The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 22 June 2017 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
Hampshire / Southampton
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 21 29 20
Rank change year-on-year +8 -9  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 8 2 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 3.90% 0.91% 7.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 18.18% 3.85% 24.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 24
Median daily rate £325 - £363
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 - £340
10% offered a daily rate of more than £329 - £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £340
% change year-on-year -1.53% -4.27%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £24.06 £18.25
% change year-on-year -6.40% +31.83%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton.

Academic & Professional Certification
Southampton
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 44 52 111
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 21.46% 23.64% 31.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 37 81
Median daily rate £388 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £294 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £465 £470
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 14
Median hourly rate £37.50 £12.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +200.00% -16.66%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £29.75 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.24% +23.34%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Southampton citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Southampton

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Southampton

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Southampton

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Southampton region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 7 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (60.00%) MCSE
3 5 (50.00%) Windows
3 5 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (40.00%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (40.00%) Capacity Planning
4 4 (40.00%) SharePoint
4 4 (40.00%) CCNA
4 4 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (40.00%) Commerce Server
5 3 (30.00%) SAN
5 3 (30.00%) Firewall
5 3 (30.00%) CCDP
5 3 (30.00%) Active Directory
5 3 (30.00%) MS Exchange
5 3 (30.00%) Cisco
5 3 (30.00%) CCNP
5 3 (30.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (30.00%) BitLocker
5 3 (30.00%) Windows 10
5 3 (30.00%) Windows Server
5 3 (30.00%) CCSA
5 3 (30.00%) Data Encryption
6 2 (20.00%) VMware
6 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (20.00%) Citrix
6 2 (20.00%) MCSA
6 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
6 2 (20.00%) Migration
6 2 (20.00%) NetApp

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Southampton 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 4 (40.00%) Commerce Server
1 4 (40.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (30.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (30.00%) MS Exchange
3 1 (10.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (10.00%) AutoCAD
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (30.00%) Firewall
1 3 (30.00%) SAN
2 1 (10.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (10.00%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (10.00%) Banking
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (40.00%) Resource Manager
2 2 (20.00%) Consultant
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Support
2 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Support Specialist
2 2 (20.00%) Support Specialist
3 1 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (10.00%) IT Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Network Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Network Infrastructure Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Project Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Data Centre
1 1 (10.00%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 5 (50.00%) Windows
1 5 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (30.00%) Windows 10
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (10.00%) Linux
4 1 (10.00%) Unix
4 1 (10.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) Capacity Planning
2 3 (30.00%) Data Encryption
3 2 (20.00%) Migration
4 1 (10.00%) ITIL
4 1 (10.00%) Kalman Filter
4 1 (10.00%) Network Management
4 1 (10.00%) PRINCE2
4 1 (10.00%) Process Management
4 1 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (10.00%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (60.00%) MCSE
2 4 (40.00%) CCNA
2 4 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (30.00%) CCDP
3 3 (30.00%) CCNP
3 3 (30.00%) CCSA
4 2 (20.00%) MCSA
5 1 (10.00%) A+ Certification
5 1 (10.00%) HNC
5 1 (10.00%) HND
5 1 (10.00%) MCITP
5 1 (10.00%) Network+ Certification
5 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
5 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
5 1 (10.00%) VCAP
5 1 (10.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 3 (30.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (30.00%) BitLocker
2 1 (10.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (10.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 7 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) Cisco
3 2 (20.00%) CheckPoint
3 2 (20.00%) Citrix
3 2 (20.00%) NetApp
3 2 (20.00%) VMware
4 1 (10.00%) Symantec