The table below looks at the statistics 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 26 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 506 478 473
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -5
Contract jobs citing MCTS 64 92 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.68% 0.99% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 43 18
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£325 £388 £397
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.12% -2.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £278 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £463 £447
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
- -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 29 4
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.25 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.43% -11.53%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.70 £13.18 £12.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.67 £22.50 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.75 -
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -
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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 England region.

Qualifications Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
9352 9259 7624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.94% 19.30% 18.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 5428 5493 4123
Average daily rate £398 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £535 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 445 470 423
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.47 £13.33 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

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 26 May 2015.

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 26 May 2015.

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 26 May 2015. 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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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
South East -4 23 £325 -18.75% 15
London -33 16 £400 +3.22% 13
North West -13 13 £350 - 9
Yorkshire - 4 £200 - 3
South West +8 3 £415 +0.60% 3
East of England -3 3 £325 - 4
West Midlands -9 1 - - 6
Midlands - 1 £450 -
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MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, 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.

1 155 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 102 (65.81%) Microsoft
3 100 (64.52%) Windows
4 89 (57.42%) MCITP
5 80 (51.61%) MCSE
6 74 (47.74%) Active Directory
7 49 (31.61%) VMware
8 48 (30.97%) MS Exchange
9 45 (29.03%) ITIL
10 43 (27.74%) MS Excel
11 39 (25.16%) Windows 7
12 38 (24.52%) SQL
13 37 (23.87%) Citrix
14 34 (21.94%) MCSA
14 34 (21.94%) DNS
15 32 (20.65%) SQL Server
15 32 (20.65%) Degree
15 32 (20.65%) Windows Server 2008
16 31 (20.00%) Service Management
16 31 (20.00%) MCP
17 30 (19.35%) VMware Infrastructure
18 28 (18.06%) Hyper-V
18 28 (18.06%) Customer Engagement
19 26 (16.77%) Exchange Server 2010
19 26 (16.77%) Windows Server 2012
19 26 (16.77%) Firewall
20 25 (16.13%) Lync
21 23 (14.84%) Disaster Recovery
21 23 (14.84%) Exchange Server 2007
22 22 (14.19%) Windows Server 2003

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, 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 48 (30.97%) MS Exchange
2 26 (16.77%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (16.13%) Lync
4 23 (14.84%) Exchange Server 2007
5 15 (9.68%) Exchange Server 2013
6 13 (8.39%) SharePoint
7 10 (6.45%) IIS
7 10 (6.45%) Office Communications Server
8 8 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2003
9 7 (4.52%) IBM Notes
9 7 (4.52%) GroupWise
10 6 (3.87%) SharePoint 2010
11 5 (3.23%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 4 (2.58%) SharePoint 2013
13 3 (1.94%) SharePoint Server
14 2 (1.29%) TPMS
14 2 (1.29%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 43 (27.74%) MS Excel
2 19 (12.26%) MS Office
3 9 (5.81%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.94%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (1.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.65%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 15 (9.68%) Office 365
2 6 (3.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.29%) SaaS
3 2 (1.29%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.65%) Mimecast
4 1 (0.65%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 34 (21.94%) DNS
2 26 (16.77%) Firewall
3 18 (11.61%) DHCP
4 16 (10.32%) SAN
5 13 (8.39%) TCP/IP
6 11 (7.10%) Internet
7 10 (6.45%) LAN
8 9 (5.81%) WAN
9 8 (5.16%) IMAP
9 8 (5.16%) POP3
9 8 (5.16%) SMTP
9 8 (5.16%) VPN
10 6 (3.87%) VoIP
11 4 (2.58%) IP Telephony
12 3 (1.94%) NetScaler
12 3 (1.94%) Extranet
13 2 (1.29%) VLAN
13 2 (1.29%) RTP
13 2 (1.29%) PBX
13 2 (1.29%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (20.65%) SQL Server
2 15 (9.68%) SQL Server 2008
2 15 (9.68%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 14 (9.03%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 13 (8.39%) Data Warehouse
5 12 (7.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 6 (3.87%) OLAP
6 6 (3.87%) SQL Server 2012
6 6 (3.87%) OLAP Cube
7 2 (1.29%) QlikView
7 2 (1.29%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 2 (1.29%) OLTP
8 1 (0.65%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
8 1 (0.65%) Relational Database
8 1 (0.65%) Big Data
8 1 (0.65%) MySQL
8 1 (0.65%) Crystal Reports
8 1 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 10 (6.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.94%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.29%) WinRunner
3 2 (1.29%) TestDirector
3 2 (1.29%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (0.65%) MSBuild
4 1 (0.65%) MSI
General
1 13 (8.39%) Finance
2 9 (5.81%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.94%) Electronics
3 3 (1.94%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.65%) Banking
4 1 (0.65%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 26 (16.77%) Field Engineer
2 22 (14.19%) Consultant
3 21 (13.55%) Analyst
4 14 (9.03%) Support Engineer
5 12 (7.74%) Developer
6 10 (6.45%) Desktop Support
6 10 (6.45%) 3rd Line Support
7 9 (5.81%) Support Analyst
7 9 (5.81%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 8 (5.16%) Process Engineer
8 8 (5.16%) Desktop Engineer
8 8 (5.16%) Administrator
9 7 (4.52%) Architect
9 7 (4.52%) Service Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) DBA
9 7 (4.52%) SQL Developer
9 7 (4.52%) Service Desk Analyst
9 7 (4.52%) Server Engineer
9 7 (4.52%) SQL DBA
9 7 (4.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (4.52%) XML
2 6 (3.87%) .NET
3 3 (1.94%) Application Packaging
4 2 (1.29%) jQuery
4 2 (1.29%) WCF
4 2 (1.29%) .NET Framework
4 2 (1.29%) HTML
4 2 (1.29%) CSS
5 1 (0.65%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.65%) Web Services
5 1 (0.65%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.65%) XSLT
5 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 1 (0.65%) MDX
5 1 (0.65%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 17 (10.97%) Clustering
2 10 (6.45%) Data Centre
3 8 (5.16%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (3.87%) Replication
4 6 (3.87%) Blackberry
4 6 (3.87%) Private Cloud
5 4 (2.58%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.94%) Enterprise Software
6 3 (1.94%) Computer Science
7 2 (1.29%) PDA
7 2 (1.29%) PKI
7 2 (1.29%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.65%) Hybrid Cloud
8 1 (0.65%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.65%) Kindle
8 1 (0.65%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 100 (64.52%) Windows
2 39 (25.16%) Windows 7
3 32 (20.65%) Windows Server 2008
4 26 (16.77%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (14.19%) Windows Server 2003
6 14 (9.03%) Windows 8
7 9 (5.81%) Windows XP
8 4 (2.58%) Linux
9 2 (1.29%) AIX
9 2 (1.29%) Windows 2000
9 2 (1.29%) Windows 2000 Server
10 1 (0.65%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (29.03%) ITIL
2 31 (20.00%) Service Management
3 28 (18.06%) Customer Engagement
4 23 (14.84%) Disaster Recovery
5 17 (10.97%) Migration
6 14 (9.03%) Agile Software Development
7 13 (8.39%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (6.45%) Performance Analysis
8 10 (6.45%) Performance Monitoring
9 9 (5.81%) Performance Tuning
9 9 (5.81%) Continuous Improvement
9 9 (5.81%) Six Sigma
9 9 (5.81%) Scrum
9 9 (5.81%) Stakeholder Management
9 9 (5.81%) Quality Management
9 9 (5.81%) BPMN
9 9 (5.81%) Problem Management
9 9 (5.81%) Lean Six Sigma
10 8 (5.16%) ETL
10 8 (5.16%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 38 (24.52%) SQL
2 15 (9.68%) PowerShell
3 9 (5.81%) T-SQL
4 7 (4.52%) C#
5 6 (3.87%) VBScript
6 4 (2.58%) VB.NET
7 3 (1.94%) Java
8 1 (0.65%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.65%) Python
8 1 (0.65%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 155 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 89 (57.42%) MCITP
3 80 (51.61%) MCSE
4 34 (21.94%) MCSA
5 32 (20.65%) Degree
6 31 (20.00%) MCP
7 17 (10.97%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (10.32%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 16 (10.32%) CCNA
8 16 (10.32%) Security Cleared
9 15 (9.68%) Citrix Certification
10 13 (8.39%) CCA
11 11 (7.10%) SC Cleared
11 11 (7.10%) DV Cleared
12 6 (3.87%) CCNP
12 6 (3.87%) CCEA
13 5 (3.23%) Microsoft Certified Master
13 5 (3.23%) CISSP
13 5 (3.23%) MCDST
13 5 (3.23%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.16%) SLA
2 4 (2.58%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.65%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 74 (47.74%) Active Directory
2 30 (19.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (18.06%) Hyper-V
4 11 (7.10%) XenApp
4 11 (7.10%) vSphere
5 6 (3.87%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (2.58%) XenDesktop
7 3 (1.94%) Forefront TMG
7 3 (1.94%) Firmware
7 3 (1.94%) VMware ESX
8 2 (1.29%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.65%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.65%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.65%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 15 (9.68%) SCCM
2 9 (5.81%) SCOM
3 6 (3.87%) WMI
3 6 (3.87%) SCSM
4 4 (2.58%) AirWatch
5 3 (1.94%) MOM
5 3 (1.94%) Backup Exec
6 2 (1.29%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.29%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (1.29%) XenMobile
6 2 (1.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.65%) Netcool
7 1 (0.65%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.65%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 102 (65.81%) Microsoft
2 49 (31.61%) VMware
3 37 (23.87%) Citrix
4 18 (11.61%) Cisco
5 11 (7.10%) McAfee
6 9 (5.81%) SAP
7 8 (5.16%) Lotus
7 8 (5.16%) Avaya
8 7 (4.52%) Novell
9 5 (3.23%) Sonus
9 5 (3.23%) IBM
10 4 (2.58%) HP
11 3 (1.94%) Apple
11 3 (1.94%) Symantec
12 2 (1.29%) AppSense
12 2 (1.29%) TOWER Software
12 2 (1.29%) Veritas
12 2 (1.29%) Nortel
12 2 (1.29%) Sophos
13 1 (0.65%) Infor
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