Period
to 21 April 2018

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 21 April 2018 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 594 628 562
Rank change year-on-year +34 -66 -78
Contract jobs citing MCP 298 214 341
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.29% 0.23% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.54% 1.14% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 135 113 178
UK median daily rate £338 £300 £314
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -4.38% +28.06%
10th Percentile £117 £105 £125
90th Percentile £518 £535 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £300 £321
% change year-on-year +16.67% -6.40% +23.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 23 41
UK median hourly rate £15.00 £15.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% -13.89% +20.00%
10th Percentile £11.50 £10.38 £11.25
90th Percentile £30.06 £28.00 £23.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £15.25 £19.25
% change year-on-year -1.64% -20.78% +47.45%

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 19,392 18,844 22,736
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.17% 20.48% 21.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,668 11,930 14,055
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.79% +2.38%
10th Percentile £239 £252 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 866 928 897
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £29.92 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.46% +6.86% +40.00%
10th Percentile £12.35 £12.00 £11.65
90th Percentile £50.37 £52.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £32.00
% change year-on-year -16.44% -6.50% +60.00%

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 21 April 2018.

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 21 April 2018.

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 21 April 2018. 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 +28 283 £350 +7.69% 155
UK excluding London +41 205 £350 +16.67% 142
London -50 88 £318 -9.29% 25
South East +20 85 £388 +10.71% 39
East of England +24 52 £180 -40.00% 15
North of England -8 33 £120 - 36
North West -8 20 £120 - 18
Midlands -8 18 £200 -46.67% 27
West Midlands +3 13 - - 18
Yorkshire -6 12 £475 - 12
Scotland -32 8 £298 -3.64% 5
South West +17 7 £130 - 13
East Midlands -1 5 £200 -60.00% 9
Northern Ireland -5 2 £250 -9.09% 5
North East - 1 - - 6

For the 6 months to 21 April 2018, 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.

1 216 (72.48%) Windows
1 216 (72.48%) Microsoft
2 201 (67.45%) Microsoft Certification
3 152 (51.01%) Active Directory
4 143 (47.99%) MCSE
5 130 (43.62%) ITIL
6 96 (32.21%) Windows Server
7 89 (29.87%) VMware
8 80 (26.85%) MCSA
9 75 (25.17%) Windows 7
10 73 (24.50%) Cisco
11 72 (24.16%) Microsoft Office
12 62 (20.81%) Windows Server 2012
13 59 (19.80%) Office 365
14 51 (17.11%) Problem-Solving
15 50 (16.78%) Cisco Certification
15 50 (16.78%) Citrix
16 49 (16.44%) MCITP
17 48 (16.11%) SCCM
17 48 (16.11%) LAN
18 47 (15.77%) WAN
19 45 (15.10%) Windows Server 2003
20 44 (14.77%) MS Exchange
21 42 (14.09%) Service Delivery
22 41 (13.76%) SLA
23 40 (13.42%) CCNA
23 40 (13.42%) Ivanti
24 38 (12.75%) VMware Infrastructure
25 37 (12.42%) PowerShell
25 37 (12.42%) Security 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 44 (14.77%) MS Exchange
2 18 (6.04%) Skype for Business
3 16 (5.37%) Exchange Server 2010
4 13 (4.36%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (3.36%) Exchange Server 2007
5 10 (3.36%) IIS
6 8 (2.68%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.34%) Apache
7 1 (0.34%) CMS
7 1 (0.34%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.34%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 72 (24.16%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (2.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.01%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.34%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.34%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.68%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (0.67%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.67%) Elite 3E
2 2 (0.67%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.67%) Workfront
3 1 (0.34%) Eikon
3 1 (0.34%) LatentZero
3 1 (0.34%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 59 (19.80%) Office 365
2 20 (6.71%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (2.35%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.68%) IaaS
5 4 (1.34%) Mimecast
5 4 (1.34%) PaaS
6 2 (0.67%) G Suite
7 1 (0.34%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.34%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 48 (16.11%) LAN
2 47 (15.77%) WAN
3 35 (11.74%) DNS
4 32 (10.74%) Firewall
5 31 (10.40%) TCP/IP
6 30 (10.07%) DHCP
7 23 (7.72%) Internet
8 20 (6.71%) VPN
9 15 (5.03%) BGP
9 15 (5.03%) Skype
10 14 (4.70%) Cisco Nexus
10 14 (4.70%) MPLS
10 14 (4.70%) OSPF
10 14 (4.70%) VPLS
11 11 (3.69%) DMZ
11 11 (3.69%) SSL
11 11 (3.69%) Wireless
12 9 (3.02%) IP Telephony
12 9 (3.02%) SMTP
13 8 (2.68%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (7.05%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.68%) SQL Server 2008
3 4 (1.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (0.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (0.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.34%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.34%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (3.69%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (2.01%) Visual Studio Team System
4 3 (1.01%) JIRA
4 3 (1.01%) MSTest
5 2 (0.67%) MSI
6 1 (0.34%) Jenkins
General
1 32 (10.74%) Finance
2 28 (9.40%) Retail
3 16 (5.37%) Telecoms
4 15 (5.03%) Publishing
5 8 (2.68%) Banking
6 7 (2.35%) Back Office
7 4 (1.34%) Advertising
7 4 (1.34%) Legal
8 3 (1.01%) Automotive
8 3 (1.01%) Investment Banking
8 3 (1.01%) Law
8 3 (1.01%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.67%) Local Government
10 1 (0.34%) Billing
Job Titles
1 81 (27.18%) Analyst
2 60 (20.13%) Service Analyst
2 60 (20.13%) Service Desk Analyst
3 43 (14.43%) Desktop Support
4 40 (13.42%) Windows Engineer
5 38 (12.75%) Support Engineer
6 30 (10.07%) Desktop Engineer
7 26 (8.72%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 23 (7.72%) 2nd Line Support
9 22 (7.38%) Support Analyst
10 21 (7.05%) IT Support
11 19 (6.38%) Architect
12 18 (6.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
13 17 (5.70%) IT Analyst
13 17 (5.70%) IT Engineer
14 13 (4.36%) 1st/2nd Line Support
14 13 (4.36%) Systems Engineer
15 12 (4.03%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 12 (4.03%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 12 (4.03%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (4.03%) .NET
2 11 (3.69%) ASP.NET
3 9 (3.02%) .NET Framework
4 7 (2.35%) HTML
4 7 (2.35%) Web Services
5 5 (1.68%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5 (1.68%) MAPI
5 5 (1.68%) WCF
6 4 (1.34%) 802.1X
7 3 (1.01%) Ajax
7 3 (1.01%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 3 (1.01%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 3 (1.01%) HTML5
7 3 (1.01%) jQuery
7 3 (1.01%) LINQ
7 3 (1.01%) NHibernate
7 3 (1.01%) REST
7 3 (1.01%) Software Packaging
7 3 (1.01%) XML
8 2 (0.67%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 32 (10.74%) Management Information System
2 24 (8.05%) Data Centre
3 20 (6.71%) Self-Motivation
4 17 (5.70%) Analytical Skills
5 11 (3.69%) Computer Science
6 9 (3.02%) Smartphone
7 7 (2.35%) Blackberry
8 5 (1.68%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (1.34%) Clustering
9 4 (1.34%) Microsoft Licensing
9 4 (1.34%) NHS
9 4 (1.34%) PKI
10 3 (1.01%) iPhone
11 2 (0.67%) Driving Licence
11 2 (0.67%) Fat Client
11 2 (0.67%) N-Tier
11 2 (0.67%) Thin Client
12 1 (0.34%) Client/Server
12 1 (0.34%) Handset
12 1 (0.34%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 216 (72.48%) Windows
2 96 (32.21%) Windows Server
3 75 (25.17%) Windows 7
4 62 (20.81%) Windows Server 2012
5 45 (15.10%) Windows Server 2003
6 36 (12.08%) Windows Server 2008
7 33 (11.07%) Windows 10
8 21 (7.05%) Linux
9 15 (5.03%) Unix
10 14 (4.70%) Windows XP
11 13 (4.36%) Windows Vista
12 9 (3.02%) Android
13 8 (2.68%) Mac OS X
13 8 (2.68%) Windows 2000
14 6 (2.01%) Windows 8
15 5 (1.68%) Apple iOS
16 3 (1.01%) AIX
16 3 (1.01%) Solaris
17 1 (0.34%) HPUX
17 1 (0.34%) Windows Phone 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 130 (43.62%) ITIL
2 51 (17.11%) Problem-Solving
3 42 (14.09%) Service Delivery
4 37 (12.42%) Incident Management
5 36 (12.08%) Service Management
6 33 (11.07%) Problem Management
7 28 (9.40%) Mathematics
8 27 (9.06%) ITIL V3
9 17 (5.70%) Agile Software Development
10 16 (5.37%) Migration
11 14 (4.70%) Change Management
11 14 (4.70%) Information Security
11 14 (4.70%) Network Architecture
12 13 (4.36%) Disaster Recovery
13 12 (4.03%) ITSM
13 12 (4.03%) Line Management
13 12 (4.03%) Root Cause Analysis
13 12 (4.03%) Server Patching
14 11 (3.69%) Data Protection
15 10 (3.36%) Knowledge Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (12.42%) PowerShell
2 29 (9.73%) SQL
3 18 (6.04%) Shell Script
4 12 (4.03%) C#
5 9 (3.02%) C
6 6 (2.01%) VBA
7 4 (1.34%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.01%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.01%) VB
9 1 (0.34%) Java
Qualifications
1 201 (67.45%) Microsoft Certification
2 143 (47.99%) MCSE
3 80 (26.85%) MCSA
4 50 (16.78%) Cisco Certification
5 49 (16.44%) MCITP
6 40 (13.42%) CCNA
7 37 (12.42%) Security Cleared
8 35 (11.74%) Degree
8 35 (11.74%) SC Cleared
9 23 (7.72%) ITIL Certification
9 23 (7.72%) MCDST
10 15 (5.03%) A+ Certification
11 14 (4.70%) CCIE
12 11 (3.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 10 (3.36%) DBS Check
14 9 (3.02%) HNC
15 8 (2.68%) CISSP
15 8 (2.68%) Citrix Certification
16 7 (2.35%) CCA
17 6 (2.01%) CCSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 41 (13.76%) SLA
2 4 (1.34%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.01%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.34%) QA
System Software
1 152 (51.01%) Active Directory
2 38 (12.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 27 (9.06%) Hyper-V
4 8 (2.68%) XenApp
5 7 (2.35%) VMware Workstation
5 7 (2.35%) vSphere
6 4 (1.34%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.67%) DFS Replication
7 2 (0.67%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.67%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.67%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.34%) Docker
8 1 (0.34%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.34%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 48 (16.11%) SCCM
2 27 (9.06%) Nessus
3 13 (4.36%) SCOM
4 10 (3.36%) Backup Exec
5 9 (3.02%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 7 (2.35%) AirWatch
6 7 (2.35%) Microsoft Clustering
7 6 (2.01%) EMC NetWorker
8 5 (1.68%) WSUS
9 4 (1.34%) NetBackup
10 3 (1.01%) SCSM
10 3 (1.01%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 2 (0.67%) McAfee ePO
11 2 (0.67%) SafeCom
12 1 (0.34%) HP ALM
12 1 (0.34%) HP SIM
12 1 (0.34%) NetVault Backup
12 1 (0.34%) PowerCLI
12 1 (0.34%) Puppet
12 1 (0.34%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 216 (72.48%) Microsoft
2 89 (29.87%) VMware
3 73 (24.50%) Cisco
4 50 (16.78%) Citrix
5 40 (13.42%) Ivanti
6 36 (12.08%) Shavlik
6 36 (12.08%) SolarWinds
7 30 (10.07%) NetApp
8 23 (7.72%) HP
9 20 (6.71%) CheckPoint
10 14 (4.70%) Fortinet
10 14 (4.70%) Juniper
11 11 (3.69%) Remedy
11 11 (3.69%) ServiceNow
11 11 (3.69%) Sophos
11 11 (3.69%) Symantec
12 10 (3.36%) Apple
12 10 (3.36%) SAP
13 9 (3.02%) Dell
14 8 (2.68%) Veeam