Period
to 13 November 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 13 November 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)
UK
6 months to
13 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 606 654 657
Rank change year-on-year +48 +3 -94
Contract jobs citing MCP 201 248 233
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.24% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.18% 1.28% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 105 149 132
UK median daily rate £225 £205 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.76% -25.45% -8.33%
10th Percentile £112 £137 £130
90th Percentile £519 £496 £486
UK excluding London median daily rate £238 £218 £275
% change year-on-year +9.13% -20.86% -5.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 51 39
UK median hourly rate £15.68 £15.85 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.10% +9.31% -26.40%
10th Percentile £15.03 £13.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £18.63 £28.25 £17.54
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.68 £15.80 £14.65
% change year-on-year -0.79% +7.85% -25.96%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17,099 19,366 19,246
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.24% 18.67% 18.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,474 11,448 11,774
UK median daily rate £464 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.11% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £261 £250 £224
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £420 £400
% change year-on-year +7.14% +5.00% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 853 950 920
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -4.76% +0.96%
10th Percentile £14.94 £12.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.30 £51.03 £49.78
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +34.62% -7.14% +3.70%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCP as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP over the 6 months to 13 November 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCP over the 6 months to 13 November 2019.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the UK over the 6 months to 13 November 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
England +70 188 £225 +12.50% 142
UK excluding London +43 147 £238 +9.13% 117
South East +57 52 £200 -44.83% 49
London +74 51 £200 -1.23% 35
North of England +14 32 £180 -10.00% 18
South West +24 26 £488 +323.91% 12
North West +8 20 £180 +2.86% 13
East of England +14 15 £500 +163.16% 13
Scotland +26 11 £120 -13.04% 1
Midlands +15 10 £171 -14.38% 15
Yorkshire +2 8 £108 -68.15% 5
West Midlands +12 7 £171 -54.33% 9
North East +20 4 £199 -0.75%
East Midlands +20 3 £241 +20.63% 6
Wales +14 1 £300 +32.16% 8

For the 6 months to 13 November 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 with a requirement for MCP.

1 160 (79.60%) Windows
2 147 (73.13%) Microsoft
3 123 (61.19%) Active Directory
4 111 (55.22%) Microsoft Certification
5 87 (43.28%) ITIL
6 79 (39.30%) Windows 10
7 68 (33.83%) Office 365
8 65 (32.34%) Microsoft Office
9 59 (29.35%) Windows 7
10 58 (28.86%) DHCP
11 57 (28.36%) MCSE
12 56 (27.86%) DNS
13 50 (24.88%) SCCM
14 49 (24.38%) Windows Server
15 48 (23.88%) VMware
16 46 (22.89%) Cisco
17 42 (20.90%) MS Exchange
18 41 (20.40%) Problem-Solving
19 40 (19.90%) Windows Server 2012
20 37 (18.41%) Citrix
20 37 (18.41%) Azure
21 36 (17.91%) Service Management
22 35 (17.41%) MCSA
23 34 (16.92%) HP
24 33 (16.42%) VMware Infrastructure
25 31 (15.42%) PowerShell
26 30 (14.93%) Analytical Skills
26 30 (14.93%) SLA
27 29 (14.43%) Degree
27 29 (14.43%) Infrastructure Engineering

MCP
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 42 (20.90%) MS Exchange
2 12 (5.97%) Exchange Server 2010
2 12 (5.97%) Skype for Business
3 10 (4.98%) IBM Notes
4 8 (3.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 6 (2.99%) SharePoint
6 5 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2003
6 5 (2.49%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.49%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.49%) IIS
7 3 (1.49%) Oracle Workflow
8 1 (0.50%) Confluence
Applications
1 65 (32.34%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (5.47%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.99%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.00%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.50%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 3 (1.49%) Remedy ITSM
1 3 (1.49%) SystmOne
2 2 (1.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 68 (33.83%) Office 365
2 37 (18.41%) Azure
3 14 (6.97%) Azure Active Directory
4 12 (5.97%) AWS
5 7 (3.48%) OneDrive
6 5 (2.49%) IaaS
7 3 (1.49%) PaaS
7 3 (1.49%) SaaS
8 2 (1.00%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.50%) Azure ExpressRoute
9 1 (0.50%) Azure Stack
9 1 (0.50%) Dynamics 365
9 1 (0.50%) G Suite
9 1 (0.50%) Google Docs
9 1 (0.50%) Google Drive
Communications & Networking
1 58 (28.86%) DHCP
2 56 (27.86%) DNS
3 26 (12.94%) TCP/IP
4 24 (11.94%) VPN
5 22 (10.95%) LAN
6 18 (8.96%) Firewall
6 18 (8.96%) SAN
7 15 (7.46%) Wireless
8 13 (6.47%) Skype
8 13 (6.47%) Wi-Fi
9 12 (5.97%) WAN
10 10 (4.98%) Cisco IOS
11 9 (4.48%) FTP
11 9 (4.48%) Remote Desktop
12 8 (3.98%) Structured Cabling
12 8 (3.98%) VSAN
13 7 (3.48%) Internet
14 5 (2.49%) NAS
15 4 (1.99%) Network Security
16 3 (1.49%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (6.47%) SQL Server
2 4 (1.99%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.00%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.00%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (1.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.50%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (0.50%) MySQL
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 2017
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server 7
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.99%) HP UFT
1 4 (1.99%) LoadRunner
2 3 (1.49%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.00%) InstallShield
3 2 (1.00%) MSI
3 2 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.00%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 1 (0.50%) AdminStudio
4 1 (0.50%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.50%) JIRA
4 1 (0.50%) MorphX
4 1 (0.50%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.50%) PowerBuilder
4 1 (0.50%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.50%) TestRail
4 1 (0.50%) Zephyr
General
1 25 (12.44%) Finance
2 12 (5.97%) Telecoms
3 11 (5.47%) Manufacturing
4 10 (4.98%) Public Sector
5 8 (3.98%) Law
6 6 (2.99%) Electronics
6 6 (2.99%) Marketing
7 5 (2.49%) Retail
8 4 (1.99%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (1.00%) Advertising
9 2 (1.00%) Banking
10 1 (0.50%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 54 (26.87%) Analyst
2 38 (18.91%) Support Engineer
3 33 (16.42%) Service Analyst
4 32 (15.92%) Service Desk Analyst
5 28 (13.93%) Desktop Support
6 25 (12.44%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 23 (11.44%) 2nd Line Support
8 16 (7.96%) Desktop Engineer
9 15 (7.46%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 14 (6.97%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 14 (6.97%) Windows Engineer
11 12 (5.97%) IT Support
12 11 (5.47%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
13 10 (4.98%) IT Analyst
14 9 (4.48%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 7 (3.48%) 1st Line Support
15 7 (3.48%) Infrastructure Analyst
15 7 (3.48%) Infrastructure Support
15 7 (3.48%) IT Engineer
15 7 (3.48%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (1.99%) .NET
1 4 (1.99%) Web Services
2 3 (1.49%) ASP.NET
2 3 (1.49%) XMPP
3 2 (1.00%) CSS
3 2 (1.00%) HTML
3 2 (1.00%) WinForms
4 1 (0.50%) .NET Framework
4 1 (0.50%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (0.50%) LDAP
4 1 (0.50%) Software Packaging
4 1 (0.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.93%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (8.46%) Self-Motivation
2 17 (8.46%) Smartphone
3 13 (6.47%) Blackberry
4 12 (5.97%) Fat Client
4 12 (5.97%) Thin Client
5 9 (4.48%) iPhone
6 8 (3.98%) Data Centre
7 7 (3.48%) Clustering
8 6 (2.99%) Driving Licence
9 5 (2.49%) EMC VMAX
9 5 (2.49%) EMC VNX
9 5 (2.49%) NHS
9 5 (2.49%) Video Conferencing
10 3 (1.49%) Enterprise Software
10 3 (1.49%) Hybrid Cloud
10 3 (1.49%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.49%) PKI
10 3 (1.49%) Virtual Team
11 2 (1.00%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 160 (79.60%) Windows
2 79 (39.30%) Windows 10
3 59 (29.35%) Windows 7
4 49 (24.38%) Windows Server
5 40 (19.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 26 (12.94%) Windows Server 2008
7 20 (9.95%) Linux
8 15 (7.46%) Android
9 14 (6.97%) Mac OS X
10 8 (3.98%) Unix
11 6 (2.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 5 (2.49%) Mac OS
12 5 (2.49%) SUSE
12 5 (2.49%) Windows Server 2003
13 4 (1.99%) Windows XP
14 3 (1.49%) CentOS
14 3 (1.49%) Windows Vista
15 2 (1.00%) Windows 2000
15 2 (1.00%) Windows 8
16 1 (0.50%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (43.28%) ITIL
2 41 (20.40%) Problem-Solving
3 36 (17.91%) Service Management
4 29 (14.43%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 27 (13.43%) Computer Science
6 21 (10.45%) ITSM
7 19 (9.45%) ITIL V3
7 19 (9.45%) Migration
8 17 (8.46%) Incident Management
9 15 (7.46%) Infrastructure Management
10 13 (6.47%) Change Management
11 12 (5.97%) Service Delivery
12 11 (5.47%) Preventative Maintenance
12 11 (5.47%) PRINCE2
12 11 (5.47%) Problem Management
13 10 (4.98%) Agile Software Development
14 9 (4.48%) Application Packaging
14 9 (4.48%) Software Engineering
14 9 (4.48%) Time Management
14 9 (4.48%) Trend Analysis
Programming Languages
1 31 (15.42%) PowerShell
2 12 (5.97%) SQL
3 6 (2.99%) PL/SQL
4 5 (2.49%) C
4 5 (2.49%) Java
4 5 (2.49%) VB
5 4 (1.99%) C#
6 3 (1.49%) T-SQL
6 3 (1.49%) VB.NET
6 3 (1.49%) VBScript
7 2 (1.00%) C++
7 2 (1.00%) PHP
7 2 (1.00%) Python
8 1 (0.50%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.50%) X++
Qualifications
1 111 (55.22%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (28.36%) MCSE
3 35 (17.41%) MCSA
4 29 (14.43%) Degree
5 25 (12.44%) Security Cleared
6 20 (9.95%) CCNA
6 20 (9.95%) Cisco Certification
7 15 (7.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 14 (6.97%) A+ Certification
8 14 (6.97%) DV Cleared
9 11 (5.47%) ITIL Certification
9 11 (5.47%) MCDST
10 8 (3.98%) MCITP
10 8 (3.98%) SC Cleared
11 6 (2.99%) Computer Science Degree
11 6 (2.99%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 5 (2.49%) MCTS
13 4 (1.99%) OCP
13 4 (1.99%) Oracle Certification
13 4 (1.99%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (14.93%) SLA
2 3 (1.49%) QA
3 1 (0.50%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.50%) GDPR
3 1 (0.50%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 19770
3 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.50%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 123 (61.19%) Active Directory
2 33 (16.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (8.96%) vSphere
4 15 (7.46%) VMware ESXi
5 13 (6.47%) Hyper-V
6 8 (3.98%) Virtual Desktop
6 8 (3.98%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (3.48%) XenDesktop
8 4 (1.99%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (1.99%) XenApp
9 2 (1.00%) BitLocker
9 2 (1.00%) vCloud
10 1 (0.50%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.50%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.50%) Virtual Servers
10 1 (0.50%) VMware NSX
10 1 (0.50%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 50 (24.88%) SCCM
2 16 (7.96%) Microsoft Intune
3 15 (7.46%) SCOM
4 11 (5.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 9 (4.48%) AirWatch
5 9 (4.48%) vCenter Server
6 7 (3.48%) SCVMM
7 5 (2.49%) EMC VPLEX
7 5 (2.49%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (1.99%) HP ALM
8 4 (1.99%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (1.49%) Ansible
9 3 (1.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (1.49%) Microsoft Clustering
9 3 (1.49%) Terraform
10 2 (1.00%) Backup Exec
10 2 (1.00%) McAfee ePO
10 2 (1.00%) PowerCLI
10 2 (1.00%) WSUS
11 1 (0.50%) ServiceCenter
Vendors
1 147 (73.13%) Microsoft
2 48 (23.88%) VMware
3 46 (22.89%) Cisco
4 37 (18.41%) Citrix
5 34 (16.92%) HP
6 27 (13.43%) Apple
7 15 (7.46%) ServiceNow
8 10 (4.98%) Lotus
8 10 (4.98%) SAP
9 9 (4.48%) Google
9 9 (4.48%) Ivanti
9 9 (4.48%) Oracle
10 8 (3.98%) EMC
11 7 (3.48%) Dell
11 7 (3.48%) Forcepoint
12 6 (2.99%) Remedy
13 5 (2.49%) Brocade
13 5 (2.49%) McAfee
14 4 (1.99%) Mitel
14 4 (1.99%) MobileIron