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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 556 554 546
Rank change year-on-year -2 -8  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 24 73 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.056% 0.15% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 0.69% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 55 41
Median daily rate £400 £330 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.21% -17.50%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £230 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £425 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +59.09% -5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
Median hourly rate - £14.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -35.55%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +60.00%  

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 8246 10528 9609
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 19.41% 21.61% 18.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 4958 6660 5680
Median daily rate £435 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.75% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £255 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 363 484
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.56 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +17.92% +22.48%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £12.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

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 25 June 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 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 3 months to 25 June 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 -2 13 £400 +23.07% 1
South East +23 5 £325 -5.79% 6
East of England - 2 £550 -
North East +54 1 £300 -9.09%
Yorkshire +22 1 - - 2
West Midlands +19 1 £400 -5.88% 1
East Midlands - 1 £500 -
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 57 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (84.21%) Windows
3 38 (66.67%) MCITP
4 31 (54.39%) Active Directory
5 28 (49.12%) Microsoft
6 25 (43.86%) Windows Server
7 24 (42.11%) MCSE
8 18 (31.58%) ITIL
8 18 (31.58%) MCP
9 17 (29.82%) Migration
9 17 (29.82%) PowerShell
9 17 (29.82%) Windows Server 2012
10 16 (28.07%) Degree
11 15 (26.32%) Service Management
11 15 (26.32%) SQL
12 12 (21.05%) Customer Engagement
12 12 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
13 11 (19.30%) Windows 7
13 11 (19.30%) Hyper-V
13 11 (19.30%) SQL Server
13 11 (19.30%) Citrix
14 10 (17.54%) C#
14 10 (17.54%) DHCP
14 10 (17.54%) Finance
15 9 (15.79%) VMware
15 9 (15.79%) Microsoft Office
15 9 (15.79%) .NET
15 9 (15.79%) MCSA
16 8 (14.04%) DNS
16 8 (14.04%) Business Intelligence

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 (8.77%) Skype for Business
2 4 (7.02%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (7.02%) IIS
3 3 (5.26%) MS Exchange
3 3 (5.26%) SharePoint
4 2 (3.51%) Apache
5 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2007
5 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 1 (1.75%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 9 (15.79%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (7.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.51%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.53%) Office 365
2 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.26%) OneDrive
3 2 (3.51%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.75%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (17.54%) DHCP
2 8 (14.04%) DNS
3 5 (8.77%) TCP/IP
4 4 (7.02%) Skype
4 4 (7.02%) VoIP
5 3 (5.26%) Network Security
6 2 (3.51%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (3.51%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (19.30%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server 2014
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (8.77%) Data Mart
3 5 (8.77%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (8.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (8.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (7.02%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (3.51%) MySQL
7 1 (1.75%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (8.77%) Visual Studio
2 4 (7.02%) WiX
3 2 (3.51%) CruiseControl
3 2 (3.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (3.51%) TeamCity
3 2 (3.51%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (1.75%) MSI
General
1 10 (17.54%) Finance
2 4 (7.02%) Retail
3 3 (5.26%) Financial Institution
3 3 (5.26%) Military
4 1 (1.75%) Law
4 1 (1.75%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 12 (21.05%) Field Engineer
2 9 (15.79%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (14.04%) Desktop Support
4 7 (12.28%) Windows Engineer
5 6 (10.53%) Consultant
5 6 (10.53%) Support Engineer
6 5 (8.77%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 5 (8.77%) Analyst
6 5 (8.77%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (8.77%) Developer
6 5 (8.77%) IT Support
6 5 (8.77%) SQL Developer
6 5 (8.77%) Support Analyst
7 4 (7.02%) Active Directory Engineer
7 4 (7.02%) Migration Engineer
8 3 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
8 3 (5.26%) Citrix Engineer
8 3 (5.26%) Field Support Engineer
8 3 (5.26%) Server Support
8 3 (5.26%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (15.79%) .NET
2 6 (10.53%) WCF
3 5 (8.77%) CSS
4 4 (7.02%) XML
5 2 (3.51%) ASP.NET
5 2 (3.51%) WAP
5 2 (3.51%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.28%) Clustering
2 6 (10.53%) iPad
3 4 (7.02%) EPoS
4 3 (5.26%) Computer Science
4 3 (5.26%) NHS
5 2 (3.51%) CCTV
5 2 (3.51%) RIA
6 1 (1.75%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.75%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.75%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 48 (84.21%) Windows
2 25 (43.86%) Windows Server
3 17 (29.82%) Windows Server 2012
4 12 (21.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (19.30%) Windows 7
6 7 (12.28%) Windows 10
7 6 (10.53%) Windows 8
7 6 (10.53%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (3.51%) Mac OS
8 2 (3.51%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.75%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (31.58%) ITIL
2 17 (29.82%) Migration
3 15 (26.32%) Service Management
4 12 (21.05%) Customer Engagement
5 8 (14.04%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (8.77%) Performance Monitoring
6 5 (8.77%) Web Application Development
7 4 (7.02%) Corporate Information Factory
7 4 (7.02%) CRM
7 4 (7.02%) Inmon Methodology
7 4 (7.02%) Problem Management
8 3 (5.26%) Application Packaging
8 3 (5.26%) Database Mirroring
8 3 (5.26%) ETL
8 3 (5.26%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (5.26%) Resource Allocation
8 3 (5.26%) Software Engineering
9 2 (3.51%) Application Virtualisation
9 2 (3.51%) Patch Management
9 2 (3.51%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 17 (29.82%) PowerShell
2 15 (26.32%) SQL
3 10 (17.54%) C#
4 5 (8.77%) T-SQL
5 3 (5.26%) Ada
5 3 (5.26%) Ada 83
5 3 (5.26%) Ada 95
6 2 (3.51%) Shell Script
6 2 (3.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 57 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (66.67%) MCITP
3 24 (42.11%) MCSE
4 18 (31.58%) MCP
5 16 (28.07%) Degree
6 9 (15.79%) MCSA
7 5 (8.77%) SC Cleared
7 5 (8.77%) Security Cleared
8 4 (7.02%) CCNA
8 4 (7.02%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (7.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (5.26%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (5.26%) Master's Degree
10 2 (3.51%) CCNP
10 2 (3.51%) MCDBA
10 2 (3.51%) MCDST
10 2 (3.51%) VCP6
11 1 (1.75%) A+ Certification
11 1 (1.75%) Citrix Certification
11 1 (1.75%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.77%) QA
System Software
1 31 (54.39%) Active Directory
2 11 (19.30%) Hyper-V
3 3 (5.26%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (5.26%) vSphere
3 3 (5.26%) XenApp
4 2 (3.51%) Terminal Services
4 2 (3.51%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (3.51%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (3.51%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (1.75%) BitLocker
5 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (1.75%) Terminal Server
5 1 (1.75%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.75%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.75%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (14.04%) SCCM
2 7 (12.28%) SCOM
2 7 (12.28%) WSUS
3 3 (5.26%) SCSM
4 2 (3.51%) Tivoli
4 2 (3.51%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 2 (3.51%) vCenter Server
5 1 (1.75%) Simpana
Vendors
1 28 (49.12%) Microsoft
2 11 (19.30%) Citrix
3 9 (15.79%) VMware
4 5 (8.77%) RedGate
5 3 (5.26%) Cisco
5 3 (5.26%) HP
6 2 (3.51%) Adobe
6 2 (3.51%) Apple
6 2 (3.51%) EMC
6 2 (3.51%) Sophos
7 1 (1.75%) AppSense
7 1 (1.75%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.75%) CommVault
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