Period
to 22 June 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 22 June 2018 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 > Wales
6 months to
22 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 96 95 96
Rank change year-on-year -1 +1 -7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 9 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 0.61% 0.076% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.07% 0.22% 0.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 2
Wales median daily rate £400 £110 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +263.64% -68.57% -34.43%
UK median daily rate £343 £410 £325
% change year-on-year -16.46% +26.15% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Wales median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate - £41.64 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +15.67% +63.64%

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 advertised in Wales with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Wales
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 435 463 365
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 29.51% 35.08% 29.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 346 238
Wales median daily rate £400 £400 £364
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +9.89% +0.41%
10th Percentile £220 £175 £200
90th Percentile £550 £538 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 20 12
Wales median hourly rate £18.87 £30.75 £45.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.63% -32.04% +248.08%
10th Percentile £10.73 £12.78 £17.29
90th Percentile £40.20 £58.75 £73.38
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £30.60
% change year-on-year -18.13% -1.97% +36.01%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Wales.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in Wales

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCTS in Wales.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in Wales

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Wales region over the 6 months to 22 June 2018. 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
South Wales -4 9 £400 +263.64% 1
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 22 June 2018, 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 across the Wales region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 9 (100.00%) MCITP
2 8 (88.89%) Disaster Recovery
2 8 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (88.89%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (88.89%) SQL
2 8 (88.89%) SQL Server
2 8 (88.89%) Windows
2 8 (88.89%) High Availability
2 8 (88.89%) Performance Tuning
3 7 (77.78%) Windows Server
3 7 (77.78%) Active Directory
3 7 (77.78%) Degree
4 6 (66.67%) Migration
4 6 (66.67%) MySQL
4 6 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
4 6 (66.67%) Moodle
5 2 (22.22%) NHS
6 1 (11.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (11.11%) MSI
6 1 (11.11%) InstallShield
6 1 (11.11%) MCSE
6 1 (11.11%) Data Modelling
6 1 (11.11%) RDBMS
6 1 (11.11%) Microsoft
6 1 (11.11%) ITIL
6 1 (11.11%) VBScript
6 1 (11.11%) e-Learning
6 1 (11.11%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (11.11%) Workflow

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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 6 (66.67%) Moodle
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (11.11%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (88.89%) SQL Server
1 8 (88.89%) SQL Server 2005
2 6 (66.67%) MySQL
2 6 (66.67%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (11.11%) RDBMS
3 1 (11.11%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (11.11%) InstallShield
1 1 (11.11%) MSI
Job Titles
1 8 (88.89%) DBA
1 8 (88.89%) SQL DBA
2 3 (33.33%) Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) Data Administrator
3 1 (11.11%) MySQL DBA
3 1 (11.11%) SCCM Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (22.22%) NHS
2 1 (11.11%) e-Learning
2 1 (11.11%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 8 (88.89%) Windows
2 7 (77.78%) Windows Server
3 1 (11.11%) Windows 10
3 1 (11.11%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
1 8 (88.89%) Disaster Recovery
1 8 (88.89%) High Availability
1 8 (88.89%) Performance Tuning
2 6 (66.67%) Migration
3 1 (11.11%) Application Virtualisation
3 1 (11.11%) Data Architecture
3 1 (11.11%) Data Integration
3 1 (11.11%) Data Modelling
3 1 (11.11%) ITIL
3 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (11.11%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 8 (88.89%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) PowerShell
2 1 (11.11%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) MCITP
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (77.78%) Degree
3 1 (11.11%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (11.11%) MCSE
3 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) Data Quality
1 1 (11.11%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 7 (77.78%) Active Directory
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) SCCM
1 1 (11.11%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft