The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
North West / Cheshire
Rank 49 76 64
Rank change year-on-year +27 -12  
Contract jobs citing MCP 2 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.38% 0.51% 0.99%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.30% 1.98% 4.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 3
Median daily rate - £238 £120
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +97.91%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Median hourly rate £13.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.71 £13.00
% change year-on-year -10.24% +28.55%  

MCP is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 87 252 174
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 16.45% 25.87% 21.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 111 92
Median daily rate £420 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.17% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £224 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 14
Median hourly rate £15.50 £35.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -55.71% +84.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.45 £17.30 £16.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.38 £44.00 £49.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing MCP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCP in Cheshire

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCP in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in Cheshire

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in Cheshire

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Top 21 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, 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 across the Cheshire region with a requirement for MCP.

1 5 (71.43%) IBM Notes
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
1 5 (71.43%) Lotus
1 5 (71.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
1 5 (71.43%) Service Management
1 5 (71.43%) Change Management
1 5 (71.43%) Incident Management
1 5 (71.43%) Computer Science
1 5 (71.43%) Problem Management
1 5 (71.43%) Trend Analysis
1 5 (71.43%) MS Office
1 5 (71.43%) ITIL
1 5 (71.43%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (28.57%) Windows
3 1 (14.29%) Windows 10
3 1 (14.29%) High Availability
3 1 (14.29%) Office 365
3 1 (14.29%) MCDST
3 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
3 1 (14.29%) HP
3 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification

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Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire 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 5 (71.43%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 5 (71.43%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Office 365
Job Titles
1 5 (71.43%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Service Analyst
1 5 (71.43%) Service Desk Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) 1st Line Support
2 1 (14.29%) Active Directory Support
2 1 (14.29%) Exchange Support
2 1 (14.29%) Infrastructure Support
Miscellaneous
1 5 (71.43%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (71.43%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) Windows
2 1 (14.29%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Change Management
1 5 (71.43%) Incident Management
1 5 (71.43%) ITIL
1 5 (71.43%) Problem Management
1 5 (71.43%) Service Management
1 5 (71.43%) Trend Analysis
2 1 (14.29%) High Availability
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) MCDST
1 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (71.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Lotus
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 1 (14.29%) HP