Period
to 15 October 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 15 October 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
15 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 370 368 339
Rank change year-on-year -2 -29 +20
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 8 34
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.049% 0.050% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.22% 0.22% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 4 32
South East median daily rate £388 £363 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.90% +13.28% -8.57%
10th Percentile £288 £316 £275
90th Percentile £399 £430 £399
England median daily rate £333 £388 £330
% change year-on-year -14.19% +17.42% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
South East median hourly rate - - £13.70
England median hourly rate - £91.25 £14.86
% change year-on-year - +514.06% -30.88%

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 3,637 3,635 4,453
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.11% 22.52% 26.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,015 2,047 2,685
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - -
10th Percentile £234 £216 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £450 £425 £416
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.29% +3.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 218 218 209
South East median hourly rate £40.00 £23.13 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.97% -15.91% -
10th Percentile £13.50 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £53.86 £48.75 £52.25
England median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £25.50
% change year-on-year -9.09% +7.84% +10.87%

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 15 October 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 15 October 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 +13 6 £388 +3.33%
Buckinghamshire - 4 £388 -
Berkshire -7 2 £398 +6.00%
Surrey -20 1 £375 +15.38% 1
Hampshire - 1 £175 - 1
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 15 October 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%) Microsoft
3 5 (62.50%) SQL
3 5 (62.50%) Citrix
3 5 (62.50%) VMware
3 5 (62.50%) SCCM
3 5 (62.50%) Security Cleared
3 5 (62.50%) PowerShell
4 4 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (50.00%) Hyper-V
4 4 (50.00%) XenServer
4 4 (50.00%) SCVMM
4 4 (50.00%) DV Cleared
4 4 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (50.00%) Incident Management
4 4 (50.00%) VCP4
4 4 (50.00%) vSphere
4 4 (50.00%) Unified Communications
4 4 (50.00%) VCAP
4 4 (50.00%) vCloud
4 4 (50.00%) VCP5
4 4 (50.00%) Cisco CUCM
4 4 (50.00%) Patch Management
4 4 (50.00%) Server Building
4 4 (50.00%) Data Centre
4 4 (50.00%) Clustering
4 4 (50.00%) CCA
4 4 (50.00%) Citrix Certification
4 4 (50.00%) Windows
4 4 (50.00%) Active Directory

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:

Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (25.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (50.00%) Unified Communications
2 2 (25.00%) DHCP
2 2 (25.00%) DNS
3 1 (12.50%) VPN
3 1 (12.50%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (12.50%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Virtualisation Specialist
2 2 (25.00%) Active Directory Support
3 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (12.50%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
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%) Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Database Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) IT Support
3 1 (12.50%) Support Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Support Consultant
3 1 (12.50%) Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 4 (50.00%) Clustering
1 4 (50.00%) Data Centre
1 4 (50.00%) VxBlock/Vblock
2 2 (25.00%) Replication
3 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (12.50%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 4 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (12.50%) Windows 7
2 1 (12.50%) Windows Server
2 1 (12.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Incident Management
1 4 (50.00%) Patch Management
1 4 (50.00%) Server Building
1 4 (50.00%) Server Management
1 4 (50.00%) Task Automation
2 3 (37.50%) Disaster Recovery
2 3 (37.50%) ITIL
3 2 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (25.00%) Problem-Solving
3 2 (25.00%) Service Management
4 1 (12.50%) Change Management
4 1 (12.50%) High Availability
4 1 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
4 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 1 (12.50%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) PowerShell
1 5 (62.50%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (62.50%) Security Cleared
3 4 (50.00%) CCA
3 4 (50.00%) Citrix Certification
3 4 (50.00%) DV Cleared
3 4 (50.00%) VCAP
3 4 (50.00%) VCP4
3 4 (50.00%) VCP5
3 4 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (37.50%) MCITP
5 2 (25.00%) MCSE
6 1 (12.50%) Degree
6 1 (12.50%) MCP
6 1 (12.50%) MCSA
6 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 4 (50.00%) Hyper-V
1 4 (50.00%) vCloud
1 4 (50.00%) Virtual Machines
1 4 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (50.00%) vSphere
1 4 (50.00%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 5 (62.50%) SCCM
2 4 (50.00%) Cisco CUCM
2 4 (50.00%) SCVMM
2 4 (50.00%) vCenter Server
3 2 (25.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 7 (87.50%) Microsoft
2 5 (62.50%) Citrix
2 5 (62.50%) VMware
3 4 (50.00%) Cisco
4 1 (12.50%) Altiris