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 3 months to 30 April 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)
England / London
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 396 415 400
Rank change year-on-year +19 -15  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 17 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.040% 0.074% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.43% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 14 20
Median daily rate £500 £300 £165
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +66.66% +81.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £227 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £410 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +30.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £12.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year - +22.03%  

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in London.

Academic & Professional Certification
London
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3405 3909 3605
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 16.83% 16.97% 16.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2278 2759 2318
Median daily rate £450 £450 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.09%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £280 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.44% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 48 90
Median hourly rate £40.00 £18.50 £20.88
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +116.21% -11.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.04 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +55.55%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in London citing MCTS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 3 months to 30 April 2017.

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 3 months to 30 April 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
City of London -16 1 £525 +77.96% 1
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 London region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (77.78%) Windows
2 14 (77.78%) Microsoft
3 12 (66.67%) MCITP
4 11 (61.11%) Active Directory
4 11 (61.11%) MCSE
5 9 (50.00%) ITIL
5 9 (50.00%) PowerShell
6 8 (44.44%) MCP
6 8 (44.44%) Migration
6 8 (44.44%) Windows Server
7 7 (38.89%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (33.33%) Hyper-V
8 6 (33.33%) Windows 7
8 6 (33.33%) SQL Server
8 6 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (33.33%) Windows 10
8 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (27.78%) .NET
9 5 (27.78%) C#
9 5 (27.78%) SQL
9 5 (27.78%) VMware
9 5 (27.78%) Skype for Business
9 5 (27.78%) SCCM
9 5 (27.78%) Degree
9 5 (27.78%) Computer Science
9 5 (27.78%) WCF
9 5 (27.78%) Finance
10 4 (22.22%) Retail
10 4 (22.22%) Office 365

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 (27.78%) Skype for Business
2 3 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 2 (11.11%) Exchange Server 2013
3 2 (11.11%) IIS
3 2 (11.11%) MS Exchange
4 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (5.56%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (22.22%) Office 365
2 3 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (16.67%) OneDrive
3 2 (11.11%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (5.56%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 4 (22.22%) Skype
2 2 (11.11%) DHCP
2 2 (11.11%) SAN
2 2 (11.11%) VoIP
3 1 (5.56%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (16.67%) Data Mart
2 3 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (5.56%) ActiveReports
4 1 (5.56%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (16.67%) Visual Studio
1 3 (16.67%) WiX
2 2 (11.11%) CruiseControl
2 2 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (11.11%) TeamCity
2 2 (11.11%) Visual Studio Team System
3 1 (5.56%) MSI
General
1 5 (27.78%) Finance
2 4 (22.22%) Retail
3 3 (16.67%) Financial Institution
4 1 (5.56%) Games
Job Titles
1 5 (27.78%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 3 (16.67%) Developer
2 3 (16.67%) SQL Developer
3 2 (11.11%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Citrix Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Data Warehouse Developer
3 2 (11.11%) Office 365 Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Server Data Warehouse Developer
3 2 (11.11%) SQL Server Developer
3 2 (11.11%) VMware Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Windows Engineer
3 2 (11.11%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Active Directory Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Azure Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Office 365 Manager
4 1 (5.56%) Platform Engineer
4 1 (5.56%) Service Desk Support Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) SharePoint Project Manager
4 1 (5.56%) SQL BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) .NET
1 5 (27.78%) WCF
2 2 (11.11%) ASP.NET
2 2 (11.11%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (27.78%) Computer Science
2 3 (16.67%) NHS
3 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (11.11%) Clustering
3 2 (11.11%) EPoS
4 1 (5.56%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 14 (77.78%) Windows
2 8 (44.44%) Windows Server
3 7 (38.89%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (33.33%) Windows 10
4 6 (33.33%) Windows 7
4 6 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (16.67%) Windows 8
6 2 (11.11%) Android
6 2 (11.11%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (5.56%) Apple iOS
7 1 (5.56%) Linux
7 1 (5.56%) Mac OS X
7 1 (5.56%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (50.00%) ITIL
2 8 (44.44%) Migration
3 6 (33.33%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (16.67%) Corporate Information Factory
4 3 (16.67%) ETL
4 3 (16.67%) Inmon Methodology
4 3 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (16.67%) Web Application Development
5 2 (11.11%) CRM
5 2 (11.11%) Database Mirroring
5 2 (11.11%) Network Management
5 2 (11.11%) Patch Management
5 2 (11.11%) Performance Tuning
5 2 (11.11%) Service Management
5 2 (11.11%) Software Distribution
5 2 (11.11%) Virtual Environments
6 1 (5.56%) Change Management
6 1 (5.56%) Project Management
6 1 (5.56%) Service Delivery
6 1 (5.56%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (50.00%) PowerShell
2 5 (27.78%) C#
2 5 (27.78%) SQL
3 3 (16.67%) T-SQL
4 1 (5.56%) Bash Shell
4 1 (5.56%) Python
4 1 (5.56%) Shell Script
4 1 (5.56%) VB
4 1 (5.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 18 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (66.67%) MCITP
3 11 (61.11%) MCSE
4 8 (44.44%) MCP
5 5 (27.78%) Degree
6 4 (22.22%) MCSA
7 3 (16.67%) MCDST
7 3 (16.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 2 (11.11%) CCNA
8 2 (11.11%) CCNP
8 2 (11.11%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (11.11%) MCDBA
8 2 (11.11%) VCP6
9 1 (5.56%) A+ Certification
9 1 (5.56%) ACMT
9 1 (5.56%) CCA
9 1 (5.56%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (5.56%) IBM Certification
9 1 (5.56%) OCP
9 1 (5.56%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (16.67%) QA
2 1 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (61.11%) Active Directory
2 6 (33.33%) Hyper-V
3 3 (16.67%) XenApp
4 2 (11.11%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (5.56%) BitLocker
5 1 (5.56%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (5.56%) vSphere
5 1 (5.56%) Xen
5 1 (5.56%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (27.78%) SCCM
2 2 (11.11%) WSUS
3 1 (5.56%) Jamf Pro
3 1 (5.56%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 14 (77.78%) Microsoft
2 5 (27.78%) VMware
3 4 (22.22%) Citrix
4 3 (16.67%) RedGate
5 2 (11.11%) EMC
6 1 (5.56%) Apple
6 1 (5.56%) CheckPoint
6 1 (5.56%) Dell
6 1 (5.56%) Google
6 1 (5.56%) HP
6 1 (5.56%) IBM
6 1 (5.56%) LANDesk
6 1 (5.56%) Oracle
6 1 (5.56%) Remedy
6 1 (5.56%) Symantec