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 15 September 2014 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 105 118 123
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +5
Contract jobs citing MCTS 16 8 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.65% 0.31% 0.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.33% 1.19% 2.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 0 3
Average daily rate
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£413 - £383
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £328
% change year-on-year
+16.86% -8.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 0
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £19.00 £13.00
% change year-on-year
+13.15% +46.15%
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
686 673 694
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 28.05% 26.37% 22.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 319 273 233
Average daily rate £375 £400 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +8.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £486 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 19 10
Average hourly rate £17.07 £15.75 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.38% -55.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.70 £12.80 £20.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.80 £26.10 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -26.53%

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 15 September 2014.

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 15 September 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +14 13 £400 - 1
Slough - - - -
Windsor - - - -
Wokingham - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
MCTS
South East

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, 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 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (78.79%) Windows
3 17 (51.52%) ITIL
3 17 (51.52%) MCITP
4 15 (45.45%) SQL Server
4 15 (45.45%) DNS
5 14 (42.42%) Service Management
6 13 (39.39%) Clustering
6 13 (39.39%) DHCP
7 12 (36.36%) Active Directory
7 12 (36.36%) Degree
7 12 (36.36%) Customer Engagement
8 11 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (33.33%) Security Cleared
8 11 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (30.30%) Microsoft
9 10 (30.30%) MCSE
9 10 (30.30%) SQL
10 9 (27.27%) .NET
10 9 (27.27%) Cisco
11 8 (24.24%) CCNA
11 8 (24.24%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (24.24%) SQL Server 2008
11 8 (24.24%) SQL Server 2005
12 7 (21.21%) Migration
12 7 (21.21%) Replication
12 7 (21.21%) SQL Server 2000
12 7 (21.21%) C#
12 7 (21.21%) C++
12 7 (21.21%) Analytical Skills

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, 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 5 (15.15%) IIS
2 4 (12.12%) MS Exchange
3 3 (9.09%) BizTalk Server
4 2 (6.06%) IBM Notes
5 1 (3.03%) GroupWise
5 1 (3.03%) Lync
5 1 (3.03%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 6 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 3 (9.09%) MS Visio
2 3 (9.09%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (9.09%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (45.45%) DNS
2 13 (39.39%) DHCP
3 5 (15.15%) ISDN
3 5 (15.15%) VoIP
3 5 (15.15%) SAN
3 5 (15.15%) RTP
4 2 (6.06%) HTTP
4 2 (6.06%) SSL
5 1 (3.03%) TCP/IP
5 1 (3.03%) VPN
5 1 (3.03%) POP3
5 1 (3.03%) SMTP
5 1 (3.03%) NetScreen
5 1 (3.03%) Firewall
5 1 (3.03%) IMAP
5 1 (3.03%) Wireshark
5 1 (3.03%) Cisco ASA
5 1 (3.03%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (45.45%) SQL Server
2 8 (24.24%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (24.24%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (21.21%) SQL Server 2000
4 4 (12.12%) EDRMS
4 4 (12.12%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Visual Studio
2 1 (3.03%) MSI
2 1 (3.03%) Fiddler
General
1 2 (6.06%) Finance
2 1 (3.03%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 8 (24.24%) Support Engineer
2 5 (15.15%) Systems Engineer
2 5 (15.15%) Field Engineer
3 4 (12.12%) SQL DBA
3 4 (12.12%) DBA
4 3 (9.09%) Consultant
5 2 (6.06%) Support Consultant
5 2 (6.06%) Server Engineer
5 2 (6.06%) Windows Server Engineer
6 1 (3.03%) Virtualisation Consultant
6 1 (3.03%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (3.03%) 1st Line Support Engineer
6 1 (3.03%) VMware Specialist
6 1 (3.03%) Escalation Engineer
6 1 (3.03%) Senior Support Engineer
6 1 (3.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (3.03%) Migration Consultant
6 1 (3.03%) SQL Server DBA
6 1 (3.03%) Server Support
6 1 (3.03%) Database Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (27.27%) .NET
2 6 (18.18%) XML
3 2 (6.06%) WCF
3 2 (6.06%) .NET Framework
4 1 (3.03%) Application Packaging
4 1 (3.03%) Silverlight
4 1 (3.03%) LINQ
4 1 (3.03%) REST
4 1 (3.03%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 1 (3.03%) FastCGI
4 1 (3.03%) XSD
4 1 (3.03%) Ajax
4 1 (3.03%) ADO.NET
4 1 (3.03%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 13 (39.39%) Clustering
2 7 (21.21%) Replication
2 7 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (3.03%) Computer Science
3 1 (3.03%) Client/Server
3 1 (3.03%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 26 (78.79%) Windows
2 11 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
2 11 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (18.18%) Windows 2000 Server
4 4 (12.12%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (6.06%) Windows 7
5 2 (6.06%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (51.52%) ITIL
2 14 (42.42%) Service Management
3 12 (36.36%) Customer Engagement
4 7 (21.21%) Migration
5 5 (15.15%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (15.15%) Performance Management
6 4 (12.12%) Workflow
6 4 (12.12%) Load Balancing
6 4 (12.12%) Mentoring
7 3 (9.09%) Coaching
7 3 (9.09%) Capacity Planning
8 2 (6.06%) Performance Analysis
8 2 (6.06%) Change Management
9 1 (3.03%) MVC
9 1 (3.03%) Incident Management
9 1 (3.03%) Web Development
9 1 (3.03%) Performance Monitoring
9 1 (3.03%) High Availability
9 1 (3.03%) Change Control
9 1 (3.03%) Database Security
Programming Languages
1 10 (30.30%) SQL
2 7 (21.21%) C#
2 7 (21.21%) C++
3 6 (18.18%) Java
4 2 (6.06%) T-SQL
4 2 (6.06%) PowerShell
5 1 (3.03%) C
5 1 (3.03%) VBScript
5 1 (3.03%) Python
5 1 (3.03%) Shell Script
5 1 (3.03%) Ruby
5 1 (3.03%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.03%) PHP
Qualifications
1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (51.52%) MCITP
3 12 (36.36%) Degree
4 11 (33.33%) Security Cleared
5 10 (30.30%) MCSE
6 8 (24.24%) CCNA
6 8 (24.24%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (15.15%) CCVP
7 5 (15.15%) DV Cleared
8 4 (12.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 4 (12.12%) SC Cleared
9 3 (9.09%) VCP4
9 3 (9.09%) VCAP
9 3 (9.09%) VCP5
10 2 (6.06%) MCSA
11 1 (3.03%) MCP
11 1 (3.03%) MCSD
11 1 (3.03%) CNE
11 1 (3.03%) Novell Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (15.15%) SLA
System Software
1 12 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 4 (12.12%) VMware ESX
2 4 (12.12%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (9.09%) Hyper-V
3 3 (9.09%) vSphere
3 3 (9.09%) Terminal Services
3 3 (9.09%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (3.03%) vCloud
4 1 (3.03%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (3.03%) UAG
Systems Management
1 5 (15.15%) SCCM
1 5 (15.15%) SCOM
2 4 (12.12%) WSUS
3 3 (9.09%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (3.03%) WMI
Vendors
1 10 (30.30%) Microsoft
2 9 (27.27%) Cisco
3 5 (15.15%) Oracle
4 4 (12.12%) VMware
5 2 (6.06%) Lotus
6 1 (3.03%) Juniper
6 1 (3.03%) Novell