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 23 August 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
23 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 150 154 122
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -32
Contract jobs citing MCTS 4 8 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.11% 0.19% 0.57%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.63% 0.94% 2.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 5 14
Median daily rate £293 £300 £258
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% +16.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £246 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £359 £300 £312
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £328 £328
% change year-on-year
-2.29% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 1
Median hourly rate £14.86 £47.71 £23.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-68.85% +103.02%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.86 £18.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
-19.67% +10.44%
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
637 852 616
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 17.97% 20.69% 19.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 367 474 323
Median daily rate £400 £400 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £237 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £580 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £355
% change year-on-year
- +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 64 55
Median hourly rate £14.86 £38.43 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-61.33% +70.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.55 £15.77 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.16 £57.75 £46.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +18.42%

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
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 23 August 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the North West region over the 3 months to 23 August 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
Cheshire - 2 - -
Manchester -4 1 £210 -
Merseyside - 1 £375 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 23 August 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 12 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (75.00%) MCITP
2 9 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 9 (75.00%) ITIL
2 9 (75.00%) Linux
3 8 (66.67%) Windows
3 8 (66.67%) DNS
3 8 (66.67%) RHCE
3 8 (66.67%) Red Hat
4 7 (58.33%) Project Management
4 7 (58.33%) Brocade
4 7 (58.33%) LAMP
4 7 (58.33%) SSL
4 7 (58.33%) SharePoint
4 7 (58.33%) Apache
4 7 (58.33%) Tomcat
4 7 (58.33%) JBoss
4 7 (58.33%) PRINCE2
4 7 (58.33%) IIS
4 7 (58.33%) PHP
4 7 (58.33%) .NET
4 7 (58.33%) MySQL
4 7 (58.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 7 (58.33%) UAG
4 7 (58.33%) Puppet
4 7 (58.33%) Red Hat Satellite
4 7 (58.33%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (50.00%) Capacity Management
5 6 (50.00%) .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 (58.33%) Apache
1 7 (58.33%) IIS
1 7 (58.33%) JBoss
1 7 (58.33%) SharePoint
1 7 (58.33%) Tomcat
2 2 (16.67%) MS Exchange
Business Applications
1 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 8 (66.67%) DNS
2 7 (58.33%) SSL
3 6 (50.00%) Internet
4 1 (8.33%) DHCP
4 1 (8.33%) LAN
4 1 (8.33%) SAN
4 1 (8.33%) WAN
4 1 (8.33%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (8.33%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (58.33%) MySQL
2 4 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (8.33%) SQL Server 2012
General
1 1 (8.33%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 2 (16.67%) Analyst
1 2 (16.67%) ICT Analyst
1 2 (16.67%) ICT Support
1 2 (16.67%) ICT Support Analyst
1 2 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 2 (16.67%) Project Engineer
1 2 (16.67%) Support Analyst
1 2 (16.67%) Web Engineer
1 2 (16.67%) Web Hosting Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) CRM Developer
2 1 (8.33%) Delivery Manager
2 1 (8.33%) Developer
2 1 (8.33%) Dynamics CRM Developer
2 1 (8.33%) Linux Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Microsoft Developer
2 1 (8.33%) Server Engineer
2 1 (8.33%) Service Manager
2 1 (8.33%) Services Delivery Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (58.33%) .NET
1 7 (58.33%) LAMP
2 6 (50.00%) .NET Framework
2 6 (50.00%) JSP
3 4 (33.33%) WAMP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (50.00%) PMI
2 2 (16.67%) Client/Server
3 1 (8.33%) Data Centre
3 1 (8.33%) FlexPod
3 1 (8.33%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 9 (75.00%) Linux
2 8 (66.67%) Windows
3 7 (58.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 7 (58.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (8.33%) Android
4 1 (8.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (75.00%) ITIL
2 7 (58.33%) PRINCE2
2 7 (58.33%) Project Management
3 6 (50.00%) Capacity Management
3 6 (50.00%) Security Management
4 4 (33.33%) Load Balancing
5 3 (25.00%) Server Hardening
6 2 (16.67%) Change Management
6 2 (16.67%) Problem Management
7 1 (8.33%) Configuration Management
7 1 (8.33%) CRM
7 1 (8.33%) Data Analysis
7 1 (8.33%) Network Monitoring
7 1 (8.33%) Server Monitoring
7 1 (8.33%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 7 (58.33%) PHP
2 6 (50.00%) Java
3 4 (33.33%) Bash Shell
3 4 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (75.00%) MCITP
3 8 (66.67%) RHCE
4 6 (50.00%) PMI Certification
5 4 (33.33%) MCSE
6 3 (25.00%) MCSA
7 2 (16.67%) MCDST
8 1 (8.33%) ACSA
8 1 (8.33%) ACSP
8 1 (8.33%) CCDP
8 1 (8.33%) CCIP
8 1 (8.33%) CCNA
8 1 (8.33%) CCNP
8 1 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (8.33%) IBM Certification
8 1 (8.33%) RHCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 9 (75.00%) Active Directory
2 7 (58.33%) UAG
3 1 (8.33%) Virtual Servers
3 1 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (58.33%) Puppet
1 7 (58.33%) Red Hat Satellite
2 1 (8.33%) Backup Exec
2 1 (8.33%) SCCM
2 1 (8.33%) SolarWinds Orion
Vendors
1 12 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (66.67%) Red Hat
3 7 (58.33%) Brocade
4 2 (16.67%) Cisco
4 2 (16.67%) HP
4 2 (16.67%) SolarWinds
5 1 (8.33%) Apple
5 1 (8.33%) Citrix
5 1 (8.33%) EMC
5 1 (8.33%) IBM
5 1 (8.33%) NetApp
5 1 (8.33%) VMware
5 1 (8.33%) Wyse