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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 67 60 67
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +7
Contract jobs citing MCP 5 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.54% 1.02% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.36% 5.03% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Average daily rate
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£225 £100 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+125.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £248 £275
% change year-on-year
+12.93% -9.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £13.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +8.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.75 £15.25
% change year-on-year
+7.93% +3.27%
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
149 159 165
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 16.20% 20.28% 22.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 76 48
Average daily rate £420 £310 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.48% -11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £133 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 11 17
Average hourly rate £16.16 £31.56 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-48.78% -9.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.40 £13.50 £20.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -6.97%

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 6 July 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
Chester - 3 £225 -
Warrington -5 2 - - 1
MCP
North West

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 13 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 12 (92.31%) HP
2 12 (92.31%) MS Excel
3 10 (76.92%) SLA
3 10 (76.92%) MS Office
3 10 (76.92%) ITIL
3 10 (76.92%) OpenView
3 10 (76.92%) Service Management
4 8 (61.54%) Lotus
4 8 (61.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 8 (61.54%) IBM Notes
5 5 (38.46%) Windows
6 3 (23.08%) MCSE
6 3 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 3 (23.08%) Windows 7
7 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (15.38%) Hyper-V
7 2 (15.38%) Mentoring
7 2 (15.38%) Coaching
7 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 2 (15.38%) Problem Management
7 2 (15.38%) SCCM
7 2 (15.38%) SCVMM
7 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
7 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (15.38%) PowerShell
7 2 (15.38%) Data Centre
7 2 (15.38%) Data Centre Operations
7 2 (15.38%) DNS
7 2 (15.38%) DHCP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 8 (61.54%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 12 (92.31%) MS Excel
2 10 (76.92%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Eikon
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) DHCP
1 2 (15.38%) DNS
2 1 (7.69%) VPN
General
1 2 (15.38%) Finance
2 1 (7.69%) Banking
Job Titles
1 9 (69.23%) Analyst
1 9 (69.23%) Service Analyst
1 9 (69.23%) Service Desk Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 2 (15.38%) 1st Line Support
3 1 (7.69%) Support Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Desktop Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Wintel Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Wintel Specialist
3 1 (7.69%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Desktop Support
Miscellaneous
1 2 (15.38%) Data Centre
2 1 (7.69%) Blackberry
2 1 (7.69%) iPhone
2 1 (7.69%) iPad
2 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (38.46%) Windows
2 3 (23.08%) Windows 7
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (15.38%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (76.92%) Service Management
1 10 (76.92%) ITIL
2 2 (15.38%) Project Management
2 2 (15.38%) Mentoring
2 2 (15.38%) Coaching
2 2 (15.38%) Data Centre Operations
2 2 (15.38%) Workflow
2 2 (15.38%) Migration
2 2 (15.38%) Problem Management
3 1 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) MCSE
1 3 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (15.38%) MCITP
2 2 (15.38%) Security Cleared
3 1 (7.69%) Degree
3 1 (7.69%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (76.92%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Virtual Server
1 2 (15.38%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (15.38%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 10 (76.92%) OpenView
2 8 (61.54%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 2 (15.38%) SCCM
3 2 (15.38%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 12 (92.31%) HP
3 8 (61.54%) Lotus
4 2 (15.38%) VMware
5 1 (7.69%) Reuters
5 1 (7.69%) Bloomberg