Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 793 779 763
Rank change year-on-year -14 -16 -28
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 62 74 104
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.062% 0.076% 0.096%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 0.37% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 30 35
UK median daily rate £169 £153 £130
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.66% +17.31% +1.96%
10th Percentile £130 £110 £80
90th Percentile £316 £189 £383
UK excluding London median daily rate £172 £150 £148
% change year-on-year +14.67% +1.69% +18.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 24 52
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £13.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -14.75% -3.30%
10th Percentile £10.65 £10.45 £11.18
90th Percentile £25.38 £17.18 £18.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.00 £13.00 £15.25
% change year-on-year -7.69% -14.75% -1.61%

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 18,944 19,801 22,099
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.90% 20.43% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,627 12,408 13,368
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £248 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 831 872 1,037
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £25.69 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.39% -6.59% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.42
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 19 January 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 19 January 2018.

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 19 January 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 -20 50 £190 +22.58% 370
UK excluding London -18 30 £172 +14.67% 381
London -32 22 £190 +22.58% 23
South East -23 13 £310 +113.79% 76
East of England -13 7 £145 -12.12% 33
South West +1 4 - - 33
North of England +34 3 - - 123
Scotland -14 2 - - 23
North East +49 1 - - 16
Yorkshire +12 1 - - 37
Midlands +7 1 - - 82
West Midlands +7 1 - - 54
North West - 1 - - 70

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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 52 (83.87%) Windows
2 41 (66.13%) Microsoft
3 39 (62.90%) Active Directory
4 33 (53.23%) Microsoft Office
5 30 (48.39%) Microsoft Certification
6 29 (46.77%) ITIL
6 29 (46.77%) Windows 7
7 21 (33.87%) Network+ Certification
8 19 (30.65%) MCSA
9 18 (29.03%) TCP/IP
9 18 (29.03%) MCP
10 17 (27.42%) Wireless
11 16 (25.81%) MCSE
11 16 (25.81%) Apple iOS
12 15 (24.19%) LAN
12 15 (24.19%) Citrix
12 15 (24.19%) Apple
12 15 (24.19%) Management Information System
13 14 (22.58%) Finance
14 13 (20.97%) Internet
14 13 (20.97%) Office 365
14 13 (20.97%) SCCM
14 13 (20.97%) Degree
15 12 (19.35%) Service Management
15 12 (19.35%) Change Management
16 10 (16.13%) Blackberry
16 10 (16.13%) Cisco Certification
16 10 (16.13%) CCNA
16 10 (16.13%) DNS
16 10 (16.13%) Oracle

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 (14.52%) IBM Notes
2 8 (12.90%) MS Exchange
3 6 (9.68%) IIS
4 5 (8.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (8.06%) SharePoint
5 3 (4.84%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (3.23%) Skype for Business
7 1 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 33 (53.23%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (8.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (6.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.61%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.61%) Eikon
1 1 (1.61%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.61%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 13 (20.97%) Office 365
2 4 (6.45%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.61%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 18 (29.03%) TCP/IP
2 17 (27.42%) Wireless
3 15 (24.19%) LAN
4 13 (20.97%) Internet
5 10 (16.13%) DNS
6 9 (14.52%) Ethernet
7 8 (12.90%) DHCP
8 7 (11.29%) VPN
9 6 (9.68%) WAN
10 5 (8.06%) WebEx
11 4 (6.45%) iSCSI
11 4 (6.45%) Network Security
12 3 (4.84%) Skype
13 2 (3.23%) Remote Desktop
13 2 (3.23%) SAN
14 1 (1.61%) Cisco IOS
14 1 (1.61%) Firewall
14 1 (1.61%) PBX
14 1 (1.61%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server 2014
2 1 (1.61%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 1 (1.61%) Git (software)
General
1 14 (22.58%) Finance
2 5 (8.06%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.23%) Banking
3 2 (3.23%) German Language
4 1 (1.61%) Electronics
4 1 (1.61%) Front Office
4 1 (1.61%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.61%) Multimedia
4 1 (1.61%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 23 (37.10%) Analyst
2 15 (24.19%) Service Analyst
2 15 (24.19%) Service Desk Analyst
3 14 (22.58%) Desktop Support
4 10 (16.13%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (14.52%) Support Engineer
6 8 (12.90%) Desktop Engineer
6 8 (12.90%) IT Support
7 6 (9.68%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 6 (9.68%) Support Analyst
8 5 (8.06%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 5 (8.06%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
8 5 (8.06%) 3rd Line Support
8 5 (8.06%) Desktop Technician
8 5 (8.06%) IT Analyst
8 5 (8.06%) Systems Engineer
9 4 (6.45%) Help Desk Engineer
9 4 (6.45%) Windows Engineer
10 3 (4.84%) Windows Administrator
10 3 (4.84%) Windows Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.84%) Web Services
2 2 (3.23%) XMPP
3 1 (1.61%) Middleware
3 1 (1.61%) SOAP
3 1 (1.61%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 15 (24.19%) Management Information System
2 10 (16.13%) Blackberry
3 9 (14.52%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (14.52%) Client/Server
4 8 (12.90%) Data Centre
5 4 (6.45%) iPhone
6 3 (4.84%) Computer Science
6 3 (4.84%) Smartphone
6 3 (4.84%) Wiki
7 2 (3.23%) Fat Client
7 2 (3.23%) Thin Client
7 2 (3.23%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (1.61%) Data Structures
8 1 (1.61%) Derivative
8 1 (1.61%) Driving Licence
8 1 (1.61%) Fixed Income
8 1 (1.61%) Market Risk
8 1 (1.61%) NHS
8 1 (1.61%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 52 (83.87%) Windows
2 29 (46.77%) Windows 7
3 16 (25.81%) Apple iOS
4 9 (14.52%) Windows 10
4 9 (14.52%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (12.90%) Windows Server
6 7 (11.29%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (9.68%) Windows 8
8 5 (8.06%) Android
8 5 (8.06%) Windows XP
9 3 (4.84%) Mac OS X
10 1 (1.61%) Mac OS
10 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (46.77%) ITIL
2 12 (19.35%) Change Management
2 12 (19.35%) Service Management
3 10 (16.13%) Time Management
4 9 (14.52%) Validation
5 8 (12.90%) Statistics
6 7 (11.29%) Root Cause Analysis
7 5 (8.06%) Identity Management
7 5 (8.06%) Problem Management
8 4 (6.45%) Software License Management
8 4 (6.45%) Software Licensing
8 4 (6.45%) Workflow
9 3 (4.84%) Asset Management
9 3 (4.84%) Break/Fix
9 3 (4.84%) Data Analysis
9 3 (4.84%) IT Asset Management
9 3 (4.84%) Mathematics
9 3 (4.84%) Service Delivery
9 3 (4.84%) Software Distribution
9 3 (4.84%) Task Automation
Programming Languages
1 10 (16.13%) Java
2 6 (9.68%) SQL
3 4 (6.45%) PowerShell
4 1 (1.61%) C
4 1 (1.61%) C#
4 1 (1.61%) Scala
Qualifications
1 30 (48.39%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (33.87%) Network+ Certification
3 19 (30.65%) MCSA
4 18 (29.03%) MCP
5 16 (25.81%) MCSE
6 13 (20.97%) Degree
7 10 (16.13%) CCNA
7 10 (16.13%) Cisco Certification
7 10 (16.13%) MCDST
8 9 (14.52%) ACDT
8 9 (14.52%) ACHDS
8 9 (14.52%) ACTC
8 9 (14.52%) MCITP
8 9 (14.52%) MCSM
9 8 (12.90%) HNC
10 6 (9.68%) CompTIA Security+
11 5 (8.06%) Security Cleared
12 4 (6.45%) SC Cleared
13 3 (4.84%) CCNP
14 2 (3.23%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.45%) SLA
System Software
1 39 (62.90%) Active Directory
2 9 (14.52%) Virtual Servers
3 4 (6.45%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (6.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.23%) Hyper-V
4 2 (3.23%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.61%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (1.61%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (1.61%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (20.97%) SCCM
2 4 (6.45%) Backup Exec
3 2 (3.23%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.61%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.61%) WSUS
Vendors
1 41 (66.13%) Microsoft
2 15 (24.19%) Apple
2 15 (24.19%) Citrix
3 10 (16.13%) Oracle
4 9 (14.52%) Lotus
4 9 (14.52%) VMware
5 7 (11.29%) HP
6 6 (9.68%) Dell
7 4 (6.45%) Cisco
8 2 (3.23%) Google
8 2 (3.23%) Juniper
8 2 (3.23%) Meru Networks
8 2 (3.23%) Samsung
8 2 (3.23%) Sophos
8 2 (3.23%) Symantec
8 2 (3.23%) Veeam
8 2 (3.23%) Veritas
9 1 (1.61%) BT
9 1 (1.61%) Remedy
9 1 (1.61%) Xerox