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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 121 132 107
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -25
Contract jobs citing MCTS 17 6 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.66% 0.19% 0.95%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.24% 1.26% 4.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 4 19
Median daily rate £265 £350 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-24.28% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £160 £300 £223
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £369 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Median hourly rate £36.00 - £16.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £22.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+63.63% +37.50%
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
524 478 620
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 20.49% 14.99% 22.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 329 234 309
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 £215 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £433 £450 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 17 27
Median hourly rate £41.00 £27.44 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.41% +61.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.43 £11.86 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £52.58 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +33.33%

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 25 July 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 25 July 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 -14 11 £295 -15.71%
Glasgow +3 2 £290 -
Edinburgh -4 2 £245 -25.19%
North Lanarkshire - 2 £160 -
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 55 (94.83%) Microsoft
3 53 (91.38%) Active Directory
4 44 (75.86%) Windows
5 40 (68.97%) SQL
6 39 (67.24%) MCITP
7 35 (60.34%) Security Cleared
7 35 (60.34%) Windows 7
8 34 (58.62%) MCSE
8 34 (58.62%) MCSA
9 33 (56.90%) Windows Server 2008
10 32 (55.17%) Software Testing
10 32 (55.17%) Windows XP
10 32 (55.17%) Veritas
10 32 (55.17%) Windows Server 2003
10 32 (55.17%) Change Management
10 32 (55.17%) Clustering
11 30 (51.72%) Netcool
11 30 (51.72%) Intel Security
11 30 (51.72%) Citrix
11 30 (51.72%) AIX
11 30 (51.72%) McAfee ePO
12 29 (50.00%) ISTQB
12 29 (50.00%) Hyper-V
13 27 (46.55%) Test Scripting
13 27 (46.55%) Smoke Testing
13 27 (46.55%) VMware
14 25 (43.10%) WinRunner
14 25 (43.10%) TestDirector
14 25 (43.10%) 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 9 (15.52%) SharePoint
2 7 (12.07%) Exchange Server 2010
2 7 (12.07%) Exchange Server 2013
2 7 (12.07%) MS Exchange
3 3 (5.17%) OpenStack
Applications
1 9 (15.52%) MS Office
2 3 (5.17%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.72%) MS PowerPoint
Cloud Services
1 14 (24.14%) Office 365
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.72%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 14 (24.14%) DNS
2 7 (12.07%) Firewall
2 7 (12.07%) TCP/IP
3 6 (10.34%) Kerberos
3 6 (10.34%) LDAP
3 6 (10.34%) SNMP
3 6 (10.34%) SSL
3 6 (10.34%) X.500
4 2 (3.45%) SAN
5 1 (1.72%) Cisco Wireless
5 1 (1.72%) LAN
5 1 (1.72%) WAN
5 1 (1.72%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (17.24%) SQL Server
2 7 (12.07%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (12.07%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 25 (43.10%) HP UFT
1 25 (43.10%) TestDirector
1 25 (43.10%) WinRunner
2 7 (12.07%) StarTeam
3 1 (1.72%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 22 (37.93%) Analyst
1 22 (37.93%) Test Analyst
2 17 (29.31%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 17 (29.31%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 7 (12.07%) Active Directory Engineer
4 6 (10.34%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 4 (6.90%) Test Manager
6 3 (5.17%) Infrastructure Tester
6 3 (5.17%) Tester
7 2 (3.45%) 3rd Line Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Consultant
7 2 (3.45%) Infrastructure Manager
7 2 (3.45%) Infrastructure Test Manager
7 2 (3.45%) Network Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Office 365 Consultant
8 1 (1.72%) Exchange Engineer
8 1 (1.72%) SharePoint Administrator
8 1 (1.72%) Systems Engineer
8 1 (1.72%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.72%) .NET
1 1 (1.72%) .NET Framework
1 1 (1.72%) ASP.NET
1 1 (1.72%) CSS
1 1 (1.72%) HTML
1 1 (1.72%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 32 (55.17%) Clustering
2 21 (36.21%) PDA
3 14 (24.14%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (10.34%) PKI
4 6 (10.34%) Replication
5 5 (8.62%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (3.45%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.72%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 44 (75.86%) Windows
2 35 (60.34%) Windows 7
3 33 (56.90%) Windows Server 2008
4 32 (55.17%) Windows Server 2003
4 32 (55.17%) Windows XP
5 30 (51.72%) AIX
6 13 (22.41%) Windows Server
7 8 (13.79%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (12.07%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (55.17%) Change Management
1 32 (55.17%) Software Testing
2 27 (46.55%) Smoke Testing
2 27 (46.55%) Test Scripting
3 25 (43.10%) Test Automation
4 9 (15.52%) Load Balancing
5 8 (13.79%) Content Management
6 6 (10.34%) Server Virtualisation
7 5 (8.62%) Software Delivery
8 2 (3.45%) Customer Engagement
8 2 (3.45%) High Availability
8 2 (3.45%) ITIL
8 2 (3.45%) Mentoring
8 2 (3.45%) Migration
8 2 (3.45%) Records Management
8 2 (3.45%) Validation
9 1 (1.72%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (1.72%) Enterprise Content Management
9 1 (1.72%) OO
9 1 (1.72%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 40 (68.97%) SQL
2 7 (12.07%) PowerShell
3 1 (1.72%) C#
3 1 (1.72%) JavaScript
3 1 (1.72%) VB
Qualifications
1 58 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 39 (67.24%) MCITP
3 35 (60.34%) Security Cleared
4 34 (58.62%) MCSA
4 34 (58.62%) MCSE
5 29 (50.00%) ISTQB
6 22 (37.93%) MCP
6 22 (37.93%) SC Cleared
7 5 (8.62%) Degree
8 2 (3.45%) A+ Certification
8 2 (3.45%) ACSA
8 2 (3.45%) CCENT
8 2 (3.45%) CCNA
8 2 (3.45%) Cisco Certification
8 2 (3.45%) Network+ Certification
8 2 (3.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 53 (91.38%) Active Directory
2 29 (50.00%) Hyper-V
3 23 (39.66%) VMware ESX
4 11 (18.97%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (8.62%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 30 (51.72%) McAfee ePO
1 30 (51.72%) Netcool
2 25 (43.10%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (8.62%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 5 (8.62%) SCCM
4 2 (3.45%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 55 (94.83%) Microsoft
2 32 (55.17%) Veritas
3 30 (51.72%) Citrix
3 30 (51.72%) Intel Security
4 27 (46.55%) VMware
5 5 (8.62%) HP
6 2 (3.45%) Apple
6 2 (3.45%) Cisco
6 2 (3.45%) Symantec
7 1 (1.72%) Juniper