Period
to 13 November 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 13 November 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
13 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 200 183 140
Rank change year-on-year -17 -43 +13
Contract jobs citing MCTS 1 8 48
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 0.019% 0.16% 1.09%
As % of the Qualifications category 0.12% 1.11% 4.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 41
Scotland median daily rate £280 £380 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.32% +22.58% +3.33%
UK median daily rate £300 £375 £320
% change year-on-year -20.00% +17.19% +0.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 3
Scotland median hourly rate - £25.63 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +19.19% +8.86%
UK median hourly rate £23.13 £25.63 £15.00
% change year-on-year -9.74% +70.83% -18.92%

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 820 723 987
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 15.38% 14.53% 22.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 400 616
Scotland median daily rate £390 £363 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.59% +6.62% -
10th Percentile £208 £207 £235
90th Percentile £538 £525 £458
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 52 38
Scotland median hourly rate £25.00 £28.40 £38.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.97% -26.71% +41.22%
10th Percentile £13.60 £13.02 £12.55
90th Percentile £62.75 £46.50 £43.23
UK median hourly rate £25.00 £26.25 £26.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +0.96% +7.30%

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 13 November 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 - 1 £280 -
MCTS
UK

For the 6 months to 13 November 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 1 (100.00%) SQL
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) AIX
1 1 (100.00%) MCSE
1 1 (100.00%) MCSA
1 1 (100.00%) Windows XP
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (100.00%) WinRunner
1 1 (100.00%) TestDirector
1 1 (100.00%) HP UFT
1 1 (100.00%) Veritas
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (100.00%) McAfee
1 1 (100.00%) Change Management
1 1 (100.00%) VMware
1 1 (100.00%) Clustering
1 1 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 1 (100.00%) MCITP
1 1 (100.00%) PDA
1 1 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 1 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (100.00%) Security Cleared
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (100.00%) Hyper-V
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Windows 7

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:

Development Applications
1 1 (100.00%) HP UFT
1 1 (100.00%) TestDirector
1 1 (100.00%) WinRunner
Job Titles
1 1 (100.00%) Test Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 1 (100.00%) Analytical Mindset
1 1 (100.00%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (100.00%) Clustering
1 1 (100.00%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 1 (100.00%) AIX
1 1 (100.00%) Windows
1 1 (100.00%) Windows 7
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (100.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (100.00%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (100.00%) Change Management
1 1 (100.00%) Problem-Solving
1 1 (100.00%) Records Management
1 1 (100.00%) Smoke Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 1 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 1 (100.00%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 1 (100.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (100.00%) MCITP
1 1 (100.00%) MCSA
1 1 (100.00%) MCSE
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (100.00%) Security Cleared
System Software
1 1 (100.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (100.00%) Hyper-V
1 1 (100.00%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 1 (100.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (100.00%) Citrix
1 1 (100.00%) McAfee
1 1 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 1 (100.00%) Veritas
1 1 (100.00%) VMware