Period
to 23 September 2021

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 23 September 2021 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
23 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 606 468 632
Rank change year-on-year -138 +164 +48
Contract jobs citing MCP 111 18 181
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.17% 0.070% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.92% 0.27% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 10 91
10th Percentile £176 £109 £118
25th Percentile £200 £120 £153
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £345 £175 £225
Median % change year-on-year +97.14% -22.22% +9.76%
75th Percentile £406 £425 £441
90th Percentile £539 £525 £513
UK median daily rate £340 £175 £225
% change year-on-year +94.29% -22.22% +8.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 1 10
10th Percentile " " £14.00
25th Percentile £12.25 " £14.33
Median hourly rate £12.50 £20.00 £15.50
Median % change year-on-year -37.50% +29.03% -2.21%
75th Percentile £15.66 " £16.37
90th Percentile £16.50 " £17.29
UK median hourly rate £12.50 £23.20 £15.50
% change year-on-year -46.12% +49.68% -2.21%

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 12,045 6,669 15,796
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.74% 25.79% 19.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,786 4,517 10,025
10th Percentile £313 £300 £263
25th Percentile £407 £400 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £480 £475
Median % change year-on-year +4.17% +1.05% +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £575
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £465
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 579 217 655
10th Percentile £12.37 £15.63 £13.48
25th Percentile £16.25 £20.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate £33.00 £34.00 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -2.94% -15.00% +75.13%
75th Percentile £54.44 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £65.51 £64.50 £60.30
UK median hourly rate £33.00 £31.61 £40.00
% change year-on-year +4.40% -20.98% +74.44%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCP in England.

Daily rate trend for MCP in England

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCP in England over the 6 months to 23 September 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MCP in England

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCP in England.

Hourly rate trend 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 23 September 2021. 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
North of England -61 25 £200 +66.67% 40
London -192 22 £425 +102.86% 17
East of England -29 21 £135 -73.00% 21
Midlands -61 20 £380 -20.00% 18
East Midlands -20 18 £380 -20.00% 10
South East -75 16 £190 +11.76% 27
North West -43 13 £350 +191.67% 30
Yorkshire - 12 £200 - 9
South West -43 3 £550 - 21
West Midlands - 2 - - 8
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 23 September 2021, 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 86 (77.48%) Windows
2 75 (67.57%) ITIL
3 60 (54.05%) Microsoft
4 55 (49.55%) Microsoft 365
5 54 (48.65%) Active Directory
6 52 (46.85%) Microsoft Certification
7 39 (35.14%) Cisco Certification
8 38 (34.23%) Problem-Solving
8 38 (34.23%) Social Skills
9 37 (33.33%) CCNA
10 35 (31.53%) MCSE
11 31 (27.93%) Windows 10
12 28 (25.23%) VMware
13 26 (23.42%) VPN
14 24 (21.62%) Degree
15 23 (20.72%) Cisco
15 23 (20.72%) MCSA
15 23 (20.72%) Firewall
16 22 (19.82%) Microsoft Office
16 22 (19.82%) SLA
17 21 (18.92%) HP
18 20 (18.02%) Linux
19 19 (17.12%) Azure
20 18 (16.22%) Incident Management
21 17 (15.32%) Security Cleared
21 17 (15.32%) ServiceNow
21 17 (15.32%) Self-Motivation
22 16 (14.41%) SC Cleared
22 16 (14.41%) Windows 7
22 16 (14.41%) VMware Infrastructure

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 9 (8.11%) SharePoint
2 8 (7.21%) MS Exchange
3 7 (6.31%) Skype for Business
4 5 (4.50%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (3.60%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (2.70%) Office Communications Server
7 2 (1.80%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (1.80%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 1 (0.90%) IIS
Applications
1 22 (19.82%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 55 (49.55%) Microsoft 365
2 19 (17.12%) Azure
3 10 (9.01%) Azure Active Directory
4 7 (6.31%) OneDrive
5 5 (4.50%) IaaS
6 4 (3.60%) Cloud Computing
6 4 (3.60%) Mimecast
6 4 (3.60%) SaaS
7 3 (2.70%) Google Workspace
8 1 (0.90%) AWS
8 1 (0.90%) Google Docs
8 1 (0.90%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (23.42%) VPN
2 23 (20.72%) Firewall
3 13 (11.71%) DNS
4 12 (10.81%) DHCP
5 9 (8.11%) SAN
6 7 (6.31%) NAS
6 7 (6.31%) Skype
6 7 (6.31%) Wi-Fi
7 6 (5.41%) Cisco Nexus
7 6 (5.41%) IPsec
7 6 (5.41%) Network Security
7 6 (5.41%) SSH
7 6 (5.41%) SSL
7 6 (5.41%) Wireless
8 5 (4.50%) VoIP
9 3 (2.70%) 802.11
9 3 (2.70%) iSCSI
9 3 (2.70%) SMTP
9 3 (2.70%) TCP/IP
9 3 (2.70%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.70%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (1.80%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (2.70%) JIRA
General
1 38 (34.23%) Social Skills
2 8 (7.21%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (7.21%) Finance
3 6 (5.41%) Banking
3 6 (5.41%) Documentation Skills
4 5 (4.50%) Retail
5 4 (3.60%) Organisational Skills
6 3 (2.70%) Public Sector
7 2 (1.80%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.90%) French Language
8 1 (0.90%) German Language
8 1 (0.90%) Italian Language
8 1 (0.90%) Legal
8 1 (0.90%) Publishing
8 1 (0.90%) Social Science
8 1 (0.90%) Spanish Language
8 1 (0.90%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (36.94%) Analyst
2 34 (30.63%) Service Analyst
2 34 (30.63%) Service Desk Analyst
3 15 (13.51%) Systems Engineer
4 12 (10.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 12 (10.81%) Support Engineer
5 10 (9.01%) Architect
6 9 (8.11%) Call Centre Analyst
6 9 (8.11%) Customer Analyst
6 9 (8.11%) Service Desk Agent
7 8 (7.21%) Desktop Support
8 7 (6.31%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
8 7 (6.31%) Senior Technician
9 6 (5.41%) Security Engineer
9 6 (5.41%) Support Analyst
10 5 (4.50%) 1st Line Support
10 5 (4.50%) IT Engineer
10 5 (4.50%) VMware Engineer
10 5 (4.50%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
11 4 (3.60%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (2.70%) 802.1X
1 3 (2.70%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 17 (15.32%) Self-Motivation
2 7 (6.31%) Data Centre
3 6 (5.41%) Blackberry
4 5 (4.50%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.60%) Online Banking
6 3 (2.70%) Driving Licence
6 3 (2.70%) Microsoft Licensing
6 3 (2.70%) NHS
6 3 (2.70%) PKI
6 3 (2.70%) Replication
6 3 (2.70%) Smartphone
6 3 (2.70%) User Experience
7 2 (1.80%) Clustering
7 2 (1.80%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.80%) EMC VNX
8 1 (0.90%) EMC VMAX
8 1 (0.90%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.90%) HP StoreVirtual
8 1 (0.90%) iPhone
8 1 (0.90%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 86 (77.48%) Windows
2 31 (27.93%) Windows 10
3 20 (18.02%) Linux
4 16 (14.41%) Windows 7
5 13 (11.71%) Windows Server
6 12 (10.81%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (7.21%) Android
8 7 (6.31%) Apple iOS
8 7 (6.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 7 (6.31%) VMS
9 5 (4.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (3.60%) Mac OS
10 4 (3.60%) Windows Server 2016
11 3 (2.70%) Mac OS X
11 3 (2.70%) Unix
11 3 (2.70%) Windows 8
11 3 (2.70%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (2.70%) Windows Vista
12 2 (1.80%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (67.57%) ITIL
2 38 (34.23%) Problem-Solving
3 18 (16.22%) Incident Management
4 14 (12.61%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 12 (10.81%) ITSM
5 12 (10.81%) Service Delivery
6 10 (9.01%) Problem Management
7 9 (8.11%) Time Management
8 8 (7.21%) Disaster Recovery
8 8 (7.21%) Migration
9 6 (5.41%) Data Protection
9 6 (5.41%) Mathematics
10 5 (4.50%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (4.50%) Data Analysis
10 5 (4.50%) ITIL V3
10 5 (4.50%) Service Management
11 4 (3.60%) Agile Software Development
12 3 (2.70%) Asset Management
12 3 (2.70%) Computer Science
12 3 (2.70%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 5 (4.50%) PowerShell
2 2 (1.80%) C
2 2 (1.80%) Java
2 2 (1.80%) SQL
3 1 (0.90%) ALGOL
3 1 (0.90%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 52 (46.85%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (35.14%) Cisco Certification
3 37 (33.33%) CCNA
4 35 (31.53%) MCSE
5 24 (21.62%) Degree
6 23 (20.72%) MCSA
7 17 (15.32%) Security Cleared
8 16 (14.41%) SC Cleared
9 9 (8.11%) A+ Certification
10 8 (7.21%) MCITP
11 6 (5.41%) MCTS
11 6 (5.41%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 5 (4.50%) ITIL Certification
12 5 (4.50%) Network+ Certification
13 3 (2.70%) DBS Check
13 3 (2.70%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 3 (2.70%) MOS
14 2 (1.80%) CCA
14 2 (1.80%) Citrix Certification
14 2 (1.80%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (19.82%) SLA
2 10 (9.01%) ISO 9001
2 10 (9.01%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 10 (9.01%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.90%) ISO 22301
3 1 (0.90%) NIST
3 1 (0.90%) QA
System Software
1 54 (48.65%) Active Directory
2 16 (14.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (5.41%) vSphere
4 4 (3.60%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (1.80%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 2 (1.80%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 2 (1.80%) Hyper-V
5 2 (1.80%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (1.80%) NFS
5 2 (1.80%) Virtual Servers
5 2 (1.80%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (1.80%) XenApp
5 2 (1.80%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.90%) SRDF
Systems Management
1 11 (9.91%) SCCM
2 7 (6.31%) Microsoft Intune
2 7 (6.31%) WSUS
3 4 (3.60%) NetBackup
4 3 (2.70%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 3 (2.70%) SCOM
4 3 (2.70%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (1.80%) AirWatch
5 2 (1.80%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.90%) CASB
Vendors
1 60 (54.05%) Microsoft
2 28 (25.23%) VMware
3 23 (20.72%) Cisco
4 21 (18.92%) HP
5 17 (15.32%) ServiceNow
6 14 (12.61%) Aruba
6 14 (12.61%) Palo Alto
7 12 (10.81%) Citrix
8 7 (6.31%) NetApp
9 6 (5.41%) Apple
10 5 (4.50%) EMC
10 5 (4.50%) Sophos
11 4 (3.60%) Google
11 4 (3.60%) Red Hat
11 4 (3.60%) Zerto
12 3 (2.70%) CheckPoint
12 3 (2.70%) Fujitsu
12 3 (2.70%) Meraki
12 3 (2.70%) Samsung
12 3 (2.70%) SolarWinds