Period
to 19 November 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 19 November 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
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 649 556 541
Rank change year-on-year -93 -15 -108
Contract jobs citing MCP 229 354 383
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.23% 0.34% 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 1.63% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 225 192
UK median daily rate £250 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.67% - +22.45%
10th Percentile £128 £121 £136
90th Percentile £479 £450 £499
UK excluding London median daily rate £250 £290 £310
% change year-on-year -13.79% -6.45% +22.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 32 80
UK median hourly rate £14.50 £18.03 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.58% +16.32% -7.46%
10th Percentile £11.50 £12.22 £11.50
90th Percentile £17.49 £28.73 £21.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.50 £18.03 £15.00
% change year-on-year -19.58% +20.20% -7.41%

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 18914 21681 22650
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.65% 20.68% 19.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 11591 13520 13652
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £220 £240 £243
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 889 861 1091
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +1.85% +8.00% +31.58%

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 November 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 19 November 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 19 November 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 -72 216 £275 -4.35% 35
UK excluding London -58 143 £250 -13.79% 20
London -55 85 £258 -20.77% 16
South East -23 47 £275 -9.84% 3
North of England +32 27 £350 +11.11% 6
East of England -34 26 £233 -7.00% 3
Midlands +31 23 £263 -17.97% 4
North West +19 16 £440 +266.67% 3
West Midlands +28 14 £350 +9.38% 3
Yorkshire +26 11 £313 +155.10% 1
East Midlands +13 9 £150 - 1
South West +5 8 £160 -36.00% 3
Scotland -22 7 £123 -61.72% 1
Northern Ireland -46 3 £250 +42.86%
Wales +15 2 £425 +13.33%

For the 6 months to 19 November 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.

1 184 (80.35%) Microsoft Certification
2 174 (75.98%) Windows
3 160 (69.87%) Microsoft
4 131 (57.21%) Active Directory
5 125 (54.59%) MCSE
6 111 (48.47%) ITIL
7 83 (36.24%) Microsoft Office
8 82 (35.81%) Windows 7
9 69 (30.13%) Citrix
10 61 (26.64%) MS Exchange
11 59 (25.76%) MCSA
11 59 (25.76%) Cisco
12 58 (25.33%) LAN
13 55 (24.02%) TCP/IP
14 54 (23.58%) Office 365
15 53 (23.14%) VMware
16 46 (20.09%) WAN
16 46 (20.09%) Windows Server 2012
16 46 (20.09%) MCDST
17 44 (19.21%) Windows Server 2008
18 43 (18.78%) Finance
18 43 (18.78%) VMware Infrastructure
18 43 (18.78%) SCCM
18 43 (18.78%) Windows Server
19 40 (17.47%) DNS
20 37 (16.16%) DHCP
20 37 (16.16%) Degree
21 36 (15.72%) Blackberry
22 32 (13.97%) Cisco Certification
23 29 (12.66%) CCNA

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 61 (26.64%) MS Exchange
2 21 (9.17%) Exchange Server 2007
2 21 (9.17%) Exchange Server 2010
3 13 (5.68%) Exchange Server 2013
4 12 (5.24%) IBM Notes
4 12 (5.24%) Skype for Business
5 10 (4.37%) SharePoint
6 8 (3.49%) CMS
7 5 (2.18%) Kentico
7 5 (2.18%) Sitecore CMS
7 5 (2.18%) Umbraco
8 3 (1.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 3 (1.31%) IIS
9 1 (0.44%) Apache
9 1 (0.44%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.44%) SAS
Applications
1 83 (36.24%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (1.31%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.87%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.44%) Acrobat
5 1 (0.44%) AutoCAD
5 1 (0.44%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (1.31%) Eikon
2 2 (0.87%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.44%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.44%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 54 (23.58%) Office 365
2 21 (9.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.06%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (2.62%) IaaS
5 5 (2.18%) Mimecast
5 5 (2.18%) PaaS
6 2 (0.87%) Azure Active Directory
6 2 (0.87%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.44%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 1 (0.44%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.44%) GitHub
7 1 (0.44%) SaaS
7 1 (0.44%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 58 (25.33%) LAN
2 55 (24.02%) TCP/IP
3 46 (20.09%) WAN
4 40 (17.47%) DNS
5 37 (16.16%) DHCP
6 24 (10.48%) Wireless
7 19 (8.30%) Internet
8 15 (6.55%) Ethernet
8 15 (6.55%) Firewall
9 13 (5.68%) Skype
10 11 (4.80%) SAN
11 9 (3.93%) IP Telephony
11 9 (3.93%) VPN
12 7 (3.06%) Unified Communications
13 6 (2.62%) Cisco IOS
13 6 (2.62%) WLAN
14 5 (2.18%) VLAN
15 4 (1.75%) Network Security
16 3 (1.31%) NetScaler
16 3 (1.31%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (9.61%) SQL Server
2 8 (3.49%) SQL Server 2008
2 8 (3.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (1.75%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (1.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (0.87%) Crystal Reports
5 2 (0.87%) SQL Server 2000
5 2 (0.87%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (0.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (0.44%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 4 (1.75%) Eclipse
1 4 (1.75%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.31%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.31%) Wise Package Studio
3 1 (0.44%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.44%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.44%) MSTest
General
1 43 (18.78%) Finance
2 8 (3.49%) Retail
3 7 (3.06%) Automotive
4 6 (2.62%) Publishing
5 5 (2.18%) Banking
5 5 (2.18%) Legal
6 3 (1.31%) Law
6 3 (1.31%) Local Government
7 2 (0.87%) Advertising
7 2 (0.87%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.44%) Back Office
8 1 (0.44%) Manufacturing
8 1 (0.44%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 47 (20.52%) Analyst
2 44 (19.21%) Desktop Support
3 40 (17.47%) Support Engineer
4 30 (13.10%) 2nd Line Support
5 25 (10.92%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 25 (10.92%) Service Analyst
6 24 (10.48%) Service Desk Analyst
7 23 (10.04%) Desktop Engineer
8 20 (8.73%) Support Analyst
9 18 (7.86%) Service Desk Engineer
10 16 (6.99%) IT Support
11 15 (6.55%) Service Desk Support
12 13 (5.68%) 3rd Line Support
12 13 (5.68%) Desktop Support Engineer
13 12 (5.24%) IT Engineer
13 12 (5.24%) Systems Engineer
14 11 (4.80%) 2nd Line Engineer
14 11 (4.80%) Technical Support
15 9 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 9 (3.93%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (4.37%) .NET
2 8 (3.49%) ASP.NET
2 8 (3.49%) Web Services
3 7 (3.06%) jQuery
3 7 (3.06%) XML
4 5 (2.18%) AngularJS
5 4 (1.75%) REST
5 4 (1.75%) WCF
6 3 (1.31%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (0.87%) .NET Framework
7 2 (0.87%) Ajax
7 2 (0.87%) ASP.NET Web API
7 2 (0.87%) CGI
7 2 (0.87%) HTML
7 2 (0.87%) HTML5
7 2 (0.87%) JSON
8 1 (0.44%) CSS
8 1 (0.44%) SAP Basis
8 1 (0.44%) SOAP
8 1 (0.44%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 36 (15.72%) Blackberry
2 24 (10.48%) Management Information System
3 18 (7.86%) Analytical Skills
3 18 (7.86%) Data Centre
4 16 (6.99%) Client/Server
5 14 (6.11%) NHS
6 10 (4.37%) Computer Science
6 10 (4.37%) Video Conferencing
7 8 (3.49%) Driving Licence
8 6 (2.62%) Smartphone
9 5 (2.18%) Microsoft Licensing
10 3 (1.31%) N-Tier
11 2 (0.87%) Clustering
11 2 (0.87%) Cyber Attack
11 2 (0.87%) Cyberthreat
11 2 (0.87%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
11 2 (0.87%) Enterprise Software
11 2 (0.87%) Handset
11 2 (0.87%) PDA
11 2 (0.87%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 174 (75.98%) Windows
2 82 (35.81%) Windows 7
3 46 (20.09%) Windows Server 2012
4 44 (19.21%) Windows Server 2008
5 43 (18.78%) Windows Server
6 18 (7.86%) Apple iOS
7 17 (7.42%) Windows Server 2003
8 15 (6.55%) Windows 10
9 14 (6.11%) Linux
10 13 (5.68%) Unix
10 13 (5.68%) Windows XP
11 10 (4.37%) Windows Vista
12 7 (3.06%) Windows 8
13 6 (2.62%) Android
13 6 (2.62%) Windows 2000
14 3 (1.31%) Mac OS X
15 1 (0.44%) AIX
15 1 (0.44%) CentOS
15 1 (0.44%) SUSE
15 1 (0.44%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 111 (48.47%) ITIL
2 27 (11.79%) Change Management
2 27 (11.79%) Service Management
3 25 (10.92%) Service Delivery
4 21 (9.17%) Incident Management
5 19 (8.30%) Disaster Recovery
6 18 (7.86%) Time Management
7 16 (6.99%) Problem Management
8 15 (6.55%) Validation
9 13 (5.68%) Data Protection
9 13 (5.68%) ITIL V3
10 12 (5.24%) Break/Fix
10 12 (5.24%) ITSM
11 11 (4.80%) Capacity Planning
11 11 (4.80%) Performance Monitoring
12 10 (4.37%) Asset Management
12 10 (4.37%) PRINCE2
13 9 (3.93%) Change Control
13 9 (3.93%) MVC
13 9 (3.93%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 17 (7.42%) SQL
2 16 (6.99%) Java
3 13 (5.68%) PowerShell
4 10 (4.37%) C#
5 7 (3.06%) VBScript
6 5 (2.18%) VB
7 3 (1.31%) C
7 3 (1.31%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.31%) REXX
7 3 (1.31%) Tcl
8 2 (0.87%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.44%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.44%) VB6
Qualifications
1 184 (80.35%) Microsoft Certification
2 125 (54.59%) MCSE
3 59 (25.76%) MCSA
4 46 (20.09%) MCDST
5 37 (16.16%) Degree
6 32 (13.97%) Cisco Certification
7 29 (12.66%) CCNA
8 26 (11.35%) A+ Certification
9 18 (7.86%) Network+ Certification
9 18 (7.86%) Security Cleared
10 16 (6.99%) ACHDS
10 16 (6.99%) MCSM
11 15 (6.55%) ACDT
11 15 (6.55%) ACTC
11 15 (6.55%) ITIL Certification
12 14 (6.11%) Computer Science Degree
12 14 (6.11%) SC Cleared
13 12 (5.24%) Citrix Certification
13 12 (5.24%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 11 (4.80%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (10.48%) SLA
2 5 (2.18%) Disclosure Scotland
2 5 (2.18%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.44%) QA
System Software
1 131 (57.21%) Active Directory
2 43 (18.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (11.35%) XenApp
4 19 (8.30%) Hyper-V
5 17 (7.42%) Virtual Servers
6 9 (3.93%) vSphere
7 6 (2.62%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.18%) VMware Workstation
8 5 (2.18%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.75%) Terminal Services
10 3 (1.31%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (0.87%) Citrix Presentation Server
11 2 (0.87%) ProxySG
11 2 (0.87%) XenServer
12 1 (0.44%) Docker
12 1 (0.44%) ISA Server
12 1 (0.44%) Microsoft App-V
12 1 (0.44%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 43 (18.78%) SCCM
2 8 (3.49%) Backup Exec
3 7 (3.06%) NetBackup
4 6 (2.62%) DameWare
5 5 (2.18%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 3 (1.31%) Microsoft Clustering
6 3 (1.31%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (1.31%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 3 (1.31%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 3 (1.31%) vCenter Server
6 3 (1.31%) WSUS
7 2 (0.87%) AirWatch
7 2 (0.87%) Cisco CUCM
7 2 (0.87%) HP SIM
7 2 (0.87%) OpenView
7 2 (0.87%) OVSD
7 2 (0.87%) WMI
8 1 (0.44%) HP Data Protector
8 1 (0.44%) NetVault Backup
8 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 160 (69.87%) Microsoft
2 69 (30.13%) Citrix
3 59 (25.76%) Cisco
4 53 (23.14%) VMware
5 23 (10.04%) Apple
5 23 (10.04%) HP
6 19 (8.30%) Oracle
7 13 (5.68%) Dell
7 13 (5.68%) Sophos
8 12 (5.24%) Lotus
9 11 (4.80%) CheckPoint
10 10 (4.37%) ServiceNow
11 9 (3.93%) NetApp
11 9 (3.93%) Symantec
12 7 (3.06%) McAfee
12 7 (3.06%) Veeam
13 5 (2.18%) Polycom
13 5 (2.18%) Remedy
13 5 (2.18%) Sitecore
14 4 (1.75%) Avaya