The first table below looks at the demand 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 31 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 358 323 349
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +26
Contract jobs citing MCP 248 278 253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.45% 0.54% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.39% 3.06% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 104 104
Average daily rate
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£225 £250 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.00% -9.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £127 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £250 £285
% change year-on-year
-10.00% -12.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 45 47
Average hourly rate £17.07 £17.00 £15.37
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.41% +10.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £11.70 £11.21
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.30 £22.61 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.73 £15.75 £14.75
% change year-on-year
-0.12% +6.77%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10392 9080 9867
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.99% 17.76% 17.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5835 4871 5100
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £518
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 501 614
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.00 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.97 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014.

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 31 July 2014. 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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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 -45 225 £220 -12.00% 135
London +7 78 £245 -2.97% 27
South East +7 75 £220 -16.19% 30
West Sussex +20 26 £225 -50.00% 1
East of England -35 21 £170 -4.22% 16
North West +10 20 £175 -46.36% 11
Scotland -14 19 £324 -9.37% 2
Hampshire -2 16 £130 -55.17% 5
South West -35 14 £230 -23.07% 17
Surrey +4 12 £300 - 7
Cheshire +9 11 £100 -69.34%
Warrington -6 9 £100 -
West Midlands -15 9 £288 - 6
Crawley +14 8 £351 -21.94% 1
Cambridgeshire 0 8 £118 - 8
Manchester -3 8 £175 - 10
City of London -10 8 £245 -7.10% 7
Buckinghamshire -15 8 £190 -2.56% 1
Berkshire +1 7 £413 -2.94% 9
Cambridge -6 7 £118 - 6
Reading +8 6 £413 +32.00% 1
Birmingham +3 6 £250 - 4
Woking - 6 £300 -
Gatwick +3 5 £280 -
Devon - 5 £200 - 1
East Sussex 0 4 - - 1
Hertfordshire -3 4 £170 -15.00% 1
East Midlands -6 4 £275 +37.50% 8
Bedford -6 4 £185 -26.00% 3
Somerset -20 4 £325 +5.43% 2

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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.

1 355 (73.20%) Windows
2 344 (70.93%) Microsoft
3 341 (70.31%) Microsoft Certification
4 226 (46.60%) ITIL
5 217 (44.74%) Active Directory
6 213 (43.92%) MCSE
7 145 (29.90%) MS Excel
8 142 (29.28%) MS Office
9 140 (28.87%) Windows 7
10 139 (28.66%) VMware
11 130 (26.80%) Citrix
12 122 (25.15%) Windows Server 2008
13 117 (24.12%) MS Exchange
14 109 (22.47%) Security Cleared
15 100 (20.62%) VMware Infrastructure
16 93 (19.18%) SC Cleared
17 91 (18.76%) Windows Server 2003
18 89 (18.35%) SCCM
19 82 (16.91%) MCITP
20 77 (15.88%) MCSA
21 73 (15.05%) Windows XP
22 72 (14.85%) DNS
23 71 (14.64%) HP
24 69 (14.23%) Firewall
25 67 (13.81%) SLA
26 65 (13.40%) Service Management
27 61 (12.58%) Blackberry
27 61 (12.58%) MCTS
28 59 (12.16%) DHCP
29 56 (11.55%) Exchange Server 2010

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2014, 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
1 117 (24.12%) MS Exchange
2 56 (11.55%) Exchange Server 2010
3 48 (9.90%) SharePoint
4 45 (9.28%) Exchange Server 2003
5 36 (7.42%) Exchange Server 2007
6 29 (5.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 29 (5.98%) IIS
7 21 (4.33%) IBM Notes
8 12 (2.47%) SharePoint 2013
9 11 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2013
10 10 (2.06%) SharePoint 2010
11 9 (1.86%) Lync
12 6 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2000
13 3 (0.62%) SharePoint Server
14 2 (0.41%) MS Project Server
14 2 (0.41%) Umbraco
15 1 (0.21%) WorkSite
15 1 (0.21%) WebSphere
15 1 (0.21%) Apache
15 1 (0.21%) Tomcat
Applications
1 145 (29.90%) MS Excel
2 142 (29.28%) MS Office
3 26 (5.36%) MS PowerPoint
4 16 (3.30%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.41%) MS Project
6 1 (0.21%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.21%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (1.03%) assyst
2 4 (0.82%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (0.41%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.41%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.21%) 3000 Xtra
4 1 (0.21%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 27 (5.57%) Office 365
2 13 (2.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (2.06%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (1.86%) IaaS
5 7 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 72 (14.85%) DNS
2 69 (14.23%) Firewall
3 59 (12.16%) DHCP
4 52 (10.72%) TCP/IP
5 46 (9.48%) SAN
6 34 (7.01%) Wireless
7 32 (6.60%) Internet
8 29 (5.98%) WAN
8 29 (5.98%) LAN
9 23 (4.74%) VPN
10 16 (3.30%) VoIP
11 12 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
12 11 (2.27%) NetScaler
13 9 (1.86%) VLAN
13 9 (1.86%) SNMP
14 8 (1.65%) IP Telephony
14 8 (1.65%) X.500
15 7 (1.44%) IPv4
15 7 (1.44%) SMTP
16 6 (1.24%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (7.22%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.86%) Amazon RDS
3 8 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (1.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (1.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (0.82%) Oracle Reports
5 4 (0.82%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.41%) EDRMS
7 1 (0.21%) MSDE
7 1 (0.21%) IDOL
7 1 (0.21%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.21%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.21%) QlikView
7 1 (0.21%) MySQL
7 1 (0.21%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (1.86%) Visual Studio
2 7 (1.44%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (1.24%) LoadRunner
4 4 (0.82%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (0.62%) MSI
5 3 (0.62%) InstallShield
5 3 (0.62%) Git (software)
6 2 (0.41%) Jenkins
6 2 (0.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (0.41%) CruiseControl
6 2 (0.41%) Subversion
7 1 (0.21%) Visual Studio Team System
7 1 (0.21%) NUnit
7 1 (0.21%) Moq
7 1 (0.21%) MSBuild
General
1 53 (10.93%) Finance
2 25 (5.15%) Back Office
3 23 (4.74%) Front Office
4 14 (2.89%) Retail
5 12 (2.47%) Banking
6 8 (1.65%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.03%) Investment Banking
8 4 (0.82%) Advertising
8 4 (0.82%) Law
8 4 (0.82%) Legal
9 1 (0.21%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.21%) Pharmaceutical
9 1 (0.21%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.21%) Multimedia
9 1 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 156 (32.16%) Analyst
2 109 (22.47%) Support Engineer
3 82 (16.91%) Service Analyst
4 81 (16.70%) Service Desk Analyst
5 72 (14.85%) Support Analyst
6 54 (11.13%) 2nd Line Support
7 41 (8.45%) Desktop Support
8 32 (6.60%) 1st Line Support
9 27 (5.57%) 3rd Line Support
10 26 (5.36%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 25 (5.15%) Help Desk Support
12 22 (4.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 21 (4.33%) Wintel Engineer
13 21 (4.33%) Server Engineer
14 17 (3.51%) 1st Line Support Analyst
14 17 (3.51%) IT Support
14 17 (3.51%) Desktop Engineer
14 17 (3.51%) Network Support
14 17 (3.51%) Consultant
15 15 (3.09%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (4.33%) .NET
2 18 (3.71%) HTML
3 12 (2.47%) ASP.NET
4 9 (1.86%) XML
5 7 (1.44%) .NET Framework
6 5 (1.03%) WPF
6 5 (1.03%) jQuery
6 5 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC
6 5 (1.03%) Web Services
6 5 (1.03%) CSS
7 4 (0.82%) JSP
7 4 (0.82%) XSLT
7 4 (0.82%) WAP
7 4 (0.82%) HTML5
7 4 (0.82%) WCF
8 3 (0.62%) Software Packaging
8 3 (0.62%) WinForms
8 3 (0.62%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (0.41%) CSS3
9 2 (0.41%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 61 (12.58%) Blackberry
2 30 (6.19%) Management Information System
3 21 (4.33%) Statistics
4 16 (3.30%) PKI
5 15 (3.09%) Clustering
6 12 (2.47%) Computer Science
7 10 (2.06%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (1.86%) Smartphone
9 7 (1.44%) Thin Client
9 7 (1.44%) Fat Client
10 6 (1.24%) iPad
10 6 (1.24%) Firmware
11 5 (1.03%) NHS
12 4 (0.82%) Client/Server
12 4 (0.82%) Smartcard
12 4 (0.82%) CMDB
13 3 (0.62%) Video Conferencing
14 2 (0.41%) Contract for Difference
14 2 (0.41%) EqualLogic
14 2 (0.41%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 355 (73.20%) Windows
2 140 (28.87%) Windows 7
3 122 (25.15%) Windows Server 2008
4 91 (18.76%) Windows Server 2003
5 73 (15.05%) Windows XP
6 46 (9.48%) Linux
7 40 (8.25%) Windows Server 2012
8 31 (6.39%) UNIX
9 18 (3.71%) Mac OS X
10 17 (3.51%) Windows Vista
10 17 (3.51%) Windows 8
11 10 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (2.06%) Mac OS
12 9 (1.86%) Windows 2000
13 6 (1.24%) Android
14 5 (1.03%) Windows 2000 Server
14 5 (1.03%) Windows NT
15 2 (0.41%) AIX
16 1 (0.21%) Solaris
16 1 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 226 (46.60%) ITIL
2 65 (13.40%) Service Management
3 40 (8.25%) Service Delivery
4 31 (6.39%) Migration
5 29 (5.98%) Incident Management
6 27 (5.57%) User Acceptance Testing
7 23 (4.74%) Workflow
8 20 (4.12%) ITSM
8 20 (4.12%) Capacity Planning
9 19 (3.92%) Project Management
10 18 (3.71%) Configuration Management
10 18 (3.71%) Risk Analysis
11 17 (3.51%) Change Management
11 17 (3.51%) Disaster Recovery
12 16 (3.30%) ITIL V3
13 11 (2.27%) Continuous Improvement
13 11 (2.27%) Vulnerability Management
14 10 (2.06%) CRM
14 10 (2.06%) Penetration Testing
15 9 (1.86%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 55 (11.34%) SQL
2 43 (8.87%) PowerShell
3 17 (3.51%) VBScript
4 11 (2.27%) C#
5 10 (2.06%) C
6 8 (1.65%) JavaScript
7 7 (1.44%) VB
8 3 (0.62%) VBA
8 3 (0.62%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.41%) Perl
10 1 (0.21%) PHP
10 1 (0.21%) MATLAB
10 1 (0.21%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 341 (70.31%) Microsoft Certification
2 213 (43.92%) MCSE
3 109 (22.47%) Security Cleared
4 93 (19.18%) SC Cleared
5 82 (16.91%) MCITP
6 77 (15.88%) MCSA
7 61 (12.58%) MCTS
8 47 (9.69%) MCDST
9 42 (8.66%) Cisco Certification
10 40 (8.25%) CCNA
11 37 (7.63%) A+ Certification
12 35 (7.22%) ITIL Certification
13 32 (6.60%) Degree
14 30 (6.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 25 (5.15%) Citrix Certification
16 21 (4.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 20 (4.12%) DV Cleared
18 15 (3.09%) CCNP
18 15 (3.09%) CCA
19 11 (2.27%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (13.81%) SLA
2 5 (1.03%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.41%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.41%) COBIT
4 1 (0.21%) QA
System Software
1 217 (44.74%) Active Directory
2 100 (20.62%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (8.66%) Hyper-V
4 27 (5.57%) XenApp
5 14 (2.89%) XenServer
6 13 (2.68%) vSphere
7 10 (2.06%) Terminal Services
7 10 (2.06%) VMware ESX
8 9 (1.86%) Microsoft App-V
8 9 (1.86%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 9 (1.86%) UAG
9 7 (1.44%) ISA Server
10 5 (1.03%) XenDesktop
11 4 (0.82%) Citrix Presentation Server
12 3 (0.62%) VMware Server
12 3 (0.62%) NFS
13 1 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
13 1 (0.21%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 89 (18.35%) SCCM
2 28 (5.77%) Backup Exec
3 22 (4.54%) OpenView
4 20 (4.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 13 (2.68%) SCVMM
6 12 (2.47%) SCOM
6 12 (2.47%) OVSD
7 11 (2.27%) Nessus
7 11 (2.27%) McAfee ePO
8 9 (1.86%) NetBackup
9 8 (1.65%) Norton AntiVirus
10 7 (1.44%) ARCserve
11 6 (1.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 4 (0.82%) WSUS
12 4 (0.82%) Sysprep
13 3 (0.62%) ServiceCenter
14 2 (0.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
15 1 (0.21%) Cisco CUCM
15 1 (0.21%) EMC NetWorker
15 1 (0.21%) WMI
Vendors
1 344 (70.93%) Microsoft
2 139 (28.66%) VMware
3 130 (26.80%) Citrix
4 71 (14.64%) HP
5 51 (10.52%) Cisco
6 43 (8.87%) McAfee
7 31 (6.39%) Symantec
8 25 (5.15%) Sophos
9 22 (4.54%) Apple
10 21 (4.33%) Lotus
11 16 (3.30%) Remedy
12 12 (2.47%) Reuters
12 12 (2.47%) Bloomberg
12 12 (2.47%) Mitel
12 12 (2.47%) Red Hat
13 11 (2.27%) Oracle
13 11 (2.27%) Qualys
14 10 (2.06%) NetApp
14 10 (2.06%) Avaya
15 9 (1.86%) Lumension
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