Period
to 20 July 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 20 July 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
20 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 773 702 686
Rank change year-on-year -71 -16 -50
Contract jobs citing MCTS 69 203 203
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.072% 0.18% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.86% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 141 127
UK median daily rate £425 £325 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.77% -6.61% +0.15%
10th Percentile £137 £205 £148
90th Percentile £615 £450 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +28.79% -5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 9 13
UK median hourly rate £105.57 £36.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +193.25% +67.44% +34.38%
10th Percentile £52.46 £13.05 £12.25
90th Percentile £167.82 £40.05 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 £36.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +15.67% +60.00% +44.00%

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies.

Academic & Professional Certification
UK
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 18627 23585 21911
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.56% 21.43% 19.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 11444 14745 12712
UK median daily rate £425 £401 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.12% +0.13% +5.26%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £225
90th Percentile £588 £588 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.67% - +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 954 840 1089
UK median hourly rate £29.96 £28.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.00% +24.44% +12.50%
10th Percentile £12.11 £12.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £50.03 £50.45
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +12.50% +24.44% +12.50%

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 20 July 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 20 July 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 14 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 20 July 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 -26 57 £425 +28.79% 13
UK excluding London -60 40 £425 +28.79% 8
London +30 28 £425 +41.67% 5
Scotland +3 11 £600 +106.90%
South East -4 9 £150 -57.75% 5
North of England +35 7 £300 -9.09% 2
Midlands +18 6 £400 -5.88%
East of England - 6 £450 - 1
Yorkshire +34 3 - -
West Midlands +25 3 £413 -2.94%
North West +18 3 - - 2
North East +33 1 £300 -9.09%
Wales +2 1 £110 -68.57%
East Midlands - 1 £500 -

For the 6 months to 20 July 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 69 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 56 (81.16%) Windows
3 47 (68.12%) MCITP
4 40 (57.97%) Microsoft
5 38 (55.07%) Active Directory
6 29 (42.03%) MCSE
7 28 (40.58%) SQL
8 25 (36.23%) ITIL
9 24 (34.78%) Windows Server
10 22 (31.88%) PowerShell
11 21 (30.43%) Migration
12 20 (28.99%) Service Management
13 19 (27.54%) MCP
13 19 (27.54%) Degree
14 17 (24.64%) Windows Server 2012
15 16 (23.19%) Customer Engagement
15 16 (23.19%) Citrix
16 15 (21.74%) MCSA
16 15 (21.74%) .NET
16 15 (21.74%) Finance
17 14 (20.29%) C#
17 14 (20.29%) Microsoft Office
17 14 (20.29%) Windows 7
18 13 (18.84%) Hyper-V
18 13 (18.84%) SQL Server
19 12 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
20 11 (15.94%) Office 365
20 11 (15.94%) DHCP
21 10 (14.49%) Clustering
21 10 (14.49%) SCCM

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 (8.70%) SharePoint
2 5 (7.25%) EPiServer
2 5 (7.25%) Skype for Business
3 4 (5.80%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (5.80%) IIS
4 3 (4.35%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.90%) Apache
6 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.45%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.45%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (20.29%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (5.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.90%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 11 (15.94%) Office 365
2 9 (13.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.35%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (4.35%) OneDrive
4 1 (1.45%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 11 (15.94%) DHCP
2 9 (13.04%) DNS
3 5 (7.25%) TCP/IP
4 4 (5.80%) Skype
4 4 (5.80%) VoIP
5 3 (4.35%) Network Security
6 2 (2.90%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (2.90%) SAN
7 1 (1.45%) LAN
7 1 (1.45%) VPN
7 1 (1.45%) WAN
7 1 (1.45%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (18.84%) SQL Server
2 8 (11.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (10.14%) SQL Server 2012
3 7 (10.14%) SQL Server 2014
3 7 (10.14%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 7 (10.14%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (8.70%) Data Mart
4 6 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (5.80%) SQL Server 2005
5 4 (5.80%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.90%) MySQL
7 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (1.45%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (10.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (8.70%) Visual Studio
3 5 (7.25%) Git (software)
3 5 (7.25%) gulp
3 5 (7.25%) Moq
3 5 (7.25%) Octopus Deploy
3 5 (7.25%) WiX
4 3 (4.35%) StarTeam
5 2 (2.90%) CruiseControl
5 2 (2.90%) TeamCity
5 2 (2.90%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.45%) MSI
General
1 15 (21.74%) Finance
2 9 (13.04%) Financial Institution
3 4 (5.80%) Retail
4 1 (1.45%) Law
4 1 (1.45%) Legal
4 1 (1.45%) Military
Job Titles
1 15 (21.74%) Field Engineer
2 9 (13.04%) Analyst
3 8 (11.59%) Architect
3 8 (11.59%) Desktop Support
3 8 (11.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 7 (10.14%) Consultant
4 7 (10.14%) Support Analyst
4 7 (10.14%) Windows Engineer
5 6 (8.70%) Developer
5 6 (8.70%) SQL Developer
5 6 (8.70%) Support Engineer
6 5 (7.25%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 5 (7.25%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (7.25%) IT Support
7 4 (5.80%) Active Directory Engineer
7 4 (5.80%) Migration Engineer
8 3 (4.35%) 3rd Line Support
8 3 (4.35%) Field Support Engineer
8 3 (4.35%) Server Support
8 3 (4.35%) Systems Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (21.74%) .NET
2 7 (10.14%) ASP.NET
2 7 (10.14%) WCF
2 7 (10.14%) XML
3 6 (8.70%) CSS
4 5 (7.25%) .NET Framework
4 5 (7.25%) AngularJS
4 5 (7.25%) ASP.NET Web API
4 5 (7.25%) Entity Framework
4 5 (7.25%) HTML
4 5 (7.25%) jQuery
4 5 (7.25%) LINQ
4 5 (7.25%) Modernizr
4 5 (7.25%) Twitter Bootstrap
4 5 (7.25%) Web Services
4 5 (7.25%) XSLT
5 2 (2.90%) WAP
5 2 (2.90%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (14.49%) Clustering
2 6 (8.70%) iPad
3 4 (5.80%) EPoS
3 4 (5.80%) NHS
4 3 (4.35%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.90%) CCTV
5 2 (2.90%) Replication
6 1 (1.45%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.45%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.45%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.45%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 56 (81.16%) Windows
2 24 (34.78%) Windows Server
3 17 (24.64%) Windows Server 2012
4 14 (20.29%) Windows 7
5 12 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
6 9 (13.04%) Windows 10
7 6 (8.70%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (7.25%) Windows 8
9 4 (5.80%) Windows XP
10 3 (4.35%) AIX
11 2 (2.90%) Mac OS
11 2 (2.90%) Mac OS X
12 1 (1.45%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (36.23%) ITIL
2 21 (30.43%) Migration
3 20 (28.99%) Service Management
4 16 (23.19%) Customer Engagement
5 9 (13.04%) Business Intelligence
6 6 (8.70%) Performance Monitoring
6 6 (8.70%) Web Application Development
7 5 (7.25%) Change Management
7 5 (7.25%) Corporate Information Factory
7 5 (7.25%) Inmon Methodology
7 5 (7.25%) MVC
7 5 (7.25%) Responsive Web Design
7 5 (7.25%) TDD
8 4 (5.80%) CRM
8 4 (5.80%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (5.80%) Problem Management
9 3 (4.35%) Application Packaging
9 3 (4.35%) Database Mirroring
9 3 (4.35%) High Availability
9 3 (4.35%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 28 (40.58%) SQL
2 22 (31.88%) PowerShell
3 14 (20.29%) C#
4 6 (8.70%) T-SQL
5 5 (7.25%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.90%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.90%) VBScript
7 1 (1.45%) Ada
7 1 (1.45%) Ada 83
7 1 (1.45%) Ada 95
7 1 (1.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 69 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (68.12%) MCITP
3 29 (42.03%) MCSE
4 19 (27.54%) Degree
4 19 (27.54%) MCP
5 15 (21.74%) MCSA
6 5 (7.25%) SC Cleared
6 5 (7.25%) Security Cleared
7 4 (5.80%) CCNA
7 4 (5.80%) Cisco Certification
7 4 (5.80%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (4.35%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (4.35%) ISTQB
8 3 (4.35%) Master's Degree
9 2 (2.90%) CCNP
9 2 (2.90%) Citrix Certification
9 2 (2.90%) MCDBA
9 2 (2.90%) MCDST
9 2 (2.90%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (2.90%) VCP6
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.70%) QA
2 2 (2.90%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (55.07%) Active Directory
2 13 (18.84%) Hyper-V
3 3 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
3 3 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (4.35%) XenApp
4 2 (2.90%) Terminal Services
4 2 (2.90%) Virtual Desktop
4 2 (2.90%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (2.90%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.45%) BitLocker
5 1 (1.45%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 1 (1.45%) Terminal Server
5 1 (1.45%) Virtual Servers
5 1 (1.45%) vSphere
5 1 (1.45%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (14.49%) SCCM
1 10 (14.49%) SCOM
2 8 (11.59%) WSUS
3 3 (4.35%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (4.35%) Netcool
3 3 (4.35%) SCSM
4 2 (2.90%) Tivoli
4 2 (2.90%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (1.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.45%) Simpana
5 1 (1.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 40 (57.97%) Microsoft
2 16 (23.19%) Citrix
3 8 (11.59%) VMware
4 6 (8.70%) RedGate
5 4 (5.80%) McAfee
6 3 (4.35%) Cisco
6 3 (4.35%) Veritas
7 2 (2.90%) Adobe
7 2 (2.90%) Apple
7 2 (2.90%) AppSense
7 2 (2.90%) EMC
7 2 (2.90%) Sophos
8 1 (1.45%) Altiris
8 1 (1.45%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.45%) CommVault
8 1 (1.45%) HP
8 1 (1.45%) SAP
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