The table below looks at the statistics 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 28 September 2016 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.

3 months to
28 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 144 158 122
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -36
Contract jobs citing MCP 11 10 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.31% 0.22% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.75% 1.15% 3.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 12
Median daily rate £125 £115 £185
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.69% -37.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £111 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £353 £119 £275
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £290 £275
% change year-on-year
-5.17% +5.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 2
Median hourly rate - £15.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -18.91%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.28 £14.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+26.08% -13.43%
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 North West region.

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
627 873 624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.64% 19.42% 19.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 508 335
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £297 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £540 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 60 58
Median hourly rate £25.00 £34.95 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.46% +55.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.98 £15.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £50.80 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing MCP as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 September 2016.

MCP Daily Rate Histogram 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 September 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -5 7 £243 - 3
Cheshire 0 3 £120 +4.34% 4
Merseyside - 1 £350 -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for MCP.

1 22 (84.62%) Microsoft
2 19 (73.08%) Windows
3 17 (65.38%) ITIL
3 17 (65.38%) Microsoft Certification
4 14 (53.85%) Active Directory
5 12 (46.15%) MS Office
6 11 (42.31%) ITIL Certification
6 11 (42.31%) SCCM
7 10 (38.46%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (38.46%) Windows Server
8 9 (34.62%) Virtual Environments
8 9 (34.62%) Patch Management
8 9 (34.62%) SCOM
8 9 (34.62%) Problem Management
8 9 (34.62%) VMware Infrastructure
8 9 (34.62%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (34.62%) WSUS
8 9 (34.62%) VMware
9 8 (30.77%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (26.92%) Unix
10 7 (26.92%) Red Hat
10 7 (26.92%) Solaris
10 7 (26.92%) Linux
10 7 (26.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
10 7 (26.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (26.92%) Security Patching
11 5 (19.23%) Trend Analysis
11 5 (19.23%) Incident Management
11 5 (19.23%) Computer Science
11 5 (19.23%) IBM Notes

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 5 (19.23%) IBM Notes
2 4 (15.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (3.85%) CMS
3 1 (3.85%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.85%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (46.15%) MS Office
2 3 (11.54%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (3.85%) Office 365
1 1 (3.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (15.38%) Extranet
2 2 (7.69%) DHCP
2 2 (7.69%) DNS
2 2 (7.69%) TCP/IP
3 1 (3.85%) DMZ
3 1 (3.85%) Internet
3 1 (3.85%) LAN
3 1 (3.85%) VoIP
3 1 (3.85%) WAN
3 1 (3.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.85%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (7.69%) HP UFT
1 2 (7.69%) LoadRunner
2 1 (3.85%) Moq
2 1 (3.85%) NUnit
2 1 (3.85%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 4 (15.38%) Finance
1 4 (15.38%) Law
1 4 (15.38%) Legal
2 2 (7.69%) Manufacturing
3 1 (3.85%) French Language
3 1 (3.85%) Italian Language
3 1 (3.85%) Publishing
3 1 (3.85%) Spanish Language
3 1 (3.85%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (73.08%) Analyst
2 8 (30.77%) Senior Analyst
3 7 (26.92%) Senior Technical Analyst
3 7 (26.92%) Technical Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (19.23%) Support Analyst
5 4 (15.38%) Service Analyst
6 3 (11.54%) Desktop Analyst
6 3 (11.54%) Desktop Support
6 3 (11.54%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 2 (7.69%) .NET Developer
7 2 (7.69%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
7 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 2 (7.69%) C# .NET Developer
7 2 (7.69%) C# Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Developer
7 2 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (7.69%) Test Leader
8 1 (3.85%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
8 1 (3.85%) Monitoring Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.69%) .NET
1 2 (7.69%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.85%) Ajax
2 1 (3.85%) AngularJS
2 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC 3
2 1 (3.85%) jQuery
2 1 (3.85%) NHibernate
2 1 (3.85%) WCF
2 1 (3.85%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (38.46%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (19.23%) Computer Science
3 4 (15.38%) Blackberry
4 2 (7.69%) Life Science
4 2 (7.69%) Psychology
5 1 (3.85%) Blog
5 1 (3.85%) Clustering
5 1 (3.85%) Digital Media
5 1 (3.85%) iPad
5 1 (3.85%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 19 (73.08%) Windows
2 10 (38.46%) Windows Server
3 9 (34.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (30.77%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (26.92%) Linux
5 7 (26.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (26.92%) Solaris
5 7 (26.92%) Unix
6 4 (15.38%) Apple iOS
6 4 (15.38%) Windows 7
6 4 (15.38%) Windows XP
7 3 (11.54%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (3.85%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (65.38%) ITIL
2 9 (34.62%) Patch Management
2 9 (34.62%) Problem Management
2 9 (34.62%) Virtual Environments
3 7 (26.92%) Security Patching
4 5 (19.23%) Change Management
4 5 (19.23%) Incident Management
4 5 (19.23%) Service Management
4 5 (19.23%) Trend Analysis
5 4 (15.38%) Document Management
6 2 (7.69%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (7.69%) Defect Management
6 2 (7.69%) ITIL V3
6 2 (7.69%) MVC
6 2 (7.69%) Software Testing
6 2 (7.69%) Test Management
6 2 (7.69%) Test Scripting
6 2 (7.69%) Test Strategy
6 2 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (3.85%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (7.69%) C#
1 2 (7.69%) SQL
2 1 (3.85%) C
2 1 (3.85%) Java
2 1 (3.85%) PL/SQL
2 1 (3.85%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (65.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (42.31%) ITIL Certification
3 4 (15.38%) MCDST
4 3 (11.54%) DBS Check
5 2 (7.69%) ISTQB
5 2 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (7.69%) MCSE
5 2 (7.69%) OCP
5 2 (7.69%) Oracle Certification
5 2 (7.69%) SAP Certification
5 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
6 1 (3.85%) Degree
6 1 (3.85%) MCAD
6 1 (3.85%) MCITP
6 1 (3.85%) MCSA
6 1 (3.85%) MCSD
6 1 (3.85%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (26.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (3.85%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (53.85%) Active Directory
2 9 (34.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.69%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.85%) Firmware
4 1 (3.85%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (42.31%) SCCM
2 9 (34.62%) SCOM
2 9 (34.62%) WSUS
3 5 (19.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (3.85%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 22 (84.62%) Microsoft
2 9 (34.62%) VMware
3 7 (26.92%) Red Hat
4 5 (19.23%) Lotus
5 3 (11.54%) HP
6 2 (7.69%) Oracle
6 2 (7.69%) SAP
7 1 (3.85%) Citrix
7 1 (3.85%) MuleSoft