The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Renfrewshire with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Scotland / Renfrewshire
Rank - 21 21
Contract jobs citing MCTS 0 22 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Renfrewshire - 15.17% 5.50%
As % of the Qualifications category - 17.32% 8.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 14 3
Median daily rate - £303 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -12.94%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £328 £363
% change year-on-year -2.29% -9.72%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £37.50

MCTS 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 Renfrewshire.

Academic & Professional Certification
Renfrewshire
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 56 127 75
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Renfrewshire 73.68% 87.59% 68.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 94 46
Median daily rate £325 £360 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.72% +3.60%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £271 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £445 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £19.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £22.75
% change year-on-year -25.20% +75.82%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in Renfrewshire

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

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in Renfrewshire

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Renfrewshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MCTS in Renfrewshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in Renfrewshire

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Renfrewshire

For the 6 months to 27 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS 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 Renfrewshire region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (88.89%) Active Directory
3 6 (66.67%) Citrix
3 6 (66.67%) SQL
3 6 (66.67%) Veritas
3 6 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
3 6 (66.67%) Netcool
3 6 (66.67%) Intel Security
3 6 (66.67%) Windows
3 6 (66.67%) AIX
3 6 (66.67%) MCSE
3 6 (66.67%) MCSA
3 6 (66.67%) SharePoint
3 6 (66.67%) Windows XP
3 6 (66.67%) Clustering
3 6 (66.67%) MCITP
3 6 (66.67%) StarTeam
3 6 (66.67%) ISTQB
3 6 (66.67%) Test Scripting
3 6 (66.67%) Security Cleared
3 6 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
3 6 (66.67%) Office 365
3 6 (66.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 6 (66.67%) Windows 7
3 6 (66.67%) McAfee ePO
4 5 (55.56%) Server Virtualisation
4 5 (55.56%) Smoke Testing
4 5 (55.56%) Windows 10
4 5 (55.56%) Hyper-V

MCTS
Top Related IT Skills in Renfrewshire 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 6 (66.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 5 (55.56%) MS Office
2 1 (11.11%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 6 (66.67%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (33.33%) DNS
1 3 (33.33%) Kerberos
1 3 (33.33%) LDAP
1 3 (33.33%) X.500
Development Applications
1 6 (66.67%) StarTeam
Job Titles
1 5 (55.56%) Analyst
1 5 (55.56%) Test Analyst
2 3 (33.33%) Active Directory Engineer
3 2 (22.22%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (22.22%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
4 1 (11.11%) Hardware Tester
4 1 (11.11%) Tester
Miscellaneous
1 6 (66.67%) Clustering
2 3 (33.33%) PKI
2 3 (33.33%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 6 (66.67%) AIX
1 6 (66.67%) Windows
1 6 (66.67%) Windows 7
1 6 (66.67%) Windows Server 2003
1 6 (66.67%) Windows Server 2008
1 6 (66.67%) Windows Server 2012
1 6 (66.67%) Windows XP
2 5 (55.56%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 5 (55.56%) Change Management
2 5 (55.56%) Server Virtualisation
2 5 (55.56%) Smoke Testing
2 5 (55.56%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (66.67%) SQL
2 1 (11.11%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (66.67%) ISTQB
2 6 (66.67%) MCITP
2 6 (66.67%) MCSA
2 6 (66.67%) MCSE
2 6 (66.67%) Security Cleared
3 4 (44.44%) BPSS Clearance
4 3 (33.33%) MCP
4 3 (33.33%) SC Cleared
System Software
1 8 (88.89%) Active Directory
2 5 (55.56%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 6 (66.67%) McAfee ePO
1 6 (66.67%) Netcool
Vendors
1 9 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (66.67%) Citrix
2 6 (66.67%) Intel Security
2 6 (66.67%) Veritas