Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 23 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
England > North West
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 205 223 223
Rank change year-on-year +18 0 -45
Contract jobs citing MCTS 1 5 23
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.018% 0.073% 0.27%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.10% 0.40% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 18
North West median daily rate £200 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -42.86% +16.67% -1.64%
England median daily rate £375 £325 £335
% change year-on-year +15.38% -2.99% -10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 4
North West median hourly rate - £14.86 £47.71
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -68.85% +103.02%
England median hourly rate £91.25 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year +453.03% - -17.50%

MCTS is in the Academic Qualifications and Professional Certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the North West with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
North West
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 986 1253 1699
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 17.29% 18.33% 19.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 565 737 958
North West median daily rate £400 £420 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.76% +5.00% +6.95%
10th Percentile £204 £225 £253
90th Percentile £550 £600 £573
England median daily rate £430 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 78 56 108
North West median hourly rate £38.88 £26.25 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +48.10% -13.99% +54.53%
10th Percentile £13.60 £12.13 £15.31
90th Percentile £53.60 £53.25 £55.00
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year - +4.17% +26.32%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the North West

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in the North West

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in the North West

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the North West region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +14 1 £200 -4.76% 1
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 North West region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 1 (100.00%) ITIL
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) LAN
1 1 (100.00%) WAN
1 1 (100.00%) ISO 9001
1 1 (100.00%) DHCP
1 1 (100.00%) VPN
1 1 (100.00%) DNS
1 1 (100.00%) SLA
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) CCNA
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (100.00%) MPLS
1 1 (100.00%) Service Management
1 1 (100.00%) Service Delivery
1 1 (100.00%) MCITP
1 1 (100.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (100.00%) Release Management
1 1 (100.00%) SCCM
1 1 (100.00%) PowerShell
1 1 (100.00%) Hyper-V
1 1 (100.00%) Veeam
1 1 (100.00%) SolarWinds
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (100.00%) Office 365
1 1 (100.00%) Windows 8
1 1 (100.00%) Amazon RDS

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (100.00%) Office 365
1 1 (100.00%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 1 (100.00%) DHCP
1 1 (100.00%) DNS
1 1 (100.00%) LAN
1 1 (100.00%) MPLS
1 1 (100.00%) Remote Desktop
1 1 (100.00%) Skype
1 1 (100.00%) VPN
1 1 (100.00%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (100.00%) Amazon RDS
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Administrator
1 1 (100.00%) Office 365 Administrator
1 1 (100.00%) Office 365 Engineer
1 1 (100.00%) Server Administrator
1 1 (100.00%) Server Engineer
1 1 (100.00%) Systems Administrator
1 1 (100.00%) Systems Engineer
Operating Systems
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) Windows 10
1 1 (100.00%) Windows 8
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Cybersecurity
1 1 (100.00%) ITIL
1 1 (100.00%) Release Management
1 1 (100.00%) Service Delivery
1 1 (100.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (100.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) CCNA
1 1 (100.00%) Cisco Certification
1 1 (100.00%) MCITP
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (100.00%) ISO 9001
1 1 (100.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 1 (100.00%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (100.00%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 1 (100.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) SolarWinds
1 1 (100.00%) Veeam