Period
to 18 October 2018

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 18 October 2018 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 656 660 545
Rank change year-on-year +4 -115 +12
Contract jobs citing MCP 229 208 375
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.21% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.20% 1.12% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 143 124 228
UK median daily rate £205 £275 £298
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.45% -7.56% +6.25%
10th Percentile £143 £133 £122
90th Percentile £500 £471 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £218 £288 £275
% change year-on-year -24.35% +4.55% -5.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 44 33 38
UK median hourly rate £15.85 £14.50 £19.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.31% -26.95% +20.30%
10th Percentile £12.74 £11.70 £13.00
90th Percentile £27.28 £17.89 £36.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.85 £14.84 £20.67
% change year-on-year +6.81% -28.19% +33.32%

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 19,162 18,623 22,533
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.59% 18.73% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,346 11,338 13,994
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £245 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.50% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 955 897 850
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +1.85% +17.39%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +13.10%

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 18 October 2018.

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 18 October 2018.

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 18 October 2018. 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 +1 202 £200 -27.27% 88
UK excluding London -1 156 £218 -24.35% 72
London -19 66 £205 -18.00% 21
Midlands +2 38 £200 -38.46% 4
North of England -22 36 £200 -54.55% 29
South East -26 29 £363 +26.09% 20
West Midlands -2 27 £375 +7.14% 1
East of England -3 26 £185 -26.00% 9
Yorkshire -7 21 £325 +4.00% 5
Wales -4 13 £227 -46.59% 1
North West -25 12 £175 -60.67% 21
East Midlands +7 11 £200 +33.33% 3
South West -15 7 £258 +60.94% 5
Scotland -15 7 £140 +14.29% 4
North East - 3 £200 - 3

For the 6 months to 18 October 2018, 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.

1 176 (76.86%) Windows
2 169 (73.80%) Microsoft
3 166 (72.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 117 (51.09%) ITIL
5 109 (47.60%) MCSE
6 97 (42.36%) Active Directory
7 77 (33.62%) Microsoft Office
8 76 (33.19%) Windows 7
9 61 (26.64%) Windows Server
10 60 (26.20%) MCSA
11 54 (23.58%) SCCM
12 48 (20.96%) Windows 10
13 45 (19.65%) Office 365
14 44 (19.21%) VMware
15 38 (16.59%) Service Management
15 38 (16.59%) Cisco
16 36 (15.72%) Problem-Solving
17 35 (15.28%) PowerShell
18 34 (14.85%) Apple
19 33 (14.41%) SLA
20 32 (13.97%) Citrix
21 30 (13.10%) Incident Management
22 28 (12.23%) Windows Server 2008
22 28 (12.23%) Windows Server 2012
22 28 (12.23%) Service Delivery
22 28 (12.23%) Cisco Certification
23 27 (11.79%) CCNA
23 27 (11.79%) Finance
23 27 (11.79%) VMware Infrastructure
24 25 (10.92%) VPN

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 23 (10.04%) MS Exchange
2 13 (5.68%) Skype for Business
3 10 (4.37%) SharePoint
4 5 (2.18%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (2.18%) IBM Notes
5 3 (1.31%) Apache
5 3 (1.31%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (0.87%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 2 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2003
6 2 (0.87%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (0.87%) IIS
7 1 (0.44%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 77 (33.62%) Microsoft Office
2 7 (3.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 4 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.87%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.31%) SmartPlant
3 2 (0.87%) ReMetrica
3 2 (0.87%) SAP GTS
3 2 (0.87%) Towers Watson Igloo
4 1 (0.44%) assyst
4 1 (0.44%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 45 (19.65%) Office 365
2 18 (7.86%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (2.62%) Dynamics 365
4 5 (2.18%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
5 4 (1.75%) Mimecast
5 4 (1.75%) SaaS
6 2 (0.87%) OneDrive
6 2 (0.87%) PaaS
7 1 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.44%) GitHub
7 1 (0.44%) IaaS
7 1 (0.44%) iTunes
7 1 (0.44%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 25 (10.92%) VPN
2 24 (10.48%) LAN
3 23 (10.04%) TCP/IP
4 20 (8.73%) Internet
5 19 (8.30%) DNS
5 19 (8.30%) Wireless
6 14 (6.11%) DHCP
7 10 (4.37%) Unified Communications
7 10 (4.37%) WAN
8 8 (3.49%) Firewall
9 7 (3.06%) Network Security
9 7 (3.06%) Skype
10 6 (2.62%) IP Telephony
11 5 (2.18%) Remote Desktop
12 4 (1.75%) FTP
12 4 (1.75%) NAS
12 4 (1.75%) SAN
12 4 (1.75%) Wi-Fi
13 3 (1.31%) PPTP
13 3 (1.31%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (7.86%) SQL Server
2 2 (0.87%) Oracle Database
2 2 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (0.87%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (0.44%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (0.44%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.44%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 6 (2.62%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.18%) MSI
3 3 (1.31%) AdminStudio
3 3 (1.31%) JIRA
4 2 (0.87%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (0.87%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.44%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (0.44%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.44%) JMeter
5 1 (0.44%) LoadRunner
5 1 (0.44%) Selenium
5 1 (0.44%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 27 (11.79%) Finance
2 12 (5.24%) Retail
3 9 (3.93%) Manufacturing
4 8 (3.49%) Automotive
5 7 (3.06%) Telecoms
6 6 (2.62%) Banking
6 6 (2.62%) Military
7 5 (2.18%) Electronics
7 5 (2.18%) Humanities
7 5 (2.18%) Social Science
8 4 (1.75%) Legal
8 4 (1.75%) Marketing
9 3 (1.31%) Advertising
9 3 (1.31%) Pharmaceutical
9 3 (1.31%) Publishing
10 2 (0.87%) Investment Banking
10 2 (0.87%) Law
10 2 (0.87%) Portuguese Language
11 1 (0.44%) French Language
11 1 (0.44%) German Language
Job Titles
1 65 (28.38%) Analyst
2 42 (18.34%) Support Engineer
3 32 (13.97%) Service Analyst
4 31 (13.54%) IT Support
5 28 (12.23%) Service Desk Analyst
6 27 (11.79%) 2nd Line Support
7 25 (10.92%) Desktop Support
8 18 (7.86%) Support Analyst
9 17 (7.42%) 2nd Line Engineer
10 11 (4.80%) Desktop Engineer
10 11 (4.80%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 11 (4.80%) Incident Analyst
10 11 (4.80%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 10 (4.37%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
12 9 (3.93%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 9 (3.93%) IT Engineer
13 8 (3.49%) IT Analyst
13 8 (3.49%) Windows Engineer
14 7 (3.06%) Desktop Analyst
14 7 (3.06%) IT Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (4.80%) .NET
2 6 (2.62%) ASP.NET
3 4 (1.75%) COM
4 3 (1.31%) LAMP
4 3 (1.31%) Web Services
5 2 (0.87%) WinForms
6 1 (0.44%) JSON
6 1 (0.44%) REST
6 1 (0.44%) SAML
6 1 (0.44%) Software Packaging
6 1 (0.44%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.30%) Management Information System
2 18 (7.86%) Self-Motivation
3 17 (7.42%) Data Centre
4 14 (6.11%) Smartphone
5 13 (5.68%) Computer Science
6 11 (4.80%) Analytical Skills
7 9 (3.93%) AS400
7 9 (3.93%) Driving Licence
8 8 (3.49%) Fat Client
8 8 (3.49%) Thin Client
9 6 (2.62%) Mobile App
10 5 (2.18%) Blackberry
10 5 (2.18%) Enterprise Software
11 4 (1.75%) Video Conferencing
12 3 (1.31%) Clustering
12 3 (1.31%) Data Protection Act
12 3 (1.31%) iPhone
12 3 (1.31%) Life Science
12 3 (1.31%) Replication
12 3 (1.31%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 176 (76.86%) Windows
2 76 (33.19%) Windows 7
3 61 (26.64%) Windows Server
4 48 (20.96%) Windows 10
5 28 (12.23%) Windows Server 2008
5 28 (12.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 23 (10.04%) Windows XP
7 14 (6.11%) Unix
8 13 (5.68%) Android
9 12 (5.24%) Windows Vista
10 11 (4.80%) Linux
10 11 (4.80%) Mac OS
10 11 (4.80%) Windows 2000
11 9 (3.93%) Mac OS X
12 8 (3.49%) Windows 8
13 7 (3.06%) Windows Server 2003
14 4 (1.75%) Apple iOS
14 4 (1.75%) Mac OS X Server
15 2 (0.87%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 2 (0.87%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 117 (51.09%) ITIL
2 38 (16.59%) Service Management
3 36 (15.72%) Problem-Solving
4 30 (13.10%) Incident Management
5 28 (12.23%) Service Delivery
6 23 (10.04%) PRINCE2
7 18 (7.86%) Migration
7 18 (7.86%) Problem Management
8 17 (7.42%) Agile Software Development
8 17 (7.42%) Change Management
9 16 (6.99%) Mathematics
10 15 (6.55%) Break/Fix
10 15 (6.55%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 15 (6.55%) Project Management
11 13 (5.68%) ITSM
11 13 (5.68%) Risk Management
12 12 (5.24%) Asset Management
13 11 (4.80%) Disaster Recovery
13 11 (4.80%) ITIL V3
14 9 (3.93%) Infrastructure Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (15.28%) PowerShell
2 12 (5.24%) SQL
3 11 (4.80%) VB
4 9 (3.93%) C#
5 5 (2.18%) VBScript
6 4 (1.75%) Java
6 4 (1.75%) JavaScript
7 3 (1.31%) PL/SQL
8 2 (0.87%) T-SQL
8 2 (0.87%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.44%) C
9 1 (0.44%) C++
Qualifications
1 166 (72.49%) Microsoft Certification
2 109 (47.60%) MCSE
3 60 (26.20%) MCSA
4 28 (12.23%) Cisco Certification
5 27 (11.79%) CCNA
6 23 (10.04%) ITIL Certification
7 21 (9.17%) MCTS
8 19 (8.30%) A+ Certification
9 18 (7.86%) MCDST
10 17 (7.42%) MCITP
11 16 (6.99%) Security Cleared
12 13 (5.68%) Degree
13 12 (5.24%) HNC
14 11 (4.80%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 11 (4.80%) NVQ Level 3
15 10 (4.37%) CISSP
15 10 (4.37%) SC Cleared
16 9 (3.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
17 8 (3.49%) DBS Check
17 8 (3.49%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (14.41%) SLA
2 7 (3.06%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 6 (2.62%) JSP 440
4 5 (2.18%) QA
5 3 (1.31%) GDPR
5 3 (1.31%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.87%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.87%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.87%) PMO
System Software
1 97 (42.36%) Active Directory
2 27 (11.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 19 (8.30%) Hyper-V
4 11 (4.80%) Terminal Services
5 8 (3.49%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
6 7 (3.06%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (3.06%) vSphere
7 6 (2.62%) XenApp
8 5 (2.18%) VMware Workstation
8 5 (2.18%) XenDesktop
9 4 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
10 3 (1.31%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 2 (0.87%) Firmware
11 2 (0.87%) VMware NSX
12 1 (0.44%) Docker
12 1 (0.44%) Forefront TMG
12 1 (0.44%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 54 (23.58%) SCCM
2 8 (3.49%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 7 (3.06%) Microsoft Intune
3 7 (3.06%) WSUS
4 5 (2.18%) Backup Exec
4 5 (2.18%) SafeCom
5 4 (1.75%) Norton AntiVirus
6 3 (1.31%) AirWatch
6 3 (1.31%) SCOM
6 3 (1.31%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (0.87%) EMC NetWorker
7 2 (0.87%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (0.87%) NetBackup
7 2 (0.87%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.44%) Ansible
8 1 (0.44%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.44%) NetVault Backup
8 1 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.44%) Puppet
8 1 (0.44%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 169 (73.80%) Microsoft
2 44 (19.21%) VMware
3 38 (16.59%) Cisco
4 34 (14.85%) Apple
5 32 (13.97%) Citrix
6 12 (5.24%) NetApp
7 11 (4.80%) Google
7 11 (4.80%) SAP
8 10 (4.37%) Altiris
9 9 (3.93%) IBM
9 9 (3.93%) Remedy
10 7 (3.06%) HP
10 7 (3.06%) Ivanti
10 7 (3.06%) Oracle
10 7 (3.06%) Snow
10 7 (3.06%) Symantec
10 7 (3.06%) Veeam
11 5 (2.18%) Lotus
11 5 (2.18%) Wyse
12 4 (1.75%) ServiceNow