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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 377 364 318
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -46
Contract jobs citing MCTS 18 23 48
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.086% 0.11% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.50% 0.64% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 34
Average daily rate
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£313 £280 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.60% -20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £157 £115
10% offered a daily rate of more than £473 £525 £418
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 8 4
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.25 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.12% +1.13%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%
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
3587 3613 2986
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 17.09% 16.54% 15.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2438 2290 1863
Average daily rate £425 £415 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £356 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 76 122
Average hourly rate £17.50 £22.50 £23.14
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% -2.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.43 £39.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -23.91%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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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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 +18 6 £275 -29.93% 6
Wimbledon - - - -
Enfield - - - -
Hayes - - - -
Hounslow - - - -
Twickenham - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 27 January 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%) Microsoft
3 35 (70.00%) Windows
4 24 (48.00%) MCSE
4 24 (48.00%) VMware
5 23 (46.00%) Active Directory
5 23 (46.00%) MCITP
6 22 (44.00%) Windows Server 2008
7 21 (42.00%) Citrix
8 20 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 19 (38.00%) Windows Server 2012
10 18 (36.00%) MS Exchange
11 17 (34.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 16 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2007
12 16 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2003
12 16 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2010
13 14 (28.00%) Hyper-V
13 14 (28.00%) SQL Server
14 13 (26.00%) Finance
15 12 (24.00%) MS Excel
15 12 (24.00%) ITIL
15 12 (24.00%) Windows XP
15 12 (24.00%) Veeam
15 12 (24.00%) Exchange Server 2013
16 11 (22.00%) XenApp
16 11 (22.00%) NetApp
16 11 (22.00%) MCP
17 10 (20.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 10 (20.00%) SharePoint
17 10 (20.00%) SQL

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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 18 (36.00%) MS Exchange
2 16 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2007
2 16 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2003
2 16 (32.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 12 (24.00%) Exchange Server 2013
4 10 (20.00%) SharePoint
5 3 (6.00%) SharePoint 2010
6 2 (4.00%) SharePoint Server
6 2 (4.00%) SharePoint 2013
7 1 (2.00%) Lync
7 1 (2.00%) WorkSite
Applications
1 12 (24.00%) MS Excel
2 6 (12.00%) MS Office
3 5 (10.00%) MS Project
4 1 (2.00%) Photoshop
Cloud Services
1 5 (10.00%) Office 365
2 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.00%) IaaS
3 1 (2.00%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 10 (20.00%) NetScaler
2 4 (8.00%) SAN
3 2 (4.00%) Extranet
3 2 (4.00%) Firewall
3 2 (4.00%) VoIP
3 2 (4.00%) Intranet
4 1 (2.00%) Internet
4 1 (2.00%) WAN
4 1 (2.00%) DHCP
4 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
4 1 (2.00%) VPN
4 1 (2.00%) DNS
4 1 (2.00%) LAN
4 1 (2.00%) Wireless
4 1 (2.00%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (28.00%) SQL Server
2 10 (20.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 10 (20.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (16.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 7 (14.00%) SQL Server 2005
5 6 (12.00%) Data Warehouse
6 5 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 4 (8.00%) SQL Server 2012
8 3 (6.00%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (4.00%) Relational Database
10 1 (2.00%) OLTP
10 1 (2.00%) RDBMS
10 1 (2.00%) DTS
10 1 (2.00%) OLAP
10 1 (2.00%) Data Mart
10 1 (2.00%) OLAP Cube
10 1 (2.00%) SAP HANA
10 1 (2.00%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 1 (2.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 13 (26.00%) Finance
2 3 (6.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.00%) Law
3 1 (2.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (22.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 8 (16.00%) Developer
3 5 (10.00%) 3rd Line Support
3 5 (10.00%) Analyst
3 5 (10.00%) SQL Developer
4 4 (8.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
4 4 (8.00%) SQL Server Developer
4 4 (8.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 4 (8.00%) Consultant
4 4 (8.00%) Support Analyst
4 4 (8.00%) Support Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) DBA
5 3 (6.00%) SQL DBA
6 2 (4.00%) Wintel Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) SharePoint Administrator
6 2 (4.00%) VMware Consultant
6 2 (4.00%) Wintel Consultant
6 2 (4.00%) SQL Server BI Developer
6 2 (4.00%) Senior SharePoint Administrator
6 2 (4.00%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.00%) .NET
2 2 (4.00%) jQuery
2 2 (4.00%) HTML
2 2 (4.00%) CSS
3 1 (2.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (2.00%) Windows SharePoint Services
3 1 (2.00%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.00%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.00%) Statistics
2 2 (4.00%) Data Integration
2 2 (4.00%) CMDB
2 2 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.00%) Blackberry
3 1 (2.00%) Replication
3 1 (2.00%) Clustering
3 1 (2.00%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 35 (70.00%) Windows
2 22 (44.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 20 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 19 (38.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 12 (24.00%) Windows XP
6 7 (14.00%) Windows 7
7 1 (2.00%) VMS
7 1 (2.00%) Solaris
7 1 (2.00%) Linux
7 1 (2.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (24.00%) ITIL
2 9 (18.00%) Business Intelligence
3 6 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (12.00%) Migration
4 5 (10.00%) Project Management
4 5 (10.00%) Strategic Planning
4 5 (10.00%) Agile Project Management
4 5 (10.00%) Performance Tuning
5 4 (8.00%) Change Management
5 4 (8.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (8.00%) ETL
6 3 (6.00%) PRINCE2
6 3 (6.00%) Service Delivery
6 3 (6.00%) Critical Path Analysis
7 2 (4.00%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (4.00%) Kimball Methodology
7 2 (4.00%) Data Transformation
7 2 (4.00%) Network Monitoring
7 2 (4.00%) Business Analysis
7 2 (4.00%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 10 (20.00%) SQL
2 8 (16.00%) T-SQL
3 4 (8.00%) C#
4 3 (6.00%) VB.NET
5 1 (2.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.00%) Perl
5 1 (2.00%) C
5 1 (2.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 50 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (48.00%) MCSE
3 23 (46.00%) MCITP
4 11 (22.00%) MCP
5 9 (18.00%) MCSA
6 6 (12.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (12.00%) CCA
6 6 (12.00%) Citrix Certification
6 6 (12.00%) CCNA
6 6 (12.00%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (10.00%) Degree
8 4 (8.00%) CCEA
8 4 (8.00%) CCNP
9 3 (6.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (2.00%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (2.00%) MCDBA
10 1 (2.00%) MCT
10 1 (2.00%) MCDST
10 1 (2.00%) MOS
10 1 (2.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.00%) SLA
2 1 (2.00%) QA
System Software
1 23 (46.00%) Active Directory
2 17 (34.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (28.00%) Hyper-V
4 11 (22.00%) XenApp
5 4 (8.00%) XenServer
6 2 (4.00%) vSphere
6 2 (4.00%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (4.00%) Terminal Services
7 1 (2.00%) DFS Replication
7 1 (2.00%) XenDesktop
7 1 (2.00%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 3 (6.00%) SCCM
2 1 (2.00%) SCOrch
2 1 (2.00%) EdgeSight
2 1 (2.00%) WSUS
2 1 (2.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 38 (76.00%) Microsoft
2 24 (48.00%) VMware
3 21 (42.00%) Citrix
4 12 (24.00%) Veeam
5 11 (22.00%) NetApp
6 6 (12.00%) Cisco
7 2 (4.00%) EMC
8 1 (2.00%) MicroStrategy
8 1 (2.00%) Red Hat
8 1 (2.00%) Adobe
8 1 (2.00%) SAP
8 1 (2.00%) Symantec
8 1 (2.00%) AppSense
8 1 (2.00%) LANDesk
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