Period
to 23 November 2017

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 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 329 303 298
Rank change year-on-year -26 -5 -81
Contract jobs citing MCP 47 78 105
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.28% 0.47% 0.54%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.26% 1.81% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 48 53
South East median daily rate £275 £305 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.84% -16.21% +32.36%
10th Percentile £113 £111 £209
90th Percentile £455 £350 £586
England median daily rate £275 £289 £300
% change year-on-year -4.76% -3.75% +36.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 7 30
South East median hourly rate £16.00 £24.06 £21.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.50% +14.18% +23.96%
10th Percentile £14.40 £14.42 £14.05
90th Percentile £20.10 £66.75 £21.55
England median hourly rate £14.50 £17.06 £15.50
% change year-on-year -15.01% +10.06% -6.06%

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 South East with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South East
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3730 4311 5190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.15% 25.85% 26.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 2118 2636 3090
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £212 £252 £258
90th Percentile £550 £550 £525
England median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 219 223 250
South East median hourly rate £25.12 £27.80 £30.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.64% -10.03% +81.76%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.88 £11.98
90th Percentile £50.00 £51.80 £51.79
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +26.32%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing MCP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

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 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in the South East

MCP
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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
Surrey +2 27 £135 -31.73% 2
Thames Valley -2 16 £300 +126.42% 3
Buckinghamshire -18 10 £375 +240.91% 1
Berkshire -4 6 £288 -11.54% 1
West Sussex -8 2 - -
Kent -21 2 £350 +34.62%
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 43 (91.49%) Active Directory
2 42 (89.36%) Windows
3 41 (87.23%) Microsoft Certification
4 40 (85.11%) MCSE
5 34 (72.34%) Microsoft
6 28 (59.57%) ITIL
6 28 (59.57%) Office 365
7 27 (57.45%) Microsoft Office
7 27 (57.45%) MS Exchange
8 26 (55.32%) Windows 7
9 23 (48.94%) Citrix
10 22 (46.81%) TCP/IP
11 21 (44.68%) LAN
11 21 (44.68%) WAN
11 21 (44.68%) SCCM
12 20 (42.55%) MCDST
12 20 (42.55%) DNS
13 19 (40.43%) DHCP
13 19 (40.43%) Exchange Server 2007
13 19 (40.43%) Windows Server 2012
14 14 (29.79%) XenApp
14 14 (29.79%) VMware
15 13 (27.66%) Windows Server 2008
16 11 (23.40%) Windows Server
17 10 (21.28%) MCSA
18 9 (19.15%) Cisco
18 9 (19.15%) Linux
18 9 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
18 9 (19.15%) Skype
19 8 (17.02%) Windows Server 2003

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 27 (57.45%) MS Exchange
2 19 (40.43%) Exchange Server 2007
3 7 (14.89%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (12.77%) Skype for Business
5 5 (10.64%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (2.13%) SharePoint
Applications
1 27 (57.45%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (4.26%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 28 (59.57%) Office 365
2 3 (6.38%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (4.26%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (4.26%) IaaS
3 2 (4.26%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (2.13%) GitHub
4 1 (2.13%) OneDrive
4 1 (2.13%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (46.81%) TCP/IP
2 21 (44.68%) LAN
2 21 (44.68%) WAN
3 20 (42.55%) DNS
4 19 (40.43%) DHCP
5 9 (19.15%) Skype
6 3 (6.38%) BIG-IP
6 3 (6.38%) VLAN
7 1 (2.13%) Cisco IOS
7 1 (2.13%) Firewall
7 1 (2.13%) IP Telephony
7 1 (2.13%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 4 (8.51%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.13%) Jenkins
2 1 (2.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.13%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (4.26%) Finance
2 1 (2.13%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 13 (27.66%) Service Desk Engineer
2 10 (21.28%) 2nd Line Support
3 9 (19.15%) Support Engineer
4 7 (14.89%) Analyst
5 6 (12.77%) Desktop Support
5 6 (12.77%) Service Desk Support
6 5 (10.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 5 (10.64%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 5 (10.64%) Service Analyst
6 5 (10.64%) Service Desk Analyst
6 5 (10.64%) Service Desk Technician
6 5 (10.64%) Support Technician
7 4 (8.51%) 2nd Line Support Technician
7 4 (8.51%) 3rd Line Support
7 4 (8.51%) Desktop Engineer
8 3 (6.38%) 2nd Line Service Desk Analyst
8 3 (6.38%) Messaging Specialist
8 3 (6.38%) Support Analyst
8 3 (6.38%) Technical Support
8 3 (6.38%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.13%) JSON
1 1 (2.13%) REST
1 1 (2.13%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (14.89%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.51%) Blackberry
3 3 (6.38%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.13%) Driving Licence
4 1 (2.13%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.13%) Public Cloud
4 1 (2.13%) Smartphone
4 1 (2.13%) Social Media
4 1 (2.13%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 42 (89.36%) Windows
2 26 (55.32%) Windows 7
3 19 (40.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (27.66%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (23.40%) Windows Server
6 9 (19.15%) Linux
7 8 (17.02%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (10.64%) Windows 10
9 4 (8.51%) Unix
10 3 (6.38%) Windows XP
11 2 (4.26%) Android
11 2 (4.26%) Mac OS X
12 1 (2.13%) Windows 8
12 1 (2.13%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (59.57%) ITIL
2 6 (12.77%) Change Management
2 6 (12.77%) Operational Acceptance Criteria
2 6 (12.77%) Service Management
2 6 (12.77%) Virtual Environments
3 5 (10.64%) ITIL V3
3 5 (10.64%) Service Delivery
4 3 (6.38%) Infrastructure Monitoring
4 3 (6.38%) ITSM
4 3 (6.38%) Migration
5 2 (4.26%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (4.26%) Incident Management
5 2 (4.26%) Server Patching
6 1 (2.13%) Artificial Intelligence
6 1 (2.13%) Asset Management
6 1 (2.13%) Operations Management
6 1 (2.13%) PRINCE2
6 1 (2.13%) Problem Management
6 1 (2.13%) Project Management
6 1 (2.13%) TOGAF
Programming Languages
1 7 (14.89%) PowerShell
2 2 (4.26%) SQL
3 1 (2.13%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 41 (87.23%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (85.11%) MCSE
3 20 (42.55%) MCDST
4 10 (21.28%) MCSA
5 6 (12.77%) SC Cleared
5 6 (12.77%) Security Cleared
6 4 (8.51%) MCITP
7 3 (6.38%) DV Cleared
8 2 (4.26%) A+ Certification
9 1 (2.13%) CCA
9 1 (2.13%) CCAA
9 1 (2.13%) CCNA
9 1 (2.13%) CCNP
9 1 (2.13%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (2.13%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (2.13%) Degree
9 1 (2.13%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (2.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (14.89%) SLA
System Software
1 43 (91.49%) Active Directory
2 14 (29.79%) XenApp
3 9 (19.15%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (14.89%) Hyper-V
5 5 (10.64%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (6.38%) XenDesktop
7 1 (2.13%) Docker
7 1 (2.13%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 21 (44.68%) SCCM
2 3 (6.38%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 2 (4.26%) OpenView
3 2 (4.26%) OVSD
4 1 (2.13%) AirWatch
4 1 (2.13%) Ansible
4 1 (2.13%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (2.13%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (2.13%) Puppet
4 1 (2.13%) WSUS
Vendors
1 34 (72.34%) Microsoft
2 23 (48.94%) Citrix
3 14 (29.79%) VMware
4 9 (19.15%) Cisco
5 6 (12.77%) HP
6 4 (8.51%) Apple
6 4 (8.51%) Mitel
6 4 (8.51%) Symantec
7 3 (6.38%) F5
7 3 (6.38%) ServiceNow
8 2 (4.26%) Kaseya
8 2 (4.26%) LANDesk
8 2 (4.26%) SolarWinds
9 1 (2.13%) Canon
9 1 (2.13%) Forcepoint
9 1 (2.13%) Kaspersky
9 1 (2.13%) MobileIron
9 1 (2.13%) NetApp
9 1 (2.13%) Polycom