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 24 June 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.

Microsoft Certification
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 226 168 171
Rank change year-on-year -58 +3  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 483 813 794
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.04% 1.51% 1.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.43% 6.93% 7.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 477 471
Median daily rate £338 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +1.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £137 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £463 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £340
% change year-on-year -3.03% -2.80%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 75 80
Median hourly rate £19.00 £21.33 £18.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.92% +13.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.03 £12.00 £11.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.00 £39.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.52 £23.78 £18.50
% change year-on-year -5.29% +28.54%  

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 8902 11739 10644
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.24% 21.83% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 5326 7337 6185
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 445 556
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.64 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

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 24 June 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 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 3 months to 24 June 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 24 June 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 -31 439 £350 +4.47% 228
London -7 154 £375 -6.25% 57
South East -34 89 £325 -10.95% 42
East of England +23 63 £320 +68.42% 19
Cambridgeshire +17 30 £525 +82.92% 5
North West +15 30 £440 +39.68% 41
East Midlands +13 30 £180 -43.52% 4
Manchester +19 25 £440 +49.78% 24
North East -1 25 £300 -4.45% 6
Tyne and Wear +9 24 £300 -4.76% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne +10 23 £300 -4.15% 2
City of London -19 23 £388 -8.82% 13
West Midlands +5 21 £331 -17.18% 15
Hampshire +2 21 £323 -10.41% 8
Kent +14 19 £235 +95.83% 5
Scotland -49 19 £600 +81.81% 6
South West -13 15 £210 -47.50% 24
Hertfordshire +3 14 £375 +40.18% 4
Buckinghamshire -18 14 £475 +14.04% 6
Milton Keynes -11 13 £488 +23.41% 6
Yorkshire +16 12 £319 +10.86% 19
Berkshire -3 12 £400 +6.66% 9
Watford +5 11 £320 -17.41%
Surrey -19 11 £190 -49.33% 6
Huntingdon - 11 £550 -
Cambridge +9 10 £155 - 1
Northamptonshire +7 10 £165 -54.48% 2
Edinburgh +21 9 £600 +110.52% 4
Northampton +12 9 £165 - 2
Staffordshire +9 9 £338 +3.84% 4

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 697 (72.60%) Microsoft
2 599 (62.40%) Windows
3 484 (50.42%) Active Directory
4 462 (48.13%) MCSE
5 360 (37.50%) ITIL
6 287 (29.90%) Windows Server
7 252 (26.25%) VMware
8 220 (22.92%) Office 365
9 212 (22.08%) Windows Server 2012
10 202 (21.04%) SQL Server
11 199 (20.73%) MS Exchange
12 190 (19.79%) PowerShell
13 187 (19.48%) Windows Server 2008
14 180 (18.75%) MCP
15 178 (18.54%) MCSA
16 170 (17.71%) Citrix
17 168 (17.50%) Microsoft Office
18 166 (17.29%) VMware Infrastructure
19 164 (17.08%) Cisco
20 161 (16.77%) Microsoft Azure
21 155 (16.15%) MCITP
22 152 (15.83%) Windows 7
23 150 (15.63%) SQL
24 144 (15.00%) Security Cleared
25 137 (14.27%) Hyper-V
26 136 (14.17%) HP
27 135 (14.06%) Cisco Certification
28 127 (13.23%) Firewall
29 126 (13.13%) Finance
29 126 (13.13%) 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
1 199 (20.73%) MS Exchange
2 126 (13.13%) SharePoint
3 98 (10.21%) Exchange Server 2010
4 90 (9.38%) Skype for Business
5 51 (5.31%) Exchange Server 2013
6 45 (4.69%) SharePoint 2013
7 41 (4.27%) IIS
8 27 (2.81%) SharePoint 2010
9 22 (2.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 20 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
11 17 (1.77%) Exchange Server 2007
12 13 (1.35%) SharePoint Server
13 11 (1.15%) Apache
13 11 (1.15%) IBM Notes
14 10 (1.04%) ArcGIS
14 10 (1.04%) Exchange Server 2003
15 9 (0.94%) Office Communications Server
16 8 (0.83%) CMS
16 8 (0.83%) EPiServer
16 8 (0.83%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 168 (17.50%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (2.60%) MS Visio
3 24 (2.50%) Microsoft Excel
4 6 (0.63%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.31%) AutoCAD
5 3 (0.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 19 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.25%) Dynamics AX
2 12 (1.25%) Remedy ITSM
3 5 (0.52%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 2 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.21%) WebTrends
6 1 (0.10%) Eikon
6 1 (0.10%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 220 (22.92%) Office 365
2 161 (16.77%) Microsoft Azure
3 51 (5.31%) Amazon AWS
4 33 (3.44%) Azure Active Directory
5 31 (3.23%) IaaS
6 22 (2.29%) PaaS
7 20 (2.08%) SaaS
8 13 (1.35%) OneDrive
9 11 (1.15%) Yammer
10 8 (0.83%) GitHub
11 7 (0.73%) Mimecast
12 4 (0.42%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
13 2 (0.21%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 2 (0.21%) AWS OpsWorks
13 2 (0.21%) Dynamics 365
14 1 (0.10%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.10%) CloudFront
14 1 (0.10%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.10%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 127 (13.23%) Firewall
2 117 (12.19%) DNS
3 104 (10.83%) DHCP
4 85 (8.85%) SAN
5 77 (8.02%) LAN
6 70 (7.29%) WAN
7 67 (6.98%) Skype
8 59 (6.15%) VPN
9 58 (6.04%) TCP/IP
10 32 (3.33%) NAS
11 31 (3.23%) VoIP
12 24 (2.50%) Wireless
13 23 (2.40%) Remote Desktop
14 20 (2.08%) Internet
14 20 (2.08%) Network Security
15 14 (1.46%) Cisco IOS
16 13 (1.35%) SSL
16 13 (1.35%) VLAN
17 12 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
18 11 (1.15%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 202 (21.04%) SQL Server
2 70 (7.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 53 (5.52%) SQL Server 2008
4 39 (4.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 37 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 29 (3.02%) SQL Server 2005
7 21 (2.19%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 19 (1.98%) SQL Server 2016
9 17 (1.77%) SQL Server 2014
10 14 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
10 14 (1.46%) Oracle Database
10 14 (1.46%) Relational Database
11 11 (1.15%) Hadoop
12 10 (1.04%) RDBMS
13 9 (0.94%) Power BI
14 8 (0.83%) Azure SQL Database
14 8 (0.83%) Big Data
14 8 (0.83%) Oracle Database 12c
15 7 (0.73%) NoSQL
15 7 (0.73%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 30 (3.13%) Visual Studio
2 20 (2.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 13 (1.35%) Git (software)
3 13 (1.35%) JIRA
4 12 (1.25%) Octopus Deploy
5 7 (0.73%) MorphX
6 5 (0.52%) gulp
6 5 (0.52%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.52%) Moq
6 5 (0.52%) Visual Studio Team System
7 4 (0.42%) MSI
7 4 (0.42%) WiX
8 3 (0.31%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 3 (0.31%) Eclipse
8 3 (0.31%) Gerrit
8 3 (0.31%) Maven
8 3 (0.31%) Metasploit
8 3 (0.31%) StarTeam
8 3 (0.31%) TeamCity
General
1 126 (13.13%) Finance
2 30 (3.13%) Banking
3 28 (2.92%) Manufacturing
4 21 (2.19%) Telecoms
5 17 (1.77%) Financial Institution
5 17 (1.77%) Military
6 16 (1.67%) Law
7 15 (1.56%) Retail
8 10 (1.04%) Avionics
8 10 (1.04%) Legal
9 8 (0.83%) Billing
9 8 (0.83%) Investment Banking
10 5 (0.52%) Advertising
10 5 (0.52%) Aerospace
10 5 (0.52%) Automotive
10 5 (0.52%) Back Office
10 5 (0.52%) Local Government
10 5 (0.52%) Marketing
11 4 (0.42%) Front Office
12 3 (0.31%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 135 (14.06%) Analyst
2 93 (9.69%) Architect
3 83 (8.65%) Support Engineer
4 80 (8.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 73 (7.60%) Desktop Support
6 65 (6.77%) Developer
7 62 (6.46%) 2nd Line Support
7 62 (6.46%) Consultant
8 59 (6.15%) Support Analyst
9 42 (4.38%) Administrator
10 36 (3.75%) Server Engineer
10 36 (3.75%) Windows Engineer
11 34 (3.54%) IT Support
12 33 (3.44%) Desktop Engineer
13 31 (3.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 31 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support
13 31 (3.23%) IT Engineer
14 28 (2.92%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 28 (2.92%) DBA
14 28 (2.92%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (9.17%) .NET
2 34 (3.54%) ASP.NET
2 34 (3.54%) XML
3 33 (3.44%) CSS
4 28 (2.92%) Web Services
5 27 (2.81%) HTML
6 22 (2.29%) jQuery
7 16 (1.67%) AngularJS
8 14 (1.46%) WPF
9 12 (1.25%) COM
9 12 (1.25%) WCF
10 11 (1.15%) .NET Framework
10 11 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC
11 10 (1.04%) DCOM
11 10 (1.04%) HTML5
12 9 (0.94%) XSLT
13 7 (0.73%) ASP.NET Web API
13 7 (0.73%) Middleware
14 6 (0.63%) Entity Framework
14 6 (0.63%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 108 (11.25%) Data Centre
2 82 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (6.35%) Clustering
4 54 (5.63%) Blackberry
5 44 (4.58%) Computer Science
6 36 (3.75%) Management Information System
7 29 (3.02%) PKI
8 26 (2.71%) Video Conferencing
9 22 (2.29%) NHS
9 22 (2.29%) Replication
10 19 (1.98%) iPad
11 18 (1.88%) PDA
12 17 (1.77%) User Experience
13 16 (1.67%) Private Cloud
14 12 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
15 11 (1.15%) Fat Client
15 11 (1.15%) Thin Client
16 10 (1.04%) iPhone
17 9 (0.94%) Handset
18 8 (0.83%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 599 (62.40%) Windows
2 287 (29.90%) Windows Server
3 212 (22.08%) Windows Server 2012
4 187 (19.48%) Windows Server 2008
5 152 (15.83%) Windows 7
6 108 (11.25%) Windows 10
7 99 (10.31%) Windows Server 2003
8 90 (9.38%) Linux
9 51 (5.31%) Windows 8
10 35 (3.65%) Android
11 32 (3.33%) Unix
12 28 (2.92%) Windows XP
13 27 (2.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 25 (2.60%) Apple iOS
15 13 (1.35%) CentOS
15 13 (1.35%) Mac OS X
15 13 (1.35%) Windows Vista
16 11 (1.15%) Solaris
17 6 (0.63%) Ubuntu
18 5 (0.52%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 360 (37.50%) ITIL
2 123 (12.81%) Migration
3 85 (8.85%) Change Management
4 71 (7.40%) Service Management
5 70 (7.29%) ITIL V3
6 55 (5.73%) Agile Software Development
7 54 (5.63%) Project Management
8 51 (5.31%) High Availability
9 50 (5.21%) Incident Management
10 44 (4.58%) Business Intelligence
10 44 (4.58%) PRINCE2
10 44 (4.58%) Service Delivery
11 42 (4.38%) DevOps
12 39 (4.06%) Disaster Recovery
13 37 (3.85%) Problem Management
14 33 (3.44%) ITSM
15 30 (3.13%) Scrum
16 29 (3.02%) Performance Tuning
16 29 (3.02%) TOGAF
17 28 (2.92%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 190 (19.79%) PowerShell
2 150 (15.63%) SQL
3 73 (7.60%) C#
4 34 (3.54%) JavaScript
5 30 (3.13%) VBScript
6 29 (3.02%) VB
7 28 (2.92%) T-SQL
8 19 (1.98%) C
9 18 (1.88%) Python
10 10 (1.04%) Java
10 10 (1.04%) X++
11 8 (0.83%) Bash Shell
12 7 (0.73%) Perl
13 5 (0.52%) Ruby
13 5 (0.52%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.31%) Ada
14 3 (0.31%) Ada 83
14 3 (0.31%) Ada 95
14 3 (0.31%) VB.NET
15 2 (0.21%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
Qualifications
1 462 (48.13%) MCSE
2 180 (18.75%) MCP
3 178 (18.54%) MCSA
4 155 (16.15%) MCITP
5 144 (15.00%) Security Cleared
6 135 (14.06%) Cisco Certification
7 122 (12.71%) Degree
8 114 (11.88%) SC Cleared
9 107 (11.15%) CCNA
10 91 (9.48%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 69 (7.19%) MCTS
12 59 (6.15%) MCDST
13 39 (4.06%) ITIL Certification
14 38 (3.96%) Computer Science Degree
15 31 (3.23%) CCNP
16 25 (2.60%) Citrix Certification
17 24 (2.50%) A+ Certification
17 24 (2.50%) DV Cleared
18 21 (2.19%) MCDBA
19 20 (2.08%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (7.71%) SLA
2 27 (2.81%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 11 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (1.04%) MIL-STD-1553
5 9 (0.94%) QA
6 8 (0.83%) PCI DSS
7 7 (0.73%) PMO
8 4 (0.42%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.10%) COBIT
9 1 (0.10%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.10%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 1 (0.10%) PMBOK
System Software
1 484 (50.42%) Active Directory
2 166 (17.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 137 (14.27%) Hyper-V
4 46 (4.79%) XenApp
5 38 (3.96%) VMware ESXi
6 32 (3.33%) vSphere
7 27 (2.81%) XenDesktop
8 22 (2.29%) Virtual Machines
9 19 (1.98%) Microsoft App-V
10 18 (1.88%) Virtual Desktop
11 17 (1.77%) Virtual Servers
12 14 (1.46%) VMware Workstation
13 11 (1.15%) UAG
14 9 (0.94%) Terminal Services
15 8 (0.83%) Microsoft Virtual Server
16 7 (0.73%) BitLocker
17 6 (0.63%) ISA Server
17 6 (0.63%) Terminal Server
18 5 (0.52%) Firmware
18 5 (0.52%) Forefront TMG
Systems Management
1 116 (12.08%) SCCM
2 77 (8.02%) SCOM
3 27 (2.81%) Microsoft Clustering
4 19 (1.98%) WSUS
5 17 (1.77%) NetBackup
6 16 (1.67%) AirWatch
7 15 (1.56%) HP Data Protector
8 14 (1.46%) Tivoli
8 14 (1.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 14 (1.46%) vCenter Server
9 11 (1.15%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 11 (1.15%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
10 10 (1.04%) PowerCLI
11 9 (0.94%) Norton AntiVirus
11 9 (0.94%) Puppet
12 8 (0.83%) WMI
13 7 (0.73%) Opscode Chef
14 6 (0.63%) Ansible
14 6 (0.63%) SCVMM
14 6 (0.63%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 697 (72.60%) Microsoft
2 252 (26.25%) VMware
3 170 (17.71%) Citrix
4 164 (17.08%) Cisco
5 136 (14.17%) HP
6 49 (5.10%) NetApp
7 45 (4.69%) Oracle
8 44 (4.58%) Apple
9 29 (3.02%) Red Hat
9 29 (3.02%) Symantec
10 28 (2.92%) Dell
10 28 (2.92%) Remedy
11 27 (2.81%) ServiceNow
12 24 (2.50%) SolarWinds
13 22 (2.29%) McAfee
14 18 (1.88%) Polycom
15 17 (1.77%) EMC
16 15 (1.56%) Sophos
17 14 (1.46%) Avaya
17 14 (1.46%) CheckPoint
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Plan-Net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Durham, County Durham
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £9.50 - £12.50 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Premier IT
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Reed Technology
Rate: £392 - £451 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Circa £650 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Square One Resources
Rate: £150 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harris Global
Rate: Unspecified Market rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £14 - £14.40 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Elland, Yorkshire
Mercator IT Solutions
Rate: £Market
Posted: 4 days ago
Luton, Bedfordshire
JM
Posted: Yesterday
Cheshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Aylesford, Kent
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
Wimborne, Dorset
AMS contingency
Posted: 24 days ago