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 3 months to 24 June 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
England / London
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 262 255 201
Rank change year-on-year -7 -54  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 154 179 250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.75% 0.83% 1.07%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.55% 4.88% 6.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 131 179
Median daily rate £375 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +33.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £149 £163 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.03% -2.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 7 15
Median hourly rate £13.48 £14.90 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.56% -29.04%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.40 £16.84
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.20 £16.10 £35.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £23.78 £18.50
% change year-on-year -5.29% +28.54%  

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 London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3388 3669 3639
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 16.57% 16.93% 15.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2216 2547 2335
Median daily rate £475 £454 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.68% +6.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £610 £625 £593
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 44 94
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.00 £24.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.63% -22.01%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £14.02 £15.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £32.00 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London 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 London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in London over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in London

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor 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 3 months to 24 June 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
City of London -19 23 £388 -8.82% 13
West End of London +12 4 £516 +21.47% 1
Kingston Upon Thames - 2 £355 - 2
Feltham - 1 - -
Twickenham - 1 £363 - 1
Uxbridge - 1 - -
Canary Wharf - 1 £425 -
Chiswick - 1 - -
Stockley Park - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 London region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 230 (72.78%) Microsoft
2 226 (71.52%) Windows
3 169 (53.48%) Active Directory
4 153 (48.42%) MCSE
5 118 (37.34%) ITIL
6 110 (34.81%) Windows Server
7 91 (28.80%) VMware
8 84 (26.58%) Office 365
9 82 (25.95%) PowerShell
10 75 (23.73%) Windows 7
11 74 (23.42%) Finance
12 73 (23.10%) Windows Server 2012
13 69 (21.84%) MCITP
14 68 (21.52%) SQL Server
15 65 (20.57%) Cisco
16 64 (20.25%) Microsoft Azure
17 62 (19.62%) Citrix
17 62 (19.62%) MCP
18 61 (19.30%) Microsoft Office
18 61 (19.30%) VMware Infrastructure
19 60 (18.99%) SCCM
20 58 (18.35%) SQL
20 58 (18.35%) MCSA
21 56 (17.72%) HP
22 54 (17.09%) Windows Server 2008
22 54 (17.09%) Hyper-V
23 51 (16.14%) MS Exchange
24 50 (15.82%) Cisco Certification
24 50 (15.82%) Firewall
25 47 (14.87%) Migration

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 51 (16.14%) MS Exchange
2 34 (10.76%) SharePoint
3 29 (9.18%) Skype for Business
4 20 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2010
5 16 (5.06%) IIS
6 15 (4.75%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (3.80%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (2.53%) MS Project Server
9 7 (2.22%) Exchange Server 2007
10 6 (1.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (1.58%) Apache
12 4 (1.27%) CMS
13 3 (0.95%) IBM Notes
13 3 (0.95%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.95%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.63%) Kentico
14 2 (0.63%) OpenStack
14 2 (0.63%) SharePoint 2010
14 2 (0.63%) Sitecore CMS
14 2 (0.63%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 61 (19.30%) Microsoft Office
2 12 (3.80%) MS Visio
3 9 (2.85%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 7 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.63%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.63%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 2 (0.63%) WebTrends
4 1 (0.32%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 84 (26.58%) Office 365
2 64 (20.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 27 (8.54%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (5.70%) Azure Active Directory
5 17 (5.38%) IaaS
6 12 (3.80%) SaaS
7 9 (2.85%) PaaS
8 6 (1.90%) GitHub
9 5 (1.58%) OneDrive
10 4 (1.27%) Mimecast
10 4 (1.27%) Yammer
11 3 (0.95%) AWS CloudFormation
12 2 (0.63%) AWS OpsWorks
12 2 (0.63%) Dynamics 365
13 1 (0.32%) Amazon CloudWatch
Communications & Networking
1 50 (15.82%) Firewall
2 34 (10.76%) LAN
2 34 (10.76%) SAN
3 32 (10.13%) DNS
4 28 (8.86%) WAN
5 25 (7.91%) DHCP
5 25 (7.91%) TCP/IP
5 25 (7.91%) VPN
6 18 (5.70%) Skype
7 17 (5.38%) NAS
7 17 (5.38%) Remote Desktop
8 15 (4.75%) VoIP
9 14 (4.43%) Cisco IOS
9 14 (4.43%) Wireless
10 10 (3.16%) Cisco ASA
10 10 (3.16%) Internet
11 8 (2.53%) Network Security
11 8 (2.53%) SSL
12 7 (2.22%) Kerberos
12 7 (2.22%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (21.52%) SQL Server
2 33 (10.44%) SQL Server 2012
3 18 (5.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 17 (5.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (4.43%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (2.85%) Data Warehouse
7 8 (2.53%) SQL Server 2016
8 7 (2.22%) SQL Server 2014
8 7 (2.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 6 (1.90%) Hadoop
9 6 (1.90%) SQL Server 2005
10 5 (1.58%) Big Data
10 5 (1.58%) Data Mart
11 4 (1.27%) Azure SQL Database
11 4 (1.27%) QlikView
12 3 (0.95%) Oracle Database
12 3 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
12 3 (0.95%) Power BI
13 2 (0.63%) Amazon RDS
13 2 (0.63%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 10 (3.16%) Visual Studio
2 9 (2.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (1.58%) Git (software)
3 5 (1.58%) Jenkins
4 4 (1.27%) Octopus Deploy
4 4 (1.27%) WiX
5 3 (0.95%) Artifactory
5 3 (0.95%) Gerrit
5 3 (0.95%) GitLab
5 3 (0.95%) Maven
5 3 (0.95%) Metasploit
6 2 (0.63%) Bitbucket
6 2 (0.63%) CruiseControl
6 2 (0.63%) JIRA
6 2 (0.63%) Subversion
6 2 (0.63%) TeamCity
6 2 (0.63%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 1 (0.32%) MSI
General
1 74 (23.42%) Finance
2 21 (6.65%) Banking
3 12 (3.80%) Law
3 12 (3.80%) Telecoms
4 10 (3.16%) Financial Institution
5 8 (2.53%) Investment Banking
6 7 (2.22%) Legal
7 6 (1.90%) Retail
8 4 (1.27%) Back Office
8 4 (1.27%) Front Office
8 4 (1.27%) Marketing
9 3 (0.95%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.63%) Advertising
10 2 (0.63%) Electronics
10 2 (0.63%) French Language
Job Titles
1 37 (11.71%) Analyst
2 36 (11.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 32 (10.13%) Developer
4 31 (9.81%) Architect
5 29 (9.18%) Desktop Support
6 27 (8.54%) Support Engineer
7 23 (7.28%) 2nd Line Support
8 19 (6.01%) Support Analyst
8 19 (6.01%) Windows Engineer
9 18 (5.70%) Server Engineer
10 17 (5.38%) Active Directory Engineer
10 17 (5.38%) Administrator
11 16 (5.06%) Consultant
12 14 (4.43%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 14 (4.43%) SQL Developer
12 14 (4.43%) Systems Administrator
13 13 (4.11%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 13 (4.11%) Desktop Engineer
13 13 (4.11%) Technical Architect
14 11 (3.48%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (9.49%) .NET
2 17 (5.38%) ASP.NET
3 13 (4.11%) XML
4 11 (3.48%) HTML
5 10 (3.16%) Web Services
6 8 (2.53%) AngularJS
6 8 (2.53%) CSS
6 8 (2.53%) jQuery
6 8 (2.53%) WCF
7 7 (2.22%) Middleware
8 6 (1.90%) XMPP
9 4 (1.27%) XSL
10 3 (0.95%) 802.1X
10 3 (0.95%) HTML5
10 3 (0.95%) WAP
11 2 (0.63%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.63%) KnockoutJS
11 2 (0.63%) MDX
11 2 (0.63%) WF
11 2 (0.63%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 31 (9.81%) Data Centre
2 24 (7.59%) Blackberry
3 22 (6.96%) Analytical Skills
3 22 (6.96%) Clustering
4 18 (5.70%) Computer Science
5 17 (5.38%) Video Conferencing
6 12 (3.80%) PKI
7 11 (3.48%) Management Information System
8 10 (3.16%) iPhone
9 9 (2.85%) iPad
9 9 (2.85%) NHS
9 9 (2.85%) Replication
10 7 (2.22%) BYOD
11 6 (1.90%) Private Cloud
12 4 (1.27%) Public Cloud
12 4 (1.27%) Virtual Team
13 3 (0.95%) Client/Server
13 3 (0.95%) Enterprise Storage
13 3 (0.95%) HP Storage
13 3 (0.95%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 226 (71.52%) Windows
2 110 (34.81%) Windows Server
3 75 (23.73%) Windows 7
4 73 (23.10%) Windows Server 2012
5 54 (17.09%) Windows Server 2008
6 40 (12.66%) Linux
7 39 (12.34%) Windows 10
8 27 (8.54%) Windows 8
8 27 (8.54%) Windows Server 2003
9 23 (7.28%) Android
10 17 (5.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 14 (4.43%) Unix
12 11 (3.48%) CentOS
13 6 (1.90%) Apple iOS
14 5 (1.58%) Solaris
14 5 (1.58%) Ubuntu
14 5 (1.58%) Windows Vista
15 4 (1.27%) Mac OS X
15 4 (1.27%) Windows Phone
16 3 (0.95%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 118 (37.34%) ITIL
2 47 (14.87%) Migration
3 28 (8.86%) Change Management
4 24 (7.59%) ITIL V3
5 23 (7.28%) Configuration Management
6 22 (6.96%) Business Intelligence
6 22 (6.96%) Service Management
7 20 (6.33%) Asset Management
7 20 (6.33%) PRINCE2
8 19 (6.01%) Agile Software Development
8 19 (6.01%) DevOps
9 18 (5.70%) TOGAF
10 17 (5.38%) ITSM
10 17 (5.38%) Project Management
11 16 (5.06%) Problem Management
12 15 (4.75%) Performance Tuning
13 13 (4.11%) Workflow
14 12 (3.80%) Business Analysis
15 11 (3.48%) High Availability
15 11 (3.48%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 82 (25.95%) PowerShell
2 58 (18.35%) SQL
3 30 (9.49%) C#
4 14 (4.43%) Python
5 10 (3.16%) T-SQL
6 9 (2.85%) JavaScript
7 8 (2.53%) Java
8 5 (1.58%) VB
8 5 (1.58%) VBScript
9 3 (0.95%) Bash Shell
9 3 (0.95%) C
9 3 (0.95%) Perl
10 2 (0.63%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 2 (0.63%) Ruby
10 2 (0.63%) Shell Script
10 2 (0.63%) X++
11 1 (0.32%) C++
11 1 (0.32%) VBA
Qualifications
1 153 (48.42%) MCSE
2 69 (21.84%) MCITP
3 62 (19.62%) MCP
4 58 (18.35%) MCSA
5 50 (15.82%) Cisco Certification
6 43 (13.61%) Degree
7 40 (12.66%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 35 (11.08%) CCNA
9 30 (9.49%) Security Cleared
10 26 (8.23%) MCTS
11 24 (7.59%) SC Cleared
12 16 (5.06%) ITIL Certification
13 15 (4.75%) MCDST
14 13 (4.11%) Citrix Certification
15 12 (3.80%) A+ Certification
16 11 (3.48%) Computer Science Degree
17 9 (2.85%) CCIE
17 9 (2.85%) MCSD
17 9 (2.85%) Microsoft Certified Architect
18 7 (2.22%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (9.18%) SLA
2 22 (6.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 7 (2.22%) QA
4 1 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.32%) PMBOK
4 1 (0.32%) PMO
System Software
1 169 (53.48%) Active Directory
2 61 (19.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (17.09%) Hyper-V
4 17 (5.38%) XenApp
5 16 (5.06%) vSphere
6 14 (4.43%) VMware ESXi
7 11 (3.48%) Virtual Machines
7 11 (3.48%) XenDesktop
8 10 (3.16%) Virtual Desktop
8 10 (3.16%) Virtual Servers
9 6 (1.90%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (1.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 4 (1.27%) Terminal Services
10 4 (1.27%) UAG
11 3 (0.95%) KVM
11 3 (0.95%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.63%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.63%) Docker
13 1 (0.32%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.32%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 60 (18.99%) SCCM
2 43 (13.61%) SCOM
3 13 (4.11%) Microsoft Clustering
4 11 (3.48%) vCenter Server
5 9 (2.85%) Norton AntiVirus
5 9 (2.85%) PowerCLI
6 8 (2.53%) AirWatch
6 8 (2.53%) NetBackup
6 8 (2.53%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 5 (1.58%) CA Single Sign-On
7 5 (1.58%) WMI
7 5 (1.58%) WSUS
8 4 (1.27%) Ansible
8 4 (1.27%) Puppet
8 4 (1.27%) SCVMM
8 4 (1.27%) vMotion
9 3 (0.95%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (0.95%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.95%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.32%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 230 (72.78%) Microsoft
2 91 (28.80%) VMware
3 65 (20.57%) Cisco
4 62 (19.62%) Citrix
5 56 (17.72%) HP
6 23 (7.28%) Red Hat
7 22 (6.96%) Symantec
8 19 (6.01%) Apple
9 17 (5.38%) Oracle
10 14 (4.43%) SolarWinds
11 12 (3.80%) Dell
11 12 (3.80%) NetApp
12 11 (3.48%) EMC
12 11 (3.48%) McAfee
13 10 (3.16%) CheckPoint
14 9 (2.85%) 3PAR
14 9 (2.85%) RedGate
14 9 (2.85%) ServiceNow
14 9 (2.85%) Splunk
15 8 (2.53%) Sophos
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Venturi
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Circa £650 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Harris Global
Rate: Unspecified Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago