The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the London region.

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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 374 378 348
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -30
Contract jobs citing MCTS 34 36 62
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.14% 0.15% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.91% 1.01% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 17 36
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 4
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.27%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +15.15%
Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3718 3567 3751
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.84% 14.69% 14.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2382 2164 2248
Average daily rate £420 £420 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 123 141
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £13.50 £13.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCTS
England

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in London

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the London region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in London

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the London region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in London

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the London region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in London

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the London region over the 3 months to 1 August 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
City of London +29 5 £410 +5.80% 1
Uxbridge - 1 £475 - 1
Bromley - - - - 1
Harrow - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 89 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 58 (65.17%) Microsoft
3 57 (64.04%) Windows
3 57 (64.04%) MCITP
4 38 (42.70%) SQL Server
5 35 (39.33%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (35.96%) MS Excel
7 31 (34.83%) Active Directory
7 31 (34.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 30 (33.71%) Windows 7
9 29 (32.58%) SQL
10 28 (31.46%) SQL Server 2008
11 27 (30.34%) ITIL
12 25 (28.09%) MCSE
12 25 (28.09%) Citrix
13 23 (25.84%) Windows Server 2003
14 22 (24.72%) Business Intelligence
15 21 (23.60%) T-SQL
15 21 (23.60%) VMware
15 21 (23.60%) Windows Server 2012
16 20 (22.47%) SharePoint
17 19 (21.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 19 (21.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
18 18 (20.22%) SQL Server 2005
18 18 (20.22%) MCP
19 15 (16.85%) MCSA
19 15 (16.85%) SharePoint 2010
20 14 (15.73%) SCCM
21 13 (14.61%) Change Management
21 13 (14.61%) SCOM

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 20 (22.47%) SharePoint
2 15 (16.85%) SharePoint 2010
3 12 (13.48%) Exchange Server 2007
3 12 (13.48%) SharePoint Server
3 12 (13.48%) MS Exchange
4 10 (11.24%) Exchange Server 2003
5 7 (7.87%) Exchange Server 2010
6 6 (6.74%) SharePoint 2013
7 4 (4.49%) IIS
8 1 (1.12%) Tomcat
8 1 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (1.12%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 32 (35.96%) MS Excel
2 12 (13.48%) MS Office
3 1 (1.12%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (4.49%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.99%) Firewall
2 7 (7.87%) Extranet
2 7 (7.87%) TCP/IP
3 5 (5.62%) DNS
3 5 (5.62%) DHCP
4 3 (3.37%) Internet
5 2 (2.25%) LAN
5 2 (2.25%) SAN
5 2 (2.25%) Intranet
6 1 (1.12%) SMTP
6 1 (1.12%) SNMP
6 1 (1.12%) VPN
6 1 (1.12%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (42.70%) SQL Server
2 31 (34.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 28 (31.46%) SQL Server 2008
4 19 (21.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 19 (21.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 18 (20.22%) SQL Server 2005
6 11 (12.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 9 (10.11%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (5.62%) DTS
9 3 (3.37%) RDBMS
9 3 (3.37%) Data Warehouse
9 3 (3.37%) SAP HANA
9 3 (3.37%) Relational Database
10 2 (2.25%) SQL Server 2000
11 1 (1.12%) SSDT
11 1 (1.12%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 7 (7.87%) Visual Studio
2 4 (4.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (2.25%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (1.12%) InstallShield
4 1 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.12%) Selenium
General
1 11 (12.36%) Finance
2 3 (3.37%) Banking
3 2 (2.25%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.12%) Law
4 1 (1.12%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.12%) Advertising
4 1 (1.12%) Marketing
4 1 (1.12%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (21.35%) Developer
2 14 (15.73%) Consultant
3 12 (13.48%) SQL Developer
4 11 (12.36%) Support Engineer
4 11 (12.36%) Analyst
5 10 (11.24%) Desktop Support
5 10 (11.24%) Administrator
6 9 (10.11%) Support Analyst
6 9 (10.11%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (8.99%) SharePoint Administrator
7 8 (8.99%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
7 8 (8.99%) Senior SQL Developer
7 8 (8.99%) Senior Developer
7 8 (8.99%) Architect
8 7 (7.87%) DBA
8 7 (7.87%) 3rd Line Support
8 7 (7.87%) SharePoint Architect
8 7 (7.87%) SQL DBA
9 6 (6.74%) SharePoint Consultant
9 6 (6.74%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.24%) jQuery
2 9 (10.11%) .NET
3 7 (7.87%) HTML
3 7 (7.87%) CSS
4 4 (4.49%) ASP.NET
5 3 (3.37%) .NET Framework
5 3 (3.37%) WCF
6 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
6 2 (2.25%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 2 (2.25%) XML
7 1 (1.12%) X-Windows
7 1 (1.12%) KnockoutJS
7 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (1.12%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.11%) Data Integration
2 8 (8.99%) Replication
3 6 (6.74%) Computer Science
4 5 (5.62%) Clustering
5 2 (2.25%) Fat Client
5 2 (2.25%) CMDB
5 2 (2.25%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.25%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.12%) EPoS
6 1 (1.12%) Chip and PIN
6 1 (1.12%) EFT
6 1 (1.12%) Firmware
6 1 (1.12%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 57 (64.04%) Windows
2 35 (39.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 30 (33.71%) Windows 7
4 23 (25.84%) Windows Server 2003
5 21 (23.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (13.48%) Windows XP
7 5 (5.62%) Linux
7 5 (5.62%) Windows 8
8 4 (4.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (4.49%) Solaris
9 3 (3.37%) Mac OS X
9 3 (3.37%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (2.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (30.34%) ITIL
2 22 (24.72%) Business Intelligence
3 13 (14.61%) Change Management
4 12 (13.48%) ETL
5 10 (11.24%) Capacity Planning
5 10 (11.24%) Performance Tuning
5 10 (11.24%) Migration
6 9 (10.11%) Data Transformation
7 8 (8.99%) Data Modelling
7 8 (8.99%) Service Delivery
8 7 (7.87%) CRM
9 6 (6.74%) Service Management
9 6 (6.74%) Disaster Recovery
10 5 (5.62%) Project Management
10 5 (5.62%) Performance Monitoring
10 5 (5.62%) Time Management
11 4 (4.49%) Customer Engagement
11 4 (4.49%) B2C
11 4 (4.49%) Risk Management
12 3 (3.37%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 29 (32.58%) SQL
2 21 (23.60%) T-SQL
3 11 (12.36%) C#
4 7 (7.87%) PowerShell
5 4 (4.49%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.49%) Perl
6 2 (2.25%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.12%) Java
7 1 (1.12%) VBScript
7 1 (1.12%) VB
Qualifications
1 89 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (64.04%) MCITP
3 25 (28.09%) MCSE
4 18 (20.22%) MCP
5 15 (16.85%) MCSA
6 10 (11.24%) Degree
7 8 (8.99%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 7 (7.87%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (7.87%) CCNA
8 7 (7.87%) Citrix Certification
8 7 (7.87%) Security Cleared
9 6 (6.74%) CCNP
9 6 (6.74%) CCA
10 4 (4.49%) DV Cleared
10 4 (4.49%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (4.49%) MCDBA
11 3 (3.37%) CISA
11 3 (3.37%) MCT
11 3 (3.37%) MCAD
11 3 (3.37%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.87%) SLA
2 6 (6.74%) QA
3 1 (1.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 31 (34.83%) Active Directory
2 12 (13.48%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (6.74%) vSphere
4 5 (5.62%) vCloud
5 4 (4.49%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (4.49%) Terminal Server
6 2 (2.25%) XenApp
6 2 (2.25%) XenServer
6 2 (2.25%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.25%) Forefront TMG
6 2 (2.25%) ISA Server
7 1 (1.12%) Terminal Services
7 1 (1.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 14 (15.73%) SCCM
2 13 (14.61%) SCOM
3 4 (4.49%) EMC NetWorker
3 4 (4.49%) WSUS
3 4 (4.49%) SCOrch
4 2 (2.25%) Ionix
4 2 (2.25%) NetBackup
5 1 (1.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 58 (65.17%) Microsoft
2 25 (28.09%) Citrix
3 21 (23.60%) VMware
4 7 (7.87%) Cisco
5 6 (6.74%) EMC
6 5 (5.62%) F5
7 4 (4.49%) SAP
7 4 (4.49%) Red Hat
8 2 (2.25%) Veeam
8 2 (2.25%) Remedy
9 1 (1.12%) Symantec
9 1 (1.12%) Apple
9 1 (1.12%) TOWER Software
9 1 (1.12%) Business Objects
9 1 (1.12%) MicroStrategy
9 1 (1.12%) NetApp
9 1 (1.12%) HP
9 1 (1.12%) ServiceNow
London
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 9 days ago