The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 26 February 2017 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
26 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
England / North West
Rank 135 152 151
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.077% 0.026% 0.029%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.40% 0.14% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 1
Median daily rate - £475 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +90.00%
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £338 £425
% change year-on-year
-5.18% -20.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £29.00

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

Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
500 719 708
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.28% 18.80% 20.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 367 342
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £380
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +1.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 50 61
Median hourly rate £41.63 £39.50 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.37% -3.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £16.50 £16.08
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.91 £42.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-26.40% +86.66%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the North West

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the North West region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester - 2 - - 1
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 February 2017, 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 North West region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 3 (100.00%) MCP
2 2 (66.67%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
2 2 (66.67%) iPad
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
2 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (66.67%) Citrix
3 1 (33.33%) Resource Allocation
3 1 (33.33%) BDD
3 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC 3
3 1 (33.33%) Digital Media
3 1 (33.33%) Web Application Development
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2013
3 1 (33.33%) NHibernate
3 1 (33.33%) Blog
3 1 (33.33%) WCF
3 1 (33.33%) Kanban
3 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (33.33%) Rhino Mocks
3 1 (33.33%) Moq
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco
3 1 (33.33%) MCAD
3 1 (33.33%) MCSD
3 1 (33.33%) C#
3 1 (33.33%) .NET
3 1 (33.33%) SQL Server

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 1 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2013
Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Moq
1 1 (33.33%) NUnit
1 1 (33.33%) Rhino Mocks
General
1 1 (33.33%) Finance
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) .NET Developer
1 1 (33.33%) 3rd Line Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) 3rd Line Support
1 1 (33.33%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
1 1 (33.33%) C# .NET Developer
1 1 (33.33%) C# Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Digital Developer
1 1 (33.33%) Digital Media Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Support Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) .NET
1 1 (33.33%) Ajax
1 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET
1 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (33.33%) ASP.NET MVC 3
1 1 (33.33%) NHibernate
1 1 (33.33%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) iPad
2 1 (33.33%) Blog
2 1 (33.33%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 2 (66.67%) Windows
1 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (33.33%) BDD
1 1 (33.33%) Kanban
1 1 (33.33%) MVC
1 1 (33.33%) Resource Allocation
1 1 (33.33%) Scrum
1 1 (33.33%) TDD
1 1 (33.33%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) MCP
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
3 1 (33.33%) MCAD
3 1 (33.33%) MCSD
System Software
1 2 (66.67%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Citrix
2 1 (33.33%) Cisco