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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Rank 113 127 119
Rank change year-on-year
+14 -8
Contract jobs citing MCTS 17 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.55% 0.15% 0.13%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.46% 0.80% 0.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 3 2
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£348 £378 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.00% +9.56%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £379 £345
% change year-on-year
-7.65% +9.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £15.00 -
% change year-on-year
+150.00% -
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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
492 497 394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 16.03% 18.72% 16.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 236 228
Average daily rate £348 £327 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.47% -5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £338
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 15 12
Average hourly rate £27.50 £17.93 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+53.37% -55.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £11.25 £10.89
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £25.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -28.00%

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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (77.78%) SQL
2 21 (77.78%) Microsoft
2 21 (77.78%) SC Cleared
2 21 (77.78%) Security Cleared
3 20 (74.07%) Windows
3 20 (74.07%) Clustering
4 18 (66.67%) VMware
4 18 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 18 (66.67%) Change Management
4 18 (66.67%) MCSE
5 16 (59.26%) MCSA
5 16 (59.26%) Windows XP
5 16 (59.26%) AIX
5 16 (59.26%) McAfee
5 16 (59.26%) Citrix
5 16 (59.26%) WinRunner
5 16 (59.26%) TestDirector
5 16 (59.26%) QuickTest Pro
5 16 (59.26%) Veritas
5 16 (59.26%) VMware ESX
5 16 (59.26%) Software Testing
5 16 (59.26%) MCITP
5 16 (59.26%) Windows Server 2008
5 16 (59.26%) PDA
5 16 (59.26%) Hyper-V
5 16 (59.26%) Test Automation
5 16 (59.26%) Windows 7
5 16 (59.26%) HP Quality Center
5 16 (59.26%) McAfee ePO

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 2 (7.41%) SharePoint
1 2 (7.41%) MS Exchange
1 2 (7.41%) Exchange Server 2010
Applications
1 1 (3.70%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 6 (22.22%) SAN
2 3 (11.11%) X.500
2 3 (11.11%) LDAP
2 3 (11.11%) Kerberos
2 3 (11.11%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (22.22%) SQL Server
2 2 (7.41%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (7.41%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (7.41%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 16 (59.26%) WinRunner
1 16 (59.26%) TestDirector
1 16 (59.26%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (3.70%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 10 (37.04%) Test Engineer
2 5 (18.52%) Analyst
2 5 (18.52%) Test Analyst
3 1 (3.70%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 1 (3.70%) Operations Manager
3 1 (3.70%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (3.70%) Server Engineer
3 1 (3.70%) Technical Tester
3 1 (3.70%) Head of IT
3 1 (3.70%) Head of Operations
3 1 (3.70%) IT Operations Manager
3 1 (3.70%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (7.41%) .NET
1 2 (7.41%) .NET Framework
2 1 (3.70%) HTML
2 1 (3.70%) ASP.NET
2 1 (3.70%) CSS
2 1 (3.70%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (74.07%) Clustering
2 16 (59.26%) PDA
3 8 (29.63%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (18.52%) Replication
5 3 (11.11%) PKI
6 2 (7.41%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 20 (74.07%) Windows
2 18 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 16 (59.26%) Windows Server 2008
3 16 (59.26%) Windows 7
3 16 (59.26%) AIX
3 16 (59.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (66.67%) Change Management
2 16 (59.26%) Software Testing
2 16 (59.26%) Test Automation
3 14 (51.85%) Test Scripting
4 4 (14.81%) Load Balancing
4 4 (14.81%) Validation
5 2 (7.41%) Content Management
5 2 (7.41%) Workflow
5 2 (7.41%) ITIL
5 2 (7.41%) Performance Management
5 2 (7.41%) ITIL V3
5 2 (7.41%) ITIL V2
5 2 (7.41%) Coaching
6 1 (3.70%) OOP
6 1 (3.70%) OO
Programming Languages
1 21 (77.78%) SQL
2 2 (7.41%) C
3 1 (3.70%) C#
3 1 (3.70%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 27 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 21 (77.78%) SC Cleared
2 21 (77.78%) Security Cleared
3 18 (66.67%) MCSE
4 16 (59.26%) MCSA
4 16 (59.26%) MCITP
5 14 (51.85%) ISTQB
6 5 (18.52%) MCP
7 4 (14.81%) Degree
8 2 (7.41%) CCNA
8 2 (7.41%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.41%) SLA
System Software
1 16 (59.26%) VMware ESX
1 16 (59.26%) Hyper-V
2 8 (29.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (14.81%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 16 (59.26%) HP Quality Center
1 16 (59.26%) McAfee ePO
2 15 (55.56%) Netcool
3 2 (7.41%) SCCM
3 2 (7.41%) SCOM
Vendors
1 21 (77.78%) Microsoft
2 18 (66.67%) VMware
3 16 (59.26%) Citrix
3 16 (59.26%) Veritas
3 16 (59.26%) McAfee
4 3 (11.11%) HP
5 2 (7.41%) IBM
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