Period
to 22 May 2018

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 May 2018 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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 616 612 574
Rank change year-on-year -4 -38 -75
Contract jobs citing MCP 250 184 279
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.27% 0.22% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.43% 1.09% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 97 142
England median daily rate £350 £350 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +25.00% +12.00%
10th Percentile £120 £105 £125
90th Percentile £565 £550 £459
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year +7.69% +8.33% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 21 40
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £18.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% -15.07% +19.67%
10th Percentile £12.25 £10.38 £11.25
90th Percentile £30.41 £17.25 £23.75
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.23% -22.50% +29.03%

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 17,527 16,935 20,807
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.04% 20.32% 21.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,482 10,572 13,094
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £631 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 776 862 758
England median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +24.49%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £49.74 £52.50 £53.23
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year -21.67% -7.69% +47.73%

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 May 2018.

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 May 2018.

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 May 2018. 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
South East +7 76 £425 +25.93% 24
London -53 75 £315 -14.86% 24
East of England +26 47 £175 -33.33% 9
North of England -15 26 £120 -73.33% 13
Midlands -10 18 £388 +29.17% 4
North West -31 15 £120 -73.33% 5
West Midlands -17 11 £500 +189.86% 2
Yorkshire -3 9 £450 - 8
South West +13 8 £378 - 3
East Midlands 0 7 £269 -38.57% 2
North East - 2 - -
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 22 May 2018, 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.

1 187 (74.80%) Microsoft
2 179 (71.60%) Windows
3 171 (68.40%) Microsoft Certification
4 132 (52.80%) Active Directory
5 117 (46.80%) MCSE
6 105 (42.00%) ITIL
7 84 (33.60%) Windows Server
8 77 (30.80%) VMware
9 75 (30.00%) MCSA
10 62 (24.80%) Microsoft Office
11 61 (24.40%) Windows 7
12 59 (23.60%) Cisco
13 53 (21.20%) Windows Server 2012
14 50 (20.00%) Office 365
15 46 (18.40%) MCITP
16 43 (17.20%) Ivanti
16 43 (17.20%) Windows Server 2003
17 40 (16.00%) Citrix
18 39 (15.60%) SCCM
18 39 (15.60%) Problem-Solving
19 38 (15.20%) LAN
20 36 (14.40%) WAN
20 36 (14.40%) SolarWinds
20 36 (14.40%) PowerShell
20 36 (14.40%) Windows 10
20 36 (14.40%) Shavlik
21 35 (14.00%) Cisco Certification
21 35 (14.00%) Service Delivery
22 32 (12.80%) SLA
22 32 (12.80%) Security Cleared

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 23 (9.20%) MS Exchange
2 12 (4.80%) Skype for Business
3 11 (4.40%) IIS
4 10 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (2.40%) SharePoint
7 4 (1.60%) Exchange Server 2007
8 1 (0.40%) Apache
8 1 (0.40%) CMS
8 1 (0.40%) IBM Domino
8 1 (0.40%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 62 (24.80%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.40%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.80%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.40%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.40%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.00%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (1.20%) SmartPlant
3 2 (0.80%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.80%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.80%) Workfront
4 1 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.40%) Eikon
4 1 (0.40%) LatentZero
4 1 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 50 (20.00%) Office 365
2 17 (6.80%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.40%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.00%) Azure Active Directory
5 2 (0.80%) IaaS
5 2 (0.80%) PaaS
6 1 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.40%) GitHub
6 1 (0.40%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 38 (15.20%) LAN
2 36 (14.40%) WAN
3 28 (11.20%) Firewall
4 24 (9.60%) Internet
5 23 (9.20%) DNS
6 22 (8.80%) TCP/IP
7 19 (7.60%) DHCP
7 19 (7.60%) VPN
8 15 (6.00%) BGP
9 14 (5.60%) Cisco Nexus
9 14 (5.60%) MPLS
9 14 (5.60%) OSPF
9 14 (5.60%) VPLS
10 12 (4.80%) SSL
11 11 (4.40%) DMZ
12 9 (3.60%) Skype
12 9 (3.60%) SMTP
13 8 (3.20%) Wireless
14 7 (2.80%) SAN
14 7 (2.80%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (6.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
2 3 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (0.80%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (0.40%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (4.40%) Visual Studio
2 6 (2.40%) Visual Studio Team System
3 5 (2.00%) MSI
3 5 (2.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (1.60%) JIRA
5 3 (1.20%) AdminStudio
6 2 (0.80%) MSTest
6 2 (0.80%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (0.40%) Jenkins
7 1 (0.40%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 27 (10.80%) Finance
2 24 (9.60%) Retail
3 18 (7.20%) Telecoms
4 15 (6.00%) Publishing
5 10 (4.00%) Manufacturing
6 6 (2.40%) Back Office
6 6 (2.40%) Banking
7 4 (1.60%) Advertising
7 4 (1.60%) Electronics
7 4 (1.60%) Legal
7 4 (1.60%) Marketing
8 3 (1.20%) Law
9 2 (0.80%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.80%) Local Government
10 1 (0.40%) Automotive
10 1 (0.40%) Billing
Job Titles
1 68 (27.20%) Analyst
2 52 (20.80%) Service Analyst
2 52 (20.80%) Service Desk Analyst
3 36 (14.40%) Windows Engineer
4 32 (12.80%) Desktop Support
5 29 (11.60%) Support Engineer
6 25 (10.00%) Desktop Engineer
7 23 (9.20%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 19 (7.60%) Architect
9 18 (7.20%) 2nd Line Support
10 17 (6.80%) IT Support
11 16 (6.40%) Support Analyst
12 14 (5.60%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 14 (5.60%) IT Analyst
13 12 (4.80%) IT Engineer
14 10 (4.00%) Developer
14 10 (4.00%) Systems Engineer
15 9 (3.60%) .NET Developer
15 9 (3.60%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 9 (3.60%) Windows Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (4.80%) .NET
2 10 (4.00%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.20%) .NET Framework
4 6 (2.40%) HTML
5 5 (2.00%) MAPI
5 5 (2.00%) Web Services
6 3 (1.20%) Software Packaging
6 3 (1.20%) WCF
7 2 (0.80%) 802.1X
7 2 (0.80%) Ajax
7 2 (0.80%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (0.80%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 2 (0.80%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 2 (0.80%) HTML5
7 2 (0.80%) jQuery
7 2 (0.80%) LINQ
7 2 (0.80%) NHibernate
7 2 (0.80%) WinForms
7 2 (0.80%) XML
8 1 (0.40%) ASP.NET Web Forms
Miscellaneous
1 27 (10.80%) Management Information System
2 25 (10.00%) Data Centre
3 18 (7.20%) Self-Motivation
4 12 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
5 5 (2.00%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.00%) Smartphone
6 4 (1.60%) Clustering
6 4 (1.60%) PKI
6 4 (1.60%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (1.20%) Life Science
8 2 (0.80%) Blackberry
8 2 (0.80%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.80%) iPhone
8 2 (0.80%) NHS
8 2 (0.80%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.40%) CCTV
9 1 (0.40%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.40%) iPad
9 1 (0.40%) Mobile App
9 1 (0.40%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 179 (71.60%) Windows
2 84 (33.60%) Windows Server
3 61 (24.40%) Windows 7
4 53 (21.20%) Windows Server 2012
5 43 (17.20%) Windows Server 2003
6 36 (14.40%) Windows 10
7 23 (9.20%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (6.40%) Linux
9 12 (4.80%) Unix
10 9 (3.60%) Windows XP
11 8 (3.20%) Windows Vista
12 6 (2.40%) Mac OS X
12 6 (2.40%) Windows 2000
13 5 (2.00%) Android
14 4 (1.60%) Windows 8
15 3 (1.20%) AIX
15 3 (1.20%) Mac OS
15 3 (1.20%) Solaris
16 2 (0.80%) Apple iOS
17 1 (0.40%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 105 (42.00%) ITIL
2 39 (15.60%) Problem-Solving
3 35 (14.00%) Service Delivery
4 32 (12.80%) Incident Management
5 29 (11.60%) Service Management
6 28 (11.20%) Problem Management
7 25 (10.00%) Mathematics
8 21 (8.40%) ITIL V3
9 17 (6.80%) Agile Software Development
10 16 (6.40%) Migration
11 14 (5.60%) Network Architecture
12 12 (4.80%) Information Security
12 12 (4.80%) Server Patching
13 10 (4.00%) Change Management
14 9 (3.60%) ITSM
15 8 (3.20%) Line Management
16 7 (2.80%) Knowledge Management
16 7 (2.80%) Project Management
16 7 (2.80%) Server Virtualisation
16 7 (2.80%) Ticket Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (14.40%) PowerShell
2 23 (9.20%) SQL
3 18 (7.20%) Shell Script
4 11 (4.40%) C#
5 7 (2.80%) C
6 6 (2.40%) VBA
7 5 (2.00%) T-SQL
8 4 (1.60%) VBScript
9 2 (0.80%) JavaScript
9 2 (0.80%) PL/SQL
9 2 (0.80%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.40%) C++
10 1 (0.40%) VB
Qualifications
1 171 (68.40%) Microsoft Certification
2 117 (46.80%) MCSE
3 75 (30.00%) MCSA
4 46 (18.40%) MCITP
5 35 (14.00%) Cisco Certification
6 32 (12.80%) Security Cleared
7 31 (12.40%) SC Cleared
8 27 (10.80%) CCNA
9 24 (9.60%) Degree
10 21 (8.40%) ITIL Certification
11 15 (6.00%) MCDST
12 14 (5.60%) CCIE
13 13 (5.20%) A+ Certification
14 10 (4.00%) DBS Check
15 9 (3.60%) CISSP
15 9 (3.60%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 7 (2.80%) HNC
17 6 (2.40%) CCSA
17 6 (2.40%) CCSP
18 5 (2.00%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (12.80%) SLA
2 4 (1.60%) QA
3 3 (1.20%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.80%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 132 (52.80%) Active Directory
2 27 (10.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (7.60%) Hyper-V
4 11 (4.40%) XenApp
5 5 (2.00%) Virtual Machines
5 5 (2.00%) vSphere
6 4 (1.60%) Virtual Desktop
6 4 (1.60%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (1.20%) XenDesktop
8 2 (0.80%) DFS Replication
8 2 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.40%) Docker
9 1 (0.40%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 39 (15.60%) SCCM
2 27 (10.80%) Nessus
3 12 (4.80%) SCOM
4 7 (2.80%) Microsoft Clustering
5 6 (2.40%) Backup Exec
5 6 (2.40%) EMC NetWorker
5 6 (2.40%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 5 (2.00%) Microsoft Intune
6 5 (2.00%) WSUS
7 4 (1.60%) AirWatch
8 3 (1.20%) SCSM
8 3 (1.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.40%) Ansible
9 1 (0.40%) DameWare
9 1 (0.40%) NetBackup
9 1 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.40%) OVSD
9 1 (0.40%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.40%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.40%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 187 (74.80%) Microsoft
2 77 (30.80%) VMware
3 59 (23.60%) Cisco
4 43 (17.20%) Ivanti
5 40 (16.00%) Citrix
6 36 (14.40%) Shavlik
6 36 (14.40%) SolarWinds
7 28 (11.20%) NetApp
8 16 (6.40%) CheckPoint
9 14 (5.60%) Fortinet
9 14 (5.60%) HP
9 14 (5.60%) Juniper
10 13 (5.20%) SAP
11 12 (4.80%) Remedy
12 8 (3.20%) Apple
12 8 (3.20%) Symantec
13 7 (2.80%) ServiceNow
14 6 (2.40%) EMC
14 6 (2.40%) Oracle
14 6 (2.40%) Veeam