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 28 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
28 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 410 401 360
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -41
Contract jobs citing MCTS 18 16 55
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.082% 0.071% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.49% 0.44% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 11 33
Median daily rate £325 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £190 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £413 £500 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 13
Median hourly rate £14.00 - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +42.85%
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
3656 3639 3722
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 16.58% 16.08% 16.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 2539 2357 2540
Median daily rate £450 £415 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.43% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £240 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £568 £583
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.20% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 96 125
Median hourly rate £19.50 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.89% +18.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.72 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.60 £50.00 £35.00
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 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 28 May 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 28 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
City of London +39 4 £295 -8.34% 1
Croydon -11 1 - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 28 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 London region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (72.00%) Windows
3 17 (68.00%) MCSE
3 17 (68.00%) Active Directory
4 13 (52.00%) Microsoft
4 13 (52.00%) MCITP
4 13 (52.00%) Windows Server
5 9 (36.00%) Office 365
5 9 (36.00%) Windows 7
5 9 (36.00%) VMware
5 9 (36.00%) MS Office
6 8 (32.00%) ITIL
6 8 (32.00%) Migration
6 8 (32.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (28.00%) SQL
7 7 (28.00%) SharePoint
7 7 (28.00%) MS Exchange
7 7 (28.00%) Windows 8
7 7 (28.00%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (24.00%) Microsoft Azure
8 6 (24.00%) Skype
8 6 (24.00%) OneDrive
8 6 (24.00%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (24.00%) CCNA
8 6 (24.00%) Cisco
8 6 (24.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 5 (20.00%) Degree
9 5 (20.00%) Dell
9 5 (20.00%) TCP/IP
9 5 (20.00%) MS Excel

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 7 (28.00%) MS Exchange
1 7 (28.00%) SharePoint
2 4 (16.00%) IIS
2 4 (16.00%) SharePoint Server
3 3 (12.00%) Exchange Server 2013
3 3 (12.00%) Skype for Business
3 3 (12.00%) Zimbra
4 2 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (4.00%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (36.00%) MS Office
2 5 (20.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.00%) Aareon QL
1 1 (4.00%) Academy Housing
1 1 (4.00%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (4.00%) MIS ActiveH
1 1 (4.00%) Northgate Housing
1 1 (4.00%) OPENHousing
1 1 (4.00%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 9 (36.00%) Office 365
2 6 (24.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (24.00%) OneDrive
3 5 (20.00%) Yammer
4 1 (4.00%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (4.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (24.00%) Skype
2 5 (20.00%) Firewall
2 5 (20.00%) TCP/IP
3 4 (16.00%) SAN
4 3 (12.00%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (8.00%) Cisco ISE
5 2 (8.00%) Cisco Nexus
6 1 (4.00%) DHCP
6 1 (4.00%) DNS
6 1 (4.00%) Internet
6 1 (4.00%) VoIP
6 1 (4.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (12.00%) SQL Server 2008
1 3 (12.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (4.00%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (4.00%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 1 (4.00%) CruiseControl
1 1 (4.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (4.00%) TeamCity
1 1 (4.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 2 (8.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Advertising
2 1 (4.00%) Financial Institution
2 1 (4.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (28.00%) Support Engineer
2 5 (20.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 5 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support
2 5 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
2 5 (20.00%) Analyst
2 5 (20.00%) Office 365 Engineer
2 5 (20.00%) Support Analyst
3 3 (12.00%) 3rd Line Technical Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) 3rd Line Technical Support
3 3 (12.00%) Broadcast Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Technical Engineer
3 3 (12.00%) Technical Support
3 3 (12.00%) Technical Support Engineer
4 2 (8.00%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (8.00%) IT Support
4 2 (8.00%) Service Manager
4 2 (8.00%) SQL Server DBA
4 2 (8.00%) Support Manager
4 2 (8.00%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.00%) .NET
1 2 (8.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (4.00%) jQuery
2 1 (4.00%) WCF
2 1 (4.00%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.00%) Clustering
2 2 (8.00%) PKI
2 2 (8.00%) Replication
3 1 (4.00%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 18 (72.00%) Windows
2 13 (52.00%) Windows Server
3 9 (36.00%) Windows 7
4 8 (32.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (28.00%) Windows 8
5 7 (28.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 5 (20.00%) Mac OS X
7 4 (16.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (12.00%) CentOS
8 3 (12.00%) Linux
8 3 (12.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (8.00%) Android
9 2 (8.00%) Windows 10
10 1 (4.00%) Mac OS
10 1 (4.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (32.00%) ITIL
1 8 (32.00%) Migration
2 3 (12.00%) Database Mirroring
2 3 (12.00%) Server Virtualisation
2 3 (12.00%) Service Delivery
3 2 (8.00%) Business Intelligence
3 2 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 2 (8.00%) ITIL V3
3 2 (8.00%) Performance Monitoring
3 2 (8.00%) PRINCE2
3 2 (8.00%) Release Management
3 2 (8.00%) Service Management
4 1 (4.00%) CRM
4 1 (4.00%) Escalation Management
4 1 (4.00%) High Availability
4 1 (4.00%) ITSM
4 1 (4.00%) Network Management
4 1 (4.00%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (4.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 1 (4.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (28.00%) SQL
2 4 (16.00%) PowerShell
3 2 (8.00%) C#
4 1 (4.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (68.00%) MCSE
3 13 (52.00%) MCITP
4 6 (24.00%) CCNA
4 6 (24.00%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (20.00%) Degree
5 5 (20.00%) MCP
6 4 (16.00%) MCSA
7 3 (12.00%) MCDBA
8 2 (8.00%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (8.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (4.00%) A+ Certification
9 1 (4.00%) CCNP
9 1 (4.00%) MCAD
9 1 (4.00%) MCDST
9 1 (4.00%) MOS
9 1 (4.00%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (12.00%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (68.00%) Active Directory
2 6 (24.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (16.00%) Hyper-V
4 2 (8.00%) BitLocker
4 2 (8.00%) Terminal Server
5 1 (4.00%) Terminal Services
5 1 (4.00%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 2 (8.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 13 (52.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (36.00%) VMware
3 6 (24.00%) Cisco
4 5 (20.00%) Dell
5 4 (16.00%) Citrix
6 3 (12.00%) Adobe
6 3 (12.00%) Kaspersky
6 3 (12.00%) Red Hat
7 2 (8.00%) Aspera
7 2 (8.00%) Fortinet
7 2 (8.00%) Intel Security
7 2 (8.00%) Juniper
8 1 (4.00%) Aareon
8 1 (4.00%) Civica
8 1 (4.00%) Cognos
8 1 (4.00%) Hummingbird
8 1 (4.00%) Kypera
8 1 (4.00%) Mitel
8 1 (4.00%) Northgate
8 1 (4.00%) VeriFone