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 3 December 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.

3 months to
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 86 71 109
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +38
Contract jobs citing MCTS 33 62 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.67% 2.15% 0.77%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.73% 11.36% 4.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 38 15
Median daily rate £310 £305 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.63% -12.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £275 £322
10% offered a daily rate of more than £343 £340 £355
UK excluding London median daily rate £310 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
-4.61% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £47.71 £17.63
% change year-on-year
-5.68% +170.69%
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
490 546 507
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 24.80% 18.90% 17.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 301 263
Median daily rate £330 £320 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £195 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £438 £451
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £390 £375
% change year-on-year
+0.57% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 12 27
Median hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +16.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £15.25 £15.77
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- +44.73%

MCTS
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Scotland region citing MCTS as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 3 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCTS within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 3 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Renfrewshire -15 26 £310 +1.22%
Glasgow -4 7 £195 -33.61%
MCTS
UK

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 3 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Scotland region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 50 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 47 (94.00%) Microsoft
3 39 (78.00%) Active Directory
4 28 (56.00%) SQL
5 27 (54.00%) Windows
5 27 (54.00%) MCSE
5 27 (54.00%) MCSA
5 27 (54.00%) MCITP
5 27 (54.00%) Windows 7
6 25 (50.00%) Clustering
7 24 (48.00%) Office 365
7 24 (48.00%) Citrix
8 23 (46.00%) Windows XP
8 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2003
8 23 (46.00%) Security Cleared
8 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2008
9 22 (44.00%) Windows Server 2012
9 22 (44.00%) McAfee ePO
9 22 (44.00%) Software Testing
9 22 (44.00%) ISTQB
9 22 (44.00%) Netcool
9 22 (44.00%) Intel Security
9 22 (44.00%) Veritas
9 22 (44.00%) Change Management
9 22 (44.00%) AIX
10 21 (42.00%) SharePoint
10 21 (42.00%) StarTeam
10 21 (42.00%) Hyper-V
11 20 (40.00%) Windows 10
11 20 (40.00%) MS Office

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 21 (42.00%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.00%) MS Exchange
2 2 (4.00%) OpenStack
Applications
1 20 (40.00%) MS Office
2 6 (12.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 24 (48.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 10 (20.00%) DNS
1 10 (20.00%) Kerberos
1 10 (20.00%) LDAP
1 10 (20.00%) X.500
2 7 (14.00%) SNMP
2 7 (14.00%) SSL
2 7 (14.00%) TCP/IP
3 3 (6.00%) SAN
4 2 (4.00%) Internet
5 1 (2.00%) Cisco Wireless
5 1 (2.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (12.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 21 (42.00%) StarTeam
2 3 (6.00%) Git (software)
2 3 (6.00%) Moq
2 3 (6.00%) NUnit
2 3 (6.00%) Selenium
2 3 (6.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (2.00%) HP UFT
3 1 (2.00%) TestDirector
3 1 (2.00%) WinRunner
General
1 1 (2.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 15 (30.00%) Analyst
1 15 (30.00%) Test Analyst
2 8 (16.00%) Active Directory Engineer
2 8 (16.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 8 (16.00%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 5 (10.00%) Tester
4 4 (8.00%) Support Engineer
5 3 (6.00%) .NET Developer
5 3 (6.00%) C# .NET Developer
5 3 (6.00%) C# Developer
5 3 (6.00%) Developer
5 3 (6.00%) Network Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) 2nd Line Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) 3rd Line Infrastructure Support
6 2 (4.00%) 3rd Line Network Engineer
6 2 (4.00%) Active Directory Consultant
6 2 (4.00%) Automation Developer
6 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Developer
6 2 (4.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.00%) .NET
1 3 (6.00%) .NET Framework
1 3 (6.00%) AngularJS
1 3 (6.00%) ASP.NET
1 3 (6.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 3 (6.00%) Entity Framework
1 3 (6.00%) jQuery
1 3 (6.00%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 25 (50.00%) Clustering
2 10 (20.00%) PKI
2 10 (20.00%) Replication
3 7 (14.00%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (14.00%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (4.00%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.00%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.00%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 27 (54.00%) Windows
1 27 (54.00%) Windows 7
2 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 23 (46.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 23 (46.00%) Windows XP
3 22 (44.00%) AIX
3 22 (44.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 20 (40.00%) Windows 10
5 9 (18.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (44.00%) Change Management
1 22 (44.00%) Software Testing
2 20 (40.00%) Server Virtualisation
3 19 (38.00%) Test Scripting
4 18 (36.00%) Smoke Testing
5 7 (14.00%) Software Delivery
6 3 (6.00%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (6.00%) Dependency Injection
6 3 (6.00%) High Availability
6 3 (6.00%) Load Balancing
6 3 (6.00%) MVC
6 3 (6.00%) OO
6 3 (6.00%) OOD
6 3 (6.00%) TDD
6 3 (6.00%) Validation
7 2 (4.00%) Customer Engagement
7 2 (4.00%) ITIL
7 2 (4.00%) Mentoring
7 2 (4.00%) Migration
7 2 (4.00%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 28 (56.00%) SQL
2 3 (6.00%) C#
2 3 (6.00%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.00%) C
3 1 (2.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 50 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 27 (54.00%) MCITP
2 27 (54.00%) MCSA
2 27 (54.00%) MCSE
3 23 (46.00%) Security Cleared
4 22 (44.00%) ISTQB
5 17 (34.00%) MCP
6 16 (32.00%) SC Cleared
7 7 (14.00%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (8.00%) A+ Certification
8 4 (8.00%) ACSA
8 4 (8.00%) CCENT
8 4 (8.00%) CCNA
8 4 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
8 4 (8.00%) Degree
8 4 (8.00%) Network+ Certification
8 4 (8.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
9 3 (6.00%) MCAD
9 3 (6.00%) MCSD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.00%) QA
2 2 (4.00%) SLA
System Software
1 39 (78.00%) Active Directory
2 21 (42.00%) Hyper-V
3 7 (14.00%) Firmware
4 3 (6.00%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (2.00%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 22 (44.00%) McAfee ePO
1 22 (44.00%) Netcool
2 9 (18.00%) SCCM
3 7 (14.00%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 4 (8.00%) Backup Exec
5 2 (4.00%) Norton AntiVirus
6 1 (2.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 47 (94.00%) Microsoft
2 24 (48.00%) Citrix
3 22 (44.00%) Intel Security
3 22 (44.00%) Veritas
4 5 (10.00%) HP
4 5 (10.00%) VMware
5 4 (8.00%) Apple
5 4 (8.00%) Cisco
5 4 (8.00%) Symantec
6 2 (4.00%) Sophos
7 1 (2.00%) Juniper