Period
to 15 July 2019

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 15 July 2019 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
15 Jul 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 837 831 802
Rank change year-on-year -6 -29 -89
Contract jobs citing MCTS 21 60 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.023% 0.058% 0.074%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 0.31% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 41 44
UK median daily rate £360 £325 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.77% -23.53% +30.77%
10th Percentile £161 £175 £137
90th Percentile £437 £463 £610
UK excluding London median daily rate £368 £325 £425
% change year-on-year +13.08% -23.53% +28.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
UK median hourly rate - - £41.64
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £41.64

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 17,551 19,543 18,993
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.87% 18.84% 19.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,602 11,668 11,693
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% +5.46%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £650 £625 £594
UK excluding London median daily rate £444 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +7.74% +3.13% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 838 924 974
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £24.91 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +40.53% -16.98% +5.26%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.63 £12.02
90th Percentile £56.72 £50.25 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £25.17 £31.68
% change year-on-year +39.07% -20.54% +9.22%

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 15 July 2019.

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 11 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 15 July 2019. 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 +1 21 £360 +8.27% 18
UK excluding London +17 16 £368 +13.08% 18
South East +39 8 £424 +6.67% 4
London +37 5 £325 +7.00% 5
North of England +16 4 £368 +22.50% 2
North West +11 4 £368 +22.50%
Midlands +15 2 £140 - 3
West Midlands +15 1 £140 -
East Midlands +13 1 - - 2
South West - 1 £275 - 4
East of England - 1 £300 -

For the 6 months to 15 July 2019, 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 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (71.43%) Windows
3 14 (66.67%) MCITP
4 12 (57.14%) Microsoft
5 11 (52.38%) Active Directory
5 11 (52.38%) SQL
5 11 (52.38%) Windows Server
6 9 (42.86%) SQL Server
6 9 (42.86%) VMware
7 8 (38.10%) Office 365
8 7 (33.33%) PowerShell
8 7 (33.33%) Cisco
8 7 (33.33%) ITIL
9 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (28.57%) Security Cleared
9 6 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
10 5 (23.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (23.81%) SCCM
10 5 (23.81%) MCSE
11 4 (19.05%) MCSA
11 4 (19.05%) MCP
11 4 (19.05%) DNS
11 4 (19.05%) Citrix
11 4 (19.05%) SC Cleared
11 4 (19.05%) vSphere
11 4 (19.05%) VCP5
11 4 (19.05%) vCloud
11 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (19.05%) DevOps
11 4 (19.05%) Mentoring

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 2 (9.52%) Exchange Server 2010
1 2 (9.52%) Exchange Server 2013
1 2 (9.52%) MS Exchange
1 2 (9.52%) Skype for Business
2 1 (4.76%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 8 (38.10%) Office 365
2 1 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.76%) G Suite
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.76%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 4 (19.05%) DNS
2 3 (14.29%) DHCP
2 3 (14.29%) LAN
2 3 (14.29%) TCP/IP
2 3 (14.29%) Unified Communications
2 3 (14.29%) WAN
3 2 (9.52%) Firewall
3 2 (9.52%) Skype
3 2 (9.52%) Wireless
4 1 (4.76%) IP Telephony
4 1 (4.76%) PBX
4 1 (4.76%) SAN
4 1 (4.76%) SSL
4 1 (4.76%) VoIP
4 1 (4.76%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (42.86%) SQL Server
2 3 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (9.52%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (9.52%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (4.76%) InstallShield
1 1 (4.76%) MSI
General
1 1 (4.76%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (28.57%) DBA
2 5 (23.81%) Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) SQL DBA
3 3 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 3 (14.29%) Senior DBA
3 3 (14.29%) Senior SQL DBA
4 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (9.52%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Administrator
4 2 (9.52%) Desktop Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) IT Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) IT Support
4 2 (9.52%) Support Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) 1st/2nd Line Desktop Support
5 1 (4.76%) 1st/2nd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) IT Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 4 (19.05%) Data Centre
2 3 (14.29%) Clustering
2 3 (14.29%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 2 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.76%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 15 (71.43%) Windows
2 11 (52.38%) Windows Server
3 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (14.29%) Windows 7
6 2 (9.52%) Windows 10
7 1 (4.76%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (33.33%) ITIL
2 4 (19.05%) DevOps
2 4 (19.05%) Mentoring
2 4 (19.05%) Server Building
2 4 (19.05%) Server Management
3 3 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
3 3 (14.29%) High Availability
3 3 (14.29%) Incident Management
3 3 (14.29%) Infrastructure Engineering
3 3 (14.29%) Patch Management
3 3 (14.29%) Performance Tuning
3 3 (14.29%) Task Automation
4 2 (9.52%) Capacity Planning
4 2 (9.52%) Infrastructure as Code
5 1 (4.76%) Break/Fix
5 1 (4.76%) ITIL V3
5 1 (4.76%) Presales
5 1 (4.76%) Preventative Maintenance
5 1 (4.76%) Technical Leadership
5 1 (4.76%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 11 (52.38%) SQL
2 7 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.76%) T-SQL
3 1 (4.76%) VB
3 1 (4.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (66.67%) MCITP
3 6 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 5 (23.81%) MCSE
4 5 (23.81%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 4 (19.05%) MCP
5 4 (19.05%) MCSA
5 4 (19.05%) SC Cleared
5 4 (19.05%) VCP5
6 3 (14.29%) CCA
6 3 (14.29%) Citrix Certification
6 3 (14.29%) VCAP
6 3 (14.29%) VCP4
7 2 (9.52%) DV Cleared
8 1 (4.76%) DBS Check
8 1 (4.76%) Degree
8 1 (4.76%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (9.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.76%) PCI DSS
2 1 (4.76%) SLA
System Software
1 11 (52.38%) Active Directory
2 6 (28.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (19.05%) vCloud
3 4 (19.05%) vSphere
4 3 (14.29%) Citrix Hypervisor
4 3 (14.29%) Hyper-V
4 3 (14.29%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (9.52%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (4.76%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (23.81%) SCCM
2 3 (14.29%) Cisco CUCM
2 3 (14.29%) SCVMM
2 3 (14.29%) vCenter Server
3 1 (4.76%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
3 1 (4.76%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 12 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 9 (42.86%) VMware
3 7 (33.33%) Cisco
4 4 (19.05%) Citrix
5 1 (4.76%) Brocade
5 1 (4.76%) CA
5 1 (4.76%) CommVault
5 1 (4.76%) Dell
5 1 (4.76%) F5
5 1 (4.76%) HP
5 1 (4.76%) Meraki
5 1 (4.76%) Novell
5 1 (4.76%) Polycom
5 1 (4.76%) Symantec