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 January 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 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 381 350 325
Rank change year-on-year
-31 -25
Contract jobs citing MCP 184 197 200
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.40% 0.45% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.97% 2.37% 2.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 106 77 104
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£204 £275 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.81% +4.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £123 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £405
UK excluding London average daily rate £245 £248 £225
% change year-on-year
-1.01% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 39 40
Average hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £16.11
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.66% -6.86%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.65 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £22.54 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £13.75 £12.25
% change year-on-year
+12.72% +12.24%
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
9340 8325 7316
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.11% 18.93% 18.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 5504 4589 3894
Average daily rate £400 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 420 375 511
Average hourly rate £19.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.04 £41.20 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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 30 January 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 January 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 January 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 -36 56 £168 -38.90% 40
South East +21 52 £229 -29.61% 29
East of England -2 22 £170 -8.72% 14
North West -12 17 £110 -55.77% 13
West Midlands +13 16 £358 - 4
South West -13 15 £325 +103.12% 12
Yorkshire -7 6 £193 -22.61% 7
East Midlands -1 3 £350 - 6
North East - - - -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 300 (72.46%) Windows
2 296 (71.50%) Microsoft
3 282 (68.12%) Microsoft Certification
4 199 (48.07%) MCSE
5 182 (43.96%) ITIL
6 178 (43.00%) Active Directory
7 139 (33.57%) MS Office
8 128 (30.92%) MS Excel
9 118 (28.50%) Security Cleared
9 118 (28.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 110 (26.57%) VMware
11 108 (26.09%) MS Exchange
12 102 (24.64%) Citrix
12 102 (24.64%) Windows 7
13 89 (21.50%) SC Cleared
14 74 (17.87%) HP
14 74 (17.87%) Windows Server 2003
15 72 (17.39%) SLA
16 71 (17.15%) VMware Infrastructure
17 63 (15.22%) Service Management
18 61 (14.73%) SCCM
19 54 (13.04%) Windows XP
20 52 (12.56%) Cisco
20 52 (12.56%) DV Cleared
21 51 (12.32%) MCITP
22 49 (11.84%) Exchange Server 2003
22 49 (11.84%) Finance
23 47 (11.35%) Blackberry
24 46 (11.11%) DNS
25 45 (10.87%) MCSA

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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
1 108 (26.09%) MS Exchange
2 49 (11.84%) Exchange Server 2003
3 43 (10.39%) SharePoint
4 39 (9.42%) IBM Notes
5 29 (7.00%) Exchange Server 2007
6 26 (6.28%) Exchange Server 2010
7 14 (3.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 12 (2.90%) IIS
9 8 (1.93%) Lync
9 8 (1.93%) Exchange Server 2013
10 5 (1.21%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2000
12 3 (0.72%) Documentum
12 3 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
13 2 (0.48%) Apache
14 1 (0.24%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.24%) CMS
14 1 (0.24%) WorkSite
Applications
1 139 (33.57%) MS Office
2 128 (30.92%) MS Excel
3 23 (5.56%) MS Visio
4 10 (2.42%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.48%) MS Project
6 1 (0.24%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Agresso
1 1 (0.24%) CODA-Financials
1 1 (0.24%) SAP BPC
1 1 (0.24%) 3000 Xtra
1 1 (0.24%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (3.62%) Office 365
2 5 (1.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (1.21%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.97%) IaaS
4 3 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.24%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (11.11%) DNS
2 43 (10.39%) DHCP
3 35 (8.45%) Internet
4 33 (7.97%) TCP/IP
5 30 (7.25%) Firewall
6 26 (6.28%) SAN
7 25 (6.04%) LAN
8 21 (5.07%) WAN
9 20 (4.83%) Wireless
10 13 (3.14%) SMTP
10 13 (3.14%) FTP
10 13 (3.14%) VPN
11 10 (2.42%) IP Telephony
11 10 (2.42%) X.400
11 10 (2.42%) X.500
12 8 (1.93%) VoIP
13 6 (1.45%) NAS
14 5 (1.21%) ADSL
14 5 (1.21%) Ethernet
14 5 (1.21%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (7.25%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.45%) MS Access
3 5 (1.21%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (0.97%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.72%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.48%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.24%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.24%) MySQL
7 1 (0.24%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 9 (2.17%) Visual Studio
2 6 (1.45%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (0.97%) Subversion
3 4 (0.97%) CruiseControl
3 4 (0.97%) Git (software)
3 4 (0.97%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.72%) MSI
5 1 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 49 (11.84%) Finance
2 21 (5.07%) Telecoms
3 7 (1.69%) Legal
4 6 (1.45%) Retail
5 5 (1.21%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.21%) Local Government
6 4 (0.97%) Banking
6 4 (0.97%) Law
7 3 (0.72%) German Language
8 2 (0.48%) Marketing
8 2 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
8 2 (0.48%) Front Office
8 2 (0.48%) Back Office
9 1 (0.24%) Electronics
9 1 (0.24%) Advertising
9 1 (0.24%) Publishing
9 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.24%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 145 (35.02%) Analyst
2 81 (19.57%) Support Analyst
3 76 (18.36%) Support Engineer
4 68 (16.43%) Service Analyst
4 68 (16.43%) Service Desk Analyst
5 48 (11.59%) Desktop Support
6 40 (9.66%) 1st Line Support
7 37 (8.94%) 2nd Line Support
8 35 (8.45%) 1st Line Support Analyst
9 25 (6.04%) 3rd Line Support
10 24 (5.80%) Desktop Analyst
10 24 (5.80%) Desktop Support Analyst
11 23 (5.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 22 (5.31%) Help Desk Analyst
12 22 (5.31%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 21 (5.07%) IT Support
14 20 (4.83%) Help Desk Support
15 19 (4.59%) Desktop Engineer
16 17 (4.11%) Server Engineer
17 15 (3.62%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (2.66%) .NET
2 10 (2.42%) Web Services
3 9 (2.17%) ASP.NET
4 8 (1.93%) .NET Framework
4 8 (1.93%) CSS
5 7 (1.69%) HTML
5 7 (1.69%) ASP.NET MVC
5 7 (1.69%) jQuery
6 6 (1.45%) CSS3
6 6 (1.45%) HTML5
7 5 (1.21%) Ajax
8 4 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC 3
8 4 (0.97%) XML
8 4 (0.97%) XHTML
9 3 (0.72%) SAP Basis
10 2 (0.48%) WCF
10 2 (0.48%) WF
10 2 (0.48%) Software Packaging
10 2 (0.48%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 1 (0.24%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 47 (11.35%) Blackberry
2 31 (7.49%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (3.62%) Smartphone
3 15 (3.62%) Management Information System
4 14 (3.38%) Clustering
5 12 (2.90%) Fat Client
5 12 (2.90%) Thin Client
6 10 (2.42%) Smartcard
7 5 (1.21%) Computer Science
8 4 (0.97%) PDA
8 4 (0.97%) FMCG
9 3 (0.72%) Visualisation
9 3 (0.72%) CMDB
9 3 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (0.72%) PKI
10 2 (0.48%) Statistics
10 2 (0.48%) iPad
10 2 (0.48%) NHS
10 2 (0.48%) Mainframe
10 2 (0.48%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 300 (72.46%) Windows
2 118 (28.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 102 (24.64%) Windows 7
4 74 (17.87%) Windows Server 2003
5 54 (13.04%) Windows XP
6 44 (10.63%) Windows Server 2012
7 30 (7.25%) Linux
8 26 (6.28%) Windows Vista
9 21 (5.07%) Windows 8
10 13 (3.14%) UNIX
11 9 (2.17%) Windows 2000
12 8 (1.93%) Mac OS X
13 6 (1.45%) Windows 2000 Server
13 6 (1.45%) Mac OS
14 5 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (0.97%) Android
16 3 (0.72%) Windows NT
16 3 (0.72%) HPUX
17 2 (0.48%) Apple iOS
17 2 (0.48%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 182 (43.96%) ITIL
2 63 (15.22%) Service Management
3 37 (8.94%) Service Delivery
4 33 (7.97%) Configuration Management
5 29 (7.00%) Incident Management
6 22 (5.31%) Project Management
7 19 (4.59%) Migration
8 18 (4.35%) Change Management
9 15 (3.62%) Problem Management
10 14 (3.38%) Vulnerability Management
10 14 (3.38%) ITSM
11 13 (3.14%) PRINCE2
11 13 (3.14%) ITIL V3
12 12 (2.90%) Agile Software Development
12 12 (2.90%) Asset Management
13 11 (2.66%) Validation
13 11 (2.66%) Information Security
13 11 (2.66%) Network Management
14 10 (2.42%) Disaster Recovery
14 10 (2.42%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 44 (10.63%) SQL
2 14 (3.38%) C#
3 10 (2.42%) C
4 9 (2.17%) VB
5 7 (1.69%) PowerShell
6 5 (1.21%) VBA
7 4 (0.97%) VBScript
8 3 (0.72%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.48%) PHP
9 2 (0.48%) Java
10 1 (0.24%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.24%) VB6
Qualifications
1 282 (68.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 199 (48.07%) MCSE
3 118 (28.50%) Security Cleared
4 89 (21.50%) SC Cleared
5 52 (12.56%) DV Cleared
6 51 (12.32%) MCITP
7 45 (10.87%) MCSA
8 34 (8.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 32 (7.73%) Cisco Certification
9 32 (7.73%) CCNA
10 31 (7.49%) A+ Certification
11 26 (6.28%) Degree
12 25 (6.04%) MCTS
13 22 (5.31%) ITIL Certification
13 22 (5.31%) MCDST
14 19 (4.59%) Citrix Certification
15 17 (4.11%) CCA
16 11 (2.66%) CCNP
17 10 (2.42%) CEH
17 10 (2.42%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 72 (17.39%) SLA
2 5 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 17799
2 5 (1.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 5 (1.21%) COBIT
2 5 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.72%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.24%) QA
4 1 (0.24%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 178 (43.00%) Active Directory
2 71 (17.15%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (9.18%) Hyper-V
4 24 (5.80%) vSphere
5 22 (5.31%) XenApp
6 15 (3.62%) VMware ESX
7 10 (2.42%) Firmware
8 7 (1.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 6 (1.45%) ISA Server
9 6 (1.45%) Terminal Services
10 5 (1.21%) MetaFrame
10 5 (1.21%) VMware Workstation
10 5 (1.21%) XenServer
10 5 (1.21%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.72%) UAG
11 3 (0.72%) Forefront TMG
12 2 (0.48%) Xen
12 2 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.24%) NFS
13 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 61 (14.73%) SCCM
2 31 (7.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 29 (7.00%) Backup Exec
3 29 (7.00%) SCOM
4 24 (5.80%) OpenView
5 16 (3.86%) McAfee ePO
6 11 (2.66%) OVSD
7 7 (1.69%) Norton AntiVirus
8 5 (1.21%) WSUS
8 5 (1.21%) Nessus
9 3 (0.72%) NetBackup
9 3 (0.72%) ARCserve
10 2 (0.48%) Nagios
10 2 (0.48%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.48%) SCOrch
11 1 (0.24%) Casper Suite
11 1 (0.24%) MAILsweeper
11 1 (0.24%) HP Data Protector
11 1 (0.24%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 296 (71.50%) Microsoft
2 110 (26.57%) VMware
3 102 (24.64%) Citrix
4 74 (17.87%) HP
5 52 (12.56%) Cisco
6 45 (10.87%) McAfee
7 40 (9.66%) Lotus
8 37 (8.94%) Symantec
9 19 (4.59%) Sophos
10 17 (4.11%) Dell
11 14 (3.38%) NetApp
11 14 (3.38%) Oracle
12 12 (2.90%) Reuters
12 12 (2.90%) Bloomberg
12 12 (2.90%) Lumension
13 11 (2.66%) Red Hat
13 11 (2.66%) IBM
14 10 (2.42%) CQG
14 10 (2.42%) Adobe
14 10 (2.42%) Apple
Colchester
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Posted: 22 hours ago
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Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
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Poole, Dorset
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Essex
Explore Group
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West London
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Posted: 4 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
West Midlands Fire Service
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Stockport
Capita - ITIN
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Berkshire
Explore Group
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Feltham
Computer Futures
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