Period
to 24 May 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 24 May 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
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 168 190 170
Rank change year-on-year +22 -20 -53
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 216 207 196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.45% 1.24% 1.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.12% 5.45% 4.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 121 127
South East median daily rate £425 £363 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.10% +13.28% -14.67%
10th Percentile £200 £213 £144
90th Percentile £574 £513 £519
England median daily rate £400 £350 £340
% change year-on-year +14.29% +2.94% -1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 6 22
South East median hourly rate £33.40 £19.38 £22.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.34% -13.94% +5.58%
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year +2.86% -7.89% +8.57%

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 3,528 3,798 4,125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 23.73% 22.71% 26.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,062 2,059 2,412
South East median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £255
90th Percentile £588 £569 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 216 189 256
South East median hourly rate £25.66 £28.00 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.35% +31.76% -35.11%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £52.50 £55.00 £52.50
England median hourly rate £33.40 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +33.60% -16.67% +9.09%

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 May 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 24 May 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 24 May 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
Hampshire +40 84 £456 +38.26% 10
Thames Valley +12 62 £438 -2.78% 14
Surrey +35 43 £325 +44.44% 12
Berkshire +6 42 £436 -3.06% 7
Buckinghamshire -10 17 £462 +2.72% 3
West Sussex +5 13 £450 +50.00% 2
Kent -29 9 £400 +14.29% 3
Oxfordshire +27 3 £400 - 4
East Sussex -10 3 £850 +183.33% 3
Middlesex - 2 £475 -
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 24 May 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.

1 154 (71.30%) MCSE
2 150 (69.44%) Microsoft
3 106 (49.07%) Windows
4 87 (40.28%) ITIL
5 83 (38.43%) Active Directory
6 70 (32.41%) VMware
6 70 (32.41%) Microsoft Azure
7 69 (31.94%) Cisco Certification
8 63 (29.17%) Citrix
9 60 (27.78%) Cisco
10 59 (27.31%) CCNA
11 58 (26.85%) Security Cleared
12 55 (25.46%) Office 365
13 52 (24.07%) SC Cleared
13 52 (24.07%) MCSA
14 49 (22.69%) SQL
15 48 (22.22%) SQL Server
16 47 (21.76%) Windows Server
17 39 (18.06%) Microsoft Office
17 39 (18.06%) Migration
18 38 (17.59%) Linux
18 38 (17.59%) DNS
18 38 (17.59%) VMware Infrastructure
18 38 (17.59%) Amazon AWS
18 38 (17.59%) Degree
19 35 (16.20%) TCP/IP
19 35 (16.20%) Firewall
20 34 (15.74%) MS Exchange
21 33 (15.28%) SCCM
22 32 (14.81%) PaaS

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 34 (15.74%) MS Exchange
2 27 (12.50%) SharePoint
3 12 (5.56%) Skype for Business
4 8 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (3.24%) IIS
6 5 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (1.85%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (1.85%) OpenStack
7 4 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.39%) Confluence
8 3 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2013
9 2 (0.93%) Apache
9 2 (0.93%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (0.93%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.93%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 39 (18.06%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (4.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.85%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.24%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 70 (32.41%) Microsoft Azure
2 55 (25.46%) Office 365
3 38 (17.59%) Amazon AWS
4 32 (14.81%) PaaS
5 20 (9.26%) SaaS
6 15 (6.94%) IaaS
7 12 (5.56%) Azure Active Directory
8 7 (3.24%) Cloud Computing
9 6 (2.78%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (1.85%) Google Analytics
10 4 (1.85%) Power Platform
11 3 (1.39%) Azure ExpressRoute
12 1 (0.46%) Azure Functions
12 1 (0.46%) GitHub
12 1 (0.46%) Mimecast
12 1 (0.46%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 38 (17.59%) DNS
2 35 (16.20%) Firewall
2 35 (16.20%) TCP/IP
3 29 (13.43%) DHCP
3 29 (13.43%) WAN
4 26 (12.04%) LAN
5 19 (8.80%) Internet
6 16 (7.41%) VLAN
7 15 (6.94%) Skype
8 12 (5.56%) Wireless
9 11 (5.09%) SAN
10 10 (4.63%) Unified Communications
10 10 (4.63%) VoIP
11 9 (4.17%) Network Security
12 8 (3.70%) Cisco ASA
12 8 (3.70%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (3.24%) VPN
14 6 (2.78%) Intranet
14 6 (2.78%) IP Telephony
15 5 (2.31%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 12 (5.56%) SQL Server 2016
3 9 (4.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (4.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (3.70%) Big Data
4 8 (3.70%) SQL Server 2008
5 5 (2.31%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (2.31%) OLAP
5 5 (2.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (1.85%) Oracle Database
6 4 (1.85%) Power BI
6 4 (1.85%) SAP BW
6 4 (1.85%) SAP Data Services
7 3 (1.39%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (1.39%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.39%) MariaDB
7 3 (1.39%) MySQL
7 3 (1.39%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (0.93%) MS Access
9 1 (0.46%) DB2
Development Applications
1 7 (3.24%) JIRA
2 6 (2.78%) Visual Studio
3 4 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.39%) Fiddler
4 3 (1.39%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.93%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 25 (11.57%) Finance
2 11 (5.09%) Military
2 11 (5.09%) Telecoms
3 4 (1.85%) Marketing
3 4 (1.85%) Retail
4 3 (1.39%) Banking
4 3 (1.39%) Legal
5 1 (0.46%) Electronics
5 1 (0.46%) Law
5 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 50 (23.15%) Architect
2 22 (10.19%) Analyst
2 22 (10.19%) Support Engineer
3 19 (8.80%) Technical Architect
4 18 (8.33%) Solutions Architect
5 17 (7.87%) Network Engineer
6 16 (7.41%) Consultant
7 14 (6.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 14 (6.48%) Senior Network Engineer
8 9 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support
8 9 (4.17%) Applications Support
8 9 (4.17%) Exchange Architect
8 9 (4.17%) Infrastructure Architect
8 9 (4.17%) IT Support
8 9 (4.17%) Support Analyst
9 8 (3.70%) Test Engineer
10 7 (3.24%) Administrator
10 7 (3.24%) Designer
10 7 (3.24%) Desktop Support
10 7 (3.24%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (8.80%) .NET
2 12 (5.56%) HTML
3 10 (4.63%) ASP.NET
4 7 (3.24%) Web Services
5 5 (2.31%) XML
6 2 (0.93%) AngularJS
6 2 (0.93%) J2EE
6 2 (0.93%) JSON
7 1 (0.46%) ASP.NET Web API
7 1 (0.46%) COM
7 1 (0.46%) CSS
7 1 (0.46%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (0.46%) LDAP
7 1 (0.46%) OAuth
7 1 (0.46%) React
7 1 (0.46%) REST
7 1 (0.46%) RESTful
7 1 (0.46%) Sass
7 1 (0.46%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.46%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 17 (7.87%) Data Centre
2 15 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (6.02%) PKI
4 10 (4.63%) Video Conferencing
5 8 (3.70%) Clustering
5 8 (3.70%) Private Cloud
5 8 (3.70%) Public Cloud
6 7 (3.24%) BYOD
6 7 (3.24%) Client/Server
7 6 (2.78%) Mobile App
7 6 (2.78%) Replication
8 5 (2.31%) Self-Motivation
9 4 (1.85%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.39%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.39%) Fibre Optics
10 3 (1.39%) VxBlock/Vblock
11 2 (0.93%) Data Protection Act
11 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Licensing
11 2 (0.93%) Virtual Team
12 1 (0.46%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 106 (49.07%) Windows
2 47 (21.76%) Windows Server
3 38 (17.59%) Linux
4 25 (11.57%) Windows 7
4 25 (11.57%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (10.19%) Windows 10
6 21 (9.72%) Windows Server 2008
7 15 (6.94%) Unix
8 11 (5.09%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (4.17%) AIX
10 6 (2.78%) Mac OS X
10 6 (2.78%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.39%) Windows Vista
11 3 (1.39%) Windows XP
12 2 (0.93%) Android
12 2 (0.93%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.46%) CentOS
13 1 (0.46%) Solaris
13 1 (0.46%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (40.28%) ITIL
2 39 (18.06%) Migration
3 32 (14.81%) Server Virtualisation
4 29 (13.43%) PRINCE2
5 27 (12.50%) Service Management
6 23 (10.65%) Enterprise Architecture
7 21 (9.72%) TOGAF
8 20 (9.26%) Incident Management
8 20 (9.26%) ITSM
9 19 (8.80%) Problem-Solving
10 15 (6.94%) Agile Software Development
11 14 (6.48%) Change Management
11 14 (6.48%) Risk Analysis
12 13 (6.02%) Application Performance Monitoring
12 13 (6.02%) Availability Management
12 13 (6.02%) Desktop Virtualisation
12 13 (6.02%) ITIL V3
12 13 (6.02%) Performance Management
12 13 (6.02%) Performance Monitoring
12 13 (6.02%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 49 (22.69%) SQL
2 26 (12.04%) PowerShell
3 11 (5.09%) VBScript
4 9 (4.17%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.39%) C#
5 3 (1.39%) T-SQL
6 2 (0.93%) C++
6 2 (0.93%) Python
7 1 (0.46%) C
7 1 (0.46%) Java
7 1 (0.46%) PHP
7 1 (0.46%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 154 (71.30%) MCSE
2 69 (31.94%) Cisco Certification
3 59 (27.31%) CCNA
4 58 (26.85%) Security Cleared
5 52 (24.07%) MCSA
5 52 (24.07%) SC Cleared
6 38 (17.59%) Degree
7 27 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 25 (11.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 24 (11.11%) MCITP
10 21 (9.72%) MCP
11 18 (8.33%) TOGAF Certification
12 16 (7.41%) CCA
12 16 (7.41%) CCNP
12 16 (7.41%) Citrix Certification
13 15 (6.94%) DV Cleared
14 13 (6.02%) CISSP
14 13 (6.02%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 10 (4.63%) CCIE
16 9 (4.17%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.94%) SLA
2 10 (4.63%) QA
3 7 (3.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (2.31%) GDPR
5 1 (0.46%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 83 (38.43%) Active Directory
2 38 (17.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (12.50%) Hyper-V
4 16 (7.41%) vSphere
5 6 (2.78%) Virtual Desktop
5 6 (2.78%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (2.31%) vCloud
7 4 (1.85%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.39%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 3 (1.39%) Terminal Server
8 3 (1.39%) XenApp
8 3 (1.39%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.93%) NFS
9 2 (0.93%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (0.46%) Docker
10 1 (0.46%) HDFS
10 1 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 33 (15.28%) SCCM
2 14 (6.48%) NetBackup
2 14 (6.48%) SCOM
3 8 (3.70%) SCVMM
4 7 (3.24%) HP ALM
5 6 (2.78%) Single Sign-On
6 5 (2.31%) Microsoft Clustering
6 5 (2.31%) vCenter Server
7 4 (1.85%) Failover Clustering
7 4 (1.85%) Microsoft Intune
7 4 (1.85%) PaperCut
7 4 (1.85%) SolarWinds Orion
8 3 (1.39%) Cisco CUCM
8 3 (1.39%) Oracle Identity Management
8 3 (1.39%) PingFederate
9 2 (0.93%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.93%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 2 (0.93%) Nagios
9 2 (0.93%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 2 (0.93%) vRealize
Vendors
1 150 (69.44%) Microsoft
2 70 (32.41%) VMware
3 63 (29.17%) Citrix
4 60 (27.78%) Cisco
5 28 (12.96%) HP
6 21 (9.72%) Oracle
7 10 (4.63%) NetApp
7 10 (4.63%) Polycom
8 9 (4.17%) Dell
8 9 (4.17%) EMC
8 9 (4.17%) F5
9 8 (3.70%) Apple
10 7 (3.24%) Fortinet
10 7 (3.24%) SolarWinds
10 7 (3.24%) Splunk
10 7 (3.24%) Tripwire
11 6 (2.78%) Avaya
11 6 (2.78%) Wyse
12 5 (2.31%) CommVault
12 5 (2.31%) Juniper