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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 478 471 458
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -13
Contract jobs citing MCTS 135 104 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.20% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.29% 1.13% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 45 74
Average daily rate
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£343 £339 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.89% -3.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £235 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £440 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.25% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 15 6
Average hourly rate £18.75 £20.00 £21.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -8.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.43 £12.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.10 £25.00 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-16.25% +42.85%

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
10493 9241 10108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.86% 17.55% 17.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 5969 5069 5210
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £540 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 434 479 624
Average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -14 99 £319 -6.09% 51
London -2 33 £385 -3.75% 10
South East +5 29 £400 +28.00% 21
Scotland +8 26 £345 +15.00%
Berkshire +20 20 £413 - 2
North West +12 18 £258 - 3
Reading +21 16 £400 -
Cheshire +5 12 £303 - 1
East of England -24 8 £300 +9.09% 4
Glasgow - 7 £331 -
Manchester -3 6 £175 - 2
City of London +23 5 £400 +3.22% 1
West Midlands -7 5 £375 +25.00% 2
Hampshire - 5 £265 - 4
Bedfordshire - 5 £300 -
Bedford - 4 £300 -
South West -37 3 £445 +31.18% 3
Gloucestershire - 3 £445 -
Knutsford - 3 £265 -
Southampton - 3 £193 - 1
Nottingham +18 2 - - 1
Nottinghamshire +18 2 - - 1
East Midlands -2 2 - - 3
Cambridgeshire -5 2 - - 2
Cambridge -8 2 - - 2
Shropshire - 2 - -
South Yorkshire +6 1 - -
Yorkshire -1 1 - - 2
Birmingham -1 1 £425 +13.33%
Surrey -11 1 - - 5

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 241 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 151 (62.66%) Windows
3 145 (60.17%) Microsoft
4 134 (55.60%) MCITP
5 100 (41.49%) Active Directory
6 97 (40.25%) SQL Server
7 90 (37.34%) MCSE
8 88 (36.51%) SQL
9 87 (36.10%) Windows Server 2008
10 73 (30.29%) Windows Server 2003
11 66 (27.39%) ITIL
12 65 (26.97%) SQL Server 2008
13 62 (25.73%) MCP
14 59 (24.48%) MS Excel
15 55 (22.82%) VMware
16 53 (21.99%) Security Cleared
17 52 (21.58%) MCSA
17 52 (21.58%) DNS
18 50 (20.75%) Windows 7
18 50 (20.75%) SQL Server 2005
19 49 (20.33%) Clustering
20 46 (19.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
21 43 (17.84%) Citrix
21 43 (17.84%) Windows Server 2012
22 42 (17.43%) SharePoint
23 41 (17.01%) .NET
24 40 (16.60%) TCP/IP
24 40 (16.60%) SC Cleared
25 37 (15.35%) PowerShell
26 35 (14.52%) Business Intelligence

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 42 (17.43%) SharePoint
2 34 (14.11%) IIS
2 34 (14.11%) SharePoint 2010
3 33 (13.69%) MS Exchange
4 18 (7.47%) Exchange Server 2010
5 17 (7.05%) Exchange Server 2007
6 14 (5.81%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (4.98%) SharePoint Server
8 8 (3.32%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (2.07%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (1.24%) Exchange Server 2013
10 3 (1.24%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.83%) Lync
11 2 (0.83%) MS Project Server
11 2 (0.83%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
12 1 (0.41%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.41%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.41%) Node.js
Applications
1 59 (24.48%) MS Excel
2 28 (11.62%) MS Office
3 4 (1.66%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.83%) MS Project
5 1 (0.41%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (2.49%) SAP SD
2 4 (1.66%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (6.22%) Office 365
2 11 (4.56%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 52 (21.58%) DNS
2 40 (16.60%) TCP/IP
3 31 (12.86%) SAN
4 28 (11.62%) DHCP
5 13 (5.39%) VPN
6 10 (4.15%) LAN
6 10 (4.15%) Internet
7 9 (3.73%) Firewall
7 9 (3.73%) SSL
7 9 (3.73%) SNMP
8 8 (3.32%) WAN
9 7 (2.90%) LDAP
9 7 (2.90%) Extranet
9 7 (2.90%) X.500
10 5 (2.07%) RTP
10 5 (2.07%) Intranet
10 5 (2.07%) VoIP
10 5 (2.07%) ISDN
10 5 (2.07%) Kerberos
11 4 (1.66%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 97 (40.25%) SQL Server
2 65 (26.97%) SQL Server 2008
3 50 (20.75%) SQL Server 2005
4 46 (19.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 24 (9.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 24 (9.96%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 15 (6.22%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 14 (5.81%) SQL Server 2000
7 14 (5.81%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (2.49%) EDRMS
8 6 (2.49%) Data Warehouse
8 6 (2.49%) DTS
9 4 (1.66%) Relational Database
10 3 (1.24%) Amazon Redshift
10 3 (1.24%) RDBMS
10 3 (1.24%) SAP HANA
11 1 (0.41%) SSDT
11 1 (0.41%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (5.39%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.90%) WinRunner
2 7 (2.90%) TestDirector
2 7 (2.90%) QuickTest Pro
2 7 (2.90%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.66%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (0.83%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.83%) MSI
4 2 (0.83%) Selenium
4 2 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (0.41%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.41%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.41%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.41%) NUnit
5 1 (0.41%) WiX
5 1 (0.41%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.41%) SpecFlow
General
1 22 (9.13%) Finance
2 6 (2.49%) Banking
3 5 (2.07%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.83%) Retail
4 2 (0.83%) Advertising
5 1 (0.41%) Military
5 1 (0.41%) Marketing
5 1 (0.41%) Electronics
5 1 (0.41%) Law
5 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 36 (14.94%) Developer
1 36 (14.94%) Support Engineer
2 27 (11.20%) Consultant
3 25 (10.37%) Analyst
4 18 (7.47%) 3rd Line Support
5 15 (6.22%) SQL Developer
5 15 (6.22%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 14 (5.81%) Administrator
6 14 (5.81%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 13 (5.39%) Support Analyst
7 13 (5.39%) Architect
7 13 (5.39%) Wintel Engineer
8 12 (4.98%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
8 12 (4.98%) DBA
8 12 (4.98%) SQL DBA
9 11 (4.56%) Server Engineer
9 11 (4.56%) 2nd Line Support
9 11 (4.56%) SharePoint Administrator
10 10 (4.15%) Desktop Support
11 8 (3.32%) Senior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (17.01%) .NET
2 13 (5.39%) ASP.NET
2 13 (5.39%) XML
2 13 (5.39%) jQuery
3 12 (4.98%) HTML
4 11 (4.56%) .NET Framework
5 8 (3.32%) CSS
6 7 (2.90%) WCF
7 6 (2.49%) EDI
8 4 (1.66%) Application Packaging
8 4 (1.66%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 3 (1.24%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (0.83%) KnockoutJS
10 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
10 2 (0.83%) Web Services
10 2 (0.83%) XSD
11 1 (0.41%) XSLT
11 1 (0.41%) SOAP
11 1 (0.41%) ADO.NET
11 1 (0.41%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 49 (20.33%) Clustering
2 18 (7.47%) Replication
3 12 (4.98%) Data Integration
4 11 (4.56%) Computer Science
5 8 (3.32%) Firmware
5 8 (3.32%) Enterprise Software
6 7 (2.90%) PDA
7 5 (2.07%) Management Information System
7 5 (2.07%) PKI
8 4 (1.66%) Smartphone
8 4 (1.66%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.66%) GIS
8 4 (1.66%) iPad
9 2 (0.83%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.83%) CMDB
10 1 (0.41%) Fat Client
10 1 (0.41%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.41%) EPoS
10 1 (0.41%) Chip and PIN
10 1 (0.41%) EFT
Operating Systems
1 151 (62.66%) Windows
2 87 (36.10%) Windows Server 2008
3 73 (30.29%) Windows Server 2003
4 50 (20.75%) Windows 7
5 43 (17.84%) Windows Server 2012
6 28 (11.62%) Windows XP
7 8 (3.32%) Windows 8
7 8 (3.32%) Windows 2000 Server
8 7 (2.90%) Windows Vista
8 7 (2.90%) AIX
9 5 (2.07%) Linux
10 4 (1.66%) Solaris
10 4 (1.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.83%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.41%) UNIX
12 1 (0.41%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (27.39%) ITIL
2 35 (14.52%) Business Intelligence
3 28 (11.62%) Load Balancing
4 25 (10.37%) Change Management
5 21 (8.71%) Service Management
6 18 (7.47%) Migration
7 15 (6.22%) Service Delivery
7 15 (6.22%) CRM
8 14 (5.81%) ETL
8 14 (5.81%) Incident Management
9 13 (5.39%) Disaster Recovery
9 13 (5.39%) Customer Engagement
9 13 (5.39%) Capacity Planning
10 11 (4.56%) Data Transformation
10 11 (4.56%) Project Management
11 10 (4.15%) Data Modelling
11 10 (4.15%) Performance Tuning
12 8 (3.32%) High Availability
12 8 (3.32%) MVC
12 8 (3.32%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 88 (36.51%) SQL
2 37 (15.35%) PowerShell
3 29 (12.03%) T-SQL
4 24 (9.96%) C#
5 9 (3.73%) VBScript
6 7 (2.90%) C++
6 7 (2.90%) Java
6 7 (2.90%) JavaScript
7 6 (2.49%) ABAP
8 4 (1.66%) Perl
8 4 (1.66%) VB
9 2 (0.83%) VB.NET
9 2 (0.83%) C
9 2 (0.83%) Ruby
10 1 (0.41%) VBA
10 1 (0.41%) Python
10 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.41%) VB6
10 1 (0.41%) PHP
Qualifications
1 241 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 134 (55.60%) MCITP
3 90 (37.34%) MCSE
4 62 (25.73%) MCP
5 53 (21.99%) Security Cleared
6 52 (21.58%) MCSA
7 40 (16.60%) SC Cleared
8 24 (9.96%) Degree
9 22 (9.13%) Cisco Certification
9 22 (9.13%) CCNA
10 17 (7.05%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (4.15%) Citrix Certification
12 9 (3.73%) CCA
13 8 (3.32%) MCDST
14 7 (2.90%) ISTQB
14 7 (2.90%) CCNP
15 6 (2.49%) MCSD
15 6 (2.49%) DV Cleared
16 5 (2.07%) CCVP
16 5 (2.07%) MCAD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (7.88%) SLA
2 7 (2.90%) QA
3 1 (0.41%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 100 (41.49%) Active Directory
2 29 (12.03%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (8.30%) Hyper-V
4 11 (4.56%) VMware ESX
4 11 (4.56%) vSphere
5 7 (2.90%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.49%) vCloud
6 6 (2.49%) XenApp
7 5 (2.07%) Terminal Services
8 4 (1.66%) XenServer
9 2 (0.83%) ISA Server
9 2 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.41%) UAG
10 1 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 1 (0.41%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 32 (13.28%) SCCM
2 23 (9.54%) SCOM
3 15 (6.22%) McAfee ePO
4 7 (2.90%) Windows Intune
4 7 (2.90%) HP Quality Center
4 7 (2.90%) Netcool
4 7 (2.90%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 7 (2.90%) SCDPM
5 6 (2.49%) WSUS
6 4 (1.66%) EMC NetWorker
6 4 (1.66%) SCOrch
7 3 (1.24%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (0.83%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.83%) Backup Exec
8 2 (0.83%) Ionix
9 1 (0.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.41%) Sysprep
9 1 (0.41%) WMI
9 1 (0.41%) ARCserve
9 1 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 145 (60.17%) Microsoft
2 55 (22.82%) VMware
3 43 (17.84%) Citrix
4 23 (9.54%) Cisco
5 16 (6.64%) HP
5 16 (6.64%) McAfee
6 10 (4.15%) Symantec
6 10 (4.15%) SAP
7 8 (3.32%) EMC
8 7 (2.90%) NetApp
8 7 (2.90%) Veritas
9 6 (2.49%) Oracle
9 6 (2.49%) Salesforce.com
9 6 (2.49%) Veeam
10 5 (2.07%) F5
10 5 (2.07%) Remedy
11 4 (1.66%) Sophos
11 4 (1.66%) Kaseya
11 4 (1.66%) Red Hat
12 3 (1.24%) Tableau
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