The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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 / South East
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 233 226 216
Rank change year-on-year -7 -10  
Contract jobs citing MCP 22 44 47
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.28% 0.49% 0.51%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.18% 1.74% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 18 15
Median daily rate £375 £363 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.44% +29.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £133 £269 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £455 £412
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £305 £280
% change year-on-year +3.27% +8.92%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 24
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.98% -1.02%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £21.33 £16.00
% change year-on-year -27.33% +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 South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1871 2528 2322
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 24.13% 28.11% 24.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 1028 1481 1310
Median daily rate £405 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £285 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 100 118
Median hourly rate £18.00 £24.06 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.18% +11.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £14.04
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.18 £57.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +14.03% +18.15%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 South East

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in the South East

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in the South East over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the South East

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the South East region over the 3 months to 27 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
Buckinghamshire -8 8 £525 - 2
Surrey +4 6 £228 +30.00% 4
Berkshire +19 4 - - 1
West Sussex +8 2 - -
Hampshire +5 1 £135 -59.09% 5
Kent -2 1 - - 1
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 27 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 South East region with a requirement for MCP.

1 45 (93.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (79.17%) Windows
3 35 (72.92%) Active Directory
4 31 (64.58%) ITIL
5 30 (62.50%) MCSE
6 27 (56.25%) Microsoft
7 23 (47.92%) Citrix
7 23 (47.92%) Windows Server 2012
8 22 (45.83%) VMware
9 18 (37.50%) Security Cleared
9 18 (37.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (35.42%) VMware Infrastructure
10 17 (35.42%) Analytical Skills
11 16 (33.33%) SC Cleared
11 16 (33.33%) Hyper-V
11 16 (33.33%) HP
12 15 (31.25%) MS Exchange
12 15 (31.25%) Microsoft Office
13 14 (29.17%) Service Management
13 14 (29.17%) Virtual Environments
14 13 (27.08%) ITIL V3
14 13 (27.08%) Windows Server 2003
14 13 (27.08%) SQL
14 13 (27.08%) MCSA
15 12 (25.00%) VMware Workstation
16 11 (22.92%) Change Management
16 11 (22.92%) ITSM
16 11 (22.92%) Linux
16 11 (22.92%) Unix
16 11 (22.92%) Windows Server

MCP
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 15 (31.25%) MS Exchange
2 9 (18.75%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2013
3 8 (16.67%) Skype for Business
4 5 (10.42%) SharePoint
5 2 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 15 (31.25%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (6.25%) MS Visio
3 1 (2.08%) InfoPath
3 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.08%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (8.33%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 7 (14.58%) Office 365
2 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 7 (14.58%) BIG-IP
2 4 (8.33%) TCP/IP
3 3 (6.25%) DHCP
3 3 (6.25%) DNS
3 3 (6.25%) LAN
3 3 (6.25%) Skype
3 3 (6.25%) VPN
3 3 (6.25%) WAN
4 1 (2.08%) IP Telephony
4 1 (2.08%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.42%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (6.25%) SQL Server 2005
3 3 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (6.25%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (2.08%) MySQL
4 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Eclipse
General
1 10 (20.83%) Finance
2 1 (2.08%) Legal
2 1 (2.08%) Marketing
2 1 (2.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (33.33%) Analyst
2 12 (25.00%) Support Analyst
3 8 (16.67%) 3rd Line Support
3 8 (16.67%) Desktop Support
3 8 (16.67%) Support Engineer
4 7 (14.58%) 2nd Line Support
4 7 (14.58%) Service Desk Support
5 6 (12.50%) Desktop Analyst
5 6 (12.50%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 6 (12.50%) Service Analyst
5 6 (12.50%) Service Desk Analyst
5 6 (12.50%) Windows Engineer
6 5 (10.42%) 1st Line Support
6 5 (10.42%) Messaging Specialist
7 4 (8.33%) 1st Line Support Analyst
7 4 (8.33%) 1st Line Support Engineer
7 4 (8.33%) Server Engineer
7 4 (8.33%) Support Specialist
7 4 (8.33%) Support Technician
7 4 (8.33%) Systems Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 17 (35.42%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.33%) Management Information System
3 3 (6.25%) Blackberry
4 2 (4.17%) CMDB
4 2 (4.17%) Handset
4 2 (4.17%) Smartphone
5 1 (2.08%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.08%) User Experience
5 1 (2.08%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 38 (79.17%) Windows
2 23 (47.92%) Windows Server 2012
3 18 (37.50%) Windows Server 2008
4 13 (27.08%) Windows Server 2003
5 11 (22.92%) Linux
5 11 (22.92%) Unix
5 11 (22.92%) Windows Server
6 10 (20.83%) Windows 7
7 4 (8.33%) Windows 10
8 3 (6.25%) Windows XP
9 1 (2.08%) Android
9 1 (2.08%) Apple iOS
9 1 (2.08%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (64.58%) ITIL
2 14 (29.17%) Service Management
2 14 (29.17%) Virtual Environments
3 13 (27.08%) ITIL V3
4 11 (22.92%) Change Management
4 11 (22.92%) ITSM
5 10 (20.83%) Incident Management
5 10 (20.83%) Service Delivery
6 9 (18.75%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 4 (8.33%) Problem Management
7 4 (8.33%) Server Patching
8 3 (6.25%) Change Control
9 2 (4.17%) Business Continuity
9 2 (4.17%) Configuration Management
9 2 (4.17%) Disaster Recovery
9 2 (4.17%) Release Management
10 1 (2.08%) Business Intelligence
10 1 (2.08%) PRINCE2
10 1 (2.08%) Project Management
10 1 (2.08%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 13 (27.08%) SQL
2 9 (18.75%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 45 (93.75%) Microsoft Certification
2 30 (62.50%) MCSE
3 18 (37.50%) Security Cleared
4 16 (33.33%) SC Cleared
5 13 (27.08%) MCSA
6 10 (20.83%) DV Cleared
7 7 (14.58%) ITIL Certification
7 7 (14.58%) MCITP
8 6 (12.50%) Degree
9 5 (10.42%) MCDBA
10 2 (4.17%) MCDST
11 1 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (2.08%) CCNA
11 1 (2.08%) CCNP
11 1 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (2.08%) Citrix Certification
11 1 (2.08%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (16.67%) SLA
2 2 (4.17%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 35 (72.92%) Active Directory
2 17 (35.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (33.33%) Hyper-V
4 12 (25.00%) VMware Workstation
5 5 (10.42%) XenApp
6 2 (4.17%) XenDesktop
7 1 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (2.08%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (2.08%) vSphere
7 1 (2.08%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (16.67%) SCCM
2 5 (10.42%) OVSD
3 4 (8.33%) Nessus
4 2 (4.17%) OpenView
5 1 (2.08%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.08%) SCSM
5 1 (2.08%) Simpana
Vendors
1 27 (56.25%) Microsoft
2 23 (47.92%) Citrix
3 22 (45.83%) VMware
4 16 (33.33%) HP
5 7 (14.58%) F5
5 7 (14.58%) ServiceNow
6 6 (12.50%) Cisco
7 4 (8.33%) BMC
7 4 (8.33%) LANDesk
7 4 (8.33%) Remedy
7 4 (8.33%) SolarWinds
8 3 (6.25%) Apple
8 3 (6.25%) Mitel
8 3 (6.25%) NetApp
9 2 (4.17%) Kaseya
9 2 (4.17%) Wyse
10 1 (2.08%) AppSense
10 1 (2.08%) CommVault
10 1 (2.08%) iManage