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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 125 122 115
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -7
Contract jobs citing MCP 26 12 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.70% 0.39% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.43% 2.16% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 1
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£210 £118 £90
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+78.72% +30.55%
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £300 £280
% change year-on-year
-6.58% +7.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 2 4
Average hourly rate £11.50 £14.50 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.68% +16.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -
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
757 556 474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.38% 18.07% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 278 201
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £213 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £524 £565 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 50 43
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.13 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.80% -19.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £14.50 £16.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.54 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -10.11%

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 29 June 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 29 June 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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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
Merseyside - 8 - - 1
Manchester -9 7 £186 -32.27% 5
Cheshire -13 6 £225 +125.00% 2
Lancashire - 5 £205 -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 47 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 34 (72.34%) Microsoft Certification
3 32 (68.09%) ITIL
4 31 (65.96%) Windows
5 24 (51.06%) MS Office
6 23 (48.94%) MS Excel
7 22 (46.81%) VMware
8 21 (44.68%) VMware Infrastructure
9 20 (42.55%) LAN
9 20 (42.55%) Active Directory
10 18 (38.30%) Windows 7
11 16 (34.04%) DNS
12 15 (31.91%) ITIL Certification
12 15 (31.91%) SLA
13 14 (29.79%) Citrix
13 14 (29.79%) Windows Server 2008
14 13 (27.66%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (27.66%) HP
15 12 (25.53%) WAN
15 12 (25.53%) Service Management
16 10 (21.28%) Citrix Certification
16 10 (21.28%) OpenView
16 10 (21.28%) DHCP
16 10 (21.28%) SQL
16 10 (21.28%) MCSE
17 9 (19.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 9 (19.15%) MCITP
18 8 (17.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
18 8 (17.02%) Lotus
18 8 (17.02%) MCSA

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 8 (17.02%) IBM Notes
2 6 (12.77%) IIS
3 3 (6.38%) MS Exchange
4 2 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (4.26%) TPMS
4 2 (4.26%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 24 (51.06%) MS Office
2 23 (48.94%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.13%) Eikon
Communications & Networking
1 20 (42.55%) LAN
2 16 (34.04%) DNS
3 12 (25.53%) WAN
4 10 (21.28%) DHCP
5 6 (12.77%) FTP
5 6 (12.77%) HTTP
5 6 (12.77%) SMTP
5 6 (12.77%) SSL
5 6 (12.77%) SAN
5 6 (12.77%) Firewall
6 3 (6.38%) TCP/IP
7 2 (4.26%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (4.26%) VoIP
8 1 (2.13%) SNMP
8 1 (2.13%) OpenScape
8 1 (2.13%) VPN
8 1 (2.13%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.13%) SQL Server
General
1 3 (6.38%) Finance
2 1 (2.13%) Law
2 1 (2.13%) Legal
2 1 (2.13%) Banking
2 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (34.04%) Analyst
2 10 (21.28%) Service Analyst
2 10 (21.28%) Service Desk Analyst
3 9 (19.15%) Desktop Support
4 7 (14.89%) Administrator
4 7 (14.89%) Desktop Administrator
5 6 (12.77%) Support Analyst
6 5 (10.64%) 2nd Line Support
7 4 (8.51%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (6.38%) Support Engineer
9 2 (4.26%) 1st Line Support
9 2 (4.26%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 2 (4.26%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
9 2 (4.26%) Desktop Analyst
10 1 (2.13%) Help Desk Engineer
10 1 (2.13%) Storage Specialist
10 1 (2.13%) Server Specialist
10 1 (2.13%) Wintel Engineer
10 1 (2.13%) Desktop Engineer
10 1 (2.13%) IT Support Technician
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.89%) Thin Client
1 7 (14.89%) Fat Client
2 6 (12.77%) Clustering
3 2 (4.26%) Blackberry
3 2 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.26%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.13%) Handset
4 1 (2.13%) Computer Science
4 1 (2.13%) iPhone
4 1 (2.13%) EqualLogic
4 1 (2.13%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 31 (65.96%) Windows
2 18 (38.30%) Windows 7
3 14 (29.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (27.66%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (4.26%) Windows XP
7 1 (2.13%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (68.09%) ITIL
2 12 (25.53%) Service Management
3 6 (12.77%) Performance Tuning
3 6 (12.77%) Patch Management
4 5 (10.64%) Problem Management
5 2 (4.26%) Mentoring
5 2 (4.26%) Coaching
5 2 (4.26%) Workflow
5 2 (4.26%) Project Management
5 2 (4.26%) Migration
5 2 (4.26%) Data Centre Operations
6 1 (2.13%) Asset Management
6 1 (2.13%) Document Management
6 1 (2.13%) Incident Management
6 1 (2.13%) Validation
6 1 (2.13%) Software Asset Management
6 1 (2.13%) Network Management
6 1 (2.13%) Root Cause Analysis
6 1 (2.13%) Software Deployment
6 1 (2.13%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (21.28%) SQL
2 3 (6.38%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.13%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (72.34%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (31.91%) ITIL Certification
3 10 (21.28%) MCSE
3 10 (21.28%) Citrix Certification
4 9 (19.15%) MCITP
4 9 (19.15%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 8 (17.02%) MCSA
6 5 (10.64%) MCTS
7 4 (8.51%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (8.51%) CCNA
8 3 (6.38%) CCA
8 3 (6.38%) Security Cleared
9 2 (4.26%) Degree
10 1 (2.13%) CCENT
10 1 (2.13%) CCNP
10 1 (2.13%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (31.91%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (44.68%) VMware Infrastructure
2 20 (42.55%) Active Directory
3 7 (14.89%) Terminal Services
3 7 (14.89%) VMware Workstation
3 7 (14.89%) Hyper-V
4 6 (12.77%) VMware ESX
4 6 (12.77%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 2 (4.26%) XenApp
5 2 (4.26%) XenDesktop
6 1 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 10 (21.28%) OpenView
2 8 (17.02%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (14.89%) SCCM
4 3 (6.38%) SCOM
4 3 (6.38%) Backup Exec
5 2 (4.26%) SCVMM
6 1 (2.13%) WSUS
Vendors
1 47 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 22 (46.81%) VMware
3 14 (29.79%) Citrix
4 13 (27.66%) HP
5 8 (17.02%) Lotus
6 5 (10.64%) McAfee
7 4 (8.51%) Sophos
8 3 (6.38%) Symantec
8 3 (6.38%) Dell
9 2 (4.26%) Cisco
10 1 (2.13%) IBM
10 1 (2.13%) Reuters
10 1 (2.13%) Bloomberg
10 1 (2.13%) NetApp
10 1 (2.13%) Siemens
10 1 (2.13%) 3PAR
10 1 (2.13%) MobileIron
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