The table below looks at the statistics 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 January 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 486 482 454
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -28
Contract jobs citing MCTS 92 75 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.18% 0.15% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.90% 0.83% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 41 58
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£375 £300 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £225 £126
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £475 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £318
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -5.51%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 11 7
Average hourly rate £29.00 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.00% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £11.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £22.50 £32.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10222 9072 7897
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 20.15% 18.62% 17.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 5961 4943 4163
Average daily rate £396 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.60% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £356 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 476 428 558
Average hourly rate £19.45 £18.70 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.01% -18.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £40.00 £44.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -23.91%

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 January 2015.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS within the UK over the 3 months to 23 January 2015.

MCTS Hourly Rate Histogram 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 January 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
England -8 73 £388 +29.16% 50
South East +5 41 £413 +3.12% 9
Berkshire +19 28 £425 -5.55% 3
Reading +23 22 £425 -10.52% 2
London -2 18 £313 +8.69% 17
West Midlands - 7 £359 - 1
City of London +12 6 £275 -29.93% 5
Surrey 0 4 - - 3
South West -17 3 £420 - 6
Hampshire - 3 £120 - 1
West Yorkshire -1 2 - - 2
Yorkshire -10 2 - - 4
Leeds -13 2 - - 2
Southampton - 2 £120 -
Birmingham - 2 £368 - 1
East Midlands +7 1 £325 +8.33% 4
East of England +3 1 - - 5
Gloucestershire -19 1 £678 - 2
Wiltshire - 1 £420 - 2
Leicester - 1 £325 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - - 2
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 2
Leicestershire - 1 £325 -
Middlesex - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 £110 - 1
Cheltenham - 1 £678 -
Coventry - 1 - -
Dewsbury - - - -
Doncaster - - - - 1
Enfield - - - -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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.

1 217 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 143 (65.90%) Windows
3 130 (59.91%) Microsoft
4 116 (53.46%) MCITP
5 87 (40.09%) MCSE
6 81 (37.33%) Active Directory
7 73 (33.64%) ITIL
8 68 (31.34%) SQL
8 68 (31.34%) SQL Server
9 65 (29.95%) Windows Server 2008
10 58 (26.73%) VMware
11 51 (23.50%) Windows Server 2003
12 50 (23.04%) Security Cleared
13 47 (21.66%) Citrix
13 47 (21.66%) Clustering
14 46 (21.20%) SC Cleared
15 45 (20.74%) MS Exchange
16 44 (20.28%) MCSA
16 44 (20.28%) MCP
16 44 (20.28%) Hyper-V
17 42 (19.35%) DNS
18 41 (18.89%) Degree
19 39 (17.97%) SharePoint
20 38 (17.51%) Service Management
21 37 (17.05%) MS Excel
22 36 (16.59%) SQL Server 2008
23 35 (16.13%) Windows Server 2012
24 34 (15.67%) VMware Infrastructure
24 34 (15.67%) .NET
25 32 (14.75%) PowerShell

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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 45 (20.74%) MS Exchange
2 39 (17.97%) SharePoint
3 29 (13.36%) IIS
4 28 (12.90%) Exchange Server 2010
5 20 (9.22%) Exchange Server 2003
5 20 (9.22%) Exchange Server 2007
6 18 (8.29%) SharePoint 2010
7 16 (7.37%) Exchange Server 2013
8 11 (5.07%) Lync
9 8 (3.69%) BizTalk Server
9 8 (3.69%) Office Communications Server
10 6 (2.76%) GroupWise
10 6 (2.76%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.92%) SharePoint Server
11 2 (0.92%) Live Communications Server
11 2 (0.92%) SharePoint 2013
12 1 (0.46%) WorkSite
Applications
1 37 (17.05%) MS Excel
2 13 (5.99%) MS Office
3 5 (2.30%) MS Project
4 1 (0.46%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (6.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.46%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 13 (5.99%) Office 365
2 8 (3.69%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.46%) IaaS
3 1 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.46%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (19.35%) DNS
2 24 (11.06%) SAN
3 20 (9.22%) TCP/IP
4 18 (8.29%) DHCP
5 11 (5.07%) WAN
6 10 (4.61%) LAN
6 10 (4.61%) NetScaler
7 8 (3.69%) SMTP
8 7 (3.23%) IMAP
8 7 (3.23%) Internet
8 7 (3.23%) POP3
8 7 (3.23%) VoIP
9 6 (2.76%) Firewall
9 6 (2.76%) SSL
10 5 (2.30%) VLAN
10 5 (2.30%) VPN
11 4 (1.84%) X.500
11 4 (1.84%) LDAP
11 4 (1.84%) IPv4
11 4 (1.84%) Kerberos
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (31.34%) SQL Server
2 36 (16.59%) SQL Server 2008
3 26 (11.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 22 (10.14%) SQL Server 2005
5 19 (8.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 15 (6.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 13 (5.99%) SQL Server 2012
8 10 (4.61%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (2.76%) OLTP
9 6 (2.76%) SQL Server 2000
10 4 (1.84%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 3 (1.38%) OLAP Cube
11 3 (1.38%) QlikView
11 3 (1.38%) EDRMS
11 3 (1.38%) OLAP
12 2 (0.92%) Relational Database
13 1 (0.46%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
13 1 (0.46%) SAP HANA
13 1 (0.46%) RDBMS
13 1 (0.46%) DTS
Development Applications
1 13 (5.99%) WinRunner
1 13 (5.99%) TestDirector
1 13 (5.99%) QuickTest Pro
2 6 (2.76%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (2.30%) Visual Studio
4 3 (1.38%) MSI
5 2 (0.92%) Fiddler
5 2 (0.92%) WiX
5 2 (0.92%) MSBuild
5 2 (0.92%) SpecFlow
6 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 22 (10.14%) Finance
2 9 (4.15%) Marketing
3 5 (2.30%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.30%) Military
4 2 (0.92%) Banking
4 2 (0.92%) Retail
5 1 (0.46%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.46%) Law
5 1 (0.46%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 30 (13.82%) Consultant
2 25 (11.52%) Developer
3 24 (11.06%) Analyst
4 23 (10.60%) Field Engineer
4 23 (10.60%) Support Engineer
5 15 (6.91%) DBA
5 15 (6.91%) SQL DBA
6 14 (6.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 11 (5.07%) Wintel Engineer
7 11 (5.07%) SQL Developer
8 10 (4.61%) 3rd Line Support
9 9 (4.15%) Server Engineer
9 9 (4.15%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 8 (3.69%) SQL Server DBA
10 8 (3.69%) Administrator
10 8 (3.69%) Architect
10 8 (3.69%) CRM Analyst
11 7 (3.23%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 7 (3.23%) Support Analyst
11 7 (3.23%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (15.67%) .NET
2 21 (9.68%) XML
3 11 (5.07%) WCF
4 10 (4.61%) .NET Framework
5 9 (4.15%) ASP.NET
5 9 (4.15%) Web Services
6 6 (2.76%) HTML
6 6 (2.76%) WPF
7 3 (1.38%) MDX
8 2 (0.92%) Ajax
8 2 (0.92%) ADO.NET
8 2 (0.92%) CSS
8 2 (0.92%) SOAP
8 2 (0.92%) XSD
8 2 (0.92%) XSLT
8 2 (0.92%) Silverlight
8 2 (0.92%) LINQ
8 2 (0.92%) jQuery
8 2 (0.92%) REST
8 2 (0.92%) FastCGI
Miscellaneous
1 47 (21.66%) Clustering
2 13 (5.99%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (5.99%) PDA
3 11 (5.07%) Replication
4 7 (3.23%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.76%) PKI
6 4 (1.84%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.38%) Data Integration
7 3 (1.38%) Statistics
7 3 (1.38%) Blackberry
7 3 (1.38%) GIS
8 2 (0.92%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.92%) CMDB
9 1 (0.46%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.46%) Mathematics
9 1 (0.46%) Life Science
9 1 (0.46%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 143 (65.90%) Windows
2 65 (29.95%) Windows Server 2008
3 51 (23.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 35 (16.13%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (14.75%) Windows 7
6 30 (13.82%) Windows XP
7 13 (5.99%) AIX
8 6 (2.76%) Windows 8
9 5 (2.30%) UNIX
10 4 (1.84%) Android
11 2 (0.92%) Mac OS
12 1 (0.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 1 (0.46%) Solaris
12 1 (0.46%) Linux
12 1 (0.46%) Windows 2000
12 1 (0.46%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (33.64%) ITIL
2 38 (17.51%) Service Management
3 30 (13.82%) Customer Engagement
4 25 (11.52%) Agile Software Development
5 24 (11.06%) Migration
6 19 (8.76%) Change Management
6 19 (8.76%) CRM
7 18 (8.29%) Disaster Recovery
8 16 (7.37%) Business Intelligence
8 16 (7.37%) Load Balancing
9 14 (6.45%) Test Scripting
10 13 (5.99%) Test Automation
10 13 (5.99%) Software Testing
11 10 (4.61%) Performance Tuning
11 10 (4.61%) Performance Monitoring
12 9 (4.15%) Capacity Planning
12 9 (4.15%) Data Migration
12 9 (4.15%) Service Delivery
13 8 (3.69%) ETL
14 7 (3.23%) Kimball Methodology
Programming Languages
1 68 (31.34%) SQL
2 32 (14.75%) PowerShell
3 19 (8.76%) T-SQL
4 17 (7.83%) C#
5 12 (5.53%) VBScript
6 10 (4.61%) VB.NET
7 6 (2.76%) JavaScript
8 3 (1.38%) C
8 3 (1.38%) Java
9 2 (0.92%) Ruby
9 2 (0.92%) C++
9 2 (0.92%) PHP
9 2 (0.92%) Python
10 1 (0.46%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.46%) Perl
Qualifications
1 217 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 116 (53.46%) MCITP
3 87 (40.09%) MCSE
4 50 (23.04%) Security Cleared
5 46 (21.20%) SC Cleared
6 44 (20.28%) MCSA
6 44 (20.28%) MCP
7 41 (18.89%) Degree
8 16 (7.37%) CCNA
8 16 (7.37%) Cisco Certification
9 15 (6.91%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 13 (5.99%) CCA
10 13 (5.99%) Citrix Certification
11 11 (5.07%) ISTQB
12 10 (4.61%) CCNP
13 9 (4.15%) CCEA
13 9 (4.15%) MCDST
14 7 (3.23%) ACSP
15 6 (2.76%) DV Cleared
16 5 (2.30%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (3.23%) SLA
2 5 (2.30%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 2 (0.92%) QA
4 1 (0.46%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 81 (37.33%) Active Directory
2 44 (20.28%) Hyper-V
3 34 (15.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 17 (7.83%) XenApp
5 13 (5.99%) VMware ESX
6 8 (3.69%) vSphere
7 7 (3.23%) Microsoft App-V
8 5 (2.30%) XenServer
9 4 (1.84%) Firmware
10 3 (1.38%) XenDesktop
10 3 (1.38%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.46%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.46%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (9.22%) SCOM
2 17 (7.83%) SCCM
3 16 (7.37%) McAfee ePO
4 13 (5.99%) HP Quality Center
5 12 (5.53%) Netcool
6 8 (3.69%) WMI
6 8 (3.69%) SCSM
7 4 (1.84%) MOM
7 4 (1.84%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 3 (1.38%) SCDPM
8 3 (1.38%) Windows Intune
9 1 (0.46%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.46%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.46%) EdgeSight
9 1 (0.46%) SCVMM
9 1 (0.46%) WSUS
9 1 (0.46%) BMC PATROL
9 1 (0.46%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 130 (59.91%) Microsoft
2 58 (26.73%) VMware
3 47 (21.66%) Citrix
4 19 (8.76%) McAfee
4 19 (8.76%) HP
5 18 (8.29%) Cisco
6 14 (6.45%) NetApp
7 13 (5.99%) Veritas
8 12 (5.53%) Veeam
9 11 (5.07%) Avaya
10 7 (3.23%) Lotus
10 7 (3.23%) EMC
10 7 (3.23%) IBM
11 6 (2.76%) Remedy
11 6 (2.76%) Novell
11 6 (2.76%) BMC
12 5 (2.30%) Sonus
12 5 (2.30%) Red Hat
12 5 (2.30%) Apple
13 3 (1.38%) SolarWinds
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