Period
to 16 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 659 661 532
Rank change year-on-year +2 -129 +20
Contract jobs citing MCP 202 195 334
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.21% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.15% 1.14% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 117 211
England median daily rate £200 £275 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.27% -4.35% +4.55%
10th Percentile £141 £138 £121
90th Percentile £500 £488 £450
UK median daily rate £205 £275 £300
% change year-on-year -25.45% -8.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 33 32
England median hourly rate £15.85 £14.50 £17.28
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.31% -16.09% +4.73%
10th Percentile £12.74 £11.70 £12.89
90th Percentile £27.28 £17.89 £28.45
UK median hourly rate £15.85 £14.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +9.31% -27.50% +21.21%

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 17,497 17,180 20,533
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.56% 18.84% 20.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,363 10,463 12,803
England median daily rate £450 £425 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.80% +4.38%
10th Percentile £250 £242 £245
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 865 814 739
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.18 £25.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.03% +6.60% +13.33%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £47.86
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% - +19.57%

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 October 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 October 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 October 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 -15 66 £205 -25.45% 22
Midlands 0 38 £200 -38.46% 5
North of England -16 36 £200 -54.55% 26
South East -18 29 £363 +26.09% 19
West Midlands -9 27 £375 +7.14% 2
East of England +7 26 £185 -17.78% 9
Yorkshire -11 21 £325 +4.00% 4
North West -10 12 £175 -60.67% 20
East Midlands -1 11 £200 +33.33% 3
South West -21 7 £258 +60.94% 4
North East - 3 £200 - 2
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 16 October 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.

1 159 (78.71%) Microsoft
2 156 (77.23%) Microsoft Certification
3 152 (75.25%) Windows
4 102 (50.50%) MCSE
5 94 (46.53%) ITIL
6 87 (43.07%) Active Directory
7 73 (36.14%) Windows 7
8 71 (35.15%) Microsoft Office
9 55 (27.23%) MCSA
9 55 (27.23%) Windows Server
10 45 (22.28%) SCCM
11 43 (21.29%) VMware
12 41 (20.30%) Office 365
13 40 (19.80%) Windows 10
14 35 (17.33%) Problem-Solving
15 33 (16.34%) Apple
16 31 (15.35%) Citrix
16 31 (15.35%) PowerShell
17 30 (14.85%) Cisco
18 28 (13.86%) Service Delivery
19 26 (12.87%) Service Management
19 26 (12.87%) VMware Infrastructure
19 26 (12.87%) Windows Server 2012
20 25 (12.38%) Windows Server 2008
21 23 (11.39%) LAN
21 23 (11.39%) Cisco Certification
22 22 (10.89%) Windows XP
22 22 (10.89%) CCNA
22 22 (10.89%) SLA
22 22 (10.89%) TCP/IP

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 (10.40%) MS Exchange
2 13 (6.44%) Skype for Business
3 10 (4.95%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.48%) IBM Notes
5 3 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2007
5 3 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (0.99%) Apache
6 2 (0.99%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (0.99%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.99%) IIS
7 1 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 71 (35.15%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.96%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (2.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.99%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.49%) SmartPlant
3 2 (0.99%) ReMetrica
3 2 (0.99%) SAP GTS
3 2 (0.99%) Towers Watson Igloo
4 1 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 41 (20.30%) Office 365
2 17 (8.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.48%) Azure Active Directory
3 5 (2.48%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (1.98%) Mimecast
5 3 (1.49%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (1.49%) SaaS
6 2 (0.99%) PaaS
7 1 (0.50%) GitHub
7 1 (0.50%) IaaS
7 1 (0.50%) iTunes
7 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.50%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 23 (11.39%) LAN
2 22 (10.89%) TCP/IP
2 22 (10.89%) VPN
3 19 (9.41%) DNS
3 19 (9.41%) Internet
4 18 (8.91%) Wireless
5 14 (6.93%) DHCP
6 10 (4.95%) WAN
7 8 (3.96%) Firewall
8 7 (3.47%) Network Security
8 7 (3.47%) Skype
9 6 (2.97%) IP Telephony
9 6 (2.97%) Unified Communications
10 4 (1.98%) FTP
10 4 (1.98%) NAS
10 4 (1.98%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (1.98%) SAN
10 4 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.49%) PPTP
11 3 (1.49%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.42%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.99%) Oracle Database
2 2 (0.99%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.50%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (2.97%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.48%) MSI
3 3 (1.49%) AdminStudio
3 3 (1.49%) JIRA
4 2 (0.99%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (0.99%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
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 14 (6.93%) Finance
2 11 (5.45%) Retail
3 9 (4.46%) Manufacturing
4 7 (3.47%) Telecoms
5 6 (2.97%) Banking
5 6 (2.97%) Military
6 5 (2.48%) Electronics
6 5 (2.48%) Humanities
6 5 (2.48%) Legal
6 5 (2.48%) Social Science
7 4 (1.98%) Marketing
8 3 (1.49%) Advertising
8 3 (1.49%) Automotive
8 3 (1.49%) Law
8 3 (1.49%) Pharmaceutical
8 3 (1.49%) Publishing
9 2 (0.99%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.99%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (0.50%) French Language
10 1 (0.50%) German Language
Job Titles
1 49 (24.26%) Analyst
2 43 (21.29%) Support Engineer
3 31 (15.35%) IT Support
3 31 (15.35%) Service Analyst
4 27 (13.37%) Service Desk Analyst
5 23 (11.39%) Desktop Support
6 22 (10.89%) 2nd Line Support
7 14 (6.93%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 13 (6.44%) Support Analyst
9 12 (5.94%) Desktop Engineer
9 12 (5.94%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 10 (4.95%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 10 (4.95%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 10 (4.95%) IT Engineer
11 8 (3.96%) IT Support Engineer
12 7 (3.47%) 1st Line Support
12 7 (3.47%) IT Analyst
12 7 (3.47%) Windows Engineer
13 6 (2.97%) Project Manager
13 6 (2.97%) Support Officer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.95%) .NET
2 6 (2.97%) ASP.NET
3 3 (1.49%) COM
3 3 (1.49%) Web Services
4 2 (0.99%) LAMP
4 2 (0.99%) WinForms
5 1 (0.50%) JSON
5 1 (0.50%) REST
5 1 (0.50%) SAML
5 1 (0.50%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.50%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 18 (8.91%) Data Centre
2 14 (6.93%) Smartphone
3 11 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (5.45%) Computer Science
3 11 (5.45%) Self-Motivation
4 9 (4.46%) Driving Licence
5 7 (3.47%) Management Information System
6 6 (2.97%) Fat Client
6 6 (2.97%) Mobile App
6 6 (2.97%) Thin Client
7 5 (2.48%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (1.98%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.98%) Video Conferencing
9 3 (1.49%) Clustering
9 3 (1.49%) Data Protection Act
9 3 (1.49%) iPhone
9 3 (1.49%) Life Science
9 3 (1.49%) PKI
9 3 (1.49%) Replication
10 2 (0.99%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 152 (75.25%) Windows
2 73 (36.14%) Windows 7
3 55 (27.23%) Windows Server
4 40 (19.80%) Windows 10
5 26 (12.87%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (12.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 22 (10.89%) Windows XP
8 14 (6.93%) Unix
9 13 (6.44%) Android
10 12 (5.94%) Windows Vista
11 11 (5.45%) Linux
11 11 (5.45%) Mac OS
11 11 (5.45%) Windows 2000
12 9 (4.46%) Mac OS X
13 8 (3.96%) Windows 8
14 6 (2.97%) Windows Server 2003
15 4 (1.98%) Mac OS X Server
16 3 (1.49%) Apple iOS
17 2 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 2 (0.99%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (46.53%) ITIL
2 35 (17.33%) Problem-Solving
3 28 (13.86%) Service Delivery
4 26 (12.87%) Service Management
5 20 (9.90%) PRINCE2
6 17 (8.42%) Incident Management
6 17 (8.42%) Migration
6 17 (8.42%) Problem Management
7 16 (7.92%) Change Management
7 16 (7.92%) Mathematics
8 15 (7.43%) Agile Software Development
8 15 (7.43%) Break/Fix
9 14 (6.93%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 13 (6.44%) Project Management
11 11 (5.45%) ITSM
12 9 (4.46%) Asset Management
12 9 (4.46%) Information Security
12 9 (4.46%) Infrastructure Management
12 9 (4.46%) ITIL V3
13 7 (3.47%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 31 (15.35%) PowerShell
2 12 (5.94%) SQL
3 11 (5.45%) VB
4 8 (3.96%) C#
5 5 (2.48%) VBScript
6 4 (1.98%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.49%) Java
7 3 (1.49%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.99%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.99%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.50%) C
9 1 (0.50%) C++
Qualifications
1 156 (77.23%) Microsoft Certification
2 102 (50.50%) MCSE
3 55 (27.23%) MCSA
4 23 (11.39%) Cisco Certification
5 22 (10.89%) CCNA
6 21 (10.40%) MCTS
7 18 (8.91%) A+ Certification
8 17 (8.42%) MCDST
9 16 (7.92%) Security Cleared
10 14 (6.93%) ITIL Certification
10 14 (6.93%) MCITP
11 12 (5.94%) Degree
12 11 (5.45%) HNC
12 11 (5.45%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 11 (5.45%) NVQ Level 3
13 10 (4.95%) SC Cleared
14 9 (4.46%) CISSP
14 9 (4.46%) DBS Check
14 9 (4.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
15 8 (3.96%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (10.89%) SLA
2 6 (2.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 6 (2.97%) JSP 440
3 5 (2.48%) QA
4 3 (1.49%) GDPR
5 2 (0.99%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.99%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.99%) PMO
System Software
1 87 (43.07%) Active Directory
2 26 (12.87%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (8.91%) Hyper-V
4 9 (4.46%) Terminal Services
5 8 (3.96%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (3.47%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (3.47%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (3.47%) vSphere
7 6 (2.97%) XenApp
8 5 (2.48%) VMware Workstation
8 5 (2.48%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.98%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.99%) Firmware
11 2 (0.99%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.50%) Docker
12 1 (0.50%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.50%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 45 (22.28%) SCCM
2 8 (3.96%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (3.47%) WSUS
4 6 (2.97%) Microsoft Intune
5 5 (2.48%) Backup Exec
5 5 (2.48%) SafeCom
6 4 (1.98%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.49%) SCOM
7 3 (1.49%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.99%) AirWatch
8 2 (0.99%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.99%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.99%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.50%) Ansible
9 1 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.50%) PowerCLI
9 1 (0.50%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.50%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 159 (78.71%) Microsoft
2 43 (21.29%) VMware
3 33 (16.34%) Apple
4 31 (15.35%) Citrix
5 30 (14.85%) Cisco
6 12 (5.94%) NetApp
7 11 (5.45%) Google
8 10 (4.95%) Altiris
8 10 (4.95%) Remedy
8 10 (4.95%) SAP
9 7 (3.47%) Ivanti
9 7 (3.47%) Snow
9 7 (3.47%) Symantec
9 7 (3.47%) Veeam
10 6 (2.97%) Oracle
11 5 (2.48%) HP
11 5 (2.48%) Lotus
11 5 (2.48%) Wyse
12 4 (1.98%) ServiceNow
13 3 (1.49%) Tableau