Period
to 19 July 2019

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 19 July 2019 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
19 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 655 646 619
Rank change year-on-year -9 -27 -46
Contract jobs citing MCP 194 257 221
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.25% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.10% 1.32% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 99 131 121
UK median daily rate £325 £218 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +49.25% -27.42% -
10th Percentile £127 £125 £119
90th Percentile £525 £494 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £275
% change year-on-year +7.69% +18.18% -0.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 57 32
UK median hourly rate £14.25 £15.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.56% +1.67% -26.83%
10th Percentile £13.65 £12.48 £10.44
90th Percentile £18.56 £28.99 £22.65
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.25 £15.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year -6.56% +1.67% -29.68%

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 17,637 19,470 18,810
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.93% 18.82% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,670 11,565 11,564
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.46%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £445 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.88% +3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 837 953 960
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% -16.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.75 £12.18
90th Percentile £57.00 £50.20 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year +35.92% -18.25% +12.50%

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019.

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 19 July 2019. 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 +7 184 £325 +18.18% 160
UK excluding London -30 146 £350 +7.69% 112
South East +21 52 £438 +2.94% 38
London +20 45 £313 +56.25% 51
South West +6 33 £475 +287.76% 15
North of England +21 22 £160 -20.00% 31
Midlands +16 18 £250 +66.67% 11
North West +11 14 £250 +42.86% 20
East of England -16 13 £200 +22.14% 14
East Midlands +29 11 £325 +20.93% 5
West Midlands -8 7 £105 -25.00% 5
Scotland +30 6 £243 +22.78% 1
Yorkshire +19 6 £108 -69.29% 10
North East +21 2 £164 - 1
Wales -1 2 £443 +103.21% 2

For the 6 months to 19 July 2019, 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.

1 145 (74.74%) Windows
2 138 (71.13%) Microsoft
3 126 (64.95%) Microsoft Certification
4 108 (55.67%) Active Directory
5 87 (44.85%) ITIL
6 79 (40.72%) MCSE
7 66 (34.02%) Office 365
8 60 (30.93%) SCCM
9 58 (29.90%) MCSA
9 58 (29.90%) DNS
10 56 (28.87%) DHCP
11 55 (28.35%) Windows 10
12 54 (27.84%) Windows Server
13 52 (26.80%) Microsoft Office
14 49 (25.26%) Cisco
14 49 (25.26%) VMware
15 44 (22.68%) SLA
15 44 (22.68%) MS Exchange
16 42 (21.65%) Windows 7
17 39 (20.10%) Security Cleared
17 39 (20.10%) PowerShell
18 37 (19.07%) Citrix
19 36 (18.56%) Windows Server 2012
20 33 (17.01%) Service Management
21 32 (16.49%) Microsoft Azure
22 31 (15.98%) VMware Infrastructure
22 31 (15.98%) Analytical Skills
23 30 (15.46%) HP
23 30 (15.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
24 29 (14.95%) ITIL V3

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 44 (22.68%) MS Exchange
2 16 (8.25%) Skype for Business
3 11 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 9 (4.64%) IBM Notes
5 8 (4.12%) SharePoint
6 6 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2003
6 6 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2007
6 6 (3.09%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (0.52%) Apache
7 1 (0.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (0.52%) Confluence
7 1 (0.52%) IIS
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 52 (26.80%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (9.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (3.61%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.52%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.03%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.52%) assyst
3 1 (0.52%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 66 (34.02%) Office 365
2 32 (16.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 13 (6.70%) Azure Active Directory
4 10 (5.15%) Amazon AWS
5 7 (3.61%) SaaS
6 6 (3.09%) OneDrive
6 6 (3.09%) PaaS
7 2 (1.03%) IaaS
8 1 (0.52%) Azure Functions
8 1 (0.52%) Azure Stack
8 1 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.52%) G Suite
8 1 (0.52%) Google Docs
8 1 (0.52%) Google Drive
8 1 (0.52%) Serverless
8 1 (0.52%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 58 (29.90%) DNS
2 56 (28.87%) DHCP
3 23 (11.86%) VPN
4 22 (11.34%) TCP/IP
5 20 (10.31%) Wireless
6 17 (8.76%) Firewall
6 17 (8.76%) Skype
7 16 (8.25%) LAN
7 16 (8.25%) Remote Desktop
8 10 (5.15%) SAN
8 10 (5.15%) WAN
9 8 (4.12%) Internet
10 5 (2.58%) Network Security
11 4 (2.06%) Structured Cabling
11 4 (2.06%) Wi-Fi
12 3 (1.55%) Intranet
12 3 (1.55%) IP Telephony
12 3 (1.55%) SSL
12 3 (1.55%) VoIP
12 3 (1.55%) VSAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (11.34%) SQL Server
2 9 (4.64%) Relational Database
3 5 (2.58%) MySQL
3 5 (2.58%) SQL Server 2016
4 4 (2.06%) MariaDB
4 4 (2.06%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (1.55%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.55%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.03%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (1.03%) SQL Server 7
7 1 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 9 (4.64%) HP UFT
1 9 (4.64%) LoadRunner
2 4 (2.06%) Hudson
3 2 (1.03%) MorphX
4 1 (0.52%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.52%) JIRA
4 1 (0.52%) Moq
4 1 (0.52%) Oracle Forms
4 1 (0.52%) PowerBuilder
4 1 (0.52%) Subversion
4 1 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.52%) TestRail
4 1 (0.52%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.52%) Zephyr
General
1 16 (8.25%) Finance
2 6 (3.09%) Automotive
3 4 (2.06%) Back Office
3 4 (2.06%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.55%) Front Office
5 2 (1.03%) Banking
5 2 (1.03%) Games
5 2 (1.03%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.52%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.52%) Law
6 1 (0.52%) Retail
Job Titles
1 47 (24.23%) Analyst
2 31 (15.98%) Support Engineer
3 22 (11.34%) Desktop Support
3 22 (11.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 20 (10.31%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 20 (10.31%) Service Analyst
4 20 (10.31%) Service Desk Analyst
5 18 (9.28%) Desktop Engineer
5 18 (9.28%) IT Support
6 15 (7.73%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 14 (7.22%) 2nd Line Support
7 14 (7.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 14 (7.22%) Consultant
7 14 (7.22%) Support Analyst
7 14 (7.22%) Wintel Engineer
8 12 (6.19%) Windows Engineer
9 11 (5.67%) Architect
10 9 (4.64%) 3rd Line Support
10 9 (4.64%) IT Analyst
11 7 (3.61%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (4.64%) .NET
2 5 (2.58%) Software Packaging
3 4 (2.06%) Web Services
4 2 (1.03%) CSS
4 2 (1.03%) HTML
4 2 (1.03%) XML
5 1 (0.52%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.52%) Autofac
5 1 (0.52%) COM
5 1 (0.52%) LAMP
5 1 (0.52%) Ninject
5 1 (0.52%) Vue.js
5 1 (0.52%) WCF
5 1 (0.52%) WinForms
5 1 (0.52%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 31 (15.98%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (6.70%) Fat Client
2 13 (6.70%) Thin Client
3 9 (4.64%) Self-Motivation
3 9 (4.64%) Smartphone
4 5 (2.58%) Data Centre
4 5 (2.58%) iPad
4 5 (2.58%) Management Information System
4 5 (2.58%) Video Conferencing
5 4 (2.06%) Replication
6 3 (1.55%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.55%) Clustering
6 3 (1.55%) NHS
7 2 (1.03%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.03%) CMDB
7 2 (1.03%) Data Protection Act
7 2 (1.03%) Driving Licence
7 2 (1.03%) EMC VMAX
7 2 (1.03%) EMC VNX
7 2 (1.03%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 145 (74.74%) Windows
2 55 (28.35%) Windows 10
3 54 (27.84%) Windows Server
4 42 (21.65%) Windows 7
5 36 (18.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (11.86%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (10.82%) Linux
8 15 (7.73%) Unix
9 8 (4.12%) Mac OS X
10 7 (3.61%) Mac OS
11 4 (2.06%) Android
11 4 (2.06%) Windows 8
11 4 (2.06%) Windows XP
12 2 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (1.03%) SUSE
12 2 (1.03%) Windows 2000
12 2 (1.03%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.52%) Apple iOS
13 1 (0.52%) Data ONTAP
13 1 (0.52%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 87 (44.85%) ITIL
2 33 (17.01%) Service Management
3 30 (15.46%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 29 (14.95%) ITIL V3
5 25 (12.89%) Migration
6 22 (11.34%) ITSM
7 18 (9.28%) Computer Science
7 18 (9.28%) Incident Management
8 17 (8.76%) Problem-Solving
9 16 (8.25%) Change Management
10 15 (7.73%) Software Engineering
11 13 (6.70%) Infrastructure Management
11 13 (6.70%) Preventative Maintenance
12 11 (5.67%) Problem Management
13 10 (5.15%) Agile Software Development
13 10 (5.15%) PRINCE2
13 10 (5.15%) Service Delivery
14 9 (4.64%) Asset Management
14 9 (4.64%) Psychology
14 9 (4.64%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (20.10%) PowerShell
2 21 (10.82%) SQL
3 11 (5.67%) C
4 10 (5.15%) Java
4 10 (5.15%) VB
5 9 (4.64%) PL/SQL
6 4 (2.06%) C#
7 3 (1.55%) VBScript
8 2 (1.03%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.03%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.03%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.03%) X++
9 1 (0.52%) PHP
9 1 (0.52%) Python
9 1 (0.52%) XAML
Qualifications
1 126 (64.95%) Microsoft Certification
2 79 (40.72%) MCSE
3 58 (29.90%) MCSA
4 39 (20.10%) Security Cleared
5 22 (11.34%) DV Cleared
6 16 (8.25%) SC Cleared
7 15 (7.73%) Degree
8 14 (7.22%) CCNA
8 14 (7.22%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (6.19%) ITIL Certification
9 12 (6.19%) MCITP
10 11 (5.67%) A+ Certification
11 10 (5.15%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
12 9 (4.64%) OCP
12 9 (4.64%) Oracle Certification
12 9 (4.64%) SAP Certification
13 8 (4.12%) MCDST
14 7 (3.61%) Novell Certification
15 6 (3.09%) CNE
16 5 (2.58%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 44 (22.68%) SLA
2 4 (2.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (1.55%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.52%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (0.52%) QA
System Software
1 108 (55.67%) Active Directory
2 31 (15.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 25 (12.89%) Hyper-V
4 15 (7.73%) Virtual Desktop
4 15 (7.73%) VMware ESXi
4 15 (7.73%) vSphere
5 12 (6.19%) Virtual Machines
6 11 (5.67%) XenDesktop
7 4 (2.06%) Virtual Servers
7 4 (2.06%) VMware Workstation
8 3 (1.55%) BitLocker
8 3 (1.55%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.52%) IAG
9 1 (0.52%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.52%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 60 (30.93%) SCCM
2 16 (8.25%) SCOM
3 12 (6.19%) SCVMM
4 11 (5.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 10 (5.15%) Microsoft Intune
6 9 (4.64%) HP ALM
6 9 (4.64%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (3.09%) Backup Exec
7 6 (3.09%) Single Sign-On
7 6 (3.09%) vCenter Server
8 5 (2.58%) NetBackup
9 4 (2.06%) Tivoli
10 3 (1.55%) Microsoft Clustering
10 3 (1.55%) Norton AntiVirus
10 3 (1.55%) WSUS
11 2 (1.03%) AirWatch
11 2 (1.03%) EMC VPLEX
11 2 (1.03%) Failover Clustering
11 2 (1.03%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (1.03%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 138 (71.13%) Microsoft
2 49 (25.26%) Cisco
2 49 (25.26%) VMware
3 37 (19.07%) Citrix
4 30 (15.46%) HP
5 18 (9.28%) Apple
6 12 (6.19%) Oracle
7 10 (5.15%) SAP
8 9 (4.64%) Lotus
9 8 (4.12%) Forcepoint
10 6 (3.09%) ServiceNow
10 6 (3.09%) Symantec
11 5 (2.58%) BMC
11 5 (2.58%) Dell
11 5 (2.58%) Google
12 4 (2.06%) EMC
12 4 (2.06%) Unisys
12 4 (2.06%) Veeam
13 3 (1.55%) Mitel
13 3 (1.55%) Twitter