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 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 102 121 126
Rank change year-on-year +19 +5  
Contract jobs citing MCTS 10 36 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.47% 1.23% 0.36%
As % of the Qualifications category 3.16% 4.78% 2.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 19 7
Median daily rate £600 £300 £347
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -13.66%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £525 £330 £350
% change year-on-year +59.09% -5.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Median hourly rate - £36.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £36.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +60.00%  

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 Scotland.

Academic & Professional Certification
Scotland
Contract job vacancies requiring academic qualifications or professional certifications 316 753 517
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 14.74% 25.67% 16.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 150 432 255
Median daily rate £375 £330 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.63% -2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £440 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year +6.66% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 45 27
Median hourly rate £32.00 £40.00 £29.17
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.00% +37.12%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £20.70 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £43.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.00 £30.21 £24.12
% change year-on-year +9.25% +25.22%  

MCTS
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Scotland 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 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 Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing MCTS in Scotland over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 3 months to 24 June 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 +22 5 £600 +144.89%
Renfrewshire +29 3 £254 -17.47%
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 10 (100.00%) SQL
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (80.00%) Microsoft
3 5 (50.00%) XSLT
3 5 (50.00%) Windows
3 5 (50.00%) .NET
3 5 (50.00%) C#
3 5 (50.00%) HTML
3 5 (50.00%) JavaScript
3 5 (50.00%) ASP.NET
3 5 (50.00%) CSS
3 5 (50.00%) Web Services
3 5 (50.00%) Financial Institution
3 5 (50.00%) MVC
3 5 (50.00%) Finance
3 5 (50.00%) Migration
3 5 (50.00%) TDD
3 5 (50.00%) MCITP
3 5 (50.00%) LINQ
3 5 (50.00%) jQuery
3 5 (50.00%) EPiServer
3 5 (50.00%) .NET Framework
3 5 (50.00%) Git (software)
3 5 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (50.00%) Moq
3 5 (50.00%) Entity Framework
3 5 (50.00%) Modernizr
3 5 (50.00%) Responsive Web Design
3 5 (50.00%) AngularJS

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 5 (50.00%) EPiServer
2 3 (30.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (30.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 5 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (30.00%) Office 365
Development Applications
1 5 (50.00%) Git (software)
1 5 (50.00%) gulp
1 5 (50.00%) Moq
1 5 (50.00%) Octopus Deploy
1 5 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (30.00%) StarTeam
General
1 5 (50.00%) Finance
1 5 (50.00%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Architect
2 2 (20.00%) Test Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Consultant
3 1 (10.00%) Field Engineer
3 1 (10.00%) Operations Manager
3 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Systems Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Windows Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (50.00%) .NET
1 5 (50.00%) .NET Framework
1 5 (50.00%) AngularJS
1 5 (50.00%) ASP.NET
1 5 (50.00%) ASP.NET Web API
1 5 (50.00%) CSS
1 5 (50.00%) Entity Framework
1 5 (50.00%) HTML
1 5 (50.00%) jQuery
1 5 (50.00%) LINQ
1 5 (50.00%) Modernizr
1 5 (50.00%) Twitter Bootstrap
1 5 (50.00%) Web Services
1 5 (50.00%) XSLT
2 2 (20.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 5 (50.00%) Windows
2 3 (30.00%) AIX
2 3 (30.00%) Windows 10
2 3 (30.00%) Windows 7
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 3 (30.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) Migration
1 5 (50.00%) MVC
1 5 (50.00%) Responsive Web Design
1 5 (50.00%) TDD
2 3 (30.00%) Change Management
2 3 (30.00%) Server Virtualisation
2 3 (30.00%) Smoke Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Software Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (20.00%) Customer Engagement
3 2 (20.00%) ITIL
3 2 (20.00%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (100.00%) SQL
2 5 (50.00%) C#
2 5 (50.00%) JavaScript
3 2 (20.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 5 (50.00%) MCITP
3 3 (30.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (30.00%) MCSA
3 3 (30.00%) MCSE
3 3 (30.00%) SC Cleared
3 3 (30.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (10.00%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (30.00%) Active Directory
1 3 (30.00%) Hyper-V
1 3 (30.00%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 3 (30.00%) McAfee ePO
1 3 (30.00%) Netcool
2 2 (20.00%) SCOM
Vendors
1 8 (80.00%) Microsoft
2 3 (30.00%) Citrix
2 3 (30.00%) McAfee
2 3 (30.00%) Veritas