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 3 May 2016 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.

3 months to
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 92 80 69
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -11
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.18% 0.10% 0.37%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.65% 0.56% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Median daily rate £330 £250 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.00% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £331 £379
% change year-on-year
-1.80% -12.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £29.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+22.03% +88.80%
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
307 178 176
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 27.91% 17.87% 21.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 165 96 86
Median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £225 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £536 £500 £607
UK excluding London median daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 17 12
Median hourly rate £50.00 £16.16 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+209.40% -7.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.88 £14.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £66.00 £42.40 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Cheshire region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 3 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Linux
1 2 (100.00%) JBoss
1 2 (100.00%) Apache
1 2 (100.00%) Tomcat
1 2 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (100.00%) DNS
1 2 (100.00%) SSL
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) PHP
1 2 (100.00%) .NET
1 2 (100.00%) MySQL
1 2 (100.00%) IIS
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) RHCE
1 2 (100.00%) Red Hat
1 2 (100.00%) LAMP
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Brocade
1 2 (100.00%) Load Balancing
1 2 (100.00%) PowerShell
1 2 (100.00%) WAMP
1 2 (100.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 2 (100.00%) Bash Shell
1 2 (100.00%) UAG
1 2 (100.00%) Puppet
1 2 (100.00%) Red Hat Satellite
1 2 (100.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (50.00%) Server Hardening
2 1 (50.00%) Java

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (100.00%) Apache
1 2 (100.00%) IIS
1 2 (100.00%) JBoss
1 2 (100.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (100.00%) Tomcat
Communications & Networking
1 2 (100.00%) DNS
1 2 (100.00%) SSL
2 1 (50.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (100.00%) MySQL
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (50.00%) Linux Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (100.00%) .NET
1 2 (100.00%) LAMP
1 2 (100.00%) WAMP
2 1 (50.00%) .NET Framework
2 1 (50.00%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (50.00%) iPad
1 1 (50.00%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 2 (100.00%) Linux
1 2 (100.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 2 (100.00%) Windows
1 2 (100.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Load Balancing
2 1 (50.00%) Capacity Management
2 1 (50.00%) ITIL
2 1 (50.00%) PRINCE2
2 1 (50.00%) Project Management
2 1 (50.00%) Security Management
2 1 (50.00%) Server Hardening
Programming Languages
1 2 (100.00%) Bash Shell
1 2 (100.00%) PHP
1 2 (100.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (50.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) RHCE
2 1 (50.00%) PMI Certification
System Software
1 2 (100.00%) UAG
2 1 (50.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (100.00%) Puppet
1 2 (100.00%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 2 (100.00%) Brocade
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (100.00%) Red Hat