The table below looks at the statistics 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 27 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 65 59 50
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -9
Contract jobs citing MCP 7 12 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.82% 1.53% 0.87%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.05% 6.74% 4.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 5
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£120 £223 £135
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-46.06% +64.81%
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £223 £200
% change year-on-year
+17.97% +11.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
% change year-on-year
-1.88% +6.00%
MCP
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
173 178 127
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 20.33% 22.68% 18.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 83 39
Average daily rate £400 £378 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% +37.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £139 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £575 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 20 8
Average hourly rate £18.75 £25.04 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.11% +34.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £14.60 £15.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £33.60 £40.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 27 March 2015. 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 -9 7 £120 -
Knutsford - - - - 1
MCP
North West

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 25 (96.15%) MS Office
1 25 (96.15%) ITIL
1 25 (96.15%) MS Excel
1 25 (96.15%) Microsoft
1 25 (96.15%) Service Management
2 24 (92.31%) Lotus
2 24 (92.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 24 (92.31%) SLA
2 24 (92.31%) OpenView
2 24 (92.31%) HP
2 24 (92.31%) IBM Notes
3 11 (42.31%) Security Cleared
4 9 (34.62%) SC Cleared
5 5 (19.23%) Telecoms
6 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (7.69%) Problem Management
6 2 (7.69%) Mentoring
6 2 (7.69%) Coaching
7 1 (3.85%) SCCM
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (3.85%) XenApp
7 1 (3.85%) XenServer
7 1 (3.85%) Windows 7
7 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (3.85%) Active Directory
7 1 (3.85%) Citrix
7 1 (3.85%) CCA
7 1 (3.85%) Citrix Certification
7 1 (3.85%) MCSA

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 24 (92.31%) IBM Notes
2 1 (3.85%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 25 (96.15%) MS Office
1 25 (96.15%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.85%) LAN
1 1 (3.85%) TCP/IP
1 1 (3.85%) VPN
General
1 5 (19.23%) Telecoms
2 1 (3.85%) Finance
2 1 (3.85%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 22 (84.62%) Analyst
2 21 (80.77%) Service Analyst
2 21 (80.77%) Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (11.54%) 1st Line Support
4 2 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Support Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Administrator
5 1 (3.85%) Citrix Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) Citrix Administrator
5 1 (3.85%) 1st Line Support Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) SCCM Engineer
5 1 (3.85%) SCCM Administrator
Miscellaneous
1 1 (3.85%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.85%) Windows
1 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (3.85%) Windows 7
1 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (96.15%) ITIL
1 25 (96.15%) Service Management
2 2 (7.69%) Problem Management
2 2 (7.69%) Mentoring
2 2 (7.69%) Coaching
3 1 (3.85%) Migration
Qualifications
1 11 (42.31%) Security Cleared
2 9 (34.62%) SC Cleared
3 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (3.85%) MCTS
4 1 (3.85%) MCITP
4 1 (3.85%) MCSA
4 1 (3.85%) CCA
4 1 (3.85%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (92.31%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (3.85%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.85%) XenApp
1 1 (3.85%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 24 (92.31%) OpenView
1 24 (92.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (3.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 25 (96.15%) Microsoft
2 24 (92.31%) HP
2 24 (92.31%) Lotus
3 1 (3.85%) Citrix