Period
to 8 April 2020

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 8 April 2020 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
8 Apr 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 553 679 595
Rank change year-on-year +126 -84 +24
Contract jobs citing MCP 130 200 302
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.21% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.97% 1.06% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 114 137
Median daily rate £200 £189 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.96% -44.07% +8.87%
10th Percentile £130 £135 £114
90th Percentile £443 £525 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £225 £200 £350
% change year-on-year +12.50% -42.86% +14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 29 61
Median hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.67% - -4.76%
10th Percentile £15.18 £13.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £20.38 £27.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.85 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year +5.67% - -3.23%

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 13,435 18,825 19,589
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 22.03% 19.42% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,119 11,353 11,864
Median daily rate £475 £455 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.40% +1.11% +5.88%
10th Percentile £255 £263 £235
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £430 £405
% change year-on-year +4.65% +6.17% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 653 863 868
Median hourly rate £35.00 £32.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +36.84% -16.21%
10th Percentile £15.69 £12.50 £12.50
90th Percentile £57.00 £52.90 £50.08
Median hourly rate £34.77 £29.45 £25.00
% change year-on-year +18.06% +17.80% -13.79%

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCP as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCP.

Daily rate trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCP over the 6 months to 8 April 2020.

Daily rate histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCP.

Hourly rate trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 14 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 8 April 2020. 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 +133 118 £200 - 45
UK excluding London +99 98 £225 +12.50% 41
London +109 30 £200 +6.67% 7
South East +102 30 £200 -54.80% 8
North of England +68 22 £180 +2.71% 7
Midlands +63 20 £310 +55.00% 13
West Midlands +70 19 £355 +91.89% 13
North West +39 14 £170 +6.25% 6
East of England +24 11 £333 +95.59% 6
Scotland +31 10 £263 +90.22% 2
Yorkshire +47 5 £215 -27.12%
South West +31 5 £500 +11.11% 4
North East +34 3 - - 1
East Midlands +21 1 £135 -50.91%

For the 6 months to 8 April 2020, 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 90 (69.23%) Microsoft
2 86 (66.15%) Windows
3 82 (63.08%) Microsoft Certification
4 55 (42.31%) Active Directory
5 53 (40.77%) ITIL
6 52 (40.00%) MCSE
7 50 (38.46%) Microsoft Office
8 36 (27.69%) Office 365
9 35 (26.92%) Windows 10
10 31 (23.85%) Problem-Solving
11 30 (23.08%) Windows 7
11 30 (23.08%) MCSA
12 28 (21.54%) Windows Server
13 26 (20.00%) VMware
13 26 (20.00%) Cisco
14 24 (18.46%) Security Cleared
15 21 (16.15%) DNS
15 21 (16.15%) A+ Certification
16 19 (14.62%) SLA
16 19 (14.62%) Service Management
17 17 (13.08%) MS Exchange
17 17 (13.08%) Citrix
17 17 (13.08%) VMware Infrastructure
17 17 (13.08%) Windows Server 2012
18 16 (12.31%) Computer Science
19 15 (11.54%) Degree
19 15 (11.54%) SC Cleared
19 15 (11.54%) Azure
20 14 (10.77%) Exchange Server 2010
20 14 (10.77%) MCDST

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 17 (13.08%) MS Exchange
2 14 (10.77%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (9.23%) SharePoint
4 10 (7.69%) Skype for Business
5 8 (6.15%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (5.38%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 7 (5.38%) IBM Notes
7 6 (4.62%) IIS
8 3 (2.31%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (2.31%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (1.54%) Office Communications Server
10 1 (0.77%) Apache
10 1 (0.77%) CMS
10 1 (0.77%) Drupal
10 1 (0.77%) Exchange Server 2003
10 1 (0.77%) SharePoint 2010
10 1 (0.77%) Tomcat
Applications
1 50 (38.46%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (6.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (3.85%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (3.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 2 (1.54%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (1.54%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.77%) Acrobat
6 1 (0.77%) AutoCAD
6 1 (0.77%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 4 (3.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.54%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (0.77%) assyst
3 1 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.77%) Line 500
3 1 (0.77%) Sprinklr
Cloud Services
1 36 (27.69%) Office 365
2 15 (11.54%) Azure
3 4 (3.08%) IaaS
4 3 (2.31%) AWS
4 3 (2.31%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (2.31%) PaaS
4 3 (2.31%) SaaS
5 2 (1.54%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (1.54%) OneDrive
6 1 (0.77%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.77%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 21 (16.15%) DNS
2 14 (10.77%) DHCP
2 14 (10.77%) VPN
3 13 (10.00%) Skype
4 11 (8.46%) LAN
5 8 (6.15%) Firewall
5 8 (6.15%) FTP
6 7 (5.38%) Cisco IOS
6 7 (5.38%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (5.38%) Wireless
7 5 (3.85%) Internet
7 5 (3.85%) Structured Cabling
7 5 (3.85%) TCP/IP
7 5 (3.85%) WAN
8 4 (3.08%) Kerberos
8 4 (3.08%) SAN
8 4 (3.08%) VoIP
8 4 (3.08%) X.500
9 3 (2.31%) Cisco Nexus
10 2 (1.54%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.23%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.31%) Oracle Database
2 3 (2.31%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.77%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.77%) MySQL
4 1 (0.77%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (3.85%) Visual Studio
2 4 (3.08%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (2.31%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 1 (0.77%) Bitbucket
4 1 (0.77%) Eclipse
4 1 (0.77%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.77%) LoadRunner
4 1 (0.77%) MorphX
4 1 (0.77%) Sonatype Nexus
4 1 (0.77%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 12 (9.23%) Finance
2 9 (6.92%) Law
3 5 (3.85%) Manufacturing
3 5 (3.85%) Pharmaceutical
3 5 (3.85%) Public Sector
4 4 (3.08%) Advertising
4 4 (3.08%) Military
5 3 (2.31%) Retail
6 2 (1.54%) French Language
6 2 (1.54%) German Language
6 2 (1.54%) Italian Language
6 2 (1.54%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.77%) Banking
7 1 (0.77%) Electronics
7 1 (0.77%) Front Office
7 1 (0.77%) Marketing
7 1 (0.77%) Multimedia
7 1 (0.77%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 41 (31.54%) Analyst
2 29 (22.31%) Service Analyst
3 28 (21.54%) Support Engineer
4 26 (20.00%) Service Desk Analyst
5 16 (12.31%) 2nd Line Support
6 14 (10.77%) Desktop Engineer
7 13 (10.00%) Desktop Support
8 12 (9.23%) IT Analyst
9 11 (8.46%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 10 (7.69%) IT Support
11 9 (6.92%) Consultant
12 8 (6.15%) Support Analyst
13 7 (5.38%) Windows Engineer
14 6 (4.62%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
14 6 (4.62%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 6 (4.62%) IT Support Analyst
14 6 (4.62%) Technical Support
15 5 (3.85%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
15 5 (3.85%) Technical Engineer
15 5 (3.85%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (4.62%) .NET
2 5 (3.85%) ASP.NET
2 5 (3.85%) Web Services
3 4 (3.08%) LDAP
4 3 (2.31%) WinForms
5 2 (1.54%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.54%) CSS
5 2 (1.54%) XML
6 1 (0.77%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.77%) Entity Framework
6 1 (0.77%) HTML
6 1 (0.77%) LINQ
6 1 (0.77%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 14 (10.77%) Smartphone
2 13 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (8.46%) Self-Motivation
4 8 (6.15%) Blackberry
5 7 (5.38%) iPhone
6 5 (3.85%) Driving Licence
6 5 (3.85%) Fat Client
6 5 (3.85%) NHS
6 5 (3.85%) PKI
6 5 (3.85%) Thin Client
7 4 (3.08%) Enterprise Software
7 4 (3.08%) Replication
8 3 (2.31%) Clustering
8 3 (2.31%) CMDB
8 3 (2.31%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (1.54%) Life Science
9 2 (1.54%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.54%) User Experience
10 1 (0.77%) Handset
10 1 (0.77%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 86 (66.15%) Windows
2 35 (26.92%) Windows 10
3 30 (23.08%) Windows 7
4 28 (21.54%) Windows Server
5 17 (13.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 13 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 9 (6.92%) Android
8 8 (6.15%) Linux
9 7 (5.38%) Windows Server 2016
10 5 (3.85%) Mac OS X
11 4 (3.08%) Apple iOS
11 4 (3.08%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (2.31%) Windows XP
13 2 (1.54%) CentOS
13 2 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 2 (1.54%) Unix
13 2 (1.54%) Windows Server 2019
14 1 (0.77%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.77%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.77%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (40.77%) ITIL
2 31 (23.85%) Problem-Solving
3 19 (14.62%) Service Management
4 16 (12.31%) Computer Science
5 11 (8.46%) Migration
6 10 (7.69%) Incident Management
6 10 (7.69%) Infrastructure Management
7 9 (6.92%) ITSM
8 8 (6.15%) Agile Software Development
8 8 (6.15%) Break/Fix
8 8 (6.15%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 8 (6.15%) Problem Management
9 7 (5.38%) Change Management
10 6 (4.62%) CRM
10 6 (4.62%) ITIL V3
10 6 (4.62%) PRINCE2
10 6 (4.62%) Trend Analysis
11 5 (3.85%) Project Management
11 5 (3.85%) Service Delivery
11 5 (3.85%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.92%) PowerShell
2 7 (5.38%) SQL
3 6 (4.62%) C#
4 4 (3.08%) PL/SQL
4 4 (3.08%) T-SQL
4 4 (3.08%) VB.NET
5 3 (2.31%) C
5 3 (2.31%) C++
6 1 (0.77%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.77%) Java
6 1 (0.77%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.77%) Python
6 1 (0.77%) VB
6 1 (0.77%) X++
Qualifications
1 82 (63.08%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (40.00%) MCSE
3 30 (23.08%) MCSA
4 24 (18.46%) Security Cleared
5 21 (16.15%) A+ Certification
6 15 (11.54%) Degree
6 15 (11.54%) SC Cleared
7 14 (10.77%) ITIL Certification
7 14 (10.77%) MCDST
8 13 (10.00%) MCITP
9 12 (9.23%) CCNA
9 12 (9.23%) Cisco Certification
10 10 (7.69%) MCTS
11 8 (6.15%) NVQ Level 3
12 7 (5.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 6 (4.62%) DV Cleared
14 4 (3.08%) CISSP
14 4 (3.08%) Computer Science Degree
14 4 (3.08%) MCPD
15 3 (2.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (14.62%) SLA
2 5 (3.85%) PCI DSS
3 4 (3.08%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (2.31%) ISO 9001
4 3 (2.31%) QA
5 1 (0.77%) GDPR
5 1 (0.77%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.77%) SSAE 16
System Software
1 55 (42.31%) Active Directory
2 17 (13.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (8.46%) Hyper-V
4 7 (5.38%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (3.85%) XenApp
6 4 (3.08%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
7 3 (2.31%) vSphere
8 2 (1.54%) vCloud
9 1 (0.77%) BitLocker
9 1 (0.77%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.77%) RHEV
9 1 (0.77%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
9 1 (0.77%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 12 (9.23%) SCCM
2 11 (8.46%) Microsoft Intune
3 8 (6.15%) AirWatch
3 8 (6.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 3 (2.31%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (1.54%) Backup Exec
5 2 (1.54%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (1.54%) PowerCLI
5 2 (1.54%) Single Sign-On
5 2 (1.54%) vCenter Server
6 1 (0.77%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.77%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.77%) OpenView
6 1 (0.77%) Puppet
6 1 (0.77%) Red Hat Spacewalk
6 1 (0.77%) ServiceCenter
6 1 (0.77%) Sysprep
6 1 (0.77%) TeamSite
6 1 (0.77%) WMI
6 1 (0.77%) WSUS
Vendors
1 90 (69.23%) Microsoft
2 26 (20.00%) Cisco
2 26 (20.00%) VMware
3 17 (13.08%) Citrix
4 11 (8.46%) HP
5 10 (7.69%) ServiceNow
6 8 (6.15%) Apple
6 8 (6.15%) Ivanti
7 7 (5.38%) Lotus
8 6 (4.62%) Google
8 6 (4.62%) Oracle
9 4 (3.08%) Bloomberg
9 4 (3.08%) Remedy
10 3 (2.31%) CheckPoint
10 3 (2.31%) Dell
10 3 (2.31%) EMC
10 3 (2.31%) Meraki
10 3 (2.31%) Meridio
10 3 (2.31%) NetApp
10 3 (2.31%) Polycom