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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 391 348 330
Rank change year-on-year
-43 -18
Contract jobs citing MCP 193 230 211
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.45% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.64% 2.32% 2.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 103 83 118
Average daily rate
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£245 £248 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.01% +5.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £120 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £398 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £276 £248 £200
% change year-on-year
+11.61% +23.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 45 28
Average hourly rate £15.00 £14.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -15.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.10 £22.30 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.28 £13.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-1.64% -10.00%

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
11771 9919 8306
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 22.41% 19.59% 18.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 6838 5340 4439
Average daily rate £400 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £532
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 463 489
Average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.51 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.33%

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 4 March 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 4 March 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 4 March 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 -30 175 £245 -1.01% 106
London -36 59 £155 -41.50% 37
South East -3 53 £250 -9.09% 25
East of England -1 19 £175 -8.49% 7
Berkshire +15 17 £172 - 10
South West -3 16 £320 +100.00% 9
West Sussex -1 15 £290 +38.09%
North West -23 15 £115 -48.31% 11
Reading - 14 £139 - 9
West Midlands -2 13 £425 - 3
Cheshire -5 11 £110 -50.56% 6
Warrington -8 11 £110 - 3
Bristol - 11 £450 - 2
Cambridgeshire +4 10 £104 - 1
Wales +3 10 £450 +42.85% 5
City of London +3 9 £213 -44.80% 9
South Wales +8 8 £450 - 4
Hampshire -10 8 £308 - 2
Birmingham +1 7 £425 - 2
Scotland -18 7 £325 +58.53% 2
Bridgend - 7 £450 - 2
Buckinghamshire -19 6 £325 +18.18% 3
Dorset +4 5 £305 +144.00% 4
Surrey +2 5 £250 - 7
Milton Keynes -9 5 £250 -9.09%
Bournemouth - 5 £305 - 2
Norfolk -1 4 £175 +55.55%
Shropshire - 4 - - 1
Worthing - 4 £408 -
Essex +11 3 £248 +106.25% 1

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 March 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.

1 336 (72.41%) Microsoft
2 335 (72.20%) Windows
3 313 (67.46%) Microsoft Certification
4 227 (48.92%) MCSE
5 208 (44.83%) ITIL
6 194 (41.81%) Active Directory
7 146 (31.47%) MS Office
8 129 (27.80%) MS Excel
8 129 (27.80%) Security Cleared
9 125 (26.94%) VMware
10 123 (26.51%) Windows Server 2008
11 114 (24.57%) MS Exchange
12 112 (24.14%) Windows 7
13 108 (23.28%) Citrix
14 98 (21.12%) SC Cleared
15 79 (17.03%) VMware Infrastructure
16 77 (16.59%) Windows Server 2003
17 76 (16.38%) SLA
18 74 (15.95%) HP
19 71 (15.30%) Service Management
20 65 (14.01%) SCCM
21 57 (12.28%) Finance
22 56 (12.07%) DV Cleared
23 54 (11.64%) SharePoint
24 53 (11.42%) Windows XP
24 53 (11.42%) Hyper-V
25 51 (10.99%) Cisco
26 48 (10.34%) DNS
26 48 (10.34%) McAfee
26 48 (10.34%) MCITP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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
1 114 (24.57%) MS Exchange
2 54 (11.64%) SharePoint
3 47 (10.13%) Exchange Server 2003
4 41 (8.84%) IBM Notes
5 39 (8.41%) Exchange Server 2010
6 32 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2007
7 19 (4.09%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 18 (3.88%) IIS
9 13 (2.80%) Exchange Server 2013
10 11 (2.37%) Lync
11 10 (2.16%) SharePoint 2013
12 7 (1.51%) SharePoint 2010
13 6 (1.29%) Exchange Server 2000
14 3 (0.65%) Apache
14 3 (0.65%) Documentum
15 1 (0.22%) WorkSite
15 1 (0.22%) CMS
15 1 (0.22%) Lotus Domino
Applications
1 146 (31.47%) MS Office
2 129 (27.80%) MS Excel
3 22 (4.74%) MS Visio
4 12 (2.59%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.43%) MS Project
6 1 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.22%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 1 (0.22%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.22%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.22%) 3000 Xtra
1 1 (0.22%) SAP BPC
1 1 (0.22%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.22%) CODA-Financials
1 1 (0.22%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 26 (5.60%) Office 365
2 7 (1.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.51%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.29%) IaaS
4 5 (1.08%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.22%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.22%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 48 (10.34%) DNS
2 44 (9.48%) TCP/IP
3 42 (9.05%) Internet
3 42 (9.05%) DHCP
4 38 (8.19%) Firewall
5 31 (6.68%) SAN
6 30 (6.47%) LAN
7 22 (4.74%) WAN
8 21 (4.53%) Wireless
9 20 (4.31%) VPN
10 13 (2.80%) FTP
11 12 (2.59%) SMTP
11 12 (2.59%) VoIP
12 10 (2.16%) X.500
13 9 (1.94%) IP Telephony
13 9 (1.94%) X.400
14 7 (1.51%) VLAN
14 7 (1.51%) Wi-Fi
15 6 (1.29%) SSL
16 5 (1.08%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (8.19%) SQL Server
2 6 (1.29%) MS Access
3 5 (1.08%) Amazon RDS
3 5 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
4 4 (0.86%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (0.65%) Relational Database
5 3 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (0.43%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.22%) SQL Server 2005
7 1 (0.22%) MySQL
7 1 (0.22%) Data Mining
7 1 (0.22%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.22%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 10 (2.16%) Visual Studio
2 6 (1.29%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (0.65%) MSI
4 2 (0.43%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.43%) CruiseControl
4 2 (0.43%) Subversion
4 2 (0.43%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.22%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 57 (12.28%) Finance
2 20 (4.31%) Telecoms
3 7 (1.51%) Retail
3 7 (1.51%) Legal
4 6 (1.29%) Law
4 6 (1.29%) Local Government
5 5 (1.08%) Banking
6 3 (0.65%) Manufacturing
6 3 (0.65%) Electronics
7 2 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
7 2 (0.43%) Front Office
8 1 (0.22%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.22%) Marketing
8 1 (0.22%) French Language
8 1 (0.22%) German Language
8 1 (0.22%) Japanese Language
8 1 (0.22%) Polish Language
8 1 (0.22%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.22%) Advertising
8 1 (0.22%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 161 (34.70%) Analyst
2 84 (18.10%) Service Desk Analyst
2 84 (18.10%) Service Analyst
3 80 (17.24%) Support Analyst
4 79 (17.03%) Support Engineer
5 48 (10.34%) 2nd Line Support
6 46 (9.91%) 1st Line Support
7 43 (9.27%) Desktop Support
8 35 (7.54%) 1st Line Support Analyst
9 28 (6.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 28 (6.03%) 3rd Line Support
10 27 (5.82%) IT Support
11 25 (5.39%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 25 (5.39%) Help Desk Support
12 24 (5.17%) Help Desk Analyst
13 20 (4.31%) Desktop Engineer
14 18 (3.88%) Server Engineer
14 18 (3.88%) Desktop Support Analyst
14 18 (3.88%) Desktop Analyst
15 15 (3.23%) Help Desk Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (3.66%) .NET
2 14 (3.02%) .NET Framework
3 11 (2.37%) ASP.NET
3 11 (2.37%) HTML
4 9 (1.94%) CSS
5 8 (1.72%) Web Services
5 8 (1.72%) jQuery
6 7 (1.51%) CSS3
6 7 (1.51%) HTML5
6 7 (1.51%) XML
7 5 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (0.65%) Ajax
8 3 (0.65%) SAP Basis
9 2 (0.43%) XHTML
9 2 (0.43%) WCF
9 2 (0.43%) WF
9 2 (0.43%) Application Packaging
9 2 (0.43%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (0.43%) ASP.NET MVC 3
10 1 (0.22%) ASP.NET MVC 2
Miscellaneous
1 44 (9.48%) Blackberry
2 28 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
3 20 (4.31%) Clustering
4 18 (3.88%) Management Information System
5 13 (2.80%) Smartphone
6 12 (2.59%) Thin Client
6 12 (2.59%) Fat Client
7 11 (2.37%) Computer Science
8 10 (2.16%) Smartcard
9 6 (1.29%) NHS
9 6 (1.29%) PKI
10 5 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (1.08%) iPhone
10 5 (1.08%) iPad
10 5 (1.08%) Replication
10 5 (1.08%) AS400
11 4 (0.86%) Visualisation
11 4 (0.86%) PDA
12 3 (0.65%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.65%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 335 (72.20%) Windows
2 123 (26.51%) Windows Server 2008
3 112 (24.14%) Windows 7
4 77 (16.59%) Windows Server 2003
5 53 (11.42%) Windows XP
6 47 (10.13%) Windows Server 2012
7 44 (9.48%) Linux
8 28 (6.03%) Windows Vista
9 26 (5.60%) Windows 8
10 13 (2.80%) UNIX
11 7 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (1.51%) Mac OS X
12 6 (1.29%) Windows 2000
12 6 (1.29%) Windows 2000 Server
12 6 (1.29%) Mac OS
13 5 (1.08%) Android
14 4 (0.86%) HPUX
15 3 (0.65%) Apple iOS
15 3 (0.65%) Windows NT
15 3 (0.65%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 208 (44.83%) ITIL
2 71 (15.30%) Service Management
3 38 (8.19%) Service Delivery
4 37 (7.97%) Incident Management
5 34 (7.33%) Configuration Management
6 21 (4.53%) Project Management
7 18 (3.88%) Change Management
8 17 (3.66%) Migration
9 16 (3.45%) Disaster Recovery
9 16 (3.45%) Problem Management
10 15 (3.23%) ITSM
11 14 (3.02%) Validation
11 14 (3.02%) Vulnerability Management
11 14 (3.02%) ITIL V3
12 13 (2.80%) Agile Software Development
12 13 (2.80%) Asset Management
12 13 (2.80%) PRINCE2
13 12 (2.59%) Network Management
14 11 (2.37%) Information Security
15 10 (2.16%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 44 (9.48%) SQL
2 18 (3.88%) PowerShell
3 15 (3.23%) C#
4 9 (1.94%) VB
5 8 (1.72%) C
6 6 (1.29%) VBScript
6 6 (1.29%) JavaScript
7 5 (1.08%) VBA
8 3 (0.65%) PHP
9 1 (0.22%) VB6
9 1 (0.22%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.22%) Java
9 1 (0.22%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 313 (67.46%) Microsoft Certification
2 227 (48.92%) MCSE
3 129 (27.80%) Security Cleared
4 98 (21.12%) SC Cleared
5 56 (12.07%) DV Cleared
6 48 (10.34%) MCITP
7 43 (9.27%) MCSA
7 43 (9.27%) MCTS
8 41 (8.84%) A+ Certification
9 40 (8.62%) Cisco Certification
9 40 (8.62%) CCNA
10 39 (8.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 32 (6.90%) Degree
12 23 (4.96%) MCDST
13 20 (4.31%) ITIL Certification
14 19 (4.09%) Citrix Certification
15 14 (3.02%) CCA
16 11 (2.37%) CEH
16 11 (2.37%) CISSP
16 11 (2.37%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 76 (16.38%) SLA
2 5 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (1.08%) COBIT
2 5 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 5 (1.08%) ISO/IEC 17799
3 2 (0.43%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.22%) QA
System Software
1 194 (41.81%) Active Directory
2 79 (17.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 53 (11.42%) Hyper-V
4 24 (5.17%) XenApp
5 20 (4.31%) vSphere
6 16 (3.45%) VMware ESX
7 13 (2.80%) Firmware
8 9 (1.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 8 (1.72%) Terminal Services
10 6 (1.29%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.08%) UAG
11 5 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
12 3 (0.65%) Xen
12 3 (0.65%) ISA Server
12 3 (0.65%) Terminal Server
13 2 (0.43%) MetaFrame
13 2 (0.43%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 1 (0.22%) KVM
14 1 (0.22%) XenServer
14 1 (0.22%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 65 (14.01%) SCCM
2 36 (7.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 30 (6.47%) Backup Exec
4 26 (5.60%) OpenView
5 22 (4.74%) SCOM
6 14 (3.02%) McAfee ePO
7 10 (2.16%) OVSD
8 9 (1.94%) Norton AntiVirus
9 5 (1.08%) Nessus
10 4 (0.86%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.65%) WSUS
11 3 (0.65%) ARCserve
11 3 (0.65%) OpenView Configuration Management
12 2 (0.43%) Tivoli
12 2 (0.43%) Nagios
12 2 (0.43%) SCOrch
13 1 (0.22%) Casper Suite
13 1 (0.22%) WMI
13 1 (0.22%) SCVMM
13 1 (0.22%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 336 (72.41%) Microsoft
2 125 (26.94%) VMware
3 108 (23.28%) Citrix
4 74 (15.95%) HP
5 51 (10.99%) Cisco
6 48 (10.34%) McAfee
7 42 (9.05%) Symantec
7 42 (9.05%) Lotus
8 25 (5.39%) Sophos
9 16 (3.45%) Dell
10 15 (3.23%) Red Hat
10 15 (3.23%) Oracle
11 14 (3.02%) Adobe
12 13 (2.80%) IBM
13 12 (2.59%) Apple
13 12 (2.59%) Reuters
13 12 (2.59%) Bloomberg
13 12 (2.59%) NetApp
13 12 (2.59%) Lumension
14 10 (2.16%) CQG
Central London / West End
Coal IT Services
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
London
Refreshing Recruitment
Rate: £17.5 per hour
Posted: 19 hours ago
York
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Reading
Explore Group
Rate: £200 - £225 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: Up to £35k FTE plus benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
CV Screen Ltd
Rate: Up to £35k FTE plus benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Surrey
Gold Group
Rate: £15 - £20 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
High Wycombe
Church International
Rate: £400 per day all inclusive
Posted: 11 days ago
Reading
Explore Group
Posted: 14 days ago
Harrogate
Interquest - IQ ERP
Rate: £100 - £130 per day + DOE
Posted: 15 days ago
Blandford Forum, Dorset
QA Limited
Rate: £150.00 per week
Posted: 20 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
QA Limited
Rate: £150.00 per week
Posted: 20 days ago
Essex
Explore Group
Posted: 22 days ago
England
Explore Group
Rate: £220 - £270 per day
Posted: 26 days ago