The table below looks at the statistics for Microsoft Certification in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Certification over the 3 months to 24 July 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
24 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 77 105 59
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -46
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 57 33 77
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 2.20% 1.04% 2.84%
As % of the Qualifications category 10.65% 6.90% 12.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 16 42
Median daily rate £295 £350 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.71% +2.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £215 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £438 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £301
% change year-on-year
-8.57% +16.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 2 4
Median hourly rate £42.00 £20.64 £14.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+103.53% +44.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £13.81 £11.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £27.46 £120.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £18.00 £15.75
% change year-on-year
+52.77% +14.28%
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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
535 478 613
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 20.62% 15.00% 22.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 339 234 304
Median daily rate £325 £338 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% -2.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £432 £450 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 17 27
Median hourly rate £41.00 £27.44 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+49.41% +61.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.46 £11.86 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £52.58 £21.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £24.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+35.41% +33.33%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Scotland region citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Qualifications category.

Microsoft Certification Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Scotland region.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 24 July 2016.

Microsoft Certification Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Scotland region.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
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 Microsoft Certification within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 24 July 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 0 36 £295 -29.76%
Edinburgh -7 6 £245 -27.40% 3
Glasgow +3 4 £325 +62.50% 5
Aberdeen +4 3 £340 +47.82%
North Lanarkshire - 2 £160 -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 - -
Argyll and Bute - 1 - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 24 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification 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 Microsoft Certification.

1 178 (89.00%) Microsoft
2 135 (67.50%) Windows
3 127 (63.50%) Active Directory
4 118 (59.00%) Security Cleared
5 110 (55.00%) PowerShell
6 102 (51.00%) MCSE
7 91 (45.50%) VMware
8 85 (42.50%) Windows Server 2008
9 83 (41.50%) SC Cleared
10 73 (36.50%) SQL
11 71 (35.50%) MCSA
12 68 (34.00%) MS Excel
12 68 (34.00%) Windows Server
13 67 (33.50%) Windows Server 2003
14 66 (33.00%) Citrix
15 62 (31.00%) Windows Server 2012
16 59 (29.50%) HP
17 58 (29.00%) MCTS
18 57 (28.50%) OpenStack
19 53 (26.50%) Degree
20 52 (26.00%) SQL Server
21 51 (25.50%) Office 365
22 50 (25.00%) SharePoint
23 47 (23.50%) MCITP
24 46 (23.00%) Computer Science
24 46 (23.00%) Hyper-V
25 45 (22.50%) Migration
26 43 (21.50%) Clustering
27 42 (21.00%) DNS
27 42 (21.00%) Windows 7

Microsoft Certification
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 57 (28.50%) OpenStack
2 50 (25.00%) SharePoint
3 34 (17.00%) MS Exchange
4 32 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2010
4 32 (16.00%) Exchange Server 2013
5 26 (13.00%) Exchange Server 2007
5 26 (13.00%) Skype for Business
6 19 (9.50%) Exchange Server 2003
6 19 (9.50%) IIS
7 16 (8.00%) Office Communications Server
8 7 (3.50%) SharePoint 2010
8 7 (3.50%) SharePoint 2013
8 7 (3.50%) SharePoint Server
9 2 (1.00%) CICS
10 1 (0.50%) Apache
10 1 (0.50%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 68 (34.00%) MS Excel
2 11 (5.50%) MS Office
3 1 (0.50%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.50%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 51 (25.50%) Office 365
2 4 (2.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.00%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.50%) HP Helion
4 1 (0.50%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 42 (21.00%) DNS
2 30 (15.00%) TCP/IP
3 27 (13.50%) SSL
4 20 (10.00%) Skype
4 20 (10.00%) SNMP
5 17 (8.50%) DHCP
5 17 (8.50%) SAN
6 14 (7.00%) NetScaler
7 11 (5.50%) Firewall
8 10 (5.00%) LDAP
9 9 (4.50%) Kerberos
9 9 (4.50%) X.500
10 7 (3.50%) HTTP
10 7 (3.50%) HTTPS
11 3 (1.50%) Network Security
11 3 (1.50%) Wireless
12 2 (1.00%) WAN
13 1 (0.50%) Ethernet
13 1 (0.50%) ISDN
13 1 (0.50%) LAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (26.00%) SQL Server
2 17 (8.50%) SQL Server 2008
3 11 (5.50%) SQL Server 2005
4 10 (5.00%) SQL Server 2012
5 8 (4.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 8 (4.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 25 (12.50%) HP UFT
1 25 (12.50%) TestDirector
1 25 (12.50%) WinRunner
2 18 (9.00%) Visual Studio
3 13 (6.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (3.50%) StarTeam
5 1 (0.50%) MSI
General
1 8 (4.00%) Finance
2 3 (1.50%) Banking
2 3 (1.50%) Front Office
2 3 (1.50%) Investment Banking
3 1 (0.50%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 31 (15.50%) Analyst
2 26 (13.00%) Test Analyst
3 18 (9.00%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 18 (9.00%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 14 (7.00%) Citrix Engineer
5 13 (6.50%) Virtualisation Engineer
6 12 (6.00%) Active Directory Engineer
7 10 (5.00%) Messaging Engineer
8 9 (4.50%) Consultant
8 9 (4.50%) SharePoint Engineer
9 8 (4.00%) Wintel Engineer
10 7 (3.50%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
11 6 (3.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 6 (3.00%) SCCM Engineer
12 4 (2.00%) Administrator
12 4 (2.00%) Exchange Engineer
12 4 (2.00%) Messaging Consultant
12 4 (2.00%) SharePoint Specialist
12 4 (2.00%) Test Manager
12 4 (2.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (10.50%) .NET
2 15 (7.50%) XML
3 8 (4.00%) CSS
4 7 (3.50%) jQuery
4 7 (3.50%) XSLT
5 5 (2.50%) ASP.NET
5 5 (2.50%) HTML
6 1 (0.50%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.50%) Middleware
6 1 (0.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 46 (23.00%) Computer Science
2 43 (21.50%) Clustering
3 21 (10.50%) PDA
4 17 (8.50%) Analytical Skills
5 15 (7.50%) Data Centre
6 14 (7.00%) PKI
7 12 (6.00%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (4.50%) Replication
9 2 (1.00%) Mainframe
9 2 (1.00%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.50%) Client/Server
10 1 (0.50%) Private Cloud
10 1 (0.50%) Virtual Team
10 1 (0.50%) Visualisation
Operating Systems
1 135 (67.50%) Windows
2 85 (42.50%) Windows Server 2008
3 68 (34.00%) Windows Server
4 67 (33.50%) Windows Server 2003
5 62 (31.00%) Windows Server 2012
6 42 (21.00%) Windows 7
7 35 (17.50%) Windows XP
8 30 (15.00%) AIX
9 9 (4.50%) Windows 10
10 5 (2.50%) Unix
11 4 (2.00%) Linux
12 2 (1.00%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (22.50%) Migration
2 37 (18.50%) Change Management
2 37 (18.50%) ITIL
3 33 (16.50%) Load Balancing
3 33 (16.50%) Software Testing
4 30 (15.00%) Test Scripting
5 27 (13.50%) Smoke Testing
6 25 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 18 (9.00%) Analytics
8 13 (6.50%) Virtual Environments
9 12 (6.00%) High Availability
9 12 (6.00%) Unit Testing
10 10 (5.00%) Performance Tuning
10 10 (5.00%) Records Management
11 9 (4.50%) Application Packaging
11 9 (4.50%) Database Mirroring
12 8 (4.00%) Content Management
13 7 (3.50%) Server Virtualisation
13 7 (3.50%) Software Delivery
13 7 (3.50%) Software Distribution
Programming Languages
1 110 (55.00%) PowerShell
2 73 (36.50%) SQL
3 18 (9.00%) JavaScript
4 15 (7.50%) C#
5 14 (7.00%) VBScript
6 8 (4.00%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.00%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.50%) C
8 1 (0.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 118 (59.00%) Security Cleared
2 102 (51.00%) MCSE
3 83 (41.50%) SC Cleared
4 71 (35.50%) MCSA
5 58 (29.00%) MCTS
6 53 (26.50%) Degree
7 47 (23.50%) MCITP
8 35 (17.50%) ISTQB
9 30 (15.00%) MCP
10 18 (9.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 10 (5.00%) Cisco Certification
12 9 (4.50%) ITIL Certification
13 8 (4.00%) MCSD
14 7 (3.50%) DV Cleared
15 6 (3.00%) CCNA
16 5 (2.50%) ISEB
17 4 (2.00%) CISSP
17 4 (2.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 4 (2.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
18 3 (1.50%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (2.00%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (1.00%) QA
System Software
1 127 (63.50%) Active Directory
2 46 (23.00%) Hyper-V
3 38 (19.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 24 (12.00%) VMware ESX
5 17 (8.50%) Microsoft App-V
6 16 (8.00%) vSphere
7 15 (7.50%) XenApp
8 14 (7.00%) XenDesktop
9 5 (2.50%) Brightmail
9 5 (2.50%) Firmware
10 2 (1.00%) Citrix Presentation Server
10 2 (1.00%) MetaFrame
10 2 (1.00%) RACF
10 2 (1.00%) XenServer
11 1 (0.50%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.50%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.50%) UAG
11 1 (0.50%) vCloud
11 1 (0.50%) Veritas Volume Manager
Systems Management
1 30 (15.00%) McAfee ePO
1 30 (15.00%) Netcool
1 30 (15.00%) SCCM
2 27 (13.50%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 26 (13.00%) HP Quality Center
4 14 (7.00%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 12 (6.00%) Microsoft Clustering
6 2 (1.00%) Backup Exec
6 2 (1.00%) OpenView
6 2 (1.00%) SCOM
7 1 (0.50%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.50%) HP SIM
7 1 (0.50%) NetBackup
7 1 (0.50%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.50%) SCVMM
7 1 (0.50%) WSUS
Vendors
1 178 (89.00%) Microsoft
2 91 (45.50%) VMware
3 66 (33.00%) Citrix
4 59 (29.50%) HP
5 33 (16.50%) Veritas
6 31 (15.50%) Intel Security
7 22 (11.00%) IronPort
8 19 (9.50%) AppSense
9 16 (8.00%) Altiris
10 6 (3.00%) Cisco
10 6 (3.00%) Nintex
11 3 (1.50%) ServiceNow
12 2 (1.00%) Apple
12 2 (1.00%) Symantec
13 1 (0.50%) Bloomberg
13 1 (0.50%) CA
13 1 (0.50%) Juniper
13 1 (0.50%) Lotus
13 1 (0.50%) Red Hat
13 1 (0.50%) Reuters