Period
to 23 April 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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 821 797 815
Rank change year-on-year -24 +18 -99
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 56 41 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.055% 0.045% 0.073%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 0.22% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 18 33
UK median daily rate £200 £141 £145
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +41.59% -2.59% -17.14%
10th Percentile £108 £108 £80
90th Percentile £315 £192 £237
UK excluding London median daily rate £209 £143 £180
% change year-on-year +46.49% -20.83% -25.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 12 31
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £13.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.85% - -17.56%
10th Percentile £9.78 £11.50 £9.00
90th Percentile £15.85 £16.10 £17.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.83 £13.00 £14.13
% change year-on-year -1.31% -7.96% -6.61%

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 19,368 18,843 22,562
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.16% 20.48% 21.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,659 11,929 13,956
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £238 £252 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £386
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.76% +2.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 860 928 901
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £29.92 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.79% +3.17% +45.00%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.51 £52.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £32.50
% change year-on-year -16.44% -7.94% +60.49%

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 23 April 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
Top 12 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 23 April 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 -21 54 £200 +41.59% 351
UK excluding London -47 31 £209 +46.49% 357
London -40 23 £200 +70.21% 20
South East -14 11 £250 +42.86% 77
East of England -3 10 £145 +5.45% 41
North of England +3 4 £93 - 120
South West +3 3 - - 25
Midlands -9 3 £275 +83.33% 68
North West - 3 £93 - 68
West Midlands +1 2 - - 47
Yorkshire -14 1 - - 38
East Midlands - 1 £275 - 21

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 34 (60.71%) Windows
2 33 (58.93%) Microsoft
3 27 (48.21%) Active Directory
3 27 (48.21%) Microsoft Office
4 25 (44.64%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (41.07%) SCCM
6 22 (39.29%) ITIL
7 19 (33.93%) Windows 7
8 17 (30.36%) DNS
9 15 (26.79%) MCP
9 15 (26.79%) Windows Server
10 14 (25.00%) TCP/IP
11 13 (23.21%) DHCP
11 13 (23.21%) MCSA
11 13 (23.21%) LAN
11 13 (23.21%) Office 365
12 12 (21.43%) Wireless
13 11 (19.64%) Network+ Certification
13 11 (19.64%) MCSE
13 11 (19.64%) CCNA
13 11 (19.64%) Cisco Certification
13 11 (19.64%) Windows Server 2008
14 10 (17.86%) Windows 10
14 10 (17.86%) WAN
15 9 (16.07%) MS Exchange
15 9 (16.07%) Mac OS X
15 9 (16.07%) Android
15 9 (16.07%) Degree
15 9 (16.07%) Problem-Solving
16 8 (14.29%) MCITP

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 9 (16.07%) MS Exchange
2 6 (10.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (8.93%) IIS
4 4 (7.14%) SharePoint
5 3 (5.36%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (5.36%) Skype for Business
6 1 (1.79%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 27 (48.21%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (10.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (8.93%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.79%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.79%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.79%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 13 (23.21%) Office 365
2 5 (8.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (7.14%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.79%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (30.36%) DNS
2 14 (25.00%) TCP/IP
3 13 (23.21%) DHCP
3 13 (23.21%) LAN
4 12 (21.43%) Wireless
5 10 (17.86%) WAN
6 8 (14.29%) VPN
7 6 (10.71%) Remote Desktop
8 5 (8.93%) Internet
9 4 (7.14%) Skype
9 4 (7.14%) SMS
10 3 (5.36%) WebEx
11 2 (3.57%) Firewall
12 1 (1.79%) Cisco IOS
12 1 (1.79%) IPv6
12 1 (1.79%) PBX
12 1 (1.79%) SMTP
12 1 (1.79%) VoIP
12 1 (1.79%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.36%) Amazon RDS
2 1 (1.79%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.79%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (1.79%) MSI
General
1 7 (12.50%) Finance
1 7 (12.50%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.36%) Banking
2 3 (5.36%) Electronics
3 2 (3.57%) German Language
3 2 (3.57%) Investment Banking
3 2 (3.57%) Publishing
4 1 (1.79%) Legal
4 1 (1.79%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.79%) Marketing
4 1 (1.79%) Retail
Job Titles
1 13 (23.21%) Analyst
1 13 (23.21%) Desktop Support
1 13 (23.21%) Support Engineer
2 8 (14.29%) IT Support
3 6 (10.71%) IT Analyst
3 6 (10.71%) Windows Engineer
4 5 (8.93%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 5 (8.93%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (8.93%) Desktop Engineer
4 5 (8.93%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 5 (8.93%) IT Technician
4 5 (8.93%) Windows Support Engineer
5 4 (7.14%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (7.14%) Active Directory Support
5 4 (7.14%) IT Engineer
5 4 (7.14%) IT Support Analyst
5 4 (7.14%) Service Analyst
5 4 (7.14%) Service Desk Analyst
5 4 (7.14%) Support Analyst
5 4 (7.14%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.14%) Web Services
2 1 (1.79%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.71%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.93%) Computer Science
2 5 (8.93%) Data Centre
3 4 (7.14%) iPhone
3 4 (7.14%) Smartphone
3 4 (7.14%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (5.36%) Blackberry
4 3 (5.36%) Fat Client
4 3 (5.36%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (5.36%) Thin Client
5 2 (3.57%) NHS
5 2 (3.57%) PMI
5 2 (3.57%) Wiki
6 1 (1.79%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.79%) iSeries
6 1 (1.79%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 34 (60.71%) Windows
2 19 (33.93%) Windows 7
3 15 (26.79%) Windows Server
4 11 (19.64%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (17.86%) Windows 10
6 9 (16.07%) Android
6 9 (16.07%) Mac OS X
7 8 (14.29%) Apple iOS
8 7 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (8.93%) Linux
9 5 (8.93%) Windows 8
10 4 (7.14%) Mac OS
11 2 (3.57%) Windows XP
12 1 (1.79%) Solaris
12 1 (1.79%) Ubuntu
12 1 (1.79%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (39.29%) ITIL
2 9 (16.07%) Problem-Solving
3 8 (14.29%) Problem Management
4 6 (10.71%) Break/Fix
4 6 (10.71%) Root Cause Analysis
5 5 (8.93%) PRINCE2
6 4 (7.14%) Application Packaging
6 4 (7.14%) Mobile Device Management
6 4 (7.14%) OCR
6 4 (7.14%) Process Improvement
6 4 (7.14%) Project Management
6 4 (7.14%) Trend Analysis
7 3 (5.36%) Asset Management
7 3 (5.36%) Data Protection
7 3 (5.36%) ITSM
7 3 (5.36%) Programme Management
7 3 (5.36%) Software Distribution
8 2 (3.57%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (3.57%) Migration
8 2 (3.57%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (8.93%) PowerShell
1 5 (8.93%) SQL
2 1 (1.79%) C
2 1 (1.79%) VB
2 1 (1.79%) VBA
Qualifications
1 25 (44.64%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (26.79%) MCP
3 13 (23.21%) MCSA
4 11 (19.64%) CCNA
4 11 (19.64%) Cisco Certification
4 11 (19.64%) MCSE
4 11 (19.64%) Network+ Certification
5 9 (16.07%) Degree
6 8 (14.29%) MCITP
7 3 (5.36%) Server+ Certification
8 2 (3.57%) CCNP
8 2 (3.57%) DBS Check
8 2 (3.57%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 2 (3.57%) MCDST
8 2 (3.57%) PMI Certification
8 2 (3.57%) PMP
9 1 (1.79%) CCA
9 1 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.79%) MCTS
9 1 (1.79%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (10.71%) SLA
2 3 (5.36%) GDPR
3 1 (1.79%) PMO
System Software
1 27 (48.21%) Active Directory
2 5 (8.93%) Hyper-V
3 4 (7.14%) BitLocker
3 4 (7.14%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (7.14%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.57%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (1.79%) Firmware
5 1 (1.79%) Terminal Services
5 1 (1.79%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 23 (41.07%) SCCM
2 5 (8.93%) Backup Exec
3 4 (7.14%) SCOM
3 4 (7.14%) WSUS
4 3 (5.36%) Microsoft Intune
5 2 (3.57%) Norton AntiVirus
5 2 (3.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 2 (3.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (1.79%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.79%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 33 (58.93%) Microsoft
2 8 (14.29%) Apple
3 6 (10.71%) Cisco
3 6 (10.71%) Dell
3 6 (10.71%) HP
3 6 (10.71%) Sophos
4 4 (7.14%) Spiceworks
4 4 (7.14%) Veritas
4 4 (7.14%) VMware
5 3 (5.36%) Citrix
5 3 (5.36%) Google
5 3 (5.36%) NETGEAR
5 3 (5.36%) Remedy
6 2 (3.57%) IBM
6 2 (3.57%) Juniper
6 2 (3.57%) Samsung
6 2 (3.57%) Symantec
6 2 (3.57%) Virgin Media
7 1 (1.79%) Novell
7 1 (1.79%) Xerox