Period
to 18 January 2022

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 18 January 2022 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
18 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 652 556 596
Rank change year-on-year -96 +40 +65
Contract jobs citing MCP 188 49 158
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.12% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.13% 0.53% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 23 96
10th Percentile £115 £107 £117
25th Percentile £126 £128 £134
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £200 £150 £189
Median % change year-on-year +33.33% -20.53% -5.63%
75th Percentile £380 £208 £303
90th Percentile £513 £344 £441
UK excluding London median daily rate £200 £150 £180
% change year-on-year +33.33% -16.67% -10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 8 16
10th Percentile - £15.88 £15.13
25th Percentile £12.25 £17.00 £15.25
Median hourly rate £13.50 £23.20 £15.85
Median % change year-on-year -41.81% +46.37% +0.63%
75th Percentile £14.75 £25.36 £17.60
90th Percentile £19.85 £26.45 £19.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.50 £23.20 £15.85
% change year-on-year -41.81% +46.37% +3.59%

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 16,643 9,305 15,432
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.04% 22.92% 21.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,885 6,132 9,959
10th Percentile £313 £275 £256
25th Percentile £413 £375 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £463
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +2.70% +2.78%
75th Percentile £615 £563 £560
90th Percentile £700 £648 £644
UK excluding London median daily rate £480 £450 £450
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 649 494 656
10th Percentile £13.25 £15.04 £14.19
25th Percentile £17.50 £21.05 £17.50
Median hourly rate £39.55 £40.00 £33.23
Median % change year-on-year -1.13% +20.38% +25.79%
75th Percentile £54.38 £53.56 £49.81
90th Percentile £65.99 £64.50 £57.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.16 £38.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -4.84% +26.67% +13.21%

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 18 January 2022.

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 18 January 2022.

Hourly rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 16 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 18 January 2022. 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 +9 163 £200 +33.33% 139
England -83 153 £340 +126.67% 134
East of England +12 66 £135 -8.32% 17
North of England -35 30 £200 +0.25% 40
Work from Home -150 29 £340 +101.63% 14
Midlands -40 24 £380 -20.00% 21
Scotland -33 22 £118 +4.44% 13
East Midlands -15 21 £380 -20.00% 9
North West -33 17 £125 -37.34% 20
London -171 15 £450 +69.65% 16
Yorkshire - 13 £200 - 13
South East -76 8 £289 +92.67% 17
South West - 7 £500 - 22
Wales -36 4 £130 -32.11% 5
West Midlands - 3 £320 - 12
Northern Ireland - 2 - - 4

For the 6 months to 18 January 2022, 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.

1 113 (60.11%) ITIL
2 110 (58.51%) Windows
3 102 (54.26%) Microsoft
4 98 (52.13%) Social Skills
5 85 (45.21%) Active Directory
6 71 (37.77%) Problem-Solving
7 69 (36.70%) Microsoft Certification
8 63 (33.51%) Incident Management
9 59 (31.38%) Microsoft 365
10 52 (27.66%) Problem Management
11 50 (26.60%) Service Delivery
12 48 (25.53%) MCSE
13 47 (25.00%) CCNA
13 47 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
14 44 (23.40%) Mathematics
15 40 (21.28%) Degree
15 40 (21.28%) HP
15 40 (21.28%) Microsoft Office
16 38 (20.21%) Windows 10
17 33 (17.55%) Citrix
18 29 (15.43%) VPN
19 27 (14.36%) MCSA
19 27 (14.36%) ITSM
19 27 (14.36%) Azure
20 26 (13.83%) SCCM
21 25 (13.30%) VMware
22 23 (12.23%) Firewall
23 22 (11.70%) Driving Licence
24 21 (11.17%) Windows Server
24 21 (11.17%) Blackberry

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 17 (9.04%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 8 (4.26%) MS Exchange
2 8 (4.26%) SharePoint
3 5 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (2.66%) Exchange Server 2013
3 5 (2.66%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.13%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (2.13%) IBM Notes
5 3 (1.60%) Office Communications Server
6 1 (0.53%) SAS
Applications
1 40 (21.28%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (4.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (3.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 4 (2.13%) MS Visio
5 3 (1.60%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 59 (31.38%) Microsoft 365
2 27 (14.36%) Azure
3 11 (5.85%) Azure Active Directory
4 6 (3.19%) Cloud Computing
5 5 (2.66%) Mimecast
6 3 (1.60%) AWS
6 3 (1.60%) Google Workspace
7 1 (0.53%) Azure Stack
7 1 (0.53%) GCP
7 1 (0.53%) Google Docs
7 1 (0.53%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.53%) Power Platform
7 1 (0.53%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 29 (15.43%) VPN
2 23 (12.23%) Firewall
3 19 (10.11%) DNS
4 16 (8.51%) DHCP
5 10 (5.32%) TCP/IP
5 10 (5.32%) Wireless
6 9 (4.79%) VoIP
7 7 (3.72%) IPsec
7 7 (3.72%) NAS
7 7 (3.72%) SAN
7 7 (3.72%) SSH
7 7 (3.72%) SSL
7 7 (3.72%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (3.19%) Network Security
9 5 (2.66%) Skype
9 5 (2.66%) Structured Cabling
10 4 (2.13%) IPv4
10 4 (2.13%) iSCSI
10 4 (2.13%) Remote Desktop
11 3 (1.60%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (2.13%) SQL Server
1 4 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
1 4 (2.13%) SQL Server 2008
1 4 (2.13%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (0.53%) Big Data
2 1 (0.53%) DB2
2 1 (0.53%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (0.53%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 3 (1.60%) JIRA
2 2 (1.06%) MSI
General
1 98 (52.13%) Social Skills
2 15 (7.98%) Public Sector
3 9 (4.79%) Finance
3 9 (4.79%) Organisational Skills
4 6 (3.19%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.19%) Documentation Skills
4 6 (3.19%) Retail
5 4 (2.13%) Banking
6 2 (1.06%) Publishing
7 1 (0.53%) German Language
7 1 (0.53%) Hungarian Language
7 1 (0.53%) Law
7 1 (0.53%) Legal
7 1 (0.53%) Lithuanian Language
7 1 (0.53%) Local Government
7 1 (0.53%) Polish Language
7 1 (0.53%) Portuguese Language
7 1 (0.53%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (0.53%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.53%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 90 (47.87%) Analyst
2 70 (37.23%) Service Analyst
2 70 (37.23%) Service Desk Analyst
3 30 (15.96%) Call Centre Analyst
3 30 (15.96%) Customer Analyst
3 30 (15.96%) Support Engineer
4 17 (9.04%) Technical Analyst
5 16 (8.51%) Desktop Analyst
5 16 (8.51%) Technical Services Analyst
6 15 (7.98%) Desktop Support
6 15 (7.98%) Systems Engineer
7 14 (7.45%) IT Engineer
7 14 (7.45%) Junior
7 14 (7.45%) Junior Analyst
8 13 (6.91%) Service Desk Agent
9 11 (5.85%) Desktop Engineer
9 11 (5.85%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 10 (5.32%) 1st Line Service Desk Analyst
11 9 (4.79%) Administrator
12 8 (4.26%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (1.06%) 802.1X
2 1 (0.53%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 22 (11.70%) Driving Licence
2 21 (11.17%) Blackberry
3 16 (8.51%) iPhone
4 10 (5.32%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (4.26%) Management Information System
6 7 (3.72%) Data Centre
7 6 (3.19%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.06%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.06%) Data Protection Act
8 2 (1.06%) NHS
8 2 (1.06%) PKI
8 2 (1.06%) Virtual Team
9 1 (0.53%) Clustering
9 1 (0.53%) CMDB
9 1 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.53%) Grid Computing
9 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.53%) Private Cloud
9 1 (0.53%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 110 (58.51%) Windows
2 38 (20.21%) Windows 10
3 21 (11.17%) Windows Server
4 14 (7.45%) Linux
4 14 (7.45%) Windows 7
5 12 (6.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 11 (5.85%) VMS
7 8 (4.26%) Windows Server 2008
7 8 (4.26%) Windows Server 2016
8 6 (3.19%) Mac OS X
9 5 (2.66%) Mac OS
10 4 (2.13%) Android
10 4 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (2.13%) Windows Server 2019
11 3 (1.60%) Apple iOS
11 3 (1.60%) Unix
12 2 (1.06%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.06%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.53%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.53%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 113 (60.11%) ITIL
2 71 (37.77%) Problem-Solving
3 63 (33.51%) Incident Management
4 52 (27.66%) Problem Management
5 50 (26.60%) Service Delivery
6 44 (23.40%) Mathematics
7 27 (14.36%) ITSM
8 19 (10.11%) Service Management
9 11 (5.85%) Asset Management
10 10 (5.32%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 10 (5.32%) ITIL V3
11 9 (4.79%) Migration
12 8 (4.26%) PRINCE2
12 8 (4.26%) Software Asset Management
13 7 (3.72%) Change Management
13 7 (3.72%) User Acceptance Testing
14 6 (3.19%) Multi-Factor Authentication
14 6 (3.19%) Two-Factor Authentication
14 6 (3.19%) Workflow
15 5 (2.66%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 11 (5.85%) PowerShell
2 4 (2.13%) SQL
3 1 (0.53%) C
3 1 (0.53%) C++
3 1 (0.53%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 69 (36.70%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (25.53%) MCSE
3 47 (25.00%) CCNA
3 47 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
4 40 (21.28%) Degree
5 27 (14.36%) MCSA
6 17 (9.04%) Security Cleared
7 15 (7.98%) SC Cleared
8 14 (7.45%) A+ Certification
8 14 (7.45%) HND
9 10 (5.32%) MCTS
10 9 (4.79%) MCITP
11 8 (4.26%) Network+ Certification
12 7 (3.72%) CCA
12 7 (3.72%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (3.72%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 7 (3.72%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 6 (3.19%) ITIL Certification
14 5 (2.66%) MOS
15 4 (2.13%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (6.91%) ISO 9001
1 13 (6.91%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (6.38%) SLA
3 11 (5.85%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.60%) ISO/IEC 19770
5 2 (1.06%) Cyber Essentials
5 2 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
6 1 (0.53%) GDPR
6 1 (0.53%) JSP 440
System Software
1 85 (45.21%) Active Directory
2 14 (7.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (3.72%) Hyper-V
3 7 (3.72%) XenApp
4 6 (3.19%) Microsoft App-V
4 6 (3.19%) XenDesktop
5 5 (2.66%) NFS
6 4 (2.13%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 4 (2.13%) Virtual Servers
7 3 (1.60%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (1.06%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.53%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.53%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.53%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.53%) UAG
9 1 (0.53%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 26 (13.83%) SCCM
2 17 (9.04%) AirWatch
3 6 (3.19%) WSUS
4 5 (2.66%) Microsoft Intune
4 5 (2.66%) Norton AntiVirus
5 4 (2.13%) NetBackup
6 3 (1.60%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 3 (1.60%) Single Sign-On
6 3 (1.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (1.06%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (1.06%) SCOM
8 1 (0.53%) Ansible
8 1 (0.53%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.53%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Clustering
8 1 (0.53%) MIMEsweeper
8 1 (0.53%) Netcool
8 1 (0.53%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 102 (54.26%) Microsoft
2 40 (21.28%) HP
3 33 (17.55%) Citrix
4 25 (13.30%) VMware
5 17 (9.04%) Dell
6 15 (7.98%) Aruba
6 15 (7.98%) Cisco
6 15 (7.98%) Palo Alto
7 14 (7.45%) ServiceNow
8 9 (4.79%) Apple
9 8 (4.26%) NetApp
10 7 (3.72%) Google
10 7 (3.72%) Sophos
11 6 (3.19%) Sun
11 6 (3.19%) Symantec
12 5 (2.66%) EMC
12 5 (2.66%) McAfee
13 4 (2.13%) Ivanti
13 4 (2.13%) Lotus
13 4 (2.13%) Shavlik