Period
to 22 April 2018

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 22 April 2018 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
22 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 187 164 124
Rank change year-on-year -23 -40 -28
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 221 211 343
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.32% 1.36% 1.89%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.79% 4.93% 6.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 135 223
South East median daily rate £380 £325 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.92% -9.72% +12.50%
10th Percentile £213 £147 £250
90th Percentile £530 £500 £475
England median daily rate £350 £340 £345
% change year-on-year +2.94% -1.45% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 24 28
South East median hourly rate £20.66 £29.92 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -30.97% +45.95% +2.50%
10th Percentile £13.95 £16.85 £9.70
90th Percentile £32.35 £47.00 £45.50
England median hourly rate £16.35 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -13.95% +11.76% +6.25%

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 3,820 4,281 5,068
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.75% 27.53% 27.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,056 2,552 3,086
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £256 £250
90th Percentile £565 £550 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 250 223
South East median hourly rate £25.72 £22.76 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.99% -21.52% +41.46%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £10.24
90th Percentile £53.87 £52.50 £60.00
England median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -21.67% +9.09% +37.50%

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 22 April 2018.

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 22 April 2018.

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 22 April 2018. 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 -4 87 £450 +24.14% 32
Buckinghamshire +7 50 £459 +7.88% 11
Kent +14 42 £350 +3.70% 14
Hampshire -30 37 £325 +1.56% 21
Berkshire +3 34 £450 +71.43% 17
Surrey -25 26 £225 +9.76% 23
West Sussex -6 21 £300 -28.06% 2
East Sussex - 4 £400 - 2
Oxfordshire -17 3 £310 +72.22% 4
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 22 April 2018, 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.

1 171 (77.38%) Windows
2 162 (73.30%) Microsoft
3 147 (66.52%) MCSE
4 134 (60.63%) Active Directory
5 98 (44.34%) VMware
6 87 (39.37%) ITIL
6 87 (39.37%) Windows Server
7 80 (36.20%) MCSA
8 78 (35.29%) Windows Server 2012
9 77 (34.84%) MCP
10 72 (32.58%) Office 365
11 53 (23.98%) Windows Server 2003
11 53 (23.98%) MCITP
12 52 (23.53%) PowerShell
12 52 (23.53%) Microsoft Azure
13 46 (20.81%) Citrix
14 44 (19.91%) MS Exchange
15 43 (19.46%) VMware Infrastructure
16 42 (19.00%) Security Cleared
17 41 (18.55%) SCCM
17 41 (18.55%) Windows 7
17 41 (18.55%) ITIL V3
18 38 (17.19%) Ivanti
19 37 (16.74%) Windows Server 2008
20 36 (16.29%) SolarWinds
20 36 (16.29%) SC Cleared
20 36 (16.29%) Analytical Skills
20 36 (16.29%) Change Management
20 36 (16.29%) Firewall
20 36 (16.29%) Shavlik

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 44 (19.91%) MS Exchange
2 20 (9.05%) IIS
2 20 (9.05%) Skype for Business
3 19 (8.60%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (8.60%) SharePoint
4 14 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2013
5 8 (3.62%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (1.36%) Apache
7 2 (0.90%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.45%) WebSphere
Applications
1 34 (15.38%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.81%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.36%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (0.90%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (2.26%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (0.90%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 72 (32.58%) Office 365
2 52 (23.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (9.50%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.71%) IaaS
5 5 (2.26%) OneDrive
6 4 (1.81%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 4 (1.81%) Amazon EC2
6 4 (1.81%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (1.81%) Virtual Private Cloud
7 3 (1.36%) PaaS
8 2 (0.90%) Azure Data Factory
8 2 (0.90%) Azure Machine Learning
8 2 (0.90%) Data Lake Analytics
8 2 (0.90%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.45%) SaaS
9 1 (0.45%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 36 (16.29%) Firewall
2 32 (14.48%) TCP/IP
3 26 (11.76%) LAN
3 26 (11.76%) WAN
4 25 (11.31%) DHCP
5 20 (9.05%) DNS
5 20 (9.05%) SAN
6 17 (7.69%) Skype
7 12 (5.43%) VPN
8 10 (4.52%) VoIP
9 9 (4.07%) Cisco ASA
10 8 (3.62%) Internet
11 7 (3.17%) IP Telephony
12 6 (2.71%) DMZ
13 5 (2.26%) BIG-IP
13 5 (2.26%) IMAP
13 5 (2.26%) POP3
13 5 (2.26%) SMTP
13 5 (2.26%) VLAN
13 5 (2.26%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (14.03%) SQL Server
2 11 (4.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (4.07%) Big Data
4 7 (3.17%) SQL Server 2016
5 6 (2.71%) Power BI
6 5 (2.26%) Hadoop
6 5 (2.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 4 (1.81%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (1.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 3 (1.36%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.36%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (1.36%) SQL Server 2012
9 2 (0.90%) HDInsight
9 2 (0.90%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.90%) MySQL
9 2 (0.90%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.90%) OLAP
9 2 (0.90%) OLTP
9 2 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
9 2 (0.90%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 6 (2.71%) Visual Studio
1 6 (2.71%) Visual Studio Team System
2 4 (1.81%) GCC
3 1 (0.45%) JIRA
3 1 (0.45%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 16 (7.24%) Finance
2 9 (4.07%) Marketing
3 7 (3.17%) Retail
3 7 (3.17%) Telecoms
4 5 (2.26%) Back Office
5 2 (0.90%) Legal
6 1 (0.45%) French Language
6 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 44 (19.91%) Architect
2 40 (18.10%) Windows Engineer
3 21 (9.50%) Analyst
4 16 (7.24%) Solutions Architect
4 16 (7.24%) Systems Engineer
5 15 (6.79%) Technical Architect
6 14 (6.33%) Developer
7 13 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 11 (4.98%) Consultant
8 11 (4.98%) Desktop Support
8 11 (4.98%) Infrastructure Team Leader
8 11 (4.98%) Support Engineer
8 11 (4.98%) Team Leader
9 10 (4.52%) 3rd Line Support
9 10 (4.52%) Azure Architect
9 10 (4.52%) Windows Systems Engineer
10 9 (4.07%) Messaging Specialist
10 9 (4.07%) Support Analyst
11 8 (3.62%) Wintel Engineer
12 7 (3.17%) VMware Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.17%) .NET
2 6 (2.71%) .NET Framework
2 6 (2.71%) ASP.NET
3 5 (2.26%) AngularJS
3 5 (2.26%) MAPI
3 5 (2.26%) Node.js
3 5 (2.26%) React
3 5 (2.26%) REST
4 4 (1.81%) HTML
5 2 (0.90%) JSON
5 2 (0.90%) Software Packaging
5 2 (0.90%) XML
6 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (0.45%) Middleware
6 1 (0.45%) WCF
6 1 (0.45%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 36 (16.29%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (6.79%) Clustering
2 15 (6.79%) Management Information System
3 11 (4.98%) Data Centre
3 11 (4.98%) Enterprise Cloud
4 8 (3.62%) Mobile App
5 6 (2.71%) CMDB
5 6 (2.71%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (2.26%) Public Cloud
7 4 (1.81%) Client/Server
7 4 (1.81%) Self-Motivation
7 4 (1.81%) Smartphone
8 2 (0.90%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.45%) Computer Science
9 1 (0.45%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.45%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.45%) FMCG
9 1 (0.45%) PDA
9 1 (0.45%) PKI
9 1 (0.45%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 171 (77.38%) Windows
2 87 (39.37%) Windows Server
3 78 (35.29%) Windows Server 2012
4 53 (23.98%) Windows Server 2003
5 41 (18.55%) Windows 7
6 37 (16.74%) Windows Server 2008
7 32 (14.48%) Windows 10
8 25 (11.31%) Linux
9 5 (2.26%) Android
10 4 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (1.81%) Unix
10 4 (1.81%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.36%) Mac OS X
11 3 (1.36%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.45%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.45%) Solaris
12 1 (0.45%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (39.37%) ITIL
2 41 (18.55%) ITIL V3
3 36 (16.29%) Change Management
3 36 (16.29%) Problem-Solving
4 27 (12.22%) TOGAF
5 25 (11.31%) PRINCE2
6 22 (9.95%) Service Management
7 19 (8.60%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
8 18 (8.14%) Agile Software Development
8 18 (8.14%) Migration
9 16 (7.24%) Service Delivery
10 14 (6.33%) Server Patching
11 13 (5.88%) High Availability
12 12 (5.43%) Configuration Management
12 12 (5.43%) Stakeholder Management
13 11 (4.98%) Incident Management
13 11 (4.98%) Kalman Filter
13 11 (4.98%) Network Virtualisation
13 11 (4.98%) Web Filtering
14 9 (4.07%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 52 (23.53%) PowerShell
2 30 (13.57%) SQL
3 18 (8.14%) Shell Script
4 6 (2.71%) C#
4 6 (2.71%) JavaScript
5 5 (2.26%) T-SQL
5 5 (2.26%) TypeScript
5 5 (2.26%) VBA
6 4 (1.81%) C
7 2 (0.90%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
7 2 (0.90%) Python
7 2 (0.90%) R
7 2 (0.90%) U-SQL
8 1 (0.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 147 (66.52%) MCSE
2 80 (36.20%) MCSA
3 77 (34.84%) MCP
4 53 (23.98%) MCITP
5 42 (19.00%) Security Cleared
6 36 (16.29%) SC Cleared
7 31 (14.03%) Cisco Certification
8 28 (12.67%) CCNA
9 21 (9.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 17 (7.69%) Degree
11 15 (6.79%) DV Cleared
12 10 (4.52%) MCDST
13 8 (3.62%) MCTS
14 7 (3.17%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 6 (2.71%) CCNP
16 5 (2.26%) MCSD
16 5 (2.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 4 (1.81%) CCSP
17 4 (1.81%) ITIL Certification
17 4 (1.81%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (9.50%) SLA
2 12 (5.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.71%) PCI DSS
4 4 (1.81%) QA
5 1 (0.45%) GDPR
System Software
1 134 (60.63%) Active Directory
2 43 (19.46%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (12.67%) Hyper-V
4 14 (6.33%) vSphere
4 14 (6.33%) XenApp
5 9 (4.07%) UAG
6 8 (3.62%) VMware Workstation
7 7 (3.17%) VMware ESXi
7 7 (3.17%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.71%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (2.26%) Virtual Desktop
10 4 (1.81%) Docker
11 3 (1.36%) Forefront TMG
11 3 (1.36%) ISA Server
12 2 (0.90%) DFS Replication
12 2 (0.90%) Firmware
13 1 (0.45%) KVM
13 1 (0.45%) vCloud
13 1 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
13 1 (0.45%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 41 (18.55%) SCCM
2 27 (12.22%) Nessus
3 14 (6.33%) Microsoft Clustering
4 12 (5.43%) SCOM
5 10 (4.52%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 6 (2.71%) EMC NetWorker
7 4 (1.81%) Ansible
8 3 (1.36%) AirWatch
8 3 (1.36%) HP ALM
8 3 (1.36%) Microsoft Intune
8 3 (1.36%) WSUS
9 2 (0.90%) MaaS360
9 2 (0.90%) vCenter Server
9 2 (0.90%) vRealize
10 1 (0.45%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.45%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 1 (0.45%) OVSD
10 1 (0.45%) Single Sign-On
10 1 (0.45%) WhatsUp Gold
Vendors
1 162 (73.30%) Microsoft
2 98 (44.34%) VMware
3 46 (20.81%) Citrix
4 38 (17.19%) Ivanti
5 36 (16.29%) Shavlik
5 36 (16.29%) SolarWinds
6 34 (15.38%) Cisco
7 31 (14.03%) HP
8 17 (7.69%) NetApp
9 11 (4.98%) Symantec
10 7 (3.17%) EMC
11 6 (2.71%) CheckPoint
11 6 (2.71%) McAfee
11 6 (2.71%) SAP
11 6 (2.71%) ServiceNow
12 5 (2.26%) 3PAR
12 5 (2.26%) F5
12 5 (2.26%) Micro Focus
12 5 (2.26%) Remedy
12 5 (2.26%) Xamarin