Period
to 26 July 2017

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 26 July 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.

Microsoft Certification
UK > England
6 months to
26 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 252 220 178
Rank change year-on-year -32 -42 -10
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 872 1233 1467
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.99% 1.22% 1.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.07% 5.74% 7.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 505 755 912
England median daily rate £350 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% +1.54% -
10th Percentile £131 £172 £150
90th Percentile £525 £475 £475
UK median daily rate £330 £330 £325
% change year-on-year - +1.54% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 109 136
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.28 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.50% +4.43% +10.24%
10th Percentile £11.25 £9.90 £11.27
90th Percentile £51.50 £38.50 £40.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £21.33 £17.50
% change year-on-year -15.61% +21.89% +10.24%

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 England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17186 21484 19997
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 19.59% 21.18% 19.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 10513 13571 11798
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £259 £250 £230
90th Percentile £594 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 867 711 964
England median hourly rate £29.50 £27.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.26% +20.00% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £50.48
UK median hourly rate £29.92 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +6.86% +24.44% +12.50%

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 26 July 2017.

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 26 July 2017.

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 26 July 2017. 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 +11 327 £375 +7.14% 73
South East -43 194 £310 -13.89% 42
North of England -56 113 £404 +30.32% 31
Midlands +14 107 £288 -11.54% 18
East of England 0 101 £350 +16.67% 17
East Midlands +21 65 £219 -16.67% 3
North West +9 50 £435 +45.00% 22
West Midlands -18 40 £350 -9.68% 15
Yorkshire +24 33 £420 +45.45% 9
North East -36 30 £312 -0.24%
South West -26 29 £313 -18.03% 16
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 26 July 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 England region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 623 (71.44%) Microsoft
2 582 (66.74%) Windows
3 439 (50.34%) MCSE
4 437 (50.11%) Active Directory
5 324 (37.16%) ITIL
6 272 (31.19%) Windows Server
7 234 (26.83%) VMware
8 227 (26.03%) Office 365
9 195 (22.36%) SQL Server
10 194 (22.25%) Windows Server 2012
11 186 (21.33%) PowerShell
12 179 (20.53%) MS Exchange
13 170 (19.50%) MCP
14 167 (19.15%) MCSA
15 166 (19.04%) Windows Server 2008
16 164 (18.81%) Microsoft Azure
17 163 (18.69%) Microsoft Office
18 162 (18.58%) Citrix
19 158 (18.12%) VMware Infrastructure
20 155 (17.78%) Cisco
21 147 (16.86%) Windows 7
22 143 (16.40%) MCITP
23 134 (15.37%) SQL
24 131 (15.02%) HP
25 128 (14.68%) Degree
25 128 (14.68%) Windows 10
26 126 (14.45%) Finance
27 125 (14.33%) Hyper-V
28 119 (13.65%) Migration
29 115 (13.19%) SCCM

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
1 179 (20.53%) MS Exchange
2 112 (12.84%) SharePoint
3 92 (10.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 74 (8.49%) Skype for Business
5 46 (5.28%) Exchange Server 2013
6 36 (4.13%) SharePoint 2013
7 35 (4.01%) IIS
8 21 (2.41%) BizTalk Server
9 20 (2.29%) SharePoint 2010
10 19 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2007
11 18 (2.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 15 (1.72%) SharePoint Server
13 14 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2003
14 13 (1.49%) IBM Notes
15 11 (1.26%) Apache
16 10 (1.15%) ArcGIS
17 8 (0.92%) NServiceBus
17 8 (0.92%) Office Communications Server
18 6 (0.69%) CMS
18 6 (0.69%) OpenStack
Applications
1 163 (18.69%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.33%) MS Visio
3 28 (3.21%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.69%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.57%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.23%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.23%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 15 (1.72%) Dynamics AX
1 15 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
3 4 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.23%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.23%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.11%) Eikon
6 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 227 (26.03%) Office 365
2 164 (18.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 60 (6.88%) Amazon AWS
4 36 (4.13%) Azure Active Directory
5 26 (2.98%) IaaS
6 16 (1.83%) PaaS
7 13 (1.49%) SaaS
8 11 (1.26%) OneDrive
9 10 (1.15%) Yammer
10 8 (0.92%) Mimecast
11 6 (0.69%) GitHub
12 4 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.46%) G Suite
13 3 (0.34%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 3 (0.34%) AWS CloudFormation
14 2 (0.23%) Amazon EC2
14 2 (0.23%) Amazon S3
14 2 (0.23%) AWS CloudTrail
14 2 (0.23%) Azure Machine Learning
14 2 (0.23%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 96 (11.01%) DNS
1 96 (11.01%) Firewall
2 87 (9.98%) SAN
3 84 (9.63%) DHCP
4 62 (7.11%) LAN
5 58 (6.65%) VPN
6 56 (6.42%) TCP/IP
6 56 (6.42%) WAN
7 53 (6.08%) Skype
8 34 (3.90%) Wireless
9 31 (3.56%) NAS
10 27 (3.10%) VoIP
11 19 (2.18%) Remote Desktop
12 18 (2.06%) Cisco IOS
12 18 (2.06%) Network Security
13 16 (1.83%) VLAN
14 12 (1.38%) SSL
14 12 (1.38%) Unified Communications
15 10 (1.15%) Link 16
15 10 (1.15%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 195 (22.36%) SQL Server
2 64 (7.34%) SQL Server 2012
3 52 (5.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 44 (5.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 41 (4.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 29 (3.33%) SQL Server 2005
7 27 (3.10%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 23 (2.64%) SQL Server 2016
9 19 (2.18%) Data Warehouse
10 16 (1.83%) SQL Server 2014
11 12 (1.38%) QlikView
12 11 (1.26%) Power BI
13 10 (1.15%) Hadoop
14 9 (1.03%) OLAP
14 9 (1.03%) OLTP
14 9 (1.03%) Relational Database
15 8 (0.92%) Big Data
15 8 (0.92%) RDBMS
16 6 (0.69%) DB2
16 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 31 (3.56%) Visual Studio
2 11 (1.26%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (1.15%) MorphX
3 10 (1.15%) Octopus Deploy
4 8 (0.92%) JIRA
5 7 (0.80%) Git (software)
6 5 (0.57%) WiX
7 4 (0.46%) MSI
8 3 (0.34%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.34%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.34%) Gerrit
8 3 (0.34%) GitLab
8 3 (0.34%) Jenkins
8 3 (0.34%) Maven
8 3 (0.34%) Metasploit
8 3 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (0.23%) AccuRev
9 2 (0.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (0.23%) TeamCity
9 2 (0.23%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 126 (14.45%) Finance
2 37 (4.24%) Banking
3 21 (2.41%) Manufacturing
4 19 (2.18%) Law
5 18 (2.06%) Telecoms
6 14 (1.61%) Investment Banking
6 14 (1.61%) Military
7 13 (1.49%) Financial Institution
8 12 (1.38%) Retail
9 10 (1.15%) Avionics
10 8 (0.92%) Automotive
11 6 (0.69%) Aerospace
11 6 (0.69%) Legal
12 5 (0.57%) Advertising
12 5 (0.57%) Local Government
12 5 (0.57%) Marketing
13 4 (0.46%) Front Office
13 4 (0.46%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.34%) Billing
15 2 (0.23%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 99 (11.35%) Analyst
2 90 (10.32%) Architect
3 79 (9.06%) Support Engineer
4 77 (8.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 74 (8.49%) Desktop Support
6 70 (8.03%) Developer
7 62 (7.11%) 2nd Line Support
8 58 (6.65%) Consultant
9 56 (6.42%) Support Analyst
10 41 (4.70%) Administrator
11 35 (4.01%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 33 (3.78%) Server Engineer
13 31 (3.56%) Desktop Engineer
14 30 (3.44%) IT Engineer
14 30 (3.44%) Windows Engineer
15 29 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support
16 27 (3.10%) Technical Support
17 26 (2.98%) IT Support
18 25 (2.87%) Service Analyst
18 25 (2.87%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (9.98%) .NET
2 33 (3.78%) XML
3 28 (3.21%) ASP.NET
4 21 (2.41%) CSS
5 20 (2.29%) HTML
5 20 (2.29%) Web Services
6 17 (1.95%) jQuery
7 14 (1.61%) WPF
8 13 (1.49%) WCF
9 10 (1.15%) AngularJS
9 10 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC
9 10 (1.15%) COM
9 10 (1.15%) DCOM
10 9 (1.03%) 802.1X
11 8 (0.92%) HTML5
12 7 (0.80%) MDX
12 7 (0.80%) Middleware
13 6 (0.69%) .NET Framework
13 6 (0.69%) WAP
13 6 (0.69%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 97 (11.12%) Data Centre
2 76 (8.72%) Analytical Skills
3 50 (5.73%) Clustering
4 47 (5.39%) Blackberry
5 46 (5.28%) Computer Science
6 41 (4.70%) Management Information System
7 25 (2.87%) PKI
7 25 (2.87%) Replication
7 25 (2.87%) Video Conferencing
8 24 (2.75%) NHS
9 23 (2.64%) iPad
10 18 (2.06%) Private Cloud
11 15 (1.72%) iPhone
11 15 (1.72%) User Experience
12 14 (1.61%) BYOD
13 12 (1.38%) Enterprise Software
14 9 (1.03%) Driving Licence
15 8 (0.92%) CMDB
15 8 (0.92%) Life Science
16 7 (0.80%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 582 (66.74%) Windows
2 272 (31.19%) Windows Server
3 194 (22.25%) Windows Server 2012
4 166 (19.04%) Windows Server 2008
5 147 (16.86%) Windows 7
6 128 (14.68%) Windows 10
7 81 (9.29%) Linux
8 78 (8.94%) Windows Server 2003
9 49 (5.62%) Windows 8
10 35 (4.01%) Unix
11 34 (3.90%) Android
12 27 (3.10%) Windows XP
13 24 (2.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 21 (2.41%) Apple iOS
15 16 (1.83%) Windows Vista
16 12 (1.38%) Mac OS X
17 11 (1.26%) CentOS
18 9 (1.03%) Solaris
19 8 (0.92%) Windows Phone
20 6 (0.69%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 324 (37.16%) ITIL
2 119 (13.65%) Migration
3 70 (8.03%) Change Management
4 69 (7.91%) ITIL V3
5 66 (7.57%) Service Management
6 56 (6.42%) Project Management
7 53 (6.08%) Business Intelligence
8 50 (5.73%) Agile Software Development
8 50 (5.73%) High Availability
9 49 (5.62%) Service Delivery
10 45 (5.16%) Disaster Recovery
11 41 (4.70%) PRINCE2
12 36 (4.13%) ITSM
13 34 (3.90%) DevOps
14 33 (3.78%) Asset Management
15 31 (3.56%) Incident Management
15 31 (3.56%) TOGAF
15 31 (3.56%) Workflow
16 29 (3.33%) Problem Management
17 28 (3.21%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 186 (21.33%) PowerShell
2 134 (15.37%) SQL
3 66 (7.57%) C#
4 35 (4.01%) VBScript
5 31 (3.56%) VB
6 27 (3.10%) JavaScript
7 25 (2.87%) T-SQL
8 18 (2.06%) C
8 18 (2.06%) Python
9 12 (1.38%) X++
10 9 (1.03%) Java
10 9 (1.03%) Perl
11 7 (0.80%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.69%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 6 (0.69%) Ruby
13 4 (0.46%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.34%) VB.NET
14 3 (0.34%) VBA
15 2 (0.23%) REXX
15 2 (0.23%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 439 (50.34%) MCSE
2 170 (19.50%) MCP
3 167 (19.15%) MCSA
4 143 (16.40%) MCITP
5 128 (14.68%) Degree
6 109 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
7 101 (11.58%) Security Cleared
8 80 (9.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 79 (9.06%) CCNA
10 78 (8.94%) SC Cleared
11 55 (6.31%) MCTS
12 45 (5.16%) Computer Science Degree
13 39 (4.47%) ITIL Certification
14 34 (3.90%) MCDST
15 31 (3.56%) A+ Certification
16 23 (2.64%) DV Cleared
17 20 (2.29%) CCNP
17 20 (2.29%) Citrix Certification
18 16 (1.83%) MCSD
19 14 (1.61%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (7.22%) SLA
2 22 (2.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.15%) MIL-STD-1553
3 10 (1.15%) QA
4 9 (1.03%) PCI DSS
5 8 (0.92%) Disclosure Scotland
6 6 (0.69%) PMO
7 4 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 437 (50.11%) Active Directory
2 158 (18.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 125 (14.33%) Hyper-V
4 40 (4.59%) XenApp
5 31 (3.56%) VMware ESXi
6 29 (3.33%) vSphere
7 28 (3.21%) XenDesktop
8 25 (2.87%) Virtual Machines
9 22 (2.52%) Microsoft App-V
10 17 (1.95%) Virtual Servers
11 15 (1.72%) Virtual Desktop
11 15 (1.72%) VMware Workstation
12 8 (0.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 7 (0.80%) BitLocker
13 7 (0.80%) Terminal Server
13 7 (0.80%) Terminal Services
14 6 (0.69%) XenServer
15 5 (0.57%) Firmware
16 4 (0.46%) UAG
17 3 (0.34%) KVM
Systems Management
1 115 (13.19%) SCCM
2 76 (8.72%) SCOM
3 27 (3.10%) Microsoft Clustering
4 16 (1.83%) WSUS
5 13 (1.49%) AirWatch
6 11 (1.26%) PowerCLI
7 10 (1.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 9 (1.03%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 9 (1.03%) NetBackup
8 9 (1.03%) Norton AntiVirus
9 8 (0.92%) vCenter Server
10 7 (0.80%) Backup Exec
10 7 (0.80%) Failover Clustering
10 7 (0.80%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 7 (0.80%) Puppet
11 6 (0.69%) Ansible
12 5 (0.57%) DameWare
12 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Intune
12 5 (0.57%) Opscode Chef
12 5 (0.57%) OVSD
Vendors
1 623 (71.44%) Microsoft
2 234 (26.83%) VMware
3 162 (18.58%) Citrix
4 155 (17.78%) Cisco
5 131 (15.02%) HP
6 44 (5.05%) NetApp
7 37 (4.24%) Dell
8 36 (4.13%) Oracle
9 34 (3.90%) Apple
10 29 (3.33%) Red Hat
11 28 (3.21%) ServiceNow
11 28 (3.21%) Symantec
12 22 (2.52%) SolarWinds
13 20 (2.29%) Remedy
14 19 (2.18%) AppSense
14 19 (2.18%) Sophos
15 16 (1.83%) 3PAR
16 15 (1.72%) Polycom
16 15 (1.72%) RedGate
17 14 (1.61%) CheckPoint
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Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
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