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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 237 230 221
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -9
Contract jobs citing MCTS 30 18 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.30% 0.18% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.15% 0.71% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 5 4
Average daily rate
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£325 £450 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.77% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £305 £348
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £465 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-7.65% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £37.50 £15.75 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+138.09% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year
+150.00% -
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
2618 2549 2105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 26.02% 26.18% 24.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 1400 1268 1024
Average daily rate £375 £350 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £484 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 123 130
Average hourly rate £21.55 £21.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.23% -14.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.53 £55.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 17 April 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the South East region over the 3 months to 17 April 2015. 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
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statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Berkshire +12 19 £425 -5.55% 1
Hampshire +1 10 £281 - 4
Surrey - 3 £294 - 1
Kent - - - - 1
Buckinghamshire - - - - 1
East Sussex - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 68 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (73.53%) MCITP
3 44 (64.71%) Windows
4 39 (57.35%) Microsoft
5 35 (51.47%) ITIL
6 34 (50.00%) Service Management
6 34 (50.00%) Degree
7 33 (48.53%) Customer Engagement
8 30 (44.12%) SQL
9 29 (42.65%) Active Directory
10 23 (33.82%) DNS
11 22 (32.35%) SQL Server
11 22 (32.35%) MCSE
12 21 (30.88%) MS Exchange
13 17 (25.00%) Clustering
13 17 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
14 15 (22.06%) MCSA
15 12 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
15 12 (17.65%) MS Excel
15 12 (17.65%) DHCP
15 12 (17.65%) PowerShell
15 12 (17.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 11 (16.18%) Windows 7
16 11 (16.18%) SQL Server 2008
16 11 (16.18%) Performance Monitoring
16 11 (16.18%) IIS
16 11 (16.18%) VMware
16 11 (16.18%) Windows Server 2003
17 10 (14.71%) .NET
17 10 (14.71%) Office Communications Server

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 21 (30.88%) MS Exchange
2 11 (16.18%) IIS
3 10 (14.71%) Office Communications Server
4 7 (10.29%) GroupWise
4 7 (10.29%) IBM Notes
4 7 (10.29%) Lync
5 6 (8.82%) Exchange Server 2010
6 4 (5.88%) SharePoint
7 3 (4.41%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (2.94%) Live Communications Server
8 2 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (2.94%) Exchange Server 2013
9 1 (1.47%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (1.47%) Exchange Server 2003
9 1 (1.47%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 12 (17.65%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.41%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.35%) Microsoft Azure
1 5 (7.35%) Office 365
2 1 (1.47%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 23 (33.82%) DNS
2 12 (17.65%) DHCP
3 9 (13.24%) SAN
4 8 (11.76%) IMAP
4 8 (11.76%) POP3
4 8 (11.76%) SMTP
5 5 (7.35%) VoIP
5 5 (7.35%) Firewall
6 2 (2.94%) RTP
6 2 (2.94%) WLAN
6 2 (2.94%) WAN
6 2 (2.94%) LAN
6 2 (2.94%) PBX
6 2 (2.94%) PSTN
6 2 (2.94%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.47%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (32.35%) SQL Server
2 12 (17.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 11 (16.18%) SQL Server 2008
4 9 (13.24%) Data Warehouse
5 8 (11.76%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 7 (10.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 5 (7.35%) OLAP Cube
7 5 (7.35%) OLAP
8 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2005
8 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2000
8 2 (2.94%) EDRMS
9 1 (1.47%) OLTP
9 1 (1.47%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
9 1 (1.47%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 9 (13.24%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (4.41%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.94%) WinRunner
3 2 (2.94%) TestDirector
3 2 (2.94%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (1.47%) MSI
4 1 (1.47%) MSBuild
General
1 3 (4.41%) Marketing
2 1 (1.47%) Finance
Job Titles
1 28 (41.18%) Field Engineer
2 13 (19.12%) Consultant
3 11 (16.18%) Support Engineer
4 10 (14.71%) Developer
5 7 (10.29%) Server Engineer
6 6 (8.82%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 6 (8.82%) SQL Developer
6 6 (8.82%) Exchange Engineer
6 6 (8.82%) Architect
7 5 (7.35%) Desktop Support
7 5 (7.35%) DBA
7 5 (7.35%) SQL DBA
7 5 (7.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 5 (7.35%) Desktop Engineer
8 4 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM Developer
8 4 (5.88%) CRM Developer
9 3 (4.41%) Analyst
9 3 (4.41%) Support Consultant
10 2 (2.94%) SQL Server DBA
10 2 (2.94%) Security Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.71%) .NET
2 8 (11.76%) XML
3 4 (5.88%) .NET Framework
3 4 (5.88%) WCF
4 3 (4.41%) WPF
4 3 (4.41%) ASP.NET
4 3 (4.41%) Web Services
5 1 (1.47%) Entity Framework
5 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 1 (1.47%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 17 (25.00%) Clustering
2 8 (11.76%) Private Cloud
3 6 (8.82%) Replication
4 5 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (2.94%) PKI
5 2 (2.94%) PDA
6 1 (1.47%) Kindle
Operating Systems
1 44 (64.71%) Windows
2 11 (16.18%) Windows Server 2003
2 11 (16.18%) Windows 7
3 5 (7.35%) Windows 8
3 5 (7.35%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (2.94%) AIX
5 2 (2.94%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (51.47%) ITIL
2 34 (50.00%) Service Management
3 33 (48.53%) Customer Engagement
4 17 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 12 (17.65%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (16.18%) Performance Monitoring
7 9 (13.24%) Scrum
8 8 (11.76%) Performance Tuning
9 7 (10.29%) Business Intelligence
10 6 (8.82%) CRM
10 6 (8.82%) ETL
10 6 (8.82%) Kimball Methodology
10 6 (8.82%) Migration
10 6 (8.82%) Continuous Delivery
11 5 (7.35%) Data Migration
11 5 (7.35%) B2B
12 4 (5.88%) Problem Management
13 3 (4.41%) Software Engineering
13 3 (4.41%) Kanban
13 3 (4.41%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 30 (44.12%) SQL
2 12 (17.65%) PowerShell
3 8 (11.76%) VBScript
4 7 (10.29%) C#
5 6 (8.82%) VB.NET
6 5 (7.35%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.47%) Java
7 1 (1.47%) Python
7 1 (1.47%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 68 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (73.53%) MCITP
3 34 (50.00%) Degree
4 22 (32.35%) MCSE
5 15 (22.06%) MCSA
6 5 (7.35%) MCP
7 3 (4.41%) Security Cleared
8 2 (2.94%) MCDST
8 2 (2.94%) ISTQB
8 2 (2.94%) CISSP
8 2 (2.94%) CISA
8 2 (2.94%) MCDBA
9 1 (1.47%) CCNP
9 1 (1.47%) CCNA
9 1 (1.47%) CCA
9 1 (1.47%) Citrix Certification
9 1 (1.47%) CCEA
9 1 (1.47%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (1.47%) ISSAP
9 1 (1.47%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.94%) SLA
2 1 (1.47%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 29 (42.65%) Active Directory
2 9 (13.24%) Hyper-V
3 3 (4.41%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (4.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.94%) VMware ESX
5 1 (1.47%) XenApp
5 1 (1.47%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.47%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (11.76%) WMI
1 8 (11.76%) SCOM
1 8 (11.76%) SCSM
2 4 (5.88%) MOM
3 2 (2.94%) SCCM
3 2 (2.94%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (2.94%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (2.94%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 1 (1.47%) SCVMM
4 1 (1.47%) Netcool
Vendors
1 39 (57.35%) Microsoft
2 11 (16.18%) VMware
3 8 (11.76%) Lotus
3 8 (11.76%) Citrix
4 7 (10.29%) Avaya
4 7 (10.29%) Novell
5 5 (7.35%) Sonus
6 4 (5.88%) McAfee
7 3 (4.41%) Cisco
8 2 (2.94%) Nortel
8 2 (2.94%) Veritas
9 1 (1.47%) Sun
9 1 (1.47%) SurfControl
9 1 (1.47%) Postini
9 1 (1.47%) Infor