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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 420 370 324
Rank change year-on-year
-50 -46
Contract jobs citing MCP 197 240 253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.35% 0.45% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.89% 2.35% 2.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 115 107
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£280 £230 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.73% -16.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £121 £119
10% offered a daily rate of more than £422 £375 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £245 £275
% change year-on-year
+14.08% -10.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 51 41
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.75 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.47% -1.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.55 £11.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.55 £20.95 £21.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £15.75 £15.25
% change year-on-year
+6.34% +3.27%

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
10437 10204 8844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.69% 19.28% 17.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 6117 5810 4731
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 533 464 498
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.94 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+13.92% -8.13%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -60 181 £238 +7.95% 95
London -37 59 £290 +45.00% 29
South East -35 49 £280 +27.27% 28
North West -1 24 £210 +78.72% 11
East of England +2 19 £175 +2.94% 9
Berkshire +25 18 £148 -67.22% 3
Reading +14 14 - - 2
City of London -9 13 £341 +31.25% 4
Surrey -5 11 - - 11
Cambridgeshire +4 10 - - 5
Scotland -5 10 £300 -7.33% 1
Yorkshire -17 8 £225 -10.00% 8
Merseyside - 8 - - 1
Liverpool - 8 - - 1
Peterborough - 8 - -
West Midlands 0 7 £325 - 2
Manchester -2 7 £186 -32.27% 7
South West -18 6 £288 -11.53% 5
West Sussex -29 6 £225 - 4
North East - 6 £319 -
Staines - 6 - - 1
Hampshire -3 5 £315 +142.30% 4
Cheshire -6 5 £225 +125.00% 3
Buckinghamshire -7 5 £400 +110.52% 5
Hertfordshire -11 5 - - 2
Tyne and Wear - 5 £313 -
Hook +2 4 £280 +4.97%
Milton Keynes -2 4 £400 +110.52% 3
Birmingham -2 4 £375 -11.76% 1
South Yorkshire -11 4 £225 +5.88%

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 315 (77.21%) Microsoft
2 295 (72.30%) Windows
3 272 (66.67%) Microsoft Certification
4 198 (48.53%) Active Directory
5 194 (47.55%) MCSE
6 189 (46.32%) ITIL
7 127 (31.13%) VMware
8 126 (30.88%) Windows 7
9 108 (26.47%) MS Office
10 103 (25.25%) MS Excel
11 90 (22.06%) Citrix
12 86 (21.08%) Windows Server 2008
13 82 (20.10%) MS Exchange
14 74 (18.14%) VMware Infrastructure
15 73 (17.89%) Security Cleared
16 62 (15.20%) SCCM
17 61 (14.95%) HP
18 59 (14.46%) Windows Server 2003
19 57 (13.97%) SLA
20 55 (13.48%) Cisco
20 55 (13.48%) DNS
20 55 (13.48%) MCSA
21 51 (12.50%) Symantec
22 46 (11.27%) SQL Server
22 46 (11.27%) SC Cleared
23 44 (10.78%) Hyper-V
23 44 (10.78%) SharePoint
23 44 (10.78%) LAN
24 43 (10.54%) TCP/IP
24 43 (10.54%) Cisco Certification

MCP
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 82 (20.10%) MS Exchange
2 44 (10.78%) SharePoint
3 37 (9.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (5.39%) IBM Notes
5 20 (4.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 19 (4.66%) Exchange Server 2007
6 19 (4.66%) IIS
7 16 (3.92%) Exchange Server 2003
8 15 (3.68%) Lync
9 14 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2013
10 11 (2.70%) SharePoint 2013
11 7 (1.72%) SharePoint 2010
12 5 (1.23%) Documentum
13 3 (0.74%) Exchange Server 2000
14 2 (0.49%) MS Project Server
14 2 (0.49%) TPMS
15 1 (0.25%) SharePoint Server
15 1 (0.25%) CMS
15 1 (0.25%) BizTalk Server
15 1 (0.25%) GroupWise
Applications
1 108 (26.47%) MS Office
2 103 (25.25%) MS Excel
3 20 (4.90%) MS Visio
4 17 (4.17%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.98%) MS Project
6 2 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.25%) PowerPivot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.25%) assyst
1 1 (0.25%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.25%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 37 (9.07%) Office 365
2 14 (3.43%) Amazon AWS
3 12 (2.94%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (1.23%) IaaS
5 4 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.74%) SaaS
7 2 (0.49%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 55 (13.48%) DNS
2 44 (10.78%) LAN
3 43 (10.54%) TCP/IP
4 38 (9.31%) SAN
5 35 (8.58%) Firewall
6 33 (8.09%) DHCP
7 30 (7.35%) WAN
8 24 (5.88%) VPN
9 16 (3.92%) Internet
10 14 (3.43%) NAS
11 10 (2.45%) VLAN
12 9 (2.21%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (2.21%) VoIP
12 9 (2.21%) NetScaler
13 7 (1.72%) SMTP
14 6 (1.47%) SSL
14 6 (1.47%) FTP
14 6 (1.47%) HTTP
15 5 (1.23%) iSCSI
16 4 (0.98%) FCoE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (11.27%) SQL Server
2 8 (1.96%) Data Warehouse
2 8 (1.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (1.72%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 5 (1.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 4 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
6 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database
6 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (0.74%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (0.25%) QlikView
7 1 (0.25%) Star Schema
7 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (0.25%) Crystal Reports
7 1 (0.25%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.25%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.25%) Microsoft Power View
Development Applications
1 10 (2.45%) Visual Studio
2 5 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.25%) WebDriver
3 1 (0.25%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (0.25%) Moq
3 1 (0.25%) SpecFlow
3 1 (0.25%) ClearCase
3 1 (0.25%) MSI
3 1 (0.25%) NUnit
3 1 (0.25%) StarTeam
3 1 (0.25%) Selenium
General
1 37 (9.07%) Finance
2 9 (2.21%) Retail
3 7 (1.72%) Banking
4 6 (1.47%) French Language
4 6 (1.47%) German Language
5 5 (1.23%) Telecoms
5 5 (1.23%) Law
6 4 (0.98%) Electronics
6 4 (0.98%) Advertising
7 3 (0.74%) Publishing
7 3 (0.74%) Legal
8 2 (0.49%) Local Government
9 1 (0.25%) Marketing
9 1 (0.25%) Japanese Language
9 1 (0.25%) Polish Language
9 1 (0.25%) Spanish Language
9 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
9 1 (0.25%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 105 (25.74%) Analyst
2 72 (17.65%) Support Engineer
3 57 (13.97%) Service Analyst
3 57 (13.97%) Service Desk Analyst
4 54 (13.24%) Support Analyst
4 54 (13.24%) 2nd Line Support
5 38 (9.31%) Desktop Support
6 31 (7.60%) 3rd Line Support
7 30 (7.35%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
8 25 (6.13%) 1st Line Support
9 23 (5.64%) Administrator
10 22 (5.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 17 (4.17%) Help Desk Support
11 17 (4.17%) 1st Line Support Analyst
11 17 (4.17%) Desktop Analyst
12 16 (3.92%) IT Support
12 16 (3.92%) Desktop Engineer
13 15 (3.68%) Desktop Support Analyst
14 14 (3.43%) Developer
15 13 (3.19%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (4.90%) .NET
2 19 (4.66%) .NET Framework
3 14 (3.43%) HTML
4 12 (2.94%) CSS
5 11 (2.70%) ASP.NET
6 9 (2.21%) jQuery
7 7 (1.72%) XML
8 6 (1.47%) HTML5
9 5 (1.23%) CSS3
9 5 (1.23%) Web Services
9 5 (1.23%) Application Packaging
10 4 (0.98%) LAMP
10 4 (0.98%) Entity Framework
11 3 (0.74%) ASP.NET MVC
11 3 (0.74%) AngularJS
12 2 (0.49%) ASP.NET Web Forms
12 2 (0.49%) ASP.NET Web API
12 2 (0.49%) Backbone.js
12 2 (0.49%) KnockoutJS
12 2 (0.49%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 38 (9.31%) Blackberry
2 32 (7.84%) Data Centre
3 21 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (4.66%) Computer Science
5 18 (4.41%) Clustering
6 15 (3.68%) PKI
7 9 (2.21%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (1.96%) iPhone
8 8 (1.96%) Fat Client
8 8 (1.96%) Thin Client
8 8 (1.96%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.72%) Replication
10 6 (1.47%) iPad
11 4 (0.98%) NHS
12 3 (0.74%) Client/Server
12 3 (0.74%) Smartphone
12 3 (0.74%) Private Cloud
12 3 (0.74%) Hybrid Cloud
12 3 (0.74%) CMDB
13 2 (0.49%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 295 (72.30%) Windows
2 126 (30.88%) Windows 7
3 86 (21.08%) Windows Server 2008
4 59 (14.46%) Windows Server 2003
5 42 (10.29%) Windows XP
6 41 (10.05%) Linux
7 37 (9.07%) Windows Server 2012
8 26 (6.37%) Windows 8
9 14 (3.43%) UNIX
10 13 (3.19%) Mac OS X
11 8 (1.96%) Windows Vista
12 6 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (1.23%) Android
13 5 (1.23%) Solaris
13 5 (1.23%) Apple iOS
14 4 (0.98%) Data ONTAP
14 4 (0.98%) Windows 2000 Server
15 3 (0.74%) Windows 2000
15 3 (0.74%) Windows NT
16 2 (0.49%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 189 (46.32%) ITIL
2 34 (8.33%) Service Management
3 32 (7.84%) Configuration Management
4 26 (6.37%) Migration
5 25 (6.13%) Service Delivery
5 25 (6.13%) Incident Management
6 17 (4.17%) Patch Management
7 15 (3.68%) Problem Management
7 15 (3.68%) PRINCE2
8 11 (2.70%) Disaster Recovery
9 10 (2.45%) ITSM
9 10 (2.45%) Change Management
9 10 (2.45%) Validation
9 10 (2.45%) Project Management
10 9 (2.21%) Business Intelligence
11 8 (1.96%) Workflow
11 8 (1.96%) Agile Software Development
11 8 (1.96%) Asset Management
11 8 (1.96%) Network Management
11 8 (1.96%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 40 (9.80%) SQL
2 26 (6.37%) PowerShell
3 15 (3.68%) C#
4 11 (2.70%) JavaScript
5 4 (0.98%) Perl
5 4 (0.98%) T-SQL
5 4 (0.98%) VB
5 4 (0.98%) C
6 1 (0.25%) VBA
6 1 (0.25%) Groovy
6 1 (0.25%) PHP
6 1 (0.25%) Java
Qualifications
1 272 (66.67%) Microsoft Certification
2 194 (47.55%) MCSE
3 73 (17.89%) Security Cleared
4 55 (13.48%) MCSA
5 46 (11.27%) SC Cleared
6 43 (10.54%) MCTS
6 43 (10.54%) Cisco Certification
7 42 (10.29%) CCNA
8 37 (9.07%) DV Cleared
9 36 (8.82%) A+ Certification
10 34 (8.33%) MCITP
11 32 (7.84%) Degree
12 30 (7.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 29 (7.11%) ITIL Certification
14 28 (6.86%) Citrix Certification
15 15 (3.68%) MCDST
16 13 (3.19%) MCSD
17 11 (2.70%) CCEA
18 10 (2.45%) CCA
19 9 (2.21%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 57 (13.97%) SLA
2 5 (1.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.74%) COBIT
4 3 (0.74%) QA
4 3 (0.74%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 17799
5 1 (0.25%) 21 CFR Part 11
System Software
1 198 (48.53%) Active Directory
2 74 (18.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 44 (10.78%) Hyper-V
4 21 (5.15%) XenApp
4 21 (5.15%) VMware ESX
5 12 (2.94%) Microsoft App-V
6 11 (2.70%) VMware Workstation
7 10 (2.45%) vSphere
8 9 (2.21%) Terminal Services
9 7 (1.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 7 (1.72%) XenDesktop
10 6 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
11 4 (0.98%) NFS
12 3 (0.74%) UAG
12 3 (0.74%) Firmware
12 3 (0.74%) Terminal Server
12 3 (0.74%) Xen
13 1 (0.25%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.25%) XenServer
13 1 (0.25%) VirtualBox
Systems Management
1 62 (15.20%) SCCM
2 17 (4.17%) SCOM
3 12 (2.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 12 (2.94%) Backup Exec
4 10 (2.45%) OpenView
5 6 (1.47%) SCVMM
6 5 (1.23%) NetBackup
6 5 (1.23%) Casper Suite
7 4 (0.98%) SnapVault
7 4 (0.98%) WSUS
7 4 (0.98%) Norton AntiVirus
8 3 (0.74%) ARCserve
8 3 (0.74%) McAfee ePO
9 2 (0.49%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.49%) Nagios
9 2 (0.49%) NetVault Backup
10 1 (0.25%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.25%) ZENworks
10 1 (0.25%) OVSD
10 1 (0.25%) WMI
Vendors
1 315 (77.21%) Microsoft
2 127 (31.13%) VMware
3 90 (22.06%) Citrix
4 61 (14.95%) HP
5 55 (13.48%) Cisco
6 51 (12.50%) Symantec
7 32 (7.84%) McAfee
8 23 (5.64%) Lotus
9 20 (4.90%) Apple
10 19 (4.66%) Remedy
11 17 (4.17%) Adobe
12 11 (2.70%) Sophos
13 10 (2.45%) NetApp
13 10 (2.45%) Dell
14 8 (1.96%) Oracle
14 8 (1.96%) AppSense
14 8 (1.96%) Red Hat
15 6 (1.47%) Google
15 6 (1.47%) EMC
16 5 (1.23%) F5
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