Period
to 15 August 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 15 August 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
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 817 801 726
Rank change year-on-year -16 -75 -12
Contract jobs citing MCTS 64 66 191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.063% 0.069% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.34% 0.36% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 41 131
UK median daily rate £270 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -32.50% +23.08% -3.63%
10th Percentile £175 £135 £205
90th Percentile £484 £625 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £279 £413 £330
% change year-on-year -32.42% +25.00% -2.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 11
UK median hourly rate - £26.25 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +22.09% +16.22%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £19.63 £36.00
% change year-on-year - -45.49% +71.43%

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 19,094 18,588 23,242
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.66% 19.44% 21.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,319 11,277 14,506
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £243 £250 £245
90th Percentile £625 £598 £592
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.25% +5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 925 930 812
UK median hourly rate £22.75 £29.75 £28.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -23.53% +6.25% +24.44%
10th Percentile £12.63 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.06 £51.59 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.25 £30.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year -22.50% +7.14% +16.09%

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 August 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 15 August 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 -23 55 £218 -45.63% 9
UK excluding London -22 37 £279 -32.42% 6
London -23 26 £210 -47.50% 3
North of England -10 17 £300 - 6
North West -1 14 £238 - 3
Scotland -42 9 £279 -53.54%
South East -24 6 £375 +57.89%
Midlands -23 4 £140 -58.52%
Yorkshire -13 3 £450 - 3
East Midlands +2 2 - -
West Midlands -26 2 £140 -65.00%
East of England -17 1 £175 -61.11%

For the 6 months to 15 August 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 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 59 (92.19%) Windows
3 47 (73.44%) Microsoft
4 45 (70.31%) Active Directory
5 36 (56.25%) MCITP
6 30 (46.88%) MCSE
7 27 (42.19%) Windows 7
8 25 (39.06%) ITIL
9 24 (37.50%) VMware
10 22 (34.38%) MCSA
11 21 (32.81%) Citrix
12 20 (31.25%) MCP
13 18 (28.13%) Change Management
13 18 (28.13%) Windows Server
14 17 (26.56%) Windows XP
14 17 (26.56%) SCCM
15 15 (23.44%) Hyper-V
15 15 (23.44%) SQL
15 15 (23.44%) SQL Server
16 14 (21.88%) Windows Server 2008
16 14 (21.88%) Office 365
17 13 (20.31%) PowerShell
17 13 (20.31%) Wireless
17 13 (20.31%) Problem-Solving
18 12 (18.75%) Service Management
19 11 (17.19%) Clustering
19 11 (17.19%) McAfee
19 11 (17.19%) PRINCE2
19 11 (17.19%) SLA
19 11 (17.19%) Cisco

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 4 (6.25%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.69%) MS Exchange
3 2 (3.13%) IIS
4 1 (1.56%) Apache
4 1 (1.56%) IBM Domino
4 1 (1.56%) JBoss
4 1 (1.56%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (1.56%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 9 (14.06%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.69%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.13%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.13%) ReMetrica
1 2 (3.13%) SAP GTS
1 2 (3.13%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (1.56%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (21.88%) Office 365
2 7 (10.94%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.69%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (3.13%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.56%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (20.31%) Wireless
2 9 (14.06%) TCP/IP
2 9 (14.06%) VPN
3 4 (6.25%) Firewall
3 4 (6.25%) LAN
3 4 (6.25%) WAN
4 3 (4.69%) DHCP
4 3 (4.69%) DNS
4 3 (4.69%) VoIP
5 2 (3.13%) Cisco ASA
5 2 (3.13%) Cisco IOS
6 1 (1.56%) Remote Desktop
6 1 (1.56%) SMTP
6 1 (1.56%) VLAN
6 1 (1.56%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (23.44%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (4.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (3.13%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.13%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.56%) Azure SQL Database
4 1 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.56%) MySQL
4 1 (1.56%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (1.56%) Power BI
4 1 (1.56%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.56%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (12.50%) HP UFT
1 8 (12.50%) TestDirector
1 8 (12.50%) WinRunner
2 5 (7.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (3.13%) Oracle Forms
3 2 (3.13%) Subversion
3 2 (3.13%) TeamCity
4 1 (1.56%) CruiseControl
4 1 (1.56%) Visual Studio
4 1 (1.56%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (1.56%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 2 (3.13%) Back Office
1 2 (3.13%) Law
1 2 (3.13%) Retail
1 2 (3.13%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.56%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 11 (17.19%) Analyst
2 10 (15.63%) IT Support
3 7 (10.94%) Support Engineer
4 6 (9.38%) Desktop Support
5 5 (7.81%) DBA
5 5 (7.81%) Desktop Engineer
5 5 (7.81%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 5 (7.81%) SQL DBA
6 4 (6.25%) Senior Desktop Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) Senior Desktop Support
6 4 (6.25%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) Senior Support Engineer
6 4 (6.25%) Service Analyst
6 4 (6.25%) Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (6.25%) Test Analyst
6 4 (6.25%) Windows Engineer
7 3 (4.69%) AWS Architect
7 3 (4.69%) Field Engineer
7 3 (4.69%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 3 (4.69%) SCCM Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.81%) .NET
2 4 (6.25%) Web Services
3 3 (4.69%) ASP.NET
4 2 (3.13%) .NET Framework
4 2 (3.13%) Entity Framework
4 2 (3.13%) REST
4 2 (3.13%) SOAP
4 2 (3.13%) WCF
4 2 (3.13%) WinForms
4 2 (3.13%) XML
5 1 (1.56%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (17.19%) Clustering
2 9 (14.06%) Driving Licence
3 6 (9.38%) PDA
4 4 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (4.69%) Analytical Mindset
5 3 (4.69%) Fat Client
5 3 (4.69%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (4.69%) Thin Client
6 2 (3.13%) Data Centre
6 2 (3.13%) Enterprise Cloud
6 2 (3.13%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (3.13%) Replication
7 1 (1.56%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.56%) CESG
7 1 (1.56%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.56%) NHS
7 1 (1.56%) Reinsurance
7 1 (1.56%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 59 (92.19%) Windows
2 27 (42.19%) Windows 7
3 18 (28.13%) Windows Server
4 17 (26.56%) Windows XP
5 14 (21.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 8 (12.50%) AIX
6 8 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 7 (10.94%) Windows 10
8 4 (6.25%) Mac OS X
8 4 (6.25%) Mac OS X Server
8 4 (6.25%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (3.13%) Linux
9 2 (3.13%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.56%) Android
10 1 (1.56%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (39.06%) ITIL
2 18 (28.13%) Change Management
3 13 (20.31%) Problem-Solving
4 12 (18.75%) Service Management
5 11 (17.19%) PRINCE2
6 9 (14.06%) Migration
7 8 (12.50%) Software Testing
7 8 (12.50%) Test Automation
8 7 (10.94%) Customer Engagement
8 7 (10.94%) Disaster Recovery
9 6 (9.38%) Continuous Improvement
9 6 (9.38%) Performance Tuning
9 6 (9.38%) Test Scripting
10 5 (7.81%) Problem Management
10 5 (7.81%) Project Management
10 5 (7.81%) Smoke Testing
11 4 (6.25%) B2B
11 4 (6.25%) Data Loss Prevention
11 4 (6.25%) Identity Management
11 4 (6.25%) Privileged Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 15 (23.44%) SQL
2 13 (20.31%) PowerShell
3 9 (14.06%) VB
4 5 (7.81%) C#
4 5 (7.81%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.13%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.13%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.56%) C++
6 1 (1.56%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (56.25%) MCITP
3 30 (46.88%) MCSE
4 22 (34.38%) MCSA
5 20 (31.25%) MCP
6 11 (17.19%) Security Cleared
7 9 (14.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 8 (12.50%) CCNA
8 8 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (12.50%) Degree
9 7 (10.94%) SC Cleared
10 6 (9.38%) CCNP
10 6 (9.38%) ISTQB
11 5 (7.81%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 5 (7.81%) Microsoft Certified Master
12 4 (6.25%) ACSP
12 4 (6.25%) ACTC
13 3 (4.69%) CCSE
13 3 (4.69%) MCDST
13 3 (4.69%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (17.19%) SLA
2 2 (3.13%) PMO
3 1 (1.56%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 45 (70.31%) Active Directory
2 15 (23.44%) Hyper-V
3 9 (14.06%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (6.25%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (3.13%) BitLocker
6 2 (3.13%) XenApp
7 1 (1.56%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.56%) vSphere
7 1 (1.56%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.56%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 17 (26.56%) SCCM
2 8 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (12.50%) McAfee ePO
3 7 (10.94%) Netcool
4 4 (6.25%) WSUS
5 3 (4.69%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (3.13%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (3.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (1.56%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.56%) MaaS360
7 1 (1.56%) SCOM
7 1 (1.56%) SCVMM
7 1 (1.56%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (1.56%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 47 (73.44%) Microsoft
2 24 (37.50%) VMware
3 21 (32.81%) Citrix
4 11 (17.19%) Cisco
4 11 (17.19%) McAfee
5 10 (15.63%) Altiris
6 8 (12.50%) Veritas
7 6 (9.38%) Ivanti
7 6 (9.38%) SAP
8 4 (6.25%) Apple
9 3 (4.69%) CheckPoint
9 3 (4.69%) Palo Alto
10 2 (3.13%) Meraki
10 2 (3.13%) Oracle
11 1 (1.56%) Adobe
11 1 (1.56%) BMC
11 1 (1.56%) Forcepoint
11 1 (1.56%) IBM
11 1 (1.56%) NetApp
11 1 (1.56%) Symantec