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 30 June 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
30 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 117 129 117
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -12
Contract jobs citing MCTS 33 10 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.12% 0.33% 0.59%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.42% 2.07% 2.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 6 12
Median daily rate £295 £345 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.55% +5.41%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £318 £146
10% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £353 £347
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 1
Median hourly rate £36.00 - £16.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+63.63% +39.68%
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
746 483 551
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 25.31% 16.03% 20.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 431 238 271
Median daily rate £330 £337 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.06% +0.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £450 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 23 28
Median hourly rate £40.00 £27.44 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.77% +52.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.40 £12.10 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £40.25 £24.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £22.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+26.66% +12.50%

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
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 30 June 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 -23 23 £295 -15.22%
Glasgow +7 6 £310 +3.33%
Edinburgh - 2 £245 -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 30 June 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 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 58 (95.08%) Microsoft
2 58 (95.08%) Active Directory
3 46 (75.41%) Windows
4 44 (72.13%) SQL
5 41 (67.21%) MCITP
6 37 (60.66%) Security Cleared
6 37 (60.66%) Windows Server 2008
6 37 (60.66%) Windows 7
7 36 (59.02%) Software Testing
7 36 (59.02%) Clustering
7 36 (59.02%) Veritas
7 36 (59.02%) Windows Server 2003
7 36 (59.02%) Change Management
7 36 (59.02%) MCSE
7 36 (59.02%) MCSA
7 36 (59.02%) Windows XP
8 34 (55.74%) Citrix
8 34 (55.74%) AIX
8 34 (55.74%) Netcool
8 34 (55.74%) Intel Security
8 34 (55.74%) McAfee ePO
9 33 (54.10%) Hyper-V
10 32 (52.46%) ISTQB
11 31 (50.82%) Test Scripting
12 30 (49.18%) Test Automation
12 30 (49.18%) HP Quality Center
12 30 (49.18%) WinRunner
12 30 (49.18%) TestDirector
12 30 (49.18%) HP UFT

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 8 (13.11%) SharePoint
2 7 (11.48%) Exchange Server 2010
2 7 (11.48%) Exchange Server 2013
2 7 (11.48%) MS Exchange
3 3 (4.92%) OpenStack
Applications
1 8 (13.11%) MS Office
2 3 (4.92%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 13 (21.31%) Office 365
2 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.64%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 15 (24.59%) DNS
2 7 (11.48%) Firewall
2 7 (11.48%) Kerberos
2 7 (11.48%) LDAP
2 7 (11.48%) TCP/IP
2 7 (11.48%) X.500
3 6 (9.84%) SNMP
3 6 (9.84%) SSL
4 2 (3.28%) SAN
5 1 (1.64%) LAN
5 1 (1.64%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (16.39%) SQL Server
2 7 (11.48%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (11.48%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 30 (49.18%) HP UFT
1 30 (49.18%) TestDirector
1 30 (49.18%) WinRunner
2 6 (9.84%) StarTeam
3 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 24 (39.34%) Analyst
1 24 (39.34%) Test Analyst
2 19 (31.15%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 19 (31.15%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 8 (13.11%) Active Directory Engineer
4 6 (9.84%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 4 (6.56%) Infrastructure Tester
5 4 (6.56%) Test Manager
5 4 (6.56%) Tester
6 2 (3.28%) Consultant
6 2 (3.28%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 2 (3.28%) Infrastructure Manager
6 2 (3.28%) Infrastructure Test Manager
6 2 (3.28%) Office 365 Consultant
7 1 (1.64%) Administrator
7 1 (1.64%) Exchange Engineer
7 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Engineer
7 1 (1.64%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (1.64%) SharePoint Administrator
7 1 (1.64%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.64%) .NET
1 1 (1.64%) .NET Framework
1 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET
1 1 (1.64%) CSS
1 1 (1.64%) HTML
1 1 (1.64%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 36 (59.02%) Clustering
2 26 (42.62%) PDA
3 16 (26.23%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (11.48%) PKI
4 7 (11.48%) Replication
5 5 (8.20%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (3.28%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.64%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 46 (75.41%) Windows
2 37 (60.66%) Windows 7
2 37 (60.66%) Windows Server 2008
3 36 (59.02%) Windows Server 2003
3 36 (59.02%) Windows XP
4 34 (55.74%) AIX
5 11 (18.03%) Windows Server
6 7 (11.48%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (9.84%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (59.02%) Change Management
1 36 (59.02%) Software Testing
2 31 (50.82%) Test Scripting
3 30 (49.18%) Test Automation
4 9 (14.75%) Load Balancing
5 8 (13.11%) Content Management
6 5 (8.20%) Server Virtualisation
6 5 (8.20%) Software Delivery
7 2 (3.28%) High Availability
7 2 (3.28%) Records Management
7 2 (3.28%) Validation
8 1 (1.64%) Agile Software Development
8 1 (1.64%) Enterprise Content Management
8 1 (1.64%) OO
8 1 (1.64%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 44 (72.13%) SQL
2 7 (11.48%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.64%) C#
3 1 (1.64%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.64%) VB
Qualifications
1 61 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 41 (67.21%) MCITP
3 37 (60.66%) Security Cleared
4 36 (59.02%) MCSA
4 36 (59.02%) MCSE
5 32 (52.46%) ISTQB
6 23 (37.70%) MCP
6 23 (37.70%) SC Cleared
7 5 (8.20%) Degree
System Software
1 58 (95.08%) Active Directory
2 33 (54.10%) Hyper-V
3 28 (45.90%) VMware ESX
4 12 (19.67%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (8.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 34 (55.74%) McAfee ePO
1 34 (55.74%) Netcool
2 30 (49.18%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (8.20%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 5 (8.20%) SCCM
Vendors
1 58 (95.08%) Microsoft
2 36 (59.02%) Veritas
3 34 (55.74%) Citrix
3 34 (55.74%) Intel Security
4 30 (49.18%) VMware
5 5 (8.20%) HP