The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the London region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 375 384 355
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -29
Contract jobs citing MCTS 36 30 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.15% 0.12% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.96% 0.85% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 14 35
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £275 £252
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £478 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 4
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.57% -20.45%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +15.15%
Qualifications Category
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
3745 3537 3724
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 15.86% 14.59% 14.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 2411 2157 2220
Average daily rate £425 £420 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.13% +1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 113 126 138
Average hourly rate £19.00 £22.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.55% +15.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.65 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.40 £48.00 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCTS
England

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 25 July 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 25 July 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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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 +19 7 £395 +1.93% 1
Uxbridge - 1 £475 - 1
Bromley - - - - 1
Harrow - - - -
Kingston Upon Thames - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 89 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 59 (66.29%) Windows
3 58 (65.17%) Microsoft
4 57 (64.04%) MCITP
5 38 (42.70%) SQL Server
6 36 (40.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 32 (35.96%) MS Excel
7 32 (35.96%) Active Directory
8 31 (34.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 30 (33.71%) Windows 7
10 29 (32.58%) SQL Server 2008
10 29 (32.58%) SQL
11 27 (30.34%) ITIL
12 26 (29.21%) Citrix
13 24 (26.97%) MCSE
13 24 (26.97%) Windows Server 2003
14 23 (25.84%) VMware
14 23 (25.84%) Business Intelligence
15 21 (23.60%) T-SQL
15 21 (23.60%) Windows Server 2012
16 19 (21.35%) SQL Server 2005
16 19 (21.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 19 (21.35%) SharePoint
17 18 (20.22%) MCP
17 18 (20.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
18 14 (15.73%) SCCM
18 14 (15.73%) VMware Infrastructure
18 14 (15.73%) SharePoint 2010
18 14 (15.73%) MCSA
19 13 (14.61%) MS Exchange

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 19 (21.35%) SharePoint
2 14 (15.73%) SharePoint 2010
3 13 (14.61%) MS Exchange
3 13 (14.61%) Exchange Server 2007
4 12 (13.48%) SharePoint Server
5 11 (12.36%) Exchange Server 2003
6 7 (7.87%) Exchange Server 2010
7 5 (5.62%) SharePoint 2013
8 4 (4.49%) IIS
9 1 (1.12%) Tomcat
9 1 (1.12%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (1.12%) MS Project Server
Applications
1 32 (35.96%) MS Excel
2 12 (13.48%) MS Office
3 1 (1.12%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (4.49%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (6.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.99%) TCP/IP
1 8 (8.99%) Firewall
2 7 (7.87%) Extranet
3 5 (5.62%) DNS
3 5 (5.62%) DHCP
4 3 (3.37%) SAN
4 3 (3.37%) Internet
5 2 (2.25%) Intranet
5 2 (2.25%) LAN
6 1 (1.12%) SMTP
6 1 (1.12%) SNMP
6 1 (1.12%) VPN
6 1 (1.12%) IMAP
6 1 (1.12%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (42.70%) SQL Server
2 31 (34.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 29 (32.58%) SQL Server 2008
4 19 (21.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 19 (21.35%) SQL Server 2005
5 18 (20.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (13.48%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 8 (8.99%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (4.49%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (4.49%) DTS
9 2 (2.25%) RDBMS
9 2 (2.25%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (2.25%) Data Mart
9 2 (2.25%) Relational Database
9 2 (2.25%) SAP HANA
10 1 (1.12%) SSDT
Development Applications
1 6 (6.74%) Visual Studio
2 4 (4.49%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (2.25%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (1.12%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.12%) InstallShield
4 1 (1.12%) Selenium
General
1 12 (13.48%) Finance
2 3 (3.37%) Banking
3 2 (2.25%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.12%) Retail
4 1 (1.12%) Marketing
4 1 (1.12%) Law
4 1 (1.12%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.12%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 19 (21.35%) Developer
2 13 (14.61%) Consultant
2 13 (14.61%) SQL Developer
3 11 (12.36%) Analyst
3 11 (12.36%) Support Engineer
4 10 (11.24%) Administrator
4 10 (11.24%) Desktop Support
5 9 (10.11%) Support Analyst
5 9 (10.11%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 8 (8.99%) SharePoint Administrator
6 8 (8.99%) Senior SQL Developer
6 8 (8.99%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
6 8 (8.99%) Senior Developer
6 8 (8.99%) Architect
7 7 (7.87%) DBA
7 7 (7.87%) 3rd Line Support
7 7 (7.87%) SQL DBA
7 7 (7.87%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 7 (7.87%) SharePoint Architect
8 6 (6.74%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.24%) .NET
1 10 (11.24%) jQuery
2 6 (6.74%) CSS
2 6 (6.74%) HTML
3 4 (4.49%) ASP.NET
4 3 (3.37%) WCF
4 3 (3.37%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.25%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 2 (2.25%) XML
5 2 (2.25%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 1 (1.12%) KnockoutJS
6 1 (1.12%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.12%) X-Windows
6 1 (1.12%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (10.11%) Data Integration
2 7 (7.87%) Replication
3 6 (6.74%) Clustering
4 4 (4.49%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.25%) CMDB
5 2 (2.25%) Fat Client
5 2 (2.25%) Thin Client
5 2 (2.25%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.12%) FMCG
6 1 (1.12%) EPoS
6 1 (1.12%) Chip and PIN
6 1 (1.12%) EFT
6 1 (1.12%) Firmware
Operating Systems
1 59 (66.29%) Windows
2 36 (40.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 30 (33.71%) Windows 7
4 24 (26.97%) Windows Server 2003
5 21 (23.60%) Windows Server 2012
6 12 (13.48%) Windows XP
7 5 (5.62%) Linux
7 5 (5.62%) Windows 8
8 4 (4.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (4.49%) Solaris
9 3 (3.37%) Mac OS X
9 3 (3.37%) Windows 2000 Server
10 2 (2.25%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (30.34%) ITIL
2 23 (25.84%) Business Intelligence
3 13 (14.61%) Change Management
4 11 (12.36%) ETL
4 11 (12.36%) Performance Tuning
5 10 (11.24%) Migration
6 9 (10.11%) Data Transformation
7 8 (8.99%) Capacity Planning
7 8 (8.99%) Data Modelling
7 8 (8.99%) Service Delivery
8 6 (6.74%) Service Management
8 6 (6.74%) CRM
9 5 (5.62%) Project Management
9 5 (5.62%) Disaster Recovery
10 4 (4.49%) Risk Management
10 4 (4.49%) B2C
10 4 (4.49%) Time Management
10 4 (4.49%) Customer Engagement
10 4 (4.49%) High Availability
10 4 (4.49%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 29 (32.58%) SQL
2 21 (23.60%) T-SQL
3 11 (12.36%) C#
4 7 (7.87%) PowerShell
5 4 (4.49%) JavaScript
5 4 (4.49%) Perl
6 3 (3.37%) VB.NET
7 1 (1.12%) Java
7 1 (1.12%) VBScript
7 1 (1.12%) VB
Qualifications
1 89 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 57 (64.04%) MCITP
3 24 (26.97%) MCSE
4 18 (20.22%) MCP
5 14 (15.73%) MCSA
6 9 (10.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 8 (8.99%) Degree
8 7 (7.87%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (7.87%) Security Cleared
8 7 (7.87%) CCNA
8 7 (7.87%) Citrix Certification
9 6 (6.74%) CCNP
9 6 (6.74%) CCA
10 4 (4.49%) MCDBA
10 4 (4.49%) ITIL Certification
10 4 (4.49%) DV Cleared
11 3 (3.37%) ISSAP
11 3 (3.37%) CISA
11 3 (3.37%) CISSP
11 3 (3.37%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.87%) SLA
2 5 (5.62%) QA
3 1 (1.12%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 32 (35.96%) Active Directory
2 14 (15.73%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (6.74%) vSphere
4 5 (5.62%) vCloud
5 4 (4.49%) VMware ESXi
5 4 (4.49%) Terminal Server
6 2 (2.25%) ISA Server
6 2 (2.25%) Hyper-V
6 2 (2.25%) XenApp
6 2 (2.25%) XenServer
6 2 (2.25%) Forefront TMG
7 1 (1.12%) Citrix Presentation Server
7 1 (1.12%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 14 (15.73%) SCCM
2 13 (14.61%) SCOM
3 5 (5.62%) EMC NetWorker
4 4 (4.49%) WSUS
4 4 (4.49%) SCOrch
5 2 (2.25%) Ionix
5 2 (2.25%) NetBackup
6 1 (1.12%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 58 (65.17%) Microsoft
2 26 (29.21%) Citrix
3 23 (25.84%) VMware
4 8 (8.99%) Cisco
5 7 (7.87%) EMC
6 5 (5.62%) F5
7 4 (4.49%) Red Hat
8 3 (3.37%) SAP
9 2 (2.25%) Business Objects
9 2 (2.25%) MicroStrategy
9 2 (2.25%) Remedy
9 2 (2.25%) Veeam
10 1 (1.12%) ServiceNow
10 1 (1.12%) TOWER Software
10 1 (1.12%) Apple
10 1 (1.12%) Symantec
10 1 (1.12%) NetApp
10 1 (1.12%) HP
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