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 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 / North West
Rank 128 146 126
Rank change year-on-year +18 -20  
Contract jobs citing MCP 9 12 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.35% 0.31% 0.60%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.85% 1.50% 2.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 5
Median daily rate - £263 £120
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +118.75%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 2
Median hourly rate £16.00 £13.50 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.51% +3.84%  
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 the North West.

Academic & Professional Certification
North West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 486 799 712
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 18.98% 20.93% 20.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 396 326
Median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.65% +2.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £246 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 50 68
Median hourly rate £42.24 £40.00 £46.09
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.59% -13.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £13.50 £15.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £62.50 £59.00
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 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 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
Manchester +20 4 - - 3
Cumbria - 3 - -
Cheshire +27 2 - -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

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 North West region with a requirement for MCP.

1 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
1 12 (66.67%) Microsoft Certification
1 12 (66.67%) Windows
2 11 (61.11%) ITIL
2 11 (61.11%) Active Directory
3 10 (55.56%) MCSE
3 10 (55.56%) MS Office
4 8 (44.44%) Citrix
4 8 (44.44%) Windows Server
5 6 (33.33%) Windows 7
5 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (33.33%) Windows 10
5 6 (33.33%) HP
5 6 (33.33%) Cisco
5 6 (33.33%) Manufacturing
5 6 (33.33%) VMware
5 6 (33.33%) Life Science
5 6 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (27.78%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (27.78%) Computer Science
6 5 (27.78%) Polycom
6 5 (27.78%) Video Conferencing
6 5 (27.78%) Problem Management
6 5 (27.78%) Incident Management
6 5 (27.78%) Service Management
6 5 (27.78%) Change Management
6 5 (27.78%) Firewall
6 5 (27.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 5 (27.78%) Lotus
6 5 (27.78%) MCSA

MCP
Top Related 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 5 (27.78%) Exchange Server 2010
1 5 (27.78%) IBM Notes
1 5 (27.78%) MS Exchange
2 1 (5.56%) Confluence
2 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 10 (55.56%) MS Office
2 2 (11.11%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (5.56%) Office 365
2 1 (5.56%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 5 (27.78%) Firewall
2 1 (5.56%) LAN
2 1 (5.56%) VoIP
2 1 (5.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
1 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) JIRA
2 1 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (33.33%) Manufacturing
2 2 (11.11%) Finance
3 1 (5.56%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 13 (72.22%) Analyst
2 10 (55.56%) Service Analyst
2 10 (55.56%) Service Desk Analyst
3 8 (44.44%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
4 5 (27.78%) IT Analyst
5 3 (16.67%) Support Analyst
6 2 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support
7 1 (5.56%) 1st Line Support
7 1 (5.56%) 2nd Line Support
7 1 (5.56%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 1 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
7 1 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 1 (5.56%) Active Directory Support
7 1 (5.56%) Developer
7 1 (5.56%) Exchange Support
7 1 (5.56%) Infrastructure Support
7 1 (5.56%) Service Desk Support
7 1 (5.56%) SQL Developer
7 1 (5.56%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.56%) .NET
1 1 (5.56%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (33.33%) Life Science
2 5 (27.78%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (27.78%) Computer Science
2 5 (27.78%) Video Conferencing
3 3 (16.67%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 12 (66.67%) Windows
2 8 (44.44%) Windows Server
3 6 (33.33%) Windows 10
3 6 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (27.78%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (5.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (61.11%) ITIL
2 5 (27.78%) Change Management
2 5 (27.78%) Incident Management
2 5 (27.78%) Problem Management
2 5 (27.78%) Service Management
2 5 (27.78%) Trend Analysis
3 1 (5.56%) Continuous Integration
3 1 (5.56%) High Availability
3 1 (5.56%) Identity Management
3 1 (5.56%) IT Strategy
3 1 (5.56%) Open Source
3 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
3 1 (5.56%) SOA
3 1 (5.56%) TDD
3 1 (5.56%) Time Management
3 1 (5.56%) UML
3 1 (5.56%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 1 (5.56%) C#
1 1 (5.56%) SQL
1 1 (5.56%) T-SQL
1 1 (5.56%) VB
1 1 (5.56%) VB6
Qualifications
1 12 (66.67%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (55.56%) MCSE
3 5 (27.78%) MCSA
4 3 (16.67%) MCITP
4 3 (16.67%) MCTS
5 1 (5.56%) CCNA
5 1 (5.56%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (5.56%) MCDST
5 1 (5.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (61.11%) Active Directory
2 6 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (5.56%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 5 (27.78%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (5.56%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 8 (44.44%) Citrix
3 6 (33.33%) Cisco
3 6 (33.33%) HP
3 6 (33.33%) VMware
4 5 (27.78%) Lotus
4 5 (27.78%) Polycom
5 1 (5.56%) Atlassian