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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 148 184 200
Rank change year-on-year
+36 +16
Contract jobs citing MCTS 4 6 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.13% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.85% 0.77% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 5 4
Average daily rate £295 £275 £393
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.27% -29.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £172 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £443 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £400 £335
% change year-on-year
-17.50% +19.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £22.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +107.14%
MCTS
London

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
469 779 1001
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 14.95% 15.47% 17.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 581 669
Average daily rate £450 £413 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £250 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £638 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 16 15
Average hourly rate £21.81 £18.70 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.61% -21.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.40 £12.60 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.08 £22.00 £38.93
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016, 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 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) Windows
2 4 (80.00%) MCSE
2 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
3 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (40.00%) Adobe
4 2 (40.00%) CCNA
4 2 (40.00%) Dell
4 2 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (40.00%) MCITP
4 2 (40.00%) VMware
4 2 (40.00%) Clustering
4 2 (40.00%) MCSA
4 2 (40.00%) MCDBA
4 2 (40.00%) MS Exchange
4 2 (40.00%) MS Office
4 2 (40.00%) SQL
4 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
4 2 (40.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (40.00%) Database Mirroring
4 2 (40.00%) Hyper-V
4 2 (40.00%) Windows Server
5 1 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (20.00%) Zimbra
5 1 (20.00%) Skype
5 1 (20.00%) OneDrive
5 1 (20.00%) CentOS

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

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 (40.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (20.00%) IIS
2 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 1 (20.00%) Zimbra
Applications
1 2 (40.00%) MS Office
2 1 (20.00%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (20.00%) Office 365
1 1 (20.00%) OneDrive
1 1 (20.00%) SaaS
1 1 (20.00%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco ASA
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco Nexus
1 1 (20.00%) Firewall
1 1 (20.00%) SAN
1 1 (20.00%) Skype
1 1 (20.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) CruiseControl
1 1 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (20.00%) TeamCity
1 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 1 (20.00%) Finance
1 1 (20.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 1 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support
1 1 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) 3rd Line Technical Support
1 1 (20.00%) Administrator
1 1 (20.00%) Broadcast Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) DBA
1 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Mac Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Office 365 Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Senior DBA
1 1 (20.00%) Senior SQL DBA
1 1 (20.00%) Senior SQL Server DBA
1 1 (20.00%) Server Administrator
1 1 (20.00%) SQL DBA
1 1 (20.00%) SQL Server DBA
1 1 (20.00%) Support Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Technical Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Technical Support
1 1 (20.00%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) .NET
1 1 (20.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (20.00%) WCF
1 1 (20.00%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Clustering
2 1 (20.00%) Blackberry
2 1 (20.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 4 (80.00%) Windows
2 2 (40.00%) Windows 7
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (20.00%) Android
3 1 (20.00%) Apple iOS
3 1 (20.00%) CentOS
3 1 (20.00%) Linux
3 1 (20.00%) Mac OS
3 1 (20.00%) Mac OS X
3 1 (20.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (20.00%) Windows 8
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (40.00%) Database Mirroring
2 1 (20.00%) Change Management
2 1 (20.00%) CRM
2 1 (20.00%) High Availability
2 1 (20.00%) Incident Management
2 1 (20.00%) ITIL
2 1 (20.00%) ITIL V3
2 1 (20.00%) Migration
2 1 (20.00%) Network Management
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Monitoring
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (20.00%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) C#
2 1 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (20.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MCSE
3 2 (40.00%) CCNA
3 2 (40.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (40.00%) MCDBA
3 2 (40.00%) MCITP
3 2 (40.00%) MCSA
4 1 (20.00%) CCNP
4 1 (20.00%) Degree
4 1 (20.00%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (80.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (40.00%) Hyper-V
2 2 (40.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) Casper Suite
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (40.00%) Adobe
2 2 (40.00%) Dell
2 2 (40.00%) VMware
3 1 (20.00%) Apple
3 1 (20.00%) Cisco
3 1 (20.00%) Fortinet
3 1 (20.00%) HP
3 1 (20.00%) Juniper
3 1 (20.00%) Kaspersky
3 1 (20.00%) Red Hat
3 1 (20.00%) Remedy