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 27 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
England / London
Rank 243 287 200
Rank change year-on-year +44 -87  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 162 145 242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.84% 0.65% 1.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.87% 3.75% 6.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 116 93 164
Median daily rate £391 £300 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.41% -8.39%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £160 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £310
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.90%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 9 16
Median hourly rate £14.04 £16.00 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.28% -3.03%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.09 £18.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year +0.50% +28.57%  

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 3325 3863 3617
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 17.17% 17.45% 16.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 2254 2725 2372
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £603 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 49 88
Median hourly rate £40.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +128.57% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.85 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

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 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 27 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
City of London +8 34 £373 +26.27% 21
Enfield - 4 - -
West End of London +2 2 £425 +123.68% 3
Stockley Park - 2 - -
Kingston Upon Thames - 2 £355 -
Uxbridge - 2 - - 1
Croydon +8 1 - -
Romford +2 1 £145 -
Canary Wharf -4 1 £425 +77.08%
Docklands, London - 1 £563 -
Hendon - 1 £250 -
Microsoft Certification
England

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 27 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 London region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 236 (76.38%) Microsoft
2 214 (69.26%) Windows
3 174 (56.31%) Active Directory
4 171 (55.34%) MCSE
5 117 (37.86%) Windows Server
6 103 (33.33%) ITIL
7 93 (30.10%) VMware
8 83 (26.86%) Windows Server 2012
9 79 (25.57%) MS Excel
10 78 (25.24%) Office 365
11 74 (23.95%) PowerShell
12 72 (23.30%) MCP
13 71 (22.98%) Citrix
14 66 (21.36%) Windows Server 2008
15 65 (21.04%) Cisco
15 65 (21.04%) MS Exchange
16 64 (20.71%) SCCM
16 64 (20.71%) Windows 7
17 63 (20.39%) MCSA
18 61 (19.74%) Finance
19 60 (19.42%) Cisco Certification
20 58 (18.77%) Microsoft Azure
21 55 (17.80%) SQL Server
22 54 (17.48%) VMware Infrastructure
23 53 (17.15%) MS Office
24 51 (16.50%) MCITP
25 50 (16.18%) Firewall
26 46 (14.89%) CCNA
26 46 (14.89%) Hyper-V
27 43 (13.92%) Migration

Microsoft Certification
Top Related 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 65 (21.04%) MS Exchange
2 33 (10.68%) SharePoint
3 30 (9.71%) Skype for Business
4 26 (8.41%) Exchange Server 2010
5 19 (6.15%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (5.50%) IIS
7 12 (3.88%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2007
9 7 (2.27%) Apache
10 6 (1.94%) MS Project Server
11 4 (1.29%) Tomcat
12 3 (0.97%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.97%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 3 (0.97%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.97%) SharePoint 2010
13 2 (0.65%) IBM Notes
14 1 (0.32%) Confluence
14 1 (0.32%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.32%) NetWeaver
14 1 (0.32%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 79 (25.57%) MS Excel
2 53 (17.15%) MS Office
3 8 (2.59%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.32%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.32%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.32%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 78 (25.24%) Office 365
2 58 (18.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (6.80%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (5.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 14 (4.53%) IaaS
6 11 (3.56%) PaaS
7 10 (3.24%) SaaS
8 9 (2.91%) OneDrive
9 5 (1.62%) AWS CloudFormation
9 5 (1.62%) GitHub
10 2 (0.65%) AWS OpsWorks
11 1 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.32%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.32%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 50 (16.18%) Firewall
2 41 (13.27%) LAN
3 35 (11.33%) DNS
4 33 (10.68%) WAN
5 29 (9.39%) SAN
6 25 (8.09%) TCP/IP
7 23 (7.44%) Internet
8 21 (6.80%) Skype
9 20 (6.47%) DHCP
10 19 (6.15%) VPN
11 18 (5.83%) Wireless
12 15 (4.85%) Remote Desktop
13 14 (4.53%) NAS
14 13 (4.21%) Cisco ASA
15 11 (3.56%) Cisco IOS
15 11 (3.56%) Cisco Nexus
15 11 (3.56%) Network Security
15 11 (3.56%) VLAN
16 9 (2.91%) Ethernet
16 9 (2.91%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (17.80%) SQL Server
2 19 (6.15%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (4.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 13 (4.21%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 12 (3.88%) SQL Server 2008
5 9 (2.91%) Data Warehouse
6 8 (2.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (1.94%) Oracle Database
7 6 (1.94%) SQL Server 2014
8 4 (1.29%) Amazon RDS
9 3 (0.97%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.65%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (0.65%) Data Mart
10 2 (0.65%) Hadoop
10 2 (0.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (0.65%) MySQL
10 2 (0.65%) NoSQL
10 2 (0.65%) OLAP
10 2 (0.65%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.65%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 11 (3.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (2.27%) Visual Studio
3 5 (1.62%) Git (software)
4 4 (1.29%) Jenkins
5 3 (0.97%) Bitbucket
5 3 (0.97%) CruiseControl
5 3 (0.97%) JIRA
5 3 (0.97%) MSI
5 3 (0.97%) TeamCity
5 3 (0.97%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (0.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 2 (0.65%) Moq
6 2 (0.65%) NUnit
6 2 (0.65%) Selenium
6 2 (0.65%) Subversion
6 2 (0.65%) WiX
General
1 61 (19.74%) Finance
2 16 (5.18%) Banking
3 14 (4.53%) Retail
4 11 (3.56%) Law
4 11 (3.56%) Legal
5 6 (1.94%) Back Office
6 5 (1.62%) Investment Banking
7 4 (1.29%) Games
7 4 (1.29%) Telecoms
8 3 (0.97%) Advertising
8 3 (0.97%) Financial Institution
8 3 (0.97%) Front Office
9 2 (0.65%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.32%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 44 (14.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 39 (12.62%) Architect
2 39 (12.62%) Support Engineer
3 38 (12.30%) Analyst
4 25 (8.09%) Desktop Support
5 20 (6.47%) Developer
6 19 (6.15%) 2nd Line Support
6 19 (6.15%) Support Analyst
7 18 (5.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 17 (5.50%) Consultant
9 16 (5.18%) Active Directory Engineer
10 14 (4.53%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 14 (4.53%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 14 (4.53%) 3rd Line Support
10 14 (4.53%) Systems Engineer
11 13 (4.21%) 1st/2nd Line Support
11 13 (4.21%) IT Engineer
11 13 (4.21%) Server Engineer
12 12 (3.88%) Desktop Engineer
12 12 (3.88%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (6.80%) .NET
2 14 (4.53%) ASP.NET
3 9 (2.91%) HTML
3 9 (2.91%) WCF
3 9 (2.91%) Web Services
4 6 (1.94%) AngularJS
4 6 (1.94%) CSS
4 6 (1.94%) jQuery
5 5 (1.62%) Middleware
5 5 (1.62%) XML
5 5 (1.62%) XMPP
6 4 (1.29%) ASP.NET MVC
7 3 (0.97%) .NET Framework
7 3 (0.97%) 802.1X
7 3 (0.97%) SAML
7 3 (0.97%) Software Packaging
7 3 (0.97%) WAP
7 3 (0.97%) WF
7 3 (0.97%) XSL
8 2 (0.65%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 24 (7.77%) Data Centre
2 23 (7.44%) Blackberry
2 23 (7.44%) Clustering
3 16 (5.18%) Replication
4 15 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (4.85%) Computer Science
4 15 (4.85%) Management Information System
5 11 (3.56%) PKI
5 11 (3.56%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (2.59%) NHS
7 7 (2.27%) Client/Server
7 7 (2.27%) Public Cloud
8 6 (1.94%) BYOD
9 5 (1.62%) iPad
10 4 (1.29%) Smartphone
11 3 (0.97%) EMC VNX
11 3 (0.97%) EPoS
11 3 (0.97%) iPhone
11 3 (0.97%) Private Cloud
11 3 (0.97%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 214 (69.26%) Windows
2 117 (37.86%) Windows Server
3 83 (26.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 66 (21.36%) Windows Server 2008
5 64 (20.71%) Windows 7
6 34 (11.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 32 (10.36%) Windows 8
8 29 (9.39%) Windows 10
9 24 (7.77%) Linux
10 15 (4.85%) Android
11 9 (2.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 8 (2.59%) Apple iOS
13 7 (2.27%) Unix
14 6 (1.94%) CentOS
15 5 (1.62%) Mac OS X
15 5 (1.62%) VMS
16 3 (0.97%) Windows Phone
17 2 (0.65%) Windows XP
18 1 (0.32%) Data ONTAP
18 1 (0.32%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 103 (33.33%) ITIL
2 43 (13.92%) Migration
3 28 (9.06%) Change Management
4 22 (7.12%) Agile Software Development
4 22 (7.12%) Configuration Management
5 17 (5.50%) Service Management
6 16 (5.18%) ITIL V3
7 15 (4.85%) Business Intelligence
8 14 (4.53%) Network Management
8 14 (4.53%) Problem Management
8 14 (4.53%) TOGAF
9 13 (4.21%) Performance Tuning
10 12 (3.88%) Stakeholder Management
11 11 (3.56%) DevOps
11 11 (3.56%) Disaster Recovery
11 11 (3.56%) ITSM
11 11 (3.56%) Time Management
12 10 (3.24%) Identity Management
12 10 (3.24%) Project Management
12 10 (3.24%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 74 (23.95%) PowerShell
2 41 (13.27%) SQL
3 27 (8.74%) C#
4 11 (3.56%) JavaScript
4 11 (3.56%) Python
5 6 (1.94%) T-SQL
5 6 (1.94%) VBScript
6 5 (1.62%) Java
6 5 (1.62%) VB
7 4 (1.29%) Bash Shell
8 3 (0.97%) C
9 2 (0.65%) Perl
10 1 (0.32%) C++
10 1 (0.32%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.32%) PHP
10 1 (0.32%) Ruby
10 1 (0.32%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 171 (55.34%) MCSE
2 72 (23.30%) MCP
3 63 (20.39%) MCSA
4 60 (19.42%) Cisco Certification
5 51 (16.50%) MCITP
6 46 (14.89%) CCNA
7 41 (13.27%) Degree
8 36 (11.65%) Security Cleared
8 36 (11.65%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 30 (9.71%) SC Cleared
10 26 (8.41%) MCTS
11 18 (5.83%) MCDST
12 15 (4.85%) Citrix Certification
13 13 (4.21%) ITIL Certification
14 12 (3.88%) CCNP
14 12 (3.88%) MCSD
15 10 (3.24%) CCIE
15 10 (3.24%) Microsoft Certified Architect
16 8 (2.59%) Network+ Certification
17 7 (2.27%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (5.18%) SLA
2 9 (2.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 8 (2.59%) QA
4 4 (1.29%) Government Security Classifications
5 2 (0.65%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (0.65%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.32%) GCP
6 1 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.32%) PMBOK
6 1 (0.32%) PMO
System Software
1 174 (56.31%) Active Directory
2 54 (17.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 46 (14.89%) Hyper-V
4 12 (3.88%) vSphere
4 12 (3.88%) XenApp
5 11 (3.56%) VMware ESX
5 11 (3.56%) VMware ESXi
6 8 (2.59%) Virtual Servers
7 7 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
7 7 (2.27%) Virtual Machines
8 6 (1.94%) XenDesktop
9 5 (1.62%) Terminal Services
9 5 (1.62%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (1.29%) UAG
11 3 (0.97%) VMware Server
12 2 (0.65%) BitLocker
12 2 (0.65%) Docker
12 2 (0.65%) NFS
13 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.32%) NDS
Systems Management
1 64 (20.71%) SCCM
2 24 (7.77%) SCOM
3 12 (3.88%) Microsoft Clustering
4 10 (3.24%) NetBackup
5 9 (2.91%) Norton AntiVirus
5 9 (2.91%) Puppet
6 8 (2.59%) PowerCLI
6 8 (2.59%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 8 (2.59%) WSUS
7 7 (2.27%) AirWatch
7 7 (2.27%) WMI
8 6 (1.94%) Opscode Chef
8 6 (1.94%) vMotion
9 5 (1.62%) Backup Exec
9 5 (1.62%) CA Single Sign-On
10 4 (1.29%) Ansible
10 4 (1.29%) Cisco UCCX
10 4 (1.29%) Microsoft Intune
10 4 (1.29%) SCVMM
11 3 (0.97%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Vendors
1 236 (76.38%) Microsoft
2 93 (30.10%) VMware
3 71 (22.98%) Citrix
4 65 (21.04%) Cisco
5 30 (9.71%) HP
6 22 (7.12%) Apple
7 19 (6.15%) Symantec
8 17 (5.50%) NetApp
8 17 (5.50%) Oracle
9 16 (5.18%) EMC
10 15 (4.85%) SolarWinds
11 14 (4.53%) CheckPoint
12 9 (2.91%) Lumension
13 8 (2.59%) Red Hat
14 7 (2.27%) Intel Security
14 7 (2.27%) Sophos
14 7 (2.27%) Splunk
15 6 (1.94%) AppSense
15 6 (1.94%) Forcepoint
15 6 (1.94%) Intel
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