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 17 December 2014 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 384 390 352
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -38
Contract jobs citing MCTS 25 28 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.11% 0.11% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.64% 0.74% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 14 27
Average daily rate
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£413 £313 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.00% -7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £191 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £435 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 4
Average hourly rate - £22.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +2.27%
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
3907 3760 3279
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 16.86% 15.44% 15.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 2728 2433 2064
Average daily rate £425 £405 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% -1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £595
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 63 85 128
Average hourly rate £16.00 £22.25 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.08% +1.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £11.60 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.10 £42.40 £48.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 17 December 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 17 December 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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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 +22 5 £205 -41.42% 3
Croydon - 4 £481 -
Enfield - - - -
Hayes - - - - 1
Hounslow - - - -
Twickenham - - - -
Uxbridge - - - -
Wimbledon - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 48 (80.00%) Microsoft
3 34 (56.67%) Windows
4 26 (43.33%) Active Directory
5 24 (40.00%) MCITP
6 23 (38.33%) MCSE
6 23 (38.33%) VMware
7 22 (36.67%) SQL Server
8 21 (35.00%) Citrix
9 20 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 19 (31.67%) MS Excel
11 18 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
11 18 (30.00%) VMware Infrastructure
12 17 (28.33%) MS Exchange
13 16 (26.67%) Exchange Server 2007
13 16 (26.67%) Windows Server 2012
14 15 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
14 15 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2003
15 14 (23.33%) Veeam
15 14 (23.33%) SQL
15 14 (23.33%) Windows XP
16 13 (21.67%) Finance
16 13 (21.67%) ITIL
16 13 (21.67%) SQL Server 2008
16 13 (21.67%) Hyper-V
16 13 (21.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 13 (21.67%) Exchange Server 2013
17 12 (20.00%) XenApp
17 12 (20.00%) SharePoint
17 12 (20.00%) MCSA

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 17 (28.33%) MS Exchange
2 16 (26.67%) Exchange Server 2007
3 15 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
3 15 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2003
4 13 (21.67%) Exchange Server 2013
5 12 (20.00%) SharePoint
6 6 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
7 5 (8.33%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (6.67%) SharePoint Server
9 3 (5.00%) IIS
10 1 (1.67%) WorkSite
Applications
1 19 (31.67%) MS Excel
2 7 (11.67%) MS Office
3 5 (8.33%) MS Project
4 1 (1.67%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 4 (6.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.67%) Office 365
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 10 (16.67%) NetScaler
2 5 (8.33%) SAN
3 3 (5.00%) Intranet
3 3 (5.00%) Internet
4 2 (3.33%) DNS
4 2 (3.33%) DHCP
4 2 (3.33%) TCP/IP
4 2 (3.33%) Extranet
5 1 (1.67%) Wireless
5 1 (1.67%) 3G
5 1 (1.67%) VPN
5 1 (1.67%) LAN
5 1 (1.67%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (36.67%) SQL Server
2 13 (21.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 13 (21.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 9 (15.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 8 (13.33%) SQL Server 2005
5 6 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
6 5 (8.33%) Data Warehouse
7 3 (5.00%) Relational Database
7 3 (5.00%) SAP HANA
7 3 (5.00%) RDBMS
7 3 (5.00%) DTS
8 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 1 (1.67%) OLAP Cube
9 1 (1.67%) QlikView
9 1 (1.67%) Data Mart
9 1 (1.67%) OLTP
9 1 (1.67%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 6 (10.00%) Visual Studio
2 2 (3.33%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 13 (21.67%) Finance
2 3 (5.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.67%) Retail
3 1 (1.67%) Law
Job Titles
1 14 (23.33%) Developer
2 12 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 9 (15.00%) Consultant
4 6 (10.00%) Analyst
5 5 (8.33%) SharePoint Developer
5 5 (8.33%) SQL Developer
6 4 (6.67%) SQL Server Developer
6 4 (6.67%) Support Analyst
6 4 (6.67%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 3 (5.00%) 3rd Line Support
7 3 (5.00%) Desktop Support
7 3 (5.00%) Senior Consultant
7 3 (5.00%) Architect
7 3 (5.00%) Trainer
7 3 (5.00%) Desktop Analyst
7 3 (5.00%) SharePoint Consultant
7 3 (5.00%) Desktop Support Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Support Engineer
8 2 (3.33%) Infrastructure Manager
8 2 (3.33%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (15.00%) .NET
2 8 (13.33%) HTML
2 8 (13.33%) CSS
3 4 (6.67%) ASP.NET
4 3 (5.00%) WCF
5 2 (3.33%) XML
5 2 (3.33%) jQuery
5 2 (3.33%) .NET Framework
5 2 (3.33%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 2 (3.33%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 1 (1.67%) MDX
6 1 (1.67%) Windows SharePoint Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.33%) Computer Science
2 3 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.00%) CMDB
2 3 (5.00%) Replication
3 2 (3.33%) Clustering
3 2 (3.33%) Blackberry
3 2 (3.33%) Data Integration
3 2 (3.33%) Statistics
4 1 (1.67%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.67%) Fat Client
4 1 (1.67%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 34 (56.67%) Windows
2 20 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 18 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 16 (26.67%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (23.33%) Windows XP
6 9 (15.00%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.67%) Windows 8
7 1 (1.67%) Mac OS
7 1 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.67%) VMS
7 1 (1.67%) Mac OS X
7 1 (1.67%) Solaris
7 1 (1.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (21.67%) ITIL
2 8 (13.33%) Migration
2 8 (13.33%) Business Intelligence
3 7 (11.67%) CRM
4 6 (10.00%) ETL
4 6 (10.00%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (10.00%) Disaster Recovery
4 6 (10.00%) Capacity Planning
5 5 (8.33%) Agile Project Management
5 5 (8.33%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (8.33%) Strategic Planning
5 5 (8.33%) Project Management
6 4 (6.67%) Service Delivery
6 4 (6.67%) Time Management
7 3 (5.00%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (5.00%) Critical Path Analysis
7 3 (5.00%) Change Management
7 3 (5.00%) PRINCE2
8 2 (3.33%) Data Modelling
8 2 (3.33%) B2C
Programming Languages
1 14 (23.33%) SQL
2 11 (18.33%) C#
3 9 (15.00%) T-SQL
4 4 (6.67%) JavaScript
5 3 (5.00%) VB.NET
6 1 (1.67%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.67%) C
6 1 (1.67%) Perl
Qualifications
1 60 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (40.00%) MCITP
3 23 (38.33%) MCSE
4 12 (20.00%) MCSA
5 9 (15.00%) Degree
5 9 (15.00%) MCP
6 4 (6.67%) CCNA
6 4 (6.67%) Cisco Certification
6 4 (6.67%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 3 (5.00%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 3 (5.00%) CCA
7 3 (5.00%) Citrix Certification
7 3 (5.00%) MCT
8 2 (3.33%) MCAD
8 2 (3.33%) MCSD
8 2 (3.33%) CCEA
8 2 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (3.33%) CCNP
8 2 (3.33%) MCPD
9 1 (1.67%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.00%) QA
1 3 (5.00%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (43.33%) Active Directory
2 18 (30.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (21.67%) Hyper-V
4 12 (20.00%) XenApp
5 5 (8.33%) XenServer
6 3 (5.00%) Terminal Services
7 2 (3.33%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (1.67%) vSphere
8 1 (1.67%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (1.67%) DFS Replication
8 1 (1.67%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (8.33%) SCCM
2 2 (3.33%) WSUS
3 1 (1.67%) SCOrch
3 1 (1.67%) EdgeSight
3 1 (1.67%) SCOM
Vendors
1 48 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 23 (38.33%) VMware
3 21 (35.00%) Citrix
4 14 (23.33%) Veeam
5 12 (20.00%) NetApp
6 3 (5.00%) Cisco
6 3 (5.00%) SAP
7 2 (3.33%) EMC
7 2 (3.33%) Symantec
8 1 (1.67%) LANDesk
8 1 (1.67%) AppSense
8 1 (1.67%) Adobe
8 1 (1.67%) MicroStrategy
8 1 (1.67%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.67%) Apple