Period
to 19 November 2019

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 November 2019 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 Nov 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 775 836 832
Rank change year-on-year +61 -4 -74
Contract jobs citing MCTS 34 62 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.041% 0.060% 0.057%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.20% 0.32% 0.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 40 41
UK median daily rate £363 £316 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.62% -15.67% +17.19%
10th Percentile £255 £175 £238
90th Percentile £476 £484 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £300 £375
% change year-on-year +33.33% -20.00% +17.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 4
UK median hourly rate £44.75 £23.13 £25.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +93.47% -9.74% +44.37%
10th Percentile £39.33 £21.86 £16.25
90th Percentile £47.00 £24.40 £135.29
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.75 - £25.00

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 17,053 19,389 19,083
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 20.35% 18.77% 18.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 10,447 11,451 11,695
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £221
90th Percentile £644 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 855 942 892
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £25.06 £26.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +39.66% -4.53% +0.96%
10th Percentile £15.00 £12.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £58.75 £51.23 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year +32.08% -3.64% +1.85%

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 November 2019.

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 8 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 November 2019. 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 +49 27 £400 +33.33% 19
England +66 20 £400 +20.30% 20
Scotland +33 14 £325 +16.07%
South East +43 11 £440 +13.55% 2
London +51 7 £205 -8.89% 3
Midlands +44 1 - - 2
East of England +33 1 £300 +71.43% 2
East Midlands +23 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 19 November 2019, 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 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (85.29%) Microsoft
3 26 (76.47%) Windows
4 24 (70.59%) SQL
4 24 (70.59%) SCCM
5 23 (67.65%) Active Directory
6 22 (64.71%) Office 365
7 21 (61.76%) Windows 10
7 21 (61.76%) Security Cleared
7 21 (61.76%) MCITP
7 21 (61.76%) Citrix
8 20 (58.82%) MCSE
9 19 (55.88%) Microsoft Office
9 19 (55.88%) Windows Server 2008
10 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
11 17 (50.00%) Clustering
11 17 (50.00%) MCSA
11 17 (50.00%) Hyper-V
12 16 (47.06%) Azure
12 16 (47.06%) Windows Server 2012
12 16 (47.06%) SharePoint
13 15 (44.12%) Windows XP
13 15 (44.12%) McAfee
13 15 (44.12%) Windows 7
13 15 (44.12%) Windows Server
13 15 (44.12%) AWS
14 14 (41.18%) McAfee ePO
14 14 (41.18%) VMware ESXi
14 14 (41.18%) StarTeam
14 14 (41.18%) ISTQB

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 16 (47.06%) SharePoint
2 3 (8.82%) Skype for Business
3 2 (5.88%) IIS
3 2 (5.88%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.88%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 19 (55.88%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (8.82%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (5.88%) BusinessWorks
Cloud Services
1 22 (64.71%) Office 365
2 16 (47.06%) Azure
3 15 (44.12%) AWS
4 14 (41.18%) GitHub
5 4 (11.76%) OneDrive
6 2 (5.88%) IaaS
6 2 (5.88%) PaaS
7 1 (2.94%) G Suite
Communications & Networking
1 7 (20.59%) Skype
2 6 (17.65%) DNS
3 4 (11.76%) LAN
3 4 (11.76%) WAN
4 3 (8.82%) Unified Communications
4 3 (8.82%) VoIP
5 2 (5.88%) DHCP
5 2 (5.88%) PBX
5 2 (5.88%) TCP/IP
5 2 (5.88%) Wireless
6 1 (2.94%) Firewall
6 1 (2.94%) Internet
6 1 (2.94%) Intranet
6 1 (2.94%) IP Telephony
6 1 (2.94%) SAN
6 1 (2.94%) SSL
6 1 (2.94%) VLAN
6 1 (2.94%) VPN
6 1 (2.94%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (20.59%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.76%) Oracle Database
3 2 (5.88%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (5.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.94%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 14 (41.18%) JIRA
1 14 (41.18%) StarTeam
2 3 (8.82%) InstallShield
2 3 (8.82%) MSI
3 2 (5.88%) Git (software)
3 2 (5.88%) Jenkins
3 2 (5.88%) Sonatype Nexus
3 2 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio
3 2 (5.88%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 1 (2.94%) Finance
1 1 (2.94%) Public Sector
1 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (26.47%) Test Engineer
2 8 (23.53%) Windows Engineer
3 7 (20.59%) Server Engineer
3 7 (20.59%) Windows Server Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Active Directory Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Analyst
4 3 (8.82%) Consultant
4 3 (8.82%) Developer
4 3 (8.82%) Hyper-V Consultant
4 3 (8.82%) Support Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Virtualisation Consultant
4 3 (8.82%) VMware Consultant
5 2 (5.88%) Applications Packager
5 2 (5.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) IT Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) IT Support
5 2 (5.88%) IT Support Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Lead DevOps
5 2 (5.88%) Technical Leader
6 1 (2.94%) VB.NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (11.76%) .NET
1 4 (11.76%) LDAP
2 2 (5.88%) ASP.NET
2 2 (5.88%) TIBCO EMS
2 2 (5.88%) Web Services
2 2 (5.88%) WinForms
3 1 (2.94%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 17 (50.00%) Clustering
2 4 (11.76%) Data Centre
2 4 (11.76%) PKI
3 3 (8.82%) VxBlock/Vblock
4 1 (2.94%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.94%) iPad
4 1 (2.94%) PDA
4 1 (2.94%) Smartphone
4 1 (2.94%) User Experience
4 1 (2.94%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (2.94%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 26 (76.47%) Windows
2 21 (61.76%) Windows 10
3 19 (55.88%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (47.06%) Windows Server 2012
5 15 (44.12%) Windows 7
5 15 (44.12%) Windows Server
5 15 (44.12%) Windows XP
6 14 (41.18%) AIX
7 13 (38.24%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (5.88%) Linux
8 2 (5.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (2.94%) Mac OS X
9 1 (2.94%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (41.18%) Change Management
2 14 (41.18%) Server Virtualisation
3 13 (38.24%) Scrum
3 13 (38.24%) Smoke Testing
3 13 (38.24%) Test Scripting
4 10 (29.41%) Software Testing
5 8 (23.53%) Task Automation
6 7 (20.59%) ITIL
7 5 (14.71%) Application Packaging
7 5 (14.71%) PRINCE2
7 5 (14.71%) Technical Leadership
8 4 (11.76%) Incident Management
8 4 (11.76%) Mobile Device Management
8 4 (11.76%) Patch Management
8 4 (11.76%) Problem-Solving
9 3 (8.82%) Mentoring
9 3 (8.82%) Server Building
9 3 (8.82%) Server Management
9 3 (8.82%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (70.59%) SQL
2 9 (26.47%) PowerShell
3 5 (14.71%) T-SQL
4 3 (8.82%) VB
4 3 (8.82%) VBScript
5 2 (5.88%) Bash Shell
5 2 (5.88%) C#
5 2 (5.88%) C++
5 2 (5.88%) Groovy
5 2 (5.88%) Java
5 2 (5.88%) PL/SQL
5 2 (5.88%) Python
5 2 (5.88%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 34 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (61.76%) MCITP
2 21 (61.76%) Security Cleared
3 20 (58.82%) MCSE
4 17 (50.00%) MCSA
5 14 (41.18%) ISTQB
5 14 (41.18%) SC Cleared
6 5 (14.71%) MCP
7 4 (11.76%) DV Cleared
7 4 (11.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (8.82%) CCA
8 3 (8.82%) Citrix Certification
8 3 (8.82%) MCPD
8 3 (8.82%) VCAP
8 3 (8.82%) VCP4
8 3 (8.82%) VCP5
9 2 (5.88%) OCPJP
9 2 (5.88%) RHCSA
10 1 (2.94%) Degree
10 1 (2.94%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.94%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 23 (67.65%) Active Directory
2 17 (50.00%) Hyper-V
3 14 (41.18%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (23.53%) VMware Infrastructure
5 3 (8.82%) Citrix Hypervisor
5 3 (8.82%) Microsoft App-V
5 3 (8.82%) vCloud
5 3 (8.82%) Virtual Desktop
5 3 (8.82%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (8.82%) vSphere
6 1 (2.94%) BitLocker
6 1 (2.94%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 24 (70.59%) SCCM
2 14 (41.18%) McAfee ePO
2 14 (41.18%) Netcool
3 3 (8.82%) Cisco CUCM
3 3 (8.82%) SCVMM
3 3 (8.82%) ThinApp
3 3 (8.82%) vCenter Server
4 2 (5.88%) Ansible
4 2 (5.88%) Opscode Chef
4 2 (5.88%) Puppet
4 2 (5.88%) Salt
5 1 (2.94%) AirWatch
5 1 (2.94%) Avamar
5 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Intune
5 1 (2.94%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 1 (2.94%) vMotion
5 1 (2.94%) WMI
5 1 (2.94%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (85.29%) Microsoft
2 21 (61.76%) Citrix
3 15 (44.12%) McAfee
4 14 (41.18%) Veritas
5 10 (29.41%) VMware
6 7 (20.59%) Cisco
7 4 (11.76%) Oracle
8 3 (8.82%) Dell
8 3 (8.82%) IFS
8 3 (8.82%) Novell
9 2 (5.88%) Apple
9 2 (5.88%) HP
9 2 (5.88%) Meridio
9 2 (5.88%) TIBCO
10 1 (2.94%) Avaya
10 1 (2.94%) CA
10 1 (2.94%) EMC
10 1 (2.94%) NetApp
10 1 (2.94%) SAP
10 1 (2.94%) Symantec