Period
to 22 October 2017

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 22 October 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.

CompTIA A+ Certification
UK
6 months to
22 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 789 789 758
Rank change year-on-year 0 -31 -3
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 82 102 134
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.083% 0.097% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.44% 0.46% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 48 45
UK median daily rate £150 £150 £120
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +25.00% -
10th Percentile £125 £98 £83
90th Percentile £246 £203 £435
UK excluding London median daily rate £160 £151 £130
% change year-on-year +5.79% +16.35% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 23 54
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £15.25 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.92% - -4.69%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.40 £11.81
90th Percentile £28.24 £18.68 £18.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.85 £15.25 £15.25
% change year-on-year -9.18% - -2.46%

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 18483 22182 22241
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.60% 21.04% 19.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 11285 13773 13301
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 899 831 1094
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.81
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 22 October 2017.

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 22 October 2017.

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 22 October 2017. 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 -11 66 £160 +8.47% 15
UK excluding London +20 41 £160 +5.79% 10
London -5 27 £166 +14.14% 5
South East +13 16 £170 +47.83% 3
South West +16 10 £160 -
North of England +86 6 - - 3
East of England -41 5 £98 -40.91% 3
Yorkshire +32 3 - -
Midlands +34 2 - - 1
West Midlands +31 2 - - 1
Scotland +10 2 - -
North West - 2 - - 3
North East +70 1 - -

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

1 65 (79.27%) Windows
2 50 (60.98%) Active Directory
3 48 (58.54%) Microsoft
4 47 (57.32%) Microsoft Office
5 43 (52.44%) Microsoft Certification
6 42 (51.22%) ITIL
7 29 (35.37%) Windows 7
8 26 (31.71%) Network+ Certification
9 24 (29.27%) MCP
9 24 (29.27%) MCSE
10 23 (28.05%) TCP/IP
11 21 (25.61%) Service Management
11 21 (25.61%) Management Information System
12 20 (24.39%) Apple iOS
13 18 (21.95%) Wireless
13 18 (21.95%) Finance
13 18 (21.95%) MCSA
14 17 (20.73%) Citrix
15 16 (19.51%) Apple
15 16 (19.51%) MCDST
15 16 (19.51%) Office 365
16 15 (18.29%) Degree
16 15 (18.29%) HNC
16 15 (18.29%) Internet
17 14 (17.07%) Statistics
18 13 (15.85%) Change Management
18 13 (15.85%) LAN
19 12 (14.63%) Java
20 11 (13.41%) Oracle
20 11 (13.41%) Client/Server

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 11 (13.41%) IBM Notes
2 10 (12.20%) MS Exchange
3 6 (7.32%) IIS
4 4 (4.88%) SharePoint
5 3 (3.66%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (2.44%) Skype for Business
7 1 (1.22%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 47 (57.32%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (8.54%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.22%) AutoCAD
4 1 (1.22%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.44%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.22%) Eikon
2 1 (1.22%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 16 (19.51%) Office 365
2 4 (4.88%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.22%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 23 (28.05%) TCP/IP
2 18 (21.95%) Wireless
3 15 (18.29%) Internet
4 13 (15.85%) LAN
5 11 (13.41%) Ethernet
6 9 (10.98%) DNS
7 5 (6.10%) DHCP
7 5 (6.10%) WAN
8 4 (4.88%) iSCSI
8 4 (4.88%) Network Security
8 4 (4.88%) VPN
9 3 (3.66%) WebEx
10 2 (2.44%) Firewall
10 2 (2.44%) IPv6
10 2 (2.44%) SAN
10 2 (2.44%) Skype
10 2 (2.44%) SMTP
10 2 (2.44%) WLAN
11 1 (1.22%) PBX
11 1 (1.22%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.88%) SQL Server
1 4 (4.88%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (4.88%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (2.44%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (1.22%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 1 (1.22%) Git (software)
General
1 18 (21.95%) Finance
2 6 (7.32%) Telecoms
3 5 (6.10%) Banking
4 4 (4.88%) Billing
5 3 (3.66%) Military
6 2 (2.44%) Back Office
6 2 (2.44%) Electronics
6 2 (2.44%) Investment Banking
6 2 (2.44%) Manufacturing
6 2 (2.44%) Marketing
7 1 (1.22%) Front Office
7 1 (1.22%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.22%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 31 (37.80%) Analyst
2 26 (31.71%) Desktop Support
3 20 (24.39%) Service Analyst
3 20 (24.39%) Service Desk Analyst
4 17 (20.73%) Support Engineer
5 13 (15.85%) 2nd Line Support
6 11 (13.41%) Desktop Engineer
6 11 (13.41%) Support Analyst
7 8 (9.76%) IT Support
8 6 (7.32%) Deskside Engineer
8 6 (7.32%) Deskside Support
8 6 (7.32%) Deskside Support Engineer
8 6 (7.32%) Desktop Analyst
8 6 (7.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 5 (6.10%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
9 5 (6.10%) 1st Line Support
9 5 (6.10%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 5 (6.10%) Desktop Technician
9 5 (6.10%) Systems Engineer
10 4 (4.88%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.66%) Web Services
2 2 (2.44%) XMPP
3 1 (1.22%) .NET
3 1 (1.22%) Middleware
3 1 (1.22%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 21 (25.61%) Management Information System
2 11 (13.41%) Blackberry
2 11 (13.41%) Client/Server
3 9 (10.98%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (7.32%) Data Centre
5 5 (6.10%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (3.66%) Computer Science
6 3 (3.66%) Driving Licence
6 3 (3.66%) e-Learning
7 2 (2.44%) NHS
7 2 (2.44%) Wiki
8 1 (1.22%) Derivative
8 1 (1.22%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.22%) Fixed Income
8 1 (1.22%) iPhone
8 1 (1.22%) Market Risk
8 1 (1.22%) Replication
8 1 (1.22%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.22%) Social Media
8 1 (1.22%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 65 (79.27%) Windows
2 29 (35.37%) Windows 7
3 20 (24.39%) Apple iOS
4 8 (9.76%) Windows 10
4 8 (9.76%) Windows XP
5 7 (8.54%) Windows Server
6 5 (6.10%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (6.10%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (4.88%) Android
7 4 (4.88%) Linux
8 3 (3.66%) Mac OS
8 3 (3.66%) Mac OS X
9 2 (2.44%) Ubuntu
9 2 (2.44%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (1.22%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (51.22%) ITIL
2 21 (25.61%) Service Management
3 14 (17.07%) Statistics
4 13 (15.85%) Change Management
5 11 (13.41%) Time Management
5 11 (13.41%) Validation
6 8 (9.76%) Mathematics
7 7 (8.54%) Break/Fix
8 6 (7.32%) Service Delivery
8 6 (7.32%) Software License Management
8 6 (7.32%) Software Licensing
9 5 (6.10%) Asset Management
9 5 (6.10%) Identity Management
9 5 (6.10%) ITIL V3
10 4 (4.88%) Logistics
10 4 (4.88%) Workflow
11 3 (3.66%) Coaching
11 3 (3.66%) Data Analysis
11 3 (3.66%) Document Management
11 3 (3.66%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 12 (14.63%) Java
2 6 (7.32%) C
2 6 (7.32%) SQL
3 5 (6.10%) PowerShell
4 1 (1.22%) C#
4 1 (1.22%) Scala
4 1 (1.22%) VBA
Qualifications
1 43 (52.44%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (31.71%) Network+ Certification
3 24 (29.27%) MCP
3 24 (29.27%) MCSE
4 18 (21.95%) MCSA
5 16 (19.51%) MCDST
6 15 (18.29%) Degree
6 15 (18.29%) HNC
7 11 (13.41%) ACDT
7 11 (13.41%) ACHDS
7 11 (13.41%) ACTC
7 11 (13.41%) MCSM
8 9 (10.98%) Security Cleared
9 8 (9.76%) DCSE
10 7 (8.54%) CCNA
10 7 (8.54%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (7.32%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (7.32%) SC Cleared
12 5 (6.10%) CompTIA Security+
12 5 (6.10%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (13.41%) SLA
System Software
1 50 (60.98%) Active Directory
2 11 (13.41%) Virtual Servers
3 4 (4.88%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (3.66%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (2.44%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.44%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.22%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (7.32%) SCCM
2 4 (4.88%) Backup Exec
3 3 (3.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (2.44%) DameWare
4 2 (2.44%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (2.44%) WSUS
Vendors
1 48 (58.54%) Microsoft
2 17 (20.73%) Citrix
3 16 (19.51%) Apple
4 11 (13.41%) Dell
4 11 (13.41%) Lotus
4 11 (13.41%) Oracle
5 10 (12.20%) Cisco
6 7 (8.54%) VMware
7 6 (7.32%) HP
8 4 (4.88%) Google
8 4 (4.88%) Sophos
9 3 (3.66%) Xerox
10 2 (2.44%) Juniper
10 2 (2.44%) Meru Networks
10 2 (2.44%) Remedy
10 2 (2.44%) SAP
10 2 (2.44%) Symantec
10 2 (2.44%) Veeam
10 2 (2.44%) Veritas
11 1 (1.22%) Siemens