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 31 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 547 541 503
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -38
Contract jobs citing MCTS 66 64 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.13% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.63% 0.68% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 48 45
Median daily rate £333 £325 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.30% -16.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £200 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £473 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 26
Median hourly rate £14.00 £22.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.77% +28.57%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +42.85%
MCTS
UK

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
10462 9425 9537
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.25% 19.14% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 6545 5499 5630
Median daily rate £405 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.88% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 346 464 491
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% +18.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 31 May 2016.

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 31 May 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -21 23 £355 +9.23% 8
London +11 19 £325 -18.75% 4
North West -20 8 £330 -5.71%
North East - 6 £330 -
South West -5 5 £650 +56.62% 2
West Midlands -15 4 £425 - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 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 England region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 120 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 88 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 88 (73.33%) MCITP
3 87 (72.50%) Active Directory
4 72 (60.00%) Windows
5 54 (45.00%) DNS
6 51 (42.50%) ITIL
6 51 (42.50%) SQL
7 46 (38.33%) PowerShell
8 41 (34.17%) Degree
8 41 (34.17%) Windows Server
9 35 (29.17%) SQL Server
9 35 (29.17%) SharePoint
10 32 (26.67%) .NET
11 31 (25.83%) IIS
11 31 (25.83%) Security Cleared
11 31 (25.83%) Office 365
12 30 (25.00%) MCSE
13 29 (24.17%) Service Management
14 28 (23.33%) Customer Engagement
15 26 (21.67%) Microsoft Azure
16 24 (20.00%) MS Excel
16 24 (20.00%) Migration
17 23 (19.17%) MCP
18 21 (17.50%) MS Office
18 21 (17.50%) Windows Server 2012
19 20 (16.67%) MS Exchange
20 19 (15.83%) VBScript
20 19 (15.83%) C#
21 18 (15.00%) JavaScript

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 35 (29.17%) SharePoint
2 31 (25.83%) IIS
3 20 (16.67%) MS Exchange
4 12 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 9 (7.50%) Exchange Server 2013
6 8 (6.67%) Tomcat
7 7 (5.83%) Apache
7 7 (5.83%) JBoss
8 6 (5.00%) SharePoint Server
8 6 (5.00%) Skype for Business
9 4 (3.33%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (3.33%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (2.50%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (2.50%) Zimbra
11 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
11 1 (0.83%) OpenStack
Applications
1 24 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 21 (17.50%) MS Office
3 13 (10.83%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.83%) Aareon QL
1 1 (0.83%) Academy Housing
1 1 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.83%) MIS ActiveH
1 1 (0.83%) Northgate Housing
1 1 (0.83%) OPENHousing
1 1 (0.83%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 31 (25.83%) Office 365
2 26 (21.67%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (5.83%) OneDrive
4 6 (5.00%) Yammer
5 3 (2.50%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.83%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 54 (45.00%) DNS
2 16 (13.33%) DHCP
3 13 (10.83%) TCP/IP
4 12 (10.00%) Firewall
5 11 (9.17%) SSL
6 10 (8.33%) Internet
6 10 (8.33%) Kerberos
6 10 (8.33%) LDAP
6 10 (8.33%) X.500
7 8 (6.67%) Skype
7 8 (6.67%) VPN
8 7 (5.83%) SAN
9 5 (4.17%) Wireless
10 4 (3.33%) LAN
10 4 (3.33%) WAN
10 4 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (2.50%) Bluetooth
11 3 (2.50%) Broadband
11 3 (2.50%) HTTP
11 3 (2.50%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (29.17%) SQL Server
2 12 (10.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 12 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (9.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 8 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
4 8 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
5 7 (5.83%) MySQL
5 7 (5.83%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (4.17%) Relational Database
7 4 (3.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 3 (2.50%) Azure SQL Database
8 3 (2.50%) NoSQL
8 3 (2.50%) Power BI
8 3 (2.50%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (1.67%) Big Data
9 2 (1.67%) SQL Server 2014
10 1 (0.83%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.83%) Hadoop
10 1 (0.83%) OLAP
10 1 (0.83%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 16 (13.33%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.50%) Fiddler
3 1 (0.83%) Burp Suite
3 1 (0.83%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.83%) Cucumber
3 1 (0.83%) Eclipse
3 1 (0.83%) Git (software)
3 1 (0.83%) Jenkins
3 1 (0.83%) JIRA
3 1 (0.83%) JMeter
3 1 (0.83%) Maven
3 1 (0.83%) Selenium
3 1 (0.83%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.83%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 4 (3.33%) Military
2 3 (2.50%) Advertising
3 2 (1.67%) Finance
3 2 (1.67%) French Language
3 2 (1.67%) German Language
3 2 (1.67%) Portuguese Language
3 2 (1.67%) Spanish Language
4 1 (0.83%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.83%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (15.00%) Field Engineer
2 17 (14.17%) Support Engineer
3 14 (11.67%) Consultant
4 12 (10.00%) Active Directory Engineer
4 12 (10.00%) Developer
5 10 (8.33%) Office 365 Engineer
6 9 (7.50%) Administrator
6 9 (7.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 9 (7.50%) SharePoint Administrator
7 8 (6.67%) SharePoint Developer
8 7 (5.83%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 6 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support
9 6 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 6 (5.00%) Analyst
9 6 (5.00%) Technical Consultant
10 5 (4.17%) Architect
10 5 (4.17%) Microsoft Consultant
10 5 (4.17%) SharePoint Consultant
10 5 (4.17%) Support Analyst
10 5 (4.17%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (26.67%) .NET
2 17 (14.17%) XML
3 15 (12.50%) HTML
4 14 (11.67%) jQuery
5 13 (10.83%) CSS
6 7 (5.83%) JSP
6 7 (5.83%) LAMP
7 6 (5.00%) .NET Framework
7 6 (5.00%) ADO.NET
8 5 (4.17%) ASP.NET
9 4 (3.33%) WAMP
9 4 (3.33%) WCF
10 3 (2.50%) 802.1X
10 3 (2.50%) Ajax
10 3 (2.50%) FastCGI
10 3 (2.50%) LINQ
10 3 (2.50%) REST
10 3 (2.50%) RSS
10 3 (2.50%) Windows Identity Foundation
10 3 (2.50%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 14 (11.67%) PKI
2 13 (10.83%) Clustering
3 12 (10.00%) Replication
4 8 (6.67%) Computer Science
5 6 (5.00%) PMI
6 4 (3.33%) Data Centre
6 4 (3.33%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.50%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.67%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.83%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.83%) Analytical Skills
9 1 (0.83%) BYOD
9 1 (0.83%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.83%) EPoS
9 1 (0.83%) iPad
9 1 (0.83%) NHS
9 1 (0.83%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.83%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 72 (60.00%) Windows
2 41 (34.17%) Windows Server
3 21 (17.50%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (10.83%) Windows 7
5 12 (10.00%) Linux
6 10 (8.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (7.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (5.83%) Windows 8
8 7 (5.83%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (4.17%) Mac OS X
10 4 (3.33%) Windows 10
11 3 (2.50%) Android
11 3 (2.50%) CentOS
12 1 (0.83%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.83%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (42.50%) ITIL
2 29 (24.17%) Service Management
3 28 (23.33%) Customer Engagement
4 24 (20.00%) Migration
5 14 (11.67%) Workflow
6 13 (10.83%) Security Auditing
7 12 (10.00%) Load Balancing
8 10 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (8.33%) Data Modelling
8 10 (8.33%) PRINCE2
9 9 (7.50%) High Availability
9 9 (7.50%) Service Delivery
9 9 (7.50%) Validation
10 8 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
10 8 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
10 8 (6.67%) Problem Management
10 8 (6.67%) Project Management
11 6 (5.00%) Capacity Management
11 6 (5.00%) Security Management
11 6 (5.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 51 (42.50%) SQL
2 46 (38.33%) PowerShell
3 19 (15.83%) C#
3 19 (15.83%) VBScript
4 18 (15.00%) JavaScript
5 13 (10.83%) T-SQL
6 10 (8.33%) Java
6 10 (8.33%) PHP
7 4 (3.33%) Bash Shell
7 4 (3.33%) Python
8 3 (2.50%) Ruby
9 2 (1.67%) VB
10 1 (0.83%) C
10 1 (0.83%) C++
10 1 (0.83%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 120 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 88 (73.33%) MCITP
3 41 (34.17%) Degree
4 31 (25.83%) Security Cleared
5 30 (25.00%) MCSE
6 23 (19.17%) MCP
7 18 (15.00%) MCAD
8 14 (11.67%) MCSD
9 13 (10.83%) DV Cleared
9 13 (10.83%) SC Cleared
10 11 (9.17%) CCNA
10 11 (9.17%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (6.67%) RHCE
12 6 (5.00%) PMI Certification
13 5 (4.17%) MCSA
14 3 (2.50%) MCDBA
14 3 (2.50%) MCDST
14 3 (2.50%) MCPD
14 3 (2.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 2 (1.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.50%) SLA
2 1 (0.83%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 87 (72.50%) Active Directory
2 12 (10.00%) Hyper-V
3 9 (7.50%) UAG
4 8 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 7 (5.83%) BitLocker
5 7 (5.83%) Terminal Server
6 2 (1.67%) Firmware
7 1 (0.83%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.83%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.83%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (7.50%) SCCM
1 9 (7.50%) WSUS
2 7 (5.83%) Puppet
2 7 (5.83%) Red Hat Satellite
2 7 (5.83%) SCOM
3 5 (4.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 5 (4.17%) WMI
4 3 (2.50%) SCVMM
5 2 (1.67%) Windows Intune
6 1 (0.83%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 88 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 16 (13.33%) VMware
3 15 (12.50%) Citrix
4 11 (9.17%) Cisco
4 11 (9.17%) Red Hat
5 8 (6.67%) HP
6 7 (5.83%) Brocade
7 5 (4.17%) Dell
8 4 (3.33%) NetApp
9 3 (2.50%) Adobe
9 3 (2.50%) Kaspersky
9 3 (2.50%) Remedy
9 3 (2.50%) ServiceNow
10 2 (1.67%) Aspera
10 2 (1.67%) Fortinet
10 2 (1.67%) Intel Security
10 2 (1.67%) Juniper
11 1 (0.83%) Atlassian
11 1 (0.83%) Northgate
11 1 (0.83%) Orchard