Period
to 22 January 2020

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 22 January 2020 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
22 Jan 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 245 272 250
Rank change year-on-year +27 -22 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 691 897 948
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.05% 0.98% 1.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.87% 5.11% 5.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 421 550 599
England median daily rate £375 £388 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.23% +13.97% -2.86%
10th Percentile £139 £156 £151
90th Percentile £572 £600 £518
UK median daily rate £375 £388 £338
% change year-on-year -3.23% +14.81% -0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 92 56
England median hourly rate £17.75 £17.21 £14.65
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.17% +17.44% -14.13%
10th Percentile £15.25 £14.62 £11.09
90th Percentile £80.20 £33.40 £32.38
UK median hourly rate £21.25 £17.00 £15.85
% change year-on-year +25.00% +7.26% -9.17%

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 14,194 17,567 17,535
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 21.47% 19.24% 19.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,781 10,492 10,767
England median daily rate £463 £450 £448
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +0.56% +5.29%
10th Percentile £260 £263 £231
90th Percentile £640 £626 £625
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +2.22% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 639 795 766
England median hourly rate £35.00 £28.42 £23.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.15% +19.04% -8.17%
10th Percentile £14.33 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £57.50 £52.50 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £27.53 £24.98
% change year-on-year +27.13% +10.21% -3.69%

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 22 January 2020.

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 22 January 2020.

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 22 January 2020. 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 +37 226 £375 -7.41% 172
South East +24 177 £350 -10.26% 122
North of England +33 99 £325 +8.33% 121
Midlands +33 76 £413 +22.22% 100
South West -4 61 £425 +7.94% 47
East of England +28 49 £375 -6.25% 46
Yorkshire +37 43 £325 -13.33% 27
West Midlands +45 42 £525 +50.00% 63
North West -3 37 £318 +5.83% 65
East Midlands +21 34 £319 +8.97% 37
North East +29 19 £425 +41.67% 29
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 22 January 2020, 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.

1 528 (76.41%) Microsoft
2 431 (62.37%) Windows
3 353 (51.09%) MCSE
4 351 (50.80%) Active Directory
5 235 (34.01%) Office 365
6 217 (31.40%) Azure
7 203 (29.38%) VMware
8 200 (28.94%) Windows Server
9 182 (26.34%) ITIL
10 170 (24.60%) MCSA
11 136 (19.68%) Windows Server 2012
12 134 (19.39%) SCCM
13 133 (19.25%) Security Cleared
14 131 (18.96%) PowerShell
14 131 (18.96%) DNS
15 130 (18.81%) Windows 10
16 118 (17.08%) Microsoft Office
17 116 (16.79%) SQL
18 108 (15.63%) SC Cleared
19 104 (15.05%) VMware Infrastructure
19 104 (15.05%) Migration
20 101 (14.62%) Windows Server 2008
21 99 (14.33%) SQL Server
22 97 (14.04%) Citrix
23 95 (13.75%) Windows 7
24 93 (13.46%) DHCP
25 91 (13.17%) Cisco Certification
26 90 (13.02%) Cisco
27 89 (12.88%) MS Exchange
28 88 (12.74%) 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 89 (12.88%) MS Exchange
2 87 (12.59%) SharePoint
3 45 (6.51%) Skype for Business
4 40 (5.79%) IIS
5 37 (5.35%) Exchange Server 2010
6 26 (3.76%) Exchange Server 2013
7 23 (3.33%) Confluence
8 15 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2007
9 11 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
10 9 (1.30%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (1.01%) Apache
13 6 (0.87%) WordPress
14 4 (0.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 4 (0.58%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.58%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.43%) Apache Spark
15 3 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
15 3 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
15 3 (0.43%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 118 (17.08%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (3.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.30%) MS Visio
4 8 (1.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.87%) Microsoft Project
6 5 (0.72%) InfoPath
7 4 (0.58%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
9 2 (0.29%) Chatbot
9 2 (0.29%) Siemens NX
10 1 (0.14%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 22 (3.18%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.01%) assyst
3 6 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
4 4 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
5 2 (0.29%) BusinessWorks
5 2 (0.29%) Teamcenter
6 1 (0.14%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.14%) Sprinklr
6 1 (0.14%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 235 (34.01%) Office 365
2 217 (31.40%) Azure
3 70 (10.13%) AWS
4 52 (7.53%) Azure Active Directory
5 46 (6.66%) Power Platform
6 41 (5.93%) IaaS
7 40 (5.79%) PaaS
8 29 (4.20%) Dynamics 365
8 29 (4.20%) SaaS
9 14 (2.03%) PowerApps
10 13 (1.88%) GCP
11 12 (1.74%) OpenShift
12 11 (1.59%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 10 (1.45%) AWS CloudFormation
13 10 (1.45%) GitHub
13 10 (1.45%) Mimecast
14 9 (1.30%) Microsoft Flow
15 7 (1.01%) OneDrive
16 6 (0.87%) Serverless
17 4 (0.58%) Azure Functions
Communications & Networking
1 131 (18.96%) DNS
2 93 (13.46%) DHCP
3 74 (10.71%) Firewall
4 61 (8.83%) SAN
5 51 (7.38%) LAN
6 45 (6.51%) TCP/IP
7 41 (5.93%) Skype
7 41 (5.93%) WAN
8 32 (4.63%) VPN
9 25 (3.62%) VoIP
10 20 (2.89%) Wireless
11 15 (2.17%) Internet
12 13 (1.88%) HTTP
12 13 (1.88%) NAS
13 12 (1.74%) Cisco ASA
13 12 (1.74%) SMTP
13 12 (1.74%) VLAN
13 12 (1.74%) Wi-Fi
14 11 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
15 10 (1.45%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 99 (14.33%) SQL Server
2 38 (5.50%) Power BI
3 24 (3.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 21 (3.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 17 (2.46%) Data Warehouse
6 14 (2.03%) Relational Database
6 14 (2.03%) SQL Server 2008
7 12 (1.74%) Amazon RDS
8 11 (1.59%) SQL Server 2016
9 10 (1.45%) Azure SQL Database
9 10 (1.45%) Oracle Database
9 10 (1.45%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (1.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 8 (1.16%) Cosmos DB
11 7 (1.01%) Big Data
11 7 (1.01%) RDBMS
11 7 (1.01%) SQL Server 2005
12 5 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
12 5 (0.72%) SQLite
13 4 (0.58%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 29 (4.20%) JIRA
2 23 (3.33%) Visual Studio
3 16 (2.32%) Git (software)
3 16 (2.32%) GitLab
3 16 (2.32%) Jenkins
3 16 (2.32%) MSI
4 12 (1.74%) InstallShield
5 10 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (1.45%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (1.16%) Android Studio
7 4 (0.58%) Bitbucket
7 4 (0.58%) Octopus Deploy
7 4 (0.58%) TeamCity
8 3 (0.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.43%) Hudson
8 3 (0.43%) Sonatype Nexus
8 3 (0.43%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
9 2 (0.29%) git-flow
9 2 (0.29%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (0.29%) Travis CI
General
1 76 (11.00%) Finance
2 45 (6.51%) Public Sector
3 27 (3.91%) Retail
4 20 (2.89%) Telecoms
5 19 (2.75%) Legal
5 19 (2.75%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.74%) Law
7 10 (1.45%) Banking
8 9 (1.30%) Marketing
9 7 (1.01%) German Language
10 6 (0.87%) Local Government
10 6 (0.87%) Military
11 5 (0.72%) Back Office
11 5 (0.72%) Pharmaceutical
12 4 (0.58%) French Language
13 3 (0.43%) Aerospace
13 3 (0.43%) Automotive
14 2 (0.29%) Dutch Language
14 2 (0.29%) Financial Institution
14 2 (0.29%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 87 (12.59%) Support Engineer
2 77 (11.14%) Analyst
3 64 (9.26%) Developer
4 53 (7.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 49 (7.09%) Architect
6 42 (6.08%) Desktop Support
7 40 (5.79%) Service Analyst
7 40 (5.79%) Service Desk Analyst
8 39 (5.64%) 2nd Line Support
9 38 (5.50%) Consultant
10 37 (5.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 35 (5.07%) Desktop Engineer
12 32 (4.63%) 3rd Line Support
13 27 (3.91%) Windows Engineer
14 26 (3.76%) DevOps Engineer
15 25 (3.62%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 25 (3.62%) Wintel Engineer
16 24 (3.47%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
16 24 (3.47%) IT Support
17 22 (3.18%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (8.83%) .NET
2 24 (3.47%) HTML
3 20 (2.89%) ASP.NET
4 17 (2.46%) Web Services
5 10 (1.45%) CSS
5 10 (1.45%) React
6 9 (1.30%) RESTful
7 8 (1.16%) AngularJS
7 8 (1.16%) XML
8 7 (1.01%) .NET Framework
8 7 (1.01%) HTML5
8 7 (1.01%) jQuery
8 7 (1.01%) KnockoutJS
9 6 (0.87%) Middleware
9 6 (0.87%) Spring
9 6 (0.87%) WCF
10 5 (0.72%) JSON
10 5 (0.72%) Oracle Fusion
10 5 (0.72%) Retrofit
10 5 (0.72%) RxJava
Miscellaneous
1 45 (6.51%) Analytical Skills
1 45 (6.51%) Self-Motivation
2 42 (6.08%) Data Centre
3 32 (4.63%) Replication
4 24 (3.47%) Management Information System
5 14 (2.03%) Clustering
5 14 (2.03%) Driving Licence
6 13 (1.88%) Public Cloud
7 12 (1.74%) User Experience
8 11 (1.59%) NHS
9 10 (1.45%) Smartphone
10 9 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
10 9 (1.30%) PKI
10 9 (1.30%) Video Conferencing
11 8 (1.16%) Blackberry
11 8 (1.16%) Fat Client
11 8 (1.16%) Thin Client
11 8 (1.16%) Virtual Team
12 6 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.72%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 431 (62.37%) Windows
2 200 (28.94%) Windows Server
3 136 (19.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 130 (18.81%) Windows 10
5 101 (14.62%) Windows Server 2008
6 95 (13.75%) Windows 7
7 55 (7.96%) Linux
8 32 (4.63%) Windows Server 2003
9 30 (4.34%) Windows 8
10 21 (3.04%) Android
11 16 (2.32%) Apple iOS
11 16 (2.32%) Windows XP
12 14 (2.03%) Mac OS
13 11 (1.59%) CentOS
14 8 (1.16%) Windows 2000
15 7 (1.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 6 (0.87%) Unix
16 6 (0.87%) VMS
17 4 (0.58%) Mac OS X
18 3 (0.43%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 182 (26.34%) ITIL
2 104 (15.05%) Migration
3 86 (12.45%) Agile Software Development
4 79 (11.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 79 (11.43%) Problem-Solving
5 64 (9.26%) DevOps
6 60 (8.68%) Service Management
7 46 (6.66%) ITIL V3
8 39 (5.64%) Business Intelligence
9 36 (5.21%) Project Management
10 34 (4.92%) Disaster Recovery
11 33 (4.78%) Change Management
12 32 (4.63%) Information Security
13 30 (4.34%) Asset Management
14 29 (4.20%) Computer Science
15 27 (3.91%) Configuration Management
15 27 (3.91%) CRM
15 27 (3.91%) ITSM
15 27 (3.91%) PRINCE2
16 25 (3.62%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 131 (18.96%) PowerShell
2 116 (16.79%) SQL
3 47 (6.80%) C#
4 36 (5.21%) Java
5 27 (3.91%) Python
6 23 (3.33%) JavaScript
6 23 (3.33%) T-SQL
7 19 (2.75%) VBScript
8 18 (2.60%) VB
9 12 (1.74%) C
10 10 (1.45%) Go
11 9 (1.30%) Bash Shell
12 8 (1.16%) Perl
13 7 (1.01%) C++
13 7 (1.01%) PL/SQL
13 7 (1.01%) VB.NET
14 5 (0.72%) Kotlin
15 3 (0.43%) Ruby
16 2 (0.29%) Groovy
16 2 (0.29%) PHP
Qualifications
1 353 (51.09%) MCSE
2 170 (24.60%) MCSA
3 133 (19.25%) Security Cleared
4 108 (15.63%) SC Cleared
5 91 (13.17%) Cisco Certification
6 88 (12.74%) Degree
7 82 (11.87%) MCP
8 75 (10.85%) MCITP
9 71 (10.27%) CCNA
10 58 (8.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 28 (4.05%) A+ Certification
12 26 (3.76%) DV Cleared
13 25 (3.62%) CCA
13 25 (3.62%) Citrix Certification
14 21 (3.04%) CCNP
14 21 (3.04%) MCDST
14 21 (3.04%) MCTS
15 19 (2.75%) RHCSA
16 17 (2.46%) MCSD
17 15 (2.17%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (8.54%) SLA
2 15 (2.17%) QA
3 10 (1.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.01%) GDPR
5 2 (0.29%) Government Security Classifications
5 2 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.14%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.14%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.14%) GxP
6 1 (0.14%) HL7
6 1 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.14%) NCSC
6 1 (0.14%) NIST
6 1 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.14%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 351 (50.80%) Active Directory
2 104 (15.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 71 (10.27%) Hyper-V
4 35 (5.07%) XenApp
5 34 (4.92%) VMware ESXi
6 28 (4.05%) vSphere
7 21 (3.04%) Microsoft App-V
7 21 (3.04%) Virtual Machines
8 19 (2.75%) Docker
9 18 (2.60%) XenDesktop
10 10 (1.45%) vCloud
11 9 (1.30%) BitLocker
11 9 (1.30%) PowerDNS
12 8 (1.16%) VMware NSX
13 6 (0.87%) ISA Server
14 3 (0.43%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 3 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
15 2 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.29%) Virtual Servers
15 2 (0.29%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 134 (19.39%) SCCM
2 40 (5.79%) Terraform
3 38 (5.50%) Single Sign-On
4 33 (4.78%) WSUS
5 32 (4.63%) SCOM
6 29 (4.20%) Ansible
7 19 (2.75%) Kubernetes
7 19 (2.75%) vCenter Server
8 18 (2.60%) Microsoft Intune
9 16 (2.32%) Puppet
10 14 (2.03%) NetBackup
10 14 (2.03%) Opscode Chef
11 11 (1.59%) Backup Exec
12 9 (1.30%) AirWatch
12 9 (1.30%) Forefront Identity Manager
13 7 (1.01%) FortiGate
13 7 (1.01%) Microsoft Clustering
14 6 (0.87%) Nagios
14 6 (0.87%) Nessus
15 5 (0.72%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 528 (76.41%) Microsoft
2 203 (29.38%) VMware
3 97 (14.04%) Citrix
4 90 (13.02%) Cisco
5 45 (6.51%) HP
6 35 (5.07%) Oracle
7 26 (3.76%) Splunk
8 23 (3.33%) Dell
8 23 (3.33%) ServiceNow
9 22 (3.18%) Red Hat
10 20 (2.89%) Ivanti
10 20 (2.89%) NetApp
11 17 (2.46%) Remedy
12 16 (2.32%) Google
13 15 (2.17%) Symantec
14 14 (2.03%) Adobe
14 14 (2.03%) McAfee
15 13 (1.88%) EMC
15 13 (1.88%) F5
15 13 (1.88%) Meraki