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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 485 458 447
Rank change year-on-year
-27 -11
Contract jobs citing MCTS 115 112 93
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.21% 0.22% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.09% 1.11% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 53 38
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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 £140 £213 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £503 £475 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £379 £338
% change year-on-year
-4.15% +12.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 20 6
Average hourly rate £17.25 £15.50 £19.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.29% -21.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £14.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.75 £22.00 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £13.25 -
% change year-on-year
+183.01% -

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
10555 10047 8332
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.67% 19.35% 18.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 6006 5532 4420
Average daily rate £395 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £530 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 509 477
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 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £42.50 £47.50
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 27 March 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 27 March 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 27 March 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 -18 85 £325 -19.45% 31
South East -9 40 £325 -27.77% 7
London -8 33 £150 -63.14% 12
Berkshire 0 26 £425 -8.10%
Reading +7 17 £425 -10.52%
Wales +6 17 £534 +77.91%
South Wales - 11 £534 -
Hampshire -2 10 £281 - 4
Cardiff - 8 £534 -
City of London +11 6 £275 -36.23% 2
Southampton -11 6 £250 - 2
Surrey +8 4 £294 -26.56% 2
West Yorkshire - 4 £313 - 1
Leeds - 4 £313 -
Yorkshire - 4 £313 - 4
West Midlands -6 3 £396 -2.46% 2
Bracknell +9 2 £425 +41.66%
Basingstoke - 2 £294 -
Guildford - 2 £294 - 1
Farnborough - 2 £294 -
Cheshire -3 1 £250 - 1
Warrington -8 1 £250 -
South West -8 1 £110 -73.33% 1
East Midlands -12 1 £325 +10.16% 1
Birmingham -14 1 £368 -9.53%
North West -28 1 £250 +11.11% 3
Leicestershire - 1 £325 -
Wolverhampton - 1 - -
Leicester - 1 £325 -
Bristol - 1 £110 - 1

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 136 (67.33%) Windows
3 126 (62.38%) Microsoft
4 106 (52.48%) MCITP
5 94 (46.53%) MCSE
6 80 (39.60%) Active Directory
7 68 (33.66%) VMware
8 65 (32.18%) SQL
9 57 (28.22%) Windows 7
10 56 (27.72%) ITIL
11 54 (26.73%) Citrix
12 52 (25.74%) Hyper-V
13 50 (24.75%) MCSA
14 49 (24.26%) MS Exchange
14 49 (24.26%) Windows Server 2008
15 47 (23.27%) Windows Server 2003
16 46 (22.77%) SQL Server
17 45 (22.28%) Security Cleared
18 44 (21.78%) Degree
19 42 (20.79%) SC Cleared
20 40 (19.80%) Clustering
21 38 (18.81%) Service Management
21 38 (18.81%) VMware Infrastructure
22 37 (18.32%) Agile Software Development
23 36 (17.82%) Customer Engagement
24 35 (17.33%) MCP
25 33 (16.34%) Windows XP
26 32 (15.84%) MS Excel
27 31 (15.35%) DNS
28 30 (14.85%) Windows Server 2012

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 49 (24.26%) MS Exchange
2 28 (13.86%) Exchange Server 2010
3 21 (10.40%) Exchange Server 2007
4 18 (8.91%) Exchange Server 2013
5 17 (8.42%) Lync
6 16 (7.92%) SharePoint
7 14 (6.93%) Exchange Server 2003
8 13 (6.44%) IIS
9 10 (4.95%) Office Communications Server
10 7 (3.47%) IBM Notes
10 7 (3.47%) GroupWise
11 4 (1.98%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (1.98%) SharePoint 2010
12 3 (1.49%) SharePoint Server
13 2 (0.99%) Live Communications Server
13 2 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 32 (15.84%) MS Excel
2 12 (5.94%) MS Office
3 1 (0.50%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 24 (11.88%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.50%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 14 (6.93%) Office 365
2 9 (4.46%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.49%) SaaS
4 2 (0.99%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.50%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (15.35%) DNS
2 22 (10.89%) Firewall
3 19 (9.41%) SAN
4 13 (6.44%) DHCP
5 12 (5.94%) Internet
6 11 (5.45%) LAN
7 10 (4.95%) TCP/IP
8 8 (3.96%) WAN
8 8 (3.96%) POP3
8 8 (3.96%) SMTP
8 8 (3.96%) IMAP
9 7 (3.47%) VoIP
9 7 (3.47%) VPN
10 6 (2.97%) NetScaler
11 3 (1.49%) IP Telephony
11 3 (1.49%) Extranet
12 2 (0.99%) RTP
12 2 (0.99%) VLAN
12 2 (0.99%) Intranet
12 2 (0.99%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (22.77%) SQL Server
2 22 (10.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 20 (9.90%) SQL Server 2008
3 20 (9.90%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 15 (7.43%) Data Warehouse
5 14 (6.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 8 (3.96%) OLAP Cube
6 8 (3.96%) OLAP
7 7 (3.47%) SQL Server 2012
8 5 (2.48%) SQL Server 2005
9 4 (1.98%) QlikView
10 3 (1.49%) SQL Server 2000
10 3 (1.49%) EDRMS
11 2 (0.99%) OLTP
12 1 (0.50%) Crystal Reports
12 1 (0.50%) Microsoft Analysis Services
12 1 (0.50%) Relational Database
12 1 (0.50%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 20 (9.90%) WinRunner
1 20 (9.90%) TestDirector
1 20 (9.90%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (4.95%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (2.48%) Visual Studio
4 2 (0.99%) MSBuild
4 2 (0.99%) MSI
5 1 (0.50%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.50%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.50%) WiX
General
1 20 (9.90%) Marketing
2 13 (6.44%) Finance
3 9 (4.46%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.49%) Electronics
4 3 (1.49%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.50%) Banking
5 1 (0.50%) Retail
Job Titles
1 40 (19.80%) Analyst
2 29 (14.36%) Consultant
2 29 (14.36%) Field Engineer
3 21 (10.40%) Support Engineer
4 18 (8.91%) Developer
5 16 (7.92%) Business Analyst
6 14 (6.93%) CRM Analyst
7 13 (6.44%) CRM Business Analyst
8 12 (5.94%) Desktop Support
8 12 (5.94%) Test Engineer
9 11 (5.45%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 11 (5.45%) SQL Developer
10 10 (4.95%) 3rd Line Support
11 9 (4.46%) DBA
11 9 (4.46%) Administrator
11 9 (4.46%) Server Engineer
11 9 (4.46%) SQL DBA
11 9 (4.46%) Business Intelligence Developer
12 8 (3.96%) Architect
13 7 (3.47%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (8.91%) .NET
2 12 (5.94%) XML
3 9 (4.46%) WCF
4 8 (3.96%) ASP.NET
5 7 (3.47%) Web Services
6 6 (2.97%) WPF
6 6 (2.97%) .NET Framework
7 3 (1.49%) MDX
8 2 (0.99%) jQuery
8 2 (0.99%) XSLT
8 2 (0.99%) HTML
8 2 (0.99%) CSS
9 1 (0.50%) SOAP
9 1 (0.50%) ADO.NET
9 1 (0.50%) XSD
9 1 (0.50%) WSH
9 1 (0.50%) Ajax
9 1 (0.50%) Windows SharePoint Services
9 1 (0.50%) Silverlight
9 1 (0.50%) LINQ
Miscellaneous
1 40 (19.80%) Clustering
2 20 (9.90%) PDA
2 20 (9.90%) Analytical Skills
3 9 (4.46%) Replication
4 6 (2.97%) Blackberry
5 4 (1.98%) Computer Science
6 3 (1.49%) Video Conferencing
6 3 (1.49%) PKI
7 2 (0.99%) Statistics
8 1 (0.50%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.50%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.50%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.50%) Kindle
8 1 (0.50%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.50%) CMDB
Operating Systems
1 136 (67.33%) Windows
2 57 (28.22%) Windows 7
3 49 (24.26%) Windows Server 2008
4 47 (23.27%) Windows Server 2003
5 33 (16.34%) Windows XP
6 30 (14.85%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (9.90%) AIX
8 13 (6.44%) Windows 8
9 2 (0.99%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.50%) Solaris
10 1 (0.50%) Linux
10 1 (0.50%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.50%) VMS
10 1 (0.50%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (27.72%) ITIL
2 38 (18.81%) Service Management
3 37 (18.32%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (17.82%) Customer Engagement
5 26 (12.87%) CRM
5 26 (12.87%) Change Management
6 23 (11.39%) Disaster Recovery
7 22 (10.89%) Migration
8 20 (9.90%) Software Testing
8 20 (9.90%) Test Automation
9 18 (8.91%) Test Scripting
9 18 (8.91%) Time Management
10 15 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
11 11 (5.45%) Performance Tuning
11 11 (5.45%) Performance Monitoring
12 10 (4.95%) ETL
13 9 (4.46%) Scrum
13 9 (4.46%) Kimball Methodology
14 8 (3.96%) Data Migration
14 8 (3.96%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 65 (32.18%) SQL
2 17 (8.42%) PowerShell
3 14 (6.93%) C#
4 12 (5.94%) T-SQL
5 10 (4.95%) VB.NET
6 8 (3.96%) VBScript
7 6 (2.97%) JavaScript
8 5 (2.48%) Java
9 2 (0.99%) C
9 2 (0.99%) Python
10 1 (0.50%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.50%) Ruby
10 1 (0.50%) Perl
10 1 (0.50%) PHP
10 1 (0.50%) C++
10 1 (0.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 202 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 106 (52.48%) MCITP
3 94 (46.53%) MCSE
4 50 (24.75%) MCSA
5 45 (22.28%) Security Cleared
6 44 (21.78%) Degree
7 42 (20.79%) SC Cleared
8 35 (17.33%) MCP
9 18 (8.91%) MCPD
10 17 (8.42%) MCAD
10 17 (8.42%) MCSD
10 17 (8.42%) ISTQB
11 13 (6.44%) DV Cleared
11 13 (6.44%) CCNA
11 13 (6.44%) Cisco Certification
12 12 (5.94%) CCA
12 12 (5.94%) Citrix Certification
13 11 (5.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
14 7 (3.47%) MCDST
14 7 (3.47%) CCEA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (4.46%) SLA
2 1 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (0.50%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.50%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 80 (39.60%) Active Directory
2 52 (25.74%) Hyper-V
3 38 (18.81%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (9.90%) VMware ESX
5 15 (7.43%) XenApp
6 7 (3.47%) vSphere
7 6 (2.97%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.99%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.50%) DFS Replication
9 1 (0.50%) XenServer
9 1 (0.50%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.50%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 20 (9.90%) HP Quality Center
1 20 (9.90%) McAfee ePO
2 18 (8.91%) Netcool
3 12 (5.94%) SCCM
3 12 (5.94%) SCOM
4 8 (3.96%) WMI
4 8 (3.96%) SCSM
5 4 (1.98%) MOM
6 2 (0.99%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 1 (0.50%) SCOrch
7 1 (0.50%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 126 (62.38%) Microsoft
2 68 (33.66%) VMware
3 54 (26.73%) Citrix
4 28 (13.86%) McAfee
5 20 (9.90%) Veritas
6 14 (6.93%) Cisco
7 9 (4.46%) Avaya
8 8 (3.96%) Lotus
9 7 (3.47%) NetApp
9 7 (3.47%) Novell
9 7 (3.47%) Veeam
10 5 (2.48%) Sonus
10 5 (2.48%) IBM
11 3 (1.49%) Apple
12 2 (0.99%) BMC
12 2 (0.99%) HP
12 2 (0.99%) EMC
12 2 (0.99%) Nortel
12 2 (0.99%) Tableau
13 1 (0.50%) AppSense
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