Period
to 24 June 2018

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 24 June 2018 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
24 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 187 149 150
Rank change year-on-year -38 +1 +25
Contract jobs citing MCTS 13 10 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.25% 0.26% 1.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 1.44% 1.61% 4.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 7 34
Scotland median daily rate £303 £600 £303
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -49.58% +98.35% -13.01%
10th Percentile £258 £254 £253
90th Percentile £338 £635 £330
UK median daily rate £343 £410 £325
% change year-on-year -16.46% +26.15% -6.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Scotland median hourly rate - - £36.00
UK median hourly rate - £41.64 £36.00
% change year-on-year - +15.67% +63.64%

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 902 620 1,206
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 17.03% 15.90% 21.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 568 366 674
Scotland median daily rate £363 £369 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.76% +5.43% +0.73%
10th Percentile £209 £200 £220
90th Percentile £525 £523 £475
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £410
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.66% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 38 51
Scotland median hourly rate £15.75 £37.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -58.00% - +32.74%
10th Percentile £12.71 £14.83 £14.21
90th Percentile £62.50 £52.05 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £24.56 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year -18.13% -3.23% +37.78%

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 24 June 2018. 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
Renfrewshire -37 6 £273 +7.39%
Glasgow - 6 £325 -
Inverclyde - 1 £320 -
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 24 June 2018, 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 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 11 (84.62%) SQL
3 9 (69.23%) Windows
4 8 (61.54%) MCSE
4 8 (61.54%) MCSA
4 8 (61.54%) Microsoft
4 8 (61.54%) Active Directory
4 8 (61.54%) VMware
4 8 (61.54%) Change Management
4 8 (61.54%) Windows Server 2008
5 7 (53.85%) Hyper-V
5 7 (53.85%) Test Automation
5 7 (53.85%) Windows 7
5 7 (53.85%) HP Quality Center
5 7 (53.85%) Software Testing
5 7 (53.85%) MCITP
5 7 (53.85%) Clustering
5 7 (53.85%) Citrix
5 7 (53.85%) Windows XP
5 7 (53.85%) AIX
5 7 (53.85%) WinRunner
5 7 (53.85%) TestDirector
5 7 (53.85%) HP UFT
5 7 (53.85%) Veritas
5 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (53.85%) McAfee
5 7 (53.85%) VMware ESXi
6 6 (46.15%) Netcool
6 6 (46.15%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting

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 1 (7.69%) IBM Domino
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) Cisco IOS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (30.77%) Data Warehouse
1 4 (30.77%) QlikView
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 4 (30.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 7 (53.85%) HP UFT
1 7 (53.85%) TestDirector
1 7 (53.85%) WinRunner
2 4 (30.77%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (7.69%) Legal
Job Titles
1 4 (30.77%) Analyst
1 4 (30.77%) Developer
1 4 (30.77%) Test Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Infrastructure Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) SQL Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Business Intelligence Developer
3 2 (15.38%) ETL Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Software Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Database Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Infrastructure Tester
4 1 (7.69%) SCCM Engineer
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Business Intelligence Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Database Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Developer
4 1 (7.69%) SQL BI Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Systems Manager
4 1 (7.69%) Technical Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Test Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 7 (53.85%) Clustering
2 5 (38.46%) PDA
3 2 (15.38%) Analytical Mindset
3 2 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (7.69%) Data Centre
4 1 (7.69%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 9 (69.23%) Windows
2 8 (61.54%) Windows Server 2008
3 7 (53.85%) AIX
3 7 (53.85%) Windows 7
3 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2003
3 7 (53.85%) Windows XP
4 1 (7.69%) Linux
4 1 (7.69%) Windows 10
4 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
4 1 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (61.54%) Change Management
2 7 (53.85%) Software Testing
2 7 (53.85%) Test Automation
3 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
4 4 (30.77%) Collaborative Working
4 4 (30.77%) High Availability
4 4 (30.77%) Kimball Methodology
4 4 (30.77%) Smoke Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Workflow
5 2 (15.38%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (15.38%) ETL
5 2 (15.38%) Problem-Solving
5 2 (15.38%) Records Management
6 1 (7.69%) ITIL
6 1 (7.69%) Patch Management
6 1 (7.69%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (84.62%) SQL
2 4 (30.77%) C#
Qualifications
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 8 (61.54%) MCSA
2 8 (61.54%) MCSE
3 7 (53.85%) MCITP
4 5 (38.46%) ISTQB
5 4 (30.77%) Degree
5 4 (30.77%) MCAD
5 4 (30.77%) MCSD
5 4 (30.77%) SC Cleared
5 4 (30.77%) Security Cleared
6 1 (7.69%) CompTIA Security+
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (30.77%) QA
System Software
1 8 (61.54%) Active Directory
2 7 (53.85%) Hyper-V
2 7 (53.85%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (7.69%) BitLocker
3 1 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (53.85%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (46.15%) McAfee ePO
2 6 (46.15%) Netcool
3 2 (15.38%) SCCM
4 1 (7.69%) MaaS360
4 1 (7.69%) SCOM
4 1 (7.69%) SCVMM
4 1 (7.69%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 1 (7.69%) WSUS
Vendors
1 8 (61.54%) Microsoft
1 8 (61.54%) VMware
2 7 (53.85%) Citrix
2 7 (53.85%) McAfee
2 7 (53.85%) Veritas
3 1 (7.69%) Cisco
3 1 (7.69%) IBM
3 1 (7.69%) Symantec