The table below looks at the statistics for MCP in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCP over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 110 123 97
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -26
Contract jobs citing MCP 22 5 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.86% 0.18% 0.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.56% 1.01% 4.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 1 6
Average daily rate £320 £325 £205
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% +58.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £325 £107
10% offered a daily rate of more than £337 £325 £305
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £274 £239
% change year-on-year
+14.15% +14.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £18.00 £20.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -10.26%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
-12.90% +10.71%
MCP
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Qualifications category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland region.

Qualifications Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
482 495 397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 18.92% 18.22% 16.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 271 169
Average daily rate £343 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £451 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 27 16
Average hourly rate £22.00 £19.00 £17.86
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% +6.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £13.24 £11.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.00 £35.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

MCP
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

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

MCP Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

MCP
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

MCP Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

MCP
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCP across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016.

MCP Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

MCP
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP across the Scotland region.

MCP Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

MCP
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 11 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Renfrewshire +5 12 £320 -1.53%
Glasgow - 6 £99 -
Edinburgh -13 3 - -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 £200 -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing MCP 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 MCP.

1 43 (91.49%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (87.23%) Microsoft
3 33 (70.21%) MCTS
4 26 (55.32%) Active Directory
4 26 (55.32%) Windows
5 23 (48.94%) Security Cleared
6 19 (40.43%) Windows Server
6 19 (40.43%) Validation
7 17 (36.17%) Degree
8 16 (34.04%) SC Cleared
9 15 (31.91%) Computer Science
10 13 (27.66%) LDAP
11 12 (25.53%) SQL Server
11 12 (25.53%) DNS
11 12 (25.53%) SCCM
11 12 (25.53%) Replication
12 11 (23.40%) PKI
12 11 (23.40%) Kerberos
12 11 (23.40%) X.500
13 10 (21.28%) SharePoint
13 10 (21.28%) .NET
13 10 (21.28%) Content Management
13 10 (21.28%) .NET Framework
14 9 (19.15%) MCSE
14 9 (19.15%) HP
15 8 (17.02%) SSL
15 8 (17.02%) MS Exchange
15 8 (17.02%) SNMP
15 8 (17.02%) TCP/IP
15 8 (17.02%) Firmware

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing MCP 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 MCP. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 10 (21.28%) SharePoint
2 8 (17.02%) MS Exchange
3 3 (6.38%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (2.13%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (2.13%) CMS
4 1 (2.13%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 6 (12.77%) MS Excel
2 3 (6.38%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (6.38%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.26%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (27.66%) LDAP
2 12 (25.53%) DNS
3 11 (23.40%) Kerberos
3 11 (23.40%) X.500
4 8 (17.02%) SNMP
4 8 (17.02%) SSL
4 8 (17.02%) TCP/IP
5 5 (10.64%) VPN
6 2 (4.26%) Firewall
6 2 (4.26%) LAN
6 2 (4.26%) Remote Desktop
6 2 (4.26%) WAN
7 1 (2.13%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (25.53%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.13%) Oracle Database
General
1 3 (6.38%) Banking
2 2 (4.26%) Finance
2 2 (4.26%) Front Office
2 2 (4.26%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (29.79%) Active Directory Engineer
2 10 (21.28%) SharePoint Engineer
3 6 (12.77%) Design Engineer
4 5 (10.64%) Messaging Engineer
5 3 (6.38%) 2nd Line Support
6 2 (4.26%) 2nd Line Technical Support
6 2 (4.26%) Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Desktop Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Service Analyst
6 2 (4.26%) Technical Engineer
6 2 (4.26%) Technical Support
7 1 (2.13%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
7 1 (2.13%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Analyst
7 1 (2.13%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
7 1 (2.13%) Desktop Technician
7 1 (2.13%) Infrastructure Design Engineer
7 1 (2.13%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 1 (2.13%) IT Administrator
7 1 (2.13%) IT Support
7 1 (2.13%) Senior Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (21.28%) .NET
1 10 (21.28%) .NET Framework
2 1 (2.13%) J2EE
2 1 (2.13%) XML
2 1 (2.13%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 15 (31.91%) Computer Science
2 12 (25.53%) Replication
3 11 (23.40%) PKI
4 8 (17.02%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (12.77%) Blackberry
6 2 (4.26%) Fat Client
6 2 (4.26%) Management Information System
6 2 (4.26%) Thin Client
7 1 (2.13%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 26 (55.32%) Windows
2 19 (40.43%) Windows Server
3 8 (17.02%) Windows 7
4 4 (8.51%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (4.26%) Debian
6 2 (4.26%) Linux
6 2 (4.26%) Windows 8
6 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (2.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (40.43%) Validation
2 10 (21.28%) Content Management
3 8 (17.02%) Software Delivery
4 7 (14.89%) ITIL
5 6 (12.77%) Service Management
6 3 (6.38%) Service Delivery
7 2 (4.26%) Change Management
7 2 (4.26%) Configuration Management
7 2 (4.26%) ITSM
8 1 (2.13%) Business Continuity
8 1 (2.13%) Business Continuity Management
8 1 (2.13%) Continuous Improvement
8 1 (2.13%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 3 (6.38%) PowerShell
1 3 (6.38%) SQL
2 2 (4.26%) Bash Shell
2 2 (4.26%) Perl
3 1 (2.13%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 43 (91.49%) Microsoft Certification
2 33 (70.21%) MCTS
3 23 (48.94%) Security Cleared
4 17 (36.17%) Degree
5 16 (34.04%) SC Cleared
6 9 (19.15%) MCSE
7 3 (6.38%) ITIL Certification
7 3 (6.38%) MCSA
8 2 (4.26%) CCNA
8 2 (4.26%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (4.26%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.38%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 26 (55.32%) Active Directory
2 8 (17.02%) Firmware
3 2 (4.26%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 12 (25.53%) SCCM
2 8 (17.02%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (4.26%) Opscode Chef
3 2 (4.26%) Puppet
Vendors
1 41 (87.23%) Microsoft
2 9 (19.15%) HP
3 2 (4.26%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.13%) Cisco
4 1 (2.13%) Intel Security
4 1 (2.13%) Oracle