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 29 April 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
29 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 232 187 171
Rank change year-on-year -45 -16  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 484 744 783
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.03% 1.33% 1.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.10% 6.27% 7.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 438 473
Median daily rate £330 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +1.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £179 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £350 £325
% change year-on-year -17.85% +7.69%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 64 68
Median hourly rate £19.00 £18.28 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.96% +21.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.33 £11.00 £11.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.20 £45.10 £39.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £14.75
% change year-on-year -5.00% +35.59%  

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 9484 11873 10942
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.12% 21.25% 19.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 5903 7462 6193
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 £265 £256 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £561 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.57% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 397 538
Median hourly rate £33.00 £29.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.86% +31.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.10 £48.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +55.55%  

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 29 April 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 -24 429 £338 -3.57% 213
London +24 161 £375 +22.44% 56
South East -43 114 £250 -33.33% 52
East of England -7 37 £381 +17.30% 21
East Midlands +5 33 £256 +25.00% 12
City of London -12 32 £373 +26.27% 12
Hampshire +1 29 £310 -22.98% 17
Kent +37 25 £207 -4.60% 4
West Midlands +13 24 £338 +17.39% 15
North West +18 23 £350 +27.27% 19
Yorkshire +27 18 £420 +23.98% 12
Wales +15 15 £171 -54.33% 2
South Wales +24 14 £171 -54.33%
Buckinghamshire -6 14 £500 +17.64% 6
Berkshire -28 13 £500 +33.33% 7
Scotland -60 13 £340 +3.03% 7
Surrey -22 12 £160 -62.35% 13
Hertfordshire +11 11 £450 +30.90% 10
Manchester +4 10 £350 +211.11% 12
Cambridgeshire +3 10 £481 +63.82% 3
Milton Keynes -2 10 £500 +17.64% 5
Derbyshire -10 10 £125 +13.12% 2
West Yorkshire +27 9 £420 -1.17% 8
Hook +4 9 £320 -3.39%
West Sussex +4 9 £250 -41.03% 3
Northamptonshire +3 9 £288 +15.00% 2
Essex -5 9 £425 +188.13% 3
South West -13 9 £352 -6.13% 21
Edinburgh +20 8 £600 +84.61%
North East -4 8 £260 -3.16% 4

For the 6 months to 29 April 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.

1 684 (76.60%) Microsoft
2 582 (65.17%) Windows
3 478 (53.53%) Active Directory
4 440 (49.27%) MCSE
5 331 (37.07%) ITIL
6 297 (33.26%) Windows Server
7 259 (29.00%) VMware
8 220 (24.64%) Windows Server 2012
9 207 (23.18%) Windows Server 2008
10 187 (20.94%) MCSA
11 183 (20.49%) PowerShell
12 181 (20.27%) Office 365
13 179 (20.04%) MS Exchange
14 172 (19.26%) SQL Server
15 168 (18.81%) Windows 7
16 163 (18.25%) Citrix
17 162 (18.14%) Cisco
17 162 (18.14%) VMware Infrastructure
18 155 (17.36%) MCP
19 154 (17.25%) MCITP
20 147 (16.46%) Microsoft Office
21 138 (15.45%) Firewall
22 133 (14.89%) Security Cleared
23 132 (14.78%) Microsoft Azure
23 132 (14.78%) Cisco Certification
24 127 (14.22%) Finance
25 126 (14.11%) SharePoint
26 124 (13.89%) Hyper-V
27 123 (13.77%) SQL
28 120 (13.44%) Windows Server 2003

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
1 179 (20.04%) MS Exchange
2 126 (14.11%) SharePoint
3 96 (10.75%) Skype for Business
4 91 (10.19%) Exchange Server 2010
5 54 (6.05%) IIS
6 43 (4.82%) SharePoint 2013
7 41 (4.59%) Exchange Server 2013
8 28 (3.14%) SharePoint 2010
9 19 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 17 (1.90%) Exchange Server 2007
11 12 (1.34%) BizTalk Server
12 10 (1.12%) Office Communications Server
13 9 (1.01%) Apache
13 9 (1.01%) IBM Notes
13 9 (1.01%) SharePoint Server
14 8 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
15 6 (0.67%) ArcGIS
15 6 (0.67%) EPiServer
15 6 (0.67%) MS Project Server
16 5 (0.56%) OpenStack
Applications
1 147 (16.46%) Microsoft Office
2 26 (2.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 19 (2.13%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 5 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 16 (1.79%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.34%) Remedy ITSM
3 3 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.34%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.22%) Dynamics GP
4 2 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 1 (0.11%) Eikon
5 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 181 (20.27%) Office 365
2 132 (14.78%) Microsoft Azure
3 35 (3.92%) Amazon AWS
4 27 (3.02%) Azure Active Directory
5 24 (2.69%) IaaS
6 19 (2.13%) PaaS
7 16 (1.79%) SaaS
8 14 (1.57%) OneDrive
9 8 (0.90%) AWS CloudFormation
10 7 (0.78%) GitHub
10 7 (0.78%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
12 3 (0.34%) Yammer
13 2 (0.22%) AWS OpsWorks
13 2 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
14 1 (0.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
14 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
14 1 (0.11%) AWS CloudTrail
14 1 (0.11%) Dynamics 365
14 1 (0.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 138 (15.45%) Firewall
2 107 (11.98%) DNS
3 93 (10.41%) DHCP
4 92 (10.30%) SAN
5 89 (9.97%) LAN
5 89 (9.97%) WAN
6 71 (7.95%) Skype
7 63 (7.05%) TCP/IP
8 50 (5.60%) VPN
9 34 (3.81%) VoIP
10 32 (3.58%) Internet
11 28 (3.14%) NAS
11 28 (3.14%) Remote Desktop
12 23 (2.58%) Wireless
13 21 (2.35%) Network Security
14 18 (2.02%) VLAN
15 17 (1.90%) Cisco Nexus
16 13 (1.46%) SSL
17 12 (1.34%) Cisco IOS
17 12 (1.34%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 172 (19.26%) SQL Server
2 51 (5.71%) SQL Server 2012
3 41 (4.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 41 (4.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 39 (4.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 25 (2.80%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 17 (1.90%) SQL Server 2005
6 17 (1.90%) SQL Server 2014
7 16 (1.79%) Oracle Database
8 13 (1.46%) Data Warehouse
8 13 (1.46%) Relational Database
9 11 (1.23%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.90%) Oracle Database 12c
11 7 (0.78%) NoSQL
11 7 (0.78%) Power BI
12 6 (0.67%) Big Data
12 6 (0.67%) DB2
12 6 (0.67%) MySQL
12 6 (0.67%) PowerPivot
12 6 (0.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 25 (2.80%) Visual Studio
2 23 (2.58%) Team Foundation Server
3 12 (1.34%) JIRA
4 9 (1.01%) Git (software)
5 6 (0.67%) Jenkins
5 6 (0.67%) Octopus Deploy
5 6 (0.67%) StarTeam
6 5 (0.56%) MSI
6 5 (0.56%) Visual Studio Team System
7 3 (0.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 3 (0.34%) gulp
7 3 (0.34%) Moq
7 3 (0.34%) TeamCity
7 3 (0.34%) WiX
8 2 (0.22%) AccuRev
8 2 (0.22%) Bitbucket
8 2 (0.22%) CruiseControl
8 2 (0.22%) Subversion
8 2 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
9 1 (0.11%) NUnit
General
1 127 (14.22%) Finance
2 31 (3.47%) Banking
2 31 (3.47%) Manufacturing
3 18 (2.02%) Retail
4 17 (1.90%) Telecoms
5 15 (1.68%) Military
6 13 (1.46%) Financial Institution
6 13 (1.46%) Legal
7 12 (1.34%) Law
8 10 (1.12%) Billing
9 7 (0.78%) Back Office
10 6 (0.67%) Avionics
10 6 (0.67%) Local Government
11 5 (0.56%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.45%) Advertising
12 4 (0.45%) Front Office
12 4 (0.45%) Games
13 3 (0.34%) Marketing
13 3 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.34%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 129 (14.45%) Analyst
2 84 (9.41%) Support Engineer
3 83 (9.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 82 (9.18%) Architect
5 62 (6.94%) Consultant
6 58 (6.49%) 2nd Line Support
7 54 (6.05%) Support Analyst
8 51 (5.71%) Developer
9 47 (5.26%) Desktop Support
10 38 (4.26%) Wintel Engineer
11 37 (4.14%) Windows Engineer
12 36 (4.03%) Server Engineer
13 34 (3.81%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 34 (3.81%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 34 (3.81%) IT Support
14 32 (3.58%) 3rd Line Support
14 32 (3.58%) Administrator
15 31 (3.47%) IT Engineer
16 29 (3.25%) DBA
17 28 (3.14%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (6.72%) .NET
2 36 (4.03%) XML
3 34 (3.81%) CSS
4 28 (3.14%) Web Services
5 27 (3.02%) ASP.NET
5 27 (3.02%) HTML
6 17 (1.90%) jQuery
7 12 (1.34%) WCF
8 10 (1.12%) WPF
9 9 (1.01%) AngularJS
10 8 (0.90%) .NET Framework
10 8 (0.90%) ASP.NET MVC
10 8 (0.90%) COM
10 8 (0.90%) HTML5
10 8 (0.90%) WAP
11 7 (0.78%) XSLT
12 6 (0.67%) DCOM
12 6 (0.67%) Middleware
12 6 (0.67%) XMPP
13 5 (0.56%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 93 (10.41%) Data Centre
2 68 (7.61%) Analytical Skills
3 67 (7.50%) Clustering
4 54 (6.05%) Blackberry
5 34 (3.81%) Management Information System
6 33 (3.70%) Computer Science
7 28 (3.14%) Replication
8 26 (2.91%) PKI
8 26 (2.91%) Video Conferencing
9 24 (2.69%) iPad
10 21 (2.35%) NHS
11 14 (1.57%) Handset
12 13 (1.46%) Fat Client
12 13 (1.46%) PDA
12 13 (1.46%) Thin Client
12 13 (1.46%) User Experience
13 12 (1.34%) Private Cloud
14 10 (1.12%) Life Science
15 9 (1.01%) iPhone
15 9 (1.01%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 582 (65.17%) Windows
2 297 (33.26%) Windows Server
3 220 (24.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 207 (23.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 168 (18.81%) Windows 7
6 120 (13.44%) Windows Server 2003
7 80 (8.96%) Windows 10
8 69 (7.73%) Linux
9 62 (6.94%) Windows 8
10 37 (4.14%) Android
11 36 (4.03%) Windows XP
12 25 (2.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 22 (2.46%) Apple iOS
14 21 (2.35%) Unix
15 17 (1.90%) Mac OS X
16 7 (0.78%) CentOS
17 6 (0.67%) AIX
18 5 (0.56%) Windows Phone
19 4 (0.45%) Mac OS
20 3 (0.34%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 331 (37.07%) ITIL
2 103 (11.53%) Migration
3 77 (8.62%) Change Management
4 60 (6.72%) ITIL V3
5 59 (6.61%) Service Management
6 54 (6.05%) Agile Software Development
7 50 (5.60%) High Availability
8 44 (4.93%) Disaster Recovery
9 40 (4.48%) Project Management
10 37 (4.14%) Service Delivery
11 36 (4.03%) Mobile Device Management
12 35 (3.92%) Business Intelligence
13 34 (3.81%) Incident Management
14 33 (3.70%) Configuration Management
14 33 (3.70%) DevOps
15 32 (3.58%) PRINCE2
15 32 (3.58%) Problem Management
16 30 (3.36%) ITSM
17 28 (3.14%) Performance Tuning
18 26 (2.91%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 183 (20.49%) PowerShell
2 123 (13.77%) SQL
3 64 (7.17%) C#
4 40 (4.48%) VBScript
5 34 (3.81%) JavaScript
6 28 (3.14%) T-SQL
7 21 (2.35%) VB
8 16 (1.79%) Python
9 12 (1.34%) C
10 10 (1.12%) Bash Shell
11 7 (0.78%) Ada
11 7 (0.78%) Ada 83
11 7 (0.78%) Ada 95
12 6 (0.67%) Java
13 5 (0.56%) Perl
13 5 (0.56%) VB.NET
14 4 (0.45%) Ruby
15 2 (0.22%) ABAP
15 2 (0.22%) Shell Script
16 1 (0.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 440 (49.27%) MCSE
2 187 (20.94%) MCSA
3 155 (17.36%) MCP
4 154 (17.25%) MCITP
5 133 (14.89%) Security Cleared
6 132 (14.78%) Cisco Certification
7 109 (12.21%) Degree
8 105 (11.76%) SC Cleared
9 102 (11.42%) CCNA
10 82 (9.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 61 (6.83%) MCTS
12 54 (6.05%) MCDST
13 38 (4.26%) ITIL Certification
14 33 (3.70%) CCNP
15 26 (2.91%) Citrix Certification
16 23 (2.58%) MCSD
17 22 (2.46%) MCDBA
18 20 (2.24%) CCIE
19 15 (1.68%) DV Cleared
20 13 (1.46%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 61 (6.83%) SLA
2 16 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 10 (1.12%) QA
4 7 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.67%) PMO
6 4 (0.45%) Government Security Classifications
7 3 (0.34%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.22%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.11%) Cyber Essentials
9 1 (0.11%) GCP
9 1 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
System Software
1 478 (53.53%) Active Directory
2 162 (18.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 124 (13.89%) Hyper-V
4 45 (5.04%) vSphere
5 36 (4.03%) XenApp
6 29 (3.25%) VMware ESX
7 23 (2.58%) XenDesktop
8 21 (2.35%) VMware ESXi
9 18 (2.02%) Virtual Desktop
10 16 (1.79%) Virtual Machines
11 12 (1.34%) UAG
12 10 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
12 10 (1.12%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (1.01%) Terminal Services
14 7 (0.78%) Veritas Volume Manager
14 7 (0.78%) VMware Workstation
15 6 (0.67%) ISA Server
16 5 (0.56%) Firmware
16 5 (0.56%) Forefront TMG
16 5 (0.56%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 106 (11.87%) SCCM
2 58 (6.49%) SCOM
3 27 (3.02%) NetBackup
4 25 (2.80%) Microsoft Clustering
5 18 (2.02%) WSUS
6 16 (1.79%) AirWatch
7 15 (1.68%) vCenter Server
8 14 (1.57%) HP Data Protector
8 14 (1.57%) Puppet
9 13 (1.46%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 13 (1.46%) Tivoli
9 13 (1.46%) Tivoli Storage Manager
10 10 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
10 10 (1.12%) PowerCLI
10 10 (1.12%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 9 (1.01%) Failover Clustering
11 9 (1.01%) Norton AntiVirus
12 8 (0.90%) McAfee ePO
12 8 (0.90%) vMotion
12 8 (0.90%) WMI
Vendors
1 684 (76.60%) Microsoft
2 259 (29.00%) VMware
3 163 (18.25%) Citrix
4 162 (18.14%) Cisco
5 107 (11.98%) HP
6 57 (6.38%) NetApp
7 48 (5.38%) Oracle
8 45 (5.04%) Apple
9 27 (3.02%) EMC
9 27 (3.02%) Symantec
10 26 (2.91%) Remedy
10 26 (2.91%) SolarWinds
11 21 (2.35%) CheckPoint
12 20 (2.24%) Dell
12 20 (2.24%) Intel Security
12 20 (2.24%) Red Hat
13 18 (2.02%) Veritas
14 17 (1.90%) Polycom
15 15 (1.68%) ServiceNow
16 11 (1.23%) Sophos
Wednesbury, West Midlands (County)
Seconique PLC
Rate: From £18,000 to £20,000 per annum This is a 9 month temporary contract
Posted: 21 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £14 - £18 per hour
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Roc Search
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Ebury
Rate: £150.00 - £175.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Venn Group
Rate: £150 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Spring Technology
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Venturi
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
East London
Harris Global
Rate: From £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
TEKsystems
Rate: £195 - £200 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Northamptonshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago