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 24 August 2016 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 143 112 123
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +11
Contract jobs citing MCTS 5 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.15% 0.12% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.75% 0.68% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 2
Median daily rate £465 £450 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £450 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £481 £450 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £320 £328
% change year-on-year
- -2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £21.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.86 £18.50 £16.75
% change year-on-year
-19.67% +10.44%
MCTS
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
668 443 460
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 20.24% 18.05% 18.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 385 247 219
Median daily rate £400 £350 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £187
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £498 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £378 £355
% change year-on-year
-0.66% +6.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 35 27
Median hourly rate £29.50 £34.10 £26.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.48% +29.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.03 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £42.50 £43.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £22.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+24.44% +18.42%

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 24 August 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
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
Birmingham -11 3 £485 +7.77%
Wolverhampton - 1 £465 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 August 2016, 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 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (70.00%) SQL
2 7 (70.00%) SQL Server
2 7 (70.00%) MCITP
3 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
4 5 (50.00%) Active Directory
4 5 (50.00%) PowerShell
5 4 (40.00%) Windows Server
5 4 (40.00%) Windows
6 3 (30.00%) MS Excel
6 3 (30.00%) SharePoint
6 3 (30.00%) ITIL
6 3 (30.00%) MCAD
6 3 (30.00%) MCSD
6 3 (30.00%) T-SQL
6 3 (30.00%) Data Modelling
6 3 (30.00%) Remedy
6 3 (30.00%) Disaster Recovery
6 3 (30.00%) Workflow
6 3 (30.00%) Migration
6 3 (30.00%) High Availability
6 3 (30.00%) Change Control
6 3 (30.00%) ServiceNow
6 3 (30.00%) Performance Tuning
6 3 (30.00%) Data Centre
6 3 (30.00%) Incident Management
7 2 (20.00%) Local Government
7 2 (20.00%) InfoPath
7 2 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
7 2 (20.00%) Degree

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 3 (30.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (20.00%) IIS
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (30.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (20.00%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (70.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (20.00%) DTS
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (20.00%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) DBA
1 3 (30.00%) Developer
1 3 (30.00%) SQL DBA
2 2 (20.00%) Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Database Manager
2 2 (20.00%) DBA Manager
2 2 (20.00%) SharePoint Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Administrator
3 1 (10.00%) Agile Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Analyst Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Business Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) CRM Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Dynamics CRM Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Functional Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Functional Business Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Functional Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Developer
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint Administrator
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (20.00%) .NET
1 2 (20.00%) CSS
1 2 (20.00%) HTML
1 2 (20.00%) jQuery
1 2 (20.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Data Centre
2 2 (20.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
1 4 (40.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Change Control
1 3 (30.00%) Data Modelling
1 3 (30.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 3 (30.00%) High Availability
1 3 (30.00%) Incident Management
1 3 (30.00%) ITIL
1 3 (30.00%) Migration
1 3 (30.00%) Performance Tuning
1 3 (30.00%) Workflow
2 2 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (20.00%) CRM
2 2 (20.00%) ETL
2 2 (20.00%) Scrum
2 2 (20.00%) Security Auditing
3 1 (10.00%) Content Management
3 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
3 1 (10.00%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 7 (70.00%) SQL
2 5 (50.00%) PowerShell
3 3 (30.00%) T-SQL
4 2 (20.00%) C#
4 2 (20.00%) JavaScript
4 2 (20.00%) VBScript
5 1 (10.00%) VB
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (70.00%) MCITP
3 3 (30.00%) MCAD
3 3 (30.00%) MCSD
4 2 (20.00%) Degree
4 2 (20.00%) DV Cleared
4 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
5 1 (10.00%) MCPD
System Software
1 5 (50.00%) Active Directory
Vendors
1 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) Remedy
2 3 (30.00%) ServiceNow