The table below looks at the statistics 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 2 September 2015 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
2 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 56 66 62
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -4
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.40% 0.13% 0.30%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.21% 0.61% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 2
Average daily rate
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£450 £425 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +13.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £319 £338 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.55% +12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.50 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-7.50% -
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West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Qualifications Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
136 164 106
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 18.30% 21.24% 15.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 77 85 57
Average daily rate £350 £350 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 4 3
Average hourly rate £36.00 £18.50 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+94.59% +54.16%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.75 £20.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+18.75% -

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 20 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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%) MCSA
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) SCCM
2 2 (66.67%) MS Exchange
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (66.67%) Windows 7
2 2 (66.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (66.67%) MCP
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (33.33%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) Citrix
3 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 1 (33.33%) MCSE
3 1 (33.33%) SCOM
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (33.33%) Hyper-V
3 1 (33.33%) MSI
3 1 (33.33%) VMware

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 2015, 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 2 (66.67%) MS Exchange
1 2 (66.67%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MSI
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Technical Leader
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Systems Administrator
2 1 (33.33%) SCCM Engineer
2 1 (33.33%) Systems Administrator
2 1 (33.33%) Support Engineer
2 1 (33.33%) Administrator
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Administrator
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) Windows 7
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server 2012
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) MCSA
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) MCP
3 1 (33.33%) MCSE
3 1 (33.33%) MCITP
System Software
1 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 1 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (33.33%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (100.00%) SCCM
2 1 (33.33%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) Citrix
2 1 (33.33%) VMware