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 26 May 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
26 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Certification
Rank 82 87 73
Rank change year-on-year
+5 -14
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 48 36 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.64% 1.42% 2.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 9.72% 7.27% 12.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 20 30
Average daily rate
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£300 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £158 £135 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £370
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 3
Average hourly rate £22.75 £14.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.50% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.40 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.17 £15.60 £123.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £15.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
+14.75% +1.66%
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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
494 495 403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 16.88% 19.47% 16.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 242 236 244
Average daily rate £340 £330 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -5.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £210 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 32 13
Average hourly rate £29.00 £18.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+61.11% +20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £11.25 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £25.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 £18.00 £22.25
% change year-on-year
+25.00% -19.10%

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 26 May 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
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 26 May 2015.

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 26 May 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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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 +12 16 £350 -1.82%
Aberdeen +3 10 £230 -38.66%
Glasgow -3 8 £255 +45.71% 5
Edinburgh -4 7 £191 +41.66% 6
Fife - 2 £100 -
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Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 81 (82.65%) Microsoft
2 77 (78.57%) Windows
3 57 (58.16%) Active Directory
4 47 (47.96%) MCSE
5 42 (42.86%) Security Cleared
6 38 (38.78%) SC Cleared
7 37 (37.76%) MCITP
8 32 (32.65%) MCSA
9 30 (30.61%) VMware
10 28 (28.57%) HP
10 28 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
11 27 (27.55%) ITIL
12 26 (26.53%) Citrix
12 26 (26.53%) MCTS
13 25 (25.51%) Windows 7
13 25 (25.51%) SQL
14 22 (22.45%) Windows Server 2003
14 22 (22.45%) Hyper-V
15 20 (20.41%) SQL Server
15 20 (20.41%) MCP
15 20 (20.41%) Windows XP
16 19 (19.39%) HTML
16 19 (19.39%) Clustering
17 18 (18.37%) Change Management
17 18 (18.37%) MS Excel
18 17 (17.35%) DNS
19 16 (16.33%) AIX
19 16 (16.33%) Validation
19 16 (16.33%) McAfee
19 16 (16.33%) HP Quality Center

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 15 (15.31%) SharePoint
2 12 (12.24%) MS Exchange
3 5 (5.10%) Exchange Server 2007
4 4 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2010
4 4 (4.08%) Exchange Server 2013
5 3 (3.06%) IIS
5 3 (3.06%) Lync
5 3 (3.06%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 18 (18.37%) MS Excel
2 8 (8.16%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.02%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (17.35%) DNS
2 15 (15.31%) LDAP
3 7 (7.14%) DHCP
3 7 (7.14%) SAN
4 6 (6.12%) WAN
5 5 (5.10%) X.500
5 5 (5.10%) Kerberos
5 5 (5.10%) TCP/IP
6 4 (4.08%) VPN
7 3 (3.06%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (3.06%) LAN
7 3 (3.06%) Unified Communications
8 2 (2.04%) Fibre Channel
8 2 (2.04%) Ethernet
8 2 (2.04%) HTTPS
8 2 (2.04%) SSL
8 2 (2.04%) IP Telephony
8 2 (2.04%) Wireshark
9 1 (1.02%) Network Security
9 1 (1.02%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (20.41%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.10%) SQL Server 2008
3 3 (3.06%) EDRMS
4 2 (2.04%) SQL Server 2005
4 2 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (2.04%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 14 (14.29%) WinRunner
1 14 (14.29%) TestDirector
1 14 (14.29%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (4.08%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.02%) Toad
3 1 (1.02%) JDeveloper
3 1 (1.02%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (1.02%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (10.20%) Finance
Job Titles
1 30 (30.61%) Analyst
2 19 (19.39%) Support Analyst
3 15 (15.31%) Wintel Engineer
4 12 (12.24%) 2nd Line Support
5 9 (9.18%) 2nd Line Support Analyst
6 8 (8.16%) Test Engineer
7 7 (7.14%) Test Analyst
8 6 (6.12%) Consultant
9 5 (5.10%) Desktop Support
10 4 (4.08%) Support Engineer
10 4 (4.08%) Service Analyst
10 4 (4.08%) Messaging Engineer
11 3 (3.06%) ICT Support Analyst
11 3 (3.06%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
11 3 (3.06%) Deskside Support
11 3 (3.06%) Server Engineer
11 3 (3.06%) Service Desk Analyst
11 3 (3.06%) Applications Consultant
12 2 (2.04%) Help Desk Analyst
12 2 (2.04%) Infrastructure Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (19.39%) HTML
2 13 (13.27%) XML
3 12 (12.24%) .NET
4 8 (8.16%) .NET Framework
5 7 (7.14%) ASP.NET
5 7 (7.14%) CSS
6 4 (4.08%) JSP
7 1 (1.02%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 19 (19.39%) Clustering
2 14 (14.29%) PDA
3 11 (11.22%) Computer Science
4 10 (10.20%) Management Information System
5 6 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (5.10%) Data Centre
6 5 (5.10%) PKI
6 5 (5.10%) Replication
7 4 (4.08%) Client/Server
8 3 (3.06%) CMDB
9 2 (2.04%) iSeries
9 2 (2.04%) AS400
9 2 (2.04%) Blackberry
10 1 (1.02%) Web 2.0
10 1 (1.02%) Thin Client
10 1 (1.02%) Enterprise Software
10 1 (1.02%) Fat Client
10 1 (1.02%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 77 (78.57%) Windows
2 28 (28.57%) Windows Server 2008
3 25 (25.51%) Windows 7
4 22 (22.45%) Windows Server 2003
5 20 (20.41%) Windows XP
6 16 (16.33%) AIX
7 13 (13.27%) Linux
8 9 (9.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 6 (6.12%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (3.06%) Windows 8
10 3 (3.06%) UNIX
10 3 (3.06%) Windows Vista
11 2 (2.04%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (27.55%) ITIL
2 18 (18.37%) Change Management
3 16 (16.33%) Validation
3 16 (16.33%) Software Testing
4 14 (14.29%) Test Scripting
4 14 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 14 (14.29%) Migration
5 9 (9.18%) Service Management
6 8 (8.16%) Content Management
7 7 (7.14%) Incident Management
7 7 (7.14%) Load Balancing
7 7 (7.14%) High Availability
8 6 (6.12%) E-Commerce
9 5 (5.10%) Service Delivery
9 5 (5.10%) Disaster Recovery
10 4 (4.08%) Workflow
10 4 (4.08%) OOP
10 4 (4.08%) OO
11 3 (3.06%) Knowledge Management
11 3 (3.06%) Data Protection
Programming Languages
1 25 (25.51%) SQL
2 14 (14.29%) PowerShell
3 10 (10.20%) JavaScript
4 7 (7.14%) VBScript
5 4 (4.08%) VB
5 4 (4.08%) C#
6 1 (1.02%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 47 (47.96%) MCSE
2 42 (42.86%) Security Cleared
3 38 (38.78%) SC Cleared
4 37 (37.76%) MCITP
5 32 (32.65%) MCSA
6 26 (26.53%) MCTS
7 20 (20.41%) MCP
8 16 (16.33%) ISTQB
9 13 (13.27%) Degree
10 8 (8.16%) Cisco Certification
11 7 (7.14%) CCNA
12 5 (5.10%) CCNP
13 3 (3.06%) MCSD
13 3 (3.06%) A+ Certification
13 3 (3.06%) MCDST
13 3 (3.06%) DV Cleared
14 2 (2.04%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 2 (2.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 1 (1.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 1 (1.02%) CCEE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (9.18%) SLA
System Software
1 57 (58.16%) Active Directory
2 22 (22.45%) Hyper-V
3 15 (15.31%) VMware Infrastructure
4 14 (14.29%) VMware ESX
5 4 (4.08%) vSphere
6 2 (2.04%) VMware Server
7 1 (1.02%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (1.02%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 16 (16.33%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (14.29%) McAfee ePO
3 13 (13.27%) Netcool
4 5 (5.10%) SCCM
5 3 (3.06%) NetBackup
6 2 (2.04%) SCOM
6 2 (2.04%) Nessus
6 2 (2.04%) Nmap
6 2 (2.04%) WSUS
6 2 (2.04%) Norton AntiVirus
7 1 (1.02%) Backup Exec
7 1 (1.02%) Nagios
Vendors
1 81 (82.65%) Microsoft
2 30 (30.61%) VMware
3 28 (28.57%) HP
4 26 (26.53%) Citrix
5 16 (16.33%) McAfee
6 14 (14.29%) Veritas
7 9 (9.18%) Red Hat
8 7 (7.14%) Cisco
9 5 (5.10%) Symantec
10 3 (3.06%) Oracle
10 3 (3.06%) F5
11 2 (2.04%) EMC
12 1 (1.02%) Avaya
12 1 (1.02%) NetApp
12 1 (1.02%) Altiris
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