Period
to 18 February 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 18 February 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
18 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 573 595 558
Rank change year-on-year +22 -37 -98
Contract jobs citing MCP 279 235 306
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.30% 0.27% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.62% 1.30% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 148 159
England median daily rate £338 £300 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -4.76% +46.51%
10th Percentile £122 £120 £130
90th Percentile £525 £488 £480
UK median daily rate £325 £300 £303
% change year-on-year +8.33% -0.83% +37.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 21 57
England median hourly rate £14.50 £14.57 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.45% -14.32% +9.68%
10th Percentile £11.30 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £17.43 £28.75 £22.00
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £15.03 £17.00
% change year-on-year -3.54% -11.57% +9.68%

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 17,203 18,037 20,595
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.76% 20.44% 20.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,546 11,343 12,687
England median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £228 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £576
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 785 828 945
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +3.77% +39.47%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.15 £50.00 £50.72
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.19 £27.50
% change year-on-year -8.05% -1.13% +44.74%

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 18 February 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 18 February 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 18 February 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 -17 103 £320 +33.33% 30
South East -3 80 £350 +9.38% 28
East of England -14 36 £234 -15.00% 15
North of England +29 35 £209 -8.24% 20
Midlands +11 23 £200 -37.50% 6
North West +19 22 £120 - 10
West Midlands +11 17 £425 +32.81% 4
Yorkshire +2 13 £381 +376.56% 7
East Midlands -2 6 £200 -46.67% 2
South West +5 2 - - 10
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 18 February 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.

1 206 (73.84%) Windows
2 198 (70.97%) Microsoft Certification
3 197 (70.61%) Microsoft
4 156 (55.91%) Active Directory
5 148 (53.05%) MCSE
6 116 (41.58%) ITIL
7 84 (30.11%) Windows Server
8 81 (29.03%) Windows 7
9 79 (28.32%) VMware
10 78 (27.96%) MCSA
11 73 (26.16%) Microsoft Office
12 69 (24.73%) Cisco
13 68 (24.37%) LAN
14 62 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
15 60 (21.51%) WAN
15 60 (21.51%) Office 365
16 56 (20.07%) Citrix
17 50 (17.92%) MS Exchange
18 47 (16.85%) TCP/IP
19 45 (16.13%) SCCM
20 44 (15.77%) MCITP
20 44 (15.77%) Finance
21 43 (15.41%) Cisco Certification
22 41 (14.70%) Windows Server 2003
22 41 (14.70%) MCDST
23 39 (13.98%) DNS
24 38 (13.62%) CCNA
25 37 (13.26%) Ivanti
26 36 (12.90%) Management Information System
27 34 (12.19%) SLA

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 50 (17.92%) MS Exchange
2 18 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2007
2 18 (6.45%) Exchange Server 2010
3 14 (5.02%) Exchange Server 2013
4 12 (4.30%) Skype for Business
5 7 (2.51%) SharePoint
6 6 (2.15%) CMS
7 5 (1.79%) IBM Notes
8 4 (1.43%) IIS
9 3 (1.08%) Kentico
9 3 (1.08%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (1.08%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.36%) Apache
10 1 (0.36%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.36%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 73 (26.16%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.79%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (1.79%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.36%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.36%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.08%) Eikon
2 2 (0.72%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.72%) Workfront
3 1 (0.36%) LatentZero
3 1 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.36%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.36%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 60 (21.51%) Office 365
2 21 (7.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (2.51%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.15%) IaaS
4 6 (2.15%) Mimecast
5 5 (1.79%) PaaS
6 1 (0.36%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.36%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 68 (24.37%) LAN
2 60 (21.51%) WAN
3 47 (16.85%) TCP/IP
4 39 (13.98%) DNS
5 33 (11.83%) DHCP
6 29 (10.39%) Internet
7 26 (9.32%) Firewall
8 19 (6.81%) VPN
9 16 (5.73%) Wireless
10 15 (5.38%) BGP
11 14 (5.02%) MPLS
11 14 (5.02%) OSPF
11 14 (5.02%) VPLS
12 13 (4.66%) Cisco Nexus
13 11 (3.94%) DMZ
13 11 (3.94%) IP Telephony
13 11 (3.94%) SAN
13 11 (3.94%) SSL
14 10 (3.58%) Skype
15 9 (3.23%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (6.81%) SQL Server
2 6 (2.15%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (2.15%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (1.79%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (1.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.36%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 7 (2.51%) Team Foundation Server
1 7 (2.51%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.08%) JIRA
2 3 (1.08%) MSTest
3 2 (0.72%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.36%) Jenkins
General
1 44 (15.77%) Finance
2 18 (6.45%) Publishing
2 18 (6.45%) Retail
3 7 (2.51%) Banking
4 5 (1.79%) Back Office
4 5 (1.79%) Legal
4 5 (1.79%) Telecoms
5 4 (1.43%) Automotive
5 4 (1.43%) Law
6 3 (1.08%) Advertising
7 2 (0.72%) Investment Banking
7 2 (0.72%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.36%) Billing
Job Titles
1 61 (21.86%) Analyst
2 43 (15.41%) Service Analyst
3 42 (15.05%) Service Desk Analyst
4 37 (13.26%) Support Engineer
4 37 (13.26%) Windows Engineer
5 36 (12.90%) Desktop Support
6 28 (10.04%) 2nd Line Support
7 25 (8.96%) Desktop Engineer
8 23 (8.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 21 (7.53%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 20 (7.17%) Support Analyst
11 16 (5.73%) Architect
11 16 (5.73%) IT Support
12 15 (5.38%) IT Analyst
12 15 (5.38%) Service Desk Engineer
13 14 (5.02%) Systems Engineer
14 13 (4.66%) IT Engineer
15 12 (4.30%) Service Desk Support
16 11 (3.94%) 2nd Line Engineer
16 11 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (3.94%) .NET
2 10 (3.58%) ASP.NET
3 8 (2.87%) Web Services
4 6 (2.15%) jQuery
4 6 (2.15%) XML
5 5 (1.79%) .NET Framework
5 5 (1.79%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5 (1.79%) WCF
6 4 (1.43%) MAPI
7 3 (1.08%) Ajax
7 3 (1.08%) AngularJS
7 3 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 3 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 3 (1.08%) HTML
7 3 (1.08%) HTML5
7 3 (1.08%) LINQ
7 3 (1.08%) NHibernate
7 3 (1.08%) REST
8 2 (0.72%) 802.1X
8 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 36 (12.90%) Management Information System
2 23 (8.24%) Data Centre
3 20 (7.17%) Blackberry
4 14 (5.02%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (3.94%) Smartphone
6 10 (3.58%) Computer Science
7 8 (2.87%) Client/Server
7 8 (2.87%) NHS
8 6 (2.15%) Microsoft Licensing
9 4 (1.43%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.08%) Clustering
11 2 (0.72%) iPhone
11 2 (0.72%) N-Tier
12 1 (0.36%) Data Protection Act
12 1 (0.36%) Enterprise Software
12 1 (0.36%) Fat Client
12 1 (0.36%) Hybrid Cloud
12 1 (0.36%) PKI
12 1 (0.36%) Public Cloud
12 1 (0.36%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 206 (73.84%) Windows
2 84 (30.11%) Windows Server
3 81 (29.03%) Windows 7
4 62 (22.22%) Windows Server 2012
5 41 (14.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 34 (12.19%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (6.81%) Windows 10
8 12 (4.30%) Apple iOS
8 12 (4.30%) Windows Vista
9 10 (3.58%) Linux
9 10 (3.58%) Unix
9 10 (3.58%) Windows XP
10 8 (2.87%) Windows 2000
11 7 (2.51%) Windows 8
12 6 (2.15%) Android
12 6 (2.15%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.36%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 116 (41.58%) ITIL
2 33 (11.83%) Incident Management
2 33 (11.83%) Service Management
3 31 (11.11%) Service Delivery
4 29 (10.39%) Problem Management
5 20 (7.17%) Mathematics
6 17 (6.09%) Change Management
7 16 (5.73%) Disaster Recovery
7 16 (5.73%) ITIL V3
8 14 (5.02%) Data Protection
8 14 (5.02%) Network Architecture
8 14 (5.02%) Performance Monitoring
8 14 (5.02%) Root Cause Analysis
9 13 (4.66%) Migration
10 12 (4.30%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (4.30%) Line Management
10 12 (4.30%) Server Patching
11 11 (3.94%) Change Control
12 10 (3.58%) Information Security
12 10 (3.58%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (9.32%) PowerShell
2 21 (7.53%) SQL
3 16 (5.73%) Shell Script
4 11 (3.94%) C#
5 10 (3.58%) C
6 9 (3.23%) Java
7 5 (1.79%) VBA
8 4 (1.43%) T-SQL
9 3 (1.08%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 198 (70.97%) Microsoft Certification
2 148 (53.05%) MCSE
3 78 (27.96%) MCSA
4 44 (15.77%) MCITP
5 43 (15.41%) Cisco Certification
6 41 (14.70%) MCDST
7 38 (13.62%) CCNA
8 32 (11.47%) Degree
9 25 (8.96%) Security Cleared
10 24 (8.60%) ITIL Certification
11 22 (7.89%) SC Cleared
12 15 (5.38%) A+ Certification
13 14 (5.02%) CCIE
14 13 (4.66%) Citrix Certification
15 12 (4.30%) CCA
15 12 (4.30%) Network+ Certification
16 11 (3.94%) Computer Science Degree
17 10 (3.58%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
18 9 (3.23%) ACHDS
18 9 (3.23%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (12.19%) SLA
2 6 (2.15%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (0.72%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 156 (55.91%) Active Directory
2 33 (11.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (7.17%) Hyper-V
4 14 (5.02%) XenApp
5 9 (3.23%) Virtual Servers
6 7 (2.51%) vSphere
7 6 (2.15%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.08%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.72%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.72%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.72%) XenServer
10 1 (0.36%) Docker
10 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.36%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 45 (16.13%) SCCM
2 25 (8.96%) Nessus
3 10 (3.58%) Backup Exec
4 7 (2.51%) SCOM
4 7 (2.51%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 6 (2.15%) AirWatch
5 6 (2.15%) NetBackup
6 5 (1.79%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 4 (1.43%) EMC NetWorker
7 4 (1.43%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (1.43%) WSUS
8 3 (1.08%) DameWare
9 2 (0.72%) HP SIM
9 2 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.36%) Ansible
10 1 (0.36%) HP Data Protector
10 1 (0.36%) NetVault Backup
10 1 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.36%) OVSD
10 1 (0.36%) Puppet
Vendors
1 197 (70.61%) Microsoft
2 79 (28.32%) VMware
3 69 (24.73%) Cisco
4 56 (20.07%) Citrix
5 37 (13.26%) Ivanti
6 34 (12.19%) Shavlik
6 34 (12.19%) SolarWinds
7 22 (7.89%) CheckPoint
8 20 (7.17%) Apple
9 19 (6.81%) NetApp
10 14 (5.02%) Fortinet
10 14 (5.02%) Juniper
10 14 (5.02%) Oracle
11 13 (4.66%) HP
12 11 (3.94%) ServiceNow
13 10 (3.58%) Sophos
14 9 (3.23%) Symantec
15 8 (2.87%) Veeam
16 5 (1.79%) Remedy
16 5 (1.79%) Reuters