The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 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 England 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 373 313 289
Rank change year-on-year
-60 -24
Contract jobs citing MCP 224 194 330
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.44% 0.45% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.23% 2.48% 3.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 102 130
Average daily rate £297 £263 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.02% +11.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £109 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £438 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £230 £230
% change year-on-year
+30.43% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 25 59
Average hourly rate £15.00 £12.50 £16.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -22.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £27.30 £27.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £12.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+8.00% -16.66%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10027 7817 9702
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.53% 18.14% 17.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5749 4178 5093
Average daily rate £375 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 436 528
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +8.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.90 £50.60 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
MCP
UK

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 18 April 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
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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
London -7 82 £225 -23.96% 47
South East -36 38 £275 +3.77% 21
South West -2 33 £325 +14.03% 11
East of England -18 27 £205 +141.17% 11
North West -9 19 £266 +97.22% 8
West Midlands -9 13 £213 +75.25% 5
Yorkshire -28 6 £274 +112.42% 4
East Midlands -7 5 - - 2
North East - 1 - - 1
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

1 327 (77.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 302 (71.23%) Windows
3 278 (65.57%) Microsoft
4 216 (50.94%) MCSE
5 192 (45.28%) ITIL
6 163 (38.44%) MS Excel
7 161 (37.97%) Active Directory
8 143 (33.73%) MS Office
9 136 (32.08%) Windows 7
10 121 (28.54%) VMware
11 119 (28.07%) Citrix
12 99 (23.35%) Windows Server 2008
13 89 (20.99%) VMware Infrastructure
14 88 (20.75%) MS Exchange
15 79 (18.63%) Windows XP
16 76 (17.92%) Windows Server 2003
17 70 (16.51%) MCITP
18 68 (16.04%) Security Cleared
19 67 (15.80%) Blackberry
20 64 (15.09%) MCSA
21 63 (14.86%) Service Management
22 62 (14.62%) Finance
23 58 (13.68%) SLA
24 53 (12.50%) MCDST
25 49 (11.56%) Cisco
25 49 (11.56%) SQL
26 48 (11.32%) SC Cleared
27 46 (10.85%) PowerShell
27 46 (10.85%) Exchange Server 2003
27 46 (10.85%) HP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 88 (20.75%) MS Exchange
2 46 (10.85%) Exchange Server 2003
3 43 (10.14%) SharePoint
4 35 (8.25%) Exchange Server 2007
5 33 (7.78%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 33 (7.78%) Exchange Server 2010
6 17 (4.01%) IIS
6 17 (4.01%) IBM Notes
7 15 (3.54%) Lync
8 11 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2013
9 9 (2.12%) Exchange Server 2000
10 7 (1.65%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (1.42%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (0.71%) Office Communications Server
12 3 (0.71%) MS Project Server
12 3 (0.71%) WorkSite
12 3 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
13 2 (0.47%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Foundation
14 1 (0.24%) WebSphere
Applications
1 163 (38.44%) MS Excel
2 143 (33.73%) MS Office
3 39 (9.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.94%) MS Project
5 3 (0.71%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.24%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.24%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 3 (0.71%) assyst
2 2 (0.47%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.24%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.24%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 7 (1.65%) Cloud Computing
2 5 (1.18%) Office 365
3 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 44 (10.38%) DNS
2 39 (9.20%) TCP/IP
3 35 (8.25%) DHCP
4 26 (6.13%) Internet
5 24 (5.66%) SAN
6 21 (4.95%) Wireless
7 20 (4.72%) Firewall
8 19 (4.48%) LAN
9 18 (4.25%) WAN
10 16 (3.77%) VPN
11 12 (2.83%) NetScaler
12 8 (1.89%) VoIP
13 6 (1.42%) Intranet
13 6 (1.42%) IP Telephony
13 6 (1.42%) Network Security
14 5 (1.18%) FTP
15 4 (0.94%) Nortel Meridian
15 4 (0.94%) Cisco IOS
15 4 (0.94%) Unified Communications
15 4 (0.94%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (8.49%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (0.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (0.71%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (0.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (0.71%) IDOL
3 3 (0.71%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.47%) EDRMS
5 1 (0.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.24%) QlikView
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.24%) MSDE
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle9i Database
5 1 (0.24%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.24%) DTS
5 1 (0.24%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 12 (2.83%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (2.36%) Visual Studio
3 8 (1.89%) Git (software)
4 7 (1.65%) MSI
5 6 (1.42%) InstallShield
5 6 (1.42%) CruiseControl
5 6 (1.42%) Subversion
5 6 (1.42%) Jenkins
6 3 (0.71%) LoadRunner
7 2 (0.47%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 2 (0.47%) NUnit
8 1 (0.24%) Visual Studio Team System
8 1 (0.24%) Rhino Mocks
8 1 (0.24%) Moq
8 1 (0.24%) Apache Continuum
8 1 (0.24%) MSBuild
8 1 (0.24%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 62 (14.62%) Finance
2 32 (7.55%) Legal
3 29 (6.84%) Law
4 25 (5.90%) Back Office
5 23 (5.42%) Front Office
6 18 (4.25%) Telecoms
7 16 (3.77%) Banking
8 8 (1.89%) Advertising
9 5 (1.18%) Retail
10 3 (0.71%) Games
11 2 (0.47%) Local Government
11 2 (0.47%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.24%) Marketing
12 1 (0.24%) French Language
12 1 (0.24%) German Language
12 1 (0.24%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.24%) Multimedia
12 1 (0.24%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.24%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 123 (29.01%) Analyst
2 84 (19.81%) Support Engineer
3 68 (16.04%) Service Desk Analyst
4 67 (15.80%) Service Analyst
5 61 (14.39%) Support Analyst
6 59 (13.92%) 2nd Line Support
7 34 (8.02%) Desktop Support
8 33 (7.78%) Help Desk Support
9 30 (7.08%) 1st Line Support
10 18 (4.25%) Desktop Engineer
11 17 (4.01%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 17 (4.01%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 16 (3.77%) 3rd Line Support
12 16 (3.77%) IT Support
12 16 (3.77%) Network Support
13 15 (3.54%) Help Desk Engineer
13 15 (3.54%) Help Desk Support Engineer
13 15 (3.54%) Developer
14 14 (3.30%) Infrastructure Engineer
15 13 (3.07%) 1st Line Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (5.42%) .NET
2 15 (3.54%) .NET Framework
3 13 (3.07%) ASP.NET
3 13 (3.07%) HTML
4 8 (1.89%) CSS
4 8 (1.89%) Web Services
4 8 (1.89%) WPF
4 8 (1.89%) jQuery
5 7 (1.65%) HTML5
5 7 (1.65%) ASP.NET MVC
5 7 (1.65%) CSS3
5 7 (1.65%) Application Packaging
6 6 (1.42%) Ajax
7 5 (1.18%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 5 (1.18%) WCF
7 5 (1.18%) WinForms
7 5 (1.18%) XHTML
8 4 (0.94%) Software Packaging
9 3 (0.71%) XMPP
9 3 (0.71%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 67 (15.80%) Blackberry
2 34 (8.02%) Management Information System
3 20 (4.72%) Statistics
4 19 (4.48%) Clustering
5 9 (2.12%) Smartphone
6 5 (1.18%) Fat Client
6 5 (1.18%) CMDB
6 5 (1.18%) Thin Client
6 5 (1.18%) NHS
7 4 (0.94%) Smartcard
7 4 (0.94%) iPad
7 4 (0.94%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (0.71%) EqualLogic
8 3 (0.71%) PDA
9 2 (0.47%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.47%) Replication
9 2 (0.47%) Handset
9 2 (0.47%) Computer Science
9 2 (0.47%) Contract for Difference
9 2 (0.47%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 302 (71.23%) Windows
2 136 (32.08%) Windows 7
3 99 (23.35%) Windows Server 2008
4 79 (18.63%) Windows XP
5 76 (17.92%) Windows Server 2003
6 27 (6.37%) Windows Vista
7 23 (5.42%) Linux
8 18 (4.25%) UNIX
9 15 (3.54%) Windows 2000
10 14 (3.30%) Windows Server 2012
11 13 (3.07%) Windows 8
12 10 (2.36%) Mac OS X
13 9 (2.12%) Windows 2000 Server
14 5 (1.18%) Windows Mobile
15 4 (0.94%) Windows NT
16 3 (0.71%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.71%) Android
16 3 (0.71%) Apple iOS
17 2 (0.47%) AIX
17 2 (0.47%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (45.28%) ITIL
2 63 (14.86%) Service Management
3 46 (10.85%) Service Delivery
4 37 (8.73%) Migration
5 26 (6.13%) Workflow
6 22 (5.19%) Disaster Recovery
7 20 (4.72%) ITSM
7 20 (4.72%) Capacity Planning
8 19 (4.48%) User Acceptance Testing
9 18 (4.25%) Risk Analysis
9 18 (4.25%) Incident Management
10 17 (4.01%) Change Management
11 15 (3.54%) Load Balancing
12 14 (3.30%) OO
12 14 (3.30%) Project Management
12 14 (3.30%) ITIL V3
12 14 (3.30%) TDD
12 14 (3.30%) Document Management
13 12 (2.83%) OOD
14 10 (2.36%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 49 (11.56%) SQL
2 46 (10.85%) PowerShell
3 18 (4.25%) C#
4 9 (2.12%) VBScript
5 7 (1.65%) VB
6 6 (1.42%) C
7 4 (0.94%) T-SQL
7 4 (0.94%) JavaScript
8 3 (0.71%) Perl
9 2 (0.47%) VBA
10 1 (0.24%) Bourne shell
10 1 (0.24%) C-shell
10 1 (0.24%) Korn
10 1 (0.24%) AWK
10 1 (0.24%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.24%) PHP
Qualifications
1 327 (77.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 216 (50.94%) MCSE
3 70 (16.51%) MCITP
4 68 (16.04%) Security Cleared
5 64 (15.09%) MCSA
6 53 (12.50%) MCDST
7 48 (11.32%) SC Cleared
8 42 (9.91%) MCTS
9 38 (8.96%) Cisco Certification
10 36 (8.49%) CCNA
11 28 (6.60%) A+ Certification
12 27 (6.37%) Citrix Certification
13 25 (5.90%) ITIL Certification
14 23 (5.42%) Degree
15 20 (4.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 19 (4.48%) CCNP
17 17 (4.01%) DV Cleared
18 13 (3.07%) CCA
19 11 (2.59%) MCPD
19 11 (2.59%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (13.68%) SLA
2 4 (0.94%) QA
2 4 (0.94%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.47%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 161 (37.97%) Active Directory
2 89 (20.99%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (6.84%) Hyper-V
3 29 (6.84%) XenApp
4 18 (4.25%) vSphere
5 13 (3.07%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (2.59%) XenDesktop
7 8 (1.89%) VMware ESX
8 5 (1.18%) Terminal Services
9 4 (0.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 4 (0.94%) XenServer
10 3 (0.71%) VMware Server
10 3 (0.71%) NFS
11 1 (0.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.24%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
11 1 (0.24%) MetaFrame
Systems Management
1 38 (8.96%) SCCM
2 20 (4.72%) Backup Exec
3 18 (4.25%) OpenView
4 13 (3.07%) SCVMM
5 10 (2.36%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 10 (2.36%) OVSD
6 8 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
7 7 (1.65%) ServiceCenter
8 5 (1.18%) SCOM
9 4 (0.94%) ARCserve
9 4 (0.94%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.47%) MAILsweeper
10 2 (0.47%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.47%) WSUS
11 1 (0.24%) HP SIM
11 1 (0.24%) Plesk
11 1 (0.24%) Cisco CUCM
11 1 (0.24%) WMI
11 1 (0.24%) Unicenter
11 1 (0.24%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 278 (65.57%) Microsoft
2 121 (28.54%) VMware
3 119 (28.07%) Citrix
4 49 (11.56%) Cisco
5 46 (10.85%) HP
6 36 (8.49%) McAfee
7 19 (4.48%) Apple
8 17 (4.01%) Lotus
9 14 (3.30%) Sophos
10 13 (3.07%) NetApp
11 12 (2.83%) Symantec
12 11 (2.59%) Dell
13 10 (2.36%) Bloomberg
14 9 (2.12%) Lumension
14 9 (2.12%) Reuters
14 9 (2.12%) Compaq
15 8 (1.89%) Adobe
16 7 (1.65%) Mitel
16 7 (1.65%) Altiris
16 7 (1.65%) CQG
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Certes Computing Ltd (Birmingham)
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £16 - £18 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £10.00 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Northwich, Cheshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £12 - £15 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £20 - £23 per hour
Posted: 10 days ago
Wokingham
Premier Group
Rate: £18000 - £23000 per annum
Posted: 24 days ago
West Yorkshire
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £349 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
A&O IT Group Ltd
Rate: From £75 to £95 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Somerset
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Applitracker
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Wimbledon
Premier Group
Rate: £30000 per annum
Posted: 26 days ago
Taunton
DP Connect
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago