Period
to 17 August 2017

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 17 August 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.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK
6 months to
17 Aug 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 784 700 732
Rank change year-on-year -84 +32 -102
Contract jobs citing MCTS 64 188 172
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.067% 0.17% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.35% 0.82% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 130 111
UK median daily rate £400 £325 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.08% -3.70% -3.57%
10th Percentile £135 £205 £185
90th Percentile £625 £450 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £330 £337
% change year-on-year +25.00% -2.14% +2.97%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 17
UK median hourly rate £26.25 £21.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +22.09% +16.22% +5.71%
10th Percentile £15.13 £13.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £150.78 £40.00 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.63 £36.00 £19.75
% change year-on-year -45.49% +82.28% +25.40%

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.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18473 23037 21886
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.31% 21.18% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11197 14368 12827
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% +2.50% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £243 £230
90th Percentile £595 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 945 813 1069
UK median hourly rate £29.75 £27.80 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.01% +17.05% +18.75%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.25 £11.80
90th Percentile £51.22 £48.75 £50.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £28.00 £24.32
% change year-on-year +8.93% +15.16% +21.58%

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 17 August 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS over the 6 months to 17 August 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 14 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 17 August 2017. 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 -20 51 £400 +21.21% 14
UK excluding London -55 36 £413 +25.00% 13
London +3 27 £400 +33.33% 2
Scotland -2 12 £600 +112.01% 1
South East -12 8 £238 -32.14% 6
Midlands +15 6 £338 -24.16% 1
East of England +8 6 £450 - 1
North of England +35 3 £300 -9.09% 3
West Midlands +21 2 £400 -10.11%
East Midlands - 2 £500 - 1
North East +43 1 £300 -9.09%
Yorkshire +37 1 - - 1
North West +15 1 - - 2
Wales -4 1 £110 -68.57%

For the 6 months to 17 August 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 with a requirement for MCTS.

1 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 55 (85.94%) Windows
3 42 (65.63%) MCITP
4 38 (59.38%) Microsoft
5 30 (46.88%) SQL
6 29 (45.31%) Active Directory
7 26 (40.63%) ITIL
8 24 (37.50%) Service Management
9 21 (32.81%) PowerShell
10 20 (31.25%) Degree
11 19 (29.69%) Customer Engagement
11 19 (29.69%) MCSE
12 16 (25.00%) Migration
12 16 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
12 16 (25.00%) Windows Server
13 14 (21.88%) Windows 7
13 14 (21.88%) Windows Server 2012
13 14 (21.88%) SCOM
14 13 (20.31%) .NET
14 13 (20.31%) MCSA
14 13 (20.31%) Citrix
15 12 (18.75%) DHCP
15 12 (18.75%) MCP
15 12 (18.75%) Hyper-V
16 11 (17.19%) SCCM
16 11 (17.19%) SQL Server
16 11 (17.19%) XML
16 11 (17.19%) Finance
17 10 (15.63%) C#
17 10 (15.63%) DNS

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 (7.81%) EPiServer
1 5 (7.81%) SharePoint
2 2 (3.13%) Apache
2 2 (3.13%) IIS
2 2 (3.13%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.56%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (1.56%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (1.56%) SharePoint Foundation
3 1 (1.56%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (1.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 16 (25.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.13%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (3.13%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 8 (12.50%) Office 365
2 6 (9.38%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.56%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 12 (18.75%) DHCP
2 10 (15.63%) DNS
3 5 (7.81%) TCP/IP
4 3 (4.69%) SAN
5 2 (3.13%) Network Security
5 2 (3.13%) VoIP
5 2 (3.13%) Wireless
6 1 (1.56%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.56%) LAN
6 1 (1.56%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (1.56%) Skype
6 1 (1.56%) VPN
6 1 (1.56%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (17.19%) SQL Server
2 8 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (10.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 7 (10.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (9.38%) SQL Server 2012
4 6 (9.38%) SQL Server 2014
5 5 (7.81%) Data Mart
5 5 (7.81%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (6.25%) SQL Server 2005
7 3 (4.69%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (3.13%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 2 (3.13%) MySQL
9 1 (1.56%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (7.81%) Git (software)
1 5 (7.81%) gulp
1 5 (7.81%) Moq
1 5 (7.81%) Octopus Deploy
1 5 (7.81%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (7.81%) Visual Studio
2 4 (6.25%) WiX
3 3 (4.69%) StarTeam
General
1 11 (17.19%) Finance
2 8 (12.50%) Financial Institution
3 2 (3.13%) Retail
4 1 (1.56%) Advertising
4 1 (1.56%) Law
4 1 (1.56%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (26.56%) Field Engineer
2 9 (14.06%) Architect
3 8 (12.50%) Analyst
3 8 (12.50%) Desktop Support
3 8 (12.50%) Windows Engineer
4 7 (10.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (9.38%) Consultant
6 5 (7.81%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (7.81%) Developer
6 5 (7.81%) Operations Manager
6 5 (7.81%) SQL Developer
6 5 (7.81%) Support Analyst
6 5 (7.81%) Systems Manager
7 4 (6.25%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 4 (6.25%) IT Support
7 4 (6.25%) SQL BI Developer
7 4 (6.25%) Support Engineer
8 3 (4.69%) Active Directory Engineer
8 3 (4.69%) Active Directory Migration Engineer
8 3 (4.69%) Desktop Migration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (20.31%) .NET
2 11 (17.19%) XML
3 6 (9.38%) .NET Framework
3 6 (9.38%) CSS
3 6 (9.38%) HTML
3 6 (9.38%) jQuery
3 6 (9.38%) XSLT
4 5 (7.81%) AngularJS
4 5 (7.81%) ASP.NET
4 5 (7.81%) ASP.NET Web API
4 5 (7.81%) Entity Framework
4 5 (7.81%) LINQ
4 5 (7.81%) Modernizr
4 5 (7.81%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 5 (7.81%) Web Services
5 4 (6.25%) WCF
6 2 (3.13%) WAP
7 1 (1.56%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.50%) Clustering
2 4 (6.25%) EPoS
3 2 (3.13%) CCTV
3 2 (3.13%) iPad
3 2 (3.13%) Replication
4 1 (1.56%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.56%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.56%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.56%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 55 (85.94%) Windows
2 16 (25.00%) Windows Server
3 14 (21.88%) Windows 7
3 14 (21.88%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (15.63%) Windows 10
5 9 (14.06%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (9.38%) Windows Server 2003
7 4 (6.25%) Windows 8
7 4 (6.25%) Windows XP
8 3 (4.69%) AIX
9 2 (3.13%) Mac OS
9 2 (3.13%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (40.63%) ITIL
2 24 (37.50%) Service Management
3 19 (29.69%) Customer Engagement
4 16 (25.00%) Migration
5 6 (9.38%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (7.81%) Change Management
6 5 (7.81%) MVC
6 5 (7.81%) Performance Monitoring
6 5 (7.81%) Problem Management
6 5 (7.81%) Responsive Web Design
6 5 (7.81%) TDD
6 5 (7.81%) Web Application Development
7 4 (6.25%) Corporate Information Factory
7 4 (6.25%) Inmon Methodology
7 4 (6.25%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (4.69%) High Availability
8 3 (4.69%) Resource Allocation
8 3 (4.69%) Server Virtualisation
8 3 (4.69%) Smoke Testing
8 3 (4.69%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (46.88%) SQL
2 21 (32.81%) PowerShell
3 10 (15.63%) C#
4 6 (9.38%) JavaScript
5 5 (7.81%) T-SQL
6 2 (3.13%) VBScript
7 1 (1.56%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 42 (65.63%) MCITP
3 20 (31.25%) Degree
4 19 (29.69%) MCSE
5 13 (20.31%) MCSA
6 12 (18.75%) MCP
7 5 (7.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (6.25%) SC Cleared
8 4 (6.25%) Security Cleared
9 3 (4.69%) CCNA
9 3 (4.69%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (4.69%) ISTQB
10 2 (3.13%) A+ Certification
10 2 (3.13%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (3.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (3.13%) VCP6
11 1 (1.56%) CCENT
11 1 (1.56%) Computer Science Degree
11 1 (1.56%) Master's Degree
11 1 (1.56%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.81%) QA
2 3 (4.69%) SLA
System Software
1 29 (45.31%) Active Directory
2 12 (18.75%) Hyper-V
3 4 (6.25%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (4.69%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (4.69%) XenApp
4 3 (4.69%) XenDesktop
5 2 (3.13%) BitLocker
5 2 (3.13%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (3.13%) Terminal Server
5 2 (3.13%) Terminal Services
5 2 (3.13%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.56%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (1.56%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.56%) vSphere
6 1 (1.56%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 14 (21.88%) SCOM
2 11 (17.19%) SCCM
3 9 (14.06%) WSUS
4 3 (4.69%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (4.69%) Netcool
4 3 (4.69%) SCSM
4 3 (4.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (3.13%) Tivoli
5 2 (3.13%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (1.56%) Backup Exec
6 1 (1.56%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (1.56%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.56%) Simpana
Vendors
1 38 (59.38%) Microsoft
2 13 (20.31%) Citrix
3 9 (14.06%) VMware
4 5 (7.81%) RedGate
5 4 (6.25%) McAfee
5 4 (6.25%) Veritas
6 3 (4.69%) Apple
6 3 (4.69%) Cisco
6 3 (4.69%) EMC
6 3 (4.69%) Sophos
7 2 (3.13%) Adobe
7 2 (3.13%) AppSense
7 2 (3.13%) HP
8 1 (1.56%) Altiris
8 1 (1.56%) CommVault
8 1 (1.56%) Dell
8 1 (1.56%) Google
8 1 (1.56%) Juniper
8 1 (1.56%) Symantec
8 1 (1.56%) Veeam