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 3 September 2015 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 478 390 350
Rank change year-on-year
-88 -40
Contract jobs citing MCP 153 240 274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.26% 0.42% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.38% 2.25% 2.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 105 94
Average daily rate
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£250 £250 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £130 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £353 £418
UK excluding London average daily rate £245 £275 £225
% change year-on-year
-10.90% +22.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 46 54
Average hourly rate £14.50 £17.07 £17.28
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.05% -1.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £12.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £30.80 £22.91
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.50 £16.79 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-13.61% -1.26%

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
11048 10665 9272
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.92% 18.86% 17.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 6665 6052 5099
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.04% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 529 453 477
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.11
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -0.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £13.00 £11.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.50 £43.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -

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 3 September 2015.

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 3 September 2015.

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 3 September 2015. 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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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 -77 139 £250 +9.89% 117
London -16 56 £250 +23.45% 42
South East -60 28 £300 +30.43% 30
East of England -1 15 £229 -12.01% 8
Yorkshire -16 14 £155 -53.73% 7
City of London +19 13 £320 +100.00% 9
Cambridgeshire -3 9 £130 +10.63% 2
West Yorkshire -14 9 £155 -46.08% 6
North West -42 9 £160 -13.51% 11
West Midlands +6 8 £300 +20.00% 4
Scotland -16 8 £200 -38.22% 4
Peterborough +5 7 - - 1
Surrey -10 7 £300 - 13
Berkshire -4 6 £175 -54.83% 5
East Midlands -12 6 - - 4
Hampshire -18 6 £375 +64.83% 4
Birmingham +3 5 £300 +20.00% 1
Reading -5 5 - - 4
Nottinghamshire -10 5 - - 1
Erskine +6 4 £333 +2.50%
Renfrewshire +1 4 £333 +2.50%
Cheshire -17 4 £110 +10.00% 4
Warrington -19 4 £110 +10.00%
Leeds -29 4 - - 2
Greenwich - 4 £171 -
Hertfordshire +6 3 £120 -29.41% 6
South Yorkshire -17 3 £225 -32.83%
West Sussex -27 3 £220 - 2
Leatherhead - 3 - -
Glasgow +10 2 £200 -38.22% 3

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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.

1 278 (78.31%) Microsoft
2 263 (74.08%) Windows
3 238 (67.04%) Microsoft Certification
4 180 (50.70%) ITIL
5 167 (47.04%) Active Directory
6 142 (40.00%) MCSE
7 111 (31.27%) Windows 7
8 103 (29.01%) VMware
9 98 (27.61%) MS Office
10 94 (26.48%) MS Excel
11 84 (23.66%) Citrix
12 68 (19.15%) SCCM
13 66 (18.59%) MS Exchange
14 64 (18.03%) Windows Server 2008
15 63 (17.75%) MCSA
16 56 (15.77%) HP
16 56 (15.77%) DNS
17 55 (15.49%) VMware Infrastructure
18 50 (14.08%) Symantec
19 48 (13.52%) TCP/IP
20 47 (13.24%) LAN
21 46 (12.96%) Cisco
22 45 (12.68%) Security Cleared
23 43 (12.11%) SLA
24 42 (11.83%) SQL
25 41 (11.55%) SQL Server
26 39 (10.99%) Windows XP
26 39 (10.99%) MCTS
27 38 (10.70%) Blackberry
28 37 (10.42%) DHCP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 2015, 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 66 (18.59%) MS Exchange
2 33 (9.30%) Exchange Server 2010
3 30 (8.45%) SharePoint
4 23 (6.48%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 18 (5.07%) IIS
5 18 (5.07%) Exchange Server 2007
6 17 (4.79%) IBM Notes
7 15 (4.23%) Lync
8 12 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2013
9 7 (1.97%) Exchange Server 2003
10 6 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.56%) MS Project Server
11 2 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
11 2 (0.56%) TPMS
11 2 (0.56%) Documentum
11 2 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
12 1 (0.28%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.28%) Lotus Domino
12 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2000
12 1 (0.28%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 98 (27.61%) MS Office
2 94 (26.48%) MS Excel
3 17 (4.79%) MS Visio
4 10 (2.82%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (1.13%) MS Project
6 1 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.28%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 3 (0.85%) assyst
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.28%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 24 (6.76%) Office 365
2 12 (3.38%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (3.10%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.85%) SaaS
5 2 (0.56%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.56%) IaaS
6 1 (0.28%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 56 (15.77%) DNS
2 48 (13.52%) TCP/IP
3 47 (13.24%) LAN
4 37 (10.42%) DHCP
5 36 (10.14%) WAN
6 34 (9.58%) SAN
7 23 (6.48%) Firewall
8 22 (6.20%) VPN
9 15 (4.23%) VLAN
10 12 (3.38%) NetScaler
11 11 (3.10%) NAS
11 11 (3.10%) Internet
12 7 (1.97%) VoIP
12 7 (1.97%) iSCSI
13 6 (1.69%) Cisco Nexus
13 6 (1.69%) SMTP
13 6 (1.69%) FTP
13 6 (1.69%) HTTP
13 6 (1.69%) SSL
13 6 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 41 (11.55%) SQL Server
2 7 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 7 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 4 (1.13%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (0.85%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.56%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.28%) QlikView
7 1 (0.28%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.28%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 4 (1.13%) Visual Studio
2 2 (0.56%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.28%) WebDriver
3 1 (0.28%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.28%) Moq
3 1 (0.28%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.28%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.28%) MSI
3 1 (0.28%) NUnit
3 1 (0.28%) StarTeam
3 1 (0.28%) Selenium
General
1 27 (7.61%) Finance
2 9 (2.54%) Banking
3 6 (1.69%) Telecoms
3 6 (1.69%) Publishing
4 5 (1.41%) Retail
4 5 (1.41%) French Language
4 5 (1.41%) German Language
5 4 (1.13%) Advertising
6 3 (0.85%) Law
7 2 (0.56%) Legal
7 2 (0.56%) Local Government
8 1 (0.28%) Marketing
8 1 (0.28%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.28%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 100 (28.17%) Analyst
2 62 (17.46%) Support Analyst
3 51 (14.37%) Support Engineer
4 50 (14.08%) 2nd Line Support
5 48 (13.52%) Service Analyst
5 48 (13.52%) Service Desk Analyst
6 35 (9.86%) Desktop Support
7 24 (6.76%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 23 (6.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 22 (6.20%) 1st Line Support
10 16 (4.51%) 3rd Line Support
10 16 (4.51%) Administrator
10 16 (4.51%) 1st Line Support Analyst
10 16 (4.51%) Desktop Analyst
11 14 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 13 (3.66%) Desktop Support Analyst
13 12 (3.38%) Desktop Engineer
13 12 (3.38%) Deployment Engineer
14 11 (3.10%) Citrix Engineer
14 11 (3.10%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.35%) .NET
2 17 (4.79%) .NET Framework
3 10 (2.82%) HTML
3 10 (2.82%) XML
4 9 (2.54%) CSS
5 8 (2.25%) Application Packaging
6 5 (1.41%) ASP.NET
7 4 (1.13%) LAMP
7 4 (1.13%) jQuery
8 3 (0.85%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.56%) ASP.NET Web Forms
9 2 (0.56%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (0.56%) Entity Framework
9 2 (0.56%) Backbone.js
9 2 (0.56%) KnockoutJS
9 2 (0.56%) LESS
9 2 (0.56%) X-Windows
9 2 (0.56%) ADO
10 1 (0.28%) Web Services
10 1 (0.28%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 38 (10.70%) Blackberry
2 33 (9.30%) Data Centre
3 24 (6.76%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (4.23%) PKI
5 14 (3.94%) Clustering
6 12 (3.38%) Computer Science
7 10 (2.82%) Video Conferencing
8 9 (2.54%) Fat Client
8 9 (2.54%) Thin Client
9 6 (1.69%) Replication
9 6 (1.69%) Management Information System
9 6 (1.69%) PMI
10 5 (1.41%) Client/Server
11 4 (1.13%) iPhone
12 3 (0.85%) iPad
12 3 (0.85%) CMDB
12 3 (0.85%) Smartphone
13 2 (0.56%) Statistics
13 2 (0.56%) N-Tier
13 2 (0.56%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 263 (74.08%) Windows
2 111 (31.27%) Windows 7
3 64 (18.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 39 (10.99%) Windows XP
5 36 (10.14%) Windows Server 2003
5 36 (10.14%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (7.89%) Linux
7 25 (7.04%) Windows 8
8 14 (3.94%) Mac OS X
9 13 (3.66%) Windows Vista
10 10 (2.82%) UNIX
11 7 (1.97%) Android
11 7 (1.97%) Apple iOS
12 5 (1.41%) Solaris
13 4 (1.13%) Windows Phone
13 4 (1.13%) Data ONTAP
14 3 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.56%) AIX
16 1 (0.28%) HPUX
16 1 (0.28%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (50.70%) ITIL
2 33 (9.30%) Service Management
3 27 (7.61%) Migration
4 23 (6.48%) Incident Management
5 21 (5.92%) Service Delivery
6 18 (5.07%) Configuration Management
7 17 (4.79%) Patch Management
8 16 (4.51%) PRINCE2
8 16 (4.51%) Problem Management
9 10 (2.82%) Project Management
9 10 (2.82%) Change Management
9 10 (2.82%) ITSM
9 10 (2.82%) Content Management
9 10 (2.82%) Validation
10 9 (2.54%) Change Control
10 9 (2.54%) Root Cause Analysis
11 8 (2.25%) Performance Tuning
12 7 (1.97%) Software Deployment
12 7 (1.97%) Asset Management
12 7 (1.97%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 42 (11.83%) SQL
2 26 (7.32%) PowerShell
3 10 (2.82%) C#
4 7 (1.97%) JavaScript
5 5 (1.41%) T-SQL
5 5 (1.41%) VB
6 4 (1.13%) Perl
7 3 (0.85%) C
8 1 (0.28%) PHP
8 1 (0.28%) Java
8 1 (0.28%) VBA
8 1 (0.28%) Groovy
8 1 (0.28%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 238 (67.04%) Microsoft Certification
2 142 (40.00%) MCSE
3 63 (17.75%) MCSA
4 45 (12.68%) Security Cleared
5 39 (10.99%) MCTS
6 34 (9.58%) ITIL Certification
7 33 (9.30%) MCITP
8 32 (9.01%) Cisco Certification
9 31 (8.73%) CCNA
10 29 (8.17%) Degree
11 28 (7.89%) SC Cleared
12 25 (7.04%) Citrix Certification
13 24 (6.76%) A+ Certification
14 22 (6.20%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 21 (5.92%) MCDST
16 19 (5.35%) DV Cleared
17 11 (3.10%) CCEE
17 11 (3.10%) CCEA
18 9 (2.54%) CCA
18 9 (2.54%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (12.11%) SLA
2 4 (1.13%) QA
3 2 (0.56%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.28%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.28%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 167 (47.04%) Active Directory
2 55 (15.49%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (10.14%) Hyper-V
4 19 (5.35%) XenApp
5 15 (4.23%) Microsoft App-V
6 14 (3.94%) VMware ESX
7 9 (2.54%) Terminal Services
8 8 (2.25%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 8 (2.25%) VMware ESXi
9 7 (1.97%) vSphere
9 7 (1.97%) VMware Workstation
10 6 (1.69%) XenDesktop
11 4 (1.13%) NFS
12 2 (0.56%) Xen
12 2 (0.56%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.28%) Firmware
13 1 (0.28%) DFS Replication
13 1 (0.28%) Citrix Presentation Server
13 1 (0.28%) XenServer
13 1 (0.28%) UAG
Systems Management
1 68 (19.15%) SCCM
2 10 (2.82%) Backup Exec
3 8 (2.25%) SCOM
4 7 (1.97%) OpenView
4 7 (1.97%) WSUS
5 6 (1.69%) SCVMM
5 6 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (1.41%) Norton AntiVirus
7 4 (1.13%) NetBackup
7 4 (1.13%) SnapVault
7 4 (1.13%) Opsview
7 4 (1.13%) Casper Suite
8 3 (0.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 2 (0.56%) ARCserve
9 2 (0.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 2 (0.56%) WMI
9 2 (0.56%) vMotion
9 2 (0.56%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.28%) NetVault Backup
10 1 (0.28%) BladeLogic
Vendors
1 278 (78.31%) Microsoft
2 103 (29.01%) VMware
3 84 (23.66%) Citrix
4 56 (15.77%) HP
5 50 (14.08%) Symantec
6 46 (12.96%) Cisco
7 33 (9.30%) McAfee
8 20 (5.63%) Remedy
9 19 (5.35%) Apple
10 18 (5.07%) Lotus
11 14 (3.94%) Adobe
12 12 (3.38%) Dell
13 10 (2.82%) AppSense
14 8 (2.25%) Sophos
15 7 (1.97%) Veeam
15 7 (1.97%) ServiceNow
16 6 (1.69%) NetApp
17 5 (1.41%) Oracle
17 5 (1.41%) F5
18 4 (1.13%) Splunk
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