The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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)
England / East of England
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 121 107 130
Rank change year-on-year -14 +23  
Contract jobs citing MCP 11 18 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 0.48% 0.72% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.49% 4.19% 3.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 13 3
Median daily rate £155 £164 £175
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.19% -6.57%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £300 £285
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 10
Median hourly rate £14.84 £18.75 £12.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.85% +56.25%  
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 the East of England.

Academic & Professional Certification
East of England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 441 430 541
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 19.17% 17.24% 17.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 234 292
Median daily rate £380 £375 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.33% +3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £183 £174 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 52 42 71
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.56 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.92% +41.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.41 £10.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £49.90 £48.50
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 the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England 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 East of England

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in the East of England

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in the East of England over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in the East of England

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the East of England

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the East of England 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
Cambridgeshire +3 4 £183 -65.23% 1
Norfolk -2 2 £119 -8.46%
Hertfordshire -4 2 £315 +6.77%
Essex -16 1 £138 -44.99% 1
Suffolk - 1 - - 2
Bedfordshire - 1 £138 - 3
MCP
England

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 East of England region with a requirement for MCP.

1 15 (68.18%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (63.64%) Windows
3 11 (50.00%) MCSE
3 11 (50.00%) Microsoft
4 10 (45.45%) ITIL
5 8 (36.36%) Active Directory
5 8 (36.36%) Windows 7
6 6 (27.27%) WAN
6 6 (27.27%) LAN
7 5 (22.73%) Cisco
7 5 (22.73%) Service Management
7 5 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
7 5 (22.73%) VMware
7 5 (22.73%) Degree
8 4 (18.18%) SCCM
8 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (18.18%) Windows XP
8 4 (18.18%) MCSA
8 4 (18.18%) Data Centre
9 3 (13.64%) PMO
9 3 (13.64%) Linux
9 3 (13.64%) Microsoft Project
9 3 (13.64%) ITSM
9 3 (13.64%) Service Delivery
9 3 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (13.64%) CCNP
9 3 (13.64%) NHS
9 3 (13.64%) Windows Server 2003
9 3 (13.64%) OneDrive
9 3 (13.64%) Project Planning

MCP
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (9.09%) MS Exchange
1 2 (9.09%) Skype for Business
2 1 (4.55%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (13.64%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 3 (13.64%) OneDrive
2 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (9.09%) SaaS
3 1 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (4.55%) Office 365
3 1 (4.55%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (27.27%) LAN
1 6 (27.27%) WAN
2 2 (9.09%) SAN
2 2 (9.09%) Skype
2 2 (9.09%) VoIP
2 2 (9.09%) WLAN
3 1 (4.55%) DNS
3 1 (4.55%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (4.55%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.55%) Power BI
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
1 1 (4.55%) Visual Studio
1 1 (4.55%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 3 (13.64%) Finance
1 3 (13.64%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 5 (22.73%) Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) 2nd Line Support
2 4 (18.18%) IT Support
2 4 (18.18%) Support Analyst
2 4 (18.18%) Support Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) 1st/2nd Line Support
3 3 (13.64%) 1st/2nd Line Support Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) Coordinator
3 3 (13.64%) Desktop Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) Desktop Support
3 3 (13.64%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 3 (13.64%) IT Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) IT Support Analyst
3 3 (13.64%) Project Coordinator
4 2 (9.09%) Cisco Network Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Lync Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Network Engineer
4 2 (9.09%) Project Planner
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.55%) .NET
1 1 (4.55%) .NET Framework
1 1 (4.55%) Ajax
1 1 (4.55%) CSS
1 1 (4.55%) HTML
1 1 (4.55%) HTML5
1 1 (4.55%) jQuery
1 1 (4.55%) JSON
1 1 (4.55%) REST
1 1 (4.55%) SOAP
1 1 (4.55%) WCF
1 1 (4.55%) Web Services
1 1 (4.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Data Centre
2 3 (13.64%) NHS
3 2 (9.09%) Driving Licence
3 2 (9.09%) PDA
4 1 (4.55%) Client/Server
4 1 (4.55%) Computer Science
4 1 (4.55%) Mobile App
4 1 (4.55%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 14 (63.64%) Windows
2 8 (36.36%) Windows 7
3 4 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (18.18%) Windows XP
4 3 (13.64%) Linux
4 3 (13.64%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (9.09%) Mac OS
5 2 (9.09%) Unix
5 2 (9.09%) Windows 10
5 2 (9.09%) Windows Server
6 1 (4.55%) Mac OS X
6 1 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) ITIL
2 5 (22.73%) Service Management
3 3 (13.64%) ITSM
3 3 (13.64%) Project Planning
3 3 (13.64%) Service Delivery
4 2 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
4 2 (9.09%) ITIL V2
4 2 (9.09%) PRINCE2
5 1 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
5 1 (4.55%) CRM
5 1 (4.55%) Don't repeat yourself (DRY)
5 1 (4.55%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (4.55%) Mentoring
5 1 (4.55%) Mobile Application Development
5 1 (4.55%) Patch Management
5 1 (4.55%) Scorecard
5 1 (4.55%) Service Design
5 1 (4.55%) SOLID
5 1 (4.55%) Virtual Infrastructure
Programming Languages
1 2 (9.09%) SQL
1 2 (9.09%) VB
2 1 (4.55%) C#
2 1 (4.55%) JavaScript
2 1 (4.55%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.55%) REXX
2 1 (4.55%) Tcl
2 1 (4.55%) T-SQL
2 1 (4.55%) VB.NET
2 1 (4.55%) VB6
2 1 (4.55%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (68.18%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (50.00%) MCSE
3 5 (22.73%) Degree
4 4 (18.18%) MCSA
5 3 (13.64%) CCNP
5 3 (13.64%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (9.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (9.09%) Security Cleared
7 1 (4.55%) A+ Certification
7 1 (4.55%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (4.55%) CCIP
7 1 (4.55%) CCNA
7 1 (4.55%) CCSP
7 1 (4.55%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (4.55%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (4.55%) Master's Degree
7 1 (4.55%) MCDST
7 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
7 1 (4.55%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.64%) PMO
2 1 (4.55%) QA
2 1 (4.55%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 5 (22.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (9.09%) Terminal Services
3 2 (9.09%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (4.55%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (18.18%) SCCM
2 2 (9.09%) Cisco CUCM
2 2 (9.09%) DameWare
2 2 (9.09%) vCenter Server
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Clustering
3 1 (4.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 11 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 5 (22.73%) Cisco
2 5 (22.73%) VMware
3 2 (9.09%) HP
3 2 (9.09%) Symantec
4 1 (4.55%) CA
4 1 (4.55%) Citrix