Period
to 29 March 2020

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 29 March 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
29 Mar 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 595 575 541
Rank change year-on-year -20 -34 -66
Permanent jobs citing MCP 439 672 883
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.37% 0.45% 0.50%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.72% 1.84% 2.11%
Number of salaries quoted 371 577 748
Median annual salary £36,000 £34,000 £33,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £23,625 £21,250 £21,250
90th Percentile £67,500 £58,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,000 £32,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year +7.69% - +12.07%

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 25,526 36,587 41,830
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.50% 24.51% 23.75%
Number of salaries quoted 18,782 26,486 32,270
Median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £27,500 £26,714 £26,250
90th Percentile £82,500 £81,250 £80,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,500 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.33% +5.88% +1.80%

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 29 March 2020.

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 29 March 2020. 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 -24 414 £36,000 +2.86% 87
UK excluding London -67 254 £35,000 +7.69% 77
London +66 170 £37,500 +7.14% 15
South East +61 110 £37,500 +2.74% 15
North of England +26 46 £39,500 +43.64% 17
Midlands +8 35 £27,500 -8.33% 21
East of England -3 29 £42,500 +13.33% 13
North West +14 25 £40,500 +44.64% 11
West Midlands +15 24 £28,750 -11.54% 20
South West +10 23 £28,500 -39.36% 6
Yorkshire +58 21 £39,000 +30.00% 5
East Midlands +14 10 £24,250 +1.04% 1
Wales -9 7 £50,000 +47.06% 2
Work from Home -21 5 £45,000 +28.57% 4
Channel Islands +1 4 £25,000 -23.08%

For the 6 months to 29 March 2020, 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.

1 344 (78.36%) Microsoft
2 334 (76.08%) Windows
3 327 (74.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 210 (47.84%) MCSE
5 206 (46.92%) Active Directory
6 197 (44.87%) Office 365
7 163 (37.13%) ITIL
8 161 (36.67%) MCSA
9 138 (31.44%) Windows 10
10 137 (31.21%) Windows Server
11 121 (27.56%) Azure
12 104 (23.69%) Degree
13 103 (23.46%) VMware
14 90 (20.50%) Microsoft Office
15 86 (19.59%) SQL Server
15 86 (19.59%) Windows 7
16 85 (19.36%) DNS
17 83 (18.91%) TCP/IP
18 81 (18.45%) SLA
19 76 (17.31%) DHCP
20 72 (16.40%) LAN
20 72 (16.40%) VMware Infrastructure
20 72 (16.40%) Windows Server 2012
21 71 (16.17%) Windows Server 2016
22 69 (15.72%) Hyper-V
23 67 (15.26%) SCCM
23 67 (15.26%) SQL
24 66 (15.03%) WAN
25 64 (14.58%) AWS
26 63 (14.35%) HP

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 53 (12.07%) MS Exchange
2 42 (9.57%) SharePoint
3 37 (8.43%) Skype for Business
4 29 (6.61%) Exchange Server 2013
5 18 (4.10%) Exchange Server 2010
6 16 (3.64%) IIS
7 15 (3.42%) BizTalk Server
7 15 (3.42%) Confluence
8 9 (2.05%) Exchange Server 2007
9 8 (1.82%) SAS
10 4 (0.91%) Apache
10 4 (0.91%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (0.91%) CICS
10 4 (0.91%) SharePoint Server
10 4 (0.91%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.23%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.23%) IBM Domino
11 1 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.23%) SharePoint 2010
11 1 (0.23%) WordPress
Applications
1 90 (20.50%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (5.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 22 (5.01%) Microsoft Excel
4 3 (0.68%) Chatbot
5 2 (0.46%) Acrobat
5 2 (0.46%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
2 2 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.23%) assyst
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.23%) Dynamics NAV
3 1 (0.23%) Magento
3 1 (0.23%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.23%) Sage 200
3 1 (0.23%) SAP Business One
Cloud Services
1 197 (44.87%) Office 365
2 121 (27.56%) Azure
3 64 (14.58%) AWS
4 21 (4.78%) SaaS
5 18 (4.10%) Azure Active Directory
6 12 (2.73%) OneDrive
7 10 (2.28%) G Suite
8 9 (2.05%) IaaS
9 8 (1.82%) BlazeMeter
9 8 (1.82%) PaaS
9 8 (1.82%) Sauce Labs
10 7 (1.59%) Amazon EC2
10 7 (1.59%) Amazon S3
10 7 (1.59%) Mimecast
10 7 (1.59%) Virtual Private Cloud
11 6 (1.37%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 6 (1.37%) Amazon ELB
11 6 (1.37%) AWS CloudFormation
12 4 (0.91%) GCP
13 3 (0.68%) Azure Stack
Communications & Networking
1 85 (19.36%) DNS
2 83 (18.91%) TCP/IP
3 76 (17.31%) DHCP
4 72 (16.40%) LAN
5 66 (15.03%) WAN
6 61 (13.90%) Firewall
7 55 (12.53%) VPN
8 46 (10.48%) VoIP
9 36 (8.20%) SAN
10 31 (7.06%) Skype
11 26 (5.92%) Internet
12 24 (5.47%) VLAN
13 17 (3.87%) Wireless
14 10 (2.28%) Remote Desktop
15 9 (2.05%) NetScaler
15 9 (2.05%) Network Security
15 9 (2.05%) WebEx
16 8 (1.82%) IP Telephony
17 7 (1.59%) SSL
18 6 (1.37%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (19.59%) SQL Server
2 21 (4.78%) Amazon RDS
3 10 (2.28%) SQL Server 2005
3 10 (2.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 10 (2.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 9 (2.05%) SQL Server 2016
5 8 (1.82%) NoSQL
5 8 (1.82%) RDBMS
5 8 (1.82%) Relational Database
6 7 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
6 7 (1.59%) SQL Server 2017
7 6 (1.37%) SQL Server 2014
8 5 (1.14%) SAP HANA
9 4 (0.91%) DB2
9 4 (0.91%) Oracle Database
10 3 (0.68%) Big Data
10 3 (0.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 2 (0.46%) SQL Server 7
12 1 (0.23%) Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.23%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 21 (4.78%) Selenium
2 16 (3.64%) JIRA
3 13 (2.96%) NUnit
3 13 (2.96%) Visual Studio
4 12 (2.73%) Jenkins
5 8 (1.82%) Appium
5 8 (1.82%) Cucumber
5 8 (1.82%) HP UFT
6 5 (1.14%) MSI
7 4 (0.91%) IBM UrbanCode
8 3 (0.68%) JMeter
8 3 (0.68%) LoadRunner
9 2 (0.46%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.23%) CircleCI
10 1 (0.23%) Git (software)
10 1 (0.23%) Subversion
10 1 (0.23%) TestRail
10 1 (0.23%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
10 1 (0.23%) Zephyr
General
1 46 (10.48%) Finance
2 19 (4.33%) Banking
3 14 (3.19%) Public Sector
3 14 (3.19%) Retail
4 11 (2.51%) French Language
4 11 (2.51%) Front Office
4 11 (2.51%) German Language
4 11 (2.51%) Italian Language
4 11 (2.51%) Spanish Language
5 10 (2.28%) Legal
6 6 (1.37%) Law
6 6 (1.37%) Manufacturing
7 5 (1.14%) Telecoms
8 4 (0.91%) Local Government
9 3 (0.68%) Electronics
9 3 (0.68%) Marketing
10 2 (0.46%) Games
10 2 (0.46%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.23%) Military
11 1 (0.23%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 135 (30.75%) Support Engineer
2 62 (14.12%) IT Support
3 55 (12.53%) Analyst
4 49 (11.16%) IT Engineer
5 44 (10.02%) Desktop Support
6 43 (9.79%) 2nd Line Support
7 38 (8.66%) 3rd Line Support
7 38 (8.66%) IT Support Engineer
8 30 (6.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 28 (6.38%) Consultant
10 27 (6.15%) Support Analyst
11 26 (5.92%) Desktop Engineer
11 26 (5.92%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 25 (5.69%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 24 (5.47%) Infrastructure Engineer
14 21 (4.78%) 2nd Line Engineer
15 20 (4.56%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
16 19 (4.33%) Software Engineer
17 18 (4.10%) Software Support Engineer
18 17 (3.87%) Technical Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (9.34%) .NET
2 30 (6.83%) HTML
3 25 (5.69%) XML
4 23 (5.24%) .NET Framework
5 22 (5.01%) AngularJS
5 22 (5.01%) Entity Framework
5 22 (5.01%) HTML5
5 22 (5.01%) Web Services
6 20 (4.56%) jQuery
6 20 (4.56%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 16 (3.64%) Classic ASP
7 16 (3.64%) XSLT
8 15 (3.42%) ASP.NET
8 15 (3.42%) WCF
9 13 (2.96%) CSS
10 10 (2.28%) ASP.NET MVC
11 6 (1.37%) Apache Flex
11 6 (1.37%) ASP.NET Web API
11 6 (1.37%) CSS3
11 6 (1.37%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 42 (9.57%) Self-Motivation
2 34 (7.74%) Management Information System
3 26 (5.92%) Data Centre
4 20 (4.56%) iPhone
5 13 (2.96%) Clustering
5 13 (2.96%) Replication
5 13 (2.96%) Video Conferencing
6 12 (2.73%) Blackberry
6 12 (2.73%) CMDB
7 11 (2.51%) Analytical Skills
8 10 (2.28%) Private Cloud
9 6 (1.37%) Driving Licence
9 6 (1.37%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (1.37%) Mainframe
10 5 (1.14%) BYOD
10 5 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
10 5 (1.14%) Hedge funds
10 5 (1.14%) Linux Command Line
10 5 (1.14%) PKI
11 3 (0.68%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 334 (76.08%) Windows
2 138 (31.44%) Windows 10
3 137 (31.21%) Windows Server
4 86 (19.59%) Windows 7
5 72 (16.40%) Windows Server 2012
6 71 (16.17%) Windows Server 2016
7 51 (11.62%) Linux
8 47 (10.71%) Windows Server 2008
9 28 (6.38%) Unix
10 23 (5.24%) Windows 8
11 21 (4.78%) Windows Server 2019
12 17 (3.87%) Mac OS X
13 13 (2.96%) Windows Server 2003
13 13 (2.96%) Windows XP
14 11 (2.51%) Solaris
15 7 (1.59%) Mac OS
16 6 (1.37%) CentOS
16 6 (1.37%) Oracle Linux
17 5 (1.14%) Windows 2000
18 4 (0.91%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 163 (37.13%) ITIL
2 58 (13.21%) Problem-Solving
3 51 (11.62%) Agile Software Development
4 46 (10.48%) Asset Management
5 36 (8.20%) Information Security
5 36 (8.20%) Service Delivery
6 34 (7.74%) ITIL V3
7 33 (7.52%) Mentoring
8 31 (7.06%) Break/Fix
8 31 (7.06%) Service Management
9 30 (6.83%) Scrum
10 29 (6.61%) Software Engineering
11 28 (6.38%) Performance Tuning
11 28 (6.38%) Project Management
12 26 (5.92%) MVC
13 24 (5.47%) Infrastructure Engineering
13 24 (5.47%) Migration
14 23 (5.24%) Disaster Recovery
14 23 (5.24%) ITSM
15 22 (5.01%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 67 (15.26%) SQL
2 41 (9.34%) JavaScript
3 39 (8.88%) C#
3 39 (8.88%) PowerShell
4 24 (5.47%) Python
5 9 (2.05%) Java
5 9 (2.05%) T-SQL
6 5 (1.14%) Bash Shell
6 5 (1.14%) C
6 5 (1.14%) PL/SQL
7 4 (0.91%) COBOL
7 4 (0.91%) Groovy
7 4 (0.91%) JCL
7 4 (0.91%) REXX
8 3 (0.68%) PHP
8 3 (0.68%) R
9 1 (0.23%) C++
9 1 (0.23%) Ruby
9 1 (0.23%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 327 (74.49%) Microsoft Certification
2 210 (47.84%) MCSE
3 161 (36.67%) MCSA
4 104 (23.69%) Degree
5 53 (12.07%) Cisco Certification
6 48 (10.93%) CCNA
7 39 (8.88%) MCITP
8 35 (7.97%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 29 (6.61%) Security Cleared
10 25 (5.69%) MCTS
11 24 (5.47%) A+ Certification
11 24 (5.47%) ITIL Certification
12 23 (5.24%) SC Cleared
13 12 (2.73%) MCDST
13 12 (2.73%) Network+ Certification
13 12 (2.73%) PMI Certification
14 11 (2.51%) PMP
15 9 (2.05%) CISSP
15 9 (2.05%) CTC Cleared
16 7 (1.59%) CCENT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 81 (18.45%) SLA
2 18 (4.10%) QA
3 17 (3.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 10 (2.28%) GDPR
5 8 (1.82%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 8 (1.82%) PCI DSS
6 7 (1.59%) ISO 22301
7 1 (0.23%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.23%) PMO
System Software
1 206 (46.92%) Active Directory
2 72 (16.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 69 (15.72%) Hyper-V
4 15 (3.42%) vSphere
4 15 (3.42%) XenApp
5 12 (2.73%) VMware ESXi
6 11 (2.51%) Firmware
7 10 (2.28%) Virtual Servers
8 6 (1.37%) Microsoft App-V
8 6 (1.37%) XenDesktop
9 5 (1.14%) Docker
9 5 (1.14%) Virtual Machines
10 4 (0.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
11 3 (0.68%) NFS
11 3 (0.68%) Terminal Services
11 3 (0.68%) VMware NSX
12 2 (0.46%) Citrix Hypervisor
12 2 (0.46%) Virtual Desktop
13 1 (0.23%) Postfix
13 1 (0.23%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 67 (15.26%) SCCM
2 34 (7.74%) Microsoft Intune
3 12 (2.73%) CA Service Virtualization
4 9 (2.05%) Ansible
4 9 (2.05%) Single Sign-On
5 7 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 7 (1.59%) Norton AntiVirus
6 6 (1.37%) Backup Exec
6 6 (1.37%) HP UCMDB
6 6 (1.37%) SCOM
6 6 (1.37%) vCenter Server
7 5 (1.14%) Failover Clustering
7 5 (1.14%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (1.14%) Puppet
8 4 (0.91%) Cisco CUCM
8 4 (0.91%) Microsoft Clustering
8 4 (0.91%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 4 (0.91%) ServiceCenter
9 3 (0.68%) SCOrch
9 3 (0.68%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 344 (78.36%) Microsoft
2 103 (23.46%) VMware
3 63 (14.35%) HP
4 62 (14.12%) Cisco
5 53 (12.07%) Citrix
6 30 (6.83%) ServiceNow
7 27 (6.15%) Oracle
8 24 (5.47%) Veeam
9 22 (5.01%) Apple
10 21 (4.78%) Dell
11 17 (3.87%) Remedy
12 14 (3.19%) CA
13 12 (2.73%) Bloomberg
13 12 (2.73%) Reuters
13 12 (2.73%) Sophos
13 12 (2.73%) Symantec
14 11 (2.51%) SAP
14 11 (2.51%) Snow
15 10 (2.28%) Polycom
16 9 (2.05%) Nortel