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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 117 112 110
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -2
Contract jobs citing MCTS 11 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.40% 0.29% 0.14%
As % of the Qualifications category 2.09% 1.56% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 2
Average daily rate
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£350 £280 £297
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -5.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £322 £203 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £403 £307
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £400 £310
% change year-on-year
+6.25% +29.24%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £13.25 £47.50
% change year-on-year
+183.01% -72.10%
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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
527 449 296
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 19.13% 18.41% 14.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 288 210 165
Average daily rate £350 £339 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.32% +4.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £207 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £383 £350 £330
% change year-on-year
+9.28% +6.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 11 11
Average hourly rate £18.00 £15.88 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.38% -60.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £11.75 £10.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £21.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £17.50 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+28.57% -33.33%

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 4 March 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 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (81.82%) Microsoft
3 25 (75.76%) SC Cleared
3 25 (75.76%) Security Cleared
4 23 (69.70%) Windows
5 20 (60.61%) SQL
5 20 (60.61%) Clustering
6 18 (54.55%) VMware
6 18 (54.55%) MCSE
7 16 (48.48%) MCSA
7 16 (48.48%) AIX
7 16 (48.48%) Citrix
7 16 (48.48%) Windows XP
7 16 (48.48%) VMware ESX
7 16 (48.48%) Software Testing
7 16 (48.48%) MCITP
7 16 (48.48%) PDA
7 16 (48.48%) Windows Server 2003
7 16 (48.48%) WinRunner
7 16 (48.48%) TestDirector
7 16 (48.48%) QuickTest Pro
7 16 (48.48%) Veritas
7 16 (48.48%) McAfee
7 16 (48.48%) Change Management
7 16 (48.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 16 (48.48%) Hyper-V
7 16 (48.48%) Test Automation
7 16 (48.48%) Windows 7
7 16 (48.48%) HP Quality Center
7 16 (48.48%) McAfee ePO

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 4 (12.12%) SharePoint
2 3 (9.09%) IIS
3 2 (6.06%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (6.06%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (3.03%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 6 (18.18%) SAN
2 4 (12.12%) DNS
3 3 (9.09%) VLAN
3 3 (9.09%) SSL
3 3 (9.09%) IPv4
3 3 (9.09%) SNMP
3 3 (9.09%) TCP/IP
3 3 (9.09%) LAN
3 3 (9.09%) WAN
3 3 (9.09%) DHCP
4 1 (3.03%) X.500
4 1 (3.03%) Kerberos
4 1 (3.03%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (24.24%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 16 (48.48%) WinRunner
1 16 (48.48%) TestDirector
1 16 (48.48%) QuickTest Pro
Job Titles
1 9 (27.27%) Test Engineer
2 6 (18.18%) Analyst
2 6 (18.18%) Test Analyst
3 4 (12.12%) Wintel Engineer
4 2 (6.06%) Consultant
4 2 (6.06%) Server Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Technical Tester
5 1 (3.03%) Technical Designer
5 1 (3.03%) Head of IT
5 1 (3.03%) Technical Specialist
5 1 (3.03%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (3.03%) Technical Consultant
5 1 (3.03%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 1 (3.03%) Operations Manager
5 1 (3.03%) Tester
5 1 (3.03%) IT Operations Manager
5 1 (3.03%) Head of Operations
5 1 (3.03%) Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.12%) .NET Framework
1 4 (12.12%) .NET
2 3 (9.09%) XML
2 3 (9.09%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (60.61%) Clustering
2 16 (48.48%) PDA
3 7 (21.21%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (9.09%) Replication
4 3 (9.09%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (6.06%) Computer Science
6 1 (3.03%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 23 (69.70%) Windows
2 16 (48.48%) AIX
2 16 (48.48%) Windows XP
2 16 (48.48%) Windows Server 2003
2 16 (48.48%) Windows Server 2008
2 16 (48.48%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (48.48%) Software Testing
1 16 (48.48%) Change Management
1 16 (48.48%) Test Automation
2 14 (42.42%) Test Scripting
3 5 (15.15%) ITIL
4 4 (12.12%) Load Balancing
4 4 (12.12%) Validation
4 4 (12.12%) Content Management
5 3 (9.09%) High Availability
6 2 (6.06%) Coaching
6 2 (6.06%) ITIL V3
6 2 (6.06%) ITIL V2
Programming Languages
1 20 (60.61%) SQL
2 3 (9.09%) VBScript
2 3 (9.09%) PowerShell
3 2 (6.06%) C
Qualifications
1 33 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 25 (75.76%) SC Cleared
2 25 (75.76%) Security Cleared
3 18 (54.55%) MCSE
4 16 (48.48%) MCSA
4 16 (48.48%) MCITP
5 14 (42.42%) ISTQB
6 11 (33.33%) MCP
7 4 (12.12%) Degree
8 2 (6.06%) CCNA
8 2 (6.06%) Cisco Certification
System Software
1 16 (48.48%) VMware ESX
1 16 (48.48%) Hyper-V
2 7 (21.21%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (15.15%) Active Directory
4 3 (9.09%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 16 (48.48%) HP Quality Center
1 16 (48.48%) McAfee ePO
2 15 (45.45%) Netcool
3 5 (15.15%) SCCM
4 3 (9.09%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (6.06%) SCOM
Vendors
1 27 (81.82%) Microsoft
2 18 (54.55%) VMware
3 16 (48.48%) Citrix
3 16 (48.48%) Veritas
3 16 (48.48%) McAfee
4 6 (18.18%) HP
5 2 (6.06%) IBM