The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Renfrewshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 17 April 2015 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 13 21 19
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -2
Contract jobs citing MCTS 11 3 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Renfrewshire 10.48% 3.19% 3.08%
As % of the Qualifications category 15.49% 3.57% 3.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 2
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£347 £378 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.07% +9.56%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-7.65% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year
+150.00% -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Renfrewshire region.

Qualifications Category
Renfrewshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
71 84 58
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Renfrewshire 67.62% 89.36% 89.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 59 51
Average daily rate £347 £330 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.29% -8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £264 £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £418 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £32.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Renfrewshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Renfrewshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Renfrewshire

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Renfrewshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the Renfrewshire region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Renfrewshire

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Renfrewshire

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Renfrewshire 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 17 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 14 (82.35%) Microsoft
2 14 (82.35%) SQL
3 13 (76.47%) Windows
3 13 (76.47%) Clustering
4 12 (70.59%) Change Management
4 12 (70.59%) SC Cleared
4 12 (70.59%) Security Cleared
4 12 (70.59%) Windows Server 2003
5 10 (58.82%) WinRunner
5 10 (58.82%) TestDirector
5 10 (58.82%) QuickTest Pro
5 10 (58.82%) Veritas
5 10 (58.82%) Citrix
5 10 (58.82%) Windows XP
5 10 (58.82%) AIX
5 10 (58.82%) MCSE
5 10 (58.82%) MCSA
5 10 (58.82%) Test Scripting
5 10 (58.82%) Hyper-V
5 10 (58.82%) Test Automation
5 10 (58.82%) Windows 7
5 10 (58.82%) HP Quality Center
5 10 (58.82%) McAfee ePO
5 10 (58.82%) Software Testing
5 10 (58.82%) MCITP
5 10 (58.82%) PDA
5 10 (58.82%) Netcool
5 10 (58.82%) McAfee
5 10 (58.82%) VMware

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Renfrewshire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Renfrewshire 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 1 (5.88%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 3 (17.65%) LDAP
1 3 (17.65%) Kerberos
1 3 (17.65%) DNS
1 3 (17.65%) SAN
1 3 (17.65%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (23.53%) SQL Server
2 2 (11.76%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (11.76%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (11.76%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 10 (58.82%) WinRunner
1 10 (58.82%) TestDirector
1 10 (58.82%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (5.88%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 7 (41.18%) Test Engineer
2 2 (11.76%) Analyst
2 2 (11.76%) Test Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Technical Tester
3 1 (5.88%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.88%) HTML
1 1 (5.88%) .NET
1 1 (5.88%) ASP.NET
1 1 (5.88%) CSS
1 1 (5.88%) XML
1 1 (5.88%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 13 (76.47%) Clustering
2 10 (58.82%) PDA
3 6 (35.29%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (17.65%) Replication
4 3 (17.65%) PKI
5 2 (11.76%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 13 (76.47%) Windows
2 12 (70.59%) Windows Server 2003
3 10 (58.82%) Windows Server 2008
3 10 (58.82%) Windows 7
3 10 (58.82%) AIX
3 10 (58.82%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (70.59%) Change Management
2 10 (58.82%) Software Testing
2 10 (58.82%) Test Scripting
2 10 (58.82%) Test Automation
3 3 (17.65%) Load Balancing
3 3 (17.65%) Validation
4 2 (11.76%) Workflow
4 2 (11.76%) Performance Management
5 1 (5.88%) OOP
5 1 (5.88%) OO
5 1 (5.88%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (82.35%) SQL
2 1 (5.88%) VB
2 1 (5.88%) C#
2 1 (5.88%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 17 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 12 (70.59%) SC Cleared
2 12 (70.59%) Security Cleared
3 10 (58.82%) MCSE
3 10 (58.82%) MCSA
3 10 (58.82%) MCITP
4 9 (52.94%) ISTQB
5 4 (23.53%) MCP
6 2 (11.76%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.76%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (58.82%) VMware ESX
1 10 (58.82%) Hyper-V
2 5 (29.41%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (17.65%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (58.82%) Netcool
1 10 (58.82%) HP Quality Center
1 10 (58.82%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 14 (82.35%) Microsoft
2 10 (58.82%) Citrix
2 10 (58.82%) Veritas
2 10 (58.82%) McAfee
2 10 (58.82%) VMware
3 3 (17.65%) HP