The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 22 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK / England
Rank 544 573 497
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -76
Contract jobs citing MCTS 23 38 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.055% 0.080% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.27% 0.37% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 25 44
Median daily rate £400 £356 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.28% +3.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £210 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £438 £443
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £335 £425
% change year-on-year
-4.47% -21.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 10
Median hourly rate £41.64 - £25.50
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 England region.

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
8664 10172 9424
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.71% 21.32% 20.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 5547 6380 5467
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 418 406 442
Median hourly rate £33.00 £35.60 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.29% +61.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.65 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £41.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-26.82% +82.22%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in England

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in England

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the England region over the 3 months to 22 February 2017.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in England

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in England

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the England region over the 3 months to 22 February 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +26 10 £459 +54.20% 3
South East +10 8 £320 -11.72% 4
North West +19 2 - - 1
Yorkshire +16 2 - -
West Midlands +2 1 £425 -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 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 England region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 61 (73.49%) Microsoft
3 57 (68.67%) Active Directory
4 40 (48.19%) Windows
5 36 (43.37%) MCP
6 32 (38.55%) MCITP
7 28 (33.73%) Security Cleared
8 26 (31.33%) MCSE
8 26 (31.33%) DNS
8 26 (31.33%) Windows Server
9 25 (30.12%) ITIL
10 21 (25.30%) Replication
10 21 (25.30%) PKI
11 20 (24.10%) PowerShell
12 19 (22.89%) SC Cleared
12 19 (22.89%) Windows Server 2008
12 19 (22.89%) SQL Server
13 17 (20.48%) C#
14 16 (19.28%) LDAP
14 16 (19.28%) Kerberos
14 16 (19.28%) X.500
14 16 (19.28%) Windows Server 2012
15 15 (18.07%) Citrix
16 14 (16.87%) SQL
16 14 (16.87%) Microsoft Azure
17 13 (15.66%) Degree
17 13 (15.66%) Office 365
18 12 (14.46%) Finance
19 11 (13.25%) .NET
19 11 (13.25%) CSS

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England 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 9 (10.84%) SharePoint
2 7 (8.43%) Skype for Business
3 5 (6.02%) IIS
3 5 (6.02%) MS Exchange
3 5 (6.02%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2013
4 4 (4.82%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2010
6 2 (2.41%) OpenStack
7 1 (1.20%) CMS
7 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 9 (10.84%) MS Excel
2 5 (6.02%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (6.02%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (16.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (15.66%) Office 365
3 4 (4.82%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (4.82%) IaaS
3 4 (4.82%) PaaS
4 3 (3.61%) OneDrive
4 3 (3.61%) SaaS
5 2 (2.41%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (1.20%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 26 (31.33%) DNS
2 16 (19.28%) Kerberos
2 16 (19.28%) LDAP
2 16 (19.28%) X.500
3 4 (4.82%) DMZ
3 4 (4.82%) Skype
3 4 (4.82%) SSL
3 4 (4.82%) TCP/IP
4 3 (3.61%) SNMP
5 2 (2.41%) Firewall
5 2 (2.41%) VoIP
6 1 (1.20%) DHCP
6 1 (1.20%) Internet
6 1 (1.20%) ISDN
6 1 (1.20%) LAN
6 1 (1.20%) PBX
6 1 (1.20%) PSTN
6 1 (1.20%) Reverse Proxy
6 1 (1.20%) WAN
6 1 (1.20%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (22.89%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.43%) SQL Server 2012
2 7 (8.43%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 7 (8.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (8.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (7.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (6.02%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 4 (4.82%) Relational Database
6 3 (3.61%) Data Mart
6 3 (3.61%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (2.41%) RDBMS
8 1 (1.20%) ActiveReports
8 1 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (8.43%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (6.02%) CruiseControl
2 5 (6.02%) TeamCity
2 5 (6.02%) Visual Studio Team System
3 3 (3.61%) Moq
3 3 (3.61%) NUnit
3 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio
4 2 (2.41%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.41%) MSI
4 2 (2.41%) Selenium
4 2 (2.41%) WiX
5 1 (1.20%) JIRA
5 1 (1.20%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (1.20%) StarTeam
General
1 12 (14.46%) Finance
2 7 (8.43%) Military
3 4 (4.82%) Retail
4 2 (2.41%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.41%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.20%) Games
5 1 (1.20%) Law
5 1 (1.20%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 20 (24.10%) Active Directory Engineer
2 7 (8.43%) DBA
3 6 (7.23%) Analyst
3 6 (7.23%) Developer
3 6 (7.23%) Software Engineer
3 6 (7.23%) SQL DBA
4 5 (6.02%) Ada Engineer
4 5 (6.02%) Architect
4 5 (6.02%) Consultant
4 5 (6.02%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 4 (4.82%) Active Directory Consultant
5 4 (4.82%) Ada Software Engineer
5 4 (4.82%) C# Developer
5 4 (4.82%) Infrastructure Architect
5 4 (4.82%) Server Engineer
5 4 (4.82%) SharePoint Architect
5 4 (4.82%) Support Analyst
5 4 (4.82%) Support Engineer
5 4 (4.82%) Wintel Engineer
6 3 (3.61%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (13.25%) .NET
1 11 (13.25%) CSS
2 8 (9.64%) ASP.NET
2 8 (9.64%) WCF
3 5 (6.02%) WF
4 4 (4.82%) OAuth
4 4 (4.82%) SAML
5 3 (3.61%) ASP.NET MVC
6 2 (2.41%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.41%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.41%) Entity Framework
6 2 (2.41%) jQuery
6 2 (2.41%) Unity DI Container
7 1 (1.20%) Ajax
7 1 (1.20%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (1.20%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 21 (25.30%) PKI
1 21 (25.30%) Replication
2 7 (8.43%) Computer Science
3 6 (7.23%) Clustering
4 5 (6.02%) Data Centre
4 5 (6.02%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (4.82%) iPad
6 3 (3.61%) NHS
7 2 (2.41%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.41%) Fintech
7 2 (2.41%) RIA
8 1 (1.20%) Blog
8 1 (1.20%) Cloud Native
8 1 (1.20%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 40 (48.19%) Windows
2 26 (31.33%) Windows Server
3 19 (22.89%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (19.28%) Windows Server 2012
5 7 (8.43%) Windows 7
6 6 (7.23%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (6.02%) VMS
7 5 (6.02%) Windows 10
8 2 (2.41%) Android
8 2 (2.41%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.20%) AIX
9 1 (1.20%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.20%) Linux
9 1 (1.20%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.20%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.20%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (30.12%) ITIL
2 9 (10.84%) Migration
3 7 (8.43%) Business Intelligence
3 7 (8.43%) Problem Management
3 7 (8.43%) Software Engineering
4 5 (6.02%) Build Automation
4 5 (6.02%) CRM
4 5 (6.02%) Customer Requirements
4 5 (6.02%) Database Mirroring
4 5 (6.02%) Network Management
4 5 (6.02%) Performance Tuning
4 5 (6.02%) Requirements Analysis
4 5 (6.02%) Validation
4 5 (6.02%) Virtual Environments
4 5 (6.02%) Workflow
5 4 (4.82%) Metadata Management
5 4 (4.82%) Programme Management
5 4 (4.82%) Service Management
5 4 (4.82%) Software Deployment
5 4 (4.82%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 20 (24.10%) PowerShell
2 17 (20.48%) C#
3 14 (16.87%) SQL
4 7 (8.43%) Ada
4 7 (8.43%) Ada 83
4 7 (8.43%) Ada 95
5 3 (3.61%) Shell Script
5 3 (3.61%) T-SQL
6 2 (2.41%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.20%) Python
7 1 (1.20%) VB
7 1 (1.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (43.37%) MCP
3 32 (38.55%) MCITP
4 28 (33.73%) Security Cleared
5 26 (31.33%) MCSE
6 19 (22.89%) SC Cleared
7 13 (15.66%) Degree
8 10 (12.05%) CCNA
8 10 (12.05%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (10.84%) MCDBA
9 9 (10.84%) MCSA
10 7 (8.43%) MCDST
10 7 (8.43%) MCSD
11 5 (6.02%) CCNP
11 5 (6.02%) PMI Certification
11 5 (6.02%) PMP
12 4 (4.82%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (3.61%) MCAD
14 2 (2.41%) A+ Certification
15 1 (1.20%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.82%) QA
2 2 (2.41%) SLA
System Software
1 57 (68.67%) Active Directory
2 8 (9.64%) Hyper-V
3 5 (6.02%) vSphere
4 4 (4.82%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (3.61%) Firmware
5 3 (3.61%) XenApp
6 2 (2.41%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.20%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.20%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.20%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (1.20%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (1.20%) Xen
7 1 (1.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (8.43%) SCCM
2 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Clustering
3 4 (4.82%) CA Single Sign-On
4 3 (3.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 3 (3.61%) WSUS
5 2 (2.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (1.20%) Jamf Pro
6 1 (1.20%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.20%) Netcool
6 1 (1.20%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 61 (73.49%) Microsoft
2 15 (18.07%) Citrix
3 9 (10.84%) HP
3 9 (10.84%) VMware
4 4 (4.82%) CA
4 4 (4.82%) Cisco
5 3 (3.61%) RedGate
5 3 (3.61%) Remedy
5 3 (3.61%) Symantec
6 2 (2.41%) Intel Security
6 2 (2.41%) IronPort
6 2 (2.41%) ServiceNow
7 1 (1.20%) Apple
7 1 (1.20%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.20%) Google
7 1 (1.20%) IBM
7 1 (1.20%) Juniper
7 1 (1.20%) LANDesk
7 1 (1.20%) SolarWinds
7 1 (1.20%) Veritas