Period
to 29 November 2020

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 29 November 2020 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
29 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 502 752 815
Rank change year-on-year +250 +63 +13
Contract jobs citing MCTS 5 22 62
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.016% 0.029% 0.065%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.069% 0.14% 0.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 41
Median daily rate £525 £400 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +31.25% +20.30% -11.33%
10th Percentile £505 £170 £175
90th Percentile £545 £450 £484
UK median daily rate £525 £363 £316
% change year-on-year +44.83% +14.62% -15.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £23.13
UK median hourly rate - £44.75 £23.13
% change year-on-year - +93.47% -9.74%

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 7,283 15,416 18,067
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 23.78% 20.66% 19.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,419 9,520 10,754
Median daily rate £475 £474 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.32% +5.22% +4.29%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £260
90th Percentile £650 £648 £625
UK median daily rate £475 £463 £450
% change year-on-year +2.70% +2.78% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 444 720 862
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £25.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +39.33% +0.48%
10th Percentile £15.04 £14.33 £13.00
90th Percentile £64.50 £60.13 £51.00
Median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £26.21
% change year-on-year - +33.56% +4.82%

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
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 29 November 2020. 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 +165 3 - - 1
North West - 2 £525 -
North of England - 2 £525 - 1
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 29 November 2020, 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 5 (100.00%) MCSE
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 5 (100.00%) Azure
2 3 (60.00%) Data Analysis
2 3 (60.00%) Apple iOS
2 3 (60.00%) Process Improvement
2 3 (60.00%) Office 365
2 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Intune
2 3 (60.00%) Degree
2 3 (60.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 3 (60.00%) Video Conferencing
2 3 (60.00%) Service Delivery
2 3 (60.00%) GAP Analysis
2 3 (60.00%) ITSM
2 3 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (60.00%) SharePoint
2 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (60.00%) MCP
2 3 (60.00%) Windows
2 3 (60.00%) Mobile Device Management
2 3 (60.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (60.00%) Skype
2 3 (60.00%) Windows 10
2 3 (60.00%) Creative Thinking
2 3 (60.00%) Problem-Solving
2 3 (60.00%) Business Case
3 2 (40.00%) PaaS
3 2 (40.00%) TOGAF Certification

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 3 (60.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (100.00%) Azure
2 3 (60.00%) Office 365
3 2 (40.00%) IaaS
3 2 (40.00%) PaaS
4 1 (20.00%) Azure Data Factory
4 1 (20.00%) Power Platform
4 1 (20.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (20.00%) Data Lake
2 1 (20.00%) Power BI
General
1 1 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Desktop Support
1 3 (60.00%) Desktop Support Technician
1 3 (60.00%) Desktop Technician
1 3 (60.00%) Support Technician
2 2 (40.00%) Architect
2 2 (40.00%) Data Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Azure Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Enterprise Architect
3 1 (20.00%) Enterprise Data Architect
Miscellaneous
1 3 (60.00%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (60.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 3 (60.00%) Apple iOS
1 3 (60.00%) Windows
1 3 (60.00%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Business Case
1 3 (60.00%) Computer Science
1 3 (60.00%) Creative Thinking
1 3 (60.00%) Data Analysis
1 3 (60.00%) GAP Analysis
1 3 (60.00%) ITSM
1 3 (60.00%) Mobile Device Management
1 3 (60.00%) Problem-Solving
1 3 (60.00%) Process Improvement
1 3 (60.00%) Service Delivery
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (40.00%) Business Intelligence
2 2 (40.00%) Enterprise Architecture
2 2 (40.00%) TOGAF
3 1 (20.00%) Data Transformation
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) MCSE
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (60.00%) Degree
2 3 (60.00%) MCP
3 2 (40.00%) MCSA
3 2 (40.00%) TOGAF Certification
System Software
1 3 (60.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft Intune
Vendors
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (20.00%) Databricks