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 6 May 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
6 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 467 437 387
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -50
Contract jobs citing MCP 174 197 239
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.35% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.47% 1.80% 2.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 84 84 100
Median daily rate £321 £250 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+28.20% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £107 £120 £123
10% offered a daily rate of more than £447 £375 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £263 £300
% change year-on-year
+18.09% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 54 61
Median hourly rate £19.92 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.76% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £21.55 £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £14.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year
+52.35% +3.70%

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
11856 10965 10740
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.33% 19.60% 19.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 7439 6185 6131
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 395 559 545
Median hourly rate £32.25 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+43.33% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 6 May 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 6 May 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 6 May 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 -54 142 £325 +30.00% 67
South East -4 60 £350 +15.22% 18
Scotland +5 30 £310 -0.80% 1
London -47 27 £325 +71.05% 25
North West -20 18 £340 +134.48% 4
Renfrewshire -27 15 £328 -5.74%
Erskine -27 14 £328 -5.74%
Surrey -1 12 £175 -33.33% 6
Berkshire -2 12 £350 +51.35% 1
West Sussex -24 12 £428 +47.41% 2
Reading -2 11 £350 +64.70% 1
Manchester -4 11 £340 +119.35% 2
West Midlands -7 11 £250 +131.48% 5
East Sussex +10 9 £275 -15.38%
East of England +4 9 £107 -56.32% 4
Hampshire +3 8 £330 +1.53% 4
Glasgow +12 7 £100 -60.78%
Woking +2 7 - - 1
North East -27 7 £240 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -31 7 £240 -
Tyne and Wear -33 7 £240 -
City of London +42 5 £190 -10.58% 5
Warwickshire +3 5 £275 +154.62%
Hook -3 5 £325 -0.61%
Edinburgh -6 5 £126 -43.88% 1
Gatwick - 5 £440 -
Norfolk - 5 £107 -
Yorkshire +4 4 - - 7
South West -1 4 £153 -51.20% 2
Cheshire -9 4 - - 1

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 May 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.

1 259 (74.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 247 (70.77%) Microsoft
3 206 (59.03%) Windows
4 189 (54.15%) Active Directory
5 152 (43.55%) ITIL
6 136 (38.97%) MCSE
7 104 (29.80%) MS Office
8 95 (27.22%) Windows 7
9 89 (25.50%) Windows Server
10 83 (23.78%) Security Cleared
10 83 (23.78%) MS Excel
11 77 (22.06%) MS Exchange
12 76 (21.78%) SCCM
13 70 (20.06%) MCSA
14 68 (19.48%) DNS
15 67 (19.20%) Windows Server 2008
16 62 (17.77%) Citrix
17 61 (17.48%) VMware
17 61 (17.48%) Degree
18 60 (17.19%) MCTS
19 59 (16.91%) HP
20 57 (16.33%) Blackberry
20 57 (16.33%) Finance
21 52 (14.90%) SC Cleared
22 51 (14.61%) TCP/IP
23 49 (14.04%) Office 365
24 45 (12.89%) VMware Infrastructure
25 44 (12.61%) LAN
25 44 (12.61%) SQL Server
26 39 (11.17%) Service Management

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 77 (22.06%) MS Exchange
2 37 (10.60%) Exchange Server 2010
3 28 (8.02%) SharePoint
4 18 (5.16%) IIS
5 15 (4.30%) Exchange Server 2007
6 14 (4.01%) Exchange Server 2013
7 12 (3.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 11 (3.15%) Skype for Business
9 10 (2.87%) IBM Notes
9 10 (2.87%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (0.86%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.57%) CICS
12 2 (0.57%) CMS
12 2 (0.57%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.57%) Umbraco
13 1 (0.29%) Apache
13 1 (0.29%) Exchange Server 2000
13 1 (0.29%) IBM Domino
13 1 (0.29%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 104 (29.80%) MS Office
2 83 (23.78%) MS Excel
3 8 (2.29%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.72%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.86%) Acrobat
5 3 (0.86%) MS Project
6 2 (0.57%) AutoCAD
6 2 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (2.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.43%) assyst
3 4 (1.15%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.57%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.57%) Eikon
4 2 (0.57%) Sage 1000
4 2 (0.57%) Teamcenter
5 1 (0.29%) Sage 200
5 1 (0.29%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 49 (14.04%) Office 365
2 14 (4.01%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (3.15%) Mimecast
4 10 (2.87%) Microsoft Azure
5 9 (2.58%) IaaS
6 7 (2.01%) OneDrive
7 6 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (1.15%) SaaS
9 2 (0.57%) Google Apps
9 2 (0.57%) PaaS
10 1 (0.29%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.29%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 68 (19.48%) DNS
2 51 (14.61%) TCP/IP
3 44 (12.61%) LAN
4 39 (11.17%) WAN
5 34 (9.74%) DHCP
6 31 (8.88%) VPN
7 30 (8.60%) Firewall
8 24 (6.88%) Kerberos
8 24 (6.88%) LDAP
8 24 (6.88%) X.500
9 22 (6.30%) Internet
10 21 (6.02%) Wireless
11 16 (4.58%) SAN
12 15 (4.30%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (2.58%) Ethernet
14 8 (2.29%) Fibre Channel
14 8 (2.29%) VoIP
15 7 (2.01%) SNMP
15 7 (2.01%) SSL
15 7 (2.01%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (12.61%) SQL Server
2 8 (2.29%) SQL Server 2008
2 8 (2.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (2.01%) Amazon RDS
3 7 (2.01%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (2.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (1.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (1.15%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 3 (0.86%) MS Access
7 2 (0.57%) SQLPlus
8 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Power View
8 1 (0.29%) OLAP
8 1 (0.29%) PerformancePoint
8 1 (0.29%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.29%) QlikView
8 1 (0.29%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.29%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 8 (2.29%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.15%) MSI
3 2 (0.57%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.57%) HP UFT
3 2 (0.57%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.57%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.29%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.29%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.29%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.29%) Subversion
4 1 (0.29%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 57 (16.33%) Finance
2 17 (4.87%) Legal
3 15 (4.30%) Banking
4 14 (4.01%) Law
5 8 (2.29%) Manufacturing
6 7 (2.01%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.72%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.43%) Advertising
8 5 (1.43%) Front Office
8 5 (1.43%) Local Government
9 3 (0.86%) Back Office
9 3 (0.86%) Billing
10 2 (0.57%) Electronics
10 2 (0.57%) Military
11 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.29%) Marketing
11 1 (0.29%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 100 (28.65%) Analyst
2 58 (16.62%) Desktop Support
3 52 (14.90%) Support Analyst
4 51 (14.61%) Support Engineer
5 47 (13.47%) Service Analyst
6 42 (12.03%) Service Desk Analyst
7 36 (10.32%) Desktop Analyst
8 32 (9.17%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 30 (8.60%) Active Directory Engineer
10 29 (8.31%) 2nd Line Support
11 28 (8.02%) IT Support
12 23 (6.59%) IT Engineer
13 22 (6.30%) Service Desk Support
14 20 (5.73%) 1st Line Support
15 17 (4.87%) Desktop Engineer
15 17 (4.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 16 (4.58%) 3rd Line Support
16 16 (4.58%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 16 (4.58%) Developer
17 15 (4.30%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (6.88%) .NET
2 12 (3.44%) .NET Framework
3 10 (2.87%) ASP.NET
3 10 (2.87%) Web Services
4 7 (2.01%) HTML
5 6 (1.72%) CSS
6 5 (1.43%) jQuery
6 5 (1.43%) XML
7 4 (1.15%) ELK Stack
7 4 (1.15%) Middleware
8 3 (0.86%) HTML5
9 2 (0.57%) Ajax
9 2 (0.57%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.57%) ODBC
9 2 (0.57%) Software Packaging
9 2 (0.57%) XHTML
10 1 (0.29%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (0.29%) JMS
10 1 (0.29%) SOAP
10 1 (0.29%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 57 (16.33%) Blackberry
2 38 (10.89%) PKI
3 33 (9.46%) Computer Science
4 27 (7.74%) Analytical Skills
5 26 (7.45%) Replication
6 20 (5.73%) Management Information System
7 14 (4.01%) AS400
8 13 (3.72%) Data Centre
8 13 (3.72%) PMI
9 11 (3.15%) Mathematics
10 6 (1.72%) Driving Licence
10 6 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.72%) Mainframe
10 6 (1.72%) User Experience
10 6 (1.72%) Video Conferencing
11 5 (1.43%) CESG
11 5 (1.43%) iPhone
12 4 (1.15%) Fat Client
12 4 (1.15%) Life Science
12 4 (1.15%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 206 (59.03%) Windows
2 95 (27.22%) Windows 7
3 89 (25.50%) Windows Server
4 67 (19.20%) Windows Server 2008
5 38 (10.89%) Windows Server 2003
6 37 (10.60%) Windows XP
7 32 (9.17%) Windows Server 2012
8 31 (8.88%) Linux
9 14 (4.01%) Windows 10
9 14 (4.01%) Windows 8
10 12 (3.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 12 (3.44%) Unix
10 12 (3.44%) Windows 2000 Server
11 6 (1.72%) Android
11 6 (1.72%) Apple iOS
11 6 (1.72%) Windows 2000
12 5 (1.43%) Windows Vista
13 3 (0.86%) Mac OS X
13 3 (0.86%) Solaris
14 2 (0.57%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (43.55%) ITIL
2 39 (11.17%) Service Management
3 27 (7.74%) Service Delivery
4 24 (6.88%) Validation
5 21 (6.02%) Change Management
5 21 (6.02%) ITIL V3
5 21 (6.02%) Problem Management
6 17 (4.87%) Content Management
6 17 (4.87%) Incident Management
7 16 (4.58%) ITSM
8 14 (4.01%) Continuous Improvement
8 14 (4.01%) Mentoring
9 12 (3.44%) Change Control
9 12 (3.44%) Coaching
9 12 (3.44%) Configuration Management
9 12 (3.44%) Project Management
10 10 (2.87%) Asset Management
10 10 (2.87%) IT Governance
10 10 (2.87%) PRINCE2
11 9 (2.58%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 30 (8.60%) SQL
2 22 (6.30%) PowerShell
3 14 (4.01%) C#
4 12 (3.44%) C
5 10 (2.87%) VB
6 9 (2.58%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.15%) T-SQL
8 3 (0.86%) VBScript
9 2 (0.57%) Java
10 1 (0.29%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.29%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.29%) VB6
10 1 (0.29%) VBA
Qualifications
1 259 (74.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 136 (38.97%) MCSE
3 83 (23.78%) Security Cleared
4 70 (20.06%) MCSA
5 61 (17.48%) Degree
6 60 (17.19%) MCTS
7 52 (14.90%) SC Cleared
8 39 (11.17%) CCNA
8 39 (11.17%) Cisco Certification
9 36 (10.32%) MCDST
10 26 (7.45%) MCITP
11 22 (6.30%) ITIL Certification
12 14 (4.01%) PMI Certification
12 14 (4.01%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 13 (3.72%) A+ Certification
13 13 (3.72%) DV Cleared
14 12 (3.44%) CCNP
14 12 (3.44%) DBS Check
15 10 (2.87%) MCDBA
16 6 (1.72%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (6.88%) SLA
2 7 (2.01%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.57%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.57%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 189 (54.15%) Active Directory
2 45 (12.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (8.31%) XenApp
4 27 (7.74%) Hyper-V
5 9 (2.58%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (1.72%) Firmware
7 5 (1.43%) ISA Server
7 5 (1.43%) UAG
7 5 (1.43%) vSphere
8 4 (1.15%) Terminal Services
8 4 (1.15%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.57%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.57%) RACF
9 2 (0.57%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.57%) VMware ESX
9 2 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.29%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.29%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 76 (21.78%) SCCM
2 19 (5.44%) WSUS
3 12 (3.44%) Norton AntiVirus
4 11 (3.15%) Backup Exec
5 9 (2.58%) HP SIM
5 9 (2.58%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 8 (2.29%) NetBackup
6 8 (2.29%) OpenView
6 8 (2.29%) SCOM
7 7 (2.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
8 6 (1.72%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 5 (1.43%) AirWatch
9 5 (1.43%) Sysprep
10 4 (1.15%) Cacti
10 4 (1.15%) DameWare
10 4 (1.15%) McAfee ePO
10 4 (1.15%) Nagios
10 4 (1.15%) Puppet
10 4 (1.15%) WMI
11 2 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 247 (70.77%) Microsoft
2 62 (17.77%) Citrix
3 61 (17.48%) VMware
4 59 (16.91%) HP
5 32 (9.17%) Cisco
6 24 (6.88%) Symantec
7 19 (5.44%) IBM
8 15 (4.30%) Dell
9 13 (3.72%) Red Hat
10 12 (3.44%) Intel Security
10 12 (3.44%) Oracle
11 10 (2.87%) Avaya
11 10 (2.87%) Lotus
12 9 (2.58%) Becrypt
13 8 (2.29%) Apple
13 8 (2.29%) Hitachi
13 8 (2.29%) Intel
13 8 (2.29%) SAP
14 7 (2.01%) Remedy
15 6 (1.72%) AppSense
Bristol, Avon
Reed Technology
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Refreshing Recruitment
Rate: £130 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £15 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Dudley, West Midlands (County)
Senitor Associates
Rate: £17 - £22 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
London
Michael Bailey Associates
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Connectus
Rate: £10.86 - £15.48 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £300.00 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 9 days ago