The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 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 City of London 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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 186 183 199
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +16
Contract jobs citing MCP 10 42 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.17% 0.59% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.09% 3.88% 2.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 19 8
Average daily rate
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£245 £273 £319
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.09% -14.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £147 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £415 £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £230 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
-16.36% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 8 2
Average hourly rate £20.00 £21.15 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.41% +56.62%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.25 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+3.27% +5.17%
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
915 1083 1042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.79% 15.23% 13.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 632 745 667
Average daily rate £425 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £563
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 61 38
Average hourly rate £18.10 £23.75 £17.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.78% +32.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.79 £12.31 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.50 £51.00 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%
MCP
London

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 32 (94.12%) Windows
2 21 (61.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 20 (58.82%) Microsoft
4 19 (55.88%) Active Directory
5 18 (52.94%) Citrix
6 16 (47.06%) ITIL
7 15 (44.12%) Windows 7
8 11 (32.35%) MCSE
9 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (29.41%) Blackberry
9 10 (29.41%) Finance
9 10 (29.41%) VMware
10 9 (26.47%) MS Exchange
10 9 (26.47%) MS Office
10 9 (26.47%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (23.53%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (20.59%) Cisco
12 7 (20.59%) DNS
12 7 (20.59%) MS Excel
12 7 (20.59%) Banking
12 7 (20.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 7 (20.59%) Exchange Server 2007
13 6 (17.65%) MCTS
13 6 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
13 6 (17.65%) XenApp
13 6 (17.65%) Exchange Server 2010
14 5 (14.71%) MCITP
14 5 (14.71%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
14 5 (14.71%) CCA

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

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 9 (26.47%) MS Exchange
2 7 (20.59%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 7 (20.59%) Exchange Server 2007
3 6 (17.65%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (11.76%) SharePoint
5 3 (8.82%) IIS
5 3 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (2.94%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (2.94%) MS Project Server
6 1 (2.94%) Tomcat
6 1 (2.94%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 9 (26.47%) MS Office
2 7 (20.59%) MS Excel
3 2 (5.88%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (2.94%) MS Project
4 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
4 1 (2.94%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 7 (20.59%) DNS
2 4 (11.76%) DHCP
3 3 (8.82%) VPN
3 3 (8.82%) LAN
3 3 (8.82%) WAN
3 3 (8.82%) Firewall
4 2 (5.88%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (5.88%) IP Telephony
4 2 (5.88%) VLAN
4 2 (5.88%) Network Security
4 2 (5.88%) NetScaler
4 2 (5.88%) VoIP
4 2 (5.88%) Internet
5 1 (2.94%) SMTP
5 1 (2.94%) Broadband
5 1 (2.94%) SNMP
5 1 (2.94%) TCP/IP
5 1 (2.94%) SAN
5 1 (2.94%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.82%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio
1 2 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.94%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.94%) InstallShield
2 1 (2.94%) CruiseControl
2 1 (2.94%) Subversion
2 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (2.94%) Git (software)
General
1 10 (29.41%) Finance
2 7 (20.59%) Banking
3 2 (5.88%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Financial Institution
4 1 (2.94%) Front Office
4 1 (2.94%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 13 (38.24%) Analyst
2 10 (29.41%) Support Analyst
3 7 (20.59%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (20.59%) Service Analyst
4 5 (14.71%) 2nd Line Support
4 5 (14.71%) Support Engineer
4 5 (14.71%) Desktop Support
5 3 (8.82%) Developer
5 3 (8.82%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 3 (8.82%) Desktop Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) 3rd Line Support
6 2 (5.88%) Wintel Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Citrix Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Desktop Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Server Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Server Support Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) .NET Developer
6 2 (5.88%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.76%) .NET
2 3 (8.82%) HTML
3 2 (5.88%) ASP.NET
3 2 (5.88%) CSS
3 2 (5.88%) Web Services
3 2 (5.88%) .NET Framework
3 2 (5.88%) WCF
3 2 (5.88%) jQuery
4 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (2.94%) HTML5
4 1 (2.94%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
4 1 (2.94%) CSS3
4 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET MVC 3
4 1 (2.94%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (2.94%) WPF
4 1 (2.94%) LINQ
4 1 (2.94%) XML
4 1 (2.94%) XSL
4 1 (2.94%) XHTML
4 1 (2.94%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 10 (29.41%) Blackberry
2 3 (8.82%) CMDB
3 2 (5.88%) PKI
4 1 (2.94%) Contract for Difference
4 1 (2.94%) Clustering
4 1 (2.94%) CESG
4 1 (2.94%) Market Risk
4 1 (2.94%) FMCG
4 1 (2.94%) iPhone
4 1 (2.94%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 32 (94.12%) Windows
2 15 (44.12%) Windows 7
3 10 (29.41%) Windows Server 2003
4 9 (26.47%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (11.76%) Windows XP
6 2 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (5.88%) UNIX
7 1 (2.94%) Windows Phone
7 1 (2.94%) Windows 8
7 1 (2.94%) Mac OS X
7 1 (2.94%) Linux
7 1 (2.94%) Windows NT
7 1 (2.94%) Windows 2000 Server
7 1 (2.94%) Windows Vista
7 1 (2.94%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (47.06%) ITIL
2 3 (8.82%) Configuration Management
3 2 (5.88%) Project Management
3 2 (5.88%) Service Management
3 2 (5.88%) Migration
3 2 (5.88%) Problem Management
3 2 (5.88%) Capacity Planning
3 2 (5.88%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (5.88%) ITSM
3 2 (5.88%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (2.94%) MVC
4 1 (2.94%) ITIL V2
4 1 (2.94%) Root Cause Analysis
4 1 (2.94%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (2.94%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (2.94%) Multithreading
4 1 (2.94%) Data Migration
4 1 (2.94%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (2.94%) TDD
4 1 (2.94%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.82%) SQL
2 2 (5.88%) C#
2 2 (5.88%) JavaScript
2 2 (5.88%) VBScript
3 1 (2.94%) VB
3 1 (2.94%) VBA
3 1 (2.94%) C
3 1 (2.94%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (61.76%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (32.35%) MCSE
3 8 (23.53%) Citrix Certification
4 6 (17.65%) MCTS
5 5 (14.71%) MCITP
5 5 (14.71%) CCA
5 5 (14.71%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (11.76%) Security Cleared
6 4 (11.76%) CCNA
6 4 (11.76%) MCSA
6 4 (11.76%) Degree
7 3 (8.82%) SC Cleared
7 3 (8.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (8.82%) MCDST
7 3 (8.82%) CCNP
7 3 (8.82%) CCEA
8 2 (5.88%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (5.88%) CCEE
9 1 (2.94%) MCPD
9 1 (2.94%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.82%) SLA
2 1 (2.94%) QA
System Software
1 19 (55.88%) Active Directory
2 6 (17.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (17.65%) XenApp
3 3 (8.82%) XenServer
4 2 (5.88%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (5.88%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.94%) Citrix Presentation Server
5 1 (2.94%) VMware Server
5 1 (2.94%) Terminal Server
5 1 (2.94%) ISA Server
5 1 (2.94%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (11.76%) SCCM
2 2 (5.88%) WSUS
Vendors
1 20 (58.82%) Microsoft
2 18 (52.94%) Citrix
3 10 (29.41%) VMware
4 7 (20.59%) Cisco
5 4 (11.76%) HP
5 4 (11.76%) Reuters
5 4 (11.76%) Bloomberg
6 2 (5.88%) Dell
6 2 (5.88%) Remedy
6 2 (5.88%) CQG
7 1 (2.94%) NEC
7 1 (2.94%) Wyse
7 1 (2.94%) Sophos
7 1 (2.94%) Draytek
7 1 (2.94%) Becrypt
7 1 (2.94%) Symantec
7 1 (2.94%) Novell
7 1 (2.94%) Sage
7 1 (2.94%) CheckPoint