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

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
UK
6 months to
21 Mar 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 569 545 476
Rank change year-on-year -24 -69 +3
Permanent jobs citing MCP 656 873 1,057
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.44% 0.50% 0.61%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.81% 2.08% 2.41%
Number of salaries quoted 524 729 853
UK median annual salary £32,500 £33,000 £30,000
Median salary % change year-on-year -1.52% +10.00% -4.76%
10th Percentile £21,325 £21,250 £21,050
90th Percentile £57,500 £56,500 £52,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £32,500 £32,500 £29,000
% change year-on-year - +12.07% -3.33%

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 36,316 41,901 43,809
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 24.49% 23.82% 25.44%
Number of salaries quoted 26,339 32,317 34,527
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £26,750 £26,250 £26,250
90th Percentile £80,800 £80,000 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% -1.18%

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 March 2019.

Salary histogram for MCP in the UK

MCP
Top 17 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 March 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 -37 606 £35,000 +6.06% 106
UK excluding London -4 452 £32,500 - 93
London -46 186 £35,000 -6.67% 23
South East -26 115 £36,500 +14.06% 28
North of England -4 92 £27,500 +0.92% 17
East of England +85 82 £38,750 +12.32% 14
Midlands -13 79 £29,000 -25.64% 11
West Midlands +11 60 £29,500 -15.71% 5
North West -13 60 £27,500 +1.85% 10
South West +36 52 £47,000 +56.67% 13
North East +31 23 £26,750 -31.41%
East Midlands -2 19 £24,500 -40.96% 6
Scotland +14 15 £25,500 -15.00% 4
Yorkshire +14 9 £30,000 - 7
Northern Ireland -11 9 £23,000 -26.98% 4
Wales +23 6 £18,000 -60.87% 2
Channel Islands - 2 £32,500 -

For the 6 months to 21 March 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.

1 504 (76.83%) Windows
2 493 (75.15%) Microsoft
3 481 (73.32%) Microsoft Certification
4 393 (59.91%) Active Directory
5 268 (40.85%) Office 365
6 267 (40.70%) Windows Server
7 264 (40.24%) ITIL
8 246 (37.50%) MCSE
9 229 (34.91%) VMware
10 216 (32.93%) Cisco
11 200 (30.49%) MCSA
12 194 (29.57%) MS Exchange
13 193 (29.42%) Windows 7
14 179 (27.29%) Windows Server 2012
15 173 (26.37%) Microsoft Azure
16 165 (25.15%) Windows 10
17 159 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
18 155 (23.63%) VMware Infrastructure
19 147 (22.41%) Microsoft Office
20 146 (22.26%) Cisco Certification
21 143 (21.80%) CCNA
22 138 (21.04%) Citrix
23 131 (19.97%) Hyper-V
24 127 (19.36%) Firewall
25 121 (18.45%) DNS
26 120 (18.29%) SQL Server
27 119 (18.14%) Degree
28 112 (17.07%) HP
29 111 (16.92%) DHCP
29 111 (16.92%) Exchange Server 2010

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
1 194 (29.57%) MS Exchange
2 111 (16.92%) Exchange Server 2010
3 105 (16.01%) Exchange Server 2013
4 53 (8.08%) SharePoint
5 51 (7.77%) Skype for Business
6 27 (4.12%) Exchange Server 2007
6 27 (4.12%) IIS
7 23 (3.51%) Exchange Server 2003
8 22 (3.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 9 (1.37%) IBM Notes
10 5 (0.76%) Apache
10 5 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (0.76%) Confluence
10 5 (0.76%) Exchange Server 2000
11 4 (0.61%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (0.61%) WebLogic
12 3 (0.46%) NServiceBus
12 3 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (0.46%) Sitefinity
13 2 (0.30%) Exstream Dialogue
Applications
1 147 (22.41%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (4.73%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (3.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (1.07%) MS Visio
5 6 (0.91%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.46%) Notepad++
7 2 (0.30%) Acrobat
Business Applications
1 32 (4.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (1.07%) Remedy ITSM
3 2 (0.30%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 268 (40.85%) Office 365
2 173 (26.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 56 (8.54%) Amazon AWS
4 13 (1.98%) OneDrive
4 13 (1.98%) SaaS
5 12 (1.83%) Mimecast
6 8 (1.22%) Google Cloud Platform
7 6 (0.91%) Azure Active Directory
8 4 (0.61%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.61%) GitHub
9 2 (0.30%) Azure Data Factory
10 1 (0.15%) Dynamics 365
10 1 (0.15%) G Suite
10 1 (0.15%) Google Drive
10 1 (0.15%) IaaS
10 1 (0.15%) PaaS
10 1 (0.15%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 127 (19.36%) Firewall
2 121 (18.45%) DNS
3 111 (16.92%) DHCP
4 96 (14.63%) LAN
5 85 (12.96%) WAN
6 72 (10.98%) VPN
7 70 (10.67%) TCP/IP
8 55 (8.38%) SAN
9 53 (8.08%) Network Security
10 49 (7.47%) Wireless
11 47 (7.16%) Skype
12 40 (6.10%) VLAN
13 38 (5.79%) Internet
14 26 (3.96%) VoIP
15 25 (3.81%) Remote Desktop
16 14 (2.13%) iSCSI
17 13 (1.98%) NAS
17 13 (1.98%) Wi-Fi
18 12 (1.83%) Broadband
18 12 (1.83%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 120 (18.29%) SQL Server
2 35 (5.34%) SQL Server 2012
3 30 (4.57%) SQL Server 2008
4 25 (3.81%) SQL Server 2014
5 23 (3.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 22 (3.35%) Relational Database
7 18 (2.74%) SQL Server 2016
8 13 (1.98%) RDBMS
9 12 (1.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 11 (1.68%) MySQL
11 10 (1.52%) MongoDB
12 8 (1.22%) Amazon Athena
12 8 (1.22%) Amazon RDS
12 8 (1.22%) Amazon Redshift
12 8 (1.22%) Big Data
12 8 (1.22%) BigQuery
12 8 (1.22%) Data Lake
12 8 (1.22%) HBase
12 8 (1.22%) NoSQL
12 8 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (1.98%) JIRA
2 9 (1.37%) HP UFT
2 9 (1.37%) LoadRunner
3 8 (1.22%) Hudson
3 8 (1.22%) Visual Studio
4 7 (1.07%) MSI
5 5 (0.76%) Git (software)
5 5 (0.76%) TestRail
5 5 (0.76%) Zephyr
6 4 (0.61%) Jenkins
6 4 (0.61%) Octopus Deploy
6 4 (0.61%) Subversion
6 4 (0.61%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (0.46%) Ant
7 3 (0.46%) ClearQuest
7 3 (0.46%) Eclipse
7 3 (0.46%) IntelliJ
7 3 (0.46%) JUnit
7 3 (0.46%) Maven
7 3 (0.46%) Toad
General
1 65 (9.91%) Finance
2 23 (3.51%) Telecoms
3 11 (1.68%) Games
4 10 (1.52%) Manufacturing
5 8 (1.22%) German Language
5 8 (1.22%) Retail
6 7 (1.07%) Marketing
7 6 (0.91%) Legal
8 5 (0.76%) French Language
8 5 (0.76%) Italian Language
8 5 (0.76%) Spanish Language
9 4 (0.61%) Automotive
10 3 (0.46%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.46%) Law
11 2 (0.30%) Back Office
11 2 (0.30%) Local Government
12 1 (0.15%) Aerospace
12 1 (0.15%) Banking
12 1 (0.15%) Portuguese Language
12 1 (0.15%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 153 (23.32%) Support Engineer
2 137 (20.88%) Analyst
3 95 (14.48%) IT Support
4 89 (13.57%) IT Engineer
5 75 (11.43%) Support Analyst
6 62 (9.45%) 2nd Line Support
7 55 (8.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 54 (8.23%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 48 (7.32%) 3rd Line Support
10 46 (7.01%) IT Support Engineer
11 43 (6.55%) IT Analyst
12 39 (5.95%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 39 (5.95%) Architect
12 39 (5.95%) IT Support Analyst
12 39 (5.95%) Technical Support
13 37 (5.64%) 2nd Line Engineer
13 37 (5.64%) Technical Engineer
14 36 (5.49%) Service Analyst
15 34 (5.18%) Desktop Support
15 34 (5.18%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (4.42%) .NET
2 16 (2.44%) HTML
3 13 (1.98%) ASP.NET
3 13 (1.98%) Software Packaging
4 10 (1.52%) HTML5
5 9 (1.37%) jQuery
6 6 (0.91%) COM
6 6 (0.91%) CSS
6 6 (0.91%) Web Services
7 5 (0.76%) .NET Framework
7 5 (0.76%) Apache Flex
7 5 (0.76%) LAMP
8 4 (0.61%) D3.js
8 4 (0.61%) XML
9 3 (0.46%) AngularJS
9 3 (0.46%) ASP.NET Core
9 3 (0.46%) CSS3
9 3 (0.46%) Hibernate
9 3 (0.46%) RabbitMQ
9 3 (0.46%) React
Miscellaneous
1 55 (8.38%) Data Centre
2 46 (7.01%) Self-Motivation
3 37 (5.64%) Management Information System
4 30 (4.57%) Driving Licence
5 29 (4.42%) Blackberry
6 21 (3.20%) Analytical Skills
6 21 (3.20%) Clustering
7 19 (2.90%) Replication
8 15 (2.29%) iPad
9 14 (2.13%) Client/Server
9 14 (2.13%) Smartphone
10 8 (1.22%) CESG
10 8 (1.22%) iPhone
10 8 (1.22%) Public Cloud
11 7 (1.07%) Embedded Systems
11 7 (1.07%) SCADA
11 7 (1.07%) Video Conferencing
12 6 (0.91%) Hybrid Cloud
12 6 (0.91%) LIMS
13 5 (0.76%) e-Learning
Operating Systems
1 504 (76.83%) Windows
2 267 (40.70%) Windows Server
3 193 (29.42%) Windows 7
4 179 (27.29%) Windows Server 2012
5 165 (25.15%) Windows 10
6 159 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
7 71 (10.82%) Linux
8 49 (7.47%) Windows 8
9 32 (4.88%) Apple iOS
10 23 (3.51%) Android
11 22 (3.35%) Windows XP
12 19 (2.90%) Mac OS
13 14 (2.13%) Mac OS X
13 14 (2.13%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 9 (1.37%) Ubuntu
15 9 (1.37%) Unix
15 9 (1.37%) Windows 2000
16 8 (1.22%) CentOS
17 5 (0.76%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 264 (40.24%) ITIL
2 84 (12.80%) ITIL V3
3 73 (11.13%) Problem-Solving
4 68 (10.37%) Computer Science
5 60 (9.15%) Project Management
6 59 (8.99%) Infrastructure Engineering
7 58 (8.84%) Incident Management
8 53 (8.08%) Service Delivery
9 49 (7.47%) Agile Software Development
10 47 (7.16%) Data Protection
11 43 (6.55%) Mentoring
11 43 (6.55%) Software Engineering
12 42 (6.40%) Cybersecurity
12 42 (6.40%) Server Virtualisation
13 41 (6.25%) CRM
14 40 (6.10%) Presales
14 40 (6.10%) Service Management
15 38 (5.79%) Disaster Recovery
16 35 (5.34%) Problem Management
17 32 (4.88%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 102 (15.55%) SQL
2 91 (13.87%) PowerShell
3 38 (5.79%) VBScript
4 27 (4.12%) C#
5 21 (3.20%) JavaScript
6 16 (2.44%) C
7 15 (2.29%) VB
8 13 (1.98%) Java
9 12 (1.83%) PL/SQL
10 9 (1.37%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.07%) Python
12 6 (0.91%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.76%) PHP
14 3 (0.46%) ES6
14 3 (0.46%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 481 (73.32%) Microsoft Certification
2 246 (37.50%) MCSE
3 200 (30.49%) MCSA
4 146 (22.26%) Cisco Certification
5 143 (21.80%) CCNA
6 119 (18.14%) Degree
7 63 (9.60%) Security Cleared
8 61 (9.30%) MCITP
9 58 (8.84%) MCDST
10 53 (8.08%) Computer Science Degree
11 50 (7.62%) A+ Certification
12 46 (7.01%) MCTS
13 44 (6.71%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 27 (4.12%) ITIL Certification
15 24 (3.66%) Network+ Certification
16 21 (3.20%) CCNP
17 20 (3.05%) Citrix Certification
17 20 (3.05%) DV Cleared
18 19 (2.90%) CISSP
18 19 (2.90%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 59 (8.99%) SLA
2 48 (7.32%) GDPR
3 35 (5.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 19 (2.90%) QA
5 11 (1.68%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 11 (1.68%) PCI DSS
6 6 (0.91%) Cyber Essentials
6 6 (0.91%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 3 (0.46%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 393 (59.91%) Active Directory
2 155 (23.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 131 (19.97%) Hyper-V
4 56 (8.54%) vSphere
5 26 (3.96%) VMware ESXi
6 16 (2.44%) XenApp
7 14 (2.13%) VMware Workstation
8 11 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
9 10 (1.52%) Terminal Server
10 7 (1.07%) Virtual Machines
10 7 (1.07%) XenDesktop
11 5 (0.76%) Virtual Servers
12 4 (0.61%) BitLocker
12 4 (0.61%) Terminal Services
12 4 (0.61%) XenServer
13 1 (0.15%) Microsoft Virtual Server
13 1 (0.15%) pfSense
Systems Management
1 93 (14.18%) SCCM
2 44 (6.71%) Backup Exec
3 25 (3.81%) Microsoft Intune
4 24 (3.66%) WSUS
5 16 (2.44%) ServiceCenter
6 14 (2.13%) Cisco CUCM
7 11 (1.68%) SCOM
8 10 (1.52%) SCOrch
9 9 (1.37%) AirWatch
9 9 (1.37%) HP ALM
9 9 (1.37%) HP Quality Center
10 7 (1.07%) Failover Clustering
11 5 (0.76%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 5 (0.76%) MAILsweeper
11 5 (0.76%) Microsoft Data Protection Manager
11 5 (0.76%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
11 5 (0.76%) WMI
12 4 (0.61%) BladeLogic
12 4 (0.61%) vCenter Server
13 3 (0.46%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 493 (75.15%) Microsoft
2 229 (34.91%) VMware
3 216 (32.93%) Cisco
4 138 (21.04%) Citrix
5 112 (17.07%) HP
6 88 (13.41%) Dell
7 54 (8.23%) Apple
7 54 (8.23%) NetApp
8 44 (6.71%) EMC
9 33 (5.03%) Kaseya
10 32 (4.88%) Veritas
11 28 (4.27%) Oracle
12 27 (4.12%) Veeam
13 26 (3.96%) Remedy
14 22 (3.35%) Google
15 18 (2.74%) Mitel
16 17 (2.59%) Avaya
17 15 (2.29%) Bloomberg
17 15 (2.29%) Reuters
17 15 (2.29%) Sophos