Period
to 19 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 19 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
19 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 564 523 475
Rank change year-on-year -41 -48 -53
Permanent jobs citing MCP 706 969 1,142
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.54% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.87% 2.26% 2.37%
Number of salaries quoted 559 840 967
UK median annual salary £32,500 £30,250 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.44% +0.83% -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 37,775 42,812 48,259
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.81% 23.96% 26.07%
Number of salaries quoted 27,662 32,936 38,517
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% - +1.98%

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 19 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 19 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 -62 646 £32,500 +4.84% 84
UK excluding London -46 475 £30,000 - 62
London -26 211 £33,250 - 23
Midlands +58 127 £33,250 -0.75% 11
South East -100 103 £32,500 -2.99% 12
North of England -46 90 £26,500 -0.93% 19
East of England +20 86 £30,000 -25.00% 14
West Midlands +50 77 £26,000 -23.53% 4
North West -38 54 £26,625 +6.50% 14
East Midlands +27 48 £36,500 +10.61% 7
South West +16 47 £27,500 +10.00% 5
Scotland -2 22 £30,000 -5.88% 1
North East +15 20 £26,500 +10.42% 2
Yorkshire +6 16 £26,500 -18.46% 3
Wales 0 8 £26,500 -3.64%
Northern Ireland -4 8 £21,000 -51.16%
Channel Islands - 2 £32,500 -

For the 6 months to 19 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.

1 557 (78.90%) Windows
2 541 (76.63%) Microsoft
3 533 (75.50%) Microsoft Certification
4 390 (55.24%) Active Directory
5 314 (44.48%) MCSE
6 302 (42.78%) ITIL
7 275 (38.95%) Office 365
8 257 (36.40%) Windows Server
9 239 (33.85%) VMware
10 229 (32.44%) MCSA
11 193 (27.34%) Microsoft Azure
12 190 (26.91%) Cisco
13 180 (25.50%) Windows 7
13 180 (25.50%) VMware Infrastructure
14 175 (24.79%) Firewall
15 172 (24.36%) Windows Server 2012
16 171 (24.22%) Windows 10
16 171 (24.22%) Microsoft Office
17 170 (24.08%) MS Exchange
18 161 (22.80%) Citrix
19 143 (20.25%) Cisco Certification
20 141 (19.97%) CCNA
21 140 (19.83%) Hyper-V
22 138 (19.55%) Windows Server 2008
23 119 (16.86%) LAN
24 118 (16.71%) SQL
24 118 (16.71%) DNS
25 114 (16.15%) SQL Server
26 111 (15.72%) Degree
27 109 (15.44%) 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
1 170 (24.08%) MS Exchange
2 102 (14.45%) Exchange Server 2010
3 81 (11.47%) Exchange Server 2013
4 49 (6.94%) SharePoint
5 45 (6.37%) Skype for Business
6 30 (4.25%) Exchange Server 2007
7 18 (2.55%) IBM Notes
7 18 (2.55%) IIS
8 16 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
9 14 (1.98%) NServiceBus
9 14 (1.98%) Sitefinity
10 13 (1.84%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 12 (1.70%) BizTalk Server
12 7 (0.99%) Apache
13 5 (0.71%) CMS
13 5 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
14 4 (0.57%) Exchange Server 2000
15 3 (0.42%) Confluence
16 2 (0.28%) Exstream Dialogue
16 2 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 171 (24.22%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (1.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 10 (1.42%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.42%) SOLIDWORKS
5 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 30 (4.25%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.85%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.28%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 275 (38.95%) Office 365
2 193 (27.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 71 (10.06%) Amazon AWS
4 16 (2.27%) SaaS
5 10 (1.42%) GitHub
6 9 (1.27%) Mimecast
7 8 (1.13%) Azure Active Directory
7 8 (1.13%) OneDrive
8 7 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
8 7 (0.99%) IaaS
9 5 (0.71%) Google Cloud Platform
10 4 (0.57%) Dynamics 365
10 4 (0.57%) Yammer
11 2 (0.28%) PaaS
12 1 (0.14%) Adobe Creative Cloud
12 1 (0.14%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 175 (24.79%) Firewall
2 119 (16.86%) LAN
3 118 (16.71%) DNS
4 107 (15.16%) DHCP
5 93 (13.17%) TCP/IP
5 93 (13.17%) WAN
6 63 (8.92%) Internet
7 61 (8.64%) Network Security
8 58 (8.22%) Wireless
9 57 (8.07%) VPN
10 43 (6.09%) SAN
11 41 (5.81%) Skype
12 31 (4.39%) Remote Desktop
13 30 (4.25%) VLAN
14 23 (3.26%) Ethernet
15 22 (3.12%) Wi-Fi
16 20 (2.83%) VoIP
17 16 (2.27%) WLAN
18 13 (1.84%) Broadband
18 13 (1.84%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 114 (16.15%) SQL Server
2 29 (4.11%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (2.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (2.12%) SQL Server 2014
4 15 (2.12%) SSDT
5 13 (1.84%) SQL Server 2012
5 13 (1.84%) SQL Server 2016
6 11 (1.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 7 (0.99%) Amazon RDS
8 6 (0.85%) Crystal Reports
8 6 (0.85%) SAP HANA
8 6 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 5 (0.71%) RDBMS
9 5 (0.71%) 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 (3.40%) Octopus Deploy
1 24 (3.40%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (0.85%) Hudson
2 6 (0.85%) MSI
3 5 (0.71%) JIRA
4 2 (0.28%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.14%) Git (software)
General
1 81 (11.47%) Finance
2 24 (3.40%) Telecoms
3 16 (2.27%) Legal
4 13 (1.84%) Games
5 10 (1.42%) Retail
6 9 (1.27%) Manufacturing
7 8 (1.13%) Banking
8 6 (0.85%) French Language
9 4 (0.57%) Back Office
10 3 (0.42%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.42%) Marketing
10 3 (0.42%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.28%) Advertising
11 2 (0.28%) German Language
12 1 (0.14%) Law
12 1 (0.14%) Local Government
12 1 (0.14%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 157 (22.24%) Support Engineer
2 150 (21.25%) Analyst
3 100 (14.16%) IT Support
4 91 (12.89%) Support Analyst
5 71 (10.06%) 2nd Line Support
6 70 (9.92%) IT Engineer
7 57 (8.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 46 (6.52%) 2nd Line Engineer
8 46 (6.52%) IT Analyst
8 46 (6.52%) IT Support Engineer
9 45 (6.37%) 3rd Line Support
10 42 (5.95%) IT Support Analyst
10 42 (5.95%) Service Analyst
11 41 (5.81%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 41 (5.81%) Technical Support
12 40 (5.67%) Developer
13 39 (5.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
14 38 (5.38%) Architect
15 36 (5.10%) Service Desk Analyst
16 34 (4.82%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (7.65%) .NET
2 23 (3.26%) HTML
3 17 (2.41%) HTML5
4 16 (2.27%) ASP.NET
5 10 (1.42%) jQuery
5 10 (1.42%) RabbitMQ
5 10 (1.42%) WinForms
6 9 (1.27%) .NET Framework
6 9 (1.27%) Entity Framework
6 9 (1.27%) Kendo UI
7 7 (0.99%) LAMP
8 6 (0.85%) COM
9 5 (0.71%) D3.js
10 4 (0.57%) CSS
10 4 (0.57%) Software Packaging
11 3 (0.42%) Web Services
11 3 (0.42%) XML
12 2 (0.28%) ASP.NET MVC
12 2 (0.28%) Flash
12 2 (0.28%) LDAP
Miscellaneous
1 83 (11.76%) Data Centre
2 57 (8.07%) Management Information System
2 57 (8.07%) Self-Motivation
3 33 (4.67%) Client/Server
4 31 (4.39%) Blackberry
5 30 (4.25%) Analytical Skills
6 27 (3.82%) Video Conferencing
7 23 (3.26%) Driving Licence
8 14 (1.98%) iPad
9 11 (1.56%) Clustering
10 10 (1.42%) CMDB
10 10 (1.42%) Smartphone
11 8 (1.13%) Hedge funds
11 8 (1.13%) Public Cloud
12 6 (0.85%) iPhone
13 5 (0.71%) EPoS
14 4 (0.57%) Enterprise Storage
14 4 (0.57%) PKI
14 4 (0.57%) PMI
14 4 (0.57%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 557 (78.90%) Windows
2 257 (36.40%) Windows Server
3 180 (25.50%) Windows 7
4 172 (24.36%) Windows Server 2012
5 171 (24.22%) Windows 10
6 138 (19.55%) Windows Server 2008
7 95 (13.46%) Linux
8 64 (9.07%) Windows 8
9 35 (4.96%) Apple iOS
10 26 (3.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 21 (2.97%) Android
11 21 (2.97%) Mac OS X
12 16 (2.27%) Windows Server 2003
13 14 (1.98%) Mac OS
14 9 (1.27%) Windows XP
15 6 (0.85%) Unix
15 6 (0.85%) Windows Vista
16 4 (0.57%) CentOS
16 4 (0.57%) Windows 2000
17 3 (0.42%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 302 (42.78%) ITIL
2 83 (11.76%) ITIL V3
3 79 (11.19%) Problem-Solving
4 72 (10.20%) Incident Management
5 67 (9.49%) Computer Science
6 59 (8.36%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 52 (7.37%) Agile Software Development
7 52 (7.37%) Project Management
7 52 (7.37%) Time Management
8 50 (7.08%) Service Management
9 48 (6.80%) ITSM
10 45 (6.37%) CRM
11 44 (6.23%) Continuous Improvement
12 41 (5.81%) Service Delivery
13 40 (5.67%) Change Management
14 39 (5.52%) Data Protection
15 37 (5.24%) Enterprise Architecture
15 37 (5.24%) Server Virtualisation
16 36 (5.10%) Mentoring
16 36 (5.10%) Presales
Programming Languages
1 118 (16.71%) SQL
2 87 (12.32%) PowerShell
3 43 (6.09%) C#
4 29 (4.11%) VBScript
5 26 (3.68%) JavaScript
6 15 (2.12%) VB.NET
7 14 (1.98%) Bash Shell
7 14 (1.98%) Java
7 14 (1.98%) Python
8 9 (1.27%) C
9 8 (1.13%) T-SQL
10 5 (0.71%) VB
11 1 (0.14%) C++
11 1 (0.14%) PHP
Qualifications
1 533 (75.50%) Microsoft Certification
2 314 (44.48%) MCSE
3 229 (32.44%) MCSA
4 143 (20.25%) Cisco Certification
5 141 (19.97%) CCNA
6 111 (15.72%) Degree
7 77 (10.91%) MCDST
8 68 (9.63%) A+ Certification
9 50 (7.08%) Security Cleared
10 49 (6.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 48 (6.80%) Computer Science Degree
12 43 (6.09%) MCTS
12 43 (6.09%) Network+ Certification
13 39 (5.52%) MCITP
14 37 (5.24%) ITIL Certification
15 30 (4.25%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 24 (3.40%) DBS Check
16 24 (3.40%) MCPD
17 22 (3.12%) ACHDS
17 22 (3.12%) ACTC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 109 (15.44%) SLA
2 48 (6.80%) GDPR
3 20 (2.83%) QA
4 19 (2.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 18 (2.55%) PCI DSS
6 10 (1.42%) 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
1 390 (55.24%) Active Directory
2 180 (25.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 140 (19.83%) Hyper-V
4 43 (6.09%) vSphere
5 24 (3.40%) XenApp
6 17 (2.41%) VMware ESXi
7 15 (2.12%) Virtual Servers
8 10 (1.42%) Terminal Server
9 7 (0.99%) VMware Workstation
10 6 (0.85%) Docker
10 6 (0.85%) XenServer
11 5 (0.71%) Microsoft App-V
11 5 (0.71%) 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 89 (12.61%) SCCM
2 45 (6.37%) Backup Exec
3 21 (2.97%) Microsoft Intune
3 21 (2.97%) WSUS
4 8 (1.13%) AirWatch
4 8 (1.13%) Ansible
4 8 (1.13%) Cisco CUCM
5 7 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
5 7 (0.99%) Puppet
5 7 (0.99%) ServiceCenter
6 6 (0.85%) vCenter Server
7 5 (0.71%) Failover Clustering
7 5 (0.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 4 (0.57%) MAILsweeper
8 4 (0.57%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 3 (0.42%) Clonezilla
9 3 (0.42%) HP UCMDB
9 3 (0.42%) SCOM
9 3 (0.42%) WMI
10 2 (0.28%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 541 (76.63%) Microsoft
2 239 (33.85%) VMware
3 190 (26.91%) Cisco
4 161 (22.80%) Citrix
5 80 (11.33%) HP
6 73 (10.34%) Apple
7 65 (9.21%) NetApp
8 64 (9.07%) Dell
9 38 (5.38%) EMC
10 33 (4.67%) Remedy
11 30 (4.25%) Kaseya
12 28 (3.97%) Red Hat
13 25 (3.54%) Oracle
13 25 (3.54%) Veritas
14 21 (2.97%) Veeam
15 18 (2.55%) Lotus
16 17 (2.41%) Symantec
17 16 (2.27%) SAP
18 14 (1.98%) MobileIron
18 14 (1.98%) Sophos