Period
to 20 April 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 20 April 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
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 284 272 228
Rank change year-on-year -12 -44 -50
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 838 812 1,098
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.90% 0.95% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.73% 4.63% 5.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 507 504 653
England median daily rate £350 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -2.86% +7.69%
10th Percentile £170 £130 £150
90th Percentile £551 £525 £475
UK median daily rate £350 £330 £330
% change year-on-year +6.06% - +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 66 116
England median hourly rate £16.35 £19.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.95% +11.76% +7.02%
10th Percentile £11.33 £11.63 £9.00
90th Percentile £33.95 £46.88 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £16.20 £18.47 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.29% +8.65% +7.80%

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 17,729 17,553 20,841
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.13% 20.44% 21.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,625 11,031 13,045
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 801 868 814
England median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.67% +9.09% +37.50%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.50 £52.50
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £28.50
% change year-on-year -21.67% +5.26% +42.50%

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 20 April 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 20 April 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 20 April 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 -43 302 £359 -0.90% 119
South East -17 221 £380 +16.92% 84
North of England -11 105 £325 -7.14% 92
Midlands -12 78 £315 -3.08% 75
South West +46 64 £438 +24.29% 39
East of England -5 64 £266 -20.52% 44
East Midlands +4 48 £320 - 32
North West -16 46 £430 +20.70% 48
Yorkshire -26 36 £300 -20.00% 35
West Midlands -5 30 £276 -18.37% 43
North East +40 24 £325 +12.07% 9
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 20 April 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.

1 613 (73.15%) Microsoft
2 556 (66.35%) Windows
3 478 (57.04%) MCSE
4 434 (51.79%) Active Directory
5 325 (38.78%) ITIL
6 294 (35.08%) VMware
7 281 (33.53%) Windows Server
8 251 (29.95%) MCSA
9 238 (28.40%) Office 365
10 197 (23.51%) Windows Server 2012
11 192 (22.91%) MCP
12 185 (22.08%) Citrix
13 183 (21.84%) VMware Infrastructure
14 178 (21.24%) Microsoft Azure
15 162 (19.33%) PowerShell
15 162 (19.33%) SCCM
16 161 (19.21%) MS Exchange
17 158 (18.85%) Windows Server 2008
18 157 (18.74%) Windows 7
19 152 (18.14%) Cisco Certification
19 152 (18.14%) Cisco
20 147 (17.54%) SQL
21 138 (16.47%) Microsoft Office
21 138 (16.47%) Windows 10
22 133 (15.87%) SQL Server
23 129 (15.39%) MCITP
24 128 (15.27%) CCNA
25 126 (15.04%) Firewall
25 126 (15.04%) Migration
26 118 (14.08%) DNS

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
1 161 (19.21%) MS Exchange
2 88 (10.50%) SharePoint
3 69 (8.23%) Skype for Business
4 56 (6.68%) Exchange Server 2010
5 48 (5.73%) IIS
6 26 (3.10%) Exchange Server 2013
7 14 (1.67%) SharePoint 2013
8 11 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2007
9 9 (1.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 9 (1.07%) OpenStack
10 6 (0.72%) Apache
10 6 (0.72%) Apache Spark
10 6 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
10 6 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (0.48%) IBM Notes
11 4 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.36%) CMS
12 3 (0.36%) WebSphere
13 2 (0.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 2 (0.24%) Tomcat
Applications
1 138 (16.47%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (2.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.55%) MS Visio
5 8 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.24%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 9 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.60%) SAP S/4HANA
3 4 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.24%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.24%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 2 (0.24%) Workfront
5 1 (0.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.12%) Eikon
5 1 (0.12%) Magento
5 1 (0.12%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.12%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.12%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.12%) SDL Web 8
Cloud Services
1 238 (28.40%) Office 365
2 178 (21.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 59 (7.04%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (2.15%) Azure Active Directory
4 18 (2.15%) PaaS
5 17 (2.03%) IaaS
6 12 (1.43%) OneDrive
7 11 (1.31%) Mimecast
8 10 (1.19%) SaaS
9 7 (0.84%) Azure Machine Learning
10 6 (0.72%) AWS CloudFormation
10 6 (0.72%) Azure Data Factory
10 6 (0.72%) Data Lake Analytics
10 6 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
10 6 (0.72%) G Suite
11 5 (0.60%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 5 (0.60%) Amazon EC2
11 5 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 3 (0.36%) Yammer
13 2 (0.24%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 126 (15.04%) Firewall
2 118 (14.08%) DNS
3 96 (11.46%) LAN
4 94 (11.22%) TCP/IP
5 88 (10.50%) DHCP
5 88 (10.50%) WAN
6 78 (9.31%) SAN
7 72 (8.59%) VPN
8 57 (6.80%) Skype
9 52 (6.21%) Internet
10 43 (5.13%) VoIP
11 26 (3.10%) NAS
12 24 (2.86%) Cisco ASA
13 23 (2.74%) DMZ
14 21 (2.51%) MPLS
14 21 (2.51%) Wireless
15 19 (2.27%) Cisco Nexus
16 17 (2.03%) BGP
16 17 (2.03%) SSL
17 16 (1.91%) OSPF
Database & Business Intelligence
1 133 (15.87%) SQL Server
2 38 (4.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 27 (3.22%) SQL Server 2008
4 26 (3.10%) Data Warehouse
5 22 (2.63%) SQL Server 2016
5 22 (2.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 20 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
7 17 (2.03%) Big Data
7 17 (2.03%) Power BI
8 16 (1.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 14 (1.67%) MySQL
10 11 (1.31%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 10 (1.19%) Relational Database
12 9 (1.07%) Hadoop
13 8 (0.95%) SQL Server 2005
13 8 (0.95%) SQL Server 2014
14 7 (0.84%) OLAP
15 6 (0.72%) Data Lake
15 6 (0.72%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.72%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 25 (2.98%) Visual Studio
2 16 (1.91%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (1.43%) Visual Studio Team System
4 5 (0.60%) Octopus Deploy
4 5 (0.60%) Subversion
5 4 (0.48%) GCC
5 4 (0.48%) Git (software)
5 4 (0.48%) JIRA
5 4 (0.48%) MSTest
5 4 (0.48%) WiX
6 3 (0.36%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.36%) MSI
6 3 (0.36%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.24%) Cucumber
7 2 (0.24%) Moq
7 2 (0.24%) NUnit
7 2 (0.24%) Selenium
7 2 (0.24%) TeamCity
8 1 (0.12%) CruiseControl
8 1 (0.12%) Hudson
General
1 108 (12.89%) Finance
2 39 (4.65%) Telecoms
3 18 (2.15%) Legal
3 18 (2.15%) Retail
4 16 (1.91%) Marketing
5 14 (1.67%) Back Office
5 14 (1.67%) Publishing
6 13 (1.55%) Banking
7 9 (1.07%) Manufacturing
8 8 (0.95%) Advertising
8 8 (0.95%) Law
9 7 (0.84%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.84%) Local Government
10 6 (0.72%) Financial Institution
11 4 (0.48%) Automotive
11 4 (0.48%) Electronics
12 3 (0.36%) Billing
12 3 (0.36%) German Language
13 2 (0.24%) Military
14 1 (0.12%) Dutch Language
Job Titles
1 104 (12.41%) Analyst
2 99 (11.81%) Architect
3 83 (9.90%) Support Engineer
4 76 (9.07%) Desktop Support
5 74 (8.83%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 72 (8.59%) Consultant
7 63 (7.52%) Windows Engineer
8 62 (7.40%) Developer
9 37 (4.42%) Desktop Engineer
9 37 (4.42%) Support Analyst
10 36 (4.30%) 3rd Line Support
11 35 (4.18%) 2nd Line Support
12 33 (3.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 31 (3.70%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 31 (3.70%) Systems Engineer
14 29 (3.46%) Service Analyst
14 29 (3.46%) Service Desk Analyst
15 27 (3.22%) Administrator
15 27 (3.22%) Azure Consultant
16 22 (2.63%) Infrastructure Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (4.53%) .NET
2 27 (3.22%) ASP.NET
3 23 (2.74%) Web Services
4 20 (2.39%) .NET Framework
5 16 (1.91%) REST
6 15 (1.79%) HTML
7 12 (1.43%) AngularJS
7 12 (1.43%) ASP.NET MVC
8 10 (1.19%) jQuery
8 10 (1.19%) XML
9 9 (1.07%) ASP.NET Web API
9 9 (1.07%) Node.js
9 9 (1.07%) WCF
10 8 (0.95%) CSS
11 7 (0.84%) 802.1X
11 7 (0.84%) ASP.NET MVC 4
11 7 (0.84%) React
12 6 (0.72%) JSON
12 6 (0.72%) SOAP
12 6 (0.72%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 97 (11.58%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (10.14%) Data Centre
3 48 (5.73%) PKI
4 45 (5.37%) Management Information System
5 39 (4.65%) Clustering
6 32 (3.82%) Computer Science
7 23 (2.74%) Self-Motivation
8 18 (2.15%) Blackberry
8 18 (2.15%) Mobile App
8 18 (2.15%) Video Conferencing
9 15 (1.79%) Replication
10 14 (1.67%) Driving Licence
10 14 (1.67%) Enterprise Cloud
10 14 (1.67%) NHS
10 14 (1.67%) Public Cloud
11 11 (1.31%) Enterprise Software
11 11 (1.31%) Smartphone
12 10 (1.19%) Fat Client
12 10 (1.19%) Thin Client
13 8 (0.95%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 556 (66.35%) Windows
2 281 (33.53%) Windows Server
3 197 (23.51%) Windows Server 2012
4 158 (18.85%) Windows Server 2008
5 157 (18.74%) Windows 7
6 138 (16.47%) Windows 10
7 84 (10.02%) Windows Server 2003
8 54 (6.44%) Linux
9 35 (4.18%) Windows 8
10 33 (3.94%) Android
11 32 (3.82%) Apple iOS
12 27 (3.22%) Unix
13 26 (3.10%) Windows XP
14 17 (2.03%) Windows Vista
15 10 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 10 (1.19%) Windows Phone
15 10 (1.19%) Windows Phone 8
16 9 (1.07%) Mac OS X
17 8 (0.95%) Windows 2000
18 7 (0.84%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 325 (38.78%) ITIL
2 126 (15.04%) Migration
3 109 (13.01%) Problem-Solving
4 79 (9.43%) ITIL V3
5 66 (7.88%) Agile Software Development
6 60 (7.16%) Change Management
7 59 (7.04%) Service Management
8 51 (6.09%) TOGAF
9 48 (5.73%) Incident Management
10 42 (5.01%) Business Intelligence
11 41 (4.89%) PRINCE2
12 38 (4.53%) Service Delivery
13 35 (4.18%) Disaster Recovery
14 30 (3.58%) Project Management
15 28 (3.34%) Configuration Management
15 28 (3.34%) DevOps
15 28 (3.34%) Performance Tuning
16 27 (3.22%) High Availability
17 25 (2.98%) Analytics
17 25 (2.98%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 162 (19.33%) PowerShell
2 147 (17.54%) SQL
3 34 (4.06%) VBScript
4 33 (3.94%) C#
5 31 (3.70%) T-SQL
6 24 (2.86%) JavaScript
7 19 (2.27%) Shell Script
8 16 (1.91%) C
9 12 (1.43%) Python
10 10 (1.19%) VB
11 9 (1.07%) VBA
12 8 (0.95%) TypeScript
13 7 (0.84%) Java
14 5 (0.60%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 5 (0.60%) U-SQL
15 4 (0.48%) R
16 3 (0.36%) C++
16 3 (0.36%) Ruby
16 3 (0.36%) VB.NET
17 2 (0.24%) Scala
Qualifications
1 478 (57.04%) MCSE
2 251 (29.95%) MCSA
3 192 (22.91%) MCP
4 152 (18.14%) Cisco Certification
5 129 (15.39%) MCITP
6 128 (15.27%) CCNA
7 105 (12.53%) Security Cleared
8 103 (12.29%) Degree
9 87 (10.38%) SC Cleared
10 71 (8.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 39 (4.65%) MCDST
12 38 (4.53%) CCNP
12 38 (4.53%) MCTS
13 36 (4.30%) ITIL Certification
14 33 (3.94%) Citrix Certification
15 24 (2.86%) A+ Certification
16 23 (2.74%) CCIE
17 22 (2.63%) MCSD
18 21 (2.51%) Computer Science Degree
18 21 (2.51%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (8.83%) SLA
2 21 (2.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.31%) QA
4 10 (1.19%) PCI DSS
5 9 (1.07%) Disclosure Scotland
6 7 (0.84%) PMO
7 3 (0.36%) GDPR
8 2 (0.24%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.24%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 434 (51.79%) Active Directory
2 183 (21.84%) VMware Infrastructure
3 92 (10.98%) Hyper-V
4 62 (7.40%) vSphere
5 46 (5.49%) XenApp
6 44 (5.25%) VMware ESXi
7 38 (4.53%) XenDesktop
8 27 (3.22%) VMware Workstation
9 19 (2.27%) BitLocker
10 17 (2.03%) XenServer
11 16 (1.91%) Virtual Machines
12 14 (1.67%) Virtual Desktop
13 11 (1.31%) Docker
13 11 (1.31%) Terminal Services
14 9 (1.07%) UAG
15 8 (0.95%) Microsoft App-V
16 7 (0.84%) NFS
16 7 (0.84%) vCloud
17 5 (0.60%) Firmware
17 5 (0.60%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 162 (19.33%) SCCM
2 46 (5.49%) SCOM
3 28 (3.34%) Microsoft Clustering
3 28 (3.34%) Nessus
4 22 (2.63%) Backup Exec
5 20 (2.39%) WSUS
6 19 (2.27%) AirWatch
7 17 (2.03%) NetBackup
8 14 (1.67%) Microsoft Intune
8 14 (1.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 10 (1.19%) SAP Afaria
9 10 (1.19%) XenMobile
10 9 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
10 9 (1.07%) vCenter Server
11 8 (0.95%) Opscode Chef
12 7 (0.84%) EMC NetWorker
13 6 (0.72%) Ansible
13 6 (0.72%) FortiGate
13 6 (0.72%) HP Data Protector
13 6 (0.72%) vRealize
Vendors
1 613 (73.15%) Microsoft
2 294 (35.08%) VMware
3 185 (22.08%) Citrix
4 152 (18.14%) Cisco
5 99 (11.81%) HP
6 54 (6.44%) SolarWinds
7 50 (5.97%) Ivanti
8 45 (5.37%) NetApp
9 40 (4.77%) CheckPoint
10 37 (4.42%) Shavlik
11 36 (4.30%) Apple
11 36 (4.30%) Dell
12 32 (3.82%) IBM
13 31 (3.70%) SAP
13 31 (3.70%) Symantec
14 28 (3.34%) Veeam
15 26 (3.10%) McAfee
16 23 (2.74%) EMC
17 22 (2.63%) Oracle
18 20 (2.39%) Fortinet