Period
to 23 October 2019

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 23 October 2019 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
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 273 272 252
Rank change year-on-year -1 -20 -28
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 729 913 966
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.94% 0.97% 1.05%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.68% 5.21% 5.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 568 587
England median daily rate £375 £350 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +4.48% +1.52%
10th Percentile £133 £156 £140
90th Percentile £575 £538 £510
UK median daily rate £371 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +6.07% +7.69% -1.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 75 71
England median hourly rate £18.75 £16.50 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.64% +2.10% -20.26%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £31.86 £39.75
UK median hourly rate £22.17 £16.75 £16.50
% change year-on-year +32.34% +1.52% -22.95%

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 15,561 17,511 17,402
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.14% 18.52% 18.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,604 10,370 10,641
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +1.19%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £240
90th Percentile £648 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 721 856 830
England median hourly rate £35.90 £25.00 £25.92
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.60% -3.53% +1.63%
10th Percentile £14.13 £12.65 £12.00
90th Percentile £62.50 £51.00 £49.78
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +44.00% -9.09% +3.77%

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019.

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 23 October 2019. 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 +9 238 £400 +14.29% 176
South East +37 204 £375 - 132
North of England +2 100 £313 -2.57% 134
Midlands +20 75 £400 +33.33% 71
South West +12 74 £439 +25.36% 67
Yorkshire +30 50 £294 -13.60% 42
West Midlands +12 47 £438 +48.31% 41
North West -10 39 £355 +12.16% 70
East of England -17 33 £300 -20.00% 40
East Midlands +18 28 £325 +8.33% 30
North East +17 11 £250 -7.41% 22
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, 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.

1 569 (78.05%) Microsoft
2 461 (63.24%) Windows
3 380 (52.13%) MCSE
4 365 (50.07%) Active Directory
5 237 (32.51%) Office 365
6 234 (32.10%) VMware
7 221 (30.32%) MCSA
8 215 (29.49%) Azure
9 213 (29.22%) ITIL
10 203 (27.85%) Windows Server
11 157 (21.54%) SCCM
12 154 (21.12%) PowerShell
13 153 (20.99%) Security Cleared
14 142 (19.48%) Windows 10
15 139 (19.07%) SQL
16 133 (18.24%) DNS
17 130 (17.83%) Windows Server 2012
18 128 (17.56%) VMware Infrastructure
19 127 (17.42%) Windows 7
20 120 (16.46%) Cisco
20 120 (16.46%) Cisco Certification
21 115 (15.78%) Citrix
22 111 (15.23%) SC Cleared
23 105 (14.40%) Problem-Solving
24 103 (14.13%) MCP
25 101 (13.85%) Windows Server 2008
26 100 (13.72%) SQL Server
26 100 (13.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 98 (13.44%) CCNA
28 97 (13.31%) Degree

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 93 (12.76%) MS Exchange
2 83 (11.39%) SharePoint
3 53 (7.27%) Skype for Business
4 44 (6.04%) Exchange Server 2010
5 37 (5.08%) Exchange Server 2013
6 32 (4.39%) Confluence
6 32 (4.39%) IIS
7 16 (2.19%) Exchange Server 2007
8 12 (1.65%) Exchange Server 2003
9 10 (1.37%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.82%) Apache
11 6 (0.82%) WordPress
12 5 (0.69%) IBM Notes
13 4 (0.55%) Tomcat
14 3 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
14 3 (0.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 2 (0.27%) Jetty
15 2 (0.27%) nginx
15 2 (0.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 96 (13.17%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (3.02%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.23%) InfoPath
4 7 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.82%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.55%) Acrobat
6 4 (0.55%) Microsoft Project
7 3 (0.41%) Spreadsheet
8 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 17 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.69%) assyst
2 5 (0.69%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.41%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.27%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.14%) Aareon QL
5 1 (0.14%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.14%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.14%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.14%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 237 (32.51%) Office 365
2 215 (29.49%) Azure
3 70 (9.60%) AWS
4 50 (6.86%) Azure Active Directory
5 48 (6.58%) Power Platform
6 41 (5.62%) PaaS
7 37 (5.08%) IaaS
8 33 (4.53%) SaaS
9 24 (3.29%) PowerApps
10 18 (2.47%) Dynamics 365
11 13 (1.78%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 13 (1.78%) Microsoft Flow
12 11 (1.51%) GCP
13 10 (1.37%) OneDrive
14 8 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
14 8 (1.10%) GitHub
14 8 (1.10%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.69%) Mimecast
16 3 (0.41%) Amazon EC2
16 3 (0.41%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 133 (18.24%) DNS
2 87 (11.93%) DHCP
3 85 (11.66%) Firewall
4 63 (8.64%) TCP/IP
5 62 (8.50%) LAN
6 56 (7.68%) SAN
7 51 (7.00%) WAN
8 44 (6.04%) Skype
9 39 (5.35%) VPN
10 21 (2.88%) Internet
10 21 (2.88%) NAS
11 20 (2.74%) VoIP
11 20 (2.74%) Wireless
12 19 (2.61%) Wi-Fi
13 16 (2.19%) Cisco ASA
13 16 (2.19%) VLAN
14 15 (2.06%) HTTP
14 15 (2.06%) Remote Desktop
15 12 (1.65%) Kerberos
15 12 (1.65%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (13.72%) SQL Server
2 34 (4.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 29 (3.98%) Power BI
4 26 (3.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 20 (2.74%) SQL Server 2008
6 18 (2.47%) Azure SQL Database
6 18 (2.47%) Relational Database
7 16 (2.19%) Data Warehouse
7 16 (2.19%) SQL Server 2012
7 16 (2.19%) SQL Server 2016
8 12 (1.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.37%) Cosmos DB
10 9 (1.23%) Big Data
10 9 (1.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 9 (1.23%) Oracle Database
11 7 (0.96%) OLAP
11 7 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (0.82%) RDBMS
12 6 (0.82%) SAP BW
12 6 (0.82%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 34 (4.66%) JIRA
2 33 (4.53%) MSI
3 29 (3.98%) InstallShield
4 17 (2.33%) Visual Studio
5 16 (2.19%) GitLab
5 16 (2.19%) Jenkins
6 8 (1.10%) Git (software)
7 5 (0.69%) TeamCity
8 4 (0.55%) Android Studio
8 4 (0.55%) HP UFT
8 4 (0.55%) Hudson
8 4 (0.55%) LoadRunner
8 4 (0.55%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 4 (0.55%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (0.41%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.41%) Octopus Deploy
9 3 (0.41%) Sonatype Nexus
9 3 (0.41%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (0.41%) WinDbg
10 2 (0.27%) AdminStudio
General
1 77 (10.56%) Finance
2 36 (4.94%) Public Sector
3 25 (3.43%) Legal
4 23 (3.16%) Retail
4 23 (3.16%) Telecoms
5 20 (2.74%) Banking
6 18 (2.47%) Law
7 10 (1.37%) Manufacturing
8 7 (0.96%) Financial Institution
9 6 (0.82%) German Language
10 5 (0.69%) Marketing
10 5 (0.69%) Military
11 4 (0.55%) Automotive
11 4 (0.55%) Local Government
11 4 (0.55%) Pharmaceutical
12 3 (0.41%) Back Office
12 3 (0.41%) Electronics
12 3 (0.41%) French Language
13 2 (0.27%) Aerospace
13 2 (0.27%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 100 (13.72%) Analyst
2 76 (10.43%) Support Engineer
3 71 (9.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 61 (8.37%) Architect
5 49 (6.72%) Desktop Support
6 47 (6.45%) Developer
7 44 (6.04%) Service Analyst
8 42 (5.76%) Service Desk Analyst
9 39 (5.35%) Consultant
10 37 (5.08%) Desktop Engineer
11 33 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support
12 31 (4.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 29 (3.98%) Support Analyst
14 28 (3.84%) 3rd Line Support
14 28 (3.84%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 26 (3.57%) DevOps Engineer
15 26 (3.57%) IT Support
16 25 (3.43%) Windows Engineer
17 23 (3.16%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 23 (3.16%) Infrastructure Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (4.80%) .NET
2 21 (2.88%) HTML
3 20 (2.74%) Web Services
4 8 (1.10%) ASP.NET
4 8 (1.10%) HTML5
4 8 (1.10%) XML
5 7 (0.96%) CSS
5 7 (0.96%) RESTful
6 6 (0.82%) Oracle Fusion
6 6 (0.82%) WCF
7 5 (0.69%) jQuery
7 5 (0.69%) LDAP
8 4 (0.55%) Dagger
8 4 (0.55%) Elastic Stack
8 4 (0.55%) J2EE
8 4 (0.55%) Retrofit
8 4 (0.55%) RxJava
8 4 (0.55%) Spring
9 3 (0.41%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (0.41%) React
Miscellaneous
1 55 (7.54%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (7.27%) Self-Motivation
3 47 (6.45%) Data Centre
4 44 (6.04%) Management Information System
5 20 (2.74%) Replication
6 19 (2.61%) Public Cloud
7 17 (2.33%) Clustering
8 15 (2.06%) NHS
8 15 (2.06%) PKI
9 13 (1.78%) Blackberry
10 12 (1.65%) Driving Licence
10 12 (1.65%) Smartphone
11 8 (1.10%) Client/Server
11 8 (1.10%) Enterprise Software
11 8 (1.10%) Hybrid Cloud
11 8 (1.10%) Video Conferencing
11 8 (1.10%) VxBlock/Vblock
12 6 (0.82%) iPad
12 6 (0.82%) Microsoft Licensing
13 5 (0.69%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 461 (63.24%) Windows
2 203 (27.85%) Windows Server
3 142 (19.48%) Windows 10
4 130 (17.83%) Windows Server 2012
5 127 (17.42%) Windows 7
6 101 (13.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 79 (10.84%) Linux
8 57 (7.82%) Windows 8
9 38 (5.21%) Windows Server 2003
10 20 (2.74%) Android
10 20 (2.74%) Windows XP
11 15 (2.06%) CentOS
11 15 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 13 (1.78%) Apple iOS
13 12 (1.65%) Unix
14 11 (1.51%) Mac OS
15 8 (1.10%) Mac OS X
15 8 (1.10%) Windows 2000
16 6 (0.82%) VMS
17 5 (0.69%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (29.22%) ITIL
2 105 (14.40%) Problem-Solving
3 100 (13.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 95 (13.03%) Migration
5 83 (11.39%) Agile Software Development
6 68 (9.33%) Service Management
7 57 (7.82%) DevOps
8 51 (7.00%) ITIL V3
9 45 (6.17%) Computer Science
9 45 (6.17%) Disaster Recovery
10 44 (6.04%) Business Intelligence
11 40 (5.49%) Information Security
11 40 (5.49%) Project Management
12 39 (5.35%) Application Packaging
13 38 (5.21%) ITSM
14 36 (4.94%) Change Management
15 35 (4.80%) PRINCE2
16 29 (3.98%) Performance Tuning
17 26 (3.57%) Asset Management
18 25 (3.43%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 154 (21.12%) PowerShell
2 139 (19.07%) SQL
3 40 (5.49%) VBScript
4 38 (5.21%) Java
5 35 (4.80%) Python
6 26 (3.57%) C#
7 25 (3.43%) T-SQL
8 19 (2.61%) VB
9 17 (2.33%) JavaScript
10 14 (1.92%) Perl
11 8 (1.10%) Go
12 7 (0.96%) PL/SQL
13 6 (0.82%) C
14 5 (0.69%) Bash Shell
15 4 (0.55%) Kotlin
16 3 (0.41%) C++
17 2 (0.27%) PHP
17 2 (0.27%) TypeScript
18 1 (0.14%) R
18 1 (0.14%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 380 (52.13%) MCSE
2 221 (30.32%) MCSA
3 153 (20.99%) Security Cleared
4 120 (16.46%) Cisco Certification
5 111 (15.23%) SC Cleared
6 103 (14.13%) MCP
7 98 (13.44%) CCNA
8 97 (13.31%) Degree
9 72 (9.88%) MCITP
10 62 (8.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 40 (5.49%) DV Cleared
12 35 (4.80%) CCNP
13 25 (3.43%) A+ Certification
14 22 (3.02%) Computer Science Degree
15 21 (2.88%) MCDST
16 20 (2.74%) RHCSA
17 19 (2.61%) Citrix Certification
18 18 (2.47%) CCA
19 17 (2.33%) ITIL Certification
19 17 (2.33%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 71 (9.74%) SLA
2 29 (3.98%) QA
3 8 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.27%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.14%) GDPR
5 1 (0.14%) HL7
5 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.14%) PMO
System Software
1 365 (50.07%) Active Directory
2 128 (17.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 85 (11.66%) Hyper-V
4 56 (7.68%) XenApp
5 44 (6.04%) vSphere
6 43 (5.90%) VMware ESXi
7 36 (4.94%) Microsoft App-V
8 33 (4.53%) XenDesktop
9 22 (3.02%) Virtual Machines
10 15 (2.06%) vCloud
11 14 (1.92%) Docker
12 12 (1.65%) Virtual Desktop
13 9 (1.23%) BitLocker
13 9 (1.23%) PowerDNS
14 8 (1.10%) ISA Server
14 8 (1.10%) VMware NSX
15 6 (0.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 4 (0.55%) Virtual Servers
17 3 (0.41%) Terminal Services
17 3 (0.41%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 157 (21.54%) SCCM
2 50 (6.86%) SCOM
3 36 (4.94%) Single Sign-On
4 34 (4.66%) Terraform
5 26 (3.57%) Ansible
5 26 (3.57%) vCenter Server
6 22 (3.02%) WSUS
7 21 (2.88%) NetBackup
8 20 (2.74%) Microsoft Intune
9 15 (2.06%) Kubernetes
10 14 (1.92%) Backup Exec
10 14 (1.92%) SCVMM
11 12 (1.65%) PingFederate
12 11 (1.51%) Puppet
13 9 (1.23%) Nagios
13 9 (1.23%) Opscode Chef
14 8 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
14 8 (1.10%) Microsoft Clustering
14 8 (1.10%) Oracle Identity Management
15 7 (0.96%) vRealize
Vendors
1 569 (78.05%) Microsoft
2 234 (32.10%) VMware
3 120 (16.46%) Cisco
4 115 (15.78%) Citrix
5 58 (7.96%) HP
6 40 (5.49%) Oracle
7 38 (5.21%) Red Hat
8 29 (3.98%) Dell
8 29 (3.98%) Splunk
9 27 (3.70%) NetApp
10 25 (3.43%) ServiceNow
11 23 (3.16%) Novell
12 21 (2.88%) Adobe
13 19 (2.61%) F5
13 19 (2.61%) McAfee
13 19 (2.61%) SAP
14 18 (2.47%) Apple
15 17 (2.33%) Remedy
16 16 (2.19%) EMC
16 16 (2.19%) Meraki