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 24 September 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
24 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 570 565 500
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -65
Contract jobs citing MCTS 77 101 139
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.17% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.71% 0.89% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 55 91
Median daily rate £320 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £200 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £418 £408 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £349
% change year-on-year
-1.53% -6.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 14 8
Median hourly rate £16.18 £18.50 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.54% -10.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.68 £14.50 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.75 £47.71 £29.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.18 £18.50 £20.75
% change year-on-year
-12.54% -10.84%

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
10897 11327 11404
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.60% 19.51% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 6737 6845 6296
Median daily rate £400 £400 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £255 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £388 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +6.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 380 535 486
Median hourly rate £27.50 £22.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.98 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.80 £47.00 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

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 24 September 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 24 September 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 -9 51 £320 -1.53% 26
Scotland +15 29 £298 -7.03%
London 0 20 £350 +12.00% 6
Renfrewshire -14 20 £320 -5.18%
Erskine -15 19 £320 -5.18%
North East -11 12 £320 -
Tyne and Wear -19 11 £325 -
Newcastle upon Tyne -18 10 £330 -
South East +4 8 £323 -7.85% 12
West Midlands -19 6 £320 -28.88% 2
Glasgow +6 4 £195 -31.57%
North West -5 4 £280 -6.66% 4
North Lanarkshire - 4 £160 -
Bellshill - 4 £160 -
City of London +19 3 - - 2
Hampshire +14 3 £320 - 2
Birmingham -6 3 - -
Hook - 3 £320 -
Yorkshire +10 2 - - 1
Surrey +8 2 £235 -32.78% 3
Oxfordshire -6 2 - -
Winsford - 2 - -
Cheshire - 2 - - 1
East of England - 2 £275 - 1
Shropshire - 2 £298 - 1
Watford - 2 £275 -
Telford - 2 £298 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £275 -
Edinburgh +10 1 £245 -25.19%
Berkshire +6 1 £380 +60.00% 3

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 September 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.

1 189 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 154 (81.48%) Microsoft
3 139 (73.54%) Active Directory
4 119 (62.96%) Windows
5 103 (54.50%) MCITP
6 76 (40.21%) SQL
7 73 (38.62%) MCSE
8 68 (35.98%) DNS
9 62 (32.80%) Windows Server
10 59 (31.22%) MCP
11 55 (29.10%) Office 365
11 55 (29.10%) Security Cleared
12 54 (28.57%) SQL Server
13 53 (28.04%) PowerShell
14 52 (27.51%) Windows 7
15 50 (26.46%) ITIL
16 46 (24.34%) Citrix
17 41 (21.69%) Windows Server 2012
18 40 (21.16%) Clustering
19 39 (20.63%) MCSA
19 39 (20.63%) MS Office
19 39 (20.63%) SC Cleared
20 38 (20.11%) SharePoint
21 37 (19.58%) Windows Server 2008
22 34 (17.99%) Windows XP
22 34 (17.99%) MS Exchange
23 33 (17.46%) VMware
24 31 (16.40%) TCP/IP
24 31 (16.40%) Windows Server 2003
25 30 (15.87%) Hyper-V

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 38 (20.11%) SharePoint
2 34 (17.99%) MS Exchange
3 25 (13.23%) Exchange Server 2010
4 19 (10.05%) Exchange Server 2013
5 18 (9.52%) IIS
6 9 (4.76%) Skype for Business
6 9 (4.76%) Tomcat
7 7 (3.70%) Apache
7 7 (3.70%) JBoss
7 7 (3.70%) OpenStack
8 6 (3.17%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (2.65%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (2.12%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (2.12%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
12 2 (1.06%) CMS
12 2 (1.06%) Exchange Server 2007
13 1 (0.53%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 39 (20.63%) MS Office
2 21 (11.11%) MS Excel
3 2 (1.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.53%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 5 (2.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.53%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.53%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.53%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.53%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.53%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.53%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 55 (29.10%) Office 365
2 13 (6.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.59%) Google Apps
3 3 (1.59%) IaaS
3 3 (1.59%) OneDrive
3 3 (1.59%) PaaS
4 2 (1.06%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.06%) SaaS
4 2 (1.06%) Yammer
5 1 (0.53%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 68 (35.98%) DNS
2 31 (16.40%) TCP/IP
3 25 (13.23%) SSL
4 22 (11.64%) Firewall
5 18 (9.52%) SAN
6 16 (8.47%) Kerberos
6 16 (8.47%) LDAP
6 16 (8.47%) SNMP
6 16 (8.47%) X.500
7 15 (7.94%) DHCP
8 14 (7.41%) Internet
9 5 (2.65%) LAN
9 5 (2.65%) WAN
10 4 (2.12%) Skype
10 4 (2.12%) VPN
11 3 (1.59%) DMZ
11 3 (1.59%) PBX
12 2 (1.06%) ISDN
12 2 (1.06%) PSTN
12 2 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 26 (13.76%) SQL Server 2012
3 20 (10.58%) SQL Server 2008
4 12 (6.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 12 (6.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (5.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (3.70%) MySQL
7 5 (2.65%) Data Warehouse
7 5 (2.65%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 4 (2.12%) SQL Server 2014
9 2 (1.06%) Data Mart
9 2 (1.06%) DTS
9 2 (1.06%) GIS
9 2 (1.06%) Relational Database
9 2 (1.06%) SQL Server 2005
10 1 (0.53%) Azure SQL Database
10 1 (0.53%) Big Data
10 1 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
10 1 (0.53%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.53%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 14 (7.41%) StarTeam
2 10 (5.29%) HP UFT
2 10 (5.29%) TestDirector
2 10 (5.29%) WinRunner
3 5 (2.65%) Visual Studio
4 3 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (1.06%) Burp Suite
5 2 (1.06%) CruiseControl
5 2 (1.06%) Cucumber
5 2 (1.06%) Eclipse
5 2 (1.06%) Git (software)
5 2 (1.06%) Jenkins
5 2 (1.06%) JIRA
5 2 (1.06%) JMeter
5 2 (1.06%) Maven
5 2 (1.06%) Selenium
5 2 (1.06%) TeamCity
5 2 (1.06%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (0.53%) MSI
6 1 (0.53%) NUnit
General
1 4 (2.12%) Finance
2 2 (1.06%) French Language
2 2 (1.06%) German Language
2 2 (1.06%) Local Government
2 2 (1.06%) Portuguese Language
2 2 (1.06%) Spanish Language
3 1 (0.53%) Advertising
3 1 (0.53%) Banking
3 1 (0.53%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.53%) Law
3 1 (0.53%) Marketing
3 1 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (0.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 33 (17.46%) Analyst
2 17 (8.99%) Active Directory Engineer
3 16 (8.47%) Test Analyst
4 13 (6.88%) Developer
5 12 (6.35%) Support Engineer
6 10 (5.29%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 10 (5.29%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 10 (5.29%) Office 365 Engineer
6 10 (5.29%) Support Analyst
7 8 (4.23%) Consultant
7 8 (4.23%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (3.70%) Server Engineer
9 6 (3.17%) Architect
9 6 (3.17%) Field Engineer
9 6 (3.17%) Windows Engineer
10 5 (2.65%) DBA
10 5 (2.65%) Desktop Support
10 5 (2.65%) IT Support
10 5 (2.65%) Service Analyst
10 5 (2.65%) Service Desk Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (10.05%) .NET
2 8 (4.23%) JSP
3 7 (3.70%) .NET Framework
3 7 (3.70%) LAMP
4 6 (3.17%) ASP.NET
4 6 (3.17%) XML
5 4 (2.12%) HTML
5 4 (2.12%) WAMP
5 4 (2.12%) WCF
6 3 (1.59%) CSS
6 3 (1.59%) jQuery
6 3 (1.59%) OAuth
6 3 (1.59%) SAML
7 2 (1.06%) ADO.NET
7 2 (1.06%) DCOM
7 2 (1.06%) J2EE
7 2 (1.06%) JDBC
7 2 (1.06%) JNDI
7 2 (1.06%) Servlets
7 2 (1.06%) Struts
Miscellaneous
1 40 (21.16%) Clustering
2 21 (11.11%) PKI
3 17 (8.99%) Analytical Skills
3 17 (8.99%) Computer Science
4 16 (8.47%) Replication
5 15 (7.94%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (4.76%) PDA
7 8 (4.23%) Data Centre
8 6 (3.17%) PMI
9 5 (2.65%) Management Information System
10 4 (2.12%) Device Driver
10 4 (2.12%) FlexPod
11 3 (1.59%) Cloud Native
12 2 (1.06%) Client/Server
12 2 (1.06%) Fintech
12 2 (1.06%) Mathematics
13 1 (0.53%) Blackberry
13 1 (0.53%) Blog
13 1 (0.53%) EPoS
13 1 (0.53%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 119 (62.96%) Windows
2 62 (32.80%) Windows Server
3 52 (27.51%) Windows 7
4 41 (21.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 37 (19.58%) Windows Server 2008
6 34 (17.99%) Windows XP
7 31 (16.40%) Windows Server 2003
8 23 (12.17%) AIX
9 22 (11.64%) Windows 10
10 14 (7.41%) Linux
11 9 (4.76%) Windows 8
12 7 (3.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 6 (3.17%) Mac OS X
14 5 (2.65%) Android
15 3 (1.59%) Apple iOS
15 3 (1.59%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.53%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.53%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (26.46%) ITIL
2 30 (15.87%) Load Balancing
3 27 (14.29%) Change Management
4 26 (13.76%) Software Testing
5 21 (11.11%) Smoke Testing
5 21 (11.11%) Test Scripting
6 17 (8.99%) Content Management
7 15 (7.94%) Server Virtualisation
7 15 (7.94%) Software Delivery
8 14 (7.41%) High Availability
9 12 (6.35%) Service Management
9 12 (6.35%) Validation
10 11 (5.82%) Migration
10 11 (5.82%) PRINCE2
10 11 (5.82%) Project Management
11 10 (5.29%) Test Automation
12 9 (4.76%) Agile Software Development
12 9 (4.76%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (4.76%) Customer Engagement
13 8 (4.23%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 76 (40.21%) SQL
2 53 (28.04%) PowerShell
3 10 (5.29%) T-SQL
4 9 (4.76%) C#
5 8 (4.23%) Bash Shell
5 8 (4.23%) Java
6 7 (3.70%) PHP
6 7 (3.70%) VBScript
7 6 (3.17%) JavaScript
7 6 (3.17%) Python
8 2 (1.06%) C++
8 2 (1.06%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.06%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.06%) VB
9 1 (0.53%) C
Qualifications
1 189 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 103 (54.50%) MCITP
3 73 (38.62%) MCSE
4 59 (31.22%) MCP
5 55 (29.10%) Security Cleared
6 39 (20.63%) MCSA
6 39 (20.63%) SC Cleared
7 28 (14.81%) Degree
8 24 (12.70%) ISTQB
9 14 (7.41%) A+ Certification
10 13 (6.88%) CCNA
10 13 (6.88%) Cisco Certification
11 11 (5.82%) PMI Certification
12 9 (4.76%) MCDST
13 8 (4.23%) MCAD
13 8 (4.23%) MCSD
14 7 (3.70%) RHCE
14 7 (3.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 6 (3.17%) Network+ Certification
16 5 (2.65%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.12%) SLA
2 1 (0.53%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 139 (73.54%) Active Directory
2 30 (15.87%) Hyper-V
3 15 (7.94%) Firmware
4 13 (6.88%) VMware Infrastructure
5 9 (4.76%) VMware ESX
6 7 (3.70%) UAG
7 6 (3.17%) BitLocker
8 5 (2.65%) Virtual Servers
8 5 (2.65%) XenApp
9 4 (2.12%) Xen
9 4 (2.12%) XenDesktop
10 3 (1.59%) Virtual Machines
11 2 (1.06%) Terminal Server
12 1 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
12 1 (0.53%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 30 (15.87%) SCCM
2 23 (12.17%) McAfee ePO
2 23 (12.17%) Netcool
3 15 (7.94%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 10 (5.29%) HP Quality Center
5 9 (4.76%) WSUS
6 8 (4.23%) Backup Exec
7 7 (3.70%) Puppet
7 7 (3.70%) Red Hat Satellite
7 7 (3.70%) SCOM
8 5 (2.65%) WMI
9 4 (2.12%) Casper Suite
9 4 (2.12%) SolarWinds Orion
10 3 (1.59%) CA Single Sign-On
10 3 (1.59%) Microsoft Clustering
11 2 (1.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
11 2 (1.06%) Microsoft Intune
11 2 (1.06%) Norton AntiVirus
11 2 (1.06%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
12 1 (0.53%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 154 (81.48%) Microsoft
2 46 (24.34%) Citrix
3 33 (17.46%) VMware
4 29 (15.34%) Intel Security
5 25 (13.23%) Veritas
6 24 (12.70%) HP
7 14 (7.41%) Cisco
8 10 (5.29%) Symantec
9 8 (4.23%) Apple
9 8 (4.23%) NetApp
10 7 (3.70%) Brocade
10 7 (3.70%) Red Hat
11 6 (3.17%) ServiceNow
12 5 (2.65%) Dell
12 5 (2.65%) Remedy
12 5 (2.65%) SolarWinds
13 3 (1.59%) CA
13 3 (1.59%) Google
14 2 (1.06%) Atlassian
14 2 (1.06%) IronPort