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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 103 68 73
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +5
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 29 62 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.97% 2.34% 1.76%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.28% 11.38% 10.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 33 23
Average daily rate
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£321 £338 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.81% +12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £189 £172
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £425 £366
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £300 £308
% change year-on-year
+13.33% -2.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 3
Average hourly rate £12.10 £14.25 £24.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.08% -40.62%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £18.00 £15.63 £17.06
% change year-on-year
+15.20% -8.41%
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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
462 545 418
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 15.43% 20.60% 16.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 220 273 234
Average daily rate £338 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £445 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 24 19
Average hourly rate £27.44 £18.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+52.44% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.98 £12.50 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.29 £21.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.13 £19.50 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+18.58% -9.30%

Microsoft Certification
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 7 July 2015.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 7 July 2015.

Microsoft Certification Hourly Rate Histogram in Scotland

Microsoft Certification
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 Microsoft Certification within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 7 July 2015. 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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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
Renfrewshire 0 9 £378 +10.21%
Glasgow -19 6 £300 -7.33% 4
Edinburgh -3 5 £300 +5.26% 8
Aberdeen 0 4 £230 -45.40% 1
Fife - 1 £100 -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 7 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing Microsoft Certification 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 Microsoft Certification.

1 72 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 71 (78.89%) Windows
3 54 (60.00%) Active Directory
4 40 (44.44%) MCSE
5 37 (41.11%) Security Cleared
6 33 (36.67%) SC Cleared
7 29 (32.22%) MCSA
8 28 (31.11%) VMware
8 28 (31.11%) MCITP
9 26 (28.89%) HP
10 24 (26.67%) Citrix
10 24 (26.67%) SQL Server
11 23 (25.56%) SQL
12 22 (24.44%) ITIL
12 22 (24.44%) Windows Server 2008
13 21 (23.33%) MCTS
14 20 (22.22%) Windows 7
15 18 (20.00%) MCP
15 18 (20.00%) MS Excel
15 18 (20.00%) Hyper-V
16 17 (18.89%) HTML
16 17 (18.89%) Windows Server 2003
16 17 (18.89%) Clustering
17 16 (17.78%) Migration
17 16 (17.78%) LDAP
17 16 (17.78%) PowerShell
18 15 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
18 15 (16.67%) Windows XP
18 15 (16.67%) DNS
18 15 (16.67%) SharePoint

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 7 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland region citing Microsoft Certification 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 Microsoft Certification. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 15 (16.67%) SharePoint
2 9 (10.00%) MS Exchange
3 4 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2007
3 4 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2010
3 4 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2013
3 4 (4.44%) IIS
4 3 (3.33%) Lync
4 3 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 18 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 8 (8.89%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.11%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (17.78%) LDAP
2 15 (16.67%) DNS
3 6 (6.67%) WAN
3 6 (6.67%) SAN
4 5 (5.56%) X.500
4 5 (5.56%) Kerberos
4 5 (5.56%) DHCP
5 3 (3.33%) LAN
5 3 (3.33%) TCP/IP
5 3 (3.33%) VPN
5 3 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (3.33%) Unified Communications
6 2 (2.22%) Fibre Channel
6 2 (2.22%) IP Telephony
6 2 (2.22%) Ethernet
7 1 (1.11%) HTTPS
7 1 (1.11%) SSL
7 1 (1.11%) IPv4
7 1 (1.11%) IPv6
7 1 (1.11%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (26.67%) SQL Server
2 8 (8.89%) SQL Server 2008
3 5 (5.56%) SQL Server 2005
4 3 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
4 3 (3.33%) EDRMS
4 3 (3.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (2.22%) SQL Server 2000
6 1 (1.11%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 10 (11.11%) WinRunner
1 10 (11.11%) TestDirector
1 10 (11.11%) HP UFT
2 4 (4.44%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.11%) Toad
3 1 (1.11%) JDeveloper
3 1 (1.11%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (1.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (11.11%) Finance
Job Titles
1 28 (31.11%) Analyst
2 19 (21.11%) Support Analyst
3 13 (14.44%) Wintel Engineer
4 12 (13.33%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 7 (7.78%) Consultant
7 5 (5.56%) Test Analyst
7 5 (5.56%) Test Engineer
8 4 (4.44%) Support Engineer
9 3 (3.33%) Applications Consultant
9 3 (3.33%) DBA
9 3 (3.33%) Service Analyst
9 3 (3.33%) SQL DBA
9 3 (3.33%) Messaging Engineer
9 3 (3.33%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
10 2 (2.22%) ICT Support Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) Windows Server Engineer
10 2 (2.22%) Service Desk Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) SQL Server DBA
10 2 (2.22%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (18.89%) HTML
2 12 (13.33%) XML
3 11 (12.22%) .NET
4 8 (8.89%) .NET Framework
5 7 (7.78%) CSS
6 6 (6.67%) ASP.NET
7 3 (3.33%) JSP
8 1 (1.11%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 17 (18.89%) Clustering
2 11 (12.22%) Computer Science
3 10 (11.11%) PDA
3 10 (11.11%) Management Information System
4 5 (5.56%) PKI
4 5 (5.56%) Replication
4 5 (5.56%) Data Centre
5 4 (4.44%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (4.44%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.11%) Thin Client
6 1 (1.11%) Blackberry
6 1 (1.11%) AS400
6 1 (1.11%) Web 2.0
6 1 (1.11%) SCADA
6 1 (1.11%) Fat Client
6 1 (1.11%) iSeries
6 1 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 71 (78.89%) Windows
2 22 (24.44%) Windows Server 2008
3 20 (22.22%) Windows 7
4 17 (18.89%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (16.67%) Windows XP
6 12 (13.33%) AIX
6 12 (13.33%) Linux
7 9 (10.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 6 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (2.22%) Windows 8
9 2 (2.22%) UNIX
9 2 (2.22%) Windows Vista
10 1 (1.11%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (24.44%) ITIL
2 16 (17.78%) Migration
3 14 (15.56%) Change Management
4 13 (14.44%) Validation
5 11 (12.22%) Software Testing
6 10 (11.11%) Test Automation
7 9 (10.00%) Test Scripting
7 9 (10.00%) Service Management
8 8 (8.89%) Content Management
9 7 (7.78%) Incident Management
10 6 (6.67%) Load Balancing
10 6 (6.67%) High Availability
10 6 (6.67%) E-Commerce
11 5 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
11 5 (5.56%) Service Delivery
12 4 (4.44%) OOP
12 4 (4.44%) OO
13 3 (3.33%) Workflow
13 3 (3.33%) Asset Management
13 3 (3.33%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 23 (25.56%) SQL
2 16 (17.78%) PowerShell
3 9 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 6 (6.67%) VBScript
5 5 (5.56%) VB
6 4 (4.44%) C#
7 3 (3.33%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 40 (44.44%) MCSE
2 37 (41.11%) Security Cleared
3 33 (36.67%) SC Cleared
4 29 (32.22%) MCSA
5 28 (31.11%) MCITP
6 21 (23.33%) MCTS
7 18 (20.00%) MCP
8 13 (14.44%) Degree
9 11 (12.22%) ISTQB
10 7 (7.78%) Cisco Certification
11 6 (6.67%) CCNA
12 4 (4.44%) CCNP
13 3 (3.33%) MCSD
13 3 (3.33%) Citrix Certification
14 2 (2.22%) MCDST
14 2 (2.22%) DV Cleared
15 1 (1.11%) CCEE
15 1 (1.11%) CCIA
15 1 (1.11%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 1 (1.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.56%) SLA
System Software
1 54 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 18 (20.00%) Hyper-V
3 15 (16.67%) VMware Infrastructure
4 10 (11.11%) VMware ESX
5 3 (3.33%) vSphere
6 2 (2.22%) VMware Server
7 1 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.11%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 11 (12.22%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (11.11%) McAfee ePO
3 9 (10.00%) Netcool
4 5 (5.56%) SCCM
5 3 (3.33%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.22%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (2.22%) WSUS
6 2 (2.22%) SCOM
7 1 (1.11%) Nagios
7 1 (1.11%) Backup Exec
7 1 (1.11%) Nessus
7 1 (1.11%) Nmap
Vendors
1 72 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 28 (31.11%) VMware
3 26 (28.89%) HP
4 24 (26.67%) Citrix
5 12 (13.33%) McAfee
6 10 (11.11%) Veritas
7 9 (10.00%) Red Hat
8 7 (7.78%) Cisco
9 4 (4.44%) Symantec
10 3 (3.33%) F5
11 2 (2.22%) EMC
11 2 (2.22%) Oracle
12 1 (1.11%) Dell
12 1 (1.11%) Avaya
12 1 (1.11%) NetApp
12 1 (1.11%) Altiris