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 20 October 2014 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 503 453 460
Rank change year-on-year
-50 +7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 126 128 120
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.22% 0.24% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.08% 1.42% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 81 71 60
Average daily rate
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£375 £339 £341
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.47% -0.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £205 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £339 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.85% -3.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 17 6
Average hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £21.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% -8.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.68 £12.90 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.90 £23.80 £27.82
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £18.00 £22.82
% change year-on-year
-23.61% -21.12%

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
11635 9042 10176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.97% 17.17% 18.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6551 5129 5286
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 506 386 585
Average hourly rate £19.91 £18.37 £22.90
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.41% -19.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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 20 October 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
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 20 October 2014.

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 20 October 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
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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 -48 94 £400 +15.94% 45
London 0 33 £413 +10.00% 11
South East -25 29 £388 +7.26% 11
Scotland +12 26 £347 -7.33%
North West +4 17 £350 - 5
Berkshire +5 14 £420 -1.17% 9
Reading +5 10 £400 -5.88% 7
Surrey -8 10 £375 +25.00% 1
Manchester - 10 £388 - 3
South West -31 9 £443 +30.40% 8
Gloucestershire - 7 £443 -
Cheshire +10 6 £305 - 1
City of London +27 5 £400 +14.28% 2
Cambridgeshire 0 4 £400 - 2
East of England -30 4 £400 +33.33% 4
Redhill - 4 - -
Cardiff -4 3 £383 +73.86% 1
South Wales -10 3 £383 +73.86% 1
Wales -27 3 £383 +73.86% 1
Hampshire - 3 £363 - 1
Glasgow - 3 £331 -
Croydon - 3 £488 - 1
Southampton - 3 £363 - 1
Cambridge -3 2 - - 1
West Midlands -15 2 - - 1
Bristol -28 2 - - 2
Peterborough - 2 £400 - 1
Woking - 2 £375 -
West Sussex +2 1 £375 -11.76%
Warrington -9 1 - - 1

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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.

1 245 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 150 (61.22%) Microsoft
3 149 (60.82%) Windows
4 118 (48.16%) MCITP
5 97 (39.59%) SQL Server
6 90 (36.73%) Active Directory
7 87 (35.51%) SQL
8 77 (31.43%) MCSE
9 74 (30.20%) Windows Server 2008
10 73 (29.80%) ITIL
11 72 (29.39%) Windows Server 2003
12 67 (27.35%) Security Cleared
13 63 (25.71%) MCP
14 59 (24.08%) SQL Server 2008
15 56 (22.86%) Clustering
16 55 (22.45%) DNS
17 53 (21.63%) SC Cleared
18 52 (21.22%) VMware
19 48 (19.59%) MS Excel
20 47 (19.18%) SharePoint
21 44 (17.96%) MCSA
22 43 (17.55%) .NET
22 43 (17.55%) PowerShell
23 42 (17.14%) SQL Server 2005
24 41 (16.73%) Windows Server 2012
24 41 (16.73%) TCP/IP
25 38 (15.51%) IIS
26 37 (15.10%) Citrix
26 37 (15.10%) SAN
27 34 (13.88%) Load Balancing

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 47 (19.18%) SharePoint
2 38 (15.51%) IIS
3 32 (13.06%) MS Exchange
4 29 (11.84%) SharePoint 2010
5 21 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (8.16%) Exchange Server 2007
7 19 (7.76%) Exchange Server 2003
8 12 (4.90%) Exchange Server 2013
9 6 (2.45%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (1.63%) Lync
10 4 (1.63%) SharePoint Server
10 4 (1.63%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.82%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.41%) Node.js
12 1 (0.41%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.41%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.41%) WorkSite
12 1 (0.41%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 48 (19.59%) MS Excel
2 20 (8.16%) MS Office
3 4 (1.63%) MS Project
4 3 (1.22%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.41%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 7 (2.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (2.45%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 15 (6.12%) Office 365
2 14 (5.71%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 55 (22.45%) DNS
2 41 (16.73%) TCP/IP
3 37 (15.10%) SAN
4 28 (11.43%) DHCP
5 14 (5.71%) WAN
5 14 (5.71%) LAN
6 13 (5.31%) Internet
7 12 (4.90%) SSL
8 11 (4.49%) SNMP
9 10 (4.08%) VPN
10 8 (3.27%) LDAP
10 8 (3.27%) NetScaler
10 8 (3.27%) X.500
11 7 (2.86%) VLAN
11 7 (2.86%) IPv4
12 6 (2.45%) Kerberos
12 6 (2.45%) Network Security
13 3 (1.22%) Firewall
13 3 (1.22%) HTTP
14 2 (0.82%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (39.59%) SQL Server
2 59 (24.08%) SQL Server 2008
3 42 (17.14%) SQL Server 2005
4 33 (13.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 19 (7.76%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 18 (7.35%) SQL Server 2012
6 18 (7.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 15 (6.12%) SQL Server 2000
8 8 (3.27%) EDRMS
8 8 (3.27%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (2.45%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 6 (2.45%) OLTP
10 5 (2.04%) DTS
11 3 (1.22%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.22%) SAP HANA
11 3 (1.22%) Relational Database
12 2 (0.82%) Amazon Redshift
13 1 (0.41%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
13 1 (0.41%) NoSQL
13 1 (0.41%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 12 (4.90%) Visual Studio
2 8 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (2.04%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 5 (2.04%) WinRunner
3 5 (2.04%) TestDirector
3 5 (2.04%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (0.82%) MSI
4 2 (0.82%) Selenium
4 2 (0.82%) Fiddler
4 2 (0.82%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.82%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.41%) WiX
5 1 (0.41%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.41%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.41%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.41%) NUnit
General
1 25 (10.20%) Finance
2 5 (2.04%) Military
2 5 (2.04%) Banking
3 4 (1.63%) Telecoms
4 3 (1.22%) Retail
5 2 (0.82%) Law
5 2 (0.82%) Marketing
6 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.41%) Advertising
6 1 (0.41%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 35 (14.29%) Consultant
2 28 (11.43%) Developer
3 25 (10.20%) Support Engineer
4 21 (8.57%) Analyst
5 18 (7.35%) Wintel Engineer
6 16 (6.53%) DBA
6 16 (6.53%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 16 (6.53%) SQL DBA
7 14 (5.71%) Server Engineer
8 12 (4.90%) 3rd Line Support
9 11 (4.49%) Support Analyst
10 10 (4.08%) Architect
10 10 (4.08%) SQL Server DBA
10 10 (4.08%) Business Intelligence Developer
11 9 (3.67%) SharePoint Developer
12 8 (3.27%) SQL Developer
13 7 (2.86%) Administrator
13 7 (2.86%) Field Engineer
14 6 (2.45%) Desktop Support
15 5 (2.04%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (17.55%) .NET
2 15 (6.12%) ASP.NET
2 15 (6.12%) HTML
3 14 (5.71%) XML
3 14 (5.71%) .NET Framework
4 10 (4.08%) WCF
5 8 (3.27%) CSS
6 6 (2.45%) EDI
7 5 (2.04%) Web Services
7 5 (2.04%) jQuery
8 4 (1.63%) Application Packaging
8 4 (1.63%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 3 (1.22%) ASP.NET MVC
9 3 (1.22%) WPF
10 2 (0.82%) Silverlight
10 2 (0.82%) LINQ
10 2 (0.82%) Ajax
10 2 (0.82%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
10 2 (0.82%) ADO.NET
10 2 (0.82%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 56 (22.86%) Clustering
2 20 (8.16%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (7.76%) Replication
4 13 (5.31%) Computer Science
5 11 (4.49%) Enterprise Software
6 6 (2.45%) PKI
7 5 (2.04%) PDA
7 5 (2.04%) GIS
8 4 (1.63%) Blackberry
9 3 (1.22%) Management Information System
10 2 (0.82%) Client/Server
10 2 (0.82%) Data Integration
10 2 (0.82%) CMDB
11 1 (0.41%) Fat Client
11 1 (0.41%) Video Conferencing
11 1 (0.41%) Life Science
11 1 (0.41%) Thin Client
11 1 (0.41%) Statistics
11 1 (0.41%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 149 (60.82%) Windows
2 74 (30.20%) Windows Server 2008
3 72 (29.39%) Windows Server 2003
4 41 (16.73%) Windows Server 2012
5 32 (13.06%) Windows 7
6 23 (9.39%) Windows XP
7 7 (2.86%) Windows 8
8 5 (2.04%) UNIX
8 5 (2.04%) AIX
8 5 (2.04%) Linux
9 4 (1.63%) Solaris
9 4 (1.63%) Windows Vista
9 4 (1.63%) Android
9 4 (1.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (1.22%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.82%) Windows 2000 Server
12 1 (0.41%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.41%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (29.80%) ITIL
2 34 (13.88%) Load Balancing
3 27 (11.02%) Service Management
4 22 (8.98%) Migration
5 20 (8.16%) CRM
5 20 (8.16%) Business Intelligence
6 17 (6.94%) Change Management
7 16 (6.53%) Customer Engagement
8 15 (6.12%) Capacity Planning
9 13 (5.31%) Incident Management
9 13 (5.31%) Disaster Recovery
9 13 (5.31%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (4.90%) Service Delivery
11 11 (4.49%) Project Management
11 11 (4.49%) Performance Tuning
12 10 (4.08%) High Availability
13 9 (3.67%) MVC
14 8 (3.27%) Workflow
14 8 (3.27%) Data Protection
14 8 (3.27%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 87 (35.51%) SQL
2 43 (17.55%) PowerShell
3 23 (9.39%) T-SQL
3 23 (9.39%) C#
4 11 (4.49%) JavaScript
5 10 (4.08%) VBScript
6 6 (2.45%) ABAP
7 5 (2.04%) VB.NET
8 4 (1.63%) Perl
9 3 (1.22%) C++
9 3 (1.22%) Java
9 3 (1.22%) Ruby
10 2 (0.82%) Python
10 2 (0.82%) PHP
10 2 (0.82%) VB
11 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.41%) C
Qualifications
1 245 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 118 (48.16%) MCITP
3 77 (31.43%) MCSE
4 67 (27.35%) Security Cleared
5 63 (25.71%) MCP
6 53 (21.63%) SC Cleared
7 44 (17.96%) MCSA
8 30 (12.24%) Degree
9 18 (7.35%) CCNA
9 18 (7.35%) Cisco Certification
10 13 (5.31%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (4.08%) MCDST
12 9 (3.67%) CCNP
13 7 (2.86%) CCA
13 7 (2.86%) Citrix Certification
13 7 (2.86%) ACSP
14 5 (2.04%) DV Cleared
14 5 (2.04%) VCAP
14 5 (2.04%) CCIP
14 5 (2.04%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.31%) SLA
2 7 (2.86%) QA
3 5 (2.04%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.41%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 90 (36.73%) Active Directory
2 32 (13.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 29 (11.84%) Hyper-V
4 12 (4.90%) XenApp
5 11 (4.49%) Firmware
6 7 (2.86%) VMware ESX
7 6 (2.45%) Terminal Services
7 6 (2.45%) vSphere
7 6 (2.45%) VMware ESXi
8 5 (2.04%) XenServer
9 4 (1.63%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.41%) XenDesktop
10 1 (0.41%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 34 (13.88%) SCCM
2 22 (8.98%) SCOM
3 14 (5.71%) McAfee ePO
4 10 (4.08%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 8 (3.27%) Windows Intune
5 8 (3.27%) SCDPM
6 6 (2.45%) WSUS
7 5 (2.04%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (2.04%) Netcool
8 4 (1.63%) SCOrch
8 4 (1.63%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.82%) EMC NetWorker
9 2 (0.82%) Ionix
9 2 (0.82%) NetBackup
10 1 (0.41%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.41%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.41%) ARCserve
10 1 (0.41%) Sysprep
10 1 (0.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 150 (61.22%) Microsoft
2 52 (21.22%) VMware
3 37 (15.10%) Citrix
4 28 (11.43%) HP
5 16 (6.53%) Cisco
6 15 (6.12%) McAfee
7 14 (5.71%) NetApp
8 12 (4.90%) Veeam
9 11 (4.49%) EMC
10 10 (4.08%) SAP
11 9 (3.67%) Symantec
11 9 (3.67%) Remedy
12 8 (3.27%) Red Hat
13 6 (2.45%) Apple
13 6 (2.45%) Salesforce.com
14 5 (2.04%) Veritas
14 5 (2.04%) IBM
14 5 (2.04%) BMC
15 4 (1.63%) Sophos
16 3 (1.22%) SolarWinds
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