Period
to 27 October 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies with a requirement for MCP qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered over the 6 months to 27 October 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 737 544 531
Rank change year-on-year -193 -13 +54
Permanent jobs citing MCP 320 166 674
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.25% 0.34% 0.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.16% 1.57% 2.15%
Number of salaries quoted 229 140 475
10th Percentile £21,250 £25,635 £23,500
25th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £32,500 £35,500 £32,500
Median % change year-on-year -8.45% +9.23% +8.33%
75th Percentile £48,750 £48,881 £50,000
90th Percentile £57,500 £57,750 £68,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £31,000 £33,750 £32,500
% change year-on-year -8.15% +3.85% +8.33%

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 permanent job vacancies with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Permanent vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 27,506 10,566 31,277
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.66% 21.34% 22.99%
Number of salaries quoted 15,250 8,140 23,379
10th Percentile £31,000 £31,250 £27,000
25th Percentile £40,500 £41,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +10.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £71,250 £67,500
90th Percentile £88,750 £87,500 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,000 £49,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -2.04% +8.89% -

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
Salary Trend

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing MCP.

Salary trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing MCP over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Salary histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 15 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the UK over the 6 months to 27 October 2021. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -195 285 £32,500 -7.14% 127
UK excluding London -127 222 £31,000 -8.15% 133
London -225 87 £42,500 +9.68% 13
Work from Home -231 75 £50,000 +25.00% 13
South East -125 64 £31,500 +5.00% 20
Midlands -95 55 £31,500 -21.25% 24
North of England -137 37 £31,000 -20.00% 30
North West -101 32 £31,000 -31.11% 21
West Midlands -69 30 £26,750 -22.97% 10
East of England -78 26 £26,500 -13.11% 21
East Midlands -52 25 £31,500 -21.25% 14
South West -83 17 £32,000 -36.00% 19
Wales -46 12 £30,750 -2.38% 7
Scotland -81 12 £55,000 +22.22% 9
Yorkshire -107 5 £66,250 +140.91% 8

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads with a requirement for MCP.

1 263 (82.19%) Microsoft
2 226 (70.63%) Microsoft Certification
3 202 (63.13%) Windows
4 159 (49.69%) Active Directory
5 148 (46.25%) Microsoft 365
6 138 (43.13%) ITIL
7 126 (39.38%) MCSE
8 115 (35.94%) Azure
9 108 (33.75%) MCSA
10 97 (30.31%) Windows 10
11 86 (26.88%) Windows Server
11 86 (26.88%) VMware
12 80 (25.00%) Social Skills
13 74 (23.13%) SCCM
14 68 (21.25%) Data Centre
15 67 (20.94%) Hyper-V
16 65 (20.31%) VMware Infrastructure
16 65 (20.31%) ServiceNow
17 63 (19.69%) SLA
18 62 (19.38%) DNS
19 59 (18.44%) Citrix
20 58 (18.13%) Microsoft Office
21 56 (17.50%) DHCP
22 52 (16.25%) Cisco
23 50 (15.63%) Finance
24 49 (15.31%) Firewall
24 49 (15.31%) Degree
25 48 (15.00%) Incident Management
26 47 (14.69%) VPN
27 46 (14.38%) TCP/IP

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 31 (9.69%) SharePoint
2 21 (6.56%) MS Exchange
3 15 (4.69%) Skype for Business
4 11 (3.44%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (1.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 6 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2007
5 6 (1.88%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (1.25%) IIS
7 1 (0.31%) Tomcat
Applications
1 58 (18.13%) Microsoft Office
2 18 (5.63%) Microsoft Excel
3 12 (3.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.63%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.31%) SAP Business One
2 1 (0.31%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 148 (46.25%) Microsoft 365
2 115 (35.94%) Azure
3 27 (8.44%) AWS
4 21 (6.56%) Mimecast
5 18 (5.63%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (3.75%) Google Workspace
7 10 (3.13%) Cloud Computing
8 6 (1.88%) SaaS
8 6 (1.88%) Virtual Private Cloud
9 5 (1.56%) OneDrive
10 3 (0.94%) IaaS
10 3 (0.94%) PaaS
10 3 (0.94%) Power Platform
11 2 (0.63%) Azure Service Bus
11 2 (0.63%) Boomi
11 2 (0.63%) Dropbox
11 2 (0.63%) Dynamics 365
11 2 (0.63%) iPaaS
11 2 (0.63%) Yammer
12 1 (0.31%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 62 (19.38%) DNS
2 56 (17.50%) DHCP
3 49 (15.31%) Firewall
4 47 (14.69%) VPN
5 46 (14.38%) TCP/IP
6 45 (14.06%) LAN
7 43 (13.44%) WAN
8 23 (7.19%) Wireless
9 22 (6.88%) SAN
10 20 (6.25%) VoIP
11 13 (4.06%) NAS
12 12 (3.75%) Skype
13 11 (3.44%) VLAN
14 10 (3.13%) Network Security
15 9 (2.81%) Internet
15 9 (2.81%) WLAN
16 8 (2.50%) Unified Communications
17 6 (1.88%) Wi-Fi
18 5 (1.56%) IP Telephony
19 4 (1.25%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (8.75%) SQL Server
2 7 (2.19%) Amazon RDS
3 4 (1.25%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (0.63%) Power BI
4 2 (0.63%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (0.31%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.31%) Electronic Patient Records
5 1 (0.31%) InterSystems Cache
5 1 (0.31%) MySQL
5 1 (0.31%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.31%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.31%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (2.50%) JIRA
2 2 (0.63%) MSI
General
1 80 (25.00%) Social Skills
2 50 (15.63%) Finance
3 22 (6.88%) Analytical Skills
4 17 (5.31%) Legal
4 17 (5.31%) Telecoms
5 13 (4.06%) Banking
5 13 (4.06%) Law
6 11 (3.44%) Documentation Skills
7 10 (3.13%) Retail
8 7 (2.19%) Organisational Skills
9 5 (1.56%) Inclusion and Diversity
9 5 (1.56%) Presentation Skills
9 5 (1.56%) Public Sector
10 4 (1.25%) Automotive
10 4 (1.25%) Back Office
11 3 (0.94%) French Language
11 3 (0.94%) German Language
11 3 (0.94%) Manufacturing
11 3 (0.94%) Publishing
11 3 (0.94%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 64 (20.00%) Analyst
2 46 (14.38%) Architect
3 41 (12.81%) Support Analyst
4 39 (12.19%) IT Support
5 35 (10.94%) Support Engineer
6 23 (7.19%) Data Architect
6 23 (7.19%) Data Centre Architect
6 23 (7.19%) Solutions Architect
7 22 (6.88%) Infrastructure Architect
7 22 (6.88%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
7 22 (6.88%) Technical Architect
7 22 (6.88%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
8 21 (6.56%) IT Analyst
9 20 (6.25%) IT Engineer
10 19 (5.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 19 (5.94%) IT Support Analyst
11 18 (5.63%) IT Technician
11 18 (5.63%) Service Analyst
12 16 (5.00%) 2nd Line Support
13 15 (4.69%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (0.94%) Elastic Stack
2 2 (0.63%) OAuth
2 2 (0.63%) YAML
3 1 (0.31%) .NET
3 1 (0.31%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (0.31%) jQuery
3 1 (0.31%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 68 (21.25%) Data Centre
2 40 (12.50%) Management Information System
3 22 (6.88%) Legacy Systems
4 17 (5.31%) Blackberry
5 14 (4.38%) Self-Motivation
6 12 (3.75%) iPhone
7 11 (3.44%) Driving Licence
8 8 (2.50%) Video Conferencing
9 7 (2.19%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (1.88%) Fat Client
10 6 (1.88%) Thin Client
11 5 (1.56%) Clustering
12 4 (1.25%) BYOD
12 4 (1.25%) Mobile Computing
12 4 (1.25%) NHS
12 4 (1.25%) Public Cloud
12 4 (1.25%) Replication
12 4 (1.25%) Smartphone
13 3 (0.94%) FlexPod
13 3 (0.94%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 202 (63.13%) Windows
2 97 (30.31%) Windows 10
3 86 (26.88%) Windows Server
4 46 (14.38%) Linux
4 46 (14.38%) Windows Server 2016
5 41 (12.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 34 (10.63%) Windows 7
7 33 (10.31%) Windows Server 2019
8 14 (4.38%) Windows Server 2008
9 12 (3.75%) Windows 8
10 9 (2.81%) Android
10 9 (2.81%) Mac OS X
11 4 (1.25%) Apple iOS
11 4 (1.25%) Mac OS
11 4 (1.25%) SUSE
11 4 (1.25%) Ubuntu
12 3 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
13 2 (0.63%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 138 (43.13%) ITIL
2 48 (15.00%) Incident Management
3 45 (14.06%) Problem-Solving
4 41 (12.81%) Cybersecurity
5 38 (11.88%) Service Delivery
6 30 (9.38%) Server Management
7 25 (7.81%) Change Management
7 25 (7.81%) Customer Engagement
7 25 (7.81%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 24 (7.50%) ITSM
8 24 (7.50%) Problem Management
9 23 (7.19%) Software Licensing
10 21 (6.56%) Project Management
11 18 (5.63%) Proactive Management
11 18 (5.63%) Workflow
12 17 (5.31%) PRINCE2
13 16 (5.00%) Disaster Recovery
13 16 (5.00%) ITIL V3
14 15 (4.69%) Continuous Improvement
15 14 (4.38%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 36 (11.25%) PowerShell
2 21 (6.56%) SQL
3 9 (2.81%) Python
3 9 (2.81%) VB
4 1 (0.31%) JavaScript
4 1 (0.31%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 226 (70.63%) Microsoft Certification
2 126 (39.38%) MCSE
3 108 (33.75%) MCSA
4 49 (15.31%) Degree
5 43 (13.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 40 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
7 37 (11.56%) CCNA
8 36 (11.25%) MCITP
9 34 (10.63%) Security Cleared
10 25 (7.81%) SC Cleared
11 23 (7.19%) A+ Certification
12 22 (6.88%) DV Cleared
13 21 (6.56%) ITIL Certification
14 20 (6.25%) MOS
15 18 (5.63%) MCTS
16 14 (4.38%) MCDST
17 11 (3.44%) BPSS Clearance
17 11 (3.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
18 10 (3.13%) Master's Degree
19 7 (2.19%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (19.69%) SLA
2 15 (4.69%) QA
3 7 (2.19%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (1.25%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.63%) COBIT
5 2 (0.63%) GDPR
6 1 (0.31%) HL7
6 1 (0.31%) PMO
System Software
1 159 (49.69%) Active Directory
2 67 (20.94%) Hyper-V
3 65 (20.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 26 (8.13%) vSphere
5 13 (4.06%) Virtual Machines
6 7 (2.19%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (1.88%) XenApp
8 3 (0.94%) Virtual Desktop
8 3 (0.94%) XenDesktop
9 2 (0.63%) BitLocker
9 2 (0.63%) Citrix Hypervisor
10 1 (0.31%) Firmware
10 1 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.31%) NFS
10 1 (0.31%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 74 (23.13%) SCCM
2 23 (7.19%) Microsoft Intune
3 9 (2.81%) Sysprep
3 9 (2.81%) WMI
3 9 (2.81%) WSUS
4 7 (2.19%) Backup Exec
5 6 (1.88%) Cisco CUCM
5 6 (1.88%) ServiceCenter
6 4 (1.25%) Active Directory Federation Services
6 4 (1.25%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
6 4 (1.25%) SCOM
7 3 (0.94%) AirWatch
7 3 (0.94%) Single Sign-On
8 2 (0.63%) Avamar
8 2 (0.63%) Plesk
8 2 (0.63%) Terraform
9 1 (0.31%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.31%) Grafana
9 1 (0.31%) Jamf Pro
9 1 (0.31%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 263 (82.19%) Microsoft
2 86 (26.88%) VMware
3 65 (20.31%) ServiceNow
4 59 (18.44%) Citrix
5 52 (16.25%) Cisco
6 42 (13.13%) Apple
7 27 (8.44%) HP
8 23 (7.19%) Adobe
9 19 (5.94%) Sophos
10 18 (5.63%) Oracle
11 16 (5.00%) Remedy
12 15 (4.69%) Dell
13 14 (4.38%) Meraki
14 13 (4.06%) Bloomberg
14 13 (4.06%) Reuters
15 11 (3.44%) Avaya
15 11 (3.44%) iManage
15 11 (3.44%) Veeam
16 10 (3.13%) Mitel
16 10 (3.13%) Snow