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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK / England
Rank 476 501 412
Rank change year-on-year +25 -89  
Contract jobs citing MCP 109 114 189
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.23% 0.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.26% 1.11% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 52 90
Median daily rate £350 £275 £245
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +27.27% +12.24%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £125 £120
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £408 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 15 47
Median hourly rate £14.75 £15.93 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.37% +6.16%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.70 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £22.00 £22.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.71 £13.00
% change year-on-year -10.24% +28.55%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8635 10261 9623
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.66% 20.92% 20.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 5425 6473 5556
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 419 375 428
Median hourly rate £30.00 £35.55 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.60% +57.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £57.75 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England citing MCP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +50 49 £388 +131.34% 15
South East +3 26 £325 +4.41% 15
East of England +5 11 £288 +55.40% 10
North West +25 9 - - 4
Yorkshire +12 5 - - 1
East Midlands -2 4 £438 - 2
West Midlands +6 3 £220 -27.27% 1
Midlands - 2 £275 -
South West 0 1 - - 4
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 169 (74.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 150 (66.08%) Microsoft
3 148 (65.20%) Windows
4 138 (60.79%) Active Directory
5 101 (44.49%) MCSE
6 99 (43.61%) ITIL
7 67 (29.52%) Windows Server
8 59 (25.99%) Citrix
9 58 (25.55%) VMware
10 57 (25.11%) Windows Server 2012
11 56 (24.67%) Windows 7
11 56 (24.67%) MS Office
12 52 (22.91%) MCSA
12 52 (22.91%) Security Cleared
13 46 (20.26%) Cisco
14 43 (18.94%) Windows Server 2008
14 43 (18.94%) MCITP
15 40 (17.62%) Cisco Certification
16 39 (17.18%) MS Excel
17 38 (16.74%) Finance
18 35 (15.42%) SC Cleared
19 33 (14.54%) VMware Infrastructure
20 32 (14.10%) CCNA
20 32 (14.10%) MCTS
20 32 (14.10%) Analytical Skills
21 31 (13.66%) Firewall
22 30 (13.22%) SCCM
23 29 (12.78%) Office 365
23 29 (12.78%) Windows Server 2003
23 29 (12.78%) LAN

MCP
Top Related 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 28 (12.33%) MS Exchange
2 20 (8.81%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (7.05%) Exchange Server 2013
4 14 (6.17%) SharePoint
5 8 (3.52%) IBM Notes
5 8 (3.52%) IIS
5 8 (3.52%) Skype for Business
6 6 (2.64%) Exchange Server 2007
7 5 (2.20%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (1.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.88%) GroupWise
10 1 (0.44%) Apache
10 1 (0.44%) Confluence
10 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.44%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.44%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 56 (24.67%) MS Office
2 39 (17.18%) MS Excel
3 6 (2.64%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (1.76%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (1.32%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (2.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (1.76%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.44%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 29 (12.78%) Office 365
2 25 (11.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.52%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (3.52%) OneDrive
4 6 (2.64%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.76%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (1.76%) IaaS
6 2 (0.88%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (0.88%) PaaS
6 2 (0.88%) SaaS
7 1 (0.44%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 31 (13.66%) Firewall
2 29 (12.78%) LAN
3 27 (11.89%) DNS
4 24 (10.57%) Internet
4 24 (10.57%) WAN
5 21 (9.25%) TCP/IP
6 20 (8.81%) VPN
7 12 (5.29%) Kerberos
7 12 (5.29%) LDAP
7 12 (5.29%) X.500
8 11 (4.85%) Remote Desktop
8 11 (4.85%) Wireless
9 10 (4.41%) Cisco ASA
9 10 (4.41%) Wi-Fi
10 9 (3.96%) DHCP
11 8 (3.52%) Ethernet
12 7 (3.08%) WLAN
13 6 (2.64%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (2.64%) Intrusion Detection
13 6 (2.64%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (9.69%) SQL Server
2 16 (7.05%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (4.41%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.20%) Big Data
4 5 (2.20%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (1.76%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (1.76%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (1.32%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.88%) MySQL
7 2 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.44%) DTS
8 1 (0.44%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.44%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.44%) Oracle8/8i Database
8 1 (0.44%) Oracle9i Database
8 1 (0.44%) Power BI
8 1 (0.44%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.20%) Git (software)
1 5 (2.20%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.88%) JIRA
3 1 (0.44%) MSI
3 1 (0.44%) Subversion
3 1 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.44%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.44%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.44%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 38 (16.74%) Finance
2 13 (5.73%) Retail
3 8 (3.52%) Local Government
4 7 (3.08%) Law
4 7 (3.08%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.76%) Legal
6 2 (0.88%) Banking
6 2 (0.88%) Front Office
6 2 (0.88%) Games
6 2 (0.88%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.44%) Marketing
7 1 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.44%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 61 (26.87%) Analyst
2 36 (15.86%) Support Analyst
3 33 (14.54%) Desktop Support
4 23 (10.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 22 (9.69%) Desktop Analyst
5 22 (9.69%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 22 (9.69%) Support Engineer
6 20 (8.81%) 2nd Line Support
7 17 (7.49%) Service Analyst
7 17 (7.49%) Service Desk Analyst
7 17 (7.49%) Windows Engineer
8 16 (7.05%) Active Directory Engineer
9 14 (6.17%) Systems Engineer
10 12 (5.29%) IT Analyst
11 11 (4.85%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 11 (4.85%) Desktop Engineer
11 11 (4.85%) Windows Systems Engineer
12 10 (4.41%) IT Support
13 9 (3.96%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
13 9 (3.96%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.08%) .NET
2 4 (1.76%) AngularJS
2 4 (1.76%) ASP.NET
2 4 (1.76%) jQuery
2 4 (1.76%) Web Services
2 4 (1.76%) XML
3 3 (1.32%) CSS
3 3 (1.32%) HTML
3 3 (1.32%) XSL
4 2 (0.88%) Middleware
4 2 (0.88%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.44%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.44%) Ajax
5 1 (0.44%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.44%) JSON
5 1 (0.44%) LAMP
5 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 1 (0.44%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.44%) WCF
5 1 (0.44%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 32 (14.10%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (9.25%) PKI
2 21 (9.25%) Replication
3 20 (8.81%) Blackberry
3 20 (8.81%) Management Information System
4 15 (6.61%) Clustering
5 13 (5.73%) Computer Science
6 10 (4.41%) Data Centre
6 10 (4.41%) NHS
6 10 (4.41%) Video Conferencing
7 8 (3.52%) Client/Server
8 7 (3.08%) iPad
8 7 (3.08%) Life Science
9 6 (2.64%) Smartphone
9 6 (2.64%) User Experience
10 5 (2.20%) Linux Command Line
11 4 (1.76%) Enterprise Cloud
11 4 (1.76%) Virtual Team
12 3 (1.32%) CMDB
12 3 (1.32%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 148 (65.20%) Windows
2 67 (29.52%) Windows Server
3 57 (25.11%) Windows Server 2012
4 56 (24.67%) Windows 7
5 43 (18.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (12.78%) Windows Server 2003
7 27 (11.89%) Windows 8
8 23 (10.13%) Linux
9 19 (8.37%) Windows 10
10 18 (7.93%) Unix
11 8 (3.52%) Apple iOS
12 7 (3.08%) Windows XP
13 6 (2.64%) Android
13 6 (2.64%) CentOS
13 6 (2.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (2.20%) VMS
15 2 (0.88%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.88%) Solaris
16 1 (0.44%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 99 (43.61%) ITIL
2 27 (11.89%) Service Management
3 25 (11.01%) Configuration Management
4 23 (10.13%) ITIL V3
5 21 (9.25%) Migration
6 20 (8.81%) Incident Management
7 19 (8.37%) Change Management
8 16 (7.05%) ITSM
9 15 (6.61%) Problem Management
10 13 (5.73%) Service Delivery
11 12 (5.29%) Data Analysis
12 11 (4.85%) Time Management
12 11 (4.85%) Validation
13 10 (4.41%) Identity Access Management
14 9 (3.96%) Disaster Recovery
14 9 (3.96%) Identity Management
15 8 (3.52%) Business Intelligence
15 8 (3.52%) Coaching
15 8 (3.52%) Virtual Environments
16 7 (3.08%) Security Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 21 (9.25%) PowerShell
1 21 (9.25%) SQL
2 13 (5.73%) C#
3 10 (4.41%) Python
4 5 (2.20%) VB
5 4 (1.76%) Bash Shell
5 4 (1.76%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.32%) C
7 1 (0.44%) Java
7 1 (0.44%) PHP
7 1 (0.44%) REXX
7 1 (0.44%) Tcl
7 1 (0.44%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.44%) VB6
7 1 (0.44%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 169 (74.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 101 (44.49%) MCSE
3 52 (22.91%) MCSA
3 52 (22.91%) Security Cleared
4 43 (18.94%) MCITP
5 40 (17.62%) Cisco Certification
6 35 (15.42%) SC Cleared
7 32 (14.10%) CCNA
7 32 (14.10%) MCTS
8 20 (8.81%) ITIL Certification
9 18 (7.93%) Degree
10 17 (7.49%) MCDST
11 13 (5.73%) Citrix Certification
12 12 (5.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 10 (4.41%) A+ Certification
13 10 (4.41%) Network+ Certification
14 9 (3.96%) CCA
14 9 (3.96%) CCNP
15 8 (3.52%) ACHDS
15 8 (3.52%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (6.61%) SLA
2 3 (1.32%) PMO
2 3 (1.32%) QA
3 2 (0.88%) Cyber Essentials
3 2 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 138 (60.79%) Active Directory
2 33 (14.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (8.81%) Hyper-V
4 8 (3.52%) Virtual Servers
5 6 (2.64%) VMware Workstation
6 5 (2.20%) NDS
6 5 (2.20%) XenApp
7 4 (1.76%) Terminal Services
7 4 (1.76%) UAG
8 3 (1.32%) Firmware
8 3 (1.32%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.32%) vSphere
9 1 (0.44%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.44%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.44%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.44%) VMware ESX
9 1 (0.44%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 30 (13.22%) SCCM
2 11 (4.85%) Microsoft Clustering
2 11 (4.85%) Nessus
3 6 (2.64%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 6 (2.64%) PowerCLI
3 6 (2.64%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
3 6 (2.64%) WSUS
4 5 (2.20%) Puppet
4 5 (2.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (1.32%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.32%) OVSD
6 1 (0.44%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.44%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.44%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.44%) DameWare
6 1 (0.44%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.44%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.44%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.44%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 150 (66.08%) Microsoft
2 59 (25.99%) Citrix
3 58 (25.55%) VMware
4 46 (20.26%) Cisco
5 23 (10.13%) HP
6 17 (7.49%) Apple
6 17 (7.49%) SolarWinds
7 11 (4.85%) LANDesk
8 9 (3.96%) Remedy
9 8 (3.52%) Lotus
10 7 (3.08%) Symantec
11 6 (2.64%) BMC
11 6 (2.64%) Lumension
11 6 (2.64%) Oracle
11 6 (2.64%) Polycom
11 6 (2.64%) Red Hat
11 6 (2.64%) Splunk
12 5 (2.20%) Novell
12 5 (2.20%) ServiceNow
13 4 (1.76%) CheckPoint
London
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Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 2 days ago
Nottingham
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £18000 - £22000 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago