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 25 May 2016 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.

3 months to
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 68 61 70
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +9
Contract jobs citing MCTS 10 7 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 1.11% 0.78% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.37% 2.54% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 4
Median daily rate £400 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £288 £339
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £425 £468
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +42.85%
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
297 276 324
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 32.85% 30.73% 32.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 168 135 145
Median daily rate £400 £355 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.67% -2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £254 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £515 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 18 4
Median hourly rate £21.33 £21.55 £14.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.02% +45.21%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+45.10% +34.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Reading region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Reading region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (92.86%) ITIL
2 26 (92.86%) MCITP
2 26 (92.86%) Degree
2 26 (92.86%) Customer Engagement
3 25 (89.29%) Service Management
4 23 (82.14%) DNS
4 23 (82.14%) Windows
5 22 (78.57%) Microsoft
6 17 (60.71%) Active Directory
7 16 (57.14%) Microsoft Azure
8 14 (50.00%) SQL
9 13 (46.43%) MS Excel
10 12 (42.86%) DHCP
11 9 (32.14%) Office 365
11 9 (32.14%) PowerShell
12 8 (28.57%) IIS
13 7 (25.00%) Clustering
13 7 (25.00%) MS Office
13 7 (25.00%) T-SQL
13 7 (25.00%) .NET
13 7 (25.00%) VPN
13 7 (25.00%) SCCM
14 6 (21.43%) SCOM
14 6 (21.43%) WSUS
14 6 (21.43%) VBScript
14 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
15 5 (17.86%) SQL Server
15 5 (17.86%) ADO.NET
15 5 (17.86%) TCP/IP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 8 (28.57%) IIS
2 2 (7.14%) SharePoint
3 1 (3.57%) MS Exchange
3 1 (3.57%) SharePoint Server
3 1 (3.57%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 13 (46.43%) MS Excel
2 7 (25.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 16 (57.14%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (32.14%) Office 365
3 2 (7.14%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 23 (82.14%) DNS
2 12 (42.86%) DHCP
3 7 (25.00%) VPN
4 5 (17.86%) TCP/IP
5 3 (10.71%) Bluetooth
5 3 (10.71%) Broadband
5 3 (10.71%) Firewall
5 3 (10.71%) HTTP
5 3 (10.71%) IPsec
5 3 (10.71%) IPv4
5 3 (10.71%) IPv6
5 3 (10.71%) SSL
5 3 (10.71%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (10.71%) WiMAX
5 3 (10.71%) Wireless
5 3 (10.71%) Wireshark
6 2 (7.14%) Internet
7 1 (3.57%) Network Security
7 1 (3.57%) Remote Desktop
7 1 (3.57%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.86%) SQL Server
2 4 (14.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 4 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (14.29%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (10.71%) Relational Database
4 2 (7.14%) Azure SQL Database
4 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 2 (7.14%) NoSQL
4 2 (7.14%) Power BI
5 1 (3.57%) Big Data
5 1 (3.57%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 3 (10.71%) Fiddler
1 3 (10.71%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (3.57%) French Language
1 1 (3.57%) German Language
1 1 (3.57%) Portuguese Language
1 1 (3.57%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 16 (57.14%) Field Engineer
2 8 (28.57%) Support Engineer
3 7 (25.00%) Consultant
4 5 (17.86%) Microsoft Consultant
5 4 (14.29%) Azure Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) Development Engineer
5 4 (14.29%) Technical Consultant
6 3 (10.71%) Windows Consultant
7 2 (7.14%) Cloud Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) Development Support Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) Escalation Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) Field Support Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) Microsoft Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) Network Field Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) SCCM Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) Server Consultant
7 2 (7.14%) Support Consultant
7 2 (7.14%) Windows Engineer
7 2 (7.14%) Windows Technical Consultant
8 1 (3.57%) SharePoint Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (25.00%) .NET
2 5 (17.86%) ADO.NET
3 4 (14.29%) XML
4 3 (10.71%) 802.1X
4 3 (10.71%) Ajax
4 3 (10.71%) ASP.NET
4 3 (10.71%) FastCGI
4 3 (10.71%) LINQ
4 3 (10.71%) REST
4 3 (10.71%) RSS
4 3 (10.71%) WCF
4 3 (10.71%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 3 (10.71%) WPF
5 2 (7.14%) DCOM
6 1 (3.57%) CGI
Miscellaneous
1 7 (25.00%) Clustering
2 3 (10.71%) Client/Server
3 2 (7.14%) Management Information System
3 2 (7.14%) PKI
4 1 (3.57%) BYOD
4 1 (3.57%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.57%) Public Cloud
4 1 (3.57%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 23 (82.14%) Windows
2 6 (21.43%) Windows Server
3 2 (7.14%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (92.86%) Customer Engagement
1 26 (92.86%) ITIL
2 25 (89.29%) Service Management
3 5 (17.86%) Business Intelligence
3 5 (17.86%) Problem Management
4 3 (10.71%) High Availability
4 3 (10.71%) MVC
4 3 (10.71%) Network Optimisation
4 3 (10.71%) Performance Monitoring
4 3 (10.71%) Performance Optimisation
4 3 (10.71%) Performance Tuning
4 3 (10.71%) Web Development
5 2 (7.14%) Data Modelling
5 2 (7.14%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (7.14%) Load Balancing
6 1 (3.57%) Analytics
6 1 (3.57%) Coaching
6 1 (3.57%) Mentoring
6 1 (3.57%) Performance Management
6 1 (3.57%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 14 (50.00%) SQL
2 9 (32.14%) PowerShell
3 7 (25.00%) T-SQL
4 6 (21.43%) VBScript
5 3 (10.71%) C#
5 3 (10.71%) Java
5 3 (10.71%) JavaScript
5 3 (10.71%) PHP
5 3 (10.71%) Python
5 3 (10.71%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 28 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 26 (92.86%) Degree
2 26 (92.86%) MCITP
3 2 (7.14%) MCAD
3 2 (7.14%) MCPD
3 2 (7.14%) MCSE
System Software
1 17 (60.71%) Active Directory
2 5 (17.86%) BitLocker
2 5 (17.86%) Hyper-V
2 5 (17.86%) Terminal Server
3 2 (7.14%) UAG
Systems Management
1 7 (25.00%) SCCM
2 6 (21.43%) SCOM
2 6 (21.43%) WSUS
3 5 (17.86%) WMI
4 3 (10.71%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (10.71%) SCVMM
5 2 (7.14%) Windows Intune
Vendors
1 22 (78.57%) Microsoft
2 5 (17.86%) Citrix