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 29 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 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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 471 480 418
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -62
Contract jobs citing MCTS 91 74 145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.18% 0.16% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.98% 0.90% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 31 73
Average daily rate
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£318 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.78% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £226 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £441
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 8
Average hourly rate £20.75 £18.00 £19.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.27% -6.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.48 £14.20 £14.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.25 £33.50 £22.15
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +15.15%
Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9239 8251 9063
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.73% 17.70% 17.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 5262 4484 4773
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £538 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 453 559
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +2.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.48
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.95 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
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 29 July 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the England region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014.

MCTS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 29 July 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
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statistics and historical trends)
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
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +1 37 £375 -6.25% 13
South East +7 22 £400 +23.07% 16
North West +1 13 £235 +3.98% 6
East of England -17 11 £300 - 8
West Midlands -12 5 £375 - 2
East Midlands -6 2 - - 4
Yorkshire -2 1 - - 2
North East - - - -
South West - - - - 2
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 July 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.

1 194 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 129 (66.49%) Windows
3 121 (62.37%) Microsoft
4 113 (58.25%) MCITP
5 78 (40.21%) SQL Server
6 77 (39.69%) Active Directory
7 70 (36.08%) Windows Server 2008
8 69 (35.57%) SQL
8 69 (35.57%) MCSE
9 61 (31.44%) ITIL
10 59 (30.41%) Windows Server 2003
11 58 (29.90%) MS Excel
12 53 (27.32%) SQL Server 2008
13 48 (24.74%) MCP
14 47 (24.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 46 (23.71%) MCSA
16 44 (22.68%) Windows 7
17 43 (22.16%) SQL Server 2005
18 41 (21.13%) VMware
19 39 (20.10%) Citrix
20 35 (18.04%) .NET
21 34 (17.53%) Business Intelligence
22 33 (17.01%) SharePoint
23 32 (16.49%) Windows Server 2012
24 31 (15.98%) T-SQL
25 30 (15.46%) MS Office
25 30 (15.46%) DNS
26 28 (14.43%) MS Exchange
27 27 (13.92%) SharePoint 2010
28 26 (13.40%) SCCM

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 33 (17.01%) SharePoint
2 28 (14.43%) MS Exchange
3 27 (13.92%) SharePoint 2010
4 16 (8.25%) IIS
5 14 (7.22%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (6.70%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (6.19%) SharePoint Server
8 11 (5.67%) Exchange Server 2003
9 10 (5.15%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (2.58%) MS Project Server
10 5 (2.58%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (2.58%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (2.06%) Lync
12 1 (0.52%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.52%) Node.js
12 1 (0.52%) Live Communications Server
12 1 (0.52%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.52%) Tomcat
Applications
1 58 (29.90%) MS Excel
2 30 (15.46%) MS Office
3 5 (2.58%) MS Project
4 4 (2.06%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.09%) SAP SD
2 4 (2.06%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.12%) Office 365
2 3 (1.55%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.52%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 30 (15.46%) DNS
2 20 (10.31%) DHCP
3 17 (8.76%) TCP/IP
4 15 (7.73%) SAN
5 10 (5.15%) Firewall
6 7 (3.61%) Extranet
6 7 (3.61%) Intranet
6 7 (3.61%) LAN
7 6 (3.09%) VPN
7 6 (3.09%) RTP
7 6 (3.09%) Network Security
8 5 (2.58%) ISDN
8 5 (2.58%) VoIP
8 5 (2.58%) WAN
9 4 (2.06%) Wireless
10 3 (1.55%) Internet
11 1 (0.52%) SSL
11 1 (0.52%) IPv4
11 1 (0.52%) HTTP
11 1 (0.52%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (40.21%) SQL Server
2 53 (27.32%) SQL Server 2008
3 47 (24.23%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 43 (22.16%) SQL Server 2005
5 22 (11.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (11.34%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 14 (7.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 14 (7.22%) SQL Server 2012
7 11 (5.67%) SQL Server 2000
8 6 (3.09%) EDRMS
8 6 (3.09%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (3.09%) DTS
9 4 (2.06%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.55%) Amazon Redshift
10 3 (1.55%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.55%) SAP HANA
11 1 (0.52%) SSDT
11 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
11 1 (0.52%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 11 (5.67%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.06%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (1.03%) MSI
3 2 (1.03%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (0.52%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.52%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.52%) WiX
4 1 (0.52%) MSBuild
4 1 (0.52%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.52%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.52%) Selenium
General
1 20 (10.31%) Finance
2 5 (2.58%) Banking
3 4 (2.06%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.03%) Retail
4 2 (1.03%) Advertising
5 1 (0.52%) Marketing
5 1 (0.52%) Electronics
5 1 (0.52%) Law
5 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 36 (18.56%) Support Engineer
2 27 (13.92%) Developer
3 26 (13.40%) Consultant
4 24 (12.37%) Analyst
5 17 (8.76%) 3rd Line Support
6 16 (8.25%) Support Analyst
6 16 (8.25%) Architect
6 16 (8.25%) SQL Developer
7 13 (6.70%) 2nd Line Support
8 12 (6.19%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 11 (5.67%) Desktop Support
9 11 (5.67%) SharePoint Architect
9 11 (5.67%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 10 (5.15%) Administrator
11 9 (4.64%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 8 (4.12%) Senior Developer
12 8 (4.12%) SharePoint Administrator
12 8 (4.12%) Senior SQL Developer
12 8 (4.12%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
13 7 (3.61%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 35 (18.04%) .NET
2 10 (5.15%) jQuery
3 9 (4.64%) XML
4 8 (4.12%) WCF
4 8 (4.12%) HTML
5 7 (3.61%) .NET Framework
5 7 (3.61%) CSS
6 6 (3.09%) ASP.NET
6 6 (3.09%) EDI
7 5 (2.58%) XSD
8 3 (1.55%) WinForms
8 3 (1.55%) WPF
8 3 (1.55%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (1.03%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.03%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
9 2 (1.03%) Application Packaging
10 1 (0.52%) RESTful
10 1 (0.52%) SAML
10 1 (0.52%) X-Windows
10 1 (0.52%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 26 (13.40%) Clustering
2 11 (5.67%) Replication
3 10 (5.15%) Computer Science
3 10 (5.15%) Data Integration
4 5 (2.58%) Blackberry
4 5 (2.58%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.06%) iPad
5 4 (2.06%) Smartphone
6 2 (1.03%) CMDB
6 2 (1.03%) Fat Client
6 2 (1.03%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.52%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.52%) EPoS
7 1 (0.52%) Chip and PIN
7 1 (0.52%) EFT
7 1 (0.52%) Firmware
7 1 (0.52%) FMCG
7 1 (0.52%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 129 (66.49%) Windows
2 70 (36.08%) Windows Server 2008
3 59 (30.41%) Windows Server 2003
4 44 (22.68%) Windows 7
5 32 (16.49%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (12.89%) Windows XP
7 14 (7.22%) Windows 8
8 9 (4.64%) Windows Vista
8 9 (4.64%) Windows 2000 Server
9 5 (2.58%) Linux
10 4 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (2.06%) Solaris
11 3 (1.55%) Mac OS X
11 3 (1.55%) Android
12 2 (1.03%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (31.44%) ITIL
2 34 (17.53%) Business Intelligence
3 20 (10.31%) Service Management
4 18 (9.28%) Change Management
5 16 (8.25%) Migration
5 16 (8.25%) Load Balancing
6 15 (7.73%) Customer Engagement
7 14 (7.22%) CRM
8 13 (6.70%) Disaster Recovery
8 13 (6.70%) Incident Management
9 12 (6.19%) Project Management
9 12 (6.19%) ETL
10 11 (5.67%) Service Delivery
10 11 (5.67%) Workflow
10 11 (5.67%) Performance Tuning
11 10 (5.15%) Capacity Planning
11 10 (5.15%) Problem Management
12 9 (4.64%) Data Transformation
13 8 (4.12%) Data Modelling
14 6 (3.09%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 69 (35.57%) SQL
2 31 (15.98%) T-SQL
3 25 (12.89%) C#
4 24 (12.37%) PowerShell
5 9 (4.64%) C++
6 6 (3.09%) Java
6 6 (3.09%) ABAP
7 5 (2.58%) C
8 4 (2.06%) JavaScript
8 4 (2.06%) Perl
8 4 (2.06%) VBScript
9 3 (1.55%) VB.NET
10 2 (1.03%) VB
11 1 (0.52%) VBA
11 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.52%) VB6
11 1 (0.52%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 194 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 113 (58.25%) MCITP
3 69 (35.57%) MCSE
4 48 (24.74%) MCP
5 46 (23.71%) MCSA
6 24 (12.37%) Degree
7 23 (11.86%) Security Cleared
7 23 (11.86%) CCNA
7 23 (11.86%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (9.28%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 13 (6.70%) MCDST
10 10 (5.15%) Citrix Certification
11 9 (4.64%) CCA
11 9 (4.64%) CCNP
11 9 (4.64%) DV Cleared
12 8 (4.12%) MCSD
13 6 (3.09%) SC Cleared
14 5 (2.58%) CCVP
14 5 (2.58%) MCPD
15 4 (2.06%) ACSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (9.28%) SLA
2 6 (3.09%) QA
3 3 (1.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 77 (39.69%) Active Directory
2 24 (12.37%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (5.67%) Hyper-V
4 9 (4.64%) vSphere
5 7 (3.61%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (3.09%) vCloud
6 6 (3.09%) Terminal Server
7 4 (2.06%) Terminal Services
7 4 (2.06%) VMware ESX
8 3 (1.55%) XenApp
9 2 (1.03%) XenServer
9 2 (1.03%) ISA Server
9 2 (1.03%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.52%) UAG
10 1 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.52%) Shibboleth
Systems Management
1 26 (13.40%) SCCM
2 19 (9.79%) SCOM
3 10 (5.15%) WSUS
4 5 (2.58%) EMC NetWorker
5 4 (2.06%) SCOrch
5 4 (2.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.03%) Ionix
6 2 (1.03%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.03%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.52%) WMI
7 1 (0.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.52%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 121 (62.37%) Microsoft
2 41 (21.13%) VMware
3 39 (20.10%) Citrix
4 26 (13.40%) Cisco
5 11 (5.67%) EMC
6 10 (5.15%) SAP
7 7 (3.61%) Red Hat
7 7 (3.61%) Symantec
8 6 (3.09%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (3.09%) HP
9 5 (2.58%) Oracle
9 5 (2.58%) Apple
9 5 (2.58%) F5
10 4 (2.06%) Sophos
10 4 (2.06%) Kaseya
11 3 (1.55%) Veeam
11 3 (1.55%) Remedy
11 3 (1.55%) Tableau
11 3 (1.55%) NetApp
11 3 (1.55%) IBM
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