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 14 February 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.

Location
3 months to
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 554 490 500
Rank change year-on-year
-64 +10
Contract jobs citing MCTS 72 115 99
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.22% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.66% 1.11% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 57 50
Average daily rate £330 £375 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% +5.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £277 £140 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £510 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
-17.50% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 13
Average hourly rate - £29.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +93.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +107.14%

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
10886 10379 9584
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.11% 20.28% 19.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6723 5993 5160
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £355
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 468 491 440
Average hourly rate £36.25 £21.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+72.61% +10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £47.50 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £22.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+77.77% +28.57%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within 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 14 February 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 27 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Scotland +16 36 £320 -10.63% 2
England -64 35 £360 -3.03% 26
Erskine +15 29 £320 -10.63% 1
Renfrewshire +15 29 £320 -10.63% 1
South East -10 20 £380 -10.58% 7
Hampshire +21 13 £337 +180.55%
Glasgow +14 7 £311 -11.07% 1
London -19 7 £298 +56.57% 10
Hook +13 6 £337 -
City of London +44 5 £298 +56.57% 1
Berkshire -19 5 £425 -
Reading -21 5 £425 -
Gloucestershire +6 3 £400 -40.98%
South West +2 3 £400 +1.55% 5
West Yorkshire -9 3 £208 -51.17% 1
Yorkshire -13 3 £208 -51.17% 1
Wakefield - 3 £208 -
West Midlands -20 2 £425 +18.38%
Herefordshire - 2 £425 -
Hereford - 2 £425 -
Southampton +12 1 £275 +129.16%
Cheltenham +8 1 - -
North West -11 1 £475 +90.00% 1
Merseyside - 1 £475 - 1
Portsmouth - 1 £400 -
Liverpool - 1 £475 - 1
Gloucester - 1 £400 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS.

1 174 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 159 (91.38%) Microsoft
3 109 (62.64%) Active Directory
4 98 (56.32%) MCITP
5 92 (52.87%) Windows
6 84 (48.28%) Security Cleared
7 76 (43.68%) MCSE
8 72 (41.38%) SQL
9 66 (37.93%) MCSA
10 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2003
10 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2008
10 61 (35.06%) Windows 7
11 60 (34.48%) VMware
12 56 (32.18%) Citrix
13 54 (31.03%) Change Management
13 54 (31.03%) SC Cleared
14 53 (30.46%) HP Quality Center
14 53 (30.46%) Test Automation
14 53 (30.46%) Software Testing
14 53 (30.46%) WinRunner
14 53 (30.46%) TestDirector
14 53 (30.46%) HP UFT
14 53 (30.46%) Windows XP
15 52 (29.89%) Clustering
15 52 (29.89%) Hyper-V
16 49 (28.16%) VMware ESX
17 48 (27.59%) Intel Security
17 48 (27.59%) Veritas
18 47 (27.01%) Netcool
18 47 (27.01%) AIX

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 30 (17.24%) SharePoint
2 11 (6.32%) IIS
2 11 (6.32%) MS Exchange
3 5 (2.87%) Exchange Server 2010
3 5 (2.87%) SharePoint 2013
3 5 (2.87%) Skype for Business
4 4 (2.30%) Exchange Server 2003
5 3 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (1.15%) Exchange Server 2013
6 2 (1.15%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (1.15%) SharePoint Server
6 2 (1.15%) Zimbra
7 1 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.57%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 30 (17.24%) MS Excel
2 13 (7.47%) MS Visio
3 12 (6.90%) MS Office
4 11 (6.32%) InfoPath
5 2 (1.15%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.57%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (2.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.57%) SAP CCM
2 1 (0.57%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 16 (9.20%) Office 365
2 8 (4.60%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (2.30%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (1.15%) OneDrive
4 2 (1.15%) Yammer
5 1 (0.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (16.09%) DNS
2 21 (12.07%) LDAP
3 18 (10.34%) Kerberos
3 18 (10.34%) X.500
4 14 (8.05%) TCP/IP
5 9 (5.17%) SNMP
5 9 (5.17%) SSL
6 8 (4.60%) DHCP
7 7 (4.02%) WAN
8 6 (3.45%) LAN
9 4 (2.30%) Internet
9 4 (2.30%) SAN
10 3 (1.72%) DMZ
10 3 (1.72%) Firewall
10 3 (1.72%) Skype
11 2 (1.15%) Cisco ASA
11 2 (1.15%) VPN
12 1 (0.57%) NAS
12 1 (0.57%) SMTP
12 1 (0.57%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 35 (20.11%) SQL Server
2 9 (5.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (4.02%) SQL Server 2005
3 7 (4.02%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (2.30%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.15%) SQL Server 2000
6 2 (1.15%) SQL Server 7
6 2 (1.15%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 1 (0.57%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.57%) GIS
7 1 (0.57%) OLAP
7 1 (0.57%) OLAP Cube
7 1 (0.57%) Relational Database
7 1 (0.57%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 53 (30.46%) HP UFT
1 53 (30.46%) TestDirector
1 53 (30.46%) WinRunner
2 11 (6.32%) Visual Studio
3 1 (0.57%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.57%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.57%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 19 (10.92%) Finance
2 6 (3.45%) Military
3 4 (2.30%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.72%) Marketing
5 2 (1.15%) Banking
5 2 (1.15%) Law
6 1 (0.57%) Advertising
6 1 (0.57%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 49 (28.16%) Analyst
2 36 (20.69%) Test Analyst
3 26 (14.94%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 26 (14.94%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 25 (14.37%) Active Directory Engineer
5 16 (9.20%) Developer
6 11 (6.32%) Administrator
6 11 (6.32%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 11 (6.32%) Tester
7 10 (5.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 10 (5.75%) SharePoint Engineer
8 9 (5.17%) Process Analyst
8 9 (5.17%) SharePoint Administrator
8 9 (5.17%) SharePoint Developer
9 7 (4.02%) DBA
9 7 (4.02%) Process Engineer
9 7 (4.02%) SQL DBA
9 7 (4.02%) Support Engineer
10 6 (3.45%) Design Engineer
10 6 (3.45%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (17.24%) .NET
2 13 (7.47%) CSS
3 12 (6.90%) HTML
4 10 (5.75%) .NET Framework
4 10 (5.75%) jQuery
4 10 (5.75%) XML
5 7 (4.02%) ASP.NET
6 4 (2.30%) WCF
7 3 (1.72%) Web Services
7 3 (1.72%) WPF
8 1 (0.57%) HTML5
8 1 (0.57%) JMS
8 1 (0.57%) SOAP
8 1 (0.57%) WF
8 1 (0.57%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 52 (29.89%) Clustering
2 46 (26.44%) PDA
3 23 (13.22%) Replication
4 19 (10.92%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (10.34%) PKI
6 17 (9.77%) Computer Science
7 8 (4.60%) Enterprise Software
8 2 (1.15%) Blackberry
8 2 (1.15%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.15%) Data Centre
8 2 (1.15%) VCE vBlock
9 1 (0.57%) CESG
9 1 (0.57%) Cryptography
9 1 (0.57%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.57%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 92 (52.87%) Windows
2 61 (35.06%) Windows 7
2 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2003
2 61 (35.06%) Windows Server 2008
3 53 (30.46%) Windows XP
4 47 (27.01%) AIX
5 28 (16.09%) Windows Server
6 6 (3.45%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (2.30%) Android
8 3 (1.72%) Linux
9 2 (1.15%) CentOS
9 2 (1.15%) Mac OS X
9 2 (1.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (1.15%) Windows 10
9 2 (1.15%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.57%) Apple iOS
10 1 (0.57%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (31.03%) Change Management
2 53 (30.46%) Software Testing
2 53 (30.46%) Test Automation
3 45 (25.86%) Test Scripting
4 27 (15.52%) ITIL
5 22 (12.64%) Validation
6 21 (12.07%) Migration
7 14 (8.05%) Stakeholder Management
8 13 (7.47%) BPMN
8 13 (7.47%) Quality Management
8 13 (7.47%) Workflow
9 12 (6.90%) Continuous Improvement
10 11 (6.32%) Content Management
11 10 (5.75%) Security Auditing
11 10 (5.75%) Service Delivery
12 8 (4.60%) Customer Engagement
12 8 (4.60%) Service Management
12 8 (4.60%) Software Delivery
13 7 (4.02%) PRINCE2
14 6 (3.45%) Six Sigma
Programming Languages
1 72 (41.38%) SQL
2 19 (10.92%) PowerShell
3 12 (6.90%) C#
4 11 (6.32%) JavaScript
5 10 (5.75%) VBScript
6 1 (0.57%) C
6 1 (0.57%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 174 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 98 (56.32%) MCITP
3 84 (48.28%) Security Cleared
4 76 (43.68%) MCSE
5 66 (37.93%) MCSA
6 54 (31.03%) SC Cleared
7 43 (24.71%) ISTQB
7 43 (24.71%) MCP
8 28 (16.09%) Degree
9 13 (7.47%) CCNA
9 13 (7.47%) Cisco Certification
10 11 (6.32%) DV Cleared
10 11 (6.32%) MCAD
10 11 (6.32%) MCSD
11 4 (2.30%) ACSA
11 4 (2.30%) CCNP
11 4 (2.30%) MCDBA
11 4 (2.30%) MCDST
11 4 (2.30%) Six Sigma Black Belt
12 3 (1.72%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (2.87%) SLA
2 3 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 109 (62.64%) Active Directory
2 52 (29.89%) Hyper-V
3 49 (28.16%) VMware ESX
4 19 (10.92%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (5.17%) Firmware
6 3 (1.72%) BitLocker
6 3 (1.72%) Terminal Server
6 3 (1.72%) vSphere
7 2 (1.15%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.57%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.57%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 53 (30.46%) HP Quality Center
2 47 (27.01%) McAfee ePO
2 47 (27.01%) Netcool
3 16 (9.20%) SCCM
4 8 (4.60%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 5 (2.87%) WSUS
6 3 (1.72%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 2 (1.15%) Backup Exec
7 2 (1.15%) Norton AntiVirus
8 1 (0.57%) CA Spectrum
8 1 (0.57%) Casper Suite
8 1 (0.57%) Nagios
8 1 (0.57%) NetBackup
8 1 (0.57%) OpenView
8 1 (0.57%) SCOM
8 1 (0.57%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 159 (91.38%) Microsoft
2 60 (34.48%) VMware
3 56 (32.18%) Citrix
4 48 (27.59%) Intel Security
4 48 (27.59%) Veritas
5 16 (9.20%) HP
6 14 (8.05%) Cisco
7 5 (2.87%) Apple
7 5 (2.87%) Red Hat
8 4 (2.30%) EMC
9 3 (1.72%) Adobe
9 3 (1.72%) Avaya
9 3 (1.72%) Dell
9 3 (1.72%) IBM
9 3 (1.72%) Juniper
9 3 (1.72%) Nintex
9 3 (1.72%) SAP
9 3 (1.72%) SolarWinds
10 2 (1.15%) Kaspersky
10 2 (1.15%) Symantec
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: market rates or excellent salary, 6 months initial contract
Posted: 2 days ago
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: £320 per hour
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
Jenrick IT
Rate: Highly Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
LA International
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Liverpool
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £425 - £525 per day
Posted: 27 days ago