Period
to 23 May 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 23 May 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
23 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 826 769 694
Rank change year-on-year -57 -75 -22
Contract jobs citing MCTS 55 59 186
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.055% 0.065% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 0.32% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 41 120
UK median daily rate £365 £410 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.98% +24.24% -5.71%
10th Percentile £188 £150 £257
90th Percentile £480 £625 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £375 £330
% change year-on-year -12.00% +13.64% -7.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 6
UK median hourly rate - £41.64 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +15.67% +60.00%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £41.64 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +15.67% +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 19,231 18,317 22,716
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.08% 20.30% 21.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,537 11,488 14,121
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.13% +4.58% +2.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 853 922 857
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £30.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -21.67% -7.69% +47.73%
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.00 £12.02
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £53.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £30.37 £35.00
% change year-on-year -17.68% -13.24% +55.56%

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 23 May 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 11 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 23 May 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 -23 34 £330 -12.00% 6
England -56 32 £375 -6.25% 13
London -56 19 £375 -8.26% 7
Scotland -38 12 £320 -46.67%
Wales - 9 £400 -
North of England -7 8 £300 - 2
North West -10 7 £300 - 2
South East -29 4 £438 +36.72% 1
East Midlands +7 1 - - 2
Midlands -17 1 - - 2
Yorkshire -18 1 £450 -

For the 6 months to 23 May 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 55 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 43 (78.18%) Windows
3 37 (67.27%) MCITP
4 34 (61.82%) Microsoft
4 34 (61.82%) Active Directory
5 29 (52.73%) SQL
6 26 (47.27%) SQL Server
7 22 (40.00%) MCSE
7 22 (40.00%) Windows Server
8 17 (30.91%) Degree
9 16 (29.09%) MCSA
9 16 (29.09%) VMware
10 14 (25.45%) Citrix
10 14 (25.45%) Agile Software Development
11 13 (23.64%) High Availability
11 13 (23.64%) Migration
12 12 (21.82%) C#
12 12 (21.82%) Performance Tuning
12 12 (21.82%) Team Foundation Server
12 12 (21.82%) Hyper-V
13 11 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
13 11 (20.00%) Security Cleared
13 11 (20.00%) McAfee
14 10 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
14 10 (18.18%) Windows 7
15 9 (16.36%) VMware Infrastructure
15 9 (16.36%) SQL Server 2008
15 9 (16.36%) Office 365
15 9 (16.36%) Clustering
15 9 (16.36%) ITIL

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 6 (10.91%) Moodle
2 4 (7.27%) Skype for Business
3 3 (5.45%) SharePoint
4 2 (3.64%) IIS
4 2 (3.64%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.82%) Apache
5 1 (1.82%) IBM Domino
5 1 (1.82%) JBoss
5 1 (1.82%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 6 (10.91%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.45%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.64%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.82%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (16.36%) Office 365
2 5 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (5.45%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.82%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 5 (9.09%) DNS
1 5 (9.09%) LAN
1 5 (9.09%) WAN
2 3 (5.45%) Firewall
2 3 (5.45%) SAN
2 3 (5.45%) Skype
2 3 (5.45%) TCP/IP
3 2 (3.64%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (3.64%) DHCP
4 1 (1.82%) NAS
4 1 (1.82%) PSTN
4 1 (1.82%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.82%) Unified Communications
4 1 (1.82%) VoIP
4 1 (1.82%) WebEx
4 1 (1.82%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.82%) Wireless
4 1 (1.82%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 26 (47.27%) SQL Server
2 9 (16.36%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (14.55%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (12.73%) MySQL
5 5 (9.09%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (9.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 5 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (9.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 4 (7.27%) QlikView
6 4 (7.27%) Relational Database
7 3 (5.45%) Oracle Database
8 1 (1.82%) Azure SQL Database
8 1 (1.82%) Oracle Database 10g
8 1 (1.82%) Power BI
8 1 (1.82%) RDBMS
8 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (1.82%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 12 (21.82%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (12.73%) HP UFT
2 7 (12.73%) TestDirector
2 7 (12.73%) WinRunner
3 3 (5.45%) Git (software)
4 2 (3.64%) Moq
4 2 (3.64%) NUnit
4 2 (3.64%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (3.64%) Selenium
4 2 (3.64%) Subversion
4 2 (3.64%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.82%) CruiseControl
5 1 (1.82%) InstallShield
5 1 (1.82%) MSI
5 1 (1.82%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.82%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (1.82%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 1 (1.82%) Back Office
1 1 (1.82%) Finance
1 1 (1.82%) Law
1 1 (1.82%) Legal
1 1 (1.82%) Retail
Job Titles
1 12 (21.82%) DBA
1 12 (21.82%) SQL DBA
2 9 (16.36%) Developer
3 8 (14.55%) Analyst
4 6 (10.91%) SQL Developer
5 5 (9.09%) Administrator
5 5 (9.09%) Software Developer
6 4 (7.27%) .NET Developer
6 4 (7.27%) C# Developer
6 4 (7.27%) Test Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) .NET Software Developer
7 3 (5.45%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
7 3 (5.45%) C# .NET Developer
7 3 (5.45%) C# Software Developer
7 3 (5.45%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) Service Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (5.45%) SQL Server DBA
7 3 (5.45%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (14.55%) .NET
2 6 (10.91%) ASP.NET
3 4 (7.27%) .NET Framework
3 4 (7.27%) Entity Framework
3 4 (7.27%) Web Services
4 3 (5.45%) ASP.NET Web API
5 2 (3.64%) AngularJS
5 2 (3.64%) jQuery
5 2 (3.64%) LDAP
5 2 (3.64%) REST
5 2 (3.64%) SOAP
5 2 (3.64%) Unity DI Container
5 2 (3.64%) WCF
5 2 (3.64%) WinForms
5 2 (3.64%) XML
6 1 (1.82%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.82%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.82%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (16.36%) Clustering
2 5 (9.09%) PDA
3 3 (5.45%) NHS
4 2 (3.64%) Analytical Mindset
4 2 (3.64%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.64%) Data Centre
4 2 (3.64%) Fat Client
4 2 (3.64%) Replication
4 2 (3.64%) Self-Motivation
4 2 (3.64%) Thin Client
5 1 (1.82%) Blackberry
5 1 (1.82%) CESG
5 1 (1.82%) e-Learning
5 1 (1.82%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.82%) PKI
5 1 (1.82%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.82%) Reinsurance
5 1 (1.82%) Social Media
5 1 (1.82%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 43 (78.18%) Windows
2 22 (40.00%) Windows Server
3 11 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (18.18%) Windows 7
5 7 (12.73%) AIX
5 7 (12.73%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (12.73%) Windows XP
6 5 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (7.27%) Windows 10
8 2 (3.64%) Linux
9 1 (1.82%) Android
9 1 (1.82%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (25.45%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (23.64%) High Availability
2 13 (23.64%) Migration
3 12 (21.82%) Performance Tuning
4 10 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
5 9 (16.36%) ITIL
6 8 (14.55%) Change Management
6 8 (14.55%) Collaborative Working
7 7 (12.73%) Software Testing
7 7 (12.73%) Test Automation
8 6 (10.91%) Workflow
9 5 (9.09%) MVC
9 5 (9.09%) Test Scripting
10 4 (7.27%) Continuous Improvement
10 4 (7.27%) Dependency Injection
10 4 (7.27%) Kimball Methodology
10 4 (7.27%) Smoke Testing
11 3 (5.45%) OO
11 3 (5.45%) PRINCE2
11 3 (5.45%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 29 (52.73%) SQL
2 12 (21.82%) C#
3 7 (12.73%) PowerShell
4 5 (9.09%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.64%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.64%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.64%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.82%) C++
6 1 (1.82%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 55 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (67.27%) MCITP
3 22 (40.00%) MCSE
4 17 (30.91%) Degree
5 16 (29.09%) MCSA
6 11 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 8 (14.55%) SC Cleared
8 7 (12.73%) MCAD
8 7 (12.73%) MCSD
9 5 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
9 5 (9.09%) ISTQB
9 5 (9.09%) MCP
10 4 (7.27%) CCNA
10 4 (7.27%) Microsoft Certified Architect
10 4 (7.27%) Microsoft Certified Master
11 3 (5.45%) CCNP
11 3 (5.45%) MOS
11 3 (5.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 2 (3.64%) CCSE
12 2 (3.64%) MCPD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (12.73%) QA
2 1 (1.82%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.82%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.82%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 34 (61.82%) Active Directory
2 12 (21.82%) Hyper-V
3 9 (16.36%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (12.73%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (7.27%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (5.45%) vSphere
7 2 (3.64%) XenApp
8 1 (1.82%) BitLocker
8 1 (1.82%) Terminal Services
8 1 (1.82%) vCloud
8 1 (1.82%) XenDesktop
8 1 (1.82%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (14.55%) SCCM
2 7 (12.73%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (12.73%) McAfee ePO
2 7 (12.73%) Netcool
3 4 (7.27%) WSUS
4 2 (3.64%) Microsoft Clustering
4 2 (3.64%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 1 (1.82%) AirWatch
5 1 (1.82%) Failover Clustering
5 1 (1.82%) MaaS360
5 1 (1.82%) SCOM
5 1 (1.82%) SCVMM
5 1 (1.82%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 1 (1.82%) vRealize
Vendors
1 34 (61.82%) Microsoft
2 16 (29.09%) VMware
3 14 (25.45%) Citrix
4 11 (20.00%) McAfee
5 9 (16.36%) Cisco
6 7 (12.73%) Veritas
7 3 (5.45%) Oracle
7 3 (5.45%) SAP
8 2 (3.64%) CheckPoint
8 2 (3.64%) Palo Alto
9 1 (1.82%) Adobe
9 1 (1.82%) Avaya
9 1 (1.82%) BMC
9 1 (1.82%) Brocade
9 1 (1.82%) CommVault
9 1 (1.82%) IBM
9 1 (1.82%) Meraki
9 1 (1.82%) MobileIron
9 1 (1.82%) NetApp
9 1 (1.82%) Symantec