Period
to 15 July 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 15 July 2019 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.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
15 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 295 282 256
Rank change year-on-year -13 -26 -58
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 846 980 976
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.91% 0.94% 1.02%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.82% 5.01% 5.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 503 612 566
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £334
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +4.87% +1.14%
10th Percentile £160 £175 £123
90th Percentile £568 £525 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £350 £320
% change year-on-year +7.14% +9.38% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 65 92
UK median hourly rate £18.63 £17.50 £18.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.43% -7.11% -10.99%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £34.40 £44.16 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.25 £17.21 £19.00
% change year-on-year +6.07% -9.45% -13.64%

Microsoft 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 17,551 19,543 18,993
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.87% 18.84% 19.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,602 11,668 11,693
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.46%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £444 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.74% +3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 838 924 974
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £24.91 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.53% -16.98% +5.26%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.63 £12.02
90th Percentile £56.72 £50.25 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.17 £31.68
% change year-on-year +39.07% -20.54% +9.22%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification over the 6 months to 15 July 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification over the 6 months to 15 July 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft 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 Microsoft Certification within the UK over the 6 months to 15 July 2019. 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 0 770 £388 +12.16% 673
UK excluding London -11 577 £375 +7.14% 536
London +12 252 £388 +17.87% 181
South East +38 205 £425 +13.33% 169
South West +6 106 £425 +41.67% 57
North of England +10 92 £325 -0.76% 123
Midlands +10 88 £350 +16.67% 102
West Midlands +20 55 £400 +45.19% 57
Scotland -11 46 £350 -14.37% 21
North West +12 45 £375 +7.14% 72
East Midlands +1 33 £325 -7.14% 43
Yorkshire +29 31 £325 +3.17% 38
East of England -40 26 £325 -10.34% 41
North East +14 16 £180 -37.93% 13
Wales -18 10 £275 -38.89% 17
Northern Ireland 0 3 £150 -40.00% 3
Channel Islands - 1 £513 - 3

For the 6 months to 15 July 2019, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft Certification.

1 655 (77.42%) Microsoft
2 526 (62.17%) Windows
3 481 (56.86%) MCSE
4 401 (47.40%) Active Directory
5 301 (35.58%) VMware
6 291 (34.40%) MCSA
7 289 (34.16%) ITIL
8 270 (31.91%) Windows Server
9 243 (28.72%) Office 365
10 224 (26.48%) Microsoft Azure
11 183 (21.63%) SCCM
12 182 (21.51%) VMware Infrastructure
13 180 (21.28%) Cisco
14 175 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
15 170 (20.09%) Security Cleared
16 169 (19.98%) PowerShell
17 157 (18.56%) CCNA
18 152 (17.97%) Windows 10
19 146 (17.26%) Windows Server 2012
20 143 (16.90%) SQL Server
21 140 (16.55%) SQL
21 140 (16.55%) DNS
22 131 (15.48%) Citrix
23 128 (15.13%) Windows 7
23 128 (15.13%) Problem-Solving
24 124 (14.66%) SC Cleared
25 122 (14.42%) MCP
26 119 (14.07%) Hyper-V
27 115 (13.59%) Degree
28 111 (13.12%) Migration

Microsoft 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 99 (11.70%) MS Exchange
2 96 (11.35%) SharePoint
3 60 (7.09%) Skype for Business
4 39 (4.61%) Exchange Server 2010
5 32 (3.78%) IIS
6 27 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2013
7 22 (2.60%) Confluence
8 15 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
9 10 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
10 7 (0.83%) IBM Notes
11 6 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.47%) Apache
12 4 (0.47%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (0.47%) Cloud Foundry
12 4 (0.47%) Exchange Server 2003
12 4 (0.47%) OpenStack
12 4 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
14 2 (0.24%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 106 (12.53%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (3.43%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.95%) InfoPath
4 8 (0.95%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.59%) Acrobat
5 5 (0.59%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.12%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 17 (2.01%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
3 4 (0.47%) assyst
3 4 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
4 3 (0.35%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.24%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.12%) Aareon QL
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
6 1 (0.12%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.12%) ION MarketView
6 1 (0.12%) PeopleSoft Financials
6 1 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 243 (28.72%) Office 365
2 224 (26.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 73 (8.63%) Amazon AWS
4 60 (7.09%) PaaS
5 52 (6.15%) Azure Active Directory
6 38 (4.49%) SaaS
7 36 (4.26%) Power Platform
8 32 (3.78%) IaaS
9 26 (3.07%) Dynamics 365
10 21 (2.48%) PowerApps
11 13 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
12 12 (1.42%) OneDrive
13 10 (1.18%) Serverless
14 9 (1.06%) Azure Functions
15 8 (0.95%) Microsoft Flow
16 6 (0.71%) GitHub
16 6 (0.71%) Mimecast
17 5 (0.59%) Azure Stack
18 4 (0.47%) Azure ExpressRoute
18 4 (0.47%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 140 (16.55%) DNS
2 106 (12.53%) Firewall
3 95 (11.23%) DHCP
4 85 (10.05%) TCP/IP
5 75 (8.87%) LAN
6 69 (8.16%) WAN
7 59 (6.97%) SAN
8 53 (6.26%) Skype
9 42 (4.96%) VPN
10 38 (4.49%) Internet
11 30 (3.55%) Wireless
12 26 (3.07%) Network Security
13 24 (2.84%) Remote Desktop
13 24 (2.84%) VLAN
14 20 (2.36%) NAS
15 17 (2.01%) Unified Communications
16 16 (1.89%) VoIP
17 14 (1.65%) SSL
18 13 (1.54%) Cisco ASA
19 11 (1.30%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 143 (16.90%) SQL Server
2 34 (4.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 32 (3.78%) SQL Server 2016
4 28 (3.31%) SQL Server 2008
5 27 (3.19%) SQL Server 2012
6 19 (2.25%) Power BI
6 19 (2.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 18 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 15 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
9 14 (1.65%) Relational Database
10 13 (1.54%) Azure SQL Database
10 13 (1.54%) Big Data
10 13 (1.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 9 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
11 9 (1.06%) SQL Server 2014
12 8 (0.95%) OLAP
12 8 (0.95%) Oracle Database
13 6 (0.71%) MS Access
13 6 (0.71%) SAP BW
13 6 (0.71%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 26 (3.07%) JIRA
2 25 (2.96%) InstallShield
2 25 (2.96%) MSI
3 20 (2.36%) Visual Studio
4 16 (1.89%) Git (software)
5 12 (1.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 11 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
6 11 (1.30%) Visual Studio Team System
7 8 (0.95%) HP UFT
7 8 (0.95%) LoadRunner
8 7 (0.83%) Bitbucket
8 7 (0.83%) Hudson
9 6 (0.71%) Jenkins
9 6 (0.71%) Sonatype Nexus
10 5 (0.59%) TeamCity
11 4 (0.47%) Artifactory
12 3 (0.35%) Fiddler
12 3 (0.35%) Octopus Deploy
12 3 (0.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
12 3 (0.35%) WinDbg
General
1 96 (11.35%) Finance
2 34 (4.02%) Telecoms
3 22 (2.60%) Banking
4 19 (2.25%) Legal
5 17 (2.01%) Retail
6 12 (1.42%) Military
7 10 (1.18%) Law
8 9 (1.06%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.95%) Financial Institution
9 8 (0.95%) Marketing
10 7 (0.83%) Automotive
10 7 (0.83%) Investment Banking
11 6 (0.71%) German Language
12 4 (0.47%) Back Office
12 4 (0.47%) French Language
13 3 (0.35%) Electronics
13 3 (0.35%) Front Office
13 3 (0.35%) Games
13 3 (0.35%) Local Government
14 2 (0.24%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 101 (11.94%) Analyst
2 84 (9.93%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 83 (9.81%) Architect
4 80 (9.46%) Support Engineer
5 64 (7.57%) Consultant
6 43 (5.08%) Desktop Support
7 38 (4.49%) 2nd Line Support
7 38 (4.49%) IT Support
8 36 (4.26%) Support Analyst
9 35 (4.14%) Desktop Engineer
10 34 (4.02%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 34 (4.02%) Developer
10 34 (4.02%) Windows Engineer
11 33 (3.90%) 3rd Line Support
12 31 (3.66%) 2nd Line Engineer
12 31 (3.66%) Administrator
12 31 (3.66%) IT Engineer
13 30 (3.55%) Server Engineer
13 30 (3.55%) Solutions Architect
14 29 (3.43%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (3.55%) .NET
2 21 (2.48%) Web Services
3 20 (2.36%) XML
4 17 (2.01%) HTML
5 13 (1.54%) REST
6 9 (1.06%) CSS
7 7 (0.83%) ASP.NET
7 7 (0.83%) JSON
8 5 (0.59%) AngularJS
8 5 (0.59%) RESTful
8 5 (0.59%) Software Packaging
8 5 (0.59%) WCF
9 3 (0.35%) ASP.NET Web API
9 3 (0.35%) jQuery
9 3 (0.35%) Middleware
9 3 (0.35%) Node.js
10 2 (0.24%) Classic ASP
10 2 (0.24%) SAML
10 2 (0.24%) SOAP
10 2 (0.24%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 87 (10.28%) Data Centre
2 80 (9.46%) Analytical Skills
3 42 (4.96%) Management Information System
4 31 (3.66%) PKI
4 31 (3.66%) Replication
5 30 (3.55%) Clustering
6 29 (3.43%) Self-Motivation
7 25 (2.96%) Public Cloud
8 17 (2.01%) Video Conferencing
9 14 (1.65%) NHS
10 12 (1.42%) Blackberry
10 12 (1.42%) Private Cloud
11 11 (1.30%) Client/Server
11 11 (1.30%) Hybrid Cloud
12 9 (1.06%) Driving Licence
13 7 (0.83%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.83%) User Experience
14 6 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
14 6 (0.71%) Smartphone
14 6 (0.71%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 526 (62.17%) Windows
2 270 (31.91%) Windows Server
3 152 (17.97%) Windows 10
4 146 (17.26%) Windows Server 2012
5 128 (15.13%) Windows 7
6 107 (12.65%) Windows Server 2008
7 104 (12.29%) Linux
8 50 (5.91%) Windows Server 2003
9 49 (5.79%) Windows 8
10 19 (2.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 19 (2.25%) Unix
11 18 (2.13%) Android
12 14 (1.65%) Mac OS
12 14 (1.65%) Windows XP
13 9 (1.06%) Apple iOS
14 7 (0.83%) CentOS
14 7 (0.83%) Mac OS X
15 6 (0.71%) Windows Vista
16 5 (0.59%) VMS
17 4 (0.47%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 289 (34.16%) ITIL
2 128 (15.13%) Problem-Solving
3 111 (13.12%) Migration
4 108 (12.77%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 83 (9.81%) Agile Software Development
6 76 (8.98%) Service Management
7 65 (7.68%) ITIL V3
8 57 (6.74%) Incident Management
9 54 (6.38%) Computer Science
9 54 (6.38%) ITSM
10 51 (6.03%) DevOps
11 48 (5.67%) Disaster Recovery
12 47 (5.56%) PRINCE2
13 44 (5.20%) Service Delivery
14 38 (4.49%) Business Intelligence
14 38 (4.49%) Server Virtualisation
15 35 (4.14%) Change Management
15 35 (4.14%) Project Management
15 35 (4.14%) TOGAF
16 34 (4.02%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 169 (19.98%) PowerShell
2 140 (16.55%) SQL
3 33 (3.90%) VBScript
4 26 (3.07%) VB
5 25 (2.96%) Java
6 24 (2.84%) T-SQL
7 22 (2.60%) Python
8 20 (2.36%) C#
9 17 (2.01%) C
10 11 (1.30%) JavaScript
10 11 (1.30%) Perl
10 11 (1.30%) PL/SQL
11 7 (0.83%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.71%) C++
13 3 (0.35%) TypeScript
14 2 (0.24%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.24%) VB6
14 2 (0.24%) VC++
15 1 (0.12%) PHP
15 1 (0.12%) XAML
Qualifications
1 481 (56.86%) MCSE
2 291 (34.40%) MCSA
3 175 (20.69%) Cisco Certification
4 170 (20.09%) Security Cleared
5 157 (18.56%) CCNA
6 124 (14.66%) SC Cleared
7 122 (14.42%) MCP
8 115 (13.59%) Degree
9 110 (13.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 78 (9.22%) MCITP
11 55 (6.50%) DV Cleared
12 41 (4.85%) CCNP
13 31 (3.66%) ITIL Certification
14 30 (3.55%) CISSP
15 29 (3.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 28 (3.31%) Computer Science Degree
16 28 (3.31%) VCP6
17 23 (2.72%) TOGAF Certification
18 21 (2.48%) CCA
18 21 (2.48%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 98 (11.58%) SLA
2 30 (3.55%) QA
3 22 (2.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (0.83%) GDPR
5 5 (0.59%) NIST
5 5 (0.59%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.35%) COBIT
6 3 (0.35%) HL7
6 3 (0.35%) PMO
7 2 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.24%) NCSC
8 1 (0.12%) Disclosure Scotland
8 1 (0.12%) IFRS
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 401 (47.40%) Active Directory
2 182 (21.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 119 (14.07%) Hyper-V
4 67 (7.92%) VMware ESXi
5 62 (7.33%) vSphere
6 51 (6.03%) XenApp
7 30 (3.55%) XenDesktop
8 29 (3.43%) Virtual Machines
9 26 (3.07%) Microsoft App-V
10 17 (2.01%) Virtual Desktop
11 15 (1.77%) Virtual Servers
12 11 (1.30%) vCloud
13 10 (1.18%) BitLocker
14 9 (1.06%) VMware Workstation
15 7 (0.83%) Citrix Hypervisor
16 6 (0.71%) Docker
16 6 (0.71%) Microsoft Virtual Server
17 5 (0.59%) Terminal Services
18 4 (0.47%) ISA Server
18 4 (0.47%) NFS
Systems Management
1 183 (21.63%) SCCM
2 61 (7.21%) SCOM
3 35 (4.14%) vCenter Server
4 23 (2.72%) Microsoft Intune
5 21 (2.48%) SCVMM
6 20 (2.36%) NetBackup
6 20 (2.36%) Single Sign-On
7 18 (2.13%) PowerCLI
7 18 (2.13%) WSUS
8 15 (1.77%) Microsoft Clustering
9 12 (1.42%) Kubernetes
10 11 (1.30%) Norton AntiVirus
11 9 (1.06%) HP Quality Center
11 9 (1.06%) vMotion
12 8 (0.95%) Backup Exec
12 8 (0.95%) HP ALM
12 8 (0.95%) McAfee ePO
12 8 (0.95%) PingFederate
12 8 (0.95%) WMI
13 7 (0.83%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 655 (77.42%) Microsoft
2 301 (35.58%) VMware
3 180 (21.28%) Cisco
4 131 (15.48%) Citrix
5 76 (8.98%) HP
6 58 (6.86%) Oracle
7 38 (4.49%) Red Hat
8 37 (4.37%) NetApp
9 36 (4.26%) Dell
10 25 (2.96%) EMC
11 23 (2.72%) McAfee
11 23 (2.72%) SAP
12 21 (2.48%) Novell
12 21 (2.48%) Splunk
13 20 (2.36%) SolarWinds
14 18 (2.13%) ServiceNow
14 18 (2.13%) Symantec
15 17 (2.01%) F5
16 14 (1.65%) Apple
16 14 (1.65%) Veeam