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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 100 67 84
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +17
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 36 64 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.10% 2.34% 1.18%
As % of the Qualifications category 7.74% 11.53% 7.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 35 14
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£345 £340 £213
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.47% +60.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £262 £116
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £371 £369
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £324 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.11% +7.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 1
Average hourly rate £19.75 £14.14 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.72% -56.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.67 £15.88 £17.42
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -8.88%
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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
465 555 366
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 14.18% 20.26% 14.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 269 186
Average daily rate £350 £345 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.44% -2.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £435 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 21 19
Average hourly rate £21.00 £15.77 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.16% -21.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £11.25 £9.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.91 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+13.00% -0.45%

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 28 August 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
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 28 August 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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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 -6 10 £420 +21.73%
Glasgow -8 9 £200 -38.22% 7
Edinburgh -16 8 £300 -17.58% 6
Lanarkshire - 4 - -
Dundee - 3 £363 -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 71 (85.54%) Microsoft
2 67 (80.72%) Windows
3 48 (57.83%) Active Directory
4 40 (48.19%) MCSE
5 33 (39.76%) SQL Server
6 28 (33.73%) Security Cleared
7 25 (30.12%) MCTS
7 25 (30.12%) VMware
8 22 (26.51%) LDAP
9 21 (25.30%) DNS
9 21 (25.30%) MCP
9 21 (25.30%) Migration
10 20 (24.10%) HP
10 20 (24.10%) MS Excel
10 20 (24.10%) Windows 7
11 19 (22.89%) VMware Infrastructure
11 19 (22.89%) SharePoint
11 19 (22.89%) ITIL
11 19 (22.89%) SQL
12 18 (21.69%) SC Cleared
12 18 (21.69%) Windows Server 2008
13 16 (19.28%) Windows Server 2003
13 16 (19.28%) MCSA
13 16 (19.28%) Citrix
14 15 (18.07%) .NET
14 15 (18.07%) Degree
15 14 (16.87%) Computer Science
16 13 (15.66%) .NET Framework
16 13 (15.66%) Content Management
16 13 (15.66%) MS Exchange

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 19 (22.89%) SharePoint
2 13 (15.66%) MS Exchange
3 6 (7.23%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (6.02%) Exchange Server 2007
4 5 (6.02%) IIS
5 4 (4.82%) Exchange Server 2013
6 3 (3.61%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (3.61%) Lync
7 2 (2.41%) Apache
7 2 (2.41%) Drupal
Applications
1 20 (24.10%) MS Excel
2 6 (7.23%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.20%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 22 (26.51%) LDAP
2 21 (25.30%) DNS
3 10 (12.05%) X.500
4 9 (10.84%) Kerberos
5 7 (8.43%) WAN
5 7 (8.43%) DHCP
5 7 (8.43%) SAN
6 4 (4.82%) LAN
6 4 (4.82%) TCP/IP
7 3 (3.61%) VPN
7 3 (3.61%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (3.61%) Network Security
7 3 (3.61%) Unified Communications
8 2 (2.41%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (2.41%) NetScaler
8 2 (2.41%) Structured Cabling
8 2 (2.41%) IP Telephony
8 2 (2.41%) Ethernet
9 1 (1.20%) IPv4
9 1 (1.20%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (39.76%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.84%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (7.23%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (4.82%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (3.61%) EDRMS
5 3 (3.61%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 5 (6.02%) Visual Studio
2 3 (3.61%) WinRunner
2 3 (3.61%) TestDirector
2 3 (3.61%) HP UFT
3 2 (2.41%) JIRA
3 2 (2.41%) Hudson
3 2 (2.41%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.41%) Trac
4 1 (1.20%) Toad
4 1 (1.20%) JDeveloper
4 1 (1.20%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (1.20%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (10.84%) Finance
2 1 (1.20%) Banking
Job Titles
1 18 (21.69%) Analyst
2 16 (19.28%) Support Analyst
2 16 (19.28%) 2nd Line Support
3 9 (10.84%) Support Engineer
4 8 (9.64%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
4 8 (9.64%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
5 6 (7.23%) Consultant
6 5 (6.02%) Design Engineer
7 4 (4.82%) SQL DBA
7 4 (4.82%) DBA
7 4 (4.82%) ICT Support Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) Messaging Engineer
8 3 (3.61%) SQL Server DBA
9 2 (2.41%) Test Engineer
9 2 (2.41%) Security Engineer
9 2 (2.41%) Desktop Support
9 2 (2.41%) ICT Support Analyst
9 2 (2.41%) Wintel Engineer
9 2 (2.41%) Windows Engineer
9 2 (2.41%) Server Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (18.07%) .NET
2 13 (15.66%) .NET Framework
3 11 (13.25%) HTML
4 8 (9.64%) CSS
5 7 (8.43%) XML
6 6 (7.23%) ASP.NET
7 2 (2.41%) JSP
8 1 (1.20%) Ajax
8 1 (1.20%) Application Packaging
Miscellaneous
1 14 (16.87%) Computer Science
2 10 (12.05%) Replication
2 10 (12.05%) Clustering
2 10 (12.05%) PKI
3 8 (9.64%) Management Information System
4 6 (7.23%) Client/Server
5 3 (3.61%) PDA
6 2 (2.41%) Statistics
6 2 (2.41%) Mathematics
6 2 (2.41%) CLARiiON
7 1 (1.20%) Web 2.0
7 1 (1.20%) NHS
7 1 (1.20%) Thin Client
7 1 (1.20%) Blackberry
7 1 (1.20%) SCADA
7 1 (1.20%) Fat Client
7 1 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (1.20%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.20%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 67 (80.72%) Windows
2 20 (24.10%) Windows 7
3 18 (21.69%) Windows Server 2008
4 16 (19.28%) Windows Server 2003
5 12 (14.46%) Linux
6 9 (10.84%) Windows XP
7 8 (9.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 8 (9.64%) Windows Server 2012
8 5 (6.02%) AIX
9 2 (2.41%) Windows Vista
9 2 (2.41%) Windows 8
10 1 (1.20%) UNIX
10 1 (1.20%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (25.30%) Migration
2 19 (22.89%) ITIL
3 13 (15.66%) Content Management
4 9 (10.84%) Validation
5 8 (9.64%) Service Delivery
6 7 (8.43%) Change Management
6 7 (8.43%) Service Management
7 6 (7.23%) Identity Management
7 6 (7.23%) Load Balancing
8 5 (6.02%) Test Automation
8 5 (6.02%) OOP
8 5 (6.02%) OO
8 5 (6.02%) Mentoring
9 4 (4.82%) Database Mirroring
9 4 (4.82%) Performance Tuning
9 4 (4.82%) Disaster Recovery
9 4 (4.82%) Customer Engagement
9 4 (4.82%) Workflow
10 3 (3.61%) Asset Management
10 3 (3.61%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 19 (22.89%) SQL
2 11 (13.25%) PowerShell
3 9 (10.84%) JavaScript
4 6 (7.23%) VB
5 5 (6.02%) C#
6 4 (4.82%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.41%) Java
8 1 (1.20%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 40 (48.19%) MCSE
2 28 (33.73%) Security Cleared
3 25 (30.12%) MCTS
4 21 (25.30%) MCP
5 18 (21.69%) SC Cleared
6 16 (19.28%) MCSA
7 15 (18.07%) Degree
8 10 (12.05%) Cisco Certification
9 9 (10.84%) CCNA
10 8 (9.64%) MCITP
11 5 (6.02%) Citrix Certification
12 4 (4.82%) A+ Certification
12 4 (4.82%) Network+ Certification
12 4 (4.82%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
12 4 (4.82%) ACSA
12 4 (4.82%) ISTQB
12 4 (4.82%) CCENT
13 3 (3.61%) CCNP
13 3 (3.61%) MCSD
14 2 (2.41%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (4.82%) SLA
2 2 (2.41%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 48 (57.83%) Active Directory
2 19 (22.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (14.46%) Hyper-V
4 4 (4.82%) vSphere
5 3 (3.61%) VMware ESX
6 2 (2.41%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (2.41%) VMware Server
6 2 (2.41%) XenApp
6 2 (2.41%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (1.20%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.20%) MetaFrame
7 1 (1.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 8 (9.64%) SCCM
2 6 (7.23%) Norton AntiVirus
2 6 (7.23%) Backup Exec
3 4 (4.82%) WSUS
4 3 (3.61%) SCOM
4 3 (3.61%) HP Quality Center
5 2 (2.41%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (2.41%) Puppet
5 2 (2.41%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (2.41%) NetBackup
5 2 (2.41%) Netcool
5 2 (2.41%) Nagios
Vendors
1 71 (85.54%) Microsoft
2 25 (30.12%) VMware
3 20 (24.10%) HP
4 16 (19.28%) Citrix
5 12 (14.46%) Cisco
6 8 (9.64%) Red Hat
7 6 (7.23%) Symantec
8 5 (6.02%) EMC
8 5 (6.02%) Veritas
8 5 (6.02%) McAfee
9 4 (4.82%) Apple
10 3 (3.61%) F5
10 3 (3.61%) Dell
11 2 (2.41%) CommVault
11 2 (2.41%) Dell Compellent
11 2 (2.41%) Opsware
11 2 (2.41%) Remedy
12 1 (1.20%) Oracle