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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 555 541 495
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -46
Contract jobs citing MCTS 75 74 89
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.15% 0.14% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.70% 0.75% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 42 50
Median daily rate £330 £375 £305
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% +22.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £201 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £496 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 12
Median hourly rate £14.43 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.40% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.95 £14.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.96 £47.71 £28.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+63.63% +37.50%
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
10698 9908 9125
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.43% 19.21% 19.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 6717 5990 5234
Median daily rate £400 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 364 486 399
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +18.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.05 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £52.17 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +33.33%

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 24 July 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 24 July 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
London +4 21 £313 -21.87% 14
South East -6 19 £333 -5.00% 11
North East - 16 £330 -
North West -14 8 £330 -2.22% 1
West Midlands -23 6 £425 -5.55% 1
Yorkshire +1 2 £78 -48.76% 1
South West -2 1 - - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 141 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 102 (72.34%) Microsoft
3 92 (65.25%) Active Directory
3 92 (65.25%) Windows
4 90 (63.83%) MCITP
5 60 (42.55%) DNS
6 58 (41.13%) ITIL
6 58 (41.13%) SQL
7 51 (36.17%) PowerShell
7 51 (36.17%) Windows Server
8 46 (32.62%) SQL Server
9 44 (31.21%) Degree
10 41 (29.08%) MCSE
11 38 (26.95%) Office 365
12 36 (25.53%) SharePoint
13 35 (24.82%) Security Cleared
14 30 (21.28%) MS Office
15 29 (20.57%) Service Management
16 28 (19.86%) .NET
16 28 (19.86%) MS Exchange
17 27 (19.15%) MS Excel
17 27 (19.15%) IIS
18 26 (18.44%) Customer Engagement
19 24 (17.02%) Microsoft Azure
19 24 (17.02%) Windows Server 2012
20 23 (16.31%) MCP
21 22 (15.60%) Citrix
21 22 (15.60%) Migration
22 21 (14.89%) DHCP
22 21 (14.89%) SC Cleared

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 36 (25.53%) SharePoint
2 28 (19.86%) MS Exchange
3 27 (19.15%) IIS
4 17 (12.06%) Exchange Server 2010
5 14 (9.93%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (6.38%) Skype for Business
6 9 (6.38%) Tomcat
7 7 (4.96%) Apache
7 7 (4.96%) JBoss
8 6 (4.26%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (2.84%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (2.84%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (2.84%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (2.13%) Zimbra
12 1 (0.71%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.71%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.71%) OpenStack
Applications
1 30 (21.28%) MS Office
2 27 (19.15%) MS Excel
3 9 (6.38%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.71%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.71%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.71%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.71%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.71%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.71%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.71%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 38 (26.95%) Office 365
2 24 (17.02%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (4.96%) OneDrive
4 6 (4.26%) Yammer
5 3 (2.13%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.71%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 60 (42.55%) DNS
2 21 (14.89%) DHCP
3 17 (12.06%) Firewall
4 16 (11.35%) TCP/IP
5 15 (10.64%) SAN
6 11 (7.80%) SSL
7 10 (7.09%) Internet
8 9 (6.38%) Skype
9 8 (5.67%) VPN
10 7 (4.96%) Kerberos
10 7 (4.96%) LDAP
10 7 (4.96%) X.500
11 5 (3.55%) LAN
11 5 (3.55%) WAN
11 5 (3.55%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (3.55%) Wireless
12 3 (2.13%) Bluetooth
12 3 (2.13%) HTTP
12 3 (2.13%) IPsec
12 3 (2.13%) WiMAX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (32.62%) SQL Server
2 15 (10.64%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (9.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 13 (9.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 12 (8.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 11 (7.80%) SQL Server 2008
6 9 (6.38%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (4.96%) MySQL
8 5 (3.55%) Relational Database
9 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (2.13%) Azure SQL Database
10 3 (2.13%) NoSQL
10 3 (2.13%) Power BI
10 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (2.13%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (1.42%) Big Data
12 1 (0.71%) Data Mart
12 1 (0.71%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.71%) OLAP
12 1 (0.71%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 13 (9.22%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.13%) Fiddler
3 2 (1.42%) Burp Suite
3 2 (1.42%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.42%) Eclipse
3 2 (1.42%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.42%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.42%) JMeter
3 2 (1.42%) Maven
3 2 (1.42%) Selenium
4 1 (0.71%) JIRA
4 1 (0.71%) MSI
4 1 (0.71%) WiX
General
1 3 (2.13%) Advertising
2 2 (1.42%) Finance
2 2 (1.42%) French Language
2 2 (1.42%) German Language
2 2 (1.42%) Local Government
2 2 (1.42%) Portuguese Language
2 2 (1.42%) Spanish Language
3 1 (0.71%) Banking
3 1 (0.71%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.71%) Marketing
3 1 (0.71%) Retail
Job Titles
1 17 (12.06%) Developer
1 17 (12.06%) Field Engineer
1 17 (12.06%) Support Engineer
2 15 (10.64%) Analyst
2 15 (10.64%) Consultant
3 14 (9.93%) Office 365 Engineer
4 9 (6.38%) Support Analyst
5 8 (5.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 8 (5.67%) SharePoint Developer
5 8 (5.67%) Windows Engineer
6 7 (4.96%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 7 (4.96%) Active Directory Engineer
7 6 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support
7 6 (4.26%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 6 (4.26%) Administrator
7 6 (4.26%) SharePoint Administrator
8 5 (3.55%) Microsoft Consultant
8 5 (3.55%) Server Engineer
8 5 (3.55%) SharePoint Consultant
8 5 (3.55%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (19.86%) .NET
2 13 (9.22%) XML
3 12 (8.51%) HTML
4 10 (7.09%) CSS
4 10 (7.09%) jQuery
5 8 (5.67%) JSP
6 7 (4.96%) LAMP
7 6 (4.26%) .NET Framework
7 6 (4.26%) ADO.NET
8 4 (2.84%) ASP.NET
8 4 (2.84%) WAMP
8 4 (2.84%) WCF
9 3 (2.13%) 802.1X
9 3 (2.13%) Ajax
9 3 (2.13%) FastCGI
9 3 (2.13%) LINQ
9 3 (2.13%) REST
9 3 (2.13%) RSS
9 3 (2.13%) Windows Identity Foundation
9 3 (2.13%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (12.06%) Clustering
2 13 (9.22%) Computer Science
3 12 (8.51%) PKI
4 8 (5.67%) Replication
5 6 (4.26%) Analytical Skills
5 6 (4.26%) PMI
6 4 (2.84%) Client/Server
6 4 (2.84%) Data Centre
6 4 (2.84%) Device Driver
6 4 (2.84%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.13%) Cloud Native
7 3 (2.13%) FlexPod
8 2 (1.42%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.71%) Algorithms
9 1 (0.71%) BYOD
9 1 (0.71%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.71%) iPad
9 1 (0.71%) Public Cloud
9 1 (0.71%) Statistics
9 1 (0.71%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 92 (65.25%) Windows
2 51 (36.17%) Windows Server
3 24 (17.02%) Windows Server 2012
4 20 (14.18%) Windows 7
5 17 (12.06%) Linux
6 12 (8.51%) Windows 8
6 12 (8.51%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (7.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 9 (6.38%) Mac OS X
8 9 (6.38%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (5.67%) Windows 10
10 7 (4.96%) Windows XP
11 6 (4.26%) Android
12 3 (2.13%) Apple iOS
12 3 (2.13%) CentOS
12 3 (2.13%) Ubuntu
13 1 (0.71%) Mac OS
13 1 (0.71%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (41.13%) ITIL
2 29 (20.57%) Service Management
3 26 (18.44%) Customer Engagement
4 22 (15.60%) Migration
5 21 (14.89%) Load Balancing
6 14 (9.93%) High Availability
7 12 (8.51%) PRINCE2
7 12 (8.51%) Project Management
8 11 (7.80%) Business Intelligence
8 11 (7.80%) Workflow
9 10 (7.09%) Content Management
9 10 (7.09%) Data Modelling
9 10 (7.09%) Problem Management
10 9 (6.38%) Security Auditing
11 8 (5.67%) Performance Tuning
12 7 (4.96%) Agile Software Development
12 7 (4.96%) Disaster Recovery
12 7 (4.96%) Validation
13 6 (4.26%) Security Management
13 6 (4.26%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 58 (41.13%) SQL
2 51 (36.17%) PowerShell
3 15 (10.64%) C#
3 15 (10.64%) JavaScript
3 15 (10.64%) VBScript
4 14 (9.93%) T-SQL
5 11 (7.80%) Java
6 10 (7.09%) PHP
7 9 (6.38%) Python
8 8 (5.67%) Bash Shell
9 3 (2.13%) Ruby
10 2 (1.42%) C++
10 2 (1.42%) PL/SQL
10 2 (1.42%) VB
11 1 (0.71%) C
Qualifications
1 141 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 90 (63.83%) MCITP
3 44 (31.21%) Degree
4 41 (29.08%) MCSE
5 35 (24.82%) Security Cleared
6 23 (16.31%) MCP
7 21 (14.89%) SC Cleared
8 16 (11.35%) MCAD
9 12 (8.51%) MCSD
10 10 (7.09%) DV Cleared
11 8 (5.67%) CCNA
11 8 (5.67%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (5.67%) RHCE
12 7 (4.96%) A+ Certification
12 7 (4.96%) MCSA
13 6 (4.26%) MCDST
13 6 (4.26%) PMI Certification
14 4 (2.84%) CCA
14 4 (2.84%) Citrix Certification
14 4 (2.84%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.84%) SLA
2 1 (0.71%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 92 (65.25%) Active Directory
2 11 (7.80%) BitLocker
2 11 (7.80%) Hyper-V
2 11 (7.80%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (6.38%) UAG
4 7 (4.96%) Terminal Server
5 4 (2.84%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (2.84%) Xen
5 4 (2.84%) XenApp
5 4 (2.84%) XenDesktop
6 3 (2.13%) Virtual Servers
7 2 (1.42%) Firmware
7 2 (1.42%) vSphere
8 1 (0.71%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.71%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.71%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 18 (12.77%) SCCM
2 15 (10.64%) WSUS
3 8 (5.67%) SCOM
4 7 (4.96%) Microsoft Clustering
4 7 (4.96%) Puppet
4 7 (4.96%) Red Hat Satellite
5 5 (3.55%) WMI
6 4 (2.84%) Casper Suite
6 4 (2.84%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 4 (2.84%) Microsoft Intune
7 3 (2.13%) Backup Exec
7 3 (2.13%) SCVMM
7 3 (2.13%) SolarWinds Orion
8 1 (0.71%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.71%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 102 (72.34%) Microsoft
2 22 (15.60%) Citrix
3 20 (14.18%) VMware
4 15 (10.64%) HP
5 13 (9.22%) Cisco
6 11 (7.80%) Red Hat
7 9 (6.38%) Dell
8 7 (4.96%) Brocade
8 7 (4.96%) NetApp
9 6 (4.26%) ServiceNow
10 5 (3.55%) Apple
10 5 (3.55%) Remedy
11 4 (2.84%) Intel Security
11 4 (2.84%) SolarWinds
11 4 (2.84%) Symantec
12 3 (2.13%) Adobe
12 3 (2.13%) Google
12 3 (2.13%) Kaspersky
13 2 (1.42%) Juniper
13 2 (1.42%) Oracle