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 23 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 490 445 438
Rank change year-on-year
-45 -7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 97 111 111
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.18% 0.24% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 1.38% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 71 58
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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 £299 £205 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £339 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.23% -3.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 17 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 £11.84 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.60 £23.80 £27.82
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £18.00 £22.82
% change year-on-year
-23.61% -21.12%
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
10697 8053 9145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 20.05% 17.08% 18.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 6060 4657 4862
Average daily rate £397 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.73% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £548 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 459 336 525
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.68 £22.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.06% -17.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.60 £12.83
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £41.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -25.53%

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 23 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 23 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 23 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 -6 34 £400 +6.66% 14
South East -37 29 £388 +3.33% 5
North West +4 17 £350 - 4
South West -32 9 £443 +30.40% 8
East of England -32 4 £400 - 4
Yorkshire -12 2 £275 -10.56% 4
West Midlands -16 2 - - 2
East Midlands - - - - 4
North East - - - -
MCTS
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MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 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.

1 186 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 121 (65.05%) Windows
3 104 (55.91%) Microsoft
4 99 (53.23%) MCITP
5 80 (43.01%) SQL Server
6 70 (37.63%) SQL
7 68 (36.56%) Active Directory
8 65 (34.95%) Windows Server 2008
9 64 (34.41%) Windows Server 2003
10 61 (32.80%) MCSE
11 57 (30.65%) ITIL
12 53 (28.49%) SQL Server 2008
13 46 (24.73%) VMware
14 41 (22.04%) Clustering
14 41 (22.04%) SharePoint
15 40 (21.51%) SQL Server 2005
16 39 (20.97%) MCSA
16 39 (20.97%) MS Excel
17 35 (18.82%) Windows Server 2012
18 34 (18.28%) .NET
19 33 (17.74%) MCP
19 33 (17.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
20 32 (17.20%) MS Exchange
20 32 (17.20%) Security Cleared
21 31 (16.67%) DNS
22 30 (16.13%) Citrix
22 30 (16.13%) VMware Infrastructure
23 29 (15.59%) PowerShell
24 28 (15.05%) Finance
25 27 (14.52%) Service Management

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 23 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 (22.04%) SharePoint
2 32 (17.20%) MS Exchange
3 26 (13.98%) SharePoint 2010
4 22 (11.83%) Exchange Server 2010
4 22 (11.83%) IIS
5 20 (10.75%) Exchange Server 2007
6 19 (10.22%) Exchange Server 2003
7 14 (7.53%) Exchange Server 2013
8 6 (3.23%) SharePoint 2013
9 4 (2.15%) Lync
9 4 (2.15%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (1.61%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (1.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.54%) Node.js
12 1 (0.54%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.54%) WorkSite
12 1 (0.54%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.54%) GroupWise
Applications
1 39 (20.97%) MS Excel
2 18 (9.68%) MS Office
3 4 (2.15%) MS Project
4 3 (1.61%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.54%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 8 (4.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (3.23%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.76%) Office 365
2 6 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 31 (16.67%) DNS
2 20 (10.75%) SAN
3 19 (10.22%) TCP/IP
4 13 (6.99%) DHCP
5 9 (4.84%) NetScaler
6 8 (4.30%) WAN
7 6 (3.23%) LAN
7 6 (3.23%) Network Security
8 3 (1.61%) Firewall
8 3 (1.61%) HTTP
8 3 (1.61%) Internet
9 2 (1.08%) VPN
9 2 (1.08%) SSL
9 2 (1.08%) VoIP
9 2 (1.08%) DMZ
9 2 (1.08%) Intranet
9 2 (1.08%) SMTP
9 2 (1.08%) Wireshark
10 1 (0.54%) Wireless
10 1 (0.54%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (43.01%) SQL Server
2 53 (28.49%) SQL Server 2008
3 40 (21.51%) SQL Server 2005
4 33 (17.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 20 (10.75%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 20 (10.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 18 (9.68%) SQL Server 2012
7 15 (8.06%) SQL Server 2000
8 8 (4.30%) EDRMS
8 8 (4.30%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (3.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 6 (3.23%) OLTP
10 5 (2.69%) DTS
11 3 (1.61%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.61%) SAP HANA
11 3 (1.61%) Relational Database
12 2 (1.08%) Amazon Redshift
13 1 (0.54%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
13 1 (0.54%) NoSQL
13 1 (0.54%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 9 (4.84%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.69%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 4 (2.15%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (1.08%) MSI
4 2 (1.08%) Fiddler
4 2 (1.08%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.54%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.54%) Selenium
5 1 (0.54%) WiX
5 1 (0.54%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.54%) SpecFlow
General
1 28 (15.05%) Finance
2 5 (2.69%) Military
2 5 (2.69%) Banking
3 4 (2.15%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.61%) Retail
5 2 (1.08%) Law
5 2 (1.08%) Marketing
6 1 (0.54%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.54%) Advertising
6 1 (0.54%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 32 (17.20%) Consultant
2 26 (13.98%) Developer
3 24 (12.90%) Support Engineer
4 17 (9.14%) Analyst
5 16 (8.60%) DBA
5 16 (8.60%) SQL DBA
6 15 (8.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 12 (6.45%) 3rd Line Support
8 10 (5.38%) SQL Server DBA
8 10 (5.38%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 9 (4.84%) SharePoint Developer
10 8 (4.30%) SQL Developer
10 8 (4.30%) Support Analyst
10 8 (4.30%) Architect
11 7 (3.76%) Administrator
11 7 (3.76%) Field Engineer
12 6 (3.23%) Desktop Support
13 5 (2.69%) Support Consultant
13 5 (2.69%) Network Manager
13 5 (2.69%) Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (18.28%) .NET
2 11 (5.91%) ASP.NET
3 10 (5.38%) WCF
4 9 (4.84%) HTML
4 9 (4.84%) XML
5 8 (4.30%) CSS
6 6 (3.23%) .NET Framework
6 6 (3.23%) EDI
7 5 (2.69%) Web Services
8 3 (1.61%) WPF
8 3 (1.61%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 2 (1.08%) REST
9 2 (1.08%) Windows Identity Foundation
9 2 (1.08%) Ajax
9 2 (1.08%) ASP.NET MVC
9 2 (1.08%) FastCGI
9 2 (1.08%) Silverlight
9 2 (1.08%) LINQ
9 2 (1.08%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
9 2 (1.08%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 41 (22.04%) Clustering
2 18 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (7.53%) Replication
4 7 (3.76%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.15%) Blackberry
6 3 (1.61%) Management Information System
7 2 (1.08%) Client/Server
7 2 (1.08%) Statistics
7 2 (1.08%) Data Integration
7 2 (1.08%) CMDB
8 1 (0.54%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.54%) Video Conferencing
8 1 (0.54%) Mathematics
8 1 (0.54%) Life Science
8 1 (0.54%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 121 (65.05%) Windows
2 65 (34.95%) Windows Server 2008
3 64 (34.41%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (18.82%) Windows Server 2012
5 20 (10.75%) Windows XP
6 15 (8.06%) Windows 7
7 7 (3.76%) Windows 8
8 6 (3.23%) Linux
9 5 (2.69%) Solaris
9 5 (2.69%) UNIX
9 5 (2.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (2.15%) Windows Vista
10 4 (2.15%) Android
11 2 (1.08%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.54%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.54%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.54%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (30.65%) ITIL
2 27 (14.52%) Service Management
3 24 (12.90%) Load Balancing
4 23 (12.37%) Migration
5 21 (11.29%) CRM
6 19 (10.22%) Business Intelligence
7 16 (8.60%) Customer Engagement
8 15 (8.06%) Capacity Planning
9 14 (7.53%) Disaster Recovery
9 14 (7.53%) Agile Software Development
10 13 (6.99%) Incident Management
11 12 (6.45%) Change Management
11 12 (6.45%) Performance Tuning
12 11 (5.91%) Service Delivery
13 9 (4.84%) Project Management
14 8 (4.30%) ETL
14 8 (4.30%) Workflow
14 8 (4.30%) Performance Management
15 6 (3.23%) MVC
16 5 (2.69%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 70 (37.63%) SQL
2 29 (15.59%) PowerShell
3 23 (12.37%) T-SQL
4 19 (10.22%) C#
5 10 (5.38%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.23%) ABAP
7 5 (2.69%) Perl
7 5 (2.69%) VB.NET
8 3 (1.61%) C++
8 3 (1.61%) Java
8 3 (1.61%) Ruby
9 2 (1.08%) Python
9 2 (1.08%) PHP
9 2 (1.08%) VBScript
10 1 (0.54%) C
10 1 (0.54%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 186 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 99 (53.23%) MCITP
3 61 (32.80%) MCSE
4 39 (20.97%) MCSA
5 33 (17.74%) MCP
6 32 (17.20%) Security Cleared
7 21 (11.29%) Degree
8 18 (9.68%) SC Cleared
8 18 (9.68%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (9.68%) CCNA
9 13 (6.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 10 (5.38%) MCDST
11 9 (4.84%) CCNP
12 7 (3.76%) CCA
12 7 (3.76%) Citrix Certification
13 5 (2.69%) CCDP
13 5 (2.69%) CCIP
13 5 (2.69%) DV Cleared
13 5 (2.69%) ACSA
13 5 (2.69%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (6.45%) SLA
2 6 (3.23%) QA
3 5 (2.69%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.54%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 68 (36.56%) Active Directory
2 30 (16.13%) VMware Infrastructure
3 26 (13.98%) Hyper-V
4 11 (5.91%) XenApp
5 7 (3.76%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (3.23%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.69%) XenServer
8 4 (2.15%) Microsoft App-V
8 4 (2.15%) vSphere
9 2 (1.08%) VMware ESX
10 1 (0.54%) Firmware
10 1 (0.54%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.54%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 23 (12.37%) SCOM
2 20 (10.75%) SCCM
3 6 (3.23%) WSUS
4 5 (2.69%) SCOrch
5 4 (2.15%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.08%) Ionix
6 2 (1.08%) EMC NetWorker
6 2 (1.08%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.54%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.54%) BMC PATROL
7 1 (0.54%) ARCserve
7 1 (0.54%) Sysprep
7 1 (0.54%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 104 (55.91%) Microsoft
2 46 (24.73%) VMware
3 30 (16.13%) Citrix
4 16 (8.60%) Cisco
5 15 (8.06%) NetApp
6 14 (7.53%) Veeam
7 13 (6.99%) HP
8 11 (5.91%) EMC
8 11 (5.91%) SAP
9 9 (4.84%) Red Hat
9 9 (4.84%) Remedy
10 8 (4.30%) Symantec
11 6 (3.23%) Apple
11 6 (3.23%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (2.69%) IBM
12 5 (2.69%) BMC
13 4 (2.15%) Sophos
14 3 (1.61%) SolarWinds
14 3 (1.61%) Avaya
14 3 (1.61%) Sun
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