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 29 May 2015 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.

Location
3 months to
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 109 113 116
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +3
Contract jobs citing MCTS 13 10 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.45% 0.39% 0.20%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.64% 1.99% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 8 4
Average daily rate
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£347 £325 £323
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.91% +0.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £135 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £352 £378 £345
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £323
% change year-on-year
- +0.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £16.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £15.75 -
% change year-on-year
+42.85% -
MCTS
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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
492 503 425
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 17.15% 19.46% 17.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 241 255
Average daily rate £340 £335 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.49% -2.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £215 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £445 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 32 16
Average hourly rate £28.22 £18.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+56.77% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £11.25 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £25.00 £43.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%

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 29 May 2015. 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
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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 +7 10 £348 -2.45%
Glasgow -2 1 £300 - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (87.50%) Microsoft
3 20 (83.33%) Windows
4 18 (75.00%) SQL
5 16 (66.67%) Clustering
6 15 (62.50%) Change Management
6 15 (62.50%) Windows Server 2003
6 15 (62.50%) SC Cleared
6 15 (62.50%) Security Cleared
7 13 (54.17%) PDA
7 13 (54.17%) Software Testing
7 13 (54.17%) MCITP
7 13 (54.17%) McAfee
7 13 (54.17%) VMware
7 13 (54.17%) VMware ESX
7 13 (54.17%) AIX
7 13 (54.17%) MCSE
7 13 (54.17%) MCSA
7 13 (54.17%) Windows XP
7 13 (54.17%) Citrix
7 13 (54.17%) WinRunner
7 13 (54.17%) TestDirector
7 13 (54.17%) QuickTest Pro
7 13 (54.17%) Veritas
7 13 (54.17%) Hyper-V
7 13 (54.17%) Test Automation
7 13 (54.17%) Windows 7
7 13 (54.17%) HP Quality Center
7 13 (54.17%) McAfee ePO
7 13 (54.17%) Windows Server 2008

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, 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 5 (20.83%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) Kerberos
1 3 (12.50%) DNS
1 3 (12.50%) SAN
1 3 (12.50%) LDAP
1 3 (12.50%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (8.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 13 (54.17%) WinRunner
1 13 (54.17%) TestDirector
1 13 (54.17%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (4.17%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Test Engineer
2 5 (20.83%) Analyst
2 5 (20.83%) Test Analyst
3 1 (4.17%) Technical Tester
3 1 (4.17%) SharePoint Consultant
3 1 (4.17%) Tester
3 1 (4.17%) Consultant
3 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (4.17%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (20.83%) .NET Framework
1 5 (20.83%) .NET
2 1 (4.17%) ASP.NET
2 1 (4.17%) CSS
2 1 (4.17%) XML
2 1 (4.17%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 16 (66.67%) Clustering
2 13 (54.17%) PDA
3 6 (25.00%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (12.50%) Computer Science
4 3 (12.50%) PKI
4 3 (12.50%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 20 (83.33%) Windows
2 15 (62.50%) Windows Server 2003
3 13 (54.17%) AIX
3 13 (54.17%) Windows XP
3 13 (54.17%) Windows 7
3 13 (54.17%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (62.50%) Change Management
2 13 (54.17%) Software Testing
2 13 (54.17%) Test Automation
3 11 (45.83%) Test Scripting
4 6 (25.00%) Validation
5 5 (20.83%) Content Management
6 3 (12.50%) Load Balancing
7 2 (8.33%) Workflow
7 2 (8.33%) Performance Management
8 1 (4.17%) OOP
8 1 (4.17%) OO
Programming Languages
1 18 (75.00%) SQL
2 1 (4.17%) VB
2 1 (4.17%) C#
2 1 (4.17%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 24 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 15 (62.50%) SC Cleared
2 15 (62.50%) Security Cleared
3 13 (54.17%) MCITP
3 13 (54.17%) MCSE
3 13 (54.17%) MCSA
4 12 (50.00%) ISTQB
5 8 (33.33%) MCP
6 3 (12.50%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (54.17%) VMware ESX
1 13 (54.17%) Hyper-V
2 5 (20.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (16.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (54.17%) HP Quality Center
1 13 (54.17%) McAfee ePO
2 12 (50.00%) Netcool
Vendors
1 21 (87.50%) Microsoft
2 13 (54.17%) McAfee
2 13 (54.17%) VMware
2 13 (54.17%) Citrix
2 13 (54.17%) Veritas
3 4 (16.67%) HP