Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 624 594 536
Rank change year-on-year -30 -58 -61
Contract jobs citing MCP 262 272 363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.29% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.39% 1.40% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 130 176 198
UK median daily rate £306 £300 £303
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.08% -0.83% +23.47%
10th Percentile £129 £120 £130
90th Percentile £525 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £310 £320
% change year-on-year +4.84% -3.13% +16.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 20 61
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £16.00 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.38% +3.23% -
10th Percentile £11.50 £12.05 £11.25
90th Percentile £17.43 £38.25 £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.65 £15.75 £14.50
% change year-on-year -6.98% +8.62% -9.38%

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 18,840 19,485 21,989
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.91% 20.44% 20.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,564 12,218 13,303
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 868 1,044
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £25.94 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.61% -5.68% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.27 £50.68
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -4.85% -3.57% +43.59%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 22 January 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 +9 250 £306 +6.52% 143
UK excluding London -5 161 £325 +4.84% 107
London -23 100 £275 +29.41% 39
South East -28 60 £350 +9.38% 33
North of England +43 33 £313 +37.36% 27
East of England -21 33 £288 +4.55% 16
Midlands +5 23 £275 -14.06% 12
North West +10 21 £130 +8.33% 14
West Midlands +13 17 £388 +21.09% 9
Yorkshire +18 12 £381 +376.56% 9
Scotland -32 8 £250 -21.88% 3
East Midlands 0 6 £200 - 3
Wales +5 2 £425 +13.33%
South West +2 1 - - 16
Northern Ireland -26 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing MCP also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for MCP.

1 202 (77.10%) Windows
2 187 (71.37%) Microsoft Certification
3 181 (69.08%) Microsoft
4 146 (55.73%) Active Directory
5 142 (54.20%) MCSE
6 112 (42.75%) ITIL
7 87 (33.21%) Windows 7
8 82 (31.30%) Microsoft Office
9 73 (27.86%) Cisco
10 69 (26.34%) Windows Server
11 68 (25.95%) LAN
11 68 (25.95%) MCSA
12 64 (24.43%) Citrix
13 63 (24.05%) VMware
14 62 (23.66%) Office 365
15 57 (21.76%) MS Exchange
15 57 (21.76%) WAN
16 55 (20.99%) TCP/IP
16 55 (20.99%) Windows Server 2012
17 48 (18.32%) MCDST
17 48 (18.32%) Cisco Certification
18 47 (17.94%) SCCM
19 44 (16.79%) CCNA
20 43 (16.41%) DNS
20 43 (16.41%) Finance
21 37 (14.12%) DHCP
22 36 (13.74%) Windows Server 2008
23 35 (13.36%) Internet
24 33 (12.60%) VMware Infrastructure
25 32 (12.21%) Management Information System

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 57 (21.76%) MS Exchange
2 22 (8.40%) Exchange Server 2007
3 18 (6.87%) Exchange Server 2010
4 12 (4.58%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (3.82%) IBM Notes
6 9 (3.44%) SharePoint
6 9 (3.44%) Skype for Business
7 5 (1.91%) CMS
8 3 (1.15%) Kentico
8 3 (1.15%) Sitecore CMS
8 3 (1.15%) Umbraco
9 2 (0.76%) IIS
10 1 (0.38%) Apache
10 1 (0.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 1 (0.38%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.38%) IBM Domino
Applications
1 82 (31.30%) Microsoft Office
2 6 (2.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.91%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (1.53%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.38%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.38%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.38%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.38%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.53%) Eikon
2 2 (0.76%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.38%) LatentZero
3 1 (0.38%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.38%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 62 (23.66%) Office 365
2 21 (8.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.05%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.29%) IaaS
4 6 (2.29%) Mimecast
5 5 (1.91%) PaaS
6 1 (0.38%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.38%) GitHub
6 1 (0.38%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.38%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 68 (25.95%) LAN
2 57 (21.76%) WAN
3 55 (20.99%) TCP/IP
4 43 (16.41%) DNS
5 37 (14.12%) DHCP
6 35 (13.36%) Internet
7 28 (10.69%) Firewall
8 22 (8.40%) VPN
9 21 (8.02%) Wireless
10 16 (6.11%) MPLS
11 15 (5.73%) BGP
12 14 (5.34%) Ethernet
12 14 (5.34%) IP Telephony
12 14 (5.34%) OSPF
12 14 (5.34%) VPLS
13 13 (4.96%) Cisco Nexus
13 13 (4.96%) SAN
13 13 (4.96%) SSL
14 11 (4.20%) DMZ
15 9 (3.44%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (8.78%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.05%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (2.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (1.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.38%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.38%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 6 (2.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (1.53%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.15%) MSTest
4 2 (0.76%) Wise Package Studio
5 1 (0.38%) Eclipse
5 1 (0.38%) Jenkins
General
1 43 (16.41%) Finance
2 16 (6.11%) Retail
3 15 (5.73%) Publishing
4 5 (1.91%) Banking
4 5 (1.91%) Legal
5 4 (1.53%) Automotive
6 3 (1.15%) Advertising
6 3 (1.15%) Telecoms
7 2 (0.76%) Law
7 2 (0.76%) Local Government
8 1 (0.38%) Back Office
8 1 (0.38%) Billing
8 1 (0.38%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.38%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.38%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 56 (21.37%) Analyst
2 40 (15.27%) Desktop Support
3 36 (13.74%) Service Analyst
3 36 (13.74%) Support Engineer
4 35 (13.36%) Service Desk Analyst
5 29 (11.07%) 2nd Line Support
6 27 (10.31%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 26 (9.92%) Desktop Engineer
7 26 (9.92%) Windows Engineer
8 21 (8.02%) Support Analyst
9 19 (7.25%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 18 (6.87%) IT Support
11 15 (5.73%) Service Desk Engineer
12 14 (5.34%) Architect
12 14 (5.34%) IT Analyst
12 14 (5.34%) Systems Engineer
13 12 (4.58%) IT Engineer
14 11 (4.20%) 3rd Line Support
14 11 (4.20%) Service Desk Support
15 10 (3.82%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (3.44%) .NET
1 9 (3.44%) Web Services
2 8 (3.05%) ASP.NET
3 6 (2.29%) jQuery
3 6 (2.29%) XML
4 5 (1.91%) ASP.NET MVC
4 5 (1.91%) WCF
5 3 (1.15%) .NET Framework
5 3 (1.15%) Ajax
5 3 (1.15%) AngularJS
5 3 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 3 (1.15%) ASP.NET MVC 5
5 3 (1.15%) HTML
5 3 (1.15%) HTML5
5 3 (1.15%) LINQ
5 3 (1.15%) NHibernate
5 3 (1.15%) REST
6 2 (0.76%) ASP.NET Web API
6 2 (0.76%) CGI
7 1 (0.38%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 32 (12.21%) Management Information System
2 30 (11.45%) Blackberry
3 26 (9.92%) Data Centre
4 14 (5.34%) Client/Server
5 12 (4.58%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (4.20%) Smartphone
7 9 (3.44%) Computer Science
7 9 (3.44%) NHS
8 6 (2.29%) Microsoft Licensing
9 5 (1.91%) Clustering
9 5 (1.91%) Video Conferencing
10 4 (1.53%) Driving Licence
11 2 (0.76%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.76%) Handset
11 2 (0.76%) iPhone
11 2 (0.76%) N-Tier
12 1 (0.38%) iPad
12 1 (0.38%) Replication
12 1 (0.38%) Thin Client
12 1 (0.38%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 202 (77.10%) Windows
2 87 (33.21%) Windows 7
3 69 (26.34%) Windows Server
4 55 (20.99%) Windows Server 2012
5 36 (13.74%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (11.07%) Windows Server 2003
7 17 (6.49%) Apple iOS
7 17 (6.49%) Windows 10
8 11 (4.20%) Windows Vista
8 11 (4.20%) Windows XP
9 9 (3.44%) Linux
9 9 (3.44%) Windows 8
10 8 (3.05%) Unix
11 7 (2.67%) Android
11 7 (2.67%) Windows 2000
12 3 (1.15%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.38%) CentOS
13 1 (0.38%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.38%) SUSE
13 1 (0.38%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 112 (42.75%) ITIL
2 28 (10.69%) Service Management
3 27 (10.31%) Service Delivery
4 26 (9.92%) Incident Management
5 25 (9.54%) Problem Management
6 22 (8.40%) Change Management
7 17 (6.49%) Disaster Recovery
7 17 (6.49%) Mathematics
8 16 (6.11%) Time Management
9 14 (5.34%) Network Architecture
9 14 (5.34%) Performance Monitoring
9 14 (5.34%) Root Cause Analysis
9 14 (5.34%) Validation
10 13 (4.96%) Data Protection
11 12 (4.58%) ITIL V3
12 11 (4.20%) Agile Software Development
12 11 (4.20%) Capacity Planning
12 11 (4.20%) Line Management
13 9 (3.44%) Change Control
14 8 (3.05%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (7.63%) SQL
2 16 (6.11%) PowerShell
3 15 (5.73%) Java
4 9 (3.44%) C
4 9 (3.44%) C#
5 6 (2.29%) Shell Script
6 5 (1.91%) VBScript
7 3 (1.15%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.15%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.76%) REXX
8 2 (0.76%) Tcl
8 2 (0.76%) VB
Qualifications
1 187 (71.37%) Microsoft Certification
2 142 (54.20%) MCSE
3 68 (25.95%) MCSA
4 48 (18.32%) Cisco Certification
4 48 (18.32%) MCDST
5 44 (16.79%) CCNA
6 30 (11.45%) Degree
7 27 (10.31%) MCITP
8 23 (8.78%) Security Cleared
9 20 (7.63%) A+ Certification
9 20 (7.63%) ITIL Certification
10 18 (6.87%) SC Cleared
11 17 (6.49%) Citrix Certification
12 16 (6.11%) CCA
12 16 (6.11%) Network+ Certification
13 15 (5.73%) ACHDS
13 15 (5.73%) CCIE
13 15 (5.73%) MCSM
14 14 (5.34%) ACDT
14 14 (5.34%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (9.92%) SLA
2 7 (2.67%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.15%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 146 (55.73%) Active Directory
2 33 (12.60%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (7.63%) XenApp
4 16 (6.11%) Hyper-V
5 15 (5.73%) Virtual Servers
6 9 (3.44%) vSphere
7 5 (1.91%) VMware ESXi
7 5 (1.91%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
9 2 (0.76%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 2 (0.76%) DFS Replication
9 2 (0.76%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.76%) ProxySG
9 2 (0.76%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.76%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.76%) XenServer
10 1 (0.38%) Docker
10 1 (0.38%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.38%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.38%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 47 (17.94%) SCCM
2 15 (5.73%) Nessus
3 10 (3.82%) Backup Exec
4 8 (3.05%) NetBackup
5 6 (2.29%) SCOM
6 4 (1.53%) AirWatch
6 4 (1.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 3 (1.15%) DameWare
7 3 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
7 3 (1.15%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 2 (0.76%) HP SIM
8 2 (0.76%) Microsoft Clustering
8 2 (0.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 2 (0.76%) WSUS
9 1 (0.38%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.38%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.38%) NetVault Backup
9 1 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.38%) OVSD
9 1 (0.38%) Puppet
Vendors
1 181 (69.08%) Microsoft
2 73 (27.86%) Cisco
3 64 (24.43%) Citrix
4 63 (24.05%) VMware
5 26 (9.92%) Apple
6 25 (9.54%) CheckPoint
7 22 (8.40%) Ivanti
8 20 (7.63%) SolarWinds
9 19 (7.25%) Oracle
10 16 (6.11%) Juniper
11 15 (5.73%) NetApp
12 14 (5.34%) Fortinet
13 13 (4.96%) HP
14 10 (3.82%) Lotus
14 10 (3.82%) Sophos
15 8 (3.05%) ServiceNow
15 8 (3.05%) Symantec
15 8 (3.05%) Veeam
16 7 (2.67%) Remedy
17 5 (1.91%) Bloomberg