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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 109 106 107
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +1
Contract jobs citing MCTS 12 6 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.45% 0.27% 0.25%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.54% 1.67% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 4 4
Average daily rate
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£354 £280 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.44% -15.02%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £341 £203 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £403 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £307 £310
% change year-on-year
+30.18% -0.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.00 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+107.14% -12.50%
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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
473 360 296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 17.65% 16.09% 14.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 255 152 166
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £355 £350
% change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 16 10
Average hourly rate £19.00 £17.86 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.38% +2.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £11.73 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.10 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -30.00%

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (77.14%) Microsoft
2 27 (77.14%) SC Cleared
2 27 (77.14%) Security Cleared
3 21 (60.00%) Windows
4 18 (51.43%) Clustering
5 16 (45.71%) MCSE
5 16 (45.71%) SQL
6 15 (42.86%) MCP
7 14 (40.00%) VMware
7 14 (40.00%) MCITP
7 14 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
7 14 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
8 12 (34.29%) Hyper-V
8 12 (34.29%) Test Automation
8 12 (34.29%) Windows 7
8 12 (34.29%) HP Quality Center
8 12 (34.29%) McAfee ePO
8 12 (34.29%) Test Scripting
8 12 (34.29%) PDA
8 12 (34.29%) McAfee
8 12 (34.29%) WinRunner
8 12 (34.29%) TestDirector
8 12 (34.29%) QuickTest Pro
8 12 (34.29%) Veritas
8 12 (34.29%) Change Management
8 12 (34.29%) Software Testing
8 12 (34.29%) VMware ESX
8 12 (34.29%) AIX
8 12 (34.29%) MCSA

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 6 (17.14%) SharePoint
2 5 (14.29%) IIS
3 2 (5.71%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.71%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (5.71%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (2.86%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 9 (25.71%) DNS
2 6 (17.14%) SAN
2 6 (17.14%) TCP/IP
3 4 (11.43%) LDAP
3 4 (11.43%) SSL
3 4 (11.43%) Kerberos
3 4 (11.43%) SNMP
3 4 (11.43%) X.500
4 3 (8.57%) VLAN
4 3 (8.57%) LAN
4 3 (8.57%) WAN
4 3 (8.57%) DHCP
4 3 (8.57%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (28.57%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (5.71%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 12 (34.29%) WinRunner
1 12 (34.29%) TestDirector
1 12 (34.29%) QuickTest Pro
Job Titles
1 6 (17.14%) Test Engineer
2 5 (14.29%) Wintel Engineer
2 5 (14.29%) Analyst
2 5 (14.29%) Test Analyst
3 2 (5.71%) Server Engineer
3 2 (5.71%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 2 (5.71%) Consultant
3 2 (5.71%) SharePoint Specialist
4 1 (2.86%) Designer
4 1 (2.86%) IT Operations Manager
4 1 (2.86%) Head of Operations
4 1 (2.86%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (2.86%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (2.86%) Operations Manager
4 1 (2.86%) Tester
4 1 (2.86%) Technical Tester
4 1 (2.86%) Technical Designer
4 1 (2.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
4 1 (2.86%) Head of IT
4 1 (2.86%) Technical Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (17.14%) .NET
2 4 (11.43%) .NET Framework
3 3 (8.57%) XML
3 3 (8.57%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 18 (51.43%) Clustering
2 12 (34.29%) PDA
3 6 (17.14%) Replication
3 6 (17.14%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (11.43%) PKI
4 4 (11.43%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (5.71%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 21 (60.00%) Windows
2 14 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 14 (40.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 12 (34.29%) Windows 7
3 12 (34.29%) AIX
3 12 (34.29%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (34.29%) Test Automation
1 12 (34.29%) Test Scripting
1 12 (34.29%) Change Management
1 12 (34.29%) Software Testing
2 6 (17.14%) Load Balancing
3 5 (14.29%) Validation
3 5 (14.29%) ITIL
4 4 (11.43%) Content Management
5 3 (8.57%) High Availability
6 2 (5.71%) Coaching
6 2 (5.71%) ITIL V3
6 2 (5.71%) ITIL V2
Programming Languages
1 16 (45.71%) SQL
2 5 (14.29%) PowerShell
3 3 (8.57%) VBScript
4 2 (5.71%) C
Qualifications
1 35 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (77.14%) SC Cleared
2 27 (77.14%) Security Cleared
3 16 (45.71%) MCSE
4 15 (42.86%) MCP
5 14 (40.00%) MCITP
6 12 (34.29%) MCSA
7 10 (28.57%) ISTQB
8 4 (11.43%) Degree
9 2 (5.71%) CCNA
9 2 (5.71%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 12 (34.29%) Hyper-V
1 12 (34.29%) VMware ESX
2 10 (28.57%) Active Directory
3 6 (17.14%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (11.43%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (34.29%) HP Quality Center
1 12 (34.29%) McAfee ePO
2 11 (31.43%) Netcool
3 6 (17.14%) SCCM
4 4 (11.43%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (5.71%) SCOM
Vendors
1 27 (77.14%) Microsoft
2 14 (40.00%) VMware
3 12 (34.29%) McAfee
3 12 (34.29%) Veritas
3 12 (34.29%) Citrix
4 8 (22.86%) HP
5 2 (5.71%) IBM