Period
to 18 October 2018

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 October 2018 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 781 785 791
Rank change year-on-year +4 +6 -25
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 103 82 103
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.100% 0.082% 0.097%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.54% 0.44% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 52 47
UK median daily rate £155 £150 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - +23.71%
10th Percentile £128 £125 £98
90th Percentile £294 £248 £209
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £155 £151
% change year-on-year -3.23% +2.48% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 11 25
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.38% +4.92% -
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.00 £12.55
90th Percentile £35.00 £28.24 £18.62
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £13.85 £15.25
% change year-on-year +26.35% -9.18% -

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 19,162 18,623 22,533
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.59% 18.73% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,346 11,338 13,994
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £245 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.50% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 955 897 850
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +1.85% +17.39%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +13.10%

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 October 2018.

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 October 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Top 15 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 October 2018. 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 +24 91 £155 -3.13% 53
UK excluding London +15 75 £150 -3.23% 45
London -17 26 £180 +8.76% 9
Midlands +2 18 £131 - 6
West Midlands -3 16 £138 - 4
North of England -19 16 £225 - 22
South East -11 15 £155 +3.33% 9
East of England +1 12 - - 5
North West -10 10 £225 - 17
Northern Ireland - 7 - -
Yorkshire -16 5 - - 2
South West -19 4 £130 -18.75% 3
Scotland -15 3 - - 1
East Midlands - 2 £125 - 2
North East -2 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 18 October 2018, 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 63 (61.17%) Windows
2 58 (56.31%) Microsoft
3 50 (48.54%) Microsoft Office
4 45 (43.69%) Active Directory
5 39 (37.86%) Apple
5 39 (37.86%) ITIL
6 35 (33.98%) Microsoft Certification
7 31 (30.10%) Office 365
8 30 (29.13%) Windows 10
9 29 (28.16%) ITSM
10 28 (27.18%) Windows 7
11 27 (26.21%) Apple iOS
12 26 (25.24%) ServiceNow
13 25 (24.27%) SCCM
14 24 (23.30%) Android
15 22 (21.36%) SLA
16 20 (19.42%) Mac OS
17 19 (18.45%) Asset Management
17 19 (18.45%) MCP
18 18 (17.48%) LAN
19 17 (16.50%) MCSA
19 17 (16.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
19 17 (16.50%) Analytical Skills
19 17 (16.50%) OneDrive
19 17 (16.50%) Continuous Improvement
19 17 (16.50%) Break/Fix
20 16 (15.53%) Software Deployment
20 16 (15.53%) MCSE
20 16 (15.53%) WAN
21 15 (14.56%) Problem-Solving

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 (3.88%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.91%) IBM Notes
2 3 (2.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.94%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.97%) WordPress
Applications
1 50 (48.54%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (5.83%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (4.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.94%) Acrobat
4 2 (1.94%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.97%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 31 (30.10%) Office 365
2 17 (16.50%) OneDrive
3 2 (1.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.97%) G Suite
4 1 (0.97%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 18 (17.48%) LAN
2 16 (15.53%) WAN
3 12 (11.65%) DNS
3 12 (11.65%) TCP/IP
4 10 (9.71%) Firewall
5 9 (8.74%) Remote Desktop
5 9 (8.74%) SAN
6 8 (7.77%) DHCP
7 7 (6.80%) Network Security
7 7 (6.80%) VLAN
7 7 (6.80%) VPN
8 6 (5.83%) Internet
8 6 (5.83%) VoIP
9 3 (2.91%) Ethernet
9 3 (2.91%) Wireless
10 2 (1.94%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (1.94%) Skype
10 2 (1.94%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.94%) WLAN
11 1 (0.97%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.91%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.97%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (0.97%) Crystal Reports
General
1 14 (13.59%) Finance
2 12 (11.65%) Marketing
3 5 (4.85%) Banking
3 5 (4.85%) Retail
4 3 (2.91%) Electronics
4 3 (2.91%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.94%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.97%) Advertising
6 1 (0.97%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.97%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.97%) Military
6 1 (0.97%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.97%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (26.21%) Support Engineer
2 22 (21.36%) Analyst
3 17 (16.50%) Desktop Support
4 14 (13.59%) 2nd Line Support
5 10 (9.71%) Support Analyst
6 9 (8.74%) 1st/2nd Line Support
6 9 (8.74%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 9 (8.74%) Service Analyst
6 9 (8.74%) Service Desk Analyst
7 7 (6.80%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 7 (6.80%) Technical Support
8 6 (5.83%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 6 (5.83%) Cisco Specialist
8 6 (5.83%) Customer Engineer
8 6 (5.83%) Implementation Specialist
8 6 (5.83%) IT Engineer
8 6 (5.83%) Junior
9 5 (4.85%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
9 5 (4.85%) Deskside Engineer
9 5 (4.85%) Senior Customer Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.91%) J2EE
1 3 (2.91%) Java EE
1 3 (2.91%) JSON
1 3 (2.91%) OAuth
1 3 (2.91%) OpenID
1 3 (2.91%) REST
1 3 (2.91%) SOAP
2 2 (1.94%) Middleware
3 1 (0.97%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 17 (16.50%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (12.62%) Data Centre
3 12 (11.65%) Smartphone
4 10 (9.71%) Video Conferencing
5 9 (8.74%) iPhone
6 8 (7.77%) Computer Science
7 7 (6.80%) iPad
8 6 (5.83%) Mobile App
9 5 (4.85%) Driving Licence
9 5 (4.85%) EPoS
10 4 (3.88%) Algorithms
10 4 (3.88%) Blackberry
10 4 (3.88%) Data Structures
10 4 (3.88%) Fixed Income
11 3 (2.91%) Management Information System
11 3 (2.91%) User Experience
12 2 (1.94%) Mobile Computing
12 2 (1.94%) Private Cloud
12 2 (1.94%) Self-Motivation
12 2 (1.94%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 63 (61.17%) Windows
2 30 (29.13%) Windows 10
3 28 (27.18%) Windows 7
4 27 (26.21%) Apple iOS
5 24 (23.30%) Android
6 20 (19.42%) Mac OS
7 13 (12.62%) Linux
8 10 (9.71%) Unix
9 7 (6.80%) Mac OS X
10 5 (4.85%) Windows 8
11 3 (2.91%) Windows Mobile
11 3 (2.91%) Windows Server
12 2 (1.94%) MVS
13 1 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (37.86%) ITIL
2 29 (28.16%) ITSM
3 19 (18.45%) Asset Management
4 17 (16.50%) Break/Fix
4 17 (16.50%) Continuous Improvement
5 16 (15.53%) Software Deployment
6 15 (14.56%) Problem-Solving
7 14 (13.59%) Matrix Organization
8 10 (9.71%) Service Management
9 9 (8.74%) Incident Management
9 9 (8.74%) Service Delivery
10 7 (6.80%) Security Patching
10 7 (6.80%) Threat Detection
11 6 (5.83%) Decision-Making
11 6 (5.83%) PRINCE2
12 5 (4.85%) Disaster Recovery
12 5 (4.85%) ITIL V3
12 5 (4.85%) SOA
12 5 (4.85%) Statistics
13 4 (3.88%) Functional Programming
Programming Languages
1 8 (7.77%) Java
2 4 (3.88%) APL
2 4 (3.88%) C#
2 4 (3.88%) C++
2 4 (3.88%) Scala
2 4 (3.88%) SQL
3 1 (0.97%) C
3 1 (0.97%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 35 (33.98%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (18.45%) MCP
3 17 (16.50%) MCSA
4 16 (15.53%) MCSE
5 14 (13.59%) MCDST
6 13 (12.62%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (12.62%) NVQ Level 3
7 11 (10.68%) Degree
8 8 (7.77%) Network+ Certification
9 7 (6.80%) CCNP
9 7 (6.80%) SC Cleared
9 7 (6.80%) Security Cleared
10 6 (5.83%) CCNA
11 5 (4.85%) Computer Science Degree
12 3 (2.91%) HNC
13 2 (1.94%) MCITP
14 1 (0.97%) ACDT
14 1 (0.97%) ACHDS
14 1 (0.97%) ACTC
14 1 (0.97%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (21.36%) SLA
2 3 (2.91%) PSD2
3 1 (0.97%) GDPR
System Software
1 45 (43.69%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.80%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.94%) Terminal Services
3 2 (1.94%) Virtual Desktop
3 2 (1.94%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.97%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.97%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (0.97%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.97%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 25 (24.27%) SCCM
2 17 (16.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (0.97%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 58 (56.31%) Microsoft
2 39 (37.86%) Apple
3 26 (25.24%) ServiceNow
4 13 (12.62%) Cisco
5 11 (10.68%) Google
6 8 (7.77%) Juniper
7 7 (6.80%) CheckPoint
7 7 (6.80%) Citrix
8 6 (5.83%) Mitel
9 5 (4.85%) Avaya
10 4 (3.88%) Adobe
10 4 (3.88%) Dell
10 4 (3.88%) Oracle
11 3 (2.91%) Lotus
11 3 (2.91%) VMware
12 2 (1.94%) McAfee
12 2 (1.94%) Remedy
13 1 (0.97%) Bloomberg
13 1 (0.97%) HP
13 1 (0.97%) Sophos