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 31 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
31 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 468 486 430
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -56
Contract jobs citing MCTS 126 84 156
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.23% 0.16% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.21% 0.93% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 78 36 80
Average daily rate
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£343 £323 £356
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.20% -9.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £189 £226 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £438 £434
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 9
Average hourly rate £18.75 £19.00 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% +15.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.48 £14.75 £13.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.25 £32.50 £22.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +15.15%
Qualifications Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
10392 9080 9867
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 18.99% 17.76% 17.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 5835 4871 5100
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 £530 £518
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 455 501 614
Average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.52% -2.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.00 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.97 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -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 31 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 31 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 31 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 -12 91 £325 - 57
London +19 35 £375 -6.25% 13
Scotland +2 25 £339 +12.91% 1
South East +7 22 £400 +23.07% 20
Berkshire +17 15 £450 - 4
North West +4 13 £235 +3.98% 6
Reading +19 11 £400 - 2
East of England -12 11 £300 - 9
Cheshire +5 7 £265 - 2
Glasgow +4 7 £338 +12.50%
Bedfordshire - 7 £300 -
Manchester -2 6 £175 - 4
West Midlands -20 6 £375 - 2
Bedford - 6 £300 -
City of London +25 5 £410 +5.80% 1
Hampshire - 5 £195 - 3
Knutsford - 3 £265 -
East Midlands +1 2 - - 3
Norfolk - 2 - -
Nottinghamshire - 2 - - 1
Norwich - 2 - -
Nottingham - 2 - - 1
Southampton - 2 £193 - 2
South Yorkshire 0 1 - -
Birmingham -2 1 £425 +13.33%
Yorkshire -4 1 - - 2
Cambridgeshire -6 1 - - 3
Cambridge -12 1 - - 3
South West -31 1 £445 +44.22% 2
Gloucestershire - 1 £445 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 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.

1 242 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 158 (65.29%) Microsoft
3 152 (62.81%) Windows
4 129 (53.31%) MCITP
5 93 (38.43%) SQL Server
6 90 (37.19%) Active Directory
7 89 (36.78%) SQL
8 85 (35.12%) MCSE
9 81 (33.47%) Windows Server 2008
10 72 (29.75%) ITIL
11 70 (28.93%) Windows Server 2003
12 65 (26.86%) MS Excel
13 61 (25.21%) MCP
13 61 (25.21%) Windows 7
14 59 (24.38%) SQL Server 2008
15 53 (21.90%) MCSA
16 51 (21.07%) VMware
17 50 (20.66%) Security Cleared
18 49 (20.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
19 47 (19.42%) Citrix
20 44 (18.18%) DNS
20 44 (18.18%) SQL Server 2005
21 41 (16.94%) .NET
22 40 (16.53%) Windows Server 2012
23 39 (16.12%) Clustering
24 37 (15.29%) SCCM
25 36 (14.88%) PowerShell
25 36 (14.88%) SharePoint
26 34 (14.05%) Business Intelligence
27 32 (13.22%) Windows XP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 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 36 (14.88%) SharePoint
2 30 (12.40%) SharePoint 2010
3 29 (11.98%) MS Exchange
4 26 (10.74%) IIS
5 15 (6.20%) Exchange Server 2007
6 14 (5.79%) Exchange Server 2010
7 12 (4.96%) SharePoint 2013
7 12 (4.96%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (4.96%) SharePoint Server
8 7 (2.89%) MS Project Server
9 6 (2.48%) BizTalk Server
10 5 (2.07%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 4 (1.65%) Lync
12 1 (0.41%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.41%) Exchange Server 2013
12 1 (0.41%) Node.js
12 1 (0.41%) Live Communications Server
12 1 (0.41%) IBM Notes
12 1 (0.41%) Tomcat
Applications
1 65 (26.86%) MS Excel
2 30 (12.40%) MS Office
3 7 (2.89%) MS Project
4 4 (1.65%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (2.48%) SAP SD
2 4 (1.65%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 15 (6.20%) Office 365
2 10 (4.13%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.41%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 44 (18.18%) DNS
2 31 (12.81%) TCP/IP
2 31 (12.81%) DHCP
3 28 (11.57%) SAN
4 13 (5.37%) VPN
5 10 (4.13%) LAN
5 10 (4.13%) Internet
5 10 (4.13%) Firewall
6 9 (3.72%) Intranet
7 8 (3.31%) WAN
7 8 (3.31%) SNMP
8 7 (2.89%) SSL
8 7 (2.89%) Extranet
9 6 (2.48%) RTP
9 6 (2.48%) Network Security
10 5 (2.07%) ISDN
10 5 (2.07%) VoIP
11 4 (1.65%) LDAP
11 4 (1.65%) IPv4
11 4 (1.65%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 93 (38.43%) SQL Server
2 59 (24.38%) SQL Server 2008
3 49 (20.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 44 (18.18%) SQL Server 2005
5 22 (9.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 22 (9.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 15 (6.20%) SQL Server 2012
7 14 (5.79%) Microsoft Analysis Services
8 13 (5.37%) SQL Server 2000
9 6 (2.48%) EDRMS
9 6 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (2.48%) DTS
10 4 (1.65%) Relational Database
11 3 (1.24%) Amazon Redshift
11 3 (1.24%) RDBMS
11 3 (1.24%) SAP HANA
12 1 (0.41%) SSDT
12 1 (0.41%) NoSQL
12 1 (0.41%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 16 (6.61%) Visual Studio
2 7 (2.89%) WinRunner
2 7 (2.89%) TestDirector
2 7 (2.89%) QuickTest Pro
2 7 (2.89%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.65%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (0.83%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.83%) Selenium
4 2 (0.83%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.83%) MSI
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
5 1 (0.41%) TeamCity
General
1 20 (8.26%) Finance
2 5 (2.07%) Banking
3 4 (1.65%) Telecoms
4 2 (0.83%) Retail
4 2 (0.83%) Advertising
5 1 (0.41%) Marketing
5 1 (0.41%) Electronics
5 1 (0.41%) Law
5 1 (0.41%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 37 (15.29%) Support Engineer
2 33 (13.64%) Developer
3 28 (11.57%) Analyst
3 28 (11.57%) Consultant
4 19 (7.85%) Architect
5 17 (7.02%) 3rd Line Support
5 17 (7.02%) Support Analyst
6 16 (6.61%) SQL Developer
7 14 (5.79%) 2nd Line Support
8 12 (4.96%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 12 (4.96%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 12 (4.96%) Wintel Engineer
8 12 (4.96%) SharePoint Architect
9 11 (4.55%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
9 11 (4.55%) Desktop Support
9 11 (4.55%) Server Engineer
10 10 (4.13%) Administrator
11 8 (3.31%) Senior Developer
11 8 (3.31%) DBA
11 8 (3.31%) SQL DBA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (16.94%) .NET
2 13 (5.37%) XML
2 13 (5.37%) .NET Framework
2 13 (5.37%) jQuery
3 12 (4.96%) ASP.NET
4 11 (4.55%) HTML
5 9 (3.72%) WCF
6 7 (2.89%) CSS
7 6 (2.48%) EDI
8 5 (2.07%) XSD
9 4 (1.65%) Application Packaging
9 4 (1.65%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
10 3 (1.24%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.24%) WinForms
10 3 (1.24%) WPF
11 2 (0.83%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
11 2 (0.83%) Web Services
11 2 (0.83%) KnockoutJS
12 1 (0.41%) Unity DI Container
12 1 (0.41%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 39 (16.12%) Clustering
2 14 (5.79%) Computer Science
3 13 (5.37%) Replication
4 10 (4.13%) Data Integration
5 7 (2.89%) Enterprise Software
5 7 (2.89%) PDA
5 7 (2.89%) Firmware
6 5 (2.07%) Blackberry
6 5 (2.07%) Management Information System
7 4 (1.65%) Smartphone
7 4 (1.65%) GIS
7 4 (1.65%) iPad
8 2 (0.83%) Fat Client
8 2 (0.83%) Thin Client
8 2 (0.83%) CMDB
8 2 (0.83%) PKI
9 1 (0.41%) Blog
9 1 (0.41%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.41%) EPoS
9 1 (0.41%) Chip and PIN
Operating Systems
1 152 (62.81%) Windows
2 81 (33.47%) Windows Server 2008
3 70 (28.93%) Windows Server 2003
4 61 (25.21%) Windows 7
5 40 (16.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 32 (13.22%) Windows XP
7 14 (5.79%) Windows 8
8 9 (3.72%) Windows Vista
8 9 (3.72%) Windows 2000 Server
9 7 (2.89%) AIX
10 5 (2.07%) Linux
11 4 (1.65%) Solaris
11 4 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 3 (1.24%) Mac OS X
12 3 (1.24%) Android
13 2 (0.83%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (29.75%) ITIL
2 34 (14.05%) Business Intelligence
3 25 (10.33%) Change Management
4 22 (9.09%) Load Balancing
5 21 (8.68%) Service Management
6 16 (6.61%) Migration
6 16 (6.61%) Project Management
7 15 (6.20%) Disaster Recovery
7 15 (6.20%) Customer Engagement
8 14 (5.79%) CRM
9 13 (5.37%) Incident Management
9 13 (5.37%) Workflow
10 12 (4.96%) ETL
10 12 (4.96%) Service Delivery
11 11 (4.55%) Capacity Planning
11 11 (4.55%) Performance Tuning
12 10 (4.13%) Problem Management
13 9 (3.72%) Data Transformation
14 8 (3.31%) High Availability
14 8 (3.31%) Change Control
Programming Languages
1 89 (36.78%) SQL
2 36 (14.88%) PowerShell
3 31 (12.81%) T-SQL
3 31 (12.81%) C#
4 9 (3.72%) C++
4 9 (3.72%) VBScript
5 6 (2.48%) Java
5 6 (2.48%) ABAP
6 5 (2.07%) C
6 5 (2.07%) JavaScript
7 4 (1.65%) Perl
7 4 (1.65%) VB
8 3 (1.24%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.41%) VBA
9 1 (0.41%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.41%) VB6
9 1 (0.41%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 242 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 129 (53.31%) MCITP
3 85 (35.12%) MCSE
4 61 (25.21%) MCP
5 53 (21.90%) MCSA
6 50 (20.66%) Security Cleared
7 32 (13.22%) SC Cleared
8 29 (11.98%) Degree
9 23 (9.50%) CCNA
9 23 (9.50%) Cisco Certification
10 17 (7.02%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 13 (5.37%) MCDST
12 10 (4.13%) Citrix Certification
12 10 (4.13%) DV Cleared
13 9 (3.72%) MCSD
13 9 (3.72%) CCA
13 9 (3.72%) CCNP
14 7 (2.89%) ISTQB
15 5 (2.07%) MCPD
15 5 (2.07%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (7.44%) SLA
2 7 (2.89%) QA
3 3 (1.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.41%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 90 (37.19%) Active Directory
2 28 (11.57%) VMware Infrastructure
3 18 (7.44%) Hyper-V
4 11 (4.55%) VMware ESX
4 11 (4.55%) vSphere
5 7 (2.89%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.48%) vCloud
6 6 (2.48%) Terminal Server
7 5 (2.07%) XenApp
8 4 (1.65%) Terminal Services
9 2 (0.83%) ISA Server
9 2 (0.83%) XenServer
9 2 (0.83%) Forefront TMG
10 1 (0.41%) UAG
10 1 (0.41%) Shibboleth
10 1 (0.41%) Microsoft App-V
10 1 (0.41%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 37 (15.29%) SCCM
2 20 (8.26%) SCOM
3 15 (6.20%) McAfee ePO
4 10 (4.13%) WSUS
5 7 (2.89%) Windows Intune
5 7 (2.89%) SCDPM
5 7 (2.89%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (2.89%) Netcool
6 6 (2.48%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 4 (1.65%) SCOrch
7 4 (1.65%) Forefront Identity Manager
7 4 (1.65%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (0.83%) Ionix
8 2 (0.83%) NetBackup
8 2 (0.83%) Backup Exec
9 1 (0.41%) WMI
9 1 (0.41%) Norton AntiVirus
9 1 (0.41%) Sysprep
9 1 (0.41%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
9 1 (0.41%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 158 (65.29%) Microsoft
2 51 (21.07%) VMware
3 47 (19.42%) Citrix
4 25 (10.33%) Cisco
5 16 (6.61%) McAfee
6 14 (5.79%) HP
7 11 (4.55%) EMC
8 10 (4.13%) SAP
9 8 (3.31%) Symantec
10 7 (2.89%) Veritas
10 7 (2.89%) Red Hat
11 6 (2.48%) Oracle
11 6 (2.48%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (2.07%) Apple
12 5 (2.07%) F5
13 4 (1.65%) NetApp
13 4 (1.65%) Sophos
13 4 (1.65%) Kaseya
14 3 (1.24%) Veeam
14 3 (1.24%) Tableau
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