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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 119 127 119
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -8
Contract jobs citing MCP 25 9 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.77% 0.32% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.97% 1.73% 2.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 2 1
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£110 £300 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-63.33% +71.42%
UK excluding London average daily rate £220 £241 £190
% change year-on-year
-8.80% +26.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
Average hourly rate £11.00 £14.25 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.80% -17.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.20 £11.65 £13.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.20 £16.85 £21.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £14.75 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+5.08% +9.25%
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
630 520 521
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.50% 18.36% 17.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 237 275
Average daily rate £365 £350 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -5.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 42 26
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.63 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £35.61 £39.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 19 December 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the North West region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

MCP Hourly Rate Histogram 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 19 December 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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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 +24 18 £110 -63.33%
Manchester -2 7 £350 - 1
Merseyside - - - - 1
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 41 (87.23%) Microsoft
2 30 (63.83%) HP
2 30 (63.83%) ITIL
3 28 (59.57%) MS Excel
4 26 (55.32%) MS Office
5 23 (48.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 23 (48.94%) Microsoft Certification
5 23 (48.94%) SLA
5 23 (48.94%) Service Management
6 22 (46.81%) IBM Notes
6 22 (46.81%) OpenView
6 22 (46.81%) Lotus
7 20 (42.55%) Windows
8 17 (36.17%) VMware
9 16 (34.04%) Security Cleared
10 15 (31.91%) Active Directory
11 14 (29.79%) MCSE
11 14 (29.79%) SC Cleared
12 12 (25.53%) Telecoms
13 11 (23.40%) MCITP
14 10 (21.28%) VMware Infrastructure
14 10 (21.28%) Windows Server 2008
14 10 (21.28%) MCSA
14 10 (21.28%) SAN
15 9 (19.15%) SCCM
16 8 (17.02%) SCOM
16 8 (17.02%) Migration
16 8 (17.02%) Citrix
17 7 (14.89%) Cisco
17 7 (14.89%) DNS

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 22 (46.81%) IBM Notes
2 6 (12.77%) MS Exchange
3 3 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (4.26%) Apache
5 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 28 (59.57%) MS Excel
2 26 (55.32%) MS Office
3 1 (2.13%) MS Project
3 1 (2.13%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 10 (21.28%) SAN
2 7 (14.89%) DNS
2 7 (14.89%) LAN
2 7 (14.89%) DHCP
3 6 (12.77%) TCP/IP
3 6 (12.77%) WAN
4 1 (2.13%) VPN
4 1 (2.13%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.64%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.13%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.13%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.13%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
General
1 12 (25.53%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.13%) Finance
2 1 (2.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 25 (53.19%) Analyst
2 21 (44.68%) Service Analyst
2 21 (44.68%) Service Desk Analyst
3 6 (12.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (12.77%) Support Engineer
4 5 (10.64%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (8.51%) Server Engineer
5 4 (8.51%) Consultant
5 4 (8.51%) 2nd Line Support
6 3 (6.38%) Support Consultant
6 3 (6.38%) Support Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 3 (6.38%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Storage Support Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Deployment Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Storage Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Server Support Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Technical Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) 1st Line Support
7 2 (4.26%) Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.13%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
1 1 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (2.13%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 20 (42.55%) Windows
2 10 (21.28%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (12.77%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (8.51%) Windows 7
4 4 (8.51%) Linux
4 4 (8.51%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (6.38%) Windows XP
6 2 (4.26%) Windows 8
6 2 (4.26%) Windows 2000
6 2 (4.26%) HPUX
6 2 (4.26%) Solaris
6 2 (4.26%) UNIX
7 1 (2.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (63.83%) ITIL
2 23 (48.94%) Service Management
3 8 (17.02%) Migration
4 4 (8.51%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (8.51%) Project Management
5 3 (6.38%) Problem Management
5 3 (6.38%) Mentoring
5 3 (6.38%) Coaching
6 2 (4.26%) Incident Management
7 1 (2.13%) CRM
7 1 (2.13%) Data Modelling
7 1 (2.13%) Software Deployment
7 1 (2.13%) Network Management
7 1 (2.13%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.64%) SQL
2 2 (4.26%) PHP
3 1 (2.13%) C#
Qualifications
1 23 (48.94%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (34.04%) Security Cleared
3 14 (29.79%) MCSE
3 14 (29.79%) SC Cleared
4 11 (23.40%) MCITP
5 10 (21.28%) MCSA
6 7 (14.89%) MCTS
7 4 (8.51%) CCNA
7 4 (8.51%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (6.38%) CCA
8 3 (6.38%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (4.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (2.13%) MCDBA
10 1 (2.13%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (48.94%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (31.91%) Active Directory
2 10 (21.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (12.77%) Hyper-V
4 5 (10.64%) XenServer
5 1 (2.13%) vSphere
5 1 (2.13%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 23 (48.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 22 (46.81%) OpenView
3 9 (19.15%) SCCM
4 8 (17.02%) SCOM
5 2 (4.26%) Backup Exec
6 1 (2.13%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (2.13%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 41 (87.23%) Microsoft
2 30 (63.83%) HP
3 22 (46.81%) Lotus
4 17 (36.17%) VMware
5 8 (17.02%) Citrix
6 7 (14.89%) Cisco
7 5 (10.64%) Symantec
8 4 (8.51%) Sophos
9 3 (6.38%) Dell
10 2 (4.26%) StorageTek
10 2 (4.26%) McAfee
10 2 (4.26%) Sun
11 1 (2.13%) NetApp
11 1 (2.13%) Veeam