Period
to 17 January 2018

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 17 January 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.

Microsoft Certification
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 237 236 210
Rank change year-on-year -1 -26 -66
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1,075 1,084 1,287
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.07% 1.11% 1.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.67% 5.45% 5.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 678 739 755
UK median daily rate £338 £340 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.74% +3.03% -5.03%
10th Percentile £140 £150 £138
90th Percentile £513 £500 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £330 £330
% change year-on-year +1.52% - +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 63 148
UK median hourly rate £14.65 £17.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.29% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £11.04 £11.47 £10.50
90th Percentile £26.50 £46.95 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.65 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -22.89% +11.76% +3.03%

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 18,952 19,875 21,710
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.89% 20.42% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,621 12,439 13,134
UK median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £619 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 835 870 1,020
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -5.56% +42.11%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -7.41% -1.82% +41.03%

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 17 January 2018.

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 17 January 2018.

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 17 January 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 +4 960 £340 -2.86% 530
UK excluding London -4 694 £335 +1.52% 398
London -1 357 £350 -9.68% 170
South East -11 237 £350 - 89
North of England +2 138 £325 -1.52% 104
Midlands +38 102 £325 - 67
East of England -12 85 £300 - 49
Yorkshire +23 66 £313 -10.71% 28
North West +22 57 £325 +19.82% 64
East Midlands +31 53 £310 -3.13% 25
Scotland -74 52 £330 +3.13% 22
West Midlands +6 49 £375 +13.64% 42
Wales +27 36 £375 -16.20% 15
South West +4 36 £413 +58.65% 49
North East -14 17 £368 +11.36% 12
Northern Ireland -20 7 £90 -48.57% 1
Channel Islands -2 1 £190 -53.94%

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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.

1 785 (73.02%) Microsoft
2 688 (64.00%) Windows
3 627 (58.33%) MCSE
4 553 (51.44%) Active Directory
5 429 (39.91%) ITIL
6 341 (31.72%) VMware
7 330 (30.70%) Windows Server
8 294 (27.35%) Office 365
9 279 (25.95%) MCSA
10 233 (21.67%) MS Exchange
11 232 (21.58%) Citrix
12 226 (21.02%) Windows 7
12 226 (21.02%) Microsoft Azure
13 211 (19.63%) Windows Server 2012
14 207 (19.26%) VMware Infrastructure
15 201 (18.70%) DNS
16 199 (18.51%) SQL Server
17 184 (17.12%) MCP
17 184 (17.12%) Windows Server 2008
18 183 (17.02%) SCCM
19 182 (16.93%) PowerShell
19 182 (16.93%) SQL
20 180 (16.74%) Cisco
21 172 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
22 171 (15.91%) Cisco Certification
23 162 (15.07%) Degree
24 154 (14.33%) TCP/IP
25 151 (14.05%) Windows 10
26 150 (13.95%) DHCP
27 146 (13.58%) SharePoint

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
1 233 (21.67%) MS Exchange
2 146 (13.58%) SharePoint
3 84 (7.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 82 (7.63%) Skype for Business
5 64 (5.95%) IIS
6 49 (4.56%) SharePoint 2013
7 41 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2013
8 38 (3.53%) Exchange Server 2007
9 24 (2.23%) SharePoint 2010
9 24 (2.23%) SharePoint Server
10 19 (1.77%) IBM Notes
11 13 (1.21%) OpenStack
12 8 (0.74%) Apache
12 8 (0.74%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 8 (0.74%) CMS
12 8 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2003
13 7 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
14 5 (0.47%) Tomcat
15 3 (0.28%) IBM Domino
15 3 (0.28%) Umbraco
Applications
1 172 (16.00%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (1.86%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (1.86%) MS Visio
3 16 (1.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 9 (0.84%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.28%) AutoCAD
7 1 (0.093%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.093%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 17 (1.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.12%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.65%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.37%) Eikon
5 3 (0.28%) SDL Web 8
6 2 (0.19%) Dynamics NAV
6 2 (0.19%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.093%) Oracle EBS
7 1 (0.093%) Oracle Financials
7 1 (0.093%) Relativity
Cloud Services
1 294 (27.35%) Office 365
2 226 (21.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 87 (8.09%) Amazon AWS
4 45 (4.19%) Azure Active Directory
5 29 (2.70%) IaaS
6 26 (2.42%) PaaS
7 20 (1.86%) Mimecast
8 17 (1.58%) SaaS
9 16 (1.49%) OneDrive
10 10 (0.93%) Dynamics 365
11 6 (0.56%) Amazon EC2
11 6 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
12 5 (0.47%) Azure Data Factory
12 5 (0.47%) Data Lake Analytics
12 5 (0.47%) G Suite
13 4 (0.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.28%) Azure Machine Learning
15 2 (0.19%) AWS CloudFormation
16 1 (0.093%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 201 (18.70%) DNS
2 154 (14.33%) TCP/IP
3 150 (13.95%) DHCP
4 144 (13.40%) LAN
5 135 (12.56%) WAN
6 127 (11.81%) Firewall
7 116 (10.79%) SAN
8 81 (7.53%) VPN
9 70 (6.51%) Skype
10 62 (5.77%) Internet
11 53 (4.93%) VoIP
12 40 (3.72%) Wireless
13 37 (3.44%) NAS
14 31 (2.88%) Unified Communications
15 27 (2.51%) VLAN
16 23 (2.14%) iSCSI
17 21 (1.95%) IP Telephony
17 21 (1.95%) MPLS
17 21 (1.95%) NetScaler
18 20 (1.86%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 199 (18.51%) SQL Server
2 53 (4.93%) SQL Server 2008
3 51 (4.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 32 (2.98%) SQL Server 2012
5 30 (2.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 22 (2.05%) Data Warehouse
7 21 (1.95%) SQL Server 2016
8 20 (1.86%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 16 (1.49%) SQL Server 2005
9 16 (1.49%) SQL Server 2014
10 13 (1.21%) Oracle Database
11 12 (1.12%) QlikView
12 11 (1.02%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 10 (0.93%) MySQL
13 10 (0.93%) Power BI
14 9 (0.84%) Relational Database
15 8 (0.74%) Hadoop
16 7 (0.65%) Amazon RDS
16 7 (0.65%) Big Data
17 6 (0.56%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 50 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
2 37 (3.44%) Visual Studio
3 14 (1.30%) Octopus Deploy
4 12 (1.12%) Git (software)
5 7 (0.65%) HP UFT
6 5 (0.47%) MSI
6 5 (0.47%) MSTest
6 5 (0.47%) WiX
7 4 (0.37%) JMeter
7 4 (0.37%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 4 (0.37%) Subversion
7 4 (0.37%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (0.28%) JIRA
8 3 (0.28%) Metasploit
8 3 (0.28%) Moq
8 3 (0.28%) MorphX
8 3 (0.28%) NUnit
9 2 (0.19%) Cucumber
9 2 (0.19%) Jenkins
9 2 (0.19%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 133 (12.37%) Finance
2 36 (3.35%) Banking
3 35 (3.26%) Telecoms
4 22 (2.05%) Legal
5 18 (1.67%) Law
5 18 (1.67%) Manufacturing
6 12 (1.12%) Automotive
6 12 (1.12%) Financial Institution
7 11 (1.02%) Advertising
8 9 (0.84%) Investment Banking
9 8 (0.74%) German Language
9 8 (0.74%) Local Government
9 8 (0.74%) Publishing
10 7 (0.65%) Marketing
10 7 (0.65%) Retail
11 6 (0.56%) Electronics
12 4 (0.37%) Back Office
13 3 (0.28%) Dutch Language
13 3 (0.28%) French Language
13 3 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 141 (13.12%) Analyst
2 130 (12.09%) Architect
3 120 (11.16%) Support Engineer
4 108 (10.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 92 (8.56%) Desktop Support
6 87 (8.09%) Developer
7 74 (6.88%) Consultant
8 63 (5.86%) 2nd Line Support
9 56 (5.21%) 3rd Line Support
10 52 (4.84%) Administrator
11 50 (4.65%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 49 (4.56%) Desktop Engineer
13 47 (4.37%) Windows Engineer
14 46 (4.28%) Support Analyst
15 41 (3.81%) IT Support
16 37 (3.44%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 36 (3.35%) Systems Engineer
18 34 (3.16%) Technical Architect
19 30 (2.79%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
20 29 (2.70%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (8.09%) .NET
2 46 (4.28%) XML
3 36 (3.35%) Web Services
4 30 (2.79%) ASP.NET
5 21 (1.95%) jQuery
6 18 (1.67%) .NET Framework
6 18 (1.67%) SOAP
7 17 (1.58%) CSS
8 16 (1.49%) ASP.NET MVC
9 15 (1.40%) WCF
10 14 (1.30%) RESTful
11 13 (1.21%) HTML
11 13 (1.21%) REST
12 12 (1.12%) ASP.NET Web API
13 11 (1.02%) AngularJS
14 8 (0.74%) XSLT
15 7 (0.65%) WPF
16 6 (0.56%) ASP.NET MVC 5
16 6 (0.56%) Entity Framework
16 6 (0.56%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 114 (10.60%) Analytical Skills
2 90 (8.37%) Data Centre
3 67 (6.23%) Management Information System
4 56 (5.21%) Blackberry
5 48 (4.47%) Clustering
6 42 (3.91%) Computer Science
7 34 (3.16%) PKI
8 31 (2.88%) Replication
9 25 (2.33%) Video Conferencing
10 24 (2.23%) NHS
11 20 (1.86%) Client/Server
12 17 (1.58%) Public Cloud
12 17 (1.58%) Virtual Team
13 16 (1.49%) N-Tier
14 15 (1.40%) Driving Licence
14 15 (1.40%) Smartphone
15 14 (1.30%) BYOD
16 13 (1.21%) Cyberthreat
16 13 (1.21%) Enterprise Cloud
17 11 (1.02%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 688 (64.00%) Windows
2 330 (30.70%) Windows Server
3 226 (21.02%) Windows 7
4 211 (19.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 184 (17.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 151 (14.05%) Windows 10
7 79 (7.35%) Linux
8 74 (6.88%) Windows Server 2003
9 40 (3.72%) Windows 8
10 39 (3.63%) Apple iOS
11 29 (2.70%) Unix
12 26 (2.42%) Windows XP
13 21 (1.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 20 (1.86%) Android
15 19 (1.77%) Windows Vista
16 8 (0.74%) Windows Phone
17 7 (0.65%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.65%) Windows 2000
18 5 (0.47%) Solaris
19 4 (0.37%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 429 (39.91%) ITIL
2 134 (12.47%) Migration
3 114 (10.60%) Agile Software Development
4 85 (7.91%) Change Management
5 78 (7.26%) PRINCE2
6 77 (7.16%) Disaster Recovery
6 77 (7.16%) ITIL V3
7 73 (6.79%) High Availability
8 68 (6.33%) Service Management
8 68 (6.33%) TOGAF
9 65 (6.05%) Incident Management
10 55 (5.12%) Service Delivery
11 45 (4.19%) Project Management
12 42 (3.91%) Performance Tuning
13 40 (3.72%) Business Intelligence
14 36 (3.35%) Problem Management
15 35 (3.26%) Configuration Management
16 34 (3.16%) Capacity Planning
16 34 (3.16%) MVC
16 34 (3.16%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 182 (16.93%) PowerShell
1 182 (16.93%) SQL
2 68 (6.33%) C#
3 39 (3.63%) VBScript
4 37 (3.44%) JavaScript
5 36 (3.35%) T-SQL
6 26 (2.42%) Java
7 11 (1.02%) Python
7 11 (1.02%) VB
8 9 (0.84%) C
8 9 (0.84%) Shell Script
9 8 (0.74%) X++
10 6 (0.56%) VB.NET
11 3 (0.28%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
11 3 (0.28%) Ruby
11 3 (0.28%) TypeScript
11 3 (0.28%) U-SQL
11 3 (0.28%) VBA
12 2 (0.19%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.19%) ES6
Qualifications
1 627 (58.33%) MCSE
2 279 (25.95%) MCSA
3 184 (17.12%) MCP
4 171 (15.91%) Cisco Certification
5 162 (15.07%) Degree
6 144 (13.40%) CCNA
6 144 (13.40%) MCITP
7 104 (9.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 95 (8.84%) Security Cleared
9 77 (7.16%) MCDST
10 70 (6.51%) SC Cleared
11 57 (5.30%) MCTS
12 47 (4.37%) Citrix Certification
13 43 (4.00%) CISSP
14 41 (3.81%) ITIL Certification
15 37 (3.44%) CCNP
16 36 (3.35%) CCA
17 34 (3.16%) Computer Science Degree
18 30 (2.79%) A+ Certification
19 26 (2.42%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 89 (8.28%) SLA
2 39 (3.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 15 (1.40%) PCI DSS
3 15 (1.40%) QA
4 13 (1.21%) Disclosure Scotland
5 9 (0.84%) HL7
6 6 (0.56%) PMO
7 3 (0.28%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.19%) Government Security Classifications
8 2 (0.19%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.19%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.093%) COBIT
9 1 (0.093%) GDPR
9 1 (0.093%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 553 (51.44%) Active Directory
2 207 (19.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 112 (10.42%) Hyper-V
4 79 (7.35%) vSphere
5 58 (5.40%) XenApp
6 57 (5.30%) VMware ESXi
7 33 (3.07%) XenDesktop
8 26 (2.42%) Virtual Servers
9 20 (1.86%) VMware Workstation
10 19 (1.77%) Virtual Desktop
11 18 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
11 18 (1.67%) Virtual Machines
12 15 (1.40%) Terminal Services
12 15 (1.40%) XenServer
13 13 (1.21%) BitLocker
14 10 (0.93%) Docker
15 9 (0.84%) vCloud
16 8 (0.74%) Brightmail
17 6 (0.56%) Firmware
17 6 (0.56%) NFS
Systems Management
1 183 (17.02%) SCCM
2 72 (6.70%) SCOM
3 35 (3.26%) NetBackup
4 34 (3.16%) Backup Exec
5 28 (2.60%) Norton AntiVirus
6 27 (2.51%) Microsoft Clustering
7 17 (1.58%) WSUS
8 14 (1.30%) Nessus
9 13 (1.21%) McAfee ePO
9 13 (1.21%) Microsoft Intune
9 13 (1.21%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 11 (1.02%) vCenter Server
11 10 (0.93%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 9 (0.84%) AirWatch
12 9 (0.84%) DameWare
12 9 (0.84%) HP Data Protector
13 7 (0.65%) Ansible
13 7 (0.65%) HP Quality Center
14 6 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
14 6 (0.56%) QRadar
Vendors
1 785 (73.02%) Microsoft
2 341 (31.72%) VMware
3 232 (21.58%) Citrix
4 180 (16.74%) Cisco
5 117 (10.88%) HP
6 70 (6.51%) NetApp
7 60 (5.58%) Apple
8 52 (4.84%) Oracle
9 47 (4.37%) Symantec
10 43 (4.00%) Dell
11 39 (3.63%) CheckPoint
12 38 (3.53%) SolarWinds
13 35 (3.26%) Ivanti
14 27 (2.51%) IBM
15 25 (2.33%) Avaya
15 25 (2.33%) Juniper
16 24 (2.23%) Veeam
17 23 (2.14%) 3PAR
17 23 (2.14%) CommVault
17 23 (2.14%) McAfee