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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 481 476 477
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 136 114 122
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.24% 0.22% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.22% 1.25% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 88 56 68
Average daily rate
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£375 £337 £328
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.20% +2.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £200 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £309 £325
% change year-on-year
+13.36% -5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 17 7
Average hourly rate £21.50 £20.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% -9.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.63 £12.90 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.25 £25.00 £26.66
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.82
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -21.12%

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
11189 9095 10240
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 19.56% 17.26% 17.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 6198 5113 5307
Average daily rate £380 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £225 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 472 404 606
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.70 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.95% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.11% -28.00%

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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 October 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 -17 103 £400 +17.83% 42
London +3 39 £413 +3.12% 11
South East -9 29 £388 +19.23% 13
Scotland +17 28 £347 -7.33%
North West +8 19 £309 - 3
Berkshire +16 13 £425 - 3
Manchester - 13 £285 -
Reading +17 11 £400 -5.88% 3
City of London +38 9 £400 - 3
Surrey -4 8 £375 +25.00% 6
South West -29 8 £443 +30.40% 6
Cheshire +8 5 £305 - 2
Cambridgeshire +5 5 £400 - 4
East of England -28 5 £400 +33.33% 6
Hampshire - 5 £308 - 4
Southampton - 5 £308 - 2
Glasgow - 5 £331 -
Cardiff -5 4 £383 +73.86%
South Wales -7 4 £383 +73.86%
Wales -27 4 £383 +73.86%
Cambridge -2 3 - - 1
West Midlands -15 3 - - 2
Redhill - 3 - - 1
Peterborough - 2 £400 - 2
Shropshire - 2 - -
Guildford -9 1 - -
Bristol -15 1 - - 4
County Antrim - 1 £350 -
Belfast - 1 £350 -
Woking - 1 £375 - 1

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 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
2 154 (61.11%) Microsoft
2 154 (61.11%) Windows
3 126 (50.00%) MCITP
4 100 (39.68%) SQL Server
4 100 (39.68%) Active Directory
5 88 (34.92%) MCSE
6 86 (34.13%) SQL
7 81 (32.14%) Windows Server 2008
8 74 (29.37%) Windows Server 2003
9 72 (28.57%) ITIL
10 65 (25.79%) MCP
11 63 (25.00%) Security Cleared
12 62 (24.60%) SQL Server 2008
13 57 (22.62%) DNS
14 54 (21.43%) MS Excel
15 52 (20.63%) MCSA
15 52 (20.63%) VMware
16 51 (20.24%) Clustering
16 51 (20.24%) SC Cleared
17 50 (19.84%) SharePoint
18 45 (17.86%) .NET
18 45 (17.86%) SQL Server 2005
19 43 (17.06%) TCP/IP
20 42 (16.67%) PowerShell
21 39 (15.48%) Windows 7
21 39 (15.48%) Windows Server 2012
21 39 (15.48%) Citrix
21 39 (15.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
22 38 (15.08%) IIS

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 50 (19.84%) SharePoint
2 38 (15.08%) IIS
3 35 (13.89%) MS Exchange
4 33 (13.10%) SharePoint 2010
5 21 (8.33%) Exchange Server 2010
6 20 (7.94%) Exchange Server 2007
7 18 (7.14%) Exchange Server 2003
8 10 (3.97%) Exchange Server 2013
9 8 (3.17%) SharePoint Server
10 6 (2.38%) SharePoint 2013
11 5 (1.98%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (1.19%) Lync
13 2 (0.79%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
14 1 (0.40%) IBM Notes
14 1 (0.40%) GroupWise
14 1 (0.40%) Node.js
14 1 (0.40%) Office Communications Server
14 1 (0.40%) WorkSite
Applications
1 54 (21.43%) MS Excel
2 24 (9.52%) MS Office
3 4 (1.59%) MS Project
4 3 (1.19%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.40%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 6 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (2.38%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 17 (6.75%) Office 365
2 13 (5.16%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 57 (22.62%) DNS
2 43 (17.06%) TCP/IP
3 34 (13.49%) SAN
4 31 (12.30%) DHCP
5 14 (5.56%) WAN
6 13 (5.16%) LAN
7 12 (4.76%) Internet
7 12 (4.76%) SNMP
8 11 (4.37%) VPN
8 11 (4.37%) SSL
9 8 (3.17%) Network Security
9 8 (3.17%) X.500
9 8 (3.17%) LDAP
10 7 (2.78%) IPv4
10 7 (2.78%) VLAN
11 6 (2.38%) NetScaler
11 6 (2.38%) Kerberos
12 5 (1.98%) VoIP
13 4 (1.59%) Firewall
13 4 (1.59%) RTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 100 (39.68%) SQL Server
2 62 (24.60%) SQL Server 2008
3 45 (17.86%) SQL Server 2005
4 39 (15.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 22 (8.73%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 20 (7.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 18 (7.14%) SQL Server 2012
8 13 (5.16%) SQL Server 2000
9 9 (3.57%) Microsoft Analysis Services
10 7 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
11 6 (2.38%) EDRMS
12 5 (1.98%) DTS
12 5 (1.98%) OLTP
13 3 (1.19%) RDBMS
13 3 (1.19%) Relational Database
13 3 (1.19%) SAP HANA
14 2 (0.79%) Amazon Redshift
15 1 (0.40%) NoSQL
15 1 (0.40%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
15 1 (0.40%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 12 (4.76%) Visual Studio
2 8 (3.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (1.98%) WinRunner
3 5 (1.98%) TestDirector
3 5 (1.98%) QuickTest Pro
3 5 (1.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (0.79%) Selenium
4 2 (0.79%) Visual Studio Team System
4 2 (0.79%) Git (software)
4 2 (0.79%) MSI
5 1 (0.40%) InstallShield
5 1 (0.40%) NUnit
5 1 (0.40%) WiX
5 1 (0.40%) SpecFlow
5 1 (0.40%) MSBuild
5 1 (0.40%) TeamCity
5 1 (0.40%) Fiddler
General
1 23 (9.13%) Finance
2 6 (2.38%) Banking
3 5 (1.98%) Military
4 4 (1.59%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.79%) Marketing
5 2 (0.79%) Retail
5 2 (0.79%) Law
6 1 (0.40%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.40%) Advertising
6 1 (0.40%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 33 (13.10%) Consultant
2 30 (11.90%) Developer
2 30 (11.90%) Support Engineer
3 20 (7.94%) Analyst
4 18 (7.14%) Wintel Engineer
5 16 (6.35%) SQL DBA
5 16 (6.35%) DBA
6 14 (5.56%) 3rd Line Support
6 14 (5.56%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 13 (5.16%) Server Engineer
8 12 (4.76%) Business Intelligence Developer
9 11 (4.37%) Administrator
9 11 (4.37%) Architect
10 10 (3.97%) SQL Developer
10 10 (3.97%) Support Analyst
11 9 (3.57%) SQL Server DBA
11 9 (3.57%) SharePoint Developer
12 8 (3.17%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
12 8 (3.17%) Desktop Support
13 7 (2.78%) Field Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 45 (17.86%) .NET
2 15 (5.95%) XML
2 15 (5.95%) HTML
3 14 (5.56%) .NET Framework
4 13 (5.16%) ASP.NET
5 9 (3.57%) WCF
5 9 (3.57%) jQuery
6 8 (3.17%) CSS
7 6 (2.38%) EDI
8 4 (1.59%) Application Packaging
8 4 (1.59%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
8 4 (1.59%) Web Services
9 3 (1.19%) ASP.NET MVC
10 2 (0.79%) WPF
10 2 (0.79%) Microsoft Enterprise Library
10 2 (0.79%) KnockoutJS
10 2 (0.79%) XSD
11 1 (0.40%) XSLT
11 1 (0.40%) SOAP
11 1 (0.40%) ADO.NET
Miscellaneous
1 51 (20.24%) Clustering
2 19 (7.54%) Analytical Skills
2 19 (7.54%) Replication
3 13 (5.16%) Computer Science
4 11 (4.37%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (2.38%) PKI
6 5 (1.98%) GIS
6 5 (1.98%) Data Integration
6 5 (1.98%) PDA
7 4 (1.59%) Blackberry
8 3 (1.19%) Management Information System
9 2 (0.79%) CMDB
9 2 (0.79%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.40%) Thin Client
10 1 (0.40%) iPad
10 1 (0.40%) FMCG
10 1 (0.40%) Video Conferencing
10 1 (0.40%) Mathematics
10 1 (0.40%) Life Science
10 1 (0.40%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 154 (61.11%) Windows
2 81 (32.14%) Windows Server 2008
3 74 (29.37%) Windows Server 2003
4 39 (15.48%) Windows 7
4 39 (15.48%) Windows Server 2012
5 25 (9.92%) Windows XP
6 8 (3.17%) Windows 8
7 6 (2.38%) Windows Vista
7 6 (2.38%) Windows 2000 Server
8 5 (1.98%) UNIX
8 5 (1.98%) AIX
8 5 (1.98%) Linux
9 4 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (1.59%) Android
9 4 (1.59%) Solaris
10 1 (0.40%) Windows 2000
10 1 (0.40%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.40%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (28.57%) ITIL
2 32 (12.70%) Load Balancing
3 27 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
4 23 (9.13%) Service Management
5 21 (8.33%) Migration
6 19 (7.54%) Change Management
6 19 (7.54%) CRM
7 15 (5.95%) Capacity Planning
8 14 (5.56%) Service Delivery
9 13 (5.16%) Disaster Recovery
9 13 (5.16%) Incident Management
9 13 (5.16%) Customer Engagement
9 13 (5.16%) Performance Tuning
10 11 (4.37%) Project Management
10 11 (4.37%) Agile Software Development
11 10 (3.97%) High Availability
12 9 (3.57%) ETL
13 8 (3.17%) Data Protection
13 8 (3.17%) MVC
14 6 (2.38%) Performance Management
Programming Languages
1 86 (34.13%) SQL
2 42 (16.67%) PowerShell
3 25 (9.92%) T-SQL
3 25 (9.92%) C#
4 11 (4.37%) VBScript
5 9 (3.57%) JavaScript
6 6 (2.38%) ABAP
6 6 (2.38%) C++
7 5 (1.98%) Java
8 4 (1.59%) Perl
8 4 (1.59%) VB.NET
9 3 (1.19%) C
9 3 (1.19%) VB
10 2 (0.79%) Ruby
11 1 (0.40%) PHP
11 1 (0.40%) Python
11 1 (0.40%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 252 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 126 (50.00%) MCITP
3 88 (34.92%) MCSE
4 65 (25.79%) MCP
5 63 (25.00%) Security Cleared
6 52 (20.63%) MCSA
7 51 (20.24%) SC Cleared
8 25 (9.92%) Degree
9 22 (8.73%) CCNA
9 22 (8.73%) Cisco Certification
10 14 (5.56%) 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%) ACSA
15 6 (2.38%) MCSD
16 5 (1.98%) MCAD
16 5 (1.98%) MCDBA
16 5 (1.98%) IBM Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (5.16%) SLA
2 8 (3.17%) QA
3 5 (1.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.40%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 100 (39.68%) Active Directory
2 29 (11.51%) VMware Infrastructure
3 24 (9.52%) Hyper-V
4 11 (4.37%) Firmware
4 11 (4.37%) XenApp
5 7 (2.78%) VMware ESX
6 6 (2.38%) XenServer
6 6 (2.38%) vSphere
6 6 (2.38%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (2.38%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.40%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.40%) Forefront TMG
8 1 (0.40%) vCloud
8 1 (0.40%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.40%) Citrix Presentation Server
Systems Management
1 34 (13.49%) SCCM
2 21 (8.33%) SCOM
3 14 (5.56%) McAfee ePO
4 10 (3.97%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 8 (3.17%) SCDPM
5 8 (3.17%) Windows Intune
6 6 (2.38%) WSUS
7 5 (1.98%) Netcool
7 5 (1.98%) HP Quality Center
8 4 (1.59%) SCOrch
8 4 (1.59%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 3 (1.19%) EMC NetWorker
10 2 (0.79%) Ionix
10 2 (0.79%) NetBackup
10 2 (0.79%) Backup Exec
11 1 (0.40%) BMC PATROL
11 1 (0.40%) ARCserve
11 1 (0.40%) Norton AntiVirus
11 1 (0.40%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
11 1 (0.40%) Sysprep
Vendors
1 154 (61.11%) Microsoft
2 52 (20.63%) VMware
3 39 (15.48%) Citrix
4 27 (10.71%) HP
5 23 (9.13%) Cisco
6 15 (5.95%) McAfee
7 12 (4.76%) NetApp
7 12 (4.76%) EMC
8 10 (3.97%) Veeam
8 10 (3.97%) Symantec
8 10 (3.97%) SAP
9 9 (3.57%) Remedy
10 8 (3.17%) Red Hat
11 7 (2.78%) Apple
12 6 (2.38%) Salesforce.com
13 5 (1.98%) Oracle
13 5 (1.98%) Veritas
13 5 (1.98%) IBM
14 4 (1.59%) Kaseya
14 4 (1.59%) Sophos
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