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In this blog post, learn all about the certifications you’ll need to succeed as an IT contractor in 2017.

Gorilla Accounting has compiled a comprehensive list of the top certifications that you will need to impress your client. Below you will find some of the most exciting and desirable certifications in 2016 which will guarantee to bring you success in the new year.

Microsoft Specialist: Windows 10

On average, around 1.5 billion people across 190 different countries use Windows. With the release of Windows 10, more and more businesses are recognising the importance of Windows and are continuing to gravitate towards this favoured OS. Microsoft Specialist: Windows 10 is a must have certification for all IT contractors. This certification should be a priority if you are to succeed with a job in the IT industry.

Holding this certification proves that you are ahead of your competition, and gives clients the reassurance that you are an expert in both control device and network security within Windows 10.

For Windows 10 specialists, contractors can look to command a daily rate of £281 (Source – ITJobs Watch)

This Microsoft certification will also demonstrate the fact that you are able to install and manage desktops, devices and applications. At Gorilla we work with numerous IT contractors, all of which understand the importance of Microsoft Specialist: Windows 10.

Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016

The Windows Server is the most popular server worldwide and with new versions of the Windows Server being released constantly it’s important to be up to date with the latest technology. The demand for IT Contractors who are able to keep up to date and be competent with this platform is huge.

This certification will teach you fundamental skills needed to manage the systems within the Windows Server Environment and will allow you to get ahead of the competition.

Typically, Microsoft Server contractors can look to take home a daily sum of £325 (Source – ITJobs Watch).

It is predicted that that Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016 could be the industry standard certification. It would be advised that IT contractors should be interested in getting the training as soon as possible.

(ICS)2 and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

Cloud computing is now becoming the norm in many businesses. The demand for competent IT contractors with a full understanding of cloud based systems is very high. The CCSP allows IT contractors to display their ability and knowledge relating to cloud based solutions.

Even at Gorilla we have noticed a huge amount of interest related to cloud based solutions. For any contractors looking into joining the CCSP field, you can expect to command a daily rate of £450 (Source – ITJobs Watch).

ISACA Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner CSX

This brand new certification focuses on developing hands on practical skills in five domains of ISACA’s CSX framework: Identity, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover.

After liaising with IT experts here at Gorilla, it has been proven that achieving this certification will give IT contractors a head start against all competition in their field. On average, ISACA specialists tend to charge out £350 per day (Source – ITJobs Watch).

The certification will prove you have skills in protecting and recovering system from both failure and digital sabotage, acting as a solid foundation of knowledge for IT contractors.

ITIL Practitioner

The ITIL Practitioner certification is a qualification suited to IT contractors that are looking to support organisations and is the only comprehensive documentation of best practice and is recognised worldwide.

If a contractor was to have this certification, it would show that their knowledge of ITIL concepts includes an understanding of their practices and how to apply the ITIL framework into an organisational setting. In addition, ITIL experts can also look to command high daily rates of £375.

To conclude this blog post, its apparent what certifications are needed to succeed in the IT industry. Utilising certifications such as Microsoft Specialist: Windows 10, Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2016, (ICS)2 and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), ISACA Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner CSX and ITIL Practitioner. Understanding these certifications will guarantee a successful IT career.