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 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 127 111 106
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -5
Contract jobs citing MCP 21 23 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.58% 0.81% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.92% 4.11% 3.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 5
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£143 £223 £135
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.95% +64.81%
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £223 £200
% change year-on-year
+17.97% +11.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 2
Average hourly rate £13.00 £14.50 £17.35
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.34% -16.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.40 £12.10 £13.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.60 £15.50 £21.63
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
% change year-on-year
-1.88% +6.00%
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
720 560 388
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.96% 19.76% 16.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 324 250 163
Average daily rate £400 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £222 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £482
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 70 90 33
Average hourly rate £46.71 £18.00 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+159.50% -2.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £14.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £36.07 £28.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 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 -6 7 £120 -46.06% 1
Merseyside -12 5 - -
Lancashire 0 4 - - 1
Manchester -15 4 £165 -46.77% 3
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 45 (95.74%) Microsoft
2 34 (72.34%) MS Office
3 33 (70.21%) ITIL
4 31 (65.96%) MS Excel
5 27 (57.45%) HP
6 26 (55.32%) SLA
7 25 (53.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 25 (53.19%) Service Management
8 24 (51.06%) OpenView
8 24 (51.06%) Lotus
8 24 (51.06%) IBM Notes
9 20 (42.55%) Microsoft Certification
10 16 (34.04%) Windows
11 12 (25.53%) LAN
11 12 (25.53%) Security Cleared
12 11 (23.40%) Active Directory
13 9 (19.15%) SC Cleared
13 9 (19.15%) Windows 7
14 8 (17.02%) VMware
15 7 (14.89%) Telecoms
15 7 (14.89%) Citrix
15 7 (14.89%) WAN
15 7 (14.89%) DNS
16 6 (12.77%) ITIL Certification
17 5 (10.64%) TCP/IP
17 5 (10.64%) DHCP
17 5 (10.64%) VMware Infrastructure
17 5 (10.64%) Windows Server 2008
18 4 (8.51%) MCSE
18 4 (8.51%) Windows XP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 24 (51.06%) IBM Notes
2 2 (4.26%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.26%) IIS
2 2 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 1 (2.13%) Apache
Applications
1 34 (72.34%) MS Office
2 31 (65.96%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.13%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.13%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 12 (25.53%) LAN
2 7 (14.89%) WAN
2 7 (14.89%) DNS
3 5 (10.64%) DHCP
3 5 (10.64%) TCP/IP
4 4 (8.51%) SAN
5 2 (4.26%) SSL
5 2 (4.26%) Firewall
5 2 (4.26%) FTP
5 2 (4.26%) HTTP
5 2 (4.26%) SMTP
6 1 (2.13%) VoIP
6 1 (2.13%) VPN
6 1 (2.13%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (2.13%) Extranet
General
1 7 (14.89%) Telecoms
2 2 (4.26%) Finance
3 1 (2.13%) Law
3 1 (2.13%) Legal
3 1 (2.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (57.45%) Analyst
2 22 (46.81%) Service Analyst
2 22 (46.81%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (10.64%) Desktop Support
3 5 (10.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 4 (8.51%) Administrator
4 4 (8.51%) 1st Line Support
4 4 (8.51%) Support Engineer
4 4 (8.51%) Support Analyst
5 3 (6.38%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (6.38%) Desktop Administrator
6 2 (4.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Storage Support Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Server Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) PC Support
6 2 (4.26%) Server Support Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Desktop Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Storage Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Server Support
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.38%) Thin Client
1 3 (6.38%) Fat Client
2 2 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.26%) Clustering
3 1 (2.13%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.13%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.13%) EqualLogic
Operating Systems
1 16 (34.04%) Windows
2 9 (19.15%) Windows 7
3 5 (10.64%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (8.51%) Windows XP
4 4 (8.51%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (6.38%) Linux
6 2 (4.26%) Windows 8
7 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (2.13%) Apple iOS
7 1 (2.13%) Windows 2000
7 1 (2.13%) HPUX
7 1 (2.13%) Solaris
7 1 (2.13%) Windows Vista
7 1 (2.13%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (70.21%) ITIL
2 25 (53.19%) Service Management
3 3 (6.38%) Problem Management
4 2 (4.26%) Software Deployment
4 2 (4.26%) Migration
4 2 (4.26%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (4.26%) Mentoring
4 2 (4.26%) Coaching
5 1 (2.13%) Software Asset Management
5 1 (2.13%) Asset Management
5 1 (2.13%) Document Management
5 1 (2.13%) Validation
5 1 (2.13%) Mobile Device Management
5 1 (2.13%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.38%) SQL
2 1 (2.13%) VB
2 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
2 1 (2.13%) PHP
Qualifications
1 20 (42.55%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (25.53%) Security Cleared
3 9 (19.15%) SC Cleared
4 6 (12.77%) ITIL Certification
5 4 (8.51%) MCSE
5 4 (8.51%) Citrix Certification
6 3 (6.38%) MCITP
7 2 (4.26%) MCSA
7 2 (4.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 1 (2.13%) MCDST
8 1 (2.13%) MCTS
8 1 (2.13%) CCNA
8 1 (2.13%) CCA
8 1 (2.13%) Degree
8 1 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (55.32%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (23.40%) Active Directory
2 5 (10.64%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (6.38%) Terminal Services
3 3 (6.38%) VMware Workstation
4 2 (4.26%) VMware ESX
4 2 (4.26%) XenApp
4 2 (4.26%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.13%) XenServer
5 1 (2.13%) XenDesktop
5 1 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 25 (53.19%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 24 (51.06%) OpenView
3 2 (4.26%) SCCM
4 1 (2.13%) WSUS
Vendors
1 45 (95.74%) Microsoft
2 27 (57.45%) HP
3 24 (51.06%) Lotus
4 8 (17.02%) VMware
5 7 (14.89%) Citrix
6 3 (6.38%) Dell
7 2 (4.26%) Cisco
8 1 (2.13%) MobileIron
8 1 (2.13%) Sun
8 1 (2.13%) Siemens
8 1 (2.13%) StorageTek
8 1 (2.13%) McAfee
8 1 (2.13%) Sophos
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