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 27 May 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
27 May 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 558 549 551
Rank change year-on-year -9 +2  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 35 106 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.077% 0.19% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 0.90% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 70 58
Median daily rate £425 £325 £331
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.76% -1.80%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £260 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £425 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +30.76% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 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 8884 11794 10603
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 19.51% 21.62% 19.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 5383 7316 6073
Median daily rate £428 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.00% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +9.33% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 486 420 541
Median hourly rate £31.50 £32.50 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.07% +44.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.83 £49.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.85 £35.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -9.00% +55.55%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing MCTS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

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 27 May 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 28 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 27 May 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 27 £350 +6.06% 18
London +19 10 £258 -20.76% 5
Scotland +20 8 £600 +93.54% 1
East of England - 6 £450 - 3
South East +10 5 £150 -53.84% 6
Edinburgh - 5 £600 -
Essex - 4 £425 -
Colchester - 4 £425 -
Erskine +23 3 £254 -16.11%
Renfrewshire +21 3 £254 -16.11%
Kent +5 2 - - 2
Oxford -3 2 £150 -50.81%
Oxfordshire -4 2 £150 -50.81% 1
Midlands - 2 £275 -
Welwyn - 2 £550 -
Dover - 2 - -
Hertfordshire - 2 £550 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne +52 1 £300 -9.09%
Tyne and Wear +51 1 £300 -9.09%
North East +41 1 £300 -9.09%
North West +18 1 - - 2
Manchester +14 1 - - 1
Surrey +2 1 £325 - 2
East Midlands - 1 £500 -
Yorkshire - 1 - -
Reigate - 1 £325 -
Bradford - 1 - -
West Yorkshire - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 59 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (74.58%) Windows
3 34 (57.63%) Active Directory
4 33 (55.93%) Microsoft
5 32 (54.24%) MCITP
6 28 (47.46%) MCSE
6 28 (47.46%) Windows Server
7 23 (38.98%) Migration
7 23 (38.98%) Windows Server 2012
8 18 (30.51%) Windows Server 2008
8 18 (30.51%) MCP
9 17 (28.81%) SQL
10 15 (25.42%) Finance
10 15 (25.42%) PowerShell
11 14 (23.73%) Hyper-V
11 14 (23.73%) Windows 7
11 14 (23.73%) ITIL
11 14 (23.73%) Citrix
12 13 (22.03%) C#
13 12 (20.34%) .NET
13 12 (20.34%) CSS
13 12 (20.34%) MCSA
13 12 (20.34%) VMware
14 11 (18.64%) Windows Server 2003
14 11 (18.64%) Windows 10
15 10 (16.95%) SC Cleared
15 10 (16.95%) Security Cleared
15 10 (16.95%) Degree
15 10 (16.95%) Microsoft Office
15 10 (16.95%) Clustering

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 (11.86%) SharePoint
2 5 (8.47%) EPiServer
2 5 (8.47%) Skype for Business
3 4 (6.78%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (6.78%) IIS
4 3 (5.08%) MS Exchange
5 2 (3.39%) Apache
6 1 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2003
6 1 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (1.69%) Exchange Server 2010
6 1 (1.69%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (1.69%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (1.69%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 10 (16.95%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (6.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.39%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 9 (15.25%) Microsoft Azure
1 9 (15.25%) Office 365
2 3 (5.08%) OneDrive
3 2 (3.39%) Azure Active Directory
4 1 (1.69%) IaaS
4 1 (1.69%) PaaS
4 1 (1.69%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 6 (10.17%) DHCP
2 4 (6.78%) DNS
2 4 (6.78%) Skype
2 4 (6.78%) TCP/IP
2 4 (6.78%) VoIP
3 3 (5.08%) Network Security
4 2 (3.39%) Remote Desktop
4 2 (3.39%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (15.25%) SQL Server
2 4 (6.78%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (6.78%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (6.78%) SQL Server 2014
2 4 (6.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (5.08%) Data Mart
3 3 (5.08%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (5.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (5.08%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 3 (5.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 2 (3.39%) MySQL
5 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (11.86%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (8.47%) Git (software)
2 5 (8.47%) gulp
2 5 (8.47%) Moq
2 5 (8.47%) Octopus Deploy
3 3 (5.08%) StarTeam
3 3 (5.08%) Visual Studio
3 3 (5.08%) WiX
4 2 (3.39%) CruiseControl
4 2 (3.39%) MSI
4 2 (3.39%) TeamCity
4 2 (3.39%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 15 (25.42%) Finance
2 8 (13.56%) Financial Institution
3 4 (6.78%) Retail
4 3 (5.08%) Military
5 1 (1.69%) Games
5 1 (1.69%) Law
5 1 (1.69%) Legal
5 1 (1.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (15.25%) Architect
1 9 (15.25%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 7 (11.86%) Field Engineer
2 7 (11.86%) Windows Engineer
3 5 (8.47%) 3rd Line Engineer
3 5 (8.47%) Analyst
3 5 (8.47%) Consultant
3 5 (8.47%) Desktop Support
3 5 (8.47%) Support Engineer
4 4 (6.78%) Active Directory Engineer
4 4 (6.78%) IT Support
4 4 (6.78%) Migration Engineer
4 4 (6.78%) Support Analyst
4 4 (6.78%) Wintel Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Active Directory Migration Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Ada Software Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Citrix Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Desktop Migration Engineer
5 3 (5.08%) Hyper-V Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (20.34%) .NET
1 12 (20.34%) CSS
2 7 (11.86%) ASP.NET
3 5 (8.47%) .NET Framework
3 5 (8.47%) AngularJS
3 5 (8.47%) ASP.NET Web API
3 5 (8.47%) Entity Framework
3 5 (8.47%) HTML
3 5 (8.47%) jQuery
3 5 (8.47%) LINQ
3 5 (8.47%) Modernizr
3 5 (8.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 5 (8.47%) WCF
3 5 (8.47%) Web Services
3 5 (8.47%) XSLT
4 2 (3.39%) WAP
4 2 (3.39%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (16.95%) Clustering
2 6 (10.17%) iPad
3 4 (6.78%) EPoS
4 3 (5.08%) Computer Science
4 3 (5.08%) NHS
5 2 (3.39%) CCTV
5 2 (3.39%) RIA
6 1 (1.69%) Data Centre
6 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.69%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 44 (74.58%) Windows
2 28 (47.46%) Windows Server
3 23 (38.98%) Windows Server 2012
4 18 (30.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (23.73%) Windows 7
6 11 (18.64%) Windows 10
6 11 (18.64%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (10.17%) Windows 8
8 3 (5.08%) AIX
8 3 (5.08%) Windows XP
9 2 (3.39%) Mac OS
9 2 (3.39%) Mac OS X
10 1 (1.69%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (38.98%) Migration
2 14 (23.73%) ITIL
3 8 (13.56%) Service Management
4 6 (10.17%) Business Intelligence
4 6 (10.17%) Customer Engagement
5 5 (8.47%) MVC
5 5 (8.47%) Responsive Web Design
5 5 (8.47%) TDD
6 4 (6.78%) Change Management
6 4 (6.78%) CRM
6 4 (6.78%) Performance Tuning
6 4 (6.78%) Software Deployment
7 3 (5.08%) Database Mirroring
7 3 (5.08%) ETL
7 3 (5.08%) Inmon Methodology
7 3 (5.08%) Patch Management
7 3 (5.08%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (5.08%) Server Virtualisation
7 3 (5.08%) Software Engineering
7 3 (5.08%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 17 (28.81%) SQL
2 15 (25.42%) PowerShell
3 13 (22.03%) C#
4 5 (8.47%) JavaScript
5 3 (5.08%) Ada
5 3 (5.08%) Ada 83
5 3 (5.08%) Ada 95
5 3 (5.08%) T-SQL
5 3 (5.08%) VBScript
6 2 (3.39%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.69%) VB
Qualifications
1 59 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 32 (54.24%) MCITP
3 28 (47.46%) MCSE
4 18 (30.51%) MCP
5 12 (20.34%) MCSA
6 10 (16.95%) Degree
6 10 (16.95%) SC Cleared
6 10 (16.95%) Security Cleared
7 5 (8.47%) CCNA
7 5 (8.47%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (8.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 3 (5.08%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (5.08%) ISTQB
8 3 (5.08%) Master's Degree
8 3 (5.08%) MCDST
9 2 (3.39%) CCNP
9 2 (3.39%) MCDBA
9 2 (3.39%) VCP6
10 1 (1.69%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (1.69%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.08%) QA
System Software
1 34 (57.63%) Active Directory
2 14 (23.73%) Hyper-V
3 7 (11.86%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (10.17%) vSphere
5 4 (6.78%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (5.08%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (5.08%) XenApp
7 2 (3.39%) Terminal Services
7 2 (3.39%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (3.39%) Virtual Machines
8 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (1.69%) Virtual Servers
8 1 (1.69%) XenDesktop
8 1 (1.69%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 7 (11.86%) SCCM
2 5 (8.47%) WSUS
3 4 (6.78%) vCenter Server
4 3 (5.08%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (5.08%) Netcool
4 3 (5.08%) SCSM
5 2 (3.39%) SCOM
5 2 (3.39%) Tivoli
5 2 (3.39%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (1.69%) Simpana
6 1 (1.69%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 33 (55.93%) Microsoft
2 14 (23.73%) Citrix
3 12 (20.34%) VMware
4 4 (6.78%) HP
5 3 (5.08%) Cisco
5 3 (5.08%) McAfee
5 3 (5.08%) RedGate
5 3 (5.08%) Veritas
6 2 (3.39%) Adobe
6 2 (3.39%) Apple
6 2 (3.39%) EMC
6 2 (3.39%) Sophos
7 1 (1.69%) AppSense
7 1 (1.69%) CheckPoint
7 1 (1.69%) CommVault
7 1 (1.69%) LANDesk
City, London
Verticality Ltd
Rate: £140 - £150 per day
Posted: 3 days ago