Period
to 20 January 2019

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 20 January 2019 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)
UK > England
6 months to
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 789 809 768
Rank change year-on-year +20 -41 -3
Contract jobs citing MCTS 41 41 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.046% 0.045% 0.086%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.24% 0.24% 0.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 35 46
England median daily rate £369 £375 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.67% +17.19% -3.03%
10th Percentile £175 £250 £263
90th Percentile £483 £545 £469
UK median daily rate £369 £375 £320
% change year-on-year -1.67% +17.19% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 9
England median hourly rate £23.13 £13.00 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +77.92% -70.11% +135.14%
10th Percentile £21.86 £12.50 £13.91
90th Percentile £24.40 £13.50 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £23.13 £25.00 £41.64
% change year-on-year -7.48% -39.96% +125.08%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
England
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 17,272 17,441 18,363
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 19.23% 19.05% 20.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,325 10,707 11,503
England median daily rate £450 £445 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +4.71% +3.66%
10th Percentile £263 £231 £250
90th Percentile £626 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
% change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 770 761 798
England median hourly rate £28.46 £23.50 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.11% -10.48% -0.94%
10th Percentile £12.98 £12.00 £12.11
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.00 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.56 £26.00
% change year-on-year +11.97% -5.54% -5.45%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in England

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in England

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS in England over the 6 months to 20 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCTS in England

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in England

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the England region over the 6 months to 20 January 2019. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +9 21 £225 -43.75% 9
South East +8 10 £388 +3.33% 3
North of England -20 5 £175 -12.50% 3
North West -4 4 £175 +2.94% 2
Midlands 0 2 £140 -68.18% 2
West Midlands -21 2 £140 -68.18% 1
South West -31 2 £510 +70.00% 1
East of England - 2 £175 - 4
Yorkshire -14 1 - - 1
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the England region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (75.61%) Microsoft
3 29 (70.73%) Windows
4 25 (60.98%) PowerShell
5 24 (58.54%) Active Directory
6 20 (48.78%) ITIL
7 18 (43.90%) Office 365
8 17 (41.46%) MCITP
9 15 (36.59%) VMware
9 15 (36.59%) MCSE
9 15 (36.59%) Microsoft Azure
10 14 (34.15%) MCP
11 13 (31.71%) Citrix
11 13 (31.71%) SCCM
12 12 (29.27%) VMware Infrastructure
13 11 (26.83%) Security Cleared
13 11 (26.83%) Data Centre
13 11 (26.83%) SQL
14 10 (24.39%) Cisco
14 10 (24.39%) Service Management
14 10 (24.39%) Incident Management
14 10 (24.39%) Patch Management
14 10 (24.39%) vCenter Server
15 9 (21.95%) Windows 7
15 9 (21.95%) MCSA
15 9 (21.95%) Problem-Solving
16 8 (19.51%) DNS
16 8 (19.51%) DHCP
16 8 (19.51%) vSphere
16 8 (19.51%) Hyper-V

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 7 (17.07%) SharePoint
2 6 (14.63%) MS Exchange
3 4 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2007
3 4 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (9.76%) Office Communications Server
3 4 (9.76%) Skype for Business
4 3 (7.32%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (7.32%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (2.44%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 6 (14.63%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 18 (43.90%) Office 365
2 15 (36.59%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (9.76%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (7.32%) IaaS
4 3 (7.32%) PaaS
5 1 (2.44%) SaaS
5 1 (2.44%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (19.51%) DHCP
1 8 (19.51%) DNS
2 7 (17.07%) Unified Communications
3 6 (14.63%) Wireless
4 5 (12.20%) Skype
4 5 (12.20%) TCP/IP
5 3 (7.32%) DMZ
5 3 (7.32%) VPN
6 1 (2.44%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (2.44%) Firewall
6 1 (2.44%) Internet
6 1 (2.44%) SMTP
6 1 (2.44%) VLAN
6 1 (2.44%) VoIP
6 1 (2.44%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (17.07%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 3 (7.32%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (7.32%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (7.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (7.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (2.44%) Big Data
3 1 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.44%) HDInsight
3 1 (2.44%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.44%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.44%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Git (software)
1 2 (4.88%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (2.44%) Finance
1 1 (2.44%) Military
1 1 (2.44%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (14.63%) Analyst
2 5 (12.20%) IT Support
3 4 (9.76%) Desktop Support
3 4 (9.76%) Support Analyst
3 4 (9.76%) Support Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Architect
4 3 (7.32%) Desktop Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Developer
4 3 (7.32%) IT Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) IT Support Analyst
4 3 (7.32%) Senior Desktop Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Senior Desktop Support
4 3 (7.32%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) Senior Support Engineer
4 3 (7.32%) SharePoint Architect
4 3 (7.32%) SharePoint Developer
4 3 (7.32%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
4 3 (7.32%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (7.32%) Virtualisation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.32%) OAuth
1 3 (7.32%) SAML
2 2 (4.88%) AngularJS
2 2 (4.88%) React
Miscellaneous
1 11 (26.83%) Data Centre
2 7 (17.07%) Clustering
2 7 (17.07%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 3 (7.32%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (7.32%) Driving Licence
4 2 (4.88%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (2.44%) Cloud Native
5 1 (2.44%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.44%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.44%) PMI
5 1 (2.44%) User Experience
5 1 (2.44%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 29 (70.73%) Windows
2 9 (21.95%) Windows 7
3 8 (19.51%) Windows Server
4 6 (14.63%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (14.63%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (12.20%) Windows 10
6 4 (9.76%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (7.32%) Mac OS X
7 3 (7.32%) Mac OS X Server
7 3 (7.32%) Windows XP
8 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
8 1 (2.44%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (48.78%) ITIL
2 10 (24.39%) Incident Management
2 10 (24.39%) Patch Management
2 10 (24.39%) Service Management
3 9 (21.95%) Problem-Solving
4 8 (19.51%) Root Cause Analysis
5 7 (17.07%) Decision-Making
5 7 (17.07%) Migration
5 7 (17.07%) Problem Management
5 7 (17.07%) Server Building
5 7 (17.07%) Server Management
5 7 (17.07%) Task Automation
6 5 (12.20%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (12.20%) Computer Science
6 5 (12.20%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (9.76%) Change Management
7 4 (9.76%) ITSM
7 4 (9.76%) Proactive Monitoring
7 4 (9.76%) Project Management
7 4 (9.76%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 25 (60.98%) PowerShell
2 11 (26.83%) SQL
3 4 (9.76%) VB
4 3 (7.32%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.44%) C#
5 1 (2.44%) Java
5 1 (2.44%) Python
Qualifications
1 41 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (41.46%) MCITP
3 15 (36.59%) MCSE
4 14 (34.15%) MCP
5 11 (26.83%) Security Cleared
6 9 (21.95%) MCSA
7 7 (17.07%) CCA
7 7 (17.07%) Citrix Certification
7 7 (17.07%) Degree
7 7 (17.07%) DV Cleared
7 7 (17.07%) VCAP
7 7 (17.07%) VCP4
7 7 (17.07%) VCP5
7 7 (17.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 6 (14.63%) MCSD
9 5 (12.20%) CCNA
9 5 (12.20%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (9.76%) PMI Certification
10 4 (9.76%) PMP
11 3 (7.32%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (14.63%) SLA
2 2 (4.88%) PMO
2 2 (4.88%) QA
System Software
1 24 (58.54%) Active Directory
2 12 (29.27%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (19.51%) Hyper-V
3 8 (19.51%) vSphere
4 7 (17.07%) vCloud
4 7 (17.07%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (17.07%) XenServer
5 5 (12.20%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (31.71%) SCCM
2 10 (24.39%) vCenter Server
3 7 (17.07%) Cisco CUCM
3 7 (17.07%) SCVMM
4 5 (12.20%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (9.76%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (7.32%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (7.32%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (4.88%) WSUS
8 1 (2.44%) EnCase
8 1 (2.44%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (2.44%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 31 (75.61%) Microsoft
2 15 (36.59%) VMware
3 13 (31.71%) Citrix
4 10 (24.39%) Cisco
5 4 (9.76%) Altiris
5 4 (9.76%) IronPort
6 3 (7.32%) Apple
6 3 (7.32%) CA
6 3 (7.32%) Ivanti
6 3 (7.32%) SAP
7 1 (2.44%) Aruba
7 1 (2.44%) CommVault
7 1 (2.44%) Forcepoint
7 1 (2.44%) HP
7 1 (2.44%) McAfee
7 1 (2.44%) Meraki