Period
to 21 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 21 September 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 > Wales
6 months to
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 75 83
Rank change year-on-year -12 +8 +19
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 23 15 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.48% 1.30% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.07% 4.75% 3.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 7 8
Wales median daily rate £450 £180 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +150.00% -48.57% -26.32%
10th Percentile £206 £108 £288
90th Percentile £482 £351 £418
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £330
% change year-on-year +7.69% -1.52% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Wales median hourly rate £12.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £17.41 £17.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year -0.51% -18.60% +19.58%

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 advertised in Wales with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Wales
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 454 316 335
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 29.27% 27.31% 28.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 291 217 215
Wales median daily rate £425 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £169 £223
90th Percentile £575 £547 £565
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.42% +1.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 24 9
Wales median hourly rate £18.87 £36.25 £70.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.94% -48.21% +382.76%
10th Percentile £12.00 £13.98 £17.55
90th Percentile £42.00 £58.75 £80.90
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £28.65 £27.50
% change year-on-year -14.49% +4.18% +22.22%

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

Job postings citing Microsoft Certification as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Wales.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Wales over the 6 months to 21 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Microsoft Certification in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Wales.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Wales

Microsoft Certification
Contract Job Locations in Wales

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 Wales region over the 6 months to 21 September 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
South Wales -18 23 £450 +157.14% 6
Microsoft Certification
UK

For the 6 months to 21 September 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 across the Wales region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 18 (78.26%) SQL Server
2 17 (73.91%) Microsoft
2 17 (73.91%) Active Directory
3 16 (69.57%) Windows
4 15 (65.22%) Windows Server
5 14 (60.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 12 (52.17%) Firewall
7 11 (47.83%) VMware
7 11 (47.83%) SC Cleared
7 11 (47.83%) Security Cleared
8 10 (43.48%) MCSE
8 10 (43.48%) MS Exchange
9 9 (39.13%) PKI
9 9 (39.13%) vSphere
10 8 (34.78%) SAN
10 8 (34.78%) DHCP
10 8 (34.78%) DNS
11 7 (30.43%) MCSA
11 7 (30.43%) SQL
11 7 (30.43%) Migration
11 7 (30.43%) McAfee
11 7 (30.43%) Data Centre
11 7 (30.43%) PowerShell
11 7 (30.43%) Problem-Solving
12 6 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
12 6 (26.09%) Exchange Server 2013
12 6 (26.09%) McAfee ePO
12 6 (26.09%) Windows 7
12 6 (26.09%) High Availability
12 6 (26.09%) Norton AntiVirus

Microsoft Certification
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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 10 (43.48%) MS Exchange
2 6 (26.09%) Exchange Server 2013
2 6 (26.09%) IIS
3 5 (21.74%) SharePoint
4 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2010
Cloud Services
1 4 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (13.04%) Office 365
3 1 (4.35%) IaaS
3 1 (4.35%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (52.17%) Firewall
2 8 (34.78%) DHCP
2 8 (34.78%) DNS
2 8 (34.78%) SAN
3 6 (26.09%) TCP/IP
4 4 (17.39%) VLAN
5 3 (13.04%) VSAN
6 2 (8.70%) VPN
7 1 (4.35%) LAN
7 1 (4.35%) NAS
7 1 (4.35%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (78.26%) SQL Server
2 4 (17.39%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (13.04%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (4.35%) MySQL
4 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Git (software)
1 3 (13.04%) Octopus Deploy
1 3 (13.04%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (13.04%) TeamCity
General
1 4 (17.39%) Electronics
2 1 (4.35%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (56.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 4 (17.39%) Microsoft Engineer
2 4 (17.39%) Microsoft Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) 1st Line Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) DevOps Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Support Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) 1st Line Support
4 2 (8.70%) 1st Line Support Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Azure DevOps
4 2 (8.70%) Azure DevOps Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Azure Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) 3rd Line Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Designer
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Designer
5 1 (4.35%) IT Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Security Architect
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (21.74%) Apache Axis
Miscellaneous
1 9 (39.13%) PKI
2 7 (30.43%) Data Centre
3 5 (21.74%) CESG
4 4 (17.39%) Data Structures
5 3 (13.04%) Linux Command Line
5 3 (13.04%) Management Information System
6 1 (4.35%) Clustering
6 1 (4.35%) Cyber Defence
6 1 (4.35%) Driving Licence
6 1 (4.35%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 16 (69.57%) Windows
2 15 (65.22%) Windows Server
3 6 (26.09%) Windows 7
4 4 (17.39%) Linux
4 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (13.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (13.04%) Windows 10
5 3 (13.04%) Windows 8
6 1 (4.35%) Debian
6 1 (4.35%) Ubuntu
6 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (60.87%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 7 (30.43%) Migration
2 7 (30.43%) Problem-Solving
3 6 (26.09%) High Availability
4 4 (17.39%) Data Migration
4 4 (17.39%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (17.39%) ITIL
4 4 (17.39%) Performance Tuning
4 4 (17.39%) Requirements Management
4 4 (17.39%) Server Management
4 4 (17.39%) Time Management
4 4 (17.39%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (17.39%) Work Breakdown Structure
5 3 (13.04%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (13.04%) Configuration Management
5 3 (13.04%) DevOps
5 3 (13.04%) ITIL V3
5 3 (13.04%) SDLC
6 2 (8.70%) Security Hardening
6 2 (8.70%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 7 (30.43%) PowerShell
1 7 (30.43%) SQL
2 4 (17.39%) VB
2 4 (17.39%) VBScript
3 3 (13.04%) Bash Shell
3 3 (13.04%) Perl
3 3 (13.04%) Python
4 1 (4.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (47.83%) SC Cleared
1 11 (47.83%) Security Cleared
2 10 (43.48%) MCSE
3 7 (30.43%) MCSA
4 5 (21.74%) HNC
5 4 (17.39%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (17.39%) CISSP
6 3 (13.04%) CCNA
6 3 (13.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (4.35%) CCNP
7 1 (4.35%) CESG Certified Professional
7 1 (4.35%) CISMP
7 1 (4.35%) Degree
7 1 (4.35%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.35%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (73.91%) Active Directory
2 9 (39.13%) vSphere
3 6 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (21.74%) Hyper-V
5 4 (17.39%) Forefront TMG
6 3 (13.04%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (13.04%) XenDesktop
7 2 (8.70%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 6 (26.09%) Backup Exec
1 6 (26.09%) McAfee ePO
1 6 (26.09%) NetBackup
1 6 (26.09%) Norton AntiVirus
2 3 (13.04%) SCCM
2 3 (13.04%) SCOM
2 3 (13.04%) vCenter Server
2 3 (13.04%) WSUS
3 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (4.35%) QRadar
Vendors
1 17 (73.91%) Microsoft
2 11 (47.83%) VMware
3 7 (30.43%) McAfee
4 6 (26.09%) Symantec
5 4 (17.39%) Red Hat
6 3 (13.04%) CheckPoint
6 3 (13.04%) Cisco
6 3 (13.04%) Citrix
7 2 (8.70%) Aruba
7 2 (8.70%) HP
7 2 (8.70%) NETGEAR
8 1 (4.35%) AlienVault
8 1 (4.35%) ArcSight
8 1 (4.35%) Intel
8 1 (4.35%) LogLogic
8 1 (4.35%) LogRhythm
8 1 (4.35%) Oracle
8 1 (4.35%) Splunk
8 1 (4.35%) Veeam