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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 477 491 393
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -98
Contract jobs citing MCP 168 164 255
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.31% 0.29% 0.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.52% 1.48% 2.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 67 115
Median daily rate £295 £250 £267
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.00% -6.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £121 £128 £132
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £353
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £235 £275
% change year-on-year
+6.38% -14.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 43 48
Median hourly rate £22.00 £14.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+51.72% -17.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.04 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £21.91 £30.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.50 £14.50 £17.07
% change year-on-year
+62.06% -15.05%

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 11070 10828
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.44% 19.25% 19.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 6887 6638 6154
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £528
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £377 £353
% change year-on-year
-0.53% +6.95%
Number of hourly rates quoted 397 529 460
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.06 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.71
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +14.18%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 29 August 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 +14 158 £293 +17.00% 69
London -2 72 £360 +24.13% 18
South East +17 36 £170 -35.23% 17
City of London +31 19 £450 +38.46% 3
East of England +23 18 £250 +63.93% 3
Surrey +6 12 £198 -34.08% 6
Essex +15 10 £275 -
North East - 10 £330 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne - 9 £330 - 2
Tyne and Wear - 9 £330 - 3
Hertfordshire +8 8 £230 +91.66% 2
North West +8 8 £238 +48.43% 13
Hampshire +11 7 £313 +11.60% 4
Basildon - 7 £275 -
Manchester +1 6 £355 +69.04% 5
Buckinghamshire +15 5 £105 -57.14% 2
Milton Keynes +14 5 £105 -57.14% 1
South West +7 5 £244 -37.96% 7
Egham +10 4 - -
West Midlands -34 4 £349 +16.25% 4
Northern Ireland - 4 - -
Watford - 4 £238 - 1
Canary Wharf - 4 £160 -
Reading +14 3 - -
Berkshire +1 3 - - 3
East Midlands -5 3 - - 1
Kent - 3 £130 - 3
Belfast - 3 - -
County Antrim - 3 - -
Scotland +3 2 - - 1

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 269 (76.42%) Microsoft Certification
2 256 (72.73%) Microsoft
3 228 (64.77%) Windows
4 205 (58.24%) Active Directory
5 152 (43.18%) ITIL
6 143 (40.63%) MCSE
7 136 (38.64%) MS Office
8 109 (30.97%) MS Excel
9 92 (26.14%) Windows 7
10 90 (25.57%) Windows Server
11 79 (22.44%) SCCM
12 74 (21.02%) Degree
12 74 (21.02%) Finance
13 70 (19.89%) Citrix
14 68 (19.32%) TCP/IP
15 66 (18.75%) VMware
16 65 (18.47%) MS Exchange
17 64 (18.18%) DNS
17 64 (18.18%) CCNA
17 64 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
18 57 (16.19%) Security Cleared
19 56 (15.91%) MCSA
20 53 (15.06%) Cisco
21 52 (14.77%) Blackberry
21 52 (14.77%) HP
22 47 (13.35%) MCDST
22 47 (13.35%) Office 365
23 46 (13.07%) PowerShell
23 46 (13.07%) SQL Server
24 45 (12.78%) SQL

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 65 (18.47%) MS Exchange
2 34 (9.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (6.25%) SharePoint
4 19 (5.40%) Exchange Server 2013
5 18 (5.11%) IBM Notes
6 14 (3.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 12 (3.41%) IIS
8 11 (3.13%) Exchange Server 2007
9 9 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (1.42%) OpenStack
11 4 (1.14%) CMS
12 3 (0.85%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.85%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.85%) Umbraco
13 2 (0.57%) Apache
13 2 (0.57%) Kentico
14 1 (0.28%) CICS
14 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2000
14 1 (0.28%) Exchange Server 2003
14 1 (0.28%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 136 (38.64%) MS Office
2 109 (30.97%) MS Excel
3 8 (2.27%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (1.70%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (1.70%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.28%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.28%) PTC Creo
5 1 (0.28%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 7 (1.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.57%) assyst
2 2 (0.57%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (0.57%) Eikon
2 2 (0.57%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.57%) Teamcenter
3 1 (0.28%) Sage 1000
3 1 (0.28%) Sage 50
Cloud Services
1 47 (13.35%) Office 365
2 16 (4.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (3.13%) OneDrive
4 9 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
5 8 (2.27%) Mimecast
6 7 (1.99%) IaaS
7 4 (1.14%) SaaS
8 3 (0.85%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.57%) Google Apps
9 2 (0.57%) PaaS
10 1 (0.28%) Azure Active Directory
10 1 (0.28%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 68 (19.32%) TCP/IP
2 64 (18.18%) DNS
3 43 (12.22%) Firewall
4 41 (11.65%) LAN
5 38 (10.80%) WAN
6 36 (10.23%) DHCP
6 36 (10.23%) Internet
7 23 (6.53%) Wireless
8 17 (4.83%) Ethernet
9 16 (4.55%) SAN
10 15 (4.26%) VPN
11 13 (3.69%) Cisco ASA
12 12 (3.41%) Kerberos
13 10 (2.84%) LDAP
13 10 (2.84%) X.500
14 9 (2.56%) SSL
14 9 (2.56%) Wi-Fi
14 9 (2.56%) WLAN
15 8 (2.27%) Extranet
15 8 (2.27%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (13.07%) SQL Server
2 20 (5.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 19 (5.40%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (2.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (2.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (1.42%) Amazon RDS
7 4 (1.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (1.14%) SQLPlus
8 3 (0.85%) MS Access
8 3 (0.85%) MySQL
9 2 (0.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.57%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (0.57%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Power View
10 1 (0.28%) OLAP
10 1 (0.28%) OLTP
10 1 (0.28%) Power BI
10 1 (0.28%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.28%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 9 (2.56%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.42%) MSI
3 4 (1.14%) InstallShield
4 2 (0.57%) AdminStudio
4 2 (0.57%) HP UFT
4 2 (0.57%) LoadRunner
4 2 (0.57%) Subversion
4 2 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (0.57%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.28%) CruiseControl
5 1 (0.28%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.28%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.28%) MorphX
5 1 (0.28%) tSQLt
General
1 74 (21.02%) Finance
2 22 (6.25%) Legal
3 21 (5.97%) Law
4 10 (2.84%) Manufacturing
5 9 (2.56%) Local Government
6 8 (2.27%) Retail
6 8 (2.27%) Telecoms
7 7 (1.99%) Banking
8 6 (1.70%) Billing
9 3 (0.85%) Advertising
9 3 (0.85%) Automotive
9 3 (0.85%) German Language
9 3 (0.85%) Publishing
10 2 (0.57%) Marketing
11 1 (0.28%) Aerospace
11 1 (0.28%) Back Office
11 1 (0.28%) French Language
11 1 (0.28%) Italian Language
11 1 (0.28%) Military
11 1 (0.28%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 99 (28.13%) Analyst
2 63 (17.90%) Desktop Support
3 53 (15.06%) Support Analyst
4 52 (14.77%) Support Engineer
5 34 (9.66%) Service Analyst
6 33 (9.38%) Service Desk Analyst
7 30 (8.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 28 (7.95%) Desktop Analyst
8 28 (7.95%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 26 (7.39%) 2nd Line Support
10 21 (5.97%) Developer
11 20 (5.68%) 3rd Line Support
12 18 (5.11%) Desktop Engineer
13 17 (4.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 17 (4.83%) Administrator
13 17 (4.83%) IT Support
14 16 (4.55%) Desktop Support Engineer
14 16 (4.55%) Senior Analyst
15 15 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 15 (4.26%) Active Directory Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (6.25%) .NET
2 11 (3.13%) ASP.NET
2 11 (3.13%) Middleware
3 10 (2.84%) HTML
4 9 (2.56%) XML
5 8 (2.27%) Web Services
6 7 (1.99%) jQuery
7 5 (1.42%) AngularJS
8 4 (1.14%) .NET Framework
8 4 (1.14%) CSS
9 3 (0.85%) Ajax
9 3 (0.85%) HTML5
9 3 (0.85%) XHTML
10 2 (0.57%) ODBC
11 1 (0.28%) ASP.NET MVC 4
11 1 (0.28%) ASP.NET MVC 5
11 1 (0.28%) Classic ASP
11 1 (0.28%) CSS3
11 1 (0.28%) XMPP
11 1 (0.28%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 52 (14.77%) Blackberry
2 37 (10.51%) Analytical Skills
3 31 (8.81%) Management Information System
4 30 (8.52%) Computer Science
5 17 (4.83%) PKI
6 16 (4.55%) AS400
6 16 (4.55%) Data Centre
7 15 (4.26%) NHS
8 12 (3.41%) Smartphone
9 11 (3.13%) User Experience
10 10 (2.84%) Client/Server
10 10 (2.84%) Mainframe
10 10 (2.84%) Replication
11 9 (2.56%) Tandem
12 7 (1.99%) Mathematics
13 6 (1.70%) Clustering
13 6 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
14 5 (1.42%) Video Conferencing
15 4 (1.14%) CMDB
15 4 (1.14%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 228 (64.77%) Windows
2 92 (26.14%) Windows 7
3 90 (25.57%) Windows Server
4 42 (11.93%) Windows Server 2008
5 38 (10.80%) Windows XP
6 33 (9.38%) Windows Server 2003
7 31 (8.81%) Linux
8 26 (7.39%) Windows Server 2012
9 22 (6.25%) Apple iOS
10 17 (4.83%) Unix
11 16 (4.55%) Windows 8
12 14 (3.98%) Windows 10
13 13 (3.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 9 (2.56%) Solaris
15 6 (1.70%) Android
16 4 (1.14%) Mac OS
16 4 (1.14%) VMS
17 2 (0.57%) Windows 2000 Server
18 1 (0.28%) Mac OS X
18 1 (0.28%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 152 (43.18%) ITIL
2 37 (10.51%) Service Management
3 34 (9.66%) Service Delivery
4 26 (7.39%) Problem Management
5 24 (6.82%) Change Management
6 21 (5.97%) ITIL V3
7 18 (5.11%) Asset Management
7 18 (5.11%) Migration
7 18 (5.11%) Root Cause Analysis
8 17 (4.83%) Content Management
9 16 (4.55%) Load Balancing
9 16 (4.55%) Validation
10 15 (4.26%) Incident Management
10 15 (4.26%) ITSM
11 14 (3.98%) Patch Management
12 13 (3.69%) Configuration Management
12 13 (3.69%) Data Analysis
12 13 (3.69%) Document Management
12 13 (3.69%) Performance Monitoring
13 11 (3.13%) Agile Software Development
Programming Languages
1 46 (13.07%) PowerShell
2 45 (12.78%) SQL
3 20 (5.68%) C#
4 14 (3.98%) Java
5 13 (3.69%) JavaScript
6 12 (3.41%) C
7 6 (1.70%) T-SQL
7 6 (1.70%) VB
8 4 (1.14%) VBScript
9 2 (0.57%) C++
10 1 (0.28%) PHP
10 1 (0.28%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.28%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.28%) X++
Qualifications
1 269 (76.42%) Microsoft Certification
2 143 (40.63%) MCSE
3 74 (21.02%) Degree
4 64 (18.18%) CCNA
4 64 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
5 57 (16.19%) Security Cleared
6 56 (15.91%) MCSA
7 47 (13.35%) MCDST
8 43 (12.22%) MCTS
9 39 (11.08%) SC Cleared
10 32 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
11 29 (8.24%) MCITP
12 24 (6.82%) A+ Certification
13 21 (5.97%) CCNP
14 17 (4.83%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 16 (4.55%) CCA
15 16 (4.55%) Citrix Certification
15 16 (4.55%) MCDBA
16 11 (3.13%) ACHDS
16 11 (3.13%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (10.80%) SLA
2 8 (2.27%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (1.99%) ISO 9000
3 7 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 205 (58.24%) Active Directory
2 43 (12.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (7.39%) XenApp
4 18 (5.11%) Hyper-V
5 14 (3.98%) Firmware
6 12 (3.41%) Virtual Servers
7 9 (2.56%) vSphere
8 5 (1.42%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (1.42%) VMware ESX
9 4 (1.14%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 4 (1.14%) Terminal Services
10 2 (0.57%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.28%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.28%) RACF
11 1 (0.28%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 79 (22.44%) SCCM
2 26 (7.39%) SCOM
3 22 (6.25%) WSUS
4 10 (2.84%) OpenView
5 8 (2.27%) Backup Exec
5 8 (2.27%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 8 (2.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 8 (2.27%) WMI
6 7 (1.99%) HP SIM
6 7 (1.99%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 6 (1.70%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (1.14%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
9 2 (0.57%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.28%) DameWare
10 1 (0.28%) EdgeSight
10 1 (0.28%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.28%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.28%) OVSD
10 1 (0.28%) SCDPM
Vendors
1 256 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 70 (19.89%) Citrix
3 66 (18.75%) VMware
4 53 (15.06%) Cisco
5 52 (14.77%) HP
6 24 (6.82%) Oracle
7 17 (4.83%) IBM
7 17 (4.83%) Lotus
8 16 (4.55%) Apple
8 16 (4.55%) CheckPoint
9 15 (4.26%) Dell
9 15 (4.26%) Red Hat
10 12 (3.41%) SAP
11 11 (3.13%) Symantec
12 9 (2.56%) Avaya
13 8 (2.27%) iManage
14 7 (1.99%) Becrypt
15 6 (1.70%) Intel Security
16 5 (1.42%) 3PAR
16 5 (1.42%) EPiServer
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