Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 648 599 592
Rank change year-on-year -49 -7 -34
Contract jobs citing MCP 201 245 248
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.22% 0.27% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.16% 1.39% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 111 124 159
England median daily rate £200 £306 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -34.69% +6.52% -8.73%
10th Percentile £135 £130 £120
90th Percentile £500 £525 £450
UK median daily rate £200 £306 £300
% change year-on-year -34.69% +2.08% -0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 43 19
England median hourly rate £15.30 £14.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.52% -9.38% +3.23%
10th Percentile £13.60 £11.50 £11.96
90th Percentile £27.00 £17.43 £47.75
UK median hourly rate £15.75 £14.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year +8.62% -9.38% +1.59%

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 17,374 17,569 18,356
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.20% 19.04% 20.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,378 10,779 11,497
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £626 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 780 767 792
England median hourly rate £28.52 £23.50 £25.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.34% -9.40% -1.19%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.08
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.00 £25.69
% change year-on-year +14.58% -6.57% -6.59%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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 19 January 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 -44 61 £185 -32.73% 29
North of England -2 39 £175 -43.92% 8
South East -29 39 £350 - 23
Midlands +6 34 £200 -42.86% 17
East of England -7 26 £165 -42.61% 12
West Midlands +3 23 £375 +7.14% 6
Yorkshire -1 21 £200 -47.54% 3
North West -3 16 £160 +23.08% 4
East Midlands +14 11 £200 - 11
South West -23 4 £400 - 5
North East - 2 £200 - 1
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 19 January 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.

1 167 (83.08%) Windows
2 151 (75.12%) Microsoft
2 151 (75.12%) Microsoft Certification
3 116 (57.71%) MCSE
4 112 (55.72%) Active Directory
5 90 (44.78%) ITIL
6 74 (36.82%) Windows 7
7 71 (35.32%) Office 365
8 69 (34.33%) Windows Server
9 64 (31.84%) Microsoft Office
10 58 (28.86%) MCSA
11 51 (25.37%) SCCM
12 48 (23.88%) VMware
13 43 (21.39%) Windows 10
14 42 (20.90%) MS Exchange
15 41 (20.40%) Windows Server 2012
16 37 (18.41%) DNS
17 35 (17.41%) Citrix
18 33 (16.42%) VMware Infrastructure
19 32 (15.92%) Cisco
20 31 (15.42%) DHCP
21 30 (14.93%) Migration
21 30 (14.93%) PowerShell
21 30 (14.93%) Security Cleared
22 29 (14.43%) Problem-Solving
23 26 (12.94%) TCP/IP
24 25 (12.44%) Service Management
24 25 (12.44%) Windows Server 2008
25 24 (11.94%) SLA
26 22 (10.95%) Microsoft Azure

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 42 (20.90%) MS Exchange
2 19 (9.45%) Skype for Business
3 13 (6.47%) SharePoint
4 12 (5.97%) Exchange Server 2007
5 10 (4.98%) Exchange Server 2010
6 9 (4.48%) Exchange Server 2013
7 8 (3.98%) IBM Notes
8 4 (1.99%) Apache
8 4 (1.99%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (1.99%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (1.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (1.00%) IBM Domino
10 1 (0.50%) IIS
10 1 (0.50%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.50%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 64 (31.84%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.00%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.50%) AutoCAD
3 1 (0.50%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (2.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.00%) LatentZero
2 2 (1.00%) SAP GTS
3 1 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 71 (35.32%) Office 365
2 22 (10.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.49%) Azure Active Directory
3 5 (2.49%) Dynamics 365
3 5 (2.49%) OneDrive
4 4 (1.99%) SaaS
5 3 (1.49%) Amazon AWS
6 2 (1.00%) IaaS
6 2 (1.00%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.50%) iTunes
7 1 (0.50%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (18.41%) DNS
2 31 (15.42%) DHCP
3 26 (12.94%) TCP/IP
4 21 (10.45%) Internet
4 21 (10.45%) LAN
5 19 (9.45%) Wireless
6 16 (7.96%) Skype
7 15 (7.46%) VPN
7 15 (7.46%) WAN
8 10 (4.98%) Firewall
8 10 (4.98%) Unified Communications
9 7 (3.48%) Network Security
9 7 (3.48%) SAN
10 5 (2.49%) Remote Desktop
11 4 (1.99%) NAS
11 4 (1.99%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (1.49%) Intranet
12 3 (1.49%) IP Telephony
12 3 (1.49%) WLAN
13 2 (1.00%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (8.96%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.00%) DB2
2 2 (1.00%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (2.99%) Visual Studio
2 2 (1.00%) Hudson
2 2 (1.00%) MSI
3 1 (0.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.50%) JIRA
General
1 12 (5.97%) Finance
2 8 (3.98%) Military
3 6 (2.99%) Retail
4 5 (2.49%) Humanities
4 5 (2.49%) Social Science
5 4 (1.99%) Automotive
5 4 (1.99%) Banking
6 3 (1.49%) Billing
6 3 (1.49%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.00%) Law
7 2 (1.00%) Legal
7 2 (1.00%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.00%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.50%) Advertising
8 1 (0.50%) Back Office
8 1 (0.50%) Electronics
8 1 (0.50%) Front Office
8 1 (0.50%) German Language
8 1 (0.50%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 47 (23.38%) Analyst
1 47 (23.38%) Support Engineer
2 33 (16.42%) Service Analyst
3 32 (15.92%) Service Desk Analyst
4 27 (13.43%) IT Support
5 25 (12.44%) 2nd Line Support
6 24 (11.94%) Desktop Support
7 19 (9.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 16 (7.96%) Desktop Engineer
9 15 (7.46%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 14 (6.97%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 13 (6.47%) Support Analyst
12 12 (5.97%) Windows Engineer
13 10 (4.98%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 10 (4.98%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 8 (3.98%) 1st Line Support
14 8 (3.98%) 3rd Line Support
14 8 (3.98%) IT Engineer
14 8 (3.98%) Service Desk Engineer
14 8 (3.98%) Service Desk Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.48%) .NET
2 5 (2.49%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.49%) Software Packaging
4 2 (1.00%) LAMP
5 1 (0.50%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.50%) CSS
5 1 (0.50%) jQuery
5 1 (0.50%) REST
5 1 (0.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (0.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (6.97%) Data Centre
3 11 (5.47%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (5.47%) Smartphone
4 8 (3.98%) iPad
5 7 (3.48%) Blackberry
6 6 (2.99%) iPhone
6 6 (2.99%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.49%) Fat Client
7 5 (2.49%) Thin Client
7 5 (2.49%) User Experience
8 4 (1.99%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.99%) Mobile App
8 4 (1.99%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.49%) Clustering
9 3 (1.49%) Driving Licence
9 3 (1.49%) Replication
10 2 (1.00%) Client/Server
10 2 (1.00%) CMDB
10 2 (1.00%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 167 (83.08%) Windows
2 74 (36.82%) Windows 7
3 69 (34.33%) Windows Server
4 43 (21.39%) Windows 10
5 41 (20.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (12.44%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (9.95%) Unix
7 20 (9.95%) Windows XP
8 14 (6.97%) Windows Vista
9 13 (6.47%) Windows 2000
10 11 (5.47%) Linux
11 10 (4.98%) Android
11 10 (4.98%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (3.48%) Mac OS X
13 6 (2.99%) Apple iOS
13 6 (2.99%) Windows 8
14 5 (2.49%) Mac OS
14 5 (2.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (1.49%) Mac OS X Server
16 2 (1.00%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 90 (44.78%) ITIL
2 30 (14.93%) Migration
3 29 (14.43%) Problem-Solving
4 25 (12.44%) Service Management
5 21 (10.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
6 18 (8.96%) Incident Management
7 17 (8.46%) Service Delivery
8 15 (7.46%) Agile Software Development
9 14 (6.97%) PRINCE2
9 14 (6.97%) Problem Management
10 13 (6.47%) Change Management
10 13 (6.47%) Project Management
11 12 (5.97%) Infrastructure Management
11 12 (5.97%) Root Cause Analysis
12 11 (5.47%) Asset Management
12 11 (5.47%) Computer Science
12 11 (5.47%) ITSM
13 10 (4.98%) ITIL V3
14 9 (4.48%) Patch Management
15 8 (3.98%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 30 (14.93%) PowerShell
2 14 (6.97%) SQL
3 7 (3.48%) C#
4 5 (2.49%) JavaScript
5 4 (1.99%) VB
6 2 (1.00%) Java
6 2 (1.00%) PHP
7 1 (0.50%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 151 (75.12%) Microsoft Certification
2 116 (57.71%) MCSE
3 58 (28.86%) MCSA
4 30 (14.93%) Security Cleared
5 21 (10.45%) MCDST
5 21 (10.45%) MCITP
6 20 (9.95%) Cisco Certification
7 18 (8.96%) A+ Certification
7 18 (8.96%) CCNA
7 18 (8.96%) SC Cleared
8 16 (7.96%) Degree
9 14 (6.97%) MCTS
10 13 (6.47%) HNC
11 11 (5.47%) CISSP
11 11 (5.47%) DV Cleared
11 11 (5.47%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 10 (4.98%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (4.48%) DBS Check
14 8 (3.98%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 7 (3.48%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (11.94%) SLA
2 6 (2.99%) JSP 440
3 4 (1.99%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.00%) Data Quality
4 2 (1.00%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.00%) PMO
4 2 (1.00%) QA
System Software
1 112 (55.72%) Active Directory
2 33 (16.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (9.45%) Hyper-V
4 13 (6.47%) VMware ESXi
5 10 (4.98%) vSphere
6 7 (3.48%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (2.49%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.49%) Virtual Machines
8 4 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.99%) VMware Workstation
9 2 (1.00%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 2 (1.00%) NFS
9 2 (1.00%) VMware NSX
9 2 (1.00%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.50%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.50%) XenApp
10 1 (0.50%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 51 (25.37%) SCCM
2 8 (3.98%) Backup Exec
3 7 (3.48%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 6 (2.99%) Microsoft Intune
4 6 (2.99%) Norton AntiVirus
5 5 (2.49%) AirWatch
5 5 (2.49%) vCenter Server
6 4 (1.99%) NetBackup
6 4 (1.99%) WSUS
7 3 (1.49%) SafeCom
7 3 (1.49%) SCOM
7 3 (1.49%) SCVMM
7 3 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
7 3 (1.49%) Tivoli
8 2 (1.00%) Grafana
8 2 (1.00%) Nagios
8 2 (1.00%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 2 (1.00%) vRealize
9 1 (0.50%) EMC NetWorker
9 1 (0.50%) NetVault Backup
Vendors
1 151 (75.12%) Microsoft
2 48 (23.88%) VMware
3 35 (17.41%) Citrix
4 32 (15.92%) Cisco
5 19 (9.45%) Apple
6 12 (5.97%) Sophos
7 11 (5.47%) Symantec
8 9 (4.48%) HP
9 8 (3.98%) Lotus
9 8 (3.98%) Oracle
10 6 (2.99%) Google
10 6 (2.99%) IronPort
10 6 (2.99%) Remedy
10 6 (2.99%) Veeam
11 5 (2.49%) Bloomberg
11 5 (2.49%) Mitel
11 5 (2.49%) SAP
12 4 (1.99%) Altiris
12 4 (1.99%) Dell
13 3 (1.49%) Ivanti