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 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
Rank 498 473 426
Rank change year-on-year
-25 -47
Contract jobs citing MCP 98 151 195
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.30% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.39% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 76 109
Median daily rate £313 £269 £245
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.27% +9.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £117 £125 £111
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £418 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £293 £290
% change year-on-year
-5.98% +0.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 22 37
Median hourly rate £14.04 £17.75 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.92% +18.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.20 £12.57 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £22.00 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.25 £18.75 £13.06
% change year-on-year
-24.00% +43.62%

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
9432 10878 10377
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.80% 21.26% 20.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 6090 6726 5935
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 451 445 488
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +74.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.09 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £40.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.92% +80.00%

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 21 February 2017.

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
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 21 February 2017. 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 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 -16 85 £325 +52.94% 37
London -12 33 £363 +119.69% 8
South East -1 25 £325 -1.51% 12
East of England +9 9 £275 +48.64% 6
North West +20 6 £130 -59.21% 4
Buckinghamshire +9 6 £500 +11.11% 3
Kent +7 6 £338 - 1
Jersey - 6 - -
Channel Islands - 6 - -
Oxfordshire -2 5 £145 -
Milton Keynes - 5 £500 - 1
East Midlands +8 4 £375 - 3
Yorkshire +5 4 - -
City of London -13 4 £431 +153.67% 2
Oxford - 4 £145 -
Belfast - 4 £275 - 1
County Antrim - 4 £275 - 1
Croydon - 4 - -
Norfolk - 4 £263 -
Northern Ireland - 4 £275 - 1
Edinburgh +17 3 £309 - 2
Manchester +15 3 - - 2
Berkshire +12 3 - -
Scotland +3 3 £309 -3.51% 2
West Midlands -3 3 £125 -16.66%
Cambridgeshire - 3 - - 2
North Yorkshire - 3 - -
Nottinghamshire - 3 - - 1
Cheshire +20 2 £130 -45.26% 1
Surrey +5 2 £338 +5.05% 2

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, 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.

1 204 (73.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 184 (66.19%) Microsoft
3 177 (63.67%) Active Directory
4 163 (58.63%) Windows
5 114 (41.01%) MCSE
6 110 (39.57%) ITIL
7 76 (27.34%) Windows Server
8 73 (26.26%) MS Office
9 65 (23.38%) Citrix
10 63 (22.66%) Security Cleared
10 63 (22.66%) Windows 7
11 56 (20.14%) VMware
12 54 (19.42%) MCTS
13 53 (19.06%) Windows Server 2012
13 53 (19.06%) MCSA
14 50 (17.99%) Cisco
15 49 (17.63%) MS Excel
15 49 (17.63%) Windows Server 2008
16 48 (17.27%) Finance
17 45 (16.19%) DNS
18 43 (15.47%) SCCM
19 42 (15.11%) Cisco Certification
20 41 (14.75%) CCNA
21 39 (14.03%) MS Exchange
22 37 (13.31%) Analytical Skills
23 36 (12.95%) MCITP
24 35 (12.59%) Degree
24 35 (12.59%) TCP/IP
24 35 (12.59%) Internet
25 34 (12.23%) Windows Server 2003

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 39 (14.03%) MS Exchange
2 28 (10.07%) Exchange Server 2010
3 19 (6.83%) Exchange Server 2013
4 13 (4.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 13 (4.68%) IBM Notes
4 13 (4.68%) Skype for Business
5 10 (3.60%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.16%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (1.80%) IIS
7 5 (1.80%) OpenStack
7 5 (1.80%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.08%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.72%) Apache
9 2 (0.72%) EPiServer
9 2 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.72%) GroupWise
10 1 (0.36%) Confluence
10 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2000
10 1 (0.36%) SAS
10 1 (0.36%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 73 (26.26%) MS Office
2 49 (17.63%) MS Excel
3 6 (2.16%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (1.08%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 11 (3.96%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.72%) assyst
3 2 (0.72%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 27 (9.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (8.63%) Office 365
3 9 (3.24%) Amazon AWS
4 8 (2.88%) Azure Active Directory
5 7 (2.52%) OneDrive
6 4 (1.44%) AWS CloudFormation
6 4 (1.44%) IaaS
7 3 (1.08%) Yammer
8 2 (0.72%) AWS OpsWorks
8 2 (0.72%) PaaS
8 2 (0.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (16.19%) DNS
2 35 (12.59%) Internet
2 35 (12.59%) TCP/IP
3 29 (10.43%) LAN
4 27 (9.71%) Firewall
5 26 (9.35%) VPN
6 25 (8.99%) Kerberos
6 25 (8.99%) LDAP
6 25 (8.99%) X.500
7 23 (8.27%) WAN
8 17 (6.12%) Wireless
9 13 (4.68%) Ethernet
9 13 (4.68%) SSL
10 11 (3.96%) Wi-Fi
11 10 (3.60%) DHCP
11 10 (3.60%) Remote Desktop
12 9 (3.24%) SNMP
13 8 (2.88%) Cisco ASA
13 8 (2.88%) VoIP
14 7 (2.52%) Intrusion Detection
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (6.12%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.24%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (2.52%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (1.80%) Big Data
5 4 (1.44%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (1.44%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (1.08%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.72%) MySQL
8 1 (0.36%) DTS
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle8/8i Database
8 1 (0.36%) Oracle9i Database
8 1 (0.36%) Power BI
8 1 (0.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.80%) Git (software)
1 5 (1.80%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.72%) JIRA
3 1 (0.36%) Moq
3 1 (0.36%) MSI
3 1 (0.36%) NUnit
3 1 (0.36%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.36%) Subversion
3 1 (0.36%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.36%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.36%) Visual Studio
General
1 48 (17.27%) Finance
2 13 (4.68%) Retail
3 8 (2.88%) Legal
3 8 (2.88%) Local Government
4 4 (1.44%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.08%) Marketing
6 2 (0.72%) Banking
6 2 (0.72%) Games
6 2 (0.72%) Publishing
6 2 (0.72%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.36%) Law
7 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 73 (26.26%) Analyst
2 47 (16.91%) Support Analyst
3 42 (15.11%) Desktop Support
4 34 (12.23%) Support Engineer
5 27 (9.71%) Active Directory Engineer
6 24 (8.63%) 2nd Line Support
7 23 (8.27%) Desktop Analyst
7 23 (8.27%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 20 (7.19%) Windows Engineer
9 18 (6.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 17 (6.12%) Service Desk Analyst
10 17 (6.12%) Systems Engineer
11 16 (5.76%) Desktop Engineer
11 16 (5.76%) IT Support
11 16 (5.76%) Service Analyst
12 13 (4.68%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 13 (4.68%) IT Engineer
13 12 (4.32%) Architect
13 12 (4.32%) Consultant
13 12 (4.32%) Windows Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (2.88%) .NET
2 5 (1.80%) Web Services
3 2 (0.72%) Ajax
3 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET
3 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET MVC
3 2 (0.72%) LAMP
3 2 (0.72%) Middleware
3 2 (0.72%) Software Packaging
3 2 (0.72%) WCF
4 1 (0.36%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.36%) AngularJS
4 1 (0.36%) ASP.NET MVC 3
4 1 (0.36%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 1 (0.36%) Entity Framework
4 1 (0.36%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (0.36%) JSON
4 1 (0.36%) Node.js
4 1 (0.36%) React
4 1 (0.36%) Silverlight
4 1 (0.36%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 37 (13.31%) Analytical Skills
2 34 (12.23%) PKI
2 34 (12.23%) Replication
3 31 (11.15%) Management Information System
4 30 (10.79%) Blackberry
5 20 (7.19%) Computer Science
6 13 (4.68%) Client/Server
6 13 (4.68%) Clustering
6 13 (4.68%) NHS
7 10 (3.60%) Data Centre
7 10 (3.60%) Fat Client
7 10 (3.60%) Thin Client
8 9 (3.24%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (2.88%) Video Conferencing
10 7 (2.52%) CMDB
11 6 (2.16%) Linux Command Line
11 6 (2.16%) Smartphone
11 6 (2.16%) User Experience
12 5 (1.80%) iPad
13 4 (1.44%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 163 (58.63%) Windows
2 76 (27.34%) Windows Server
3 63 (22.66%) Windows 7
4 53 (19.06%) Windows Server 2012
5 49 (17.63%) Windows Server 2008
6 34 (12.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 22 (7.91%) Windows 8
8 19 (6.83%) Unix
9 17 (6.12%) Linux
10 13 (4.68%) Apple iOS
10 13 (4.68%) Windows 10
11 8 (2.88%) Windows XP
12 5 (1.80%) VMS
13 4 (1.44%) Android
14 2 (0.72%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.72%) Solaris
15 1 (0.36%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 110 (39.57%) ITIL
2 26 (9.35%) Change Management
3 25 (8.99%) Incident Management
4 23 (8.27%) Configuration Management
5 21 (7.55%) ITIL V3
5 21 (7.55%) Problem Management
5 21 (7.55%) Service Management
6 20 (7.19%) Validation
7 18 (6.47%) Time Management
8 16 (5.76%) Migration
9 15 (5.40%) Service Delivery
10 14 (5.04%) Disaster Recovery
10 14 (5.04%) Identity Management
11 13 (4.68%) Data Analysis
12 10 (3.60%) Identity Access Management
12 10 (3.60%) Line Management
12 10 (3.60%) Performance Monitoring
13 9 (3.24%) Business Intelligence
13 9 (3.24%) Security Monitoring
13 9 (3.24%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 25 (8.99%) PowerShell
2 17 (6.12%) SQL
3 8 (2.88%) C#
4 5 (1.80%) Java
5 4 (1.44%) Bash Shell
5 4 (1.44%) Python
5 4 (1.44%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.08%) C
6 3 (1.08%) JavaScript
7 2 (0.72%) PHP
8 1 (0.36%) R
8 1 (0.36%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.36%) VB
8 1 (0.36%) VB6
8 1 (0.36%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 204 (73.38%) Microsoft Certification
2 114 (41.01%) MCSE
3 63 (22.66%) Security Cleared
4 54 (19.42%) MCTS
5 53 (19.06%) MCSA
6 42 (15.11%) Cisco Certification
7 41 (14.75%) CCNA
8 36 (12.95%) MCITP
9 35 (12.59%) Degree
10 34 (12.23%) SC Cleared
11 30 (10.79%) MCDST
12 27 (9.71%) ITIL Certification
13 19 (6.83%) A+ Certification
14 17 (6.12%) Citrix Certification
15 16 (5.76%) Network+ Certification
16 13 (4.68%) ACDT
16 13 (4.68%) ACHDS
16 13 (4.68%) ACTC
16 13 (4.68%) CCA
16 13 (4.68%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (8.99%) SLA
2 4 (1.44%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.72%) QA
4 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 177 (63.67%) Active Directory
2 26 (9.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 17 (6.12%) XenApp
4 14 (5.04%) Virtual Servers
5 12 (4.32%) Firmware
6 9 (3.24%) Hyper-V
7 5 (1.80%) NDS
7 5 (1.80%) Terminal Services
8 4 (1.44%) UAG
9 3 (1.08%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.08%) Virtual Desktop
9 3 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
9 3 (1.08%) vSphere
10 2 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (0.72%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.72%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.36%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.36%) Shibboleth
11 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 43 (15.47%) SCCM
2 12 (4.32%) Nessus
3 10 (3.60%) WSUS
4 9 (3.24%) Microsoft Clustering
4 9 (3.24%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 7 (2.52%) SCOM
5 7 (2.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (2.16%) Network Intrusion Detection System
6 6 (2.16%) Puppet
7 4 (1.44%) NetBackup
8 3 (1.08%) DatAdvantage
8 3 (1.08%) Failover Clustering
8 3 (1.08%) Norton AntiVirus
9 2 (0.72%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.72%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.72%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.36%) DameWare
10 1 (0.36%) SCOrch
10 1 (0.36%) Sysprep
10 1 (0.36%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 184 (66.19%) Microsoft
2 65 (23.38%) Citrix
3 56 (20.14%) VMware
4 50 (17.99%) Cisco
5 28 (10.07%) Apple
6 15 (5.40%) HP
7 14 (5.04%) Remedy
8 13 (4.68%) Lotus
9 12 (4.32%) BMC
9 12 (4.32%) LANDesk
9 12 (4.32%) SolarWinds
10 7 (2.52%) Oracle
10 7 (2.52%) Sophos
11 6 (2.16%) Forcepoint
11 6 (2.16%) ServiceNow
11 6 (2.16%) Wyse
12 5 (1.80%) Novell
13 4 (1.44%) CheckPoint
13 4 (1.44%) Intel Security
13 4 (1.44%) Symantec
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