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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 409 376 383
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 15 36 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.064% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.42% 0.99% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 24 15
Average daily rate
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£449 £371 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.28% -7.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £201 £204 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £444 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 6 1
Average hourly rate - £18.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.11 £15.88 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+121.13% -0.78%
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
3568 3644 3421
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.29% 15.90% 14.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 2296 2398 2075
Average daily rate £425 £413 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 110 129
Average hourly rate £23.75 £19.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -15.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.47 £15.00 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £38.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+13.92% -8.13%

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 3 July 2015.

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 3 July 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
Croydon - 5 £500 -
City of London -14 2 £499 +47.77% 2
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 50 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (76.00%) Windows
2 38 (76.00%) MCSE
3 37 (74.00%) Microsoft
4 26 (52.00%) VMware
5 21 (42.00%) Windows 7
6 20 (40.00%) Firewall
7 17 (34.00%) MS Excel
8 16 (32.00%) MCP
8 16 (32.00%) Active Directory
8 16 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
9 15 (30.00%) Citrix
10 14 (28.00%) MCITP
11 12 (24.00%) MCSA
11 12 (24.00%) MS Exchange
11 12 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
12 10 (20.00%) MS Office
12 10 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
13 9 (18.00%) CCNA
13 9 (18.00%) Internet
13 9 (18.00%) Cisco
13 9 (18.00%) DNS
13 9 (18.00%) SQL Server
13 9 (18.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
13 9 (18.00%) Data Centre
13 9 (18.00%) Hyper-V
14 8 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2007
14 8 (16.00%) Telecoms
14 8 (16.00%) ITIL
14 8 (16.00%) VPN

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, 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 12 (24.00%) MS Exchange
2 8 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2007
3 6 (12.00%) Lync
3 6 (12.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (10.00%) SharePoint
5 4 (8.00%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (6.00%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (4.00%) IIS
7 2 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
7 2 (4.00%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (2.00%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 17 (34.00%) MS Excel
2 10 (20.00%) MS Office
3 5 (10.00%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.00%) Office 365
2 2 (4.00%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (4.00%) SaaS
3 1 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.00%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (40.00%) Firewall
2 9 (18.00%) Internet
2 9 (18.00%) DNS
3 8 (16.00%) VPN
4 7 (14.00%) TCP/IP
4 7 (14.00%) SAN
5 6 (12.00%) LAN
6 5 (10.00%) WAN
7 4 (8.00%) DHCP
8 2 (4.00%) IPv4
8 2 (4.00%) NetScaler
9 1 (2.00%) VLAN
9 1 (2.00%) Network Security
9 1 (2.00%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (18.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (6.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (6.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (4.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 1 (2.00%) MySQL
4 1 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.00%) Big Data
4 1 (2.00%) Relational Database
4 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2005
General
1 8 (16.00%) Telecoms
2 3 (6.00%) Electronics
3 2 (4.00%) Finance
3 2 (4.00%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 12 (24.00%) Analyst
2 7 (14.00%) Consultant
2 7 (14.00%) Service Analyst
2 7 (14.00%) Service Desk Analyst
3 5 (10.00%) Administrator
3 5 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 5 (10.00%) Systems Administrator
4 4 (8.00%) Support Analyst
5 3 (6.00%) 1st Line Support
5 3 (6.00%) Citrix Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) Linux Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
6 2 (4.00%) Citrix Consultant
6 2 (4.00%) Desktop Analyst
6 2 (4.00%) Support Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) Desktop Support
6 2 (4.00%) Developer
6 2 (4.00%) SCCM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.00%) Application Packaging
2 1 (2.00%) HTML
2 1 (2.00%) .NET
2 1 (2.00%) CSS
2 1 (2.00%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.00%) Data Centre
2 3 (6.00%) Computer Science
2 3 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.00%) Blackberry
4 1 (2.00%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 38 (76.00%) Windows
2 21 (42.00%) Windows 7
3 12 (24.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (14.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (14.00%) Windows 8
5 4 (8.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (6.00%) Linux
7 2 (4.00%) Windows XP
7 2 (4.00%) Ubuntu
8 1 (2.00%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (16.00%) ITIL
2 6 (12.00%) Project Management
3 5 (10.00%) Migration
3 5 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (10.00%) PRINCE2
3 5 (10.00%) Strategic Planning
3 5 (10.00%) Agile Project Management
4 4 (8.00%) Critical Path Analysis
5 3 (6.00%) Mentoring
5 3 (6.00%) Coaching
5 3 (6.00%) Security Management
6 2 (4.00%) ERP
6 2 (4.00%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (4.00%) Kalman Filter
7 1 (2.00%) Line Management
7 1 (2.00%) Database Theory
7 1 (2.00%) Relational Database Theory
7 1 (2.00%) SDLC
7 1 (2.00%) Target Operating Model
7 1 (2.00%) Database Security
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.00%) SQL
2 2 (4.00%) T-SQL
2 2 (4.00%) C#
2 2 (4.00%) Java
3 1 (2.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 50 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 38 (76.00%) MCSE
3 16 (32.00%) MCP
4 14 (28.00%) MCITP
5 12 (24.00%) MCSA
6 10 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
7 9 (18.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 9 (18.00%) CCNA
8 8 (16.00%) Citrix Certification
9 6 (12.00%) CCA
10 5 (10.00%) MCDST
10 5 (10.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 4 (8.00%) CCNP
12 3 (6.00%) HNC
12 3 (6.00%) CISSP
12 3 (6.00%) CISA
12 3 (6.00%) SC Cleared
12 3 (6.00%) Security Cleared
12 3 (6.00%) VCP5
13 2 (4.00%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.00%) SLA
1 2 (4.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 2 (4.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 16 (32.00%) Active Directory
1 16 (32.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (18.00%) Hyper-V
3 6 (12.00%) vSphere
4 5 (10.00%) XenApp
5 2 (4.00%) XenDesktop
5 2 (4.00%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (4.00%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (2.00%) VMware Server
6 1 (2.00%) ISA Server
6 1 (2.00%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 3 (6.00%) SCCM
2 2 (4.00%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 37 (74.00%) Microsoft
2 26 (52.00%) VMware
3 15 (30.00%) Citrix
4 9 (18.00%) Cisco
5 3 (6.00%) IBM
5 3 (6.00%) Apple
5 3 (6.00%) McAfee
6 2 (4.00%) AppSense