Period
to 22 October 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 October 2019 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 West
6 months to
22 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 199 216 190
Rank change year-on-year +17 -26 +3
Contract jobs citing MCP 30 7 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.47% 0.11% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.32% 0.39% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 4 6
South West median daily rate £475 £258 £160
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +84.47% +60.94% -36.00%
England median daily rate £215 £200 £275
% change year-on-year +7.50% -27.27% -3.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
South West median hourly rate £17.26 £30.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.96% - -
England median hourly rate £15.81 £15.85 £14.67
% change year-on-year -0.28% +8.04% -14.01%

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 West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2,269 1,815 1,609
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 35.35% 29.71% 29.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,304 901 857
South West median daily rate £475 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £300 £268 £229
90th Percentile £625 £575 £579
England median daily rate £467 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.67% +5.88% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 121 118
South West median hourly rate £42.00 £41.83 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.42% +8.64% +16.67%
10th Percentile £15.47 £17.50 £16.93
90th Percentile £53.75 £47.50 £50.00
England median hourly rate £36.00 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year +44.00% -3.85% +1.96%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for MCP in the South West

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in the South West

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP in the South West over the 6 months to 22 October 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in the South West

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the South West

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 6 months to 22 October 2019. 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
Gloucestershire -1 15 £500 +94.17% 2
Wiltshire -9 7 £438 -
Bristol - 4 £200 - 5
Dorset - 2 £195 - 2
Somerset - 2 £260 - 5
MCP
England

For the 6 months to 22 October 2019, IT contractor jobs citing MCP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region with a requirement for MCP.

1 27 (90.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (86.67%) Microsoft
3 23 (76.67%) Active Directory
3 23 (76.67%) Windows
4 20 (66.67%) ITIL
5 17 (56.67%) Windows Server
6 16 (53.33%) DNS
6 16 (53.33%) MCSE
6 16 (53.33%) DHCP
6 16 (53.33%) SCCM
6 16 (53.33%) PowerShell
7 15 (50.00%) Security Cleared
7 15 (50.00%) MCSA
8 13 (43.33%) DV Cleared
8 13 (43.33%) SCOM
9 12 (40.00%) ITIL V3
9 12 (40.00%) Windows 10
9 12 (40.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 11 (36.67%) VMware
11 9 (30.00%) HP
11 9 (30.00%) Citrix
11 9 (30.00%) Azure
11 9 (30.00%) VMware Infrastructure
11 9 (30.00%) Hyper-V
12 8 (26.67%) SCVMM
12 8 (26.67%) Windows Server 2012
12 8 (26.67%) Service Management
12 8 (26.67%) ITSM
12 8 (26.67%) SAN
12 8 (26.67%) Preventative Maintenance

MCP
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South 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 6 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (3.33%) Confluence
3 1 (3.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Excel
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (6.67%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 9 (30.00%) Azure
2 6 (20.00%) AWS
3 2 (6.67%) Office 365
4 1 (3.33%) Azure Stack
4 1 (3.33%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 16 (53.33%) DHCP
1 16 (53.33%) DNS
2 8 (26.67%) SAN
3 5 (16.67%) Remote Desktop
4 3 (10.00%) TCP/IP
4 3 (10.00%) VSAN
5 2 (6.67%) LAN
6 1 (3.33%) NetScaler
6 1 (3.33%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (13.33%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (13.33%) HP UFT
1 4 (13.33%) LoadRunner
2 1 (3.33%) JIRA
2 1 (3.33%) TestRail
2 1 (3.33%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.33%) Zephyr
Job Titles
1 8 (26.67%) Wintel Engineer
2 7 (23.33%) 2nd Line Engineer
2 7 (23.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 6 (20.00%) Analyst
4 5 (16.67%) Support Engineer
5 4 (13.33%) DV Cleared Test Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) Technical Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) Technical Test Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) Test Analyst
5 4 (13.33%) Wintel Specialist
6 3 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support
6 3 (10.00%) Desktop Engineer
6 3 (10.00%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 2 (6.67%) Cloud Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) Desktop Support
7 2 (6.67%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) Migration Engineer
7 2 (6.67%) Support Analyst
7 2 (6.67%) Windows Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 7 (23.33%) Self-Motivation
2 6 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (10.00%) Hybrid Cloud
4 2 (6.67%) Driving Licence
4 2 (6.67%) Security Operations Centre
5 1 (3.33%) e-Learning
5 1 (3.33%) Mobile Computing
Operating Systems
1 23 (76.67%) Windows
2 17 (56.67%) Windows Server
3 12 (40.00%) Windows 10
4 8 (26.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (13.33%) Windows 7
6 3 (10.00%) Linux
7 2 (6.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (3.33%) Mac OS
8 1 (3.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (66.67%) ITIL
2 12 (40.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
2 12 (40.00%) ITIL V3
3 8 (26.67%) ITSM
3 8 (26.67%) Preventative Maintenance
3 8 (26.67%) Service Management
4 6 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (20.00%) PRINCE2
5 5 (16.67%) Performance Management
5 5 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
5 5 (16.67%) Server Building
5 5 (16.67%) Software Engineering
6 4 (13.33%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (13.33%) Decision-Making
6 4 (13.33%) Defect Management
6 4 (13.33%) Matrix Organization
6 4 (13.33%) Psychology
6 4 (13.33%) Task Automation
6 4 (13.33%) Test Management
6 4 (13.33%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 16 (53.33%) PowerShell
2 5 (16.67%) SQL
3 4 (13.33%) C
3 4 (13.33%) Java
3 4 (13.33%) PL/SQL
3 4 (13.33%) VB
4 2 (6.67%) VBScript
5 1 (3.33%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.33%) PHP
5 1 (3.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 27 (90.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (53.33%) MCSE
3 15 (50.00%) MCSA
3 15 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 13 (43.33%) DV Cleared
5 5 (16.67%) Degree
5 5 (16.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 4 (13.33%) OCP
6 4 (13.33%) Oracle Certification
6 4 (13.33%) SAP Certification
7 3 (10.00%) MCDST
8 2 (6.67%) Citrix Certification
8 2 (6.67%) CNE
8 2 (6.67%) Computer Science Degree
8 2 (6.67%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (6.67%) Novell Certification
8 2 (6.67%) SC Cleared
9 1 (3.33%) CCNA
9 1 (3.33%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (3.33%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.00%) SLA
2 1 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 23 (76.67%) Active Directory
2 9 (30.00%) Hyper-V
2 9 (30.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (26.67%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (23.33%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (20.00%) XenDesktop
6 5 (16.67%) Virtual Desktop
6 5 (16.67%) vSphere
7 3 (10.00%) XenApp
8 1 (3.33%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 16 (53.33%) SCCM
2 13 (43.33%) SCOM
3 8 (26.67%) SCVMM
4 7 (23.33%) vCenter Server
5 4 (13.33%) HP ALM
5 4 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (6.67%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 1 (3.33%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 26 (86.67%) Microsoft
2 11 (36.67%) VMware
3 9 (30.00%) Citrix
3 9 (30.00%) HP
4 4 (13.33%) Oracle
4 4 (13.33%) SAP
5 3 (10.00%) Cisco
6 2 (6.67%) Apple
6 2 (6.67%) BMC
6 2 (6.67%) Forcepoint
6 2 (6.67%) Intel
6 2 (6.67%) McAfee
6 2 (6.67%) MobileIron
6 2 (6.67%) Remedy
7 1 (3.33%) Atlassian
7 1 (3.33%) Splunk