Period
to 18 January 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 18 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)
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 819 752 707
Rank change year-on-year -67 -45 -51
Contract jobs citing MCTS 57 118 174
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.057% 0.12% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.30% 0.59% 0.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 76 107
UK median daily rate £375 £320 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.19% - -14.67%
10th Percentile £250 £174 £263
90th Percentile £534 £421 £411
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £310 £320
% change year-on-year +20.97% -3.13% -14.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 11 9
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £41.64 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.96% +125.08% -15.91%
10th Percentile £15.00 £14.43 £13.75
90th Percentile £26.50 £47.00 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £41.64 £19.75
% change year-on-year -39.96% +110.84% -31.90%

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 18,975 19,859 21,893
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.92% 20.44% 20.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,645 12,427 13,248
UK median daily rate £425 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.19% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £620 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 829 874 1,029
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.88% -7.27% +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.47
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.69 £27.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -4.85% -1.82% +41.03%

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 18 January 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 13 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 18 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
England -33 41 £375 +17.19% 13
UK excluding London -53 34 £375 +20.97% 9
London -38 19 £400 -2.14% 5
Midlands +10 8 £440 +41.94% 3
South East -48 8 £375 +17.19% 2
West Midlands +11 7 £440 +41.94% 2
Scotland -36 7 £380 +22.58% 1
Wales - 7 £358 -
North of England +25 3 £200 -37.50% 2
North West +14 2 £170 -39.29% 2
Yorkshire +13 1 £275 -
East Midlands - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 £300 - 1

For the 6 months to 18 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 with a requirement for MCTS.

1 57 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (68.42%) Microsoft
2 39 (68.42%) Windows
3 34 (59.65%) MCITP
4 27 (47.37%) ITIL
5 23 (40.35%) SQL Server
6 22 (38.60%) SQL
6 22 (38.60%) Active Directory
7 21 (36.84%) Degree
8 20 (35.09%) Service Management
9 17 (29.82%) Microsoft Azure
10 16 (28.07%) PowerShell
10 16 (28.07%) VMware
10 16 (28.07%) Cisco
11 15 (26.32%) Windows Server
12 14 (24.56%) VMware Infrastructure
12 14 (24.56%) .NET
13 12 (21.05%) MS Exchange
13 12 (21.05%) CCNA
13 12 (21.05%) Citrix
13 12 (21.05%) Cisco Certification
13 12 (21.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 11 (19.30%) Agile Software Development
14 11 (19.30%) ASP.NET
14 11 (19.30%) Windows Server 2008
14 11 (19.30%) vSphere
15 10 (17.54%) Customer Engagement
15 10 (17.54%) MCSE
15 10 (17.54%) SharePoint
16 9 (15.79%) Firewall

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 12 (21.05%) MS Exchange
2 10 (17.54%) SharePoint
3 8 (14.04%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (14.04%) Skype for Business
4 7 (12.28%) IIS
5 2 (3.51%) Moodle
6 1 (1.75%) Exchange Server 2013
6 1 (1.75%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.75%) SharePoint Foundation
6 1 (1.75%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (10.53%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (29.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (14.04%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (10.53%) Office 365
4 5 (8.77%) Dynamics 365
5 4 (7.02%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (1.75%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 9 (15.79%) Firewall
2 7 (12.28%) Cisco ASA
2 7 (12.28%) DNS
2 7 (12.28%) PBX
2 7 (12.28%) SAN
2 7 (12.28%) VoIP
3 6 (10.53%) VPN
4 3 (5.26%) TCP/IP
5 2 (3.51%) DHCP
5 2 (3.51%) LAN
5 2 (3.51%) LDAP
5 2 (3.51%) Skype
5 2 (3.51%) WAN
5 2 (3.51%) Wireless
6 1 (1.75%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.75%) MPLS
6 1 (1.75%) NAS
6 1 (1.75%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (40.35%) SQL Server
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 6 (10.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (7.02%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 2 (3.51%) MySQL
5 2 (3.51%) QlikView
5 2 (3.51%) Relational Database
5 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (1.75%) Amazon RDS
6 1 (1.75%) Data Mart
6 1 (1.75%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 4 (7.02%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (3.51%) Git (software)
2 2 (3.51%) InstallShield
2 2 (3.51%) MSI
3 1 (1.75%) Moq
3 1 (1.75%) NUnit
3 1 (1.75%) Selenium
3 1 (1.75%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.75%) WiX
General
1 7 (12.28%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.26%) Finance
3 2 (3.51%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Advertising
4 1 (1.75%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 15 (26.32%) Developer
2 10 (17.54%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (15.79%) Field Engineer
4 8 (14.04%) Windows Engineer
5 7 (12.28%) Support Engineer
5 7 (12.28%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (10.53%) CRM Developer
6 6 (10.53%) DBA
6 6 (10.53%) Infrastructure Support
6 6 (10.53%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
6 6 (10.53%) SQL DBA
7 5 (8.77%) .NET Developer
7 5 (8.77%) Administrator
7 5 (8.77%) SQL Developer
7 5 (8.77%) VMware Engineer
7 5 (8.77%) VMware Support Engineer
7 5 (8.77%) Windows Support Engineer
8 4 (7.02%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 3 (5.26%) Active Directory Consultant
9 3 (5.26%) Microsoft Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (24.56%) .NET
2 11 (19.30%) ASP.NET
3 8 (14.04%) XML
4 3 (5.26%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (3.51%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.51%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.51%) jQuery
6 1 (1.75%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.75%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.75%) CSS
6 1 (1.75%) Entity Framework
6 1 (1.75%) HTML
6 1 (1.75%) Unity DI Container
6 1 (1.75%) WCF
6 1 (1.75%) Windows SharePoint Services
6 1 (1.75%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.28%) Virtual Team
2 2 (3.51%) Fat Client
2 2 (3.51%) Replication
2 2 (3.51%) Thin Client
3 1 (1.75%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.75%) NHS
3 1 (1.75%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 39 (68.42%) Windows
2 15 (26.32%) Windows Server
3 11 (19.30%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
5 4 (7.02%) Windows 10
5 4 (7.02%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.75%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (47.37%) ITIL
2 20 (35.09%) Service Management
3 11 (19.30%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (17.54%) Customer Engagement
5 8 (14.04%) High Availability
6 7 (12.28%) Incident Management
7 6 (10.53%) CRM
7 6 (10.53%) Disaster Recovery
7 6 (10.53%) Performance Tuning
8 5 (8.77%) MVC
9 4 (7.02%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (7.02%) Collaborative Working
9 4 (7.02%) Continuous Integration
9 4 (7.02%) Service Delivery
9 4 (7.02%) TDD
9 4 (7.02%) Workflow
10 3 (5.26%) Migration
11 2 (3.51%) Biometrics
11 2 (3.51%) TOGAF
11 2 (3.51%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 22 (38.60%) SQL
2 16 (28.07%) PowerShell
3 8 (14.04%) C#
4 5 (8.77%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.51%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.51%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 57 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (59.65%) MCITP
3 21 (36.84%) Degree
4 12 (21.05%) CCNA
4 12 (21.05%) Cisco Certification
4 12 (21.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 10 (17.54%) MCSE
6 7 (12.28%) MCAD
6 7 (12.28%) MCSD
7 4 (7.02%) MCSA
8 3 (5.26%) Security Cleared
8 3 (5.26%) VCP5
9 2 (3.51%) A+ Certification
9 2 (3.51%) ACSA
9 2 (3.51%) CCENT
9 2 (3.51%) CCNP
9 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Certified Architect
9 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Certified Master
9 2 (3.51%) SC Cleared
9 2 (3.51%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.77%) QA
2 3 (5.26%) SLA
3 2 (3.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.75%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.75%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 22 (38.60%) Active Directory
2 14 (24.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (19.30%) vSphere
4 3 (5.26%) Hyper-V
4 3 (5.26%) vCloud
5 2 (3.51%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (3.51%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.75%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.75%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 8 (14.04%) SCOM
2 6 (10.53%) SCCM
3 3 (5.26%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 2 (3.51%) Backup Exec
4 2 (3.51%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.75%) WSUS
Vendors
1 39 (68.42%) Microsoft
2 16 (28.07%) Cisco
2 16 (28.07%) VMware
3 12 (21.05%) Citrix
4 9 (15.79%) HP
5 4 (7.02%) CommVault
6 3 (5.26%) Brocade
6 3 (5.26%) CheckPoint
6 3 (5.26%) Veeam
7 2 (3.51%) Apple
7 2 (3.51%) Dell
7 2 (3.51%) Google
7 2 (3.51%) Juniper
7 2 (3.51%) Meru Networks
7 2 (3.51%) Palo Alto
7 2 (3.51%) RedGate
7 2 (3.51%) Sophos
7 2 (3.51%) Symantec
7 2 (3.51%) Veritas
8 1 (1.75%) EMC