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 18 January 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
18 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK / England
Rank 548 565 513
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -52
Contract jobs citing MCTS 22 29 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.053% 0.062% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.26% 0.30% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 19 32
Median daily rate £325 £360 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.72% -9.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £210 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £425 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £320 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.12% -14.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 5
Median hourly rate £46.75 - £29.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.57 - £24.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 - £44.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.75 - £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
8425 9781 9402
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.28% 21.02% 20.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 5319 6000 5599
Median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 429 454 440
Median hourly rate £29.00 £35.00 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.14% +89.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £39.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-27.82% +105.26%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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
South East +14 13 £320 -17.94% 5
London +14 9 £446 +35.22% 6
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 January 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 79 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 63 (79.75%) Microsoft
3 51 (64.56%) Active Directory
4 35 (44.30%) Windows
5 29 (36.71%) MCP
5 29 (36.71%) DNS
6 27 (34.18%) Security Cleared
7 25 (31.65%) MCITP
8 22 (27.85%) PKI
8 22 (27.85%) ITIL
9 21 (26.58%) Replication
10 20 (25.32%) SQL Server
11 19 (24.05%) Windows Server 2008
11 19 (24.05%) Windows Server
12 18 (22.78%) SC Cleared
12 18 (22.78%) MCSE
13 17 (21.52%) Windows Server 2012
14 16 (20.25%) LDAP
14 16 (20.25%) Kerberos
14 16 (20.25%) X.500
15 15 (18.99%) PowerShell
16 13 (16.46%) Degree
16 13 (16.46%) SQL
17 12 (15.19%) C#
17 12 (15.19%) VMware
18 11 (13.92%) HP
18 11 (13.92%) Microsoft Azure
19 10 (12.66%) Citrix
19 10 (12.66%) CSS
19 10 (12.66%) MS Excel

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 7 (8.86%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.33%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.33%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (5.06%) SharePoint 2013
3 4 (5.06%) Skype for Business
4 3 (3.80%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (3.80%) IIS
5 2 (2.53%) CMS
5 2 (2.53%) OpenStack
6 1 (1.27%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.27%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 10 (12.66%) MS Excel
2 6 (7.59%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.80%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (13.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (11.39%) Office 365
3 4 (5.06%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (5.06%) IaaS
3 4 (5.06%) PaaS
4 3 (3.80%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (36.71%) DNS
2 16 (20.25%) Kerberos
2 16 (20.25%) LDAP
2 16 (20.25%) X.500
3 6 (7.59%) Firewall
3 6 (7.59%) TCP/IP
4 5 (6.33%) SSL
5 4 (5.06%) DMZ
6 3 (3.80%) PBX
6 3 (3.80%) SNMP
7 2 (2.53%) DHCP
7 2 (2.53%) ISDN
7 2 (2.53%) PSTN
7 2 (2.53%) Reverse Proxy
8 1 (1.27%) Internet
8 1 (1.27%) LAN
8 1 (1.27%) SAN
8 1 (1.27%) WAN
8 1 (1.27%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.27%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (25.32%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.59%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (7.59%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 6 (7.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 6 (7.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (5.06%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 4 (5.06%) Relational Database
3 4 (5.06%) SQL Server 2008
4 3 (3.80%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (2.53%) DTS
5 2 (2.53%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.27%) ActiveReports
6 1 (1.27%) Data Mart
6 1 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.27%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 6 (7.59%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (3.80%) CruiseControl
2 3 (3.80%) Moq
2 3 (3.80%) NUnit
2 3 (3.80%) TeamCity
2 3 (3.80%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (2.53%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.53%) MSI
3 2 (2.53%) Selenium
3 2 (2.53%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.27%) JIRA
4 1 (1.27%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (1.27%) StarTeam
General
1 7 (8.86%) Finance
2 6 (7.59%) Military
3 2 (2.53%) Manufacturing
3 2 (2.53%) Retail
4 1 (1.27%) Games
4 1 (1.27%) Law
4 1 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 19 (24.05%) Active Directory Engineer
2 9 (11.39%) DBA
3 8 (10.13%) SQL DBA
4 7 (8.86%) Analyst
5 6 (7.59%) Architect
6 5 (6.33%) Developer
6 5 (6.33%) Server Engineer
6 5 (6.33%) Software Engineer
7 4 (5.06%) Active Directory Consultant
7 4 (5.06%) Ada Engineer
7 4 (5.06%) C# Developer
7 4 (5.06%) Consultant
7 4 (5.06%) Infrastructure Architect
7 4 (5.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (5.06%) SharePoint Architect
7 4 (5.06%) Support Analyst
7 4 (5.06%) Wintel Engineer
8 3 (3.80%) C# .NET Developer
8 3 (3.80%) Service Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.66%) CSS
2 8 (10.13%) .NET
3 7 (8.86%) ASP.NET
4 4 (5.06%) OAuth
4 4 (5.06%) SAML
4 4 (5.06%) WCF
5 3 (3.80%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (3.80%) jQuery
5 3 (3.80%) WF
6 2 (2.53%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.53%) AngularJS
6 2 (2.53%) Entity Framework
6 2 (2.53%) Unity DI Container
7 1 (1.27%) Ajax
7 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (1.27%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 22 (27.85%) PKI
2 21 (26.58%) Replication
3 8 (10.13%) Computer Science
4 5 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (6.33%) Data Centre
4 5 (6.33%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (5.06%) Clustering
6 2 (2.53%) Fintech
7 1 (1.27%) Blog
7 1 (1.27%) Client/Server
7 1 (1.27%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.27%) Digital Media
7 1 (1.27%) FlexPod
7 1 (1.27%) RIA
7 1 (1.27%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 35 (44.30%) Windows
2 19 (24.05%) Windows Server
2 19 (24.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 17 (21.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 9 (11.39%) Windows 7
5 8 (10.13%) Windows Server 2003
6 5 (6.33%) VMS
6 5 (6.33%) Windows 10
7 4 (5.06%) Windows XP
8 2 (2.53%) Linux
9 1 (1.27%) AIX
9 1 (1.27%) Android
9 1 (1.27%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.27%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.27%) Ubuntu
9 1 (1.27%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (27.85%) ITIL
2 8 (10.13%) Problem Management
3 6 (7.59%) Software Engineering
4 5 (6.33%) Build Automation
4 5 (6.33%) Migration
4 5 (6.33%) Technical Architecture
4 5 (6.33%) Validation
4 5 (6.33%) Workflow
5 4 (5.06%) Change Management
5 4 (5.06%) Metadata Management
5 4 (5.06%) Operations Management
5 4 (5.06%) Performance Testing
5 4 (5.06%) Performance Tuning
5 4 (5.06%) Programme Management
5 4 (5.06%) Requirements Analysis
5 4 (5.06%) Software Deployment
5 4 (5.06%) TOGAF
6 3 (3.80%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (3.80%) Incident Management
6 3 (3.80%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 15 (18.99%) PowerShell
2 13 (16.46%) SQL
3 12 (15.19%) C#
4 6 (7.59%) Ada
4 6 (7.59%) Ada 83
4 6 (7.59%) Ada 95
5 3 (3.80%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.53%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.27%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.27%) Python
7 1 (1.27%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.27%) VB
7 1 (1.27%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 79 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (36.71%) MCP
3 27 (34.18%) Security Cleared
4 25 (31.65%) MCITP
5 18 (22.78%) MCSE
5 18 (22.78%) SC Cleared
6 13 (16.46%) Degree
7 8 (10.13%) CCNA
7 8 (10.13%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (8.86%) MCDBA
8 7 (8.86%) MCDST
8 7 (8.86%) MCSA
8 7 (8.86%) MCSD
9 6 (7.59%) PMI Certification
9 6 (7.59%) PMP
10 4 (5.06%) A+ Certification
10 4 (5.06%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (3.80%) CCNP
11 3 (3.80%) MCAD
11 3 (3.80%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.80%) SLA
2 2 (2.53%) QA
3 1 (1.27%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 51 (64.56%) Active Directory
2 7 (8.86%) Hyper-V
3 5 (6.33%) vSphere
4 4 (5.06%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (3.80%) Firmware
5 3 (3.80%) XenApp
6 2 (2.53%) Virtual Servers
6 2 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (1.27%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.27%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.27%) Xen
7 1 (1.27%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (8.86%) SCCM
2 5 (6.33%) Microsoft Clustering
3 4 (5.06%) CA Single Sign-On
4 3 (3.80%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 3 (3.80%) WSUS
5 2 (2.53%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 1 (1.27%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.27%) Casper Suite
6 1 (1.27%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.27%) Netcool
6 1 (1.27%) SolarWinds Orion
6 1 (1.27%) Sysprep
6 1 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 63 (79.75%) Microsoft
2 12 (15.19%) VMware
3 11 (13.92%) HP
4 10 (12.66%) Citrix
5 5 (6.33%) Cisco
6 4 (5.06%) CA
6 4 (5.06%) Intel Security
7 3 (3.80%) Remedy
7 3 (3.80%) Symantec
8 2 (2.53%) Avaya
8 2 (2.53%) IronPort
8 2 (2.53%) Juniper
8 2 (2.53%) LANDesk
8 2 (2.53%) ServiceNow
8 2 (2.53%) SolarWinds
8 2 (2.53%) Veritas
9 1 (1.27%) Apple
9 1 (1.27%) Google
9 1 (1.27%) ProCurve
9 1 (1.27%) RedGate
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