Period
to 21 October 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 21 October 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
21 Oct 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 515 539 575
Rank change year-on-year +24 +36 -92
Permanent jobs citing MCP 166 683 761
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.50% 0.47%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.58% 2.16% 1.96%
Number of salaries quoted 151 482 585
Median annual salary £37,500 £35,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +7.14% +16.67% -
10th Percentile £25,750 £23,500 £21,250
90th Percentile £57,500 £68,750 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £36,000 £34,317 £30,000
% change year-on-year +4.91% +14.39% -

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 10,495 31,597 38,827
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.47% 23.07% 23.74%
Number of salaries quoted 7,858 23,081 28,787
Median annual salary £55,000 £50,000 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +10.00% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £31,250 £27,000 £26,250
90th Percentile £87,500 £82,500 £80,000
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 21 October 2020.

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 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 +10 161 £37,500 +7.14% 25
UK excluding London +43 112 £36,000 +4.91% 24
London +99 54 £43,500 +24.29% 5
North of England +153 47 £45,000 +20.00% 9
North West +132 37 £45,000 +39.53% 7
South East +79 34 £30,000 -7.69% 3
Work from Home +41 21 £40,000 -11.11% 2
Midlands +60 14 £40,000 +60.00% 3
East Midlands +71 12 £40,000 +6.67% 3
Yorkshire +103 9 £27,500 -45.00% 1
South West +53 7 £50,000 +11.11% 1
East of England +118 5 £30,500 +22.00% 4
Scotland +90 3 £45,000 -7.22% 3
West Midlands +52 2 £34,729 +38.92%
Wales +44 2 £31,500 +10.53% 1
North East +20 1 £37,500 +7.14% 1

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 141 (84.94%) Microsoft
2 108 (65.06%) Windows
3 106 (63.86%) Microsoft Certification
4 65 (39.16%) Active Directory
5 61 (36.75%) ITIL
6 57 (34.34%) SQL Server
7 56 (33.73%) MCSA
8 53 (31.93%) MCSE
9 49 (29.52%) VMware
10 47 (28.31%) Azure
11 46 (27.71%) Windows Server
11 46 (27.71%) Cisco
12 44 (26.51%) Windows 10
13 42 (25.30%) Cisco Certification
13 42 (25.30%) Microsoft Office
14 40 (24.10%) Office 365
15 37 (22.29%) CCNA
16 34 (20.48%) Windows Server 2012
17 33 (19.88%) MS Exchange
18 31 (18.67%) ITIL V3
19 30 (18.07%) Firewall
19 30 (18.07%) Linux
19 30 (18.07%) Degree
20 29 (17.47%) Citrix
21 26 (15.66%) VMware Infrastructure
22 25 (15.06%) SQL
22 25 (15.06%) Windows 7
23 24 (14.46%) SQL Server 2012
23 24 (14.46%) VoIP
23 24 (14.46%) 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 33 (19.88%) MS Exchange
2 23 (13.86%) Exchange Server 2010
2 23 (13.86%) IIS
3 20 (12.05%) SharePoint
4 17 (10.24%) Exchange Server 2013
5 6 (3.61%) Apache
5 6 (3.61%) Tomcat
6 4 (2.41%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
6 4 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.81%) Skype for Business
7 3 (1.81%) WordPress
8 2 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 42 (25.30%) Microsoft Office
2 8 (4.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 7 (4.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (1.81%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 47 (28.31%) Azure
2 40 (24.10%) Office 365
3 19 (11.45%) AWS
4 12 (7.23%) Cloud Computing
5 10 (6.02%) Dynamics 365
6 7 (4.22%) Azure Active Directory
7 6 (3.61%) PaaS
8 5 (3.01%) SaaS
9 3 (1.81%) G Suite
9 3 (1.81%) Google Docs
9 3 (1.81%) Google Drive
9 3 (1.81%) Google Sheets
9 3 (1.81%) IaaS
9 3 (1.81%) OneDrive
10 2 (1.20%) Mimecast
10 2 (1.20%) Power Platform
10 2 (1.20%) PowerApps
10 2 (1.20%) Serverless
11 1 (0.60%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 30 (18.07%) Firewall
2 24 (14.46%) Internet
2 24 (14.46%) VoIP
2 24 (14.46%) WAN
3 23 (13.86%) DNS
4 22 (13.25%) DHCP
5 21 (12.65%) LAN
6 14 (8.43%) Wireless
7 11 (6.63%) Network Security
7 11 (6.63%) SAN
7 11 (6.63%) TCP/IP
7 11 (6.63%) VLAN
7 11 (6.63%) Wi-Fi
8 10 (6.02%) VPN
9 9 (5.42%) WLAN
10 8 (4.82%) Unified Communications
11 6 (3.61%) NetScaler
12 5 (3.01%) VSAN
13 3 (1.81%) Remote Desktop
13 3 (1.81%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (34.34%) SQL Server
2 24 (14.46%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (4.22%) SAP HANA
3 7 (4.22%) SQL Server 2014
3 7 (4.22%) SQL Server 2016
4 6 (3.61%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.20%) Amazon RDS
5 2 (1.20%) MySQL
5 2 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (1.81%) JIRA
General
1 23 (13.86%) Finance
2 9 (5.42%) Banking
3 7 (4.22%) Legal
3 7 (4.22%) Public Sector
4 6 (3.61%) Manufacturing
5 5 (3.01%) Retail
5 5 (3.01%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.20%) Automotive
6 2 (1.20%) Local Government
6 2 (1.20%) Marketing
6 2 (1.20%) Private Banking
7 1 (0.60%) Back Office
7 1 (0.60%) Electronics
7 1 (0.60%) Law
Job Titles
1 32 (19.28%) Analyst
1 32 (19.28%) IT Engineer
2 26 (15.66%) Support Engineer
3 22 (13.25%) IT Support
4 19 (11.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 19 (11.45%) Support Analyst
5 16 (9.64%) 2nd Line Support
5 16 (9.64%) Applications Support
5 16 (9.64%) Network Engineer
5 16 (9.64%) Technical Support
6 13 (7.83%) Applications Support Analyst
7 11 (6.63%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 11 (6.63%) 2nd Line Technical Support
8 10 (6.02%) Consultant
8 10 (6.02%) Desktop Support
8 10 (6.02%) IT Support Engineer
9 9 (5.42%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 9 (5.42%) 3rd Line Support
9 9 (5.42%) Systems Engineer
10 8 (4.82%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (5.42%) .NET
2 1 (0.60%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.83%) CMDB
1 13 (7.83%) iPhone
2 11 (6.63%) Data Centre
3 7 (4.22%) Client/Server
3 7 (4.22%) Hedge funds
3 7 (4.22%) PKI
4 6 (3.61%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.61%) Driving Licence
4 6 (3.61%) Self-Motivation
5 5 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (2.41%) NHS
6 4 (2.41%) Smartphone
7 3 (1.81%) iPad
7 3 (1.81%) Public Cloud
8 2 (1.20%) Cloud Native
8 2 (1.20%) Clustering
8 2 (1.20%) FMCG
8 2 (1.20%) User Experience
9 1 (0.60%) Microsoft Licensing
9 1 (0.60%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 108 (65.06%) Windows
2 46 (27.71%) Windows Server
3 44 (26.51%) Windows 10
4 34 (20.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 30 (18.07%) Linux
6 25 (15.06%) Windows 7
7 21 (12.65%) Windows Server 2016
8 13 (7.83%) Windows XP
9 11 (6.63%) Android
10 9 (5.42%) Windows Server 2019
11 6 (3.61%) Windows Server 2008
12 4 (2.41%) Data ONTAP
13 3 (1.81%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.60%) Mac OS X
14 1 (0.60%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.60%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (36.75%) ITIL
2 31 (18.67%) ITIL V3
3 20 (12.05%) Cybersecurity
4 19 (11.45%) Infrastructure Engineering
5 15 (9.04%) Computer Science
6 13 (7.83%) Investment Management
6 13 (7.83%) Release Management
6 13 (7.83%) Service Design
7 12 (7.23%) Continuous Improvement
7 12 (7.23%) Mentoring
7 12 (7.23%) Service Management
8 11 (6.63%) High Availability
8 11 (6.63%) Migration
8 11 (6.63%) Service Delivery
8 11 (6.63%) Time Management
9 10 (6.02%) Business Intelligence
9 10 (6.02%) DevOps
9 10 (6.02%) Disaster Recovery
9 10 (6.02%) Server Virtualisation
10 9 (5.42%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (15.06%) SQL
2 22 (13.25%) PowerShell
3 13 (7.83%) T-SQL
4 9 (5.42%) C#
5 7 (4.22%) Bash Shell
5 7 (4.22%) Python
Qualifications
1 106 (63.86%) Microsoft Certification
2 56 (33.73%) MCSA
3 53 (31.93%) MCSE
4 42 (25.30%) Cisco Certification
5 37 (22.29%) CCNA
6 30 (18.07%) Degree
7 21 (12.65%) SC Cleared
7 21 (12.65%) Security Cleared
8 13 (7.83%) CTC Cleared
9 10 (6.02%) CCNP
9 10 (6.02%) LPIC
9 10 (6.02%) MCITP
10 9 (5.42%) A+ Certification
10 9 (5.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 8 (4.82%) CCSA
11 8 (4.82%) Check Point Certification
12 6 (3.61%) ITIL Certification
12 6 (3.61%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 6 (3.61%) SSCP
13 5 (3.01%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (8.43%) SLA
2 13 (7.83%) GDPR
3 3 (1.81%) PCI DSS
4 2 (1.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.60%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.60%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.60%) NIST
5 1 (0.60%) NIST 800
System Software
1 65 (39.16%) Active Directory
2 26 (15.66%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (13.86%) Hyper-V
4 10 (6.02%) Terminal Server
5 8 (4.82%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (4.22%) Docker
6 7 (4.22%) vSphere
7 5 (3.01%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 5 (3.01%) Virtual Servers
7 5 (3.01%) VMware NSX
8 1 (0.60%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 8 (4.82%) SCCM
1 8 (4.82%) vCenter Server
2 7 (4.22%) Ansible
2 7 (4.22%) Opscode Chef
2 7 (4.22%) Puppet
3 6 (3.61%) Microsoft Intune
4 4 (2.41%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (2.41%) ServiceCenter
5 3 (1.81%) Nagios
6 2 (1.20%) Backup Exec
6 2 (1.20%) SCOM
6 2 (1.20%) Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.60%) Data Guard
7 1 (0.60%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 141 (84.94%) Microsoft
2 49 (29.52%) VMware
3 46 (27.71%) Cisco
4 29 (17.47%) Citrix
5 20 (12.05%) Dell
6 19 (11.45%) HP
7 11 (6.63%) Apple
8 9 (5.42%) Mitel
9 8 (4.82%) CheckPoint
9 8 (4.82%) NetApp
9 8 (4.82%) Oracle
9 8 (4.82%) SAP
10 5 (3.01%) Google
11 4 (2.41%) Bloomberg
11 4 (2.41%) Remedy
11 4 (2.41%) Reuters
12 3 (1.81%) Red Hat
12 3 (1.81%) Veeam
13 2 (1.20%) Nintex
14 1 (0.60%) ConnectWise