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 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 513 466 448
Rank change year-on-year -47 -18  
Contract jobs citing MCP 94 185 196
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.35% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.59% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 94 78
Median daily rate £325 £310 £280
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.83% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £138 £130 £144
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £447 £422
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £300 £280
% change year-on-year +5.00% +7.14%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 31 54
Median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.98% +21.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.40 £36.00 £21.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.00 £21.33 £16.00
% change year-on-year -24.98% +33.31%  

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 9024 11621 10595
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.19% 21.89% 18.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 5396 7265 6174
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 490 440 549
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.50 £24.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.03% +16.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.52 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.13 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

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 26 June 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
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 26 June 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 -29 91 £325 +5.69% 52
London -15 28 £350 +7.69% 9
South East +9 23 £375 +3.44% 11
North West +24 16 £450 +32.35% 12
Manchester +13 12 £450 +32.35% 6
East of England -12 11 £155 -5.19% 8
Buckinghamshire -10 8 £525 - 2
Milton Keynes - 8 £525 - 1
Surrey +1 6 £228 +30.00% 4
Yorkshire +28 4 £313 +152.52% 5
Berkshire +15 4 - - 1
Reading +11 4 - - 1
Cambridgeshire +1 4 £183 -65.23% 1
South West 0 4 £150 -4.76% 2
Somerset -2 4 £150 -
City of London -5 4 £388 +19.23% 2
East Midlands -6 4 £238 - 2
West Yorkshire +18 3 £313 +152.52% 4
Cambridge +4 3 £183 - 1
Wigan - 3 - -
Yeovil - 3 £150 -
West Sussex +14 2 - -
Hampshire +4 2 £135 -59.09% 3
Norfolk -2 2 £119 -8.46%
Hertfordshire -5 2 £315 +6.77% 1
Woking -5 2 - -
Northern Ireland -41 2 £250 -
County Antrim -42 2 £250 -
Belfast -42 2 £250 -
Rickmansworth - 2 £315 -

For the 6 months to 26 June 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.

1 179 (84.04%) Microsoft Certification
2 147 (69.01%) Windows
3 140 (65.73%) Microsoft
4 127 (59.62%) Active Directory
5 106 (49.77%) ITIL
6 95 (44.60%) MCSE
7 70 (32.86%) Citrix
8 63 (29.58%) Windows Server 2012
9 58 (27.23%) Windows 7
10 54 (25.35%) VMware
11 53 (24.88%) Microsoft Office
12 52 (24.41%) Windows Server
13 51 (23.94%) Windows Server 2008
14 49 (23.00%) MS Exchange
15 43 (20.19%) MCSA
16 42 (19.72%) VMware Infrastructure
17 40 (18.78%) Cisco
18 39 (18.31%) Security Cleared
19 38 (17.84%) Service Management
20 37 (17.37%) HP
20 37 (17.37%) Office 365
21 36 (16.90%) ITIL V3
22 34 (15.96%) Finance
22 34 (15.96%) Exchange Server 2010
23 33 (15.49%) SQL
24 32 (15.02%) SC Cleared
24 32 (15.02%) SCCM
24 32 (15.02%) MCITP
24 32 (15.02%) Hyper-V
25 31 (14.55%) Windows 10

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 49 (23.00%) MS Exchange
2 34 (15.96%) Exchange Server 2010
3 23 (10.80%) Exchange Server 2013
4 19 (8.92%) Skype for Business
5 14 (6.57%) SharePoint
6 11 (5.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 7 (3.29%) Exchange Server 2007
7 7 (3.29%) IIS
8 4 (1.88%) IBM Notes
8 4 (1.88%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (1.41%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (1.41%) CMS
10 2 (0.94%) Confluence
10 2 (0.94%) Exchange Server 2003
10 2 (0.94%) Kentico
10 2 (0.94%) Sitecore CMS
10 2 (0.94%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.47%) SAS
11 1 (0.47%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 53 (24.88%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (1.41%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (1.41%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (0.47%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.47%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.47%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.47%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (5.16%) Remedy ITSM
2 7 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.47%) assyst
3 1 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 37 (17.37%) Office 365
2 24 (11.27%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.82%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (2.82%) OneDrive
4 5 (2.35%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (1.88%) SaaS
6 3 (1.41%) Amazon AWS
6 3 (1.41%) AWS CloudFormation
7 2 (0.94%) AWS OpsWorks
7 2 (0.94%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.94%) IaaS
7 2 (0.94%) PaaS
8 1 (0.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 1 (0.47%) Mimecast
8 1 (0.47%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 21 (9.86%) LAN
2 20 (9.39%) DHCP
2 20 (9.39%) WAN
3 16 (7.51%) DNS
4 14 (6.57%) Firewall
4 14 (6.57%) TCP/IP
5 10 (4.69%) Skype
6 9 (4.23%) Cisco IOS
7 7 (3.29%) BIG-IP
7 7 (3.29%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (3.29%) Remote Desktop
7 7 (3.29%) SAN
7 7 (3.29%) VPN
8 6 (2.82%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (2.82%) Internet
9 5 (2.35%) Wireless
10 4 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.41%) Ethernet
11 3 (1.41%) IP Telephony
11 3 (1.41%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (13.15%) SQL Server
2 15 (7.04%) SQL Server 2012
3 9 (4.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (3.76%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (1.41%) SQL Server 2016
5 3 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.94%) Amazon RDS
6 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (0.94%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (0.47%) MySQL
7 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (0.47%) Oracle Database 11g
7 1 (0.47%) Oracle8/8i Database
7 1 (0.47%) Oracle9i Database
7 1 (0.47%) Power BI
7 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 5 (2.35%) Git (software)
2 3 (1.41%) Eclipse
2 3 (1.41%) Jenkins
3 2 (0.94%) JIRA
3 2 (0.94%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.47%) Subversion
4 1 (0.47%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.47%) Wise Package Studio
General
1 34 (15.96%) Finance
2 7 (3.29%) Law
3 6 (2.82%) Manufacturing
4 4 (1.88%) Retail
5 3 (1.41%) Front Office
5 3 (1.41%) Local Government
6 2 (0.94%) Automotive
6 2 (0.94%) Banking
6 2 (0.94%) Legal
7 1 (0.47%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.47%) Marketing
7 1 (0.47%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 57 (26.76%) Analyst
2 36 (16.90%) Support Analyst
3 29 (13.62%) Desktop Support
4 27 (12.68%) Support Engineer
5 25 (11.74%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 20 (9.39%) 2nd Line Support
7 15 (7.04%) Service Analyst
7 15 (7.04%) Service Desk Analyst
8 14 (6.57%) 3rd Line Support
9 13 (6.10%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 13 (6.10%) Desktop Analyst
10 12 (5.63%) Desktop Support Analyst
10 12 (5.63%) IT Analyst
11 11 (5.16%) 2nd Line Engineer
11 11 (5.16%) Desktop Engineer
11 11 (5.16%) Developer
11 11 (5.16%) Windows Engineer
12 10 (4.69%) Architect
12 10 (4.69%) Service Desk Support
13 9 (4.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (6.10%) .NET
2 9 (4.23%) Web Services
3 8 (3.76%) ASP.NET
3 8 (3.76%) jQuery
3 8 (3.76%) XML
4 7 (3.29%) AngularJS
5 5 (2.35%) CSS
5 5 (2.35%) HTML
6 4 (1.88%) XSL
7 3 (1.41%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.94%) Ajax
8 2 (0.94%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (0.94%) Entity Framework
8 2 (0.94%) JSON
8 2 (0.94%) WCF
9 1 (0.47%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.47%) Middleware
9 1 (0.47%) MSMQ
9 1 (0.47%) SAP Basis
9 1 (0.47%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 30 (14.08%) Analytical Skills
2 25 (11.74%) Blackberry
3 18 (8.45%) Data Centre
4 11 (5.16%) iPad
5 10 (4.69%) Clustering
5 10 (4.69%) Video Conferencing
6 7 (3.29%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (3.29%) NHS
7 6 (2.82%) Life Science
7 6 (2.82%) Management Information System
7 6 (2.82%) Smartphone
8 5 (2.35%) iPhone
9 4 (1.88%) Client/Server
9 4 (1.88%) Computer Science
9 4 (1.88%) Fat Client
9 4 (1.88%) Thin Client
10 3 (1.41%) Driving Licence
10 3 (1.41%) User Experience
11 2 (0.94%) CMDB
11 2 (0.94%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 147 (69.01%) Windows
2 63 (29.58%) Windows Server 2012
3 58 (27.23%) Windows 7
4 52 (24.41%) Windows Server
5 51 (23.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 31 (14.55%) Windows 10
7 27 (12.68%) Linux
8 24 (11.27%) Windows Server 2003
9 17 (7.98%) Unix
10 13 (6.10%) Android
10 13 (6.10%) Windows 8
11 11 (5.16%) Windows XP
12 6 (2.82%) CentOS
12 6 (2.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 4 (1.88%) Apple iOS
14 3 (1.41%) Mac OS
15 2 (0.94%) Solaris
16 1 (0.47%) AIX
16 1 (0.47%) Mac OS X
16 1 (0.47%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 106 (49.77%) ITIL
2 38 (17.84%) Service Management
3 36 (16.90%) ITIL V3
4 27 (12.68%) ITSM
5 18 (8.45%) Service Delivery
6 16 (7.51%) Change Management
7 14 (6.57%) Configuration Management
7 14 (6.57%) Virtual Environments
8 13 (6.10%) Incident Management
8 13 (6.10%) Migration
9 10 (4.69%) Agile Software Development
9 10 (4.69%) CRM
9 10 (4.69%) Disaster Recovery
9 10 (4.69%) Identity Access Management
10 9 (4.23%) Infrastructure Monitoring
10 9 (4.23%) MVC
10 9 (4.23%) Problem Management
11 8 (3.76%) Continuous Improvement
11 8 (3.76%) Cybersecurity
11 8 (3.76%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (15.49%) SQL
2 26 (12.21%) PowerShell
3 19 (8.92%) C#
4 8 (3.76%) Python
5 7 (3.29%) JavaScript
6 6 (2.82%) VB
7 4 (1.88%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.94%) Bash Shell
8 2 (0.94%) C
8 2 (0.94%) Java
9 1 (0.47%) REXX
9 1 (0.47%) Tcl
9 1 (0.47%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.47%) VB6
9 1 (0.47%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 179 (84.04%) Microsoft Certification
2 95 (44.60%) MCSE
3 43 (20.19%) MCSA
4 39 (18.31%) Security Cleared
5 32 (15.02%) MCITP
5 32 (15.02%) SC Cleared
6 21 (9.86%) Degree
6 21 (9.86%) MCDST
7 20 (9.39%) Cisco Certification
8 19 (8.92%) ITIL Certification
9 18 (8.45%) MCTS
10 12 (5.63%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 11 (5.16%) CCNA
12 10 (4.69%) DV Cleared
13 9 (4.23%) MCDBA
14 7 (3.29%) CCNP
15 6 (2.82%) A+ Certification
16 3 (1.41%) ACTC
16 3 (1.41%) PMI Certification
16 3 (1.41%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (7.98%) SLA
2 4 (1.88%) QA
3 3 (1.41%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (1.41%) PMO
4 1 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 127 (59.62%) Active Directory
2 42 (19.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 32 (15.02%) Hyper-V
4 16 (7.51%) XenApp
5 12 (5.63%) VMware Workstation
6 6 (2.82%) XenDesktop
7 5 (2.35%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.35%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (1.88%) Virtual Desktop
9 2 (0.94%) UAG
9 2 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (0.94%) vSphere
10 1 (0.47%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.47%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
10 1 (0.47%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 32 (15.02%) SCCM
2 7 (3.29%) Microsoft Clustering
3 6 (2.82%) PowerCLI
3 6 (2.82%) SCOM
3 6 (2.82%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 5 (2.35%) OVSD
5 4 (1.88%) Nessus
6 3 (1.41%) vCenter Server
7 2 (0.94%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.94%) DameWare
7 2 (0.94%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.94%) OpenView
7 2 (0.94%) Puppet
7 2 (0.94%) WMI
7 2 (0.94%) WSUS
8 1 (0.47%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.47%) Cisco CME
8 1 (0.47%) Network Intrusion Detection System
8 1 (0.47%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.47%) SCSM
Vendors
1 140 (65.73%) Microsoft
2 70 (32.86%) Citrix
3 54 (25.35%) VMware
4 40 (18.78%) Cisco
5 37 (17.37%) HP
6 17 (7.98%) Apple
7 13 (6.10%) Remedy
8 11 (5.16%) ServiceNow
9 10 (4.69%) BMC
9 10 (4.69%) SolarWinds
10 9 (4.23%) Oracle
10 9 (4.23%) Polycom
11 8 (3.76%) Dell
11 8 (3.76%) Symantec
12 7 (3.29%) F5
13 6 (2.82%) Lumension
13 6 (2.82%) McAfee
13 6 (2.82%) MobileIron
13 6 (2.82%) Red Hat
13 6 (2.82%) Splunk
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