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 3 months to 24 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
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
England / West Midlands
Rank 117 122 118
Rank change year-on-year +5 -4  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 1 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 0.043% 0.11% 0.12%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.22% 0.54% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 2
Median daily rate £425 £425 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.25%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £330 £368
% change year-on-year -3.03% -10.20%  
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 West Midlands.

Academic & Professional Certification
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 448 554 444
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 19.44% 20.65% 17.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 314 223
Median daily rate £375 £400 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +8.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £248 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £477
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 21 45
Median hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.94% -43.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.96 £11.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.63 £36.70 £39.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 24 March 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
Shropshire - 1 £425 -
MCTS
England

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) Windows
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
2 2 (66.67%) ITIL
2 2 (66.67%) High Availability
2 2 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
2 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
2 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (33.33%) Application Virtualisation
3 1 (33.33%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (33.33%) Relational Database
3 1 (33.33%) Mentoring
3 1 (33.33%) Remote Desktop
3 1 (33.33%) Change Control
3 1 (33.33%) Windows 8
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (33.33%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (33.33%) ServiceNow
3 1 (33.33%) MCP
3 1 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (33.33%) PKI
3 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
3 1 (33.33%) Degree
3 1 (33.33%) Application Packaging
3 1 (33.33%) SCCM
3 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
3 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008

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:

Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) DNS
1 1 (33.33%) Kerberos
1 1 (33.33%) LDAP
1 1 (33.33%) Remote Desktop
1 1 (33.33%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (33.33%) RDBMS
1 1 (33.33%) Relational Database
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) MSI
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) Active Directory Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) DBA
1 1 (33.33%) Field Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) SQL DBA
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server DBA
1 1 (33.33%) Virtualisation Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (33.33%) PKI
1 1 (33.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 2 (66.67%) Windows
1 2 (66.67%) Windows Server
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 7
2 1 (33.33%) Windows 8
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) High Availability
1 2 (66.67%) ITIL
1 2 (66.67%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (33.33%) Application Packaging
2 1 (33.33%) Application Virtualisation
2 1 (33.33%) Change Control
2 1 (33.33%) Customer Engagement
2 1 (33.33%) Data Modelling
2 1 (33.33%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (33.33%) Incident Management
2 1 (33.33%) Mentoring
2 1 (33.33%) Migration
2 1 (33.33%) Programme Management
2 1 (33.33%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
1 1 (33.33%) Shell Script
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (66.67%) MCITP
3 1 (33.33%) Degree
3 1 (33.33%) MCP
3 1 (33.33%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 3 (100.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (33.33%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (33.33%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Microsoft
2 1 (33.33%) Remedy
2 1 (33.33%) ServiceNow