Period
to 27 February 2020

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 27 February 2020 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
27 Feb 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 694 833 842
Rank change year-on-year +139 +9 -90
Contract jobs citing MCTS 33 43 63
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.049% 0.043% 0.062%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.22% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 27 51
UK median daily rate £349 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.00% - +17.19%
10th Percentile £170 £159 £250
90th Percentile £440 £478 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +3.33% - +19.05%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 0
UK median hourly rate £38.00 £23.13 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +64.29% - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 - -

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 14,540 19,281 19,273
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 21.46% 19.47% 18.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,952 11,536 11,799
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +2.86% +2.94%
10th Percentile £256 £263 £225
90th Percentile £638 £638 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 654 904 853
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £30.13 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.18% +20.50% -9.09%
10th Percentile £14.58 £12.55 £12.05
90th Percentile £57.00 £51.60 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.25 £28.86 £26.22
% change year-on-year +18.69% +10.08% -4.67%

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 27 February 2020.

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 27 February 2020. 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 +156 23 £400 +6.67% 20
UK excluding London +113 22 £388 +3.33% 18
London +125 10 £170 -53.10% 3
Scotland +33 9 £348 -5.44% 1
South East +77 8 £440 +13.55% 4
Midlands +64 2 £425 +203.57% 2
North of England +59 2 - - 8
North West +28 2 - - 6
West Midlands +52 1 £425 +203.57% 2
South West +24 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £425 -

For the 6 months to 27 February 2020, 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 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (87.88%) Microsoft
3 21 (63.64%) Active Directory
3 21 (63.64%) Windows
4 18 (54.55%) SCCM
5 17 (51.52%) MCITP
6 15 (45.45%) Security Cleared
6 15 (45.45%) Office 365
7 14 (42.42%) Windows 10
8 13 (39.39%) SC Cleared
9 12 (36.36%) MCSE
10 11 (33.33%) SQL
10 11 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
10 11 (33.33%) Citrix
10 11 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (30.30%) MCSA
11 10 (30.30%) MCP
11 10 (30.30%) Azure
12 9 (27.27%) Clustering
13 8 (24.24%) DNS
13 8 (24.24%) Hyper-V
13 8 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
13 8 (24.24%) Virtual Machines
14 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2012
14 7 (21.21%) PowerShell
14 7 (21.21%) VMware ESXi
14 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
14 7 (21.21%) SharePoint
14 7 (21.21%) Oracle
15 6 (18.18%) .NET

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 (21.21%) SharePoint
2 4 (12.12%) IIS
2 4 (12.12%) Skype for Business
3 3 (9.09%) MS Exchange
3 3 (9.09%) Oracle Workflow
4 2 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2013
4 2 (6.06%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (3.03%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 11 (33.33%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (6.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (3.03%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (6.06%) BusinessWorks
2 1 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (45.45%) Office 365
2 10 (30.30%) Azure
3 6 (18.18%) AWS
4 5 (15.15%) GitHub
5 3 (9.09%) IaaS
5 3 (9.09%) PaaS
6 2 (6.06%) OneDrive
7 1 (3.03%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (3.03%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (3.03%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (3.03%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 8 (24.24%) DNS
2 5 (15.15%) Skype
3 4 (12.12%) Kerberos
3 4 (12.12%) X.500
4 3 (9.09%) Unified Communications
5 2 (6.06%) DHCP
5 2 (6.06%) LAN
5 2 (6.06%) VoIP
5 2 (6.06%) WAN
6 1 (3.03%) Internet
6 1 (3.03%) PBX
6 1 (3.03%) SAN
6 1 (3.03%) VLAN
6 1 (3.03%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (15.15%) Oracle Database
1 5 (15.15%) SQL Server
2 3 (9.09%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (3.03%) OLTP
3 1 (3.03%) Power BI
3 1 (3.03%) Relational Database
3 1 (3.03%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 5 (15.15%) JIRA
1 5 (15.15%) StarTeam
2 4 (12.12%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (12.12%) Visual Studio
3 3 (9.09%) Visual Studio Tools for Office
4 2 (6.06%) Git (software)
4 2 (6.06%) Jenkins
4 2 (6.06%) Sonatype Nexus
5 1 (3.03%) Oracle Forms
General
1 1 (3.03%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (24.24%) Support Engineer
2 6 (18.18%) Consultant
2 6 (18.18%) Desktop Engineer
2 6 (18.18%) Desktop Support
2 6 (18.18%) Desktop Support Engineer
3 5 (15.15%) Active Directory Engineer
3 5 (15.15%) IT Engineer
3 5 (15.15%) IT Support
3 5 (15.15%) IT Support Engineer
3 5 (15.15%) Mac Engineer
3 5 (15.15%) Windows Engineer
4 4 (12.12%) Developer
5 3 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
5 3 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 3 (9.09%) PC Support
5 3 (9.09%) PC Support Engineer
5 3 (9.09%) Server Engineer
5 3 (9.09%) Test Engineer
5 3 (9.09%) Virtualisation Consultant
5 3 (9.09%) Windows Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (18.18%) .NET
1 6 (18.18%) LDAP
2 3 (9.09%) ASP.NET
2 3 (9.09%) Web Services
2 3 (9.09%) WinForms
3 2 (6.06%) TIBCO EMS
4 1 (3.03%) XMPP
Miscellaneous
1 9 (27.27%) Clustering
2 6 (18.18%) PKI
3 4 (12.12%) Replication
4 3 (9.09%) Data Centre
4 3 (9.09%) VxBlock/Vblock
5 1 (3.03%) Blackberry
5 1 (3.03%) iPad
5 1 (3.03%) PDA
5 1 (3.03%) Smartphone
5 1 (3.03%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (3.03%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 21 (63.64%) Windows
2 14 (42.42%) Windows 10
3 8 (24.24%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (21.21%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (18.18%) Windows Server
6 5 (15.15%) AIX
6 5 (15.15%) Mac OS
6 5 (15.15%) Windows 7
6 5 (15.15%) Windows XP
7 3 (9.09%) Linux
8 2 (6.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (3.03%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (18.18%) Patch Management
2 6 (18.18%) Task Automation
3 5 (15.15%) Change Management
3 5 (15.15%) ITIL
3 5 (15.15%) Problem-Solving
3 5 (15.15%) Scrum
3 5 (15.15%) Server Virtualisation
3 5 (15.15%) Smoke Testing
3 5 (15.15%) Test Scripting
4 4 (12.12%) Incident Management
5 3 (9.09%) API Development
5 3 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (9.09%) Cybersecurity
5 3 (9.09%) DSDM
5 3 (9.09%) SDLC
5 3 (9.09%) Server Building
5 3 (9.09%) Software Testing
5 3 (9.09%) Waterfall
5 3 (9.09%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 11 (33.33%) SQL
2 7 (21.21%) PowerShell
3 4 (12.12%) C#
4 3 (9.09%) C++
4 3 (9.09%) Java
4 3 (9.09%) PL/SQL
4 3 (9.09%) T-SQL
4 3 (9.09%) VB.NET
5 2 (6.06%) Bash Shell
5 2 (6.06%) Groovy
5 2 (6.06%) Python
Qualifications
1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (51.52%) MCITP
3 15 (45.45%) Security Cleared
4 13 (39.39%) SC Cleared
5 12 (36.36%) MCSE
6 10 (30.30%) MCP
6 10 (30.30%) MCSA
7 5 (15.15%) A+ Certification
7 5 (15.15%) ACSP
7 5 (15.15%) ISTQB
8 3 (9.09%) CCA
8 3 (9.09%) Citrix Certification
8 3 (9.09%) CompTIA Security+
8 3 (9.09%) MCPD
8 3 (9.09%) Network+ Certification
8 3 (9.09%) VCAP
8 3 (9.09%) VCP4
8 3 (9.09%) VCP5
8 3 (9.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 2 (6.06%) OCPJP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.03%) QA
System Software
1 21 (63.64%) Active Directory
2 8 (24.24%) Hyper-V
2 8 (24.24%) Virtual Machines
3 7 (21.21%) VMware ESXi
4 6 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (12.12%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
6 3 (9.09%) Citrix Hypervisor
6 3 (9.09%) vCloud
6 3 (9.09%) vSphere
7 1 (3.03%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 18 (54.55%) SCCM
2 6 (18.18%) AirWatch
3 5 (15.15%) Jamf Pro
3 5 (15.15%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (15.15%) Netcool
3 5 (15.15%) Single Sign-On
3 5 (15.15%) vCenter Server
4 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Intune
5 3 (9.09%) Cisco CUCM
5 3 (9.09%) SCVMM
6 2 (6.06%) Ansible
6 2 (6.06%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (6.06%) Puppet
6 2 (6.06%) Salt
7 1 (3.03%) SCOM
7 1 (3.03%) vMotion
7 1 (3.03%) WMI
7 1 (3.03%) WSUS
Vendors
1 29 (87.88%) Microsoft
2 11 (33.33%) Citrix
3 7 (21.21%) Oracle
4 6 (18.18%) Apple
4 6 (18.18%) McAfee
4 6 (18.18%) VMware
5 5 (15.15%) Veritas
6 4 (12.12%) Cisco
7 3 (9.09%) IFS
7 3 (9.09%) Meridio
8 2 (6.06%) Dell
8 2 (6.06%) TIBCO
8 2 (6.06%) Twitter
9 1 (3.03%) Adobe
9 1 (3.03%) Avaya
9 1 (3.03%) EMC
9 1 (3.03%) HP
9 1 (3.03%) NetApp
9 1 (3.03%) Palo Alto
9 1 (3.03%) SAP