Period
to 25 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 25 October 2021 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)
England > London
6 months to
25 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 536 363 516
Rank change year-on-year -173 +153 +76
Contract jobs citing MCP 23 6 47
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.064% 0.042% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.42% 0.21% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 4 32
10th Percentile £206 £148 £118
25th Percentile £300 £207 £134
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £279 £203
Median % change year-on-year +70.56% +37.53% -1.22%
75th Percentile £538 £370 £252
90th Percentile £540 £463 £435
England median daily rate £350 £160 £225
% change year-on-year +118.75% -28.89% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £15.00 - -
England median hourly rate £12.50 £17.50 £15.76
% change year-on-year -28.57% +11.04% -0.57%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 5,497 2,827 5,982
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.29% 19.99% 16.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,653 2,029 4,164
10th Percentile £350 £313 £308
25th Percentile £438 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +9.00% - -
75th Percentile £638 £588 £600
90th Percentile £725 £665 £700
England median daily rate £500 £481 £470
% change year-on-year +4.00% +2.29% +4.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 32 96
10th Percentile £15.00 £18.01 £12.75
25th Percentile £20.43 £24.88 £20.00
Median hourly rate £34.50 £36.75 £31.25
Median % change year-on-year -6.12% +17.60% +38.89%
75th Percentile £49.13 £45.38 £50.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £54.88 £52.50
England median hourly rate £30.00 £33.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year -10.45% -16.25% +73.91%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing MCP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for MCP in London

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCP in London.

Daily rate trend for MCP in London

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCP in London over the 6 months to 25 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MCP in London

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCP in London.

Hourly rate trend for MCP in London

MCP
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the London region over the 6 months to 25 October 2021. 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
Central London - 3 £365 - 4
West London - 1 - - 5
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 25 October 2021, 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 London region with a requirement for MCP.

1 17 (73.91%) Windows
2 14 (60.87%) ITIL
2 14 (60.87%) Microsoft
3 12 (52.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 11 (47.83%) Active Directory
4 11 (47.83%) MCSE
5 10 (43.48%) Cisco
5 10 (43.48%) VMware
6 9 (39.13%) Azure
7 8 (34.78%) Microsoft 365
7 8 (34.78%) Firewall
7 8 (34.78%) Microsoft Office
8 7 (30.43%) Linux
8 7 (30.43%) MCSA
8 7 (30.43%) SAN
8 7 (30.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (26.09%) NAS
9 6 (26.09%) SC Cleared
9 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
9 6 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
9 6 (26.09%) Cisco Nexus
9 6 (26.09%) vSphere
9 6 (26.09%) OneDrive
9 6 (26.09%) Windows 10
9 6 (26.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 6 (26.09%) Social Skills
9 6 (26.09%) SharePoint
9 6 (26.09%) MS Exchange
9 6 (26.09%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (21.74%) VPN

MCP
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 6 (26.09%) MS Exchange
1 6 (26.09%) SharePoint
2 4 (17.39%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (13.04%) Skype for Business
4 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (4.35%) IBM Notes
4 1 (4.35%) IIS
4 1 (4.35%) SAS
Applications
1 8 (34.78%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 9 (39.13%) Azure
2 8 (34.78%) Microsoft 365
3 6 (26.09%) OneDrive
4 5 (21.74%) IaaS
5 3 (13.04%) Azure Active Directory
5 3 (13.04%) SaaS
6 2 (8.70%) AWS
6 2 (8.70%) Google Workspace
7 1 (4.35%) Mimecast
7 1 (4.35%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (34.78%) Firewall
2 7 (30.43%) SAN
3 6 (26.09%) Cisco Nexus
3 6 (26.09%) NAS
4 5 (21.74%) VPN
5 4 (17.39%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (13.04%) DHCP
6 3 (13.04%) DNS
6 3 (13.04%) Skype
6 3 (13.04%) SMTP
6 3 (13.04%) Unified Communications
6 3 (13.04%) VoIP
6 3 (13.04%) WAN
7 2 (8.70%) iSCSI
7 2 (8.70%) LAN
7 2 (8.70%) TCP/IP
8 1 (4.35%) ADSL
8 1 (4.35%) Broadband
8 1 (4.35%) IPv4
8 1 (4.35%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.70%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.35%) DB2
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 6 (26.09%) Social Skills
2 3 (13.04%) Banking
2 3 (13.04%) Public Sector
3 2 (8.70%) Documentation Skills
3 2 (8.70%) Finance
3 2 (8.70%) Investment Banking
4 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.35%) Legal
4 1 (4.35%) Organisational Skills
4 1 (4.35%) Publishing
4 1 (4.35%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (26.09%) Architect
2 5 (21.74%) Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 3 (13.04%) Infrastructure Architect
4 3 (13.04%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
5 2 (8.70%) Azure Engineer
5 2 (8.70%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (8.70%) Azure Specialist
5 2 (8.70%) Citrix Engineer
5 2 (8.70%) Desktop Support
5 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 2 (8.70%) Microsoft 365 Specialist
5 2 (8.70%) Support Analyst
5 2 (8.70%) Support Engineer
6 1 (4.35%) Consultant
6 1 (4.35%) Database Analyst
6 1 (4.35%) DBA
6 1 (4.35%) IT Manager
6 1 (4.35%) Senior Consultant
6 1 (4.35%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (21.74%) Data Centre
2 3 (13.04%) Management Information System
2 3 (13.04%) Microsoft Licensing
2 3 (13.04%) Replication
2 3 (13.04%) User Experience
3 2 (8.70%) Clustering
3 2 (8.70%) EMC VNX
3 2 (8.70%) Mainframe
4 1 (4.35%) Blackberry
4 1 (4.35%) CMDB
4 1 (4.35%) EMC VMAX
4 1 (4.35%) HP StoreVirtual
4 1 (4.35%) Private Cloud
4 1 (4.35%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 17 (73.91%) Windows
2 7 (30.43%) Linux
2 7 (30.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 6 (26.09%) Windows 10
4 5 (21.74%) Windows 7
5 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (13.04%) Android
6 3 (13.04%) Apple iOS
6 3 (13.04%) Unix
6 3 (13.04%) Windows Server
7 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2016
8 1 (4.35%) Mac OS
8 1 (4.35%) Mac OS X
8 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (60.87%) ITIL
2 6 (26.09%) Disaster Recovery
2 6 (26.09%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 4 (17.39%) Data Protection
3 4 (17.39%) ITIL V3
3 4 (17.39%) Migration
3 4 (17.39%) Service Delivery
3 4 (17.39%) Software Licensing
4 3 (13.04%) Analytics
4 3 (13.04%) Change Control
4 3 (13.04%) Disk Encryption
4 3 (13.04%) Identity Management
4 3 (13.04%) Programme Governance
4 3 (13.04%) Service Management
4 3 (13.04%) Time Management
4 3 (13.04%) TOGAF
5 2 (8.70%) Asset Management
5 2 (8.70%) Availability Management
5 2 (8.70%) Network Load Balancing
5 2 (8.70%) Service Design
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) SQL
2 2 (8.70%) C
2 2 (8.70%) Java
2 2 (8.70%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.35%) ALGOL
3 1 (4.35%) C++
3 1 (4.35%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 12 (52.17%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (47.83%) MCSE
3 7 (30.43%) MCSA
4 6 (26.09%) SC Cleared
4 6 (26.09%) Security Cleared
5 4 (17.39%) Degree
5 4 (17.39%) MCITP
5 4 (17.39%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 3 (13.04%) CCNA
6 3 (13.04%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (8.70%) A+ Certification
7 2 (8.70%) Computer Science Degree
7 2 (8.70%) MCTS
8 1 (4.35%) CCA
8 1 (4.35%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (4.35%) HND
8 1 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Certified Architect
8 1 (4.35%) Network+ Certification
8 1 (4.35%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.70%) SLA
2 1 (4.35%) GDPR
2 1 (4.35%) ISO 22301
2 1 (4.35%) ISO 9001
2 1 (4.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.35%) NIST
2 1 (4.35%) PCI DSS
2 1 (4.35%) QA
System Software
1 11 (47.83%) Active Directory
2 6 (26.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 6 (26.09%) vSphere
3 3 (13.04%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (8.70%) EMC RecoverPoint
5 1 (4.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 1 (4.35%) Hyper-V
5 1 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (4.35%) NFS
5 1 (4.35%) SRDF
5 1 (4.35%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (4.35%) XenApp
5 1 (4.35%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (21.74%) SCCM
2 3 (13.04%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (13.04%) NetBackup
2 3 (13.04%) SCOM
3 1 (4.35%) AirWatch
3 1 (4.35%) CASB
3 1 (4.35%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 14 (60.87%) Microsoft
2 10 (43.48%) Cisco
2 10 (43.48%) VMware
3 4 (17.39%) Citrix
3 4 (17.39%) EMC
3 4 (17.39%) Red Hat
3 4 (17.39%) Zerto
4 3 (13.04%) SolarWinds
5 2 (8.70%) CheckPoint
5 2 (8.70%) CommVault
5 2 (8.70%) HP
5 2 (8.70%) Meraki
5 2 (8.70%) ServiceNow
5 2 (8.70%) Symantec
6 1 (4.35%) Juniper
6 1 (4.35%) Lotus
6 1 (4.35%) McAfee
6 1 (4.35%) Mitel
6 1 (4.35%) Remedy
6 1 (4.35%) Unisys