Period
to 23 August 2017

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 23 August 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
6 months to
23 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 632 553 533
Rank change year-on-year -79 -20 -80
Contract jobs citing MCP 204 354 357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.33% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.10% 1.55% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 119 195 151
UK median daily rate £275 £300 £263
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +14.29% -4.55%
10th Percentile £120 £122 £128
90th Percentile £528 £450 £413
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £280 £263
% change year-on-year +7.14% +6.67% -4.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 39 106
UK median hourly rate £15.50 £21.33 £15.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.33% +39.87% -3.17%
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.55 £11.50
90th Percentile £22.73 £36.50 £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.50 £21.33 £14.50
% change year-on-year -27.33% +47.10% -1.16%

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 18470 22800 21847
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.23% 21.09% 19.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11195 14204 12831
UK median daily rate £425 £406 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.72% +1.47% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £598 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 927 811 1082
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.50 £22.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.18% +21.33% +13.33%
10th Percentile £12.18 £12.25 £11.53
90th Percentile £50.60 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £27.80 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.71% +15.26% +20.60%

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 23 August 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 6 months to 23 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 14 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 23 August 2017. 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 -68 196 £275 -7.56% 48
UK excluding London -64 130 £300 +7.14% 33
London -17 73 £230 -34.29% 19
South East -22 42 £350 +12.90% 7
North of England +45 34 £445 +39.06% 13
North West +28 24 £450 +32.35% 9
Midlands +21 21 £275 +120.00% 5
East of England -26 18 £183 -25.51% 2
East Midlands -5 12 £150 - 1
Yorkshire +38 10 £313 +152.53% 4
South West 0 9 £160 -23.54% 2
West Midlands +32 7 £350 +180.00% 4
Scotland +8 5 £120 -61.29% 4
Northern Ireland -52 2 £250 -

For the 6 months to 23 August 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.

1 175 (85.78%) Microsoft Certification
2 151 (74.02%) Windows
3 142 (69.61%) Microsoft
4 121 (59.31%) Active Directory
5 101 (49.51%) MCSE
6 96 (47.06%) ITIL
7 70 (34.31%) Windows 7
8 68 (33.33%) Citrix
9 60 (29.41%) Microsoft Office
10 58 (28.43%) MCSA
11 53 (25.98%) Windows Server 2012
12 50 (24.51%) VMware
13 46 (22.55%) Windows Server 2008
14 44 (21.57%) Windows Server
15 43 (21.08%) MS Exchange
15 43 (21.08%) Cisco
15 43 (21.08%) Office 365
16 39 (19.12%) VMware Infrastructure
17 35 (17.16%) Finance
18 34 (16.67%) HP
19 32 (15.69%) Service Management
19 32 (15.69%) SCCM
20 31 (15.20%) Windows 10
20 31 (15.20%) Blackberry
20 31 (15.20%) LAN
21 29 (14.22%) TCP/IP
22 27 (13.24%) Change Management
22 27 (13.24%) Degree
23 26 (12.75%) DHCP
24 25 (12.25%) MCDST

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 (21.08%) MS Exchange
2 23 (11.27%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (7.84%) Skype for Business
4 14 (6.86%) Exchange Server 2013
5 13 (6.37%) SharePoint
6 11 (5.39%) IBM Notes
7 7 (3.43%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (3.43%) IIS
8 5 (2.45%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 3 (1.47%) CMS
10 2 (0.98%) Kentico
10 2 (0.98%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.98%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.98%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.49%) Apache
11 1 (0.49%) Confluence
11 1 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2003
11 1 (0.49%) SAS
Applications
1 60 (29.41%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.96%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.98%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.49%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.49%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.98%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.49%) Eikon
3 1 (0.49%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.49%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 43 (21.08%) Office 365
2 18 (8.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.45%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (1.96%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (1.96%) OneDrive
5 3 (1.47%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
6 2 (0.98%) SaaS
7 1 (0.49%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.49%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.49%) Mimecast
7 1 (0.49%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 31 (15.20%) LAN
2 29 (14.22%) TCP/IP
3 26 (12.75%) DHCP
4 23 (11.27%) DNS
5 22 (10.78%) WAN
6 18 (8.82%) Wireless
7 14 (6.86%) Internet
8 12 (5.88%) Ethernet
8 12 (5.88%) Firewall
9 10 (4.90%) SAN
9 10 (4.90%) Skype
10 8 (3.92%) Cisco IOS
11 7 (3.43%) Unified Communications
11 7 (3.43%) VPN
12 4 (1.96%) BIG-IP
12 4 (1.96%) IP Telephony
12 4 (1.96%) Network Security
13 3 (1.47%) Remote Desktop
13 3 (1.47%) VLAN
13 3 (1.47%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (8.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.43%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (2.94%) SQL Server 2005
3 6 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (1.47%) SQL Server 2016
4 3 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 2 (0.98%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (0.49%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.49%) MySQL
6 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.96%) Eclipse
1 4 (1.96%) Wise Package Studio
2 2 (0.98%) Git (software)
2 2 (0.98%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.49%) JIRA
General
1 35 (17.16%) Finance
2 7 (3.43%) Automotive
3 5 (2.45%) Local Government
3 5 (2.45%) Manufacturing
4 4 (1.96%) Legal
5 3 (1.47%) Banking
5 3 (1.47%) Front Office
6 2 (0.98%) Investment Banking
6 2 (0.98%) Retail
7 1 (0.49%) Law
7 1 (0.49%) Marketing
7 1 (0.49%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.49%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 44 (21.57%) Analyst
2 32 (15.69%) Desktop Support
3 30 (14.71%) Support Engineer
4 22 (10.78%) 2nd Line Support
4 22 (10.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 22 (10.78%) Support Analyst
5 18 (8.82%) Service Analyst
5 18 (8.82%) Service Desk Analyst
6 16 (7.84%) Desktop Engineer
7 15 (7.35%) 3rd Line Support
7 15 (7.35%) Service Desk Support
8 12 (5.88%) Service Desk Engineer
9 11 (5.39%) Developer
9 11 (5.39%) IT Support
10 10 (4.90%) IT Engineer
11 9 (4.41%) 1st Line Support
11 9 (4.41%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 9 (4.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 9 (4.41%) IT Analyst
11 9 (4.41%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.88%) .NET
2 7 (3.43%) ASP.NET
2 7 (3.43%) jQuery
2 7 (3.43%) XML
3 6 (2.94%) AngularJS
3 6 (2.94%) Web Services
4 5 (2.45%) CSS
4 5 (2.45%) HTML
5 4 (1.96%) XSL
6 2 (0.98%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.49%) Ajax
7 1 (0.49%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.49%) ASP.NET MVC 5
7 1 (0.49%) Entity Framework
7 1 (0.49%) HTML5
7 1 (0.49%) JSON
7 1 (0.49%) REST
7 1 (0.49%) SAP Basis
7 1 (0.49%) WCF
7 1 (0.49%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.20%) Blackberry
2 23 (11.27%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (9.31%) Data Centre
4 15 (7.35%) Management Information System
4 15 (7.35%) Video Conferencing
5 13 (6.37%) Client/Server
6 8 (3.92%) NHS
7 7 (3.43%) Driving Licence
7 7 (3.43%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (3.43%) iPad
8 5 (2.45%) iPhone
8 5 (2.45%) Life Science
9 4 (1.96%) Computer Science
10 2 (0.98%) Cyber Attack
10 2 (0.98%) Cyberthreat
10 2 (0.98%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
10 2 (0.98%) EPoS
10 2 (0.98%) PDA
10 2 (0.98%) Security Operations Centre
10 2 (0.98%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 151 (74.02%) Windows
2 70 (34.31%) Windows 7
3 53 (25.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 46 (22.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 44 (21.57%) Windows Server
6 31 (15.20%) Windows 10
7 21 (10.29%) Windows Server 2003
8 16 (7.84%) Linux
9 14 (6.86%) Unix
10 13 (6.37%) Apple iOS
10 13 (6.37%) Windows XP
11 12 (5.88%) Android
11 12 (5.88%) Windows 8
12 5 (2.45%) Windows Vista
13 3 (1.47%) Mac OS
13 3 (1.47%) Windows 2000
14 2 (0.98%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.49%) CentOS
15 1 (0.49%) SUSE
15 1 (0.49%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 96 (47.06%) ITIL
2 32 (15.69%) Service Management
3 27 (13.24%) Change Management
4 21 (10.29%) ITIL V3
5 20 (9.80%) ITSM
5 20 (9.80%) Service Delivery
6 13 (6.37%) Disaster Recovery
6 13 (6.37%) Time Management
7 12 (5.88%) Validation
8 11 (5.39%) Virtual Environments
9 10 (4.90%) Asset Management
9 10 (4.90%) Break/Fix
9 10 (4.90%) CRM
9 10 (4.90%) Data Protection
10 9 (4.41%) Agile Software Development
10 9 (4.41%) Cybersecurity
10 9 (4.41%) Incident Management
10 9 (4.41%) PRINCE2
11 8 (3.92%) MVC
12 7 (3.43%) Password Management
Programming Languages
1 22 (10.78%) SQL
2 12 (5.88%) C#
2 12 (5.88%) Java
2 12 (5.88%) PowerShell
3 10 (4.90%) VB
4 7 (3.43%) JavaScript
5 6 (2.94%) VBScript
6 4 (1.96%) REXX
6 4 (1.96%) Tcl
7 1 (0.49%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.49%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.49%) VB6
Qualifications
1 175 (85.78%) Microsoft Certification
2 101 (49.51%) MCSE
3 58 (28.43%) MCSA
4 27 (13.24%) Degree
5 25 (12.25%) MCDST
6 23 (11.27%) A+ Certification
7 22 (10.78%) MCITP
7 22 (10.78%) Security Cleared
8 20 (9.80%) SC Cleared
9 18 (8.82%) Cisco Certification
10 16 (7.84%) CCNA
11 14 (6.86%) Network+ Certification
12 12 (5.88%) ACDT
12 12 (5.88%) ACHDS
12 12 (5.88%) ACTC
12 12 (5.88%) MCSM
12 12 (5.88%) MCTS
13 9 (4.41%) ITIL Certification
13 9 (4.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 8 (3.92%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (8.33%) SLA
2 4 (1.96%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.98%) QA
4 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 121 (59.31%) Active Directory
2 39 (19.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (11.27%) Hyper-V
4 18 (8.82%) XenApp
5 14 (6.86%) Virtual Servers
6 10 (4.90%) XenDesktop
7 9 (4.41%) VMware Workstation
8 6 (2.94%) VMware ESXi
9 5 (2.45%) vSphere
10 4 (1.96%) Virtual Desktop
11 3 (1.47%) Terminal Services
12 2 (0.98%) ProxySG
13 1 (0.49%) BitLocker
13 1 (0.49%) ISA Server
13 1 (0.49%) Microsoft App-V
13 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
13 1 (0.49%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 32 (15.69%) SCCM
2 5 (2.45%) OVSD
3 4 (1.96%) DameWare
3 4 (1.96%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 3 (1.47%) SCOM
4 3 (1.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (1.47%) vCenter Server
5 2 (0.98%) Cisco CUCM
5 2 (0.98%) OpenView
5 2 (0.98%) WMI
5 2 (0.98%) WSUS
6 1 (0.49%) AirWatch
6 1 (0.49%) Cisco CME
6 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (0.49%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.49%) SCSM
6 1 (0.49%) Simpana
Vendors
1 142 (69.61%) Microsoft
2 68 (33.33%) Citrix
3 50 (24.51%) VMware
4 43 (21.08%) Cisco
5 34 (16.67%) HP
6 19 (9.31%) Apple
7 18 (8.82%) Oracle
8 13 (6.37%) Dell
9 11 (5.39%) Lotus
10 10 (4.90%) Polycom
10 10 (4.90%) ServiceNow
11 7 (3.43%) MobileIron
12 6 (2.94%) McAfee
13 5 (2.45%) CheckPoint
13 5 (2.45%) Remedy
13 5 (2.45%) Sophos
14 4 (1.96%) F5
14 4 (1.96%) Kaseya
14 4 (1.96%) Mitel
14 4 (1.96%) Palo Alto