The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the City of London region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 191 187 219
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +32
Contract jobs citing MCTS 19 10 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.29% 0.16% 0.062%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.62% 1.01% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 5 2
Average daily rate £431 £340 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.83% -14.89%
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £345 £310
% change year-on-year
+9.71% +11.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £22.00 - £23.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1176 993 1080
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 18.22% 15.93% 13.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 822 641 650
Average daily rate £412 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £239 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 33 37
Average hourly rate £22.00 £48.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-54.87% +143.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.65 £135.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
MCTS
London

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the City of London region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the City of London region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the City of London region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (87.50%) MCITP
3 16 (66.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 16 (66.67%) Business Intelligence
4 15 (62.50%) Microsoft
5 14 (58.33%) SQL Server
6 12 (50.00%) SQL
6 12 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
7 11 (45.83%) Citrix
7 11 (45.83%) MS Excel
8 10 (41.67%) T-SQL
8 10 (41.67%) Windows
8 10 (41.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 10 (41.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 10 (41.67%) SQL Server 2005
9 8 (33.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 8 (33.33%) Data Integration
9 8 (33.33%) Data Transformation
9 8 (33.33%) SharePoint
9 8 (33.33%) Data Modelling
9 8 (33.33%) ETL
9 8 (33.33%) Active Directory
10 7 (29.17%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (25.00%) SharePoint Server
11 6 (25.00%) Finance
12 5 (20.83%) Change Management
12 5 (20.83%) ITIL
12 5 (20.83%) MCP
12 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2008
12 5 (20.83%) jQuery

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 8 (33.33%) SharePoint
2 7 (29.17%) SharePoint 2010
3 6 (25.00%) SharePoint Server
4 2 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (8.33%) MS Exchange
5 1 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (4.17%) Commerce Server
5 1 (4.17%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 11 (45.83%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.17%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.33%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.67%) Firewall
2 3 (12.50%) Extranet
3 1 (4.17%) SMTP
3 1 (4.17%) SNMP
3 1 (4.17%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (66.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 14 (58.33%) SQL Server
3 12 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 10 (41.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 10 (41.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 10 (41.67%) SQL Server 2005
5 8 (33.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 2 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (4.17%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 1 (4.17%) InstallShield
1 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.17%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (45.83%) Developer
2 10 (41.67%) SQL Developer
3 8 (33.33%) Business Intelligence Developer
3 8 (33.33%) Senior SQL Developer
3 8 (33.33%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
3 8 (33.33%) Senior Developer
4 6 (25.00%) SharePoint Administrator
4 6 (25.00%) Administrator
5 3 (12.50%) Analyst
6 2 (8.33%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 2 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (8.33%) Desktop Support
6 2 (8.33%) SQL Server Developer
6 2 (8.33%) Desktop Analyst
6 2 (8.33%) Support Analyst
6 2 (8.33%) Support Engineer
6 2 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
7 1 (4.17%) Business Analyst
7 1 (4.17%) VMware Engineer
7 1 (4.17%) CRM Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.83%) jQuery
2 4 (16.67%) .NET
3 1 (4.17%) WinForms
3 1 (4.17%) HTML
3 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.17%) CSS
3 1 (4.17%) XML
3 1 (4.17%) WCF
3 1 (4.17%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 8 (33.33%) Data Integration
2 2 (8.33%) CMDB
3 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
3 1 (4.17%) FMCG
3 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 10 (41.67%) Windows
2 5 (20.83%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (16.67%) Windows 7
4 3 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Business Intelligence
2 8 (33.33%) Data Transformation
2 8 (33.33%) Data Modelling
2 8 (33.33%) ETL
3 5 (20.83%) Change Management
3 5 (20.83%) ITIL
4 3 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (12.50%) Business Analysis
5 2 (8.33%) Service Delivery
5 2 (8.33%) Configuration Management
6 1 (4.17%) Document Management
6 1 (4.17%) Process Management
6 1 (4.17%) Workflow
6 1 (4.17%) CRM
6 1 (4.17%) Capacity Planning
6 1 (4.17%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (4.17%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 12 (50.00%) SQL
2 10 (41.67%) T-SQL
3 4 (16.67%) C#
4 2 (8.33%) VB.NET
5 1 (4.17%) VBScript
5 1 (4.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (87.50%) MCITP
3 5 (20.83%) MCP
4 4 (16.67%) MCSE
4 4 (16.67%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (12.50%) Citrix Certification
5 3 (12.50%) MCSA
6 2 (8.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (8.33%) CCA
6 2 (8.33%) CCNP
6 2 (8.33%) CCNA
6 2 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (4.17%) CCEA
7 1 (4.17%) ISEB
7 1 (4.17%) MCSD
7 1 (4.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.17%) QA
System Software
1 8 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 2 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (8.33%) Forefront TMG
2 2 (8.33%) ISA Server
3 1 (4.17%) Terminal Services
3 1 (4.17%) vSphere
3 1 (4.17%) vCloud
3 1 (4.17%) XenApp
3 1 (4.17%) XenServer
3 1 (4.17%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 2 (8.33%) SCCM
1 2 (8.33%) EMC NetWorker
2 1 (4.17%) SCOM
Vendors
1 15 (62.50%) Microsoft
2 11 (45.83%) Citrix
3 3 (12.50%) VMware
4 2 (8.33%) EMC
4 2 (8.33%) Cisco
5 1 (4.17%) F5