Period
to 22 August 2019

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 22 August 2019 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
22 Aug 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 623 672 632
Rank change year-on-year +49 -40 -44
Contract jobs citing MCP 188 201 197
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.23% 0.22% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.19% 1.15% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 103 112
England median daily rate £325 £225 £276
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +44.44% -18.55% -7.14%
10th Percentile £125 £133 £125
90th Percentile £525 £500 £536
UK median daily rate £325 £218 £275
% change year-on-year +49.25% -20.82% -8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 54 32
England median hourly rate £15.00 £15.85 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.36% +2.26% -21.32%
10th Percentile £13.65 £12.63 £11.00
90th Percentile £18.89 £30.91 £22.73
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.85 £15.50
% change year-on-year -5.36% +2.26% -27.33%

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 15,739 17,423 17,253
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.21% 18.69% 19.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,566 10,295 10,453
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £263 £251 £258
90th Percentile £650 £632 £600
UK median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 705 859 844
England median hourly rate £35.07 £23.00 £28.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.46% -19.08% +8.28%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.95 £12.00
90th Percentile £62.03 £50.25 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.50 £23.50 £29.84
% change year-on-year +51.06% -21.23% +8.49%

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 22 August 2019.

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 22 August 2019.

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 22 August 2019. 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 +44 52 £444 +4.41% 34
London +40 44 £225 +9.76% 36
South West +4 35 £475 +287.76% 15
North of England +23 23 £161 -19.38% 18
Midlands +19 19 £281 -25.00% 15
North West +34 14 £171 -2.14% 12
East of England 0 14 £200 +11.11% 8
East Midlands +33 11 £325 -16.13% 8
Yorkshire +19 8 £108 -69.29% 5
West Midlands +15 8 £105 -72.00% 7
North East +22 1 £147 - 1
MCP
UK

For the 6 months to 22 August 2019, 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.

1 143 (76.06%) Windows
2 137 (72.87%) Microsoft
3 121 (64.36%) Microsoft Certification
4 108 (57.45%) Active Directory
5 83 (44.15%) ITIL
6 76 (40.43%) MCSE
7 62 (32.98%) SCCM
8 61 (32.45%) Office 365
9 56 (29.79%) DNS
10 55 (29.26%) DHCP
10 55 (29.26%) Microsoft Office
11 54 (28.72%) VMware
12 52 (27.66%) Windows 10
12 52 (27.66%) Windows Server
13 50 (26.60%) MCSA
13 50 (26.60%) Cisco
14 48 (25.53%) Windows 7
15 45 (23.94%) MS Exchange
16 40 (21.28%) VMware Infrastructure
17 37 (19.68%) Citrix
18 36 (19.15%) PowerShell
19 35 (18.62%) Security Cleared
19 35 (18.62%) SLA
19 35 (18.62%) HP
20 34 (18.09%) Azure
21 33 (17.55%) Service Management
22 29 (15.43%) Migration
22 29 (15.43%) Windows Server 2012
22 29 (15.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
23 28 (14.89%) 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 45 (23.94%) MS Exchange
2 14 (7.45%) Skype for Business
3 10 (5.32%) Exchange Server 2010
4 8 (4.26%) IBM Notes
5 7 (3.72%) Exchange Server 2007
5 7 (3.72%) SharePoint
6 6 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2003
6 6 (3.19%) Exchange Server 2013
7 2 (1.06%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 2 (1.06%) IIS
8 1 (0.53%) Confluence
8 1 (0.53%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 55 (29.26%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (9.57%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.53%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.53%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.60%) SystmOne
3 1 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 61 (32.45%) Office 365
2 34 (18.09%) Azure
3 12 (6.38%) AWS
3 12 (6.38%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (3.19%) PaaS
4 6 (3.19%) SaaS
5 5 (2.66%) OneDrive
6 2 (1.06%) IaaS
7 1 (0.53%) Azure Stack
7 1 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.53%) G Suite
7 1 (0.53%) Google Docs
7 1 (0.53%) Google Drive
7 1 (0.53%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 56 (29.79%) DNS
2 55 (29.26%) DHCP
3 28 (14.89%) TCP/IP
4 24 (12.77%) VPN
5 20 (10.64%) LAN
6 19 (10.11%) Wireless
7 17 (9.04%) SAN
8 16 (8.51%) Firewall
9 15 (7.98%) Skype
10 13 (6.91%) Remote Desktop
11 10 (5.32%) Wi-Fi
12 9 (4.79%) WAN
13 8 (4.26%) VSAN
14 7 (3.72%) Internet
15 6 (3.19%) Structured Cabling
16 5 (2.66%) NAS
16 5 (2.66%) Network Security
17 3 (1.60%) Intranet
17 3 (1.60%) SMTP
17 3 (1.60%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (9.57%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.79%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.66%) MySQL
4 4 (2.13%) MariaDB
4 4 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (2.13%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.06%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 7
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (4.79%) HP UFT
1 9 (4.79%) LoadRunner
2 3 (1.60%) Hudson
3 2 (1.06%) InstallShield
3 2 (1.06%) MSI
4 1 (0.53%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.53%) JIRA
4 1 (0.53%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.53%) PowerBuilder
4 1 (0.53%) TestRail
4 1 (0.53%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.53%) Zephyr
General
1 14 (7.45%) Finance
2 6 (3.19%) Public Sector
3 4 (2.13%) Automotive
3 4 (2.13%) Back Office
3 4 (2.13%) Manufacturing
3 4 (2.13%) Pharmaceutical
3 4 (2.13%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.60%) Front Office
5 2 (1.06%) Banking
5 2 (1.06%) Games
5 2 (1.06%) Law
5 2 (1.06%) Retail
6 1 (0.53%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 44 (23.40%) Analyst
2 31 (16.49%) Support Engineer
3 23 (12.23%) Desktop Support
4 22 (11.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 19 (10.11%) Service Analyst
5 19 (10.11%) Service Desk Analyst
6 18 (9.57%) Desktop Engineer
7 16 (8.51%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 15 (7.98%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 15 (7.98%) Windows Engineer
9 14 (7.45%) 2nd Line Support
10 12 (6.38%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 11 (5.85%) IT Support
11 11 (5.85%) Wintel Engineer
12 10 (5.32%) Architect
12 10 (5.32%) Consultant
13 9 (4.79%) Support Analyst
14 8 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support
15 7 (3.72%) Field Engineer
15 7 (3.72%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.66%) .NET
2 4 (2.13%) Software Packaging
3 1 (0.53%) .NET Framework
3 1 (0.53%) COM
3 1 (0.53%) CSS
3 1 (0.53%) HTML
3 1 (0.53%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 25 (13.30%) Analytical Skills
2 15 (7.98%) Self-Motivation
3 11 (5.85%) Fat Client
3 11 (5.85%) Smartphone
3 11 (5.85%) Thin Client
4 7 (3.72%) Data Centre
5 6 (3.19%) Clustering
6 5 (2.66%) EMC VMAX
6 5 (2.66%) EMC VNX
6 5 (2.66%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.66%) NHS
7 4 (2.13%) Blackberry
7 4 (2.13%) iPad
7 4 (2.13%) Video Conferencing
8 3 (1.60%) Hybrid Cloud
8 3 (1.60%) iPhone
8 3 (1.60%) Replication
9 2 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
9 2 (1.06%) Driving Licence
9 2 (1.06%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 143 (76.06%) Windows
2 52 (27.66%) Windows 10
2 52 (27.66%) Windows Server
3 48 (25.53%) Windows 7
4 29 (15.43%) Windows Server 2012
5 26 (13.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 21 (11.17%) Linux
7 12 (6.38%) Mac OS X
7 12 (6.38%) Unix
8 8 (4.26%) Mac OS
9 5 (2.66%) Android
9 5 (2.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (2.66%) SUSE
10 4 (2.13%) Windows XP
11 3 (1.60%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (1.06%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.53%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.53%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.53%) Windows 2000
13 1 (0.53%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (44.15%) ITIL
2 33 (17.55%) Service Management
3 29 (15.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 29 (15.43%) Migration
4 24 (12.77%) ITIL V3
5 21 (11.17%) Problem-Solving
6 18 (9.57%) Computer Science
7 17 (9.04%) ITSM
8 16 (8.51%) Change Management
9 15 (7.98%) Incident Management
10 13 (6.91%) Infrastructure Management
10 13 (6.91%) Software Engineering
11 12 (6.38%) PRINCE2
12 11 (5.85%) Agile Software Development
13 10 (5.32%) Application Packaging
13 10 (5.32%) Preventative Maintenance
13 10 (5.32%) Problem Management
14 9 (4.79%) Defect Management
14 9 (4.79%) Psychology
14 9 (4.79%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 36 (19.15%) PowerShell
2 20 (10.64%) SQL
3 11 (5.85%) C
4 10 (5.32%) Java
4 10 (5.32%) VB
5 9 (4.79%) PL/SQL
6 3 (1.60%) VBScript
7 1 (0.53%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.53%) PHP
7 1 (0.53%) Python
7 1 (0.53%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 121 (64.36%) Microsoft Certification
2 76 (40.43%) MCSE
3 50 (26.60%) MCSA
4 35 (18.62%) Security Cleared
5 21 (11.17%) DV Cleared
6 17 (9.04%) Degree
7 14 (7.45%) CCNA
7 14 (7.45%) Cisco Certification
8 12 (6.38%) SC Cleared
9 11 (5.85%) MCDST
9 11 (5.85%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 10 (5.32%) MCITP
11 9 (4.79%) A+ Certification
11 9 (4.79%) OCP
11 9 (4.79%) Oracle Certification
11 9 (4.79%) SAP Certification
12 8 (4.26%) ITIL Certification
13 7 (3.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 7 (3.72%) Novell Certification
14 6 (3.19%) CNE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (18.62%) SLA
2 2 (1.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (1.06%) QA
3 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.53%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 108 (57.45%) Active Directory
2 40 (21.28%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (10.64%) vSphere
4 19 (10.11%) Hyper-V
5 18 (9.57%) VMware ESXi
6 12 (6.38%) Virtual Desktop
7 9 (4.79%) Virtual Machines
8 8 (4.26%) XenDesktop
9 4 (2.13%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (1.60%) BitLocker
10 3 (1.60%) Microsoft App-V
10 3 (1.60%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (1.06%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.53%) IAG
12 1 (0.53%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.53%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 62 (32.98%) SCCM
2 16 (8.51%) SCOM
3 10 (5.32%) Microsoft Intune
3 10 (5.32%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 9 (4.79%) HP ALM
4 9 (4.79%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (4.79%) SCVMM
4 9 (4.79%) vCenter Server
5 5 (2.66%) EMC VPLEX
5 5 (2.66%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (2.13%) Backup Exec
7 3 (1.60%) AirWatch
7 3 (1.60%) NetBackup
8 2 (1.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (1.06%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
8 2 (1.06%) Tivoli
8 2 (1.06%) WSUS
9 1 (0.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 137 (72.87%) Microsoft
2 54 (28.72%) VMware
3 50 (26.60%) Cisco
4 37 (19.68%) Citrix
5 35 (18.62%) HP
6 22 (11.70%) Apple
7 12 (6.38%) Oracle
8 9 (4.79%) SAP
9 8 (4.26%) Forcepoint
9 8 (4.26%) Lotus
10 7 (3.72%) Google
10 7 (3.72%) ServiceNow
11 6 (3.19%) Dell
11 6 (3.19%) EMC
11 6 (3.19%) Veeam
12 5 (2.66%) Avaya
12 5 (2.66%) Brocade
12 5 (2.66%) McAfee
12 5 (2.66%) Symantec
13 4 (2.13%) Mitel