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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 479 465 435
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -30
Contract jobs citing MCTS 99 97 134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.20% 0.20% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.05% 1.15% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 43 74
Average daily rate
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£319 £339 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.09% -3.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £177 £230 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £445 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.25% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 15 5
Average hourly rate £18.75 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -9.09%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-16.25% +42.85%
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
9390 8444 9344
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 18.65% 17.56% 17.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 5403 4698 4905
Average daily rate £385 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 386 437 570
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.75 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% -5.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.36 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £44.42 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

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 28 August 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
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 28 August 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
London -2 33 £385 -3.75% 10
South East +5 29 £400 +28.00% 21
North West +12 18 £258 - 3
East of England -24 8 £300 +9.09% 4
West Midlands -7 5 £375 +25.00% 2
South West -37 3 £445 +31.18% 3
East Midlands -2 2 - - 3
Yorkshire -1 1 - - 2
North East - - - - 3
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UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 191 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 127 (66.49%) Windows
3 115 (60.21%) MCITP
4 106 (55.50%) Microsoft
5 84 (43.98%) SQL Server
6 81 (42.41%) Active Directory
7 74 (38.74%) Windows Server 2008
8 71 (37.17%) MCSE
9 69 (36.13%) SQL
10 60 (31.41%) Windows Server 2003
11 59 (30.89%) SQL Server 2008
12 55 (28.80%) ITIL
13 51 (26.70%) MS Excel
14 48 (25.13%) SQL Server 2005
15 45 (23.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 45 (23.56%) MCP
16 44 (23.04%) MCSA
16 44 (23.04%) VMware
17 39 (20.42%) SharePoint
18 35 (18.32%) Business Intelligence
18 35 (18.32%) Clustering
18 35 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
19 34 (17.80%) Citrix
19 34 (17.80%) .NET
20 33 (17.28%) DNS
20 33 (17.28%) Windows 7
21 31 (16.23%) MS Exchange
21 31 (16.23%) SharePoint 2010
22 29 (15.18%) T-SQL
23 28 (14.66%) MS Office

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 39 (20.42%) SharePoint
2 31 (16.23%) MS Exchange
2 31 (16.23%) SharePoint 2010
3 22 (11.52%) IIS
4 17 (8.90%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (7.85%) Exchange Server 2007
6 12 (6.28%) Exchange Server 2003
6 12 (6.28%) SharePoint Server
7 7 (3.66%) SharePoint 2013
8 5 (2.62%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (1.57%) Exchange Server 2013
9 3 (1.57%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 2 (1.05%) Lync
10 2 (1.05%) IBM Notes
11 1 (0.52%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.52%) MS Project Server
11 1 (0.52%) GroupWise
11 1 (0.52%) Office Communications Server
11 1 (0.52%) Node.js
Applications
1 51 (26.70%) MS Excel
2 28 (14.66%) MS Office
3 4 (2.09%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.52%) Photoshop
4 1 (0.52%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (3.14%) SAP SD
2 4 (2.09%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.19%) Office 365
2 4 (2.09%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 33 (17.28%) DNS
2 22 (11.52%) TCP/IP
3 18 (9.42%) SAN
4 17 (8.90%) DHCP
5 9 (4.71%) Firewall
6 7 (3.66%) Extranet
6 7 (3.66%) LAN
7 6 (3.14%) VPN
8 5 (2.62%) VoIP
8 5 (2.62%) WAN
8 5 (2.62%) ISDN
8 5 (2.62%) RTP
9 4 (2.09%) Wireless
9 4 (2.09%) Network Security
9 4 (2.09%) Intranet
10 3 (1.57%) Internet
10 3 (1.57%) HTTP
10 3 (1.57%) SMTP
11 2 (1.05%) SSL
11 2 (1.05%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (43.98%) SQL Server
2 59 (30.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 48 (25.13%) SQL Server 2005
4 45 (23.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 24 (12.57%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 24 (12.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 15 (7.85%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 14 (7.33%) SQL Server 2000
7 14 (7.33%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (3.14%) EDRMS
8 6 (3.14%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (3.14%) DTS
9 4 (2.09%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.57%) Amazon Redshift
10 3 (1.57%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.57%) SAP HANA
11 1 (0.52%) SSDT
11 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (4.71%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.09%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (1.05%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (1.05%) MSI
3 2 (1.05%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.52%) WiX
4 1 (0.52%) MSBuild
4 1 (0.52%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.52%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.52%) Selenium
4 1 (0.52%) Fiddler
4 1 (0.52%) Git (software)
General
1 22 (11.52%) Finance
2 6 (3.14%) Banking
3 5 (2.62%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.05%) Retail
4 2 (1.05%) Advertising
5 1 (0.52%) Military
5 1 (0.52%) Marketing
5 1 (0.52%) Electronics
5 1 (0.52%) Law
5 1 (0.52%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 35 (18.32%) Support Engineer
2 32 (16.75%) Developer
3 26 (13.61%) Consultant
4 21 (10.99%) Analyst
5 18 (9.42%) 3rd Line Support
6 15 (7.85%) SQL Developer
6 15 (7.85%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 14 (7.33%) Administrator
8 12 (6.28%) Support Analyst
8 12 (6.28%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 11 (5.76%) DBA
9 11 (5.76%) Architect
9 11 (5.76%) SharePoint Administrator
9 11 (5.76%) SQL DBA
10 10 (5.24%) Desktop Support
10 10 (5.24%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 10 (5.24%) 2nd Line Support
11 8 (4.19%) Senior Developer
11 8 (4.19%) SharePoint Developer
11 8 (4.19%) Senior SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (17.80%) .NET
2 10 (5.24%) XML
2 10 (5.24%) jQuery
3 9 (4.71%) HTML
4 8 (4.19%) ASP.NET
4 8 (4.19%) CSS
5 7 (3.66%) WCF
6 6 (3.14%) EDI
6 6 (3.14%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.57%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 2 (1.05%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (1.05%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
8 2 (1.05%) Application Packaging
8 2 (1.05%) Web Services
8 2 (1.05%) XSD
9 1 (0.52%) XSLT
9 1 (0.52%) SOAP
9 1 (0.52%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.52%) X-Windows
9 1 (0.52%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 35 (18.32%) Clustering
2 14 (7.33%) Replication
3 12 (6.28%) Data Integration
4 7 (3.66%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.62%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.09%) Blackberry
6 4 (2.09%) Smartphone
6 4 (2.09%) iPad
7 2 (1.05%) CMDB
7 2 (1.05%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.52%) EPoS
8 1 (0.52%) Chip and PIN
8 1 (0.52%) EFT
8 1 (0.52%) Firmware
8 1 (0.52%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.52%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.52%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.52%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 127 (66.49%) Windows
2 74 (38.74%) Windows Server 2008
3 60 (31.41%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (18.32%) Windows Server 2012
5 33 (17.28%) Windows 7
6 21 (10.99%) Windows XP
7 8 (4.19%) Windows 8
7 8 (4.19%) Windows 2000 Server
8 7 (3.66%) Windows Vista
9 5 (2.62%) Linux
10 4 (2.09%) Solaris
10 4 (2.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (1.05%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.52%) UNIX
12 1 (0.52%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (28.80%) ITIL
2 35 (18.32%) Business Intelligence
3 21 (10.99%) Service Management
3 21 (10.99%) Load Balancing
4 18 (9.42%) Migration
4 18 (9.42%) Change Management
5 15 (7.85%) Service Delivery
5 15 (7.85%) CRM
6 14 (7.33%) ETL
6 14 (7.33%) Incident Management
7 13 (6.81%) Customer Engagement
7 13 (6.81%) Capacity Planning
8 12 (6.28%) Disaster Recovery
9 11 (5.76%) Data Transformation
10 10 (5.24%) Performance Tuning
10 10 (5.24%) Data Modelling
11 8 (4.19%) Project Management
12 7 (3.66%) Workflow
13 6 (3.14%) Performance Monitoring
14 5 (2.62%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 69 (36.13%) SQL
2 29 (15.18%) T-SQL
3 24 (12.57%) PowerShell
4 19 (9.95%) C#
5 7 (3.66%) C++
5 7 (3.66%) Java
6 6 (3.14%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.14%) ABAP
7 4 (2.09%) Perl
7 4 (2.09%) VBScript
8 2 (1.05%) VB
8 2 (1.05%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.05%) C
8 2 (1.05%) Ruby
9 1 (0.52%) VBA
9 1 (0.52%) Python
9 1 (0.52%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.52%) VB6
9 1 (0.52%) PHP
Qualifications
1 191 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 115 (60.21%) MCITP
3 71 (37.17%) MCSE
4 45 (23.56%) MCP
5 44 (23.04%) MCSA
6 25 (13.09%) Security Cleared
7 22 (11.52%) CCNA
7 22 (11.52%) Cisco Certification
8 19 (9.95%) Degree
9 17 (8.90%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 12 (6.28%) SC Cleared
11 10 (5.24%) Citrix Certification
12 9 (4.71%) CCA
13 8 (4.19%) MCDST
14 7 (3.66%) CCNP
15 6 (3.14%) DV Cleared
16 5 (2.62%) CCVP
16 5 (2.62%) MCSD
16 5 (2.62%) VCAP
17 4 (2.09%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (9.95%) SLA
2 6 (3.14%) QA
3 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 81 (42.41%) Active Directory
2 24 (12.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (6.81%) Hyper-V
4 9 (4.71%) vSphere
5 7 (3.66%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (3.14%) vCloud
7 5 (2.62%) Terminal Services
8 4 (2.09%) XenApp
8 4 (2.09%) XenServer
8 4 (2.09%) VMware ESX
9 2 (1.05%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (1.05%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.52%) Terminal Server
10 1 (0.52%) UAG
10 1 (0.52%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 23 (12.04%) SCOM
2 21 (10.99%) SCCM
3 6 (3.14%) WSUS
4 4 (2.09%) EMC NetWorker
4 4 (2.09%) SCOrch
5 3 (1.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.05%) Ionix
6 2 (1.05%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.05%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.52%) WMI
7 1 (0.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.52%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (0.52%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.52%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 106 (55.50%) Microsoft
2 44 (23.04%) VMware
3 34 (17.80%) Citrix
4 23 (12.04%) Cisco
5 10 (5.24%) SAP
6 9 (4.71%) Symantec
7 7 (3.66%) HP
7 7 (3.66%) EMC
8 6 (3.14%) Oracle
8 6 (3.14%) NetApp
8 6 (3.14%) Salesforce.com
8 6 (3.14%) Veeam
9 5 (2.62%) Remedy
9 5 (2.62%) F5
10 4 (2.09%) Sophos
10 4 (2.09%) Kaseya
10 4 (2.09%) Red Hat
11 3 (1.57%) Tableau
12 2 (1.05%) McAfee
12 2 (1.05%) Apple
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