Period
to 8 March 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 8 March 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
8 Mar 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 313 288 330
Rank change year-on-year -25 +42 +4
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 105 197 304
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.53% 0.72% 0.70%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.76% 3.94% 4.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 148 214
Median daily rate £450 £375 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -11.76% +16.44%
10th Percentile £213 £143 £158
90th Percentile £551 £575 £646
England median daily rate £420 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +14.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 12
Median hourly rate £60.00 £26.48 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +126.59% +41.60% +14.25%
10th Percentile £55.00 £22.10 £17.60
90th Percentile £65.00 £44.20 £33.53
England median hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £18.70
% change year-on-year +8.57% -6.42% +27.65%

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 3,799 4,997 7,095
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 19.02% 18.35% 16.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,657 3,506 4,696
Median daily rate £500 £500 £500
10th Percentile £320 £300 £288
90th Percentile £675 £675 £680
England median daily rate £475 £475 £455
% change year-on-year - +4.40% +1.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 81 126
Median hourly rate £37.00 £41.50 £22.14
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.84% +87.42% +2.99%
10th Percentile £17.66 £18.75 £12.50
90th Percentile £60.00 £52.50 £47.38
Median hourly rate £38.96 £31.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year +25.68% +16.98% +6.00%

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 8 March 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 8 March 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 +63 17 £413 +7.84% 16
West London - 9 £500 - 15
East London +18 2 £325 +14.04% 7
North London +6 1 £318 +105.16% 2
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 8 March 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 90 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 65 (61.90%) Active Directory
3 58 (55.24%) Microsoft 365
4 56 (53.33%) Windows
5 55 (52.38%) Azure
6 44 (41.90%) Windows Server
7 39 (37.14%) ITIL
8 38 (36.19%) MCSE
9 36 (34.29%) VMware
10 32 (30.48%) Migration
11 31 (29.52%) PowerShell
12 29 (27.62%) VMware Infrastructure
12 29 (27.62%) Windows 10
13 27 (25.71%) SharePoint
14 25 (23.81%) MCSA
15 24 (22.86%) SCCM
16 23 (21.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
17 20 (19.05%) Azure Active Directory
18 18 (17.14%) DevOps
19 17 (16.19%) Microsoft Office
20 16 (15.24%) SQL Server
21 15 (14.29%) LAN
21 15 (14.29%) Cisco
21 15 (14.29%) DNS
22 14 (13.33%) WAN
22 14 (13.33%) Firewall
22 14 (13.33%) Microsoft Intune
22 14 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
23 13 (12.38%) Security Cleared
23 13 (12.38%) Windows Server 2016

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 27 (25.71%) SharePoint
2 9 (8.57%) MS Exchange
3 8 (7.62%) ArcGIS
4 7 (6.67%) Skype for Business
5 3 (2.86%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (1.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (1.90%) IIS
6 2 (1.90%) OpenStack
6 2 (1.90%) SAS
7 1 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.95%) CMS
7 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 17 (16.19%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (7.62%) Photoshop
3 3 (2.86%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.90%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.95%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 58 (55.24%) Microsoft 365
2 55 (52.38%) Azure
3 20 (19.05%) Azure Active Directory
4 12 (11.43%) Power Platform
5 11 (10.48%) Power Automate
6 10 (9.52%) IaaS
6 10 (9.52%) PaaS
7 8 (7.62%) PowerApps
8 7 (6.67%) AWS
9 6 (5.71%) OneDrive
10 4 (3.81%) SaaS
11 2 (1.90%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (1.90%) GCP
12 1 (0.95%) Azure Data Factory
12 1 (0.95%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 1 (0.95%) Azure Functions
12 1 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.95%) Serverless
12 1 (0.95%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 15 (14.29%) DNS
1 15 (14.29%) LAN
2 14 (13.33%) Firewall
2 14 (13.33%) WAN
3 13 (12.38%) DHCP
4 10 (9.52%) Skype
5 8 (7.62%) VPN
5 8 (7.62%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (3.81%) Kerberos
6 4 (3.81%) SAN
6 4 (3.81%) VoIP
7 3 (2.86%) Internet
7 3 (2.86%) Intranet
7 3 (2.86%) Network Security
7 3 (2.86%) TCP/IP
8 2 (1.90%) IP Telephony
8 2 (1.90%) iSCSI
8 2 (1.90%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (1.90%) SSL
9 1 (0.95%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.24%) SQL Server
2 8 (7.62%) GIS
2 8 (7.62%) Power BI
3 4 (3.81%) Azure SQL Database
4 3 (2.86%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.90%) Big Data
5 2 (1.90%) PowerPivot
5 2 (1.90%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.95%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.95%) Data Lake
6 1 (0.95%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.95%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.95%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.95%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.95%) SQL Server 2016
6 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (1.90%) eggPlant
2 1 (0.95%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (0.95%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.95%) GitLab
2 1 (0.95%) Jenkins
2 1 (0.95%) MSTest
2 1 (0.95%) Selenium
2 1 (0.95%) SonarQube
2 1 (0.95%) Sonatype Nexus
2 1 (0.95%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 13 (12.38%) Finance
2 7 (6.67%) Banking
3 2 (1.90%) Law
3 2 (1.90%) Legal
3 2 (1.90%) Public Sector
3 2 (1.90%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.95%) Electronics
4 1 (0.95%) Front Office
4 1 (0.95%) International Banking
4 1 (0.95%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.95%) Marketing
4 1 (0.95%) Publishing
4 1 (0.95%) Retail
4 1 (0.95%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 20 (19.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 14 (13.33%) Consultant
3 11 (10.48%) Architect
4 8 (7.62%) Administrator
4 8 (7.62%) Systems Administrator
5 7 (6.67%) Azure Architect
5 7 (6.67%) Azure Engineer
6 6 (5.71%) Analyst
6 6 (5.71%) Developer
6 6 (5.71%) Support Analyst
7 5 (4.76%) Azure Consultant
7 5 (4.76%) Desktop Support
7 5 (4.76%) IT Support
7 5 (4.76%) Support Engineer
8 4 (3.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 4 (3.81%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 4 (3.81%) Cloud Engineer
8 4 (3.81%) VMware Engineer
8 4 (3.81%) Wintel Administrator
8 4 (3.81%) Wintel Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (3.81%) .NET
1 4 (3.81%) Web Services
2 2 (1.90%) SailPoint
2 2 (1.90%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.95%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (0.95%) COM
3 1 (0.95%) HTML5 Canvas
3 1 (0.95%) MDX
3 1 (0.95%) OAuth
3 1 (0.95%) OpenID
3 1 (0.95%) REST
3 1 (0.95%) SAML
3 1 (0.95%) SOAP
3 1 (0.95%) Spring
3 1 (0.95%) XML
3 1 (0.95%) XSL
3 1 (0.95%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.43%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (7.62%) Management Information System
3 5 (4.76%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (2.86%) Blackberry
4 3 (2.86%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.86%) Mobile App
4 3 (2.86%) PKI
4 3 (2.86%) Replication
5 2 (1.90%) Clustering
5 2 (1.90%) Enterprise Cloud
5 2 (1.90%) NHS
5 2 (1.90%) Self-Motivation
5 2 (1.90%) User Experience
6 1 (0.95%) Handset
6 1 (0.95%) iPad
6 1 (0.95%) iPhone
6 1 (0.95%) IVR
6 1 (0.95%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.95%) Public Cloud
6 1 (0.95%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 56 (53.33%) Windows
2 44 (41.90%) Windows Server
3 29 (27.62%) Windows 10
4 14 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (12.38%) Windows Server 2016
6 12 (11.43%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (8.57%) Windows 7
8 8 (7.62%) Windows Server 2019
9 5 (4.76%) Apple iOS
10 4 (3.81%) Linux
11 2 (1.90%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.95%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (37.14%) ITIL
2 32 (30.48%) Migration
3 23 (21.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 18 (17.14%) DevOps
5 12 (11.43%) Change Management
5 12 (11.43%) Test Scripting
6 11 (10.48%) Data Migration
7 10 (9.52%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (9.52%) Service Management
8 9 (8.57%) Computer Science
8 9 (8.57%) Systems Engineering
9 8 (7.62%) Continuous Improvement
9 8 (7.62%) Image Processing
9 8 (7.62%) Service Delivery
10 7 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (6.67%) Patch Management
10 7 (6.67%) Problem Management
10 7 (6.67%) Requirements Analysis
10 7 (6.67%) Service Design
11 6 (5.71%) Project Delivery
Programming Languages
1 31 (29.52%) PowerShell
2 13 (12.38%) SQL
3 11 (10.48%) C
4 8 (7.62%) VB
5 4 (3.81%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
5 4 (3.81%) Python
6 3 (2.86%) C#
6 3 (2.86%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.86%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.90%) VBA
8 1 (0.95%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.95%) C++
8 1 (0.95%) Formula Language
8 1 (0.95%) Java
8 1 (0.95%) Ruby
8 1 (0.95%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 38 (36.19%) MCSE
2 25 (23.81%) MCSA
3 13 (12.38%) Security Cleared
4 12 (11.43%) Cisco Certification
5 9 (8.57%) Degree
5 9 (8.57%) MCP
6 8 (7.62%) DV Cleared
6 8 (7.62%) MCITP
7 7 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (6.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 6 (5.71%) SC Cleared
9 5 (4.76%) CISSP
9 5 (4.76%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 4 (3.81%) CCNA
10 4 (3.81%) MCTS
11 3 (2.86%) ISEB
11 3 (2.86%) ISTQB
11 3 (2.86%) Network+ Certification
12 2 (1.90%) MOS
12 2 (1.90%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 8 (7.62%) SLA
3 5 (4.76%) QA
4 1 (0.95%) Government Security Classifications
4 1 (0.95%) HMG Security Policy Framework
4 1 (0.95%) NCSC
System Software
1 65 (61.90%) Active Directory
2 29 (27.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (10.48%) VMware ESXi
4 9 (8.57%) VMware NSX
5 6 (5.71%) Hyper-V
5 6 (5.71%) vSphere
6 3 (2.86%) BitLocker
6 3 (2.86%) vCloud
6 3 (2.86%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (1.90%) Docker
7 2 (1.90%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 2 (1.90%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (1.90%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.95%) UAG
8 1 (0.95%) VMware Server
8 1 (0.95%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (22.86%) SCCM
2 14 (13.33%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (8.57%) Ansible
4 5 (4.76%) SCOM
5 4 (3.81%) McAfee ePO
5 4 (3.81%) Single Sign-On
5 4 (3.81%) vCenter Server
6 3 (2.86%) EMC VPLEX
6 3 (2.86%) WSUS
7 2 (1.90%) DatAdvantage
7 2 (1.90%) Failover Clustering
7 2 (1.90%) Kubernetes
7 2 (1.90%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.90%) NetBackup
7 2 (1.90%) OfficeScan
7 2 (1.90%) Terraform
7 2 (1.90%) Trend Micro Deep Security
7 2 (1.90%) vMotion
7 2 (1.90%) vRealize
7 2 (1.90%) vRealize Orchestrator
Vendors
1 90 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 36 (34.29%) VMware
3 15 (14.29%) Cisco
4 12 (11.43%) Citrix
4 12 (11.43%) HP
5 9 (8.57%) Dell
5 9 (8.57%) Lumension
5 9 (8.57%) Sophos
6 8 (7.62%) ESRI
6 8 (7.62%) Oracle
6 8 (7.62%) SolarWinds
7 7 (6.67%) EMC
8 5 (4.76%) Palo Alto
9 4 (3.81%) CheckPoint
9 4 (3.81%) McAfee
9 4 (3.81%) Varonis
10 3 (2.86%) Apple
11 2 (1.90%) Hitachi
11 2 (1.90%) Remedy
11 2 (1.90%) Veritas