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 30 January 2015 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank - 113 117
Contract jobs citing MCTS 0 8 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West - 0.30% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category - 1.49% 1.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 6 5
Average daily rate
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- £225 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +28.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £307 £310
% change year-on-year
+30.18% -0.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £11.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%
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
592 538 440
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 18.82% 20.16% 17.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 239 223
Average daily rate £375 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £225 £136
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £577 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 60 32
Average hourly rate £22.50 £16.50 £17.45
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.36% -5.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.63 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £36.25 £28.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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 30 January 2015. 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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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
Manchester - - - - 1
Cheshire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (93.33%) MCITP
3 11 (73.33%) MCSE
4 7 (46.67%) Windows
4 7 (46.67%) SQL Server
4 7 (46.67%) Active Directory
4 7 (46.67%) TCP/IP
4 7 (46.67%) Microsoft
4 7 (46.67%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (46.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (46.67%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (40.00%) PowerShell
5 6 (40.00%) Load Balancing
5 6 (40.00%) SharePoint 2010
5 6 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
5 6 (40.00%) Clustering
5 6 (40.00%) DNS
5 6 (40.00%) IIS
5 6 (40.00%) ITIL
5 6 (40.00%) .NET
5 6 (40.00%) MCSA
5 6 (40.00%) SharePoint
6 5 (33.33%) CCNP
6 5 (33.33%) CCIP
6 5 (33.33%) CCNA
6 5 (33.33%) CCDP
6 5 (33.33%) HP
6 5 (33.33%) EMC
6 5 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (33.33%) RHCE

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 6 (40.00%) SharePoint 2010
1 6 (40.00%) IIS
1 6 (40.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (13.33%) Lync
3 1 (6.67%) MS Exchange
3 1 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (6.67%) MS Office
1 1 (6.67%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 7 (46.67%) TCP/IP
2 6 (40.00%) DNS
3 4 (26.67%) Network Security
4 3 (20.00%) WAN
5 2 (13.33%) DMZ
6 1 (6.67%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (46.67%) SQL Server
1 7 (46.67%) SQL Server 2005
1 7 (46.67%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (6.67%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (6.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (6.67%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
2 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
1 1 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (26.67%) Finance
2 2 (13.33%) Banking
3 1 (6.67%) Retail
3 1 (6.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (33.33%) Network Manager
1 5 (33.33%) Developer
1 5 (33.33%) Security Manager
1 5 (33.33%) Network Security Manager
2 4 (26.67%) SharePoint Developer
3 3 (20.00%) Administrator
3 3 (20.00%) SharePoint Administrator
4 2 (13.33%) Microsoft Consultant
4 2 (13.33%) Support Engineer
4 2 (13.33%) Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) 1st Line Support
5 1 (6.67%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 1 (6.67%) SQL Developer
5 1 (6.67%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 1 (6.67%) SharePoint Specialist
5 1 (6.67%) 1st Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (40.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 6 (40.00%) Clustering
2 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
2 1 (6.67%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 7 (46.67%) Windows
1 7 (46.67%) Windows Server 2008
2 6 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 4 (26.67%) Android
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (6.67%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Load Balancing
1 6 (40.00%) ITIL
2 3 (20.00%) People Management
3 1 (6.67%) Service Management
3 1 (6.67%) Automated Testing
3 1 (6.67%) Data Modelling
3 1 (6.67%) ETL
3 1 (6.67%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (6.67%) Performance Management
3 1 (6.67%) Dimensional Modelling
3 1 (6.67%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (40.00%) PowerShell
2 3 (20.00%) SQL
3 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (93.33%) MCITP
3 11 (73.33%) MCSE
4 6 (40.00%) MCSA
5 5 (33.33%) CCNP
5 5 (33.33%) CCIP
5 5 (33.33%) CCNA
5 5 (33.33%) CCDP
5 5 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
5 5 (33.33%) RHCE
5 5 (33.33%) IBM Certification
5 5 (33.33%) MCDST
5 5 (33.33%) ACSA
5 5 (33.33%) RHCSA
5 5 (33.33%) ACSP
6 1 (6.67%) MCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (6.67%) PCI DSS
2 1 (6.67%) QA
System Software
1 7 (46.67%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 7 (46.67%) Microsoft
2 5 (33.33%) HP
2 5 (33.33%) EMC
2 5 (33.33%) Cisco
2 5 (33.33%) IBM
2 5 (33.33%) Apple
3 4 (26.67%) Red Hat
4 3 (20.00%) Avaya
4 3 (20.00%) SolarWinds