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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 479 487 466
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -21
Contract jobs citing MCTS 114 112 98
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.20% 0.20% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.06% 1.02% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 50 40
Average daily rate
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£325 £400 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.75% +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £142 £222 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £463 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-7.65% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 24 4
Average hourly rate £12.50 £15.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.35% -20.51%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year
+150.00% -

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
10798 11013 8885
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.32% 19.54% 18.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 6104 6209 4710
Average daily rate £390 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £223 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 510 547 500
Average hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £48.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 17 April 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 17 April 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 17 April 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 -29 77 £325 -18.75% 31
London -17 33 £150 -62.50% 13
South East -7 30 £325 -27.77% 8
Berkshire +12 19 £425 -5.55% 1
Wales +11 17 £534 -
Reading +14 14 £425 -5.55%
South Wales - 11 £534 -
Hampshire +1 10 £281 - 4
Cardiff - 8 £534 -
City of London +8 6 £190 -55.94% 3
Southampton -7 6 £250 - 3
Yorkshire - 6 £313 - 1
Leeds - 5 £425 -
West Yorkshire - 5 £425 -
West Midlands -15 3 £396 -2.46% 1
Surrey - 3 £294 - 1
East of England +19 2 £325 -31.57% 1
Bracknell +4 2 £425 +41.66%
Basingstoke - 2 £294 - 1
Guildford - 2 £294 - 1
Hertfordshire - 2 £325 -
Farnborough - 2 £294 -
Cheshire -8 1 £250 - 2
Birmingham -11 1 £368 -9.53% 1
Warrington -17 1 £250 - 1
North West -28 1 £250 +11.11% 3
Wolverhampton - 1 - -
South Yorkshire - 1 £140 -
Staffordshire - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - - 1

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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.

1 196 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 128 (65.31%) Windows
3 126 (64.29%) Microsoft
4 99 (50.51%) MCITP
5 93 (47.45%) MCSE
6 76 (38.78%) Active Directory
7 64 (32.65%) VMware
8 62 (31.63%) SQL
9 57 (29.08%) Windows 7
10 51 (26.02%) ITIL
10 51 (26.02%) MCSA
10 51 (26.02%) Citrix
11 45 (22.96%) Security Cleared
11 45 (22.96%) Hyper-V
12 43 (21.94%) SC Cleared
12 43 (21.94%) MS Exchange
12 43 (21.94%) SQL Server
12 43 (21.94%) Degree
13 42 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
14 41 (20.92%) Windows Server 2008
15 39 (19.90%) Clustering
16 36 (18.37%) MCP
17 35 (17.86%) Service Management
18 34 (17.35%) VMware Infrastructure
18 34 (17.35%) Customer Engagement
19 33 (16.84%) Agile Software Development
19 33 (16.84%) DNS
20 30 (15.31%) MS Excel
21 28 (14.29%) Windows XP
21 28 (14.29%) McAfee

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 43 (21.94%) MS Exchange
2 22 (11.22%) Exchange Server 2010
3 18 (9.18%) Lync
4 17 (8.67%) Exchange Server 2007
5 15 (7.65%) SharePoint
6 13 (6.63%) Exchange Server 2013
6 13 (6.63%) IIS
7 10 (5.10%) Office Communications Server
8 8 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2003
9 7 (3.57%) GroupWise
9 7 (3.57%) IBM Notes
10 5 (2.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 5 (2.55%) SharePoint 2010
11 4 (2.04%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (1.53%) SharePoint Server
12 3 (1.53%) SharePoint 2013
13 2 (1.02%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 30 (15.31%) MS Excel
2 12 (6.12%) MS Office
3 3 (1.53%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 21 (10.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.12%) Office 365
2 7 (3.57%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.53%) SaaS
4 2 (1.02%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.51%) IaaS
5 1 (0.51%) Mimecast
Communications & Networking
1 33 (16.84%) DNS
2 23 (11.73%) Firewall
3 22 (11.22%) SAN
4 14 (7.14%) DHCP
5 12 (6.12%) TCP/IP
5 12 (6.12%) Internet
6 11 (5.61%) LAN
7 9 (4.59%) WAN
8 8 (4.08%) POP3
8 8 (4.08%) SMTP
8 8 (4.08%) IMAP
9 7 (3.57%) VoIP
9 7 (3.57%) VPN
10 4 (2.04%) IP Telephony
11 3 (1.53%) X.500
11 3 (1.53%) Kerberos
11 3 (1.53%) Extranet
11 3 (1.53%) LDAP
12 2 (1.02%) PBX
12 2 (1.02%) PSTN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (21.94%) SQL Server
2 19 (9.69%) SQL Server 2008
3 18 (9.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (8.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 14 (7.14%) Data Warehouse
6 13 (6.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 7 (3.57%) OLAP Cube
7 7 (3.57%) OLAP
8 6 (3.06%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (2.55%) SQL Server 2012
10 4 (2.04%) SQL Server 2000
11 3 (1.53%) QlikView
12 2 (1.02%) EDRMS
13 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 1 (0.51%) Crystal Reports
13 1 (0.51%) OLTP
13 1 (0.51%) Relational Database
13 1 (0.51%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 20 (10.20%) WinRunner
1 20 (10.20%) TestDirector
1 20 (10.20%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (5.10%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (2.04%) Visual Studio
4 2 (1.02%) MSBuild
4 2 (1.02%) MSI
5 1 (0.51%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.51%) WiX
General
1 19 (9.69%) Marketing
2 10 (5.10%) Telecoms
2 10 (5.10%) Finance
3 3 (1.53%) Manufacturing
3 3 (1.53%) Electronics
4 1 (0.51%) Banking
Job Titles
1 42 (21.43%) Analyst
2 29 (14.80%) Field Engineer
3 23 (11.73%) Consultant
4 18 (9.18%) Support Engineer
4 18 (9.18%) Developer
5 16 (8.16%) Business Analyst
6 14 (7.14%) CRM Analyst
7 13 (6.63%) CRM Business Analyst
8 12 (6.12%) Desktop Support
8 12 (6.12%) Test Engineer
9 10 (5.10%) SQL Developer
10 9 (4.59%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 9 (4.59%) Administrator
10 9 (4.59%) 3rd Line Support
11 8 (4.08%) DBA
11 8 (4.08%) Support Analyst
11 8 (4.08%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 8 (4.08%) Server Engineer
11 8 (4.08%) SQL DBA
12 7 (3.57%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (7.65%) .NET
2 12 (6.12%) XML
3 7 (3.57%) .NET Framework
4 5 (2.55%) WCF
5 4 (2.04%) Web Services
5 4 (2.04%) ASP.NET
6 3 (1.53%) CSS
6 3 (1.53%) HTML
6 3 (1.53%) WPF
7 2 (1.02%) jQuery
7 2 (1.02%) XSLT
7 2 (1.02%) MDX
8 1 (0.51%) WSH
8 1 (0.51%) Windows SharePoint Services
8 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
8 1 (0.51%) Application Packaging
8 1 (0.51%) Entity Framework
8 1 (0.51%) XSD
8 1 (0.51%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 39 (19.90%) Clustering
2 20 (10.20%) PDA
3 19 (9.69%) Analytical Skills
4 11 (5.61%) Replication
5 8 (4.08%) Private Cloud
6 7 (3.57%) Blackberry
7 5 (2.55%) PKI
7 5 (2.55%) Computer Science
8 4 (2.04%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (1.02%) Statistics
10 1 (0.51%) CMDB
10 1 (0.51%) Data Integration
10 1 (0.51%) Kindle
10 1 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.51%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 128 (65.31%) Windows
2 57 (29.08%) Windows 7
3 42 (21.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 41 (20.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 28 (14.29%) Windows XP
6 24 (12.24%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (10.20%) AIX
8 12 (6.12%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.51%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.51%) Solaris
9 1 (0.51%) Linux
9 1 (0.51%) VMS
9 1 (0.51%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 51 (26.02%) ITIL
2 35 (17.86%) Service Management
3 34 (17.35%) Customer Engagement
4 33 (16.84%) Agile Software Development
5 27 (13.78%) Change Management
6 24 (12.24%) Disaster Recovery
7 23 (11.73%) CRM
8 20 (10.20%) Software Testing
8 20 (10.20%) Test Automation
9 18 (9.18%) Test Scripting
9 18 (9.18%) Time Management
10 17 (8.67%) Migration
11 14 (7.14%) Business Intelligence
12 12 (6.12%) Performance Monitoring
13 11 (5.61%) Performance Tuning
14 9 (4.59%) High Availability
14 9 (4.59%) ETL
14 9 (4.59%) Scrum
15 8 (4.08%) Kimball Methodology
16 7 (3.57%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 62 (31.63%) SQL
2 15 (7.65%) PowerShell
3 11 (5.61%) C#
4 9 (4.59%) T-SQL
5 8 (4.08%) VBScript
6 7 (3.57%) VB.NET
7 4 (2.04%) Java
8 2 (1.02%) JavaScript
8 2 (1.02%) C
9 1 (0.51%) Python
9 1 (0.51%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.51%) Perl
9 1 (0.51%) VB
Qualifications
1 196 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 99 (50.51%) MCITP
3 93 (47.45%) MCSE
4 51 (26.02%) MCSA
5 45 (22.96%) Security Cleared
6 43 (21.94%) SC Cleared
6 43 (21.94%) Degree
7 36 (18.37%) MCP
8 18 (9.18%) MCPD
9 17 (8.67%) MCAD
9 17 (8.67%) MCSD
9 17 (8.67%) ISTQB
10 14 (7.14%) CCNA
10 14 (7.14%) Cisco Certification
11 13 (6.63%) DV Cleared
12 12 (6.12%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 12 (6.12%) CCA
12 12 (6.12%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (3.57%) CCEA
13 7 (3.57%) MCDST
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (5.10%) SLA
2 1 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.51%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.51%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 76 (38.78%) Active Directory
2 45 (22.96%) Hyper-V
3 34 (17.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (10.20%) VMware ESX
5 11 (5.61%) XenApp
6 7 (3.57%) vSphere
7 6 (3.06%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (1.02%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.51%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.51%) XenServer
9 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.51%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.51%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.51%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (10.20%) HP Quality Center
1 20 (10.20%) McAfee ePO
2 18 (9.18%) Netcool
3 12 (6.12%) SCCM
4 11 (5.61%) SCOM
5 8 (4.08%) WMI
5 8 (4.08%) SCSM
6 4 (2.04%) AirWatch
6 4 (2.04%) MOM
7 2 (1.02%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.51%) Backup Exec
8 1 (0.51%) SCVMM
8 1 (0.51%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 126 (64.29%) Microsoft
2 64 (32.65%) VMware
3 51 (26.02%) Citrix
4 28 (14.29%) McAfee
5 20 (10.20%) Veritas
6 14 (7.14%) Cisco
7 9 (4.59%) Avaya
8 8 (4.08%) Lotus
9 7 (3.57%) Novell
10 6 (3.06%) IBM
11 5 (2.55%) Sonus
12 4 (2.04%) HP
13 3 (1.53%) SAP
13 3 (1.53%) NetApp
13 3 (1.53%) Apple
13 3 (1.53%) Veeam
14 2 (1.02%) Tableau
14 2 (1.02%) EMC
14 2 (1.02%) Nortel
15 1 (0.51%) BMC
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