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 3 months to 24 April 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
3 months to
24 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 560 547 541
Rank change year-on-year -13 -6  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 35 110 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.076% 0.20% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.92% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 71 65
Median daily rate £425 £320 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.81% -1.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £250 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £325 £340
% change year-on-year +30.76% -4.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 4
Median hourly rate - £37.25 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +198.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £37.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year - -0.66%  

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 9371 11951 11203
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.24% 21.38% 19.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5881 7505 6353
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £260 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.31% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 407 548
Median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +25.00% +24.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £32.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year +1.53% +44.44%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised 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 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 3 months to 24 April 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
Top 30 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 3 months to 24 April 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
England +23 30 £425 +17.24% 10
London +31 11 £500 +66.66% 2
East of England - 6 £450 - 1
Scotland -6 5 £429 +42.91%
Colchester - 4 £425 -
Essex - 4 £425 -
Yorkshire +32 3 - -
North West +32 3 - - 1
Manchester +17 3 - - 1
Erskine +5 3 £254 -15.41%
Renfrewshire +5 3 £254 -15.41%
South East -8 3 £150 -58.62% 5
West Yorkshire +20 2 - -
City of London +3 2 £513 +73.72%
Oxfordshire -9 2 £150 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £550 -
Edinburgh - 2 £600 -
Welwyn - 2 £550 -
Oxford - 2 £150 -
Midlands - 2 £275 -
West Midlands +21 1 £425 - 1
Buckinghamshire -5 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 - -
Bradford - 1 - -
Telford - 1 £425 -
Harrogate - 1 - -
High Wycombe - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £500 -
Shropshire - 1 £425 -

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 63 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (73.02%) Windows
3 38 (60.32%) Active Directory
4 37 (58.73%) Microsoft
5 34 (53.97%) MCITP
6 31 (49.21%) MCSE
7 28 (44.44%) Windows Server
8 25 (39.68%) Windows Server 2012
9 23 (36.51%) MCP
10 22 (34.92%) Windows Server 2008
11 18 (28.57%) ITIL
12 17 (26.98%) Citrix
12 17 (26.98%) Windows 7
13 16 (25.40%) Hyper-V
13 16 (25.40%) PowerShell
14 15 (23.81%) Security Cleared
14 15 (23.81%) SQL
14 15 (23.81%) Migration
15 14 (22.22%) Finance
15 14 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
15 14 (22.22%) SC Cleared
15 14 (22.22%) Windows 10
16 13 (20.63%) C#
16 13 (20.63%) CSS
16 13 (20.63%) MCSA
17 12 (19.05%) Clustering
17 12 (19.05%) Office 365
18 11 (17.46%) Degree
19 10 (15.87%) SCCM
19 10 (15.87%) SharePoint

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 10 (15.87%) SharePoint
2 5 (7.94%) Skype for Business
3 4 (6.35%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (6.35%) IIS
4 3 (4.76%) MS Exchange
5 2 (3.17%) Apache
5 2 (3.17%) EPiServer
6 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.59%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.59%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 9 (14.29%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.17%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 12 (19.05%) Office 365
2 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.76%) OneDrive
4 2 (3.17%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.59%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (1.59%) IaaS
5 1 (1.59%) PaaS
5 1 (1.59%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 8 (12.70%) DNS
2 6 (9.52%) DHCP
3 4 (6.35%) Skype
3 4 (6.35%) VoIP
4 3 (4.76%) Network Security
5 2 (3.17%) Kerberos
5 2 (3.17%) LDAP
5 2 (3.17%) Remote Desktop
5 2 (3.17%) SAN
5 2 (3.17%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (12.70%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.76%) Data Mart
2 3 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (4.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.17%) MySQL
3 2 (3.17%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (3.17%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.59%) ActiveReports
4 1 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (9.52%) StarTeam
2 4 (6.35%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio
3 3 (4.76%) WiX
4 2 (3.17%) CruiseControl
4 2 (3.17%) Git (software)
4 2 (3.17%) gulp
4 2 (3.17%) Moq
4 2 (3.17%) MSI
4 2 (3.17%) Octopus Deploy
4 2 (3.17%) TeamCity
4 2 (3.17%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (22.22%) Finance
2 7 (11.11%) Military
3 5 (7.94%) Financial Institution
3 5 (7.94%) Retail
4 2 (3.17%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.59%) Games
Job Titles
1 8 (12.70%) Analyst
1 8 (12.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 6 (9.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
2 6 (9.52%) Architect
2 6 (9.52%) Consultant
2 6 (9.52%) IT Support
2 6 (9.52%) Software Engineer
2 6 (9.52%) Support Engineer
3 5 (7.94%) Ada Engineer
3 5 (7.94%) Support Analyst
4 4 (6.35%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (6.35%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 4 (6.35%) Active Directory Engineer
4 4 (6.35%) Ada Software Engineer
4 4 (6.35%) Field Engineer
4 4 (6.35%) IT Engineer
4 4 (6.35%) IT Support Engineer
4 4 (6.35%) Wintel Engineer
5 3 (4.76%) Hyper-V Consultant
5 3 (4.76%) Windows Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (20.63%) CSS
2 9 (14.29%) .NET
3 5 (7.94%) WCF
4 4 (6.35%) ASP.NET
5 2 (3.17%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.17%) AngularJS
5 2 (3.17%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.17%) Entity Framework
5 2 (3.17%) HTML
5 2 (3.17%) jQuery
5 2 (3.17%) LINQ
5 2 (3.17%) Modernizr
5 2 (3.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 2 (3.17%) WAP
5 2 (3.17%) Web Services
5 2 (3.17%) WF
5 2 (3.17%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 12 (19.05%) Clustering
2 6 (9.52%) Computer Science
2 6 (9.52%) iPad
3 4 (6.35%) EPoS
3 4 (6.35%) PKI
3 4 (6.35%) Replication
4 3 (4.76%) NHS
5 2 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.17%) CCTV
5 2 (3.17%) RIA
6 1 (1.59%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 46 (73.02%) Windows
2 28 (44.44%) Windows Server
3 25 (39.68%) Windows Server 2012
4 22 (34.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (26.98%) Windows 7
6 14 (22.22%) Windows 10
6 14 (22.22%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (12.70%) Windows XP
8 6 (9.52%) AIX
8 6 (9.52%) Windows 8
9 3 (4.76%) Mac OS X
10 2 (3.17%) Android
10 2 (3.17%) Mac OS
10 2 (3.17%) VMS
11 1 (1.59%) Apple iOS
11 1 (1.59%) Linux
11 1 (1.59%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (28.57%) ITIL
2 15 (23.81%) Migration
3 7 (11.11%) Change Management
3 7 (11.11%) Service Management
3 7 (11.11%) Software Engineering
4 6 (9.52%) Business Intelligence
4 6 (9.52%) Customer Engagement
4 6 (9.52%) Server Virtualisation
4 6 (9.52%) Software Testing
4 6 (9.52%) Test Scripting
5 5 (7.94%) Requirements Analysis
5 5 (7.94%) Smoke Testing
6 4 (6.35%) CRM
6 4 (6.35%) Patch Management
6 4 (6.35%) Software Deployment
6 4 (6.35%) Software Distribution
7 3 (4.76%) Corporate Information Factory
7 3 (4.76%) ETL
7 3 (4.76%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (4.76%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 16 (25.40%) PowerShell
2 15 (23.81%) SQL
3 13 (20.63%) C#
4 7 (11.11%) Ada
4 7 (11.11%) Ada 83
4 7 (11.11%) Ada 95
5 3 (4.76%) T-SQL
5 3 (4.76%) VBScript
6 2 (3.17%) JavaScript
6 2 (3.17%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.59%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.59%) Python
7 1 (1.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 63 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (53.97%) MCITP
3 31 (49.21%) MCSE
4 23 (36.51%) MCP
5 15 (23.81%) Security Cleared
6 14 (22.22%) SC Cleared
7 13 (20.63%) MCSA
8 11 (17.46%) Degree
9 6 (9.52%) ISTQB
10 5 (7.94%) CCNA
10 5 (7.94%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (4.76%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (4.76%) MCDST
11 3 (4.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (3.17%) CCNP
12 2 (3.17%) MCDBA
12 2 (3.17%) VCP6
13 1 (1.59%) CCA
13 1 (1.59%) Citrix Certification
13 1 (1.59%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.76%) QA
2 1 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (60.32%) Active Directory
2 16 (25.40%) Hyper-V
3 5 (7.94%) vSphere
4 4 (6.35%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (4.76%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (4.76%) XenApp
6 2 (3.17%) Terminal Services
6 2 (3.17%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.59%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.59%) Xen
7 1 (1.59%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (15.87%) SCCM
2 6 (9.52%) McAfee ePO
2 6 (9.52%) Netcool
2 6 (9.52%) WSUS
3 4 (6.35%) vCenter Server
4 2 (3.17%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (3.17%) SCOM
4 2 (3.17%) SCSM
4 2 (3.17%) Tivoli
4 2 (3.17%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (1.59%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (1.59%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 37 (58.73%) Microsoft
2 17 (26.98%) Citrix
3 9 (14.29%) VMware
4 6 (9.52%) HP
4 6 (9.52%) Intel Security
4 6 (9.52%) Veritas
5 3 (4.76%) Apple
5 3 (4.76%) RedGate
6 2 (3.17%) Adobe
6 2 (3.17%) Cisco
6 2 (3.17%) EMC
6 2 (3.17%) Sophos
7 1 (1.59%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.59%) Dell
7 1 (1.59%) Google
7 1 (1.59%) IBM
7 1 (1.59%) LANDesk
7 1 (1.59%) Oracle
7 1 (1.59%) Remedy
7 1 (1.59%) Symantec