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 1 May 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
1 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 196 183 198
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +15
Contract jobs citing MCTS 5 20 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.091% 0.32% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.62% 1.78% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 17 4
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£168 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-58.12% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £142 £255 £177
10% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £463 £412
UK excluding London average daily rate £337 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-11.09% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £22.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.50 £15.63 -
% change year-on-year
+88.80% -
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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
808 1125 973
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 14.75% 17.98% 15.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 604 795 634
Average daily rate £425 £420 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% -1.17%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 17 37
Average hourly rate £21.00 £22.00 £40.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.54% -46.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.90 £17.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.80 £41.00 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.31 £18.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+29.50% -21.73%

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 1 May 2015.

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 1 May 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 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (90.91%) Windows
3 9 (81.82%) Microsoft
4 8 (72.73%) MCSE
5 5 (45.45%) MCSA
5 5 (45.45%) MS Excel
5 5 (45.45%) Citrix
6 4 (36.36%) Active Directory
6 4 (36.36%) SQL Server
6 4 (36.36%) Firewall
6 4 (36.36%) MCITP
7 3 (27.27%) Computer Science
7 3 (27.27%) ITIL
7 3 (27.27%) MCP
7 3 (27.27%) SQL
7 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
7 3 (27.27%) VPN
7 3 (27.27%) Exchange Server 2007
7 3 (27.27%) Windows 7
7 3 (27.27%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (18.18%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (18.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 2 (18.18%) SCCM
8 2 (18.18%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (18.18%) Business Intelligence
8 2 (18.18%) Cisco
8 2 (18.18%) CCNP
8 2 (18.18%) TCP/IP

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

For the 6 months to 1 May 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 3 (27.27%) MS Exchange
1 3 (27.27%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2003
2 1 (9.09%) SharePoint
2 1 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 5 (45.45%) MS Excel
2 2 (18.18%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (18.18%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (36.36%) Firewall
2 3 (27.27%) VPN
3 2 (18.18%) TCP/IP
3 2 (18.18%) Internet
4 1 (9.09%) VLAN
4 1 (9.09%) SAN
4 1 (9.09%) LAN
4 1 (9.09%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (36.36%) SQL Server
2 2 (18.18%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (18.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 2 (18.18%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (18.18%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (18.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (9.09%) Microsoft Analysis Services
3 1 (9.09%) MySQL
3 1 (9.09%) Relational Database
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 2 (18.18%) Telecoms
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (27.27%) Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) Service Desk Analyst
2 2 (18.18%) 3rd Line Support
2 2 (18.18%) Service Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Developer
3 1 (9.09%) SQL DBA
3 1 (9.09%) SQL Server Developer
3 1 (9.09%) Desktop Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) Security Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Citrix Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Desktop Support
3 1 (9.09%) Developer
3 1 (9.09%) DBA
3 1 (9.09%) Support Analyst
3 1 (9.09%) 1st Line Support
3 1 (9.09%) Support Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) Information Security Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
3 1 (9.09%) IT Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (27.27%) Computer Science
2 1 (9.09%) CMDB
2 1 (9.09%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 10 (90.91%) Windows
2 3 (27.27%) Windows 7
2 3 (27.27%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (9.09%) Linux
4 1 (9.09%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (27.27%) ITIL
2 2 (18.18%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (9.09%) Business Analysis
3 1 (9.09%) Change Management
3 1 (9.09%) Business Continuity
3 1 (9.09%) Information Security
3 1 (9.09%) Configuration Management
3 1 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (9.09%) Database Security
3 1 (9.09%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (9.09%) Database Theory
3 1 (9.09%) Relational Database Theory
3 1 (9.09%) SIEM
Programming Languages
1 3 (27.27%) SQL
2 2 (18.18%) T-SQL
3 1 (9.09%) C#
3 1 (9.09%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (72.73%) MCSE
3 5 (45.45%) MCSA
4 4 (36.36%) MCITP
5 3 (27.27%) MCP
6 2 (18.18%) Cisco Certification
6 2 (18.18%) CCNP
6 2 (18.18%) CCA
6 2 (18.18%) Citrix Certification
6 2 (18.18%) MCDST
7 1 (9.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (9.09%) Degree
7 1 (9.09%) MCDBA
7 1 (9.09%) CCEA
7 1 (9.09%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (9.09%) CCNA
7 1 (9.09%) SC Cleared
7 1 (9.09%) Security Cleared
7 1 (9.09%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (9.09%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (9.09%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (36.36%) Active Directory
2 1 (9.09%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 2 (18.18%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (81.82%) Microsoft
2 5 (45.45%) Citrix
3 2 (18.18%) Cisco
3 2 (18.18%) VMware
4 1 (9.09%) IBM