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 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 364 354 385
Rank change year-on-year
-10 +31
Contract jobs citing MCP 232 203 178
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.44% 0.43% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.17% 2.52% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 94 81
Average daily rate
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£223 £283 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.23% +25.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £128 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £263 £153
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +72.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 42 38
Average hourly rate £16.20 £16.10 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% +3.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £11.05 £10.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.20 £22.69 £22.18
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.75 £13.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +21.15%
MCP
UK

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
10700 8042 8996
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.16% 17.01% 18.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6136 4674 4760
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £545 £526
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 354 517
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.95% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £41.51 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+10.61% -21.39%

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 October 2014.

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 October 2014.

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 October 2014. 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
South East +12 96 £285 -10.93% 28
London -3 73 £185 -24.56% 33
North West +6 25 £110 -63.33% 8
East of England -24 20 £283 +126.00% 10
West Midlands -11 6 £310 +12.72% 8
South West -47 6 £205 -44.59% 13
East Midlands +5 4 £325 +103.12% 3
Yorkshire -12 4 £335 - 5
North East - - - -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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.

1 326 (71.33%) Microsoft
2 323 (70.68%) Windows
3 312 (68.27%) Microsoft Certification
4 217 (47.48%) MCSE
5 210 (45.95%) ITIL
6 207 (45.30%) Active Directory
7 145 (31.73%) MS Exchange
8 134 (29.32%) MS Office
9 132 (28.88%) MS Excel
10 126 (27.57%) Windows Server 2008
11 109 (23.85%) Security Cleared
12 107 (23.41%) Windows 7
13 104 (22.76%) Citrix
14 101 (22.10%) VMware
15 87 (19.04%) SC Cleared
16 86 (18.82%) HP
17 82 (17.94%) Windows Server 2003
18 78 (17.07%) SCCM
19 71 (15.54%) MCSA
20 66 (14.44%) Firewall
21 63 (13.79%) Blackberry
22 62 (13.57%) SLA
23 61 (13.35%) VMware Infrastructure
24 60 (13.13%) MCITP
25 59 (12.91%) SQL
26 58 (12.69%) DNS
26 58 (12.69%) Service Management
27 54 (11.82%) DHCP
28 53 (11.60%) Windows XP
29 52 (11.38%) Exchange Server 2003

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, 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
1 145 (31.73%) MS Exchange
2 52 (11.38%) Exchange Server 2003
3 46 (10.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 38 (8.32%) SharePoint
5 36 (7.88%) Exchange Server 2007
6 33 (7.22%) IBM Notes
7 26 (5.69%) IIS
8 12 (2.63%) SharePoint 2013
9 11 (2.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (1.31%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (1.09%) Lync
11 5 (1.09%) Exchange Server 2013
12 3 (0.66%) Apache
13 2 (0.44%) Umbraco
14 1 (0.22%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.22%) WorkSite
14 1 (0.22%) Node.js
Applications
1 134 (29.32%) MS Office
2 132 (28.88%) MS Excel
3 24 (5.25%) MS Visio
4 11 (2.41%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.44%) MS Project
5 2 (0.44%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.22%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
1 3 (0.66%) assyst
2 2 (0.44%) 3000 Xtra
2 2 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.22%) CODA-Financials
3 1 (0.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 23 (5.03%) Office 365
2 13 (2.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.19%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (1.97%) IaaS
5 1 (0.22%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 66 (14.44%) Firewall
2 58 (12.69%) DNS
3 54 (11.82%) DHCP
4 48 (10.50%) SAN
5 44 (9.63%) TCP/IP
6 42 (9.19%) Internet
7 31 (6.78%) LAN
7 31 (6.78%) WAN
8 23 (5.03%) Wireless
9 19 (4.16%) VPN
10 17 (3.72%) SMTP
11 15 (3.28%) VoIP
11 15 (3.28%) X.400
11 15 (3.28%) X.500
12 11 (2.41%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (1.97%) IP Telephony
14 7 (1.53%) FTP
15 5 (1.09%) IPv4
15 5 (1.09%) Ethernet
15 5 (1.09%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (8.75%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.97%) Amazon RDS
3 7 (1.53%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (1.09%) MS Access
5 4 (0.88%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.66%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.44%) MySQL
7 2 (0.44%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.22%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.22%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.22%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.22%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 8 (1.75%) Visual Studio
2 6 (1.31%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (1.09%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.88%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.88%) CruiseControl
4 4 (0.88%) Subversion
4 4 (0.88%) MSI
5 3 (0.66%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (0.66%) LoadRunner
6 2 (0.44%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.22%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 42 (9.19%) Finance
2 23 (5.03%) Telecoms
3 12 (2.63%) Retail
4 6 (1.31%) Banking
5 5 (1.09%) Manufacturing
6 4 (0.88%) Investment Banking
6 4 (0.88%) Legal
6 4 (0.88%) Front Office
6 4 (0.88%) Back Office
7 3 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.66%) German Language
8 2 (0.44%) Marketing
8 2 (0.44%) Law
9 1 (0.22%) Electronics
9 1 (0.22%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 167 (36.54%) Analyst
2 85 (18.60%) Support Engineer
3 82 (17.94%) Service Analyst
4 81 (17.72%) Service Desk Analyst
5 78 (17.07%) Support Analyst
6 47 (10.28%) 2nd Line Support
7 46 (10.07%) Desktop Support
8 36 (7.88%) 1st Line Support
9 29 (6.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 29 (6.35%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 28 (6.13%) 3rd Line Support
11 26 (5.69%) 1st Line Support Analyst
12 25 (5.47%) Server Engineer
13 20 (4.38%) Messaging Engineer
14 19 (4.16%) Desktop Engineer
15 18 (3.94%) Desktop Analyst
16 17 (3.72%) Help Desk Support
16 17 (3.72%) Desktop Support Analyst
17 15 (3.28%) Desktop Support Engineer
17 15 (3.28%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (3.06%) .NET
2 13 (2.84%) HTML
3 12 (2.63%) ASP.NET
4 7 (1.53%) CSS
4 7 (1.53%) ASP.NET MVC
5 6 (1.31%) HTML5
5 6 (1.31%) jQuery
5 6 (1.31%) Web Services
6 5 (1.09%) XML
6 5 (1.09%) .NET Framework
6 5 (1.09%) Software Packaging
7 4 (0.88%) CSS3
7 4 (0.88%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 4 (0.88%) Ajax
7 4 (0.88%) XHTML
7 4 (0.88%) XSLT
8 3 (0.66%) JSP
8 3 (0.66%) WAP
9 2 (0.44%) MAPI
10 1 (0.22%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 63 (13.79%) Blackberry
2 42 (9.19%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (3.06%) Management Information System
4 12 (2.63%) PKI
5 11 (2.41%) Computer Science
6 10 (2.19%) Smartphone
7 8 (1.75%) Fat Client
7 8 (1.75%) Thin Client
7 8 (1.75%) Clustering
8 5 (1.09%) Smartcard
9 4 (0.88%) iPad
9 4 (0.88%) FMCG
9 4 (0.88%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (0.66%) NHS
10 3 (0.66%) Client/Server
10 3 (0.66%) Statistics
10 3 (0.66%) CMDB
10 3 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.44%) EqualLogic
11 2 (0.44%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 323 (70.68%) Windows
2 126 (27.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 107 (23.41%) Windows 7
4 82 (17.94%) Windows Server 2003
5 53 (11.60%) Windows XP
6 48 (10.50%) Windows Server 2012
7 45 (9.85%) Linux
8 25 (5.47%) UNIX
9 24 (5.25%) Windows Vista
10 23 (5.03%) Windows 8
11 20 (4.38%) Mac OS X
12 15 (3.28%) Mac OS
13 10 (2.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 9 (1.97%) Windows 2000
15 4 (0.88%) Android
16 3 (0.66%) HPUX
17 2 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
17 2 (0.44%) Solaris
18 1 (0.22%) Windows NT
18 1 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 210 (45.95%) ITIL
2 58 (12.69%) Service Management
3 34 (7.44%) Incident Management
4 25 (5.47%) Configuration Management
5 23 (5.03%) Project Management
6 21 (4.60%) Service Delivery
7 19 (4.16%) Migration
8 18 (3.94%) Coaching
9 15 (3.28%) Change Management
9 15 (3.28%) ITIL V3
10 14 (3.06%) Vulnerability Management
11 13 (2.84%) Problem Management
12 12 (2.63%) User Acceptance Testing
13 11 (2.41%) Penetration Testing
14 10 (2.19%) PRINCE2
15 8 (1.75%) Software Deployment
15 8 (1.75%) Mentoring
15 8 (1.75%) Asset Management
15 8 (1.75%) Validation
16 7 (1.53%) ITSM
Programming Languages
1 59 (12.91%) SQL
2 17 (3.72%) C
3 13 (2.84%) C#
4 11 (2.41%) PowerShell
5 10 (2.19%) VBScript
6 8 (1.75%) VB
7 5 (1.09%) VBA
7 5 (1.09%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.66%) PHP
9 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.22%) Java
9 1 (0.22%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 312 (68.27%) Microsoft Certification
2 217 (47.48%) MCSE
3 109 (23.85%) Security Cleared
4 87 (19.04%) SC Cleared
5 71 (15.54%) MCSA
6 60 (13.13%) MCITP
7 49 (10.72%) CCNA
7 49 (10.72%) Cisco Certification
8 36 (7.88%) A+ Certification
9 32 (7.00%) ITIL Certification
9 32 (7.00%) Degree
10 31 (6.78%) MCTS
11 28 (6.13%) MCDST
12 27 (5.91%) DV Cleared
13 21 (4.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 20 (4.38%) Citrix Certification
15 15 (3.28%) CCNP
15 15 (3.28%) CCA
16 12 (2.63%) MOS
16 12 (2.63%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (13.57%) SLA
2 5 (1.09%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.66%) COBIT
4 2 (0.44%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.22%) QA
System Software
1 207 (45.30%) Active Directory
2 61 (13.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (5.91%) Hyper-V
4 20 (4.38%) XenApp
5 17 (3.72%) vSphere
6 12 (2.63%) XenServer
7 11 (2.41%) ISA Server
8 9 (1.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 9 (1.97%) UAG
9 7 (1.53%) VMware ESX
10 5 (1.09%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.88%) Firmware
11 4 (0.88%) Microsoft App-V
12 3 (0.66%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.66%) MetaFrame
12 3 (0.66%) Forefront TMG
13 2 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 2 (0.44%) NFS
14 1 (0.22%) Terminal Server
14 1 (0.22%) Xen
Systems Management
1 78 (17.07%) SCCM
2 28 (6.13%) Backup Exec
3 27 (5.91%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 26 (5.69%) OpenView
5 23 (5.03%) SCOM
6 17 (3.72%) OVSD
7 12 (2.63%) McAfee ePO
8 11 (2.41%) Nessus
9 8 (1.75%) WSUS
10 6 (1.31%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.88%) Sysprep
12 2 (0.44%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.44%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 1 (0.22%) MAILsweeper
13 1 (0.22%) ARCserve
13 1 (0.22%) NetBackup
13 1 (0.22%) SCVMM
13 1 (0.22%) HP Data Protector
13 1 (0.22%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 326 (71.33%) Microsoft
2 104 (22.76%) Citrix
3 101 (22.10%) VMware
4 86 (18.82%) HP
5 48 (10.50%) Cisco
6 36 (7.88%) McAfee
7 34 (7.44%) Lotus
8 33 (7.22%) Symantec
9 22 (4.81%) Apple
10 20 (4.38%) Sophos
11 16 (3.50%) Oracle
12 15 (3.28%) Remedy
13 13 (2.84%) Red Hat
14 11 (2.41%) Dell
14 11 (2.41%) Qualys
15 10 (2.19%) NetApp
15 10 (2.19%) Reuters
15 10 (2.19%) Bloomberg
16 7 (1.53%) CheckPoint
16 7 (1.53%) SAP
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Certes Computing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 8 hours ago
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Cheshire
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Global Technology Solutions Ltd
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Global Technology Solutions Ltd
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Poole, Dorset
Allied Worldwide
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Southampton
Spectrum IT
Rate: £175 - £225 per day
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Liverpool
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