The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 25 June 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)
UK / Wales
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 61 54 -
Rank change year-on-year -7 -  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 1 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 0.16% 0.36% -
As % of the Qualifications category 0.57% 1.29% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Median daily rate £110 £350 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -68.57% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +59.09% -5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +60.00%  

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 Wales.

Academic & Professional Certification
Wales
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 175 155 329
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 28.41% 28.13% 38.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 126 102 204
Median daily rate £350 £438 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +20.68%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £323 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £600 £529
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 6 14
Median hourly rate £43.50 £70.00 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.85% +438.46%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £18.33 £8.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £73.55 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.00 £24.12
% change year-on-year +10.00% +24.37%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Wales 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 Wales

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in Wales

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Wales region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. 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 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
South Wales -6 1 £110 -68.57%
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 Wales region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (100.00%) SAP
1 1 (100.00%) ITIL
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) MCSE
1 1 (100.00%) MCSA
1 1 (100.00%) LAN
1 1 (100.00%) WAN
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (100.00%) McAfee
1 1 (100.00%) Service Management
1 1 (100.00%) MOS
1 1 (100.00%) MCITP
1 1 (100.00%) WSUS
1 1 (100.00%) SCCM
1 1 (100.00%) Office 365

MCTS
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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:

Applications
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (100.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (100.00%) LAN
1 1 (100.00%) WAN
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Service Analyst
1 1 (100.00%) Service Desk Analyst
Operating Systems
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) ITIL
1 1 (100.00%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) MCITP
1 1 (100.00%) MCSA
1 1 (100.00%) MCSE
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (100.00%) MOS
System Software
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (100.00%) SCCM
1 1 (100.00%) WSUS
Vendors
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) McAfee
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) SAP