Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 648 636 578
Rank change year-on-year -12 -58 -50
Contract jobs citing MCP 257 218 354
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.23% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.31% 1.16% 1.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 131 120 188
UK median daily rate £218 £288 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -24.26% -4.17% +20.00%
10th Percentile £125 £119 £120
90th Percentile £494 £538 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £275 £280
% change year-on-year +18.18% -1.79% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 32 47
UK median hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.67% -28.57% +35.48%
10th Percentile £12.48 £10.44 £11.91
90th Percentile £28.99 £22.65 £35.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £15.00 £21.33
% change year-on-year +1.67% -29.68% +42.20%

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 19,573 18,772 23,679
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.79% 19.71% 21.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,615 11,533 14,808
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.59% +0.63%
10th Percentile £240 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £592 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 964 955 840
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.67% +7.14% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.12 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.03
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.00 £31.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year -17.46% +12.50% +24.44%

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 20 July 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 20 July 2018.

Contractor 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 20 July 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 +4 236 £275 -12.70% 62
UK excluding London -6 175 £325 +18.18% 51
London -45 74 £200 -43.86% 14
South East -17 55 £425 +25.93% 12
East of England +27 45 £164 -19.63% 6
North of England -31 26 £200 -55.56% 17
Midlands -4 25 £150 -45.45% 8
West Midlands -12 17 £140 -56.92% 5
North West -24 13 £175 -61.11% 9
South West +9 11 £123 -23.44% 5
Yorkshire -23 11 £350 +12.00% 5
East Midlands 0 8 £269 +13.16% 3
Wales - 7 £218 -
Scotland -41 5 £198 +71.74% 3
North East - 2 - - 3
Northern Ireland +13 1 £250 -9.09%

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 195 (75.88%) Microsoft
2 181 (70.43%) Windows
3 176 (68.48%) Microsoft Certification
4 121 (47.08%) ITIL
5 116 (45.14%) Active Directory
6 105 (40.86%) MCSE
7 76 (29.57%) Microsoft Office
8 75 (29.18%) Windows Server
9 74 (28.79%) Windows 7
10 70 (27.24%) MCSA
11 67 (26.07%) VMware
12 51 (19.84%) Windows 10
13 48 (18.68%) Cisco
14 46 (17.90%) SCCM
15 45 (17.51%) SLA
16 44 (17.12%) Office 365
17 42 (16.34%) Incident Management
17 42 (16.34%) Citrix
18 41 (15.95%) Problem-Solving
19 39 (15.18%) PowerShell
20 36 (14.01%) Service Delivery
21 35 (13.62%) Windows Server 2012
22 33 (12.84%) Service Management
23 31 (12.06%) Cisco Certification
23 31 (12.06%) VMware Infrastructure
24 30 (11.67%) LAN
25 29 (11.28%) Finance
25 29 (11.28%) MCITP
25 29 (11.28%) Problem Management
26 28 (10.89%) NetApp

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 24 (9.34%) MS Exchange
2 15 (5.84%) Skype for Business
3 12 (4.67%) IIS
4 10 (3.89%) SharePoint
5 9 (3.50%) Exchange Server 2010
6 8 (3.11%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.78%) IBM Notes
9 1 (0.39%) Apache
9 1 (0.39%) CMS
9 1 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 76 (29.57%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (2.72%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.95%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.78%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.39%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (1.95%) SAP S/4HANA
2 3 (1.17%) Remedy ITSM
2 3 (1.17%) SmartPlant
3 2 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.78%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.78%) ReMetrica
3 2 (0.78%) Towers Watson Igloo
3 2 (0.78%) Workfront
4 1 (0.39%) assyst
4 1 (0.39%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 44 (17.12%) Office 365
2 13 (5.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (1.95%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (1.17%) PaaS
5 2 (0.78%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.78%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (0.78%) G Suite
5 2 (0.78%) IaaS
5 2 (0.78%) Mimecast
5 2 (0.78%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.39%) GitHub
6 1 (0.39%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 30 (11.67%) LAN
2 26 (10.12%) DNS
3 25 (9.73%) TCP/IP
4 22 (8.56%) WAN
5 21 (8.17%) DHCP
6 17 (6.61%) VPN
7 16 (6.23%) Firewall
7 16 (6.23%) Wireless
8 12 (4.67%) Internet
8 12 (4.67%) Skype
9 10 (3.89%) VoIP
10 9 (3.50%) SMTP
11 6 (2.33%) Remote Desktop
11 6 (2.33%) VLAN
12 5 (1.95%) IMAP
12 5 (1.95%) IP Telephony
12 5 (1.95%) POP3
13 4 (1.56%) FTP
13 4 (1.56%) HTTP
13 4 (1.56%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (7.39%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.78%) Oracle Database
2 2 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.39%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2000
3 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 9 (3.50%) Visual Studio
2 6 (2.33%) Visual Studio Team System
3 5 (1.95%) JIRA
3 5 (1.95%) MSI
4 3 (1.17%) AdminStudio
4 3 (1.17%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (0.78%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (0.39%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.39%) JMeter
6 1 (0.39%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.39%) Selenium
6 1 (0.39%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 29 (11.28%) Finance
2 26 (10.12%) Retail
3 18 (7.00%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.50%) Manufacturing
5 8 (3.11%) Banking
6 7 (2.72%) Publishing
7 6 (2.33%) Back Office
8 5 (1.95%) Legal
9 4 (1.56%) Advertising
9 4 (1.56%) Electronics
9 4 (1.56%) Investment Banking
9 4 (1.56%) Marketing
10 3 (1.17%) Law
11 2 (0.78%) Automotive
11 2 (0.78%) Local Government
12 1 (0.39%) French Language
12 1 (0.39%) German Language
12 1 (0.39%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.39%) Portuguese Language
Job Titles
1 78 (30.35%) Analyst
2 51 (19.84%) Service Analyst
3 48 (18.68%) Service Desk Analyst
4 33 (12.84%) Desktop Support
5 32 (12.45%) Support Engineer
6 26 (10.12%) IT Support
7 20 (7.78%) Desktop Engineer
8 19 (7.39%) 2nd Line Support
8 19 (7.39%) Windows Engineer
9 17 (6.61%) Desktop Support Engineer
9 17 (6.61%) Support Analyst
10 13 (5.06%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 13 (5.06%) IT Analyst
10 13 (5.06%) IT Engineer
11 10 (3.89%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 10 (3.89%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 9 (3.50%) IT Support Engineer
13 8 (3.11%) Developer
13 8 (3.11%) IT Support Analyst
13 8 (3.11%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (3.89%) .NET
2 8 (3.11%) ASP.NET
3 6 (2.33%) .NET Framework
4 5 (1.95%) MAPI
5 4 (1.56%) COM
5 4 (1.56%) HTML
6 3 (1.17%) 802.1X
6 3 (1.17%) Software Packaging
6 3 (1.17%) Web Services
7 2 (0.78%) WinForms
8 1 (0.39%) ASP.NET Web Forms
8 1 (0.39%) JSON
8 1 (0.39%) Middleware
8 1 (0.39%) REST
8 1 (0.39%) SAML
8 1 (0.39%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 24 (9.34%) Management Information System
2 16 (6.23%) Data Centre
3 14 (5.45%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (4.28%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (3.89%) Computer Science
6 8 (3.11%) AS400
6 8 (3.11%) Driving Licence
7 7 (2.72%) PKI
7 7 (2.72%) Smartphone
8 6 (2.33%) Video Conferencing
9 5 (1.95%) Fat Client
9 5 (1.95%) Thin Client
10 4 (1.56%) Mobile App
11 3 (1.17%) Data Protection Act
11 3 (1.17%) Enterprise Software
11 3 (1.17%) Life Science
12 2 (0.78%) Enterprise Cloud
12 2 (0.78%) User Experience
13 1 (0.39%) iPhone
13 1 (0.39%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 181 (70.43%) Windows
2 75 (29.18%) Windows Server
3 74 (28.79%) Windows 7
4 51 (19.84%) Windows 10
5 35 (13.62%) Windows Server 2012
6 27 (10.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 26 (10.12%) Windows Server 2003
8 19 (7.39%) Linux
9 18 (7.00%) Windows XP
10 11 (4.28%) Unix
11 10 (3.89%) Android
12 9 (3.50%) Mac OS
12 9 (3.50%) Mac OS X
13 8 (3.11%) Windows Vista
14 5 (1.95%) Windows 2000
14 5 (1.95%) Windows 8
15 3 (1.17%) AIX
15 3 (1.17%) Apple iOS
15 3 (1.17%) Solaris
16 2 (0.78%) Mac OS X Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 121 (47.08%) ITIL
2 42 (16.34%) Incident Management
3 41 (15.95%) Problem-Solving
4 36 (14.01%) Service Delivery
5 33 (12.84%) Service Management
6 29 (11.28%) Problem Management
7 24 (9.34%) Mathematics
8 21 (8.17%) ITIL V3
9 19 (7.39%) Change Management
9 19 (7.39%) Migration
10 14 (5.45%) PRINCE2
11 13 (5.06%) Agile Software Development
11 13 (5.06%) Information Security
12 12 (4.67%) Break/Fix
12 12 (4.67%) ITSM
13 10 (3.89%) Configuration Management
13 10 (3.89%) Line Management
14 9 (3.50%) Risk Management
15 8 (3.11%) Project Management
16 7 (2.72%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 39 (15.18%) PowerShell
2 20 (7.78%) SQL
3 13 (5.06%) Shell Script
4 11 (4.28%) VB
5 9 (3.50%) C#
6 6 (2.33%) VBA
7 4 (1.56%) VBScript
8 3 (1.17%) PL/SQL
8 3 (1.17%) T-SQL
9 2 (0.78%) C
9 2 (0.78%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.39%) C++
10 1 (0.39%) Java
Qualifications
1 176 (68.48%) Microsoft Certification
2 105 (40.86%) MCSE
3 70 (27.24%) MCSA
4 31 (12.06%) Cisco Certification
5 29 (11.28%) MCITP
6 25 (9.73%) CCNA
6 25 (9.73%) SC Cleared
6 25 (9.73%) Security Cleared
7 22 (8.56%) Degree
8 21 (8.17%) ITIL Certification
9 19 (7.39%) A+ Certification
10 17 (6.61%) MCTS
11 12 (4.67%) MCDST
12 11 (4.28%) DBS Check
13 9 (3.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 8 (3.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 7 (2.72%) HNC
16 6 (2.33%) NVQ Level 3
16 6 (2.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 4 (1.56%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 45 (17.51%) SLA
2 4 (1.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (1.56%) QA
3 3 (1.17%) GDPR
3 3 (1.17%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.39%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.39%) PMO
System Software
1 116 (45.14%) Active Directory
2 31 (12.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (8.95%) Hyper-V
4 10 (3.89%) XenApp
5 7 (2.72%) vSphere
6 5 (1.95%) Microsoft App-V
6 5 (1.95%) Terminal Services
6 5 (1.95%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (1.95%) VMware Workstation
7 4 (1.56%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.17%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (1.17%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.78%) Firmware
10 1 (0.39%) Docker
10 1 (0.39%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.39%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 46 (17.90%) SCCM
2 13 (5.06%) Nessus
3 10 (3.89%) WSUS
4 8 (3.11%) Microsoft Clustering
4 8 (3.11%) SCOM
4 8 (3.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 7 (2.72%) AirWatch
5 7 (2.72%) EMC NetWorker
5 7 (2.72%) Microsoft Intune
6 6 (2.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 5 (1.95%) Backup Exec
7 5 (1.95%) SafeCom
8 3 (1.17%) SCSM
8 3 (1.17%) Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.39%) Ansible
9 1 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.39%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.39%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 195 (75.88%) Microsoft
2 67 (26.07%) VMware
3 48 (18.68%) Cisco
4 42 (16.34%) Citrix
5 28 (10.89%) NetApp
6 25 (9.73%) Ivanti
7 21 (8.17%) Apple
8 19 (7.39%) SolarWinds
9 18 (7.00%) HP
9 18 (7.00%) Shavlik
10 16 (6.23%) Remedy
10 16 (6.23%) SAP
11 12 (4.67%) ServiceNow
12 10 (3.89%) Google
13 8 (3.11%) Dell
13 8 (3.11%) Symantec
14 7 (2.72%) Altiris
14 7 (2.72%) EMC
14 7 (2.72%) IBM
15 6 (2.33%) Sophos