The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
England / South West
Rank - 129 143
Contract jobs citing MCTS 0 6 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West - 0.21% 0.032%
As % of the Qualifications category - 0.63% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 4 1
Median daily rate - £650 £110
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +490.90%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £384
% change year-on-year -3.03% -14.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £37.50

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 academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in the South West.

Academic & Professional Certification
South West
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 802 949 905
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 31.34% 33.09% 29.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 525 556 558
Median daily rate £395 £388 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.93% -8.82%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £280 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £550 £549
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 71 29
Median hourly rate £38.50 £42.50 £40.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.41% +4.93%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £19.55 £12.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £57.00 £48.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West citing MCTS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the South West

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in the South West

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in the South West