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 29 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 122 117 127
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +10
Contract jobs citing MCP 29 16 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.97% 0.54% 0.038%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.06% 3.29% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 1
Average daily rate £310 £313 £135
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.80% +131.48%
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £263 £300
% change year-on-year
+18.09% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Average hourly rate £36.00 £16.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+118.18% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £21.33 £13.00 £13.75
% change year-on-year
+64.07% -5.45%
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
715 487 494
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 23.95% 16.34% 18.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 394 254 230
Average daily rate £335 £345 £326
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.89% +5.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £451 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 33 17
Average hourly rate £37.75 £27.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.27% +52.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £12.10 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £45.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 29 April 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 29 April 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 -24 14 £328 -5.74%
Glasgow +9 7 £100 -60.78% 1
Edinburgh -5 5 £126 -43.88% 1
West Dunbartonshire - 1 £190 -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 47 (88.68%) Microsoft Certification
2 46 (86.79%) Microsoft
3 40 (75.47%) MCTS
4 37 (69.81%) Active Directory
5 29 (54.72%) Windows
6 21 (39.62%) DNS
7 20 (37.74%) Windows Server
8 19 (35.85%) Security Cleared
9 18 (33.96%) Degree
10 16 (30.19%) Content Management
10 16 (30.19%) SQL Server
11 15 (28.30%) SCCM
12 13 (24.53%) Computer Science
12 13 (24.53%) PKI
12 13 (24.53%) Validation
12 13 (24.53%) LDAP
13 12 (22.64%) Replication
13 12 (22.64%) SC Cleared
14 11 (20.75%) SharePoint
14 11 (20.75%) Kerberos
14 11 (20.75%) X.500
15 10 (18.87%) MS Exchange
15 10 (18.87%) MS Excel
15 10 (18.87%) .NET
15 10 (18.87%) ITIL
15 10 (18.87%) Windows 7
15 10 (18.87%) Exchange Server 2010
15 10 (18.87%) .NET Framework
16 9 (16.98%) MS Office
16 9 (16.98%) TCP/IP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 29 April 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 11 (20.75%) SharePoint
2 10 (18.87%) Exchange Server 2010
2 10 (18.87%) MS Exchange
3 6 (11.32%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (5.66%) OpenStack
5 2 (3.77%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 2 (3.77%) CICS
6 1 (1.89%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 10 (18.87%) MS Excel
2 9 (16.98%) MS Office
3 1 (1.89%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (9.43%) assyst
2 1 (1.89%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 6 (11.32%) Office 365
2 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.89%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 21 (39.62%) DNS
2 13 (24.53%) LDAP
3 11 (20.75%) Kerberos
3 11 (20.75%) X.500
4 9 (16.98%) TCP/IP
5 8 (15.09%) SNMP
5 8 (15.09%) SSL
6 6 (11.32%) Firewall
7 4 (7.55%) VPN
8 2 (3.77%) Broadband
8 2 (3.77%) Network Security
8 2 (3.77%) Wireless
9 1 (1.89%) LAN
9 1 (1.89%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (30.19%) SQL Server
2 6 (11.32%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (11.32%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 1 (1.89%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (13.21%) Finance
2 3 (5.66%) Banking
2 3 (5.66%) Front Office
2 3 (5.66%) Investment Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (28.30%) Active Directory Engineer
2 9 (16.98%) SharePoint Engineer
3 4 (7.55%) 2nd Line Support
3 4 (7.55%) Analyst
3 4 (7.55%) Consultant
3 4 (7.55%) Desktop Analyst
4 3 (5.66%) Administrator
4 3 (5.66%) Desktop Support
4 3 (5.66%) IT Support
4 3 (5.66%) Service Analyst
5 2 (3.77%) 2nd Line Desktop Support
5 2 (3.77%) 2nd Line Desktop Support Analyst
5 2 (3.77%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 2 (3.77%) 2nd Line Technical Support
5 2 (3.77%) CISSP Consultant
5 2 (3.77%) Desktop Support Analyst
5 2 (3.77%) Desktop Technician
5 2 (3.77%) IT Administrator
5 2 (3.77%) Office 365 Consultant
5 2 (3.77%) SIEM Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (18.87%) .NET
1 10 (18.87%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.89%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.89%) CSS
2 1 (1.89%) HTML
2 1 (1.89%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (24.53%) Computer Science
1 13 (24.53%) PKI
2 12 (22.64%) Replication
3 7 (13.21%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (5.66%) Data Centre
5 2 (3.77%) Blackberry
5 2 (3.77%) Fat Client
5 2 (3.77%) Mainframe
5 2 (3.77%) Management Information System
5 2 (3.77%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 29 (54.72%) Windows
2 20 (37.74%) Windows Server
3 10 (18.87%) Windows 7
4 4 (7.55%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (3.77%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.89%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (30.19%) Content Management
2 13 (24.53%) Validation
3 10 (18.87%) ITIL
4 7 (13.21%) Service Management
4 7 (13.21%) Software Delivery
5 6 (11.32%) Load Balancing
6 5 (9.43%) Service Delivery
7 2 (3.77%) Business Continuity
7 2 (3.77%) Business Continuity Management
7 2 (3.77%) Change Management
7 2 (3.77%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (3.77%) Identity Management
7 2 (3.77%) Information Security
7 2 (3.77%) Security Management
7 2 (3.77%) Security Operations
7 2 (3.77%) SIEM
8 1 (1.89%) OO
8 1 (1.89%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 7 (13.21%) PowerShell
1 7 (13.21%) SQL
2 1 (1.89%) C#
2 1 (1.89%) JavaScript
2 1 (1.89%) VB
Qualifications
1 47 (88.68%) Microsoft Certification
2 40 (75.47%) MCTS
3 19 (35.85%) Security Cleared
4 18 (33.96%) Degree
5 12 (22.64%) SC Cleared
6 6 (11.32%) MCITP
7 5 (9.43%) ITIL Certification
7 5 (9.43%) MCSE
8 2 (3.77%) CCNA
8 2 (3.77%) CCNP
8 2 (3.77%) CISA
8 2 (3.77%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (3.77%) CISM
8 2 (3.77%) CISSP
8 2 (3.77%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.55%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 37 (69.81%) Active Directory
2 7 (13.21%) Firmware
3 2 (3.77%) RACF
3 2 (3.77%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 15 (28.30%) SCCM
2 7 (13.21%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 46 (86.79%) Microsoft
2 7 (13.21%) HP
3 3 (5.66%) ServiceNow
4 2 (3.77%) Cisco
4 2 (3.77%) Intel Security
5 1 (1.89%) Bloomberg
5 1 (1.89%) FactSet
5 1 (1.89%) Fidessa
5 1 (1.89%) Reuters