Period
to 22 October 2018

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 22 October 2018 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
22 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 198 185 211
Rank change year-on-year -13 +26 0
Contract jobs citing MCP 13 18 25
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.22% 0.32% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.16% 1.86% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 12 10
North West median daily rate £175 £445 £128
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -60.67% +249.02% -30.61%
10th Percentile £140 £318 £120
90th Percentile £371 £543 £373
England median daily rate £200 £275 £284
% change year-on-year -27.27% -3.08% +3.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 2
North West median hourly rate £15.25 £16.50 £13.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.58% +18.75% -18.26%
10th Percentile £11.23 £12.35 £13.28
90th Percentile £19.08 £17.30 £14.94
England median hourly rate £15.85 £14.67 £17.06
% change year-on-year +8.04% -14.01% +6.63%

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 1,121 969 1,390
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 18.89% 17.27% 19.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 660 549 807
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.33% +5.63%
10th Percentile £213 £211 £250
90th Percentile £588 £550 £600
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 79 60
North West median hourly rate £29.00 £40.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.50% +52.38% -12.31%
10th Percentile £14.19 £15.77 £12.00
90th Percentile £63.25 £55.50 £53.05
England median hourly rate £25.00 £26.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year -3.85% +1.96% +10.87%

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 22 October 2018.

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 22 October 2018. 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 -9 11 £175 -61.11% 6
Cheshire -2 1 - - 5
Merseyside - 1 £363 - 3
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 2018, 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 North West region with a requirement for MCP.

1 11 (84.62%) ITIL
2 10 (76.92%) Windows
2 10 (76.92%) Microsoft Certification
3 9 (69.23%) Microsoft
3 9 (69.23%) MCSE
4 8 (61.54%) MCSA
4 8 (61.54%) Active Directory
5 7 (53.85%) Change Management
6 6 (46.15%) Citrix
6 6 (46.15%) Microsoft Office
6 6 (46.15%) VMware
6 6 (46.15%) SCCM
7 5 (38.46%) Service Management
7 5 (38.46%) PowerShell
8 4 (30.77%) Windows 7
8 4 (30.77%) Office 365
8 4 (30.77%) Driving Licence
8 4 (30.77%) Wireless
8 4 (30.77%) Altiris
8 4 (30.77%) MCTS
8 4 (30.77%) VB
8 4 (30.77%) PRINCE2
8 4 (30.77%) Windows XP
8 4 (30.77%) VPN
8 4 (30.77%) SLA
8 4 (30.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 4 (30.77%) Windows Server
8 4 (30.77%) Problem-Solving
9 3 (23.08%) Trend Analysis
9 3 (23.08%) Lotus

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 3 (23.08%) IBM Notes
2 2 (15.38%) MS Exchange
3 1 (7.69%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 6 (46.15%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (30.77%) Office 365
2 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (7.69%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 4 (30.77%) VPN
1 4 (30.77%) Wireless
2 3 (23.08%) TCP/IP
3 1 (7.69%) DHCP
3 1 (7.69%) DNS
3 1 (7.69%) Internet
3 1 (7.69%) LAN
3 1 (7.69%) Network Security
3 1 (7.69%) Skype
3 1 (7.69%) WAN
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) IT Support
2 2 (15.38%) 1st Line Support
2 2 (15.38%) 2nd Line Support
2 2 (15.38%) Analyst
2 2 (15.38%) Service Analyst
3 1 (7.69%) 1st/2nd Line Support
3 1 (7.69%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Desktop Support
3 1 (7.69%) Network Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Network Security Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) PC Support
3 1 (7.69%) Security Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Server Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Service Desk Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Support Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Windows Engineer
3 1 (7.69%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (7.69%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (30.77%) Driving Licence
2 3 (23.08%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (23.08%) Computer Science
3 1 (7.69%) Client/Server
3 1 (7.69%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 10 (76.92%) Windows
2 4 (30.77%) Windows 7
2 4 (30.77%) Windows Server
2 4 (30.77%) Windows XP
3 1 (7.69%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (84.62%) ITIL
2 7 (53.85%) Change Management
3 5 (38.46%) Service Management
4 4 (30.77%) PRINCE2
4 4 (30.77%) Problem-Solving
5 3 (23.08%) Incident Management
5 3 (23.08%) Infrastructure Management
5 3 (23.08%) Problem Management
5 3 (23.08%) Trend Analysis
6 2 (15.38%) Privileged Access Management
7 1 (7.69%) Information Security
7 1 (7.69%) ITIL V3
7 1 (7.69%) ITSM
7 1 (7.69%) Patch Management
7 1 (7.69%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 5 (38.46%) PowerShell
2 4 (30.77%) VB
Qualifications
1 10 (76.92%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (69.23%) MCSE
3 8 (61.54%) MCSA
4 4 (30.77%) MCTS
4 4 (30.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 1 (7.69%) CEH
5 1 (7.69%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (61.54%) Active Directory
2 2 (15.38%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (46.15%) SCCM
2 3 (23.08%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 1 (7.69%) SCOM
3 1 (7.69%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 9 (69.23%) Microsoft
2 6 (46.15%) Citrix
2 6 (46.15%) VMware
3 4 (30.77%) Altiris
4 3 (23.08%) Lotus
5 2 (15.38%) Veeam
6 1 (7.69%) McAfee