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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 583 582 501
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -81
Contract jobs citing MCTS 62 80 135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.14% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.56% 0.71% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 44 88
Median daily rate £293 £323 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.30% -5.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £126 £158 £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £305 £320 £334
% change year-on-year
-4.68% -4.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 13 7
Median hourly rate £14.93 £18.50 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.29% -1.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.68 £14.50 £13.43
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.50 £47.71 £22.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.86 £18.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
-19.67% +10.44%

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
11026 11274 10671
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.41% 19.24% 19.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6860 6772 6077
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £527
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £378 £355
% change year-on-year
-0.66% +6.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 400 539 450
Median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.06 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.30 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.91
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +13.00%

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 31 August 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
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 31 August 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 -13 47 £300 -10.44% 26
London -26 16 £195 -41.79% 7
Scotland +19 15 £265 -17.18% 1
North East - 11 £330 -
Tyne and Wear - 9 £330 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £330 -
Renfrewshire -6 7 £283 -14.88% 1
Erskine -11 7 £283 -14.88% 1
South East -5 6 £295 -12.59% 10
West Midlands -23 5 £465 +3.33% 2
North West +15 4 £293 -2.50% 1
Bellshill - 4 £160 -
North Lanarkshire - 4 £160 -
Hampshire +13 3 £295 - 2
Birmingham -10 3 £485 +7.77% 1
City of London +25 2 £210 - 2
East of England +19 2 £275 -31.25% 1
Glasgow +14 2 £290 +7.40%
Edinburgh +6 2 £245 -25.19%
Yorkshire +3 2 £78 -24.39% 1
Surrey -2 2 £235 -32.78% 3
Cheshire - 2 - -
Winsford - 2 - -
Hook - 2 £293 -
Watford - 2 £275 -
Middlesbrough - 2 £78 -
North Yorkshire - 2 £78 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £275 - 1
Manchester +1 1 £210 -
Oxfordshire -5 1 - -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

1 166 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 130 (78.31%) Microsoft
3 115 (69.28%) Active Directory
4 110 (66.27%) Windows
5 99 (59.64%) MCITP
6 80 (48.19%) SQL
7 65 (39.16%) MCSE
8 58 (34.94%) DNS
8 58 (34.94%) Windows Server
9 52 (31.33%) SQL Server
10 51 (30.72%) PowerShell
11 50 (30.12%) Security Cleared
12 48 (28.92%) Windows 7
13 46 (27.71%) ITIL
14 43 (25.90%) Office 365
15 42 (25.30%) MCP
16 39 (23.49%) Citrix
17 38 (22.89%) VMware
18 36 (21.69%) Clustering
19 35 (21.08%) Windows Server 2012
20 34 (20.48%) MS Exchange
21 33 (19.88%) MCSA
21 33 (19.88%) Windows Server 2008
21 33 (19.88%) SC Cleared
22 32 (19.28%) SharePoint
23 31 (18.67%) MS Office
23 31 (18.67%) Degree
23 31 (18.67%) Load Balancing
24 30 (18.07%) Windows XP
25 28 (16.87%) 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 34 (20.48%) MS Exchange
2 32 (19.28%) SharePoint
3 24 (14.46%) Exchange Server 2010
4 20 (12.05%) IIS
5 19 (11.45%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (5.42%) Tomcat
7 8 (4.82%) Skype for Business
8 7 (4.22%) Apache
8 7 (4.22%) JBoss
9 4 (2.41%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (2.41%) OpenStack
9 4 (2.41%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (2.41%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (2.41%) SharePoint Server
10 3 (1.81%) Exchange Server 2003
11 2 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.60%) CMS
12 1 (0.60%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.60%) Zimbra
Applications
1 31 (18.67%) MS Office
2 23 (13.86%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.41%) InfoPath
4 2 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.81%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.60%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.60%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.60%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.60%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.60%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.60%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 43 (25.90%) Office 365
2 12 (7.23%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (3.01%) OneDrive
4 3 (1.81%) Google Apps
4 3 (1.81%) Yammer
5 1 (0.60%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 58 (34.94%) DNS
2 22 (13.25%) Firewall
2 22 (13.25%) TCP/IP
3 19 (11.45%) SAN
4 16 (9.64%) SSL
5 14 (8.43%) DHCP
5 14 (8.43%) Internet
6 9 (5.42%) Kerberos
6 9 (5.42%) LDAP
6 9 (5.42%) X.500
7 7 (4.22%) SNMP
8 5 (3.01%) LAN
8 5 (3.01%) Skype
8 5 (3.01%) VPN
8 5 (3.01%) WAN
9 3 (1.81%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (1.81%) Wireless
10 2 (1.20%) Cisco ISE
10 2 (1.20%) PBX
10 2 (1.20%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (31.33%) SQL Server
2 23 (13.86%) SQL Server 2012
3 18 (10.84%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (7.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 12 (7.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (6.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (4.22%) MySQL
7 6 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 3 (1.81%) Relational Database
8 3 (1.81%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (1.81%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (1.20%) Azure SQL Database
9 2 (1.20%) DTS
9 2 (1.20%) GIS
9 2 (1.20%) NoSQL
9 2 (1.20%) Power BI
10 1 (0.60%) Big Data
10 1 (0.60%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.60%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 14 (8.43%) HP UFT
1 14 (8.43%) TestDirector
1 14 (8.43%) WinRunner
2 8 (4.82%) Visual Studio
3 7 (4.22%) StarTeam
4 2 (1.20%) Burp Suite
4 2 (1.20%) Cucumber
4 2 (1.20%) Eclipse
4 2 (1.20%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.20%) Jenkins
4 2 (1.20%) JMeter
4 2 (1.20%) Maven
4 2 (1.20%) Selenium
5 1 (0.60%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.60%) JIRA
5 1 (0.60%) MSI
5 1 (0.60%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.60%) WiX
General
1 2 (1.20%) Advertising
1 2 (1.20%) Finance
1 2 (1.20%) French Language
1 2 (1.20%) German Language
1 2 (1.20%) Local Government
1 2 (1.20%) Portuguese Language
1 2 (1.20%) Spanish Language
2 1 (0.60%) Banking
2 1 (0.60%) Financial Institution
2 1 (0.60%) Marketing
2 1 (0.60%) Retail
Job Titles
1 30 (18.07%) Analyst
2 14 (8.43%) Support Engineer
3 13 (7.83%) Test Analyst
4 12 (7.23%) Developer
5 11 (6.63%) Active Directory Engineer
5 11 (6.63%) Support Analyst
6 10 (6.02%) Office 365 Engineer
7 9 (5.42%) Consultant
7 9 (5.42%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 9 (5.42%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
8 8 (4.82%) Field Engineer
8 8 (4.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (4.22%) Server Engineer
10 6 (3.61%) 3rd Line Engineer
10 6 (3.61%) Windows Engineer
11 5 (3.01%) DBA
11 5 (3.01%) SQL DBA
12 4 (2.41%) 2nd Line Support
12 4 (2.41%) Desktop Support
12 4 (2.41%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (13.25%) .NET
2 9 (5.42%) XML
3 8 (4.82%) HTML
3 8 (4.82%) JSP
4 7 (4.22%) .NET Framework
4 7 (4.22%) LAMP
5 6 (3.61%) CSS
5 6 (3.61%) jQuery
6 4 (2.41%) ADO.NET
6 4 (2.41%) ASP.NET
6 4 (2.41%) WAMP
7 2 (1.20%) DCOM
7 2 (1.20%) HTML5
7 2 (1.20%) J2EE
7 2 (1.20%) JDBC
7 2 (1.20%) JNDI
7 2 (1.20%) JSON
7 2 (1.20%) Servlets
7 2 (1.20%) Struts
7 2 (1.20%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 36 (21.69%) Clustering
2 16 (9.64%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (9.64%) Computer Science
3 14 (8.43%) PKI
4 12 (7.23%) PDA
5 10 (6.02%) Replication
6 6 (3.61%) Data Centre
6 6 (3.61%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (3.61%) PMI
7 4 (2.41%) Device Driver
7 4 (2.41%) FlexPod
7 4 (2.41%) Management Information System
8 3 (1.81%) Client/Server
8 3 (1.81%) Cloud Native
9 2 (1.20%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.60%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.60%) EPoS
10 1 (0.60%) iPad
10 1 (0.60%) Statistics
10 1 (0.60%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 110 (66.27%) Windows
2 58 (34.94%) Windows Server
3 48 (28.92%) Windows 7
4 35 (21.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 33 (19.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (18.07%) Windows XP
7 28 (16.87%) Windows Server 2003
8 20 (12.05%) AIX
9 15 (9.04%) Linux
10 13 (7.83%) Windows 10
11 10 (6.02%) Windows 8
12 8 (4.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 7 (4.22%) Mac OS X
14 6 (3.61%) Android
15 3 (1.81%) Apple iOS
15 3 (1.81%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.60%) CentOS
16 1 (0.60%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.60%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (27.71%) ITIL
2 31 (18.67%) Load Balancing
3 23 (13.86%) Change Management
4 22 (13.25%) Software Testing
5 19 (11.45%) Smoke Testing
5 19 (11.45%) Test Scripting
6 18 (10.84%) Content Management
7 15 (9.04%) High Availability
7 15 (9.04%) Migration
8 14 (8.43%) Test Automation
9 13 (7.83%) Service Management
10 12 (7.23%) PRINCE2
10 12 (7.23%) Project Management
11 11 (6.63%) Customer Engagement
12 9 (5.42%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (5.42%) Data Modelling
13 8 (4.82%) Agile Software Development
13 8 (4.82%) Server Virtualisation
13 8 (4.82%) Validation
14 7 (4.22%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 80 (48.19%) SQL
2 51 (30.72%) PowerShell
3 11 (6.63%) T-SQL
4 10 (6.02%) JavaScript
4 10 (6.02%) VBScript
5 9 (5.42%) C#
5 9 (5.42%) Java
6 8 (4.82%) Bash Shell
6 8 (4.82%) PHP
7 7 (4.22%) Python
8 2 (1.20%) C++
8 2 (1.20%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.20%) VB
9 1 (0.60%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 166 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 99 (59.64%) MCITP
3 65 (39.16%) MCSE
4 50 (30.12%) Security Cleared
5 42 (25.30%) MCP
6 33 (19.88%) MCSA
6 33 (19.88%) SC Cleared
7 31 (18.67%) Degree
8 21 (12.65%) ISTQB
9 13 (7.83%) A+ Certification
10 11 (6.63%) MCAD
11 9 (5.42%) CCNA
11 9 (5.42%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (4.82%) RHCE
13 7 (4.22%) MCDST
13 7 (4.22%) MCSD
13 7 (4.22%) PMI Certification
13 7 (4.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 6 (3.61%) Network+ Certification
15 5 (3.01%) ACSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.41%) SLA
2 1 (0.60%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.60%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 115 (69.28%) Active Directory
2 25 (15.06%) Hyper-V
3 18 (10.84%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (8.43%) VMware ESX
5 7 (4.22%) UAG
6 6 (3.61%) BitLocker
6 6 (3.61%) Firmware
7 5 (3.01%) XenApp
8 4 (2.41%) Virtual Servers
8 4 (2.41%) Xen
8 4 (2.41%) XenDesktop
9 3 (1.81%) Virtual Machines
10 2 (1.20%) Terminal Server
11 1 (0.60%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
11 1 (0.60%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 20 (12.05%) McAfee ePO
1 20 (12.05%) Netcool
1 20 (12.05%) SCCM
2 14 (8.43%) HP Quality Center
3 8 (4.82%) Backup Exec
3 8 (4.82%) SCOM
3 8 (4.82%) WSUS
4 7 (4.22%) Puppet
4 7 (4.22%) Red Hat Satellite
5 6 (3.61%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 5 (3.01%) WMI
7 4 (2.41%) Casper Suite
7 4 (2.41%) Microsoft Clustering
7 4 (2.41%) SolarWinds Orion
8 2 (1.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (1.20%) Microsoft Intune
8 2 (1.20%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.60%) Failover Clustering
9 1 (0.60%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 130 (78.31%) Microsoft
2 39 (23.49%) Citrix
3 38 (22.89%) VMware
4 25 (15.06%) Intel Security
5 22 (13.25%) Veritas
6 20 (12.05%) HP
7 16 (9.64%) Cisco
8 9 (5.42%) Apple
8 9 (5.42%) Red Hat
9 8 (4.82%) NetApp
9 8 (4.82%) Symantec
10 7 (4.22%) Brocade
10 7 (4.22%) Dell
11 6 (3.61%) ServiceNow
12 5 (3.01%) Remedy
12 5 (3.01%) SolarWinds
13 3 (1.81%) Google
13 3 (1.81%) Juniper
14 2 (1.20%) Atlassian
14 2 (1.20%) Sophos
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