Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 611 625 573
Rank change year-on-year +14 -52 +27
Contract jobs citing MCTS 27 25 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.058% 0.053% 0.088%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.31% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 18 23
London median daily rate £205 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -48.75% +23.08% -1.52%
10th Percentile £175 £316 £111
90th Percentile £485 £533 £498
England median daily rate £300 £375 £320
% change year-on-year -20.00% +17.19% -4.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
London median hourly rate £23.13 £169.50 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -86.35% +1030.00% -18.92%
England median hourly rate £23.13 £91.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year -74.65% +453.03% -

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 7,589 8,030 7,692
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 16.16% 17.03% 17.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,885 5,372 4,966
London median daily rate £500 £475 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +2.15% +3.33%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £269
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £435 £425
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 171 117
London median hourly rate £23.92 £21.50 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +11.24% +10.26% -6.02%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.50 £11.91
90th Percentile £54.79 £48.75 £48.95
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £25.50
% change year-on-year - -1.96% +5.24%

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 10 December 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 10 December 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 -15 6 £205 -54.44% 1
West London +1 3 £473 +76.97% 1
East London - 3 £175 -
South London - 1 - - 1
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 25 (92.59%) Windows
3 22 (81.48%) Microsoft
4 18 (66.67%) ITIL
5 17 (62.96%) Active Directory
6 16 (59.26%) MCSE
6 16 (59.26%) MCITP
7 14 (51.85%) MCP
8 12 (44.44%) PowerShell
9 11 (40.74%) VMware
10 10 (37.04%) Windows Server
11 9 (33.33%) Windows 7
11 9 (33.33%) Root Cause Analysis
11 9 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (33.33%) MCSA
12 8 (29.63%) Service Management
12 8 (29.63%) Wireless
12 8 (29.63%) VMware Infrastructure
12 8 (29.63%) Problem Management
12 8 (29.63%) Office 365
12 8 (29.63%) Microsoft Azure
13 7 (25.93%) Decision-Making
13 7 (25.93%) SLA
13 7 (25.93%) TCP/IP
14 6 (22.22%) MS Exchange
14 6 (22.22%) CCNA
14 6 (22.22%) Citrix
14 6 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
14 6 (22.22%) SCCM
14 6 (22.22%) Degree

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 6 (22.22%) MS Exchange
2 4 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2007
2 4 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (14.81%) Exchange Server 2013
2 4 (14.81%) Office Communications Server
2 4 (14.81%) Skype for Business
3 3 (11.11%) SharePoint
3 3 (11.11%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (11.11%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (3.70%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 1 (3.70%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (11.11%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 8 (29.63%) Microsoft Azure
1 8 (29.63%) Office 365
2 3 (11.11%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (11.11%) IaaS
2 3 (11.11%) PaaS
3 1 (3.70%) SaaS
3 1 (3.70%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 8 (29.63%) Wireless
2 7 (25.93%) TCP/IP
3 4 (14.81%) DHCP
3 4 (14.81%) DNS
3 4 (14.81%) Firewall
3 4 (14.81%) Skype
4 3 (11.11%) DMZ
4 3 (11.11%) VPN
5 1 (3.70%) Internet
5 1 (3.70%) SMTP
5 1 (3.70%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.11%) Microsoft Analysis Services
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 3 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (3.70%) Big Data
2 1 (3.70%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.70%) HDInsight
2 1 (3.70%) NoSQL
General
1 1 (3.70%) Law
1 1 (3.70%) Military
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
2 5 (18.52%) IT Support
2 5 (18.52%) Senior Desktop Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Senior Desktop Support
2 5 (18.52%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Senior Support Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) AWS Architect
3 3 (11.11%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
3 3 (11.11%) Infrastructure Architect
3 3 (11.11%) Mac Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) Senior Mac Engineer
3 3 (11.11%) SharePoint Architect
3 3 (11.11%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
3 3 (11.11%) Solutions Architect
4 2 (7.41%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (7.41%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (11.11%) OAuth
1 3 (11.11%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.81%) Data Centre
2 3 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (11.11%) Driving Licence
2 3 (11.11%) Fat Client
2 3 (11.11%) Thin Client
3 2 (7.41%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (3.70%) Cloud Native
4 1 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (3.70%) Management Information System
4 1 (3.70%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 25 (92.59%) Windows
2 10 (37.04%) Windows Server
3 9 (33.33%) Windows 7
4 5 (18.52%) Mac OS X
4 5 (18.52%) Mac OS X Server
4 5 (18.52%) Windows 10
4 5 (18.52%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (18.52%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (14.81%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (11.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (66.67%) ITIL
2 9 (33.33%) Problem-Solving
2 9 (33.33%) Root Cause Analysis
3 8 (29.63%) Problem Management
3 8 (29.63%) Service Management
4 7 (25.93%) Decision-Making
5 6 (22.22%) Migration
5 6 (22.22%) TOGAF
6 5 (18.52%) Project Management
7 4 (14.81%) Change Management
7 4 (14.81%) Computer Science
7 4 (14.81%) Incident Management
7 4 (14.81%) ITSM
7 4 (14.81%) Mentoring
7 4 (14.81%) Proactive Monitoring
7 4 (14.81%) Workflow
8 3 (11.11%) Antivirus Management
8 3 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineering
8 3 (11.11%) Virtual Infrastructure
8 3 (11.11%) Workshop Facilitation
Programming Languages
1 12 (44.44%) PowerShell
2 4 (14.81%) VB
3 1 (3.70%) C#
3 1 (3.70%) Java
3 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.70%) Python
3 1 (3.70%) SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (59.26%) MCITP
2 16 (59.26%) MCSE
3 14 (51.85%) MCP
4 9 (33.33%) MCSA
5 6 (22.22%) CCNA
5 6 (22.22%) Cisco Certification
5 6 (22.22%) Degree
6 5 (18.52%) ACSP
6 5 (18.52%) ACTC
7 4 (14.81%) Microsoft Certified Architect
7 4 (14.81%) PMI Certification
7 4 (14.81%) PMP
7 4 (14.81%) Security Cleared
8 3 (11.11%) CCNP
8 3 (11.11%) CCSE
8 3 (11.11%) MCSD
8 3 (11.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (11.11%) SC Cleared
8 3 (11.11%) TOGAF Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (25.93%) SLA
2 3 (11.11%) PMO
3 2 (7.41%) QA
System Software
1 17 (62.96%) Active Directory
2 8 (29.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (18.52%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.70%) Hyper-V
4 1 (3.70%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (22.22%) SCCM
2 4 (14.81%) Microsoft Intune
3 3 (11.11%) CA Single Sign-On
3 3 (11.11%) Single Sign-On
3 3 (11.11%) vCenter Server
4 2 (7.41%) WSUS
5 1 (3.70%) EnCase
5 1 (3.70%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (3.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 22 (81.48%) Microsoft
2 11 (40.74%) VMware
3 6 (22.22%) Citrix
4 5 (18.52%) Apple
4 5 (18.52%) Ivanti
4 5 (18.52%) SAP
5 4 (14.81%) Altiris
5 4 (14.81%) Cisco
5 4 (14.81%) IronPort
6 3 (11.11%) CA
6 3 (11.11%) CheckPoint
6 3 (11.11%) Palo Alto
7 1 (3.70%) CommVault
7 1 (3.70%) HP
7 1 (3.70%) McAfee