Period
to 10 August 2020

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 10 August 2020 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
10 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 500 657 667
Rank change year-on-year +157 +10 -13
Contract jobs citing MCP 50 195 232
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.21% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.57% 1.11% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 96 127
Median daily rate £256 £323 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.54% +43.33% -21.74%
10th Percentile £114 £125 £140
90th Percentile £491 £525 £490
UK excluding London median daily rate £269 £350 £320
% change year-on-year -23.21% +9.38% +16.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 14 54
Median hourly rate £17.00 £14.38 £15.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.26% -8.29% +4.50%
10th Percentile £15.00 £13.65 £12.63
90th Percentile £19.40 £18.89 £29.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £14.38 £15.40
% change year-on-year +18.26% -6.66% +2.67%

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 8,707 17,525 19,361
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.87% 19.10% 18.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,203 10,651 11,470
Median daily rate £475 £470 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.06% +4.44% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £240
90th Percentile £638 £641 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £445 £413
% change year-on-year +1.12% +7.88% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 848 942
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.75 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.10% +55.43% -23.13%
10th Percentile £17.00 £13.65 £12.63
90th Percentile £55.88 £60.00 £50.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £36.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% +53.19% -24.19%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCP.

Daily rate trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCP over the 6 months to 10 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCP.

Hourly rate trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 13 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 10 August 2020. 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 +159 44 £245 -24.19% 43
UK excluding London +125 42 £269 -23.21% 36
South East +124 11 £250 -42.86% 6
North of England +104 10 £158 -7.35% 8
Midlands +87 10 £405 +44.00% 11
West Midlands +73 8 £400 +280.95% 2
London +180 7 £220 -2.44% 8
Scotland +82 5 £356 +54.05% 2
Yorkshire +79 5 £215 +100.00% 3
North West +74 5 £111 -38.33% 5
East of England +73 4 £300 +49.88% 5
South West +61 2 £575 +21.05% 4
East Midlands +51 2 £475 +46.15% 9

For the 6 months to 10 August 2020, 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 40 (80.00%) Microsoft
1 40 (80.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (74.00%) Windows
3 28 (56.00%) Active Directory
4 26 (52.00%) MCSE
5 22 (44.00%) ITIL
6 18 (36.00%) Windows Server
7 16 (32.00%) MCSA
8 14 (28.00%) Office 365
9 13 (26.00%) Windows 10
10 12 (24.00%) Problem-Solving
10 12 (24.00%) Security Cleared
10 12 (24.00%) MCITP
10 12 (24.00%) Microsoft Office
10 12 (24.00%) VMware
11 11 (22.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 10 (20.00%) Cisco
13 9 (18.00%) Migration
13 9 (18.00%) Microsoft Intune
13 9 (18.00%) Azure
14 8 (16.00%) Hyper-V
14 8 (16.00%) Windows 7
15 7 (14.00%) SharePoint
15 7 (14.00%) MS Exchange
15 7 (14.00%) LAN
15 7 (14.00%) Cisco Certification
15 7 (14.00%) SQL Server
15 7 (14.00%) VMware ESXi
15 7 (14.00%) Skype for Business
15 7 (14.00%) SC Cleared

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 7 (14.00%) MS Exchange
1 7 (14.00%) SharePoint
1 7 (14.00%) Skype for Business
2 6 (12.00%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (6.00%) Exchange Server 2007
5 2 (4.00%) IIS
5 2 (4.00%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (2.00%) Apache
6 1 (2.00%) Tomcat
Applications
1 12 (24.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.00%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 2 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.00%) Line 500
Cloud Services
1 14 (28.00%) Office 365
2 9 (18.00%) Azure
3 3 (6.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (2.00%) AWS
4 1 (2.00%) Dynamics 365
4 1 (2.00%) IaaS
4 1 (2.00%) OneDrive
4 1 (2.00%) PaaS
4 1 (2.00%) SaaS
4 1 (2.00%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (14.00%) LAN
1 7 (14.00%) Skype
2 6 (12.00%) DNS
3 5 (10.00%) WAN
4 4 (8.00%) DHCP
4 4 (8.00%) SAN
4 4 (8.00%) VPN
5 3 (6.00%) TCP/IP
5 3 (6.00%) VoIP
5 3 (6.00%) Wireless
6 2 (4.00%) Firewall
6 2 (4.00%) SMTP
6 2 (4.00%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (2.00%) EIGRP
7 1 (2.00%) IPv4
7 1 (2.00%) Kerberos
7 1 (2.00%) MPLS
7 1 (2.00%) SNMP
7 1 (2.00%) SSL
7 1 (2.00%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.00%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (2.00%) MySQL
2 1 (2.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (4.00%) MSI
1 2 (4.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.00%) Eclipse
2 1 (2.00%) HP UFT
2 1 (2.00%) InstallShield
2 1 (2.00%) JMeter
2 1 (2.00%) LoadRunner
2 1 (2.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (8.00%) Military
1 4 (8.00%) Public Sector
2 2 (4.00%) Advertising
2 2 (4.00%) Finance
3 1 (2.00%) Banking
3 1 (2.00%) Front Office
3 1 (2.00%) Law
3 1 (2.00%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.00%) Multimedia
3 1 (2.00%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (2.00%) Retail
3 1 (2.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (16.00%) Analyst
2 7 (14.00%) Consultant
2 7 (14.00%) Support Engineer
3 5 (10.00%) Desktop Support
3 5 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 5 (10.00%) Windows Engineer
4 4 (8.00%) Desktop Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) Active Directory Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) Azure Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) IT Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) IT Support
5 3 (6.00%) Office 365 Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) Support Analyst
5 3 (6.00%) Technical Consultant
6 2 (4.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) Azure Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) Exchange Migration Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) IT Analyst
6 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.00%) .NET
1 1 (2.00%) .NET Framework
1 1 (2.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (2.00%) CSS
1 1 (2.00%) Entity Framework
1 1 (2.00%) HTML
1 1 (2.00%) LDAP
1 1 (2.00%) LINQ
1 1 (2.00%) Web Services
1 1 (2.00%) XML
1 1 (2.00%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.00%) NHS
2 3 (6.00%) Driving Licence
2 3 (6.00%) Management Information System
2 3 (6.00%) Self-Motivation
2 3 (6.00%) Smartphone
3 2 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.00%) Clustering
4 1 (2.00%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.00%) CESG
4 1 (2.00%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.00%) Data Protection Act
4 1 (2.00%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.00%) PKI
4 1 (2.00%) Replication
4 1 (2.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 37 (74.00%) Windows
2 18 (36.00%) Windows Server
3 13 (26.00%) Windows 10
4 8 (16.00%) Windows 7
5 6 (12.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (8.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (4.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (4.00%) Windows Server 2016
7 2 (4.00%) Windows XP
8 1 (2.00%) Linux
8 1 (2.00%) Mac OS
8 1 (2.00%) Mac OS X
8 1 (2.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (2.00%) Unix
8 1 (2.00%) Windows 2000
8 1 (2.00%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (44.00%) ITIL
2 12 (24.00%) Problem-Solving
3 9 (18.00%) Migration
4 6 (12.00%) Service Management
5 5 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 5 (10.00%) Root Cause Analysis
5 5 (10.00%) TOGAF
5 5 (10.00%) Virtual Infrastructure
6 4 (8.00%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (8.00%) Change Control
6 4 (8.00%) Proactive Monitoring
7 3 (6.00%) Antivirus Management
7 3 (6.00%) Application Packaging
7 3 (6.00%) Data Protection
7 3 (6.00%) DevOps
7 3 (6.00%) ITSM
7 3 (6.00%) PRINCE2
7 3 (6.00%) Project Delivery
7 3 (6.00%) SOA
8 2 (4.00%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.00%) PowerShell
2 4 (8.00%) SQL
3 1 (2.00%) Bash Shell
3 1 (2.00%) C
3 1 (2.00%) C#
3 1 (2.00%) Java
3 1 (2.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.00%) PL/SQL
3 1 (2.00%) T-SQL
3 1 (2.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 40 (80.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (52.00%) MCSE
3 16 (32.00%) MCSA
4 12 (24.00%) MCITP
4 12 (24.00%) Security Cleared
5 7 (14.00%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (14.00%) SC Cleared
6 6 (12.00%) CCNA
6 6 (12.00%) DV Cleared
7 5 (10.00%) Degree
8 4 (8.00%) CISSP
9 3 (6.00%) HND
9 3 (6.00%) ITIL Certification
9 3 (6.00%) MCTS
10 2 (4.00%) A+ Certification
10 2 (4.00%) CCNP
10 2 (4.00%) ECDL
11 1 (2.00%) OCP
11 1 (2.00%) Oracle Certification
11 1 (2.00%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (8.00%) PCI DSS
1 4 (8.00%) SLA
2 2 (4.00%) Cyber Essentials
2 2 (4.00%) QA
System Software
1 28 (56.00%) Active Directory
2 11 (22.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (16.00%) Hyper-V
4 7 (14.00%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (4.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (4.00%) XenApp
6 1 (2.00%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
6 1 (2.00%) RHEV
6 1 (2.00%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (2.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (18.00%) Microsoft Intune
2 6 (12.00%) SCCM
3 2 (4.00%) Ansible
3 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Clustering
3 2 (4.00%) Terraform
3 2 (4.00%) vCenter Server
4 1 (2.00%) AirWatch
4 1 (2.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (2.00%) HP ALM
4 1 (2.00%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (2.00%) Puppet
4 1 (2.00%) Red Hat Spacewalk
4 1 (2.00%) SCOrch
4 1 (2.00%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (2.00%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 40 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 12 (24.00%) VMware
3 10 (20.00%) Cisco
4 3 (6.00%) CheckPoint
4 3 (6.00%) HP
4 3 (6.00%) Meraki
4 3 (6.00%) Polycom
4 3 (6.00%) Yealink
5 2 (4.00%) Bloomberg
5 2 (4.00%) Citrix
5 2 (4.00%) Dell
5 2 (4.00%) MobileIron
5 2 (4.00%) Remedy
5 2 (4.00%) Reuters
6 1 (2.00%) Aruba
6 1 (2.00%) BT
6 1 (2.00%) FactSet
6 1 (2.00%) McAfee
6 1 (2.00%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.00%) SolarWinds