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 22 January 2017 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
22 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
Rank 482 433 416
Rank change year-on-year
-49 -17
Contract jobs citing MCP 99 188 203
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.37% 0.40%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.11% 1.77% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 99 118
Median daily rate £300 £320 £220
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +45.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £113 £130 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £461 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £241
% change year-on-year
- +34.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 21 38
Median hourly rate £16.00 £18.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.11% +18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.35 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.25 £22.00 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.75 £13.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -12.90%

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
8945 10640 10339
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.31% 20.96% 20.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 5709 6468 6037
Median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 496 485
Median hourly rate £28.15 £38.63 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.11% +108.78%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.54 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £40.00 £19.48
% change year-on-year
-29.62% +105.39%

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 22 January 2017.

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 22 January 2017.

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 22 January 2017. 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 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 -30 92 £325 -1.51% 48
London -9 40 £225 +32.35% 13
South East -29 22 £350 - 9
East of England +9 12 £300 +62.16% 7
Kent +4 9 £350 - 1
North West +25 6 £120 -68.00% 6
West Midlands -7 5 £255 +70.00% 4
Cheshire +28 4 £120 -43.52% 1
Edinburgh +23 4 £309 -
Scotland 0 4 £309 -3.51% 1
Croydon - 4 - -
Warrington +23 3 £120 -
Surrey +15 3 £338 +2.27% 4
Nottinghamshire +11 3 - -
East Midlands +7 3 - - 1
Yorkshire +7 3 - - 1
West Sussex +3 3 - - 1
City of London -14 3 £363 +126.56% 2
Hampshire -18 3 £330 -12.00% 2
Shropshire - 3 £375 -
Suffolk - 3 £300 -
Bedfordshire - 3 £375 - 2
North Yorkshire +12 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +6 2 £125 - 1
Berkshire +5 2 - - 1
Middlesbrough +2 2 - -
Hertfordshire 0 2 - - 4
County Antrim - 2 £175 - 1
Northern Ireland - 2 £175 - 1
Telford - 2 £375 -

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 January 2017, 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.

1 195 (71.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 187 (68.75%) Microsoft
3 172 (63.24%) Active Directory
4 162 (59.56%) Windows
5 114 (41.91%) MCSE
6 97 (35.66%) ITIL
7 75 (27.57%) Windows Server
8 73 (26.84%) MS Office
9 67 (24.63%) Windows 7
10 58 (21.32%) Citrix
10 58 (21.32%) Security Cleared
11 56 (20.59%) Cisco
12 55 (20.22%) MCSA
13 54 (19.85%) MS Excel
13 54 (19.85%) VMware
14 50 (18.38%) Cisco Certification
14 50 (18.38%) Windows Server 2012
15 49 (18.01%) CCNA
15 49 (18.01%) DNS
16 47 (17.28%) Finance
17 46 (16.91%) MCTS
18 45 (16.54%) Windows Server 2008
19 44 (16.18%) SCCM
20 41 (15.07%) TCP/IP
21 39 (14.34%) Internet
21 39 (14.34%) Degree
22 37 (13.60%) Windows Server 2003
23 34 (12.50%) Replication
23 34 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
24 33 (12.13%) PKI

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 32 (11.76%) MS Exchange
2 22 (8.09%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (5.51%) IBM Notes
4 11 (4.04%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (3.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 9 (3.31%) SharePoint
7 7 (2.57%) Skype for Business
8 6 (2.21%) IIS
9 5 (1.84%) Exchange Server 2007
9 5 (1.84%) OpenStack
10 4 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.74%) Apache
11 2 (0.74%) CMS
11 2 (0.74%) GroupWise
11 2 (0.74%) Kentico
12 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2000
12 1 (0.37%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.37%) SAS
12 1 (0.37%) Sitecore CMS
12 1 (0.37%) Umbraco
Applications
1 73 (26.84%) MS Office
2 54 (19.85%) MS Excel
3 8 (2.94%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (1.10%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (0.74%) assyst
1 2 (0.74%) Dynamics AX
1 2 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.74%) Eikon
1 2 (0.74%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.37%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 27 (9.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 22 (8.09%) Office 365
3 11 (4.04%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.21%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (2.21%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.10%) AWS CloudFormation
5 3 (1.10%) IaaS
6 2 (0.74%) PaaS
6 2 (0.74%) SaaS
6 2 (0.74%) Yammer
7 1 (0.37%) AWS OpsWorks
Communications & Networking
1 49 (18.01%) DNS
2 41 (15.07%) TCP/IP
3 39 (14.34%) Internet
4 31 (11.40%) Firewall
5 26 (9.56%) LAN
6 25 (9.19%) Kerberos
6 25 (9.19%) LDAP
6 25 (9.19%) VPN
6 25 (9.19%) X.500
7 19 (6.99%) WAN
7 19 (6.99%) Wireless
8 15 (5.51%) Ethernet
9 13 (4.78%) SSL
10 12 (4.41%) Cisco ASA
10 12 (4.41%) DHCP
11 11 (4.04%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (3.31%) Remote Desktop
12 9 (3.31%) SNMP
13 7 (2.57%) Intrusion Detection
13 7 (2.57%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (5.88%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (1.84%) Big Data
3 5 (1.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (1.47%) Amazon RDS
4 4 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 3 (1.10%) SQL Server 2014
6 2 (0.74%) MySQL
7 1 (0.37%) DTS
7 1 (0.37%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.37%) MS Access
7 1 (0.37%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.10%) Git (software)
1 3 (1.10%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (0.74%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.37%) JIRA
3 1 (0.37%) Moq
3 1 (0.37%) MorphX
3 1 (0.37%) MSI
3 1 (0.37%) NUnit
3 1 (0.37%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 47 (17.28%) Finance
2 13 (4.78%) Retail
3 10 (3.68%) Local Government
4 9 (3.31%) Legal
5 4 (1.47%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.47%) Marketing
5 4 (1.47%) Telecoms
6 2 (0.74%) Automotive
6 2 (0.74%) Banking
6 2 (0.74%) Games
6 2 (0.74%) German Language
6 2 (0.74%) Law
6 2 (0.74%) Publishing
7 1 (0.37%) Advertising
7 1 (0.37%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 61 (22.43%) Analyst
2 45 (16.54%) Desktop Support
3 36 (13.24%) Support Analyst
4 33 (12.13%) Support Engineer
5 26 (9.56%) Active Directory Engineer
6 22 (8.09%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 21 (7.72%) Windows Engineer
8 19 (6.99%) 2nd Line Support
8 19 (6.99%) Desktop Analyst
8 19 (6.99%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 18 (6.62%) IT Support
9 18 (6.62%) Systems Engineer
10 17 (6.25%) Desktop Engineer
10 17 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
11 16 (5.88%) Service Analyst
12 13 (4.78%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 12 (4.41%) Consultant
13 12 (4.41%) IT Analyst
13 12 (4.41%) IT Engineer
13 12 (4.41%) Windows Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.68%) .NET
2 5 (1.84%) XML
3 3 (1.10%) AngularJS
3 3 (1.10%) ASP.NET
4 2 (0.74%) HTML
4 2 (0.74%) jQuery
4 2 (0.74%) LAMP
4 2 (0.74%) Software Packaging
4 2 (0.74%) Web Services
5 1 (0.37%) Ajax
5 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.37%) ASP.NET MVC 3
5 1 (0.37%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.37%) HTML5
5 1 (0.37%) Middleware
5 1 (0.37%) NHibernate
5 1 (0.37%) ODBC
5 1 (0.37%) SAML
5 1 (0.37%) WAP
5 1 (0.37%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 34 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
1 34 (12.50%) Replication
2 33 (12.13%) Management Information System
2 33 (12.13%) PKI
3 31 (11.40%) Blackberry
4 21 (7.72%) Computer Science
5 15 (5.51%) Client/Server
6 12 (4.41%) Clustering
6 12 (4.41%) NHS
7 11 (4.04%) Data Centre
8 10 (3.68%) Fat Client
8 10 (3.68%) Thin Client
9 9 (3.31%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (3.31%) Video Conferencing
10 7 (2.57%) Smartphone
11 6 (2.21%) User Experience
12 5 (1.84%) CMDB
12 5 (1.84%) Statistics
13 3 (1.10%) Driving Licence
13 3 (1.10%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 162 (59.56%) Windows
2 75 (27.57%) Windows Server
3 67 (24.63%) Windows 7
4 50 (18.38%) Windows Server 2012
5 45 (16.54%) Windows Server 2008
6 37 (13.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 24 (8.82%) Windows 8
8 16 (5.88%) Apple iOS
8 16 (5.88%) Unix
9 15 (5.51%) Windows 10
10 13 (4.78%) Linux
11 9 (3.31%) Windows XP
12 5 (1.84%) VMS
13 3 (1.10%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.74%) Android
14 2 (0.74%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.74%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 97 (35.66%) ITIL
2 27 (9.93%) Change Management
3 22 (8.09%) Problem Management
3 22 (8.09%) Validation
4 20 (7.35%) Configuration Management
4 20 (7.35%) Migration
5 19 (6.99%) Incident Management
6 18 (6.62%) Service Delivery
7 17 (6.25%) Data Analysis
7 17 (6.25%) Time Management
8 16 (5.88%) Identity Management
9 14 (5.15%) Disaster Recovery
9 14 (5.15%) Performance Monitoring
9 14 (5.15%) Service Management
10 13 (4.78%) ITIL V3
11 11 (4.04%) Line Management
12 10 (3.68%) Identity Access Management
13 9 (3.31%) Security Monitoring
13 9 (3.31%) Software Delivery
13 9 (3.31%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (8.82%) PowerShell
2 13 (4.78%) SQL
3 11 (4.04%) C#
4 7 (2.57%) Java
5 4 (1.47%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.10%) Bash Shell
6 3 (1.10%) Python
7 2 (0.74%) C
7 2 (0.74%) PHP
7 2 (0.74%) VB
7 2 (0.74%) VBScript
8 1 (0.37%) R
8 1 (0.37%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.37%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.37%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.37%) VB6
8 1 (0.37%) X++
Qualifications
1 195 (71.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 114 (41.91%) MCSE
3 58 (21.32%) Security Cleared
4 55 (20.22%) MCSA
5 50 (18.38%) Cisco Certification
6 49 (18.01%) CCNA
7 46 (16.91%) MCTS
8 39 (14.34%) Degree
9 31 (11.40%) SC Cleared
10 28 (10.29%) MCDST
11 27 (9.93%) MCITP
12 22 (8.09%) A+ Certification
12 22 (8.09%) Citrix Certification
13 19 (6.99%) ITIL Certification
14 18 (6.62%) CCA
14 18 (6.62%) Network+ Certification
15 15 (5.51%) ACDT
15 15 (5.51%) ACHDS
15 15 (5.51%) ACTC
15 15 (5.51%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (8.82%) SLA
2 4 (1.47%) ISO 9000
3 2 (0.74%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 172 (63.24%) Active Directory
2 21 (7.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (5.88%) Virtual Servers
4 15 (5.51%) XenApp
5 13 (4.78%) Firmware
6 8 (2.94%) Hyper-V
7 5 (1.84%) NDS
7 5 (1.84%) Terminal Services
7 5 (1.84%) vSphere
8 4 (1.47%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.47%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (1.10%) UAG
9 3 (1.10%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.74%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.74%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.37%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.37%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.37%) Shibboleth
11 1 (0.37%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 44 (16.18%) SCCM
2 12 (4.41%) Nessus
3 11 (4.04%) WSUS
4 9 (3.31%) Microsoft Clustering
4 9 (3.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 7 (2.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (2.21%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 5 (1.84%) Puppet
7 5 (1.84%) SCOM
8 4 (1.47%) NetBackup
9 3 (1.10%) DatAdvantage
9 3 (1.10%) Failover Clustering
9 3 (1.10%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.74%) AirWatch
10 2 (0.74%) Backup Exec
10 2 (0.74%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.74%) PowerCLI
11 1 (0.37%) DameWare
11 1 (0.37%) McAfee ePO
11 1 (0.37%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 187 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 58 (21.32%) Citrix
3 56 (20.59%) Cisco
4 54 (19.85%) VMware
5 21 (7.72%) Apple
6 15 (5.51%) Lotus
7 14 (5.15%) HP
8 12 (4.41%) LANDesk
8 12 (4.41%) SolarWinds
9 8 (2.94%) Oracle
10 7 (2.57%) CheckPoint
10 7 (2.57%) Sophos
11 6 (2.21%) Forcepoint
12 5 (1.84%) Intel Security
12 5 (1.84%) Novell
12 5 (1.84%) Remedy
13 4 (1.47%) Symantec
13 4 (1.47%) Wyse
14 3 (1.10%) EPiServer
14 3 (1.10%) Google
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