Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 607 605 580
Rank change year-on-year -2 -25 -1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 27 25 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.059% 0.056% 0.095%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.34% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 19 27
London median daily rate £279 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -30.31% +23.08% -3.35%
10th Percentile £175 £133 £135
90th Percentile £506 £530 £465
England median daily rate £333 £388 £330
% change year-on-year -14.19% +17.42% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
London median hourly rate - £169.50 £14.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +1068.97% -21.62%
England median hourly rate - £91.25 £14.86
% change year-on-year - +514.06% -30.88%

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 7,361 7,378 7,771
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 15.95% 16.55% 17.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,786 4,875 5,066
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +3.45%
10th Percentile £275 £275 £263
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 160 103
London median hourly rate £22.50 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.32% -1.58% -9.65%
10th Percentile £13.70 £13.31 £13.35
90th Percentile £51.75 £47.92 £49.11
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +7.84% +10.87%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 -14 6 £326 +155.88%
West London -19 3 £473 +76.97% 3
East London - 3 £175 - 1
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 2018, 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 London region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (88.89%) Microsoft
2 24 (88.89%) Windows
3 18 (66.67%) Active Directory
4 13 (48.15%) MCP
5 12 (44.44%) ITIL
5 12 (44.44%) MCSE
6 10 (37.04%) MCITP
6 10 (37.04%) Windows 7
7 8 (29.63%) VMware
8 7 (25.93%) Wireless
8 7 (25.93%) SQL Server
8 7 (25.93%) Citrix
8 7 (25.93%) TCP/IP
8 7 (25.93%) PowerShell
8 7 (25.93%) Windows Server
9 6 (22.22%) Windows 10
9 6 (22.22%) Microsoft Certified Architect
9 6 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
9 6 (22.22%) Project Management
9 6 (22.22%) CCNA
9 6 (22.22%) TOGAF
9 6 (22.22%) SCCM
10 5 (18.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (18.52%) Ivanti
10 5 (18.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 5 (18.52%) Migration
10 5 (18.52%) PRINCE2
10 5 (18.52%) SLA
10 5 (18.52%) SAP

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 5 (18.52%) SharePoint
2 3 (11.11%) SharePoint 2010
2 3 (11.11%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (3.70%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (3.70%) IIS
3 1 (3.70%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.70%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 4 (14.81%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (7.41%) ReMetrica
1 2 (7.41%) SAP GTS
1 2 (7.41%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 5 (18.52%) Office 365
2 4 (14.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (11.11%) IaaS
3 3 (11.11%) PaaS
4 1 (3.70%) SaaS
4 1 (3.70%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 7 (25.93%) TCP/IP
1 7 (25.93%) Wireless
2 4 (14.81%) Firewall
3 3 (11.11%) DMZ
3 3 (11.11%) VPN
4 1 (3.70%) DHCP
4 1 (3.70%) DNS
4 1 (3.70%) LAN
4 1 (3.70%) SMTP
4 1 (3.70%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (25.93%) SQL Server
2 5 (18.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 5 (18.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (11.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (7.41%) Oracle Database
5 1 (3.70%) Big Data
5 1 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (3.70%) HDInsight
5 1 (3.70%) NoSQL
5 1 (3.70%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 2 (7.41%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.70%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.70%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 2 (7.41%) Law
2 1 (3.70%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 6 (22.22%) Architect
1 6 (22.22%) Support Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Desktop Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Desktop Support
2 5 (18.52%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 4 (14.81%) Senior Desktop Engineer
3 4 (14.81%) Senior Desktop Support
3 4 (14.81%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
3 4 (14.81%) Senior Support Engineer
4 3 (11.11%) AWS Architect
4 3 (11.11%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
4 3 (11.11%) Infrastructure Architect
4 3 (11.11%) IT Support
4 3 (11.11%) SharePoint Architect
4 3 (11.11%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
4 3 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (11.11%) Windows Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Mac Engineer
5 2 (7.41%) Senior Architect
5 2 (7.41%) Senior SharePoint Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.11%) OAuth
1 3 (11.11%) SAML
2 2 (7.41%) .NET
2 2 (7.41%) ASP.NET
2 2 (7.41%) Web Services
2 2 (7.41%) WinForms
3 1 (3.70%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (11.11%) Data Centre
1 3 (11.11%) Driving Licence
1 3 (11.11%) Fat Client
1 3 (11.11%) Self-Motivation
1 3 (11.11%) Thin Client
2 2 (7.41%) Computer Science
2 2 (7.41%) Enterprise Cloud
3 1 (3.70%) CESG
3 1 (3.70%) Cloud Native
3 1 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (3.70%) PMI
3 1 (3.70%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 24 (88.89%) Windows
2 10 (37.04%) Windows 7
3 7 (25.93%) Windows Server
4 6 (22.22%) Windows 10
5 4 (14.81%) Mac OS X
5 4 (14.81%) Mac OS X Server
6 3 (11.11%) Windows XP
7 1 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (44.44%) ITIL
2 6 (22.22%) Project Management
2 6 (22.22%) TOGAF
3 5 (18.52%) Migration
3 5 (18.52%) PRINCE2
3 5 (18.52%) Problem-Solving
4 4 (14.81%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (14.81%) Change Management
4 4 (14.81%) Service Management
4 4 (14.81%) Workflow
5 3 (11.11%) Decision-Making
5 3 (11.11%) Information Security
5 3 (11.11%) Mentoring
5 3 (11.11%) Metadata Management
5 3 (11.11%) Operations Management
5 3 (11.11%) Performance Testing
5 3 (11.11%) Problem Management
5 3 (11.11%) Root Cause Analysis
5 3 (11.11%) Technical Architecture
5 3 (11.11%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 7 (25.93%) PowerShell
2 4 (14.81%) VB
3 3 (11.11%) C#
3 3 (11.11%) SQL
4 2 (7.41%) PL/SQL
4 2 (7.41%) T-SQL
4 2 (7.41%) VB.NET
5 1 (3.70%) C++
5 1 (3.70%) Java
5 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.70%) Python
Qualifications
1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (48.15%) MCP
3 12 (44.44%) MCSE
4 10 (37.04%) MCITP
5 6 (22.22%) CCNA
5 6 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (22.22%) Microsoft Certified Architect
6 5 (18.52%) MCSA
6 5 (18.52%) Microsoft Certified Master
7 4 (14.81%) ACSP
7 4 (14.81%) ACTC
7 4 (14.81%) PMI Certification
7 4 (14.81%) PMP
8 3 (11.11%) CCNP
8 3 (11.11%) CCSE
8 3 (11.11%) Degree
8 3 (11.11%) MCSD
8 3 (11.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (11.11%) TOGAF Certification
9 2 (7.41%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (18.52%) SLA
2 2 (7.41%) PMO
2 2 (7.41%) QA
3 1 (3.70%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 18 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 5 (18.52%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (11.11%) Hyper-V
4 2 (7.41%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (3.70%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (22.22%) SCCM
2 3 (11.11%) CA Single Sign-On
2 3 (11.11%) Single Sign-On
2 3 (11.11%) WSUS
3 1 (3.70%) McAfee ePO
3 1 (3.70%) Sysprep
3 1 (3.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 24 (88.89%) Microsoft
2 8 (29.63%) VMware
3 7 (25.93%) Citrix
4 5 (18.52%) Ivanti
4 5 (18.52%) SAP
5 4 (14.81%) Altiris
5 4 (14.81%) Apple
6 3 (11.11%) CA
6 3 (11.11%) CheckPoint
6 3 (11.11%) Cisco
6 3 (11.11%) Palo Alto
7 2 (7.41%) McAfee
7 2 (7.41%) Oracle
8 1 (3.70%) Meridio
8 1 (3.70%) Qualys