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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 64 50 -
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -
Contract jobs citing MCTS 1 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.13% 0.54% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.76% 3.41% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Average daily rate
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£368 £406 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.53% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £379 £338
% change year-on-year
-4.15% +12.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £13.25 -
% change year-on-year
+183.01% -
MCTS
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
132 88 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 17.41% 15.86% 13.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 48 46
Average daily rate £345 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.00% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £168 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £528
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 4
Average hourly rate £23.00 - £18.25
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.40 - £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 - £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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 27 March 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 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (50.00%) Migration
2 1 (50.00%) VMware
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (50.00%) MDX
2 1 (50.00%) QlikView
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (50.00%) Dimensional Modelling
2 1 (50.00%) Data Integration
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (50.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (50.00%) XenApp
2 1 (50.00%) vSphere
2 1 (50.00%) Tableau
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (50.00%) Kimball Methodology
2 1 (50.00%) OLAP Cube
2 1 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (50.00%) T-SQL
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (50.00%) OLAP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (50.00%) QlikView
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2012
1 1 (50.00%) OLAP Cube
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (50.00%) OLAP
1 1 (50.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (50.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Support Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) 3rd Line Support
1 1 (50.00%) SQL Developer
1 1 (50.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
1 1 (50.00%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (50.00%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Migration
1 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (50.00%) Dimensional Modelling
1 1 (50.00%) Kimball Methodology
1 1 (50.00%) PRINCE2
1 1 (50.00%) ETL
1 1 (50.00%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) SQL
1 1 (50.00%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (50.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
2 1 (50.00%) MCP
2 1 (50.00%) MCSE
2 1 (50.00%) CCA
2 1 (50.00%) Citrix Certification
2 1 (50.00%) CCEA
System Software
1 1 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (50.00%) Hyper-V
1 1 (50.00%) XenApp
1 1 (50.00%) vSphere
1 1 (50.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 1 (50.00%) VMware
1 1 (50.00%) Tableau
1 1 (50.00%) Citrix