Period
to 20 February 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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 143 168 162
Rank change year-on-year +25 -6 -9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 171 249 255
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.58% 1.56% 1.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.48% 6.58% 6.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 160 154
South East median daily rate £355 £389 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.68% +11.07% +6.06%
10th Percentile £116 £160 £148
90th Percentile £531 £625 £500
England median daily rate £375 £388 £350
% change year-on-year -3.23% +10.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 21 10
South East median hourly rate £20.00 £33.40 £21.58
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -40.12% +54.79% -27.88%
10th Percentile £15.09 £15.19 £15.30
90th Percentile £68.25 £33.40 £38.28
England median hourly rate £17.50 £18.70 £14.58
% change year-on-year -6.42% +28.30% -14.57%

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 2,637 3,785 3,725
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 24.43% 23.65% 22.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,454 2,150 2,075
South East median daily rate £438 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.34% +0.59% +3.66%
10th Percentile £228 £256 £232
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
England median daily rate £473 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +5.00% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 180 232 194
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +30.01% -1.19%
10th Percentile £15.50 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £73.75 £53.75 £50.25
England median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -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 20 February 2020.

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 20 February 2020.

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 20 February 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
Thames Valley +22 63 £300 -26.15% 50
Hampshire +8 49 £425 +1.49% 30
Berkshire +29 41 £210 -44.00% 22
West Sussex +24 22 £145 -75.83% 8
Surrey +36 20 £425 +54.55% 37
Buckinghamshire +9 18 £420 +1.82% 16
Kent +19 8 £263 +157.35% 7
East Sussex +15 8 £450 -28.00% 4
Oxfordshire +17 4 £216 -47.58% 12
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 20 February 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.

1 135 (78.95%) Microsoft
2 123 (71.93%) Windows
3 94 (54.97%) MCSE
4 91 (53.22%) Active Directory
5 76 (44.44%) Office 365
6 55 (32.16%) Windows 10
7 46 (26.90%) Microsoft Office
7 46 (26.90%) VMware
7 46 (26.90%) Windows Server
8 42 (24.56%) ITIL
8 42 (24.56%) Cisco Certification
8 42 (24.56%) Azure
9 39 (22.81%) SCCM
10 36 (21.05%) CCNA
10 36 (21.05%) MCSA
11 33 (19.30%) Cisco
12 30 (17.54%) VMware Infrastructure
12 30 (17.54%) PowerShell
13 29 (16.96%) DNS
14 28 (16.37%) MCP
15 27 (15.79%) SQL Server
15 27 (15.79%) SLA
16 26 (15.20%) Firewall
16 26 (15.20%) Windows 7
17 25 (14.62%) Security Cleared
17 25 (14.62%) SQL
18 24 (14.04%) MCITP
18 24 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
19 23 (13.45%) Service Management
19 23 (13.45%) SC 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 21 (12.28%) MS Exchange
2 18 (10.53%) SharePoint
2 18 (10.53%) Skype for Business
3 12 (7.02%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (4.68%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (2.34%) IIS
6 3 (1.75%) SharePoint 2010
7 2 (1.17%) IBM Notes
7 2 (1.17%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (0.58%) Apache
8 1 (0.58%) CMS
8 1 (0.58%) Confluence
8 1 (0.58%) Drupal
8 1 (0.58%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
Applications
1 46 (26.90%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.51%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (2.34%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (1.75%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.17%) Acrobat
5 2 (1.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 1 (0.58%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.58%) InVision
Business Applications
1 8 (4.68%) assyst
2 5 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.17%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.58%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 76 (44.44%) Office 365
2 42 (24.56%) Azure
3 17 (9.94%) IaaS
4 13 (7.60%) PaaS
5 10 (5.85%) AWS
5 10 (5.85%) SaaS
6 9 (5.26%) Power Platform
7 7 (4.09%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (2.34%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 3 (1.75%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (1.75%) PowerApps
10 2 (1.17%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.58%) Asana
11 1 (0.58%) Azure Stack
11 1 (0.58%) Cloudflare
11 1 (0.58%) Google Analytics
11 1 (0.58%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.58%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 29 (16.96%) DNS
2 26 (15.20%) Firewall
3 18 (10.53%) DHCP
3 18 (10.53%) Skype
4 15 (8.77%) TCP/IP
5 13 (7.60%) VoIP
5 13 (7.60%) Wireless
6 8 (4.68%) Internet
6 8 (4.68%) Remote Desktop
6 8 (4.68%) SAN
7 7 (4.09%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (4.09%) PBX
7 7 (4.09%) VPN
7 7 (4.09%) WAN
8 6 (3.51%) LAN
8 6 (3.51%) Unified Communications
9 5 (2.92%) NaaS
9 5 (2.92%) VLAN
10 3 (1.75%) NAS
10 3 (1.75%) Reverse Proxy
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (15.79%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (4.09%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (3.51%) Power BI
5 4 (2.34%) Big Data
5 4 (2.34%) SQLite
6 3 (1.75%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (1.75%) Oracle Database
6 3 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.75%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (1.75%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 2 (1.17%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (1.17%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.17%) SQL Server 2016
8 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.58%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.58%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.58%) Spotfire
Development Applications
1 8 (4.68%) Git (software)
2 7 (4.09%) Android Studio
3 5 (2.92%) JIRA
3 5 (2.92%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.17%) Hudson
4 2 (1.17%) InstallShield
4 2 (1.17%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.17%) MSI
5 1 (0.58%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.58%) GitLab
5 1 (0.58%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (0.58%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.58%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (8.19%) Finance
2 7 (4.09%) Legal
2 7 (4.09%) Public Sector
3 5 (2.92%) Law
3 5 (2.92%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.34%) Local Government
5 3 (1.75%) Marketing
5 3 (1.75%) Retail
6 2 (1.17%) Banking
6 2 (1.17%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (1.17%) Publishing
7 1 (0.58%) Advertising
7 1 (0.58%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.58%) Automotive
7 1 (0.58%) French Language
7 1 (0.58%) Military
7 1 (0.58%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 34 (19.88%) Analyst
2 23 (13.45%) Support Engineer
3 22 (12.87%) Service Analyst
3 22 (12.87%) Service Desk Analyst
4 19 (11.11%) Desktop Engineer
5 17 (9.94%) Consultant
6 15 (8.77%) Architect
7 14 (8.19%) Desktop Support
7 14 (8.19%) Developer
8 11 (6.43%) 2nd Line Support
9 10 (5.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 9 (5.26%) 1st/2nd Line Support
10 9 (5.26%) Solutions Architect
10 9 (5.26%) Windows Engineer
11 8 (4.68%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 8 (4.68%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 7 (4.09%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
12 7 (4.09%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 7 (4.09%) Android Developer
12 7 (4.09%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (6.43%) .NET
2 7 (4.09%) RESTful
3 4 (2.34%) Dagger
3 4 (2.34%) Retrofit
3 4 (2.34%) RxJava
4 3 (1.75%) JSON
4 3 (1.75%) Oracle Fusion
4 3 (1.75%) Web Services
5 2 (1.17%) HTML
6 1 (0.58%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.58%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.58%) CSS
6 1 (0.58%) HTML5
6 1 (0.58%) jQuery
6 1 (0.58%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (0.58%) MDX
6 1 (0.58%) Node.js
6 1 (0.58%) React
6 1 (0.58%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 19 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 19 (11.11%) Self-Motivation
2 18 (10.53%) Data Centre
3 7 (4.09%) Management Information System
3 7 (4.09%) PKI
4 6 (3.51%) Clustering
4 6 (3.51%) Driving Licence
4 6 (3.51%) Public Cloud
5 4 (2.34%) Private Cloud
5 4 (2.34%) User Experience
6 3 (1.75%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.75%) Handset
6 3 (1.75%) Hybrid Cloud
6 3 (1.75%) Microsoft Licensing
6 3 (1.75%) Replication
6 3 (1.75%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 2 (1.17%) Life Science
7 2 (1.17%) Linux Command Line
8 1 (0.58%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.58%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 123 (71.93%) Windows
2 55 (32.16%) Windows 10
3 46 (26.90%) Windows Server
4 26 (15.20%) Windows 7
5 22 (12.87%) Windows Server 2012
6 19 (11.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (7.02%) Apple iOS
7 12 (7.02%) Windows Server 2003
8 11 (6.43%) Android
8 11 (6.43%) Mac OS
9 10 (5.85%) Linux
10 9 (5.26%) Windows 8
11 8 (4.68%) Windows XP
12 3 (1.75%) Unix
13 2 (1.17%) CentOS
13 2 (1.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.17%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (24.56%) ITIL
2 24 (14.04%) Problem-Solving
3 23 (13.45%) Service Management
4 19 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (9.36%) Migration
6 15 (8.77%) Cybersecurity
7 14 (8.19%) Disaster Recovery
7 14 (8.19%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 13 (7.60%) Analytics
8 13 (7.60%) ITSM
9 12 (7.02%) Information Security
10 11 (6.43%) Performance Tuning
10 11 (6.43%) PRINCE2
11 10 (5.85%) Change Management
11 10 (5.85%) Customer Requirements
11 10 (5.85%) Incident Management
12 9 (5.26%) Software Engineering
13 8 (4.68%) Hardware Maintenance
13 8 (4.68%) ITIL V3
13 8 (4.68%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 30 (17.54%) PowerShell
2 25 (14.62%) SQL
3 15 (8.77%) Java
4 7 (4.09%) T-SQL
5 4 (2.34%) C
5 4 (2.34%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.34%) Kotlin
5 4 (2.34%) VBScript
6 3 (1.75%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.75%) C#
7 2 (1.17%) Python
8 1 (0.58%) C++
8 1 (0.58%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
8 1 (0.58%) Perl
Qualifications
1 94 (54.97%) MCSE
2 42 (24.56%) Cisco Certification
3 36 (21.05%) CCNA
3 36 (21.05%) MCSA
4 28 (16.37%) MCP
5 25 (14.62%) Security Cleared
6 24 (14.04%) MCITP
7 23 (13.45%) SC Cleared
8 22 (12.87%) Degree
9 15 (8.77%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 8 (4.68%) MCTS
11 7 (4.09%) A+ Certification
11 7 (4.09%) Citrix Certification
11 7 (4.09%) DV Cleared
12 6 (3.51%) CCA
12 6 (3.51%) CCIE
13 5 (2.92%) CCDP
13 5 (2.92%) LPIC
13 5 (2.92%) OSCP
13 5 (2.92%) VCAP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (15.79%) SLA
2 6 (3.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (3.51%) QA
3 5 (2.92%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.75%) GDPR
5 1 (0.58%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.58%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.58%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 91 (53.22%) Active Directory
2 30 (17.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (12.28%) Hyper-V
4 8 (4.68%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (4.09%) vCloud
6 6 (3.51%) vSphere
6 6 (3.51%) XenApp
7 4 (2.34%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (2.34%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.75%) Citrix Hypervisor
8 3 (1.75%) NFS
8 3 (1.75%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.17%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.58%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.58%) Docker
10 1 (0.58%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.58%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.58%) RHEV
10 1 (0.58%) UAG
Systems Management
1 39 (22.81%) SCCM
2 7 (4.09%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (4.09%) Single Sign-On
3 6 (3.51%) SCOM
4 5 (2.92%) WSUS
5 4 (2.34%) AirWatch
5 4 (2.34%) vCenter Server
6 3 (1.75%) Cisco CUCM
6 3 (1.75%) Jamf Pro
6 3 (1.75%) Oracle Identity Management
6 3 (1.75%) PingFederate
6 3 (1.75%) SCVMM
6 3 (1.75%) Terraform
6 3 (1.75%) vRealize
7 2 (1.17%) Ansible
7 2 (1.17%) Kubernetes
7 2 (1.17%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.17%) Nessus
7 2 (1.17%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.58%) CASB
Vendors
1 135 (78.95%) Microsoft
2 46 (26.90%) VMware
3 33 (19.30%) Cisco
4 15 (8.77%) Citrix
5 11 (6.43%) Oracle
6 10 (5.85%) HP
7 9 (5.26%) ServiceNow
8 8 (4.68%) CheckPoint
9 7 (4.09%) Adobe
9 7 (4.09%) Dell
9 7 (4.09%) F5
9 7 (4.09%) Meraki
9 7 (4.09%) Remedy
9 7 (4.09%) Sonus
10 6 (3.51%) Splunk
11 5 (2.92%) Red Hat
11 5 (2.92%) Sony
12 4 (2.34%) McAfee
12 4 (2.34%) NetApp
12 4 (2.34%) Symantec