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 27 May 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
27 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 147 123 119
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -4
Contract jobs citing MCP 16 28 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.40% 0.76% 0.52%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.90% 3.73% 2.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 2
Median daily rate £340 £205 £205
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+65.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £156 £121
10% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £535 £289
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £263 £300
% change year-on-year
+18.09% -12.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 5
Median hourly rate £13.50 £11.50 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.39% -25.80%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £15.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year
+42.20% +5.26%
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
843 751 639
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.33% 20.42% 20.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 451 343 327
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £508 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 85 73
Median hourly rate £39.22 £22.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+74.28% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £11.50 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.77 £59.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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
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 27 May 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 -11 13 £340 +107.63% 5
Cheshire -13 2 - - 1
Lancashire -7 1 - - 2
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 20 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 19 (70.37%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (62.96%) ITIL
4 15 (55.56%) Windows
5 14 (51.85%) MS Office
6 12 (44.44%) Active Directory
7 9 (33.33%) VMware
7 9 (33.33%) SCCM
8 8 (29.63%) Problem Management
8 8 (29.63%) MCSE
9 7 (25.93%) MS Excel
9 7 (25.93%) MS Exchange
9 7 (25.93%) HP
10 6 (22.22%) MCSA
10 6 (22.22%) Finance
10 6 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
10 6 (22.22%) Windows Server
11 5 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
11 5 (18.52%) Windows 7
11 5 (18.52%) Service Management
11 5 (18.52%) Law
11 5 (18.52%) Legal
11 5 (18.52%) LAN
11 5 (18.52%) WAN
11 5 (18.52%) Blackberry
11 5 (18.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (18.52%) ITIL Certification
12 4 (14.81%) Citrix
12 4 (14.81%) CCNA
12 4 (14.81%) SLA

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 (25.93%) MS Exchange
2 5 (18.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (7.41%) IBM Notes
5 1 (3.70%) CMS
5 1 (3.70%) IIS
5 1 (3.70%) SharePoint
5 1 (3.70%) Umbraco
Applications
1 14 (51.85%) MS Office
2 7 (25.93%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (7.41%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (3.70%) Sage 1000
2 1 (3.70%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.70%) Office 365
1 1 (3.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (18.52%) LAN
1 5 (18.52%) WAN
2 4 (14.81%) TCP/IP
3 3 (11.11%) DHCP
3 3 (11.11%) DNS
3 3 (11.11%) Extranet
4 2 (7.41%) Firewall
5 1 (3.70%) VLAN
5 1 (3.70%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.41%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (3.70%) MS Access
2 1 (3.70%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (7.41%) HP UFT
1 2 (7.41%) LoadRunner
General
1 6 (22.22%) Finance
2 5 (18.52%) Law
2 5 (18.52%) Legal
3 4 (14.81%) Manufacturing
4 2 (7.41%) Banking
4 2 (7.41%) Telecoms
5 1 (3.70%) Advertising
5 1 (3.70%) French Language
5 1 (3.70%) Italian Language
5 1 (3.70%) Publishing
5 1 (3.70%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 17 (62.96%) Analyst
2 6 (22.22%) Service Analyst
2 6 (22.22%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (18.52%) Support Analyst
4 4 (14.81%) IT Support
4 4 (14.81%) Senior Analyst
5 3 (11.11%) Senior Technical Analyst
5 3 (11.11%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) 3rd Line Support
6 2 (7.41%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) Desktop Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) Desktop Support
6 2 (7.41%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) Exchange Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) IT Support Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) IT Support Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Messaging Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) Messaging Support Analyst
6 2 (7.41%) Support Engineer
6 2 (7.41%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.41%) XML
2 1 (3.70%) .NET
2 1 (3.70%) AngularJS
2 1 (3.70%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.70%) HTML
2 1 (3.70%) jQuery
2 1 (3.70%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (18.52%) Blackberry
2 4 (14.81%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (11.11%) Life Science
3 3 (11.11%) PMI
4 2 (7.41%) Client/Server
4 2 (7.41%) Computer Science
4 2 (7.41%) Psychology
4 2 (7.41%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (3.70%) iPad
5 1 (3.70%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 15 (55.56%) Windows
2 6 (22.22%) Windows Server
3 5 (18.52%) Windows 7
3 5 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (14.81%) Windows 10
5 3 (11.11%) Apple iOS
5 3 (11.11%) Linux
5 3 (11.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 3 (11.11%) Solaris
5 3 (11.11%) Unix
5 3 (11.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (11.11%) Windows XP
6 2 (7.41%) Windows 8
6 2 (7.41%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (3.70%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (62.96%) ITIL
2 8 (29.63%) Problem Management
3 5 (18.52%) Service Management
4 4 (14.81%) Incident Management
4 4 (14.81%) Mentoring
4 4 (14.81%) Patch Management
5 3 (11.11%) Coaching
5 3 (11.11%) Document Management
5 3 (11.11%) Security Patching
6 2 (7.41%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (7.41%) Change Management
6 2 (7.41%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (7.41%) Defect Management
6 2 (7.41%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (7.41%) Software Testing
6 2 (7.41%) Test Management
6 2 (7.41%) Test Scripting
6 2 (7.41%) Test Strategy
6 2 (7.41%) Trend Analysis
6 2 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (11.11%) SQL
2 1 (3.70%) C
2 1 (3.70%) C#
2 1 (3.70%) Java
2 1 (3.70%) PL/SQL
2 1 (3.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 19 (70.37%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (29.63%) MCSE
3 6 (22.22%) MCSA
4 5 (18.52%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (14.81%) CCNA
5 4 (14.81%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (11.11%) MCDST
6 3 (11.11%) PMI Certification
6 3 (11.11%) Security Cleared
7 2 (7.41%) Degree
7 2 (7.41%) ISTQB
7 2 (7.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (7.41%) MCITP
7 2 (7.41%) OCP
7 2 (7.41%) Oracle Certification
7 2 (7.41%) SAP Certification
8 1 (3.70%) CCEA
8 1 (3.70%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (3.70%) DBS Check
8 1 (3.70%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (14.81%) SLA
2 3 (11.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (44.44%) Active Directory
2 6 (22.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (7.41%) XenApp
4 1 (3.70%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 9 (33.33%) SCCM
2 4 (14.81%) SCOM
2 4 (14.81%) WSUS
3 3 (11.11%) OpenView
4 2 (7.41%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (7.41%) Norton AntiVirus
4 2 (7.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (7.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 20 (74.07%) Microsoft
2 9 (33.33%) VMware
3 7 (25.93%) HP
4 4 (14.81%) Cisco
4 4 (14.81%) Citrix
5 3 (11.11%) Red Hat
6 2 (7.41%) Lotus
6 2 (7.41%) Oracle
6 2 (7.41%) Polycom
6 2 (7.41%) Proofpoint
6 2 (7.41%) SAP
6 2 (7.41%) Symantec
7 1 (3.70%) MuleSoft
7 1 (3.70%) Sage
7 1 (3.70%) Siemens