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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 392 387 383
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -4
Contract jobs citing MCTS 21 33 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.089% 0.14% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.58% 0.89% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 26 23
Average daily rate
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£335 £398 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.72% -0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £203 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £425 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £319 £345 £300
% change year-on-year
-7.60% +15.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 5
Average hourly rate £18.50 £19.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.12% -13.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.50% -
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
3628 3699 3648
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.31% 15.45% 14.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 2405 2389 2308
Average daily rate £435 £425 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.35% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.55% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 84 96
Average hourly rate £21.64 £20.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.20% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.17 £14.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 - 2 £525 - 1
City of London +4 1 - - 1
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 37 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (83.78%) Microsoft
3 24 (64.86%) Windows
4 19 (51.35%) MCSE
5 15 (40.54%) MCSA
5 15 (40.54%) MS Excel
5 15 (40.54%) SQL Server
6 14 (37.84%) VMware
7 13 (35.14%) MCITP
8 11 (29.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
8 11 (29.73%) MS Office
8 11 (29.73%) LAN
9 10 (27.03%) Citrix
9 10 (27.03%) SQL
9 10 (27.03%) ITIL
9 10 (27.03%) Firewall
10 9 (24.32%) WAN
10 9 (24.32%) vSphere
10 9 (24.32%) Windows 7
11 8 (21.62%) Windows 8
11 8 (21.62%) Data Centre
11 8 (21.62%) PRINCE2
11 8 (21.62%) Cisco
11 8 (21.62%) SAN
11 8 (21.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 7 (18.92%) Linux
12 7 (18.92%) Windows Server 2012
13 6 (16.22%) Mentoring
13 6 (16.22%) TCP/IP
13 6 (16.22%) Project Management

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 5 (13.51%) SharePoint
1 5 (13.51%) MS Exchange
1 5 (13.51%) Exchange Server 2007
2 2 (5.41%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (5.41%) Lync
2 2 (5.41%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (5.41%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (5.41%) IIS
3 1 (2.70%) Commerce Server
3 1 (2.70%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 15 (40.54%) MS Excel
2 11 (29.73%) MS Office
3 5 (13.51%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (29.73%) LAN
2 10 (27.03%) Firewall
3 9 (24.32%) WAN
4 8 (21.62%) SAN
5 6 (16.22%) TCP/IP
5 6 (16.22%) IPv4
6 5 (13.51%) VPN
6 5 (13.51%) Internet
7 4 (10.81%) DNS
8 3 (8.11%) DHCP
9 2 (5.41%) NetScaler
9 2 (5.41%) Cisco Nexus
10 1 (2.70%) VLAN
10 1 (2.70%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (40.54%) SQL Server
2 8 (21.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 6 (16.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (8.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (5.41%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (2.70%) MySQL
6 1 (2.70%) Big Data
6 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2005
6 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Analysis Services
General
1 4 (10.81%) Telecoms
2 3 (8.11%) Law
3 1 (2.70%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (18.92%) Analyst
1 7 (18.92%) Consultant
2 5 (13.51%) Linux Engineer
3 4 (10.81%) SQL DBA
3 4 (10.81%) DBA
3 4 (10.81%) Service Analyst
3 4 (10.81%) Service Desk Analyst
4 2 (5.41%) Administrator
4 2 (5.41%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (5.41%) Business Analyst
4 2 (5.41%) Developer
4 2 (5.41%) Citrix Consultant
5 1 (2.70%) Security Engineer
5 1 (2.70%) Senior DBA
5 1 (2.70%) Senior SQL Server DBA
5 1 (2.70%) Infrastructure Consultant
5 1 (2.70%) Server Administrator
5 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Consultant
5 1 (2.70%) Senior Solutions Architect
5 1 (2.70%) Senior SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.11%) .NET
2 2 (5.41%) XML
2 2 (5.41%) Application Packaging
2 2 (5.41%) WCF
3 1 (2.70%) HTML
3 1 (2.70%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.70%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 8 (21.62%) Data Centre
2 2 (5.41%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.41%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.70%) Replication
3 1 (2.70%) Clustering
3 1 (2.70%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.70%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 24 (64.86%) Windows
2 9 (24.32%) Windows 7
3 8 (21.62%) Windows 8
4 7 (18.92%) Windows Server 2012
4 7 (18.92%) Linux
5 6 (16.22%) Ubuntu
6 3 (8.11%) Windows Server 2008
7 1 (2.70%) CentOS
7 1 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (2.70%) Mac OS
7 1 (2.70%) Windows XP
7 1 (2.70%) SUSE
7 1 (2.70%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (27.03%) ITIL
2 8 (21.62%) PRINCE2
3 6 (16.22%) Project Management
3 6 (16.22%) Mentoring
4 5 (13.51%) Strategic Planning
4 5 (13.51%) Agile Project Management
4 5 (13.51%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (10.81%) Critical Path Analysis
6 3 (8.11%) Coaching
6 3 (8.11%) SDLC
6 3 (8.11%) Migration
6 3 (8.11%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (8.11%) CRM
7 2 (5.41%) Service Delivery
7 2 (5.41%) Performance Monitoring
8 1 (2.70%) Line Management
8 1 (2.70%) Business Analysis
8 1 (2.70%) Database Mirroring
8 1 (2.70%) Database Security
8 1 (2.70%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 10 (27.03%) SQL
2 4 (10.81%) C#
3 2 (5.41%) T-SQL
4 1 (2.70%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 37 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 19 (51.35%) MCSE
3 15 (40.54%) MCSA
4 13 (35.14%) MCITP
5 11 (29.73%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 6 (16.22%) MCDST
6 6 (16.22%) Cisco Certification
7 5 (13.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 5 (13.51%) CCNA
8 3 (8.11%) CCNP
8 3 (8.11%) Citrix Certification
8 3 (8.11%) MCP
8 3 (8.11%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 3 (8.11%) VCP5
9 2 (5.41%) CCEE
9 2 (5.41%) Degree
9 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
10 1 (2.70%) VCP4
10 1 (2.70%) VCAP
10 1 (2.70%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.11%) SLA
2 1 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.70%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 9 (24.32%) vSphere
2 6 (16.22%) Active Directory
3 5 (13.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (5.41%) XenApp
4 2 (5.41%) XenDesktop
4 2 (5.41%) Terminal Services
4 2 (5.41%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (5.41%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.70%) VMware Server
5 1 (2.70%) VMware ESX
5 1 (2.70%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 2 (5.41%) SCCM
1 2 (5.41%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 31 (83.78%) Microsoft
2 14 (37.84%) VMware
3 10 (27.03%) Citrix
4 8 (21.62%) Cisco
5 2 (5.41%) CheckPoint
5 2 (5.41%) AppSense
6 1 (2.70%) Red Hat