Period
to 26 September 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 26 September 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
26 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 809 703 703
Rank change year-on-year -106 0 -94
Contract jobs citing MCTS 60 189 180
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.061% 0.18% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.83% 0.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 39 130 105
UK median daily rate £400 £321 £337
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.61% -4.73% -3.73%
10th Percentile £135 £179 £195
90th Percentile £625 £426 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £320 £338
% change year-on-year +25.00% -5.19% -2.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 13 17
UK median hourly rate £25.63 £18.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +42.36% -14.29% +20.00%
10th Percentile £16.25 £13.69 £13.75
90th Percentile £135.29 £39.30 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £21.50 £21.00
% change year-on-year +16.28% +2.38% +32.28%

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 18557 22686 21774
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.74% 21.25% 19.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 11261 14098 12915
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% +3.90%
10th Percentile £233 £240 £240
90th Percentile £600 £588 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 828 1077
UK median hourly rate £29.25 £27.50 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.36% +19.57% +15.00%
10th Percentile £12.12 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.42 £47.88 £48.93
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £24.12
% change year-on-year +16.36% +14.01% +20.60%

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 26 September 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 26 September 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 26 September 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 -62 44 £400 +21.21% 8
UK excluding London -58 33 £400 +25.00% 7
London -13 26 £400 +23.08% 1
Scotland -34 15 £600 +96.72%
Midlands +21 7 £450 +40.63%
South East -5 6 £338 +5.47% 2
West Midlands +32 5 £400 +25.00%
North of England +31 2 £300 -6.25% 3
East of England -2 2 £550 +100.00% 2
East Midlands - 2 £500 -
North East +55 1 £300 -6.25%
Yorkshire +31 1 - -
Wales -4 1 £110 -68.57%

For the 6 months to 26 September 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 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (75.00%) Windows
3 39 (65.00%) Microsoft
4 38 (63.33%) MCITP
5 30 (50.00%) SQL
6 26 (43.33%) Active Directory
7 23 (38.33%) ITIL
8 20 (33.33%) Service Management
8 20 (33.33%) PowerShell
9 19 (31.67%) Degree
10 16 (26.67%) .NET
11 15 (25.00%) SQL Server
11 15 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
12 14 (23.33%) SCOM
12 14 (23.33%) Microsoft Office
12 14 (23.33%) MCSE
13 13 (21.67%) Windows 7
14 12 (20.00%) MCSA
14 12 (20.00%) C#
14 12 (20.00%) Citrix
15 11 (18.33%) XML
16 10 (16.67%) Migration
16 10 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 9 (15.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 9 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
17 9 (15.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
17 9 (15.00%) SCCM
17 9 (15.00%) Office 365
17 9 (15.00%) ASP.NET
18 8 (13.33%) JavaScript

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 7 (11.67%) SharePoint
2 5 (8.33%) EPiServer
3 3 (5.00%) MS Exchange
3 3 (5.00%) Skype for Business
4 2 (3.33%) IIS
5 1 (1.67%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.67%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.67%) SharePoint Foundation
5 1 (1.67%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (23.33%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (15.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 9 (15.00%) Office 365
2 2 (3.33%) Azure Active Directory
3 1 (1.67%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (11.67%) DNS
2 6 (10.00%) DHCP
2 6 (10.00%) TCP/IP
3 3 (5.00%) SAN
3 3 (5.00%) Wireless
4 1 (1.67%) IP Telephony
4 1 (1.67%) LAN
4 1 (1.67%) Skype
4 1 (1.67%) VPN
4 1 (1.67%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (16.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 9 (15.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 9 (15.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (11.67%) SQL Server 2012
4 7 (11.67%) SQL Server 2014
5 5 (8.33%) Data Mart
5 5 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
6 4 (6.67%) SQL Server 2008
7 3 (5.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (1.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (8.33%) Git (software)
1 5 (8.33%) gulp
1 5 (8.33%) Moq
1 5 (8.33%) Octopus Deploy
1 5 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 5 (8.33%) Visual Studio
2 4 (6.67%) WiX
3 3 (5.00%) StarTeam
General
1 8 (13.33%) Finance
1 8 (13.33%) Financial Institution
2 1 (1.67%) Advertising
2 1 (1.67%) Law
2 1 (1.67%) Legal
Job Titles
1 15 (25.00%) Field Engineer
2 10 (16.67%) Developer
3 9 (15.00%) Architect
4 7 (11.67%) Analyst
4 7 (11.67%) Windows Engineer
5 6 (10.00%) Desktop Support
5 6 (10.00%) SQL Developer
6 5 (8.33%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 5 (8.33%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (8.33%) Operations Manager
6 5 (8.33%) SQL BI Developer
6 5 (8.33%) Systems Manager
7 4 (6.67%) Support Analyst
8 3 (5.00%) Active Directory Migration Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Consultant
8 3 (5.00%) DBA
8 3 (5.00%) Desktop Migration Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Migration Engineer
8 3 (5.00%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (26.67%) .NET
2 11 (18.33%) XML
3 9 (15.00%) ASP.NET
4 6 (10.00%) .NET Framework
4 6 (10.00%) CSS
4 6 (10.00%) HTML
4 6 (10.00%) jQuery
4 6 (10.00%) XSLT
5 5 (8.33%) AngularJS
5 5 (8.33%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (8.33%) Entity Framework
5 5 (8.33%) LINQ
5 5 (8.33%) Modernizr
5 5 (8.33%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 5 (8.33%) Web Services
6 4 (6.67%) WCF
7 2 (3.33%) ASP.NET MVC
8 1 (1.67%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.67%) Clustering
2 2 (3.33%) Computer Science
2 2 (3.33%) Replication
3 1 (1.67%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.67%) Driving Licence
3 1 (1.67%) iPad
3 1 (1.67%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.67%) NHS
3 1 (1.67%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 45 (75.00%) Windows
2 13 (21.67%) Windows 7
3 7 (11.67%) Windows 10
3 7 (11.67%) Windows Server
3 7 (11.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (10.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (6.67%) Windows XP
6 3 (5.00%) AIX
6 3 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (3.33%) Mac OS
7 2 (3.33%) Mac OS X
7 2 (3.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (38.33%) ITIL
2 20 (33.33%) Service Management
3 15 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
4 10 (16.67%) Migration
5 7 (11.67%) Business Intelligence
5 7 (11.67%) MVC
5 7 (11.67%) TDD
6 6 (10.00%) Performance Monitoring
7 5 (8.33%) Change Management
7 5 (8.33%) Problem Management
7 5 (8.33%) Responsive Web Design
7 5 (8.33%) Web Application Development
8 4 (6.67%) Corporate Information Factory
8 4 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (6.67%) Inmon Methodology
8 4 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (6.67%) Unit Testing
9 3 (5.00%) Resource Allocation
9 3 (5.00%) Server Virtualisation
9 3 (5.00%) Smoke Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (50.00%) SQL
2 20 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 12 (20.00%) C#
4 8 (13.33%) JavaScript
5 6 (10.00%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (63.33%) MCITP
3 19 (31.67%) Degree
4 14 (23.33%) MCSE
5 12 (20.00%) MCSA
6 6 (10.00%) MCP
7 5 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (6.67%) CCNA
8 4 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (6.67%) SC Cleared
8 4 (6.67%) Security Cleared
9 3 (5.00%) A+ Certification
9 3 (5.00%) ISTQB
10 2 (3.33%) ACSA
10 2 (3.33%) CCENT
10 2 (3.33%) Citrix Certification
10 2 (3.33%) Computer Science Degree
10 2 (3.33%) Network+ Certification
10 2 (3.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (3.33%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.33%) QA
2 4 (6.67%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (43.33%) Active Directory
2 6 (10.00%) Hyper-V
2 6 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (6.67%) XenDesktop
4 3 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (3.33%) BitLocker
5 2 (3.33%) Terminal Server
5 2 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (3.33%) vSphere
5 2 (3.33%) XenApp
6 1 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.67%) vCloud
6 1 (1.67%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.67%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 14 (23.33%) SCOM
2 9 (15.00%) SCCM
3 5 (8.33%) WSUS
4 4 (6.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 3 (5.00%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (5.00%) Netcool
5 3 (5.00%) SCSM
6 2 (3.33%) Backup Exec
6 2 (3.33%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (1.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (1.67%) Simpana
Vendors
1 39 (65.00%) Microsoft
2 12 (20.00%) Citrix
3 8 (13.33%) VMware
4 6 (10.00%) RedGate
5 5 (8.33%) Cisco
5 5 (8.33%) Veritas
6 4 (6.67%) McAfee
7 3 (5.00%) HP
8 2 (3.33%) Apple
8 2 (3.33%) AppSense
8 2 (3.33%) CommVault
8 2 (3.33%) Dell
8 2 (3.33%) Google
8 2 (3.33%) Juniper
8 2 (3.33%) Meru Networks
8 2 (3.33%) Sophos
8 2 (3.33%) Symantec
8 2 (3.33%) Veeam
9 1 (1.67%) Altiris
9 1 (1.67%) Brocade