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 1 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 54 71 93
Rank change year-on-year
+17 +22
Contract jobs citing MCTS 11 13 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 1.35% 1.20% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.40% 3.61% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 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 £350 £309 £325
% change year-on-year
+13.36% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 8 0
Average hourly rate - £17.50 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.82
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -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
250 360 344
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 30.60% 33.12% 25.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 134 166 108
Average daily rate £400 £410 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% +17.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £260 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £524 £450 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 2
Average hourly rate £17.07 £14.92 £13.87
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.41% +7.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -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 1 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 1 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 20 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (75.00%) Windows
3 11 (55.00%) ITIL
3 11 (55.00%) MCITP
4 10 (50.00%) Degree
4 10 (50.00%) Service Management
5 9 (45.00%) Clustering
5 9 (45.00%) Customer Engagement
6 8 (40.00%) Security Cleared
6 8 (40.00%) SQL Server
6 8 (40.00%) SQL
7 7 (35.00%) DNS
7 7 (35.00%) Replication
7 7 (35.00%) Active Directory
7 7 (35.00%) SQL Server 2005
7 7 (35.00%) SQL Server 2008
8 6 (30.00%) SQL Server 2000
8 6 (30.00%) Microsoft
9 5 (25.00%) DHCP
9 5 (25.00%) XML
9 5 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
9 5 (25.00%) Migration
9 5 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
9 5 (25.00%) SCCM
10 4 (20.00%) SCOM
10 4 (20.00%) Performance Management
10 4 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
10 4 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
10 4 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (20.00%) SAN

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 1 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 4 (20.00%) IIS
2 2 (10.00%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (10.00%) MS Exchange
3 1 (5.00%) IBM Notes
3 1 (5.00%) GroupWise
Applications
1 3 (15.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (5.00%) MS Office
2 1 (5.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 4 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (15.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (35.00%) DNS
2 5 (25.00%) DHCP
3 4 (20.00%) SAN
4 1 (5.00%) POP3
4 1 (5.00%) SMTP
4 1 (5.00%) HTTP
4 1 (5.00%) SSL
4 1 (5.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (5.00%) IMAP
4 1 (5.00%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (40.00%) SQL Server
2 7 (35.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (35.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (30.00%) SQL Server 2000
4 4 (20.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 3 (15.00%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 2 (10.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (5.00%) MSI
2 1 (5.00%) Fiddler
Job Titles
1 5 (25.00%) Support Engineer
2 4 (20.00%) SQL DBA
2 4 (20.00%) DBA
3 3 (15.00%) Consultant
3 3 (15.00%) Field Engineer
4 2 (10.00%) Support Consultant
5 1 (5.00%) Architect
5 1 (5.00%) Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) Database Analyst
5 1 (5.00%) 1st Line Support
5 1 (5.00%) Migration Consultant
5 1 (5.00%) SQL Server DBA
5 1 (5.00%) Escalation Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Senior Support Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) Virtualisation Consultant
5 1 (5.00%) 1st Line Support Engineer
5 1 (5.00%) VMware Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (25.00%) XML
2 3 (15.00%) .NET
3 2 (10.00%) WCF
4 1 (5.00%) ADO.NET
4 1 (5.00%) ASP.NET
4 1 (5.00%) XSD
4 1 (5.00%) FastCGI
4 1 (5.00%) REST
4 1 (5.00%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 1 (5.00%) Silverlight
4 1 (5.00%) LINQ
4 1 (5.00%) Ajax
4 1 (5.00%) Application Packaging
4 1 (5.00%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (45.00%) Clustering
2 7 (35.00%) Replication
3 4 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (5.00%) Client/Server
4 1 (5.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 15 (75.00%) Windows
2 5 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (15.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (10.00%) Windows 7
4 2 (10.00%) Windows 8
4 2 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (55.00%) ITIL
2 10 (50.00%) Service Management
3 9 (45.00%) Customer Engagement
4 5 (25.00%) Migration
4 5 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 4 (20.00%) Performance Management
6 3 (15.00%) Workflow
6 3 (15.00%) Capacity Planning
6 3 (15.00%) Load Balancing
7 2 (10.00%) Mentoring
8 1 (5.00%) MVC
8 1 (5.00%) Change Management
8 1 (5.00%) Database Security
8 1 (5.00%) Performance Tuning
8 1 (5.00%) High Availability
8 1 (5.00%) Change Control
8 1 (5.00%) Coaching
8 1 (5.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (40.00%) SQL
2 2 (10.00%) T-SQL
2 2 (10.00%) C#
2 2 (10.00%) C++
3 1 (5.00%) Java
3 1 (5.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (5.00%) PHP
3 1 (5.00%) C
3 1 (5.00%) Python
3 1 (5.00%) Shell Script
3 1 (5.00%) Ruby
3 1 (5.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 20 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (55.00%) MCITP
3 10 (50.00%) Degree
4 8 (40.00%) Security Cleared
5 3 (15.00%) SC Cleared
5 3 (15.00%) DV Cleared
6 2 (10.00%) MCSE
7 1 (5.00%) MCP
7 1 (5.00%) MCSD
7 1 (5.00%) MCSA
7 1 (5.00%) CCNA
7 1 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (5.00%) VCP5
7 1 (5.00%) VCAP
7 1 (5.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
7 1 (5.00%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (15.00%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (35.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (5.00%) Terminal Services
2 1 (5.00%) VMware ESX
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (5.00%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (5.00%) vCloud
2 1 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (5.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (5.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (25.00%) SCCM
2 4 (20.00%) SCOM
3 3 (15.00%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (10.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 6 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.00%) Cisco
2 1 (5.00%) Novell
2 1 (5.00%) Lotus
2 1 (5.00%) VMware