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 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
UK
Rank 225 221 167
Rank change year-on-year -4 -54  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 472 576 728
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.09% 1.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.07% 5.21% 6.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 320 433
Median daily rate £340 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.61% +1.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £174 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 55 57
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £14.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +25.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.29 £10.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.64 £52.90 £39.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +40.74%  

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 9304 11046 10508
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.80% 20.91% 20.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 5913 6885 5992
Median daily rate £420 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.43% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 443 403 472
Median hourly rate £29.92 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.21% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.02 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 March 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 23 March 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 -8 421 £350 +7.69% 237
London +30 160 £375 +25.00% 80
South East -15 120 £315 -10.00% 44
City of London +12 33 £350 +18.64% 20
East of England -11 32 £375 - 20
Hampshire +12 31 £310 -17.33% 11
Yorkshire +12 28 £400 +20.75% 10
East Midlands 0 25 £300 +46.34% 16
North West 0 22 £490 +86.66% 30
Buckinghamshire -1 18 £394 -7.35% 7
Surrey -2 16 £200 -55.55% 14
Milton Keynes +4 15 £394 -7.35% 4
West Midlands -6 15 £368 -13.52% 20
Kent +21 14 £325 +4.00% 2
West Yorkshire +1 14 £420 +42.97% 4
Berkshire -26 14 £500 +33.33% 9
Wales +22 13 £170 - 3
West Sussex +11 13 £425 +41.66%
South Wales - 13 £170 - 3
South West -16 11 £352 -6.13% 15
Derbyshire -2 10 £338 +206.81% 4
Oxfordshire -6 10 £150 -40.00% 1
Cambridgeshire +7 9 £413 +40.42% 5
South Yorkshire +6 9 £400 +39.13% 1
Essex -8 9 £425 +142.85% 1
Lancashire +20 7 £523 +109.00%
Basingstoke +11 7 £110 -74.11% 3
Sheffield +8 7 £400 +39.13%
Manchester +8 7 £350 +218.18% 14
Hook +8 7 £310 +1.63%

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 707 (75.21%) Microsoft
2 587 (62.45%) Windows
3 492 (52.34%) Active Directory
4 469 (49.89%) MCSE
5 329 (35.00%) ITIL
6 326 (34.68%) Windows Server
7 267 (28.40%) VMware
8 236 (25.11%) Windows Server 2012
9 228 (24.26%) Windows Server 2008
10 197 (20.96%) MS Excel
11 187 (19.89%) MCP
11 187 (19.89%) MS Exchange
12 185 (19.68%) MCSA
12 185 (19.68%) SQL Server
13 176 (18.72%) MCITP
14 173 (18.40%) Cisco
15 171 (18.19%) PowerShell
16 163 (17.34%) VMware Infrastructure
17 159 (16.91%) Windows 7
18 158 (16.81%) Office 365
19 157 (16.70%) SQL
20 155 (16.49%) MS Office
20 155 (16.49%) Security Cleared
21 153 (16.28%) Cisco Certification
22 151 (16.06%) Citrix
23 146 (15.53%) Firewall
24 136 (14.47%) DNS
25 127 (13.51%) Windows Server 2003
25 127 (13.51%) SharePoint
26 124 (13.19%) Finance

Microsoft Certification
Top Related 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
1 187 (19.89%) MS Exchange
2 127 (13.51%) SharePoint
3 97 (10.32%) Skype for Business
4 93 (9.89%) Exchange Server 2010
5 53 (5.64%) IIS
6 40 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2013
7 32 (3.40%) SharePoint 2013
8 18 (1.91%) SharePoint 2010
9 17 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2007
10 15 (1.60%) BizTalk Server
11 14 (1.49%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 10 (1.06%) Apache
13 8 (0.85%) IBM Notes
13 8 (0.85%) Office Communications Server
14 6 (0.64%) Exchange Server 2003
14 6 (0.64%) MS Project Server
15 5 (0.53%) CMS
15 5 (0.53%) OpenStack
16 4 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
16 4 (0.43%) Tomcat
Applications
1 197 (20.96%) MS Excel
2 155 (16.49%) MS Office
3 18 (1.91%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
5 6 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.11%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.11%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 18 (1.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.28%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.74%) Dynamics NAV
4 4 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.21%) Dynamics GP
5 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.11%) Eikon
6 1 (0.11%) Infor M3
6 1 (0.11%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.11%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 158 (16.81%) Office 365
2 123 (13.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 41 (4.36%) Amazon AWS
4 27 (2.87%) IaaS
5 22 (2.34%) PaaS
6 21 (2.23%) Azure Active Directory
7 18 (1.91%) OneDrive
8 17 (1.81%) SaaS
9 8 (0.85%) AWS CloudFormation
10 7 (0.74%) Cloud Computing
10 7 (0.74%) GitHub
11 5 (0.53%) Mimecast
11 5 (0.53%) Yammer
12 2 (0.21%) AWS OpsWorks
12 2 (0.21%) Google Cloud Platform
13 1 (0.11%) Amazon CloudWatch
13 1 (0.11%) Amazon EC2
13 1 (0.11%) CloudFront
13 1 (0.11%) G Suite
13 1 (0.11%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 146 (15.53%) Firewall
2 136 (14.47%) DNS
3 105 (11.17%) DHCP
4 104 (11.06%) LAN
5 98 (10.43%) WAN
6 87 (9.26%) SAN
7 77 (8.19%) Skype
8 74 (7.87%) TCP/IP
9 52 (5.53%) Internet
10 46 (4.89%) VPN
11 45 (4.79%) VoIP
12 31 (3.30%) Wireless
13 27 (2.87%) NAS
14 24 (2.55%) Network Security
14 24 (2.55%) Remote Desktop
15 21 (2.23%) Kerberos
15 21 (2.23%) LDAP
16 18 (1.91%) Cisco Nexus
16 18 (1.91%) Unified Communications
16 18 (1.91%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 185 (19.68%) SQL Server
2 56 (5.96%) SQL Server 2012
3 49 (5.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 47 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
5 45 (4.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 28 (2.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 25 (2.66%) SQL Server 2014
8 22 (2.34%) Oracle Database
9 18 (1.91%) Data Warehouse
9 18 (1.91%) SQL Server 2005
10 17 (1.81%) MySQL
11 16 (1.70%) Relational Database
12 11 (1.17%) SQL Server 2000
13 10 (1.06%) Oracle Database 12c
14 9 (0.96%) RDBMS
15 6 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
15 6 (0.64%) Big Data
15 6 (0.64%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.64%) PowerPivot
15 6 (0.64%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 24 (2.55%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (2.02%) Visual Studio
3 13 (1.38%) Git (software)
4 12 (1.28%) JIRA
5 7 (0.74%) Jenkins
5 7 (0.74%) StarTeam
6 6 (0.64%) NUnit
6 6 (0.64%) TeamCity
6 6 (0.64%) Visual Studio Team System
7 5 (0.53%) Moq
7 5 (0.53%) Octopus Deploy
7 5 (0.53%) Selenium
8 4 (0.43%) MSI
8 4 (0.43%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 3 (0.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 3 (0.32%) Bitbucket
9 3 (0.32%) CruiseControl
10 2 (0.21%) Subversion
10 2 (0.21%) VSS/SourceSafe
10 2 (0.21%) WiX
General
1 124 (13.19%) Finance
2 33 (3.51%) Manufacturing
3 28 (2.98%) Banking
4 26 (2.77%) Retail
5 21 (2.23%) Telecoms
6 17 (1.81%) Legal
7 14 (1.49%) Military
8 11 (1.17%) Back Office
8 11 (1.17%) Billing
9 9 (0.96%) Law
10 7 (0.74%) Local Government
11 5 (0.53%) Advertising
11 5 (0.53%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.53%) Games
11 5 (0.53%) Investment Banking
12 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.32%) Avionics
13 3 (0.32%) Front Office
13 3 (0.32%) Marketing
13 3 (0.32%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 129 (13.72%) Analyst
2 94 (10.00%) Support Engineer
3 83 (8.83%) Architect
4 82 (8.72%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 68 (7.23%) Consultant
6 60 (6.38%) Developer
7 57 (6.06%) 2nd Line Support
8 56 (5.96%) Support Analyst
9 47 (5.00%) Desktop Support
10 42 (4.47%) IT Support
11 40 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support
11 40 (4.26%) DBA
12 38 (4.04%) SQL DBA
12 38 (4.04%) Wintel Engineer
13 37 (3.94%) Windows Engineer
14 34 (3.62%) Active Directory Engineer
15 33 (3.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 33 (3.51%) 3rd Line Engineer
15 33 (3.51%) IT Engineer
15 33 (3.51%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (6.38%) .NET
2 32 (3.40%) XML
3 29 (3.09%) ASP.NET
4 28 (2.98%) Web Services
5 27 (2.87%) CSS
6 23 (2.45%) HTML
7 16 (1.70%) jQuery
8 13 (1.38%) ASP.NET MVC
9 12 (1.28%) AngularJS
9 12 (1.28%) WCF
10 10 (1.06%) .NET Framework
11 8 (0.85%) SOAP
12 7 (0.74%) HTML5
12 7 (0.74%) Middleware
13 6 (0.64%) Entity Framework
13 6 (0.64%) REST
13 6 (0.64%) WAP
13 6 (0.64%) WPF
14 5 (0.53%) COM
14 5 (0.53%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 90 (9.57%) Data Centre
2 78 (8.30%) Analytical Skills
3 68 (7.23%) Clustering
4 51 (5.43%) PKI
5 49 (5.21%) Blackberry
5 49 (5.21%) Replication
6 40 (4.26%) Management Information System
7 36 (3.83%) Computer Science
8 28 (2.98%) NHS
9 21 (2.23%) Video Conferencing
10 15 (1.60%) iPad
11 14 (1.49%) Fat Client
11 14 (1.49%) PDA
11 14 (1.49%) Thin Client
12 13 (1.38%) User Experience
13 12 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
14 11 (1.17%) Handset
15 10 (1.06%) Client/Server
15 10 (1.06%) Life Science
15 10 (1.06%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 587 (62.45%) Windows
2 326 (34.68%) Windows Server
3 236 (25.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 228 (24.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 159 (16.91%) Windows 7
6 127 (13.51%) Windows Server 2003
7 80 (8.51%) Linux
8 61 (6.49%) Windows 10
9 57 (6.06%) Windows 8
10 41 (4.36%) Windows XP
11 31 (3.30%) Android
12 26 (2.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 25 (2.66%) Apple iOS
14 23 (2.45%) Unix
15 17 (1.81%) Mac OS X
16 8 (0.85%) CentOS
17 7 (0.74%) AIX
18 6 (0.64%) Solaris
19 5 (0.53%) VMS
20 3 (0.32%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 329 (35.00%) ITIL
2 96 (10.21%) Migration
3 72 (7.66%) Change Management
4 68 (7.23%) Agile Software Development
5 63 (6.70%) Service Management
6 56 (5.96%) ITIL V3
7 51 (5.43%) Disaster Recovery
8 42 (4.47%) Incident Management
9 40 (4.26%) Business Intelligence
9 40 (4.26%) Project Management
10 37 (3.94%) High Availability
11 35 (3.72%) Mobile Device Management
11 35 (3.72%) Performance Tuning
11 35 (3.72%) Problem Management
12 33 (3.51%) Service Delivery
13 32 (3.40%) Configuration Management
14 31 (3.30%) ITSM
14 31 (3.30%) Virtual Environments
15 30 (3.19%) DevOps
16 29 (3.09%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 171 (18.19%) PowerShell
2 157 (16.70%) SQL
3 61 (6.49%) C#
4 36 (3.83%) VBScript
5 34 (3.62%) JavaScript
5 34 (3.62%) T-SQL
6 18 (1.91%) Python
7 16 (1.70%) VB
8 11 (1.17%) Bash Shell
9 10 (1.06%) C
10 7 (0.74%) Ada
10 7 (0.74%) Ada 83
10 7 (0.74%) Ada 95
10 7 (0.74%) Java
10 7 (0.74%) Perl
11 6 (0.64%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.64%) Ruby
12 5 (0.53%) VB.NET
13 4 (0.43%) Shell Script
14 3 (0.32%) C++
Qualifications
1 469 (49.89%) MCSE
2 187 (19.89%) MCP
3 185 (19.68%) MCSA
4 176 (18.72%) MCITP
5 155 (16.49%) Security Cleared
6 153 (16.28%) Cisco Certification
7 123 (13.09%) Degree
8 120 (12.77%) CCNA
9 114 (12.13%) SC Cleared
10 87 (9.26%) MCTS
11 75 (7.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 60 (6.38%) MCDST
13 40 (4.26%) ITIL Certification
14 37 (3.94%) CCNP
15 35 (3.72%) Citrix Certification
16 34 (3.62%) MCDBA
17 30 (3.19%) MCSD
18 22 (2.34%) CCA
19 20 (2.13%) CCIE
20 15 (1.60%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (6.06%) SLA
2 18 (1.91%) QA
3 13 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 8 (0.85%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
6 4 (0.43%) Government Security Classifications
7 3 (0.32%) Cyber Essentials
7 3 (0.32%) JSP 440
7 3 (0.32%) PMO
8 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
9 1 (0.11%) GCP
9 1 (0.11%) HMG Security Policy Framework
9 1 (0.11%) ISO27002
9 1 (0.11%) PMBOK
9 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 492 (52.34%) Active Directory
2 163 (17.34%) VMware Infrastructure
3 122 (12.98%) Hyper-V
4 44 (4.68%) vSphere
5 34 (3.62%) XenApp
6 30 (3.19%) VMware ESX
7 28 (2.98%) VMware ESXi
8 18 (1.91%) XenDesktop
9 16 (1.70%) Virtual Servers
10 12 (1.28%) Microsoft App-V
10 12 (1.28%) UAG
10 12 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
10 12 (1.28%) Virtual Machines
11 9 (0.96%) Terminal Services
12 7 (0.74%) Veritas Volume Manager
13 6 (0.64%) Firmware
13 6 (0.64%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 6 (0.64%) Terminal Server
13 6 (0.64%) VMware Server
13 6 (0.64%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 108 (11.49%) SCCM
2 41 (4.36%) SCOM
3 30 (3.19%) NetBackup
4 28 (2.98%) Microsoft Clustering
5 20 (2.13%) Puppet
6 18 (1.91%) WSUS
7 14 (1.49%) Backup Exec
7 14 (1.49%) Opscode Chef
8 12 (1.28%) AirWatch
8 12 (1.28%) Tivoli
8 12 (1.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 11 (1.17%) HP Data Protector
9 11 (1.17%) Nessus
10 10 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
10 10 (1.06%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
11 9 (0.96%) McAfee ePO
11 9 (0.96%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 9 (0.96%) PowerCLI
12 8 (0.85%) Failover Clustering
12 8 (0.85%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 707 (75.21%) Microsoft
2 267 (28.40%) VMware
3 173 (18.40%) Cisco
4 151 (16.06%) Citrix
5 86 (9.15%) HP
6 67 (7.13%) Oracle
7 56 (5.96%) NetApp
8 46 (4.89%) Apple
9 36 (3.83%) SolarWinds
10 29 (3.09%) EMC
11 28 (2.98%) Remedy
12 27 (2.87%) Symantec
13 21 (2.23%) Red Hat
14 19 (2.02%) CheckPoint
15 17 (1.81%) Intel Security
15 17 (1.81%) Veritas
16 16 (1.70%) Polycom
17 15 (1.60%) Sophos
18 13 (1.38%) ServiceNow
19 12 (1.28%) 3PAR
Warrington, Cheshire
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 16 hours ago
Woking
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £40000 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Nottinghamshire
Rullion
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £18000 - £22000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Winsford, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £10 - £15 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £420 - £480 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Central London / West End
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Plan-net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Amicus Recruitment Limited
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £340 - £370 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Basingstoke
CPS Group Limited
Rate: £200 - £210 per day
Posted: 14 days ago