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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 108 124 121
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -3
Contract jobs citing MCP 20 8 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.67% 0.30% 0.56%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.68% 1.59% 2.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 2 6
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£175 £326 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-46.36% +13.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £100 £245 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £407 £308
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £250 £285
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -12.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 4
Average hourly rate £18.50 £11.50 £11.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.86% -2.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £10.70 £9.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £18.30 £14.95
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £15.75 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-0.12% +6.77%
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
543 502 622
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.09% 18.54% 19.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 262 231 313
Average daily rate £325 £325 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -10.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £483 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 53 47
Average hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% +39.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.10 £12.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £40.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
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
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 30 July 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 July 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +11 11 £100 -69.34%
Manchester -2 8 £175 - 9
Cumbria - - - - 1
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - - 1
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 33 (86.84%) Microsoft
2 26 (68.42%) ITIL
3 24 (63.16%) Microsoft Certification
4 20 (52.63%) Windows
4 20 (52.63%) MS Excel
5 19 (50.00%) MS Office
6 18 (47.37%) SLA
7 15 (39.47%) HP
8 14 (36.84%) Active Directory
8 14 (36.84%) MCSE
8 14 (36.84%) Service Management
8 14 (36.84%) Security Cleared
9 13 (34.21%) SC Cleared
9 13 (34.21%) MCTS
9 13 (34.21%) MCSA
9 13 (34.21%) OpenView
10 12 (31.58%) VMware
11 11 (28.95%) MCITP
11 11 (28.95%) IBM Notes
11 11 (28.95%) Lotus
12 10 (26.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 9 (23.68%) Windows XP
13 9 (23.68%) Windows 7
14 8 (21.05%) SQL
14 8 (21.05%) Citrix
14 8 (21.05%) SCCM
15 7 (18.42%) VMware Infrastructure
15 7 (18.42%) Hyper-V
15 7 (18.42%) MS Exchange
16 6 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 11 (28.95%) IBM Notes
2 7 (18.42%) MS Exchange
3 3 (7.89%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (7.89%) Exchange Server 2003
3 3 (7.89%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (2.63%) WebSphere
4 1 (2.63%) IBM HTTP Server
4 1 (2.63%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 20 (52.63%) MS Excel
2 19 (50.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 5 (13.16%) SAN
2 4 (10.53%) Intranet
2 4 (10.53%) LAN
2 4 (10.53%) VPN
2 4 (10.53%) Wireless
3 3 (7.89%) DNS
3 3 (7.89%) WAN
3 3 (7.89%) DHCP
4 2 (5.26%) HTTP
4 2 (5.26%) Firewall
5 1 (2.63%) Structured Cabling
5 1 (2.63%) VoIP
5 1 (2.63%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.63%) MSDE
Development Applications
1 2 (5.26%) MSI
1 2 (5.26%) InstallShield
2 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 5 (13.16%) Finance
2 4 (10.53%) Telecoms
3 3 (7.89%) Back Office
3 3 (7.89%) Retail
4 1 (2.63%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 19 (50.00%) Analyst
2 14 (36.84%) Service Analyst
2 14 (36.84%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (18.42%) 2nd Line Support
4 6 (15.79%) Support Analyst
5 5 (13.16%) 1st Line Support
5 5 (13.16%) 3rd Line Support
6 3 (7.89%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 3 (7.89%) Support Consultant
6 3 (7.89%) Help Desk Support
6 3 (7.89%) Software Engineer
6 3 (7.89%) Consultant
7 2 (5.26%) Applications Packager
7 2 (5.26%) Help Desk Analyst
7 2 (5.26%) Support Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
8 1 (2.63%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) Administrator
8 1 (2.63%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.89%) .NET Framework
1 3 (7.89%) WPF
1 3 (7.89%) WinForms
1 3 (7.89%) .NET
2 1 (2.63%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.53%) Smartphone
1 4 (10.53%) iPad
2 1 (2.63%) Handset
2 1 (2.63%) Replication
2 1 (2.63%) Clustering
2 1 (2.63%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 20 (52.63%) Windows
2 9 (23.68%) Windows XP
2 9 (23.68%) Windows 7
3 6 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (13.16%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (5.26%) Windows Vista
5 2 (5.26%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (2.63%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (2.63%) Windows NT
6 1 (2.63%) UNIX
6 1 (2.63%) AIX
6 1 (2.63%) Linux
6 1 (2.63%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (68.42%) ITIL
2 14 (36.84%) Service Management
3 4 (10.53%) Problem Management
4 3 (7.89%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (7.89%) Unit Testing
4 3 (7.89%) Software Engineering
4 3 (7.89%) TDD
4 3 (7.89%) OOD
4 3 (7.89%) OO
5 2 (5.26%) Project Management
5 2 (5.26%) Migration
5 2 (5.26%) Incident Management
6 1 (2.63%) Performance Tuning
6 1 (2.63%) ITIL V2
6 1 (2.63%) High Availability
6 1 (2.63%) Capacity Management
6 1 (2.63%) Database Tuning
6 1 (2.63%) Workflow
6 1 (2.63%) Data Security
6 1 (2.63%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (21.05%) SQL
2 3 (7.89%) C#
3 1 (2.63%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.63%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (63.16%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (36.84%) MCSE
2 14 (36.84%) Security Cleared
3 13 (34.21%) SC Cleared
3 13 (34.21%) MCTS
3 13 (34.21%) MCSA
4 11 (28.95%) MCITP
5 4 (10.53%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (10.53%) CCNA
6 3 (7.89%) MCPD
6 3 (7.89%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (5.26%) CCA
7 2 (5.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (2.63%) Degree
8 1 (2.63%) IBM Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (47.37%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (36.84%) Active Directory
2 7 (18.42%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (18.42%) Hyper-V
3 1 (2.63%) XenServer
3 1 (2.63%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 13 (34.21%) OpenView
2 10 (26.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 8 (21.05%) SCCM
4 5 (13.16%) SCOM
5 3 (7.89%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (2.63%) SCVMM
6 1 (2.63%) Backup Exec
6 1 (2.63%) Tivoli
6 1 (2.63%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 1 (2.63%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 33 (86.84%) Microsoft
2 15 (39.47%) HP
3 12 (31.58%) VMware
4 11 (28.95%) Lotus
5 8 (21.05%) Citrix
6 4 (10.53%) Symantec
6 4 (10.53%) Sophos
7 3 (7.89%) Cisco
8 1 (2.63%) IBM
8 1 (2.63%) McAfee
8 1 (2.63%) Dell
8 1 (2.63%) NetApp