Period
to 21 November 2017

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 21 November 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
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 804 758 748
Rank change year-on-year -46 -10 -86
Contract jobs citing MCTS 51 113 117
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.054% 0.12% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 0.57% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 76 71
England median daily rate £375 £325 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -2.99% -10.67%
10th Percentile £246 £150 £190
90th Percentile £529 £480 £475
UK median daily rate £375 £320 £320
% change year-on-year +17.19% - -12.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 10 10
England median hourly rate £91.25 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +453.03% - -17.50%
10th Percentile £26.98 £11.79 £13.73
90th Percentile £164.93 £47.00 £47.71
UK median hourly rate £25.63 £17.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year +44.37% -4.05% +5.71%

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 17792 19904 20620
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 18.76% 20.46% 19.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 10928 12418 12556
England median daily rate £425 £423 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.59% +5.63% -
10th Percentile £230 £250 £250
90th Percentile £600 £594 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 826 767 995
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.96% +6.25% +26.32%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.14 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £47.74 £48.75
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £26.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year +0.96% +4.00% +31.58%

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 21 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS in England over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 21 November 2017. 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 -35 25 £413 +13.79% 6
Midlands +20 10 £400 +25.00% 4
South East -19 10 £375 +17.19% 2
West Midlands +21 9 £400 +25.00% 4
North of England +22 2 £238 -25.78% 1
North West +19 1 £200 -42.86% 1
Yorkshire +18 1 £275 +254.84%
East Midlands - 1 - -
South West - 1 £300 -
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 51 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (80.39%) Windows
3 33 (64.71%) Microsoft
3 33 (64.71%) MCITP
4 32 (62.75%) ITIL
5 28 (54.90%) Service Management
6 22 (43.14%) SQL
6 22 (43.14%) Active Directory
7 21 (41.18%) PowerShell
8 19 (37.25%) Degree
9 18 (35.29%) Customer Engagement
10 16 (31.37%) Microsoft Azure
11 15 (29.41%) SQL Server
12 14 (27.45%) SCOM
13 13 (25.49%) XML
14 12 (23.53%) .NET
15 10 (19.61%) Citrix
15 10 (19.61%) Cisco
15 10 (19.61%) VMware
15 10 (19.61%) Windows Server
16 9 (17.65%) Azure Active Directory
16 9 (17.65%) Windows Server 2008
16 9 (17.65%) vSphere
16 9 (17.65%) DNS
16 9 (17.65%) SharePoint
17 8 (15.69%) MS Exchange
17 8 (15.69%) VMware Infrastructure
17 8 (15.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 8 (15.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 8 (15.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services

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 9 (17.65%) SharePoint
2 8 (15.69%) MS Exchange
3 7 (13.73%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (13.73%) IIS
3 7 (13.73%) Skype for Business
4 1 (1.96%) Exchange Server 2013
4 1 (1.96%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (1.96%) SharePoint Foundation
4 1 (1.96%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 7 (13.73%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (11.76%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 16 (31.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (17.65%) Azure Active Directory
3 5 (9.80%) Dynamics 365
4 4 (7.84%) Office 365
5 2 (3.92%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (1.96%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 9 (17.65%) DNS
2 7 (13.73%) DHCP
3 6 (11.76%) Cisco ASA
3 6 (11.76%) Firewall
3 6 (11.76%) PBX
3 6 (11.76%) VoIP
4 5 (9.80%) VPN
5 4 (7.84%) TCP/IP
6 3 (5.88%) SAN
7 2 (3.92%) LAN
7 2 (3.92%) Skype
7 2 (3.92%) WAN
8 1 (1.96%) IP Telephony
8 1 (1.96%) MPLS
8 1 (1.96%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (29.41%) SQL Server
2 8 (15.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 8 (15.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 8 (15.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (11.76%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (9.80%) SQL Server 2014
5 4 (7.84%) Data Mart
5 4 (7.84%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (7.84%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (5.88%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (1.96%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 4 (7.84%) Visual Studio
2 3 (5.88%) WiX
General
1 6 (11.76%) Telecoms
2 4 (7.84%) Finance
3 2 (3.92%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.96%) Advertising
4 1 (1.96%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (33.33%) Field Engineer
2 11 (21.57%) Developer
3 9 (17.65%) Windows Engineer
4 8 (15.69%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (11.76%) CRM Developer
5 6 (11.76%) Support Engineer
5 6 (11.76%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (9.80%) Infrastructure Support
6 5 (9.80%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 5 (9.80%) SQL Developer
7 4 (7.84%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 4 (7.84%) Consultant
7 4 (7.84%) Desktop Support
7 4 (7.84%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 4 (7.84%) Operations Manager
7 4 (7.84%) SQL BI Developer
7 4 (7.84%) Systems Manager
7 4 (7.84%) VMware Engineer
7 4 (7.84%) VMware Support Engineer
7 4 (7.84%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (25.49%) XML
2 12 (23.53%) .NET
3 6 (11.76%) ASP.NET
4 3 (5.88%) WCF
5 1 (1.96%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.96%) CSS
5 1 (1.96%) HTML
5 1 (1.96%) jQuery
5 1 (1.96%) Windows SharePoint Services
5 1 (1.96%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.76%) Virtual Team
2 1 (1.96%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.96%) NHS
2 1 (1.96%) PKI
2 1 (1.96%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 41 (80.39%) Windows
2 10 (19.61%) Windows Server
3 9 (17.65%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (9.80%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.92%) Windows 10
5 2 (3.92%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.96%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (62.75%) ITIL
2 28 (54.90%) Service Management
3 18 (35.29%) Customer Engagement
4 6 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (11.76%) Business Intelligence
4 6 (11.76%) CRM
4 6 (11.76%) Incident Management
5 5 (9.80%) Performance Monitoring
6 4 (7.84%) Disaster Recovery
6 4 (7.84%) Problem Management
6 4 (7.84%) Unit Testing
6 4 (7.84%) Web Application Development
7 3 (5.88%) Corporate Information Factory
7 3 (5.88%) Data Modelling
7 3 (5.88%) High Availability
7 3 (5.88%) Inmon Methodology
7 3 (5.88%) Performance Tuning
8 2 (3.92%) PRINCE2
8 2 (3.92%) Resource Allocation
9 1 (1.96%) PRINCE
Programming Languages
1 22 (43.14%) SQL
2 21 (41.18%) PowerShell
3 5 (9.80%) T-SQL
4 4 (7.84%) C#
5 1 (1.96%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 51 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (64.71%) MCITP
3 19 (37.25%) Degree
4 8 (15.69%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 7 (13.73%) CCNA
5 7 (13.73%) Cisco Certification
6 3 (5.88%) MCSA
6 3 (5.88%) MCSE
7 2 (3.92%) MCP
7 2 (3.92%) VCP5
8 1 (1.96%) A+ Certification
8 1 (1.96%) CCA
8 1 (1.96%) Citrix Certification
8 1 (1.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.84%) QA
2 2 (3.92%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (3.92%) SLA
3 1 (1.96%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 22 (43.14%) Active Directory
2 9 (17.65%) vSphere
3 8 (15.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (3.92%) BitLocker
4 2 (3.92%) Terminal Server
4 2 (3.92%) vCloud
5 1 (1.96%) Hyper-V
5 1 (1.96%) XenApp
5 1 (1.96%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 14 (27.45%) SCOM
2 4 (7.84%) SCCM
2 4 (7.84%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 4 (7.84%) WSUS
3 1 (1.96%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 33 (64.71%) Microsoft
2 10 (19.61%) Cisco
2 10 (19.61%) Citrix
2 10 (19.61%) VMware
3 6 (11.76%) HP
4 5 (9.80%) RedGate
5 3 (5.88%) CommVault
6 2 (3.92%) Brocade
7 1 (1.96%) AppSense
7 1 (1.96%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.96%) SolarWinds
7 1 (1.96%) Veeam