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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 101 103 102
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -1
Contract jobs citing MCP 19 14 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.69% 0.56% 0.41%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.04% 3.75% 2.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 3
Average daily rate
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£329 £126 £103
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+160.39% +22.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £229 £175
% change year-on-year
+19.89% +31.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Average hourly rate - £17.00 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +41.66%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.87 £15.50 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+2.35% +10.71%
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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
470 373 410
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 17.09% 15.01% 16.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 244 182 176
Average daily rate £339 £327 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.59% +9.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £143
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £365 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 24 35
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -47.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.60 £35.70 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £23.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -25.53%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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
Renfrewshire - 15 £333 -
Edinburgh -6 2 £163 +28.71% 1
Glasgow -8 1 £324 +52.34%
Aberdeen - - - -
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MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 36 (87.80%) Microsoft
2 35 (85.37%) Microsoft Certification
3 28 (68.29%) MCTS
3 28 (68.29%) SC Cleared
3 28 (68.29%) Security Cleared
4 22 (53.66%) Active Directory
5 17 (41.46%) Windows
6 13 (31.71%) ITIL
6 13 (31.71%) TCP/IP
6 13 (31.71%) DNS
7 12 (29.27%) SCCM
8 11 (26.83%) Enterprise Software
8 11 (26.83%) SNMP
8 11 (26.83%) HP
9 10 (24.39%) SSL
9 10 (24.39%) Firmware
9 10 (24.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 9 (21.95%) LAN
11 8 (19.51%) WAN
11 8 (19.51%) PowerShell
12 7 (17.07%) Windows 7
12 7 (17.07%) LDAP
12 7 (17.07%) X.500
13 6 (14.63%) PKI
13 6 (14.63%) VLAN
13 6 (14.63%) Degree
13 6 (14.63%) DHCP
13 6 (14.63%) Kerberos
13 6 (14.63%) XML
13 6 (14.63%) HTML

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 6 (14.63%) IIS
1 6 (14.63%) MS Exchange
1 6 (14.63%) Exchange Server 2010
2 4 (9.76%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (12.20%) MS Office
1 5 (12.20%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.44%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 13 (31.71%) TCP/IP
1 13 (31.71%) DNS
2 11 (26.83%) SNMP
3 10 (24.39%) SSL
4 9 (21.95%) LAN
5 8 (19.51%) WAN
6 7 (17.07%) LDAP
6 7 (17.07%) X.500
7 6 (14.63%) VLAN
7 6 (14.63%) DHCP
7 6 (14.63%) Kerberos
7 6 (14.63%) IPv4
8 2 (4.88%) Internet
8 2 (4.88%) VoIP
8 2 (4.88%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (14.63%) SQL Server
General
1 1 (2.44%) Finance
Job Titles
1 10 (24.39%) Wintel Engineer
2 4 (9.76%) IT Support
2 4 (9.76%) IT Administrator
2 4 (9.76%) Administrator
3 3 (7.32%) Support Engineer
3 3 (7.32%) Desktop Administrator
4 2 (4.88%) 2nd Line Support
4 2 (4.88%) Designer
4 2 (4.88%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
4 2 (4.88%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 2 (4.88%) Desktop Support
4 2 (4.88%) Consultant
5 1 (2.44%) Systems Engineer
5 1 (2.44%) Support Technician
5 1 (2.44%) Technical Support
5 1 (2.44%) Design Engineer
5 1 (2.44%) Technical Support Engineer
5 1 (2.44%) Technical Specialist
5 1 (2.44%) Desktop Support Technician
5 1 (2.44%) Technical Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (14.63%) HTML
1 6 (14.63%) XML
2 4 (9.76%) .NET Framework
2 4 (9.76%) .NET
3 1 (2.44%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 11 (26.83%) Enterprise Software
2 6 (14.63%) PKI
3 5 (12.20%) Computer Science
3 5 (12.20%) Replication
4 1 (2.44%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 17 (41.46%) Windows
2 7 (17.07%) Windows 7
3 5 (12.20%) Windows 8
4 3 (7.32%) Windows XP
5 2 (4.88%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (2.44%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (31.71%) ITIL
2 6 (14.63%) High Availability
3 4 (9.76%) Validation
3 4 (9.76%) Content Management
4 2 (4.88%) Service Management
4 2 (4.88%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 8 (19.51%) PowerShell
2 6 (14.63%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 35 (85.37%) Microsoft Certification
2 28 (68.29%) MCTS
2 28 (68.29%) SC Cleared
2 28 (68.29%) Security Cleared
3 6 (14.63%) Degree
4 4 (9.76%) ITIL Certification
5 3 (7.32%) MCSA
System Software
1 22 (53.66%) Active Directory
2 10 (24.39%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (29.27%) SCCM
2 10 (24.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (4.88%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 36 (87.80%) Microsoft
2 11 (26.83%) HP
3 4 (9.76%) VMware
4 2 (4.88%) Nortel
4 2 (4.88%) Citrix
4 2 (4.88%) Symantec