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 6 July 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 114 109 123
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +14
Contract jobs citing MCTS 7 16 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.29% 0.66% 0.042%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.41% 2.25% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 0
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£400 £400 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £20.00 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +66.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.11 £15.88 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+121.13% -0.78%
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
496 710 614
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 20.81% 29.11% 25.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 288 236
Average daily rate £395 £375 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 7 16
Average hourly rate £21.55 £20.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.75% +8.10%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -6.97%

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 6 July 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 6 July 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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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 0 4 £400 - 3
Slough +2 1 - -
Maidenhead - 1 - -
MCTS
South East

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (86.21%) MCITP
3 23 (79.31%) Windows
4 19 (65.52%) Microsoft
5 16 (55.17%) Service Management
5 16 (55.17%) ITIL
5 16 (55.17%) Degree
5 16 (55.17%) Customer Engagement
6 14 (48.28%) Active Directory
7 12 (41.38%) SQL
7 12 (41.38%) MS Exchange
8 11 (37.93%) DNS
9 10 (34.48%) MS Excel
9 10 (34.48%) Windows 7
9 10 (34.48%) Disaster Recovery
10 9 (31.03%) Windows Server 2003
11 8 (27.59%) Clustering
12 7 (24.14%) Exchange Server 2010
12 7 (24.14%) Office 365
12 7 (24.14%) Windows Server 2008
12 7 (24.14%) MCSE
12 7 (24.14%) MS Office
13 6 (20.69%) DHCP
13 6 (20.69%) SCCM
13 6 (20.69%) Replication
13 6 (20.69%) Exchange Server 2007
14 5 (17.24%) IMAP
14 5 (17.24%) PowerShell
14 5 (17.24%) Performance Tuning
14 5 (17.24%) Windows XP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 6 July 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 12 (41.38%) MS Exchange
2 7 (24.14%) Exchange Server 2010
3 6 (20.69%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (13.79%) GroupWise
4 4 (13.79%) IIS
4 4 (13.79%) IBM Notes
5 3 (10.34%) Office Communications Server
5 3 (10.34%) Lync
6 2 (6.90%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (34.48%) MS Excel
2 7 (24.14%) MS Office
3 1 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (3.45%) SAP CCM
1 1 (3.45%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 7 (24.14%) Office 365
2 4 (13.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (3.45%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 11 (37.93%) DNS
2 6 (20.69%) DHCP
3 5 (17.24%) POP3
3 5 (17.24%) SMTP
3 5 (17.24%) IMAP
4 4 (13.79%) TCP/IP
4 4 (13.79%) SAN
4 4 (13.79%) Firewall
5 1 (3.45%) LAN
5 1 (3.45%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 3 (10.34%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.90%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (3.45%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Visual Studio
1 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.45%) WinRunner
2 1 (3.45%) TestDirector
2 1 (3.45%) HP UFT
Job Titles
1 13 (44.83%) Field Engineer
2 6 (20.69%) Desktop Engineer
3 5 (17.24%) Server Engineer
4 4 (13.79%) Desktop Support
4 4 (13.79%) Consultant
4 4 (13.79%) Support Engineer
5 3 (10.34%) DBA
5 3 (10.34%) SQL DBA
5 3 (10.34%) Desktop Support Engineer
5 3 (10.34%) Exchange Engineer
6 2 (6.90%) Active Directory Consultant
7 1 (3.45%) Operations Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) Office 365 Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) Messaging Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) Test Engineer
7 1 (3.45%) Service Desk Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) SQL Server DBA
7 1 (3.45%) Exchange Consultant
7 1 (3.45%) Analyst
7 1 (3.45%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.90%) .NET
1 2 (6.90%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (27.59%) Clustering
2 6 (20.69%) Replication
3 5 (17.24%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (13.79%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (13.79%) Client/Server
5 2 (6.90%) Private Cloud
6 1 (3.45%) PDA
6 1 (3.45%) Kindle
Operating Systems
1 23 (79.31%) Windows
2 10 (34.48%) Windows 7
3 9 (31.03%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (24.14%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (17.24%) Windows XP
6 4 (13.79%) Windows 2000
6 4 (13.79%) Windows 2000 Server
6 4 (13.79%) Windows 8
7 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (3.45%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (55.17%) ITIL
1 16 (55.17%) Service Management
1 16 (55.17%) Customer Engagement
2 10 (34.48%) Disaster Recovery
3 5 (17.24%) Performance Tuning
4 4 (13.79%) Performance Monitoring
4 4 (13.79%) Patch Management
4 4 (13.79%) Problem Management
4 4 (13.79%) Validation
5 2 (6.90%) Migration
5 2 (6.90%) Scrum
5 2 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (6.90%) CMMI
5 2 (6.90%) High Availability
5 2 (6.90%) Kanban
5 2 (6.90%) Server Building
5 2 (6.90%) Mentoring
5 2 (6.90%) Coaching
6 1 (3.45%) Kalman Filter
6 1 (3.45%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 12 (41.38%) SQL
2 5 (17.24%) PowerShell
3 3 (10.34%) T-SQL
4 2 (6.90%) VBScript
4 2 (6.90%) VB.NET
4 2 (6.90%) C#
5 1 (3.45%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (86.21%) MCITP
3 16 (55.17%) Degree
4 7 (24.14%) MCSE
5 4 (13.79%) DV Cleared
5 4 (13.79%) Security Cleared
6 2 (6.90%) MCSA
6 2 (6.90%) MCDBA
6 2 (6.90%) MCP
7 1 (3.45%) MOS
7 1 (3.45%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.79%) PCI DSS
2 1 (3.45%) ISO 9001
2 1 (3.45%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (48.28%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.90%) Hyper-V
2 2 (6.90%) Forefront TMG
3 1 (3.45%) VMware ESX
3 1 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (20.69%) SCCM
2 3 (10.34%) SCOM
3 2 (6.90%) WMI
3 2 (6.90%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (6.90%) SCSM
4 1 (3.45%) WSUS
4 1 (3.45%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (3.45%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (3.45%) CA Spectrum
4 1 (3.45%) MOM
4 1 (3.45%) Netcool
4 1 (3.45%) Nagios
4 1 (3.45%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (3.45%) NetBackup
4 1 (3.45%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 19 (65.52%) Microsoft
2 4 (13.79%) Novell
2 4 (13.79%) Lotus
2 4 (13.79%) VMware
3 3 (10.34%) Citrix
4 2 (6.90%) CheckPoint
4 2 (6.90%) McAfee
5 1 (3.45%) BT
5 1 (3.45%) SurfControl
5 1 (3.45%) Symantec
5 1 (3.45%) Postini
5 1 (3.45%) CA
5 1 (3.45%) SAP
5 1 (3.45%) Cisco
5 1 (3.45%) JD Edwards
5 1 (3.45%) Veritas
Reading, Berkshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £180 to £210 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Stafford-Sharp Associates
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Harris Global
Rate: £225 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago