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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 526 565 521
Rank change year-on-year
+39 -44
Contract jobs citing MCTS 112 78 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.14% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.96% 0.73% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 48 61
Median daily rate £330 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £204 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 20
Median hourly rate £36.00 £22.00 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+63.63% +29.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.55 £16.25 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.95 £40.15 £22.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+63.63% +39.68%

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
11717 10619 10598
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.91% 18.92% 19.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 7295 6201 6095
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £548 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 552 495
Median hourly rate £28.50 £24.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.75% +26.31%
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 £44.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+28.88% +12.50%

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 1 July 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 1 July 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 1 July 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 +18 77 £330 -17.50% 18
Scotland +2 32 £298 -13.13%
London 0 23 £350 -29.82% 4
Renfrewshire -22 22 £308 -10.93%
Erskine -26 21 £308 -10.93%
South East +8 20 £345 -13.75% 12
North East - 15 £330 -
Tyne and Wear - 14 £330 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 13 £330 -
Berkshire +1 8 £400 -11.11% 1
Reading -1 7 £400 -11.11%
North West -13 7 £330 -5.71% 1
West Midlands -16 7 £425 -5.55%
Glasgow +4 6 £310 +3.33%
Oxfordshire +15 5 £305 -
Merseyside - 5 £318 -
Oxford - 5 £305 -
Hampshire +9 3 £295 -
Warwickshire - 3 £425 -
Wirral - 3 £260 -
Warwick - 3 £425 -
City of London +30 2 £268 -16.89%
Yorkshire -1 2 £78 -61.25%
Birmingham -4 2 £485 +7.77%
Croydon -15 2 - -
Hook - 2 £293 -
Middlesbrough - 2 £78 -
Crawley - 2 £365 -
North Yorkshire - 2 £78 -
Cheshire - 2 £330 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 July 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.

1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 159 (78.71%) Microsoft
3 152 (75.25%) Active Directory
4 135 (66.83%) Windows
4 135 (66.83%) MCITP
5 102 (50.50%) SQL
6 77 (38.12%) MCSE
7 74 (36.63%) DNS
8 72 (35.64%) Security Cleared
9 63 (31.19%) Windows Server
10 61 (30.20%) PowerShell
11 60 (29.70%) ITIL
12 56 (27.72%) Citrix
12 56 (27.72%) Windows 7
13 54 (26.73%) SQL Server
14 53 (26.24%) Clustering
15 51 (25.25%) Office 365
16 49 (24.26%) Windows Server 2008
16 49 (24.26%) VMware
17 48 (23.76%) Degree
18 47 (23.27%) MCP
19 45 (22.28%) Hyper-V
20 44 (21.78%) SharePoint
20 44 (21.78%) Windows Server 2003
21 43 (21.29%) MCSA
21 43 (21.29%) SC Cleared
22 42 (20.79%) Windows XP
23 37 (18.32%) Intel Security
24 36 (17.82%) Veritas
24 36 (17.82%) Change Management

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 44 (21.78%) SharePoint
2 33 (16.34%) MS Exchange
3 32 (15.84%) IIS
4 23 (11.39%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (9.90%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (4.46%) Tomcat
7 7 (3.47%) Apache
7 7 (3.47%) JBoss
7 7 (3.47%) Skype for Business
8 6 (2.97%) SharePoint Server
9 4 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2003
9 4 (1.98%) OpenStack
9 4 (1.98%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (1.49%) SharePoint 2013
10 3 (1.49%) Zimbra
11 1 (0.50%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 35 (17.33%) MS Office
2 31 (15.35%) MS Excel
3 11 (5.45%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.99%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.50%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.50%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.50%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.50%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.50%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.50%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 51 (25.25%) Office 365
2 27 (13.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.96%) OneDrive
4 6 (2.97%) Yammer
5 3 (1.49%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.50%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.50%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 74 (36.63%) DNS
2 23 (11.39%) Firewall
2 23 (11.39%) TCP/IP
3 20 (9.90%) DHCP
4 17 (8.42%) SAN
4 17 (8.42%) SSL
5 15 (7.43%) Kerberos
5 15 (7.43%) LDAP
5 15 (7.43%) X.500
6 12 (5.94%) Internet
7 10 (4.95%) VPN
8 8 (3.96%) LAN
8 8 (3.96%) Skype
8 8 (3.96%) WAN
9 7 (3.47%) SNMP
10 5 (2.48%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (2.48%) Wireless
11 4 (1.98%) Remote Desktop
12 3 (1.49%) Cisco ASA
12 3 (1.49%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (26.73%) SQL Server
2 20 (9.90%) SQL Server 2012
3 19 (9.41%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (5.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 12 (5.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (5.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 8 (3.96%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (3.47%) MySQL
8 5 (2.48%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (1.49%) Azure SQL Database
10 3 (1.49%) NoSQL
10 3 (1.49%) Power BI
10 3 (1.49%) SQL Server 2005
11 2 (0.99%) Big Data
11 2 (0.99%) GIS
11 2 (0.99%) SQL Server 2014
12 1 (0.50%) BusinessObjects
12 1 (0.50%) Hadoop
12 1 (0.50%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 30 (14.85%) HP UFT
1 30 (14.85%) TestDirector
1 30 (14.85%) WinRunner
2 15 (7.43%) Visual Studio
3 6 (2.97%) StarTeam
4 3 (1.49%) Fiddler
5 2 (0.99%) Burp Suite
5 2 (0.99%) Cucumber
5 2 (0.99%) Eclipse
5 2 (0.99%) Git (software)
5 2 (0.99%) Jenkins
5 2 (0.99%) JMeter
5 2 (0.99%) Maven
5 2 (0.99%) Selenium
6 1 (0.50%) CruiseControl
6 1 (0.50%) JIRA
6 1 (0.50%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.50%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.50%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (1.49%) Advertising
2 2 (0.99%) Finance
2 2 (0.99%) French Language
2 2 (0.99%) German Language
2 2 (0.99%) Local Government
2 2 (0.99%) Military
2 2 (0.99%) Portuguese Language
2 2 (0.99%) Spanish Language
3 1 (0.50%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.50%) Marketing
3 1 (0.50%) Retail
Job Titles
1 36 (17.82%) Analyst
2 24 (11.88%) Test Analyst
3 19 (9.41%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 19 (9.41%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 17 (8.42%) Consultant
4 17 (8.42%) Field Engineer
5 16 (7.92%) Active Directory Engineer
5 16 (7.92%) Developer
5 16 (7.92%) Support Engineer
6 14 (6.93%) Office 365 Engineer
7 11 (5.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 9 (4.46%) Administrator
8 9 (4.46%) SharePoint Administrator
8 9 (4.46%) SharePoint Developer
9 8 (3.96%) Windows Engineer
10 7 (3.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 7 (3.47%) Support Analyst
11 6 (2.97%) 3rd Line Support
11 6 (2.97%) Server Engineer
11 6 (2.97%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (15.35%) .NET
2 16 (7.92%) XML
3 15 (7.43%) HTML
4 13 (6.44%) CSS
5 12 (5.94%) jQuery
6 8 (3.96%) JSP
7 7 (3.47%) .NET Framework
7 7 (3.47%) LAMP
8 6 (2.97%) ADO.NET
8 6 (2.97%) ASP.NET
9 4 (1.98%) WAMP
9 4 (1.98%) WCF
10 3 (1.49%) 802.1X
10 3 (1.49%) Ajax
10 3 (1.49%) FastCGI
10 3 (1.49%) LINQ
10 3 (1.49%) REST
10 3 (1.49%) RSS
10 3 (1.49%) Windows Identity Foundation
10 3 (1.49%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 53 (26.24%) Clustering
2 26 (12.87%) PDA
3 20 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (9.41%) PKI
5 16 (7.92%) Replication
6 14 (6.93%) Computer Science
7 6 (2.97%) Enterprise Software
7 6 (2.97%) PMI
8 5 (2.48%) Data Centre
9 4 (1.98%) Device Driver
9 4 (1.98%) Management Information System
10 3 (1.49%) Client/Server
10 3 (1.49%) Cloud Native
11 2 (0.99%) FlexPod
11 2 (0.99%) Mathematics
12 1 (0.50%) Blackberry
12 1 (0.50%) EPoS
12 1 (0.50%) iPad
12 1 (0.50%) NHS
12 1 (0.50%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 135 (66.83%) Windows
2 63 (31.19%) Windows Server
3 56 (27.72%) Windows 7
4 49 (24.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 44 (21.78%) Windows Server 2003
6 42 (20.79%) Windows XP
7 34 (16.83%) AIX
8 31 (15.35%) Windows Server 2012
9 15 (7.43%) Linux
10 14 (6.93%) Windows 10
11 12 (5.94%) Windows 8
12 10 (4.95%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (4.46%) Mac OS X
14 6 (2.97%) Android
15 3 (1.49%) Apple iOS
15 3 (1.49%) CentOS
15 3 (1.49%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.50%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (29.70%) ITIL
2 36 (17.82%) Change Management
2 36 (17.82%) Software Testing
3 31 (15.35%) Test Scripting
4 30 (14.85%) Test Automation
5 29 (14.36%) Load Balancing
5 29 (14.36%) Service Management
6 26 (12.87%) Customer Engagement
7 24 (11.88%) Migration
8 18 (8.91%) Content Management
9 15 (7.43%) High Availability
10 13 (6.44%) Workflow
11 12 (5.94%) PRINCE2
11 12 (5.94%) Project Management
12 11 (5.45%) Security Auditing
13 10 (4.95%) Business Intelligence
13 10 (4.95%) Data Modelling
13 10 (4.95%) Validation
14 9 (4.46%) Problem Management
14 9 (4.46%) Server Virtualisation
Programming Languages
1 102 (50.50%) SQL
2 61 (30.20%) PowerShell
3 18 (8.91%) C#
3 18 (8.91%) JavaScript
4 17 (8.42%) VBScript
5 13 (6.44%) T-SQL
6 11 (5.45%) Java
7 10 (4.95%) PHP
8 9 (4.46%) Python
9 8 (3.96%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.49%) Ruby
10 3 (1.49%) VB
11 2 (0.99%) C++
11 2 (0.99%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.50%) C
Qualifications
1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (66.83%) MCITP
3 77 (38.12%) MCSE
4 72 (35.64%) Security Cleared
5 48 (23.76%) Degree
6 47 (23.27%) MCP
7 43 (21.29%) MCSA
7 43 (21.29%) SC Cleared
8 32 (15.84%) ISTQB
9 18 (8.91%) MCAD
10 14 (6.93%) MCSD
11 11 (5.45%) CCNA
11 11 (5.45%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (5.45%) DV Cleared
12 8 (3.96%) RHCE
13 6 (2.97%) PMI Certification
14 5 (2.48%) A+ Certification
14 5 (2.48%) MCDST
15 4 (1.98%) ACMT
15 4 (1.98%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (1.49%) SLA
2 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 152 (75.25%) Active Directory
2 45 (22.28%) Hyper-V
3 29 (14.36%) VMware ESX
4 22 (10.89%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (5.45%) BitLocker
6 9 (4.46%) UAG
7 7 (3.47%) Firmware
7 7 (3.47%) Terminal Server
8 6 (2.97%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (1.98%) Xen
9 4 (1.98%) XenApp
9 4 (1.98%) XenDesktop
10 2 (0.99%) Virtual Servers
10 2 (0.99%) vSphere
11 1 (0.50%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 34 (16.83%) McAfee ePO
1 34 (16.83%) Netcool
2 30 (14.85%) HP Quality Center
3 22 (10.89%) SCCM
4 15 (7.43%) WSUS
5 8 (3.96%) SCOM
6 7 (3.47%) Microsoft Clustering
6 7 (3.47%) Puppet
6 7 (3.47%) Red Hat Satellite
7 6 (2.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 5 (2.48%) WMI
9 4 (1.98%) Casper Suite
9 4 (1.98%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (1.49%) Forefront Identity Manager
10 3 (1.49%) SCVMM
11 2 (0.99%) Backup Exec
11 2 (0.99%) SolarWinds Orion
12 1 (0.50%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 159 (78.71%) Microsoft
2 56 (27.72%) Citrix
3 49 (24.26%) VMware
4 37 (18.32%) Intel Security
5 36 (17.82%) Veritas
6 20 (9.90%) HP
7 14 (6.93%) Cisco
8 11 (5.45%) Red Hat
9 9 (4.46%) Dell
10 7 (3.47%) Brocade
11 6 (2.97%) NetApp
11 6 (2.97%) ServiceNow
12 5 (2.48%) Apple
12 5 (2.48%) Remedy
13 4 (1.98%) Symantec
14 3 (1.49%) Adobe
14 3 (1.49%) Google
14 3 (1.49%) Kaspersky
14 3 (1.49%) SolarWinds
15 2 (0.99%) Aspera
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