Period
to 14 November 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 14 November 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
14 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 264 243 229
Rank change year-on-year -21 -14 -24
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 942 1,021 1,138
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.99% 1.08% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.28% 5.70% 5.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 580 632 762
England median daily rate £355 £338 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.19% +2.27% -1.49%
10th Percentile £160 £140 £160
90th Percentile £563 £513 £495
UK median daily rate £360 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +10.77% -1.52% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 75 68
England median hourly rate £17.41 £16.00 £20.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.81% -21.05% +16.80%
10th Percentile £14.75 £11.10 £11.67
90th Percentile £34.34 £37.50 £28.50
UK median hourly rate £17.46 £16.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% -23.81% +20.00%

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 17,840 17,926 20,392
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.70% 18.92% 20.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,576 10,990 12,702
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £231 £248
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 857 849 763
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.12 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.48% +0.48% +6.95%
10th Percentile £12.90 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.77
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.35 £26.00
% change year-on-year -5.11% +1.33% +4.00%

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 14 November 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 14 November 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 14 November 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 -17 334 £350 - 176
South East +4 229 £388 +18.32% 84
North of England -34 134 £325 -7.14% 114
Midlands -16 102 £300 -8.40% 99
East of England -16 78 £375 +25.00% 57
North West -6 73 £311 -14.28% 59
West Midlands -16 65 £305 -20.00% 62
South West -3 62 £325 +4.00% 58
Yorkshire -25 53 £350 +12.00% 38
East Midlands -9 37 £300 +4.35% 37
North East -28 8 £270 -27.03% 17
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 14 November 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.

1 712 (75.58%) Microsoft
2 653 (69.32%) Windows
3 536 (56.90%) MCSE
4 462 (49.04%) Active Directory
5 363 (38.54%) ITIL
6 333 (35.35%) Windows Server
7 310 (32.91%) VMware
8 293 (31.10%) Office 365
9 276 (29.30%) MCSA
10 218 (23.14%) SCCM
10 218 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
11 205 (21.76%) Microsoft Azure
12 195 (20.70%) Windows 7
13 190 (20.17%) PowerShell
14 181 (19.21%) Windows Server 2012
15 179 (19.00%) Windows 10
16 172 (18.26%) MCP
17 171 (18.15%) Cisco
18 169 (17.94%) Microsoft Office
19 161 (17.09%) Citrix
20 158 (16.77%) DNS
21 150 (15.92%) Windows Server 2008
22 147 (15.61%) Migration
23 140 (14.86%) Security Cleared
24 139 (14.76%) SQL Server
25 138 (14.65%) Cisco Certification
26 120 (12.74%) CCNA
26 120 (12.74%) MS Exchange
26 120 (12.74%) Problem-Solving
27 115 (12.21%) SQL

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
1 120 (12.74%) MS Exchange
2 105 (11.15%) SharePoint
3 49 (5.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 49 (5.20%) Skype for Business
4 43 (4.56%) IIS
5 34 (3.61%) SharePoint 2013
6 23 (2.44%) Exchange Server 2013
7 20 (2.12%) Confluence
8 13 (1.38%) CMS
8 13 (1.38%) SharePoint 2010
9 12 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2007
10 11 (1.17%) SharePoint Server
11 8 (0.85%) Drupal
11 8 (0.85%) K2 blackpearl
12 7 (0.74%) IBM Notes
13 6 (0.64%) Apache Pig
13 6 (0.64%) Apache Spark
13 6 (0.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 5 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
14 5 (0.53%) OpenStack
Applications
1 169 (17.94%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 26 (2.76%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.38%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.42%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.32%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.11%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 44 (4.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.06%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
3 3 (0.32%) Towers Watson Igloo
4 2 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.21%) ReMetrica
4 2 (0.21%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.11%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 293 (31.10%) Office 365
2 205 (21.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 63 (6.69%) Amazon AWS
4 50 (5.31%) Dynamics 365
5 40 (4.25%) Azure Active Directory
6 30 (3.18%) IaaS
7 23 (2.44%) PaaS
8 21 (2.23%) OneDrive
9 20 (2.12%) Google Cloud Platform
10 12 (1.27%) Yammer
11 11 (1.17%) SaaS
12 8 (0.85%) Boomi
12 8 (0.85%) Mimecast
13 7 (0.74%) Azure Data Factory
13 7 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (0.74%) Data Lake Analytics
14 6 (0.64%) Azure Machine Learning
15 4 (0.42%) Serverless
16 3 (0.32%) Amazon EC2
16 3 (0.32%) AWS Lambda
Communications & Networking
1 158 (16.77%) DNS
2 112 (11.89%) DHCP
3 101 (10.72%) Firewall
4 100 (10.62%) TCP/IP
5 85 (9.02%) LAN
6 74 (7.86%) Internet
6 74 (7.86%) VPN
7 72 (7.64%) WAN
8 69 (7.32%) SAN
9 48 (5.10%) VoIP
10 46 (4.88%) Wireless
11 41 (4.35%) Skype
12 32 (3.40%) Network Security
13 26 (2.76%) SSL
14 24 (2.55%) Unified Communications
15 21 (2.23%) Kerberos
15 21 (2.23%) NAS
16 19 (2.02%) Remote Desktop
17 18 (1.91%) DMZ
18 15 (1.59%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 139 (14.76%) SQL Server
2 35 (3.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 29 (3.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 22 (2.34%) Power BI
5 19 (2.02%) Data Warehouse
6 17 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
7 16 (1.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 15 (1.59%) Big Data
9 12 (1.27%) Hadoop
9 12 (1.27%) MySQL
9 12 (1.27%) Relational Database
10 10 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
10 10 (1.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 10 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
11 9 (0.96%) Electronic Patient Records
12 7 (0.74%) Data Lake
12 7 (0.74%) HDInsight
12 7 (0.74%) Oracle Database
12 7 (0.74%) QlikView
12 7 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 35 (3.72%) JIRA
2 20 (2.12%) Visual Studio
3 16 (1.70%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 16 (1.70%) Git (software)
4 15 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
5 13 (1.38%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (0.85%) Jenkins
7 7 (0.74%) Octopus Deploy
8 6 (0.64%) Bitbucket
8 6 (0.64%) MSI
9 5 (0.53%) Selenium
10 4 (0.42%) GitLab
11 3 (0.32%) CF BOSH
11 3 (0.32%) CodeSonar
11 3 (0.32%) Fiddler
11 3 (0.32%) git-flow
11 3 (0.32%) InstallShield
11 3 (0.32%) Robot Framework
12 2 (0.21%) JMeter
12 2 (0.21%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 114 (12.10%) Finance
2 37 (3.93%) Banking
3 24 (2.55%) Telecoms
4 21 (2.23%) Retail
5 18 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 16 (1.70%) Marketing
7 15 (1.59%) Back Office
7 15 (1.59%) Military
8 13 (1.38%) Legal
9 11 (1.17%) Financial Institution
10 10 (1.06%) Law
11 9 (0.96%) Electronics
11 9 (0.96%) Games
12 7 (0.74%) Spanish Language
13 6 (0.64%) Automotive
14 5 (0.53%) Advertising
14 5 (0.53%) Humanities
14 5 (0.53%) Social Science
15 3 (0.32%) Publishing
16 2 (0.21%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 122 (12.95%) Support Engineer
2 120 (12.74%) Analyst
3 86 (9.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 79 (8.39%) Desktop Support
5 68 (7.22%) Consultant
6 65 (6.90%) 2nd Line Support
7 62 (6.58%) Architect
8 57 (6.05%) Developer
9 47 (4.99%) IT Support
10 44 (4.67%) Desktop Engineer
10 44 (4.67%) Service Analyst
11 42 (4.46%) Service Desk Analyst
11 42 (4.46%) Support Analyst
12 39 (4.14%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 39 (4.14%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 38 (4.03%) Administrator
14 32 (3.40%) 3rd Line Support
15 31 (3.29%) Solutions Architect
16 30 (3.18%) Windows Engineer
17 29 (3.08%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (6.69%) .NET
2 27 (2.87%) HTML
3 24 (2.55%) CSS
3 24 (2.55%) Web Services
4 22 (2.34%) REST
5 19 (2.02%) ASP.NET
6 15 (1.59%) HTML5
7 12 (1.27%) SAML
7 12 (1.27%) SOAP
7 12 (1.27%) XML
8 11 (1.17%) LDAP
8 11 (1.17%) Middleware
9 10 (1.06%) .NET Framework
9 10 (1.06%) jQuery
9 10 (1.06%) JSON
10 9 (0.96%) 802.1X
10 9 (0.96%) CSS3
11 8 (0.85%) WSDL
12 6 (0.64%) LAMP
12 6 (0.64%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 109 (11.57%) Data Centre
2 68 (7.22%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (5.20%) Management Information System
4 46 (4.88%) Computer Science
4 46 (4.88%) Video Conferencing
5 44 (4.67%) Clustering
6 32 (3.40%) PKI
7 26 (2.76%) Replication
8 25 (2.65%) Self-Motivation
8 25 (2.65%) Smartphone
9 23 (2.44%) Blackberry
10 19 (2.02%) Mobile App
11 18 (1.91%) Fat Client
11 18 (1.91%) iPhone
11 18 (1.91%) Thin Client
12 16 (1.70%) Client/Server
12 16 (1.70%) NHS
13 15 (1.59%) Driving Licence
13 15 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
13 15 (1.59%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 653 (69.32%) Windows
2 333 (35.35%) Windows Server
3 195 (20.70%) Windows 7
4 181 (19.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 179 (19.00%) Windows 10
6 150 (15.92%) Windows Server 2008
7 71 (7.54%) Linux
8 55 (5.84%) Windows Server 2003
9 42 (4.46%) Unix
10 41 (4.35%) Android
11 35 (3.72%) Windows XP
12 32 (3.40%) Apple iOS
13 25 (2.65%) Mac OS X
14 19 (2.02%) Windows 8
15 17 (1.80%) Windows 2000
16 15 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 14 (1.49%) Mac OS
17 14 (1.49%) Windows Vista
18 5 (0.53%) CentOS
18 5 (0.53%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 363 (38.54%) ITIL
2 147 (15.61%) Migration
3 120 (12.74%) Problem-Solving
4 111 (11.78%) Agile Software Development
5 101 (10.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 76 (8.07%) ITIL V3
7 73 (7.75%) Change Management
8 70 (7.43%) Service Management
9 54 (5.73%) Business Intelligence
10 52 (5.52%) Server Management
11 51 (5.41%) CRM
11 51 (5.41%) Stakeholder Management
12 48 (5.10%) Service Delivery
13 45 (4.78%) Project Management
14 44 (4.67%) PRINCE2
15 43 (4.56%) Disaster Recovery
15 43 (4.56%) ITSM
16 40 (4.25%) Customer Requirements
17 34 (3.61%) Asset Management
17 34 (3.61%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 190 (20.17%) PowerShell
2 115 (12.21%) SQL
3 61 (6.48%) C#
4 34 (3.61%) JavaScript
5 24 (2.55%) Python
6 21 (2.23%) VB
7 19 (2.02%) C
8 15 (1.59%) T-SQL
9 14 (1.49%) VBScript
10 12 (1.27%) Java
11 9 (0.96%) Bash Shell
11 9 (0.96%) R
12 8 (0.85%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 7 (0.74%) TypeScript
13 7 (0.74%) U-SQL
14 6 (0.64%) PHP
15 5 (0.53%) VBA
16 3 (0.32%) C++
16 3 (0.32%) Objective-C
16 3 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 536 (56.90%) MCSE
2 276 (29.30%) MCSA
3 172 (18.26%) MCP
4 140 (14.86%) Security Cleared
5 138 (14.65%) Cisco Certification
6 120 (12.74%) CCNA
7 113 (12.00%) MCITP
8 103 (10.93%) Degree
9 101 (10.72%) SC Cleared
10 98 (10.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 59 (6.26%) MCTS
12 53 (5.63%) DV Cleared
13 43 (4.56%) ITIL Certification
14 40 (4.25%) MCDST
15 36 (3.82%) A+ Certification
15 36 (3.82%) CCNP
15 36 (3.82%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 32 (3.40%) Citrix Certification
17 26 (2.76%) CISSP
18 24 (2.55%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (7.64%) SLA
2 36 (3.82%) QA
3 13 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.74%) Data Quality
4 7 (0.74%) JSP 440
5 6 (0.64%) GDPR
5 6 (0.64%) HL7
6 5 (0.53%) Government Security Classifications
7 4 (0.42%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 4 (0.42%) PMO
8 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.11%) COBIT
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 462 (49.04%) Active Directory
2 218 (23.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 107 (11.36%) Hyper-V
4 75 (7.96%) vSphere
5 53 (5.63%) VMware ESXi
6 46 (4.88%) Virtual Machines
7 41 (4.35%) XenApp
8 30 (3.18%) XenDesktop
9 24 (2.55%) Microsoft App-V
10 20 (2.12%) vCloud
10 20 (2.12%) Virtual Desktop
11 17 (1.80%) VMware Workstation
12 15 (1.59%) XenServer
13 14 (1.49%) BitLocker
14 13 (1.38%) Terminal Services
15 11 (1.17%) UAG
16 10 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
17 8 (0.85%) IAG
18 7 (0.74%) NFS
19 5 (0.53%) Docker
Systems Management
1 218 (23.14%) SCCM
2 37 (3.93%) SCOM
2 37 (3.93%) vCenter Server
3 35 (3.72%) WSUS
4 32 (3.40%) Microsoft Intune
5 24 (2.55%) AirWatch
6 22 (2.34%) NetBackup
7 21 (2.23%) Microsoft Clustering
8 17 (1.80%) Cisco CUCM
8 17 (1.80%) McAfee ePO
8 17 (1.80%) XenMobile
9 16 (1.70%) SCVMM
9 16 (1.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 13 (1.38%) PowerCLI
11 12 (1.27%) Puppet
12 9 (0.96%) Single Sign-On
13 8 (0.85%) Failover Clustering
13 8 (0.85%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 8 (0.85%) Norton AntiVirus
13 8 (0.85%) Terraform
Vendors
1 712 (75.58%) Microsoft
2 310 (32.91%) VMware
3 171 (18.15%) Cisco
4 161 (17.09%) Citrix
5 69 (7.32%) Apple
5 69 (7.32%) HP
6 54 (5.73%) McAfee
7 49 (5.20%) Oracle
8 39 (4.14%) EMC
9 33 (3.50%) Google
10 26 (2.76%) Avaya
10 26 (2.76%) Dell
11 25 (2.65%) Ivanti
12 24 (2.55%) NetApp
12 24 (2.55%) Veeam
13 23 (2.44%) ServiceNow
14 20 (2.12%) Bloomberg
14 20 (2.12%) SolarWinds
14 20 (2.12%) Symantec
15 19 (2.02%) Remedy