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 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 464 458 413
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -45
Contract jobs citing MCTS 92 88 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.20% 0.19% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.86% 0.99% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 39 46
Average daily rate
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£359 £400 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.31% +18.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £218 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £310
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +29.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 18 5
Average hourly rate £22.00 £13.25 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.03% -39.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £19.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.75 £22.10 £37.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £13.25 £47.50
% change year-on-year
+183.01% -72.10%
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
10719 8907 7305
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 22.76% 19.53% 18.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 6346 4857 3960
Average daily rate £400 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £351 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.68% +6.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 466 421 436
Average hourly rate £22.00 £20.00 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% -23.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.67 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £41.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.00 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+37.14% -33.33%

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 5 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 5 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 5 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 +5 46 £425 +3.03% 13
London -1 31 £150 -60.52% 13
West Midlands -2 5 £396 -2.46% 4
Yorkshire - 4 £425 - 5
East of England +1 1 - - 2
East Midlands -2 1 £325 +13.04% 2
South West -11 1 £110 -72.92% 4
North West -31 1 £250 +11.11% 6
North East - - - - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 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.

1 173 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 121 (69.94%) Windows
3 102 (58.96%) Microsoft
4 93 (53.76%) MCITP
5 80 (46.24%) MCSE
6 74 (42.77%) Active Directory
7 61 (35.26%) ITIL
8 48 (27.75%) VMware
9 47 (27.17%) SQL Server
9 47 (27.17%) MS Exchange
10 45 (26.01%) SQL
11 40 (23.12%) Citrix
12 38 (21.97%) Service Management
12 38 (21.97%) Windows Server 2008
12 38 (21.97%) Windows 7
13 37 (21.39%) Degree
14 36 (20.81%) MCSA
14 36 (20.81%) Hyper-V
15 34 (19.65%) Customer Engagement
15 34 (19.65%) MS Excel
16 33 (19.08%) VMware Infrastructure
17 32 (18.50%) Windows Server 2003
18 31 (17.92%) Windows Server 2012
19 30 (17.34%) MCP
20 29 (16.76%) DNS
21 26 (15.03%) Exchange Server 2010
22 24 (13.87%) SQL Server 2008
23 23 (13.29%) Agile Software Development
23 23 (13.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
24 22 (12.72%) Clustering

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 5 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 (27.17%) MS Exchange
2 26 (15.03%) Exchange Server 2010
3 22 (12.72%) SharePoint
4 21 (12.14%) Exchange Server 2007
5 20 (11.56%) Exchange Server 2013
6 17 (9.83%) Lync
7 15 (8.67%) Exchange Server 2003
8 13 (7.51%) IIS
9 10 (5.78%) Office Communications Server
10 8 (4.62%) SharePoint 2010
11 7 (4.05%) IBM Notes
11 7 (4.05%) GroupWise
12 4 (2.31%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (2.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 3 (1.73%) SharePoint Server
14 2 (1.16%) SharePoint 2013
14 2 (1.16%) Live Communications Server
15 1 (0.58%) WorkSite
Applications
1 34 (19.65%) MS Excel
2 14 (8.09%) MS Office
3 5 (2.89%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (4.62%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.58%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 14 (8.09%) Office 365
2 7 (4.05%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.16%) SaaS
3 2 (1.16%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.58%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 29 (16.76%) DNS
2 21 (12.14%) Firewall
3 14 (8.09%) SAN
4 12 (6.94%) DHCP
5 10 (5.78%) Internet
6 9 (5.20%) TCP/IP
7 8 (4.62%) NetScaler
7 8 (4.62%) VPN
7 8 (4.62%) POP3
7 8 (4.62%) SMTP
7 8 (4.62%) WAN
7 8 (4.62%) IMAP
8 7 (4.05%) VoIP
9 6 (3.47%) LAN
10 4 (2.31%) Network Security
11 3 (1.73%) IP Telephony
11 3 (1.73%) Extranet
12 2 (1.16%) DMZ
12 2 (1.16%) Intranet
12 2 (1.16%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (27.17%) SQL Server
2 24 (13.87%) SQL Server 2008
3 23 (13.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 19 (10.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (8.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 12 (6.94%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (5.78%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (5.20%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (2.89%) OLTP
10 4 (2.31%) OLAP Cube
10 4 (2.31%) QlikView
10 4 (2.31%) OLAP
11 3 (1.73%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (1.73%) EDRMS
12 2 (1.16%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 1 (0.58%) Data Mart
13 1 (0.58%) Crystal Reports
13 1 (0.58%) Relational Database
13 1 (0.58%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 9 (5.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (2.89%) Visual Studio
3 3 (1.73%) WinRunner
3 3 (1.73%) TestDirector
3 3 (1.73%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (1.16%) MSBuild
4 2 (1.16%) MSI
5 1 (0.58%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (0.58%) WiX
5 1 (0.58%) SpecFlow
General
1 18 (10.40%) Finance
2 8 (4.62%) Telecoms
3 4 (2.31%) Marketing
4 3 (1.73%) Electronics
4 3 (1.73%) Military
5 2 (1.16%) Banking
5 2 (1.16%) Retail
5 2 (1.16%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.58%) Law
6 1 (0.58%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (16.76%) Consultant
1 29 (16.76%) Field Engineer
2 20 (11.56%) Developer
3 18 (10.40%) Support Engineer
3 18 (10.40%) Analyst
4 12 (6.94%) SQL Developer
5 11 (6.36%) Desktop Support
6 10 (5.78%) SQL DBA
6 10 (5.78%) DBA
7 9 (5.20%) Administrator
7 9 (5.20%) 3rd Line Support
7 9 (5.20%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 9 (5.20%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 9 (5.20%) Architect
8 8 (4.62%) Server Engineer
9 7 (4.05%) Exchange Engineer
10 6 (3.47%) SQL Server DBA
10 6 (3.47%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 6 (3.47%) Service Desk Analyst
10 6 (3.47%) Desktop Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (11.56%) .NET
2 11 (6.36%) XML
3 9 (5.20%) WCF
4 7 (4.05%) Web Services
4 7 (4.05%) ASP.NET
5 6 (3.47%) WPF
6 5 (2.89%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.73%) MDX
8 2 (1.16%) jQuery
8 2 (1.16%) XSLT
9 1 (0.58%) Application Packaging
9 1 (0.58%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
9 1 (0.58%) Windows SharePoint Services
9 1 (0.58%) Ajax
9 1 (0.58%) XSD
9 1 (0.58%) CSS
9 1 (0.58%) SOAP
9 1 (0.58%) HTML
9 1 (0.58%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.58%) WSH
Miscellaneous
1 22 (12.72%) Clustering
2 11 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (4.05%) Blackberry
4 4 (2.31%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.73%) Replication
5 3 (1.73%) Statistics
5 3 (1.73%) PDA
5 3 (1.73%) Video Conferencing
6 2 (1.16%) CMDB
6 2 (1.16%) PKI
7 1 (0.58%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.58%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.58%) Life Science
7 1 (0.58%) Data Integration
7 1 (0.58%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 121 (69.94%) Windows
2 38 (21.97%) Windows Server 2008
2 38 (21.97%) Windows 7
3 32 (18.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 31 (17.92%) Windows Server 2012
5 17 (9.83%) Windows XP
6 12 (6.94%) Windows 8
7 4 (2.31%) Android
8 3 (1.73%) AIX
8 3 (1.73%) UNIX
9 1 (0.58%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.58%) Solaris
9 1 (0.58%) Linux
9 1 (0.58%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.58%) VMS
9 1 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (35.26%) ITIL
2 38 (21.97%) Service Management
3 34 (19.65%) Customer Engagement
4 23 (13.29%) Agile Software Development
5 21 (12.14%) Migration
5 21 (12.14%) Disaster Recovery
6 16 (9.25%) Business Intelligence
7 12 (6.94%) Performance Tuning
7 12 (6.94%) CRM
8 9 (5.20%) Change Management
8 9 (5.20%) Performance Monitoring
8 9 (5.20%) Data Migration
9 8 (4.62%) Kimball Methodology
10 7 (4.05%) Scrum
10 7 (4.05%) High Availability
11 6 (3.47%) Problem Management
11 6 (3.47%) PRINCE2
11 6 (3.47%) ETL
11 6 (3.47%) Software Engineering
12 5 (2.89%) Strategic Planning
Programming Languages
1 45 (26.01%) SQL
2 17 (9.83%) PowerShell
3 15 (8.67%) T-SQL
3 15 (8.67%) C#
4 12 (6.94%) VB.NET
5 8 (4.62%) VBScript
6 5 (2.89%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.31%) Java
8 1 (0.58%) Ruby
8 1 (0.58%) C
8 1 (0.58%) C++
8 1 (0.58%) Perl
8 1 (0.58%) PHP
8 1 (0.58%) Python
8 1 (0.58%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 173 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 93 (53.76%) MCITP
3 80 (46.24%) MCSE
4 37 (21.39%) Degree
5 36 (20.81%) MCSA
6 30 (17.34%) MCP
7 13 (7.51%) CCA
7 13 (7.51%) Citrix Certification
7 13 (7.51%) Cisco Certification
7 13 (7.51%) CCNA
7 13 (7.51%) Security Cleared
8 12 (6.94%) MCDST
9 11 (6.36%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 10 (5.78%) SC Cleared
11 9 (5.20%) CCNP
11 9 (5.20%) VCP4
12 7 (4.05%) CCEA
13 5 (2.89%) CISA
13 5 (2.89%) ACSA
13 5 (2.89%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (4.62%) SLA
2 6 (3.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (1.16%) PCI DSS
4 1 (0.58%) QA
System Software
1 74 (42.77%) Active Directory
2 36 (20.81%) Hyper-V
3 33 (19.08%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (9.83%) XenApp
5 8 (4.62%) vSphere
6 7 (4.05%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.73%) VMware ESX
7 3 (1.73%) XenDesktop
8 2 (1.16%) XenServer
8 2 (1.16%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.58%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.58%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 12 (6.94%) SCOM
2 11 (6.36%) SCCM
3 8 (4.62%) SCSM
3 8 (4.62%) WMI
4 4 (2.31%) MOM
5 3 (1.73%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (1.73%) HP Quality Center
6 2 (1.16%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.16%) Netcool
7 1 (0.58%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.58%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.58%) EdgeSight
Vendors
1 102 (58.96%) Microsoft
2 48 (27.75%) VMware
3 40 (23.12%) Citrix
4 18 (10.40%) Cisco
5 11 (6.36%) Avaya
6 10 (5.78%) McAfee
7 9 (5.20%) NetApp
8 8 (4.62%) Veeam
8 8 (4.62%) IBM
8 8 (4.62%) Lotus
8 8 (4.62%) Apple
9 7 (4.05%) Novell
9 7 (4.05%) EMC
10 6 (3.47%) HP
11 5 (2.89%) Red Hat
11 5 (2.89%) Sonus
12 4 (2.31%) BMC
13 3 (1.73%) Veritas
13 3 (1.73%) Sun
13 3 (1.73%) Remedy
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