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 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 545 483 484
Rank change year-on-year
-62 +1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 80 135 104
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.24% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.72% 1.29% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 88 45
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£323 £343 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.83% +0.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £206 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £334 £300
% change year-on-year
-4.11% +11.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 15
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £13.43 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.71 £22.10 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £16.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+10.44% -16.25%

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
11120 10486 9247
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.98% 18.86% 17.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 6676 5963 5076
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 527 434 478
Average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.19 £47.50 £43.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 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 28 August 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 28 August 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 -45 66 £335 +5.09% 21
South East -25 23 £338 -15.62% 7
London +6 21 £335 -12.98% 10
Scotland -19 12 £320 -7.24% 1
North West -40 9 £300 +16.50% 2
Berkshire -16 8 £238 -42.42% 3
Cumbria - 8 £300 - 1
Surrey +3 7 £350 - 2
East Midlands -4 5 - -
Nottinghamshire -6 5 - -
Erskine -1 4 £333 -3.62%
Renfrewshire -2 4 £333 -3.62%
Reading -20 4 £344 -14.06% 2
Redhill - 4 £350 -
Buckinghamshire - 4 £413 -
Lanarkshire - 4 - -
Birmingham +8 3 £450 +5.88% 1
West Midlands -2 3 £450 +20.00% 1
Yorkshire -27 3 £103 -
Barrow-in-Furness - 3 - -
Glasgow -2 2 £270 -18.33%
Edinburgh -14 2 £328 -10.02% 1
South Yorkshire -16 2 £103 -
Oxfordshire - 2 - -
Croydon - 2 £525 -
Slough - 2 - -
Brighton +2 1 £300 -
City of London 0 1 - - 2
East Sussex -3 1 £300 -
East of England -4 1 £400 +33.33%

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

1 163 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (82.82%) Microsoft
3 103 (63.19%) Windows
4 70 (42.94%) MCITP
5 62 (38.04%) MS Excel
6 60 (36.81%) MCSE
7 55 (33.74%) MCSA
8 54 (33.13%) SQL Server
9 51 (31.29%) SQL
10 49 (30.06%) Active Directory
11 45 (27.61%) ITIL
11 45 (27.61%) VMware
12 39 (23.93%) MCP
13 37 (22.70%) Windows Server 2008
14 32 (19.63%) Security Cleared
14 32 (19.63%) MS Office
15 30 (18.40%) Citrix
15 30 (18.40%) MS Exchange
15 30 (18.40%) Windows 7
16 29 (17.79%) VMware Infrastructure
17 28 (17.18%) Windows Server 2003
18 27 (16.56%) Cisco
19 26 (15.95%) Migration
19 26 (15.95%) Windows Server 2012
20 24 (14.72%) Cisco Certification
21 23 (14.11%) CCNA
21 23 (14.11%) SAN
21 23 (14.11%) Exchange Server 2007
21 23 (14.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
21 23 (14.11%) SCCM

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 30 (18.40%) MS Exchange
2 23 (14.11%) Exchange Server 2007
2 23 (14.11%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (12.27%) SharePoint
4 18 (11.04%) Lync
5 9 (5.52%) Exchange Server 2013
6 6 (3.68%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 5 (3.07%) Exchange Server 2003
8 3 (1.84%) IIS
9 2 (1.23%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (1.23%) TPMS
9 2 (1.23%) SharePoint 2010
9 2 (1.23%) SharePoint 2013
10 1 (0.61%) Commerce Server
Applications
1 62 (38.04%) MS Excel
2 32 (19.63%) MS Office
3 17 (10.43%) MS Visio
4 10 (6.13%) MS Project
5 4 (2.45%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.84%) Dynamics CRM
1 3 (1.84%) SAP CCM
1 3 (1.84%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 18 (11.04%) Office 365
2 6 (3.68%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.61%) Mimecast
3 1 (0.61%) Azure Active Directory
Communications & Networking
1 23 (14.11%) SAN
2 21 (12.88%) LAN
3 20 (12.27%) Firewall
4 19 (11.66%) WAN
5 18 (11.04%) DNS
6 15 (9.20%) TCP/IP
7 14 (8.59%) DHCP
8 7 (4.29%) VPN
8 7 (4.29%) Internet
9 6 (3.68%) IPv4
10 3 (1.84%) X.500
10 3 (1.84%) Kerberos
10 3 (1.84%) LDAP
11 2 (1.23%) VLAN
11 2 (1.23%) NetScaler
11 2 (1.23%) Cisco Nexus
12 1 (0.61%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
12 1 (0.61%) Structured Cabling
12 1 (0.61%) Network Security
12 1 (0.61%) Softswitch
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (33.13%) SQL Server
2 22 (13.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 19 (11.66%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 19 (11.66%) SQL Server 2008
4 15 (9.20%) Data Warehouse
5 11 (6.75%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 10 (6.13%) SQL Server 2012
7 7 (4.29%) OLTP
8 6 (3.68%) SQL Server 2005
9 5 (3.07%) OLAP
9 5 (3.07%) OLAP Cube
10 2 (1.23%) SQL Server 2000
10 2 (1.23%) Microsoft Analysis Services
11 1 (0.61%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 1 (0.61%) MySQL
11 1 (0.61%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 7 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (1.84%) Visual Studio
2 3 (1.84%) WinRunner
2 3 (1.84%) TestDirector
2 3 (1.84%) HP UFT
3 1 (0.61%) MSI
General
1 21 (12.88%) Finance
2 4 (2.45%) Telecoms
3 3 (1.84%) Law
4 2 (1.23%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.61%) Banking
5 1 (0.61%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 32 (19.63%) Analyst
2 16 (9.82%) DBA
2 16 (9.82%) SQL DBA
3 14 (8.59%) 2nd Line Support
4 13 (7.98%) Support Engineer
4 13 (7.98%) Process Engineer
5 12 (7.36%) Support Analyst
5 12 (7.36%) Developer
6 11 (6.75%) Business Analyst
6 11 (6.75%) Consultant
7 9 (5.52%) Process Analyst
8 8 (4.91%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 7 (4.29%) SQL Server DBA
9 7 (4.29%) Service Desk Analyst
9 7 (4.29%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 7 (4.29%) Service Analyst
10 6 (3.68%) Desktop Engineer
10 6 (3.68%) SQL Developer
10 6 (3.68%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
10 6 (3.68%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (10.43%) .NET
2 13 (7.98%) .NET Framework
3 5 (3.07%) XML
3 5 (3.07%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.84%) CSS
4 3 (1.84%) HTML
4 3 (1.84%) WCF
5 2 (1.23%) Application Packaging
5 2 (1.23%) Web Services
6 1 (0.61%) WPF
6 1 (0.61%) jQuery
6 1 (0.61%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (0.61%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 14 (8.59%) Clustering
2 12 (7.36%) Replication
3 10 (6.13%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (6.13%) Data Centre
3 10 (6.13%) Client/Server
4 9 (5.52%) Computer Science
5 8 (4.91%) Blackberry
6 5 (3.07%) Enterprise Software
7 3 (1.84%) PKI
7 3 (1.84%) PDA
8 2 (1.23%) Mathematics
8 2 (1.23%) Management Information System
8 2 (1.23%) Video Conferencing
9 1 (0.61%) Kindle
9 1 (0.61%) Handset
9 1 (0.61%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 103 (63.19%) Windows
2 37 (22.70%) Windows Server 2008
3 30 (18.40%) Windows 7
4 28 (17.18%) Windows Server 2003
5 26 (15.95%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (9.20%) Windows XP
7 10 (6.13%) Windows 8
7 10 (6.13%) Linux
8 6 (3.68%) Ubuntu
9 5 (3.07%) Windows Vista
9 5 (3.07%) Windows 2000
9 5 (3.07%) Windows 2000 Server
10 3 (1.84%) AIX
11 1 (0.61%) SUSE
11 1 (0.61%) Debian
11 1 (0.61%) CentOS
11 1 (0.61%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 1 (0.61%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (27.61%) ITIL
2 26 (15.95%) Migration
3 20 (12.27%) Stakeholder Management
4 17 (10.43%) Quality Management
4 17 (10.43%) BPMN
4 17 (10.43%) Continuous Improvement
5 15 (9.20%) Performance Tuning
5 15 (9.20%) Disaster Recovery
5 15 (9.20%) Agile Software Development
6 14 (8.59%) Validation
7 13 (7.98%) Performance Analysis
8 12 (7.36%) Mentoring
8 12 (7.36%) Lean Six Sigma
8 12 (7.36%) Six Sigma
9 11 (6.75%) Service Management
10 10 (6.13%) Business Intelligence
10 10 (6.13%) Content Management
10 10 (6.13%) Customer Engagement
11 9 (5.52%) Root Cause Analysis
11 9 (5.52%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 51 (31.29%) SQL
2 15 (9.20%) PowerShell
3 12 (7.36%) T-SQL
4 7 (4.29%) C#
5 3 (1.84%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.23%) VB
7 1 (0.61%) Python
Qualifications
1 163 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 70 (42.94%) MCITP
3 60 (36.81%) MCSE
4 55 (33.74%) MCSA
5 39 (23.93%) MCP
6 32 (19.63%) Security Cleared
7 24 (14.72%) Cisco Certification
8 23 (14.11%) CCNA
8 23 (14.11%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 20 (12.27%) SC Cleared
10 15 (9.20%) DV Cleared
10 15 (9.20%) Degree
11 11 (6.75%) MCDST
12 8 (4.91%) Citrix Certification
13 6 (3.68%) CCA
13 6 (3.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (3.68%) CCENT
14 5 (3.07%) ACSA
14 5 (3.07%) Network+ Certification
14 5 (3.07%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (6.75%) SLA
2 6 (3.68%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.61%) ISO 9000
4 1 (0.61%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 49 (30.06%) Active Directory
2 29 (17.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (12.27%) Hyper-V
4 12 (7.36%) vSphere
5 6 (3.68%) Forefront TMG
6 4 (2.45%) XenDesktop
6 4 (2.45%) Firmware
6 4 (2.45%) VMware ESX
7 3 (1.84%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (1.84%) XenApp
8 2 (1.23%) Terminal Services
8 2 (1.23%) VMware ESXi
9 1 (0.61%) UAG
9 1 (0.61%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.61%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 23 (14.11%) SCCM
2 17 (10.43%) SCOM
3 14 (8.59%) Backup Exec
4 8 (4.91%) Norton AntiVirus
5 7 (4.29%) BMC PATROL
6 4 (2.45%) WSUS
7 3 (1.84%) Nagios
7 3 (1.84%) NetBackup
7 3 (1.84%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (1.84%) CA Spectrum
8 2 (1.23%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (1.23%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 2 (1.23%) XenMobile
8 2 (1.23%) Netcool
9 1 (0.61%) AirWatch
9 1 (0.61%) SCOrch
9 1 (0.61%) ARCserve
9 1 (0.61%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 135 (82.82%) Microsoft
2 45 (27.61%) VMware
3 30 (18.40%) Citrix
4 27 (16.56%) Cisco
5 18 (11.04%) SAP
6 15 (9.20%) Symantec
7 12 (7.36%) McAfee
7 12 (7.36%) HP
8 8 (4.91%) CheckPoint
9 7 (4.29%) BMC
10 5 (3.07%) Apple
10 5 (3.07%) Sophos
11 4 (2.45%) CA
12 3 (1.84%) JD Edwards
12 3 (1.84%) Veritas
12 3 (1.84%) BT
13 2 (1.23%) TOWER Software
13 2 (1.23%) AppSense
13 2 (1.23%) Juniper
13 2 (1.23%) IBM
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