The table below looks at the statistics 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 23 September 2014 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 59 69 73
Rank change year-on-year
+10 +4
Contract jobs citing MCTS 7 2 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.89% 0.22% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.61% 1.23% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 0 2
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£305 - £155
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 - £119
10% offered a daily rate of more than £318 - £191
UK excluding London average daily rate £349 £300 £330
% change year-on-year
+16.52% -9.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.75 £19.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+9.21% +35.71%
MCTS
North West

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

Qualifications Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
194 162 200
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 24.59% 17.72% 21.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 91 72 98
Average daily rate £373 £305 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.13% -17.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £232 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £412 £452
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 16 11
Average hourly rate £19.00 £32.03 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.67% +16.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.40 £15.90 £17.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 23 September 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
Chester - - - -
Knutsford - - - -
Warrington - - - -
MCTS
North West

MCTS
Top 29 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 12 (100.00%) Windows
1 12 (100.00%) MCSE
1 12 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 12 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 12 (100.00%) DNS
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 12 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 12 (100.00%) .NET
1 12 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 12 (100.00%) Clustering
1 12 (100.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 12 (100.00%) MCITP
1 12 (100.00%) Load Balancing
1 12 (100.00%) PowerShell
1 12 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 12 (100.00%) SQL Server 2008
1 12 (100.00%) SharePoint 2010
2 11 (91.67%) IIS
2 11 (91.67%) Active Directory
3 8 (66.67%) SQL
3 8 (66.67%) Finance
4 4 (33.33%) Problem Management
4 4 (33.33%) Incident Management
5 3 (25.00%) Banking
5 3 (25.00%) Capacity Management
5 3 (25.00%) Change Management
6 1 (8.33%) Service Management
6 1 (8.33%) Management Information System
6 1 (8.33%) Line Management

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 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 12 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 12 (100.00%) SharePoint 2010
2 11 (91.67%) IIS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (100.00%) TCP/IP
1 12 (100.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 12 (100.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 12 (100.00%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 8 (66.67%) Finance
2 3 (25.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 3 (25.00%) SharePoint Administrator
1 3 (25.00%) SharePoint Developer
1 3 (25.00%) Developer
1 3 (25.00%) Support Engineer
1 3 (25.00%) Administrator
2 1 (8.33%) Infrastructure Specialist
2 1 (8.33%) SharePoint Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (100.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 12 (100.00%) Clustering
2 1 (8.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 12 (100.00%) Windows
1 12 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 12 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (100.00%) Load Balancing
2 4 (33.33%) Problem Management
2 4 (33.33%) Incident Management
3 3 (25.00%) Capacity Management
3 3 (25.00%) Change Management
4 1 (8.33%) Service Management
4 1 (8.33%) Line Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (100.00%) PowerShell
2 8 (66.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) MCSE
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 12 (100.00%) MCITP
System Software
1 11 (91.67%) Active Directory