Period
to 11 May 2021

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 11 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
UK > England
6 months to
11 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 319 258 292
Rank change year-on-year -61 +34 +13
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 319 474 825
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.72% 1.03% 0.97%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.36% 4.49% 4.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 218 282 535
10th Percentile £187 £170 £159
25th Percentile £308 £275 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £423 £413 £388
Median % change year-on-year +2.42% +6.45% +10.71%
75th Percentile £525 £500 £495
90th Percentile £575 £575 £583
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £388
% change year-on-year +3.66% +5.81% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 34 67
10th Percentile £13.25 £14.91 £12.29
25th Percentile " £15.85 £14.60
Median hourly rate £15.00 £19.75 £18.50
Median % change year-on-year -24.05% +6.76% +8.82%
75th Percentile £23.21 £26.11 £33.40
90th Percentile £31.00 £43.73 £34.51
UK median hourly rate £19.00 £19.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year -3.80% +12.86% +8.02%

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 9,482 10,559 16,531
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.34% 22.86% 19.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,122 6,813 10,414
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
25th Percentile £400 £375 £364
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.21% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £568
90th Percentile £663 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £485 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +2.00% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 383 668
10th Percentile £14.69 £14.50 £12.50
25th Percentile £20.33 £17.50 £16.94
Median hourly rate £39.25 £27.50 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +42.73% -8.33% +33.33%
75th Percentile £50.22 £47.97 £47.50
90th Percentile £61.25 £57.50 £53.15
UK median hourly rate £39.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +31.67% - +36.67%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England over the 6 months to 11 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England over the 6 months to 11 May 2021.

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 11 May 2021. 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 -51 107 £420 +7.01% 65
South East +10 88 £445 +10.90% 60
East of England +39 46 £500 +5.41% 19
North of England +10 31 £390 -2.50% 37
Midlands -25 22 £425 - 52
North West +9 20 £400 +10.34% 23
West Midlands -31 19 £525 -1.87% 32
South West +12 14 £325 -27.78% 18
Yorkshire +23 10 £250 -41.18% 10
East Midlands +4 3 £303 -3.20% 20
North East +18 1 £455 +10.30% 4
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 11 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 England region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 229 (71.79%) Microsoft
2 155 (48.59%) Windows
3 129 (40.44%) MCSE
4 117 (36.68%) Microsoft 365
5 116 (36.36%) Active Directory
6 108 (33.86%) ITIL
7 104 (32.60%) VMware
7 104 (32.60%) Security Cleared
8 100 (31.35%) Azure
9 94 (29.47%) Social Skills
10 88 (27.59%) Windows Server
11 82 (25.71%) VMware Infrastructure
12 71 (22.26%) MCSA
13 70 (21.94%) Migration
14 67 (21.00%) SC Cleared
15 64 (20.06%) Windows 10
16 62 (19.44%) Cisco
17 58 (18.18%) PowerShell
17 58 (18.18%) Degree
18 57 (17.87%) DNS
18 57 (17.87%) Citrix
19 54 (16.93%) Cisco Certification
20 51 (15.99%) Microsoft Office
21 49 (15.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
22 47 (14.73%) SCCM
23 45 (14.11%) DHCP
24 44 (13.79%) SharePoint
24 44 (13.79%) DevOps
25 39 (12.23%) Problem-Solving
25 39 (12.23%) CCNA

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 44 (13.79%) SharePoint
2 27 (8.46%) MS Exchange
3 17 (5.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (5.02%) Exchange Server 2013
5 9 (2.82%) ArcGIS
6 7 (2.19%) SAS
6 7 (2.19%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (1.57%) IIS
8 4 (1.25%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (1.25%) IBM Notes
8 4 (1.25%) OpenStack
9 3 (0.94%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.63%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.63%) SharePoint Server
11 1 (0.31%) Confluence
11 1 (0.31%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.31%) Tomcat
Applications
1 51 (15.99%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (6.90%) Microsoft Excel
3 21 (6.58%) MS Visio
4 9 (2.82%) Photoshop
5 3 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.63%) InfoPath
6 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.63%) PTC Creo
6 2 (0.63%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 14 (4.39%) Teamcenter
2 7 (2.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.31%) assyst
3 1 (0.31%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.31%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 117 (36.68%) Microsoft 365
2 100 (31.35%) Azure
3 22 (6.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 19 (5.96%) AWS
5 16 (5.02%) PaaS
6 13 (4.08%) IaaS
6 13 (4.08%) Power Platform
7 10 (3.13%) Dynamics 365
8 8 (2.51%) OneDrive
8 8 (2.51%) PowerApps
8 8 (2.51%) SaaS
9 6 (1.88%) GCP
9 6 (1.88%) Power Automate
10 5 (1.57%) Azure Service Bus
11 4 (1.25%) Azure Functions
11 4 (1.25%) Azure Sentinel
11 4 (1.25%) Serverless
12 3 (0.94%) Azure Logic Apps
12 3 (0.94%) Yammer
13 2 (0.63%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 57 (17.87%) DNS
2 45 (14.11%) DHCP
3 37 (11.60%) Firewall
4 36 (11.29%) LAN
5 34 (10.66%) WAN
6 30 (9.40%) VPN
7 22 (6.90%) TCP/IP
8 20 (6.27%) VLAN
9 19 (5.96%) NetScaler
9 19 (5.96%) Wi-Fi
10 15 (4.70%) SAN
10 15 (4.70%) SMTP
11 14 (4.39%) IPsec
11 14 (4.39%) POP3
11 14 (4.39%) SNMP
12 12 (3.76%) Kerberos
13 10 (3.13%) Skype
14 8 (2.51%) X.500
15 7 (2.19%) Remote Desktop
16 6 (1.88%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (10.66%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.51%) GIS
3 7 (2.19%) Power BI
4 6 (1.88%) Azure SQL Database
4 6 (1.88%) Big Data
4 6 (1.88%) SQL Server 2014
5 5 (1.57%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (0.94%) Relational Database
7 3 (0.94%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
8 2 (0.63%) Data Lake
8 2 (0.63%) Oracle Database
8 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.31%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.31%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.31%) MySQL
9 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 15 (4.70%) JIRA
2 5 (1.57%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.25%) Git (software)
3 4 (1.25%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.94%) MSI
5 2 (0.63%) eggPlant
5 2 (0.63%) HP UFT
5 2 (0.63%) Hudson
5 2 (0.63%) LoadRunner
5 2 (0.63%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (0.31%) Bitbucket
6 1 (0.31%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.31%) MSTest
6 1 (0.31%) Selenium
6 1 (0.31%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 94 (29.47%) Social Skills
2 38 (11.91%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (6.90%) Public Sector
4 20 (6.27%) Finance
5 13 (4.08%) Banking
6 12 (3.76%) Retail
7 11 (3.45%) Manufacturing
8 10 (3.13%) Documentation Skills
9 8 (2.51%) Organisational Skills
10 5 (1.57%) Back Office
10 5 (1.57%) Telecoms
11 4 (1.25%) Law
11 4 (1.25%) Presentation Skills
12 3 (0.94%) Electronics
12 3 (0.94%) Influencing Skills
12 3 (0.94%) Investment Banking
12 3 (0.94%) Marketing
13 2 (0.63%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.63%) Legal
13 2 (0.63%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 38 (11.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 37 (11.60%) Consultant
3 32 (10.03%) Architect
4 31 (9.72%) Analyst
5 22 (6.90%) Support Engineer
6 20 (6.27%) Developer
6 20 (6.27%) Service Analyst
7 19 (5.96%) Service Desk Analyst
8 13 (4.08%) Wintel Engineer
9 12 (3.76%) Administrator
10 11 (3.45%) IT Engineer
10 11 (3.45%) IT Support
11 10 (3.13%) Network Engineer
12 9 (2.82%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 9 (2.82%) Azure Engineer
12 9 (2.82%) Systems Administrator
13 8 (2.51%) Azure Architect
13 8 (2.51%) Azure Consultant
13 8 (2.51%) IT Support Engineer
14 7 (2.19%) Citrix Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (6.27%) 802.1X
2 12 (3.76%) .NET
3 10 (3.13%) Itk
3 10 (3.13%) LDAP
4 5 (1.57%) AngularJS
4 5 (1.57%) ASP.NET Web API
4 5 (1.57%) REST
4 5 (1.57%) RESTful
5 4 (1.25%) OAuth
6 3 (0.94%) CGI
7 2 (0.63%) ADO
7 2 (0.63%) COM
7 2 (0.63%) Web Services
8 1 (0.31%) CSS
8 1 (0.31%) HTML
8 1 (0.31%) OpenID
8 1 (0.31%) SAML
8 1 (0.31%) WSH
8 1 (0.31%) XML
8 1 (0.31%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 22 (6.90%) Data Centre
2 15 (4.70%) NHS
3 14 (4.39%) Management Information System
4 12 (3.76%) Replication
4 12 (3.76%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (3.13%) PKI
6 7 (2.19%) Clustering
6 7 (2.19%) Enterprise Software
7 5 (1.57%) Greenfield Project
7 5 (1.57%) Public Cloud
7 5 (1.57%) User Experience
8 4 (1.25%) Fat Client
8 4 (1.25%) Hybrid Cloud
8 4 (1.25%) iPad
8 4 (1.25%) Thin Client
9 3 (0.94%) iPhone
9 3 (0.94%) Mobile App
9 3 (0.94%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.63%) BYOD
10 2 (0.63%) EMC VNX
Operating Systems
1 155 (48.59%) Windows
2 88 (27.59%) Windows Server
3 64 (20.06%) Windows 10
4 33 (10.34%) Windows Server 2012
5 31 (9.72%) Windows Server 2016
6 29 (9.09%) Windows 7
7 28 (8.78%) Windows Server 2008
8 25 (7.84%) Linux
9 19 (5.96%) Windows Server 2019
10 10 (3.13%) Mac OS
11 7 (2.19%) Windows Server 2003
12 4 (1.25%) Apple iOS
13 3 (0.94%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.63%) Android
14 2 (0.63%) Unix
15 1 (0.31%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.31%) Windows 2000 Server
15 1 (0.31%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 108 (33.86%) ITIL
2 70 (21.94%) Migration
3 49 (15.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 44 (13.79%) DevOps
5 39 (12.23%) Problem-Solving
6 36 (11.29%) Agile Software Development
7 30 (9.40%) Computer Science
8 26 (8.15%) Change Management
9 25 (7.84%) Service Management
10 22 (6.90%) Load Balancing
11 19 (5.96%) Continuous Integration
11 19 (5.96%) Data Migration
12 18 (5.64%) ITIL V3
13 17 (5.33%) Continuous Improvement
13 17 (5.33%) Virtual Environments
14 16 (5.02%) Disaster Recovery
15 15 (4.70%) ERP
15 15 (4.70%) Incident Management
15 15 (4.70%) Kalman Filter
15 15 (4.70%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 58 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 33 (10.34%) SQL
3 14 (4.39%) VB
4 13 (4.08%) C
5 9 (2.82%) C#
6 5 (1.57%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.57%) VBScript
7 4 (1.25%) Java
8 3 (0.94%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.94%) Python
9 2 (0.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 2 (0.63%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.31%) C++
10 1 (0.31%) Formula Language
10 1 (0.31%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 129 (40.44%) MCSE
2 104 (32.60%) Security Cleared
3 71 (22.26%) MCSA
4 67 (21.00%) SC Cleared
5 58 (18.18%) Degree
6 54 (16.93%) Cisco Certification
7 39 (12.23%) CCNA
8 35 (10.97%) DV Cleared
9 30 (9.40%) MCITP
10 28 (8.78%) MCP
10 28 (8.78%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 24 (7.52%) Computer Science Degree
12 23 (7.21%) CCNP
13 19 (5.96%) A+ Certification
13 19 (5.96%) Citrix Certification
14 14 (4.39%) ITIL Certification
14 14 (4.39%) MCAD
15 12 (3.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 9 (2.82%) CISSP
17 7 (2.19%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (10.34%) SLA
2 19 (5.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.88%) QA
4 5 (1.57%) NIST
5 4 (1.25%) Cyber Essentials
6 3 (0.94%) GDPR
7 2 (0.63%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.63%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.31%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.31%) SOC 2
System Software
1 116 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 82 (25.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (7.84%) VMware ESXi
4 23 (7.21%) Hyper-V
5 20 (6.27%) XenApp
6 13 (4.08%) vSphere
7 10 (3.13%) VMware NSX
8 7 (2.19%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 6 (1.88%) Terminal Services
10 5 (1.57%) Microsoft App-V
10 5 (1.57%) XenDesktop
11 4 (1.25%) Virtual Servers
12 3 (0.94%) Firmware
12 3 (0.94%) vCloud
12 3 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
12 3 (0.94%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.63%) EMC RecoverPoint
13 2 (0.63%) VMware Server
14 1 (0.31%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 1 (0.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 47 (14.73%) SCCM
2 24 (7.52%) Ansible
3 18 (5.64%) Microsoft Intune
4 9 (2.82%) AirWatch
4 9 (2.82%) SCOM
5 8 (2.51%) NetBackup
5 8 (2.51%) vCenter Server
5 8 (2.51%) vRealize
5 8 (2.51%) WSUS
6 5 (1.57%) Backup Exec
6 5 (1.57%) DameWare
6 5 (1.57%) Single Sign-On
7 4 (1.25%) Kubernetes
7 4 (1.25%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (1.25%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.94%) Failover Clustering
8 3 (0.94%) Microsoft Clustering
8 3 (0.94%) Terraform
8 3 (0.94%) vMotion
8 3 (0.94%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 229 (71.79%) Microsoft
2 104 (32.60%) VMware
3 62 (19.44%) Cisco
4 57 (17.87%) Citrix
5 27 (8.46%) ServiceNow
6 21 (6.58%) HP
7 17 (5.33%) Oracle
8 16 (5.02%) Veeam
9 15 (4.70%) Siemens
10 13 (4.08%) Apple
11 11 (3.45%) Dell
11 11 (3.45%) SAP
11 11 (3.45%) Sophos
12 10 (3.13%) Lumension
13 9 (2.82%) ESRI
14 8 (2.51%) Ivanti
14 8 (2.51%) SolarWinds
15 7 (2.19%) CheckPoint
15 7 (2.19%) Juniper
16 6 (1.88%) EMC