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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 500 449 461
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +12
Contract jobs citing MCTS 88 104 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.17% 0.22% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.82% 1.28% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 69 55
Average daily rate
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£400 £345 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.94% +6.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £205 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £425 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £339 £335
% change year-on-year
+7.23% +1.32%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 15 6
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% +9.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £11.76 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.60 £24.20 £27.82
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £18.50 £22.82
% change year-on-year
-25.67% -18.93%
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
10688 8155 8986
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.18% 17.03% 18.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 6130 4743 4753
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £545 £526
UK excluding London average daily rate £368 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 454 358 518
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.90 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.82% -16.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.60 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £41.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -21.39%

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 31 October 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 31 October 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 31 October 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 -3 30 £425 +21.42% 13
South East -31 29 £375 -6.25% 11
North West +1 15 £375 +25.00% 5
South West -22 8 £440 +29.62% 3
East of England -29 4 £400 -5.88% 2
Yorkshire -4 2 £275 -5.17%
East Midlands - - - - 2
North East - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 4
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 October 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.

1 179 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 115 (64.25%) Windows
3 100 (55.87%) Microsoft
4 95 (53.07%) MCITP
5 79 (44.13%) SQL Server
6 70 (39.11%) SQL
7 63 (35.20%) Active Directory
8 60 (33.52%) Windows Server 2003
8 60 (33.52%) Windows Server 2008
9 57 (31.84%) ITIL
9 57 (31.84%) MCSE
10 53 (29.61%) SQL Server 2008
11 45 (25.14%) VMware
12 41 (22.91%) Clustering
12 41 (22.91%) SharePoint
13 40 (22.35%) MS Excel
13 40 (22.35%) SQL Server 2005
14 38 (21.23%) MCSA
15 33 (18.44%) .NET
15 33 (18.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 33 (18.44%) Windows Server 2012
16 31 (17.32%) Security Cleared
17 30 (16.76%) MCP
17 30 (16.76%) DNS
17 30 (16.76%) Citrix
18 29 (16.20%) MS Exchange
18 29 (16.20%) VMware Infrastructure
19 28 (15.64%) PowerShell
20 27 (15.08%) Finance
21 26 (14.53%) Service Management

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 41 (22.91%) SharePoint
2 29 (16.20%) MS Exchange
3 26 (14.53%) SharePoint 2010
4 22 (12.29%) IIS
5 21 (11.73%) Exchange Server 2010
6 19 (10.61%) Exchange Server 2007
7 18 (10.06%) Exchange Server 2003
8 14 (7.82%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (3.35%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (2.23%) Lync
10 4 (2.23%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (1.68%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (1.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
13 1 (0.56%) Node.js
13 1 (0.56%) Office Communications Server
13 1 (0.56%) WorkSite
13 1 (0.56%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.56%) GroupWise
Applications
1 40 (22.35%) MS Excel
2 17 (9.50%) MS Office
3 4 (2.23%) MS Project
4 2 (1.12%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.56%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (4.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.35%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.91%) Office 365
2 6 (3.35%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 30 (16.76%) DNS
2 20 (11.17%) SAN
3 19 (10.61%) TCP/IP
4 12 (6.70%) DHCP
5 9 (5.03%) WAN
5 9 (5.03%) NetScaler
6 7 (3.91%) LAN
7 4 (2.23%) Network Security
8 3 (1.68%) HTTP
8 3 (1.68%) Internet
9 2 (1.12%) DMZ
9 2 (1.12%) Intranet
9 2 (1.12%) VPN
9 2 (1.12%) SSL
9 2 (1.12%) WLAN
9 2 (1.12%) SMTP
9 2 (1.12%) Wireshark
9 2 (1.12%) Firewall
10 1 (0.56%) Wireless
10 1 (0.56%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 79 (44.13%) SQL Server
2 53 (29.61%) SQL Server 2008
3 40 (22.35%) SQL Server 2005
4 33 (18.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 20 (11.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 20 (11.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 18 (10.06%) SQL Server 2012
7 15 (8.38%) SQL Server 2000
8 8 (4.47%) EDRMS
8 8 (4.47%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (3.35%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 6 (3.35%) OLTP
10 5 (2.79%) DTS
11 3 (1.68%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.68%) SAP HANA
11 3 (1.68%) Relational Database
12 2 (1.12%) Amazon Redshift
13 1 (0.56%) OLAP Cube
13 1 (0.56%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
13 1 (0.56%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 9 (5.03%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.79%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 4 (2.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.12%) Fiddler
4 2 (1.12%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.56%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.56%) MSI
5 1 (0.56%) Selenium
5 1 (0.56%) WiX
5 1 (0.56%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.56%) SpecFlow
General
1 27 (15.08%) Finance
2 5 (2.79%) Military
3 4 (2.23%) Banking
3 4 (2.23%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.68%) Retail
5 2 (1.12%) Law
5 2 (1.12%) Marketing
6 1 (0.56%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.56%) Advertising
6 1 (0.56%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 31 (17.32%) Consultant
2 26 (14.53%) Developer
3 22 (12.29%) Support Engineer
4 16 (8.94%) Analyst
4 16 (8.94%) DBA
4 16 (8.94%) SQL DBA
5 15 (8.38%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 11 (6.15%) 3rd Line Support
7 10 (5.59%) SQL Server DBA
7 10 (5.59%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 9 (5.03%) SharePoint Developer
9 8 (4.47%) SQL Developer
9 8 (4.47%) Architect
10 7 (3.91%) Support Analyst
10 7 (3.91%) Administrator
10 7 (3.91%) Field Engineer
11 6 (3.35%) Desktop Support
12 5 (2.79%) Network Manager
12 5 (2.79%) Network Security Manager
12 5 (2.79%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (18.44%) .NET
2 11 (6.15%) ASP.NET
3 10 (5.59%) WCF
4 9 (5.03%) HTML
4 9 (5.03%) XML
5 8 (4.47%) CSS
6 6 (3.35%) EDI
6 6 (3.35%) .NET Framework
7 5 (2.79%) Web Services
8 3 (1.68%) WPF
8 3 (1.68%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (1.12%) REST
9 2 (1.12%) Windows Identity Foundation
9 2 (1.12%) Ajax
9 2 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.12%) FastCGI
9 2 (1.12%) Silverlight
9 2 (1.12%) LINQ
9 2 (1.12%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
9 2 (1.12%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 41 (22.91%) Clustering
2 17 (9.50%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (7.82%) Replication
4 7 (3.91%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.23%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.68%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.12%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.12%) Statistics
7 2 (1.12%) Data Integration
7 2 (1.12%) CMDB
8 1 (0.56%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.56%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.56%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.56%) Life Science
8 1 (0.56%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 115 (64.25%) Windows
2 60 (33.52%) Windows Server 2003
2 60 (33.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 33 (18.44%) Windows Server 2012
4 18 (10.06%) Windows XP
5 13 (7.26%) Windows 7
6 6 (3.35%) Linux
7 5 (2.79%) Solaris
7 5 (2.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (2.79%) UNIX
8 4 (2.23%) Android
8 4 (2.23%) Windows 8
9 2 (1.12%) Windows Vista
10 1 (0.56%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.56%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.56%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.56%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (31.84%) ITIL
2 26 (14.53%) Service Management
3 24 (13.41%) Load Balancing
4 22 (12.29%) Migration
5 21 (11.73%) CRM
6 19 (10.61%) Business Intelligence
7 15 (8.38%) Customer Engagement
7 15 (8.38%) Capacity Planning
8 14 (7.82%) Disaster Recovery
8 14 (7.82%) Agile Software Development
9 13 (7.26%) Incident Management
10 12 (6.70%) Change Management
11 11 (6.15%) Service Delivery
11 11 (6.15%) Performance Tuning
12 8 (4.47%) Performance Management
12 8 (4.47%) Workflow
12 8 (4.47%) ETL
13 7 (3.91%) Project Management
14 6 (3.35%) MVC
15 5 (2.79%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 70 (39.11%) SQL
2 28 (15.64%) PowerShell
3 23 (12.85%) T-SQL
4 18 (10.06%) C#
5 10 (5.59%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.35%) ABAP
7 5 (2.79%) Perl
7 5 (2.79%) VB.NET
8 3 (1.68%) Ruby
9 2 (1.12%) Python
9 2 (1.12%) VBScript
9 2 (1.12%) PHP
9 2 (1.12%) C++
9 2 (1.12%) Java
10 1 (0.56%) C
Qualifications
1 179 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 95 (53.07%) MCITP
3 57 (31.84%) MCSE
4 38 (21.23%) MCSA
5 31 (17.32%) Security Cleared
6 30 (16.76%) MCP
7 20 (11.17%) Degree
8 18 (10.06%) SC Cleared
9 16 (8.94%) Cisco Certification
9 16 (8.94%) CCNA
10 12 (6.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 9 (5.03%) MCDST
12 8 (4.47%) CCNP
13 6 (3.35%) CCA
13 6 (3.35%) Citrix Certification
14 5 (2.79%) CCDP
14 5 (2.79%) CCIP
14 5 (2.79%) DV Cleared
14 5 (2.79%) ACSP
14 5 (2.79%) ACSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.70%) SLA
2 6 (3.35%) QA
3 5 (2.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.56%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 63 (35.20%) Active Directory
2 29 (16.20%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (14.53%) Hyper-V
4 11 (6.15%) XenApp
5 7 (3.91%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (3.35%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.79%) XenServer
8 4 (2.23%) vSphere
9 3 (1.68%) Microsoft App-V
10 2 (1.12%) VMware ESX
11 1 (0.56%) Firmware
11 1 (0.56%) XenDesktop
11 1 (0.56%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 23 (12.85%) SCOM
2 17 (9.50%) SCCM
3 6 (3.35%) WSUS
4 5 (2.79%) SCOrch
5 4 (2.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.12%) Ionix
6 2 (1.12%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (1.12%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.56%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.56%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.56%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.56%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.56%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.56%) EdgeSight
Vendors
1 100 (55.87%) Microsoft
2 45 (25.14%) VMware
3 30 (16.76%) Citrix
4 15 (8.38%) NetApp
5 14 (7.82%) Cisco
5 14 (7.82%) Veeam
6 13 (7.26%) HP
7 11 (6.15%) EMC
7 11 (6.15%) SAP
8 9 (5.03%) Red Hat
8 9 (5.03%) Remedy
9 8 (4.47%) Symantec
10 6 (3.35%) Apple
10 6 (3.35%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (2.79%) IBM
11 5 (2.79%) BMC
12 4 (2.23%) Sophos
13 3 (1.68%) SolarWinds
13 3 (1.68%) Avaya
13 3 (1.68%) Sun
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