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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 104 - 99
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing MCTS 7 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.32% - 0.11%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.77% - 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 0
Average daily rate
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£359 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £300 £310
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 2
Average hourly rate £29.00 - £16.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%
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England

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
396 276 274
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 18.27% 13.24% 14.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 151 120
Average daily rate £345 £335 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.98% -0.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £210 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £356 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.33% +1.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 2 34
Average hourly rate £22.00 £22.69 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.04% -31.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £15.00 £16.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.00 £22.69 £34.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £22.70
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -22.90%

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 26 January 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
Birmingham - 2 £368 - 1
Coventry - 1 - -
Solihull - - - -
Wolverhampton - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (66.67%) Windows
3 5 (55.56%) MCITP
4 4 (44.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 4 (44.44%) VMware
4 4 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (44.44%) XenApp
4 4 (44.44%) vSphere
4 4 (44.44%) Hyper-V
4 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (44.44%) MCSE
4 4 (44.44%) MCP
4 4 (44.44%) Active Directory
4 4 (44.44%) Citrix
4 4 (44.44%) CCA
4 4 (44.44%) Citrix Certification
4 4 (44.44%) CCEA
5 3 (33.33%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (33.33%) Web Services
6 2 (22.22%) WCF
6 2 (22.22%) Unit Testing
6 2 (22.22%) MSBuild
6 2 (22.22%) SpecFlow
6 2 (22.22%) WiX
6 2 (22.22%) XML
6 2 (22.22%) XSD
6 2 (22.22%) XSLT
6 2 (22.22%) C#
6 2 (22.22%) MSI

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 26 January 2015, 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 3 (33.33%) BizTalk Server
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) SMTP
1 1 (11.11%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 1 (11.11%) OLAP
2 1 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (11.11%) QlikView
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (11.11%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 2 (22.22%) MSI
1 2 (22.22%) WiX
1 2 (22.22%) MSBuild
1 2 (22.22%) SpecFlow
2 1 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Developer
2 3 (33.33%) BizTalk Developer
3 2 (22.22%) Citrix Engineer
3 2 (22.22%) 3rd Line Support
4 1 (11.11%) Administrator
4 1 (11.11%) SQL Developer
4 1 (11.11%) Systems Administrator
4 1 (11.11%) Support Engineer
4 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 1 (11.11%) 3rd Line Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) Web Services
2 2 (22.22%) XML
2 2 (22.22%) XSD
2 2 (22.22%) XSLT
2 2 (22.22%) SOAP
2 2 (22.22%) WCF
3 1 (11.11%) .NET
3 1 (11.11%) .NET Framework
3 1 (11.11%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 6 (66.67%) Windows
2 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (44.44%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (11.11%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (22.22%) Migration
1 2 (22.22%) Unit Testing
2 1 (11.11%) Dimensional Modelling
2 1 (11.11%) Kimball Methodology
2 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (11.11%) PRINCE2
2 1 (11.11%) ETL
2 1 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) C#
2 1 (11.11%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (55.56%) MCITP
3 4 (44.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 4 (44.44%) MCP
3 4 (44.44%) MCSE
3 4 (44.44%) CCA
3 4 (44.44%) Citrix Certification
3 4 (44.44%) CCEA
4 1 (11.11%) MCSA
System Software
1 4 (44.44%) Active Directory
1 4 (44.44%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (44.44%) Hyper-V
1 4 (44.44%) XenApp
1 4 (44.44%) vSphere
Vendors
1 4 (44.44%) Citrix
1 4 (44.44%) VMware
2 1 (11.11%) Tableau
2 1 (11.11%) Oracle
2 1 (11.11%) Microsoft