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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 9 August 2022 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
9 Aug 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 378 366 282
Rank change year-on-year -12 -84 +16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 485 383 277
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.67% 0.66% 0.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.29% 3.37% 3.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 318 263 174
10th Percentile £149 £200 £175
25th Percentile £218 £302 £306
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £425 £445 £438
Median % change year-on-year -4.49% +1.71% +16.67%
75th Percentile £538 £534 £538
90th Percentile £614 £588 £585
UK median daily rate £450 £445 £425
% change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 22 20
10th Percentile - £13.14 £14.49
25th Percentile £15.25 £13.25 £16.50
Median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year +14.81% -32.50% +9.59%
75th Percentile £20.75 £18.19 £26.10
90th Percentile £25.15 £22.89 £40.75
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £13.50 £19.75
% change year-on-year +14.81% -31.65% +1.94%

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 14,745 11,354 7,758
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.38% 19.44% 24.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,996 7,305 5,185
10th Percentile £350 £310 £295
25th Percentile £438 £405 £400
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £540 £500 £481
Median % change year-on-year +8.00% +4.00% +1.21%
75th Percentile £638 £600 £575
90th Percentile £725 £681 £650
UK median daily rate £540 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +8.00% +5.26% +1.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 660 568 257
10th Percentile £13.41 £12.47 £15.00
25th Percentile £19.06 £16.25 £19.50
Median hourly rate £45.00 £31.50 £32.00
Median % change year-on-year +42.86% -1.56% -11.11%
75th Percentile £60.00 £52.56 £48.75
90th Percentile £74.10 £64.50 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £29.00 £31.81
% change year-on-year +55.17% -8.82% -15.19%

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 9 August 2022.

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 9 August 2022.

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 9 August 2022. 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
Jobs
London -38 179 £500 +5.82% 66
South East -22 90 £458 +1.67% 48
North of England -12 72 £180 -55.00% 63
Midlands -8 49 £375 -16.67% 54
East of England +6 47 £185 -64.42% 21
Yorkshire +2 36 £275 +25.00% 31
South West +9 30 £469 +61.64% 37
East Midlands +14 29 £480 +59.34% 19
West Midlands -27 25 £400 -20.00% 35
North West -36 23 £120 -73.33% 29
North East +1 13 £500 +66.67% 3
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 9 August 2022, 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.

1 382 (78.76%) Microsoft
2 238 (49.07%) Windows
3 204 (42.06%) MCSE
4 200 (41.24%) Active Directory
5 180 (37.11%) Azure
6 175 (36.08%) ITIL
7 170 (35.05%) MCSA
7 170 (35.05%) Microsoft 365
8 124 (25.57%) Social Skills
9 112 (23.09%) Windows 10
10 111 (22.89%) Windows Server
11 104 (21.44%) VMware
12 102 (21.03%) Security Cleared
13 101 (20.82%) PowerShell
14 95 (19.59%) Public Sector
14 95 (19.59%) Problem-Solving
15 89 (18.35%) SCCM
16 81 (16.70%) Cisco Certification
17 80 (16.49%) Degree
18 77 (15.88%) MCP
19 74 (15.26%) SC Cleared
20 73 (15.05%) Analytical Skills
21 71 (14.64%) Citrix
22 70 (14.43%) CCNA
22 70 (14.43%) DNS
23 69 (14.23%) VMware Infrastructure
24 67 (13.81%) Agile
24 67 (13.81%) Migration
25 66 (13.61%) Finance
26 65 (13.40%) Incident Management

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 49 (10.10%) MS Exchange
2 29 (5.98%) SharePoint
3 19 (3.92%) IIS
4 13 (2.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 11 (2.27%) IBM Domino
6 10 (2.06%) Confluence
7 7 (1.44%) Exchange Server 2003
8 6 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2013
10 4 (0.82%) SAS
11 3 (0.62%) Skype for Business
12 2 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.41%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.21%) CMS
13 1 (0.21%) SharePoint 2010
13 1 (0.21%) Umbraco
13 1 (0.21%) WordPress
Applications
1 58 (11.96%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (2.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.03%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.41%) Windchill
5 1 (0.21%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.21%) PTC Creo
Business Applications
1 7 (1.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (0.82%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.62%) Fidessa
4 2 (0.41%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
4 2 (0.41%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.21%) Eikon
5 1 (0.21%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.21%) Primavera
Cloud Services
1 180 (37.11%) Azure
2 170 (35.05%) Microsoft 365
3 62 (12.78%) Azure Active Directory
4 47 (9.69%) AWS
5 34 (7.01%) PaaS
6 29 (5.98%) IaaS
7 22 (4.54%) Power Platform
8 18 (3.71%) OneDrive
9 17 (3.51%) SaaS
10 15 (3.09%) Azure DevOps
11 13 (2.68%) Cloud Computing
12 10 (2.06%) Dynamics 365
13 8 (1.65%) Azure Service Bus
13 8 (1.65%) Google Workspace
13 8 (1.65%) PowerApps
14 7 (1.44%) Azure Sentinel
14 7 (1.44%) GitHub
14 7 (1.44%) IBM Cloud
15 6 (1.24%) Power Automate
15 6 (1.24%) Rubrik
Communications & Networking
1 70 (14.43%) DNS
2 50 (10.31%) Firewall
3 46 (9.48%) DHCP
4 36 (7.42%) SAN
5 31 (6.39%) Wi-Fi
6 28 (5.77%) LAN
7 25 (5.15%) TCP/IP
7 25 (5.15%) WAN
8 18 (3.71%) VoIP
9 17 (3.51%) Network Security
9 17 (3.51%) VPN
10 16 (3.30%) Wireless
11 11 (2.27%) Remote Desktop
12 10 (2.06%) Internet
13 8 (1.65%) Kerberos
13 8 (1.65%) X.500
14 6 (1.24%) NetScaler
15 5 (1.03%) IPv4
15 5 (1.03%) Skype
15 5 (1.03%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (8.66%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.92%) Power BI
3 12 (2.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (2.06%) MySQL
5 8 (1.65%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (1.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 8 (1.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (1.44%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 6 (1.24%) Big Data
7 6 (1.24%) Data Mining
7 6 (1.24%) MongoDB
7 6 (1.24%) PostgreSQL
7 6 (1.24%) Power Query
8 5 (1.03%) Azure SQL Database
9 4 (0.82%) MariaDB
9 4 (0.82%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.62%) Biml
11 2 (0.41%) Amazon RDS
11 2 (0.41%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.41%) VoltDB
Development Applications
1 16 (3.30%) JIRA
2 11 (2.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 11 (2.27%) Git (software)
3 9 (1.86%) Bitbucket
4 8 (1.65%) Jenkins
4 8 (1.65%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (0.82%) SpecFlow
6 3 (0.62%) NUnit
6 3 (0.62%) ReSharper
6 3 (0.62%) StyleCop
7 2 (0.41%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.21%) AutoIt
8 1 (0.21%) HP UFT
8 1 (0.21%) Hudson
8 1 (0.21%) Jaeger
8 1 (0.21%) LoadRunner
8 1 (0.21%) MSI
8 1 (0.21%) SonarQube
8 1 (0.21%) Spinnaker
8 1 (0.21%) Vagrant
General
1 124 (25.57%) Social Skills
2 95 (19.59%) Public Sector
3 73 (15.05%) Analytical Skills
4 66 (13.61%) Finance
5 29 (5.98%) Retail
6 22 (4.54%) Documentation Skills
7 20 (4.12%) Manufacturing
8 19 (3.92%) Telecoms
9 16 (3.30%) Banking
9 16 (3.30%) Marketing
10 12 (2.47%) Electronics
11 10 (2.06%) Presentation Skills
12 8 (1.65%) Legal
13 7 (1.44%) Law
14 5 (1.03%) Influencing Skills
14 5 (1.03%) Italian Language
14 5 (1.03%) Spanish Language
15 4 (0.82%) French Language
16 3 (0.62%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.62%) German Language
Job Titles
1 83 (17.11%) Architect
2 76 (15.67%) Analyst
3 41 (8.45%) Support Engineer
4 39 (8.04%) IT Engineer
5 36 (7.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 36 (7.42%) Service Analyst
6 35 (7.22%) Service Desk Analyst
7 31 (6.39%) 2nd Line Support
8 27 (5.57%) Azure Architect
9 26 (5.36%) Field Engineer
10 22 (4.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 21 (4.33%) Active Directory Support
11 21 (4.33%) Consultant
11 21 (4.33%) Developer
12 20 (4.12%) Field Service Engineer
13 19 (3.92%) Azure Engineer
14 17 (3.51%) Desktop Support
15 16 (3.30%) 3rd Line Support
15 16 (3.30%) Desktop Engineer
15 16 (3.30%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (4.95%) .NET
2 11 (2.27%) .NET Framework
2 11 (2.27%) REST
3 10 (2.06%) LDAP
4 9 (1.86%) ASP.NET
4 9 (1.86%) ASP.NET MVC
4 9 (1.86%) Web Services
4 9 (1.86%) XML
5 8 (1.65%) CSS
5 8 (1.65%) jQuery
6 7 (1.44%) OAuth
7 6 (1.24%) .NET Core
7 6 (1.24%) OpenID
7 6 (1.24%) SAML
8 5 (1.03%) ASP.NET Web API
8 5 (1.03%) HTML
9 4 (0.82%) Entity Framework
10 3 (0.62%) AngularJS
10 3 (0.62%) Caliburn.Micro
10 3 (0.62%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 57 (11.75%) Data Centre
2 34 (7.01%) PKI
3 31 (6.39%) Replication
4 20 (4.12%) Analytical Mindset
4 20 (4.12%) Management Information System
5 18 (3.71%) CESG
5 18 (3.71%) User Experience
6 14 (2.89%) NHS
7 12 (2.47%) Public Cloud
7 12 (2.47%) Self-Motivation
8 10 (2.06%) iPhone
9 8 (1.65%) Blackberry
9 8 (1.65%) Clustering
10 7 (1.44%) Fat Client
10 7 (1.44%) Thin Client
11 6 (1.24%) BYOD
11 6 (1.24%) iPad
12 5 (1.03%) Driving Licence
12 5 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
13 3 (0.62%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 238 (49.07%) Windows
2 112 (23.09%) Windows 10
3 111 (22.89%) Windows Server
4 49 (10.10%) Windows 7
4 49 (10.10%) Windows Server 2012
5 43 (8.87%) Linux
6 35 (7.22%) Windows Server 2016
7 30 (6.19%) Windows Server 2008
8 23 (4.74%) Unix
9 15 (3.09%) Windows 8
9 15 (3.09%) Windows Server 2019
10 14 (2.89%) Mac OS
11 13 (2.68%) Apple iOS
11 13 (2.68%) Windows Server 2003
12 11 (2.27%) Android
12 11 (2.27%) VMS
13 3 (0.62%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.41%) CentOS
14 2 (0.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 1 (0.21%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 175 (36.08%) ITIL
2 95 (19.59%) Problem-Solving
3 67 (13.81%) Agile
3 67 (13.81%) Migration
4 65 (13.40%) Incident Management
5 51 (10.52%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 38 (7.84%) Business Intelligence
7 37 (7.63%) DevOps
7 37 (7.63%) PRINCE2
8 35 (7.22%) Change Management
8 35 (7.22%) Service Management
9 29 (5.98%) Problem Management
10 28 (5.77%) Decision-Making
11 23 (4.74%) CI/CD
11 23 (4.74%) Cybersecurity
12 22 (4.54%) Disaster Recovery
13 21 (4.33%) Infrastructure as Code
13 21 (4.33%) Project Management
14 20 (4.12%) Break/Fix
14 20 (4.12%) Infrastructure Automation
Programming Languages
1 101 (20.82%) PowerShell
2 62 (12.78%) SQL
3 19 (3.92%) C#
4 13 (2.68%) Python
5 9 (1.86%) VB
6 8 (1.65%) Java
7 7 (1.44%) T-SQL
8 6 (1.24%) JavaScript
9 5 (1.03%) VBScript
10 3 (0.62%) C
10 3 (0.62%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 2 (0.41%) Bash
11 2 (0.41%) Bicep
11 2 (0.41%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.21%) C++
12 1 (0.21%) PHP
12 1 (0.21%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.21%) VBA
Qualifications
1 204 (42.06%) MCSE
2 170 (35.05%) MCSA
3 102 (21.03%) Security Cleared
4 81 (16.70%) Cisco Certification
5 80 (16.49%) Degree
6 77 (15.88%) MCP
7 74 (15.26%) SC Cleared
8 70 (14.43%) CCNA
9 63 (12.99%) A+ Certification
10 34 (7.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 27 (5.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 25 (5.15%) MCITP
12 25 (5.15%) Network+ Certification
13 24 (4.95%) ITIL Certification
13 24 (4.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 23 (4.74%) DV Cleared
15 19 (3.92%) MCTS
16 17 (3.51%) CISSP
17 13 (2.68%) CCA
17 13 (2.68%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (10.52%) SLA
2 24 (4.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (2.89%) QA
4 10 (2.06%) GDPR
5 8 (1.65%) Accessibility
6 7 (1.44%) COBIT
6 7 (1.44%) ISO 9001
7 6 (1.24%) PCI DSS
8 5 (1.03%) Cyber Essentials
8 5 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 5 (1.03%) NCSC
9 2 (0.41%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 2 (0.41%) JSP 440
9 2 (0.41%) NIST
9 2 (0.41%) WCAG
10 1 (0.21%) Data Quality
10 1 (0.21%) GMP
10 1 (0.21%) GRC
10 1 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27005
10 1 (0.21%) NIST 800
System Software
1 200 (41.24%) Active Directory
2 69 (14.23%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (7.63%) vSphere
4 24 (4.95%) Hyper-V
5 19 (3.92%) XenApp
6 16 (3.30%) Virtual Machines
6 16 (3.30%) Virtual Servers
7 15 (3.09%) VMware ESXi
8 14 (2.89%) Microsoft App-V
8 14 (2.89%) XenDesktop
9 10 (2.06%) Virtual Desktop
10 9 (1.86%) BitLocker
11 8 (1.65%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
12 6 (1.24%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 5 (1.03%) Docker
13 5 (1.03%) VMware Workstation
14 3 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 2 (0.41%) Oracle RAC
15 2 (0.41%) Terminal Services
16 1 (0.21%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 89 (18.35%) SCCM
2 28 (5.77%) Microsoft Intune
3 25 (5.15%) SCOM
4 22 (4.54%) PowerCLI
5 21 (4.33%) Terraform
6 19 (3.92%) Active Directory Federation Services
7 13 (2.68%) McAfee ePO
8 11 (2.27%) vRealize
9 8 (1.65%) WSUS
10 7 (1.44%) NetBackup
10 7 (1.44%) Single Sign-On
10 7 (1.44%) vCenter Server
11 6 (1.24%) Avamar
11 6 (1.24%) Kubernetes
11 6 (1.24%) SCVMM
12 5 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
13 4 (0.82%) SCSM
14 3 (0.62%) Ansible
14 3 (0.62%) FortiGate
15 2 (0.41%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 382 (78.76%) Microsoft
2 104 (21.44%) VMware
3 71 (14.64%) Citrix
4 53 (10.93%) Cisco
5 51 (10.52%) ServiceNow
6 32 (6.60%) Dell
7 29 (5.98%) Veeam
8 22 (4.54%) HP
9 18 (3.71%) Oracle
10 15 (3.09%) McAfee
11 14 (2.89%) Google
12 13 (2.68%) Apple
12 13 (2.68%) SAP
13 12 (2.47%) Ivanti
14 10 (2.06%) Atlassian
15 9 (1.86%) EMC
15 9 (1.86%) IBM
16 8 (1.65%) Remedy
17 7 (1.44%) SolarWinds
18 6 (1.24%) Polycom