The table below looks at the statistics for MCP in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 8 December 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
8 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 458 431 379
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -52
Contract jobs citing MCP 165 220 270
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.33% 0.40% 0.48%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.62% 1.93% 2.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 107 124 155
Median daily rate £300 £310 £204
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +51.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £147 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £500 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £315 £220
% change year-on-year
-1.58% +43.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 38 43
Median hourly rate £16.00 £17.25 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.24% +11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.97 £11.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.50 £22.00 £21.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +9.67%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10173 11414 11714
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.44% 20.67% 20.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6465 6892 6680
Median daily rate £410 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.51% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 462 560 556
Median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £17.01
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +58.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.75 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- +57.14%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing MCP as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCP
Daily Rate Trend

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

MCP Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP within the UK over the 3 months to 8 December 2016.

MCP Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend

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

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCP
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP within the UK over the 3 months to 8 December 2016.

MCP Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MCP
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the UK over the 3 months to 8 December 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
England -9 143 £275 -16.03% 61
South East +2 41 £325 -13.33% 16
London 0 40 £155 -27.05% 15
East of England +19 25 £238 -5.00% 7
Hampshire +4 17 £320 -16.88% 2
Scotland -3 17 £320 +4.06% 1
North West +11 11 £120 - 8
Renfrewshire -8 10 £320 +3.22%
Hook +7 9 £320 -3.99%
Erskine -12 9 £320 +3.22%
West Midlands -23 9 £320 +113.33% 4
Kent - 8 £350 - 2
North East -26 7 £315 - 1
Tyne and Wear -26 7 £315 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -27 7 £315 - 1
Shropshire - 7 £375 -
Norfolk +15 6 £170 -
Cheshire +14 6 £120 - 2
Suffolk +5 6 £238 -
Warrington +1 6 £120 -
Essex - 6 £325 -
Berkshire +6 5 - - 6
Nottinghamshire -3 5 - -
East Midlands -4 5 - - 5
Teddington - 5 - -
Telford - 5 £375 -
Edinburgh +25 4 £118 -47.77%
Yorkshire +3 4 £80 -74.60% 1
Surrey +2 4 £338 +2.27% 2
South West +16 3 £325 +23.80% 4

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 December 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 with a requirement for MCP.

1 237 (70.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 234 (69.85%) Microsoft
3 206 (61.49%) Active Directory
4 193 (57.61%) Windows
5 132 (39.40%) MCSE
6 128 (38.21%) ITIL
7 107 (31.94%) MS Office
8 82 (24.48%) Windows Server
9 81 (24.18%) MS Excel
10 79 (23.58%) Windows 7
11 70 (20.90%) Cisco
12 68 (20.30%) Citrix
13 67 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
14 66 (19.70%) CCNA
15 65 (19.40%) VMware
15 65 (19.40%) Degree
16 62 (18.51%) Security Cleared
16 62 (18.51%) Finance
17 60 (17.91%) DNS
18 59 (17.61%) SCCM
19 55 (16.42%) MCSA
20 54 (16.12%) TCP/IP
21 51 (15.22%) MCTS
22 49 (14.63%) Internet
23 47 (14.03%) Analytical Skills
24 45 (13.43%) Windows Server 2008
25 42 (12.54%) Firewall
26 39 (11.64%) Blackberry
26 39 (11.64%) Windows Server 2012
27 37 (11.04%) Management Information System

MCP
Top Related IT Skills 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 28 (8.36%) MS Exchange
2 20 (5.97%) IBM Notes
3 17 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (3.88%) SharePoint
5 9 (2.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 8 (2.39%) Skype for Business
7 7 (2.09%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (1.79%) IIS
8 6 (1.79%) OpenStack
9 4 (1.19%) Apache
9 4 (1.19%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (0.90%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.60%) CMS
11 2 (0.60%) GroupWise
11 2 (0.60%) Kentico
12 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2000
12 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
12 1 (0.30%) Umbraco
Applications
1 107 (31.94%) MS Office
2 81 (24.18%) MS Excel
3 14 (4.18%) Spreadsheet
4 5 (1.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.30%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.30%) PTC Creo
5 1 (0.30%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 3 (0.90%) Eikon
2 2 (0.60%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.60%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.30%) assyst
3 1 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.30%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 27 (8.06%) Office 365
2 23 (6.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.99%) Amazon AWS
4 7 (2.09%) OneDrive
5 2 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.60%) Yammer
6 1 (0.30%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 60 (17.91%) DNS
2 54 (16.12%) TCP/IP
3 49 (14.63%) Internet
4 42 (12.54%) Firewall
5 33 (9.85%) LAN
6 29 (8.66%) Kerberos
7 27 (8.06%) LDAP
7 27 (8.06%) X.500
8 26 (7.76%) Wireless
9 23 (6.87%) VPN
9 23 (6.87%) WAN
10 19 (5.67%) Cisco ASA
10 19 (5.67%) Ethernet
11 16 (4.78%) DHCP
12 15 (4.48%) WLAN
13 11 (3.28%) SAN
13 11 (3.28%) SSL
14 9 (2.69%) SNMP
14 9 (2.69%) Wi-Fi
15 8 (2.39%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.28%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (2.69%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (1.49%) Big Data
4 5 (1.49%) MySQL
4 5 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (0.90%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (0.60%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (0.60%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.60%) SQLPlus
7 1 (0.30%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.30%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Power View
7 1 (0.30%) MS Access
7 1 (0.30%) OLAP
7 1 (0.30%) Power BI
7 1 (0.30%) PowerPivot
7 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.30%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (0.90%) MSI
2 2 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.60%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.30%) InstallShield
3 1 (0.30%) JIRA
3 1 (0.30%) Moq
3 1 (0.30%) MorphX
3 1 (0.30%) NUnit
3 1 (0.30%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.30%) Subversion
3 1 (0.30%) TestDirector
3 1 (0.30%) tSQLt
General
1 62 (18.51%) Finance
2 17 (5.07%) Retail
3 12 (3.58%) Legal
4 11 (3.28%) Local Government
5 9 (2.69%) Telecoms
6 7 (2.09%) Law
7 6 (1.79%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.49%) Banking
9 4 (1.19%) Marketing
10 3 (0.90%) Automotive
10 3 (0.90%) Billing
10 3 (0.90%) German Language
11 2 (0.60%) Games
11 2 (0.60%) Publishing
12 1 (0.30%) Advertising
12 1 (0.30%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 77 (22.99%) Analyst
2 53 (15.82%) Desktop Support
3 38 (11.34%) Support Analyst
3 38 (11.34%) Support Engineer
4 33 (9.85%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 28 (8.36%) Active Directory Engineer
6 25 (7.46%) Service Analyst
6 25 (7.46%) Service Desk Analyst
7 21 (6.27%) 2nd Line Support
7 21 (6.27%) Desktop Analyst
7 21 (6.27%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 19 (5.67%) Administrator
8 19 (5.67%) Windows Engineer
9 16 (4.78%) IT Support
10 15 (4.48%) Desktop Engineer
10 15 (4.48%) Developer
10 15 (4.48%) Systems Engineer
11 14 (4.18%) Systems Administrator
12 12 (3.58%) Consultant
12 12 (3.58%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (4.48%) .NET
2 6 (1.79%) HTML
2 6 (1.79%) Middleware
3 5 (1.49%) XML
4 4 (1.19%) jQuery
4 4 (1.19%) Web Services
5 3 (0.90%) Ajax
5 3 (0.90%) AngularJS
5 3 (0.90%) ASP.NET
5 3 (0.90%) LAMP
6 2 (0.60%) .NET Framework
6 2 (0.60%) CSS
6 2 (0.60%) HTML5
6 2 (0.60%) XHTML
7 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.30%) FIX Protocol
7 1 (0.30%) Software Packaging
7 1 (0.30%) Velocity
7 1 (0.30%) VXML
7 1 (0.30%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 47 (14.03%) Analytical Skills
2 39 (11.64%) Blackberry
3 37 (11.04%) Management Information System
4 32 (9.55%) Computer Science
4 32 (9.55%) PKI
4 32 (9.55%) Replication
5 20 (5.97%) NHS
6 17 (5.07%) Client/Server
7 15 (4.48%) Data Centre
8 10 (2.99%) Smartphone
9 9 (2.69%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (2.39%) Clustering
10 8 (2.39%) Fat Client
10 8 (2.39%) Thin Client
10 8 (2.39%) Video Conferencing
11 5 (1.49%) CMDB
11 5 (1.49%) Statistics
11 5 (1.49%) User Experience
12 4 (1.19%) AS400
12 4 (1.19%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 193 (57.61%) Windows
2 82 (24.48%) Windows Server
3 79 (23.58%) Windows 7
4 45 (13.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 39 (11.64%) Windows Server 2012
6 36 (10.75%) Windows Server 2003
7 25 (7.46%) Windows 8
8 21 (6.27%) Apple iOS
9 19 (5.67%) Windows 10
10 18 (5.37%) Linux
10 18 (5.37%) Unix
11 17 (5.07%) Windows XP
12 7 (2.09%) VMS
13 5 (1.49%) Solaris
14 4 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.90%) Mac OS
16 2 (0.60%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.30%) Windows 2000
17 1 (0.30%) Windows Mobile
17 1 (0.30%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (38.21%) ITIL
2 33 (9.85%) Change Management
3 27 (8.06%) Service Delivery
4 26 (7.76%) Service Management
4 26 (7.76%) Validation
5 25 (7.46%) Data Analysis
5 25 (7.46%) Problem Management
6 22 (6.57%) Incident Management
6 22 (6.57%) Performance Monitoring
7 20 (5.97%) Time Management
8 19 (5.67%) Migration
9 17 (5.07%) Asset Management
9 17 (5.07%) Identity Management
10 16 (4.78%) Configuration Management
11 15 (4.48%) Disaster Recovery
11 15 (4.48%) Strategic Planning
12 13 (3.88%) Line Management
13 11 (3.28%) Project Management
13 11 (3.28%) System Testing
14 10 (2.99%) ITIL V3
Programming Languages
1 35 (10.45%) PowerShell
2 24 (7.16%) SQL
3 14 (4.18%) Java
4 13 (3.88%) C#
5 7 (2.09%) JavaScript
6 5 (1.49%) T-SQL
7 3 (0.90%) C
7 3 (0.90%) PHP
8 2 (0.60%) C++
8 2 (0.60%) VB
8 2 (0.60%) VBScript
9 1 (0.30%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.30%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.30%) VB6
9 1 (0.30%) X++
Qualifications
1 237 (70.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 132 (39.40%) MCSE
3 67 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 66 (19.70%) CCNA
5 65 (19.40%) Degree
6 62 (18.51%) Security Cleared
7 55 (16.42%) MCSA
8 51 (15.22%) MCTS
9 36 (10.75%) MCDST
10 34 (10.15%) SC Cleared
11 31 (9.25%) Citrix Certification
12 29 (8.66%) ITIL Certification
13 27 (8.06%) A+ Certification
13 27 (8.06%) CCA
14 22 (6.57%) Network+ Certification
15 20 (5.97%) MCITP
16 19 (5.67%) ACDT
16 19 (5.67%) ACHDS
16 19 (5.67%) ACTC
16 19 (5.67%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (10.45%) SLA
2 6 (1.79%) ISO 9000
3 4 (1.19%) Disclosure Scotland
3 4 (1.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 206 (61.49%) Active Directory
2 32 (9.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (5.97%) Virtual Servers
4 19 (5.67%) Firmware
5 16 (4.78%) XenApp
6 9 (2.69%) Hyper-V
6 9 (2.69%) vSphere
7 5 (1.49%) NDS
8 4 (1.19%) Citrix Presentation Server
8 4 (1.19%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.19%) Virtual Desktop
8 4 (1.19%) VMware ESX
9 3 (0.90%) Terminal Services
9 3 (0.90%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.60%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.30%) Shibboleth
11 1 (0.30%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 59 (17.61%) SCCM
2 23 (6.87%) SCOM
3 13 (3.88%) WSUS
4 12 (3.58%) Microsoft Clustering
5 10 (2.99%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 9 (2.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 7 (2.09%) Nessus
8 5 (1.49%) Network Intrusion Detection System
9 4 (1.19%) AirWatch
9 4 (1.19%) OpenView
9 4 (1.19%) WMI
10 3 (0.90%) DatAdvantage
10 3 (0.90%) Failover Clustering
10 3 (0.90%) Norton AntiVirus
10 3 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.90%) Puppet
11 2 (0.60%) Backup Exec
11 2 (0.60%) NetBackup
11 2 (0.60%) PowerCLI
12 1 (0.30%) DameWare
Vendors
1 234 (69.85%) Microsoft
2 70 (20.90%) Cisco
3 68 (20.30%) Citrix
4 65 (19.40%) VMware
5 24 (7.16%) Apple
6 23 (6.87%) HP
7 20 (5.97%) Lotus
8 16 (4.78%) CheckPoint
9 15 (4.48%) Oracle
10 8 (2.39%) Sophos
11 7 (2.09%) Dell
11 7 (2.09%) LANDesk
11 7 (2.09%) SolarWinds
12 6 (1.79%) Forcepoint
12 6 (1.79%) Intel Security
13 5 (1.49%) Bloomberg
13 5 (1.49%) EPiServer
13 5 (1.49%) Novell
13 5 (1.49%) SAP
14 4 (1.19%) Red Hat
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