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 18 September 2014 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 99 105 114
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +9
Contract jobs citing MCTS 30 4 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.08% 0.16% 0.038%
As % of the Qualifications category 5.38% 1.09% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 0 0
Average daily rate
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£347 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £330
% change year-on-year
+16.86% -9.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £17.00 £14.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +21.42%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.75 £19.00 £14.00
% change year-on-year
+9.21% +35.71%
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
558 366 360
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 20.06% 15.07% 13.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 273 185 156
Average daily rate £347 £350 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.72% +20.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £242 £142
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £413 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 23 36
Average hourly rate £15.77 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.23% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £10.90 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -27.08%

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
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 18 September 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 18 September 2014. 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
Glasgow - 7 £331 -
North Lanarkshire - - - -
South Lanarkshire - - - -
MCTS
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MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 40 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 30 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 29 (72.50%) SC Cleared
3 29 (72.50%) Security Cleared
4 23 (57.50%) MCP
5 19 (47.50%) Windows
6 13 (32.50%) TCP/IP
6 13 (32.50%) DNS
6 13 (32.50%) Active Directory
7 12 (30.00%) Clustering
8 11 (27.50%) Windows Server 2003
8 11 (27.50%) Windows Server 2008
8 11 (27.50%) SCCM
9 10 (25.00%) Enterprise Software
9 10 (25.00%) HP
9 10 (25.00%) SNMP
9 10 (25.00%) SQL Server
9 10 (25.00%) SQL
10 9 (22.50%) MCSE
10 9 (22.50%) SSL
10 9 (22.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
10 9 (22.50%) Firmware
10 9 (22.50%) MCITP
11 8 (20.00%) Windows 7
12 7 (17.50%) Load Balancing
12 7 (17.50%) Citrix
12 7 (17.50%) VMware
13 6 (15.00%) X.500
13 6 (15.00%) SAN
13 6 (15.00%) LDAP

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 (15.00%) IIS
2 5 (12.50%) SharePoint
3 2 (5.00%) MS Exchange
3 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (5.00%) Exchange Server 2007
3 2 (5.00%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (2.50%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (2.50%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 13 (32.50%) TCP/IP
1 13 (32.50%) DNS
2 10 (25.00%) SNMP
3 9 (22.50%) SSL
4 6 (15.00%) LDAP
4 6 (15.00%) SAN
4 6 (15.00%) X.500
5 5 (12.50%) DHCP
5 5 (12.50%) Kerberos
6 4 (10.00%) LAN
6 4 (10.00%) WAN
6 4 (10.00%) IPv4
6 4 (10.00%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (25.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.00%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (5.00%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 5 (12.50%) WinRunner
1 5 (12.50%) TestDirector
1 5 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
Job Titles
1 7 (17.50%) Wintel Engineer
2 3 (7.50%) Analyst
2 3 (7.50%) Test Engineer
2 3 (7.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 2 (5.00%) Server Engineer
3 2 (5.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 2 (5.00%) Test Analyst
3 2 (5.00%) Consultant
3 2 (5.00%) SharePoint Specialist
4 1 (2.50%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
4 1 (2.50%) Designer
4 1 (2.50%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (2.50%) Support Analyst
4 1 (2.50%) Technical Support
4 1 (2.50%) Support Engineer
4 1 (2.50%) Technical Consultant
4 1 (2.50%) 2nd Line Support
4 1 (2.50%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 1 (2.50%) Design Engineer
4 1 (2.50%) Technical Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.50%) .NET
2 4 (10.00%) XML
2 4 (10.00%) HTML
3 3 (7.50%) .NET Framework
4 2 (5.00%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 12 (30.00%) Clustering
2 10 (25.00%) Enterprise Software
3 9 (22.50%) Firmware
4 5 (12.50%) PKI
4 5 (12.50%) PDA
4 5 (12.50%) Computer Science
5 4 (10.00%) Replication
6 3 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 19 (47.50%) Windows
2 11 (27.50%) Windows Server 2003
2 11 (27.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 8 (20.00%) Windows 7
4 5 (12.50%) AIX
4 5 (12.50%) Windows XP
5 1 (2.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (17.50%) Load Balancing
2 5 (12.50%) Test Automation
2 5 (12.50%) ITIL
2 5 (12.50%) Change Management
2 5 (12.50%) Software Testing
3 4 (10.00%) Validation
3 4 (10.00%) High Availability
3 4 (10.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (7.50%) Content Management
5 2 (5.00%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (25.00%) SQL
2 6 (15.00%) PowerShell
3 4 (10.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 40 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 29 (72.50%) SC Cleared
2 29 (72.50%) Security Cleared
3 23 (57.50%) MCP
4 9 (22.50%) MCSE
4 9 (22.50%) MCITP
5 5 (12.50%) ISTQB
5 5 (12.50%) Degree
5 5 (12.50%) MCSA
System Software
1 13 (32.50%) Active Directory
2 5 (12.50%) VMware ESX
2 5 (12.50%) Hyper-V
3 2 (5.00%) XenApp
3 2 (5.00%) vSphere
3 2 (5.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (27.50%) SCCM
2 9 (22.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 5 (12.50%) Netcool
3 5 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (12.50%) McAfee ePO
4 1 (2.50%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 30 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 10 (25.00%) HP
3 7 (17.50%) Citrix
3 7 (17.50%) VMware
4 5 (12.50%) Veritas
4 5 (12.50%) McAfee
5 2 (5.00%) Altiris
5 2 (5.00%) CommVault
6 1 (2.50%) NetApp
6 1 (2.50%) EMC
6 1 (2.50%) Symantec