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 28 July 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 423 355 331
Rank change year-on-year
-68 -24
Contract jobs citing MCP 192 257 278
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.34% 0.47% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.78% 2.46% 3.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 116 107
Average daily rate
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£250 £233 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.52% -8.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £124 £128
10% offered a daily rate of more than £431 £375 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £248 £230 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.60% -16.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 57 43
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.07 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% +0.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.87 £22.80 £22.35
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.75 £15.25
% change year-on-year
-1.58% +3.27%

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
10790 10444 9068
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.91% 19.09% 17.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 6453 5896 4880
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 460 500
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.17 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.88 £18.75 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+27.33% -10.71%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCP within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 28 July 2015.

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 28 July 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 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
England -65 180 £250 +13.63% 105
London -17 64 £270 +10.20% 39
South East -52 41 £245 +11.36% 31
North West -18 19 £218 +24.28% 6
East of England -6 18 £175 +2.94% 9
Berkshire +10 14 £148 -65.29% 5
City of London -6 13 £366 +49.48% 6
Yorkshire -18 12 £190 -24.00% 5
West Midlands 0 11 £300 +20.00% 1
Reading 0 10 - - 4
Cambridgeshire -7 10 - - 3
Surrey 0 9 - - 8
Peterborough +10 8 - - 1
Birmingham +1 6 £300 +20.00%
Hampshire -10 6 £280 +115.38% 8
West Yorkshire -13 6 £155 -46.08% 5
Manchester -15 6 £210 +20.00% 4
Liverpool - 6 - -
Merseyside - 6 - -
North East - 6 £319 - 1
East Midlands -1 5 - - 6
Hertfordshire -9 5 - - 4
Cheshire -9 5 £225 +125.00% 2
Scotland -18 5 £273 -15.82% 2
Tyne and Wear - 5 £313 - 1
Staines - 5 - -
Milton Keynes -2 4 £400 +110.52% 2
South Yorkshire -5 4 £225 +5.88%
Buckinghamshire -6 4 £400 +110.52% 4
Nottinghamshire -12 4 - - 2

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 303 (78.09%) Microsoft
2 281 (72.42%) Windows
3 267 (68.81%) Microsoft Certification
4 186 (47.94%) ITIL
5 183 (47.16%) Active Directory
6 180 (46.39%) MCSE
7 122 (31.44%) VMware
7 122 (31.44%) Windows 7
8 103 (26.55%) MS Office
9 98 (25.26%) MS Excel
10 85 (21.91%) Citrix
11 80 (20.62%) Windows Server 2008
12 78 (20.10%) MS Exchange
13 70 (18.04%) VMware Infrastructure
14 66 (17.01%) SCCM
15 61 (15.72%) MCSA
16 57 (14.69%) DNS
17 56 (14.43%) HP
18 55 (14.18%) Security Cleared
19 52 (13.40%) Cisco
20 48 (12.37%) Windows Server 2003
21 47 (12.11%) Symantec
21 47 (12.11%) Hyper-V
22 46 (11.86%) SLA
22 46 (11.86%) TCP/IP
23 45 (11.60%) LAN
24 43 (11.08%) SQL Server
24 43 (11.08%) MCTS
25 42 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
25 42 (10.82%) Windows XP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 78 (20.10%) MS Exchange
2 38 (9.79%) SharePoint
3 36 (9.28%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (5.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 19 (4.90%) IBM Notes
6 18 (4.64%) IIS
7 16 (4.12%) Exchange Server 2007
8 13 (3.35%) Lync
8 13 (3.35%) Exchange Server 2013
9 11 (2.84%) SharePoint 2013
9 11 (2.84%) Exchange Server 2003
10 7 (1.80%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.52%) MS Project Server
11 2 (0.52%) TPMS
11 2 (0.52%) Documentum
12 1 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.26%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.26%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.26%) CMS
Applications
1 103 (26.55%) MS Office
2 98 (25.26%) MS Excel
3 17 (4.38%) MS Visio
4 14 (3.61%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.03%) MS Project
6 2 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.26%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) assyst
1 1 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.26%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 30 (7.73%) Office 365
2 13 (3.35%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (2.84%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.03%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (1.03%) IaaS
5 3 (0.77%) SaaS
6 2 (0.52%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 57 (14.69%) DNS
2 46 (11.86%) TCP/IP
3 45 (11.60%) LAN
4 39 (10.05%) SAN
5 35 (9.02%) DHCP
6 32 (8.25%) WAN
7 31 (7.99%) Firewall
8 27 (6.96%) VPN
9 15 (3.87%) Internet
10 13 (3.35%) VLAN
11 11 (2.84%) NAS
12 10 (2.58%) NetScaler
13 8 (2.06%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (2.06%) VoIP
14 7 (1.80%) SMTP
15 6 (1.55%) SSL
15 6 (1.55%) FTP
15 6 (1.55%) HTTP
15 6 (1.55%) Wireless
15 6 (1.55%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (11.08%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.80%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 7 (1.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (1.55%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 4 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
5 3 (0.77%) Oracle Database
5 3 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Power View
6 1 (0.26%) QlikView
6 1 (0.26%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 8 (2.06%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.26%) WebDriver
3 1 (0.26%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.26%) Moq
3 1 (0.26%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.26%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.26%) MSI
3 1 (0.26%) NUnit
3 1 (0.26%) StarTeam
3 1 (0.26%) Selenium
General
1 32 (8.25%) Finance
2 9 (2.32%) Banking
3 6 (1.55%) Retail
3 6 (1.55%) French Language
3 6 (1.55%) German Language
4 5 (1.29%) Law
5 4 (1.03%) Electronics
5 4 (1.03%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.03%) Advertising
5 4 (1.03%) Publishing
6 2 (0.52%) Legal
6 2 (0.52%) Local Government
7 1 (0.26%) Marketing
7 1 (0.26%) Japanese Language
7 1 (0.26%) Polish Language
7 1 (0.26%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.26%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 104 (26.80%) Analyst
2 64 (16.49%) Support Engineer
3 56 (14.43%) Support Analyst
4 55 (14.18%) 2nd Line Support
5 52 (13.40%) Service Analyst
5 52 (13.40%) Service Desk Analyst
6 38 (9.79%) Desktop Support
7 29 (7.47%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 24 (6.19%) 3rd Line Support
8 24 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 22 (5.67%) Administrator
9 22 (5.67%) 1st Line Support
10 16 (4.12%) Help Desk Support
10 16 (4.12%) Desktop Analyst
11 15 (3.87%) Desktop Engineer
12 13 (3.35%) Desktop Support Analyst
12 13 (3.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 13 (3.35%) IT Support
12 13 (3.35%) 1st Line Support Analyst
13 12 (3.09%) Messaging Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.41%) .NET
2 19 (4.90%) .NET Framework
3 14 (3.61%) HTML
4 13 (3.35%) CSS
5 10 (2.58%) Application Packaging
5 10 (2.58%) ASP.NET
6 9 (2.32%) jQuery
7 7 (1.80%) XML
8 6 (1.55%) HTML5
9 5 (1.29%) CSS3
10 4 (1.03%) LAMP
11 3 (0.77%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.52%) Entity Framework
12 2 (0.52%) Backbone.js
12 2 (0.52%) KnockoutJS
12 2 (0.52%) LESS
12 2 (0.52%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 2 (0.52%) ASP.NET Web API
12 2 (0.52%) ADO
13 1 (0.26%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 39 (10.05%) Blackberry
2 31 (7.99%) Data Centre
3 22 (5.67%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (4.38%) Computer Science
5 16 (4.12%) Clustering
5 16 (4.12%) PKI
6 10 (2.58%) Video Conferencing
7 9 (2.32%) Management Information System
8 8 (2.06%) Thin Client
8 8 (2.06%) iPhone
8 8 (2.06%) Fat Client
9 7 (1.80%) Replication
10 6 (1.55%) iPad
11 4 (1.03%) NHS
12 3 (0.77%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.77%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.77%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.77%) EqualLogic
12 3 (0.77%) CMDB
13 2 (0.52%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 281 (72.42%) Windows
2 122 (31.44%) Windows 7
3 80 (20.62%) Windows Server 2008
4 48 (12.37%) Windows Server 2003
5 42 (10.82%) Windows XP
5 42 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 40 (10.31%) Linux
7 28 (7.22%) Windows 8
8 14 (3.61%) Mac OS X
9 11 (2.84%) UNIX
9 11 (2.84%) Windows Vista
10 7 (1.80%) Android
10 7 (1.80%) Apple iOS
11 5 (1.29%) Solaris
12 4 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 4 (1.03%) Data ONTAP
13 3 (0.77%) Windows Phone
14 2 (0.52%) Windows Mobile
14 2 (0.52%) AIX
15 1 (0.26%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 186 (47.94%) ITIL
2 32 (8.25%) Service Management
3 26 (6.70%) Migration
4 23 (5.93%) Incident Management
5 22 (5.67%) Configuration Management
6 20 (5.15%) Service Delivery
7 19 (4.90%) Patch Management
8 16 (4.12%) PRINCE2
9 15 (3.87%) Problem Management
10 12 (3.09%) Change Management
11 11 (2.84%) Project Management
12 10 (2.58%) ITSM
13 9 (2.32%) Validation
14 8 (2.06%) Performance Tuning
15 7 (1.80%) Data Centre Operations
15 7 (1.80%) Workflow
15 7 (1.80%) Agile Software Development
15 7 (1.80%) Content Management
15 7 (1.80%) Business Intelligence
15 7 (1.80%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 39 (10.05%) SQL
2 27 (6.96%) PowerShell
3 14 (3.61%) C#
4 11 (2.84%) JavaScript
5 5 (1.29%) T-SQL
6 4 (1.03%) VB
6 4 (1.03%) Perl
7 3 (0.77%) C
8 1 (0.26%) PHP
8 1 (0.26%) Java
8 1 (0.26%) VBA
8 1 (0.26%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 267 (68.81%) Microsoft Certification
2 180 (46.39%) MCSE
3 61 (15.72%) MCSA
4 55 (14.18%) Security Cleared
5 43 (11.08%) MCTS
6 41 (10.57%) Cisco Certification
7 40 (10.31%) CCNA
8 38 (9.79%) SC Cleared
9 35 (9.02%) A+ Certification
10 32 (8.25%) ITIL Certification
11 30 (7.73%) MCITP
12 29 (7.47%) Degree
13 27 (6.96%) Citrix Certification
14 23 (5.93%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 23 (5.93%) DV Cleared
15 18 (4.64%) MCDST
16 12 (3.09%) MCSD
17 10 (2.58%) CCEA
17 10 (2.58%) CCEE
18 8 (2.06%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (11.86%) SLA
2 4 (1.03%) QA
3 2 (0.52%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.52%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.26%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 183 (47.16%) Active Directory
2 70 (18.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (12.11%) Hyper-V
4 20 (5.15%) XenApp
5 14 (3.61%) VMware ESX
6 13 (3.35%) Microsoft App-V
7 8 (2.06%) XenDesktop
7 8 (2.06%) VMware Workstation
7 8 (2.06%) Terminal Services
7 8 (2.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 7 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
8 7 (1.80%) vSphere
9 4 (1.03%) NFS
10 3 (0.77%) Terminal Server
10 3 (0.77%) UAG
10 3 (0.77%) Xen
11 1 (0.26%) XenServer
11 1 (0.26%) Firmware
11 1 (0.26%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.26%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 66 (17.01%) SCCM
2 11 (2.84%) Backup Exec
3 9 (2.32%) SCOM
4 7 (1.80%) OpenView
5 6 (1.55%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 6 (1.55%) SCVMM
6 5 (1.29%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (1.29%) WSUS
7 4 (1.03%) Casper Suite
7 4 (1.03%) SnapVault
7 4 (1.03%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (1.03%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.52%) ARCserve
8 2 (0.52%) NetVault Backup
8 2 (0.52%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.52%) Opsview
9 1 (0.26%) vMotion
9 1 (0.26%) ZENworks
9 1 (0.26%) OVSD
9 1 (0.26%) WMI
Vendors
1 303 (78.09%) Microsoft
2 122 (31.44%) VMware
3 85 (21.91%) Citrix
4 56 (14.43%) HP
5 52 (13.40%) Cisco
6 47 (12.11%) Symantec
7 28 (7.22%) McAfee
8 21 (5.41%) Apple
9 20 (5.15%) Lotus
9 20 (5.15%) Remedy
10 15 (3.87%) Adobe
11 11 (2.84%) Dell
12 9 (2.32%) Sophos
12 9 (2.32%) AppSense
13 8 (2.06%) NetApp
14 7 (1.80%) Veeam
15 6 (1.55%) Google
15 6 (1.55%) Red Hat
15 6 (1.55%) Oracle
16 5 (1.29%) ServiceNow
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