Period
to 24 February 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 24 February 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
24 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 818 737 714
Rank change year-on-year -81 -23 -56
Contract jobs citing MCTS 60 118 185
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.060% 0.12% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.59% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 77 115
UK median daily rate £375 £320 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.19% -1.54% -13.33%
10th Percentile £249 £202 £263
90th Percentile £479 £488 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £315 £325
% change year-on-year +19.05% -3.08% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 9 1
UK median hourly rate - £43.50 £47.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -8.82% +116.86%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.50 £47.71
% change year-on-year - -8.82% +64.52%

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 18,943 19,863 22,495
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.82% 20.71% 20.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,583 12,574 13,763
UK median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £225 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 845 921 1,001
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.09% - +44.74%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £50.60 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £26.22 £27.50 £30.17
% change year-on-year -4.67% -8.85% +54.72%

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 24 February 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 12 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 24 February 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
England -69 40 £375 +13.64% 22
UK excluding London -29 39 £375 +19.05% 15
London -45 17 £378 -16.11% 7
Wales - 11 £388 -
South East -28 10 £375 +17.19% 7
Scotland -37 7 £335 +8.06%
Midlands +13 6 £505 +60.32% 2
West Midlands +7 6 £505 +60.32% 2
North of England +11 4 £238 -25.78% 6
North West +13 3 £200 -42.86% 5
Yorkshire -1 1 £275 - 1
South West - 1 £300 -

For the 6 months to 24 February 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 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (65.00%) Windows
3 38 (63.33%) Microsoft
4 34 (56.67%) MCITP
5 31 (51.67%) SQL Server
6 28 (46.67%) Active Directory
7 25 (41.67%) SQL
7 25 (41.67%) Degree
8 23 (38.33%) Windows Server
9 22 (36.67%) ITIL
10 19 (31.67%) Microsoft Azure
11 17 (28.33%) VMware
11 17 (28.33%) Agile Software Development
12 15 (25.00%) Cisco
12 15 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
13 14 (23.33%) PowerShell
13 14 (23.33%) High Availability
13 14 (23.33%) MCSE
13 14 (23.33%) .NET
13 14 (23.33%) Service Management
14 13 (21.67%) ASP.NET
15 12 (20.00%) C#
15 12 (20.00%) Citrix
15 12 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
15 12 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
15 12 (20.00%) vSphere
16 11 (18.33%) SQL Server 2008
16 11 (18.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
16 11 (18.33%) Disaster Recovery
16 11 (18.33%) CCNA

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 10 (16.67%) Skype for Business
2 9 (15.00%) MS Exchange
2 9 (15.00%) SharePoint
3 8 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 8 (13.33%) IIS
4 6 (10.00%) Moodle
5 1 (1.67%) Apache
5 1 (1.67%) JBoss
Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 7 (11.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 19 (31.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (11.67%) Azure Active Directory
3 6 (10.00%) Office 365
4 5 (8.33%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (8.33%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (1.67%) OneDrive
5 1 (1.67%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.67%) Firewall
2 8 (13.33%) VoIP
3 7 (11.67%) Cisco ASA
3 7 (11.67%) DNS
3 7 (11.67%) PBX
4 6 (10.00%) SAN
4 6 (10.00%) VPN
5 4 (6.67%) LAN
5 4 (6.67%) Skype
5 4 (6.67%) WAN
6 3 (5.00%) TCP/IP
7 2 (3.33%) DHCP
8 1 (1.67%) MPLS
8 1 (1.67%) NAS
8 1 (1.67%) PSTN
8 1 (1.67%) Remote Desktop
8 1 (1.67%) Unified Communications
8 1 (1.67%) Wi-Fi
8 1 (1.67%) Wireless
8 1 (1.67%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 31 (51.67%) SQL Server
2 11 (18.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (13.33%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (11.67%) MySQL
5 6 (10.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 6 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 5 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
7 4 (6.67%) QlikView
7 4 (6.67%) Relational Database
8 2 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (1.67%) Amazon RDS
9 1 (1.67%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (1.67%) Oracle Database
9 1 (1.67%) Power BI
9 1 (1.67%) RDBMS
9 1 (1.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 10 (16.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (5.00%) Git (software)
3 2 (3.33%) InstallShield
3 2 (3.33%) Moq
3 2 (3.33%) MSI
3 2 (3.33%) NUnit
3 2 (3.33%) Selenium
3 2 (3.33%) TeamCity
4 1 (1.67%) CruiseControl
4 1 (1.67%) Subversion
4 1 (1.67%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 7 (11.67%) Telecoms
2 3 (5.00%) Finance
3 2 (3.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 16 (26.67%) Developer
2 11 (18.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 10 (16.67%) DBA
3 10 (16.67%) SQL DBA
4 7 (11.67%) Windows Engineer
4 7 (11.67%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
5 6 (10.00%) .NET Developer
5 6 (10.00%) Administrator
5 6 (10.00%) CRM Developer
5 6 (10.00%) Infrastructure Support
5 6 (10.00%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
5 6 (10.00%) SQL Developer
5 6 (10.00%) Support Engineer
6 5 (8.33%) Field Engineer
6 5 (8.33%) Software Developer
6 5 (8.33%) VMware Engineer
6 5 (8.33%) VMware Support Engineer
6 5 (8.33%) Windows Support Engineer
7 4 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 3 (5.00%) .NET Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (23.33%) .NET
2 13 (21.67%) ASP.NET
3 5 (8.33%) XML
4 4 (6.67%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (5.00%) .NET Framework
5 3 (5.00%) ASP.NET Web API
5 3 (5.00%) Entity Framework
6 2 (3.33%) AngularJS
6 2 (3.33%) jQuery
6 2 (3.33%) LDAP
6 2 (3.33%) Unity DI Container
7 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET Web Forms
7 1 (1.67%) REST
7 1 (1.67%) SOAP
7 1 (1.67%) WCF
7 1 (1.67%) Web Services
7 1 (1.67%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.67%) Virtual Team
2 3 (5.00%) NHS
3 2 (3.33%) Fat Client
3 2 (3.33%) Replication
3 2 (3.33%) Thin Client
4 1 (1.67%) Clustering
4 1 (1.67%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.67%) e-Learning
4 1 (1.67%) PKI
4 1 (1.67%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.67%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 39 (65.00%) Windows
2 23 (38.33%) Windows Server
3 12 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 9 (15.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (5.00%) Windows 10
6 2 (3.33%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.67%) Linux
7 1 (1.67%) Unix
7 1 (1.67%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (36.67%) ITIL
2 17 (28.33%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (23.33%) High Availability
3 14 (23.33%) Service Management
4 11 (18.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 10 (16.67%) Performance Tuning
6 9 (15.00%) Migration
7 8 (13.33%) Collaborative Working
8 7 (11.67%) CRM
8 7 (11.67%) Incident Management
8 7 (11.67%) MVC
9 6 (10.00%) Customer Engagement
10 5 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (8.33%) TDD
10 5 (8.33%) Workflow
11 4 (6.67%) Kimball Methodology
12 3 (5.00%) Data Modelling
12 3 (5.00%) Dependency Injection
12 3 (5.00%) OO
12 3 (5.00%) OOD
Programming Languages
1 25 (41.67%) SQL
2 14 (23.33%) PowerShell
3 12 (20.00%) C#
4 5 (8.33%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.33%) T-SQL
5 2 (3.33%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 34 (56.67%) MCITP
3 25 (41.67%) Degree
4 14 (23.33%) MCSE
5 12 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
6 11 (18.33%) CCNA
6 11 (18.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 10 (16.67%) MCAD
7 10 (16.67%) MCSD
8 8 (13.33%) MCSA
9 4 (6.67%) Security Cleared
10 3 (5.00%) CCNP
10 3 (5.00%) SC Cleared
10 3 (5.00%) VCP5
11 2 (3.33%) CCSE
11 2 (3.33%) MCP
11 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Certified Architect
11 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Certified Master
11 2 (3.33%) SANS
12 1 (1.67%) Computer Science Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (11.67%) QA
2 2 (3.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.67%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.67%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.67%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.67%) SLA
System Software
1 28 (46.67%) Active Directory
2 15 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (20.00%) vSphere
4 3 (5.00%) vCloud
5 2 (3.33%) Hyper-V
5 2 (3.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.67%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 5 (8.33%) SCCM
2 4 (6.67%) SCOM
3 2 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.67%) AirWatch
4 1 (1.67%) Failover Clustering
4 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Clustering
4 1 (1.67%) vRealize
4 1 (1.67%) WSUS
Vendors
1 38 (63.33%) Microsoft
2 17 (28.33%) VMware
3 15 (25.00%) Cisco
4 12 (20.00%) Citrix
5 7 (11.67%) HP
6 4 (6.67%) CommVault
7 3 (5.00%) Brocade
7 3 (5.00%) CheckPoint
8 2 (3.33%) McAfee
8 2 (3.33%) Palo Alto
8 2 (3.33%) Veeam
9 1 (1.67%) Adobe
9 1 (1.67%) Avaya
9 1 (1.67%) Facebook
9 1 (1.67%) Meraki
9 1 (1.67%) MobileIron
9 1 (1.67%) NetApp
9 1 (1.67%) Oracle
9 1 (1.67%) SolarWinds
9 1 (1.67%) Twitter