Period
to 24 July 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 24 July 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 > South East
6 months to
24 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 188 128 106
Rank change year-on-year -60 -22 0
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 191 325 411
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.19% 1.74% 2.08%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.74% 6.33% 7.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 205 258
South East median daily rate £310 £360 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.89% +10.77% -
10th Percentile £129 £208 £205
90th Percentile £519 £460 £438
England median daily rate £350 £330 £325
% change year-on-year +6.06% +1.54% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 23 45
South East median hourly rate £18.26 £21.33 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.39% -0.79% +36.51%
10th Percentile £14.50 £9.20 £13.95
90th Percentile £29.92 £45.70 £39.50
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.28 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.50% +4.43% +9.80%

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 the South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 4026 5138 5196
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 25.07% 27.58% 26.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 2292 3137 2902
South East median daily rate £412 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.88% +5.12% +4.97%
10th Percentile £243 £252 £240
90th Percentile £544 £538 £524
England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 263 191 231
South East median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11% +7.14%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £12.50
90th Percentile £53.75 £53.75 £47.50
England median hourly rate £29.75 £27.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +8.18% +22.22% +12.50%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South East over the 6 months to 24 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South East over the 6 months to 24 July 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 24 July 2017. 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
Thames Valley -63 71 £438 +20.69% 11
Hampshire +9 44 £310 -13.89% 14
Berkshire -27 31 £500 +33.33% 5
Kent +36 29 £207 +59.23% 2
Buckinghamshire -16 27 £500 +19.05% 5
Surrey -40 26 £190 -49.33% 14
West Sussex +3 17 £250 -37.50% 2
Oxfordshire -19 12 £150 -46.67% 1
Middlesex +4 2 - - 1
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 South East region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 134 (70.16%) Windows
2 127 (66.49%) Microsoft
3 117 (61.26%) Active Directory
4 112 (58.64%) MCSE
5 75 (39.27%) ITIL
6 70 (36.65%) VMware
7 66 (34.55%) Windows Server 2012
7 66 (34.55%) Windows Server
8 64 (33.51%) Windows Server 2008
9 55 (28.80%) VMware Infrastructure
10 52 (27.23%) MS Exchange
11 49 (25.65%) SQL Server
12 47 (24.61%) MCSA
13 46 (24.08%) MCP
14 40 (20.94%) HP
14 40 (20.94%) PowerShell
15 38 (19.90%) Citrix
16 37 (19.37%) Office 365
17 36 (18.85%) Cisco
18 35 (18.32%) SharePoint
19 34 (17.80%) Microsoft Office
20 33 (17.28%) Change Management
20 33 (17.28%) Windows 7
20 33 (17.28%) Security Cleared
21 32 (16.75%) Windows Server 2003
22 30 (15.71%) SQL
22 30 (15.71%) Microsoft Azure
23 28 (14.66%) Hyper-V
23 28 (14.66%) MCITP
23 28 (14.66%) SAN

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 52 (27.23%) MS Exchange
2 35 (18.32%) SharePoint
3 21 (10.99%) Skype for Business
4 19 (9.95%) Exchange Server 2010
5 12 (6.28%) Exchange Server 2013
6 11 (5.76%) IIS
7 5 (2.62%) Apache
7 5 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (2.09%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (2.09%) Commerce Server
8 4 (2.09%) SharePoint 2010
8 4 (2.09%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (2.09%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (1.57%) OpenStack
10 2 (1.05%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (1.05%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (1.05%) IBM Notes
10 2 (1.05%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.52%) WebSphere
Applications
1 34 (17.80%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (5.76%) MS Visio
3 9 (4.71%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (3.14%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (2.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.52%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (2.09%) Dynamics NAV
1 4 (2.09%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.57%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.05%) Dynamics GP
4 1 (0.52%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 37 (19.37%) Office 365
2 30 (15.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (6.81%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (5.24%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (2.62%) IaaS
6 4 (2.09%) PaaS
7 2 (1.05%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.05%) GitHub
7 2 (1.05%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.52%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.52%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.52%) Amazon S3
8 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.52%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.52%) Azure Machine Learning
8 1 (0.52%) CloudFront
8 1 (0.52%) G Suite
8 1 (0.52%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.52%) SaaS
8 1 (0.52%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 28 (14.66%) Firewall
1 28 (14.66%) SAN
2 17 (8.90%) TCP/IP
3 16 (8.38%) DNS
4 14 (7.33%) DHCP
4 14 (7.33%) WAN
5 13 (6.81%) LAN
5 13 (6.81%) Skype
6 12 (6.28%) NAS
7 10 (5.24%) VoIP
8 9 (4.71%) VPN
9 7 (3.66%) BIG-IP
9 7 (3.66%) Wireless
10 5 (2.62%) Network Security
11 4 (2.09%) Structured Cabling
12 3 (1.57%) RFID
12 3 (1.57%) SMTP
13 2 (1.05%) IPsec
13 2 (1.05%) PSTN
13 2 (1.05%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (25.65%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (5.76%) SQL Server 2005
3 11 (5.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (4.19%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (4.19%) SQL Server 2016
4 8 (4.19%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (3.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (3.14%) DB2
6 6 (3.14%) RDBMS
6 6 (3.14%) Relational Database
7 4 (2.09%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (2.09%) MySQL
8 3 (1.57%) Big Data
8 3 (1.57%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (0.52%) HDInsight
9 1 (0.52%) Neo4j
9 1 (0.52%) Power BI
9 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 4 (2.09%) Team Foundation Server
1 4 (2.09%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.57%) Eclipse
3 2 (1.05%) MSI
4 1 (0.52%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.52%) JIRA
4 1 (0.52%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 13 (6.81%) Finance
2 3 (1.57%) Telecoms
3 1 (0.52%) Advertising
3 1 (0.52%) Banking
3 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.52%) Local Government
3 1 (0.52%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 23 (12.04%) Analyst
1 23 (12.04%) Support Engineer
2 19 (9.95%) Architect
2 19 (9.95%) Desktop Support
3 18 (9.42%) 2nd Line Support
4 16 (8.38%) Support Analyst
5 15 (7.85%) Consultant
6 14 (7.33%) 3rd Line Support
6 14 (7.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 12 (6.28%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 10 (5.24%) Administrator
8 10 (5.24%) Service Desk Support
8 10 (5.24%) Technical Support
9 9 (4.71%) Server Engineer
10 8 (4.19%) Service Analyst
10 8 (4.19%) Service Desk Analyst
10 8 (4.19%) Windows Engineer
11 7 (3.66%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 7 (3.66%) DBA
11 7 (3.66%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (5.76%) .NET
1 11 (5.76%) XML
2 5 (2.62%) CSS
3 4 (2.09%) jQuery
3 4 (2.09%) XSLT
4 3 (1.57%) Web Services
5 2 (1.05%) WAP
6 1 (0.52%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.52%) ActiveX
6 1 (0.52%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.52%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.52%) EDI
6 1 (0.52%) EDIFACT
6 1 (0.52%) HTML5
6 1 (0.52%) JMS
6 1 (0.52%) JSON
6 1 (0.52%) RESTful
6 1 (0.52%) SOAP
6 1 (0.52%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.52%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 26 (13.61%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (8.38%) Data Centre
3 15 (7.85%) Clustering
4 12 (6.28%) Replication
5 10 (5.24%) NHS
6 9 (4.71%) Computer Science
7 7 (3.66%) Blackberry
7 7 (3.66%) CMDB
7 7 (3.66%) Management Information System
8 6 (3.14%) PKI
9 5 (2.62%) iPad
10 3 (1.57%) Handset
10 3 (1.57%) Video Conferencing
11 2 (1.05%) CCTV
11 2 (1.05%) Client/Server
11 2 (1.05%) EPoS
11 2 (1.05%) iPhone
11 2 (1.05%) N-Tier
11 2 (1.05%) PMI
11 2 (1.05%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 134 (70.16%) Windows
2 66 (34.55%) Windows Server
2 66 (34.55%) Windows Server 2012
3 64 (33.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 33 (17.28%) Windows 7
5 32 (16.75%) Windows Server 2003
6 27 (14.14%) Linux
7 23 (12.04%) Windows 10
8 15 (7.85%) Unix
9 9 (4.71%) Windows XP
10 8 (4.19%) Windows 8
11 6 (3.14%) Windows Vista
12 4 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 3 (1.57%) Android
13 3 (1.57%) Solaris
14 2 (1.05%) Apple iOS
14 2 (1.05%) Windows 2000
14 2 (1.05%) Windows NT
14 2 (1.05%) Windows Phone
15 1 (0.52%) Amazon Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (39.27%) ITIL
2 33 (17.28%) Change Management
3 25 (13.09%) High Availability
4 20 (10.47%) ITIL V3
5 18 (9.42%) Service Delivery
6 17 (8.90%) Service Management
7 15 (7.85%) Migration
7 15 (7.85%) Project Management
7 15 (7.85%) Virtual Environments
8 13 (6.81%) Disaster Recovery
9 12 (6.28%) ITSM
10 11 (5.76%) Agile Software Development
10 11 (5.76%) Business Intelligence
10 11 (5.76%) Technical Architecture
10 11 (5.76%) Virtual Infrastructure
11 10 (5.24%) Incident Management
12 9 (4.71%) Change Control
12 9 (4.71%) Infrastructure Monitoring
13 7 (3.66%) Database Mirroring
13 7 (3.66%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 40 (20.94%) PowerShell
2 30 (15.71%) SQL
3 12 (6.28%) VBScript
4 9 (4.71%) JavaScript
5 7 (3.66%) C#
5 7 (3.66%) VB
6 4 (2.09%) Bash Shell
6 4 (2.09%) Perl
6 4 (2.09%) Python
7 3 (1.57%) Ruby
8 2 (1.05%) C
8 2 (1.05%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.52%) ABAP
9 1 (0.52%) ActionScript
9 1 (0.52%) ActionScript 2.0
9 1 (0.52%) PHP
Qualifications
1 112 (58.64%) MCSE
2 47 (24.61%) MCSA
3 46 (24.08%) MCP
4 33 (17.28%) Security Cleared
5 28 (14.66%) MCITP
6 27 (14.14%) SC Cleared
7 26 (13.61%) Degree
8 22 (11.52%) Cisco Certification
9 21 (10.99%) CCNA
10 19 (9.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 11 (5.76%) DV Cleared
11 11 (5.76%) MCDBA
12 9 (4.71%) Computer Science Degree
13 8 (4.19%) MCTS
14 7 (3.66%) RHCE
15 6 (3.14%) MCDST
16 5 (2.62%) BICSI Certification
16 5 (2.62%) JNCIA
16 5 (2.62%) JNCIS
16 5 (2.62%) LPIC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.28%) SLA
2 6 (3.14%) PMO
3 2 (1.05%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.05%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.52%) QA
System Software
1 117 (61.26%) Active Directory
2 55 (28.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (14.66%) Hyper-V
4 13 (6.81%) VMware ESXi
4 13 (6.81%) VMware Workstation
5 10 (5.24%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (4.71%) vSphere
7 8 (4.19%) XenApp
8 5 (2.62%) Firmware
9 4 (2.09%) BitLocker
9 4 (2.09%) XenDesktop
9 4 (2.09%) XenServer
10 3 (1.57%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 3 (1.57%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (1.05%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (1.05%) Terminal Server
11 2 (1.05%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 1 (0.52%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.52%) Xen
Systems Management
1 18 (9.42%) SCCM
2 10 (5.24%) Microsoft Clustering
3 8 (4.19%) SCOM
4 5 (2.62%) OVSD
4 5 (2.62%) Puppet
5 4 (2.09%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (1.57%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (1.05%) Ansible
7 2 (1.05%) OpenView
7 2 (1.05%) PowerCLI
7 2 (1.05%) Tivoli
7 2 (1.05%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 2 (1.05%) Unicenter
7 2 (1.05%) WSUS
8 1 (0.52%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.52%) EdgeSight
8 1 (0.52%) EMC NetWorker
8 1 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.52%) Simpana
Vendors
1 127 (66.49%) Microsoft
2 70 (36.65%) VMware
3 40 (20.94%) HP
4 38 (19.90%) Citrix
5 36 (18.85%) Cisco
6 17 (8.90%) NetApp
7 12 (6.28%) Oracle
7 12 (6.28%) ServiceNow
8 11 (5.76%) Dell
9 7 (3.66%) F5
10 6 (3.14%) Remedy
11 5 (2.62%) Apple
11 5 (2.62%) BMC
11 5 (2.62%) Juniper
12 4 (2.09%) Kaseya
12 4 (2.09%) Nintex
13 3 (1.57%) CA
13 3 (1.57%) CommVault
13 3 (1.57%) LANDesk
13 3 (1.57%) Veeam
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