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 9 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
9 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 539 531 534
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +3
Contract jobs citing MCTS 82 114 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.21% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.81% 1.00% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 65 59
Median daily rate £320 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 7
Median hourly rate £45.00 £47.71 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.68% +121.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.85 £47.71 £12.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.71 £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £47.71 £21.50
% change year-on-year
-5.68% +121.90%

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
10126 11422 11701
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.43% 20.72% 20.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 6435 6923 6666
Median daily rate £413 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 552 558
Median hourly rate £27.50 £26.83 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.49% +53.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- +52.77%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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 9 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
England +16 52 £325 -7.14% 14
Scotland -22 29 £281 -8.03%
Erskine -11 22 £295 -3.98%
Renfrewshire -13 22 £295 -3.98%
South East +25 21 £323 -19.37% 1
London +27 20 £450 +38.46% 8
Hampshire +29 18 £320 -5.88%
Hook +7 10 £320 -5.41%
Glasgow -7 7 £195 -33.61%
North East -20 6 £315 -
Tyne and Wear -27 6 £315 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -30 6 £315 -
Portsmouth +3 5 - -
West Midlands - 5 £310 - 1
Yorkshire - 4 - -
Leeds - 4 - -
West Yorkshire - 4 - -
City of London -5 3 £418 +98.80% 2
Belfast - 3 £175 -
Telford - 3 £310 -
Shropshire - 3 £310 -
Northern Ireland - 3 £175 -
County Antrim - 3 £175 -
Milton Keynes +18 1 - -
Buckinghamshire +15 1 - -
Oxfordshire -1 1 - -
Berkshire -2 1 £380 -10.58% 1
Warwick - 1 - -
Oxford - 1 - -
Croydon - 1 £105 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 9 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 with a requirement for MCTS.

1 152 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 129 (84.87%) Microsoft
3 103 (67.76%) Active Directory
4 78 (51.32%) Windows
5 60 (39.47%) MCITP
6 57 (37.50%) MCSE
7 53 (34.87%) Security Cleared
8 51 (33.55%) MCP
9 49 (32.24%) SQL
9 49 (32.24%) DNS
10 43 (28.29%) Windows 7
11 39 (25.66%) Windows Server 2008
11 39 (25.66%) Office 365
11 39 (25.66%) SQL Server
12 38 (25.00%) Citrix
12 38 (25.00%) SC Cleared
13 36 (23.68%) MCSA
14 35 (23.03%) ITIL
14 35 (23.03%) Windows Server 2012
15 34 (22.37%) Windows Server
15 34 (22.37%) MS Office
16 33 (21.71%) Windows XP
16 33 (21.71%) PKI
16 33 (21.71%) Clustering
17 32 (21.05%) Replication
18 30 (19.74%) SharePoint
19 27 (17.76%) X.500
19 27 (17.76%) Windows Server 2003
19 27 (17.76%) Kerberos
19 27 (17.76%) LDAP

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 30 (19.74%) SharePoint
2 14 (9.21%) MS Exchange
3 7 (4.61%) Exchange Server 2010
4 6 (3.95%) Skype for Business
5 5 (3.29%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (3.29%) SharePoint 2013
6 4 (2.63%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (1.97%) IIS
7 3 (1.97%) OpenStack
8 2 (1.32%) CMS
9 1 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (0.66%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (0.66%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 34 (22.37%) MS Office
2 18 (11.84%) MS Excel
3 1 (0.66%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (3.29%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 39 (25.66%) Office 365
2 11 (7.24%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.63%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (2.63%) IaaS
3 4 (2.63%) PaaS
4 3 (1.97%) SaaS
5 2 (1.32%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 49 (32.24%) DNS
2 27 (17.76%) Kerberos
2 27 (17.76%) LDAP
2 27 (17.76%) X.500
3 15 (9.87%) TCP/IP
4 12 (7.89%) SAN
5 11 (7.24%) SSL
6 9 (5.92%) Firewall
6 9 (5.92%) SNMP
7 8 (5.26%) DHCP
8 4 (2.63%) DMZ
8 4 (2.63%) LAN
8 4 (2.63%) WAN
9 3 (1.97%) Internet
9 3 (1.97%) PBX
10 2 (1.32%) ISDN
10 2 (1.32%) PSTN
10 2 (1.32%) Reverse Proxy
10 2 (1.32%) Wi-Fi
10 2 (1.32%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (25.66%) SQL Server
2 13 (8.55%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (4.61%) Relational Database
3 7 (4.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (4.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 7 (4.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (4.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (2.63%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (2.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (1.32%) Data Mart
5 2 (1.32%) DTS
5 2 (1.32%) RDBMS
5 2 (1.32%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (0.66%) ActiveReports
6 1 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 21 (13.82%) StarTeam
2 9 (5.92%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (3.95%) Moq
3 6 (3.95%) NUnit
4 5 (3.29%) Git (software)
4 5 (3.29%) Selenium
5 3 (1.97%) CruiseControl
5 3 (1.97%) TeamCity
5 3 (1.97%) Visual Studio
5 3 (1.97%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (1.32%) MSI
7 1 (0.66%) HP UFT
7 1 (0.66%) JIRA
7 1 (0.66%) Rhino Mocks
7 1 (0.66%) TestDirector
7 1 (0.66%) WinRunner
7 1 (0.66%) WiX
General
1 7 (4.61%) Finance
2 4 (2.63%) Military
3 2 (1.32%) Local Government
3 2 (1.32%) Manufacturing
3 2 (1.32%) Retail
4 1 (0.66%) Banking
4 1 (0.66%) Games
4 1 (0.66%) Law
4 1 (0.66%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 29 (19.08%) Active Directory Engineer
2 28 (18.42%) Analyst
3 15 (9.87%) Test Analyst
4 11 (7.24%) Developer
4 11 (7.24%) Support Engineer
5 9 (5.92%) DBA
6 8 (5.26%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 8 (5.26%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 8 (5.26%) Server Engineer
6 8 (5.26%) SQL DBA
6 8 (5.26%) Support Analyst
7 7 (4.61%) C# Developer
7 7 (4.61%) Consultant
8 6 (3.95%) .NET Developer
8 6 (3.95%) 3rd Line Engineer
8 6 (3.95%) 3rd Line Support
8 6 (3.95%) Architect
8 6 (3.95%) C# .NET Developer
8 6 (3.95%) Service Analyst
8 6 (3.95%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (7.89%) .NET
2 10 (6.58%) ASP.NET
3 6 (3.95%) ASP.NET MVC
3 6 (3.95%) jQuery
4 5 (3.29%) .NET Framework
4 5 (3.29%) AngularJS
4 5 (3.29%) CSS
4 5 (3.29%) Entity Framework
4 5 (3.29%) Unity DI Container
4 5 (3.29%) WCF
5 4 (2.63%) OAuth
5 4 (2.63%) SAML
6 3 (1.97%) WF
7 1 (0.66%) Ajax
7 1 (0.66%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (0.66%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 33 (21.71%) Clustering
1 33 (21.71%) PKI
2 32 (21.05%) Replication
3 14 (9.21%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (9.21%) Computer Science
4 11 (7.24%) Enterprise Software
5 5 (3.29%) Data Centre
6 4 (2.63%) FlexPod
7 3 (1.97%) Cloud Native
8 2 (1.32%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.32%) Fintech
8 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.66%) Blackberry
9 1 (0.66%) Blog
9 1 (0.66%) Digital Media
9 1 (0.66%) PDA
9 1 (0.66%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 78 (51.32%) Windows
2 43 (28.29%) Windows 7
3 39 (25.66%) Windows Server 2008
4 35 (23.03%) Windows Server 2012
5 34 (22.37%) Windows Server
6 33 (21.71%) Windows XP
7 27 (17.76%) Windows Server 2003
8 26 (17.11%) Windows 10
9 22 (14.47%) AIX
10 6 (3.95%) Linux
11 5 (3.29%) VMS
12 4 (2.63%) Mac OS X
12 4 (2.63%) Windows 8
13 3 (1.97%) Android
13 3 (1.97%) Apple iOS
13 3 (1.97%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.66%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (23.03%) ITIL
2 26 (17.11%) Change Management
3 23 (15.13%) Software Testing
4 20 (13.16%) Server Virtualisation
5 19 (12.50%) Test Scripting
6 18 (11.84%) Smoke Testing
7 11 (7.24%) Load Balancing
7 11 (7.24%) Validation
8 10 (6.58%) Agile Software Development
8 10 (6.58%) High Availability
8 10 (6.58%) Problem Management
9 9 (5.92%) Software Delivery
10 7 (4.61%) Migration
10 7 (4.61%) Software Distribution
11 6 (3.95%) MVC
11 6 (3.95%) TDD
12 5 (3.29%) CRM
12 5 (3.29%) OO
12 5 (3.29%) OOD
12 5 (3.29%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 49 (32.24%) SQL
2 20 (13.16%) PowerShell
3 14 (9.21%) C#
4 6 (3.95%) JavaScript
5 4 (2.63%) Ada
5 4 (2.63%) Ada 83
5 4 (2.63%) Ada 95
5 4 (2.63%) Bash Shell
5 4 (2.63%) Python
6 2 (1.32%) Shell Script
6 2 (1.32%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.66%) C
7 1 (0.66%) VB
7 1 (0.66%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 152 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 60 (39.47%) MCITP
3 57 (37.50%) MCSE
4 53 (34.87%) Security Cleared
5 51 (33.55%) MCP
6 38 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 36 (23.68%) MCSA
8 23 (15.13%) ISTQB
9 22 (14.47%) Degree
10 13 (8.55%) A+ Certification
11 12 (7.89%) CCNA
11 12 (7.89%) Cisco Certification
12 10 (6.58%) MCDST
12 10 (6.58%) MCSD
13 8 (5.26%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (4.61%) MCDBA
14 7 (4.61%) Network+ Certification
15 6 (3.95%) MCAD
15 6 (3.95%) PMI Certification
15 6 (3.95%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (3.29%) QA
1 5 (3.29%) SLA
2 1 (0.66%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 103 (67.76%) Active Directory
2 26 (17.11%) Hyper-V
3 9 (5.92%) Firmware
4 8 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (3.29%) Virtual Servers
5 5 (3.29%) XenApp
6 4 (2.63%) BitLocker
6 4 (2.63%) Xen
6 4 (2.63%) XenDesktop
7 2 (1.32%) vSphere
8 1 (0.66%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.66%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.66%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 26 (17.11%) SCCM
2 22 (14.47%) McAfee ePO
2 22 (14.47%) Netcool
3 9 (5.92%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 8 (5.26%) Backup Exec
4 8 (5.26%) WSUS
5 5 (3.29%) Microsoft Clustering
6 4 (2.63%) CA Single Sign-On
6 4 (2.63%) Casper Suite
6 4 (2.63%) SolarWinds Orion
7 2 (1.32%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.32%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.66%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.66%) HP Quality Center
8 1 (0.66%) SCOM
8 1 (0.66%) Sysprep
8 1 (0.66%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 129 (84.87%) Microsoft
2 38 (25.00%) Citrix
3 26 (17.11%) Intel Security
4 23 (15.13%) Veritas
5 21 (13.82%) HP
6 16 (10.53%) VMware
7 13 (8.55%) Cisco
8 10 (6.58%) Symantec
9 8 (5.26%) Apple
10 5 (3.29%) Remedy
10 5 (3.29%) SolarWinds
11 4 (2.63%) CA
11 4 (2.63%) Dell
11 4 (2.63%) NetApp
11 4 (2.63%) ServiceNow
12 3 (1.97%) Google
12 3 (1.97%) Juniper
13 2 (1.32%) IronPort
13 2 (1.32%) LANDesk
13 2 (1.32%) RedGate
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