Period
to 23 November 2017

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 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 826 729 704
Rank change year-on-year -97 -25 -46
Contract jobs citing MCTS 61 162 191
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.059% 0.15% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.32% 0.75% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 112 111
UK median daily rate £375 £318 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.11% -0.78% -12.09%
10th Percentile £240 £155 £231
90th Percentile £525 £436 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £313 £320
% change year-on-year +20.00% -2.34% -8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 12 14
UK median hourly rate £25.63 £17.75 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.37% -4.05% +5.71%
10th Percentile £16.25 £12.11 £13.75
90th Percentile £135.29 £46.98 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year +38.89% -2.70% -7.50%

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 19249 21726 22502
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 18.67% 20.64% 19.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 11801 13552 13564
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
10th Percentile £221 £243 £244
90th Percentile £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £385
% change year-on-year +3.23% +0.65% +5.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 904 871 1086
UK median hourly rate £26.00 £25.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +2.00% +31.58%
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.13 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £49.19 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £26.54 £25.06
% change year-on-year +3.63% +5.90% +31.89%

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 23 November 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for MCTS in the UK

MCTS
Top 13 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 23 November 2017. 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 -46 50 £375 +15.38% 13
UK excluding London -49 34 £375 +20.00% 6
London -33 24 £425 +17.24% 7
Midlands +26 10 £400 +25.00% 4
South East -14 10 £375 +17.19% 1
West Midlands +33 9 £400 +25.00% 4
Scotland -43 8 £380 +34.87%
Wales - 3 £275 -
North of England +31 2 £238 -25.78% 1
North West +18 1 £200 -42.86% 1
Yorkshire +16 1 £275 +254.84%
East Midlands - 1 - -
South West - 1 £300 -

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (78.69%) Windows
3 42 (68.85%) Microsoft
4 39 (63.93%) MCITP
5 38 (62.30%) ITIL
6 32 (52.46%) Service Management
7 25 (40.98%) PowerShell
8 24 (39.34%) SQL
8 24 (39.34%) Active Directory
9 23 (37.70%) Degree
10 20 (32.79%) Customer Engagement
11 18 (29.51%) SQL Server
12 17 (27.87%) Microsoft Azure
13 16 (26.23%) SCOM
14 15 (24.59%) XML
14 15 (24.59%) .NET
14 15 (24.59%) Citrix
15 14 (22.95%) VMware
16 13 (21.31%) Cisco
17 11 (18.03%) MS Exchange
17 11 (18.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
17 11 (18.03%) VMware Infrastructure
17 11 (18.03%) Windows Server
18 10 (16.39%) vSphere
18 10 (16.39%) Windows Server 2008
18 10 (16.39%) Cisco Certification
18 10 (16.39%) CCNA
19 9 (14.75%) DNS
19 9 (14.75%) HP
19 9 (14.75%) SharePoint

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 11 (18.03%) MS Exchange
2 9 (14.75%) SharePoint
3 8 (13.11%) Exchange Server 2010
4 7 (11.48%) IIS
4 7 (11.48%) Skype for Business
5 1 (1.64%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (1.64%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (1.64%) SharePoint Foundation
5 1 (1.64%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 7 (11.48%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 6 (9.84%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 17 (27.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (14.75%) Azure Active Directory
3 8 (13.11%) Office 365
4 5 (8.20%) Dynamics 365
5 2 (3.28%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (1.64%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 9 (14.75%) DNS
2 7 (11.48%) Cisco ASA
2 7 (11.48%) DHCP
2 7 (11.48%) Firewall
2 7 (11.48%) PBX
2 7 (11.48%) VoIP
2 7 (11.48%) VPN
3 5 (8.20%) SAN
4 3 (4.92%) LAN
4 3 (4.92%) TCP/IP
4 3 (4.92%) WAN
4 3 (4.92%) Wireless
5 2 (3.28%) Skype
6 1 (1.64%) IP Telephony
6 1 (1.64%) MPLS
6 1 (1.64%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (29.51%) SQL Server
2 8 (13.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 8 (13.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 8 (13.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (9.84%) SQL Server 2012
4 5 (8.20%) SQL Server 2014
5 4 (6.56%) Data Mart
5 4 (6.56%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (6.56%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (4.92%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 1 (1.64%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 4 (6.56%) Visual Studio
2 3 (4.92%) WiX
3 1 (1.64%) InstallShield
3 1 (1.64%) MSI
General
1 7 (11.48%) Telecoms
2 4 (6.56%) Finance
3 2 (3.28%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.64%) Advertising
4 1 (1.64%) Legal
Job Titles
1 17 (27.87%) Field Engineer
2 14 (22.95%) Developer
3 9 (14.75%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (14.75%) Windows Engineer
4 8 (13.11%) Support Engineer
5 7 (11.48%) Windows Infrastructure Engineer
6 6 (9.84%) CRM Developer
6 6 (9.84%) Infrastructure Support
6 6 (9.84%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
7 5 (8.20%) Analyst
7 5 (8.20%) Consultant
7 5 (8.20%) Operations Manager
7 5 (8.20%) SQL Developer
7 5 (8.20%) Systems Manager
7 5 (8.20%) VMware Engineer
7 5 (8.20%) VMware Support Engineer
7 5 (8.20%) Windows Support Engineer
8 4 (6.56%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 4 (6.56%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 4 (6.56%) SQL BI Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (24.59%) .NET
1 15 (24.59%) XML
2 9 (14.75%) ASP.NET
3 3 (4.92%) ASP.NET MVC
3 3 (4.92%) WCF
4 1 (1.64%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.64%) CSS
4 1 (1.64%) HTML
4 1 (1.64%) jQuery
4 1 (1.64%) Windows SharePoint Services
4 1 (1.64%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.48%) Virtual Team
2 1 (1.64%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.64%) Driving Licence
2 1 (1.64%) NHS
2 1 (1.64%) PKI
2 1 (1.64%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 48 (78.69%) Windows
2 11 (18.03%) Windows Server
3 10 (16.39%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (8.20%) Windows 7
4 5 (8.20%) Windows Server 2012
5 3 (4.92%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.64%) Windows 8
6 1 (1.64%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (62.30%) ITIL
2 32 (52.46%) Service Management
3 20 (32.79%) Customer Engagement
4 7 (11.48%) Incident Management
5 6 (9.84%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (9.84%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (9.84%) CRM
6 5 (8.20%) Performance Monitoring
7 4 (6.56%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (6.56%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (6.56%) Problem Management
7 4 (6.56%) Unit Testing
7 4 (6.56%) Web Application Development
8 3 (4.92%) Data Modelling
8 3 (4.92%) High Availability
8 3 (4.92%) MVC
8 3 (4.92%) Performance Tuning
8 3 (4.92%) PRINCE2
8 3 (4.92%) Service Delivery
8 3 (4.92%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 25 (40.98%) PowerShell
2 24 (39.34%) SQL
3 7 (11.48%) C#
4 5 (8.20%) T-SQL
5 4 (6.56%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.64%) VB
6 1 (1.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (63.93%) MCITP
3 23 (37.70%) Degree
4 11 (18.03%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 10 (16.39%) CCNA
5 10 (16.39%) Cisco Certification
6 8 (13.11%) MCSE
7 7 (11.48%) MCSA
8 3 (4.92%) A+ Certification
8 3 (4.92%) MCAD
8 3 (4.92%) MCP
8 3 (4.92%) MCSD
9 2 (3.28%) ACSA
9 2 (3.28%) CCENT
9 2 (3.28%) Network+ Certification
9 2 (3.28%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 2 (3.28%) VCP5
9 2 (3.28%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
10 1 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (1.64%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.20%) SLA
2 4 (6.56%) QA
3 2 (3.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.64%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 24 (39.34%) Active Directory
2 11 (18.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (16.39%) vSphere
4 3 (4.92%) Hyper-V
4 3 (4.92%) XenDesktop
5 2 (3.28%) BitLocker
5 2 (3.28%) Terminal Server
5 2 (3.28%) vCloud
6 1 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (1.64%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (26.23%) SCOM
2 9 (14.75%) SCCM
3 5 (8.20%) WSUS
4 4 (6.56%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (3.28%) Backup Exec
5 2 (3.28%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (1.64%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 42 (68.85%) Microsoft
2 15 (24.59%) Citrix
3 14 (22.95%) VMware
4 13 (21.31%) Cisco
5 9 (14.75%) HP
6 5 (8.20%) RedGate
7 3 (4.92%) CommVault
7 3 (4.92%) Veeam
8 2 (3.28%) Apple
8 2 (3.28%) Brocade
8 2 (3.28%) Dell
8 2 (3.28%) Google
8 2 (3.28%) Juniper
8 2 (3.28%) Meru Networks
8 2 (3.28%) Sophos
8 2 (3.28%) Symantec
8 2 (3.28%) Veritas
9 1 (1.64%) EMC
9 1 (1.64%) McAfee
9 1 (1.64%) SolarWinds