The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 1 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 119 112 123
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +11
Contract jobs citing MCTS 12 15 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.43% 0.56% 0.039%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.87% 2.17% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 0
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£425 £450 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £337 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-11.09% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 £15.63 -
% change year-on-year
+88.80% -
MCTS
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Qualifications Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
641 690 598
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 22.92% 25.60% 23.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 299 287 225
Average daily rate £375 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £478
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 19 19
Average hourly rate £21.55 £14.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.21% -15.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.22 £13.54 £12.46
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.00 £27.88 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.31 £18.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+29.50% -21.73%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Berkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the Berkshire region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 1 May 2015.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Berkshire region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 1 May 2015. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading -4 7 £375 -16.66% 5
Bracknell 0 2 £425 +41.66%
MCTS
South East

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS.

1 43 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 42 (97.67%) MCITP
3 35 (81.40%) Windows
4 33 (76.74%) Degree
5 32 (74.42%) Service Management
5 32 (74.42%) Customer Engagement
5 32 (74.42%) ITIL
6 22 (51.16%) DNS
6 22 (51.16%) Microsoft
7 20 (46.51%) Active Directory
8 16 (37.21%) SQL
9 15 (34.88%) Disaster Recovery
9 15 (34.88%) Clustering
10 14 (32.56%) MS Exchange
11 13 (30.23%) MCSE
12 12 (27.91%) DHCP
12 12 (27.91%) PowerShell
13 11 (25.58%) IIS
14 10 (23.26%) SQL Server
14 10 (23.26%) Performance Monitoring
15 8 (18.60%) SCSM
15 8 (18.60%) Private Cloud
15 8 (18.60%) XML
15 8 (18.60%) VBScript
15 8 (18.60%) POP3
15 8 (18.60%) SMTP
15 8 (18.60%) SAN
15 8 (18.60%) Lotus
15 8 (18.60%) SCOM
15 8 (18.60%) IMAP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire region citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 14 (32.56%) MS Exchange
2 11 (25.58%) IIS
3 7 (16.28%) GroupWise
3 7 (16.28%) IBM Notes
4 5 (11.63%) Office Communications Server
5 4 (9.30%) Exchange Server 2010
6 3 (6.98%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (6.98%) SharePoint
7 2 (4.65%) Live Communications Server
7 2 (4.65%) Lync
Applications
1 7 (16.28%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (9.30%) Office 365
1 4 (9.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.33%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 22 (51.16%) DNS
2 12 (27.91%) DHCP
3 8 (18.60%) POP3
3 8 (18.60%) SMTP
3 8 (18.60%) SAN
3 8 (18.60%) IMAP
4 3 (6.98%) Firewall
5 2 (4.65%) PBX
5 2 (4.65%) PSTN
5 2 (4.65%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (23.26%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (4.65%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (4.65%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.33%) EDRMS
4 1 (2.33%) SQL Server 2000
4 1 (2.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.33%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (2.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (6.98%) Visual Studio
1 3 (6.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.33%) MSI
2 1 (2.33%) WinRunner
2 1 (2.33%) TestDirector
2 1 (2.33%) QuickTest Pro
Job Titles
1 28 (65.12%) Field Engineer
2 8 (18.60%) Support Engineer
3 7 (16.28%) Server Engineer
4 6 (13.95%) Consultant
4 6 (13.95%) Exchange Engineer
5 3 (6.98%) DBA
5 3 (6.98%) Desktop Support
5 3 (6.98%) Support Consultant
5 3 (6.98%) Desktop Engineer
5 3 (6.98%) SQL DBA
5 3 (6.98%) Desktop Support Engineer
6 2 (4.65%) Technical Analyst
6 2 (4.65%) Exchange Consultant
6 2 (4.65%) Active Directory Consultant
6 2 (4.65%) Analyst
7 1 (2.33%) Architect
7 1 (2.33%) Technical Architect
7 1 (2.33%) Administrator
7 1 (2.33%) 3rd Line Support
7 1 (2.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (18.60%) XML
2 6 (13.95%) .NET
3 3 (6.98%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.33%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 15 (34.88%) Clustering
2 8 (18.60%) Private Cloud
3 6 (13.95%) Replication
4 2 (4.65%) PKI
4 2 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (2.33%) Kindle
5 1 (2.33%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 35 (81.40%) Windows
2 6 (13.95%) Windows Server 2003
2 6 (13.95%) Windows 7
3 5 (11.63%) Windows 8
4 2 (4.65%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.33%) AIX
5 1 (2.33%) Windows XP
5 1 (2.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (74.42%) Service Management
1 32 (74.42%) Customer Engagement
1 32 (74.42%) ITIL
2 15 (34.88%) Disaster Recovery
3 10 (23.26%) Performance Monitoring
4 6 (13.95%) Performance Tuning
5 4 (9.30%) Problem Management
6 3 (6.98%) High Availability
6 3 (6.98%) Kanban
6 3 (6.98%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (6.98%) Scrum
6 3 (6.98%) CMMI
7 2 (4.65%) Network Load Balancing
8 1 (2.33%) Kalman Filter
8 1 (2.33%) ETL
8 1 (2.33%) Test Automation
8 1 (2.33%) Test Scripting
8 1 (2.33%) Software Testing
8 1 (2.33%) Load Balancing
8 1 (2.33%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (37.21%) SQL
2 12 (27.91%) PowerShell
3 8 (18.60%) VBScript
4 3 (6.98%) C#
4 3 (6.98%) VB.NET
4 3 (6.98%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.33%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 43 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 42 (97.67%) MCITP
3 33 (76.74%) Degree
4 13 (30.23%) MCSE
5 2 (4.65%) MCDBA
5 2 (4.65%) MCP
6 1 (2.33%) MCSA
6 1 (2.33%) Security Cleared
6 1 (2.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 20 (46.51%) Active Directory
2 6 (13.95%) Hyper-V
3 2 (4.65%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (2.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (2.33%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 8 (18.60%) SCSM
1 8 (18.60%) SCOM
1 8 (18.60%) WMI
2 4 (9.30%) MOM
3 2 (4.65%) SCCM
3 2 (4.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (2.33%) Netcool
4 1 (2.33%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (2.33%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.33%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 22 (51.16%) Microsoft
2 8 (18.60%) Lotus
3 7 (16.28%) VMware
3 7 (16.28%) Novell
4 2 (4.65%) Cisco
4 2 (4.65%) Avaya
4 2 (4.65%) Nortel
4 2 (4.65%) Citrix
5 1 (2.33%) McAfee
5 1 (2.33%) Veritas
5 1 (2.33%) Postini
5 1 (2.33%) SurfControl