Period
to 3 August 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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 254 287 286
Rank change year-on-year +33 -1 -24
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 291 773 869
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.91% 0.92% 0.92%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.70% 4.81% 4.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 162 477 555
Median daily rate £431 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.00% +7.14% +3.70%
10th Percentile £160 £159 £163
90th Percentile £575 £571 £538
UK median daily rate £425 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +13.33% +7.14% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 44 64
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.38 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +10.71% -2.78%
10th Percentile £14.60 £11.80 £13.29
90th Percentile £40.35 £49.25 £44.19
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £17.41
% change year-on-year - +14.88% -3.28%

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 7,868 16,069 17,796
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 24.58% 19.17% 18.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,731 9,801 10,526
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +4.65%
10th Percentile £290 £268 £250
90th Percentile £638 £650 £638
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 713 846
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £22.93
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +52.64% -20.93%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.89 £13.00
90th Percentile £56.70 £60.00 £50.25
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £22.93
% change year-on-year - +52.64% -23.36%

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 3 August 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 3 August 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 3 August 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
South East +65 86 £388 -3.13% 28
London +63 79 £431 +15.00% 35
Midlands +44 44 £550 +51.72% 22
West Midlands +42 36 £550 +4.76% 15
North of England +52 30 £350 +7.69% 36
East of England +77 28 £500 +33.33% 11
South West +18 24 £475 +18.75% 14
North West +49 19 £350 -2.78% 17
East Midlands +36 8 - - 7
Yorkshire +54 7 £183 -42.06% 12
North East +33 4 £338 +87.50% 7
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 3 August 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.

1 232 (79.73%) Microsoft
2 194 (66.67%) Windows
3 172 (59.11%) Active Directory
4 129 (44.33%) MCSE
5 113 (38.83%) Windows Server
6 110 (37.80%) VMware
7 97 (33.33%) Security Cleared
8 91 (31.27%) ITIL
9 84 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
10 81 (27.84%) Office 365
11 79 (27.15%) MCSA
12 78 (26.80%) Windows 10
13 77 (26.46%) VMware Infrastructure
14 69 (23.71%) PowerShell
14 69 (23.71%) Azure
15 65 (22.34%) Cisco Certification
16 64 (21.99%) Windows Server 2016
17 62 (21.31%) Cisco
18 61 (20.96%) SC Cleared
19 57 (19.59%) SQL Server
19 57 (19.59%) Migration
20 53 (18.21%) DNS
21 51 (17.53%) Microsoft Office
22 50 (17.18%) DV Cleared
23 48 (16.49%) Windows Server 2008
24 46 (15.81%) Windows 7
25 41 (14.09%) Agile Software Development
26 39 (13.40%) DHCP
27 38 (13.06%) .NET
27 38 (13.06%) SCCM

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 38 (13.06%) Skype for Business
2 37 (12.71%) MS Exchange
3 25 (8.59%) SharePoint
4 24 (8.25%) IIS
5 22 (7.56%) Exchange Server 2010
6 14 (4.81%) ArcGIS
7 8 (2.75%) Exchange Server 2013
8 5 (1.72%) Confluence
9 4 (1.37%) Apache Spark
9 4 (1.37%) IBM Notes
10 3 (1.03%) CMS
10 3 (1.03%) EPiServer
10 3 (1.03%) Exchange Server 2007
10 3 (1.03%) Sitecore CMS
10 3 (1.03%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.69%) Apache
11 2 (0.69%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.69%) nginx
11 2 (0.69%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.34%) Tomcat
Applications
1 51 (17.53%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (3.78%) Photoshop
3 4 (1.37%) InfoPath
4 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (1.03%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.69%) InVision
5 2 (0.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.34%) Adobe Captivate
6 1 (0.34%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 13 (4.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.34%) Actimize
3 1 (0.34%) CA PPM
3 1 (0.34%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 81 (27.84%) Office 365
2 69 (23.71%) Azure
3 16 (5.50%) PaaS
3 16 (5.50%) Power Platform
4 13 (4.47%) AWS
4 13 (4.47%) Azure Active Directory
5 11 (3.78%) IaaS
6 10 (3.44%) Dynamics 365
7 8 (2.75%) Mimecast
7 8 (2.75%) SaaS
8 5 (1.72%) Azure Data Factory
9 4 (1.37%) PowerApps
10 3 (1.03%) npm
10 3 (1.03%) OneDrive
11 2 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.69%) Serverless
12 1 (0.34%) Asana
12 1 (0.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 1 (0.34%) Azure Functions
12 1 (0.34%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 53 (18.21%) DNS
2 39 (13.40%) DHCP
3 36 (12.37%) Skype
4 29 (9.97%) SAN
5 28 (9.62%) Firewall
6 23 (7.90%) VoIP
7 21 (7.22%) LAN
8 19 (6.53%) WAN
9 14 (4.81%) PBX
10 13 (4.47%) TCP/IP
11 12 (4.12%) Cisco IOS
11 12 (4.12%) Unified Communications
12 11 (3.78%) VPN
13 7 (2.41%) NetScaler
13 7 (2.41%) Wireless
14 6 (2.06%) IPsec
14 6 (2.06%) Network Security
15 4 (1.37%) Intranet
15 4 (1.37%) iSCSI
15 4 (1.37%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (19.59%) SQL Server
2 13 (4.47%) Power BI
3 11 (3.78%) GIS
4 10 (3.44%) SQL Server 2008
5 8 (2.75%) Big Data
5 8 (2.75%) Data Lake
6 7 (2.41%) Cosmos DB
7 4 (1.37%) Azure SQL Database
7 4 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (1.03%) MySQL
8 3 (1.03%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (0.69%) HDInsight
9 2 (0.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
9 2 (0.69%) Spotfire
10 1 (0.34%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.34%) EDMS
10 1 (0.34%) OLAP
10 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2012
10 1 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 16 (5.50%) Visual Studio
2 13 (4.47%) Git (software)
3 8 (2.75%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (2.41%) JIRA
4 7 (2.41%) MSI
5 5 (1.72%) Eclipse
6 4 (1.37%) Artifactory
6 4 (1.37%) ClearCase
6 4 (1.37%) ClearQuest
6 4 (1.37%) GitLab
6 4 (1.37%) Jenkins
6 4 (1.37%) Sonatype Nexus
7 3 (1.03%) InstallShield
8 2 (0.69%) Bitbucket
9 1 (0.34%) HP UFT
9 1 (0.34%) JMeter
9 1 (0.34%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.34%) Subversion
9 1 (0.34%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 25 (8.59%) Finance
2 23 (7.90%) Public Sector
3 14 (4.81%) Military
4 8 (2.75%) Manufacturing
5 7 (2.41%) Banking
5 7 (2.41%) Retail
6 6 (2.06%) Telecoms
7 4 (1.37%) Legal
8 3 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.69%) Electronics
9 2 (0.69%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.69%) International Banking
9 2 (0.69%) Law
9 2 (0.69%) Marketing
9 2 (0.69%) Publishing
10 1 (0.34%) French Language
10 1 (0.34%) Front Office
10 1 (0.34%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 30 (10.31%) Architect
1 30 (10.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (7.22%) Developer
3 19 (6.53%) Consultant
4 18 (6.19%) Support Engineer
5 17 (5.84%) Analyst
6 16 (5.50%) Azure Engineer
7 15 (5.15%) 2nd Line Support
8 13 (4.47%) Windows Engineer
9 12 (4.12%) Technical Architect
9 12 (4.12%) Wintel Engineer
10 11 (3.78%) Desktop Support
11 10 (3.44%) IT Engineer
12 9 (3.09%) Active Directory Engineer
12 9 (3.09%) Active Directory Support
12 9 (3.09%) DevOps Engineer
12 9 (3.09%) IT Support
12 9 (3.09%) Service Desk Support
13 8 (2.75%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 8 (2.75%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (13.06%) .NET
2 17 (5.84%) HTML
3 13 (4.47%) CSS
4 12 (4.12%) Web Services
5 11 (3.78%) XML
6 9 (3.09%) .NET Framework
7 7 (2.41%) ADO
7 7 (2.41%) ASP.NET
7 7 (2.41%) jQuery
8 6 (2.06%) Entity Framework
8 6 (2.06%) LINQ
8 6 (2.06%) XSL
9 4 (1.37%) Node.js
9 4 (1.37%) PySpark
10 3 (1.03%) .NET Core
10 3 (1.03%) ASP.NET Core
10 3 (1.03%) HTML5
10 3 (1.03%) React
11 2 (0.69%) JSON
11 2 (0.69%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (12.03%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (8.59%) Data Centre
3 21 (7.22%) Management Information System
3 21 (7.22%) PKI
4 18 (6.19%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (3.09%) Client/Server
5 9 (3.09%) Clustering
6 8 (2.75%) Fat Client
6 8 (2.75%) NHS
6 8 (2.75%) Thin Client
7 7 (2.41%) Hedge funds
8 5 (1.72%) CMDB
8 5 (1.72%) HP StoreVirtual
8 5 (1.72%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (1.72%) Public Cloud
9 4 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (1.37%) Hybrid Cloud
9 4 (1.37%) PMI
9 4 (1.37%) User Experience
10 3 (1.03%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 194 (66.67%) Windows
2 113 (38.83%) Windows Server
3 84 (28.87%) Windows Server 2012
4 78 (26.80%) Windows 10
5 64 (21.99%) Windows Server 2016
6 48 (16.49%) Windows Server 2008
7 46 (15.81%) Windows 7
8 28 (9.62%) Linux
9 17 (5.84%) Windows Server 2019
10 14 (4.81%) Windows 8
11 11 (3.78%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (2.75%) Apple iOS
12 8 (2.75%) Mac OS X
13 6 (2.06%) Windows XP
14 5 (1.72%) CentOS
15 4 (1.37%) AIX
15 4 (1.37%) Android
15 4 (1.37%) VMS
16 3 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (1.03%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (31.27%) ITIL
2 57 (19.59%) Migration
3 41 (14.09%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (12.37%) Problem-Solving
5 35 (12.03%) DevOps
6 34 (11.68%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 33 (11.34%) TOGAF
8 24 (8.25%) High Availability
9 22 (7.56%) Service Management
10 21 (7.22%) Business Intelligence
10 21 (7.22%) Disaster Recovery
11 19 (6.53%) Change Management
11 19 (6.53%) Data Migration
11 19 (6.53%) Enterprise Architecture
12 18 (6.19%) Project Management
13 16 (5.50%) Configuration Management
14 15 (5.15%) Scrum
14 15 (5.15%) Test Scripting
14 15 (5.15%) Validation
15 14 (4.81%) Application Packaging
Programming Languages
1 69 (23.71%) PowerShell
2 33 (11.34%) SQL
3 23 (7.90%) JavaScript
4 21 (7.22%) C
5 20 (6.87%) C#
6 18 (6.19%) VB
7 15 (5.15%) Java
8 13 (4.47%) VBScript
9 11 (3.78%) Python
10 8 (2.75%) Bash Shell
11 6 (2.06%) C++
11 6 (2.06%) T-SQL
12 4 (1.37%) Scala
13 2 (0.69%) Perl
13 2 (0.69%) VB.NET
14 1 (0.34%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
14 1 (0.34%) PL/SQL
14 1 (0.34%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 129 (44.33%) MCSE
2 97 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 79 (27.15%) MCSA
4 65 (22.34%) Cisco Certification
5 61 (20.96%) SC Cleared
6 50 (17.18%) DV Cleared
7 37 (12.71%) MCP
8 35 (12.03%) CCNA
9 29 (9.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 27 (9.28%) MCITP
11 23 (7.90%) CCNP
11 23 (7.90%) CISSP
12 20 (6.87%) Degree
13 17 (5.84%) ITIL Certification
14 15 (5.15%) CCIE
15 12 (4.12%) CCIE Collaboration
16 11 (3.78%) TOGAF Certification
17 9 (3.09%) A+ Certification
17 9 (3.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 9 (3.09%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (6.87%) SLA
2 8 (2.75%) NCSC
3 6 (2.06%) Government Security Classifications
4 4 (1.37%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 4 (1.37%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.69%) QA
6 1 (0.34%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.34%) PMO
System Software
1 172 (59.11%) Active Directory
2 77 (26.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (12.71%) Hyper-V
4 19 (6.53%) VMware ESXi
5 16 (5.50%) XenApp
6 13 (4.47%) Microsoft App-V
7 11 (3.78%) VMware NSX
8 9 (3.09%) vSphere
9 8 (2.75%) XenDesktop
10 7 (2.41%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (2.41%) Virtual Servers
11 5 (1.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (1.72%) NFS
12 4 (1.37%) Terminal Server
13 3 (1.03%) Citrix Hypervisor
13 3 (1.03%) Docker
13 3 (1.03%) Firmware
13 3 (1.03%) UAG
14 2 (0.69%) vCloud
14 2 (0.69%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 38 (13.06%) SCCM
2 24 (8.25%) Ansible
3 16 (5.50%) Microsoft Intune
4 11 (3.78%) WSUS
5 10 (3.44%) Terraform
6 9 (3.09%) SCOM
7 7 (2.41%) vCenter Server
8 6 (2.06%) Microsoft Clustering
8 6 (2.06%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 6 (2.06%) Puppet
9 5 (1.72%) Tivoli
9 5 (1.72%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 4 (1.37%) Kubernetes
10 4 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (1.37%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (1.37%) Single Sign-On
11 3 (1.03%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 2 (0.69%) Forefront Identity Manager
12 2 (0.69%) HAProxy
12 2 (0.69%) vMotion
Vendors
1 232 (79.73%) Microsoft
2 110 (37.80%) VMware
3 62 (21.31%) Cisco
4 29 (9.97%) Citrix
5 27 (9.28%) HP
5 27 (9.28%) Oracle
6 15 (5.15%) Lumension
6 15 (5.15%) Sophos
7 14 (4.81%) ESRI
8 13 (4.47%) Dell
9 12 (4.12%) Sonus
10 8 (2.75%) Symantec
11 7 (2.41%) CheckPoint
11 7 (2.41%) Databricks
11 7 (2.41%) SolarWinds
12 6 (2.06%) Meraki
12 6 (2.06%) NetApp
12 6 (2.06%) Polycom
12 6 (2.06%) Red Hat
12 6 (2.06%) Remedy