Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK > England
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 631 568 552
Rank change year-on-year -63 -16 -110
Contract jobs citing MCP 222 313 332
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.24% 0.32% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.26% 1.58% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 204 157
England median daily rate £275 £289 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% -3.75% +36.36%
10th Percentile £130 £121 £130
90th Percentile £488 £450 £500
UK median daily rate £258 £300 £300
% change year-on-year -14.17% - +30.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 28 79
England median hourly rate £14.50 £17.06 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.01% +10.06% -8.82%
10th Percentile £11.50 £12.14 £11.50
90th Percentile £17.43 £28.75 £21.58
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £18.03 £15.50
% change year-on-year -19.58% +16.32% -7.46%

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 17652 19773 20752
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.77% 20.47% 19.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 10847 12342 12638
England median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
10th Percentile £231 £250 £250
90th Percentile £600 £592 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 821 763 1004
England median hourly rate £25.12 £26.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.38% +8.33% +26.32%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.77 £49.19
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -0.94% +6.00% +31.58%

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 20 November 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 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 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 -43 86 £266 -18.08% 15
South East -23 48 £275 -9.84% 4
North of England +38 29 £375 +19.05% 5
East of England -35 27 £233 -7.00% 4
Midlands +24 24 £263 -17.97% 6
North West +17 16 £440 +266.67% 4
West Midlands +25 15 £350 +9.38% 2
Yorkshire +22 13 £313 +208.64%
East Midlands +5 9 £150 - 4
South West +10 8 £160 -36.00% 3
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 178 (80.18%) Microsoft Certification
2 168 (75.68%) Windows
3 153 (68.92%) Microsoft
4 125 (56.31%) Active Directory
5 121 (54.50%) MCSE
6 106 (47.75%) ITIL
7 83 (37.39%) Microsoft Office
8 80 (36.04%) Windows 7
9 65 (29.28%) Citrix
10 59 (26.58%) Cisco
10 59 (26.58%) LAN
11 58 (26.13%) MS Exchange
12 57 (25.68%) MCSA
13 54 (24.32%) TCP/IP
14 53 (23.87%) Office 365
15 50 (22.52%) VMware
16 47 (21.17%) MCDST
16 47 (21.17%) WAN
17 44 (19.82%) Finance
18 41 (18.47%) Windows Server 2012
18 41 (18.47%) Windows Server 2008
18 41 (18.47%) VMware Infrastructure
19 39 (17.57%) Windows Server
20 38 (17.12%) DNS
20 38 (17.12%) SCCM
21 36 (16.22%) Degree
21 36 (16.22%) Blackberry
22 35 (15.77%) DHCP
23 33 (14.86%) Cisco Certification
24 29 (13.06%) CCNA

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 58 (26.13%) MS Exchange
2 20 (9.01%) Exchange Server 2007
3 19 (8.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (5.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (5.41%) IBM Notes
5 12 (5.41%) Skype for Business
6 10 (4.50%) SharePoint
7 8 (3.60%) CMS
8 5 (2.25%) Kentico
8 5 (2.25%) Sitecore CMS
8 5 (2.25%) Umbraco
9 3 (1.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (1.35%) IIS
10 1 (0.45%) Apache
10 1 (0.45%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.45%) SAS
Applications
1 83 (37.39%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.35%) MS Visio
3 3 (1.35%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.45%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.45%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.45%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.35%) Eikon
2 2 (0.90%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.45%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 53 (23.87%) Office 365
2 20 (9.01%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.15%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.70%) IaaS
5 5 (2.25%) Mimecast
5 5 (2.25%) PaaS
6 2 (0.90%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.90%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.45%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.45%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.45%) GitHub
7 1 (0.45%) SaaS
7 1 (0.45%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 59 (26.58%) LAN
2 54 (24.32%) TCP/IP
3 47 (21.17%) WAN
4 38 (17.12%) DNS
5 35 (15.77%) DHCP
6 22 (9.91%) Wireless
7 21 (9.46%) Internet
8 15 (6.76%) Ethernet
8 15 (6.76%) Firewall
9 13 (5.86%) Skype
10 10 (4.50%) IP Telephony
10 10 (4.50%) SAN
11 8 (3.60%) VPN
12 7 (3.15%) Unified Communications
13 6 (2.70%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (2.70%) VLAN
14 5 (2.25%) WLAN
15 4 (1.80%) Network Security
16 3 (1.35%) BIG-IP
16 3 (1.35%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.01%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (2.70%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.90%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (0.90%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.45%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 4 (1.80%) Eclipse
1 4 (1.80%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.35%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.35%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.45%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.45%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.45%) MSTest
General
1 44 (19.82%) Finance
2 9 (4.05%) Retail
3 7 (3.15%) Automotive
4 6 (2.70%) Publishing
5 5 (2.25%) Banking
5 5 (2.25%) Legal
6 3 (1.35%) Law
6 3 (1.35%) Local Government
7 2 (0.90%) Advertising
7 2 (0.90%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.45%) Back Office
8 1 (0.45%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.45%) Multimedia
8 1 (0.45%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 44 (19.82%) Analyst
2 43 (19.37%) Desktop Support
3 39 (17.57%) Support Engineer
4 31 (13.96%) 2nd Line Support
5 25 (11.26%) Service Analyst
6 24 (10.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 24 (10.81%) Service Desk Analyst
7 22 (9.91%) Desktop Engineer
8 19 (8.56%) Service Desk Engineer
8 19 (8.56%) Support Analyst
9 16 (7.21%) IT Support
9 16 (7.21%) Service Desk Support
10 14 (6.31%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 13 (5.86%) 3rd Line Support
12 12 (5.41%) IT Engineer
13 11 (4.95%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 11 (4.95%) Systems Engineer
14 10 (4.50%) Technical Support
15 9 (4.05%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 9 (4.05%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.50%) .NET
2 8 (3.60%) ASP.NET
2 8 (3.60%) Web Services
3 7 (3.15%) jQuery
3 7 (3.15%) XML
4 5 (2.25%) AngularJS
5 4 (1.80%) REST
5 4 (1.80%) WCF
6 3 (1.35%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (0.90%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.90%) Ajax
7 2 (0.90%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (0.90%) HTML
7 2 (0.90%) HTML5
7 2 (0.90%) JSON
8 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 1 (0.45%) CSS
8 1 (0.45%) SAP Basis
8 1 (0.45%) SOAP
8 1 (0.45%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (16.22%) Blackberry
2 25 (11.26%) Management Information System
3 19 (8.56%) Analytical Skills
4 18 (8.11%) Data Centre
5 16 (7.21%) Client/Server
6 14 (6.31%) NHS
7 10 (4.50%) Computer Science
7 10 (4.50%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (2.70%) Smartphone
9 5 (2.25%) Driving Licence
9 5 (2.25%) Microsoft Licensing
10 3 (1.35%) N-Tier
11 2 (0.90%) Cyber Attack
11 2 (0.90%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.90%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.90%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.90%) PDA
11 2 (0.90%) Security Operations Centre
11 2 (0.90%) User Experience
12 1 (0.45%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 168 (75.68%) Windows
2 80 (36.04%) Windows 7
3 41 (18.47%) Windows Server 2008
3 41 (18.47%) Windows Server 2012
4 39 (17.57%) Windows Server
5 18 (8.11%) Apple iOS
6 17 (7.66%) Windows Server 2003
7 14 (6.31%) Linux
7 14 (6.31%) Unix
7 14 (6.31%) Windows 10
8 13 (5.86%) Windows XP
9 11 (4.95%) Windows Vista
10 7 (3.15%) Android
10 7 (3.15%) Windows 2000
11 6 (2.70%) Windows 8
12 3 (1.35%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.45%) AIX
13 1 (0.45%) CentOS
13 1 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.45%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (47.75%) ITIL
2 27 (12.16%) Service Management
3 26 (11.71%) Change Management
3 26 (11.71%) Service Delivery
4 21 (9.46%) Incident Management
5 18 (8.11%) Disaster Recovery
5 18 (8.11%) Time Management
6 16 (7.21%) Problem Management
7 15 (6.76%) Data Protection
7 15 (6.76%) Validation
8 13 (5.86%) Break/Fix
8 13 (5.86%) ITIL V3
9 12 (5.41%) ITSM
9 12 (5.41%) Performance Monitoring
10 11 (4.95%) Capacity Planning
11 10 (4.50%) Asset Management
11 10 (4.50%) Root Cause Analysis
12 9 (4.05%) Change Control
12 9 (4.05%) MVC
12 9 (4.05%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 16 (7.21%) Java
2 14 (6.31%) SQL
3 10 (4.50%) C#
3 10 (4.50%) PowerShell
4 5 (2.25%) VBScript
5 4 (1.80%) VB
6 3 (1.35%) C
6 3 (1.35%) JavaScript
6 3 (1.35%) REXX
6 3 (1.35%) Tcl
7 2 (0.90%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.45%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.45%) VB6
Qualifications
1 178 (80.18%) Microsoft Certification
2 121 (54.50%) MCSE
3 57 (25.68%) MCSA
4 47 (21.17%) MCDST
5 36 (16.22%) Degree
6 33 (14.86%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (13.06%) CCNA
8 26 (11.71%) A+ Certification
9 18 (8.11%) Network+ Certification
10 17 (7.66%) Security Cleared
11 16 (7.21%) ACHDS
11 16 (7.21%) MCSM
12 15 (6.76%) ACDT
12 15 (6.76%) ACTC
13 14 (6.31%) Computer Science Degree
13 14 (6.31%) ITIL Certification
13 14 (6.31%) SC Cleared
14 13 (5.86%) Citrix Certification
15 12 (5.41%) CCA
15 12 (5.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (10.81%) SLA
2 5 (2.25%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (2.25%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.45%) QA
System Software
1 125 (56.31%) Active Directory
2 41 (18.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (10.36%) XenApp
4 17 (7.66%) Hyper-V
4 17 (7.66%) Virtual Servers
5 9 (4.05%) vSphere
6 5 (2.25%) VMware ESXi
6 5 (2.25%) VMware Workstation
6 5 (2.25%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
8 2 (0.90%) ProxySG
8 2 (0.90%) Terminal Services
8 2 (0.90%) XenServer
9 1 (0.45%) Docker
9 1 (0.45%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.45%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.45%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 38 (17.12%) SCCM
2 6 (2.70%) Backup Exec
2 6 (2.70%) DameWare
3 5 (2.25%) NetBackup
3 5 (2.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (1.35%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 3 (1.35%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 3 (1.35%) vCenter Server
4 3 (1.35%) WSUS
5 2 (0.90%) AirWatch
5 2 (0.90%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.90%) HP SIM
5 2 (0.90%) OpenView
5 2 (0.90%) OVSD
5 2 (0.90%) WMI
6 1 (0.45%) Ansible
6 1 (0.45%) HP Data Protector
6 1 (0.45%) NetVault Backup
6 1 (0.45%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.45%) Puppet
Vendors
1 153 (68.92%) Microsoft
2 65 (29.28%) Citrix
3 59 (26.58%) Cisco
4 50 (22.52%) VMware
5 24 (10.81%) Apple
6 19 (8.56%) HP
6 19 (8.56%) Oracle
7 12 (5.41%) Lotus
8 11 (4.95%) CheckPoint
9 10 (4.50%) ServiceNow
9 10 (4.50%) Sophos
10 9 (4.05%) Dell
10 9 (4.05%) NetApp
11 7 (3.15%) Symantec
11 7 (3.15%) Veeam
12 5 (2.25%) Sitecore
13 4 (1.80%) Mitel
13 4 (1.80%) Palo Alto
13 4 (1.80%) Polycom
14 3 (1.35%) Reuters