Period
to 21 October 2019

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 21 October 2019 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 534 571 481
Rank change year-on-year +37 -90 -1
Permanent jobs citing MCP 683 761 1,073
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.50% 0.47% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.16% 1.96% 2.52%
Number of salaries quoted 473 577 943
UK median annual salary £33,000 £30,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £23,500 £21,250 £21,000
90th Percentile £68,750 £52,500 £50,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,500 £30,000 £30,000
% change year-on-year +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 31,584 38,793 42,519
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 23.06% 23.72% 24.40%
Number of salaries quoted 23,072 28,759 32,642
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.38% +4.44%
10th Percentile £27,000 £26,250 £26,000
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -

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 21 October 2019.

Salary histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 16 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 21 October 2019. 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 +57 649 £35,000 +16.67% 155
UK excluding London +3 433 £32,500 +8.33% 116
London +102 235 £35,000 +7.69% 46
South East +50 164 £32,500 - 46
Midlands -38 83 £25,000 -31.51% 14
South West +46 75 £45,000 +80.00% 16
North of England -8 62 £37,500 +36.36% 28
West Midlands -10 53 £25,000 -3.85% 10
Yorkshire +15 31 £50,000 +81.82% 10
North West +16 30 £32,250 +7.50% 18
East of England +4 30 £25,000 -16.67% 6
East Midlands +1 30 £37,500 +2.74% 4
Northern Ireland -13 12 £24,000 +14.29%
Scotland 0 5 £27,500 -8.33% 3
Wales +5 4 £28,500 +58.33% 4
North East +9 1 £35,000 +34.62%

For the 6 months to 21 October 2019, 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.

1 521 (76.28%) Microsoft Certification
2 505 (73.94%) Microsoft
3 475 (69.55%) Windows
4 356 (52.12%) ITIL
5 348 (50.95%) Active Directory
6 309 (45.24%) Office 365
7 207 (30.31%) Degree
8 206 (30.16%) Windows 10
9 200 (29.28%) MCSE
10 183 (26.79%) Azure
11 179 (26.21%) MCSA
12 173 (25.33%) Windows Server
13 165 (24.16%) VMware
14 164 (24.01%) Citrix
15 151 (22.11%) Microsoft Office
16 139 (20.35%) Cisco
17 133 (19.47%) Windows 7
18 132 (19.33%) Hyper-V
19 130 (19.03%) DNS
20 129 (18.89%) DHCP
21 128 (18.74%) Agile Software Development
22 125 (18.30%) SCCM
23 121 (17.72%) SLA
23 121 (17.72%) LAN
24 119 (17.42%) SQL
25 118 (17.28%) SQL Server
26 115 (16.84%) Finance
27 114 (16.69%) VMware Infrastructure
28 110 (16.11%) Management Information System
29 107 (15.67%) WAN

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
1 103 (15.08%) MS Exchange
2 69 (10.10%) SharePoint
3 42 (6.15%) Skype for Business
4 37 (5.42%) Exchange Server 2010
4 37 (5.42%) Exchange Server 2013
5 26 (3.81%) Exchange Server 2007
6 22 (3.22%) IIS
7 20 (2.93%) Confluence
8 13 (1.90%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 12 (1.76%) IBM Notes
9 12 (1.76%) SharePoint Server
10 11 (1.61%) BizTalk Server
11 8 (1.17%) CMS
12 3 (0.44%) SharePoint 2013
13 1 (0.15%) Elasticsearch
13 1 (0.15%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 151 (22.11%) Microsoft Office
2 49 (7.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 28 (4.10%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 20 (2.93%) Microsoft Project
5 15 (2.20%) Acrobat
6 12 (1.76%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.15%) Adobe Premiere
7 1 (0.15%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 33 (4.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (1.46%) assyst
2 10 (1.46%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 309 (45.24%) Office 365
2 183 (26.79%) Azure
3 44 (6.44%) AWS
4 33 (4.83%) Azure Active Directory
5 32 (4.69%) OneDrive
6 29 (4.25%) SaaS
7 20 (2.93%) Azure Stack
8 19 (2.78%) G Suite
9 14 (2.05%) IaaS
10 13 (1.90%) Cloud Computing
11 9 (1.32%) PaaS
12 6 (0.88%) Dynamics 365
13 4 (0.59%) Dropbox
14 3 (0.44%) Slack
15 2 (0.29%) Amazon S3
16 1 (0.15%) Amazon EC2
16 1 (0.15%) Amazon ElastiCache
16 1 (0.15%) Amazon SQS
16 1 (0.15%) CloudFront
16 1 (0.15%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 130 (19.03%) DNS
2 129 (18.89%) DHCP
3 121 (17.72%) LAN
4 107 (15.67%) WAN
5 88 (12.88%) TCP/IP
6 71 (10.40%) Firewall
7 63 (9.22%) Skype
8 58 (8.49%) VoIP
9 50 (7.32%) VPN
10 43 (6.30%) Internet
11 39 (5.71%) Wireless
12 33 (4.83%) SAN
13 31 (4.54%) NetScaler
14 30 (4.39%) Network Security
15 26 (3.81%) DMZ
16 17 (2.49%) VLAN
17 16 (2.34%) WebEx
18 14 (2.05%) Remote Desktop
19 13 (1.90%) NAS
20 12 (1.76%) IP Telephony
Database & Business Intelligence
1 118 (17.28%) SQL Server
2 25 (3.66%) Big Data
2 25 (3.66%) Relational Database
2 25 (3.66%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 24 (3.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 23 (3.37%) SQL Server 2005
4 23 (3.37%) SQL Server 2017
5 14 (2.05%) RDBMS
6 9 (1.32%) Amazon RDS
7 8 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
8 7 (1.02%) NoSQL
9 3 (0.44%) Azure SQL Database
10 2 (0.29%) MongoDB
10 2 (0.29%) Oracle Database
11 1 (0.15%) Amazon Athena
11 1 (0.15%) Amazon Redshift
11 1 (0.15%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.15%) EDRMS
11 1 (0.15%) SQL Server 2008
11 1 (0.15%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 42 (6.15%) Visual Studio
2 20 (2.93%) JIRA
3 15 (2.20%) TestRail
3 15 (2.20%) Zephyr
4 11 (1.61%) MSI
5 10 (1.46%) HP UFT
5 10 (1.46%) LoadRunner
6 6 (0.88%) NUnit
6 6 (0.88%) Selenium
7 3 (0.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (0.44%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (0.29%) Git (software)
8 2 (0.29%) Hudson
9 1 (0.15%) Subversion
General
1 115 (16.84%) Finance
2 43 (6.30%) Public Sector
3 35 (5.12%) Telecoms
4 18 (2.64%) Manufacturing
5 15 (2.20%) Electronics
5 15 (2.20%) Marketing
6 14 (2.05%) Retail
7 9 (1.32%) Legal
8 6 (0.88%) Local Government
9 5 (0.73%) Law
10 2 (0.29%) Front Office
10 2 (0.29%) Games
11 1 (0.15%) Automotive
11 1 (0.15%) Banking
Job Titles
1 153 (22.40%) Support Engineer
2 150 (21.96%) Analyst
3 106 (15.52%) IT Support
4 90 (13.18%) IT Engineer
5 66 (9.66%) Consultant
6 63 (9.22%) Support Analyst
7 61 (8.93%) IT Support Engineer
8 59 (8.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 43 (6.30%) 2nd Line Support
10 39 (5.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 39 (5.71%) IT Analyst
10 39 (5.71%) Service Analyst
11 38 (5.56%) Developer
12 36 (5.27%) Microsoft Consultant
13 34 (4.98%) Desktop Support
14 31 (4.54%) Field Engineer
14 31 (4.54%) Service Desk Analyst
15 30 (4.39%) IT Support Analyst
16 29 (4.25%) 2nd Line Engineer
17 26 (3.81%) 3rd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 52 (7.61%) .NET
2 45 (6.59%) CSS
3 37 (5.42%) ASP.NET
4 33 (4.83%) HTML
5 26 (3.81%) ASP.NET MVC
6 25 (3.66%) LDAP
7 24 (3.51%) .NET Framework
7 24 (3.51%) Kafka
8 23 (3.37%) AngularJS
8 23 (3.37%) Entity Framework
8 23 (3.37%) HTML5
8 23 (3.37%) jQuery
9 22 (3.22%) Twitter Bootstrap
10 14 (2.05%) .NET Core
11 13 (1.90%) ASP.NET Web API
11 13 (1.90%) KnockoutJS
11 13 (1.90%) REST
11 13 (1.90%) Vue.js
12 12 (1.76%) ASP.NET MVC 5
12 12 (1.76%) CSS3
Miscellaneous
1 110 (16.11%) Management Information System
2 67 (9.81%) Self-Motivation
3 54 (7.91%) Blackberry
4 43 (6.30%) Data Centre
5 23 (3.37%) Smartphone
6 20 (2.93%) iPhone
7 19 (2.78%) Clustering
8 17 (2.49%) Analytical Skills
9 14 (2.05%) Driving Licence
10 12 (1.76%) PDA
10 12 (1.76%) Public Cloud
11 11 (1.61%) Video Conferencing
12 10 (1.46%) Replication
13 9 (1.32%) e-Learning
14 8 (1.17%) iPad
15 5 (0.73%) Greenfield Project
15 5 (0.73%) Learning Management System
15 5 (0.73%) Mobile Computing
15 5 (0.73%) User Experience
16 4 (0.59%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 475 (69.55%) Windows
2 206 (30.16%) Windows 10
3 173 (25.33%) Windows Server
4 133 (19.47%) Windows 7
5 98 (14.35%) Linux
6 97 (14.20%) Windows Server 2012
7 79 (11.57%) Windows Server 2008
8 70 (10.25%) Unix
9 51 (7.47%) Mac OS
10 45 (6.59%) Solaris
11 37 (5.42%) Mac OS X
12 33 (4.83%) Windows 8
13 19 (2.78%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 17 (2.49%) Windows 2000
15 15 (2.20%) Windows Server 2003
15 15 (2.20%) Windows XP
16 12 (1.76%) Android
16 12 (1.76%) Windows Vista
17 7 (1.02%) Apple iOS
18 4 (0.59%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 356 (52.12%) ITIL
2 128 (18.74%) Agile Software Development
3 104 (15.23%) Problem-Solving
4 72 (10.54%) Incident Management
5 67 (9.81%) CRM
6 66 (9.66%) Information Security
7 64 (9.37%) Change Management
7 64 (9.37%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 59 (8.64%) Project Management
9 53 (7.76%) PRINCE2
10 47 (6.88%) ITSM
10 47 (6.88%) Service Management
11 45 (6.59%) ITIL V3
11 45 (6.59%) Ticket Management
12 42 (6.15%) Continuous Integration
13 41 (6.00%) Software Engineering
14 37 (5.42%) Asset Management
15 36 (5.27%) MVC
16 34 (4.98%) Patch Management
17 33 (4.83%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 119 (17.42%) SQL
2 79 (11.57%) PowerShell
3 63 (9.22%) JavaScript
4 48 (7.03%) C#
5 37 (5.42%) C
6 22 (3.22%) Python
7 21 (3.07%) PHP
8 13 (1.90%) VB
9 10 (1.46%) Java
9 10 (1.46%) PL/SQL
10 8 (1.17%) Bash Shell
11 6 (0.88%) T-SQL
12 3 (0.44%) VB.NET
12 3 (0.44%) VBScript
13 2 (0.29%) C++
13 2 (0.29%) VB6
14 1 (0.15%) Shell Script
14 1 (0.15%) VBA
Qualifications
1 521 (76.28%) Microsoft Certification
2 207 (30.31%) Degree
3 200 (29.28%) MCSE
4 179 (26.21%) MCSA
5 104 (15.23%) Cisco Certification
6 98 (14.35%) CCNA
7 61 (8.93%) MCITP
8 59 (8.64%) Security Cleared
9 46 (6.73%) RHCE
10 41 (6.00%) MCDST
11 40 (5.86%) A+ Certification
11 40 (5.86%) ITIL Certification
12 36 (5.27%) MCTS
12 36 (5.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 29 (4.25%) Citrix Certification
14 28 (4.10%) CCA
15 21 (3.07%) DV Cleared
16 19 (2.78%) SC Cleared
17 14 (2.05%) CCENT
18 13 (1.90%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 121 (17.72%) SLA
2 27 (3.95%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 27 (3.95%) QA
3 18 (2.64%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 7 (1.02%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.59%) ISO 22301
6 1 (0.15%) COBIT
6 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.15%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
6 1 (0.15%) GDPR
6 1 (0.15%) PMO
6 1 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 348 (50.95%) Active Directory
2 132 (19.33%) Hyper-V
3 114 (16.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 49 (7.17%) XenApp
5 46 (6.73%) Firmware
6 30 (4.39%) XenDesktop
7 24 (3.51%) NFS
8 20 (2.93%) Microsoft App-V
9 11 (1.61%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 11 (1.61%) Virtual Desktop
10 9 (1.32%) Virtual Machines
10 9 (1.32%) vSphere
11 8 (1.17%) Terminal Services
12 6 (0.88%) Virtual Servers
13 5 (0.73%) VMware ESXi
14 1 (0.15%) BitLocker
14 1 (0.15%) Forefront TMG
14 1 (0.15%) Postfix
14 1 (0.15%) UAG
14 1 (0.15%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 125 (18.30%) SCCM
2 37 (5.42%) Microsoft Intune
3 30 (4.39%) SCOM
4 26 (3.81%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
5 24 (3.51%) Ansible
6 20 (2.93%) SCOrch
7 12 (1.76%) Cisco CUCM
7 12 (1.76%) ServiceCenter
8 10 (1.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 10 (1.46%) HP ALM
8 10 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
9 7 (1.02%) Data Guard
9 7 (1.02%) Single Sign-On
10 6 (0.88%) WSUS
11 5 (0.73%) Backup Exec
12 2 (0.29%) SCVMM
13 1 (0.15%) McAfee ePO
13 1 (0.15%) MIMEsweeper
13 1 (0.15%) Norton AntiVirus
13 1 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 505 (73.94%) Microsoft
2 165 (24.16%) VMware
3 164 (24.01%) Citrix
4 139 (20.35%) Cisco
5 100 (14.64%) ServiceNow
6 51 (7.47%) Splunk
7 45 (6.59%) HP
8 43 (6.30%) Oracle
9 38 (5.56%) Apple
10 29 (4.25%) Dell
10 29 (4.25%) SAP
11 24 (3.51%) NetApp
11 24 (3.51%) Remedy
12 19 (2.78%) Red Hat
13 18 (2.64%) Adobe
13 18 (2.64%) Sophos
14 17 (2.49%) Atlassian
15 15 (2.20%) Veeam
16 13 (1.90%) Bloomberg
17 12 (1.76%) Reuters