Period
to 12 December 2017

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 12 December 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
6 months to
12 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 831 745 702
Rank change year-on-year -86 -43 -51
Contract jobs citing MCTS 63 152 195
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.061% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 0.72% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 105 113
UK median daily rate £375 £310 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.97% -4.62% -13.33%
10th Percentile £250 £145 £263
90th Percentile £525 £433 £424
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £310 £323
% change year-on-year +20.97% -3.88% -7.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 14
UK median hourly rate £25.63 £17.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.37% -4.05% -10.84%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.11 £13.75
90th Percentile £135.29 £46.98 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +38.89% -2.70% -13.95%

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 19325 21182 22510
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.70% 20.50% 20.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 11873 13248 13640
UK median daily rate £425 £416 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.16% +4.00% +1.27%
10th Percentile £221 £239 £247
90th Percentile £603 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £388
% change year-on-year +2.56% +0.65% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 883 859 1075
UK median hourly rate £25.69 £26.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.19% +4.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.24 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.15 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.00 £27.00 £25.12
% change year-on-year - +7.48% +32.21%

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 12 December 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS over the 6 months to 12 December 2017.

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 12 December 2017. 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 -66 51 £375 +17.19% 11
UK excluding London -57 33 £375 +20.97% 6
London -25 25 £400 +23.08% 5
Midlands +30 10 £400 +25.00%
South East -21 10 £375 +17.19% 2
West Midlands +18 9 £400 +25.00%
Scotland -48 8 £380 +34.87%
North of England +26 2 £238 -25.78% 4
Wales - 2 £308 -
Yorkshire +20 1 £275 +254.84%
North West +17 1 £200 -28.57% 4
East Midlands - 1 - -
South West - 1 £300 -

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 63 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (76.19%) Windows
3 42 (66.67%) Microsoft
4 40 (63.49%) MCITP
5 38 (60.32%) ITIL
6 31 (49.21%) Service Management
7 27 (42.86%) PowerShell
8 26 (41.27%) Active Directory
9 25 (39.68%) SQL
9 25 (39.68%) Degree
10 20 (31.75%) Customer Engagement
11 19 (30.16%) SQL Server
12 17 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
13 16 (25.40%) SCOM
13 16 (25.40%) .NET
14 15 (23.81%) XML
14 15 (23.81%) VMware
15 14 (22.22%) Citrix
15 14 (22.22%) Cisco
16 12 (19.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 12 (19.05%) VMware Infrastructure
17 11 (17.46%) Windows Server 2008
17 11 (17.46%) vSphere
17 11 (17.46%) Windows Server
17 11 (17.46%) DNS
17 11 (17.46%) ASP.NET
17 11 (17.46%) MS Exchange
18 10 (15.87%) CCNA
18 10 (15.87%) Cisco Certification
19 9 (14.29%) HP

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 11 (17.46%) MS Exchange
2 9 (14.29%) SharePoint
3 8 (12.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (11.11%) IIS
4 7 (11.11%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.59%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.59%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.59%) SharePoint Foundation
5 1 (1.59%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 5 (7.94%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (9.52%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (26.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (14.29%) Azure Active Directory
3 7 (11.11%) Office 365
4 5 (7.94%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (3.17%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (1.59%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 11 (17.46%) DNS
2 7 (11.11%) Cisco ASA
2 7 (11.11%) Firewall
2 7 (11.11%) PBX
2 7 (11.11%) VoIP
2 7 (11.11%) VPN
3 6 (9.52%) DHCP
3 6 (9.52%) SAN
4 3 (4.76%) TCP/IP
4 3 (4.76%) Wireless
5 2 (3.17%) LAN
5 2 (3.17%) LDAP
5 2 (3.17%) Skype
5 2 (3.17%) WAN
6 1 (1.59%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.59%) MPLS
6 1 (1.59%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (30.16%) SQL Server
2 7 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 7 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 7 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 5 (7.94%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (7.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (6.35%) SQL Server 2014
5 3 (4.76%) Data Mart
5 3 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (4.76%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 2 (3.17%) Relational Database
7 1 (1.59%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio
1 3 (4.76%) WiX
2 2 (3.17%) Git (software)
2 2 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (1.59%) InstallShield
3 1 (1.59%) Moq
3 1 (1.59%) MSI
3 1 (1.59%) NUnit
3 1 (1.59%) Selenium
General
1 7 (11.11%) Telecoms
2 4 (6.35%) Finance
3 2 (3.17%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.59%) Advertising
4 1 (1.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (26.98%) Field Engineer
2 15 (23.81%) Developer
3 10 (15.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 9 (14.29%) Windows Engineer
5 8 (12.70%) Support Engineer
6 7 (11.11%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
7 6 (9.52%) .NET Developer
7 6 (9.52%) CRM Developer
7 6 (9.52%) Infrastructure Support
7 6 (9.52%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 6 (9.52%) SQL Developer
8 5 (7.94%) Consultant
8 5 (7.94%) Operations Manager
8 5 (7.94%) Systems Manager
8 5 (7.94%) VMware Engineer
8 5 (7.94%) VMware Support Engineer
8 5 (7.94%) Windows Support Engineer
9 4 (6.35%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 4 (6.35%) Dynamics CRM Developer
9 4 (6.35%) SQL BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (25.40%) .NET
2 15 (23.81%) XML
3 11 (17.46%) ASP.NET
4 3 (4.76%) ASP.NET MVC
4 3 (4.76%) WCF
5 2 (3.17%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.17%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.17%) jQuery
6 1 (1.59%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.59%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.59%) CSS
6 1 (1.59%) Entity Framework
6 1 (1.59%) HTML
6 1 (1.59%) Unity DI Container
6 1 (1.59%) Windows SharePoint Services
6 1 (1.59%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.11%) Virtual Team
2 3 (4.76%) Replication
3 1 (1.59%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.59%) Driving Licence
3 1 (1.59%) NHS
3 1 (1.59%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 48 (76.19%) Windows
2 11 (17.46%) Windows Server
2 11 (17.46%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (6.35%) Windows 7
5 3 (4.76%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.59%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.59%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (60.32%) ITIL
2 31 (49.21%) Service Management
3 20 (31.75%) Customer Engagement
4 7 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (11.11%) Incident Management
5 6 (9.52%) CRM
6 5 (7.94%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (7.94%) MVC
7 4 (6.35%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (6.35%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (6.35%) Performance Monitoring
7 4 (6.35%) Problem Management
7 4 (6.35%) TDD
7 4 (6.35%) Unit Testing
8 3 (4.76%) Corporate Information Factory
8 3 (4.76%) High Availability
8 3 (4.76%) Inmon Methodology
8 3 (4.76%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (4.76%) Service Delivery
8 3 (4.76%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 27 (42.86%) PowerShell
2 25 (39.68%) SQL
3 8 (12.70%) C#
4 5 (7.94%) JavaScript
5 4 (6.35%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.59%) VB
6 1 (1.59%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 63 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (63.49%) MCITP
3 25 (39.68%) Degree
4 12 (19.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 10 (15.87%) CCNA
5 10 (15.87%) Cisco Certification
6 9 (14.29%) MCSE
7 6 (9.52%) MCSA
8 5 (7.94%) MCAD
8 5 (7.94%) MCSD
9 3 (4.76%) MCP
9 3 (4.76%) VCP5
10 2 (3.17%) A+ Certification
10 2 (3.17%) ACSA
10 2 (3.17%) CCENT
10 2 (3.17%) Network+ Certification
10 2 (3.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (3.17%) SANS
10 2 (3.17%) SC Cleared
10 2 (3.17%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (7.94%) QA
1 5 (7.94%) SLA
2 2 (3.17%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.59%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 26 (41.27%) Active Directory
2 12 (19.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (17.46%) vSphere
4 3 (4.76%) Hyper-V
4 3 (4.76%) vCloud
4 3 (4.76%) XenDesktop
5 2 (3.17%) BitLocker
5 2 (3.17%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.59%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.59%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (25.40%) SCOM
2 8 (12.70%) SCCM
3 4 (6.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
3 4 (6.35%) WSUS
4 2 (3.17%) Backup Exec
4 2 (3.17%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 42 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 15 (23.81%) VMware
3 14 (22.22%) Cisco
3 14 (22.22%) Citrix
4 9 (14.29%) HP
5 4 (6.35%) CommVault
5 4 (6.35%) RedGate
6 3 (4.76%) Brocade
6 3 (4.76%) Veeam
7 2 (3.17%) Apple
7 2 (3.17%) Dell
7 2 (3.17%) Google
7 2 (3.17%) Juniper
7 2 (3.17%) Meru Networks
7 2 (3.17%) Sophos
7 2 (3.17%) Symantec
7 2 (3.17%) Veritas
8 1 (1.59%) Altiris
8 1 (1.59%) AppSense
8 1 (1.59%) EMC