Period
to 18 November 2017

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 18 November 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
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 239 216 195
Rank change year-on-year -23 -21 -61
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 1108 1290 1484
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.09% 1.22% 1.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.81% 5.90% 6.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 685 862 863
UK median daily rate £325 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.52% +1.54% -3.70%
10th Percentile £138 £153 £140
90th Percentile £500 £488 £486
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £335
% change year-on-year - -2.99% +3.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 88 165
UK median hourly rate £16.00 £21.75 £17.35
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.44% +25.36% +6.77%
10th Percentile £11.20 £12.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £37.50 £43.00 £35.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £24.06 £17.00
% change year-on-year -33.50% +41.53% +6.25%

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 19067 21849 22716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.68% 20.68% 19.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 11676 13604 13682
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £240 £243
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £383
% change year-on-year +3.23% +1.24% +4.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 872 1088
UK median hourly rate £26.35 £26.25 £24.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.36% +7.55% +28.46%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.82% +10.00% +31.58%

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 18 November 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 6 months to 18 November 2017.

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 18 November 2017. 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 1007 £333 -0.75% 162
UK excluding London -21 719 £325 - 114
London -10 363 £350 -12.50% 58
South East -21 216 £328 -4.03% 27
North of England -5 167 £350 +9.38% 28
Midlands +29 110 £340 +3.03% 23
East of England -3 108 £300 +9.09% 12
Yorkshire +27 70 £313 -10.71% 7
North West +36 66 £338 +42.11% 18
East Midlands +40 58 £288 - 9
West Midlands +8 52 £381 +15.53% 14
Scotland -82 48 £328 +2.34% 4
South West +3 38 £313 +9.65% 14
North East -23 33 £400 +25.00% 3
Wales +24 28 £372 -16.87% 6
Northern Ireland -44 4 £250 +42.86%
Channel Islands 0 1 £190 -53.94%

For the 6 months to 18 November 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.

1 789 (71.21%) Microsoft
2 682 (61.55%) Windows
3 616 (55.60%) MCSE
4 547 (49.37%) Active Directory
5 442 (39.89%) ITIL
6 306 (27.62%) Windows Server
7 303 (27.35%) VMware
8 295 (26.62%) Office 365
9 267 (24.10%) MCSA
10 256 (23.10%) MS Exchange
11 228 (20.58%) Microsoft Azure
12 226 (20.40%) Citrix
13 221 (19.95%) SQL Server
14 208 (18.77%) DNS
14 208 (18.77%) Windows 7
15 202 (18.23%) Microsoft Office
16 196 (17.69%) Windows Server 2012
17 189 (17.06%) MCP
17 189 (17.06%) Cisco
18 186 (16.79%) VMware Infrastructure
19 184 (16.61%) PowerShell
20 180 (16.25%) SQL
21 179 (16.16%) Windows Server 2008
22 173 (15.61%) SCCM
22 173 (15.61%) Degree
23 165 (14.89%) DHCP
24 156 (14.08%) Cisco Certification
25 151 (13.63%) Finance
26 144 (13.00%) TCP/IP
27 143 (12.91%) 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
1 256 (23.10%) MS Exchange
2 143 (12.91%) SharePoint
3 96 (8.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 80 (7.22%) Skype for Business
5 53 (4.78%) Exchange Server 2013
6 52 (4.69%) IIS
7 47 (4.24%) SharePoint 2013
8 41 (3.70%) Exchange Server 2007
9 30 (2.71%) SharePoint Server
10 26 (2.35%) SharePoint 2010
11 22 (1.99%) BizTalk Server
11 22 (1.99%) IBM Notes
12 15 (1.35%) OpenStack
13 11 (0.99%) CMS
14 9 (0.81%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 9 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2003
15 8 (0.72%) Apache
16 5 (0.45%) Kentico
16 5 (0.45%) Sitecore CMS
16 5 (0.45%) Umbraco
Applications
1 202 (18.23%) Microsoft Office
2 29 (2.62%) MS Visio
3 23 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (0.81%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 6 (0.54%) AutoCAD
5 6 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
6 4 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.090%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.090%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 22 (1.99%) Dynamics AX
2 17 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.72%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.45%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.27%) Eikon
5 3 (0.27%) SDL Web 8
6 2 (0.18%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 1 (0.090%) Relativity
7 1 (0.090%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 1 (0.090%) WebTrends
Cloud Services
1 295 (26.62%) Office 365
2 228 (20.58%) Microsoft Azure
3 83 (7.49%) Amazon AWS
4 43 (3.88%) Azure Active Directory
5 34 (3.07%) IaaS
6 28 (2.53%) PaaS
7 16 (1.44%) SaaS
8 15 (1.35%) Mimecast
9 13 (1.17%) OneDrive
10 8 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
10 8 (0.72%) Yammer
11 7 (0.63%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.63%) G Suite
12 5 (0.45%) Amazon EC2
12 5 (0.45%) Virtual Private Cloud
13 4 (0.36%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 3 (0.27%) Azure Data Factory
14 3 (0.27%) Azure Machine Learning
14 3 (0.27%) Data Lake Analytics
14 3 (0.27%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 208 (18.77%) DNS
2 165 (14.89%) DHCP
3 144 (13.00%) TCP/IP
4 127 (11.46%) LAN
5 119 (10.74%) SAN
6 114 (10.29%) WAN
7 110 (9.93%) Firewall
8 73 (6.59%) Skype
9 62 (5.60%) VPN
10 46 (4.15%) Wireless
11 43 (3.88%) VoIP
12 42 (3.79%) Internet
13 33 (2.98%) NAS
14 30 (2.71%) Unified Communications
15 26 (2.35%) VLAN
16 25 (2.26%) NetScaler
17 22 (1.99%) Network Security
18 18 (1.62%) Ethernet
19 17 (1.53%) IP Telephony
20 16 (1.44%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 221 (19.95%) SQL Server
2 63 (5.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 50 (4.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 47 (4.24%) SQL Server 2012
5 30 (2.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 24 (2.17%) SQL Server 2016
7 21 (1.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 19 (1.71%) SQL Server 2014
9 18 (1.62%) QlikView
9 18 (1.62%) SQL Server 2005
10 17 (1.53%) Data Warehouse
11 11 (0.99%) Oracle Database
12 8 (0.72%) Hadoop
12 8 (0.72%) OLAP
13 7 (0.63%) Big Data
13 7 (0.63%) Power BI
14 6 (0.54%) Microsoft Analysis Services
14 6 (0.54%) OLTP
15 5 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
15 5 (0.45%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 44 (3.97%) Team Foundation Server
1 44 (3.97%) Visual Studio
2 22 (1.99%) Octopus Deploy
3 15 (1.35%) Git (software)
4 13 (1.17%) MorphX
5 8 (0.72%) HP UFT
6 5 (0.45%) Jenkins
6 5 (0.45%) Metasploit
7 4 (0.36%) Eclipse
7 4 (0.36%) JMeter
8 3 (0.27%) Artifactory
8 3 (0.27%) Gerrit
8 3 (0.27%) JIRA
8 3 (0.27%) Maven
8 3 (0.27%) MSI
8 3 (0.27%) MSTest
8 3 (0.27%) Subversion
8 3 (0.27%) Visual Studio Team System
8 3 (0.27%) Wise Package Studio
8 3 (0.27%) WiX
General
1 151 (13.63%) Finance
2 52 (4.69%) Banking
3 35 (3.16%) Telecoms
4 22 (1.99%) Manufacturing
5 19 (1.71%) Investment Banking
6 18 (1.62%) Law
7 16 (1.44%) Legal
8 15 (1.35%) Automotive
9 14 (1.26%) Financial Institution
10 12 (1.08%) Advertising
11 9 (0.81%) Local Government
11 9 (0.81%) Marketing
12 8 (0.72%) Electronics
12 8 (0.72%) Retail
13 7 (0.63%) German Language
14 6 (0.54%) General Ledger
15 5 (0.45%) French Language
15 5 (0.45%) Military
16 3 (0.27%) Aerospace
16 3 (0.27%) Billing
Job Titles
1 156 (14.08%) Analyst
2 130 (11.73%) Support Engineer
3 124 (11.19%) Architect
4 109 (9.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 105 (9.48%) Desktop Support
6 92 (8.30%) Developer
7 70 (6.32%) Consultant
8 66 (5.96%) 2nd Line Support
9 60 (5.42%) 3rd Line Support
10 58 (5.23%) Desktop Engineer
11 53 (4.78%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 51 (4.60%) Administrator
12 51 (4.60%) Support Analyst
13 43 (3.88%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 43 (3.88%) IT Support
14 39 (3.52%) Technical Architect
15 38 (3.43%) Service Desk Analyst
16 35 (3.16%) Service Analyst
17 31 (2.80%) Systems Engineer
17 31 (2.80%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 108 (9.75%) .NET
2 54 (4.87%) XML
3 35 (3.16%) Web Services
4 29 (2.62%) ASP.NET
5 21 (1.90%) SOAP
6 20 (1.81%) CSS
6 20 (1.81%) jQuery
7 19 (1.71%) WCF
8 16 (1.44%) ASP.NET MVC
9 15 (1.35%) REST
9 15 (1.35%) RESTful
10 14 (1.26%) AngularJS
11 13 (1.17%) .NET Framework
11 13 (1.17%) HTML
12 11 (0.99%) ASP.NET Web API
13 10 (0.90%) 802.1X
14 8 (0.72%) XSLT
15 7 (0.63%) JSON
16 6 (0.54%) KnockoutJS
16 6 (0.54%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 116 (10.47%) Analytical Skills
2 88 (7.94%) Data Centre
3 64 (5.78%) Management Information System
4 61 (5.51%) Blackberry
5 56 (5.05%) Computer Science
6 43 (3.88%) Clustering
7 35 (3.16%) PKI
8 31 (2.80%) Video Conferencing
9 28 (2.53%) NHS
9 28 (2.53%) Replication
10 20 (1.81%) Client/Server
10 20 (1.81%) Driving Licence
11 18 (1.62%) N-Tier
11 18 (1.62%) Virtual Team
12 17 (1.53%) PDA
13 15 (1.35%) BYOD
14 14 (1.26%) Private Cloud
15 13 (1.17%) Cyberthreat
16 12 (1.08%) Public Cloud
16 12 (1.08%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 682 (61.55%) Windows
2 306 (27.62%) Windows Server
3 208 (18.77%) Windows 7
4 196 (17.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 179 (16.16%) Windows Server 2008
6 141 (12.73%) Windows 10
7 88 (7.94%) Linux
8 59 (5.32%) Windows Server 2003
9 44 (3.97%) Apple iOS
10 39 (3.52%) Unix
11 36 (3.25%) Windows 8
12 27 (2.44%) Android
13 25 (2.26%) Windows XP
14 22 (1.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 22 (1.99%) Windows Vista
15 10 (0.90%) Solaris
16 9 (0.81%) CentOS
17 7 (0.63%) Mac OS X
17 7 (0.63%) VMS
17 7 (0.63%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 442 (39.89%) ITIL
2 136 (12.27%) Migration
3 102 (9.21%) Agile Software Development
4 81 (7.31%) PRINCE2
5 79 (7.13%) Change Management
6 74 (6.68%) Service Management
7 72 (6.50%) Disaster Recovery
7 72 (6.50%) Incident Management
8 68 (6.14%) ITIL V3
9 66 (5.96%) High Availability
10 63 (5.69%) Project Management
11 58 (5.23%) TOGAF
12 55 (4.96%) Service Delivery
13 50 (4.51%) Business Intelligence
14 41 (3.70%) Time Management
14 41 (3.70%) Workflow
15 38 (3.43%) Asset Management
15 38 (3.43%) Capacity Planning
16 37 (3.34%) Problem Management
17 36 (3.25%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 184 (16.61%) PowerShell
2 180 (16.25%) SQL
3 75 (6.77%) C#
4 35 (3.16%) JavaScript
5 28 (2.53%) Java
6 26 (2.35%) T-SQL
6 26 (2.35%) VBScript
7 19 (1.71%) X++
8 14 (1.26%) VB
9 12 (1.08%) C
10 10 (0.90%) Python
11 7 (0.63%) VB.NET
12 6 (0.54%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 6 (0.54%) Shell Script
13 4 (0.36%) VBA
14 3 (0.27%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.27%) Perl
14 3 (0.27%) REXX
14 3 (0.27%) Tcl
14 3 (0.27%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 616 (55.60%) MCSE
2 267 (24.10%) MCSA
3 189 (17.06%) MCP
4 173 (15.61%) Degree
5 156 (14.08%) Cisco Certification
6 133 (12.00%) MCITP
7 125 (11.28%) CCNA
8 99 (8.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 94 (8.48%) Security Cleared
10 93 (8.39%) MCDST
11 68 (6.14%) SC Cleared
12 58 (5.23%) MCTS
13 49 (4.42%) A+ Certification
14 48 (4.33%) ITIL Certification
15 45 (4.06%) Computer Science Degree
16 40 (3.61%) Citrix Certification
17 34 (3.07%) CISSP
17 34 (3.07%) Network+ Certification
18 33 (2.98%) CCNP
19 28 (2.53%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 95 (8.57%) SLA
2 39 (3.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 17 (1.53%) PCI DSS
4 13 (1.17%) QA
5 12 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
6 9 (0.81%) HL7
7 3 (0.27%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.27%) PMO
8 2 (0.18%) MIL-STD-1553
8 2 (0.18%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.090%) COBIT
9 1 (0.090%) GDPR
9 1 (0.090%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 547 (49.37%) Active Directory
2 186 (16.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 117 (10.56%) Hyper-V
4 65 (5.87%) XenApp
5 63 (5.69%) vSphere
6 55 (4.96%) VMware ESXi
7 31 (2.80%) Virtual Servers
8 26 (2.35%) XenDesktop
9 24 (2.17%) Virtual Machines
10 20 (1.81%) Microsoft App-V
11 19 (1.71%) Virtual Desktop
12 13 (1.17%) Terminal Services
13 12 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
14 10 (0.90%) XenServer
15 8 (0.72%) BitLocker
15 8 (0.72%) Brightmail
15 8 (0.72%) Docker
16 7 (0.63%) Terminal Server
17 6 (0.54%) Firmware
18 4 (0.36%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 173 (15.61%) SCCM
2 77 (6.95%) SCOM
3 31 (2.80%) NetBackup
4 29 (2.62%) Backup Exec
5 24 (2.17%) Norton AntiVirus
6 22 (1.99%) Microsoft Clustering
7 20 (1.81%) WSUS
8 16 (1.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 13 (1.17%) Microsoft Intune
10 11 (0.99%) DameWare
10 11 (0.99%) McAfee ePO
11 10 (0.90%) vCenter Server
12 9 (0.81%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 8 (0.72%) AirWatch
13 8 (0.72%) HP Data Protector
13 8 (0.72%) HP Quality Center
14 7 (0.63%) Ansible
14 7 (0.63%) OpenView Configuration Management
15 6 (0.54%) AppDNA
16 5 (0.45%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 789 (71.21%) Microsoft
2 303 (27.35%) VMware
3 226 (20.40%) Citrix
4 189 (17.06%) Cisco
5 140 (12.64%) HP
6 57 (5.14%) Apple
7 56 (5.05%) NetApp
8 53 (4.78%) Dell
9 45 (4.06%) Oracle
9 45 (4.06%) Symantec
10 33 (2.98%) RedGate
11 30 (2.71%) Sophos
12 27 (2.44%) McAfee
13 25 (2.26%) 3PAR
13 25 (2.26%) Lotus
13 25 (2.26%) Veeam
14 23 (2.08%) Avaya
14 23 (2.08%) Red Hat
15 22 (1.99%) ServiceNow
15 22 (1.99%) SolarWinds