The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 24 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 155 191 194
Rank change year-on-year
+36 +3
Contract jobs citing MCTS 4 2 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.12% 0.037% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.77% 0.26% 1.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 17
Median daily rate £295 £145 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+103.44% -63.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £145 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £319 £145 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +42.85%
MCTS
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
521 783 1126
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.75% 14.46% 18.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 377 600 821
Median daily rate £450 £426 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% +2.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £225 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 15
Median hourly rate £21.78 £22.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.00% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £16.16 £16.16
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £89.00 £34.00 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+45.10% +34.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

The demand trend of contract jobs across the City of London region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the City of London region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the City of London region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the City of London region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (88.89%) Windows
3 6 (66.67%) MCSE
3 6 (66.67%) MS Office
3 6 (66.67%) Active Directory
4 5 (55.56%) VMware
4 5 (55.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (55.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (44.44%) CCNA
5 4 (44.44%) MCITP
5 4 (44.44%) Windows 7
5 4 (44.44%) Windows 8
5 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (44.44%) Windows Server
5 4 (44.44%) Dell
5 4 (44.44%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (44.44%) Cisco
5 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
6 3 (33.33%) Adobe
6 3 (33.33%) MS Exchange
6 3 (33.33%) TCP/IP
6 3 (33.33%) SLA
6 3 (33.33%) Red Hat
6 3 (33.33%) Mac OS X
6 3 (33.33%) SQL
6 3 (33.33%) Linux
6 3 (33.33%) MS Excel
6 3 (33.33%) Service Delivery
6 3 (33.33%) Firewall
6 3 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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 3 (33.33%) MS Exchange
1 3 (33.33%) Zimbra
2 2 (22.22%) SharePoint
3 1 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (11.11%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (66.67%) MS Office
2 3 (33.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (22.22%) Office 365
1 2 (22.22%) OneDrive
1 2 (22.22%) Yammer
2 1 (11.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (33.33%) Cisco ASA
1 3 (33.33%) Firewall
1 3 (33.33%) TCP/IP
2 2 (22.22%) Cisco Nexus
2 2 (22.22%) SAN
2 2 (22.22%) Skype
3 1 (11.11%) Internet
3 1 (11.11%) VoIP
3 1 (11.11%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) CruiseControl
1 1 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (11.11%) TeamCity
1 1 (11.11%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (33.33%) Broadcast Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) 3rd Line Support
2 2 (22.22%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Office 365 Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Support Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) DBA
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (11.11%) IT Manager
3 1 (11.11%) IT Services Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Senior SQL DBA
3 1 (11.11%) Senior Support Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Service Manager
3 1 (11.11%) SQL Server DBA
3 1 (11.11%) Support Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Support
3 1 (11.11%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (11.11%) .NET
1 1 (11.11%) ASP.NET
1 1 (11.11%) WCF
1 1 (11.11%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) Clustering
2 1 (11.11%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 8 (88.89%) Windows
2 5 (55.56%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (44.44%) Windows 7
3 4 (44.44%) Windows 8
3 4 (44.44%) Windows Server
3 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (33.33%) CentOS
4 3 (33.33%) Linux
4 3 (33.33%) Mac OS X
4 3 (33.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (33.33%) Service Delivery
2 2 (22.22%) Database Mirroring
2 2 (22.22%) ITIL
2 2 (22.22%) Migration
2 2 (22.22%) Server Virtualisation
3 1 (11.11%) CRM
3 1 (11.11%) Escalation Management
3 1 (11.11%) High Availability
3 1 (11.11%) Incident Management
3 1 (11.11%) ITSM
3 1 (11.11%) Network Management
3 1 (11.11%) Performance Monitoring
3 1 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (11.11%) Release Management
3 1 (11.11%) Service Management
3 1 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) C#
2 1 (11.11%) PowerShell
2 1 (11.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (66.67%) MCSE
3 4 (44.44%) CCNA
3 4 (44.44%) Cisco Certification
3 4 (44.44%) MCITP
4 3 (33.33%) Degree
5 2 (22.22%) MCDBA
5 2 (22.22%) MCP
5 2 (22.22%) MCSA
6 1 (11.11%) CCNP
6 1 (11.11%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (11.11%) MCDST
6 1 (11.11%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (33.33%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 5 (55.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (33.33%) Hyper-V
4 1 (11.11%) Terminal Services
4 1 (11.11%) VMware ESX
Vendors
1 5 (55.56%) VMware
2 4 (44.44%) Cisco
2 4 (44.44%) Dell
2 4 (44.44%) Microsoft
3 3 (33.33%) Adobe
3 3 (33.33%) Kaspersky
3 3 (33.33%) Red Hat
4 2 (22.22%) Aspera
4 2 (22.22%) Fortinet
4 2 (22.22%) Juniper
5 1 (11.11%) Mitel