The table below looks at the statistics for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 184 191 176
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -15
Contract jobs citing MCP 12 17 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.24% 0.29% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.52% 1.73% 1.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 12 12
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£178 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-52.66% +11.11%
UK excluding London average daily rate £245 £248 £225
% change year-on-year
-1.01% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £22.00 - £16.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £13.75 £12.25
% change year-on-year
+12.72% +12.24%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
787 985 828
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.50% 16.66% 14.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 597 667 580
Average daily rate £413 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £256 £275 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 31
Average hourly rate £18.70 £22.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.88% -43.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £35.04 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

MCP Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the City of London region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015.

MCP Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 (79.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 14 (58.33%) Windows
4 10 (41.67%) MCSA
4 10 (41.67%) Active Directory
5 9 (37.50%) Cisco
5 9 (37.50%) MS Excel
5 9 (37.50%) Windows 7
6 8 (33.33%) MCSE
6 8 (33.33%) Finance
6 8 (33.33%) VMware
7 7 (29.17%) MS Office
7 7 (29.17%) ITIL
8 5 (20.83%) Citrix
8 5 (20.83%) MCITP
9 4 (16.67%) MCTS
9 4 (16.67%) Degree
9 4 (16.67%) Blackberry
9 4 (16.67%) PRINCE2
9 4 (16.67%) SharePoint
9 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
9 4 (16.67%) CCNA
9 4 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 4 (16.67%) SCCM
9 4 (16.67%) Change Control
10 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
10 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 3 (12.50%) Internet

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 4 (16.67%) SharePoint
1 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (4.17%) Lync
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (4.17%) WorkSite
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (4.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 9 (37.50%) MS Excel
2 7 (29.17%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) SAP BPC
1 1 (4.17%) SAP ERP
1 1 (4.17%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) Internet
1 3 (12.50%) DNS
1 3 (12.50%) Firewall
1 3 (12.50%) Wireless
2 2 (8.33%) BIG-IP
2 2 (8.33%) TCP/IP
2 2 (8.33%) VPN
2 2 (8.33%) DHCP
2 2 (8.33%) FTP
3 1 (4.17%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (4.17%) Network Security
3 1 (4.17%) NAS
3 1 (4.17%) 3G
3 1 (4.17%) SAN
3 1 (4.17%) VoIP
3 1 (4.17%) POP3
3 1 (4.17%) Ethernet
3 1 (4.17%) IMAP
General
1 8 (33.33%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.17%) Law
3 1 (4.17%) Front Office
3 1 (4.17%) Banking
Job Titles
1 13 (54.17%) Analyst
2 11 (45.83%) Support Analyst
3 7 (29.17%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 7 (29.17%) Desktop Support
3 7 (29.17%) Desktop Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Network Support
4 2 (8.33%) Network Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Help Desk Support
4 2 (8.33%) Help Desk Support Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Project Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Network Support Analyst
4 2 (8.33%) Help Desk Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Trade Floor Support Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Systems Access Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) IT Support
5 1 (4.17%) IT Technician
5 1 (4.17%) Storage Architect
5 1 (4.17%) Desktop Manager
5 1 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Blackberry
2 2 (8.33%) Smartphone
2 2 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 2 (8.33%) Thin Client
2 2 (8.33%) Smartcard
2 2 (8.33%) CMDB
2 2 (8.33%) Fat Client
3 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.17%) Mathematics
3 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (58.33%) Windows
2 9 (37.50%) Windows 7
3 4 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (12.50%) Windows XP
4 3 (12.50%) Windows Vista
5 1 (4.17%) Windows 8
5 1 (4.17%) UNIX
5 1 (4.17%) Linux
5 1 (4.17%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (29.17%) ITIL
2 4 (16.67%) PRINCE2
2 4 (16.67%) Change Control
3 2 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (8.33%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 2 (8.33%) Penetration Testing
3 2 (8.33%) Migration
3 2 (8.33%) Risk Assessment
3 2 (8.33%) Information Security
3 2 (8.33%) ETL
3 2 (8.33%) Configuration Management
3 2 (8.33%) Project Management
3 2 (8.33%) Data Protection
3 2 (8.33%) Network Management
4 1 (4.17%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (4.17%) Wealth Management
4 1 (4.17%) Time Management
4 1 (4.17%) Data Migration
4 1 (4.17%) Project Planning
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.17%) C
Qualifications
1 19 (79.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (41.67%) MCSA
3 8 (33.33%) MCSE
4 5 (20.83%) MCITP
5 4 (16.67%) MCTS
5 4 (16.67%) Degree
5 4 (16.67%) CCNA
5 4 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (12.50%) A+ Certification
6 3 (12.50%) CCNP
6 3 (12.50%) MCDST
7 2 (8.33%) GSEC
7 2 (8.33%) CEH
7 2 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (8.33%) GIAC
7 2 (8.33%) CISA
7 2 (8.33%) CISM
7 2 (8.33%) CISSP
7 2 (8.33%) SSCP
7 2 (8.33%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) COBIT
1 2 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 17799
1 2 (8.33%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 2 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.17%) PCI DSS
2 1 (4.17%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (41.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (12.50%) VMware ESX
3 2 (8.33%) vSphere
4 1 (4.17%) Terminal Services
4 1 (4.17%) NFS
Systems Management
1 4 (16.67%) SCCM
2 2 (8.33%) WSUS
2 2 (8.33%) SCOM
3 1 (4.17%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 18 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (37.50%) Cisco
3 8 (33.33%) VMware
4 5 (20.83%) Citrix
5 3 (12.50%) Reuters
5 3 (12.50%) Bloomberg
6 2 (8.33%) CQG
6 2 (8.33%) F5
7 1 (4.17%) LANDesk
7 1 (4.17%) Polycom
7 1 (4.17%) CheckPoint
7 1 (4.17%) Avaya
7 1 (4.17%) Juniper
7 1 (4.17%) NetApp
7 1 (4.17%) SAP