Period
to 16 August 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 16 August 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
16 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 676 618 578
Rank change year-on-year -58 -40 -28
Contract jobs citing MCP 201 200 315
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.22% 0.23% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.15% 1.16% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 104 113 177
England median daily rate £208 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.83% - +15.38%
10th Percentile £133 £125 £122
90th Percentile £496 £535 £450
UK median daily rate £218 £289 £300
% change year-on-year -24.68% -3.75% +14.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 32 34
England median hourly rate £15.85 £15.50 £19.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.26% -18.85% +27.33%
10th Percentile £12.63 £11.00 £11.74
90th Percentile £29.74 £22.73 £28.00
UK median hourly rate £15.85 £15.50 £21.33
% change year-on-year +2.26% -27.33% +42.20%

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 17,438 17,258 21,313
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.67% 19.57% 21.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,324 10,492 13,437
England median daily rate £450 £430 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +3.61% +3.75%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £250
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 836 852 694
England median hourly rate £22.50 £28.00 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.65% +5.67% +15.22%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.17 £50.59 £47.91
UK median hourly rate £22.54 £29.25 £27.61
% change year-on-year -22.96% +5.94% +20.04%

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 16 August 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 16 August 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 16 August 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
London -19 64 £205 -29.00% 20
East of England +10 40 £175 -26.32% 7
South East -26 33 £425 +21.43% 13
Midlands +3 30 £375 +36.36% 9
North of England -18 25 £200 -55.06% 10
West Midlands -8 24 £375 +7.14% 6
Yorkshire -10 13 £350 +12.00% 3
North West -29 10 £175 -61.11% 5
South West -5 9 £123 -23.44% 7
East Midlands -4 6 £388 +158.33% 3
North East - 2 - - 2
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 16 August 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.

1 160 (79.60%) Microsoft
2 147 (73.13%) Microsoft Certification
3 140 (69.65%) Windows
4 100 (49.75%) ITIL
5 85 (42.29%) Active Directory
6 84 (41.79%) MCSE
7 73 (36.32%) Microsoft Office
8 70 (34.83%) Windows 7
9 51 (25.37%) Windows Server
10 50 (24.88%) MCSA
11 46 (22.89%) VMware
12 42 (20.90%) Windows 10
13 40 (19.90%) Problem-Solving
13 40 (19.90%) SCCM
14 38 (18.91%) Cisco
15 36 (17.91%) Citrix
15 36 (17.91%) Service Delivery
15 36 (17.91%) Office 365
16 29 (14.43%) SLA
17 27 (13.43%) PowerShell
18 26 (12.94%) VMware Infrastructure
18 26 (12.94%) Apple
18 26 (12.94%) Incident Management
19 25 (12.44%) TCP/IP
19 25 (12.44%) LAN
19 25 (12.44%) Problem Management
20 24 (11.94%) NetApp
21 23 (11.44%) Security Cleared
22 22 (10.95%) Mathematics
22 22 (10.95%) Cisco Certification

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 21 (10.45%) MS Exchange
2 15 (7.46%) Skype for Business
3 9 (4.48%) SharePoint
4 8 (3.98%) IIS
5 5 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2007
5 5 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2010
5 5 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.00%) IBM Notes
7 1 (0.50%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 73 (36.32%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.00%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.99%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (1.49%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.49%) SmartPlant
3 2 (1.00%) ReMetrica
3 2 (1.00%) SAP GTS
3 2 (1.00%) Towers Watson Igloo
4 1 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 36 (17.91%) Office 365
2 11 (5.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.49%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (1.49%) Mimecast
4 3 (1.49%) PaaS
5 2 (1.00%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (1.00%) IaaS
6 1 (0.50%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.50%) GitHub
6 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.50%) SaaS
6 1 (0.50%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 25 (12.44%) LAN
1 25 (12.44%) TCP/IP
2 21 (10.45%) DNS
3 19 (9.45%) VPN
4 18 (8.96%) Wireless
5 17 (8.46%) Firewall
6 15 (7.46%) DHCP
6 15 (7.46%) WAN
7 13 (6.47%) Internet
8 9 (4.48%) Skype
9 8 (3.98%) VoIP
10 6 (2.99%) SMTP
11 5 (2.49%) Remote Desktop
12 4 (1.99%) FTP
12 4 (1.99%) HTTP
12 4 (1.99%) IP Telephony
12 4 (1.99%) VLAN
13 3 (1.49%) Network Security
13 3 (1.49%) WLAN
14 2 (1.00%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (6.97%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.00%) Oracle Database
2 2 (1.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (2.99%) MSI
1 6 (2.99%) Visual Studio
2 4 (1.99%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (1.49%) AdminStudio
4 2 (1.00%) JIRA
4 2 (1.00%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.50%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.50%) JMeter
5 1 (0.50%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.50%) Selenium
5 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 22 (10.95%) Retail
2 17 (8.46%) Telecoms
3 13 (6.47%) Finance
4 8 (3.98%) Manufacturing
5 7 (3.48%) Banking
6 5 (2.49%) Military
7 4 (1.99%) Advertising
7 4 (1.99%) Electronics
7 4 (1.99%) Legal
7 4 (1.99%) Marketing
8 3 (1.49%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.49%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (1.49%) Publishing
9 2 (1.00%) Back Office
9 2 (1.00%) Local Government
9 2 (1.00%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (0.50%) French Language
10 1 (0.50%) German Language
10 1 (0.50%) Italian Language
10 1 (0.50%) Law
Job Titles
1 61 (30.35%) Analyst
2 43 (21.39%) Service Analyst
3 40 (19.90%) Service Desk Analyst
4 36 (17.91%) Support Engineer
5 30 (14.93%) Desktop Support
6 26 (12.94%) IT Support
7 18 (8.96%) Desktop Engineer
8 16 (7.96%) 2nd Line Support
8 16 (7.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 12 (5.97%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 11 (5.47%) Support Analyst
11 10 (4.98%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 10 (4.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 10 (4.98%) IT Analyst
12 8 (3.98%) IT Engineer
12 8 (3.98%) IT Support Engineer
13 7 (3.48%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
14 6 (2.99%) 1st/2nd Line Support
14 6 (2.99%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Engineer
14 6 (2.99%) Senior Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.48%) .NET
2 6 (2.99%) ASP.NET
3 4 (1.99%) .NET Framework
3 4 (1.99%) HTML
4 3 (1.49%) COM
4 3 (1.49%) Web Services
5 2 (1.00%) Software Packaging
5 2 (1.00%) WinForms
6 1 (0.50%) JSON
6 1 (0.50%) MAPI
6 1 (0.50%) REST
6 1 (0.50%) SAML
6 1 (0.50%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 15 (7.46%) Data Centre
2 11 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.98%) Smartphone
4 9 (4.48%) Driving Licence
4 9 (4.48%) Management Information System
4 9 (4.48%) Self-Motivation
5 7 (3.48%) Computer Science
6 6 (2.99%) Fat Client
6 6 (2.99%) Thin Client
7 5 (2.49%) PKI
7 5 (2.49%) Video Conferencing
8 4 (1.99%) Mobile App
9 3 (1.49%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
9 3 (1.49%) Life Science
9 3 (1.49%) Replication
10 2 (1.00%) Blackberry
10 2 (1.00%) Enterprise Cloud
10 2 (1.00%) iPhone
10 2 (1.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 140 (69.65%) Windows
2 70 (34.83%) Windows 7
3 51 (25.37%) Windows Server
4 42 (20.90%) Windows 10
5 20 (9.95%) Windows XP
6 19 (9.45%) Windows Server 2008
6 19 (9.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 16 (7.96%) Linux
8 13 (6.47%) Android
9 11 (5.47%) Unix
10 9 (4.48%) Mac OS
10 9 (4.48%) Mac OS X
11 7 (3.48%) Windows 2000
11 7 (3.48%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (3.48%) Windows Vista
12 5 (2.49%) Windows 8
13 4 (1.99%) Mac OS X Server
14 3 (1.49%) AIX
14 3 (1.49%) Solaris
15 1 (0.50%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (49.75%) ITIL
2 40 (19.90%) Problem-Solving
3 36 (17.91%) Service Delivery
4 26 (12.94%) Incident Management
5 25 (12.44%) Problem Management
6 22 (10.95%) Mathematics
7 19 (9.45%) Change Management
7 19 (9.45%) PRINCE2
7 19 (9.45%) Service Management
8 17 (8.46%) Agile Software Development
8 17 (8.46%) ITIL V3
9 15 (7.46%) Break/Fix
10 13 (6.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 13 (6.47%) Migration
10 13 (6.47%) Project Management
11 12 (5.97%) Information Security
12 11 (5.47%) ITSM
13 9 (4.48%) Line Management
14 8 (3.98%) Configuration Management
15 7 (3.48%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 27 (13.43%) PowerShell
2 13 (6.47%) SQL
3 11 (5.47%) VB
4 6 (2.99%) C#
5 4 (1.99%) VBScript
6 3 (1.49%) PL/SQL
7 2 (1.00%) Shell Script
7 2 (1.00%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.00%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.50%) C
8 1 (0.50%) C++
8 1 (0.50%) Java
8 1 (0.50%) VBA
Qualifications
1 147 (73.13%) Microsoft Certification
2 84 (41.79%) MCSE
3 50 (24.88%) MCSA
4 23 (11.44%) Security Cleared
5 22 (10.95%) Cisco Certification
6 20 (9.95%) MCTS
6 20 (9.95%) SC Cleared
7 19 (9.45%) A+ Certification
8 17 (8.46%) MCITP
9 16 (7.96%) CCNA
10 15 (7.46%) MCDST
11 12 (5.97%) Degree
11 12 (5.97%) ITIL Certification
12 10 (4.98%) NVQ Level 3
12 10 (4.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 8 (3.98%) HNC
14 6 (2.99%) CISSP
14 6 (2.99%) DBS Check
14 6 (2.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 6 (2.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (14.43%) SLA
2 5 (2.49%) JSP 440
3 4 (1.99%) QA
4 3 (1.49%) GDPR
4 3 (1.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (1.00%) PCI DSS
5 2 (1.00%) PMO
System Software
1 85 (42.29%) Active Directory
2 26 (12.94%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (10.45%) Hyper-V
4 9 (4.48%) XenApp
5 7 (3.48%) Microsoft App-V
5 7 (3.48%) vSphere
6 6 (2.99%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.49%) Virtual Machines
7 5 (2.49%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (2.49%) VMware Workstation
8 4 (1.99%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.49%) Virtual Desktop
10 2 (1.00%) Firmware
11 1 (0.50%) Docker
11 1 (0.50%) Forefront TMG
11 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 40 (19.90%) SCCM
2 8 (3.98%) WSUS
3 6 (2.99%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (2.99%) SCOM
3 6 (2.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 5 (2.49%) Microsoft Clustering
5 4 (1.99%) Backup Exec
5 4 (1.99%) EMC NetWorker
5 4 (1.99%) SafeCom
6 3 (1.49%) SCSM
6 3 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (1.00%) Nessus
7 2 (1.00%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.00%) PowerCLI
7 2 (1.00%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.50%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.50%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.50%) Puppet
8 1 (0.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
Vendors
1 160 (79.60%) Microsoft
2 46 (22.89%) VMware
3 38 (18.91%) Cisco
4 36 (17.91%) Citrix
5 26 (12.94%) Apple
6 24 (11.94%) NetApp
7 13 (6.47%) Remedy
7 13 (6.47%) SAP
8 12 (5.97%) HP
9 10 (4.98%) Altiris
9 10 (4.98%) Google
9 10 (4.98%) Ivanti
10 8 (3.98%) Veeam
11 7 (3.48%) ServiceNow
12 5 (2.49%) Dell
12 5 (2.49%) Snow
12 5 (2.49%) Symantec
13 4 (1.99%) EMC
13 4 (1.99%) Micro Focus
13 4 (1.99%) Sun