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 3 September 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
3 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 247 233 221
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -12
Contract jobs citing MCTS 22 25 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.22% 0.27% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.85% 1.08% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 9 7
Average daily rate
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£338 £400 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.62% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £236 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £468 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £319 £343 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.93% +14.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 8
Average hourly rate - £32.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +71.05%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.50% -
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
2590 2323 2104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 26.18% 24.94% 23.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1555 1204 1079
Average daily rate £380 £363 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.82% +1.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £220 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.04% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 105 109
Average hourly rate £25.00 £19.91 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.56% +10.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £14.00 £11.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -

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 3 September 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 3 September 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
Surrey +1 7 £350 - 2
Berkshire -10 7 £238 -40.62% 3
Buckinghamshire - 4 £413 - 1
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
East Sussex +7 1 £300 -
Hampshire -5 1 - - 1
West Sussex - 1 £335 - 1
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (79.55%) Windows
3 34 (77.27%) Microsoft
4 23 (52.27%) MCITP
5 22 (50.00%) SQL
6 18 (40.91%) SQL Server
7 17 (38.64%) MS Excel
7 17 (38.64%) Migration
8 16 (36.36%) MS Exchange
8 16 (36.36%) ITIL
8 16 (36.36%) Windows Server 2008
8 16 (36.36%) Exchange Server 2010
9 15 (34.09%) MCSE
9 15 (34.09%) Active Directory
10 14 (31.82%) Office 365
11 13 (29.55%) Performance Tuning
11 13 (29.55%) Lync
11 13 (29.55%) SQL Server 2008
11 13 (29.55%) Exchange Server 2007
11 13 (29.55%) MS Office
11 13 (29.55%) Data Warehouse
11 13 (29.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 11 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
12 11 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 11 (25.00%) MCSA
12 11 (25.00%) SCOM
12 11 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
13 10 (22.73%) PowerShell
13 10 (22.73%) Windows 7
13 10 (22.73%) T-SQL

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 3 September 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 16 (36.36%) MS Exchange
1 16 (36.36%) Exchange Server 2010
2 13 (29.55%) Lync
2 13 (29.55%) Exchange Server 2007
3 8 (18.18%) Exchange Server 2013
4 4 (9.09%) SharePoint
5 1 (2.27%) Office Communications Server
5 1 (2.27%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 17 (38.64%) MS Excel
2 13 (29.55%) MS Office
3 5 (11.36%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (6.82%) SAP CCM
1 3 (6.82%) SAP ERP
2 1 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 14 (31.82%) Office 365
2 3 (6.82%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (2.27%) Mimecast
3 1 (2.27%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 6 (13.64%) TCP/IP
1 6 (13.64%) Firewall
2 3 (6.82%) DNS
2 3 (6.82%) LAN
2 3 (6.82%) WAN
2 3 (6.82%) DHCP
3 2 (4.55%) SAN
4 1 (2.27%) Wireless
4 1 (2.27%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 1 (2.27%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (40.91%) SQL Server
2 13 (29.55%) Data Warehouse
2 13 (29.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 13 (29.55%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (25.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 8 (18.18%) SQL Server 2012
5 7 (15.91%) OLTP
6 6 (13.64%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 4 (9.09%) OLAP
7 4 (9.09%) OLAP Cube
8 3 (6.82%) SQL Server 2005
9 1 (2.27%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 5 (11.36%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (4.55%) Finance
2 1 (2.27%) Marketing
2 1 (2.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (27.27%) DBA
1 12 (27.27%) SQL DBA
2 6 (13.64%) SQL Server DBA
2 6 (13.64%) Developer
3 5 (11.36%) Desktop Engineer
3 5 (11.36%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 4 (9.09%) SQL Developer
5 3 (6.82%) Service Desk Analyst
5 3 (6.82%) Analyst
5 3 (6.82%) Support Engineer
5 3 (6.82%) Service Analyst
6 2 (4.55%) Administrator
6 2 (4.55%) Consultant
6 2 (4.55%) Active Directory Consultant
6 2 (4.55%) Operations Engineer
6 2 (4.55%) Desktop Support
6 2 (4.55%) Office 365 Engineer
7 1 (2.27%) CRM Developer
7 1 (2.27%) Cloud Architect
7 1 (2.27%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (4.55%) .NET
1 2 (4.55%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.27%) Web Services
2 1 (2.27%) WCF
2 1 (2.27%) WPF
2 1 (2.27%) jQuery
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.91%) Client/Server
2 5 (11.36%) Enterprise Software
2 5 (11.36%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (11.36%) Replication
3 3 (6.82%) Clustering
4 2 (4.55%) Mathematics
4 2 (4.55%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.27%) Video Conferencing
5 1 (2.27%) Kindle
5 1 (2.27%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 35 (79.55%) Windows
2 16 (36.36%) Windows Server 2008
3 11 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 10 (22.73%) Windows 7
5 8 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
6 6 (13.64%) Windows XP
7 5 (11.36%) Windows 2000
7 5 (11.36%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (4.55%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (38.64%) Migration
2 16 (36.36%) ITIL
3 13 (29.55%) Performance Tuning
4 11 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
5 8 (18.18%) Data Migration
6 7 (15.91%) Business Continuity
7 6 (13.64%) Mentoring
8 5 (11.36%) Coaching
8 5 (11.36%) Logistics
8 5 (11.36%) Capacity Planning
8 5 (11.36%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (11.36%) Scrum
8 5 (11.36%) Validation
8 5 (11.36%) ETL
8 5 (11.36%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (11.36%) Service Management
9 4 (9.09%) Incident Management
9 4 (9.09%) Customer Engagement
9 4 (9.09%) Kimball Methodology
9 4 (9.09%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 22 (50.00%) SQL
2 10 (22.73%) T-SQL
2 10 (22.73%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.27%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.27%) Python
Qualifications
1 44 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 23 (52.27%) MCITP
3 15 (34.09%) MCSE
4 11 (25.00%) MCSA
5 6 (13.64%) DV Cleared
5 6 (13.64%) Security Cleared
5 6 (13.64%) Degree
6 5 (11.36%) MCP
7 3 (6.82%) Cisco Certification
7 3 (6.82%) CCNA
7 3 (6.82%) MOS
8 2 (4.55%) MCDBA
9 1 (2.27%) CCSP
9 1 (2.27%) ISEB
9 1 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (2.27%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 1 (2.27%) ACSA
9 1 (2.27%) ISTQB
9 1 (2.27%) A+ Certification
9 1 (2.27%) Network+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (11.36%) PCI DSS
2 4 (9.09%) SLA
3 1 (2.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (2.27%) ISO 9000
3 1 (2.27%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 15 (34.09%) Active Directory
2 6 (13.64%) Forefront TMG
3 4 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (9.09%) Hyper-V
4 1 (2.27%) XenDesktop
4 1 (2.27%) UAG
Systems Management
1 11 (25.00%) SCOM
2 9 (20.45%) SCCM
3 7 (15.91%) BMC PATROL
4 4 (9.09%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (9.09%) Backup Exec
5 3 (6.82%) WSUS
5 3 (6.82%) NetBackup
5 3 (6.82%) Nagios
5 3 (6.82%) CA Spectrum
6 1 (2.27%) SCOrch
6 1 (2.27%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (2.27%) ARCserve
6 1 (2.27%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 34 (77.27%) Microsoft
2 7 (15.91%) Cisco
2 7 (15.91%) BMC
2 7 (15.91%) VMware
3 5 (11.36%) CheckPoint
3 5 (11.36%) Symantec
4 4 (9.09%) CA
4 4 (9.09%) Citrix
5 3 (6.82%) Juniper
5 3 (6.82%) SAP
5 3 (6.82%) McAfee
5 3 (6.82%) BT
5 3 (6.82%) JD Edwards
6 2 (4.55%) HP
7 1 (2.27%) EMC
7 1 (2.27%) Apple
7 1 (2.27%) SurfControl
7 1 (2.27%) Remedy
7 1 (2.27%) Postini
7 1 (2.27%) Polycom