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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 458 522 405
Rank change year-on-year
+64 -117
Contract jobs citing MCP 192 148 248
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.36% 0.26% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.76% 1.31% 2.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 66 111
Median daily rate £300 £250 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £120 £128 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £429 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £270 £275
% change year-on-year
+1.85% -1.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 42 43
Median hourly rate £18.28 £14.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.08% -14.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.16 £12.00 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £75.25 £21.55 £23.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.00 £14.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
+51.72% -13.43%

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
10894 11305 11428
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.59% 19.50% 19.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 6733 6816 6331
Median daily rate £400 £400 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 379 535 482
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.96 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.00 £47.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.88 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.27% +19.37%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 25 September 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 +72 172 £278 +2.77% 75
London +30 72 £400 +60.00% 30
South East +36 43 £150 -60.00% 16
East of England +19 20 £248 +54.68% 5
City of London +22 17 £450 +38.46% 5
Scotland +17 14 £321 +10.68%
Renfrewshire -18 12 £321 -0.69%
North West +22 11 £125 +8.69% 9
Erskine -19 11 £321 -0.69%
Surrey +17 10 £198 -34.08% 5
North East -14 10 £330 +4.76% 2
Essex +10 9 £288 -12.21% 2
Tyne and Wear - 9 £330 - 2
South West +21 8 £250 -41.52%
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £330 - 1
Hampshire +7 7 £288 -23.33% 4
Manchester +5 7 £243 - 3
Hertfordshire +3 7 £230 +43.75%
Kent - 7 £150 - 1
Buckinghamshire +27 6 £110 -55.10%
Milton Keynes +18 6 £110 -55.10%
Basildon - 6 £275 - 1
Canary Wharf - 6 £160 -
Bristol - 5 £250 -
Reading +15 4 - - 1
Berkshire +7 4 - - 2
Oxfordshire -4 4 £150 -25.00% 2
West Midlands -23 4 £320 +6.66% 4
Egham - 4 - -
Watford - 4 £238 -

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 287 (76.13%) Microsoft Certification
2 276 (73.21%) Microsoft
3 236 (62.60%) Windows
4 232 (61.54%) Active Directory
5 154 (40.85%) ITIL
6 145 (38.46%) MCSE
7 139 (36.87%) MS Office
8 108 (28.65%) MS Excel
9 98 (25.99%) Windows Server
10 90 (23.87%) Windows 7
11 84 (22.28%) Degree
12 81 (21.49%) SCCM
13 78 (20.69%) Finance
14 75 (19.89%) Citrix
15 71 (18.83%) TCP/IP
16 67 (17.77%) DNS
17 66 (17.51%) VMware
18 65 (17.24%) Security Cleared
19 61 (16.18%) CCNA
19 61 (16.18%) Cisco Certification
20 59 (15.65%) MS Exchange
20 59 (15.65%) MCTS
21 58 (15.38%) Cisco
22 52 (13.79%) MCSA
23 51 (13.53%) HP
24 49 (13.00%) Office 365
25 48 (12.73%) Blackberry
25 48 (12.73%) MCDST
25 48 (12.73%) PowerShell
26 45 (11.94%) Windows Server 2008

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 59 (15.65%) MS Exchange
2 34 (9.02%) Exchange Server 2010
3 21 (5.57%) IBM Notes
3 21 (5.57%) SharePoint
4 20 (5.31%) Exchange Server 2013
5 15 (3.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 11 (2.92%) IIS
7 9 (2.39%) Exchange Server 2007
7 9 (2.39%) OpenStack
7 9 (2.39%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (2.12%) Skype for Business
9 4 (1.06%) CMS
10 3 (0.80%) Apache
10 3 (0.80%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.80%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.53%) Kentico
12 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2000
12 1 (0.27%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.27%) SharePoint Server
12 1 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 139 (36.87%) MS Office
2 108 (28.65%) MS Excel
3 9 (2.39%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.59%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.27%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.27%) PTC Creo
5 1 (0.27%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (2.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.53%) Eikon
2 2 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.27%) Teamcenter
Cloud Services
1 49 (13.00%) Office 365
2 19 (5.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (2.92%) OneDrive
4 10 (2.65%) Amazon AWS
5 6 (1.59%) Mimecast
6 5 (1.33%) IaaS
7 3 (0.80%) Azure Active Directory
7 3 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.80%) Yammer
8 2 (0.53%) Google Apps
8 2 (0.53%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 71 (18.83%) TCP/IP
2 67 (17.77%) DNS
3 41 (10.88%) Firewall
3 41 (10.88%) Internet
4 38 (10.08%) LAN
5 34 (9.02%) WAN
6 31 (8.22%) DHCP
7 24 (6.37%) Wireless
8 18 (4.77%) Kerberos
8 18 (4.77%) SSL
9 17 (4.51%) Ethernet
10 16 (4.24%) Cisco ASA
10 16 (4.24%) LDAP
10 16 (4.24%) SNMP
10 16 (4.24%) X.500
11 14 (3.71%) VPN
12 13 (3.45%) SAN
13 9 (2.39%) Wi-Fi
13 9 (2.39%) WLAN
14 8 (2.12%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (11.94%) SQL Server
2 21 (5.57%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (5.04%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (2.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (1.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (1.33%) Amazon RDS
7 4 (1.06%) MySQL
7 4 (1.06%) SQLPlus
8 2 (0.53%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (0.53%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.27%) Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.27%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Power View
9 1 (0.27%) MS Access
9 1 (0.27%) OLAP
9 1 (0.27%) OLTP
9 1 (0.27%) PowerPivot
9 1 (0.27%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (2.12%) Visual Studio
2 3 (0.80%) MSI
3 2 (0.53%) HP UFT
3 2 (0.53%) InstallShield
3 2 (0.53%) LoadRunner
3 2 (0.53%) TestDirector
4 1 (0.27%) Moq
4 1 (0.27%) MorphX
4 1 (0.27%) NUnit
4 1 (0.27%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (0.27%) Subversion
4 1 (0.27%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.27%) tSQLt
General
1 78 (20.69%) Finance
2 23 (6.10%) Legal
3 20 (5.31%) Law
4 10 (2.65%) Retail
5 9 (2.39%) Local Government
6 8 (2.12%) Manufacturing
7 7 (1.86%) Telecoms
8 6 (1.59%) Banking
8 6 (1.59%) Billing
9 5 (1.33%) Marketing
10 4 (1.06%) Publishing
11 3 (0.80%) Automotive
11 3 (0.80%) German Language
12 2 (0.53%) Advertising
13 1 (0.27%) Aerospace
13 1 (0.27%) Back Office
13 1 (0.27%) French Language
13 1 (0.27%) Italian Language
13 1 (0.27%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 98 (25.99%) Analyst
2 65 (17.24%) Desktop Support
3 56 (14.85%) Support Engineer
4 51 (13.53%) Support Analyst
5 36 (9.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 33 (8.75%) Service Analyst
6 33 (8.75%) Service Desk Analyst
7 27 (7.16%) Desktop Analyst
7 27 (7.16%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 24 (6.37%) 2nd Line Support
8 24 (6.37%) Developer
9 20 (5.31%) Desktop Engineer
10 19 (5.04%) Active Directory Engineer
11 18 (4.77%) 3rd Line Engineer
12 17 (4.51%) 3rd Line Support
12 17 (4.51%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 16 (4.24%) Administrator
14 15 (3.98%) IT Support
14 15 (3.98%) Senior Analyst
15 14 (3.71%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (6.63%) .NET
2 11 (2.92%) ASP.NET
3 10 (2.65%) Middleware
4 8 (2.12%) Web Services
4 8 (2.12%) XML
5 7 (1.86%) HTML
6 6 (1.59%) jQuery
7 5 (1.33%) AngularJS
8 3 (0.80%) .NET Framework
8 3 (0.80%) Ajax
8 3 (0.80%) CSS
9 2 (0.53%) HTML5
9 2 (0.53%) LAMP
9 2 (0.53%) XHTML
10 1 (0.27%) ASP.NET MVC
10 1 (0.27%) NHibernate
10 1 (0.27%) Velocity
10 1 (0.27%) VXML
10 1 (0.27%) WCF
10 1 (0.27%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 48 (12.73%) Blackberry
2 43 (11.41%) Analytical Skills
3 39 (10.34%) Management Information System
4 32 (8.49%) Computer Science
5 23 (6.10%) PKI
6 17 (4.51%) Data Centre
7 16 (4.24%) NHS
7 16 (4.24%) Replication
8 15 (3.98%) Enterprise Software
9 13 (3.45%) AS400
9 13 (3.45%) Client/Server
10 12 (3.18%) Smartphone
11 11 (2.92%) User Experience
12 9 (2.39%) Clustering
12 9 (2.39%) Mainframe
13 8 (2.12%) CMDB
13 8 (2.12%) Tandem
14 7 (1.86%) Fat Client
14 7 (1.86%) Thin Client
15 6 (1.59%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 236 (62.60%) Windows
2 98 (25.99%) Windows Server
3 90 (23.87%) Windows 7
4 45 (11.94%) Windows Server 2008
5 39 (10.34%) Windows Server 2003
6 34 (9.02%) Windows XP
7 28 (7.43%) Linux
8 26 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
9 25 (6.63%) Apple iOS
10 16 (4.24%) Unix
10 16 (4.24%) Windows 8
11 15 (3.98%) Windows 10
12 13 (3.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (2.39%) Solaris
14 5 (1.33%) Android
15 4 (1.06%) VMS
16 3 (0.80%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.53%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.27%) Windows Mobile
18 1 (0.27%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 154 (40.85%) ITIL
2 39 (10.34%) Service Management
3 37 (9.81%) Service Delivery
4 31 (8.22%) Change Management
5 29 (7.69%) Problem Management
6 22 (5.84%) Validation
7 21 (5.57%) ITIL V3
8 19 (5.04%) Incident Management
9 17 (4.51%) Asset Management
9 17 (4.51%) Content Management
9 17 (4.51%) Migration
10 16 (4.24%) Configuration Management
10 16 (4.24%) Load Balancing
10 16 (4.24%) Root Cause Analysis
11 15 (3.98%) ITSM
11 15 (3.98%) Performance Monitoring
11 15 (3.98%) Software Delivery
12 14 (3.71%) Data Analysis
12 14 (3.71%) Disaster Recovery
12 14 (3.71%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 48 (12.73%) PowerShell
2 44 (11.67%) SQL
3 23 (6.10%) C#
4 16 (4.24%) Java
5 14 (3.71%) JavaScript
6 9 (2.39%) C
7 6 (1.59%) T-SQL
8 4 (1.06%) VB
9 2 (0.53%) C++
9 2 (0.53%) PHP
9 2 (0.53%) VBScript
10 1 (0.27%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.27%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.27%) X++
Qualifications
1 287 (76.13%) Microsoft Certification
2 145 (38.46%) MCSE
3 84 (22.28%) Degree
4 65 (17.24%) Security Cleared
5 61 (16.18%) CCNA
5 61 (16.18%) Cisco Certification
6 59 (15.65%) MCTS
7 52 (13.79%) MCSA
8 48 (12.73%) MCDST
9 43 (11.41%) SC Cleared
10 34 (9.02%) ITIL Certification
11 32 (8.49%) A+ Certification
12 29 (7.69%) MCITP
13 20 (5.31%) CCA
13 20 (5.31%) Citrix Certification
14 18 (4.77%) CCNP
15 15 (3.98%) Network+ Certification
16 14 (3.71%) ACHDS
16 14 (3.71%) ACTC
16 14 (3.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (11.94%) SLA
2 7 (1.86%) ISO 9000
2 7 (1.86%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 232 (61.54%) Active Directory
2 40 (10.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (7.43%) XenApp
4 23 (6.10%) Firmware
5 15 (3.98%) Hyper-V
5 15 (3.98%) Virtual Servers
6 8 (2.12%) vSphere
7 4 (1.06%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 4 (1.06%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (1.06%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.80%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.27%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.27%) RACF
10 1 (0.27%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.27%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 81 (21.49%) SCCM
2 29 (7.69%) SCOM
3 26 (6.90%) WSUS
4 17 (4.51%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 9 (2.39%) Microsoft Clustering
5 9 (2.39%) OpenView
5 9 (2.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 8 (2.12%) WMI
7 6 (1.59%) Backup Exec
8 5 (1.33%) AirWatch
8 5 (1.33%) HP SIM
8 5 (1.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 3 (0.80%) DatAdvantage
9 3 (0.80%) Failover Clustering
10 2 (0.53%) HP Quality Center
10 2 (0.53%) Norton AntiVirus
10 2 (0.53%) Opscode Chef
10 2 (0.53%) PowerCLI
10 2 (0.53%) Puppet
11 1 (0.27%) NetBackup
Vendors
1 276 (73.21%) Microsoft
2 75 (19.89%) Citrix
3 66 (17.51%) VMware
4 58 (15.38%) Cisco
5 51 (13.53%) HP
6 25 (6.63%) Oracle
7 20 (5.31%) Lotus
8 18 (4.77%) Apple
9 16 (4.24%) CheckPoint
10 15 (3.98%) Red Hat
11 12 (3.18%) IBM
12 11 (2.92%) Dell
12 11 (2.92%) SAP
13 9 (2.39%) Symantec
14 8 (2.12%) iManage
15 7 (1.86%) EPiServer
15 7 (1.86%) Intel Security
15 7 (1.86%) Sophos
16 6 (1.59%) Avaya
17 5 (1.33%) Becrypt
Teddington, Middlesex
Plan-net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: Yesterday
Morden, Surrey
Candidate Source
Rate: £16.86 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Warwickshire
Venn Group
Rate: £20000 Per Annum 2 Year Fixed Term Contract
Posted: 5 days ago
South East London
Linkpoint Resources
Rate: From £27,000 to £27,000 per annum Temp to Perm - Long Term
Posted: 5 days ago
Andover
Spectrum IT
Rate: £100 - £130 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Southampton
Southampton Solent University
Rate: £35,609 -£41,255 per annum
Posted: 25 days ago