Period
to 22 January 2019

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 January 2019 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 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 827 832 752
Rank change year-on-year +5 -80 -42
Contract jobs citing MCTS 44 57 116
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.044% 0.057% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.30% 0.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 44 74
UK median daily rate £369 £375 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.67% +17.19% -
10th Percentile £175 £250 £184
90th Percentile £479 £532 £423
UK excluding London median daily rate £381 £363 £310
% change year-on-year +5.10% +17.02% -3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 11
UK median hourly rate £23.13 £25.00 £41.64
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.48% -39.96% +125.08%
10th Percentile £21.86 £15.00 £14.43
90th Percentile £24.40 £26.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £25.00 £41.64
% change year-on-year - -39.96% +110.84%

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 19,116 18,961 19,641
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 19.18% 19.03% 20.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 11,386 11,640 12,325
UK median daily rate £450 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% +1.18% +6.25%
10th Percentile £258 £225 £250
90th Percentile £625 £620 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 895 831 868
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £24.98 £25.94
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.09% -3.69% -5.68%
10th Percentile £12.64 £12.00 £12.00
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £49.27
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £25.69 £27.00
% change year-on-year +7.05% -4.85% -4.21%

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 January 2019.

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 22 January 2019. 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 +9 41 £369 -1.67% 18
UK excluding London -46 22 £381 +5.10% 13
London +24 21 £225 -42.49% 6
South East -5 10 £388 +3.33% 1
North of England -10 5 £175 -12.50% 3
North West 0 4 £175 +2.94% 2
Midlands -2 2 £140 -68.18% 2
Scotland -16 2 £368 +2.80% 1
West Midlands -26 2 £140 -68.18% 1
South West -29 2 £510 +70.00% 1
East of England - 2 £175 - 5
Yorkshire -11 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 22 January 2019, 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 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 32 (72.73%) Microsoft
3 31 (70.45%) Windows
4 26 (59.09%) Active Directory
4 26 (59.09%) PowerShell
5 21 (47.73%) ITIL
6 20 (45.45%) MCITP
7 19 (43.18%) Office 365
8 18 (40.91%) Microsoft Azure
9 16 (36.36%) VMware
9 16 (36.36%) MCSE
10 15 (34.09%) MCP
11 13 (29.55%) Citrix
11 13 (29.55%) VMware Infrastructure
11 13 (29.55%) SCCM
12 12 (27.27%) Security Cleared
12 12 (27.27%) SQL
13 11 (25.00%) Patch Management
13 11 (25.00%) Data Centre
13 11 (25.00%) vCenter Server
14 10 (22.73%) Problem-Solving
14 10 (22.73%) Windows Server
14 10 (22.73%) MCSA
14 10 (22.73%) Cisco
14 10 (22.73%) Service Management
14 10 (22.73%) Incident Management
15 9 (20.45%) DNS
15 9 (20.45%) DHCP
15 9 (20.45%) SQL Server
15 9 (20.45%) Root Cause Analysis

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 (15.91%) MS Exchange
1 7 (15.91%) SharePoint
2 5 (11.36%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (11.36%) Exchange Server 2010
2 5 (11.36%) Exchange Server 2013
2 5 (11.36%) Office Communications Server
2 5 (11.36%) Skype for Business
3 3 (6.82%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (6.82%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (2.27%) Cloud Foundry
Applications
1 6 (13.64%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.55%) SAP GTS
Cloud Services
1 19 (43.18%) Office 365
2 18 (40.91%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (9.09%) Azure Active Directory
4 3 (6.82%) IaaS
4 3 (6.82%) PaaS
5 1 (2.27%) SaaS
5 1 (2.27%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 9 (20.45%) DHCP
1 9 (20.45%) DNS
2 7 (15.91%) Unified Communications
3 6 (13.64%) Skype
3 6 (13.64%) Wireless
4 5 (11.36%) TCP/IP
5 3 (6.82%) DMZ
5 3 (6.82%) VPN
6 1 (2.27%) Cisco ASA
6 1 (2.27%) Firewall
6 1 (2.27%) Internet
6 1 (2.27%) SMTP
6 1 (2.27%) VLAN
6 1 (2.27%) VoIP
6 1 (2.27%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (20.45%) SQL Server
2 5 (11.36%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 5 (11.36%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 5 (11.36%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (6.82%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (6.82%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (4.55%) RDBMS
4 2 (4.55%) Relational Database
5 1 (2.27%) Big Data
5 1 (2.27%) HDInsight
5 1 (2.27%) NoSQL
5 1 (2.27%) SQL Server 2000
5 1 (2.27%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (4.55%) Git (software)
1 2 (4.55%) Jenkins
General
1 1 (2.27%) Finance
1 1 (2.27%) Military
1 1 (2.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 6 (13.64%) Analyst
2 5 (11.36%) IT Support
3 4 (9.09%) Desktop Support
3 4 (9.09%) Support Analyst
3 4 (9.09%) Support Engineer
4 3 (6.82%) Architect
4 3 (6.82%) DBA
4 3 (6.82%) Desktop Engineer
4 3 (6.82%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (6.82%) Developer
4 3 (6.82%) IT Support Analyst
4 3 (6.82%) Senior Desktop Engineer
4 3 (6.82%) Senior Desktop Support
4 3 (6.82%) Senior Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (6.82%) Senior Support Engineer
4 3 (6.82%) SharePoint Architect
4 3 (6.82%) SharePoint Developer
4 3 (6.82%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
4 3 (6.82%) Solutions Architect
4 3 (6.82%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.82%) OAuth
1 3 (6.82%) SAML
2 2 (4.55%) AngularJS
2 2 (4.55%) React
Miscellaneous
1 11 (25.00%) Data Centre
2 7 (15.91%) Clustering
2 7 (15.91%) VxBlock/Vblock
3 3 (6.82%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.82%) Driving Licence
4 2 (4.55%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (2.27%) Cloud Native
5 1 (2.27%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (2.27%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.27%) PMI
5 1 (2.27%) User Experience
5 1 (2.27%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 31 (70.45%) Windows
2 10 (22.73%) Windows Server
3 9 (20.45%) Windows 7
4 7 (15.91%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (15.91%) Windows Server 2012
5 5 (11.36%) Windows 10
5 5 (11.36%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (6.82%) Mac OS X
6 3 (6.82%) Mac OS X Server
6 3 (6.82%) Windows XP
7 1 (2.27%) Apple iOS
7 1 (2.27%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (47.73%) ITIL
2 11 (25.00%) Patch Management
3 10 (22.73%) Incident Management
3 10 (22.73%) Problem-Solving
3 10 (22.73%) Service Management
4 9 (20.45%) Root Cause Analysis
5 8 (18.18%) Decision-Making
5 8 (18.18%) Migration
5 8 (18.18%) Problem Management
6 7 (15.91%) Disaster Recovery
6 7 (15.91%) Server Building
6 7 (15.91%) Server Management
6 7 (15.91%) Task Automation
7 5 (11.36%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (11.36%) Computer Science
7 5 (11.36%) ITSM
7 5 (11.36%) Proactive Monitoring
8 4 (9.09%) Change Management
8 4 (9.09%) Project Management
8 4 (9.09%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 26 (59.09%) PowerShell
2 12 (27.27%) SQL
3 4 (9.09%) VB
4 3 (6.82%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.27%) C#
5 1 (2.27%) Java
5 1 (2.27%) Python
Qualifications
1 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 20 (45.45%) MCITP
3 16 (36.36%) MCSE
4 15 (34.09%) MCP
5 12 (27.27%) Security Cleared
6 10 (22.73%) MCSA
7 7 (15.91%) CCA
7 7 (15.91%) Citrix Certification
7 7 (15.91%) Degree
7 7 (15.91%) DV Cleared
7 7 (15.91%) VCAP
7 7 (15.91%) VCP4
7 7 (15.91%) VCP5
7 7 (15.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 6 (13.64%) MCSD
9 5 (11.36%) CCNA
9 5 (11.36%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (9.09%) PMI Certification
10 4 (9.09%) PMP
10 4 (9.09%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (13.64%) SLA
2 2 (4.55%) PMO
2 2 (4.55%) QA
System Software
1 26 (59.09%) Active Directory
2 13 (29.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (18.18%) Hyper-V
3 8 (18.18%) vSphere
4 7 (15.91%) vCloud
4 7 (15.91%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (15.91%) XenServer
5 6 (13.64%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 13 (29.55%) SCCM
2 11 (25.00%) vCenter Server
3 7 (15.91%) Cisco CUCM
3 7 (15.91%) SCVMM
4 6 (13.64%) Microsoft Intune
5 4 (9.09%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 3 (6.82%) CA Single Sign-On
6 3 (6.82%) Single Sign-On
7 2 (4.55%) WSUS
8 1 (2.27%) EnCase
8 1 (2.27%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (2.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 32 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 16 (36.36%) VMware
3 13 (29.55%) Citrix
4 10 (22.73%) Cisco
5 5 (11.36%) IronPort
6 4 (9.09%) Altiris
7 3 (6.82%) Apple
7 3 (6.82%) CA
7 3 (6.82%) Ivanti
7 3 (6.82%) SAP
8 1 (2.27%) Aruba
8 1 (2.27%) CommVault
8 1 (2.27%) Forcepoint
8 1 (2.27%) HP
8 1 (2.27%) McAfee
8 1 (2.27%) Meraki