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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 525 482 483
Rank change year-on-year
-43 +1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 82 100 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.15% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.79% 0.98% 0.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 47 24
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£343 £375 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.66% +2.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £202 £199 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £487 £463 £439
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £335
% change year-on-year
- -2.98%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 30 4
Average hourly rate £22.50 £17.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.35% -12.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.70 £13.25 £12.98
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.67 £22.50 £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.75 -
% change year-on-year
+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
10329 10256 8594
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.07% 19.48% 18.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 5893 5990 4605
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £525 £538
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 511 531 468
Average hourly rate £24.12 £20.00 £23.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.60% -13.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -20.00%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -53 61 £325 -16.12% 47
South East -13 22 £325 -18.75% 14
London -46 15 £424 +9.35% 11
Scotland +1 14 £347 +6.91%
North West -12 13 £350 - 7
Berkshire -7 11 £425 - 7
Erskine +8 10 £348 -8.00%
Renfrewshire +7 10 £348 -8.00%
Cumbria 0 9 £350 - 1
Hampshire +4 8 £281 +125.00% 2
Reading +12 7 £350 -17.64% 7
Southampton - 6 £250 - 1
Buckinghamshire +4 4 - - 3
South West +12 3 £415 +0.60% 2
Wales +8 3 £525 -
East of England +8 3 £325 - 3
City of London -9 3 £322 -19.53% 1
Manchester -12 3 £581 - 4
Rickmansworth - 3 £325 -
High Wycombe - 3 - - 1
Barrow-in-Furness - 3 £325 -
Cardiff - 3 £525 -
Cheltenham - 3 £415 -
Croydon - 3 £500 -
Yorkshire - 3 £200 - 3
Surrey - 3 £325 - 2
Hertfordshire - 3 £325 - 1
Gloucestershire - 3 £415 -
South Wales - 3 £525 -
Glasgow -4 2 £300 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 205 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 147 (71.71%) Microsoft
3 125 (60.98%) Windows
4 106 (51.71%) MCITP
5 100 (48.78%) MCSE
6 81 (39.51%) Active Directory
7 66 (32.20%) VMware
8 61 (29.76%) SQL
9 57 (27.80%) Windows 7
10 56 (27.32%) Citrix
11 53 (25.85%) MCSA
12 51 (24.88%) Security Cleared
13 48 (23.41%) MS Excel
14 47 (22.93%) ITIL
14 47 (22.93%) Windows Server 2008
14 47 (22.93%) SC Cleared
14 47 (22.93%) Hyper-V
15 45 (21.95%) MS Exchange
16 43 (20.98%) MCP
17 42 (20.49%) SQL Server
18 39 (19.02%) Windows Server 2003
19 38 (18.54%) Clustering
20 37 (18.05%) VMware Infrastructure
21 36 (17.56%) Degree
21 36 (17.56%) DNS
22 32 (15.61%) Service Management
23 30 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
23 30 (14.63%) McAfee
24 28 (13.66%) Customer Engagement
25 26 (12.68%) Windows Server 2012

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 45 (21.95%) MS Exchange
2 24 (11.71%) Lync
2 24 (11.71%) Exchange Server 2010
3 20 (9.76%) Exchange Server 2007
4 18 (8.78%) SharePoint
5 15 (7.32%) Exchange Server 2013
6 10 (4.88%) IIS
6 10 (4.88%) Office Communications Server
7 7 (3.41%) IBM Notes
7 7 (3.41%) GroupWise
8 6 (2.93%) SharePoint 2010
8 6 (2.93%) Exchange Server 2003
9 5 (2.44%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
10 4 (1.95%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (1.46%) SharePoint Server
12 2 (0.98%) TPMS
12 2 (0.98%) Live Communications Server
Applications
1 48 (23.41%) MS Excel
2 17 (8.29%) MS Office
3 9 (4.39%) MS Visio
4 5 (2.44%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 18 (8.78%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.49%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 14 (6.83%) Office 365
2 6 (2.93%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.46%) SaaS
4 2 (0.98%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.49%) Mimecast
5 1 (0.49%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 36 (17.56%) DNS
2 26 (12.68%) Firewall
3 21 (10.24%) SAN
4 17 (8.29%) DHCP
5 13 (6.34%) TCP/IP
6 11 (5.37%) Internet
7 10 (4.88%) LAN
8 9 (4.39%) WAN
9 8 (3.90%) IMAP
9 8 (3.90%) VPN
9 8 (3.90%) POP3
9 8 (3.90%) SMTP
10 7 (3.41%) VoIP
11 4 (1.95%) IP Telephony
12 3 (1.46%) LDAP
12 3 (1.46%) Kerberos
12 3 (1.46%) Extranet
12 3 (1.46%) X.500
12 3 (1.46%) VLAN
12 3 (1.46%) NetScaler
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (20.49%) SQL Server
2 17 (8.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 15 (7.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 14 (6.83%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 13 (6.34%) Data Warehouse
6 12 (5.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 6 (2.93%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (2.93%) OLAP Cube
7 6 (2.93%) OLAP
8 3 (1.46%) SQL Server 2005
9 2 (0.98%) QlikView
9 2 (0.98%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 2 (0.98%) SQL Server 2000
9 2 (0.98%) OLTP
10 1 (0.49%) Crystal Reports
10 1 (0.49%) MySQL
10 1 (0.49%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
10 1 (0.49%) Relational Database
10 1 (0.49%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 19 (9.27%) WinRunner
1 19 (9.27%) TestDirector
1 19 (9.27%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (4.88%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (1.95%) Visual Studio
4 1 (0.49%) MSI
4 1 (0.49%) MSBuild
General
1 17 (8.29%) Marketing
2 13 (6.34%) Finance
3 10 (4.88%) Telecoms
4 4 (1.95%) Manufacturing
5 3 (1.46%) Electronics
6 1 (0.49%) Banking
Job Titles
1 43 (20.98%) Analyst
2 26 (12.68%) Field Engineer
3 23 (11.22%) Consultant
4 17 (8.29%) Business Analyst
5 15 (7.32%) Support Engineer
6 13 (6.34%) CRM Analyst
6 13 (6.34%) Developer
6 13 (6.34%) CRM Business Analyst
7 11 (5.37%) Desktop Support
7 11 (5.37%) 3rd Line Support
7 11 (5.37%) Test Engineer
8 10 (4.88%) Support Analyst
9 9 (4.39%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (4.39%) Business Intelligence Developer
10 8 (3.90%) Process Engineer
10 8 (3.90%) Server Engineer
10 8 (3.90%) Administrator
11 7 (3.41%) DBA
11 7 (3.41%) Architect
11 7 (3.41%) Service Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (5.85%) .NET
2 8 (3.90%) .NET Framework
2 8 (3.90%) XML
3 3 (1.46%) CSS
3 3 (1.46%) HTML
3 3 (1.46%) Application Packaging
4 2 (0.98%) jQuery
4 2 (0.98%) WCF
4 2 (0.98%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.49%) Web Services
5 1 (0.49%) XSLT
5 1 (0.49%) WPF
5 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
5 1 (0.49%) MDX
5 1 (0.49%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 38 (18.54%) Clustering
2 19 (9.27%) PDA
3 16 (7.80%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (4.39%) Replication
5 7 (3.41%) Computer Science
6 6 (2.93%) Private Cloud
6 6 (2.93%) Blackberry
7 5 (2.44%) PKI
8 4 (1.95%) Video Conferencing
9 2 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (0.49%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.49%) Handset
10 1 (0.49%) CMDB
10 1 (0.49%) Data Integration
10 1 (0.49%) Kindle
10 1 (0.49%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 125 (60.98%) Windows
2 57 (27.80%) Windows 7
3 47 (22.93%) Windows Server 2008
4 39 (19.02%) Windows Server 2003
5 26 (12.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (12.20%) Windows XP
7 19 (9.27%) AIX
8 14 (6.83%) Windows 8
9 4 (1.95%) Linux
10 1 (0.49%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.49%) Windows Mobile
10 1 (0.49%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (22.93%) ITIL
2 32 (15.61%) Service Management
3 30 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (13.66%) Customer Engagement
5 24 (11.71%) Change Management
6 23 (11.22%) Disaster Recovery
7 20 (9.76%) CRM
8 19 (9.27%) Test Automation
8 19 (9.27%) Software Testing
9 18 (8.78%) Time Management
10 17 (8.29%) Test Scripting
10 17 (8.29%) Migration
11 13 (6.34%) Business Intelligence
12 11 (5.37%) Stakeholder Management
13 10 (4.88%) Problem Management
13 10 (4.88%) Performance Analysis
13 10 (4.88%) Performance Monitoring
14 9 (4.39%) Continuous Improvement
14 9 (4.39%) Performance Tuning
14 9 (4.39%) BPMN
Programming Languages
1 61 (29.76%) SQL
2 15 (7.32%) PowerShell
3 9 (4.39%) T-SQL
4 8 (3.90%) C#
5 6 (2.93%) VBScript
6 4 (1.95%) Java
6 4 (1.95%) VB.NET
7 2 (0.98%) JavaScript
8 1 (0.49%) VB
8 1 (0.49%) Python
8 1 (0.49%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 205 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 106 (51.71%) MCITP
3 100 (48.78%) MCSE
4 53 (25.85%) MCSA
5 51 (24.88%) Security Cleared
6 47 (22.93%) SC Cleared
7 43 (20.98%) MCP
8 36 (17.56%) Degree
9 23 (11.22%) DV Cleared
10 18 (8.78%) Cisco Certification
10 18 (8.78%) MCSD
10 18 (8.78%) MCPD
11 17 (8.29%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 17 (8.29%) MCAD
11 17 (8.29%) CCNA
12 16 (7.80%) Citrix Certification
12 16 (7.80%) ISTQB
13 14 (6.83%) CCA
14 7 (3.41%) CCEA
14 7 (3.41%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (5.37%) SLA
2 3 (1.46%) PCI DSS
3 2 (0.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.49%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 81 (39.51%) Active Directory
2 47 (22.93%) Hyper-V
3 37 (18.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 20 (9.76%) VMware ESX
5 12 (5.85%) XenApp
5 12 (5.85%) vSphere
6 6 (2.93%) Microsoft App-V
7 4 (1.95%) XenDesktop
8 3 (1.46%) Firmware
8 3 (1.46%) Forefront TMG
9 1 (0.49%) ISA Server
9 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Virtual Server
9 1 (0.49%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 19 (9.27%) McAfee ePO
1 19 (9.27%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (8.29%) Netcool
3 16 (7.80%) SCCM
4 10 (4.88%) SCOM
5 6 (2.93%) SCSM
5 6 (2.93%) WMI
6 4 (1.95%) AirWatch
6 4 (1.95%) Backup Exec
7 3 (1.46%) MOM
8 2 (0.98%) XenMobile
8 2 (0.98%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 1 (0.49%) BMC PATROL
9 1 (0.49%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 147 (71.71%) Microsoft
2 66 (32.20%) VMware
3 56 (27.32%) Citrix
4 30 (14.63%) McAfee
5 19 (9.27%) Veritas
6 18 (8.78%) Cisco
7 11 (5.37%) SAP
8 9 (4.39%) Avaya
9 8 (3.90%) Lotus
9 8 (3.90%) HP
10 7 (3.41%) Novell
11 5 (2.44%) IBM
11 5 (2.44%) Sonus
12 4 (1.95%) Symantec
13 3 (1.46%) Sophos
13 3 (1.46%) Apple
14 2 (0.98%) AppSense
14 2 (0.98%) TOWER Software
14 2 (0.98%) Nortel
15 1 (0.49%) Sun
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