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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 210 216 210
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -6
Contract jobs citing MCTS 45 22 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.46% 0.25% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.60% 0.97% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 11 2
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£425 £400 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £475 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £310
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +29.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £46.25 £15.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+208.33% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £13.63 £47.50
% change year-on-year
+175.22% -71.31%
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
2821 2273 1751
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 28.77% 25.43% 22.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1436 1093 801
Average daily rate £375 £356 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +4.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £484 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £384 £351 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.39% +6.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 127 112
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £26.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.18 £12.83 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £55.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.96%

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 March 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the South East region over the 3 months to 3 March 2015.

MCTS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 March 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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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 +11 29 £425 -5.55% 2
Hampshire -16 6 £200 - 4
Surrey -3 3 - - 2
Middlesex - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Kent - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 72 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 49 (68.06%) Windows
3 47 (65.28%) MCITP
4 42 (58.33%) Microsoft
5 39 (54.17%) ITIL
6 34 (47.22%) SQL
6 34 (47.22%) Service Management
7 32 (44.44%) Degree
8 31 (43.06%) Customer Engagement
9 28 (38.89%) SQL Server
10 26 (36.11%) Active Directory
11 23 (31.94%) MCSE
12 21 (29.17%) MS Exchange
12 21 (29.17%) DNS
12 21 (29.17%) Clustering
13 16 (22.22%) MS Excel
14 15 (20.83%) SQL Server 2008
15 14 (19.44%) Disaster Recovery
15 14 (19.44%) MCSA
15 14 (19.44%) .NET
16 13 (18.06%) Agile Software Development
16 13 (18.06%) PowerShell
16 13 (18.06%) SCOM
17 12 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
17 12 (16.67%) IIS
18 11 (15.28%) C#
18 11 (15.28%) CRM
18 11 (15.28%) Migration
18 11 (15.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
19 10 (13.89%) Data Migration

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 3 March 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 (29.17%) MS Exchange
2 12 (16.67%) IIS
3 10 (13.89%) Office Communications Server
4 8 (11.11%) Lync
4 8 (11.11%) SharePoint
5 7 (9.72%) IBM Notes
5 7 (9.72%) GroupWise
6 6 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (4.17%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (4.17%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (2.78%) Live Communications Server
8 2 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2003
8 2 (2.78%) Exchange Server 2007
9 1 (1.39%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (1.39%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 16 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 3 (4.17%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (9.72%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.17%) Office 365
2 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 21 (29.17%) DNS
2 10 (13.89%) SAN
3 9 (12.50%) DHCP
4 8 (11.11%) POP3
4 8 (11.11%) SMTP
4 8 (11.11%) IMAP
5 5 (6.94%) Firewall
5 5 (6.94%) VoIP
6 2 (2.78%) WLAN
6 2 (2.78%) WAN
6 2 (2.78%) LAN
6 2 (2.78%) PBX
6 2 (2.78%) PSTN
6 2 (2.78%) RTP
6 2 (2.78%) TCP/IP
7 1 (1.39%) SSL
7 1 (1.39%) VLAN
7 1 (1.39%) Wireshark
7 1 (1.39%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (38.89%) SQL Server
2 15 (20.83%) SQL Server 2008
3 12 (16.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 11 (15.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (8.33%) OLTP
6 5 (6.94%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 5 (6.94%) SQL Server 2012
7 4 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (4.17%) SQL Server 2005
8 3 (4.17%) SQL Server 2000
8 3 (4.17%) EDRMS
9 1 (1.39%) OLAP
9 1 (1.39%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 7 (9.72%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (5.56%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.78%) WinRunner
3 2 (2.78%) TestDirector
3 2 (2.78%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (1.39%) MSI
4 1 (1.39%) Fiddler
4 1 (1.39%) MSBuild
General
1 4 (5.56%) Marketing
2 3 (4.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 27 (37.50%) Field Engineer
2 15 (20.83%) Consultant
3 12 (16.67%) Support Engineer
4 8 (11.11%) DBA
4 8 (11.11%) Developer
4 8 (11.11%) SQL DBA
4 8 (11.11%) Server Engineer
5 7 (9.72%) SQL Server DBA
6 6 (8.33%) Architect
6 6 (8.33%) Exchange Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) Dynamics CRM Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Business Intelligence Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Desktop Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) SQL Developer
7 4 (5.56%) Desktop Support
7 4 (5.56%) Desktop Support Engineer
7 4 (5.56%) CRM Developer
8 3 (4.17%) Dynamics CRM Consultant
8 3 (4.17%) Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) CRM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (19.44%) .NET
2 8 (11.11%) XML
2 8 (11.11%) WCF
3 7 (9.72%) ASP.NET
4 6 (8.33%) Web Services
4 6 (8.33%) WPF
5 4 (5.56%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
6 1 (1.39%) Application Packaging
6 1 (1.39%) Ajax
6 1 (1.39%) ADO.NET
6 1 (1.39%) Silverlight
6 1 (1.39%) LINQ
6 1 (1.39%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
6 1 (1.39%) REST
6 1 (1.39%) Windows Identity Foundation
6 1 (1.39%) FastCGI
Miscellaneous
1 21 (29.17%) Clustering
2 6 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.78%) PKI
3 2 (2.78%) PDA
4 1 (1.39%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.39%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 49 (68.06%) Windows
2 10 (13.89%) Windows Server 2003
2 10 (13.89%) Windows 7
3 7 (9.72%) Windows Server 2012
3 7 (9.72%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (5.56%) Windows 8
5 2 (2.78%) AIX
5 2 (2.78%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (54.17%) ITIL
2 34 (47.22%) Service Management
3 31 (43.06%) Customer Engagement
4 14 (19.44%) Disaster Recovery
5 13 (18.06%) Agile Software Development
6 11 (15.28%) Migration
6 11 (15.28%) CRM
7 10 (13.89%) Data Migration
8 9 (12.50%) Performance Monitoring
9 7 (9.72%) Scrum
10 6 (8.33%) Software Engineering
10 6 (8.33%) Performance Tuning
11 5 (6.94%) Business Intelligence
11 5 (6.94%) B2B
12 4 (5.56%) Change Management
12 4 (5.56%) Capacity Planning
12 4 (5.56%) Kimball Methodology
13 3 (4.17%) Load Balancing
13 3 (4.17%) Kanban
13 3 (4.17%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (47.22%) SQL
2 13 (18.06%) PowerShell
3 11 (15.28%) C#
4 9 (12.50%) VB.NET
4 9 (12.50%) T-SQL
5 8 (11.11%) VBScript
6 4 (5.56%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.78%) Java
8 1 (1.39%) PHP
8 1 (1.39%) C++
8 1 (1.39%) Python
8 1 (1.39%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.39%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 72 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (65.28%) MCITP
3 32 (44.44%) Degree
4 23 (31.94%) MCSE
5 14 (19.44%) MCSA
6 6 (8.33%) Security Cleared
7 4 (5.56%) VCP4
8 3 (4.17%) MCP
8 3 (4.17%) SC Cleared
9 2 (2.78%) ISTQB
9 2 (2.78%) CISA
9 2 (2.78%) CISSP
9 2 (2.78%) MCDST
10 1 (1.39%) VCAP
10 1 (1.39%) CCIA
10 1 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (1.39%) MCAD
10 1 (1.39%) MCSD
10 1 (1.39%) CCNP
10 1 (1.39%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.17%) SLA
System Software
1 26 (36.11%) Active Directory
2 10 (13.89%) Hyper-V
3 4 (5.56%) Microsoft App-V
3 4 (5.56%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (2.78%) VMware ESX
5 1 (1.39%) XenApp
5 1 (1.39%) XenDesktop
5 1 (1.39%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 13 (18.06%) SCOM
2 8 (11.11%) WMI
2 8 (11.11%) SCSM
3 4 (5.56%) MOM
4 2 (2.78%) SCCM
4 2 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (2.78%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (1.39%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 1 (1.39%) SCVMM
5 1 (1.39%) Netcool
5 1 (1.39%) BMC PATROL
Vendors
1 42 (58.33%) Microsoft
2 9 (12.50%) Citrix
2 9 (12.50%) VMware
3 8 (11.11%) Lotus
4 7 (9.72%) Novell
4 7 (9.72%) Avaya
5 5 (6.94%) BMC
5 5 (6.94%) Sonus
6 4 (5.56%) McAfee
7 3 (4.17%) Sun
7 3 (4.17%) Cisco
8 2 (2.78%) Nortel
8 2 (2.78%) Veritas
9 1 (1.39%) Infor
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