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 1 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
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 165 158 128
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -30
Contract jobs citing MCTS 4 2 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.099% 0.050% 0.42%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.46% 0.24% 2.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 2 0
Average daily rate £333 £300 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.83% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £331 £379
% change year-on-year
-1.80% -12.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Average hourly rate - - £15.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £29.50 £15.63
% change year-on-year
+22.03% +88.80%
MCTS
England

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
862 850 636
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 21.42% 21.38% 20.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 452 375 303
Average daily rate £400 £378 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.96% +0.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £214
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 92 83
Average hourly rate £43.00 £37.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.21% +105.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.15 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £77.00 £55.00 £35.46
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 May 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Cheshire -4 2 £330 +32.00%
Manchester - 1 £335 - 1
Merseyside - 1 - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) RHCE
2 4 (80.00%) Red Hat
2 4 (80.00%) MCITP
3 3 (60.00%) Brocade
3 3 (60.00%) LAMP
3 3 (60.00%) Project Management
3 3 (60.00%) DNS
3 3 (60.00%) SSL
3 3 (60.00%) Apache
3 3 (60.00%) Tomcat
3 3 (60.00%) SharePoint
3 3 (60.00%) .NET
3 3 (60.00%) MySQL
3 3 (60.00%) PHP
3 3 (60.00%) IIS
3 3 (60.00%) ITIL
3 3 (60.00%) PRINCE2
3 3 (60.00%) Windows
3 3 (60.00%) Linux
3 3 (60.00%) JBoss
3 3 (60.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (60.00%) UAG
3 3 (60.00%) Puppet
3 3 (60.00%) Red Hat Satellite
3 3 (60.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (40.00%) Capacity Management
4 2 (40.00%) .NET Framework
4 2 (40.00%) Load Balancing

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 3 (60.00%) Apache
1 3 (60.00%) IIS
1 3 (60.00%) JBoss
1 3 (60.00%) SharePoint
1 3 (60.00%) Tomcat
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) DNS
1 3 (60.00%) SSL
2 2 (40.00%) Internet
3 1 (20.00%) LAN
3 1 (20.00%) WAN
3 1 (20.00%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (20.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) MySQL
2 1 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (20.00%) OLAP
2 1 (20.00%) OLAP Cube
2 1 (20.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 1 (20.00%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 1 (20.00%) Architect
1 1 (20.00%) Business Architect
1 1 (20.00%) Business Developer
1 1 (20.00%) Business Intelligence Architect
1 1 (20.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
1 1 (20.00%) Delivery Manager
1 1 (20.00%) Developer
1 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Linux Engineer
1 1 (20.00%) Service Manager
1 1 (20.00%) Services Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (60.00%) .NET
1 3 (60.00%) LAMP
2 2 (40.00%) .NET Framework
2 2 (40.00%) JSP
2 2 (40.00%) WAMP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) PMI
2 1 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (20.00%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 3 (60.00%) Linux
1 3 (60.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 3 (60.00%) Windows
1 3 (60.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (20.00%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) ITIL
1 3 (60.00%) PRINCE2
1 3 (60.00%) Project Management
2 2 (40.00%) Capacity Management
2 2 (40.00%) Configuration Management
2 2 (40.00%) Data Analysis
2 2 (40.00%) Load Balancing
2 2 (40.00%) Security Management
3 1 (20.00%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (20.00%) Data Modelling
3 1 (20.00%) ETL
3 1 (20.00%) Network Monitoring
3 1 (20.00%) Server Hardening
3 1 (20.00%) Service Delivery
3 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) PHP
2 2 (40.00%) Bash Shell
2 2 (40.00%) Java
2 2 (40.00%) PowerShell
3 1 (20.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (80.00%) MCITP
2 4 (80.00%) RHCE
3 2 (40.00%) PMI Certification
4 1 (20.00%) ACSA
4 1 (20.00%) ACSP
4 1 (20.00%) CCDP
4 1 (20.00%) CCIP
4 1 (20.00%) CCNA
4 1 (20.00%) CCNP
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (20.00%) IBM Certification
4 1 (20.00%) MCDBA
4 1 (20.00%) MCDST
4 1 (20.00%) MCSA
4 1 (20.00%) MCSE
4 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Certified Architect
4 1 (20.00%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (60.00%) UAG
2 2 (40.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (60.00%) Puppet
1 3 (60.00%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 5 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (80.00%) Red Hat
3 3 (60.00%) Brocade
4 1 (20.00%) Apple
4 1 (20.00%) Cisco
4 1 (20.00%) Citrix
4 1 (20.00%) EMC
4 1 (20.00%) HP
4 1 (20.00%) IBM
4 1 (20.00%) SolarWinds
4 1 (20.00%) Wyse