The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh with a requirement for Microsoft Certification qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certification
Scotland / Edinburgh
Rank 66 85 80
Rank change year-on-year +19 -5  
Contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification 4 4 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Edinburgh 0.45% 0.26% 0.072%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.20% 2.78% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
Median daily rate £325 £275 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +22.22%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £350 £311
% change year-on-year -8.57% +12.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £13.50
% change year-on-year -7.89% +40.74%  

Microsoft Certification is in the academic qualifications and professional certifications category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all academic qualifications and professional certifications cited in contract job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh.

Academic & Professional Certification
Edinburgh
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 125 144 125
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Edinburgh 14.06% 9.50% 8.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 90 75 68
Median daily rate £400 £400 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £209 £237 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £550 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 5
Median hourly rate £52.00 - £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

Microsoft Certification
Job Vacancy Trend in Edinburgh

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Edinburgh citing Microsoft Certification as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Qualifications category.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft Certification in Edinburgh

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Edinburgh.

Contractor daily rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Edinburgh

Microsoft Certification
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification in Edinburgh.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Microsoft Certification in Edinburgh

Microsoft Certification
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Certification also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Edinburgh region with a requirement for Microsoft Certification.

1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (60.00%) MCITP
1 3 (60.00%) Degree
1 3 (60.00%) Data Protection
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server 2012
1 3 (60.00%) Performance Tuning
1 3 (60.00%) Relational Database
2 2 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (40.00%) Security Patching
2 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) Capacity Management
2 2 (40.00%) Data Protection Act
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2014
2 2 (40.00%) Replication
2 2 (40.00%) Clustering
2 2 (40.00%) MCDBA
2 2 (40.00%) RDBMS
3 1 (20.00%) Cisco
3 1 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (20.00%) CISSP
3 1 (20.00%) CA
3 1 (20.00%) CheckPoint
3 1 (20.00%) Project Management
3 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
3 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
3 1 (20.00%) Data Modelling
3 1 (20.00%) MS Office
3 1 (20.00%) MCP
3 1 (20.00%) Windows
3 1 (20.00%) MCSE

Microsoft Certification
Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (20.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (20.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (20.00%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) Relational Database
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (60.00%) SQL Server 2012
2 2 (40.00%) RDBMS
2 2 (40.00%) SQL Server 2014
3 1 (20.00%) Azure SQL Database
3 1 (20.00%) MongoDB
3 1 (20.00%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (20.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
General
1 1 (20.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) DBA
1 2 (40.00%) SQL DBA
2 1 (20.00%) Administrator
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Database Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Desktop Support
2 1 (20.00%) IT Manager
2 1 (20.00%) IT Security Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Security Manager
2 1 (20.00%) SQL Server DBA
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (40.00%) Clustering
1 2 (40.00%) Data Protection Act
1 2 (40.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1 (20.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Data Protection
1 3 (60.00%) Performance Tuning
2 2 (40.00%) Capacity Management
2 2 (40.00%) Security Patching
3 1 (20.00%) Data Modelling
3 1 (20.00%) Information Security
3 1 (20.00%) ISMS
3 1 (20.00%) Project Management
3 1 (20.00%) Risk Assessment
3 1 (20.00%) Statistics
3 1 (20.00%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (40.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) Degree
1 3 (60.00%) MCITP
2 2 (40.00%) MCDBA
3 1 (20.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (20.00%) CISM
3 1 (20.00%) CISSP
3 1 (20.00%) MCP
3 1 (20.00%) MCSA
3 1 (20.00%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (20.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) FortiGate
1 1 (20.00%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) CA
1 1 (20.00%) CheckPoint
1 1 (20.00%) Cisco
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft