The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 23 April 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 currently tracked.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 480 453 484
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +31
Contract jobs citing MCTS 116 98 103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.20% 0.17%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.11% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 39 52
Average daily rate £400 £350 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £299 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £348 £310
% change year-on-year
+8.92% +12.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 4 10
Average hourly rate £15.75 £19.50 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.23% -11.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.98 £15.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £22.00 £38.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10937 8810 10503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.45% 18.17% 17.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6204 4687 5415
Average daily rate £375 £370 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% -5.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £538 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £353
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 550 474 578
Average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £22.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.36% +10.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.25 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £51.50 £45.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £23.25 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.97% -6.06%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS within the UK.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the UK

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS within the UK.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

MCTS
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -34 107 £400 +6.66% 47
London -4 55 £404 +6.18% 30
South East -9 23 £381 -7.57% 8
City of London +3 19 £431 +23.21% 3
Berkshire +17 16 £381 - 1
North West -20 13 £225 -40.51% 1
Manchester - 10 £225 - 1
Reading - 8 £381 -
East Midlands - 7 £295 - 1
Scotland -1 4 £378 +9.56%
South West -31 4 £413 +38.65% 3
Wiltshire - 4 £413 -
Northamptonshire - 4 £295 -
West Sussex - 4 - - 1
Slough - 4 - - 1
Renfrewshire -2 3 £378 +9.56%
Cheshire -11 3 - -
Wales -21 3 - -
West Midlands - 3 £406 - 2
Nottinghamshire - 3 - -
Warrington - 3 - -
Birmingham - 3 £406 - 1
East of England -34 2 £475 - 2
Northampton - 2 £288 -
Hampshire -3 1 - -
Buckinghamshire -19 1 - - 1
Nottingham - 1 - -
Marlow - 1 - -
Abingdon - 1 - - 2
Bracknell - 1 £300 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 191 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 121 (63.35%) Windows
3 119 (62.30%) Microsoft
4 99 (51.83%) MCITP
5 74 (38.74%) Active Directory
6 69 (36.13%) Windows Server 2008
7 68 (35.60%) SQL Server
7 68 (35.60%) MCSE
8 63 (32.98%) ITIL
9 57 (29.84%) SQL
10 51 (26.70%) Citrix
11 49 (25.65%) MS Excel
12 48 (25.13%) Windows Server 2003
13 46 (24.08%) MCP
13 46 (24.08%) Windows 7
14 45 (23.56%) SQL Server 2008
15 44 (23.04%) .NET
16 42 (21.99%) VMware
17 39 (20.42%) C#
18 37 (19.37%) MS Exchange
18 37 (19.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 36 (18.85%) Cisco
20 33 (17.28%) MCSA
21 31 (16.23%) CCNA
21 31 (16.23%) Cisco Certification
22 30 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
23 29 (15.18%) SharePoint
24 28 (14.66%) DNS
24 28 (14.66%) SCCM
25 27 (14.14%) T-SQL

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 37 (19.37%) MS Exchange
2 29 (15.18%) SharePoint
3 21 (10.99%) Exchange Server 2007
4 20 (10.47%) SharePoint 2010
5 19 (9.95%) Exchange Server 2003
6 15 (7.85%) Exchange Server 2010
7 14 (7.33%) Lync
8 12 (6.28%) IIS
9 11 (5.76%) SharePoint Server
10 10 (5.24%) SharePoint 2013
10 10 (5.24%) Live Communications Server
11 8 (4.19%) MS Project Server
12 7 (3.66%) Exchange Server 2000
13 5 (2.62%) BizTalk Server
13 5 (2.62%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.52%) Tomcat
14 1 (0.52%) IBM Notes
14 1 (0.52%) Commerce Server
14 1 (0.52%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 49 (25.65%) MS Excel
2 23 (12.04%) MS Office
3 7 (3.66%) MS Project
4 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.52%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 1 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.19%) Office 365
2 4 (2.09%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (1.57%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 28 (14.66%) DNS
2 17 (8.90%) DHCP
3 14 (7.33%) RTP
4 12 (6.28%) Firewall
5 10 (5.24%) PBX
5 10 (5.24%) PSTN
6 9 (4.71%) TCP/IP
6 9 (4.71%) VPN
6 9 (4.71%) Intranet
7 7 (3.66%) Extranet
8 6 (3.14%) NetScaler
8 6 (3.14%) LAN
9 5 (2.62%) WAN
9 5 (2.62%) Wireless
10 4 (2.09%) Network Security
10 4 (2.09%) SAN
10 4 (2.09%) ISDN
10 4 (2.09%) VoIP
11 2 (1.05%) Internet
12 1 (0.52%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (35.60%) SQL Server
2 45 (23.56%) SQL Server 2008
3 37 (19.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 25 (13.09%) SQL Server 2005
5 21 (10.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (8.90%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 13 (6.81%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 8 (4.19%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (3.14%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (2.09%) Relational Database
11 3 (1.57%) SQL Server 2000
12 2 (1.05%) Data Mart
12 2 (1.05%) DTS
13 1 (0.52%) Amazon Redshift
13 1 (0.52%) SSDT
13 1 (0.52%) PerformancePoint
Development Applications
1 21 (10.99%) Visual Studio
2 17 (8.90%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.09%) MSI
4 3 (1.57%) WinRunner
4 3 (1.57%) TestDirector
4 3 (1.57%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (0.52%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.52%) NUnit
5 1 (0.52%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 16 (8.38%) Finance
2 11 (5.76%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.57%) Banking
4 2 (1.05%) Electronics
5 1 (0.52%) Retail
5 1 (0.52%) German Language
5 1 (0.52%) Advertising
5 1 (0.52%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 43 (22.51%) Developer
2 37 (19.37%) Support Engineer
3 28 (14.66%) Consultant
4 21 (10.99%) Analyst
5 20 (10.47%) SQL Developer
6 18 (9.42%) Architect
7 17 (8.90%) 2nd Line Support
8 14 (7.33%) 3rd Line Support
9 13 (6.81%) Support Analyst
9 13 (6.81%) .NET Developer
9 13 (6.81%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
10 10 (5.24%) SharePoint Architect
10 10 (5.24%) C# .NET Developer
10 10 (5.24%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 10 (5.24%) C# Developer
10 10 (5.24%) Support Consultant
11 9 (4.71%) Desktop Support
11 9 (4.71%) Software Developer
11 9 (4.71%) Administrator
12 8 (4.19%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (23.04%) .NET
2 20 (10.47%) ASP.NET
3 18 (9.42%) .NET Framework
4 10 (5.24%) jQuery
5 8 (4.19%) WinForms
6 7 (3.66%) WPF
7 6 (3.14%) WCF
7 6 (3.14%) XML
8 4 (2.09%) Software Packaging
8 4 (2.09%) XSD
8 4 (2.09%) Web Services
9 3 (1.57%) SAML
10 2 (1.05%) CSS
10 2 (1.05%) HTML
11 1 (0.52%) X-Windows
11 1 (0.52%) NHibernate
11 1 (0.52%) Windows SharePoint Services
11 1 (0.52%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
11 1 (0.52%) Castle Windsor
11 1 (0.52%) Razor View Engine
Miscellaneous
1 11 (5.76%) Data Integration
2 8 (4.19%) Clustering
3 6 (3.14%) PKI
4 5 (2.62%) Blackberry
4 5 (2.62%) Computer Science
5 4 (2.09%) iPad
5 4 (2.09%) Management Information System
5 4 (2.09%) Smartphone
6 3 (1.57%) PDA
6 3 (1.57%) Blog
7 2 (1.05%) CMDB
8 1 (0.52%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.52%) EPoS
8 1 (0.52%) Chip and PIN
8 1 (0.52%) EFT
8 1 (0.52%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.52%) Tandem
8 1 (0.52%) Replication
8 1 (0.52%) FMCG
8 1 (0.52%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 121 (63.35%) Windows
2 69 (36.13%) Windows Server 2008
3 48 (25.13%) Windows Server 2003
4 46 (24.08%) Windows 7
5 25 (13.09%) Windows XP
6 23 (12.04%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (7.33%) Windows 8
8 9 (4.71%) Windows 2000 Server
9 7 (3.66%) Windows Vista
10 6 (3.14%) Windows 2000
11 3 (1.57%) AIX
11 3 (1.57%) Android
12 2 (1.05%) Mac OS X
13 1 (0.52%) Linux
13 1 (0.52%) UNIX
13 1 (0.52%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (32.98%) ITIL
2 30 (15.71%) Business Intelligence
3 20 (10.47%) Customer Engagement
3 20 (10.47%) Service Management
4 13 (6.81%) Change Management
4 13 (6.81%) Disaster Recovery
4 13 (6.81%) Migration
5 10 (5.24%) Network Load Balancing
6 9 (4.71%) ETL
6 9 (4.71%) Project Management
6 9 (4.71%) Service Delivery
6 9 (4.71%) Data Transformation
6 9 (4.71%) Performance Tuning
7 8 (4.19%) Problem Management
7 8 (4.19%) Unit Testing
7 8 (4.19%) Change Control
7 8 (4.19%) Workflow
7 8 (4.19%) Data Modelling
8 7 (3.66%) TDD
9 5 (2.62%) OO
Programming Languages
1 57 (29.84%) SQL
2 39 (20.42%) C#
3 27 (14.14%) T-SQL
4 21 (10.99%) PowerShell
5 10 (5.24%) VBScript
6 8 (4.19%) C++
6 8 (4.19%) VB.NET
7 6 (3.14%) C
8 5 (2.62%) Java
8 5 (2.62%) VB
9 2 (1.05%) VB6
9 2 (1.05%) VBA
9 2 (1.05%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 191 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 99 (51.83%) MCITP
3 68 (35.60%) MCSE
4 46 (24.08%) MCP
5 33 (17.28%) MCSA
6 31 (16.23%) CCNA
6 31 (16.23%) Cisco Certification
7 26 (13.61%) Degree
8 22 (11.52%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 18 (9.42%) Citrix Certification
10 17 (8.90%) CCA
11 14 (7.33%) Security Cleared
11 14 (7.33%) CCNP
12 12 (6.28%) MCDST
13 10 (5.24%) DV Cleared
14 7 (3.66%) MCSD
14 7 (3.66%) MCPD
15 6 (3.14%) CCAA
15 6 (3.14%) CCEA
16 4 (2.09%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.76%) SLA
2 3 (1.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.52%) QA
3 1 (0.52%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 74 (38.74%) Active Directory
2 26 (13.61%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (5.24%) XenApp
4 9 (4.71%) Terminal Server
5 7 (3.66%) VMware ESX
5 7 (3.66%) vSphere
6 6 (3.14%) vCloud
7 5 (2.62%) Hyper-V
8 3 (1.57%) Shibboleth
8 3 (1.57%) VMware ESXi
9 2 (1.05%) XenServer
9 2 (1.05%) Forefront TMG
9 2 (1.05%) ISA Server
10 1 (0.52%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.52%) UAG
10 1 (0.52%) Microsoft Virtual Server
10 1 (0.52%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.52%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 28 (14.66%) SCCM
2 10 (5.24%) SCOM
3 8 (4.19%) WSUS
4 3 (1.57%) Netcool
4 3 (1.57%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (1.57%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 3 (1.57%) EMC NetWorker
4 3 (1.57%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (1.05%) SolarWinds Orion
5 2 (1.05%) HP SIM
6 1 (0.52%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (0.52%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.52%) WMI
6 1 (0.52%) Backup Exec
6 1 (0.52%) SCSM
Vendors
1 119 (62.30%) Microsoft
2 51 (26.70%) Citrix
3 42 (21.99%) VMware
4 36 (18.85%) Cisco
5 7 (3.66%) Lotus
6 6 (3.14%) Splunk
6 6 (3.14%) F5
6 6 (3.14%) HP
6 6 (3.14%) EMC
6 6 (3.14%) Nortel
6 6 (3.14%) Avaya
7 5 (2.62%) Apple
8 4 (2.09%) CA
8 4 (2.09%) Oracle
9 3 (1.57%) IBM
9 3 (1.57%) McAfee
9 3 (1.57%) Veritas
9 3 (1.57%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.57%) Google
9 3 (1.57%) Altiris
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