Period
to 12 December 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 12 December 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
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 790 818 817
Rank change year-on-year +28 -1 -39
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 107 80 93
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.077% 0.090%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.53% 0.41% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 54 39
UK median daily rate £175 £150 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £130 £127 £105
90th Percentile £288 £297 £176
UK excluding London median daily rate £165 £160 £150
% change year-on-year +3.13% +6.67% -35.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 11 26
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £13.00 £13.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.62% -4.41% -10.82%
10th Percentile £12.50 £10.75 £10.75
90th Percentile £35.95 £26.88 £17.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £12.00 £13.00
% change year-on-year +45.83% -7.69% -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 20,082 19,471 21,335
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.07% 18.84% 20.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,940 11,963 13,352
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £610 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 964 886 859
UK median hourly rate £26.50 £25.69 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.15% -1.19% +4.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.24
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.75 £48.15
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £27.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -1.85% - +7.48%

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 12 December 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 12 December 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 12 December 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 +41 95 £170 +2.72% 67
UK excluding London +20 78 £165 +3.13% 52
London -1 24 £175 -7.89% 18
Midlands +10 21 £140 - 9
West Midlands +1 17 £140 - 6
South East -11 17 £200 +42.86% 12
North of England -15 17 £244 - 16
East of England -1 12 £230 +58.62% 8
North West -11 10 £225 - 3
Northern Ireland - 7 - -
Yorkshire -13 6 £263 - 11
South West -31 5 £165 +3.13% 4
East Midlands - 4 £168 - 3
North East -6 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 67 (62.62%) Windows
2 59 (55.14%) Microsoft Office
3 58 (54.21%) Microsoft
4 43 (40.19%) Apple
5 42 (39.25%) Active Directory
6 40 (37.38%) Microsoft Certification
7 37 (34.58%) Windows 10
8 36 (33.64%) ITIL
9 34 (31.78%) Office 365
10 33 (30.84%) Apple iOS
11 30 (28.04%) SCCM
11 30 (28.04%) ITSM
12 27 (25.23%) Mac OS
13 25 (23.36%) Windows 7
14 24 (22.43%) OneDrive
14 24 (22.43%) MCP
15 23 (21.50%) ServiceNow
15 23 (21.50%) Continuous Improvement
15 23 (21.50%) Android
16 21 (19.63%) SLA
17 20 (18.69%) MCSE
18 18 (16.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 18 (16.82%) Asset Management
19 17 (15.89%) Software Deployment
19 17 (15.89%) Break/Fix
20 16 (14.95%) MCDST
20 16 (14.95%) Cisco Certification
20 16 (14.95%) MCSA
20 16 (14.95%) LAN
21 15 (14.02%) WAN

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 6 (5.61%) MS Exchange
2 3 (2.80%) IBM Notes
3 2 (1.87%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (1.87%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.93%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (0.93%) WordPress
Applications
1 59 (55.14%) Microsoft Office
2 9 (8.41%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (5.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.87%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 34 (31.78%) Office 365
2 24 (22.43%) OneDrive
3 1 (0.93%) G Suite
3 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.93%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 16 (14.95%) LAN
2 15 (14.02%) WAN
3 11 (10.28%) DNS
4 10 (9.35%) Firewall
4 10 (9.35%) TCP/IP
5 9 (8.41%) SAN
5 9 (8.41%) VPN
6 8 (7.48%) DHCP
7 7 (6.54%) Network Security
7 7 (6.54%) VLAN
8 6 (5.61%) VoIP
8 6 (5.61%) Wireless
9 4 (3.74%) Remote Desktop
10 2 (1.87%) Cisco IOS
10 2 (1.87%) Skype
10 2 (1.87%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.87%) WLAN
11 1 (0.93%) Ethernet
11 1 (0.93%) FTP
11 1 (0.93%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (0.93%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (0.93%) Hudson
General
1 14 (13.08%) Marketing
2 7 (6.54%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.67%) Electronics
3 5 (4.67%) Finance
3 5 (4.67%) Retail
4 2 (1.87%) Banking
4 2 (1.87%) Legal
5 1 (0.93%) Advertising
5 1 (0.93%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.93%) Military
5 1 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.93%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (25.23%) Support Engineer
2 23 (21.50%) Analyst
3 17 (15.89%) 2nd Line Support
4 15 (14.02%) Desktop Support
5 13 (12.15%) Customer Engineer
5 13 (12.15%) Technical Support
6 12 (11.21%) Senior Customer Engineer
7 10 (9.35%) Service Analyst
7 10 (9.35%) Service Desk Analyst
7 10 (9.35%) Support Analyst
8 9 (8.41%) 1st/2nd Line Support
8 9 (8.41%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 9 (8.41%) IT Support
9 8 (7.48%) IT Engineer
10 7 (6.54%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 7 (6.54%) Desktop Engineer
11 6 (5.61%) Cisco Specialist
11 6 (5.61%) Implementation Specialist
12 5 (4.67%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 5 (4.67%) Service Desk Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.87%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 14 (13.08%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (11.21%) Smartphone
3 9 (8.41%) Data Centre
3 9 (8.41%) Driving Licence
4 8 (7.48%) iPhone
4 8 (7.48%) Management Information System
5 7 (6.54%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (4.67%) EPoS
7 4 (3.74%) Blackberry
7 4 (3.74%) Fat Client
7 4 (3.74%) iPad
7 4 (3.74%) Thin Client
7 4 (3.74%) User Experience
8 3 (2.80%) e-Learning
9 2 (1.87%) Mobile App
9 2 (1.87%) Private Cloud
9 2 (1.87%) Self-Motivation
10 1 (0.93%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.93%) CMDB
10 1 (0.93%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 67 (62.62%) Windows
2 37 (34.58%) Windows 10
3 33 (30.84%) Apple iOS
4 27 (25.23%) Mac OS
5 25 (23.36%) Windows 7
6 23 (21.50%) Android
7 7 (6.54%) Linux
8 5 (4.67%) Windows Server
9 4 (3.74%) Windows Mobile
10 3 (2.80%) Mac OS X
10 3 (2.80%) Unix
11 2 (1.87%) MVS
11 2 (1.87%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (33.64%) ITIL
2 30 (28.04%) ITSM
3 23 (21.50%) Continuous Improvement
4 18 (16.82%) Asset Management
5 17 (15.89%) Break/Fix
5 17 (15.89%) Software Deployment
6 14 (13.08%) Matrix Organization
7 13 (12.15%) Problem-Solving
7 13 (12.15%) Service Management
8 12 (11.21%) Service Delivery
9 7 (6.54%) Incident Management
9 7 (6.54%) ITIL V3
9 7 (6.54%) Security Patching
9 7 (6.54%) Threat Detection
10 5 (4.67%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (4.67%) PRINCE2
10 5 (4.67%) Statistics
10 5 (4.67%) Time Management
11 4 (3.74%) Mathematics
11 4 (3.74%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 3 (2.80%) C
2 1 (0.93%) Java
Qualifications
1 40 (37.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (22.43%) MCP
3 20 (18.69%) MCSE
4 16 (14.95%) Cisco Certification
4 16 (14.95%) MCDST
4 16 (14.95%) MCSA
5 13 (12.15%) NVQ Level 3
6 12 (11.21%) Network+ Certification
7 11 (10.28%) SC Cleared
7 11 (10.28%) Security Cleared
8 9 (8.41%) CCNA
8 9 (8.41%) Degree
9 8 (7.48%) CCNP
10 3 (2.80%) CNE
10 3 (2.80%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (2.80%) ECDL
10 3 (2.80%) Novell Certification
11 2 (1.87%) ITIL Certification
12 1 (0.93%) ACHDS
12 1 (0.93%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (19.63%) SLA
System Software
1 42 (39.25%) Active Directory
2 7 (6.54%) Hyper-V
3 2 (1.87%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.93%) Virtual Machines
4 1 (0.93%) Virtual Servers
4 1 (0.93%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 30 (28.04%) SCCM
2 18 (16.82%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 58 (54.21%) Microsoft
2 43 (40.19%) Apple
3 23 (21.50%) ServiceNow
4 15 (14.02%) Cisco
5 11 (10.28%) Google
6 7 (6.54%) CheckPoint
6 7 (6.54%) Citrix
6 7 (6.54%) Dell
6 7 (6.54%) Juniper
7 5 (4.67%) Avaya
7 5 (4.67%) Mitel
8 3 (2.80%) Lotus
8 3 (2.80%) Xerox
9 2 (1.87%) Adobe
9 2 (1.87%) HP
9 2 (1.87%) McAfee
9 2 (1.87%) VMware
10 1 (0.93%) Bomgar
10 1 (0.93%) Sophos
10 1 (0.93%) Splunk