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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 142 122 123
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.091% 0.042% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 0.16% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 4
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£549 - £361
90% offered a daily rate of more than £446 - £303
10% offered a daily rate of more than £652 - £474
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £325
% change year-on-year
- +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £21.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%
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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
1023 614 830
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 31.07% 25.99% 30.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 607 335 401
Average daily rate £400 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £221 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 74 39 65
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.75% -18.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £13.50 £13.47
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £36.90 £54.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £17.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year
+8.57% -26.31%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the South West region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram 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 19 December 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
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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 -18 1 £678 - 3
Wiltshire - 1 £420 - 1
Bristol - 1 - - 1
Devon - - - -
Dorset - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 11 (100.00%) Windows
1 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 9 (81.82%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (72.73%) SC Cleared
3 8 (72.73%) Security Cleared
3 8 (72.73%) SharePoint
4 7 (63.64%) SharePoint 2010
5 6 (54.55%) Service Delivery
6 5 (45.45%) Remedy
6 5 (45.45%) UNIX
6 5 (45.45%) Military
7 4 (36.36%) Service Management
8 3 (27.27%) Windows XP
8 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
8 3 (27.27%) Citrix
9 2 (18.18%) ITIL
9 2 (18.18%) MCSE
9 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
9 2 (18.18%) HP
9 2 (18.18%) VMware
9 2 (18.18%) Hyper-V
10 1 (9.09%) Test Automation
10 1 (9.09%) XenApp
10 1 (9.09%) XenServer
10 1 (9.09%) XenDesktop
10 1 (9.09%) Windows 7
10 1 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
10 1 (9.09%) vSphere
10 1 (9.09%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (9.09%) Clustering

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 8 (72.73%) SharePoint
2 7 (63.64%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (9.09%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (9.09%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 1 (9.09%) WinRunner
1 1 (9.09%) TestDirector
1 1 (9.09%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 5 (45.45%) Military
Job Titles
1 6 (54.55%) Consultant
2 2 (18.18%) Administrator
2 2 (18.18%) Applications Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) Technology Consultant
3 1 (9.09%) 3rd Line Support
3 1 (9.09%) 2nd Line Support
3 1 (9.09%) Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (9.09%) Clustering
1 1 (9.09%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 11 (100.00%) Windows
2 9 (81.82%) Windows Server 2008
3 5 (45.45%) UNIX
4 3 (27.27%) Windows XP
5 2 (18.18%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (9.09%) Windows 7
6 1 (9.09%) Windows 8
6 1 (9.09%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) Service Delivery
2 4 (36.36%) Service Management
3 2 (18.18%) ITIL
4 1 (9.09%) Test Automation
4 1 (9.09%) Software Testing
4 1 (9.09%) Incident Management
4 1 (9.09%) Test Scripting
4 1 (9.09%) Change Management
4 1 (9.09%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) PowerShell
1 1 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (72.73%) SC Cleared
2 8 (72.73%) Security Cleared
3 2 (18.18%) MCSE
4 1 (9.09%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 1 (9.09%) MCITP
4 1 (9.09%) CCEE
4 1 (9.09%) MCSA
4 1 (9.09%) MCP
4 1 (9.09%) CCA
4 1 (9.09%) Citrix Certification
System Software
1 2 (18.18%) Hyper-V
2 1 (9.09%) XenApp
2 1 (9.09%) XenServer
2 1 (9.09%) XenDesktop
2 1 (9.09%) vSphere
2 1 (9.09%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (9.09%) VMware ESX
2 1 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (9.09%) Terminal Services
2 1 (9.09%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (9.09%) McAfee ePO
1 1 (9.09%) SCCM
1 1 (9.09%) Netcool
Vendors
1 5 (45.45%) Remedy
2 3 (27.27%) Microsoft
2 3 (27.27%) Citrix
3 2 (18.18%) HP
3 2 (18.18%) VMware
4 1 (9.09%) AppSense
4 1 (9.09%) McAfee
4 1 (9.09%) BMC
4 1 (9.09%) Veritas
4 1 (9.09%) Cisco