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 10 February 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.

Location
3 months to
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 73 80 86
Rank change year-on-year
+7 +6
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 59 48 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 2.32% 1.77% 1.15%
As % of the Qualifications category 12.24% 9.70% 6.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 21 11
Average daily rate £320 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £308 £110
10% offered a daily rate of more than £411 £359 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.53% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 1
Average hourly rate £17.00 £15.77 £20.06
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.79% -21.38%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £15.50 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+9.67% +3.33%
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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
482 495 397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 18.92% 18.22% 16.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 246 271 169
Average daily rate £343 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £451 £456
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £375 £351
% change year-on-year
+2.66% +6.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 27 16
Average hourly rate £22.00 £19.00 £17.86
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.78% +6.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £13.24 £11.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.00 £35.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £21.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+90.47% +20.00%

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 10 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Certification within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 10 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +11 38 £325 -6.46%
Glasgow +1 12 £100 -67.47% 4
Edinburgh -11 6 £275 - 3
Inverclyde -3 1 - -
West Dunbartonshire - 1 £200 -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

1 134 (94.37%) Microsoft
2 104 (73.24%) Active Directory
3 101 (71.13%) Windows
4 81 (57.04%) MCTS
5 79 (55.63%) Security Cleared
6 77 (54.23%) MCSE
7 65 (45.77%) Windows Server 2008
8 63 (44.37%) SQL
9 62 (43.66%) MCSA
10 59 (41.55%) Windows 7
11 58 (40.85%) Windows Server 2003
12 56 (39.44%) VMware
13 55 (38.73%) MCITP
14 54 (38.03%) SC Cleared
15 51 (35.92%) Hyper-V
16 48 (33.80%) Citrix
17 47 (33.10%) Windows XP
18 46 (32.39%) Change Management
19 45 (31.69%) WinRunner
19 45 (31.69%) TestDirector
19 45 (31.69%) HP UFT
19 45 (31.69%) Test Automation
19 45 (31.69%) HP Quality Center
19 45 (31.69%) Software Testing
20 43 (30.28%) MCP
20 43 (30.28%) Clustering
21 42 (29.58%) PDA
21 42 (29.58%) ISTQB
22 41 (28.87%) Windows Server
22 41 (28.87%) Intel Security

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 20 (14.08%) MS Exchange
2 11 (7.75%) SharePoint
3 9 (6.34%) OpenStack
4 7 (4.93%) IIS
5 2 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2007
6 1 (0.70%) SharePoint Server
Applications
1 21 (14.79%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.41%) SaaS
2 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 40 (28.17%) DNS
2 25 (17.61%) LDAP
3 20 (14.08%) DHCP
4 18 (12.68%) Kerberos
4 18 (12.68%) X.500
5 14 (9.86%) SAN
6 10 (7.04%) TCP/IP
7 8 (5.63%) SNMP
7 8 (5.63%) SSL
8 2 (1.41%) Firewall
8 2 (1.41%) LAN
8 2 (1.41%) Remote Desktop
8 2 (1.41%) VPN
8 2 (1.41%) WAN
9 1 (0.70%) Structured Cabling
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (27.46%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 45 (31.69%) HP UFT
1 45 (31.69%) TestDirector
1 45 (31.69%) WinRunner
2 3 (2.11%) Rational Rhapsody
General
1 4 (2.82%) Finance
2 3 (2.11%) Banking
3 2 (1.41%) Front Office
3 2 (1.41%) Investment Banking
3 2 (1.41%) Norwegian Language
4 1 (0.70%) Advertising
4 1 (0.70%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 47 (33.10%) Analyst
2 35 (24.65%) Test Analyst
3 28 (19.72%) Active Directory Engineer
4 26 (18.31%) Infrastructure Analyst
5 24 (16.90%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
6 13 (9.15%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 11 (7.75%) SharePoint Engineer
8 10 (7.04%) Messaging Engineer
9 9 (6.34%) Infrastructure Engineer
9 9 (6.34%) Support Analyst
10 8 (5.63%) Design Engineer
10 8 (5.63%) Desktop Support
10 8 (5.63%) Virtualisation Engineer
11 6 (4.23%) Desktop Support Analyst
11 6 (4.23%) Exchange Engineer
11 6 (4.23%) Test Engineer
11 6 (4.23%) Tester
12 5 (3.52%) Exchange Migration Engineer
12 5 (3.52%) Migration Engineer
12 5 (3.52%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (10.56%) .NET
2 11 (7.75%) .NET Framework
3 4 (2.82%) ASP.NET
3 4 (2.82%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 43 (30.28%) Clustering
2 42 (29.58%) PDA
3 23 (16.20%) Computer Science
4 19 (13.38%) Replication
5 18 (12.68%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (12.68%) PKI
6 10 (7.04%) Blackberry
7 8 (5.63%) Enterprise Software
8 4 (2.82%) NHS
9 3 (2.11%) Management Information System
10 2 (1.41%) AS400
10 2 (1.41%) iSeries
10 2 (1.41%) Visualisation
11 1 (0.70%) Client/Server
11 1 (0.70%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 101 (71.13%) Windows
2 65 (45.77%) Windows Server 2008
3 59 (41.55%) Windows 7
4 58 (40.85%) Windows Server 2003
5 47 (33.10%) Windows XP
6 41 (28.87%) Windows Server
7 40 (28.17%) AIX
8 15 (10.56%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (4.93%) Linux
10 4 (2.82%) Unix
11 3 (2.11%) Windows 8
12 2 (1.41%) Debian
13 1 (0.70%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (32.39%) Change Management
2 45 (31.69%) Software Testing
2 45 (31.69%) Test Automation
3 40 (28.17%) Test Scripting
4 25 (17.61%) ITIL
5 19 (13.38%) Validation
6 14 (9.86%) Migration
7 12 (8.45%) Service Management
8 10 (7.04%) Content Management
9 8 (5.63%) ITSM
9 8 (5.63%) Software Delivery
10 5 (3.52%) Application Packaging
10 5 (3.52%) PRINCE2
10 5 (3.52%) Project Management
10 5 (3.52%) Six Sigma
11 4 (2.82%) High Availability
11 4 (2.82%) Records Management
11 4 (2.82%) Risk Management
11 4 (2.82%) Security Testing
11 4 (2.82%) Service Delivery
Programming Languages
1 63 (44.37%) SQL
2 20 (14.08%) PowerShell
3 5 (3.52%) JavaScript
4 2 (1.41%) Bash Shell
4 2 (1.41%) Perl
5 1 (0.70%) C
Qualifications
1 81 (57.04%) MCTS
2 79 (55.63%) Security Cleared
3 77 (54.23%) MCSE
4 62 (43.66%) MCSA
5 55 (38.73%) MCITP
6 54 (38.03%) SC Cleared
7 43 (30.28%) MCP
8 42 (29.58%) ISTQB
9 25 (17.61%) Degree
10 10 (7.04%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 8 (5.63%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (4.93%) Citrix Certification
12 7 (4.93%) ISEB
13 5 (3.52%) CCNA
14 4 (2.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 4 (2.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 2 (1.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 2 (1.41%) MCDST
16 1 (0.70%) ACSA
16 1 (0.70%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (0.70%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 104 (73.24%) Active Directory
2 51 (35.92%) Hyper-V
3 40 (28.17%) VMware ESX
4 23 (16.20%) VMware Infrastructure
5 8 (5.63%) Firmware
5 8 (5.63%) vSphere
6 7 (4.93%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 45 (31.69%) HP Quality Center
2 40 (28.17%) McAfee ePO
2 40 (28.17%) Netcool
3 16 (11.27%) SCCM
4 8 (5.63%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 5 (3.52%) SCOM
6 2 (1.41%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (1.41%) Puppet
7 1 (0.70%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.70%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 134 (94.37%) Microsoft
2 56 (39.44%) VMware
3 48 (33.80%) Citrix
4 41 (28.87%) Intel Security
5 40 (28.17%) Veritas
6 20 (14.08%) HP
7 6 (4.23%) Cisco
8 3 (2.11%) Symantec
9 2 (1.41%) ServiceNow
10 1 (0.70%) Apple
10 1 (0.70%) EMC
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