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 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 495 464 448
Rank change year-on-year -31 -16  
Contract jobs citing MCP 88 156 177
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.20% 0.32% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.05% 1.46% 1.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 84 70
Median daily rate £325 £315 £255
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.17% +23.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £123 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £544 £460 £431
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £310 £255
% change year-on-year +1.61% +21.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 25 53
Median hourly rate £15.50 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.50% +14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.93 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.23 £28.00 £21.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £21.33 £16.00
% change year-on-year -27.33% +33.31%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8346 10685 9435
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 19.31% 21.61% 18.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 10729 14696 11437
Median daily rate £438 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.37% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 953 833 962
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% +23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.30 £12.25 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.75 £51.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +14.03% +26.66%  

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 3 months to 28 June 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
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 3 months to 28 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -1 26 £338 +3.84% 10
South East +6 22 £375 +3.44% 14
North of England +40 19 £450 +40.62% 18
North West +23 15 £450 +32.35% 12
East of England -9 11 £155 -5.19% 9
Midlands +14 5 £325 +195.45% 4
South West -5 5 £150 +11.11% 2
Yorkshire +20 4 £313 +152.52% 5
East Midlands -7 4 £238 - 2
West Midlands +19 1 £325 +195.45% 2
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 28 June 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.

1 165 (83.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 137 (69.19%) Windows
3 125 (63.13%) Microsoft
4 116 (58.59%) Active Directory
5 95 (47.98%) ITIL
6 92 (46.46%) MCSE
7 61 (30.81%) Citrix
8 59 (29.80%) Windows Server 2012
9 54 (27.27%) VMware
10 51 (25.76%) Windows 7
11 50 (25.25%) Windows Server
12 47 (23.74%) Windows Server 2008
13 46 (23.23%) Microsoft Office
14 43 (21.72%) MCSA
15 42 (21.21%) VMware Infrastructure
16 39 (19.70%) MS Exchange
17 38 (19.19%) Cisco
17 38 (19.19%) Security Cleared
18 37 (18.69%) Office 365
19 35 (17.68%) Service Management
20 34 (17.17%) HP
21 32 (16.16%) Finance
22 31 (15.66%) MCITP
22 31 (15.66%) SC Cleared
23 30 (15.15%) Hyper-V
23 30 (15.15%) ITIL V3
23 30 (15.15%) Analytical Skills
23 30 (15.15%) Windows 10
24 27 (13.64%) Exchange Server 2010
24 27 (13.64%) ITSM

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 39 (19.70%) MS Exchange
2 27 (13.64%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
4 19 (9.60%) Skype for Business
5 14 (7.07%) SharePoint
6 7 (3.54%) IIS
7 6 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (2.53%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 4 (2.02%) IBM Notes
9 4 (2.02%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (1.52%) CMS
11 2 (1.01%) Confluence
11 2 (1.01%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (1.01%) Kentico
11 2 (1.01%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (1.01%) Umbraco
12 1 (0.51%) SAS
12 1 (0.51%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 46 (23.23%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.52%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.52%) MS Visio
3 2 (1.01%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.51%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.51%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.51%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 7 (3.54%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.53%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 37 (18.69%) Office 365
2 23 (11.62%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.03%) OneDrive
4 5 (2.53%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (2.53%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (2.02%) SaaS
6 3 (1.52%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (1.01%) AWS OpsWorks
7 2 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (1.01%) IaaS
7 2 (1.01%) PaaS
8 1 (0.51%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.51%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.51%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 20 (10.10%) LAN
2 18 (9.09%) DHCP
2 18 (9.09%) WAN
3 14 (7.07%) DNS
4 13 (6.57%) Firewall
4 13 (6.57%) TCP/IP
5 10 (5.05%) Skype
6 9 (4.55%) Cisco IOS
7 7 (3.54%) BIG-IP
7 7 (3.54%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (3.54%) SAN
8 6 (3.03%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (3.03%) Internet
8 6 (3.03%) Remote Desktop
9 5 (2.53%) VPN
9 5 (2.53%) Wireless
10 4 (2.02%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.52%) Ethernet
11 3 (1.52%) VoIP
12 2 (1.01%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 12 (6.06%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (3.03%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.53%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.52%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.01%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.51%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.51%) MySQL
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle8/8i Database
7 1 (0.51%) Oracle9i Database
7 1 (0.51%) Power BI
7 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.53%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.52%) Eclipse
2 3 (1.52%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.01%) JIRA
3 2 (1.01%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.51%) Subversion
4 1 (0.51%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.51%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 32 (16.16%) Finance
2 7 (3.54%) Law
3 6 (3.03%) Manufacturing
4 4 (2.02%) Retail
5 3 (1.52%) Front Office
5 3 (1.52%) Local Government
6 2 (1.01%) Automotive
6 2 (1.01%) Banking
6 2 (1.01%) Legal
7 1 (0.51%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.51%) Marketing
7 1 (0.51%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 51 (25.76%) Analyst
2 31 (15.66%) Support Analyst
3 26 (13.13%) Desktop Support
3 26 (13.13%) Support Engineer
4 23 (11.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 18 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
6 15 (7.58%) Service Analyst
6 15 (7.58%) Service Desk Analyst
7 14 (7.07%) 3rd Line Support
8 13 (6.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 11 (5.56%) Desktop Analyst
9 11 (5.56%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 11 (5.56%) Developer
9 11 (5.56%) Windows Engineer
10 10 (5.05%) IT Analyst
10 10 (5.05%) Service Desk Support
11 9 (4.55%) 1st Line Support
11 9 (4.55%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 9 (4.55%) Architect
12 8 (4.04%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.57%) .NET
2 8 (4.04%) ASP.NET
2 8 (4.04%) jQuery
2 8 (4.04%) XML
3 7 (3.54%) AngularJS
4 6 (3.03%) Web Services
5 5 (2.53%) CSS
5 5 (2.53%) HTML
6 4 (2.02%) XSL
7 3 (1.52%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.01%) Ajax
8 2 (1.01%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (1.01%) Entity Framework
8 2 (1.01%) JSON
8 2 (1.01%) WCF
9 1 (0.51%) ASP.NET MVC 4
9 1 (0.51%) HTML5
9 1 (0.51%) Node.js
9 1 (0.51%) React
9 1 (0.51%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 30 (15.15%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (9.60%) Blackberry
3 18 (9.09%) Data Centre
4 11 (5.56%) iPad
5 10 (5.05%) Video Conferencing
6 9 (4.55%) Clustering
7 7 (3.54%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (3.54%) NHS
8 6 (3.03%) Life Science
8 6 (3.03%) Management Information System
9 5 (2.53%) iPhone
9 5 (2.53%) Smartphone
10 4 (2.02%) Client/Server
10 4 (2.02%) Computer Science
11 3 (1.52%) Fat Client
11 3 (1.52%) Thin Client
11 3 (1.52%) User Experience
12 2 (1.01%) Driving Licence
12 2 (1.01%) Enterprise Cloud
12 2 (1.01%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 137 (69.19%) Windows
2 59 (29.80%) Windows Server 2012
3 51 (25.76%) Windows 7
4 50 (25.25%) Windows Server
5 47 (23.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (15.15%) Windows 10
7 27 (13.64%) Linux
8 23 (11.62%) Windows Server 2003
9 16 (8.08%) Unix
10 13 (6.57%) Android
10 13 (6.57%) Windows 8
11 11 (5.56%) Windows XP
12 6 (3.03%) CentOS
12 6 (3.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (2.02%) Apple iOS
14 3 (1.52%) Mac OS
15 2 (1.01%) Solaris
16 1 (0.51%) AIX
16 1 (0.51%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.51%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 95 (47.98%) ITIL
2 35 (17.68%) Service Management
3 30 (15.15%) ITIL V3
4 27 (13.64%) ITSM
5 18 (9.09%) Service Delivery
6 16 (8.08%) Change Management
7 14 (7.07%) Configuration Management
7 14 (7.07%) Virtual Environments
8 13 (6.57%) Incident Management
9 12 (6.06%) Migration
10 10 (5.05%) Agile Software Development
10 10 (5.05%) CRM
11 9 (4.55%) Disaster Recovery
11 9 (4.55%) Identity Access Management
11 9 (4.55%) Infrastructure Monitoring
11 9 (4.55%) MVC
11 9 (4.55%) Problem Management
12 8 (4.04%) Continuous Improvement
12 8 (4.04%) Cybersecurity
13 7 (3.54%) Password Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (13.64%) SQL
2 22 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 19 (9.60%) C#
4 8 (4.04%) Python
5 7 (3.54%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.03%) VB
7 2 (1.01%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.01%) C
7 2 (1.01%) Java
8 1 (0.51%) REXX
8 1 (0.51%) Tcl
8 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.51%) VB.NET
8 1 (0.51%) VB6
8 1 (0.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 165 (83.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 92 (46.46%) MCSE
3 43 (21.72%) MCSA
4 38 (19.19%) Security Cleared
5 31 (15.66%) MCITP
5 31 (15.66%) SC Cleared
6 20 (10.10%) Degree
7 19 (9.60%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (9.09%) MCTS
9 16 (8.08%) ITIL Certification
10 14 (7.07%) MCDST
11 12 (6.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 10 (5.05%) CCNA
12 10 (5.05%) DV Cleared
13 7 (3.54%) A+ Certification
14 6 (3.03%) CCNP
15 5 (2.53%) MCDBA
16 4 (2.02%) DCSE
17 3 (1.52%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 3 (1.52%) MCSM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.59%) SLA
2 4 (2.02%) QA
3 3 (1.52%) PMO
4 2 (1.01%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 116 (58.59%) Active Directory
2 42 (21.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 30 (15.15%) Hyper-V
4 12 (6.06%) VMware Workstation
5 8 (4.04%) XenApp
6 6 (3.03%) XenDesktop
7 5 (2.53%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (2.02%) Terminal Services
8 4 (2.02%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (1.01%) UAG
9 2 (1.01%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (1.01%) vSphere
10 1 (0.51%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.51%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 26 (13.13%) SCCM
2 7 (3.54%) Microsoft Clustering
3 6 (3.03%) PowerCLI
3 6 (3.03%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 5 (2.53%) OVSD
5 4 (2.02%) Nessus
6 3 (1.52%) SCOM
6 3 (1.52%) vCenter Server
7 2 (1.01%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (1.01%) DameWare
7 2 (1.01%) NetBackup
7 2 (1.01%) OpenView
7 2 (1.01%) Puppet
7 2 (1.01%) WMI
8 1 (0.51%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.51%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.51%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.51%) SCSM
8 1 (0.51%) Simpana
8 1 (0.51%) WSUS
Vendors
1 125 (63.13%) Microsoft
2 61 (30.81%) Citrix
3 54 (27.27%) VMware
4 38 (19.19%) Cisco
5 34 (17.17%) HP
6 11 (5.56%) Apple
6 11 (5.56%) ServiceNow
7 10 (5.05%) SolarWinds
8 9 (4.55%) Oracle
8 9 (4.55%) Polycom
9 8 (4.04%) Symantec
10 7 (3.54%) F5
10 7 (3.54%) Remedy
11 6 (3.03%) Dell
11 6 (3.03%) Lumension
11 6 (3.03%) MobileIron
11 6 (3.03%) Red Hat
11 6 (3.03%) Splunk
12 4 (2.02%) Lotus
12 4 (2.02%) McAfee
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Square One Resources
Rate: £150 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £14 - £14.40 per hour
Posted: 6 days ago