The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Edinburgh region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 28 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 76 - -
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 0.17% - -
As % of the Qualifications category 1.82% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 0
Average daily rate
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£364 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £334 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+11.25% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £20.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-16.25% +42.85%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Edinburgh region.

Qualifications Category
Edinburgh
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
110 114 84
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 9.33% 10.33% 7.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 48 42
Average daily rate £364 £400 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.00% +45.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £204 £298 £133
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 3
Average hourly rate £12.25 £32.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-61.71% -20.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.91 £20.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-0.45% -9.09%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Edinburgh region as a proportion of the total demand within the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the Edinburgh region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

MCTS
Top 23 Related IT Skills in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh region citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS.

1 4 (100.00%) Windows
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (50.00%) Project Management
2 2 (50.00%) Clustering
2 2 (50.00%) MCSE
2 2 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (50.00%) DNS
2 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (50.00%) MCITP
2 2 (50.00%) Application Packaging
2 2 (50.00%) Load Balancing
2 2 (50.00%) SCCM
2 2 (50.00%) PowerShell
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (50.00%) Windows 7
2 2 (50.00%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (50.00%) .NET
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (50.00%) IIS

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh region citing MCTS also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited MCTS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (50.00%) IIS
1 2 (50.00%) SharePoint
1 2 (50.00%) SharePoint 2010
Communications & Networking
1 2 (50.00%) TCP/IP
1 2 (50.00%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (50.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 2 (50.00%) SQL Server 2008
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
1 2 (50.00%) SharePoint Specialist
2 1 (25.00%) Project Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (50.00%) .NET
1 2 (50.00%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 4 (100.00%) Windows
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (50.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Project Management
1 2 (50.00%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (50.00%) MCITP
2 2 (50.00%) MCSE
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (50.00%) SCCM