Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 631 660 567
Rank change year-on-year +29 -93 -29
Contract jobs citing MCP 254 240 334
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.24% 0.23% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.27% 1.24% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 130 220
UK median daily rate £200 £275 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.27% -8.33% -
10th Percentile £138 £130 £120
90th Percentile £478 £474 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £200 £275 £290
% change year-on-year -27.27% -5.17% -7.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 39 24
UK median hourly rate £15.85 £14.20 £17.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.62% -16.76% +0.35%
10th Percentile £14.20 £11.24 £11.52
90th Percentile £28.25 £17.54 £28.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.80 £14.20 £17.06
% change year-on-year +11.27% -16.76% +11.87%

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 20,038 19,300 21,211
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.07% 18.84% 20.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,898 11,877 13,274
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £220 £240
90th Percentile £625 £609 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +1.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 968 884 851
UK median hourly rate £26.10 £25.31 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.13% -2.65% +4.00%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £49.06 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.50 £26.68 £27.00
% change year-on-year -0.68% -1.18% +7.48%

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 10 December 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 10 December 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 10 December 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 -38 219 £200 -27.27% 76
UK excluding London -7 171 £200 -27.27% 62
London -6 71 £189 -31.14% 18
North of England -2 43 £183 -47.79% 14
Midlands +6 41 £200 - 8
South East -30 35 £330 +20.00% 15
West Midlands -1 32 £350 - 3
Yorkshire 0 25 £325 +4.00% 6
East of England -12 25 £195 -32.17% 16
North West -12 16 £175 -57.06% 6
Scotland -14 12 £138 -44.80% 3
Wales -14 10 £224 -47.41% 1
East Midlands +8 9 £200 +33.33% 5
South West -34 6 £258 +60.94% 5
North East - 2 £200 - 2

For the 6 months to 10 December 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.

1 203 (79.92%) Windows
2 193 (75.98%) Microsoft Certification
3 184 (72.44%) Microsoft
4 143 (56.30%) MCSE
5 131 (51.57%) ITIL
6 130 (51.18%) Active Directory
7 96 (37.80%) Windows 7
8 84 (33.07%) MCSA
9 83 (32.68%) Microsoft Office
10 80 (31.50%) Windows Server
11 65 (25.59%) Office 365
12 64 (25.20%) SCCM
13 57 (22.44%) Windows 10
14 55 (21.65%) VMware
15 46 (18.11%) Windows Server 2012
16 44 (17.32%) Cisco
17 43 (16.93%) MS Exchange
17 43 (16.93%) PowerShell
18 42 (16.54%) Citrix
19 41 (16.14%) Problem-Solving
20 39 (15.35%) Service Management
21 38 (14.96%) DNS
22 37 (14.57%) VMware Infrastructure
23 36 (14.17%) SLA
24 35 (13.78%) Apple
25 33 (12.99%) Wireless
25 33 (12.99%) Windows Server 2008
26 32 (12.60%) TCP/IP
27 30 (11.81%) Migration
27 30 (11.81%) MCITP

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 43 (16.93%) MS Exchange
2 20 (7.87%) Skype for Business
3 13 (5.12%) Exchange Server 2007
3 13 (5.12%) SharePoint
4 12 (4.72%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (3.54%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (3.15%) IBM Notes
7 5 (1.97%) Office Communications Server
8 4 (1.57%) Apache
8 4 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2003
9 2 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 2 (0.79%) IBM Domino
10 1 (0.39%) IIS
10 1 (0.39%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 83 (32.68%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.76%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (2.36%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.79%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.39%) AutoCAD
Business Applications
1 5 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.18%) SAP GTS
3 2 (0.79%) LatentZero
4 1 (0.39%) assyst
4 1 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.39%) Dynamics NAV
4 1 (0.39%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 65 (25.59%) Office 365
2 25 (9.84%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.36%) SaaS
4 5 (1.97%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (1.97%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (1.57%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.57%) OneDrive
6 2 (0.79%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.79%) IaaS
6 2 (0.79%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.39%) iTunes
7 1 (0.39%) PaaS
7 1 (0.39%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 38 (14.96%) DNS
2 33 (12.99%) Wireless
3 32 (12.60%) TCP/IP
4 29 (11.42%) DHCP
5 27 (10.63%) Internet
5 27 (10.63%) VPN
6 23 (9.06%) LAN
7 16 (6.30%) Skype
8 15 (5.91%) Unified Communications
9 12 (4.72%) Firewall
9 12 (4.72%) WAN
10 6 (2.36%) Network Security
11 5 (1.97%) Ethernet
11 5 (1.97%) Remote Desktop
11 5 (1.97%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (1.57%) FTP
12 4 (1.57%) NAS
12 4 (1.57%) SAN
13 3 (1.18%) Cisco IOS
13 3 (1.18%) PPTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.79%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.39%) Amazon RDS
3 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.97%) Visual Studio
2 2 (0.79%) MSI
3 1 (0.39%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (0.39%) Hudson
3 1 (0.39%) JIRA
General
1 24 (9.45%) Finance
2 12 (4.72%) Automotive
3 9 (3.54%) Retail
4 8 (3.15%) Military
5 6 (2.36%) Banking
6 5 (1.97%) Humanities
6 5 (1.97%) Social Science
7 4 (1.57%) Legal
7 4 (1.57%) Telecoms
8 3 (1.18%) Billing
8 3 (1.18%) Pharmaceutical
9 2 (0.79%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.79%) Law
9 2 (0.79%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.79%) Portuguese Language
10 1 (0.39%) Advertising
10 1 (0.39%) Back Office
10 1 (0.39%) Electronics
10 1 (0.39%) Front Office
10 1 (0.39%) German Language
Job Titles
1 68 (26.77%) Analyst
2 50 (19.69%) Support Engineer
3 36 (14.17%) IT Support
4 35 (13.78%) Service Analyst
5 31 (12.20%) Desktop Support
5 31 (12.20%) Service Desk Analyst
6 30 (11.81%) 2nd Line Support
7 21 (8.27%) Support Analyst
8 19 (7.48%) Desktop Engineer
9 18 (7.09%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 17 (6.69%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 17 (6.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 12 (4.72%) IT Analyst
12 10 (3.94%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 10 (3.94%) Service Desk Engineer
12 10 (3.94%) Windows Engineer
13 9 (3.54%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
13 9 (3.54%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
13 9 (3.54%) 3rd Line Engineer
13 9 (3.54%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.94%) .NET
2 4 (1.57%) ASP.NET
2 4 (1.57%) LAMP
3 3 (1.18%) Software Packaging
4 2 (0.79%) 802.1X
4 2 (0.79%) COM
Miscellaneous
1 17 (6.69%) Management Information System
1 17 (6.69%) Self-Motivation
2 16 (6.30%) Data Centre
2 16 (6.30%) Smartphone
3 14 (5.51%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (4.33%) Blackberry
5 9 (3.54%) Driving Licence
6 8 (3.15%) Fat Client
6 8 (3.15%) Thin Client
7 7 (2.76%) Video Conferencing
8 6 (2.36%) Client/Server
8 6 (2.36%) Enterprise Software
8 6 (2.36%) iPad
8 6 (2.36%) iPhone
8 6 (2.36%) User Experience
9 5 (1.97%) AS400
10 4 (1.57%) Replication
11 3 (1.18%) Clustering
11 3 (1.18%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (1.18%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 203 (79.92%) Windows
2 96 (37.80%) Windows 7
3 80 (31.50%) Windows Server
4 57 (22.44%) Windows 10
5 46 (18.11%) Windows Server 2012
6 33 (12.99%) Windows Server 2008
7 27 (10.63%) Windows XP
8 19 (7.48%) Unix
9 18 (7.09%) Windows Vista
10 14 (5.51%) Android
10 14 (5.51%) Windows 2000
11 12 (4.72%) Linux
12 11 (4.33%) Windows Server 2003
13 10 (3.94%) Mac OS X
14 9 (3.54%) Apple iOS
14 9 (3.54%) Windows 8
15 6 (2.36%) Mac OS
16 5 (1.97%) Mac OS X Server
17 3 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
18 2 (0.79%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 131 (51.57%) ITIL
2 41 (16.14%) Problem-Solving
3 39 (15.35%) Service Management
4 30 (11.81%) Migration
5 28 (11.02%) Incident Management
6 25 (9.84%) PRINCE2
7 24 (9.45%) Service Delivery
8 23 (9.06%) Change Management
9 22 (8.66%) Problem Management
10 21 (8.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
11 19 (7.48%) ITSM
12 18 (7.09%) Agile Software Development
13 16 (6.30%) Asset Management
13 16 (6.30%) Project Management
14 15 (5.91%) Break/Fix
14 15 (5.91%) ITIL V3
14 15 (5.91%) Root Cause Analysis
15 13 (5.12%) Computer Science
16 12 (4.72%) Mathematics
16 12 (4.72%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 43 (16.93%) PowerShell
2 11 (4.33%) SQL
3 10 (3.94%) VB
4 8 (3.15%) C#
5 7 (2.76%) Java
6 4 (1.57%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.39%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 193 (75.98%) Microsoft Certification
2 143 (56.30%) MCSE
3 84 (33.07%) MCSA
4 30 (11.81%) MCITP
5 28 (11.02%) Cisco Certification
5 28 (11.02%) Security Cleared
6 27 (10.63%) CCNA
6 27 (10.63%) MCDST
7 24 (9.45%) A+ Certification
7 24 (9.45%) MCTS
8 21 (8.27%) ITIL Certification
9 17 (6.69%) SC Cleared
10 14 (5.51%) Degree
10 14 (5.51%) HNC
10 14 (5.51%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
11 13 (5.12%) CISSP
12 11 (4.33%) ACTC
12 11 (4.33%) DV Cleared
12 11 (4.33%) Network+ Certification
12 11 (4.33%) NVQ Level 3
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (14.17%) SLA
2 7 (2.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.36%) JSP 440
4 4 (1.57%) PCI DSS
5 3 (1.18%) GDPR
5 3 (1.18%) PMO
6 2 (0.79%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.79%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.79%) QA
System Software
1 130 (51.18%) Active Directory
2 37 (14.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (9.84%) Hyper-V
4 14 (5.51%) VMware ESXi
5 12 (4.72%) Virtual Servers
6 10 (3.94%) Terminal Services
7 9 (3.54%) vSphere
8 6 (2.36%) Microsoft App-V
9 5 (1.97%) Virtual Machines
9 5 (1.97%) VMware Workstation
10 3 (1.18%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.79%) Firmware
11 2 (0.79%) VMware NSX
11 2 (0.79%) XenDesktop
12 1 (0.39%) Virtual Desktop
12 1 (0.39%) XenApp
12 1 (0.39%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 64 (25.20%) SCCM
2 10 (3.94%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 8 (3.15%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (3.15%) WSUS
4 6 (2.36%) AirWatch
4 6 (2.36%) Backup Exec
4 6 (2.36%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (2.36%) vCenter Server
5 5 (1.97%) SafeCom
6 3 (1.18%) SCOM
6 3 (1.18%) SCVMM
7 2 (0.79%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (0.79%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.79%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.79%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.39%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.39%) NetVault Backup
8 1 (0.39%) PowerCLI
8 1 (0.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 1 (0.39%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 184 (72.44%) Microsoft
2 55 (21.65%) VMware
3 44 (17.32%) Cisco
4 42 (16.54%) Citrix
5 35 (13.78%) Apple
6 11 (4.33%) Google
6 11 (4.33%) HP
6 11 (4.33%) Oracle
6 11 (4.33%) Sophos
6 11 (4.33%) Symantec
7 10 (3.94%) Altiris
8 9 (3.54%) SAP
9 8 (3.15%) Lotus
9 8 (3.15%) NetApp
9 8 (3.15%) Veeam
10 6 (2.36%) IronPort
10 6 (2.36%) Remedy
11 5 (1.97%) Bloomberg
11 5 (1.97%) Mitel
11 5 (1.97%) Wyse