The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 25 February 2017 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.

3 months to
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
England / West Midlands
Rank 121 123 102
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -21
Contract jobs citing MCTS 1 3 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.042% 0.11% 0.31%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.22% 0.58% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 2
Median daily rate £425 £425 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.25%
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £337 £425
% change year-on-year
-5.06% -20.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £29.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £29.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
451 518 401
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 19.00% 19.85% 17.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 277 210
Median daily rate £375 £415 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.63% +27.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £521 £530 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £380
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +1.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 22 55
Median hourly rate £20.88 £15.93 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.08% -45.08%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.75 £35.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.91 £41.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-25.51% +84.44%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 25 February 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Shropshire - 1 £425 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 February 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 6 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (66.67%) Windows
2 4 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 3 (50.00%) MCITP
3 3 (50.00%) Security Cleared
4 2 (33.33%) Windows 7
4 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (33.33%) High Availability
4 2 (33.33%) Performance Tuning
4 2 (33.33%) PKI
4 2 (33.33%) Replication
4 2 (33.33%) SQL
4 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL
4 2 (33.33%) MCP
4 2 (33.33%) Kerberos
4 2 (33.33%) DNS
4 2 (33.33%) LDAP
4 2 (33.33%) X.500
4 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (33.33%) Windows 10
4 2 (33.33%) Windows Server
5 1 (16.67%) Server Virtualisation
5 1 (16.67%) Application Virtualisation
5 1 (16.67%) Virtual Desktop
5 1 (16.67%) Smoke Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Remote Desktop
5 1 (16.67%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (16.67%) ServiceNow

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
1 1 (16.67%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (33.33%) DNS
1 2 (33.33%) Kerberos
1 2 (33.33%) LDAP
1 2 (33.33%) X.500
2 1 (16.67%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (16.67%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (16.67%) RDBMS
2 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MSI
1 1 (16.67%) StarTeam
Job Titles
1 1 (16.67%) Active Directory Consultant
1 1 (16.67%) Active Directory Engineer
1 1 (16.67%) Analyst
1 1 (16.67%) Consultant
1 1 (16.67%) DBA
1 1 (16.67%) Field Engineer
1 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Analyst
1 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Support
1 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
1 1 (16.67%) SQL DBA
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server DBA
1 1 (16.67%) Test Analyst
1 1 (16.67%) Virtualisation Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) PKI
1 2 (33.33%) Replication
2 1 (16.67%) Clustering
2 1 (16.67%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 4 (66.67%) Windows
2 2 (33.33%) Windows 10
2 2 (33.33%) Windows 7
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Server
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (16.67%) AIX
3 1 (16.67%) Windows 8
3 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (16.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) High Availability
1 2 (33.33%) ITIL
1 2 (33.33%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (16.67%) Application Packaging
2 1 (16.67%) Application Virtualisation
2 1 (16.67%) Change Control
2 1 (16.67%) Change Management
2 1 (16.67%) Customer Engagement
2 1 (16.67%) Data Modelling
2 1 (16.67%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (16.67%) Incident Management
2 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
2 1 (16.67%) Migration
2 1 (16.67%) Patch Management
2 1 (16.67%) Programme Management
2 1 (16.67%) Server Virtualisation
2 1 (16.67%) Service Delivery
2 1 (16.67%) Service Management
2 1 (16.67%) Software Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) PowerShell
2 1 (16.67%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (50.00%) MCITP
2 3 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 2 (33.33%) MCP
4 1 (16.67%) Degree
4 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
4 1 (16.67%) MCDST
4 1 (16.67%) MCSA
4 1 (16.67%) MCSE
4 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 6 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (16.67%) Hyper-V
2 1 (16.67%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (16.67%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) McAfee ePO
1 1 (16.67%) Netcool
1 1 (16.67%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) Citrix
2 1 (16.67%) Intel Security
2 1 (16.67%) Remedy
2 1 (16.67%) ServiceNow
2 1 (16.67%) SolarWinds
2 1 (16.67%) Veritas
2 1 (16.67%) VMware