Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for MCTS qualifications. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered over the 6 months to 18 November 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.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK > Scotland
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 176 137 143
Rank change year-on-year -39 +6 +7
Contract jobs citing MCTS 8 47 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.16% 1.07% 0.93%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.14% 4.78% 5.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 41 34
Scotland median daily rate £380 £310 £303
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +22.58% +2.48% -12.32%
UK median daily rate £375 £320 £323
% change year-on-year +17.19% -0.78% -11.52%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 4
Scotland median hourly rate £25.63 £19.50 £19.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +31.41% -1.27% -
10th Percentile £25.06 £16.70 £16.75
90th Percentile £26.69 £21.90 £24.00
UK median hourly rate £25.63 £17.75 £18.50
% change year-on-year +44.37% -4.05% -1.33%

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 contract job vacancies advertised in Scotland with a requirement for academic qualifications or professional certifications.

All Academic and Professional Certifications
Scotland
Contract vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 699 984 987
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 14.04% 22.47% 15.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 392 607 518
Scotland median daily rate £363 £340 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.62% - -2.15%
10th Percentile £206 £240 £215
90th Percentile £524 £457 £475
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 46 37 29
Scotland median hourly rate £28.00 £38.50 £27.44
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -27.27% +40.31% +50.36%
10th Percentile £12.87 £12.40 £13.80
90th Percentile £46.50 £43.30 £50.00
UK median hourly rate £26.35 £26.25 £24.41
% change year-on-year +0.36% +7.55% +28.46%

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

Job postings citing MCTS as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Scotland.

Job vacancy trend for MCTS in Scotland

MCTS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for MCTS in Scotland

MCTS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in Scotland

MCTS
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 MCTS within the Scotland region over the 6 months to 18 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Glasgow -11 4 £380 +49.02%
North Lanarkshire -3 2 - -
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 Scotland region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (62.50%) Windows
4 4 (50.00%) MCITP
4 4 (50.00%) Degree
5 3 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (37.50%) SCCM
5 3 (37.50%) Wireless
5 3 (37.50%) MVC
5 3 (37.50%) VMware
5 3 (37.50%) TDD
5 3 (37.50%) Citrix
5 3 (37.50%) MCSE
5 3 (37.50%) MCSA
5 3 (37.50%) ITIL
5 3 (37.50%) MCAD
5 3 (37.50%) MCSD
5 3 (37.50%) C#
5 3 (37.50%) JavaScript
5 3 (37.50%) .NET
5 3 (37.50%) SQL Server
5 3 (37.50%) ASP.NET
5 3 (37.50%) SLA
5 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
5 3 (37.50%) ASP.NET MVC
5 3 (37.50%) PowerShell
6 2 (25.00%) Office 365
6 2 (25.00%) Meru Networks
6 2 (25.00%) Database Tuning
6 2 (25.00%) Hyper-V

MCTS
Co-occurring 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 (25.00%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 2 (25.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (37.50%) Wireless
2 2 (25.00%) SAN
3 1 (12.50%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (37.50%) SQL Server
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) .NET Developer
1 3 (37.50%) Developer
2 1 (12.50%) 2nd Line Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) 2nd Line Network Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support
2 1 (12.50%) 2nd Line Support Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Field Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Network Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Network Support
2 1 (12.50%) Network Support Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Operations Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Support Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Support Engineer
2 1 (12.50%) Systems Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (37.50%) .NET
1 3 (37.50%) ASP.NET
1 3 (37.50%) ASP.NET MVC
2 2 (25.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Driving Licence
Operating Systems
1 5 (62.50%) Windows
2 3 (37.50%) Windows 7
3 1 (12.50%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
1 3 (37.50%) ITIL
1 3 (37.50%) MVC
1 3 (37.50%) TDD
2 2 (25.00%) Biometrics
2 2 (25.00%) Customer Engagement
2 2 (25.00%) Database Tuning
2 2 (25.00%) Service Delivery
2 2 (25.00%) Service Management
3 1 (12.50%) Change Management
3 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 3 (37.50%) C#
1 3 (37.50%) JavaScript
1 3 (37.50%) PowerShell
2 2 (25.00%) SQL
3 1 (12.50%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 4 (50.00%) Degree
2 4 (50.00%) MCITP
3 3 (37.50%) MCAD
3 3 (37.50%) MCSA
3 3 (37.50%) MCSD
3 3 (37.50%) MCSE
4 2 (25.00%) A+ Certification
4 2 (25.00%) ACSA
4 2 (25.00%) CCENT
4 2 (25.00%) CCNA
4 2 (25.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (25.00%) Network+ Certification
4 2 (25.00%) VERITAS Certified Professional (VCP)
4 2 (25.00%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
5 1 (12.50%) MCP
5 1 (12.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (37.50%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (25.00%) Active Directory
1 2 (25.00%) Hyper-V
1 2 (25.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (25.00%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (37.50%) SCCM
2 2 (25.00%) Backup Exec
2 2 (25.00%) Norton AntiVirus
2 2 (25.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (37.50%) Citrix
2 3 (37.50%) VMware
3 2 (25.00%) Apple
3 2 (25.00%) Cisco
3 2 (25.00%) Dell
3 2 (25.00%) Google
3 2 (25.00%) HP
3 2 (25.00%) Juniper
3 2 (25.00%) Meru Networks
3 2 (25.00%) Sophos
3 2 (25.00%) Symantec
3 2 (25.00%) Veeam
3 2 (25.00%) Veritas
4 1 (12.50%) Altiris
4 1 (12.50%) EMC