The first table below looks at the demand 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 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the North West region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 120 118 130
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +12
Contract jobs citing MCTS 12 10 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.39% 0.38% 0.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.20% 1.96% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 4
Average daily rate
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£243 £226 £175
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.30% +29.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £175 £226 £122
10% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £226 £270
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £26.75 £20.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.75% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +21.21%
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
546 511 641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.89% 19.17% 19.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 269 232 324
Average daily rate £328 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.76% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £479 £528
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 49 47
Average hourly rate £22.00 £32.50 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-32.30% +51.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £12.44
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £40.00 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.75 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-10.71% -4.54%
MCTS
England

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 24 July 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 24 July 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
Cheshire +7 7 £265 - 3
Manchester +2 4 £175 - 1
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (75.00%) MCSE
3 16 (66.67%) Windows
3 16 (66.67%) MCITP
4 15 (62.50%) Active Directory
5 14 (58.33%) Microsoft
6 13 (54.17%) SQL
7 12 (50.00%) ITIL
8 11 (45.83%) MCP
8 11 (45.83%) MCSA
9 10 (41.67%) .NET
10 9 (37.50%) DNS
11 7 (29.17%) TCP/IP
11 7 (29.17%) SQL Server
11 7 (29.17%) SharePoint
11 7 (29.17%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (29.17%) Clustering
11 7 (29.17%) SQL Server 2005
11 7 (29.17%) Load Balancing
11 7 (29.17%) Windows Server 2008
11 7 (29.17%) SQL Server 2008
11 7 (29.17%) PowerShell
11 7 (29.17%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (25.00%) Windows 7
12 6 (25.00%) SCCM
12 6 (25.00%) Problem Management
12 6 (25.00%) Finance
12 6 (25.00%) MS Excel
12 6 (25.00%) IIS
12 6 (25.00%) Citrix

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 7 (29.17%) SharePoint
1 7 (29.17%) SharePoint 2010
2 6 (25.00%) IIS
3 3 (12.50%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 6 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 4 (16.67%) MS Office
3 1 (4.17%) MS Visio
Communications & Networking
1 9 (37.50%) DNS
2 7 (29.17%) TCP/IP
3 4 (16.67%) SAN
3 4 (16.67%) Wireless
3 4 (16.67%) VPN
4 3 (12.50%) LAN
4 3 (12.50%) WAN
5 2 (8.33%) Network Security
5 2 (8.33%) DHCP
6 1 (4.17%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (29.17%) SQL Server
1 7 (29.17%) SQL Server 2005
1 7 (29.17%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 6 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.33%) Banking
Job Titles
1 5 (20.83%) Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) Support Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) 3rd Line Support
2 4 (16.67%) Service Analyst
2 4 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
2 4 (16.67%) Service Desk Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Network Manager
3 3 (12.50%) Support Consultant
3 3 (12.50%) Software Engineer
3 3 (12.50%) Consultant
3 3 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
3 3 (12.50%) Security Manager
3 3 (12.50%) Network Security Manager
4 2 (8.33%) Support Engineer
4 2 (8.33%) Deployment Engineer
5 1 (4.17%) 1st Line Support
5 1 (4.17%) 3rd Line Support Analyst
5 1 (4.17%) Process Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (41.67%) .NET
2 3 (12.50%) WinForms
2 3 (12.50%) WPF
2 3 (12.50%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (29.17%) Clustering
2 4 (16.67%) Smartphone
2 4 (16.67%) iPad
3 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 16 (66.67%) Windows
2 7 (29.17%) Windows Server 2003
2 7 (29.17%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 4 (16.67%) Windows XP
5 3 (12.50%) Android
6 2 (8.33%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) ITIL
2 7 (29.17%) Load Balancing
3 6 (25.00%) Problem Management
4 5 (20.83%) Incident Management
5 3 (12.50%) OOD
5 3 (12.50%) OO
5 3 (12.50%) TDD
5 3 (12.50%) Software Engineering
5 3 (12.50%) Service Management
5 3 (12.50%) Change Management
5 3 (12.50%) Capacity Management
5 3 (12.50%) Unit Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Customer Engagement
7 1 (4.17%) Systems Analysis
7 1 (4.17%) Process Improvement
7 1 (4.17%) BPMN
7 1 (4.17%) Business Analysis
7 1 (4.17%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 13 (54.17%) SQL
2 7 (29.17%) PowerShell
3 3 (12.50%) C#
Qualifications
1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (75.00%) MCSE
3 16 (66.67%) MCITP
4 11 (45.83%) MCP
4 11 (45.83%) MCSA
5 4 (16.67%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (16.67%) CCNA
6 3 (12.50%) CCNP
6 3 (12.50%) CCIP
6 3 (12.50%) CCDP
6 3 (12.50%) ACSA
6 3 (12.50%) RHCE
6 3 (12.50%) IBM Certification
6 3 (12.50%) ACSP
6 3 (12.50%) Security Cleared
6 3 (12.50%) MCPD
6 3 (12.50%) MCDST
7 2 (8.33%) Degree
7 2 (8.33%) DV Cleared
8 1 (4.17%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (16.67%) SLA
2 3 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 15 (62.50%) Active Directory
2 4 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (16.67%) Hyper-V
3 2 (8.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 6 (25.00%) SCCM
2 4 (16.67%) SCOM
3 2 (8.33%) WSUS
4 1 (4.17%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 14 (58.33%) Microsoft
2 6 (25.00%) Citrix
3 4 (16.67%) Symantec
3 4 (16.67%) Sophos
3 4 (16.67%) VMware
4 3 (12.50%) Cisco
4 3 (12.50%) IBM
4 3 (12.50%) HP
4 3 (12.50%) EMC
4 3 (12.50%) Red Hat
4 3 (12.50%) Apple
5 1 (4.17%) McAfee
Cheshire
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: 27 days ago