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 27 September 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
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 565 574 512
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -62
Contract jobs citing MCTS 50 69 99
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.10% 0.13% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.49% 0.67% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 42 62
Median daily rate £320 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £146 £153 £197
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £424 £474
UK excluding London median daily rate £315 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
-3.07% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 10 6
Median hourly rate £14.86 £16.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.93% -23.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.21 £14.45 £15.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.06 £47.71 £34.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £18.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-12.54% -17.77%
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
10147 10225 10217
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.40% 19.66% 19.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 6271 6214 5697
Median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 346 488 427
Median hourly rate £27.50 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% +18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £47.71 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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 27 September 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 27 September 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 -5 20 £350 +7.69% 7
North East -13 11 £315 -
South East +4 8 £323 -7.85% 12
West Midlands -17 6 £320 -28.88% 3
North West 0 4 £280 -6.66% 3
Yorkshire +9 2 - - 1
East of England - 2 £275 - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 September 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.

1 124 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 93 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 82 (66.13%) Active Directory
4 79 (63.71%) Windows
5 67 (54.03%) MCITP
6 48 (38.71%) DNS
7 46 (37.10%) ITIL
8 44 (35.48%) PowerShell
9 43 (34.68%) SQL
9 43 (34.68%) SQL Server
9 43 (34.68%) MCSE
10 41 (33.06%) Windows Server
11 30 (24.19%) Office 365
12 27 (21.77%) MCP
13 25 (20.16%) MS Exchange
13 25 (20.16%) Security Cleared
14 24 (19.35%) Windows Server 2012
15 23 (18.55%) Degree
15 23 (18.55%) SharePoint
15 23 (18.55%) MS Office
16 22 (17.74%) Citrix
17 21 (16.94%) Windows 7
18 20 (16.13%) Load Balancing
19 19 (15.32%) SQL Server 2012
19 19 (15.32%) VMware
20 18 (14.52%) .NET
20 18 (14.52%) SC Cleared
20 18 (14.52%) Exchange Server 2010
21 17 (13.71%) SCCM
22 16 (12.90%) IIS

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 25 (20.16%) MS Exchange
2 23 (18.55%) SharePoint
3 18 (14.52%) Exchange Server 2010
4 16 (12.90%) IIS
5 12 (9.68%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (7.26%) Skype for Business
6 9 (7.26%) Tomcat
7 7 (5.65%) Apache
7 7 (5.65%) JBoss
8 6 (4.84%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (4.03%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (3.23%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (3.23%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (2.42%) Exchange Server 2003
11 3 (2.42%) OpenStack
12 2 (1.61%) CMS
12 2 (1.61%) Exchange Server 2007
13 1 (0.81%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 23 (18.55%) MS Office
2 14 (11.29%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.81%) InfoPath
3 1 (0.81%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (4.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.81%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.81%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.81%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.81%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.81%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.81%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 30 (24.19%) Office 365
2 10 (8.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (2.42%) Google Apps
3 3 (2.42%) IaaS
3 3 (2.42%) PaaS
4 2 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.61%) OneDrive
4 2 (1.61%) SaaS
4 2 (1.61%) Yammer
5 1 (0.81%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 48 (38.71%) DNS
2 16 (12.90%) TCP/IP
3 15 (12.10%) Firewall
4 13 (10.48%) DHCP
4 13 (10.48%) SAN
4 13 (10.48%) SSL
5 10 (8.06%) Internet
6 6 (4.84%) Kerberos
6 6 (4.84%) LDAP
6 6 (4.84%) X.500
7 4 (3.23%) LAN
7 4 (3.23%) Skype
7 4 (3.23%) SNMP
7 4 (3.23%) WAN
8 3 (2.42%) DMZ
8 3 (2.42%) PBX
9 2 (1.61%) ISDN
9 2 (1.61%) PSTN
9 2 (1.61%) VPN
9 2 (1.61%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (34.68%) SQL Server
2 19 (15.32%) SQL Server 2012
3 13 (10.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (9.68%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 12 (9.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (8.87%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (5.65%) MySQL
7 5 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (4.03%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 4 (3.23%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (1.61%) Data Mart
9 2 (1.61%) DTS
9 2 (1.61%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.61%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.81%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.81%) Big Data
10 1 (0.81%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.81%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.81%) NoSQL
10 1 (0.81%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 4 (3.23%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.42%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.61%) Burp Suite
3 2 (1.61%) CruiseControl
3 2 (1.61%) Cucumber
3 2 (1.61%) Eclipse
3 2 (1.61%) Git (software)
3 2 (1.61%) Jenkins
3 2 (1.61%) JIRA
3 2 (1.61%) JMeter
3 2 (1.61%) Maven
3 2 (1.61%) Selenium
3 2 (1.61%) TeamCity
3 2 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.81%) Moq
4 1 (0.81%) MSI
4 1 (0.81%) NUnit
4 1 (0.81%) Rhino Mocks
4 1 (0.81%) StarTeam
4 1 (0.81%) WiX
General
1 4 (3.23%) Finance
2 2 (1.61%) French Language
2 2 (1.61%) German Language
2 2 (1.61%) Local Government
2 2 (1.61%) Portuguese Language
2 2 (1.61%) Spanish Language
3 1 (0.81%) Advertising
3 1 (0.81%) Banking
3 1 (0.81%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.81%) Law
3 1 (0.81%) Marketing
3 1 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (0.81%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (14.52%) Analyst
2 13 (10.48%) Developer
3 10 (8.06%) Office 365 Engineer
3 10 (8.06%) Support Analyst
4 8 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 8 (6.45%) Support Engineer
5 7 (5.65%) Active Directory Engineer
6 6 (4.84%) Architect
6 6 (4.84%) Field Engineer
6 6 (4.84%) Windows Engineer
7 5 (4.03%) Consultant
7 5 (4.03%) DBA
7 5 (4.03%) Desktop Support
7 5 (4.03%) IT Support
7 5 (4.03%) Server Engineer
7 5 (4.03%) Service Analyst
7 5 (4.03%) Service Desk Analyst
7 5 (4.03%) SQL DBA
8 4 (3.23%) Design Engineer
8 4 (3.23%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (14.52%) .NET
2 8 (6.45%) JSP
3 7 (5.65%) LAMP
4 6 (4.84%) .NET Framework
5 5 (4.03%) ASP.NET
5 5 (4.03%) XML
6 4 (3.23%) WAMP
6 4 (3.23%) WCF
7 3 (2.42%) HTML
7 3 (2.42%) jQuery
7 3 (2.42%) OAuth
7 3 (2.42%) SAML
8 2 (1.61%) ADO.NET
8 2 (1.61%) CSS
8 2 (1.61%) DCOM
8 2 (1.61%) J2EE
8 2 (1.61%) JDBC
8 2 (1.61%) JNDI
8 2 (1.61%) Servlets
8 2 (1.61%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 15 (12.10%) Clustering
1 15 (12.10%) Computer Science
2 11 (8.87%) PKI
3 7 (5.65%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.65%) Data Centre
4 6 (4.84%) PMI
4 6 (4.84%) Replication
5 4 (3.23%) Device Driver
5 4 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
5 4 (3.23%) FlexPod
6 3 (2.42%) Cloud Native
6 3 (2.42%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.61%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.61%) Fintech
7 2 (1.61%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.81%) Blog
8 1 (0.81%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.81%) iPad
8 1 (0.81%) Statistics
8 1 (0.81%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 79 (63.71%) Windows
2 41 (33.06%) Windows Server
3 24 (19.35%) Windows Server 2012
4 21 (16.94%) Windows 7
5 14 (11.29%) Linux
6 12 (9.68%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (8.06%) Windows XP
8 9 (7.26%) Windows 8
9 8 (6.45%) Windows 10
10 7 (5.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 7 (5.65%) Windows Server 2003
11 6 (4.84%) Mac OS X
12 5 (4.03%) Android
13 3 (2.42%) Apple iOS
13 3 (2.42%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.81%) AIX
14 1 (0.81%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.81%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (37.10%) ITIL
2 20 (16.13%) Load Balancing
3 12 (9.68%) Service Management
4 11 (8.87%) High Availability
4 11 (8.87%) PRINCE2
4 11 (8.87%) Project Management
5 9 (7.26%) Business Intelligence
5 9 (7.26%) Content Management
5 9 (7.26%) Migration
6 8 (6.45%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (6.45%) Problem Management
7 7 (5.65%) Customer Engagement
7 7 (5.65%) Data Modelling
8 6 (4.84%) Capacity Management
8 6 (4.84%) Disaster Recovery
8 6 (4.84%) Performance Tuning
8 6 (4.84%) Scrum
8 6 (4.84%) Security Management
8 6 (4.84%) Validation
8 6 (4.84%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 44 (35.48%) PowerShell
2 43 (34.68%) SQL
3 10 (8.06%) T-SQL
4 8 (6.45%) Bash Shell
4 8 (6.45%) C#
4 8 (6.45%) Java
5 7 (5.65%) PHP
5 7 (5.65%) VBScript
6 6 (4.84%) Python
7 5 (4.03%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.61%) C++
8 2 (1.61%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.61%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.81%) VB
Qualifications
1 124 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (54.03%) MCITP
3 43 (34.68%) MCSE
4 27 (21.77%) MCP
5 25 (20.16%) Security Cleared
6 23 (18.55%) Degree
7 18 (14.52%) SC Cleared
8 11 (8.87%) MCSA
8 11 (8.87%) PMI Certification
9 10 (8.06%) A+ Certification
10 9 (7.26%) CCNA
10 9 (7.26%) Cisco Certification
10 9 (7.26%) MCDST
11 8 (6.45%) MCAD
11 8 (6.45%) MCSD
12 7 (5.65%) RHCE
13 5 (4.03%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (4.03%) PMP
14 4 (3.23%) CCA
14 4 (3.23%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (1.61%) SLA
2 1 (0.81%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 82 (66.13%) Active Directory
2 8 (6.45%) Hyper-V
3 7 (5.65%) UAG
4 6 (4.84%) BitLocker
4 6 (4.84%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (4.03%) Virtual Servers
5 5 (4.03%) XenApp
6 4 (3.23%) Firmware
6 4 (3.23%) Xen
6 4 (3.23%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.61%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.81%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (0.81%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.81%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 17 (13.71%) SCCM
2 9 (7.26%) WSUS
3 7 (5.65%) Puppet
3 7 (5.65%) Red Hat Satellite
3 7 (5.65%) SCOM
4 5 (4.03%) WMI
5 4 (3.23%) Backup Exec
5 4 (3.23%) Casper Suite
5 4 (3.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 4 (3.23%) SolarWinds Orion
6 3 (2.42%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (2.42%) Microsoft Clustering
7 2 (1.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (1.61%) Microsoft Intune
7 2 (1.61%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.81%) Failover Clustering
8 1 (0.81%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.81%) Netcool
8 1 (0.81%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 93 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 22 (17.74%) Citrix
3 19 (15.32%) VMware
4 16 (12.90%) HP
5 10 (8.06%) Cisco
6 8 (6.45%) NetApp
7 7 (5.65%) Brocade
7 7 (5.65%) Intel Security
7 7 (5.65%) Red Hat
8 6 (4.84%) ServiceNow
8 6 (4.84%) Symantec
9 5 (4.03%) Dell
9 5 (4.03%) Remedy
9 5 (4.03%) SolarWinds
10 4 (3.23%) Apple
11 3 (2.42%) CA
11 3 (2.42%) Google
12 2 (1.61%) Avaya
12 2 (1.61%) Oracle
12 2 (1.61%) Veritas
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