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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 394 376 352
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -24
Contract jobs citing MCP 207 234 225
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.37% 0.42% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.92% 2.12% 2.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 94 121
Average daily rate
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£250 £275 £235
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +17.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £135 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £377 £396 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £300 £218
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +37.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 51 26
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.00 £12.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.57 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.55 £19.75 £27.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
% change year-on-year
-1.88% +6.00%

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
10798 11013 8885
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.32% 19.54% 18.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6104 6209 4710
Average daily rate £390 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £223 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 547 500
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £48.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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 -37 187 £250 -11.50% 105
London -12 68 £155 -31.11% 36
South East +1 56 £295 +2.60% 25
North West -10 27 £145 -45.53% 8
Berkshire +19 17 £213 -52.77% 4
East of England +8 17 £175 -14.63% 8
Reading +18 15 £208 -53.72% 3
Hampshire 0 15 £325 +140.74% 7
Scotland +10 11 £331 +145.16% 2
West Sussex -10 11 £295 -26.25% 2
City of London +8 10 £174 -22.77% 8
Surrey +10 9 £263 -12.50% 5
Lancashire +8 8 - -
Cambridgeshire +3 8 £104 - 1
South West -23 7 £305 -6.15% 10
Merseyside - 7 - -
Liverpool - 7 - -
Buckinghamshire -4 6 £325 +18.18% 4
Cheshire -9 6 £120 -46.06% 4
Worthing -9 6 £393 -1.87%
Warrington -17 6 £120 - 2
West Midlands -22 6 £108 -49.17% 6
Manchester -12 5 £155 -50.00% 4
Dorset - 5 £305 - 2
Bournemouth - 5 £305 - 2
East Midlands +4 4 - - 7
Milton Keynes -8 4 £250 -9.09% 3
Birmingham -14 4 - - 5
Essex +9 3 £248 +94.11% 1
Suffolk +6 3 £245 -

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 306 (74.27%) Microsoft
2 305 (74.03%) Windows
3 265 (64.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 199 (48.30%) Active Directory
5 195 (47.33%) ITIL
6 187 (45.39%) MCSE
7 125 (30.34%) VMware
8 118 (28.64%) MS Office
9 116 (28.16%) MS Excel
10 111 (26.94%) Windows 7
11 103 (25.00%) Citrix
12 100 (24.27%) Windows Server 2008
13 94 (22.82%) Security Cleared
14 92 (22.33%) MS Exchange
15 76 (18.45%) VMware Infrastructure
16 72 (17.48%) SC Cleared
17 67 (16.26%) SCCM
18 66 (16.02%) SLA
19 65 (15.78%) HP
20 64 (15.53%) Windows Server 2003
21 58 (14.08%) Cisco
22 56 (13.59%) Service Management
23 51 (12.38%) DNS
24 48 (11.65%) Finance
25 47 (11.41%) Hyper-V
26 46 (11.17%) SharePoint
26 46 (11.17%) Windows XP
26 46 (11.17%) SQL
27 45 (10.92%) DV Cleared
28 44 (10.68%) Linux

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 92 (22.33%) MS Exchange
2 46 (11.17%) SharePoint
3 39 (9.47%) Exchange Server 2010
4 30 (7.28%) IBM Notes
5 27 (6.55%) Exchange Server 2003
6 24 (5.83%) Exchange Server 2007
7 21 (5.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 20 (4.85%) IIS
9 14 (3.40%) Exchange Server 2013
10 11 (2.67%) SharePoint 2013
11 8 (1.94%) SharePoint 2010
11 8 (1.94%) Lync
12 6 (1.46%) Exchange Server 2000
13 5 (1.21%) Documentum
14 1 (0.24%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.24%) CMS
14 1 (0.24%) Apache
14 1 (0.24%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 118 (28.64%) MS Office
2 116 (28.16%) MS Excel
3 19 (4.61%) MS Visio
4 11 (2.67%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.24%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (0.49%) Primavera
2 1 (0.24%) assyst
2 1 (0.24%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.24%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.24%) SAP BPC
2 1 (0.24%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 32 (7.77%) Office 365
2 7 (1.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (1.70%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.46%) IaaS
4 5 (1.21%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.49%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.24%) SaaS
6 1 (0.24%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 51 (12.38%) DNS
2 41 (9.95%) TCP/IP
3 38 (9.22%) DHCP
3 38 (9.22%) Firewall
4 35 (8.50%) LAN
5 34 (8.25%) SAN
6 30 (7.28%) Internet
7 22 (5.34%) VPN
8 20 (4.85%) WAN
9 16 (3.88%) Wireless
10 11 (2.67%) FTP
11 10 (2.43%) VoIP
12 9 (2.18%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (2.18%) NAS
13 7 (1.70%) SMTP
14 6 (1.46%) IP Telephony
14 6 (1.46%) SSL
15 5 (1.21%) VLAN
15 5 (1.21%) Ethernet
16 4 (0.97%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (8.25%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.21%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (1.21%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.49%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (0.49%) MS Access
5 1 (0.24%) Star Schema
5 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (0.24%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.24%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 12 (2.91%) Visual Studio
2 7 (1.70%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.49%) MSI
4 1 (0.24%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.24%) Subversion
4 1 (0.24%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.24%) Jenkins
4 1 (0.24%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 48 (11.65%) Finance
2 8 (1.94%) Telecoms
3 6 (1.46%) Legal
3 6 (1.46%) Retail
3 6 (1.46%) Local Government
4 5 (1.21%) Law
4 5 (1.21%) Banking
5 3 (0.73%) Electronics
6 2 (0.49%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.49%) Publishing
7 1 (0.24%) Advertising
7 1 (0.24%) Front Office
7 1 (0.24%) Marketing
7 1 (0.24%) French Language
7 1 (0.24%) German Language
7 1 (0.24%) Japanese Language
7 1 (0.24%) Polish Language
7 1 (0.24%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 127 (30.83%) Analyst
2 72 (17.48%) Support Engineer
3 68 (16.50%) Service Analyst
3 68 (16.50%) Service Desk Analyst
4 57 (13.83%) Support Analyst
5 48 (11.65%) 2nd Line Support
6 38 (9.22%) Desktop Support
7 36 (8.74%) 1st Line Support
8 31 (7.52%) 3rd Line Support
9 26 (6.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 25 (6.07%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 24 (5.83%) 1st Line Support Analyst
11 24 (5.83%) IT Support
12 19 (4.61%) Desktop Engineer
13 18 (4.37%) Administrator
14 16 (3.88%) Help Desk Analyst
14 16 (3.88%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
15 15 (3.64%) Help Desk Support
16 13 (3.16%) Desktop Support Engineer
16 13 (3.16%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (3.64%) .NET
2 13 (3.16%) .NET Framework
3 11 (2.67%) ASP.NET
4 9 (2.18%) HTML
5 8 (1.94%) CSS
5 8 (1.94%) XML
6 7 (1.70%) Web Services
6 7 (1.70%) jQuery
7 6 (1.46%) HTML5
7 6 (1.46%) CSS3
8 4 (0.97%) ASP.NET MVC
8 4 (0.97%) LAMP
9 2 (0.49%) SAP Basis
9 2 (0.49%) ADO
9 2 (0.49%) Ajax
9 2 (0.49%) Application Packaging
9 2 (0.49%) WCF
9 2 (0.49%) WF
9 2 (0.49%) Entity Framework
10 1 (0.24%) ASP.NET MVC 3
Miscellaneous
1 36 (8.74%) Blackberry
2 20 (4.85%) Clustering
2 20 (4.85%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (3.88%) Computer Science
4 15 (3.64%) Management Information System
5 10 (2.43%) Thin Client
5 10 (2.43%) Fat Client
6 8 (1.94%) Private Cloud
6 8 (1.94%) Replication
6 8 (1.94%) PKI
7 7 (1.70%) Smartphone
8 6 (1.46%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (1.46%) iPhone
9 5 (1.21%) NHS
9 5 (1.21%) Smartcard
9 5 (1.21%) AS400
10 4 (0.97%) PDA
10 4 (0.97%) Visualisation
10 4 (0.97%) iPad
10 4 (0.97%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 305 (74.03%) Windows
2 111 (26.94%) Windows 7
3 100 (24.27%) Windows Server 2008
4 64 (15.53%) Windows Server 2003
5 46 (11.17%) Windows XP
6 44 (10.68%) Linux
7 43 (10.44%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (5.34%) Windows 8
9 15 (3.64%) Windows Vista
10 10 (2.43%) UNIX
11 7 (1.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (1.46%) Android
13 5 (1.21%) Windows 2000 Server
13 5 (1.21%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.97%) Mac OS X
15 3 (0.73%) Windows 2000
15 3 (0.73%) Windows NT
16 2 (0.49%) AIX
16 2 (0.49%) HPUX
16 2 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 195 (47.33%) ITIL
2 56 (13.59%) Service Management
3 34 (8.25%) Service Delivery
4 33 (8.01%) Configuration Management
5 32 (7.77%) Incident Management
6 22 (5.34%) Migration
7 16 (3.88%) Disaster Recovery
7 16 (3.88%) Project Management
8 14 (3.40%) Problem Management
9 13 (3.16%) ITSM
9 13 (3.16%) Asset Management
10 12 (2.91%) Agile Software Development
11 11 (2.67%) Information Security
11 11 (2.67%) PRINCE2
11 11 (2.67%) Network Management
11 11 (2.67%) Vulnerability Management
12 10 (2.43%) Change Management
12 10 (2.43%) Validation
13 7 (1.70%) Workflow
13 7 (1.70%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 46 (11.17%) SQL
2 21 (5.10%) PowerShell
3 14 (3.40%) C#
4 9 (2.18%) VB
5 8 (1.94%) JavaScript
6 3 (0.73%) T-SQL
6 3 (0.73%) VBScript
7 2 (0.49%) PHP
7 2 (0.49%) Java
7 2 (0.49%) VBA
8 1 (0.24%) VB6
8 1 (0.24%) Groovy
8 1 (0.24%) C
8 1 (0.24%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 265 (64.32%) Microsoft Certification
2 187 (45.39%) MCSE
3 94 (22.82%) Security Cleared
4 72 (17.48%) SC Cleared
5 45 (10.92%) DV Cleared
6 43 (10.44%) MCITP
6 43 (10.44%) MCSA
7 42 (10.19%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 37 (8.98%) A+ Certification
9 36 (8.74%) MCTS
10 32 (7.77%) Cisco Certification
11 31 (7.52%) CCNA
11 31 (7.52%) Degree
12 24 (5.83%) ITIL Certification
13 19 (4.61%) MCDST
14 18 (4.37%) Citrix Certification
15 12 (2.91%) CISSP
16 11 (2.67%) CCA
17 10 (2.43%) CEH
18 9 (2.18%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 66 (16.02%) SLA
2 5 (1.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.97%) COBIT
3 4 (0.97%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (0.97%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 3 (0.73%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.49%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 199 (48.30%) Active Directory
2 76 (18.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 47 (11.41%) Hyper-V
4 25 (6.07%) XenApp
5 22 (5.34%) VMware ESX
6 20 (4.85%) vSphere
7 10 (2.43%) Terminal Services
8 8 (1.94%) VMware Workstation
9 7 (1.70%) Firmware
9 7 (1.70%) XenDesktop
10 6 (1.46%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 5 (1.21%) UAG
12 3 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
12 3 (0.73%) ISA Server
12 3 (0.73%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
13 2 (0.49%) Xen
13 2 (0.49%) MetaFrame
14 1 (0.24%) Citrix Presentation Server
14 1 (0.24%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 67 (16.26%) SCCM
2 26 (6.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 20 (4.85%) SCOM
3 20 (4.85%) Backup Exec
4 19 (4.61%) OpenView
5 7 (1.70%) McAfee ePO
6 6 (1.46%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (1.46%) OVSD
7 5 (1.21%) Nessus
8 4 (0.97%) ARCserve
8 4 (0.97%) Casper Suite
9 3 (0.73%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.49%) Tivoli
10 2 (0.49%) Nagios
10 2 (0.49%) SCVMM
10 2 (0.49%) BladeLogic
10 2 (0.49%) WSUS
11 1 (0.24%) HP Data Protector
11 1 (0.24%) WMI
11 1 (0.24%) ZENworks
Vendors
1 306 (74.27%) Microsoft
2 125 (30.34%) VMware
3 103 (25.00%) Citrix
4 65 (15.78%) HP
5 58 (14.08%) Cisco
6 43 (10.44%) McAfee
7 39 (9.47%) Symantec
8 30 (7.28%) Lotus
9 18 (4.37%) Sophos
10 15 (3.64%) Apple
10 15 (3.64%) Dell
10 15 (3.64%) Adobe
11 14 (3.40%) Red Hat
12 12 (2.91%) NetApp
12 12 (2.91%) IBM
13 11 (2.67%) Oracle
14 9 (2.18%) EMC
15 8 (1.94%) Google
15 8 (1.94%) LANDesk
16 7 (1.70%) Remedy
London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £170 - £210 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £21.55 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 17 days ago