Period
to 28 March 2020

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 28 March 2020 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
28 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 131 160 171
Rank change year-on-year +29 +11 -5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 155 262 236
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.57% 1.67% 1.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.60% 7.02% 6.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 169 133
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +14.29% +6.06%
10th Percentile £140 £178 £190
90th Percentile £538 £625 £525
England median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year - +14.29% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 22 11
Median hourly rate £20.00 £33.40 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.12% +48.44% -24.80%
10th Percentile £14.38 £15.47 £15.75
90th Percentile £32.00 £33.40 £37.50
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.70 £15.85
% change year-on-year -1.07% +17.98% -7.09%

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 2,347 3,734 3,764
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 23.84% 23.82% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,286 2,144 2,017
Median daily rate £438 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.69% +4.71% +3.03%
10th Percentile £236 £263 £250
90th Percentile £600 £594 £569
England median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 170 214 202
Median hourly rate £32.50 £26.50 £23.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.64% +10.99% -5.45%
10th Percentile £15.75 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £62.98 £50.18 £52.35
Median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £23.88
% change year-on-year +16.67% +25.65% -14.73%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South East.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South East over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South East.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South East

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South East over the 6 months to 28 March 2020.

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 28 March 2020. 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 +16 57 £438 -2.78% 18
Thames Valley +10 50 £336 -20.70% 25
Berkshire +16 32 £300 -22.58% 17
Surrey +33 21 £364 +32.27% 20
Buckinghamshire +13 16 £400 -8.57% 5
West Sussex +15 12 £123 -79.58% 7
Kent +21 8 £263 +157.35% 4
East Sussex +15 6 £450 -28.00% 2
Oxfordshire +15 2 £196 -52.42% 3
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 28 March 2020, 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.

1 127 (81.94%) Microsoft
2 108 (69.68%) Windows
3 88 (56.77%) Active Directory
4 82 (52.90%) MCSE
5 62 (40.00%) Office 365
6 48 (30.97%) Microsoft Office
7 46 (29.68%) Windows Server
8 45 (29.03%) VMware
9 44 (28.39%) Windows 10
10 36 (23.23%) MCSA
11 35 (22.58%) ITIL
12 34 (21.94%) Cisco Certification
12 34 (21.94%) SCCM
12 34 (21.94%) Azure
13 33 (21.29%) VMware Infrastructure
14 29 (18.71%) Security Cleared
15 28 (18.06%) CCNA
16 27 (17.42%) Problem-Solving
17 26 (16.77%) Cisco
17 26 (16.77%) SC Cleared
17 26 (16.77%) PowerShell
18 25 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
18 25 (16.13%) Windows Server 2012
18 25 (16.13%) SQL Server
19 23 (14.84%) MCP
19 23 (14.84%) SLA
19 23 (14.84%) Firewall
19 23 (14.84%) Windows 7
20 22 (14.19%) Migration
20 22 (14.19%) DNS

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 18 (11.61%) SharePoint
2 17 (10.97%) Skype for Business
3 16 (10.32%) MS Exchange
4 9 (5.81%) IIS
5 8 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2010
6 7 (4.52%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (2.58%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.65%) Apache
8 1 (0.65%) CMS
8 1 (0.65%) Drupal
8 1 (0.65%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.65%) Tomcat
Applications
1 48 (30.97%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (3.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (3.23%) MS Visio
3 4 (2.58%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (1.29%) Acrobat
4 2 (1.29%) InVision
5 1 (0.65%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.65%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (5.16%) assyst
2 7 (4.52%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.29%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.65%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 62 (40.00%) Office 365
2 34 (21.94%) Azure
3 9 (5.81%) Power Platform
4 8 (5.16%) IaaS
4 8 (5.16%) PaaS
5 7 (4.52%) AWS
5 7 (4.52%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (4.52%) SaaS
6 3 (1.94%) Dynamics 365
6 3 (1.94%) PowerApps
7 2 (1.29%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.65%) Asana
8 1 (0.65%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (0.65%) Cloudflare
8 1 (0.65%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.65%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.65%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 23 (14.84%) Firewall
2 22 (14.19%) DNS
3 17 (10.97%) Skype
4 15 (9.68%) DHCP
4 15 (9.68%) Wireless
5 10 (6.45%) TCP/IP
6 9 (5.81%) LAN
6 9 (5.81%) PBX
6 9 (5.81%) VoIP
7 8 (5.16%) Remote Desktop
8 7 (4.52%) WAN
9 6 (3.87%) Internet
9 6 (3.87%) Unified Communications
10 5 (3.23%) SAN
10 5 (3.23%) VPN
11 4 (2.58%) iSCSI
11 4 (2.58%) VLAN
12 3 (1.94%) Network Security
13 2 (1.29%) Cisco ASA
13 2 (1.29%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (16.13%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.87%) Power BI
2 6 (3.87%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (3.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (2.58%) Big Data
3 4 (2.58%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.29%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (1.29%) Spotfire
4 2 (1.29%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.29%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (1.29%) SQLite
5 1 (0.65%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.65%) MySQL
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.65%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.65%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (0.65%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (4.52%) Visual Studio
2 6 (3.87%) Git (software)
3 5 (3.23%) Android Studio
3 5 (3.23%) Eclipse
3 5 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (1.94%) JIRA
5 2 (1.29%) ClearCase
5 2 (1.29%) ClearQuest
5 2 (1.29%) Hudson
6 1 (0.65%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.65%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.65%) MSI
6 1 (0.65%) Sonatype Nexus
6 1 (0.65%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (4.52%) Public Sector
2 5 (3.23%) Finance
3 3 (1.94%) Legal
3 3 (1.94%) Marketing
3 3 (1.94%) Publishing
4 2 (1.29%) Local Government
4 2 (1.29%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (1.29%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.65%) Advertising
5 1 (0.65%) Aerospace
5 1 (0.65%) Automotive
5 1 (0.65%) French Language
5 1 (0.65%) Law
5 1 (0.65%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.65%) Military
5 1 (0.65%) Retail
5 1 (0.65%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 20 (12.90%) Analyst
1 20 (12.90%) Support Engineer
2 17 (10.97%) Developer
3 15 (9.68%) Desktop Engineer
4 14 (9.03%) Architect
5 11 (7.10%) Consultant
6 10 (6.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 10 (6.45%) 3rd Line Support
6 10 (6.45%) Service Analyst
6 10 (6.45%) Service Desk Analyst
7 9 (5.81%) Desktop Support
7 9 (5.81%) Windows Engineer
8 8 (5.16%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (5.16%) Solutions Architect
9 7 (4.52%) 1st Line Support
9 7 (4.52%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 7 (4.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (4.52%) IT Engineer
9 7 (4.52%) IT Support
10 6 (3.87%) 1st/2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.39%) .NET
2 6 (3.87%) CSS
2 6 (3.87%) HTML
2 6 (3.87%) Web Services
3 5 (3.23%) .NET Framework
3 5 (3.23%) RESTful
3 5 (3.23%) XML
4 4 (2.58%) Entity Framework
4 4 (2.58%) LINQ
4 4 (2.58%) XSL
5 3 (1.94%) JSON
6 2 (1.29%) Dagger
6 2 (1.29%) HTML5
6 2 (1.29%) jQuery
6 2 (1.29%) Retrofit
6 2 (1.29%) RxJava
7 1 (0.65%) Managed Extensibility Framework
7 1 (0.65%) Node.js
7 1 (0.65%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (0.65%) Reactive Extensions
Miscellaneous
1 25 (16.13%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (12.90%) Data Centre
3 15 (9.68%) Self-Motivation
4 11 (7.10%) PKI
5 6 (3.87%) Clustering
5 6 (3.87%) Management Information System
6 5 (3.23%) Driving Licence
6 5 (3.23%) User Experience
7 4 (2.58%) Client/Server
7 4 (2.58%) Public Cloud
8 3 (1.94%) Handset
8 3 (1.94%) Life Science
8 3 (1.94%) VxBlock/Vblock
9 2 (1.29%) CMDB
9 2 (1.29%) Data Structures
9 2 (1.29%) Private Cloud
10 1 (0.65%) Enterprise Cloud
10 1 (0.65%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (0.65%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 108 (69.68%) Windows
2 46 (29.68%) Windows Server
3 44 (28.39%) Windows 10
4 25 (16.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (14.84%) Windows 7
6 21 (13.55%) Windows Server 2016
7 17 (10.97%) Windows Server 2008
8 14 (9.03%) Apple iOS
9 12 (7.74%) Windows Server 2003
10 11 (7.10%) Mac OS
11 10 (6.45%) Linux
12 9 (5.81%) Android
13 7 (4.52%) Windows 8
14 6 (3.87%) Windows XP
15 2 (1.29%) AIX
15 2 (1.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (1.29%) Unix
15 2 (1.29%) Windows Vista
16 1 (0.65%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (22.58%) ITIL
2 27 (17.42%) Problem-Solving
3 22 (14.19%) Migration
4 19 (12.26%) Service Management
5 18 (11.61%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (11.61%) ITSM
6 13 (8.39%) Disaster Recovery
7 11 (7.10%) Validation
8 10 (6.45%) Cybersecurity
8 10 (6.45%) Incident Management
8 10 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 9 (5.81%) Analytics
10 8 (5.16%) Change Management
10 8 (5.16%) CRM
10 8 (5.16%) Customer Requirements
10 8 (5.16%) Hardware Maintenance
10 8 (5.16%) High Availability
10 8 (5.16%) PRINCE2
10 8 (5.16%) Service Delivery
10 8 (5.16%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 26 (16.77%) PowerShell
2 17 (10.97%) SQL
3 13 (8.39%) Java
4 7 (4.52%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.87%) T-SQL
6 5 (3.23%) C#
7 4 (2.58%) C++
7 4 (2.58%) VBScript
8 3 (1.94%) Bash Shell
8 3 (1.94%) C
9 2 (1.29%) Kotlin
9 2 (1.29%) Python
9 2 (1.29%) VB
10 1 (0.65%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
10 1 (0.65%) Perl
Qualifications
1 82 (52.90%) MCSE
2 36 (23.23%) MCSA
3 34 (21.94%) Cisco Certification
4 29 (18.71%) Security Cleared
5 28 (18.06%) CCNA
6 26 (16.77%) SC Cleared
7 23 (14.84%) MCP
8 19 (12.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 17 (10.97%) Degree
9 17 (10.97%) MCITP
10 10 (6.45%) A+ Certification
11 8 (5.16%) Citrix Certification
11 8 (5.16%) DV Cleared
12 7 (4.52%) CCIE
12 7 (4.52%) MCTS
13 6 (3.87%) CCA
13 6 (3.87%) CCDP
13 6 (3.87%) CCNP
13 6 (3.87%) LPIC
13 6 (3.87%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (14.84%) SLA
2 5 (3.23%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (1.94%) GDPR
4 3 (1.94%) QA
5 1 (0.65%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.65%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 88 (56.77%) Active Directory
2 33 (21.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (13.55%) Hyper-V
4 10 (6.45%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (5.81%) XenApp
6 8 (5.16%) vSphere
7 7 (4.52%) vCloud
8 6 (3.87%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
10 4 (2.58%) NFS
10 4 (2.58%) UAG
11 3 (1.94%) Citrix Hypervisor
11 3 (1.94%) XenDesktop
12 2 (1.29%) Terminal Server
13 1 (0.65%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.65%) Docker
13 1 (0.65%) Forefront TMG
13 1 (0.65%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.65%) RHEV
13 1 (0.65%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 34 (21.94%) SCCM
2 8 (5.16%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (3.23%) Single Sign-On
4 4 (2.58%) SCOM
4 4 (2.58%) vCenter Server
4 4 (2.58%) vRealize
5 3 (1.94%) AirWatch
5 3 (1.94%) Cisco CUCM
5 3 (1.94%) Jamf Pro
5 3 (1.94%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (1.94%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.94%) SCVMM
5 3 (1.94%) WSUS
6 2 (1.29%) Kubernetes
6 2 (1.29%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.29%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (1.29%) SolarWinds Orion
6 2 (1.29%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (1.29%) Tivoli
6 2 (1.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 127 (81.94%) Microsoft
2 45 (29.03%) VMware
3 26 (16.77%) Cisco
4 13 (8.39%) HP
5 12 (7.74%) Citrix
6 9 (5.81%) CheckPoint
6 9 (5.81%) Remedy
6 9 (5.81%) Sonus
7 8 (5.16%) Dell
8 7 (4.52%) Symantec
9 6 (3.87%) McAfee
9 6 (3.87%) Polycom
10 5 (3.23%) Apple
11 4 (2.58%) IBM
11 4 (2.58%) Lotus
11 4 (2.58%) Oracle
12 3 (1.94%) Adobe
12 3 (1.94%) Computacenter
12 3 (1.94%) NetApp
12 3 (1.94%) Qualys