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 21 October 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
21 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 121 109 110
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.079% 0.049% 0.089%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.43% 0.38% 0.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
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- £165 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £339 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.47% -3.01%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.75 £18.00 £22.82
% change year-on-year
-23.61% -21.12%
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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 West Midlands region.

Qualifications Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
466 265 374
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 18.32% 12.88% 16.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 160 176
Average daily rate £350 £345 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £210 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 12 33
Average hourly rate £27.50 £21.50 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.90% -23.21%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £14.50 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.12 £23.50 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 21 October 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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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
Shropshire - 1 - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Coventry - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 Certification
2 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (50.00%) MCP
2 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (33.33%) WCF
3 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (33.33%) C#
3 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 2 (33.33%) Web Services
3 2 (33.33%) BizTalk Server
3 2 (33.33%) MCITP
4 1 (16.67%) Firewall
4 1 (16.67%) MVC
4 1 (16.67%) Finance
4 1 (16.67%) Advertising
4 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (16.67%) TDD
4 1 (16.67%) Retail
4 1 (16.67%) Ruby
4 1 (16.67%) .NET Framework
4 1 (16.67%) McAfee
4 1 (16.67%) MSI
4 1 (16.67%) XML
4 1 (16.67%) XSD
4 1 (16.67%) XSLT
4 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET
4 1 (16.67%) SOAP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 21 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 2 (33.33%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (16.67%) Node.js
2 1 (16.67%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) SMTP
1 1 (16.67%) HTTP
1 1 (16.67%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (16.67%) NoSQL
2 1 (16.67%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MSI
1 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
1 1 (16.67%) WiX
1 1 (16.67%) MSBuild
1 1 (16.67%) SpecFlow
General
1 1 (16.67%) Finance
1 1 (16.67%) Advertising
1 1 (16.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Developer
1 2 (33.33%) BizTalk Developer
2 1 (16.67%) Architect
2 1 (16.67%) Solutions Architect
2 1 (16.67%) 3rd Line Support
2 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) .NET Architect
2 1 (16.67%) .NET Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) Web Services
1 2 (33.33%) WCF
2 1 (16.67%) RESTful
2 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (16.67%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
2 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET Web API
2 1 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (16.67%) XSD
2 1 (16.67%) XSLT
2 1 (16.67%) .NET Framework
2 1 (16.67%) .NET
2 1 (16.67%) ASP.NET
2 1 (16.67%) SOAP
Operating Systems
1 3 (50.00%) Windows
1 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 3 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (16.67%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (16.67%) MVC
1 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
1 1 (16.67%) TDD
1 1 (16.67%) Unit Testing
1 1 (16.67%) BDD
1 1 (16.67%) Web Application Development
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) C#
2 1 (16.67%) Ruby
2 1 (16.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (50.00%) MCP
3 2 (33.33%) MCITP
4 1 (16.67%) BC Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) MCAD
4 1 (16.67%) MCSD
4 1 (16.67%) MCSA
System Software
1 3 (50.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) SCCM
1 1 (16.67%) SCOM
1 1 (16.67%) Sysprep
1 1 (16.67%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (16.67%) McAfee
2 1 (16.67%) LANDesk
2 1 (16.67%) Facebook
2 1 (16.67%) Oracle
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