Period
to 24 October 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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 299 270 269
Rank change year-on-year -29 -1 -17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 201 726 909
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.74% 0.94% 0.96%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.97% 4.67% 5.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 438 570
Median daily rate £450 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% +7.14% +6.87%
10th Percentile £163 £133 £156
90th Percentile £590 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £450 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +20.00% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 33 76
Median hourly rate £20.00 £18.75 £16.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% +14.68% +1.68%
10th Percentile £14.20 £15.25 £14.75
90th Percentile £39.95 £82.50 £31.86
UK median hourly rate £23.20 £22.34 £16.50
% change year-on-year +3.87% +35.36% -

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 6,775 15,533 17,519
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 24.78% 20.16% 18.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,126 9,594 10,383
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £250
90th Percentile £648 £650 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 350 719 858
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.41% +42.00% -3.53%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.23 £12.69
90th Percentile £64.50 £61.56 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% +44.00% -9.09%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in England

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft Certification in England over the 6 months to 24 October 2020.

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 24 October 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 +40 61 £450 +12.50% 46
South East +62 56 £402 +7.07% 40
North of England +44 25 £550 +69.23% 36
East of England +80 21 £500 +66.67% 16
North West +64 21 £550 +54.93% 15
Midlands +37 21 £525 +31.25% 41
West Midlands +35 14 £525 +25.37% 27
South West +50 12 £463 +5.71% 20
East Midlands +28 7 - - 14
Yorkshire +35 4 £500 +56.86% 16
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 24 October 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.

1 157 (78.11%) Microsoft
2 124 (61.69%) Windows
3 112 (55.72%) Active Directory
4 79 (39.30%) VMware
5 77 (38.31%) MCSE
6 76 (37.81%) Windows Server
7 67 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
8 66 (32.84%) Azure
9 63 (31.34%) ITIL
10 60 (29.85%) Security Cleared
11 51 (25.37%) MCSA
12 49 (24.38%) Office 365
13 48 (23.88%) PowerShell
14 46 (22.89%) Migration
15 45 (22.39%) Windows 10
16 40 (19.90%) SQL Server
17 39 (19.40%) Cisco
17 39 (19.40%) DNS
18 38 (18.91%) Cisco Certification
18 38 (18.91%) SC Cleared
18 38 (18.91%) Windows Server 2012
19 37 (18.41%) SCCM
20 36 (17.91%) DevOps
21 33 (16.42%) DV Cleared
21 33 (16.42%) Microsoft Office
21 33 (16.42%) Agile Software Development
22 30 (14.93%) DHCP
22 30 (14.93%) Data Centre
23 29 (14.43%) Windows Server 2016
24 28 (13.93%) SQL

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 28 (13.93%) Skype for Business
2 26 (12.94%) MS Exchange
3 24 (11.94%) SharePoint
4 13 (6.47%) IIS
5 11 (5.47%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (4.48%) ArcGIS
6 9 (4.48%) Confluence
7 4 (1.99%) nginx
8 3 (1.49%) CMS
9 2 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2007
9 2 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (1.00%) IBM Notes
10 1 (0.50%) Apache
10 1 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
10 1 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 33 (16.42%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (6.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (4.48%) MS Visio
4 8 (3.98%) Photoshop
5 5 (2.49%) InfoPath
6 4 (1.99%) Microsoft PowerPoint
7 2 (1.00%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 5 (2.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (2.49%) Teamcenter
2 3 (1.49%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (1.00%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 66 (32.84%) Azure
2 49 (24.38%) Office 365
3 20 (9.95%) PaaS
4 17 (8.46%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (6.97%) IaaS
6 13 (6.47%) AWS
7 7 (3.48%) Power Automate
8 5 (2.49%) GCP
9 4 (1.99%) Power Platform
10 2 (1.00%) Azure Functions
10 2 (1.00%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (1.00%) Logic Apps
10 2 (1.00%) SaaS
10 2 (1.00%) Serverless
10 2 (1.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 1 (0.50%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 1 (0.50%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.50%) npm
11 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 39 (19.40%) DNS
2 30 (14.93%) DHCP
3 26 (12.94%) Skype
4 24 (11.94%) Firewall
4 24 (11.94%) WAN
5 23 (11.44%) LAN
6 18 (8.96%) SAN
7 15 (7.46%) VPN
8 11 (5.47%) TCP/IP
9 10 (4.98%) Network Security
10 8 (3.98%) PBX
10 8 (3.98%) VoIP
11 7 (3.48%) IPsec
11 7 (3.48%) Wi-Fi
12 6 (2.99%) Cisco IOS
12 6 (2.99%) VLAN
13 5 (2.49%) iSCSI
13 5 (2.49%) Wireless
14 4 (1.99%) MPLS
14 4 (1.99%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (19.90%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.98%) Data Lake
3 9 (4.48%) Big Data
3 9 (4.48%) HDInsight
4 8 (3.98%) GIS
5 7 (3.48%) PostgreSQL
6 3 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (1.49%) MySQL
6 3 (1.49%) Power BI
6 3 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (1.00%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (0.50%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.50%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.50%) OLTP
8 1 (0.50%) Redis
8 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 13 (6.47%) JIRA
2 6 (2.99%) Bitbucket
2 6 (2.99%) Visual Studio
3 5 (2.49%) MSI
4 3 (1.49%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 2 (1.00%) ClearCase
5 2 (1.00%) ClearQuest
5 2 (1.00%) GitLab
5 2 (1.00%) InstallShield
5 2 (1.00%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.00%) Sonatype Nexus
5 2 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.50%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.50%) JMeter
6 1 (0.50%) LoadRunner
General
1 21 (10.45%) Finance
2 13 (6.47%) Manufacturing
3 12 (5.97%) Public Sector
4 10 (4.98%) Telecoms
5 9 (4.48%) Banking
6 8 (3.98%) Military
7 7 (3.48%) Retail
8 4 (1.99%) Electronics
8 4 (1.99%) Marketing
9 3 (1.49%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (1.00%) Front Office
10 2 (1.00%) International Banking
10 2 (1.00%) Legal
11 1 (0.50%) Back Office
11 1 (0.50%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.50%) French Language
11 1 (0.50%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 39 (19.40%) Architect
2 24 (11.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 19 (9.45%) Consultant
4 12 (5.97%) Analyst
5 11 (5.47%) Data Architect
5 11 (5.47%) Enterprise Architect
5 11 (5.47%) Support Engineer
6 10 (4.98%) Enterprise Data Architect
7 9 (4.48%) Cloud Architect
7 9 (4.48%) VMware Engineer
7 9 (4.48%) Wintel Engineer
8 8 (3.98%) Azure Architect
9 7 (3.48%) Developer
9 7 (3.48%) Infrastructure Support
10 6 (2.99%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 6 (2.99%) Administrator
10 6 (2.99%) Desktop Support
10 6 (2.99%) Infrastructure Architect
10 6 (2.99%) Integration Engineer
10 6 (2.99%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (9.45%) .NET
2 7 (3.48%) CSS
2 7 (3.48%) XML
3 6 (2.99%) HTML
4 5 (2.49%) jQuery
4 5 (2.49%) Web Services
5 4 (1.99%) 802.1X
6 3 (1.49%) .NET Framework
6 3 (1.49%) XSL
7 2 (1.00%) ASP.NET
7 2 (1.00%) Entity Framework
7 2 (1.00%) Flask
7 2 (1.00%) Itk
7 2 (1.00%) LDAP
7 2 (1.00%) LINQ
7 2 (1.00%) Node.js
7 2 (1.00%) React
7 2 (1.00%) REST
7 2 (1.00%) SailPoint
8 1 (0.50%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.93%) Data Centre
2 17 (8.46%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (8.46%) PKI
3 16 (7.96%) Management Information System
4 10 (4.98%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (3.98%) Replication
6 6 (2.99%) NHS
6 6 (2.99%) Video Conferencing
7 5 (2.49%) Client/Server
7 5 (2.49%) Hybrid Cloud
7 5 (2.49%) Public Cloud
8 4 (1.99%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.99%) Clustering
8 4 (1.99%) Enterprise Cloud
8 4 (1.99%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.49%) CMDB
9 3 (1.49%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.49%) HP StoreVirtual
9 3 (1.49%) Linux Command Line
10 2 (1.00%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 124 (61.69%) Windows
2 76 (37.81%) Windows Server
3 45 (22.39%) Windows 10
4 38 (18.91%) Windows Server 2012
5 29 (14.43%) Windows Server 2016
6 24 (11.94%) Linux
6 24 (11.94%) Windows 7
7 23 (11.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (5.97%) Windows Server 2019
9 9 (4.48%) Windows 8
10 5 (2.49%) Apple iOS
11 4 (1.99%) Unix
12 3 (1.49%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.49%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (1.49%) Windows XP
13 2 (1.00%) AIX
13 2 (1.00%) Android
13 2 (1.00%) CentOS
13 2 (1.00%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (31.34%) ITIL
2 46 (22.89%) Migration
3 36 (17.91%) DevOps
4 33 (16.42%) Agile Software Development
5 25 (12.44%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 23 (11.44%) Enterprise Architecture
6 23 (11.44%) Service Management
7 22 (10.95%) TOGAF
8 20 (9.95%) Disaster Recovery
9 19 (9.45%) Business Intelligence
9 19 (9.45%) Problem-Solving
10 18 (8.96%) Change Management
11 16 (7.96%) Data Migration
12 15 (7.46%) Continuous Improvement
13 13 (6.47%) Continuous Integration
14 12 (5.97%) Computer Science
15 11 (5.47%) High Availability
15 11 (5.47%) Stakeholder Management
15 11 (5.47%) Validation
16 10 (4.98%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 48 (23.88%) PowerShell
2 28 (13.93%) SQL
3 14 (6.97%) C
4 11 (5.47%) VB
5 10 (4.98%) JavaScript
6 9 (4.48%) C#
7 8 (3.98%) VBScript
8 7 (3.48%) Python
9 6 (2.99%) Java
10 4 (1.99%) Bash Shell
10 4 (1.99%) C++
10 4 (1.99%) T-SQL
11 3 (1.49%) VB.NET
12 2 (1.00%) Perl
12 2 (1.00%) Ruby
12 2 (1.00%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.50%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 1 (0.50%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 77 (38.31%) MCSE
2 60 (29.85%) Security Cleared
3 51 (25.37%) MCSA
4 38 (18.91%) Cisco Certification
4 38 (18.91%) SC Cleared
5 33 (16.42%) DV Cleared
6 23 (11.44%) CCNA
7 21 (10.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 17 (8.46%) Degree
9 15 (7.46%) MCP
10 14 (6.97%) ITIL Certification
10 14 (6.97%) TOGAF Certification
11 12 (5.97%) CISSP
12 10 (4.98%) CCNP
13 9 (4.48%) MCAD
14 7 (3.48%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (3.48%) MCITP
15 5 (2.49%) A+ Certification
15 5 (2.49%) Citrix Certification
15 5 (2.49%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (3.98%) NCSC
2 6 (2.99%) SLA
3 4 (1.99%) Government Security Classifications
3 4 (1.99%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 3 (1.49%) Data Quality
5 2 (1.00%) QA
6 1 (0.50%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
6 1 (0.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 112 (55.72%) Active Directory
2 67 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (5.97%) Hyper-V
3 12 (5.97%) VMware NSX
3 12 (5.97%) vSphere
4 10 (4.98%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (3.98%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (3.48%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (2.99%) XenApp
8 5 (2.49%) NFS
9 4 (1.99%) vCloud
9 4 (1.99%) XenDesktop
10 3 (1.49%) BitLocker
10 3 (1.49%) Docker
11 2 (1.00%) Terminal Server
11 2 (1.00%) Veritas Cluster Server
11 2 (1.00%) Virtual Servers
12 1 (0.50%) UAG
12 1 (0.50%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 37 (18.41%) SCCM
2 20 (9.95%) Ansible
3 14 (6.97%) Microsoft Intune
4 10 (4.98%) WSUS
5 8 (3.98%) Terraform
6 6 (2.99%) SCOM
7 5 (2.49%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (2.49%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (1.99%) HAProxy
8 4 (1.99%) Kubernetes
8 4 (1.99%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (1.99%) vRealize
9 3 (1.49%) EMC VPLEX
9 3 (1.49%) Puppet
9 3 (1.49%) Tivoli
9 3 (1.49%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 3 (1.49%) vCenter Server
10 2 (1.00%) Nessus
10 2 (1.00%) NetBackup
10 2 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 157 (78.11%) Microsoft
2 79 (39.30%) VMware
3 39 (19.40%) Cisco
4 20 (9.95%) HP
5 19 (9.45%) Citrix
6 14 (6.97%) Oracle
7 12 (5.97%) Palo Alto
8 11 (5.47%) Dell
9 10 (4.98%) Databricks
9 10 (4.98%) Lumension
9 10 (4.98%) Sophos
10 9 (4.48%) ESRI
10 9 (4.48%) SolarWinds
11 6 (2.99%) EMC
11 6 (2.99%) Sonus
11 6 (2.99%) Veeam
12 5 (2.49%) F5
12 5 (2.49%) McAfee
12 5 (2.49%) SAP
13 3 (1.49%) Symantec