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 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
England / South East
Rank 233 237 222
Rank change year-on-year +4 -15  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 31 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.10% 0.34% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 1.22% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 19 21
Median daily rate £235 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.17% +11.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £368
% change year-on-year -3.03% -10.20%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Median hourly rate £41.64 - £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £37.50

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 the South East.

Academic & Professional Certification
South East
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 2221 2544 2656
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 28.29% 27.66% 27.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1321 1567 1375
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 105 107
Median hourly rate £25.00 £37.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +66.66%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.00 £12.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £62.75 £50.44
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 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 3 months to 24 March 2017.

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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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
Hampshire +8 5 £320 +3.22%
Oxfordshire -11 2 £150 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 South East region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (57.69%) Active Directory
2 15 (57.69%) Security Cleared
3 14 (53.85%) Microsoft
4 11 (42.31%) CSS
4 11 (42.31%) SC Cleared
5 10 (38.46%) MCP
5 10 (38.46%) LDAP
5 10 (38.46%) Kerberos
5 10 (38.46%) DNS
5 10 (38.46%) X.500
5 10 (38.46%) Replication
5 10 (38.46%) PKI
6 8 (30.77%) Windows
6 8 (30.77%) Windows Server
7 7 (26.92%) Ada 83
7 7 (26.92%) Ada 95
7 7 (26.92%) Ada
7 7 (26.92%) Software Engineering
7 7 (26.92%) Military
8 6 (23.08%) C#
8 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
9 5 (19.23%) Requirements Analysis
9 5 (19.23%) HP
10 4 (15.38%) Finance
10 4 (15.38%) VMware
10 4 (15.38%) Customer Requirements
10 4 (15.38%) vSphere
10 4 (15.38%) PowerShell

MCTS
Top Related 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 2 (7.69%) Apache
1 2 (7.69%) IIS
2 1 (3.85%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (7.69%) MS Excel
1 2 (7.69%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (7.69%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (7.69%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (38.46%) DNS
1 10 (38.46%) Kerberos
1 10 (38.46%) LDAP
1 10 (38.46%) X.500
2 3 (11.54%) Network Security
3 2 (7.69%) VoIP
4 1 (3.85%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (11.54%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.69%) MySQL
2 2 (7.69%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.85%) RDBMS
3 1 (3.85%) Relational Database
General
1 7 (26.92%) Military
2 4 (15.38%) Finance
3 2 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (38.46%) Active Directory Engineer
2 6 (23.08%) Software Engineer
3 5 (19.23%) Ada Engineer
4 4 (15.38%) Ada Software Engineer
4 4 (15.38%) Wintel Engineer
5 3 (11.54%) C# Software Engineer
5 3 (11.54%) IT Support
6 2 (7.69%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
6 2 (7.69%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (7.69%) Active Directory Support
6 2 (7.69%) Desktop Support
6 2 (7.69%) Desktop Support Officer
6 2 (7.69%) IT Engineer
6 2 (7.69%) Server Engineer
6 2 (7.69%) Server Support
6 2 (7.69%) Support Officer
6 2 (7.69%) Windows Server Support
7 1 (3.85%) Field Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Support Engineer
7 1 (3.85%) Wintel Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (42.31%) CSS
2 2 (7.69%) .NET
2 2 (7.69%) WAP
Miscellaneous
1 10 (38.46%) PKI
1 10 (38.46%) Replication
2 2 (7.69%) CCTV
2 2 (7.69%) EPoS
2 2 (7.69%) RIA
3 1 (3.85%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.85%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 8 (30.77%) Windows
1 8 (30.77%) Windows Server
2 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2003
2 6 (23.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (26.92%) Software Engineering
2 5 (19.23%) Requirements Analysis
3 4 (15.38%) Customer Requirements
3 4 (15.38%) Software Deployment
4 3 (11.54%) Programme Management
4 3 (11.54%) Validation
5 2 (7.69%) CRM
5 2 (7.69%) Incident Management
5 2 (7.69%) ITIL
6 1 (3.85%) Change Control
6 1 (3.85%) Change Management
6 1 (3.85%) Data Modelling
6 1 (3.85%) Desktop Virtualisation
6 1 (3.85%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (3.85%) High Availability
6 1 (3.85%) ITSM
6 1 (3.85%) Mentoring
6 1 (3.85%) Performance Tuning
6 1 (3.85%) Problem Management
6 1 (3.85%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (26.92%) Ada
1 7 (26.92%) Ada 83
1 7 (26.92%) Ada 95
2 6 (23.08%) C#
3 4 (15.38%) PowerShell
4 3 (11.54%) SQL
5 2 (7.69%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 26 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (57.69%) Security Cleared
3 11 (42.31%) SC Cleared
4 10 (38.46%) MCP
5 3 (11.54%) MCITP
5 3 (11.54%) MCSE
6 1 (3.85%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (3.85%) Degree
6 1 (3.85%) HND
6 1 (3.85%) MCPD
6 1 (3.85%) MCSA
6 1 (3.85%) Network+ Certification
System Software
1 15 (57.69%) Active Directory
2 4 (15.38%) VMware ESXi
2 4 (15.38%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (7.69%) Tivoli
1 2 (7.69%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 14 (53.85%) Microsoft
2 5 (19.23%) HP
3 4 (15.38%) VMware
4 2 (7.69%) Adobe
4 2 (7.69%) Apple
4 2 (7.69%) Sophos
5 1 (3.85%) Cisco
5 1 (3.85%) Remedy
5 1 (3.85%) ServiceNow