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 November 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 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 83 71 -
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 0.14% 0.33% -
As % of the Qualifications category 1.52% 3.70% -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 0
Average daily rate
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- £375 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £348
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -6.47%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £17.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.50 £17.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+26.47% +6.25%
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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
132 108 105
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 9.00% 8.82% 11.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 46 48
Average daily rate £375 £351 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.83% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £133 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £449 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £354
% change year-on-year
+5.71% -1.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 8 5
Average hourly rate £15.77 £17.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.23% -47.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £17.00 £17.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £34.40 £38.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+5.55% -20.00%

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 30 Related IT Skills in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 28 November 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%) MCSE
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (50.00%) SAN
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 2 (50.00%) C
2 2 (50.00%) .NET
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (50.00%) IIS
2 2 (50.00%) ITIL
2 2 (50.00%) Windows
2 2 (50.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (50.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (50.00%) TCP/IP
2 2 (50.00%) DNS
2 2 (50.00%) IBM
2 2 (50.00%) CCNA
2 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (50.00%) Replication
2 2 (50.00%) VMware
2 2 (50.00%) Clustering
2 2 (50.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (50.00%) MCITP
2 2 (50.00%) Degree
2 2 (50.00%) Load Balancing
2 2 (50.00%) SCCM
2 2 (50.00%) SCOM
2 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 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%) MS Exchange
1 2 (50.00%) SharePoint 2010
1 2 (50.00%) Exchange Server 2010
Communications & Networking
1 2 (50.00%) SAN
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%) Head of Operations
2 1 (25.00%) IT Operations Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Head of IT
2 1 (25.00%) Operations Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (50.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (50.00%) Replication
1 2 (50.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) ITIL
1 2 (50.00%) Load Balancing
1 2 (50.00%) ITIL V3
1 2 (50.00%) ITIL V2
1 2 (50.00%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 2 (50.00%) C
1 2 (50.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) MCSE
1 4 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 2 (50.00%) CCNA
2 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 2 (50.00%) MCITP
2 2 (50.00%) Degree
2 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (50.00%) SCCM
1 2 (50.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) IBM
1 2 (50.00%) VMware