The first table below looks at the demand for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 23 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 South West 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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 122 87 108
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +21
Contract jobs citing MCP 13 20 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.44% 0.93% 0.79%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.55% 3.14% 3.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 6 12
Average daily rate
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£253 £223 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.35% -42.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £110 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £363 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £230 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
-16.36% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
Average hourly rate - £12.75 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -15.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.75 £15.25 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+3.27% +5.17%
Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
841 637 785
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 28.26% 29.61% 25.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 544 360 412
Average daily rate £375 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £263 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 42 59
Average hourly rate £35.25 £20.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+71.95% -18.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £11.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £50.00 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%
MCP
England

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

MCP Daily Rate Trend in the South West

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the South West region over the 3 months to 23 July 2014.

MCP Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 23 July 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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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
Devon - 4 £215 -
Dorset +8 2 £125 +13.63% 4
Gloucestershire -16 2 - - 2
Bristol -26 1 £275 - 3
Wiltshire - - - -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 46 (97.87%) Windows
2 42 (89.36%) Microsoft
3 36 (76.60%) Microsoft Certification
4 31 (65.96%) ITIL
4 31 (65.96%) Windows 7
5 29 (61.70%) VMware
6 28 (59.57%) VMware Infrastructure
7 24 (51.06%) Security Cleared
8 21 (44.68%) SC Cleared
8 21 (44.68%) Service Management
9 20 (42.55%) Front Office
9 20 (42.55%) Back Office
9 20 (42.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 19 (40.43%) User Acceptance Testing
10 19 (40.43%) Statistics
10 19 (40.43%) SLA
11 18 (38.30%) Risk Analysis
11 18 (38.30%) Capacity Planning
12 17 (36.17%) ITSM
12 17 (36.17%) Management Information System
13 16 (34.04%) MCSE
14 15 (31.91%) Service Delivery
15 12 (25.53%) Citrix
16 11 (23.40%) Workflow
17 10 (21.28%) MS Exchange
18 9 (19.15%) Active Directory
19 8 (17.02%) Windows Server 2003
19 8 (17.02%) MS Excel
19 8 (17.02%) Firewall
20 7 (14.89%) MCSA

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 10 (21.28%) MS Exchange
2 7 (14.89%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (10.64%) Exchange Server 2003
4 4 (8.51%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 8 (17.02%) MS Excel
2 4 (8.51%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (8.51%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 8 (17.02%) Firewall
2 7 (14.89%) SAN
3 5 (10.64%) Internet
3 5 (10.64%) Wireless
3 5 (10.64%) NetScaler
4 3 (6.38%) DHCP
4 3 (6.38%) TCP/IP
4 3 (6.38%) DNS
5 2 (4.26%) LAN
5 2 (4.26%) WAN
6 1 (2.13%) Nortel Meridian
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.77%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (2.13%) MSI
General
1 20 (42.55%) Front Office
1 20 (42.55%) Back Office
2 2 (4.26%) Telecoms
2 2 (4.26%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (40.43%) Support Engineer
2 16 (34.04%) Network Support
3 11 (23.40%) Network Engineer
4 10 (21.28%) Network Support Engineer
5 8 (17.02%) 2nd Line Support
6 7 (14.89%) Lead Network Engineer
7 6 (12.77%) Windows Support Engineer
8 4 (8.51%) Service Manager
8 4 (8.51%) Desktop Support
8 4 (8.51%) Wintel Engineer
9 3 (6.38%) Server Engineer
9 3 (6.38%) Delivery Manager
9 3 (6.38%) Analyst
9 3 (6.38%) Support Technician
9 3 (6.38%) Administrator
9 3 (6.38%) Services Delivery Manager
10 2 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support
10 2 (4.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 2 (4.26%) Support Analyst
10 2 (4.26%) Systems Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 19 (40.43%) Statistics
2 17 (36.17%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.13%) Clustering
3 1 (2.13%) NHS
3 1 (2.13%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.13%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 46 (97.87%) Windows
2 31 (65.96%) Windows 7
3 8 (17.02%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (14.89%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (8.51%) UNIX
5 4 (8.51%) Windows XP
6 2 (4.26%) Linux
6 2 (4.26%) Windows 2000
6 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (2.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (65.96%) ITIL
2 21 (44.68%) Service Management
3 19 (40.43%) User Acceptance Testing
4 18 (38.30%) Risk Analysis
4 18 (38.30%) Capacity Planning
5 17 (36.17%) ITSM
6 15 (31.91%) Service Delivery
7 11 (23.40%) Workflow
8 4 (8.51%) Change Management
9 2 (4.26%) Disaster Recovery
9 2 (4.26%) Migration
10 1 (2.13%) Problem Management
10 1 (2.13%) Data Protection
10 1 (2.13%) Risk Management
10 1 (2.13%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (4.26%) SQL
1 2 (4.26%) VBScript
1 2 (4.26%) VB
2 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 36 (76.60%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (51.06%) Security Cleared
3 21 (44.68%) SC Cleared
4 20 (42.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
5 16 (34.04%) MCSE
6 7 (14.89%) MCSA
7 5 (10.64%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (8.51%) MCITP
9 1 (2.13%) Degree
9 1 (2.13%) CTC Cleared
9 1 (2.13%) MOS
9 1 (2.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (2.13%) MCDST
9 1 (2.13%) CCNA
9 1 (2.13%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (40.43%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (59.57%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (19.15%) Active Directory
3 4 (8.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 3 (6.38%) Hyper-V
5 2 (4.26%) ISA Server
6 1 (2.13%) VMware ESX
6 1 (2.13%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (2.13%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 3 (6.38%) SCCM
2 1 (2.13%) SCOM
2 1 (2.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (2.13%) ARCserve
2 1 (2.13%) NetBackup
2 1 (2.13%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 42 (89.36%) Microsoft
2 29 (61.70%) VMware
3 12 (25.53%) Citrix
4 6 (12.77%) HP
4 6 (12.77%) Cisco
5 5 (10.64%) Oracle
5 5 (10.64%) Avaya
5 5 (10.64%) Mitel
6 2 (4.26%) NetApp
6 2 (4.26%) CheckPoint
7 1 (2.13%) Symantec
7 1 (2.13%) Remedy
7 1 (2.13%) Nortel
7 1 (2.13%) Altiris
7 1 (2.13%) ServiceNow