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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 194 210 204
Rank change year-on-year
+16 -6
Contract jobs citing MCTS 5 4 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.086% 0.056% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.55% 0.36% 1.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 12
Average daily rate
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£410 £388 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.80% -6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £378 £376
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £398 £442
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +15.15%
Qualifications Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
914 1098 1048
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 15.75% 15.50% 13.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 640 743 684
Average daily rate £425 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 61 39
Average hourly rate £16.16 £23.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.95% +35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.49 £51.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCTS
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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 30 July 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 30 July 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 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (72.00%) MCITP
3 16 (64.00%) Microsoft
4 14 (56.00%) SQL Server
5 13 (52.00%) MS Excel
5 13 (52.00%) Business Intelligence
5 13 (52.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (44.00%) Citrix
6 11 (44.00%) Windows
7 10 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (36.00%) SQL
9 8 (32.00%) T-SQL
9 8 (32.00%) Active Directory
9 8 (32.00%) SharePoint
9 8 (32.00%) Data Modelling
9 8 (32.00%) ETL
9 8 (32.00%) Data Transformation
9 8 (32.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 8 (32.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (32.00%) SQL Server 2005
9 8 (32.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 8 (32.00%) Data Integration
10 7 (28.00%) SharePoint Server
10 7 (28.00%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (24.00%) Windows 7
11 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2008
11 6 (24.00%) MCP
12 5 (20.00%) Change Management
12 5 (20.00%) jQuery
12 5 (20.00%) SCCM

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

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 (32.00%) SharePoint
2 7 (28.00%) SharePoint Server
2 7 (28.00%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (12.00%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (8.00%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 13 (52.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 4 (16.00%) Firewall
2 3 (12.00%) Extranet
3 1 (4.00%) SMTP
3 1 (4.00%) DHCP
3 1 (4.00%) SNMP
3 1 (4.00%) DNS
3 1 (4.00%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (56.00%) SQL Server
2 13 (52.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 10 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 8 (32.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 8 (32.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (32.00%) SQL Server 2005
4 8 (32.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (12.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (4.00%) InstallShield
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 1 (4.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (44.00%) Developer
2 8 (32.00%) Senior Developer
2 8 (32.00%) SQL Developer
2 8 (32.00%) Senior SQL Developer
2 8 (32.00%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
2 8 (32.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
3 5 (20.00%) Administrator
3 5 (20.00%) SharePoint Administrator
4 3 (12.00%) Support Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) Desktop Support
4 3 (12.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) Desktop Analyst
4 3 (12.00%) SharePoint Developer
5 2 (8.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (8.00%) SharePoint Solutions Architect
5 2 (8.00%) SharePoint Consultant
5 2 (8.00%) Solutions Consultant
5 2 (8.00%) SharePoint Architect
5 2 (8.00%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.00%) jQuery
2 3 (12.00%) CSS
2 3 (12.00%) HTML
3 1 (4.00%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 8 (32.00%) Data Integration
2 2 (8.00%) Computer Science
2 2 (8.00%) CMDB
3 1 (4.00%) Firmware
3 1 (4.00%) Clustering
3 1 (4.00%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 11 (44.00%) Windows
2 6 (24.00%) Windows 7
2 6 (24.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (12.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (12.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (4.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (52.00%) Business Intelligence
2 8 (32.00%) Data Modelling
2 8 (32.00%) ETL
2 8 (32.00%) Data Transformation
3 5 (20.00%) Change Management
4 4 (16.00%) ITIL
5 3 (12.00%) Capacity Planning
6 2 (8.00%) Performance Monitoring
6 2 (8.00%) Time Management
6 2 (8.00%) Service Delivery
6 2 (8.00%) Project Management
6 2 (8.00%) Configuration Management
6 2 (8.00%) CRM
7 1 (4.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (4.00%) Load Balancing
7 1 (4.00%) Performance Tuning
7 1 (4.00%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 9 (36.00%) SQL
2 8 (32.00%) T-SQL
3 3 (12.00%) C#
4 1 (4.00%) VBScript
4 1 (4.00%) VB
4 1 (4.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 25 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (72.00%) MCITP
3 6 (24.00%) MCP
4 4 (16.00%) ITIL Certification
4 4 (16.00%) MCSE
5 3 (12.00%) MCSA
5 3 (12.00%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (8.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 2 (8.00%) Degree
6 2 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (8.00%) CCA
6 2 (8.00%) CCNP
6 2 (8.00%) CCNA
7 1 (4.00%) CCEA
7 1 (4.00%) DV Cleared
7 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.00%) QA
System Software
1 8 (32.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (12.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (8.00%) Forefront TMG
3 2 (8.00%) vSphere
3 2 (8.00%) ISA Server
4 1 (4.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
4 1 (4.00%) vCloud
4 1 (4.00%) Hyper-V
4 1 (4.00%) XenApp
4 1 (4.00%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 5 (20.00%) SCCM
2 2 (8.00%) EMC NetWorker
3 1 (4.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 16 (64.00%) Microsoft
2 11 (44.00%) Citrix
3 4 (16.00%) VMware
4 3 (12.00%) Cisco
5 2 (8.00%) EMC
6 1 (4.00%) HP
6 1 (4.00%) TOWER Software
6 1 (4.00%) F5