Period
to 25 September 2020

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 25 September 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
England > London
6 months to
25 Sep 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 293 350 356
Rank change year-on-year +57 +6 -35
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 58 236 306
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.43% 0.61% 0.67%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.04% 3.85% 4.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 149 217
Median daily rate £450 £400 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% +18.52% -3.57%
10th Percentile £191 £170 £163
90th Percentile £538 £588 £563
England median daily rate £463 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +23.33% +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 14
Median hourly rate £31.25 £20.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +56.25% -20.00% +78.09%
10th Percentile £26.13 £20.00 £18.56
90th Percentile £37.38 £31.61 £38.45
England median hourly rate £20.17 £20.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year +0.84% +14.29% +4.48%

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 2,847 6,125 7,369
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 21.25% 15.85% 16.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,800 4,046 4,774
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £313 £313 £281
90th Percentile £660 £694 £675
England median daily rate £480 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +1.05% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 110 196
Median hourly rate £35.00 £34.76 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.70% +61.65% +14.06%
10th Percentile £18.45 £13.63 £14.13
90th Percentile £47.83 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £24.17
% change year-on-year -2.78% +48.98% -13.94%

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 25 September 2020.

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 25 September 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
Central London +96 13 £525 +40.00% 10
West London +55 4 £500 +150.00% 6
North London +12 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 London region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 37 (63.79%) Microsoft
2 31 (53.45%) Windows
3 30 (51.72%) MCSE
4 26 (44.83%) Active Directory
5 24 (41.38%) Windows Server
6 23 (39.66%) Azure
7 19 (32.76%) VMware
7 19 (32.76%) Office 365
8 17 (29.31%) PowerShell
8 17 (29.31%) ITIL
9 16 (27.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 15 (25.86%) MCSA
10 15 (25.86%) Finance
11 14 (24.14%) SQL Server
11 14 (24.14%) VMware Infrastructure
12 13 (22.41%) Firewall
12 13 (22.41%) DevOps
12 13 (22.41%) Windows Server 2016
13 12 (20.69%) Windows 10
13 12 (20.69%) SQL
13 12 (20.69%) DNS
13 12 (20.69%) Security Cleared
13 12 (20.69%) Windows Server 2008
14 10 (17.24%) SC Cleared
14 10 (17.24%) SCCM
14 10 (17.24%) Cisco
14 10 (17.24%) Disaster Recovery
15 9 (15.52%) Migration
15 9 (15.52%) Cisco Certification
15 9 (15.52%) Citrix

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 8 (13.79%) MS Exchange
2 7 (12.07%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (10.34%) IIS
3 6 (10.34%) Skype for Business
4 4 (6.90%) Apache Spark
4 4 (6.90%) ArcGIS
4 4 (6.90%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.72%) Apache
5 1 (1.72%) CMS
5 1 (1.72%) Confluence
5 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.17%) Photoshop
3 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 23 (39.66%) Azure
2 19 (32.76%) Office 365
3 5 (8.62%) Azure Active Directory
3 5 (8.62%) Power Platform
4 4 (6.90%) Azure Data Factory
5 3 (5.17%) IaaS
5 3 (5.17%) Mimecast
5 3 (5.17%) PaaS
5 3 (5.17%) Power Automate
6 2 (3.45%) AWS
6 2 (3.45%) Azure Stack
7 1 (1.72%) Azure ExpressRoute
7 1 (1.72%) Azure Functions
7 1 (1.72%) GCP
7 1 (1.72%) Logic Apps
7 1 (1.72%) npm
7 1 (1.72%) OneDrive
7 1 (1.72%) Serverless
7 1 (1.72%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 13 (22.41%) Firewall
2 12 (20.69%) DNS
3 8 (13.79%) LAN
4 7 (12.07%) DHCP
4 7 (12.07%) WAN
5 6 (10.34%) Network Security
5 6 (10.34%) SAN
5 6 (10.34%) VPN
6 5 (8.62%) VoIP
7 4 (6.90%) Skype
8 3 (5.17%) MPLS
8 3 (5.17%) SSL
8 3 (5.17%) TCP/IP
9 2 (3.45%) Intranet
9 2 (3.45%) IPsec
9 2 (3.45%) iSCSI
9 2 (3.45%) NetScaler
9 2 (3.45%) VLAN
9 2 (3.45%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (3.45%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (24.14%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.62%) Power BI
3 4 (6.90%) Big Data
3 4 (6.90%) Cosmos DB
3 4 (6.90%) Data Lake
4 3 (5.17%) GIS
5 2 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (1.72%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (1.72%) Azure SQL Database
6 1 (1.72%) OLAP
6 1 (1.72%) OLTP
6 1 (1.72%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (1.72%) Redis
6 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (8.62%) Git (software)
1 5 (8.62%) GitLab
2 4 (6.90%) Artifactory
3 2 (3.45%) JIRA
General
1 15 (25.86%) Finance
2 5 (8.62%) Banking
3 2 (3.45%) International Banking
3 2 (3.45%) Legal
4 1 (1.72%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.72%) Local Government
4 1 (1.72%) Military
4 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (13.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 6 (10.34%) Azure Engineer
3 5 (8.62%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 4 (6.90%) Analyst
4 4 (6.90%) Big Data Engineer
4 4 (6.90%) Consultant
4 4 (6.90%) Data Engineer
4 4 (6.90%) Infrastructure Support
5 3 (5.17%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (5.17%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (5.17%) Applications Support
5 3 (5.17%) Architect
5 3 (5.17%) Azure Consultant
5 3 (5.17%) Developer
5 3 (5.17%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 3 (5.17%) Messaging Engineer
5 3 (5.17%) Network Engineer
5 3 (5.17%) Security Engineer
5 3 (5.17%) Service Desk Support
5 3 (5.17%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.90%) ADO
1 4 (6.90%) PySpark
2 2 (3.45%) .NET
2 2 (3.45%) Web Services
3 1 (1.72%) .NET Core
3 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET Core
3 1 (1.72%) LDAP
3 1 (1.72%) React
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.90%) Data Centre
2 4 (6.90%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (6.90%) Hybrid Cloud
2 4 (6.90%) Management Information System
2 4 (6.90%) PMI
3 3 (5.17%) Hedge funds
4 2 (3.45%) Blackberry
4 2 (3.45%) BYOD
4 2 (3.45%) Fat Client
4 2 (3.45%) HP StoreVirtual
4 2 (3.45%) iPad
4 2 (3.45%) iPhone
4 2 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (3.45%) Thin Client
4 2 (3.45%) User Experience
5 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (1.72%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.72%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.72%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 31 (53.45%) Windows
2 24 (41.38%) Windows Server
3 16 (27.59%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (22.41%) Windows Server 2016
5 12 (20.69%) Windows 10
5 12 (20.69%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (10.34%) Windows 7
7 4 (6.90%) Windows Server 2019
8 3 (5.17%) Mac OS X
9 2 (3.45%) Linux
9 2 (3.45%) Unix
10 1 (1.72%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (29.31%) ITIL
2 13 (22.41%) DevOps
3 10 (17.24%) Disaster Recovery
4 9 (15.52%) Migration
5 8 (13.79%) Business Intelligence
6 7 (12.07%) Agile Software Development
6 7 (12.07%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 6 (10.34%) Change Management
7 6 (10.34%) Data Management
7 6 (10.34%) High Availability
7 6 (10.34%) Scrum
8 5 (8.62%) Analytics
8 5 (8.62%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (6.90%) Auto-Scaling
9 4 (6.90%) Creative Thinking
9 4 (6.90%) Data Security
9 4 (6.90%) DNA
9 4 (6.90%) Incident Management
9 4 (6.90%) Project Management
9 4 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (29.31%) PowerShell
2 12 (20.69%) SQL
3 5 (8.62%) C
3 5 (8.62%) Python
4 4 (6.90%) Java
4 4 (6.90%) Scala
5 3 (5.17%) VB
6 2 (3.45%) Perl
7 1 (1.72%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.72%) C#
7 1 (1.72%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 1 (1.72%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.72%) Ruby
7 1 (1.72%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.72%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 30 (51.72%) MCSE
2 15 (25.86%) MCSA
3 12 (20.69%) Security Cleared
4 10 (17.24%) SC Cleared
5 9 (15.52%) Cisco Certification
6 7 (12.07%) DV Cleared
7 5 (8.62%) CCNA
7 5 (8.62%) PMI Certification
8 4 (6.90%) CISSP
9 3 (5.17%) Degree
9 3 (5.17%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (5.17%) MCP
9 3 (5.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 2 (3.45%) CISA
10 2 (3.45%) MCDBA
10 2 (3.45%) MCITP
11 1 (1.72%) CSSLP
11 1 (1.72%) GPEN
11 1 (1.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 1 (1.72%) NCDA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.17%) Government Security Classifications
1 3 (5.17%) HMG Security Policy Framework
1 3 (5.17%) NCSC
2 1 (1.72%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.72%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 26 (44.83%) Active Directory
2 14 (24.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (8.62%) VMware ESXi
4 4 (6.90%) Hyper-V
4 4 (6.90%) Virtual Machines
4 4 (6.90%) vSphere
5 3 (5.17%) VMware NSX
6 2 (3.45%) Docker
6 2 (3.45%) XenApp
6 2 (3.45%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.72%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.72%) NFS
7 1 (1.72%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 10 (17.24%) SCCM
2 4 (6.90%) Ansible
2 4 (6.90%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (5.17%) Kubernetes
3 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
4 2 (3.45%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (3.45%) vCenter Server
4 2 (3.45%) WSUS
5 1 (1.72%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.72%) EMC VPLEX
5 1 (1.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (1.72%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.72%) Terraform
5 1 (1.72%) vMotion
Vendors
1 37 (63.79%) Microsoft
2 19 (32.76%) VMware
3 10 (17.24%) Cisco
4 9 (15.52%) Citrix
5 6 (10.34%) Palo Alto
6 5 (8.62%) HP
6 5 (8.62%) SolarWinds
7 4 (6.90%) Databricks
7 4 (6.90%) ESRI
7 4 (6.90%) F5
7 4 (6.90%) Lumension
7 4 (6.90%) Sophos
7 4 (6.90%) StreamSets
8 3 (5.17%) Dell
8 3 (5.17%) EMC
8 3 (5.17%) Meraki
8 3 (5.17%) Oracle
9 2 (3.45%) 3PAR
9 2 (3.45%) EqualLogic
9 2 (3.45%) Ivanti