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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 344 327 327
Rank change year-on-year
-17 0
Contract jobs citing MCP 59 90 61
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.26% 0.38% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.54% 2.42% 1.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 45 34
Average daily rate
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£167 £275 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-39.45% -18.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £188 £117
10% offered a daily rate of more than £468 £450 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £220 £248 £190
% change year-on-year
-11.11% +30.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 12 12
Average hourly rate £14.04 £21.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-33.92% +6.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.00 £13.75
% change year-on-year
+10.71% +1.81%
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
3829 3720 3169
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 16.82% 15.63% 15.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2650 2401 1983
Average daily rate £425 £410 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% -2.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 83 130
Average hourly rate £15.77 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.91% +2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.78 £11.60 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.50 £40.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 December 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
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 December 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 -2 11 £190 -49.33% 5
Uxbridge +6 4 - -
Docklands, London - 2 £135 -
Wimbledon - - - -
Croydon - - - - 1
Enfield - - - -
Hayes - - - -
Ilford - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 95 (73.08%) Windows
2 85 (65.38%) Microsoft
3 83 (63.85%) Microsoft Certification
4 51 (39.23%) Active Directory
5 49 (37.69%) MS Office
6 48 (36.92%) ITIL
7 46 (35.38%) Windows 7
8 45 (34.62%) MCSE
9 38 (29.23%) MS Excel
10 35 (26.92%) Windows Server 2008
11 32 (24.62%) Windows Server 2003
11 32 (24.62%) Citrix
11 32 (24.62%) VMware
12 30 (23.08%) MCITP
13 29 (22.31%) Blackberry
14 26 (20.00%) Finance
15 25 (19.23%) Internet
16 21 (16.15%) A+ Certification
16 21 (16.15%) Cisco
17 20 (15.38%) MS Exchange
17 20 (15.38%) MCSA
17 20 (15.38%) SharePoint
18 18 (13.85%) ITIL Certification
18 18 (13.85%) VMware Infrastructure
19 17 (13.08%) Windows Server 2012
19 17 (13.08%) DNS
20 15 (11.54%) Firewall
20 15 (11.54%) Cisco Certification
20 15 (11.54%) CCNA
20 15 (11.54%) HP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 20 (15.38%) SharePoint
1 20 (15.38%) MS Exchange
2 10 (7.69%) IBM Notes
2 10 (7.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (4.62%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
4 5 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2003
5 4 (3.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (1.54%) Lync
7 1 (0.77%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2000
7 1 (0.77%) WorkSite
7 1 (0.77%) IIS
Applications
1 49 (37.69%) MS Office
2 38 (29.23%) MS Excel
3 4 (3.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.54%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (1.54%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.77%) Agresso
1 1 (0.77%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.77%) 3000 Xtra
1 1 (0.77%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.77%) SaaS
1 1 (0.77%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 25 (19.23%) Internet
2 17 (13.08%) DNS
3 15 (11.54%) DHCP
3 15 (11.54%) Firewall
4 13 (10.00%) Wireless
5 11 (8.46%) FTP
5 11 (8.46%) TCP/IP
6 7 (5.38%) SAN
7 5 (3.85%) LAN
8 4 (3.08%) NAS
8 4 (3.08%) Junos
9 3 (2.31%) WAN
9 3 (2.31%) Ethernet
10 2 (1.54%) VoIP
10 2 (1.54%) MPLS
10 2 (1.54%) Fibre Channel
10 2 (1.54%) BIG-IP
11 1 (0.77%) VLAN
11 1 (0.77%) IMAP
11 1 (0.77%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.08%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.77%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (0.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 2 (1.54%) Visual Studio
2 1 (0.77%) VSS/SourceSafe
2 1 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 26 (20.00%) Finance
2 4 (3.08%) Legal
3 3 (2.31%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.54%) Banking
4 2 (1.54%) Retail
4 2 (1.54%) Law
4 2 (1.54%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.77%) Front Office
5 1 (0.77%) Back Office
5 1 (0.77%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.77%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 50 (38.46%) Analyst
2 36 (27.69%) Support Analyst
3 25 (19.23%) Support Engineer
4 24 (18.46%) Desktop Support
5 16 (12.31%) 2nd Line Support
6 13 (10.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 13 (10.00%) Desktop Analyst
7 12 (9.23%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 11 (8.46%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 11 (8.46%) Service Analyst
8 11 (8.46%) Help Desk Support
8 11 (8.46%) Service Desk Analyst
8 11 (8.46%) Help Desk Analyst
9 10 (7.69%) Help Desk Support Analyst
10 9 (6.92%) 1st Line Support
11 8 (6.15%) 3rd Line Support
11 8 (6.15%) 1st Line Support Analyst
12 7 (5.38%) IT Support
12 7 (5.38%) Desktop Engineer
12 7 (5.38%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.54%) .NET
1 2 (1.54%) ASP.NET
1 2 (1.54%) XML
1 2 (1.54%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (0.77%) HTML5
2 1 (0.77%) HTML
2 1 (0.77%) XSLT
2 1 (0.77%) EDI
2 1 (0.77%) MAPI
2 1 (0.77%) Ajax
2 1 (0.77%) jQuery
2 1 (0.77%) CAML
2 1 (0.77%) CSS
2 1 (0.77%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 29 (22.31%) Blackberry
2 12 (9.23%) Smartphone
3 10 (7.69%) Thin Client
3 10 (7.69%) Smartcard
3 10 (7.69%) Fat Client
4 9 (6.92%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (3.08%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.08%) Computer Science
5 4 (3.08%) CMDB
6 2 (1.54%) Clustering
6 2 (1.54%) Replication
6 2 (1.54%) FMCG
7 1 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.77%) Video Conferencing
7 1 (0.77%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.77%) Grid Computing
7 1 (0.77%) EPoS
7 1 (0.77%) NHS
7 1 (0.77%) E-Learning
7 1 (0.77%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 95 (73.08%) Windows
2 46 (35.38%) Windows 7
3 35 (26.92%) Windows Server 2008
4 32 (24.62%) Windows Server 2003
5 17 (13.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (11.54%) Windows XP
7 12 (9.23%) Windows Vista
8 10 (7.69%) Mac OS X
8 10 (7.69%) Mac OS
9 4 (3.08%) UNIX
10 3 (2.31%) Windows 8
10 3 (2.31%) Linux
11 2 (1.54%) Windows 2000
11 2 (1.54%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.77%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (36.92%) ITIL
2 12 (9.23%) Project Management
3 10 (7.69%) PRINCE2
3 10 (7.69%) Incident Management
4 9 (6.92%) Problem Management
4 9 (6.92%) Migration
5 7 (5.38%) Service Management
6 6 (4.62%) High Availability
7 5 (3.85%) Asset Management
8 4 (3.08%) Configuration Management
8 4 (3.08%) ITSM
8 4 (3.08%) Change Control
9 3 (2.31%) Agile Software Development
9 3 (2.31%) Load Balancing
9 3 (2.31%) Data Protection
9 3 (2.31%) Service Delivery
10 2 (1.54%) Disaster Recovery
10 2 (1.54%) ERP
10 2 (1.54%) ETL
10 2 (1.54%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 11 (8.46%) C
2 7 (5.38%) SQL
3 4 (3.08%) PowerShell
4 2 (1.54%) VBScript
4 2 (1.54%) C#
5 1 (0.77%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.77%) VBA
Qualifications
1 83 (63.85%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (34.62%) MCSE
3 30 (23.08%) MCITP
4 21 (16.15%) A+ Certification
5 20 (15.38%) MCSA
6 18 (13.85%) ITIL Certification
7 15 (11.54%) CCNA
7 15 (11.54%) Cisco Certification
8 13 (10.00%) MCDST
9 12 (9.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 11 (8.46%) Degree
11 9 (6.92%) Security Cleared
11 9 (6.92%) Citrix Certification
12 8 (6.15%) CCNP
12 8 (6.15%) MCTS
13 7 (5.38%) CCA
14 6 (4.62%) RHCT
15 4 (3.08%) JNCIA
15 4 (3.08%) SC Cleared
16 3 (2.31%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.62%) SLA
2 2 (1.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 2 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.54%) COBIT
2 2 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 17799
System Software
1 51 (39.23%) Active Directory
2 18 (13.85%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (6.92%) vSphere
4 6 (4.62%) XenApp
5 5 (3.85%) VMware ESX
6 3 (2.31%) XenServer
7 2 (1.54%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.54%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.54%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (1.54%) Xen
7 2 (1.54%) NFS
7 2 (1.54%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 1 (0.77%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.77%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.77%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 11 (8.46%) SCCM
2 4 (3.08%) SCOM
3 3 (2.31%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.54%) SCOrch
4 2 (1.54%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (1.54%) Backup Exec
4 2 (1.54%) WSUS
5 1 (0.77%) MAILsweeper
5 1 (0.77%) NetBackup
5 1 (0.77%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 85 (65.38%) Microsoft
2 32 (24.62%) Citrix
2 32 (24.62%) VMware
3 21 (16.15%) Cisco
4 15 (11.54%) HP
5 11 (8.46%) Reuters
5 11 (8.46%) Bloomberg
6 10 (7.69%) Lotus
6 10 (7.69%) CQG
7 8 (6.15%) Dell
8 7 (5.38%) IBM
8 7 (5.38%) Apple
8 7 (5.38%) Symantec
9 6 (4.62%) McAfee
9 6 (4.62%) Mercator
9 6 (4.62%) Red Hat
10 4 (3.08%) EMC
11 3 (2.31%) SAP
11 3 (2.31%) Avaya
11 3 (2.31%) NetApp