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 11 February 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.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 460 399 375
Rank change year-on-year
-61 -24
Contract jobs citing MCP 167 214 217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.32% 0.41% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.53% 2.04% 2.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 122 87
Average daily rate £275 £241 £255
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.98% -5.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £115 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £394
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £274 £239
% change year-on-year
+14.15% +14.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 39 38
Average hourly rate £17.50 £15.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% +3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.00 £10.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £29.00 £22.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-12.90% +10.71%

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
10906 10502 9640
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.20% 20.28% 19.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 6716 6074 5197
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £572 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 489 490 442
Average hourly rate £38.25 £20.00 £18.61
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+91.25% +7.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £46.50 £40.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 11 February 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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
England -52 144 £211 -3.97% 88
London +4 60 £160 -1.53% 22
South East +5 45 £330 +32.00% 27
Scotland +13 22 £320 -1.53%
City of London +36 14 £170 -4.22% 3
Hampshire +13 12 £333 +40.35% 3
Renfrewshire +5 12 £320 -1.53%
Erskine +4 12 £320 -1.53%
Surrey -2 11 £325 +30.00% 7
Berkshire +1 10 £400 +187.76% 7
West Midlands -21 10 £150 -58.04% 5
North West -22 10 £319 +189.77% 10
Yorkshire -17 9 £315 +46.51% 5
Reading -12 7 £413 +196.76% 4
Coventry - 7 £150 -
Glasgow - 6 £99 -
West Yorkshire -8 5 - - 5
Cheshire -13 5 £238 +115.90% 6
Hook - 5 £333 -
Buckinghamshire +9 4 £450 +28.57% 4
South West -7 4 £125 -60.93% 4
Leatherhead -11 4 - -
Hertfordshire +6 3 £185 -27.45% 1
Birmingham -6 3 - - 2
South Yorkshire -6 3 - -
West Sussex -7 3 - - 3
East Midlands -12 3 - - 3
Edinburgh -13 3 - -
East of England -18 3 £185 +5.71% 9
Warrington -18 3 - -

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 255 (70.25%) Microsoft
2 246 (67.77%) Microsoft Certification
3 220 (60.61%) Windows
4 170 (46.83%) Active Directory
5 160 (44.08%) ITIL
6 146 (40.22%) MCSE
7 103 (28.37%) MS Office
8 92 (25.34%) Windows Server
9 91 (25.07%) Windows 7
10 90 (24.79%) Security Cleared
11 89 (24.52%) MS Excel
12 73 (20.11%) SCCM
13 67 (18.46%) MS Exchange
13 67 (18.46%) Citrix
14 66 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
15 61 (16.80%) Degree
16 55 (15.15%) SC Cleared
16 55 (15.15%) MCSA
17 52 (14.33%) HP
17 52 (14.33%) Blackberry
18 50 (13.77%) VMware
19 48 (13.22%) Service Management
20 46 (12.67%) TCP/IP
20 46 (12.67%) DNS
21 44 (12.12%) MCTS
22 43 (11.85%) SQL Server
23 42 (11.57%) Finance
24 41 (11.29%) Windows Server 2003
25 40 (11.02%) PKI
26 37 (10.19%) LAN

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 67 (18.46%) MS Exchange
2 37 (10.19%) Exchange Server 2010
3 29 (7.99%) SharePoint
4 25 (6.89%) Skype for Business
5 22 (6.06%) IIS
6 13 (3.58%) Exchange Server 2007
7 11 (3.03%) IBM Notes
8 10 (2.75%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 8 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2003
9 8 (2.20%) Exchange Server 2013
10 7 (1.93%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (1.10%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.55%) Office Communications Server
13 1 (0.28%) Apache
13 1 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
13 1 (0.28%) CMS
13 1 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 103 (28.37%) MS Office
2 89 (24.52%) MS Excel
3 11 (3.03%) MS Visio
4 5 (1.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (1.38%) MS Project
5 3 (0.83%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.55%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.55%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (1.10%) Teamcenter
3 3 (0.83%) assyst
3 3 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
3 3 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.55%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.28%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.28%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.28%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 35 (9.64%) Office 365
2 12 (3.31%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.93%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.10%) Mimecast
5 3 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.83%) SaaS
6 2 (0.55%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (12.67%) DNS
1 46 (12.67%) TCP/IP
2 37 (10.19%) LAN
3 32 (8.82%) WAN
4 30 (8.26%) VPN
5 25 (6.89%) Firewall
6 24 (6.61%) DHCP
7 20 (5.51%) LDAP
8 18 (4.96%) Internet
8 18 (4.96%) Kerberos
8 18 (4.96%) X.500
9 16 (4.41%) SAN
9 16 (4.41%) Wireless
10 12 (3.31%) VLAN
11 9 (2.48%) SSL
12 8 (2.20%) Network Security
12 8 (2.20%) Remote Desktop
12 8 (2.20%) SNMP
12 8 (2.20%) Wi-Fi
13 7 (1.93%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (11.85%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 6 (1.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (1.38%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (1.10%) MS Access
4 4 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.55%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.55%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Power View
6 1 (0.28%) OLAP
6 1 (0.28%) PerformancePoint
6 1 (0.28%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.28%) QlikView
6 1 (0.28%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.28%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 3 (0.83%) MSI
2 1 (0.28%) Moq
2 1 (0.28%) MSTest
2 1 (0.28%) NUnit
2 1 (0.28%) Rhino Mocks
2 1 (0.28%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (0.28%) Visual Studio
General
1 42 (11.57%) Finance
2 20 (5.51%) Banking
3 11 (3.03%) Telecoms
4 9 (2.48%) Manufacturing
5 5 (1.38%) Advertising
5 5 (1.38%) Investment Banking
6 4 (1.10%) Front Office
6 4 (1.10%) Legal
7 3 (0.83%) Billing
7 3 (0.83%) German Language
8 2 (0.55%) Back Office
8 2 (0.55%) Electronics
8 2 (0.55%) Law
9 1 (0.28%) Local Government
9 1 (0.28%) Marketing
9 1 (0.28%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 106 (29.20%) Analyst
2 62 (17.08%) Support Analyst
3 61 (16.80%) Service Analyst
4 55 (15.15%) Service Desk Analyst
5 52 (14.33%) Desktop Support
6 39 (10.74%) Support Engineer
7 37 (10.19%) 1st Line Support
8 34 (9.37%) Service Desk Support
9 30 (8.26%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 28 (7.71%) Active Directory Engineer
11 26 (7.16%) 2nd Line Support
11 26 (7.16%) Desktop Analyst
12 25 (6.89%) IT Support
12 25 (6.89%) Service Desk Support Analyst
13 24 (6.61%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
13 24 (6.61%) 1st Line Support Analyst
14 21 (5.79%) Architect
15 16 (4.41%) Consultant
16 15 (4.13%) IT Engineer
17 14 (3.86%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.23%) .NET
2 15 (4.13%) .NET Framework
3 8 (2.20%) XML
4 7 (1.93%) Web Services
5 6 (1.65%) HTML
6 4 (1.10%) CSS
6 4 (1.10%) ELK Stack
6 4 (1.10%) ODBC
7 2 (0.55%) HTML5
7 2 (0.55%) jQuery
7 2 (0.55%) WAP
8 1 (0.28%) ADO
8 1 (0.28%) Ajax
8 1 (0.28%) ASP.NET
8 1 (0.28%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.28%) SOAP
8 1 (0.28%) WCF
8 1 (0.28%) WPF
8 1 (0.28%) XSD
8 1 (0.28%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 52 (14.33%) Blackberry
2 40 (11.02%) PKI
3 32 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
4 27 (7.44%) PMI
5 22 (6.06%) Replication
6 21 (5.79%) Computer Science
7 18 (4.96%) Data Centre
8 16 (4.41%) CESG
9 14 (3.86%) CESG CLAS
10 13 (3.58%) Driving Licence
10 13 (3.58%) Management Information System
11 8 (2.20%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (1.65%) Client/Server
13 5 (1.38%) Clustering
13 5 (1.38%) iPhone
13 5 (1.38%) Video Conferencing
14 4 (1.10%) Fat Client
14 4 (1.10%) Mathematics
14 4 (1.10%) Thin Client
15 3 (0.83%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 220 (60.61%) Windows
2 92 (25.34%) Windows Server
3 91 (25.07%) Windows 7
4 66 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (11.29%) Windows Server 2003
6 31 (8.54%) Windows XP
7 27 (7.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 21 (5.79%) Linux
9 20 (5.51%) Unix
10 15 (4.13%) Windows 8
11 13 (3.58%) Windows 10
12 12 (3.31%) Windows 2000 Server
12 12 (3.31%) Windows Vista
13 8 (2.20%) Windows 2000
14 5 (1.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 4 (1.10%) AIX
16 2 (0.55%) Android
16 2 (0.55%) Debian
16 2 (0.55%) Mac OS X
17 1 (0.28%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (44.08%) ITIL
2 48 (13.22%) Service Management
3 27 (7.44%) Validation
4 22 (6.06%) Incident Management
5 21 (5.79%) Service Delivery
6 20 (5.51%) ITIL V3
7 19 (5.23%) Project Management
7 19 (5.23%) TOGAF
8 18 (4.96%) Problem Management
9 16 (4.41%) Change Management
9 16 (4.41%) IT Governance
9 16 (4.41%) Mentoring
10 15 (4.13%) Migration
11 14 (3.86%) Configuration Management
11 14 (3.86%) Information Assurance
11 14 (3.86%) Information Security
11 14 (3.86%) Network Architecture
11 14 (3.86%) SIEM
12 13 (3.58%) Coaching
12 13 (3.58%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 33 (9.09%) SQL
2 14 (3.86%) PowerShell
3 9 (2.48%) VB
4 8 (2.20%) C#
5 4 (1.10%) T-SQL
6 3 (0.83%) VB.NET
6 3 (0.83%) VB6
7 2 (0.55%) Bash Shell
7 2 (0.55%) C
7 2 (0.55%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.55%) Perl
7 2 (0.55%) VBA
8 1 (0.28%) Java
8 1 (0.28%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.28%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 246 (67.77%) Microsoft Certification
2 146 (40.22%) MCSE
3 90 (24.79%) Security Cleared
4 61 (16.80%) Degree
5 55 (15.15%) MCSA
5 55 (15.15%) SC Cleared
6 44 (12.12%) MCTS
7 36 (9.92%) Cisco Certification
8 33 (9.09%) CCNA
9 29 (7.99%) MCDST
10 28 (7.71%) DV Cleared
10 28 (7.71%) PMI Certification
11 25 (6.89%) MCITP
12 21 (5.79%) A+ Certification
13 20 (5.51%) CISSP
14 17 (4.68%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 16 (4.41%) ITIL Certification
16 14 (3.86%) CESG Certified Professional
16 14 (3.86%) CISM
16 14 (3.86%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (8.54%) SLA
2 4 (1.10%) JSP 440
3 3 (0.83%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.55%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.28%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 170 (46.83%) Active Directory
2 34 (9.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (6.89%) XenApp
4 20 (5.51%) Hyper-V
5 9 (2.48%) Firmware
5 9 (2.48%) Microsoft App-V
6 8 (2.20%) ISA Server
7 7 (1.93%) vSphere
8 6 (1.65%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.10%) UAG
9 4 (1.10%) VMware ESX
10 3 (0.83%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.55%) Terminal Server
11 2 (0.55%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.28%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.28%) DFS Replication
12 1 (0.28%) EMC RecoverPoint
12 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.28%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.28%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 73 (20.11%) SCCM
2 16 (4.41%) WSUS
3 14 (3.86%) Norton AntiVirus
4 12 (3.31%) OpenView
5 8 (2.20%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 7 (1.93%) NetBackup
6 7 (1.93%) Sysprep
7 6 (1.65%) Backup Exec
7 6 (1.65%) Puppet
7 6 (1.65%) SCOM
8 4 (1.10%) Cacti
8 4 (1.10%) McAfee ePO
8 4 (1.10%) Nagios
8 4 (1.10%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 3 (0.83%) AirWatch
9 3 (0.83%) DameWare
9 3 (0.83%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
9 3 (0.83%) WMI
10 2 (0.55%) Opsview
10 2 (0.55%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 255 (70.25%) Microsoft
2 67 (18.46%) Citrix
3 52 (14.33%) HP
4 50 (13.77%) VMware
5 36 (9.92%) Cisco
6 30 (8.26%) Symantec
7 18 (4.96%) Oracle
8 16 (4.41%) Dell
8 16 (4.41%) Intel Security
9 13 (3.58%) Remedy
10 12 (3.31%) Lotus
11 10 (2.75%) Adobe
12 9 (2.48%) Apple
13 8 (2.20%) IBM
13 8 (2.20%) ServiceNow
14 7 (1.93%) AppSense
14 7 (1.93%) Intel
15 6 (1.65%) CommVault
16 5 (1.38%) Hitachi
16 5 (1.38%) Sage
Walton-On-Thames, Surrey
Jenrick IT
Rate: £20 - £25 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per day + dep on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per day + dep on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Complete Tech Limited
Rate: Up to £180 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Buckinghamshire
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Rate: £400 - £500 per day
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Berkshire
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Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 27 days ago