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 1 August 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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 344 311 345
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +34
Contract jobs citing MCP 223 257 233
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.45% 0.55% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.43% 3.09% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 93 97 94
Average daily rate
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£220 £250 £285
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% -12.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £128 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £361 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £228 £250 £285
% change year-on-year
-9.00% -12.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 44 41
Average hourly rate £17.07 £17.00 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.41% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.65 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.40 £22.91 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £15.75 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-0.12% +6.77%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9190 8305 9096
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.62% 17.82% 17.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 5234 4509 4797
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £535 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 455 566
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.63% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.96 £41.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
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 1 August 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 1 August 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 1 August 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
London -5 78 £245 -2.97% 26
South East +7 73 £220 -16.19% 26
East of England -29 22 £170 -4.22% 16
North West +5 21 £175 -22.22% 10
South West -41 14 £230 -23.07% 17
West Midlands -8 9 £288 - 5
East Midlands -9 4 £275 +37.50% 6
Yorkshire -6 2 £250 - 12
North East - - - - 3
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 338 (74.94%) Windows
2 317 (70.29%) Microsoft Certification
3 316 (70.07%) Microsoft
4 213 (47.23%) ITIL
5 210 (46.56%) MCSE
6 198 (43.90%) Active Directory
7 139 (30.82%) MS Excel
8 136 (30.16%) MS Office
9 131 (29.05%) VMware
10 129 (28.60%) Windows 7
11 123 (27.27%) Citrix
12 120 (26.61%) Windows Server 2008
13 108 (23.95%) MS Exchange
14 98 (21.73%) VMware Infrastructure
15 89 (19.73%) Security Cleared
16 87 (19.29%) Windows Server 2003
17 82 (18.18%) MCITP
18 80 (17.74%) SCCM
19 74 (16.41%) SC Cleared
20 73 (16.19%) MCSA
21 70 (15.52%) Windows XP
22 68 (15.08%) Firewall
23 66 (14.63%) HP
23 66 (14.63%) SLA
24 63 (13.97%) DNS
25 60 (13.30%) Service Management
26 56 (12.42%) Blackberry
27 54 (11.97%) DHCP
27 54 (11.97%) SQL
28 53 (11.75%) Cisco

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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
1 108 (23.95%) MS Exchange
2 48 (10.64%) SharePoint
2 48 (10.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 42 (9.31%) Exchange Server 2003
4 32 (7.10%) Exchange Server 2007
5 26 (5.76%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 26 (5.76%) IIS
6 21 (4.66%) IBM Notes
7 12 (2.66%) SharePoint 2013
8 10 (2.22%) SharePoint 2010
9 9 (2.00%) Lync
9 9 (2.00%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (0.67%) Exchange Server 2000
10 3 (0.67%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.44%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.44%) MS Project Server
12 1 (0.22%) WorkSite
12 1 (0.22%) WebSphere
12 1 (0.22%) Node.js
12 1 (0.22%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 139 (30.82%) MS Excel
2 136 (30.16%) MS Office
3 27 (5.99%) MS PowerPoint
4 17 (3.77%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.44%) MS Project
5 2 (0.44%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.22%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.22%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 4 (0.89%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (0.89%) assyst
2 2 (0.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.22%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.22%) 3000 Xtra
Cloud Services
1 27 (5.99%) Office 365
2 13 (2.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (2.00%) IaaS
5 7 (1.55%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 68 (15.08%) Firewall
2 63 (13.97%) DNS
3 54 (11.97%) DHCP
4 44 (9.76%) SAN
5 43 (9.53%) TCP/IP
6 33 (7.32%) Wireless
7 30 (6.65%) Internet
8 26 (5.76%) LAN
8 26 (5.76%) WAN
9 22 (4.88%) VPN
10 16 (3.55%) VoIP
11 12 (2.66%) Wi-Fi
12 11 (2.44%) NetScaler
13 8 (1.77%) IP Telephony
14 7 (1.55%) SMTP
15 6 (1.33%) Network Security
15 6 (1.33%) VLAN
15 6 (1.33%) Cisco IOS
16 5 (1.11%) NAS
16 5 (1.11%) X.400
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (7.98%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.00%) Amazon RDS
3 8 (1.77%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.44%) EDRMS
6 2 (0.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.22%) QlikView
7 1 (0.22%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.22%) IDOL
7 1 (0.22%) MSDE
7 1 (0.22%) MySQL
7 1 (0.22%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 9 (2.00%) Visual Studio
2 7 (1.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.33%) LoadRunner
4 4 (0.89%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (0.67%) Git (software)
5 3 (0.67%) MSI
5 3 (0.67%) InstallShield
6 2 (0.44%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.44%) Subversion
6 2 (0.44%) CruiseControl
6 2 (0.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (0.22%) NUnit
7 1 (0.22%) MSBuild
7 1 (0.22%) Moq
7 1 (0.22%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 50 (11.09%) Finance
2 25 (5.54%) Back Office
3 22 (4.88%) Front Office
4 14 (3.10%) Retail
5 11 (2.44%) Banking
6 8 (1.77%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.11%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.89%) Advertising
8 4 (0.89%) Law
8 4 (0.89%) Legal
9 1 (0.22%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.22%) Local Government
9 1 (0.22%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.22%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.22%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 153 (33.92%) Analyst
2 106 (23.50%) Support Engineer
3 81 (17.96%) Service Analyst
4 80 (17.74%) Service Desk Analyst
5 68 (15.08%) Support Analyst
6 52 (11.53%) 2nd Line Support
7 40 (8.87%) Desktop Support
8 32 (7.10%) 1st Line Support
9 27 (5.99%) 3rd Line Support
10 25 (5.54%) Help Desk Support
10 25 (5.54%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 21 (4.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 21 (4.66%) Server Engineer
12 18 (3.99%) Desktop Engineer
13 17 (3.77%) 1st Line Support Analyst
13 17 (3.77%) Network Support
14 16 (3.55%) Consultant
14 16 (3.55%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 15 (3.33%) Network Engineer
16 14 (3.10%) Help Desk Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (4.43%) .NET
2 15 (3.33%) HTML
3 12 (2.66%) ASP.NET
4 7 (1.55%) .NET Framework
5 6 (1.33%) XML
6 5 (1.11%) jQuery
6 5 (1.11%) WPF
6 5 (1.11%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (1.11%) Web Services
6 5 (1.11%) CSS
7 4 (0.89%) XSLT
7 4 (0.89%) WAP
7 4 (0.89%) JSP
7 4 (0.89%) HTML5
7 4 (0.89%) WCF
7 4 (0.89%) Software Packaging
8 3 (0.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 3 (0.67%) WinForms
9 2 (0.44%) CSS3
9 2 (0.44%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 56 (12.42%) Blackberry
2 31 (6.87%) Management Information System
3 21 (4.66%) Statistics
4 14 (3.10%) PKI
5 12 (2.66%) Clustering
6 9 (2.00%) Smartphone
7 8 (1.77%) Computer Science
8 7 (1.55%) Fat Client
8 7 (1.55%) Thin Client
9 6 (1.33%) iPad
10 5 (1.11%) NHS
11 4 (0.89%) Client/Server
11 4 (0.89%) Smartcard
11 4 (0.89%) CMDB
12 3 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
12 3 (0.67%) Video Conferencing
13 2 (0.44%) EPoS
13 2 (0.44%) EqualLogic
14 1 (0.22%) CESG
14 1 (0.22%) Contract for Difference
Operating Systems
1 338 (74.94%) Windows
2 129 (28.60%) Windows 7
3 120 (26.61%) Windows Server 2008
4 87 (19.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 70 (15.52%) Windows XP
6 45 (9.98%) Linux
7 38 (8.43%) Windows Server 2012
8 32 (7.10%) UNIX
9 18 (3.99%) Mac OS X
9 18 (3.99%) Windows Vista
10 13 (2.88%) Windows 8
11 10 (2.22%) Mac OS
11 10 (2.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 9 (2.00%) Windows 2000
13 6 (1.33%) Android
14 5 (1.11%) Windows 2000 Server
14 5 (1.11%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.44%) AIX
16 1 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
16 1 (0.22%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 213 (47.23%) ITIL
2 60 (13.30%) Service Management
3 38 (8.43%) Service Delivery
4 32 (7.10%) Migration
5 30 (6.65%) Incident Management
6 28 (6.21%) User Acceptance Testing
7 23 (5.10%) Workflow
8 20 (4.43%) Capacity Planning
8 20 (4.43%) Project Management
8 20 (4.43%) ITSM
9 18 (3.99%) Configuration Management
9 18 (3.99%) Risk Analysis
10 17 (3.77%) Change Management
11 16 (3.55%) ITIL V3
12 14 (3.10%) Disaster Recovery
13 11 (2.44%) Vulnerability Management
13 11 (2.44%) Continuous Improvement
14 10 (2.22%) CRM
14 10 (2.22%) Penetration Testing
15 9 (2.00%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 54 (11.97%) SQL
2 38 (8.43%) PowerShell
3 11 (2.44%) C#
4 10 (2.22%) C
4 10 (2.22%) VBScript
5 8 (1.77%) JavaScript
6 5 (1.11%) VB
7 3 (0.67%) VBA
7 3 (0.67%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.44%) Perl
9 1 (0.22%) Ruby
9 1 (0.22%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.22%) PHP
Qualifications
1 317 (70.29%) Microsoft Certification
2 210 (46.56%) MCSE
3 89 (19.73%) Security Cleared
4 82 (18.18%) MCITP
5 74 (16.41%) SC Cleared
6 73 (16.19%) MCSA
7 48 (10.64%) MCTS
8 47 (10.42%) MCDST
9 42 (9.31%) Cisco Certification
10 40 (8.87%) CCNA
11 37 (8.20%) A+ Certification
12 31 (6.87%) ITIL Certification
13 27 (5.99%) Degree
13 27 (5.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 23 (5.10%) Citrix Certification
15 21 (4.66%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 17 (3.77%) DV Cleared
17 15 (3.33%) CCNP
18 13 (2.88%) CCA
19 11 (2.44%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (14.63%) SLA
2 5 (1.11%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.44%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.44%) COBIT
4 1 (0.22%) QA
System Software
1 198 (43.90%) Active Directory
2 98 (21.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 38 (8.43%) Hyper-V
4 24 (5.32%) XenApp
5 14 (3.10%) XenServer
6 10 (2.22%) vSphere
7 9 (2.00%) UAG
7 9 (2.00%) Microsoft App-V
7 9 (2.00%) Terminal Services
8 8 (1.77%) VMware ESX
8 8 (1.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 6 (1.33%) ISA Server
10 4 (0.89%) XenDesktop
11 3 (0.67%) VMware Server
11 3 (0.67%) NFS
12 2 (0.44%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.22%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 80 (17.74%) SCCM
2 25 (5.54%) Backup Exec
3 22 (4.88%) OpenView
4 17 (3.77%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 13 (2.88%) SCOM
5 13 (2.88%) SCVMM
6 12 (2.66%) OVSD
7 11 (2.44%) Nessus
7 11 (2.44%) McAfee ePO
8 6 (1.33%) NetBackup
9 5 (1.11%) Norton AntiVirus
10 4 (0.89%) ARCserve
10 4 (0.89%) Sysprep
10 4 (0.89%) WSUS
11 3 (0.67%) ServiceCenter
12 2 (0.44%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
13 1 (0.22%) EMC NetWorker
13 1 (0.22%) WMI
13 1 (0.22%) Cisco CUCM
13 1 (0.22%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 316 (70.07%) Microsoft
2 131 (29.05%) VMware
3 123 (27.27%) Citrix
4 66 (14.63%) HP
5 53 (11.75%) Cisco
6 41 (9.09%) McAfee
7 25 (5.54%) Symantec
8 23 (5.10%) Sophos
9 22 (4.88%) Apple
10 21 (4.66%) Lotus
11 14 (3.10%) Remedy
12 13 (2.88%) Mitel
13 12 (2.66%) Reuters
13 12 (2.66%) Bloomberg
13 12 (2.66%) Red Hat
14 11 (2.44%) Qualys
14 11 (2.44%) Avaya
15 10 (2.22%) Oracle
16 9 (2.00%) Lumension
16 9 (2.00%) NetApp
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