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 24 June 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.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
London / City of London
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 163 205
Contract jobs citing MCTS 0 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London - 0.059% 0.052%
As % of the Qualifications category - 0.35% 0.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 2
Median daily rate - £268 £322
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -16.89%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +59.09% -5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +60.00%  

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 471 565 769
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 14.42% 16.70% 13.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 315 421 573
Median daily rate £475 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £295 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 9 19
Median hourly rate £18.70 £21.78 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.15% -11.10%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £16.75 £16.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.20 £89.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in the City of London

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 2 (100.00%) Business Intelligence
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) NHS
1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
1 2 (100.00%) MCP
1 2 (100.00%) MCSE
1 2 (100.00%) Migration
1 2 (100.00%) Retail
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Skype
1 2 (100.00%) Office 365
2 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2013
2 1 (50.00%) OneDrive
2 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (50.00%) Skype for Business
2 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (50.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (50.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (50.00%) CheckPoint
2 1 (50.00%) Service Management
2 1 (50.00%) Risk Management
2 1 (50.00%) Finance

MCTS
Co-occurring 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 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2003
1 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (50.00%) MS Exchange
1 1 (50.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (50.00%) Skype for Business
Cloud Services
1 2 (100.00%) Office 365
2 1 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (50.00%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) Skype
General
1 2 (100.00%) Retail
2 1 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Consultant
1 1 (50.00%) Exchange Consultant
1 1 (50.00%) Office 365 Consultant
1 1 (50.00%) Office 365 Manager
1 1 (50.00%) Online Project Manager
1 1 (50.00%) Project Manager
1 1 (50.00%) SharePoint Project Manager
Miscellaneous
1 2 (100.00%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Business Intelligence
1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
1 2 (100.00%) Migration
2 1 (50.00%) Risk Management
2 1 (50.00%) Service Management
2 1 (50.00%) Stakeholder Management
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) MCP
1 2 (100.00%) MCSE
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) CheckPoint