Period
to 13 December 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 13 December 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
13 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 248 237 211
Rank change year-on-year -11 -26 -70
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 984 1033 1256
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.03% 1.08% 1.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.51% 5.30% 6.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 621 713 768
England median daily rate £338 £340 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.74% -0.73% +1.86%
10th Percentile £143 £150 £133
90th Percentile £513 £500 £495
UK median daily rate £328 £330 £330
% change year-on-year -0.76% - -2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 59 143
England median hourly rate £14.43 £21.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.31% +23.53% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.97 £11.00
90th Percentile £28.02 £29.55 £34.35
UK median hourly rate £15.69 £21.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -25.29% +23.53% +1.98%

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 17857 19476 20680
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.78% 20.29% 20.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 10982 12195 12662
England median daily rate £432 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.71% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £230 £243 £250
90th Percentile £613 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £418 £400
% change year-on-year +1.80% +4.38% +1.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 814 779 995
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.96% +6.25% +26.32%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £47.50 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £25.83 £26.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -0.65% +4.00% +31.58%

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 13 December 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 13 December 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 13 December 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 -3 379 £350 -8.20% 87
South East -15 216 £331 -5.36% 47
North of England -12 147 £325 - 57
Midlands +29 112 £325 -1.52% 36
East of England -21 86 £300 - 16
Yorkshire +32 71 £313 - 11
East Midlands +29 62 £288 -10.16% 20
North West +14 57 £313 +19.05% 41
West Midlands -2 50 £400 +21.21% 16
South West +1 38 £313 +9.65% 26
North East -23 21 £404 +22.42% 5
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 13 December 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.

1 708 (71.95%) Microsoft
2 628 (63.82%) Windows
3 569 (57.83%) MCSE
4 504 (51.22%) Active Directory
5 399 (40.55%) ITIL
6 300 (30.49%) VMware
7 287 (29.17%) Windows Server
8 276 (28.05%) Office 365
9 251 (25.51%) MCSA
10 222 (22.56%) Citrix
11 221 (22.46%) Microsoft Azure
12 215 (21.85%) MS Exchange
13 199 (20.22%) Windows 7
14 186 (18.90%) Windows Server 2012
15 184 (18.70%) SQL Server
16 183 (18.60%) VMware Infrastructure
17 179 (18.19%) Microsoft Office
18 175 (17.78%) DNS
18 175 (17.78%) Windows Server 2008
19 165 (16.77%) PowerShell
20 163 (16.57%) MCP
20 163 (16.57%) SQL
21 161 (16.36%) Cisco
22 154 (15.65%) SCCM
23 151 (15.35%) Finance
24 143 (14.53%) Cisco Certification
24 143 (14.53%) Windows 10
25 135 (13.72%) Degree
26 131 (13.31%) MCITP
27 128 (13.01%) DHCP

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
1 215 (21.85%) MS Exchange
2 128 (13.01%) SharePoint
3 83 (8.43%) Exchange Server 2010
4 66 (6.71%) Skype for Business
5 48 (4.88%) IIS
6 43 (4.37%) Exchange Server 2013
7 42 (4.27%) SharePoint 2013
8 38 (3.86%) Exchange Server 2007
9 21 (2.13%) SharePoint Server
10 17 (1.73%) IBM Notes
10 17 (1.73%) SharePoint 2010
11 11 (1.12%) BizTalk Server
12 10 (1.02%) OpenStack
13 9 (0.91%) Apache
13 9 (0.91%) CMS
13 9 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2003
14 7 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 5 (0.51%) Tomcat
16 3 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
16 3 (0.30%) Umbraco
Applications
1 179 (18.19%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.24%) MS Visio
3 19 (1.93%) Microsoft Excel
4 12 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 8 (0.81%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.10%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.10%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 19 (1.93%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.73%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.30%) Eikon
4 3 (0.30%) SDL Web 8
5 2 (0.20%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 1 (0.10%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.10%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.10%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 276 (28.05%) Office 365
2 221 (22.46%) Microsoft Azure
3 81 (8.23%) Amazon AWS
4 42 (4.27%) Azure Active Directory
5 25 (2.54%) IaaS
6 21 (2.13%) PaaS
7 15 (1.52%) Mimecast
8 14 (1.42%) SaaS
9 13 (1.32%) OneDrive
10 9 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
11 7 (0.71%) Amazon EC2
11 7 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.71%) G Suite
11 7 (0.71%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 6 (0.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 5 (0.51%) Azure Data Factory
13 5 (0.51%) Azure Machine Learning
13 5 (0.51%) Data Lake Analytics
14 3 (0.30%) GitHub
15 2 (0.20%) AWS CloudFormation
Communications & Networking
1 175 (17.78%) DNS
2 128 (13.01%) DHCP
2 128 (13.01%) TCP/IP
3 122 (12.40%) LAN
4 112 (11.38%) SAN
4 112 (11.38%) WAN
5 102 (10.37%) Firewall
6 57 (5.79%) VPN
7 55 (5.59%) Skype
8 46 (4.67%) VoIP
9 45 (4.57%) Internet
10 39 (3.96%) Wireless
11 32 (3.25%) NAS
12 25 (2.54%) Unified Communications
13 24 (2.44%) VLAN
14 22 (2.24%) NetScaler
15 18 (1.83%) Network Security
16 16 (1.63%) Ethernet
16 16 (1.63%) iSCSI
17 15 (1.52%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 184 (18.70%) SQL Server
2 56 (5.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 52 (5.28%) SQL Server 2008
4 40 (4.07%) SQL Server 2012
5 34 (3.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 26 (2.64%) SQL Server 2016
6 26 (2.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 25 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
8 19 (1.93%) SQL Server 2014
9 18 (1.83%) QlikView
10 13 (1.32%) SQL Server 2005
11 11 (1.12%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 11 (1.12%) Oracle Database
11 11 (1.12%) Power BI
12 10 (1.02%) OLAP
13 8 (0.81%) Hadoop
14 7 (0.71%) Big Data
14 7 (0.71%) Relational Database
15 6 (0.61%) Amazon RDS
15 6 (0.61%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 35 (3.56%) Visual Studio
2 27 (2.74%) Team Foundation Server
3 22 (2.24%) Octopus Deploy
4 15 (1.52%) Git (software)
5 8 (0.81%) HP UFT
6 7 (0.71%) MorphX
7 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 4 (0.41%) JMeter
8 4 (0.41%) MSI
8 4 (0.41%) MSTest
8 4 (0.41%) WiX
9 3 (0.30%) Gerrit
9 3 (0.30%) GitLab
9 3 (0.30%) JIRA
9 3 (0.30%) Maven
9 3 (0.30%) Metasploit
9 3 (0.30%) Moq
9 3 (0.30%) NUnit
9 3 (0.30%) Subversion
9 3 (0.30%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 151 (15.35%) Finance
2 48 (4.88%) Banking
3 32 (3.25%) Telecoms
4 18 (1.83%) Investment Banking
4 18 (1.83%) Law
5 17 (1.73%) Legal
5 17 (1.73%) Manufacturing
6 15 (1.52%) Automotive
6 15 (1.52%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.12%) Advertising
8 9 (0.91%) Publishing
9 8 (0.81%) German Language
9 8 (0.81%) Local Government
9 8 (0.81%) Retail
10 7 (0.71%) Marketing
11 6 (0.61%) Electronics
12 4 (0.41%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.30%) Dutch Language
13 3 (0.30%) French Language
13 3 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 127 (12.91%) Analyst
2 109 (11.08%) Support Engineer
3 105 (10.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 100 (10.16%) Architect
5 91 (9.25%) Developer
6 87 (8.84%) Desktop Support
7 75 (7.62%) Consultant
8 61 (6.20%) 2nd Line Support
9 53 (5.39%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 53 (5.39%) 3rd Line Support
10 48 (4.88%) Administrator
11 45 (4.57%) Desktop Engineer
12 42 (4.27%) Support Analyst
13 38 (3.86%) IT Support
14 33 (3.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 33 (3.35%) Systems Engineer
15 31 (3.15%) Service Analyst
15 31 (3.15%) Service Desk Analyst
16 30 (3.05%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
17 29 (2.95%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (7.32%) .NET
2 29 (2.95%) XML
3 26 (2.64%) Web Services
4 24 (2.44%) ASP.NET
5 16 (1.63%) WCF
6 12 (1.22%) jQuery
6 12 (1.22%) REST
7 11 (1.12%) HTML
8 10 (1.02%) .NET Framework
8 10 (1.02%) AngularJS
8 10 (1.02%) ASP.NET MVC
8 10 (1.02%) CSS
9 9 (0.91%) 802.1X
9 9 (0.91%) ASP.NET Web API
9 9 (0.91%) SOAP
10 6 (0.61%) MDX
11 5 (0.51%) HTML5
11 5 (0.51%) OpenID
11 5 (0.51%) SAML
11 5 (0.51%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 106 (10.77%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (8.64%) Data Centre
3 59 (6.00%) Management Information System
4 53 (5.39%) Blackberry
5 41 (4.17%) Computer Science
6 39 (3.96%) PKI
7 38 (3.86%) Clustering
8 26 (2.64%) Replication
9 24 (2.44%) NHS
9 24 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
10 18 (1.83%) Client/Server
11 16 (1.63%) Public Cloud
12 15 (1.52%) BYOD
12 15 (1.52%) Virtual Team
13 14 (1.42%) Smartphone
14 13 (1.32%) Cyberthreat
14 13 (1.32%) Driving Licence
15 12 (1.22%) iPhone
15 12 (1.22%) Private Cloud
16 7 (0.71%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 628 (63.82%) Windows
2 287 (29.17%) Windows Server
3 199 (20.22%) Windows 7
4 186 (18.90%) Windows Server 2012
5 175 (17.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 143 (14.53%) Windows 10
7 78 (7.93%) Linux
8 54 (5.49%) Windows Server 2003
9 40 (4.07%) Apple iOS
10 36 (3.66%) Windows 8
11 31 (3.15%) Unix
12 28 (2.85%) Windows XP
13 21 (2.13%) Android
14 19 (1.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 19 (1.93%) Windows Vista
15 8 (0.81%) Solaris
16 7 (0.71%) Windows 2000
16 7 (0.71%) Windows Phone
17 6 (0.61%) Mac OS X
17 6 (0.61%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 399 (40.55%) ITIL
2 124 (12.60%) Migration
3 94 (9.55%) Agile Software Development
4 77 (7.83%) PRINCE2
5 76 (7.72%) Change Management
6 73 (7.42%) Disaster Recovery
7 71 (7.22%) Service Management
8 65 (6.61%) ITIL V3
9 55 (5.59%) Project Management
10 53 (5.39%) Incident Management
11 51 (5.18%) Business Intelligence
12 46 (4.67%) TOGAF
13 43 (4.37%) High Availability
14 41 (4.17%) Service Delivery
15 39 (3.96%) Performance Tuning
16 35 (3.56%) Asset Management
17 34 (3.46%) Capacity Planning
17 34 (3.46%) Time Management
18 33 (3.35%) Configuration Management
18 33 (3.35%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 165 (16.77%) PowerShell
2 163 (16.57%) SQL
3 45 (4.57%) C#
4 35 (3.56%) VBScript
5 26 (2.64%) Java
6 24 (2.44%) JavaScript
7 23 (2.34%) T-SQL
8 12 (1.22%) X++
9 11 (1.12%) Python
9 11 (1.12%) VB
10 6 (0.61%) C
10 6 (0.61%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 6 (0.61%) VB.NET
11 5 (0.51%) Shell Script
12 4 (0.41%) Ruby
12 4 (0.41%) VBA
13 3 (0.30%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.30%) Perl
13 3 (0.30%) REXX
13 3 (0.30%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 569 (57.83%) MCSE
2 251 (25.51%) MCSA
3 163 (16.57%) MCP
4 143 (14.53%) Cisco Certification
5 135 (13.72%) Degree
6 131 (13.31%) MCITP
7 116 (11.79%) CCNA
8 97 (9.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 70 (7.11%) MCDST
10 62 (6.30%) Security Cleared
11 48 (4.88%) MCTS
12 47 (4.78%) SC Cleared
13 45 (4.57%) ITIL Certification
14 42 (4.27%) Citrix Certification
15 36 (3.66%) A+ Certification
16 33 (3.35%) Computer Science Degree
17 31 (3.15%) CCA
17 31 (3.15%) CCNP
18 29 (2.95%) CISSP
19 28 (2.85%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (8.54%) SLA
2 36 (3.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (1.42%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
4 9 (0.91%) QA
5 4 (0.41%) PMO
6 2 (0.20%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.20%) Government Security Classifications
6 2 (0.20%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.20%) PMBOK
7 1 (0.10%) COBIT
7 1 (0.10%) GDPR
System Software
1 504 (51.22%) Active Directory
2 183 (18.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 109 (11.08%) Hyper-V
4 71 (7.22%) vSphere
5 62 (6.30%) XenApp
6 48 (4.88%) VMware ESXi
7 35 (3.56%) XenDesktop
8 27 (2.74%) Virtual Servers
9 22 (2.24%) Virtual Machines
10 18 (1.83%) Virtual Desktop
11 16 (1.63%) VMware Workstation
12 14 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
13 13 (1.32%) XenServer
14 12 (1.22%) BitLocker
14 12 (1.22%) Docker
15 9 (0.91%) Terminal Services
16 8 (0.81%) Brightmail
17 7 (0.71%) Terminal Server
18 6 (0.61%) vCloud
19 4 (0.41%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 154 (15.65%) SCCM
2 61 (6.20%) SCOM
3 27 (2.74%) NetBackup
4 25 (2.54%) Backup Exec
5 21 (2.13%) Microsoft Clustering
6 16 (1.63%) Norton AntiVirus
6 16 (1.63%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 16 (1.63%) WSUS
7 12 (1.22%) Microsoft Intune
8 10 (1.02%) Ansible
8 10 (1.02%) DameWare
9 9 (0.91%) McAfee ePO
10 8 (0.81%) AirWatch
10 8 (0.81%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (0.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
11 7 (0.71%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 6 (0.61%) HP Data Protector
12 6 (0.61%) vCenter Server
13 5 (0.51%) Failover Clustering
13 5 (0.51%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 708 (71.95%) Microsoft
2 300 (30.49%) VMware
3 222 (22.56%) Citrix
4 161 (16.36%) Cisco
5 113 (11.48%) HP
6 61 (6.20%) NetApp
7 53 (5.39%) Apple
8 44 (4.47%) Oracle
9 42 (4.27%) Dell
10 30 (3.05%) Symantec
11 28 (2.85%) Veeam
12 25 (2.54%) 3PAR
13 23 (2.34%) CheckPoint
13 23 (2.34%) RedGate
14 22 (2.24%) SolarWinds
14 22 (2.24%) Sophos
15 20 (2.03%) IBM
16 18 (1.83%) AppSense
16 18 (1.83%) Bloomberg
16 18 (1.83%) CommVault