Period
to 19 January 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 19 January 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
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 361 323 348
Rank change year-on-year -38 +25 -45
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 28 40
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.048% 0.18% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.22% 0.70% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 22 25
South East median daily rate £375 £320 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.19% -11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £259 £275 £302
90th Percentile £441 £339 £435
England median daily rate £375 £320 £335
% change year-on-year +17.19% -4.48% -16.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 0
South East median hourly rate - £46.50 -
England median hourly rate £13.00 £43.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year -70.11% +135.14% -21.28%

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 3,681 4,004 5,043
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 22.31% 25.98% 27.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,069 2,439 2,999
South East median daily rate £405 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.56% +0.63% +6.67%
10th Percentile £220 £257 £258
90th Percentile £563 £575 £530
England median daily rate £440 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +3.53% +4.87% +1.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 190 220 258
South East median hourly rate £25.69 £23.27 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.42% -33.53% +105.88%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £48.88 £50.00 £57.50
England median hourly rate £23.50 £25.94 £26.00
% change year-on-year -9.40% -0.24% +36.84%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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
Berkshire -4 6 £375 -1.32%
Thames Valley -12 6 £375 -1.32% 1
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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 8 (100.00%) ITIL
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 8 (100.00%) Service Management
2 7 (87.50%) Windows
3 6 (75.00%) Active Directory
3 6 (75.00%) Degree
3 6 (75.00%) MCITP
3 6 (75.00%) Customer Engagement
4 5 (62.50%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (62.50%) Azure Active Directory
5 4 (50.00%) SCOM
5 4 (50.00%) PowerShell
5 4 (50.00%) SQL
5 4 (50.00%) XML
6 3 (37.50%) Microsoft
6 3 (37.50%) Citrix
7 2 (25.00%) Virtual Team
7 2 (25.00%) Windows Server
7 2 (25.00%) Cisco ASA
7 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (25.00%) Incident Management
7 2 (25.00%) vSphere
7 2 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
7 2 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
7 2 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 2 (25.00%) Firewall
7 2 (25.00%) Telecoms
7 2 (25.00%) VMware
7 2 (25.00%) CCNA

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 2 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (25.00%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (62.50%) Azure Active Directory
1 5 (62.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (12.50%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (25.00%) Cisco ASA
1 2 (25.00%) Firewall
1 2 (25.00%) PBX
1 2 (25.00%) VoIP
2 1 (12.50%) DHCP
2 1 (12.50%) DNS
2 1 (12.50%) VPN
General
1 2 (25.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Field Engineer
2 3 (37.50%) Windows Engineer
3 2 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (25.00%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Support
4 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Network Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Network Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Support Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) VMware Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) VMware Support Engineer
4 1 (12.50%) Windows Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (50.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (87.50%) Windows
2 2 (25.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (100.00%) ITIL
1 8 (100.00%) Service Management
2 6 (75.00%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (25.00%) Incident Management
4 1 (12.50%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (50.00%) PowerShell
1 4 (50.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (75.00%) Degree
2 6 (75.00%) MCITP
3 2 (25.00%) CCNA
3 2 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 6 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (25.00%) vSphere
3 1 (12.50%) BitLocker
3 1 (12.50%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 4 (50.00%) SCOM
2 1 (12.50%) SCCM
2 1 (12.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 3 (37.50%) Citrix
1 3 (37.50%) Microsoft
2 2 (25.00%) Cisco
2 2 (25.00%) HP
2 2 (25.00%) VMware