Period
to 21 September 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 21 September 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
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 834 799 711
Rank change year-on-year -35 -88 +18
Contract jobs citing MCTS 54 60 190
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.053% 0.061% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.28% 0.32% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 39 127
UK median daily rate £225 £400 £321
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -43.75% +24.61% -4.18%
10th Percentile £175 £135 £177
90th Percentile £488 £625 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £265 £390 £321
% change year-on-year -32.05% +21.68% -4.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 13
UK median hourly rate - £25.63 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +42.36% -14.29%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year - +16.28% +2.38%

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 19,089 18,708 22,880
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.58% 18.94% 21.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,292 11,332 14,226
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £407
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.42% +1.75%
10th Percentile £245 £238 £241
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 979 910 824
UK median hourly rate £24.50 £28.65 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.49% +4.18% +22.22%
10th Percentile £13.00 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £51.28 £48.53
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £27.55
% change year-on-year -19.35% +12.52% +14.51%

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 21 September 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
Top 12 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 21 September 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 -32 50 £210 -47.50% 20
UK excluding London -21 27 £265 -32.05% 19
London -12 26 £210 -47.50% 2
North of England -10 14 £238 -20.83% 9
North West - 11 £175 - 6
South East -12 4 £375 +15.38% 5
Midlands -17 4 £140 -65.00% 2
Scotland -27 4 £273 -54.58% 1
Yorkshire -12 3 £450 - 3
East Midlands +11 2 - - 1
West Midlands -24 2 £140 -65.00% 1
East of England -2 1 £175 -68.18% 1

For the 6 months to 21 September 2018, 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 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (88.89%) Windows
3 42 (77.78%) Microsoft
4 36 (66.67%) Active Directory
5 25 (46.30%) MCSE
5 25 (46.30%) MCITP
6 23 (42.59%) ITIL
7 22 (40.74%) Windows 7
8 20 (37.04%) MCP
9 19 (35.19%) VMware
10 17 (31.48%) SCCM
11 16 (29.63%) Citrix
12 15 (27.78%) MCSA
13 13 (24.07%) Change Management
13 13 (24.07%) Wireless
13 13 (24.07%) PowerShell
13 13 (24.07%) Office 365
14 12 (22.22%) Windows XP
15 11 (20.37%) SLA
15 11 (20.37%) PRINCE2
15 11 (20.37%) SQL Server
15 11 (20.37%) Windows Server
15 11 (20.37%) Problem-Solving
16 10 (18.52%) SQL
16 10 (18.52%) VB
16 10 (18.52%) Cisco
16 10 (18.52%) Altiris
17 9 (16.67%) Hyper-V
17 9 (16.67%) TCP/IP
17 9 (16.67%) VPN

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 (9.26%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.56%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.85%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.85%) IIS
3 1 (1.85%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (1.85%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 9 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.85%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) ReMetrica
1 2 (3.70%) SAP GTS
1 2 (3.70%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 13 (24.07%) Office 365
2 6 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.56%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.70%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.85%) IaaS
5 1 (1.85%) PaaS
5 1 (1.85%) SaaS
5 1 (1.85%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (24.07%) Wireless
2 9 (16.67%) TCP/IP
2 9 (16.67%) VPN
3 4 (7.41%) Firewall
3 4 (7.41%) LAN
3 4 (7.41%) WAN
4 3 (5.56%) DHCP
4 3 (5.56%) DNS
5 2 (3.70%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (3.70%) VoIP
6 1 (1.85%) Cisco IOS
6 1 (1.85%) DMZ
6 1 (1.85%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (1.85%) SMTP
6 1 (1.85%) VLAN
6 1 (1.85%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (20.37%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (5.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (3.70%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.85%) Big Data
4 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.85%) HDInsight
4 1 (1.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (1.85%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.85%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (1.85%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (5.56%) HP UFT
1 3 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (5.56%) TestDirector
1 3 (5.56%) WinRunner
2 2 (3.70%) Oracle Forms
2 2 (3.70%) Subversion
3 1 (1.85%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.85%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 2 (3.70%) Back Office
1 2 (3.70%) Law
1 2 (3.70%) Retail
1 2 (3.70%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.85%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 10 (18.52%) IT Support
2 8 (14.81%) Analyst
3 7 (12.96%) Support Engineer
4 6 (11.11%) Desktop Support
5 5 (9.26%) Desktop Engineer
5 5 (9.26%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Architect
6 4 (7.41%) Senior Desktop Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Senior Desktop Support
6 4 (7.41%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Senior Support Engineer
6 4 (7.41%) Service Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (7.41%) Windows Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) Active Directory Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) AWS Architect
7 3 (5.56%) AWS Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (5.56%) Developer
7 3 (5.56%) Field Engineer
7 3 (5.56%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.41%) .NET
1 4 (7.41%) Web Services
2 2 (3.70%) .NET Framework
2 2 (3.70%) ASP.NET
2 2 (3.70%) Entity Framework
2 2 (3.70%) REST
2 2 (3.70%) SOAP
2 2 (3.70%) WinForms
2 2 (3.70%) XML
3 1 (1.85%) OAuth
3 1 (1.85%) SAML
3 1 (1.85%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.67%) Driving Licence
2 5 (9.26%) Clustering
3 3 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (5.56%) Fat Client
3 3 (5.56%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (5.56%) Thin Client
4 2 (3.70%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.70%) Data Centre
4 2 (3.70%) Enterprise Cloud
4 2 (3.70%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (3.70%) PDA
4 2 (3.70%) Replication
5 1 (1.85%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (1.85%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.85%) CESG
5 1 (1.85%) Cloud Native
5 1 (1.85%) PMI
5 1 (1.85%) Reinsurance
5 1 (1.85%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 48 (88.89%) Windows
2 22 (40.74%) Windows 7
3 12 (22.22%) Windows XP
4 11 (20.37%) Windows Server
5 8 (14.81%) Windows 10
5 8 (14.81%) Windows Server 2008
6 4 (7.41%) Mac OS X
6 4 (7.41%) Mac OS X Server
7 3 (5.56%) AIX
7 3 (5.56%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (3.70%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.70%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.85%) Android
9 1 (1.85%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (42.59%) ITIL
2 13 (24.07%) Change Management
3 11 (20.37%) PRINCE2
3 11 (20.37%) Problem-Solving
4 9 (16.67%) Service Management
5 6 (11.11%) Disaster Recovery
5 6 (11.11%) Project Management
6 5 (9.26%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (9.26%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (9.26%) Customer Engagement
6 5 (9.26%) Migration
6 5 (9.26%) Problem Management
7 4 (7.41%) TOGAF
8 3 (5.56%) Incident Management
8 3 (5.56%) Mentoring
8 3 (5.56%) Root Cause Analysis
8 3 (5.56%) Software Testing
8 3 (5.56%) Test Automation
8 3 (5.56%) Zachman Framework
9 2 (3.70%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 13 (24.07%) PowerShell
2 10 (18.52%) SQL
2 10 (18.52%) VB
3 5 (9.26%) C#
4 4 (7.41%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.70%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.70%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.85%) C++
6 1 (1.85%) Java
6 1 (1.85%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.85%) Python
6 1 (1.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 54 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (46.30%) MCITP
2 25 (46.30%) MCSE
3 20 (37.04%) MCP
4 15 (27.78%) MCSA
5 9 (16.67%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 8 (14.81%) CCNA
6 8 (14.81%) Cisco Certification
7 6 (11.11%) Degree
7 6 (11.11%) Microsoft Certified Architect
7 6 (11.11%) Security Cleared
8 5 (9.26%) CCNP
8 5 (9.26%) Microsoft Certified Master
9 4 (7.41%) ACSP
9 4 (7.41%) ACTC
10 3 (5.56%) CCSE
10 3 (5.56%) MOS
10 3 (5.56%) SC Cleared
11 2 (3.70%) DV Cleared
11 2 (3.70%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (20.37%) SLA
2 2 (3.70%) PMO
3 1 (1.85%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 36 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 9 (16.67%) Hyper-V
3 7 (12.96%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (7.41%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (7.41%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (3.70%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.85%) Terminal Services
6 1 (1.85%) vSphere
6 1 (1.85%) XenApp
6 1 (1.85%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.85%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 17 (31.48%) SCCM
2 4 (7.41%) WSUS
3 3 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (5.56%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (3.70%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (3.70%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (3.70%) Netcool
4 2 (3.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.85%) CA Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.85%) SCOM
5 1 (1.85%) SCVMM
5 1 (1.85%) Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.85%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 42 (77.78%) Microsoft
2 19 (35.19%) VMware
3 16 (29.63%) Citrix
4 10 (18.52%) Altiris
4 10 (18.52%) Cisco
5 6 (11.11%) Ivanti
5 6 (11.11%) McAfee
5 6 (11.11%) SAP
6 4 (7.41%) Apple
7 3 (5.56%) CheckPoint
7 3 (5.56%) Palo Alto
7 3 (5.56%) Veritas
8 2 (3.70%) Meraki
8 2 (3.70%) Oracle
9 1 (1.85%) Aruba
9 1 (1.85%) BMC
9 1 (1.85%) CA
9 1 (1.85%) Forcepoint
9 1 (1.85%) Meridio
9 1 (1.85%) Qualys