Period
to 20 March 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 20 March 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
20 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 785 847 800
Rank change year-on-year +62 -47 +1
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 85 44 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.088% 0.044% 0.056%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.45% 0.23% 0.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 21 29
UK median daily rate £200 £180 £145
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +24.14% +1.75%
10th Percentile £148 £140 £110
90th Percentile £281 £288 £191
UK excluding London median daily rate £200 £160 £150
% change year-on-year +25.00% +6.67% -25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 9 14
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £13.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.11% +3.85% -
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £20.65 £15.85 £16.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £14.15 £13.00
% change year-on-year +23.72% +8.81% -7.14%

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 18,780 19,333 19,228
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.43% 19.15% 20.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,275 11,732 12,220
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 847 871 911
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.00% -9.09% -0.58%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.45 £50.00 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.71 £27.75
% change year-on-year +2.98% -3.77% -10.19%

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 March 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 20 March 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 20 March 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 +60 79 £200 +11.11% 78
UK excluding London +32 56 £200 +25.00% 62
London +31 23 £186 -12.35% 19
North of England -4 17 £263 +183.78% 14
South East +13 13 £200 +11.11% 17
East of England +10 11 £230 +58.62% 8
Yorkshire +12 8 £263 - 6
Midlands +9 8 £200 -27.27% 15
South West -22 8 £165 - 5
North West +9 7 - - 6
West Midlands -10 5 £200 - 9
East Midlands +26 3 £168 -39.09% 6
North East - 2 - - 2

For the 6 months to 20 March 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 55 (64.71%) Microsoft Office
2 50 (58.82%) Windows
3 48 (56.47%) Microsoft
4 34 (40.00%) Office 365
5 32 (37.65%) Active Directory
5 32 (37.65%) ITIL
6 26 (30.59%) Microsoft Certification
7 23 (27.06%) Windows 7
8 21 (24.71%) Apple iOS
8 21 (24.71%) Windows 10
9 20 (23.53%) Apple
9 20 (23.53%) SCCM
10 19 (22.35%) Continuous Improvement
11 18 (21.18%) MCP
11 18 (21.18%) ITSM
12 16 (18.82%) Mac OS
13 15 (17.65%) ServiceNow
14 14 (16.47%) Android
14 14 (16.47%) OneDrive
15 13 (15.29%) Problem-Solving
15 13 (15.29%) Network+ Certification
16 12 (14.12%) Management Information System
16 12 (14.12%) Analytical Skills
17 11 (12.94%) Marketing
17 11 (12.94%) Asset Management
17 11 (12.94%) Service Management
17 11 (12.94%) MCSE
18 10 (11.76%) MCSA
18 10 (11.76%) Microsoft Excel
18 10 (11.76%) Legal

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 (7.06%) MS Exchange
2 2 (2.35%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (1.18%) Skype for Business
3 1 (1.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 55 (64.71%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (11.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (5.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (3.53%) MS Visio
5 2 (2.35%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 34 (40.00%) Office 365
2 14 (16.47%) OneDrive
3 1 (1.18%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.41%) Wireless
2 6 (7.06%) DNS
2 6 (7.06%) Remote Desktop
3 5 (5.88%) DHCP
3 5 (5.88%) VPN
4 4 (4.71%) WAN
5 2 (2.35%) Internet
5 2 (2.35%) LAN
5 2 (2.35%) PBX
5 2 (2.35%) VoIP
5 2 (2.35%) WebEx
6 1 (1.18%) Cisco IOS
6 1 (1.18%) Firewall
6 1 (1.18%) FTP
6 1 (1.18%) Skype
6 1 (1.18%) SSL
6 1 (1.18%) Structured Cabling
6 1 (1.18%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.18%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (3.53%) Hudson
General
1 11 (12.94%) Marketing
2 10 (11.76%) Legal
3 8 (9.41%) Telecoms
4 4 (4.71%) Finance
5 3 (3.53%) Electronics
6 2 (2.35%) Law
6 2 (2.35%) Publishing
6 2 (2.35%) Retail
7 1 (1.18%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 27 (31.76%) Desktop Support
2 19 (22.35%) Analyst
3 15 (17.65%) Desktop Engineer
3 15 (17.65%) Support Engineer
4 13 (15.29%) Customer Engineer
4 13 (15.29%) IT Support
5 12 (14.12%) Senior Customer Engineer
6 9 (10.59%) Service Analyst
6 9 (10.59%) Service Desk Analyst
7 8 (9.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 8 (9.41%) Support Analyst
8 7 (8.24%) 2nd Line Support
8 7 (8.24%) IT Analyst
8 7 (8.24%) Support Technician
8 7 (8.24%) Technical Support
9 5 (5.88%) Desktop Support Technician
9 5 (5.88%) Desktop Technician
9 5 (5.88%) Field Engineer
9 5 (5.88%) IT Engineer
10 4 (4.71%) IT Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 12 (14.12%) Analytical Skills
1 12 (14.12%) Management Information System
2 10 (11.76%) Driving Licence
3 9 (10.59%) iPhone
3 9 (10.59%) Video Conferencing
4 8 (9.41%) iPad
4 8 (9.41%) User Experience
5 6 (7.06%) Blackberry
5 6 (7.06%) Data Centre
5 6 (7.06%) Fat Client
5 6 (7.06%) Thin Client
6 4 (4.71%) Mobile App
7 3 (3.53%) Self-Motivation
8 2 (2.35%) e-Learning
8 2 (2.35%) EPoS
8 2 (2.35%) Smartcard
8 2 (2.35%) Wiki
9 1 (1.18%) CMDB
9 1 (1.18%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 50 (58.82%) Windows
2 23 (27.06%) Windows 7
3 21 (24.71%) Apple iOS
3 21 (24.71%) Windows 10
4 16 (18.82%) Mac OS
5 14 (16.47%) Android
6 7 (8.24%) Windows 8
6 7 (8.24%) Windows Server
7 4 (4.71%) Mac OS X
8 3 (3.53%) Linux
9 2 (2.35%) Windows Mobile
9 2 (2.35%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (1.18%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (37.65%) ITIL
2 19 (22.35%) Continuous Improvement
3 18 (21.18%) ITSM
4 13 (15.29%) Problem-Solving
5 11 (12.94%) Asset Management
5 11 (12.94%) Service Management
6 8 (9.41%) Matrix Organization
7 7 (8.24%) ITIL V3
7 7 (8.24%) Service Delivery
7 7 (8.24%) Time Management
8 6 (7.06%) Software Deployment
9 5 (5.88%) Application Packaging
9 5 (5.88%) Computer Science
9 5 (5.88%) Migration
10 4 (4.71%) Customer-Centricity
10 4 (4.71%) Mathematics
11 3 (3.53%) Break/Fix
11 3 (3.53%) Line Management
11 3 (3.53%) Process Improvement
12 2 (2.35%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.35%) C
2 1 (1.18%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 26 (30.59%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (21.18%) MCP
3 13 (15.29%) Network+ Certification
4 11 (12.94%) MCSE
5 10 (11.76%) MCSA
6 9 (10.59%) Degree
7 7 (8.24%) CCNA
7 7 (8.24%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (7.06%) CNE
8 6 (7.06%) Novell Certification
8 6 (7.06%) SC Cleared
8 6 (7.06%) Security Cleared
9 5 (5.88%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (5.88%) ECDL
9 5 (5.88%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (4.71%) MCITP
11 3 (3.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 3 (3.53%) MCDST
12 2 (2.35%) CompTIA Security+
12 2 (2.35%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.59%) SLA
2 1 (1.18%) QA
System Software
1 32 (37.65%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.18%) Virtual Machines
2 1 (1.18%) XenApp
2 1 (1.18%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 20 (23.53%) SCCM
2 8 (9.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 48 (56.47%) Microsoft
2 20 (23.53%) Apple
3 15 (17.65%) ServiceNow
4 9 (10.59%) Cisco
5 7 (8.24%) Citrix
6 4 (4.71%) Dell
7 3 (3.53%) HP
8 2 (2.35%) Bomgar
8 2 (2.35%) Samsung
8 2 (2.35%) Sophos
8 2 (2.35%) Xerox
9 1 (1.18%) TOWER Software