The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Kent with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 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.

Microsoft Certification
South East / Kent
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 32 52 28
Rank change year-on-year +20 -24  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 16 7 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 5.30% 1.46% 3.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 30.19% 7.29% 17.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 5 2
Median daily rate £266 £313 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -14.88% +2.45%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £310
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 0
Median hourly rate £29.92 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

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 Kent.

Academic & Professional Certification
Kent
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 53 96 46
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Kent 17.55% 20.08% 17.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 73 21
Median daily rate £335 £290 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.51% -27.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £175 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £442 £550 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 4 3
Median hourly rate £27.38 £170.00 £37.62
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -83.89% +351.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.52 £154.53 £20.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.92 £185.00 £38.81
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.07% +73.33%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Kent 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 Kent

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Kent

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Kent

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Kent over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Kent

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Kent

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Kent

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 Kent region over the 3 months to 30 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
Maidstone +2 4 £176 -31.98%
Gravesend - 1 £105 -
Microsoft Certification
South East

For the 6 months to 30 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 Kent region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 23 (100.00%) MCSA
2 22 (95.65%) Active Directory
3 14 (60.87%) Microsoft
3 14 (60.87%) Windows
4 13 (56.52%) MCSE
5 12 (52.17%) MCP
6 11 (47.83%) SolarWinds
6 11 (47.83%) LANDesk
6 11 (47.83%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (47.83%) Windows Server
6 11 (47.83%) Nessus
6 11 (47.83%) MCITP
6 11 (47.83%) Finance
6 11 (47.83%) VMware
6 11 (47.83%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (43.48%) Change Management
8 9 (39.13%) NHS
9 8 (34.78%) High Availability
10 6 (26.09%) ITIL
11 5 (21.74%) Server Patching
11 5 (21.74%) Technical Architecture
12 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (4.35%) Degree
13 1 (4.35%) SCCM
13 1 (4.35%) Vulnerability Scanning
13 1 (4.35%) Windows 10
13 1 (4.35%) Cyber Attack
13 1 (4.35%) IT Strategy
13 1 (4.35%) Social Engineering
13 1 (4.35%) IPv4

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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:

Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Excel
1 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) DNS
1 1 (4.35%) Firewall
1 1 (4.35%) IPv4
1 1 (4.35%) VLAN
1 1 (4.35%) VPN
General
1 11 (47.83%) Finance
2 1 (4.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 12 (52.17%) Windows Engineer
2 11 (47.83%) Systems Engineer
2 11 (47.83%) Windows Systems Engineer
3 7 (30.43%) Server Engineer
4 6 (26.09%) Architect
4 6 (26.09%) Systems Architect
5 5 (21.74%) Active Directory Architect
6 3 (13.04%) Support Engineer
7 2 (8.70%) Server Support
7 2 (8.70%) Server Support Engineer
8 1 (4.35%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 1 (4.35%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
8 1 (4.35%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 1 (4.35%) 2nd Line Support
8 1 (4.35%) Analyst
8 1 (4.35%) IT Analyst
8 1 (4.35%) IT Security Analyst
8 1 (4.35%) SCCM Engineer
8 1 (4.35%) Security Analyst
8 1 (4.35%) Server Technician
Miscellaneous
1 9 (39.13%) NHS
2 1 (4.35%) Cyber Attack
Operating Systems
1 14 (60.87%) Windows
2 11 (47.83%) Windows Server
2 11 (47.83%) Windows Server 2003
2 11 (47.83%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (4.35%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (43.48%) Change Management
2 8 (34.78%) High Availability
3 6 (26.09%) ITIL
4 5 (21.74%) Server Patching
4 5 (21.74%) Technical Architecture
5 1 (4.35%) IT Strategy
5 1 (4.35%) Logistics
5 1 (4.35%) Programme Management
5 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
5 1 (4.35%) Social Engineering
5 1 (4.35%) Vulnerability Scanning
Qualifications
1 23 (100.00%) MCSA
2 13 (56.52%) MCSE
3 12 (52.17%) MCP
4 11 (47.83%) MCITP
5 1 (4.35%) Degree
System Software
1 22 (95.65%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 11 (47.83%) Nessus
2 1 (4.35%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (60.87%) Microsoft
2 11 (47.83%) LANDesk
2 11 (47.83%) SolarWinds
2 11 (47.83%) VMware