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 30 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
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 566 540 539
Rank change year-on-year -26 -1  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 34 118 99
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.073% 0.21% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.99% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 76 58
Median daily rate £425 £321 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.60% -1.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £145
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +30.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 5
Median hourly rate - £36.00 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +188.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year - +22.03%  

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 9314 11883 10939
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.10% 21.26% 19.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 5784 7465 6166
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 £255 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £561 £530
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +6.44% +1.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 470 399 549
Median hourly rate £34.00 £29.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +15.25% +31.11%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £48.36 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +55.55%  

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 30 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 30 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 +10 28 £425 +24.08% 14
London +19 8 £500 +66.66% 4
Scotland +4 6 £600 +100.00% 2
East of England - 6 £450 - 2
South East -16 4 £150 -58.62% 4
Essex - 4 £425 -
Colchester - 4 £425 -
North West +38 3 - - 2
Manchester +15 3 - - 2
Erskine +12 3 £254 -13.17%
Renfrewshire +5 3 £254 -13.17%
Yorkshire - 3 - -
Edinburgh - 3 £600 -
Oxfordshire -7 2 £150 -50.81%
Oxford -8 2 £150 -50.81%
West Yorkshire - 2 - -
Welwyn - 2 £550 -
Midlands - 2 £275 -
Hertfordshire - 2 £550 - 1
West Midlands +23 1 £425 -12.82% 1
Kent +16 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire -5 1 - -
City of London -16 1 £525 +77.96% 1
High Wycombe - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 £425 -
Dover - 1 - -
Harrogate - 1 - -
Telford - 1 £425 -
Bradford - 1 - -
Leeds - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 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 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (73.77%) Windows
3 35 (57.38%) Active Directory
4 34 (55.74%) Microsoft
4 34 (55.74%) MCITP
5 32 (52.46%) MCSE
6 27 (44.26%) Windows Server
7 24 (39.34%) Windows Server 2012
8 21 (34.43%) Windows Server 2008
9 19 (31.15%) MCP
10 18 (29.51%) ITIL
11 17 (27.87%) Citrix
11 17 (27.87%) Windows 7
12 16 (26.23%) Hyper-V
12 16 (26.23%) PowerShell
12 16 (26.23%) SQL
12 16 (26.23%) Migration
13 14 (22.95%) Finance
13 14 (22.95%) Windows Server 2003
13 14 (22.95%) C#
13 14 (22.95%) CSS
13 14 (22.95%) MCSA
13 14 (22.95%) Windows 10
14 12 (19.67%) Clustering
14 12 (19.67%) SC Cleared
14 12 (19.67%) Security Cleared
14 12 (19.67%) Office 365
15 10 (16.39%) SCCM
15 10 (16.39%) Degree
15 10 (16.39%) VMware

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 (16.39%) SharePoint
2 5 (8.20%) Skype for Business
3 4 (6.56%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (6.56%) IIS
4 3 (4.92%) EPiServer
4 3 (4.92%) MS Exchange
5 2 (3.28%) Apache
6 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.64%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.64%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.64%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 9 (14.75%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (6.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.28%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 12 (19.67%) Office 365
2 7 (11.48%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.92%) OneDrive
4 2 (3.28%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.64%) IaaS
5 1 (1.64%) PaaS
5 1 (1.64%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (9.84%) DHCP
2 4 (6.56%) DNS
2 4 (6.56%) Skype
2 4 (6.56%) VoIP
3 3 (4.92%) Network Security
4 2 (3.28%) Remote Desktop
4 2 (3.28%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.11%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.92%) Data Mart
2 3 (4.92%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.92%) SQL Server 2012
2 3 (4.92%) SQL Server 2014
2 3 (4.92%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (4.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (4.92%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.28%) MySQL
3 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (3.28%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.64%) ActiveReports
4 1 (1.64%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (9.84%) StarTeam
2 5 (8.20%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (4.92%) Git (software)
3 3 (4.92%) gulp
3 3 (4.92%) Moq
3 3 (4.92%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (4.92%) Visual Studio
3 3 (4.92%) WiX
4 2 (3.28%) CruiseControl
4 2 (3.28%) MSI
4 2 (3.28%) TeamCity
4 2 (3.28%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 14 (22.95%) Finance
2 7 (11.48%) Military
3 6 (9.84%) Financial Institution
4 4 (6.56%) Retail
5 2 (3.28%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.64%) Games
Job Titles
1 8 (13.11%) Analyst
1 8 (13.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 7 (11.48%) Architect
3 6 (9.84%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 6 (9.84%) IT Support
3 6 (9.84%) Software Engineer
3 6 (9.84%) Support Engineer
4 5 (8.20%) Ada Engineer
4 5 (8.20%) Consultant
4 5 (8.20%) Support Analyst
5 4 (6.56%) 3rd Line Support
5 4 (6.56%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Ada Software Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Field Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) IT Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) IT Support Engineer
5 4 (6.56%) Wintel Engineer
6 3 (4.92%) Hyper-V Consultant
6 3 (4.92%) SQL Developer
6 3 (4.92%) Windows Server Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (22.95%) CSS
2 10 (16.39%) .NET
3 5 (8.20%) ASP.NET
3 5 (8.20%) WCF
4 3 (4.92%) .NET Framework
4 3 (4.92%) AngularJS
4 3 (4.92%) ASP.NET Web API
4 3 (4.92%) Entity Framework
4 3 (4.92%) HTML
4 3 (4.92%) jQuery
4 3 (4.92%) LINQ
4 3 (4.92%) Modernizr
4 3 (4.92%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 3 (4.92%) Web Services
4 3 (4.92%) XSLT
5 2 (3.28%) WAP
5 2 (3.28%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (19.67%) Clustering
2 6 (9.84%) iPad
3 5 (8.20%) Computer Science
4 4 (6.56%) EPoS
5 3 (4.92%) NHS
6 2 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (3.28%) CCTV
6 2 (3.28%) RIA
7 1 (1.64%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 45 (73.77%) Windows
2 27 (44.26%) Windows Server
3 24 (39.34%) Windows Server 2012
4 21 (34.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 17 (27.87%) Windows 7
6 14 (22.95%) Windows 10
6 14 (22.95%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (13.11%) Windows XP
8 6 (9.84%) AIX
8 6 (9.84%) Windows 8
9 3 (4.92%) Mac OS X
10 2 (3.28%) Android
10 2 (3.28%) Mac OS
11 1 (1.64%) Apple iOS
11 1 (1.64%) Linux
11 1 (1.64%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (29.51%) ITIL
2 16 (26.23%) Migration
3 7 (11.48%) Change Management
3 7 (11.48%) Service Management
3 7 (11.48%) Software Engineering
4 6 (9.84%) Business Intelligence
4 6 (9.84%) Customer Engagement
4 6 (9.84%) Server Virtualisation
4 6 (9.84%) Software Testing
4 6 (9.84%) Test Scripting
5 5 (8.20%) Requirements Analysis
5 5 (8.20%) Smoke Testing
6 4 (6.56%) CRM
6 4 (6.56%) Patch Management
6 4 (6.56%) Software Deployment
6 4 (6.56%) Software Distribution
7 3 (4.92%) Corporate Information Factory
7 3 (4.92%) ETL
7 3 (4.92%) MVC
7 3 (4.92%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (26.23%) PowerShell
1 16 (26.23%) SQL
2 14 (22.95%) C#
3 7 (11.48%) Ada
3 7 (11.48%) Ada 83
3 7 (11.48%) Ada 95
4 3 (4.92%) JavaScript
4 3 (4.92%) T-SQL
4 3 (4.92%) VBScript
5 2 (3.28%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.64%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.64%) Python
6 1 (1.64%) VB
Qualifications
1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (55.74%) MCITP
3 32 (52.46%) MCSE
4 19 (31.15%) MCP
5 14 (22.95%) MCSA
6 12 (19.67%) SC Cleared
6 12 (19.67%) Security Cleared
7 10 (16.39%) Degree
8 6 (9.84%) ISTQB
9 5 (8.20%) CCNA
9 5 (8.20%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (6.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 3 (4.92%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (4.92%) MCDST
12 2 (3.28%) CCNP
12 2 (3.28%) MCDBA
12 2 (3.28%) VCP6
13 1 (1.64%) MCSD
13 1 (1.64%) OCP
13 1 (1.64%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.92%) QA
2 1 (1.64%) SLA
System Software
1 35 (57.38%) Active Directory
2 16 (26.23%) Hyper-V
3 5 (8.20%) vSphere
4 4 (6.56%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (4.92%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (4.92%) XenApp
6 2 (3.28%) Terminal Services
6 2 (3.28%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.64%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.64%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (1.64%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (1.64%) Xen
7 1 (1.64%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 10 (16.39%) SCCM
2 6 (9.84%) McAfee ePO
2 6 (9.84%) Netcool
2 6 (9.84%) WSUS
3 4 (6.56%) vCenter Server
4 2 (3.28%) SCOM
4 2 (3.28%) SCSM
4 2 (3.28%) Tivoli
4 2 (3.28%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (1.64%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (1.64%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 34 (55.74%) Microsoft
2 17 (27.87%) Citrix
3 10 (16.39%) VMware
4 6 (9.84%) Intel Security
4 6 (9.84%) Veritas
5 4 (6.56%) HP
6 3 (4.92%) Apple
6 3 (4.92%) RedGate
7 2 (3.28%) Adobe
7 2 (3.28%) Cisco
7 2 (3.28%) EMC
7 2 (3.28%) Sophos
8 1 (1.64%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.64%) Dell
8 1 (1.64%) Google
8 1 (1.64%) IBM
8 1 (1.64%) LANDesk
8 1 (1.64%) Oracle
8 1 (1.64%) Remedy
8 1 (1.64%) Symantec