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 22 February 2017 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
22 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
Rank 569 560 497
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -63
Contract jobs citing MCTS 25 69 119
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.055% 0.13% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.27% 0.62% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 40 57
Median daily rate £400 £330 £359
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% -8.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £314 £275 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £425 £510
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £335 £425
% change year-on-year
-4.47% -21.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 10
Median hourly rate £41.64 - £25.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £29.00

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
9431 11056 10383
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.79% 21.26% 20.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 6086 6855 5939
Median daily rate £420 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £383
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +0.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 450 450 488
Median hourly rate £30.00 £37.50 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +74.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £41.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-26.82% +82.22%

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 22 February 2017.

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
Top 22 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 22 February 2017. 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 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 +29 23 £400 +12.28% 13
London +26 10 £459 +54.20% 4
South East +10 8 £320 -11.72% 5
Hampshire +7 7 £320 -5.41% 2
Portsmouth -3 3 - - 1
City of London -4 3 £500 +68.06% 1
North West +19 2 - - 1
Yorkshire +16 2 - -
Manchester - 2 - -
West Yorkshire +15 1 - -
West Midlands +2 1 £425 -
Scotland +1 1 £270 -15.62%
Renfrewshire -5 1 £270 -15.62%
Hook -6 1 £310 -8.37%
Erskine -6 1 £270 -15.62%
North Yorkshire - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 £425 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Telford - 1 £425 -
Leeds - 1 - -
High Wycombe - 1 - -
Harrogate - 1 - -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 February 2017, 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.

1 120 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 95 (79.17%) Microsoft
3 89 (74.17%) Active Directory
4 58 (48.33%) Windows
5 54 (45.00%) MCP
6 47 (39.17%) MCITP
7 45 (37.50%) MCSE
8 43 (35.83%) Security Cleared
9 35 (29.17%) DNS
10 33 (27.50%) Windows Server 2008
11 31 (25.83%) Windows Server
12 30 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
12 30 (25.00%) SC Cleared
12 30 (25.00%) PKI
12 30 (25.00%) Replication
12 30 (25.00%) Citrix
12 30 (25.00%) SQL
13 29 (24.17%) ITIL
13 29 (24.17%) Office 365
14 25 (20.83%) LDAP
14 25 (20.83%) Kerberos
14 25 (20.83%) X.500
14 25 (20.83%) Windows 7
15 24 (20.00%) MCSA
16 23 (19.17%) SharePoint
17 22 (18.33%) SQL Server
18 21 (17.50%) PowerShell
18 21 (17.50%) Hyper-V
19 20 (16.67%) C#
19 20 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003

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 23 (19.17%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.83%) Skype for Business
3 6 (5.00%) MS Exchange
3 6 (5.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 5 (4.17%) IIS
4 5 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
5 4 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (2.50%) OpenStack
7 1 (0.83%) CMS
7 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.83%) Exchange Server 2007
7 1 (0.83%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 18 (15.00%) MS Office
2 13 (10.83%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 29 (24.17%) Office 365
2 15 (12.50%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (4.17%) IaaS
3 5 (4.17%) PaaS
4 4 (3.33%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (2.50%) OneDrive
5 3 (2.50%) SaaS
6 2 (1.67%) Azure Active Directory
7 1 (0.83%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 35 (29.17%) DNS
2 25 (20.83%) Kerberos
2 25 (20.83%) LDAP
2 25 (20.83%) X.500
3 10 (8.33%) SSL
3 10 (8.33%) TCP/IP
4 9 (7.50%) SNMP
5 4 (3.33%) DMZ
5 4 (3.33%) Skype
6 2 (1.67%) Firewall
6 2 (1.67%) Internet
6 2 (1.67%) VoIP
7 1 (0.83%) DHCP
7 1 (0.83%) ISDN
7 1 (0.83%) LAN
7 1 (0.83%) Network Security
7 1 (0.83%) PBX
7 1 (0.83%) PSTN
7 1 (0.83%) WAN
7 1 (0.83%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (18.33%) SQL Server
2 7 (5.83%) Relational Database
2 7 (5.83%) SQL Server 2012
2 7 (5.83%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 7 (5.83%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (5.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (3.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 3 (2.50%) Data Mart
6 3 (2.50%) SQL Server 2014
7 2 (1.67%) RDBMS
8 1 (0.83%) ActiveReports
8 1 (0.83%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 14 (11.67%) StarTeam
2 10 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (5.00%) Moq
3 6 (5.00%) NUnit
4 5 (4.17%) CruiseControl
4 5 (4.17%) Git (software)
4 5 (4.17%) Selenium
4 5 (4.17%) TeamCity
4 5 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
5 3 (2.50%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.67%) MSI
6 2 (1.67%) WiX
7 1 (0.83%) JIRA
7 1 (0.83%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 12 (10.00%) Finance
2 7 (5.83%) Military
3 4 (3.33%) Retail
4 3 (2.50%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.67%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.83%) Games
6 1 (0.83%) Law
6 1 (0.83%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 28 (23.33%) Active Directory Engineer
2 15 (12.50%) Analyst
3 10 (8.33%) Support Engineer
3 10 (8.33%) Test Analyst
4 9 (7.50%) Developer
5 8 (6.67%) 3rd Line Support
6 7 (5.83%) C# Developer
6 7 (5.83%) DBA
7 6 (5.00%) .NET Developer
7 6 (5.00%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 6 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
7 6 (5.00%) Architect
7 6 (5.00%) C# .NET Developer
7 6 (5.00%) Consultant
7 6 (5.00%) Software Engineer
7 6 (5.00%) SQL DBA
8 5 (4.17%) Ada Engineer
8 5 (4.17%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 5 (4.17%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
8 5 (4.17%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (11.67%) .NET
2 11 (9.17%) ASP.NET
2 11 (9.17%) CSS
3 8 (6.67%) WCF
4 6 (5.00%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5 (4.17%) .NET Framework
5 5 (4.17%) AngularJS
5 5 (4.17%) Entity Framework
5 5 (4.17%) jQuery
5 5 (4.17%) Unity DI Container
5 5 (4.17%) WF
6 4 (3.33%) OAuth
6 4 (3.33%) SAML
7 1 (0.83%) Ajax
7 1 (0.83%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (0.83%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 30 (25.00%) PKI
1 30 (25.00%) Replication
2 19 (15.83%) Clustering
3 11 (9.17%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (5.83%) Computer Science
5 6 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (4.17%) Data Centre
7 4 (3.33%) iPad
8 3 (2.50%) NHS
9 2 (1.67%) Fintech
9 2 (1.67%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.67%) RIA
10 1 (0.83%) Blog
10 1 (0.83%) Cloud Native
10 1 (0.83%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 58 (48.33%) Windows
2 33 (27.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 31 (25.83%) Windows Server
4 30 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (20.83%) Windows 7
6 20 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
7 18 (15.00%) Windows 10
7 18 (15.00%) Windows XP
8 14 (11.67%) AIX
9 5 (4.17%) VMS
10 2 (1.67%) Android
10 2 (1.67%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.83%) Apple iOS
11 1 (0.83%) Linux
11 1 (0.83%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.83%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (24.17%) ITIL
2 16 (13.33%) Change Management
3 14 (11.67%) Server Virtualisation
3 14 (11.67%) Software Testing
4 12 (10.00%) Test Scripting
5 11 (9.17%) Smoke Testing
6 9 (7.50%) Migration
6 9 (7.50%) Software Delivery
7 7 (5.83%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (5.83%) Problem Management
7 7 (5.83%) Software Engineering
7 7 (5.83%) Validation
8 6 (5.00%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (5.00%) MVC
8 6 (5.00%) TDD
9 5 (4.17%) CRM
9 5 (4.17%) OO
9 5 (4.17%) OOD
9 5 (4.17%) TOGAF
9 5 (4.17%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 30 (25.00%) SQL
2 21 (17.50%) PowerShell
3 20 (16.67%) C#
4 7 (5.83%) Ada
4 7 (5.83%) Ada 83
4 7 (5.83%) Ada 95
5 5 (4.17%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.50%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.50%) T-SQL
7 1 (0.83%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.83%) C
7 1 (0.83%) Python
7 1 (0.83%) VB
7 1 (0.83%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 120 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 54 (45.00%) MCP
3 47 (39.17%) MCITP
4 45 (37.50%) MCSE
5 43 (35.83%) Security Cleared
6 30 (25.00%) SC Cleared
7 24 (20.00%) MCSA
8 16 (13.33%) Degree
9 14 (11.67%) ISTQB
10 12 (10.00%) CCNA
10 12 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (9.17%) MCSD
12 9 (7.50%) MCDBA
13 8 (6.67%) BPSS Clearance
14 7 (5.83%) MCDST
15 6 (5.00%) MCAD
15 6 (5.00%) PMI Certification
15 6 (5.00%) PMP
16 5 (4.17%) CCNP
16 5 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (5.83%) QA
2 3 (2.50%) SLA
System Software
1 89 (74.17%) Active Directory
2 21 (17.50%) Hyper-V
3 9 (7.50%) Firmware
4 5 (4.17%) vSphere
5 4 (3.33%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (2.50%) XenApp
7 2 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (1.67%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.83%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.83%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.83%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.83%) Xen
8 1 (0.83%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 17 (14.17%) SCCM
2 14 (11.67%) McAfee ePO
2 14 (11.67%) Netcool
3 9 (7.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 5 (4.17%) Microsoft Clustering
5 4 (3.33%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (2.50%) WSUS
7 2 (1.67%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.83%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.83%) Jamf Pro
8 1 (0.83%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.83%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 95 (79.17%) Microsoft
2 30 (25.00%) Citrix
3 15 (12.50%) Intel Security
4 14 (11.67%) Veritas
5 11 (9.17%) HP
6 10 (8.33%) VMware
7 5 (4.17%) Cisco
8 4 (3.33%) CA
8 4 (3.33%) Symantec
9 3 (2.50%) RedGate
9 3 (2.50%) Remedy
10 2 (1.67%) Apple
10 2 (1.67%) IronPort
10 2 (1.67%) ServiceNow
11 1 (0.83%) CheckPoint
11 1 (0.83%) Google
11 1 (0.83%) Juniper
11 1 (0.83%) LANDesk
11 1 (0.83%) SolarWinds
11 1 (0.83%) Sophos