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 17 September 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
17 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 460 480 465
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -15
Contract jobs citing MCTS 136 102 131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.19% 0.22%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.25% 1.12% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 49 69
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £204 £193
10% offered a daily rate of more than £446 £450 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £330
% change year-on-year
+16.86% -9.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 15 7
Average hourly rate £20.75 £20.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -6.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.60 £13.20 £13.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.95 £25.00 £26.66
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.75 £19.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+9.21% +35.71%

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
10885 9139 10303
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.21% 17.33% 17.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 6053 5094 5334
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 457 436 627
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.55 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.81% -15.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.76 £11.50 £12.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 17 September 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 17 September 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 17 September 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 -12 100 £400 +23.07% 50
London +5 35 £400 - 13
Scotland +11 30 £347 -
South East +8 28 £400 +39.13% 15
North West +15 20 £305 - 3
Berkshire +18 16 £413 -
Reading +16 13 £400 -
Manchester - 12 £195 - 1
South West -22 8 £443 +30.40% 10
City of London +28 7 £413 +3.12% 4
Cheshire +9 7 £305 - 1
Glasgow - 7 £331 -
Cardiff -5 5 £383 +73.86%
South Wales -12 5 £383 +73.86%
Wales -12 5 £383 +73.86%
East of England -23 5 £235 -14.54% 4
Hampshire - 5 £308 - 4
Southampton - 5 £308 - 1
Surrey -6 4 - - 6
Cambridgeshire +1 3 - - 2
Cambridge -7 3 - - 2
West Midlands -18 3 - - 2
Shropshire - 2 - -
Nottingham +15 1 - -
Nottinghamshire +14 1 - -
East Midlands +4 1 - -
Bristol -17 1 - - 5
County Antrim - 1 £350 -
Bedford - 1 £300 -
Belfast - 1 £350 -

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 September 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.

1 252 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 157 (62.30%) Windows
3 153 (60.71%) Microsoft
4 135 (53.57%) MCITP
5 102 (40.48%) Active Directory
5 102 (40.48%) SQL Server
6 92 (36.51%) MCSE
7 87 (34.52%) SQL
8 85 (33.73%) Windows Server 2008
9 76 (30.16%) ITIL
10 72 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
11 68 (26.98%) SQL Server 2008
12 64 (25.40%) MCP
13 59 (23.41%) MS Excel
14 58 (23.02%) Security Cleared
15 57 (22.62%) MCSA
16 56 (22.22%) DNS
17 51 (20.24%) SharePoint
17 51 (20.24%) VMware
18 50 (19.84%) SQL Server 2005
19 49 (19.44%) Clustering
20 48 (19.05%) Windows 7
21 46 (18.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 45 (17.86%) SC Cleared
23 43 (17.06%) TCP/IP
23 43 (17.06%) .NET
24 41 (16.27%) Citrix
25 39 (15.48%) PowerShell
25 39 (15.48%) Windows Server 2012
26 37 (14.68%) SharePoint 2010

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 September 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 51 (20.24%) SharePoint
2 37 (14.68%) SharePoint 2010
2 37 (14.68%) IIS
3 32 (12.70%) MS Exchange
4 17 (6.75%) Exchange Server 2010
5 15 (5.95%) Exchange Server 2007
6 13 (5.16%) Exchange Server 2003
7 12 (4.76%) SharePoint Server
8 6 (2.38%) SharePoint 2013
9 5 (1.98%) Exchange Server 2013
9 5 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (1.19%) Lync
11 2 (0.79%) IBM Notes
11 2 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
12 1 (0.40%) Node.js
12 1 (0.40%) WorkSite
12 1 (0.40%) Office Communications Server
12 1 (0.40%) GroupWise
12 1 (0.40%) Tomcat
Applications
1 59 (23.41%) MS Excel
2 26 (10.32%) MS Office
3 4 (1.59%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.40%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (2.38%) SAP SD
2 4 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 18 (7.14%) Office 365
2 12 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 56 (22.22%) DNS
2 43 (17.06%) TCP/IP
3 33 (13.10%) SAN
4 31 (12.30%) DHCP
5 15 (5.95%) VPN
6 12 (4.76%) Internet
6 12 (4.76%) WAN
7 11 (4.37%) LAN
7 11 (4.37%) SSL
7 11 (4.37%) SNMP
8 8 (3.17%) Network Security
9 7 (2.78%) X.500
9 7 (2.78%) LDAP
9 7 (2.78%) Extranet
10 6 (2.38%) VoIP
10 6 (2.38%) Firewall
11 5 (1.98%) VLAN
11 5 (1.98%) Wireless
11 5 (1.98%) RTP
11 5 (1.98%) ISDN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (40.48%) SQL Server
2 68 (26.98%) SQL Server 2008
3 50 (19.84%) SQL Server 2005
4 46 (18.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 27 (10.71%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 23 (9.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (6.35%) SQL Server 2012
8 14 (5.56%) Microsoft Analysis Services
9 13 (5.16%) SQL Server 2000
10 9 (3.57%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (2.38%) EDRMS
12 5 (1.98%) DTS
13 3 (1.19%) Relational Database
13 3 (1.19%) Amazon Redshift
13 3 (1.19%) SAP HANA
13 3 (1.19%) RDBMS
14 2 (0.79%) OLTP
15 1 (0.40%) SSDT
15 1 (0.40%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
15 1 (0.40%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 13 (5.16%) Visual Studio
2 9 (3.57%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (1.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 5 (1.98%) WinRunner
3 5 (1.98%) TestDirector
3 5 (1.98%) QuickTest Pro
4 2 (0.79%) MSI
4 2 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.79%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.79%) Selenium
5 1 (0.40%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.40%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.40%) WiX
5 1 (0.40%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.40%) Fiddler
5 1 (0.40%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.40%) NUnit
General
1 20 (7.94%) Finance
2 7 (2.78%) Banking
3 5 (1.98%) Telecoms
3 5 (1.98%) Military
4 3 (1.19%) Retail
5 2 (0.79%) Advertising
5 2 (0.79%) Law
6 1 (0.40%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.40%) Marketing
6 1 (0.40%) Electronics
6 1 (0.40%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 36 (14.29%) Developer
2 33 (13.10%) Consultant
3 32 (12.70%) Support Engineer
4 24 (9.52%) Analyst
5 17 (6.75%) Business Intelligence Developer
6 16 (6.35%) Wintel Engineer
7 15 (5.95%) SQL Developer
7 15 (5.95%) Administrator
7 15 (5.95%) 3rd Line Support
8 14 (5.56%) DBA
8 14 (5.56%) SQL DBA
9 13 (5.16%) Support Analyst
10 12 (4.76%) Architect
10 12 (4.76%) Server Engineer
10 12 (4.76%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 11 (4.37%) SharePoint Administrator
11 11 (4.37%) 2nd Line Support
12 10 (3.97%) Desktop Support
13 9 (3.57%) SharePoint Developer
13 9 (3.57%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (17.06%) .NET
2 14 (5.56%) XML
3 13 (5.16%) jQuery
3 13 (5.16%) .NET Framework
3 13 (5.16%) HTML
4 11 (4.37%) ASP.NET
5 8 (3.17%) CSS
6 7 (2.78%) WCF
7 6 (2.38%) EDI
8 4 (1.59%) Application Packaging
8 4 (1.59%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
9 3 (1.19%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (0.79%) Web Services
10 2 (0.79%) XSD
10 2 (0.79%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
10 2 (0.79%) KnockoutJS
11 1 (0.40%) Unity DI Container
11 1 (0.40%) ASP.NET Web API
11 1 (0.40%) FastCGI
11 1 (0.40%) Windows Identity Foundation
Miscellaneous
1 49 (19.44%) Clustering
2 20 (7.94%) Analytical Skills
3 19 (7.54%) Replication
4 13 (5.16%) Computer Science
5 10 (3.97%) Firmware
5 10 (3.97%) Enterprise Software
6 9 (3.57%) Data Integration
7 5 (1.98%) PDA
7 5 (1.98%) PKI
7 5 (1.98%) Management Information System
7 5 (1.98%) GIS
8 4 (1.59%) Blackberry
8 4 (1.59%) Smartphone
8 4 (1.59%) iPad
9 3 (1.19%) CMDB
10 2 (0.79%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.40%) Mathematics
11 1 (0.40%) Fat Client
11 1 (0.40%) Life Science
11 1 (0.40%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 157 (62.30%) Windows
2 85 (33.73%) Windows Server 2008
3 72 (28.57%) Windows Server 2003
4 48 (19.05%) Windows 7
5 39 (15.48%) Windows Server 2012
6 25 (9.92%) Windows XP
7 8 (3.17%) Windows 2000 Server
7 8 (3.17%) Windows 8
8 6 (2.38%) Windows Vista
9 5 (1.98%) AIX
9 5 (1.98%) UNIX
9 5 (1.98%) Linux
10 4 (1.59%) Solaris
10 4 (1.59%) Android
10 4 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.79%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.40%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (30.16%) ITIL
2 36 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
3 30 (11.90%) Load Balancing
4 24 (9.52%) Service Management
5 23 (9.13%) Change Management
6 19 (7.54%) Migration
7 18 (7.14%) Service Delivery
8 17 (6.75%) CRM
9 14 (5.56%) Incident Management
9 14 (5.56%) Customer Engagement
9 14 (5.56%) Capacity Planning
10 13 (5.16%) Disaster Recovery
10 13 (5.16%) ETL
11 12 (4.76%) Performance Tuning
12 10 (3.97%) Data Modelling
13 9 (3.57%) Data Transformation
13 9 (3.57%) High Availability
14 8 (3.17%) Project Management
14 8 (3.17%) MVC
14 8 (3.17%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 87 (34.52%) SQL
2 39 (15.48%) PowerShell
3 29 (11.51%) T-SQL
4 24 (9.52%) C#
5 10 (3.97%) VBScript
6 7 (2.78%) Java
6 7 (2.78%) JavaScript
6 7 (2.78%) C++
7 6 (2.38%) ABAP
8 4 (1.59%) Perl
9 3 (1.19%) VB
9 3 (1.19%) C
10 2 (0.79%) VB.NET
10 2 (0.79%) Ruby
11 1 (0.40%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.40%) PHP
11 1 (0.40%) Python
Qualifications
1 252 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 135 (53.57%) MCITP
3 92 (36.51%) MCSE
4 64 (25.40%) MCP
5 58 (23.02%) Security Cleared
6 57 (22.62%) MCSA
7 45 (17.86%) SC Cleared
8 27 (10.71%) Degree
9 24 (9.52%) CCNA
9 24 (9.52%) Cisco Certification
10 16 (6.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 12 (4.76%) MCDST
12 9 (3.57%) CCNP
13 8 (3.17%) Citrix Certification
14 7 (2.78%) CCA
15 6 (2.38%) MCSD
15 6 (2.38%) ACSA
15 6 (2.38%) DV Cleared
15 6 (2.38%) VCAP
16 5 (1.98%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (7.54%) SLA
2 8 (3.17%) QA
3 5 (1.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.79%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 102 (40.48%) Active Directory
2 28 (11.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 20 (7.94%) Hyper-V
4 9 (3.57%) VMware ESX
5 8 (3.17%) XenApp
5 8 (3.17%) vSphere
6 7 (2.78%) VMware ESXi
7 6 (2.38%) Terminal Services
7 6 (2.38%) XenServer
8 2 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.79%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.79%) Forefront TMG
8 2 (0.79%) vCloud
9 1 (0.40%) UAG
9 1 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
9 1 (0.40%) XenDesktop
9 1 (0.40%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 36 (14.29%) SCCM
2 21 (8.33%) SCOM
3 14 (5.56%) McAfee ePO
4 9 (3.57%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 8 (3.17%) Windows Intune
5 8 (3.17%) SCDPM
6 6 (2.38%) WSUS
7 5 (1.98%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (1.98%) Netcool
8 4 (1.59%) EMC NetWorker
8 4 (1.59%) SCOrch
8 4 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.79%) NetBackup
9 2 (0.79%) Backup Exec
9 2 (0.79%) Ionix
10 1 (0.40%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
10 1 (0.40%) WMI
10 1 (0.40%) Sysprep
10 1 (0.40%) BMC PATROL
10 1 (0.40%) ARCserve
Vendors
1 153 (60.71%) Microsoft
2 51 (20.24%) VMware
3 41 (16.27%) Citrix
4 26 (10.32%) Cisco
5 23 (9.13%) HP
6 15 (5.95%) McAfee
7 13 (5.16%) EMC
8 10 (3.97%) SAP
8 10 (3.97%) Symantec
9 9 (3.57%) Remedy
9 9 (3.57%) NetApp
10 8 (3.17%) Red Hat
11 7 (2.78%) Veeam
11 7 (2.78%) Apple
12 6 (2.38%) Oracle
12 6 (2.38%) Salesforce.com
13 5 (1.98%) Veritas
13 5 (1.98%) IBM
14 4 (1.59%) Sophos
14 4 (1.59%) Kaseya
Redhill, Surrey
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 2 days ago
Watford
Anantha
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £33000 - £35000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton
Deerfoot IT
Rate: £30 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Sunbury-On-Thames, Middlesex
St Paul s Catholic College
Rate: From £15,189 to £15,882 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
North West England
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Hereford
Computer Futures
Rate: £150 - £300 per day + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Swindon
Computer Futures
Rate: £100 - £200 per day + competitive
Posted: 16 days ago
Surrey
Greythorn
Rate: £45 per hour
Posted: 22 days ago