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 23 February 2017 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
23 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
London / City of London
Rank 150 142 185
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +43
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.10% 0.16% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.69% 1.05% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 7
Median daily rate £500 £298 £190
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+68.06% +56.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £434 £229 £152
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £405 £354
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £333 £425
% change year-on-year
-3.75% -21.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £29.00

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
435 474 820
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 14.79% 14.89% 15.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 313 344 607
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £235 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+4.03% +0.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 17
Median hourly rate £15.98 £19.50 £19.10
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.05% +2.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.19 £16.00 £13.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £33.80 £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.69 £41.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-16.41% +84.44%

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 23 February 2017, 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%) ITIL
2 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
3 3 (60.00%) MCITP
3 3 (60.00%) MCSE
3 3 (60.00%) Migration
4 2 (40.00%) NHS
4 2 (40.00%) MCP
4 2 (40.00%) Windows
4 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (40.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (40.00%) Skype for Business
4 2 (40.00%) Office 365
4 2 (40.00%) VMware
4 2 (40.00%) Retail
4 2 (40.00%) Skype
4 2 (40.00%) Finance
5 1 (20.00%) OneDrive
5 1 (20.00%) Security Hardening
5 1 (20.00%) Patch Management
5 1 (20.00%) Windows 10
5 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
5 1 (20.00%) Regulatory Compliance
5 1 (20.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (20.00%) MCDST
5 1 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (20.00%) Software Distribution
5 1 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (20.00%) Performance Tuning

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 2 (40.00%) Skype for Business
2 1 (20.00%) CMS
2 1 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
Cloud Services
1 2 (40.00%) Office 365
2 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (20.00%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 2 (40.00%) Skype
2 1 (20.00%) DNS
2 1 (20.00%) Firewall
2 1 (20.00%) ISDN
2 1 (20.00%) PBX
2 1 (20.00%) PSTN
2 1 (20.00%) Reverse Proxy
2 1 (20.00%) SSL
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) JIRA
1 1 (20.00%) MSI
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
1 2 (40.00%) Retail
2 1 (20.00%) Games
Job Titles
1 1 (20.00%) Architect
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco Architect
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco Solutions Architect
1 1 (20.00%) Citrix Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Consultant
1 1 (20.00%) Exchange Consultant
1 1 (20.00%) Office 365 Consultant
1 1 (20.00%) Office 365 Manager
1 1 (20.00%) Online Project Manager
1 1 (20.00%) Project Manager
1 1 (20.00%) Senior Citrix Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Senior Systems Administrator
1 1 (20.00%) Service Desk Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) SharePoint Project Manager
1 1 (20.00%) Solutions Architect
1 1 (20.00%) Telephony Architect
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (40.00%) Windows
2 1 (20.00%) Windows 10
2 1 (20.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (20.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) ITIL
2 3 (60.00%) Migration
3 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (20.00%) Change Management
4 1 (20.00%) ITIL V3
4 1 (20.00%) Patch Management
4 1 (20.00%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (20.00%) PRINCE
4 1 (20.00%) Regulatory Compliance
4 1 (20.00%) Release Management
4 1 (20.00%) Resource Management
4 1 (20.00%) Risk Management
4 1 (20.00%) Security Hardening
4 1 (20.00%) Service Management
4 1 (20.00%) Software Distribution
4 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) PowerShell
1 1 (20.00%) VB
1 1 (20.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (60.00%) MCITP
2 3 (60.00%) MCSE
3 2 (40.00%) MCP
4 1 (20.00%) CCNA
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (20.00%) MCDST
4 1 (20.00%) MCSA
4 1 (20.00%) PMI Certification
4 1 (20.00%) PMP
4 1 (20.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (20.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (20.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) SCCM
1 1 (20.00%) Sysprep
1 1 (20.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 2 (40.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (40.00%) VMware
2 1 (20.00%) Avaya
2 1 (20.00%) CheckPoint
2 1 (20.00%) Cisco
2 1 (20.00%) Citrix
2 1 (20.00%) LANDesk