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 27 June 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
27 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 462 444 388
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -56
Contract jobs citing MCP 188 195 248
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.35% 0.35% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.59% 1.87% 2.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 96 77 130
Median daily rate £315 £280 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +12.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £143 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £422 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £305 £280 £281
% change year-on-year
+8.92% -0.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 54 54
Median hourly rate £21.33 £17.50 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.88% +7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.05 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £21.55 £20.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £16.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+33.31% +6.66%

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
11810 10424 10566
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.88% 18.90% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 7387 6098 6103
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 £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 538 495
Median hourly rate £28.50 £24.23 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.62% +27.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.20 £50.00 £43.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.63 £24.12 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+18.67% +23.69%

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 27 June 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 27 June 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 27 June 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 -23 157 £310 +21.56% 71
South East 0 44 £363 +29.46% 14
London -21 38 £325 +16.07% 21
Scotland -2 24 £325 +2.04% 5
North East -39 22 £330 +3.52% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -42 22 £330 - 3
Tyne and Wear -45 22 £330 +5.60% 3
East of England +15 18 £164 -6.57% 5
North West -21 15 £340 +61.90% 7
Renfrewshire -30 13 £330 -3.64%
Manchester -11 12 £340 +82.55% 4
Erskine -30 12 £330 -3.64%
Surrey -4 10 £175 - 7
South West +6 9 £158 -45.21% 9
Reading -6 9 £350 -
West Sussex -9 9 £440 +95.55% 2
Berkshire -13 9 £350 +137.28% 2
Norfolk +7 8 £130 -25.71%
West Midlands -20 7 £110 -66.15% 2
Woking - 7 - - 2
Hampshire +13 6 £330 +4.76% 1
City of London +28 5 £325 -4.76% 4
East Sussex +14 5 - - 1
Dorset - 5 £133 - 1
Gatwick - 5 £440 -
Essex +8 4 £250 -
Glasgow +3 4 £310 +3.33% 2
Bournemouth - 4 £133 - 1
Hertfordshire +15 3 £295 - 4
Cambridgeshire +13 3 £525 - 1

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 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.

1 244 (77.22%) Microsoft Certification
2 225 (71.20%) Microsoft
3 210 (66.46%) Windows
4 187 (59.18%) Active Directory
5 148 (46.84%) ITIL
6 130 (41.14%) MCSE
7 123 (38.92%) MS Office
8 103 (32.59%) Windows 7
9 85 (26.90%) Windows Server
10 84 (26.58%) MS Excel
11 79 (25.00%) MS Exchange
12 70 (22.15%) SCCM
13 65 (20.57%) DNS
14 64 (20.25%) HP
15 63 (19.94%) Security Cleared
16 61 (19.30%) Degree
16 61 (19.30%) Citrix
16 61 (19.30%) Finance
17 58 (18.35%) MCSA
18 56 (17.72%) TCP/IP
18 56 (17.72%) VMware
18 56 (17.72%) Blackberry
19 49 (15.51%) Windows Server 2008
20 48 (15.19%) LAN
21 47 (14.87%) MCTS
21 47 (14.87%) Office 365
22 44 (13.92%) Cisco Certification
22 44 (13.92%) CCNA
23 43 (13.61%) WAN
24 42 (13.29%) 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 79 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 39 (12.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (6.33%) Exchange Server 2013
4 16 (5.06%) Exchange Server 2007
5 14 (4.43%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 13 (4.11%) IBM Notes
6 13 (4.11%) SharePoint
7 11 (3.48%) IIS
8 8 (2.53%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (1.58%) Skype for Business
10 4 (1.27%) OpenStack
11 2 (0.63%) CICS
11 2 (0.63%) CMS
11 2 (0.63%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (0.63%) Umbraco
12 1 (0.32%) Apache
12 1 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2000
12 1 (0.32%) IBM Domino
12 1 (0.32%) SharePoint 2010
12 1 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 123 (38.92%) MS Office
2 84 (26.58%) MS Excel
3 7 (2.22%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.90%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.63%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.32%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.32%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.32%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 6 (1.90%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (1.27%) assyst
3 3 (0.95%) Eikon
3 3 (0.95%) Remedy ITSM
4 2 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
5 1 (0.32%) Sage 1000
5 1 (0.32%) Sage 50
5 1 (0.32%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 47 (14.87%) Office 365
2 10 (3.16%) Mimecast
3 8 (2.53%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (2.53%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (2.22%) IaaS
4 7 (2.22%) OneDrive
5 4 (1.27%) SaaS
6 3 (0.95%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.63%) Google Apps
7 2 (0.63%) PaaS
8 1 (0.32%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.32%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 65 (20.57%) DNS
2 56 (17.72%) TCP/IP
3 48 (15.19%) LAN
4 43 (13.61%) WAN
5 34 (10.76%) DHCP
5 34 (10.76%) Firewall
6 25 (7.91%) VPN
7 23 (7.28%) Wireless
8 20 (6.33%) Internet
9 16 (5.06%) Kerberos
10 15 (4.75%) LDAP
10 15 (4.75%) SAN
10 15 (4.75%) X.500
11 13 (4.11%) Ethernet
12 9 (2.85%) Wi-Fi
13 8 (2.53%) Fibre Channel
13 8 (2.53%) SSL
14 7 (2.22%) SNMP
15 6 (1.90%) Extranet
15 6 (1.90%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (12.66%) SQL Server
2 18 (5.70%) SQL Server 2008
3 16 (5.06%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 5 (1.58%) Amazon RDS
5 5 (1.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 3 (0.95%) SQLPlus
7 2 (0.63%) MS Access
7 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Power View
8 1 (0.32%) MySQL
8 1 (0.32%) PowerPivot
8 1 (0.32%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.32%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 8 (2.53%) Visual Studio
2 3 (0.95%) InstallShield
2 3 (0.95%) MSI
3 2 (0.63%) AdminStudio
3 2 (0.63%) HP UFT
3 2 (0.63%) LoadRunner
3 2 (0.63%) Subversion
4 1 (0.32%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.32%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.32%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.32%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.32%) TestDirector
General
1 61 (19.30%) Finance
2 23 (7.28%) Legal
3 19 (6.01%) Law
4 11 (3.48%) Banking
5 9 (2.85%) Manufacturing
6 7 (2.22%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.58%) Billing
7 5 (1.58%) Front Office
7 5 (1.58%) Investment Banking
7 5 (1.58%) Local Government
8 3 (0.95%) Advertising
8 3 (0.95%) Back Office
8 3 (0.95%) Publishing
8 3 (0.95%) Retail
9 2 (0.63%) Military
9 2 (0.63%) Spanish Language
10 1 (0.32%) Aerospace
10 1 (0.32%) French Language
10 1 (0.32%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.32%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 105 (33.23%) Analyst
2 53 (16.77%) Desktop Support
2 53 (16.77%) Support Engineer
3 52 (16.46%) Support Analyst
4 48 (15.19%) Service Analyst
5 43 (13.61%) Service Desk Analyst
6 32 (10.13%) Desktop Analyst
7 28 (8.86%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 25 (7.91%) 2nd Line Support
9 22 (6.96%) Active Directory Engineer
10 21 (6.65%) IT Support
11 20 (6.33%) Desktop Engineer
12 19 (6.01%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 16 (5.06%) 3rd Line Support
13 16 (5.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 15 (4.75%) Developer
14 15 (4.75%) IT Analyst
14 15 (4.75%) IT Engineer
15 13 (4.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
16 11 (3.48%) Service Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (4.43%) .NET
2 10 (3.16%) ASP.NET
3 9 (2.85%) Middleware
4 8 (2.53%) HTML
5 6 (1.90%) jQuery
5 6 (1.90%) Web Services
6 5 (1.58%) CSS
7 4 (1.27%) XML
8 3 (0.95%) Ajax
8 3 (0.95%) HTML5
8 3 (0.95%) XHTML
9 2 (0.63%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.63%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.63%) Software Packaging
10 1 (0.32%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (0.32%) ASP.NET MVC 4
10 1 (0.32%) ASP.NET MVC 5
10 1 (0.32%) CSS3
10 1 (0.32%) ODBC
10 1 (0.32%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 56 (17.72%) Blackberry
2 26 (8.23%) Management Information System
3 25 (7.91%) Computer Science
4 23 (7.28%) PKI
5 22 (6.96%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (5.70%) AS400
7 15 (4.75%) Data Centre
7 15 (4.75%) Replication
8 12 (3.80%) Smartphone
9 11 (3.48%) Mainframe
9 11 (3.48%) Mathematics
9 11 (3.48%) User Experience
10 9 (2.85%) Tandem
11 8 (2.53%) NHS
12 6 (1.90%) Client/Server
12 6 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (1.90%) iPhone
12 6 (1.90%) Video Conferencing
13 5 (1.58%) Fat Client
13 5 (1.58%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 210 (66.46%) Windows
2 103 (32.59%) Windows 7
3 85 (26.90%) Windows Server
4 49 (15.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 39 (12.34%) Windows XP
6 29 (9.18%) Linux
7 28 (8.86%) Windows Server 2003
8 22 (6.96%) Windows Server 2012
9 17 (5.38%) Windows 8
10 14 (4.43%) Apple iOS
11 13 (4.11%) Unix
12 11 (3.48%) Windows 10
13 9 (2.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 8 (2.53%) Android
15 7 (2.22%) Windows 2000 Server
16 4 (1.27%) Solaris
17 3 (0.95%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.95%) VMS
17 3 (0.95%) Windows 2000
18 2 (0.63%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 148 (46.84%) ITIL
2 42 (13.29%) Service Management
3 26 (8.23%) Service Delivery
4 24 (7.59%) ITIL V3
5 20 (6.33%) Change Management
5 20 (6.33%) ITSM
6 19 (6.01%) Problem Management
7 17 (5.38%) Mentoring
8 16 (5.06%) Content Management
8 16 (5.06%) Load Balancing
9 14 (4.43%) Incident Management
10 13 (4.11%) Configuration Management
11 12 (3.80%) Coaching
11 12 (3.80%) PRINCE2
12 11 (3.48%) Document Management
12 11 (3.48%) Root Cause Analysis
12 11 (3.48%) Validation
13 10 (3.16%) Change Control
13 10 (3.16%) Network Management
14 9 (2.85%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 35 (11.08%) SQL
2 25 (7.91%) PowerShell
3 14 (4.43%) C#
4 13 (4.11%) C
5 11 (3.48%) JavaScript
6 7 (2.22%) Java
7 5 (1.58%) VB
8 3 (0.95%) T-SQL
8 3 (0.95%) VBScript
9 1 (0.32%) C++
9 1 (0.32%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 244 (77.22%) Microsoft Certification
2 130 (41.14%) MCSE
3 63 (19.94%) Security Cleared
4 61 (19.30%) Degree
5 58 (18.35%) MCSA
6 47 (14.87%) MCTS
7 44 (13.92%) CCNA
7 44 (13.92%) Cisco Certification
8 42 (13.29%) SC Cleared
9 41 (12.97%) MCDST
10 33 (10.44%) MCITP
11 23 (7.28%) ITIL Certification
12 21 (6.65%) CCNP
13 18 (5.70%) A+ Certification
14 14 (4.43%) MCDBA
15 12 (3.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 9 (2.85%) DV Cleared
17 7 (2.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
18 6 (1.90%) DBS Check
19 5 (1.58%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (11.39%) SLA
2 9 (2.85%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.95%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.63%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 187 (59.18%) Active Directory
2 42 (13.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (9.81%) XenApp
4 21 (6.65%) Hyper-V
5 7 (2.22%) Firmware
5 7 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (1.90%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (1.27%) Terminal Services
7 4 (1.27%) VMware ESX
7 4 (1.27%) vSphere
8 3 (0.95%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.63%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.63%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.63%) ISA Server
9 2 (0.63%) RACF
9 2 (0.63%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.63%) UAG
9 2 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 70 (22.15%) SCCM
2 18 (5.70%) WSUS
3 12 (3.80%) OpenView
4 11 (3.48%) Backup Exec
5 9 (2.85%) HP SIM
5 9 (2.85%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 8 (2.53%) Norton AntiVirus
7 7 (2.22%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 7 (2.22%) SCOM
8 6 (1.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 5 (1.58%) WMI
10 4 (1.27%) Microsoft Clustering
11 3 (0.95%) DameWare
12 2 (0.63%) AirWatch
12 2 (0.63%) HP Quality Center
12 2 (0.63%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 2 (0.63%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 2 (0.63%) Sysprep
13 1 (0.32%) Cisco CUCM
13 1 (0.32%) EdgeSight
Vendors
1 225 (71.20%) Microsoft
2 64 (20.25%) HP
3 61 (19.30%) Citrix
4 56 (17.72%) VMware
5 37 (11.71%) Cisco
6 20 (6.33%) IBM
7 18 (5.70%) Oracle
7 18 (5.70%) Symantec
8 15 (4.75%) Dell
9 12 (3.80%) Apple
9 12 (3.80%) Lotus
9 12 (3.80%) Red Hat
10 11 (3.48%) Avaya
10 11 (3.48%) SAP
11 9 (2.85%) Becrypt
12 8 (2.53%) Hitachi
12 8 (2.53%) Intel
12 8 (2.53%) Intel Security
13 6 (1.90%) ServiceNow
14 5 (1.58%) iManage
London
iKonnect Global Solutions
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 9 hours ago
Wakefield, West Yorkshire
onezeero.
Posted: 4 hours ago
Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £80 - £81 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
London
Scott-Merrick LLP
Posted: 3 days ago
Brentford, Middlesex
Vadis People
Rate: £130 - £160 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Cadence Resourcing
Rate: On application
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago