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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 60 74 -
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -
Contract jobs citing MCTS 14 7 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 1.36% 0.66% -
As % of the Qualifications category 4.26% 2.16% -
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 0
Average daily rate
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£425 £450 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-7.65% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year
+150.00% -
MCTS
Berkshire

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
329 324 184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 32.00% 30.51% 23.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 135 78
Average daily rate £355 £365 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.73% +4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £200 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £550 £509
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 6 7
Average hourly rate £21.55 £15.25 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.31% -17.56%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (93.94%) MCITP
3 30 (90.91%) Degree
4 28 (84.85%) ITIL
4 28 (84.85%) Service Management
5 27 (81.82%) Customer Engagement
6 26 (78.79%) Windows
7 18 (54.55%) Microsoft
8 17 (51.52%) DNS
9 15 (45.45%) Active Directory
10 13 (39.39%) Disaster Recovery
11 12 (36.36%) Clustering
11 12 (36.36%) SQL
12 11 (33.33%) IIS
13 10 (30.30%) MS Exchange
14 9 (27.27%) SAN
15 8 (24.24%) Lotus
15 8 (24.24%) POP3
15 8 (24.24%) SMTP
15 8 (24.24%) PowerShell
15 8 (24.24%) IMAP
16 7 (21.21%) Performance Monitoring
16 7 (21.21%) DHCP
16 7 (21.21%) MS Excel
16 7 (21.21%) IBM Notes
16 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
16 7 (21.21%) Novell
16 7 (21.21%) GroupWise
17 6 (18.18%) .NET
18 5 (15.15%) WMI

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 11 (33.33%) IIS
2 10 (30.30%) MS Exchange
3 7 (21.21%) IBM Notes
3 7 (21.21%) GroupWise
4 5 (15.15%) Office Communications Server
5 3 (9.09%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (6.06%) Lync
6 2 (6.06%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 7 (21.21%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (6.06%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (51.52%) DNS
2 9 (27.27%) SAN
3 8 (24.24%) IMAP
3 8 (24.24%) POP3
3 8 (24.24%) SMTP
4 7 (21.21%) DHCP
5 2 (6.06%) PBX
5 2 (6.06%) PSTN
5 2 (6.06%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (21.21%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.06%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (6.06%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (6.06%) EDRMS
2 2 (6.06%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (6.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (6.06%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (9.09%) Visual Studio
1 3 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.03%) MSI
Job Titles
1 25 (75.76%) Field Engineer
2 7 (21.21%) Support Engineer
3 6 (18.18%) Server Engineer
3 6 (18.18%) Exchange Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) Support Consultant
4 3 (9.09%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) Desktop Engineer
4 3 (9.09%) Desktop Support
4 3 (9.09%) Consultant
5 2 (6.06%) DBA
5 2 (6.06%) SQL DBA
5 2 (6.06%) Exchange Consultant
6 1 (3.03%) Administrator
6 1 (3.03%) BizTalk Consultant
6 1 (3.03%) Architect
6 1 (3.03%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (18.18%) .NET
2 5 (15.15%) XML
3 3 (9.09%) .NET Framework
4 1 (3.03%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 12 (36.36%) Clustering
2 5 (15.15%) Private Cloud
3 4 (12.12%) Replication
4 2 (6.06%) PKI
4 2 (6.06%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 26 (78.79%) Windows
2 5 (15.15%) Windows 7
2 5 (15.15%) Windows 8
3 4 (12.12%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.03%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (84.85%) ITIL
1 28 (84.85%) Service Management
2 27 (81.82%) Customer Engagement
3 13 (39.39%) Disaster Recovery
4 7 (21.21%) Performance Monitoring
5 4 (12.12%) Problem Management
6 3 (9.09%) Kanban
6 3 (9.09%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (9.09%) CMMI
6 3 (9.09%) Scrum
6 3 (9.09%) Agile Software Development
7 2 (6.06%) Load Balancing
7 2 (6.06%) Network Load Balancing
7 2 (6.06%) High Availability
8 1 (3.03%) Performance Management
8 1 (3.03%) Workflow
8 1 (3.03%) Migration
8 1 (3.03%) Change Management
8 1 (3.03%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 12 (36.36%) SQL
2 8 (24.24%) PowerShell
3 5 (15.15%) VBScript
4 3 (9.09%) VB.NET
4 3 (9.09%) C#
5 2 (6.06%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.03%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 31 (93.94%) MCITP
3 30 (90.91%) Degree
4 5 (15.15%) MCSE
5 2 (6.06%) MCDBA
5 2 (6.06%) MCP
5 2 (6.06%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.03%) SLA
System Software
1 15 (45.45%) Active Directory
2 2 (6.06%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (3.03%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 5 (15.15%) WMI
1 5 (15.15%) SCOM
1 5 (15.15%) SCSM
2 4 (12.12%) MOM
3 2 (6.06%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 2 (6.06%) SCCM
4 1 (3.03%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 18 (54.55%) Microsoft
2 8 (24.24%) Lotus
3 7 (21.21%) Novell
4 2 (6.06%) VMware
4 2 (6.06%) Nortel
4 2 (6.06%) Cisco
4 2 (6.06%) Avaya
5 1 (3.03%) Citrix