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 3 months to 29 June 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
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 576 535 565
Rank change year-on-year -41 +30  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 38 114 79
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.081% 0.21% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.42% 0.97% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 77 50
Median daily rate £413 £330 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -5.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £129 £250 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £430 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +59.09% -5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 3
Median hourly rate - £36.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +60.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +60.00%  

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 9023 11739 10605
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.15% 21.86% 18.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 11468 16146 12734
Median daily rate £425 £400 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £600 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1188 1038 1097
Median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £24.12
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.07% +16.08%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.88 £12.43 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £48.92 £51.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year +16.07% +24.44%  

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 3 months to 29 June 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
Top 9 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 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -22 26 £400 +21.21% 13
UK excluding London -1 23 £525 +59.09% 12
London -4 14 £388 +10.71% 2
Scotland +11 11 £600 +101.68%
South East 0 5 £325 -5.79% 6
North of England +38 2 £300 -9.09% 2
Midlands +10 2 £450 +5.88% 1
East of England - 2 £550 - 1
Wales -4 1 £110 -68.57% 1

For the 6 months to 29 June 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 72 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (79.17%) Windows
3 46 (63.89%) MCITP
4 40 (55.56%) Microsoft
5 38 (52.78%) Active Directory
6 30 (41.67%) MCSE
7 26 (36.11%) SQL
8 25 (34.72%) ITIL
8 25 (34.72%) Windows Server
9 22 (30.56%) Migration
9 22 (30.56%) PowerShell
10 20 (27.78%) Windows Server 2012
10 20 (27.78%) Service Management
11 19 (26.39%) MCP
11 19 (26.39%) Degree
12 17 (23.61%) Citrix
13 16 (22.22%) Customer Engagement
14 15 (20.83%) Windows 7
14 15 (20.83%) Windows Server 2008
14 15 (20.83%) C#
14 15 (20.83%) Finance
15 14 (19.44%) .NET
15 14 (19.44%) Microsoft Office
15 14 (19.44%) MCSA
15 14 (19.44%) Hyper-V
16 12 (16.67%) Office 365
17 11 (15.28%) SQL Server
17 11 (15.28%) DHCP
18 10 (13.89%) CSS
18 10 (13.89%) VMware

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 (9.72%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.94%) EPiServer
2 5 (6.94%) Skype for Business
3 4 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (5.56%) IIS
4 3 (4.17%) MS Exchange
5 2 (2.78%) Apache
6 1 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.39%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.39%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.39%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (19.44%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (5.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.78%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 12 (16.67%) Office 365
2 10 (13.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (4.17%) Azure Active Directory
3 3 (4.17%) OneDrive
4 1 (1.39%) IaaS
4 1 (1.39%) PaaS
4 1 (1.39%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 11 (15.28%) DHCP
2 9 (12.50%) DNS
3 5 (6.94%) TCP/IP
4 4 (5.56%) Skype
4 4 (5.56%) VoIP
5 3 (4.17%) Network Security
6 2 (2.78%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (2.78%) SAN
7 1 (1.39%) LAN
7 1 (1.39%) VPN
7 1 (1.39%) WAN
7 1 (1.39%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (15.28%) SQL Server
2 6 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
2 6 (8.33%) SQL Server 2014
2 6 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 5 (6.94%) Data Mart
3 5 (6.94%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (6.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 5 (6.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 4 (5.56%) SQL Server 2005
5 3 (4.17%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (2.78%) MySQL
7 1 (1.39%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (9.72%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (6.94%) Git (software)
2 5 (6.94%) gulp
2 5 (6.94%) Moq
2 5 (6.94%) Octopus Deploy
2 5 (6.94%) Visual Studio
3 4 (5.56%) WiX
4 3 (4.17%) StarTeam
5 2 (2.78%) CruiseControl
5 2 (2.78%) TeamCity
5 2 (2.78%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (1.39%) MSI
General
1 15 (20.83%) Finance
2 8 (11.11%) Financial Institution
3 4 (5.56%) Retail
4 3 (4.17%) Military
5 1 (1.39%) Law
5 1 (1.39%) Legal
5 1 (1.39%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (20.83%) Field Engineer
2 9 (12.50%) Architect
2 9 (12.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 8 (11.11%) Analyst
3 8 (11.11%) Desktop Support
3 8 (11.11%) Windows Engineer
4 7 (9.72%) Consultant
5 6 (8.33%) Support Analyst
5 6 (8.33%) Support Engineer
6 5 (6.94%) 3rd Line Engineer
6 5 (6.94%) Desktop Engineer
6 5 (6.94%) Developer
6 5 (6.94%) IT Support
6 5 (6.94%) SQL Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Active Directory Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) Migration Engineer
8 3 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support
8 3 (4.17%) Operations Manager
8 3 (4.17%) Server Support
8 3 (4.17%) Systems Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (19.44%) .NET
2 10 (13.89%) CSS
3 7 (9.72%) ASP.NET
3 7 (9.72%) XML
4 6 (8.33%) WCF
5 5 (6.94%) .NET Framework
5 5 (6.94%) AngularJS
5 5 (6.94%) ASP.NET Web API
5 5 (6.94%) Entity Framework
5 5 (6.94%) HTML
5 5 (6.94%) jQuery
5 5 (6.94%) LINQ
5 5 (6.94%) Modernizr
5 5 (6.94%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 5 (6.94%) Web Services
5 5 (6.94%) XSLT
6 2 (2.78%) WAP
6 2 (2.78%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.89%) Clustering
2 6 (8.33%) iPad
3 4 (5.56%) EPoS
4 3 (4.17%) Computer Science
4 3 (4.17%) NHS
5 2 (2.78%) CCTV
5 2 (2.78%) Replication
5 2 (2.78%) RIA
6 1 (1.39%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.39%) Driving Licence
6 1 (1.39%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 57 (79.17%) Windows
2 25 (34.72%) Windows Server
3 20 (27.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 15 (20.83%) Windows 7
4 15 (20.83%) Windows Server 2008
5 10 (13.89%) Windows 10
6 9 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (8.33%) Windows 8
8 4 (5.56%) Windows XP
9 3 (4.17%) AIX
10 2 (2.78%) Mac OS
10 2 (2.78%) Mac OS X
11 1 (1.39%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (34.72%) ITIL
2 22 (30.56%) Migration
3 20 (27.78%) Service Management
4 16 (22.22%) Customer Engagement
5 8 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
6 5 (6.94%) MVC
6 5 (6.94%) Performance Monitoring
6 5 (6.94%) Responsive Web Design
6 5 (6.94%) TDD
6 5 (6.94%) Web Application Development
7 4 (5.56%) Change Management
7 4 (5.56%) Corporate Information Factory
7 4 (5.56%) CRM
7 4 (5.56%) Inmon Methodology
7 4 (5.56%) Problem Management
8 3 (4.17%) ETL
8 3 (4.17%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (4.17%) Resource Allocation
8 3 (4.17%) Server Virtualisation
8 3 (4.17%) Smoke Testing
Programming Languages
1 26 (36.11%) SQL
2 22 (30.56%) PowerShell
3 15 (20.83%) C#
4 5 (6.94%) JavaScript
4 5 (6.94%) T-SQL
5 3 (4.17%) Ada
5 3 (4.17%) Ada 83
5 3 (4.17%) Ada 95
6 2 (2.78%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.78%) VBScript
7 1 (1.39%) VB
Qualifications
1 72 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (63.89%) MCITP
3 30 (41.67%) MCSE
4 19 (26.39%) Degree
4 19 (26.39%) MCP
5 14 (19.44%) MCSA
6 8 (11.11%) SC Cleared
6 8 (11.11%) Security Cleared
7 5 (6.94%) CCNA
7 5 (6.94%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (5.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (4.17%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (4.17%) ISTQB
9 3 (4.17%) Master's Degree
10 2 (2.78%) CCNP
10 2 (2.78%) MCDBA
10 2 (2.78%) MCDST
10 2 (2.78%) VCP6
11 1 (1.39%) MCSD
11 1 (1.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.94%) QA
2 1 (1.39%) SLA
System Software
1 38 (52.78%) Active Directory
2 14 (19.44%) Hyper-V
3 5 (6.94%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (4.17%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (4.17%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (4.17%) vSphere
4 3 (4.17%) XenApp
5 2 (2.78%) Terminal Services
5 2 (2.78%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (2.78%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (1.39%) BitLocker
6 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
6 1 (1.39%) Terminal Server
6 1 (1.39%) Virtual Servers
6 1 (1.39%) XenDesktop
6 1 (1.39%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 10 (13.89%) SCCM
1 10 (13.89%) SCOM
2 8 (11.11%) WSUS
3 3 (4.17%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (4.17%) Netcool
3 3 (4.17%) SCSM
4 2 (2.78%) Tivoli
4 2 (2.78%) Tivoli Storage Manager
4 2 (2.78%) vCenter Server
5 1 (1.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.39%) Simpana
Vendors
1 40 (55.56%) Microsoft
2 17 (23.61%) Citrix
3 10 (13.89%) VMware
4 5 (6.94%) RedGate
5 4 (5.56%) McAfee
6 3 (4.17%) Cisco
6 3 (4.17%) HP
6 3 (4.17%) Veritas
7 2 (2.78%) Adobe
7 2 (2.78%) Apple
7 2 (2.78%) EMC
7 2 (2.78%) Sophos
8 1 (1.39%) Altiris
8 1 (1.39%) AppSense
8 1 (1.39%) CheckPoint
8 1 (1.39%) CommVault
8 1 (1.39%) SAP
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