Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 143 139 161
Rank change year-on-year -4 +22 -15
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 88 71 30
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.38% 1.29% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.01% 4.65% 1.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 35 18
South West median daily rate £400 £300 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -4.00% -8.76%
10th Percentile £124 £121 £150
90th Percentile £575 £625 £453
England median daily rate £375 £348 £350
% change year-on-year +7.76% -0.57% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 10 1
South West median hourly rate £18.50 £41.53 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.45% +137.31% -20.45%
10th Percentile £15.96 £29.08 £16.75
90th Percentile £19.63 £56.80 £18.25
England median hourly rate £17.50 £17.46 £18.00
% change year-on-year +0.26% -3.03% -9.32%

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 2,192 1,527 1,699
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 34.48% 27.73% 31.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,240 770 990
South West median daily rate £470 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.90% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £300 £250 £231
90th Percentile £626 £575 £563
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +3.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 162 106 132
South West median hourly rate £42.25 £41.27 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.39% +3.16% +10.34%
10th Percentile £15.55 £16.88 £16.78
90th Percentile £52.50 £48.75 £53.63
England median hourly rate £36.00 £22.66 £29.00
% change year-on-year +58.87% -21.86% +9.43%

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 18 August 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
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 18 August 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 -24 27 £400 +33.33% 5
Gloucestershire -10 23 £500 +14.29% 6
Bristol +22 22 £450 -10.10% 20
Cornwall +6 5 £260 +4.00% 2
Dorset 0 5 - - 14
Somerset +5 4 £194 - 13
Devon -18 1 £275 +150.00% 6
Microsoft Certification
England

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 75 (85.23%) Microsoft
2 53 (60.23%) Windows
3 49 (55.68%) MCSE
4 48 (54.55%) MCSA
5 47 (53.41%) Active Directory
6 40 (45.45%) Windows Server
7 36 (40.91%) ITIL
8 34 (38.64%) Security Cleared
9 33 (37.50%) VMware
10 31 (35.23%) MCP
11 30 (34.09%) PowerShell
11 30 (34.09%) SCCM
12 28 (31.82%) VMware Infrastructure
13 21 (23.86%) SCOM
14 20 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
15 19 (21.59%) ITIL V3
15 19 (21.59%) Agile Software Development
15 19 (21.59%) Oracle
15 19 (21.59%) Windows 10
15 19 (21.59%) Problem-Solving
16 18 (20.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
16 18 (20.45%) DNS
16 18 (20.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 17 (19.32%) Software Engineering
17 17 (19.32%) Windows Server 2012
17 17 (19.32%) Hyper-V
17 17 (19.32%) DHCP
17 17 (19.32%) Migration
17 17 (19.32%) vCenter Server
18 16 (18.18%) HP

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 11 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 7 (7.95%) Confluence
2 7 (7.95%) Skype for Business
3 5 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2007
3 5 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (5.68%) SharePoint
4 4 (4.55%) IBM Notes
5 3 (3.41%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 10 (11.36%) Microsoft Excel
1 10 (11.36%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (4.55%) Acrobat
3 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.14%) Aareon QL
1 1 (1.14%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 20 (22.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (15.91%) Office 365
3 8 (9.09%) PaaS
4 7 (7.95%) Amazon AWS
5 5 (5.68%) Azure Active Directory
5 5 (5.68%) IaaS
5 5 (5.68%) Power Platform
6 4 (4.55%) Dynamics 365
6 4 (4.55%) PowerApps
6 4 (4.55%) SaaS
7 3 (3.41%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 18 (20.45%) DNS
2 17 (19.32%) DHCP
3 10 (11.36%) SAN
4 7 (7.95%) Remote Desktop
4 7 (7.95%) Skype
5 6 (6.82%) Internet
5 6 (6.82%) TCP/IP
6 4 (4.55%) LAN
7 3 (3.41%) Firewall
7 3 (3.41%) Network Security
7 3 (3.41%) SMTP
7 3 (3.41%) VSAN
8 2 (2.27%) VPN
8 2 (2.27%) WAN
9 1 (1.14%) Intrusion Detection
9 1 (1.14%) IPsec
9 1 (1.14%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (11.36%) Relational Database
2 5 (5.68%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.14%) Big Data
4 1 (1.14%) MySQL
4 1 (1.14%) OLAP
4 1 (1.14%) Power BI
4 1 (1.14%) SAP BW
4 1 (1.14%) SAP Data Services
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (10.23%) HP UFT
1 9 (10.23%) LoadRunner
2 6 (6.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 6 (6.82%) JIRA
3 3 (3.41%) Bitbucket
3 3 (3.41%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.14%) AdminStudio
4 1 (1.14%) GitLab
4 1 (1.14%) InstallShield
4 1 (1.14%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.14%) MSI
4 1 (1.14%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (6.82%) Finance
2 5 (5.68%) Public Sector
3 3 (3.41%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 14 (15.91%) Analyst
2 11 (12.50%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 10 (11.36%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 9 (10.23%) Wintel Engineer
5 8 (9.09%) Architect
6 7 (7.95%) Test Analyst
7 6 (6.82%) 2nd Line Support
7 6 (6.82%) Automation Engineer
8 5 (5.68%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
8 5 (5.68%) PowerShell Engineer
8 5 (5.68%) Support Engineer
8 5 (5.68%) Technical Analyst
9 4 (4.55%) Azure Architect
9 4 (4.55%) Microsoft Solutions Architect
9 4 (4.55%) Senior Technician
9 4 (4.55%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (4.55%) Support Analyst
9 4 (4.55%) Technical Test Analyst
9 4 (4.55%) Wintel Specialist
10 3 (3.41%) Cloud Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.68%) REST
2 4 (4.55%) HTML
3 3 (3.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 14 (15.91%) Data Centre
2 12 (13.64%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (10.23%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (6.82%) Hybrid Cloud
4 6 (6.82%) Public Cloud
5 5 (5.68%) Blackberry
6 4 (4.55%) Driving Licence
7 2 (2.27%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (2.27%) Management Information System
7 2 (2.27%) Replication
7 2 (2.27%) Security Operations Centre
7 2 (2.27%) VxBlock/Vblock
7 2 (2.27%) Wiki
8 1 (1.14%) PKI
8 1 (1.14%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 53 (60.23%) Windows
2 40 (45.45%) Windows Server
3 19 (21.59%) Windows 10
4 17 (19.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 13 (14.77%) Linux
6 10 (11.36%) Windows 7
7 6 (6.82%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (5.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (2.27%) Android
9 2 (2.27%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.14%) CentOS
10 1 (1.14%) Debian
10 1 (1.14%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (40.91%) ITIL
2 19 (21.59%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (21.59%) ITIL V3
2 19 (21.59%) Problem-Solving
3 18 (20.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 17 (19.32%) Migration
4 17 (19.32%) Software Engineering
5 13 (14.77%) Service Management
6 10 (11.36%) Defect Management
6 10 (11.36%) Test Management
7 9 (10.23%) Deployment Automation
7 9 (10.23%) Infrastructure Automation
7 9 (10.23%) ITSM
7 9 (10.23%) Preventative Maintenance
7 9 (10.23%) Psychology
7 9 (10.23%) Reverse Engineering
8 8 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
8 8 (9.09%) Test Strategy
9 7 (7.95%) Computer Science
9 7 (7.95%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 30 (34.09%) PowerShell
2 14 (15.91%) SQL
3 13 (14.77%) Java
4 10 (11.36%) VB
5 9 (10.23%) C
5 9 (10.23%) PL/SQL
6 3 (3.41%) VBScript
7 2 (2.27%) Python
8 1 (1.14%) Perl
8 1 (1.14%) R
Qualifications
1 49 (55.68%) MCSE
2 48 (54.55%) MCSA
3 34 (38.64%) Security Cleared
4 31 (35.23%) MCP
5 18 (20.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 16 (18.18%) DV Cleared
7 14 (15.91%) Oracle Certification
7 14 (15.91%) SC Cleared
8 11 (12.50%) CCNA
8 11 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
8 11 (12.50%) Degree
9 9 (10.23%) OCP
9 9 (10.23%) SAP Certification
10 5 (5.68%) Computer Science Degree
10 5 (5.68%) ISTQB
10 5 (5.68%) OCA
11 2 (2.27%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (2.27%) CNE
11 2 (2.27%) MCITP
11 2 (2.27%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (17.05%) SLA
System Software
1 47 (53.41%) Active Directory
2 28 (31.82%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (19.32%) Hyper-V
4 11 (12.50%) XenDesktop
5 10 (11.36%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (10.23%) VMware ESXi
6 9 (10.23%) vSphere
7 7 (7.95%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (3.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 3 (3.41%) Virtual Servers
9 2 (2.27%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (1.14%) KVM
10 1 (1.14%) VMware Workstation
10 1 (1.14%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 30 (34.09%) SCCM
2 21 (23.86%) SCOM
3 17 (19.32%) vCenter Server
4 9 (10.23%) HP ALM
4 9 (10.23%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (10.23%) PowerCLI
4 9 (10.23%) SCVMM
5 4 (4.55%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (4.55%) WSUS
6 3 (3.41%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (2.27%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (1.14%) Ansible
8 1 (1.14%) Terraform
Vendors
1 75 (85.23%) Microsoft
2 33 (37.50%) VMware
3 19 (21.59%) Oracle
4 16 (18.18%) HP
5 14 (15.91%) Cisco
5 14 (15.91%) Citrix
6 10 (11.36%) SAP
7 7 (7.95%) Red Hat
8 6 (6.82%) Atlassian
8 6 (6.82%) McAfee
9 5 (5.68%) Adobe
10 4 (4.55%) Lotus
10 4 (4.55%) Symantec
11 2 (2.27%) Avaya
11 2 (2.27%) Forcepoint
11 2 (2.27%) Intel
11 2 (2.27%) Veeam
12 1 (1.14%) DataCore
12 1 (1.14%) PlateSpin
12 1 (1.14%) Proofpoint