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 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 156 115 126
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +11
Contract jobs citing MCP 11 21 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.25% 0.68% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.28% 3.61% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 12 4
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£160 £185 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.51% -17.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £104 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £275 £367
UK excluding London average daily rate £235 £275 £250
% change year-on-year
-14.54% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Average hourly rate £13.50 £18.50 £15.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.02% +21.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £14.50 £11.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.70 £22.50 £19.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £17.07 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-15.05% +0.41%
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
858 582 493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.84% 18.87% 17.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 310 237
Average daily rate £400 £346 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.77% +7.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £209 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 48 52
Average hourly rate £30.52 £22.50 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+35.64% -21.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £15.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £46.80 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 28 August 2015. 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
Cheshire -12 4 £110 +10.00% 3
Merseyside - 4 - -
Lancashire - 2 - -
Manchester -25 1 £210 +20.00% 8
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 40 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 32 (80.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 29 (72.50%) Windows
4 27 (67.50%) ITIL
5 21 (52.50%) VMware
6 20 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
6 20 (50.00%) Active Directory
7 18 (45.00%) MS Excel
7 18 (45.00%) LAN
7 18 (45.00%) Windows 7
8 15 (37.50%) MS Office
8 15 (37.50%) DNS
9 14 (35.00%) ITIL Certification
10 13 (32.50%) Citrix
10 13 (32.50%) Windows Server 2008
11 12 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
12 10 (25.00%) WAN
12 10 (25.00%) SQL
13 9 (22.50%) DHCP
13 9 (22.50%) Citrix Certification
13 9 (22.50%) SCCM
13 9 (22.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (22.50%) MCITP
14 8 (20.00%) MCSE
14 8 (20.00%) MCSA
14 8 (20.00%) SLA
14 8 (20.00%) HP
15 7 (17.50%) Service Management
15 7 (17.50%) Hyper-V
16 6 (15.00%) Problem Management

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 (15.00%) IIS
2 3 (7.50%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (5.00%) TPMS
3 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (2.50%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 18 (45.00%) MS Excel
2 15 (37.50%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Eikon
Communications & Networking
1 18 (45.00%) LAN
2 15 (37.50%) DNS
3 10 (25.00%) WAN
4 9 (22.50%) DHCP
5 6 (15.00%) FTP
5 6 (15.00%) HTTP
5 6 (15.00%) SMTP
5 6 (15.00%) SSL
5 6 (15.00%) Firewall
6 5 (12.50%) SAN
7 4 (10.00%) TCP/IP
8 2 (5.00%) Wi-Fi
8 2 (5.00%) VoIP
9 1 (2.50%) SNMP
9 1 (2.50%) OpenScape
9 1 (2.50%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.50%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (7.50%) Finance
2 1 (2.50%) Banking
2 1 (2.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (30.00%) Analyst
2 8 (20.00%) Desktop Support
3 7 (17.50%) Support Analyst
4 6 (15.00%) Service Analyst
4 6 (15.00%) Administrator
4 6 (15.00%) Service Desk Analyst
4 6 (15.00%) Desktop Administrator
5 5 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support
6 3 (7.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (5.00%) Support Engineer
7 2 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 2 (5.00%) IT Support
7 2 (5.00%) IT Support Analyst
8 1 (2.50%) Desktop Engineer
8 1 (2.50%) Infrastructure Specialist
8 1 (2.50%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
8 1 (2.50%) Network Support
8 1 (2.50%) PC Support
8 1 (2.50%) Desktop Analyst
8 1 (2.50%) Help Desk Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.00%) Thin Client
1 6 (15.00%) Clustering
1 6 (15.00%) Fat Client
2 2 (5.00%) PMI
2 2 (5.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.50%) iPhone
3 1 (2.50%) iPad
3 1 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.50%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.50%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.50%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 29 (72.50%) Windows
2 18 (45.00%) Windows 7
3 13 (32.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 12 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (7.50%) Windows XP
5 3 (7.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (67.50%) ITIL
2 7 (17.50%) Service Management
3 6 (15.00%) Problem Management
3 6 (15.00%) Patch Management
3 6 (15.00%) Performance Tuning
4 4 (10.00%) Mentoring
4 4 (10.00%) Coaching
5 2 (5.00%) Data Centre Operations
5 2 (5.00%) Project Management
5 2 (5.00%) Time Management
5 2 (5.00%) Workflow
5 2 (5.00%) Migration
6 1 (2.50%) Asset Management
6 1 (2.50%) Incident Management
6 1 (2.50%) Root Cause Analysis
6 1 (2.50%) Software Deployment
6 1 (2.50%) Mobile Device Management
6 1 (2.50%) Software Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (25.00%) SQL
2 3 (7.50%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 32 (80.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (35.00%) ITIL Certification
3 9 (22.50%) Citrix Certification
3 9 (22.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 9 (22.50%) MCITP
4 8 (20.00%) MCSE
4 8 (20.00%) MCSA
5 5 (12.50%) MCTS
6 4 (10.00%) CCNA
6 4 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (7.50%) CCA
7 3 (7.50%) Security Cleared
8 2 (5.00%) Degree
8 2 (5.00%) PMI Certification
9 1 (2.50%) CCNP
9 1 (2.50%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 20 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 20 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (17.50%) Hyper-V
3 6 (15.00%) Terminal Services
3 6 (15.00%) VMware ESX
3 6 (15.00%) VMware Workstation
3 6 (15.00%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (5.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 2 (5.00%) XenApp
4 2 (5.00%) XenDesktop
5 1 (2.50%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 9 (22.50%) SCCM
2 5 (12.50%) OpenView
3 3 (7.50%) Backup Exec
3 3 (7.50%) SCOM
4 2 (5.00%) SCVMM
5 1 (2.50%) WSUS
5 1 (2.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 40 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 21 (52.50%) VMware
3 13 (32.50%) Citrix
4 8 (20.00%) HP
5 5 (12.50%) McAfee
6 4 (10.00%) Sophos
7 3 (7.50%) Symantec
8 2 (5.00%) Dell
9 1 (2.50%) Cisco
9 1 (2.50%) IBM
9 1 (2.50%) NetApp
9 1 (2.50%) Siemens
9 1 (2.50%) Lotus
9 1 (2.50%) Reuters
9 1 (2.50%) Bloomberg
9 1 (2.50%) 3PAR
9 1 (2.50%) MobileIron