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 9 February 2016 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 116 98 116
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +18
Contract jobs citing MCTS 5 29 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.20% 1.08% 0.53%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.83% 4.07% 2.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 15 8
Average daily rate £425 £425 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £389 £385 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
-17.50% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +107.14%
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
600 712 639
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 23.82% 26.50% 24.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 299 272
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £189 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £535 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 23 30
Average hourly rate £45.00 £39.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.92% +146.87%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.41 £11.50 £14.36
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.00 £55.65 £103.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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
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 9 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -25 5 £425 -
MCTS
South East

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 11 (100.00%) MCITP
2 10 (90.91%) ITIL
3 9 (81.82%) Microsoft
4 8 (72.73%) Active Directory
4 8 (72.73%) Windows
4 8 (72.73%) Service Management
4 8 (72.73%) Office 365
5 7 (63.64%) Degree
5 7 (63.64%) Customer Engagement
5 7 (63.64%) MS Office
6 6 (54.55%) DHCP
6 6 (54.55%) DNS
7 5 (45.45%) WSUS
8 4 (36.36%) SCCM
8 4 (36.36%) Citrix
8 4 (36.36%) MS Excel
8 4 (36.36%) Microsoft Azure
8 4 (36.36%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (27.27%) BitLocker
9 3 (27.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (27.27%) Terminal Server
9 3 (27.27%) Problem Management
10 2 (18.18%) MS PowerPoint
10 2 (18.18%) SC Cleared
10 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
10 2 (18.18%) PowerShell
10 2 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
10 2 (18.18%) Replication
10 2 (18.18%) MCSE

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, 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 2 (18.18%) Skype for Business
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (9.09%) MS Exchange
2 1 (9.09%) Office Communications Server
2 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
Applications
1 7 (63.64%) MS Office
2 4 (36.36%) MS Excel
3 2 (18.18%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (9.09%) SAP CCM
1 1 (9.09%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 8 (72.73%) Office 365
2 4 (36.36%) Azure Active Directory
2 4 (36.36%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 6 (54.55%) DHCP
1 6 (54.55%) DNS
2 1 (9.09%) LAN
2 1 (9.09%) LDAP
2 1 (9.09%) WAN
General
1 1 (9.09%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) Field Engineer
1 4 (36.36%) Support Engineer
2 2 (18.18%) Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Windows Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Active Directory Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Active Directory Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Azure Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support
3 1 (9.09%) Field Support Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Server Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Service Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Service Desk Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Support Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Technical Trainer
3 1 (9.09%) Trainer
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Server Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Windows Support Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) Replication
2 1 (9.09%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 8 (72.73%) Windows
2 2 (18.18%) Windows 10
2 2 (18.18%) Windows Server
3 1 (9.09%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (90.91%) ITIL
2 8 (72.73%) Service Management
3 7 (63.64%) Customer Engagement
4 3 (27.27%) Problem Management
5 2 (18.18%) Disaster Recovery
6 1 (9.09%) ERP
6 1 (9.09%) Incident Management
6 1 (9.09%) ITSM
6 1 (9.09%) Migration
6 1 (9.09%) Performance Management
6 1 (9.09%) Presales
6 1 (9.09%) Translating Business Requirements
Programming Languages
1 2 (18.18%) PowerShell
1 2 (18.18%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (100.00%) MCITP
1 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (63.64%) Degree
3 2 (18.18%) MCSE
3 2 (18.18%) SC Cleared
3 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
4 1 (9.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
4 1 (9.09%) MCSA
4 1 (9.09%) MOS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (72.73%) Active Directory
2 3 (27.27%) BitLocker
2 3 (27.27%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 5 (45.45%) WSUS
2 4 (36.36%) SCCM
3 3 (27.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (9.09%) Backup Exec
4 1 (9.09%) CA Spectrum
4 1 (9.09%) Nagios
4 1 (9.09%) NetBackup
4 1 (9.09%) Norton AntiVirus
4 1 (9.09%) SCOM
Vendors
1 9 (81.82%) Microsoft
2 4 (36.36%) Citrix
3 2 (18.18%) Cisco
4 1 (9.09%) BT
4 1 (9.09%) CA
4 1 (9.09%) CheckPoint
4 1 (9.09%) Intel Security
4 1 (9.09%) JD Edwards
4 1 (9.09%) Juniper
4 1 (9.09%) Polycom
4 1 (9.09%) SAP
4 1 (9.09%) Symantec