The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
London / City of London
Rank 149 149 184
Rank change year-on-year 0 +35  
Contract jobs citing MCP 6 9 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.20% 0.27% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.40% 1.84% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 4
Median daily rate £500 £165 £193
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +203.03% -14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £149 £114
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £173 £278
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.71 £13.00
% change year-on-year -8.75% +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 the City of London.

Academic & Professional Certification
City of London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 428 490 852
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.20% 14.73% 16.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 350 632
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £270 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 17
Median hourly rate £15.87 £20.89 £21.38
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.04% -2.26%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.32 £17.00 £14.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.56 £37.37 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London 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 the City of London

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in the City of London

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in the City of London over the 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in the City of London

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the City of London

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 27 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 City of London region with a requirement for MCP.

1 7 (87.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 5 (62.50%) Microsoft
3 4 (50.00%) MCSA
4 3 (37.50%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (37.50%) ITIL
4 3 (37.50%) Linux
4 3 (37.50%) MCSE
4 3 (37.50%) NHS
4 3 (37.50%) Finance
4 3 (37.50%) Migration
4 3 (37.50%) MCITP
4 3 (37.50%) Skype
4 3 (37.50%) Hyper-V
5 2 (25.00%) Skype for Business
5 2 (25.00%) DNS
5 2 (25.00%) MCTS
5 2 (25.00%) Degree
5 2 (25.00%) Computer Science
5 2 (25.00%) PowerShell
5 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (25.00%) Office 365
5 2 (25.00%) VMware
5 2 (25.00%) Retail
5 2 (25.00%) Windows
5 2 (25.00%) C#
5 2 (25.00%) .NET
5 2 (25.00%) MS Excel
5 2 (25.00%) SharePoint
6 1 (12.50%) MS Exchange

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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 2 (25.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (25.00%) Skype for Business
2 1 (12.50%) Apache
2 1 (12.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (12.50%) IIS
2 1 (12.50%) MS Exchange
2 1 (12.50%) OpenStack
2 1 (12.50%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 2 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (12.50%) MS Office
2 1 (12.50%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (25.00%) Office 365
2 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (12.50%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) Skype
2 2 (25.00%) DNS
3 1 (12.50%) Cisco ASA
3 1 (12.50%) Firewall
3 1 (12.50%) FTP
3 1 (12.50%) SSH
3 1 (12.50%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (12.50%) MSI
General
1 3 (37.50%) Finance
2 2 (25.00%) Retail
3 1 (12.50%) Law
Job Titles
1 2 (25.00%) Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) .NET Developer
2 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
2 1 (12.50%) Architect
2 1 (12.50%) Azure Architect
2 1 (12.50%) C# .NET Developer
2 1 (12.50%) C# Developer
2 1 (12.50%) Desktop Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Developer
2 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Support
2 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Office 365 Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Office 365 Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Project Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Server Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Support Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Systems Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (25.00%) .NET
2 1 (12.50%) AngularJS
2 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET
2 1 (12.50%) CSS
2 1 (12.50%) HTML
2 1 (12.50%) jQuery
2 1 (12.50%) LAMP
2 1 (12.50%) Web Services
2 1 (12.50%) XML
2 1 (12.50%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 3 (37.50%) NHS
2 2 (25.00%) Computer Science
3 1 (12.50%) Blackberry
3 1 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (12.50%) Private Cloud
3 1 (12.50%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) Linux
2 2 (25.00%) Windows
3 1 (12.50%) Android
3 1 (12.50%) Windows 7
3 1 (12.50%) Windows 8
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) Business Intelligence
1 3 (37.50%) ITIL
1 3 (37.50%) Migration
2 1 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (12.50%) Application Packaging
2 1 (12.50%) Change Management
2 1 (12.50%) CRM
2 1 (12.50%) ITSM
2 1 (12.50%) Mentoring
2 1 (12.50%) Mobile Device Management
2 1 (12.50%) MVC
2 1 (12.50%) Operations Management
2 1 (12.50%) Patch Management
2 1 (12.50%) Risk Management
2 1 (12.50%) Root Cause Analysis
2 1 (12.50%) SDLC
2 1 (12.50%) Service Management
2 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
2 1 (12.50%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (25.00%) C#
1 2 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
2 1 (12.50%) PHP
2 1 (12.50%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (87.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (50.00%) MCSA
3 3 (37.50%) MCITP
3 3 (37.50%) MCSE
4 2 (25.00%) Degree
4 2 (25.00%) MCTS
5 1 (12.50%) CCNA
5 1 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (12.50%) RHCE
System Software
1 5 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 3 (37.50%) Hyper-V
3 1 (12.50%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (12.50%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) Norton AntiVirus
1 1 (12.50%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (12.50%) Puppet
1 1 (12.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) VMware
3 1 (12.50%) Apple
3 1 (12.50%) CheckPoint
3 1 (12.50%) Cisco
3 1 (12.50%) Oracle
3 1 (12.50%) Redback
3 1 (12.50%) Symantec