The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
South East / Berkshire
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 98 110 109
Rank change year-on-year +12 -1  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 9 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.11% 0.39% 0.24%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 1.32% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 5 3
Median daily rate - £400 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -11.11%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +59.09% -5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +60.00%  

MCTS is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 425 682 524
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 23.47% 29.33% 21.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 328 222
Median daily rate £438 £390 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.17% -1.88%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £255 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 32 33
Median hourly rate £13.50 £12.50 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.00% -41.99%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire citing MCTS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in Berkshire

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCTS in Berkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in Berkshire

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS in Berkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) DHCP
1 2 (100.00%) DNS
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) Service Management
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Degree
1 2 (100.00%) WSUS
1 2 (100.00%) Problem Management
1 2 (100.00%) Customer Engagement
2 1 (50.00%) SCOM

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) DHCP
1 2 (100.00%) DNS
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) Field Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Desktop Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Desktop Support
2 1 (50.00%) Desktop Support Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Field Support Engineer
2 1 (50.00%) Support Engineer
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Customer Engagement
1 2 (100.00%) ITIL
1 2 (100.00%) Problem Management
1 2 (100.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) Degree
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (100.00%) WSUS
2 1 (50.00%) SCOM