The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications currently tracked.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 456 495 439
Rank change year-on-year
+39 -56
Contract jobs citing MCTS 124 74 148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.15% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 0.82% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 31 72
Average daily rate
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£338 £300 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -8.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £226 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £442
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 4 9
Average hourly rate £18.75 £18.75 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +13.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.65 £13.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.05 £35.75 £22.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +21.21%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10255 9068 9807
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.05% 17.79% 16.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 5789 4879 5054
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 448 501 610
Average hourly rate £18.97 £21.87 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.26% +1.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 23 July 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +8 89 £305 -1.61% 40
London +7 34 £375 -6.25% 15
Scotland +7 26 £338 +12.50% 2
South East +16 25 £400 +24.03% 9
Berkshire +18 16 £450 - 3
North West -2 12 £243 +7.30% 3
Reading +20 11 £400 -
East of England -9 11 £300 - 5
City of London +32 7 £395 +1.93% 1
Cheshire +7 7 £265 - 3
Glasgow +6 7 £338 +12.50%
Bedfordshire - 7 £300 -
Bedford - 6 £300 -
Hampshire - 5 £195 - 2
Manchester +3 4 £175 -
West Midlands -18 4 £375 - 2
Knutsford - 3 £265 -
East Midlands +2 2 - - 2
Nottinghamshire - 2 - -
Norfolk - 2 - -
Norwich - 2 - -
Nottingham - 2 - -
Southampton - 2 £193 - 1
Birmingham 0 1 £425 +13.33% 1
South Yorkshire -2 1 - -
Yorkshire -2 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 - - 2
Hertfordshire - 1 £170 - 3

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 240 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 155 (64.58%) Windows
3 154 (64.17%) Microsoft
4 130 (54.17%) MCITP
5 93 (38.75%) SQL Server
6 91 (37.92%) Active Directory
7 90 (37.50%) SQL
8 83 (34.58%) MCSE
9 82 (34.17%) Windows Server 2008
10 73 (30.42%) Windows Server 2003
11 70 (29.17%) ITIL
12 64 (26.67%) MS Excel
13 61 (25.42%) SQL Server 2008
14 60 (25.00%) Windows 7
14 60 (25.00%) MCP
15 52 (21.67%) VMware
16 51 (21.25%) MCSA
17 50 (20.83%) Citrix
18 49 (20.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 47 (19.58%) Security Cleared
20 45 (18.75%) SQL Server 2005
21 44 (18.33%) DNS
22 43 (17.92%) .NET
23 39 (16.25%) Clustering
24 37 (15.42%) Business Intelligence
24 37 (15.42%) Windows Server 2012
25 36 (15.00%) SCCM
26 35 (14.58%) SharePoint
27 33 (13.75%) MS Exchange
27 33 (13.75%) PowerShell

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 35 (14.58%) SharePoint
2 33 (13.75%) MS Exchange
3 28 (11.67%) SharePoint 2010
4 25 (10.42%) IIS
5 17 (7.08%) Exchange Server 2007
6 15 (6.25%) Exchange Server 2003
7 14 (5.83%) Exchange Server 2010
8 12 (5.00%) SharePoint Server
9 11 (4.58%) SharePoint 2013
10 7 (2.92%) MS Project Server
10 7 (2.92%) Lync
11 5 (2.08%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 5 (2.08%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (1.67%) Live Communications Server
13 1 (0.42%) Exchange Server 2000
13 1 (0.42%) IBM Notes
13 1 (0.42%) Tomcat
13 1 (0.42%) Commerce Server
13 1 (0.42%) Node.js
13 1 (0.42%) Office Communications Server
Applications
1 64 (26.67%) MS Excel
2 31 (12.92%) MS Office
3 7 (2.92%) MS Project
4 4 (1.67%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.50%) SAP SD
2 3 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 13 (5.42%) Office 365
2 8 (3.33%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.42%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.42%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 44 (18.33%) DNS
2 30 (12.50%) TCP/IP
3 28 (11.67%) DHCP
4 26 (10.83%) SAN
5 11 (4.58%) Firewall
5 11 (4.58%) VPN
5 11 (4.58%) LAN
6 9 (3.75%) WAN
6 9 (3.75%) Intranet
6 9 (3.75%) RTP
7 8 (3.33%) SNMP
7 8 (3.33%) Internet
8 7 (2.92%) Extranet
8 7 (2.92%) SSL
9 6 (2.50%) Network Security
10 5 (2.08%) ISDN
10 5 (2.08%) VoIP
11 4 (1.67%) PBX
11 4 (1.67%) PSTN
11 4 (1.67%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (38.75%) SQL Server
2 61 (25.42%) SQL Server 2008
3 49 (20.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 45 (18.75%) SQL Server 2005
5 22 (9.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (9.17%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 15 (6.25%) Microsoft Analysis Services
7 13 (5.42%) SQL Server 2012
7 13 (5.42%) SQL Server 2000
8 7 (2.92%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (2.50%) DTS
9 6 (2.50%) EDRMS
10 4 (1.67%) Relational Database
11 3 (1.25%) Amazon Redshift
12 2 (0.83%) Data Mart
12 2 (0.83%) RDBMS
12 2 (0.83%) SAP HANA
13 1 (0.42%) SSDT
13 1 (0.42%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 16 (6.67%) Visual Studio
2 8 (3.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 7 (2.92%) WinRunner
3 7 (2.92%) TestDirector
3 7 (2.92%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (1.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (0.83%) Selenium
5 2 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (0.83%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.42%) TeamCity
6 1 (0.42%) MSI
6 1 (0.42%) InstallShield
6 1 (0.42%) NUnit
General
1 21 (8.75%) Finance
2 6 (2.50%) Telecoms
3 5 (2.08%) Banking
4 2 (0.83%) Retail
4 2 (0.83%) Advertising
5 1 (0.42%) Marketing
5 1 (0.42%) Electronics
5 1 (0.42%) Law
5 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 40 (16.67%) Support Engineer
2 33 (13.75%) Developer
3 27 (11.25%) Consultant
4 26 (10.83%) Analyst
5 19 (7.92%) Architect
6 17 (7.08%) 3rd Line Support
6 17 (7.08%) SQL Developer
7 16 (6.67%) Support Analyst
8 14 (5.83%) 2nd Line Support
9 13 (5.42%) Infrastructure Engineer
10 12 (5.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 12 (5.00%) SharePoint Architect
11 11 (4.58%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
11 11 (4.58%) Desktop Support
12 10 (4.17%) Administrator
13 9 (3.75%) Server Engineer
13 9 (3.75%) Wintel Engineer
14 8 (3.33%) SharePoint Administrator
14 8 (3.33%) Senior SQL Developer
14 8 (3.33%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (17.92%) .NET
2 14 (5.83%) ASP.NET
2 14 (5.83%) .NET Framework
3 13 (5.42%) jQuery
4 9 (3.75%) HTML
4 9 (3.75%) XML
5 8 (3.33%) WCF
6 6 (2.50%) EDI
6 6 (2.50%) CSS
7 4 (1.67%) XSD
7 4 (1.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 4 (1.67%) Application Packaging
8 3 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC
8 3 (1.25%) WPF
8 3 (1.25%) WinForms
9 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
9 2 (0.83%) KnockoutJS
10 1 (0.42%) Unity DI Container
10 1 (0.42%) ASP.NET Web API
10 1 (0.42%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 39 (16.25%) Clustering
2 13 (5.42%) Computer Science
3 11 (4.58%) Replication
3 11 (4.58%) Data Integration
4 7 (2.92%) Enterprise Software
4 7 (2.92%) PDA
4 7 (2.92%) Firmware
5 6 (2.50%) Management Information System
6 5 (2.08%) Blackberry
7 4 (1.67%) PKI
7 4 (1.67%) Smartphone
7 4 (1.67%) iPad
8 2 (0.83%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.83%) CMDB
8 2 (0.83%) GIS
8 2 (0.83%) Thin Client
9 1 (0.42%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.42%) EPoS
9 1 (0.42%) Chip and PIN
9 1 (0.42%) EFT
Operating Systems
1 155 (64.58%) Windows
2 82 (34.17%) Windows Server 2008
3 73 (30.42%) Windows Server 2003
4 60 (25.00%) Windows 7
5 37 (15.42%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (13.33%) Windows XP
7 14 (5.83%) Windows 8
8 9 (3.75%) Windows 2000 Server
8 9 (3.75%) Windows Vista
9 7 (2.92%) AIX
10 5 (2.08%) Linux
11 4 (1.67%) Solaris
11 4 (1.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.25%) Android
12 3 (1.25%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.83%) Mac OS
14 1 (0.42%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 70 (29.17%) ITIL
2 37 (15.42%) Business Intelligence
3 25 (10.42%) Change Management
4 23 (9.58%) Service Management
5 22 (9.17%) Load Balancing
6 18 (7.50%) Customer Engagement
7 16 (6.67%) Project Management
7 16 (6.67%) Disaster Recovery
8 15 (6.25%) Migration
9 12 (5.00%) Workflow
9 12 (5.00%) CRM
9 12 (5.00%) Performance Tuning
9 12 (5.00%) Incident Management
10 11 (4.58%) ETL
10 11 (4.58%) Service Delivery
11 10 (4.17%) Problem Management
12 9 (3.75%) Data Transformation
13 8 (3.33%) Capacity Planning
13 8 (3.33%) High Availability
13 8 (3.33%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 90 (37.50%) SQL
2 33 (13.75%) PowerShell
3 32 (13.33%) T-SQL
4 30 (12.50%) C#
5 9 (3.75%) C++
6 8 (3.33%) VBScript
7 6 (2.50%) Java
7 6 (2.50%) ABAP
8 5 (2.08%) C
8 5 (2.08%) JavaScript
8 5 (2.08%) VB
8 5 (2.08%) VB.NET
9 4 (1.67%) Perl
10 2 (0.83%) VBA
10 2 (0.83%) VB6
11 1 (0.42%) Ruby
11 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 240 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 130 (54.17%) MCITP
3 83 (34.58%) MCSE
4 60 (25.00%) MCP
5 51 (21.25%) MCSA
6 47 (19.58%) Security Cleared
7 31 (12.92%) Degree
8 30 (12.50%) SC Cleared
9 23 (9.58%) CCNA
9 23 (9.58%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (7.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 14 (5.83%) MCDST
12 10 (4.17%) Citrix Certification
13 9 (3.75%) MCSD
13 9 (3.75%) CCA
13 9 (3.75%) CCNP
13 9 (3.75%) DV Cleared
14 7 (2.92%) ISTQB
15 5 (2.08%) MCPD
15 5 (2.08%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (7.92%) SLA
2 6 (2.50%) QA
3 3 (1.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.42%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 91 (37.92%) Active Directory
2 29 (12.08%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (6.67%) Hyper-V
4 11 (4.58%) VMware ESX
4 11 (4.58%) vSphere
5 7 (2.92%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.50%) vCloud
6 6 (2.50%) Terminal Server
7 5 (2.08%) Terminal Services
7 5 (2.08%) XenApp
8 2 (0.83%) XenServer
8 2 (0.83%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.42%) UAG
9 1 (0.42%) Shibboleth
9 1 (0.42%) Microsoft App-V
9 1 (0.42%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 36 (15.00%) SCCM
2 19 (7.92%) SCOM
3 13 (5.42%) McAfee ePO
4 10 (4.17%) WSUS
5 7 (2.92%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (2.92%) Netcool
6 6 (2.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 5 (2.08%) EMC NetWorker
7 5 (2.08%) Windows Intune
7 5 (2.08%) SCDPM
8 4 (1.67%) SCOrch
8 4 (1.67%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.83%) Ionix
9 2 (0.83%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.83%) Backup Exec
10 1 (0.42%) WMI
10 1 (0.42%) Norton AntiVirus
10 1 (0.42%) Sysprep
10 1 (0.42%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.42%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 154 (64.17%) Microsoft
2 52 (21.67%) VMware
3 50 (20.83%) Citrix
4 28 (11.67%) Cisco
5 14 (5.83%) McAfee
6 12 (5.00%) HP
6 12 (5.00%) EMC
7 9 (3.75%) SAP
8 8 (3.33%) Symantec
9 7 (2.92%) Red Hat
9 7 (2.92%) Veritas
10 6 (2.50%) Salesforce.com
11 5 (2.08%) Apple
11 5 (2.08%) F5
11 5 (2.08%) Oracle
12 4 (1.67%) Kaseya
12 4 (1.67%) Sophos
13 3 (1.25%) Remedy
13 3 (1.25%) NetApp
13 3 (1.25%) Veeam
West Midlands
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West
Centric Resource
Rate: Competetive
Posted: 4 days ago
Cheshire
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 26 days ago