Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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)
UK > England
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 635 566 556
Rank change year-on-year -69 -10 -110
Contract jobs citing MCP 224 316 330
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.24% 0.32% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.26% 1.58% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 206 159
England median daily rate £275 £289 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% -3.75% +36.36%
10th Percentile £130 £120 £130
90th Percentile £483 £450 £500
UK median daily rate £254 £300 £300
% change year-on-year -15.42% - +30.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 29 78
England median hourly rate £14.50 £17.06 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.01% +10.06% -6.06%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.96 £11.50
90th Percentile £17.43 £28.75 £21.60
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £17.06 £15.50
% change year-on-year -15.01% +10.06% -5.49%

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 17806 19989 20636
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.77% 20.44% 19.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 10939 12476 12569
England median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £603 £594 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 830 782 1002
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +4.17% +26.32%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.69 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in England over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in England over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor 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 23 November 2017. 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
Job
Vacancies
London -44 87 £275 -13.04% 18
South East -26 47 £275 -9.84% 5
North of England +42 29 £350 +12.90% 8
East of England -37 28 £190 -24.00% 4
Midlands +30 25 £200 -37.50% 7
North West +19 16 £408 +239.58% 6
West Midlands +35 15 £350 +9.38% 4
Yorkshire +28 13 £313 +208.64% 2
East Midlands -4 10 £150 - 3
South West -6 8 £160 -36.00% 2
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 England region with a requirement for MCP.

1 179 (79.91%) Microsoft Certification
2 169 (75.45%) Windows
3 154 (68.75%) Microsoft
4 124 (55.36%) Active Directory
5 122 (54.46%) MCSE
6 105 (46.88%) ITIL
7 84 (37.50%) Microsoft Office
8 79 (35.27%) Windows 7
9 64 (28.57%) Citrix
10 60 (26.79%) LAN
11 59 (26.34%) Cisco
12 58 (25.89%) MS Exchange
13 57 (25.45%) MCSA
14 56 (25.00%) TCP/IP
15 53 (23.66%) Office 365
16 52 (23.21%) VMware
17 48 (21.43%) WAN
18 46 (20.54%) MCDST
19 43 (19.20%) Finance
19 43 (19.20%) Windows Server 2008
20 42 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
21 41 (18.30%) Windows Server
21 41 (18.30%) VMware Infrastructure
22 39 (17.41%) DNS
23 38 (16.96%) SCCM
24 37 (16.52%) Degree
25 36 (16.07%) DHCP
25 36 (16.07%) Cisco Certification
26 35 (15.63%) Blackberry
27 32 (14.29%) CCNA

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 58 (25.89%) MS Exchange
2 20 (8.93%) Exchange Server 2007
3 19 (8.48%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (5.80%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (5.36%) IBM Notes
6 11 (4.91%) Skype for Business
7 10 (4.46%) SharePoint
8 8 (3.57%) CMS
9 5 (2.23%) Kentico
9 5 (2.23%) Sitecore CMS
9 5 (2.23%) Umbraco
10 3 (1.34%) IIS
11 2 (0.89%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.45%) Apache
12 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
12 1 (0.45%) SAS
Applications
1 84 (37.50%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.68%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 3 (1.34%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.89%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.45%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.45%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.34%) Eikon
2 2 (0.89%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.45%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 53 (23.66%) Office 365
2 20 (8.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.13%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.68%) IaaS
5 5 (2.23%) Mimecast
5 5 (2.23%) PaaS
6 2 (0.89%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.89%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.45%) GitHub
7 1 (0.45%) SaaS
7 1 (0.45%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 60 (26.79%) LAN
2 56 (25.00%) TCP/IP
3 48 (21.43%) WAN
4 39 (17.41%) DNS
5 36 (16.07%) DHCP
6 22 (9.82%) Wireless
7 21 (9.38%) Internet
8 15 (6.70%) Ethernet
8 15 (6.70%) Firewall
9 13 (5.80%) Skype
10 10 (4.46%) IP Telephony
10 10 (4.46%) SAN
11 9 (4.02%) VPN
12 8 (3.57%) Unified Communications
13 6 (2.68%) VLAN
14 5 (2.23%) Cisco IOS
14 5 (2.23%) WLAN
15 4 (1.79%) Network Security
16 3 (1.34%) BIG-IP
16 3 (1.34%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (8.93%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (2.68%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.89%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (0.89%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 4 (1.79%) Eclipse
1 4 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.34%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.34%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.45%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.45%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.45%) MSTest
General
1 43 (19.20%) Finance
2 9 (4.02%) Retail
3 8 (3.57%) Automotive
4 6 (2.68%) Publishing
5 5 (2.23%) Banking
5 5 (2.23%) Legal
6 3 (1.34%) Law
6 3 (1.34%) Local Government
7 2 (0.89%) Advertising
7 2 (0.89%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.45%) Back Office
8 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.45%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 45 (20.09%) Analyst
2 43 (19.20%) Desktop Support
3 39 (17.41%) Support Engineer
4 32 (14.29%) 2nd Line Support
5 25 (11.16%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 24 (10.71%) Service Analyst
7 23 (10.27%) Service Desk Analyst
8 22 (9.82%) Desktop Engineer
9 19 (8.48%) Service Desk Engineer
9 19 (8.48%) Support Analyst
10 16 (7.14%) IT Support
11 14 (6.25%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 14 (6.25%) Service Desk Support
12 13 (5.80%) 3rd Line Support
13 12 (5.36%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 12 (5.36%) IT Engineer
14 11 (4.91%) Systems Engineer
15 10 (4.46%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 10 (4.46%) Technical Support
16 9 (4.02%) 1st/2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.46%) .NET
2 8 (3.57%) ASP.NET
2 8 (3.57%) Web Services
3 7 (3.13%) jQuery
3 7 (3.13%) XML
4 5 (2.23%) AngularJS
5 4 (1.79%) REST
5 4 (1.79%) WCF
6 3 (1.34%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (0.89%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.89%) Ajax
7 2 (0.89%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (0.89%) HTML
7 2 (0.89%) HTML5
7 2 (0.89%) JSON
8 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 1 (0.45%) CSS
8 1 (0.45%) SAP Basis
8 1 (0.45%) SOAP
8 1 (0.45%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 35 (15.63%) Blackberry
2 25 (11.16%) Management Information System
3 18 (8.04%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (8.04%) Data Centre
4 16 (7.14%) Client/Server
5 14 (6.25%) NHS
6 10 (4.46%) Computer Science
7 9 (4.02%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (2.68%) Smartphone
9 5 (2.23%) Driving Licence
9 5 (2.23%) Microsoft Licensing
10 3 (1.34%) N-Tier
11 2 (0.89%) Cyber Attack
11 2 (0.89%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.89%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.89%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.89%) PDA
11 2 (0.89%) Security Operations Centre
11 2 (0.89%) User Experience
12 1 (0.45%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 169 (75.45%) Windows
2 79 (35.27%) Windows 7
3 43 (19.20%) Windows Server 2008
4 42 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
5 41 (18.30%) Windows Server
6 18 (8.04%) Apple iOS
7 17 (7.59%) Windows Server 2003
8 14 (6.25%) Linux
8 14 (6.25%) Unix
8 14 (6.25%) Windows 10
9 13 (5.80%) Windows XP
10 11 (4.91%) Windows Vista
11 7 (3.13%) Windows 2000
11 7 (3.13%) Windows 8
12 6 (2.68%) Android
13 3 (1.34%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.45%) AIX
14 1 (0.45%) CentOS
14 1 (0.45%) SUSE
14 1 (0.45%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (46.88%) ITIL
2 26 (11.61%) Change Management
2 26 (11.61%) Service Management
3 25 (11.16%) Service Delivery
4 21 (9.38%) Incident Management
5 19 (8.48%) Disaster Recovery
6 18 (8.04%) Time Management
7 16 (7.14%) Data Protection
7 16 (7.14%) Problem Management
8 15 (6.70%) Validation
9 14 (6.25%) ITIL V3
10 13 (5.80%) Break/Fix
11 12 (5.36%) Performance Monitoring
12 11 (4.91%) Asset Management
12 11 (4.91%) Capacity Planning
12 11 (4.91%) ITSM
13 10 (4.46%) Root Cause Analysis
14 9 (4.02%) Change Control
14 9 (4.02%) Line Management
14 9 (4.02%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 16 (7.14%) Java
2 14 (6.25%) SQL
3 10 (4.46%) C#
4 9 (4.02%) PowerShell
5 5 (2.23%) VBScript
6 4 (1.79%) VB
7 3 (1.34%) C
7 3 (1.34%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.34%) REXX
7 3 (1.34%) Tcl
8 2 (0.89%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.45%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 179 (79.91%) Microsoft Certification
2 122 (54.46%) MCSE
3 57 (25.45%) MCSA
4 46 (20.54%) MCDST
5 37 (16.52%) Degree
6 36 (16.07%) Cisco Certification
7 32 (14.29%) CCNA
8 27 (12.05%) A+ Certification
9 19 (8.48%) Network+ Certification
10 16 (7.14%) ACHDS
10 16 (7.14%) MCSM
10 16 (7.14%) Security Cleared
11 15 (6.70%) ACDT
11 15 (6.70%) ACTC
12 14 (6.25%) Citrix Certification
12 14 (6.25%) Computer Science Degree
12 14 (6.25%) ITIL Certification
13 13 (5.80%) CCA
13 13 (5.80%) SC Cleared
14 12 (5.36%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (10.27%) SLA
2 6 (2.68%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (2.23%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.45%) QA
System Software
1 124 (55.36%) Active Directory
2 41 (18.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (10.27%) XenApp
4 17 (7.59%) Hyper-V
4 17 (7.59%) Virtual Servers
5 10 (4.46%) vSphere
6 5 (2.23%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (2.23%) VMware Workstation
6 5 (2.23%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.34%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.89%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.89%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.89%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.89%) XenServer
9 1 (0.45%) Docker
9 1 (0.45%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.45%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 38 (16.96%) SCCM
2 6 (2.68%) Backup Exec
2 6 (2.68%) DameWare
3 5 (2.23%) NetBackup
3 5 (2.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (1.34%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 3 (1.34%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 3 (1.34%) vCenter Server
4 3 (1.34%) WSUS
5 2 (0.89%) AirWatch
5 2 (0.89%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.89%) HP SIM
5 2 (0.89%) OpenView
5 2 (0.89%) OVSD
6 1 (0.45%) Ansible
6 1 (0.45%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.45%) NetVault Backup
6 1 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 154 (68.75%) Microsoft
2 64 (28.57%) Citrix
3 59 (26.34%) Cisco
4 52 (23.21%) VMware
5 24 (10.71%) Apple
6 19 (8.48%) Oracle
7 18 (8.04%) HP
8 12 (5.36%) Lotus
9 11 (4.91%) CheckPoint
10 10 (4.46%) Sophos
11 9 (4.02%) Dell
11 9 (4.02%) NetApp
11 9 (4.02%) ServiceNow
12 7 (3.13%) Symantec
12 7 (3.13%) Veeam
13 5 (2.23%) Sitecore
14 4 (1.79%) Mitel
14 4 (1.79%) Palo Alto
15 3 (1.34%) Bloomberg
15 3 (1.34%) Reuters