The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 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)
England / North West
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 124 148 122
Rank change year-on-year +24 -26  
Contract jobs citing MCP 16 15 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.54% 0.39% 0.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.00% 1.93% 3.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 7
Median daily rate £450 £340 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.35% +61.90%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £278 £156
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £348 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £305 £285
% change year-on-year +3.27% +7.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 5
Median hourly rate £11.00 £13.50 £11.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.51% +17.39%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £16.00
% change year-on-year -24.98% +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 the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 533 779 778
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.11% 20.37% 20.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 435 364
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £270 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £570 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 27 80
Median hourly rate £40.00 £43.00 £21.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.97% +102.35%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £12.53 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £47.39 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.10 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.62% +24.80%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in the North West

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the North West

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 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
Manchester +12 12 £450 +32.35% 6
Cumbria - 2 - -
Cheshire +23 1 - - 3
Lancashire - 1 - - 1
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 23 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 North West region with a requirement for MCP.

1 23 (92.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (76.00%) Windows
3 18 (72.00%) Microsoft
3 18 (72.00%) Active Directory
4 16 (64.00%) Windows Server
5 14 (56.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (56.00%) Citrix
6 13 (52.00%) MS Exchange
6 13 (52.00%) ITIL
6 13 (52.00%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (52.00%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (52.00%) Windows 10
7 11 (44.00%) MCSE
8 9 (36.00%) Office 365
9 8 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (32.00%) Microsoft Azure
9 8 (32.00%) DHCP
9 8 (32.00%) DNS
10 7 (28.00%) Cisco
10 7 (28.00%) MCSA
10 7 (28.00%) Microsoft Office
10 7 (28.00%) HP
10 7 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
10 7 (28.00%) Password Management
10 7 (28.00%) VMware
10 7 (28.00%) Cybersecurity
10 7 (28.00%) Enterprise Software
10 7 (28.00%) Identity Access Management
11 6 (24.00%) Manufacturing
11 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared

MCP
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 13 (52.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 13 (52.00%) MS Exchange
2 8 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (4.00%) Confluence
3 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2007
3 1 (4.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (4.00%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 7 (28.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (36.00%) Office 365
2 8 (32.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (4.00%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 8 (32.00%) DHCP
1 8 (32.00%) DNS
2 5 (20.00%) Firewall
3 4 (16.00%) LAN
3 4 (16.00%) WAN
4 1 (4.00%) VoIP
Development Applications
1 1 (4.00%) JIRA
General
1 6 (24.00%) Manufacturing
2 2 (8.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (36.00%) Analyst
2 7 (28.00%) Identity and Access Management Engineer
3 5 (20.00%) Service Analyst
3 5 (20.00%) Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (16.00%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (16.00%) 1st Line Support
4 4 (16.00%) IT Analyst
5 3 (12.00%) Desktop Support
5 3 (12.00%) PC Support
5 3 (12.00%) Support Analyst
6 2 (8.00%) 3rd Line Support
6 2 (8.00%) Applications Engineer
7 1 (4.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 1 (4.00%) Active Directory Engineer
7 1 (4.00%) Active Directory Support
7 1 (4.00%) Azure Engineer
7 1 (4.00%) Exchange Support
7 1 (4.00%) Infrastructure Support
7 1 (4.00%) IT Engineer
7 1 (4.00%) Service Desk Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 7 (28.00%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (24.00%) Life Science
3 5 (20.00%) Data Centre
3 5 (20.00%) Video Conferencing
4 3 (12.00%) iPad
5 2 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (4.00%) Blackberry
6 1 (4.00%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 19 (76.00%) Windows
2 16 (64.00%) Windows Server
3 14 (56.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (52.00%) Windows 10
4 13 (52.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 6 (24.00%) Windows 7
6 1 (4.00%) Linux
6 1 (4.00%) Windows 8
6 1 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (52.00%) ITIL
2 7 (28.00%) Cybersecurity
2 7 (28.00%) Identity Access Management
2 7 (28.00%) Password Management
3 5 (20.00%) ITIL V3
4 4 (16.00%) Service Management
5 3 (12.00%) Project Management
6 1 (4.00%) Asset Management
6 1 (4.00%) Change Management
6 1 (4.00%) CRM
6 1 (4.00%) High Availability
6 1 (4.00%) Incident Management
6 1 (4.00%) Information Security
6 1 (4.00%) IT Asset Management
6 1 (4.00%) IT Strategy
6 1 (4.00%) Line Management
6 1 (4.00%) Problem Management
6 1 (4.00%) Service Delivery
6 1 (4.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 23 (92.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (44.00%) MCSE
3 7 (28.00%) MCSA
4 6 (24.00%) Security Cleared
5 5 (20.00%) SC Cleared
6 3 (12.00%) MCITP
6 3 (12.00%) MCTS
7 1 (4.00%) CCNA
7 1 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (4.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (4.00%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.00%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (72.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (28.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (4.00%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 2 (8.00%) WMI
2 1 (4.00%) SCCM
2 1 (4.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 18 (72.00%) Microsoft
2 14 (56.00%) Citrix
3 7 (28.00%) Cisco
3 7 (28.00%) HP
3 7 (28.00%) VMware
4 5 (20.00%) Polycom
5 2 (8.00%) iManage
6 1 (4.00%) Atlassian
6 1 (4.00%) BeyondTrust
6 1 (4.00%) Canon
6 1 (4.00%) IBM
6 1 (4.00%) MobileIron
6 1 (4.00%) NetApp
6 1 (4.00%) ScanSafe