Period
to 5 December 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 5 December 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
5 Dec 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 730 820 821
Rank change year-on-year +90 +1 -67
Contract jobs citing MCTS 22 61 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.029% 0.064% 0.053%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.14% 0.33% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 39 37
England median daily rate £400 £300 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -21.05% +18.75%
10th Percentile £170 £175 £250
90th Percentile £450 £484 £530
UK median daily rate £363 £290 £380
% change year-on-year +25.00% -23.68% +22.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
England median hourly rate - £23.13 £91.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -74.65% +453.03%
UK median hourly rate £44.75 £23.13 £25.63
% change year-on-year +93.47% -9.74% +44.37%

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 15,479 18,251 17,971
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 20.73% 19.07% 18.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,580 10,855 11,062
England median daily rate £473 £450 £435
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +3.45% +2.35%
10th Percentile £263 £261 £231
90th Percentile £650 £625 £613
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +1.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 720 871 821
England median hourly rate £35.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.00% - -
10th Percentile £14.25 £13.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.00 £51.00 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £25.31
% change year-on-year +32.08% +4.70% -0.75%

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 5 December 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 5 December 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
South East +50 10 £440 +13.55% 2
London +76 9 £170 -18.07% 5
Midlands +51 2 £425 +203.57% 1
East Midlands +36 2 £425 -
East of England +36 1 £300 +71.43%
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 5 December 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 22 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (77.27%) Microsoft
3 15 (68.18%) Windows
4 11 (50.00%) SCCM
5 10 (45.45%) SQL
6 9 (40.91%) Active Directory
6 9 (40.91%) VMware
6 9 (40.91%) MCITP
6 9 (40.91%) Office 365
7 8 (36.36%) Security Cleared
7 8 (36.36%) VMware Infrastructure
7 8 (36.36%) PowerShell
7 8 (36.36%) Windows 10
7 8 (36.36%) SQL Server
8 7 (31.82%) Cisco
8 7 (31.82%) Citrix
9 6 (27.27%) Microsoft Office
9 6 (27.27%) ITIL
9 6 (27.27%) MCP
9 6 (27.27%) T-SQL
9 6 (27.27%) PRINCE2
9 6 (27.27%) MCSE
9 6 (27.27%) Windows Server
9 6 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (27.27%) Windows 7
10 5 (22.73%) SC Cleared
10 5 (22.73%) Application Packaging
10 5 (22.73%) Problem-Solving
10 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database
10 5 (22.73%) .NET

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 (13.64%) IIS
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (9.09%) MS Exchange
2 2 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 2 (9.09%) Skype for Business
3 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2010
3 1 (4.55%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 6 (27.27%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (18.18%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (4.55%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (9.09%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 9 (40.91%) Office 365
2 3 (13.64%) Azure
3 2 (9.09%) AWS
3 2 (9.09%) IaaS
3 2 (9.09%) PaaS
4 1 (4.55%) Amazon EC2
4 1 (4.55%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (4.55%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 4 (18.18%) LAN
1 4 (18.18%) WAN
2 3 (13.64%) Unified Communications
2 3 (13.64%) VoIP
3 2 (9.09%) DHCP
3 2 (9.09%) DNS
3 2 (9.09%) Skype
3 2 (9.09%) TCP/IP
3 2 (9.09%) Wireless
4 1 (4.55%) Firewall
4 1 (4.55%) Internet
4 1 (4.55%) Intranet
4 1 (4.55%) IP Telephony
4 1 (4.55%) PBX
4 1 (4.55%) SAN
4 1 (4.55%) VLAN
4 1 (4.55%) VPN
4 1 (4.55%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (36.36%) SQL Server
2 5 (22.73%) Oracle Database
3 3 (13.64%) Oracle Database 10g
4 2 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (4.55%) OLTP
5 1 (4.55%) Relational Database
5 1 (4.55%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (4.55%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (13.64%) InstallShield
1 3 (13.64%) MSI
1 3 (13.64%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (13.64%) Visual Studio
1 3 (13.64%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
2 2 (9.09%) Git (software)
2 2 (9.09%) Jenkins
2 2 (9.09%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 1 (4.55%) Finance
1 1 (4.55%) Public Sector
Job Titles
1 4 (18.18%) Developer
1 4 (18.18%) Support Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) Consultant
2 3 (13.64%) Hyper-V Consultant
2 3 (13.64%) IT Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) IT Support
2 3 (13.64%) IT Support Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) Virtualisation Consultant
2 3 (13.64%) VMware Consultant
3 2 (9.09%) 2nd Line Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Analyst
3 2 (9.09%) Applications Packager
3 2 (9.09%) Desktop Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Desktop Support
3 2 (9.09%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Lead DevOps
3 2 (9.09%) Technical Leader
4 1 (4.55%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (22.73%) .NET
2 3 (13.64%) ASP.NET
2 3 (13.64%) Web Services
2 3 (13.64%) WinForms
3 2 (9.09%) TIBCO EMS
4 1 (4.55%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (18.18%) Clustering
2 3 (13.64%) Data Centre
2 3 (13.64%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 1 (4.55%) Blackberry
3 1 (4.55%) iPad
3 1 (4.55%) PDA
3 1 (4.55%) Smartphone
3 1 (4.55%) User Experience
3 1 (4.55%) Video Conferencing
3 1 (4.55%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 15 (68.18%) Windows
2 8 (36.36%) Windows 10
3 6 (27.27%) Windows 7
3 6 (27.27%) Windows Server
3 6 (27.27%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (9.09%) Linux
4 2 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (4.55%) Mac OS
5 1 (4.55%) Mac OS X
5 1 (4.55%) VMS
5 1 (4.55%) Windows Vista
5 1 (4.55%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) ITIL
1 6 (27.27%) PRINCE2
2 5 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (22.73%) Application Packaging
2 5 (22.73%) Problem-Solving
3 4 (18.18%) Incident Management
3 4 (18.18%) Patch Management
3 4 (18.18%) Task Automation
4 3 (13.64%) API Development
4 3 (13.64%) Business Analysis
4 3 (13.64%) Document Management
4 3 (13.64%) DSDM
4 3 (13.64%) Project Management
4 3 (13.64%) RAD
4 3 (13.64%) SDLC
4 3 (13.64%) Server Building
4 3 (13.64%) Server Management
4 3 (13.64%) Service Delivery
4 3 (13.64%) Web Development
4 3 (13.64%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 10 (45.45%) SQL
2 8 (36.36%) PowerShell
3 6 (27.27%) T-SQL
4 3 (13.64%) C#
4 3 (13.64%) C++
4 3 (13.64%) PL/SQL
4 3 (13.64%) VB
4 3 (13.64%) VB.NET
4 3 (13.64%) VBScript
5 2 (9.09%) Bash Shell
5 2 (9.09%) Groovy
5 2 (9.09%) Java
5 2 (9.09%) Python
Qualifications
1 22 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (40.91%) MCITP
3 8 (36.36%) Security Cleared
4 6 (27.27%) MCP
4 6 (27.27%) MCSE
5 5 (22.73%) SC Cleared
6 4 (18.18%) MCPD
6 4 (18.18%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (13.64%) CCA
7 3 (13.64%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (13.64%) MCSA
7 3 (13.64%) VCAP
7 3 (13.64%) VCP4
7 3 (13.64%) VCP5
8 2 (9.09%) OCPJP
8 2 (9.09%) RHCSA
9 1 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (4.55%) Degree
9 1 (4.55%) MOS
9 1 (4.55%) Network+ Certification
System Software
1 9 (40.91%) Active Directory
2 8 (36.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (18.18%) Virtual Machines
4 3 (13.64%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 3 (13.64%) Hyper-V
4 3 (13.64%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (13.64%) vCloud
4 3 (13.64%) Virtual Desktop
4 3 (13.64%) vSphere
5 1 (4.55%) BitLocker
5 1 (4.55%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (50.00%) SCCM
2 3 (13.64%) Cisco CUCM
2 3 (13.64%) SCVMM
2 3 (13.64%) ThinApp
2 3 (13.64%) vCenter Server
3 2 (9.09%) AirWatch
3 2 (9.09%) Ansible
3 2 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (9.09%) Puppet
3 2 (9.09%) Salt
4 1 (4.55%) Avamar
4 1 (4.55%) Jamf Pro
4 1 (4.55%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (4.55%) Single Sign-On
4 1 (4.55%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 1 (4.55%) vMotion
4 1 (4.55%) WMI
4 1 (4.55%) WSUS
Vendors
1 17 (77.27%) Microsoft
2 9 (40.91%) VMware
3 7 (31.82%) Cisco
3 7 (31.82%) Citrix
4 5 (22.73%) Oracle
5 3 (13.64%) Apple
5 3 (13.64%) Dell
5 3 (13.64%) IFS
5 3 (13.64%) Meridio
5 3 (13.64%) Novell
6 2 (9.09%) HP
6 2 (9.09%) TIBCO
7 1 (4.55%) Avaya
7 1 (4.55%) EMC
7 1 (4.55%) McAfee
7 1 (4.55%) Meraki
7 1 (4.55%) NetApp
7 1 (4.55%) Palo Alto
7 1 (4.55%) SAP
7 1 (4.55%) Symantec