Period
to 21 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 21 July 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 > South East
6 months to
21 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 369 353 345
Rank change year-on-year -16 -8 -3
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 9 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.047% 0.056% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.21% 0.22% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 35
South East median daily rate £398 £150 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +165.00% -57.75% +9.23%
10th Percentile £250 £150 £284
90th Percentile £445 £300 £450
England median daily rate £333 £425 £330
% change year-on-year -21.76% +28.79% +1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
South East median hourly rate - £41.64 -
England median hourly rate - £105.57 £14.43
% change year-on-year - +631.60% -32.88%

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 the South East with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
South East
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 3,823 4,117 5,169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.26% 25.42% 27.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,087 2,356 3,161
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +3.23%
10th Percentile £250 £246 £250
90th Percentile £575 £544 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 265 194
South East median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +55.56% -10.00% +11.11%
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £11.42
90th Percentile £53.55 £53.75 £53.75
England median hourly rate £25.00 £29.50 £27.44
% change year-on-year -15.25% +7.51% +21.96%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the South East

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in the South East

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS in the South East over the 6 months to 21 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCTS in the South East

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in the South East

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the South East region over the 6 months to 21 July 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
Thames Valley -8 5 £424 +182.50%
Berkshire -2 4 £398 -
Hampshire -12 2 £300 - 1
Buckinghamshire +9 1 £450 -
Surrey -24 1 £375 +15.38%
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 South East region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (87.50%) Windows
2 7 (87.50%) MCITP
3 6 (75.00%) ITIL
3 6 (75.00%) Active Directory
4 5 (62.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (62.50%) Microsoft
4 5 (62.50%) Office 365
5 4 (50.00%) Customer Engagement
5 4 (50.00%) Degree
5 4 (50.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (50.00%) Service Management
6 3 (37.50%) DNS
6 3 (37.50%) DHCP
6 3 (37.50%) MCSE
6 3 (37.50%) VMware
7 2 (25.00%) Identity Management
7 2 (25.00%) SCCM
7 2 (25.00%) Wireless
7 2 (25.00%) Replication
7 2 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
7 2 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (25.00%) PowerShell
7 2 (25.00%) MCSA
7 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
7 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
7 2 (25.00%) B2B
7 2 (25.00%) B2C
7 2 (25.00%) Citrix

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 1 (12.50%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (62.50%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (62.50%) Office 365
2 2 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (12.50%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (12.50%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) DHCP
1 3 (37.50%) DNS
2 2 (25.00%) Wireless
3 1 (12.50%) Firewall
3 1 (12.50%) LAN
3 1 (12.50%) SAN
3 1 (12.50%) Skype
3 1 (12.50%) VPN
3 1 (12.50%) WAN
3 1 (12.50%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (12.50%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (25.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Consultant
2 2 (25.00%) Active Directory Support
2 2 (25.00%) Azure Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Active Directory Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Active Directory Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Active Directory Support Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Database Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Information Security Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) IT Support
3 1 (12.50%) Security Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Support Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Support Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Wintel Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Replication
2 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (12.50%) Driving Licence
2 1 (12.50%) PKI
2 1 (12.50%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (12.50%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 7 (87.50%) Windows
2 2 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 1 (12.50%) Windows 7
3 1 (12.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (75.00%) ITIL
2 4 (50.00%) Customer Engagement
2 4 (50.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 4 (50.00%) Service Management
3 2 (25.00%) B2B
3 2 (25.00%) B2C
3 2 (25.00%) Continuous Improvement
3 2 (25.00%) Data Loss Prevention
3 2 (25.00%) Identity Management
3 2 (25.00%) Privileged Identity Management
3 2 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
4 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
4 1 (12.50%) Capacity Planning
4 1 (12.50%) Change Management
4 1 (12.50%) Data Protection
4 1 (12.50%) ITIL V3
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Monitoring
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 1 (12.50%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (25.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (12.50%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (87.50%) MCITP
3 4 (50.00%) Degree
4 3 (37.50%) MCSE
5 2 (25.00%) MCSA
5 2 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 1 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (12.50%) MCP
6 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
6 1 (12.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (12.50%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (25.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
1 2 (25.00%) SCCM
2 1 (12.50%) AirWatch
2 1 (12.50%) vRealize
Vendors
1 5 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 3 (37.50%) VMware
3 2 (25.00%) Citrix
4 1 (12.50%) Altiris
4 1 (12.50%) Cisco
4 1 (12.50%) Facebook
4 1 (12.50%) McAfee
4 1 (12.50%) Meraki
4 1 (12.50%) MobileIron
4 1 (12.50%) Twitter
4 1 (12.50%) Veeam