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 28 April 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
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 107 110 125
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +15
Contract jobs citing MCTS 41 16 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.38% 0.54% 0.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.69% 3.35% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 7 3
Average daily rate £300 £343 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.40% -9.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £315 £344
10% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £349 £379
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £379
% change year-on-year
- -14.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £36.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-4.00% +141.93%
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
721 477 490
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 24.24% 15.96% 18.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 249 233
Average daily rate £335 £347 £326
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.59% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £451 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 34 16
Average hourly rate £37.75 £27.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.27% +52.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £12.10 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £42.30 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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
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 28 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -14 33 £292 -15.28%
Glasgow +2 5 £298 -0.83%
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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 79 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 76 (96.20%) Microsoft
3 66 (83.54%) Active Directory
4 57 (72.15%) Windows
5 45 (56.96%) Security Cleared
6 42 (53.16%) SQL
6 42 (53.16%) MCITP
7 40 (50.63%) MCP
8 39 (49.37%) VMware
8 39 (49.37%) Windows Server 2008
8 39 (49.37%) Windows 7
9 38 (48.10%) HP Quality Center
9 38 (48.10%) Test Automation
9 38 (48.10%) Software Testing
9 38 (48.10%) Windows Server 2003
9 38 (48.10%) Change Management
9 38 (48.10%) Windows XP
9 38 (48.10%) WinRunner
9 38 (48.10%) TestDirector
9 38 (48.10%) HP UFT
9 38 (48.10%) MCSE
9 38 (48.10%) MCSA
10 37 (46.84%) Veritas
11 35 (44.30%) AIX
11 35 (44.30%) Netcool
11 35 (44.30%) Intel Security
11 35 (44.30%) Citrix
11 35 (44.30%) VMware ESX
11 35 (44.30%) Clustering
11 35 (44.30%) Hyper-V

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, 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 11 (13.92%) SharePoint
2 6 (7.59%) Exchange Server 2010
2 6 (7.59%) Exchange Server 2013
2 6 (7.59%) MS Exchange
3 3 (3.80%) OpenStack
4 1 (1.27%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 3 (3.80%) MS Excel
1 3 (3.80%) MS Office
2 1 (1.27%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.59%) Office 365
2 1 (1.27%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.27%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 21 (26.58%) DNS
2 13 (16.46%) LDAP
3 11 (13.92%) Kerberos
3 11 (13.92%) X.500
4 9 (11.39%) TCP/IP
5 8 (10.13%) SNMP
5 8 (10.13%) SSL
6 6 (7.59%) Firewall
7 1 (1.27%) LAN
7 1 (1.27%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (20.25%) SQL Server
2 6 (7.59%) SQL Server 2008
2 6 (7.59%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 38 (48.10%) HP UFT
1 38 (48.10%) TestDirector
1 38 (48.10%) WinRunner
2 1 (1.27%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (1.27%) Banking
Job Titles
1 26 (32.91%) Analyst
1 26 (32.91%) Test Analyst
2 22 (27.85%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 22 (27.85%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 17 (21.52%) Active Directory Engineer
4 9 (11.39%) SharePoint Engineer
5 7 (8.86%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 5 (6.33%) Tester
7 4 (5.06%) Infrastructure Engineer
7 4 (5.06%) Infrastructure Tester
7 4 (5.06%) Test Engineer
8 3 (3.80%) Test Manager
9 2 (2.53%) 3rd Line Engineer
9 2 (2.53%) Consultant
9 2 (2.53%) Infrastructure Manager
9 2 (2.53%) Infrastructure Test Manager
9 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Engineer
9 2 (2.53%) Office 365 Consultant
9 2 (2.53%) Windows Engineer
10 1 (1.27%) 2nd/3rd Line Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.66%) .NET
1 10 (12.66%) .NET Framework
2 1 (1.27%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.27%) CSS
2 1 (1.27%) HTML
2 1 (1.27%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 35 (44.30%) Clustering
2 32 (40.51%) PDA
3 16 (20.25%) Analytical Skills
4 13 (16.46%) Computer Science
5 12 (15.19%) Replication
6 11 (13.92%) PKI
7 7 (8.86%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (1.27%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 57 (72.15%) Windows
2 39 (49.37%) Windows 7
2 39 (49.37%) Windows Server 2008
3 38 (48.10%) Windows Server 2003
3 38 (48.10%) Windows XP
4 35 (44.30%) AIX
5 20 (25.32%) Windows Server
6 1 (1.27%) Windows 10
6 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (48.10%) Change Management
1 38 (48.10%) Software Testing
1 38 (48.10%) Test Automation
2 32 (40.51%) Test Scripting
3 16 (20.25%) Content Management
4 13 (16.46%) Validation
5 7 (8.86%) Software Delivery
6 6 (7.59%) Load Balancing
7 3 (3.80%) Records Management
8 1 (1.27%) Agile Software Development
8 1 (1.27%) ITIL
8 1 (1.27%) OO
8 1 (1.27%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 42 (53.16%) SQL
2 7 (8.86%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.27%) C#
3 1 (1.27%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.27%) VB
Qualifications
1 79 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 45 (56.96%) Security Cleared
3 42 (53.16%) MCITP
4 40 (50.63%) MCP
5 38 (48.10%) MCSA
5 38 (48.10%) MCSE
6 32 (40.51%) ISTQB
7 28 (35.44%) SC Cleared
8 15 (18.99%) Degree
System Software
1 66 (83.54%) Active Directory
2 35 (44.30%) Hyper-V
2 35 (44.30%) VMware ESX
3 14 (17.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (8.86%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 38 (48.10%) HP Quality Center
2 35 (44.30%) McAfee ePO
2 35 (44.30%) Netcool
3 7 (8.86%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 7 (8.86%) SCCM
Vendors
1 76 (96.20%) Microsoft
2 39 (49.37%) VMware
3 37 (46.84%) Veritas
4 35 (44.30%) Citrix
4 35 (44.30%) Intel Security
5 5 (6.33%) HP