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 4 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 103 62 71
Rank change year-on-year
-41 +9
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 31 72 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.98% 2.63% 1.68%
As % of the Qualifications category 6.62% 12.16% 11.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 38 18
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£345 £343 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.72% +14.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £246 £161
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 4
Average hourly rate £18.50 £14.25 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.82% -49.55%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.88 £17.23
% change year-on-year
+10.23% -7.83%
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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
468 592 365
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 14.76% 21.60% 14.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 286 189
Average daily rate £330 £348 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.03% -2.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £245 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £445 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 24 25
Average hourly rate £18.50 £16.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.15 £11.25 £9.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £21.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £19.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
+18.42% -9.52%

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 4 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 4 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 -8 9 £420 +21.73%
Edinburgh +2 8 £300 -36.84% 3
Glasgow -14 6 £235 -17.48% 3
Aberdeen -1 3 £230 -38.04%
Dundee - 2 £450 -
Lanarkshire - 2 - -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 4 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 76 (84.44%) Microsoft
2 70 (77.78%) Windows
3 52 (57.78%) Active Directory
4 39 (43.33%) MCSE
5 31 (34.44%) Security Cleared
6 30 (33.33%) SQL Server
7 28 (31.11%) VMware
8 24 (26.67%) MCTS
8 24 (26.67%) ITIL
8 24 (26.67%) SC Cleared
9 22 (24.44%) MS Excel
9 22 (24.44%) HP
10 21 (23.33%) LDAP
10 21 (23.33%) MCSA
10 21 (23.33%) MCP
10 21 (23.33%) SQL
10 21 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
10 21 (23.33%) Windows 7
11 20 (22.22%) DNS
12 19 (21.11%) Citrix
12 19 (21.11%) VMware Infrastructure
13 18 (20.00%) SharePoint
13 18 (20.00%) Migration
14 17 (18.89%) Windows Server 2003
15 16 (17.78%) Hyper-V
16 15 (16.67%) MCITP
17 14 (15.56%) Clustering
17 14 (15.56%) Degree
18 13 (14.44%) HTML
18 13 (14.44%) .NET

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 4 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 18 (20.00%) SharePoint
2 11 (12.22%) MS Exchange
3 6 (6.67%) Exchange Server 2010
4 5 (5.56%) Exchange Server 2007
5 4 (4.44%) Exchange Server 2013
5 4 (4.44%) IIS
6 3 (3.33%) Exchange Server 2003
6 3 (3.33%) Lync
7 2 (2.22%) Apache
7 2 (2.22%) Drupal
Applications
1 22 (24.44%) MS Excel
2 10 (11.11%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (23.33%) LDAP
2 20 (22.22%) DNS
3 8 (8.89%) DHCP
3 8 (8.89%) SAN
3 8 (8.89%) X.500
4 7 (7.78%) Kerberos
4 7 (7.78%) WAN
5 4 (4.44%) TCP/IP
5 4 (4.44%) LAN
6 3 (3.33%) VPN
6 3 (3.33%) Wi-Fi
6 3 (3.33%) Network Security
6 3 (3.33%) Unified Communications
7 2 (2.22%) Fibre Channel
7 2 (2.22%) NetScaler
7 2 (2.22%) IP Telephony
7 2 (2.22%) Ethernet
8 1 (1.11%) IPv4
8 1 (1.11%) IPv6
8 1 (1.11%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 6 (6.67%) SQL Server 2005
4 4 (4.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (3.33%) EDRMS
5 3 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (2.22%) SQL Server 2000
7 1 (1.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 6 (6.67%) WinRunner
1 6 (6.67%) TestDirector
1 6 (6.67%) HP UFT
2 5 (5.56%) Visual Studio
3 2 (2.22%) Hudson
3 2 (2.22%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.22%) Trac
3 2 (2.22%) JIRA
4 1 (1.11%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (1.11%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.11%) Toad
4 1 (1.11%) JDeveloper
General
1 9 (10.00%) Finance
2 1 (1.11%) Banking
Job Titles
1 23 (25.56%) Analyst
2 18 (20.00%) Support Analyst
3 15 (16.67%) 2nd Line Support
4 9 (10.00%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
5 7 (7.78%) Support Engineer
5 7 (7.78%) Consultant
6 6 (6.67%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
6 6 (6.67%) Wintel Engineer
7 5 (5.56%) Test Engineer
8 4 (4.44%) SQL DBA
8 4 (4.44%) DBA
9 3 (3.33%) Design Engineer
9 3 (3.33%) SQL Server DBA
10 2 (2.22%) Server Engineer
10 2 (2.22%) Infrastructure Specialist
10 2 (2.22%) Security Specialist
10 2 (2.22%) Desktop Support
10 2 (2.22%) Help Desk Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) Service Analyst
10 2 (2.22%) Citrix Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (14.44%) HTML
1 13 (14.44%) .NET
2 11 (12.22%) .NET Framework
3 9 (10.00%) XML
4 8 (8.89%) CSS
5 6 (6.67%) ASP.NET
6 2 (2.22%) JSP
7 1 (1.11%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 14 (15.56%) Clustering
2 12 (13.33%) Computer Science
3 11 (12.22%) Management Information System
4 8 (8.89%) Replication
4 8 (8.89%) PKI
5 6 (6.67%) PDA
6 5 (5.56%) Client/Server
7 2 (2.22%) CLARiiON
7 2 (2.22%) Statistics
7 2 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (2.22%) Data Centre
7 2 (2.22%) Mathematics
8 1 (1.11%) Fat Client
8 1 (1.11%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (1.11%) SCADA
8 1 (1.11%) Web 2.0
8 1 (1.11%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 70 (77.78%) Windows
2 21 (23.33%) Windows Server 2008
2 21 (23.33%) Windows 7
3 17 (18.89%) Windows Server 2003
4 13 (14.44%) Linux
5 12 (13.33%) Windows XP
6 9 (10.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 9 (10.00%) Windows Server 2012
7 8 (8.89%) AIX
8 2 (2.22%) Windows Vista
8 2 (2.22%) Windows 8
9 1 (1.11%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (26.67%) ITIL
2 18 (20.00%) Migration
3 11 (12.22%) Content Management
4 10 (11.11%) Service Management
4 10 (11.11%) Change Management
5 8 (8.89%) Service Delivery
5 8 (8.89%) Test Automation
5 8 (8.89%) Validation
6 6 (6.67%) Software Testing
6 6 (6.67%) Incident Management
6 6 (6.67%) Load Balancing
6 6 (6.67%) E-Commerce
7 5 (5.56%) OOP
7 5 (5.56%) OO
7 5 (5.56%) Identity Management
7 5 (5.56%) Disaster Recovery
8 4 (4.44%) Workflow
8 4 (4.44%) Test Scripting
8 4 (4.44%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (4.44%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 21 (23.33%) SQL
2 12 (13.33%) PowerShell
3 9 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 6 (6.67%) VB
5 5 (5.56%) C#
6 4 (4.44%) T-SQL
7 3 (3.33%) VBScript
8 2 (2.22%) Java
9 1 (1.11%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 39 (43.33%) MCSE
2 31 (34.44%) Security Cleared
3 24 (26.67%) MCTS
3 24 (26.67%) SC Cleared
4 21 (23.33%) MCSA
4 21 (23.33%) MCP
5 15 (16.67%) MCITP
6 14 (15.56%) Degree
7 8 (8.89%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (7.78%) CCNA
8 7 (7.78%) ISTQB
9 4 (4.44%) Citrix Certification
10 3 (3.33%) MCSD
10 3 (3.33%) CCNP
11 2 (2.22%) A+ Certification
11 2 (2.22%) Network+ Certification
11 2 (2.22%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
11 2 (2.22%) ACSA
11 2 (2.22%) CCENT
11 2 (2.22%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.56%) SLA
2 2 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 52 (57.78%) Active Directory
2 19 (21.11%) VMware Infrastructure
3 16 (17.78%) Hyper-V
4 6 (6.67%) VMware ESX
5 4 (4.44%) vSphere
6 2 (2.22%) VMware ESXi
6 2 (2.22%) VMware Server
6 2 (2.22%) XenApp
7 1 (1.11%) XenDesktop
7 1 (1.11%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.11%) MetaFrame
7 1 (1.11%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 7 (7.78%) SCCM
2 6 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
3 5 (5.56%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (5.56%) Backup Exec
3 5 (5.56%) Netcool
4 4 (4.44%) Norton AntiVirus
4 4 (4.44%) WSUS
4 4 (4.44%) SCOM
5 3 (3.33%) NetBackup
5 3 (3.33%) Nagios
6 2 (2.22%) Puppet
6 2 (2.22%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 76 (84.44%) Microsoft
2 28 (31.11%) VMware
3 22 (24.44%) HP
4 19 (21.11%) Citrix
5 9 (10.00%) Cisco
5 9 (10.00%) Red Hat
6 8 (8.89%) Veritas
6 8 (8.89%) McAfee
7 5 (5.56%) Symantec
8 4 (4.44%) EMC
9 3 (3.33%) Dell
9 3 (3.33%) F5
10 2 (2.22%) Dell Compellent
10 2 (2.22%) Opsware
10 2 (2.22%) Remedy
10 2 (2.22%) Apple
10 2 (2.22%) CommVault
11 1 (1.11%) NetApp
11 1 (1.11%) Oracle