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 5 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
Rank 115 123 99
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -24
Contract jobs citing MCP 17 5 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.56% 0.19% 0.94%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.39% 1.02% 5.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 5 15
Average daily rate
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£313 £124 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+152.52% -50.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £177 £120 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £348 £135 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £263 £300 £235
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +27.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £16.50 - £13.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.00 £13.50 £12.63
% change year-on-year
+3.70% +6.93%
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
502 490 412
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 16.55% 18.57% 16.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 253 228 245
Average daily rate £345 £326 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.94% -6.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £426 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 24 11
Average hourly rate £27.50 £18.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+52.77% -55.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £11.25 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £25.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -21.73%

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 5 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 5 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 - 5 £347 -
Glasgow -4 3 £255 +104.00% 1
Edinburgh -9 2 £225 +83.67%
Fife - 2 £100 -
Strathclyde - 1 £325 -
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 5 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 20 (90.91%) Microsoft
2 19 (86.36%) Microsoft Certification
3 16 (72.73%) Windows
4 15 (68.18%) Active Directory
5 10 (45.45%) MS Exchange
6 8 (36.36%) DNS
6 8 (36.36%) SQL Server
6 8 (36.36%) MCTS
7 7 (31.82%) Security Cleared
7 7 (31.82%) SharePoint
7 7 (31.82%) MCSE
7 7 (31.82%) VMware
8 6 (27.27%) Validation
9 5 (22.73%) Migration
9 5 (22.73%) HP
9 5 (22.73%) Citrix
9 5 (22.73%) TCP/IP
9 5 (22.73%) .NET
9 5 (22.73%) SC Cleared
9 5 (22.73%) Exchange Server 2010
9 5 (22.73%) .NET Framework
9 5 (22.73%) Content Management
10 4 (18.18%) MS Excel
10 4 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
10 4 (18.18%) PowerShell
10 4 (18.18%) VPN
10 4 (18.18%) WAN
10 4 (18.18%) ITIL
11 3 (13.64%) Replication
11 3 (13.64%) Service Management

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 5 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 10 (45.45%) MS Exchange
2 7 (31.82%) SharePoint
3 5 (22.73%) Exchange Server 2010
4 3 (13.64%) IIS
5 2 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (9.09%) Lync
5 2 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2003
5 2 (9.09%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (4.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 4 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 1 (4.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 8 (36.36%) DNS
2 5 (22.73%) TCP/IP
3 4 (18.18%) VPN
3 4 (18.18%) WAN
4 3 (13.64%) X.500
4 3 (13.64%) LDAP
4 3 (13.64%) DHCP
4 3 (13.64%) Kerberos
5 2 (9.09%) LAN
5 2 (9.09%) VoIP
5 2 (9.09%) Internet
5 2 (9.09%) Firewall
6 1 (4.55%) SAN
6 1 (4.55%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (36.36%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (4.55%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (18.18%) Messaging Engineer
1 4 (18.18%) Analyst
2 3 (13.64%) Support Analyst
2 3 (13.64%) Support Engineer
2 3 (13.64%) 2nd Line Support
2 3 (13.64%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
3 2 (9.09%) Desktop Support
4 1 (4.55%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Administrator
4 1 (4.55%) Consultant
4 1 (4.55%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Support Technician
4 1 (4.55%) IT Support
4 1 (4.55%) Desktop Technician
4 1 (4.55%) Desktop Support Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Desktop Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) Desktop Support Technician
4 1 (4.55%) Server Engineer
4 1 (4.55%) IT Administrator
4 1 (4.55%) Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (22.73%) .NET
1 5 (22.73%) .NET Framework
2 3 (13.64%) CSS
2 3 (13.64%) HTML
3 1 (4.55%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.55%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Replication
1 3 (13.64%) Blackberry
1 3 (13.64%) Computer Science
1 3 (13.64%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 16 (72.73%) Windows
2 3 (13.64%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (13.64%) Windows 7
2 3 (13.64%) Windows Vista
2 3 (13.64%) Windows 8
2 3 (13.64%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (9.09%) Windows XP
4 1 (4.55%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) Validation
2 5 (22.73%) Migration
2 5 (22.73%) Content Management
3 4 (18.18%) ITIL
4 3 (13.64%) Service Management
4 3 (13.64%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (9.09%) Load Balancing
6 1 (4.55%) Service Delivery
6 1 (4.55%) OOP
6 1 (4.55%) OO
6 1 (4.55%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (18.18%) PowerShell
2 3 (13.64%) JavaScript
2 3 (13.64%) SQL
3 1 (4.55%) VB
3 1 (4.55%) C#
Qualifications
1 19 (86.36%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (36.36%) MCTS
3 7 (31.82%) Security Cleared
3 7 (31.82%) MCSE
4 5 (22.73%) SC Cleared
5 3 (13.64%) MCDST
5 3 (13.64%) Degree
6 2 (9.09%) MCSA
7 1 (4.55%) CCNA
7 1 (4.55%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (4.55%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 15 (68.18%) Active Directory
2 4 (18.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (13.64%) Hyper-V
4 1 (4.55%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (9.09%) Backup Exec
1 2 (9.09%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (90.91%) Microsoft
2 7 (31.82%) VMware
3 5 (22.73%) HP
3 5 (22.73%) Citrix
4 2 (9.09%) F5
4 2 (9.09%) Symantec
4 2 (9.09%) Nortel
5 1 (4.55%) NetApp
5 1 (4.55%) Cisco