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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 152 136 126
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -10
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 14 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.21% 0.38% 0.32%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.04% 1.82% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 11 3
Median daily rate £330 £350 £250
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +40.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £205 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £362 £400 £262
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 5
Median hourly rate - £35.11 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +126.48%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.50 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+60.00% +42.85%
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
772 768 628
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.58% 20.65% 19.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 434 367 322
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £210 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £507 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 77 55
Median hourly rate £43.00 £21.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+102.35% +18.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.53 £11.90 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.39 £49.17 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £24.12 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+24.37% +34.00%

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
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 June 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Merseyside - 5 £318 -
Cheshire - 3 £330 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 10 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (80.00%) RHCE
2 8 (80.00%) Red Hat
2 8 (80.00%) MCITP
3 7 (70.00%) Brocade
3 7 (70.00%) LAMP
3 7 (70.00%) SSL
3 7 (70.00%) Project Management
3 7 (70.00%) SharePoint
3 7 (70.00%) Apache
3 7 (70.00%) Tomcat
3 7 (70.00%) DNS
3 7 (70.00%) .NET
3 7 (70.00%) MySQL
3 7 (70.00%) PHP
3 7 (70.00%) IIS
3 7 (70.00%) ITIL
3 7 (70.00%) PRINCE2
3 7 (70.00%) Windows
3 7 (70.00%) Linux
3 7 (70.00%) JBoss
3 7 (70.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (70.00%) UAG
3 7 (70.00%) Puppet
3 7 (70.00%) Red Hat Satellite
3 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 6 (60.00%) Java
4 6 (60.00%) Capacity Management
4 6 (60.00%) .NET Framework

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 7 (70.00%) Apache
1 7 (70.00%) IIS
1 7 (70.00%) JBoss
1 7 (70.00%) SharePoint
1 7 (70.00%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 7 (70.00%) DNS
1 7 (70.00%) SSL
2 6 (60.00%) Internet
3 1 (10.00%) LAN
3 1 (10.00%) WAN
3 1 (10.00%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (10.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (70.00%) MySQL
2 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (10.00%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (10.00%) OLAP
3 1 (10.00%) OLAP Cube
3 1 (10.00%) Relational Database
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (10.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 1 (10.00%) Advertising
1 1 (10.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 2 (20.00%) Developer
1 2 (20.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 2 (20.00%) Project Engineer
1 2 (20.00%) Web Engineer
1 2 (20.00%) Web Hosting Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Architect
2 1 (10.00%) Business Architect
2 1 (10.00%) Business Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Business Intelligence Architect
2 1 (10.00%) Business Intelligence Developer
2 1 (10.00%) CRM Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Delivery Manager
2 1 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Linux Engineer
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Developer
2 1 (10.00%) Service Manager
2 1 (10.00%) Services Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (70.00%) .NET
1 7 (70.00%) LAMP
2 6 (60.00%) .NET Framework
2 6 (60.00%) JSP
3 4 (40.00%) WAMP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (60.00%) PMI
2 1 (10.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (10.00%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 7 (70.00%) Linux
1 7 (70.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 7 (70.00%) Windows
1 7 (70.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (10.00%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) ITIL
1 7 (70.00%) PRINCE2
1 7 (70.00%) Project Management
2 6 (60.00%) Capacity Management
2 6 (60.00%) Security Management
3 4 (40.00%) Load Balancing
4 3 (30.00%) Server Hardening
5 2 (20.00%) Configuration Management
5 2 (20.00%) Data Analysis
6 1 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (10.00%) CRM
6 1 (10.00%) Data Modelling
6 1 (10.00%) ETL
6 1 (10.00%) Network Monitoring
6 1 (10.00%) Service Delivery
6 1 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (70.00%) PHP
2 6 (60.00%) Java
3 4 (40.00%) Bash Shell
3 4 (40.00%) PowerShell
4 1 (10.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (80.00%) MCITP
2 8 (80.00%) RHCE
3 6 (60.00%) PMI Certification
4 1 (10.00%) ACSA
4 1 (10.00%) ACSP
4 1 (10.00%) CCDP
4 1 (10.00%) CCIP
4 1 (10.00%) CCNA
4 1 (10.00%) CCNP
4 1 (10.00%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (10.00%) IBM Certification
4 1 (10.00%) MCDBA
4 1 (10.00%) MCDST
4 1 (10.00%) MCSA
4 1 (10.00%) MCSE
4 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Certified Architect
4 1 (10.00%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 7 (70.00%) UAG
2 6 (60.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (70.00%) Puppet
1 7 (70.00%) Red Hat Satellite
Vendors
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (80.00%) Red Hat
3 7 (70.00%) Brocade
4 1 (10.00%) Apple
4 1 (10.00%) Cisco
4 1 (10.00%) Citrix
4 1 (10.00%) EMC
4 1 (10.00%) HP
4 1 (10.00%) IBM
4 1 (10.00%) SolarWinds
4 1 (10.00%) Wyse