Period
to 19 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 19 December 2018 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 > West Midlands
6 months to
19 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 199 185 202
Rank change year-on-year -14 +17 -21
Contract jobs citing MCTS 4 9 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.077% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.40% 1.09% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 10
West Midlands median daily rate £140 £400 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -65.00% +26.98% -30.00%
10th Percentile £135 £335 £275
90th Percentile £145 £558 £335
England median daily rate £225 £375 £320
% change year-on-year -40.00% +17.19% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
West Midlands median hourly rate - - £18.00
England median hourly rate £23.13 £91.25 £18.00
% change year-on-year -74.65% +406.94% +9.09%

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 West Midlands with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
West Midlands
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 1,002 822 1,253
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 19.40% 16.96% 21.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 593 453 699
West Midlands median daily rate £415 £400 £386
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.63% +6.48%
10th Percentile £230 £195 £229
90th Percentile £544 £525 £541
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 47 36
West Midlands median hourly rate £19.02 £30.50 £22.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -37.66% +37.08% -29.23%
10th Percentile £14.35 £11.25 £12.25
90th Percentile £51.75 £50.00 £43.25
England median hourly rate £26.50 £25.00 £25.69
% change year-on-year +6.00% -2.68% +9.89%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in the West Midlands

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in the West Midlands

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS 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 6 months to 19 December 2018. 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
West Bromwich - 2 £140 -
Birmingham +2 1 - -
Solihull - 1 - -
MCTS
England

For the 6 months to 19 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the West Midlands region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 4 (100.00%) Windows
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) MCP
3 2 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (25.00%) Apple iOS
4 1 (25.00%) ITIL V3
4 1 (25.00%) Office 365
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Intune
4 1 (25.00%) Mobile Device Management
4 1 (25.00%) Skype
4 1 (25.00%) BitLocker
4 1 (25.00%) Patch Management
4 1 (25.00%) Windows 10
4 1 (25.00%) GAP Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (25.00%) Degree
4 1 (25.00%) Application Packaging
4 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
4 1 (25.00%) SCCM
4 1 (25.00%) Video Conferencing
4 1 (25.00%) PowerShell
4 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (25.00%) ITIL
4 1 (25.00%) VBScript
4 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
4 1 (25.00%) MCSE
4 1 (25.00%) SharePoint

MCTS
Co-occurring 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 1 (25.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (50.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (25.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) Skype
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) IT Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) IT Support
1 2 (50.00%) IT Support Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) Support Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Applications Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Desktop Support
2 1 (25.00%) Desktop Support Technician
2 1 (25.00%) Desktop Technician
2 1 (25.00%) SCCM Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Support Technician
2 1 (25.00%) Windows Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Video Conferencing
Operating Systems
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
2 1 (25.00%) Apple iOS
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 10
2 1 (25.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) Application Packaging
1 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
1 1 (25.00%) GAP Analysis
1 1 (25.00%) ITIL
1 1 (25.00%) ITIL V3
1 1 (25.00%) Mobile Device Management
1 1 (25.00%) Patch Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) PowerShell
1 1 (25.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (75.00%) MCP
3 1 (25.00%) Degree
3 1 (25.00%) MCSE
System Software
1 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (25.00%) BitLocker
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Intune
1 1 (25.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft