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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 248 250 231
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -19
Contract jobs citing MCTS 9 22 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.10% 0.23% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.38% 0.88% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 8 9
Median daily rate £333 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £294 £124
10% offered a daily rate of more than £397 £458 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.43 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+37.45% +2.77%
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
2358 2504 2411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 26.73% 26.22% 26.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1413 1484 1175
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £263 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 99 113 84
Median hourly rate £40.00 £21.55 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+85.61% +23.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £14.16 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.50 £25.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+18.00% +31.57%

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 30 July 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 30 July 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
Hampshire +4 3 £295 - 1
Surrey -9 3 £235 -32.78% 3
West Sussex - 2 £365 - 2
Berkshire -13 1 £400 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (75.51%) Microsoft
3 36 (73.47%) MCITP
4 32 (65.31%) DNS
4 32 (65.31%) Windows
5 31 (63.27%) Active Directory
6 30 (61.22%) Degree
7 25 (51.02%) ITIL
8 23 (46.94%) Service Management
8 23 (46.94%) Customer Engagement
9 20 (40.82%) SQL
10 17 (34.69%) Microsoft Azure
10 17 (34.69%) Windows Server
11 16 (32.65%) PowerShell
12 14 (28.57%) MS Excel
13 13 (26.53%) Office 365
14 11 (22.45%) MCSE
15 10 (20.41%) T-SQL
15 10 (20.41%) .NET
15 10 (20.41%) SQL Server
15 10 (20.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 10 (20.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 9 (18.37%) PKI
16 9 (18.37%) DHCP
16 9 (18.37%) Windows Server 2012
16 9 (18.37%) Security Cleared
17 8 (16.33%) MS Exchange
17 8 (16.33%) VPN
17 8 (16.33%) IIS
17 8 (16.33%) MCP

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 8 (16.33%) IIS
1 8 (16.33%) MS Exchange
1 8 (16.33%) SharePoint
2 7 (14.29%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (8.16%) BizTalk Server
3 4 (8.16%) Skype for Business
4 3 (6.12%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (6.12%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (4.08%) SharePoint 2013
6 1 (2.04%) SharePoint 2010
6 1 (2.04%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 14 (28.57%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.12%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 17 (34.69%) Microsoft Azure
2 13 (26.53%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 32 (65.31%) DNS
2 9 (18.37%) DHCP
3 8 (16.33%) VPN
4 7 (14.29%) Kerberos
4 7 (14.29%) LDAP
4 7 (14.29%) X.500
5 5 (10.20%) TCP/IP
6 3 (6.12%) Bluetooth
6 3 (6.12%) Broadband
6 3 (6.12%) Firewall
6 3 (6.12%) HTTP
6 3 (6.12%) IPsec
6 3 (6.12%) IPv4
6 3 (6.12%) IPv6
6 3 (6.12%) SSL
6 3 (6.12%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (6.12%) WiMAX
6 3 (6.12%) Wireless
6 3 (6.12%) Wireshark
7 2 (4.08%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (20.41%) SQL Server
1 10 (20.41%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 10 (20.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 8 (16.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 7 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (8.16%) Microsoft Analysis Services
4 4 (8.16%) Relational Database
5 3 (6.12%) Azure SQL Database
5 3 (6.12%) NoSQL
5 3 (6.12%) Power BI
6 2 (4.08%) Big Data
6 2 (4.08%) SQL Server 2005
6 2 (4.08%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (4.08%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (4.08%) SQL Server 2014
7 1 (2.04%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 3 (6.12%) Fiddler
1 3 (6.12%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.04%) MSI
General
1 2 (4.08%) French Language
1 2 (4.08%) German Language
1 2 (4.08%) Portuguese Language
1 2 (4.08%) Spanish Language
2 1 (2.04%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 17 (34.69%) Field Engineer
2 9 (18.37%) Consultant
3 7 (14.29%) Active Directory Engineer
4 6 (12.24%) Support Engineer
5 5 (10.20%) Azure Engineer
5 5 (10.20%) Technical Consultant
6 4 (8.16%) Development Engineer
6 4 (8.16%) Microsoft Consultant
7 3 (6.12%) Developer
7 3 (6.12%) Escalation Engineer
7 3 (6.12%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 3 (6.12%) Office 365 Consultant
8 2 (4.08%) Cloud Consultant
8 2 (4.08%) Cloud Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) Microsoft Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) Network Field Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) Server Consultant
8 2 (4.08%) SSAS Developer
8 2 (4.08%) SSIS Developer
8 2 (4.08%) Windows Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (20.41%) .NET
2 6 (12.24%) ADO.NET
3 4 (8.16%) XML
4 3 (6.12%) 802.1X
4 3 (6.12%) Ajax
4 3 (6.12%) ASP.NET
4 3 (6.12%) FastCGI
4 3 (6.12%) LINQ
4 3 (6.12%) REST
4 3 (6.12%) RSS
4 3 (6.12%) WCF
4 3 (6.12%) Windows Identity Foundation
4 3 (6.12%) WPF
5 2 (4.08%) DCOM
6 1 (2.04%) AppFabric
6 1 (2.04%) CGI
6 1 (2.04%) CSS
6 1 (2.04%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.37%) PKI
2 8 (16.33%) Clustering
3 7 (14.29%) Computer Science
3 7 (14.29%) Replication
4 4 (8.16%) Management Information System
5 3 (6.12%) Client/Server
6 2 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
6 2 (4.08%) Mathematics
7 1 (2.04%) Algorithms
7 1 (2.04%) BYOD
7 1 (2.04%) NHS
7 1 (2.04%) Public Cloud
7 1 (2.04%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 32 (65.31%) Windows
2 17 (34.69%) Windows Server
3 9 (18.37%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (8.16%) Windows 7
4 4 (8.16%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (2.04%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (51.02%) ITIL
2 23 (46.94%) Customer Engagement
2 23 (46.94%) Service Management
3 7 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
4 6 (12.24%) Data Modelling
5 5 (10.20%) High Availability
5 5 (10.20%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (10.20%) Validation
6 3 (6.12%) Load Balancing
6 3 (6.12%) MVC
6 3 (6.12%) Network Optimisation
6 3 (6.12%) Performance Monitoring
6 3 (6.12%) Performance Optimisation
6 3 (6.12%) Presales
6 3 (6.12%) Web Development
7 2 (4.08%) Coaching
7 2 (4.08%) Disaster Recovery
7 2 (4.08%) ETL
7 2 (4.08%) Mentoring
7 2 (4.08%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (40.82%) SQL
2 16 (32.65%) PowerShell
3 10 (20.41%) T-SQL
4 6 (12.24%) VBScript
5 4 (8.16%) C#
6 3 (6.12%) Java
6 3 (6.12%) JavaScript
6 3 (6.12%) PHP
6 3 (6.12%) Python
6 3 (6.12%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 49 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 36 (73.47%) MCITP
3 30 (61.22%) Degree
4 11 (22.45%) MCSE
5 9 (18.37%) Security Cleared
6 8 (16.33%) MCP
7 7 (14.29%) SC Cleared
8 3 (6.12%) MCAD
8 3 (6.12%) MCPD
9 1 (2.04%) ECDL
9 1 (2.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 1 (2.04%) MCDST
9 1 (2.04%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.04%) SLA
System Software
1 31 (63.27%) Active Directory
2 6 (12.24%) Hyper-V
3 4 (8.16%) Virtual Machines
4 2 (4.08%) BitLocker
4 2 (4.08%) Terminal Server
4 2 (4.08%) UAG
5 1 (2.04%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (2.04%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 7 (14.29%) SCOM
2 5 (10.20%) Microsoft Clustering
2 5 (10.20%) WMI
3 4 (8.16%) Forefront Identity Manager
3 4 (8.16%) Microsoft Intune
3 4 (8.16%) SCCM
3 4 (8.16%) WSUS
4 3 (6.12%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 37 (75.51%) Microsoft
2 6 (12.24%) Citrix
3 5 (10.20%) VMware
4 4 (8.16%) HP
4 4 (8.16%) NetApp
5 1 (2.04%) Intel Security
5 1 (2.04%) Nintex