Period
to 28 July 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 28 July 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
28 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 776 556 573
Rank change year-on-year -220 +17 -22
Permanent jobs citing MCP 219 241 682
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.19% 0.35% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 1.57% 1.96%
Number of salaries quoted 178 218 550
10th Percentile £23,700 £23,963 £22,000
25th Percentile £29,063 £26,250 £25,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £37,500 £37,500 £32,500
Median % change year-on-year - +15.38% +1.56%
75th Percentile £53,563 £55,250 £47,000
90th Percentile £57,500 £61,750 £62,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £39,000 £32,500
% change year-on-year -10.26% +20.00% +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 24,186 15,330 34,803
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.41% 22.05% 24.17%
Number of salaries quoted 13,981 11,495 25,644
10th Percentile £31,250 £30,000 £26,400
25th Percentile £41,250 £38,000 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +5.00% -
75th Percentile £72,500 £70,000 £66,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £85,000 £82,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,325 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +1.74% +5.56% -

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 -214 180 £35,000 -6.67% 92
UK excluding London -119 163 £35,000 -10.26% 88
Work from Home -189 57 £50,000 +70.21% 14
South East -78 56 £35,000 +7.69% 18
London -179 43 £41,250 +10.00% 11
Midlands -52 36 £31,500 +11.48% 13
West Midlands -67 19 £31,000 +11.67% 7
North of England -98 19 £37,500 -7.41% 21
East Midlands -37 17 £39,500 +31.67% 6
East of England -44 15 £34,500 -29.23% 16
North West -72 15 £37,500 -29.91% 13
Scotland - 15 £55,000 - 5
Wales -10 11 £31,500 -23.17% 1
South West -62 11 £27,500 -6.78% 13
Yorkshire -64 4 £45,000 +15.38% 4

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 188 (85.84%) Microsoft
2 172 (78.54%) Microsoft Certification
3 139 (63.47%) Windows
4 119 (54.34%) Active Directory
5 98 (44.75%) MCSE
5 98 (44.75%) MCSA
6 92 (42.01%) Microsoft 365
7 85 (38.81%) VMware
8 83 (37.90%) Windows Server
9 76 (34.70%) Social Skills
10 74 (33.79%) Azure
11 60 (27.40%) VMware Infrastructure
12 58 (26.48%) ITIL
13 52 (23.74%) Windows 10
14 48 (21.92%) Problem-Solving
15 45 (20.55%) Hyper-V
16 44 (20.09%) Cisco
17 41 (18.72%) SCCM
18 38 (17.35%) Cisco Certification
19 35 (15.98%) CCNA
19 35 (15.98%) Security Cleared
19 35 (15.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
20 34 (15.53%) Firewall
21 33 (15.07%) DNS
22 32 (14.61%) MCITP
22 32 (14.61%) Degree
23 31 (14.16%) ServiceNow
24 30 (13.70%) Data Centre
24 30 (13.70%) Citrix
24 30 (13.70%) Linux

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 26 (11.87%) MS Exchange
1 26 (11.87%) SharePoint
2 23 (10.50%) Skype for Business
3 10 (4.57%) Exchange Server 2010
3 10 (4.57%) Exchange Server 2013
4 4 (1.83%) IIS
5 3 (1.37%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.46%) Tomcat
Applications
1 29 (13.24%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (3.65%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (1.37%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.91%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.83%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.46%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (0.46%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 92 (42.01%) Microsoft 365
2 74 (33.79%) Azure
3 17 (7.76%) AWS
4 14 (6.39%) Azure Active Directory
4 14 (6.39%) Mimecast
5 9 (4.11%) SaaS
6 7 (3.20%) Power Platform
7 4 (1.83%) Azure Sentinel
8 3 (1.37%) OneDrive
8 3 (1.37%) PaaS
9 2 (0.91%) Azure Service Bus
9 2 (0.91%) Boomi
9 2 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.91%) Dropbox
9 2 (0.91%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.91%) Google Workspace
9 2 (0.91%) IaaS
9 2 (0.91%) iPaaS
10 1 (0.46%) PowerApps
10 1 (0.46%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 34 (15.53%) Firewall
2 33 (15.07%) DNS
3 27 (12.33%) DHCP
4 25 (11.42%) VPN
5 24 (10.96%) TCP/IP
6 22 (10.05%) SAN
7 19 (8.68%) Skype
7 19 (8.68%) WAN
8 18 (8.22%) VoIP
9 15 (6.85%) LAN
10 14 (6.39%) Unified Communications
11 10 (4.57%) PBX
11 10 (4.57%) Wireless
12 9 (4.11%) WebEx
13 8 (3.65%) Internet
14 7 (3.20%) Network Security
15 6 (2.74%) NAS
16 5 (2.28%) Cisco IOS
17 4 (1.83%) Wi-Fi
18 3 (1.37%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (10.96%) SQL Server
2 7 (3.20%) Amazon RDS
3 6 (2.74%) Power BI
3 6 (2.74%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (2.28%) SQL Server 7
5 4 (1.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (1.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 2 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
7 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2016
7 2 (0.91%) SQL Server 2019
8 1 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.46%) Electronic Patient Records
8 1 (0.46%) InterSystems Cache
8 1 (0.46%) MySQL
8 1 (0.46%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (2.28%) JIRA
2 1 (0.46%) MSI
2 1 (0.46%) Visual Studio
General
1 76 (34.70%) Social Skills
2 25 (11.42%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (7.76%) Telecoms
4 15 (6.85%) Finance
5 13 (5.94%) Documentation Skills
5 13 (5.94%) Organisational Skills
6 10 (4.57%) Legal
7 6 (2.74%) Banking
7 6 (2.74%) Public Sector
8 5 (2.28%) French Language
8 5 (2.28%) German Language
8 5 (2.28%) Italian Language
8 5 (2.28%) Spanish Language
9 4 (1.83%) Manufacturing
10 3 (1.37%) Billing
10 3 (1.37%) Local Government
10 3 (1.37%) Presentation Skills
10 3 (1.37%) Retail
11 1 (0.46%) Investment Banking
11 1 (0.46%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 35 (15.98%) Analyst
2 22 (10.05%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 20 (9.13%) Architect
3 20 (9.13%) Support Engineer
4 18 (8.22%) Infrastructure Architect
4 18 (8.22%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
4 18 (8.22%) Technical Architect
4 18 (8.22%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
5 17 (7.76%) 2nd Line Support
6 15 (6.85%) IT Support
6 15 (6.85%) Service Analyst
6 15 (6.85%) Support Analyst
7 12 (5.48%) IT Analyst
7 12 (5.48%) Technical Support
7 12 (5.48%) Windows Engineer
8 11 (5.02%) Administrator
9 10 (4.57%) Applications Engineer
9 10 (4.57%) Service Desk Analyst
10 9 (4.11%) SQL DBA
10 9 (4.11%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (1.37%) .NET
1 3 (1.37%) Elastic Stack
1 3 (1.37%) SAML
1 3 (1.37%) XML
2 2 (0.91%) MDX
2 2 (0.91%) OAuth
2 2 (0.91%) YAML
3 1 (0.46%) .NET Core
3 1 (0.46%) ASP.NET
3 1 (0.46%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (0.46%) jQuery
3 1 (0.46%) JSON
3 1 (0.46%) React
3 1 (0.46%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 30 (13.70%) Data Centre
2 23 (10.50%) Management Information System
3 18 (8.22%) Legacy Systems
4 16 (7.31%) Self-Motivation
5 10 (4.57%) Clustering
5 10 (4.57%) Driving Licence
6 9 (4.11%) BYOD
6 9 (4.11%) Replication
7 6 (2.74%) Public Cloud
8 5 (2.28%) Fat Client
8 5 (2.28%) Hybrid Cloud
8 5 (2.28%) Thin Client
8 5 (2.28%) Video Conferencing
9 4 (1.83%) Smartphone
10 3 (1.37%) EPoS
10 3 (1.37%) Private Cloud
11 2 (0.91%) FlexPod
11 2 (0.91%) iPhone
11 2 (0.91%) NHS
11 2 (0.91%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 139 (63.47%) Windows
2 83 (37.90%) Windows Server
3 52 (23.74%) Windows 10
4 30 (13.70%) Linux
5 27 (12.33%) Windows Server 2016
6 26 (11.87%) Windows Server 2012
7 24 (10.96%) Windows Server 2019
8 23 (10.50%) Windows 7
9 20 (9.13%) Windows Server 2008
10 16 (7.31%) Windows 8
11 8 (3.65%) Android
12 5 (2.28%) Mac OS X
13 4 (1.83%) Apple iOS
13 4 (1.83%) SUSE
13 4 (1.83%) Ubuntu
14 2 (0.91%) Unix
15 1 (0.46%) Mac OS
15 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (26.48%) ITIL
2 48 (21.92%) Problem-Solving
3 35 (15.98%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 26 (11.87%) Server Management
5 22 (10.05%) Project Management
6 19 (8.68%) Service Delivery
7 18 (8.22%) Time Management
8 16 (7.31%) Incident Management
8 16 (7.31%) Software Deployment
9 15 (6.85%) Change Management
10 14 (6.39%) Kalman Filter
10 14 (6.39%) PRINCE2
11 13 (5.94%) Migration
12 12 (5.48%) Disaster Recovery
12 12 (5.48%) ITSM
12 12 (5.48%) Mentoring
12 12 (5.48%) Workflow
13 11 (5.02%) Problem Management
13 11 (5.02%) Service Management
14 10 (4.57%) Computer Science
Programming Languages
1 26 (11.87%) SQL
2 23 (10.50%) PowerShell
3 12 (5.48%) Python
3 12 (5.48%) VB
4 3 (1.37%) C
4 3 (1.37%) T-SQL
5 2 (0.91%) C#
5 2 (0.91%) R
6 1 (0.46%) C++
6 1 (0.46%) Java
6 1 (0.46%) JavaScript
6 1 (0.46%) PL/SQL
6 1 (0.46%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 172 (78.54%) Microsoft Certification
2 98 (44.75%) MCSA
2 98 (44.75%) MCSE
3 38 (17.35%) Cisco Certification
4 35 (15.98%) CCNA
4 35 (15.98%) Security Cleared
5 32 (14.61%) Degree
5 32 (14.61%) MCITP
6 24 (10.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 23 (10.50%) SC Cleared
8 18 (8.22%) DV Cleared
8 18 (8.22%) MCTS
9 17 (7.76%) A+ Certification
10 10 (4.57%) ITIL Certification
11 8 (3.65%) Master's Degree
11 8 (3.65%) MOS
11 8 (3.65%) PMI Certification
11 8 (3.65%) PMP
12 7 (3.20%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 7 (3.20%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (12.33%) SLA
2 10 (4.57%) QA
3 2 (0.91%) GDPR
3 2 (0.91%) HL7
3 2 (0.91%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.46%) PMO
System Software
1 119 (54.34%) Active Directory
2 60 (27.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 45 (20.55%) Hyper-V
4 26 (11.87%) vSphere
5 11 (5.02%) XenApp
6 9 (4.11%) Virtual Machines
6 9 (4.11%) VMware ESXi
7 4 (1.83%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.37%) BitLocker
8 3 (1.37%) NFS
9 2 (0.91%) Firmware
10 1 (0.46%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.46%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 41 (18.72%) SCCM
2 15 (6.85%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (5.48%) Sysprep
3 12 (5.48%) WMI
4 9 (4.11%) WSUS
5 8 (3.65%) Backup Exec
6 7 (3.20%) Norton AntiVirus
7 6 (2.74%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
7 6 (2.74%) SCOM
8 5 (2.28%) Active Directory Federation Services
8 5 (2.28%) Failover Clustering
8 5 (2.28%) Microsoft Clustering
8 5 (2.28%) Single Sign-On
9 2 (0.91%) AirWatch
9 2 (0.91%) Plesk
9 2 (0.91%) SCVMM
9 2 (0.91%) Terraform
10 1 (0.46%) Nagios
10 1 (0.46%) Tivoli
10 1 (0.46%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 188 (85.84%) Microsoft
2 85 (38.81%) VMware
3 44 (20.09%) Cisco
4 31 (14.16%) ServiceNow
5 30 (13.70%) Citrix
6 25 (11.42%) Oracle
7 14 (6.39%) Sophos
8 13 (5.94%) Remedy
9 12 (5.48%) Acme Packet
9 12 (5.48%) Snow
10 10 (4.57%) Veeam
11 9 (4.11%) Polycom
11 9 (4.11%) Yealink
12 8 (3.65%) IBM
12 8 (3.65%) SAP
12 8 (3.65%) SolarWinds
13 7 (3.20%) Avaya
13 7 (3.20%) BT
13 7 (3.20%) Meraki
13 7 (3.20%) Symantec