The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 10 December 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
10 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 400 422 394
Rank change year-on-year
+22 -28
Contract jobs citing MCTS 20 5 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.093% 0.022% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.57% 0.13% 0.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 3 20
Median daily rate £450 £325 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.46% -23.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £233 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £345 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £323 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.87% -14.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £47.71 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-5.68% +121.90%
MCTS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3522 3817 3938
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 16.40% 16.99% 16.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 2291 2541 2742
Median daily rate £458 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.80% +4.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £394 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.89% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 69 64 67
Median hourly rate £26.99 £21.98 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.79% +37.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.20 £12.00 £13.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £23.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- +52.77%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in London

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in London

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in London

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in London

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the London region over the 3 months to 10 December 2016.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in London

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in London

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the London region over the 3 months to 10 December 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
City of London -11 3 £418 +98.80% 1
Croydon - 1 £105 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 London region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 39 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (94.87%) Microsoft
3 32 (82.05%) Windows
4 25 (64.10%) Active Directory
5 19 (48.72%) ITIL
6 18 (46.15%) MCSE
7 14 (35.90%) Citrix
7 14 (35.90%) PowerShell
7 14 (35.90%) Windows Server
8 13 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 13 (33.33%) DNS
8 13 (33.33%) SQL Server
9 12 (30.77%) MCITP
10 11 (28.21%) Microsoft Azure
11 10 (25.64%) Windows 7
11 10 (25.64%) MS Excel
12 9 (23.08%) Office 365
13 8 (20.51%) Windows Server 2012
13 8 (20.51%) WSUS
13 8 (20.51%) SCCM
13 8 (20.51%) MS Office
13 8 (20.51%) CCNA
13 8 (20.51%) Cisco Certification
14 7 (17.95%) C#
14 7 (17.95%) .NET
14 7 (17.95%) MCSA
14 7 (17.95%) A+ Certification
15 6 (15.38%) Finance
15 6 (15.38%) MCP
15 6 (15.38%) MCSD

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London 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 5 (12.82%) SharePoint
1 5 (12.82%) Skype for Business
2 4 (10.26%) SharePoint 2010
2 4 (10.26%) SharePoint 2013
3 3 (7.69%) IIS
3 3 (7.69%) MS Exchange
4 2 (5.13%) CMS
5 1 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (2.56%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 10 (25.64%) MS Excel
2 8 (20.51%) MS Office
3 1 (2.56%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 11 (28.21%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (23.08%) Office 365
3 4 (10.26%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (10.26%) IaaS
3 4 (10.26%) PaaS
4 3 (7.69%) SaaS
5 2 (5.13%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 13 (33.33%) DNS
2 4 (10.26%) DHCP
2 4 (10.26%) DMZ
2 4 (10.26%) Firewall
2 4 (10.26%) LAN
2 4 (10.26%) TCP/IP
2 4 (10.26%) WAN
3 3 (7.69%) PBX
4 2 (5.13%) ISDN
4 2 (5.13%) PSTN
4 2 (5.13%) Reverse Proxy
4 2 (5.13%) SSL
5 1 (2.56%) ADSL
5 1 (2.56%) Skype
5 1 (2.56%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 6 (15.38%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (15.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 6 (15.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 6 (15.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (10.26%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 3 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (5.13%) Data Mart
5 2 (5.13%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (5.13%) Relational Database
5 2 (5.13%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (2.56%) ActiveReports
6 1 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (12.82%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (7.69%) CruiseControl
2 3 (7.69%) TeamCity
2 3 (7.69%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (5.13%) Git (software)
3 2 (5.13%) Moq
3 2 (5.13%) NUnit
3 2 (5.13%) Selenium
3 2 (5.13%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.56%) JIRA
4 1 (2.56%) MSI
4 1 (2.56%) WiX
General
1 6 (15.38%) Finance
2 2 (5.13%) Retail
3 1 (2.56%) Banking
3 1 (2.56%) Games
3 1 (2.56%) Law
Job Titles
1 9 (23.08%) Analyst
2 6 (15.38%) Architect
2 6 (15.38%) Support Analyst
3 5 (12.82%) Service Analyst
3 5 (12.82%) Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (10.26%) Design Engineer
4 4 (10.26%) Developer
4 4 (10.26%) Infrastructure Architect
4 4 (10.26%) SharePoint Architect
5 3 (7.69%) Active Directory Consultant
5 3 (7.69%) Active Directory Engineer
5 3 (7.69%) C# Developer
5 3 (7.69%) Desktop Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 3 (7.69%) IT Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) IT Support
5 3 (7.69%) IT Support Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Platform Engineer
5 3 (7.69%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (17.95%) .NET
2 5 (12.82%) ASP.NET
3 4 (10.26%) OAuth
3 4 (10.26%) SAML
3 4 (10.26%) WCF
4 3 (7.69%) WF
5 2 (5.13%) .NET Framework
5 2 (5.13%) AngularJS
5 2 (5.13%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (5.13%) Entity Framework
5 2 (5.13%) jQuery
5 2 (5.13%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 6 (15.38%) PKI
2 5 (12.82%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (12.82%) Computer Science
2 5 (12.82%) Data Centre
2 5 (12.82%) Replication
3 3 (7.69%) Cloud Native
3 3 (7.69%) Clustering
4 2 (5.13%) Fintech
5 1 (2.56%) Blackberry
5 1 (2.56%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 32 (82.05%) Windows
2 14 (35.90%) Windows Server
3 13 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (25.64%) Windows 7
5 8 (20.51%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (12.82%) VMS
6 5 (12.82%) Windows 10
7 4 (10.26%) Linux
7 4 (10.26%) Mac OS X
7 4 (10.26%) Windows 8
7 4 (10.26%) Windows XP
8 3 (7.69%) Android
8 3 (7.69%) Apple iOS
8 3 (7.69%) Ubuntu
9 1 (2.56%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (48.72%) ITIL
2 5 (12.82%) Build Automation
2 5 (12.82%) Technical Architecture
2 5 (12.82%) Workflow
3 4 (10.26%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (10.26%) Infrastructure Management
3 4 (10.26%) Metadata Management
3 4 (10.26%) Operations Management
3 4 (10.26%) Patch Management
3 4 (10.26%) Performance Testing
3 4 (10.26%) Software Distribution
3 4 (10.26%) Ticket Management
3 4 (10.26%) TOGAF
3 4 (10.26%) Virtual Infrastructure
4 3 (7.69%) CRM
4 3 (7.69%) ITIL V3
4 3 (7.69%) Migration
4 3 (7.69%) Network Management
4 3 (7.69%) Problem Management
4 3 (7.69%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 14 (35.90%) PowerShell
2 7 (17.95%) C#
3 4 (10.26%) Bash Shell
3 4 (10.26%) Python
3 4 (10.26%) SQL
4 2 (5.13%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.13%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.56%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.56%) VB
5 1 (2.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 39 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (46.15%) MCSE
3 12 (30.77%) MCITP
4 8 (20.51%) CCNA
4 8 (20.51%) Cisco Certification
5 7 (17.95%) A+ Certification
5 7 (17.95%) MCSA
6 6 (15.38%) Degree
6 6 (15.38%) MCP
6 6 (15.38%) MCSD
6 6 (15.38%) PMI Certification
6 6 (15.38%) PMP
6 6 (15.38%) Security Cleared
7 5 (12.82%) SC Cleared
8 4 (10.26%) ACMT
8 4 (10.26%) CCA
8 4 (10.26%) Citrix Certification
8 4 (10.26%) ITIL Certification
8 4 (10.26%) MCDST
9 3 (7.69%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.13%) QA
1 2 (5.13%) SLA
System Software
1 25 (64.10%) Active Directory
2 5 (12.82%) Hyper-V
2 5 (12.82%) XenApp
3 4 (10.26%) BitLocker
3 4 (10.26%) Xen
3 4 (10.26%) XenDesktop
4 1 (2.56%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (20.51%) SCCM
1 8 (20.51%) WSUS
2 5 (12.82%) Microsoft Clustering
3 4 (10.26%) CA Single Sign-On
3 4 (10.26%) Casper Suite
4 1 (2.56%) SCOM
4 1 (2.56%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (2.56%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 37 (94.87%) Microsoft
2 14 (35.90%) Citrix
3 5 (12.82%) Symantec
3 5 (12.82%) VMware
4 4 (10.26%) Apple
4 4 (10.26%) CA
4 4 (10.26%) Dell
4 4 (10.26%) HP
5 3 (7.69%) Cisco
5 3 (7.69%) Google
5 3 (7.69%) Intel Security
5 3 (7.69%) Remedy
6 2 (5.13%) Avaya
6 2 (5.13%) LANDesk
6 2 (5.13%) RedGate
6 2 (5.13%) SAP
6 2 (5.13%) ServiceNow
7 1 (2.56%) Juniper
7 1 (2.56%) Nortel
7 1 (2.56%) Oracle