The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Qualifications for the Scotland region.

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
23 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 104 111 107
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -4
Contract jobs citing MCTS 26 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.95% 0.12% 0.19%
As % of the Qualifications category 4.30% 0.82% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 2 2
Average daily rate
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£338 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% +9.09%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £16.00 - £14.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £20.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-20.00% +21.21%
Qualifications Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Qualifications category
605 367 325
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 22.02% 14.86% 12.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 298 195 135
Average daily rate £345 £355 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.81% +12.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £260 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 24 36
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.67% -11.42%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £9.38 £10.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £21.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year
-14.28% -4.54%
MCTS
UK

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 +6 7 £338 +12.50%
North Lanarkshire - - - - 1
South Lanarkshire - - - - 1
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (80.00%) SC Cleared
2 24 (80.00%) Security Cleared
3 21 (70.00%) Microsoft
4 15 (50.00%) Windows
5 13 (43.33%) SQL
5 13 (43.33%) Clustering
6 12 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
6 12 (40.00%) MCP
7 11 (36.67%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (33.33%) Windows 7
9 9 (30.00%) MCITP
9 9 (30.00%) MCSE
9 9 (30.00%) VMware
9 9 (30.00%) Citrix
10 8 (26.67%) TCP/IP
10 8 (26.67%) SCCM
11 7 (23.33%) Software Testing
11 7 (23.33%) PDA
11 7 (23.33%) ISTQB
11 7 (23.33%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (23.33%) Hyper-V
11 7 (23.33%) Test Automation
11 7 (23.33%) McAfee ePO
11 7 (23.33%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (23.33%) SNMP
11 7 (23.33%) SAN
11 7 (23.33%) WinRunner
11 7 (23.33%) TestDirector
11 7 (23.33%) QuickTest Pro

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 23 July 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 2 (6.67%) IIS
1 2 (6.67%) MS Exchange
1 2 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2003
1 2 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2007
2 1 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (3.33%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 8 (26.67%) TCP/IP
2 7 (23.33%) SAN
2 7 (23.33%) SNMP
3 6 (20.00%) DNS
3 6 (20.00%) SSL
4 3 (10.00%) LDAP
4 3 (10.00%) DHCP
4 3 (10.00%) X.500
5 2 (6.67%) VLAN
5 2 (6.67%) Kerberos
5 2 (6.67%) LAN
5 2 (6.67%) WAN
5 2 (6.67%) IPv4
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 7 (23.33%) WinRunner
1 7 (23.33%) TestDirector
1 7 (23.33%) QuickTest Pro
Job Titles
1 4 (13.33%) Analyst
1 4 (13.33%) Infrastructure Engineer
1 4 (13.33%) Test Engineer
2 3 (10.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (10.00%) Wintel Engineer
3 2 (6.67%) Server Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Technical Tester
4 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Consultant
4 1 (3.33%) Project Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Technical Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Tester
4 1 (3.33%) Design Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Technical Support Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Consultant
4 1 (3.33%) Systems Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Support Analyst
4 1 (3.33%) Technical Support
4 1 (3.33%) Support Engineer
4 1 (3.33%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 1 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.67%) HTML
1 2 (6.67%) XML
1 2 (6.67%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 13 (43.33%) Clustering
2 7 (23.33%) PDA
2 7 (23.33%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (20.00%) Firmware
4 4 (13.33%) Computer Science
5 2 (6.67%) PKI
6 1 (3.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 15 (50.00%) Windows
2 12 (40.00%) Windows Server 2003
3 11 (36.67%) Windows Server 2008
4 10 (33.33%) Windows 7
5 7 (23.33%) AIX
5 7 (23.33%) Windows XP
6 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (23.33%) Change Management
1 7 (23.33%) Software Testing
1 7 (23.33%) Test Automation
2 6 (20.00%) Load Balancing
2 6 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (10.00%) ITIL
4 2 (6.67%) Project Management
4 2 (6.67%) Validation
4 2 (6.67%) High Availability
Programming Languages
1 13 (43.33%) SQL
2 2 (6.67%) VBScript
2 2 (6.67%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 30 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 24 (80.00%) SC Cleared
2 24 (80.00%) Security Cleared
3 12 (40.00%) MCP
4 9 (30.00%) MCSE
4 9 (30.00%) MCITP
5 7 (23.33%) ISTQB
5 7 (23.33%) MCSA
6 4 (13.33%) Degree
System Software
1 7 (23.33%) VMware ESX
1 7 (23.33%) Hyper-V
2 6 (20.00%) Active Directory
3 3 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (6.67%) XenApp
4 2 (6.67%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 8 (26.67%) SCCM
2 7 (23.33%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (23.33%) McAfee ePO
2 7 (23.33%) Netcool
3 6 (20.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (3.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 21 (70.00%) Microsoft
2 9 (30.00%) Citrix
2 9 (30.00%) VMware
3 7 (23.33%) Veritas
3 7 (23.33%) McAfee
4 6 (20.00%) HP
5 2 (6.67%) CommVault
5 2 (6.67%) Altiris
6 1 (3.33%) Symantec
6 1 (3.33%) NetApp
6 1 (3.33%) EMC