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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 116 128 141
Rank change year-on-year
+12 +13
Contract jobs citing MCTS 18 4 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.58% 0.14% 0.061%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.09% 0.81% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 0 2
Average daily rate
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£258 - £155
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 - £119
10% offered a daily rate of more than £312 - £191
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.25% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £23.50 £20.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.50% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-16.25% +42.85%
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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
583 493 643
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.90% 17.20% 19.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 237 326
Average daily rate £346 £320 £359
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.96% -10.86%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £513
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 48 52 56
Average hourly rate £22.50 £28.75 £18.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.73% +53.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £10.50 £11.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.80 £37.50 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 August 2014.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram 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 28 August 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
Cheshire +5 12 £303 - 1
Manchester -3 6 £175 - 2
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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 23 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (91.30%) Windows
2 21 (91.30%) MCSE
3 19 (82.61%) Active Directory
4 17 (73.91%) MCITP
5 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (52.17%) SQL Server 2008
6 12 (52.17%) SQL Server 2005
6 12 (52.17%) SharePoint 2010
6 12 (52.17%) PowerShell
6 12 (52.17%) Load Balancing
6 12 (52.17%) Clustering
6 12 (52.17%) DNS
6 12 (52.17%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (52.17%) SQL
6 12 (52.17%) .NET
6 12 (52.17%) SQL Server
6 12 (52.17%) SharePoint
6 12 (52.17%) TCP/IP
7 11 (47.83%) IIS
8 10 (43.48%) MCSA
8 10 (43.48%) ITIL
8 10 (43.48%) MCP
9 8 (34.78%) Microsoft
9 8 (34.78%) Finance
10 6 (26.09%) VMware
10 6 (26.09%) Incident Management
10 6 (26.09%) Hyper-V
11 5 (21.74%) VMware Infrastructure
11 5 (21.74%) Citrix

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, 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 12 (52.17%) SharePoint
1 12 (52.17%) SharePoint 2010
2 11 (47.83%) IIS
3 4 (17.39%) MS Exchange
4 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
4 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 4 (17.39%) MS Office
1 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.35%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 12 (52.17%) TCP/IP
1 12 (52.17%) DNS
2 5 (21.74%) SAN
3 4 (17.39%) Wireless
3 4 (17.39%) VPN
4 3 (13.04%) LAN
4 3 (13.04%) WAN
5 1 (4.35%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (52.17%) SQL Server
1 12 (52.17%) SQL Server 2005
1 12 (52.17%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 8 (34.78%) Finance
2 3 (13.04%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (26.09%) Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) Support Analyst
2 5 (21.74%) 3rd Line Support
3 4 (17.39%) Service Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) Support Engineer
3 4 (17.39%) Service Desk Analyst
3 4 (17.39%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (13.04%) Support Consultant
4 3 (13.04%) Administrator
4 3 (13.04%) SharePoint Developer
4 3 (13.04%) SharePoint Administrator
4 3 (13.04%) Developer
4 3 (13.04%) Consultant
4 3 (13.04%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) 1st Line Support
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) SharePoint Specialist
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (52.17%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 12 (52.17%) Clustering
2 4 (17.39%) Smartphone
2 4 (17.39%) iPad
3 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 21 (91.30%) Windows
2 13 (56.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (52.17%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (17.39%) Windows 7
4 4 (17.39%) Windows XP
5 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (52.17%) Load Balancing
2 10 (43.48%) ITIL
3 6 (26.09%) Incident Management
4 4 (17.39%) Problem Management
5 3 (13.04%) Change Management
5 3 (13.04%) Capacity Management
6 1 (4.35%) Requirements Analysis
6 1 (4.35%) Systems Analysis
6 1 (4.35%) Business Analysis
6 1 (4.35%) Service Management
6 1 (4.35%) BPMN
6 1 (4.35%) Process Improvement
Programming Languages
1 12 (52.17%) SQL
1 12 (52.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 23 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (91.30%) MCSE
3 17 (73.91%) MCITP
4 10 (43.48%) MCSA
4 10 (43.48%) MCP
5 2 (8.70%) CCNA
5 2 (8.70%) CCA
5 2 (8.70%) Citrix Certification
5 2 (8.70%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (8.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
6 1 (4.35%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (17.39%) SLA
System Software
1 19 (82.61%) Active Directory
2 6 (26.09%) Hyper-V
3 5 (21.74%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (17.39%) SCCM
1 4 (17.39%) SCOM
2 1 (4.35%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 8 (34.78%) Microsoft
2 6 (26.09%) VMware
3 5 (21.74%) Citrix
4 4 (17.39%) Symantec
4 4 (17.39%) Sophos
5 1 (4.35%) Cisco
5 1 (4.35%) McAfee
5 1 (4.35%) NetApp