Period
to 16 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 16 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)
UK
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 830 802 699
Rank change year-on-year -28 -103 -16
Contract jobs citing MCTS 61 69 205
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.059% 0.073% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.37% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 43 141
UK median daily rate £325 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -23.53% +30.77% -6.88%
10th Percentile £175 £137 £206
90th Percentile £482 £615 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £425 £330
% change year-on-year -23.53% +28.79% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 9
UK median hourly rate - £105.57 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +193.25% +65.52%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £41.64 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +15.67% +20.00%

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 with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
UK
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 19,501 18,827 23,691
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.80% 19.84% 21.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,619 11,586 14,821
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +5.46% +0.75%
10th Percentile £242 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £593 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.13% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 928 961 847
UK median hourly rate £24.53 £30.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.25% +5.26% +26.67%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.25 £52.50 £50.87
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.17 £31.50 £29.00
% change year-on-year -20.10% +8.62% +28.89%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS over the 6 months to 16 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 12 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 6 months to 16 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
England -32 46 £341 -19.71% 17
UK excluding London -32 40 £325 -23.53% 14
London -49 21 £333 -21.76% 4
North of England -20 13 £300 - 6
North West -20 11 £300 - 2
Scotland -37 11 £283 -52.92%
South East -30 8 £398 +165.00% 3
Wales -11 4 £400 +263.64% 1
Midlands -21 4 £140 -65.00% 2
East Midlands 0 2 - - 1
Yorkshire -19 2 £450 - 4
West Midlands -19 2 £140 -66.06% 1

For the 6 months to 16 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 with a requirement for MCTS.

1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 52 (85.25%) Windows
3 43 (70.49%) Microsoft
3 43 (70.49%) Active Directory
4 38 (62.30%) MCITP
5 25 (40.98%) MCSE
6 24 (39.34%) SQL
7 23 (37.70%) SQL Server
8 21 (34.43%) Windows Server
9 20 (32.79%) MCSA
10 18 (29.51%) VMware
11 17 (27.87%) ITIL
11 17 (27.87%) Citrix
11 17 (27.87%) Windows 7
12 14 (22.95%) Hyper-V
12 14 (22.95%) Degree
12 14 (22.95%) Office 365
13 13 (21.31%) Windows Server 2008
13 13 (21.31%) MCP
13 13 (21.31%) McAfee
14 12 (19.67%) Migration
14 12 (19.67%) Change Management
14 12 (19.67%) Disaster Recovery
14 12 (19.67%) SCCM
15 11 (18.03%) Security Cleared
15 11 (18.03%) Clustering
15 11 (18.03%) Windows XP
16 10 (16.39%) Performance Tuning
17 9 (14.75%) Cisco
17 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Office

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 (8.20%) SharePoint
2 4 (6.56%) Moodle
3 3 (4.92%) Skype for Business
4 2 (3.28%) IIS
4 2 (3.28%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.64%) Apache
5 1 (1.64%) IBM Domino
5 1 (1.64%) JBoss
5 1 (1.64%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.28%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) ReMetrica
1 2 (3.28%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (1.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.64%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 14 (22.95%) Office 365
2 8 (13.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.28%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (3.28%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.64%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (9.84%) LAN
1 6 (9.84%) WAN
1 6 (9.84%) Wireless
2 5 (8.20%) TCP/IP
3 4 (6.56%) DHCP
3 4 (6.56%) DNS
4 3 (4.92%) Skype
4 3 (4.92%) VPN
5 2 (3.28%) Cisco IOS
5 2 (3.28%) Firewall
5 2 (3.28%) VoIP
6 1 (1.64%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (1.64%) PSTN
6 1 (1.64%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (1.64%) SAN
6 1 (1.64%) Unified Communications
6 1 (1.64%) WebEx
6 1 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
6 1 (1.64%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (37.70%) SQL Server
2 6 (9.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (8.20%) MySQL
3 5 (8.20%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (8.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 4 (6.56%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (4.92%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (4.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (3.28%) Oracle Database
6 2 (3.28%) QlikView
6 2 (3.28%) Relational Database
7 1 (1.64%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (1.64%) Power BI
7 1 (1.64%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 9 (14.75%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (13.11%) HP UFT
2 8 (13.11%) TestDirector
2 8 (13.11%) WinRunner
3 3 (4.92%) Subversion
4 2 (3.28%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (3.28%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.64%) CruiseControl
5 1 (1.64%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.64%) Moq
5 1 (1.64%) NUnit
5 1 (1.64%) Selenium
5 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 2 (3.28%) Back Office
1 2 (3.28%) Retail
2 1 (1.64%) Advertising
2 1 (1.64%) Finance
2 1 (1.64%) Law
2 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (18.03%) Analyst
2 9 (14.75%) DBA
2 9 (14.75%) SQL DBA
3 6 (9.84%) Developer
4 4 (6.56%) Desktop Support
4 4 (6.56%) IT Support
4 4 (6.56%) Service Analyst
4 4 (6.56%) Service Desk Analyst
4 4 (6.56%) Support Engineer
4 4 (6.56%) Test Analyst
5 3 (4.92%) Active Directory Engineer
5 3 (4.92%) Administrator
5 3 (4.92%) C# Developer
5 3 (4.92%) Consultant
5 3 (4.92%) Desktop Engineer
5 3 (4.92%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 3 (4.92%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 3 (4.92%) SQL Developer
5 3 (4.92%) SQL Server DBA
5 3 (4.92%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.48%) .NET
2 5 (8.20%) Web Services
3 4 (6.56%) .NET Framework
3 4 (6.56%) ASP.NET
3 4 (6.56%) Entity Framework
4 3 (4.92%) REST
4 3 (4.92%) SOAP
4 3 (4.92%) XML
5 2 (3.28%) WCF
5 2 (3.28%) WinForms
6 1 (1.64%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (1.64%) jQuery
6 1 (1.64%) Unity DI Container
6 1 (1.64%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (18.03%) Clustering
2 6 (9.84%) PDA
3 4 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (4.92%) Analytical Mindset
4 3 (4.92%) Driving Licence
5 2 (3.28%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.28%) Enterprise Cloud
5 2 (3.28%) NHS
5 2 (3.28%) Replication
5 2 (3.28%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.64%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.64%) CESG
6 1 (1.64%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.64%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.64%) PKI
6 1 (1.64%) Reference Data
6 1 (1.64%) Reinsurance
6 1 (1.64%) Social Media
6 1 (1.64%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.64%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 52 (85.25%) Windows
2 21 (34.43%) Windows Server
3 17 (27.87%) Windows 7
4 13 (21.31%) Windows Server 2008
5 11 (18.03%) Windows XP
6 8 (13.11%) AIX
6 8 (13.11%) Windows Server 2003
7 5 (8.20%) Windows 10
7 5 (8.20%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (3.28%) Linux
8 2 (3.28%) Mac OS X
8 2 (3.28%) Mac OS X Server
9 1 (1.64%) Android
9 1 (1.64%) Unix
9 1 (1.64%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (27.87%) ITIL
2 12 (19.67%) Change Management
2 12 (19.67%) Disaster Recovery
2 12 (19.67%) Migration
3 10 (16.39%) Performance Tuning
4 9 (14.75%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (14.75%) High Availability
4 9 (14.75%) Service Management
5 8 (13.11%) Software Testing
5 8 (13.11%) Test Automation
6 7 (11.48%) Problem-Solving
7 6 (9.84%) Continuous Improvement
7 6 (9.84%) Customer Engagement
7 6 (9.84%) Test Scripting
8 5 (8.20%) Collaborative Working
8 5 (8.20%) PRINCE2
8 5 (8.20%) Smoke Testing
9 4 (6.56%) B2B
9 4 (6.56%) Data Loss Prevention
9 4 (6.56%) Privileged Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (39.34%) SQL
2 9 (14.75%) C#
3 8 (13.11%) PowerShell
4 6 (9.84%) T-SQL
5 3 (4.92%) VB
6 2 (3.28%) PL/SQL
6 2 (3.28%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.64%) C++
7 1 (1.64%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (62.30%) MCITP
3 25 (40.98%) MCSE
4 20 (32.79%) MCSA
5 14 (22.95%) Degree
6 13 (21.31%) MCP
7 11 (18.03%) Security Cleared
8 7 (11.48%) SC Cleared
9 6 (9.84%) ISTQB
10 5 (8.20%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (6.56%) CCNA
12 3 (4.92%) CCNP
12 3 (4.92%) MCAD
12 3 (4.92%) MCDST
12 3 (4.92%) MCSD
12 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Certified Master
12 3 (4.92%) MOS
12 3 (4.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (3.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.56%) SLA
2 3 (4.92%) QA
3 1 (1.64%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.64%) HMG Security Policy Framework
3 1 (1.64%) PMO
System Software
1 43 (70.49%) Active Directory
2 14 (22.95%) Hyper-V
3 8 (13.11%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (13.11%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (6.56%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (3.28%) BitLocker
5 2 (3.28%) vSphere
5 2 (3.28%) XenApp
6 1 (1.64%) Terminal Services
6 1 (1.64%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.64%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 12 (19.67%) SCCM
2 8 (13.11%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (13.11%) McAfee ePO
3 7 (11.48%) Netcool
4 5 (8.20%) WSUS
5 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (3.28%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (3.28%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (1.64%) AirWatch
7 1 (1.64%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.64%) MaaS360
7 1 (1.64%) SCOM
7 1 (1.64%) SCVMM
7 1 (1.64%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (1.64%) Sysprep
7 1 (1.64%) vRealize
Vendors
1 43 (70.49%) Microsoft
2 18 (29.51%) VMware
3 17 (27.87%) Citrix
4 13 (21.31%) McAfee
5 9 (14.75%) Cisco
6 8 (13.11%) Veritas
7 5 (8.20%) SAP
8 4 (6.56%) Ivanti
9 3 (4.92%) Altiris
10 2 (3.28%) Apple
10 2 (3.28%) Meraki
10 2 (3.28%) Oracle
11 1 (1.64%) Avaya
11 1 (1.64%) BMC
11 1 (1.64%) Bomgar
11 1 (1.64%) Facebook
11 1 (1.64%) MobileIron
11 1 (1.64%) NetApp
11 1 (1.64%) Palo Alto
11 1 (1.64%) Twitter