Period
to 20 October 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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 244 218 194
Rank change year-on-year -26 -24 -53
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 958 1222 1355
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.05% 1.24% 1.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.60% 5.96% 6.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 582 816 819
England median daily rate £338 £330 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% -1.49% -1.11%
10th Percentile £140 £163 £140
90th Percentile £512 £500 £476
UK median daily rate £325 £330 £325
% change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 79 151
England median hourly rate £16.08 £19.70 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.38% +12.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £11.23 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £40.78 £28.50 £37.00
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £21.33 £17.50
% change year-on-year -22.64% +21.89% +6.06%

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 17098 20514 20387
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.72% 20.84% 19.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 10457 12782 12381
England median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +3.75% -
10th Percentile £238 £245 £250
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £408 £400
% change year-on-year +4.29% +1.88% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 817 748 987
England median hourly rate £26.00 £25.31 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.73% +12.49% +15.38%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.65
90th Percentile £49.75 £47.83 £49.60
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.74 £23.75
% change year-on-year +2.83% +12.60% +21.79%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -8 345 £350 -12.50% 53
South East -32 199 £325 -5.32% 40
North of England -33 156 £350 +9.38% 35
East of England +6 113 £300 +17.65% 10
Midlands +45 112 £326 -1.14% 18
North West +22 66 £350 +24.44% 24
East Midlands +42 62 £288 +4.55% 7
Yorkshire +23 53 £331 -5.36% 8
West Midlands -8 50 £394 +19.32% 11
North East -30 38 £363 +13.28% 3
South West -12 31 £215 -27.12% 16
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 673 (70.25%) Microsoft
2 613 (63.99%) Windows
3 546 (56.99%) MCSE
4 483 (50.42%) Active Directory
5 368 (38.41%) ITIL
6 278 (29.02%) Windows Server
7 272 (28.39%) VMware
8 270 (28.18%) Office 365
9 232 (24.22%) MCSA
10 214 (22.34%) MS Exchange
11 203 (21.19%) Citrix
11 203 (21.19%) Microsoft Azure
12 192 (20.04%) Microsoft Office
13 191 (19.94%) SQL Server
14 174 (18.16%) Windows 7
15 172 (17.95%) Windows Server 2012
16 169 (17.64%) MCP
17 168 (17.54%) VMware Infrastructure
18 166 (17.33%) Cisco
18 166 (17.33%) DNS
19 160 (16.70%) PowerShell
20 150 (15.66%) Windows Server 2008
21 147 (15.34%) SCCM
22 145 (15.14%) SQL
23 141 (14.72%) Windows 10
24 137 (14.30%) Degree
25 134 (13.99%) SharePoint
26 133 (13.88%) DHCP
27 128 (13.36%) Finance
28 125 (13.05%) Cisco Certification

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
1 214 (22.34%) MS Exchange
2 134 (13.99%) SharePoint
3 88 (9.19%) Exchange Server 2010
4 74 (7.72%) Skype for Business
5 52 (5.43%) Exchange Server 2013
6 49 (5.11%) SharePoint 2013
7 48 (5.01%) IIS
8 34 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2007
9 25 (2.61%) SharePoint 2010
10 24 (2.51%) SharePoint Server
11 20 (2.09%) BizTalk Server
11 20 (2.09%) IBM Notes
12 12 (1.25%) CMS
13 11 (1.15%) Apache
14 10 (1.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 10 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
14 10 (1.04%) OpenStack
15 6 (0.63%) Office Communications Server
15 6 (0.63%) Tomcat
15 6 (0.63%) Umbraco
Applications
1 192 (20.04%) Microsoft Office
2 23 (2.40%) MS Visio
3 20 (2.09%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.42%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.21%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.10%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.10%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 23 (2.40%) Dynamics AX
2 15 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.84%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.52%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.31%) Eikon
6 2 (0.21%) SDL Web 8
6 2 (0.21%) WebTrends
7 1 (0.10%) Relativity
7 1 (0.10%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 270 (28.18%) Office 365
2 203 (21.19%) Microsoft Azure
3 77 (8.04%) Amazon AWS
4 46 (4.80%) Azure Active Directory
5 28 (2.92%) IaaS
6 20 (2.09%) PaaS
7 17 (1.77%) SaaS
8 16 (1.67%) OneDrive
9 9 (0.94%) Mimecast
9 9 (0.94%) Yammer
10 8 (0.84%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.63%) G Suite
12 3 (0.31%) Amazon EC2
12 3 (0.31%) GitHub
12 3 (0.31%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 2 (0.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
13 2 (0.21%) Azure Machine Learning
14 1 (0.10%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 166 (17.33%) DNS
2 133 (13.88%) DHCP
3 116 (12.11%) LAN
4 106 (11.06%) TCP/IP
5 104 (10.86%) SAN
6 102 (10.65%) WAN
7 98 (10.23%) Firewall
8 61 (6.37%) Skype
9 56 (5.85%) VPN
10 40 (4.18%) Internet
10 40 (4.18%) Wireless
11 32 (3.34%) NAS
12 31 (3.24%) VoIP
13 25 (2.61%) Unified Communications
14 23 (2.40%) VLAN
15 22 (2.30%) NetScaler
15 22 (2.30%) Network Security
16 16 (1.67%) Ethernet
17 14 (1.46%) IP Telephony
17 14 (1.46%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 191 (19.94%) SQL Server
2 48 (5.01%) SQL Server 2008
3 45 (4.70%) SQL Server 2012
4 42 (4.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 30 (3.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 24 (2.51%) SQL Server 2016
7 20 (2.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 19 (1.98%) SQL Server 2005
8 19 (1.98%) SQL Server 2014
9 14 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
9 14 (1.46%) QlikView
10 12 (1.25%) Oracle Database
11 11 (1.15%) Hadoop
12 8 (0.84%) Big Data
13 7 (0.73%) Power BI
14 6 (0.63%) NoSQL
14 6 (0.63%) OLAP
14 6 (0.63%) OLTP
14 6 (0.63%) Relational Database
15 5 (0.52%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 35 (3.65%) Visual Studio
2 22 (2.30%) Team Foundation Server
3 17 (1.77%) Octopus Deploy
4 15 (1.57%) Git (software)
5 13 (1.36%) MorphX
6 8 (0.84%) HP UFT
7 7 (0.73%) JIRA
8 6 (0.63%) Metasploit
9 4 (0.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (0.42%) Eclipse
9 4 (0.42%) JMeter
10 3 (0.31%) Artifactory
10 3 (0.31%) Gerrit
10 3 (0.31%) GitLab
10 3 (0.31%) Jenkins
10 3 (0.31%) Maven
10 3 (0.31%) MSI
10 3 (0.31%) Wise Package Studio
10 3 (0.31%) WiX
11 2 (0.21%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 128 (13.36%) Finance
2 50 (5.22%) Banking
3 21 (2.19%) Law
3 21 (2.19%) Manufacturing
4 20 (2.09%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.57%) Automotive
5 15 (1.57%) Investment Banking
5 15 (1.57%) Legal
6 12 (1.25%) Advertising
7 11 (1.15%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.15%) Retail
8 10 (1.04%) Local Government
9 9 (0.94%) Military
10 8 (0.84%) Marketing
11 7 (0.73%) Aerospace
12 6 (0.63%) Electronics
12 6 (0.63%) General Ledger
13 5 (0.52%) Avionics
13 5 (0.52%) German Language
14 4 (0.42%) French Language
Job Titles
1 121 (12.63%) Analyst
2 108 (11.27%) Architect
3 99 (10.33%) Support Engineer
4 86 (8.98%) Developer
4 86 (8.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 79 (8.25%) Desktop Support
6 62 (6.47%) 2nd Line Support
7 57 (5.95%) Administrator
8 54 (5.64%) Consultant
9 50 (5.22%) 3rd Line Support
10 46 (4.80%) Support Analyst
11 43 (4.49%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 41 (4.28%) Desktop Engineer
13 35 (3.65%) IT Support
14 30 (3.13%) Technical Architect
15 29 (3.03%) Technical Support
16 28 (2.92%) Server Engineer
16 28 (2.92%) Service Analyst
16 28 (2.92%) Service Desk Analyst
17 27 (2.82%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (9.81%) .NET
2 34 (3.55%) XML
3 26 (2.71%) ASP.NET
4 22 (2.30%) Web Services
5 16 (1.67%) WCF
6 15 (1.57%) CSS
6 15 (1.57%) HTML
7 14 (1.46%) jQuery
8 13 (1.36%) AngularJS
9 12 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC
10 10 (1.04%) .NET Framework
10 10 (1.04%) WPF
11 9 (0.94%) 802.1X
11 9 (0.94%) Middleware
11 9 (0.94%) REST
12 8 (0.84%) SOAP
13 7 (0.73%) ASP.NET MVC 5
13 7 (0.73%) ASP.NET Web API
14 6 (0.63%) HTML5
14 6 (0.63%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 94 (9.81%) Data Centre
2 93 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
3 58 (6.05%) Management Information System
4 57 (5.95%) Blackberry
5 48 (5.01%) Computer Science
6 39 (4.07%) Clustering
7 34 (3.55%) PKI
8 32 (3.34%) Video Conferencing
9 26 (2.71%) Replication
10 23 (2.40%) NHS
11 21 (2.19%) Client/Server
12 18 (1.88%) Private Cloud
13 14 (1.46%) BYOD
14 12 (1.25%) Cyberthreat
14 12 (1.25%) Driving Licence
15 11 (1.15%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (1.15%) iPhone
15 11 (1.15%) Public Cloud
16 9 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
16 9 (0.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 613 (63.99%) Windows
2 278 (29.02%) Windows Server
3 174 (18.16%) Windows 7
4 172 (17.95%) Windows Server 2012
5 150 (15.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 141 (14.72%) Windows 10
7 87 (9.08%) Linux
8 55 (5.74%) Windows Server 2003
9 41 (4.28%) Apple iOS
10 37 (3.86%) Unix
11 27 (2.82%) Windows 8
12 26 (2.71%) Windows XP
13 23 (2.40%) Android
14 22 (2.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 21 (2.19%) Windows Vista
16 11 (1.15%) Solaris
17 8 (0.84%) Mac OS X
18 7 (0.73%) Mac OS
18 7 (0.73%) VMS
18 7 (0.73%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 368 (38.41%) ITIL
2 109 (11.38%) Migration
3 81 (8.46%) Agile Software Development
4 70 (7.31%) Change Management
4 70 (7.31%) PRINCE2
5 67 (6.99%) Project Management
6 62 (6.47%) Disaster Recovery
7 58 (6.05%) Service Management
8 56 (5.85%) ITIL V3
9 51 (5.32%) Business Intelligence
10 44 (4.59%) Service Delivery
11 43 (4.49%) Incident Management
12 41 (4.28%) High Availability
13 39 (4.07%) TOGAF
14 37 (3.86%) Asset Management
15 36 (3.76%) Capacity Planning
16 34 (3.55%) Problem Management
16 34 (3.55%) Workflow
17 33 (3.44%) DevOps
17 33 (3.44%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 160 (16.70%) PowerShell
2 145 (15.14%) SQL
3 57 (5.95%) C#
4 28 (2.92%) Java
5 27 (2.82%) JavaScript
6 25 (2.61%) VBScript
7 20 (2.09%) VB
7 20 (2.09%) X++
8 13 (1.36%) T-SQL
9 12 (1.25%) C
10 11 (1.15%) Python
11 8 (0.84%) VB.NET
12 6 (0.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 4 (0.42%) Bash Shell
13 4 (0.42%) Perl
13 4 (0.42%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.42%) VBA
14 3 (0.31%) REXX
14 3 (0.31%) Ruby
14 3 (0.31%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 546 (56.99%) MCSE
2 232 (24.22%) MCSA
3 169 (17.64%) MCP
4 137 (14.30%) Degree
5 125 (13.05%) Cisco Certification
6 118 (12.32%) MCITP
7 94 (9.81%) CCNA
8 87 (9.08%) Security Cleared
8 87 (9.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 64 (6.68%) SC Cleared
10 63 (6.58%) MCDST
11 45 (4.70%) MCTS
12 41 (4.28%) A+ Certification
13 40 (4.18%) Citrix Certification
13 40 (4.18%) Computer Science Degree
13 40 (4.18%) ITIL Certification
14 33 (3.44%) CISSP
15 32 (3.34%) DV Cleared
16 31 (3.24%) Network+ Certification
17 25 (2.61%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 80 (8.35%) SLA
2 32 (3.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 16 (1.67%) PCI DSS
4 12 (1.25%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.84%) QA
6 5 (0.52%) MIL-STD-1553
7 3 (0.31%) PMO
8 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.21%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.10%) COBIT
9 1 (0.10%) GDPR
9 1 (0.10%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 483 (50.42%) Active Directory
2 168 (17.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 114 (11.90%) Hyper-V
4 57 (5.95%) XenApp
5 47 (4.91%) vSphere
6 45 (4.70%) VMware ESXi
7 36 (3.76%) Virtual Servers
8 25 (2.61%) Virtual Machines
9 22 (2.30%) Microsoft App-V
10 21 (2.19%) XenDesktop
11 19 (1.98%) Virtual Desktop
12 11 (1.15%) XenServer
13 10 (1.04%) VMware Workstation
14 9 (0.94%) Terminal Services
15 8 (0.84%) Brightmail
16 7 (0.73%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 6 (0.63%) BitLocker
18 5 (0.52%) Docker
18 5 (0.52%) Terminal Server
19 4 (0.42%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 147 (15.34%) SCCM
2 69 (7.20%) SCOM
3 21 (2.19%) NetBackup
4 20 (2.09%) Microsoft Clustering
5 17 (1.77%) Norton AntiVirus
6 16 (1.67%) Backup Exec
7 15 (1.57%) WSUS
8 14 (1.46%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 11 (1.15%) AirWatch
10 10 (1.04%) DameWare
11 9 (0.94%) Microsoft Intune
12 8 (0.84%) AppDNA
12 8 (0.84%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (0.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
13 7 (0.73%) vCenter Server
14 6 (0.63%) McAfee ePO
15 5 (0.52%) Ansible
15 5 (0.52%) HP Data Protector
16 4 (0.42%) Failover Clustering
16 4 (0.42%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 673 (70.25%) Microsoft
2 272 (28.39%) VMware
3 203 (21.19%) Citrix
4 166 (17.33%) Cisco
5 113 (11.80%) HP
6 54 (5.64%) NetApp
7 50 (5.22%) Apple
8 43 (4.49%) Oracle
9 40 (4.18%) Dell
10 30 (3.13%) Symantec
11 26 (2.71%) Red Hat
12 24 (2.51%) 3PAR
13 22 (2.30%) ServiceNow
14 20 (2.09%) AppSense
14 20 (2.09%) CheckPoint
14 20 (2.09%) Lotus
14 20 (2.09%) RedGate
15 19 (1.98%) Sophos
16 18 (1.88%) SolarWinds
17 17 (1.77%) Veeam