Period
to 24 June 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 24 June 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
24 Jun 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 284 296 248
Rank change year-on-year +12 -48 -24
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 767 796 869
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.92% 0.87% 1.03%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.87% 4.60% 5.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 463 489 514
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +6.06%
10th Percentile £166 £175 £138
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
UK median daily rate £388 £353 £340
% change year-on-year +9.77% +3.82% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 48 76
England median hourly rate £18.25 £17.50 £18.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.29% -7.11% +3.09%
10th Percentile £13.20 £12.00 £11.63
90th Percentile £34.51 £45.30 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £18.63 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year +9.56% -8.99% -11.05%

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 15,739 17,295 17,036
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.96% 18.90% 20.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,533 10,322 10,482
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +2.84%
10th Percentile £275 £250 £262
90th Percentile £650 £638 £600
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 698 781 861
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -16.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £12.36 £12.63 £12.00
90th Percentile £55.00 £50.00 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £24.56 £30.00
% change year-on-year +42.51% -18.13% -3.23%

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 24 June 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 24 June 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 24 June 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 +13 246 £388 +3.33% 39
South East +31 205 £435 +24.29% 36
South West +20 107 £425 +25.93% 19
Midlands +30 92 £355 +18.33% 48
North of England +12 92 £325 -5.45% 58
West Midlands +24 53 £400 +37.93% 32
North West +9 46 £368 -0.34% 25
East Midlands +15 39 £331 -10.17% 16
Yorkshire +24 28 £325 +8.33% 22
East of England -48 25 £400 +14.29% 9
North East +2 18 £300 -2.44% 11
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 584 (76.14%) Microsoft
2 461 (60.10%) Windows
3 444 (57.89%) MCSE
4 364 (47.46%) Active Directory
5 284 (37.03%) VMware
6 261 (34.03%) MCSA
7 251 (32.72%) ITIL
8 237 (30.90%) Windows Server
9 206 (26.86%) Office 365
10 193 (25.16%) Microsoft Azure
11 174 (22.69%) VMware Infrastructure
11 174 (22.69%) Cisco
12 173 (22.56%) Cisco Certification
13 155 (20.21%) Security Cleared
14 154 (20.08%) CCNA
15 151 (19.69%) SCCM
16 146 (19.04%) PowerShell
17 138 (17.99%) Windows Server 2012
18 134 (17.47%) DNS
18 134 (17.47%) SQL Server
19 132 (17.21%) Citrix
19 132 (17.21%) Windows 10
20 124 (16.17%) SQL
21 116 (15.12%) Windows 7
22 115 (14.99%) SC Cleared
23 112 (14.60%) Hyper-V
24 109 (14.21%) Linux
24 109 (14.21%) Problem-Solving
25 107 (13.95%) MCP
26 106 (13.82%) 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 99 (12.91%) MS Exchange
2 85 (11.08%) SharePoint
3 58 (7.56%) Skype for Business
4 30 (3.91%) Exchange Server 2010
5 29 (3.78%) IIS
6 17 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2013
7 16 (2.09%) Confluence
8 13 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
9 8 (1.04%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.78%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2007
11 5 (0.65%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.52%) Apache
12 4 (0.52%) IBM Notes
12 4 (0.52%) OpenStack
13 3 (0.39%) Exchange Server 2003
13 3 (0.39%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.39%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.26%) IBM Domino
14 2 (0.26%) SAS
Applications
1 97 (12.65%) Microsoft Office
2 28 (3.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (1.04%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.65%) InfoPath
5 5 (0.65%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.39%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.13%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 18 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.26%) assyst
3 2 (0.26%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.13%) Aareon QL
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.13%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.13%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.13%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 206 (26.86%) Office 365
2 193 (25.16%) Microsoft Azure
3 66 (8.60%) Amazon AWS
4 56 (7.30%) PaaS
5 41 (5.35%) Azure Active Directory
6 34 (4.43%) SaaS
7 30 (3.91%) IaaS
8 23 (3.00%) Dynamics 365
9 21 (2.74%) Power Platform
10 14 (1.83%) Cloud Computing
11 12 (1.56%) OneDrive
12 8 (1.04%) PowerApps
13 6 (0.78%) Serverless
14 5 (0.65%) Azure Functions
15 4 (0.52%) GitHub
15 4 (0.52%) Google Analytics
15 4 (0.52%) Slack
16 3 (0.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
16 3 (0.39%) Azure Stack
16 3 (0.39%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 134 (17.47%) DNS
2 102 (13.30%) Firewall
3 89 (11.60%) DHCP
4 77 (10.04%) TCP/IP
5 62 (8.08%) LAN
6 61 (7.95%) WAN
7 52 (6.78%) Skype
8 51 (6.65%) SAN
9 44 (5.74%) VPN
10 36 (4.69%) Internet
11 28 (3.65%) Network Security
12 27 (3.52%) Wireless
13 22 (2.87%) VLAN
14 21 (2.74%) Remote Desktop
15 16 (2.09%) Unified Communications
16 15 (1.96%) NAS
16 15 (1.96%) VoIP
17 14 (1.83%) SSL
18 13 (1.69%) Cisco ASA
19 12 (1.56%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 134 (17.47%) SQL Server
2 32 (4.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 30 (3.91%) SQL Server 2016
4 25 (3.26%) SQL Server 2012
5 24 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
6 17 (2.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 17 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 15 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
7 15 (1.96%) Power BI
8 13 (1.69%) Big Data
8 13 (1.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 13 (1.69%) Relational Database
9 10 (1.30%) Azure SQL Database
10 8 (1.04%) OLAP
10 8 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
10 8 (1.04%) SQL Server 2014
11 7 (0.91%) Oracle Database
12 6 (0.78%) MS Access
12 6 (0.78%) MySQL
12 6 (0.78%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 20 (2.61%) JIRA
2 19 (2.48%) InstallShield
3 18 (2.35%) MSI
4 16 (2.09%) Visual Studio
5 13 (1.69%) Git (software)
6 12 (1.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 12 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (1.17%) Visual Studio Team System
8 7 (0.91%) Bitbucket
8 7 (0.91%) HP UFT
8 7 (0.91%) LoadRunner
9 5 (0.65%) Hudson
9 5 (0.65%) TeamCity
10 4 (0.52%) AdminStudio
10 4 (0.52%) Jenkins
10 4 (0.52%) Sonatype Nexus
11 3 (0.39%) Fiddler
11 3 (0.39%) Octopus Deploy
11 3 (0.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 2 (0.26%) WinDbg
General
1 94 (12.26%) Finance
2 33 (4.30%) Telecoms
3 20 (2.61%) Military
4 19 (2.48%) Banking
5 17 (2.22%) Retail
6 16 (2.09%) Legal
7 7 (0.91%) Financial Institution
7 7 (0.91%) Marketing
8 6 (0.78%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.65%) Automotive
9 5 (0.65%) Investment Banking
9 5 (0.65%) Law
10 4 (0.52%) German Language
10 4 (0.52%) Local Government
11 3 (0.39%) Back Office
11 3 (0.39%) Electronics
11 3 (0.39%) Front Office
11 3 (0.39%) Games
12 2 (0.26%) Finnish Language
12 2 (0.26%) French Language
Job Titles
1 95 (12.39%) Analyst
2 90 (11.73%) Architect
3 74 (9.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 73 (9.52%) Support Engineer
5 56 (7.30%) Consultant
6 40 (5.22%) Desktop Support
7 35 (4.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 35 (4.56%) Administrator
8 33 (4.30%) 3rd Line Support
8 33 (4.30%) Server Engineer
9 32 (4.17%) IT Support
9 32 (4.17%) Support Analyst
10 30 (3.91%) 2nd Line Support
10 30 (3.91%) Developer
11 29 (3.78%) Solutions Architect
12 28 (3.65%) Windows Engineer
13 27 (3.52%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 26 (3.39%) Desktop Engineer
14 26 (3.39%) Technical Architect
15 24 (3.13%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (4.30%) .NET
2 20 (2.61%) Web Services
3 15 (1.96%) HTML
4 14 (1.83%) REST
4 14 (1.83%) XML
5 9 (1.17%) ASP.NET
6 7 (0.91%) JSON
7 6 (0.78%) CSS
8 5 (0.65%) ASP.NET Web API
8 5 (0.65%) WCF
9 4 (0.52%) RESTful
9 4 (0.52%) Software Packaging
10 3 (0.39%) AngularJS
10 3 (0.39%) Middleware
10 3 (0.39%) Twitter Bootstrap
11 2 (0.26%) Classic ASP
11 2 (0.26%) J2EE
11 2 (0.26%) SOAP
11 2 (0.26%) WSDL
11 2 (0.26%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 83 (10.82%) Data Centre
2 71 (9.26%) Analytical Skills
3 30 (3.91%) PKI
4 29 (3.78%) Management Information System
5 28 (3.65%) Replication
6 26 (3.39%) Self-Motivation
7 23 (3.00%) Public Cloud
8 18 (2.35%) Clustering
9 17 (2.22%) Video Conferencing
10 14 (1.83%) NHS
11 11 (1.43%) Hybrid Cloud
11 11 (1.43%) Private Cloud
12 10 (1.30%) Driving Licence
13 9 (1.17%) Blackberry
14 7 (0.91%) Client/Server
15 6 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
15 6 (0.78%) Fat Client
15 6 (0.78%) Mobile App
15 6 (0.78%) Smartphone
15 6 (0.78%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 461 (60.10%) Windows
2 237 (30.90%) Windows Server
3 138 (17.99%) Windows Server 2012
4 132 (17.21%) Windows 10
5 116 (15.12%) Windows 7
6 109 (14.21%) Linux
7 93 (12.13%) Windows Server 2008
8 43 (5.61%) Windows Server 2003
9 40 (5.22%) Windows 8
10 20 (2.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 19 (2.48%) Unix
12 17 (2.22%) Android
13 13 (1.69%) CentOS
13 13 (1.69%) Windows XP
14 12 (1.56%) Mac OS
15 9 (1.17%) AIX
16 7 (0.91%) Apple iOS
16 7 (0.91%) Windows Vista
17 6 (0.78%) Solaris
17 6 (0.78%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 251 (32.72%) ITIL
2 109 (14.21%) Problem-Solving
3 102 (13.30%) Migration
4 99 (12.91%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 76 (9.91%) Service Management
6 71 (9.26%) Agile Software Development
7 61 (7.95%) Incident Management
8 58 (7.56%) ITIL V3
9 53 (6.91%) ITSM
10 49 (6.39%) PRINCE2
11 48 (6.26%) DevOps
12 44 (5.74%) Disaster Recovery
13 42 (5.48%) Server Virtualisation
14 39 (5.08%) Computer Science
15 38 (4.95%) Change Management
16 37 (4.82%) Problem Management
16 37 (4.82%) Service Delivery
17 36 (4.69%) Business Intelligence
18 33 (4.30%) TOGAF
19 32 (4.17%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 146 (19.04%) PowerShell
2 124 (16.17%) SQL
3 28 (3.65%) VBScript
4 26 (3.39%) VB
5 21 (2.74%) T-SQL
6 20 (2.61%) C#
6 20 (2.61%) Java
7 18 (2.35%) C
8 14 (1.83%) Python
9 11 (1.43%) JavaScript
10 9 (1.17%) PL/SQL
11 8 (1.04%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.78%) C++
13 5 (0.65%) Perl
14 2 (0.26%) PHP
14 2 (0.26%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.26%) VB6
14 2 (0.26%) VC++
15 1 (0.13%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.13%) XAML
Qualifications
1 444 (57.89%) MCSE
2 261 (34.03%) MCSA
3 173 (22.56%) Cisco Certification
4 155 (20.21%) Security Cleared
5 154 (20.08%) CCNA
6 115 (14.99%) SC Cleared
7 107 (13.95%) MCP
8 106 (13.82%) Degree
9 99 (12.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 69 (9.00%) MCITP
11 53 (6.91%) DV Cleared
12 35 (4.56%) CCNP
13 29 (3.78%) CISSP
14 28 (3.65%) CCA
14 28 (3.65%) Citrix Certification
14 28 (3.65%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 26 (3.39%) ITIL Certification
16 23 (3.00%) VCP6
17 22 (2.87%) A+ Certification
18 21 (2.74%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 84 (10.95%) SLA
2 26 (3.39%) QA
3 20 (2.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.91%) GDPR
5 5 (0.65%) NIST
5 5 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 4 (0.52%) HL7
6 4 (0.52%) NCSC
7 3 (0.39%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.39%) PMO
8 1 (0.13%) IFRS
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 364 (47.46%) Active Directory
2 174 (22.69%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (14.60%) Hyper-V
4 65 (8.47%) VMware ESXi
5 63 (8.21%) vSphere
6 41 (5.35%) XenApp
7 29 (3.78%) Virtual Machines
8 25 (3.26%) XenDesktop
9 23 (3.00%) Microsoft App-V
10 15 (1.96%) Virtual Servers
11 14 (1.83%) Virtual Desktop
12 11 (1.43%) vCloud
13 9 (1.17%) VMware Workstation
14 7 (0.91%) BitLocker
14 7 (0.91%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 6 (0.78%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 5 (0.65%) NFS
16 5 (0.65%) Terminal Server
16 5 (0.65%) Terminal Services
17 4 (0.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 151 (19.69%) SCCM
2 51 (6.65%) SCOM
3 30 (3.91%) vCenter Server
4 21 (2.74%) SCVMM
5 19 (2.48%) Microsoft Intune
5 19 (2.48%) WSUS
6 18 (2.35%) NetBackup
6 18 (2.35%) PowerCLI
7 17 (2.22%) Single Sign-On
8 14 (1.83%) Microsoft Clustering
9 11 (1.43%) Norton AntiVirus
10 9 (1.17%) Kubernetes
11 8 (1.04%) Backup Exec
11 8 (1.04%) HP ALM
11 8 (1.04%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (1.04%) McAfee ePO
11 8 (1.04%) Nagios
12 7 (0.91%) AirWatch
12 7 (0.91%) PingFederate
12 7 (0.91%) WMI
Vendors
1 584 (76.14%) Microsoft
2 284 (37.03%) VMware
3 174 (22.69%) Cisco
4 132 (17.21%) Citrix
5 64 (8.34%) HP
6 54 (7.04%) Oracle
7 36 (4.69%) NetApp
8 32 (4.17%) Dell
9 31 (4.04%) Red Hat
10 25 (3.26%) EMC
11 20 (2.61%) F5
11 20 (2.61%) McAfee
12 19 (2.48%) SAP
13 18 (2.35%) SolarWinds
14 16 (2.09%) ServiceNow
14 16 (2.09%) Splunk
15 15 (1.96%) Fortinet
15 15 (1.96%) Novell
16 13 (1.69%) IBM
16 13 (1.69%) Symantec