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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 412 365 332
Rank change year-on-year
-47 -33
Contract jobs citing MCP 181 215 225
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.36% 0.44% 0.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.92% 2.32% 2.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 72 98 102
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£260 £223 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.85% -20.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £147 £124 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £383 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £250 £280
% change year-on-year
+12.00% -10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 55 33
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.25 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -4.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £11.54
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.55 £20.75 £21.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+11.66% -
MCP
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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
9428 9250 8131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.55% 19.00% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5576 5380 4401
Average daily rate £399 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.40% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £540
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 469 424 463
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -9.09%

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 July 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 1 July 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 1 July 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 -30 58 £290 +46.83% 31
South East -33 49 £280 +27.27% 25
North West -5 25 £210 +78.72% 10
East of England -2 19 £175 +2.94% 11
Yorkshire -12 8 £225 -21.73% 5
West Midlands -2 7 £325 - 2
South West -14 6 £288 -11.53% 6
North East -14 6 £319 - 1
East Midlands -10 2 - - 3
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MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 July 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.

1 288 (77.42%) Microsoft
2 267 (71.77%) Windows
3 241 (64.78%) Microsoft Certification
4 179 (48.12%) Active Directory
5 178 (47.85%) MCSE
6 176 (47.31%) ITIL
7 120 (32.26%) Windows 7
8 116 (31.18%) VMware
9 107 (28.76%) MS Office
10 98 (26.34%) MS Excel
11 82 (22.04%) Citrix
12 80 (21.51%) Windows Server 2008
13 74 (19.89%) MS Exchange
14 65 (17.47%) Security Cleared
14 65 (17.47%) VMware Infrastructure
15 57 (15.32%) SLA
16 56 (15.05%) SCCM
17 55 (14.78%) HP
17 55 (14.78%) Windows Server 2003
18 54 (14.52%) Cisco
19 51 (13.71%) MCSA
20 49 (13.17%) Symantec
21 46 (12.37%) DNS
22 44 (11.83%) LAN
23 41 (11.02%) TCP/IP
23 41 (11.02%) SC Cleared
24 40 (10.75%) Cisco Certification
24 40 (10.75%) Linux
25 39 (10.48%) CCNA
26 38 (10.22%) SQL Server

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 74 (19.89%) MS Exchange
2 35 (9.41%) SharePoint
3 33 (8.87%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (5.91%) IBM Notes
5 19 (5.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 17 (4.57%) IIS
7 16 (4.30%) Exchange Server 2007
8 13 (3.49%) Exchange Server 2003
9 12 (3.23%) Lync
10 11 (2.96%) SharePoint 2013
10 11 (2.96%) Exchange Server 2013
11 7 (1.88%) SharePoint 2010
12 5 (1.34%) Documentum
13 3 (0.81%) Exchange Server 2000
14 2 (0.54%) MS Project Server
14 2 (0.54%) TPMS
15 1 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
15 1 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
15 1 (0.27%) CMS
15 1 (0.27%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 107 (28.76%) MS Office
2 98 (26.34%) MS Excel
3 20 (5.38%) MS Visio
4 18 (4.84%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.08%) MS Project
6 2 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.27%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.27%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.27%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 37 (9.95%) Office 365
2 14 (3.76%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (1.34%) IaaS
5 4 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.81%) SaaS
7 2 (0.54%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 46 (12.37%) DNS
2 44 (11.83%) LAN
3 41 (11.02%) TCP/IP
4 35 (9.41%) SAN
5 34 (9.14%) Firewall
6 31 (8.33%) DHCP
7 27 (7.26%) WAN
8 21 (5.65%) VPN
9 16 (4.30%) Internet
10 14 (3.76%) NAS
11 10 (2.69%) VLAN
12 9 (2.42%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (2.42%) NetScaler
12 9 (2.42%) VoIP
13 7 (1.88%) SMTP
14 6 (1.61%) FTP
14 6 (1.61%) HTTP
14 6 (1.61%) SSL
15 5 (1.34%) iSCSI
16 4 (1.08%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (10.22%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.15%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (2.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (1.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.81%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.81%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.81%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.27%) QlikView
7 1 (0.27%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.27%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.27%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.27%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 9 (2.42%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.34%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.27%) WebDriver
3 1 (0.27%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.27%) Moq
3 1 (0.27%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.27%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.27%) MSI
3 1 (0.27%) NUnit
3 1 (0.27%) StarTeam
3 1 (0.27%) Selenium
General
1 36 (9.68%) Finance
2 9 (2.42%) Retail
3 7 (1.88%) Banking
4 6 (1.61%) French Language
4 6 (1.61%) German Language
5 5 (1.34%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.34%) Law
6 4 (1.08%) Electronics
6 4 (1.08%) Advertising
7 3 (0.81%) Publishing
7 3 (0.81%) Legal
8 2 (0.54%) Local Government
9 1 (0.27%) Marketing
9 1 (0.27%) Japanese Language
9 1 (0.27%) Polish Language
9 1 (0.27%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.27%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.27%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 96 (25.81%) Analyst
2 72 (19.35%) Support Engineer
3 56 (15.05%) Service Analyst
3 56 (15.05%) Service Desk Analyst
4 53 (14.25%) 2nd Line Support
5 47 (12.63%) Support Analyst
6 34 (9.14%) Desktop Support
7 29 (7.80%) 3rd Line Support
7 29 (7.80%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 25 (6.72%) 1st Line Support
9 22 (5.91%) Administrator
10 21 (5.65%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 17 (4.57%) 1st Line Support Analyst
11 17 (4.57%) Desktop Analyst
12 16 (4.30%) Help Desk Support
13 15 (4.03%) Desktop Support Analyst
14 14 (3.76%) Desktop Engineer
15 13 (3.49%) Developer
15 13 (3.49%) Help Desk Engineer
16 12 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (3.76%) .NET
2 13 (3.49%) .NET Framework
3 10 (2.69%) ASP.NET
3 10 (2.69%) HTML
4 9 (2.42%) jQuery
5 8 (2.15%) CSS
6 6 (1.61%) XML
6 6 (1.61%) HTML5
7 5 (1.34%) CSS3
7 5 (1.34%) Application Packaging
7 5 (1.34%) Web Services
8 4 (1.08%) LAMP
8 4 (1.08%) Entity Framework
9 3 (0.81%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.81%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (0.54%) Backbone.js
10 2 (0.54%) KnockoutJS
10 2 (0.54%) LESS
10 2 (0.54%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 2 (0.54%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 35 (9.41%) Blackberry
2 32 (8.60%) Data Centre
3 18 (4.84%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (4.57%) Clustering
5 15 (4.03%) Computer Science
6 12 (3.23%) PKI
7 9 (2.42%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (2.15%) iPhone
8 8 (2.15%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.88%) Thin Client
9 7 (1.88%) Fat Client
10 6 (1.61%) iPad
11 4 (1.08%) Replication
12 3 (0.81%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.81%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.81%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.81%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.81%) CMDB
13 2 (0.54%) Data Protection Act
13 2 (0.54%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 267 (71.77%) Windows
2 120 (32.26%) Windows 7
3 80 (21.51%) Windows Server 2008
4 55 (14.78%) Windows Server 2003
5 40 (10.75%) Linux
6 36 (9.68%) Windows XP
7 32 (8.60%) Windows Server 2012
8 24 (6.45%) Windows 8
9 14 (3.76%) UNIX
10 13 (3.49%) Mac OS X
11 6 (1.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 6 (1.61%) Windows Vista
12 5 (1.34%) Android
12 5 (1.34%) Solaris
12 5 (1.34%) Apple iOS
13 4 (1.08%) Data ONTAP
13 4 (1.08%) Windows 2000 Server
14 3 (0.81%) Windows 2000
14 3 (0.81%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.54%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (47.31%) ITIL
2 32 (8.60%) Configuration Management
3 28 (7.53%) Service Management
4 24 (6.45%) Service Delivery
5 23 (6.18%) Incident Management
6 20 (5.38%) Migration
7 17 (4.57%) Patch Management
8 15 (4.03%) PRINCE2
9 13 (3.49%) Problem Management
10 10 (2.69%) Change Management
10 10 (2.69%) Project Management
10 10 (2.69%) ITSM
11 9 (2.42%) Business Intelligence
12 8 (2.15%) Workflow
12 8 (2.15%) Agile Software Development
12 8 (2.15%) Asset Management
12 8 (2.15%) Network Management
12 8 (2.15%) Performance Tuning
13 7 (1.88%) Data Centre Operations
14 6 (1.61%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 35 (9.41%) SQL
2 22 (5.91%) PowerShell
3 14 (3.76%) C#
4 7 (1.88%) JavaScript
5 4 (1.08%) Perl
5 4 (1.08%) T-SQL
5 4 (1.08%) C
6 3 (0.81%) VB
7 1 (0.27%) VBA
7 1 (0.27%) Groovy
7 1 (0.27%) PHP
7 1 (0.27%) Java
Qualifications
1 241 (64.78%) Microsoft Certification
2 178 (47.85%) MCSE
3 65 (17.47%) Security Cleared
4 51 (13.71%) MCSA
5 41 (11.02%) SC Cleared
6 40 (10.75%) Cisco Certification
7 39 (10.48%) CCNA
8 36 (9.68%) DV Cleared
9 35 (9.41%) A+ Certification
10 32 (8.60%) MCITP
11 31 (8.33%) MCTS
12 28 (7.53%) ITIL Certification
13 27 (7.26%) Degree
13 27 (7.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 25 (6.72%) Citrix Certification
15 13 (3.49%) MCSD
15 13 (3.49%) MCDST
16 11 (2.96%) CCEA
17 9 (2.42%) CCEE
18 7 (1.88%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (15.32%) SLA
2 5 (1.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.81%) COBIT
4 3 (0.81%) QA
4 3 (0.81%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.81%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (0.27%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 179 (48.12%) Active Directory
2 65 (17.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 37 (9.95%) Hyper-V
4 20 (5.38%) XenApp
4 20 (5.38%) VMware ESX
5 11 (2.96%) VMware Workstation
5 11 (2.96%) Microsoft App-V
6 10 (2.69%) vSphere
7 8 (2.15%) Terminal Services
8 7 (1.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 7 (1.88%) XenDesktop
9 6 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
10 4 (1.08%) NFS
11 3 (0.81%) Terminal Server
11 3 (0.81%) Xen
11 3 (0.81%) UAG
12 2 (0.54%) Firmware
13 1 (0.27%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.27%) XenServer
13 1 (0.27%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 56 (15.05%) SCCM
2 15 (4.03%) SCOM
3 11 (2.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 10 (2.69%) OpenView
4 10 (2.69%) Backup Exec
5 6 (1.61%) SCVMM
6 5 (1.34%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.08%) WSUS
7 4 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (1.08%) Casper Suite
7 4 (1.08%) SnapVault
8 3 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.54%) Nagios
9 2 (0.54%) ARCserve
9 2 (0.54%) NetVault Backup
10 1 (0.27%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.27%) OVSD
10 1 (0.27%) WMI
10 1 (0.27%) BladeLogic
10 1 (0.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 288 (77.42%) Microsoft
2 116 (31.18%) VMware
3 82 (22.04%) Citrix
4 55 (14.78%) HP
5 54 (14.52%) Cisco
6 49 (13.17%) Symantec
7 28 (7.53%) McAfee
8 23 (6.18%) Lotus
9 19 (5.11%) Apple
9 19 (5.11%) Remedy
10 17 (4.57%) Adobe
11 10 (2.69%) Dell
12 9 (2.42%) NetApp
13 8 (2.15%) Sophos
13 8 (2.15%) AppSense
13 8 (2.15%) Oracle
13 8 (2.15%) Red Hat
14 6 (1.61%) Google
14 6 (1.61%) EMC
15 5 (1.34%) LANDesk
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