The table below looks at the statistics 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 31 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 206 194 222
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +28
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 5 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.034% 0.086% 0.056%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.23% 0.55% 0.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 4 2
Average daily rate
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£499 £410 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.64% +5.80%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -5.26%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
864 913 1086
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 14.76% 15.73% 15.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 636 640 737
Average daily rate £425 £425 £425
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 15 61
Average hourly rate £17.98 £16.16 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.26% -31.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.43 £33.49 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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
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 31 July 2015, 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 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (85.71%) Windows
3 5 (71.43%) MCSE
3 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
4 4 (57.14%) SQL Server
5 3 (42.86%) MCSA
5 3 (42.86%) VPN
5 3 (42.86%) MS Excel
5 3 (42.86%) Citrix
5 3 (42.86%) Firewall
6 2 (28.57%) Telecoms
6 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (28.57%) Computer Science
6 2 (28.57%) Exchange Server 2007
6 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 2 (28.57%) Internet
6 2 (28.57%) TCP/IP
6 2 (28.57%) MS Office
6 2 (28.57%) MS Exchange
6 2 (28.57%) SQL
6 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (28.57%) Windows 7
6 2 (28.57%) Active Directory
7 1 (14.29%) Business Process Improvement
7 1 (14.29%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (14.29%) SIEM
7 1 (14.29%) Windows 8
7 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, 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 2 (28.57%) MS Exchange
1 2 (28.57%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint 2010
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint 2013
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (42.86%) MS Excel
2 2 (28.57%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) VPN
1 3 (42.86%) Firewall
2 2 (28.57%) Internet
2 2 (28.57%) TCP/IP
3 1 (14.29%) LAN
3 1 (14.29%) SAN
3 1 (14.29%) VLAN
3 1 (14.29%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (28.57%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (14.29%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (14.29%) MySQL
General
1 2 (28.57%) Telecoms
2 1 (14.29%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (28.57%) Service Desk Analyst
1 2 (28.57%) Analyst
1 2 (28.57%) Service Analyst
2 1 (14.29%) Administrator
2 1 (14.29%) SQL Server DBA
2 1 (14.29%) Architect
2 1 (14.29%) DBA
2 1 (14.29%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (14.29%) 1st Line Support
2 1 (14.29%) SQL DBA
2 1 (14.29%) Security Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Citrix Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) Senior DBA
2 1 (14.29%) Senior SQL Server DBA
2 1 (14.29%) Server Administrator
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Solutions Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Senior SQL DBA
2 1 (14.29%) Information Security Engineer
2 1 (14.29%) SharePoint Architect
2 1 (14.29%) Senior Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
1 1 (14.29%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 2 (28.57%) Computer Science
2 1 (14.29%) Data Centre
2 1 (14.29%) Blackberry
2 1 (14.29%) Replication
2 1 (14.29%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 6 (85.71%) Windows
2 2 (28.57%) Windows 7
3 1 (14.29%) Windows 8
3 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (14.29%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (14.29%) UML
1 1 (14.29%) OO
1 1 (14.29%) EAI
1 1 (14.29%) SOA
1 1 (14.29%) Information Security
1 1 (14.29%) TOGAF
1 1 (14.29%) Business Process Improvement
1 1 (14.29%) SIEM
1 1 (14.29%) Database Security
1 1 (14.29%) Performance Tuning
1 1 (14.29%) Performance Monitoring
1 1 (14.29%) Database Mirroring
1 1 (14.29%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) SQL
2 1 (14.29%) T-SQL
2 1 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 1 (14.29%) C#
Qualifications
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (71.43%) MCSE
3 3 (42.86%) MCSA
4 1 (14.29%) MCDBA
4 1 (14.29%) CCNP
4 1 (14.29%) CCA
4 1 (14.29%) Citrix Certification
4 1 (14.29%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (14.29%) MCDST
4 1 (14.29%) MCITP
4 1 (14.29%) Degree
4 1 (14.29%) SC Cleared
4 1 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 1 (14.29%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (14.29%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (28.57%) Active Directory
2 1 (14.29%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 3 (42.86%) Citrix
3 1 (14.29%) VMware
3 1 (14.29%) Cisco
3 1 (14.29%) IBM