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 25 May 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 455 452 403
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -49
Contract jobs citing MCP 187 186 228
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.35% 0.34% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.62% 1.77% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 73 101
Median daily rate £310 £263 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.09% -4.54%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £140 £116
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £363 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £305 £285 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.01% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 57 68
Median hourly rate £21.33 £16.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.27% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.25 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £21.64 £20.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.33 £15.00 £13.75
% change year-on-year
+42.20% +9.09%

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
11575 10524 10430
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.55% 19.42% 19.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7191 6014 6089
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 413 540 539
Median hourly rate £32.50 £23.75 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.84% +20.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+45.10% +34.00%

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 25 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 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 -27 154 £310 +18.09% 72
South East +2 54 £350 +13.82% 17
London -30 29 £325 +44.44% 23
Scotland -1 28 £310 +3.33%
East of England +12 16 £141 -19.28% 7
North West -23 16 £340 +65.85% 7
Renfrewshire -27 16 £328 -5.74%
Erskine -30 15 £328 -5.74%
West Midlands +1 13 £188 -42.30% 2
Manchester -2 13 £340 +107.63% 3
West Sussex -20 12 £428 +76.28% 3
North East -40 12 £287 -9.96% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -42 12 £287 - 3
Tyne and Wear -43 12 £287 -8.16% 4
Berkshire -6 11 £350 +36.58% 5
Reading -11 11 £350 +36.58% 4
Norfolk +9 10 £130 -25.71%
Surrey -9 10 £175 -40.42% 3
South West -2 9 £158 -20.75% 5
East Sussex +7 7 - -
Woking +4 7 - - 1
Hampshire -2 7 £318 -1.77% 2
Warwickshire +1 6 £275 +154.62%
Edinburgh -3 5 £126 -43.88%
Gatwick - 5 £440 -
City of London +42 4 £190 -17.83% 3
Glasgow +9 4 £310 +21.56%
Birmingham +4 4 £188 -
Hook -1 4 £318 -2.90%
Crawley - 4 £280 - 1

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 254 (76.28%) Microsoft Certification
2 246 (73.87%) Microsoft
3 212 (63.66%) Windows
4 196 (58.86%) Active Directory
5 161 (48.35%) ITIL
6 131 (39.34%) MCSE
7 120 (36.04%) MS Office
8 102 (30.63%) Windows 7
9 90 (27.03%) MS Excel
9 90 (27.03%) Windows Server
10 81 (24.32%) MS Exchange
11 79 (23.72%) SCCM
12 70 (21.02%) Finance
13 69 (20.72%) Citrix
14 67 (20.12%) MCSA
15 65 (19.52%) DNS
16 63 (18.92%) Windows Server 2008
17 62 (18.62%) Security Cleared
17 62 (18.62%) Blackberry
18 58 (17.42%) VMware
18 58 (17.42%) Degree
19 57 (17.12%) HP
20 54 (16.22%) MCTS
21 51 (15.32%) TCP/IP
22 49 (14.71%) Office 365
23 46 (13.81%) LAN
23 46 (13.81%) VMware Infrastructure
24 44 (13.21%) SQL Server
25 41 (12.31%) WAN
25 41 (12.31%) Windows XP

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 81 (24.32%) MS Exchange
2 40 (12.01%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (6.91%) SharePoint
4 17 (5.11%) Exchange Server 2013
5 16 (4.80%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 15 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (4.50%) IIS
7 11 (3.30%) IBM Notes
8 8 (2.40%) SharePoint 2013
9 6 (1.80%) Skype for Business
10 4 (1.20%) OpenStack
11 3 (0.90%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (0.60%) CICS
12 2 (0.60%) CMS
12 2 (0.60%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.60%) Umbraco
13 1 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2000
13 1 (0.30%) IBM Domino
13 1 (0.30%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 120 (36.04%) MS Office
2 90 (27.03%) MS Excel
3 7 (2.10%) MS Visio
4 6 (1.80%) MS PowerPoint
5 2 (0.60%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.30%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.30%) MS Project
6 1 (0.30%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (1.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (1.50%) assyst
2 5 (1.50%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.60%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.60%) Eikon
3 2 (0.60%) Sage 1000
3 2 (0.60%) Teamcenter
4 1 (0.30%) Sage 200
4 1 (0.30%) Sage 50
4 1 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 49 (14.71%) Office 365
2 11 (3.30%) Amazon AWS
2 11 (3.30%) Mimecast
3 9 (2.70%) IaaS
3 9 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
4 7 (2.10%) OneDrive
5 5 (1.50%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (1.20%) SaaS
7 2 (0.60%) Google Apps
7 2 (0.60%) PaaS
8 1 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.30%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 65 (19.52%) DNS
2 51 (15.32%) TCP/IP
3 46 (13.81%) LAN
4 41 (12.31%) WAN
5 34 (10.21%) DHCP
6 33 (9.91%) Firewall
7 29 (8.71%) VPN
8 22 (6.61%) Wireless
9 19 (5.71%) Internet
9 19 (5.71%) Kerberos
9 19 (5.71%) LDAP
9 19 (5.71%) X.500
10 16 (4.80%) SAN
11 11 (3.30%) Wi-Fi
12 10 (3.00%) Ethernet
13 8 (2.40%) Fibre Channel
13 8 (2.40%) VoIP
14 7 (2.10%) SNMP
14 7 (2.10%) SSL
15 6 (1.80%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (13.21%) SQL Server
2 11 (3.30%) SQL Server 2008
3 10 (3.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 8 (2.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 7 (2.10%) Amazon RDS
5 7 (2.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (1.20%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 3 (0.90%) MS Access
8 3 (0.90%) SQLPlus
9 1 (0.30%) OLAP
9 1 (0.30%) PerformancePoint
9 1 (0.30%) QlikView
9 1 (0.30%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.30%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 8 (2.40%) Visual Studio
2 2 (0.60%) AdminStudio
2 2 (0.60%) HP UFT
2 2 (0.60%) InstallShield
2 2 (0.60%) LoadRunner
2 2 (0.60%) MSI
3 1 (0.30%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.30%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.30%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.30%) Subversion
3 1 (0.30%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 70 (21.02%) Finance
2 23 (6.91%) Legal
3 18 (5.41%) Law
4 12 (3.60%) Banking
5 10 (3.00%) Manufacturing
6 7 (2.10%) Telecoms
7 6 (1.80%) Investment Banking
8 5 (1.50%) Advertising
8 5 (1.50%) Front Office
8 5 (1.50%) Local Government
9 4 (1.20%) Back Office
9 4 (1.20%) Billing
10 3 (0.90%) Publishing
11 2 (0.60%) Marketing
11 2 (0.60%) Military
11 2 (0.60%) Retail
11 2 (0.60%) Spanish Language
12 1 (0.30%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.30%) French Language
12 1 (0.30%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 107 (32.13%) Analyst
2 60 (18.02%) Desktop Support
3 56 (16.82%) Support Analyst
4 54 (16.22%) Support Engineer
5 49 (14.71%) Service Analyst
6 44 (13.21%) Service Desk Analyst
7 38 (11.41%) Desktop Analyst
8 34 (10.21%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 27 (8.11%) Active Directory Engineer
10 26 (7.81%) 2nd Line Support
11 25 (7.51%) IT Support
12 21 (6.31%) IT Engineer
13 20 (6.01%) Desktop Engineer
14 18 (5.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
15 17 (5.11%) 3rd Line Support
15 17 (5.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
16 16 (4.80%) Service Desk Support
17 13 (3.90%) 3rd Line Engineer
17 13 (3.90%) Developer
18 12 (3.60%) 1st Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.71%) .NET
2 10 (3.00%) ASP.NET
3 9 (2.70%) .NET Framework
4 7 (2.10%) Web Services
5 6 (1.80%) HTML
6 5 (1.50%) XML
7 4 (1.20%) CSS
7 4 (1.20%) jQuery
7 4 (1.20%) Middleware
8 2 (0.60%) AngularJS
8 2 (0.60%) ELK Stack
8 2 (0.60%) HTML5
8 2 (0.60%) ODBC
8 2 (0.60%) Software Packaging
9 1 (0.30%) Ajax
9 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 1 (0.30%) ASP.NET MVC 5
9 1 (0.30%) Classic ASP
9 1 (0.30%) CSS3
9 1 (0.30%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 62 (18.62%) Blackberry
2 29 (8.71%) PKI
3 28 (8.41%) Computer Science
4 25 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
5 22 (6.61%) Management Information System
6 20 (6.01%) Replication
7 17 (5.11%) Smartphone
8 14 (4.20%) Data Centre
9 13 (3.90%) AS400
10 11 (3.30%) Mathematics
11 7 (2.10%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (1.80%) iPhone
12 6 (1.80%) Mainframe
12 6 (1.80%) User Experience
13 5 (1.50%) Client/Server
13 5 (1.50%) Fat Client
13 5 (1.50%) NHS
13 5 (1.50%) Thin Client
14 4 (1.20%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 212 (63.66%) Windows
2 102 (30.63%) Windows 7
3 90 (27.03%) Windows Server
4 63 (18.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (12.31%) Windows XP
6 37 (11.11%) Windows Server 2003
7 29 (8.71%) Linux
8 27 (8.11%) Windows Server 2012
9 17 (5.11%) Windows 8
10 13 (3.90%) Windows 10
10 13 (3.90%) Windows 2000 Server
11 11 (3.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 10 (3.00%) Apple iOS
13 9 (2.70%) Unix
14 7 (2.10%) Android
15 5 (1.50%) Windows 2000
16 4 (1.20%) Windows Vista
17 3 (0.90%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.90%) Solaris
17 3 (0.90%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 161 (48.35%) ITIL
2 40 (12.01%) Service Management
3 28 (8.41%) ITIL V3
4 25 (7.51%) Service Delivery
5 22 (6.61%) Change Management
5 22 (6.61%) Problem Management
6 19 (5.71%) Validation
7 18 (5.41%) Content Management
7 18 (5.41%) Mentoring
8 16 (4.80%) Incident Management
8 16 (4.80%) ITSM
9 15 (4.50%) Configuration Management
10 13 (3.90%) Continuous Improvement
11 12 (3.60%) Coaching
11 12 (3.60%) PRINCE2
12 11 (3.30%) Load Balancing
13 10 (3.00%) Change Control
13 10 (3.00%) Document Management
14 9 (2.70%) Agile Software Development
14 9 (2.70%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 32 (9.61%) SQL
2 25 (7.51%) PowerShell
3 12 (3.60%) C
3 12 (3.60%) C#
4 8 (2.40%) JavaScript
4 8 (2.40%) VB
5 5 (1.50%) T-SQL
6 3 (0.90%) Java
6 3 (0.90%) VBScript
7 1 (0.30%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.30%) VBA
Qualifications
1 254 (76.28%) Microsoft Certification
2 131 (39.34%) MCSE
3 67 (20.12%) MCSA
4 62 (18.62%) Security Cleared
5 58 (17.42%) Degree
6 54 (16.22%) MCTS
7 41 (12.31%) MCDST
8 39 (11.71%) CCNA
8 39 (11.71%) Cisco Certification
9 37 (11.11%) SC Cleared
10 30 (9.01%) MCITP
11 26 (7.81%) ITIL Certification
12 19 (5.71%) A+ Certification
13 15 (4.50%) CCNP
14 13 (3.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 10 (3.00%) MCDBA
16 9 (2.70%) DBS Check
17 8 (2.40%) DV Cleared
18 6 (1.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
19 5 (1.50%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (8.71%) SLA
2 8 (2.40%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.60%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.30%) Data Quality
System Software
1 196 (58.86%) Active Directory
2 46 (13.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 35 (10.51%) XenApp
4 23 (6.91%) Hyper-V
5 8 (2.40%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (1.80%) Firmware
6 6 (1.80%) vSphere
7 4 (1.20%) ISA Server
7 4 (1.20%) Terminal Services
7 4 (1.20%) UAG
8 3 (0.90%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.90%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.60%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.60%) RACF
9 2 (0.60%) Terminal Server
9 2 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
10 1 (0.30%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.30%) EMC RecoverPoint
10 1 (0.30%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 79 (23.72%) SCCM
2 21 (6.31%) WSUS
3 11 (3.30%) Backup Exec
4 10 (3.00%) Norton AntiVirus
5 9 (2.70%) HP SIM
5 9 (2.70%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 8 (2.40%) SCOM
7 7 (2.10%) OpenView
8 6 (1.80%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 6 (1.80%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 5 (1.50%) WMI
10 4 (1.20%) AirWatch
10 4 (1.20%) NetBackup
10 4 (1.20%) Sysprep
11 3 (0.90%) DameWare
12 2 (0.60%) Cacti
12 2 (0.60%) McAfee ePO
12 2 (0.60%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
12 2 (0.60%) Nagios
12 2 (0.60%) Puppet
Vendors
1 246 (73.87%) Microsoft
2 69 (20.72%) Citrix
3 58 (17.42%) VMware
4 57 (17.12%) HP
5 36 (10.81%) Cisco
6 20 (6.01%) Symantec
7 19 (5.71%) IBM
8 14 (4.20%) Dell
9 13 (3.90%) Red Hat
10 11 (3.30%) Apple
10 11 (3.30%) Avaya
10 11 (3.30%) Lotus
11 10 (3.00%) Intel Security
11 10 (3.00%) Oracle
12 9 (2.70%) Becrypt
13 8 (2.40%) Hitachi
13 8 (2.40%) Intel
14 7 (2.10%) Remedy
14 7 (2.10%) SAP
15 6 (1.80%) ServiceNow
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