Period
to 24 May 2020

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 24 May 2020 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
24 May 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 532 672 616
Rank change year-on-year +140 -56 +18
Contract jobs citing MCP 76 155 247
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.18% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.76% 0.96% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 87 111
Median daily rate £225 £200 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -42.86% -
10th Percentile £126 £127 £120
90th Percentile £438 £510 £565
UK median daily rate £225 £200 £350
% change year-on-year +12.50% -42.86% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 20 53
Median hourly rate £15.85 £14.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.23% -5.00% -1.64%
10th Percentile £14.50 £13.63 £12.25
90th Percentile £20.75 £20.59 £30.51
UK median hourly rate £15.85 £14.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year +9.31% -3.33% -1.64%

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 10,008 16,073 17,532
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.21% 19.18% 19.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,963 9,773 10,494
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £269 £269 £250
90th Percentile £650 £650 £631
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 447 700 778
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.79% +33.60% -16.67%
10th Percentile £15.50 £13.00 £12.50
90th Percentile £55.00 £53.75 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £33.40 £24.91
% change year-on-year +4.79% +34.11% -16.98%

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 24 May 2020.

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 24 May 2020. 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
South East +97 20 £225 -48.28% 7
North of England +85 17 £179 +11.72% 7
Midlands +72 17 £310 +55.00% 1
West Midlands +78 16 £355 +153.57% 1
London +135 13 £213 -1.73% 7
North West +52 11 £132 -17.34% 5
Yorkshire +66 5 £215 - 2
East of England +46 5 £425 +157.58% 3
South West +29 4 £538 +13.16% 2
East Midlands +32 1 £135 -58.46%
North East +25 1 - -
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 24 May 2020, 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 57 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 50 (65.79%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (65.79%) Windows
3 37 (48.68%) ITIL
4 34 (44.74%) Active Directory
5 31 (40.79%) MCSE
6 28 (36.84%) Microsoft Office
7 23 (30.26%) Office 365
8 22 (28.95%) MCSA
9 20 (26.32%) Problem-Solving
10 19 (25.00%) Windows Server
11 16 (21.05%) VMware
12 15 (19.74%) Security Cleared
12 15 (19.74%) Windows 7
12 15 (19.74%) Cisco
12 15 (19.74%) A+ Certification
13 14 (18.42%) Windows 10
14 13 (17.11%) VMware Infrastructure
15 12 (15.79%) MCITP
15 12 (15.79%) Service Management
15 12 (15.79%) MS Exchange
16 10 (13.16%) DNS
16 10 (13.16%) Skype
16 10 (13.16%) Self-Motivation
17 9 (11.84%) LAN
17 9 (11.84%) SLA
17 9 (11.84%) Migration
17 9 (11.84%) Degree
17 9 (11.84%) Hyper-V
17 9 (11.84%) SCCM

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 12 (15.79%) MS Exchange
2 8 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (9.21%) Exchange Server 2013
3 7 (9.21%) SharePoint
3 7 (9.21%) Skype for Business
4 5 (6.58%) IBM Notes
5 4 (5.26%) IIS
6 3 (3.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2007
7 2 (2.63%) Office Communications Server
8 1 (1.32%) Apache
8 1 (1.32%) CMS
8 1 (1.32%) Drupal
8 1 (1.32%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (1.32%) Tomcat
Applications
1 28 (36.84%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.95%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.32%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.32%) Line 500
2 1 (1.32%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 23 (30.26%) Office 365
2 8 (10.53%) Azure
3 3 (3.95%) IaaS
4 2 (2.63%) PaaS
4 2 (2.63%) SaaS
5 1 (1.32%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.32%) Google Analytics
5 1 (1.32%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.32%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 10 (13.16%) DNS
1 10 (13.16%) Skype
2 9 (11.84%) LAN
3 8 (10.53%) DHCP
4 7 (9.21%) VPN
5 4 (5.26%) SAN
5 4 (5.26%) Wireless
6 3 (3.95%) Cisco IOS
6 3 (3.95%) Firewall
6 3 (3.95%) FTP
6 3 (3.95%) TCP/IP
6 3 (3.95%) VoIP
6 3 (3.95%) WAN
6 3 (3.95%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (2.63%) SMTP
7 2 (2.63%) Structured Cabling
8 1 (1.32%) Cisco Nexus
8 1 (1.32%) SNMP
8 1 (1.32%) WebEx
8 1 (1.32%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.32%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (1.32%) MySQL
2 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.32%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (1.32%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.32%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Visual Studio
2 2 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.32%) Eclipse
3 1 (1.32%) HP UFT
3 1 (1.32%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.32%) MSI
3 1 (1.32%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (1.32%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 5 (6.58%) Pharmaceutical
2 4 (5.26%) Finance
2 4 (5.26%) Law
2 4 (5.26%) Military
3 3 (3.95%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.95%) Public Sector
4 2 (2.63%) Advertising
4 2 (2.63%) French Language
4 2 (2.63%) German Language
4 2 (2.63%) Italian Language
4 2 (2.63%) Retail
4 2 (2.63%) Spanish Language
5 1 (1.32%) Banking
5 1 (1.32%) Front Office
5 1 (1.32%) Multimedia
5 1 (1.32%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 28 (36.84%) Analyst
2 22 (28.95%) Service Analyst
3 20 (26.32%) Service Desk Analyst
4 11 (14.47%) Support Engineer
5 8 (10.53%) Consultant
6 7 (9.21%) IT Analyst
6 7 (9.21%) Windows Engineer
7 6 (7.89%) Desktop Engineer
8 5 (6.58%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
8 5 (6.58%) 2nd Line Support
9 4 (5.26%) Desktop Support
9 4 (5.26%) IT Support
10 3 (3.95%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 3 (3.95%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 3 (3.95%) Service Desk Support
10 3 (3.95%) Service Desk Support Analyst
10 3 (3.95%) Technical Consultant
10 3 (3.95%) Technical Support
11 2 (2.63%) Exchange Migration Engineer
11 2 (2.63%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (3.95%) .NET
2 2 (2.63%) .NET Framework
2 2 (2.63%) ASP.NET
2 2 (2.63%) Web Services
3 1 (1.32%) CSS
3 1 (1.32%) Entity Framework
3 1 (1.32%) HTML
3 1 (1.32%) LINQ
3 1 (1.32%) WinForms
3 1 (1.32%) XML
3 1 (1.32%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.16%) Self-Motivation
2 7 (9.21%) NHS
2 7 (9.21%) Smartphone
3 4 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (5.26%) Blackberry
4 3 (3.95%) iPhone
4 3 (3.95%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.63%) Clustering
5 2 (2.63%) Fat Client
5 2 (2.63%) Life Science
5 2 (2.63%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.63%) Video Conferencing
6 1 (1.32%) CESG
6 1 (1.32%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.32%) Handset
6 1 (1.32%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 50 (65.79%) Windows
2 19 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 15 (19.74%) Windows 7
4 14 (18.42%) Windows 10
5 5 (6.58%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (5.26%) Android
7 3 (3.95%) Apple iOS
7 3 (3.95%) Linux
7 3 (3.95%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (2.63%) Mac OS X
8 2 (2.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (2.63%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (1.32%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.32%) Unix
9 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (1.32%) Windows Server 2019
9 1 (1.32%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (48.68%) ITIL
2 20 (26.32%) Problem-Solving
3 12 (15.79%) Service Management
4 9 (11.84%) Migration
5 8 (10.53%) Computer Science
6 7 (9.21%) Infrastructure Management
7 6 (7.89%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (7.89%) ITSM
7 6 (7.89%) Problem Management
8 5 (6.58%) Break/Fix
8 5 (6.58%) Incident Management
8 5 (6.58%) TOGAF
8 5 (6.58%) Virtual Infrastructure
9 4 (5.26%) Asset Management
9 4 (5.26%) Change Control
9 4 (5.26%) Change Management
9 4 (5.26%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 4 (5.26%) Proactive Monitoring
9 4 (5.26%) Root Cause Analysis
9 4 (5.26%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 6 (7.89%) SQL
2 4 (5.26%) PowerShell
3 3 (3.95%) C
4 2 (2.63%) C#
4 2 (2.63%) PL/SQL
4 2 (2.63%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.32%) Bash Shell
5 1 (1.32%) C++
5 1 (1.32%) Java
5 1 (1.32%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.32%) VB
5 1 (1.32%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 50 (65.79%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (40.79%) MCSE
3 22 (28.95%) MCSA
4 15 (19.74%) A+ Certification
4 15 (19.74%) Security Cleared
5 12 (15.79%) MCITP
6 9 (11.84%) Degree
7 8 (10.53%) ITIL Certification
8 7 (9.21%) CCNA
8 7 (9.21%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (9.21%) MCDST
9 6 (7.89%) DV Cleared
9 6 (7.89%) SC Cleared
10 5 (6.58%) NVQ Level 3
11 4 (5.26%) CISSP
12 3 (3.95%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 3 (3.95%) MCTS
13 2 (2.63%) Computer Science Degree
13 2 (2.63%) MCPD
13 2 (2.63%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (11.84%) SLA
2 3 (3.95%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.63%) QA
4 1 (1.32%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (1.32%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 34 (44.74%) Active Directory
2 13 (17.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (11.84%) Hyper-V
4 7 (9.21%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (2.63%) vSphere
5 2 (2.63%) XenApp
6 1 (1.32%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.32%) RHEV
6 1 (1.32%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 9 (11.84%) SCCM
2 8 (10.53%) Microsoft Intune
3 5 (6.58%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (5.26%) AirWatch
5 2 (2.63%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (2.63%) vCenter Server
6 1 (1.32%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (1.32%) HP ALM
6 1 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.32%) OpenView
6 1 (1.32%) Puppet
6 1 (1.32%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 1 (1.32%) SCOrch
6 1 (1.32%) Single Sign-On
6 1 (1.32%) Sysprep
6 1 (1.32%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 57 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 16 (21.05%) VMware
3 15 (19.74%) Cisco
4 7 (9.21%) Citrix
5 6 (7.89%) ServiceNow
6 5 (6.58%) HP
6 5 (6.58%) Lotus
7 4 (5.26%) Apple
8 3 (3.95%) CheckPoint
8 3 (3.95%) Google
8 3 (3.95%) Ivanti
8 3 (3.95%) Polycom
8 3 (3.95%) Yealink
9 2 (2.63%) EMC
9 2 (2.63%) Meraki
9 2 (2.63%) MobileIron
9 2 (2.63%) NetApp
9 2 (2.63%) Red Hat
9 2 (2.63%) Remedy
9 2 (2.63%) Snow