Period
to 24 January 2022

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 24 January 2022 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)
UK > England
6 months to
24 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 617 506 591
Rank change year-on-year -111 +85 +71
Contract jobs citing MCP 156 36 148
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.11% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.18% 0.45% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 17 85
10th Percentile £128 £114 £120
25th Percentile £194 £135 £139
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £340 £150 £190
Median % change year-on-year +126.67% -21.05% -5.00%
75th Percentile £425 £294 £294
90th Percentile £538 £395 £455
UK median daily rate £200 £150 £190
% change year-on-year +33.33% -21.05% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 2 20
10th Percentile - £16.25 £15.23
25th Percentile £12.25 £18.13 £15.70
Median hourly rate £13.50 £22.50 £15.85
Median % change year-on-year -40.00% +41.96% +3.59%
75th Percentile £14.75 £28.13 £17.60
90th Percentile £19.85 £30.75 £20.08
UK median hourly rate £13.50 £23.40 £15.85
% change year-on-year -42.31% +47.63% +3.59%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 13,239 7,931 14,090
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.13% 23.29% 21.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,548 5,190 9,138
10th Percentile £313 £275 £263
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £465
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.15% +3.33%
75th Percentile £625 £572 £565
90th Percentile £700 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £525 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 600 394 546
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £17.20 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £38.15 £40.00 £32.00
Median % change year-on-year -4.63% +25.00% +22.98%
75th Percentile £53.28 £52.69 £49.50
90th Percentile £65.77 £63.03 £57.25
UK median hourly rate £39.53 £40.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -1.80% +23.85% +22.84%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCP in England.

Daily rate trend for MCP in England

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCP in England over the 6 months to 24 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCP in England.

Hourly rate trend for MCP in England

MCP
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCP in England over the 6 months to 24 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for MCP in England

MCP
Contract Job Locations in 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 England region over the 6 months to 24 January 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
East of England +15 68 £135 -8.32% 12
North of England -32 30 £200 +0.25% 43
Midlands -41 23 £380 -20.00% 21
East Midlands -12 20 £380 -20.00% 12
North West -32 18 £125 -37.34% 21
London -175 17 £500 +88.50% 14
Yorkshire - 12 £200 - 13
South East -66 8 £289 +92.67% 18
South West -49 7 £500 +42.86% 17
West Midlands - 3 £320 - 9
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 24 January 2022, IT contractor jobs citing MCP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCP.

1 102 (65.38%) ITIL
2 88 (56.41%) Windows
3 83 (53.21%) Microsoft
4 82 (52.56%) Active Directory
5 81 (51.92%) Social Skills
6 65 (41.67%) Problem-Solving
7 64 (41.03%) Incident Management
8 54 (34.62%) Problem Management
8 54 (34.62%) Microsoft 365
9 50 (32.05%) Service Delivery
10 46 (29.49%) Mathematics
11 45 (28.85%) Microsoft Certification
12 41 (26.28%) Cisco Certification
12 41 (26.28%) CCNA
13 40 (25.64%) Microsoft Office
14 37 (23.72%) MCSE
15 33 (21.15%) Citrix
16 30 (19.23%) Windows 10
17 26 (16.67%) HP
17 26 (16.67%) VPN
18 24 (15.38%) Azure
19 23 (14.74%) Degree
19 23 (14.74%) MCSA
19 23 (14.74%) VMware
20 22 (14.10%) Firewall
21 20 (12.82%) ITSM
21 20 (12.82%) Blackberry
21 20 (12.82%) SCCM
22 19 (12.18%) Windows Server
23 18 (11.54%) DNS

MCP
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 17 (10.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 8 (5.13%) MS Exchange
3 7 (4.49%) SharePoint
4 5 (3.21%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (3.21%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (3.21%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (2.56%) IBM Notes
5 4 (2.56%) Skype for Business
6 3 (1.92%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (0.64%) SAS
Applications
1 40 (25.64%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (3.21%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.92%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 54 (34.62%) Microsoft 365
2 24 (15.38%) Azure
3 12 (7.69%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (3.85%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (3.21%) Mimecast
6 4 (2.56%) AWS
7 3 (1.92%) Google Workspace
8 2 (1.28%) SaaS
9 1 (0.64%) Azure Stack
9 1 (0.64%) Google Docs
9 1 (0.64%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 26 (16.67%) VPN
2 22 (14.10%) Firewall
3 18 (11.54%) DNS
4 16 (10.26%) DHCP
5 8 (5.13%) Wireless
6 7 (4.49%) IPsec
6 7 (4.49%) SSH
6 7 (4.49%) SSL
6 7 (4.49%) VoIP
6 7 (4.49%) Wi-Fi
7 6 (3.85%) TCP/IP
8 5 (3.21%) IPv4
8 5 (3.21%) Network Security
8 5 (3.21%) Structured Cabling
9 4 (2.56%) iSCSI
9 4 (2.56%) NAS
9 4 (2.56%) SAN
9 4 (2.56%) Skype
10 3 (1.92%) Remote Desktop
10 3 (1.92%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.56%) SQL Server
1 4 (2.56%) SQL Server 2005
1 4 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (2.56%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (0.64%) DB2
2 1 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (1.92%) JIRA
2 1 (0.64%) MSI
General
1 81 (51.92%) Social Skills
2 9 (5.77%) Finance
3 8 (5.13%) Organisational Skills
4 5 (3.21%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (3.21%) Documentation Skills
4 5 (3.21%) Retail
5 2 (1.28%) Banking
6 1 (0.64%) German Language
6 1 (0.64%) Hungarian Language
6 1 (0.64%) Law
6 1 (0.64%) Legal
6 1 (0.64%) Lithuanian Language
6 1 (0.64%) Polish Language
6 1 (0.64%) Portuguese Language
6 1 (0.64%) Public Sector
6 1 (0.64%) Publishing
6 1 (0.64%) Spanish Language
6 1 (0.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 77 (49.36%) Analyst
2 71 (45.51%) Service Analyst
2 71 (45.51%) Service Desk Analyst
3 31 (19.87%) Call Centre Analyst
3 31 (19.87%) Customer Analyst
4 19 (12.18%) Support Engineer
5 18 (11.54%) Technical Analyst
6 17 (10.90%) Technical Services Analyst
7 15 (9.62%) Systems Engineer
8 13 (8.33%) Service Desk Agent
9 12 (7.69%) Desktop Support
10 10 (6.41%) Architect
10 10 (6.41%) Desktop Engineer
10 10 (6.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 9 (5.77%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
11 9 (5.77%) Administrator
12 8 (5.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 8 (5.13%) IT Engineer
12 8 (5.13%) Service Desk Administrator
13 7 (4.49%) Security Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.28%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.64%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 20 (12.82%) Blackberry
2 17 (10.90%) iPhone
3 9 (5.77%) Management Information System
3 9 (5.77%) Self-Motivation
4 7 (4.49%) Data Centre
5 6 (3.85%) Smartphone
6 5 (3.21%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.28%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.28%) Legacy Systems
7 2 (1.28%) NHS
7 2 (1.28%) PKI
8 1 (0.64%) CMDB
8 1 (0.64%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.64%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.64%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 88 (56.41%) Windows
2 30 (19.23%) Windows 10
3 19 (12.18%) Windows Server
4 13 (8.33%) Windows 7
5 10 (6.41%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (5.13%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (4.49%) Windows Server 2016
8 6 (3.85%) Mac OS X
9 5 (3.21%) Mac OS
10 4 (2.56%) Android
10 4 (2.56%) Linux
10 4 (2.56%) VMS
11 3 (1.92%) Apple iOS
11 3 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (1.28%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.28%) Windows Server 2019
12 2 (1.28%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (65.38%) ITIL
2 65 (41.67%) Problem-Solving
3 64 (41.03%) Incident Management
4 54 (34.62%) Problem Management
5 50 (32.05%) Service Delivery
6 46 (29.49%) Mathematics
7 20 (12.82%) ITSM
8 12 (7.69%) Service Management
9 10 (6.41%) Migration
10 9 (5.77%) PRINCE2
11 8 (5.13%) Change Management
11 8 (5.13%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 8 (5.13%) ITIL V3
12 7 (4.49%) Asset Management
13 6 (3.85%) Agile Software Development
13 6 (3.85%) Workflow
14 5 (3.21%) Patch Management
14 5 (3.21%) Software Asset Management
14 5 (3.21%) Virtual Environments
15 4 (2.56%) Software Licensing
Programming Languages
1 9 (5.77%) PowerShell
2 3 (1.92%) SQL
3 1 (0.64%) C++
Qualifications
1 45 (28.85%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (26.28%) CCNA
2 41 (26.28%) Cisco Certification
3 37 (23.72%) MCSE
4 23 (14.74%) Degree
4 23 (14.74%) MCSA
5 15 (9.62%) Security Cleared
6 14 (8.97%) SC Cleared
7 10 (6.41%) A+ Certification
7 10 (6.41%) MCITP
7 10 (6.41%) MCTS
8 8 (5.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 7 (4.49%) CCA
9 7 (4.49%) Citrix Certification
10 5 (3.21%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (3.21%) MOS
10 5 (3.21%) Network+ Certification
10 5 (3.21%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 5 (3.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 4 (2.56%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (7.05%) SLA
2 6 (3.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (3.85%) PCI DSS
3 4 (2.56%) ISO 9001
4 3 (1.92%) ISO/IEC 19770
5 1 (0.64%) GDPR
5 1 (0.64%) JSP 440
System Software
1 82 (52.56%) Active Directory
2 14 (8.97%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (3.85%) Microsoft App-V
3 6 (3.85%) XenApp
3 6 (3.85%) XenDesktop
4 5 (3.21%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 5 (3.21%) Hyper-V
4 5 (3.21%) Virtual Servers
5 4 (2.56%) NFS
6 2 (1.28%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (12.82%) SCCM
2 17 (10.90%) AirWatch
3 5 (3.21%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (3.21%) NetBackup
4 4 (2.56%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (2.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (2.56%) WSUS
5 3 (1.92%) Active Directory Federation Services
5 3 (1.92%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (1.28%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.64%) Jamf Pro
7 1 (0.64%) Netcool
7 1 (0.64%) SCOM
Vendors
1 83 (53.21%) Microsoft
2 33 (21.15%) Citrix
3 26 (16.67%) HP
4 23 (14.74%) VMware
5 15 (9.62%) Aruba
5 15 (9.62%) Palo Alto
6 14 (8.97%) Cisco
7 12 (7.69%) ServiceNow
8 9 (5.77%) Apple
9 6 (3.85%) Google
9 6 (3.85%) NetApp
9 6 (3.85%) Sophos
10 5 (3.21%) Ivanti
10 5 (3.21%) Shavlik
10 5 (3.21%) Sun
10 5 (3.21%) Symantec
11 4 (2.56%) EMC
11 4 (2.56%) Lotus
11 4 (2.56%) McAfee
12 3 (1.92%) Mitel