Period
to 17 November 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 17 November 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
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 787 789 754
Rank change year-on-year +2 -35 +5
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 91 105 139
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.089% 0.099% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.48% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 46 50
UK median daily rate £150 £148 £143
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.69% +3.51% +18.75%
10th Percentile £125 £104 £83
90th Percentile £266 £178 £432
UK excluding London median daily rate £150 £145 £165
% change year-on-year +3.45% -12.12% +34.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 30 59
UK median hourly rate £14.93 £13.60 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.74% -10.82% -3.30%
10th Percentile £10.88 £11.35 £11.25
90th Percentile £28.11 £17.63 £18.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.43 £13.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year +3.27% -14.75% -

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 19215 21966 22712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.69% 20.73% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 11759 13662 13661
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £382
% change year-on-year +3.23% +1.44% +3.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 916 873 1092
UK median hourly rate £26.55 £26.00 £24.27
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.13% +7.12% +27.75%
10th Percentile £12.04 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +5.56% +8.00% +31.58%

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 17 November 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 17 November 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 17 November 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 -2 75 £160 +12.28% 10
UK excluding London +12 47 £150 +3.45% 6
London -10 30 £185 +27.59% 5
South East +3 17 £155 +34.78% 1
South West +5 11 £160 -
East of England -30 9 £145 -12.12% 1
North of England +63 6 - - 2
Yorkshire +32 3 - -
Midlands +21 2 - - 1
West Midlands +19 2 - - 1
Scotland -10 2 - -
North West - 2 - - 2
North East +65 1 - -

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 72 (79.12%) Windows
2 56 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 56 (61.54%) Active Directory
3 55 (60.44%) Microsoft Office
4 49 (53.85%) Microsoft Certification
5 45 (49.45%) ITIL
6 34 (37.36%) Windows 7
7 27 (29.67%) Network+ Certification
7 27 (29.67%) MCP
7 27 (29.67%) MCSE
8 25 (27.47%) TCP/IP
9 22 (24.18%) Apple iOS
10 21 (23.08%) MCSA
10 21 (23.08%) Management Information System
10 21 (23.08%) Service Management
11 20 (21.98%) Wireless
11 20 (21.98%) Finance
12 19 (20.88%) Office 365
13 17 (18.68%) LAN
13 17 (18.68%) Citrix
13 17 (18.68%) Apple
13 17 (18.68%) Degree
14 16 (17.58%) MCDST
14 16 (17.58%) Internet
15 15 (16.48%) HNC
16 14 (15.38%) Dell
16 14 (15.38%) Statistics
17 13 (14.29%) MS Exchange
17 13 (14.29%) Change Management
18 12 (13.19%) Blackberry

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 13 (14.29%) MS Exchange
2 11 (12.09%) IBM Notes
3 6 (6.59%) IIS
3 6 (6.59%) SharePoint
4 4 (4.40%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (3.30%) Exchange Server 2010
5 3 (3.30%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 55 (60.44%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (9.89%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (3.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.10%) AutoCAD
4 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.10%) Eikon
2 1 (1.10%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 19 (20.88%) Office 365
2 4 (4.40%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.10%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 25 (27.47%) TCP/IP
2 20 (21.98%) Wireless
3 17 (18.68%) LAN
4 16 (17.58%) Internet
5 11 (12.09%) DNS
5 11 (12.09%) Ethernet
6 6 (6.59%) DHCP
6 6 (6.59%) WAN
7 5 (5.49%) VPN
8 4 (4.40%) iSCSI
8 4 (4.40%) Network Security
8 4 (4.40%) Skype
8 4 (4.40%) WebEx
9 2 (2.20%) Firewall
9 2 (2.20%) IPv6
9 2 (2.20%) PBX
9 2 (2.20%) SAN
9 2 (2.20%) SMTP
9 2 (2.20%) VoIP
9 2 (2.20%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.40%) SQL Server
1 4 (4.40%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (4.40%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (2.20%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (1.10%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 1 (1.10%) Git (software)
General
1 20 (21.98%) Finance
2 8 (8.79%) Telecoms
3 7 (7.69%) Banking
4 3 (3.30%) Billing
4 3 (3.30%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.30%) Military
5 2 (2.20%) Back Office
5 2 (2.20%) Electronics
5 2 (2.20%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.20%) Marketing
6 1 (1.10%) Front Office
6 1 (1.10%) German Language
6 1 (1.10%) Multimedia
6 1 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 34 (37.36%) Analyst
2 29 (31.87%) Desktop Support
3 21 (23.08%) Service Analyst
3 21 (23.08%) Service Desk Analyst
4 18 (19.78%) Support Engineer
5 15 (16.48%) 2nd Line Support
6 12 (13.19%) Desktop Engineer
6 12 (13.19%) Support Analyst
7 10 (10.99%) IT Support
8 7 (7.69%) Desktop Analyst
8 7 (7.69%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 6 (6.59%) Deskside Engineer
9 6 (6.59%) Deskside Support
9 6 (6.59%) Deskside Support Engineer
9 6 (6.59%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 5 (5.49%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
10 5 (5.49%) 1st Line Support
10 5 (5.49%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 5 (5.49%) Desktop Technician
10 5 (5.49%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.30%) Web Services
2 2 (2.20%) XMPP
3 1 (1.10%) .NET
3 1 (1.10%) Middleware
3 1 (1.10%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 21 (23.08%) Management Information System
2 12 (13.19%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (13.19%) Blackberry
3 11 (12.09%) Client/Server
4 7 (7.69%) Data Centre
5 6 (6.59%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (3.30%) Computer Science
6 3 (3.30%) Driving Licence
6 3 (3.30%) e-Learning
6 3 (3.30%) iPhone
6 3 (3.30%) Wiki
7 2 (2.20%) NHS
7 2 (2.20%) Smartphone
8 1 (1.10%) Derivative
8 1 (1.10%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.10%) Fixed Income
8 1 (1.10%) Market Risk
8 1 (1.10%) Replication
8 1 (1.10%) Social Media
8 1 (1.10%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 72 (79.12%) Windows
2 34 (37.36%) Windows 7
3 22 (24.18%) Apple iOS
4 9 (9.89%) Windows 10
4 9 (9.89%) Windows Server
5 8 (8.79%) Windows XP
6 7 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (6.59%) Android
7 6 (6.59%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (5.49%) Mac OS X
9 4 (4.40%) Linux
10 3 (3.30%) Mac OS
10 3 (3.30%) Windows 8
11 2 (2.20%) Ubuntu
11 2 (2.20%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (49.45%) ITIL
2 21 (23.08%) Service Management
3 14 (15.38%) Statistics
4 13 (14.29%) Change Management
5 12 (13.19%) Time Management
6 11 (12.09%) Validation
7 9 (9.89%) Break/Fix
8 8 (8.79%) Mathematics
9 6 (6.59%) Software License Management
9 6 (6.59%) Software Licensing
10 5 (5.49%) Asset Management
10 5 (5.49%) Identity Management
10 5 (5.49%) ITIL V3
10 5 (5.49%) Service Delivery
11 4 (4.40%) Root Cause Analysis
11 4 (4.40%) Workflow
12 3 (3.30%) Analytics
12 3 (3.30%) Coaching
12 3 (3.30%) Process Improvement
12 3 (3.30%) Service Desk Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (13.19%) Java
2 7 (7.69%) SQL
3 6 (6.59%) C
4 5 (5.49%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.10%) C#
5 1 (1.10%) Scala
5 1 (1.10%) VBA
Qualifications
1 49 (53.85%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (29.67%) MCP
2 27 (29.67%) MCSE
2 27 (29.67%) Network+ Certification
3 21 (23.08%) MCSA
4 17 (18.68%) Degree
5 16 (17.58%) MCDST
6 15 (16.48%) HNC
7 11 (12.09%) ACDT
7 11 (12.09%) ACHDS
7 11 (12.09%) ACTC
7 11 (12.09%) MCSM
8 9 (9.89%) CCNA
8 9 (9.89%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (8.79%) DCSE
9 8 (8.79%) MCITP
9 8 (8.79%) Security Cleared
10 7 (7.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 6 (6.59%) CompTIA Security+
11 6 (6.59%) Security+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (12.09%) SLA
System Software
1 56 (61.54%) Active Directory
2 11 (12.09%) Virtual Servers
3 4 (4.40%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (3.30%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (2.20%) Hyper-V
5 2 (2.20%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.10%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (12.09%) SCCM
2 4 (4.40%) Backup Exec
2 4 (4.40%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (2.20%) DameWare
3 2 (2.20%) Norton AntiVirus
3 2 (2.20%) WSUS
Vendors
1 56 (61.54%) Microsoft
2 17 (18.68%) Apple
2 17 (18.68%) Citrix
3 14 (15.38%) Dell
4 11 (12.09%) Lotus
4 11 (12.09%) Oracle
5 10 (10.99%) Cisco
6 8 (8.79%) HP
7 7 (7.69%) VMware
8 4 (4.40%) Google
8 4 (4.40%) Sophos
8 4 (4.40%) Xerox
9 3 (3.30%) Remedy
10 2 (2.20%) Avaya
10 2 (2.20%) BT
10 2 (2.20%) Juniper
10 2 (2.20%) Samsung
10 2 (2.20%) SAP
10 2 (2.20%) Symantec
10 2 (2.20%) Veeam