Period
to 17 August 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 17 August 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
17 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 806 790 804
Rank change year-on-year -16 +14 -48
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 91 68 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.088% 0.071% 0.087%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 0.37% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 40 39
UK median daily rate £180 £143 £145
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.32% -1.72% -14.71%
10th Percentile £107 £125 £91
90th Percentile £315 £190 £242
UK excluding London median daily rate £203 £130 £154
% change year-on-year +55.77% -15.31% -36.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 10 27
UK median hourly rate £15.85 £16.27 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.55% +6.66% -
10th Percentile £12.70 £12.84 £10.00
90th Percentile £38.80 £29.29 £19.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.85 £14.93 £14.13
% change year-on-year +6.20% +5.66% -7.38%

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 19,245 18,606 23,154
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 19.44% 21.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,408 11,277 14,439
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £249 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.50% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 929 946 813
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £29.75 £27.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.53% +7.01% +17.05%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.21 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £31.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -25.81% +10.71% +15.16%

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 August 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 17 August 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Top 14 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 August 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 -15 81 £180 +20.00% 34
UK excluding London +8 63 £203 +55.77% 30
London -21 28 £180 +20.00% 4
South East -5 16 £238 +82.69% 5
Midlands +7 15 £125 - 3
West Midlands -8 13 £110 - 2
East of England -8 11 - - 5
North of England -13 8 £225 - 15
Northern Ireland - 7 - -
North West -8 4 £225 - 15
Yorkshire -11 4 - -
South West -14 3 - - 2
Scotland -40 3 - -
East Midlands - 2 £275 - 1

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 47 (51.65%) Windows
2 42 (46.15%) Microsoft
3 40 (43.96%) ITIL
4 37 (40.66%) Microsoft Office
5 35 (38.46%) Active Directory
6 34 (37.36%) Microsoft Certification
7 27 (29.67%) Apple
8 25 (27.47%) Windows 7
9 23 (25.27%) Office 365
10 22 (24.18%) Android
11 20 (21.98%) MCP
12 19 (20.88%) SLA
12 19 (20.88%) Windows 10
13 18 (19.78%) LAN
13 18 (19.78%) WAN
14 17 (18.68%) DNS
14 17 (18.68%) SCCM
15 16 (17.58%) Cisco
15 16 (17.58%) MCSE
15 16 (17.58%) MCSA
15 16 (17.58%) Finance
16 15 (16.48%) ITSM
16 15 (16.48%) Linux
16 15 (16.48%) TCP/IP
17 14 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
17 14 (15.38%) ServiceNow
17 14 (15.38%) Data Centre
18 13 (14.29%) Break/Fix
18 13 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
18 13 (14.29%) Apple iOS

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 7 (7.69%) MS Exchange
2 3 (3.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 3 (3.30%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.20%) IBM Notes
3 2 (2.20%) IIS
4 1 (1.10%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.10%) SharePoint
Applications
1 37 (40.66%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (6.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (5.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (2.20%) Acrobat
5 1 (1.10%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (1.10%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 23 (25.27%) Office 365
2 5 (5.49%) OneDrive
3 4 (4.40%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (4.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.10%) G Suite
4 1 (1.10%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 18 (19.78%) LAN
1 18 (19.78%) WAN
2 17 (18.68%) DNS
3 15 (16.48%) TCP/IP
4 11 (12.09%) Firewall
5 10 (10.99%) DHCP
6 9 (9.89%) Remote Desktop
6 9 (9.89%) SAN
7 8 (8.79%) Internet
8 7 (7.69%) Network Security
8 7 (7.69%) VLAN
9 6 (6.59%) Wireless
10 5 (5.49%) VPN
11 3 (3.30%) Cisco IOS
11 3 (3.30%) Skype
11 3 (3.30%) VoIP
11 3 (3.30%) WLAN
12 2 (2.20%) Ethernet
12 2 (2.20%) SMS
12 2 (2.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.40%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.30%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (1.10%) MSI
General
1 16 (17.58%) Finance
2 5 (5.49%) Banking
3 4 (4.40%) Electronics
4 3 (3.30%) Financial Institution
4 3 (3.30%) Marketing
4 3 (3.30%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.20%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.20%) Manufacturing
5 2 (2.20%) Publishing
5 2 (2.20%) Retail
6 1 (1.10%) Advertising
6 1 (1.10%) Military
6 1 (1.10%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 21 (23.08%) Support Engineer
2 20 (21.98%) Analyst
3 18 (19.78%) Desktop Support
4 12 (13.19%) Support Analyst
5 8 (8.79%) 2nd Line Support
6 7 (7.69%) Technical Support
7 6 (6.59%) 1st/2nd Line Support
7 6 (6.59%) Cisco Specialist
7 6 (6.59%) Deskside Engineer
7 6 (6.59%) Implementation Specialist
7 6 (6.59%) IT Support
8 5 (5.49%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
8 5 (5.49%) IT Technician
8 5 (5.49%) Junior
8 5 (5.49%) Service Analyst
8 5 (5.49%) Service Desk Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 4 (4.40%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 4 (4.40%) Developer
9 4 (4.40%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.40%) Web Services
2 3 (3.30%) J2EE
2 3 (3.30%) Java EE
2 3 (3.30%) JSON
2 3 (3.30%) OAuth
2 3 (3.30%) OpenID
2 3 (3.30%) REST
2 3 (3.30%) SOAP
3 2 (2.20%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 14 (15.38%) Data Centre
2 13 (14.29%) Video Conferencing
3 11 (12.09%) Smartphone
4 9 (9.89%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (9.89%) Computer Science
5 7 (7.69%) iPhone
6 6 (6.59%) iPad
6 6 (6.59%) Mobile App
7 4 (4.40%) Algorithms
7 4 (4.40%) Blackberry
7 4 (4.40%) Data Structures
7 4 (4.40%) Fixed Income
8 3 (3.30%) PMI
8 3 (3.30%) Wiki
9 2 (2.20%) Management Information System
9 2 (2.20%) Mobile Computing
9 2 (2.20%) Private Cloud
9 2 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (1.10%) Driving Licence
10 1 (1.10%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 47 (51.65%) Windows
2 25 (27.47%) Windows 7
3 22 (24.18%) Android
4 19 (20.88%) Windows 10
5 15 (16.48%) Linux
6 13 (14.29%) Apple iOS
7 11 (12.09%) Mac OS X
8 10 (10.99%) Mac OS
8 10 (10.99%) Windows Server
9 9 (9.89%) Unix
10 5 (5.49%) Windows 8
11 4 (4.40%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (4.40%) Windows Server 2012
12 3 (3.30%) Windows Mobile
13 2 (2.20%) MVS
14 1 (1.10%) Solaris
14 1 (1.10%) Ubuntu
14 1 (1.10%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (43.96%) ITIL
2 15 (16.48%) ITSM
3 13 (14.29%) Break/Fix
4 12 (13.19%) Problem-Solving
5 9 (9.89%) Asset Management
5 9 (9.89%) PRINCE2
5 9 (9.89%) Service Management
6 7 (7.69%) Decision-Making
6 7 (7.69%) Incident Management
6 7 (7.69%) Security Patching
6 7 (7.69%) Threat Detection
7 6 (6.59%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (6.59%) ITIL V3
7 6 (6.59%) Service Delivery
8 5 (5.49%) Disaster Recovery
8 5 (5.49%) Matrix Organization
8 5 (5.49%) Mobile Device Management
8 5 (5.49%) Server Management
8 5 (5.49%) SOA
9 4 (4.40%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 7 (7.69%) Java
2 6 (6.59%) SQL
3 5 (5.49%) PowerShell
4 4 (4.40%) APL
4 4 (4.40%) C#
4 4 (4.40%) C++
4 4 (4.40%) Scala
5 2 (2.20%) C
Qualifications
1 34 (37.36%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (21.98%) MCP
3 16 (17.58%) MCSA
3 16 (17.58%) MCSE
4 14 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (13.19%) MCDST
6 11 (12.09%) Degree
6 11 (12.09%) NVQ Level 3
7 7 (7.69%) CCNA
7 7 (7.69%) CCNP
7 7 (7.69%) Network+ Certification
8 6 (6.59%) SC Cleared
8 6 (6.59%) Security Cleared
9 4 (4.40%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (4.40%) MCITP
9 4 (4.40%) Server+ Certification
10 3 (3.30%) HNC
10 3 (3.30%) PMI Certification
10 3 (3.30%) PMP
11 2 (2.20%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (20.88%) SLA
2 3 (3.30%) GDPR
2 3 (3.30%) PSD2
3 1 (1.10%) PMO
System Software
1 35 (38.46%) Active Directory
2 10 (10.99%) Hyper-V
3 4 (4.40%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (4.40%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (3.30%) Terminal Services
5 2 (2.20%) BitLocker
5 2 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (1.10%) Firmware
6 1 (1.10%) VMware Workstation
6 1 (1.10%) vSphere
6 1 (1.10%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (18.68%) SCCM
2 5 (5.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (3.30%) Backup Exec
3 3 (3.30%) Microsoft Intune
4 2 (2.20%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (2.20%) SCOM
4 2 (2.20%) WSUS
5 1 (1.10%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.10%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (1.10%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 42 (46.15%) Microsoft
2 27 (29.67%) Apple
3 16 (17.58%) Cisco
4 14 (15.38%) ServiceNow
5 11 (12.09%) Google
6 10 (10.99%) Juniper
7 7 (7.69%) CheckPoint
8 5 (5.49%) Citrix
8 5 (5.49%) Dell
8 5 (5.49%) Sophos
9 4 (4.40%) Adobe
10 3 (3.30%) HP
10 3 (3.30%) McAfee
10 3 (3.30%) Mitel
10 3 (3.30%) NETGEAR
10 3 (3.30%) Oracle
10 3 (3.30%) Remedy
10 3 (3.30%) Virgin Media
10 3 (3.30%) VMware
11 2 (2.20%) Spiceworks