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 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 115 96 105
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +9
Contract jobs citing MCP 5 16 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.19% 0.70% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.07% 4.36% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 6 3
Average daily rate
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£325 £205 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+58.53% -45.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £245 £239 £225
% change year-on-year
+2.61% +6.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Average hourly rate £18.00 £20.06 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.26% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.50 £13.75 £12.00
% change year-on-year
+12.72% +14.58%
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
468 367 308
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 17.73% 16.08% 14.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 155 175
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 16 10
Average hourly rate £26.00 £17.86 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.57% +2.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £11.73 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.10 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.25
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.83%

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
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 January 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
Edinburgh -7 2 - - 3
Fife - 1 - -
Glasgow - - - -
Stirling - - - -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 24 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 20 (83.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (66.67%) MCTS
4 13 (54.17%) SC Cleared
4 13 (54.17%) Security Cleared
5 12 (50.00%) Active Directory
5 12 (50.00%) Windows
6 9 (37.50%) DNS
6 9 (37.50%) LAN
6 9 (37.50%) TCP/IP
7 8 (33.33%) HP
7 8 (33.33%) SQL Server
7 8 (33.33%) WAN
7 8 (33.33%) PowerShell
8 7 (29.17%) MS Exchange
9 5 (20.83%) VMware
9 5 (20.83%) DHCP
9 5 (20.83%) IIS
10 4 (16.67%) HTML
10 4 (16.67%) VBScript
10 4 (16.67%) .NET
10 4 (16.67%) XML
10 4 (16.67%) ITIL
10 4 (16.67%) Kerberos
10 4 (16.67%) SNMP
10 4 (16.67%) LDAP
10 4 (16.67%) SharePoint
10 4 (16.67%) Nortel
10 4 (16.67%) Citrix
10 4 (16.67%) Firmware

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 7 (29.17%) MS Exchange
2 5 (20.83%) IIS
3 4 (16.67%) SharePoint
3 4 (16.67%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Office
1 1 (4.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 9 (37.50%) DNS
1 9 (37.50%) LAN
1 9 (37.50%) TCP/IP
2 8 (33.33%) WAN
3 5 (20.83%) DHCP
4 4 (16.67%) Kerberos
4 4 (16.67%) SNMP
4 4 (16.67%) LDAP
4 4 (16.67%) Internet
4 4 (16.67%) VoIP
4 4 (16.67%) SSL
4 4 (16.67%) IPv4
4 4 (16.67%) VLAN
4 4 (16.67%) X.500
4 4 (16.67%) Firewall
5 1 (4.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (33.33%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 6 (25.00%) Wintel Engineer
2 4 (16.67%) Support Engineer
2 4 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
2 4 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) Systems Engineer
3 2 (8.33%) Messaging Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Designer
4 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Support Analyst
4 1 (4.17%) Analyst
4 1 (4.17%) Consultant
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Specialist
4 1 (4.17%) Server Engineer
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Designer
4 1 (4.17%) Technical Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.67%) HTML
1 4 (16.67%) .NET
1 4 (16.67%) XML
1 4 (16.67%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) PKI
1 4 (16.67%) Replication
1 4 (16.67%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (8.33%) Blackberry
2 2 (8.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.17%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 12 (50.00%) Windows
2 2 (8.33%) Windows 8
3 1 (4.17%) Windows 7
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Vista
3 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (4.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (16.67%) ITIL
1 4 (16.67%) Content Management
1 4 (16.67%) Validation
1 4 (16.67%) High Availability
2 1 (4.17%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 8 (33.33%) PowerShell
2 4 (16.67%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (83.33%) Microsoft Certification
2 16 (66.67%) MCTS
3 13 (54.17%) SC Cleared
3 13 (54.17%) Security Cleared
4 3 (12.50%) MCSE
5 2 (8.33%) Degree
6 1 (4.17%) MCDST
6 1 (4.17%) MCSA
System Software
1 12 (50.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (16.67%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (16.67%) OpenView Configuration Management
1 4 (16.67%) SCCM
1 4 (16.67%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (33.33%) HP
3 5 (20.83%) VMware
4 4 (16.67%) Nortel
4 4 (16.67%) Citrix
4 4 (16.67%) Symantec