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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 109 112 132
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +20
Contract jobs citing MCTS 14 21 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 0.57% 0.80% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.11% 2.91% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 12 3
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£420 £425 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.17% +10.96%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £339 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.47% -3.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 0
Average hourly rate - £17.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £18.00 £22.82
% change year-on-year
-23.61% -21.12%
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
662 722 674
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 26.81% 27.59% 22.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 306 318 251
Average daily rate £375 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £235 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 20 18
Average hourly rate £17.07 £18.55 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.97% -47.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.80 £13.00 £13.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.30 £37.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 21 October 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 21 October 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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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 +6 10 £400 -5.88% 4
Windsor - - - -
Maidenhead - - - -
MCTS
South East

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (80.00%) Windows
3 18 (60.00%) ITIL
3 18 (60.00%) MCITP
4 16 (53.33%) Service Management
5 14 (46.67%) Clustering
5 14 (46.67%) Customer Engagement
6 12 (40.00%) Security Cleared
6 12 (40.00%) Degree
6 12 (40.00%) SQL Server
7 11 (36.67%) SQL
7 11 (36.67%) DNS
8 10 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (30.00%) SQL Server 2000
9 9 (30.00%) SQL Server 2005
9 9 (30.00%) SQL Server 2008
10 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
10 8 (26.67%) Active Directory
10 8 (26.67%) DHCP
10 8 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
11 7 (23.33%) SAN
11 7 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (23.33%) Performance Management
11 7 (23.33%) Migration
11 7 (23.33%) Replication
12 6 (20.00%) Workflow
12 6 (20.00%) Load Balancing
12 6 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
12 6 (20.00%) SLA
12 6 (20.00%) EDRMS

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 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 (16.67%) IIS
2 2 (6.67%) MS Exchange
2 2 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (3.33%) GroupWise
3 1 (3.33%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 4 (13.33%) MS Excel
2 2 (6.67%) MS Visio
2 2 (6.67%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (16.67%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (10.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (36.67%) DNS
2 8 (26.67%) DHCP
3 7 (23.33%) SAN
4 2 (6.67%) Wireshark
4 2 (6.67%) HTTP
4 2 (6.67%) SSL
5 1 (3.33%) ISDN
5 1 (3.33%) VoIP
5 1 (3.33%) POP3
5 1 (3.33%) SMTP
5 1 (3.33%) Cisco Nexus
5 1 (3.33%) RTP
5 1 (3.33%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 9 (30.00%) SQL Server 2000
2 9 (30.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 9 (30.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (20.00%) EDRMS
4 3 (10.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (6.67%) Visual Studio
1 2 (6.67%) Fiddler
2 1 (3.33%) MSI
General
1 2 (6.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (26.67%) Support Engineer
2 5 (16.67%) Field Engineer
3 4 (13.33%) SQL DBA
3 4 (13.33%) DBA
4 3 (10.00%) Consultant
5 2 (6.67%) Server Engineer
5 2 (6.67%) Windows Server Engineer
5 2 (6.67%) Support Consultant
5 2 (6.67%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Virtualisation Consultant
6 1 (3.33%) 1st Line Support Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) VMware Specialist
6 1 (3.33%) Escalation Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Software Manager
6 1 (3.33%) Migration Consultant
6 1 (3.33%) SQL Server DBA
6 1 (3.33%) Software Development Manager
6 1 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
6 1 (3.33%) Architect
6 1 (3.33%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (16.67%) .NET
2 4 (13.33%) XML
3 2 (6.67%) Ajax
3 2 (6.67%) .NET Framework
3 2 (6.67%) WCF
3 2 (6.67%) Silverlight
3 2 (6.67%) LINQ
3 2 (6.67%) REST
3 2 (6.67%) Windows Identity Foundation
3 2 (6.67%) FastCGI
3 2 (6.67%) ADO.NET
3 2 (6.67%) ASP.NET
4 1 (3.33%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (46.67%) Clustering
2 8 (26.67%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (23.33%) Replication
4 2 (6.67%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 24 (80.00%) Windows
2 10 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 7 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 6 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (6.67%) Windows 7
5 2 (6.67%) Windows 8
6 1 (3.33%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (60.00%) ITIL
2 16 (53.33%) Service Management
3 14 (46.67%) Customer Engagement
4 7 (23.33%) Performance Management
4 7 (23.33%) Migration
5 6 (20.00%) Workflow
5 6 (20.00%) Load Balancing
6 5 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
7 4 (13.33%) Change Management
8 3 (10.00%) Mentoring
8 3 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
9 2 (6.67%) Coaching
9 2 (6.67%) MVC
9 2 (6.67%) Web Development
10 1 (3.33%) High Availability
10 1 (3.33%) Change Control
10 1 (3.33%) Database Security
10 1 (3.33%) Performance Tuning
10 1 (3.33%) Performance Analysis
Programming Languages
1 11 (36.67%) SQL
2 3 (10.00%) C#
2 3 (10.00%) C++
2 3 (10.00%) Java
3 2 (6.67%) JavaScript
3 2 (6.67%) PHP
3 2 (6.67%) T-SQL
3 2 (6.67%) Python
3 2 (6.67%) Ruby
4 1 (3.33%) PowerShell
4 1 (3.33%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (60.00%) MCITP
3 12 (40.00%) Degree
3 12 (40.00%) Security Cleared
4 4 (13.33%) SC Cleared
4 4 (13.33%) DV Cleared
5 3 (10.00%) MCSE
5 3 (10.00%) CCNA
5 3 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (6.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (6.67%) VCP4
6 2 (6.67%) VCAP
6 2 (6.67%) VCP5
7 1 (3.33%) MCP
7 1 (3.33%) CCVP
7 1 (3.33%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (26.67%) Active Directory
2 5 (16.67%) Hyper-V
3 4 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (10.00%) Terminal Services
5 2 (6.67%) VMware ESX
5 2 (6.67%) vSphere
5 2 (6.67%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (3.33%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 5 (16.67%) SCCM
2 4 (13.33%) SCOM
2 4 (13.33%) WSUS
3 3 (10.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 8 (26.67%) Microsoft
2 4 (13.33%) VMware
3 3 (10.00%) Cisco
4 2 (6.67%) Citrix
5 1 (3.33%) Novell
5 1 (3.33%) Lotus
5 1 (3.33%) Oracle
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