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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 520 479 477
Rank change year-on-year
-41 -2
Contract jobs citing MCTS 75 91 79
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.15% 0.18% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.76% 0.99% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 54 34
Average daily rate
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£375 £318 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.11% -1.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £175 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £425 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 9 6
Average hourly rate £18.50 £20.75 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.84% +9.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.35 £13.48 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £25.25 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -5.26%
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
9843 9224 8269
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.10% 18.69% 17.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 5948 5255 4491
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 467 402 454
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.42% -13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.06 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -10 22 £350 -12.50% 12
London -19 19 £400 +6.66% 14
North West -22 17 £313 +32.97% 5
East Midlands +2 4 - -
Yorkshire -20 4 £151 - 4
South West - 4 £443 - 1
West Midlands 0 3 £450 +20.00% 2
East of England -9 2 £363 +20.83% 1
MCTS
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MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 July 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.

1 146 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 109 (74.66%) Microsoft
3 90 (61.64%) Windows
4 67 (45.89%) MCSE
5 65 (44.52%) MCITP
6 58 (39.73%) MS Excel
7 57 (39.04%) Active Directory
8 48 (32.88%) VMware
9 42 (28.77%) MCSA
10 37 (25.34%) MS Exchange
10 37 (25.34%) SQL Server
11 36 (24.66%) SQL
11 36 (24.66%) Windows 7
12 32 (21.92%) ITIL
12 32 (21.92%) Citrix
13 31 (21.23%) Firewall
14 30 (20.55%) MS Office
14 30 (20.55%) VMware Infrastructure
14 30 (20.55%) Windows Server 2008
15 29 (19.86%) MCP
16 28 (19.18%) Exchange Server 2010
16 28 (19.18%) Windows Server 2012
17 26 (17.81%) Exchange Server 2007
18 24 (16.44%) Security Cleared
19 23 (15.75%) SCCM
19 23 (15.75%) Lync
19 23 (15.75%) Hyper-V
20 22 (15.07%) Cisco
20 22 (15.07%) Windows Server 2003
21 20 (13.70%) SAN

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 37 (25.34%) MS Exchange
2 28 (19.18%) Exchange Server 2010
3 26 (17.81%) Exchange Server 2007
4 23 (15.75%) Lync
5 16 (10.96%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (6.85%) SharePoint
7 9 (6.16%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 4 (2.74%) Exchange Server 2003
8 4 (2.74%) IIS
8 4 (2.74%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (2.74%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.37%) TPMS
9 2 (1.37%) Office Communications Server
9 2 (1.37%) IBM Notes
9 2 (1.37%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (1.37%) GroupWise
10 1 (0.68%) SharePoint Server
10 1 (0.68%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 58 (39.73%) MS Excel
2 30 (20.55%) MS Office
3 13 (8.90%) MS Visio
4 7 (4.79%) MS Project
5 3 (2.05%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (2.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.37%) SAP CCM
2 2 (1.37%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 17 (11.64%) Office 365
2 5 (3.42%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.37%) SaaS
4 1 (0.68%) Mimecast
4 1 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 31 (21.23%) Firewall
2 20 (13.70%) SAN
2 20 (13.70%) DNS
3 16 (10.96%) LAN
4 15 (10.27%) WAN
4 15 (10.27%) TCP/IP
5 13 (8.90%) DHCP
6 11 (7.53%) Internet
7 9 (6.16%) VPN
8 6 (4.11%) IPv4
9 4 (2.74%) IP Telephony
10 2 (1.37%) IMAP
10 2 (1.37%) POP3
10 2 (1.37%) SMTP
10 2 (1.37%) NetScaler
11 1 (0.68%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
11 1 (0.68%) Network Security
11 1 (0.68%) VLAN
11 1 (0.68%) Extranet
11 1 (0.68%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (25.34%) SQL Server
2 18 (12.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 17 (11.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 13 (8.90%) Data Warehouse
4 13 (8.90%) SQL Server 2008
5 12 (8.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 7 (4.79%) SQL Server 2012
7 5 (3.42%) OLAP Cube
7 5 (3.42%) OLAP
8 4 (2.74%) OLTP
9 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.68%) QlikView
9 1 (0.68%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (0.68%) MySQL
9 1 (0.68%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (6.16%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.05%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.37%) WinRunner
3 2 (1.37%) TestDirector
3 2 (1.37%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.68%) MSI
4 1 (0.68%) MSBuild
General
1 17 (11.64%) Finance
2 8 (5.48%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.74%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.05%) Electronics
5 1 (0.68%) Law
5 1 (0.68%) Banking
5 1 (0.68%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 30 (20.55%) Analyst
2 14 (9.59%) Consultant
3 13 (8.90%) Developer
4 12 (8.22%) Support Analyst
5 10 (6.85%) Process Engineer
6 9 (6.16%) SQL DBA
6 9 (6.16%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 9 (6.16%) Service Desk Analyst
6 9 (6.16%) DBA
6 9 (6.16%) Service Analyst
6 9 (6.16%) Administrator
7 8 (5.48%) 2nd Line Support
7 8 (5.48%) Support Engineer
8 7 (4.79%) Field Engineer
8 7 (4.79%) Business Analyst
9 6 (4.11%) Systems Administrator
9 6 (4.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 6 (4.11%) Desktop Engineer
9 6 (4.11%) SQL Developer
10 5 (3.42%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (6.16%) .NET
2 4 (2.74%) XML
2 4 (2.74%) WCF
3 3 (2.05%) .NET Framework
3 3 (2.05%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.37%) CSS
4 2 (1.37%) Web Services
4 2 (1.37%) HTML
4 2 (1.37%) Application Packaging
5 1 (0.68%) WPF
5 1 (0.68%) jQuery
5 1 (0.68%) Entity Framework
5 1 (0.68%) ASP.NET Web Forms
5 1 (0.68%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 1 (0.68%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.59%) Data Centre
2 12 (8.22%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (7.53%) Blackberry
3 11 (7.53%) Clustering
4 8 (5.48%) Replication
5 6 (4.11%) Enterprise Software
6 5 (3.42%) Client/Server
6 5 (3.42%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (2.05%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.37%) PDA
9 1 (0.68%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.68%) Kindle
9 1 (0.68%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.68%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 90 (61.64%) Windows
2 36 (24.66%) Windows 7
3 30 (20.55%) Windows Server 2008
4 28 (19.18%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (15.07%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (10.96%) Windows 8
7 14 (9.59%) Windows XP
8 10 (6.85%) Linux
9 6 (4.11%) Ubuntu
10 5 (3.42%) Windows 2000
10 5 (3.42%) Windows 2000 Server
11 4 (2.74%) Windows Vista
12 2 (1.37%) AIX
13 1 (0.68%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.68%) SUSE
13 1 (0.68%) Debian
13 1 (0.68%) CentOS
13 1 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (21.92%) ITIL
2 18 (12.33%) Migration
3 16 (10.96%) Disaster Recovery
4 15 (10.27%) Agile Software Development
5 14 (9.59%) Service Management
6 13 (8.90%) Quality Management
6 13 (8.90%) Stakeholder Management
6 13 (8.90%) BPMN
6 13 (8.90%) Continuous Improvement
7 12 (8.22%) Performance Analysis
8 11 (7.53%) Lean Six Sigma
8 11 (7.53%) Business Intelligence
8 11 (7.53%) Six Sigma
9 10 (6.85%) Customer Engagement
9 10 (6.85%) Performance Tuning
10 9 (6.16%) Mentoring
10 9 (6.16%) Scrum
11 8 (5.48%) Root Cause Analysis
11 8 (5.48%) Coaching
12 7 (4.79%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 36 (24.66%) SQL
2 10 (6.85%) PowerShell
3 9 (6.16%) T-SQL
4 8 (5.48%) C#
5 2 (1.37%) Java
5 2 (1.37%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.37%) VB.NET
6 1 (0.68%) Python
Qualifications
1 146 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 67 (45.89%) MCSE
3 65 (44.52%) MCITP
4 42 (28.77%) MCSA
5 29 (19.86%) MCP
6 24 (16.44%) Security Cleared
7 17 (11.64%) Cisco Certification
8 16 (10.96%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 16 (10.96%) CCNA
9 15 (10.27%) DV Cleared
10 14 (9.59%) SC Cleared
10 14 (9.59%) Degree
11 13 (8.90%) MCDST
12 9 (6.16%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (4.79%) CCA
14 6 (4.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 5 (3.42%) Microsoft Certified Master
16 4 (2.74%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
16 4 (2.74%) Six Sigma Green Belt
16 4 (2.74%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.48%) SLA
2 7 (4.79%) PCI DSS
3 3 (2.05%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.68%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.68%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 57 (39.04%) Active Directory
2 30 (20.55%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (15.75%) Hyper-V
4 12 (8.22%) vSphere
5 6 (4.11%) Forefront TMG
5 6 (4.11%) XenApp
6 3 (2.05%) XenDesktop
6 3 (2.05%) Firmware
6 3 (2.05%) VMware ESX
6 3 (2.05%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (1.37%) Terminal Services
7 2 (1.37%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.68%) UAG
8 1 (0.68%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.68%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 23 (15.75%) SCCM
2 10 (6.85%) SCOM
3 6 (4.11%) Backup Exec
4 4 (2.74%) AirWatch
5 3 (2.05%) WSUS
5 3 (2.05%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (1.37%) Nagios
6 2 (1.37%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (1.37%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.37%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.37%) XenMobile
6 2 (1.37%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (1.37%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.37%) CA Spectrum
7 1 (0.68%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.68%) Netcool
7 1 (0.68%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.68%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 109 (74.66%) Microsoft
2 48 (32.88%) VMware
3 32 (21.92%) Citrix
4 22 (15.07%) Cisco
5 13 (8.90%) SAP
6 12 (8.22%) McAfee
7 7 (4.79%) Symantec
8 5 (3.42%) CheckPoint
8 5 (3.42%) HP
8 5 (3.42%) IBM
9 3 (2.05%) BMC
9 3 (2.05%) CA
9 3 (2.05%) Apple
9 3 (2.05%) Sophos
10 2 (1.37%) BT
10 2 (1.37%) TOWER Software
10 2 (1.37%) AppSense
10 2 (1.37%) JD Edwards
10 2 (1.37%) Novell
10 2 (1.37%) Veritas
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