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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 513 480 442
Rank change year-on-year
-33 -38
Contract jobs citing MCTS 76 79 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.15% 0.17% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.73% 0.94% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 56 61
Average daily rate
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£400 £368 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.84% +9.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £221 £275 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £450 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 9 6
Average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+107.14% -26.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.50 £11.33 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.60 £22.50 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%
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
10434 8390 8135
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.68% 17.76% 18.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 6117 4767 4313
Average daily rate £398 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 487 351 562
Average hourly rate £18.03 £18.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.16% -21.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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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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 -15 33 £400 -5.88% 15
London +10 24 £400 +23.07% 8
West Midlands - 6 £351 - 4
Yorkshire -10 4 £275 -5.17% 3
North West -10 3 £375 +25.00% 2
South West -20 3 £549 - 6
East of England -22 3 £400 -8.57% 3
East Midlands - - - - 4
North East - - - - 1
MCTS
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MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 176 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 116 (65.91%) Windows
3 95 (53.98%) Microsoft
4 85 (48.30%) MCITP
5 69 (39.20%) SQL Server
6 63 (35.80%) Active Directory
7 60 (34.09%) SQL
7 60 (34.09%) MCSE
8 57 (32.39%) ITIL
9 52 (29.55%) Windows Server 2008
10 46 (26.14%) Windows Server 2003
11 45 (25.57%) VMware
11 45 (25.57%) SQL Server 2008
12 40 (22.73%) Citrix
13 39 (22.16%) MCSA
14 37 (21.02%) MS Excel
14 37 (21.02%) MS Exchange
15 33 (18.75%) SharePoint
15 33 (18.75%) MCP
15 33 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
16 32 (18.18%) Clustering
17 31 (17.61%) .NET
17 31 (17.61%) Hyper-V
18 30 (17.05%) SQL Server 2005
19 29 (16.48%) Service Management
19 29 (16.48%) Windows Server 2012
19 29 (16.48%) Degree
20 27 (15.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 25 (14.20%) DNS
21 25 (14.20%) Security Cleared

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 37 (21.02%) MS Exchange
2 33 (18.75%) SharePoint
3 23 (13.07%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (12.50%) IIS
5 21 (11.93%) SharePoint 2010
6 20 (11.36%) Exchange Server 2007
7 19 (10.80%) Exchange Server 2003
8 17 (9.66%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (4.55%) BizTalk Server
10 7 (3.98%) Lync
11 5 (2.84%) SharePoint 2013
12 4 (2.27%) SharePoint Server
13 3 (1.70%) Office Communications Server
13 3 (1.70%) GroupWise
13 3 (1.70%) IBM Notes
14 2 (1.14%) Live Communications Server
15 1 (0.57%) WorkSite
15 1 (0.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 37 (21.02%) MS Excel
2 13 (7.39%) MS Office
3 5 (2.84%) MS Project
4 1 (0.57%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 10 (5.68%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.57%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (0.57%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 9 (5.11%) Office 365
2 4 (2.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 25 (14.20%) DNS
2 23 (13.07%) SAN
3 13 (7.39%) TCP/IP
4 10 (5.68%) NetScaler
5 9 (5.11%) WAN
6 8 (4.55%) DHCP
7 7 (3.98%) LAN
8 4 (2.27%) Internet
8 4 (2.27%) SMTP
8 4 (2.27%) Network Security
9 3 (1.70%) IMAP
9 3 (1.70%) Intranet
9 3 (1.70%) VoIP
9 3 (1.70%) WLAN
9 3 (1.70%) HTTP
9 3 (1.70%) POP3
10 2 (1.14%) VPN
10 2 (1.14%) PBX
10 2 (1.14%) PSTN
10 2 (1.14%) DMZ
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (39.20%) SQL Server
2 45 (25.57%) SQL Server 2008
3 30 (17.05%) SQL Server 2005
4 27 (15.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 18 (10.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (8.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 13 (7.39%) SQL Server 2000
7 13 (7.39%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (5.11%) EDRMS
9 8 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (3.41%) OLTP
11 3 (1.70%) SAP HANA
11 3 (1.70%) Relational Database
11 3 (1.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (1.70%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.70%) DTS
12 2 (1.14%) OLAP
12 2 (1.14%) OLAP Cube
12 2 (1.14%) QlikView
13 1 (0.57%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 9 (5.11%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.27%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (1.70%) MSI
4 2 (1.14%) Fiddler
4 2 (1.14%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (1.14%) MSBuild
4 2 (1.14%) WiX
4 2 (1.14%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.57%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.57%) WinRunner
5 1 (0.57%) TestDirector
5 1 (0.57%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 22 (12.50%) Finance
2 5 (2.84%) Military
3 4 (2.27%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.70%) Marketing
4 3 (1.70%) Banking
5 2 (1.14%) Retail
6 1 (0.57%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.57%) Law
Job Titles
1 30 (17.05%) Developer
1 30 (17.05%) Consultant
2 23 (13.07%) Support Engineer
3 14 (7.95%) Field Engineer
4 13 (7.39%) SQL DBA
4 13 (7.39%) Analyst
4 13 (7.39%) DBA
5 12 (6.82%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 12 (6.82%) 3rd Line Support
6 11 (6.25%) SQL Developer
7 9 (5.11%) SharePoint Developer
8 8 (4.55%) SQL Server DBA
8 8 (4.55%) Administrator
8 8 (4.55%) Desktop Support
8 8 (4.55%) Architect
8 8 (4.55%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 6 (3.41%) Support Analyst
10 5 (2.84%) CRM Developer
10 5 (2.84%) Network Security Manager
10 5 (2.84%) SharePoint Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (17.61%) .NET
2 13 (7.39%) XML
3 12 (6.82%) WCF
4 11 (6.25%) ASP.NET
5 8 (4.55%) Web Services
5 8 (4.55%) HTML
5 8 (4.55%) CSS
5 8 (4.55%) .NET Framework
6 5 (2.84%) WPF
7 2 (1.14%) XSD
7 2 (1.14%) XSLT
7 2 (1.14%) ADO.NET
7 2 (1.14%) SOAP
7 2 (1.14%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
7 2 (1.14%) Ajax
7 2 (1.14%) jQuery
7 2 (1.14%) LINQ
7 2 (1.14%) Silverlight
7 2 (1.14%) MDX
7 2 (1.14%) Windows Identity Foundation
Miscellaneous
1 32 (18.18%) Clustering
2 10 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (4.55%) Computer Science
4 7 (3.98%) Replication
5 4 (2.27%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.70%) CMDB
6 3 (1.70%) Statistics
7 2 (1.14%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.14%) PKI
7 2 (1.14%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.57%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.57%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.57%) Life Science
8 1 (0.57%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.57%) PDA
8 1 (0.57%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.57%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 116 (65.91%) Windows
2 52 (29.55%) Windows Server 2008
3 46 (26.14%) Windows Server 2003
4 29 (16.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (11.36%) Windows XP
6 17 (9.66%) Windows 7
7 6 (3.41%) Windows 8
8 5 (2.84%) UNIX
9 4 (2.27%) Android
10 1 (0.57%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.57%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.57%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.57%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.57%) VMS
10 1 (0.57%) AIX
10 1 (0.57%) Solaris
10 1 (0.57%) Linux
10 1 (0.57%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (32.39%) ITIL
2 29 (16.48%) Service Management
3 24 (13.64%) Migration
4 21 (11.93%) Customer Engagement
5 18 (10.23%) CRM
5 18 (10.23%) Load Balancing
6 17 (9.66%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (9.09%) Disaster Recovery
8 15 (8.52%) Business Intelligence
9 13 (7.39%) Service Delivery
9 13 (7.39%) Capacity Planning
10 10 (5.68%) Performance Tuning
11 9 (5.11%) Change Management
11 9 (5.11%) ETL
12 8 (4.55%) Performance Monitoring
12 8 (4.55%) Performance Management
12 8 (4.55%) Data Migration
13 7 (3.98%) Workflow
14 6 (3.41%) Incident Management
14 6 (3.41%) Kimball Methodology
Programming Languages
1 60 (34.09%) SQL
2 21 (11.93%) PowerShell
3 20 (11.36%) C#
4 19 (10.80%) T-SQL
5 9 (5.11%) JavaScript
6 8 (4.55%) VB.NET
7 5 (2.84%) VBScript
8 2 (1.14%) Python
8 2 (1.14%) Java
8 2 (1.14%) C++
8 2 (1.14%) PHP
8 2 (1.14%) Ruby
9 1 (0.57%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.57%) C
9 1 (0.57%) Perl
9 1 (0.57%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 176 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 85 (48.30%) MCITP
3 60 (34.09%) MCSE
4 39 (22.16%) MCSA
5 33 (18.75%) MCP
6 29 (16.48%) Degree
7 25 (14.20%) Security Cleared
8 17 (9.66%) SC Cleared
9 14 (7.95%) CCNA
9 14 (7.95%) Cisco Certification
9 14 (7.95%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 11 (6.25%) CCA
10 11 (6.25%) Citrix Certification
11 10 (5.68%) MCDST
12 8 (4.55%) CCNP
13 7 (3.98%) CCEA
14 5 (2.84%) ACSP
14 5 (2.84%) RHCSA
14 5 (2.84%) ACSA
14 5 (2.84%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.25%) SLA
2 5 (2.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (2.27%) QA
4 1 (0.57%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 63 (35.80%) Active Directory
2 33 (18.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 31 (17.61%) Hyper-V
4 18 (10.23%) XenApp
5 7 (3.98%) vSphere
5 7 (3.98%) Microsoft App-V
6 6 (3.41%) XenServer
7 4 (2.27%) Terminal Services
8 3 (1.70%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.57%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.57%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 18 (10.23%) SCOM
2 17 (9.66%) SCCM
3 4 (2.27%) WMI
3 4 (2.27%) SCSM
4 3 (1.70%) MOM
5 2 (1.14%) WSUS
6 1 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
6 1 (0.57%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.57%) SCVMM
6 1 (0.57%) SCOrch
6 1 (0.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.57%) EdgeSight
6 1 (0.57%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.57%) Netcool
6 1 (0.57%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.57%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 95 (53.98%) Microsoft
2 45 (25.57%) VMware
3 40 (22.73%) Citrix
4 15 (8.52%) NetApp
4 15 (8.52%) Veeam
5 14 (7.95%) Cisco
6 10 (5.68%) HP
7 8 (4.55%) Symantec
7 8 (4.55%) EMC
8 7 (3.98%) Avaya
9 6 (3.41%) Apple
9 6 (3.41%) Remedy
9 6 (3.41%) BMC
10 5 (2.84%) IBM
10 5 (2.84%) Red Hat
10 5 (2.84%) SAP
11 4 (2.27%) Sophos
11 4 (2.27%) Lotus
12 3 (1.70%) SolarWinds
12 3 (1.70%) Sun
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