Period
to 14 June 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 14 June 2021 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
England > London
6 months to
14 Jun 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 377 301 363
Rank change year-on-year -76 +62 +16
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 110 111 244
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.43% 0.61% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.55% 3.08% 3.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 72 161
10th Percentile £215 £163 £158
25th Percentile £359 £239 £250
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £460 £413 £388
Median % change year-on-year +11.52% +6.45% -0.32%
75th Percentile £538 £525 £488
90th Percentile £575 £574 £588
England median daily rate £445 £425 £388
% change year-on-year +4.71% +9.68% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 6
10th Percentile " £22.20 £14.50
25th Percentile £55.00 £24.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate £60.00 £25.74 £27.26
Median % change year-on-year +133.10% -5.56% +36.28%
75th Percentile £65.00 £29.55 £34.51
90th Percentile " £35.07 "
England median hourly rate £15.00 £19.25 £18.00
% change year-on-year -22.08% +6.94% +5.88%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 4,313 3,603 6,270
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 16.85% 19.90% 15.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,917 2,455 4,137
10th Percentile £340 £310 £313
25th Percentile £425 £410 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £500 £513
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% -2.44% +2.50%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £600
90th Percentile £700 £669 £700
England median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 53 95
10th Percentile £18.47 £18.50 £13.35
25th Percentile £23.50 £23.00 £18.57
Median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £29.00
Median % change year-on-year +7.14% +20.69% +45.00%
75th Percentile £51.56 £47.83 £47.46
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.85 £53.75
England median hourly rate £36.09 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year +31.25% -12.70% +40.00%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in London

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification in London over the 6 months to 14 June 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in London

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 14 June 2021. 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
Central London +6 23 £513 +7.89% 20
West London +13 7 £525 +20.00% 8
East London +5 5 £225 -29.13% 10
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 14 June 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 86 (78.18%) Microsoft
2 57 (51.82%) Active Directory
3 53 (48.18%) Windows
4 52 (47.27%) Azure
5 43 (39.09%) Microsoft 365
6 42 (38.18%) MCSE
7 35 (31.82%) Windows Server
8 34 (30.91%) ITIL
8 34 (30.91%) Migration
8 34 (30.91%) VMware
9 30 (27.27%) PowerShell
9 30 (27.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 29 (26.36%) Social Skills
11 26 (23.64%) VMware Infrastructure
12 25 (22.73%) Cisco
13 22 (20.00%) MCSA
14 20 (18.18%) SharePoint
14 20 (18.18%) Microsoft Office
14 20 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
14 20 (18.18%) Windows 10
14 20 (18.18%) DevOps
15 19 (17.27%) Windows Server 2012
16 18 (16.36%) DNS
16 18 (16.36%) Azure Active Directory
17 16 (14.55%) DHCP
18 15 (13.64%) SCCM
18 15 (13.64%) Windows Server 2016
19 14 (12.73%) Windows Server 2008
19 14 (12.73%) Security Cleared
19 14 (12.73%) Degree

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 20 (18.18%) SharePoint
2 11 (10.00%) MS Exchange
3 7 (6.36%) ArcGIS
4 6 (5.45%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.64%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (3.64%) SAS
6 3 (2.73%) Skype for Business
7 2 (1.82%) IBM Notes
7 2 (1.82%) OpenStack
8 1 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.91%) IIS
Applications
1 20 (18.18%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (6.36%) Photoshop
3 6 (5.45%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.82%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.91%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.91%) Sentinel
1 1 (0.91%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 52 (47.27%) Azure
2 43 (39.09%) Microsoft 365
3 18 (16.36%) Azure Active Directory
4 11 (10.00%) AWS
5 9 (8.18%) PaaS
6 8 (7.27%) IaaS
6 8 (7.27%) Power Platform
7 7 (6.36%) GCP
8 6 (5.45%) PowerApps
9 5 (4.55%) OneDrive
9 5 (4.55%) SaaS
10 4 (3.64%) Power Automate
11 3 (2.73%) Azure Service Bus
12 2 (1.82%) Azure Functions
12 2 (1.82%) Azure Sentinel
12 2 (1.82%) Serverless
13 1 (0.91%) Azure Data Factory
13 1 (0.91%) Azure Key Vault
13 1 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.91%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 18 (16.36%) DNS
2 16 (14.55%) DHCP
3 11 (10.00%) Firewall
4 7 (6.36%) LAN
4 7 (6.36%) SAN
5 6 (5.45%) Kerberos
6 5 (4.55%) VoIP
6 5 (4.55%) WAN
7 4 (3.64%) VLAN
8 3 (2.73%) iSCSI
8 3 (2.73%) Network Security
8 3 (2.73%) Skype
8 3 (2.73%) TCP/IP
8 3 (2.73%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (1.82%) Cisco Nexus
9 2 (1.82%) Remote Desktop
9 2 (1.82%) VPN
10 1 (0.91%) PBX
10 1 (0.91%) SSL
10 1 (0.91%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (10.00%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.36%) GIS
3 3 (2.73%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (2.73%) Power BI
4 2 (1.82%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.91%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.91%) Big Data
5 1 (0.91%) Data Lake
5 1 (0.91%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.91%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 2 (1.82%) eggPlant
1 2 (1.82%) Jenkins
1 2 (1.82%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.91%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.91%) InstallShield
2 1 (0.91%) MSI
2 1 (0.91%) MSTest
2 1 (0.91%) Selenium
2 1 (0.91%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 29 (26.36%) Social Skills
2 14 (12.73%) Banking
3 12 (10.91%) Finance
4 8 (7.27%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (5.45%) Law
6 5 (4.55%) Public Sector
7 4 (3.64%) Documentation Skills
8 3 (2.73%) Investment Banking
8 3 (2.73%) Legal
8 3 (2.73%) Presentation Skills
9 2 (1.82%) Influencing Skills
10 1 (0.91%) International Banking
10 1 (0.91%) Local Government
10 1 (0.91%) Organisational Skills
10 1 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.91%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.91%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (17.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 17 (15.45%) Architect
3 11 (10.00%) Consultant
4 9 (8.18%) Developer
5 7 (6.36%) Azure Architect
5 7 (6.36%) Support Engineer
6 6 (5.45%) Infrastructure Architect
7 5 (4.55%) Azure Engineer
7 5 (4.55%) Cloud Consultant
8 4 (3.64%) Administrator
8 4 (3.64%) Azure Consultant
8 4 (3.64%) Azure Developer
8 4 (3.64%) Citrix Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
8 4 (3.64%) Project Manager
8 4 (3.64%) Risk Consultant
8 4 (3.64%) Security Consultant
8 4 (3.64%) Systems Administrator
8 4 (3.64%) Technical Leader
8 4 (3.64%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (5.45%) .NET
2 2 (1.82%) AngularJS
2 2 (1.82%) ASP.NET Web API
2 2 (1.82%) REST
2 2 (1.82%) RESTful
2 2 (1.82%) Web Services
3 1 (0.91%) .NET Core
3 1 (0.91%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.91%) Azure Blueprints
3 1 (0.91%) COM
3 1 (0.91%) LDAP
3 1 (0.91%) MDX
3 1 (0.91%) OAuth
3 1 (0.91%) OpenID
3 1 (0.91%) SailPoint
3 1 (0.91%) SAML
3 1 (0.91%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.36%) Data Centre
2 6 (5.45%) Public Cloud
3 5 (4.55%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.64%) Blackberry
4 4 (3.64%) Clustering
4 4 (3.64%) iPad
4 4 (3.64%) NHS
4 4 (3.64%) Replication
5 3 (2.73%) BYOD
5 3 (2.73%) iPhone
5 3 (2.73%) User Experience
6 2 (1.82%) EMC VNX
6 2 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (1.82%) Greenfield Project
6 2 (1.82%) PKI
7 1 (0.91%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (0.91%) Mobile App
7 1 (0.91%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.91%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.91%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 53 (48.18%) Windows
2 35 (31.82%) Windows Server
3 20 (18.18%) Windows 10
4 19 (17.27%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (13.64%) Windows Server 2016
6 14 (12.73%) Windows Server 2008
7 13 (11.82%) Windows 7
7 13 (11.82%) Windows Server 2019
8 5 (4.55%) Apple iOS
8 5 (4.55%) Linux
9 2 (1.82%) Android
10 1 (0.91%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.91%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (30.91%) ITIL
1 34 (30.91%) Migration
2 30 (27.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 20 (18.18%) DevOps
4 13 (11.82%) Change Management
4 13 (11.82%) Problem-Solving
4 13 (11.82%) Project Delivery
5 10 (9.09%) Data Migration
6 9 (8.18%) Architecture Roadmap
6 9 (8.18%) Systems Engineering
7 8 (7.27%) Information Security
7 8 (7.27%) Test Scripting
8 7 (6.36%) Computer Science
8 7 (6.36%) Mentoring
8 7 (6.36%) PRINCE2
8 7 (6.36%) Problem Management
8 7 (6.36%) Project Management
8 7 (6.36%) Requirements Analysis
8 7 (6.36%) Risk Management
8 7 (6.36%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 30 (27.27%) PowerShell
2 8 (7.27%) C
3 7 (6.36%) VB
4 6 (5.45%) SQL
5 4 (3.64%) C#
6 2 (1.82%) Java
6 2 (1.82%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.82%) Python
6 2 (1.82%) VBScript
7 1 (0.91%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 1 (0.91%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.91%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 42 (38.18%) MCSE
2 22 (20.00%) MCSA
3 20 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
4 14 (12.73%) Degree
4 14 (12.73%) Security Cleared
5 13 (11.82%) CCNA
6 11 (10.00%) CISSP
7 10 (9.09%) MCITP
8 9 (8.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 8 (7.27%) DV Cleared
10 7 (6.36%) ITIL Certification
10 7 (6.36%) MCP
10 7 (6.36%) SC Cleared
11 5 (4.55%) AWS Certification
11 5 (4.55%) CRISC
12 4 (3.64%) A+ Certification
12 4 (3.64%) Computer Science Degree
13 3 (2.73%) ISEB
13 3 (2.73%) ISTQB
14 2 (1.82%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (11.82%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (7.27%) SLA
3 6 (5.45%) NIST
4 5 (4.55%) Cyber Essentials
4 5 (4.55%) QA
5 1 (0.91%) GDPR
5 1 (0.91%) SOC 2
System Software
1 57 (51.82%) Active Directory
2 26 (23.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (9.09%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (7.27%) XenApp
5 7 (6.36%) VMware NSX
6 6 (5.45%) Hyper-V
6 6 (5.45%) XenDesktop
7 5 (4.55%) vSphere
8 2 (1.82%) EMC RecoverPoint
8 2 (1.82%) vCloud
8 2 (1.82%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (1.82%) Virtual Servers
9 1 (0.91%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 1 (0.91%) Docker
9 1 (0.91%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 15 (13.64%) SCCM
2 12 (10.91%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 10 (9.09%) SCOM
4 8 (7.27%) Microsoft Intune
5 7 (6.36%) Ansible
6 6 (5.45%) vCenter Server
7 4 (3.64%) Single Sign-On
8 3 (2.73%) DatAdvantage
8 3 (2.73%) Kubernetes
8 3 (2.73%) McAfee ePO
8 3 (2.73%) Terraform
9 2 (1.82%) Backup Exec
9 2 (1.82%) Failover Clustering
9 2 (1.82%) Microsoft Clustering
9 2 (1.82%) NetBackup
9 2 (1.82%) vMotion
9 2 (1.82%) vRealize
9 2 (1.82%) vRealize Orchestrator
10 1 (0.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.91%) WSUS
Vendors
1 86 (78.18%) Microsoft
2 34 (30.91%) VMware
3 25 (22.73%) Cisco
4 14 (12.73%) Citrix
5 9 (8.18%) SolarWinds
6 8 (7.27%) Oracle
7 7 (6.36%) ESRI
7 7 (6.36%) HP
7 7 (6.36%) Lumension
7 7 (6.36%) Sophos
8 6 (5.45%) EMC
8 6 (5.45%) Google
9 5 (4.55%) CheckPoint
9 5 (4.55%) Varonis
10 4 (3.64%) ServiceNow
11 3 (2.73%) Apple
11 3 (2.73%) CommVault
11 3 (2.73%) Hitachi
11 3 (2.73%) McAfee
11 3 (2.73%) Remedy