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 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
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 550 562 479
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -83
Contract jobs citing MCTS 93 84 124
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.17% 0.15% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.80% 0.77% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 49 73
Median daily rate £328 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.42% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £204 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £403 £480 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 13
Median hourly rate £15.00 £22.00 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.81% +17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.40 £14.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.60 £47.71 £28.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+63.63% +37.50%

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
11621 10908 10315
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 21.48% 19.15% 19.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 7257 6503 5836
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 420 542 453
Median hourly rate £29.00 £23.75 £18.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.10% +26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.90 £51.24 £43.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +33.33%

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 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 24 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 24 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 -14 75 £330 -12.00% 30
London +4 21 £313 -21.87% 14
South East -6 19 £333 -5.00% 11
Scotland +15 17 £265 -24.28%
North East - 16 £330 -
Tyne and Wear - 14 £330 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 13 £330 -
Renfrewshire -15 11 £295 -15.71%
Erskine -20 10 £295 -15.71%
North West -14 8 £330 -2.22% 1
Berkshire +1 6 £388 -3.12% 1
West Midlands -23 6 £425 -5.55% 1
Oxfordshire +11 5 £305 -
Reading +5 5 £388 -3.12%
Oxford - 5 £305 -
Merseyside - 5 £318 -
Hampshire +4 3 £295 - 2
Surrey -5 3 £235 -32.78% 5
Warwickshire - 3 £425 - 1
Cheshire - 3 £330 - 1
Wirral - 3 £260 -
Warwick - 3 £425 -
City of London +48 2 £268 -46.36% 2
Glasgow +6 2 £290 -
Yorkshire +1 2 £78 -48.76% 1
Edinburgh -5 2 £245 -25.19%
Croydon -15 2 - -
Woking - 2 £350 -
Hook - 2 £293 -
Middlesbrough - 2 £78 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 203 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 161 (79.31%) Microsoft
3 149 (73.40%) Active Directory
4 138 (67.98%) Windows
5 132 (65.02%) MCITP
6 99 (48.77%) SQL
7 77 (37.93%) MCSE
7 77 (37.93%) DNS
8 70 (34.48%) Security Cleared
9 66 (32.51%) Windows Server
10 62 (30.54%) ITIL
11 61 (30.05%) PowerShell
12 57 (28.08%) Windows 7
12 57 (28.08%) SQL Server
13 54 (26.60%) Office 365
14 52 (25.62%) Citrix
15 49 (24.14%) Clustering
15 49 (24.14%) Degree
16 47 (23.15%) VMware
17 46 (22.66%) MCP
17 46 (22.66%) SharePoint
18 45 (22.17%) Windows Server 2008
19 43 (21.18%) SC Cleared
20 41 (20.20%) MCSA
20 41 (20.20%) Windows Server 2003
21 40 (19.70%) Hyper-V
22 39 (19.21%) Windows XP
22 39 (19.21%) MS Office
23 35 (17.24%) MS Exchange
24 34 (16.75%) Intel Security

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 46 (22.66%) SharePoint
2 35 (17.24%) MS Exchange
3 30 (14.78%) IIS
4 24 (11.82%) Exchange Server 2010
5 21 (10.34%) Exchange Server 2013
6 9 (4.43%) Skype for Business
6 9 (4.43%) Tomcat
7 7 (3.45%) Apache
7 7 (3.45%) JBoss
8 6 (2.96%) SharePoint Server
9 5 (2.46%) Exchange Server 2003
10 4 (1.97%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (1.97%) OpenStack
10 4 (1.97%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (1.97%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (1.48%) Zimbra
12 1 (0.49%) Exchange Server 2007
12 1 (0.49%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 39 (19.21%) MS Office
2 32 (15.76%) MS Excel
3 10 (4.93%) InfoPath
4 2 (0.99%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.48%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.49%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.49%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.49%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.49%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.49%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.49%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 54 (26.60%) Office 365
2 27 (13.30%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (3.94%) OneDrive
4 6 (2.96%) Yammer
5 3 (1.48%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.49%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 77 (37.93%) DNS
2 25 (12.32%) TCP/IP
3 24 (11.82%) Firewall
4 23 (11.33%) DHCP
5 19 (9.36%) SAN
6 17 (8.37%) SSL
7 14 (6.90%) Kerberos
7 14 (6.90%) LDAP
7 14 (6.90%) X.500
8 12 (5.91%) Internet
9 10 (4.93%) VPN
10 9 (4.43%) Skype
11 7 (3.45%) SNMP
12 6 (2.96%) LAN
12 6 (2.96%) WAN
12 6 (2.96%) Wireless
13 5 (2.46%) Wi-Fi
14 4 (1.97%) Remote Desktop
15 3 (1.48%) Cisco ASA
15 3 (1.48%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (28.08%) SQL Server
2 22 (10.84%) SQL Server 2012
3 18 (8.87%) SQL Server 2008
4 13 (6.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 13 (6.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 12 (5.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 9 (4.43%) Data Warehouse
7 7 (3.45%) MySQL
8 5 (2.46%) Relational Database
9 4 (1.97%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 3 (1.48%) Azure SQL Database
10 3 (1.48%) NoSQL
10 3 (1.48%) Power BI
10 3 (1.48%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (1.48%) SQL Server 2014
11 2 (0.99%) Big Data
11 2 (0.99%) GIS
12 1 (0.49%) Crystal Reports
12 1 (0.49%) Data Mart
12 1 (0.49%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 25 (12.32%) HP UFT
1 25 (12.32%) TestDirector
1 25 (12.32%) WinRunner
2 15 (7.39%) Visual Studio
3 7 (3.45%) StarTeam
4 3 (1.48%) 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 (0.49%) JIRA
6 1 (0.49%) MSI
6 1 (0.49%) WiX
General
1 3 (1.48%) 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%) Portuguese Language
2 2 (0.99%) Spanish Language
3 1 (0.49%) Banking
3 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
3 1 (0.49%) Marketing
3 1 (0.49%) Military
3 1 (0.49%) Retail
Job Titles
1 37 (18.23%) Analyst
2 22 (10.84%) Test Analyst
3 18 (8.87%) Developer
4 17 (8.37%) Consultant
4 17 (8.37%) Field Engineer
4 17 (8.37%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 17 (8.37%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 17 (8.37%) Support Engineer
5 15 (7.39%) Active Directory Engineer
6 14 (6.90%) Office 365 Engineer
7 9 (4.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 9 (4.43%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (4.43%) SharePoint Developer
7 9 (4.43%) Support Analyst
8 8 (3.94%) Administrator
8 8 (3.94%) SharePoint Administrator
8 8 (3.94%) Windows Engineer
9 7 (3.45%) Server Engineer
10 6 (2.96%) 3rd Line Support
10 6 (2.96%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (14.78%) .NET
2 15 (7.39%) XML
3 14 (6.90%) HTML
4 12 (5.91%) CSS
5 11 (5.42%) jQuery
6 8 (3.94%) JSP
7 7 (3.45%) .NET Framework
7 7 (3.45%) LAMP
8 6 (2.96%) ADO.NET
9 5 (2.46%) ASP.NET
10 4 (1.97%) WAMP
10 4 (1.97%) WCF
11 3 (1.48%) 802.1X
11 3 (1.48%) Ajax
11 3 (1.48%) FastCGI
11 3 (1.48%) LINQ
11 3 (1.48%) REST
11 3 (1.48%) RSS
11 3 (1.48%) Windows Identity Foundation
11 3 (1.48%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 49 (24.14%) Clustering
2 21 (10.34%) PDA
3 20 (9.85%) Analytical Skills
4 19 (9.36%) PKI
5 15 (7.39%) Computer Science
5 15 (7.39%) Replication
6 6 (2.96%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (2.96%) PMI
7 5 (2.46%) Data Centre
8 4 (1.97%) Client/Server
8 4 (1.97%) Device Driver
8 4 (1.97%) Management Information System
9 3 (1.48%) Cloud Native
9 3 (1.48%) FlexPod
10 2 (0.99%) Mathematics
11 1 (0.49%) Algorithms
11 1 (0.49%) iPad
11 1 (0.49%) Public Cloud
11 1 (0.49%) Statistics
11 1 (0.49%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 138 (67.98%) Windows
2 66 (32.51%) Windows Server
3 57 (28.08%) Windows 7
4 45 (22.17%) Windows Server 2008
5 41 (20.20%) Windows Server 2003
6 39 (19.21%) Windows XP
7 34 (16.75%) Windows Server 2012
8 30 (14.78%) AIX
9 17 (8.37%) Linux
10 15 (7.39%) Windows 10
11 12 (5.91%) Windows 8
12 10 (4.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 9 (4.43%) Mac OS X
14 6 (2.96%) Android
15 3 (1.48%) Apple iOS
15 3 (1.48%) CentOS
15 3 (1.48%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.49%) Mac OS
16 1 (0.49%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (30.54%) ITIL
2 33 (16.26%) Change Management
3 32 (15.76%) Software Testing
4 30 (14.78%) Load Balancing
5 29 (14.29%) Service Management
6 28 (13.79%) Customer Engagement
7 27 (13.30%) Smoke Testing
7 27 (13.30%) Test Scripting
8 25 (12.32%) Migration
8 25 (12.32%) Test Automation
9 18 (8.87%) Content Management
10 16 (7.88%) High Availability
11 12 (5.91%) PRINCE2
11 12 (5.91%) Project Management
11 12 (5.91%) Workflow
12 11 (5.42%) Business Intelligence
13 10 (4.93%) Data Modelling
13 10 (4.93%) Problem Management
13 10 (4.93%) Security Auditing
13 10 (4.93%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 99 (48.77%) SQL
2 61 (30.05%) PowerShell
3 17 (8.37%) C#
3 17 (8.37%) JavaScript
4 16 (7.88%) VBScript
5 14 (6.90%) T-SQL
6 11 (5.42%) Java
7 10 (4.93%) PHP
8 9 (4.43%) Python
9 8 (3.94%) Bash Shell
10 3 (1.48%) Ruby
10 3 (1.48%) VB
11 2 (0.99%) C++
11 2 (0.99%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.49%) C
Qualifications
1 203 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 132 (65.02%) MCITP
3 77 (37.93%) MCSE
4 70 (34.48%) Security Cleared
5 49 (24.14%) Degree
6 46 (22.66%) MCP
7 43 (21.18%) SC Cleared
8 41 (20.20%) MCSA
9 29 (14.29%) ISTQB
10 17 (8.37%) MCAD
11 13 (6.40%) MCSD
12 10 (4.93%) CCNA
12 10 (4.93%) Cisco Certification
12 10 (4.93%) DV Cleared
13 9 (4.43%) A+ Certification
14 8 (3.94%) RHCE
15 6 (2.96%) MCDST
15 6 (2.96%) PMI Certification
16 5 (2.46%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 4 (1.97%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.97%) SLA
2 1 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 149 (73.40%) Active Directory
2 40 (19.70%) Hyper-V
3 24 (11.82%) VMware ESX
4 22 (10.84%) VMware Infrastructure
5 11 (5.42%) BitLocker
6 9 (4.43%) UAG
7 7 (3.45%) Firmware
7 7 (3.45%) Terminal Server
8 6 (2.96%) Virtual Machines
9 4 (1.97%) Xen
9 4 (1.97%) XenApp
9 4 (1.97%) XenDesktop
10 3 (1.48%) Virtual Servers
11 2 (0.99%) vSphere
12 1 (0.49%) Terminal Services
12 1 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 30 (14.78%) McAfee ePO
1 30 (14.78%) Netcool
2 25 (12.32%) HP Quality Center
3 23 (11.33%) SCCM
4 15 (7.39%) WSUS
5 8 (3.94%) SCOM
6 7 (3.45%) Microsoft Clustering
6 7 (3.45%) Puppet
6 7 (3.45%) Red Hat Satellite
7 6 (2.96%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 5 (2.46%) Backup Exec
8 5 (2.46%) WMI
9 4 (1.97%) Casper Suite
9 4 (1.97%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 4 (1.97%) Microsoft Intune
10 3 (1.48%) SCVMM
10 3 (1.48%) SolarWinds Orion
11 1 (0.49%) Failover Clustering
Vendors
1 161 (79.31%) Microsoft
2 52 (25.62%) Citrix
3 47 (23.15%) VMware
4 34 (16.75%) Intel Security
5 32 (15.76%) Veritas
6 20 (9.85%) HP
7 15 (7.39%) Cisco
8 11 (5.42%) Red Hat
9 9 (4.43%) Dell
10 7 (3.45%) Apple
10 7 (3.45%) Brocade
10 7 (3.45%) NetApp
11 6 (2.96%) ServiceNow
11 6 (2.96%) Symantec
12 5 (2.46%) Remedy
13 4 (1.97%) SolarWinds
14 3 (1.48%) Adobe
14 3 (1.48%) Google
14 3 (1.48%) Juniper
14 3 (1.48%) Kaspersky