Period
to 21 November 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 21 November 2019 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 West
6 months to
21 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 156 162 175
Rank change year-on-year +6 +13 -14
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 72 63 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.11% 1.00% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.16% 3.23% 2.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 31 21
South West median daily rate £444 £325 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +36.46% +4.00% +7.76%
10th Percentile £131 £163 £150
90th Percentile £631 £575 £513
England median daily rate £375 £361 £338
% change year-on-year +4.02% +6.81% -0.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 8 1
South West median hourly rate £17.50 £46.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -61.96% +162.86% -
England median hourly rate £18.00 £17.41 £16.00
% change year-on-year +3.39% +8.81% -23.81%

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 West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2,277 1,953 1,604
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 35.16% 30.93% 28.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,352 1,011 863
South West median daily rate £475 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £308 £275 £215
90th Percentile £625 £588 £600
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 122 103
South West median hourly rate £42.00 £41.53 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.13% +10.75% +36.36%
10th Percentile £17.50 £17.50 £16.38
90th Percentile £55.00 £49.75 £53.00
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +40.00% - -1.96%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South West.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South West.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South West over the 6 months to 21 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in the South West over the 6 months to 21 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the South West

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 21 November 2019. 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
Wiltshire -10 26 £425 -22.73% 10
Bristol +19 18 £588 +62.07% 13
Gloucestershire -5 15 £500 +29.03% 7
Devon +2 6 £425 +242.74% 10
Dorset +1 4 £195 -35.00% 5
Somerset +2 3 £260 -20.00%
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 21 November 2019, 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 West region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 63 (87.50%) Microsoft
2 46 (63.89%) Windows
3 43 (59.72%) Active Directory
4 34 (47.22%) MCSE
5 27 (37.50%) MCSA
5 27 (37.50%) ITIL
5 27 (37.50%) Security Cleared
6 26 (36.11%) Windows Server
7 25 (34.72%) Azure
7 25 (34.72%) VMware
8 23 (31.94%) SCCM
9 22 (30.56%) MCP
10 21 (29.17%) VMware Infrastructure
11 20 (27.78%) PowerShell
11 20 (27.78%) Windows 10
12 19 (26.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
12 19 (26.39%) SCOM
13 17 (23.61%) DNS
14 16 (22.22%) DHCP
14 16 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
15 15 (20.83%) Migration
15 15 (20.83%) Hyper-V
15 15 (20.83%) Windows 7
16 14 (19.44%) SC Cleared
17 13 (18.06%) Linux
17 13 (18.06%) vCenter Server
18 12 (16.67%) Java
18 12 (16.67%) Citrix
18 12 (16.67%) SAN
18 12 (16.67%) Service Management

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 8 (11.11%) MS Exchange
2 7 (9.72%) SharePoint
3 5 (6.94%) Confluence
3 5 (6.94%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (6.94%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (6.94%) IBM Notes
3 5 (6.94%) Skype for Business
4 4 (5.56%) WordPress
5 3 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.39%) Apache Spark
7 1 (1.39%) Elasticsearch
7 1 (1.39%) OpenStack
Applications
1 11 (15.28%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (6.94%) Acrobat
3 4 (5.56%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (2.78%) MS Visio
5 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.78%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 25 (34.72%) Azure
2 11 (15.28%) Office 365
3 9 (12.50%) AWS
3 9 (12.50%) PaaS
3 9 (12.50%) Power Platform
4 5 (6.94%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (6.94%) IaaS
4 5 (6.94%) SaaS
5 4 (5.56%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (5.56%) PowerApps
6 3 (4.17%) OneDrive
7 1 (1.39%) GCP
7 1 (1.39%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 17 (23.61%) DNS
2 16 (22.22%) DHCP
3 12 (16.67%) SAN
4 7 (9.72%) TCP/IP
5 5 (6.94%) Internet
5 5 (6.94%) Skype
6 4 (5.56%) Firewall
6 4 (5.56%) Remote Desktop
6 4 (5.56%) VSAN
7 3 (4.17%) SMTP
8 1 (1.39%) HTTPS
8 1 (1.39%) IPsec
8 1 (1.39%) Network Security
8 1 (1.39%) VoIP
8 1 (1.39%) VPN
8 1 (1.39%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.11%) Relational Database
2 5 (6.94%) Power BI
3 4 (5.56%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.78%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.39%) Big Data
5 1 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 4 (5.56%) JIRA
2 3 (4.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (4.17%) HP UFT
2 3 (4.17%) LoadRunner
3 2 (2.78%) GitLab
3 2 (2.78%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.39%) Bitbucket
4 1 (1.39%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.39%) git-flow
4 1 (1.39%) MSI
General
1 7 (9.72%) Public Sector
2 4 (5.56%) Finance
3 1 (1.39%) Banking
3 1 (1.39%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.39%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (19.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 11 (15.28%) Architect
3 8 (11.11%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 7 (9.72%) Wintel Engineer
5 6 (8.33%) Support Engineer
6 5 (6.94%) Analyst
6 5 (6.94%) Azure Architect
7 4 (5.56%) Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Graduate
7 4 (5.56%) Graduate Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
7 4 (5.56%) Solutions Architect
7 4 (5.56%) Wintel Specialist
8 3 (4.17%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) Technical Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) Technical Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) Technical Leader
8 3 (4.17%) Technical Test Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) Test Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (6.94%) .NET
1 5 (6.94%) Spring
2 4 (5.56%) HTML
2 4 (5.56%) HTML5
3 2 (2.78%) REST
4 1 (1.39%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.39%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.39%) GraphQL
4 1 (1.39%) Kafka
4 1 (1.39%) Node.js
4 1 (1.39%) React
4 1 (1.39%) Spring MVC
4 1 (1.39%) Vue.js
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.28%) Self-Motivation
2 7 (9.72%) Public Cloud
3 6 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (5.56%) Data Centre
4 4 (5.56%) Graphic Design
5 3 (4.17%) Blackberry
5 3 (4.17%) Driving Licence
5 3 (4.17%) Greenfield Project
5 3 (4.17%) Hybrid Cloud
5 3 (4.17%) VxBlock/Vblock
6 2 (2.78%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.78%) PKI
6 2 (2.78%) Replication
6 2 (2.78%) Security Operations Centre
7 1 (1.39%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 46 (63.89%) Windows
2 26 (36.11%) Windows Server
3 20 (27.78%) Windows 10
4 15 (20.83%) Windows 7
5 13 (18.06%) Linux
6 12 (16.67%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (8.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 6 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (4.17%) CentOS
9 1 (1.39%) Android
9 1 (1.39%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (37.50%) ITIL
2 19 (26.39%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 16 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (20.83%) Migration
5 12 (16.67%) Service Management
6 10 (13.89%) Problem-Solving
7 9 (12.50%) ITIL V3
7 9 (12.50%) PRINCE2
8 7 (9.72%) ITSM
8 7 (9.72%) Preventative Maintenance
9 6 (8.33%) Computer Science
9 6 (8.33%) Defect Management
9 6 (8.33%) Technical Leadership
9 6 (8.33%) Test Management
9 6 (8.33%) Test Strategy
10 5 (6.94%) Business Intelligence
10 5 (6.94%) DevOps
10 5 (6.94%) Incident Management
10 5 (6.94%) Information Security
10 5 (6.94%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (27.78%) PowerShell
2 12 (16.67%) Java
3 9 (12.50%) SQL
4 8 (11.11%) VB
5 5 (6.94%) Python
6 4 (5.56%) C
6 4 (5.56%) C#
6 4 (5.56%) JavaScript
7 3 (4.17%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.78%) VBScript
9 1 (1.39%) R
Qualifications
1 34 (47.22%) MCSE
2 27 (37.50%) MCSA
2 27 (37.50%) Security Cleared
3 22 (30.56%) MCP
4 14 (19.44%) SC Cleared
5 12 (16.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 10 (13.89%) DV Cleared
7 7 (9.72%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (8.33%) CCNA
8 6 (8.33%) Degree
9 4 (5.56%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (5.56%) Oracle Certification
10 3 (4.17%) CEH
10 3 (4.17%) ISEB
10 3 (4.17%) ISTQB
10 3 (4.17%) OCP
10 3 (4.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (4.17%) SAP Certification
11 2 (2.78%) MCDST
11 2 (2.78%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 43 (59.72%) Active Directory
2 21 (29.17%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (20.83%) Hyper-V
4 11 (15.28%) VMware ESXi
5 9 (12.50%) XenDesktop
6 8 (11.11%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (8.33%) vSphere
8 4 (5.56%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (2.78%) XenApp
10 1 (1.39%) Docker
10 1 (1.39%) KVM
10 1 (1.39%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (1.39%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 23 (31.94%) SCCM
2 19 (26.39%) SCOM
3 13 (18.06%) vCenter Server
4 7 (9.72%) SCVMM
5 5 (6.94%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (4.17%) HP ALM
6 3 (4.17%) HP Quality Center
6 3 (4.17%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (2.78%) Ansible
7 2 (2.78%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (2.78%) Nessus
7 2 (2.78%) Terraform
8 1 (1.39%) Kubernetes
8 1 (1.39%) PowerCLI
8 1 (1.39%) WSUS
Vendors
1 63 (87.50%) Microsoft
2 25 (34.72%) VMware
3 12 (16.67%) Citrix
4 11 (15.28%) HP
5 10 (13.89%) Oracle
6 8 (11.11%) Cisco
6 8 (11.11%) Red Hat
7 7 (9.72%) McAfee
8 5 (6.94%) Adobe
8 5 (6.94%) Lotus
8 5 (6.94%) Symantec
9 4 (5.56%) Xamarin
10 3 (4.17%) Atlassian
10 3 (4.17%) SAP
10 3 (4.17%) Veeam
11 2 (2.78%) Apple
11 2 (2.78%) BMC
11 2 (2.78%) Forcepoint
11 2 (2.78%) Intel
11 2 (2.78%) Remedy