The first table below looks at the demand for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 16 April 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 North West 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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 117 105 121
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +16
Contract jobs citing MCP 21 12 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.65% 0.49% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.24% 2.70% 2.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 4
Average daily rate £266 £135 £123
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+97.22% +10.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £135 £113
10% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £135 £153
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £218 £230
% change year-on-year
+37.93% -5.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
Average hourly rate £15.50 £12.50 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.00% +4.16%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.25 £12.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+6.00% -16.66%
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
648 445 579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.08% 18.16% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 301 194 283
Average daily rate £375 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £150 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £480 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 38 29
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £29.70 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -
MCP
England

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCP Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the North West region over the 3 months to 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -6 11 £310 - 7
Cheshire -3 9 £223 +64.81% 4
Lancashire -22 1 - -
Merseyside - - - - 1
Cumbria - - - - 1
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 32 (91.43%) Microsoft
2 26 (74.29%) Microsoft Certification
3 23 (65.71%) MS Excel
4 22 (62.86%) ITIL
5 18 (51.43%) Windows
5 18 (51.43%) MCSE
6 14 (40.00%) Service Management
6 14 (40.00%) MS Office
6 14 (40.00%) SLA
7 12 (34.29%) Windows 7
7 12 (34.29%) Active Directory
8 10 (28.57%) HP
8 10 (28.57%) MCTS
9 9 (25.71%) Finance
10 8 (22.86%) Telecoms
10 8 (22.86%) Security Cleared
10 8 (22.86%) OpenView
10 8 (22.86%) Windows XP
11 7 (20.00%) MCSA
11 7 (20.00%) Citrix
11 7 (20.00%) SC Cleared
11 7 (20.00%) PowerShell
11 7 (20.00%) ServiceCenter
12 6 (17.14%) Lotus
12 6 (17.14%) IBM Notes
12 6 (17.14%) SQL
12 6 (17.14%) MS Exchange
12 6 (17.14%) DHCP
12 6 (17.14%) DNS
13 5 (14.29%) VPN

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 6 (17.14%) IBM Notes
1 6 (17.14%) MS Exchange
2 5 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.86%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (2.86%) WebSphere
4 1 (2.86%) IBM HTTP Server
Applications
1 23 (65.71%) MS Excel
2 14 (40.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 6 (17.14%) DHCP
1 6 (17.14%) DNS
2 5 (14.29%) VPN
2 5 (14.29%) Intranet
2 5 (14.29%) Wireless
3 1 (2.86%) LAN
3 1 (2.86%) VoIP
3 1 (2.86%) HTTP
3 1 (2.86%) LDAP
3 1 (2.86%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (11.43%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.86%) MSDE
Development Applications
1 5 (14.29%) MSI
1 5 (14.29%) InstallShield
2 1 (2.86%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 9 (25.71%) Finance
2 8 (22.86%) Telecoms
3 3 (8.57%) Back Office
3 3 (8.57%) Retail
4 1 (2.86%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 17 (48.57%) Analyst
2 14 (40.00%) Service Analyst
2 14 (40.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) 2nd Line Support
3 5 (14.29%) Support Analyst
3 5 (14.29%) Applications Packager
4 4 (11.43%) Systems Administrator
4 4 (11.43%) Administrator
5 3 (8.57%) Software Engineer
5 3 (8.57%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 2 (5.71%) Data Centre Engineer
6 2 (5.71%) 1st Line Support
7 1 (2.86%) Support Specialist
7 1 (2.86%) Technical Support
7 1 (2.86%) Developer
7 1 (2.86%) Applications Developer
7 1 (2.86%) C# Application Developer
7 1 (2.86%) .NET Applications Developer
7 1 (2.86%) WinForms Developer
7 1 (2.86%) Technical Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.29%) Application Packaging
1 5 (14.29%) WinForms
1 5 (14.29%) WPF
2 4 (11.43%) .NET Framework
2 4 (11.43%) .NET
3 1 (2.86%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.43%) Smartphone
1 4 (11.43%) iPad
2 1 (2.86%) Blackberry
2 1 (2.86%) Handset
2 1 (2.86%) Replication
2 1 (2.86%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 18 (51.43%) Windows
2 12 (34.29%) Windows 7
3 8 (22.86%) Windows XP
4 5 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 4 (11.43%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (2.86%) UNIX
6 1 (2.86%) AIX
6 1 (2.86%) Linux
6 1 (2.86%) Windows 2000
6 1 (2.86%) Windows Vista
6 1 (2.86%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (2.86%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (62.86%) ITIL
2 14 (40.00%) Service Management
3 5 (14.29%) OO
3 5 (14.29%) Unit Testing
3 5 (14.29%) TDD
4 4 (11.43%) Disaster Recovery
4 4 (11.43%) OOD
5 3 (8.57%) Software Engineering
6 2 (5.71%) Workflow
6 2 (5.71%) Migration
6 2 (5.71%) Project Management
7 1 (2.86%) Data Security
7 1 (2.86%) Security Management
7 1 (2.86%) ITIL V2
7 1 (2.86%) High Availability
7 1 (2.86%) Capacity Management
7 1 (2.86%) Performance Tuning
7 1 (2.86%) Database Tuning
Programming Languages
1 7 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 6 (17.14%) SQL
3 5 (14.29%) C#
4 1 (2.86%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (74.29%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (51.43%) MCSE
3 10 (28.57%) MCTS
4 8 (22.86%) Security Cleared
5 7 (20.00%) MCSA
5 7 (20.00%) SC Cleared
6 5 (14.29%) CCNA
6 5 (14.29%) MCPD
6 5 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (11.43%) MCITP
7 4 (11.43%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (2.86%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (2.86%) IBM Certification
8 1 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (40.00%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (34.29%) Active Directory
2 5 (14.29%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (5.71%) Hyper-V
3 2 (5.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.86%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 8 (22.86%) OpenView
2 7 (20.00%) ServiceCenter
3 5 (14.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (5.71%) SCCM
4 2 (5.71%) SCVMM
5 1 (2.86%) Tivoli
5 1 (2.86%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 1 (2.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 32 (91.43%) Microsoft
2 10 (28.57%) HP
3 7 (20.00%) Citrix
4 6 (17.14%) Lotus
5 5 (14.29%) VMware
6 1 (2.86%) Cisco
6 1 (2.86%) IBM
6 1 (2.86%) Dell
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