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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 33 37 37
Rank change year-on-year +4 0  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 2 3 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 0.77% 1.05% 3.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.64% 3.61% 24.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 9
Median daily rate £419 £390 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.37% +30.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £394 £298 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £398 £405
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -10.00% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.84 £17.75 £14.00
% change year-on-year +6.14% +26.78%  

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 55 83 70
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 21.07% 29.12% 16.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 69 47
Median daily rate £425 £375 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -4.45%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £275 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £424 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 7
Median hourly rate £15.26 £36.00 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -57.61% +97.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.47 £10.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.13 £40.50 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

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 29 March 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 4 (100.00%) MCSE
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (50.00%) vSphere
3 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (50.00%) CCNA
3 2 (50.00%) Linux
3 2 (50.00%) DNS
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (50.00%) VMware
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (25.00%) AppSense
4 1 (25.00%) Process Management
4 1 (25.00%) Firewall
4 1 (25.00%) Finance
4 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (25.00%) Network+ Certification
4 1 (25.00%) RHCE
4 1 (25.00%) A+ Certification
4 1 (25.00%) SAN
4 1 (25.00%) Red Hat
4 1 (25.00%) Symantec
4 1 (25.00%) Cisco
4 1 (25.00%) IBM
4 1 (25.00%) CCDP
4 1 (25.00%) CCNP
4 1 (25.00%) MCSA

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 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
1 1 (25.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (25.00%) MS Office
1 1 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (50.00%) DNS
2 1 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
2 1 (25.00%) DHCP
2 1 (25.00%) Firewall
2 1 (25.00%) NAS
2 1 (25.00%) Remote Desktop
2 1 (25.00%) SAN
2 1 (25.00%) TCP/IP
2 1 (25.00%) VPN
General
1 1 (25.00%) Banking
1 1 (25.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Consultant
1 2 (50.00%) Infrastructure Consultant
2 1 (25.00%) Desktop Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Desktop Support
2 1 (25.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Network Consultant
2 1 (25.00%) Network Infrastructure Consultant
2 1 (25.00%) Operations Team Leader
2 1 (25.00%) Support Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Team Leader
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
1 1 (25.00%) Driving Licence
1 1 (25.00%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
1 4 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (50.00%) Linux
3 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (25.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (25.00%) Unix
4 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 1 (25.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) ITIL
1 1 (25.00%) ITIL V3
1 1 (25.00%) Kalman Filter
1 1 (25.00%) Network Management
1 1 (25.00%) Network Monitoring
1 1 (25.00%) Operations Management
1 1 (25.00%) Personalization
1 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
1 1 (25.00%) Process Management
1 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
1 1 (25.00%) Web Filtering
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) MCSE
2 2 (50.00%) CCNA
2 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (25.00%) A+ Certification
3 1 (25.00%) CCDP
3 1 (25.00%) CCNP
3 1 (25.00%) MCITP
3 1 (25.00%) MCP
3 1 (25.00%) MCSA
3 1 (25.00%) Network+ Certification
3 1 (25.00%) RHCE
3 1 (25.00%) RHCSA
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (50.00%) vSphere
2 1 (25.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (25.00%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) SCCM
1 1 (25.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (50.00%) VMware
3 1 (25.00%) AppSense
3 1 (25.00%) Cisco
3 1 (25.00%) Citrix
3 1 (25.00%) IBM
3 1 (25.00%) Red Hat
3 1 (25.00%) Symantec