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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 49 70 77
Rank change year-on-year
+21 +7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 15 7 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 1.71% 0.70% 0.62%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.40% 2.33% 2.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 0
Average daily rate
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£400 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £319 £320
% change year-on-year
+2.74% -0.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 0
Average hourly rate £20.00 £20.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £18.25
% change year-on-year
-16.25% +9.58%
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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
278 300 353
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 31.77% 29.85% 27.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 121 106
Average daily rate £400 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £185 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 0
Average hourly rate £17.07 £18.55 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.97% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -11.11%

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
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 20 August 2014, 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 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (73.68%) Windows
3 10 (52.63%) ITIL
3 10 (52.63%) Clustering
3 10 (52.63%) MCITP
4 9 (47.37%) Degree
4 9 (47.37%) Service Management
5 8 (42.11%) SQL
5 8 (42.11%) SQL Server
5 8 (42.11%) Security Cleared
5 8 (42.11%) Customer Engagement
6 7 (36.84%) SQL Server 2008
6 7 (36.84%) SQL Server 2005
7 6 (31.58%) XML
7 6 (31.58%) Microsoft
7 6 (31.58%) Active Directory
7 6 (31.58%) DNS
7 6 (31.58%) SQL Server 2000
7 6 (31.58%) Replication
8 5 (26.32%) Migration
8 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2003
8 5 (26.32%) DHCP
8 5 (26.32%) SCCM
8 5 (26.32%) SCOM
9 4 (21.05%) Performance Management
9 4 (21.05%) SQL Server 2012
9 4 (21.05%) SAN
9 4 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
10 3 (15.79%) Workflow
10 3 (15.79%) EDRMS

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, 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 3 (15.79%) IIS
2 2 (10.53%) MS Exchange
2 2 (10.53%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (5.26%) GroupWise
3 1 (5.26%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 3 (15.79%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.26%) MS Visio
2 1 (5.26%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (15.79%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (10.53%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (31.58%) DNS
2 5 (26.32%) DHCP
3 4 (21.05%) SAN
4 1 (5.26%) IMAP
4 1 (5.26%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (5.26%) POP3
4 1 (5.26%) SMTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (42.11%) SQL Server
2 7 (36.84%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (36.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (31.58%) SQL Server 2000
4 4 (21.05%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (15.79%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio
1 1 (5.26%) MSI
Job Titles
1 4 (21.05%) DBA
1 4 (21.05%) Support Engineer
1 4 (21.05%) SQL DBA
2 3 (15.79%) Consultant
3 2 (10.53%) Support Consultant
3 2 (10.53%) Field Engineer
4 1 (5.26%) Migration Consultant
4 1 (5.26%) SQL Server DBA
4 1 (5.26%) Database Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) 1st Line Support
4 1 (5.26%) Architect
4 1 (5.26%) Analyst
4 1 (5.26%) Senior Support Engineer
4 1 (5.26%) Virtualisation Consultant
4 1 (5.26%) 1st Line Support Engineer
4 1 (5.26%) VMware Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (31.58%) XML
2 2 (10.53%) .NET
3 1 (5.26%) XSD
3 1 (5.26%) .NET Framework
3 1 (5.26%) Application Packaging
3 1 (5.26%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 10 (52.63%) Clustering
2 6 (31.58%) Replication
3 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 14 (73.68%) Windows
2 5 (26.32%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (15.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (10.53%) Windows 7
4 2 (10.53%) Windows 8
4 2 (10.53%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) ITIL
2 9 (47.37%) Service Management
3 8 (42.11%) Customer Engagement
4 5 (26.32%) Migration
5 4 (21.05%) Performance Management
5 4 (21.05%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (15.79%) Workflow
6 3 (15.79%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (15.79%) Load Balancing
7 1 (5.26%) High Availability
7 1 (5.26%) Change Control
7 1 (5.26%) Database Security
7 1 (5.26%) Performance Tuning
7 1 (5.26%) Performance Monitoring
7 1 (5.26%) Change Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (42.11%) SQL
2 2 (10.53%) PowerShell
3 1 (5.26%) C
3 1 (5.26%) C#
3 1 (5.26%) C++
3 1 (5.26%) T-SQL
3 1 (5.26%) VBScript
3 1 (5.26%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 19 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (52.63%) MCITP
3 9 (47.37%) Degree
4 8 (42.11%) Security Cleared
5 3 (15.79%) SC Cleared
5 3 (15.79%) DV Cleared
6 2 (10.53%) MCSE
7 1 (5.26%) MCSA
7 1 (5.26%) CCNA
7 1 (5.26%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (5.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (5.26%) MCP
7 1 (5.26%) MCSD
7 1 (5.26%) VCP4
7 1 (5.26%) VCAP
7 1 (5.26%) VCP5
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.79%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (31.58%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.26%) Terminal Services
2 1 (5.26%) VMware ESX
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (5.26%) Hyper-V
2 1 (5.26%) vSphere
2 1 (5.26%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (5.26%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 5 (26.32%) SCCM
1 5 (26.32%) SCOM
2 3 (15.79%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (10.53%) WSUS
4 1 (5.26%) WMI
Vendors
1 6 (31.58%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.26%) Novell
2 1 (5.26%) Lotus
2 1 (5.26%) VMware
2 1 (5.26%) Cisco