The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
East of England / Hertfordshire
Rank 48 51 57
Rank change year-on-year +3 +6  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 8 7 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.29% 1.04% 1.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.23% 4.55% 6.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 7
Median daily rate £350 £369 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.08% +28.26%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £308
% change year-on-year -8.57% +13.82%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £21.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +40.74%  

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 Hertfordshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 153 154 144
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 24.76% 22.88% 20.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 64 54
Median daily rate £330 £380 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.15% -10.58%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 14 13
Median hourly rate £37.50 £21.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +74.41% +30.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.75 £9.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.63 £40.00 £36.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 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 Hertfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Hertfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Hertfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Hertfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Hertfordshire

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 24 March 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
Watford - 5 - -
Hemel Hempstead - 1 £350 - 2
Microsoft Certification
East of England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 9 (81.82%) MCSE
2 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 7 (63.64%) Windows
3 5 (45.45%) ITIL
3 5 (45.45%) SCOM
4 4 (36.36%) Office 365
5 3 (27.27%) Hyper-V
5 3 (27.27%) Skype for Business
5 3 (27.27%) Continuous Improvement
5 3 (27.27%) SCCM
5 3 (27.27%) Capacity Management
5 3 (27.27%) Skype
5 3 (27.27%) Performance Management
5 3 (27.27%) Windows 7
5 3 (27.27%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (27.27%) Finance
5 3 (27.27%) MCP
6 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
6 2 (18.18%) SLA
6 2 (18.18%) MCSA
6 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
6 2 (18.18%) Active Directory
6 2 (18.18%) Remedy
6 2 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (18.18%) VMware
6 2 (18.18%) Service Delivery
6 2 (18.18%) PowerShell
6 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (18.18%) Management Information System
6 2 (18.18%) Risk Management

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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 3 (27.27%) Skype for Business
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (9.09%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 1 (9.09%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 1 (9.09%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (36.36%) Office 365
2 3 (27.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (27.27%) Skype
2 1 (9.09%) DHCP
2 1 (9.09%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Visual Studio
2 1 (9.09%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 3 (27.27%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (18.18%) Consultant
1 2 (18.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 2 (18.18%) Support Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Analyst
2 1 (9.09%) Business Consultant
2 1 (9.09%) Desktop Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support
2 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Operations Manager
2 1 (9.09%) Senior Analyst
2 1 (9.09%) Senior Consultant
2 1 (9.09%) Senior Support Analyst
2 1 (9.09%) Senior Technical Consultant
2 1 (9.09%) Senior Technical Engineer
2 1 (9.09%) Support Analyst
2 1 (9.09%) Systems Manager
2 1 (9.09%) Technical Consultant
2 1 (9.09%) Technical Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Management Information System
1 2 (18.18%) Private Cloud
2 1 (9.09%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 7 (63.64%) Windows
2 3 (27.27%) Windows 7
3 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (9.09%) Android
4 1 (9.09%) Apple iOS
4 1 (9.09%) Linux
4 1 (9.09%) Mac OS X
4 1 (9.09%) Windows 10
4 1 (9.09%) Windows Server
4 1 (9.09%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (9.09%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (45.45%) ITIL
2 3 (27.27%) Capacity Management
2 3 (27.27%) Continuous Improvement
2 3 (27.27%) Performance Management
3 2 (18.18%) Application Packaging
3 2 (18.18%) DevOps
3 2 (18.18%) Performance Monitoring
3 2 (18.18%) Risk Management
3 2 (18.18%) Service Delivery
3 2 (18.18%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (9.09%) Infrastructure Management
4 1 (9.09%) Patch Management
4 1 (9.09%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 1 (9.09%) REXX
2 1 (9.09%) SQL
2 1 (9.09%) Tcl
2 1 (9.09%) VB
2 1 (9.09%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (81.82%) MCSE
2 3 (27.27%) MCP
3 2 (18.18%) MCSA
4 1 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (9.09%) MCDST
4 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared
4 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (18.18%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (27.27%) Hyper-V
2 2 (18.18%) Active Directory
3 1 (9.09%) VMware ESX
3 1 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (9.09%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (45.45%) SCOM
2 3 (27.27%) SCCM
3 1 (9.09%) AirWatch
3 1 (9.09%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 7 (63.64%) Microsoft
2 2 (18.18%) Remedy
2 2 (18.18%) VMware
3 1 (9.09%) Adobe
3 1 (9.09%) Apple
3 1 (9.09%) CA
3 1 (9.09%) Citrix
3 1 (9.09%) HP