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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 65 64 91
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +27
Contract jobs citing MCTS 10 20 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 1.12% 1.84% 0.45%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.92% 5.08% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 12 0
Average daily rate
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£400 £425 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £339 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.23% -3.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 0
Average hourly rate - £17.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £18.00 £22.82
% change year-on-year
-23.61% -21.12%
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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
255 394 335
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 28.56% 36.31% 24.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 148 190 100
Average daily rate £375 £425 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £135 £235 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £425 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 5
Average hourly rate £17.07 £14.84 £13.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.02% +6.99%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.00 £13.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £25.00 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -23.40%

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 24 October 2014.

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 24 October 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 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (76.19%) Windows
3 11 (52.38%) ITIL
3 11 (52.38%) Clustering
3 11 (52.38%) MCITP
4 10 (47.62%) Security Cleared
4 10 (47.62%) Service Management
5 9 (42.86%) SQL
5 9 (42.86%) SQL Server
5 9 (42.86%) Degree
5 9 (42.86%) Customer Engagement
6 8 (38.10%) SQL Server 2005
6 8 (38.10%) SQL Server 2008
6 8 (38.10%) SQL Server 2000
7 7 (33.33%) DNS
7 7 (33.33%) Active Directory
7 7 (33.33%) Replication
8 6 (28.57%) Performance Management
8 6 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
8 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
8 6 (28.57%) SAN
9 5 (23.81%) EDRMS
9 5 (23.81%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (23.81%) Workflow
9 5 (23.81%) Migration
9 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
9 5 (23.81%) SLA
9 5 (23.81%) DHCP
9 5 (23.81%) Load Balancing
9 5 (23.81%) SCCM

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 (14.29%) IIS
2 2 (9.52%) MS Exchange
3 1 (4.76%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (4.76%) GroupWise
3 1 (4.76%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 2 (9.52%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.76%) MS Visio
2 1 (4.76%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (19.05%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (14.29%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (33.33%) DNS
2 6 (28.57%) SAN
3 5 (23.81%) DHCP
4 1 (4.76%) HTTP
4 1 (4.76%) POP3
4 1 (4.76%) SMTP
4 1 (4.76%) IMAP
4 1 (4.76%) Wireshark
4 1 (4.76%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (4.76%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (42.86%) SQL Server
2 8 (38.10%) SQL Server 2000
2 8 (38.10%) SQL Server 2005
2 8 (38.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (23.81%) EDRMS
4 3 (14.29%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio
1 1 (4.76%) MSI
1 1 (4.76%) Fiddler
Job Titles
1 4 (19.05%) DBA
1 4 (19.05%) Support Engineer
1 4 (19.05%) SQL DBA
2 3 (14.29%) Field Engineer
2 3 (14.29%) Consultant
3 2 (9.52%) Support Consultant
4 1 (4.76%) Architect
4 1 (4.76%) Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Development Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Database Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) 1st Line Support
4 1 (4.76%) Migration Consultant
4 1 (4.76%) SQL Server DBA
4 1 (4.76%) Software Development Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Software Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Virtualisation Consultant
4 1 (4.76%) 1st Line Support Engineer
4 1 (4.76%) VMware Specialist
4 1 (4.76%) Escalation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (19.05%) XML
2 2 (9.52%) .NET
3 1 (4.76%) ADO.NET
3 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.76%) Ajax
3 1 (4.76%) .NET Framework
3 1 (4.76%) Application Packaging
3 1 (4.76%) WCF
3 1 (4.76%) Silverlight
3 1 (4.76%) LINQ
3 1 (4.76%) REST
3 1 (4.76%) Windows Identity Foundation
3 1 (4.76%) FastCGI
Miscellaneous
1 11 (52.38%) Clustering
2 7 (33.33%) Replication
3 6 (28.57%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (4.76%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 16 (76.19%) Windows
2 6 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (9.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (9.52%) Windows 7
3 2 (9.52%) Windows 8
3 2 (9.52%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) ITIL
2 10 (47.62%) Service Management
3 9 (42.86%) Customer Engagement
4 6 (28.57%) Performance Management
5 5 (23.81%) Load Balancing
5 5 (23.81%) Workflow
5 5 (23.81%) Migration
5 5 (23.81%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (14.29%) Change Management
6 3 (14.29%) Capacity Planning
7 2 (9.52%) Mentoring
8 1 (4.76%) Coaching
8 1 (4.76%) High Availability
8 1 (4.76%) Change Control
8 1 (4.76%) Database Security
8 1 (4.76%) Performance Tuning
8 1 (4.76%) MVC
8 1 (4.76%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 9 (42.86%) SQL
2 1 (4.76%) T-SQL
2 1 (4.76%) Python
2 1 (4.76%) Shell Script
2 1 (4.76%) Ruby
2 1 (4.76%) PowerShell
2 1 (4.76%) C#
2 1 (4.76%) C++
2 1 (4.76%) Java
2 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
2 1 (4.76%) PHP
Qualifications
1 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (52.38%) MCITP
3 10 (47.62%) Security Cleared
4 9 (42.86%) Degree
5 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
5 3 (14.29%) DV Cleared
6 1 (4.76%) MCP
6 1 (4.76%) MCSE
6 1 (4.76%) MCSA
6 1 (4.76%) CCNA
6 1 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (4.76%) VCP4
6 1 (4.76%) VCAP
6 1 (4.76%) VCP5
6 1 (4.76%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (23.81%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.76%) Terminal Services
2 1 (4.76%) VMware ESX
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.76%) Hyper-V
2 1 (4.76%) vSphere
2 1 (4.76%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (4.76%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 5 (23.81%) SCCM
2 4 (19.05%) SCOM
3 3 (14.29%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (9.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 5 (23.81%) Microsoft
2 1 (4.76%) Novell
2 1 (4.76%) Lotus
2 1 (4.76%) VMware
2 1 (4.76%) Cisco
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