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 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
England / South East
Rank 215 227 210
Rank change year-on-year +12 -17  
Contract jobs citing MCP 26 41 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.33% 0.45% 0.55%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.17% 1.61% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 25 35
Median daily rate £325 £310 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.83% +18.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £134 £185 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £436 £394
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 7
Median hourly rate £30.00 £21.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.53% -4.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £21.10 £14.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £22.30 £55.65
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 South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2221 2544 2656
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 28.29% 27.66% 27.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1321 1567 1375
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 105 107
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £62.75 £50.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

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

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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 24 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP in the South East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the South East

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Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in the South East over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCP in the South East

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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 24 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
Buckinghamshire +2 9 £500 +11.11% 2
Kent +12 6 £338 -
Oxfordshire - 5 £145 -
Berkshire +21 4 - - 3
Surrey +4 1 - - 2
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 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 South East region with a requirement for MCP.

1 48 (84.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (68.42%) Active Directory
3 37 (64.91%) Microsoft
4 31 (54.39%) Windows
5 24 (42.11%) VMware
6 23 (40.35%) MCSE
7 21 (36.84%) ITIL
8 19 (33.33%) MCSA
8 19 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 18 (31.58%) Security Cleared
9 18 (31.58%) Windows Server
9 18 (31.58%) Finance
10 14 (24.56%) Windows Server 2003
11 13 (22.81%) DNS
11 13 (22.81%) MCITP
12 12 (21.05%) PKI
12 12 (21.05%) Citrix
12 12 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
12 12 (21.05%) SC Cleared
13 11 (19.30%) SolarWinds
13 11 (19.30%) MS Office
13 11 (19.30%) SQL
13 11 (19.30%) Nessus
13 11 (19.30%) LANDesk
14 10 (17.54%) MCTS
14 10 (17.54%) Replication
14 10 (17.54%) LDAP
14 10 (17.54%) Kerberos
14 10 (17.54%) X.500
14 10 (17.54%) VMware Infrastructure

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Top Related 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 8 (14.04%) MS Exchange
2 6 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2010
2 6 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2013
2 6 (10.53%) SharePoint
3 3 (5.26%) Skype for Business
4 2 (3.51%) IIS
4 2 (3.51%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 11 (19.30%) MS Office
2 6 (10.53%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.51%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.75%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (7.02%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.02%) Office 365
2 2 (3.51%) AWS CloudFormation
2 2 (3.51%) IaaS
2 2 (3.51%) OneDrive
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 13 (22.81%) DNS
2 10 (17.54%) Kerberos
2 10 (17.54%) LDAP
2 10 (17.54%) X.500
3 6 (10.53%) VPN
4 3 (5.26%) BIG-IP
4 3 (5.26%) DHCP
4 3 (5.26%) Remote Desktop
4 3 (5.26%) TCP/IP
5 2 (3.51%) Firewall
5 2 (3.51%) Internet
5 2 (3.51%) PABX
5 2 (3.51%) VoIP
6 1 (1.75%) LAN
6 1 (1.75%) Network Security
6 1 (1.75%) RFID
6 1 (1.75%) WAN
6 1 (1.75%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (15.79%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server 2012
3 5 (8.77%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (5.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (5.26%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (1.75%) MySQL
6 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (3.51%) Git (software)
1 2 (3.51%) Jenkins
General
1 18 (31.58%) Finance
2 4 (7.02%) Local Government
3 1 (1.75%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.75%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 12 (21.05%) Windows Engineer
2 11 (19.30%) Systems Engineer
2 11 (19.30%) Windows Systems Engineer
3 10 (17.54%) Active Directory Engineer
3 10 (17.54%) Desktop Support
4 9 (15.79%) Analyst
5 8 (14.04%) Support Analyst
6 6 (10.53%) Desktop Analyst
6 6 (10.53%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 5 (8.77%) 2nd Line Support
7 5 (8.77%) Server Engineer
8 4 (7.02%) 3rd Line Support
8 4 (7.02%) Support Engineer
9 3 (5.26%) Messaging Specialist
9 3 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
9 3 (5.26%) Senior Desktop Analyst
9 3 (5.26%) Senior Desktop Support
9 3 (5.26%) Senior Desktop Support Analyst
9 3 (5.26%) Senior Support Analyst
10 2 (3.51%) Desktop Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 12 (21.05%) PKI
2 10 (17.54%) Replication
3 9 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.26%) Computer Science
5 2 (3.51%) Clustering
5 2 (3.51%) CMDB
5 2 (3.51%) Enterprise Cloud
5 2 (3.51%) Handset
5 2 (3.51%) Smartphone
5 2 (3.51%) Virtual Team
6 1 (1.75%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.75%) EPoS
6 1 (1.75%) Life Science
6 1 (1.75%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.75%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 31 (54.39%) Windows
2 19 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 18 (31.58%) Windows Server
4 14 (24.56%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (10.53%) Unix
7 4 (7.02%) Windows 7
8 3 (5.26%) Linux
9 2 (3.51%) Windows 10
10 1 (1.75%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (36.84%) ITIL
2 8 (14.04%) ITIL V3
3 7 (12.28%) Incident Management
3 7 (12.28%) Service Delivery
3 7 (12.28%) Virtual Environments
4 6 (10.53%) ITSM
4 6 (10.53%) Service Management
5 5 (8.77%) Server Patching
6 4 (7.02%) Change Management
6 4 (7.02%) Configuration Management
6 4 (7.02%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (5.26%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (5.26%) Infrastructure Monitoring
7 3 (5.26%) Validation
8 2 (3.51%) Business Continuity
8 2 (3.51%) Change Control
8 2 (3.51%) DevOps
8 2 (3.51%) Presales
8 2 (3.51%) Problem Management
8 2 (3.51%) Virtual Team Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (19.30%) SQL
2 3 (5.26%) PowerShell
3 2 (3.51%) Bash Shell
3 2 (3.51%) Python
Qualifications
1 48 (84.21%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (40.35%) MCSE
3 19 (33.33%) MCSA
4 18 (31.58%) Security Cleared
5 13 (22.81%) MCITP
6 12 (21.05%) SC Cleared
7 10 (17.54%) MCTS
8 6 (10.53%) Degree
8 6 (10.53%) ITIL Certification
9 5 (8.77%) CCNA
9 5 (8.77%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (8.77%) MCDBA
10 3 (5.26%) A+ Certification
10 3 (5.26%) DV Cleared
11 2 (3.51%) CCNP
11 2 (3.51%) Network+ Certification
12 1 (1.75%) CCIE
12 1 (1.75%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (1.75%) Security+ Certification
12 1 (1.75%) Server+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.51%) Disclosure Scotland
1 2 (3.51%) SLA
System Software
1 39 (68.42%) Active Directory
2 10 (17.54%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (12.28%) Hyper-V
4 6 (10.53%) VMware Workstation
5 2 (3.51%) UAG
6 1 (1.75%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 11 (19.30%) Nessus
2 7 (12.28%) SCCM
3 3 (5.26%) OVSD
4 2 (3.51%) Puppet
5 1 (1.75%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.75%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.75%) Sysprep
5 1 (1.75%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 37 (64.91%) Microsoft
2 24 (42.11%) VMware
3 12 (21.05%) Citrix
4 11 (19.30%) LANDesk
4 11 (19.30%) SolarWinds
5 9 (15.79%) HP
6 5 (8.77%) BMC
7 4 (7.02%) Cisco
7 4 (7.02%) Remedy
8 3 (5.26%) F5
8 3 (5.26%) ServiceNow
9 2 (3.51%) Apple
9 2 (3.51%) CheckPoint
9 2 (3.51%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (3.51%) Wyse
10 1 (1.75%) NetApp
10 1 (1.75%) Snow
10 1 (1.75%) Unisys