Period
to 14 August 2018

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 14 August 2018 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 213 200 136
Rank change year-on-year -13 -64 -24
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 188 178 327
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.13% 1.12% 1.78%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.00% 4.60% 6.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 115 97 219
South East median daily rate £388 £320 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.09% -11.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £175 £150 £199
90th Percentile £506 £519 £464
England median daily rate £345 £350 £334
% change year-on-year -1.43% +4.87% +2.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 28 18
South East median hourly rate £19.39 £18.63 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.05% -12.66% +0.04%
10th Percentile £17.20 £14.50 £10.35
90th Percentile £22.76 £32.57 £44.95
England median hourly rate £17.46 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.03% -10.00% +14.29%

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 3,760 3,869 5,012
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.51% 24.24% 27.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,060 2,170 3,061
South East median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.39% +0.81% +5.26%
10th Percentile £236 £248 £258
90th Percentile £575 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £426 £415
% change year-on-year +5.76% +2.53% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 206 248 183
South East median hourly rate £34.50 £20.25 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +70.37% -17.35% +1.58%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £11.36
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.15 £52.25
England median hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year -22.41% +9.43% +17.78%

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 14 August 2018.

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
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 14 August 2018. 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 +1 88 £400 - 34
Buckinghamshire +34 47 £415 -12.63% 12
Hampshire -3 39 £410 +32.26% 12
Berkshire -20 27 £396 -4.00% 14
Surrey -29 27 £225 +18.42% 13
West Sussex +3 18 £300 +20.00% 4
Oxfordshire -3 14 £400 +60.00% 8
Kent -3 11 £275 -3.93% 3
East Sussex - 2 £300 - 2
Sussex - 2 £525 -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 2018, 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.

1 135 (71.81%) Microsoft
2 132 (70.21%) Windows
3 106 (56.38%) Active Directory
4 105 (55.85%) MCSE
5 91 (48.40%) ITIL
6 70 (37.23%) Office 365
7 54 (28.72%) MCSA
8 52 (27.66%) VMware
9 51 (27.13%) Windows 7
10 50 (26.60%) SCCM
11 48 (25.53%) Windows Server
12 46 (24.47%) Security Cleared
13 45 (23.94%) Windows Server 2012
14 44 (23.40%) Microsoft Office
15 40 (21.28%) ITIL V3
16 38 (20.21%) SC Cleared
17 36 (19.15%) Windows Server 2008
17 36 (19.15%) Microsoft Azure
17 36 (19.15%) Citrix
18 33 (17.55%) MCP
18 33 (17.55%) PowerShell
19 32 (17.02%) Windows 10
20 31 (16.49%) Change Management
21 29 (15.43%) SQL
21 29 (15.43%) VMware Infrastructure
22 27 (14.36%) SQL Server
22 27 (14.36%) MCITP
22 27 (14.36%) Problem-Solving
23 26 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
24 25 (13.30%) SharePoint

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 25 (13.30%) SharePoint
2 21 (11.17%) MS Exchange
3 14 (7.45%) IIS
3 14 (7.45%) SharePoint 2013
4 10 (5.32%) Exchange Server 2010
5 8 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (3.72%) Apache Spark
6 7 (3.72%) SharePoint 2010
7 6 (3.19%) Skype for Business
8 4 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2007
8 4 (2.13%) OpenStack
9 2 (1.06%) IBM Notes
9 2 (1.06%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.53%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 44 (23.40%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.06%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.13%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (1.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.53%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.53%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 70 (37.23%) Office 365
2 36 (19.15%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (5.32%) OneDrive
4 8 (4.26%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (3.72%) Azure Machine Learning
5 7 (3.72%) Yammer
6 6 (3.19%) Azure Data Factory
6 6 (3.19%) Data Lake Analytics
7 4 (2.13%) Mimecast
8 3 (1.60%) Azure Active Directory
8 3 (1.60%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (1.60%) IaaS
9 2 (1.06%) PaaS
10 1 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
10 1 (0.53%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (12.23%) DNS
2 22 (11.70%) DHCP
3 18 (9.57%) TCP/IP
3 18 (9.57%) WAN
4 17 (9.04%) Firewall
4 17 (9.04%) LAN
5 14 (7.45%) VPN
6 9 (4.79%) VoIP
7 8 (4.26%) Internet
7 8 (4.26%) SAN
8 6 (3.19%) Network Security
8 6 (3.19%) Skype
8 6 (3.19%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (3.19%) Wireless
9 4 (2.13%) Kerberos
9 4 (2.13%) X.500
10 3 (1.60%) Cisco IOS
10 3 (1.60%) IP Telephony
10 3 (1.60%) NAS
10 3 (1.60%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (14.36%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 10 (5.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (4.79%) Big Data
4 9 (4.79%) Power BI
5 8 (4.26%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (4.26%) Relational Database
6 7 (3.72%) Hadoop
6 7 (3.72%) HDInsight
7 6 (3.19%) Data Lake
7 6 (3.19%) MySQL
7 6 (3.19%) NoSQL
8 4 (2.13%) SQL Server 2016
9 3 (1.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 2 (1.06%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (1.06%) OLAP
10 2 (1.06%) OLTP
10 2 (1.06%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.53%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 7 (3.72%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.13%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (1.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.06%) GCC
General
1 15 (7.98%) Marketing
2 14 (7.45%) Finance
3 11 (5.85%) Telecoms
4 8 (4.26%) Retail
5 5 (2.66%) Manufacturing
6 4 (2.13%) Electronics
7 2 (1.06%) Back Office
8 1 (0.53%) Banking
8 1 (0.53%) Legal
8 1 (0.53%) Military
8 1 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.53%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (14.36%) Analyst
2 22 (11.70%) Desktop Support
3 21 (11.17%) Support Engineer
4 18 (9.57%) Architect
5 14 (7.45%) Developer
6 12 (6.38%) Consultant
7 11 (5.85%) Windows Engineer
8 10 (5.32%) Desktop Engineer
8 10 (5.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 10 (5.32%) Systems Engineer
9 9 (4.79%) 2nd Line Support
9 9 (4.79%) Wintel Engineer
10 8 (4.26%) Desktop Analyst
11 7 (3.72%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 7 (3.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 7 (3.72%) Service Analyst
11 7 (3.72%) Service Desk Analyst
12 6 (3.19%) 3rd Line Support
12 6 (3.19%) Administrator
12 6 (3.19%) Applications Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (5.32%) .NET
2 7 (3.72%) ASP.NET
3 6 (3.19%) HTML
4 5 (2.66%) .NET Framework
4 5 (2.66%) LDAP
4 5 (2.66%) Web Services
5 4 (2.13%) AngularJS
5 4 (2.13%) CSS
5 4 (2.13%) React
5 4 (2.13%) REST
6 3 (1.60%) jQuery
6 3 (1.60%) Node.js
7 2 (1.06%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (1.06%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (1.06%) MAPI
7 2 (1.06%) Software Packaging
7 2 (1.06%) WCF
7 2 (1.06%) XML
7 2 (1.06%) XSLT
8 1 (0.53%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 26 (13.83%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.91%) Computer Science
3 11 (5.85%) Data Centre
3 11 (5.85%) Video Conferencing
4 10 (5.32%) Management Information System
5 9 (4.79%) Replication
6 8 (4.26%) Client/Server
7 6 (3.19%) Clustering
8 5 (2.66%) PKI
9 4 (2.13%) NHS
10 3 (1.60%) Mobile App
10 3 (1.60%) Self-Motivation
11 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Licensing
12 1 (0.53%) CESG
12 1 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
12 1 (0.53%) Internet of Things
12 1 (0.53%) iSeries
12 1 (0.53%) Private Cloud
12 1 (0.53%) Public Cloud
12 1 (0.53%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 132 (70.21%) Windows
2 51 (27.13%) Windows 7
3 48 (25.53%) Windows Server
4 45 (23.94%) Windows Server 2012
5 36 (19.15%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (17.02%) Windows 10
7 22 (11.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (8.51%) Linux
9 8 (4.26%) Unix
10 6 (3.19%) Android
11 5 (2.66%) Apple iOS
11 5 (2.66%) Windows XP
12 4 (2.13%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.53%) AIX
13 1 (0.53%) CentOS
13 1 (0.53%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 91 (48.40%) ITIL
2 40 (21.28%) ITIL V3
3 31 (16.49%) Change Management
4 27 (14.36%) Problem-Solving
5 23 (12.23%) Service Management
6 22 (11.70%) Migration
7 16 (8.51%) Business Intelligence
8 15 (7.98%) Service Delivery
9 13 (6.91%) Stakeholder Management
10 12 (6.38%) PRINCE2
11 10 (5.32%) High Availability
11 10 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 9 (4.79%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (4.79%) Analytics
12 9 (4.79%) Cybersecurity
12 9 (4.79%) TOGAF
13 8 (4.26%) Asset Management
13 8 (4.26%) ITSM
13 8 (4.26%) Performance Management
13 8 (4.26%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 33 (17.55%) PowerShell
2 29 (15.43%) SQL
3 9 (4.79%) C#
4 8 (4.26%) JavaScript
5 7 (3.72%) Python
5 7 (3.72%) R
6 6 (3.19%) U-SQL
7 5 (2.66%) Shell Script
7 5 (2.66%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.60%) C
8 3 (1.60%) TypeScript
8 3 (1.60%) VB
9 2 (1.06%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
9 2 (1.06%) Perl
9 2 (1.06%) VBA
Qualifications
1 105 (55.85%) MCSE
2 54 (28.72%) MCSA
3 46 (24.47%) Security Cleared
4 38 (20.21%) SC Cleared
5 33 (17.55%) MCP
6 27 (14.36%) MCITP
7 24 (12.77%) Degree
8 21 (11.17%) Cisco Certification
9 20 (10.64%) DV Cleared
10 13 (6.91%) CCNP
11 12 (6.38%) MCDST
12 10 (5.32%) CCNA
12 10 (5.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (4.79%) Computer Science Degree
14 7 (3.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (3.72%) MCDBA
15 6 (3.19%) CISM
15 6 (3.19%) CISMP
15 6 (3.19%) CISSP
15 6 (3.19%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.04%) QA
2 14 (7.45%) SLA
3 2 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.53%) GDPR
4 1 (0.53%) JSP 440
System Software
1 106 (56.38%) Active Directory
2 29 (15.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (6.91%) vSphere
4 9 (4.79%) Hyper-V
4 9 (4.79%) Virtual Desktop
5 8 (4.26%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (3.72%) XenApp
7 6 (3.19%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (3.19%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (2.13%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
9 2 (1.06%) NFS
9 2 (1.06%) vCloud
9 2 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.53%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.53%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.53%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.53%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.53%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 50 (26.60%) SCCM
2 13 (6.91%) WSUS
3 6 (3.19%) Nessus
4 5 (2.66%) EMC NetWorker
4 5 (2.66%) Microsoft Clustering
4 5 (2.66%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (2.13%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 3 (1.60%) AirWatch
6 3 (1.60%) Backup Exec
6 3 (1.60%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.60%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (1.06%) BMC PATROL
7 2 (1.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (1.06%) SCOM
7 2 (1.06%) SolarWinds Orion
7 2 (1.06%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.06%) vRealize
8 1 (0.53%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.53%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 135 (71.81%) Microsoft
2 52 (27.66%) VMware
3 36 (19.15%) Citrix
4 24 (12.77%) Cisco
5 22 (11.70%) McAfee
6 16 (8.51%) HP
7 10 (5.32%) Oracle
7 10 (5.32%) ServiceNow
7 10 (5.32%) SolarWinds
8 9 (4.79%) Ivanti
9 8 (4.26%) SAP
10 7 (3.72%) Shavlik
11 6 (3.19%) EMC
11 6 (3.19%) F5
11 6 (3.19%) Symantec
12 5 (2.66%) Bloomberg
12 5 (2.66%) Remedy
12 5 (2.66%) Reuters
12 5 (2.66%) Veritas
12 5 (2.66%) Wyse