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 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 562 502 502
Rank change year-on-year
-60 0
Contract jobs citing MCTS 34 91 75
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.072% 0.19% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.34% 0.95% 0.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 46 41
Average daily rate £360 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £208 £140 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £408 £375
% change year-on-year
-19.01% +8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 7 11
Average hourly rate - £29.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +45.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +107.14%
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
10012 9534 8820
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 21.22% 20.25% 19.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 6240 5589 4833
Average daily rate £403 £400 £376
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.62% +6.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £233 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 441 443 405
Average hourly rate £36.75 £20.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+83.75% +2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.50 £40.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +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 12 February 2016.

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 12 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 21 £380 -10.58% 7
London -17 6 £295 +55.26% 10
South West +5 3 £400 -4.76% 5
Yorkshire -23 3 £208 -51.17% 1
North West -17 1 £475 +90.00% 1
West Midlands -18 1 £425 +18.38%
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 73 (87.95%) Microsoft
3 44 (53.01%) MCITP
4 39 (46.99%) Active Directory
5 30 (36.14%) Security Cleared
6 28 (33.73%) MS Excel
7 25 (30.12%) ITIL
7 25 (30.12%) Windows
8 22 (26.51%) MCSE
8 22 (26.51%) SQL
8 22 (26.51%) SQL Server
9 19 (22.89%) Finance
10 18 (21.69%) Migration
11 17 (20.48%) SC Cleared
11 17 (20.48%) .NET
11 17 (20.48%) SharePoint
12 16 (19.28%) MCSA
13 15 (18.07%) DNS
13 15 (18.07%) PowerShell
14 14 (16.87%) Stakeholder Management
14 14 (16.87%) Office 365
15 13 (15.66%) Quality Management
15 13 (15.66%) BPMN
15 13 (15.66%) Degree
15 13 (15.66%) Cisco
15 13 (15.66%) MS Visio
15 13 (15.66%) MS Office
16 12 (14.46%) MS Exchange
16 12 (14.46%) CCNA
16 12 (14.46%) Cisco Certification

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 17 (20.48%) SharePoint
2 12 (14.46%) MS Exchange
3 7 (8.43%) IIS
4 5 (6.02%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (6.02%) Skype for Business
5 4 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2003
5 4 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (4.82%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2013
7 1 (1.20%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (1.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 1 (1.20%) Office Communications Server
7 1 (1.20%) SharePoint 2010
7 1 (1.20%) SharePoint Server
7 1 (1.20%) Zimbra
Applications
1 28 (33.73%) MS Excel
2 13 (15.66%) MS Office
2 13 (15.66%) MS Visio
3 8 (9.64%) InfoPath
4 2 (2.41%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (1.20%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 5 (6.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.20%) SAP CCM
2 1 (1.20%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 14 (16.87%) Office 365
2 7 (8.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 4 (4.82%) Azure Active Directory
4 2 (2.41%) OneDrive
4 2 (2.41%) Yammer
5 1 (1.20%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (18.07%) DNS
2 8 (9.64%) LDAP
3 7 (8.43%) DHCP
3 7 (8.43%) Kerberos
3 7 (8.43%) WAN
3 7 (8.43%) X.500
4 6 (7.23%) LAN
5 5 (6.02%) TCP/IP
6 4 (4.82%) Internet
7 3 (3.61%) DMZ
7 3 (3.61%) SAN
7 3 (3.61%) Skype
8 2 (2.41%) Firewall
8 2 (2.41%) VPN
9 1 (1.20%) Cisco ASA
9 1 (1.20%) iSCSI
9 1 (1.20%) SMTP
9 1 (1.20%) SNMP
9 1 (1.20%) SSL
9 1 (1.20%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (26.51%) SQL Server
2 8 (9.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 7 (8.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 6 (7.23%) SQL Server 2005
5 5 (6.02%) SQL Server 2008
6 3 (3.61%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (2.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
8 1 (1.20%) OLAP
8 1 (1.20%) OLAP Cube
8 1 (1.20%) Relational Database
8 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2000
8 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (1.20%) SQL Server 7
Development Applications
1 8 (9.64%) Visual Studio
2 1 (1.20%) CruiseControl
2 1 (1.20%) HP UFT
2 1 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (1.20%) TeamCity
2 1 (1.20%) TestDirector
2 1 (1.20%) Visual Studio Team System
2 1 (1.20%) WinRunner
General
1 19 (22.89%) Finance
2 5 (6.02%) Military
3 4 (4.82%) Telecoms
4 3 (3.61%) Marketing
5 2 (2.41%) Law
6 1 (1.20%) Advertising
6 1 (1.20%) Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (18.07%) Analyst
2 12 (14.46%) Developer
3 9 (10.84%) Active Directory Engineer
3 9 (10.84%) Administrator
3 9 (10.84%) Process Analyst
4 7 (8.43%) DBA
4 7 (8.43%) Process Engineer
4 7 (8.43%) SharePoint Administrator
4 7 (8.43%) SQL DBA
4 7 (8.43%) Support Engineer
5 6 (7.23%) Business Analyst
5 6 (7.23%) SharePoint Developer
6 4 (4.82%) Field Engineer
6 4 (4.82%) Service Analyst
6 4 (4.82%) Service Desk Analyst
7 3 (3.61%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (3.61%) Infrastructure Manager
7 3 (3.61%) Systems Manager
7 3 (3.61%) Technical Engineer
7 3 (3.61%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (20.48%) .NET
2 10 (12.05%) CSS
3 9 (10.84%) HTML
4 8 (9.64%) jQuery
4 8 (9.64%) XML
5 7 (8.43%) ASP.NET
6 4 (4.82%) WCF
7 3 (3.61%) Web Services
7 3 (3.61%) WPF
8 1 (1.20%) JMS
8 1 (1.20%) SOAP
8 1 (1.20%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 11 (13.25%) Replication
2 7 (8.43%) PKI
3 6 (7.23%) Clustering
4 3 (3.61%) Blackberry
4 3 (3.61%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.41%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.41%) Data Centre
5 2 (2.41%) VCE vBlock
6 1 (1.20%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (1.20%) CESG
6 1 (1.20%) Cryptography
6 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.20%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 25 (30.12%) Windows
2 11 (13.25%) Windows Server
3 9 (10.84%) Windows 7
4 8 (9.64%) Windows Server 2008
5 5 (6.02%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (4.82%) Android
6 4 (4.82%) Windows Server 2012
7 3 (3.61%) Windows XP
8 2 (2.41%) Linux
8 2 (2.41%) Windows 10
9 1 (1.20%) AIX
9 1 (1.20%) Apple iOS
9 1 (1.20%) CentOS
9 1 (1.20%) Mac OS
9 1 (1.20%) Mac OS X
9 1 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (1.20%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.20%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (30.12%) ITIL
2 18 (21.69%) Migration
3 14 (16.87%) Stakeholder Management
4 13 (15.66%) BPMN
4 13 (15.66%) Quality Management
5 12 (14.46%) Continuous Improvement
6 11 (13.25%) Workflow
7 8 (9.64%) Customer Engagement
7 8 (9.64%) Security Auditing
7 8 (9.64%) Service Delivery
7 8 (9.64%) Service Management
8 7 (8.43%) PRINCE2
9 6 (7.23%) CRM
9 6 (7.23%) Lean Six Sigma
9 6 (7.23%) Six Sigma
9 6 (7.23%) Validation
10 5 (6.02%) Project Management
11 4 (4.82%) Configuration Management
11 4 (4.82%) Data Analysis
11 4 (4.82%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 22 (26.51%) SQL
2 15 (18.07%) PowerShell
3 10 (12.05%) C#
4 9 (10.84%) JavaScript
5 8 (9.64%) VBScript
6 1 (1.20%) C
6 1 (1.20%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 83 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 44 (53.01%) MCITP
3 30 (36.14%) Security Cleared
4 22 (26.51%) MCSE
5 17 (20.48%) SC Cleared
6 16 (19.28%) MCSA
7 13 (15.66%) Degree
8 12 (14.46%) CCNA
8 12 (14.46%) Cisco Certification
9 11 (13.25%) MCP
10 10 (12.05%) DV Cleared
11 8 (9.64%) MCAD
11 8 (9.64%) MCSD
12 5 (6.02%) MCDST
13 4 (4.82%) ACSA
13 4 (4.82%) CCNP
13 4 (4.82%) MCDBA
13 4 (4.82%) Six Sigma Black Belt
14 3 (3.61%) CCDP
14 3 (3.61%) CCIP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.82%) SLA
2 3 (3.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 39 (46.99%) Active Directory
2 7 (8.43%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (7.23%) Hyper-V
4 3 (3.61%) BitLocker
4 3 (3.61%) Terminal Server
4 3 (3.61%) VMware ESX
4 3 (3.61%) vSphere
5 2 (2.41%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.20%) Firmware
6 1 (1.20%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 7 (8.43%) SCCM
2 5 (6.02%) WSUS
3 3 (3.61%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (2.41%) Backup Exec
4 2 (2.41%) Norton AntiVirus
5 1 (1.20%) CA Spectrum
5 1 (1.20%) Casper Suite
5 1 (1.20%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (1.20%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.20%) Nagios
5 1 (1.20%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.20%) Netcool
5 1 (1.20%) OpenView
5 1 (1.20%) SCOM
5 1 (1.20%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 73 (87.95%) Microsoft
2 13 (15.66%) Cisco
3 11 (13.25%) HP
4 10 (12.05%) Citrix
5 8 (9.64%) VMware
6 5 (6.02%) Apple
7 4 (4.82%) EMC
7 4 (4.82%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.61%) Avaya
8 3 (3.61%) IBM
8 3 (3.61%) Juniper
8 3 (3.61%) Nintex
8 3 (3.61%) SAP
8 3 (3.61%) SolarWinds
9 2 (2.41%) Adobe
9 2 (2.41%) Dell
9 2 (2.41%) Intel Security
9 2 (2.41%) Symantec
10 1 (1.20%) CA
10 1 (1.20%) Remedy
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Rate: market rates or excellent salary, 6 months initial contract
Posted: 2 hours ago
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Rate: Highly Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
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Rate: £425 - £525 per day
Posted: 25 days ago