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 20 January 2017 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
20 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK / Scotland
Rank 105 93 115
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +22
Contract jobs citing MCTS 3 41 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.18% 1.57% 0.38%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.08% 8.28% 2.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 26 6
Median daily rate £275 £313 £354
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% -11.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £275 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £339 £367
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £328 £375
% change year-on-year
-5.34% -12.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.75 - £29.00

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
278 495 446
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 16.71% 18.98% 17.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 170 268 231
Median daily rate £338 £340 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.73% -2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £445 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 23
Median hourly rate £42.00 £32.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.23% +80.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.85 £15.25 £14.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £42.50 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.00 £39.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
-25.64% +100.00%

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 20 January 2017. 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 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 +1 3 £275 -12.00%
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 20 January 2017, 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 38 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 37 (97.37%) Microsoft
3 31 (81.58%) Active Directory
4 18 (47.37%) SQL
5 17 (44.74%) MCP
5 17 (44.74%) Windows
5 17 (44.74%) MCSE
5 17 (44.74%) MCSA
5 17 (44.74%) MCITP
5 17 (44.74%) Security Cleared
5 17 (44.74%) Windows 7
5 17 (44.74%) Office 365
6 16 (42.11%) Citrix
7 15 (39.47%) Windows XP
7 15 (39.47%) Windows Server 2003
7 15 (39.47%) Clustering
7 15 (39.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (39.47%) Windows Server 2008
8 14 (36.84%) Hyper-V
8 14 (36.84%) McAfee ePO
8 14 (36.84%) Software Testing
8 14 (36.84%) StarTeam
8 14 (36.84%) ISTQB
8 14 (36.84%) Windows 10
8 14 (36.84%) Server Virtualisation
8 14 (36.84%) Change Management
8 14 (36.84%) Netcool
8 14 (36.84%) Veritas
8 14 (36.84%) Intel Security
8 14 (36.84%) SharePoint

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 14 (36.84%) SharePoint
2 2 (5.26%) MS Exchange
2 2 (5.26%) OpenStack
Applications
1 14 (36.84%) MS Office
2 5 (13.16%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 17 (44.74%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (26.32%) DNS
1 10 (26.32%) Kerberos
1 10 (26.32%) LDAP
1 10 (26.32%) X.500
2 7 (18.42%) SNMP
2 7 (18.42%) SSL
2 7 (18.42%) TCP/IP
3 2 (5.26%) Internet
4 1 (2.63%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 3 (7.89%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (36.84%) StarTeam
2 3 (7.89%) Git (software)
2 3 (7.89%) Moq
2 3 (7.89%) NUnit
2 3 (7.89%) Selenium
2 3 (7.89%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (2.63%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 10 (26.32%) Analyst
1 10 (26.32%) Test Analyst
2 8 (21.05%) Active Directory Engineer
3 5 (13.16%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 5 (13.16%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 5 (13.16%) Tester
4 4 (10.53%) Support Engineer
5 3 (7.89%) .NET Developer
5 3 (7.89%) C# .NET Developer
5 3 (7.89%) C# Developer
5 3 (7.89%) Developer
6 2 (5.26%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (5.26%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (5.26%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
6 2 (5.26%) 3rd Line Support
6 2 (5.26%) Active Directory Consultant
6 2 (5.26%) Automation Developer
6 2 (5.26%) Infrastructure Support
6 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Developer
6 2 (5.26%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.89%) .NET
1 3 (7.89%) .NET Framework
1 3 (7.89%) AngularJS
1 3 (7.89%) ASP.NET
1 3 (7.89%) ASP.NET MVC
1 3 (7.89%) Entity Framework
1 3 (7.89%) jQuery
1 3 (7.89%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 15 (39.47%) Clustering
2 10 (26.32%) PKI
2 10 (26.32%) Replication
3 7 (18.42%) Enterprise Software
4 4 (10.53%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (5.26%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.63%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 17 (44.74%) Windows
1 17 (44.74%) Windows 7
2 15 (39.47%) Windows Server 2003
2 15 (39.47%) Windows Server 2008
2 15 (39.47%) Windows Server 2012
2 15 (39.47%) Windows XP
3 14 (36.84%) AIX
3 14 (36.84%) Windows 10
4 6 (15.79%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (36.84%) Change Management
1 14 (36.84%) Server Virtualisation
1 14 (36.84%) Software Testing
2 12 (31.58%) Test Scripting
3 11 (28.95%) Smoke Testing
4 7 (18.42%) Software Delivery
5 3 (7.89%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (7.89%) Dependency Injection
5 3 (7.89%) MVC
5 3 (7.89%) OO
5 3 (7.89%) OOD
5 3 (7.89%) TDD
5 3 (7.89%) Validation
6 2 (5.26%) Service Delivery
7 1 (2.63%) High Availability
7 1 (2.63%) Load Balancing
Programming Languages
1 18 (47.37%) SQL
2 3 (7.89%) C#
2 3 (7.89%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.63%) C
3 1 (2.63%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 38 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 17 (44.74%) MCITP
2 17 (44.74%) MCP
2 17 (44.74%) MCSA
2 17 (44.74%) MCSE
2 17 (44.74%) Security Cleared
3 14 (36.84%) ISTQB
4 12 (31.58%) SC Cleared
5 7 (18.42%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (10.53%) Degree
7 3 (7.89%) MCAD
7 3 (7.89%) MCSD
8 2 (5.26%) A+ Certification
8 2 (5.26%) ACSA
8 2 (5.26%) CCENT
8 2 (5.26%) CCNA
8 2 (5.26%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (5.26%) Network+ Certification
8 2 (5.26%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.89%) QA
2 2 (5.26%) SLA
System Software
1 31 (81.58%) Active Directory
2 14 (36.84%) Hyper-V
3 7 (18.42%) Firmware
4 2 (5.26%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (36.84%) McAfee ePO
1 14 (36.84%) Netcool
2 9 (23.68%) SCCM
3 7 (18.42%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (5.26%) Backup Exec
4 2 (5.26%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 37 (97.37%) Microsoft
2 16 (42.11%) Citrix
3 14 (36.84%) Intel Security
3 14 (36.84%) Veritas
4 4 (10.53%) HP
5 2 (5.26%) Apple
5 2 (5.26%) Cisco
5 2 (5.26%) Sophos
5 2 (5.26%) Symantec
5 2 (5.26%) VMware