The first table below looks at the demand for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Cheshire region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 56 66 63
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -3
Contract jobs citing MCP 11 4 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.37% 0.51% 0.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.43% 2.55% 5.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 4
Average daily rate
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£100 £326 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-69.34% +14.47%
UK excluding London average daily rate £228 £250 £285
% change year-on-year
-9.00% -12.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £13.50 £11.50 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.39% +4.54%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £15.75 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-0.12% +6.77%
Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
171 157 140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 21.35% 20.15% 16.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 59 66
Average daily rate £310 £310 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -10.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £225 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £428 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 21 10
Average hourly rate £16.84 £35.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.88% +27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £16.84 £16.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £43.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCP
North West

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCP across the Cheshire region.

MCP Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the Cheshire region.

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

MCP
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington -5 9 £100 -
Wilmslow - - - -
MCP
North West

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing MCP also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCP.

1 19 (95.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (70.00%) HP
2 14 (70.00%) MS Office
3 13 (65.00%) ITIL
3 13 (65.00%) MS Excel
3 13 (65.00%) SLA
3 13 (65.00%) OpenView
3 13 (65.00%) Service Management
3 13 (65.00%) SC Cleared
3 13 (65.00%) Security Cleared
4 10 (50.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 10 (50.00%) Lotus
4 10 (50.00%) IBM Notes
5 7 (35.00%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (20.00%) Windows
6 4 (20.00%) Finance
6 4 (20.00%) VMware
6 4 (20.00%) Problem Management
6 4 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (20.00%) MCITP
7 3 (15.00%) MCPD
7 3 (15.00%) .NET Framework
7 3 (15.00%) WPF
7 3 (15.00%) ServiceCenter
7 3 (15.00%) Unit Testing
7 3 (15.00%) Back Office
7 3 (15.00%) Telecoms
7 3 (15.00%) TDD
7 3 (15.00%) Retail

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing MCP also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (50.00%) IBM Notes
2 2 (10.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 14 (70.00%) MS Office
2 13 (65.00%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.00%) Intranet
2 1 (5.00%) DHCP
2 1 (5.00%) HTTP
2 1 (5.00%) DNS
General
1 4 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (15.00%) Back Office
2 3 (15.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (15.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (55.00%) Analyst
2 9 (45.00%) Service Analyst
2 9 (45.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (15.00%) Software Engineer
3 3 (15.00%) 2nd Line Support
3 3 (15.00%) 1st Line Support
4 2 (10.00%) Help Desk Analyst
4 2 (10.00%) Help Desk Support
5 1 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Data Centre Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.00%) .NET Framework
1 3 (15.00%) WPF
1 3 (15.00%) WinForms
1 3 (15.00%) .NET
Operating Systems
1 4 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 4 (20.00%) Windows
1 4 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (10.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (5.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (65.00%) ITIL
1 13 (65.00%) Service Management
2 4 (20.00%) Problem Management
3 3 (15.00%) Unit Testing
3 3 (15.00%) TDD
3 3 (15.00%) Software Engineering
3 3 (15.00%) OO
3 3 (15.00%) OOD
4 1 (5.00%) Workflow
4 1 (5.00%) Migration
4 1 (5.00%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.00%) C#
1 3 (15.00%) SQL
2 1 (5.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 13 (65.00%) SC Cleared
1 13 (65.00%) Security Cleared
2 7 (35.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (20.00%) MCITP
4 3 (15.00%) MCPD
4 3 (15.00%) MCTS
4 3 (15.00%) MCSA
5 1 (5.00%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (65.00%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (15.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (65.00%) OpenView
2 10 (50.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 3 (15.00%) ServiceCenter
4 1 (5.00%) SCCM
4 1 (5.00%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 19 (95.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (70.00%) HP
3 10 (50.00%) Lotus
4 4 (20.00%) VMware