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 29 December 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 195 199 190
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -9
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 4 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.054% 0.060% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.36% 0.39% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 9
Average daily rate
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£190 £400 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-52.50% +18.51%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £388 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +19.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%
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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
837 1015 833
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.09% 15.27% 13.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 644 694 586
Average daily rate £418 £420 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.53% -1.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £280 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 19 35
Average hourly rate £14.00 £17.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.64% -39.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.95 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.70 £41.53 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 29 December 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 29 December 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 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (91.67%) Microsoft
3 7 (58.33%) SQL Server
3 7 (58.33%) MS Excel
4 5 (41.67%) C#
4 5 (41.67%) MCITP
5 4 (33.33%) ITIL
5 4 (33.33%) MCP
5 4 (33.33%) Windows
6 3 (25.00%) MCSA
6 3 (25.00%) HTML
6 3 (25.00%) SQL
6 3 (25.00%) T-SQL
6 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
6 3 (25.00%) CSS
6 3 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
6 3 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (25.00%) Citrix
6 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
6 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 3 (25.00%) SCCM
6 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (25.00%) Windows 7
6 3 (25.00%) CMDB
6 3 (25.00%) SharePoint 2013
6 3 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
7 2 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
7 2 (16.67%) Capacity Planning

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

For the 6 months to 29 December 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 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
1 3 (25.00%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (16.67%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (16.67%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (8.33%) WorkSite
Applications
1 7 (58.33%) MS Excel
2 1 (8.33%) MS Project
2 1 (8.33%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) VoIP
1 1 (8.33%) VPN
1 1 (8.33%) Internet
1 1 (8.33%) 3G
1 1 (8.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (58.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (8.33%) OLTP
3 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (16.67%) Telecoms
1 2 (16.67%) Finance
2 1 (8.33%) Law
Job Titles
1 6 (50.00%) Developer
2 3 (25.00%) Analyst
2 3 (25.00%) Support Analyst
2 3 (25.00%) SharePoint Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Solutions Consultant
3 2 (16.67%) SharePoint Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
3 2 (16.67%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Consultant
3 2 (16.67%) Architect
3 2 (16.67%) Desktop Support
3 2 (16.67%) SQL Developer
3 2 (16.67%) SQL Server Developer
3 2 (16.67%) Desktop Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) SharePoint Consultant
4 1 (8.33%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 1 (8.33%) ETL Developer
4 1 (8.33%) SQL DBA
4 1 (8.33%) DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (25.00%) HTML
1 3 (25.00%) CSS
2 2 (16.67%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (25.00%) CMDB
2 2 (16.67%) Computer Science
3 1 (8.33%) Data Integration
3 1 (8.33%) Blackberry
3 1 (8.33%) Statistics
3 1 (8.33%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 4 (33.33%) Windows
2 3 (25.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (8.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (33.33%) ITIL
2 3 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
2 3 (25.00%) Performance Tuning
3 2 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
3 2 (16.67%) Business Analysis
3 2 (16.67%) Time Management
3 2 (16.67%) Capacity Planning
3 2 (16.67%) Configuration Management
3 2 (16.67%) CRM
4 1 (8.33%) Data Modelling
4 1 (8.33%) ETL
4 1 (8.33%) Project Management
4 1 (8.33%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (8.33%) Critical Path Analysis
4 1 (8.33%) Change Control
4 1 (8.33%) Agile Project Management
4 1 (8.33%) Data Transformation
4 1 (8.33%) Strategic Planning
Programming Languages
1 5 (41.67%) C#
2 3 (25.00%) SQL
2 3 (25.00%) T-SQL
3 2 (16.67%) VB.NET
4 1 (8.33%) C
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (41.67%) MCITP
3 4 (33.33%) MCP
4 3 (25.00%) MCSA
5 2 (16.67%) Degree
5 2 (16.67%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (8.33%) MOS
6 1 (8.33%) MCDST
6 1 (8.33%) MCSE
System Software
1 2 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 1 (8.33%) Terminal Services
2 1 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (91.67%) Microsoft
2 3 (25.00%) Citrix
3 1 (8.33%) VMware
3 1 (8.33%) LANDesk
3 1 (8.33%) Cisco