The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 29 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 for the Bedfordshire region.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 44 - 26
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing MCTS 7 0 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 1.37% - 5.72%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.86% - 28.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 9
Average daily rate
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£300 - £330
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +15.15%
Qualifications Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
102 49 60
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 19.92% 20.76% 20.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 19 35
Average daily rate £300 £283 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.19% -14.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £199 £250 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £534 £362 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 1
Average hourly rate £35.00 £14.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+141.37% -58.57%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCTS
East of England

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the Bedfordshire region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 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
Bedford - 6 £300 -
Dunstable - 1 £225 -
Luton - - - -
MCTS
East of England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region 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 7 (100.00%) SQL
1 7 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 7 (100.00%) MCITP
2 6 (85.71%) Incident Management
2 6 (85.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 6 (85.71%) SAP SD
2 6 (85.71%) Salesforce.com
2 6 (85.71%) EDI
2 6 (85.71%) Business Intelligence
2 6 (85.71%) Microsoft
2 6 (85.71%) ABAP
2 6 (85.71%) SAP
2 6 (85.71%) CRM
3 1 (14.29%) Clustering
3 1 (14.29%) Software Engineering
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (14.29%) Load Balancing
3 1 (14.29%) PowerShell
3 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (14.29%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (14.29%) SharePoint
3 1 (14.29%) Windows
3 1 (14.29%) MCSE
3 1 (14.29%) .NET
3 1 (14.29%) IIS
3 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
3 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
3 1 (14.29%) DNS

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region 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 1 (14.29%) IIS
1 1 (14.29%) SharePoint
1 1 (14.29%) SharePoint 2010
Business Applications
1 6 (85.71%) SAP SD
Communications & Networking
1 1 (14.29%) TCP/IP
1 1 (14.29%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 6 (85.71%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (14.29%) SQL Server 2008
Job Titles
1 6 (85.71%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Support Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Development Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (85.71%) EDI
2 1 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
1 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (14.29%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (85.71%) CRM
1 6 (85.71%) Business Intelligence
1 6 (85.71%) Incident Management
2 1 (14.29%) Load Balancing
2 1 (14.29%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 7 (100.00%) SQL
2 6 (85.71%) ABAP
3 1 (14.29%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 7 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 7 (100.00%) MCITP
2 1 (14.29%) MCSE
System Software
1 1 (14.29%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 6 (85.71%) SAP
1 6 (85.71%) Microsoft
1 6 (85.71%) Salesforce.com