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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 461 386 383
Rank change year-on-year
-75 -3
Contract jobs citing MCP 147 195 194
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.31% 0.42% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.47% 2.05% 2.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 113 74
Average daily rate £238 £218 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.19% -17.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £113 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £425 £390
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £263 £239
% change year-on-year
+19.04% +9.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 36 39
Average hourly rate £18.00 £15.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.12% +3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.00 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £29.00 £22.54
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-12.90% +10.71%
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
10025 9523 8756
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.23% 20.27% 19.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6270 5581 4801
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 445 442 406
Average hourly rate £36.50 £20.00 £19.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+82.50% +0.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.56
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.00 £40.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 9 February 2016.

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 9 February 2016.

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 9 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
London +4 61 £160 -1.53% 28
South East -13 48 £330 +32.00% 26
West Midlands -21 10 £150 -58.04% 6
Yorkshire -8 9 £315 +46.51% 4
North West -15 9 £319 +189.77% 8
South West -14 4 £125 -60.93% 4
East Midlands -5 3 - - 4
East of England -19 3 £185 +5.71% 8
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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.

1 203 (66.78%) Microsoft
2 199 (65.46%) Microsoft Certification
3 185 (60.86%) Windows
4 149 (49.01%) ITIL
5 143 (47.04%) Active Directory
6 133 (43.75%) MCSE
7 91 (29.93%) MS Office
8 75 (24.67%) Windows 7
9 73 (24.01%) MS Excel
10 71 (23.36%) Windows Server
11 65 (21.38%) Security Cleared
12 64 (21.05%) Citrix
13 60 (19.74%) Windows Server 2008
14 59 (19.41%) SCCM
15 56 (18.42%) MS Exchange
16 53 (17.43%) MCSA
17 47 (15.46%) VMware
18 44 (14.47%) Blackberry
19 43 (14.14%) Degree
20 41 (13.49%) Service Management
21 40 (13.16%) Finance
22 39 (12.83%) HP
23 38 (12.50%) TCP/IP
23 38 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
23 38 (12.50%) SC Cleared
24 35 (11.51%) Cisco
25 34 (11.18%) DNS
25 34 (11.18%) Office 365
26 33 (10.86%) Cisco Certification
26 33 (10.86%) LAN

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 56 (18.42%) MS Exchange
2 31 (10.20%) Exchange Server 2010
3 24 (7.89%) Skype for Business
4 21 (6.91%) IIS
5 18 (5.92%) SharePoint
6 12 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (3.62%) IBM Notes
8 9 (2.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 8 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2013
10 7 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2003
10 7 (2.30%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (1.32%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.33%) Apache
12 1 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.33%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 91 (29.93%) MS Office
2 73 (24.01%) MS Excel
3 11 (3.62%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (1.64%) MS Project
5 3 (0.99%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.66%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.66%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.32%) Remedy ITSM
1 4 (1.32%) Teamcenter
2 3 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.66%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.33%) Sage 1000
4 1 (0.33%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 34 (11.18%) Office 365
2 12 (3.95%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (2.30%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.32%) Mimecast
5 3 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.66%) IaaS
7 1 (0.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 38 (12.50%) TCP/IP
2 34 (11.18%) DNS
3 33 (10.86%) LAN
4 28 (9.21%) WAN
5 24 (7.89%) DHCP
5 24 (7.89%) VPN
6 23 (7.57%) Firewall
7 16 (5.26%) Internet
7 16 (5.26%) SAN
7 16 (5.26%) Wireless
8 13 (4.28%) VLAN
9 9 (2.96%) Network Security
10 8 (2.63%) VoIP
11 7 (2.30%) Kerberos
11 7 (2.30%) LDAP
11 7 (2.30%) Wi-Fi
11 7 (2.30%) X.500
12 6 (1.97%) Cisco ASA
12 6 (1.97%) Remote Desktop
13 5 (1.64%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (10.20%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.97%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 6 (1.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (1.64%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.32%) MS Access
4 4 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.66%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.66%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Power View
6 1 (0.33%) OLAP
6 1 (0.33%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.33%) PerformancePoint
6 1 (0.33%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.33%) QlikView
6 1 (0.33%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.33%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 3 (0.99%) MSI
2 1 (0.33%) Moq
2 1 (0.33%) MSTest
2 1 (0.33%) NUnit
2 1 (0.33%) Rhino Mocks
2 1 (0.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 40 (13.16%) Finance
2 17 (5.59%) Banking
3 10 (3.29%) Telecoms
4 8 (2.63%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.64%) Advertising
5 5 (1.64%) Legal
6 3 (0.99%) Billing
6 3 (0.99%) German Language
6 3 (0.99%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.66%) Back Office
7 2 (0.66%) Electronics
7 2 (0.66%) Front Office
7 2 (0.66%) Law
8 1 (0.33%) Local Government
8 1 (0.33%) Marketing
8 1 (0.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 102 (33.55%) Analyst
2 61 (20.07%) Support Analyst
3 58 (19.08%) Service Analyst
4 54 (17.76%) Service Desk Analyst
5 49 (16.12%) Desktop Support
6 37 (12.17%) 1st Line Support
6 37 (12.17%) Support Engineer
7 34 (11.18%) Service Desk Support
8 29 (9.54%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 25 (8.22%) Service Desk Support Analyst
10 24 (7.89%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
10 24 (7.89%) 1st Line Support Analyst
10 24 (7.89%) Desktop Analyst
10 24 (7.89%) IT Support
11 23 (7.57%) 2nd Line Support
12 21 (6.91%) Architect
13 15 (4.93%) Consultant
13 15 (4.93%) IT Engineer
14 14 (4.61%) Active Directory Engineer
14 14 (4.61%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (2.96%) .NET
2 7 (2.30%) Web Services
2 7 (2.30%) XML
3 6 (1.97%) HTML
4 5 (1.64%) .NET Framework
5 4 (1.32%) CSS
5 4 (1.32%) ELK Stack
5 4 (1.32%) ODBC
6 2 (0.66%) HTML5
6 2 (0.66%) jQuery
6 2 (0.66%) WAP
7 1 (0.33%) ADO
7 1 (0.33%) Ajax
7 1 (0.33%) JMS
7 1 (0.33%) SOAP
7 1 (0.33%) WCF
7 1 (0.33%) WPF
7 1 (0.33%) XHTML
7 1 (0.33%) XSLT
7 1 (0.33%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 44 (14.47%) Blackberry
2 32 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
3 29 (9.54%) PKI
4 26 (8.55%) PMI
5 17 (5.59%) Data Centre
6 16 (5.26%) CESG
7 14 (4.61%) CESG CLAS
8 12 (3.95%) Driving Licence
9 11 (3.62%) Management Information System
10 9 (2.96%) Replication
11 6 (1.97%) Client/Server
11 6 (1.97%) Computer Science
12 5 (1.64%) Clustering
12 5 (1.64%) iPhone
13 4 (1.32%) Mathematics
14 3 (0.99%) NHS
14 3 (0.99%) Video Conferencing
15 2 (0.66%) EqualLogic
15 2 (0.66%) Fat Client
15 2 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 185 (60.86%) Windows
2 75 (24.67%) Windows 7
3 71 (23.36%) Windows Server
4 60 (19.74%) Windows Server 2008
5 38 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 30 (9.87%) Windows XP
7 24 (7.89%) Windows Server 2012
8 20 (6.58%) Unix
9 19 (6.25%) Linux
10 13 (4.28%) Windows 8
11 12 (3.95%) Windows 10
11 12 (3.95%) Windows 2000 Server
11 12 (3.95%) Windows Vista
12 8 (2.63%) Windows 2000
13 5 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.32%) AIX
15 2 (0.66%) Android
15 2 (0.66%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.33%) CentOS
16 1 (0.33%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (49.01%) ITIL
2 41 (13.49%) Service Management
3 21 (6.91%) Incident Management
4 20 (6.58%) ITIL V3
5 19 (6.25%) Project Management
5 19 (6.25%) TOGAF
6 18 (5.92%) Service Delivery
7 17 (5.59%) Problem Management
8 16 (5.26%) IT Governance
9 15 (4.93%) Information Security
9 15 (4.93%) Mentoring
9 15 (4.93%) Migration
10 14 (4.61%) Change Management
10 14 (4.61%) Information Assurance
10 14 (4.61%) Network Architecture
10 14 (4.61%) SIEM
11 13 (4.28%) PRINCE2
12 12 (3.95%) Coaching
12 12 (3.95%) Configuration Management
13 11 (3.62%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 30 (9.87%) SQL
2 11 (3.62%) PowerShell
3 9 (2.96%) VB
4 8 (2.63%) C#
5 4 (1.32%) T-SQL
6 3 (0.99%) VB.NET
6 3 (0.99%) VB6
7 2 (0.66%) C
7 2 (0.66%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.66%) VBA
8 1 (0.33%) Java
8 1 (0.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 199 (65.46%) Microsoft Certification
2 133 (43.75%) MCSE
3 65 (21.38%) Security Cleared
4 53 (17.43%) MCSA
5 43 (14.14%) Degree
6 38 (12.50%) SC Cleared
7 33 (10.86%) Cisco Certification
8 30 (9.87%) CCNA
9 29 (9.54%) MCDST
10 28 (9.21%) DV Cleared
11 27 (8.88%) PMI Certification
12 22 (7.24%) MCITP
13 21 (6.91%) A+ Certification
13 21 (6.91%) CISSP
14 17 (5.59%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 14 (4.61%) CESG Certified Professional
15 14 (4.61%) CISM
15 14 (4.61%) CLAS
15 14 (4.61%) DBS Check
16 12 (3.95%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (9.21%) SLA
2 4 (1.32%) JSP 440
3 2 (0.66%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.33%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 143 (47.04%) Active Directory
2 31 (10.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (8.22%) XenApp
4 20 (6.58%) Hyper-V
5 9 (2.96%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (2.30%) ISA Server
6 7 (2.30%) vSphere
7 6 (1.97%) XenDesktop
8 4 (1.32%) UAG
8 4 (1.32%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.66%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.66%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.33%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.33%) DFS Replication
10 1 (0.33%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.33%) Firmware
10 1 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 59 (19.41%) SCCM
2 15 (4.93%) WSUS
3 11 (3.62%) Norton AntiVirus
3 11 (3.62%) OpenView
4 7 (2.30%) NetBackup
4 7 (2.30%) Sysprep
5 6 (1.97%) SCOM
6 5 (1.64%) Backup Exec
7 4 (1.32%) Cacti
7 4 (1.32%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (1.32%) Nagios
7 4 (1.32%) Puppet
8 3 (0.99%) AirWatch
8 3 (0.99%) DameWare
8 3 (0.99%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 3 (0.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 3 (0.99%) WMI
9 2 (0.66%) SCVMM
9 2 (0.66%) ServiceCenter
9 2 (0.66%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 203 (66.78%) Microsoft
2 64 (21.05%) Citrix
3 47 (15.46%) VMware
4 39 (12.83%) HP
5 35 (11.51%) Cisco
6 27 (8.88%) Symantec
7 17 (5.59%) Oracle
8 15 (4.93%) Intel Security
9 14 (4.61%) Dell
10 13 (4.28%) Remedy
11 12 (3.95%) Lotus
12 10 (3.29%) Adobe
13 8 (2.63%) Apple
14 7 (2.30%) AppSense
14 7 (2.30%) Intel
15 6 (1.97%) CommVault
15 6 (1.97%) IBM
15 6 (1.97%) ServiceNow
16 5 (1.64%) Hitachi
16 5 (1.64%) Sage
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