The table below looks at the statistics for MCTS in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited MCTS over the 3 months to 29 September 2016 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.

3 months to
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 92 105 100
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -5
Contract jobs citing MCTS 29 31 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.33% 0.97% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.70% 6.50% 5.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 13 25
Median daily rate £300 £310 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% -8.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £192 £284 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £346 £344 £364
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
-1.53% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 0
Median hourly rate £19.50 £19.75 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.26% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.50 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-5.40% -17.77%
MCTS
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
509 477 567
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 23.39% 14.90% 20.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 315 243 291
Median daily rate £325 £338 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% -2.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £390 £365
% change year-on-year
-3.84% +6.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 12 33
Median hourly rate £21.50 £18.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.21% +12.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £18.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £21.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.00 £23.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+17.89% +18.75%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Scotland region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

MCTS Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

MCTS
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing MCTS across the Scotland region.

MCTS Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

MCTS
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing MCTS across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 29 September 2016.

MCTS Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

MCTS
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Scotland region.

MCTS Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

MCTS
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 29 September 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Renfrewshire -10 21 £320 -
Glasgow +2 4 £195 -31.57%
North Lanarkshire - 4 £160 -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 29 September 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Scotland region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 60 (93.75%) Microsoft
3 56 (87.50%) Active Directory
4 39 (60.94%) Windows
5 35 (54.69%) MCITP
6 34 (53.13%) SQL
7 32 (50.00%) MCP
8 30 (46.88%) Security Cleared
8 30 (46.88%) Windows 7
9 29 (45.31%) MCSE
9 29 (45.31%) MCSA
10 26 (40.63%) Windows Server 2008
10 26 (40.63%) Clustering
11 25 (39.06%) Change Management
11 25 (39.06%) Software Testing
11 25 (39.06%) Office 365
11 25 (39.06%) Windows XP
11 25 (39.06%) Citrix
11 25 (39.06%) Windows Server 2003
12 24 (37.50%) Veritas
13 23 (35.94%) Netcool
13 23 (35.94%) Intel Security
13 23 (35.94%) AIX
13 23 (35.94%) McAfee ePO
13 23 (35.94%) Hyper-V
13 23 (35.94%) ISTQB
14 20 (31.25%) SC Cleared
14 20 (31.25%) Test Scripting
14 20 (31.25%) Smoke Testing
15 19 (29.69%) Windows Server

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 17 (26.56%) SharePoint
2 9 (14.06%) MS Exchange
3 7 (10.94%) Exchange Server 2010
3 7 (10.94%) Exchange Server 2013
4 5 (7.81%) OpenStack
Applications
1 18 (28.13%) MS Office
2 5 (7.81%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 25 (39.06%) Office 365
2 1 (1.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.56%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 17 (26.56%) DNS
2 14 (21.88%) TCP/IP
3 13 (20.31%) SNMP
3 13 (20.31%) SSL
4 9 (14.06%) Kerberos
4 9 (14.06%) LDAP
4 9 (14.06%) X.500
5 7 (10.94%) Firewall
6 3 (4.69%) SAN
7 2 (3.13%) Internet
8 1 (1.56%) Cisco Wireless
8 1 (1.56%) LAN
8 1 (1.56%) WAN
8 1 (1.56%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (17.19%) SQL Server
2 7 (10.94%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (10.94%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 15 (23.44%) StarTeam
2 9 (14.06%) HP UFT
2 9 (14.06%) TestDirector
2 9 (14.06%) WinRunner
3 1 (1.56%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (1.56%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (23.44%) Analyst
1 15 (23.44%) Test Analyst
2 10 (15.63%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 10 (15.63%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 8 (12.50%) Active Directory Engineer
4 5 (7.81%) Tester
5 4 (6.25%) Consultant
5 4 (6.25%) Support Engineer
6 3 (4.69%) Infrastructure Tester
6 3 (4.69%) Network Engineer
6 3 (4.69%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 3 (4.69%) Test Manager
7 2 (3.13%) 2nd Line Engineer
7 2 (3.13%) 2nd Line Support
7 2 (3.13%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
7 2 (3.13%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
7 2 (3.13%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
7 2 (3.13%) 3rd Line Support
7 2 (3.13%) Active Directory Consultant
7 2 (3.13%) Office 365 Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.56%) .NET
1 1 (1.56%) .NET Framework
1 1 (1.56%) ASP.NET
1 1 (1.56%) CSS
1 1 (1.56%) HTML
1 1 (1.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 26 (40.63%) Clustering
2 12 (18.75%) Enterprise Software
3 10 (15.63%) Analytical Skills
4 9 (14.06%) PKI
4 9 (14.06%) Replication
5 8 (12.50%) PDA
6 2 (3.13%) Computer Science
6 2 (3.13%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.56%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 39 (60.94%) Windows
2 30 (46.88%) Windows 7
3 26 (40.63%) Windows Server 2008
4 25 (39.06%) Windows Server 2003
4 25 (39.06%) Windows XP
5 23 (35.94%) AIX
6 19 (29.69%) Windows Server
7 17 (26.56%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (25.00%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (39.06%) Change Management
1 25 (39.06%) Software Testing
2 20 (31.25%) Smoke Testing
2 20 (31.25%) Test Scripting
3 15 (23.44%) Server Virtualisation
4 12 (18.75%) Software Delivery
5 10 (15.63%) Load Balancing
6 9 (14.06%) Test Automation
7 8 (12.50%) Content Management
8 4 (6.25%) Validation
9 3 (4.69%) High Availability
10 2 (3.13%) Customer Engagement
10 2 (3.13%) ITIL
10 2 (3.13%) Mentoring
10 2 (3.13%) Migration
10 2 (3.13%) Service Delivery
11 1 (1.56%) Agile Software Development
11 1 (1.56%) Enterprise Content Management
11 1 (1.56%) OO
11 1 (1.56%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 34 (53.13%) SQL
2 7 (10.94%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.56%) C
3 1 (1.56%) C#
3 1 (1.56%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.56%) VB
Qualifications
1 64 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 35 (54.69%) MCITP
3 32 (50.00%) MCP
4 30 (46.88%) Security Cleared
5 29 (45.31%) MCSA
5 29 (45.31%) MCSE
6 23 (35.94%) ISTQB
7 20 (31.25%) SC Cleared
8 5 (7.81%) Degree
9 4 (6.25%) A+ Certification
9 4 (6.25%) ACSA
9 4 (6.25%) CCENT
9 4 (6.25%) CCNA
9 4 (6.25%) Cisco Certification
9 4 (6.25%) Network+ Certification
9 4 (6.25%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
10 3 (4.69%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.13%) SLA
System Software
1 56 (87.50%) Active Directory
2 23 (35.94%) Hyper-V
3 12 (18.75%) Firmware
4 8 (12.50%) VMware ESX
5 7 (10.94%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 23 (35.94%) McAfee ePO
1 23 (35.94%) Netcool
2 14 (21.88%) SCCM
3 12 (18.75%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 9 (14.06%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (6.25%) Backup Exec
6 2 (3.13%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 60 (93.75%) Microsoft
2 25 (39.06%) Citrix
3 24 (37.50%) Veritas
4 23 (35.94%) Intel Security
5 13 (20.31%) VMware
6 8 (12.50%) HP
7 4 (6.25%) Apple
7 4 (6.25%) Cisco
7 4 (6.25%) Symantec
8 2 (3.13%) Sophos
9 1 (1.56%) Juniper