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 29 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 131 146 104
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -42
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 1 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.100% 0.034% 0.49%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.37% 0.11% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 1
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£415 £413 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.60% +37.50%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
- +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.75 -
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -
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 South West region.

Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
817 952 609
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 27.17% 32.13% 29.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 479 612 348
Average daily rate £400 £338 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% -12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £478 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 55 35
Average hourly rate £38.25 £35.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.28% +9.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £13.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%

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
Contract Job Locations in the South 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 South West region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015. 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
Gloucestershire - 3 £415 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 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 4 (100.00%) Windows
1 4 (100.00%) MS Excel
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) DHCP
2 3 (75.00%) DNS
2 3 (75.00%) HP
2 3 (75.00%) Citrix
2 3 (75.00%) Linux
2 3 (75.00%) SQL
2 3 (75.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (75.00%) Firmware
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (75.00%) VMware
2 3 (75.00%) Clustering
2 3 (75.00%) Cisco
2 3 (75.00%) MCITP
2 3 (75.00%) SCCM
2 3 (75.00%) DV Cleared
2 3 (75.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (75.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (75.00%) PowerShell
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (75.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (75.00%) vSphere
2 3 (75.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 3 (75.00%) Patch Management
3 2 (50.00%) Data Centre
3 2 (50.00%) TOWER Software

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 29 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 (25.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (100.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (25.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (75.00%) DHCP
1 3 (75.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (75.00%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Wintel Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) 2nd Line Support
Miscellaneous
1 3 (75.00%) Clustering
2 2 (50.00%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
2 3 (75.00%) Linux
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (75.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
3 1 (25.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) Root Cause Analysis
1 3 (75.00%) Patch Management
2 1 (25.00%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 3 (75.00%) SQL
1 3 (75.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) MCITP
2 3 (75.00%) DV Cleared
2 3 (75.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (25.00%) MCDST
3 1 (25.00%) ECDL
3 1 (25.00%) MCP
3 1 (25.00%) MCSE
3 1 (25.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (25.00%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (75.00%) Firmware
2 3 (75.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (75.00%) Hyper-V
2 3 (75.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (75.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (75.00%) HP
2 3 (75.00%) Citrix
2 3 (75.00%) VMware
2 3 (75.00%) Cisco
3 2 (50.00%) TOWER Software
4 1 (25.00%) McAfee
4 1 (25.00%) Avaya