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 3 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 519 468 491
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +23
Contract jobs citing MCTS 67 87 64
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.13% 0.18% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.71% 0.96% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 44 27
Average daily rate
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£400 £331 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.75% -15.92%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £204 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £443 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 18 3
Average hourly rate £35.11 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.60% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.75 £13.50 £13.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £24.00 £19.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.11 £15.88 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+121.13% -0.78%
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
9449 9079 8041
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.65% 18.96% 18.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 5616 5236 4338
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £530 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 468 410 459
Average hourly rate £22.20 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.84% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.27 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £44.10 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+13.92% -8.13%

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 -21 19 £350 -12.50% 9
North West -6 17 £338 +27.35% 2
London -33 15 £449 +21.28% 13
East of England -4 4 £325 +8.33% 2
Yorkshire -17 4 £200 -
South West - 4 £443 - 2
West Midlands -1 3 £450 +20.00%
East Midlands -7 1 - - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 3 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.

1 152 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 110 (72.37%) Microsoft
3 94 (61.84%) Windows
4 75 (49.34%) MCSE
5 73 (48.03%) MCITP
6 63 (41.45%) Active Directory
7 52 (34.21%) MS Excel
8 46 (30.26%) VMware
9 43 (28.29%) MS Exchange
10 39 (25.66%) ITIL
10 39 (25.66%) Windows 7
11 36 (23.68%) SQL
12 35 (23.03%) MCSA
13 33 (21.71%) SQL Server
14 32 (21.05%) MCP
15 31 (20.39%) Citrix
16 30 (19.74%) Windows Server 2008
17 29 (19.08%) Windows Server 2012
18 28 (18.42%) VMware Infrastructure
19 27 (17.76%) Exchange Server 2010
19 27 (17.76%) Firewall
20 26 (17.11%) DNS
21 25 (16.45%) MS Office
21 25 (16.45%) Exchange Server 2007
21 25 (16.45%) Lync
22 23 (15.13%) Hyper-V
22 23 (15.13%) Degree
23 22 (14.47%) Service Management
23 22 (14.47%) Windows Server 2003
24 21 (13.82%) Migration

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 3 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 43 (28.29%) MS Exchange
2 27 (17.76%) Exchange Server 2010
3 25 (16.45%) Lync
3 25 (16.45%) Exchange Server 2007
4 16 (10.53%) Exchange Server 2013
5 10 (6.58%) SharePoint
6 7 (4.61%) IIS
7 6 (3.95%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 6 (3.95%) Exchange Server 2003
7 6 (3.95%) Office Communications Server
8 5 (3.29%) IBM Notes
8 5 (3.29%) GroupWise
9 4 (2.63%) SharePoint 2010
9 4 (2.63%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (1.32%) TPMS
11 1 (0.66%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 52 (34.21%) MS Excel
2 25 (16.45%) MS Office
3 12 (7.89%) MS Visio
4 7 (4.61%) MS Project
5 2 (1.32%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.66%) SAP CCM
2 1 (0.66%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 17 (11.18%) Office 365
2 6 (3.95%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.32%) SaaS
3 2 (1.32%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.66%) IaaS
4 1 (0.66%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 27 (17.76%) Firewall
2 26 (17.11%) DNS
3 17 (11.18%) SAN
4 15 (9.87%) DHCP
5 14 (9.21%) TCP/IP
6 12 (7.89%) LAN
7 11 (7.24%) WAN
8 10 (6.58%) Internet
9 8 (5.26%) VPN
10 6 (3.95%) POP3
10 6 (3.95%) SMTP
10 6 (3.95%) IMAP
11 4 (2.63%) IP Telephony
12 3 (1.97%) VoIP
13 2 (1.32%) IPv4
13 2 (1.32%) NetScaler
14 1 (0.66%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
14 1 (0.66%) VLAN
14 1 (0.66%) Network Security
14 1 (0.66%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (21.71%) SQL Server
2 18 (11.84%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 17 (11.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (9.87%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (9.21%) SQL Server 2008
6 13 (8.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 8 (5.26%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (3.95%) OLAP Cube
8 6 (3.95%) OLAP
9 4 (2.63%) OLTP
10 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 2 (1.32%) QlikView
11 1 (0.66%) SQL Server 2005
11 1 (0.66%) Crystal Reports
11 1 (0.66%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.66%) Relational Database
11 1 (0.66%) MySQL
11 1 (0.66%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 10 (6.58%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.97%) Visual Studio
3 2 (1.32%) WinRunner
3 2 (1.32%) TestDirector
3 2 (1.32%) HP UFT
4 1 (0.66%) MSBuild
General
1 17 (11.18%) Finance
2 8 (5.26%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.63%) Manufacturing
4 3 (1.97%) Electronics
5 2 (1.32%) Marketing
6 1 (0.66%) Banking
Job Titles
1 25 (16.45%) Analyst
2 18 (11.84%) Consultant
3 16 (10.53%) Field Engineer
4 15 (9.87%) Developer
5 10 (6.58%) Support Analyst
5 10 (6.58%) Support Engineer
5 10 (6.58%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 9 (5.92%) Process Engineer
7 8 (5.26%) Service Desk Analyst
7 8 (5.26%) SQL DBA
7 8 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
7 8 (5.26%) Service Analyst
7 8 (5.26%) DBA
7 8 (5.26%) Desktop Support
8 7 (4.61%) Administrator
8 7 (4.61%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 7 (4.61%) Desktop Engineer
8 7 (4.61%) SQL Developer
9 6 (3.95%) Server Engineer
9 6 (3.95%) Systems Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (5.26%) .NET
2 5 (3.29%) XML
3 4 (2.63%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.97%) Web Services
4 3 (1.97%) .NET Framework
4 3 (1.97%) WCF
5 2 (1.32%) WPF
5 2 (1.32%) Application Packaging
5 2 (1.32%) HTML
5 2 (1.32%) CSS
6 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
6 1 (0.66%) XSLT
6 1 (0.66%) MDX
6 1 (0.66%) jQuery
6 1 (0.66%) Entity Framework
6 1 (0.66%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (0.66%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.21%) Clustering
2 11 (7.24%) Data Centre
3 9 (5.92%) Analytical Skills
4 8 (5.26%) Blackberry
5 6 (3.95%) Replication
6 5 (3.29%) Video Conferencing
7 4 (2.63%) Computer Science
7 4 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
8 3 (1.97%) Private Cloud
8 3 (1.97%) Client/Server
9 2 (1.32%) PDA
10 1 (0.66%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.66%) Data Integration
10 1 (0.66%) Kindle
10 1 (0.66%) Handset
10 1 (0.66%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 94 (61.84%) Windows
2 39 (25.66%) Windows 7
3 30 (19.74%) Windows Server 2008
4 29 (19.08%) Windows Server 2012
5 22 (14.47%) Windows Server 2003
6 15 (9.87%) Windows 8
7 10 (6.58%) Windows XP
8 6 (3.95%) Linux
9 3 (1.97%) Windows 2000
9 3 (1.97%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (1.32%) AIX
10 2 (1.32%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.66%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.66%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (25.66%) ITIL
2 22 (14.47%) Service Management
3 21 (13.82%) Migration
4 19 (12.50%) Disaster Recovery
4 19 (12.50%) Customer Engagement
5 17 (11.18%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (7.89%) Stakeholder Management
6 12 (7.89%) Quality Management
6 12 (7.89%) Continuous Improvement
6 12 (7.89%) Performance Analysis
6 12 (7.89%) BPMN
7 11 (7.24%) Lean Six Sigma
7 11 (7.24%) Business Intelligence
7 11 (7.24%) Six Sigma
8 9 (5.92%) Scrum
8 9 (5.92%) Problem Management
8 9 (5.92%) Performance Tuning
9 8 (5.26%) Root Cause Analysis
9 8 (5.26%) ETL
9 8 (5.26%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 36 (23.68%) SQL
2 13 (8.55%) PowerShell
3 10 (6.58%) T-SQL
4 7 (4.61%) C#
5 3 (1.97%) Java
5 3 (1.97%) VBScript
5 3 (1.97%) VB.NET
6 2 (1.32%) JavaScript
7 1 (0.66%) Python
Qualifications
1 152 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 75 (49.34%) MCSE
3 73 (48.03%) MCITP
4 35 (23.03%) MCSA
5 32 (21.05%) MCP
6 23 (15.13%) Degree
7 19 (12.50%) Security Cleared
8 17 (11.18%) Cisco Certification
9 16 (10.53%) CCNA
10 14 (9.21%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 13 (8.55%) SC Cleared
11 13 (8.55%) DV Cleared
12 11 (7.24%) Citrix Certification
13 9 (5.92%) CCA
14 7 (4.61%) MCDST
15 6 (3.95%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
16 5 (3.29%) CISA
16 5 (3.29%) CCNP
16 5 (3.29%) CISSP
16 5 (3.29%) Microsoft Certified Master
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (5.26%) SLA
2 5 (3.29%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.97%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.66%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.66%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 63 (41.45%) Active Directory
2 28 (18.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 23 (15.13%) Hyper-V
4 9 (5.92%) vSphere
5 6 (3.95%) Forefront TMG
5 6 (3.95%) XenApp
6 3 (1.97%) XenDesktop
6 3 (1.97%) VMware ESX
6 3 (1.97%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (1.97%) Firmware
7 2 (1.32%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.66%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.66%) UAG
8 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Virtual Server
8 1 (0.66%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 20 (13.16%) SCCM
2 11 (7.24%) SCOM
3 5 (3.29%) Backup Exec
4 4 (2.63%) AirWatch
5 3 (1.97%) WMI
5 3 (1.97%) BMC PATROL
5 3 (1.97%) SCSM
6 2 (1.32%) XenMobile
6 2 (1.32%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (1.32%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.32%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.66%) CA Spectrum
7 1 (0.66%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.66%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.66%) Nagios
7 1 (0.66%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.66%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.66%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.66%) WSUS
7 1 (0.66%) MOM
Vendors
1 110 (72.37%) Microsoft
2 46 (30.26%) VMware
3 31 (20.39%) Citrix
4 18 (11.84%) Cisco
5 13 (8.55%) McAfee
6 12 (7.89%) SAP
7 6 (3.95%) Symantec
8 5 (3.29%) IBM
8 5 (3.29%) Novell
8 5 (3.29%) Lotus
9 4 (2.63%) HP
10 3 (1.97%) Avaya
10 3 (1.97%) Apple
10 3 (1.97%) BMC
10 3 (1.97%) Sophos
11 2 (1.32%) AppSense
11 2 (1.32%) TOWER Software
11 2 (1.32%) Sonus
11 2 (1.32%) CA
11 2 (1.32%) Veritas
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