The first table below looks at the demand for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire 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 Cheshire 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 71 60 53
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.35% 0.27% 0.43%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.58% 1.27% 2.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 1
Average daily rate - £356 £110
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +223.86%
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £345 £310
% change year-on-year
+9.71% +11.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
190 157 148
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 22.46% 20.91% 21.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 94 52 73
Average daily rate £397 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.33% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £135 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £521 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 4
Average hourly rate £17.50 £35.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.00% +27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £12.50 £22.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.00 £53.11 £28.85
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 3 - -
Chester - - - -
Macclesfield - - - -
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Top 17 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 6 (100.00%) C#
1 6 (100.00%) SQL
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (100.00%) WinForms
1 6 (100.00%) TDD
1 6 (100.00%) MCPD
1 6 (100.00%) WPF
1 6 (100.00%) Unit Testing
2 5 (83.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (83.33%) .NET
2 5 (83.33%) MCP
2 5 (83.33%) OO
3 4 (66.67%) OOD
3 4 (66.67%) .NET Framework
4 3 (50.00%) Software Engineering
5 1 (16.67%) Windows
5 1 (16.67%) SQL Server

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 (16.67%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Software Engineer
2 2 (33.33%) Developer
2 2 (33.33%) WinForms Developer
3 1 (16.67%) .NET Developer
3 1 (16.67%) C# Developer
3 1 (16.67%) Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Applications Developer
3 1 (16.67%) C# Application Developer
3 1 (16.67%) .NET Applications Developer
3 1 (16.67%) C# .NET Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (100.00%) WinForms
1 6 (100.00%) WPF
2 5 (83.33%) .NET
3 4 (66.67%) .NET Framework
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (100.00%) TDD
1 6 (100.00%) Unit Testing
2 5 (83.33%) OO
3 4 (66.67%) OOD
4 3 (50.00%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 6 (100.00%) C#
1 6 (100.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 6 (100.00%) MCPD
2 5 (83.33%) MCP
Vendors
1 5 (83.33%) Microsoft