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 23 September 2014 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
23 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Microsoft Certification
Rank 57 66 78
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +12
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 73 47 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 2.64% 1.88% 1.16%
As % of the Qualifications category 13.04% 12.77% 8.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 22 14
Average daily rate
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£340 £288 £185
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.26% +55.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £121 £99
10% offered a daily rate of more than £364 £370 £268
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £315 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.17% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 5
Average hourly rate £15.77 £24.75 £13.34
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-36.28% +85.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.60 £18.55 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £84.00 £30.95 £13.73
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £17.23 £15.50
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +11.12%
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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
560 368 363
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 20.26% 14.76% 13.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 282 186 155
Average daily rate £347 £350 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.85% +20.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £230 £141
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £410 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £364 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 22 37
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -3.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £24.50
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -28.57%

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 23 September 2014.

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 23 September 2014.

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 23 September 2014. 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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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
Glasgow -8 21 £307 +21.53% 9
Edinburgh -4 10 £364 +21.33% 2
West Lothian - 2 £255 - 2
Aberdeen 0 1 - - 3
Argyll and Bute - 1 - -
Stirling - - - -
Fife - - - -
North Lanarkshire - - - - 1
South Lanarkshire - - - -
Moray - - - -
Highlands - - - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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 90 (76.92%) Microsoft
2 60 (51.28%) SC Cleared
2 60 (51.28%) Security Cleared
3 57 (48.72%) Windows
4 47 (40.17%) Active Directory
5 45 (38.46%) MCTS
6 36 (30.77%) ITIL
7 35 (29.91%) MCP
8 34 (29.06%) MCSE
9 29 (24.79%) HP
10 28 (23.93%) DNS
11 27 (23.08%) MCITP
12 24 (20.51%) Windows Server 2008
13 22 (18.80%) SCCM
14 21 (17.95%) HTML
14 21 (17.95%) SQL Server
15 19 (16.24%) .NET
15 19 (16.24%) MCSA
15 19 (16.24%) TCP/IP
15 19 (16.24%) VMware
15 19 (16.24%) Clustering
15 19 (16.24%) Windows 7
16 18 (15.38%) PowerShell
16 18 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
17 17 (14.53%) Citrix
17 17 (14.53%) Degree
18 16 (13.68%) Cisco Certification
19 15 (12.82%) IIS
20 14 (11.97%) SQL
20 14 (11.97%) Windows XP

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 23 September 2014, 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 (12.82%) IIS
2 12 (10.26%) SharePoint
2 12 (10.26%) MS Exchange
3 8 (6.84%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (3.42%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (3.42%) SharePoint 2013
5 3 (2.56%) SharePoint 2010
5 3 (2.56%) IBM Notes
5 3 (2.56%) Lotus Domino
6 2 (1.71%) Exchange Server 2003
7 1 (0.85%) Lync
Applications
1 12 (10.26%) MS Excel
2 10 (8.55%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.71%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.85%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (23.93%) DNS
2 19 (16.24%) TCP/IP
3 13 (11.11%) DHCP
4 11 (9.40%) SNMP
5 10 (8.55%) SSL
5 10 (8.55%) LDAP
5 10 (8.55%) X.500
6 9 (7.69%) SAN
6 9 (7.69%) Kerberos
7 7 (5.98%) LAN
8 6 (5.13%) WAN
8 6 (5.13%) IPv4
8 6 (5.13%) Firewall
8 6 (5.13%) VLAN
9 3 (2.56%) NetScaler
10 2 (1.71%) Network Security
11 1 (0.85%) Fibre Channel
11 1 (0.85%) IP Telephony
11 1 (0.85%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (17.95%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.42%) SQL Server 2005
2 4 (3.42%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.85%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (4.27%) WinRunner
1 5 (4.27%) TestDirector
1 5 (4.27%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (0.85%) Mercurial
2 1 (0.85%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (5.13%) Finance
2 2 (1.71%) Advertising
3 1 (0.85%) Retail
Job Titles
1 18 (15.38%) Wintel Engineer
2 10 (8.55%) Analyst
3 8 (6.84%) Consultant
4 6 (5.13%) Developer
5 5 (4.27%) Desktop Support
5 5 (4.27%) Infrastructure Engineer
6 4 (3.42%) Service Desk Analyst
6 4 (3.42%) Infrastructure Specialist
6 4 (3.42%) Service Analyst
6 4 (3.42%) SharePoint Developer
7 3 (2.56%) Server Engineer
7 3 (2.56%) Test Specialist
7 3 (2.56%) Integration Engineer
7 3 (2.56%) Technical Consultant
7 3 (2.56%) Support Analyst
7 3 (2.56%) Architect
7 3 (2.56%) Security Specialist
7 3 (2.56%) Desktop Engineer
7 3 (2.56%) Support Engineer
7 3 (2.56%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (17.95%) HTML
2 19 (16.24%) .NET
3 12 (10.26%) XML
4 9 (7.69%) ASP.NET
5 7 (5.98%) JSP
6 4 (3.42%) .NET Framework
6 4 (3.42%) Application Packaging
7 2 (1.71%) jQuery
7 2 (1.71%) COM
7 2 (1.71%) CSS
8 1 (0.85%) XSL
8 1 (0.85%) XSLT
8 1 (0.85%) Ajax
8 1 (0.85%) HTML5
8 1 (0.85%) WCF
8 1 (0.85%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 19 (16.24%) Clustering
2 11 (9.40%) Enterprise Software
3 10 (8.55%) Firmware
4 9 (7.69%) Computer Science
5 7 (5.98%) CMDB
5 7 (5.98%) PKI
5 7 (5.98%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (5.13%) Replication
7 5 (4.27%) Fat Client
7 5 (4.27%) PDA
7 5 (4.27%) Thin Client
8 2 (1.71%) Client/Server
8 2 (1.71%) iSeries
8 2 (1.71%) EqualLogic
8 2 (1.71%) AS400
9 1 (0.85%) User Experience
9 1 (0.85%) EPoS
9 1 (0.85%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.85%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 57 (48.72%) Windows
2 24 (20.51%) Windows Server 2008
3 19 (16.24%) Windows 7
4 18 (15.38%) Windows Server 2003
5 14 (11.97%) Windows XP
6 6 (5.13%) AIX
7 5 (4.27%) Linux
7 5 (4.27%) UNIX
8 4 (3.42%) Windows Server 2012
9 3 (2.56%) Windows 2000 Server
9 3 (2.56%) Windows NT
10 2 (1.71%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.85%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (30.77%) ITIL
2 12 (10.26%) Change Management
3 11 (9.40%) High Availability
4 7 (5.98%) Load Balancing
4 7 (5.98%) Security Testing
4 7 (5.98%) Validation
5 6 (5.13%) Migration
5 6 (5.13%) Disaster Recovery
6 5 (4.27%) Configuration Management
6 5 (4.27%) Project Management
6 5 (4.27%) Software Testing
6 5 (4.27%) Test Automation
6 5 (4.27%) Cyber Security
7 4 (3.42%) Mentoring
7 4 (3.42%) Test Scripting
7 4 (3.42%) Content Management
8 3 (2.56%) Incident Management
8 3 (2.56%) Service Management
8 3 (2.56%) ITSM
8 3 (2.56%) Identity Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (15.38%) PowerShell
2 14 (11.97%) SQL
3 11 (9.40%) VBScript
4 10 (8.55%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.56%) C#
6 1 (0.85%) C
Qualifications
1 60 (51.28%) SC Cleared
1 60 (51.28%) Security Cleared
2 45 (38.46%) MCTS
3 35 (29.91%) MCP
4 34 (29.06%) MCSE
5 27 (23.08%) MCITP
6 19 (16.24%) MCSA
7 17 (14.53%) Degree
8 16 (13.68%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (10.26%) ISTQB
10 9 (7.69%) CCNA
11 7 (5.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 7 (5.98%) DV Cleared
12 5 (4.27%) MCSD
12 5 (4.27%) GIAC
13 4 (3.42%) CISSP
13 4 (3.42%) MCDST
14 3 (2.56%) VCAP
14 3 (2.56%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 2 (1.71%) Citrix Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.27%) SLA
2 1 (0.85%) QA
System Software
1 47 (40.17%) Active Directory
2 11 (9.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (8.55%) vSphere
4 5 (4.27%) Hyper-V
4 5 (4.27%) VMware ESX
5 3 (2.56%) XenApp
5 3 (2.56%) vCloud
6 2 (1.71%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.85%) Veritas Volume Manager
7 1 (0.85%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.85%) VMware Server
Systems Management
1 22 (18.80%) SCCM
2 10 (8.55%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 7 (5.98%) HP Quality Center
4 5 (4.27%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (4.27%) Netcool
4 5 (4.27%) WSUS
5 3 (2.56%) Norton AntiVirus
6 2 (1.71%) NetBackup
6 2 (1.71%) OpenView
6 2 (1.71%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.85%) Backup Exec
7 1 (0.85%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
Vendors
1 90 (76.92%) Microsoft
2 29 (24.79%) HP
3 19 (16.24%) VMware
4 17 (14.53%) Citrix
5 13 (11.11%) Cisco
6 7 (5.98%) Veritas
7 6 (5.13%) Symantec
7 6 (5.13%) McAfee
8 4 (3.42%) CommVault
9 3 (2.56%) Lotus
9 3 (2.56%) IBM
9 3 (2.56%) PlateSpin
10 2 (1.71%) Altiris
10 2 (1.71%) Avaya
10 2 (1.71%) Dell
10 2 (1.71%) EMC
10 2 (1.71%) Oracle
11 1 (0.85%) Remedy
11 1 (0.85%) NetApp
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