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 24 October 2014 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 195 198 197
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -1
Contract jobs citing MCP 12 24 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.20% 0.33% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.30% 2.24% 2.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 7 10
Average daily rate
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£319 £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £184 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £410 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £229 £175
% change year-on-year
+19.89% +31.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 9
Average hourly rate - £11.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -34.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
MCP
London

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
923 1071 967
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.42% 14.73% 13.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 681 738 665
Average daily rate £425 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 25 37
Average hourly rate £14.50 £13.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.40% -28.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.75 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £42.25 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -23.40%

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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 2014, 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 17 (77.27%) Windows
2 16 (72.73%) Microsoft
3 14 (63.64%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (50.00%) Active Directory
5 10 (45.45%) Windows 7
6 8 (36.36%) ITIL
6 8 (36.36%) MS Excel
7 7 (31.82%) Cisco
7 7 (31.82%) MCSA
7 7 (31.82%) Citrix
8 6 (27.27%) MCSE
8 6 (27.27%) MS Exchange
8 6 (27.27%) VMware
9 5 (22.73%) Finance
9 5 (22.73%) DNS
9 5 (22.73%) Blackberry
9 5 (22.73%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (18.18%) MS Office
10 4 (18.18%) Banking
10 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (18.18%) SCCM
11 3 (13.64%) WSUS
11 3 (13.64%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (13.64%) Degree
11 3 (13.64%) MCTS
11 3 (13.64%) MCITP
11 3 (13.64%) Firewall
11 3 (13.64%) CCNA
11 3 (13.64%) HP
11 3 (13.64%) DHCP

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

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, 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 6 (27.27%) MS Exchange
2 3 (13.64%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (9.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (4.55%) WorkSite
4 1 (4.55%) Lync
4 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (4.55%) IIS
4 1 (4.55%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (36.36%) MS Excel
2 4 (18.18%) MS Office
3 1 (4.55%) AutoCAD
Communications & Networking
1 5 (22.73%) DNS
2 3 (13.64%) DHCP
2 3 (13.64%) Firewall
3 2 (9.09%) Wireless
3 2 (9.09%) BIG-IP
3 2 (9.09%) SAN
3 2 (9.09%) Internet
3 2 (9.09%) VPN
4 1 (4.55%) 3G
4 1 (4.55%) Ethernet
4 1 (4.55%) FTP
4 1 (4.55%) TCP/IP
4 1 (4.55%) VLAN
4 1 (4.55%) IMAP
4 1 (4.55%) NAS
4 1 (4.55%) Fibre Channel
4 1 (4.55%) NetScaler
4 1 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (4.55%) Broadband
4 1 (4.55%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
General
1 5 (22.73%) Finance
2 4 (18.18%) Banking
3 2 (9.09%) Investment Banking
4 1 (4.55%) Law
4 1 (4.55%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (50.00%) Analyst
2 9 (40.91%) Support Analyst
3 7 (31.82%) Desktop Support
4 6 (27.27%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 6 (27.27%) Desktop Analyst
5 3 (13.64%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (9.09%) Network Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Server Support
6 2 (9.09%) Support Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Network Support Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Server Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Service Desk Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Wintel Engineer
6 2 (9.09%) Network Support
6 2 (9.09%) Service Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Server Support Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (4.55%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 5 (22.73%) Blackberry
2 2 (9.09%) CMDB
3 1 (4.55%) Fat Client
3 1 (4.55%) iPhone
3 1 (4.55%) iPad
3 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.55%) PKI
3 1 (4.55%) Smartphone
3 1 (4.55%) Mathematics
3 1 (4.55%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.55%) Thin Client
3 1 (4.55%) Smartcard
Operating Systems
1 17 (77.27%) Windows
2 10 (45.45%) Windows 7
3 5 (22.73%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (9.09%) Windows Vista
5 2 (9.09%) Windows XP
6 1 (4.55%) UNIX
6 1 (4.55%) Linux
6 1 (4.55%) Windows 2000
6 1 (4.55%) Windows 8
6 1 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (4.55%) Windows Phone
6 1 (4.55%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (36.36%) ITIL
2 2 (9.09%) Network Management
2 2 (9.09%) Change Control
2 2 (9.09%) Configuration Management
2 2 (9.09%) Project Management
3 1 (4.55%) Service Management
3 1 (4.55%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (4.55%) ITSM
3 1 (4.55%) Migration
3 1 (4.55%) Risk Assessment
3 1 (4.55%) Information Security
3 1 (4.55%) Asset Management
3 1 (4.55%) Vulnerability Assessment
3 1 (4.55%) Penetration Testing
3 1 (4.55%) Software Testing
3 1 (4.55%) Incident Management
3 1 (4.55%) Requirements Analysis
3 1 (4.55%) Project Planning
3 1 (4.55%) Load Balancing
3 1 (4.55%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.55%) C
1 1 (4.55%) SQL
1 1 (4.55%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (63.64%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (31.82%) MCSA
3 6 (27.27%) MCSE
4 3 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (13.64%) CCNA
4 3 (13.64%) MCTS
4 3 (13.64%) MCITP
4 3 (13.64%) Degree
5 2 (9.09%) Security Cleared
5 2 (9.09%) CCNP
5 2 (9.09%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (9.09%) A+ Certification
6 1 (4.55%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (4.55%) SSCP
6 1 (4.55%) CISA
6 1 (4.55%) CISM
6 1 (4.55%) GIAC
6 1 (4.55%) GSEC
6 1 (4.55%) MOS
6 1 (4.55%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 17799
1 1 (4.55%) SLA
1 1 (4.55%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (4.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (4.55%) COBIT
System Software
1 11 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (9.09%) XenApp
2 2 (9.09%) VMware ESX
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (4.55%) NFS
3 1 (4.55%) XenServer
3 1 (4.55%) vSphere
3 1 (4.55%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (4.55%) Terminal Server
3 1 (4.55%) Terminal Services
3 1 (4.55%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 4 (18.18%) SCCM
2 3 (13.64%) WSUS
3 1 (4.55%) SCOM
3 1 (4.55%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 16 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 7 (31.82%) Cisco
2 7 (31.82%) Citrix
3 6 (27.27%) VMware
4 3 (13.64%) HP
5 2 (9.09%) Dell
5 2 (9.09%) F5
6 1 (4.55%) Becrypt
6 1 (4.55%) LANDesk
6 1 (4.55%) Draytek
6 1 (4.55%) NetApp
6 1 (4.55%) Sage
6 1 (4.55%) CheckPoint
6 1 (4.55%) Reuters
6 1 (4.55%) Bloomberg
6 1 (4.55%) Symantec
6 1 (4.55%) Remedy
6 1 (4.55%) Sophos
6 1 (4.55%) CQG