Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 276 255 196
Rank change year-on-year -21 -59 -22
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 990 968 1,469
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.96% 1.02% 1.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.11% 5.17% 6.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 630 563 883
UK median daily rate £350 £330 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.06% - +1.54%
10th Percentile £170 £123 £174
90th Percentile £525 £525 £473
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year +12.90% -4.62% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 91 128
UK median hourly rate £17.50 £18.26 £21.33
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.16% -14.39% +21.89%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.25 £10.50
90th Percentile £44.16 £47.50 £42.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.41 £19.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year -8.37% -13.64% +25.71%

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 19,383 18,725 23,688
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.77% 19.68% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,493 11,496 14,836
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £402
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.85% +0.38%
10th Percentile £243 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £590 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £378
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.96% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 958 955 827
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.44% +6.86% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.71 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.36 £31.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -18.20% +10.71% +24.44%

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 23 July 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 23 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in the UK

Microsoft Certification
Top 16 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 23 July 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 -28 852 £350 +0.86% 429
UK excluding London +2 676 £350 +12.90% 328
London -64 293 £338 -10.00% 128
South East -5 197 £380 +22.58% 77
North of England -9 112 £325 -18.75% 92
Midlands -18 99 £300 +2.13% 67
Scotland +18 83 £409 +18.48% 13
East of England -27 78 £363 +3.57% 35
South West +39 68 £300 -4.00% 30
West Midlands -13 52 £275 -21.36% 44
North West -20 52 £350 -19.54% 47
East Midlands -11 47 £350 +60.00% 23
Wales -3 31 £450 +160.87% 13
Yorkshire -23 31 £313 -23.78% 33
North East +3 29 £290 -7.05% 12
Northern Ireland +21 8 £250 -9.09%

For the 6 months to 23 July 2018, 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.

1 756 (76.36%) Microsoft
2 664 (67.07%) Windows
3 541 (54.65%) MCSE
4 512 (51.72%) Active Directory
5 385 (38.89%) Windows Server
6 370 (37.37%) ITIL
7 335 (33.84%) VMware
8 321 (32.42%) Office 365
9 278 (28.08%) MCSA
10 226 (22.83%) Windows Server 2008
11 220 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
12 217 (21.92%) VMware Infrastructure
13 205 (20.71%) PowerShell
14 202 (20.40%) SCCM
14 202 (20.40%) SQL Server
15 201 (20.30%) Microsoft Azure
16 195 (19.70%) Migration
17 187 (18.89%) Windows 7
18 184 (18.59%) MS Exchange
19 183 (18.48%) Security Cleared
20 179 (18.08%) Citrix
21 169 (17.07%) Windows 10
22 168 (16.97%) MCP
23 160 (16.16%) Microsoft Office
24 159 (16.06%) SC Cleared
25 155 (15.66%) DNS
26 153 (15.45%) SQL
27 150 (15.15%) Cisco
28 148 (14.95%) Degree
29 140 (14.14%) Cisco Certification

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
1 184 (18.59%) MS Exchange
2 133 (13.43%) SharePoint
3 83 (8.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 74 (7.47%) IIS
5 71 (7.17%) Skype for Business
6 51 (5.15%) Exchange Server 2013
7 46 (4.65%) SharePoint 2013
8 37 (3.74%) SharePoint 2010
9 33 (3.33%) SharePoint Server
10 29 (2.93%) OpenStack
11 17 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
12 15 (1.52%) Exchange Server 2003
13 14 (1.41%) Office Communications Server
14 9 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 8 (0.81%) Apache Spark
16 5 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
17 4 (0.40%) Apache
17 4 (0.40%) Confluence
17 4 (0.40%) IBM Notes
17 4 (0.40%) Moodle
Applications
1 160 (16.16%) Microsoft Office
2 30 (3.03%) InfoPath
3 18 (1.82%) Microsoft Excel
4 11 (1.11%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.01%) Microsoft PowerPoint
6 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
7 2 (0.20%) Acrobat
8 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 30 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.51%) SAP S/4HANA
3 3 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.30%) Towers Watson Igloo
4 2 (0.20%) Elite 3E
4 2 (0.20%) ReMetrica
4 2 (0.20%) Workfront
5 1 (0.10%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 1 (0.10%) Magento
5 1 (0.10%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.10%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.10%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.10%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 321 (32.42%) Office 365
2 201 (20.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 53 (5.35%) Amazon AWS
4 46 (4.65%) Azure Active Directory
5 25 (2.53%) Dynamics 365
6 20 (2.02%) OneDrive
7 16 (1.62%) Yammer
8 14 (1.41%) PaaS
9 12 (1.21%) SaaS
10 10 (1.01%) Mimecast
11 9 (0.91%) Azure Machine Learning
12 8 (0.81%) Azure Data Factory
12 8 (0.81%) Data Lake Analytics
13 7 (0.71%) Cloud Computing
13 7 (0.71%) IaaS
14 5 (0.51%) AWS CloudFormation
14 5 (0.51%) G Suite
15 3 (0.30%) Amazon EC2
16 2 (0.20%) GitHub
17 1 (0.10%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 155 (15.66%) DNS
2 128 (12.93%) DHCP
3 123 (12.42%) Firewall
4 84 (8.48%) TCP/IP
5 78 (7.88%) SAN
6 76 (7.68%) LAN
7 63 (6.36%) VPN
8 62 (6.26%) Skype
9 58 (5.86%) WAN
10 53 (5.35%) Internet
11 31 (3.13%) VoIP
12 30 (3.03%) Wireless
13 25 (2.53%) VLAN
14 21 (2.12%) SMTP
15 19 (1.92%) Unified Communications
16 18 (1.82%) Network Security
17 17 (1.72%) NetScaler
18 15 (1.52%) Cisco ASA
19 14 (1.41%) Remote Desktop
20 13 (1.31%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 202 (20.40%) SQL Server
2 38 (3.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 35 (3.54%) SQL Server 2008
4 24 (2.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 22 (2.22%) MySQL
6 21 (2.12%) Relational Database
7 20 (2.02%) Data Warehouse
8 18 (1.82%) Power BI
9 17 (1.72%) Big Data
10 15 (1.52%) SQL Server 2012
11 13 (1.31%) SQL Server 2005
12 11 (1.11%) Oracle Database
13 10 (1.01%) SQL Server 2016
14 9 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 8 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
15 8 (0.81%) Data Lake
15 8 (0.81%) Hadoop
15 8 (0.81%) NoSQL
16 7 (0.71%) HDInsight
16 7 (0.71%) OLTP
Development Applications
1 49 (4.95%) Team Foundation Server
1 49 (4.95%) Visual Studio
2 20 (2.02%) Visual Studio Team System
3 15 (1.52%) JIRA
4 12 (1.21%) Git (software)
5 9 (0.91%) HP UFT
6 8 (0.81%) TeamCity
6 8 (0.81%) TestDirector
6 8 (0.81%) WinRunner
7 6 (0.61%) Octopus Deploy
8 5 (0.51%) MSI
9 4 (0.40%) GCC
9 4 (0.40%) Jenkins
9 4 (0.40%) Moq
9 4 (0.40%) NUnit
9 4 (0.40%) Subversion
10 3 (0.30%) AdminStudio
10 3 (0.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.30%) Selenium
11 2 (0.20%) JMeter
General
1 94 (9.49%) Finance
2 32 (3.23%) Telecoms
3 30 (3.03%) Marketing
4 29 (2.93%) Retail
5 23 (2.32%) Banking
6 22 (2.22%) Back Office
7 18 (1.82%) Legal
8 16 (1.62%) Manufacturing
9 14 (1.41%) Law
10 13 (1.31%) Electronics
11 11 (1.11%) Advertising
12 10 (1.01%) Publishing
13 8 (0.81%) Local Government
14 6 (0.61%) Automotive
15 5 (0.51%) Games
15 5 (0.51%) Military
16 4 (0.40%) Investment Banking
17 1 (0.10%) Billing
17 1 (0.10%) French Language
17 1 (0.10%) International Banking
Job Titles
1 129 (13.03%) Analyst
2 107 (10.81%) Support Engineer
3 86 (8.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 84 (8.48%) Architect
5 82 (8.28%) Consultant
6 74 (7.47%) Desktop Support
7 63 (6.36%) Developer
8 40 (4.04%) Windows Engineer
9 39 (3.94%) Support Analyst
10 35 (3.54%) Administrator
10 35 (3.54%) Desktop Engineer
10 35 (3.54%) IT Support
10 35 (3.54%) Service Analyst
11 34 (3.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 33 (3.33%) 3rd Line Support
12 33 (3.33%) Service Desk Analyst
13 32 (3.23%) 2nd Line Support
14 31 (3.13%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 29 (2.93%) Systems Engineer
16 25 (2.53%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (8.38%) .NET
2 57 (5.76%) CSS
3 41 (4.14%) jQuery
4 34 (3.43%) XML
5 33 (3.33%) HTML
6 31 (3.13%) XSLT
7 30 (3.03%) ASP.NET
8 24 (2.42%) Web Services
9 16 (1.62%) WCF
10 15 (1.52%) .NET Framework
10 15 (1.52%) ASP.NET MVC
10 15 (1.52%) HTML5
10 15 (1.52%) REST
11 12 (1.21%) AngularJS
11 12 (1.21%) CSS3
11 12 (1.21%) React
12 10 (1.01%) LDAP
13 9 (0.91%) ASP.NET Web API
13 9 (0.91%) Node.js
14 6 (0.61%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 120 (12.12%) Data Centre
2 79 (7.98%) Computer Science
3 78 (7.88%) Analytical Skills
4 63 (6.36%) PKI
5 52 (5.25%) Management Information System
6 48 (4.85%) Clustering
7 36 (3.64%) Video Conferencing
8 29 (2.93%) Self-Motivation
9 25 (2.53%) Replication
10 20 (2.02%) Enterprise Software
11 19 (1.92%) Mobile App
12 18 (1.82%) Blackberry
12 18 (1.82%) Fat Client
12 18 (1.82%) Thin Client
13 15 (1.52%) Driving Licence
14 12 (1.21%) NHS
14 12 (1.21%) Public Cloud
15 11 (1.11%) CESG
16 10 (1.01%) Client/Server
16 10 (1.01%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 664 (67.07%) Windows
2 385 (38.89%) Windows Server
3 226 (22.83%) Windows Server 2008
4 220 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 187 (18.89%) Windows 7
6 169 (17.07%) Windows 10
7 118 (11.92%) Windows Server 2003
8 63 (6.36%) Linux
9 50 (5.05%) Android
10 43 (4.34%) Apple iOS
11 36 (3.64%) Windows XP
12 28 (2.83%) Windows 8
13 26 (2.63%) Unix
14 20 (2.02%) Windows Phone
15 19 (1.92%) Windows Phone 8
16 18 (1.82%) AIX
17 15 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 11 (1.11%) Mac OS
18 11 (1.11%) Mac OS X
19 8 (0.81%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 370 (37.37%) ITIL
2 195 (19.70%) Migration
3 113 (11.41%) Problem-Solving
4 80 (8.08%) Agile Software Development
5 77 (7.78%) ITIL V3
6 70 (7.07%) Change Management
7 64 (6.46%) Incident Management
8 62 (6.26%) High Availability
9 54 (5.45%) Service Management
10 46 (4.65%) CRM
11 45 (4.55%) TOGAF
12 42 (4.24%) Stakeholder Management
13 39 (3.94%) Business Intelligence
13 39 (3.94%) PRINCE2
14 38 (3.84%) Customer Requirements
15 37 (3.74%) Service Delivery
16 36 (3.64%) Analytics
16 36 (3.64%) Disaster Recovery
17 35 (3.54%) Project Management
17 35 (3.54%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 205 (20.71%) PowerShell
2 153 (15.45%) SQL
3 86 (8.69%) C#
4 65 (6.57%) JavaScript
5 35 (3.54%) VBScript
6 22 (2.22%) C
6 22 (2.22%) T-SQL
6 22 (2.22%) VB
7 17 (1.72%) Python
8 12 (1.21%) TypeScript
9 11 (1.11%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.01%) R
11 8 (0.81%) Java
11 8 (0.81%) U-SQL
11 8 (0.81%) VB.NET
12 7 (0.71%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 7 (0.71%) Perl
12 7 (0.71%) VBA
13 6 (0.61%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.51%) ActionScript 2.0
Qualifications
1 541 (54.65%) MCSE
2 278 (28.08%) MCSA
3 183 (18.48%) Security Cleared
4 168 (16.97%) MCP
5 159 (16.06%) SC Cleared
6 148 (14.95%) Degree
7 140 (14.14%) Cisco Certification
8 130 (13.13%) MCITP
9 103 (10.40%) CCNA
10 68 (6.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 66 (6.67%) MCTS
12 58 (5.86%) CCNP
12 58 (5.86%) Computer Science Degree
13 41 (4.14%) ITIL Certification
14 30 (3.03%) A+ Certification
15 29 (2.93%) MCDST
16 28 (2.83%) Citrix Certification
17 25 (2.53%) DV Cleared
18 23 (2.32%) CISSP
19 22 (2.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 87 (8.79%) SLA
2 26 (2.63%) QA
3 15 (1.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 10 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 6 (0.61%) GDPR
6 5 (0.51%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 5 (0.51%) PCI DSS
7 4 (0.40%) Data Quality
7 4 (0.40%) Government Security Classifications
8 3 (0.30%) PMO
9 1 (0.10%) COBIT
9 1 (0.10%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 1 (0.10%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 512 (51.72%) Active Directory
2 217 (21.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 126 (12.73%) Hyper-V
4 71 (7.17%) vSphere
5 52 (5.25%) XenApp
6 51 (5.15%) VMware ESXi
7 39 (3.94%) XenDesktop
8 27 (2.73%) Virtual Machines
9 25 (2.53%) VMware Workstation
10 21 (2.12%) XenServer
11 20 (2.02%) Terminal Services
12 18 (1.82%) BitLocker
13 17 (1.72%) Microsoft App-V
13 17 (1.72%) Virtual Desktop
14 12 (1.21%) UAG
15 8 (0.81%) Forefront TMG
15 8 (0.81%) IAG
16 7 (0.71%) Virtual Servers
17 6 (0.61%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
18 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 202 (20.40%) SCCM
2 48 (4.85%) WSUS
3 44 (4.44%) AirWatch
4 43 (4.34%) SCOM
5 35 (3.54%) Microsoft Intune
5 35 (3.54%) XenMobile
6 29 (2.93%) NetBackup
7 28 (2.83%) Microsoft Clustering
8 23 (2.32%) McAfee ePO
9 19 (1.92%) Backup Exec
10 18 (1.82%) SAP Afaria
11 17 (1.72%) vCenter Server
12 14 (1.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 12 (1.21%) Nessus
13 12 (1.21%) Norton AntiVirus
14 9 (0.91%) HP Quality Center
15 8 (0.81%) Single Sign-On
15 8 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
16 7 (0.71%) EMC NetWorker
16 7 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 756 (76.36%) Microsoft
2 335 (33.84%) VMware
3 179 (18.08%) Citrix
4 150 (15.15%) Cisco
5 91 (9.19%) HP
6 79 (7.98%) McAfee
7 54 (5.45%) Apple
8 48 (4.85%) SAP
9 44 (4.44%) EMC
10 42 (4.24%) Ivanti
11 40 (4.04%) SolarWinds
12 38 (3.84%) NetApp
12 38 (3.84%) Symantec
13 37 (3.74%) Dell
14 33 (3.33%) Oracle
15 30 (3.03%) Nintex
16 27 (2.73%) Veeam
17 26 (2.63%) Veritas
18 25 (2.53%) ServiceNow
19 23 (2.32%) CheckPoint