The table below looks at the statistics 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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 405 383 382
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 6 22 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.028% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.16% 0.62% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 16 10
Average daily rate £295 £210 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+40.47% -36.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £140 £159
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £463 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £400 £335
% change year-on-year
-17.50% +19.40%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 7
Average hourly rate - £22.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.22%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +107.14%
MCTS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the London region.

Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3859 3554 3709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 18.25% 17.06% 17.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2617 2383 2330
Average daily rate £450 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +2.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.53% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 64 77 79
Average hourly rate £22.00 £17.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.71% -22.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.00 £14.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £28.75 £40.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +21.73%

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +36 4 £295 +7.27% 3
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
3 10 (66.67%) MCSE
4 8 (53.33%) Windows
4 8 (53.33%) Active Directory
5 7 (46.67%) MS Exchange
5 7 (46.67%) MCSA
5 7 (46.67%) MCITP
6 5 (33.33%) Windows 7
6 5 (33.33%) SQL
6 5 (33.33%) SQL Server
6 5 (33.33%) MS Office
7 4 (26.67%) MS Excel
7 4 (26.67%) SharePoint
7 4 (26.67%) TCP/IP
7 4 (26.67%) Office 365
8 3 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 3 (20.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (20.00%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2007
8 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
8 3 (20.00%) Database Mirroring
8 3 (20.00%) Skype
8 3 (20.00%) Internet
8 3 (20.00%) Telecoms
8 3 (20.00%) Finance
8 3 (20.00%) Migration
8 3 (20.00%) Clustering
8 3 (20.00%) SLA
8 3 (20.00%) Citrix

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 7 (46.67%) MS Exchange
2 4 (26.67%) SharePoint
3 3 (20.00%) Exchange Server 2007
4 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2013
5 1 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
5 1 (6.67%) IIS
5 1 (6.67%) Lync
5 1 (6.67%) SharePoint 2010
5 1 (6.67%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (6.67%) SharePoint Server
5 1 (6.67%) Zimbra
Applications
1 5 (33.33%) MS Office
2 4 (26.67%) MS Excel
3 1 (6.67%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (26.67%) Office 365
2 3 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (13.33%) OneDrive
3 2 (13.33%) Yammer
4 1 (6.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (26.67%) TCP/IP
2 3 (20.00%) Internet
2 3 (20.00%) Skype
3 2 (13.33%) LAN
3 2 (13.33%) VPN
4 1 (6.67%) Cisco ASA
4 1 (6.67%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (6.67%) Firewall
4 1 (6.67%) SAN
4 1 (6.67%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (20.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 3 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (20.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2014
4 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) CruiseControl
1 1 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (6.67%) TeamCity
1 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 3 (20.00%) Finance
1 3 (20.00%) Telecoms
2 2 (13.33%) Law
3 1 (6.67%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) DBA
1 4 (26.67%) SQL DBA
2 3 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support
2 3 (20.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) 3rd Line Technical Support
2 3 (20.00%) Analyst
2 3 (20.00%) Office 365 Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Service Analyst
2 3 (20.00%) Service Desk Analyst
2 3 (20.00%) Support Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Technical Engineer
2 3 (20.00%) Technical Support
2 3 (20.00%) Technical Support Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Administrator
3 2 (13.33%) SQL Server DBA
4 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior .NET Developer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior DBA
4 1 (6.67%) Senior SQL Server DBA
4 1 (6.67%) Server Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) .NET
2 1 (6.67%) ASP.NET
2 1 (6.67%) CSS
2 1 (6.67%) HTML
2 1 (6.67%) WCF
2 1 (6.67%) WF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (20.00%) Clustering
2 2 (13.33%) Blackberry
2 2 (13.33%) Replication
3 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (53.33%) Windows
2 5 (33.33%) Windows 7
3 3 (20.00%) Windows Server
4 2 (13.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (6.67%) Android
5 1 (6.67%) Apple iOS
5 1 (6.67%) CentOS
5 1 (6.67%) Linux
5 1 (6.67%) Mac OS
5 1 (6.67%) Mac OS X
5 1 (6.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (6.67%) Windows 8
5 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (20.00%) Database Mirroring
1 3 (20.00%) ITIL
1 3 (20.00%) Migration
2 2 (13.33%) Mentoring
2 2 (13.33%) Performance Monitoring
2 2 (13.33%) PRINCE2
3 1 (6.67%) Change Management
3 1 (6.67%) CRM
3 1 (6.67%) High Availability
3 1 (6.67%) Incident Management
3 1 (6.67%) ITIL V3
3 1 (6.67%) Network Management
3 1 (6.67%) Performance Tuning
3 1 (6.67%) Service Delivery
3 1 (6.67%) Technical Architecture
Programming Languages
1 5 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (13.33%) C#
3 1 (6.67%) JavaScript
3 1 (6.67%) PowerShell
3 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (66.67%) MCSE
3 7 (46.67%) MCITP
3 7 (46.67%) MCSA
4 3 (20.00%) MCDBA
5 2 (13.33%) CCNA
5 2 (13.33%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (13.33%) Degree
5 2 (13.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (6.67%) CCNP
6 1 (6.67%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (20.00%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (53.33%) Active Directory
2 2 (13.33%) Hyper-V
2 2 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) Casper Suite
1 1 (6.67%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (73.33%) Microsoft
2 3 (20.00%) Citrix
3 2 (13.33%) Adobe
3 2 (13.33%) Dell
3 2 (13.33%) VMware
4 1 (6.67%) Apple
4 1 (6.67%) Cisco
4 1 (6.67%) Fortinet
4 1 (6.67%) HP
4 1 (6.67%) Juniper
4 1 (6.67%) Kaspersky
4 1 (6.67%) Red Hat
4 1 (6.67%) Remedy
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