Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 268 251 252
Rank change year-on-year -17 +1 -27
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 885 960 925
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.98% 1.04% 1.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.09% 5.46% 5.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 549 608 631
England median daily rate £388 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.97% -2.86% +1.45%
10th Percentile £156 £151 £160
90th Percentile £600 £519 £519
UK median daily rate £388 £338 £340
% change year-on-year +14.81% -0.74% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 87 55 46
England median hourly rate £17.50 £14.65 £17.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.45% -14.13% +1.31%
10th Percentile £14.75 £11.08 £12.00
90th Percentile £33.40 £33.40 £43.86
UK median hourly rate £17.46 £15.17 £17.45
% change year-on-year +15.06% -13.07% +2.65%

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 17,374 17,569 18,356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.20% 19.04% 20.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,378 10,779 11,497
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £626 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 780 767 792
England median hourly rate £28.52 £23.50 £25.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.34% -9.40% -1.19%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.08
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.00 £25.69
% change year-on-year +14.58% -6.57% -6.59%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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 19 January 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 -30 310 £405 +15.71% 155
South East -2 242 £390 +11.43% 93
North of England -30 111 £317 -2.62% 94
Midlands -16 91 £338 +3.45% 89
South West +9 71 £381 -7.58% 51
North West +4 62 £317 -2.62% 44
East of England -27 59 £400 +33.33% 58
West Midlands -7 47 £350 -6.67% 49
East Midlands +1 44 £293 -8.59% 40
Yorkshire -31 44 £375 +20.00% 40
North East -18 5 £300 -18.37% 10
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 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.

1 665 (75.14%) Microsoft
2 585 (66.10%) Windows
3 514 (58.08%) MCSE
4 422 (47.68%) Active Directory
5 313 (35.37%) ITIL
6 283 (31.98%) Windows Server
7 268 (30.28%) Office 365
8 263 (29.72%) VMware
9 256 (28.93%) MCSA
10 196 (22.15%) SCCM
11 192 (21.69%) PowerShell
12 185 (20.90%) Microsoft Azure
13 184 (20.79%) Windows 7
14 177 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
14 177 (20.00%) Cisco
15 170 (19.21%) VMware Infrastructure
16 167 (18.87%) Windows 10
17 160 (18.08%) DNS
18 159 (17.97%) Microsoft Office
19 158 (17.85%) Citrix
20 151 (17.06%) MCP
21 150 (16.95%) Cisco Certification
22 145 (16.38%) Security Cleared
23 137 (15.48%) Migration
24 124 (14.01%) CCNA
25 123 (13.90%) SQL Server
26 118 (13.33%) SQL
27 117 (13.22%) Problem-Solving
28 107 (12.09%) SC Cleared
29 105 (11.86%) Windows Server 2008

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
1 102 (11.53%) MS Exchange
2 101 (11.41%) SharePoint
3 56 (6.33%) Skype for Business
4 39 (4.41%) IIS
5 24 (2.71%) SharePoint 2013
6 22 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2010
7 21 (2.37%) Confluence
8 14 (1.58%) Exchange Server 2013
9 13 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2007
10 12 (1.36%) CMS
10 12 (1.36%) SharePoint Server
11 9 (1.02%) SharePoint 2010
12 8 (0.90%) Drupal
12 8 (0.90%) K2 blackpearl
13 6 (0.68%) Apache Pig
13 6 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
13 6 (0.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 6 (0.68%) IBM Notes
14 5 (0.56%) Apache
15 4 (0.45%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 159 (17.97%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (3.16%) MS Visio
4 10 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.90%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.23%) InfoPath
7 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.11%) SOLIDWORKS
7 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 35 (3.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.24%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.23%) NetSuite
4 2 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.23%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 268 (30.28%) Office 365
2 185 (20.90%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (5.65%) Amazon AWS
4 40 (4.52%) Dynamics 365
5 33 (3.73%) IaaS
6 31 (3.50%) Azure Active Directory
7 28 (3.16%) PaaS
8 20 (2.26%) Google Cloud Platform
9 15 (1.69%) SaaS
10 13 (1.47%) OneDrive
11 12 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
12 8 (0.90%) Boomi
13 4 (0.45%) Serverless
14 3 (0.34%) Amazon S3
14 3 (0.34%) AWS Lambda
14 3 (0.34%) GitHub
14 3 (0.34%) Google Analytics
15 2 (0.23%) Slack
15 2 (0.23%) Yammer
16 1 (0.11%) Data Lake Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 160 (18.08%) DNS
2 105 (11.86%) DHCP
3 100 (11.30%) LAN
4 99 (11.19%) TCP/IP
5 98 (11.07%) Firewall
6 95 (10.73%) WAN
7 78 (8.81%) Internet
8 60 (6.78%) VPN
9 59 (6.67%) SAN
10 47 (5.31%) Skype
11 40 (4.52%) Wireless
12 37 (4.18%) VoIP
13 29 (3.28%) Network Security
14 28 (3.16%) SSL
15 25 (2.82%) Unified Communications
16 24 (2.71%) Remote Desktop
17 19 (2.15%) Kerberos
18 18 (2.03%) DMZ
19 16 (1.81%) IP Telephony
19 16 (1.81%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 123 (13.90%) SQL Server
2 33 (3.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 28 (3.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 19 (2.15%) Power BI
5 18 (2.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 17 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
6 17 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
6 17 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
7 12 (1.36%) SQL Server 2016
8 11 (1.24%) Electronic Patient Records
9 10 (1.13%) Big Data
10 9 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 7 (0.79%) Azure SQL Database
11 7 (0.79%) Hadoop
11 7 (0.79%) QlikView
11 7 (0.79%) Relational Database
12 6 (0.68%) Apache Hive
12 6 (0.68%) SQL Server 2005
12 6 (0.68%) SQL Server 2014
13 5 (0.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 29 (3.28%) JIRA
2 22 (2.49%) Visual Studio
3 19 (2.15%) Git (software)
4 17 (1.92%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (1.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 9 (1.02%) Jenkins
7 7 (0.79%) InstallShield
7 7 (0.79%) MSI
7 7 (0.79%) Octopus Deploy
7 7 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
8 6 (0.68%) Bitbucket
9 5 (0.56%) Fiddler
10 4 (0.45%) GitLab
11 3 (0.34%) AdminStudio
11 3 (0.34%) CF BOSH
11 3 (0.34%) CodeSonar
11 3 (0.34%) git-flow
11 3 (0.34%) Robot Framework
11 3 (0.34%) Selenium
12 2 (0.23%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 105 (11.86%) Finance
2 28 (3.16%) Military
3 22 (2.49%) Banking
3 22 (2.49%) Telecoms
4 15 (1.69%) Retail
5 13 (1.47%) Financial Institution
5 13 (1.47%) Manufacturing
6 10 (1.13%) Legal
7 8 (0.90%) Electronics
7 8 (0.90%) Law
8 7 (0.79%) Back Office
8 7 (0.79%) Marketing
8 7 (0.79%) Spanish Language
9 5 (0.56%) Games
9 5 (0.56%) Humanities
9 5 (0.56%) Social Science
10 4 (0.45%) Automotive
11 2 (0.23%) Billing
11 2 (0.23%) German Language
12 1 (0.11%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 110 (12.43%) Support Engineer
2 95 (10.73%) Analyst
3 82 (9.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 70 (7.91%) Architect
5 64 (7.23%) 2nd Line Support
6 59 (6.67%) Desktop Support
7 57 (6.44%) Developer
8 54 (6.10%) Consultant
9 50 (5.65%) Desktop Engineer
10 40 (4.52%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 38 (4.29%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 38 (4.29%) Administrator
12 34 (3.84%) Service Analyst
12 34 (3.84%) Service Desk Analyst
13 32 (3.62%) IT Support
13 32 (3.62%) Support Analyst
13 32 (3.62%) Windows Engineer
14 29 (3.28%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 28 (3.16%) 3rd Line Support
16 27 (3.05%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (7.23%) .NET
2 21 (2.37%) ASP.NET
3 20 (2.26%) REST
4 16 (1.81%) HTML
4 16 (1.81%) Web Services
5 12 (1.36%) SAML
6 11 (1.24%) LDAP
6 11 (1.24%) Middleware
6 11 (1.24%) SOAP
7 10 (1.13%) JSON
8 9 (1.02%) XML
9 8 (0.90%) WSDL
10 6 (0.68%) .NET Framework
10 6 (0.68%) 802.1X
10 6 (0.68%) AngularJS
10 6 (0.68%) HTML5
10 6 (0.68%) Node.js
10 6 (0.68%) Silverlight
10 6 (0.68%) WPF
11 5 (0.56%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 89 (10.06%) Data Centre
2 59 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 43 (4.86%) Management Information System
4 42 (4.75%) Video Conferencing
5 38 (4.29%) PKI
6 31 (3.50%) Mobile App
7 30 (3.39%) Clustering
8 26 (2.94%) Self-Motivation
9 20 (2.26%) Replication
10 19 (2.15%) NHS
11 18 (2.03%) Client/Server
11 18 (2.03%) Smartphone
12 16 (1.81%) iPhone
12 16 (1.81%) Public Cloud
12 16 (1.81%) Virtual Team
13 15 (1.69%) Blackberry
14 14 (1.58%) iPad
15 11 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
16 10 (1.13%) Driving Licence
17 8 (0.90%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 585 (66.10%) Windows
2 283 (31.98%) Windows Server
3 184 (20.79%) Windows 7
4 177 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 167 (18.87%) Windows 10
6 105 (11.86%) Windows Server 2008
7 86 (9.72%) Linux
8 44 (4.97%) Unix
9 43 (4.86%) Windows Server 2003
10 28 (3.16%) Mac OS X
11 26 (2.94%) Windows XP
12 25 (2.82%) Android
13 24 (2.71%) Apple iOS
14 17 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 16 (1.81%) Windows 2000
15 16 (1.81%) Windows 8
16 13 (1.47%) Windows Vista
17 10 (1.13%) Mac OS
18 9 (1.02%) AIX
19 8 (0.90%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 313 (35.37%) ITIL
2 137 (15.48%) Migration
3 117 (13.22%) Problem-Solving
4 104 (11.75%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 101 (11.41%) Agile Software Development
6 69 (7.80%) Service Management
7 65 (7.34%) Change Management
8 60 (6.78%) ITIL V3
9 55 (6.21%) DevOps
9 55 (6.21%) Disaster Recovery
10 51 (5.76%) Business Intelligence
11 47 (5.31%) ITSM
12 46 (5.20%) Computer Science
13 45 (5.08%) Service Delivery
14 44 (4.97%) Project Management
15 43 (4.86%) Incident Management
16 38 (4.29%) CRM
17 34 (3.84%) Root Cause Analysis
18 33 (3.73%) PRINCE2
19 30 (3.39%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 192 (21.69%) PowerShell
2 118 (13.33%) SQL
3 55 (6.21%) C#
4 28 (3.16%) JavaScript
5 18 (2.03%) C
6 17 (1.92%) T-SQL
7 16 (1.81%) Python
7 16 (1.81%) VB
8 14 (1.58%) VBScript
9 9 (1.02%) Bash Shell
9 9 (1.02%) Java
10 6 (0.68%) PHP
11 5 (0.56%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 5 (0.56%) VBA
12 3 (0.34%) C++
12 3 (0.34%) Objective-C
12 3 (0.34%) R
12 3 (0.34%) Ruby
12 3 (0.34%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 514 (58.08%) MCSE
2 256 (28.93%) MCSA
3 151 (17.06%) MCP
4 150 (16.95%) Cisco Certification
5 145 (16.38%) Security Cleared
6 124 (14.01%) CCNA
7 107 (12.09%) SC Cleared
8 104 (11.75%) Degree
9 97 (10.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 92 (10.40%) MCITP
11 52 (5.88%) DV Cleared
12 42 (4.75%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 41 (4.63%) MCTS
14 39 (4.41%) ITIL Certification
15 38 (4.29%) MCDST
16 36 (4.07%) Citrix Certification
17 32 (3.62%) CCA
18 30 (3.39%) CISSP
19 28 (3.16%) A+ Certification
20 20 (2.26%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (7.68%) SLA
2 22 (2.49%) QA
3 12 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.90%) HL7
5 6 (0.68%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.68%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.45%) PMO
7 3 (0.34%) GDPR
8 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.11%) Government Security Classifications
System Software
1 422 (47.68%) Active Directory
2 170 (19.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 77 (8.70%) Hyper-V
4 64 (7.23%) vSphere
5 52 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
6 37 (4.18%) Virtual Machines
7 36 (4.07%) XenApp
8 27 (3.05%) XenDesktop
9 23 (2.60%) Microsoft App-V
10 20 (2.26%) vCloud
11 18 (2.03%) Virtual Desktop
12 13 (1.47%) BitLocker
12 13 (1.47%) VMware Workstation
13 12 (1.36%) Virtual Servers
13 12 (1.36%) XenServer
14 9 (1.02%) NFS
14 9 (1.02%) Terminal Server
15 7 (0.79%) Terminal Services
16 6 (0.68%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
16 6 (0.68%) Docker
Systems Management
1 196 (22.15%) SCCM
2 38 (4.29%) vCenter Server
3 27 (3.05%) SCOM
4 25 (2.82%) Microsoft Intune
5 22 (2.49%) WSUS
6 17 (1.92%) Cisco CUCM
7 15 (1.69%) Puppet
7 15 (1.69%) SCVMM
8 13 (1.47%) PowerCLI
9 12 (1.36%) McAfee ePO
10 11 (1.24%) NetBackup
10 11 (1.24%) Single Sign-On
10 11 (1.24%) vRealize
11 10 (1.13%) AirWatch
11 10 (1.13%) Norton AntiVirus
12 9 (1.02%) Failover Clustering
12 9 (1.02%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 9 (1.02%) Terraform
13 8 (0.90%) Microsoft Clustering
14 7 (0.79%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 665 (75.14%) Microsoft
2 263 (29.72%) VMware
3 177 (20.00%) Cisco
4 158 (17.85%) Citrix
5 65 (7.34%) HP
6 55 (6.21%) Apple
7 44 (4.97%) Oracle
8 32 (3.62%) Google
9 29 (3.28%) McAfee
10 28 (3.16%) Ivanti
11 27 (3.05%) Avaya
12 25 (2.82%) Dell
12 25 (2.82%) Polycom
12 25 (2.82%) Remedy
13 23 (2.60%) EMC
14 18 (2.03%) Veeam
14 18 (2.03%) Wyse
15 17 (1.92%) NetApp
15 17 (1.92%) Symantec
16 16 (1.81%) Red Hat