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 12 February 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.

Location
3 months to
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 97 116 107
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -9
Contract jobs citing MCTS 35 12 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.37% 0.44% 0.26%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.26% 2.42% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 7 4
Average daily rate £320 £358 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.63% +27.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £323 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £365 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £408 £375
% change year-on-year
-19.01% +8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £29.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
- +107.14%
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
482 495 397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 18.92% 18.22% 16.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 271 169
Average daily rate £343 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £451 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 27 16
Average hourly rate £22.00 £19.00 £17.86
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% +6.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £13.24 £11.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.00 £35.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +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 12 February 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 +16 29 £320 -10.63% 1
Glasgow +12 6 £338 -3.57% 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 12 February 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 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 78 (96.30%) Microsoft
3 60 (74.07%) Active Directory
3 60 (74.07%) Windows
4 50 (61.73%) Security Cleared
5 49 (60.49%) Windows Server 2003
6 47 (58.02%) MCSE
7 46 (56.79%) MCSA
7 46 (56.79%) VMware
7 46 (56.79%) Windows Server 2008
7 46 (56.79%) MCITP
8 45 (55.56%) Software Testing
8 45 (55.56%) Test Automation
8 45 (55.56%) Windows 7
8 45 (55.56%) HP Quality Center
8 45 (55.56%) Change Management
8 45 (55.56%) WinRunner
8 45 (55.56%) TestDirector
8 45 (55.56%) HP UFT
9 44 (54.32%) Windows XP
10 41 (50.62%) SQL
10 41 (50.62%) Citrix
11 40 (49.38%) Veritas
11 40 (49.38%) AIX
11 40 (49.38%) Netcool
11 40 (49.38%) Intel Security
11 40 (49.38%) VMware ESX
11 40 (49.38%) Clustering
11 40 (49.38%) Hyper-V
11 40 (49.38%) PDA

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 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 10 (12.35%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.23%) IIS
2 1 (1.23%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 1 (1.23%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 13 (16.05%) LDAP
2 12 (14.81%) DNS
3 11 (13.58%) Kerberos
3 11 (13.58%) X.500
4 8 (9.88%) SNMP
4 8 (9.88%) SSL
4 8 (9.88%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 45 (55.56%) HP UFT
1 45 (55.56%) TestDirector
1 45 (55.56%) WinRunner
General
1 1 (1.23%) Banking
1 1 (1.23%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 34 (41.98%) Analyst
2 33 (40.74%) Test Analyst
3 24 (29.63%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 24 (29.63%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 16 (19.75%) Active Directory Engineer
5 11 (13.58%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
6 10 (12.35%) SharePoint Engineer
7 9 (11.11%) Infrastructure Engineer
8 6 (7.41%) Design Engineer
8 6 (7.41%) Test Engineer
8 6 (7.41%) Tester
9 4 (4.94%) Microsoft Engineer
10 3 (3.70%) Active Directory Analyst
10 3 (3.70%) Infrastructure Tester
11 2 (2.47%) IT Analyst
11 2 (2.47%) IT Infrastructure Analyst
11 2 (2.47%) Technical Analyst
11 2 (2.47%) Technical Test Analyst
11 2 (2.47%) Technical Tester
11 2 (2.47%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.35%) .NET
1 10 (12.35%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 40 (49.38%) Clustering
1 40 (49.38%) PDA
2 18 (22.22%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (17.28%) Computer Science
4 12 (14.81%) Replication
5 11 (13.58%) PKI
6 8 (9.88%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.23%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 60 (74.07%) Windows
2 49 (60.49%) Windows Server 2003
3 46 (56.79%) Windows Server 2008
4 45 (55.56%) Windows 7
5 44 (54.32%) Windows XP
6 40 (49.38%) AIX
7 15 (18.52%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (55.56%) Change Management
1 45 (55.56%) Software Testing
1 45 (55.56%) Test Automation
2 38 (46.91%) Test Scripting
3 16 (19.75%) Validation
4 10 (12.35%) Content Management
5 8 (9.88%) Software Delivery
6 4 (4.94%) Records Management
7 2 (2.47%) ITIL
8 1 (1.23%) Agile Software Development
8 1 (1.23%) Customer Engagement
8 1 (1.23%) High Availability
8 1 (1.23%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 41 (50.62%) SQL
2 1 (1.23%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 81 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 50 (61.73%) Security Cleared
3 47 (58.02%) MCSE
4 46 (56.79%) MCITP
4 46 (56.79%) MCSA
5 38 (46.91%) ISTQB
6 34 (41.98%) SC Cleared
7 33 (40.74%) MCP
8 14 (17.28%) Degree
9 3 (3.70%) ISEB
10 1 (1.23%) A+ Certification
10 1 (1.23%) ACSA
10 1 (1.23%) CCENT
10 1 (1.23%) CCNA
10 1 (1.23%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (1.23%) Citrix Certification
10 1 (1.23%) Network+ Certification
10 1 (1.23%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
System Software
1 60 (74.07%) Active Directory
2 40 (49.38%) Hyper-V
2 40 (49.38%) VMware ESX
3 13 (16.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (9.88%) Firmware
5 1 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 45 (55.56%) HP Quality Center
2 40 (49.38%) McAfee ePO
2 40 (49.38%) Netcool
3 9 (11.11%) SCCM
4 8 (9.88%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 1 (1.23%) Backup Exec
5 1 (1.23%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 78 (96.30%) Microsoft
2 46 (56.79%) VMware
3 41 (50.62%) Citrix
4 40 (49.38%) Intel Security
4 40 (49.38%) Veritas
5 5 (6.17%) HP
6 1 (1.23%) Apple
6 1 (1.23%) Cisco
6 1 (1.23%) Symantec
Erskine, Renfrewshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: £320 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
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LA International
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago