Period
to 18 December 2018

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 18 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
18 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 568 515 472
Rank change year-on-year -53 -43 -45
Permanent jobs citing MCP 713 973 1,134
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.45% 0.54% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.88% 2.27% 2.36%
Number of salaries quoted 563 846 959
UK median annual salary £32,500 £30,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +8.33% - -4.76%
10th Percentile £21,250 £21,000 £20,500
90th Percentile £57,500 £52,000 £53,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £30,000 £30,000 £30,000

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 37,899 42,909 47,961
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.83% 23.95% 26.08%
Number of salaries quoted 27,744 33,026 38,279
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £81,250 £77,500 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing MCP.

Salary trend for MCP in the UK

MCP
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing MCP over the 6 months to 18 December 2018.

Salary histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 17 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 18 December 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -61 652 £32,500 +4.84% 78
UK excluding London -51 477 £30,000 - 62
London -11 216 £33,000 -4.00% 18
Midlands +54 129 £33,250 -0.75% 10
South East -86 104 £32,500 -2.99% 13
North of England -56 90 £27,000 - 19
East of England +28 84 £30,000 -25.00% 13
West Midlands +55 79 £26,000 -22.96% 4
North West -43 54 £27,500 +14.58% 13
East Midlands +33 48 £36,500 +10.61% 6
South West +15 47 £27,500 +10.00% 5
Scotland +4 22 £30,000 -5.88% 2
North East +15 20 £26,500 +10.42% 1
Yorkshire +2 16 £26,500 -18.46% 5
Northern Ireland -3 9 £21,000 -51.16%
Wales +2 8 £26,500 -3.64%
Channel Islands - 2 £32,500 -

For the 6 months to 18 December 2018, 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.

1 564 (79.10%) Windows
2 548 (76.86%) Microsoft
3 540 (75.74%) Microsoft Certification
4 394 (55.26%) Active Directory
5 321 (45.02%) MCSE
6 305 (42.78%) ITIL
7 276 (38.71%) Office 365
8 260 (36.47%) Windows Server
9 242 (33.94%) VMware
10 233 (32.68%) MCSA
11 193 (27.07%) Microsoft Azure
12 192 (26.93%) Cisco
13 183 (25.67%) Windows 7
14 180 (25.25%) VMware Infrastructure
15 176 (24.68%) Firewall
16 175 (24.54%) Windows 10
17 174 (24.40%) Windows Server 2012
18 173 (24.26%) Microsoft Office
19 172 (24.12%) MS Exchange
20 163 (22.86%) Citrix
21 143 (20.06%) Cisco Certification
22 142 (19.92%) Hyper-V
23 141 (19.78%) Windows Server 2008
23 141 (19.78%) CCNA
24 121 (16.97%) LAN
25 120 (16.83%) SQL
25 120 (16.83%) DNS
26 118 (16.55%) SQL Server
27 114 (15.99%) Degree
28 110 (15.43%) SLA

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
1 172 (24.12%) MS Exchange
2 105 (14.73%) Exchange Server 2010
3 83 (11.64%) Exchange Server 2013
4 49 (6.87%) SharePoint
5 45 (6.31%) Skype for Business
6 32 (4.49%) Exchange Server 2007
7 18 (2.52%) IBM Notes
7 18 (2.52%) IIS
8 16 (2.24%) Exchange Server 2003
9 15 (2.10%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 14 (1.96%) NServiceBus
10 14 (1.96%) Sitefinity
11 12 (1.68%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.98%) Apache
13 5 (0.70%) CMS
13 5 (0.70%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.56%) Exchange Server 2000
15 3 (0.42%) Confluence
16 2 (0.28%) Exstream Dialogue
16 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 173 (24.26%) Microsoft Office
2 14 (1.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 12 (1.68%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.42%) SOLIDWORKS
5 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 30 (4.21%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.84%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.28%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 276 (38.71%) Office 365
2 193 (27.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 73 (10.24%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (2.24%) SaaS
5 10 (1.40%) GitHub
6 9 (1.26%) Mimecast
7 8 (1.12%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (1.12%) OneDrive
8 7 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (0.98%) IaaS
9 5 (0.70%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.56%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (0.56%) Yammer
11 2 (0.28%) PaaS
12 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 1 (0.14%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 176 (24.68%) Firewall
2 121 (16.97%) LAN
3 120 (16.83%) DNS
4 108 (15.15%) DHCP
5 95 (13.32%) TCP/IP
5 95 (13.32%) WAN
6 65 (9.12%) Network Security
7 63 (8.84%) Internet
8 58 (8.13%) VPN
8 58 (8.13%) Wireless
9 43 (6.03%) SAN
10 41 (5.75%) Skype
11 32 (4.49%) Remote Desktop
12 31 (4.35%) VLAN
13 23 (3.23%) Ethernet
13 23 (3.23%) Wi-Fi
14 20 (2.81%) VoIP
15 16 (2.24%) WLAN
16 13 (1.82%) MPLS
17 12 (1.68%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (16.55%) SQL Server
2 30 (4.21%) SQL Server 2008
3 21 (2.95%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (2.10%) SQL Server 2014
4 15 (2.10%) SSDT
5 13 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
6 11 (1.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (0.98%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.84%) Crystal Reports
8 6 (0.84%) SAP HANA
8 6 (0.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (0.70%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.70%) Relational Database
10 2 (0.28%) Data Warehouse
10 2 (0.28%) Power BI
10 2 (0.28%) SQL Server 2005
11 1 (0.14%) Azure SQL Database
11 1 (0.14%) MongoDB
11 1 (0.14%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 24 (3.37%) Octopus Deploy
1 24 (3.37%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (0.84%) Hudson
2 6 (0.84%) MSI
3 5 (0.70%) JIRA
4 2 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.14%) Git (software)
General
1 83 (11.64%) Finance
2 24 (3.37%) Telecoms
3 16 (2.24%) Legal
4 13 (1.82%) Games
5 9 (1.26%) Manufacturing
5 9 (1.26%) Retail
6 8 (1.12%) Banking
7 6 (0.84%) French Language
8 4 (0.56%) Back Office
8 4 (0.56%) Marketing
9 3 (0.42%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.28%) Advertising
10 2 (0.28%) German Language
11 1 (0.14%) Law
11 1 (0.14%) Local Government
11 1 (0.14%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 159 (22.30%) Support Engineer
2 151 (21.18%) Analyst
3 97 (13.60%) IT Support
4 92 (12.90%) Support Analyst
5 70 (9.82%) 2nd Line Support
6 69 (9.68%) IT Engineer
7 57 (7.99%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 46 (6.45%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 46 (6.45%) IT Analyst
9 45 (6.31%) 3rd Line Support
9 45 (6.31%) IT Support Engineer
10 42 (5.89%) IT Support Analyst
10 42 (5.89%) Service Analyst
10 42 (5.89%) Technical Support
11 41 (5.75%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 40 (5.61%) Architect
12 40 (5.61%) Developer
13 39 (5.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 36 (5.05%) Service Desk Analyst
15 35 (4.91%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 55 (7.71%) .NET
2 24 (3.37%) HTML
3 17 (2.38%) HTML5
4 16 (2.24%) ASP.NET
5 10 (1.40%) jQuery
5 10 (1.40%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (1.40%) WinForms
6 9 (1.26%) .NET Framework
6 9 (1.26%) Entity Framework
6 9 (1.26%) Kendo UI
7 7 (0.98%) LAMP
8 6 (0.84%) COM
9 5 (0.70%) D3.js
10 4 (0.56%) CSS
10 4 (0.56%) Software Packaging
10 4 (0.56%) Web Services
10 4 (0.56%) XML
11 2 (0.28%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.28%) Flash
11 2 (0.28%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 87 (12.20%) Data Centre
2 58 (8.13%) Self-Motivation
3 57 (7.99%) Management Information System
4 33 (4.63%) Blackberry
4 33 (4.63%) Client/Server
5 30 (4.21%) Analytical Skills
6 27 (3.79%) Video Conferencing
7 24 (3.37%) Driving Licence
8 15 (2.10%) iPad
9 11 (1.54%) Clustering
10 10 (1.40%) CMDB
10 10 (1.40%) Smartphone
11 8 (1.12%) Hedge funds
11 8 (1.12%) Public Cloud
12 5 (0.70%) EPoS
12 5 (0.70%) iPhone
13 4 (0.56%) Enterprise Storage
13 4 (0.56%) PKI
13 4 (0.56%) PMI
13 4 (0.56%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 564 (79.10%) Windows
2 260 (36.47%) Windows Server
3 183 (25.67%) Windows 7
4 175 (24.54%) Windows 10
5 174 (24.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 141 (19.78%) Windows Server 2008
7 95 (13.32%) Linux
8 63 (8.84%) Windows 8
9 35 (4.91%) Apple iOS
10 26 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 22 (3.09%) Mac OS X
12 21 (2.95%) Android
13 16 (2.24%) Windows Server 2003
14 15 (2.10%) Mac OS
15 10 (1.40%) Windows XP
16 7 (0.98%) Unix
17 6 (0.84%) Windows Vista
18 4 (0.56%) CentOS
18 4 (0.56%) Windows 2000
19 3 (0.42%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 305 (42.78%) ITIL
2 86 (12.06%) ITIL V3
3 79 (11.08%) Problem-Solving
4 74 (10.38%) Incident Management
5 69 (9.68%) Computer Science
6 59 (8.27%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 54 (7.57%) Project Management
8 53 (7.43%) Agile Software Development
9 52 (7.29%) Time Management
10 49 (6.87%) Service Management
11 48 (6.73%) ITSM
12 46 (6.45%) CRM
13 43 (6.03%) Continuous Improvement
13 43 (6.03%) Service Delivery
14 42 (5.89%) Data Protection
15 41 (5.75%) Change Management
16 39 (5.47%) Enterprise Architecture
16 39 (5.47%) Server Virtualisation
17 38 (5.33%) Presales
18 37 (5.19%) Customer Requirements
Programming Languages
1 120 (16.83%) SQL
2 89 (12.48%) PowerShell
3 44 (6.17%) C#
4 30 (4.21%) VBScript
5 26 (3.65%) JavaScript
6 16 (2.24%) VB.NET
7 15 (2.10%) Bash Shell
7 15 (2.10%) Java
8 14 (1.96%) Python
9 9 (1.26%) C
10 8 (1.12%) T-SQL
11 6 (0.84%) VB
12 2 (0.28%) PHP
13 1 (0.14%) C++
Qualifications
1 540 (75.74%) Microsoft Certification
2 321 (45.02%) MCSE
3 233 (32.68%) MCSA
4 143 (20.06%) Cisco Certification
5 141 (19.78%) CCNA
6 114 (15.99%) Degree
7 79 (11.08%) MCDST
8 68 (9.54%) A+ Certification
9 52 (7.29%) Security Cleared
10 49 (6.87%) Computer Science Degree
10 49 (6.87%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 45 (6.31%) MCTS
12 43 (6.03%) Network+ Certification
13 41 (5.75%) MCITP
14 37 (5.19%) ITIL Certification
15 30 (4.21%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 26 (3.65%) DBS Check
17 24 (3.37%) MCPD
18 22 (3.09%) ACHDS
18 22 (3.09%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 110 (15.43%) SLA
2 51 (7.15%) GDPR
3 20 (2.81%) QA
4 19 (2.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (2.52%) PCI DSS
6 10 (1.40%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 2 (0.28%) COBIT
7 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.28%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 394 (55.26%) Active Directory
2 180 (25.25%) VMware Infrastructure
3 142 (19.92%) Hyper-V
4 43 (6.03%) vSphere
5 24 (3.37%) XenApp
6 17 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (2.10%) Virtual Servers
8 10 (1.40%) Terminal Server
9 7 (0.98%) VMware Workstation
10 6 (0.84%) Docker
10 6 (0.84%) XenServer
11 5 (0.70%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.70%) Terminal Services
12 3 (0.42%) Virtual Machines
13 2 (0.28%) BitLocker
13 2 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
14 1 (0.14%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 1 (0.14%) pfSense
14 1 (0.14%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 90 (12.62%) SCCM
2 45 (6.31%) Backup Exec
3 22 (3.09%) WSUS
4 21 (2.95%) Microsoft Intune
5 10 (1.40%) Cisco CUCM
6 9 (1.26%) ServiceCenter
7 8 (1.12%) AirWatch
7 8 (1.12%) Ansible
8 7 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
8 7 (0.98%) Puppet
9 6 (0.84%) vCenter Server
10 5 (0.70%) Failover Clustering
10 5 (0.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 4 (0.56%) HP UCMDB
11 4 (0.56%) MAILsweeper
11 4 (0.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
12 3 (0.42%) Clonezilla
12 3 (0.42%) SCOM
12 3 (0.42%) WMI
13 2 (0.28%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 548 (76.86%) Microsoft
2 242 (33.94%) VMware
3 192 (26.93%) Cisco
4 163 (22.86%) Citrix
5 84 (11.78%) HP
6 77 (10.80%) Apple
7 67 (9.40%) Dell
8 65 (9.12%) NetApp
9 38 (5.33%) EMC
10 35 (4.91%) Remedy
11 30 (4.21%) Kaseya
12 28 (3.93%) Red Hat
13 25 (3.51%) Oracle
13 25 (3.51%) Veritas
14 21 (2.95%) Veeam
15 18 (2.52%) Lotus
16 17 (2.38%) Symantec
17 16 (2.24%) SAP
18 15 (2.10%) Sophos
19 14 (1.96%) MobileIron