Period
to 15 May 2021

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 15 May 2021 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
15 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 600 541 678
Rank change year-on-year -59 +137 -42
Contract jobs citing MCP 78 94 181
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.14% 0.19% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.66% 0.82% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 53 108
10th Percentile £115 £130 £130
25th Percentile £139 £154 £160
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £216 £225 £193
Median % change year-on-year -3.89% +16.50% -40.58%
75th Percentile £425 £325 £378
90th Percentile £466 £418 £491
UK excluding London median daily rate £193 £235 £200
% change year-on-year -18.09% +17.50% -42.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 13 21
10th Percentile " £14.77 £13.65
25th Percentile £15.50 " £14.00
Median hourly rate £16.50 £15.85 £14.50
Median % change year-on-year +4.10% +9.31% -3.33%
75th Percentile £23.21 £17.75 £15.30
90th Percentile £25.80 £20.60 £19.88
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £15.85 £14.50
% change year-on-year +4.10% +9.31% -3.33%

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 11,782 11,470 17,465
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.61% 22.97% 19.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 7,696 7,364 10,971
10th Percentile £305 £263 £263
25th Percentile £400 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £470
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% +1.06% +4.44%
75th Percentile £575 £575 £563
90th Percentile £655 £650 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £440
% change year-on-year - +2.27% +7.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 573 461 737
10th Percentile £14.52 £14.75 £12.82
25th Percentile £20.50 £18.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate £39.50 £30.00 £30.00
Median % change year-on-year +31.67% - +39.53%
75th Percentile £51.56 £49.19 £46.00
90th Percentile £63.75 £57.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.00 £25.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +45.10% -7.27% +26.55%

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 15 May 2021.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing MCP over the 6 months to 15 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram 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 15 May 2021. 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
UK excluding London +13 57 £193 -18.09% 36
England -30 56 £250 +24.75% 38
East of England +44 19 £425 +77.08% 10
Work from Home - 18 £193 - 7
London -31 16 £450 +132.26% 5
South East +14 13 £128 -36.00% 8
Scotland -23 9 £127 -60.80% 3
Wales - 5 £195 -
South West +33 4 £193 -64.19% 2
North of England +18 4 £220 +25.71% 5
Yorkshire +33 3 £220 +2.33% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - -
North West -2 1 £279 +67.82% 3

For the 6 months to 15 May 2021, 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 53 (67.95%) Microsoft
2 48 (61.54%) Microsoft Certification
3 38 (48.72%) ITIL
4 36 (46.15%) Windows
5 30 (38.46%) Degree
6 28 (35.90%) Microsoft 365
7 21 (26.92%) Social Skills
8 20 (25.64%) Problem-Solving
9 19 (24.36%) Windows 10
10 18 (23.08%) Microsoft Office
10 18 (23.08%) Self-Motivation
11 17 (21.79%) Active Directory
12 16 (20.51%) SLA
12 16 (20.51%) Security Cleared
13 15 (19.23%) SC Cleared
13 15 (19.23%) MCSA
14 14 (17.95%) Cisco
14 14 (17.95%) MCSE
14 14 (17.95%) Cisco Certification
14 14 (17.95%) Service Management
15 12 (15.38%) Incident Management
16 11 (14.10%) ServiceNow
16 11 (14.10%) Public Sector
17 10 (12.82%) ITIL V3
17 10 (12.82%) A+ Certification
17 10 (12.82%) NHS
17 10 (12.82%) Linux
18 9 (11.54%) CCNA
18 9 (11.54%) VMware
19 8 (10.26%) Retail

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 4 (5.13%) Skype for Business
2 3 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
2 3 (3.85%) MS Exchange
2 3 (3.85%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.28%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 18 (23.08%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (5.13%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (2.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 28 (35.90%) Microsoft 365
2 7 (8.97%) Azure
3 4 (5.13%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (2.56%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.28%) Google Workspace
5 1 (1.28%) IaaS
5 1 (1.28%) Power Platform
5 1 (1.28%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.69%) Cisco Nexus
2 4 (5.13%) NAS
2 4 (5.13%) SAN
2 4 (5.13%) Skype
2 4 (5.13%) VoIP
3 3 (3.85%) FTP
3 3 (3.85%) GoToMeeting
3 3 (3.85%) LAN
3 3 (3.85%) WAN
4 2 (2.56%) DNS
4 2 (2.56%) Internet
4 2 (2.56%) Softphone
4 2 (2.56%) Wireless
5 1 (1.28%) DHCP
5 1 (1.28%) Firewall
5 1 (1.28%) PABX
5 1 (1.28%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.28%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.85%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.56%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.28%) Big Data
3 1 (1.28%) Power BI
3 1 (1.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 2 (2.56%) HP UFT
1 2 (2.56%) LoadRunner
2 1 (1.28%) Jenkins
2 1 (1.28%) MSTest
2 1 (1.28%) Selenium
2 1 (1.28%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 21 (26.92%) Social Skills
2 11 (14.10%) Public Sector
3 8 (10.26%) Retail
4 7 (8.97%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (8.97%) Back Office
5 4 (5.13%) French Language
5 4 (5.13%) German Language
5 4 (5.13%) Italian Language
5 4 (5.13%) Spanish Language
6 3 (3.85%) Banking
7 2 (2.56%) Documentation Skills
7 2 (2.56%) Finance
7 2 (2.56%) Investment Banking
7 2 (2.56%) Telecoms
8 1 (1.28%) Legal
8 1 (1.28%) Organisational Skills
8 1 (1.28%) Social Science
Job Titles
1 30 (38.46%) Analyst
2 17 (21.79%) Service Analyst
2 17 (21.79%) Service Desk Analyst
3 9 (11.54%) Support Analyst
4 8 (10.26%) Desktop Analyst
4 8 (10.26%) Desktop Support
5 6 (7.69%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
5 6 (7.69%) Support Engineer
5 6 (7.69%) Team Leader
6 5 (6.41%) Architect
6 5 (6.41%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 5 (6.41%) IT Support
7 4 (5.13%) IT Technician
7 4 (5.13%) Senior IT Technician
7 4 (5.13%) Senior Technician
7 4 (5.13%) Service Desk Team Leader
7 4 (5.13%) Software Asset Manager
7 4 (5.13%) Software Manager
8 3 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support
8 3 (3.85%) IT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (2.56%) .NET
2 1 (1.28%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 18 (23.08%) Self-Motivation
2 10 (12.82%) NHS
3 5 (6.41%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.85%) Driving Licence
5 2 (2.56%) EMC VNX
5 2 (2.56%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.56%) Replication
6 1 (1.28%) CMDB
6 1 (1.28%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (1.28%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.28%) Private Cloud
6 1 (1.28%) Public Cloud
6 1 (1.28%) Smartphone
6 1 (1.28%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 36 (46.15%) Windows
2 19 (24.36%) Windows 10
3 10 (12.82%) Linux
4 7 (8.97%) Windows 7
5 4 (5.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (3.85%) Windows 8
6 3 (3.85%) Windows Server
6 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2016
6 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2019
7 2 (2.56%) Android
7 2 (2.56%) Apple iOS
7 2 (2.56%) Oracle Linux
8 1 (1.28%) Mac OS
8 1 (1.28%) Unix
8 1 (1.28%) Windows 2000 Server
8 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (1.28%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (48.72%) ITIL
2 20 (25.64%) Problem-Solving
3 14 (17.95%) Service Management
4 12 (15.38%) Incident Management
5 10 (12.82%) ITIL V3
6 8 (10.26%) ITSM
7 7 (8.97%) Disaster Recovery
7 7 (8.97%) Migration
7 7 (8.97%) Project Management
8 6 (7.69%) Problem Management
8 6 (7.69%) Service Delivery
9 5 (6.41%) Asset Management
9 5 (6.41%) Infrastructure Engineering
9 5 (6.41%) Server Management
10 4 (5.13%) Continuous Improvement
10 4 (5.13%) Cost Control
10 4 (5.13%) Software Asset Management
10 4 (5.13%) Software Audit
10 4 (5.13%) Test Scripting
10 4 (5.13%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (7.69%) Java
1 6 (7.69%) SQL
2 3 (3.85%) T-SQL
3 2 (2.56%) C
3 2 (2.56%) PL/SQL
3 2 (2.56%) PowerShell
3 2 (2.56%) VB
4 1 (1.28%) C#
Qualifications
1 48 (61.54%) Microsoft Certification
2 30 (38.46%) Degree
3 16 (20.51%) Security Cleared
4 15 (19.23%) MCSA
4 15 (19.23%) SC Cleared
5 14 (17.95%) Cisco Certification
5 14 (17.95%) MCSE
6 10 (12.82%) A+ Certification
7 9 (11.54%) CCNA
8 5 (6.41%) CCNP
8 5 (6.41%) MCDST
8 5 (6.41%) MCITP
8 5 (6.41%) Network+ Certification
9 4 (5.13%) PMI Certification
9 4 (5.13%) PMP
10 3 (3.85%) HND
10 3 (3.85%) ISTQB
10 3 (3.85%) MCTS
11 2 (2.56%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 2 (2.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (20.51%) SLA
2 4 (5.13%) ISO 9001
2 4 (5.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (5.13%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.56%) QA
4 1 (1.28%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 17 (21.79%) Active Directory
2 6 (7.69%) vSphere
3 5 (6.41%) Terminal Services
3 5 (6.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (3.85%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (3.85%) XenApp
4 3 (3.85%) XenDesktop
5 2 (2.56%) EMC RecoverPoint
6 1 (1.28%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (6.41%) DameWare
1 5 (6.41%) SCCM
2 2 (2.56%) HP ALM
2 2 (2.56%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.56%) NetBackup
2 2 (2.56%) SCOM
3 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Intune
3 1 (1.28%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 53 (67.95%) Microsoft
2 14 (17.95%) Cisco
3 11 (14.10%) ServiceNow
4 9 (11.54%) VMware
5 8 (10.26%) Citrix
6 6 (7.69%) HP
7 4 (5.13%) Oracle
7 4 (5.13%) Red Hat
7 4 (5.13%) Snow
7 4 (5.13%) Zerto
8 3 (3.85%) Dell
8 3 (3.85%) EMC
8 3 (3.85%) Mitel
9 2 (2.56%) CommVault
9 2 (2.56%) Informatica
9 2 (2.56%) SAP
9 2 (2.56%) SolarWinds
10 1 (1.28%) 3PAR
10 1 (1.28%) CheckPoint
10 1 (1.28%) NetApp