The first table below looks at the demand 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 22 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the South East region.

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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 215 230 225
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -5
Contract jobs citing MCTS 25 4 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.28% 0.048% 0.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 0.19% 0.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 2 5
Average daily rate
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£400 £323 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.03% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £124 £321 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £325 £312
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Average hourly rate £15.75 £12.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.25% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +21.21%
Qualifications Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
2355 2089 2159
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 26.38% 24.88% 21.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1157 1063 936
Average daily rate £355 £370 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.05% +5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £220 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £485 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 120 143
Average hourly rate £17.07 £20.75 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.73% -20.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.33 £12.00 £12.59
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%
MCTS
England

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 22 July 2014.

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 22 July 2014. 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 +16 16 £450 - 3
Hampshire - 5 £195 - 2
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 - -
East Sussex - - - -
Kent - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - - 2
Surrey - - - - 2
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, 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 48 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (93.75%) Windows
3 24 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 24 (50.00%) MCITP
4 23 (47.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 22 (45.83%) ITIL
5 22 (45.83%) Microsoft
6 21 (43.75%) MCSE
6 21 (43.75%) Active Directory
7 17 (35.42%) SQL Server
7 17 (35.42%) DNS
8 15 (31.25%) Cisco
8 15 (31.25%) Degree
9 14 (29.17%) Service Management
10 13 (27.08%) SQL
10 13 (27.08%) DHCP
11 12 (25.00%) MCSA
11 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
11 12 (25.00%) Clustering
11 12 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
11 12 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
11 12 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
12 11 (22.92%) Security Cleared
13 10 (20.83%) MS Office
13 10 (20.83%) MS Excel
14 9 (18.75%) C#
14 9 (18.75%) C++
14 9 (18.75%) .NET
14 9 (18.75%) CCNA
14 9 (18.75%) Cisco Certification

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, 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 12 (25.00%) MS Exchange
2 7 (14.58%) IIS
2 7 (14.58%) Lync
3 4 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (8.33%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (8.33%) Live Communications Server
4 1 (2.08%) Office Communications Server
4 1 (2.08%) IBM Notes
4 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 10 (20.83%) MS Office
1 10 (20.83%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.25%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.17%) Office 365
3 1 (2.08%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 17 (35.42%) DNS
2 13 (27.08%) DHCP
3 9 (18.75%) RTP
4 7 (14.58%) SAN
5 5 (10.42%) VoIP
5 5 (10.42%) ISDN
6 4 (8.33%) PBX
6 4 (8.33%) PSTN
6 4 (8.33%) Network Security
7 3 (6.25%) WAN
7 3 (6.25%) LAN
8 2 (4.17%) WLAN
9 1 (2.08%) SSL
9 1 (2.08%) IPv4
9 1 (2.08%) NetScreen
9 1 (2.08%) Firewall
9 1 (2.08%) VLAN
9 1 (2.08%) HTTP
9 1 (2.08%) TCP/IP
9 1 (2.08%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (35.42%) SQL Server
2 12 (25.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 12 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 8 (16.67%) SQL Server 2000
4 6 (12.50%) EDRMS
5 4 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (8.33%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.08%) MSI
General
1 4 (8.33%) Telecoms
2 2 (4.17%) Finance
Job Titles
1 19 (39.58%) Support Engineer
2 7 (14.58%) Consultant
3 5 (10.42%) Systems Engineer
3 5 (10.42%) Support Consultant
4 4 (8.33%) Field Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) Senior Support Engineer
4 4 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support
4 4 (8.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Server Engineer
5 2 (4.17%) Windows Server Engineer
6 1 (2.08%) Deployment Specialist
6 1 (2.08%) Wintel Engineer
6 1 (2.08%) Virtualisation Consultant
6 1 (2.08%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 1 (2.08%) 1st Line Support
6 1 (2.08%) Architect
6 1 (2.08%) Desktop Support
6 1 (2.08%) Developer
6 1 (2.08%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 1 (2.08%) Migration Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (18.75%) .NET
2 6 (12.50%) XML
3 4 (8.33%) XSD
3 4 (8.33%) WCF
4 1 (2.08%) HTML
4 1 (2.08%) SAML
4 1 (2.08%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 12 (25.00%) Clustering
2 4 (8.33%) Computer Science
3 3 (6.25%) Replication
4 2 (4.17%) PKI
4 2 (4.17%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.08%) Client/Server
5 1 (2.08%) Blog
Operating Systems
1 45 (93.75%) Windows
2 24 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 23 (47.92%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (14.58%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (12.50%) Windows 8
5 6 (12.50%) Windows 2000 Server
6 5 (10.42%) Windows 7
7 4 (8.33%) Windows Vista
7 4 (8.33%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (45.83%) ITIL
2 14 (29.17%) Service Management
3 12 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
4 7 (14.58%) Load Balancing
5 5 (10.42%) Disaster Recovery
5 5 (10.42%) Migration
6 4 (8.33%) Workflow
6 4 (8.33%) Network Load Balancing
7 2 (4.17%) High Availability
7 2 (4.17%) Performance Analysis
7 2 (4.17%) Performance Management
7 2 (4.17%) Service Delivery
7 2 (4.17%) Change Management
8 1 (2.08%) CRM
8 1 (2.08%) Incident Management
8 1 (2.08%) Performance Monitoring
8 1 (2.08%) Performance Tuning
8 1 (2.08%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (27.08%) SQL
2 9 (18.75%) C#
2 9 (18.75%) C++
3 5 (10.42%) Java
3 5 (10.42%) C
4 4 (8.33%) PowerShell
4 4 (8.33%) T-SQL
5 2 (4.17%) VBScript
6 1 (2.08%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 48 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (50.00%) MCITP
3 21 (43.75%) MCSE
4 15 (31.25%) Degree
5 12 (25.00%) MCSA
6 11 (22.92%) Security Cleared
7 9 (18.75%) CCNA
7 9 (18.75%) Cisco Certification
8 8 (16.67%) MCP
9 6 (12.50%) MCDST
10 5 (10.42%) CCVP
10 5 (10.42%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 5 (10.42%) SC Cleared
11 4 (8.33%) MCSD
12 3 (6.25%) DV Cleared
12 3 (6.25%) VCP4
12 3 (6.25%) VCAP
12 3 (6.25%) VCP5
13 1 (2.08%) CCENT
13 1 (2.08%) ACSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (14.58%) SLA
System Software
1 21 (43.75%) Active Directory
2 5 (10.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (8.33%) VMware ESX
4 3 (6.25%) Terminal Services
4 3 (6.25%) Hyper-V
4 3 (6.25%) vSphere
4 3 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.08%) vCloud
5 1 (2.08%) Shibboleth
5 1 (2.08%) UAG
5 1 (2.08%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (8.33%) WSUS
1 4 (8.33%) Forefront Identity Manager
2 1 (2.08%) SCCM
2 1 (2.08%) SCOM
2 1 (2.08%) Norton AntiVirus
2 1 (2.08%) Backup Exec
2 1 (2.08%) WMI
Vendors
1 22 (45.83%) Microsoft
2 15 (31.25%) Cisco
3 8 (16.67%) VMware
4 5 (10.42%) Oracle
5 4 (8.33%) Kaseya
6 3 (6.25%) Lotus
7 2 (4.17%) Nortel
7 2 (4.17%) Citrix
7 2 (4.17%) Avaya
8 1 (2.08%) Juniper
8 1 (2.08%) Siebel
8 1 (2.08%) HP
8 1 (2.08%) Apple
8 1 (2.08%) Symantec
8 1 (2.08%) Remedy
8 1 (2.08%) Twitter
8 1 (2.08%) Google