Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 664 607 570
Rank change year-on-year -57 -37 -19
Permanent jobs citing MCP 174 403 679
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.35% 0.46%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.01% 1.65% 1.85%
Number of salaries quoted 144 346 556
10th Percentile £25,150 £23,625 £21,250
25th Percentile £28,500 £27,525 £25,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £36,250 £37,250 £34,250
Median % change year-on-year -2.68% +8.76% +3.79%
75th Percentile £50,000 £50,000 £45,000
90th Percentile £56,250 £67,500 £57,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £35,500 £36,500 £32,500
% change year-on-year -2.74% +12.31% -

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 17,258 24,425 36,696
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.78% 21.46% 24.65%
Number of salaries quoted 11,686 18,392 26,841
10th Percentile £31,250 £28,000 £26,500
25th Percentile £41,250 £36,250 £35,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £50,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +1.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £72,500 £67,500 £66,250
90th Percentile £86,250 £83,750 £81,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.38% +4.44% +3.45%

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -87 146 £35,250 -6.00% 24
UK excluding London +2 124 £35,500 -2.74% 23
South East +37 52 £35,000 -6.67% 5
Work from Home -79 44 £50,000 +4.17% 5
London -14 34 £34,000 -9.33% 6
North of England +21 18 £40,000 - 5
Midlands +25 15 £31,000 +10.22% 5
North West +25 14 £45,000 +11.11% 4
East Midlands +25 14 £28,588 +17.89% 2
East of England +43 13 £52,500 +16.67% 2
South West +14 13 £35,000 +22.81% 1
Wales +33 8 £27,500 -45.00% 1
Scotland - 5 £45,000 - 4
Yorkshire -7 4 £22,250 -42.95%
West Midlands +7 1 £31,000 -4.62% 3

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 157 (90.23%) Microsoft
2 130 (74.71%) Microsoft Certification
3 116 (66.67%) Windows
4 96 (55.17%) Active Directory
5 83 (47.70%) VMware
6 70 (40.23%) Windows Server
7 69 (39.66%) Microsoft 365
8 62 (35.63%) MCSE
9 59 (33.91%) MCSA
9 59 (33.91%) VMware Infrastructure
10 54 (31.03%) Hyper-V
11 53 (30.46%) ITIL
12 46 (26.44%) SQL Server
12 46 (26.44%) Firewall
13 42 (24.14%) Cisco Certification
13 42 (24.14%) Windows 10
14 41 (23.56%) CCNA
14 41 (23.56%) DNS
15 40 (22.99%) Azure
16 38 (21.84%) Cisco
17 35 (20.11%) MS Exchange
17 35 (20.11%) Windows Server 2012
17 35 (20.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
18 34 (19.54%) DHCP
19 30 (17.24%) SQL
20 29 (16.67%) TCP/IP
21 27 (15.52%) Windows Server 2016
22 25 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
22 25 (14.37%) Linux
22 25 (14.37%) 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 35 (20.11%) MS Exchange
2 24 (13.79%) Skype for Business
3 22 (12.64%) Exchange Server 2010
4 21 (12.07%) SharePoint
5 19 (10.92%) Exchange Server 2013
6 4 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (1.72%) IIS
Applications
1 25 (14.37%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.87%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.15%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (4.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.30%) Sentinel
3 2 (1.15%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.57%) Tradar
Cloud Services
1 69 (39.66%) Microsoft 365
2 40 (22.99%) Azure
3 12 (6.90%) SaaS
4 8 (4.60%) AWS
4 8 (4.60%) Mimecast
4 8 (4.60%) Power Platform
5 6 (3.45%) Azure Active Directory
6 4 (2.30%) PowerApps
7 3 (1.72%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (1.72%) Dynamics 365
8 1 (0.57%) Google Workspace
8 1 (0.57%) IaaS
8 1 (0.57%) IBM Cloud
8 1 (0.57%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.57%) Power Automate
8 1 (0.57%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 46 (26.44%) Firewall
2 41 (23.56%) DNS
3 34 (19.54%) DHCP
4 29 (16.67%) TCP/IP
5 24 (13.79%) Skype
6 20 (11.49%) Unified Communications
7 18 (10.34%) VoIP
8 17 (9.77%) VPN
9 16 (9.20%) PBX
9 16 (9.20%) SAN
9 16 (9.20%) WAN
10 14 (8.05%) WebEx
11 11 (6.32%) LAN
12 9 (5.17%) Network Security
12 9 (5.17%) Wireless
13 7 (4.02%) VSAN
14 6 (3.45%) Cisco IOS
14 6 (3.45%) VLAN
15 3 (1.72%) Cisco IPT
15 3 (1.72%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (26.44%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (2.87%) SQL Server 7
3 5 (2.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (2.30%) Power BI
4 4 (2.30%) Relational Database
4 4 (2.30%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (2.30%) SQL Server 2019
4 4 (2.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (1.15%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (0.57%) Git (software)
1 1 (0.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (7.47%) Finance
2 11 (6.32%) French Language
2 11 (6.32%) German Language
2 11 (6.32%) Italian Language
2 11 (6.32%) Spanish Language
3 10 (5.75%) Legal
3 10 (5.75%) Telecoms
4 4 (2.30%) Local Government
5 3 (1.72%) Billing
5 3 (1.72%) Czech Language
6 2 (1.15%) Banking
6 2 (1.15%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.15%) Public Sector
6 2 (1.15%) Retail
7 1 (0.57%) Electronics
7 1 (0.57%) Games
7 1 (0.57%) Marketing
7 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 25 (14.37%) IT Engineer
2 21 (12.07%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 21 (12.07%) IT Support
3 20 (11.49%) Support Engineer
4 18 (10.34%) Analyst
5 16 (9.20%) 2nd Line Support
6 14 (8.05%) DBA
6 14 (8.05%) SQL DBA
7 13 (7.47%) Applications Engineer
8 11 (6.32%) IT Analyst
8 11 (6.32%) Software Asset Manager
8 11 (6.32%) Software Manager
8 11 (6.32%) Technical Support
8 11 (6.32%) Unified Communications Engineer
9 10 (5.75%) Technical Engineer
10 9 (5.17%) Administrator
10 9 (5.17%) IT Infrastructure Engineer
10 9 (5.17%) Service Analyst
10 9 (5.17%) Support Analyst
10 9 (5.17%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (2.87%) Web Services
2 4 (2.30%) MDX
3 3 (1.72%) SAML
4 2 (1.15%) .NET
4 2 (1.15%) React
4 2 (1.15%) XML
5 1 (0.57%) .NET Core
5 1 (0.57%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.57%) CGI
5 1 (0.57%) CSS
5 1 (0.57%) HTML
5 1 (0.57%) JSON
5 1 (0.57%) Node.js
5 1 (0.57%) Redux
5 1 (0.57%) Sass
5 1 (0.57%) Servlets
Miscellaneous
1 21 (12.07%) Self-Motivation
2 16 (9.20%) Clustering
3 13 (7.47%) BYOD
4 11 (6.32%) Data Centre
5 10 (5.75%) Replication
6 6 (3.45%) Private Cloud
7 5 (2.87%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (2.87%) Management Information System
8 4 (2.30%) Driving Licence
8 4 (2.30%) Smartphone
9 3 (1.72%) Hybrid Cloud
9 3 (1.72%) LIMS
10 2 (1.15%) Client/Server
10 2 (1.15%) EPoS
10 2 (1.15%) Public Cloud
10 2 (1.15%) User Experience
10 2 (1.15%) Video Conferencing
10 2 (1.15%) VLE
11 1 (0.57%) iPhone
11 1 (0.57%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 116 (66.67%) Windows
2 70 (40.23%) Windows Server
3 42 (24.14%) Windows 10
4 35 (20.11%) Windows Server 2012
5 27 (15.52%) Windows Server 2016
6 25 (14.37%) Linux
7 22 (12.64%) Windows Server 2019
8 14 (8.05%) Windows Server 2008
9 9 (5.17%) Android
10 8 (4.60%) Windows 7
11 5 (2.87%) Apple iOS
12 4 (2.30%) Windows 8
13 2 (1.15%) Debian
13 2 (1.15%) Mac OS X
13 2 (1.15%) SUSE
13 2 (1.15%) Unix
14 1 (0.57%) AIX
14 1 (0.57%) CentOS
14 1 (0.57%) Solaris
14 1 (0.57%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (30.46%) ITIL
2 35 (20.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 21 (12.07%) ITIL V3
4 20 (11.49%) Problem-Solving
4 20 (11.49%) Time Management
5 17 (9.77%) Disaster Recovery
5 17 (9.77%) Migration
6 13 (7.47%) Continuous Improvement
7 12 (6.90%) Asset Management
7 12 (6.90%) Project Management
8 11 (6.32%) Mentoring
8 11 (6.32%) Software Asset Management
8 11 (6.32%) Software Audit
9 10 (5.75%) CRM
9 10 (5.75%) Kalman Filter
9 10 (5.75%) Service Management
10 9 (5.17%) Computer Science
10 9 (5.17%) Performance Tuning
11 8 (4.60%) Database Mirroring
11 8 (4.60%) Mathematics
Programming Languages
1 30 (17.24%) SQL
2 20 (11.49%) PowerShell
3 7 (4.02%) C
3 7 (4.02%) Python
4 6 (3.45%) T-SQL
5 4 (2.30%) C#
5 4 (2.30%) R
6 2 (1.15%) C++
6 2 (1.15%) Java
6 2 (1.15%) PL/SQL
7 1 (0.57%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.57%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.57%) Korn
7 1 (0.57%) VB
Qualifications
1 130 (74.71%) Microsoft Certification
2 62 (35.63%) MCSE
3 59 (33.91%) MCSA
4 42 (24.14%) Cisco Certification
5 41 (23.56%) CCNA
6 25 (14.37%) Degree
7 23 (13.22%) MCITP
8 20 (11.49%) MCTS
9 15 (8.62%) Security Cleared
10 14 (8.05%) SC Cleared
11 12 (6.90%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 12 (6.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 11 (6.32%) PMI Certification
12 11 (6.32%) PMP
13 5 (2.87%) A+ Certification
13 5 (2.87%) Network+ Certification
14 4 (2.30%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (2.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (2.30%) SSCP
15 3 (1.72%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (13.22%) SLA
2 9 (5.17%) QA
3 5 (2.87%) GDPR
3 5 (2.87%) PCI DSS
4 3 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (1.15%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.57%) COBIT
6 1 (0.57%) HL7
System Software
1 96 (55.17%) Active Directory
2 59 (33.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 54 (31.03%) Hyper-V
4 15 (8.62%) vSphere
5 13 (7.47%) VMware ESXi
6 7 (4.02%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 7 (4.02%) Virtual Servers
6 7 (4.02%) VMware NSX
7 6 (3.45%) XenApp
7 6 (3.45%) XenDesktop
8 4 (2.30%) NFS
9 3 (1.72%) Oracle RAC
10 1 (0.57%) BitLocker
10 1 (0.57%) Firmware
10 1 (0.57%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 11 (6.32%) Microsoft Intune
2 10 (5.75%) SCCM
3 8 (4.60%) Norton AntiVirus
4 6 (3.45%) WSUS
5 5 (2.87%) Failover Clustering
5 5 (2.87%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (2.30%) SCVMM
7 3 (1.72%) Data Guard
7 3 (1.72%) Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.57%) AirWatch
8 1 (0.57%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.57%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.57%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
8 1 (0.57%) SCOM
8 1 (0.57%) Sysprep
8 1 (0.57%) WMI
Vendors
1 157 (90.23%) Microsoft
2 83 (47.70%) VMware
3 38 (21.84%) Cisco
4 21 (12.07%) Oracle
5 19 (10.92%) Citrix
6 14 (8.05%) Acme Packet
7 13 (7.47%) Polycom
7 13 (7.47%) Yealink
8 11 (6.32%) Snow
9 10 (5.75%) Sophos
10 9 (5.17%) ServiceNow
10 9 (5.17%) SolarWinds
11 8 (4.60%) Avaya
11 8 (4.60%) Symantec
12 5 (2.87%) Apple
12 5 (2.87%) ConnectWise
12 5 (2.87%) Mitel
13 4 (2.30%) Meraki
13 4 (2.30%) RedGate
14 3 (1.72%) McAfee