The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Scotland region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 111 98 98
Rank change year-on-year
-13 0
Contract jobs citing MCP 22 14 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.80% 0.57% 0.34%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.64% 3.92% 2.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 9 3
Average daily rate
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£324 £355 £140
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.80% +153.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £225 £275 £280
% change year-on-year
-18.18% -1.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 4
Average hourly rate - - £13.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £15.25 £14.50
% change year-on-year
+1.63% +5.17%
Qualifications Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
604 357 324
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 21.97% 14.48% 12.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 302 186 133
Average daily rate £347 £355 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.11% +14.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £260 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
- +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 26 35
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.67% -10.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £9.43 £10.18
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £19.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-9.52% -4.54%
MCP
UK

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 25 July 2014.

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 25 July 2014. 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
Edinburgh -16 2 £121 +13.84%
Stirling - - - -
Aberdeen - - - -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 19 (82.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 18 (78.26%) Microsoft
3 16 (69.57%) SC Cleared
3 16 (69.57%) Security Cleared
4 14 (60.87%) Active Directory
5 12 (52.17%) MCTS
6 9 (39.13%) ITIL
6 9 (39.13%) Windows
7 8 (34.78%) SCCM
8 7 (30.43%) Windows 7
8 7 (30.43%) SNMP
8 7 (30.43%) TCP/IP
8 7 (30.43%) Enterprise Software
9 6 (26.09%) DNS
9 6 (26.09%) SSL
9 6 (26.09%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 6 (26.09%) Firmware
10 5 (21.74%) MS Exchange
10 5 (21.74%) Degree
11 4 (17.39%) Computer Science
11 4 (17.39%) Exchange Server 2010
11 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
11 4 (17.39%) MS Office
11 4 (17.39%) HP
11 4 (17.39%) ITIL Certification
11 4 (17.39%) Windows 8
12 3 (13.04%) X.500
12 3 (13.04%) MCSA
12 3 (13.04%) LDAP
12 3 (13.04%) DHCP

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, 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 5 (21.74%) MS Exchange
2 4 (17.39%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (8.70%) IIS
Applications
1 4 (17.39%) MS Office
1 4 (17.39%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 7 (30.43%) SNMP
1 7 (30.43%) TCP/IP
2 6 (26.09%) DNS
2 6 (26.09%) SSL
3 3 (13.04%) LDAP
3 3 (13.04%) DHCP
3 3 (13.04%) X.500
4 2 (8.70%) VLAN
4 2 (8.70%) Kerberos
4 2 (8.70%) LAN
4 2 (8.70%) WAN
4 2 (8.70%) IPv4
5 1 (4.35%) SAN
5 1 (4.35%) VPN
General
1 1 (4.35%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (17.39%) Administrator
1 4 (17.39%) IT Administrator
1 4 (17.39%) Wintel Engineer
1 4 (17.39%) IT Support
2 3 (13.04%) Desktop Administrator
3 2 (8.70%) Technical Support
3 2 (8.70%) Desktop Support
4 1 (4.35%) Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) Support Technician
4 1 (4.35%) Support Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Support Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Design Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Technical Support Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Technical Support Engineer
4 1 (4.35%) Technical Analyst
4 1 (4.35%) Desktop Support Technician
4 1 (4.35%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.70%) HTML
1 2 (8.70%) XML
2 1 (4.35%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 7 (30.43%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (26.09%) Firmware
3 4 (17.39%) Computer Science
4 2 (8.70%) PKI
5 1 (4.35%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 9 (39.13%) Windows
2 7 (30.43%) Windows 7
3 4 (17.39%) Windows 8
4 2 (8.70%) Windows XP
4 2 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (39.13%) ITIL
2 2 (8.70%) Service Management
2 2 (8.70%) Service Delivery
2 2 (8.70%) High Availability
3 1 (4.35%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (8.70%) VBScript
1 2 (8.70%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 19 (82.61%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (69.57%) SC Cleared
2 16 (69.57%) Security Cleared
3 12 (52.17%) MCTS
4 5 (21.74%) Degree
5 4 (17.39%) ITIL Certification
6 3 (13.04%) MCSA
7 1 (4.35%) MCSE
System Software
1 14 (60.87%) Active Directory
2 1 (4.35%) VMware ESX
2 1 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (4.35%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (34.78%) SCCM
2 6 (26.09%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 18 (78.26%) Microsoft
2 4 (17.39%) HP
3 2 (8.70%) VMware