Period
to 23 October 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 October 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 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 674 534 551
Rank change year-on-year -140 +17 -101
Contract jobs citing MCP 209 371 372
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.35% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.12% 1.67% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 124 230 179
UK median daily rate £275 £298 £288
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.56% +3.48% +17.35%
10th Percentile £133 £122 £130
90th Percentile £471 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £288 £275 £300
% change year-on-year +4.55% -8.33% +20.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 34 93
UK median hourly rate £14.67 £18.25 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.62% +14.06% -1.54%
10th Percentile £12.55 £12.40 £11.50
90th Percentile £17.94 £34.18 £21.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.92 £19.35 £15.50
% change year-on-year -22.89% +24.84% -4.32%

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 18649 22173 22243
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.62% 21.04% 19.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 11389 13769 13304
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +2.56%
10th Percentile £225 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £380
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 912 829 1088
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £26.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.77% +10.42% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.79
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +9.09% +10.00% +25.00%

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 October 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 October 2017.

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 23 October 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 -103 198 £275 -3.08% 36
UK excluding London -69 137 £288 +4.55% 24
London -41 71 £250 -23.08% 15
South East -26 45 £288 -2.29% 4
North of England +32 28 £440 +39.68% 9
East of England -50 23 £250 +8.70% 7
Midlands +35 22 £325 +1.56% 1
North West +17 18 £445 +249.02% 7
West Midlands +33 12 £350 +9.38% 1
Yorkshire +27 10 £313 +155.10% 2
East Midlands +4 10 £150 -
South West -11 9 £160 -36.00%
Scotland -12 6 £123 -61.72% 3
Wales +10 2 £425 +13.33%
Northern Ireland -53 2 £250 +42.86%

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 177 (84.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 159 (76.08%) Windows
3 146 (69.86%) Microsoft
4 126 (60.29%) Active Directory
5 117 (55.98%) MCSE
6 102 (48.80%) ITIL
7 73 (34.93%) Microsoft Office
8 71 (33.97%) Windows 7
9 66 (31.58%) Citrix
10 59 (28.23%) MS Exchange
11 58 (27.75%) MCSA
12 52 (24.88%) LAN
12 52 (24.88%) Windows Server 2012
13 50 (23.92%) Cisco
14 49 (23.44%) TCP/IP
15 48 (22.97%) VMware
16 47 (22.49%) Office 365
17 45 (21.53%) Windows Server
18 44 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
19 41 (19.62%) MCDST
20 40 (19.14%) DNS
20 40 (19.14%) WAN
21 39 (18.66%) DHCP
22 38 (18.18%) Finance
22 38 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
23 37 (17.70%) SCCM
24 34 (16.27%) Degree
25 33 (15.79%) Blackberry
26 28 (13.40%) Change Management
26 28 (13.40%) XenApp

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 59 (28.23%) MS Exchange
2 24 (11.48%) Exchange Server 2010
3 17 (8.13%) Exchange Server 2007
3 17 (8.13%) Exchange Server 2013
4 13 (6.22%) IBM Notes
5 12 (5.74%) Skype for Business
6 8 (3.83%) CMS
6 8 (3.83%) SharePoint
7 5 (2.39%) Kentico
7 5 (2.39%) Sitecore CMS
7 5 (2.39%) Umbraco
8 4 (1.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (1.91%) IIS
9 1 (0.48%) Apache
9 1 (0.48%) SAS
Applications
1 73 (34.93%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (1.91%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (1.91%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.48%) Acrobat
4 1 (0.48%) AutoCAD
4 1 (0.48%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.44%) Eikon
2 2 (0.96%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.48%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 47 (22.49%) Office 365
2 20 (9.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (2.39%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (1.44%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (1.44%) OneDrive
5 2 (0.96%) IaaS
5 2 (0.96%) Mimecast
5 2 (0.96%) PaaS
5 2 (0.96%) SaaS
6 1 (0.48%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.48%) AWS CloudFormation
6 1 (0.48%) Dynamics 365
6 1 (0.48%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 52 (24.88%) LAN
2 49 (23.44%) TCP/IP
3 40 (19.14%) DNS
3 40 (19.14%) WAN
4 39 (18.66%) DHCP
5 22 (10.53%) Wireless
6 19 (9.09%) Internet
7 15 (7.18%) Ethernet
8 12 (5.74%) Firewall
9 11 (5.26%) SAN
10 9 (4.31%) Skype
10 9 (4.31%) VPN
11 7 (3.35%) Cisco IOS
11 7 (3.35%) IP Telephony
11 7 (3.35%) Unified Communications
12 5 (2.39%) VLAN
12 5 (2.39%) WLAN
13 4 (1.91%) Network Security
14 3 (1.44%) NetScaler
14 3 (1.44%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (9.57%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.35%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (2.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (1.91%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (0.96%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.48%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (1.91%) Eclipse
2 3 (1.44%) Wise Package Studio
3 2 (0.96%) Git (software)
3 2 (0.96%) Visual Studio
General
1 38 (18.18%) Finance
2 7 (3.35%) Automotive
3 6 (2.87%) Legal
4 4 (1.91%) Local Government
5 3 (1.44%) Banking
5 3 (1.44%) Law
5 3 (1.44%) Publishing
5 3 (1.44%) Retail
6 2 (0.96%) Advertising
7 1 (0.48%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.48%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.48%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.48%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 39 (18.66%) Analyst
2 36 (17.22%) Desktop Support
3 33 (15.79%) Support Engineer
4 29 (13.88%) 2nd Line Support
5 24 (11.48%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 20 (9.57%) Desktop Engineer
7 19 (9.09%) Support Analyst
8 18 (8.61%) Service Analyst
8 18 (8.61%) Service Desk Engineer
9 17 (8.13%) Service Desk Analyst
9 17 (8.13%) Service Desk Support
10 13 (6.22%) IT Support
10 13 (6.22%) Technical Support
11 12 (5.74%) 3rd Line Support
12 11 (5.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 11 (5.26%) IT Engineer
12 11 (5.26%) Systems Engineer
13 10 (4.78%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 9 (4.31%) Developer
14 9 (4.31%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.78%) .NET
2 7 (3.35%) ASP.NET
2 7 (3.35%) jQuery
2 7 (3.35%) XML
3 6 (2.87%) AngularJS
4 4 (1.91%) Web Services
5 2 (0.96%) .NET Framework
5 2 (0.96%) CGI
5 2 (0.96%) CSS
5 2 (0.96%) HTML
6 1 (0.48%) Ajax
6 1 (0.48%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.48%) Entity Framework
6 1 (0.48%) HTML5
6 1 (0.48%) JSON
6 1 (0.48%) REST
6 1 (0.48%) SOAP
6 1 (0.48%) WCF
6 1 (0.48%) XMPP
6 1 (0.48%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 33 (15.79%) Blackberry
2 22 (10.53%) Data Centre
2 22 (10.53%) Management Information System
3 20 (9.57%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (7.66%) Client/Server
5 12 (5.74%) NHS
6 11 (5.26%) Video Conferencing
7 7 (3.35%) Computer Science
7 7 (3.35%) Driving Licence
7 7 (3.35%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (0.96%) Clustering
8 2 (0.96%) Cyber Attack
8 2 (0.96%) Cyberthreat
8 2 (0.96%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
8 2 (0.96%) Microsoft Licensing
8 2 (0.96%) PDA
8 2 (0.96%) Security Operations Centre
8 2 (0.96%) Smartphone
9 1 (0.48%) Greenfield Project
9 1 (0.48%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 159 (76.08%) Windows
2 71 (33.97%) Windows 7
3 52 (24.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 45 (21.53%) Windows Server
5 44 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 20 (9.57%) Windows 10
7 18 (8.61%) Windows Server 2003
8 17 (8.13%) Apple iOS
9 15 (7.18%) Linux
9 15 (7.18%) Unix
10 14 (6.70%) Windows XP
11 8 (3.83%) Windows Vista
12 5 (2.39%) Android
12 5 (2.39%) Windows 2000
13 4 (1.91%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.96%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.96%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.48%) AIX
15 1 (0.48%) CentOS
15 1 (0.48%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 102 (48.80%) ITIL
2 28 (13.40%) Change Management
3 26 (12.44%) Service Management
4 20 (9.57%) Service Delivery
5 17 (8.13%) ITIL V3
5 17 (8.13%) Time Management
6 15 (7.18%) Disaster Recovery
6 15 (7.18%) Incident Management
6 15 (7.18%) Validation
7 14 (6.70%) ITSM
8 12 (5.74%) Data Protection
9 11 (5.26%) PRINCE2
10 10 (4.78%) Asset Management
10 10 (4.78%) Break/Fix
10 10 (4.78%) Problem Management
11 9 (4.31%) Cybersecurity
12 8 (3.83%) Capacity Planning
12 8 (3.83%) MVC
13 7 (3.35%) Change Control
13 7 (3.35%) Password Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (8.61%) SQL
2 16 (7.66%) Java
3 12 (5.74%) PowerShell
4 10 (4.78%) C#
5 7 (3.35%) VBScript
6 6 (2.87%) VB
7 4 (1.91%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.44%) REXX
8 3 (1.44%) Tcl
9 1 (0.48%) C
9 1 (0.48%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.48%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.48%) VB6
Qualifications
1 177 (84.69%) Microsoft Certification
2 117 (55.98%) MCSE
3 58 (27.75%) MCSA
4 41 (19.62%) MCDST
5 34 (16.27%) Degree
6 25 (11.96%) Cisco Certification
7 24 (11.48%) A+ Certification
8 23 (11.00%) CCNA
9 21 (10.05%) Security Cleared
10 18 (8.61%) Network+ Certification
11 16 (7.66%) ACHDS
11 16 (7.66%) MCSM
11 16 (7.66%) SC Cleared
12 15 (7.18%) ACDT
12 15 (7.18%) ACTC
13 13 (6.22%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 12 (5.74%) Citrix Certification
14 12 (5.74%) ITIL Certification
15 10 (4.78%) CCA
15 10 (4.78%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (10.53%) SLA
2 5 (2.39%) PCI DSS
3 4 (1.91%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.48%) QA
System Software
1 126 (60.29%) Active Directory
2 38 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (13.40%) XenApp
4 18 (8.61%) Virtual Servers
5 16 (7.66%) Hyper-V
6 8 (3.83%) vSphere
7 6 (2.87%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (2.87%) XenDesktop
8 5 (2.39%) VMware Workstation
9 4 (1.91%) Terminal Services
10 3 (1.44%) Virtual Machines
10 3 (1.44%) XenServer
11 2 (0.96%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.96%) Microsoft App-V
11 2 (0.96%) ProxySG
12 1 (0.48%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.48%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 37 (17.70%) SCCM
2 6 (2.87%) DameWare
3 5 (2.39%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 4 (1.91%) Backup Exec
4 4 (1.91%) NetBackup
5 3 (1.44%) AirWatch
5 3 (1.44%) Microsoft Clustering
5 3 (1.44%) Norton AntiVirus
5 3 (1.44%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 3 (1.44%) vCenter Server
5 3 (1.44%) WSUS
6 2 (0.96%) Cisco CUCM
6 2 (0.96%) HP SIM
6 2 (0.96%) OpenView
6 2 (0.96%) OVSD
6 2 (0.96%) WMI
7 1 (0.48%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.48%) SCSM
7 1 (0.48%) Simpana
Vendors
1 146 (69.86%) Microsoft
2 66 (31.58%) Citrix
3 50 (23.92%) Cisco
4 48 (22.97%) VMware
5 23 (11.00%) Apple
5 23 (11.00%) HP
6 20 (9.57%) Oracle
7 13 (6.22%) Lotus
8 12 (5.74%) Dell
9 11 (5.26%) ServiceNow
10 9 (4.31%) Sophos
11 7 (3.35%) CheckPoint
11 7 (3.35%) McAfee
12 6 (2.87%) Symantec
13 5 (2.39%) NetApp
13 5 (2.39%) Polycom
13 5 (2.39%) Remedy
13 5 (2.39%) Sitecore
14 4 (1.91%) Kaseya
14 4 (1.91%) Veeam