The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Scotland region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 123 117 110
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 5 3 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.18% 0.13% 0.21%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.99% 0.76% 1.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 6
Average daily rate £357 £345 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +25.45%
UK excluding London average daily rate £379 £345 £310
% change year-on-year
+9.85% +11.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £15.00 - £22.00
Qualifications Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
505 394 359
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 18.54% 16.70% 12.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 228 177
Average daily rate £326 £345 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% +6.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £212 £200 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £443 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £338 £355
% change year-on-year
+3.70% -4.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 12 31
Average hourly rate £18.00 £40.00 £22.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-55.00% +81.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £10.89 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £44.00 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-28.00% -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing MCTS across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 16 April 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Renfrewshire -2 3 £378 +9.56%
North Lanarkshire - - - -
South Lanarkshire - - - -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing MCTS 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 MCTS.

1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (80.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (50.00%) VBScript
3 5 (50.00%) ITIL
3 5 (50.00%) MCP
3 5 (50.00%) SCCM
3 5 (50.00%) PowerShell
4 4 (40.00%) SC Cleared
4 4 (40.00%) Security Cleared
4 4 (40.00%) Windows
4 4 (40.00%) SQL
4 4 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (40.00%) Clustering
5 3 (30.00%) Netcool
5 3 (30.00%) McAfee
5 3 (30.00%) MSI
5 3 (30.00%) Citrix
5 3 (30.00%) CA
5 3 (30.00%) WinRunner
5 3 (30.00%) TestDirector
5 3 (30.00%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (30.00%) Veritas
5 3 (30.00%) AIX
5 3 (30.00%) MCSE
5 3 (30.00%) MCSA
5 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (30.00%) Software Packaging
5 3 (30.00%) Test Scripting
5 3 (30.00%) Change Management
5 3 (30.00%) VMware

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing MCTS 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 MCTS. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (10.00%) SharePoint
1 1 (10.00%) SharePoint 2010
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2000
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (30.00%) MSI
1 3 (30.00%) WinRunner
1 3 (30.00%) TestDirector
1 3 (30.00%) QuickTest Pro
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Test Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Applications Packager
3 1 (10.00%) Applications Support
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Tester
3 1 (10.00%) Test Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Technical Tester
3 1 (10.00%) SharePoint Developer
3 1 (10.00%) Tester
3 1 (10.00%) Developer
3 1 (10.00%) SCCM Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Solutions Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (30.00%) Software Packaging
2 1 (10.00%) .NET
2 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (40.00%) Clustering
2 3 (30.00%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
1 4 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (30.00%) AIX
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (30.00%) Windows 7
2 3 (30.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) ITIL
2 3 (30.00%) Test Scripting
2 3 (30.00%) Change Management
2 3 (30.00%) Software Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (10.00%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 5 (50.00%) VBScript
1 5 (50.00%) PowerShell
2 4 (40.00%) SQL
3 1 (10.00%) VB
3 1 (10.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (50.00%) MCP
3 4 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (40.00%) Security Cleared
4 3 (30.00%) MCSE
4 3 (30.00%) MCSA
4 3 (30.00%) MCITP
4 3 (30.00%) ISTQB
System Software
1 3 (30.00%) VMware ESX
1 3 (30.00%) Hyper-V
2 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (50.00%) SCCM
2 3 (30.00%) Netcool
2 3 (30.00%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (30.00%) McAfee ePO
Vendors
1 8 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) McAfee
2 3 (30.00%) Citrix
2 3 (30.00%) CA
2 3 (30.00%) Veritas
2 3 (30.00%) VMware