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 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 136 123 117
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -6
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 6 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.093% 0.21% 0.44%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.47% 1.10% 2.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 13
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£375 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -7.69%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £16.75 -
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
642 544 510
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 19.99% 19.21% 17.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 326 250 272
Average daily rate £365 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £185
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £560 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £351 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.99% +0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 47 27
Average hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £18.84
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -7.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £33.62 £31.49
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £22.90
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -23.58%

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 24 December 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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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 -12 2 £375 - 1
Cheshire +6 1 - - 1
Merseyside - - - - 1
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 December 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%) MCITP
3 18 (78.26%) MCSE
4 14 (60.87%) Windows
5 13 (56.52%) Active Directory
6 12 (52.17%) MCSA
6 12 (52.17%) ITIL
7 10 (43.48%) Microsoft
7 10 (43.48%) Windows Server 2008
8 9 (39.13%) SQL Server 2008
8 9 (39.13%) SQL Server 2005
8 9 (39.13%) TCP/IP
8 9 (39.13%) SQL
8 9 (39.13%) SQL Server
9 8 (34.78%) IIS
9 8 (34.78%) .NET
9 8 (34.78%) SharePoint
9 8 (34.78%) DNS
9 8 (34.78%) Windows Server 2003
9 8 (34.78%) Clustering
9 8 (34.78%) Load Balancing
9 8 (34.78%) PowerShell
9 8 (34.78%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (30.43%) Cisco Certification
10 7 (30.43%) CCNA
10 7 (30.43%) MCP
11 6 (26.09%) Cisco
11 6 (26.09%) WAN
11 6 (26.09%) VMware
11 6 (26.09%) Hyper-V

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 8 (34.78%) IIS
1 8 (34.78%) SharePoint
1 8 (34.78%) SharePoint 2010
2 5 (21.74%) MS Exchange
3 2 (8.70%) Lync
3 2 (8.70%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (4.35%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Office
1 1 (4.35%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 9 (39.13%) TCP/IP
2 8 (34.78%) DNS
3 6 (26.09%) WAN
4 5 (21.74%) SAN
5 4 (17.39%) Network Security
6 3 (13.04%) LAN
7 2 (8.70%) DMZ
8 1 (4.35%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (39.13%) SQL Server
1 9 (39.13%) SQL Server 2005
1 9 (39.13%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (4.35%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Analysis Services
2 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio
1 1 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (4.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 5 (21.74%) Finance
2 3 (13.04%) Banking
3 1 (4.35%) Retail
3 1 (4.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (21.74%) Developer
1 5 (21.74%) Consultant
1 5 (21.74%) 3rd Line Support
1 5 (21.74%) Network Manager
1 5 (21.74%) Security Manager
1 5 (21.74%) Network Security Manager
2 4 (17.39%) SharePoint Developer
2 4 (17.39%) Support Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) SharePoint Administrator
3 3 (13.04%) Support Consultant
3 3 (13.04%) Administrator
4 2 (8.70%) Support Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Consultant
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Specialist
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Support Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Business Intelligence Developer
5 1 (4.35%) 1st Line Support
5 1 (4.35%) SQL Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (34.78%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 8 (34.78%) Clustering
2 1 (4.35%) Life Science
2 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 14 (60.87%) Windows
2 10 (43.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (34.78%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (17.39%) Android
5 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (4.35%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (52.17%) ITIL
2 8 (34.78%) Load Balancing
3 3 (13.04%) Incident Management
3 3 (13.04%) People Management
4 1 (4.35%) Problem Management
4 1 (4.35%) Manual Testing
4 1 (4.35%) Performance Management
4 1 (4.35%) Dimensional Modelling
4 1 (4.35%) Capacity Management
4 1 (4.35%) Data Modelling
4 1 (4.35%) ETL
4 1 (4.35%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (4.35%) Service Management
4 1 (4.35%) Change Management
4 1 (4.35%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (39.13%) SQL
2 8 (34.78%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 23 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (91.30%) MCITP
3 18 (78.26%) MCSE
4 12 (52.17%) MCSA
5 7 (30.43%) CCNA
5 7 (30.43%) MCP
5 7 (30.43%) Cisco Certification
6 5 (21.74%) ACSA
6 5 (21.74%) MCDST
6 5 (21.74%) RHCE
6 5 (21.74%) IBM Certification
6 5 (21.74%) CCDP
6 5 (21.74%) CCNP
6 5 (21.74%) CCIP
6 5 (21.74%) ACSP
6 5 (21.74%) RHCSA
7 2 (8.70%) CCA
7 2 (8.70%) Citrix Certification
7 2 (8.70%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (21.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (4.35%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 13 (56.52%) 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 10 (43.48%) Microsoft
2 6 (26.09%) Cisco
2 6 (26.09%) VMware
3 5 (21.74%) IBM
3 5 (21.74%) Apple
3 5 (21.74%) HP
3 5 (21.74%) EMC
3 5 (21.74%) Citrix
4 4 (17.39%) Symantec
4 4 (17.39%) Red Hat
4 4 (17.39%) Sophos
5 3 (13.04%) SolarWinds
5 3 (13.04%) Avaya
6 1 (4.35%) NetApp
6 1 (4.35%) McAfee