Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 245 251 222
Rank change year-on-year +6 -29 -81
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 943 915 1,114
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.04% 1.03% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.48% 5.07% 5.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 598 626 666
England median daily rate £340 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.86% - +0.73%
10th Percentile £151 £160 £132
90th Percentile £518 £522 £499
UK median daily rate £338 £335 £330
% change year-on-year +0.75% +1.52% -5.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 46 137
England median hourly rate £14.65 £17.06 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.13% +0.35% +1.98%
10th Percentile £11.06 £12.00 £10.50
90th Percentile £34.43 £43.86 £37.50
UK median hourly rate £15.69 £17.45 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.09% +2.65% +6.25%

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 17,202 18,059 20,259
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.92% 20.24% 20.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,558 11,300 12,382
England median daily rate £440 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 756 794 957
England median hourly rate £23.88 £26.25 £26.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.05% -2.16% +41.21%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.83 £50.38
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -3.85% -5.45% +44.74%

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 21 January 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 21 January 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 21 January 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 -25 350 £350 -8.20% 151
South East -10 231 £350 - 90
North of England +3 138 £333 +0.76% 94
Midlands +38 99 £326 -0.38% 80
East of England +8 85 £300 - 47
Yorkshire +15 66 £313 -10.71% 25
North West +17 57 £325 +19.82% 55
East Midlands +28 50 £320 - 27
West Midlands +22 49 £388 +17.42% 53
South West +4 35 £475 +86.27% 44
North East -15 17 £368 +11.36% 14
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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.

1 677 (71.79%) Microsoft
2 605 (64.16%) Windows
3 573 (60.76%) MCSE
4 492 (52.17%) Active Directory
5 386 (40.93%) ITIL
6 311 (32.98%) VMware
7 283 (30.01%) Windows Server
8 262 (27.78%) Office 365
9 258 (27.36%) MCSA
10 214 (22.69%) Citrix
11 202 (21.42%) Microsoft Azure
12 198 (21.00%) MS Exchange
13 193 (20.47%) Windows 7
14 191 (20.25%) Windows Server 2012
15 188 (19.94%) VMware Infrastructure
16 175 (18.56%) MCP
17 171 (18.13%) DNS
18 168 (17.82%) Windows Server 2008
19 162 (17.18%) Cisco
20 161 (17.07%) Cisco Certification
21 158 (16.76%) PowerShell
22 157 (16.65%) SCCM
23 156 (16.54%) SQL Server
24 154 (16.33%) Microsoft Office
25 152 (16.12%) SQL
26 138 (14.63%) CCNA
27 136 (14.42%) LAN
28 128 (13.57%) TCP/IP
29 127 (13.47%) WAN
29 127 (13.47%) Windows 10

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
1 198 (21.00%) MS Exchange
2 125 (13.26%) SharePoint
3 72 (7.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 71 (7.53%) Skype for Business
5 50 (5.30%) IIS
6 41 (4.35%) SharePoint 2013
7 34 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2007
7 34 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2013
8 17 (1.80%) SharePoint 2010
8 17 (1.80%) SharePoint Server
9 14 (1.48%) IBM Notes
10 8 (0.85%) CMS
10 8 (0.85%) OpenStack
11 7 (0.74%) Apache
11 7 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 6 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
13 5 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.42%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
15 3 (0.32%) Umbraco
Applications
1 154 (16.33%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (1.91%) MS Visio
3 14 (1.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.42%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.11%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 13 (1.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.27%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.42%) Eikon
5 3 (0.32%) SDL Web 8
6 2 (0.21%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.11%) Dynamics NAV
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.11%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 262 (27.78%) Office 365
2 202 (21.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 77 (8.17%) Amazon AWS
4 35 (3.71%) Azure Active Directory
5 23 (2.44%) IaaS
6 21 (2.23%) PaaS
7 16 (1.70%) OneDrive
8 14 (1.48%) Mimecast
9 13 (1.38%) SaaS
10 9 (0.95%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.64%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (0.64%) G Suite
11 6 (0.64%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (0.53%) Azure Data Factory
12 5 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
12 5 (0.53%) Data Lake Analytics
13 4 (0.42%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.32%) Azure Machine Learning
15 2 (0.21%) AWS CloudFormation
16 1 (0.11%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 171 (18.13%) DNS
2 136 (14.42%) LAN
3 128 (13.57%) TCP/IP
4 127 (13.47%) WAN
5 122 (12.94%) DHCP
6 114 (12.09%) Firewall
7 105 (11.13%) SAN
8 73 (7.74%) VPN
9 62 (6.57%) Internet
10 56 (5.94%) Skype
11 53 (5.62%) VoIP
12 38 (4.03%) NAS
13 35 (3.71%) Wireless
14 25 (2.65%) iSCSI
14 25 (2.65%) Unified Communications
15 22 (2.33%) MPLS
16 21 (2.23%) NetScaler
16 21 (2.23%) VLAN
17 19 (2.01%) IP Telephony
17 19 (2.01%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 156 (16.54%) SQL Server
2 45 (4.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 42 (4.45%) SQL Server 2008
4 24 (2.55%) SQL Server 2012
4 24 (2.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 21 (2.23%) SQL Server 2016
6 19 (2.01%) Data Warehouse
7 17 (1.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 15 (1.59%) SQL Server 2014
9 13 (1.38%) Oracle Database
10 11 (1.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 10 (1.06%) Power BI
11 10 (1.06%) QlikView
11 10 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
12 8 (0.85%) Hadoop
13 7 (0.74%) Amazon RDS
13 7 (0.74%) Big Data
13 7 (0.74%) Relational Database
14 6 (0.64%) MySQL
14 6 (0.64%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 27 (2.86%) Team Foundation Server
1 27 (2.86%) Visual Studio
2 14 (1.48%) Octopus Deploy
3 12 (1.27%) Git (software)
4 6 (0.64%) HP UFT
5 5 (0.53%) MSTest
6 4 (0.42%) JMeter
6 4 (0.42%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 4 (0.42%) Subversion
6 4 (0.42%) WiX
7 3 (0.32%) JIRA
7 3 (0.32%) Metasploit
7 3 (0.32%) Moq
7 3 (0.32%) MorphX
7 3 (0.32%) MSI
7 3 (0.32%) NUnit
8 2 (0.21%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (0.21%) Selenium
8 2 (0.21%) TeamCity
8 2 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 125 (13.26%) Finance
2 34 (3.61%) Banking
3 33 (3.50%) Telecoms
4 17 (1.80%) Legal
4 17 (1.80%) Manufacturing
5 16 (1.70%) Law
6 11 (1.17%) Advertising
6 11 (1.17%) Automotive
7 10 (1.06%) Financial Institution
8 8 (0.85%) German Language
8 8 (0.85%) Investment Banking
8 8 (0.85%) Local Government
8 8 (0.85%) Publishing
9 7 (0.74%) Marketing
10 6 (0.64%) Electronics
10 6 (0.64%) Retail
11 4 (0.42%) Back Office
12 3 (0.32%) Dutch Language
12 3 (0.32%) French Language
12 3 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 120 (12.73%) Analyst
2 107 (11.35%) Architect
3 102 (10.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 98 (10.39%) Support Engineer
5 79 (8.38%) Developer
6 78 (8.27%) Desktop Support
7 69 (7.32%) Consultant
8 55 (5.83%) 2nd Line Support
9 53 (5.62%) 3rd Line Support
10 47 (4.98%) Administrator
11 46 (4.88%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 43 (4.56%) Windows Engineer
13 42 (4.45%) Support Analyst
14 41 (4.35%) Desktop Engineer
15 35 (3.71%) IT Support
16 33 (3.50%) Systems Engineer
17 32 (3.39%) Desktop Support Engineer
18 27 (2.86%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
19 24 (2.55%) Service Desk Analyst
19 24 (2.55%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (6.26%) .NET
2 28 (2.97%) XML
3 27 (2.86%) Web Services
4 25 (2.65%) ASP.NET
5 14 (1.48%) .NET Framework
6 13 (1.38%) jQuery
7 12 (1.27%) LDAP
7 12 (1.27%) WCF
8 11 (1.17%) ASP.NET MVC
8 11 (1.17%) REST
9 10 (1.06%) HTML
10 9 (0.95%) AngularJS
11 8 (0.85%) ASP.NET Web API
11 8 (0.85%) CSS
12 7 (0.74%) SOAP
12 7 (0.74%) WPF
13 6 (0.64%) 802.1X
13 6 (0.64%) ASP.NET MVC 5
14 5 (0.53%) Ajax
14 5 (0.53%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 104 (11.03%) Analytical Skills
2 89 (9.44%) Data Centre
3 58 (6.15%) Management Information System
4 50 (5.30%) Blackberry
5 44 (4.67%) Clustering
6 33 (3.50%) PKI
7 32 (3.39%) Computer Science
8 25 (2.65%) Replication
9 22 (2.33%) Video Conferencing
10 20 (2.12%) Client/Server
10 20 (2.12%) NHS
11 16 (1.70%) Public Cloud
12 15 (1.59%) Smartphone
12 15 (1.59%) Virtual Team
13 14 (1.48%) Driving Licence
14 13 (1.38%) Cyberthreat
14 13 (1.38%) Enterprise Cloud
15 11 (1.17%) BYOD
15 11 (1.17%) Private Cloud
16 9 (0.95%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 605 (64.16%) Windows
2 283 (30.01%) Windows Server
3 193 (20.47%) Windows 7
4 191 (20.25%) Windows Server 2012
5 168 (17.82%) Windows Server 2008
6 127 (13.47%) Windows 10
7 73 (7.74%) Linux
8 62 (6.57%) Windows Server 2003
9 39 (4.14%) Apple iOS
10 32 (3.39%) Windows 8
11 26 (2.76%) Unix
12 25 (2.65%) Windows XP
13 19 (2.01%) Windows Vista
14 17 (1.80%) Android
15 16 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 7 (0.74%) Windows 2000
17 5 (0.53%) Mac OS X
17 5 (0.53%) Solaris
17 5 (0.53%) Windows Phone
18 4 (0.42%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 386 (40.93%) ITIL
2 109 (11.56%) Migration
3 93 (9.86%) Agile Software Development
4 80 (8.48%) Change Management
5 76 (8.06%) PRINCE2
6 65 (6.89%) Disaster Recovery
7 62 (6.57%) ITIL V3
7 62 (6.57%) Service Management
8 49 (5.20%) TOGAF
9 48 (5.09%) Incident Management
10 43 (4.56%) High Availability
10 43 (4.56%) Service Delivery
11 40 (4.24%) Project Management
12 38 (4.03%) Business Intelligence
13 36 (3.82%) Performance Tuning
14 34 (3.61%) Capacity Planning
14 34 (3.61%) Problem Management
15 33 (3.50%) Configuration Management
16 32 (3.39%) Mentoring
16 32 (3.39%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 158 (16.76%) PowerShell
2 152 (16.12%) SQL
3 41 (4.35%) C#
4 36 (3.82%) VBScript
5 26 (2.76%) Java
6 24 (2.55%) JavaScript
7 23 (2.44%) T-SQL
8 12 (1.27%) VB
9 10 (1.06%) Python
10 9 (0.95%) C
11 8 (0.85%) Shell Script
11 8 (0.85%) X++
12 6 (0.64%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.32%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
13 3 (0.32%) U-SQL
13 3 (0.32%) VBA
14 2 (0.21%) ABAP
14 2 (0.21%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.21%) REXX
14 2 (0.21%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 573 (60.76%) MCSE
2 258 (27.36%) MCSA
3 175 (18.56%) MCP
4 161 (17.07%) Cisco Certification
5 138 (14.63%) CCNA
6 126 (13.36%) MCITP
7 120 (12.73%) Degree
8 96 (10.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 72 (7.64%) Security Cleared
10 63 (6.68%) MCDST
11 56 (5.94%) SC Cleared
12 46 (4.88%) Citrix Certification
13 40 (4.24%) MCTS
14 39 (4.14%) CISSP
14 39 (4.14%) ITIL Certification
15 35 (3.71%) CCA
16 32 (3.39%) CCNP
17 26 (2.76%) A+ Certification
18 24 (2.55%) CCIE
19 23 (2.44%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 79 (8.38%) SLA
2 39 (4.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 14 (1.48%) PCI DSS
4 9 (0.95%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.85%) QA
6 6 (0.64%) PMO
7 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
7 2 (0.21%) Government Security Classifications
7 2 (0.21%) HMG Security Policy Framework
7 2 (0.21%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.21%) PMBOK
8 1 (0.11%) COBIT
8 1 (0.11%) GDPR
System Software
1 492 (52.17%) Active Directory
2 188 (19.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 103 (10.92%) Hyper-V
4 70 (7.42%) vSphere
5 56 (5.94%) XenApp
6 53 (5.62%) VMware ESXi
7 31 (3.29%) XenDesktop
8 25 (2.65%) Virtual Servers
9 20 (2.12%) Virtual Desktop
10 19 (2.01%) Virtual Machines
11 17 (1.80%) VMware Workstation
12 13 (1.38%) Terminal Services
12 13 (1.38%) XenServer
13 10 (1.06%) BitLocker
13 10 (1.06%) Docker
13 10 (1.06%) Microsoft App-V
14 9 (0.95%) vCloud
15 8 (0.85%) Brightmail
16 6 (0.64%) DFS Replication
16 6 (0.64%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 157 (16.65%) SCCM
2 63 (6.68%) SCOM
3 29 (3.08%) NetBackup
4 26 (2.76%) Backup Exec
4 26 (2.76%) Microsoft Clustering
5 19 (2.01%) Norton AntiVirus
6 14 (1.48%) Nessus
6 14 (1.48%) WSUS
7 12 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 10 (1.06%) HP Data Protector
8 10 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
9 9 (0.95%) AirWatch
9 9 (0.95%) DameWare
10 8 (0.85%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (0.74%) Ansible
11 7 (0.74%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (0.74%) vCenter Server
12 6 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
12 6 (0.64%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 5 (0.53%) AppDNA
Vendors
1 677 (71.79%) Microsoft
2 311 (32.98%) VMware
3 214 (22.69%) Citrix
4 162 (17.18%) Cisco
5 104 (11.03%) HP
6 68 (7.21%) NetApp
7 55 (5.83%) Apple
8 44 (4.67%) Oracle
9 38 (4.03%) Dell
9 38 (4.03%) SolarWinds
10 37 (3.92%) CheckPoint
11 31 (3.29%) Ivanti
11 31 (3.29%) Symantec
12 27 (2.86%) IBM
13 23 (2.44%) 3PAR
13 23 (2.44%) CommVault
13 23 (2.44%) Juniper
14 22 (2.33%) Fortinet
15 21 (2.23%) Veeam
16 19 (2.01%) Bloomberg