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 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
UK
Rank 236 221 162
Rank change year-on-year -15 -59  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 472 587 762
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.10% 1.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.07% 5.29% 7.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 332 453
Median daily rate £340 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.61% +1.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £174 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £313
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 54 59
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.25 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.44% +23.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.29 £10.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.64 £45.70 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -2.77% +33.33%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9304 11097 10684
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.85% 20.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5917 6921 6076
Median daily rate £420 £405 £399
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £251 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £563 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 446 405 487
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -25.20% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 March 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 -4 421 £350 +7.69% 229
London +43 160 £381 +27.08% 72
South East -17 119 £310 -11.42% 43
East of England -7 34 £363 -3.33% 21
City of London +8 33 £350 +18.64% 23
Hampshire +16 31 £310 -17.33% 14
Yorkshire +17 26 £400 +20.75% 10
East Midlands +2 25 £300 +46.34% 15
North West +11 23 £490 +82.32% 31
Buckinghamshire -1 18 £394 -7.35% 7
Surrey -9 16 £200 -54.28% 12
Milton Keynes +8 15 £394 -7.35% 6
West Midlands -6 15 £368 -2.64% 19
Berkshire -24 14 £500 +33.33% 7
Wales +21 13 £170 - 4
Kent +15 13 £325 +4.00% 1
West Sussex +9 13 £425 +21.42%
South Wales - 13 £170 - 4
West Yorkshire +10 12 £420 +42.97% 4
South West -16 11 £352 -2.89% 14
Derbyshire -5 10 £338 +205.42% 3
Oxfordshire -8 10 £150 -40.00% 2
Cambridgeshire +9 9 £413 +40.42% 5
South Yorkshire +1 9 £400 +39.13% 1
Essex -3 9 £425 +142.85% 1
Hertfordshire +3 8 £350 -5.08% 9
Lancashire +16 7 £523 +109.00%
Basingstoke +13 7 £110 -74.11% 3
Sheffield +7 7 £400 +39.13%
Manchester +6 7 £350 +218.18% 14

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft 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 Microsoft Certification.

1 704 (75.46%) Microsoft
2 587 (62.92%) Windows
3 489 (52.41%) Active Directory
4 463 (49.62%) MCSE
5 330 (35.37%) ITIL
6 324 (34.73%) Windows Server
7 267 (28.62%) VMware
8 233 (24.97%) Windows Server 2012
9 225 (24.12%) Windows Server 2008
10 196 (21.01%) MS Excel
11 187 (20.04%) MS Exchange
12 185 (19.83%) MCP
13 184 (19.72%) SQL Server
14 180 (19.29%) MCSA
15 174 (18.65%) MCITP
16 171 (18.33%) PowerShell
17 170 (18.22%) Cisco
18 162 (17.36%) VMware Infrastructure
19 159 (17.04%) Windows 7
20 158 (16.93%) Office 365
21 155 (16.61%) SQL
22 154 (16.51%) Security Cleared
23 152 (16.29%) Citrix
24 150 (16.08%) MS Office
25 148 (15.86%) Cisco Certification
26 145 (15.54%) Firewall
27 134 (14.36%) DNS
28 126 (13.50%) Windows Server 2003
29 125 (13.40%) Microsoft Azure
30 123 (13.18%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related 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
1 187 (20.04%) MS Exchange
2 123 (13.18%) SharePoint
3 96 (10.29%) Skype for Business
4 93 (9.97%) Exchange Server 2010
5 52 (5.57%) IIS
6 40 (4.29%) Exchange Server 2013
7 32 (3.43%) SharePoint 2013
8 18 (1.93%) SharePoint 2010
9 17 (1.82%) Exchange Server 2007
10 15 (1.61%) BizTalk Server
10 15 (1.61%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 10 (1.07%) Apache
12 8 (0.86%) Office Communications Server
13 7 (0.75%) IBM Notes
14 6 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
14 6 (0.64%) MS Project Server
15 5 (0.54%) CMS
15 5 (0.54%) OpenStack
16 4 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.43%) Tomcat
Applications
1 196 (21.01%) MS Excel
2 150 (16.08%) MS Office
3 18 (1.93%) MS Visio
4 7 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.11%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 17 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.29%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.75%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.11%) Eikon
6 1 (0.11%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.11%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 158 (16.93%) Office 365
2 125 (13.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 41 (4.39%) Amazon AWS
4 27 (2.89%) IaaS
5 22 (2.36%) PaaS
6 21 (2.25%) Azure Active Directory
7 18 (1.93%) OneDrive
8 17 (1.82%) SaaS
9 8 (0.86%) AWS CloudFormation
10 7 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.75%) GitHub
11 5 (0.54%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.54%) Yammer
12 2 (0.21%) AWS OpsWorks
12 2 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.11%) AWS CloudTrail
13 1 (0.11%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.11%) G Suite
13 1 (0.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 145 (15.54%) Firewall
2 134 (14.36%) DNS
3 103 (11.04%) DHCP
3 103 (11.04%) LAN
4 97 (10.40%) WAN
5 86 (9.22%) SAN
6 76 (8.15%) Skype
7 73 (7.82%) TCP/IP
8 49 (5.25%) Internet
9 47 (5.04%) VPN
10 45 (4.82%) VoIP
11 31 (3.32%) Wireless
12 27 (2.89%) NAS
13 24 (2.57%) Network Security
13 24 (2.57%) Remote Desktop
14 21 (2.25%) Kerberos
14 21 (2.25%) LDAP
15 18 (1.93%) Cisco Nexus
16 17 (1.82%) Unified Communications
16 17 (1.82%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 184 (19.72%) SQL Server
2 56 (6.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 49 (5.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 47 (5.04%) SQL Server 2008
5 45 (4.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 28 (3.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 25 (2.68%) SQL Server 2014
8 21 (2.25%) Oracle Database
9 18 (1.93%) Data Warehouse
9 18 (1.93%) SQL Server 2005
10 17 (1.82%) MySQL
11 16 (1.71%) Relational Database
12 11 (1.18%) SQL Server 2000
13 10 (1.07%) Oracle Database 12c
14 9 (0.96%) RDBMS
15 6 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
15 6 (0.64%) Big Data
15 6 (0.64%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.64%) PowerPivot
15 6 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 24 (2.57%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (2.14%) Visual Studio
3 13 (1.39%) Git (software)
4 12 (1.29%) JIRA
5 7 (0.75%) Jenkins
6 6 (0.64%) NUnit
6 6 (0.64%) StarTeam
6 6 (0.64%) TeamCity
6 6 (0.64%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.54%) Moq
7 5 (0.54%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (0.54%) Selenium
8 4 (0.43%) MSI
8 4 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.32%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.32%) CruiseControl
10 2 (0.21%) Subversion
10 2 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.21%) WiX
General
1 122 (13.08%) Finance
2 32 (3.43%) Manufacturing
3 28 (3.00%) Banking
4 26 (2.79%) Retail
5 21 (2.25%) Telecoms
6 16 (1.71%) Legal
7 14 (1.50%) Military
8 11 (1.18%) Back Office
8 11 (1.18%) Billing
9 10 (1.07%) Law
10 8 (0.86%) Local Government
11 5 (0.54%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.54%) Games
11 5 (0.54%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.43%) Advertising
12 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.32%) Avionics
13 3 (0.32%) Front Office
13 3 (0.32%) Marketing
13 3 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 128 (13.72%) Analyst
2 91 (9.75%) Support Engineer
3 83 (8.90%) Architect
4 80 (8.57%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 69 (7.40%) Consultant
6 60 (6.43%) Developer
7 57 (6.11%) 2nd Line Support
8 55 (5.89%) Support Analyst
9 48 (5.14%) Desktop Support
10 42 (4.50%) IT Support
11 40 (4.29%) 3rd Line Support
11 40 (4.29%) DBA
12 38 (4.07%) SQL DBA
12 38 (4.07%) Wintel Engineer
13 37 (3.97%) Windows Engineer
14 34 (3.64%) Active Directory Engineer
15 33 (3.54%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 33 (3.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 33 (3.54%) IT Engineer
15 33 (3.54%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (6.32%) .NET
2 32 (3.43%) XML
3 29 (3.11%) ASP.NET
4 27 (2.89%) CSS
4 27 (2.89%) Web Services
5 23 (2.47%) HTML
6 16 (1.71%) jQuery
7 13 (1.39%) ASP.NET MVC
8 12 (1.29%) AngularJS
8 12 (1.29%) WCF
9 10 (1.07%) .NET Framework
10 7 (0.75%) HTML5
10 7 (0.75%) SOAP
11 6 (0.64%) Entity Framework
11 6 (0.64%) Middleware
11 6 (0.64%) WAP
11 6 (0.64%) WPF
12 5 (0.54%) REST
12 5 (0.54%) RESTful
12 5 (0.54%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 88 (9.43%) Data Centre
2 74 (7.93%) Analytical Skills
3 67 (7.18%) Clustering
4 51 (5.47%) PKI
5 50 (5.36%) Blackberry
6 49 (5.25%) Replication
7 41 (4.39%) Management Information System
8 36 (3.86%) Computer Science
9 28 (3.00%) NHS
10 21 (2.25%) Video Conferencing
11 17 (1.82%) iPad
12 14 (1.50%) Fat Client
12 14 (1.50%) PDA
12 14 (1.50%) Thin Client
13 13 (1.39%) User Experience
14 12 (1.29%) Enterprise Software
14 12 (1.29%) Handset
15 10 (1.07%) Life Science
15 10 (1.07%) Smartphone
16 9 (0.96%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 587 (62.92%) Windows
2 324 (34.73%) Windows Server
3 233 (24.97%) Windows Server 2012
4 225 (24.12%) Windows Server 2008
5 159 (17.04%) Windows 7
6 126 (13.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 80 (8.57%) Linux
8 60 (6.43%) Windows 10
9 57 (6.11%) Windows 8
10 41 (4.39%) Windows XP
11 32 (3.43%) Android
12 26 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 24 (2.57%) Apple iOS
14 22 (2.36%) Unix
15 17 (1.82%) Mac OS X
16 8 (0.86%) CentOS
17 6 (0.64%) AIX
17 6 (0.64%) Solaris
18 5 (0.54%) VMS
19 3 (0.32%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (35.37%) ITIL
2 96 (10.29%) Migration
3 70 (7.50%) Change Management
4 67 (7.18%) Agile Software Development
5 65 (6.97%) Service Management
6 56 (6.00%) ITIL V3
7 51 (5.47%) Disaster Recovery
8 42 (4.50%) Incident Management
9 40 (4.29%) Business Intelligence
9 40 (4.29%) Project Management
10 38 (4.07%) High Availability
11 35 (3.75%) Mobile Device Management
11 35 (3.75%) Performance Tuning
12 34 (3.64%) Problem Management
12 34 (3.64%) Service Delivery
13 32 (3.43%) Configuration Management
14 31 (3.32%) DevOps
14 31 (3.32%) ITSM
15 30 (3.22%) Virtual Environments
16 29 (3.11%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 171 (18.33%) PowerShell
2 155 (16.61%) SQL
3 60 (6.43%) C#
4 37 (3.97%) VBScript
5 34 (3.64%) JavaScript
5 34 (3.64%) T-SQL
6 18 (1.93%) Python
7 17 (1.82%) VB
8 11 (1.18%) Bash Shell
9 9 (0.96%) C
10 7 (0.75%) Ada
10 7 (0.75%) Ada 83
10 7 (0.75%) Ada 95
10 7 (0.75%) Perl
11 6 (0.64%) Java
11 6 (0.64%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.64%) Ruby
12 5 (0.54%) VB.NET
13 3 (0.32%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.21%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 463 (49.62%) MCSE
2 185 (19.83%) MCP
3 180 (19.29%) MCSA
4 174 (18.65%) MCITP
5 154 (16.51%) Security Cleared
6 148 (15.86%) Cisco Certification
7 119 (12.75%) Degree
8 115 (12.33%) CCNA
8 115 (12.33%) SC Cleared
9 86 (9.22%) MCTS
10 76 (8.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 60 (6.43%) MCDST
12 39 (4.18%) ITIL Certification
13 37 (3.97%) CCNP
14 34 (3.64%) MCDBA
15 31 (3.32%) Citrix Certification
16 29 (3.11%) MCSD
17 20 (2.14%) CCIE
18 18 (1.93%) CCA
19 14 (1.50%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 56 (6.00%) SLA
2 18 (1.93%) QA
3 13 (1.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.86%) PCI DSS
5 6 (0.64%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.43%) Government Security Classifications
7 3 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.32%) JSP 440
7 3 (0.32%) PMO
8 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.11%) GCP
9 1 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.11%) ISO27002
9 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 489 (52.41%) Active Directory
2 162 (17.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 120 (12.86%) Hyper-V
4 44 (4.72%) vSphere
5 35 (3.75%) XenApp
6 30 (3.22%) VMware ESX
7 28 (3.00%) VMware ESXi
8 18 (1.93%) XenDesktop
9 14 (1.50%) Virtual Servers
10 13 (1.39%) Virtual Desktop
11 12 (1.29%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (1.29%) UAG
11 12 (1.29%) Virtual Machines
12 9 (0.96%) Terminal Services
13 7 (0.75%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 6 (0.64%) Firmware
14 6 (0.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 6 (0.64%) Terminal Server
14 6 (0.64%) VMware Server
14 6 (0.64%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 109 (11.68%) SCCM
2 43 (4.61%) SCOM
3 30 (3.22%) NetBackup
4 28 (3.00%) Microsoft Clustering
5 20 (2.14%) Puppet
6 17 (1.82%) WSUS
7 14 (1.50%) Backup Exec
7 14 (1.50%) Opscode Chef
8 13 (1.39%) AirWatch
9 12 (1.29%) Tivoli
9 12 (1.29%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 11 (1.18%) HP Data Protector
10 11 (1.18%) Nessus
11 10 (1.07%) Norton AntiVirus
11 10 (1.07%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 9 (0.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 9 (0.96%) PowerCLI
13 8 (0.86%) Ansible
13 8 (0.86%) Failover Clustering
13 8 (0.86%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 704 (75.46%) Microsoft
2 267 (28.62%) VMware
3 170 (18.22%) Cisco
4 152 (16.29%) Citrix
5 87 (9.32%) HP
6 65 (6.97%) Oracle
7 56 (6.00%) NetApp
8 47 (5.04%) Apple
9 36 (3.86%) SolarWinds
10 29 (3.11%) EMC
10 29 (3.11%) Remedy
11 27 (2.89%) Symantec
12 21 (2.25%) Red Hat
13 19 (2.04%) CheckPoint
14 16 (1.71%) Intel Security
14 16 (1.71%) Veritas
15 15 (1.61%) Polycom
15 15 (1.61%) Sophos
16 13 (1.39%) ServiceNow
17 12 (1.29%) 3PAR
Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £12 - £18 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Hook, Hampshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £300 - £320 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
IQ Public Sector
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Warrington, Cheshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Plan-net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: Yesterday
Nottinghamshire
Rullion
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Woking
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £40000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London / West End
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Nottingham
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £18000 - £22000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £420 - £480 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £200 - £210 per day
Posted: 18 days ago