Period
to 18 March 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 18 March 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
18 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 657 597 586
Rank change year-on-year -60 -11 -39
Contract jobs citing MCP 213 294 266
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.29% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.13% 1.53% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 131 157
UK median daily rate £189 £338 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -44.07% +12.50% -0.83%
10th Percentile £135 £120 £114
90th Percentile £523 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £200 £350 £305
% change year-on-year -42.86% +14.75% -3.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 57 28
UK median hourly rate £15.30 £14.65 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.44% -6.98% -10.00%
10th Percentile £13.36 £11.40 £10.38
90th Percentile £27.13 £17.43 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.30 £14.65 £15.50
% change year-on-year +4.44% -5.48% -8.82%

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 18,835 19,258 19,443
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.47% 19.11% 20.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,297 11,705 12,361
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £263 £230 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 857 861 925
UK median hourly rate £29.90 £25.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.60% -9.09% -0.58%
10th Percentile £12.50 £12.25 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.25 £27.50
% change year-on-year +4.76% -4.55% -11.00%

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 18 March 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 18 March 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 18 March 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 -76 180 £191 -45.54% 101
UK excluding London -57 146 £200 -42.86% 90
London -12 57 £188 -42.31% 19
North of England -11 34 £176 +46.25% 16
South East -63 33 £450 +28.57% 33
Midlands +1 25 £200 - 10
East of England -9 24 £165 -15.38% 10
North West 0 18 £160 +33.33% 9
East Midlands +34 13 £200 - 3
Scotland +2 13 £138 -48.89% 2
Yorkshire -7 13 £295 -37.89% 7
West Midlands -15 12 £185 - 7
Wales -2 9 £227 -46.59% 2
South West -23 9 £285 - 13
North East -5 3 £190 -

For the 6 months to 18 March 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.

1 176 (82.63%) Windows
2 149 (69.95%) Microsoft
3 147 (69.01%) Microsoft Certification
4 121 (56.81%) Active Directory
5 106 (49.77%) MCSE
6 100 (46.95%) ITIL
7 73 (34.27%) Office 365
8 72 (33.80%) Windows 7
8 72 (33.80%) Windows Server
9 68 (31.92%) Microsoft Office
9 68 (31.92%) MCSA
10 57 (26.76%) Windows 10
11 56 (26.29%) SCCM
12 51 (23.94%) MS Exchange
13 49 (23.00%) DNS
14 46 (21.60%) Cisco
14 46 (21.60%) VMware
15 43 (20.19%) DHCP
16 42 (19.72%) Citrix
17 37 (17.37%) Migration
18 36 (16.90%) SLA
18 36 (16.90%) Security Cleared
19 33 (15.49%) PowerShell
19 33 (15.49%) Windows Server 2012
20 32 (15.02%) VMware Infrastructure
21 27 (12.68%) Wireless
21 27 (12.68%) TCP/IP
21 27 (12.68%) Windows Server 2008
22 26 (12.21%) Service Management
23 25 (11.74%) Incident Management

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 51 (23.94%) MS Exchange
2 17 (7.98%) SharePoint
2 17 (7.98%) Skype for Business
3 16 (7.51%) Exchange Server 2010
4 14 (6.57%) Exchange Server 2007
5 11 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (3.76%) IBM Notes
7 6 (2.82%) Apache
7 6 (2.82%) Exchange Server 2003
8 5 (2.35%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (0.94%) IBM Domino
9 2 (0.94%) IIS
10 1 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 68 (31.92%) Microsoft Office
2 10 (4.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (3.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.47%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.47%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (2.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.41%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.94%) LatentZero
4 1 (0.47%) assyst
4 1 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.47%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 73 (34.27%) Office 365
2 21 (9.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (4.23%) SaaS
4 7 (3.29%) Azure Active Directory
5 6 (2.82%) OneDrive
6 5 (2.35%) Amazon AWS
6 5 (2.35%) PaaS
7 2 (0.94%) IaaS
8 1 (0.47%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.47%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.47%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.47%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 49 (23.00%) DNS
2 43 (20.19%) DHCP
3 27 (12.68%) TCP/IP
3 27 (12.68%) Wireless
4 25 (11.74%) LAN
5 20 (9.39%) Internet
6 19 (8.92%) Skype
7 17 (7.98%) WAN
8 15 (7.04%) VPN
9 14 (6.57%) Unified Communications
10 9 (4.23%) Firewall
11 7 (3.29%) Remote Desktop
11 7 (3.29%) SAN
12 4 (1.88%) Ethernet
13 3 (1.41%) Cisco IOS
13 3 (1.41%) Intranet
14 2 (0.94%) 802.11
14 2 (0.94%) Fibre Channel
14 2 (0.94%) NAS
14 2 (0.94%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (11.27%) SQL Server
2 5 (2.35%) MySQL
2 5 (2.35%) Relational Database
3 4 (1.88%) MariaDB
3 4 (1.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (1.41%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (0.94%) DB2
5 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.47%) SQL Server 7
6 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.35%) Hudson
2 3 (1.41%) HP UFT
2 3 (1.41%) LoadRunner
3 2 (0.94%) MorphX
3 2 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (0.94%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.47%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.47%) Moq
4 1 (0.47%) Subversion
General
1 17 (7.98%) Finance
2 11 (5.16%) Automotive
3 6 (2.82%) Retail
4 3 (1.41%) Billing
5 2 (0.94%) Back Office
5 2 (0.94%) Front Office
5 2 (0.94%) Military
5 2 (0.94%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.47%) Banking
6 1 (0.47%) German Language
6 1 (0.47%) Law
Job Titles
1 53 (24.88%) Analyst
2 33 (15.49%) Support Engineer
3 29 (13.62%) Service Analyst
3 29 (13.62%) Service Desk Analyst
4 26 (12.21%) Desktop Support
5 24 (11.27%) IT Support
6 23 (10.80%) 2nd Line Support
7 20 (9.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 17 (7.98%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 17 (7.98%) Desktop Engineer
8 17 (7.98%) Support Analyst
9 14 (6.57%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 13 (6.10%) 3rd Line Support
10 13 (6.10%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 12 (5.63%) Windows Engineer
12 11 (5.16%) IT Analyst
12 11 (5.16%) Service Desk Engineer
13 10 (4.69%) IT Support Analyst
14 9 (4.23%) Migration Engineer
15 8 (3.76%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.10%) .NET
2 5 (2.35%) Software Packaging
3 4 (1.88%) LAMP
3 4 (1.88%) Web Services
4 2 (0.94%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.94%) CSS
4 2 (0.94%) HTML
4 2 (0.94%) XML
5 1 (0.47%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.47%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.47%) Autofac
5 1 (0.47%) jQuery
5 1 (0.47%) Ninject
5 1 (0.47%) REST
5 1 (0.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 1 (0.47%) Vue.js
5 1 (0.47%) WCF
5 1 (0.47%) WinForms
5 1 (0.47%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 20 (9.39%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.10%) Management Information System
3 11 (5.16%) Self-Motivation
4 10 (4.69%) iPad
5 9 (4.23%) Blackberry
5 9 (4.23%) Data Centre
6 8 (3.76%) Video Conferencing
7 6 (2.82%) Smartphone
7 6 (2.82%) User Experience
8 5 (2.35%) CMDB
8 5 (2.35%) iPhone
9 4 (1.88%) Client/Server
9 4 (1.88%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.88%) Mobile App
9 4 (1.88%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.41%) Clustering
10 3 (1.41%) Replication
11 2 (0.94%) AS400
11 2 (0.94%) Public Cloud
12 1 (0.47%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 176 (82.63%) Windows
2 72 (33.80%) Windows 7
2 72 (33.80%) Windows Server
3 57 (26.76%) Windows 10
4 33 (15.49%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (12.68%) Windows Server 2008
6 18 (8.45%) Unix
7 14 (6.57%) Linux
7 14 (6.57%) Windows XP
8 11 (5.16%) Windows Vista
9 10 (4.69%) Apple iOS
10 9 (4.23%) Windows 8
11 8 (3.76%) Windows 2000
11 8 (3.76%) Windows Server 2003
12 6 (2.82%) Android
13 5 (2.35%) Mac OS
13 5 (2.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.94%) HPUX
14 2 (0.94%) Mac OS X
14 2 (0.94%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 100 (46.95%) ITIL
2 37 (17.37%) Migration
3 26 (12.21%) Service Management
4 25 (11.74%) Incident Management
5 23 (10.80%) Problem-Solving
6 22 (10.33%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 19 (8.92%) ITIL V3
8 17 (7.98%) Asset Management
8 17 (7.98%) Problem Management
9 16 (7.51%) Change Management
9 16 (7.51%) ITSM
10 15 (7.04%) Root Cause Analysis
11 14 (6.57%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (5.16%) Service Delivery
13 10 (4.69%) Disaster Recovery
13 10 (4.69%) PRINCE2
14 9 (4.23%) Desktop Virtualisation
14 9 (4.23%) Infrastructure Management
14 9 (4.23%) Line Management
15 8 (3.76%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 33 (15.49%) PowerShell
2 21 (9.86%) SQL
3 8 (3.76%) C#
3 8 (3.76%) Java
4 4 (1.88%) VB
5 3 (1.41%) C
5 3 (1.41%) JavaScript
5 3 (1.41%) PL/SQL
6 2 (0.94%) PHP
6 2 (0.94%) VB.NET
6 2 (0.94%) X++
7 1 (0.47%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.47%) VBScript
7 1 (0.47%) XAML
Qualifications
1 147 (69.01%) Microsoft Certification
2 106 (49.77%) MCSE
3 68 (31.92%) MCSA
4 36 (16.90%) Security Cleared
5 24 (11.27%) SC Cleared
6 23 (10.80%) Cisco Certification
6 23 (10.80%) MCITP
7 22 (10.33%) CCNA
8 19 (8.92%) ITIL Certification
8 19 (8.92%) MCDST
9 17 (7.98%) A+ Certification
10 14 (6.57%) Network+ Certification
11 12 (5.63%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 12 (5.63%) MCTS
12 10 (4.69%) DV Cleared
13 9 (4.23%) CNE
13 9 (4.23%) Novell Certification
14 8 (3.76%) Degree
14 8 (3.76%) HNC
15 7 (3.29%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (16.90%) SLA
2 5 (2.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (1.88%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.94%) QA
5 1 (0.47%) PMO
System Software
1 121 (56.81%) Active Directory
2 32 (15.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (9.86%) Hyper-V
4 12 (5.63%) VMware ESXi
5 11 (5.16%) Virtual Servers
5 11 (5.16%) vSphere
6 7 (3.29%) Virtual Machines
7 6 (2.82%) VMware Workstation
8 5 (2.35%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.88%) Virtual Desktop
10 3 (1.41%) Terminal Services
11 2 (0.94%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.94%) NFS
12 1 (0.47%) BitLocker
12 1 (0.47%) IAG
12 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
12 1 (0.47%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.47%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 56 (26.29%) SCCM
2 9 (4.23%) Backup Exec
3 7 (3.29%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (3.29%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 6 (2.82%) vCenter Server
5 5 (2.35%) SCOM
5 5 (2.35%) SCVMM
6 4 (1.88%) NetBackup
6 4 (1.88%) Norton AntiVirus
6 4 (1.88%) Single Sign-On
6 4 (1.88%) Tivoli
6 4 (1.88%) WSUS
7 3 (1.41%) AirWatch
7 3 (1.41%) HP ALM
7 3 (1.41%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (0.94%) Grafana
8 2 (0.94%) Nagios
8 2 (0.94%) SafeCom
8 2 (0.94%) Tivoli Storage Manager
8 2 (0.94%) vRealize
Vendors
1 149 (69.95%) Microsoft
2 46 (21.60%) Cisco
2 46 (21.60%) VMware
3 42 (19.72%) Citrix
4 16 (7.51%) HP
5 13 (6.10%) Oracle
6 12 (5.63%) Apple
7 11 (5.16%) Sophos
8 8 (3.76%) IronPort
8 8 (3.76%) Lotus
8 8 (3.76%) SAP
8 8 (3.76%) Symantec
9 6 (2.82%) Dell
9 6 (2.82%) Remedy
10 5 (2.35%) Mitel
10 5 (2.35%) Unisys
11 4 (1.88%) BMC
11 4 (1.88%) IBM
11 4 (1.88%) McAfee
11 4 (1.88%) Veeam