Period
to 18 October 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 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 825 807 710
Rank change year-on-year -18 -97 +2
Contract jobs citing MCTS 59 60 184
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.057% 0.060% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.32% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 40 126
UK median daily rate £316 £380 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.78% +18.75% -2.29%
10th Percentile £175 £135 £174
90th Percentile £488 £576 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £290 £380 £320
% change year-on-year -23.68% +18.75% -1.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 14
UK median hourly rate - £25.63 £17.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +44.37% -15.48%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.00 £19.75
% change year-on-year - +26.58% -5.95%

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 19,162 18,623 22,533
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.59% 18.73% 21.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,346 11,338 13,994
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £245 £225 £240
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £414 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.50% +5.26% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 955 897 850
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% +1.85% +17.39%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.00 £50.00 £49.19
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -16.67% +9.09% +13.10%

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 18 October 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 18 October 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 +10 57 £333 -11.33% 18
UK excluding London -25 29 £290 -23.68% 15
London -12 28 £279 -30.31% 5
North of England -18 12 £175 -41.67% 10
North West - 9 £175 - 8
South East -12 8 £388 +3.33% 3
Midlands -18 5 £140 -63.87%
West Midlands -22 3 £140 -63.87%
Yorkshire - 3 £450 - 2
East Midlands +7 2 - -
East of England -5 2 £175 -68.18%
Scotland -27 2 £280 -26.32% 2

For the 6 months to 18 October 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 59 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (79.66%) Windows
3 46 (77.97%) Microsoft
4 34 (57.63%) Active Directory
5 25 (42.37%) ITIL
6 24 (40.68%) MCSE
7 23 (38.98%) MCITP
8 22 (37.29%) VMware
9 21 (35.59%) MCP
9 21 (35.59%) SCCM
10 20 (33.90%) PowerShell
10 20 (33.90%) Citrix
11 19 (32.20%) Windows 7
12 15 (25.42%) Office 365
13 14 (23.73%) Cisco
14 13 (22.03%) SQL
14 13 (22.03%) Wireless
14 13 (22.03%) Problem-Solving
15 12 (20.34%) SQL Server
15 12 (20.34%) MCSA
15 12 (20.34%) Hyper-V
16 11 (18.64%) Security Cleared
16 11 (18.64%) VMware Infrastructure
16 11 (18.64%) PRINCE2
16 11 (18.64%) SLA
16 11 (18.64%) Change Management
16 11 (18.64%) Windows Server
17 10 (16.95%) Service Management
17 10 (16.95%) Windows XP
17 10 (16.95%) VB

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 8 (13.56%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.08%) MS Exchange
2 3 (5.08%) SharePoint 2010
2 3 (5.08%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.69%) Cloud Foundry
3 1 (1.69%) IIS
3 1 (1.69%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 7 (11.86%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.39%) ReMetrica
1 2 (3.39%) SAP GTS
1 2 (3.39%) Towers Watson Igloo
Cloud Services
1 15 (25.42%) Office 365
2 8 (13.56%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.08%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (5.08%) IaaS
3 3 (5.08%) PaaS
4 2 (3.39%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.69%) SaaS
5 1 (1.69%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 13 (22.03%) Wireless
2 9 (15.25%) TCP/IP
2 9 (15.25%) VPN
3 5 (8.47%) Unified Communications
4 4 (6.78%) Firewall
5 3 (5.08%) DHCP
5 3 (5.08%) DMZ
5 3 (5.08%) DNS
5 3 (5.08%) LAN
5 3 (5.08%) WAN
6 2 (3.39%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (3.39%) VoIP
7 1 (1.69%) SMTP
7 1 (1.69%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (20.34%) SQL Server
2 5 (8.47%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 5 (8.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (5.08%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (5.08%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (5.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (3.39%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.69%) Big Data
5 1 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.69%) HDInsight
5 1 (1.69%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Oracle Forms
1 2 (3.39%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.69%) HP UFT
2 1 (1.69%) Subversion
2 1 (1.69%) TestDirector
2 1 (1.69%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.69%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
2 1 (1.69%) WinRunner
General
1 2 (3.39%) Law
1 2 (3.39%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.69%) Advertising
2 1 (1.69%) Back Office
2 1 (1.69%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (20.34%) IT Support
2 10 (16.95%) Analyst
3 7 (11.86%) Support Engineer
4 6 (10.17%) Architect
5 5 (8.47%) Desktop Engineer
5 5 (8.47%) Desktop Support
5 5 (8.47%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 5 (8.47%) Support Analyst
6 4 (6.78%) Senior Desktop Engineer
6 4 (6.78%) Senior Desktop Support
6 4 (6.78%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
6 4 (6.78%) Senior Support Engineer
6 4 (6.78%) Windows Engineer
7 3 (5.08%) Infrastructure Architect
7 3 (5.08%) IT Support Analyst
7 3 (5.08%) SCCM Engineer
7 3 (5.08%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (5.08%) SharePoint Architect
7 3 (5.08%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
7 3 (5.08%) Virtualisation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.08%) .NET
1 3 (5.08%) OAuth
1 3 (5.08%) SAML
1 3 (5.08%) Web Services
2 2 (3.39%) ASP.NET
2 2 (3.39%) WinForms
3 1 (1.69%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.69%) Entity Framework
3 1 (1.69%) REST
3 1 (1.69%) SOAP
3 1 (1.69%) WCF
3 1 (1.69%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (15.25%) Driving Licence
2 8 (13.56%) Clustering
2 8 (13.56%) Data Centre
3 6 (10.17%) VxBlock/Vblock
4 5 (8.47%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (5.08%) Computer Science
5 3 (5.08%) Fat Client
5 3 (5.08%) Self-Motivation
5 3 (5.08%) Thin Client
6 2 (3.39%) Enterprise Cloud
6 2 (3.39%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (3.39%) Replication
7 1 (1.69%) Analytical Mindset
7 1 (1.69%) CESG
7 1 (1.69%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.69%) PDA
7 1 (1.69%) PMI
7 1 (1.69%) Reinsurance
7 1 (1.69%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 47 (79.66%) Windows
2 19 (32.20%) Windows 7
3 11 (18.64%) Windows Server
4 10 (16.95%) Windows XP
5 8 (13.56%) Windows 10
6 6 (10.17%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (6.78%) Mac OS X
7 4 (6.78%) Mac OS X Server
8 2 (3.39%) Windows 8
8 2 (3.39%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (1.69%) AIX
9 1 (1.69%) Linux
9 1 (1.69%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (42.37%) ITIL
2 13 (22.03%) Problem-Solving
3 11 (18.64%) Change Management
3 11 (18.64%) PRINCE2
4 10 (16.95%) Service Management
5 8 (13.56%) Incident Management
6 7 (11.86%) Patch Management
7 6 (10.17%) Disaster Recovery
7 6 (10.17%) Migration
7 6 (10.17%) Project Management
7 6 (10.17%) Task Automation
7 6 (10.17%) TOGAF
8 5 (8.47%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (8.47%) Customer Engagement
8 5 (8.47%) Problem Management
8 5 (8.47%) Server Building
8 5 (8.47%) Server Management
9 4 (6.78%) Continuous Improvement
9 4 (6.78%) Workflow
10 3 (5.08%) Zachman Framework
Programming Languages
1 20 (33.90%) PowerShell
2 13 (22.03%) SQL
3 10 (16.95%) VB
4 4 (6.78%) C#
5 3 (5.08%) T-SQL
6 2 (3.39%) PL/SQL
6 2 (3.39%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.69%) C++
7 1 (1.69%) Java
7 1 (1.69%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.69%) Python
7 1 (1.69%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 59 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (40.68%) MCSE
3 23 (38.98%) MCITP
4 21 (35.59%) MCP
5 12 (20.34%) MCSA
6 11 (18.64%) Security Cleared
7 9 (15.25%) CCNA
7 9 (15.25%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (15.25%) Degree
7 9 (15.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 7 (11.86%) DV Cleared
9 6 (10.17%) CCA
9 6 (10.17%) Citrix Certification
9 6 (10.17%) Microsoft Certified Architect
9 6 (10.17%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (8.47%) CCNP
10 5 (8.47%) Microsoft Certified Master
10 5 (8.47%) VCAP
10 5 (8.47%) VCP4
10 5 (8.47%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (18.64%) SLA
2 2 (3.39%) PMO
2 2 (3.39%) QA
3 1 (1.69%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 34 (57.63%) Active Directory
2 12 (20.34%) Hyper-V
3 11 (18.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (10.17%) vSphere
4 6 (10.17%) XenServer
5 5 (8.47%) vCloud
5 5 (8.47%) Virtual Machines
6 4 (6.78%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (3.39%) BitLocker
7 2 (3.39%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.69%) Terminal Services
8 1 (1.69%) XenApp
8 1 (1.69%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 21 (35.59%) SCCM
2 6 (10.17%) SCVMM
3 5 (8.47%) Cisco CUCM
3 5 (8.47%) vCenter Server
4 3 (5.08%) CA Single Sign-On
4 3 (5.08%) Single Sign-On
4 3 (5.08%) WSUS
5 2 (3.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Clustering
6 1 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (1.69%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (1.69%) SCOM
6 1 (1.69%) Sysprep
6 1 (1.69%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 46 (77.97%) Microsoft
2 22 (37.29%) VMware
3 20 (33.90%) Citrix
4 14 (23.73%) Cisco
5 10 (16.95%) Altiris
6 6 (10.17%) Ivanti
7 5 (8.47%) SAP
8 4 (6.78%) Apple
9 3 (5.08%) CA
9 3 (5.08%) CheckPoint
9 3 (5.08%) McAfee
9 3 (5.08%) Palo Alto
10 2 (3.39%) Meraki
10 2 (3.39%) Oracle
11 1 (1.69%) Aruba
11 1 (1.69%) BMC
11 1 (1.69%) Forcepoint
11 1 (1.69%) Meridio
11 1 (1.69%) Qualys
11 1 (1.69%) Veritas