Period
to 23 September 2019

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 23 September 2019 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
23 Sep 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 167 214 194
Rank change year-on-year +47 -20 -46
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 209 175 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.46% 1.08% 1.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.95% 4.83% 5.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 113 113 112
South East median daily rate £388 £375 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% +13.64% -5.71%
10th Percentile £130 £148 £146
90th Percentile £529 £488 £500
England median daily rate £375 £345 £338
% change year-on-year +8.70% +2.22% -0.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 4 22
South East median hourly rate £24.00 £19.39 £18.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.81% +6.92% -15.00%
10th Percentile £16.63 £17.15 £15.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £21.27 £37.87
England median hourly rate £20.00 £17.46 £17.00
% change year-on-year +14.58% +2.68% -19.05%

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 the South East with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South East
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3,513 3,625 3,741
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.55% 22.30% 22.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,012 2,006 2,126
South East median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £235 £223
90th Percentile £600 £575 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +1.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 235 213 210
South East median hourly rate £42.50 £40.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +81.82% -9.39%
10th Percentile £14.00 £13.50 £12.00
90th Percentile £82.50 £54.82 £50.25
England median hourly rate £36.00 £24.25 £28.50
% change year-on-year +48.45% -14.91% +11.76%

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 23 September 2019.

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 23 September 2019.

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 23 September 2019. 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 +23 95 £375 -5.66% 54
Berkshire +25 54 £375 +7.14% 19
Hampshire +7 42 £495 +32.00% 23
Buckinghamshire +10 37 £400 -3.61% 22
Surrey +45 34 £370 +64.44% 37
West Sussex +19 23 £200 -33.33% 15
Kent +9 10 £388 +26.53% 11
Oxfordshire +17 4 £170 -57.50% 13
Middlesex - 2 £475 -
East Sussex +1 1 - - 4
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 23 September 2019, 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 South East region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 156 (74.64%) Microsoft
2 131 (62.68%) Windows
3 121 (57.89%) MCSE
4 84 (40.19%) Active Directory
5 69 (33.01%) VMware
5 69 (33.01%) Azure
6 67 (32.06%) Office 365
7 66 (31.58%) Cisco Certification
8 65 (31.10%) ITIL
9 61 (29.19%) CCNA
10 55 (26.32%) Security Cleared
10 55 (26.32%) Windows Server
11 52 (24.88%) MCSA
12 50 (23.92%) SCCM
13 49 (23.44%) Cisco
14 48 (22.97%) Windows 10
15 43 (20.57%) SQL
16 41 (19.62%) PowerShell
17 40 (19.14%) Windows Server 2012
17 40 (19.14%) DNS
18 39 (18.66%) Microsoft Office
18 39 (18.66%) Firewall
18 39 (18.66%) VMware Infrastructure
18 39 (18.66%) SC Cleared
19 38 (18.18%) SQL Server
20 34 (16.27%) Windows Server 2008
21 31 (14.83%) Windows 7
21 31 (14.83%) Citrix
21 31 (14.83%) Problem-Solving
22 30 (14.35%) MCITP

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 24 (11.48%) MS Exchange
2 18 (8.61%) Exchange Server 2013
3 17 (8.13%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (7.66%) SharePoint
4 16 (7.66%) Skype for Business
5 6 (2.87%) IIS
6 3 (1.44%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (1.44%) SharePoint 2010
6 3 (1.44%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (1.44%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (0.96%) SharePoint Server
8 1 (0.48%) Apache
8 1 (0.48%) Confluence
8 1 (0.48%) Exchange Server 2003
8 1 (0.48%) WordPress
Applications
1 39 (18.66%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (4.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 4 (1.91%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Suite
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (3.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.44%) assyst
3 2 (0.96%) SAP ERP
4 1 (0.48%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 69 (33.01%) Azure
2 67 (32.06%) Office 365
3 27 (12.92%) AWS
4 26 (12.44%) PaaS
5 21 (10.05%) IaaS
6 17 (8.13%) SaaS
7 12 (5.74%) Azure Active Directory
8 11 (5.26%) Power Platform
9 10 (4.78%) Dynamics 365
10 7 (3.35%) Azure ExpressRoute
11 3 (1.44%) Google Analytics
12 2 (0.96%) Azure Stack
12 2 (0.96%) Mimecast
13 1 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Cloud
13 1 (0.48%) Cloud Computing
13 1 (0.48%) GitHub
13 1 (0.48%) OneDrive
13 1 (0.48%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 40 (19.14%) DNS
2 39 (18.66%) Firewall
3 28 (13.40%) TCP/IP
4 22 (10.53%) DHCP
5 17 (8.13%) Skype
6 16 (7.66%) VPN
6 16 (7.66%) WAN
7 14 (6.70%) Cisco ASA
8 13 (6.22%) Internet
9 12 (5.74%) LAN
9 12 (5.74%) SAN
10 11 (5.26%) NaaS
11 8 (3.83%) Wireless
12 7 (3.35%) Network Security
13 6 (2.87%) NAS
13 6 (2.87%) VLAN
13 6 (2.87%) Wi-Fi
14 5 (2.39%) Intranet
14 5 (2.39%) Reverse Proxy
14 5 (2.39%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (18.18%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 10 (4.78%) Azure SQL Database
4 10 (4.78%) Power BI
4 10 (4.78%) SQL Server 2016
5 9 (4.31%) Data Warehouse
5 9 (4.31%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (3.83%) Oracle Database
7 5 (2.39%) Big Data
7 5 (2.39%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (2.39%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (1.91%) OLAP
8 4 (1.91%) SAP BW
8 4 (1.91%) SAP Data Services
8 4 (1.91%) SQLite
9 2 (0.96%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2017
9 2 (0.96%) SSDT
10 1 (0.48%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 12 (5.74%) InstallShield
1 12 (5.74%) MSI
2 8 (3.83%) JIRA
3 7 (3.35%) Visual Studio
4 4 (1.91%) Android Studio
4 4 (1.91%) Git (software)
5 3 (1.44%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.48%) AdminStudio
6 1 (0.48%) Firebug
6 1 (0.48%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.48%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 22 (10.53%) Finance
2 14 (6.70%) Legal
3 12 (5.74%) Law
4 8 (3.83%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.87%) Retail
6 5 (2.39%) Public Sector
7 4 (1.91%) Local Government
8 2 (0.96%) Banking
8 2 (0.96%) Marketing
9 1 (0.48%) Back Office
9 1 (0.48%) Military
Job Titles
1 36 (17.22%) Analyst
2 25 (11.96%) Architect
3 24 (11.48%) Consultant
4 21 (10.05%) Support Engineer
5 19 (9.09%) Solutions Architect
6 18 (8.61%) Service Analyst
6 18 (8.61%) Service Desk Analyst
7 15 (7.18%) Developer
7 15 (7.18%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 14 (6.70%) Infrastructure Support
9 12 (5.74%) Desktop Support
9 12 (5.74%) Infrastructure Analyst
9 12 (5.74%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
9 12 (5.74%) Support Analyst
10 10 (4.78%) IT Support
11 9 (4.31%) Desktop Engineer
12 8 (3.83%) Applications Specialist
12 8 (3.83%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 8 (3.83%) Infrastructure Consultant
13 7 (3.35%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.74%) .NET
2 6 (2.87%) Web Services
3 5 (2.39%) HTML
3 5 (2.39%) Oracle Fusion
3 5 (2.39%) RESTful
4 4 (1.91%) ASP.NET
4 4 (1.91%) Dagger
4 4 (1.91%) Retrofit
4 4 (1.91%) RxJava
5 3 (1.44%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (0.96%) AngularJS
6 2 (0.96%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (0.96%) CSS
6 2 (0.96%) J2EE
6 2 (0.96%) JSON
6 2 (0.96%) WCF
7 1 (0.48%) ADO
7 1 (0.48%) COM
7 1 (0.48%) LDAP
7 1 (0.48%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 19 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 18 (8.61%) Data Centre
3 14 (6.70%) Management Information System
4 11 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (4.78%) PKI
5 10 (4.78%) Public Cloud
6 7 (3.35%) Replication
7 5 (2.39%) Clustering
7 5 (2.39%) Microsoft Licensing
8 3 (1.44%) Blackberry
8 3 (1.44%) Driving Licence
8 3 (1.44%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.44%) iPad
8 3 (1.44%) Private Cloud
8 3 (1.44%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 2 (0.96%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.96%) Internet of Things
9 2 (0.96%) NHS
9 2 (0.96%) Smartphone
9 2 (0.96%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 131 (62.68%) Windows
2 55 (26.32%) Windows Server
3 48 (22.97%) Windows 10
4 40 (19.14%) Windows Server 2012
5 34 (16.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 31 (14.83%) Windows 7
7 27 (12.92%) Windows 8
8 26 (12.44%) Linux
9 19 (9.09%) Windows Server 2003
10 14 (6.70%) Windows XP
11 10 (4.78%) Unix
12 7 (3.35%) Android
13 5 (2.39%) Windows Vista
14 4 (1.91%) Apple iOS
14 4 (1.91%) CentOS
14 4 (1.91%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.96%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.96%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.48%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (31.10%) ITIL
2 31 (14.83%) Problem-Solving
3 21 (10.05%) Information Security
3 21 (10.05%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 19 (9.09%) Migration
5 18 (8.61%) Disaster Recovery
6 16 (7.66%) Change Management
6 16 (7.66%) Customer Requirements
7 15 (7.18%) Agile Software Development
7 15 (7.18%) Application Packaging
7 15 (7.18%) Service Management
8 14 (6.70%) Business Intelligence
8 14 (6.70%) PRINCE2
9 13 (6.22%) ITIL V3
9 13 (6.22%) ITSM
9 13 (6.22%) Security Management
9 13 (6.22%) TOGAF
10 12 (5.74%) Information Security Management
10 12 (5.74%) ISMS
11 11 (5.26%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 43 (20.57%) SQL
2 41 (19.62%) PowerShell
3 16 (7.66%) Java
4 15 (7.18%) T-SQL
5 13 (6.22%) VBScript
6 7 (3.35%) C#
7 6 (2.87%) JavaScript
8 4 (1.91%) Kotlin
9 3 (1.44%) C++
9 3 (1.44%) VB
10 2 (0.96%) PHP
10 2 (0.96%) Python
11 1 (0.48%) C
11 1 (0.48%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 121 (57.89%) MCSE
2 66 (31.58%) Cisco Certification
3 61 (29.19%) CCNA
4 55 (26.32%) Security Cleared
5 52 (24.88%) MCSA
6 39 (18.66%) SC Cleared
7 30 (14.35%) MCITP
8 29 (13.88%) Degree
9 26 (12.44%) MCP
10 25 (11.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 21 (10.05%) CCNP
12 20 (9.57%) DV Cleared
13 12 (5.74%) TOGAF Certification
14 10 (4.78%) MCTS
15 9 (4.31%) CCIE
16 7 (3.35%) VCP5
17 6 (2.87%) CISSP
18 4 (1.91%) MCDBA
18 4 (1.91%) OSCP
18 4 (1.91%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (13.40%) SLA
2 16 (7.66%) QA
3 3 (1.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.96%) GDPR
5 1 (0.48%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.48%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 84 (40.19%) Active Directory
2 39 (18.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (13.88%) Hyper-V
4 12 (5.74%) Microsoft App-V
4 12 (5.74%) XenApp
5 9 (4.31%) vSphere
6 7 (3.35%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (2.87%) vCloud
8 4 (1.91%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (1.44%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 3 (1.44%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (1.44%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.96%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.48%) HDFS
11 1 (0.48%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.48%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.48%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.48%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.48%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 50 (23.92%) SCCM
2 21 (10.05%) SCOM
3 13 (6.22%) WSUS
4 12 (5.74%) Single Sign-On
5 8 (3.83%) Microsoft Intune
5 8 (3.83%) Oracle Identity Management
5 8 (3.83%) PingFederate
6 7 (3.35%) SCVMM
6 7 (3.35%) vCenter Server
7 3 (1.44%) Cisco CUCM
7 3 (1.44%) Failover Clustering
7 3 (1.44%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.44%) PaperCut
7 3 (1.44%) SolarWinds Orion
7 3 (1.44%) ThinApp
8 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 2 (0.96%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.96%) vMotion
9 1 (0.48%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 156 (74.64%) Microsoft
2 69 (33.01%) VMware
3 49 (23.44%) Cisco
4 31 (14.83%) Citrix
5 28 (13.40%) Oracle
6 19 (9.09%) HP
7 18 (8.61%) Dell
8 13 (6.22%) Adobe
9 12 (5.74%) F5
9 12 (5.74%) Sony
9 12 (5.74%) Splunk
10 11 (5.26%) Meraki
11 10 (4.78%) Novell
11 10 (4.78%) ServiceNow
12 8 (3.83%) BMC
13 7 (3.35%) NetApp
13 7 (3.35%) Remedy
14 6 (2.87%) Apple
14 6 (2.87%) SAP
14 6 (2.87%) SolarWinds