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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 478 476 447
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -29
Contract jobs citing MCTS 100 93 128
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.19% 0.19% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.00% 1.12% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 47 69
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£400 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £179 £203 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £450 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £330
% change year-on-year
+16.86% -9.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 14 6
Average hourly rate £20.75 £20.00 £21.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -8.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 £12.90 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.95 £25.00 £27.82
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.75 £19.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+9.21% +35.71%
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
10011 8323 9416
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.16% 17.26% 17.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 5633 4713 4945
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £548 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 411 391 564
Average hourly rate £20.00 £19.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 19 September 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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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
London +7 36 £400 - 14
South East +14 27 £400 +39.13% 15
North West +13 20 £305 - 1
South West -44 8 £443 +30.40% 10
East of England -23 5 £235 -14.54% 2
West Midlands -18 3 - - 1
East Midlands 0 1 - -
North East - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 September 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.

1 199 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 130 (65.33%) Windows
3 115 (57.79%) MCITP
4 111 (55.78%) Microsoft
5 88 (44.22%) SQL Server
6 81 (40.70%) Active Directory
7 73 (36.68%) MCSE
7 73 (36.68%) Windows Server 2008
8 71 (35.68%) SQL
9 65 (32.66%) ITIL
10 63 (31.66%) SQL Server 2008
11 61 (30.65%) Windows Server 2003
12 51 (25.63%) MCSA
13 50 (25.13%) MS Excel
14 47 (23.62%) SQL Server 2005
15 46 (23.12%) SharePoint
16 45 (22.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 41 (20.60%) VMware
17 41 (20.60%) MCP
18 38 (19.10%) Clustering
19 35 (17.59%) DNS
19 35 (17.59%) Business Intelligence
19 35 (17.59%) SharePoint 2010
20 34 (17.09%) Citrix
20 34 (17.09%) .NET
21 32 (16.08%) Windows 7
22 30 (15.08%) MS Exchange
23 29 (14.57%) T-SQL
23 29 (14.57%) Security Cleared
23 29 (14.57%) Windows Server 2012

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 46 (23.12%) SharePoint
2 35 (17.59%) SharePoint 2010
3 30 (15.08%) MS Exchange
4 23 (11.56%) IIS
5 16 (8.04%) Exchange Server 2010
6 13 (6.53%) Exchange Server 2007
7 12 (6.03%) SharePoint Server
8 11 (5.53%) Exchange Server 2003
9 6 (3.02%) SharePoint 2013
10 5 (2.51%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (2.51%) Exchange Server 2013
11 3 (1.51%) Lync
12 2 (1.01%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 2 (1.01%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.50%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.50%) GroupWise
13 1 (0.50%) Office Communications Server
13 1 (0.50%) WorkSite
13 1 (0.50%) Node.js
Applications
1 50 (25.13%) MS Excel
2 27 (13.57%) MS Office
3 4 (2.01%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.50%) MS Project
4 1 (0.50%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (3.02%) SAP SD
2 4 (2.01%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.03%) Office 365
2 4 (2.01%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 35 (17.59%) DNS
2 22 (11.06%) TCP/IP
3 19 (9.55%) SAN
4 18 (9.05%) DHCP
5 8 (4.02%) Network Security
5 8 (4.02%) WAN
6 7 (3.52%) LAN
6 7 (3.52%) VPN
6 7 (3.52%) Extranet
7 6 (3.02%) Firewall
7 6 (3.02%) VoIP
8 5 (2.51%) ISDN
8 5 (2.51%) RTP
8 5 (2.51%) Wireless
9 4 (2.01%) Internet
10 3 (1.51%) HTTP
10 3 (1.51%) Intranet
10 3 (1.51%) SMTP
10 3 (1.51%) NetScaler
11 2 (1.01%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (44.22%) SQL Server
2 63 (31.66%) SQL Server 2008
3 47 (23.62%) SQL Server 2005
4 45 (22.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 26 (13.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 22 (11.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 17 (8.54%) SQL Server 2012
8 13 (6.53%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 13 (6.53%) SQL Server 2000
9 9 (4.52%) Data Warehouse
10 6 (3.02%) EDRMS
11 5 (2.51%) DTS
12 3 (1.51%) OLTP
12 3 (1.51%) RDBMS
12 3 (1.51%) SAP HANA
12 3 (1.51%) Relational Database
12 3 (1.51%) Amazon Redshift
13 1 (0.50%) Data Mart
13 1 (0.50%) SSDT
13 1 (0.50%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 10 (5.03%) Visual Studio
2 5 (2.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 5 (2.51%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (1.01%) Visual Studio Team System
3 2 (1.01%) MSI
4 1 (0.50%) InstallShield
4 1 (0.50%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.50%) MSBuild
4 1 (0.50%) Fiddler
4 1 (0.50%) Selenium
4 1 (0.50%) Git (software)
4 1 (0.50%) WiX
General
1 20 (10.05%) Finance
2 7 (3.52%) Banking
3 5 (2.51%) Military
3 5 (2.51%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.51%) Retail
5 2 (1.01%) Advertising
5 2 (1.01%) Law
6 1 (0.50%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.50%) Electronics
6 1 (0.50%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.50%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 32 (16.08%) Developer
2 31 (15.58%) Consultant
2 31 (15.58%) Support Engineer
3 21 (10.55%) Analyst
4 16 (8.04%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 15 (7.54%) Administrator
5 15 (7.54%) 3rd Line Support
6 14 (7.04%) DBA
6 14 (7.04%) SQL Developer
6 14 (7.04%) SQL DBA
7 12 (6.03%) Support Analyst
8 11 (5.53%) Architect
8 11 (5.53%) SharePoint Administrator
9 10 (5.03%) Desktop Support
9 10 (5.03%) 2nd Line Support
10 9 (4.52%) SharePoint Developer
10 9 (4.52%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 9 (4.52%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 8 (4.02%) SQL Server DBA
12 7 (3.52%) SharePoint Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (17.09%) .NET
2 10 (5.03%) jQuery
2 10 (5.03%) XML
3 9 (4.52%) HTML
4 8 (4.02%) CSS
5 7 (3.52%) ASP.NET
5 7 (3.52%) WCF
6 6 (3.02%) .NET Framework
6 6 (3.02%) EDI
7 3 (1.51%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 2 (1.01%) ASP.NET MVC
8 2 (1.01%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
8 2 (1.01%) Application Packaging
8 2 (1.01%) Web Services
8 2 (1.01%) XSD
9 1 (0.50%) XSLT
9 1 (0.50%) SOAP
9 1 (0.50%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.50%) Ajax
9 1 (0.50%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 38 (19.10%) Clustering
2 17 (8.54%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (7.54%) Replication
4 8 (4.02%) Data Integration
4 8 (4.02%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.51%) Management Information System
6 4 (2.01%) iPad
6 4 (2.01%) Smartphone
6 4 (2.01%) Blackberry
7 3 (1.51%) CMDB
8 2 (1.01%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.50%) EPoS
9 1 (0.50%) Chip and PIN
9 1 (0.50%) EFT
9 1 (0.50%) Firmware
9 1 (0.50%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.50%) Fat Client
9 1 (0.50%) FMCG
9 1 (0.50%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.50%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 130 (65.33%) Windows
2 73 (36.68%) Windows Server 2008
3 61 (30.65%) Windows Server 2003
4 32 (16.08%) Windows 7
5 29 (14.57%) Windows Server 2012
6 20 (10.05%) Windows XP
7 8 (4.02%) Windows 2000 Server
7 8 (4.02%) Windows 8
8 6 (3.02%) Windows Vista
9 5 (2.51%) Linux
9 5 (2.51%) UNIX
10 4 (2.01%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 4 (2.01%) Android
10 4 (2.01%) Solaris
11 2 (1.01%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.50%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (32.66%) ITIL
2 35 (17.59%) Business Intelligence
3 24 (12.06%) Service Management
4 23 (11.56%) Load Balancing
5 20 (10.05%) Migration
6 18 (9.05%) Service Delivery
6 18 (9.05%) Change Management
7 17 (8.54%) CRM
8 15 (7.54%) Capacity Planning
9 14 (7.04%) Customer Engagement
9 14 (7.04%) Incident Management
10 13 (6.53%) Disaster Recovery
10 13 (6.53%) Performance Tuning
11 12 (6.03%) ETL
12 9 (4.52%) Data Modelling
13 8 (4.02%) Data Transformation
14 7 (3.52%) Project Management
15 6 (3.02%) Performance Management
15 6 (3.02%) Performance Monitoring
15 6 (3.02%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 71 (35.68%) SQL
2 29 (14.57%) T-SQL
3 26 (13.07%) PowerShell
4 20 (10.05%) C#
5 7 (3.52%) Java
5 7 (3.52%) C++
6 6 (3.02%) JavaScript
6 6 (3.02%) ABAP
7 4 (2.01%) Perl
7 4 (2.01%) VBScript
8 3 (1.51%) C
9 2 (1.01%) Ruby
9 2 (1.01%) VB.NET
10 1 (0.50%) VB
10 1 (0.50%) PHP
10 1 (0.50%) Python
10 1 (0.50%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 199 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 115 (57.79%) MCITP
3 73 (36.68%) MCSE
4 51 (25.63%) MCSA
5 41 (20.60%) MCP
6 29 (14.57%) Security Cleared
7 24 (12.06%) CCNA
7 24 (12.06%) Cisco Certification
8 21 (10.55%) Degree
9 16 (8.04%) SC Cleared
9 16 (8.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 12 (6.03%) MCDST
11 9 (4.52%) CCNP
12 8 (4.02%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (3.52%) CCA
14 6 (3.02%) VCAP
14 6 (3.02%) DV Cleared
14 6 (3.02%) ACSA
15 5 (2.51%) MCSD
15 5 (2.51%) RHCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (9.55%) SLA
2 7 (3.52%) QA
3 5 (2.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (1.01%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 81 (40.70%) Active Directory
2 24 (12.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (7.54%) Hyper-V
4 7 (3.52%) VMware ESXi
5 6 (3.02%) XenApp
5 6 (3.02%) XenServer
5 6 (3.02%) Terminal Services
6 5 (2.51%) vSphere
7 4 (2.01%) VMware ESX
8 2 (1.01%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (1.01%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (1.01%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.50%) Terminal Server
9 1 (0.50%) vCloud
9 1 (0.50%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.50%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.50%) UAG
Systems Management
1 23 (11.56%) SCCM
2 21 (10.55%) SCOM
3 6 (3.02%) WSUS
4 4 (2.01%) EMC NetWorker
4 4 (2.01%) SCOrch
4 4 (2.01%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (1.01%) Ionix
5 2 (1.01%) NetBackup
5 2 (1.01%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.50%) BMC PATROL
6 1 (0.50%) ARCserve
6 1 (0.50%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.50%) WMI
6 1 (0.50%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.50%) Sysprep
6 1 (0.50%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 111 (55.78%) Microsoft
2 41 (20.60%) VMware
3 34 (17.09%) Citrix
4 26 (13.07%) Cisco
5 13 (6.53%) HP
6 12 (6.03%) EMC
7 10 (5.03%) SAP
8 9 (4.52%) Symantec
8 9 (4.52%) Remedy
9 8 (4.02%) Red Hat
9 8 (4.02%) NetApp
10 7 (3.52%) Apple
10 7 (3.52%) Veeam
11 6 (3.02%) Salesforce.com
11 6 (3.02%) Oracle
12 5 (2.51%) IBM
13 4 (2.01%) Kaseya
13 4 (2.01%) Sophos
14 3 (1.51%) BMC
14 3 (1.51%) Avaya
Croydon
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £450 - 500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £33000 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 10 days ago
Southampton
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £30 - £350 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Sunbury-On-Thames, Middlesex
St Paul s Catholic College
Rate: From £15,189 to £15,882 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago
North West England
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Hereford
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £100 - £200 per day + competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
Surrey
Greythorn
Rate: £45 per hour
Posted: 26 days ago