Period
to 1 April 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 1 April 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
1 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 245 272 283
Rank change year-on-year +27 +11 -20
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 564 888 869
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 1.01% 1.01% 0.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.57% 5.15% 4.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 334 568 545
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% +2.94%
10th Percentile £150 £163 £158
90th Percentile £542 £600 £539
UK median daily rate £383 £400 £350
% change year-on-year -4.38% +14.29% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 83 52
Median hourly rate £19.25 £18.70 £15.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +17.94% -7.06%
10th Percentile £14.38 £13.33 £11.25
90th Percentile £42.88 £34.29 £30.85
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £15.86
% change year-on-year +8.11% +16.68% -9.14%

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 12,343 17,249 17,863
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 22.06% 19.58% 19.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,524 10,408 10,811
Median daily rate £475 £463 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
10th Percentile £260 £265 £249
90th Percentile £650 £638 £638
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 562 756 812
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +27.66% -16.07%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £55.23 £53.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.12 £23.88
% change year-on-year +12.49% +30.32% -13.18%

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 1 April 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 1 April 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 1 April 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 +52 182 £379 -10.88% 91
South East +22 151 £400 -3.03% 71
North of England +27 73 £400 +11.11% 83
Midlands +43 63 £405 +6.23% 70
South West -15 54 £419 +4.69% 37
East of England +28 41 £475 +18.75% 40
West Midlands +45 39 £425 -19.05% 47
North West +23 34 £400 +11.11% 43
East Midlands +17 24 £313 -11.97% 22
Yorkshire +26 22 £425 +18.88% 28
North East +24 17 £388 +10.71% 12
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 1 April 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.

1 431 (76.42%) Microsoft
2 352 (62.41%) Windows
3 296 (52.48%) Active Directory
4 289 (51.24%) MCSE
5 191 (33.87%) Office 365
6 189 (33.51%) Windows Server
7 169 (29.96%) VMware
8 168 (29.79%) Azure
9 146 (25.89%) ITIL
10 132 (23.40%) Windows Server 2012
11 129 (22.87%) MCSA
12 120 (21.28%) Windows 10
13 115 (20.39%) PowerShell
14 114 (20.21%) Security Cleared
15 106 (18.79%) Microsoft Office
16 105 (18.62%) DNS
17 101 (17.91%) VMware Infrastructure
18 97 (17.20%) SCCM
19 92 (16.31%) SC Cleared
20 89 (15.78%) SQL Server
21 88 (15.60%) Migration
22 82 (14.54%) DHCP
23 78 (13.83%) Windows Server 2008
24 74 (13.12%) MCP
25 73 (12.94%) SQL
26 71 (12.59%) Cisco Certification
27 70 (12.41%) Cisco
27 70 (12.41%) .NET
27 70 (12.41%) Windows 7
28 69 (12.23%) Agile Software Development

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 64 (11.35%) MS Exchange
2 56 (9.93%) SharePoint
3 34 (6.03%) Skype for Business
4 32 (5.67%) IIS
5 25 (4.43%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2013
7 11 (1.95%) BizTalk Server
8 7 (1.24%) SharePoint 2010
9 6 (1.06%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.71%) CMS
10 4 (0.71%) Confluence
11 3 (0.53%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.53%) ArcGIS
11 3 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
11 3 (0.53%) EPiServer
11 3 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
11 3 (0.53%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.53%) Umbraco
Applications
1 106 (18.79%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (2.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 9 (1.60%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 6 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
5 4 (0.71%) Acrobat
6 3 (0.53%) InfoPath
6 3 (0.53%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.35%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.35%) InVision
7 2 (0.35%) Siemens NX
8 1 (0.18%) Adobe Captivate
8 1 (0.18%) AutoCAD
8 1 (0.18%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 24 (4.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (1.60%) assyst
3 8 (1.42%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.35%) BusinessWorks
4 2 (0.35%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (0.35%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.35%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.18%) Actimize
5 1 (0.18%) CA PPM
5 1 (0.18%) Line 500
5 1 (0.18%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 191 (33.87%) Office 365
2 168 (29.79%) Azure
3 45 (7.98%) AWS
4 42 (7.45%) Power Platform
5 39 (6.91%) Azure Active Directory
6 33 (5.85%) Dynamics 365
6 33 (5.85%) PaaS
7 28 (4.96%) IaaS
8 23 (4.08%) SaaS
9 15 (2.66%) Mimecast
10 13 (2.30%) OpenShift
11 11 (1.95%) AWS CloudFormation
11 11 (1.95%) GitHub
11 11 (1.95%) PowerApps
12 8 (1.42%) Serverless
13 7 (1.24%) GCP
14 6 (1.06%) Azure Functions
15 5 (0.89%) OneDrive
16 4 (0.71%) Microsoft Flow
17 3 (0.53%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 105 (18.62%) DNS
2 82 (14.54%) DHCP
3 59 (10.46%) Firewall
4 55 (9.75%) SAN
5 41 (7.27%) LAN
6 35 (6.21%) Skype
7 32 (5.67%) TCP/IP
7 32 (5.67%) WAN
8 23 (4.08%) Wireless
9 21 (3.72%) VoIP
10 19 (3.37%) VPN
11 14 (2.48%) PBX
12 13 (2.30%) Remote Desktop
13 12 (2.13%) Network Security
14 10 (1.77%) Internet
15 9 (1.60%) SMTP
15 9 (1.60%) VLAN
16 8 (1.42%) NetScaler
17 7 (1.24%) iSCSI
17 7 (1.24%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (15.78%) SQL Server
2 37 (6.56%) Power BI
3 16 (2.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (2.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (2.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 12 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
6 10 (1.77%) Amazon RDS
7 9 (1.60%) Big Data
8 8 (1.42%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (1.24%) Azure SQL Database
9 7 (1.24%) SQL Server 2016
10 6 (1.06%) Oracle Database
10 6 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.89%) SQL Server 2005
12 4 (0.71%) DTS
12 4 (0.71%) Essbase
12 4 (0.71%) NoSQL
12 4 (0.71%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.71%) SQL Server 2000
12 4 (0.71%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 29 (5.14%) Visual Studio
2 22 (3.90%) Git (software)
3 16 (2.84%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (1.77%) JIRA
5 9 (1.60%) Sonatype Nexus
5 9 (1.60%) Visual Studio Team System
6 8 (1.42%) Jenkins
6 8 (1.42%) MSI
7 6 (1.06%) Eclipse
8 5 (0.89%) Android Studio
8 5 (0.89%) Bitbucket
9 4 (0.71%) GitLab
10 3 (0.53%) Hudson
10 3 (0.53%) InstallShield
10 3 (0.53%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
11 2 (0.35%) ClearCase
11 2 (0.35%) ClearQuest
11 2 (0.35%) git-flow
11 2 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
11 2 (0.35%) TeamCity
General
1 56 (9.93%) Finance
2 42 (7.45%) Public Sector
3 20 (3.55%) Manufacturing
4 19 (3.37%) Retail
5 13 (2.30%) Telecoms
6 11 (1.95%) Military
7 9 (1.60%) Marketing
8 8 (1.42%) Legal
9 6 (1.06%) Law
10 5 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.71%) Back Office
11 4 (0.71%) Publishing
12 3 (0.53%) Aerospace
12 3 (0.53%) Banking
12 3 (0.53%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.53%) French Language
12 3 (0.53%) Local Government
13 2 (0.35%) Avionics
13 2 (0.35%) German Language
13 2 (0.35%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 71 (12.59%) Support Engineer
2 59 (10.46%) Developer
3 44 (7.80%) Analyst
4 43 (7.62%) 2nd Line Support
5 42 (7.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 38 (6.74%) Consultant
7 34 (6.03%) Architect
8 33 (5.85%) Windows Engineer
9 30 (5.32%) Desktop Engineer
10 28 (4.96%) Desktop Support
10 28 (4.96%) Wintel Engineer
11 27 (4.79%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 26 (4.61%) 3rd Line Support
13 23 (4.08%) IT Support
14 21 (3.72%) Azure Engineer
14 21 (3.72%) DevOps Engineer
15 20 (3.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 20 (3.55%) IT Engineer
16 19 (3.37%) Active Directory Engineer
17 17 (3.01%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (12.41%) .NET
2 24 (4.26%) ASP.NET
2 24 (4.26%) HTML
3 14 (2.48%) CSS
4 13 (2.30%) .NET Framework
4 13 (2.30%) Web Services
5 12 (2.13%) React
6 11 (1.95%) Node.js
7 10 (1.77%) XML
8 8 (1.42%) AngularJS
9 7 (1.24%) jQuery
9 7 (1.24%) KnockoutJS
10 6 (1.06%) JSON
10 6 (1.06%) RESTful
11 5 (0.89%) HTML5
11 5 (0.89%) Middleware
11 5 (0.89%) WCF
12 4 (0.71%) Entity Framework
12 4 (0.71%) JMS
12 4 (0.71%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 60 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
2 38 (6.74%) Self-Motivation
3 36 (6.38%) Data Centre
4 26 (4.61%) Replication
5 23 (4.08%) Management Information System
6 17 (3.01%) PKI
7 14 (2.48%) Fat Client
7 14 (2.48%) Thin Client
8 13 (2.30%) Clustering
9 12 (2.13%) Hedge funds
10 10 (1.77%) Public Cloud
10 10 (1.77%) User Experience
11 9 (1.60%) Driving Licence
11 9 (1.60%) NHS
11 9 (1.60%) Virtual Team
12 7 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
12 7 (1.24%) Linux Command Line
13 5 (0.89%) CMDB
13 5 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
13 5 (0.89%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 352 (62.41%) Windows
2 189 (33.51%) Windows Server
3 132 (23.40%) Windows Server 2012
4 120 (21.28%) Windows 10
5 78 (13.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 70 (12.41%) Windows 7
7 66 (11.70%) Windows Server 2016
8 47 (8.33%) Linux
9 23 (4.08%) Windows Server 2019
10 21 (3.72%) Apple iOS
11 20 (3.55%) Windows Server 2003
12 18 (3.19%) Windows 8
13 16 (2.84%) Android
14 14 (2.48%) Mac OS
15 10 (1.77%) Windows XP
16 8 (1.42%) VMS
17 7 (1.24%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 6 (1.06%) CentOS
18 6 (1.06%) Mac OS X
19 5 (0.89%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 146 (25.89%) ITIL
2 88 (15.60%) Migration
3 69 (12.23%) Agile Software Development
4 64 (11.35%) Problem-Solving
5 59 (10.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 47 (8.33%) DevOps
7 45 (7.98%) Service Management
8 34 (6.03%) Business Intelligence
9 30 (5.32%) ITSM
10 29 (5.14%) Configuration Management
11 27 (4.79%) Disaster Recovery
11 27 (4.79%) High Availability
11 27 (4.79%) ITIL V3
12 26 (4.61%) CRM
13 24 (4.26%) Project Management
14 23 (4.08%) Project Delivery
15 22 (3.90%) Change Management
15 22 (3.90%) Service Delivery
16 21 (3.72%) ERP
17 20 (3.55%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 115 (20.39%) PowerShell
2 73 (12.94%) SQL
3 47 (8.33%) C#
4 31 (5.50%) Java
4 31 (5.50%) JavaScript
5 30 (5.32%) Python
6 20 (3.55%) T-SQL
7 18 (3.19%) Bash Shell
8 15 (2.66%) C
9 14 (2.48%) VB
9 14 (2.48%) VBScript
10 12 (2.13%) C++
11 10 (1.77%) Go
12 8 (1.42%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.89%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.71%) Ruby
15 2 (0.35%) Groovy
15 2 (0.35%) Kotlin
16 1 (0.18%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
16 1 (0.18%) Scala
Qualifications
1 289 (51.24%) MCSE
2 129 (22.87%) MCSA
3 114 (20.21%) Security Cleared
4 92 (16.31%) SC Cleared
5 74 (13.12%) MCP
6 71 (12.59%) Cisco Certification
7 62 (10.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 61 (10.82%) CCNA
9 59 (10.46%) Degree
10 53 (9.40%) MCITP
11 27 (4.79%) A+ Certification
12 24 (4.26%) DV Cleared
13 20 (3.55%) Citrix Certification
13 20 (3.55%) MCTS
14 19 (3.37%) ITIL Certification
15 18 (3.19%) MCDST
16 17 (3.01%) CCA
17 16 (2.84%) CCNP
18 15 (2.66%) CISSP
18 15 (2.66%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (9.93%) SLA
2 7 (1.24%) GDPR
3 6 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (1.06%) QA
4 5 (0.89%) Government Security Classifications
4 5 (0.89%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.71%) NCSC
6 3 (0.53%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 1 (0.18%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.18%) GxP
7 1 (0.18%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.18%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.18%) NIST
7 1 (0.18%) PMO
7 1 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.18%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 296 (52.48%) Active Directory
2 101 (17.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 57 (10.11%) Hyper-V
4 36 (6.38%) VMware ESXi
5 26 (4.61%) XenApp
6 24 (4.26%) vSphere
7 22 (3.90%) Docker
8 17 (3.01%) Virtual Machines
9 15 (2.66%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (2.13%) XenDesktop
11 8 (1.42%) vCloud
12 7 (1.24%) Virtual Servers
13 6 (1.06%) NFS
14 5 (0.89%) Citrix Hypervisor
14 5 (0.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 5 (0.89%) UAG
15 3 (0.53%) Firmware
15 3 (0.53%) Virtual Desktop
16 2 (0.35%) Forefront TMG
16 2 (0.35%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 97 (17.20%) SCCM
2 27 (4.79%) Ansible
2 27 (4.79%) Terraform
3 24 (4.26%) WSUS
4 22 (3.90%) Kubernetes
5 19 (3.37%) Puppet
6 18 (3.19%) SCOM
6 18 (3.19%) Single Sign-On
7 15 (2.66%) Opscode Chef
8 14 (2.48%) Microsoft Intune
9 11 (1.95%) vCenter Server
10 10 (1.77%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 8 (1.42%) AirWatch
11 8 (1.42%) Norton AntiVirus
12 7 (1.24%) Microsoft Clustering
13 6 (1.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
13 6 (1.06%) NetBackup
14 5 (0.89%) Backup Exec
14 5 (0.89%) Jamf Pro
14 5 (0.89%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 431 (76.42%) Microsoft
2 169 (29.96%) VMware
3 70 (12.41%) Cisco
4 67 (11.88%) Citrix
5 47 (8.33%) HP
6 22 (3.90%) Dell
6 22 (3.90%) Oracle
7 19 (3.37%) NetApp
8 18 (3.19%) Symantec
9 15 (2.66%) Ivanti
10 14 (2.48%) McAfee
11 12 (2.13%) EMC
11 12 (2.13%) Google
11 12 (2.13%) Remedy
11 12 (2.13%) Sonus
12 10 (1.77%) Apple
12 10 (1.77%) CheckPoint
13 8 (1.42%) IBM
14 7 (1.24%) Adobe
14 7 (1.24%) Splunk