Period
to 21 October 2019

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 21 October 2019 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
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 267 265 250
Rank change year-on-year -2 -15 -50
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 809 1,004 1,055
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.95% 0.98% 1.06%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.77% 5.28% 5.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 625 646
UK median daily rate £375 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% -1.52%
10th Percentile £130 £159 £134
90th Percentile £569 £533 £504
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 78 75
UK median hourly rate £22.34 £16.35 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.61% -0.91% -22.95%
10th Percentile £14.97 £14.75 £11.25
90th Percentile £82.50 £31.86 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.34 £15.85 £16.50
% change year-on-year +40.91% -3.94% -26.67%

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 16,974 19,000 18,636
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.98% 18.56% 18.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,409 11,242 11,370
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
10th Percentile £260 £245 £225
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £443 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +6.80% +3.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 838 948 902
UK median hourly rate £36.60 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.40% -9.09% +1.85%
10th Percentile £14.30 £12.69 £12.01
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £49.98
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.98 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +47.90% -16.67% +9.09%

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 21 October 2019.

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 21 October 2019.

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 21 October 2019. 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 -6 724 £375 +7.14% 635
UK excluding London +3 558 £350 - 500
London +12 237 £400 +14.29% 172
South East +36 201 £375 - 147
North of England +19 100 £306 -5.77% 131
South West +9 75 £438 +34.62% 73
Midlands +18 73 £400 +33.33% 75
Scotland +45 65 £343 -11.04% 19
Yorkshire +42 51 £275 -21.43% 38
West Midlands +12 45 £438 +50.86% 47
North West -6 38 £355 +10.68% 75
East of England -22 33 £300 -20.00% 39
East Midlands +13 28 £325 +8.33% 28
North East +19 11 £250 -7.41% 18
Wales +14 6 £203 -55.00% 16
Northern Ireland +5 4 £170 -47.69% 2
Channel Islands - 1 £513 -

For the 6 months to 21 October 2019, 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.

1 639 (78.99%) Microsoft
2 512 (63.29%) Windows
3 415 (51.30%) MCSE
4 409 (50.56%) Active Directory
5 267 (33.00%) Office 365
6 254 (31.40%) MCSA
7 248 (30.66%) VMware
8 246 (30.41%) ITIL
9 243 (30.04%) Azure
10 233 (28.80%) Windows Server
11 183 (22.62%) SCCM
12 180 (22.25%) Security Cleared
13 170 (21.01%) Windows 10
14 164 (20.27%) PowerShell
15 159 (19.65%) SQL
16 148 (18.29%) Windows Server 2012
17 143 (17.68%) Windows 7
18 142 (17.55%) DNS
19 133 (16.44%) VMware Infrastructure
20 132 (16.32%) SC Cleared
21 131 (16.19%) Cisco Certification
22 130 (16.07%) Citrix
22 130 (16.07%) Cisco
23 121 (14.96%) Windows Server 2008
24 114 (14.09%) Problem-Solving
25 112 (13.84%) Microsoft Office
26 111 (13.72%) SQL Server
26 111 (13.72%) Degree
26 111 (13.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
27 110 (13.60%) Migration

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
1 102 (12.61%) SharePoint
2 97 (11.99%) MS Exchange
3 53 (6.55%) Skype for Business
4 46 (5.69%) Exchange Server 2010
5 41 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2013
6 33 (4.08%) IIS
7 32 (3.96%) Confluence
8 16 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2007
9 12 (1.48%) Exchange Server 2003
10 11 (1.36%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (0.99%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (0.74%) Apache
12 6 (0.74%) WordPress
13 5 (0.62%) IBM Notes
14 4 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
14 4 (0.49%) Tomcat
15 2 (0.25%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
15 2 (0.25%) Jetty
15 2 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
15 2 (0.25%) WebSphere
Applications
1 112 (13.84%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 10 (1.24%) InfoPath
4 7 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.87%) MS Visio
5 4 (0.49%) Acrobat
5 4 (0.49%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (0.25%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.12%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 17 (2.10%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.62%) assyst
2 5 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (0.25%) SAP ERP
5 1 (0.12%) Aareon QL
5 1 (0.12%) Dynamics GP
5 1 (0.12%) ION MarketView
5 1 (0.12%) NetSuite
5 1 (0.12%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
5 1 (0.12%) Workfront
Cloud Services
1 267 (33.00%) Office 365
2 243 (30.04%) Azure
3 88 (10.88%) AWS
4 53 (6.55%) Azure Active Directory
4 53 (6.55%) Power Platform
5 44 (5.44%) PaaS
6 40 (4.94%) IaaS
7 34 (4.20%) SaaS
8 29 (3.58%) PowerApps
9 21 (2.60%) GitHub
10 20 (2.47%) Dynamics 365
11 16 (1.98%) OneDrive
12 14 (1.73%) Microsoft Flow
13 13 (1.61%) Azure ExpressRoute
13 13 (1.61%) GCP
14 8 (0.99%) AWS CloudFormation
14 8 (0.99%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.62%) Cloud Computing
16 4 (0.49%) Mimecast
17 3 (0.37%) Google App Engine
Communications & Networking
1 142 (17.55%) DNS
2 92 (11.37%) Firewall
3 91 (11.25%) DHCP
4 67 (8.28%) LAN
5 65 (8.03%) TCP/IP
6 62 (7.66%) SAN
7 56 (6.92%) WAN
8 48 (5.93%) Skype
9 40 (4.94%) VPN
10 23 (2.84%) Internet
10 23 (2.84%) NAS
11 22 (2.72%) VoIP
12 21 (2.60%) Wireless
13 19 (2.35%) Wi-Fi
14 18 (2.22%) VLAN
15 17 (2.10%) Cisco ASA
16 15 (1.85%) HTTP
16 15 (1.85%) Remote Desktop
17 14 (1.73%) Network Security
18 12 (1.48%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (13.72%) SQL Server
2 36 (4.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 30 (3.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 29 (3.58%) Power BI
5 24 (2.97%) SQL Server 2008
6 20 (2.47%) SQL Server 2012
7 19 (2.35%) Relational Database
7 19 (2.35%) SQL Server 2016
8 18 (2.22%) Azure SQL Database
9 17 (2.10%) Data Warehouse
10 15 (1.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 10 (1.24%) Cosmos DB
12 9 (1.11%) Big Data
12 9 (1.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 9 (1.11%) Oracle Database
13 7 (0.87%) OLAP
13 7 (0.87%) Oracle Reports
13 7 (0.87%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.74%) SAP BW
14 6 (0.74%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 48 (5.93%) JIRA
2 33 (4.08%) MSI
3 29 (3.58%) InstallShield
4 18 (2.22%) Visual Studio
5 16 (1.98%) GitLab
5 16 (1.98%) Jenkins
6 13 (1.61%) StarTeam
7 8 (0.99%) Git (software)
8 5 (0.62%) TeamCity
9 4 (0.49%) Android Studio
9 4 (0.49%) HP UFT
9 4 (0.49%) Hudson
9 4 (0.49%) LoadRunner
9 4 (0.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 4 (0.49%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (0.49%) Visual Studio Team System
9 4 (0.49%) WinDbg
10 3 (0.37%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 3 (0.37%) Octopus Deploy
10 3 (0.37%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 85 (10.51%) Finance
2 43 (5.32%) Public Sector
3 27 (3.34%) Legal
4 26 (3.21%) Telecoms
5 24 (2.97%) Banking
6 23 (2.84%) Retail
7 18 (2.22%) Law
8 11 (1.36%) Manufacturing
9 8 (0.99%) German Language
10 6 (0.74%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.62%) Marketing
11 5 (0.62%) Military
12 4 (0.49%) Automotive
12 4 (0.49%) French Language
12 4 (0.49%) Local Government
12 4 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.37%) Back Office
13 3 (0.37%) Electronics
13 3 (0.37%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.37%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 101 (12.48%) Analyst
2 81 (10.01%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 81 (10.01%) Support Engineer
3 61 (7.54%) Architect
4 52 (6.43%) Desktop Support
5 50 (6.18%) Consultant
6 48 (5.93%) Developer
7 45 (5.56%) Service Analyst
8 43 (5.32%) Service Desk Analyst
9 41 (5.07%) Desktop Engineer
10 35 (4.33%) Windows Engineer
11 33 (4.08%) 2nd Line Support
11 33 (4.08%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 31 (3.83%) IT Support
13 29 (3.58%) 3rd Line Support
14 28 (3.46%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 28 (3.46%) Support Analyst
14 28 (3.46%) Wintel Engineer
15 27 (3.34%) DevOps Engineer
16 25 (3.09%) 2nd Line Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (4.57%) .NET
2 21 (2.60%) HTML
3 20 (2.47%) Web Services
4 13 (1.61%) XML
5 9 (1.11%) ASP.NET
5 9 (1.11%) LDAP
6 8 (0.99%) CSS
6 8 (0.99%) HTML5
6 8 (0.99%) RESTful
7 6 (0.74%) jQuery
7 6 (0.74%) Oracle Fusion
7 6 (0.74%) WCF
8 5 (0.62%) AngularJS
8 5 (0.62%) XMPP
9 4 (0.49%) ASP.NET Web API
9 4 (0.49%) Elastic Stack
9 4 (0.49%) J2EE
9 4 (0.49%) Retrofit
9 4 (0.49%) RxJava
9 4 (0.49%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 60 (7.42%) Analytical Skills
2 53 (6.55%) Self-Motivation
3 52 (6.43%) Data Centre
4 45 (5.56%) Clustering
5 44 (5.44%) Management Information System
6 23 (2.84%) Replication
7 21 (2.60%) PKI
8 19 (2.35%) Public Cloud
9 15 (1.85%) Blackberry
9 15 (1.85%) NHS
10 13 (1.61%) Driving Licence
11 12 (1.48%) Smartphone
12 9 (1.11%) VxBlock/Vblock
13 8 (0.99%) Client/Server
13 8 (0.99%) Hybrid Cloud
13 8 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
14 7 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
15 6 (0.74%) iPad
15 6 (0.74%) Mobile App
15 6 (0.74%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 512 (63.29%) Windows
2 233 (28.80%) Windows Server
3 170 (21.01%) Windows 10
4 148 (18.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 143 (17.68%) Windows 7
6 121 (14.96%) Windows Server 2008
7 86 (10.63%) Linux
8 56 (6.92%) Windows 8
9 53 (6.55%) Windows Server 2003
10 33 (4.08%) Windows XP
11 22 (2.72%) Android
12 17 (2.10%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 16 (1.98%) CentOS
14 13 (1.61%) AIX
14 13 (1.61%) Apple iOS
15 12 (1.48%) Unix
16 11 (1.36%) Mac OS
17 8 (0.99%) Mac OS X
17 8 (0.99%) Windows 2000
18 6 (0.74%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 246 (30.41%) ITIL
2 114 (14.09%) Problem-Solving
3 111 (13.72%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 110 (13.60%) Migration
5 98 (12.11%) Agile Software Development
6 68 (8.41%) Service Management
7 59 (7.29%) DevOps
8 55 (6.80%) Computer Science
9 54 (6.67%) ITIL V3
10 52 (6.43%) Change Management
11 46 (5.69%) Disaster Recovery
12 45 (5.56%) Business Intelligence
13 44 (5.44%) Information Security
14 41 (5.07%) Project Management
15 40 (4.94%) Application Packaging
16 39 (4.82%) ITSM
17 36 (4.45%) PRINCE2
18 32 (3.96%) Incident Management
19 30 (3.71%) Performance Tuning
20 27 (3.34%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 164 (20.27%) PowerShell
2 159 (19.65%) SQL
3 41 (5.07%) VBScript
4 38 (4.70%) Java
5 37 (4.57%) Python
6 28 (3.46%) C#
7 27 (3.34%) T-SQL
8 18 (2.22%) JavaScript
8 18 (2.22%) VB
9 14 (1.73%) Perl
10 8 (0.99%) C
10 8 (0.99%) Go
10 8 (0.99%) PL/SQL
11 7 (0.87%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.49%) Kotlin
13 3 (0.37%) C++
14 2 (0.25%) PHP
14 2 (0.25%) TypeScript
15 1 (0.12%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
15 1 (0.12%) R
Qualifications
1 415 (51.30%) MCSE
2 254 (31.40%) MCSA
3 180 (22.25%) Security Cleared
4 132 (16.32%) SC Cleared
5 131 (16.19%) Cisco Certification
6 111 (13.72%) Degree
7 108 (13.35%) CCNA
8 105 (12.98%) MCP
9 88 (10.88%) MCITP
10 67 (8.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 44 (5.44%) DV Cleared
12 37 (4.57%) CCNP
13 29 (3.58%) Computer Science Degree
13 29 (3.58%) MCTS
14 25 (3.09%) A+ Certification
15 23 (2.84%) RHCSA
16 22 (2.72%) ITIL Certification
17 19 (2.35%) MCDST
18 18 (2.22%) Citrix Certification
18 18 (2.22%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (9.64%) SLA
2 29 (3.58%) QA
3 11 (1.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
4 3 (0.37%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.25%) GDPR
6 1 (0.12%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.12%) HL7
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
6 1 (0.12%) PMO
System Software
1 409 (50.56%) Active Directory
2 133 (16.44%) VMware Infrastructure
3 99 (12.24%) Hyper-V
4 57 (7.05%) VMware ESXi
5 56 (6.92%) XenApp
6 47 (5.81%) vSphere
7 36 (4.45%) Microsoft App-V
8 33 (4.08%) XenDesktop
9 24 (2.97%) Virtual Machines
10 15 (1.85%) vCloud
10 15 (1.85%) Virtual Desktop
11 14 (1.73%) Docker
12 13 (1.61%) BitLocker
13 9 (1.11%) PowerDNS
14 8 (0.99%) ISA Server
14 8 (0.99%) VMware NSX
15 5 (0.62%) Citrix Hypervisor
15 5 (0.62%) Virtual Servers
16 3 (0.37%) Terminal Services
16 3 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 183 (22.62%) SCCM
2 53 (6.55%) SCOM
3 36 (4.45%) Single Sign-On
4 35 (4.33%) Terraform
5 29 (3.58%) Ansible
6 27 (3.34%) vCenter Server
7 24 (2.97%) WSUS
8 22 (2.72%) NetBackup
9 21 (2.60%) McAfee ePO
9 21 (2.60%) Microsoft Intune
10 15 (1.85%) Kubernetes
11 14 (1.73%) Backup Exec
11 14 (1.73%) SCVMM
12 13 (1.61%) Netcool
13 12 (1.48%) PingFederate
14 11 (1.36%) Puppet
15 9 (1.11%) Microsoft Clustering
15 9 (1.11%) Nagios
15 9 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
16 8 (0.99%) WMI
Vendors
1 639 (78.99%) Microsoft
2 248 (30.66%) VMware
3 130 (16.07%) Cisco
3 130 (16.07%) Citrix
4 66 (8.16%) HP
5 44 (5.44%) Red Hat
6 43 (5.32%) Oracle
7 34 (4.20%) Dell
8 32 (3.96%) McAfee
9 29 (3.58%) Splunk
10 28 (3.46%) NetApp
11 25 (3.09%) ServiceNow
12 23 (2.84%) Novell
13 21 (2.60%) Adobe
14 20 (2.47%) Apple
15 19 (2.35%) EMC
15 19 (2.35%) F5
15 19 (2.35%) SAP
16 18 (2.22%) Symantec
17 17 (2.10%) Veritas