The table below looks at the statistics for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 30 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 427 349 325
Rank change year-on-year
-78 -24
Contract jobs citing MCP 174 233 253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.34% 0.47% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.77% 2.53% 3.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 97 94
Average daily rate
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£250 £220 £253
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -12.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £123 £127
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £357 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £250 £225 £275
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 54 39
Average hourly rate £15.50 £17.07 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.19% +0.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £11.33
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £23.10 £22.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.25 £15.50 £15.25
% change year-on-year
-1.61% +1.63%
MCP
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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 England region.

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9849 9227 8285
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.06% 18.68% 17.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 5967 5264 4504
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 410 455
Average hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £44.90 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+31.57% -9.52%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in England

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

MCP Daily Rate Trend in England

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

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

MCP Daily Rate Histogram in England

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in England

MCP
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the England region over the 3 months to 30 July 2015.

MCP Hourly Rate Histogram in England

MCP
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the England region over the 3 months to 30 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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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
London -21 62 £250 +2.04% 37
South East -49 40 £245 +11.36% 27
East of England -1 19 £175 +2.94% 8
North West -23 17 £210 +20.00% 6
Yorkshire -20 12 £190 -24.00% 5
West Midlands +1 9 £300 +4.34% 1
North East - 6 £319 - 1
East Midlands -6 5 - - 5
South West -14 3 £288 +25.00% 7
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MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 272 (78.16%) Microsoft
2 254 (72.99%) Windows
3 233 (66.95%) Microsoft Certification
4 172 (49.43%) ITIL
5 164 (47.13%) Active Directory
6 162 (46.55%) MCSE
7 116 (33.33%) Windows 7
8 112 (32.18%) VMware
9 100 (28.74%) MS Office
10 91 (26.15%) MS Excel
11 78 (22.41%) Citrix
12 74 (21.26%) Windows Server 2008
13 71 (20.40%) MS Exchange
14 63 (18.10%) VMware Infrastructure
15 58 (16.67%) SCCM
16 56 (16.09%) MCSA
17 52 (14.94%) Cisco
18 50 (14.37%) HP
19 49 (14.08%) DNS
20 46 (13.22%) SLA
20 46 (13.22%) LAN
20 46 (13.22%) Security Cleared
21 45 (12.93%) TCP/IP
21 45 (12.93%) Symantec
22 44 (12.64%) Windows Server 2003
23 41 (11.78%) Hyper-V
24 39 (11.21%) Linux
24 39 (11.21%) Blackberry
25 38 (10.92%) Cisco Certification
26 37 (10.63%) CCNA

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 71 (20.40%) MS Exchange
2 32 (9.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (6.90%) SharePoint
4 21 (6.03%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 19 (5.46%) IBM Notes
6 16 (4.60%) IIS
7 13 (3.74%) Exchange Server 2007
8 11 (3.16%) Lync
9 10 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2013
10 9 (2.59%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2003
12 5 (1.44%) SharePoint 2010
13 2 (0.57%) MS Project Server
13 2 (0.57%) TPMS
13 2 (0.57%) Documentum
14 1 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
14 1 (0.29%) CMS
14 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2000
14 1 (0.29%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.29%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 100 (28.74%) MS Office
2 91 (26.15%) MS Excel
3 17 (4.89%) MS Visio
4 14 (4.02%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.15%) MS Project
6 2 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.29%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.29%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 30 (8.62%) Office 365
2 13 (3.74%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (3.16%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.15%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.15%) IaaS
5 3 (0.86%) SaaS
6 2 (0.57%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 49 (14.08%) DNS
2 46 (13.22%) LAN
3 45 (12.93%) TCP/IP
4 36 (10.34%) SAN
5 34 (9.77%) DHCP
6 30 (8.62%) WAN
6 30 (8.62%) Firewall
7 25 (7.18%) VPN
8 15 (4.31%) Internet
9 13 (3.74%) VLAN
10 11 (3.16%) NAS
11 10 (2.87%) NetScaler
12 8 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
12 8 (2.30%) VoIP
13 7 (2.01%) SMTP
14 6 (1.72%) WLAN
14 6 (1.72%) FTP
14 6 (1.72%) HTTP
14 6 (1.72%) SSL
14 6 (1.72%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (9.48%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 7 (2.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 4 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (0.86%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.86%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (0.86%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Power View
6 1 (0.29%) QlikView
6 1 (0.29%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (1.44%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.29%) WebDriver
3 1 (0.29%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.29%) Moq
3 1 (0.29%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.29%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.29%) MSI
3 1 (0.29%) NUnit
3 1 (0.29%) StarTeam
3 1 (0.29%) Selenium
General
1 31 (8.91%) Finance
2 9 (2.59%) Banking
3 6 (1.72%) Retail
3 6 (1.72%) French Language
3 6 (1.72%) German Language
4 5 (1.44%) Law
4 5 (1.44%) Publishing
5 4 (1.15%) Electronics
5 4 (1.15%) Telecoms
6 3 (0.86%) Advertising
7 2 (0.57%) Legal
7 2 (0.57%) Local Government
8 1 (0.29%) Marketing
8 1 (0.29%) Japanese Language
8 1 (0.29%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.29%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.29%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 96 (27.59%) Analyst
2 61 (17.53%) Support Engineer
3 54 (15.52%) 2nd Line Support
4 51 (14.66%) Service Analyst
4 51 (14.66%) Service Desk Analyst
5 50 (14.37%) Support Analyst
6 32 (9.20%) Desktop Support
7 27 (7.76%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 23 (6.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 22 (6.32%) 1st Line Support
10 21 (6.03%) Administrator
10 21 (6.03%) 3rd Line Support
11 14 (4.02%) Help Desk Support
11 14 (4.02%) Desktop Analyst
12 13 (3.74%) 1st Line Support Analyst
12 13 (3.74%) Desktop Engineer
13 12 (3.45%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 12 (3.45%) Help Desk Engineer
13 12 (3.45%) Server Engineer
14 11 (3.16%) Deployment Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.16%) .NET
2 10 (2.87%) Application Packaging
3 9 (2.59%) .NET Framework
4 8 (2.30%) HTML
5 7 (2.01%) jQuery
5 7 (2.01%) ASP.NET
5 7 (2.01%) CSS
6 6 (1.72%) XML
7 4 (1.15%) LAMP
7 4 (1.15%) HTML5
8 3 (0.86%) AngularJS
8 3 (0.86%) CSS3
9 2 (0.57%) Backbone.js
9 2 (0.57%) KnockoutJS
9 2 (0.57%) LESS
9 2 (0.57%) Entity Framework
9 2 (0.57%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (0.57%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.57%) ADO
10 1 (0.29%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 39 (11.21%) Blackberry
2 31 (8.91%) Data Centre
3 20 (5.75%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (4.31%) Clustering
5 14 (4.02%) Computer Science
6 13 (3.74%) PKI
7 11 (3.16%) Video Conferencing
8 9 (2.59%) Management Information System
9 8 (2.30%) iPhone
10 7 (2.01%) Fat Client
10 7 (2.01%) Thin Client
11 6 (1.72%) iPad
12 4 (1.15%) Replication
12 4 (1.15%) Client/Server
13 3 (0.86%) Smartphone
13 3 (0.86%) Private Cloud
13 3 (0.86%) EqualLogic
13 3 (0.86%) CMDB
14 2 (0.57%) Data Protection Act
14 2 (0.57%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 254 (72.99%) Windows
2 116 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 74 (21.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 44 (12.64%) Windows Server 2003
5 39 (11.21%) Linux
6 37 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 35 (10.06%) Windows XP
8 27 (7.76%) Windows 8
9 15 (4.31%) Mac OS X
10 11 (3.16%) UNIX
11 9 (2.59%) Windows Vista
12 8 (2.30%) Android
13 7 (2.01%) Apple iOS
14 5 (1.44%) Solaris
15 4 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (1.15%) Windows Phone
15 4 (1.15%) Data ONTAP
16 2 (0.57%) Windows Mobile
16 2 (0.57%) AIX
17 1 (0.29%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 172 (49.43%) ITIL
2 25 (7.18%) Service Management
3 21 (6.03%) Configuration Management
3 21 (6.03%) Incident Management
4 20 (5.75%) Migration
5 19 (5.46%) Service Delivery
5 19 (5.46%) Patch Management
6 17 (4.89%) PRINCE2
7 13 (3.74%) Problem Management
8 12 (3.45%) Change Management
9 11 (3.16%) Project Management
10 10 (2.87%) ITSM
11 8 (2.30%) Performance Tuning
12 7 (2.01%) Software Deployment
12 7 (2.01%) Change Control
12 7 (2.01%) Root Cause Analysis
12 7 (2.01%) Business Intelligence
12 7 (2.01%) Workflow
12 7 (2.01%) Data Centre Operations
13 6 (1.72%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (9.77%) SQL
2 23 (6.61%) PowerShell
3 11 (3.16%) C#
4 5 (1.44%) JavaScript
4 5 (1.44%) T-SQL
5 4 (1.15%) Perl
6 3 (0.86%) VB
6 3 (0.86%) C
7 1 (0.29%) VBA
7 1 (0.29%) Groovy
7 1 (0.29%) PHP
7 1 (0.29%) Java
Qualifications
1 233 (66.95%) Microsoft Certification
2 162 (46.55%) MCSE
3 56 (16.09%) MCSA
4 46 (13.22%) Security Cleared
5 38 (10.92%) Cisco Certification
6 37 (10.63%) CCNA
7 33 (9.48%) A+ Certification
8 32 (9.20%) SC Cleared
9 31 (8.91%) ITIL Certification
10 29 (8.33%) MCTS
11 28 (8.05%) MCITP
12 26 (7.47%) Degree
13 24 (6.90%) Citrix Certification
14 22 (6.32%) DV Cleared
15 21 (6.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 16 (4.60%) MCDST
17 12 (3.45%) MCSD
18 10 (2.87%) CCEA
18 10 (2.87%) CCEE
19 5 (1.44%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (13.22%) SLA
2 4 (1.15%) QA
3 2 (0.57%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.57%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.29%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 164 (47.13%) Active Directory
2 63 (18.10%) VMware Infrastructure
3 41 (11.78%) Hyper-V
4 20 (5.75%) XenApp
5 13 (3.74%) VMware ESX
6 12 (3.45%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (2.30%) VMware Workstation
7 8 (2.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 8 (2.30%) XenDesktop
8 7 (2.01%) vSphere
8 7 (2.01%) Terminal Services
8 7 (2.01%) VMware ESXi
9 4 (1.15%) NFS
10 3 (0.86%) UAG
10 3 (0.86%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.86%) Xen
11 1 (0.29%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.29%) XenServer
11 1 (0.29%) VirtualBox
11 1 (0.29%) KVM
Systems Management
1 58 (16.67%) SCCM
2 9 (2.59%) Backup Exec
3 7 (2.01%) OpenView
4 6 (1.72%) SCOM
4 6 (1.72%) SCVMM
4 6 (1.72%) McAfee ePO
5 5 (1.44%) WSUS
5 5 (1.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 4 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (1.15%) NetBackup
6 4 (1.15%) SnapVault
7 3 (0.86%) Casper Suite
8 2 (0.57%) Opsview
8 2 (0.57%) NetVault Backup
8 2 (0.57%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.29%) vMotion
9 1 (0.29%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.29%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.29%) OVSD
9 1 (0.29%) WMI
Vendors
1 272 (78.16%) Microsoft
2 112 (32.18%) VMware
3 78 (22.41%) Citrix
4 52 (14.94%) Cisco
5 50 (14.37%) HP
6 45 (12.93%) Symantec
7 26 (7.47%) McAfee
8 21 (6.03%) Apple
9 20 (5.75%) Lotus
9 20 (5.75%) Remedy
10 15 (4.31%) Adobe
11 12 (3.45%) Dell
12 9 (2.59%) AppSense
13 7 (2.01%) Sophos
13 7 (2.01%) NetApp
13 7 (2.01%) Veeam
14 6 (1.72%) Red Hat
14 6 (1.72%) Google
14 6 (1.72%) Oracle
15 5 (1.44%) LANDesk
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