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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 64 56 72
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +16
Contract jobs citing MCTS 5 11 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.53% 1.24% 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.77% 4.00% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 0
Average daily rate
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£400 £400 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £20.00 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +66.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.77% -5.26%
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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
283 275 243
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 30.27% 31.11% 25.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 141 130 99
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £264 £275 £227
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 7 5
Average hourly rate £21.55 £17.07 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.24% -44.03%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+26.94% -9.52%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 14 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 10 (71.43%) Windows
3 9 (64.29%) SQL
3 9 (64.29%) MCITP
3 9 (64.29%) Degree
4 7 (50.00%) Customer Engagement
4 7 (50.00%) Service Management
4 7 (50.00%) ITIL
4 7 (50.00%) MS Excel
4 7 (50.00%) MS Exchange
4 7 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (42.86%) Windows 7
6 5 (35.71%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (35.71%) Windows 2000 Server
6 5 (35.71%) PCI DSS
6 5 (35.71%) DV Cleared
6 5 (35.71%) Security Cleared
6 5 (35.71%) Exchange Server 2007
6 5 (35.71%) SCCM
6 5 (35.71%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (35.71%) Firewall
6 5 (35.71%) Validation
6 5 (35.71%) Active Directory
6 5 (35.71%) TCP/IP
6 5 (35.71%) Client/Server
6 5 (35.71%) Windows XP
6 5 (35.71%) Windows 2000
6 5 (35.71%) MS Office
6 5 (35.71%) Exchange Server 2010

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 7 (50.00%) MS Exchange
2 5 (35.71%) Exchange Server 2007
2 5 (35.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (14.29%) Office Communications Server
3 2 (14.29%) GroupWise
3 2 (14.29%) IIS
3 2 (14.29%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 7 (50.00%) MS Excel
2 5 (35.71%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (14.29%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (14.29%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (35.71%) TCP/IP
1 5 (35.71%) Firewall
2 4 (28.57%) DNS
3 2 (14.29%) SAN
3 2 (14.29%) POP3
3 2 (14.29%) SMTP
3 2 (14.29%) DHCP
3 2 (14.29%) IMAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (14.29%) SQL Server
1 2 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (14.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Visual Studio
1 2 (14.29%) Team Foundation Server
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Field Engineer
2 5 (35.71%) Desktop Engineer
3 3 (21.43%) Server Engineer
4 2 (14.29%) Exchange Engineer
4 2 (14.29%) SQL DBA
4 2 (14.29%) Desktop Support
4 2 (14.29%) DBA
4 2 (14.29%) Support Engineer
5 1 (7.14%) Administrator
5 1 (7.14%) Desktop Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 5 (35.71%) Client/Server
1 5 (35.71%) Enterprise Software
1 5 (35.71%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (28.57%) Replication
2 4 (28.57%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 10 (71.43%) Windows
2 7 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 6 (42.86%) Windows 7
4 5 (35.71%) Windows Server 2008
4 5 (35.71%) Windows 2000 Server
4 5 (35.71%) Windows 2000
4 5 (35.71%) Windows XP
5 1 (7.14%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (50.00%) ITIL
1 7 (50.00%) Service Management
1 7 (50.00%) Customer Engagement
2 5 (35.71%) Disaster Recovery
2 5 (35.71%) Validation
3 2 (14.29%) Scrum
3 2 (14.29%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (14.29%) CMMI
3 2 (14.29%) Performance Tuning
3 2 (14.29%) Performance Monitoring
3 2 (14.29%) Kanban
3 2 (14.29%) Server Building
4 1 (7.14%) Patch Management
4 1 (7.14%) High Availability
4 1 (7.14%) ETL
4 1 (7.14%) WFM
4 1 (7.14%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (64.29%) SQL
2 2 (14.29%) T-SQL
2 2 (14.29%) VB.NET
2 2 (14.29%) PowerShell
2 2 (14.29%) C#
Qualifications
1 14 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (64.29%) MCITP
2 9 (64.29%) Degree
3 5 (35.71%) DV Cleared
3 5 (35.71%) Security Cleared
4 2 (14.29%) MCP
4 2 (14.29%) MCDBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (35.71%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 5 (35.71%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (35.71%) SCCM
2 2 (14.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
Vendors
1 10 (71.43%) Microsoft
2 2 (14.29%) Novell
2 2 (14.29%) Lotus
2 2 (14.29%) CheckPoint
2 2 (14.29%) VMware