The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 28 June 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
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 248 244 216
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -28
Contract jobs citing MCTS 21 18 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.23% 0.19% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.84% 0.78% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 6 8
Median daily rate £345 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £334 £224
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £463 £458
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 8
Median hourly rate - - £16.13
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +42.85%
MCTS
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Qualifications Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
2511 2305 2430
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 27.97% 24.81% 27.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 1474 1306 1198
Median daily rate £400 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £265 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £481
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 118 100
Median hourly rate £28.90 £21.55 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.10% +26.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.04 £14.17
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.63 £24.12 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+18.67% +20.60%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the South East region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the South East

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 June 2016.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the South East region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 June 2016. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire -5 9 £400 -11.11% 1
Oxfordshire +14 5 £305 -
Hampshire +13 3 £295 -
West Sussex - 2 £365 - 1
Buckinghamshire +6 1 £355 -25.26% 5
Surrey -8 1 - - 3
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 South East region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 52 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (76.92%) Microsoft
2 40 (76.92%) MCITP
3 35 (67.31%) DNS
4 34 (65.38%) Active Directory
4 34 (65.38%) Windows
5 33 (63.46%) Degree
6 27 (51.92%) ITIL
7 26 (50.00%) Customer Engagement
8 25 (48.08%) Service Management
9 21 (40.38%) SQL
10 17 (32.69%) Microsoft Azure
10 17 (32.69%) PowerShell
10 17 (32.69%) Windows Server
11 15 (28.85%) Office 365
11 15 (28.85%) MS Excel
12 12 (23.08%) DHCP
13 11 (21.15%) .NET
13 11 (21.15%) SQL Server
14 10 (19.23%) T-SQL
14 10 (19.23%) MCSE
14 10 (19.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 10 (19.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
14 10 (19.23%) Security Cleared
15 9 (17.31%) PKI
15 9 (17.31%) Citrix
15 9 (17.31%) IIS
16 8 (15.38%) MCP
16 8 (15.38%) MS Exchange
16 8 (15.38%) VPN

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East 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 9 (17.31%) IIS
2 8 (15.38%) MS Exchange
3 7 (13.46%) SharePoint
4 6 (11.54%) Exchange Server 2010
5 4 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (5.77%) Skype for Business
7 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2003
7 2 (3.85%) Exchange Server 2013
8 1 (1.92%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (1.92%) SharePoint 2013
8 1 (1.92%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 15 (28.85%) MS Excel
2 5 (9.62%) MS Office
3 1 (1.92%) InfoPath
Cloud Services
1 17 (32.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (28.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 35 (67.31%) DNS
2 12 (23.08%) DHCP
3 8 (15.38%) VPN
4 7 (13.46%) Kerberos
4 7 (13.46%) LDAP
4 7 (13.46%) X.500
5 5 (9.62%) TCP/IP
6 3 (5.77%) Bluetooth
6 3 (5.77%) Broadband
6 3 (5.77%) Firewall
6 3 (5.77%) HTTP
6 3 (5.77%) IPsec
6 3 (5.77%) IPv4
6 3 (5.77%) IPv6
6 3 (5.77%) SSL
6 3 (5.77%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (5.77%) WiMAX
6 3 (5.77%) Wireless
6 3 (5.77%) Wireshark
7 2 (3.85%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (21.15%) SQL Server
2 10 (19.23%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 10 (19.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 8 (15.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 7 (13.46%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (7.69%) Microsoft Analysis Services
5 4 (7.69%) Relational Database
6 3 (5.77%) Azure SQL Database
6 3 (5.77%) NoSQL
6 3 (5.77%) Power BI
7 2 (3.85%) Big Data
7 2 (3.85%) SQL Server 2005
7 2 (3.85%) SQL Server 2008
7 2 (3.85%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (3.85%) SQL Server 2014
8 1 (1.92%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 4 (7.69%) Visual Studio
2 3 (5.77%) Fiddler
General
1 2 (3.85%) French Language
1 2 (3.85%) German Language
1 2 (3.85%) Portuguese Language
1 2 (3.85%) Spanish Language
2 1 (1.92%) Advertising
2 1 (1.92%) Military
Job Titles
1 17 (32.69%) Field Engineer
2 10 (19.23%) Consultant
3 8 (15.38%) Support Engineer
4 7 (13.46%) Active Directory Engineer
5 6 (11.54%) Technical Consultant
6 5 (9.62%) Azure Engineer
6 5 (9.62%) Microsoft Consultant
7 4 (7.69%) Development Engineer
8 3 (5.77%) Developer
8 3 (5.77%) Escalation Engineer
8 3 (5.77%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 3 (5.77%) Windows Consultant
8 3 (5.77%) Windows Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Data Warehouse Developer
9 2 (3.85%) ETL Developer
9 2 (3.85%) Field Support Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) Server Engineer
9 2 (3.85%) SQL Developer
9 2 (3.85%) Support Consultant
9 2 (3.85%) Windows Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (21.15%) .NET
2 6 (11.54%) ADO.NET
3 5 (9.62%) XML
4 3 (5.77%) 802.1X
4 3 (5.77%) Ajax
4 3 (5.77%) ASP.NET
4 3 (5.77%) FastCGI
4 3 (5.77%) LINQ
4 3 (5.77%) REST
4 3 (5.77%) RSS
4 3 (5.77%) WCF
4 3 (5.77%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 3 (5.77%) WPF
5 2 (3.85%) CSS
5 2 (3.85%) DCOM
5 2 (3.85%) HTML
6 1 (1.92%) AppFabric
6 1 (1.92%) CGI
6 1 (1.92%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 9 (17.31%) PKI
2 8 (15.38%) Clustering
3 7 (13.46%) Computer Science
3 7 (13.46%) Replication
4 4 (7.69%) Management Information System
5 3 (5.77%) Client/Server
6 2 (3.85%) Mathematics
7 1 (1.92%) Algorithms
7 1 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.92%) BYOD
7 1 (1.92%) NHS
7 1 (1.92%) Public Cloud
7 1 (1.92%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 34 (65.38%) Windows
2 17 (32.69%) Windows Server
3 8 (15.38%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (5.77%) Windows 7
4 3 (5.77%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (3.85%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (51.92%) ITIL
2 26 (50.00%) Customer Engagement
3 25 (48.08%) Service Management
4 7 (13.46%) Business Intelligence
5 6 (11.54%) Data Modelling
6 5 (9.62%) High Availability
6 5 (9.62%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (9.62%) Problem Management
6 5 (9.62%) Validation
7 3 (5.77%) Load Balancing
7 3 (5.77%) Migration
7 3 (5.77%) MVC
7 3 (5.77%) Network Optimisation
7 3 (5.77%) Performance Monitoring
7 3 (5.77%) Performance Optimisation
7 3 (5.77%) Web Development
8 2 (3.85%) Disaster Recovery
8 2 (3.85%) ETL
8 2 (3.85%) Presales
8 2 (3.85%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 21 (40.38%) SQL
2 17 (32.69%) PowerShell
3 10 (19.23%) T-SQL
4 7 (13.46%) VBScript
5 5 (9.62%) C#
6 4 (7.69%) JavaScript
7 3 (5.77%) Java
7 3 (5.77%) PHP
7 3 (5.77%) Python
7 3 (5.77%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 52 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (76.92%) MCITP
3 33 (63.46%) Degree
4 10 (19.23%) MCSE
4 10 (19.23%) Security Cleared
5 8 (15.38%) MCP
6 7 (13.46%) SC Cleared
7 4 (7.69%) MCAD
8 3 (5.77%) MCPD
9 1 (1.92%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.92%) MCSD
9 1 (1.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
System Software
1 34 (65.38%) Active Directory
2 6 (11.54%) Hyper-V
3 5 (9.62%) BitLocker
3 5 (9.62%) Terminal Server
4 4 (7.69%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (3.85%) UAG
6 1 (1.92%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (1.92%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (13.46%) SCCM
1 7 (13.46%) SCOM
1 7 (13.46%) WSUS
2 5 (9.62%) Microsoft Clustering
2 5 (9.62%) WMI
3 4 (7.69%) Microsoft Intune
4 3 (5.77%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (5.77%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 40 (76.92%) Microsoft
2 9 (17.31%) Citrix
3 5 (9.62%) HP
3 5 (9.62%) VMware
4 4 (7.69%) NetApp
5 1 (1.92%) Nintex