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 March 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 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 566 552 511
Rank change year-on-year -14 -41  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 34 88 115
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.075% 0.16% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.78% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 59 62
Median daily rate £405 £310 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.64% -4.61%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £212 £140
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £475 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £363
% change year-on-year -1.53% -10.41%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 6
Median hourly rate £41.64 - £17.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £37.50

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 9431 11239 10753
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 20.71% 20.76% 20.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 6019 7043 6111
Median daily rate £420 £405 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +2.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £555 £545
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 408 495
Median hourly rate £30.00 £36.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +60.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.30 £57.50 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £39.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -23.07% +73.33%  

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 March 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 24 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 March 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 +22 33 £400 +14.28% 16
London +36 13 £425 +42.85% 6
South East -4 8 £235 -35.17% 4
Hampshire +10 5 £320 +3.22%
Colchester - 4 £425 -
East of England - 4 £425 - 3
Essex - 4 £425 -
North West +30 3 - - 1
Manchester +17 3 - - 1
Portsmouth - 3 - -
Yorkshire +18 2 - -
City of London +7 2 £513 +73.72% 2
Oxfordshire -6 2 £150 -
Midlands - 2 £275 -
Oxford - 2 £150 -
West Midlands +17 1 £425 - 2
West Yorkshire +13 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Shropshire - 1 £425 -
Telford - 1 £425 -
Leeds - 1 - -
North Yorkshire - 1 - -
High Wycombe - 1 - -
Harrogate - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 55 (66.27%) Microsoft
3 54 (65.06%) Active Directory
4 48 (57.83%) Windows
5 38 (45.78%) MCP
6 34 (40.96%) MCITP
7 32 (38.55%) Windows Server
8 29 (34.94%) MCSE
9 27 (32.53%) Security Cleared
9 27 (32.53%) Windows Server 2012
10 24 (28.92%) Windows Server 2008
10 24 (28.92%) ITIL
10 24 (28.92%) DNS
11 20 (24.10%) SQL
11 20 (24.10%) Replication
11 20 (24.10%) PKI
12 18 (21.69%) SC Cleared
13 17 (20.48%) Degree
14 16 (19.28%) Citrix
15 15 (18.07%) Kerberos
15 15 (18.07%) C#
15 15 (18.07%) SQL Server
15 15 (18.07%) LDAP
15 15 (18.07%) X.500
15 15 (18.07%) PowerShell
15 15 (18.07%) Windows 7
16 14 (16.87%) Hyper-V
17 13 (15.66%) Windows Server 2003
17 13 (15.66%) Migration
18 12 (14.46%) Finance

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 (12.05%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.02%) Skype for Business
3 4 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (4.82%) IIS
4 3 (3.61%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.41%) Apache
5 2 (2.41%) SharePoint 2010
5 2 (2.41%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.20%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 11 (13.25%) MS Excel
2 7 (8.43%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (4.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.41%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 12 (14.46%) Office 365
2 10 (12.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (3.61%) OneDrive
4 2 (2.41%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (2.41%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (2.41%) IaaS
4 2 (2.41%) PaaS
5 1 (1.20%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 24 (28.92%) DNS
2 15 (18.07%) Kerberos
2 15 (18.07%) LDAP
2 15 (18.07%) X.500
3 6 (7.23%) DHCP
4 4 (4.82%) Skype
4 4 (4.82%) VoIP
5 3 (3.61%) Network Security
6 2 (2.41%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (2.41%) SAN
7 1 (1.20%) DMZ
7 1 (1.20%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (18.07%) SQL Server
2 7 (8.43%) Relational Database
3 4 (4.82%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (3.61%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (3.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (3.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (3.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (2.41%) Data Mart
5 2 (2.41%) MySQL
5 2 (2.41%) RDBMS
5 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2005
5 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2014
6 1 (1.20%) ActiveReports
6 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (8.43%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (6.02%) Git (software)
2 5 (6.02%) Moq
2 5 (6.02%) NUnit
2 5 (6.02%) Selenium
2 5 (6.02%) StarTeam
3 2 (2.41%) CruiseControl
3 2 (2.41%) MSI
3 2 (2.41%) TeamCity
3 2 (2.41%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.41%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (2.41%) WiX
General
1 12 (14.46%) Finance
2 7 (8.43%) Military
3 6 (7.23%) Retail
4 2 (2.41%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.41%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.20%) Games
Job Titles
1 18 (21.69%) Active Directory Engineer
2 9 (10.84%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (9.64%) Analyst
3 8 (9.64%) Consultant
4 7 (8.43%) 3rd Line Engineer
4 7 (8.43%) Developer
4 7 (8.43%) Support Engineer
5 6 (7.23%) IT Support
5 6 (7.23%) Software Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) .NET Developer
6 5 (6.02%) 3rd Line Support
6 5 (6.02%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) Ada Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) C# .NET Developer
6 5 (6.02%) C# Developer
6 5 (6.02%) DBA
6 5 (6.02%) IT Engineer
6 5 (6.02%) SQL Developer
7 4 (4.82%) Field Engineer
7 4 (4.82%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (13.25%) .NET
1 11 (13.25%) CSS
2 7 (8.43%) ASP.NET
3 5 (6.02%) .NET Framework
3 5 (6.02%) AngularJS
3 5 (6.02%) ASP.NET MVC
3 5 (6.02%) Entity Framework
3 5 (6.02%) jQuery
3 5 (6.02%) Unity DI Container
4 4 (4.82%) WCF
5 2 (2.41%) WAP
5 2 (2.41%) WF
6 1 (1.20%) OAuth
6 1 (1.20%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (24.10%) PKI
1 20 (24.10%) Replication
2 11 (13.25%) Clustering
3 5 (6.02%) Computer Science
3 5 (6.02%) iPad
4 4 (4.82%) EPoS
5 3 (3.61%) NHS
6 2 (2.41%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (2.41%) CCTV
6 2 (2.41%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (2.41%) RIA
7 1 (1.20%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.20%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 48 (57.83%) Windows
2 32 (38.55%) Windows Server
3 27 (32.53%) Windows Server 2012
4 24 (28.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 15 (18.07%) Windows 7
6 13 (15.66%) Windows Server 2003
7 10 (12.05%) Windows 10
8 8 (9.64%) Windows XP
9 5 (6.02%) AIX
9 5 (6.02%) VMS
10 4 (4.82%) Windows 8
11 2 (2.41%) Android
12 1 (1.20%) Apple iOS
12 1 (1.20%) Linux
12 1 (1.20%) Mac OS X
12 1 (1.20%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (28.92%) ITIL
2 13 (15.66%) Migration
3 8 (9.64%) Service Management
4 7 (8.43%) Software Engineering
5 6 (7.23%) Change Management
5 6 (7.23%) Customer Engagement
6 5 (6.02%) Agile Software Development
6 5 (6.02%) Build Automation
6 5 (6.02%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (6.02%) Dependency Injection
6 5 (6.02%) MVC
6 5 (6.02%) OO
6 5 (6.02%) OOD
6 5 (6.02%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (6.02%) Requirements Analysis
6 5 (6.02%) Software Distribution
6 5 (6.02%) TDD
6 5 (6.02%) Test Scripting
7 4 (4.82%) High Availability
7 4 (4.82%) Software Deployment
Programming Languages
1 20 (24.10%) SQL
2 15 (18.07%) C#
2 15 (18.07%) PowerShell
3 7 (8.43%) Ada
3 7 (8.43%) Ada 83
3 7 (8.43%) Ada 95
4 5 (6.02%) JavaScript
5 3 (3.61%) VBScript
6 2 (2.41%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.41%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.20%) Python
7 1 (1.20%) VB
Qualifications
1 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (45.78%) MCP
3 34 (40.96%) MCITP
4 29 (34.94%) MCSE
5 27 (32.53%) Security Cleared
6 18 (21.69%) SC Cleared
7 17 (20.48%) Degree
8 10 (12.05%) MCSA
9 7 (8.43%) MCSD
10 5 (6.02%) BPSS Clearance
10 5 (6.02%) ISTQB
10 5 (6.02%) MCAD
11 4 (4.82%) CCNA
11 4 (4.82%) Cisco Certification
11 4 (4.82%) MCDBA
12 3 (3.61%) MCDST
12 3 (3.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 2 (2.41%) ITIL Certification
13 2 (2.41%) PMI Certification
13 2 (2.41%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.43%) QA
2 1 (1.20%) SLA
System Software
1 54 (65.06%) Active Directory
2 14 (16.87%) Hyper-V
3 5 (6.02%) vSphere
4 4 (4.82%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (3.61%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (3.61%) XenApp
6 2 (2.41%) Terminal Services
6 2 (2.41%) Virtual Desktop
7 1 (1.20%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.20%) Xen
7 1 (1.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 9 (10.84%) SCCM
2 6 (7.23%) WSUS
3 5 (6.02%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (6.02%) Microsoft Clustering
3 5 (6.02%) Netcool
4 2 (2.41%) Tivoli
4 2 (2.41%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (1.20%) CA Single Sign-On
5 1 (1.20%) Jamf Pro
5 1 (1.20%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 55 (66.27%) Microsoft
2 16 (19.28%) Citrix
3 9 (10.84%) VMware
4 6 (7.23%) HP
5 5 (6.02%) Intel Security
5 5 (6.02%) Veritas
6 3 (3.61%) Apple
6 3 (3.61%) Cisco
6 3 (3.61%) Remedy
7 2 (2.41%) Adobe
7 2 (2.41%) EMC
7 2 (2.41%) RedGate
7 2 (2.41%) ServiceNow
7 2 (2.41%) Sophos
8 1 (1.20%) CA
8 1 (1.20%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.20%) Dell
8 1 (1.20%) IBM
8 1 (1.20%) Oracle
8 1 (1.20%) Symantec
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