Period
to 19 February 2019

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 19 February 2019 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
19 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 184 179 131
Rank change year-on-year -5 -48 -11
Contract jobs citing MCTS 2 8 36
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.043% 0.16% 0.98%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.29% 1.15% 4.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 33
Scotland median daily rate £368 £335 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.70% +8.06% +0.81%
10th Percentile £360 £313 £226
90th Percentile £385 £380 £340
UK median daily rate £381 £375 £320
% change year-on-year +1.67% +17.19% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Scotland median hourly rate - £25.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +42.86% -
UK median hourly rate £23.13 £25.00 £42.57
% change year-on-year -7.48% -41.27% -10.77%

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 694 693 777
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 14.76% 14.20% 21.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 404 434 496
Scotland median daily rate £425 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% +10.29% -2.86%
10th Percentile £200 £202 £205
90th Percentile £550 £525 £488
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 27 24
Scotland median hourly rate £26.50 £25.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.00% -28.57% +28.44%
10th Percentile £15.49 £12.71 £14.74
90th Percentile £44.50 £53.62 £52.00
UK median hourly rate £30.00 £25.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +20.00% -9.09% -

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 19 February 2019. 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 -22 2 £368 +9.70%
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 19 February 2019, IT contractor jobs citing MCTS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Scotland region with a requirement for MCTS.

1 2 (100.00%) MCDBA
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (100.00%) Performance Tuning
1 2 (100.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (50.00%) SQL
2 1 (50.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (50.00%) Mentoring
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2016
2 1 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 1 (50.00%) High Availability
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (50.00%) Windows
2 1 (50.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (50.00%) RDBMS
2 1 (50.00%) Active Directory

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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (100.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 1 (50.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (50.00%) RDBMS
2 1 (50.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2000
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server 2016
Job Titles
1 2 (100.00%) DBA
1 2 (100.00%) SQL DBA
2 1 (50.00%) SQL Server DBA
Operating Systems
1 1 (50.00%) Windows
1 1 (50.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 2 (100.00%) Performance Tuning
2 1 (50.00%) High Availability
2 1 (50.00%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (100.00%) MCDBA
1 2 (100.00%) MCITP
1 2 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
System Software
1 1 (50.00%) Active Directory