Period
to 22 June 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 22 June 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
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 812 765 696
Rank change year-on-year -47 -69 -16
Contract jobs citing MCTS 58 69 193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.058% 0.076% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.31% 0.37% 0.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 45 130
UK median daily rate £343 £410 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.46% +26.15% -7.14%
10th Percentile £240 £138 £245
90th Percentile £476 £605 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £413 £330
% change year-on-year -18.79% +25.00% -5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 7
UK median hourly rate - £41.64 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +15.67% +63.64%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £41.64 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +15.67% +20.00%

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 18,972 18,428 22,905
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.93% 20.18% 21.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,344 11,378 14,284
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
10th Percentile £238 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £594 £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 859 935 848
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £30.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.13% -1.97% +36.01%
10th Percentile £12.58 £12.00 £12.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -19.35% -11.43% +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 22 June 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 22 June 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 -31 41 £335 -18.79% 13
England -67 36 £370 -7.50% 19
London -52 17 £365 -11.52% 7
Scotland -39 13 £303 -49.58%
North of England -16 12 £325 +8.33% 3
North West -11 10 £300 - 2
Wales -1 9 £400 +263.64% 1
South East -40 5 £425 +32.81% 6
East Midlands 0 2 - - 1
Midlands -6 2 - - 3
Yorkshire -19 2 £450 - 1

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (79.31%) Windows
3 40 (68.97%) Active Directory
4 38 (65.52%) MCITP
5 34 (58.62%) Microsoft
6 30 (51.72%) SQL
7 29 (50.00%) SQL Server
8 22 (37.93%) MCSE
8 22 (37.93%) Windows Server
9 18 (31.03%) Degree
10 17 (29.31%) MCSA
11 15 (25.86%) High Availability
12 14 (24.14%) Hyper-V
12 14 (24.14%) Performance Tuning
12 14 (24.14%) Citrix
12 14 (24.14%) Disaster Recovery
12 14 (24.14%) Migration
12 14 (24.14%) VMware
13 13 (22.41%) McAfee
13 13 (22.41%) Office 365
13 13 (22.41%) Windows 7
13 13 (22.41%) Windows Server 2008
13 13 (22.41%) Agile Software Development
14 12 (20.69%) Security Cleared
15 11 (18.97%) Team Foundation Server
15 11 (18.97%) Clustering
15 11 (18.97%) C#
16 10 (17.24%) ITIL
17 9 (15.52%) Change Management
17 9 (15.52%) 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 (10.34%) Moodle
2 5 (8.62%) SharePoint
3 3 (5.17%) Skype for Business
4 2 (3.45%) IIS
4 2 (3.45%) MS Exchange
5 1 (1.72%) Apache
5 1 (1.72%) IBM Domino
5 1 (1.72%) JBoss
5 1 (1.72%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 6 (10.34%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (3.45%) MS Visio
4 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.45%) ReMetrica
1 2 (3.45%) Towers Watson Igloo
2 1 (1.72%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 13 (22.41%) Office 365
2 7 (12.07%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.72%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (10.34%) LAN
1 6 (10.34%) WAN
2 3 (5.17%) Skype
2 3 (5.17%) TCP/IP
3 2 (3.45%) Cisco IOS
3 2 (3.45%) DHCP
3 2 (3.45%) DNS
3 2 (3.45%) VoIP
4 1 (1.72%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (1.72%) Firewall
4 1 (1.72%) PSTN
4 1 (1.72%) Remote Desktop
4 1 (1.72%) SAN
4 1 (1.72%) Unified Communications
4 1 (1.72%) WebEx
4 1 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.72%) Wireless
4 1 (1.72%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 8 (13.79%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (13.79%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (12.07%) MySQL
3 7 (12.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 7 (12.07%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 5 (8.62%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (8.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 4 (6.90%) QlikView
6 2 (3.45%) Oracle Database
6 2 (3.45%) Relational Database
7 1 (1.72%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (1.72%) Oracle Database 10g
7 1 (1.72%) Power BI
7 1 (1.72%) RDBMS
7 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2012
7 1 (1.72%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 11 (18.97%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (13.79%) HP UFT
2 8 (13.79%) TestDirector
2 8 (13.79%) WinRunner
3 3 (5.17%) Subversion
4 2 (3.45%) Oracle Forms
4 2 (3.45%) TeamCity
5 1 (1.72%) CruiseControl
5 1 (1.72%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.72%) InstallShield
5 1 (1.72%) Moq
5 1 (1.72%) MSI
5 1 (1.72%) NUnit
5 1 (1.72%) Selenium
5 1 (1.72%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.72%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (1.72%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
General
1 2 (3.45%) Back Office
1 2 (3.45%) Retail
2 1 (1.72%) Advertising
2 1 (1.72%) Finance
2 1 (1.72%) Law
2 1 (1.72%) Legal
2 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (22.41%) DBA
1 13 (22.41%) SQL DBA
2 10 (17.24%) Analyst
3 8 (13.79%) Developer
4 5 (8.62%) Administrator
5 4 (6.90%) Service Analyst
5 4 (6.90%) Service Desk Analyst
5 4 (6.90%) SQL Developer
5 4 (6.90%) Test Analyst
6 3 (5.17%) C# Developer
6 3 (5.17%) Infrastructure Analyst
6 3 (5.17%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 3 (5.17%) Software Developer
6 3 (5.17%) SQL Server DBA
6 3 (5.17%) Tester
7 2 (3.45%) .NET Developer
7 2 (3.45%) Active Directory Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Azure Consultant
7 2 (3.45%) Field Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.07%) .NET
2 5 (8.62%) Web Services
3 4 (6.90%) .NET Framework
3 4 (6.90%) ASP.NET
3 4 (6.90%) Entity Framework
4 3 (5.17%) REST
4 3 (5.17%) SOAP
4 3 (5.17%) XML
5 2 (3.45%) WCF
5 2 (3.45%) WinForms
6 1 (1.72%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (1.72%) jQuery
6 1 (1.72%) Unity DI Container
6 1 (1.72%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (18.97%) Clustering
2 6 (10.34%) PDA
3 4 (6.90%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (5.17%) Analytical Mindset
4 3 (5.17%) NHS
5 2 (3.45%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.45%) Enterprise Cloud
5 2 (3.45%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.72%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.72%) CESG
6 1 (1.72%) e-Learning
6 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.72%) PKI
6 1 (1.72%) Reference Data
6 1 (1.72%) Reinsurance
6 1 (1.72%) Social Media
6 1 (1.72%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 46 (79.31%) Windows
2 22 (37.93%) Windows Server
3 13 (22.41%) Windows 7
3 13 (22.41%) Windows Server 2008
4 8 (13.79%) AIX
4 8 (13.79%) Windows Server 2003
4 8 (13.79%) Windows XP
5 5 (8.62%) Windows 10
5 5 (8.62%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (3.45%) Linux
7 1 (1.72%) Android
7 1 (1.72%) Unix
7 1 (1.72%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (25.86%) High Availability
2 14 (24.14%) Disaster Recovery
2 14 (24.14%) Migration
2 14 (24.14%) Performance Tuning
3 13 (22.41%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (17.24%) ITIL
5 9 (15.52%) Change Management
6 8 (13.79%) Software Testing
6 8 (13.79%) Test Automation
7 7 (12.07%) Collaborative Working
8 6 (10.34%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (10.34%) Test Scripting
8 6 (10.34%) Workflow
9 5 (8.62%) Service Management
9 5 (8.62%) Smoke Testing
10 4 (6.90%) Data Loss Prevention
10 4 (6.90%) Kimball Methodology
10 4 (6.90%) MVC
10 4 (6.90%) Privileged Identity Management
10 4 (6.90%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 30 (51.72%) SQL
2 11 (18.97%) C#
3 6 (10.34%) T-SQL
4 5 (8.62%) PowerShell
5 2 (3.45%) PL/SQL
5 2 (3.45%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.72%) C++
6 1 (1.72%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.72%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (65.52%) MCITP
3 22 (37.93%) MCSE
4 18 (31.03%) Degree
5 17 (29.31%) MCSA
6 12 (20.69%) Security Cleared
7 7 (12.07%) MCP
7 7 (12.07%) SC Cleared
8 6 (10.34%) ISTQB
9 5 (8.62%) MCAD
9 5 (8.62%) MCSD
10 4 (6.90%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (5.17%) CCNA
11 3 (5.17%) MCDST
11 3 (5.17%) MOS
12 2 (3.45%) DV Cleared
12 2 (3.45%) MCPD
12 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Certified Architect
12 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Certified Master
12 2 (3.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.62%) QA
2 1 (1.72%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.72%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.72%) HMG Security Policy Framework
System Software
1 40 (68.97%) Active Directory
2 14 (24.14%) Hyper-V
3 8 (13.79%) VMware ESXi
4 7 (12.07%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (6.90%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (3.45%) vSphere
6 2 (3.45%) XenApp
7 1 (1.72%) BitLocker
7 1 (1.72%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.72%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.72%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 9 (15.52%) SCCM
2 8 (13.79%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (13.79%) McAfee ePO
3 7 (12.07%) Netcool
4 5 (8.62%) WSUS
5 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (3.45%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (1.72%) AirWatch
7 1 (1.72%) Failover Clustering
7 1 (1.72%) MaaS360
7 1 (1.72%) SCOM
7 1 (1.72%) SCVMM
7 1 (1.72%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 1 (1.72%) Sysprep
7 1 (1.72%) vRealize
Vendors
1 34 (58.62%) Microsoft
2 14 (24.14%) Citrix
2 14 (24.14%) VMware
3 13 (22.41%) McAfee
4 8 (13.79%) Cisco
4 8 (13.79%) Veritas
5 3 (5.17%) SAP
6 2 (3.45%) Ivanti
6 2 (3.45%) Meraki
6 2 (3.45%) Oracle
7 1 (1.72%) Adobe
7 1 (1.72%) Bomgar
7 1 (1.72%) Facebook
7 1 (1.72%) IBM
7 1 (1.72%) Meridio
7 1 (1.72%) MobileIron
7 1 (1.72%) NetApp
7 1 (1.72%) Qualys
7 1 (1.72%) Twitter
7 1 (1.72%) Veeam