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 22 May 2015 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 113 117 95
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -22
Contract jobs citing MCP 16 8 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.55% 0.32% 1.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.29% 1.64% 6.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 19
Average daily rate
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£300 £130 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+130.76% -52.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £120 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £175 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £300 £238
% change year-on-year
-4.92% +26.21%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £16.50 - £13.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 £13.75 £12.75
% change year-on-year
+9.09% +7.84%
MCP
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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 Scotland region.

Qualifications Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
487 487 415
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 16.72% 19.26% 16.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 231 247
Average daily rate £340 £330 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £202 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 32 14
Average hourly rate £29.17 £18.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.05% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.74 £11.25 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.80 £25.00 £43.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.12 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+34.00% -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 22 May 2015.

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 22 May 2015. 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
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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 - 6 £347 -
Edinburgh -2 2 £225 +83.67%
Glasgow -9 2 £255 +88.88% 1
Fife - 2 £100 -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 21 (91.30%) Microsoft
2 20 (86.96%) Microsoft Certification
3 17 (73.91%) Windows
4 16 (69.57%) Active Directory
5 11 (47.83%) MS Exchange
6 9 (39.13%) DNS
7 8 (34.78%) SharePoint
7 8 (34.78%) SQL Server
7 8 (34.78%) VMware
7 8 (34.78%) MCTS
8 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
8 7 (30.43%) MCSE
9 6 (26.09%) Validation
9 6 (26.09%) Migration
9 6 (26.09%) HP
9 6 (26.09%) Citrix
9 6 (26.09%) Exchange Server 2010
10 5 (21.74%) SC Cleared
10 5 (21.74%) VMware Infrastructure
10 5 (21.74%) PowerShell
10 5 (21.74%) .NET Framework
10 5 (21.74%) Content Management
10 5 (21.74%) MS Excel
10 5 (21.74%) TCP/IP
10 5 (21.74%) WAN
10 5 (21.74%) .NET
11 4 (17.39%) CSS
11 4 (17.39%) HTML
11 4 (17.39%) JavaScript
11 4 (17.39%) VPN

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, 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 (47.83%) MS Exchange
2 8 (34.78%) SharePoint
3 6 (26.09%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2013
4 3 (13.04%) Lync
4 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2007
4 3 (13.04%) Exchange Server 2003
4 3 (13.04%) IIS
5 1 (4.35%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 5 (21.74%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 9 (39.13%) DNS
2 5 (21.74%) TCP/IP
2 5 (21.74%) WAN
3 4 (17.39%) VPN
4 3 (13.04%) X.500
4 3 (13.04%) LDAP
4 3 (13.04%) DHCP
4 3 (13.04%) Kerberos
5 2 (8.70%) LAN
5 2 (8.70%) VoIP
5 2 (8.70%) Internet
5 2 (8.70%) Firewall
6 1 (4.35%) SAN
6 1 (4.35%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (34.78%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (4.35%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (17.39%) Analyst
1 4 (17.39%) Messaging Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) Support Analyst
2 3 (13.04%) Support Engineer
2 3 (13.04%) 2nd Line Support
3 2 (8.70%) Desktop Support
3 2 (8.70%) Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) IT Support
4 1 (4.35%) Desktop Technician
4 1 (4.35%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Desktop Support Technician
4 1 (4.35%) Server Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) IT Administrator
4 1 (4.35%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) SharePoint Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) Exchange Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Support Technician
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (21.74%) .NET Framework
1 5 (21.74%) .NET
2 4 (17.39%) CSS
2 4 (17.39%) HTML
3 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.04%) Computer Science
1 3 (13.04%) PKI
1 3 (13.04%) Replication
1 3 (13.04%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 17 (73.91%) Windows
2 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2008
2 4 (17.39%) Windows Server 2012
3 3 (13.04%) Windows 7
3 3 (13.04%) Windows 8
3 3 (13.04%) Windows Vista
4 2 (8.70%) Windows XP
5 1 (4.35%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (26.09%) Validation
1 6 (26.09%) Migration
2 5 (21.74%) Content Management
3 4 (17.39%) ITIL
3 4 (17.39%) Disaster Recovery
4 3 (13.04%) Load Balancing
4 3 (13.04%) Service Management
5 1 (4.35%) Release Management
5 1 (4.35%) Service Delivery
5 1 (4.35%) OOP
5 1 (4.35%) OO
Programming Languages
1 5 (21.74%) PowerShell
2 4 (17.39%) JavaScript
3 3 (13.04%) SQL
4 1 (4.35%) VB
4 1 (4.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 20 (86.96%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (34.78%) MCTS
3 7 (30.43%) Security Cleared
3 7 (30.43%) MCSE
4 5 (21.74%) SC Cleared
5 3 (13.04%) MCDST
5 3 (13.04%) Degree
6 2 (8.70%) MCSA
7 1 (4.35%) CCNA
7 1 (4.35%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 16 (69.57%) Active Directory
2 5 (21.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (17.39%) Hyper-V
4 1 (4.35%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (8.70%) Backup Exec
1 2 (8.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 21 (91.30%) Microsoft
2 8 (34.78%) VMware
3 6 (26.09%) HP
3 6 (26.09%) Citrix
4 3 (13.04%) F5
5 2 (8.70%) Symantec
5 2 (8.70%) Nortel
6 1 (4.35%) NetApp
6 1 (4.35%) Cisco