Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 585 551 580
Rank change year-on-year -34 +29 -68
Permanent jobs citing MCP 179 550 659
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.28% 0.44% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.39% 2.00% 1.83%
Number of salaries quoted 178 400 536
Median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £32,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% -
10th Percentile £25,650 £24,000 £21,250
90th Percentile £56,250 £68,850 £60,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £37,500 £33,250 £30,000
% change year-on-year +12.78% +10.83% -

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 12,888 27,497 36,098
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.28% 21.93% 24.13%
Number of salaries quoted 9,428 20,717 26,783
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,500 £26,250
90th Percentile £85,000 £82,500 £81,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,333 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +9.63% - +5.88%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 -56 156 £35,750 +2.14% 27
UK excluding London +24 122 £37,500 +12.78% 25
London +61 47 £33,250 -5.00% 7
Work from Home -28 43 £45,000 - 6
South East +36 40 £30,000 -14.29% 8
North of England +65 26 £45,000 - 3
North West +83 18 £45,000 +28.57% 3
East of England +91 15 £52,500 +61.54% 1
South West +45 14 £40,000 +2.56% 4
East Midlands +71 13 £40,000 +48.15% 1
Midlands +60 13 £40,000 +56.86% 4
Wales +44 7 £27,500 -45.00% 1
Scotland +41 7 £45,000 +63.64% 4
Yorkshire +29 7 £27,500 -45.00%
North East - 1 £37,500 -

For the 6 months to 20 January 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.

1 156 (87.15%) Microsoft
2 122 (68.16%) Windows
3 118 (65.92%) Microsoft Certification
4 100 (55.87%) Active Directory
5 87 (48.60%) VMware
6 71 (39.66%) ITIL
7 60 (33.52%) Office 365
8 59 (32.96%) MCSE
9 58 (32.40%) Cisco
9 58 (32.40%) Windows Server
10 54 (30.17%) MCSA
11 52 (29.05%) VMware Infrastructure
12 51 (28.49%) Firewall
13 49 (27.37%) Cisco Certification
13 49 (27.37%) Windows 10
14 48 (26.82%) DNS
14 48 (26.82%) SQL Server
15 45 (25.14%) CCNA
16 43 (24.02%) DHCP
17 42 (23.46%) Hyper-V
17 42 (23.46%) Azure
18 40 (22.35%) MS Exchange
19 38 (21.23%) Windows Server 2012
20 37 (20.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
21 31 (17.32%) VoIP
21 31 (17.32%) WAN
21 31 (17.32%) Citrix
22 30 (16.76%) Exchange Server 2010
23 29 (16.20%) ITIL V3
23 29 (16.20%) Degree

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 40 (22.35%) MS Exchange
2 30 (16.76%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (11.17%) Exchange Server 2013
4 18 (10.06%) Skype for Business
5 13 (7.26%) SharePoint
6 8 (4.47%) IIS
7 4 (2.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 4 (2.23%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 24 (13.41%) Microsoft Office
2 11 (6.15%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (3.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (0.56%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (3.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.12%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.56%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 60 (33.52%) Office 365
2 42 (23.46%) Azure
3 14 (7.82%) AWS
4 12 (6.70%) SaaS
5 7 (3.91%) Azure Active Directory
6 5 (2.79%) PaaS
7 4 (2.23%) G Suite
7 4 (2.23%) Power Platform
7 4 (2.23%) PowerApps
8 3 (1.68%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (1.68%) Google Docs
8 3 (1.68%) Google Drive
8 3 (1.68%) Google Sheets
8 3 (1.68%) IaaS
8 3 (1.68%) Mimecast
8 3 (1.68%) OneDrive
9 2 (1.12%) Serverless
10 1 (0.56%) IBM Cloud
10 1 (0.56%) Power Automate
10 1 (0.56%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 51 (28.49%) Firewall
2 48 (26.82%) DNS
3 43 (24.02%) DHCP
4 31 (17.32%) VoIP
4 31 (17.32%) WAN
5 27 (15.08%) LAN
6 26 (14.53%) TCP/IP
7 21 (11.73%) Unified Communications
8 19 (10.61%) Skype
9 18 (10.06%) SAN
10 17 (9.50%) VPN
11 16 (8.94%) Network Security
12 15 (8.38%) VLAN
12 15 (8.38%) Wireless
13 11 (6.15%) VSAN
14 10 (5.59%) PBX
15 9 (5.03%) WebEx
16 7 (3.91%) Wi-Fi
17 6 (3.35%) iSCSI
18 5 (2.79%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (26.82%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.03%) Relational Database
2 9 (5.03%) SQL Server 2012
3 4 (2.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.12%) Amazon RDS
4 2 (1.12%) MySQL
4 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2019
4 2 (1.12%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.68%) JIRA
2 1 (0.56%) Git (software)
General
1 9 (5.03%) French Language
1 9 (5.03%) German Language
1 9 (5.03%) Italian Language
1 9 (5.03%) Spanish Language
2 7 (3.91%) Finance
2 7 (3.91%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.23%) Public Sector
4 3 (1.68%) Czech Language
4 3 (1.68%) Legal
5 2 (1.12%) Electronics
5 2 (1.12%) Retail
6 1 (0.56%) Back Office
6 1 (0.56%) Banking
6 1 (0.56%) Law
6 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.56%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 44 (24.58%) IT Engineer
2 29 (16.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 22 (12.29%) IT Support
3 22 (12.29%) Support Engineer
4 19 (10.61%) Network Engineer
5 18 (10.06%) Analyst
6 15 (8.38%) 2nd Line Support
6 15 (8.38%) Technical Support
7 14 (7.82%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
8 12 (6.70%) IT Support Engineer
9 11 (6.15%) IT Analyst
9 11 (6.15%) Support Analyst
9 11 (6.15%) Systems Engineer
10 10 (5.59%) Desktop Support
11 9 (5.03%) Software Asset Manager
11 9 (5.03%) Software Manager
11 9 (5.03%) Unified Communications Engineer
12 8 (4.47%) Applications Engineer
12 8 (4.47%) Consultant
12 8 (4.47%) IT Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.79%) Web Services
2 2 (1.12%) MDX
3 1 (0.56%) CGI
3 1 (0.56%) CSS
3 1 (0.56%) HTML
3 1 (0.56%) Node.js
3 1 (0.56%) React
3 1 (0.56%) Redux
3 1 (0.56%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 15 (8.38%) Self-Motivation
2 13 (7.26%) Data Centre
3 12 (6.70%) Clustering
4 9 (5.03%) Client/Server
4 9 (5.03%) iPhone
5 8 (4.47%) BYOD
5 8 (4.47%) Smartphone
6 7 (3.91%) Driving Licence
7 5 (2.79%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.79%) Blackberry
8 4 (2.23%) CMDB
8 4 (2.23%) LIMS
8 4 (2.23%) Management Information System
8 4 (2.23%) Public Cloud
8 4 (2.23%) Replication
9 3 (1.68%) iPad
9 3 (1.68%) Private Cloud
9 3 (1.68%) User Experience
10 2 (1.12%) Cloud Native
10 2 (1.12%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 122 (68.16%) Windows
2 58 (32.40%) Windows Server
3 49 (27.37%) Windows 10
4 38 (21.23%) Windows Server 2012
5 26 (14.53%) Linux
6 25 (13.97%) Windows Server 2016
7 17 (9.50%) Windows Server 2019
8 15 (8.38%) Windows 7
9 11 (6.15%) Android
10 7 (3.91%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (2.23%) Data ONTAP
11 4 (2.23%) Windows XP
12 2 (1.12%) Apple iOS
12 2 (1.12%) Debian
12 2 (1.12%) Mac OS X
12 2 (1.12%) Unix
13 1 (0.56%) CentOS
13 1 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.56%) SUSE
13 1 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 71 (39.66%) ITIL
2 37 (20.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 29 (16.20%) ITIL V3
4 18 (10.06%) Disaster Recovery
4 18 (10.06%) Time Management
5 17 (9.50%) Continuous Improvement
5 17 (9.50%) Migration
6 16 (8.94%) Service Management
7 15 (8.38%) Asset Management
8 11 (6.15%) IT Strategy
8 11 (6.15%) Problem-Solving
9 10 (5.59%) Business Intelligence
10 9 (5.03%) Project Management
10 9 (5.03%) Software Asset Management
10 9 (5.03%) Software Audit
11 8 (4.47%) CRM
11 8 (4.47%) High Availability
11 8 (4.47%) Service Delivery
12 7 (3.91%) Cybersecurity
12 7 (3.91%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 19 (10.61%) SQL
2 15 (8.38%) PowerShell
3 3 (1.68%) Python
4 2 (1.12%) C#
4 2 (1.12%) R
4 2 (1.12%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.56%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.56%) C
5 1 (0.56%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.56%) Korn
Qualifications
1 118 (65.92%) Microsoft Certification
2 59 (32.96%) MCSE
3 54 (30.17%) MCSA
4 49 (27.37%) Cisco Certification
5 45 (25.14%) CCNA
6 29 (16.20%) Degree
7 21 (11.73%) SC Cleared
7 21 (11.73%) Security Cleared
8 20 (11.17%) MCITP
9 18 (10.06%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 14 (7.82%) MCTS
11 10 (5.59%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 9 (5.03%) A+ Certification
12 9 (5.03%) PMI Certification
12 9 (5.03%) PMP
12 9 (5.03%) SSCP
13 8 (4.47%) CCSA
13 8 (4.47%) Check Point Certification
14 7 (3.91%) CCNP
15 6 (3.35%) LPIC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (10.06%) SLA
2 4 (2.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.23%) PCI DSS
2 4 (2.23%) QA
3 3 (1.68%) GDPR
3 3 (1.68%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.56%) COBIT
System Software
1 100 (55.87%) Active Directory
2 52 (29.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 42 (23.46%) Hyper-V
4 16 (8.94%) VMware ESXi
4 16 (8.94%) vSphere
5 11 (6.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 11 (6.15%) Virtual Servers
5 11 (6.15%) VMware NSX
6 6 (3.35%) Terminal Server
7 4 (2.23%) Oracle RAC
8 3 (1.68%) XenDesktop
9 2 (1.12%) NFS
10 1 (0.56%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 8 (4.47%) vCenter Server
2 7 (3.91%) Microsoft Intune
3 6 (3.35%) SCCM
4 5 (2.79%) Cisco CUCM
5 4 (2.23%) Data Guard
5 4 (2.23%) ServiceCenter
6 3 (1.68%) WSUS
7 2 (1.12%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.12%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.56%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.56%) Single Sign-On
Vendors
1 156 (87.15%) Microsoft
2 87 (48.60%) VMware
3 58 (32.40%) Cisco
4 31 (17.32%) Citrix
5 14 (7.82%) Oracle
6 13 (7.26%) Apple
7 12 (6.70%) Mitel
8 11 (6.15%) Dell
9 9 (5.03%) CheckPoint
9 9 (5.03%) HP
9 9 (5.03%) Snow
10 8 (4.47%) Acme Packet
10 8 (4.47%) NetApp
10 8 (4.47%) Polycom
10 8 (4.47%) Yealink
11 6 (3.35%) Bloomberg
12 5 (2.79%) Google
12 5 (2.79%) Reuters
13 4 (2.23%) Remedy
13 4 (2.23%) Veeam