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 3 months to 26 April 2017 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
3 months to
26 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 490 497 456
Rank change year-on-year +7 -41  
Contract jobs citing MCP 110 158 199
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.28% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.17% 1.33% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 74 89
Median daily rate £288 £310 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.25% +24.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £110 £106 £130
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £440 £392
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £310 £263
% change year-on-year -11.29% +18.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 25 50
Median hourly rate £14.04 £21.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.16% +40.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.80 £11.70 £11.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £35.60 £21.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £21.33 £13.00
% change year-on-year -32.02% +64.07%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9368 11869 11017
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.15% 21.25% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5850 7442 6246
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £259 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £553 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £403 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.05% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 453 407 539
Median hourly rate £34.38 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.76% +24.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £48.14 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.10 £22.50
% change year-on-year +7.96% +33.78%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

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 3 months to 26 April 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 30 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 3 months to 26 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +27 102 £300 -3.22% 49
London +40 44 £365 +92.10% 16
South East -18 23 £165 -51.82% 15
North West +30 13 - - 3
Buckinghamshire - 10 £500 -
East of England +6 9 £275 -12.97% 7
Milton Keynes - 9 £500 -
Yorkshire +22 6 - - 2
Manchester +12 6 - - 3
City of London 0 6 £500 +198.50% 4
Oxfordshire -7 5 £145 -56.22%
West Yorkshire +20 4 - - 2
Norfolk +1 4 £263 +145.32% 1
East Midlands -3 4 £500 - 1
Oxford -4 4 £145 -67.77%
Belfast - 4 £275 -
Cumbria - 4 - -
Jersey - 4 - -
Channel Islands - 4 - -
Northern Ireland - 4 £275 - 1
County Antrim - 4 £275 -
Berkshire +19 3 - - 5
Cambridgeshire +13 3 - - 3
Wigan - 3 - -
Cheshire +34 2 - -
Leeds +17 2 - - 1
West Midlands +16 2 £220 -12.00% 3
Kent +12 2 £105 - 3
Hertfordshire +9 2 £350 - 2
Midlands - 2 £275 -

For the 6 months to 26 April 2017, 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.

1 160 (77.29%) Microsoft Certification
2 143 (69.08%) Microsoft
3 141 (68.12%) Windows
4 117 (56.52%) Active Directory
5 96 (46.38%) ITIL
6 86 (41.55%) MCSE
7 66 (31.88%) Citrix
8 59 (28.50%) VMware
9 58 (28.02%) Windows Server
10 56 (27.05%) Windows 7
11 53 (25.60%) Windows Server 2012
12 52 (25.12%) Microsoft Office
13 44 (21.26%) MCSA
14 43 (20.77%) Cisco
14 43 (20.77%) MCITP
15 41 (19.81%) Windows Server 2008
16 36 (17.39%) VMware Infrastructure
16 36 (17.39%) MS Exchange
17 35 (16.91%) Finance
18 33 (15.94%) Security Cleared
18 33 (15.94%) Office 365
19 32 (15.46%) SCCM
20 30 (14.49%) Cisco Certification
21 27 (13.04%) HP
21 27 (13.04%) SQL Server
21 27 (13.04%) Service Management
21 27 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2010
21 27 (13.04%) ITIL V3
22 26 (12.56%) SQL
23 25 (12.08%) Configuration 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 36 (17.39%) MS Exchange
2 27 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (8.21%) Exchange Server 2013
4 16 (7.73%) SharePoint
5 11 (5.31%) Skype for Business
6 9 (4.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 8 (3.86%) IIS
8 7 (3.38%) Exchange Server 2007
9 6 (2.90%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (1.93%) IBM Notes
11 3 (1.45%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.97%) Confluence
12 2 (0.97%) Exchange Server 2003
13 1 (0.48%) GroupWise
13 1 (0.48%) SAS
13 1 (0.48%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 52 (25.12%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.93%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.45%) Microsoft Project
3 3 (1.45%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (5.31%) Remedy ITSM
2 6 (2.90%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.48%) assyst
3 1 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 33 (15.94%) Office 365
2 23 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.90%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (2.42%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (2.42%) OneDrive
5 4 (1.93%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (1.93%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (1.93%) IaaS
6 2 (0.97%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.97%) PaaS
6 2 (0.97%) SaaS
7 1 (0.48%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.48%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 24 (11.59%) Firewall
2 23 (11.11%) WAN
3 22 (10.63%) LAN
4 15 (7.25%) TCP/IP
5 13 (6.28%) Internet
6 11 (5.31%) DNS
6 11 (5.31%) Remote Desktop
6 11 (5.31%) VPN
7 8 (3.86%) Cisco ASA
7 8 (3.86%) DHCP
8 7 (3.38%) Cisco IOS
8 7 (3.38%) Wi-Fi
8 7 (3.38%) Wireless
9 6 (2.90%) Cisco Nexus
9 6 (2.90%) VLAN
10 5 (2.42%) Skype
11 4 (1.93%) BIG-IP
11 4 (1.93%) Network Security
11 4 (1.93%) SSL
11 4 (1.93%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (13.04%) SQL Server
2 16 (7.73%) SQL Server 2012
3 10 (4.83%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (2.42%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (1.93%) Amazon RDS
5 4 (1.93%) SQL Server 2014
6 3 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.48%) MySQL
7 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.48%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.48%) Oracle8/8i Database
7 1 (0.48%) Oracle9i Database
7 1 (0.48%) Power BI
7 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.42%) Git (software)
1 5 (2.42%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.97%) JIRA
3 1 (0.48%) MSI
3 1 (0.48%) Subversion
3 1 (0.48%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.48%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 35 (16.91%) Finance
2 8 (3.86%) Manufacturing
3 7 (3.38%) Retail
4 6 (2.90%) Law
5 4 (1.93%) Local Government
6 3 (1.45%) Banking
6 3 (1.45%) Front Office
7 2 (0.97%) Games
8 1 (0.48%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.48%) Marketing
8 1 (0.48%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 51 (24.64%) Analyst
2 32 (15.46%) Support Analyst
3 25 (12.08%) Desktop Support
4 24 (11.59%) Support Engineer
5 20 (9.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 15 (7.25%) 2nd Line Support
6 15 (7.25%) Windows Engineer
7 14 (6.76%) Service Analyst
7 14 (6.76%) Service Desk Analyst
8 13 (6.28%) Architect
8 13 (6.28%) Desktop Analyst
8 13 (6.28%) Desktop Support Analyst
9 12 (5.80%) 3rd Line Support
9 12 (5.80%) IT Analyst
9 12 (5.80%) IT Support
10 11 (5.31%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 11 (5.31%) Desktop Engineer
11 10 (4.83%) Systems Engineer
12 9 (4.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 9 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (3.38%) .NET
1 7 (3.38%) Web Services
2 4 (1.93%) AngularJS
2 4 (1.93%) ASP.NET
2 4 (1.93%) jQuery
2 4 (1.93%) XML
3 3 (1.45%) CSS
3 3 (1.45%) HTML
3 3 (1.45%) XSL
4 2 (0.97%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.48%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 1 (0.48%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.48%) JSON
5 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 1 (0.48%) Node.js
5 1 (0.48%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.48%) WCF
5 1 (0.48%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 23 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (10.63%) Blackberry
3 15 (7.25%) Clustering
4 11 (5.31%) iPad
5 9 (4.35%) Data Centre
5 9 (4.35%) Management Information System
5 9 (4.35%) Video Conferencing
6 8 (3.86%) Computer Science
6 8 (3.86%) Life Science
6 8 (3.86%) PKI
6 8 (3.86%) Replication
7 7 (3.38%) NHS
7 7 (3.38%) Smartphone
8 5 (2.42%) iPhone
8 5 (2.42%) User Experience
9 4 (1.93%) Enterprise Cloud
9 4 (1.93%) Virtual Team
10 3 (1.45%) EPoS
10 3 (1.45%) Fat Client
10 3 (1.45%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 141 (68.12%) Windows
2 58 (28.02%) Windows Server
3 56 (27.05%) Windows 7
4 53 (25.60%) Windows Server 2012
5 41 (19.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 25 (12.08%) Windows Server 2003
7 22 (10.63%) Windows 10
8 21 (10.14%) Windows 8
9 17 (8.21%) Linux
10 12 (5.80%) Unix
11 11 (5.31%) Android
12 9 (4.35%) Windows XP
13 6 (2.90%) CentOS
13 6 (2.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (1.93%) Apple iOS
15 2 (0.97%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.97%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.97%) Solaris
15 2 (0.97%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (46.38%) ITIL
2 27 (13.04%) ITIL V3
2 27 (13.04%) Service Management
3 25 (12.08%) Configuration Management
4 19 (9.18%) ITSM
5 16 (7.73%) Migration
6 13 (6.28%) Change Management
6 13 (6.28%) Problem Management
7 12 (5.80%) Incident Management
8 11 (5.31%) Service Delivery
9 9 (4.35%) Disaster Recovery
10 8 (3.86%) Virtual Environments
11 7 (3.38%) Coaching
11 7 (3.38%) CRM
11 7 (3.38%) Mobile Device Management
11 7 (3.38%) Service Design
11 7 (3.38%) Time Management
12 6 (2.90%) Agile Software Development
12 6 (2.90%) Continuous Improvement
12 6 (2.90%) Network Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (12.56%) SQL
2 23 (11.11%) PowerShell
3 13 (6.28%) C#
4 10 (4.83%) Python
5 4 (1.93%) Bash Shell
5 4 (1.93%) JavaScript
5 4 (1.93%) VB
6 3 (1.45%) C
6 3 (1.45%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.48%) R
7 1 (0.48%) REXX
7 1 (0.48%) Tcl
7 1 (0.48%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 160 (77.29%) Microsoft Certification
2 86 (41.55%) MCSE
3 44 (21.26%) MCSA
4 43 (20.77%) MCITP
5 33 (15.94%) Security Cleared
6 30 (14.49%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (11.59%) SC Cleared
8 23 (11.11%) MCTS
9 22 (10.63%) CCNA
10 17 (8.21%) ITIL Certification
11 16 (7.73%) MCDST
12 14 (6.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 12 (5.80%) Degree
14 9 (4.35%) CCNP
14 9 (4.35%) MCDBA
15 8 (3.86%) Citrix Certification
16 5 (2.42%) CCIE
17 4 (1.93%) CCA
17 4 (1.93%) DV Cleared
17 4 (1.93%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.31%) SLA
2 3 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
2 3 (1.45%) PMO
2 3 (1.45%) QA
3 1 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 117 (56.52%) Active Directory
2 36 (17.39%) VMware Infrastructure
3 21 (10.14%) Hyper-V
4 10 (4.83%) XenApp
5 7 (3.38%) VMware Workstation
6 5 (2.42%) Terminal Services
7 4 (1.93%) UAG
7 4 (1.93%) Virtual Desktop
7 4 (1.93%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.45%) Firmware
8 3 (1.45%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.45%) Virtual Servers
8 3 (1.45%) vSphere
9 1 (0.48%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.48%) NDS
9 1 (0.48%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 32 (15.46%) SCCM
2 8 (3.86%) Microsoft Clustering
2 8 (3.86%) Nessus
3 6 (2.90%) PowerCLI
3 6 (2.90%) SCOM
3 6 (2.90%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 4 (1.93%) Puppet
5 3 (1.45%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.45%) OVSD
5 3 (1.45%) WSUS
6 2 (0.97%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.48%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.48%) Business Desktop Deployment
7 1 (0.48%) Cisco CME
7 1 (0.48%) Network Intrusion Detection System
7 1 (0.48%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.48%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.48%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.48%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 143 (69.08%) Microsoft
2 66 (31.88%) Citrix
3 59 (28.50%) VMware
4 43 (20.77%) Cisco
5 27 (13.04%) HP
6 20 (9.66%) Apple
7 15 (7.25%) Remedy
8 14 (6.76%) SolarWinds
9 11 (5.31%) BMC
10 8 (3.86%) LANDesk
10 8 (3.86%) Polycom
11 7 (3.38%) Symantec
12 6 (2.90%) Lumension
12 6 (2.90%) Red Hat
12 6 (2.90%) ServiceNow
12 6 (2.90%) Splunk
13 4 (1.93%) EMC
13 4 (1.93%) F5
13 4 (1.93%) Lotus
13 4 (1.93%) MobileIron
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