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 23 July 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.

3 months to
23 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 116 111 105
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -6
Contract jobs citing MCTS 6 9 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.25% 0.35% 0.65%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 1.49% 2.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 5
Median daily rate £388 £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% -11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £271 £400
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £450 £469
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+63.63% +37.50%
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
659 603 702
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 27.45% 23.70% 28.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 317 291 298
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £493 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 35 10
Median hourly rate £12.50 £21.55 £17.07
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.99% +26.24%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +29.72%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Berkshire region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 23 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading +3 5 £388 -3.12%
MCTS
South East

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 23 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (93.10%) Degree
3 26 (89.66%) MCITP
3 26 (89.66%) Customer Engagement
3 26 (89.66%) ITIL
4 25 (86.21%) Service Management
5 24 (82.76%) DNS
5 24 (82.76%) Windows
6 22 (75.86%) Microsoft
7 17 (58.62%) Active Directory
7 17 (58.62%) Microsoft Azure
8 16 (55.17%) SQL
9 14 (48.28%) MS Excel
10 12 (41.38%) DHCP
11 9 (31.03%) .NET
11 9 (31.03%) PowerShell
12 8 (27.59%) Office 365
12 8 (27.59%) T-SQL
12 8 (27.59%) IIS
12 8 (27.59%) VPN
12 8 (27.59%) Clustering
13 7 (24.14%) Business Intelligence
13 7 (24.14%) SCCM
13 7 (24.14%) SCOM
13 7 (24.14%) WSUS
13 7 (24.14%) Windows Server
14 6 (20.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (20.69%) Hyper-V
14 6 (20.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 6 (20.69%) ADO.NET

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire 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 8 (27.59%) IIS
2 2 (6.90%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.45%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.45%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (3.45%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 14 (48.28%) MS Excel
2 5 (17.24%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 17 (58.62%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (27.59%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 24 (82.76%) DNS
2 12 (41.38%) DHCP
3 8 (27.59%) VPN
4 5 (17.24%) TCP/IP
5 3 (10.34%) Bluetooth
5 3 (10.34%) Broadband
5 3 (10.34%) Firewall
5 3 (10.34%) HTTP
5 3 (10.34%) IPsec
5 3 (10.34%) IPv4
5 3 (10.34%) IPv6
5 3 (10.34%) SSL
5 3 (10.34%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (10.34%) WiMAX
5 3 (10.34%) Wireless
5 3 (10.34%) Wireshark
6 2 (6.90%) Internet
6 2 (6.90%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (3.45%) Network Security
7 1 (3.45%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (20.69%) SQL Server
1 6 (20.69%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 6 (20.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 6 (20.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (13.79%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (13.79%) Relational Database
3 3 (10.34%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (10.34%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 3 (10.34%) NoSQL
3 3 (10.34%) Power BI
4 2 (6.90%) Big Data
5 1 (3.45%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 3 (10.34%) Fiddler
1 3 (10.34%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (6.90%) French Language
1 2 (6.90%) German Language
1 2 (6.90%) Portuguese Language
1 2 (6.90%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 17 (58.62%) Field Engineer
2 8 (27.59%) Support Engineer
3 7 (24.14%) Consultant
4 5 (17.24%) Azure Engineer
4 5 (17.24%) Microsoft Consultant
5 4 (13.79%) Development Engineer
5 4 (13.79%) Technical Consultant
6 3 (10.34%) Escalation Engineer
6 3 (10.34%) Windows Consultant
6 3 (10.34%) Windows Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) Cloud Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) Development Support Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) Field Support Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) Network Field Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) SCCM Engineer
7 2 (6.90%) Server Consultant
7 2 (6.90%) Support Consultant
7 2 (6.90%) Windows Technical Consultant
8 1 (3.45%) Desktop Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (31.03%) .NET
2 6 (20.69%) ADO.NET
3 4 (13.79%) XML
4 3 (10.34%) 802.1X
4 3 (10.34%) Ajax
4 3 (10.34%) ASP.NET
4 3 (10.34%) FastCGI
4 3 (10.34%) LINQ
4 3 (10.34%) REST
4 3 (10.34%) RSS
4 3 (10.34%) WCF
4 3 (10.34%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 3 (10.34%) WPF
5 2 (6.90%) DCOM
6 1 (3.45%) AppFabric
6 1 (3.45%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 8 (27.59%) Clustering
2 3 (10.34%) Client/Server
2 3 (10.34%) Management Information System
3 2 (6.90%) Computer Science
3 2 (6.90%) PKI
4 1 (3.45%) BYOD
4 1 (3.45%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 24 (82.76%) Windows
2 7 (24.14%) Windows Server
3 2 (6.90%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (89.66%) Customer Engagement
1 26 (89.66%) ITIL
2 25 (86.21%) Service Management
3 7 (24.14%) Business Intelligence
4 5 (17.24%) Problem Management
5 4 (13.79%) High Availability
5 4 (13.79%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (10.34%) Data Modelling
6 3 (10.34%) Load Balancing
6 3 (10.34%) MVC
6 3 (10.34%) Network Optimisation
6 3 (10.34%) Performance Monitoring
6 3 (10.34%) Performance Optimisation
6 3 (10.34%) Web Development
7 2 (6.90%) Coaching
7 2 (6.90%) Mentoring
8 1 (3.45%) Analytics
8 1 (3.45%) Disaster Recovery
8 1 (3.45%) Machine Learning
8 1 (3.45%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 16 (55.17%) SQL
2 9 (31.03%) PowerShell
3 8 (27.59%) T-SQL
4 6 (20.69%) VBScript
5 4 (13.79%) C#
6 3 (10.34%) Java
6 3 (10.34%) JavaScript
6 3 (10.34%) PHP
6 3 (10.34%) Python
6 3 (10.34%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 29 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (93.10%) Degree
3 26 (89.66%) MCITP
4 3 (10.34%) MCAD
4 3 (10.34%) MCPD
4 3 (10.34%) MCSE
System Software
1 17 (58.62%) Active Directory
2 6 (20.69%) Hyper-V
3 5 (17.24%) BitLocker
3 5 (17.24%) Terminal Server
4 4 (13.79%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (6.90%) UAG
Systems Management
1 7 (24.14%) SCCM
1 7 (24.14%) SCOM
1 7 (24.14%) WSUS
2 5 (17.24%) Microsoft Clustering
2 5 (17.24%) WMI
3 4 (13.79%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (10.34%) SCVMM
5 1 (3.45%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 22 (75.86%) Microsoft
2 5 (17.24%) Citrix