The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 60 71 -
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.89% 0.40% -
As % of the Qualifications category 2.90% 1.23% -
Number of daily rates quoted 6 4 0
Average daily rate
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£388 £425 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.82% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
- -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.75 -
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Reading region.

Qualifications Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
276 324 204
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 30.73% 32.46% 24.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 140 100
Average daily rate £375 £365 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.73% -14.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £233 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 4 6
Average hourly rate £21.55 £14.84 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.21% -19.78%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Reading region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the Reading region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Reading

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the Reading region over the 3 months to 26 May 2015.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Reading region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (92.86%) MCITP
3 25 (89.29%) Degree
4 23 (82.14%) Service Management
4 23 (82.14%) ITIL
5 22 (78.57%) Customer Engagement
6 21 (75.00%) Windows
7 18 (64.29%) Microsoft
8 15 (53.57%) Active Directory
8 15 (53.57%) DNS
9 13 (46.43%) Disaster Recovery
10 12 (42.86%) MS Exchange
11 10 (35.71%) SQL
12 9 (32.14%) MS Excel
12 9 (32.14%) Clustering
13 8 (28.57%) Lotus
13 8 (28.57%) POP3
13 8 (28.57%) SMTP
13 8 (28.57%) IIS
13 8 (28.57%) IMAP
14 7 (25.00%) Windows 7
14 7 (25.00%) IBM Notes
14 7 (25.00%) SAN
14 7 (25.00%) Novell
14 7 (25.00%) GroupWise
15 6 (21.43%) PowerShell
16 5 (17.86%) Office Communications Server
16 5 (17.86%) Windows 8
16 5 (17.86%) Performance Monitoring
16 5 (17.86%) DHCP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 (42.86%) MS Exchange
2 8 (28.57%) IIS
3 7 (25.00%) IBM Notes
3 7 (25.00%) GroupWise
4 5 (17.86%) Office Communications Server
5 2 (7.14%) Lync
5 2 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2010
5 2 (7.14%) Live Communications Server
5 2 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 9 (32.14%) MS Excel
2 2 (7.14%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (7.14%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 15 (53.57%) DNS
2 8 (28.57%) POP3
2 8 (28.57%) SMTP
2 8 (28.57%) IMAP
3 7 (25.00%) SAN
4 5 (17.86%) DHCP
5 2 (7.14%) TCP/IP
5 2 (7.14%) RTP
5 2 (7.14%) Firewall
5 2 (7.14%) PBX
5 2 (7.14%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) SQL Server
1 2 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (7.14%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (10.71%) Visual Studio
1 3 (10.71%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.57%) MSI
Job Titles
1 22 (78.57%) Field Engineer
2 6 (21.43%) Support Engineer
2 6 (21.43%) Server Engineer
2 6 (21.43%) Exchange Engineer
3 5 (17.86%) Desktop Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (10.71%) Desktop Support
5 2 (7.14%) Consultant
5 2 (7.14%) DBA
5 2 (7.14%) Support Consultant
5 2 (7.14%) SQL DBA
5 2 (7.14%) Exchange Consultant
6 1 (3.57%) Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.71%) .NET
1 3 (10.71%) XML
2 1 (3.57%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 9 (32.14%) Clustering
2 4 (14.29%) Replication
3 3 (10.71%) Private Cloud
4 2 (7.14%) Client/Server
4 2 (7.14%) PKI
4 2 (7.14%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (7.14%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 21 (75.00%) Windows
2 7 (25.00%) Windows 7
3 5 (17.86%) Windows 8
4 4 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (10.71%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (7.14%) Windows 2000 Server
6 2 (7.14%) Windows 2000
6 2 (7.14%) Windows XP
7 1 (3.57%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (82.14%) ITIL
1 23 (82.14%) Service Management
2 22 (78.57%) Customer Engagement
3 13 (46.43%) Disaster Recovery
4 5 (17.86%) Performance Monitoring
5 4 (14.29%) Patch Management
5 4 (14.29%) Problem Management
6 3 (10.71%) Kanban
6 3 (10.71%) Server Building
6 3 (10.71%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (10.71%) Scrum
6 3 (10.71%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (10.71%) CMMI
7 2 (7.14%) Network Load Balancing
7 2 (7.14%) Validation
7 2 (7.14%) High Availability
8 1 (3.57%) Migration
8 1 (3.57%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) SQL
2 6 (21.43%) PowerShell
3 3 (10.71%) C#
3 3 (10.71%) VBScript
3 3 (10.71%) VB.NET
4 2 (7.14%) T-SQL
5 1 (3.57%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (92.86%) MCITP
3 25 (89.29%) Degree
4 3 (10.71%) MCSE
5 2 (7.14%) MCDBA
5 2 (7.14%) MCP
5 2 (7.14%) DV Cleared
5 2 (7.14%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.14%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 15 (53.57%) Active Directory
2 2 (7.14%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (3.57%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (14.29%) SCCM
2 3 (10.71%) SCOM
2 3 (10.71%) MOM
2 3 (10.71%) WMI
2 3 (10.71%) SCSM
3 2 (7.14%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (3.57%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 18 (64.29%) Microsoft
2 8 (28.57%) Lotus
3 7 (25.00%) Novell
4 2 (7.14%) VMware
4 2 (7.14%) Nortel
4 2 (7.14%) Cisco
4 2 (7.14%) Avaya
5 1 (3.57%) Citrix