Period
to 14 August 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 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 600 577 603
Rank change year-on-year -23 +26 -33
Contract jobs citing MCTS 26 27 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.057% 0.063% 0.075%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.35% 0.37% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 19 27
London median daily rate £210 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -47.50% +33.33% -18.64%
10th Percentile £175 £133 £135
90th Percentile £506 £525 £438
England median daily rate £218 £400 £330
% change year-on-year -45.63% +21.21% -1.86%
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% +16.00%
England median hourly rate - £91.25 £14.86
% change year-on-year - +514.06% -9.94%

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 7,477 7,203 7,902
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 16.40% 16.92% 17.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,825 4,710 5,397
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
10th Percentile £281 £300 £270
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £426 £415
% change year-on-year +5.76% +2.53% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 207 151 88
London median hourly rate £20.00 £21.03 £19.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.90% +9.93% -8.90%
10th Percentile £14.15 £13.35 £12.50
90th Percentile £49.04 £50.00 £45.79
England median hourly rate £22.50 £29.00 £26.50
% change year-on-year -22.41% +9.43% +17.78%

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 14 August 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 14 August 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 -25 5 £205 -18.41% 1
East London - 3 £175 -
West London - 3 £473 -
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (92.31%) Windows
3 23 (88.46%) Microsoft
4 18 (69.23%) Active Directory
5 13 (50.00%) MCP
5 13 (50.00%) MCITP
6 11 (42.31%) MCSE
6 11 (42.31%) Windows 7
7 10 (38.46%) Windows Server
8 9 (34.62%) ITIL
8 9 (34.62%) VMware
9 8 (30.77%) MCSA
10 7 (26.92%) Citrix
10 7 (26.92%) TCP/IP
10 7 (26.92%) Wireless
11 6 (23.08%) Migration
11 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
11 6 (23.08%) SAP
11 6 (23.08%) SCCM
11 6 (23.08%) VMware Infrastructure
12 5 (19.23%) Ivanti
12 5 (19.23%) PowerShell
12 5 (19.23%) Hyper-V
12 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Certified Master
12 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 5 (19.23%) Windows 10
12 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Office
12 5 (19.23%) PRINCE2
12 5 (19.23%) SLA
12 5 (19.23%) Project Management

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 (7.69%) IIS
1 2 (7.69%) SharePoint
2 1 (3.85%) Apache
2 1 (3.85%) JBoss
2 1 (3.85%) MS Exchange
2 1 (3.85%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (3.85%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (7.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (3.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (3.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (7.69%) ReMetrica
1 2 (7.69%) SAP GTS
1 2 (7.69%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (11.54%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (11.54%) Office 365
2 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (26.92%) TCP/IP
1 7 (26.92%) Wireless
2 4 (15.38%) Firewall
3 3 (11.54%) VPN
4 2 (7.69%) LAN
4 2 (7.69%) WAN
5 1 (3.85%) DHCP
5 1 (3.85%) DNS
5 1 (3.85%) SMTP
5 1 (3.85%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 3 (11.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (11.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (7.69%) Oracle Database
3 2 (7.69%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (3.85%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (3.85%) MySQL
4 1 (3.85%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (3.85%) Power BI
4 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (3.85%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (3.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (11.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (7.69%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (7.69%) TeamCity
3 1 (3.85%) CruiseControl
3 1 (3.85%) HP UFT
3 1 (3.85%) TestDirector
3 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio
3 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (3.85%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
3 1 (3.85%) WinRunner
General
1 2 (7.69%) Law
2 1 (3.85%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 6 (23.08%) Support Engineer
2 5 (19.23%) Desktop Engineer
2 5 (19.23%) Desktop Support
2 5 (19.23%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) Senior Desktop Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) Senior Desktop Support
3 4 (15.38%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
3 4 (15.38%) Senior Support Engineer
4 3 (11.54%) Analyst
4 3 (11.54%) Architect
4 3 (11.54%) AWS Architect
4 3 (11.54%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
4 3 (11.54%) Infrastructure Architect
4 3 (11.54%) IT Support
4 3 (11.54%) Windows Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) Infrastructure Manager
5 2 (7.69%) Mac Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) Network Infrastructure Architect
5 2 (7.69%) Senior Mac Engineer
5 2 (7.69%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.54%) .NET
1 3 (11.54%) ASP.NET
2 2 (7.69%) WCF
2 2 (7.69%) Web Services
2 2 (7.69%) WinForms
3 1 (3.85%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (11.54%) Driving Licence
1 3 (11.54%) Fat Client
1 3 (11.54%) Self-Motivation
1 3 (11.54%) Thin Client
2 2 (7.69%) Clustering
2 2 (7.69%) Enterprise Cloud
3 1 (3.85%) Analytical Mindset
3 1 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.85%) CESG
3 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (3.85%) NHS
3 1 (3.85%) PDA
3 1 (3.85%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 24 (92.31%) Windows
2 11 (42.31%) Windows 7
3 10 (38.46%) Windows Server
4 5 (19.23%) Windows 10
5 4 (15.38%) Mac OS X
5 4 (15.38%) Mac OS X Server
5 4 (15.38%) Windows XP
6 2 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (3.85%) AIX
7 1 (3.85%) Linux
7 1 (3.85%) Unix
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (34.62%) ITIL
2 6 (23.08%) Migration
3 5 (19.23%) PRINCE2
3 5 (19.23%) Project Management
4 4 (15.38%) Change Management
4 4 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
4 4 (15.38%) Service Management
5 3 (11.54%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (11.54%) Disaster Recovery
5 3 (11.54%) Problem Management
5 3 (11.54%) TOGAF
5 3 (11.54%) Zachman Framework
6 2 (7.69%) Business Continuity
6 2 (7.69%) Document Management
6 2 (7.69%) Enterprise Architecture
6 2 (7.69%) Incident Management
6 2 (7.69%) Mentoring
6 2 (7.69%) Release Management
6 2 (7.69%) Root Cause Analysis
6 2 (7.69%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 5 (19.23%) PowerShell
2 4 (15.38%) SQL
3 3 (11.54%) C#
3 3 (11.54%) T-SQL
3 3 (11.54%) VB
4 2 (7.69%) PL/SQL
4 2 (7.69%) VB.NET
5 1 (3.85%) C++
Qualifications
1 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 13 (50.00%) MCITP
2 13 (50.00%) MCP
3 11 (42.31%) MCSE
4 8 (30.77%) MCSA
5 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Certified Architect
5 5 (19.23%) Microsoft Certified Master
6 4 (15.38%) ACSP
6 4 (15.38%) ACTC
6 4 (15.38%) CCNA
6 4 (15.38%) CCNP
6 4 (15.38%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (11.54%) CCSE
7 3 (11.54%) MCDST
7 3 (11.54%) MOS
7 3 (11.54%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 3 (11.54%) Security Cleared
8 2 (7.69%) DV Cleared
8 2 (7.69%) MCPD
8 2 (7.69%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (19.23%) SLA
2 2 (7.69%) PMO
3 1 (3.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 18 (69.23%) Active Directory
2 6 (23.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (19.23%) Hyper-V
4 2 (7.69%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (7.69%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (3.85%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 6 (23.08%) SCCM
2 3 (11.54%) WSUS
3 2 (7.69%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (3.85%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (3.85%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (3.85%) Netcool
4 1 (3.85%) Sysprep
4 1 (3.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 23 (88.46%) Microsoft
2 9 (34.62%) VMware
3 7 (26.92%) Citrix
4 6 (23.08%) SAP
5 5 (19.23%) Ivanti
6 4 (15.38%) Altiris
6 4 (15.38%) Apple
6 4 (15.38%) McAfee
7 3 (11.54%) CheckPoint
7 3 (11.54%) Cisco
7 3 (11.54%) Palo Alto
8 2 (7.69%) Oracle
9 1 (3.85%) Adobe
9 1 (3.85%) Meridio
9 1 (3.85%) NetApp
9 1 (3.85%) Qualys
9 1 (3.85%) Veritas