15 (1.77%) Terminal Services
13 14 (1.65%) XenServer
14 12 (1.42%) UAG
15 8 (0.94%) IAG
16 6 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
17 4 (0.47%) Forefront TMG
17 4 (0.47%) ISA Server
18 3 (0.35%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 189 (22.31%) SCCM
2 40 (4.72%) WSUS
3 38 (4.49%) AirWatch
4 37 (4.37%) SCOM
5 31 (3.66%) Microsoft Intune
6 29 (3.42%) XenMobile
7 27 (3.19%) Microsoft Clustering
8 24 (2.83%) NetBackup
9 15 (1.77%) Nessus
10 14 (1.65%) Backup Exec
10 14 (1.65%) SAP Afaria
11 13 (1.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 13 (1.53%) vCenter Server
12 10 (1.18%) McAfee ePO
13 8 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
13 8 (0.94%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
14 7 (0.83%) EMC NetWorker
14 7 (0.83%) FortiGate
14 7 (0.83%) HP Data Protector
14 7 (0.83%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 632 (74.62%) Microsoft
2 303 (35.77%) VMware
3 149 (17.59%) Citrix
4 136 (16.06%) Cisco
5 83 (9.80%) HP
6 56 (6.61%) McAfee
7 46 (5.43%) Apple
8 43 (5.08%) EMC
8 43 (5.08%) SolarWinds
9 40 (4.72%) Ivanti
10 39 (4.60%) NetApp
11 38 (4.49%) SAP
12 36 (4.25%) Dell
13 32 (3.78%) Symantec
14 26 (3.07%) Oracle
15 25 (2.95%) ServiceNow
15 25 (2.95%) Veeam
16 21 (2.48%) IBM
16 21 (2.48%) Remedy
17 20 (2.36%) Veritas