The table below looks at the statistics for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 6 March 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
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 103 106 104
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -2
Contract jobs citing MCP 10 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.44% 0.33% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.02% 1.97% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 1
Average daily rate
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£425 - £135
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £254 £200
% change year-on-year
+3.55% +26.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
Average hourly rate £13.06 £13.76 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.12% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.28 £13.25 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+0.20% -26.38%
MCP
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
494 356 258
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 21.66% 16.54% 14.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 264 161 126
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £205 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £515 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+10.00% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 12 28
Average hourly rate £30.20 £12.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+141.60% -62.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.60 £31.50 £34.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -33.33%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCP across the West Midlands region.

MCP Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the West Midlands region.

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 6 March 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Birmingham -3 7 £425 - 2
Shropshire - 3 - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Coventry - - - -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 23 (95.83%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (83.33%) MCSE
3 19 (79.17%) Windows
4 13 (54.17%) MS Office
4 13 (54.17%) Citrix
5 11 (45.83%) Active Directory
6 10 (41.67%) Microsoft
6 10 (41.67%) Windows XP
7 9 (37.50%) ITSM
8 8 (33.33%) ITIL
8 8 (33.33%) MS Excel
9 7 (29.17%) SCCM
10 6 (25.00%) Local Government
10 6 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
10 6 (25.00%) SLA
10 6 (25.00%) Service Management
11 5 (20.83%) A+ Certification
11 5 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
11 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2012
12 4 (16.67%) Hyper-V
12 4 (16.67%) XenApp
12 4 (16.67%) Windows 7
12 4 (16.67%) vSphere
12 4 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
12 4 (16.67%) CCA
12 4 (16.67%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (16.67%) CCEA
12 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
12 4 (16.67%) VMware
12 4 (16.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands region 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 4 (16.67%) MS Exchange
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 13 (54.17%) MS Office
2 8 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 5 (20.83%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (4.17%) MS Project
4 1 (4.17%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.17%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (8.33%) TCP/IP
2 1 (4.17%) DNS
2 1 (4.17%) Internet
2 1 (4.17%) Network Security
2 1 (4.17%) LAN
2 1 (4.17%) VoIP
2 1 (4.17%) WAN
2 1 (4.17%) DHCP
General
1 6 (25.00%) Local Government
2 1 (4.17%) French Language
2 1 (4.17%) German Language
2 1 (4.17%) Polish Language
2 1 (4.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (37.50%) Analyst
1 9 (37.50%) Service Analyst
1 9 (37.50%) Service Desk Analyst
2 6 (25.00%) Help Desk Analyst
2 6 (25.00%) Support Engineer
3 5 (20.83%) Help Desk Support
3 5 (20.83%) Help Desk Engineer
3 5 (20.83%) Help Desk Support Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Citrix Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
5 1 (4.17%) Systems Administrator
5 1 (4.17%) Messaging Specialist
5 1 (4.17%) Administrator
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) Senior Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.17%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 19 (79.17%) Windows
2 10 (41.67%) Windows XP
3 6 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (16.67%) Windows 7
6 1 (4.17%) Windows 8
6 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (4.17%) Windows Vista
6 1 (4.17%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (37.50%) ITSM
2 8 (33.33%) ITIL
3 6 (25.00%) Service Management
4 2 (8.33%) Migration
5 1 (4.17%) Project Planning
5 1 (4.17%) Software Deployment
5 1 (4.17%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.33%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 23 (95.83%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (83.33%) MCSE
3 5 (20.83%) A+ Certification
4 4 (16.67%) CCA
4 4 (16.67%) Citrix Certification
4 4 (16.67%) CCEA
4 4 (16.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (16.67%) MCTS
4 4 (16.67%) MCITP
5 3 (12.50%) MCSA
6 2 (8.33%) ITIL Certification
6 2 (8.33%) CNE
6 2 (8.33%) Novell Certification
6 2 (8.33%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (25.00%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (45.83%) Active Directory
2 4 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (16.67%) Hyper-V
2 4 (16.67%) XenApp
2 4 (16.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (29.17%) SCCM
2 2 (8.33%) Tivoli
3 1 (4.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 13 (54.17%) Citrix
2 10 (41.67%) Microsoft
3 4 (16.67%) VMware
4 2 (8.33%) Google
4 2 (8.33%) Brocade
4 2 (8.33%) McAfee
4 2 (8.33%) Oracle
4 2 (8.33%) SAP
5 1 (4.17%) Cisco
5 1 (4.17%) EMC
5 1 (4.17%) Websense