The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 18 April 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 Birmingham 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 55 - 49
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.49% - 0.33%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.73% - 2.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 2
Average daily rate £406 - £330
90% offered a daily rate of more than £401 - £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £411 - £346
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £345 £310
% change year-on-year
+9.71% +11.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
110 62 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.94% 12.11% 13.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 57 41 50
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £168 £238 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £540 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 5
Average hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.61% +85.71%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
MCTS
West Midlands

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

MCTS
Top 6 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham 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 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) SCCM
1 3 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 8
2 1 (33.33%) VMware

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham 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.

Job Titles
1 3 (100.00%) Consultant
1 3 (100.00%) SCCM Consultant
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 8
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
Systems Management
1 3 (100.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) VMware