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 3 months to 26 April 2017 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 236 221 175
Rank change year-on-year -15 -46  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 423 564 682
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.99% 1.10% 1.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.89% 5.23% 6.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 328 413
Median daily rate £340 £350 £321
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.85% +8.97%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £175 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £289 £350 £322
% change year-on-year -17.50% +8.86%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 56 55
Median hourly rate £19.00 £17.00 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +0.95%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.20 £44.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £18.28 £14.75
% change year-on-year +3.96% +23.89%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8654 10775 9998
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.18% 20.97% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 5380 6853 5750
Median daily rate £425 £405 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.93% +2.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 426 347 473
Median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% +11.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.49 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.55 £47.83 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.10 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.96% +33.78%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +25 158 £375 +25.00% 53
South East -47 109 £250 -33.33% 48
East of England +4 38 £413 +22.22% 21
East Midlands +3 34 £256 +12.63% 10
West Midlands +8 24 £338 +8.00% 15
North West +11 23 £350 +27.27% 20
Yorkshire +21 18 £420 +46.08% 12
South West -20 9 £352 +0.57% 17
North East +4 8 £260 +4.00% 4
Midlands +8 2 £275 -42.10% 1
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 607 (75.88%) Microsoft
2 530 (66.25%) Windows
3 419 (52.38%) Active Directory
4 406 (50.75%) MCSE
5 290 (36.25%) ITIL
6 274 (34.25%) Windows Server
7 238 (29.75%) VMware
8 197 (24.63%) Windows Server 2012
9 187 (23.38%) Windows Server 2008
10 175 (21.88%) PowerShell
11 171 (21.38%) MCSA
12 170 (21.25%) Office 365
13 154 (19.25%) VMware Infrastructure
14 153 (19.13%) SQL Server
15 152 (19.00%) MS Exchange
16 148 (18.50%) MCP
17 147 (18.38%) Windows 7
18 142 (17.75%) Cisco
19 140 (17.50%) Citrix
20 139 (17.38%) MCITP
21 126 (15.75%) Microsoft Azure
22 125 (15.63%) Security Cleared
22 125 (15.63%) Microsoft Office
23 122 (15.25%) Finance
24 116 (14.50%) SharePoint
24 116 (14.50%) Cisco Certification
25 114 (14.25%) Hyper-V
26 109 (13.63%) Firewall
27 105 (13.13%) SQL
28 100 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003

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
1 152 (19.00%) MS Exchange
2 116 (14.50%) SharePoint
3 93 (11.63%) Skype for Business
4 82 (10.25%) Exchange Server 2010
5 47 (5.88%) IIS
6 42 (5.25%) SharePoint 2013
7 41 (5.13%) Exchange Server 2013
8 26 (3.25%) SharePoint 2010
9 16 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2007
10 12 (1.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 10 (1.25%) Office Communications Server
12 9 (1.13%) BizTalk Server
12 9 (1.13%) SharePoint Server
13 8 (1.00%) Apache
13 8 (1.00%) Exchange Server 2003
13 8 (1.00%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.75%) ArcGIS
14 6 (0.75%) MS Project Server
15 5 (0.63%) CMS
15 5 (0.63%) OpenStack
Applications
1 125 (15.63%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (3.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (2.25%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.63%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.13%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.13%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.13%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 16 (2.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.38%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.38%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.25%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.13%) Eikon
5 1 (0.13%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 170 (21.25%) Office 365
2 126 (15.75%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (4.38%) Amazon AWS
4 26 (3.25%) Azure Active Directory
5 22 (2.75%) IaaS
6 17 (2.13%) PaaS
7 15 (1.88%) SaaS
8 12 (1.50%) OneDrive
9 8 (1.00%) AWS CloudFormation
10 7 (0.88%) GitHub
10 7 (0.88%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
12 2 (0.25%) AWS OpsWorks
12 2 (0.25%) Google Cloud Platform
12 2 (0.25%) Yammer
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.13%) G Suite
13 1 (0.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 109 (13.63%) Firewall
2 89 (11.13%) DNS
3 83 (10.38%) SAN
4 79 (9.88%) LAN
5 73 (9.13%) WAN
6 71 (8.88%) DHCP
7 68 (8.50%) Skype
8 47 (5.88%) VPN
9 45 (5.63%) TCP/IP
10 33 (4.13%) VoIP
11 27 (3.38%) NAS
12 25 (3.13%) Remote Desktop
12 25 (3.13%) Wireless
13 21 (2.63%) Internet
13 21 (2.63%) Network Security
14 17 (2.13%) Cisco Nexus
15 16 (2.00%) VLAN
16 13 (1.63%) SSL
16 13 (1.63%) Wi-Fi
17 12 (1.50%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 153 (19.13%) SQL Server
2 46 (5.75%) SQL Server 2012
3 40 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 38 (4.75%) SQL Server 2008
5 37 (4.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 24 (3.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 16 (2.00%) SQL Server 2005
8 15 (1.88%) SQL Server 2014
9 14 (1.75%) Oracle Database
10 13 (1.63%) Data Warehouse
11 9 (1.13%) Relational Database
12 8 (1.00%) RDBMS
13 7 (0.88%) Big Data
13 7 (0.88%) Oracle Database 12c
13 7 (0.88%) Power BI
14 6 (0.75%) MySQL
14 6 (0.75%) NoSQL
14 6 (0.75%) PowerPivot
14 6 (0.75%) SQL Server 2016
15 5 (0.63%) DB2
Development Applications
1 25 (3.13%) Visual Studio
2 20 (2.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (1.63%) JIRA
4 6 (0.75%) Git (software)
4 6 (0.75%) Jenkins
5 5 (0.63%) MSI
5 5 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
6 3 (0.38%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (0.38%) Bitbucket
6 3 (0.38%) Octopus Deploy
6 3 (0.38%) TeamCity
6 3 (0.38%) WiX
7 2 (0.25%) AccuRev
7 2 (0.25%) CruiseControl
7 2 (0.25%) Subversion
7 2 (0.25%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 1 (0.13%) MSTest
8 1 (0.13%) NUnit
8 1 (0.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (0.13%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 122 (15.25%) Finance
2 29 (3.63%) Banking
3 28 (3.50%) Manufacturing
4 17 (2.13%) Retail
4 17 (2.13%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.88%) Military
6 13 (1.63%) Legal
7 12 (1.50%) Law
8 9 (1.13%) Financial Institution
9 7 (0.88%) Back Office
10 6 (0.75%) Avionics
11 5 (0.63%) Investment Banking
11 5 (0.63%) Local Government
12 4 (0.50%) Advertising
12 4 (0.50%) Front Office
12 4 (0.50%) Games
12 4 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.38%) Marketing
14 2 (0.25%) Billing
15 1 (0.13%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 105 (13.13%) Analyst
2 77 (9.63%) Architect
3 75 (9.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 66 (8.25%) Support Engineer
5 62 (7.75%) Consultant
6 51 (6.38%) Developer
7 50 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support
7 50 (6.25%) Support Analyst
8 44 (5.50%) Desktop Support
9 36 (4.50%) Server Engineer
10 34 (4.25%) Windows Engineer
11 33 (4.13%) Wintel Engineer
12 30 (3.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 29 (3.63%) 3rd Line Support
14 28 (3.50%) Administrator
14 28 (3.50%) IT Engineer
15 27 (3.38%) Service Analyst
15 27 (3.38%) Service Desk Analyst
16 26 (3.25%) 1st/2nd Line Support
16 26 (3.25%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 56 (7.00%) .NET
2 36 (4.50%) XML
3 31 (3.88%) CSS
4 24 (3.00%) ASP.NET
4 24 (3.00%) HTML
5 22 (2.75%) Web Services
6 14 (1.75%) jQuery
7 12 (1.50%) WCF
8 10 (1.25%) WPF
9 8 (1.00%) ASP.NET MVC
9 8 (1.00%) HTML5
9 8 (1.00%) WAP
10 7 (0.88%) COM
11 6 (0.75%) AngularJS
11 6 (0.75%) DCOM
11 6 (0.75%) XMPP
12 5 (0.63%) .NET Framework
12 5 (0.63%) Ajax
12 5 (0.63%) Middleware
12 5 (0.63%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 83 (10.38%) Data Centre
2 51 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
3 49 (6.13%) Blackberry
3 49 (6.13%) Clustering
4 34 (4.25%) Computer Science
4 34 (4.25%) Management Information System
5 30 (3.75%) Replication
6 28 (3.50%) PKI
7 25 (3.13%) Video Conferencing
8 24 (3.00%) iPad
9 21 (2.63%) NHS
10 13 (1.63%) User Experience
11 12 (1.50%) Private Cloud
12 10 (1.25%) Life Science
13 9 (1.13%) iPhone
13 9 (1.13%) Smartphone
14 8 (1.00%) Driving Licence
15 7 (0.88%) BYOD
15 7 (0.88%) Handset
15 7 (0.88%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 530 (66.25%) Windows
2 274 (34.25%) Windows Server
3 197 (24.63%) Windows Server 2012
4 187 (23.38%) Windows Server 2008
5 147 (18.38%) Windows 7
6 100 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 69 (8.63%) Windows 10
8 66 (8.25%) Linux
9 52 (6.50%) Windows 8
10 37 (4.63%) Android
11 24 (3.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 23 (2.88%) Apple iOS
13 21 (2.63%) Unix
14 20 (2.50%) Windows XP
15 9 (1.13%) Mac OS X
16 6 (0.75%) CentOS
17 5 (0.63%) Windows Phone
18 4 (0.50%) Mac OS
19 3 (0.38%) Solaris
19 3 (0.38%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 290 (36.25%) ITIL
2 97 (12.13%) Migration
3 71 (8.88%) Change Management
4 55 (6.88%) Agile Software Development
5 54 (6.75%) ITIL V3
6 48 (6.00%) High Availability
7 47 (5.88%) Service Management
8 37 (4.63%) Disaster Recovery
8 37 (4.63%) Project Management
9 34 (4.25%) Service Delivery
10 33 (4.13%) Business Intelligence
11 32 (4.00%) DevOps
11 32 (4.00%) PRINCE2
12 30 (3.75%) Configuration Management
12 30 (3.75%) ITSM
13 28 (3.50%) Problem Management
14 26 (3.25%) Mobile Device Management
14 26 (3.25%) Performance Tuning
15 24 (3.00%) Stakeholder Management
16 23 (2.88%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 175 (21.88%) PowerShell
2 105 (13.13%) SQL
3 60 (7.50%) C#
4 40 (5.00%) VBScript
5 30 (3.75%) JavaScript
6 27 (3.38%) T-SQL
7 20 (2.50%) VB
8 16 (2.00%) Python
9 12 (1.50%) C
10 10 (1.25%) Bash Shell
11 7 (0.88%) Ada
11 7 (0.88%) Ada 83
11 7 (0.88%) Ada 95
12 6 (0.75%) Java
13 5 (0.63%) Perl
13 5 (0.63%) VB.NET
14 4 (0.50%) Ruby
15 2 (0.25%) ABAP
15 2 (0.25%) PL/SQL
15 2 (0.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 406 (50.75%) MCSE
2 171 (21.38%) MCSA
3 148 (18.50%) MCP
4 139 (17.38%) MCITP
5 125 (15.63%) Security Cleared
6 116 (14.50%) Cisco Certification
7 97 (12.13%) Degree
7 97 (12.13%) SC Cleared
8 87 (10.88%) CCNA
9 78 (9.75%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 52 (6.50%) MCTS
11 33 (4.13%) CCNP
11 33 (4.13%) ITIL Certification
12 26 (3.25%) Citrix Certification
12 26 (3.25%) MCDST
13 21 (2.63%) MCSD
14 19 (2.38%) CCIE
15 15 (1.88%) MCDBA
16 14 (1.75%) DV Cleared
17 13 (1.63%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (6.25%) SLA
2 14 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.25%) QA
4 5 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.63%) PMO
5 4 (0.50%) Government Security Classifications
6 3 (0.38%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.38%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.25%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.13%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.13%) GCP
8 1 (0.13%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 1 (0.13%) PMBOK
System Software
1 419 (52.38%) Active Directory
2 154 (19.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 114 (14.25%) Hyper-V
4 37 (4.63%) vSphere
5 29 (3.63%) VMware ESX
6 28 (3.50%) XenApp
7 22 (2.75%) XenDesktop
8 21 (2.63%) VMware ESXi
9 15 (1.88%) Virtual Machines
10 12 (1.50%) UAG
11 11 (1.38%) Virtual Desktop
12 10 (1.25%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (1.25%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.13%) Terminal Services
14 7 (0.88%) VMware Workstation
15 6 (0.75%) ISA Server
16 5 (0.63%) Firmware
16 5 (0.63%) Forefront TMG
16 5 (0.63%) Terminal Server
17 4 (0.50%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 99 (12.38%) SCCM
2 51 (6.38%) SCOM
3 22 (2.75%) NetBackup
4 20 (2.50%) Microsoft Clustering
5 16 (2.00%) WSUS
6 15 (1.88%) AirWatch
7 14 (1.75%) Puppet
8 13 (1.63%) vCenter Server
9 11 (1.38%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
10 10 (1.25%) PowerCLI
10 10 (1.25%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 9 (1.13%) Failover Clustering
11 9 (1.13%) Norton AntiVirus
11 9 (1.13%) Opscode Chef
12 8 (1.00%) Backup Exec
12 8 (1.00%) Nessus
12 8 (1.00%) vMotion
12 8 (1.00%) WMI
13 6 (0.75%) Ansible
13 6 (0.75%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 607 (75.88%) Microsoft
2 238 (29.75%) VMware
3 142 (17.75%) Cisco
4 140 (17.50%) Citrix
5 86 (10.75%) HP
6 56 (7.00%) NetApp
7 45 (5.63%) Oracle
8 32 (4.00%) Apple
9 28 (3.50%) SolarWinds
10 26 (3.25%) EMC
10 26 (3.25%) Symantec
11 21 (2.63%) Remedy
12 18 (2.25%) CheckPoint
12 18 (2.25%) Dell
12 18 (2.25%) Red Hat
13 17 (2.13%) Polycom
14 15 (1.88%) ServiceNow
15 14 (1.75%) Intel Security
16 10 (1.25%) AppSense
16 10 (1.25%) Sophos
Berkshire
Venn Group
Rate: £150 Per Day
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 11 hours ago
East London
Harris Global
Rate: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 12 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £195 - £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Blues Point Ltd
Rate: From £15 to £17 per hour + travel expenses when necessary
Posted: 5 days ago
Northamptonshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Crawley, West Sussex
Talent Spa
Rate: £400 - 450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago