The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for MCP 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 Certified Professional (MCP)
UK / Scotland
Rank 102 117 120
Rank change year-on-year +15 +3  
Contract jobs citing MCP 1 13 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.058% 0.50% 0.29%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.33% 2.90% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 9 4
Median daily rate £118 £130 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.61% -52.72%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £275 £275 £263
% change year-on-year - +4.76%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £16.71 £13.00
% change year-on-year -10.24% +28.55%  

MCP 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 Scotland.

Academic & Professional Certification
Scotland
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 299 449 441
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 17.28% 17.43% 15.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 213 240 239
Median daily rate £340 £375 £348
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.33% +7.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £265 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 5 29
Median hourly rate £47.23 £13.43 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +251.80% -53.70%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.06 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £31.20 £61.85
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -31.25% +77.77%  

MCP
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

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

Job vacancy trend for MCP in Scotland

MCP
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCP in Scotland

MCP
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing MCP in Scotland.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCP in Scotland

MCP
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing MCP within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 23 March 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Edinburgh +15 1 £118 -6.93%
MCP
UK

MCP
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 23 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MCP 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 Scotland region with a requirement for MCP.

1 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
1 6 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 5 (50.00%) Microsoft Certification
3 4 (40.00%) DNS
3 4 (40.00%) Windows
4 3 (30.00%) MS Office
4 3 (30.00%) ITIL
4 3 (30.00%) LDAP
4 3 (30.00%) Cisco
4 3 (30.00%) Kerberos
4 3 (30.00%) CCNA
4 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
4 3 (30.00%) X.500
4 3 (30.00%) Replication
4 3 (30.00%) VMware
4 3 (30.00%) Information Security
4 3 (30.00%) TOGAF
4 3 (30.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
4 3 (30.00%) MCTS
4 3 (30.00%) PKI
4 3 (30.00%) SCCM
4 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
4 3 (30.00%) Public Cloud
4 3 (30.00%) Windows Server
5 2 (20.00%) Fat Client
5 2 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
5 2 (20.00%) Windows 10
5 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (20.00%) PowerShell
5 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008

MCP
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland 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 2 (20.00%) MS Exchange
2 1 (10.00%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (30.00%) MS Office
2 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (20.00%) assyst
Communications & Networking
1 4 (40.00%) DNS
2 3 (30.00%) Kerberos
2 3 (30.00%) LDAP
2 3 (30.00%) X.500
3 2 (20.00%) VPN
4 1 (10.00%) DHCP
Job Titles
1 3 (30.00%) Active Directory Engineer
1 3 (30.00%) Architect
1 3 (30.00%) Infrastructure Architect
2 2 (20.00%) Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) IT Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) IT Support
2 2 (20.00%) IT Support Analyst
2 2 (20.00%) Support Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Desktop Support
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Specialist
3 1 (10.00%) SCCM Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) SCCM Specialist
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) PKI
1 3 (30.00%) Public Cloud
1 3 (30.00%) Replication
2 2 (20.00%) Fat Client
2 2 (20.00%) Thin Client
3 1 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (10.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server
3 2 (20.00%) Windows 10
3 2 (20.00%) Windows 7
3 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (20.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (30.00%) Information Security
1 3 (30.00%) ITIL
1 3 (30.00%) TOGAF
2 1 (10.00%) Change Management
2 1 (10.00%) Incident Management
2 1 (10.00%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 2 (20.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) R
2 1 (10.00%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (50.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 3 (30.00%) CCNA
2 3 (30.00%) Cisco Certification
2 3 (30.00%) MCTS
2 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (30.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
3 2 (20.00%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (10.00%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (10.00%) CCNP
4 1 (10.00%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (20.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 6 (60.00%) Active Directory
2 1 (10.00%) XenApp
2 1 (10.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (30.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) Cisco
2 3 (30.00%) VMware
3 1 (10.00%) Citrix