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 30 April 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
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Microsoft Certification
Rank 38 76 108
Rank change year-on-year
+38 +32
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 152 56 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 5.08% 1.87% 0.83%
As % of the Qualifications category 21.20% 11.36% 4.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 89 31 11
Average daily rate £330 £308 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.31% +0.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £158 £131
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £450 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 8 1
Average hourly rate £37.50 £12.10 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+209.91% +0.83%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+33.33% -
Microsoft Certification
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
717 493 490
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 23.97% 16.48% 18.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 396 256 228
Average daily rate £335 £345 £326
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.89% +5.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £219 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £451 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 33 18
Average hourly rate £37.75 £27.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+37.27% +52.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.00 £12.10 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £45.00 £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
+55.55% +25.00%

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 30 April 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 30 April 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 +3 98 £330 -5.10%
Glasgow +16 33 £323 +24.03% 4
Edinburgh -13 4 £325 +106.34%
West Dunbartonshire - 1 £190 -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 30 April 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.

1 196 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 139 (66.19%) Active Directory
3 138 (65.71%) Windows
4 124 (59.05%) Security Cleared
5 100 (47.62%) PowerShell
6 96 (45.71%) MCSE
7 92 (43.81%) Windows Server 2008
8 91 (43.33%) VMware
9 87 (41.43%) SC Cleared
10 77 (36.67%) MCTS
11 76 (36.19%) SQL
12 73 (34.76%) Windows Server 2003
12 73 (34.76%) Windows Server
13 69 (32.86%) MS Excel
14 66 (31.43%) Citrix
14 66 (31.43%) MCSA
15 62 (29.52%) SQL Server
16 61 (29.05%) Degree
17 57 (27.14%) DNS
18 56 (26.67%) OpenStack
19 55 (26.19%) Windows Server 2012
19 55 (26.19%) Computer Science
20 54 (25.71%) Hyper-V
20 54 (25.71%) HP
21 53 (25.24%) MCITP
22 51 (24.29%) Windows 7
23 47 (22.38%) SharePoint
24 45 (21.43%) MCP
25 43 (20.48%) Migration
25 43 (20.48%) Clustering

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 56 (26.67%) OpenStack
2 47 (22.38%) SharePoint
3 35 (16.67%) MS Exchange
4 28 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
4 28 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2013
5 24 (11.43%) Exchange Server 2007
6 23 (10.95%) Skype for Business
7 18 (8.57%) Exchange Server 2003
7 18 (8.57%) IIS
8 16 (7.62%) Office Communications Server
9 8 (3.81%) SharePoint Server
10 7 (3.33%) SharePoint 2010
10 7 (3.33%) SharePoint 2013
11 2 (0.95%) CICS
12 1 (0.48%) Apache
12 1 (0.48%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 69 (32.86%) MS Excel
2 6 (2.86%) MS Office
3 1 (0.48%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.48%) Eikon
Cloud Services
1 39 (18.57%) Office 365
2 3 (1.43%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.48%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.48%) HP Helion
3 1 (0.48%) OneDrive
Communications & Networking
1 57 (27.14%) DNS
2 25 (11.90%) DHCP
3 21 (10.00%) LDAP
3 21 (10.00%) TCP/IP
4 20 (9.52%) SSL
5 19 (9.05%) Skype
6 18 (8.57%) SAN
7 15 (7.14%) Kerberos
7 15 (7.14%) X.500
8 14 (6.67%) SNMP
9 12 (5.71%) NetScaler
10 7 (3.33%) Firewall
11 5 (2.38%) HTTP
11 5 (2.38%) HTTPS
12 2 (0.95%) Network Security
12 2 (0.95%) Wireless
13 1 (0.48%) LAN
13 1 (0.48%) NAS
13 1 (0.48%) PABX
13 1 (0.48%) PBX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (29.52%) SQL Server
2 13 (6.19%) SQL Server 2008
3 9 (4.29%) SQL Server 2005
4 7 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
5 6 (2.86%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 6 (2.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 38 (18.10%) HP UFT
1 38 (18.10%) TestDirector
1 38 (18.10%) WinRunner
2 17 (8.10%) Visual Studio
3 12 (5.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (0.48%) MSI
General
1 6 (2.86%) Finance
2 4 (1.90%) Banking
3 3 (1.43%) Front Office
3 3 (1.43%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.48%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 38 (18.10%) Analyst
2 31 (14.76%) Test Analyst
3 26 (12.38%) Active Directory Engineer
4 22 (10.48%) Infrastructure Analyst
4 22 (10.48%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
5 18 (8.57%) SharePoint Engineer
6 14 (6.67%) Virtualisation Engineer
7 12 (5.71%) Citrix Engineer
8 10 (4.76%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
9 9 (4.29%) Consultant
10 8 (3.81%) Messaging Engineer
11 6 (2.86%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 6 (2.86%) Tester
12 5 (2.38%) Administrator
12 5 (2.38%) Test Specialist
13 4 (1.90%) Desktop Analyst
13 4 (1.90%) Messaging Consultant
13 4 (1.90%) SharePoint Specialist
13 4 (1.90%) Test Engineer
13 4 (1.90%) Wintel Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (16.19%) .NET
2 14 (6.67%) XML
3 11 (5.24%) .NET Framework
4 9 (4.29%) ASP.NET
4 9 (4.29%) HTML
5 8 (3.81%) CSS
6 7 (3.33%) jQuery
6 7 (3.33%) XSLT
7 1 (0.48%) Middleware
7 1 (0.48%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 55 (26.19%) Computer Science
2 43 (20.48%) Clustering
3 32 (15.24%) PDA
4 20 (9.52%) PKI
5 16 (7.62%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (7.62%) Replication
6 11 (5.24%) Data Centre
6 11 (5.24%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (0.95%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.95%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.48%) AS400
8 1 (0.48%) Driving Licence
8 1 (0.48%) iSeries
8 1 (0.48%) NHS
8 1 (0.48%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 138 (65.71%) Windows
2 92 (43.81%) Windows Server 2008
3 73 (34.76%) Windows Server
3 73 (34.76%) Windows Server 2003
4 55 (26.19%) Windows Server 2012
5 51 (24.29%) Windows 7
6 41 (19.52%) Windows XP
7 35 (16.67%) AIX
8 9 (4.29%) Unix
9 8 (3.81%) Linux
10 1 (0.48%) Windows 10
10 1 (0.48%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (20.48%) Migration
2 42 (20.00%) Change Management
3 39 (18.57%) ITIL
4 38 (18.10%) Software Testing
4 38 (18.10%) Test Automation
5 37 (17.62%) Test Scripting
6 27 (12.86%) Load Balancing
7 16 (7.62%) Analytics
7 16 (7.62%) Content Management
8 12 (5.71%) Validation
9 11 (5.24%) Records Management
10 10 (4.76%) High Availability
11 9 (4.29%) Conflict Management
11 9 (4.29%) Risk Management
12 8 (3.81%) Performance Tuning
12 8 (3.81%) Security Testing
12 8 (3.81%) Service Management
13 7 (3.33%) Application Packaging
13 7 (3.33%) Database Mirroring
14 6 (2.86%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 100 (47.62%) PowerShell
2 76 (36.19%) SQL
3 22 (10.48%) JavaScript
4 14 (6.67%) C#
5 10 (4.76%) VBScript
6 6 (2.86%) T-SQL
7 2 (0.95%) C
8 1 (0.48%) VB
Qualifications
1 124 (59.05%) Security Cleared
2 96 (45.71%) MCSE
3 87 (41.43%) SC Cleared
4 77 (36.67%) MCTS
5 66 (31.43%) MCSA
6 61 (29.05%) Degree
7 53 (25.24%) MCITP
8 45 (21.43%) MCP
9 41 (19.52%) ISTQB
10 17 (8.10%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 11 (5.24%) Cisco Certification
12 9 (4.29%) ISEB
13 8 (3.81%) DV Cleared
13 8 (3.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 8 (3.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 8 (3.81%) MCSD
14 7 (3.33%) ITIL Certification
15 4 (1.90%) CCNA
15 4 (1.90%) CISSP
16 3 (1.43%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (1.90%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (0.95%) QA
System Software
1 139 (66.19%) Active Directory
2 54 (25.71%) Hyper-V
3 41 (19.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 36 (17.14%) VMware ESX
5 17 (8.10%) vSphere
6 13 (6.19%) Microsoft App-V
6 13 (6.19%) XenApp
7 12 (5.71%) XenDesktop
8 6 (2.86%) Firmware
9 3 (1.43%) Brightmail
10 2 (0.95%) RACF
11 1 (0.48%) DFS Replication
11 1 (0.48%) Terminal Services
11 1 (0.48%) UAG
11 1 (0.48%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 39 (18.57%) HP Quality Center
2 35 (16.67%) McAfee ePO
2 35 (16.67%) Netcool
3 23 (10.95%) SCCM
4 19 (9.05%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 7 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 6 (2.86%) SCOM
7 2 (0.95%) OpenView
8 1 (0.48%) HP Data Protector
8 1 (0.48%) HP SIM
8 1 (0.48%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.48%) SCVMM
Vendors
1 196 (93.33%) Microsoft
2 91 (43.33%) VMware
3 66 (31.43%) Citrix
4 54 (25.71%) HP
5 37 (17.62%) Intel Security
5 37 (17.62%) Veritas
6 19 (9.05%) IronPort
7 18 (8.57%) AppSense
8 8 (3.81%) Cisco
9 7 (3.33%) Altiris
10 6 (2.86%) Nintex
11 3 (1.43%) ServiceNow
12 1 (0.48%) CA
12 1 (0.48%) FactSet
12 1 (0.48%) Fidessa
12 1 (0.48%) Lotus
12 1 (0.48%) Mitel
12 1 (0.48%) Opsware
12 1 (0.48%) Oracle
12 1 (0.48%) Red Hat