Period
to 19 November 2017

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 6 months to 19 November 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
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 183 202 217
Rank change year-on-year +19 +15 -62
Contract jobs citing MCP 16 21 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.28% 0.31% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.63% 1.66% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 10 8
North West median daily rate £440 £120 £165
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +266.67% -27.27% +50.00%
10th Percentile £240 £120 £117
90th Percentile £540 £352 £394
England median daily rate £275 £288 £300
% change year-on-year -4.35% -4.17% +36.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 4
North West median hourly rate £17.22 £14.29 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.47% -10.69% +18.52%
10th Percentile £11.00 £13.30 £12.15
90th Percentile £17.43 £16.21 £17.35
England median hourly rate £14.50 £17.06 £15.50
% change year-on-year -15.01% +10.06% -8.82%

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 the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 981 1267 1712
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.37% 18.55% 19.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 562 749 962
North West median daily rate £400 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +6.67%
10th Percentile £207 £225 £253
90th Percentile £550 £595 £572
England median daily rate £425 £422 £400
% change year-on-year +0.83% +5.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 77 58 109
North West median hourly rate £38.75 £26.25 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.62% -13.99% +45.33%
10th Percentile £14.49 £12.14 £15.47
90th Percentile £51.20 £53.15 £55.00
England median hourly rate £25.12 £25.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.49% +7.37% +25.00%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing MCP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in the North West over the 6 months to 19 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 6 months to 19 November 2017. 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
Manchester +28 14 £476 +96.39% 1
Cheshire +4 1 £130 +8.33%
Cumbria -4 1 - -
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 13 (81.25%) ITIL
2 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 11 (68.75%) Active Directory
3 11 (68.75%) Windows
4 10 (62.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 10 (62.50%) Service Management
5 6 (37.50%) Windows 7
5 6 (37.50%) Windows Server
5 6 (37.50%) Citrix
5 6 (37.50%) MCSE
6 5 (31.25%) Publishing
6 5 (31.25%) Management Information System
6 5 (31.25%) MCSA
6 5 (31.25%) ITIL Certification
7 4 (25.00%) MS Exchange
7 4 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
7 4 (25.00%) DHCP
7 4 (25.00%) DNS
7 4 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
7 4 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
8 3 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (18.75%) Windows 10
8 3 (18.75%) Change Management
8 3 (18.75%) Firewall
8 3 (18.75%) LAN
8 3 (18.75%) WAN
8 3 (18.75%) Juniper
9 2 (12.50%) CISSP
9 2 (12.50%) Cisco Certification

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 4 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 4 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (6.25%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 4 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (12.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (25.00%) DHCP
1 4 (25.00%) DNS
2 3 (18.75%) Firewall
2 3 (18.75%) LAN
2 3 (18.75%) WAN
3 2 (12.50%) Junos
3 2 (12.50%) MPLS
3 2 (12.50%) Network Security
3 2 (12.50%) SSL
3 2 (12.50%) TCP/IP
3 2 (12.50%) VLAN
3 2 (12.50%) VPN
General
1 5 (31.25%) Publishing
2 2 (12.50%) Legal
3 1 (6.25%) Finance
3 1 (6.25%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (50.00%) Analyst
2 7 (43.75%) Service Analyst
3 6 (37.50%) Service Desk Analyst
4 3 (18.75%) IT Analyst
5 2 (12.50%) 1st Line Support
5 2 (12.50%) Applications Engineer
5 2 (12.50%) Desktop Support
5 2 (12.50%) Identity and Access Management Engineer
5 2 (12.50%) Lead Network Engineer
5 2 (12.50%) Network Engineer
5 2 (12.50%) PC Support
6 1 (6.25%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) ICT Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) ICT Support
6 1 (6.25%) ICT Support Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Network Security Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Security Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Support Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 5 (31.25%) Management Information System
2 2 (12.50%) Cyberthreat
2 2 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 2 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (12.50%) NHS
3 1 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (6.25%) Computer Science
3 1 (6.25%) Life Science
3 1 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 11 (68.75%) Windows
2 6 (37.50%) Windows 7
2 6 (37.50%) Windows Server
3 4 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (18.75%) Windows 10
4 3 (18.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (81.25%) ITIL
2 10 (62.50%) Service Management
3 4 (25.00%) Cybersecurity
4 3 (18.75%) Change Management
5 2 (12.50%) Identity Access Management
5 2 (12.50%) Load Balancing
5 2 (12.50%) Network Design
5 2 (12.50%) Password Management
5 2 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
5 2 (12.50%) SIEM
5 2 (12.50%) Vulnerability Scanning
6 1 (6.25%) Incident Management
6 1 (6.25%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (6.25%) ITIL V3
6 1 (6.25%) Problem Management
6 1 (6.25%) Project Management
6 1 (6.25%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 2 (12.50%) C
1 2 (12.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (62.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (37.50%) MCSE
3 5 (31.25%) ITIL Certification
3 5 (31.25%) MCSA
4 2 (12.50%) CCNA
4 2 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (12.50%) CISSP
5 1 (6.25%) MCITP
5 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
5 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 11 (68.75%) Active Directory
2 2 (12.50%) ProxySG
2 2 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (6.25%) XenApp
3 1 (6.25%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 2 (12.50%) WMI
2 1 (6.25%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 12 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (37.50%) Citrix
3 3 (18.75%) Juniper
4 2 (12.50%) Blue Coat
4 2 (12.50%) CheckPoint
4 2 (12.50%) Cisco
4 2 (12.50%) HP
4 2 (12.50%) iManage
4 2 (12.50%) Palo Alto
4 2 (12.50%) VMware
5 1 (6.25%) Lotus
5 1 (6.25%) Polycom
5 1 (6.25%) Xerox