Period
to 25 September 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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 389 299 356
Rank change year-on-year -90 +57 +7
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 162 58 236
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.48% 0.43% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.14% 2.04% 3.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 123 41 149
10th Percentile £215 £185 £170
25th Percentile £350 £306 £283
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £438 £400
Median % change year-on-year +2.86% +9.38% +18.52%
75th Percentile £575 £525 £525
90th Percentile £625 £538 £588
England median daily rate £440 £463 £375
% change year-on-year -4.86% +23.33% +9.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 3
Median hourly rate £13.50 £31.25 £20.00
Median % change year-on-year -56.80% +56.25% -20.00%
England median hourly rate £13.50 £20.17 £19.38
% change year-on-year -33.06% +4.09% +10.71%

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 5,165 2,847 6,135
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.28% 21.25% 15.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,459 1,992 4,206
10th Percentile £350 £313 £312
25th Percentile £438 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £543 £500 £506
Median % change year-on-year +8.50% -1.23% +1.25%
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £725 £663 £700
England median daily rate £500 £481 £475
% change year-on-year +4.00% +1.21% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 36 96
10th Percentile £14.57 £15.97 £12.13
25th Percentile £20.66 £19.99 £18.70
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.25 £28.25
Median % change year-on-year -0.71% +24.78% +41.25%
75th Percentile £49.59 £45.38 £50.00
90th Percentile £62.20 £47.83 £52.75
England median hourly rate £33.00 £33.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year -2.22% -15.63% +77.50%

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 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 25 September 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 -43 29 £425 -17.07% 27
West London -15 5 £588 +17.50% 13
East London - 5 £225 - 13
North London +7 4 £400 - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 127 (78.40%) Microsoft
2 84 (51.85%) Azure
3 74 (45.68%) Windows
4 66 (40.74%) Active Directory
5 63 (38.89%) MCSE
6 61 (37.65%) Microsoft 365
7 49 (30.25%) ITIL
8 41 (25.31%) MCSA
9 40 (24.69%) VMware
9 40 (24.69%) Social Skills
10 39 (24.07%) Cisco
10 39 (24.07%) Windows Server
11 34 (20.99%) PowerShell
12 30 (18.52%) Cisco Certification
13 29 (17.90%) Migration
14 28 (17.28%) Citrix
14 28 (17.28%) Azure Active Directory
15 27 (16.67%) SCCM
16 26 (16.05%) VMware Infrastructure
17 25 (15.43%) Microsoft Office
17 25 (15.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 24 (14.81%) CCNA
19 23 (14.20%) Windows 10
20 22 (13.58%) AWS
21 20 (12.35%) DNS
21 20 (12.35%) Finance
21 20 (12.35%) Degree
21 20 (12.35%) DevOps
22 19 (11.73%) Windows Server 2012
22 19 (11.73%) Firewall

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 18 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 11 (6.79%) MS Exchange
3 6 (3.70%) ArcGIS
4 5 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (1.85%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (1.85%) IIS
5 3 (1.85%) SAS
5 3 (1.85%) Skype for Business
6 2 (1.23%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.62%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.62%) OpenStack
Applications
1 25 (15.43%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (3.70%) Photoshop
3 5 (3.09%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.23%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.62%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.85%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.62%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 84 (51.85%) Azure
2 61 (37.65%) Microsoft 365
3 28 (17.28%) Azure Active Directory
4 22 (13.58%) AWS
5 18 (11.11%) IaaS
6 14 (8.64%) Power Platform
7 9 (5.56%) PaaS
8 7 (4.32%) GCP
8 7 (4.32%) SaaS
9 6 (3.70%) OneDrive
10 5 (3.09%) Azure Synapse Analytics
10 5 (3.09%) Dynamics 365
11 4 (2.47%) Azure Pipelines
11 4 (2.47%) Azure Service Bus
11 4 (2.47%) PowerApps
12 3 (1.85%) Azure Cosmos DB
12 3 (1.85%) Azure Logic Apps
12 3 (1.85%) Azure Machine Learning
12 3 (1.85%) Azure Storage
12 3 (1.85%) Power Automate
Communications & Networking
1 20 (12.35%) DNS
2 19 (11.73%) Firewall
3 16 (9.88%) SAN
4 15 (9.26%) DHCP
5 12 (7.41%) Wi-Fi
6 11 (6.79%) TCP/IP
7 9 (5.56%) NetScaler
8 8 (4.94%) LAN
9 7 (4.32%) VoIP
10 6 (3.70%) Internet
10 6 (3.70%) PBX
10 6 (3.70%) VPN
10 6 (3.70%) WAN
11 5 (3.09%) Network Security
11 5 (3.09%) Skype
11 5 (3.09%) Unified Communications
12 4 (2.47%) iSCSI
12 4 (2.47%) Junos
13 3 (1.85%) Ethernet
13 3 (1.85%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (10.49%) SQL Server
2 11 (6.79%) Power BI
3 6 (3.70%) GIS
4 5 (3.09%) Big Data
5 4 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.85%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (1.85%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (1.85%) Data Lake
6 3 (1.85%) MySQL
6 3 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (1.23%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 2 (1.23%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.62%) HDInsight
8 1 (0.62%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.62%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.62%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 2 (1.23%) InstallShield
1 2 (1.23%) MSI
1 2 (1.23%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.62%) AdminStudio
2 1 (0.62%) Git (software)
2 1 (0.62%) Jenkins
General
1 40 (24.69%) Social Skills
2 20 (12.35%) Finance
3 11 (6.79%) Banking
4 10 (6.17%) Public Sector
5 7 (4.32%) Law
5 7 (4.32%) Presentation Skills
6 6 (3.70%) Local Government
7 5 (3.09%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (3.09%) Documentation Skills
7 5 (3.09%) Retail
8 4 (2.47%) Organisational Skills
9 3 (1.85%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (1.85%) Investment Banking
9 3 (1.85%) Telecoms
10 2 (1.23%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.62%) Legal
11 1 (0.62%) Marketing
11 1 (0.62%) Pharmaceutical
11 1 (0.62%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 22 (13.58%) Architect
2 19 (11.73%) Consultant
2 19 (11.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 17 (10.49%) Azure Engineer
4 15 (9.26%) Support Engineer
5 13 (8.02%) Analyst
6 9 (5.56%) Azure Consultant
6 9 (5.56%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
7 8 (4.94%) Developer
8 7 (4.32%) Cloud Engineer
8 7 (4.32%) Infrastructure Architect
9 6 (3.70%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 6 (3.70%) Azure Architect
9 6 (3.70%) Desktop Engineer
9 6 (3.70%) Desktop Support
9 6 (3.70%) Service Analyst
10 5 (3.09%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 5 (3.09%) IT Engineer
10 5 (3.09%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
10 5 (3.09%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.56%) Web Services
2 8 (4.94%) .NET
2 8 (4.94%) REST
3 3 (1.85%) .NET Framework
3 3 (1.85%) SAML
3 3 (1.85%) Software Packaging
4 2 (1.23%) AngularJS
4 2 (1.23%) ASP.NET Web API
4 2 (1.23%) CSS
4 2 (1.23%) HTML5 Canvas
4 2 (1.23%) OAuth
4 2 (1.23%) OpenID
4 2 (1.23%) RESTful
5 1 (0.62%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.62%) LDAP
5 1 (0.62%) SailPoint
5 1 (0.62%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.79%) Data Centre
2 7 (4.32%) Management Information System
2 7 (4.32%) Replication
2 7 (4.32%) User Experience
3 6 (3.70%) Public Cloud
4 5 (3.09%) Data Protection Act
5 4 (2.47%) NHS
6 3 (1.85%) Clustering
6 3 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.85%) Microsoft Licensing
7 2 (1.23%) Blackberry
7 2 (1.23%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.23%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (1.23%) iPad
7 2 (1.23%) PKI
7 2 (1.23%) Virtual Team
8 1 (0.62%) BYOD
8 1 (0.62%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.62%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.62%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 74 (45.68%) Windows
2 39 (24.07%) Windows Server
3 23 (14.20%) Windows 10
4 19 (11.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (10.49%) Windows 7
5 17 (10.49%) Windows Server 2016
6 14 (8.64%) Windows Server 2019
7 12 (7.41%) Apple iOS
8 11 (6.79%) Linux
9 9 (5.56%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (4.32%) Android
11 4 (2.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.85%) Unix
13 2 (1.23%) Mac OS
13 2 (1.23%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.62%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (30.25%) ITIL
2 29 (17.90%) Migration
3 25 (15.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 20 (12.35%) DevOps
5 18 (11.11%) Change Management
6 17 (10.49%) Agile Software Development
6 17 (10.49%) Problem-Solving
7 16 (9.88%) Project Delivery
8 15 (9.26%) Cybersecurity
9 13 (8.02%) Risk Management
10 11 (6.79%) Service Design
11 10 (6.17%) Data Protection
11 10 (6.17%) Incident Management
11 10 (6.17%) Information Security
11 10 (6.17%) TOGAF
12 9 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (5.56%) ITIL V3
12 9 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
13 8 (4.94%) Analytics
13 8 (4.94%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 34 (20.99%) PowerShell
2 17 (10.49%) SQL
3 11 (6.79%) C
4 7 (4.32%) T-SQL
4 7 (4.32%) VB
5 5 (3.09%) C#
5 5 (3.09%) Python
6 3 (1.85%) VB.NET
6 3 (1.85%) VBScript
7 2 (1.23%) C++
7 2 (1.23%) Java
7 2 (1.23%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 63 (38.89%) MCSE
2 41 (25.31%) MCSA
3 30 (18.52%) Cisco Certification
4 24 (14.81%) CCNA
5 20 (12.35%) Degree
6 17 (10.49%) Security Cleared
7 15 (9.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 13 (8.02%) CISSP
8 13 (8.02%) MCITP
8 13 (8.02%) SC Cleared
9 12 (7.41%) MCP
10 9 (5.56%) A+ Certification
11 7 (4.32%) Computer Science Degree
11 7 (4.32%) DV Cleared
11 7 (4.32%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (3.70%) AWS Certification
12 6 (3.70%) CRISC
13 5 (3.09%) TOGAF Certification
14 4 (2.47%) JNCIA
15 3 (1.85%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (8.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (6.79%) SLA
3 9 (5.56%) NIST
4 6 (3.70%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (1.23%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.23%) QA
6 1 (0.62%) GDPR
6 1 (0.62%) HIPAA
6 1 (0.62%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.62%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.62%) NIST 800
6 1 (0.62%) SOC 2
System Software
1 66 (40.74%) Active Directory
2 26 (16.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (8.02%) XenApp
4 10 (6.17%) VMware ESXi
5 8 (4.94%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (4.94%) XenDesktop
6 6 (3.70%) VMware NSX
7 5 (3.09%) Hyper-V
7 5 (3.09%) vSphere
8 4 (2.47%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (2.47%) OpenAM
9 3 (1.85%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.23%) EMC RecoverPoint
11 1 (0.62%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
11 1 (0.62%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 1 (0.62%) NFS
11 1 (0.62%) vCloud
11 1 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.62%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 27 (16.67%) SCCM
2 15 (9.26%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (6.17%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 9 (5.56%) Ansible
4 9 (5.56%) SCOM
5 7 (4.32%) Single Sign-On
5 7 (4.32%) Terraform
6 6 (3.70%) Cisco CUCM
6 6 (3.70%) vCenter Server
7 4 (2.47%) Kubernetes
7 4 (2.47%) ZABBIX
8 3 (1.85%) NetBackup
8 3 (1.85%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.62%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.62%) DatAdvantage
9 1 (0.62%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.62%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.62%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.62%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 1 (0.62%) vRealize
Vendors
1 127 (78.40%) Microsoft
2 40 (24.69%) VMware
3 39 (24.07%) Cisco
4 28 (17.28%) Citrix
5 15 (9.26%) HP
6 13 (8.02%) SolarWinds
7 8 (4.94%) Apple
7 8 (4.94%) CheckPoint
7 8 (4.94%) Google
7 8 (4.94%) ServiceNow
8 7 (4.32%) Dell
8 7 (4.32%) Oracle
9 6 (3.70%) Dialogic
9 6 (3.70%) ESRI
9 6 (3.70%) Lumension
9 6 (3.70%) Polycom
9 6 (3.70%) Sonus
9 6 (3.70%) Sophos
10 5 (3.09%) EMC
10 5 (3.09%) Siemens