Period
to 5 August 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 5 August 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
5 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 103 172 192
Rank change year-on-year +69 +20 +8
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 84 206 203
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.67% 1.40% 1.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.91% 5.77% 5.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 125 136
Median daily rate £375 £400 £384
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +4.23% +30.08%
10th Percentile £135 £161 £183
90th Percentile £557 £550 £511
England median daily rate £444 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +18.33% +7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 14 5
Median hourly rate £20.00 £24.00 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +23.81% +6.16%
10th Percentile £17.00 £16.25 £17.20
90th Percentile £29.38 £47.65 £22.76
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year +6.67% +7.14% -1.41%

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 1,421 3,573 3,809
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 28.33% 24.22% 22.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 781 2,071 2,092
Median daily rate £460 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.14% +2.94% +3.72%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £250
90th Percentile £613 £590 £575
England median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 104 230 201
Median hourly rate £34.50 £35.00 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.43% +2.94% +60.00%
10th Percentile £17.34 £12.00 £13.50
90th Percentile £68.75 £72.50 £52.50
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year - +53.85% -21.55%

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 5 August 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
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 5 August 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 +66 40 £405 -18.18% 7
Thames Valley +46 25 £400 +6.67% 12
Buckinghamshire +28 14 £400 -11.11% 2
Surrey +55 13 £238 -30.15% 8
Berkshire +46 11 £425 +13.33% 6
Kent +27 4 £216 -45.94% 4
West Sussex +19 2 £400 +77.78% 2
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 5 August 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 69 (82.14%) Microsoft
2 67 (79.76%) Windows
3 53 (63.10%) Active Directory
4 36 (42.86%) VMware
4 36 (42.86%) Windows Server
5 32 (38.10%) MCSE
6 30 (35.71%) VMware Infrastructure
7 26 (30.95%) Office 365
8 25 (29.76%) MCSA
8 25 (29.76%) ITIL
9 23 (27.38%) Microsoft Office
9 23 (27.38%) Windows Server 2012
10 21 (25.00%) Security Cleared
11 19 (22.62%) SC Cleared
11 19 (22.62%) Migration
11 19 (22.62%) Data Centre
11 19 (22.62%) Windows Server 2016
12 18 (21.43%) Problem-Solving
12 18 (21.43%) SQL Server
13 17 (20.24%) .NET
13 17 (20.24%) PKI
13 17 (20.24%) Windows 10
14 16 (19.05%) Skype
14 16 (19.05%) Skype for Business
14 16 (19.05%) PowerShell
14 16 (19.05%) Azure
14 16 (19.05%) DNS
15 15 (17.86%) Hyper-V
15 15 (17.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 15 (17.86%) Analytical Skills

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 16 (19.05%) Skype for Business
2 14 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 9 (10.71%) IIS
4 6 (7.14%) MS Exchange
5 5 (5.95%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (4.76%) IBM Notes
7 2 (2.38%) Confluence
7 2 (2.38%) nginx
8 1 (1.19%) Apache
8 1 (1.19%) Exchange Server 2010
8 1 (1.19%) Tomcat
Applications
1 23 (27.38%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.57%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.38%) InVision
4 1 (1.19%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 8 (9.52%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.57%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 26 (30.95%) Office 365
2 16 (19.05%) Azure
3 6 (7.14%) AWS
4 3 (3.57%) IaaS
4 3 (3.57%) PaaS
5 2 (2.38%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (2.38%) Power Platform
6 1 (1.19%) Asana
Communications & Networking
1 16 (19.05%) DNS
1 16 (19.05%) Skype
2 14 (16.67%) DHCP
3 12 (14.29%) Firewall
4 10 (11.90%) WAN
5 9 (10.71%) LAN
5 9 (10.71%) PBX
6 5 (5.95%) iSCSI
6 5 (5.95%) Network Security
7 4 (4.76%) IPsec
7 4 (4.76%) SAN
7 4 (4.76%) TCP/IP
8 3 (3.57%) Wireless
9 2 (2.38%) Internet
9 2 (2.38%) Intranet
9 2 (2.38%) Unified Communications
9 2 (2.38%) VoIP
10 1 (1.19%) NetScaler
10 1 (1.19%) SNMP
10 1 (1.19%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (21.43%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.14%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (3.57%) MySQL
4 2 (2.38%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (2.38%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (2.38%) Power BI
4 2 (2.38%) Spotfire
4 2 (2.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 7 (8.33%) Visual Studio
2 5 (5.95%) Eclipse
3 4 (4.76%) ClearCase
3 4 (4.76%) ClearQuest
4 2 (2.38%) Bitbucket
4 2 (2.38%) JIRA
5 1 (1.19%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 6 (7.14%) Public Sector
2 2 (2.38%) Legal
2 2 (2.38%) Publishing
3 1 (1.19%) Banking
3 1 (1.19%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.19%) Retail
3 1 (1.19%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (11.90%) Developer
2 9 (10.71%) Architect
3 8 (9.52%) Analyst
3 8 (9.52%) Support Engineer
3 8 (9.52%) VMware Engineer
4 6 (7.14%) 3rd Line Support
4 6 (7.14%) Consultant
4 6 (7.14%) IT Technician
4 6 (7.14%) Windows Engineer
5 5 (5.95%) Active Directory Engineer
5 5 (5.95%) CRM Developer
5 5 (5.95%) Service Desk Technician
5 5 (5.95%) Support Analyst
5 5 (5.95%) Systems Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) 1st Line Support
6 4 (4.76%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) Active Directory Support
6 4 (4.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) IT Engineer
6 4 (4.76%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (20.24%) .NET
2 8 (9.52%) CSS
2 8 (9.52%) HTML
2 8 (9.52%) Web Services
3 7 (8.33%) XML
4 6 (7.14%) .NET Framework
4 6 (7.14%) Entity Framework
4 6 (7.14%) LINQ
4 6 (7.14%) XSL
5 2 (2.38%) HTML5
5 2 (2.38%) jQuery
5 2 (2.38%) SOAP
6 1 (1.19%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.19%) COM
6 1 (1.19%) JSON
6 1 (1.19%) MDX
6 1 (1.19%) Middleware
6 1 (1.19%) Reactive Extensions
6 1 (1.19%) WCF
6 1 (1.19%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 19 (22.62%) Data Centre
2 17 (20.24%) PKI
3 15 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (10.71%) Client/Server
5 8 (9.52%) Self-Motivation
6 5 (5.95%) CMDB
7 4 (4.76%) Management Information System
7 4 (4.76%) Public Cloud
8 3 (3.57%) Clustering
9 2 (2.38%) Data Structures
9 2 (2.38%) Driving Licence
9 2 (2.38%) Replication
9 2 (2.38%) User Experience
9 2 (2.38%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (1.19%) Blackberry
10 1 (1.19%) CESG
10 1 (1.19%) Fibre Optics
10 1 (1.19%) Hybrid Cloud
10 1 (1.19%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 67 (79.76%) Windows
2 36 (42.86%) Windows Server
3 23 (27.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 19 (22.62%) Windows Server 2016
5 17 (20.24%) Windows 10
6 14 (16.67%) Linux
7 11 (13.10%) Windows 7
8 10 (11.90%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (10.71%) Windows Server 2003
10 6 (7.14%) Windows 8
11 4 (4.76%) AIX
11 4 (4.76%) Windows XP
12 2 (2.38%) Apple iOS
12 2 (2.38%) Windows Server 2019
12 2 (2.38%) Windows Vista
13 1 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (29.76%) ITIL
2 19 (22.62%) Migration
3 18 (21.43%) Problem-Solving
4 14 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
5 12 (14.29%) Validation
6 11 (13.10%) High Availability
7 10 (11.90%) Agile Software Development
8 9 (10.71%) CRM
9 8 (9.52%) Change Control
9 8 (9.52%) Configuration Management
9 8 (9.52%) Data Migration
9 8 (9.52%) Project Delivery
10 7 (8.33%) DevOps
10 7 (8.33%) Scrum
10 7 (8.33%) TOGAF
11 6 (7.14%) ITSM
11 6 (7.14%) MVC
11 6 (7.14%) PRINCE2
11 6 (7.14%) Problem Management
11 6 (7.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 16 (19.05%) PowerShell
2 11 (13.10%) SQL
3 8 (9.52%) JavaScript
4 7 (8.33%) C#
5 6 (7.14%) T-SQL
6 5 (5.95%) VBScript
7 4 (4.76%) C++
7 4 (4.76%) Java
7 4 (4.76%) VB
8 1 (1.19%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.19%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (1.19%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 32 (38.10%) MCSE
2 25 (29.76%) MCSA
3 21 (25.00%) Security Cleared
4 19 (22.62%) SC Cleared
5 15 (17.86%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 12 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (14.29%) MCITP
7 11 (13.10%) MCP
8 10 (11.90%) CCNA
8 10 (11.90%) Degree
9 7 (8.33%) DV Cleared
10 6 (7.14%) A+ Certification
10 6 (7.14%) MCAD
10 6 (7.14%) MCPD
11 5 (5.95%) VCP6
12 3 (3.57%) CCNP
12 3 (3.57%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (3.57%) TOGAF Certification
13 2 (2.38%) CCDP
13 2 (2.38%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (11.90%) SLA
2 3 (3.57%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.38%) NCSC
3 2 (2.38%) QA
System Software
1 53 (63.10%) Active Directory
2 30 (35.71%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (17.86%) Hyper-V
4 9 (10.71%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (7.14%) vSphere
6 5 (5.95%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (5.95%) NFS
7 4 (4.76%) Terminal Server
7 4 (4.76%) vCloud
7 4 (4.76%) XenApp
8 3 (3.57%) UAG
9 1 (1.19%) RHEV
Systems Management
1 10 (11.90%) SCCM
2 6 (7.14%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (5.95%) vRealize
4 4 (4.76%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (4.76%) SCOM
4 4 (4.76%) Tivoli
4 4 (4.76%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 3 (3.57%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (3.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (3.57%) WSUS
6 2 (2.38%) Ansible
6 2 (2.38%) HAProxy
6 2 (2.38%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.38%) Terraform
7 1 (1.19%) Backup Exec
7 1 (1.19%) Oracle Identity Management
7 1 (1.19%) Red Hat Spacewalk
7 1 (1.19%) SolarWinds Orion
7 1 (1.19%) Sysprep
7 1 (1.19%) WMI
Vendors
1 69 (82.14%) Microsoft
2 36 (42.86%) VMware
3 12 (14.29%) Cisco
4 9 (10.71%) Sonus
5 7 (8.33%) HP
6 6 (7.14%) Remedy
7 5 (5.95%) CheckPoint
8 4 (4.76%) Citrix
8 4 (4.76%) Dell
8 4 (4.76%) IBM
8 4 (4.76%) Lotus
8 4 (4.76%) McAfee
8 4 (4.76%) Symantec
9 3 (3.57%) Computacenter
9 3 (3.57%) Polycom
9 3 (3.57%) Yealink
10 2 (2.38%) Apple
10 2 (2.38%) Tableau
10 2 (2.38%) Veeam
11 1 (1.19%) Red Hat