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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 487 469 424
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -45
Contract jobs citing MCTS 85 94 91
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.17% 0.20% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.89% 1.03% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 46 37
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£325 £404 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.45% +15.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £225 £156
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £379 £338
% change year-on-year
-4.15% +12.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 20 6
Average hourly rate £17.25 £15.50 £19.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.29% -21.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £14.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £22.00 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £13.25 -
% change year-on-year
+183.01% -
MCTS
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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
9564 9146 7581
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.67% 19.34% 18.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 5529 5096 4065
Average daily rate £400 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £223 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £537 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 420 473 438
Average hourly rate £22.43 £20.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% -23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £48.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 -9 40 £325 -27.77% 7
London -8 33 £150 -63.14% 12
Yorkshire - 4 £313 - 4
West Midlands -6 3 £396 -2.46% 3
South West -8 1 £110 -73.33% 1
East Midlands -12 1 £325 +10.16% 1
North West -28 1 £250 +11.11% 3
North East - - - -
East of England - - - - 1
MCTS
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MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 159 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 115 (72.33%) Windows
3 88 (55.35%) Microsoft
4 87 (54.72%) MCITP
5 76 (47.80%) Active Directory
6 73 (45.91%) MCSE
7 52 (32.70%) ITIL
8 49 (30.82%) VMware
9 47 (29.56%) MS Exchange
10 45 (28.30%) SQL
11 43 (27.04%) SQL Server
12 39 (24.53%) Degree
12 39 (24.53%) Windows 7
13 38 (23.90%) Service Management
14 37 (23.27%) Citrix
15 36 (22.64%) Customer Engagement
16 35 (22.01%) Hyper-V
17 33 (20.75%) MCSA
18 32 (20.13%) Windows Server 2008
19 31 (19.50%) MCP
20 30 (18.87%) DNS
20 30 (18.87%) Windows Server 2003
20 30 (18.87%) VMware Infrastructure
20 30 (18.87%) Windows Server 2012
21 27 (16.98%) MS Excel
22 26 (16.35%) Exchange Server 2010
23 23 (14.47%) Disaster Recovery
24 22 (13.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
25 21 (13.21%) Exchange Server 2007
25 21 (13.21%) Firewall

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 47 (29.56%) MS Exchange
2 26 (16.35%) Exchange Server 2010
3 21 (13.21%) Exchange Server 2007
4 18 (11.32%) Exchange Server 2013
5 17 (10.69%) Lync
6 15 (9.43%) SharePoint
7 14 (8.81%) Exchange Server 2003
8 13 (8.18%) IIS
9 10 (6.29%) Office Communications Server
10 7 (4.40%) IBM Notes
10 7 (4.40%) GroupWise
11 4 (2.52%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (2.52%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (2.52%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (1.89%) SharePoint Server
13 2 (1.26%) Live Communications Server
13 2 (1.26%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 27 (16.98%) MS Excel
2 10 (6.29%) MS Office
3 1 (0.63%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (5.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 14 (8.81%) Office 365
2 9 (5.66%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.26%) SaaS
3 2 (1.26%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.63%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 30 (18.87%) DNS
2 21 (13.21%) Firewall
3 15 (9.43%) SAN
4 13 (8.18%) DHCP
5 10 (6.29%) Internet
6 9 (5.66%) TCP/IP
7 8 (5.03%) POP3
7 8 (5.03%) SMTP
7 8 (5.03%) LAN
7 8 (5.03%) IMAP
8 7 (4.40%) WAN
8 7 (4.40%) VPN
9 6 (3.77%) VoIP
9 6 (3.77%) NetScaler
10 3 (1.89%) IP Telephony
10 3 (1.89%) Extranet
11 2 (1.26%) RTP
11 2 (1.26%) Intranet
11 2 (1.26%) WLAN
11 2 (1.26%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (27.04%) SQL Server
2 22 (13.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 20 (12.58%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (12.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (9.43%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (8.81%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 8 (5.03%) OLAP Cube
6 8 (5.03%) OLAP
7 7 (4.40%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (3.14%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (2.52%) QlikView
10 3 (1.89%) SQL Server 2000
10 3 (1.89%) EDRMS
11 2 (1.26%) OLTP
12 1 (0.63%) Crystal Reports
12 1 (0.63%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 1 (0.63%) Relational Database
12 1 (0.63%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 10 (6.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (2.52%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.89%) WinRunner
3 3 (1.89%) TestDirector
3 3 (1.89%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (1.26%) MSI
4 2 (1.26%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.63%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.63%) WiX
5 1 (0.63%) Fiddler
General
1 13 (8.18%) Finance
2 8 (5.03%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.52%) Marketing
4 3 (1.89%) Electronics
5 2 (1.26%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.63%) Banking
6 1 (0.63%) Retail
Job Titles
1 29 (18.24%) Field Engineer
2 28 (17.61%) Consultant
3 20 (12.58%) Support Engineer
4 18 (11.32%) Developer
5 17 (10.69%) Analyst
6 12 (7.55%) Desktop Support
7 11 (6.92%) SQL Developer
8 10 (6.29%) 3rd Line Support
9 9 (5.66%) DBA
9 9 (5.66%) SQL DBA
9 9 (5.66%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (5.66%) Administrator
9 9 (5.66%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 8 (5.03%) Server Engineer
10 8 (5.03%) Architect
11 7 (4.40%) Desktop Support Engineer
11 7 (4.40%) Desktop Engineer
11 7 (4.40%) Exchange Engineer
12 6 (3.77%) Service Desk Analyst
12 6 (3.77%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (10.69%) .NET
2 11 (6.92%) XML
3 9 (5.66%) WCF
4 7 (4.40%) Web Services
4 7 (4.40%) ASP.NET
5 6 (3.77%) WPF
6 5 (3.14%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.89%) MDX
8 2 (1.26%) jQuery
8 2 (1.26%) XSLT
9 1 (0.63%) WSH
9 1 (0.63%) Ajax
9 1 (0.63%) Windows SharePoint Services
9 1 (0.63%) Silverlight
9 1 (0.63%) LINQ
9 1 (0.63%) CSS
9 1 (0.63%) SOAP
9 1 (0.63%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.63%) HTML
9 1 (0.63%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 21 (13.21%) Clustering
2 10 (6.29%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (3.77%) Blackberry
3 6 (3.77%) Replication
4 3 (1.89%) PDA
4 3 (1.89%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.89%) Video Conferencing
5 2 (1.26%) Statistics
5 2 (1.26%) PKI
6 1 (0.63%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.63%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.63%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.63%) Kindle
6 1 (0.63%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.63%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 115 (72.33%) Windows
2 39 (24.53%) Windows 7
3 32 (20.13%) Windows Server 2008
4 30 (18.87%) Windows Server 2012
4 30 (18.87%) Windows Server 2003
5 16 (10.06%) Windows XP
6 13 (8.18%) Windows 8
7 3 (1.89%) AIX
8 1 (0.63%) Solaris
8 1 (0.63%) Linux
8 1 (0.63%) Windows 2000
8 1 (0.63%) VMS
8 1 (0.63%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (32.70%) ITIL
2 38 (23.90%) Service Management
3 36 (22.64%) Customer Engagement
4 23 (14.47%) Disaster Recovery
5 21 (13.21%) Agile Software Development
5 21 (13.21%) Migration
6 15 (9.43%) Business Intelligence
7 11 (6.92%) Performance Tuning
7 11 (6.92%) Performance Monitoring
8 10 (6.29%) CRM
8 10 (6.29%) ETL
9 9 (5.66%) Change Management
9 9 (5.66%) Scrum
9 9 (5.66%) Kimball Methodology
10 8 (5.03%) High Availability
10 8 (5.03%) Data Migration
11 7 (4.40%) Problem Management
12 6 (3.77%) Software Engineering
13 5 (3.14%) B2B
13 5 (3.14%) Kalman Filter
Programming Languages
1 45 (28.30%) SQL
2 17 (10.69%) PowerShell
3 13 (8.18%) C#
4 12 (7.55%) T-SQL
5 10 (6.29%) VB.NET
6 8 (5.03%) VBScript
7 5 (3.14%) JavaScript
8 4 (2.52%) Java
9 2 (1.26%) Python
10 1 (0.63%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.63%) Ruby
10 1 (0.63%) Perl
10 1 (0.63%) PHP
10 1 (0.63%) C++
Qualifications
1 159 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 87 (54.72%) MCITP
3 73 (45.91%) MCSE
4 39 (24.53%) Degree
5 33 (20.75%) MCSA
6 31 (19.50%) MCP
7 12 (7.55%) CCA
7 12 (7.55%) Citrix Certification
8 11 (6.92%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 10 (6.29%) CCNA
9 10 (6.29%) Cisco Certification
9 10 (6.29%) Security Cleared
10 7 (4.40%) MCDST
10 7 (4.40%) SC Cleared
10 7 (4.40%) CCEA
11 5 (3.14%) CISSP
11 5 (3.14%) CISA
12 4 (2.52%) Microsoft Certified Master
12 4 (2.52%) CCNP
13 3 (1.89%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.03%) SLA
2 1 (0.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.63%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.63%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 76 (47.80%) Active Directory
2 35 (22.01%) Hyper-V
3 30 (18.87%) VMware Infrastructure
4 15 (9.43%) XenApp
5 7 (4.40%) vSphere
6 6 (3.77%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.89%) VMware ESX
8 2 (1.26%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.63%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.63%) XenServer
9 1 (0.63%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.63%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.63%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 10 (6.29%) SCCM
1 10 (6.29%) SCOM
2 8 (5.03%) WMI
2 8 (5.03%) SCSM
3 4 (2.52%) MOM
4 3 (1.89%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (1.89%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.26%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (1.26%) Netcool
6 1 (0.63%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.63%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 88 (55.35%) Microsoft
2 49 (30.82%) VMware
3 37 (23.27%) Citrix
4 13 (8.18%) Cisco
5 10 (6.29%) McAfee
6 8 (5.03%) Lotus
6 8 (5.03%) Avaya
7 7 (4.40%) NetApp
7 7 (4.40%) Novell
7 7 (4.40%) Veeam
8 5 (3.14%) Sonus
9 3 (1.89%) Veritas
9 3 (1.89%) Apple
9 3 (1.89%) IBM
10 2 (1.26%) BMC
10 2 (1.26%) EMC
10 2 (1.26%) Nortel
10 2 (1.26%) Tableau
11 1 (0.63%) AppSense
11 1 (0.63%) Postini
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