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 27 May 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
27 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 428 376 333
Rank change year-on-year
-52 -43
Contract jobs citing MCP 189 220 226
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.34% 0.42% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.79% 2.15% 2.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 102 112
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.54% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £145 £116 £108
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £375 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £287 £275
% change year-on-year
-8.61% +4.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 64 32
Average hourly rate £16.50 £15.50 £14.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.45% +5.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.60 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.55 £20.90 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £14.50 £12.75
% change year-on-year
+3.44% +13.72%

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
10534 10252 8455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.09% 19.44% 18.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 6025 5984 4533
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 518 525 461
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.47 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -56 168 £260 -5.45% 115
London -9 59 £225 -8.16% 32
South East -20 42 £308 +36.66% 37
North West -8 30 £205 - 11
Scotland +4 16 £300 +122.22% 1
Berkshire +7 15 £256 -43.05% 4
Reading +3 13 £256 -43.05% 2
East of England -6 13 £175 +2.94% 9
Hampshire +11 10 £325 +150.00% 12
Lancashire +17 9 £205 -
Manchester -3 9 £164 -47.17% 7
City of London -11 9 £220 -20.00% 7
Surrey +9 8 £294 -2.08% 9
Liverpool - 8 - -
Merseyside - 8 - -
Cambridgeshire 0 7 - - 3
Renfrewshire +7 6 £347 +41.82%
Erskine +7 6 £347 +41.82%
Peterborough +6 6 - - 1
North East -5 6 £319 - 2
West Sussex -24 6 £243 +7.77%
Hook - 6 £333 -
Buckinghamshire -4 5 £400 +110.52% 12
West Midlands -13 5 £325 +52.94% 5
South West -13 5 £199 -38.84% 6
Tyne and Wear - 5 £313 - 1
Milton Keynes +4 4 £400 +110.52% 7
Cheshire -11 4 £225 +125.00% 4
East Midlands -11 4 - - 8
Yorkshire -20 4 £140 -45.31% 4

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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.

1 297 (76.55%) Microsoft
2 283 (72.94%) Windows
3 251 (64.69%) Microsoft Certification
4 194 (50.00%) Active Directory
5 181 (46.65%) MCSE
6 176 (45.36%) ITIL
7 124 (31.96%) VMware
8 107 (27.58%) MS Office
9 103 (26.55%) Windows 7
10 101 (26.03%) MS Excel
11 92 (23.71%) Citrix
12 91 (23.45%) MS Exchange
12 91 (23.45%) Windows Server 2008
13 88 (22.68%) Security Cleared
14 76 (19.59%) VMware Infrastructure
15 62 (15.98%) SC Cleared
15 62 (15.98%) Windows Server 2003
16 59 (15.21%) SCCM
17 58 (14.95%) HP
18 57 (14.69%) SLA
19 53 (13.66%) Cisco
20 52 (13.40%) DNS
21 50 (12.89%) Hyper-V
22 48 (12.37%) Symantec
23 44 (11.34%) Service Management
23 44 (11.34%) SQL Server
23 44 (11.34%) Exchange Server 2010
24 43 (11.08%) SQL
24 43 (11.08%) SharePoint
24 43 (11.08%) TCP/IP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 91 (23.45%) MS Exchange
2 44 (11.34%) Exchange Server 2010
3 43 (11.08%) SharePoint
4 24 (6.19%) Exchange Server 2007
4 24 (6.19%) IBM Notes
5 22 (5.67%) IIS
5 22 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2003
6 21 (5.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 19 (4.90%) Exchange Server 2013
8 12 (3.09%) Lync
9 11 (2.84%) SharePoint 2013
10 8 (2.06%) SharePoint 2010
11 7 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2000
12 5 (1.29%) Documentum
13 2 (0.52%) TPMS
14 1 (0.26%) SharePoint Server
14 1 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
14 1 (0.26%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.26%) CMS
Applications
1 107 (27.58%) MS Office
2 101 (26.03%) MS Excel
3 19 (4.90%) MS Visio
4 12 (3.09%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.26%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.26%) assyst
1 1 (0.26%) Dynamics NAV
1 1 (0.26%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 33 (8.51%) Office 365
2 9 (2.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (2.32%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (1.55%) IaaS
4 5 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
5 3 (0.77%) SaaS
6 2 (0.52%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.26%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 52 (13.40%) DNS
2 43 (11.08%) TCP/IP
3 37 (9.54%) SAN
4 36 (9.28%) Firewall
4 36 (9.28%) LAN
5 29 (7.47%) DHCP
6 27 (6.96%) WAN
7 21 (5.41%) Internet
8 19 (4.90%) VPN
9 12 (3.09%) NAS
10 10 (2.58%) VoIP
10 10 (2.58%) Wi-Fi
10 10 (2.58%) Wireless
11 6 (1.55%) IP Telephony
11 6 (1.55%) VLAN
12 5 (1.29%) SSL
12 5 (1.29%) SMTP
13 4 (1.03%) FTP
13 4 (1.03%) HTTP
13 4 (1.03%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 9 (2.32%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (1.29%) Amazon RDS
4 5 (1.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (1.03%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.77%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (0.77%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.26%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.26%) QlikView
7 1 (0.26%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 11 (2.84%) Visual Studio
2 6 (1.55%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.26%) WebDriver
3 1 (0.26%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.26%) Moq
3 1 (0.26%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.26%) VSS/SourceSafe
3 1 (0.26%) MSI
3 1 (0.26%) NUnit
3 1 (0.26%) Selenium
General
1 40 (10.31%) Finance
2 9 (2.32%) Retail
3 6 (1.55%) Telecoms
3 6 (1.55%) Banking
4 5 (1.29%) Local Government
5 3 (0.77%) Law
5 3 (0.77%) Legal
5 3 (0.77%) Electronics
5 3 (0.77%) Advertising
6 1 (0.26%) Publishing
6 1 (0.26%) Front Office
6 1 (0.26%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.26%) Marketing
6 1 (0.26%) French Language
6 1 (0.26%) German Language
6 1 (0.26%) Japanese Language
6 1 (0.26%) Polish Language
6 1 (0.26%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 108 (27.84%) Analyst
2 61 (15.72%) Support Engineer
3 59 (15.21%) Service Analyst
3 59 (15.21%) Service Desk Analyst
4 48 (12.37%) Support Analyst
5 47 (12.11%) 2nd Line Support
6 33 (8.51%) Desktop Support
7 30 (7.73%) 3rd Line Support
8 24 (6.19%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 24 (6.19%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
9 23 (5.93%) 1st Line Support
10 19 (4.90%) Administrator
11 18 (4.64%) IT Support
12 16 (4.12%) Help Desk Support
13 15 (3.87%) 1st Line Support Analyst
14 14 (3.61%) Messaging Engineer
15 13 (3.35%) Desktop Engineer
15 13 (3.35%) Consultant
15 13 (3.35%) Developer
16 12 (3.09%) Desktop Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (5.41%) .NET
2 18 (4.64%) .NET Framework
3 13 (3.35%) HTML
4 12 (3.09%) CSS
5 11 (2.84%) ASP.NET
6 9 (2.32%) jQuery
7 8 (2.06%) XML
8 6 (1.55%) Web Services
9 5 (1.29%) HTML5
9 5 (1.29%) CSS3
10 4 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC
10 4 (1.03%) Entity Framework
10 4 (1.03%) LAMP
11 3 (0.77%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.52%) Backbone.js
12 2 (0.52%) KnockoutJS
12 2 (0.52%) LESS
12 2 (0.52%) ADO
12 2 (0.52%) Application Packaging
12 2 (0.52%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 35 (9.02%) Blackberry
2 21 (5.41%) Clustering
3 20 (5.15%) Computer Science
4 18 (4.64%) Data Centre
5 13 (3.35%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (2.84%) Management Information System
7 9 (2.32%) PKI
8 7 (1.80%) Replication
9 6 (1.55%) Fat Client
9 6 (1.55%) Thin Client
10 5 (1.29%) NHS
10 5 (1.29%) iPhone
10 5 (1.29%) Private Cloud
11 4 (1.03%) Visualisation
11 4 (1.03%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (0.77%) iPad
12 3 (0.77%) Client/Server
13 2 (0.52%) N-Tier
13 2 (0.52%) Mainframe
13 2 (0.52%) Inversion of Control
Operating Systems
1 283 (72.94%) Windows
2 103 (26.55%) Windows 7
3 91 (23.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 62 (15.98%) Windows Server 2003
5 42 (10.82%) Windows Server 2012
6 40 (10.31%) Linux
7 35 (9.02%) Windows XP
8 21 (5.41%) Windows 8
9 7 (1.80%) UNIX
9 7 (1.80%) Windows Vista
9 7 (1.80%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 6 (1.55%) Mac OS X
11 5 (1.29%) Android
12 4 (1.03%) Windows 2000 Server
13 3 (0.77%) Solaris
13 3 (0.77%) Windows 2000
13 3 (0.77%) Windows NT
13 3 (0.77%) Apple iOS
14 2 (0.52%) AIX
14 2 (0.52%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 176 (45.36%) ITIL
2 44 (11.34%) Service Management
3 30 (7.73%) Configuration Management
4 28 (7.22%) Migration
5 26 (6.70%) Incident Management
6 23 (5.93%) Service Delivery
7 19 (4.90%) Disaster Recovery
8 14 (3.61%) Problem Management
9 13 (3.35%) Project Management
10 12 (3.09%) ITSM
10 12 (3.09%) Validation
11 11 (2.84%) Agile Software Development
11 11 (2.84%) PRINCE2
11 11 (2.84%) Patch Management
12 10 (2.58%) Change Management
12 10 (2.58%) Asset Management
12 10 (2.58%) Workflow
13 9 (2.32%) Information Security
13 9 (2.32%) Vulnerability Management
14 8 (2.06%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (11.08%) SQL
2 31 (7.99%) PowerShell
3 16 (4.12%) C#
4 11 (2.84%) JavaScript
5 5 (1.29%) VB
6 4 (1.03%) T-SQL
7 3 (0.77%) Perl
8 2 (0.52%) Java
8 2 (0.52%) VBA
9 1 (0.26%) VB6
9 1 (0.26%) Groovy
9 1 (0.26%) C
9 1 (0.26%) PHP
9 1 (0.26%) VBScript
9 1 (0.26%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 251 (64.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 181 (46.65%) MCSE
3 88 (22.68%) Security Cleared
4 62 (15.98%) SC Cleared
5 42 (10.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 41 (10.57%) MCTS
6 41 (10.57%) DV Cleared
6 41 (10.57%) MCSA
7 40 (10.31%) Cisco Certification
8 39 (10.05%) CCNA
9 36 (9.28%) MCITP
10 33 (8.51%) Degree
11 31 (7.99%) A+ Certification
12 21 (5.41%) ITIL Certification
12 21 (5.41%) Citrix Certification
13 15 (3.87%) MCDST
14 12 (3.09%) CCA
14 12 (3.09%) MCSD
15 10 (2.58%) CISSP
16 8 (2.06%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (14.69%) SLA
2 5 (1.29%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.77%) COBIT
4 3 (0.77%) ISO/IEC 17799
4 3 (0.77%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.52%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.26%) 21 CFR Part 11
6 1 (0.26%) QA
System Software
1 194 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 76 (19.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 50 (12.89%) Hyper-V
4 24 (6.19%) XenApp
5 23 (5.93%) VMware ESX
6 16 (4.12%) vSphere
7 11 (2.84%) Terminal Services
8 9 (2.32%) VMware Workstation
9 8 (2.06%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 7 (1.80%) XenDesktop
11 5 (1.29%) UAG
11 5 (1.29%) Firmware
12 4 (1.03%) Microsoft App-V
12 4 (1.03%) VMware ESXi
13 3 (0.77%) Terminal Server
13 3 (0.77%) NFS
14 2 (0.52%) Xen
15 1 (0.26%) ISA Server
15 1 (0.26%) VirtualBox
15 1 (0.26%) KVM
Systems Management
1 59 (15.21%) SCCM
2 19 (4.90%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 16 (4.12%) Backup Exec
4 14 (3.61%) SCOM
4 14 (3.61%) OpenView
5 6 (1.55%) Norton AntiVirus
5 6 (1.55%) NetBackup
6 5 (1.29%) Casper Suite
7 4 (1.03%) McAfee ePO
7 4 (1.03%) ARCserve
7 4 (1.03%) Nessus
7 4 (1.03%) SCVMM
8 3 (0.77%) WSUS
9 2 (0.52%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.52%) Nagios
10 1 (0.26%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.26%) OVSD
10 1 (0.26%) WMI
10 1 (0.26%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 297 (76.55%) Microsoft
2 124 (31.96%) VMware
3 92 (23.71%) Citrix
4 58 (14.95%) HP
5 53 (13.66%) Cisco
6 48 (12.37%) Symantec
7 40 (10.31%) McAfee
8 24 (6.19%) Lotus
9 19 (4.90%) Apple
10 17 (4.38%) Sophos
11 15 (3.87%) Adobe
12 11 (2.84%) Red Hat
13 10 (2.58%) NetApp
14 9 (2.32%) Remedy
14 9 (2.32%) Dell
14 9 (2.32%) EMC
15 8 (2.06%) Oracle
16 6 (1.55%) IBM
16 6 (1.55%) Google
16 6 (1.55%) LANDesk
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