Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 182 194 224
Rank change year-on-year +12 +30 -62
Contract jobs citing MCP 20 15 18
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.37% 0.24% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.07% 1.34% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 9 9
North West median daily rate £130 £120 £213
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -43.53% +93.18%
10th Percentile £120 £120 £118
90th Percentile £368 £182 £445
England median daily rate £306 £284 £315
% change year-on-year +7.93% -9.92% +40.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 4 3
North West median hourly rate £17.43 £15.75 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.67% -7.35% -1.45%
England median hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £15.50
% change year-on-year -9.38% +3.23% -

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 964 1,122 1,554
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.84% 18.31% 18.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 574 670 874
North West median daily rate £410 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.53% +6.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £209 £213 £255
90th Percentile £584 £625 £555
England median daily rate £440 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +3.53% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 69 94
North West median hourly rate £33.75 £28.00 £31.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.54% -11.14% +61.80%
10th Percentile £13.84 £11.91 £15.92
90th Percentile £57.25 £53.10 £50.41
England median hourly rate £23.50 £26.25 £26.25
% change year-on-year -10.48% - +38.16%

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 20 January 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in the North West over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 20 January 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 +26 18 £223 +71.15% 6
Cheshire +6 1 £130 +8.33% 3
Lancashire - 1 - -
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 18 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 17 (85.00%) ITIL
2 17 (85.00%) Windows
3 16 (80.00%) Active Directory
3 16 (80.00%) Service Management
4 14 (70.00%) Windows 7
5 13 (65.00%) Management Information System
5 13 (65.00%) Publishing
5 13 (65.00%) ITIL Certification
6 8 (40.00%) C
7 5 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
8 3 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (15.00%) MCSE
8 3 (15.00%) CCNA
8 3 (15.00%) DHCP
8 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP
8 3 (15.00%) VPN
8 3 (15.00%) DNS
8 3 (15.00%) Change Management
8 3 (15.00%) Windows Server
9 2 (10.00%) Palo Alto
9 2 (10.00%) Cyberthreat
9 2 (10.00%) Cybersecurity
9 2 (10.00%) Junos
9 2 (10.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
9 2 (10.00%) Firewall
9 2 (10.00%) Legal
9 2 (10.00%) VMware
9 2 (10.00%) Blue Coat
9 2 (10.00%) ProxySG

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 1 (5.00%) IBM Notes
1 1 (5.00%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.00%) DHCP
1 3 (15.00%) DNS
1 3 (15.00%) TCP/IP
1 3 (15.00%) VPN
2 2 (10.00%) Firewall
2 2 (10.00%) Junos
2 2 (10.00%) LAN
2 2 (10.00%) MPLS
2 2 (10.00%) Network Security
2 2 (10.00%) SSL
2 2 (10.00%) VLAN
2 2 (10.00%) WAN
3 1 (5.00%) Remote Desktop
General
1 13 (65.00%) Publishing
2 2 (10.00%) Legal
3 1 (5.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (65.00%) Analyst
1 13 (65.00%) Service Analyst
2 12 (60.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 7 (35.00%) IT Analyst
4 4 (20.00%) 1st Line Support
5 2 (10.00%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 2 (10.00%) 1st Line Support Analyst
5 2 (10.00%) Desktop Support
5 2 (10.00%) Lead Network Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) Network Engineer
5 2 (10.00%) PC Support
5 2 (10.00%) Service Desk Support
5 2 (10.00%) Service Desk Support Analyst
5 2 (10.00%) Support Analyst
6 1 (5.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Cybersecurity Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) Network Security Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) VMware Engineer
6 1 (5.00%) VMware Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 13 (65.00%) Management Information System
2 2 (10.00%) Cyberthreat
2 2 (10.00%) NHS
3 1 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 17 (85.00%) Windows
2 14 (70.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (15.00%) Windows Server
4 1 (5.00%) Windows 10
4 1 (5.00%) Windows 8
4 1 (5.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (85.00%) ITIL
2 16 (80.00%) Service Management
3 3 (15.00%) Change Management
4 2 (10.00%) Cybersecurity
4 2 (10.00%) Load Balancing
4 2 (10.00%) Network Design
4 2 (10.00%) Penetration Testing
4 2 (10.00%) SIEM
4 2 (10.00%) Vulnerability Scanning
5 1 (5.00%) Incident Management
5 1 (5.00%) Infrastructure Management
5 1 (5.00%) ITIL V3
5 1 (5.00%) Mentoring
5 1 (5.00%) Network Monitoring
5 1 (5.00%) Problem Management
5 1 (5.00%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 8 (40.00%) C
Qualifications
1 13 (65.00%) ITIL Certification
2 5 (25.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 3 (15.00%) CCNA
3 3 (15.00%) Cisco Certification
3 3 (15.00%) MCSE
4 2 (10.00%) CISSP
4 2 (10.00%) MCSA
5 1 (5.00%) A+ Certification
5 1 (5.00%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (80.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (10.00%) ProxySG
Systems Management
1 1 (5.00%) SCCM
1 1 (5.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 18 (90.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (10.00%) Blue Coat
2 2 (10.00%) CheckPoint
2 2 (10.00%) Citrix
2 2 (10.00%) Juniper
2 2 (10.00%) Palo Alto
2 2 (10.00%) VMware
3 1 (5.00%) Lotus