Period
to 22 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 January 2018 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)
England > London
6 months to
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 606 561 582
Rank change year-on-year -45 +21 -29
Contract jobs citing MCTS 18 28 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.039% 0.068% 0.034%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.40% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 15 11
London median daily rate £391 £418 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.29% +41.53% -26.25%
10th Percentile £295 £192 £135
90th Percentile £638 £495 £375
England median daily rate £375 £320 £330
% change year-on-year +17.19% -3.03% -17.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
London median hourly rate - - £18.50
England median hourly rate £13.00 £43.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -70.11% +135.14% -27.45%

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 London with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
London
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 7,965 6,970 7,512
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 17.25% 16.92% 17.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,270 4,544 4,995
London median daily rate £488 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.98% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £263 £273 £260
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
England median daily rate £440 £425 £406
% change year-on-year +3.53% +4.81% +1.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 186 124 122
London median hourly rate £21.00 £20.31 £20.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.40% -0.93% +20.59%
10th Percentile £13.75 £11.66 £12.02
90th Percentile £53.13 £49.76 £45.13
England median hourly rate £23.88 £26.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year -8.17% -3.70% +42.11%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in London

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCTS in London.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in London

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS in London over the 6 months to 22 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCTS in London

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS in London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in London

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the London region over the 6 months to 22 January 2018. 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
Central London -29 3 £450 +15.38%
West London - 3 £650 - 1
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, 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 London region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (83.33%) Windows
3 14 (77.78%) MCITP
4 13 (72.22%) Microsoft
5 10 (55.56%) SQL
6 8 (44.44%) ITIL
7 7 (38.89%) Active Directory
8 6 (33.33%) SQL Server
8 6 (33.33%) Cisco
8 6 (33.33%) VMware
8 6 (33.33%) PowerShell
8 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
9 5 (27.78%) Degree
10 4 (22.22%) SCOM
10 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2008
10 4 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (22.22%) Amazon AWS
10 4 (22.22%) vSphere
10 4 (22.22%) Service Management
10 4 (22.22%) SAN
10 4 (22.22%) CommVault
10 4 (22.22%) .NET
10 4 (22.22%) XML
10 4 (22.22%) MCSE
10 4 (22.22%) Windows Server
11 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
11 3 (16.67%) DNS
11 3 (16.67%) CheckPoint
11 3 (16.67%) Customer Engagement

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 2 (11.11%) SharePoint
2 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (5.56%) IIS
2 1 (5.56%) MS Exchange
2 1 (5.56%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (5.56%) SharePoint Foundation
2 1 (5.56%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (22.22%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
2 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (22.22%) SAN
2 3 (16.67%) DNS
2 3 (16.67%) TCP/IP
3 2 (11.11%) Firewall
4 1 (5.56%) LAN
4 1 (5.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 4 (22.22%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (11.11%) Relational Database
4 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Git (software)
1 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.56%) Moq
2 1 (5.56%) NUnit
2 1 (5.56%) Selenium
General
1 2 (11.11%) Finance
2 1 (5.56%) Advertising
2 1 (5.56%) Legal
Job Titles
1 3 (16.67%) Architect
1 3 (16.67%) Developer
1 3 (16.67%) Field Engineer
1 3 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 3 (16.67%) SQL Developer
2 2 (11.11%) .NET Developer
2 2 (11.11%) .NET Software Developer
2 2 (11.11%) Active Directory Administrator
2 2 (11.11%) Active Directory Consultant
2 2 (11.11%) AWS Architect
2 2 (11.11%) Azure Consultant
2 2 (11.11%) C# .NET Developer
2 2 (11.11%) C# Developer
2 2 (11.11%) C# Software Developer
2 2 (11.11%) Cloud Consultant
2 2 (11.11%) Infrastructure Architect
2 2 (11.11%) Operations Manager
2 2 (11.11%) SQL DBA
2 2 (11.11%) Systems Manager
2 2 (11.11%) Windows Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (22.22%) .NET
1 4 (22.22%) XML
2 2 (11.11%) .NET Framework
2 2 (11.11%) ASP.NET
2 2 (11.11%) ASP.NET Web API
2 2 (11.11%) jQuery
3 1 (5.56%) AngularJS
3 1 (5.56%) ASP.NET Web Forms
3 1 (5.56%) CSS
3 1 (5.56%) Entity Framework
3 1 (5.56%) HTML
3 1 (5.56%) Unity DI Container
3 1 (5.56%) Windows SharePoint Services
3 1 (5.56%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Fat Client
1 2 (11.11%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 15 (83.33%) Windows
2 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (22.22%) Windows Server
3 4 (22.22%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (44.44%) ITIL
2 4 (22.22%) Service Management
3 3 (16.67%) Customer Engagement
4 2 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
4 2 (11.11%) Collaborative Working
4 2 (11.11%) Data Modelling
4 2 (11.11%) Disaster Recovery
4 2 (11.11%) High Availability
4 2 (11.11%) MVC
4 2 (11.11%) OO
4 2 (11.11%) OOD
4 2 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (11.11%) TOGAF
4 2 (11.11%) Zachman Framework
5 1 (5.56%) Mentoring
5 1 (5.56%) Performance Monitoring
5 1 (5.56%) Proactive Monitoring
5 1 (5.56%) Resource Allocation
5 1 (5.56%) SDLC
5 1 (5.56%) Workload Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (55.56%) SQL
2 6 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 2 (11.11%) C#
3 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
4 1 (5.56%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (77.78%) MCITP
3 5 (27.78%) Degree
4 4 (22.22%) MCSE
5 3 (16.67%) VCP5
5 3 (16.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (11.11%) CCNA
6 2 (11.11%) CCNP
6 2 (11.11%) CCSE
6 2 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (11.11%) MCAD
6 2 (11.11%) MCSA
6 2 (11.11%) MCSD
6 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Certified Architect
6 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) QA
2 1 (5.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (38.89%) Active Directory
2 5 (27.78%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (22.22%) vSphere
4 3 (16.67%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 4 (22.22%) SCOM
2 2 (11.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 13 (72.22%) Microsoft
2 6 (33.33%) Cisco
2 6 (33.33%) VMware
3 4 (22.22%) CommVault
4 3 (16.67%) Brocade
4 3 (16.67%) CheckPoint
5 2 (11.11%) Palo Alto
6 1 (5.56%) RedGate