The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
London / City of London
Rank 151 154 190
Rank change year-on-year +3 +36  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 7 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.067% 0.21% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 1.44% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 6 5
Median daily rate £513 £295 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +73.72% +7.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £200 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £375 £361
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £384
% change year-on-year -3.03% -14.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £37.50

MCTS is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London.

Academic & Professional Certification
City of London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 425 486 844
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.19% 14.78% 16.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 299 350 627
Median daily rate £475 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £264 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £625 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 17
Median hourly rate £15.87 £20.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.66% -9.09%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.32 £17.00 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £27.56 £37.96 £23.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing MCTS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the City of London

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCTS in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in the City of London

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in the City of London

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 across the City of London region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 3 (100.00%) ITIL
1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) Migration
2 2 (66.67%) Retail
2 2 (66.67%) Skype
2 2 (66.67%) Office 365
2 2 (66.67%) NHS
2 2 (66.67%) MCP
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
2 2 (66.67%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2003
3 1 (33.33%) WSUS
3 1 (33.33%) LANDesk
3 1 (33.33%) Release Management
3 1 (33.33%) SCCM
3 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (33.33%) vSphere
3 1 (33.33%) Sysprep
3 1 (33.33%) Skype for Business
3 1 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 1 (33.33%) SharePoint
3 1 (33.33%) MS Exchange
3 1 (33.33%) Windows
3 1 (33.33%) VBScript

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London 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 1 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (33.33%) MS Exchange
1 1 (33.33%) SharePoint
1 1 (33.33%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 2 (66.67%) Office 365
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (33.33%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 2 (66.67%) Skype
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MSI
General
1 2 (66.67%) Retail
2 1 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (33.33%) Games
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) Consultant
1 1 (33.33%) Exchange Consultant
1 1 (33.33%) Office 365 Consultant
1 1 (33.33%) Office 365 Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Online Project Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Project Manager
1 1 (33.33%) SharePoint Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) Windows
1 1 (33.33%) Windows 10
1 1 (33.33%) Windows 7
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Server
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) ITIL
1 3 (100.00%) Migration
2 2 (66.67%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (33.33%) Change Management
3 1 (33.33%) Patch Management
3 1 (33.33%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (33.33%) Release Management
3 1 (33.33%) Risk Management
3 1 (33.33%) Security Hardening
3 1 (33.33%) Service Management
3 1 (33.33%) Software Distribution
3 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
1 1 (33.33%) VB
1 1 (33.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
2 2 (66.67%) MCP
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
3 1 (33.33%) MCDST
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (33.33%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) SCCM
1 1 (33.33%) Sysprep
1 1 (33.33%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) CheckPoint
1 1 (33.33%) LANDesk
1 1 (33.33%) Microsoft
1 1 (33.33%) VMware