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 23 September 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 343 343 339
Rank change year-on-year
0 -4
Contract jobs citing MCP 72 87 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.29% 0.35% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.90% 2.32% 2.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 37 38
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£230 £250 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.00% +6.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £148 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £435 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £227 £235
% change year-on-year
+21.04% -3.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 18 19
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.80 £17.85
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +10.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £11.28 £10.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £23.23 £23.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £15.25 £13.34
% change year-on-year
+9.83% +14.36%
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
3797 3757 3804
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.49% 14.95% 14.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 2503 2391 2279
Average daily rate £425 £415 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 85 143
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 23 September 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 23 September 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 23 September 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 -4 11 £190 -25.49% 8
Docklands, London - 8 £135 -
Uxbridge - 3 £165 -
Wimbledon - - - -
Chiswick - - - -
Enfield - - - - 1
Hayes - - - -
Hounslow - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -
Twickenham - - - -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 23 September 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.

1 112 (72.73%) Windows
1 112 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 82 (53.25%) Microsoft Certification
3 78 (50.65%) ITIL
4 74 (48.05%) Active Directory
5 52 (33.77%) Windows 7
6 49 (31.82%) MCSE
7 47 (30.52%) Citrix
7 47 (30.52%) VMware
8 46 (29.87%) MS Excel
8 46 (29.87%) MS Office
9 37 (24.03%) Windows Server 2008
10 33 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
10 33 (21.43%) MS Exchange
11 27 (17.53%) Finance
11 27 (17.53%) VMware Infrastructure
12 26 (16.88%) Cisco
13 25 (16.23%) MCSA
14 24 (15.58%) Blackberry
15 23 (14.94%) ITIL Certification
15 23 (14.94%) SCCM
16 22 (14.29%) Windows XP
16 22 (14.29%) Firewall
16 22 (14.29%) MCITP
17 21 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
18 19 (12.34%) CCNA
18 19 (12.34%) DNS
19 18 (11.69%) A+ Certification
19 18 (11.69%) Citrix Certification
19 18 (11.69%) Degree

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 33 (21.43%) MS Exchange
2 16 (10.39%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (8.44%) SharePoint
4 12 (7.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 9 (5.84%) Exchange Server 2007
6 8 (5.19%) Exchange Server 2003
6 8 (5.19%) IBM Notes
7 4 (2.60%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (1.95%) IIS
9 2 (1.30%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (1.30%) Lync
9 2 (1.30%) Umbraco
9 2 (1.30%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.65%) Exchange Server 2013
10 1 (0.65%) WorkSite
10 1 (0.65%) Apache
Applications
1 46 (29.87%) MS Office
1 46 (29.87%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.25%) MS PowerPoint
3 3 (1.95%) MS Visio
4 2 (1.30%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.65%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.65%) 3000 Xtra
1 1 (0.65%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 14 (9.09%) Office 365
2 3 (1.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.65%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (14.29%) Firewall
2 19 (12.34%) DNS
3 16 (10.39%) TCP/IP
4 14 (9.09%) DHCP
5 12 (7.79%) SAN
5 12 (7.79%) Internet
6 10 (6.49%) VoIP
7 7 (4.55%) VPN
8 6 (3.90%) LAN
9 5 (3.25%) WAN
9 5 (3.25%) Wireless
9 5 (3.25%) VLAN
9 5 (3.25%) NetScaler
10 4 (2.60%) Junos
10 4 (2.60%) IP Telephony
10 4 (2.60%) IPv4
11 3 (1.95%) Ethernet
12 2 (1.30%) FTP
12 2 (1.30%) SMTP
12 2 (1.30%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (8.44%) SQL Server
2 4 (2.60%) SQL Server 2008
2 4 (2.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (2.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.65%) QlikView
3 1 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (0.65%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (3.25%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.95%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.65%) Moq
3 1 (0.65%) MSBuild
3 1 (0.65%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.65%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.65%) NUnit
3 1 (0.65%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.65%) Subversion
3 1 (0.65%) Git (software)
General
1 27 (17.53%) Finance
2 8 (5.19%) Retail
3 7 (4.55%) Banking
4 4 (2.60%) Legal
5 3 (1.95%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.95%) Law
5 3 (1.95%) Investment Banking
6 2 (1.30%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.65%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.65%) Front Office
7 1 (0.65%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 69 (44.81%) Analyst
2 39 (25.32%) Support Analyst
3 35 (22.73%) Desktop Support
4 33 (21.43%) Service Analyst
4 33 (21.43%) Service Desk Analyst
5 31 (20.13%) Support Engineer
6 20 (12.99%) 2nd Line Support
7 17 (11.04%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 17 (11.04%) Desktop Analyst
8 14 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 13 (8.44%) Desktop Engineer
10 12 (7.79%) 3rd Line Support
11 10 (6.49%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 8 (5.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 7 (4.55%) Technical Support
14 6 (3.90%) 1st Line Support
14 6 (3.90%) Technical Analyst
14 6 (3.90%) Technical Engineer
14 6 (3.90%) Server Engineer
14 6 (3.90%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (3.90%) .NET
2 5 (3.25%) ASP.NET
2 5 (3.25%) HTML
3 4 (2.60%) XML
3 4 (2.60%) XSLT
4 3 (1.95%) CSS
4 3 (1.95%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (1.95%) HTML5
4 3 (1.95%) jQuery
5 2 (1.30%) Web Services
6 1 (0.65%) ASP.NET MVC 2
6 1 (0.65%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 1 (0.65%) CSS3
6 1 (0.65%) Unity DI Container
6 1 (0.65%) VML
6 1 (0.65%) LAMP
6 1 (0.65%) Ajax
6 1 (0.65%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.65%) WCF
6 1 (0.65%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 24 (15.58%) Blackberry
2 10 (6.49%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.55%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.25%) CMDB
4 5 (3.25%) PKI
5 3 (1.95%) Smartphone
5 3 (1.95%) FMCG
5 3 (1.95%) Management Information System
6 2 (1.30%) Client/Server
6 2 (1.30%) Thin Client
6 2 (1.30%) Statistics
6 2 (1.30%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.30%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.65%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.65%) PDA
7 1 (0.65%) iPhone
7 1 (0.65%) Inversion of Control
7 1 (0.65%) iPad
7 1 (0.65%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.65%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 112 (72.73%) Windows
2 52 (33.77%) Windows 7
3 37 (24.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 33 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 22 (14.29%) Windows XP
6 15 (9.74%) Windows Server 2012
7 12 (7.79%) Mac OS X
8 9 (5.84%) Mac OS
9 5 (3.25%) UNIX
9 5 (3.25%) Linux
10 4 (2.60%) Windows Vista
10 4 (2.60%) Windows 2000 Server
10 4 (2.60%) Windows 8
11 3 (1.95%) Android
11 3 (1.95%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.65%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 78 (50.65%) ITIL
2 8 (5.19%) Project Management
3 7 (4.55%) Service Management
4 6 (3.90%) PRINCE2
5 5 (3.25%) Configuration Management
5 5 (3.25%) Migration
5 5 (3.25%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (3.25%) ITIL V3
6 4 (2.60%) Incident Management
6 4 (2.60%) Load Balancing
7 3 (1.95%) Problem Management
7 3 (1.95%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (1.95%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (1.95%) MVC
7 3 (1.95%) Unit Testing
7 3 (1.95%) Network Management
7 3 (1.95%) Change Control
7 3 (1.95%) Software Deployment
8 2 (1.30%) Server Monitoring
8 2 (1.30%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 14 (9.09%) SQL
2 9 (5.84%) C
3 8 (5.19%) PowerShell
4 6 (3.90%) VBScript
5 5 (3.25%) C#
6 2 (1.30%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.30%) VBA
7 1 (0.65%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.65%) VB
7 1 (0.65%) PHP
Qualifications
1 82 (53.25%) Microsoft Certification
2 49 (31.82%) MCSE
3 25 (16.23%) MCSA
4 23 (14.94%) ITIL Certification
5 22 (14.29%) MCITP
6 21 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
7 19 (12.34%) CCNA
8 18 (11.69%) Citrix Certification
8 18 (11.69%) A+ Certification
8 18 (11.69%) Degree
9 15 (9.74%) MCTS
10 13 (8.44%) CCNP
11 11 (7.14%) CCA
11 11 (7.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 8 (5.19%) CCEA
13 6 (3.90%) CCEE
14 5 (3.25%) MOS
15 4 (2.60%) JNCIA
16 2 (1.30%) JNCIP
16 2 (1.30%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (5.84%) SLA
2 2 (1.30%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 1 (0.65%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.65%) COBIT
3 1 (0.65%) QA
System Software
1 74 (48.05%) Active Directory
2 27 (17.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (10.39%) XenApp
4 10 (6.49%) XenServer
5 8 (5.19%) vSphere
6 6 (3.90%) Microsoft App-V
7 5 (3.25%) Terminal Services
8 3 (1.95%) VMware ESX
9 2 (1.30%) NFS
9 2 (1.30%) VMware Server
9 2 (1.30%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.65%) Hyper-V
10 1 (0.65%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.65%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.65%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.65%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 23 (14.94%) SCCM
2 6 (3.90%) SCOM
3 4 (2.60%) Backup Exec
4 3 (1.95%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (1.95%) WSUS
5 2 (1.30%) SCOrch
5 2 (1.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.65%) MAILsweeper
6 1 (0.65%) Nessus
Vendors
1 112 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 47 (30.52%) Citrix
2 47 (30.52%) VMware
3 26 (16.88%) Cisco
4 15 (9.74%) Apple
5 13 (8.44%) HP
6 9 (5.84%) Symantec
7 8 (5.19%) Lotus
8 7 (4.55%) Remedy
8 7 (4.55%) McAfee
8 7 (4.55%) Sophos
9 6 (3.90%) Avaya
10 5 (3.25%) Reuters
10 5 (3.25%) Bloomberg
10 5 (3.25%) F5
11 4 (2.60%) Dell
12 3 (1.95%) EMC
12 3 (1.95%) NetApp
12 3 (1.95%) CheckPoint
12 3 (1.95%) LANDesk
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