Period
to 26 September 2018

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 26 September 2018 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
26 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 277 252 217
Rank change year-on-year -25 -35 -20
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 878 932 1,236
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.93% 1.02% 1.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.05% 5.38% 5.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 543 559 811
England median daily rate £350 £338 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% -0.74% +1.49%
10th Percentile £161 £140 £170
90th Percentile £538 £519 £488
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 80 87
England median hourly rate £17.50 £16.75 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.48% -20.24% +16.80%
10th Percentile £14.75 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £44.27 £50.25 £30.25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year - -18.60% +19.58%

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 17,400 17,326 20,897
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.53% 19.02% 21.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,254 10,536 13,079
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 873 820 716
England median hourly rate £24.25 £28.08 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.64% +10.12% +13.33%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.13 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £24.91 £29.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year -14.85% +6.36% +19.57%

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 26 September 2018.

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 26 September 2018.

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 26 September 2018. 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 -20 310 £333 -5.00% 148
South East -24 179 £375 +13.64% 81
North of England -35 126 £334 -4.64% 126
Midlands -31 101 £300 -7.69% 90
East of England -26 84 £375 - 46
South West +24 72 £363 +126.56% 53
West Midlands +2 66 £295 -15.71% 63
North West -10 66 £317 -6.22% 69
Yorkshire -18 42 £363 +13.73% 43
East Midlands -23 35 £300 +4.35% 27
North East -34 18 £338 -6.77% 14
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 26 September 2018, 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.

1 658 (74.94%) Microsoft
2 589 (67.08%) Windows
3 478 (54.44%) MCSE
4 437 (49.77%) Active Directory
5 344 (39.18%) ITIL
6 318 (36.22%) Windows Server
7 297 (33.83%) VMware
8 272 (30.98%) Office 365
9 249 (28.36%) MCSA
10 203 (23.12%) SCCM
10 203 (23.12%) VMware Infrastructure
11 195 (22.21%) Microsoft Azure
12 179 (20.39%) Windows 7
13 160 (18.22%) PowerShell
13 160 (18.22%) Windows Server 2012
13 160 (18.22%) Windows 10
14 157 (17.88%) MCP
15 152 (17.31%) Windows Server 2008
16 151 (17.20%) Migration
17 148 (16.86%) Microsoft Office
18 144 (16.40%) Cisco
19 142 (16.17%) Citrix
20 129 (14.69%) Security Cleared
21 128 (14.58%) SQL Server
22 127 (14.46%) MS Exchange
23 125 (14.24%) Cisco Certification
24 121 (13.78%) DNS
25 114 (12.98%) Data Centre
26 107 (12.19%) SC Cleared
27 104 (11.85%) MCITP

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
1 127 (14.46%) MS Exchange
2 98 (11.16%) SharePoint
3 54 (6.15%) Skype for Business
4 52 (5.92%) Exchange Server 2010
5 35 (3.99%) IIS
6 26 (2.96%) SharePoint 2013
7 24 (2.73%) Exchange Server 2013
8 14 (1.59%) Confluence
8 14 (1.59%) OpenStack
8 14 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
10 8 (0.91%) Apache Spark
10 8 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 6 (0.68%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.68%) K2 blackpearl
11 6 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
12 4 (0.46%) CMS
12 4 (0.46%) Exchange Server 2003
13 3 (0.34%) Drupal
14 2 (0.23%) Umbraco
Applications
1 148 (16.86%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 23 (2.62%) MS Visio
4 13 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 9 (1.03%) Microsoft Project
6 4 (0.46%) InfoPath
7 3 (0.34%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.11%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 39 (4.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.91%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.34%) Towers Watson Igloo
4 2 (0.23%) ReMetrica
4 2 (0.23%) SAP GTS
5 1 (0.11%) Payment Gateway
5 1 (0.11%) Remedy ITSM
5 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.11%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 272 (30.98%) Office 365
2 195 (22.21%) Microsoft Azure
3 50 (5.69%) Amazon AWS
4 48 (5.47%) Azure Active Directory
5 41 (4.67%) Dynamics 365
6 22 (2.51%) OneDrive
7 20 (2.28%) IaaS
8 14 (1.59%) Yammer
9 13 (1.48%) PaaS
10 11 (1.25%) Mimecast
11 9 (1.03%) Azure Data Factory
11 9 (1.03%) Data Lake Analytics
12 8 (0.91%) Azure Machine Learning
12 8 (0.91%) SaaS
13 5 (0.57%) Google Cloud Platform
14 4 (0.46%) Amazon EC2
14 4 (0.46%) Amazon S3
14 4 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
15 3 (0.34%) G Suite
15 3 (0.34%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 121 (13.78%) DNS
2 96 (10.93%) DHCP
3 86 (9.79%) Firewall
3 86 (9.79%) TCP/IP
4 76 (8.66%) LAN
5 70 (7.97%) SAN
6 62 (7.06%) Internet
7 60 (6.83%) WAN
8 55 (6.26%) VPN
9 45 (5.13%) Wireless
10 42 (4.78%) Skype
11 41 (4.67%) VoIP
12 32 (3.64%) Network Security
13 21 (2.39%) NAS
14 17 (1.94%) Kerberos
14 17 (1.94%) Remote Desktop
15 16 (1.82%) DMZ
15 16 (1.82%) Unified Communications
16 15 (1.71%) Cisco IOS
16 15 (1.71%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 128 (14.58%) SQL Server
2 26 (2.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 21 (2.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 20 (2.28%) SQL Server 2008
5 19 (2.16%) Power BI
6 15 (1.71%) Relational Database
7 14 (1.59%) SQL Server 2012
8 13 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (1.48%) MySQL
9 12 (1.37%) Big Data
10 11 (1.25%) Oracle Database
11 10 (1.14%) Azure SQL Database
11 10 (1.14%) SQL Server 2005
11 10 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 9 (1.03%) Data Lake
12 9 (1.03%) HDInsight
13 8 (0.91%) Hadoop
13 8 (0.91%) NoSQL
14 6 (0.68%) OLTP
14 6 (0.68%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 23 (2.62%) JIRA
2 15 (1.71%) Visual Studio
2 15 (1.71%) Visual Studio Team System
3 12 (1.37%) Git (software)
4 11 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (1.14%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 8 (0.91%) MSI
7 6 (0.68%) Jenkins
8 4 (0.46%) Octopus Deploy
8 4 (0.46%) Subversion
9 3 (0.34%) AdminStudio
9 3 (0.34%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.34%) CF BOSH
9 3 (0.34%) GitLab
9 3 (0.34%) InstallShield
9 3 (0.34%) Moq
9 3 (0.34%) NUnit
9 3 (0.34%) Oracle Forms
10 2 (0.23%) MSBuild
10 2 (0.23%) TeamCity
General
1 103 (11.73%) Finance
2 32 (3.64%) Telecoms
3 31 (3.53%) Banking
4 26 (2.96%) Marketing
5 23 (2.62%) Manufacturing
6 21 (2.39%) Retail
7 18 (2.05%) Back Office
8 15 (1.71%) Law
9 13 (1.48%) Electronics
9 13 (1.48%) Legal
10 9 (1.03%) Advertising
10 9 (1.03%) Games
10 9 (1.03%) Military
11 7 (0.80%) Automotive
11 7 (0.80%) Spanish Language
12 6 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.57%) Humanities
13 5 (0.57%) Social Science
14 4 (0.46%) Publishing
15 2 (0.23%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 115 (13.10%) Analyst
2 112 (12.76%) Support Engineer
3 87 (9.91%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 67 (7.63%) Desktop Support
5 58 (6.61%) Architect
5 58 (6.61%) Consultant
6 49 (5.58%) Developer
7 48 (5.47%) 2nd Line Support
7 48 (5.47%) IT Support
8 45 (5.13%) Service Analyst
9 43 (4.90%) Service Desk Analyst
10 42 (4.78%) Administrator
11 35 (3.99%) Desktop Engineer
11 35 (3.99%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 34 (3.87%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 32 (3.64%) Support Analyst
14 28 (3.19%) Systems Administrator
15 25 (2.85%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 25 (2.85%) Windows Engineer
16 24 (2.73%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (6.26%) .NET
2 29 (3.30%) HTML
3 27 (3.08%) CSS
4 24 (2.73%) ASP.NET
4 24 (2.73%) Web Services
5 15 (1.71%) REST
6 14 (1.59%) HTML5
7 11 (1.25%) CSS3
7 11 (1.25%) LDAP
8 10 (1.14%) .NET Framework
8 10 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC
8 10 (1.14%) jQuery
8 10 (1.14%) SAML
8 10 (1.14%) WCF
9 9 (1.03%) XML
10 8 (0.91%) Middleware
11 7 (0.80%) 802.1X
11 7 (0.80%) JSON
12 6 (0.68%) ASP.NET Web API
12 6 (0.68%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 114 (12.98%) Data Centre
2 51 (5.81%) Analytical Skills
3 44 (5.01%) Clustering
3 44 (5.01%) Video Conferencing
4 40 (4.56%) Computer Science
5 39 (4.44%) Management Information System
6 27 (3.08%) Self-Motivation
7 26 (2.96%) Blackberry
8 25 (2.85%) PKI
8 25 (2.85%) Replication
9 22 (2.51%) Smartphone
10 19 (2.16%) Client/Server
11 16 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
11 16 (1.82%) iPhone
12 15 (1.71%) Fat Client
12 15 (1.71%) Thin Client
13 14 (1.59%) NHS
14 13 (1.48%) Driving Licence
14 13 (1.48%) Public Cloud
15 12 (1.37%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 589 (67.08%) Windows
2 318 (36.22%) Windows Server
3 179 (20.39%) Windows 7
4 160 (18.22%) Windows 10
4 160 (18.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 152 (17.31%) Windows Server 2008
6 68 (7.74%) Linux
7 42 (4.78%) Windows Server 2003
8 38 (4.33%) Android
9 37 (4.21%) Unix
10 34 (3.87%) Windows XP
11 29 (3.30%) Apple iOS
12 19 (2.16%) Windows 8
13 18 (2.05%) Mac OS X
14 13 (1.48%) Mac OS
15 12 (1.37%) Windows 2000
16 11 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 9 (1.03%) AIX
17 9 (1.03%) Windows Vista
18 8 (0.91%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 344 (39.18%) ITIL
2 151 (17.20%) Migration
3 104 (11.85%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 102 (11.62%) Problem-Solving
5 83 (9.45%) Agile Software Development
6 74 (8.43%) ITIL V3
7 66 (7.52%) Service Management
8 64 (7.29%) Change Management
9 50 (5.69%) Server Management
10 48 (5.47%) CRM
10 48 (5.47%) Stakeholder Management
11 45 (5.13%) PRINCE2
12 44 (5.01%) Business Intelligence
12 44 (5.01%) Customer Requirements
13 43 (4.90%) Project Management
14 41 (4.67%) Service Delivery
15 37 (4.21%) ITSM
16 35 (3.99%) Incident Management
17 32 (3.64%) Analytics
17 32 (3.64%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 160 (18.22%) PowerShell
2 103 (11.73%) SQL
3 54 (6.15%) C#
4 35 (3.99%) JavaScript
5 19 (2.16%) C
6 18 (2.05%) Python
6 18 (2.05%) VB
6 18 (2.05%) VBScript
7 15 (1.71%) T-SQL
8 12 (1.37%) Java
9 10 (1.14%) R
10 9 (1.03%) U-SQL
11 7 (0.80%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 6 (0.68%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.68%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.57%) PHP
13 5 (0.57%) VBA
14 4 (0.46%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.46%) Ruby
14 4 (0.46%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 478 (54.44%) MCSE
2 249 (28.36%) MCSA
3 157 (17.88%) MCP
4 129 (14.69%) Security Cleared
5 125 (14.24%) Cisco Certification
6 107 (12.19%) SC Cleared
7 104 (11.85%) MCITP
8 96 (10.93%) CCNA
9 95 (10.82%) Degree
10 65 (7.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 52 (5.92%) MCTS
12 43 (4.90%) CCNP
13 41 (4.67%) MCDST
14 38 (4.33%) ITIL Certification
15 34 (3.87%) A+ Certification
15 34 (3.87%) DV Cleared
16 25 (2.85%) CISSP
16 25 (2.85%) Computer Science Degree
17 24 (2.73%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 18 (2.05%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 68 (7.74%) SLA
2 26 (2.96%) QA
3 12 (1.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.80%) JSP 440
5 6 (0.68%) GDPR
6 5 (0.57%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.57%) Government Security Classifications
6 5 (0.57%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 3 (0.34%) HL7
8 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.23%) PMO
9 1 (0.11%) COBIT
9 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 437 (49.77%) Active Directory
2 203 (23.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (10.48%) Hyper-V
4 53 (6.04%) vSphere
5 47 (5.35%) VMware ESXi
6 43 (4.90%) XenApp
7 38 (4.33%) Virtual Machines
8 28 (3.19%) XenDesktop
9 24 (2.73%) Microsoft App-V
10 14 (1.59%) Virtual Desktop
10 14 (1.59%) XenServer
11 13 (1.48%) Terminal Services
11 13 (1.48%) VMware Workstation
12 11 (1.25%) BitLocker
13 8 (0.91%) IAG
13 8 (0.91%) UAG
14 7 (0.80%) Virtual Servers
15 5 (0.57%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
15 5 (0.57%) VMware NSX
16 4 (0.46%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 203 (23.12%) SCCM
2 40 (4.56%) SCOM
3 36 (4.10%) Microsoft Intune
4 35 (3.99%) WSUS
5 29 (3.30%) AirWatch
5 29 (3.30%) vCenter Server
6 27 (3.08%) Microsoft Clustering
7 24 (2.73%) NetBackup
8 23 (2.62%) XenMobile
9 17 (1.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 15 (1.71%) McAfee ePO
11 11 (1.25%) PowerCLI
12 10 (1.14%) Puppet
12 10 (1.14%) Single Sign-On
13 9 (1.03%) SCVMM
14 8 (0.91%) Terraform
15 6 (0.68%) Backup Exec
15 6 (0.68%) Cisco CUCM
15 6 (0.68%) Norton AntiVirus
15 6 (0.68%) PingFederate
Vendors
1 658 (74.94%) Microsoft
2 297 (33.83%) VMware
3 144 (16.40%) Cisco
4 142 (16.17%) Citrix
5 66 (7.52%) HP
6 56 (6.38%) Apple
7 53 (6.04%) McAfee
8 44 (5.01%) Oracle
9 39 (4.44%) EMC
10 32 (3.64%) ServiceNow
11 31 (3.53%) Ivanti
12 26 (2.96%) SAP
13 25 (2.85%) NetApp
13 25 (2.85%) Veeam
14 23 (2.62%) Dell
15 22 (2.51%) SolarWinds
16 20 (2.28%) Symantec
17 18 (2.05%) Bloomberg
17 18 (2.05%) Google
17 18 (2.05%) Remedy