Period
to 27 October 2021

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 27 October 2021 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
27 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 731 501 754
Rank change year-on-year -230 +253 +68
Contract jobs citing MCTS 15 3 17
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.022% 0.011% 0.022%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.044% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 2 8
10th Percentile £272 £505 £235
25th Percentile £325 £513 £291
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £400 £525 £400
Median % change year-on-year -23.81% +31.25% +33.33%
75th Percentile £550 £538 £440
90th Percentile £575 £545 £455
UK median daily rate £400 £525 £400
% change year-on-year -23.81% +31.25% +37.93%

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 12,848 6,888 15,545
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.83% 24.83% 20.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,237 4,678 9,980
10th Percentile £306 £300 £263
25th Percentile £413 £393 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £481 £470
Median % change year-on-year +4.00% +2.29% +4.44%
75th Percentile £600 £575 £569
90th Percentile £688 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 608 260 664
10th Percentile £12.36 £15.00 £14.00
25th Percentile £16.13 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate £29.40 £31.61 £40.00
Median % change year-on-year -6.99% -20.98% +73.91%
75th Percentile £53.75 £48.75 £50.00
90th Percentile £66.00 £64.50 £60.00
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £31.61 £39.50
% change year-on-year -5.09% -19.97% +67.02%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in England

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing MCTS in England.

Daily rate trend for MCTS in England

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing MCTS in England over the 6 months to 27 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for MCTS in England

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing MCTS in England.

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 27 October 2021. 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
South East - 6 £350 - 3
London - 5 £300 - 1
South West - 3 £550 -
East of England - 1 £500 - 1
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 27 October 2021, 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 15 (100.00%) Windows
1 15 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
3 11 (73.33%) Citrix
3 11 (73.33%) MCITP
3 11 (73.33%) SCCM
3 11 (73.33%) Microsoft 365
4 10 (66.67%) Windows Server
5 9 (60.00%) Windows 10
5 9 (60.00%) SC Cleared
5 9 (60.00%) Security Cleared
5 9 (60.00%) Azure
6 8 (53.33%) Skype
6 8 (53.33%) Windows Server 2012
6 8 (53.33%) ITIL
6 8 (53.33%) DNS
7 7 (46.67%) MCP
7 7 (46.67%) PKI
7 7 (46.67%) VMware
7 7 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
8 6 (40.00%) AWS
8 6 (40.00%) XenDesktop
8 6 (40.00%) DHCP
8 6 (40.00%) MCSE
9 5 (33.33%) MCSA
9 5 (33.33%) SharePoint
9 5 (33.33%) Firewall
9 5 (33.33%) vSphere
9 5 (33.33%) ITIL V3

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 5 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 3 (20.00%) Office Communications Server
2 3 (20.00%) Skype for Business
3 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 11 (73.33%) Microsoft 365
2 9 (60.00%) Azure
3 6 (40.00%) AWS
4 5 (33.33%) Azure Active Directory
4 5 (33.33%) Yammer
5 3 (20.00%) Amazon EC2
6 2 (13.33%) OneDrive
7 1 (6.67%) Google Workspace
Communications & Networking
1 8 (53.33%) DNS
1 8 (53.33%) Skype
2 6 (40.00%) DHCP
3 5 (33.33%) Firewall
4 3 (20.00%) TCP/IP
5 2 (13.33%) Cisco IOS
5 2 (13.33%) IPv4
5 2 (13.33%) iSCSI
5 2 (13.33%) NAS
5 2 (13.33%) Network Security
5 2 (13.33%) SAN
5 2 (13.33%) SSL
6 1 (6.67%) IP Telephony
6 1 (6.67%) LAN
6 1 (6.67%) VoIP
6 1 (6.67%) WAN
6 1 (6.67%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2008
1 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (20.00%) JIRA
2 1 (6.67%) MSI
General
1 4 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (13.33%) Documentation Skills
3 1 (6.67%) Finance
3 1 (6.67%) Social Skills
Job Titles
1 8 (53.33%) Wintel Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Architect
2 3 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Systems Architect
2 3 (20.00%) Wintel Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Active Directory Consultant
3 2 (13.33%) Azure Consultant
3 2 (13.33%) Cloud Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Cloud Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Consultant
3 2 (13.33%) Microsoft 365 Consultant
3 2 (13.33%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Wintel Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Application Integration Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Applications Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) DevOps Architect
4 1 (6.67%) IT Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Wintel Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 7 (46.67%) PKI
2 3 (20.00%) Blackberry
2 3 (20.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (6.67%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (6.67%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 15 (100.00%) Windows
2 10 (66.67%) Windows Server
3 9 (60.00%) Windows 10
4 8 (53.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (26.67%) Windows Server 2016
7 3 (20.00%) Android
7 3 (20.00%) Apple iOS
7 3 (20.00%) Mac OS
7 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (6.67%) Mac OS X
8 1 (6.67%) Windows 7
8 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (53.33%) ITIL
2 5 (33.33%) ITIL V3
3 4 (26.67%) Infrastructure Engineering
4 3 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (20.00%) Decision-Making
4 3 (20.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 3 (20.00%) High Availability
4 3 (20.00%) ITSM
4 3 (20.00%) Migration
4 3 (20.00%) Problem Management
4 3 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (13.33%) Application Virtualisation
5 2 (13.33%) Asset Management
5 2 (13.33%) Network Load Balancing
5 2 (13.33%) Patch Management
5 2 (13.33%) Personalization
5 2 (13.33%) Test Strategy
5 2 (13.33%) Virtual Environments
6 1 (6.67%) Mobile Device Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (73.33%) MCITP
3 9 (60.00%) SC Cleared
3 9 (60.00%) Security Cleared
4 7 (46.67%) MCP
5 6 (40.00%) MCSE
6 5 (33.33%) MCSA
7 3 (20.00%) CCA
7 3 (20.00%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (20.00%) Degree
8 2 (13.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (6.67%) CISSP
System Software
1 15 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (46.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (40.00%) XenDesktop
4 5 (33.33%) vSphere
5 3 (20.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (20.00%) XenApp
6 2 (13.33%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 2 (13.33%) Hyper-V
6 2 (13.33%) NFS
6 2 (13.33%) Virtual Servers
7 1 (6.67%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (6.67%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 11 (73.33%) SCCM
2 5 (33.33%) AirWatch
2 5 (33.33%) Microsoft Intune
2 5 (33.33%) vRealize
3 3 (20.00%) Active Directory Federation Services
3 3 (20.00%) Single Sign-On
4 2 (13.33%) NetBackup
4 2 (13.33%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (6.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 14 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 11 (73.33%) Citrix
3 7 (46.67%) VMware
4 5 (33.33%) MobileIron
5 3 (20.00%) Apple
5 3 (20.00%) Cisco
5 3 (20.00%) Samsung
6 2 (13.33%) EMC
6 2 (13.33%) HP
6 2 (13.33%) Ivanti
6 2 (13.33%) McAfee
6 2 (13.33%) Shavlik
6 2 (13.33%) Symantec
7 1 (6.67%) Meraki
7 1 (6.67%) Qualys
7 1 (6.67%) Snow