The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank - 141 110
Contract jobs citing MCTS 0 4 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West - 0.13% 0.69%
As % of the Qualifications category - 0.38% 2.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 3
Average daily rate
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- £413 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +33.06%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £378 £345
% change year-on-year
-14.02% +9.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.63 -
% change year-on-year
+44.00% -
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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 South West region.

Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
845 1046 636
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 27.92% 32.83% 29.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 475 614 356
Average daily rate £400 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £250 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 51 41
Average hourly rate £38.00 £35.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% +7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £14.80 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the South West

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the South West region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 3 (100.00%) Windows
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) McAfee
2 2 (66.67%) Hyper-V
2 2 (66.67%) Windows 7
2 2 (66.67%) Citrix
2 2 (66.67%) Windows XP
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
2 2 (66.67%) VMware
3 1 (33.33%) VMware ESX
3 1 (33.33%) Clustering
3 1 (33.33%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (33.33%) AppSense
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 1 (33.33%) MCDST
3 1 (33.33%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) PDA
3 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
3 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 1 (33.33%) SCCM
3 1 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (33.33%) MCSA
3 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
3 1 (33.33%) SharePoint

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South 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 1 (33.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Office
1 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) WinRunner
1 1 (33.33%) TestDirector
1 1 (33.33%) QuickTest Pro
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Consultant
1 1 (33.33%) 2nd Line Support
1 1 (33.33%) Technology Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Clustering
1 1 (33.33%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 3 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) Windows XP
2 2 (66.67%) Windows 7
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (33.33%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (33.33%) ITIL
1 1 (33.33%) Change Management
1 1 (33.33%) Software Testing
1 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
1 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
1 1 (33.33%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
1 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) MCSE
3 1 (33.33%) MCSA
3 1 (33.33%) CCA
3 1 (33.33%) Citrix Certification
3 1 (33.33%) MCP
3 1 (33.33%) ECDL
3 1 (33.33%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 1 (33.33%) MCDST
3 1 (33.33%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) SC Cleared
3 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 1 (33.33%) CCEE
3 1 (33.33%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (66.67%) Hyper-V
2 1 (33.33%) XenApp
2 1 (33.33%) XenServer
2 1 (33.33%) XenDesktop
2 1 (33.33%) vSphere
2 1 (33.33%) Active Directory
2 1 (33.33%) Terminal Services
2 1 (33.33%) VMware ESX
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) Netcool
1 1 (33.33%) SCCM
1 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (33.33%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (66.67%) Citrix
2 2 (66.67%) McAfee
2 2 (66.67%) VMware
3 1 (33.33%) AppSense
3 1 (33.33%) Cisco
3 1 (33.33%) Avaya
3 1 (33.33%) BMC
3 1 (33.33%) Veritas