Period
to 18 August 2019

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 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.

CompTIA A+ Certification
UK
6 months to
18 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 788 814 798
Rank change year-on-year +26 -16 +22
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 55 92 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.061% 0.089% 0.072%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.48% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 33 41
UK median daily rate £238 £180 £145
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.94% +24.14% -1.69%
10th Percentile £113 £107 £125
90th Percentile £363 £315 £190
UK excluding London median daily rate £121 £203 £130
% change year-on-year -40.37% +55.77% -17.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 34 10
UK median hourly rate £16.50 £15.85 £16.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.10% -2.55% +6.66%
10th Percentile £12.71 £12.80 £12.84
90th Percentile £23.01 £38.33 £29.29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £15.85 £14.93
% change year-on-year +10.41% +6.20% +5.66%

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 17,261 19,259 18,757
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.11% 18.69% 19.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,458 11,411 11,371
UK median daily rate £473 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £249 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £443 £414 £400
% change year-on-year +6.89% +3.50% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 837 934 950
UK median hourly rate £36.00 £22.93 £29.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.00% -23.14% +8.02%
10th Percentile £13.75 £12.66 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £50.00 £51.18
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £23.00 £31.25
% change year-on-year +63.04% -26.40% +11.61%

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 18 August 2019.

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 18 August 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Top 13 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 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
England +33 51 £238 +31.94% 115
London +50 27 £320 +77.78% 28
UK excluding London +1 26 £121 -40.37% 96
Midlands +22 7 £90 -28.00% 19
North of England +19 6 £110 -51.11% 19
East Midlands +26 4 £90 -67.27% 9
North West +12 4 - - 10
South East +9 4 £174 -26.84% 29
East of England +21 3 £173 - 11
West Midlands +9 3 - - 10
South West -20 3 - - 9
Isle of Man - 3 - -
North East - 2 £110 -

For the 6 months to 18 August 2019, 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 34 (61.82%) Microsoft
2 32 (58.18%) Windows
3 28 (50.91%) Active Directory
4 25 (45.45%) Microsoft Office
4 25 (45.45%) ITIL
5 23 (41.82%) Microsoft Certification
6 22 (40.00%) Windows 7
7 21 (38.18%) Windows 10
8 16 (29.09%) MCSA
9 14 (25.45%) TCP/IP
9 14 (25.45%) ITSM
9 14 (25.45%) Office 365
10 12 (21.82%) Finance
11 11 (20.00%) DNS
11 11 (20.00%) Network+ Certification
12 10 (18.18%) MCSE
12 10 (18.18%) SCCM
13 9 (16.36%) MCP
13 9 (16.36%) DHCP
13 9 (16.36%) Apple
14 8 (14.55%) Migration
14 8 (14.55%) Service Management
14 8 (14.55%) Cisco
14 8 (14.55%) Microsoft Excel
14 8 (14.55%) Degree
14 8 (14.55%) MCDST
14 8 (14.55%) Analytical Skills
14 8 (14.55%) Problem-Solving
15 7 (12.73%) User Experience
15 7 (12.73%) PowerShell

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 6 (10.91%) MS Exchange
2 4 (7.27%) SharePoint
2 4 (7.27%) Skype for Business
3 3 (5.45%) Confluence
4 2 (3.64%) CMS
4 2 (3.64%) IIS
5 1 (1.82%) Drupal
5 1 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 25 (45.45%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (14.55%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (9.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (5.45%) Microsoft Project
4 3 (5.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (5.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.82%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 14 (25.45%) Office 365
2 1 (1.82%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.82%) Amazon S3
2 1 (1.82%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (1.82%) OneDrive
2 1 (1.82%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 14 (25.45%) TCP/IP
2 11 (20.00%) DNS
3 9 (16.36%) DHCP
4 6 (10.91%) HTTP
4 6 (10.91%) Remote Desktop
5 5 (9.09%) Internet
5 5 (9.09%) Skype
6 4 (7.27%) LAN
7 3 (5.45%) WAN
7 3 (5.45%) WebEx
7 3 (5.45%) Wireless
8 2 (3.64%) Ethernet
8 2 (3.64%) SMTP
8 2 (3.64%) SNMP
8 2 (3.64%) VPN
9 1 (1.82%) ADSL
9 1 (1.82%) Broadband
9 1 (1.82%) Firewall
9 1 (1.82%) VoIP
9 1 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.45%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (5.45%) Oracle Database
2 2 (3.64%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (3.64%) MSI
2 1 (1.82%) JIRA
General
1 12 (21.82%) Finance
2 7 (12.73%) Banking
3 5 (9.09%) Marketing
4 4 (7.27%) Legal
5 1 (1.82%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.82%) Publishing
5 1 (1.82%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 23 (41.82%) Desktop Support
2 12 (21.82%) Analyst
3 9 (16.36%) Desktop Engineer
4 8 (14.55%) Support Engineer
5 7 (12.73%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 7 (12.73%) IT Support
5 7 (12.73%) Support Analyst
6 6 (10.91%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (9.09%) Desktop Analyst
7 5 (9.09%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 4 (7.27%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
8 4 (7.27%) Deskside Support
8 4 (7.27%) Service Analyst
9 3 (5.45%) Administrator
9 3 (5.45%) Field Engineer
9 3 (5.45%) Field Service Engineer
9 3 (5.45%) Service Desk Analyst
9 3 (5.45%) Support Specialist
9 3 (5.45%) Technical Analyst
9 3 (5.45%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.82%) AngularJS
1 1 (1.82%) CSS
1 1 (1.82%) GraphQL
1 1 (1.82%) HTML
1 1 (1.82%) Lambda Expressions
1 1 (1.82%) React
1 1 (1.82%) Software Packaging
1 1 (1.82%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 8 (14.55%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (12.73%) User Experience
3 6 (10.91%) Management Information System
4 5 (9.09%) Blackberry
5 4 (7.27%) iPad
5 4 (7.27%) iPhone
5 4 (7.27%) Self-Motivation
5 4 (7.27%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (5.45%) Data Centre
7 2 (3.64%) Client/Server
7 2 (3.64%) Wiki
8 1 (1.82%) Analytical Mindset
8 1 (1.82%) Apple TV
8 1 (1.82%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.82%) NHS
8 1 (1.82%) Thin Client
8 1 (1.82%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 32 (58.18%) Windows
2 22 (40.00%) Windows 7
3 21 (38.18%) Windows 10
4 6 (10.91%) Android
4 6 (10.91%) Apple iOS
4 6 (10.91%) Windows 8
5 3 (5.45%) Linux
5 3 (5.45%) Mac OS X
5 3 (5.45%) Windows Server
6 2 (3.64%) Mac OS
6 2 (3.64%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.82%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (1.82%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (1.82%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (45.45%) ITIL
2 14 (25.45%) ITSM
3 8 (14.55%) Migration
3 8 (14.55%) Problem-Solving
3 8 (14.55%) Service Management
4 6 (10.91%) Asset Management
4 6 (10.91%) Mobile Device Management
4 6 (10.91%) Task Automation
5 5 (9.09%) Break/Fix
5 5 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
5 5 (9.09%) Fintech
6 4 (7.27%) Application Packaging
6 4 (7.27%) Computer Science
6 4 (7.27%) Matrix Organization
6 4 (7.27%) Time Management
7 3 (5.45%) Data Migration
7 3 (5.45%) ETL Development
7 3 (5.45%) IT Asset Management
7 3 (5.45%) Performance Metrics
7 3 (5.45%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 7 (12.73%) PowerShell
2 6 (10.91%) VBScript
3 4 (7.27%) SQL
4 3 (5.45%) ANSI SQL
4 3 (5.45%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.82%) C
5 1 (1.82%) Java
5 1 (1.82%) Python
Qualifications
1 23 (41.82%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (29.09%) MCSA
3 11 (20.00%) Network+ Certification
4 10 (18.18%) MCSE
5 9 (16.36%) MCP
6 8 (14.55%) Degree
6 8 (14.55%) MCDST
7 5 (9.09%) CCNA
7 5 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (5.45%) CNE
8 3 (5.45%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (5.45%) ECDL
8 3 (5.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 3 (5.45%) MCITP
8 3 (5.45%) Novell Certification
9 2 (3.64%) ACDT
9 2 (3.64%) ACHDS
9 2 (3.64%) ACTC
9 2 (3.64%) CompTIA Security+
9 2 (3.64%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.45%) SLA
2 1 (1.82%) GDPR
2 1 (1.82%) QA
System Software
1 28 (50.91%) Active Directory
2 3 (5.45%) Hyper-V
2 3 (5.45%) Virtual Desktop
2 3 (5.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (3.64%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (1.82%) BitLocker
4 1 (1.82%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (1.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 10 (18.18%) SCCM
2 6 (10.91%) Perfmon
2 6 (10.91%) WMI
3 5 (9.09%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (5.45%) AirWatch
5 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (1.82%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 34 (61.82%) Microsoft
2 9 (16.36%) Apple
3 8 (14.55%) Cisco
4 6 (10.91%) Dell
4 6 (10.91%) ServiceNow
5 5 (9.09%) Remedy
6 3 (5.45%) Bomgar
6 3 (5.45%) HP
6 3 (5.45%) Oracle
6 3 (5.45%) TOWER Software
6 3 (5.45%) VMware
7 1 (1.82%) Citrix
7 1 (1.82%) NETGEAR
7 1 (1.82%) Samsung
7 1 (1.82%) Sony
7 1 (1.82%) Symantec