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 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
UK / Scotland
Rank - 105 117
Contract jobs citing MCTS 0 25 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland - 0.97% 0.35%
As % of the Qualifications category - 5.49% 2.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 16 3
Median daily rate - £303 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -13.57%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £328 £368
% change year-on-year -2.29% -10.88%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.64 - £37.50

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 300 455 454
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland 17.09% 17.58% 15.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 244 244
Median daily rate £340 £359 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.35% +2.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £255 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 30
Median hourly rate £47.23 £16.46 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +186.89% -43.23%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.06 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.17 £41.50 £59.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £29.25 £40.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -26.87% +77.77%  

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 Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for MCTS in Scotland

MCTS
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 25 March 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 13 (100.00%) Microsoft
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 10 (76.92%) SQL
3 9 (69.23%) Active Directory
4 7 (53.85%) Citrix
4 7 (53.85%) Windows
4 7 (53.85%) AIX
4 7 (53.85%) Veritas
4 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (53.85%) Netcool
4 7 (53.85%) Intel Security
4 7 (53.85%) Clustering
4 7 (53.85%) MCSE
4 7 (53.85%) MCSA
4 7 (53.85%) SharePoint
4 7 (53.85%) Windows XP
4 7 (53.85%) StarTeam
4 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
4 7 (53.85%) MCITP
4 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (53.85%) Windows 7
4 7 (53.85%) McAfee ePO
4 7 (53.85%) Office 365
4 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2012
5 6 (46.15%) Hyper-V
5 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
5 6 (46.15%) Security Cleared
5 6 (46.15%) Change Management
5 6 (46.15%) MS Office
5 6 (46.15%) Windows 10

MCTS
Top Related 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 7 (53.85%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (46.15%) MS Office
2 2 (15.38%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 7 (53.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) DNS
1 3 (23.08%) Kerberos
1 3 (23.08%) LDAP
1 3 (23.08%) X.500
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) Relational Database
1 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 7 (53.85%) StarTeam
2 3 (23.08%) Git (software)
2 3 (23.08%) Moq
2 3 (23.08%) NUnit
2 3 (23.08%) Selenium
2 3 (23.08%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 1 (7.69%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Analyst
1 5 (38.46%) Test Analyst
2 3 (23.08%) .NET Developer
2 3 (23.08%) Active Directory Engineer
2 3 (23.08%) C# .NET Developer
2 3 (23.08%) C# Developer
2 3 (23.08%) Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Automation Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Infrastructure Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Microsoft Developer
3 2 (15.38%) SQL Developer
3 2 (15.38%) Tester
4 1 (7.69%) .NET Software Developer
4 1 (7.69%) ASP.NET Developer
4 1 (7.69%) C# ASP.NET Developer
4 1 (7.69%) C# Software Developer
4 1 (7.69%) Hardware Tester
4 1 (7.69%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (23.08%) .NET
1 3 (23.08%) .NET Framework
1 3 (23.08%) AngularJS
1 3 (23.08%) ASP.NET
1 3 (23.08%) ASP.NET MVC
1 3 (23.08%) Entity Framework
1 3 (23.08%) jQuery
1 3 (23.08%) Unity DI Container
Miscellaneous
1 7 (53.85%) Clustering
2 3 (23.08%) PKI
2 3 (23.08%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 7 (53.85%) AIX
1 7 (53.85%) Windows
1 7 (53.85%) Windows 7
1 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2003
1 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2008
1 7 (53.85%) Windows Server 2012
1 7 (53.85%) Windows XP
2 6 (46.15%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Change Management
1 6 (46.15%) Server Virtualisation
1 6 (46.15%) Software Testing
1 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Smoke Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (23.08%) Dependency Injection
3 3 (23.08%) MVC
3 3 (23.08%) OO
3 3 (23.08%) OOD
3 3 (23.08%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 10 (76.92%) SQL
2 3 (23.08%) C#
2 3 (23.08%) JavaScript
3 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft Certification
2 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
2 7 (53.85%) MCITP
2 7 (53.85%) MCSA
2 7 (53.85%) MCSE
3 6 (46.15%) Security Cleared
4 4 (30.77%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (23.08%) Degree
5 3 (23.08%) MCAD
5 3 (23.08%) MCP
5 3 (23.08%) MCSD
5 3 (23.08%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (23.08%) QA
System Software
1 9 (69.23%) Active Directory
2 6 (46.15%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 7 (53.85%) McAfee ePO
1 7 (53.85%) Netcool
Vendors
1 13 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 7 (53.85%) Citrix
2 7 (53.85%) Intel Security
2 7 (53.85%) Veritas