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 25 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 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 60 57 -
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -
Contract jobs citing MCTS 1 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.14% 0.33% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.60% 1.87% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Average daily rate
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£425 £375 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +15.15%
Qualifications Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
166 107 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 23.28% 17.66% 15.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 53 59
Average daily rate £350 £378 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.34% +37.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £233 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Average hourly rate £16.00 £12.00 £17.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -32.39%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCTS
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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 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) SCCM
2 3 (75.00%) Windows 7
2 3 (75.00%) Windows
3 1 (25.00%) Web Application Development
3 1 (25.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (25.00%) Windows 8
3 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET Web API
3 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (25.00%) BDD
3 1 (25.00%) NoSQL
3 1 (25.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
3 1 (25.00%) Node.js
3 1 (25.00%) Facebook
3 1 (25.00%) MVC
3 1 (25.00%) Advertising
3 1 (25.00%) VMware
3 1 (25.00%) TDD
3 1 (25.00%) Ruby
3 1 (25.00%) .NET Framework
3 1 (25.00%) WCF
3 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
3 1 (25.00%) RESTful
3 1 (25.00%) C#
3 1 (25.00%) .NET
3 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET
3 1 (25.00%) MCP
3 1 (25.00%) MCAD
3 1 (25.00%) MCSD

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (25.00%) Node.js
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (25.00%) NoSQL
1 1 (25.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
General
1 1 (25.00%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Consultant
1 3 (75.00%) SCCM Consultant
2 1 (25.00%) Architect
2 1 (25.00%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (25.00%) .NET Architect
2 1 (25.00%) .NET Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) .NET
1 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (25.00%) .NET Framework
1 1 (25.00%) WCF
1 1 (25.00%) RESTful
1 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (25.00%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
1 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET Web API
Operating Systems
1 3 (75.00%) Windows
1 3 (75.00%) Windows 7
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) MVC
1 1 (25.00%) TDD
1 1 (25.00%) BDD
1 1 (25.00%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) C#
1 1 (25.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (25.00%) MCP
2 1 (25.00%) MCAD
2 1 (25.00%) MCSD
Systems Management
1 3 (75.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1 (25.00%) VMware
1 1 (25.00%) Facebook