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 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
England / London
Rank 353 386 339
Rank change year-on-year +33 -47  
Contract jobs citing MCP 49 33 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.26% 0.15% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.49% 0.85% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 16 29
Median daily rate £388 £168 £150
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +131.34% +11.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £118 £126
10% offered a daily rate of more than £553 £380 £314
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 25
Median hourly rate £14.04 £15.34 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.47% -5.63%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.71 £13.00
% change year-on-year -10.24% +28.55%  

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 London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3286 3862 3535
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 17.11% 17.56% 16.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 2227 2719 2318
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £613 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 49 82
Median hourly rate £38.50 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +120.00% -12.50%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.85 £33.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London citing MCP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCP in London

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCP in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in London

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in London over the 3 months to 23 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in London

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP in London.

Contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 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
City of London +5 6 £500 +203.03% 1
Croydon - 2 - -
Romford - 1 £145 -
Docklands, London - 1 - -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 London region with a requirement for MCP.

1 73 (82.02%) Microsoft Certification
2 68 (76.40%) Windows
3 64 (71.91%) Microsoft
4 60 (67.42%) Active Directory
5 46 (51.69%) ITIL
6 38 (42.70%) MCSE
7 32 (35.96%) Windows 7
8 30 (33.71%) Citrix
9 26 (29.21%) Windows Server 2012
10 25 (28.09%) MS Office
11 24 (26.97%) MCSA
11 24 (26.97%) Windows 8
11 24 (26.97%) Windows Server
12 23 (25.84%) MCITP
13 21 (23.60%) Cisco
14 20 (22.47%) MS Excel
15 19 (21.35%) Blackberry
15 19 (21.35%) Security Cleared
16 18 (20.22%) Windows Server 2008
16 18 (20.22%) Configuration Management
16 18 (20.22%) VMware
17 17 (19.10%) Migration
17 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
17 17 (19.10%) Office 365
18 16 (17.98%) Microsoft Azure
19 15 (16.85%) PowerShell
19 15 (16.85%) Apple
20 14 (15.73%) Internet
20 14 (15.73%) Firewall
20 14 (15.73%) Cisco Certification

MCP
Top Related 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 9 (10.11%) MS Exchange
2 8 (8.99%) Exchange Server 2010
2 8 (8.99%) Exchange Server 2013
3 6 (6.74%) SharePoint
4 5 (5.62%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (5.62%) IIS
4 5 (5.62%) Skype for Business
5 3 (3.37%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 3 (3.37%) IBM Notes
5 3 (3.37%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.12%) Apache
6 1 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.12%) GroupWise
6 1 (1.12%) OpenStack
6 1 (1.12%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 25 (28.09%) MS Office
2 20 (22.47%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (4.49%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.12%) Eikon
2 1 (1.12%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 17 (19.10%) Office 365
2 16 (17.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (6.74%) Azure Active Directory
4 4 (4.49%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (3.37%) OneDrive
6 2 (2.25%) AWS CloudFormation
6 2 (2.25%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (2.25%) IaaS
7 1 (1.12%) PaaS
7 1 (1.12%) SaaS
7 1 (1.12%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 14 (15.73%) Firewall
1 14 (15.73%) Internet
2 13 (14.61%) LAN
3 12 (13.48%) TCP/IP
4 10 (11.24%) DNS
5 9 (10.11%) Cisco ASA
6 8 (8.99%) Ethernet
6 8 (8.99%) WAN
6 8 (8.99%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (8.99%) Wireless
7 6 (6.74%) Cisco IOS
7 6 (6.74%) Cisco Nexus
7 6 (6.74%) DHCP
7 6 (6.74%) Remote Desktop
7 6 (6.74%) VPN
8 5 (5.62%) Skype
9 4 (4.49%) MPLS
9 4 (4.49%) SSL
9 4 (4.49%) VLAN
10 3 (3.37%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (10.11%) SQL Server
2 8 (8.99%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (4.49%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (2.25%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (2.25%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.12%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (2.25%) Git (software)
1 2 (2.25%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.12%) MSI
General
1 13 (14.61%) Retail
2 11 (12.36%) Finance
3 7 (7.87%) Law
4 2 (2.25%) Front Office
4 2 (2.25%) Games
4 2 (2.25%) Legal
5 1 (1.12%) Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (19.10%) Analyst
2 16 (17.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 15 (16.85%) Desktop Support
4 13 (14.61%) Support Analyst
5 11 (12.36%) Support Engineer
6 10 (11.24%) Desktop Analyst
6 10 (11.24%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 9 (10.11%) 2nd Line Support
8 8 (8.99%) Architect
9 7 (7.87%) Consultant
9 7 (7.87%) Desktop Engineer
10 6 (6.74%) Technical Architect
11 5 (5.62%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
11 5 (5.62%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 4 (4.49%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
12 4 (4.49%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Analyst
12 4 (4.49%) Cisco Engineer
12 4 (4.49%) Developer
12 4 (4.49%) VMware Engineer
12 4 (4.49%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (5.62%) .NET
2 3 (3.37%) AngularJS
2 3 (3.37%) ASP.NET
2 3 (3.37%) CSS
2 3 (3.37%) HTML
2 3 (3.37%) jQuery
2 3 (3.37%) Web Services
2 3 (3.37%) XML
2 3 (3.37%) XSL
3 1 (1.12%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (1.12%) LAMP
3 1 (1.12%) Software Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 19 (21.35%) Blackberry
2 12 (13.48%) Clustering
3 11 (12.36%) Management Information System
4 9 (10.11%) Replication
5 8 (8.99%) Client/Server
6 7 (7.87%) Data Centre
6 7 (7.87%) PKI
7 6 (6.74%) NHS
8 4 (4.49%) Smartphone
9 2 (2.25%) Analytical Skills
9 2 (2.25%) Computer Science
9 2 (2.25%) Enterprise Cloud
9 2 (2.25%) EPoS
9 2 (2.25%) User Experience
9 2 (2.25%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (2.25%) Virtual Team
10 1 (1.12%) Driving Licence
10 1 (1.12%) Fixed Income
10 1 (1.12%) iPhone
10 1 (1.12%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 68 (76.40%) Windows
2 32 (35.96%) Windows 7
3 26 (29.21%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (26.97%) Windows 8
4 24 (26.97%) Windows Server
5 18 (20.22%) Windows Server 2008
6 11 (12.36%) Linux
6 11 (12.36%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (8.99%) Apple iOS
8 6 (6.74%) CentOS
8 6 (6.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (6.74%) Windows 10
9 5 (5.62%) VMS
10 4 (4.49%) Android
10 4 (4.49%) Unix
11 2 (2.25%) Mac OS X
12 1 (1.12%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (51.69%) ITIL
2 18 (20.22%) Configuration Management
3 17 (19.10%) Migration
4 10 (11.24%) ITIL V3
4 10 (11.24%) Service Management
5 9 (10.11%) Change Management
5 9 (10.11%) ITSM
5 9 (10.11%) Time Management
6 8 (8.99%) Identity Management
6 8 (8.99%) Validation
7 6 (6.74%) Network Management
7 6 (6.74%) Service Design
8 5 (5.62%) Build Automation
8 5 (5.62%) Disaster Recovery
9 4 (4.49%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (4.49%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (4.49%) CRM
9 4 (4.49%) High Availability
9 4 (4.49%) Load Balancing
9 4 (4.49%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.85%) PowerShell
2 11 (12.36%) C#
3 8 (8.99%) Python
3 8 (8.99%) SQL
4 3 (3.37%) C
4 3 (3.37%) JavaScript
4 3 (3.37%) VB
5 2 (2.25%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.12%) Java
6 1 (1.12%) PHP
Qualifications
1 73 (82.02%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (42.70%) MCSE
3 24 (26.97%) MCSA
4 23 (25.84%) MCITP
5 19 (21.35%) Security Cleared
6 17 (19.10%) SC Cleared
7 14 (15.73%) Cisco Certification
7 14 (15.73%) MCDST
8 13 (14.61%) MCTS
9 11 (12.36%) ITIL Certification
9 11 (12.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 8 (8.99%) ACDT
10 8 (8.99%) ACHDS
10 8 (8.99%) ACTC
10 8 (8.99%) MCSM
10 8 (8.99%) Network+ Certification
11 7 (7.87%) CCNA
11 7 (7.87%) Degree
12 5 (5.62%) CCNP
13 4 (4.49%) CCIE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.25%) Cyber Essentials
1 2 (2.25%) SLA
2 1 (1.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 60 (67.42%) Active Directory
2 13 (14.61%) Hyper-V
2 13 (14.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (8.99%) Virtual Servers
4 4 (4.49%) Terminal Services
5 3 (3.37%) XenApp
6 2 (2.25%) UAG
7 1 (1.12%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.12%) NDS
7 1 (1.12%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.12%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 13 (14.61%) SCCM
2 11 (12.36%) Microsoft Clustering
3 6 (6.74%) PowerCLI
3 6 (6.74%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (3.37%) Puppet
4 3 (3.37%) WSUS
5 1 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.12%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (1.12%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 64 (71.91%) Microsoft
2 30 (33.71%) Citrix
3 21 (23.60%) Cisco
4 18 (20.22%) VMware
5 15 (16.85%) Apple
6 7 (7.87%) Symantec
7 6 (6.74%) HP
7 6 (6.74%) Lumension
7 6 (6.74%) Red Hat
7 6 (6.74%) SolarWinds
7 6 (6.74%) Splunk
8 4 (4.49%) Oracle
9 3 (3.37%) Lotus
10 2 (2.25%) EMC
10 2 (2.25%) Forcepoint
10 2 (2.25%) Remedy
10 2 (2.25%) Sophos
11 1 (1.12%) BMC
11 1 (1.12%) Fidessa
11 1 (1.12%) Novell
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