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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
Rank 557 559 522
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -37
Contract jobs citing MCTS 25 68 85
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.057% 0.13% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.28% 0.64% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 43 43
Median daily rate £320 £328 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.29% -12.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £275 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £419 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £328 £375
% change year-on-year
-5.34% -12.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 0 5
Median hourly rate £46.75 - £29.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.57 - £24.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 - £44.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.75 - £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
8942 10670 10380
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.31% 21.00% 20.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5705 6477 6069
Median daily rate £413 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 498 488
Median hourly rate £28.15 £37.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-24.93% +102.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.15 £40.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-29.62% +105.12%

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 21 January 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 14 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 21 January 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 +13 19 £325 -4.41% 17
Hampshire +11 12 £320 -4.95% 1
South East +8 12 £320 -15.78% 4
London +17 7 £418 +26.51% 6
Portsmouth +5 6 - -
Renfrewshire +2 3 £275 -12.00%
Erskine +1 3 £275 -12.00%
Scotland -9 3 £275 -14.06%
Hook -1 2 £310 -7.92%
Northern Ireland - 2 £175 -
County Antrim - 2 £175 -
Belfast - 2 £175 -
City of London -8 1 £418 +26.51% 3
Croydon - 1 £105 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 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.

1 116 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 96 (82.76%) Microsoft
3 81 (69.83%) Active Directory
4 52 (44.83%) Windows
5 46 (39.66%) MCP
6 43 (37.07%) Security Cleared
7 40 (34.48%) MCITP
8 38 (32.76%) MCSE
9 37 (31.90%) DNS
10 32 (27.59%) Windows Server 2008
11 30 (25.86%) SC Cleared
11 30 (25.86%) PKI
11 30 (25.86%) SQL
11 30 (25.86%) Replication
11 30 (25.86%) Windows Server 2012
12 27 (23.28%) Windows 7
13 26 (22.41%) Citrix
14 25 (21.55%) LDAP
14 25 (21.55%) Kerberos
14 25 (21.55%) ITIL
14 25 (21.55%) X.500
14 25 (21.55%) Office 365
15 24 (20.69%) Windows Server
16 23 (19.83%) SQL Server
16 23 (19.83%) MCSA
17 22 (18.97%) Windows Server 2003
18 20 (17.24%) SharePoint
18 20 (17.24%) Windows XP
18 20 (17.24%) Hyper-V
19 18 (15.52%) SCCM

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 20 (17.24%) SharePoint
2 6 (5.17%) MS Exchange
2 6 (5.17%) SharePoint 2010
3 5 (4.31%) SharePoint 2013
4 3 (2.59%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (2.59%) IIS
4 3 (2.59%) OpenStack
4 3 (2.59%) Skype for Business
5 2 (1.72%) CMS
6 1 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 18 (15.52%) MS Office
2 14 (12.07%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (2.59%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 25 (21.55%) Office 365
2 12 (10.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (4.31%) IaaS
3 5 (4.31%) PaaS
4 4 (3.45%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (2.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 37 (31.90%) DNS
2 25 (21.55%) Kerberos
2 25 (21.55%) LDAP
2 25 (21.55%) X.500
3 12 (10.34%) TCP/IP
4 11 (9.48%) SSL
5 9 (7.76%) SNMP
6 5 (4.31%) Firewall
7 4 (3.45%) DMZ
8 3 (2.59%) Internet
9 2 (1.72%) DHCP
9 2 (1.72%) ISDN
9 2 (1.72%) PBX
9 2 (1.72%) PSTN
9 2 (1.72%) Reverse Proxy
9 2 (1.72%) SAN
10 1 (0.86%) LAN
10 1 (0.86%) WAN
10 1 (0.86%) Wi-Fi
10 1 (0.86%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (19.83%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.03%) Relational Database
3 6 (5.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 6 (5.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (3.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 4 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (2.59%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (1.72%) DTS
6 2 (1.72%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.86%) ActiveReports
7 1 (0.86%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.86%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.86%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 14 (12.07%) StarTeam
2 9 (7.76%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (5.17%) Moq
3 6 (5.17%) NUnit
4 5 (4.31%) Git (software)
4 5 (4.31%) Selenium
5 3 (2.59%) CruiseControl
5 3 (2.59%) TeamCity
5 3 (2.59%) Visual Studio Team System
6 2 (1.72%) Visual Studio
7 1 (0.86%) JIRA
7 1 (0.86%) MSI
7 1 (0.86%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 7 (6.03%) Finance
2 6 (5.17%) Military
3 3 (2.59%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.72%) Retail
5 1 (0.86%) Games
5 1 (0.86%) Law
5 1 (0.86%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 27 (23.28%) Active Directory Engineer
2 15 (12.93%) Analyst
3 10 (8.62%) Support Engineer
3 10 (8.62%) Test Analyst
4 9 (7.76%) DBA
5 8 (6.90%) Developer
5 8 (6.90%) SQL DBA
6 7 (6.03%) Architect
6 7 (6.03%) C# Developer
7 6 (5.17%) .NET Developer
7 6 (5.17%) 3rd Line Support
7 6 (5.17%) C# .NET Developer
8 5 (4.31%) Active Directory Consultant
8 5 (4.31%) Infrastructure Analyst
8 5 (4.31%) Infrastructure Architect
8 5 (4.31%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
8 5 (4.31%) Server Engineer
8 5 (4.31%) SharePoint Architect
8 5 (4.31%) Software Engineer
8 5 (4.31%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.48%) .NET
2 10 (8.62%) ASP.NET
2 10 (8.62%) CSS
3 6 (5.17%) ASP.NET MVC
3 6 (5.17%) jQuery
4 5 (4.31%) .NET Framework
4 5 (4.31%) AngularJS
4 5 (4.31%) Entity Framework
4 5 (4.31%) Unity DI Container
5 4 (3.45%) OAuth
5 4 (3.45%) SAML
5 4 (3.45%) WCF
6 3 (2.59%) WF
7 1 (0.86%) Ajax
7 1 (0.86%) ASP.NET MVC 3
7 1 (0.86%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 30 (25.86%) PKI
1 30 (25.86%) Replication
2 18 (15.52%) Clustering
3 11 (9.48%) Enterprise Software
4 8 (6.90%) Computer Science
5 7 (6.03%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (4.31%) Data Centre
7 2 (1.72%) Fintech
7 2 (1.72%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.86%) Blog
8 1 (0.86%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.86%) Cloud Native
8 1 (0.86%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.86%) FlexPod
8 1 (0.86%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 52 (44.83%) Windows
2 32 (27.59%) Windows Server 2008
3 30 (25.86%) Windows Server 2012
4 27 (23.28%) Windows 7
5 24 (20.69%) Windows Server
6 22 (18.97%) Windows Server 2003
7 20 (17.24%) Windows XP
8 18 (15.52%) Windows 10
9 14 (12.07%) AIX
10 5 (4.31%) VMS
11 2 (1.72%) Linux
12 1 (0.86%) Android
12 1 (0.86%) Apple iOS
12 1 (0.86%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.86%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.86%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (21.55%) ITIL
2 17 (14.66%) Change Management
3 15 (12.93%) Software Testing
4 14 (12.07%) Server Virtualisation
5 12 (10.34%) Test Scripting
6 11 (9.48%) Smoke Testing
7 9 (7.76%) Software Delivery
8 8 (6.90%) Problem Management
8 8 (6.90%) Validation
9 6 (5.17%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (5.17%) MVC
9 6 (5.17%) Software Engineering
9 6 (5.17%) TDD
10 5 (4.31%) Build Automation
10 5 (4.31%) Dependency Injection
10 5 (4.31%) OO
10 5 (4.31%) OOD
10 5 (4.31%) Software Distribution
10 5 (4.31%) TOGAF
10 5 (4.31%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 30 (25.86%) SQL
2 15 (12.93%) C#
2 15 (12.93%) PowerShell
3 6 (5.17%) Ada
3 6 (5.17%) Ada 83
3 6 (5.17%) Ada 95
3 6 (5.17%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.72%) Shell Script
5 1 (0.86%) Bash Shell
5 1 (0.86%) C
5 1 (0.86%) Python
5 1 (0.86%) T-SQL
5 1 (0.86%) VB
5 1 (0.86%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 116 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (39.66%) MCP
3 43 (37.07%) Security Cleared
4 40 (34.48%) MCITP
5 38 (32.76%) MCSE
6 30 (25.86%) SC Cleared
7 23 (19.83%) MCSA
8 16 (13.79%) Degree
9 15 (12.93%) ISTQB
10 11 (9.48%) CCNA
10 11 (9.48%) Cisco Certification
10 11 (9.48%) MCSD
11 8 (6.90%) BPSS Clearance
12 7 (6.03%) MCDBA
12 7 (6.03%) PMI Certification
12 7 (6.03%) PMP
13 6 (5.17%) A+ Certification
13 6 (5.17%) MCAD
13 6 (5.17%) MCDST
14 5 (4.31%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.31%) QA
2 4 (3.45%) SLA
3 1 (0.86%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 81 (69.83%) Active Directory
2 20 (17.24%) Hyper-V
3 9 (7.76%) Firmware
4 5 (4.31%) vSphere
5 4 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (2.59%) XenApp
7 2 (1.72%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (0.86%) BitLocker
8 1 (0.86%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.86%) Xen
8 1 (0.86%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 18 (15.52%) SCCM
2 14 (12.07%) McAfee ePO
2 14 (12.07%) Netcool
3 9 (7.76%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 5 (4.31%) Microsoft Clustering
5 4 (3.45%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (2.59%) Backup Exec
6 3 (2.59%) WSUS
7 2 (1.72%) Norton AntiVirus
7 2 (1.72%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
8 1 (0.86%) Casper Suite
8 1 (0.86%) SolarWinds Orion
8 1 (0.86%) Sysprep
8 1 (0.86%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 96 (82.76%) Microsoft
2 26 (22.41%) Citrix
3 16 (13.79%) Intel Security
4 15 (12.93%) Veritas
5 14 (12.07%) HP
5 14 (12.07%) VMware
6 7 (6.03%) Cisco
7 5 (4.31%) Symantec
8 4 (3.45%) CA
9 3 (2.59%) Apple
9 3 (2.59%) Remedy
10 2 (1.72%) Avaya
10 2 (1.72%) IronPort
10 2 (1.72%) Juniper
10 2 (1.72%) LANDesk
10 2 (1.72%) ServiceNow
10 2 (1.72%) SolarWinds
10 2 (1.72%) Sophos
11 1 (0.86%) ProCurve
11 1 (0.86%) RedGate
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