Period
to 22 November 2019

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 22 November 2019 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
22 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 571 646 662
Rank change year-on-year +75 +16 -81
Contract jobs citing MCP 191 226 224
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.25% 0.24% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.24% 1.26% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 95 131 124
England median daily rate £205 £200 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% -27.27% -4.76%
10th Percentile £117 £145 £130
90th Percentile £519 £495 £483
UK median daily rate £205 £200 £254
% change year-on-year +2.50% -21.18% -15.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 48 41
England median hourly rate £15.85 £15.85 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +9.31% -15.01%
10th Percentile £15.08 £13.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £18.39 £27.38 £17.43
UK median hourly rate £15.85 £15.85 £14.50
% change year-on-year - +9.31% -15.01%

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 15,379 17,970 17,965
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.51% 18.93% 18.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,480 10,683 11,039
England median daily rate £475 £450 £432
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +4.29% +1.53%
10th Percentile £263 £259 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £610
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 726 858 830
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.12 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.33% +0.48% -
10th Percentile £14.36 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £61.92 £51.25 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.10 £26.00
% change year-on-year +34.09% +0.39% +1.96%

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 22 November 2019.

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 22 November 2019.

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 22 November 2019. 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 +68 54 £200 +6.67% 35
South East +66 52 £188 -46.43% 45
North of England +15 32 £180 -7.69% 24
South West +24 24 £475 +84.47% 15
North West +26 21 £180 +2.86% 18
East of England +21 16 £500 +156.41% 13
Midlands +21 11 £171 -14.38% 20
West Midlands +26 8 £171 -54.33% 12
Yorkshire +22 8 £108 -66.92% 5
East Midlands +15 3 £241 +20.63% 8
North East +13 3 £250 +25.00% 1
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 2019, 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.

1 155 (81.15%) Windows
2 135 (70.68%) Microsoft
3 113 (59.16%) Active Directory
4 107 (56.02%) Microsoft Certification
5 86 (45.03%) ITIL
6 76 (39.79%) Windows 10
7 66 (34.55%) Microsoft Office
8 65 (34.03%) Office 365
9 60 (31.41%) Windows 7
10 56 (29.32%) MCSE
11 55 (28.80%) DHCP
12 54 (28.27%) DNS
13 47 (24.61%) Cisco
13 47 (24.61%) VMware
13 47 (24.61%) SCCM
14 46 (24.08%) Windows Server
15 41 (21.47%) MS Exchange
16 40 (20.94%) Citrix
17 37 (19.37%) Problem-Solving
18 35 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
19 34 (17.80%) Azure
19 34 (17.80%) HP
19 34 (17.80%) MCSA
19 34 (17.80%) Service Management
20 32 (16.75%) VMware Infrastructure
21 30 (15.71%) PowerShell
22 28 (14.66%) SLA
23 27 (14.14%) Apple
23 27 (14.14%) Analytical Skills
24 25 (13.09%) Windows Server 2008

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 41 (21.47%) MS Exchange
2 13 (6.81%) Exchange Server 2010
2 13 (6.81%) Skype for Business
3 9 (4.71%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 9 (4.71%) IBM Notes
4 7 (3.66%) SharePoint
5 5 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2003
5 5 (2.62%) Exchange Server 2007
6 3 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (1.57%) IIS
6 3 (1.57%) Oracle Workflow
7 1 (0.52%) Confluence
7 1 (0.52%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 66 (34.55%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (5.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.62%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (2.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (1.57%) Microsoft Project
6 2 (1.05%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.52%) Acrobat
7 1 (0.52%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 3 (1.57%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (1.57%) SystmOne
2 2 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.52%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 65 (34.03%) Office 365
2 34 (17.80%) Azure
3 12 (6.28%) AWS
4 11 (5.76%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (3.14%) OneDrive
6 5 (2.62%) IaaS
7 3 (1.57%) PaaS
7 3 (1.57%) SaaS
8 1 (0.52%) Azure ExpressRoute
8 1 (0.52%) Azure Stack
8 1 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.52%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.52%) G Suite
8 1 (0.52%) Google Docs
8 1 (0.52%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 55 (28.80%) DHCP
2 54 (28.27%) DNS
3 24 (12.57%) TCP/IP
3 24 (12.57%) VPN
4 21 (10.99%) LAN
5 18 (9.42%) Wireless
6 17 (8.90%) Firewall
6 17 (8.90%) SAN
7 15 (7.85%) Wi-Fi
8 14 (7.33%) Skype
9 11 (5.76%) WAN
10 10 (5.24%) FTP
10 10 (5.24%) Structured Cabling
11 9 (4.71%) Cisco IOS
12 8 (4.19%) Internet
12 8 (4.19%) Remote Desktop
12 8 (4.19%) VSAN
13 5 (2.62%) NAS
13 5 (2.62%) VoIP
14 4 (2.09%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.76%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.57%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.05%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.05%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (1.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.52%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.52%) MySQL
4 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.52%) SQL Server 7
4 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.57%) HP UFT
1 3 (1.57%) LoadRunner
1 3 (1.57%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.05%) InstallShield
2 2 (1.05%) MSI
2 2 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (1.05%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
3 1 (0.52%) AdminStudio
3 1 (0.52%) Bitbucket
3 1 (0.52%) JIRA
3 1 (0.52%) MorphX
3 1 (0.52%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (0.52%) PowerBuilder
3 1 (0.52%) Sonatype Nexus
3 1 (0.52%) TestRail
3 1 (0.52%) Zephyr
General
1 22 (11.52%) Finance
2 9 (4.71%) Law
3 8 (4.19%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.66%) Telecoms
5 6 (3.14%) Public Sector
6 5 (2.62%) Retail
7 4 (2.09%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (1.57%) Advertising
8 3 (1.57%) Electronics
8 3 (1.57%) Marketing
9 2 (1.05%) Banking
10 1 (0.52%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 55 (28.80%) Analyst
2 42 (21.99%) Support Engineer
3 33 (17.28%) Service Analyst
4 32 (16.75%) Service Desk Analyst
5 24 (12.57%) 2nd Line Support
5 24 (12.57%) Desktop Support
6 22 (11.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 17 (8.90%) Desktop Engineer
8 16 (8.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 14 (7.33%) 2nd Line Engineer
9 14 (7.33%) Windows Engineer
10 12 (6.28%) IT Support
11 10 (5.24%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 10 (5.24%) IT Analyst
11 10 (5.24%) Support Analyst
12 8 (4.19%) 1st Line Support
12 8 (4.19%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
12 8 (4.19%) IT Engineer
13 7 (3.66%) Infrastructure Analyst
13 7 (3.66%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (2.09%) .NET
1 4 (2.09%) Web Services
2 3 (1.57%) ASP.NET
3 2 (1.05%) CSS
3 2 (1.05%) HTML
3 2 (1.05%) WinForms
4 1 (0.52%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.52%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (0.52%) LDAP
4 1 (0.52%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.52%) XML
4 1 (0.52%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 27 (14.14%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (10.47%) Smartphone
3 17 (8.90%) Self-Motivation
4 14 (7.33%) Blackberry
5 11 (5.76%) Fat Client
5 11 (5.76%) Thin Client
6 10 (5.24%) iPhone
7 7 (3.66%) Clustering
7 7 (3.66%) Data Centre
8 5 (2.62%) Driving Licence
8 5 (2.62%) EMC VMAX
8 5 (2.62%) EMC VNX
8 5 (2.62%) NHS
9 4 (2.09%) Enterprise Software
9 4 (2.09%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.57%) CMDB
10 3 (1.57%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.57%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.57%) PKI
11 2 (1.05%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 155 (81.15%) Windows
2 76 (39.79%) Windows 10
3 60 (31.41%) Windows 7
4 46 (24.08%) Windows Server
5 35 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (13.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (10.47%) Linux
8 16 (8.38%) Mac OS X
9 15 (7.85%) Android
10 7 (3.66%) Unix
11 6 (3.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (2.62%) Mac OS
12 5 (2.62%) SUSE
12 5 (2.62%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (2.09%) Windows XP
14 3 (1.57%) CentOS
14 3 (1.57%) Windows Vista
15 2 (1.05%) Apple iOS
15 2 (1.05%) Windows 2000
15 2 (1.05%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (45.03%) ITIL
2 37 (19.37%) Problem-Solving
3 34 (17.80%) Service Management
4 25 (13.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 23 (12.04%) Computer Science
6 18 (9.42%) ITIL V3
7 17 (8.90%) ITSM
7 17 (8.90%) Migration
8 15 (7.85%) Incident Management
9 14 (7.33%) Infrastructure Management
10 12 (6.28%) Change Management
11 10 (5.24%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (5.24%) PRINCE2
11 10 (5.24%) Problem Management
11 10 (5.24%) Service Delivery
12 9 (4.71%) Time Management
13 8 (4.19%) Application Packaging
13 8 (4.19%) Performance Management
13 8 (4.19%) Preventative Maintenance
13 8 (4.19%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 30 (15.71%) PowerShell
2 11 (5.76%) SQL
3 5 (2.62%) PL/SQL
4 4 (2.09%) C
4 4 (2.09%) C#
4 4 (2.09%) Java
4 4 (2.09%) VB
5 3 (1.57%) T-SQL
5 3 (1.57%) VB.NET
5 3 (1.57%) VBScript
6 2 (1.05%) C++
6 2 (1.05%) PHP
6 2 (1.05%) Python
7 1 (0.52%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.52%) X++
Qualifications
1 107 (56.02%) Microsoft Certification
2 56 (29.32%) MCSE
3 34 (17.80%) MCSA
4 25 (13.09%) Degree
5 23 (12.04%) Security Cleared
6 18 (9.42%) CCNA
6 18 (9.42%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (7.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 13 (6.81%) A+ Certification
8 13 (6.81%) MCDST
9 12 (6.28%) DV Cleared
9 12 (6.28%) ITIL Certification
10 8 (4.19%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 8 (4.19%) MCITP
10 8 (4.19%) SC Cleared
11 7 (3.66%) Computer Science Degree
12 5 (2.62%) MCTS
13 3 (1.57%) CCIE
13 3 (1.57%) Citrix Certification
13 3 (1.57%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (14.66%) SLA
2 3 (1.57%) QA
3 2 (1.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.52%) GDPR
4 1 (0.52%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 19770
4 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 113 (59.16%) Active Directory
2 32 (16.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (9.42%) vSphere
4 15 (7.85%) VMware ESXi
5 13 (6.81%) Hyper-V
6 7 (3.66%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (3.14%) Virtual Desktop
7 6 (3.14%) XenDesktop
8 5 (2.62%) XenApp
9 4 (2.09%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (1.05%) BitLocker
10 2 (1.05%) vCloud
11 1 (0.52%) ISA Server
11 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.52%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.52%) Virtual Servers
11 1 (0.52%) VMware NSX
11 1 (0.52%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 47 (24.61%) SCCM
2 16 (8.38%) Microsoft Intune
3 14 (7.33%) SCOM
4 10 (5.24%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 9 (4.71%) AirWatch
5 9 (4.71%) vCenter Server
6 6 (3.14%) SCVMM
7 5 (2.62%) EMC VPLEX
8 4 (2.09%) Single Sign-On
9 3 (1.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (1.57%) HP ALM
9 3 (1.57%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (1.57%) McAfee ePO
9 3 (1.57%) Microsoft Clustering
10 2 (1.05%) Backup Exec
10 2 (1.05%) PowerCLI
11 1 (0.52%) Avamar
11 1 (0.52%) ServiceCenter
11 1 (0.52%) WMI
11 1 (0.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 135 (70.68%) Microsoft
2 47 (24.61%) Cisco
2 47 (24.61%) VMware
3 40 (20.94%) Citrix
4 34 (17.80%) HP
5 27 (14.14%) Apple
6 16 (8.38%) ServiceNow
7 11 (5.76%) Google
8 10 (5.24%) Ivanti
8 10 (5.24%) Oracle
9 9 (4.71%) Lotus
10 8 (4.19%) EMC
11 7 (3.66%) Forcepoint
12 6 (3.14%) Dell
12 6 (3.14%) McAfee
12 6 (3.14%) Remedy
12 6 (3.14%) SAP
13 5 (2.62%) Brocade
14 4 (2.09%) Meraki
14 4 (2.09%) MobileIron