Period
to 18 August 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 18 August 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
18 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 782 799 732
Rank change year-on-year +17 -67 +24
Contract jobs citing A+ Certification 69 95 160
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.072% 0.087% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.41% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 40 70
UK median daily rate £145 £148 £168
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.69% -11.94% +52.27%
10th Percentile £125 £91 £83
90th Percentile £190 £263 £481
UK excluding London median daily rate £130 £157 £240
% change year-on-year -17.07% -34.69% +123.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 27 49
UK median hourly rate £16.27 £15.25 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% - -8.27%
10th Percentile £12.84 £10.00 £11.96
90th Percentile £29.29 £19.05 £18.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.93 £14.13 £15.25
% change year-on-year +5.66% -7.38% +0.76%

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 18607 22991 21893
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.30% 21.16% 19.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 11279 14339 12847
UK median daily rate £425 £407 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.42% +1.75% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £379 £375
% change year-on-year +5.68% +0.93% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 948 815 1066
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.62 £23.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.71% +18.16% +16.88%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.78
90th Percentile £51.19 £48.75 £50.47
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £28.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.71% +16.09% +20.60%

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 18 August 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 18 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for A+ Certification in the UK

A+ Certification
Top 12 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 18 August 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 +21 58 £150 +5.26% 11
UK excluding London +29 32 £130 -17.07% 9
London +7 27 £153 +8.93% 3
South East +16 10 £130 +18.18% 1
South West +14 8 £160 -11.11%
North of England +67 5 - - 3
East of England -19 5 £98 -36.48% 3
West Midlands +40 3 - - 1
Yorkshire +31 3 - -
Midlands +20 3 - - 1
North West +28 2 - - 3
Scotland +26 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 52 (75.36%) Windows
2 43 (62.32%) Microsoft Office
3 39 (56.52%) Microsoft
4 38 (55.07%) Active Directory
5 36 (52.17%) Microsoft Certification
6 31 (44.93%) ITIL
7 24 (34.78%) Windows 7
8 21 (30.43%) MCP
8 21 (30.43%) MCSE
9 19 (27.54%) Network+ Certification
10 15 (21.74%) Finance
10 15 (21.74%) TCP/IP
11 14 (20.29%) Citrix
11 14 (20.29%) Wireless
11 14 (20.29%) Service Management
11 14 (20.29%) MCDST
12 13 (18.84%) Office 365
13 12 (17.39%) Management Information System
13 12 (17.39%) SLA
13 12 (17.39%) MCSA
14 11 (15.94%) MS Exchange
14 11 (15.94%) HNC
14 11 (15.94%) Cisco
14 11 (15.94%) Apple iOS
14 11 (15.94%) Degree
15 10 (14.49%) Statistics
15 10 (14.49%) Dell
15 10 (14.49%) Apple
16 9 (13.04%) Java
16 9 (13.04%) LAN

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 11 (15.94%) MS Exchange
2 7 (10.14%) IBM Notes
3 5 (7.25%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (5.80%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.90%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (2.90%) IIS
5 2 (2.90%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 43 (62.32%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (11.59%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.90%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (1.45%) AutoCAD
4 1 (1.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.90%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.45%) Eikon
2 1 (1.45%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 13 (18.84%) Office 365
2 1 (1.45%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 15 (21.74%) TCP/IP
2 14 (20.29%) Wireless
3 9 (13.04%) Internet
3 9 (13.04%) LAN
4 7 (10.14%) Ethernet
5 6 (8.70%) DNS
6 5 (7.25%) VPN
7 3 (4.35%) DHCP
7 3 (4.35%) Firewall
7 3 (4.35%) WAN
7 3 (4.35%) WLAN
8 2 (2.90%) IPv6
8 2 (2.90%) PBX
8 2 (2.90%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (2.90%) SAN
8 2 (2.90%) Skype
8 2 (2.90%) SMTP
8 2 (2.90%) WebEx
9 1 (1.45%) Value-Added Service
9 1 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.90%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (1.45%) Hazelcast
Development Applications
1 1 (1.45%) Git (software)
General
1 15 (21.74%) Finance
2 8 (11.59%) Telecoms
3 6 (8.70%) Banking
4 4 (5.80%) Billing
5 3 (4.35%) Investment Banking
5 3 (4.35%) Marketing
5 3 (4.35%) Military
6 2 (2.90%) Back Office
6 2 (2.90%) Electronics
6 2 (2.90%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.45%) Front Office
7 1 (1.45%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 29 (42.03%) Analyst
2 23 (33.33%) Desktop Support
3 18 (26.09%) Support Engineer
4 17 (24.64%) Service Analyst
5 16 (23.19%) Service Desk Analyst
6 13 (18.84%) 2nd Line Support
7 12 (17.39%) Support Analyst
8 9 (13.04%) Desktop Engineer
9 8 (11.59%) IT Support
10 7 (10.14%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 6 (8.70%) Deskside Engineer
11 6 (8.70%) Deskside Support
11 6 (8.70%) Deskside Support Engineer
11 6 (8.70%) Desktop Analyst
12 5 (7.25%) Desktop Support Analyst
12 5 (7.25%) Technical Support
13 4 (5.80%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
13 4 (5.80%) 1st Line Support
13 4 (5.80%) IT Analyst
14 3 (4.35%) 2nd/3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.90%) Middleware
2 1 (1.45%) .NET
2 1 (1.45%) SOAP
2 1 (1.45%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 12 (17.39%) Management Information System
2 8 (11.59%) Blackberry
3 7 (10.14%) Client/Server
4 6 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (8.70%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (5.80%) Data Centre
5 4 (5.80%) Driving Licence
6 3 (4.35%) e-Learning
7 2 (2.90%) Data Structures
7 2 (2.90%) Derivative
7 2 (2.90%) Fixed Income
7 2 (2.90%) Market Risk
7 2 (2.90%) NHS
8 1 (1.45%) Algorithms
8 1 (1.45%) Computer Science
8 1 (1.45%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.45%) Interest Rate Derivative
8 1 (1.45%) Private Cloud
8 1 (1.45%) Replication
8 1 (1.45%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 52 (75.36%) Windows
2 24 (34.78%) Windows 7
3 11 (15.94%) Apple iOS
4 7 (10.14%) Windows 10
5 6 (8.70%) Linux
6 5 (7.25%) Windows Server
6 5 (7.25%) Windows XP
7 4 (5.80%) Android
7 4 (5.80%) Mac OS X
8 2 (2.90%) Mac OS
8 2 (2.90%) Ubuntu
8 2 (2.90%) Unix
8 2 (2.90%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (1.45%) MVS
9 1 (1.45%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (1.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (44.93%) ITIL
2 14 (20.29%) Service Management
3 10 (14.49%) Statistics
4 7 (10.14%) Break/Fix
4 7 (10.14%) Change Management
4 7 (10.14%) Time Management
4 7 (10.14%) Validation
5 6 (8.70%) Mathematics
5 6 (8.70%) Service Delivery
6 5 (7.25%) ITIL V3
7 4 (5.80%) ITSM
7 4 (5.80%) Logistics
8 3 (4.35%) Analytics
8 3 (4.35%) Asset Management
8 3 (4.35%) Document Management
8 3 (4.35%) Incident Management
8 3 (4.35%) PRINCE2
8 3 (4.35%) Problem Management
8 3 (4.35%) Process Improvement
8 3 (4.35%) Service Desk Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (13.04%) Java
2 6 (8.70%) C
3 3 (4.35%) SQL
4 2 (2.90%) C#
4 2 (2.90%) Scala
5 1 (1.45%) APL
5 1 (1.45%) C++
5 1 (1.45%) PowerShell
5 1 (1.45%) VBA
Qualifications
1 36 (52.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (30.43%) MCP
2 21 (30.43%) MCSE
3 19 (27.54%) Network+ Certification
4 14 (20.29%) MCDST
5 12 (17.39%) MCSA
6 11 (15.94%) Degree
6 11 (15.94%) HNC
7 8 (11.59%) DCSE
8 7 (10.14%) ACDT
8 7 (10.14%) ACHDS
8 7 (10.14%) ACTC
8 7 (10.14%) CCNA
8 7 (10.14%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (10.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 7 (10.14%) MCSM
9 6 (8.70%) Security Cleared
10 3 (4.35%) MCITP
11 2 (2.90%) MCTS
11 2 (2.90%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (17.39%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (55.07%) Active Directory
2 7 (10.14%) Virtual Servers
3 2 (2.90%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (1.45%) Hyper-V
4 1 (1.45%) vSphere
4 1 (1.45%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (7.25%) SCCM
2 3 (4.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (2.90%) DameWare
4 1 (1.45%) Backup Exec
4 1 (1.45%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (1.45%) WSUS
Vendors
1 39 (56.52%) Microsoft
2 14 (20.29%) Citrix
3 11 (15.94%) Cisco
4 10 (14.49%) Apple
4 10 (14.49%) Dell
5 7 (10.14%) Lotus
5 7 (10.14%) Oracle
6 6 (8.70%) HP
7 3 (4.35%) Google
7 3 (4.35%) Sophos
7 3 (4.35%) Xerox
8 2 (2.90%) Remedy
8 2 (2.90%) SAP
8 2 (2.90%) Symantec
8 2 (2.90%) VMware
9 1 (1.45%) Adobe
9 1 (1.45%) Avaya
9 1 (1.45%) EMC
9 1 (1.45%) Juniper
9 1 (1.45%) Siemens