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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 123 115 128
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +13
Contract jobs citing MCTS 13 5 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.41% 0.21% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.02% 1.12% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 5
Average daily rate £225 £356 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.84% +18.75%
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £345 £310
% change year-on-year
+9.71% +11.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 1
Average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
642 445 584
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 20.23% 18.48% 19.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 307 193 284
Average daily rate £375 £350 £339
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £150 £165
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £490 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 91 37 29
Average hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% -5.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.53 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £29.85 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £23.75 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-24.21% -5.00%
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
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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester - 10 £225 - 3
Cheshire -11 3 - -
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (76.19%) Microsoft
3 13 (61.90%) Windows
4 12 (57.14%) Active Directory
4 12 (57.14%) MCSE
5 10 (47.62%) ITIL
5 10 (47.62%) MCP
5 10 (47.62%) MCITP
6 8 (38.10%) MCSA
6 8 (38.10%) MS Excel
6 8 (38.10%) Windows 7
7 7 (33.33%) CCNA
7 7 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (28.57%) WinForms
8 6 (28.57%) TDD
8 6 (28.57%) C#
8 6 (28.57%) SQL
8 6 (28.57%) MCPD
8 6 (28.57%) WPF
8 6 (28.57%) Unit Testing
9 5 (23.81%) .NET
9 5 (23.81%) MS Office
9 5 (23.81%) Windows XP
9 5 (23.81%) OO
9 5 (23.81%) VPN
9 5 (23.81%) SLA
9 5 (23.81%) Wireless
10 4 (19.05%) Firewall
10 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2003
10 4 (19.05%) Smartphone

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 4 (19.05%) Exchange Server 2003
1 4 (19.05%) MS Exchange
1 4 (19.05%) Exchange Server 2007
1 4 (19.05%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 8 (38.10%) MS Excel
2 5 (23.81%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 4 (19.05%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (23.81%) VPN
1 5 (23.81%) Wireless
2 4 (19.05%) Firewall
2 4 (19.05%) LAN
2 4 (19.05%) WAN
3 3 (14.29%) DHCP
3 3 (14.29%) DNS
4 2 (9.52%) Intranet
4 2 (9.52%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
General
1 2 (9.52%) Finance
Job Titles
1 6 (28.57%) Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Service Desk Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Service Analyst
3 4 (19.05%) 2nd Line Support
4 3 (14.29%) Network Security Manager
4 3 (14.29%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
4 3 (14.29%) Network Manager
4 3 (14.29%) Security Manager
4 3 (14.29%) Software Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Support Engineer
4 3 (14.29%) Support Analyst
5 2 (9.52%) Developer
5 2 (9.52%) WinForms Developer
5 2 (9.52%) Deployment Engineer
6 1 (4.76%) C# .NET Developer
6 1 (4.76%) C# Application Developer
6 1 (4.76%) .NET Applications Developer
6 1 (4.76%) .NET Developer
6 1 (4.76%) C# Developer
6 1 (4.76%) Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (28.57%) WinForms
1 6 (28.57%) WPF
2 5 (23.81%) .NET
3 4 (19.05%) .NET Framework
3 4 (19.05%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (19.05%) Smartphone
1 4 (19.05%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 13 (61.90%) Windows
2 8 (38.10%) Windows 7
3 5 (23.81%) Windows XP
4 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (19.05%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (14.29%) Windows 8
5 3 (14.29%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (47.62%) ITIL
2 6 (28.57%) TDD
2 6 (28.57%) Unit Testing
3 5 (23.81%) OO
4 4 (19.05%) OOD
5 3 (14.29%) Problem Management
5 3 (14.29%) Customer Engagement
5 3 (14.29%) Software Engineering
5 3 (14.29%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (28.57%) C#
1 6 (28.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (57.14%) MCSE
3 10 (47.62%) MCP
3 10 (47.62%) MCITP
4 8 (38.10%) MCSA
5 7 (33.33%) CCNA
5 7 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
6 6 (28.57%) MCPD
7 3 (14.29%) MCDST
7 3 (14.29%) ACSP
7 3 (14.29%) DV Cleared
7 3 (14.29%) Security Cleared
7 3 (14.29%) CCNP
7 3 (14.29%) CCIP
7 3 (14.29%) RHCE
7 3 (14.29%) IBM Certification
7 3 (14.29%) Degree
7 3 (14.29%) ACSA
7 3 (14.29%) CCDP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (23.81%) SLA
2 3 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 12 (57.14%) Active Directory
2 3 (14.29%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 3 (14.29%) WSUS
1 3 (14.29%) SCCM
Vendors
1 16 (76.19%) Microsoft
2 3 (14.29%) Cisco
2 3 (14.29%) IBM
2 3 (14.29%) HP
2 3 (14.29%) EMC
2 3 (14.29%) Citrix
2 3 (14.29%) Red Hat
2 3 (14.29%) Apple