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 5 May 2016 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.

3 months to
5 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 550 537 494
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -43
Contract jobs citing MCTS 80 68 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.16% 0.13% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.75% 0.69% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 47 42
Median daily rate £355 £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.23% -18.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £147 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £460 £449 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £325 £379
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -14.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 30
Median hourly rate - £17.00 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +7.93%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +44.00%
MCTS
UK

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
10715 9880 9743
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.04% 19.52% 19.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 6793 5661 5642
Median daily rate £410 £398 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.14% +6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £538 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 341 479 495
Median hourly rate £26.25 £22.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.00 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.85 £49.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 5 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the England region over the 3 months to 5 May 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +5 41 £363 +11.53% 15
London -11 17 £313 +68.91% 3
North West -5 7 £330 -2.22% 2
South West - 7 £650 -
West Midlands -6 6 £425 -
North East - 1 £320 -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 117 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 87 (74.36%) Microsoft
3 84 (71.79%) MCITP
4 83 (70.94%) Active Directory
5 66 (56.41%) Windows
6 52 (44.44%) DNS
7 51 (43.59%) ITIL
8 47 (40.17%) SQL
9 45 (38.46%) PowerShell
10 43 (36.75%) Degree
11 36 (30.77%) SharePoint
12 34 (29.06%) .NET
12 34 (29.06%) Windows Server
13 33 (28.21%) SQL Server
14 32 (27.35%) Security Cleared
15 31 (26.50%) Service Management
16 30 (25.64%) IIS
16 30 (25.64%) Customer Engagement
17 28 (23.93%) MCSE
18 27 (23.08%) Microsoft Azure
19 26 (22.22%) Office 365
19 26 (22.22%) Migration
20 25 (21.37%) MS Excel
21 21 (17.95%) MCP
21 21 (17.95%) VBScript
21 21 (17.95%) C#
22 20 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
23 19 (16.24%) JavaScript
23 19 (16.24%) MS Office
23 19 (16.24%) MCAD

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 36 (30.77%) SharePoint
2 30 (25.64%) IIS
3 16 (13.68%) MS Exchange
4 7 (5.98%) Exchange Server 2010
5 6 (5.13%) Apache
5 6 (5.13%) JBoss
5 6 (5.13%) SharePoint Server
5 6 (5.13%) Tomcat
6 5 (4.27%) Skype for Business
7 4 (3.42%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (3.42%) Exchange Server 2013
7 4 (3.42%) SharePoint 2010
8 3 (2.56%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (2.56%) SharePoint 2013
8 3 (2.56%) Zimbra
9 1 (0.85%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 25 (21.37%) MS Excel
2 19 (16.24%) MS Office
3 15 (12.82%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.85%) Aareon QL
2 1 (0.85%) Academy Housing
2 1 (0.85%) MIS ActiveH
2 1 (0.85%) Northgate Housing
2 1 (0.85%) OPENHousing
2 1 (0.85%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 27 (23.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (22.22%) Office 365
3 7 (5.98%) OneDrive
4 6 (5.13%) Yammer
5 4 (3.42%) Azure Active Directory
6 1 (0.85%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 52 (44.44%) DNS
2 17 (14.53%) DHCP
3 12 (10.26%) Kerberos
3 12 (10.26%) LDAP
3 12 (10.26%) X.500
4 11 (9.40%) TCP/IP
5 10 (8.55%) SSL
6 9 (7.69%) Firewall
6 9 (7.69%) Internet
7 8 (6.84%) Skype
7 8 (6.84%) VPN
8 6 (5.13%) SAN
9 5 (4.27%) Wireless
10 4 (3.42%) LAN
10 4 (3.42%) WAN
10 4 (3.42%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (2.56%) Bluetooth
11 3 (2.56%) Broadband
11 3 (2.56%) HTTP
11 3 (2.56%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (28.21%) SQL Server
2 12 (10.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 11 (9.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 11 (9.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (5.13%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (5.13%) MySQL
5 5 (4.27%) Relational Database
6 4 (3.42%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 3 (2.56%) Azure SQL Database
7 3 (2.56%) NoSQL
7 3 (2.56%) Power BI
7 3 (2.56%) SQL Server 2008
8 2 (1.71%) Big Data
8 2 (1.71%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (1.71%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (0.85%) BusinessObjects
9 1 (0.85%) Crystal Reports
9 1 (0.85%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.85%) OLAP
9 1 (0.85%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 18 (15.38%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.56%) Fiddler
3 1 (0.85%) CruiseControl
3 1 (0.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (0.85%) TeamCity
3 1 (0.85%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (4.27%) Military
2 3 (2.56%) Advertising
3 2 (1.71%) Finance
3 2 (1.71%) French Language
3 2 (1.71%) German Language
3 2 (1.71%) Portuguese Language
3 2 (1.71%) Spanish Language
4 1 (0.85%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 20 (17.09%) Field Engineer
2 18 (15.38%) Support Engineer
3 14 (11.97%) Active Directory Engineer
4 13 (11.11%) Consultant
5 12 (10.26%) Administrator
6 11 (9.40%) SharePoint Administrator
7 10 (8.55%) Developer
8 8 (6.84%) SharePoint Developer
9 7 (5.98%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 7 (5.98%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 6 (5.13%) 3rd Line Support
10 6 (5.13%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 6 (5.13%) Office 365 Engineer
11 5 (4.27%) Analyst
11 5 (4.27%) Architect
11 5 (4.27%) Azure Engineer
11 5 (4.27%) Microsoft Consultant
11 5 (4.27%) SharePoint Consultant
11 5 (4.27%) Technical Consultant
11 5 (4.27%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (29.06%) .NET
2 19 (16.24%) XML
3 16 (13.68%) CSS
3 16 (13.68%) HTML
3 16 (13.68%) jQuery
4 6 (5.13%) ADO.NET
4 6 (5.13%) LAMP
5 5 (4.27%) .NET Framework
5 5 (4.27%) ASP.NET
5 5 (4.27%) JSP
6 4 (3.42%) WAMP
6 4 (3.42%) WCF
7 3 (2.56%) 802.1X
7 3 (2.56%) Ajax
7 3 (2.56%) FastCGI
7 3 (2.56%) LINQ
7 3 (2.56%) REST
7 3 (2.56%) RSS
7 3 (2.56%) Windows Identity Foundation
7 3 (2.56%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 16 (13.68%) PKI
1 16 (13.68%) Replication
2 15 (12.82%) Clustering
3 7 (5.98%) Computer Science
4 5 (4.27%) PMI
5 4 (3.42%) Data Centre
5 4 (3.42%) Management Information System
6 3 (2.56%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.71%) Analytical Skills
8 1 (0.85%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.85%) BYOD
8 1 (0.85%) CESG
8 1 (0.85%) Cryptography
8 1 (0.85%) EPoS
8 1 (0.85%) iPad
8 1 (0.85%) NHS
8 1 (0.85%) Public Cloud
8 1 (0.85%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 66 (56.41%) Windows
2 34 (29.06%) Windows Server
3 20 (17.09%) Windows Server 2012
4 13 (11.11%) Windows 7
5 11 (9.40%) Linux
6 9 (7.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (7.69%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (5.98%) Windows 8
7 7 (5.98%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (4.27%) Mac OS X
9 4 (3.42%) Windows 10
10 3 (2.56%) Android
10 3 (2.56%) CentOS
11 2 (1.71%) Windows XP
12 1 (0.85%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (43.59%) ITIL
2 31 (26.50%) Service Management
3 30 (25.64%) Customer Engagement
4 26 (22.22%) Migration
5 16 (13.68%) Workflow
6 15 (12.82%) Security Auditing
7 11 (9.40%) Service Delivery
8 10 (8.55%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (8.55%) High Availability
8 10 (8.55%) Validation
9 9 (7.69%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (7.69%) Performance Tuning
9 9 (7.69%) PRINCE2
10 8 (6.84%) Data Modelling
10 8 (6.84%) Load Balancing
11 7 (5.98%) Problem Management
11 7 (5.98%) Project Management
12 6 (5.13%) Web Development
13 5 (4.27%) Performance Monitoring
13 5 (4.27%) Security Management
Programming Languages
1 47 (40.17%) SQL
2 45 (38.46%) PowerShell
3 21 (17.95%) C#
3 21 (17.95%) VBScript
4 19 (16.24%) JavaScript
5 12 (10.26%) T-SQL
6 9 (7.69%) PHP
7 8 (6.84%) Java
8 4 (3.42%) Bash Shell
9 3 (2.56%) Python
9 3 (2.56%) Ruby
10 2 (1.71%) VB
11 1 (0.85%) C
Qualifications
1 117 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 84 (71.79%) MCITP
3 43 (36.75%) Degree
4 32 (27.35%) Security Cleared
5 28 (23.93%) MCSE
6 21 (17.95%) MCP
7 19 (16.24%) MCAD
8 15 (12.82%) DV Cleared
8 15 (12.82%) MCSD
9 12 (10.26%) SC Cleared
10 10 (8.55%) CCNA
10 10 (8.55%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (5.98%) RHCE
12 5 (4.27%) MCSA
12 5 (4.27%) PMI Certification
13 4 (3.42%) MCDBA
14 3 (2.56%) MCDST
14 3 (2.56%) MCPD
15 2 (1.71%) ITIL Certification
15 2 (1.71%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.56%) SLA
2 1 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 83 (70.94%) Active Directory
2 13 (11.11%) Hyper-V
3 9 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (6.84%) UAG
5 7 (5.98%) BitLocker
5 7 (5.98%) Terminal Server
6 1 (0.85%) Firmware
6 1 (0.85%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.85%) VMware ESX
6 1 (0.85%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 9 (7.69%) SCCM
1 9 (7.69%) WSUS
2 7 (5.98%) SCOM
3 6 (5.13%) Puppet
3 6 (5.13%) Red Hat Satellite
4 5 (4.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 5 (4.27%) WMI
5 3 (2.56%) SCVMM
6 2 (1.71%) Windows Intune
7 1 (0.85%) OpenView
7 1 (0.85%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 87 (74.36%) Microsoft
2 15 (12.82%) VMware
3 14 (11.97%) Citrix
4 11 (9.40%) Cisco
5 10 (8.55%) Red Hat
6 9 (7.69%) HP
7 6 (5.13%) Brocade
8 5 (4.27%) Dell
9 4 (3.42%) NetApp
10 3 (2.56%) Adobe
10 3 (2.56%) Kaspersky
10 3 (2.56%) Remedy
10 3 (2.56%) ServiceNow
11 2 (1.71%) Aspera
11 2 (1.71%) Fortinet
11 2 (1.71%) Intel Security
11 2 (1.71%) Juniper
12 1 (0.85%) Apple
12 1 (0.85%) EMC
12 1 (0.85%) StorageTek
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