The table below looks at the statistics for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 24 October 2014 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 351 339 340
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +1
Contract jobs citing MCP 75 81 76
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.30% 0.32% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.93% 2.13% 2.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 37 39
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£185 £240 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.06% +2.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £131 £175 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £450 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £229 £175
% change year-on-year
+19.89% +31.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 16 16
Average hourly rate £15.00 £17.84 £18.43
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.91% -3.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.04 £11.13 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.80 £22.75 £23.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
MCP
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3878 3801 3641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.73% 15.00% 15.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2642 2469 2271
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 77 118
Average hourly rate £17.00 £20.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% -6.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.47 £11.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -23.40%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in London

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCP across the London region.

MCP Daily Rate Trend in London

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the London region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

MCP Daily Rate Histogram in London

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the London region.

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in London

MCP
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the London region over the 3 months to 24 October 2014.

MCP Hourly Rate Histogram in London

MCP
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the London region over the 3 months to 24 October 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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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
City of London +3 12 £319 +6.25% 5
Uxbridge - 7 £165 -
Docklands, London - 6 £135 -
Wimbledon - - - -
Chiswick - - - -
Croydon - - - - 1
Hayes - - - - 1
Kingston Upon Thames - - - - 1
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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.

1 115 (73.25%) Microsoft
2 108 (68.79%) Windows
3 84 (53.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 77 (49.04%) ITIL
5 65 (41.40%) Active Directory
6 50 (31.85%) Windows 7
7 48 (30.57%) MS Office
8 47 (29.94%) MCSE
9 46 (29.30%) MS Excel
10 41 (26.11%) Citrix
11 39 (24.84%) VMware
12 35 (22.29%) Windows Server 2008
13 31 (19.75%) MS Exchange
14 30 (19.11%) Windows Server 2003
15 29 (18.47%) Blackberry
16 28 (17.83%) A+ Certification
17 25 (15.92%) ITIL Certification
17 25 (15.92%) Cisco
17 25 (15.92%) Finance
18 24 (15.29%) MCSA
18 24 (15.29%) SCCM
19 23 (14.65%) Firewall
20 22 (14.01%) MCITP
20 22 (14.01%) VMware Infrastructure
21 21 (13.38%) DNS
21 21 (13.38%) CCNA
21 21 (13.38%) Cisco Certification
22 17 (10.83%) Internet
22 17 (10.83%) DHCP
22 17 (10.83%) SharePoint

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 31 (19.75%) MS Exchange
2 17 (10.83%) SharePoint
3 15 (9.55%) Exchange Server 2010
4 10 (6.37%) IBM Notes
5 9 (5.73%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (5.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 8 (5.10%) Exchange Server 2003
7 3 (1.91%) IIS
8 2 (1.27%) Umbraco
8 2 (1.27%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (1.27%) Lync
8 2 (1.27%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (0.64%) Apache
9 1 (0.64%) WorkSite
Applications
1 48 (30.57%) MS Office
2 46 (29.30%) MS Excel
3 6 (3.82%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.91%) MS Visio
5 2 (1.27%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.64%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 2 (1.27%) 3000 Xtra
2 1 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (8.92%) Office 365
2 3 (1.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.64%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (14.65%) Firewall
2 21 (13.38%) DNS
3 17 (10.83%) Internet
3 17 (10.83%) DHCP
4 12 (7.64%) TCP/IP
4 12 (7.64%) SAN
5 10 (6.37%) Wireless
6 7 (4.46%) VPN
6 7 (4.46%) VoIP
7 6 (3.82%) LAN
7 6 (3.82%) FTP
8 5 (3.18%) WAN
9 4 (2.55%) IPv4
9 4 (2.55%) Junos
10 3 (1.91%) NAS
10 3 (1.91%) NetScaler
10 3 (1.91%) VLAN
10 3 (1.91%) Ethernet
11 2 (1.27%) IP Telephony
11 2 (1.27%) BIG-IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (5.73%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (1.27%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.64%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.64%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (2.55%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.27%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 25 (15.92%) Finance
2 9 (5.73%) Retail
3 7 (4.46%) Banking
4 4 (2.55%) Legal
4 4 (2.55%) Investment Banking
5 3 (1.91%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.27%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.27%) Law
6 2 (1.27%) Front Office
7 1 (0.64%) Back Office
7 1 (0.64%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 72 (45.86%) Analyst
2 38 (24.20%) Support Analyst
3 35 (22.29%) Service Analyst
3 35 (22.29%) Service Desk Analyst
4 31 (19.75%) Desktop Support
5 30 (19.11%) Support Engineer
6 19 (12.10%) 2nd Line Support
7 15 (9.55%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 15 (9.55%) Desktop Analyst
8 14 (8.92%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 11 (7.01%) 3rd Line Support
10 9 (5.73%) Desktop Engineer
11 8 (5.10%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 8 (5.10%) 1st Line Support
12 7 (4.46%) 1st Line Support Analyst
13 6 (3.82%) Technical Support
13 6 (3.82%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 6 (3.82%) Help Desk Support
13 6 (3.82%) Technical Analyst
13 6 (3.82%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.55%) HTML
1 4 (2.55%) .NET
1 4 (2.55%) ASP.NET
1 4 (2.55%) XML
1 4 (2.55%) XSLT
2 2 (1.27%) CSS
2 2 (1.27%) Web Services
2 2 (1.27%) jQuery
2 2 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (1.27%) HTML5
3 1 (0.64%) CAML
3 1 (0.64%) MAPI
3 1 (0.64%) VML
3 1 (0.64%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 29 (18.47%) Blackberry
2 10 (6.37%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.46%) Smartphone
3 7 (4.46%) Computer Science
4 6 (3.82%) Fat Client
4 6 (3.82%) Thin Client
5 5 (3.18%) Smartcard
6 3 (1.91%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.91%) CMDB
6 3 (1.91%) PKI
7 2 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.27%) FMCG
7 2 (1.27%) Fixed Income
7 2 (1.27%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.64%) EPoS
8 1 (0.64%) Grid Computing
8 1 (0.64%) Clustering
8 1 (0.64%) Replication
8 1 (0.64%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.64%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 108 (68.79%) Windows
2 50 (31.85%) Windows 7
3 35 (22.29%) Windows Server 2008
4 30 (19.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (10.19%) Windows XP
5 16 (10.19%) Windows Server 2012
6 14 (8.92%) Mac OS X
7 11 (7.01%) Mac OS
8 8 (5.10%) Windows Vista
9 5 (3.18%) Linux
9 5 (3.18%) Windows 8
10 4 (2.55%) UNIX
10 4 (2.55%) Android
11 2 (1.27%) Windows 2000 Server
11 2 (1.27%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.64%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 77 (49.04%) ITIL
2 11 (7.01%) Incident Management
3 10 (6.37%) Project Management
3 10 (6.37%) Service Management
4 9 (5.73%) PRINCE2
5 7 (4.46%) Migration
6 5 (3.18%) Asset Management
6 5 (3.18%) Problem Management
6 5 (3.18%) ITSM
6 5 (3.18%) ITIL V3
7 4 (2.55%) Software Deployment
7 4 (2.55%) Configuration Management
7 4 (2.55%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (1.91%) Load Balancing
8 3 (1.91%) Data Protection
9 2 (1.27%) Logistics
9 2 (1.27%) Network Management
9 2 (1.27%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (1.27%) Change Control
9 2 (1.27%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 11 (7.01%) C
1 11 (7.01%) SQL
2 8 (5.10%) PowerShell
3 5 (3.18%) VBScript
4 4 (2.55%) C#
5 2 (1.27%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.27%) VBA
6 1 (0.64%) PHP
Qualifications
1 84 (53.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (29.94%) MCSE
3 28 (17.83%) A+ Certification
4 25 (15.92%) ITIL Certification
5 24 (15.29%) MCSA
6 22 (14.01%) MCITP
7 21 (13.38%) Cisco Certification
7 21 (13.38%) CCNA
8 17 (10.83%) Degree
9 14 (8.92%) Citrix Certification
10 11 (7.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 11 (7.01%) MCTS
11 10 (6.37%) CCA
11 10 (6.37%) CCNP
12 7 (4.46%) Security Cleared
13 5 (3.18%) MCDST
13 5 (3.18%) MOS
13 5 (3.18%) CCEA
14 4 (2.55%) JNCIA
14 4 (2.55%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.10%) SLA
2 2 (1.27%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 1 (0.64%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.64%) COBIT
System Software
1 65 (41.40%) Active Directory
2 22 (14.01%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (7.01%) XenApp
4 9 (5.73%) vSphere
5 7 (4.46%) XenServer
6 4 (2.55%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.91%) VMware ESX
7 3 (1.91%) Terminal Services
8 2 (1.27%) NFS
8 2 (1.27%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.64%) Hyper-V
9 1 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.64%) Xen
9 1 (0.64%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.64%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.64%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 24 (15.29%) SCCM
2 6 (3.82%) SCOM
3 4 (2.55%) Backup Exec
4 3 (1.91%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (1.91%) WSUS
5 2 (1.27%) SCOrch
5 2 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.64%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.64%) MAILsweeper
6 1 (0.64%) Nessus
Vendors
1 115 (73.25%) Microsoft
2 41 (26.11%) Citrix
3 39 (24.84%) VMware
4 25 (15.92%) Cisco
5 15 (9.55%) Apple
6 14 (8.92%) HP
7 10 (6.37%) Lotus
7 10 (6.37%) Reuters
7 10 (6.37%) Bloomberg
7 10 (6.37%) Symantec
8 7 (4.46%) Sophos
9 6 (3.82%) Remedy
9 6 (3.82%) McAfee
9 6 (3.82%) Avaya
10 5 (3.18%) Dell
10 5 (3.18%) CQG
10 5 (3.18%) F5
11 3 (1.91%) CheckPoint
11 3 (1.91%) LANDesk
11 3 (1.91%) Veeam