Period
to 12 November 2018

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 12 November 2018 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
12 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 782 818 761
Rank change year-on-year +36 -57 +16
Contract jobs citing MCTS 58 47 113
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.062% 0.050% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 0.27% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 35 79
England median daily rate £316 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.67% +15.38% -2.99%
10th Percentile £175 £243 £159
90th Percentile £484 £525 £476
UK median daily rate £300 £378 £320
% change year-on-year -20.53% +17.97% +0.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 6
England median hourly rate £23.13 £91.25 £14.86
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -74.65% +514.06% -19.68%
10th Percentile £21.86 £26.98 £11.55
90th Percentile £24.40 £164.93 £16.78
UK median hourly rate £23.13 £25.63 £15.00
% change year-on-year -9.74% +70.83% -18.92%

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 17,526 17,622 20,431
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.64% 18.92% 20.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,375 10,808 12,729
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £256 £231 £247
90th Percentile £625 £600 £594
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 846 829 757
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £25.00
10th Percentile £12.88 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.13 £49.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £26.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +0.96% +4.00%

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 12 November 2018.

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 12 November 2018. 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 +24 27 £218 -45.63% 3
South East -2 12 £388 +3.33% 3
North of England -10 12 £175 -36.36% 6
North West - 10 £175 - 6
Midlands -9 5 £140 -63.87% 1
West Midlands -28 3 £140 -63.87% 1
East Midlands +19 2 - -
Yorkshire -8 2 - -
East of England - 2 £175 - 3
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 12 November 2018, 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 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (79.31%) Microsoft
3 44 (75.86%) Windows
4 35 (60.34%) Active Directory
5 29 (50.00%) ITIL
6 25 (43.10%) MCSE
6 25 (43.10%) PowerShell
7 24 (41.38%) MCITP
8 23 (39.66%) VMware
9 22 (37.93%) MCP
9 22 (37.93%) SCCM
10 19 (32.76%) Citrix
11 18 (31.03%) Windows 7
12 17 (29.31%) Office 365
13 16 (27.59%) Cisco
14 14 (24.14%) VMware Infrastructure
14 14 (24.14%) Problem-Solving
15 13 (22.41%) MCSA
15 13 (22.41%) Wireless
16 12 (20.69%) Service Management
16 12 (20.69%) SQL
16 12 (20.69%) SLA
16 12 (20.69%) Security Cleared
17 11 (18.97%) Microsoft Azure
17 11 (18.97%) Data Centre
17 11 (18.97%) Windows Server
18 10 (17.24%) Hyper-V
18 10 (17.24%) Incident Management
18 10 (17.24%) Degree
18 10 (17.24%) SQL Server

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 8 (13.79%) SharePoint
2 6 (10.34%) MS Exchange
3 3 (5.17%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (5.17%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (3.45%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (3.45%) Office Communications Server
4 2 (3.45%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.72%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 6 (10.34%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.45%) ReMetrica
1 2 (3.45%) SAP GTS
1 2 (3.45%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 17 (29.31%) Office 365
2 11 (18.97%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.17%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (5.17%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (5.17%) IaaS
3 3 (5.17%) PaaS
4 1 (1.72%) SaaS
4 1 (1.72%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (22.41%) Wireless
2 9 (15.52%) TCP/IP
2 9 (15.52%) VPN
3 7 (12.07%) Unified Communications
4 6 (10.34%) DHCP
4 6 (10.34%) DNS
5 4 (6.90%) Firewall
6 3 (5.17%) DMZ
7 2 (3.45%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (3.45%) LAN
7 2 (3.45%) Skype
7 2 (3.45%) VoIP
7 2 (3.45%) WAN
8 1 (1.72%) Internet
8 1 (1.72%) SMTP
8 1 (1.72%) VLAN
8 1 (1.72%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (17.24%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 5 (8.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (5.17%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (5.17%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.72%) Big Data
4 1 (1.72%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.72%) HDInsight
4 1 (1.72%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Subversion
1 1 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (3.45%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.72%) Advertising
2 1 (1.72%) Back Office
2 1 (1.72%) Law
2 1 (1.72%) Military
2 1 (1.72%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (20.69%) IT Support
2 8 (13.79%) Analyst
3 7 (12.07%) Support Engineer
4 6 (10.34%) Architect
5 5 (8.62%) Desktop Engineer
5 5 (8.62%) Desktop Support
5 5 (8.62%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 5 (8.62%) Support Analyst
6 4 (6.90%) Senior Desktop Engineer
6 4 (6.90%) Senior Desktop Support
6 4 (6.90%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
6 4 (6.90%) Senior Support Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) Field Engineer
7 3 (5.17%) Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (5.17%) IT Support Analyst
7 3 (5.17%) SharePoint Architect
7 3 (5.17%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
7 3 (5.17%) Solutions Architect
7 3 (5.17%) Virtualisation Specialist
7 3 (5.17%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.17%) OAuth
1 3 (5.17%) SAML
2 1 (1.72%) .NET
2 1 (1.72%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.72%) Entity Framework
2 1 (1.72%) REST
2 1 (1.72%) SOAP
2 1 (1.72%) Web Services
2 1 (1.72%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (18.97%) Data Centre
2 9 (15.52%) Clustering
2 9 (15.52%) Driving Licence
3 7 (12.07%) VxBlock/Vblock
4 4 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (5.17%) Computer Science
5 3 (5.17%) Fat Client
5 3 (5.17%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (5.17%) Thin Client
6 2 (3.45%) Enterprise Cloud
6 2 (3.45%) Replication
7 1 (1.72%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.72%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.72%) PMI
7 1 (1.72%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 44 (75.86%) Windows
2 18 (31.03%) Windows 7
3 11 (18.97%) Windows Server
4 9 (15.52%) Windows XP
5 7 (12.07%) Windows 10
5 7 (12.07%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (8.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (6.90%) Mac OS X
7 4 (6.90%) Mac OS X Server
8 2 (3.45%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (50.00%) ITIL
2 14 (24.14%) Problem-Solving
3 12 (20.69%) Service Management
4 10 (17.24%) Change Management
4 10 (17.24%) Incident Management
5 9 (15.52%) Patch Management
5 9 (15.52%) PRINCE2
6 8 (13.79%) Problem Management
7 7 (12.07%) Disaster Recovery
7 7 (12.07%) Migration
7 7 (12.07%) Server Building
7 7 (12.07%) Server Management
7 7 (12.07%) Task Automation
8 6 (10.34%) Root Cause Analysis
8 6 (10.34%) TOGAF
9 5 (8.62%) Customer Engagement
9 5 (8.62%) Decision-Making
10 4 (6.90%) Continuous Improvement
10 4 (6.90%) Infrastructure Engineering
10 4 (6.90%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (43.10%) PowerShell
2 12 (20.69%) SQL
3 10 (17.24%) VB
4 2 (3.45%) C#
5 1 (1.72%) Java
5 1 (1.72%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.72%) Python
5 1 (1.72%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (43.10%) MCSE
3 24 (41.38%) MCITP
4 22 (37.93%) MCP
5 13 (22.41%) MCSA
6 12 (20.69%) Security Cleared
7 10 (17.24%) Degree
8 9 (15.52%) CCNA
8 9 (15.52%) Cisco Certification
8 9 (15.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 7 (12.07%) CCA
9 7 (12.07%) Citrix Certification
9 7 (12.07%) DV Cleared
9 7 (12.07%) VCAP
9 7 (12.07%) VCP4
9 7 (12.07%) VCP5
9 7 (12.07%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (8.62%) CCNP
11 4 (6.90%) ACTC
11 4 (6.90%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (20.69%) SLA
2 2 (3.45%) PMO
2 2 (3.45%) QA
System Software
1 35 (60.34%) Active Directory
2 14 (24.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (17.24%) Hyper-V
4 8 (13.79%) vSphere
5 7 (12.07%) vCloud
5 7 (12.07%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (12.07%) XenServer
6 3 (5.17%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.72%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.72%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 22 (37.93%) SCCM
2 8 (13.79%) vCenter Server
3 7 (12.07%) Cisco CUCM
3 7 (12.07%) SCVMM
4 3 (5.17%) CA Single Sign-On
4 3 (5.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (5.17%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (5.17%) WSUS
5 2 (3.45%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Clustering
5 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Intune
6 1 (1.72%) EnCase
6 1 (1.72%) Sysprep
6 1 (1.72%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 46 (79.31%) Microsoft
2 23 (39.66%) VMware
3 19 (32.76%) Citrix
4 16 (27.59%) Cisco
5 10 (17.24%) Altiris
6 5 (8.62%) Ivanti
7 4 (6.90%) Apple
7 4 (6.90%) SAP
8 3 (5.17%) CA
8 3 (5.17%) CheckPoint
8 3 (5.17%) Palo Alto
9 2 (3.45%) IronPort
9 2 (3.45%) McAfee
9 2 (3.45%) Meraki
10 1 (1.72%) Aruba
10 1 (1.72%) CommVault
10 1 (1.72%) Forcepoint
10 1 (1.72%) HP
10 1 (1.72%) Qualys