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 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 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 58 63 67
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +4
Contract jobs citing MCTS 7 6 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.88% 0.80% 0.23%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.14% 3.73% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 2
Average daily rate
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£265 - £155
90% offered a daily rate of more than £241 - £119
10% offered a daily rate of more than £306 - £191
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
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
169 161 140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 21.37% 21.38% 16.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 74 55 62
Average daily rate £310 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £125 £220 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £431 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 20 11
Average hourly rate £16.84 £35.00 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.88% +27.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £16.84 £17.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.50 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
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 25 July 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
Knutsford - 3 £265 -
Warrington - - - -
Chester - - - - 2
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 10 (100.00%) .NET
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (90.00%) SQL
3 7 (70.00%) Windows
3 7 (70.00%) SQL Server
3 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 7 (70.00%) MCSE
3 7 (70.00%) SharePoint
3 7 (70.00%) TCP/IP
3 7 (70.00%) DNS
3 7 (70.00%) Clustering
3 7 (70.00%) SQL Server 2005
3 7 (70.00%) MCITP
3 7 (70.00%) Load Balancing
3 7 (70.00%) PowerShell
3 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (70.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 7 (70.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 6 (60.00%) Active Directory
4 6 (60.00%) IIS
5 4 (40.00%) Finance
5 4 (40.00%) Problem Management
5 4 (40.00%) Incident Management
6 3 (30.00%) MCPD
6 3 (30.00%) .NET Framework
6 3 (30.00%) Unit Testing
6 3 (30.00%) WPF
6 3 (30.00%) Change Management
6 3 (30.00%) WinForms
6 3 (30.00%) TDD

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

Application Platforms
1 7 (70.00%) SharePoint
1 7 (70.00%) SharePoint 2010
2 6 (60.00%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (70.00%) TCP/IP
1 7 (70.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (70.00%) SQL Server
1 7 (70.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 7 (70.00%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 4 (40.00%) Finance
2 2 (20.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Software Engineer
2 2 (20.00%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (100.00%) .NET
2 3 (30.00%) WinForms
2 3 (30.00%) .NET Framework
2 3 (30.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 7 (70.00%) Clustering
2 1 (10.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 7 (70.00%) Windows
1 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) Load Balancing
2 4 (40.00%) Problem Management
2 4 (40.00%) Incident Management
3 3 (30.00%) Unit Testing
3 3 (30.00%) Capacity Management
3 3 (30.00%) OO
3 3 (30.00%) OOD
3 3 (30.00%) Change Management
3 3 (30.00%) TDD
3 3 (30.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (10.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (90.00%) SQL
2 7 (70.00%) PowerShell
3 3 (30.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (70.00%) MCITP
2 7 (70.00%) MCSE
3 3 (30.00%) MCP
3 3 (30.00%) MCPD
System Software
1 6 (60.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) Microsoft