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 17 April 2015 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 503 474 449
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -25
Contract jobs citing MCTS 77 102 92
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.15% 0.20% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.79% 1.01% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 47 37
Average daily rate
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£325 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £211 £184
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £463 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-7.65% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 24 4
Average hourly rate £12.50 £15.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.35% -20.51%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year
+150.00% -
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
9759 10051 8023
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 19.28% 19.56% 18.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 5581 5743 4289
Average daily rate £395 £375 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £543 £531 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 452 504 464
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -21.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.90 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 2015. 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 -17 33 £150 -62.50% 13
South East -7 30 £325 -27.77% 8
Yorkshire - 6 £313 - 1
West Midlands -15 3 £396 -2.46% 2
East of England +19 2 £325 -31.57% 2
North West -28 1 £250 +11.11% 3
South West - - - - 3
East Midlands - - - - 1
North East - - - -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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.

1 147 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 105 (71.43%) Windows
3 84 (57.14%) Microsoft
4 81 (55.10%) MCITP
5 72 (48.98%) MCSE
6 70 (47.62%) Active Directory
7 48 (32.65%) ITIL
8 45 (30.61%) VMware
9 41 (27.89%) MS Exchange
10 40 (27.21%) SQL
11 39 (26.53%) Windows 7
12 38 (25.85%) Degree
13 37 (25.17%) SQL Server
14 35 (23.81%) Service Management
15 34 (23.13%) Citrix
15 34 (23.13%) MCSA
15 34 (23.13%) Customer Engagement
16 30 (20.41%) DNS
16 30 (20.41%) MCP
17 28 (19.05%) Hyper-V
18 26 (17.69%) VMware Infrastructure
19 25 (17.01%) MS Excel
20 24 (16.33%) Disaster Recovery
20 24 (16.33%) Windows Server 2008
20 24 (16.33%) Windows Server 2012
21 23 (15.65%) Windows Server 2003
22 22 (14.97%) Firewall
23 20 (13.61%) Exchange Server 2010
24 18 (12.24%) Lync
24 18 (12.24%) Clustering

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 (27.89%) MS Exchange
2 20 (13.61%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (12.24%) Lync
4 17 (11.56%) Exchange Server 2007
5 13 (8.84%) SharePoint
5 13 (8.84%) Exchange Server 2013
5 13 (8.84%) IIS
6 10 (6.80%) Office Communications Server
7 8 (5.44%) Exchange Server 2003
8 7 (4.76%) GroupWise
8 7 (4.76%) IBM Notes
9 5 (3.40%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 5 (3.40%) SharePoint 2010
10 4 (2.72%) BizTalk Server
11 3 (2.04%) SharePoint Server
11 3 (2.04%) SharePoint 2013
12 2 (1.36%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 25 (17.01%) MS Excel
2 11 (7.48%) MS Office
3 1 (0.68%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 5 (3.40%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.68%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 12 (8.16%) Office 365
2 7 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.36%) SaaS
3 2 (1.36%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.68%) IaaS
4 1 (0.68%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 30 (20.41%) DNS
2 22 (14.97%) Firewall
3 16 (10.88%) SAN
4 14 (9.52%) DHCP
5 11 (7.48%) TCP/IP
5 11 (7.48%) Internet
6 9 (6.12%) LAN
7 8 (5.44%) WAN
7 8 (5.44%) POP3
7 8 (5.44%) SMTP
7 8 (5.44%) IMAP
8 7 (4.76%) VPN
9 6 (4.08%) VoIP
10 4 (2.72%) IP Telephony
11 3 (2.04%) Extranet
12 2 (1.36%) RTP
12 2 (1.36%) Intranet
12 2 (1.36%) NetScaler
12 2 (1.36%) WLAN
12 2 (1.36%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 37 (25.17%) SQL Server
2 18 (12.24%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 17 (11.56%) SQL Server 2008
4 16 (10.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (9.52%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (8.84%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (4.76%) OLAP Cube
7 7 (4.76%) OLAP
8 5 (3.40%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (2.72%) SQL Server 2005
10 3 (2.04%) QlikView
11 2 (1.36%) SQL Server 2000
11 2 (1.36%) EDRMS
12 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 1 (0.68%) Crystal Reports
12 1 (0.68%) OLTP
12 1 (0.68%) Relational Database
12 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 10 (6.80%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (2.04%) Visual Studio
2 3 (2.04%) WinRunner
2 3 (2.04%) TestDirector
2 3 (2.04%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (1.36%) MSI
3 2 (1.36%) MSBuild
4 1 (0.68%) SpecFlow
4 1 (0.68%) WiX
General
1 10 (6.80%) Finance
2 9 (6.12%) Telecoms
3 3 (2.04%) Electronics
3 3 (2.04%) Marketing
4 2 (1.36%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.68%) Banking
Job Titles
1 29 (19.73%) Field Engineer
2 23 (15.65%) Consultant
3 20 (13.61%) Analyst
4 18 (12.24%) Developer
5 17 (11.56%) Support Engineer
6 12 (8.16%) Desktop Support
7 10 (6.80%) SQL Developer
8 9 (6.12%) Administrator
8 9 (6.12%) 3rd Line Support
9 8 (5.44%) DBA
9 8 (5.44%) SQL DBA
9 8 (5.44%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 7 (4.76%) Server Engineer
10 7 (4.76%) Service Desk Analyst
10 7 (4.76%) Desktop Engineer
10 7 (4.76%) Desktop Support Engineer
10 7 (4.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 7 (4.76%) Support Analyst
10 7 (4.76%) Service Analyst
10 7 (4.76%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.84%) .NET
2 11 (7.48%) XML
3 5 (3.40%) .NET Framework
3 5 (3.40%) WCF
4 4 (2.72%) Web Services
5 3 (2.04%) ASP.NET
5 3 (2.04%) WPF
6 2 (1.36%) jQuery
6 2 (1.36%) XSLT
6 2 (1.36%) CSS
6 2 (1.36%) HTML
6 2 (1.36%) MDX
7 1 (0.68%) XSD
7 1 (0.68%) SOAP
7 1 (0.68%) WSH
7 1 (0.68%) Windows SharePoint Services
7 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
7 1 (0.68%) Application Packaging
7 1 (0.68%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 18 (12.24%) Clustering
2 9 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
3 8 (5.44%) Private Cloud
4 7 (4.76%) Blackberry
5 6 (4.08%) Replication
6 4 (2.72%) Video Conferencing
7 3 (2.04%) PDA
7 3 (2.04%) Computer Science
8 2 (1.36%) Statistics
8 2 (1.36%) PKI
9 1 (0.68%) CMDB
9 1 (0.68%) Data Integration
9 1 (0.68%) Kindle
9 1 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
9 1 (0.68%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 105 (71.43%) Windows
2 39 (26.53%) Windows 7
3 24 (16.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 24 (16.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 23 (15.65%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (8.16%) Windows 8
6 11 (7.48%) Windows XP
7 3 (2.04%) AIX
8 1 (0.68%) Solaris
8 1 (0.68%) Linux
8 1 (0.68%) VMS
8 1 (0.68%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (32.65%) ITIL
2 35 (23.81%) Service Management
3 34 (23.13%) Customer Engagement
4 24 (16.33%) Disaster Recovery
5 17 (11.56%) Agile Software Development
6 16 (10.88%) Migration
7 14 (9.52%) Business Intelligence
8 12 (8.16%) Performance Monitoring
9 11 (7.48%) Performance Tuning
10 9 (6.12%) High Availability
10 9 (6.12%) ETL
10 9 (6.12%) Scrum
11 8 (5.44%) Kimball Methodology
11 8 (5.44%) Change Management
12 7 (4.76%) Problem Management
12 7 (4.76%) CRM
13 6 (4.08%) Continuous Delivery
14 5 (3.40%) Kalman Filter
14 5 (3.40%) Data Migration
14 5 (3.40%) B2B
Programming Languages
1 40 (27.21%) SQL
2 15 (10.20%) PowerShell
3 10 (6.80%) C#
4 9 (6.12%) T-SQL
5 8 (5.44%) VBScript
6 7 (4.76%) VB.NET
7 3 (2.04%) Java
8 1 (0.68%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.68%) Perl
8 1 (0.68%) Python
8 1 (0.68%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 147 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 81 (55.10%) MCITP
3 72 (48.98%) MCSE
4 38 (25.85%) Degree
5 34 (23.13%) MCSA
6 30 (20.41%) MCP
7 12 (8.16%) CCA
7 12 (8.16%) Citrix Certification
7 12 (8.16%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 11 (7.48%) CCNA
8 11 (7.48%) Cisco Certification
9 7 (4.76%) CCEA
9 7 (4.76%) MCDST
9 7 (4.76%) Security Cleared
10 5 (3.40%) CISA
10 5 (3.40%) Microsoft Certified Master
10 5 (3.40%) SC Cleared
10 5 (3.40%) CISSP
11 4 (2.72%) CCNP
12 3 (2.04%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (4.76%) SLA
2 1 (0.68%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.68%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.68%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 70 (47.62%) Active Directory
2 28 (19.05%) Hyper-V
3 26 (17.69%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (7.48%) XenApp
5 7 (4.76%) vSphere
6 6 (4.08%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (2.04%) VMware ESX
8 2 (1.36%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.68%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.68%) XenServer
9 1 (0.68%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.68%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.68%) ISA Server
Systems Management
1 10 (6.80%) SCCM
2 9 (6.12%) SCOM
3 8 (5.44%) WMI
3 8 (5.44%) SCSM
4 4 (2.72%) AirWatch
4 4 (2.72%) MOM
5 3 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (2.04%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (1.36%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 2 (1.36%) Netcool
7 1 (0.68%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.68%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.68%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 84 (57.14%) Microsoft
2 45 (30.61%) VMware
3 34 (23.13%) Citrix
4 13 (8.84%) Cisco
5 10 (6.80%) McAfee
6 8 (5.44%) Avaya
6 8 (5.44%) Lotus
7 7 (4.76%) Novell
8 5 (3.40%) Sonus
9 4 (2.72%) IBM
10 3 (2.04%) Veritas
10 3 (2.04%) NetApp
10 3 (2.04%) Apple
10 3 (2.04%) Veeam
11 2 (1.36%) Tableau
11 2 (1.36%) EMC
11 2 (1.36%) Nortel
12 1 (0.68%) BMC
12 1 (0.68%) Sun
12 1 (0.68%) HP
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