Period
to 19 April 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 19 April 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
19 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 815 762 712
Rank change year-on-year -53 -50 -54
Contract jobs citing MCTS 62 66 181
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.061% 0.071% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.35% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 42 119
UK median daily rate £338 £369 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.47% +15.23% -8.57%
10th Percentile £238 £157 £257
90th Percentile £469 £549 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year +4.84% -4.62% -9.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 1
UK median hourly rate - £46.50 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +29.17% +63.64%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £46.50 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +29.17% +24.14%

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 19,409 18,998 22,721
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.20% 20.50% 21.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,686 12,023 14,056
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £239 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £590
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 867 936 908
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £29.96 £28.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.56% +5.35% +45.83%
10th Percentile £12.37 £12.00 £11.94
90th Percentile £50.35 £52.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £29.92 £31.50
% change year-on-year -16.44% -5.02% +57.50%

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 19 April 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 19 April 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
UK excluding London -27 41 £325 +4.84% 9
England -62 38 £375 -8.26% 21
London -35 17 £380 -15.56% 12
Scotland -32 11 £320 +16.36%
Wales - 11 £388 -
North of England +5 9 £288 - 2
North West -11 8 £300 - 2
South East -35 8 £400 +26.98% 1
Midlands +2 1 £525 +50.00% 2
Yorkshire -12 1 £275 -
West Midlands -13 1 £525 +23.53% 2
South West - 1 £300 - 2

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 62 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 49 (79.03%) Windows
3 41 (66.13%) MCITP
4 40 (64.52%) Microsoft
5 36 (58.06%) Active Directory
6 29 (46.77%) SQL
7 27 (43.55%) Windows Server
8 26 (41.94%) SQL Server
9 23 (37.10%) MCSE
9 23 (37.10%) VMware
10 21 (33.87%) ITIL
11 20 (32.26%) Citrix
12 19 (30.65%) Degree
12 19 (30.65%) Windows Server 2008
13 17 (27.42%) MCSA
14 16 (25.81%) Cisco
14 16 (25.81%) VMware Infrastructure
15 13 (20.97%) Agile Software Development
15 13 (20.97%) High Availability
15 13 (20.97%) Cisco Certification
15 13 (20.97%) Service Management
16 12 (19.35%) Migration
16 12 (19.35%) CCNA
16 12 (19.35%) Performance Tuning
16 12 (19.35%) Microsoft Azure
16 12 (19.35%) PowerShell
17 11 (17.74%) Team Foundation Server
17 11 (17.74%) vSphere
18 10 (16.13%) Windows 7
18 10 (16.13%) SQL Server 2008

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 9 (14.52%) MS Exchange
2 8 (12.90%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (9.68%) Moodle
4 5 (8.06%) Skype for Business
5 4 (6.45%) SharePoint
6 3 (4.84%) IIS
7 1 (1.61%) Apache
7 1 (1.61%) IBM Domino
7 1 (1.61%) JBoss
Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (3.23%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 2 (3.23%) MS Visio
3 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.23%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 12 (19.35%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (12.90%) Office 365
3 5 (8.06%) Amazon AWS
4 4 (6.45%) Azure Active Directory
5 1 (1.61%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.61%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.61%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.13%) Firewall
2 8 (12.90%) VoIP
3 7 (11.29%) Cisco ASA
3 7 (11.29%) PBX
4 6 (9.68%) DNS
4 6 (9.68%) VPN
5 5 (8.06%) LAN
5 5 (8.06%) SAN
5 5 (8.06%) WAN
6 4 (6.45%) Skype
7 2 (3.23%) Cisco IOS
7 2 (3.23%) DHCP
7 2 (3.23%) Remote Desktop
7 2 (3.23%) TCP/IP
8 1 (1.61%) MPLS
8 1 (1.61%) NAS
8 1 (1.61%) PSTN
8 1 (1.61%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.61%) Wireless
8 1 (1.61%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (41.94%) SQL Server
2 10 (16.13%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (12.90%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (11.29%) MySQL
5 5 (8.06%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (8.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (8.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (8.06%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (6.45%) QlikView
6 4 (6.45%) Relational Database
7 2 (3.23%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (1.61%) Amazon RDS
8 1 (1.61%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (1.61%) Oracle Database
8 1 (1.61%) Power BI
8 1 (1.61%) RDBMS
8 1 (1.61%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (17.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (11.29%) HP UFT
2 7 (11.29%) TestDirector
2 7 (11.29%) WinRunner
3 3 (4.84%) Git (software)
4 2 (3.23%) InstallShield
4 2 (3.23%) Moq
4 2 (3.23%) MSI
4 2 (3.23%) NUnit
4 2 (3.23%) Selenium
4 2 (3.23%) Subversion
4 2 (3.23%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.61%) CruiseControl
5 1 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (11.29%) Telecoms
2 3 (4.84%) Finance
3 2 (3.23%) Legal
4 1 (1.61%) Back Office
4 1 (1.61%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (19.35%) DBA
1 12 (19.35%) SQL DBA
2 10 (16.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (14.52%) Developer
4 7 (11.29%) Windows Engineer
4 7 (11.29%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (9.68%) Administrator
5 6 (9.68%) Analyst
5 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Support
5 6 (9.68%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 6 (9.68%) SQL Developer
5 6 (9.68%) Support Engineer
6 5 (8.06%) Software Developer
6 5 (8.06%) VMware Engineer
6 5 (8.06%) VMware Infrastructure Engineer
6 5 (8.06%) VMware Support Engineer
6 5 (8.06%) Windows Support Engineer
7 4 (6.45%) Azure Consultant
7 4 (6.45%) Consultant
7 4 (6.45%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.29%) .NET
2 5 (8.06%) ASP.NET
3 4 (6.45%) .NET Framework
3 4 (6.45%) Entity Framework
3 4 (6.45%) XML
4 3 (4.84%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.23%) AngularJS
5 2 (3.23%) jQuery
5 2 (3.23%) LDAP
5 2 (3.23%) REST
5 2 (3.23%) SOAP
5 2 (3.23%) Unity DI Container
5 2 (3.23%) Web Services
6 1 (1.61%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.61%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.61%) WCF
6 1 (1.61%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 8 (12.90%) Clustering
2 7 (11.29%) Virtual Team
3 5 (8.06%) PDA
4 3 (4.84%) NHS
5 2 (3.23%) Analytical Mindset
5 2 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (3.23%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.23%) Fat Client
5 2 (3.23%) Replication
5 2 (3.23%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.61%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.61%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.61%) PKI
6 1 (1.61%) Reference Data
6 1 (1.61%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.61%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 49 (79.03%) Windows
2 27 (43.55%) Windows Server
3 19 (30.65%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (16.13%) Windows 7
5 9 (14.52%) Windows Server 2012
6 7 (11.29%) AIX
6 7 (11.29%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (11.29%) Windows XP
7 3 (4.84%) Windows 10
8 1 (1.61%) Android
8 1 (1.61%) Linux
8 1 (1.61%) Unix
8 1 (1.61%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (33.87%) ITIL
2 13 (20.97%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (20.97%) High Availability
2 13 (20.97%) Service Management
3 12 (19.35%) Migration
3 12 (19.35%) Performance Tuning
4 10 (16.13%) Disaster Recovery
5 8 (12.90%) Change Management
5 8 (12.90%) Collaborative Working
6 7 (11.29%) Incident Management
6 7 (11.29%) Software Testing
6 7 (11.29%) Test Automation
7 5 (8.06%) MVC
7 5 (8.06%) Test Scripting
7 5 (8.06%) Workflow
8 4 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (6.45%) Customer Engagement
8 4 (6.45%) Dependency Injection
8 4 (6.45%) Kimball Methodology
8 4 (6.45%) Smoke Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (46.77%) SQL
2 12 (19.35%) PowerShell
3 10 (16.13%) C#
4 3 (4.84%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.23%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.23%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 62 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (66.13%) MCITP
3 23 (37.10%) MCSE
4 19 (30.65%) Degree
5 17 (27.42%) MCSA
6 13 (20.97%) Cisco Certification
7 12 (19.35%) CCNA
8 10 (16.13%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 9 (14.52%) Security Cleared
10 7 (11.29%) MCAD
10 7 (11.29%) MCSD
10 7 (11.29%) SC Cleared
11 5 (8.06%) ISTQB
12 3 (4.84%) CCNP
13 2 (3.23%) CCSE
13 2 (3.23%) MCP
13 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Certified Architect
13 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Certified Master
13 2 (3.23%) MOS
13 2 (3.23%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (11.29%) QA
2 2 (3.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.61%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.61%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.61%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.61%) SLA
System Software
1 36 (58.06%) Active Directory
2 16 (25.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (17.74%) vSphere
4 9 (14.52%) Hyper-V
5 7 (11.29%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (3.23%) vCloud
7 1 (1.61%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 7 (11.29%) HP Quality Center
1 7 (11.29%) McAfee ePO
1 7 (11.29%) Netcool
1 7 (11.29%) SCCM
2 3 (4.84%) WSUS
3 2 (3.23%) SCOM
3 2 (3.23%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.61%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.61%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (1.61%) MaaS360
4 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (1.61%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (1.61%) vRealize
Vendors
1 40 (64.52%) Microsoft
2 23 (37.10%) VMware
3 20 (32.26%) Citrix
4 16 (25.81%) Cisco
5 10 (16.13%) McAfee
6 7 (11.29%) HP
6 7 (11.29%) Veritas
7 3 (4.84%) CheckPoint
7 3 (4.84%) CommVault
8 2 (3.23%) Brocade
8 2 (3.23%) Palo Alto
8 2 (3.23%) SAP
8 2 (3.23%) Veeam
9 1 (1.61%) Bomgar
9 1 (1.61%) Facebook
9 1 (1.61%) IBM
9 1 (1.61%) Meraki
9 1 (1.61%) MobileIron
9 1 (1.61%) SolarWinds
9 1 (1.61%) Twitter