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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
Rank 476 515 416
Rank change year-on-year +39 -99  
Contract jobs citing MCP 120 127 207
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.26% 0.24% 0.39%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.27% 1.15% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 60 99
Median daily rate £350 £266 £245
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.45% +8.67%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £111 £105 £118
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £388 £411
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 16 48
Median hourly rate £14.75 £16.71 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.74% +11.41%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.75 £11.75 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £22.00 £22.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.71 £13.00
% change year-on-year -10.24% +28.55%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 9416 11075 10551
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.79% 20.90% 20.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 5980 6908 6005
Median daily rate £420 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +1.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £255 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 402 477
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.26 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £60.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCP as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +30 109 £350 +27.27% 52
London +44 49 £388 +131.34% 16
South East +12 26 £325 +4.83% 10
East of England +3 11 £288 +55.40% 9
North West +27 9 - - 4
Buckinghamshire +2 9 £500 +11.11% 2
Milton Keynes - 8 £500 - 1
Kent +12 6 £338 -
City of London +2 6 £500 +203.03% 1
Channel Islands - 6 - -
Jersey - 6 - -
Yorkshire +9 5 - - 2
Oxfordshire - 5 £145 -
Berkshire +21 4 - - 3
Manchester +10 4 - - 3
Norfolk +5 4 £263 - 3
East Midlands 0 4 £438 - 2
Cambridgeshire - 4 - - 1
Northern Ireland - 4 £275 - 2
County Antrim - 4 £275 - 2
Belfast - 4 £275 - 2
Oxford - 4 £145 -
West Midlands +1 3 £220 -27.27% 2
North Yorkshire - 3 - -
Cumbria - 3 - -
Cheshire +29 2 - -
West Yorkshire +6 2 - -
Hertfordshire +1 2 £350 +89.18% 3
Midlands - 2 £275 -
Nottinghamshire - 2 - - 1

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 March 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.

1 188 (74.90%) Microsoft Certification
2 167 (66.53%) Microsoft
3 162 (64.54%) Windows
4 154 (61.35%) Active Directory
5 114 (45.42%) ITIL
6 106 (42.23%) MCSE
7 71 (28.29%) Windows Server
8 67 (26.69%) Citrix
8 67 (26.69%) Windows 7
9 65 (25.90%) MS Office
10 62 (24.70%) VMware
11 59 (23.51%) Windows Server 2012
12 56 (22.31%) Security Cleared
13 52 (20.72%) MCSA
14 49 (19.52%) Cisco
15 46 (18.33%) Windows Server 2008
16 45 (17.93%) MS Excel
17 43 (17.13%) Cisco Certification
17 43 (17.13%) MCITP
18 40 (15.94%) Finance
19 38 (15.14%) MCTS
19 38 (15.14%) SCCM
20 37 (14.74%) MS Exchange
21 35 (13.94%) CCNA
21 35 (13.94%) SC Cleared
22 34 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
23 33 (13.15%) Analytical Skills
24 32 (12.75%) DNS
25 31 (12.35%) Firewall
26 30 (11.95%) Service Management

MCP
Top Related 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 37 (14.74%) MS Exchange
2 26 (10.36%) Exchange Server 2010
3 16 (6.37%) Exchange Server 2013
4 14 (5.58%) SharePoint
5 10 (3.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 8 (3.19%) IBM Notes
6 8 (3.19%) IIS
6 8 (3.19%) Skype for Business
7 7 (2.79%) Exchange Server 2007
8 5 (1.99%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.80%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.80%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.40%) Apache
11 1 (0.40%) Confluence
11 1 (0.40%) Exchange Server 2000
11 1 (0.40%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.40%) SAS
11 1 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 65 (25.90%) MS Office
2 45 (17.93%) MS Excel
3 6 (2.39%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (1.59%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (1.20%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 11 (4.38%) Remedy ITSM
2 4 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.80%) assyst
4 1 (0.40%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 29 (11.55%) Office 365
2 25 (9.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.19%) Amazon AWS
3 8 (3.19%) OneDrive
4 6 (2.39%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.59%) AWS CloudFormation
5 4 (1.59%) IaaS
6 2 (0.80%) AWS OpsWorks
6 2 (0.80%) PaaS
6 2 (0.80%) SaaS
7 1 (0.40%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 32 (12.75%) DNS
2 31 (12.35%) Firewall
3 29 (11.55%) LAN
4 24 (9.56%) Internet
4 24 (9.56%) WAN
5 22 (8.76%) TCP/IP
5 22 (8.76%) VPN
6 15 (5.98%) Kerberos
6 15 (5.98%) LDAP
6 15 (5.98%) X.500
7 11 (4.38%) DHCP
7 11 (4.38%) Remote Desktop
7 11 (4.38%) Wireless
8 10 (3.98%) Cisco ASA
8 10 (3.98%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (3.19%) Ethernet
10 7 (2.79%) WLAN
11 6 (2.39%) Cisco IOS
11 6 (2.39%) Intrusion Detection
11 6 (2.39%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (10.36%) SQL Server
2 17 (6.77%) SQL Server 2012
3 11 (4.38%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (2.39%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (1.99%) Big Data
6 4 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
6 4 (1.59%) SQL Server 2014
7 3 (1.20%) SQL Server 2016
8 2 (0.80%) MySQL
8 2 (0.80%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (0.40%) DTS
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database 10g
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle8/8i Database
9 1 (0.40%) Oracle9i Database
9 1 (0.40%) Power BI
9 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (1.99%) Git (software)
1 5 (1.99%) Jenkins
2 2 (0.80%) JIRA
3 1 (0.40%) MSI
3 1 (0.40%) Subversion
3 1 (0.40%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.40%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.40%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.40%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 40 (15.94%) Finance
2 13 (5.18%) Retail
3 9 (3.59%) Local Government
4 7 (2.79%) Law
4 7 (2.79%) Manufacturing
5 4 (1.59%) Legal
6 2 (0.80%) Banking
6 2 (0.80%) Front Office
6 2 (0.80%) Games
6 2 (0.80%) Telecoms
7 1 (0.40%) Marketing
7 1 (0.40%) Pharmaceutical
7 1 (0.40%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 66 (26.29%) Analyst
2 41 (16.33%) Support Analyst
3 36 (14.34%) Desktop Support
4 28 (11.16%) Support Engineer
5 24 (9.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 22 (8.76%) 2nd Line Support
6 22 (8.76%) Desktop Analyst
6 22 (8.76%) Desktop Support Analyst
7 19 (7.57%) Active Directory Engineer
8 17 (6.77%) Service Analyst
8 17 (6.77%) Service Desk Analyst
8 17 (6.77%) Windows Engineer
9 14 (5.58%) IT Analyst
9 14 (5.58%) IT Support
9 14 (5.58%) Systems Engineer
10 13 (5.18%) Desktop Engineer
11 11 (4.38%) 3rd Line Support
11 11 (4.38%) Architect
11 11 (4.38%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 11 (4.38%) Windows Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (2.79%) .NET
1 7 (2.79%) Web Services
2 4 (1.59%) AngularJS
2 4 (1.59%) ASP.NET
2 4 (1.59%) jQuery
2 4 (1.59%) XML
3 3 (1.20%) CSS
3 3 (1.20%) HTML
3 3 (1.20%) XSL
4 2 (0.80%) Middleware
4 2 (0.80%) Software Packaging
5 1 (0.40%) .NET Framework
5 1 (0.40%) Ajax
5 1 (0.40%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 1 (0.40%) FIX Protocol
5 1 (0.40%) JSON
5 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 1 (0.40%) Silverlight
5 1 (0.40%) WCF
5 1 (0.40%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 33 (13.15%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (10.76%) Blackberry
3 24 (9.56%) PKI
3 24 (9.56%) Replication
4 21 (8.37%) Management Information System
5 16 (6.37%) Clustering
6 13 (5.18%) Computer Science
7 10 (3.98%) Data Centre
7 10 (3.98%) NHS
7 10 (3.98%) Video Conferencing
8 8 (3.19%) Client/Server
9 7 (2.79%) iPad
9 7 (2.79%) Life Science
10 6 (2.39%) Smartphone
10 6 (2.39%) User Experience
11 5 (1.99%) Fat Client
11 5 (1.99%) Linux Command Line
11 5 (1.99%) Thin Client
12 4 (1.59%) Enterprise Cloud
12 4 (1.59%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 162 (64.54%) Windows
2 71 (28.29%) Windows Server
3 67 (26.69%) Windows 7
4 59 (23.51%) Windows Server 2012
5 46 (18.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (11.55%) Windows Server 2003
7 27 (10.76%) Windows 8
8 23 (9.16%) Linux
9 21 (8.37%) Windows 10
10 18 (7.17%) Unix
11 10 (3.98%) Windows XP
12 8 (3.19%) Apple iOS
13 6 (2.39%) Android
13 6 (2.39%) CentOS
13 6 (2.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 5 (1.99%) VMS
15 2 (0.80%) Mac OS X
15 2 (0.80%) Solaris
16 1 (0.40%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 114 (45.42%) ITIL
2 30 (11.95%) Service Management
3 29 (11.55%) ITIL V3
4 28 (11.16%) Configuration Management
5 21 (8.37%) Incident Management
5 21 (8.37%) Migration
6 20 (7.97%) Change Management
7 16 (6.37%) ITSM
7 16 (6.37%) Problem Management
8 13 (5.18%) Service Delivery
8 13 (5.18%) Time Management
9 12 (4.78%) Data Analysis
10 11 (4.38%) Validation
11 10 (3.98%) Disaster Recovery
11 10 (3.98%) Identity Access Management
12 9 (3.59%) Identity Management
13 8 (3.19%) Business Intelligence
13 8 (3.19%) Coaching
13 8 (3.19%) Information Security
13 8 (3.19%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 27 (10.76%) PowerShell
2 25 (9.96%) SQL
3 13 (5.18%) C#
4 10 (3.98%) Python
5 5 (1.99%) VB
6 4 (1.59%) Bash Shell
6 4 (1.59%) JavaScript
6 4 (1.59%) T-SQL
7 3 (1.20%) C
8 2 (0.80%) VBScript
9 1 (0.40%) Java
9 1 (0.40%) PHP
9 1 (0.40%) R
9 1 (0.40%) REXX
9 1 (0.40%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.40%) Tcl
9 1 (0.40%) VB6
Qualifications
1 188 (74.90%) Microsoft Certification
2 106 (42.23%) MCSE
3 56 (22.31%) Security Cleared
4 52 (20.72%) MCSA
5 43 (17.13%) Cisco Certification
5 43 (17.13%) MCITP
6 38 (15.14%) MCTS
7 35 (13.94%) CCNA
7 35 (13.94%) SC Cleared
8 24 (9.56%) ITIL Certification
9 23 (9.16%) MCDST
10 18 (7.17%) Degree
11 16 (6.37%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 13 (5.18%) Citrix Certification
13 10 (3.98%) A+ Certification
13 10 (3.98%) CCNP
13 10 (3.98%) MCDBA
13 10 (3.98%) Network+ Certification
14 9 (3.59%) CCA
15 8 (3.19%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (5.98%) SLA
2 4 (1.59%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.20%) PMO
3 3 (1.20%) QA
4 2 (0.80%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 154 (61.35%) Active Directory
2 34 (13.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (7.97%) Hyper-V
4 13 (5.18%) XenApp
5 9 (3.59%) Virtual Servers
6 6 (2.39%) VMware Workstation
7 5 (1.99%) NDS
7 5 (1.99%) Terminal Services
8 4 (1.59%) UAG
9 3 (1.20%) Firmware
9 3 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
9 3 (1.20%) vSphere
10 2 (0.80%) VMware ESX
10 2 (0.80%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 1 (0.40%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 1 (0.40%) Shibboleth
11 1 (0.40%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.40%) Virtual Desktop
11 1 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 38 (15.14%) SCCM
2 12 (4.78%) Microsoft Clustering
3 11 (4.38%) Nessus
4 6 (2.39%) Network Intrusion Detection System
4 6 (2.39%) PowerCLI
4 6 (2.39%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 6 (2.39%) WSUS
5 5 (1.99%) Puppet
5 5 (1.99%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 4 (1.59%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.20%) OVSD
7 3 (1.20%) SCOM
8 2 (0.80%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.80%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.40%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 1 (0.40%) DameWare
9 1 (0.40%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.40%) Sysprep
9 1 (0.40%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 167 (66.53%) Microsoft
2 67 (26.69%) Citrix
3 62 (24.70%) VMware
4 49 (19.52%) Cisco
5 23 (9.16%) Apple
5 23 (9.16%) HP
6 17 (6.77%) SolarWinds
7 16 (6.37%) Remedy
8 12 (4.78%) BMC
9 11 (4.38%) LANDesk
10 8 (3.19%) Lotus
10 8 (3.19%) Symantec
11 6 (2.39%) Lumension
11 6 (2.39%) Oracle
11 6 (2.39%) Polycom
11 6 (2.39%) Red Hat
11 6 (2.39%) Splunk
12 5 (1.99%) Novell
12 5 (1.99%) ServiceNow
13 4 (1.59%) EMC
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