Period
to 27 October 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 27 October 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
27 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 112 160 206
Rank change year-on-year +48 +46 -18
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 57 202 209
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the South East 1.58% 1.48% 1.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.79% 5.87% 5.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 106 141
Median daily rate £400 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -3.23% +19.23%
10th Percentile £135 £124 £155
90th Percentile £570 £534 £506
England median daily rate £450 £375 £350
% change year-on-year +20.00% +7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 15 4
Median hourly rate £17.67 £24.00 £19.39
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.39% +23.81% +10.77%
10th Percentile £15.07 £16.25 £17.15
90th Percentile £20.00 £82.50 £21.27
England median hourly rate £20.00 £18.75 £16.50
% change year-on-year +6.67% +13.64% +2.61%

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 1,189 3,442 3,591
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 32.87% 25.16% 21.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 613 1,950 1,989
Median daily rate £475 £427 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.18% +0.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £279 £256 £235
90th Percentile £625 £590 £575
England median daily rate £475 £470 £450
% change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 243 209
Median hourly rate £35.00 £42.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +6.25% +77.78%
10th Percentile £15.69 £15.00 £13.50
90th Percentile £57.25 £82.50 £53.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -1.41% +42.00% -2.69%

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 27 October 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 27 October 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 +77 33 £405 -16.49% 15
Surrey +65 9 £162 -59.56% 4
Kent +30 8 £170 -51.43% 3
Thames Valley +39 6 £389 +3.73% 19
Buckinghamshire +13 3 £363 -9.38% 8
Berkshire +53 2 £448 +19.53% 7
Oxfordshire +37 1 £375 +120.59% 4
West Sussex +24 1 £525 +162.50% 2
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 27 October 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 43 (75.44%) Microsoft
2 37 (64.91%) Windows
3 32 (56.14%) VMware
4 29 (50.88%) VMware Infrastructure
5 28 (49.12%) Active Directory
6 21 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
7 19 (33.33%) Migration
7 19 (33.33%) MCSE
7 19 (33.33%) Data Centre
7 19 (33.33%) Windows Server
8 18 (31.58%) Security Cleared
9 17 (29.82%) ITIL
10 16 (28.07%) Linux
10 16 (28.07%) Microsoft Office
10 16 (28.07%) DNS
10 16 (28.07%) DevOps
11 14 (24.56%) DHCP
11 14 (24.56%) Disaster Recovery
12 12 (21.05%) Cisco
12 12 (21.05%) WAN
12 12 (21.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 11 (19.30%) .NET
13 11 (19.30%) Firewall
14 10 (17.54%) CCNA
14 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
14 10 (17.54%) MCSA
14 10 (17.54%) Cisco Certification
14 10 (17.54%) PowerShell
14 10 (17.54%) SC Cleared
14 10 (17.54%) DV Cleared

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 9 (15.79%) Skype for Business
2 8 (14.04%) SharePoint
3 3 (5.26%) Confluence
3 3 (5.26%) MS Exchange
4 2 (3.51%) IBM Notes
4 2 (3.51%) IIS
4 2 (3.51%) nginx
Applications
1 16 (28.07%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (15.79%) MS Visio
3 8 (14.04%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (3.51%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 5 (8.77%) Teamcenter
2 3 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (5.26%) Payment Gateway
3 2 (3.51%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 10 (17.54%) Office 365
2 9 (15.79%) Azure
3 6 (10.53%) IaaS
4 5 (8.77%) AWS
5 3 (5.26%) PaaS
6 2 (3.51%) GCP
6 2 (3.51%) Power Platform
7 1 (1.75%) Power Automate
7 1 (1.75%) PowerApps
7 1 (1.75%) ShareGate
Communications & Networking
1 16 (28.07%) DNS
2 14 (24.56%) DHCP
3 12 (21.05%) WAN
4 11 (19.30%) Firewall
5 9 (15.79%) LAN
5 9 (15.79%) Skype
6 7 (12.28%) TCP/IP
7 6 (10.53%) IPsec
7 6 (10.53%) PBX
8 5 (8.77%) VPN
9 4 (7.02%) iSCSI
9 4 (7.02%) POP3
9 4 (7.02%) SMTP
9 4 (7.02%) SNMP
9 4 (7.02%) VLAN
10 3 (5.26%) Network Security
11 2 (3.51%) Cisco IOS
11 2 (3.51%) SAN
12 1 (1.75%) Internet
12 1 (1.75%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (17.54%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 2 (3.51%) MySQL
2 2 (3.51%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (3.51%) Power BI
2 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.75%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (1.75%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (12.28%) JIRA
2 3 (5.26%) Bitbucket
3 2 (3.51%) ClearCase
3 2 (3.51%) ClearQuest
3 2 (3.51%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 7 (12.28%) Manufacturing
2 4 (7.02%) Public Sector
3 3 (5.26%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.75%) Banking
4 1 (1.75%) Front Office
4 1 (1.75%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (19.30%) Architect
2 6 (10.53%) Consultant
2 6 (10.53%) VMware Engineer
2 6 (10.53%) Wintel Engineer
3 4 (7.02%) Administrator
3 4 (7.02%) Analyst
3 4 (7.02%) Infrastructure Architect
3 4 (7.02%) IT Technician
3 4 (7.02%) Network Engineer
4 3 (5.26%) DV Cleared Network Engineer
4 3 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (5.26%) Messaging Administrator
4 3 (5.26%) Service Desk Technician
4 3 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (5.26%) Support Engineer
4 3 (5.26%) Systems Administrator
5 2 (3.51%) Active Directory Engineer
5 2 (3.51%) IT Analyst
5 2 (3.51%) Office 365 Administrator
5 2 (3.51%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (19.30%) .NET
2 4 (7.02%) 802.1X
3 3 (5.26%) CSS
3 3 (5.26%) HTML
4 2 (3.51%) .NET Framework
4 2 (3.51%) Entity Framework
4 2 (3.51%) Flask
4 2 (3.51%) Itk
4 2 (3.51%) LINQ
4 2 (3.51%) Web Services
4 2 (3.51%) XML
4 2 (3.51%) XSL
5 1 (1.75%) HTML5
5 1 (1.75%) jQuery
5 1 (1.75%) JSON
5 1 (1.75%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 19 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 9 (15.79%) PKI
3 7 (12.28%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (8.77%) Client/Server
5 4 (7.02%) Public Cloud
6 3 (5.26%) CMDB
6 3 (5.26%) Driving Licence
6 3 (5.26%) Management Information System
6 3 (5.26%) Private Cloud
6 3 (5.26%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (3.51%) Replication
7 2 (3.51%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (1.75%) Clustering
8 1 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (1.75%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 37 (64.91%) Windows
2 19 (33.33%) Windows Server
3 16 (28.07%) Linux
4 7 (12.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (10.53%) Windows 10
5 6 (10.53%) Windows Server 2016
6 4 (7.02%) Windows 7
7 3 (5.26%) Windows 8
7 3 (5.26%) Windows Server 2019
8 2 (3.51%) AIX
9 1 (1.75%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (1.75%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (36.84%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (33.33%) Migration
3 17 (29.82%) ITIL
4 16 (28.07%) DevOps
5 14 (24.56%) Disaster Recovery
6 9 (15.79%) Data Migration
6 9 (15.79%) Validation
7 8 (14.04%) Change Management
7 8 (14.04%) Computer Science
7 8 (14.04%) Continuous Improvement
7 8 (14.04%) Continuous Integration
7 8 (14.04%) Service Management
8 7 (12.28%) Defect Management
8 7 (12.28%) High Availability
8 7 (12.28%) PLM
8 7 (12.28%) Problem Management
8 7 (12.28%) Project Delivery
8 7 (12.28%) Server Virtualisation
9 6 (10.53%) ITIL V3
9 6 (10.53%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 10 (17.54%) PowerShell
2 9 (15.79%) SQL
3 3 (5.26%) C++
3 3 (5.26%) JavaScript
3 3 (5.26%) T-SQL
4 2 (3.51%) C#
4 2 (3.51%) Java
4 2 (3.51%) Python
4 2 (3.51%) Shell Script
4 2 (3.51%) VB
4 2 (3.51%) VB.NET
4 2 (3.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (33.33%) MCSE
2 18 (31.58%) Security Cleared
3 12 (21.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 10 (17.54%) CCNA
4 10 (17.54%) Cisco Certification
4 10 (17.54%) DV Cleared
4 10 (17.54%) MCSA
4 10 (17.54%) SC Cleared
5 9 (15.79%) Degree
5 9 (15.79%) MCAD
6 5 (8.77%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (7.02%) CCNP
7 4 (7.02%) Computer Science Degree
7 4 (7.02%) VCP6
8 3 (5.26%) A+ Certification
8 3 (5.26%) MCITP
9 2 (3.51%) CCA
9 2 (3.51%) CCENT
9 2 (3.51%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (3.51%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.26%) Data Quality
2 2 (3.51%) NCSC
2 2 (3.51%) SLA
3 1 (1.75%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.75%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 29 (50.88%) VMware Infrastructure
2 28 (49.12%) Active Directory
3 6 (10.53%) vSphere
4 4 (7.02%) Hyper-V
4 4 (7.02%) NFS
5 3 (5.26%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (5.26%) vCloud
5 3 (5.26%) VMware NSX
6 2 (3.51%) Terminal Server
6 2 (3.51%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.75%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.75%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (10.53%) Ansible
1 6 (10.53%) SCCM
2 4 (7.02%) vRealize
3 3 (5.26%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (5.26%) WSUS
4 2 (3.51%) HAProxy
4 2 (3.51%) SCOM
4 2 (3.51%) Terraform
4 2 (3.51%) Tivoli
4 2 (3.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (1.75%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.75%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (1.75%) vCenter Server
5 1 (1.75%) WMI
Vendors
1 43 (75.44%) Microsoft
2 32 (56.14%) VMware
3 12 (21.05%) Cisco
4 6 (10.53%) Sonus
5 3 (5.26%) McAfee
6 2 (3.51%) Citrix
6 2 (3.51%) F5
6 2 (3.51%) Lotus
6 2 (3.51%) Oracle
6 2 (3.51%) Veeam
7 1 (1.75%) ABBYY
7 1 (1.75%) Avaya
7 1 (1.75%) HP
7 1 (1.75%) IBM
7 1 (1.75%) Symantec