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 30 October 2014 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 365 358 382
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +24
Contract jobs citing MCP 259 222 196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.45% 0.43% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.22% 2.52% 2.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 137 106 84
Average daily rate
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£250 £250 £213
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £115 £125 £100
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £263 £153
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +72.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 43 42
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.20 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.23% +4.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.40 £11.10 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.10 £22.69 £21.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.20 £15.75 £13.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +21.15%

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
11673 8801 9793
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.08% 17.03% 18.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6644 5035 5101
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £540 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 513 396 569
Average hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.55% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.10 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+10.61% -21.39%

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 30 October 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 30 October 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 30 October 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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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 -10 232 £223 -21.23% 101
South East +12 96 £285 -10.93% 28
London -3 73 £185 -24.56% 32
Milton Keynes +2 27 £164 +9.16% 1
Buckinghamshire +1 27 £164 +9.16% 7
North West +6 25 £110 -63.33% 9
Hampshire 0 22 £300 - 3
East of England -24 20 £283 +126.00% 7
Scotland +5 18 £333 +163.36% 4
Berkshire -5 15 £139 -67.29% 8
Reading +17 14 £139 -67.29% 5
Renfrewshire - 14 £340 -
Cheshire +15 12 £110 -63.33% 1
City of London +13 12 £319 - 10
Warrington -5 12 £110 -63.33%
West Sussex +9 11 £375 +26.05% 1
Surrey -1 9 £313 +140.38% 5
Manchester -4 7 £350 - 7
Hertfordshire -13 7 £268 +122.91% 1
Uxbridge - 7 £165 -
Norfolk 0 6 £296 +48.12%
West Midlands -11 6 £310 +12.72% 7
South West -47 6 £205 -44.59% 9
Docklands, London - 6 £135 -
Kent 0 5 £225 -29.68% 2
Birmingham -3 5 £310 +12.72% 3
Norwich -4 5 £453 +168.14%
East Midlands +5 4 £325 +103.12% 3
Yorkshire -12 4 £335 - 5
Farnham - 4 - -

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 October 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.

1 372 (73.37%) Microsoft
2 354 (69.82%) Microsoft Certification
3 345 (68.05%) Windows
4 229 (45.17%) Active Directory
5 225 (44.38%) ITIL
6 222 (43.79%) MCSE
7 148 (29.19%) MS Exchange
8 138 (27.22%) MS Office
9 137 (27.02%) MS Excel
9 137 (27.02%) Security Cleared
10 131 (25.84%) Windows Server 2008
11 115 (22.68%) SC Cleared
12 111 (21.89%) Windows 7
12 111 (21.89%) VMware
13 107 (21.10%) Citrix
14 101 (19.92%) HP
15 94 (18.54%) SCCM
16 86 (16.96%) Windows Server 2003
17 74 (14.60%) MCSA
18 73 (14.40%) DNS
19 69 (13.61%) Firewall
20 64 (12.62%) Service Management
21 63 (12.43%) Blackberry
21 63 (12.43%) MCITP
21 63 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
22 62 (12.23%) DHCP
22 62 (12.23%) SLA
23 61 (12.03%) SQL
23 61 (12.03%) MCTS
24 60 (11.83%) TCP/IP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 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
1 148 (29.19%) MS Exchange
2 52 (10.26%) Exchange Server 2003
3 49 (9.66%) Exchange Server 2010
4 42 (8.28%) SharePoint
5 37 (7.30%) Exchange Server 2007
6 33 (6.51%) IBM Notes
7 32 (6.31%) IIS
8 12 (2.37%) SharePoint 2013
9 11 (2.17%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 6 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (0.99%) Lync
11 5 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
12 4 (0.79%) Apache
13 2 (0.39%) Umbraco
14 1 (0.20%) Lotus Domino
14 1 (0.20%) WorkSite
14 1 (0.20%) Node.js
Applications
1 138 (27.22%) MS Office
2 137 (27.02%) MS Excel
3 24 (4.73%) MS Visio
4 11 (2.17%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.39%) MS Project
5 2 (0.39%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.20%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Oracle EBS
1 3 (0.59%) assyst
2 2 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.39%) 3000 Xtra
3 1 (0.20%) CODA-Financials
3 1 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 23 (4.54%) Office 365
2 13 (2.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 10 (1.97%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (1.78%) IaaS
5 1 (0.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 73 (14.40%) DNS
2 69 (13.61%) Firewall
3 62 (12.23%) DHCP
4 60 (11.83%) TCP/IP
5 50 (9.86%) SAN
6 49 (9.66%) Internet
7 42 (8.28%) LAN
8 39 (7.69%) WAN
9 23 (4.54%) Wireless
10 22 (4.34%) X.500
11 19 (3.75%) VPN
12 18 (3.55%) VoIP
13 17 (3.35%) SMTP
14 15 (2.96%) X.400
15 12 (2.37%) SNMP
16 11 (2.17%) Wi-Fi
16 11 (2.17%) SSL
16 11 (2.17%) IPv4
16 11 (2.17%) VLAN
17 10 (1.97%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (9.07%) SQL Server
2 9 (1.78%) Amazon RDS
3 7 (1.38%) Oracle Reports
4 5 (0.99%) MS Access
5 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (0.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (0.79%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.59%) Relational Database
7 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.39%) MySQL
7 2 (0.39%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.20%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.20%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.20%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.20%) SQL Server 2005
8 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 8 (1.58%) Visual Studio
2 6 (1.18%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (0.99%) Git (software)
4 4 (0.79%) Jenkins
4 4 (0.79%) CruiseControl
4 4 (0.79%) Subversion
4 4 (0.79%) MSI
5 3 (0.59%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (0.59%) LoadRunner
6 2 (0.39%) InstallShield
7 1 (0.20%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 44 (8.68%) Finance
2 24 (4.73%) Telecoms
3 12 (2.37%) Retail
4 6 (1.18%) Banking
4 6 (1.18%) Manufacturing
5 4 (0.79%) Investment Banking
5 4 (0.79%) Legal
5 4 (0.79%) Front Office
5 4 (0.79%) Back Office
6 3 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
6 3 (0.59%) German Language
7 2 (0.39%) Marketing
7 2 (0.39%) Law
8 1 (0.20%) Advertising
8 1 (0.20%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 171 (33.73%) Analyst
2 88 (17.36%) Support Engineer
3 84 (16.57%) Service Analyst
4 83 (16.37%) Service Desk Analyst
5 80 (15.78%) Support Analyst
6 51 (10.06%) 2nd Line Support
7 48 (9.47%) Desktop Support
8 37 (7.30%) 1st Line Support
9 32 (6.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 31 (6.11%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 28 (5.52%) 3rd Line Support
12 26 (5.13%) 1st Line Support Analyst
12 26 (5.13%) Server Engineer
13 20 (3.94%) Messaging Engineer
14 19 (3.75%) Wintel Engineer
14 19 (3.75%) Desktop Engineer
15 18 (3.55%) Desktop Analyst
16 17 (3.35%) Desktop Support Analyst
16 17 (3.35%) Help Desk Support
17 15 (2.96%) IT Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (3.75%) HTML
2 18 (3.55%) .NET
3 12 (2.37%) ASP.NET
4 11 (2.17%) XML
5 9 (1.78%) .NET Framework
6 7 (1.38%) CSS
6 7 (1.38%) ASP.NET MVC
7 6 (1.18%) HTML5
7 6 (1.18%) jQuery
7 6 (1.18%) Web Services
8 5 (0.99%) Software Packaging
9 4 (0.79%) CSS3
9 4 (0.79%) ASP.NET MVC 3
9 4 (0.79%) Ajax
9 4 (0.79%) XHTML
9 4 (0.79%) XSLT
10 3 (0.59%) JSP
10 3 (0.59%) WAP
11 2 (0.39%) Application Packaging
11 2 (0.39%) MAPI
Miscellaneous
1 63 (12.43%) Blackberry
2 42 (8.28%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (3.55%) PKI
4 16 (3.16%) Computer Science
5 14 (2.76%) Enterprise Software
5 14 (2.76%) Management Information System
6 10 (1.97%) Smartphone
7 9 (1.78%) Clustering
8 8 (1.58%) Fat Client
8 8 (1.58%) Thin Client
9 6 (1.18%) Replication
10 5 (0.99%) Smartcard
11 4 (0.79%) iPad
11 4 (0.79%) FMCG
11 4 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.59%) NHS
12 3 (0.59%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.59%) CMDB
12 3 (0.59%) Statistics
13 2 (0.39%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 345 (68.05%) Windows
2 131 (25.84%) Windows Server 2008
3 111 (21.89%) Windows 7
4 86 (16.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 56 (11.05%) Windows XP
6 51 (10.06%) Windows Server 2012
7 47 (9.27%) Linux
8 26 (5.13%) UNIX
9 25 (4.93%) Windows 8
10 24 (4.73%) Windows Vista
11 20 (3.94%) Mac OS X
12 17 (3.35%) Mac OS
13 10 (1.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 9 (1.78%) Windows 2000
15 4 (0.79%) Android
15 4 (0.79%) HPUX
16 3 (0.59%) Solaris
17 2 (0.39%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.20%) Windows NT
18 1 (0.20%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 225 (44.38%) ITIL
2 64 (12.62%) Service Management
3 35 (6.90%) Incident Management
4 25 (4.93%) Configuration Management
5 24 (4.73%) Project Management
6 21 (4.14%) Service Delivery
6 21 (4.14%) Migration
6 21 (4.14%) Coaching
7 15 (2.96%) Change Management
7 15 (2.96%) ITIL V3
8 14 (2.76%) Vulnerability Management
9 13 (2.56%) Problem Management
10 12 (2.37%) User Acceptance Testing
10 12 (2.37%) Validation
11 11 (2.17%) Penetration Testing
11 11 (2.17%) Asset Management
12 10 (1.97%) PRINCE2
13 8 (1.58%) Software Deployment
13 8 (1.58%) High Availability
13 8 (1.58%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 61 (12.03%) SQL
2 20 (3.94%) PowerShell
3 17 (3.35%) VBScript
3 17 (3.35%) C
4 13 (2.56%) C#
5 9 (1.78%) VB
6 5 (0.99%) VBA
6 5 (0.99%) JavaScript
7 4 (0.79%) PHP
8 1 (0.20%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.20%) Java
8 1 (0.20%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 354 (69.82%) Microsoft Certification
2 222 (43.79%) MCSE
3 137 (27.02%) Security Cleared
4 115 (22.68%) SC Cleared
5 74 (14.60%) MCSA
6 63 (12.43%) MCITP
7 61 (12.03%) MCTS
8 51 (10.06%) CCNA
8 51 (10.06%) Cisco Certification
9 40 (7.89%) Degree
10 38 (7.50%) A+ Certification
11 32 (6.31%) ITIL Certification
12 28 (5.52%) MCDST
13 27 (5.33%) DV Cleared
14 21 (4.14%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 20 (3.94%) Citrix Certification
16 15 (2.96%) CCNP
16 15 (2.96%) CCA
17 12 (2.37%) MOS
17 12 (2.37%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 62 (12.23%) SLA
2 5 (0.99%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.59%) COBIT
4 2 (0.39%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.20%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (0.20%) QA
5 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 229 (45.17%) Active Directory
2 63 (12.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (5.72%) Hyper-V
4 20 (3.94%) XenApp
5 17 (3.35%) vSphere
6 14 (2.76%) Firmware
7 12 (2.37%) XenServer
7 12 (2.37%) ISA Server
8 10 (1.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 9 (1.78%) UAG
10 7 (1.38%) VMware ESX
11 5 (0.99%) XenDesktop
12 4 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
13 3 (0.59%) Terminal Services
13 3 (0.59%) MetaFrame
13 3 (0.59%) Forefront TMG
14 2 (0.39%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 2 (0.39%) NFS
15 1 (0.20%) Terminal Server
15 1 (0.20%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 94 (18.54%) SCCM
2 30 (5.92%) Backup Exec
2 30 (5.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 26 (5.13%) OpenView
4 23 (4.54%) SCOM
5 17 (3.35%) OVSD
6 12 (2.37%) McAfee ePO
7 11 (2.17%) Nessus
8 10 (1.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 8 (1.58%) WSUS
10 6 (1.18%) Norton AntiVirus
11 4 (0.79%) Sysprep
12 2 (0.39%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 2 (0.39%) SCOrch
12 2 (0.39%) SCVMM
13 1 (0.20%) NetBackup
13 1 (0.20%) MAILsweeper
13 1 (0.20%) ARCserve
13 1 (0.20%) HP Data Protector
13 1 (0.20%) EMC NetWorker
Vendors
1 372 (73.37%) Microsoft
2 111 (21.89%) VMware
3 107 (21.10%) Citrix
4 101 (19.92%) HP
5 49 (9.66%) Cisco
6 38 (7.50%) Symantec
7 36 (7.10%) McAfee
8 34 (6.71%) Lotus
9 22 (4.34%) Apple
10 20 (3.94%) Sophos
11 17 (3.35%) Oracle
12 15 (2.96%) Remedy
13 13 (2.56%) Red Hat
13 13 (2.56%) Dell
14 11 (2.17%) NetApp
14 11 (2.17%) Qualys
15 10 (1.97%) Reuters
15 10 (1.97%) Bloomberg
16 9 (1.78%) LANDesk
17 8 (1.58%) SAP
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