The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
England / West Midlands
Rank 113 123 117
Rank change year-on-year +10 -6  
Contract jobs citing MCP 3 9 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.13% 0.33% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.69% 1.60% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
Median daily rate £220 £303 £108
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +180.09%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Median hourly rate £14.00 £15.93 £13.06
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.08% +21.98%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.25 £16.71 £13.00
% change year-on-year -8.75% +28.55%  

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 advertised in the West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 435 564 460
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.36% 20.95% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 317 234
Median daily rate £375 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +14.28%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 21 47
Median hourly rate £19.50 £17.00 £30.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.70% -43.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.83 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.19 £36.70 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 West Midlands

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCP in the West Midlands.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in the West Midlands

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in the West Midlands

MCP
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 27 March 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
Birmingham 0 1 £220 - 1
Warwickshire -4 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 - -
MCP
England

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MCP.

1 8 (72.73%) Cisco Certification
1 8 (72.73%) CCNA
2 6 (54.55%) CCSA
2 6 (54.55%) GCIH
2 6 (54.55%) GCFA
2 6 (54.55%) Unix
2 6 (54.55%) Linux
2 6 (54.55%) VPN
2 6 (54.55%) CEH
2 6 (54.55%) Intrusion Detection
2 6 (54.55%) Data Analysis
2 6 (54.55%) Firewall
2 6 (54.55%) Security Cleared
2 6 (54.55%) SIEM
2 6 (54.55%) Cybersecurity
2 6 (54.55%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (54.55%) Malware Analysis
2 6 (54.55%) Identity Access Management
2 6 (54.55%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 6 (54.55%) Disk Encryption
2 6 (54.55%) Security Monitoring
2 6 (54.55%) Forensic Analysis
3 5 (45.45%) Linux Command Line
3 5 (45.45%) Big Data
3 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
3 5 (45.45%) Incident Management
3 5 (45.45%) Microsoft
3 5 (45.45%) Information Security
4 4 (36.36%) Windows
5 3 (27.27%) Active Directory

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
1 1 (9.09%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (18.18%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (18.18%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (18.18%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (54.55%) Firewall
1 6 (54.55%) Intrusion Detection
1 6 (54.55%) VPN
2 2 (18.18%) LAN
2 2 (18.18%) WAN
3 1 (9.09%) DNS
3 1 (9.09%) Kerberos
3 1 (9.09%) LDAP
3 1 (9.09%) TCP/IP
3 1 (9.09%) WebEx
3 1 (9.09%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (45.45%) Big Data
Job Titles
1 6 (54.55%) Analyst
1 6 (54.55%) Cybersecurity Analyst
1 6 (54.55%) Security Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Incident Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) 1st Line Support
3 2 (18.18%) First Line Help Desk Support
3 2 (18.18%) Help Desk Support
3 2 (18.18%) IT Support
4 1 (9.09%) Active Directory Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Coordinator
4 1 (9.09%) Project Coordinator
Miscellaneous
1 6 (54.55%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (45.45%) Linux Command Line
3 3 (27.27%) Security Operations Centre
4 2 (18.18%) Management Information System
5 1 (9.09%) PKI
5 1 (9.09%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 6 (54.55%) Linux
1 6 (54.55%) Unix
2 4 (36.36%) Windows
3 2 (18.18%) Windows 7
3 2 (18.18%) Windows Server
4 1 (9.09%) Windows 10
4 1 (9.09%) Windows 8
4 1 (9.09%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) Cybersecurity
1 6 (54.55%) Data Analysis
1 6 (54.55%) Disk Encryption
1 6 (54.55%) Forensic Analysis
1 6 (54.55%) Identity Access Management
1 6 (54.55%) Malware Analysis
1 6 (54.55%) Security Monitoring
1 6 (54.55%) SIEM
2 5 (45.45%) Incident Management
2 5 (45.45%) Information Security
3 3 (27.27%) Network Monitoring
3 3 (27.27%) Security Operations
4 2 (18.18%) ITIL
5 1 (9.09%) CRM
5 1 (9.09%) Document Management
5 1 (9.09%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (72.73%) CCNA
1 8 (72.73%) Cisco Certification
2 6 (54.55%) CCSA
2 6 (54.55%) CEH
2 6 (54.55%) GCFA
2 6 (54.55%) GCIH
2 6 (54.55%) Security Cleared
3 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
4 3 (27.27%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (9.09%) MCSE
5 1 (9.09%) MCTS
5 1 (9.09%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) QA
System Software
1 3 (27.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (54.55%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 5 (45.45%) Microsoft
2 1 (9.09%) Cisco
2 1 (9.09%) Equitrac