The first table below looks at the demand for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the Reading 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 Reading 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 63 69 79
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +10
Contract jobs citing MCP 6 7 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.68% 0.75% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.17% 2.88% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 4
Average daily rate
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£413 £313 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.00% +32.97%
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £250 £285
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -12.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £17.07 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £15.75 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-0.12% +6.77%
Qualifications Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
276 243 336
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 31.19% 26.16% 27.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 99 121
Average daily rate £400 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £227 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 1
Average hourly rate £17.07 £30.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.03% +10.90%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCP
Berkshire

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the Reading region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCP across the Reading region.

MCP Daily Rate Trend in Reading

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the Reading region.

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 12 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 11 (91.67%) Windows
3 10 (83.33%) Active Directory
4 8 (66.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 8 (66.67%) MS Exchange
4 8 (66.67%) Security Cleared
5 7 (58.33%) SC Cleared
6 6 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (50.00%) MCSE
6 6 (50.00%) Symantec
6 6 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
7 5 (41.67%) Citrix
7 5 (41.67%) DV Cleared
7 5 (41.67%) Exchange Server 2010
8 4 (33.33%) XenApp
8 4 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2013
8 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
8 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
8 4 (33.33%) HP
8 4 (33.33%) MS Excel
8 4 (33.33%) Windows XP
8 4 (33.33%) VMware
8 4 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (33.33%) Blackberry
8 4 (33.33%) Backup Exec
9 3 (25.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (25.00%) VMware ESX
9 3 (25.00%) Clustering
9 3 (25.00%) NetBackup
9 3 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2000

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 (66.67%) MS Exchange
2 6 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2007
2 6 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
3 5 (41.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (25.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2000
5 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
6 1 (8.33%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (33.33%) MS Excel
2 2 (16.67%) MS Office
2 2 (16.67%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 2 (16.67%) TCP/IP
2 1 (8.33%) IMAP
2 1 (8.33%) POP3
General
1 1 (8.33%) Back Office
1 1 (8.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (41.67%) Analyst
2 3 (25.00%) 1st Line Support
2 3 (25.00%) Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Technical Architect
2 3 (25.00%) Wintel Architect
3 2 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Support Engineer
3 2 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (16.67%) Support Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Technical Support
3 2 (16.67%) Help Desk Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Security Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Technical Support Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Help Desk Support
3 2 (16.67%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Service Desk Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Messaging Specialist
4 1 (8.33%) Exchange Administrator
4 1 (8.33%) Systems Support Engineer
4 1 (8.33%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (8.33%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) Blackberry
2 3 (25.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 11 (91.67%) Windows
2 4 (33.33%) Windows XP
3 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (16.67%) Windows 2000
4 2 (16.67%) Windows NT
5 1 (8.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
2 3 (25.00%) ITIL
2 3 (25.00%) Change Control
3 2 (16.67%) Configuration Management
4 1 (8.33%) IT Governance
4 1 (8.33%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (66.67%) Microsoft Certification
1 8 (66.67%) Security Cleared
2 7 (58.33%) SC Cleared
3 6 (50.00%) MCSE
4 5 (41.67%) DV Cleared
5 3 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (16.67%) MCSA
7 1 (8.33%) MCDST
7 1 (8.33%) MCTS
7 1 (8.33%) MCITP
7 1 (8.33%) MCSD
7 1 (8.33%) CCA
7 1 (8.33%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (16.67%) SLA
2 1 (8.33%) COBIT
System Software
1 10 (83.33%) Active Directory
2 4 (33.33%) XenApp
2 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (25.00%) VMware ESX
3 3 (25.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 3 (25.00%) Terminal Services
3 3 (25.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (33.33%) Backup Exec
2 3 (25.00%) NetBackup
2 3 (25.00%) ARCserve
2 3 (25.00%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (50.00%) Symantec
3 5 (41.67%) Citrix
4 4 (33.33%) HP
4 4 (33.33%) VMware
5 2 (16.67%) Altiris