The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 24 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
24 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 545 542 508
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -34
Contract jobs citing MCTS 106 82 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.15% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.92% 0.78% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 57 47
Median daily rate £325 £343 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.10% -8.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £202 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £427 £462 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 30
Median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% +32.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £21.70 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £42.67 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +42.85%

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

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
11547 10530 10603
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.57% 19.45% 19.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 7178 6009 6170
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £530 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 408 542 543
Median hourly rate £32.50 £24.12 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.74% +20.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+45.10% +34.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 May 2016.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend

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

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCTS
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 May 2016.

MCTS Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

MCTS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 24 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
England 0 68 £330 +1.53% 21
Scotland +16 35 £310 -10.78%
Renfrewshire -23 28 £303 -13.00%
South East +1 27 £325 - 7
Erskine -21 27 £303 -13.00%
London -7 17 £325 -18.75% 9
Berkshire -4 13 £400 -5.88% 1
Reading -1 11 £400 +14.28%
North West -14 8 £330 -5.71% 1
South West +3 6 £650 +56.62% 2
Hampshire +2 6 £310 +10.22%
West Midlands -1 5 £425 -
North East - 5 £330 - 1
Oxfordshire - 5 £305 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 5 £330 - 1
Tyne and Wear - 5 £330 - 1
Oxford - 5 £305 -
City of London +36 4 £295 +103.44% 1
Glasgow +8 4 £310 +3.33%
Merseyside - 4 £260 -
Cheshire - 3 £330 -
Warwick - 3 £425 -
Wirral - 3 £260 -
Hook - 3 £310 -
Warwickshire - 3 £425 -
Wales +6 2 £350 -33.33%
South Wales 0 2 £350 -33.33%
Cardiff -13 2 £350 -33.33%
Buckinghamshire +9 1 £355 - 1
Woking -2 1 - - 1

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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 with a requirement for MCTS.

1 184 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 154 (83.70%) Microsoft
3 145 (78.80%) Active Directory
4 126 (68.48%) MCITP
5 122 (66.30%) Windows
6 86 (46.74%) SQL
7 72 (39.13%) DNS
8 64 (34.78%) Security Cleared
9 63 (34.24%) MCSE
10 58 (31.52%) Windows Server
11 56 (30.43%) PowerShell
12 54 (29.35%) MCP
13 53 (28.80%) ITIL
14 50 (27.17%) Degree
14 50 (27.17%) Windows 7
15 49 (26.63%) SQL Server
16 47 (25.54%) VMware
17 46 (25.00%) Citrix
18 45 (24.46%) SharePoint
18 45 (24.46%) Clustering
19 44 (23.91%) Windows Server 2008
20 43 (23.37%) Hyper-V
21 41 (22.28%) .NET
21 41 (22.28%) Windows Server 2003
22 39 (21.20%) Office 365
23 38 (20.65%) MCSA
24 35 (19.02%) Windows XP
25 33 (17.93%) WinRunner
25 33 (17.93%) TestDirector
25 33 (17.93%) HP UFT

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills 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 45 (24.46%) SharePoint
2 32 (17.39%) IIS
3 26 (14.13%) MS Exchange
4 18 (9.78%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (8.15%) Exchange Server 2013
6 7 (3.80%) Apache
6 7 (3.80%) JBoss
6 7 (3.80%) SharePoint Server
6 7 (3.80%) Tomcat
7 6 (3.26%) Skype for Business
8 4 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (2.17%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (2.17%) OpenStack
8 4 (2.17%) SharePoint 2010
9 3 (1.63%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (1.63%) Zimbra
10 1 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 29 (15.76%) MS Excel
2 24 (13.04%) MS Office
3 14 (7.61%) InfoPath
4 1 (0.54%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.54%) Aareon QL
1 1 (0.54%) Academy Housing
1 1 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.54%) MIS ActiveH
1 1 (0.54%) Northgate Housing
1 1 (0.54%) OPENHousing
1 1 (0.54%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 39 (21.20%) Office 365
2 29 (15.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (4.35%) OneDrive
4 6 (3.26%) Yammer
5 3 (1.63%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 72 (39.13%) DNS
2 21 (11.41%) TCP/IP
3 19 (10.33%) Kerberos
3 19 (10.33%) LDAP
3 19 (10.33%) X.500
4 18 (9.78%) DHCP
4 18 (9.78%) Firewall
4 18 (9.78%) SSL
5 11 (5.98%) Internet
6 10 (5.43%) VPN
7 8 (4.35%) Skype
7 8 (4.35%) SNMP
8 7 (3.80%) SAN
9 5 (2.72%) LAN
9 5 (2.72%) WAN
9 5 (2.72%) Wireless
10 4 (2.17%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (2.17%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (1.63%) Cisco ASA
11 3 (1.63%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (26.63%) SQL Server
2 13 (7.07%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (6.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 12 (6.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (5.98%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 11 (5.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 7 (3.80%) MySQL
6 6 (3.26%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (2.72%) Relational Database
8 4 (2.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 3 (1.63%) Azure SQL Database
9 3 (1.63%) NoSQL
9 3 (1.63%) Power BI
10 2 (1.09%) Big Data
10 2 (1.09%) GIS
10 2 (1.09%) SQL Server 2005
11 1 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
11 1 (0.54%) Crystal Reports
11 1 (0.54%) OLAP
11 1 (0.54%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 33 (17.93%) HP UFT
1 33 (17.93%) TestDirector
1 33 (17.93%) WinRunner
2 18 (9.78%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.63%) Fiddler
4 1 (0.54%) CruiseControl
4 1 (0.54%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.54%) TeamCity
4 1 (0.54%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (2.72%) Military
2 3 (1.63%) Advertising
3 2 (1.09%) Finance
3 2 (1.09%) French Language
3 2 (1.09%) German Language
3 2 (1.09%) Portuguese Language
3 2 (1.09%) Spanish Language
4 1 (0.54%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.54%) Retail
Job Titles
1 28 (15.22%) Analyst
2 23 (12.50%) Active Directory Engineer
3 22 (11.96%) Test Analyst
4 19 (10.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 19 (10.33%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 18 (9.78%) Field Engineer
6 17 (9.24%) Support Engineer
7 16 (8.70%) Consultant
8 12 (6.52%) Administrator
9 11 (5.98%) Developer
9 11 (5.98%) SharePoint Administrator
10 10 (5.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 9 (4.89%) 3rd Line Engineer
11 9 (4.89%) Office 365 Engineer
11 9 (4.89%) SharePoint Developer
12 8 (4.35%) SharePoint Engineer
13 6 (3.26%) 3rd Line Support
13 6 (3.26%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
13 6 (3.26%) Technical Consultant
13 6 (3.26%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (22.28%) .NET
2 19 (10.33%) XML
3 16 (8.70%) CSS
3 16 (8.70%) HTML
4 15 (8.15%) jQuery
5 14 (7.61%) .NET Framework
6 7 (3.80%) LAMP
7 6 (3.26%) ADO.NET
7 6 (3.26%) ASP.NET
7 6 (3.26%) JSP
8 4 (2.17%) WAMP
8 4 (2.17%) WCF
9 3 (1.63%) 802.1X
9 3 (1.63%) Ajax
9 3 (1.63%) FastCGI
9 3 (1.63%) LINQ
9 3 (1.63%) REST
9 3 (1.63%) RSS
9 3 (1.63%) Windows Identity Foundation
9 3 (1.63%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 45 (24.46%) Clustering
2 27 (14.67%) PDA
3 23 (12.50%) PKI
4 22 (11.96%) Replication
5 16 (8.70%) Analytical Skills
6 14 (7.61%) Computer Science
7 6 (3.26%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (3.26%) PMI
8 5 (2.72%) Data Centre
9 4 (2.17%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.63%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.54%) Algorithms
11 1 (0.54%) BYOD
11 1 (0.54%) EPoS
11 1 (0.54%) iPad
11 1 (0.54%) NHS
11 1 (0.54%) Public Cloud
11 1 (0.54%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 122 (66.30%) Windows
2 58 (31.52%) Windows Server
3 50 (27.17%) Windows 7
4 44 (23.91%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (22.28%) Windows Server 2003
6 35 (19.02%) Windows XP
7 31 (16.85%) AIX
8 25 (13.59%) Windows Server 2012
9 12 (6.52%) Linux
10 10 (5.43%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 7 (3.80%) Windows 8
12 5 (2.72%) Mac OS X
12 5 (2.72%) Windows 10
13 3 (1.63%) Android
13 3 (1.63%) CentOS
14 1 (0.54%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (28.80%) ITIL
2 33 (17.93%) Change Management
2 33 (17.93%) Software Testing
2 33 (17.93%) Test Automation
3 29 (15.76%) Service Management
4 28 (15.22%) Customer Engagement
5 27 (14.67%) Test Scripting
6 25 (13.59%) Migration
7 19 (10.33%) Content Management
8 18 (9.78%) Load Balancing
8 18 (9.78%) Validation
9 15 (8.15%) Workflow
10 14 (7.61%) Security Auditing
11 10 (5.43%) Business Intelligence
11 10 (5.43%) High Availability
11 10 (5.43%) PRINCE2
11 10 (5.43%) Service Delivery
12 9 (4.89%) Performance Tuning
13 8 (4.35%) Data Modelling
13 8 (4.35%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 86 (46.74%) SQL
2 56 (30.43%) PowerShell
3 21 (11.41%) C#
4 20 (10.87%) VBScript
5 19 (10.33%) JavaScript
6 12 (6.52%) T-SQL
7 10 (5.43%) PHP
8 9 (4.89%) Java
9 4 (2.17%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.63%) Python
10 3 (1.63%) Ruby
10 3 (1.63%) VB
11 1 (0.54%) C
Qualifications
1 184 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 126 (68.48%) MCITP
3 64 (34.78%) Security Cleared
4 63 (34.24%) MCSE
5 54 (29.35%) MCP
6 50 (27.17%) Degree
7 38 (20.65%) MCSA
8 32 (17.39%) SC Cleared
9 28 (15.22%) ISTQB
10 18 (9.78%) MCAD
11 14 (7.61%) MCSD
12 13 (7.07%) DV Cleared
13 9 (4.89%) CCNA
13 9 (4.89%) Cisco Certification
14 8 (4.35%) RHCE
15 6 (3.26%) PMI Certification
16 4 (2.17%) MCDBA
17 3 (1.63%) MCDST
17 3 (1.63%) MCPD
18 2 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.63%) SLA
2 1 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 145 (78.80%) Active Directory
2 43 (23.37%) Hyper-V
3 32 (17.39%) VMware ESX
4 20 (10.87%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (4.89%) UAG
6 7 (3.80%) BitLocker
6 7 (3.80%) Firmware
6 7 (3.80%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.54%) Terminal Services
7 1 (0.54%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 33 (17.93%) HP Quality Center
2 31 (16.85%) McAfee ePO
2 31 (16.85%) Netcool
3 15 (8.15%) SCCM
4 9 (4.89%) WSUS
5 7 (3.80%) Puppet
5 7 (3.80%) Red Hat Satellite
5 7 (3.80%) SCOM
6 6 (3.26%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (2.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 5 (2.72%) WMI
8 3 (1.63%) SCVMM
9 2 (1.09%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 154 (83.70%) Microsoft
2 47 (25.54%) VMware
3 46 (25.00%) Citrix
4 33 (17.93%) Intel Security
4 33 (17.93%) Veritas
5 12 (6.52%) HP
6 11 (5.98%) Cisco
6 11 (5.98%) Red Hat
7 7 (3.80%) Brocade
8 5 (2.72%) Dell
9 4 (2.17%) NetApp
10 3 (1.63%) Adobe
10 3 (1.63%) Kaspersky
10 3 (1.63%) Remedy
10 3 (1.63%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.09%) Aspera
11 2 (1.09%) Fortinet
11 2 (1.09%) Juniper
12 1 (0.54%) Northgate
12 1 (0.54%) Orchard
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Harris Global
Rate: Unspecified Market Rates Apply
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £300.00 - £350 per day
Posted: 27 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 27 days ago