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 27 November 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
27 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 491 489 441
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -48
Contract jobs citing MCTS 81 79 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.16% 0.17% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.76% 0.99% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 57 56
Average daily rate
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£400 £348 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.10% +5.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £260 £179
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £430 £406
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £335 £348
% change year-on-year
+11.94% -3.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 8 7
Average hourly rate £25.25 £19.75 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.84% +23.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.08 £11.20 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.20 £22.65 £26.66
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.63 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+3.67% +6.25%
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
10685 7972 8232
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.55% 17.08% 17.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 6100 4580 4336
Average daily rate £395 £378 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.63% -0.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £534 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £353
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -0.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 473 329 549
Average hourly rate £18.00 £18.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £40.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -20.00%

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 27 November 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 27 November 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 27 November 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 -15 27 £425 +26.86% 13
South East -23 27 £375 -11.76% 14
North West 0 10 £400 +33.33% 2
South West - 8 £420 - 6
Yorkshire -13 3 £275 -5.17% 1
East of England -18 3 £400 -5.88% 3
West Midlands - 3 £351 - 7
East Midlands - - - - 1
North East - - - -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 November 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.

1 180 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 117 (65.00%) Windows
3 94 (52.22%) Microsoft
4 88 (48.89%) MCITP
5 78 (43.33%) SQL Server
6 65 (36.11%) SQL
7 64 (35.56%) Active Directory
8 60 (33.33%) MCSE
9 56 (31.11%) ITIL
10 53 (29.44%) Windows Server 2003
10 53 (29.44%) Windows Server 2008
11 50 (27.78%) SQL Server 2008
12 43 (23.89%) VMware
13 39 (21.67%) Clustering
13 39 (21.67%) SharePoint
14 38 (21.11%) MS Excel
14 38 (21.11%) .NET
15 37 (20.56%) SQL Server 2005
16 36 (20.00%) MCSA
17 33 (18.33%) Citrix
18 31 (17.22%) MCP
19 30 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
20 29 (16.11%) Security Cleared
20 29 (16.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 29 (16.11%) MS Exchange
20 29 (16.11%) DNS
21 28 (15.56%) Hyper-V
22 27 (15.00%) SharePoint 2010
22 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2012
22 27 (15.00%) Finance

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 November 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 (21.67%) SharePoint
2 29 (16.11%) MS Exchange
3 27 (15.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 25 (13.89%) IIS
5 21 (11.67%) Exchange Server 2010
6 18 (10.00%) Exchange Server 2007
7 17 (9.44%) Exchange Server 2003
8 15 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (4.44%) BizTalk Server
10 6 (3.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 4 (2.22%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (1.67%) Lync
13 2 (1.11%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.56%) Node.js
14 1 (0.56%) WorkSite
14 1 (0.56%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.56%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 38 (21.11%) MS Excel
2 14 (7.78%) MS Office
3 5 (2.78%) MS Project
4 2 (1.11%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.56%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 10 (5.56%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (2.22%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.56%) Office 365
2 7 (3.89%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 29 (16.11%) DNS
2 22 (12.22%) SAN
3 18 (10.00%) TCP/IP
4 11 (6.11%) DHCP
5 9 (5.00%) NetScaler
5 9 (5.00%) WAN
6 7 (3.89%) LAN
7 4 (2.22%) Network Security
8 3 (1.67%) Intranet
8 3 (1.67%) Internet
8 3 (1.67%) HTTP
9 2 (1.11%) WLAN
9 2 (1.11%) SMTP
9 2 (1.11%) VPN
9 2 (1.11%) SSL
9 2 (1.11%) DMZ
9 2 (1.11%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.56%) Cisco Nexus
10 1 (0.56%) IMAP
10 1 (0.56%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (43.33%) SQL Server
2 50 (27.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 37 (20.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 29 (16.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 18 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (8.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 14 (7.78%) SQL Server 2000
7 14 (7.78%) SQL Server 2012
8 9 (5.00%) EDRMS
9 8 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (3.33%) OLTP
11 3 (1.67%) Relational Database
11 3 (1.67%) SAP HANA
11 3 (1.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (1.67%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.67%) DTS
12 2 (1.11%) OLAP
12 2 (1.11%) QlikView
12 2 (1.11%) OLAP Cube
13 1 (0.56%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 9 (5.00%) Visual Studio
2 4 (2.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.11%) MSI
3 2 (1.11%) Fiddler
3 2 (1.11%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (1.11%) WiX
3 2 (1.11%) SpecFlow
3 2 (1.11%) MSBuild
4 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 1 (0.56%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.56%) WinRunner
4 1 (0.56%) TestDirector
4 1 (0.56%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 27 (15.00%) Finance
2 5 (2.78%) Military
3 4 (2.22%) Banking
3 4 (2.22%) Marketing
3 4 (2.22%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.67%) Retail
5 1 (0.56%) Law
5 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.56%) Advertising
5 1 (0.56%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (17.78%) Consultant
2 30 (16.67%) Developer
3 21 (11.67%) Support Engineer
4 16 (8.89%) Analyst
5 12 (6.67%) SQL DBA
5 12 (6.67%) DBA
6 11 (6.11%) 3rd Line Support
6 11 (6.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 11 (6.11%) SQL Developer
7 9 (5.00%) Field Engineer
7 9 (5.00%) SharePoint Developer
8 8 (4.44%) Architect
8 8 (4.44%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 8 (4.44%) Administrator
9 7 (3.89%) SQL Server DBA
10 6 (3.33%) Support Analyst
10 6 (3.33%) Desktop Support
11 5 (2.78%) CRM Developer
11 5 (2.78%) Network Security Manager
11 5 (2.78%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (21.11%) .NET
2 13 (7.22%) WCF
3 12 (6.67%) ASP.NET
3 12 (6.67%) XML
4 9 (5.00%) .NET Framework
4 9 (5.00%) HTML
5 8 (4.44%) CSS
5 8 (4.44%) Web Services
6 5 (2.78%) WPF
7 4 (2.22%) EDI
8 3 (1.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (1.11%) XSD
9 2 (1.11%) XSLT
9 2 (1.11%) SOAP
9 2 (1.11%) ADO.NET
9 2 (1.11%) Ajax
9 2 (1.11%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
9 2 (1.11%) MDX
9 2 (1.11%) LINQ
9 2 (1.11%) Silverlight
Miscellaneous
1 39 (21.67%) Clustering
2 14 (7.78%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (5.56%) Replication
4 8 (4.44%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.78%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.67%) CMDB
6 3 (1.67%) Statistics
7 2 (1.11%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.11%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.11%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.56%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.56%) Life Science
8 1 (0.56%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.56%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.56%) PDA
8 1 (0.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 117 (65.00%) Windows
2 53 (29.44%) Windows Server 2003
2 53 (29.44%) Windows Server 2008
3 27 (15.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 19 (10.56%) Windows XP
5 16 (8.89%) Windows 7
6 5 (2.78%) UNIX
7 4 (2.22%) Android
7 4 (2.22%) Windows 8
8 2 (1.11%) Windows Vista
9 1 (0.56%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.56%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.56%) AIX
9 1 (0.56%) Solaris
9 1 (0.56%) Linux
9 1 (0.56%) Windows 2000
9 1 (0.56%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (31.11%) ITIL
2 26 (14.44%) Service Management
3 25 (13.89%) Load Balancing
4 24 (13.33%) Migration
5 20 (11.11%) CRM
6 18 (10.00%) Customer Engagement
6 18 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
7 17 (9.44%) Business Intelligence
8 13 (7.22%) Capacity Planning
8 13 (7.22%) Disaster Recovery
9 12 (6.67%) Incident Management
9 12 (6.67%) Service Delivery
10 10 (5.56%) Change Management
11 9 (5.00%) ETL
12 8 (4.44%) Workflow
12 8 (4.44%) Performance Management
12 8 (4.44%) Performance Tuning
13 7 (3.89%) Data Migration
13 7 (3.89%) Software Engineering
14 6 (3.33%) Kimball Methodology
Programming Languages
1 65 (36.11%) SQL
2 25 (13.89%) PowerShell
3 21 (11.67%) C#
4 18 (10.00%) T-SQL
5 9 (5.00%) JavaScript
6 8 (4.44%) VB.NET
7 4 (2.22%) ABAP
7 4 (2.22%) VBScript
8 3 (1.67%) Ruby
9 2 (1.11%) PHP
9 2 (1.11%) Java
9 2 (1.11%) C++
9 2 (1.11%) Python
10 1 (0.56%) C
10 1 (0.56%) Perl
Qualifications
1 180 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 88 (48.89%) MCITP
3 60 (33.33%) MCSE
4 36 (20.00%) MCSA
5 31 (17.22%) MCP
6 29 (16.11%) Security Cleared
7 24 (13.33%) Degree
8 19 (10.56%) SC Cleared
9 15 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
9 15 (8.33%) CCNA
10 13 (7.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (5.56%) MCDST
12 7 (3.89%) CCNP
12 7 (3.89%) CCA
12 7 (3.89%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (2.78%) RHCSA
13 5 (2.78%) VCAP
13 5 (2.78%) ACSP
13 5 (2.78%) ACSA
13 5 (2.78%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.67%) SLA
2 5 (2.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (2.22%) QA
4 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 64 (35.56%) Active Directory
2 30 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
3 28 (15.56%) Hyper-V
4 13 (7.22%) XenApp
5 6 (3.33%) XenServer
6 5 (2.78%) vSphere
6 5 (2.78%) Terminal Services
7 4 (2.22%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
8 3 (1.67%) VMware ESX
9 2 (1.11%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.56%) vCloud
10 1 (0.56%) DFS Replication
Systems Management
1 16 (8.89%) SCOM
2 15 (8.33%) SCCM
3 4 (2.22%) WSUS
3 4 (2.22%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (1.11%) WMI
4 2 (1.11%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (1.11%) SCSM
5 1 (0.56%) SCOrch
5 1 (0.56%) EdgeSight
5 1 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.56%) Sysprep
5 1 (0.56%) Backup Exec
5 1 (0.56%) MOM
5 1 (0.56%) Netcool
5 1 (0.56%) BMC PATROL
5 1 (0.56%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 94 (52.22%) Microsoft
2 43 (23.89%) VMware
3 33 (18.33%) Citrix
4 16 (8.89%) NetApp
5 15 (8.33%) Veeam
6 13 (7.22%) Cisco
7 11 (6.11%) HP
8 9 (5.00%) SAP
9 8 (4.44%) Symantec
9 8 (4.44%) EMC
10 6 (3.33%) BMC
10 6 (3.33%) Apple
10 6 (3.33%) Remedy
11 5 (2.78%) Red Hat
11 5 (2.78%) IBM
12 4 (2.22%) Salesforce.com
12 4 (2.22%) Sophos
13 3 (1.67%) SolarWinds
13 3 (1.67%) McAfee
13 3 (1.67%) Sun
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