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 3 months to 28 April 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
3 months to
28 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 584 608 555
Rank change year-on-year +24 -53  
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 19 37 86
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.040% 0.066% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.31% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 12 40
Median daily rate £138 £178 £240
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -22.53% -26.04%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £118 £109 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £224 £406
UK excluding London median daily rate £138 £180 £240
% change year-on-year -23.61% -25.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 17 24
Median hourly rate £14.89 £15.25 £17.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.36% -10.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.58 £9.60 £13.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.20 £18.28 £17.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £14.13 £15.13
% change year-on-year - -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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9486 11865 10962
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.12% 21.24% 19.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 5905 7440 6203
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £259 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £534
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.57% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 397 537
Median hourly rate £33.00 £28.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.78% +26.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.49 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.10 £48.14 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +55.55%  

A+ Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing A+ Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 28 April 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
Top 17 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 3 months to 28 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +23 18 £138 -22.53% 13
London +28 7 £133 -10.16%
East of England -2 7 £138 +30.95% 3
Cambridgeshire - 6 £140 -
Cambridge - 6 £140 -
South East +12 2 £120 -31.42% 7
City of London -4 2 £120 -36.84%
Berkshire +20 1 £120 - 1
West Midlands +16 1 - -
Hampshire +13 1 - - 3
Dudley +1 1 - -
South West -4 1 £330 +83.33% 3
Reading - 1 £120 - 1
Essex - 1 £135 -
Devon - 1 £330 - 1
Basingstoke - 1 - -
Basildon - 1 £135 -

For the 6 months to 28 April 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 17 (53.13%) Windows
2 16 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 16 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (40.63%) Microsoft Certification
4 12 (37.50%) Windows 7
5 11 (34.38%) Active Directory
5 11 (34.38%) ITIL
6 9 (28.13%) SLA
7 8 (25.00%) Cisco
8 7 (21.88%) LAN
9 6 (18.75%) MCSE
9 6 (18.75%) CCNA
9 6 (18.75%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (18.75%) Telecoms
9 6 (18.75%) Security Cleared
10 5 (15.63%) Software Distribution
10 5 (15.63%) Network+ Certification
10 5 (15.63%) MCDST
10 5 (15.63%) SCCM
11 4 (12.50%) Dell
11 4 (12.50%) MCSA
11 4 (12.50%) Linux
11 4 (12.50%) VPN
11 4 (12.50%) SC Cleared
11 4 (12.50%) Service Delivery
11 4 (12.50%) Office 365
12 3 (9.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (9.38%) Windows 10
12 3 (9.38%) Windows Server
12 3 (9.38%) Billing

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 2 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2007
1 2 (6.25%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (3.13%) IIS
2 1 (3.13%) SharePoint
Applications
1 16 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (9.38%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (21.88%) LAN
2 4 (12.50%) VPN
3 2 (6.25%) Wireless
4 1 (3.13%) DHCP
4 1 (3.13%) DNS
4 1 (3.13%) Firewall
4 1 (3.13%) Network Security
4 1 (3.13%) PBX
4 1 (3.13%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (3.13%) SAN
4 1 (3.13%) WAN
4 1 (3.13%) WebEx
4 1 (3.13%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (3.13%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.13%) RDBMS
1 1 (3.13%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (6.25%) JIRA
General
1 6 (18.75%) Telecoms
2 3 (9.38%) Banking
2 3 (9.38%) Billing
3 2 (6.25%) Military
4 1 (3.13%) Finance
4 1 (3.13%) Investment Banking
4 1 (3.13%) Local Government
4 1 (3.13%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 14 (43.75%) Analyst
2 10 (31.25%) Support Analyst
3 6 (18.75%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (15.63%) Service Analyst
5 4 (12.50%) Desktop Engineer
5 4 (12.50%) Desktop Support
5 4 (12.50%) Service Desk Analyst
5 4 (12.50%) Support Engineer
5 4 (12.50%) Technical Analyst
5 4 (12.50%) Technical Support
5 4 (12.50%) Technical Support Analyst
6 3 (9.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 2 (6.25%) 1st Line Support
7 2 (6.25%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 2 (6.25%) Developer
7 2 (6.25%) Java Developer
7 2 (6.25%) Support Specialist
7 2 (6.25%) Windows Engineer
8 1 (3.13%) Help Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.13%) CSS
1 1 (3.13%) HTML
1 1 (3.13%) Middleware
1 1 (3.13%) RESTful
1 1 (3.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.38%) Video Conferencing
2 2 (6.25%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.25%) e-Learning
2 2 (6.25%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.13%) Algorithms
3 1 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.13%) Blackberry
3 1 (3.13%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.13%) Data Structures
3 1 (3.13%) Derivative
3 1 (3.13%) Driving Licence
3 1 (3.13%) EPoS
3 1 (3.13%) Fixed Income
3 1 (3.13%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (3.13%) Interest Rate Derivative
3 1 (3.13%) IVR
3 1 (3.13%) Market Risk
3 1 (3.13%) N-Tier
3 1 (3.13%) PDA
3 1 (3.13%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 17 (53.13%) Windows
2 12 (37.50%) Windows 7
3 4 (12.50%) Linux
4 3 (9.38%) Windows 10
4 3 (9.38%) Windows Server
5 2 (6.25%) Mac OS X
5 2 (6.25%) Unix
6 1 (3.13%) MVS
6 1 (3.13%) Windows 8
6 1 (3.13%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (3.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (34.38%) ITIL
2 5 (15.63%) Software Distribution
3 4 (12.50%) Service Delivery
4 3 (9.38%) Logistics
4 3 (9.38%) Mathematics
4 3 (9.38%) Problem Management
5 2 (6.25%) Analytics
5 2 (6.25%) Coaching
5 2 (6.25%) Configuration Management
5 2 (6.25%) Cybersecurity
5 2 (6.25%) Document Management
5 2 (6.25%) Line Management
5 2 (6.25%) Migration
5 2 (6.25%) Process Improvement
5 2 (6.25%) Root Cause Analysis
6 1 (3.13%) Agile Software Development
6 1 (3.13%) Asset Management
6 1 (3.13%) Data Management
6 1 (3.13%) ITSM
6 1 (3.13%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.38%) C
2 2 (6.25%) Java
3 1 (3.13%) APL
3 1 (3.13%) C#
3 1 (3.13%) C++
3 1 (3.13%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.13%) Scala
3 1 (3.13%) SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (40.63%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (18.75%) CCNA
2 6 (18.75%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (18.75%) MCSE
2 6 (18.75%) Security Cleared
3 5 (15.63%) MCDST
3 5 (15.63%) Network+ Certification
4 4 (12.50%) MCSA
4 4 (12.50%) SC Cleared
5 3 (9.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 3 (9.38%) MCP
6 2 (6.25%) CCNP
7 1 (3.13%) CCA
7 1 (3.13%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (3.13%) CompTIA Security+
7 1 (3.13%) Degree
7 1 (3.13%) MCITP
7 1 (3.13%) MCTS
7 1 (3.13%) Postgraduate
7 1 (3.13%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (28.13%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (34.38%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.13%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (15.63%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (25.00%) Cisco
3 4 (12.50%) Dell
4 3 (9.38%) EMC
4 3 (9.38%) IBM
5 2 (6.25%) Apple
5 2 (6.25%) Citrix
5 2 (6.25%) HP
5 2 (6.25%) Xerox
6 1 (3.13%) Adobe
6 1 (3.13%) Altiris
6 1 (3.13%) Google
6 1 (3.13%) Huawei
6 1 (3.13%) Intel Security
6 1 (3.13%) Remedy
6 1 (3.13%) Symantec
6 1 (3.13%) VMware