Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 178 163 136
Rank change year-on-year -15 -27 -60
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 219 224 307
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.31% 1.37% 1.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.91% 5.38% 5.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 161 194
South East median daily rate £338 £348 £361
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.88% -3.81% +11.41%
10th Percentile £130 £165 £222
90th Percentile £500 £488 £493
England median daily rate £338 £340 £343
% change year-on-year -0.74% -0.73% +1.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 41
South East median hourly rate £20.66 £22.24 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.13% +11.20% +17.65%
10th Percentile £15.75 £14.18 £15.25
90th Percentile £38.85 £47.00 £23.75
England median hourly rate £14.65 £21.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -30.24% +23.53% -

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 3708 4166 5180
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.13% 25.48% 26.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2110 2574 3098
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £213 £250 £260
90th Percentile £550 £556 £525
England median daily rate £431 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.41% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 212 255
South East median hourly rate £25.69 £27.50 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.58% -11.00% +81.76%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £10.75
90th Percentile £49.63 £50.00 £54.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -1.96% +6.25% +26.32%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 +30 111 £375 +36.36% 14
Berkshire +28 57 £375 +17.19% 8
Hampshire -5 39 £285 -13.64% 8
Buckinghamshire -12 38 £463 +131.25% 6
Surrey -29 34 £210 -50.59% 15
West Sussex -9 19 £356 -8.06% 7
Oxfordshire +1 16 £300 +9.09%
Kent -11 6 £403 +15.00% 3
East Sussex +9 5 £125 -
Middlesex -1 1 £300 -4.00% 1
Sussex - 1 - -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 12 December 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.

1 177 (80.82%) Windows
2 174 (79.45%) Microsoft
3 155 (70.78%) Active Directory
4 132 (60.27%) MCSE
5 111 (50.68%) ITIL
6 91 (41.55%) VMware
7 75 (34.25%) Windows Server
8 74 (33.79%) MS Exchange
8 74 (33.79%) Office 365
9 62 (28.31%) Windows Server 2012
9 62 (28.31%) Windows 7
10 54 (24.66%) Microsoft Azure
11 53 (24.20%) VMware Infrastructure
12 52 (23.74%) Citrix
13 51 (23.29%) Windows Server 2008
14 50 (22.83%) Hyper-V
15 49 (22.37%) DHCP
15 49 (22.37%) MCSA
15 49 (22.37%) SQL Server
16 48 (21.92%) TCP/IP
17 47 (21.46%) DNS
18 45 (20.55%) Microsoft Office
18 45 (20.55%) SCCM
19 42 (19.18%) Cisco
19 42 (19.18%) Change Management
20 40 (18.26%) HP
21 37 (16.89%) MCP
22 36 (16.44%) PowerShell
22 36 (16.44%) Windows 10
23 35 (15.98%) SQL

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 74 (33.79%) MS Exchange
2 28 (12.79%) SharePoint
3 27 (12.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 17 (7.76%) Exchange Server 2007
4 17 (7.76%) IIS
5 14 (6.39%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (4.57%) Skype for Business
7 3 (1.37%) Apache
7 3 (1.37%) IBM Notes
8 2 (0.91%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
9 1 (0.46%) Commerce Server
9 1 (0.46%) Office Communications Server
9 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.46%) SharePoint Server
9 1 (0.46%) WebSphere
Applications
1 45 (20.55%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.28%) MS Visio
3 4 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 74 (33.79%) Office 365
2 54 (24.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (8.68%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (8.22%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (2.74%) Amazon EC2
5 6 (2.74%) IaaS
5 6 (2.74%) Virtual Private Cloud
6 5 (2.28%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (1.83%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 3 (1.37%) Mimecast
8 3 (1.37%) PaaS
9 2 (0.91%) OneDrive
9 2 (0.91%) SaaS
10 1 (0.46%) Azure Machine Learning
Communications & Networking
1 49 (22.37%) DHCP
2 48 (21.92%) TCP/IP
3 47 (21.46%) DNS
4 34 (15.53%) LAN
4 34 (15.53%) WAN
5 33 (15.07%) SAN
6 32 (14.61%) Firewall
7 22 (10.05%) VoIP
8 13 (5.94%) Skype
9 10 (4.57%) NAS
10 9 (4.11%) IP Telephony
11 8 (3.65%) VPN
12 7 (3.20%) Network Security
12 7 (3.20%) VLAN
13 6 (2.74%) iSCSI
14 5 (2.28%) Cisco ASA
15 4 (1.83%) BIG-IP
16 3 (1.37%) Intranet
16 3 (1.37%) Wireless
16 3 (1.37%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (22.37%) SQL Server
2 14 (6.39%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.11%) SQL Server 2016
3 9 (4.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (3.65%) SQL Server 2014
5 7 (3.20%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (2.28%) SQL Server 2005
7 4 (1.83%) Oracle Database
7 4 (1.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (1.37%) Hadoop
9 2 (0.91%) Big Data
9 2 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.46%) HDInsight
10 1 (0.46%) Neo4j
10 1 (0.46%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.46%) Power BI
10 1 (0.46%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (0.91%) Eclipse
1 2 (0.91%) MSI
1 2 (0.91%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.46%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 1 (0.46%) JIRA
General
1 11 (5.02%) Finance
2 8 (3.65%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.37%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.46%) French Language
Job Titles
1 36 (16.44%) Architect
2 27 (12.33%) Analyst
3 24 (10.96%) Support Engineer
4 23 (10.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 16 (7.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 15 (6.85%) 3rd Line Support
7 14 (6.39%) 2nd Line Support
7 14 (6.39%) Service Analyst
7 14 (6.39%) Service Desk Analyst
7 14 (6.39%) Technical Architect
8 12 (5.48%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 12 (5.48%) Service Desk Engineer
9 11 (5.02%) Infrastructure Analyst
10 10 (4.57%) Administrator
10 10 (4.57%) Desktop Support
10 10 (4.57%) Server Engineer
10 10 (4.57%) Windows Engineer
11 9 (4.11%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 9 (4.11%) Infrastructure Support
11 9 (4.11%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.28%) Web Services
1 5 (2.28%) XML
2 4 (1.83%) .NET
3 2 (0.91%) ASP.NET
3 2 (0.91%) CSS
3 2 (0.91%) HTML
3 2 (0.91%) JSON
3 2 (0.91%) REST
3 2 (0.91%) WCF
4 1 (0.46%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.46%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (0.46%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (0.46%) CSS3
4 1 (0.46%) Handlebars
4 1 (0.46%) jQuery
4 1 (0.46%) KnockoutJS
4 1 (0.46%) React
4 1 (0.46%) RESTful
4 1 (0.46%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 1 (0.46%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 22 (10.05%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (9.59%) Management Information System
3 19 (8.68%) Data Centre
4 14 (6.39%) Clustering
5 9 (4.11%) PKI
6 6 (2.74%) Enterprise Cloud
6 6 (2.74%) Public Cloud
6 6 (2.74%) Smartphone
6 6 (2.74%) Virtual Team
7 5 (2.28%) CMDB
7 5 (2.28%) Replication
8 4 (1.83%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.83%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.37%) Computer Science
10 2 (0.91%) iPad
10 2 (0.91%) iPhone
10 2 (0.91%) N-Tier
10 2 (0.91%) PMI
11 1 (0.46%) Enterprise Storage
11 1 (0.46%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 177 (80.82%) Windows
2 75 (34.25%) Windows Server
3 62 (28.31%) Windows 7
3 62 (28.31%) Windows Server 2012
4 51 (23.29%) Windows Server 2008
5 36 (16.44%) Windows 10
6 32 (14.61%) Linux
7 30 (13.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 12 (5.48%) Windows 8
9 11 (5.02%) Unix
10 9 (4.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 9 (4.11%) Windows XP
11 8 (3.65%) Windows Vista
12 5 (2.28%) Android
13 4 (1.83%) Windows Phone
14 3 (1.37%) Solaris
15 2 (0.91%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.46%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (50.68%) ITIL
2 42 (19.18%) Change Management
3 34 (15.53%) PRINCE2
4 27 (12.33%) ITIL V3
5 23 (10.50%) Incident Management
6 21 (9.59%) Agile Software Development
6 21 (9.59%) Service Management
7 17 (7.76%) Project Management
7 17 (7.76%) Service Delivery
8 16 (7.31%) High Availability
9 15 (6.85%) Configuration Management
9 15 (6.85%) TOGAF
10 14 (6.39%) Migration
11 13 (5.94%) Disaster Recovery
11 13 (5.94%) Mentoring
11 13 (5.94%) Problem Management
12 12 (5.48%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
12 12 (5.48%) Performance Tuning
13 10 (4.57%) Data Management
13 10 (4.57%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 36 (16.44%) PowerShell
2 35 (15.98%) SQL
3 3 (1.37%) C#
3 3 (1.37%) JavaScript
3 3 (1.37%) T-SQL
3 3 (1.37%) VBScript
4 2 (0.91%) ABAP
4 2 (0.91%) C
5 1 (0.46%) Java
5 1 (0.46%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 132 (60.27%) MCSE
2 49 (22.37%) MCSA
3 37 (16.89%) MCP
4 33 (15.07%) Cisco Certification
5 31 (14.16%) Security Cleared
6 29 (13.24%) CCNA
7 27 (12.33%) Degree
7 27 (12.33%) MCITP
8 26 (11.87%) SC Cleared
9 20 (9.13%) MCDST
10 19 (8.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 17 (7.76%) DV Cleared
12 10 (4.57%) MCTS
13 9 (4.11%) CCNP
14 5 (2.28%) A+ Certification
14 5 (2.28%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 5 (2.28%) Network+ Certification
15 4 (1.83%) CompTIA Security+
15 4 (1.83%) RHCE
15 4 (1.83%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (12.79%) SLA
2 14 (6.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.37%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.37%) QA
4 2 (0.91%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 155 (70.78%) Active Directory
2 53 (24.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (22.83%) Hyper-V
4 29 (13.24%) vSphere
5 26 (11.87%) XenApp
6 20 (9.13%) VMware ESXi
7 14 (6.39%) XenDesktop
8 8 (3.65%) Virtual Machines
9 6 (2.74%) VMware Workstation
9 6 (2.74%) XenServer
10 4 (1.83%) Docker
11 2 (0.91%) BitLocker
11 2 (0.91%) Firmware
11 2 (0.91%) NFS
11 2 (0.91%) Terminal Server
11 2 (0.91%) UAG
11 2 (0.91%) vCloud
11 2 (0.91%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 45 (20.55%) SCCM
2 11 (5.02%) Microsoft Clustering
2 11 (5.02%) NetBackup
3 9 (4.11%) SCOM
4 8 (3.65%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (2.28%) McAfee ePO
6 4 (1.83%) Ansible
6 4 (1.83%) WSUS
7 3 (1.37%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 3 (1.37%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (1.37%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 2 (0.91%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.91%) OpenView
8 2 (0.91%) OVSD
8 2 (0.91%) PowerCLI
8 2 (0.91%) vRealize
9 1 (0.46%) EdgeSight
9 1 (0.46%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.46%) MOM
9 1 (0.46%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 174 (79.45%) Microsoft
2 91 (41.55%) VMware
3 52 (23.74%) Citrix
4 42 (19.18%) Cisco
5 40 (18.26%) HP
6 23 (10.50%) NetApp
7 11 (5.02%) Symantec
8 9 (4.11%) Dell
9 8 (3.65%) Avaya
10 7 (3.20%) 3PAR
10 7 (3.20%) Apple
11 6 (2.74%) ServiceNow
12 5 (2.28%) McAfee
12 5 (2.28%) Oracle
12 5 (2.28%) Veeam
13 4 (1.83%) F5
13 4 (1.83%) IBM
14 3 (1.37%) MobileIron
14 3 (1.37%) SolarWinds
14 3 (1.37%) SonicWALL