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 3 months to 27 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.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK / England
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 533 558 517
Rank change year-on-year +25 -41  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 33 57 87
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.080% 0.12% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.56% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 40 49
Median daily rate £400 £356 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.28% +9.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £208 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £560 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £328 £363
% change year-on-year -2.29% -9.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 6
Median hourly rate £41.64 - £17.25
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 England.

Academic & Professional Certification
England
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 8561 10263 9833
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 20.66% 20.92% 20.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 5389 6476 5665
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £260 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 418 375 443
Median hourly rate £30.94 £35.55 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.96% +57.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.60 £57.75 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 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 3 months to 27 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCTS in England

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 2017. 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 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
London +35 13 £425 +42.85% 7
South East -11 8 £235 -35.17% 4
East of England - 4 £425 - 3
North West +27 3 - -
Yorkshire +17 2 - -
Midlands - 2 £275 -
West Midlands +14 1 £425 - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 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 England region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 70 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (64.29%) Microsoft
3 44 (62.86%) Active Directory
4 41 (58.57%) Windows
5 33 (47.14%) Windows Server
6 32 (45.71%) MCP
7 31 (44.29%) MCITP
8 22 (31.43%) Security Cleared
8 22 (31.43%) Windows Server 2012
9 21 (30.00%) MCSE
9 21 (30.00%) ITIL
9 21 (30.00%) DNS
10 20 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
11 17 (24.29%) PKI
11 17 (24.29%) Replication
12 16 (22.86%) SC Cleared
13 15 (21.43%) PowerShell
13 15 (21.43%) Degree
14 13 (18.57%) Finance
14 13 (18.57%) Migration
14 13 (18.57%) SQL Server
14 13 (18.57%) C#
14 13 (18.57%) SQL
15 12 (17.14%) LDAP
15 12 (17.14%) Kerberos
15 12 (17.14%) X.500
16 11 (15.71%) CSS
16 11 (15.71%) Hyper-V
17 10 (14.29%) MS Excel
17 10 (14.29%) Citrix

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 6 (8.57%) Skype for Business
2 5 (7.14%) IIS
3 4 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (5.71%) SharePoint
4 3 (4.29%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.86%) Apache
6 1 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.43%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.43%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.43%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 10 (14.29%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.29%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.86%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 9 (12.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (8.57%) Office 365
3 3 (4.29%) OneDrive
4 2 (2.86%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.86%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.43%) IaaS
5 1 (1.43%) PaaS
5 1 (1.43%) SaaS
5 1 (1.43%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 21 (30.00%) DNS
2 12 (17.14%) Kerberos
2 12 (17.14%) LDAP
2 12 (17.14%) X.500
3 6 (8.57%) DHCP
4 4 (5.71%) Skype
4 4 (5.71%) VoIP
5 3 (4.29%) Network Security
6 2 (2.86%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (2.86%) SAN
7 1 (1.43%) DMZ
7 1 (1.43%) Firewall
7 1 (1.43%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (18.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.71%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (5.71%) Relational Database
3 3 (4.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (4.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (4.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (4.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (4.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (2.86%) Data Mart
4 2 (2.86%) MySQL
4 2 (2.86%) RDBMS
4 2 (2.86%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (2.86%) SQL Server 2014
5 1 (1.43%) ActiveReports
5 1 (1.43%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 1 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (4.29%) CruiseControl
2 3 (4.29%) TeamCity
2 3 (4.29%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (2.86%) Git (software)
3 2 (2.86%) Moq
3 2 (2.86%) MSI
3 2 (2.86%) NUnit
3 2 (2.86%) Selenium
3 2 (2.86%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.86%) WiX
General
1 13 (18.57%) Finance
2 7 (10.00%) Military
3 6 (8.57%) Retail
4 2 (2.86%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.86%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.43%) Games
Job Titles
1 15 (21.43%) Active Directory Engineer
2 10 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (11.43%) Consultant
4 6 (8.57%) DBA
4 6 (8.57%) Software Engineer
5 5 (7.14%) Ada Engineer
5 5 (7.14%) SQL DBA
6 4 (5.71%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Ada Software Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Analyst
6 4 (5.71%) Developer
6 4 (5.71%) Field Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) IT Support
6 4 (5.71%) Server Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Support Analyst
6 4 (5.71%) Support Engineer
6 4 (5.71%) Wintel Engineer
7 3 (4.29%) Active Directory Consultant
7 3 (4.29%) Server Support
7 3 (4.29%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.71%) CSS
2 9 (12.86%) .NET
3 5 (7.14%) ASP.NET
3 5 (7.14%) WCF
4 3 (4.29%) WF
5 2 (2.86%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.86%) AngularJS
5 2 (2.86%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.86%) Entity Framework
5 2 (2.86%) jQuery
5 2 (2.86%) Unity DI Container
5 2 (2.86%) WAP
6 1 (1.43%) OAuth
6 1 (1.43%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 17 (24.29%) PKI
1 17 (24.29%) Replication
2 7 (10.00%) Clustering
3 5 (7.14%) Computer Science
3 5 (7.14%) iPad
4 4 (5.71%) EPoS
5 3 (4.29%) NHS
6 2 (2.86%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.86%) CCTV
6 2 (2.86%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.86%) RIA
7 1 (1.43%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.43%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 41 (58.57%) Windows
2 33 (47.14%) Windows Server
3 22 (31.43%) Windows Server 2012
4 20 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (11.43%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (10.00%) Windows 7
7 6 (8.57%) Windows 10
8 5 (7.14%) VMS
9 4 (5.71%) Windows 8
10 2 (2.86%) Android
11 1 (1.43%) Apple iOS
11 1 (1.43%) Linux
11 1 (1.43%) Mac OS X
11 1 (1.43%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (30.00%) ITIL
2 13 (18.57%) Migration
3 8 (11.43%) Service Management
4 7 (10.00%) Software Engineering
5 6 (8.57%) Customer Engagement
6 5 (7.14%) Build Automation
6 5 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (7.14%) CRM
6 5 (7.14%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (7.14%) Problem Management
6 5 (7.14%) Requirements Analysis
7 4 (5.71%) Customer Requirements
7 4 (5.71%) High Availability
7 4 (5.71%) Programme Management
7 4 (5.71%) Software Deployment
8 3 (4.29%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (4.29%) Incident Management
8 3 (4.29%) Network Management
8 3 (4.29%) Validation
8 3 (4.29%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 15 (21.43%) PowerShell
2 13 (18.57%) C#
2 13 (18.57%) SQL
3 7 (10.00%) Ada
3 7 (10.00%) Ada 83
3 7 (10.00%) Ada 95
4 3 (4.29%) VBScript
5 2 (2.86%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.86%) Shell Script
5 2 (2.86%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.43%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.43%) Python
6 1 (1.43%) VB
Qualifications
1 70 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 32 (45.71%) MCP
3 31 (44.29%) MCITP
4 22 (31.43%) Security Cleared
5 21 (30.00%) MCSE
6 16 (22.86%) SC Cleared
7 15 (21.43%) Degree
8 6 (8.57%) MCDBA
8 6 (8.57%) MCSA
9 4 (5.71%) CCNA
9 4 (5.71%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (5.71%) MCDST
10 3 (4.29%) CCNP
10 3 (4.29%) MCSD
10 3 (4.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (2.86%) MCAD
11 2 (2.86%) VCP6
12 1 (1.43%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (1.43%) HND
12 1 (1.43%) OCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.71%) QA
2 1 (1.43%) SLA
System Software
1 44 (62.86%) Active Directory
2 11 (15.71%) Hyper-V
3 5 (7.14%) vSphere
4 4 (5.71%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (4.29%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (4.29%) XenApp
6 2 (2.86%) Terminal Services
6 2 (2.86%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.43%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.43%) Xen
7 1 (1.43%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (8.57%) SCCM
1 6 (8.57%) WSUS
2 5 (7.14%) Microsoft Clustering
3 2 (2.86%) Tivoli
3 2 (2.86%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 1 (1.43%) CA Single Sign-On
4 1 (1.43%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (1.43%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 45 (64.29%) Microsoft
2 10 (14.29%) Citrix
3 9 (12.86%) VMware
4 6 (8.57%) HP
5 3 (4.29%) Apple
5 3 (4.29%) Cisco
5 3 (4.29%) Remedy
6 2 (2.86%) Adobe
6 2 (2.86%) EMC
6 2 (2.86%) RedGate
6 2 (2.86%) ServiceNow
6 2 (2.86%) Sophos
7 1 (1.43%) CA
7 1 (1.43%) Dell
7 1 (1.43%) Google
7 1 (1.43%) IBM
7 1 (1.43%) Juniper
7 1 (1.43%) LANDesk
7 1 (1.43%) Oracle
7 1 (1.43%) Symantec