Period
to 20 February 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for A+ Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 February 2020 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.

CompTIA A+ Certification
UK
6 months to
20 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 656 804 835
Rank change year-on-year +148 +31 -49
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 80 91 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.092% 0.054%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.54% 0.47% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 42 30
UK median daily rate £158 £188 £180
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.00% +4.17% +20.00%
10th Percentile £120 £131 £130
90th Percentile £338 £249 £335
UK excluding London median daily rate £128 £200 £166
% change year-on-year -36.25% +20.48% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 34 11
UK median hourly rate £17.00 £16.75 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.49% +24.07% +3.85%
10th Percentile £14.90 £12.50 £10.75
90th Percentile £27.20 £20.74 £15.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.85 £17.50 £12.00
% change year-on-year -9.43% +45.83% -7.69%

A+ 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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 14,721 19,279 19,215
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.42% 19.43% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,040 11,533 11,790
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £260 £260 £225
90th Percentile £638 £631 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 670 919 858
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.67% +20.00% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.50 £12.55 £12.25
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.05 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £28.62 £26.00
% change year-on-year +15.29% +10.09% -5.45%

A+ Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing A+ Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing A+ Certification over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor daily rate histogram for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing A+ Certification over the 6 months to 20 February 2020.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing A+ Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 20 February 2020. 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
England +141 74 £160 -14.09% 108
UK excluding London +96 46 £128 -36.25% 80
London +125 34 £225 +28.57% 34
South East +87 18 £138 -31.25% 20
Midlands +62 12 £120 -33.33% 19
West Midlands +53 10 - - 11
North of England +46 6 £185 -29.52% 15
North West +26 6 £185 - 9
Scotland - 6 £120 - 3
South West +14 4 - - 7
East Midlands +34 2 £120 -28.36% 8

For the 6 months to 20 February 2020, IT contractor jobs citing A+ 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 with a requirement for A+ Certification.

1 55 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 54 (67.50%) Windows
3 35 (43.75%) Windows 10
4 32 (40.00%) Active Directory
4 32 (40.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 28 (35.00%) MCP
6 25 (31.25%) ITIL
7 23 (28.75%) Microsoft Office
7 23 (28.75%) Office 365
8 21 (26.25%) Windows 7
8 21 (26.25%) Apple
9 19 (23.75%) ITSM
10 18 (22.50%) SLA
10 18 (22.50%) Problem-Solving
11 17 (21.25%) SCCM
12 15 (18.75%) MCSE
13 14 (17.50%) Dell
14 13 (16.25%) Analytical Skills
14 13 (16.25%) Break/Fix
15 12 (15.00%) Network+ Certification
16 11 (13.75%) Remedy
17 10 (12.50%) HP
18 9 (11.25%) Mac OS X
18 9 (11.25%) Degree
19 8 (10.00%) NVQ Level 3
19 8 (10.00%) MCDST
19 8 (10.00%) ITIL Certification
20 7 (8.75%) MCSA
20 7 (8.75%) LAN
20 7 (8.75%) Apple iOS

A+ Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (5.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (3.75%) CMS
3 2 (2.50%) IBM Notes
4 1 (1.25%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 23 (28.75%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (7.50%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (8.75%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 23 (28.75%) Office 365
2 1 (1.25%) Azure
Communications & Networking
1 7 (8.75%) LAN
2 4 (5.00%) DHCP
2 4 (5.00%) DNS
2 4 (5.00%) Internet
3 3 (3.75%) Cisco IOS
3 3 (3.75%) Remote Desktop
3 3 (3.75%) RFID
4 2 (2.50%) Firewall
4 2 (2.50%) Skype
4 2 (2.50%) VoIP
4 2 (2.50%) VPN
4 2 (2.50%) WAN
5 1 (1.25%) Network Security
5 1 (1.25%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.25%) Wireless
5 1 (1.25%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.25%) MySQL
1 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (5.00%) Banking
2 3 (3.75%) Advertising
2 3 (3.75%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.50%) Finance
3 2 (2.50%) Public Sector
4 1 (1.25%) Legal
Job Titles
1 25 (31.25%) Support Engineer
2 24 (30.00%) Analyst
2 24 (30.00%) Desktop Support
3 16 (20.00%) 2nd Line Support
4 12 (15.00%) Desktop Engineer
4 12 (15.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 11 (13.75%) IT Support
5 11 (13.75%) Service Analyst
5 11 (13.75%) Service Desk Analyst
6 9 (11.25%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 8 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 8 (10.00%) IT Engineer
7 8 (10.00%) Support Technician
7 8 (10.00%) Technical Support
8 7 (8.75%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 7 (8.75%) Desktop Support Technician
8 7 (8.75%) Desktop Technician
9 6 (7.50%) IT Support Engineer
9 6 (7.50%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (6.25%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.75%) CSS
1 3 (3.75%) XMPP
2 2 (2.50%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.25%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.50%) Self-Motivation
3 5 (6.25%) Fat Client
3 5 (6.25%) Thin Client
4 3 (3.75%) Blog
4 3 (3.75%) NHS
4 3 (3.75%) User Experience
5 2 (2.50%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.50%) iPhone
5 2 (2.50%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.25%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.25%) iPad
6 1 (1.25%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.25%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 54 (67.50%) Windows
2 35 (43.75%) Windows 10
3 21 (26.25%) Windows 7
4 9 (11.25%) Mac OS X
5 7 (8.75%) Apple iOS
6 6 (7.50%) Mac OS
7 5 (6.25%) Android
8 4 (5.00%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (3.75%) Windows Server
10 2 (2.50%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.50%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (1.25%) Linux
11 1 (1.25%) OS/2
11 1 (1.25%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (31.25%) ITIL
2 19 (23.75%) ITSM
3 18 (22.50%) Problem-Solving
4 13 (16.25%) Break/Fix
5 7 (8.75%) Time Management
6 6 (7.50%) Computer Science
7 5 (6.25%) Application Packaging
7 5 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
8 4 (5.00%) Mobile Device Management
8 4 (5.00%) Service Management
9 3 (3.75%) CRM
9 3 (3.75%) Migration
9 3 (3.75%) Preventative Maintenance
9 3 (3.75%) SEO
9 3 (3.75%) Web Development
10 2 (2.50%) Agile Software Development
10 2 (2.50%) Customer Acquisition
10 2 (2.50%) Fault Analysis
10 2 (2.50%) Information Security
10 2 (2.50%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 4 (5.00%) SQL
2 1 (1.25%) C
2 1 (1.25%) Java
2 1 (1.25%) PHP
2 1 (1.25%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.25%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (40.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (35.00%) MCP
3 15 (18.75%) MCSE
4 12 (15.00%) Network+ Certification
5 9 (11.25%) Degree
6 8 (10.00%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (10.00%) MCDST
6 8 (10.00%) NVQ Level 3
7 7 (8.75%) CompTIA Security+
7 7 (8.75%) MCSA
8 6 (7.50%) ECDL
9 5 (6.25%) ACSP
9 5 (6.25%) Dell Certification
9 5 (6.25%) MCITP
9 5 (6.25%) MCTS
10 3 (3.75%) CCNA
10 3 (3.75%) Cisco Certification
11 2 (2.50%) MOS
12 1 (1.25%) CEH
12 1 (1.25%) GIAC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (22.50%) SLA
2 1 (1.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.25%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 32 (40.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (6.25%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.50%) Firmware
4 1 (1.25%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (1.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (21.25%) SCCM
2 6 (7.50%) AirWatch
3 5 (6.25%) Jamf Pro
3 5 (6.25%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (1.25%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 55 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 21 (26.25%) Apple
3 14 (17.50%) Dell
4 11 (13.75%) Remedy
5 10 (12.50%) HP
6 4 (5.00%) Citrix
6 4 (5.00%) VMware
7 3 (3.75%) Bloomberg
7 3 (3.75%) Cisco
7 3 (3.75%) Demandware
7 3 (3.75%) Hotjar
7 3 (3.75%) Xerox
8 2 (2.50%) Lotus
8 2 (2.50%) SAP
8 2 (2.50%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.50%) Twitter
9 1 (1.25%) IBM