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 3 March 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
3 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 387 349 319
Rank change year-on-year
-38 -30
Contract jobs citing MCP 173 210 195
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.36% 0.45% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 2.31% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 73 110
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£241 £248 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.52% +5.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £113 £121 £111
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £398 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £248 £200
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +23.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 46 28
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -15.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.20 £22.25 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.06 £13.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-3.29% -10.00%
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
10585 9084 7614
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.17% 19.65% 18.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 6226 4956 4098
Average daily rate £400 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £384 £351 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.39% +6.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 471 433 458
Average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.75 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £41.45 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.96%

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 3 March 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 3 March 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 3 March 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 -22 59 £155 -39.21% 37
South East +1 51 £250 -9.09% 28
East of England 0 19 £175 -8.49% 7
South West -10 16 £320 +100.00% 10
North West -23 15 £115 -48.31% 10
West Midlands +4 13 £425 - 3
East Midlands -20 1 - - 5
North East - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 7
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 March 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.

1 303 (72.66%) Microsoft
2 299 (71.70%) Windows
3 284 (68.11%) Microsoft Certification
4 212 (50.84%) MCSE
5 192 (46.04%) ITIL
6 173 (41.49%) Active Directory
7 143 (34.29%) MS Office
8 126 (30.22%) MS Excel
9 119 (28.54%) Windows Server 2008
10 115 (27.58%) Security Cleared
11 111 (26.62%) VMware
12 109 (26.14%) Windows 7
13 106 (25.42%) MS Exchange
14 100 (23.98%) Citrix
15 87 (20.86%) SC Cleared
16 74 (17.75%) Windows Server 2003
16 74 (17.75%) SLA
17 71 (17.03%) VMware Infrastructure
18 67 (16.07%) HP
19 64 (15.35%) Service Management
20 59 (14.15%) SCCM
21 53 (12.71%) DV Cleared
22 51 (12.23%) Finance
23 50 (11.99%) Cisco
23 50 (11.99%) SharePoint
24 49 (11.75%) Hyper-V
25 48 (11.51%) Windows XP
26 46 (11.03%) Exchange Server 2003
27 45 (10.79%) MCITP
27 45 (10.79%) Windows Server 2012

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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
1 106 (25.42%) MS Exchange
2 50 (11.99%) SharePoint
3 46 (11.03%) Exchange Server 2003
4 41 (9.83%) IBM Notes
5 35 (8.39%) Exchange Server 2010
6 31 (7.43%) Exchange Server 2007
7 17 (4.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 14 (3.36%) IIS
9 12 (2.88%) Exchange Server 2013
10 11 (2.64%) Lync
11 10 (2.40%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (1.68%) SharePoint 2010
13 4 (0.96%) Exchange Server 2000
14 3 (0.72%) Documentum
15 2 (0.48%) Apache
16 1 (0.24%) Lotus Domino
16 1 (0.24%) CMS
16 1 (0.24%) WorkSite
Applications
1 143 (34.29%) MS Office
2 126 (30.22%) MS Excel
3 22 (5.28%) MS Visio
4 12 (2.88%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.48%) MS Project
6 1 (0.24%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.24%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Agresso
1 1 (0.24%) CODA-Financials
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.24%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.24%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.24%) 3000 Xtra
1 1 (0.24%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 24 (5.76%) Office 365
2 7 (1.68%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.68%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.44%) IaaS
4 5 (1.20%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.24%) SaaS
5 1 (0.24%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 41 (9.83%) DNS
2 37 (8.87%) Internet
3 36 (8.63%) DHCP
3 36 (8.63%) Firewall
4 34 (8.15%) TCP/IP
5 29 (6.95%) SAN
6 22 (5.28%) LAN
7 21 (5.04%) Wireless
8 19 (4.56%) VPN
9 17 (4.08%) WAN
10 13 (3.12%) FTP
11 12 (2.88%) SMTP
12 9 (2.16%) VoIP
12 9 (2.16%) X.400
12 9 (2.16%) X.500
13 8 (1.92%) IP Telephony
14 7 (1.68%) Wi-Fi
15 5 (1.20%) NAS
15 5 (1.20%) ADSL
16 4 (0.96%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (7.43%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.44%) MS Access
3 5 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (0.72%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.72%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.48%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.24%) MySQL
7 1 (0.24%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.24%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.24%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.24%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 10 (2.40%) Visual Studio
2 6 (1.44%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.72%) MSI
4 2 (0.48%) CruiseControl
4 2 (0.48%) Subversion
4 2 (0.48%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.48%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 51 (12.23%) Finance
2 19 (4.56%) Telecoms
3 7 (1.68%) Legal
3 7 (1.68%) Retail
4 6 (1.44%) Law
4 6 (1.44%) Local Government
5 5 (1.20%) Banking
6 3 (0.72%) Electronics
7 2 (0.48%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.48%) Front Office
7 2 (0.48%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.24%) Advertising
8 1 (0.24%) Publishing
8 1 (0.24%) Back Office
8 1 (0.24%) Marketing
8 1 (0.24%) French Language
8 1 (0.24%) German Language
8 1 (0.24%) Japanese Language
8 1 (0.24%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 148 (35.49%) Analyst
2 80 (19.18%) Service Analyst
2 80 (19.18%) Service Desk Analyst
3 77 (18.47%) Support Engineer
4 73 (17.51%) Support Analyst
5 42 (10.07%) 1st Line Support
6 41 (9.83%) Desktop Support
7 40 (9.59%) 2nd Line Support
8 35 (8.39%) 1st Line Support Analyst
9 28 (6.71%) 3rd Line Support
10 25 (6.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 24 (5.76%) Help Desk Analyst
12 23 (5.52%) Help Desk Support
12 23 (5.52%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 22 (5.28%) IT Support
14 19 (4.56%) Desktop Engineer
15 18 (4.32%) Desktop Support Analyst
15 18 (4.32%) Desktop Analyst
16 17 (4.08%) Server Engineer
17 15 (3.60%) Help Desk Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (3.12%) .NET
2 11 (2.64%) ASP.NET
3 10 (2.40%) .NET Framework
4 9 (2.16%) CSS
5 8 (1.92%) Web Services
5 8 (1.92%) jQuery
5 8 (1.92%) HTML
6 7 (1.68%) HTML5
6 7 (1.68%) CSS3
7 5 (1.20%) ASP.NET MVC
8 4 (0.96%) XML
9 3 (0.72%) SAP Basis
9 3 (0.72%) Ajax
10 2 (0.48%) Application Packaging
10 2 (0.48%) WCF
10 2 (0.48%) WF
10 2 (0.48%) XHTML
10 2 (0.48%) ASP.NET MVC 3
10 2 (0.48%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 1 (0.24%) ASP.NET MVC 2
Miscellaneous
1 39 (9.35%) Blackberry
2 28 (6.71%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (4.08%) Clustering
4 16 (3.84%) Management Information System
5 13 (3.12%) Smartphone
6 12 (2.88%) Thin Client
6 12 (2.88%) Fat Client
7 10 (2.40%) Smartcard
8 9 (2.16%) Computer Science
9 5 (1.20%) iPhone
9 5 (1.20%) iPad
9 5 (1.20%) PKI
10 4 (0.96%) PDA
10 4 (0.96%) Replication
11 3 (0.72%) Visualisation
11 3 (0.72%) CMDB
11 3 (0.72%) Video Conferencing
12 2 (0.48%) FMCG
12 2 (0.48%) EqualLogic
12 2 (0.48%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 299 (71.70%) Windows
2 119 (28.54%) Windows Server 2008
3 109 (26.14%) Windows 7
4 74 (17.75%) Windows Server 2003
5 48 (11.51%) Windows XP
6 45 (10.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 42 (10.07%) Linux
8 27 (6.47%) Windows Vista
9 23 (5.52%) Windows 8
10 12 (2.88%) UNIX
11 7 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (1.68%) Mac OS X
12 6 (1.44%) Windows 2000
12 6 (1.44%) Windows 2000 Server
13 5 (1.20%) Android
14 4 (0.96%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.72%) Windows NT
15 3 (0.72%) HPUX
15 3 (0.72%) Apple iOS
16 2 (0.48%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 192 (46.04%) ITIL
2 64 (15.35%) Service Management
3 36 (8.63%) Service Delivery
4 34 (8.15%) Configuration Management
5 32 (7.67%) Incident Management
6 20 (4.80%) Project Management
7 18 (4.32%) Change Management
8 16 (3.84%) Problem Management
9 15 (3.60%) ITSM
10 14 (3.36%) Migration
10 14 (3.36%) ITIL V3
10 14 (3.36%) Vulnerability Management
11 13 (3.12%) Agile Software Development
11 13 (3.12%) PRINCE2
12 12 (2.88%) Network Management
13 11 (2.64%) Asset Management
13 11 (2.64%) Information Security
13 11 (2.64%) Validation
14 10 (2.40%) Disaster Recovery
14 10 (2.40%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 43 (10.31%) SQL
2 15 (3.60%) C#
3 10 (2.40%) PowerShell
4 9 (2.16%) VB
5 8 (1.92%) C
6 6 (1.44%) JavaScript
7 5 (1.20%) VBA
8 3 (0.72%) VBScript
9 2 (0.48%) PHP
10 1 (0.24%) Java
10 1 (0.24%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.24%) VB6
10 1 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 284 (68.11%) Microsoft Certification
2 212 (50.84%) MCSE
3 115 (27.58%) Security Cleared
4 87 (20.86%) SC Cleared
5 53 (12.71%) DV Cleared
6 45 (10.79%) MCITP
7 43 (10.31%) MCSA
8 37 (8.87%) CCNA
8 37 (8.87%) Cisco Certification
9 36 (8.63%) A+ Certification
10 34 (8.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 30 (7.19%) MCTS
12 28 (6.71%) Degree
13 23 (5.52%) MCDST
14 20 (4.80%) ITIL Certification
15 19 (4.56%) Citrix Certification
16 14 (3.36%) CCA
17 11 (2.64%) CISSP
17 11 (2.64%) MCSD
17 11 (2.64%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 74 (17.75%) SLA
2 5 (1.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 5 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (1.20%) COBIT
2 5 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 2 (0.48%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.48%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.24%) QA
System Software
1 173 (41.49%) Active Directory
2 71 (17.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 49 (11.75%) Hyper-V
4 20 (4.80%) vSphere
5 19 (4.56%) XenApp
6 14 (3.36%) VMware ESX
7 10 (2.40%) Firmware
8 7 (1.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 6 (1.44%) Terminal Services
9 6 (1.44%) XenDesktop
10 5 (1.20%) VMware Workstation
10 5 (1.20%) UAG
11 3 (0.72%) Xen
11 3 (0.72%) ISA Server
11 3 (0.72%) Terminal Server
12 2 (0.48%) MetaFrame
12 2 (0.48%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
13 1 (0.24%) KVM
13 1 (0.24%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 59 (14.15%) SCCM
2 34 (8.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 27 (6.47%) Backup Exec
4 26 (6.24%) OpenView
5 22 (5.28%) SCOM
6 14 (3.36%) McAfee ePO
7 10 (2.40%) OVSD
8 7 (1.68%) Norton AntiVirus
9 5 (1.20%) Nessus
10 3 (0.72%) NetBackup
10 3 (0.72%) WSUS
11 2 (0.48%) SCOrch
11 2 (0.48%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.48%) Nagios
11 2 (0.48%) ARCserve
12 1 (0.24%) WMI
12 1 (0.24%) BladeLogic
12 1 (0.24%) Casper Suite
12 1 (0.24%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 303 (72.66%) Microsoft
2 111 (26.62%) VMware
3 100 (23.98%) Citrix
4 67 (16.07%) HP
5 50 (11.99%) Cisco
6 44 (10.55%) McAfee
7 42 (10.07%) Lotus
8 36 (8.63%) Symantec
9 22 (5.28%) Sophos
10 15 (3.60%) Red Hat
10 15 (3.60%) Oracle
10 15 (3.60%) Dell
11 14 (3.36%) Adobe
12 12 (2.88%) Apple
12 12 (2.88%) Reuters
12 12 (2.88%) Bloomberg
12 12 (2.88%) Lumension
13 11 (2.64%) NetApp
14 10 (2.40%) CQG
15 9 (2.16%) Remedy
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