The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 18 April 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 England 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 484 416 481
Rank change year-on-year
-68 +65
Contract jobs citing MCTS 106 87 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.21% 0.20% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.11% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 34 50
Average daily rate £400 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £287 £176
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £345 £310
% change year-on-year
+9.71% +11.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 4 10
Average hourly rate £15.75 £19.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.23% -11.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.98 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £22.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10027 7817 9702
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.53% 18.14% 17.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 5749 4178 5093
Average daily rate £375 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 436 528
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +8.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.90 £50.60 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in England

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the England region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in England

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in England

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the England region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in England

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click each for more statistics)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Find
Job
Vacancies
London -10 54 £404 +11.31% 43
South East -5 23 £381 -7.57% 21
North West -8 13 £225 -36.84% 3
East Midlands - 7 £295 - 2
South West -38 4 £413 +38.65% 4
West Midlands - 3 £406 - 2
East of England -25 2 £475 - 5
North East - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 169 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 118 (69.82%) Windows
3 98 (57.99%) Microsoft
4 96 (56.80%) MCITP
5 73 (43.20%) Active Directory
6 68 (40.24%) MCSE
7 66 (39.05%) Windows Server 2008
8 57 (33.73%) ITIL
9 51 (30.18%) SQL Server
10 50 (29.59%) MS Excel
11 47 (27.81%) Citrix
12 44 (26.04%) Windows Server 2003
13 42 (24.85%) MCP
13 42 (24.85%) Windows 7
14 40 (23.67%) SQL
15 39 (23.08%) VMware
16 36 (21.30%) MS Exchange
16 36 (21.30%) Cisco
17 34 (20.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
18 31 (18.34%) CCNA
18 31 (18.34%) Cisco Certification
18 31 (18.34%) .NET
18 31 (18.34%) SQL Server 2008
19 30 (17.75%) MCSA
20 29 (17.16%) Business Intelligence
20 29 (17.16%) Degree
21 28 (16.57%) DNS
21 28 (16.57%) T-SQL
22 26 (15.38%) C#
23 24 (14.20%) MS Office

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 36 (21.30%) MS Exchange
2 24 (14.20%) SharePoint
3 21 (12.43%) Exchange Server 2007
4 18 (10.65%) Exchange Server 2003
5 16 (9.47%) SharePoint 2010
6 15 (8.88%) Exchange Server 2010
7 14 (8.28%) Lync
8 12 (7.10%) IIS
9 10 (5.92%) Live Communications Server
10 9 (5.33%) SharePoint Server
11 7 (4.14%) SharePoint 2013
12 6 (3.55%) Exchange Server 2000
13 5 (2.96%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (2.96%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 5 (2.96%) MS Project Server
14 1 (0.59%) IBM Notes
14 1 (0.59%) Tomcat
14 1 (0.59%) Commerce Server
14 1 (0.59%) Node.js
14 1 (0.59%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 50 (29.59%) MS Excel
2 24 (14.20%) MS Office
3 5 (2.96%) MS Project
4 2 (1.18%) Mingle
5 1 (0.59%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.59%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.59%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (3.55%) Office 365
2 4 (2.37%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.78%) Google Apps
4 2 (1.18%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 28 (16.57%) DNS
2 17 (10.06%) DHCP
3 14 (8.28%) RTP
4 12 (7.10%) Firewall
5 10 (5.92%) PBX
5 10 (5.92%) PSTN
6 9 (5.33%) VPN
7 8 (4.73%) TCP/IP
8 7 (4.14%) Intranet
9 6 (3.55%) NetScaler
9 6 (3.55%) Extranet
9 6 (3.55%) LAN
10 5 (2.96%) WAN
10 5 (2.96%) Wireless
11 4 (2.37%) Network Security
11 4 (2.37%) ISDN
11 4 (2.37%) VoIP
12 3 (1.78%) SAN
12 3 (1.78%) Internet
13 1 (0.59%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (30.18%) SQL Server
2 34 (20.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 31 (18.34%) SQL Server 2008
4 23 (13.61%) SQL Server 2005
5 22 (13.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (10.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 13 (7.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 8 (4.73%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (3.55%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (2.96%) Relational Database
11 2 (1.18%) Data Mart
11 2 (1.18%) SQL Server 2000
11 2 (1.18%) DTS
12 1 (0.59%) RavenDB
12 1 (0.59%) PerformancePoint
12 1 (0.59%) SSDT
12 1 (0.59%) Neo4j
12 1 (0.59%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 10 (5.92%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.78%) NUnit
4 2 (1.18%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.59%) MSI
5 1 (0.59%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.59%) MSTest
5 1 (0.59%) Rhino Mocks
5 1 (0.59%) Git (software)
General
1 17 (10.06%) Finance
2 11 (6.51%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.78%) Banking
4 2 (1.18%) Legal
4 2 (1.18%) Electronics
5 1 (0.59%) Advertising
5 1 (0.59%) Retail
Job Titles
1 37 (21.89%) Support Engineer
2 29 (17.16%) Developer
3 27 (15.98%) Consultant
4 21 (12.43%) SQL Developer
5 18 (10.65%) Analyst
6 17 (10.06%) 2nd Line Support
7 15 (8.88%) Architect
8 14 (8.28%) 3rd Line Support
8 14 (8.28%) Support Analyst
9 13 (7.69%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 10 (5.92%) Support Consultant
10 10 (5.92%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 9 (5.33%) Desktop Support
11 9 (5.33%) Administrator
12 8 (4.73%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
12 8 (4.73%) Senior SQL Developer
12 8 (4.73%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
12 8 (4.73%) SharePoint Architect
12 8 (4.73%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 8 (4.73%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (18.34%) .NET
2 8 (4.73%) WinForms
2 8 (4.73%) jQuery
3 7 (4.14%) ASP.NET
3 7 (4.14%) WPF
4 6 (3.55%) WCF
4 6 (3.55%) XML
5 5 (2.96%) Web Services
5 5 (2.96%) .NET Framework
6 4 (2.37%) XSD
6 4 (2.37%) CSS
7 3 (1.78%) HTML
7 3 (1.78%) SAML
8 2 (1.18%) CSS3
8 2 (1.18%) ASP.NET MVC 4
8 2 (1.18%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (1.18%) RESTful
8 2 (1.18%) Silverlight
9 1 (0.59%) X-Windows
9 1 (0.59%) NHibernate
Miscellaneous
1 11 (6.51%) Data Integration
2 6 (3.55%) PKI
3 5 (2.96%) Blackberry
3 5 (2.96%) Computer Science
4 4 (2.37%) iPad
4 4 (2.37%) Management Information System
4 4 (2.37%) Clustering
4 4 (2.37%) Smartphone
5 3 (1.78%) Blog
6 2 (1.18%) CMDB
7 1 (0.59%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.59%) EPoS
7 1 (0.59%) Chip and PIN
7 1 (0.59%) EFT
7 1 (0.59%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.59%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.59%) Replication
7 1 (0.59%) Tandem
7 1 (0.59%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 118 (69.82%) Windows
2 66 (39.05%) Windows Server 2008
3 44 (26.04%) Windows Server 2003
4 42 (24.85%) Windows 7
5 23 (13.61%) Windows Server 2012
5 23 (13.61%) Windows XP
6 14 (8.28%) Windows 8
7 9 (5.33%) Windows 2000 Server
8 7 (4.14%) Windows Vista
9 6 (3.55%) Windows 2000
10 3 (1.78%) Linux
10 3 (1.78%) Android
11 2 (1.18%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.59%) UNIX
12 1 (0.59%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.59%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (33.73%) ITIL
2 29 (17.16%) Business Intelligence
3 20 (11.83%) Service Management
3 20 (11.83%) Customer Engagement
4 12 (7.10%) Migration
5 11 (6.51%) Disaster Recovery
6 10 (5.92%) Network Load Balancing
7 9 (5.33%) ETL
7 9 (5.33%) Unit Testing
7 9 (5.33%) Change Management
7 9 (5.33%) TDD
7 9 (5.33%) Performance Tuning
7 9 (5.33%) Data Transformation
8 8 (4.73%) Service Delivery
8 8 (4.73%) Problem Management
8 8 (4.73%) Data Modelling
9 7 (4.14%) OO
9 7 (4.14%) Project Management
10 6 (3.55%) Workflow
11 5 (2.96%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 40 (23.67%) SQL
2 28 (16.57%) T-SQL
3 26 (15.38%) C#
4 15 (8.88%) PowerShell
5 8 (4.73%) C++
6 7 (4.14%) VB.NET
7 6 (3.55%) C
8 5 (2.96%) Java
8 5 (2.96%) VBScript
9 4 (2.37%) VB
10 2 (1.18%) VB6
10 2 (1.18%) VBA
11 1 (0.59%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 169 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 96 (56.80%) MCITP
3 68 (40.24%) MCSE
4 42 (24.85%) MCP
5 31 (18.34%) CCNA
5 31 (18.34%) Cisco Certification
6 30 (17.75%) MCSA
7 29 (17.16%) Degree
8 21 (12.43%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 17 (10.06%) Citrix Certification
10 16 (9.47%) CCA
11 14 (8.28%) CCNP
12 12 (7.10%) MCDST
13 10 (5.92%) DV Cleared
13 10 (5.92%) Security Cleared
14 9 (5.33%) MCSD
15 7 (4.14%) MCPD
16 6 (3.55%) CCAA
16 6 (3.55%) CCEA
17 5 (2.96%) A+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.92%) SLA
2 3 (1.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.59%) QA
3 1 (0.59%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 73 (43.20%) Active Directory
2 24 (14.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 9 (5.33%) Terminal Server
3 9 (5.33%) XenApp
4 6 (3.55%) vSphere
5 5 (2.96%) vCloud
6 4 (2.37%) VMware ESX
7 3 (1.78%) Shibboleth
7 3 (1.78%) XenServer
8 2 (1.18%) Hyper-V
8 2 (1.18%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (1.18%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (1.18%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.59%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.59%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.59%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.59%) UAG
Systems Management
1 23 (13.61%) SCCM
2 10 (5.92%) SCOM
3 8 (4.73%) WSUS
4 3 (1.78%) EMC NetWorker
4 3 (1.78%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (1.18%) SCSM
5 2 (1.18%) SolarWinds Orion
5 2 (1.18%) HP SIM
5 2 (1.18%) Business Desktop Deployment
6 1 (0.59%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.59%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.59%) WMI
6 1 (0.59%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 98 (57.99%) Microsoft
2 47 (27.81%) Citrix
3 39 (23.08%) VMware
4 36 (21.30%) Cisco
5 7 (4.14%) Lotus
6 6 (3.55%) Splunk
6 6 (3.55%) F5
6 6 (3.55%) HP
6 6 (3.55%) EMC
6 6 (3.55%) Nortel
6 6 (3.55%) Avaya
6 6 (3.55%) Apple
7 4 (2.37%) Oracle
8 3 (1.78%) IBM
8 3 (1.78%) Red Hat
8 3 (1.78%) Altiris
8 3 (1.78%) Google
8 3 (1.78%) Twitter
9 2 (1.18%) SolarWinds
9 2 (1.18%) Kaseya
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