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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 169 187 202
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +15
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 1 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.088% 0.022% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.54% 0.14% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 7
Median daily rate - - £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.75 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-11.39% -12.22%
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
560 739 908
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 16.38% 16.03% 15.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 400 551 645
Median daily rate £450 £435 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -0.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £263 £272
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 15 14
Median hourly rate £16.33 £17.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.71% +20.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £21.25 £26.49
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £25.00 £19.91
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +25.56%

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 30 September 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 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (80.00%) MCITP
3 3 (60.00%) Skype for Business
3 3 (60.00%) Cisco
3 3 (60.00%) Windows
3 3 (60.00%) MCSE
3 3 (60.00%) ITIL
4 2 (40.00%) ISDN
4 2 (40.00%) MCSA
4 2 (40.00%) PBX
4 2 (40.00%) PSTN
4 2 (40.00%) DNS
4 2 (40.00%) SSL
4 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
4 2 (40.00%) Citrix
4 2 (40.00%) Avaya
4 2 (40.00%) PMP
4 2 (40.00%) PMI Certification
4 2 (40.00%) PRINCE
4 2 (40.00%) CMS
4 2 (40.00%) VMware
4 2 (40.00%) Hyper-V
4 2 (40.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (40.00%) Resource Management
4 2 (40.00%) Reverse Proxy
4 2 (40.00%) Service Management
4 2 (40.00%) Firewall
4 2 (40.00%) ITSM
5 1 (20.00%) BT

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 (60.00%) Skype for Business
2 2 (40.00%) CMS
3 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (20.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (20.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (40.00%) DNS
1 2 (40.00%) Firewall
1 2 (40.00%) ISDN
1 2 (40.00%) PBX
1 2 (40.00%) PSTN
1 2 (40.00%) Reverse Proxy
1 2 (40.00%) SSL
2 1 (20.00%) LAN
2 1 (20.00%) WAN
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Architect
1 2 (40.00%) Cisco Architect
1 2 (40.00%) Cisco Solutions Architect
1 2 (40.00%) Solutions Architect
1 2 (40.00%) Telephony Architect
2 1 (20.00%) Citrix Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) IT Manager
2 1 (20.00%) IT Services Manager
2 1 (20.00%) IT Support
2 1 (20.00%) IT Support Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Citrix Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Senior Systems Administrator
2 1 (20.00%) Service Desk Engineer
2 1 (20.00%) Service Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Service Support Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Support Manager
Operating Systems
1 3 (60.00%) Windows
2 2 (40.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (20.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) ITIL
2 2 (40.00%) ITSM
2 2 (40.00%) PRINCE
2 2 (40.00%) Resource Management
2 2 (40.00%) Service Management
3 1 (20.00%) Escalation Management
3 1 (20.00%) Incident Management
3 1 (20.00%) ITIL V3
3 1 (20.00%) Regulatory Compliance
3 1 (20.00%) Release Management
3 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
3 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MCITP
3 3 (60.00%) MCSE
4 2 (40.00%) MCSA
4 2 (40.00%) PMI Certification
4 2 (40.00%) PMP
5 1 (20.00%) CCNA
5 1 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (20.00%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (20.00%) MCP
5 1 (20.00%) MOS
System Software
1 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (40.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) SCCM
1 1 (20.00%) SCOM
1 1 (20.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (60.00%) Cisco
3 2 (40.00%) Avaya
3 2 (40.00%) Citrix
3 2 (40.00%) VMware
4 1 (20.00%) BT