The first table below looks at the demand 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 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 South 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 140 102 137
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +35
Contract jobs citing MCTS 4 21 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.12% 0.90% 0.28%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.39% 3.15% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 4 5
Average daily rate £413 £298 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.65% -15.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £345 £310
% change year-on-year
+9.71% +11.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
1034 666 1145
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 31.22% 28.63% 31.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 595 365 597
Average daily rate £350 £350 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £236 £250 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 42 94
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £13.50 £14.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £50.00
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 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 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
Wiltshire - 4 £413 -
Bristol - - - - 1
Cornwall - - - -
Devon - - - - 1
Dorset - - - - 1
Gloucestershire - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 6 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (83.33%) SQL Server
3 4 (66.67%) MS Project
3 4 (66.67%) SharePoint
3 4 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
3 4 (66.67%) Workflow
3 4 (66.67%) Intranet
3 4 (66.67%) Project Management
3 4 (66.67%) MS Project Server
3 4 (66.67%) PowerShell
3 4 (66.67%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (66.67%) Change Control
3 4 (66.67%) SharePoint 2013
4 3 (50.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (33.33%) MCITP
5 2 (33.33%) A+ Certification
5 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (33.33%) VMware
5 2 (33.33%) MS Exchange
5 2 (33.33%) .NET
5 2 (33.33%) CCNP
5 2 (33.33%) CCNA
5 2 (33.33%) Citrix
5 2 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
5 2 (33.33%) ITIL
5 2 (33.33%) MCP
5 2 (33.33%) Windows
5 2 (33.33%) MCSE
5 2 (33.33%) MCSA

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 4 (66.67%) SharePoint
1 4 (66.67%) MS Project Server
1 4 (66.67%) SharePoint 2010
1 4 (66.67%) SharePoint 2013
2 2 (33.33%) MS Exchange
2 2 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 2 (33.33%) Exchange Server 2007
Applications
1 4 (66.67%) MS Project
2 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 4 (66.67%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (83.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (50.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Job Titles
1 4 (66.67%) Architect
1 4 (66.67%) SharePoint Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Technical Support Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Technical Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Support Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Technical Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Support Analyst
2 1 (16.67%) Technical Support
2 1 (16.67%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) .NET
Operating Systems
1 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2003
1 2 (33.33%) Windows
1 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Disaster Recovery
1 4 (66.67%) Workflow
1 4 (66.67%) Project Management
1 4 (66.67%) Change Control
2 2 (33.33%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 4 (66.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (16.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (33.33%) MCITP
2 2 (33.33%) A+ Certification
2 2 (33.33%) CCNP
2 2 (33.33%) CCNA
2 2 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (33.33%) MCP
2 2 (33.33%) MCSE
2 2 (33.33%) MCSA
2 2 (33.33%) MCSM
2 2 (33.33%) CCENT
System Software
1 2 (33.33%) XenApp
1 2 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (33.33%) VMware
2 2 (33.33%) Citrix