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 25 June 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.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 55 80 72
Rank change year-on-year +25 -8  
Contract jobs citing MCP 1 2 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.16% 0.22% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 0.95% 3.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 2
Median daily rate - - £225
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £300 £285
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £16.00
% change year-on-year -24.98% +33.31%  

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 96 210 152
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 15.24% 22.90% 15.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 131 71
Median daily rate £315 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £305 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £532 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 2 20
Median hourly rate £55.00 £47.50 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.78% +193.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £35.50 £14.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.50 £59.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

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

MCP
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

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in Cheshire

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Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. 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 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
Warrington +21 1 - - 1
MCP
North West

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 2 (66.67%) Windows
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (33.33%) HP
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (33.33%) Service Management
2 1 (33.33%) Change Management
2 1 (33.33%) MCDST
2 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
2 1 (33.33%) Problem Management
2 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 1 (33.33%) High Availability
2 1 (33.33%) Office 365
2 1 (33.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
2 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 10
2 1 (33.33%) ITIL

MCP
Co-occurring 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:

Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 1 (33.33%) Office 365
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) 1st Line Support
1 1 (33.33%) Active Directory Support
1 1 (33.33%) Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Exchange Support
1 1 (33.33%) Infrastructure Support
1 1 (33.33%) Problem Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (66.67%) Windows
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) Change Management
1 1 (33.33%) High Availability
1 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
1 1 (33.33%) ITIL
1 1 (33.33%) Problem Management
1 1 (33.33%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
1 1 (33.33%) MCDST
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) HP
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft