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 6 December 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
6 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank - 147 135
Contract jobs citing MCTS 0 12 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West - 0.29% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category - 1.52% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 10 6
Median daily rate - £325 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- -18.75%
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £320 £375
% change year-on-year
-3.12% -14.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £47.71 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £47.71 £17.63
% change year-on-year
-5.68% +170.69%
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
620 789 623
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.05% 19.06% 19.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 381 440 315
Median daily rate £450 £393 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.50% +4.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £239 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £525 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £393 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.64% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 44 49
Median hourly rate £35.63 £30.17 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.08% +79.20%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £17.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £47.71 £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £17.75
% change year-on-year
- +54.92%

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 December 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 North West region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 4 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) MCSE
2 3 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (50.00%) Linux
3 2 (50.00%) Problem Management
3 2 (50.00%) MCSA
3 2 (50.00%) Client/Server
3 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
3 2 (50.00%) ITIL
3 2 (50.00%) Change Management
4 1 (25.00%) MVC
4 1 (25.00%) Scrum
4 1 (25.00%) VMware
4 1 (25.00%) Backup Exec
4 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (25.00%) TDD
4 1 (25.00%) NUnit
4 1 (25.00%) Ajax
4 1 (25.00%) MCDST
4 1 (25.00%) MCITP
4 1 (25.00%) NHibernate
4 1 (25.00%) Blog
4 1 (25.00%) WCF
4 1 (25.00%) MCP
4 1 (25.00%) MCAD
4 1 (25.00%) MCSD
4 1 (25.00%) Windows
4 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET

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 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) DHCP
1 1 (25.00%) DNS
1 1 (25.00%) Internet
1 1 (25.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (25.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (25.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Moq
1 1 (25.00%) NUnit
1 1 (25.00%) Rhino Mocks
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) ICT Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) ICT Support
1 2 (50.00%) ICT Support Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) Support Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) .NET Developer
2 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC Developer
2 1 (25.00%) C# .NET Developer
2 1 (25.00%) C# Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Digital Developer
2 1 (25.00%) Digital Media Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) .NET
1 1 (25.00%) Ajax
1 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET
1 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 1 (25.00%) ASP.NET MVC 3
1 1 (25.00%) NHibernate
1 1 (25.00%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Client/Server
2 1 (25.00%) Blog
2 1 (25.00%) Digital Media
2 1 (25.00%) FlexPod
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Linux
2 1 (25.00%) Windows
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Change Management
1 2 (50.00%) ITIL
1 2 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (25.00%) BDD
2 1 (25.00%) Kanban
2 1 (25.00%) MVC
2 1 (25.00%) Resource Allocation
2 1 (25.00%) Scrum
2 1 (25.00%) Server Monitoring
2 1 (25.00%) TDD
2 1 (25.00%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) MCSE
3 2 (50.00%) MCSA
4 1 (25.00%) MCAD
4 1 (25.00%) MCDST
4 1 (25.00%) MCITP
4 1 (25.00%) MCP
4 1 (25.00%) MCSD
System Software
1 3 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (25.00%) Virtual Servers
2 1 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) Backup Exec
1 1 (25.00%) SCCM
1 1 (25.00%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (25.00%) Cisco
2 1 (25.00%) HP
2 1 (25.00%) NetApp
2 1 (25.00%) SolarWinds
2 1 (25.00%) VMware