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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 137 135 112
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -23
Contract jobs citing MCP 17 18 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.47% 0.47% 0.66%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.47% 2.22% 3.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 9
Median daily rate £306 £210 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+45.83% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £180 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £690 £275
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £250 £225
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 2
Median hourly rate £13.50 £18.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.00% +1.35%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £15.25 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+44.26% -1.61%
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
687 810 598
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.82% 20.94% 19.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 380 433 296
Median daily rate £400 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £580 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
- +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 60 57
Median hourly rate £42.73 £30.52 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.00% +38.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £14.60 £15.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £56.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £24.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+22.91% +26.31%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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 +7 15 £350 +66.66% 4
Cheshire -3 1 £120 -46.66% 2
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 25 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 23 (76.67%) ITIL
3 22 (73.33%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (66.67%) Windows
5 17 (56.67%) Active Directory
6 15 (50.00%) MS Office
7 13 (43.33%) VMware
7 13 (43.33%) SCCM
8 12 (40.00%) Windows Server
9 11 (36.67%) VMware Infrastructure
9 11 (36.67%) ITIL Certification
10 10 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
11 9 (30.00%) SCOM
11 9 (30.00%) WSUS
11 9 (30.00%) Problem Management
11 9 (30.00%) Virtual Environments
11 9 (30.00%) Patch Management
12 8 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
12 8 (26.67%) Windows Server 2003
12 8 (26.67%) MCSE
13 7 (23.33%) MCSA
13 7 (23.33%) MS Excel
13 7 (23.33%) Unix
13 7 (23.33%) MS Exchange
13 7 (23.33%) Solaris
13 7 (23.33%) Linux
13 7 (23.33%) Red Hat
13 7 (23.33%) HP
13 7 (23.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
13 7 (23.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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 7 (23.33%) MS Exchange
2 6 (20.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (10.00%) IBM Notes
5 1 (3.33%) CMS
5 1 (3.33%) Umbraco
Applications
1 15 (50.00%) MS Office
2 7 (23.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (6.67%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (3.33%) Office 365
1 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (16.67%) LAN
1 5 (16.67%) WAN
2 4 (13.33%) DHCP
2 4 (13.33%) DNS
2 4 (13.33%) Extranet
2 4 (13.33%) TCP/IP
3 2 (6.67%) Firewall
4 1 (3.33%) DMZ
4 1 (3.33%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) Relational Database
1 1 (3.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (6.67%) HP UFT
1 2 (6.67%) LoadRunner
General
1 6 (20.00%) Finance
1 6 (20.00%) Law
1 6 (20.00%) Legal
2 4 (13.33%) Manufacturing
3 3 (10.00%) Telecoms
4 2 (6.67%) Banking
5 1 (3.33%) French Language
5 1 (3.33%) Italian Language
5 1 (3.33%) Publishing
5 1 (3.33%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 22 (73.33%) Analyst
2 8 (26.67%) Senior Analyst
3 7 (23.33%) Senior Technical Analyst
3 7 (23.33%) Technical Analyst
4 6 (20.00%) Service Analyst
4 6 (20.00%) Support Analyst
5 5 (16.67%) Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (13.33%) IT Support
7 3 (10.00%) Desktop Analyst
7 3 (10.00%) Desktop Support
7 3 (10.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 2 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
8 2 (6.67%) Active Directory Engineer
8 2 (6.67%) Active Directory Support
8 2 (6.67%) Active Directory Support Engineer
8 2 (6.67%) Exchange Support
8 2 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 2 (6.67%) IT Support Analyst
8 2 (6.67%) Support Engineer
8 2 (6.67%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.33%) .NET
1 1 (3.33%) AngularJS
1 1 (3.33%) ASP.NET
1 1 (3.33%) jQuery
1 1 (3.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (20.00%) Blackberry
3 4 (13.33%) Life Science
4 3 (10.00%) Computer Science
5 2 (6.67%) Client/Server
5 2 (6.67%) PMI
5 2 (6.67%) Psychology
5 2 (6.67%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (3.33%) Clustering
6 1 (3.33%) iPad
6 1 (3.33%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 20 (66.67%) Windows
2 12 (40.00%) Windows Server
3 10 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (26.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (23.33%) Linux
5 7 (23.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (23.33%) Solaris
5 7 (23.33%) Unix
6 5 (16.67%) Windows 7
7 4 (13.33%) Apple iOS
7 4 (13.33%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (13.33%) Windows XP
8 2 (6.67%) Windows 10
9 1 (3.33%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (76.67%) ITIL
2 9 (30.00%) Patch Management
2 9 (30.00%) Problem Management
2 9 (30.00%) Virtual Environments
3 7 (23.33%) Security Patching
4 5 (16.67%) Incident Management
4 5 (16.67%) Service Management
5 4 (13.33%) Document Management
6 3 (10.00%) Change Management
6 3 (10.00%) Mentoring
6 3 (10.00%) Trend Analysis
7 2 (6.67%) Coaching
7 2 (6.67%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (6.67%) Defect Management
7 2 (6.67%) ITIL V3
7 2 (6.67%) Software Testing
7 2 (6.67%) Test Management
7 2 (6.67%) Test Scripting
7 2 (6.67%) Test Strategy
7 2 (6.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (6.67%) SQL
2 1 (3.33%) C
2 1 (3.33%) C#
2 1 (3.33%) Java
2 1 (3.33%) PL/SQL
2 1 (3.33%) PowerShell
2 1 (3.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (73.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (36.67%) ITIL Certification
3 8 (26.67%) MCSE
4 7 (23.33%) MCSA
5 4 (13.33%) CCNA
5 4 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (13.33%) MCDST
5 4 (13.33%) Security Cleared
6 3 (10.00%) DBS Check
7 2 (6.67%) ISTQB
7 2 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (6.67%) OCP
7 2 (6.67%) Oracle Certification
7 2 (6.67%) PMI Certification
7 2 (6.67%) SAP Certification
8 1 (3.33%) Degree
8 1 (3.33%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (23.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (10.00%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (56.67%) Active Directory
2 11 (36.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (3.33%) Firmware
3 1 (3.33%) Hyper-V
3 1 (3.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 13 (43.33%) SCCM
2 9 (30.00%) SCOM
2 9 (30.00%) WSUS
3 3 (10.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (6.67%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (6.67%) OpenView
4 2 (6.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Clustering
5 1 (3.33%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 25 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 13 (43.33%) VMware
3 7 (23.33%) HP
3 7 (23.33%) Red Hat
4 4 (13.33%) Cisco
5 3 (10.00%) Citrix
5 3 (10.00%) Lotus
6 2 (6.67%) Oracle
6 2 (6.67%) Polycom
6 2 (6.67%) Proofpoint
6 2 (6.67%) SAP
6 2 (6.67%) Symantec
7 1 (3.33%) MuleSoft